Kingdom of Tanah Baru

Table of Contents

Geography of Tanah Baru
Climate, Flora, Fauna
Today’s Society
Military and Police
Courts and Prison
Water Temples
Hawati Academy
Royal Languages
Naming Conventions
Classes in the Kingdom
Royal Currency
Races of Tanah Baru

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Map of Tanah Baru

Government: Parliamentary Monarchy

Founded: The 2645th Year of the Second Cycle

Current Monarch: Ratu Hamidah VII of the Majumdar Dynasty

Districts of the Kingdom

History

The free people led by Prince Xu Lon left the Empire in the year 2634 during the Second Cycle. The free people consisted of large groups of the five races who had grown weary of the Bloodkin War and sought a new home away from the racial prejudice they were raised in. The exodus lasted for 11 years as the large group made it’s way through the Wylds losing almost half their number in the process. When they finally reached the west coast of Eoda, they made camp and began to build the first city founded on equality for all races.

The city was called Bai Honzhou and became the heart of the new land they called the Grand Duchy of Xie Tao. Prince Xu Lon and others with political knowledge then began to draft their new constitution. Because they found it difficult to completely give up noble titles, they created a constitutional monarchy wherein the Monarch did not have absolute power but was balanced by three parliamentary bodies: Orang Biasa – Hall of Commons, Pedagang – Hall of Merchants, Biarawan – Hall of Monks.

Prince Xu Lon became the first elected King of Xie Tao and also created the first dynasty. Over time as the language changed, the land became known as Tanah Baru and the capital became Ibu Kota City. They made contact with the Principalities 300 years ago.

Climate, Flora, Fauna

Tanah is situated in a fertile basin abutting the western coast and the Thundering Sea, so named because of the severe storms that come raging through every summer. Tanah has an almost perfect climate that sits between 65 – 75 degrees in the summer and never gets lower than 40 in the winter. The winds are warm and balmy and the humidity is never overpowering, combine that with the long growing season and the pristine white sand beaches and Tanah is almost a paradise.

Flora & Fauna

Because Tanah has no natural protection against the Wylds like the Empire and the Principalities do, much of the creatures and plants found there are immigrants from the wylds themselves. The people of Tanah have managed to find ways to control the boundaries with military force as well as domesticating many of the plant and animals that come across.

Animals:

The two most common animal species in the kingdom are a large sloth used as mounts and a wylds born flauna species that takes the form of a large tiger.

  • Kungkang – A large species of sloth, of an amicable nature. Used as the primary mount throughout the kingdom. Can grow up to 7 feet tall at the shoulder when on all fours and grow up to 15 feet long. Beloved by the Baruni People for their jovial natures, so much so that they have the likeness of the sloth on their Royal Flag on a field of blue and green
  • Meracan – A wylding plant/animal species that forms into a tiger with dark green bristles much like fur. they are armed with poisonous spines capable of being fired up to 30 feet. They are used more by the Sihir and the military than by anyone else, mostly for their loyalty.
Plants
  • Cabai – a chili grown only in the Kingdom used primarily in their cuisine and to create a fiery liquor called Cabang drank during holidays. Eating food laced with this chili requires a fortitude save DC 25 or risk projectile vomiting and 1d2 points of damage.
  • Buapi – A melon that grows on short, stubby trees near the shore. The melon’s flesh is a blood red and highly prized for a sweet cake like dessert laced with it’s juice.

Today’s Society

The paradise like environs have over time mellowed the strict and traditional natures of those who came from the Empire. While they still hold onto a few traditions such as filial piety and certain honour bound customs when addressing those you don’t know personally, much of it is dressed up around a core belief in personal enjoyment and satisfaction.

Because of the cultural change from imperial thinking to one of equality, much of the society is based on merit. Personal skill plays a large role in the jobs that people are assigned and it takes a lot of training and perseverance to change the job assigned after academy training.

The Baruni have become known for their silks and tapestries and certain spices only grown there. This has become a large part of their exports with the Principalities and the others.

Clothing

Modesty became outdated a few centuries before when public baths sprang up that weren’t gender specific. This led to a cultural revolution centered around the beauty of the physical body. Many of these concepts can be seen in unspecified gender roles and clothing.

Walking unshod is a natural custom that evolved and almost made the shoe and boot extinct. It is natural to walk barefoot in personal areas while in others, a sandal with wraparound laces is favoured. It is also customary for both men and women to go around topless due to the warm weather.

Women favour long beaded necklaces and decorative piercings while men favour tattoos. Both genders favour sarongs of bright colors and patterns.

When in mixed company or at national functions, men will wear a loose tunic shirt with the sarong and the women will wear a body wrap called a kemben.

