Holy Adzamian Empire
|Holy Adzamic Empire|
The Empire at its greatest extent, and the tributary Hafsighi Kingdom.
The Holy Adzamian Empire (Old Adzamian: Adsami þarTahidonzaqqaa, IPA: /ɐdsɐmɪ θɐχtɐhɪdʌnʃɐq'a:/) also called the Holy Adzamic Empire, and HAE for short, was the immediate successor state of the massive Adzamic Empire. As it began with all of the lands of its predecessor, it was once a massive empire stretching across a third of northern Baredina, touching the ocean on three coasts. Unlike its predecessor, which had mainly been a trade empire which afforded its subjects fairly decent treatment, the HAE became a brutal theocracy, administered from northern present-day Tabiqa. Its harsh rule was met with swift and organized rebellion, and it lost most of its territory within the first hundred years, leading to a total collapse in the early 900s.
The Adzamic Empire transitioned into the Holy Adzamian Empire in 638 CE with the death of Nes IV and the seizure of the throne by Qasiidi bol Aaneya, a fanatic follower of the Ümbol faith and a military ŧer.
At its inception, which was also its height, the HAE lay claim to all the land of the former Adzamic Empire. Administered from Khulfa (now Ziathi), the HAE spanned Baredina from the Gulf of Ishenar in the west to the Saru Sea in the east, and the Paršita in the north. This covered many different climates and biomes, including snow-capped mountains, vast deserts, savannah and scrubland, temperate shorelines, and tropical rainforests. It claimed control of the majority of the Ekuos river as well as the Tabiq and Anuxaz rivers.
However, it devolved rapidly, losing large swathes of its territory very rapidly. For most of its existence, the HAE covered little more than modern-day Dzimur, Tabiqa minus Osuria, and parts of the Povan Union, making it a decisively desert nation.
The Empire was a theocracy built on the values of a the Hemetarq subsect of Thazayin. Unlike most other denominations (throughout history and to the present day), Hemetarq was a strictly structured, hierarchical sect that promoted proselytizing or forced conversion. Hemetarq was both influenced by and formed in hostile reaction to Iovism, the expanding and powerful faith of north-western Ekuosia.