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Tepat

Geography

Tepat occupies most of the southern part of the northern half of Tiptum. Its southern border is the Yewek sea, its eastern border is at the mountains, and its northern frontier fades somewhat into the plains where nomadic horsemen live. It has acquired colonies to the south, including the desert territory of Wasak, and the tropical savannaland of Nusam. In the east dry land in the mountains gives way to more humid, subtropical land downhill. This area receives ample rain in the summer. The western half of Tepat is more Mediterranean, with rainy winters and dry summers, and a patch of desert on the southwest coast. In the center of the country is a transitional area that receives two yearly peaks of precipitation. Since this also largely encompasses the area where the Yot and Phitim rivers join, it is the most fertile, populous, and active part of the country by far.

Government

In legend, the earliest people were ruled by a succession of exploitative strong men who managed to trick or physically overpower those around them. They were driven off and replaced by benevolent sages called Phlat. At first they led quasi-informally by virtue of their admiration by the public. The last of the Phlat formalized his leadership and passed it on to his children, creating the Nyow Dynasty. The Nyow expanded their rule through the submission of local rulers. This feudal system was fragile and eventually collapsed when the final Nyow ruler was killed, and the local lords struggled to establish their own dynasties as supreme. In the more than 200 years of civil war that followed, more than half of the noble families were wiped out - absorbed by their neighbors, displaced by usurpers, or even overthrown by their serfs. The members of the nobility known as tliw, who monopolized the performance of rituals, found their authority and teachings challenged.

The stage was set for the ascent of new kinds of authorities. The lyup began as a kind of attendant to the noble rulers. As the nation decayed, the fate of rulers came to depend crucially on the quality of advice coming from their lyup, who received the greatest portion of their lords' confidence, and the lyup enhanced themselves not only by increasing their learning, but by daring to voice new ideas. As the political cannibalism of the aristocracy increased, more and more lyup found themselves masterless and homeless, and took to road to find someone who would find use for their talents. New conditions created demand for new ideas. Wandering lyup distinguished themselves by creating distinctive styles of thought, and transforming themselves into the first philosophers, scientists, psychologists, economists, educators, military strategists, and historians. The most famous and influential of these established or hinted at almost all of the intellectual trends of Tepat's future, and left their names on the tip of people's tongues over a thousand years after their deaths.

The Civil War finally ended with the military victory of the Lord of Kwan, who championed Moq and Cyam's doctrines. Peace came, but not freedom. Kwan's first goal was to eradicate everything that remained of the aristocracy and might challenge him, so he banned noble titles, created new provinces with new names and new borders cross-cutting old feudal domains, redistributed all farmland, and implemented sword-control. He then turned to ensuring the complete submission of the whole population with strict control of all activity, and his expensive forced-labor projects - building a new capital and canal, for example - made people wonder if order was as much a curse as a blessing. He died trying to achieve immortality. His attitude, but not his effectiveness, continued over three successors. After 76 years, people got tired of it. The 4th Kwan king picked up on this and didn't like it, so he decided to **** it and just burn a bunch of books and kill everyone who could think for himself. But he was toooo laaaate. With open revolt on the way, his scholarly advisors took the unprecedented step of ousting their very own leader. Fleeing the palace, the king was bucked by his own horse, and while running, he tripped over his robe, which allowed some peasants to run him over in an ox-cart. The Lyup then invited scholars from all over the country to convene to decide the fate of Tepat. The newly powerful Lyup quickly set about remaking society through reforms such as banning polygamy, estate inheritance, and slavery, reducing taxes and the application of capital punishment, and protecting free intellectual inquiry.

They created the lwik system as a kind of interface with the non-scholarly population, to relay and enforce policy, and to represent popular interests and opinions back to the Lyup. A segment of the population, defined by a natural interest group such as residency and occupation, chose from among itself individuals who would made up its corresponding lwik. The members of that lwik chose one of themselves as chairman, who also represented the whole lwik to the national lwik. The Lwik were also overlapping, such that a farmer in Hanam would belong to both a farmer's lwik and a Hanam regional lwik. Within the framework defined by the Lyup, particular lwik were given great latitude to regulate themselves. For example, the lwik of food growers and preparers collectively defined standards of food quality, set prices, and instituted a sales tax on produce which they collected for themselves and used to support their own activities. Whenever the activities or regulations of different lwik conflicted, the national lwik, composed of scholars and the chairmen of other lwik, arbitrated the disputes. New kinds of lwiks also emerged representing ideological movements, or religious sects, or groups of people such as mothers, making the associations ever more complex. The lwik system incorporated functions associated in the U.S. with such distinct organizations as political parties, labor unions, trade associations, legislatures, and departments of the executive branch.

Over time the lwik increased in size and number, and gaining a life of their own, drained power away from the Lyup and into themselves. The result was a truly popular government, as we would recognize it, with the Lyup now finding themselves in an advisory position. A variety of stops, breaks, interruptions, and other reforms occurred along the way, including restricting emergency dictatorships, limiting the size and privileges of the military, standardizing electoral procedures, and restricting the power of individual representatives. The importance of the lwik system is such that as the state extended beyond the area of Tepat itself and ethnically Tepat people that its official named became the League of Councils.


The Language

Please visit the Yuktepat page.


History

-864
Age of Tyrants and Heroes
-720

-576
Nyow Dynasty
-432

-288
Period of the Cloven Country
-144

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Kwan Dynasty
+144
Age of Scholars
+288

+432
Age of Councils
+576

+720
Invasion by the Swíra and flight to Wasak



Legendary Tepat

Pre-Tepatic Inhabitats of the Kantepat

The Nyow Dynasty

The Cloven Land

The Birth of Philosophy

The Kwan Dynasty

The Age of Scholars

The Age of Councils

The Swíra Invasion of Tepat

The Republic of Wasak

Reguándóy domum
© 2005-2011 by Damátir Ando. Updated September 21, 2011.