United Republic of Tamurin
Map of Tamurin.
|Recognised regional languages||Meyua, Oharic, Turmic|
|Ethnic groups||Turami, Gomukhani|
• 2019 census
|Currency||Tamurine Credit (TRC)|
|Time zone||UTC +9|
Tamurin, officially the United Republic of Tamurin, is a sovereign nation located on the continent of Europa on Eurth. Nearest neighbouring countries include: Kotowari and San Ba to the north, Orioni to the east, Mekabiri to the southwest, and Mahana to the west. With an estimated population of around 50.1 million. Its capital and largest city is Alaghon.
In the 14th century, most of the area was conquered by the Orinese and claimed as part of the Danya of Tamarini. The country attained independence in 1781 as part of the Federal Republic of Tamurin, which dissolved in 1841. The Tamurine people were long divided until they were unified in 1871 under the Menelassar Emperors. Since 1913, Tamurin has been a democracy led by a President, managed by a Prime Minister, and governed by a bicameral parliament. It is a major economic power in Eastern Europa, trading extensively with its neighbours, and a founding member of the Entente of Oriental States as well as the Oriental Association for Regional Cooperation.
- 1 Etymology
- 2 Geography
- 3 History
- 4 Politics
- 5 Economy
- 6 Demographics
- 7 Culture
- 8 References
- 9 Notes
- 10 Work in progress
The name Tamurin derives from the Ancient Oharic Tamarini, evolved out of “Damo + Arani” (meaning “across from Orioni”). This is an exonym, an external name for a geographical place. Other Oriental languages use the name Tamari (たまり) meaning “gathering place” or “a place where people come together.” In Azania the name Tamár (תמר) is used, literally meaning “date palm,” one of the ancient export that became a pars pro toto for the entire country. Some early sources propose that the people actually called themselves Tak-iz, meaning “(those who) speak properly” in Proto-Europan, but these claims are disputed. Post-classical Buranian sources associate the name with the Goddess Tamar who enslaved the Morning Star (Orioni), controlled the weather patterns, and rode a serpent. This has been confirmed as a reference to early decades of the Orinese Civil War, when the Tamurine made significant gains against the Orinese loyalists.
Tamurin lies on a large peninsula, across from Orioni. The country has a very long coastline, but only one short land border in the north with the Republic of Kotowari. Tamurin consists of three distinct geographic regions. The northern Menesankh plain is a continuation of the region of the same name in Kotowari. It stretches from the Menelassar Sea along the Kotowaran border to the Rosario Sea. This area is fertile and heavily populated. The Green Fields, a sub-division of this region, is even more fertile than the rest, and serves as the breadbasket of Tamurin. The Methtir is a central region extends between the Menelassar and Tethys Sea. The landscape is dominated by hills and scattered forests. It is less fertile than the Menesankh, but still well-settled. Finally, the Marthessel in the south is a dry, rocky region. These areas are more lightly settled. Coastal fishing and trade are more important in this region.
The nation has an oceanic Mediterranean climate. The coastline's hot and dry environment presents excellent conditions for salt making. The salt pans cover a large area along the coast and can be seen from space. Salt production dates back to the Orinese period and remained largely unchanged. Water is pumped directly from the nearby sea and allowed to evaporate in the basins. The salt is collected a few days later. Tamurine salt is exported to many other nations.
The area known as Menelassar Bay offers some of the best surfing on Eurth. Before the bay earned international renown, locals refused to share their favourite beaches because they didn't want outsiders to discover their wealth of surf-able seas. Dolphins are often found close to shore. Each morning, both Spinners and Bottlenose dolphins can be found playing close to shore before heading back to the open water. Multiple boat companies offer tours to see and swim with dolphins.
Tamurin is a beautiful country, full of picturesque villages and well-tended farmlands. Tamurin consists of three regions: Alaghon in the centre, Marngro in the south and Ormath in the north. Ormath was the former capital of Imperial Tamurin. Most people reside in the countryside because people prefer to live in proximity to nature.
Alaghon is the capital and the largest city of Tamurin. The city boasts a large number of colonial-era buildings, and has a unique colonial-era urban core that is remarkably intact. Other major cities include Arrabar, Hlondeth, Ormath, Ormpetarr, and Nimpeth. Tamurin has also two island departments: in the north lies Helgoland (“holy land”; Oharic: Ilikon) and to the south is Fehmarn (“in the sea”; Oharic: Mogedi).
