|The Holy and Sovereign Kingdom of Kizan
Naacğ ir Toḍilik Mizbaarşoq Kiḍan
|Government||Unitary theocratic one-party state|
Kizan (Kizan: Kiḍan [kiðã]), officially the Holy and Sovereign Kingdom of Kizan, is a country located in northeastern Vaniu. It is bordered by Ayozia to the south.
- 1 Etymology
- 2 History
- 3 Geography
- 4 Politics
- 5 Economy
- 6 Demographics
- 7 Culture
- 8 See also
The name "Kizan" comes from the late Kalkali words kiḍan meaning "cold land," referring to the arid desert climate of much of the country.
The territory of Kizan was originally inhabited by proto-Eastern Vaniuans and later by early Kalkalic tribes. In 520 CE, the prophet Zarasa, who was rumoured to have achieved enlightenment in the mountains of northern Kizan, better known as the Hoḍat, brought the beliefs of the First Enlightenment and monotheism to the largely pagan population. Kizan was also part of the Tamir Khanate, from which the Kizani ruling dynasty emerged; the Qotoghid dynasty claims to have ruled Kizan in the name of Thagha since the fall of the Tamir Khanate in 1220. (Many Kizani rulers have claimed legitimate descent from the Great Horde, but this is highly contested and widely accepted as false.)
Kizan is constitutionally Zarasaist, and public worship of religions other than Zarasaism is illegal.
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The Kizani language is spoken by the vast majority of Kizanis. It is an Eastern Vaniuan language descended from Kalkali. The language has been used alongside Nashaghan as a local language, and many Nashaghan words have been loaned into Kizani. Jazaghan, although with limited presence, was also formerly spoken in Kizan by southern Vaniuan merchants. Minority and immigrant languages include Ayozi, Balak, and Koman.
The vast majority of Kizan is Zarasaist; gharams (Kizani: ğaarmaz) are ubiquitous throughout the country, even in the sparsely populated cities within the deserts and steppes of central Kizan.