Map of the Kingdom of Anaxas (click to enlarge).
|Rulers||King, Queen, Parlaiment|
|Estimated Land Mass||2,100,160 sq mi|
|Race Distribution||80%H, 15%W, 4.9%G, 0.1%P|
|Racial Breakdown||8.2 mil humans; 1.54 mil wicks; 502,000 galdori; 10,000 passives|
|Currency||Concord, Underworld Currency|
|Play Status||OPEN for Play|
The Kingdom of Anaxas is located southwest of Mugroba and the northeast of Hesse. Anaxas enjoys a prosperous role as middleman in the trade system between the Headlands and the Vales. The prime goddess of the country is Alioe, Goddess of Time.
The adjectival and demonymic form of "Anaxas" is "Anaxi". For example, "he/she/it is Anaxi", "the Anaxi flag," and "several Anaxi".
A significant percent of the population of Anaxas is of immigrant origin, because many nations send their children to Brunnhold to study magic. Human traders from Mugroba and Hesse often settle in Anaxas. There are representatives from the six unified kingdoms living and working in Anaxas. Old Rose Harbor is perhaps the most diverse city in the country, with more immigrants than indigenous people.
Climate & Topography
The Kingdom of Anaxas is best described as a humid continental climate, sitting at a latitude that allows for an extreme variation of temperature and very distinct seasons. Winters in central and southern Anaxas can reach into the negative teens in Fahrenheit and summers can just reach triple digits, especially along the coast in places such as Old Rose Harbor.
The kingdom has five very differentiated seasons: cold winters, chilly springs, a warming rainy season, a humid summer, a hot dry season, and a cool, wet autumn. These seasons define how produce is grown, the migratory patterns of animals and nomadic wicks, and give all races a very reliable calendar to follow with celebrations and observances.
Because of the climate, forests are common, vegetation is varied, and animals are plentiful. Farming is a huge part of the Anaxi economy, supplying not only the kingdom but its neighbors with a variety of produce and livestock.
Notably, Western Anaxas is shrouded in a dense, unexplainable fog. Plants there have shriveled and died and the only wildlife to be found there are Hatchers, mysterious mythic beasts who are known to attack and devour anyone who sets foot into their territory.
A primarily deciduous region, with a temperate climate and heavy rainfall, Anaxas' fertile land is dotted with farms and fields of all kinds. It is home to many rolling hills and a few low-lying mountains. To the west, there is an area shrouded in mist; this mist is produced by the hatchers, who roam the land in small bands. There is a valley hidden within this mist, said to be the home of the wick fortress of Anhau.
The cultural center for galdori is undoubtedly Brunnhold, which includes a small College Town (called the Stacks) for lodging, spirits and entertainment. The school is a city in its own right, with churches, businesses and homes as well as its academic buildings.
The commercial and political capitol is the city of Vienda, which, while ruled over by galdori, is populated mainly by humans.
Old Rose Harbor is an unchecked hive of criminal activity and black market trading. The galdori allow it to remain standing because it is vital to the trade between the Muluku Islands and the rest of Anaxas.
Top Cities by Population
- Vienda (25%) = 2.56 million
- Brunnhold, Stacks, Muffey (20%)= 2.05 million
- Old Rose Harbor (15%) = 1.53 million
- Numbrey (10%) = 1.02 million
- Ballast (5%) = 512,500
- Dorhaven (2.5%) = 256,250
- Scarmoge (2%) = 205,00
- Derne (.5%) = 51,250
- Arnum (.35%) = 35,875
- Bad Aisling (.35%) = 35,875
The remaining estimated 19% of the population is scattered throughout the rest of Anaxas in various villages, towns, islands, and farmlands. The 500,000 nomadic and tyat wicks move throughout the kingdom as well as Bastia and Hesse on a seasonal basis, often causing the other kingdom’s populations of wicks to swell and ebb.
It is rumored that nearly 500,000+ wicks attended the Surwood Festival in 2718, spilling off the island and expanding into the wilderness on both sides of the Arova River, much to the displeasure of galdori everywhere in the Kingdom.
