View of an older portion of Hafsigh
|Nickname(s): "City of Kings"|
|First settled||c.1200 BCE|
|• City||883 km2 (341 sq mi)|
|• Density||4,300/km2 (11,000/sq mi)|
Hafsigh (pronunciation: /häf'siɰ/) is a city located by Lake Wadan in the west-central Algazi Union. Hafsigh is the oldest Algazi city, and was the center of a major kingdom from c.200 CE to 1078. A civil war beginning in that year led to the weakened kingdom's dissolution and a period of economic and demographic decline for the city. Today, Hafsigh is the fourth-largest city in the Algazi Union and a major cultural center.
The historic center of Hafsigh is located on a large peninsula in Lake Wadan, though the city now encompasses several former villages located along the lakeshore.
Located along a boundary between areas tropical savanna (Aw) and desert climates, Hafsigh typically has hot weather with highly variable amounts of rainfall; a wet year can see as much as 700 mm of precipitation, while a dry year can receive as little as 300 mm.
Hafsigh is home to a number of major Algazi cultural institutions, many of which date back to the Hafsighi Kingdom of the middle ages. The most famous is the Academy of Hayan, founded in 886 by King Hayan the Wise and today the most prestigious university in the Algazi Union.