Cabaldon

Cabaldon, officially the Empire of Cabaldon, is the successor to the fallen Caspian Empire and one of the most powerful nations in the world. Originally Cabaldon was a member state of the Caspian Empire. Cabaldon held a position nearly equal to Caspia and the Governors of Cabaldon held unprecedented power over their provinces. When the Caspian Empire fell, the Cabaldon Governors moved quickly to consolidate their power into a new Empire. Since then the Cabaldon Empire has remained one of the central powers of Thuriza.

History

Cabaldon's history spans more than two thousand years. The origins of Cabaldon center around the Deldon River delta and the surrounding region along the coast of the Asydic Sea. The Proto-Cabaldonians are assumed to have arrived in Deldon around twenty five hundred to three thousand years ago. The migration of the Caal resulted in the formation of the Caaln Deldon by about two thousand years ago. The development of the Caaln society into the early Cabaldon society appears to have been gradual and very few gaps seem to exist.

For centuries the Caal city-states fought several wars, known as the Barotek Wars, until the eventual unification of Caaln under the King of Cabal. This officially ended the Caaln Period of Deldon. The next two centuries saw the establishment of the Cabaldon Kingdom and its expansion along the Deldon River and the surrounding regions. The Cabaldon Kingdom existed for five centuries before encountering the Caspian Empire.

Cabaldon encountered Caspia first as several ships landing on the east coast of the Asydic Sea. This quickly devolved into territory conflicts and later war as Caspia attempted to colonize territory that belonged to the Cabaldon Kingdom. Cabaldon quickly found itself on the defense as the superior Caspian military pushed deeper into the Deldon region. The Cabaldon King, Kinrus the Third, pushed for a summit between the two nations. The Summit of Kinrus lasted nine and a quarter months. In the end, Cabaldon agreed to become a member state of the Caspian Empire, in exchange the Kingdom remained a separate sovereign nation.

Over the next thousand years Cabaldon acted as an extension of the Caspian Empire while still maintaining its own independence. The Provinces jointly held by Caspia and Cabaldon were governed solely by Cabaldonian Governors. The other Caspian Provinces were ruled by Caspians, making the establishment of Cabaldonian Governors an unprecedented concept.

When the Caspian Empire fell five hundred years ago, the Cabaldonian Governors and the Cabaldonian King consolidated their provinces into a new Empire. Cabaldon used this new freedom to establish trade routes with Ancadia, Haekal, and the Midworld Alliance. The influx of new technologies and ideas allowed Cabaldon to surpass the Caspian Empire.

In recent history Cabaldon has played a major part in the world, founding the Tribunal and participating in the Tribunal Wars. Cabaldon has also established one of the largest international trade networks in the world.

Culture

Cabaldon's culture is a collectivism. Since its earliest history, Cabaldon's people have been loyal to the King and his rule. Throughout its history the people of Cabaldon have been willing to die for the King, the Nation, and each other. It was this mentality that led to Caspia agreeing to allow the King to remain in power. Had Caspia attempted to unseat the Cabaldonian King the war would have only ended when the last Cabaldonian was put to death.

The Cabaldonian society is a blend of agrarianism and industrialism. The cities of Cabaldon are large, tall cities, however, there are only a few cities in Cabaldon. The rest of Cabaldon is open, with large valleys, rolling hills, forests, and farmlands. Trains link the major cities, while small roads link the small villages throughout the nation. This openness has only served to maintain the old ways of Cabaldon. Even in recent history the peoples of Cabaldon have been willing to obey and protect the Cabaldonian Emperor at any costs.

Religion

Cabaldon is the home of one of the world's oldest religions. The Caalist religion originated well before the migration of the Caal. It centers around the god Olnoi, his son Ki, and his son's wife Toln. Olnoi is said to have found the world as a shapeless, empty, and dark void. He forged Therus in this void and set in motion the lights of the heavens. Therus became the home of Olnoi until a shadow from the void returned and corrupted the new world. A war was fought, both sides creating armies out of earth, fire, water, and air. Olnoi knew the war would never end so he made a deal with the darkness. The two would share the world. Day would be the time of Olnoi and night the time of the darkness. The darkness agreed and Olnoi spun the world, creating night and day.

After the forging of night and day, Olnoi and the darkness's warriors were left without a battle. They continued to fight amongst each other for centuries until Olnoi found a way to end the war. He unified the four forces into a single form. The first of this form was Ki, his first son and the first man. With the forces unified into a man, the war ended. Time passed and Ki found himself alone on Therus. Olnoi knew the way to change this was to create him a companion, but he had nothing to forge this companion from. The darkness proposed a solution. If Olnoi when come to live in the void, keeping it company, it would forge a companion for his son. Olnoi agreed and Toln was forged.

With Olnoi's retirement from Therus, Ki and Toln were left to create mankind. The two forged mankind and set them out upon the world. After thousands of years the two watched as their creations lived in peace. Toln and Ki began arguing about what to do next and this argument devolved into a war. Their creations acted as the tools of this war. Olnoi and the darkness watched as their children fought and it became obvious that Therus would always be a place of war.

The creations of Ki, the Kaal (Caal), and the the creations of Toln, the Sheth would fight until the end of Therus. The war has since raged in one form or another, however, both Ki and Toln have retired to be with their parents leaving mankind to end the war themselves.

The Caalists believed that through order and obedience they would be allowed to reunite with Ki and they will be able to end the war. This is what led to the culture of the Cabaldonians. Each Cabaldonian believes that they will be allowed to live with Ki as an immortal spirit if they live with honor, discipline, and order.

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