and largest city
|National Anthem||Ik tan Arashin!|
|Murai Nikai (₰)
₰1 = USD 0.75
|Language||Arashin, Murai Sign Language, Avosai, Nirai|
|Federal parliamentary democracy under constitutional monarchy
Esik I Vahram ve Sherkoz
|Chamber of Deputies
|Formation:||– The Pentarchy (730)
– Unification of the Empire (1203)
– Modernization of the Empire (1856)
– The Ishani Civil War (1883-1888)
– Adoption of the Constitution (1899)
|Time Zone||AST (Arashin Standard Time)|
|Demonym(s)||Murai (Alternatively Arashin or Ishani)|
|Drives on the||Right|
Ikhan (officially the Empire of Ikhan) is a federal constitutional monarchy founded in it’s current state on the 11th of July, 1899, following the implementation of it’s current constitution. The nation, in it’s current form, stretches from Eastern Ardia across the Sea of Kyne to Albion, existing in a sort of band that goes around the Island of Rusan.
Ikhan is a developed nation, boasting one of the largest economies by nominal GDP. The nation has an abnormally high GDP per capita for it’s size, with the average Murai bringing in roughly $57,000 USD per year. Despite this, the nation has, up until recently, practiced a sort of neutrality in foreign affairs, though it has, in recent years, begun to move closer and closer to it’s southern neighbor in Rokkenjima.
- 2036 BCE — Earliest evidence of Murai civilization.
- 536 BCE — Refugees from Aranye settle on Rusan, founding a fairly successful city-state on the island.
- 193 BCE — The Murai begin to build a series of cities along the coast of the Sea of Kyne.
- 481 CE — Early Murai kingdoms are formed based around the Clans of Ikhan.
- 730 CE — Five “major” powers exist in Ikhan by this year, those being Misra, Kairan, Vrashe, Khushai, and Hashtai.
- 1106 CE — The Nirai, a nomadic group related to the Murai, settles down in Ikhan.
- 1203 CE — The Kingdom of Vrashe unites the Murai Pentarchy, forming the first Empire under Clan Hailun.
- 1503 CE — The First Empire enters into an interregnum as a result of a succession crisis.
- 1531 CE — The succession crisis ends with Clan Sherkoz taking power in Ikhan. The Second Empire is founded.
- 1619 CE — The Empire of Ikhan conquers Rusan.
- 1856 CE — Recognizing that they had fallen behind, the Empire of Ikhan begins to rapidly modernize so as to avoid invasion by a foreign power.
- 1883 CE — The Empire of Ikhan falls into civil war due to the wish for the Empire to slow down it’s modernization.
- 1888 CE — The Ishani Civil War ends in a loyalist victory. Modernization continues at the same pace as before, if not slightly faster.
- 1899 CE — The Murai Constitution is adopted.
- 1903 CE — The Empire of Ikhan seizes land in Albion, effectively securing control of naval traffic between the Sea of Kyne and the Sea of Antalin.
- 2020 CE — The Present Day
The Empire of Ikhan is federal democracy governed within the framework of a constitutional monarchy. It has a bicameral legislature known as the “National Assembly” which is divided into two houses. The lower house is the Imperial House of Deputies, whose members are elected by the general populace, provided they are citizens of the Empire. The Imperial Senate, on the other hand, is not elected, with it’s members comprising of the peerage of the Empire of Ikhan.
The Empire is divided into twelve provinces as well as two autonomous districts, these being as follows:
The provinces have their own legislatures, although these are ultimately subservient to the National Government.
The Prime Minister is the head of the Legislative branch de jure and is the Head of State de facto due to limitations placed upon the Monarch, who is still the nominal head of state.
Modern Murai culture is, in a sense, a blend of Ardian, Albionic, and Aranyean cultural practices, though it is by far mostly Ardian in nature. The Murai typically speak a modern form of the Arashin language, often known outside of the Empire as just “Murai”. This language is written in it’s own script, which, over time, spread to be used by the Avosai as well.
There are many celebrations and holidays in Ikhan, each in honor of a specific event or part of society at large. However, though many celebrations are imported, some are, in fact, largely unique to the Murai.
The Arashin New Year
The Arashin New Year is a celebratory period during what is, on the Gregorian calendar, the last seven days of the year. On the Murai traditional calendar, this week is known as the “Week of Ikhai”, seen as a period of rebirth for the world. This week was initially celebrated in honor of the spirits, though those celebrations were later given their own week in July. Nowadays, it is characterized by it’s extravagant displays of fireworks and by a parade in the city of Ikan. Often, a puppet is made in the form of a dragon, typically Mata’Akran, the Murai storm-god, on which pyrotechnics are installed, allegedly to “ward off evil spirits”. The last day of the Week of Ikhai is marked by a public address from the Emperor himself, offering well-wishes to the citizens of Ikhan and the rest of the world in the coming year. The fourth day, on the other hand, is celebrated by giving gifts to the Murai young, similar in many ways to Christmas, though the gifts are often much less extravagant.
Kani’Sakra is a celebration held each July 18th among the Murai, during which priests of the Ishitic faith will dress up in spirits imitating various spirits, or Kani as the Murai know them. These priests will go around the towns, consecrating them so as to ward off dark spirits, or so the tradition goes. Children are often encouraged to take part in the celebrations, either by dressing up as lesser spirits or by helping the priests and priestesses of the faith, which many end up doing.
Emperor’s Day is a holiday celebrated on the Emperor’s birthday. As a result of this, it varies depending on the current head of state, with it falling on the 13th of July since 1999. How it is celebrated depends on the Emperor currently in power, with Esik I being known to have it celebrated by donating a fairly large sum (the exact amount isn’t disclosed) to charity as well as putting on some fireworks displays on in Ikan. The day is seen as a day of immense spirituality for the Empire, which is why religious ceremonies are often much longer on that day than usual.