|5th century BCE - 2nd century CE|
Common Chulese symbol of balancing rocks.
|Today part of|
The Chulo Empire was an ancient thalassocratic state located in the Meteorolan archipelago of southern Europa on Eurth. The earliest datable references to the Chulo are inscriptions from the 5th century BCE. According to historic tradition, the Chulo nation comprised the region that includes the modern-day countries of Ayubi, Bainbridge Islands and Damak Var. The Chulese excelled in maritime trade, extending their influence overseas to Azanian and Oriental Europa. Early inscriptions found in nearby Memopotamia show the Chulo was referred to as Al-Cahuete.
The Chulese archipelago was located off the southern coast of Europa, where they inhabited several large and small islands. The capital city of Pa'pi was located on the largest island, in what is now Damak Var. Its deepwater port made it an excellent way to export the metals and minerals mined on the island's interior. The national economy largely rested on trade between the various islands, though there was also some trade with the Europan mainland. Other cities were scattered among the islands, notably Puʻupuʻu, Lalo Ka‘puaʻa, Kuhi Dew, Puʻuwai Lewa, Laau Makani and Kambanu in Safiloa.
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(WIP. Mythical figure of Hurricane Eric. Translate the etymology for Eric into Hawaiian. Going even further back in time, we can reference our own version of the mythical Laputa/Lapita culture, tied into the first Azanian migrations.)
The Chulese had the ability to navigate the open seas and were the first peoples to regularly send fishing boats along the coastlines. They were the first true masters of the sea in human history. Or, more accurate: they were the first true masters of the sea in human history that we know of. A much earlier example of seamanship would be the Marenesian expansion. This was a centuries-long process carried out by numerous groups. But these were not a united, centralized civilization like the Chulese.
First discovered by the mainlanders from nearby Memopotamia in Azania. Long before they knew of each other, the people of the isolated islands, very much believed in nature, and most of all, the weather. The islands' discovery began a chain of events that led each island to learn from its neighbours. The understanding that they were no longer alone began a series of cultural exchanges that blended together and eventually made each island's people indistinguishable from another.
The Chulese had an early form of representative democracy. Their 'parliament' or Council of the Isles met annually to discuss matters of importance, especially international relations and foreign trade. The Council was headed by a person called the 'Hurricane'. Individual islands could have their own laws and regulations. These could form coalitions within the Council, representing all different views of the people, from the east wind to the west wind.
The multiple governments recognized that the people of the Weathered Isles were not as technologically advanced as the mainlanders. Most nations turned to the military for research. This caused a slow build up of organized military practices. About 100 years after the Awakening, the first of a long series of wars began ravaging the islands. The mainland, unconcerned, did not become involved. Commerce instead was responsible for bringing technology to the Weathered Islands, mainly shipping building in the port cities. The Chulese effectively became Lords of the Sea. They formed a thalassocracy ("sea power") of naval supremacy based on either military or commercial senses.
(WIP. Lasted until 127 CE.)
It was only 100 years ago that the people of the Weathered Isles rose up against the various Monarchs and created the Alliance. The first uprising took place in The Eye of the Storm. The revolt was led by our national hero and namesake, Penn Meteo. Within 10 years, the Winds of Change (as the revolutions are collectively called) had reached all the islands.
Penn Meteo was determined that there should never again be a war between the islands and tried to unite them. He died before his dream was achieved. Some countries, however, did unite, just not all. Tensions over fishing rights, as well as the memories of old wars, kept total unification at bay. Eventually, despite heavy negotiations, the Weathered Islands fragmented into several dozen separate island states.
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