|Country of Danshapu
|Motto: "Servants of the elements, masters of the world"|
|Anthem: "One tribe, One people"|
Location of Danshapu on Sahar
and largest city
|Ethnic groups (2015)||91.2% Danshahi
5% Qonklese3.6% Other
|Government||Federal Parliamentary Monarchy with tribal elements|
|-||High Chief||Qagantho II Cenme|
|-||Prime Minster||Uetho Vali|
|Legislature||The High Chief's Hand|
40,586 sq mi
|GDP (nominal)||2015 estimate|
|Currency||Draconic Lotus (DRL)|
|-||Summer (DST)||not observed (SCT)|
|Drives on the||right|
Danshapu (IPA: /danʃapu/, Native language: Danshapu, IPA: /danʃapu/), officially the Country of Danshapu, is a country located in the Draconic Islands just at the tip of Northeastern Nagu. Its closest neighbors are Astalva and Syoranka. The archipelago has for centuries been home to the Danshahi people, a community of island dwellers known for their unique religion based around the worship of the elements of Nature. The country is also known as a loyal ally and friend of Qonklaks, who functioned as an adoptive parent to Danshapu following the end of centuries of isolationism.
- 1 Etymology
- 2 History
- 3 Geography
- 4 Politics
- 5 Economy
- 6 Demographics
- 7 Culture
- 8 See also
The name comes from the verb "danshaja" meaning "to serve". The people believed themselves to be servants of the elements, and thus called themselves "Danshahi" or "servants". The -hi suffix, meaning "people", was replaced with the -pu suffix, meaning "land" to form the name of the country, literally meaning "Land of the servants".
Very little is known of the ancient Danshahi. Modern historians speculate that humans came to the islands from Soltenna, during a period of great cold. The first settlements would have been on the East coast of Anopu Island, yet as they expanded west, the largest settlements came to be the ones surrounding Mount Cesoku, especially Runqepu.
It is not known when the Danshahi began worshiping the elements, yet it is undeniable that even back then this peculiar religion was already practiced to some extent. In fact, many historians believe that the growth of Runqepu may have occurred due to its proximity to Mount Cesoku, a place of great religious importance, where religious rituals often took place. There is no doubt, however, that the worship of all elements took place everywhere on the island, with religious divides only taking place much later.
The Danshahi were, at this point, one united tribe, with one culture and one religion. The Danshahi tribe had their main settlement on Runqepu, and had began spreading throughout the rest of the island. As they did, certain communities began focusing their culture and beliefs on a particular element, their faith changing their customs and traditions (and vice-versa).
This caused a major issue when the Shamans, preachers of the faith, decided to elect the elements of Rock and Earth as the primary focus of the faith, the patron elements of the Danshahi people. These elements had in fact become the main focus of worship on Runqepu and as such, the Shamans residing in the capital believed this to be a reality for all the Danshahi.
This decision caused great outrage throughout the island and and tensions began to rise, reaching their peak in 6147, when the Shamans decided to enforce their decision, and convinced the leader of the tribe to pass a law forbidding the worship of any other element. This triggered the First Elemental war, one of the bloodiest of all Danshapu civil wars.
First Elemental War
Main Article: First Elemental War
Started in 6147, the first elemental war forever changed the culture and inner politics of Danshapu. During the war, the people of each region began organizing into clans, together with others who believed in the same element. The goal of the war was to either for one clan to unite the Danshahi under the the worship of one element, or to guarantee the rights of a clan to worship a different one.
The war lasted for 2 years, during which some clans were almost annihilated, and the general population of Danshapu plummeted. One of newly formed clans were the Su Clan, a clan of people who worshiped nature, animals and plants. This clan gave great value to life, and as such, didn't want to win the war, only to preserve their beliefs, while avoiding as much bloodshed as possible. They organized an impressive defense, supported by their recent settlement on a second island (Sunuxipu).
Following their victory, the Su clan reformed the society of Danshapu, dividing it permanently into clans, allowing each of them to dedicate themselves to a particular element. They then assigned land to these clans, guaranteeing there would be no conflict between people of different beliefs. From this decision resulted the initial 8 clans:
The Su clan became the ruling clan, the chief of which would also fill the position of Taytho of Danshapu, ruling over all of the clans from a neutral city which would be founded on the newly discovered island of Juzpu. This city became known as Tayozepu, meaning "High Chief's Seat". The faith, the shamans who previously caused the war, became the Hi clan, and were given the tiny island of Xijitepu. The small Ge clan wasn't given any land at first, and instead lived in the capital, functioning as the royal guard and royal army of Danshapu.
This was the beginning of the Su Dynasty, the first dynasty to rule Danshapu. Following the coronation of the first High Chief, Oletho I Midsu, the country entered a period of exploration, inspired by the recent discovery of more islands by the Su clan. This lead to small settlements being build on almost all islands of the archipelago. However, full scale colonization had to be delayed due to the low population of the country following the bloody and violent war. With many clans on the brink of extinction, some islands (particularly the Ajitepu Islands), were even ignored, being claimed by some clans, but settled by none.