The area of what today is Tamurin, stretching up to 500 CE, holds a remarkable significance in the annals of ancient history. This region, celebrated as one of the earliest cradles of civilization in the vast Orient, bore witness to the emergence of thriving city-states that clustered along the shores of the Menelassar Bay. Just as in other parts of the world where bodies of water played a pivotal role in shaping societies, this inland sea facilitated trade, cultural exchange, and the sustenance of the diverse populations that called its shores home. The natural harbours and sheltered coves along the bay's coastline provided safe haven for fleets of trading vessels, fostering a bustling maritime commerce that contributed to the region's wealth and cosmopolitan character. The strategic importance of this maritime haven was further underscored by its integration into the sprawling network of the ancient Pearl Road.
Before 1500 BCE, Tamurin witnessed the migration of the Turami people. Originally from the Byzantine Sea region, the Turami were enticed by the peninsula's fertile territories that lay to the southeast of the Amutian desert. Once here, they established their settlements and integrated into the cultural mosaic of the region. Around the same period, archaeological endeavours unveiled the megalithic urn burials, which are believed to have belonged to the Untheric people. These burials, scattered along the shores of the inland sea, suggest an empire that extended from Tamurin southwards towards Mekabiri. Legends from the era whisper tales of an ancient land submerged and lost to a catastrophic deluge.
From 1500 BCE to 500 CE, the vast expanse of Tamurin came under the aegis of the Empire of Unther, which was dominantly governed by the Gilgeamid God-Kings for two millennia. These divine rulers stood atop the Untheric pantheon and laid down religious and administrative edicts that shaped the empire. The societal structure in ancient Unther followed a feudal pattern. A monarch spearheaded the governance, with various tribal chieftains spread across the region. These chieftains were further assisted by clan chiefs at a more local level. Intrigues and skirmishes between the ruling elites, particularly regarding territorial disputes and resources, were commonplace. Concurrently, agriculture thrived, with evidence suggesting the construction of intricate irrigation systems as early as the 3rd century BCE.
In 37 BCE, the city of Alaghon emerged from the remnants of a prior mining settlement. This new establishment quickly transformed into a vital trading hub, knitting itself into the wider fabric of the Pearl Road trade network. Aroman coins unearthed from the region and descriptive accounts from 1st-century travellers shed light on Tamurin's bustling ports and extensive trade. Chief among the exported commodities from Unther were salt, malabathrum, pearls, ivory, silk, spikenard, diamonds, sapphires, and tortoiseshell.
However, the realm of Alaghon wasn't without its calamities. A massive fire in 352 CE razed significant portions of the city. The end of the ancient Untheric epoch around 500 CE was marked by the invasions of the Shakya. Painted in historical records as 'evil kings' and 'barbarians' coming from lands to the north, these invaders laid partial waste to the capital city of Unthalass — a metropolis that had long been lauded as a gem of the Orient. This tumultuous era also saw the dissolution of much of the Untheric pantheon, especially post the Shakyan invasions, culminating in the flight of many deities after the demise of the last God-King.
The Medieval period of Tamurin, spanning from roughly 500 to 1500, encapsulates an era of both growth and turbulence for the region. Early on, post-Gilgeamid Unther in Tamurin bore witness to the rise of specific deities which left an indelible mark on the culture. Chief among these were Lyrandria (a deity of the wind), Othural (who presided over the waters), and Selentia, worshipped for their dominion over the forests. The Shakyan pantheon, meanwhile, gained a considerable following, especially in the Kotowaran borderlands and significantly among the underclass of Tamurin.
By the 10th century, the Tamurine influence had burgeoned substantially. This century saw the Tamurine ascend to a position of considerable power, their dominion stretching across vast swathes of South Amutia and the Orient. One significant marker of Tamurine prowess was their military acumen. Famed for their mercenaries and warriors, Tamurine soldiers were reputed to be honourable, well-spoken, and exceptional in combat. This era also witnessed the establishment of both standing armies in the capital city of Aryalun and mobile units that would station themselves in various cities like Darshan, Anuraya, and Estral, often interspersing their assignments with periods of rest. On the expansionist front, Tamurine forces notched significant victories, besting the Southern Shakyans, annexing territories up to the Lurial River, and exerting control over coastal regions adjacent to the Jasmine Sea. Naval strategy also witnessed innovation under the stewardship of Prince Alaric Narvindas, who notably revamped the imperial fleet, laying the foundation for a formidable navy. From a geopolitical perspective, the Tamurin Empire of this period was notable for its extensive commercial engagements, particularly with the Three Kingdoms.
