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The Abode of Passion, United Sacrosanct Communal Republics of Safiloa (Sokhaino: Hinesaiaga Hamona Kula Sañosa la Safiloa/ Meiuno: ಪ್ಯಾಶನ್ ನ ವಾಸಸ್ಥಳ, ಸಫಿಲೋವಾದ ಯುನೈಟೆಡ್ ಪವಿತ್ರ ಕೋಮುವಾದಿ ಗಣರಾಜ್ಯಗಳು), is a Confederation of Four Ethno-theocratic Semi-Democratic republics. These theocratic communal republics are split along religious and ethnic lines.

1) Persians (dominant ethnicity at 44%, introduced) - Sokhains/Farothoio - Osho Kula Sañosa la Sokhaino 

2) Dravidians (secondly dominant ethnicity at 13%, introduced) - Gomukhans/Fameiuno - Pafitra Kula Sañ'itrana Maleibidulu matu Samberiti 

3) Austronesian tribes (3 native groups that make up about 15%) - Marakuan (3%), Wodjimbanian (4%), and Doianean (8%) / Fafeieso (collective) - Foko Masina Miraia 

4) Semitic Karaite Jews (most concentrated ethnicity at 9%, introduced) - Pinonim/Faceikharosho - Kapera-Matina Shel Ceikharosh

Osho Kula Sañosa la Sokhaino

With 8 districts, Sokhaino is by far the largest in both land size and population size. The Sokhaines often politically dominate most of the major governmental positions and has the culture that most consider to be "Safiloan". The population is mostly of Persian, Afro-Persian or Austro-Persian extraction. Generally, the closer to the coastline, the more African diaspora influence is felt - and the closer to the forests and mountains, the more Austronesian influence is seen. The Doshidin religion that the Sokhaines almost universally follow is a pacifist, vegetarian, free-loving, slavery-hating, garden-loving millenarian movement and a heretical Persian branch. It was this religion and their controversial beliefs that made them into a target by others in their original homeland. Main resources that are produced here include: gemstones, marble, and agricultural products, especially raw and canned tropical fruits.

Major and notable cities include:
Ponaiga (Capital of both Sokhaino and Safiloa), Hufa'itha (Famous garden complex), Doleishi (Location of famous Eco-Tourism resort), Kambanu ("Pleasure" city full of nightlife and adult-oriented fun), Banara (Ancient capital, temples), Potilena (Largest and most active port city)

Pafitra Kula Sañ'itrana Maleibidulu matu Samberiti

With 2 districts, Maleibidulu-Samberiti is second largest in terms of population. The primary ethnicity here, the Gomukhans, follow a branch of Jainism called Pushpambara ("Flower-Clad"), due to the belief that both male and female monks should only wear fallen flowers. The two major settlements, Maleibidulu and Samberiti are rather distinctly different. Maleibidulu is a thriving mercantile port city only second to Potilena in Sokhaino and is where the Merchant Guild is situated, while Samberiti features an array of temples, libraries, holy groves, hospitals, and universities (theological bend) are governed by a Mendicant Monk Council. Salt, incense, fragrances, spices, and nuts from Maleibidulu are exquisite in their quality and provides a huge boost to the overall economy. 
 

Foko Masin'ireo Nosi Doianua Si Nosi Marakuana Si Hala Wojimbaneia Miraia ("Foko Masina Miraia")

The loosely-bonded collection of tribal and near-modern collectivities often shows more diversity within the region then outside of their political entity. There are 5 regions, 3 controlled by the pearl-diving Doyaneans who traditionally fill the niche of semi-sedentary ocean-going gypsy-nomads. Some of their small floating villages can still be found in the bays and shallows along the Doyan Reef and islands, though the mode of living has become scarcer over time and most Doyaneans now live in fairly modern homes. The Doyaneans pray to Father Peacock Shrimp and Mother Octopus and will often leave offerings to both creatures when encountered. The Wodjimbani live in the hills and mountains and are linguistically distantly related to the Doyaneans. The Wodjimbani are root foragers and are known for supplementing their root-heavy diet with insects and other invertebrates. Their god, the Fern God, is essentially a semi-sentient aromatic giant fern. The Wodjimbani are much less in tuned with the ways of modern-living and live off the land as well as some tourism that finds their way to their cloud forested slopes. The Marakuans were historically cannibals that hunted, raided and ritually sacrificed the Sokhaines, Wodjimbani and Doyaneans. They still worship a Giant Cycad covered in skulls and are often employed as mercenaries by the state to ward and fend off illegal fishing and smuggling. For the most part however, Marakuan territory is similarly to the Wodjimbani also severely under-developed. Reports of cannibalism today are scant but scary enough to deter most foolhardy illegal fishermen. 

Kapera-Matina Shel Ceikharosh

Being so close to the important early trade routes meant that piracy was a lucrative industry for many years. Various different groups tried their hand including Jewish groups. However, a religious schism saw the Karaite Jews of Mevraq flee and settle - with permission - on a barren strip of land on Safiloa called Ceikharosh. These Karaite Jews - aka Pinonim - continue their ancestral martial tradition and are often hired as coast guards and body guards to protect water ways and foreign representatives. The coastal city of Ceikharosh is full of temples, gardens, cemeteries, and universities (engineering bend). 

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Pre-History of Safiloan Islands

The Western islands were created through the collision of the Marenesia Minor plate against the other one and is seismically active. The North-Western islands have been inhabited for thousands of years prior to the arrival of !Proto-Azanians, there they established a realm of the hegemony of the Wodjimbani that traded with the ancient empires of the time until the !Austro-Polynesians/Doyaneans arrived on outrigger canoes from the east in droves. The kingdom collapsed due to war and strife: The Dark Age of Safiloa.