Adventuring clothing is vastly different though still loose fitting. Both men and women will wear a long loose tunic shirt and loose linen pants with lightweight shoes. In cold weather, they wear a long sleeved calf length coat with hood lined with shaptu fur, a pleasantly soft and warm fur.

The Sami or Monks will wear what is known as the Triple Robe or Tricivara, comprised of an inner garment or waistcloth called antaravasaka, an upper robe (uttarsanga) and outer robe (sanghati) appearing like this. These robes are dyed a dark green for outer robes and lighter greens for upper and inner garments.

Military & Police

Both the Royal Armed Guards and the Civil Police fall under the purview of the Bureau of Public Safety, led by an elected Minister of Securities and his appointed cabinet.

The Military is led by an officer corps of only commissioned officers, while the lower ranks are filled with the enlisted personnel. To become an officer in the armed forces, a person would have to attend the Beldiri Academy where they are trained over 4 years in the art of war, strategy and diplomacy.

The Civil Police called the Pribadi Penjaga, also fall under the Bureau of Public Safety and have only one central school that all their officers must attend, called the Penjaga Academy. Each District in the Kingdom has a centralized police office, usually located in the district capital. At this office is located both long and short term jails.

Courts & Prison

Civilian courts are overseen by a single Gantara or mediator who listens to both sides of a case and makes a determination to either guilt or award damages. If the case is more severe such as murder or involving violence between people, it’s sent up to the Central Court located in the district capital.

The central court is headed by a tribunal of Hakima or judges who make the determination as to guilt or innocence. The burden of proof always lays with the accuser. If a case can not be decided or the outcome is not to the parties involved liking then they can appeal and it moves up to the Court of Golden Thought located at the Capital, overseen by a panel of 4 Hakima and the Monarch acting as mediator between the 4. The decision of this court is final.

Prisons and jails are clean, safe environments located in each district capital. There is no central prison as each district is expected to deal with it’s offenders. There are royal guidelines for the treatment of prisoners that prohibit their jailers from harming them unless just cause is given. Their health is also taken account.

Great Temple

the religion of the kingdom deviated slightly from the more monastic and ascetic life lived by the monks of the empire. There is a temple complex located in each district that houses schools for learning as well as public baths and a hospital offering free services to the public. The Sami of the Temple are considered caretakers of the public and maintain the temple complex with great joy.

The Hierarchy was simplified from the more stoic version found in the Empire.

An initiate is first ordained as a Samanera (novice) for a period of 3 years before being allowed to take the vows (refer to temple hierarchy for the vows).

After taking the first 5 vows, they become a full Pemilihara of the Temple. There is no centralized figure of authority over the temple in Tanah Baru but each complex has a position of authority occupied by the eldest and wisest among the Pemilihara there. He or She is often referred to as Asrama.

Every 3 years, the Asrama of each temple complex travels to Ibu Kota City to bathe in the waters of the Moon Orchid Font located in the Yellow Square of the city. It has become such a tradition that a celebration has sprung up around it, involving ritual fasts leading up to the day of bathing and followed that evening by a massive feast and music.

Haswati School of the Five Elements

The only magic user found in the kingdom is called a Sihir. They are people born with an innate gift for attracting and speaking to Yokai. The school was founded by the magic users that first arrived with Xu Lon who discovered the region ripe with fledgling yokai.

A novice of the school usually begins at the age of 8 and lives at the school for the remainder of his or her term, which can last between 10 to 15 years. when they turn 16, they undergo a ritual that requires them to travel into the Wylds and fasting for 5 days and praying to the spirits of the 5 elements. There has never been a Sihir bound to a Tianshi or Oni in the history of the school.

At the end of 5 days, if a yokai answers their prayer they undergo an even more invasive procedure of bonding with the yokai, merging their two shen into one. This merging grants great power to the newly born Sihir and great understanding of the world.

If a yokai does not appear then the novice has failed in some way and must return to the school to discover where the mistake was made. They are only allowed one more chance to find a yokai to merge with before being expelled from the school.

Royal Languages

Primary Spoken & Written Dialect: Bahasa Ibunda
Scholarly Dialect: Bahasa Seni
Military Dialect: Bahasa Tentera

Naming Conventions

The lake districts (andijanri, kemakmuran, kegirangan) have a habit of giving their children three names beginning with the birth name, followed by the name of the father, and ending with a descriptive name usually of something beautiful or fortunate.

Example: Hangara-Supara Manjur (Hangara son of Supara – Strength)

The inner districts (Untung, Keberuntungun, Suka, Cukup) give their children two names, starting with the family name and followed by a descriptive name.