However, the 11th century saw Tamurin embroiled in external conflicts, particularly with the Orinese Civil War. This was compounded by frequent invasions from the Shakyan Principalities. Notwithstanding these challenges, Tamurine naval forces achieved a significant victory over the reigning Southeast Oriental power of the time, the Orioni Empire. This conquest was instrumental in securing the vital Pearl Road maritime trade corridor, providing the Tamurine with the leverage to impose tolls on any vessels navigating these waters.
The ensuing centuries were a mixed bag for Tamurin. While the latter half of the 13th century began with a defence against an ambitious Orinese invasion, by the 14th century, Tamurin saw its territories annexed by the resurgent Orinese forces. Yet, this wasn't a terminal decline for the Tamurine monarchy. Under Orinese suzerainty, the Tamurine monarchs, led by King Thandalor and his descendants, managed to carve out a niche for themselves, ensuring a prosperous and influential reign that laid the groundwork for several centuries of relative prosperity and stability for their subjects. Apart from sporadic disruptions, like the devastating Plague of 1392, Tamurin, under the protective umbrella of the Orinese, enjoyed peace and security.
The landscape of political power in Tamurin saw fluctuations by 1428, with governance oscillating between powerful regional lords and affluent merchant families, reflecting the intricate socio-economic dynamics of medieval Tamurin.
Early modern period
During the early modern era, Tamurin experienced profound geopolitical transformations. One of the most defining moments of this period was its annexation by Orioni, where it remained a colony for nearly five centuries, specifically from 1322 to 1781. Orinese dominance substantially shaped Tamurin's political landscape, influenced its cultural evolution, and directed its economic strategies.
The 18th century brought with it an unexpected turn of events to Tamurin's shores. Seafarers and pirates hailing from Burania started to establish settlements in the region. Scholarly discourse presents a compelling argument regarding these Buranian settlers: their arrival and eventual dominion might have laid the foundation for the Buranian monarchy in Tamurin. A widely accepted hypothesis in historical circles posits that, during a time of political instability, a distressed Tamurin ruler could have engaged these Buranian settlers—known for their martial prowess—as mercenaries. Yet, when promised remunerations weren't delivered, the settlers, seeing an opening, transitioned from hired hands to sovereigns, marking the inception of their own dynastic reign.[a]
Further complicating Tamurin's history during this epoch is the role of Niederoestereich and the wider Buranian influence. Supported by a vast colonial framework, Buran colonizers not only had access to extensive logistical and administrative networks but were also bestowed with the mandate from Orioni to undertake governance and infrastructural development in Tamurin. This put the indigenous Tamurin communities at a distinct disadvantage. Such dynamics, wherein foreign entities capitalize on their superior resources and mandates to overshadow indigenous groups, have been recurring motifs in history across different continents and cultures.
The Empire of Tamurin, ruled by the League of the Lords, was founded in 1871 after several centuries of division. Until 1871, Tamurin was a divided land of dozens of large and small territories, each ruled by their own leader. The Empire was brought into existence by way of force and politics by the strongest of these lords, Georg Von Ziegelstein und Altschloss, who styled himself Emperor Menelassar I (1817-1888). He founded the “League of the Lords,” which was mostly called “Imperial League.” The League was the upper house of the parliament, while the lower house was democratically elected. Actions of the lower house could be overruled by the upper house, which happened very often. One of his first acts was the establishment of the Tamurine Parliament with the lords in the upper chamber while the lower house was democratically elected. The parliamentarians of the lower house overruled the nobility quite often. Emperor Menelassar I died in 1888. His rule was regarded as harsh, but he had completely transformed Tamurin into a powerful, militaristic state.
