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Refublik fun Iner Benasia
Benašhek° G°yzeg°ym Ẑ°yġehek°
(Republic of Inner Benacia)
Flag of RIB
Flag
Coat of Arms of RIB
Coat of Arms
Motto: Eyner far Ale, Ale far Eyn
Anthem: A Saduc amongst the Dolmens
Location of RIB
Map versions -
Capital Bagegeniśort (Stonetree)
Largest city
Official language(s) Yehudi, Mishalanski, Tellian, Laqi
Official religion(s) Siyachism, Church of the Patriarchs, Qara'ut
Demonym Inner Benacians, RIBs
 - Adjective RIB, Inner Benacian
Government confederal
 - Dolmensaduc Pśymyde Tyiim Teźśecaq°yhemće
 - Legislature Dolmen
Establishment 1659
 - Ranked  ?
Area
 - Ranked  ?
Population 336,185
 - Active 148,821 Yehudi
120,000 Laqi
48,239 Tellians
19,125 Mishalanski
 - Ranked
Currency Dram
Abbreviation RIB
National website
National forum TBE
National animal Black Eagle (Yehudi & Tellian)
White Eagle (Laqi)
Brown Bear (Mishalanski)
National food Boiled sheep's head with dumplings
National drink Pomace brandy
National tree

The Republic of Inner Benacia (also known as RIB) is a recently established country in the previously Green area between Kalgachia, Mishalan and Lywall. Established as a peace agreement by various ethnoreligious fractions in 1659, the new government hopes to establish a peace between the different ethnic groups of the troubled area, so as to allow them to better resist the repeated incursions of their rapacious neighbour.


Geography

History

  • Ashkenatza
  • Collapse
  • Minarboria
  • Collapse
  • Kalgachi razzias to secure heavy machinery and capital assets followed by brief occupation of Sansabury to secure international recognition.
  • Three Shirerithian invasions, Lywall occupied.
  • Defence of the last commune (Stonetree) by all the free peoples of Inner Benacia
  • Confederal treaty

Late 1659:

  • Ruins of north Nackholm occupied by Batavian skirmishers. More Shirerithian air-raids in the western enclave. Yehudi resistance scattered and demoralised.
  • Ceremonial spear thrower ignominiously shot by snipers at the Kalgachi border (his body was entombed in the Dolmen as a hero). Envoy charged with delineating the frontier returned after a misunderstanding at a border checkpoint resulted in temporary incarceration.
  • A Shirerithian convoy of mixing lorries carrying wet cement was ambushed by persons unknown in Lywall on the road from Sansabury to Stonetree.
  • Kalgachi agents dressed to pass as natives exchanged fire with hunting party of Red Laqs. Some horses and saddle bags taken. No casualties reported. Incursion unlikely to be an isolated incident.
  • Kalgachi rotorcraft making sorties over RIB claimed air space. A great profusion of leaflets scattered to the four winds. Dolmen prohibits the literate from reading the contents to their brethren and to gather up all of this windfall to dispatch to Stonetree for pulping. Paper is too valuable to be wasted. The Defence League of Benacia sends word to the clans that bullets are not to be wasted on shooting at the whirdlebirdies as it only draws the ire of those flying the contraptions at a time when the means to knock them down effectively are not at hand.

1660

  • An exchange of corpses restores the semblance of peace between the Kalgachi and the Republic.
  • Nackholm reoccupied by Imperials after the expulsion of the Batavii.
  • Hightree reoccupied by Imperials.
  • Repudiation of the Kitezhniks: Fighters from Kitezh break their oaths to the Dolmen and fled west to join forces with unaffiliated Kossars led by the Hanokh Clan.
  • Laqi raids into Lywall.
  • 'Nclavesci infiltration into the shadow economy of the Mandate of Tellia; leads to a series of armed conflicts with local organizations
  • Active combat between Łe 'em Yśehe and unaffiliated Kossars in and around the ruins of Selz
  • With increasing international recognition came an invitation for the Inner Benacians to participate in a form of great power coordination duelling known as foot-ball. Perplexed, delegates assembled at the Dolmen for an extraordinary meeting to discuss what it all meant.