Anaxas is divided into five regions, four of which are further divided into counties
- Vienda - the capital city of Anaxas and the seat of the government
- Surwood Isle - an island in the Arova River, location of the yearly Wick Festival
- Wraithwine Wood - a large forest wilderness
- Dorhaven - a small town near Wraithwine Woods
- Old Rose Harbor - the primary trade port, responsible for a good deal of the nation's wealth
- Brayde County - a wide stretch of farmland
- Fen Kierden - a forbidding swamp that blurs the border between Anaxas and Mugroba, often a land of contention and illegal border crossing
- Mimsbury-in-the-Marsh - a small wick and human village in northern Anaxas, near Fen Kierden
- Fentail Isle - an island off the eastern coast of Anaxas
- Cellas Isle - a large island with a large wildlife population, popular hunting destination
- Nomadic Land - Anaxi plains, traveling ground for some wicks
- Northern Tors - the hilly area in Northern Anaxas, known for its ancient temples, harsh winds, and phosphor mines
- Berowyn - a phosphor mine known for blue phosphor
- Cerolyn - a phosphor mine known for red and orange phosphor, nestled up next to an abandoned temple
- Reedlyn - a phosphor mine known for the very rare and sought-after golden phosphor
- Scarmoge - a phosphor processing town in the Tors near the edge of Fen Kierden
- Arnum - a mining town on the one of the origin points that lead to the Arova River
- Brunnhold - the most prestigious university of sorcery in the world
- Coombe-dale - a small mining village in a shallow valley
- Derne - a village known throughout all of Anaxas for its blacksmithing
- Harbrooke - a town with a suffering economy due to irresponsible government spending
- Numbrey - a large town, home to the Seventen Training Facility
- Shier Mountains - a wide mountain range that forms most of the border with Hesse
Anaxi culture is very rigid and defined, very full of contrast between each of the races and quite solidified. Timekeeping is sacred to the Anaxi people, given that their main Circle God of worship is Alioe, the goddess of time.
Manners are important in Anaxi society, especially among the galdori but also among humans. In Anaxas, men and women who don't know each other very well refer to each other as sir or madam; casual acquaintances often refer to each other by Mr./Ms. and their last name. Marriage is never assumed; for women, "Ms" is used in place of "Mrs." or "Miss," unless the person's marital status is common knowledge in the social group.
Bowing is common when approaching a friend, colleague, or even a stranger. Curtsying is something that "common" women do; galdori women bow. The deeper the bow, the more respect it shows, but galdori never get on their hands and knees to bow. Handshakes are only common among close friends (mostly men) and the Seventen, or anyone in the armed forces. (For humans, handshakes are more acceptable, but still uncommon.) It is common to remove dark glasses, reading spectacles and hats when speaking to another person.
In the Kingdom of Anaxas, galdori superiority is perhaps exemplified to the extreme. While there are many facets to how Anaxi galdori feel about the so-called lower races, it's not simply a matter of such superiority, but also an intrinsic feeling of responsibility. The galdori of Anaxas feel burdened by the task of looking over humans, wicks and passives. In the mind of a galdor, anyone with a lesser magical ability is inherently less intelligent, less capable of making decisions, and less reliable. This is why, when making laws, galdori set themselves up to be the owners and operators of all important affairs in life (rather than merely the benefactors).
Economics in Anaxas
Given its comfortable and fortuitous location between the Headlands of Mugroba and Hox and the Vales of Hesse and Gior, Anaxas (and, by virtue of being next to the kingdom, Bastia), have the unique position of middleman when it comes to the economies of its neighbors. Anaxas is mostly a kingdom of trade: importing spices from Mugroba, silks from Hox, mined materials from Hesse, and all sorts of other goods and finery from every Kingdom, those same goods are shipped from Old Rose Harbor by boat and aeroship to reach the farthest edges of the Six Kingdoms.
While Anaxas most likely possesses the land and resources to be entirely self sufficient, it lacks both the infrastructure and the political stability to do so.
Currently, the Bad Brothers under the sly grip of Silas Hawke have a stranglehold on the economy of Anaxas, for Hawke controls almost all of Old Rose Harbor, deciding what ships where and when. The Anaxi government has largely not dealt with this problem, instead turning a blind eye to who is in charge of their economy so much as money and food and supplies are still flowing out of and into the Kingdom.
Politics in Anaxas
The Kingdom of Anaxas is a meritocracy led by an elected King and Queen who share equal roles in making laws and are chosen to serve by the Headmaster of Brunnhold. The pair are chosen from an elite flock of politicians called Incumbents who are groomed specifically for leadership positions.
A King or Queen serves for life, barring extenuating circumstances such as a severe indiscretion. They are typically elected past the age of 40, but in rare cases younger individuals have been chosen for the position. The powers held by a King and Queen are few but important: they have the final say in new laws and have unquestionable veto power, and they alone can declare war against another country. This decision must be unanimous between them.
The Headmaster of Brunnhold has a great deal of political power (some would say even more than the King and Queen), but is in charge of different aspects of running the country.
Anaxas also possesses a Congress made up of powerful politicians, and their jobs include the handling of day-to-day civil lawmaking, advising the King and Queen, and other minor legislative roles, overseen by the Headmaster.
The court system consists of both the High and Low Courts, each led by a High and Low Judge, respectively, and the organization responsible for jurisprudence throughout the entire Kingdom, though the lower races do not have much representation of their own.
Only galdori may serve in the government of Anaxas: passives, humans, and wicks have no political power whatsoever nor do they have the ability to vote or express their opinions through lobbying at this time. Although both male and female galdori can and do vote, the specifics can be complicated in practice, particularly for women.