Goal

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Cufan, Góal, Gohayal, Goian, Hoâyal
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Area
 -  367,491.4 km2
141,889 sq mi
Population
 -  estimate 31,240,000
 -  Density 85/km2
220.1/sq mi

Goal is a country located on the northern coast of Nagu.

Etymology

The country is named for its largest lake, Lake Goal.

Geography

Climate

Goal has primarily a hot Mediterranean climate (Koppen classification Csa).

Biodiversity

The chaparral scrublands around Lake Goal contain many native species of cultural and economic importance, including Datura inoxia, Hesperoyucca whipplei, various species of pinyons, Heteromeles arbutifolia, Nasella pulchra, Umbellularia spp., and Salvia columbariae.

The fungus Coccidioides immitis, which causes a lung disease known as Goal fever, is endemic to the country.

History

Prehistoric era: pinyon and acorn as staple foods in the south, semi-nomadism. shell middens along the coast. fals formerly widespread in the north and driven out of the coastal areas by humans and astalvi

'classical' era: confederation of human and astalvi city-states on the coast.

'medieval' era: Canangamese religion adopted in parts, an inland Prra-Blen speaking polity starts holy wars to subjugate the other inlanders for tribute, attempts to reach the coast but fails to conquer most of it. coast begins to unite into a few specific polities, with some independent city-states surviving

early modern era: export of astalvi goods and Astalva culture, iconography, exoticism to the world. first Goal Civil War, end of human and astalvi slavery (fals slavery continues).

modern era: incorporation of the last independent city states. nominal end of fals slavery. banking sector expands. Second Goal Civil War, Kuulists lost, anti-Kuulist politics are the norm and Kuulism suppressed. industrialization of farming, introduction of high-yield GMO crops.

Economy

The economy of coastal Goal is heavily based on trade. Historically, the coast served as a trading nexus between the rest of Nagu and Boroso, Akulanen, and the countries of the Draconic Sea. The interior, especially near Lake Goal, has a highly agricultural economy.

Coastal people are very urbanized, modern, multi-ethnic/multi-species. Wealth from agriculture (as well as other rural industries such as pottery) flows from the fields to the coast, and modern imports (both technologic and cultural) flow back to the agricultural areas.

Demographics

Distribution of the major language families within Goal

Species

Multiple species live in the coastal cities of Goal. The species indigenous to Goal are humans, astalvi, and fals. Humans make up a plurality of the country, but the astalvi population is fairly high as well. The fals population is low, with a majority of fals being immigrants. There is also a small kav immigrant population.

Human 46%
Astalvi 44%
Fals 7%
Kav 3%

Language

Many different languages are spoken on Goal, including Prra, Sevaric, and Ambaroid languages. Most of the Gulai languages are endemic to the Lake Goal area.

Mablic is one of the official languages of Goal, and is used commonly in international trade and commerce.

Culture

Religion

Traditional funerary practices among the Gulai speakers are cremation, with the bone remains being placed in an earthenware pot and covered with a mix of water and spices, including anise myrtle and bay laurel.

Among most of the peoples indigenous to Goal, Datura inoxia is regarded as sacred and used in religious rituals such as the dayma festival, as well as a medicine.

Art

Gulai ceramics were traditionally made in a tunnel kiln, with handcarved wooden tools being used to imprint distinctive patterns into the clay. Ceramics were such a specific skilled craft that entire villages would specialize in it. Today the remaining potter's villages predominantly produce wares for export to the wealthy cities of the coast, either for their use or for export onward to other countries.

Traditional basketry is made from Hesperoyucca whipplei fibers.

Symbols

The Datura inoxia flower is a major symbol of the country, and the country's flag is based on a very stylized rendering of the flower.

See also