1661

1662

  • Increasing evidence that the ESB Group and the N&H are sponsoring the activities of the Mildura clan in return for support against the Daemon-Queen of Malarboria and in order to counter the growing influence of the RIB-aligned 'Nclavesci clan.
  • Goldshire businessmen touring the western provinces are strongly encouraged by provincial governors with N&H sympathies to avoid selling their wares to clans and factions who have pledged themselves to the Dolmen. This advice goes largely unheeded.
    • The severed and eyeless head of one such business traveller was recovered from a gore-splattered tradesman's bag delivered to Ketek's Inner Benacian showroom, a fortified settlement and bazaar set inside the ruins of an unknown Ashkenatzim town, optimistically renamed as Ketekgorod.
      • Not entirely without coincidence, on the following day a fourscore band of Black Laqi arrived at Ketekgorod offering their services as guides and protectors against the "nameless and myriad misfortunes of the road". They were promptly hired and given a squadron of Scrags, renaming themselves Zyk°'eterem Fel'ek°e or "Lovers of the self-driving wagon".

1663

  • The Defence League of Benacia acquires a Shirerithian Whirdlebird after an emergency landing and evacuation in Inner Benacian territory. Research begins immediately on how to refuel and activate the craft while the crew are ransomed back to Shireroth through Black Laqi and Kalgachi intermediaries.

1665

  • Stung by humiliating cross border raids, and angered by the support and sympathy offered by the RIB to Karalakhi rebels in eastern Modan, anywhere up to four thousand Horjin armoured vehicles reportedly began to mass in Lywall. Concurrently, the Joint Military Council of the Raspur Pact formally endorsed a proposal to "invite" the RIB to join the Pact and to accept allied troops onto its territories to assist in the suppression of brigandry and lawlessness.[1]

1666

  • 10.I.16661:An unidentified rocket detonated at low altitude over Stonetree, spreading a mysterious red powder over a large area and resulting in mass casualties on the ground. Victims appeared to suffer from symptoms - such as blood crystallisation and violent haemorrhaging - that appeared consistent with dreadnettle poisoning. The site of the Dolmen, as well as the nascent commercial district were amongst the areas contaminated. Survivors flee into the wilderness, disrupting the function of what little governance and military command and control existed.[2]

1667

  • The Republic is formally welcomed into the Raspur Pact. Fresh elections were scheduled for the Spring Equinox. An exclusion zone remained in effect around Stonetree but the position of internally displaced persons were regularised and disputed clan territorial ranges were brought firmly under the control of the Republic by IBFOR punitive expeditions.

Politics and Government

A sketch by Orek bi Łestkin, dated 05.VI.1660. Original caption read: The Dolmen, situated before Stonetree. A melancholy and foreboding place. The pact betwixt the clans was cemented by blood sacrifices officiated in the catacombs beneath the deliberation chambers where the Saduc and delegates now stand.

The Republic was originally based upon the confederal unity of the three so-called free communes of Highbloom, Nackholm, and Stonetree, which had each endured the wretched circumstances of the years after the fall of the Minarborian Empire and the ever present threat of Shirerithian invasion. The tides of war strained that unity, with Nackholm - isolated in the western enclave - proving especially vulnerable to Shirerithian and Batavian attacks and well-nigh impossible to reinforce on account of the Kalgachi-Kasterburg land corridor.

Nonetheless the institutions that arose spoke to the fundamental pragmatism of these clannish peoples, bound together in their struggle for survival against the odds in a hostile environment and faced by overwhelmingly powerful neighbours.

Dolmen

The Dolmen, a ruling council composed of delegates from each of the major ethnic groups in the RIB, acts as a combined executive and legislative body. The number of delegates per group roughly corresponds with the proportional size of each faction.

The leader of the Dolmen, and thus the head of state for the Republic of Inner Benecia, is the Saduc. Each year, after the spring equinox, the Dolmen chooses one of their number to serve as a peacekeeper and arbitrator, called the Sasos.

