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Kingdom of the Rivers
al-Mamlak al-Anahr (Anahri)
Motto: Aran Aman
("God with us")
and largest city
|Recognised regional languages||Mirrala, Dabari, Khuri|
|Ethnic groups |
• 2020 census
|GDP (nominal)||2020 estimate|
• Per capita
|Currency||Alanahri Dinar (ALD)|
Alanahr (Anahri: al-Anahr), formally the Kingdom of the Rivers (Anahri: al-Mamlak al-Anahr), is a constitutional monarchy located in northeast Scipia bordered by Vardana to the east, and Fahran and Charnea to the south.
- 1 Etymology
- 2 History
- 3 Government and Politics
- 4 Geography and Climate
- 5 Economy
- 6 Demographics
- 7 Culture
The name Alanahr is a cognate exonym as it, or foreign names like it, is similar to the native name of al-Anahr but is treated as a proper noun rather than translated based on the meaning of the words in Anahri. A more direct translation of the native name al-Anahr is "the rivers" referring to the three major rivers of the nation in Anahri. The name comes from the Gharbaic word for "river" which replaced the various pre-Anahri names including D'akahga or Phlaminiphas, also meaning "the river/rivers".
Prior to the Latin conquest of the region there existed a major kingdom that ruled lands roughly correlating to the modern territories of Alanahr. The name of this kingdom was Kahsahr D'akahga which would have meant to the locals "the land of the rivers". While this name was briefly lost when the region was conquered by the Latins both parts remained in some form. The historic homeland of the ancestors of the Anahri, the territories around the Pahkah river, was still referred to as the Kahsahr until today. The term Phlaminiphas meaning of "the rivers" was used by the Alatahn to refer to the lands once held by the historical kingdom and its meaning influenced later Gharbaic references to use words meaning "the river/rivers".
In the modern day the exact meaning of the native name continues to be "the Kingdom of the Rivers" with no native proper noun for the nation although the word for river is used effectively as a proper noun for the nation and its people. So much so that anahr is no longer used as a term to refer to any rivers barring those that make up the three key rivers of the nation: the Pahkah, the al-Kija or the Kahdan. Instead the term for a stream, amahj, has been elevated to mean streams and rivers other than the three.
Nomadic ritualists arrived in Alanahr between the years 80,000 and 60,000 BCE, eventually spreading north to the then Pahkah Bay (which due to falling sea levels and soil deposition would become the modern Pahkah Delta). Despite the importance of the north today, the al-Kija Valley was the centre of human inhabitation at this time. Abundant food sources seemed to allow the development of complex social structures based on gaining favour with the spirits of the natural world.
Migration by the prehistoric Vardani peoples into the Kalzashi Mountains, forcing previous inhabitants to flee to the western river valleys, led to an overburden of population in the al-Kija Valley. Archaeological evidence in the form of waste piles, tools, pot fragments as well as the famous Akhu massacre site point to the development of sedentary lifestyles as well as an increasingly territorial culture around 10,000 BCE. Collectively this evidence has been attributed to the Akhu neolithic culture. These developments coincide with the advent of farming first spreading into the al-Kija Valley and Kalzashi Mountains. Though it is believed that it would take several thousand years before farming replaced hunting and gathering as the majority contribution to the diets of humans there.
Around 6,000 BCE the northern Thadu-Ru neolithic culture became defined by semi-nomadic pastoralism. Animal husbandry spread both from here and the Kalzashi Mountains to the Akhu peoples in the south. Multiple unique cultures seemed to have coexisted with each other during this time, developing a primitive river trade resulting in the exchange of pottery, tools and jewellery. Burial sites becoming separate in the Akhu culture for wealthier members of settlements suggests that social stratification increased as these developments occurred. At this time the Partesshar cave culture in the Kalzashi Mountains showed signs of proto-Caste structures in the way that carved cave dwellings were laid out.
Dynastic civilisations emerge around 3,000 BCE with tribute based Kingdoms in both the al-Kija and Kahdan valleys. These societies were based on a strict system of palace-cities ruled by kings or chiefs called Naja, or Nuku-Naja if they ruled multiple tributaries as well. Around this time the Lamni caste system emerges in the Kalzashi Mountains, creating semi-theocratic warrior societies. Due to soil deposition and sea-level changes over the past millennia the Pahkah Bay had given way to the Pahkah Delta creating a base for a fully sedentary agricultural society. The region however remained divided between low authority Kingdoms and tribal pastoralists.
The Migratory A and B peoples would develop away from each other forming two separate cultural groups with subdivisions in these cultures occurring again. Eventually, by around 5600 BCE, there are distinctive if somewhat related cultures with major civilisations at their heads occupying most of ancient Alanahr. The northern Ut'ta, southeastern Sargida, western Ajarum, mountainous Lussi, far south Deshret and oasis dwelling Ishka represent the known cultures present at this time.
? to 50s-150s AD
50s-150s AD to 450s-550s AD
450s-550s AD to 750s AD
750s AD to 850s-950s AD (return of the king)
850s-950s AD to 1200s AD
1200s AD to 1300s AD
Charnean Alanahr (need appropriate name)
1300s AD to 1450s-1550s AD
1450s-1550s AD onwards Indy Alanahr
Government and Politics
Geography and Climate
Largest cities and towns in Alanahr
al-Majalis al-Amilak Iihs (Royal Council of Statistics) census for 2020
|5||Kas Raphar al-Ajdid||[]||1,000,000||15||Phratharim||[]||300,000|