The Empire of Kruthedan
Following the collapse of the Maletrian Empire, the aristocracy of the peninsula turned to manorialism and feudal structures, except in Baskuram and Tenket where the Maletrian government maintained control for a while. This lasted until an exiled prince of Sahram overthrew the Baskuram government and founded his own kingdom. It was united with Sahram the following generation through blood ties (and hence Sahram became the hereditary domain of the prince). This new kingdom proceeded to bring the rest of the peninsula under its control. The rest of the peninsula consisted of the kingdom of Hethidir, the kingdom of Shuledan, the kingdom of Virshan, and the tribal regions of Harnakedan and Malesh (whose cities had largely been abandoned or overrun).
The Tulshan is the Overking, and is primarily concerned with the defense of the realm. The real administration of the empire is in the hands of the Grand High Priest of Shinaket, who serves as Grand Vizier. The Tulshan is the Prince of Baskuram, and the feudal lord of the kings of Hethidir, Shuledan and Virshan. He is also the military commander of the governors of Harnakedan, Malesh, and Tenket.
The Prince of Sahram becomes Prince of Baskuram upon assuming the throne, and passes the title of Prince of Sahram to his heir. The title of Tulshan is not received until all of the Shans have pledged their fealty.
Kruthedan consists of two heartland domains, three military provinces, and three vassal kingdoms. There are also colonies in Gamiri Islands and lands further south. Marazai also pays tribute to the Tulshan.
The heartland domains are Baskuram and Sahram, each under a prince of the royal line. There is no current prince of Sahram and under the machinations of the Grand High Priest, it has been divided into two temporary military provinces.
Military provinces are governed by a Shinakari high priest who reports to the Grand Vizier. The military governors are merely legionary generals.
The vassal kingdoms formed from conglomerations of self-sufficient lords who were gradually left to fend for themselves as the Maletrian Empire disintegrated. They each acquired their own Shan (king) who later pledged fealty to the Prince of Baskuram.
The empire's legions (the Idakhari) are based on the Maletrian model with some reforms. They are based in each military province as well as Baskuram and Sahram. The three vassal kingdoms provide their own military forces, which may serve as auxiliaries when needed by the Tulshan.
The Kruthad Peninsula is dominated by the Empire of Kruthedan.
- KRUTHEDAN (pop. 3,100,000) (Kripada/Amasshad)
- Baskuram (pop. 1,150,000) (Kripada/Amasshad)
- Harnakedan (pop. 200,000+) (Ornakh)
- Hethidir (pop. 310,000) (Ramashad)
- Malesh (pop. 400,000+) (Hilsakana)
- Shûledan (pop. 340,000) (Seydat)
- Sin-Sahram (pop. 210,000) (Yeshshad)
- Virshan (pop. 200,000) (Virshan)
- Yûd-Sahram (pop. 270,000) (Fasthad)
Area: 58,000 + 32,000 km2
The heart of Kruthedan is the valley of the Binebir. The upper portion is still part of Baskuram, but has been rendered into a special military district. This military district was formerly the buffer between Kruthedan and Tenket, but when the high priest of Tenket became Emperor, the soldiers there were replaced by those loyal to Mekkara.
Amasshad: The Prince's City is the traditional home of the Tulshan's palace. Amasshad is adjacent to Kripada.
Badafastam: A fortified city built to protect Kruthad from Tenket.
Kripada: The chief city of Kruthedan. The Temple of the Serentean Labyrinth is located here.
Governor: Ofir Fafet
Area: 50,500 km2
This unruly province is still largely inhabited by the tribe that gives the land its name. The actual population could be twice as high, since the number of tribesmen is unknown.
Ornakh: The seat of imperial power in Harnakedan. It was built as a means of projecting power over the Harnak hillmen.
Area: 24,000 km2
A minor province at the headwaters of the Kambir. Formerly a Ristuli kingdom, Hethidir was conquered by Kruthedan prior to the battles of the Akûn-Shal.
Ramashad: A modest-sized but regal city, formerly capital of the kingdom, but now the seat of the provincial governor.
Governor: Alatam Kufir
Area: 40,000 km2
The ancient region of Malesh is now a Krishari province ruled by the cousin of the former emperor Khalan. Alatam has sworn absolute loyalty to Ro-Turadis, and is now engaged in extorting gratitudes from Aribind. He is still watched carefully by the Emperor's spies.
Hilsakana: The capital of the Malesh province. The city boasts the Temple of the Serpent's Eye, from whence the high priest Kamshol watches over Lord Alatam.
Samunsaram: A military city on the imperial border, situated both to counter incursions from Prulamite war bands and to project power against Aribind.
Area: 26,000 km2
The upper valley of the Nargabir has long been coveted by the Prince of Sahram.
Seydat: The modest capital of Shûledan is important only because it lies on the road between Yeshshad and Kripada.
Governor: Bakhrim Is
Area: 16,000 km2
The lower province of the Prince's hereditary domain. The two provinces are now controlled by governors under the direction of Tejathar, who is second to the Emperor in the Temple hierarchy.
Yeshshad: Capital of the province of Sin-Sahram, Yeshshad is the chief port servicing the central region of the empire.
Area: 15,000 km2
Virshan: The capital of the west, Virshan lies on the Kambir which is navigable from here to the sea.
Area: 21,000 km2
The upper province of the Prince's hereditary domain.
Fasthad: The small capital of the backwater province of Yûd-Sahram.