|The Kingdom of Sonka
|Motto: "Wó somááko tídííloginkon"
Land of eternity
|Anthem: March of the King|
Location of Sonka on Sahar
|Government||Constitutional Elective Monarchy|
|-||Prime Minister||Bankil Yibyalno|
|-||Upper house||Higher Noble Assembly|
|-||Lower house||Lower Noble Assembly|
|Independence from Balakia|
|-||Dissolution of the Balak Empire||October 2nd 1963|
264,964 sq mi
Sonka (Sonkhai: Sonkāā Sonkáá), officially the Kingdom of Sonka (Sonkhai: Sonkāā Vōbˤīīvaapa Sonkáá Wóbhííwaapa), is a country in Northern Puzimm bordering Ogtop. Sonka has been an influential minor power in Puzimm throughout its history, having been an independent kingdom for several hundred years before the arrival of the Balaks in 1863. Sonka has seen the rise of several dynasties ruling over the northern coast of Puzimm and along the X river, each serving as small trade powers within the Prime Corridor. After the death of X in 1863, the nobles of Sonka would elect the Balak noble Jimâşim Zonkamâ to the throne, effectively placing Sonka in a union with the Balak Empire. Thanks to its unique status, Sonka would enjoy little harsh treatment compared to other Balak colonial possessions, Sonka would in exchange provide great wealth to the Balak Empire through gold(?). Sonka would be the last constituent of the Balak Empire before it was dissolved in 1963, effectively making Sonka an independent state. Sonka would see a stable existence until 19XX, where a popular revolution reduced the traditional powers of the king and modernized Sonka’s traditional elective monarchy.
The name Sonka comes from the current ruling dynasty, the Sonka Dynasty. The Sonka Dynasty has been de jure ruling in Sonka since 1863, with the election of Jimâşim Zonkamâ as King of Sonka, but has been de facto ruling since 1963. There is an active debate in Sonka on whether the country would be renamed should another dynasty be elected to power, and has reached no consensus in the Noble Assembly.
Humans first migrated to Sonka in X. It is estimated that ~1.8BCE the Ngo-Sonkhai group arrived in what is now the far Southwest of modern Sonka. While it is estimated that the Saru-Asurans arrived in what is now the Northern coast of Sonka ~2.5BCE. Sonka is believed to be the urheimat of the Ngo-Sonkhai languages, with the Ngo language groups later migrating to Ebo in ~XBCE.
The first Dynasty of Sonka
The first true Kingdom in the area of Sonka was founded around 1100 CE, and collapsed around 1120 CE. Knowledge of this kingdom is minuscule due to lack of written records and archaeological findings. The next kingdom is thought to be founded around after the previous one's collapse, it expanded greatly under the king known as [Placeholder-Name1], who brought it to its greatest height around 1160 CE. After King [Placeholder-Name1]'s death, the kingdom fell into decline and disrepair. While his son managed to hold the kingdom together throughout his reign, the next king lost all control and the kingdom collapsed.
After the death of King [GREEN], and the short lived King [GREEN2], the kingdom collapsed into feuding fiefdoms. This period continued for four decades before King [Ocean2] united all of the various states through conquest. King [Ocean2] gained the nickname "the Slaughterer" for the efficiency in which he defeated his enemies in battle after battle.
The second Dynasty of Sonka
Under the next series of kings, Sonka continued to gradually expand its empire. Conquering lands east of the X river, and at its height, controlling lands as far west as lake X.
Civil war and the third dynasty
X. In 1852, King X ruled, he was determined to open Sonka to the outside world, and so throughout 1852-1857, diplomatic ties were established with numerous nations, including the Balak Kingdom of Zondush in 1852.
Colonisation of Sonka
Balakia colonised Sonka in 1863 following the election of Jimâşim I as King of Sonka. This effectively made Sonka part of the (insert Balak state) state, and granted Balakia unprecedented power in the region. This was not without resistance within Sonka, there was no precedent for electing a foreign sovereign to the throne, much less a non-Puzimmese sovereign. Further controversy lay in the fact that Jimâşim was elected in absentia, as it was traditional for all potential candidates to gather as the Noble Assembly cast their votes for King. These factors made the election of Jimâşim a hotly contested issue, one that would eventually spill over into civil war.
Following the contested election of Jimâşim in 1863, two factions began to form in the Noble Assembly: those who either supported the Zonkamâs or maintained that the election was fair, and those who contested the election results or favored a domestic king. Kok'oo Byabóó, an already influential noble within the Noble Assembly, began to rally those dissatisfied with the election in support of a nullification of the election. His posturing eventually got [somebody who’s in charge of the vote] to call a controversial re-count. The Zonkamâ loyalists, viewing this as an act of treason, raised the arm forces with the intention to arrest Kok'oo Byabóó and his faction, but they were tipped off, and fled to Ngowa. Following this, the Anti-Zonkamâ forces declared Kok'oo Byabóó to be the new king, and began a war to liberate Sonka of Zonkamâ support. X
Under the Balak Empire, Sonka was granted many freedoms and luxuries not afforded to other colonies within the empire. As the Emperor of Balakia was subject to the whims of the Noble Assembly, who could easily end Zonkamâ rule over the country by popular election of a new king. The Balaks sought to avoid another incident such as that of the Noble War, and so granted many rights and autonomies to Sonka that were uncommon in other areas in the empire. In exchange, Sonkhai nobles helped extract various resources for the empire, and provided a solid overseas support base for the royal family. X
The White War
During the White War Sonka was...
Sonka was peacefully granted independence from Balakia on October 2nd 1963 in the wake of the dissolution of the Balak Empire. The newly reformed Noble Assembly elected that the Sonka Dynasty should remain in power, with Sonka X being declared king. After Sonka X died, his son Sonka Ayam was elected by the Noble Assembly, and is the current reigning monarch in Sonka.
Sonka is almost completely covered with thick dense jungle, which house a variety of wildlife. Sonka has six major lakes, and one main river, the X river.
Sonka is very wet, with an average of 2475 to 4974 millimeters of rain per year.
Sonka hosts a wide variety of life within its vast jungles.
Sonka is a Constitutional Elective Monarchy, the monarch having very few privledges in government. The Sonkhai Parliament, the Noble Assembly, is the legislative body of the country, as well as the body which elects the future Kings of Sonka. The Noble Assembly is the oldest government institution in Sonka, having existed since X. The Noble Assembly is a bicameral legislature divided into the Lower Assembly and the Higher Assembly, with members of the Lower Assembly being elected by the general populous and the Higher Assembly being made up of members recommended by the Prime Minister and approved by the King. X
Sonka maintains strong relations with its former colonizer Balakia. Balak is a co-official language along with Sonkhai, and is the most commonly spoken second language in Sonka.
Science and technology
Sonka has many ethnic groups, the largest being the Sonkhai, of which the country is named after. Most diversity is concentrated in the south.
The official languages of Sonka are Sonkhai and Balak, but there are many more minority languages. Sonkhai is a language within the greater Trans-Puzimm family written in the Vaniuan script. Balak was widely used as a lingua franca before the independence of Sonka. After independence, the government discouraged the use of Balak, in favor of Sonkhai, although it maintained official status. Balak is still widely spoken amongst the peoples of the south as a second language.
Traditional Sonkhai music is X. Some famous modern examples of Sonkhai music are the Sons of Sonka, X, and X.
Sonka is a significant member of SIFA.