The Narsadese Republic is a merchant polity on the largest islands of the northwest Memnosian Sea with historic maritime roots reaching into the ancient past. The Narsadese Republic was created in 2685 when Narshad, Gehemer, and Barse-Barra were liberated from the Gorcorumbese Empire by the Treaty of Johaulia (2685) as a consequence of the Merchants War. An assembly of merchants and legates formed the nucleus of what became the Shu'ah.
The Narsadese Republic is governed by the Shu'ah, a sovereign body of the ruling Mercantile Entities. The Shu'ah convenes in the Jehimzalya Palace in Talil and is composed of representatives from merchant families, companies, and corpora mercia. One of the qualifications of membership in the body is the payment of an annual tax based on representation and net worth. Commercial interests that are not part of the body are immune to payment of this tax. It is possible for a citizen never to pay any such tax his entire life. For this reason, the republic is a tax haven and has drawn corpora mercia of small to middle ventures to establish their headquarters in Narshad.
Relations with other Countries
The Republic has embassies throughout the west, especially in Aurice, Telmuric, Beh-Shelub, Elystrio, Verdida, Bryndyd, and Selexis which are major trading destinations for Narshad's merchant marine. Narshad has recently made several cooperative trade agreements with Xsys. Magistrates of the Gorcorumbese Empire have occasionally accused Narshad as being a haven for political dissidents and revolutionaries against the Ephysgæan regime. Treaties with Aurice, Republic of Ithatia, Oliblish, and the Sultanate of Beph-Themesh have secured Narshad from the military might of its neighbor, Gorcorumb. Thanks to these promises of protection, Narshad has been able to focus its wealth and energy on commercial enterprises.
Flag of the Narsadese Republic
The flag of the Narsadese Republic depicts a traditional merchant barge with two sails on a blue background and a green-colored sea. The blue and green fields represent the republic's trading connections throughout the world by sea and by sky. The two sails of the ship represent the Shu'ah and the people of the republic respectively.
Religion and Culture
Most Narsadese are Imzaami and the Imzaha religion plays an important part in the lives the Narsadese. Imzaami missionaries brought the message of Ammudiyn the Seer to Narshad in the fourteenth century, converting the ancestors of modern-day Narsadese. A minority of Narsadese citizens, especially in the cities, practice Incarnandism. In the rural towns of Narshad are a large minority of worshipers of the old Thammazite Gods which are tolerated. The worship of chaos gods is officially proscribed and done only in great secrecy. The worship of devils is also proscribed, due to Imzaami influence, and sometimes practitioners of the Old Religion are wrongly accused of worshiping devils.
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