His son, James succeeded him as Emperor Menelassar II (1851-1925). He was far more liberal and had great respect for the elected lower chamber of parliament, especially the Republican Party. To further improve relations, the Emperor introduced the position of Prime Minister who would take on centralized responsibility for leading the Government. Prior to the role, the Emperor had done that himself. This transferred foreign policy and control of the Tamurine armed forces to his Prime Minister. Though Menelassar II was loved by the people, he was not popular with the nobility and was forced to resign in 1896 when the nobility and the Emperor got into a nasty political battle over the furtherance of democratic improvements sought by the lower chamber.
His hardliner brother, Jakobus became Emperor Menelassar III (1859-1941) after a one-month political stand-off. Menelassar II left the upper house and joined the Republican Party. He became a great leader of them, while his brother tried to undo the democratic changes. He used methods of totalitarian systems which caused widespread opposition, even in the ranks of the Lords and the armed forces.
It was around the turn of the century when a wave of reactionary and totalitarian regimes existed. In response to Menelassar III complete reversal of his predecessor's work, Menelassar II withdrew from the House of Lords and ran for a seat in the democratically elected lower chamber, which greatly enhanced his reputation. At first, the nobles approved of Menelassar III's ways, but once he took action against the armed forces and the ranks of the aristocracy who disagreed with him, a civil war was inevitable. The bloody First Tamurine Civil War lasted from 1903-1911 and resulted in the collapse of the Empire of Tamurin and the creation of a United Republic.
From 1911-2004, the United Republic of Tamurin was a more or less stable nation. In the initial years of this new republic, between 1912 and 1937, various social democratic parties governed the nation and tried to establish a system around the socialist idea of philosopher Markus Karlaz. These attempts failed, and the results were devastating. The economy was down, and the country was taken backwards technologically. The people were very dissatisfied. The liberal-conservative government was still in the 30s (with its mind). Centrist governments took hold and modernized into a top-level economic powerhouse from 1938 to 1967. The liberal-conservative government brought the nation back to the first of Europa. Tamurin played a central role in Europan unification when in 1958 it joined the Europan Commercial Alliance, a forerunner of the Entente of Oriental States.
In 1968 there was a student revolt. The more centre-right Progressive took charge and remained in power during most of the remaining century. Political life remained remarkably stable and Tamurin enjoyed a period of economic growth, with industrial production doubling in the 1970s and 1980s.
Conflict erupted once more in 2004 when the far-right Imperialists regrouped after remaining in hiding for many decades, sparking the Second Tamurine Civil war. For three months it was not clear what would happen and who might win. It was a brief conflict as nations from around the Orient rushed to the Tamurine banner. With the help of Mekabiri, Red Iberos, Orioni and several others, the United Republic survived. Its former president, William Granger, died, but his successor, President Hartman, led the Republic to victory. President Hartman, an independent politician and former mayor of Alaghon, continued to serve as President in after wining a second term. Another important citizen of Tamurin is Field Marshall von Steinburg, Chief of Staff of the Military. He fought bravely during the Second Tamurine Civil War. His great ancestor, General von Steinburg, led the Republican forces during the First Civil War. Since the second civil conflict, Tamurin instituted a policy of 'Armed Neutrality' but despite this designation, the United Republic does try to maintain as close ties as possible between the Oriental nations in Eastern Europa.
Until July 31st, 2005, a great coalition of conservatives and socialists was dominating the parliament. The new Vice-President, Martin Sumner, was a member of the isolationist movement, which tried to reduce ties to the international community. The continued growth of the movement made day-to-day politics very difficult. On July 31st, 2005, the parliament, which was dissolved earlier that month by President Hartman, was re-elected. Former Vice-President Sumner (who was fired) led the new isolationist movement and made it the strongest party. But he failed to achieve the absolute majority, and a possible coalition with the nationalists failed. President Hartman is now working with a minority-alliance in the parliament. Shortly after that, President Hartman died due to a heart attack. In the following election, Martin Sumner was elected President. The isolationists formed an alliance with the socialists and were controlling the office of the president and the parliament. Tamurin cooled down its relations to other nations.
