Sultanate of Ilsenene
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Capitol: Imshar
Population: 737 ,000 (89% Hakeen, 9% Eloysians, 2% other)
Demi-humans: few
Humanoids: few(mostly kobolds)
Government: Sultanate
Current Leader: Sultan Raheem Varsalla
Coat of Arms: three pink seashells on a sand colored field
Exports: pearls, sea shells, herbs, fruit, crafts, textiles

Located deep within the Vhan Myr Ocean, this chain of seven large and a dozen small islands is home to the smallest of the three Hakeen island nations. Once all three were trading partners with the Xholar Empire of Corwyn, but that is lost to history. Ilsenene’s islands are home to vast jungles and deep forests, which give the Ilseni their crops of rare herbs and roots. But it is the profits from the sales of the all-important pearl beds that make the Ilseni so wealthy. The more than two-hundred small islands give way to a veritable maze of shallow channels, reefs, and clear blue pools that are home to so many of the rich pearls. Ilseni pearls are the wonder of Avokhar and are usually larger and richer in color than Kurandian pearls.

Ilseni ships and their coastlines have always been targets of raids from envious neighbors. Because of these threats from pirates and to protect itself against invaders, Ilsenene has a a large, capable navy of 28 warships, but only small standing army of 3,000 soldiers. However, In time of war, the Sultan can muster up to 25,000 troops, which are very loyal and well-trained. Conflict is usually unnecessary because Ilsenene is allied with both the powerful Hakeen Sultanates of Rhaygos and Styr, and the powerful kingdom of Orel. Ilseni ships can be recognized by their bright yellow-painted hulls, and triangular lateen sails of pure white silk. The coat of arms of Ilsenene consists of three pink seashells on a sand colored field. The ruler of the island has alleyways held the Hakeen Royal title of Sultan; who rules the island nation from a fabulous palace within the capitol city of Imshar.

Other Ilseni Cities: Nasran, Morad, Rajendra, Tan'vir

HISTORY


Long Ago, when the ancient Hakeen Empire of Old Xhola was thriving on the Continent of Za'Har, its rulers; the Dragonfly Emperors, sent Hakeen explorers west across the Vhan Myr in an effort to discovery new territory to expand the Empire. Those Hakeen explorers discovered the Rhaygos Islands in the year AR -1191, and soon they also discovered the fabulous spice fields found on those islands. Soon after, the islands of Ilsenene were discovered in AR -1181, and the islands of Styr in AR -1175. Over the next several centuries, the Hakeen Dragonfly Emperors of Abu-Zhin colonized all lthree island chains and became very wealthy selling those Rhaygosi spices, Ilseni pearls, and Styrian fruits back on Za'Har. With these discoveries, the great Hakeen island nations were born. Of the three, Ilsenene was considered second in importance behind Rhaygos, but her pearls were still a valuable source of imperial wealth

With the three island colonies and the profitable trade with Old Xhola, the Hakeen Dragonfly Emperors grew fabulously wealthy. But later, more greedy rulers desired ever more wealth and power. Eventually, fleets of Hakeen ships sailed even further west and landed upon the eastern coast of Corwyn, where they founded the great Hakeen Colony of Zhin in 507/3 AR -1095.

From there, the Hakeen migrated and expanded west across the Vakara Grasslands to the shores of the Grafenmyr, where, in the year AR –945 they built their greatest city; Ashkavan. This was considered the zenith of Hakeen power and influence. The empire was so large at this point that it was essentially two empires; the first; “Old Xhola” was based around the ancient city of Abu-Zhin of the Hakeen Empire of Za’har. Second, the “colonies” as the other nations were called, became colloquially known as “New Xhola.” New Xhola comprised: the three Island Sultanates of Ilsenene, Rhaygos, and Styr, and the city-states of Ashkavan, Nystal, and Zhin on Corwyn.

But this glorious period was not to last. About four centuries later, in the year 1050/3 AR -552 Abu-Zhin was conquered by the invading Deskari people and the entire Hakeen empire on Za’Har known as “Old Xhola” was utterly destroyed.

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When Old Xhola was destroyed by the demon-worshiping Deskari, the remaining Hakeen population on Za’Har fled by ship to Rhaygos and the other two island Sultanates of Ilsenene and Styr. At this time, Rhaygos experience a huge population boom. It was no longer a remote colony, but a large thriving island nation. Soon after, the Sultans of Rhaygos, Ilsenene, and Styr broke away from the mainland Hakeen colonies. At that time, the three Corwyn city-states became known as the Xholar Empire, and the three island sultanates became known as “New Xhola.”

The island realm of Rhaygos was unable to stop the Üthrari hordes from destroying the Xholar Empire on Corwyn in AR -98. Once the city of Ashkavan fell, the only remaining Hakeen colony on Corwyn was Zhin, which soon declared itself independent.

Over the years, tensions began to rise between the three islands states and eventually “New Xhola” broke into three independent Sultanates. This proved to be tragic for less than a century later, a new threat was on the horizon. The Eloysian Empire, which had already conquered the entire continent of Avokhar, was expanding east across the Vhan Myr in search of new conquests. In fact, the Eloysians had already captured the island realms of Al’Kethai and more recently, Malvatis.

Led by Emperor Damodar, a gigantic fleet of Eloysian warships was gathered by the empire and a long campaign was begun against the three Hakeen island nations. First to be captured was Ilsenene in AR 255, followed soon after by Styr, which was conquered in the year AR 266. Rhaygos was much stronger militarily and able to resist for much longer. But eventually, the last Rhaygosi Sultan surrendered to the Eloysian Emperor Farshad in the year AR 358. For the next 1,700 years, the three island realms were subject to the rule of the Emperors in Sanjakar. When the Eloysian Empire finally collapsed in AR 2079, the Ilseni soon overthrew their Eloysian Hamanid rulers and declared Independence once again.

For the centuries thereafter, Ilsenene has been an independent state called the Sultanate of Ilsenene . This political arrangement still holds true today.

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