Emirate of Al'Kethai
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Capitol: Azoria (population: 72,000)
Population: 1,333,000 (73% Eloysian, 11% Hakeen, 8% Thannish, 6% Daroon, 2% other races)
Demi-humans: 75,000: (70% dwarves, 15% elves, 10% gnomes, 5% other)
Humanoids: few
Government: Monarchy
Current Leader: Amir Ekkros Dinah
Coat of Arms: a golden mermaid on a green and blue field
Exports: diamonds, gems, lumber, and fish

Located in the Vhan Myr Ocean, only a few hundred miles off the Bronze Coast of Avokhar, Al’Kethai is an ancient and powerful island nation, that was once part of the Eloysian Empire. The Emirate is best known for its rich exports of diamonds, gems, and rare timber.


Long ago, Al’Kethai was conquered by the Eloysian Empire, whose greedy Emperors desired the great deposits of diamonds, precious gems, and huge natural forests of rare timber that make up that largest exports from these islands. At that time, the island was easy to invade because of its close proximity to the eastern coast of Avokhar.

The capitol of Al’Kethai is the bustling seaport of Azoria, and its native peoples are commonly called Azorians. The people of Al’Kethai trade regularly with the Seven Cities of Brass, the Free City of Quelaara, and the Corwyn nations of Eldara, Thûle, Orel, and Yamada. Over the centuries, the Thannish peoples have traded here, and many came to love the climate and beauty of the islands and moved here. Many humans of Daroon and Thannish descent, as well as many dwarves, came to work the deep diamond mines located on the islands' interiors. Today, there is a sizeable racial minority of both Thannish and Daroon living here.

Al’Kethai exports her diamonds, gems, lumber, and fish; in return she imports grain, gold, silver, spices, and whale oil. To protect the island nation, The Amir of Al’Kethai maintains a large and powerful navy of 27 warships as well as a standing army of over 7,000 soldiers, and can call up another 30,000 in time of war. The ships of Al’Kethai are distinguishable by their golden teakwood hulls, their bright yellow silk sails, and their famous blue and green banners depicting a golden mermaid.

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HISTORY


Al'Kethai was a once thriving, independent island civilization that grew in wealth and size because of its trade in diamonds and gems. That independence ended in the year AR 53, when the island nation was invaded and conquered by Emperor Zathros of Eloysia.

After the island was conquered, it became an imperial province of the Eloysian Empire and remained so for nearly two millennia. For the next two-thousands years, The island nation and its citizens were ruled by Hamanid governors, appointed by the Emperors in Sanjakar.

After the fall of the Eloysian Empire, Al'Kethai declared its independence once again, and has remained so ever since.

WARS WITH AL'THAN E'THAI


For the last several centuries, Al'Kethai has had dozens of skirmishes and several major wars with the City-State of Al'Than E'Thai These wars have usually come about over slaving raids on the island or contested sea-trade routes. Neither side has ever been able to achieve a distinct advantage over the other, resulting in a series of bloody stalemates.