Malvatis
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Capitol: Mori (population: 63,000)
Population: 565,000 84% Eloysian, 15% Hakeen, 1% other)
Government: Oligarchy
Current Leaders: 12-member elected Merchant Council
Coat of Arms: a red lobster on a yellow field
Exports: whale oil, ambergris, soap, perfume, sugar

Other Malvatian Cities: Arvhos, Vhan'Ahr

Located deep within the Vhan Myr off the Bronze Coast of Avokhar, this chain of twenty-two large and over sixty small islands is home to a great Eloysian culture founded on a simple idea of whale hunting. Over the centuries, whaling became the chief occupation of this island chain, and for hundreds of years, the islands were a crucial Imperial colony; supplying the entire Eloysian Empire with oil for their lamps. It has been said that "Malvatians light the continent of Avokhar," for their industry has such a monopoly on this trade. Only the sales of ambergris, soap, and perfume have any other major impact on the island nation’s economy.

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Malvatian whale oil and Malvatian whalers are part of every coastal vocabulary on both Corwyn and Avokhar. The ships of Malvatis are distinguishable by their black-tarred hulls and yellow and red diagonally striped sails, flying the lobster sigil off the stern. The ruling 12-member Malvatian Merchant Council wields a powerful navy of 21 warships to protect their island home, and a small army of 3,000 soldiers, although over 20,000 can be called up in wartime.

As an elected republic, Malvatians have always been more welcoming of outsiders and embrace many different cultures and traditions. The majority of the human population are ethnic Eloysians, but there is a large and influential Hakeen minority; most of whom migrated-here from Za'har after the fall of Old Xhola.

HISTORY


Long Ago, the Malvatis islands were populated by only a few small fishing villages, and coastal trading communities. Once the secret of Whale Oil was discovered, that harvested oil, and the huge supply of blue and sperm whales off their shores became a source of enormous Malvatian wealth. It was this wealth and strategic location that drew the attention of the Eloysian Empire. In the year AR 79, Malvatis was invaded and conquered by an imperial fleet led by Emperor Zha'Dur. For the next two millennia, these islands were part of the empire and answered to local Hamanid governors appointed in Sanjakar. After the fall of the Empire in AR 2079, the islands declared Independence. Unlike many other former Eloysian territories, the Malvatians did not choose a King, Shah, or Caliph; but rather an elected council of merchant lords to rule their people.

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