|Grand Empire of Barradiwa
|Motto: "ekuostbaòtembeiòts uçmeyeiòtsiò ruted saòm."
"The waters of Ekuos always flow strong."
|Anthem: "asudsiò aòstlemtaòramb"
"The Ballad of Emperor Ástlem"
Location of Barradiwa on Sahar.
A map of Barradiwa showing provincial borders and key cities.
|Government||Unitary constitutional autocratic empire|
|-||Civilizations begin appearing in the Ekuos-Khuda River Valley||c. 3500 BCE|
|-||The Ekuostian Kingdom is formed in what is now Sonegio||c. 1500 BCE|
|-||First contact with Azerin||c. 1250 BCE|
|-||Iovism becomes the dominant religion in the region||c. 500 BCE|
|-||The Adzamasi Empire comes into contact with Ekuostia during its expansion||c. 400 CE|
|-||The Iovist Crusades begin||1011|
|-||The Grand Ekuostian Empire rises||1173|
|-||The GEE falls||1477|
|-||The remainder of the former GEE declares a new Grand Barradiwan Empire after reforming and reuniting the regions Barradiwa controls today||1652|
875,244 sq mi
|GDP (nominal)||2015 estimate|
|Currency||Barradiwan lesá, Ekuo (BRD)|
|Time zone||Barradiwan Time (SCT +3)|
|Date format||mm-dd-yyyy CE|
|Drives on the||right|
Barradiwa (Ekuostian:: baraòdiòua Barádíua [bɑrɑ:ˈdy:wɑ]; Dzimraic: pãaòtãuãwa Ṗâṫüwa [pʼɑ˞ˈtʼɨwɔː]), officially the Grand Empire of Barradiwa, is a country located in central-northern Baredina, neighboring Azerin and Lons to its west and north, Ebo Nganagam to its east, Central Ekuosia to its south, and Tabiqa to its southeast; it also has a small border with Izovangia nearing the tail end of the Dzimur panhandle. The nation has a diverse history due to being a crossroad between two distinct regions of Baredina. It is well-known for its vast ruin sites exhibiting a wide array of architectural styles and influences sprinkled all over the nation.
- 1 Etymology
- 2 History
- 3 Geography
- 4 Politics
- 5 Economy
- 6 Demographics
- 7 Culture
- 8 See also
The name comes directly from the name given to the continent, Baredina. The empire chose this name in a show of good faith to the various ethnic groups inhabiting its borders, as each one had a different name for the region and its subregions with unrelated etymologies. Its location between Püzimm and northwest Baredina was another reason for the name, indicating its importance in controlling this region.
Prehistory and Ancient History
The Ekuos-Khuda Valley was inhabited since approximately 15,000 years ago, with the earliest pottery fragments dating to around that time. Around 4,000 BCE, the first simplistic civilizations began to form in the valley region. Writing was introduced around 3,500 BCE, as well as the first organized civilizations. These included the first states centered on Stalo as well as Sonegio. Around 1500 BCE, the written records of the Terydsonegiero civilization become consistent and clear, with the reigns of all monarchs of the region having been recorded in mausoleums and on tablets.
As it was written, Ekuostian history began with the crowning of Barasud, the first king of the semilegendary dynasty of Baroít, in 3,500 BCE. The Baroít dynasty is said to have been the first of the Ten Dynasties.
Royal merchants from Terydsonegiero first made contact with Azerin at some point around 1250 BCE, setting up trading posts and colonies along the Ekuos and Khuda rivers as they traveled and traded. Over the next 700 years, the small kingdom grew quite large, by 500 BCE controlling much of the region surrounding the Akho-Khuda confluence. It was around this time that the kingdom embraced Iovism, in a show of good faith to their neighbors.
Some time around 220 BCE, the Ekuostian kingdom frequently found itself at war with the Kudzati Empire, which ruled much of the desert basin east of the Ekuos bend. The king of Ekuos decided to fight the empire, as they would not embrace Iovism and were thus heathens. The resulting wars were short and resulted in a decisive Ekuostian victory, but the cost was disastrous as the Kudzati armies utilized extreme guerilla tactics that the more organized Ekuostian military was not prepared for.
The Ekuostian kingdom expanded north-northwest, colonizing lands along the way up to the coast of Parshita, a region which at the time was inhabited by disorganized bands of native peoples. After reaching the coast, the Ekuostians moved east to colonize even more land.
Sometime around 400 CE, the Ekuostian Kingdom came into contact with the Adzamasi Empire. Relations were jovial at first, but very quickly soured and much of Ekuos's colonies were conquered and razed by the Adzamasi, with only the capital regions holding the empire back. Around 850 CE, as the Adzamasi Empire began collapsing, the Ekuostian Kingdom entered a period of rehabilitation.
In 1011, King Gerut of Yobátmás (a religious family from Tolbayad) called for a movement to eradicate heathenous faiths and instate only the Iovist faith. The resulting Iovist Crusades were not very successful as even today there are several practicers of Adzamism in Barradiwa. Nevertheless, the incentive of spreading Iovism and crushing other belief systems proved to be compelling enough for the Ekuostian Kingdom to eventually build a full-fledged empire on it, even if it took them 160 years to get to that point due to political gridlock.
The Grand Ekuostian Empire
Beginning in 1173 with the occupation of what is now Central Ekuosia and Eastern Lons, the Grand Ekuostian Empire was one of the largest empires in history, with its reaches stretching from the Eng Nax Islands and part of the Q'eb Empire to the coast of the Armizziya Sea. The kingdom was proclaimed an empire in 1173, with the yomtasud Ástlem Yobátmás ruling from the same year (though he became king in 1153) until his death in 1242, after which the empire began to decline gradually.
Barradiwan geography represents a continuum of biomes and climates between the two extremes of the equatorial rainforests in the north and the Baredina Desert in the south.
Science and technology
Largest cities in Barradiwa
Barradiwa is a very linguistically diverse country on account of its location bridging a mostly contiguously Letsic-speaking region of Ekuosia to a mostly contiguously Adzamic and/or Daleic-speaking region of Ekuosia, alongside the dense rainforests in its northern half being a holdout of many isolate tribes with ancestry dating to pre-Halarian times.
Languages with official status
The country has three languages with official status: Ekuostian, a South Halarian Letsic language originating from around the Ekuos riverbend where Terydsonegiero stands today; Dzimraic, an Adzamic language originating from the region around Lake Kosten; and Baridus, a Termic language brought to the region by Cermani traders during the Letsatian era. All three languages make use of the Letsic alphabet as their primary writing system, although Dzimraic is occasionally written with the Adzamic alphabet in religious contexts.
Ekuostian is spoken natively by approximately 75 million people, but is spoken as an L2 by some 45-50 million more as it is the effective lingua franca across Barradiwa and has generally followed Ekuostian expats to other countries. Dzimraic is spoken natively by approximately 30 million people, concentrated mostly in the Barradiwan archlordship of Dzimur and the southwestern and northwestern reaches of Ebo Nganagam and Tabiqa, respectively. Baridus is spoken natively by approximately 4.5 million people, about half the total population of the archlordship of Baridia. The three languages have exerted significant influence on one another, and bilingual signs in Ekuostian and Dzimraic are common throughout the country, particularly on roads and billboards. Dzimraic is not as commonly spoken in Ekuostia as Ekuostian is in Dzimur, but Dzimraic classes are offered during mandatory education and all students are required to take at least one year of it. Baridus is sometimes taught in schools in Ekuostia and Dzimur, but learning it is entirely optional unless you live in Baridia.