|Holy Empire of Xhodiar
Қыоӆгыс дѝл Зъоӆакэ Зъоӆоҭго
|Motto: "Сфо ҵжаҳхы ﷲ"
The Gods watch over us
|-||1917||The Holy Union|
770,849.48 sq mi
|Time zone||SXT (SCT+2)|
|-||Summer (DST)||not observed (SCT)|
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Xhodiar (/ˈhəʊdiɑr/, Xhorial: Қыоӆгыс, tr. Qioľgis /qʼs̩ʔoǁʱɣ̍ʃ/), officially the Holy Realm of Xhodiar, is a unitary state located in southern Baredina. It borders the Holy Xhovian Empire to the north and Nolcik to the south. The state is governed by the Hykiri who exercise jurisdiction over 20 provinces and one capital province, where the capital city, Lelig, is located. The country has 56 million inhabitants, primarily centred in the northern third of the country, along the coast and rivers.
Xhodiar emerged as one of the earliest civilisations in Baredina. For millennia, the Ancient Xhovian Empire was ruled by non-hereditary monarchies who were regarded as important spiritual leaders. The rulers are known as Hykiri, natively Hayqhiwhi, and continue to be the heads of state in Xhodiar and the state religion, Xhiuism, to this day.
Expansion to the west caused the empire to fracture into numerous smaller states. After the northern nation alliance of 750, Xhodiar entered a period of semi-isolation, only keeping contact with nearby Xhovian nations. This isolation was strictly maintained for only a few decades after which contact with more distant nations slowly began again. The Xhovian states in the region continued to war sporadically until the Holy Unification of 1917 when the armies of the Hykiri of inner Xhodiar took the southern-most regions of the nation, with military aid from the Holy Xhovian Empire.
Xhodiar is a founder state of both the Alcian Union and the Xhovian Cultural Union.
- 1 Etymology
- 2 History
- 3 Geography
- 4 Politics
- 5 Economy
- 6 Demographics
- 7 Culture
- 8 See also
- 9 Notes
Xhodiar is seen internationally as somewhat of a Hermit Kingdom, being isolated from much of the world, both by its own decision, and international hostility towards it, apropos of their laws enabling cannibalism, both for religious, and recreational purposes, as well as their penal labour system, which many liken to slavery. However, it has very strong, and friendly relations with the Holy Xhovian Empire, which has in recent years, been attempting to make Xhodiar seem more appealing to the rest of the world, via former Emperor Matja I Arsil's Holy Word Program.
The Xhovian military, Chęnh, is organised into four subdivisions: Army, Military Police and Special Forces, Gghej; Navy and Coast Guard, Thùhe; Air Force, Nǫyel, and the Monitoring Division, Thák . In 2015, military spending was estimated at 9.4% of the country’s GDP. The military is normally commanded by the Hykiri unless they have appointed a Chief of the Defence Section. The Hykiri is currently the head of the military.
As of mid-2015, an estimated 3.7 million people were employed full-time by the military. All adult citizens have had military training, so if necessary, the entire adult population could be conscripted. The current conscription model requires for citizens to begin military training between the ages of 15 and 24 and continue serving between 2 and 10 years depending on their assigned profession.
Xhodiar’s road network is amongst the sparsest in Baredina, if not all of Sahar. As most citizens are prohibited from owning their own motorised vehicles, many areas do not have roads suitable for cars or motorbikes. Areas which do have roads don’t have speed limits. Each settlement has an individual network of trams and is connected to the national, polycentric network of high-speed trains.
Xhodiar has a number of airports, most of which only accept cargo flights. The airport in the capital city of Lelig is able to accept both cargo and passengers but tourism is a relatively small industry in Xhodiar, given the few nations allowed general civilian entry.
Science and technology
Xhorials are very passionate about their sport but rarely partake in international competitions. Foreign sports are largely unknown in Xhodiar, with some, such as tennis, even being banned. There are three television stations dedicated to the sports of Hyklan, Khatresht, and Golhung (natively Hikhą, Whatheìt, and Gosuŋ), all of which are traditional Xhovian sports.
Hyklan is a score-based team game, which can be played with any number of teams of any size, so long as all the teams are the same size. National matches are usually played with 3-6 team each with 35 players, with 25 balls per team which are 15cm diameter. Each time is assigned a colour, in order to score, a team must transport one of their corresponding colour balls into their own net. The team with the most points at the end of a match wins. This game can be dangerous as rules of conduct are unrestrictive, serious injuries and even death are not infrequent.
What foreign sports are permitted within Xhodiar were usually introduced via the Holy Xhovian Empire, such as football/soccer.