|Republic of Nevira
|Ethnic groups (2012)||29% Jenethi
490,755 sq mi
|Time zone||Delta Time (SCT +3)
Eastern Time (SCT +4)
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Nevira (Nevesh: Neveneś /nɛβɛnɛɕ/), officially the Republic of the Delta (Neviran: Tukeṫḳeŧ Neveneś /tʉkɛtʼkʼɛθ nɛβɛnɛɕ/), is a country located in Lower Ekuosia. Nevira is considered a regional power in Baredina, having the largest economy on the continent and being an influential member of the Ekuosian Union. It is the successor of two former empires, the Neviran Empire which conquered large swathes of Ekuosia and Puzimm after the advent of gunpowder, and the Saruan Empire which spread along the eastern coast of Baredina and across the Saru Sea to Lahan and northern Ystel. In the modern day, Nevira is a thriving social democracy with generally high standards of living and relatively little inequality.
The name Nevira was first attributed to the region by the Old Adzamian speaking Adzamic Empire, who called it nevirat [nɛvɪʁɐt], meaning 'swamp.' The Nevesh name, Neveneś, derives from proto-Neviric *nivi:<ni>xe: 'delta,' which is a cognate to the Adzamic term, both tracing back to Proto-Ekuo-Lahiri *nepí<na>hee, probably meaning 'swamp or wetland.'
Nevira has been inhabited by hominids for millions of years, and by early modern humans since shortly after they evolved. Its prehistory is being continually expanded on through archaeological efforts, and its written history is long, going back to [early]. While the modern country was established only in 1893, shortly after the collapse of the Saruan Empire in 1889, most Nevirans consider themselves and their state to be the direct descendant of the Neviran Empire, which which was established in the 15th century.
The Neviric peoples who now make up the majority population of Nevira descend from the Ekuo-Lahiri people, who originated near the Kasingadh lakes in the Ekuosian desert. During the Adzo-Neviric migration, the ancestors of the Neviric and Adzamic peoples migrated southeast through the then-green desert over a few centuries, splitting into several distinct peoples along the way; those that were to become the Neviric peoples reached the Ekuos Delta around 2000 BCE (or earlier?). Over the next four hundred years, they established dominance over the other peoples in the region, but mostly remained within the delta zone, living in small, independent communities.
Archaeological evidence indicates that permanently settled, agrarian communities with thousands of inhabitants began to arise in the Delta region by at least 2500 BCE.
Ancient period (BCE 1500–52)
Writing is first attested in the region from around 2000 BCE, but was not commonplace until c. 1500.
By the 800s BCE, some settlements had developed into city-states. Among the largest and wealthiest were Luxasmal (/luxasmal/) and Nounnous (Nouunouus, /noˌu:.noˈu:s/), along the delta in the southern Jennuzu region.
The extinct Luxasi language is indirectly attested through contact with early Adzamic scholars, and appears to have been Neviric. The Luxasiin traded extensively with their neighbours up and down the Ekuos river and, by BCE 350, controlled a significant portion of the inland reaches of the delta, becoming a central power and trading hub of the region. The city of Nounnous, whose inhabitants may have been pre-Neviric, lay [distance] downstream and controlled a sizeable coastal area. There is substantial evidence of cyclical periods of tension and war in the area.
Adzamic Period (BCE 53-689)
With the encroaching threat of the Adzamic Empire, which began expanding into modern Nevira by BCE 53, the cities of Luxasmal and Nounnous and the territories they controlled decided to form a tactical alliance, which evolved into the first united Kingdom of the Delta by CE 112. They were able to resist the agressive Adzamians, to an extent that imperial scholars wrote respectfully of their military prowess, and the Adzamian general Bevamuud 'ay Tilyaraazi refused the order to invade in 253. In 416, the Empire signed a peace treaty with the Delta, allowing them to maintain their borders and total sovereignty, in exchange for which the kingdom would not interfere with further Adzamic conquest in the area.
When the Adzamic Empire converted to the Holy Adzamian Empire in 638, the new dynasty summarily annulled its treaties with the Delta and invaded it. It managed to conquer both key cities, although serendipitously, there was almost no overlap between its possession of both locales. By 1940 it had stormed Luxasmal unsuccessfully on three separate occasions, and so it changed tact; it entered a prolonged siege, surrounding both cities, cutting them off from their tributary villages, and then from each other. It managed to capture Nounnous first, largely in thanks to a catastrophic tsunami that devastated much of the coastal city in 640.