The Dolmen received its name from the ruined mausoleum where the various factions first met and swore their oaths. The mausoleum has since been crudely rebuilt and used as a burial site for clan elders of the different ruling groups.

The names of the various institutions and offices of the Republic tend to reflect which ethnicity managed to stake their claim first during the carve up of the government.

The Minutes of the Dolmen meetings are published on a semi-regular basis and provides an indication of the Republic's policy as well as a source of droll commentary for those Inner Benacians blessed with the singular gift of literacy.

Faction Component Clans
Łe 'em Yśehe
Brothers of the Blood Hand
La 'am Iśaha.png
Ł'aġećyg°q°yhe
K°ešḥeble
Ḥek°yryne
צורים
Tsorim
Bandiere Onorate
Honoured Banners
BandiereOnorate.png
Sorvolesi
Luinali
Palmati
Labeśx°e
Teuycože
קוסט וואַך
Kust Vakh
Shrub Watch
KustVakh.png
נאמנים
Neemonim
The Faithful
ים‎מורד
Moir'dim
The Rebellious
 
קראים לאמת
Qara'im l'Emet
Readers of Truth

Qaraim l'Emet.png
לייענערס פון היימלאַנד‎
Leyeners fun Heymland
Iedźak°'ehe Łaqehe
Teźśecaq°yhe
Товарищество Mолота
Bear.png
Ś°ecehe Yśehe
Black Brothers
Star of the Black Laq.png
Eastern Brothers Il Mietitori
The Reapers
Karalakh Host
Saduc of the Dolmen
06.IV.1659 - 03.VI.1667 Pśymyde Tyiym Teźśecaq°yhe
 
Sasos of the Dolmen
IV.1659 - III.1660 Elior ben Oni Tzorim La 'am Iśaha.png
IV.1660 - III.1661 Heid ben M'rori Neemonim KustVakh.png
IV.1661 - 10.I.1666 Dzarfeis Serverem Labeśx°emć'e Labeśx°e
10.I.1666 - 03.VI.1667 Position vacant
Ethnicity
Red Laqi
Black Laqi
Yehudi
'Nclavesci
Mishalanski

Society

A sketch by Orek bi Łestkin, dated 23.XII.1660. Original caption reads: A Lach maiden of the Red Blood Hand. Holding a long barrel M1591 rifle - clearly of Imperial, ergo illicit, provenance.
An engraving depicting two Black Laqs engaged in the act of looting the body of a slain Imperial Marshal.

See: Red Laqi Language

Many Mishalanski settled in the Green who were unreconciled to the end of communism in Imperial ruled Mishalan.

The confederal movement, born under the pressure of unrelenting Shirerithian aggression, brought together the four principal ethnic groups of Inner Benacia, hitherto rather antagonistic of one-another, and forced them into the rough semblance of an alliance in order to defend hearth and home against the gravimetric hordes of the Imperial Republic. Lacking the sophistication and capacity of their Kalgachia neighbours, the unity of the Inner-Benacians is of a rather more trucial nature. Quite a few suspect that if the Shirerithians ever eased off the pressure, these disparate groupings would quite happily forswear the oaths given by their leaders before the Dolmen and revert back to slaughtering each other with gleeful abandon.

It should be noted that Lywallers and Froyalaners tend not to feature very much in the society of Inner Benacia, mostly on account of the Laqi and Mishalanski propensity for slicing open the stomachs of strangers and rifling around in the spilled entrails whilst searching for swallowed coins and jewels.

Yehudim

"Of these Yehudi Kossars, their siches and their shtetlekh, pray do not tell me. I have seen for myself the mud and the lice. The filthy beggar children. The filthier beards of the men. The thought of their squalor alone is enough to make me bid the servants to run a fresh bath."
—Lady Clarissa MoorImperial High Commissioner in the State of Lywall.

