City-State of Thiele Graavos
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Capitol: Thiele Graavos (population: 111,000)
Population: 148,000 (94% Eloysian, 5% Hakeen, 1% other)
Current Leader: Shah Khasann Alyt
Coat of Arms: a green crocodile on a sand-yellow field
Exports: Silk, textiles, slaves, crafts, timber, pearls

One of the legendary Seven Cities of Brass, located south of Sionjhäe and north of Xhaarata along the Bronze Coast, on the eastern coast of the continent of Avokhar, along the banks of Blue River. The city was once part of the great Eloysian Empire, but is now an independent city-state. Thiele Graavos is the fifth-largest of the Seven City-states, and the city competes with its neighbors on the Bronze Coast for market share in trade. The city-state has a strong navy of 15 warships and standing army of 2,000 soldiers, but can call up as many as 9,000 in time of war.

Throughout history, the city has been known for its xenophobic and racist custims. City leaders have hada long habit of forcing our almost any persons not of pure Eloysian blood. Consequently, Thiele Graavos has the fewest number of Hakeen or other non-Eloysian people in its population. Most of those ethnic minorites who remain are there because of wealth and influence, not by choice, and those ethnic minorities are looked down upon with scorn by the Eloysian majority. Thiele Graavos' wealth largely derives from its silk trade, the largest along the Bronze Coast.

HISTORY


In a ten year period between 359 and 369/4 (AR -64 to AR -54), King Axilar Rennarë of Ralas sailed all the way around the continent of Avokhar, stopping at all of the Seven Cities of Brass along the Bronze Coast, befriending the Eloysians who dwelt there. The seven visits were recorded in his journal, and tell of the wonders of Eloysian culture and magic Axilar encountered on his journey,and the deep friendships he made with the various rulers of the seven city-states. His sixth visit was with Amir Abdul-Afzhal; the Ruler of Thiele Graavos, the two became great friends and a treaty was signed with mutually beneficial terms for trade between the two nations.

When the Kingdom of Eloysia began growing in power and influence, its kings began to demand tribute from the Seven Cities of Brass. After the death of King Tilvanos, the various rulers of the seven cities refused to pay these tributes, and openly defied Queen Lorica. Once her son Al'Dur assumed the Jade Throne and declared himself Emperor, everything changed. He began a brilliant series of military campaigns to defeat the seven cities; appropriately named the Seven Glorious Conquests. The City-State of Thiele Graavos was the target of Al'Dur's second campaign. The Eloysian armies invaded its territory in the year AR 12 and the City-State surrendered in AR 14, after two bloody years of desperate fighting and delaying tactics. For nearly two millennia afterward, the city was subject to imperial rule from Sanjakar, and only became fully independent again when the empire collapsed in AR 2079.

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