Example: Manijar-Kakikecil (Manijar Smallfoot)

The districts of Nasib and Selamat give their children only one name though they often will call themselves “_____, son or daughter of ______”. Girls will say their mother’s name and boys say their father’s name.

Example: Hashima, daughter of Komiri / Janipungar, son of Pinjar

The ocean districts (Rasa Cinta, Rasa Gita, Kemewahan, Rasa Jiwa, Kesejahteraan, Impahan) give their children 4 names beginning with their family name, then the names of their parents and followed by their birth names.

Example: Janjirupta Hakish-Panja Shmakti

The Capital district is populated by families from the other districts with very few people born there. It represents the greatest mixing of the kingdom in terms of culture from various districts. All of the naming conventions are found here.

Classes in the Kingdom

Bard (Penyair)
Fighter (Pahlawan)
Monk (Sami)
Ninja (Pembunuh)
Ranger (Pemburu)
Rogue (Pencuri)
Sorcerer (Sihir)

Royal Currency

The baruni currency is made from thick paper, dyed Red, Orange, Yellow and Green with the likeness of the first King of Tanah Baru on the Mahkota, the seal of the bureau of currency on the Ema, the three fold seal of the Triumvirate on the Perak and the three fold symbol of the temples on the Tembaga.

1 Mahkota {P} = 100 Emas
1 Ema {G} = 100 Peraks
1 Perak {S} = 100 Tembagas
1 Tembaga {C} = lowest denomination

Races of Tanah Baru

The races of Tanah Baru use the demonym, Baruni.

Maora – The Maora sometimes refer to themselves as Pertama Mao which means the First. While the founders of the kingdom were fleeing racial inequality, this designation came to be used over time as a reference to their holy books.

Lake Districts – The Pertama of the Lake Districts will oftimes use the name Pertama Danu as a further segregrator in society. They are darker skinned with tones like bronze and hair likened to the color of brass.

Inner Districts – The Pertama of the Inner Districts refer to themselves as Pertama Batinu and share the typical Pertama Mao coloration like pale skin and lighter hair tones like dark blonde.

Ocean Districts – The Pertama of the southern ocean districts (Rasa Cinta, Rasa Gita) call themselves Pertama Bintangu and are the darkest skinned of all the Pertama with hair as dark as obsidian. The Pertama of the northern ocean districts (Kemewahan, Rasa Jiwa, Impahan, Kesejahteraan) call themselves Pertama Karangu and are just slightly lighter in skin tone than the Bintangu of the southern ocean districts.

Nasib & Selamat – these districts both have geocentric demonyms, Nasibi and Selamati. Their separation from surrounding districts hearkens back to the Baruni Civil War of 2881 when they allied against the capital district’s forces and were then subsequently defeated by the betrayal of the Outlying District Forces, which became the Inner and Lake districts after the war. Though they call themselves by separate names than other district regions, they are physically much like the traditional Pertama Mao, fair of skin and hair. A major physical difference is that a recessive genetic anomaly resulted in the majority of their people being born with deep purple eyes.

Eola – The Eo Mian who helped found the kingdom swore an oath to the Throne and the Codex of Laws, after which they named themself the Eo Takhta. They are made up of a wide range of racial Eo stock representing their various heights and are found in all the districts. They do ascribe to the geocentric district naming practices of the Pertama.

Asta – There were only a small number of Asta who helped found the kingdom, numbering only 18 clans. During the Civil War, all but 4 of the clans perished. The few that remain settled the Ocean districts and are mostly found there. They call themselves the Ingata, those who remember. They are well known for their somber art with an underlying theme of loss and sorrow. They even name their children for those themes, all girls are named for sorrow and all boys are named for revenge. Their somber music helped to define the Baruni culture and plays a major theme found throughout the kingdom. The Ingata all have traditional coloration of dark green scales, though they do sport bony spines on their cheekbones.

Notta – The Notta were another group that almost succumbed to the war, losing a great many of their clans. The 9 clans that remained renamed themselves the Kalah Not, those who were lost and settled the Lake Districts. Over time, they cultivated the practice of horn forming wherein they force their horns to grow in specific patterns for each family. This practice is looked down upon by the imperial notta. They are responsible for the discovery of the plant used to make the traditional baruni batik cloth and dyeing practices.

Bloma – the Bloma survived the war mostly intact and along with the Pertama, make up the majority of the population of Tanah Baru. The only bloma found here are the Rao and the Gula. The Rao settled in Selamat and the Gula in Nasib. They make up 60% of the population of each district. Neither groups ascribe to the imperial bloma way of social isolation but are very much a part of the culture of the two districts.

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