At the time of the swearing of the Dolmen Pact the Yehudim, particularly the Kossars formerly associated with the late Pachad ben Mavet, were the predominant force in Inner Benacia. This changed swiftly afterwards as Kalgachia and Kasterburg established their connective land corridor whilst what remained of Nackholm was devastated by the descent of Imperials and Transbataafsche Vrystaat in bewildering succession. Shorn of their homeland, now a miserable Imperial protectorate, and turned against themselves by vicious recriminations over the decision to ride to the defence of Stonetree which had left Nackholm virtually undefended, the Yehudim were shocked and demoralised by their own powerlessness and the sudden rise of the Laq to dominance within the newly founded Republic. Only the persistent disunity between Red and Black Laq allowed the Yehudi clans to continue to raise their voices on the Dolmen without sinking to the level of prestige of the Tellians or worse the Mishalanski.

Laqi

In the ninety-three years since the collapse of the ephemeral Laqi Free Republic in southern Shireroth, the Laqi somehow went from being an obscure tribal grouping within Modan-Lach to the ubiquitous scourge of the steppes, forests, and foothills of central Benacia. The most succinct explanation is that, with the collapse of Ashkenatza, followed at an interval by the rise and fall of Minarboria, a vacuum opened up in the heart of the continent, and nature - abhorring a vacuum - had the Laqi ready at hand to step into the void. Laqi brigands, in the profit-motivated service of the so-called Perfecti, were instrumental in the foundation of Kalgachia whose mountain fastness was secured with armaments and workers snatched from the collapsing edifice of Minarboria by their roving bands. Other Laqi hosts, arriving late for the party, settled for despoiling columns of refugees, raiding into the tenuous Shirerithian occupation of Lywall, and living well on the mangled carcasses of Tee-als felled by Shirerithian airstrikes into the graveyard of empires.

Laqi clans are divided between the Red Laqs, who had made incursions into the Ashkenatzi frontier first, and the Black Laqs, who migrated into the area at the behest of their lich masters. Red Laqs see the Black Laqs as corrupted by influence from the undead, while they themselves continue an unadulterated form of the Laqi Tradition; some Red Laq clans have, however, adopted worship of The Name from their neighbors.

"An honourable man ignores the whispers that one makes to express their heart. Whisper your thoughts, shout your words."
—Red Laq proverb, meaning unknown.

Tellian

See: 'Nclavesci

When Shireroth established unilateral control over the Mandate of Tellia following the fall of Minarboria, some Tellians instead fled west into the Green. During this chaotic period, a number of syndicates formed and established areas of control, each clustered around a core group of former officers of the disbanded Minarborian Doppicomando and what weapons that they could secure. These syndicates, referred to collectively as the 'Nclavesci, then proceeded to wage war on one another and upon the other ethnic groups within the Green.

An alliance between three 'Nclavesci clans, the Sorvolesi, the Luinali, and the Palmati, was successful in wiping out their rivals between the ruins of Stonetree and Noudolorsa and taking possession of their weapons and subjects. Other 'Nclavesci clans can be found in near the ruins of Vein.

A similar phenomenon to the 'Nclavesci is also seen within the Mandate of Tellia and the still-independent Tellian Confederation. These more urban syndicates have focused on constructing parallel power structures underneath the legitimate government to amass prestige and wealth for their members.

As part of the Memblini Venture, the 'Nclavesci clans aligned with the Dolmen have established footholds in and around Mamehblinij, both within city limits and in the Mandate around it. In both cases, this is being done using forged papers. The purpose of this venture is to secure funds and supplies for the Republic of Inner Benacia (and their own coffers). As a result, the Tellians of Inner Benacia have the most direct—and probably healthiest—connection to the outside world.

Mishalanski

"Если кто-то дает медведю молоток, он вдруг обнаруживает, что все надо растерзать."
—Mishalanski proverb

Culture

Due to the broad variety of ethnic groups within the region, the formation of the Republic of Inner Benacia has stimulated positive cross-cultural interaction and the development of traditions independent of any one ethnicity.

Demaqen Benenyġ

"If they were half as good at governing as they are with their feet, the Shirertits would be trampled under the rhythmically expressive boots of the Laqi within a generation."
—Dr. Zakhar Slapagai, Emissary of the Garden of Kalgachia to the Republic of Inner Benacia .

