Union of Huyfárah and Kasca

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The Union of Huyfárah and Kasca (Nåmúþ: Šels Nåhuvǻr å Naxóst), informally known as the Union (ze Šels) is a confederation of city-states covering most of the territory of Huyfárah and Kasca which arose during the second half of the second millennium YP. The capital is Múþ, and the main language is Nåmúþ, which in some areas is replacing the local languages as the main spoken language.


Around 1100, most of the area was divided into small city-states, with the kingdom of Woldulaš, controlling Ment and the Oltu valley, being the only larger state. The most influential city-state was Múþ, followed by Ažböf and Burú. Woldulaš was lagging behind a bit economically, though Us was on its way to become one of the main trading centres again.

In northern Kasca, a flooding had created a new, navigable channel through the delta. This greatly changed the economic prospects of that poor region. Soon the city-state of Wippwo appeared along the new channel, and it quickly grew to become one of the strongest city-states in Kasca. The other Kascan city-states, feeling threatened, attacked Wippwo, but Wippwo defeated them all and unified all of Kasca. During the following centuries, the Republic of Wippwo started continued to grow stronger and stronger, and by the fifteenth century, the economic power of Múþ was overshadowed by that of Wippwo.

The people of Múþ weren't particularly pleased with this development. In the early sixteenth century, an intelligent young man named Göspu Nåzudǻru came up with an ambitious plan to make Múþ the centre of the world, both economically and culturally. This included strengthened cooperation with Ažböf and Burú, the latter of which helped circumventing the Aiwa valley's dependence on Wippwo, and a brand new university whose purpose was to educate the best traders, craftsmen and navigators. Merchants and craftsmen from all over the then-known world were invited to Múþ, and sailors from Múþ sailed far beyond the existing colonies and founded trading posts as far away as southern Peilaš and eastern Tuysáfa.

This started a rivalry between Múþ and Wippwo which would continue for centuries. Múþ used its alliances with Ažböf and Burú to gain more power, while Wippwo made use of its control over both the delta and the Dagæm Islands to try to control as much of the trade in the Aiwa Valley and the Bay of Kasca as possible, and both sides tried to make their own trading posts - Wippwo had followed in the footsteps of Múþ and started founding trading posts in distant lands too - the most powerful. Although it was never admitted in public, both sides also paid pirates to attack the other's trading ships.

Meanwhile, in Woldulaš, which was lagging behind again, a new king had come to power who wished to make Us great again. Unfortunately, he turned out to not be a very competent leader, and after he'd tried following Múþ's and Wippwo's examples and failed, he decided to search Us's new wealth within the kingdom instead. What this meant in practice was that the other cities within the kingdom had to pay enormous tributes to contribute to Us's wealth, and at the same time, he started expanding Woldulaš to the north and the east, so those areas could start paying tributes too.

This was met with large dissatisfaction all over the kingdom. Soon afterwards, Ment declared itself independent and joined the confederation of Múþ instead. Following this, Woldulaš declared war on both Ment and Múþ, and Wippwo then saw its chance to crush their rivals, and so they joined Us in the war. However, as people elsewhere in Woldulaš rebelled too, Us was quickly captured by rebels from the inland parts of the Oltu valley and subsequently Múþ and its allies - Burú and Ažböf now also got involved in the conflict - attacked Wippwo. The war continued for a few years, but as it greatly damaged both sides' economy they declared peace.

After the war, Woldulaš was no longer a single political unit. It was split into several city-states which all joined the confederation, which by this time, rather unoriginally, became known as ze Tselas, "the One-country", or "the Union" in English. All members agreed that Wippwo would not be allowed to be part of it, though Wippwo didn't want to, anyway. For a while Wippwo and the Union continued to fight for dominance, but eventually, when a few generations had passed and the conflict had cooled down quite a bit, both sides realised it would be better to cooperate and then Wippwo joined the Union too.