Kingdom of Thap

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Kingdom of Thap
Senzá Thapų
Dynasty
803–1685
 


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Approximate size of the Kingdom of Thap before its dissolution.
Approximate size of the Kingdom of Thap before Neviran arrival (red) and colonization (yellow).
Capital Not specified
Government Monarchy
Historical era Antiquity
 •  Established 803
 •  Disestablished 1685
Warning: Value not specified for "continent"

The Kingdom of Thap, also simply called Thap, was a relatively large and highly organized civilization on pre-colonial Lahan whose former territory is entirely contained within modern-day Thuyo. It was founded around Weru bay in approximately CE 803, and grew inland along the Thamberí River and its main tributaries. By the time of Neviran arrival in the 1600s, it was approximately ¿? km² in size and had 81,000 inhabitants. It enjoyed trade relations with neighbouring tribes and the Luyuan Confederacy and Thawuyan Kingdom.

Several distinctive megalithic structures remain from the Kingdom's early days, including several temples, a palace, and a walled city site called Pá'ózi, which may have been the original capital, Yęhį. According to Thuyan oral tradition, the first capital city of Thap sank under the ocean; archaeological evidence from Pe'ozi show that it was subject to multiple torrential floods and/or tsunamis approximately 1,000 years ago, which could have inundated the settlement for multiple years.

After Neviran colonizers of the Saruan Empire arrived in 1631, Thap was recognized as a "relatively civilized" region, and the newcomers worked to gain favour with its noble and mercantile classes, promising wealth and expansion in return for access to their land and working classes. In the words of one Neviran explorer,

The people of Lahan are mostly dull-witted, naïve, homeless savages who endlessly wander the continent in search of food and freshwater, carrying their lodgings and tools on their back or creating them anew as they go, or stealing them from the few civilized camps they stumble upon [...] The singular exception we have so far encountered are the Ṫap, who have formed an actual (although primitive) society on the southwestern shores of Lahan. They recognize a monarch, Khá Táchuli, by divine authority, who rules a region nearly as large as the Delta from a monumental palace built of basalt and coral [...] The Ṫap people are clever and organized enough that we have been able to form advantageous trading partnerships with them, lending weapons and technology in return for their chut and the rights to make camp and trade on their lands. The Ṫap monarch was easily convinced that a partnership with us could help to expand the territory and reach of the kingdom, bringing them glory and wealth. [...] Nonetheless when the time comes this small country will, too, be easy to pull under Neviran control.

— Ishenne Ikkushut, Observational logs, CE 1???, translated from Classical Neviran

The Kingdom more than doubled in size with the help of Neviran technology and strategy. At the same time, Nevirans were intermarrying with the locals, including the royal families, and in the next generation, manoeuvred their Ząe children into positions of power. By 1?00 Nevira had de facto control over much of the Thap government, and installed a puppet monarch who helped annex the country into the Saruan Empire as the province of Misanet.

The Ząe lines remained in power until the Balak purchase of Thuyo in 1868.