Once two separate kingdoms, Yuanta and Karth united as one a thousand years ago in order to stave off the powerful military of their common enemy, Barastovar. Prior to the unification Yuanta was a democratic province which had absorbed the large nation of Elven tribes that lived in the area in exchange for protection from slavers from the kingdoms of Karth and Barastovar. A condition of the unification saw the Empire of Karth outlaw the use of elves as slaves though it took several hundred years to fully stamp out the slave trade.
Size and Population
Though Yuan-Karth occupies only around 2/5ths of the Manikhar continent, what lands they do hold are quite fruitful both in agriculture and mineral mining. The Yuan-Karth lands are largely concentrated in the eastern and central parts of Manikhar, including most of the eastern coast where their heaviest fortifications are built.
The Harandar Islands do not extend to the Eastern Manikhar coast, as such the only islands occupied by Yuan-Karth are a few scattered ones that were traded to Yuan-Karth in a treaty with Pirynn. These islands are incredibly small host only a token posting of Yuan-Karth soldiers who serve to watch the seas and provide early warning to the coast of any incoming vessels.
The Yuan-Karth population is largely comprised of humans and elves with a significant population of half-elves.
The Yuan-Karth are governed by a Triumvirate. Each member of the Triumvirate comes to their position through a different manner. Though each member of the Triumvirate ostensibly carries equal weight in all matters of government, each position generally has specific areas it focuses on:
- King – traditionally filled by a descendant of the Royal House of Karth , the king serves until abdication or death. The King takes primary responsibility of issues involving diplomacy and relations with other nations; this includes oversight of the military.
- Publican – an elected position that serves a term of ten years. This position is traditional filled by men with an education in law or government. The Publican primarily oversees the matters relating to the internal management of government projects and agencies, such as the law enforcement.
- Demarch – a position filled by lottery every two years. Any citizen can be eligible for the Demarch lottery provided they are over the age of thirty, have never been convicted of a crime, and in order to ensure they are in touch with the people they must have participated in a leadership or organizational capacity at a minimum number of community-centric events such as festivals, town halls, and the like. As a part of the lavish lottery ceremony all eligible names are read as they are put into the drawing, a process which can take several days. The Demarch primarily oversees the well being of the citizenry and addresses the civil or social issues that are currently affecting the people.