The Demaqen Benenyġ (RL. "coordination duel") originated within Laqi Culture as a form of non-lethal dispute resolution for Laqs sworn to the same leader. The alternative, Łə Benenyġ (RL. "blood duel"), involved daggers and the shedding of an adequate quantity of blood, and thus would be limited to those outside of one's sworn retinue.

The prevalence of this art form necessitates that skill in a multitude of musical instruments is equally widespread. Among the most popular are jaw harps, harmonicas, tin pipes, lyres, and drums to name but a few. The instruments available on hand during a duel directly affects the style and pace of the dance, allowing the duelists yet another avenue through which to demonstrate their adaptability and mastery of the Demaqen Benenyġ.

A blood duel within a retinue would leave it weakened from injury and divided against itself, especially since Laqs are known to be jealous of their honour. Through the application of the coordination duel, retinues no longer tore apart from internal strife, but instead developed a new kind of camaraderie, since these duels typically elicited mutual admiration and a desire to achieve excellence to impress others.

The spread of the coordination duel beyond Laq culture and beyond membership to an individual retinue took place almost immediately after the swearing of the Dolmen Oath. During the festivities, a fight broke out between a Red Laq and a Black Laq, and each in turn from different factions. The encampment became quiet, because even non-Laqs were aware of the dangers of an enraged and dishonored Laq. The insulted Laq, duelling knife already unsheathed, instead laughed and threw the blade to the ground, declaring "with our oath, all of us sit under the leadership of the Dolmen", and instead made the sign for a coordination duel.

As the duel intensified, the rest of the camp encircled the two parties, watching as they did battle in dance and in song.

Since then, personal disputes between clans that have submitted to the Dolmen have been resolved through the coordination duel. The non-Laq clans in turn developed variations on their own culture's dances and songs that would be compatible with the coordination duel so that they could compete with excellence.

The custom appears to be spreading along trading and smuggling routes into the territories of Lywall and the Tellian Mandate, leading to increasing concern, amongst those junior Imperial administrators vaguely aware of the practice, that its increasing popularity either presaged growing allegiance to the Dolmen amongst the Laq or that what was ostensibly just a form of dance designed to resolve disputes and increase group solidarity was becoming a covert form of martial arts practised in anticipation of some future day.

Football

The first that the Republic knew of its football team was on 08.XII.1660 when a delegation of WMFA representatives arrived to offer their congratulations to the Dolmen. Unfortunately this delegation encountered a paramount spear-chief of the K°ešḥeble clan. The Laqi pride themselves on speaking a particularly impenetrable language and misunderstandings inevitably arose, as was often the case when a group of Laqs set their minds to despoiling confused outsiders. Only the serendipitous arrival of Orek bi Łestkin, a traveller well versed in the ways of the Red Laq, prevented several notables of the Benacian footballing world from being sold into perpetual servitude. As it was, these luminaries of professional sport were dispatched under an armed guard unto the Dolmen in Bagegeniśort (Stonetree). There they were obliged to explain to a mildly incredulous Saduc the rules and purpose of association football.

The WMFA representatives were thereafter treated as the personal guests of the Saduc whilst the Dolmen assembled to discuss whether football was merely a different form of Demaqen Benenyġ (coordination duel) or something else entirely.

Economy

One of the unexpected mainstays of the Inner Benacian economy, in addition to subsistence agriculture, pastoralism, and good old fashioned banditry, is the butchering and harvesting of Tee-al carcasses left strewn in the Green whensoever the KDF and the Imperials feel sufficiently motivated to attempt a cull with various varieties of high-power ordnance.

The whiskers, spines, and subcutaneous armour plating of the Tee-als are especially prized - the sight of land cruisers covered in painted tee-al scales is an increasingly commonplace occurrence. The livers, spleens, and scent glands, of the harvested megacritters find their way into the dubious folk medicines of the region whilst the carcasses themselves, once stripped of any meat that the natives might be interested in slicing off and salting for the winter, tend to be sold to the enterprising representatives of large industrial ventures back east.

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