|Independent Union of Tuanmali Republics
|Official languages||Azen, Taara|
|Recognised national languages||Mwamban, Lorhan, Uunen, some other things|
|Government||Federal parliamentary republic|
|-||Prime Minister (Azen: Adezgel)||Kitse Dzene|
|Independence from Mwamba|
320,897 sq mi
|Time zone||EBT, CBT (SCT-2, -3)|
Tuanmali (IPA: /tua:n.ˈma.li/), officially the Independent Union of Tuanmali Republics, is a country located on the northeast coast of Boroso, bordered to the east by the Taanttu Gulf. Bavkirak borders it to the northeast, Taanttu directly to the north, Dhwer to the northwest, Lhavres to the west, and Mwamba to the southwest and south.
Prior to the arrival of the Tuanmali people, the area of modern Tuanmali was largely inhabited by Mwambans. The Tuanmali dalar are not native to Boroso, but rather originated in Alpa. Around 500 CE, the Tuanmali migrated from Alpa to Miraria as nomadic fishermen and sailors, drifting by boat along the eastern and southern coasts of Miraria before reaching Boroso. Though initially living and traveling almost exclusively on their ships, a friendly political climate led to the founding of several settlements along the coast of northeast Boroso circa 1000 AD, first as temporary gathering places for clans or as trade markets with land dwellers, becoming permanently inhabited by dalar over time.
In the late 1300s, Bavkirak conquered much of modern-day Tuanmali. In response, most dalar moved south, consolidating in the area of Wīcos, which had previously been controlled by Mwambans. Jozon also greatly expanded at this time, rapidly growing from a small fishing village to an established port city. While always nominally under Bavkir rule, the large numbers of Mwamban humans and Tuanmali dalar in Wīcos meant the city always maintained a certain amount of cultural distinction. In the early 1700s, as the Bavkirak Empire began to collapse, Wīcos and the surrounding area became nominally independent. Dalar gained increasing political control, though the population remained split between Mwamban humans, Bavkir humans, and Tuanmali dalar.
In 1829, the city became subjugated again when the Mwamban Empire expanded into all of modern-day Tuanmali. Popular independence movements gathered steam in the late 1840s, led mainly by dalar as the region's human population had been depleted by the Mwamban army draft. In 1862, with the Mwamban Empire under external pressure from multiple fronts, the dalar-led movement successfully retook Wīcos and Jozon, seizing a significant portion of the Mwamban fleet that had been stationed there.
Throughout the late 1800s, Tuanmali solidified power, establishing relationships with other post-Mwamban states and incorporating some into the federation. Tuanmali's modern borders were established with the 1921 annexation of Kīmi Kīmis We and Altūnwelēnīn.
Tropical rainforest. Hot and rainy, except for the mountains.
A very squabbly democracy. There's a million political parties, so it's coalitions and voting blocs all over the place. A prime minister, Kitse Dzene, theoretically runs the circus. There's also a president, Nebāb Cumiz. Fairly liberal.
Tuanmali is split into twenty-one semi-independent states that answer to a central government.
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Eastern Tuanmali is dominated by the dalar, who make up over 75% of the population. Much of the remaining quarter are humans, with a small number of Kavs and Astalvi mostly in the largest coastal cities. Western Tuanmali is more evenly split, with perhaps a 60% human population, 40% dalar population.
The dalar in Tuanmali are primarily of the Tuanmali panethnic group. About a third of the dalar population are ethnically Tuanmalis, a quarter are Lorhan, and a sixth are Uunen. The other quarter of the population is made up of other, smaller groups, including some Sanmrans who are recent immigrants.
Most humans in Sanmra are of Borosan heritage, mostly of Bavkir and Mwamban origin.
The official languages of Tuanmali are Azen, spoken by most dalar and many humans, and Taara, spoken by about half of humans and smaller groups of dalar. Other widely-spoken languages include Mwamban (spoken primarily by humans), Lorhan (spoken by dalar), and Uunen (spoken by dalar).
Most Tuanmali are Devotionist, but among dalar, syncretism with dalar kowut is common--specifically, the five-god form, with Jet being identified with the Unnamed God of kowut as the ultimate creator of the universe. Traditional Tuanmali kowut is noticeably different from the Sanmran version, focusing less on ancestor mediation and worship and more on the spirits that are believed to permeate all natural things, both living and inanimate. Humans generally follow a more "pure" form of Devotionism.
When Sanmran dalar began immigrating to Tuanmali in the 1900s, they brought with them Sanmran kowut, which has grown to mild popularity. Tuanmali practitioners of Sanmran kowut tend to be more strongly "religious" than Sanmrans, strictly observing holidays and practicing rituals that in Sanmra are generally only performed by the most devout and by temple priests and priestesses. In some areas, Sanmran kowut is viewed as something of a cult with an unhealthy fixation on death; some Tuanmali believers also place importance on proselytizing, which furthers the cult-like accusations.