|United Oases of Shohai
Shohai (Language: Country [IPA]), officially the United Oases of Shohai, is a country located in central Akulanen, bordered to the west by Magali, to the southeast by Amerhan and to the east by TBD. It is known by it's impenetrable geographical position, having successfully fended off Terminia for many centuries, and by it's dates, which historically were and for the most part still are it's main export.
- 1 Etymology
- 2 History
- 3 Geography
- 4 Politics
- 5 Economy
- 6 Demographics
- 7 Culture
- 8 See also
c. 50,000 BCE: First migration wave of humans in Soltenna, arriving from Ekuosia through Terminian land bridges, with first steps on Soltenna being on modern-day Quaxin Xun.
c. 3000 BCE: Ngerupic peoples, speaking Wa Ñi, begin to spread throughout Akulanen from their initial Urheimat in what is now northwestern Magali. This diffusion is mainly due to the cultivation of cassava and other tubers.
c.500 BCE: Ngerupic peoples have spread into Shohai, with the main focus of occupation being the northern coast, by Wanyima-Wanyoa tribes. Occupation of the arid inland was still extremely sparse.
With the introduction of goats, the first reliable source of animal protein in the arid interior, and the drive to cultivate Date Palms, a luxury crop not possible to cultivate elsewhere in the Letsatian Empire's expanse, but extensively suitable to the oases in Shohai's interior, interior shohai is more thoroughly settled, although the population remains small due to the comparatively small amount of arable land.
Camels were also introduced in Shohai during Letsatian rule. Letsatian written accounts indicate the introduction happened in 87 CE when an eccentric letsatian noble by the name of Nagjes Šjelkor fled to Shohai with his family, bringing with him, among other things, a few dozen pet camels. Camels proved to be a very efficient pack animal and quickly popularized throughout the area.
After Mañi raiders cut Letsatia's maritime routes in the 150's CE they lost control of most of the northern coast, but due to the high-profile date farming the empire held out to XXX, the main settlement in northern Shohai, in the delta of the XXX river.
Although XXX was sacked multiple times by Mañi raiders, Letsatia mostly held control, even attempting reconquest, what drove many Mañi populations inland. Ultimately XXX was lost in the sacking of 191 CE which Letsatia didn't recover from since the occupation of Magali was already too deeply compromised.
Through the 180's, the desert populations seized the date farms and blocked the southern passes to Amerhan, effectively ending letsatian rule.
Due the great loss of manpower and infrastructure during the repeated sieges and sackings, XXX's position as a local power greatly dwindled, it eventually fell into the control of the Pacanti Tattini Kingdom in the 4th century. For the next few centuries the interior reorganized, developing a tradition focusing in trade and strong community bonds.
While the way of life remained mostly unchanged for the period, political structures began to shift more substantially in this period. With the increasingly powerful and increasingly cross-community Merchant and Military 'moiety/clan/castes' during the 4th and 5th centuries CE, Shohai begin to shift from primarily centered at the oasis city-state level to a more encompassing political structure. In the early 7th century, with XXX reestablished, after being a satellite of northern magalese states for a few centuries, and ruled by the Merchant 'moiety/clan/caste' a nominally united Shohaian State was first established. In practice, XXX held little effective power in Shohai's interior, which was de facto pluricentric, the most powerful of those being YYY.
Classical/Golden Age Period?
Attempted invasion of Magali?