Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Khauzuarabstian: A Primer and Brief History of the Geographic Wonder (Part Two)

Tied into this post.

The KhaZulu arrived on Khauzuarabstian around 300 years ago. They trace their arrival to a large fleet of Arabian slave ships that were run aground on the continent. A majority of the KhaZulu survived the grounding and flourished in the southern part of the continent.

They live in kraals of varying size. Their wealth is measured in cattle, hence the need for large expanses of grassland and veldts. Their military might is primarily infantry, with very little cavalry and artillery. The infantry is typically armed with knobkerries and assegai. They do have units armed with rifles, but their effectiveness does not reach Imperial troop quality. Do not underestimate their power when they attack in large numbers.


The KhaArabians have been involved in northern Khauzuarabstian since the early 1700s. The majority of the KhaArabians live in the five oasis localities. There are a few tribes of nomadic KhaArabians - mostly shepherds near the outer rim of the desert, taking advantage of the cool air coming down the mountain range slopes. The central oasis locale, Akbar-dhad, is the largest, with a population of over 30,000. Their economy is based on three things - mined minerals, slave trade, and transport of goods across the Great Desert. Bandits attacking mines and trade caravans have kept the three regiments of the so called Desert Rifles Brigade, which guard the southern and western desert mountain passes, busy for many years. Recently, France has moved into the most northern regions of the Great Desert, being led by elements of the French Foreign Legion. They have encountered a rising tide of groups of Islamic militants bent on the forceful removal of all unbelievers from not just the Great Desert, but from all of Khazuarabstian.


The KhaIndistani arrived on the northeastern coast of Khauzuarabstian at about the same time as the KhaArabians. They too found wealth thru mining in the mountains. Keeping their native religions, the region they inhabit is full of beautiful temples. The KhaIndistani also have problems with bandits attacking mines, mining villages, and mine pack trains. The KhaIndistani have also recently suffered from a growing spin off of the outlawed Thuggee cult. Called the ThuggeeKha, they have wreaked havoc throughout the region. The rich resources of the KhaIndistani have also attracted the attention of the German Colonial Commission. For the past ten to fifteen years the Germans have been expanding their influence in the region. They renamed the port city of Pharishi to New Brandenburg. This city is now the provincial capital for the German colony of New Prussia.


The mysterious and elusive KhaOokabaluka are believed to have been the survivors of the lost civilization whose ruins are left on the continent. A primitive people, the various clans are relatively small and mostly confined to the jungles on the continent and Butchard Island. For an exhaustively detailed treatise on the KhaOokabaluka, Sir Arthur Butchard's volume "Misty Phantoms of the Jungle - A Historical and Anthropological Study of the KhaOokabaluka" {now in its fifth printing} is strongly recommended.


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