Yamada

Capitol: Ko-Dan (population: 124,000)
Population: 4,775,000 (96% human; of 97% Daroon, 3% miscellaneous humans. Also 4% other)
Government: Monarchy
Current Leader: Khan Hasanabe (LN 17th level monk)
Coat of Arms: a black five-petaled flower on an orange field
Exports: pearls, silk, seashells, textiles, crafts, artwork

Located within the Vhan Myr Ocean, off the eastern coast of Kurand, this enormous island is home to a great Daroon kingdom which is an offshoot of the Kurandian civilization on Corwyn. The realm of Yamada is a monarchy, and has been ruled by the same royal family for hundreds of years. Over its history, Yamada has warred with its mainland neighbors on several occasions, but never been conquered. The Yamadan culture is eastern, but separate and distinct from that of Kurand, even though the peoples of the two countries are of the same racial stock. Yamadans are slim of build and wear silk trappings that denote their class and station within society. They build great ships and create wonderful artwork and crafts which their merchant fleet sells across the known world. A second Yamadan city on the island is called Vachukuo. It is also a great seaport but less accessible than the capitol city of Ko-Dan.

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Yamada’s chief export is her rich pearl beds. The kingdom has the largest and richest pearl sea beds anywhere in the world. The Yamadan population is mainly farmers and fisherman, but there is an important merchant class that thrives on sea-trade. There are few western visitors to this exotic land, other than merchant ship crews from western ports of call. Even these men are not allowed into the interior of the country, and little is known of the interior culture apart from the merchant traders most often dealt with in Yamadan seaports. To protect herself, Yamada maintains a large navy of 60 warships, and a standing army of over 50,000 soldiers. In time of war, up to 250,000 conscripts can be called up for military service. Yamadan ships are identifiable by their hull shape, as all are junks. Yamadan junks differ from Kurandian vessels in that they have shiny black lacquered hulls, and bright orange triangular sails, emblazoned with a great black flower.

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