Adzamasiin

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Adzamāsīn
Total population
18-20m (2016 est.)
Regions with significant populations
Downriver Ekuosia, mostly Tabiqa
Languages
Adzamasi, Dzimrani
Religion
Temyarq, Iovism
Related ethnic groups
Dzimrani and other Adzamic peoples

Adzamasiin (Adzamasi: Adzamāsīn /adzamɑsin/), also called Adzamasi people, are an ethnic group in downriver Ekuosia, mostly in the nation of Tabiqa and surrounding countries of Barradiwa and Povania. They are strongly associated with the Temyarq religion and use the Adzamasiin gender system. The Adzamasiiin are direct descendants of the Adzamic peoples who spread the Adzamic Empire.

Today there are three distinct groups of Adzamasiin: those who maintain the traditional nomadic lifestyle that was popular since before the Empire; the urbanized Adzamasiin who are sedentary, more cosmopolitan, and internationally connected; and those who live in rural communities, halfway between the other two groups.

History

The Adzamasiin originated as the Adzamic peoples, a distinct group of the Adzo-Neviric peoples in northwestern Baredina. The early Adzamic people spread upriver from the Neviran delta and into the Ekuosian desert with the use of domesticated horses and, later, dromedary camels. Much of their early desert-faring knowledge was acquired through trade with other people who already lived there, such as the Kaffari and the Date Pit Culture.

By BCE 1500 Adzamic people had begun settling the banks of the Ekuos river, innovating new agricultural techniques that were effective in the arid region. Much of this area had no previous permanent residents, but where there were settled people, the Adzamasiin outcompeted them, displacing or absorbing them. Individual Adzamic city-states eventually formed a coalition and lead to the development of the Adzamic Empire by BCE 706. For the next millennia, influence of Adzamic culture and religion was spread throughout the massive empire, as far away as the Hafsighi Kingdom (modern Algazi Union).

After the fall of the Holy Adzamian Empire in the 700s CE, the Adzamic people splintered into several daughter ethnicities across numerous small states in present-day Tabiqa, Barradiwa, Istan and Central Ekuosia. Although they shared many cultural and religious values, overpopulation of the harsh desert environment lead to extensive warring in the post-Empire period.

In the 1500s, most formerly-Adzamic territory was conquered by the Neviran Empire during its rapid expansion from the east. The Adzamasiin of Mehyāra were a notable stronghold against the incoming empire, mainting independence during its reign through war and truce. After the fall of the short-lived empire, most Adzamasi people formed larger and stabler states using advanced agricultural techniques learned from the Nevirans.

Today the Adzamasiin are the most populace group in modern Tabiqa with around 12 million people.

Notable Adzamasiin