Seven years later, in a desperate attempt to secure the region (one of many falling into civil unrest following wildly unpopular religious reforms enforced by the Empire across its subjects), and in one of history's most unlikely series of events, the Adzamians successfully captured Luxasmal—only to have their reduced military presence in Nounnous immediately overthrown. Among the rebels who freed Nounnous, a large faction were the Nousnakkiithi ('escaping traitors'), who were low-ranking, non-Adzamian conscript soldiers of the Empire and who defected en masse, either refusing to continue the fight or actively rebelling against their former commanders. The rebellion took several weeks to successfully oust the remaining Imperial loyalists and secure the city, although popular understanding (following embellished stories) claim that no sooner had the Adzamic general proclaimed victory than he was informed that Nounnous was lost.
The Empire never managed to regain Nounnous, and held Luxasmal only from 647–689.
Post-Adzamic Period (690–1400)
Following its successful rebellion, Nounnous became the undisputed cultural, political, and economic power in what had been the Adzamic province of Nevirat. It had, to its advantage, several years of independence to recover from the subjugation of the Empire, as well as the tsunami which had devastated many other coastal communities, allowing it to more swiftly reorganize and accumulate power and capital. It became the seat of its own Kingdom.
Other city-states, some of which had been established or significantly built up by the conquering Adzamians, also began to break free of the Empire one by one.
Then there was a power vacuum and a lot of wars.
Neviran Empire (1405–1524)
By the early 1400s, Nevira had slowly begun to unify. In the 1430s, the Jenethi took control over the entirety of Nevira and declared themselves leaders of the Neviric peoples. The 1450s saw a wave of assimilation as Jenethi rulers sought to homogenize the country in hopes of minimizing internal conflicts. Even after the resistance was defeated and shamed, the emperor continued to build up the military, having a strong desire to "uplift" other Ekuosian nations through conquest.
The first emperor of the actual Neviric Empire, Pexuget Magazuk Ethehaqdez si Novekat, shared a similar but less extreme desire (coupled with a hunger for power). Just two years after coming into power, Novekat ordered the Neviran military to invade the west.
Later they also took over some stuff to the north.
The invention of gunpowder was essential to the rapid development of the Neviran Empire, but also to its decline. As conquered peoples acquired the new technology they were able to fight back more effectively.
Interimperial period (1525–1611)
The collapse of the Neviran Empire left a chaotic array of small splintered states across Ekuosia and Puzimm.
Saruan Empire (1612–1889)
In the early 1600s Nevira became the seat of another empire, this one mainly focused on overseas expansion into Lahan and Ystel, as well as much of Povania and southern Puzimm. This empire was longer-lived than the previous, remaining a formal empire until the 1840s. Even after the official dissolution of the empire, Nevira maintained some control over some of its former colonial assets into the 1880s.
First Republic of the Delta (1750–1900)
The Saruan Empire began to face internal turmoil after [significant event]. A civil war broke out when many lords rebelled against the royal family, compounded with popular uprisings. In late 1888, the royal palace in Yisma was razed to the ground. The formation of the Republic of the Delta was declared shortly after. However, much of its Ekuosian possessions, including all of Povania and northern Nevira, had become independent by this time. The Republic of the Delta annexed the remnants of the Saruan Empire in its entirety, and expelled many members of the nobility in Lahan and Ystel to prevent the formation of a government-in-exile.
Vive la révolution.
Almost all of Nevira has a humid subtropical climate, which is quite warm and even in the winter does not typically reach freezing. The north of the country is hotter and split into monsoon and savannah regions, both of which experience wet and dry season cycles, and rarely dip below 10° C. Most areas can reach very high temperatures of 35° or higher in the summer/dry season.
Nevira is mostly subtropical, with tropics in the north and islands. The country was originally forested, with tropical rainforest in the north and deciduous broadleaf forest in the south, although much of its territory is now dedicated to agriculture, mining, and lumber sectors, which has decreased biodiversity, with some species becoming natively extinct.
Nevira was the site of a few important domestication vents, including the pig, the silkworm, and several species of millet.
Nevira is divided into [number] states.
Science and technology
Nevira is home to many ethnic groups, including Neviric peoples, pre-Neviric inhabitants, and a sizeable immigrant community.
The main Neviric groups are the Jenethi, As'ajbethi, Viyethi, and Povani. Pre-Neviric groups include the Sgen people. There is a sizeable community of people with Lahani ancestry. First-generation immigrants are principally from neighbouring Lower Ekuosian countries, although there are also many others.
The official and most-spoken language is Nevesh with almost 90 million native speakers, and most other citizens speaking it as a second language.
The majority of Nevirans follow branches of the Quurožarq religion.