By the time of the arrival of the Doshidinic Sokhaines, the islands generally had a mixture of Azanian and Doyanean culture. The Sokhaines reintroduced the written word after it had been lost during the Dark Age. After a few hundred years - and with the arrival of another persecuted group, the pacifist !Dravidian/Gomukhans and their Pushpambara form of !Jainism, a Golden Age began that allowed for immense prosperity and enticed many adventurers, runaway slaves, pirates and other societal rejects to form an altruistic-hedonistic society. 

History of Safiloa

The formation of a Safiloan state in the modern sense began after the city-states' confederation of Sokhaine (incl. the Wodjimbanis) allied with the Gomukhan-dominated islands of Maleibidulu & Samberiti and the Doyaneans forming an expansive confederation for mutual protection. The Karaite Jewish refugees of Mevraq joined later and received an island of their own after successfully defending against an invasion.
Recent History

Increased prosperity and stability in the region (and the tremendous firepower of some other nations) has meant that the need for an active military has been called into question. Different ethnicities have different perspective and goals when it comes to the future of Safiloa. Will it become more centralized as the Sokhaines grow in number, wealth and political power? Safiloan friendships with certain neighbours has called into question the commitment to protecting the refugees that had originally suffered at their hands that now reside within Safiloa.

2021-Future

Certain minor ethnicities are growing bolder and even antagonistic at times, resenting the wealth gained by Sokhaine and the lack of development from the other islands. 

Current People in Power (WIP)

Gohul of Pleasure: Ms. Kini Soa

Gohul of Discernment: Mr. Shadiboia

Gohul of Preservation: Dr. Huiashesi

Gohul of Comprehension: Dr. Tsafimakoua

Sokhaine Farmanulu Speaker: Ms. Satira Mandana

Maleibidulu-Samberiti representative:

Wodjimbani representative:

Marakuan representative:

Doyanean representative:

Ceikharoshan representative:

Coast Guard Commander:

Secret Service Commander:

Edited by Safiloa
Names of Gohuls and the Farmanulu Representative (see edit history)
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Economic Information

Osho Kula Sañosa la Sokhaino (fairly wealthy)

The cities of Ponaiga and Hufa'ith are the largest cities in all of Safiloa. A diverse and well-developed state-run economy ensures that Sokhaino not only generates enough income for themselves but also supports the struggling economies of her sister communal republics. Tropical fruits, canned goods, beans, honey, algae, sugar cane, soy, laver, vegan & vegetarian food, as well as gemstones such Chrysocolla and Diamonds are either produced or mined in large amounts. Tourism (especially including sex and eco-tourism) contributes greatly as well and Sokkhaino is the only island with an international airport and largest harbour. The island of Kambanu is a major attraction for honeymooners and party-goers, while fully state-designed Doleish is a city primarily catered to a family fun affair and is where most overnight tourists stay. Tourists still visit Hufa'ith and Ponaiga but overall congestion has been reduced since Doleish was founded. The airplanes, buses and trams are by governmental mandate as environmentally friendly as possible.

Pafitra Kula Sañ'itrana Maleibidulu matu Samberiti (Developing)

Citizens are raised to be academically high-achievers. Doctors, monks, pharmacists, librarians, financial advisers, and teachers are generally the careers being chosen by the Gomukhans/Meiun. However, as per tradition, those that are left-handed or dyslexic are instead redirected to join the Boluan Basadi a.k.a. Temple Guards - a fairly prestigious post. Pharmaceuticals and hospital instruments contribute greatly to the overall export along with the traditional sea salts, nuts, herbs, oils, incense, fragrances and scented candles that Maleibidulu - which is still governed by a collection of Trade and Merchant Guilds - is known for. Monk council-governed Samberiti on the other hand is filled with temples, flower gardens, and mendicants; and is noticeably less developed than Maleibidulu.

Foko Masina Miraia (Stinking Poor)

Severely underdeveloped. A few Doyanean floating villages exists that survive on eco-tourism, incl. diving.

- The Doyaneans also produce pearls and catch edible invertebrates - albeit the latter has not been commercialized. Some Doyanean islands are more developed than others.

- The Wodjimbani sell trinkets and services to tourists. Edible invertebrates and mushrooms are both farmed and wild-caught. Many low-end jobs in urban areas are filled by the Wodjimbani that have been ousted from their community for whatever reason.

- The Marakua almost exclusively dedicate themselves to manning the coast guards, police, secret services, and military. 

Kapera-Matina Shel Ceikharosh (moderately poor)

The Pinonimic city of Ceikharosh is known for their universities as well as various arts and crafts. fantastic rock-climbing excursions exists nearby as well.

Edited by Safiloa (see edit history)
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Languages & Religions

OOC

Sokhaine: Middle-Persian creole mixed with Eastern Bantu/Bravanese/Pre-Islamic Swahili and Malagasy

Meiunu: Tulu/Kannada

Pinonimic: Yemeni Hebrew & South Arabian

Wodjimbani: Eastern Bantu/Bravanese/Pre-Islamic Swahili & Malagasy

Marakua: Proto-Ongan & Malagasy.... with some minor Mapudungun influences.

Doyanean: Malagasy & Polynesian

 

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Vision

 

My vision for Safiloa:

- Modernize infrastructure in a sustainable way, economically, environmentally and socially.

- Find a way to increase the prosperity of the smaller more marginalized regions, which includes possible centralization of the state

- Embrace renewable energy

- Form alliances with friendly nations and proselytize the Dushidinic faith, thereby creating a wurld free from slavery, animal abuse and matrimony

- Avoid civil war due to pacifist belief system but also obtain the change needed to create a fairer economy and government

- Don't rock the boat

Edited by Safiloa (see edit history)
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