The Republic of Nurdia is a country located in the small continent of Onchoagria. It is bordered by Tanoiro to the west, Fervorosia to the east, and Canyōne to the north. It is known for its world-famous universities, tourism, and diverse immigrant population from Earth.
Ancient Nurdia (3200 B.C. to 541 A.D.) Edit
The early Nurdish were a nomadic people who roamed the Heavowa Desert, located in the northeastern region of the country's modern-day borders. Because access to food was limited, societies from this era survived through the use of Idiviid, a communication network that relied on visual cues visible from a great distance. The Idiviid system made identifying viable food sources more efficient and allowed Nurdish tribes to defend themselves more readily from marauders.
Eventually, Nurdish culture grew too large to sustain itself within the Heavowa Desert. Once horses were introduced to Nurdish settlements, migrating across the Etsen Mountains became more feasible. In 2846 B.C., the fishing village of Awingar was founded along the southwestern coast of the Onchoagria continent. With the advent of Awingar's fishing economy, trade routes quickly developed throughout the Nurdish-inhabited lands. Agriculture soon followed, and by 2500 B.C., the Nurdish civilization came to completely dominate southern Onchoagria. Despite the enduring autonomy of the increasingly prevalent Nurdish communities, advancements in the Idiviid system ensured that conflict between the tribes was rare.
By the turn of the Second Millennium B.C., however, the mountainous Canyōne people began to raid Nurdish villages more frequently and aggressively. The northern outskirts of Nurdish territory grew increasingly militarized, and as a result the long-term political stability was being threatened for the first time. In the midst of this crisis, the charismatic Cheb I of Heavowa rise to power as Nurdia's first monarch. Although it took her several years to subdue the independently functioning tribes to her rule, her brilliant diplomacy and advancing reforms allowed her new empire to stand the test of time. Under her reign, the northern city of Garukkin was established as Nurdia's first capital. Its location on a plateau in the Etsen Mountains meant it could rule Nurdish-populated lands with Idiviid more effectively than any other settlement.
A thousand years after the rule of Cheb I, Ancient Nurdia entered a golden age under the reign of Tzaimeig the Pure. His policies included the improvement of trade caravans, the erection of hospitals and forums in many Nurdish villages, and the distribution of the country's first writing system.
Around 700 B.C., Nurdia started to become significantly more literate thanks to the invention and distribution of the tablet carousel. Initially, Nurdish writings were primarily restricted to localized nobility, but Empress Cheb XII began planting them in public squares, insisting that they would improve social relations between the populace and its leaders. In the ensuing centuries, tablet carousels would appear in marketplaces, pubs, and several other public places, creating a culture of open exchange.
Despite the Nurdish Empire's numerous achievements over the course of time, a Dark Age erupted when the Canyōne conquered Garukkin and deposed Cheb XV. Conflict between the Nurdish and Canyōne grew more intense than it had ever been in the past, and within time, the Nurdish Empire began to fracture into smaller confederacies. The Empire was eventually reunited by 21 B.C., but skirmishes between Nurdia and Canyōne remained common for generations to come.