Nearly a year later the isolationist government broke down when the party fell apart. The isolationist movement had never too much common ground and after Tamurin lived for itself conflicts broke out. After Martin Sumner resigned in March 2006, Chief of Staff and Minister of Defense Field Marshall von Steinburg took over the government, dissolved the Parliament and set up a provisional government until re-elections were held on June 1st. In these elections a progressive alliance consisting of Progessive Conservatives, Social-Democrats and Socialists won the elections, with the Social-Democrats taking over the presidency (Jürgen Axmann), the Progressive Conservatives taking over the Prime Ministry (Hermann Leonhardt) and daughter of former President Hartman Claudia Hartman becoming “Super Minister” for Defense, Foreign Relations and Technology.
During the Conference for Security and Cooperation in Europa (CSCE) a group of terrorists linked to the Imperial North-East Liberation Front (INELF) seized control of the CSCE building and killed several delegation members including President Axmann. Minister Hartman was able to escape. After a terrible rescue operation in which nerve gas was used (which killed terrorists, security guards and hostages), the Tamurine security forces were able to re-take the building, although several mistakes were done during the mission (e.g. friendly fire on hostages). The whole conference was a political disaster for the Tamurine government. Wolfgang Leonhardt became President, Claudia Hartman prime minister. Currently, the INELF is gaining strength in North-East Tamurin (Ormath) and civilian groups are putting up pressure on the government because of its obvious lack of skill.
In 2006, Tamurin became a founding member of the Entente of Oriental States. The founding ceremony took place in the Palace of the President in Alaghon.
The nation has a presidential democracy, meaning that the President and the Parliament are both directly elected by the people. Tamurin is decentralized, and several local parliaments are dealing with local issues. The national parliament is only concerned with national issues.
The President is the head of state who holds certain defined responsibilities concerning the government. The Presidency is currently held by Jürgen Brosch. It is the Prime Minister, who is traditionally the leader of the largest party in Parliament, who is tasked with day-to-day affairs of state. Otto Krüger, chair of the Progressive Party (which is not as 'left-leaning' as others on Eurth), has maintained the position for the past three elections. Both men are Orientalists who prefer to maintain and further ties with the local region.
President Jürgen Brosch is 55 years old and member of the social-democrats. He is neither Orientalist nor Continentalist and would like to be Tamurin the “gateway” for the continent to reach the Orient and vice-versa. Internally, he is a left-leaning liberal, trusting in the free market, but trying to secure it with social policies and extensive welfare programs. He succeeded Jürgen Axmann, a social democrat, who was assassinated in 2005 during the Second Tamurin Civil War.
Prime Minister Otto Krüger is 51 years old and a member of the progressive party. He is an “Orientalist,” meaning that his political agenda is the oriental coastal region. He prefers ties to the regional nations and wishes to establish a political union of the eastern coast. In terms of internal politics, he stands between liberals and conservatives. His political agenda promotes “conservatism with heart.” He succeeded Hermann Leonhardt.
The United Republic of Tamurin has a plural multi-party system. Parliament is empowered to legislate and to tax. It has 210 members and coalitions are tight with little space for compromise across sides. The Socialist, Progressive, Conservatives, and Liberals make up the majority of the seats, with a small number possessed by the Greens and far-right isolationist party. A total of 106 seats in parliament is needed to form a majority coalition.
|Party||Ideology||Leader||Electoral results||Seats in parliament||Coalition|
|Progressive party||The “new conservatives.” Right-Center-party, democrats, free market, “party of the middle people.”||Mr Otto Krüger||22.4%||
47 / 210
|Social-democrats||Center-Left-party, democrats, reduced free market, “party of the small people.”||Mrs Katrin Dischinger||20.5%||
43 / 210
|Traditional party||The “old conservatives.” Right-wing party, democrats, free market, “party of the rich.”||Mr Arthur Mandl||12.3%||
26 / 210
|Liberals||Center party, democrats, extreme free market, “party of the economy.”||Mr Josef Zwick||21.1%||
44 / 210
|Union of the North||Far right-wing, anti-democrats, free market, old imperialists and fascists.||Mr Hans Schildkraut||13.4%||
28 / 210
|Socialists||Left party, democrats and soviet democrats, no free market, self-proclaimed worker's party.||Ms Theresia Singer||7.2%||
15 / 210
|Greens||Center, democrats, ecological, free market, “nature party.”||Mr Bruno Freudenthal||2.2%||
5 / 210
|Other||Independent or non-partisan politicians not affiliated with any political party.||N/A||0.9%||
2 / 210
There is an independent judiciary following the civil law tradition. The code of Menelassar promoted justice and brought enlightenment. By international standards, the code's punishments were severe but fair since they could be applied to all social classes. The judicial system is composed of three types of courts. There is a distinct career path to become a judge, including state examination and apprenticeship, followed by a second state examination.
