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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)|
|ISO 3166 code||LNR|
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.
Evidence of nomadic ritualistic societies inhabiting Alanahr appears around 80,000 BCE, concentrated in the al-Kija river valley. The early pre-sedentary societies can be split between those inhabiting the Pahkah Bay (which due to falling sea levels and soil deposition would become the Pahkah Delta) and those inhabiting the southern river valleys. Pahkah Bay societies at this time can, from limited evidence, best be described as a collection of water cults with spiritualist beliefs that placed the element of water at the core of existence. More evidence exists concerning the Southern River Nomads, showing a ritualistic dualist society that due to abundant food developed complex practices and social structures based on what was considered to appease the negative spirits and curry favour with the positive spirits. Despite the abundance found in these societies, it is found that brutal conflicts repeatedly emerged with the Southern Massacre Site as the largest find of this nature. This site displays an entire multi-familial clan that was ritualistically killed over what historians believe was a territorial conflict.
Between these early nomadic societies and the beginning of sedentary living, there was a major migration into the Kalzashi mountain valleys by prehistoric Vardanans forcing the previous inhabitants into the southern river valleys. It is during this time that more evidence of ritualistic killing is found by the inhabitants of the valley against those fleeing the migratory Vardanans. The first evidence of farming appears around 10,000 BCE alongside the first evidence of the creation of permanent dwellings. Northern societies appeared to adopt semi-nomadic pastoralism at this point as the primary way of life. Elsewhere the transition to settled life was far more rapid with villages appearing all across the river valleys and inland coast. Archaeological evidence in the form of waste piles, tools, and pot fragments from early villages have been found all across Alanahr, indicating the widespread presence of farming societies that augmented their diet through hunting and gathering. Domestication of animals largely seems to have originated in the north and mountainous regions and spread into the river valleys over time with the last to adopt animal husbandry being societies around the inland sea.
Much less is known however about these early settled societies due to the 8000 BCE Great Migration where a group of unknown origin (but have since genetically been indicated to originate from southern Scipia) raided and took over the majority of lowland Alanahr. It is believed that the success of this migration was due to the raiders' ability to field large numbers of archers. The al-T'Iram Ancient Battleground site, while considered atypical as it showed the outcome from a contemporarily large settlement, shows that almost all the bodies of the presumed defenders are found to have arrow wounds. The newcomers, known as the Migratory A peoples, settled the river valleys and inland sea of the south eventually totally replacing the previous inhabitants' culture with a hybrid mixed their own. While the north would remain for a few hundred more years by 7000 BCE the Migratory B peoples, an offshoot of northern Migratory A, appear to have colonised the Pahkah valley and Bay.
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||Akas Raphar al-Ajdid||[]||800,000||15||Karrishan||[]||200,000|