The Tamurine armed forces have an Army, Navy, and Air Force. They have a small elite special force detachment that sees more action than the other branches. Tamurin has an armed neutrality policy, but that hasn't completely prevented Tamurin from involvement in military activities with the Entente of Oriental States as long as those missions are within the general region. Despite its population, the total number of active personnel is merely 185,000 or 0.23% of the population. In practice Tamurin has not projected significant power or influence past the Menelassar Sea for many decades. It maintains a small token force along the northern border with its old rival and sometimes-ally Kotowari.
Tamurine are famous merchants, known to be fair-dealing, close-mouthed, and well-armed. Major sea routes run near the coast of Tamurin. At a key location along the Pearl Road, Arrabar stood at the end of two key sea trade routes: the southern Golden Road and the Jasmine Way that ran past Kotowari and ended in Jaihu. Seafarers on their way to southern lands converged upon the city to exchange wares. The strategic location of Tamurin gave it the saying “Tamurin is the gateway of the Orient.”
The Turami are an ethnic group who make up the primary population of Tamurin. The Turami are native to the region around the Menelassar Sea, but they were displaced by the migrating Amutian tribes. They came to settle on the peninsula in the area around Alaghon. Turami have flat faces with mahogany skin tones. Their hair is curly, and they tend towards muscular and tall builds. The Turami of Tamurin are generally described as tall and beautiful.
Another notable ethnic group, are the related Gomukhani. The Gomukhani are notable for following the pacifist Jivanamist religion and are characteristically shorter than the Turamis. The Jivanamist religion requires its monks of either gender to only wear flowers. Many Gomukhans work in finance or medicine, but generally live in Southern rural villages where its easier to fill their religious duties.
Modern day Water Festival celebrations in Alaghon.
Nyburanik is the official language of Tamurin. Introduced at the request of Emperor Menelassar I, it became the state-sanctioned standard language in 1889. Tamurine cultural life was especially dominated by the Buranian elite. Turmic and Meyua were reduced to a second-class language. Parts of the Tamurine population reacted against this; for example, Meyua-speaking Gomukhanis explicitly refused to use Nyburanik loanwords. This was partly due to a sense of growing national identity. Turmic is the language of the native Turami. They employ the Thorass alphabet in their writings, which they learned from trade with the Amutians and Azanians. Like much of the Orient, the Tamurine share the custom of painting dots on their foreheads to mark whether an individual can read (one dot), write (two dots), or teach both (three dots).
The people of Tamurin are generally unconcerned with wealth or status, instead judging an individual's character based on their individual merits. Accordingly, Tamurine reject any sense of social classes and special privileges. Fashions are not followed in Tamurin, save for in the capital city of Alaghon, which is more beholden to foreign influences. As Tamurin is a republic, the citizens often take pride in their pragmatism, their lack of elaborate ceremony, and general absence of aristocratic pretensions. They can be a serious and business-minded people, unconcerned with the luxuries of social niceties.
Tamurine people enjoy a good football match. The national team plays in the Elecoms Stadium in Alaghon. The current reigning champion is SV Arrabar.
- Tamurin (user profile at europans.com)
- Tamurin (nationstates.net)
- Nations of the Forgotten Realms 38: Unther and Threskel (6 November 2022)
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- Tamurin, Goobergunch wiki (captured 3 May 2008)
- OOC: Amharic: wavecrest (11 April 2022)
- Unther (Forgotten Realms)
- History of Turmish (Forgotten Realms)
- Code of Enlil (Forgotten Realms)
- Turami (Forgotten Realms)
- OOC. For context, this power shift can be likened to the Mamluk rise in Egypt. However, a notable difference is the cultural background of these rulers—resembling more of a Germano-Viking profile within an Asian context. Such a scenario becomes plausible considering the proximity and comparative size of the Europan continent to Eurasia.
Work in progress
- Integrate details from the Turin history.
- Integrate analogues from the Tamils people.
- Establish links with the history of Orioni.
- Review mentions of Unther, Turami and Turmish.