Sultanate of Haria
The Sultanate of Haria was once known as a Caliphate, but still housed the Harian people. The Harian people—The Qalasheen, are a desert-dwelling people and do not differ much from the human's that they share the sand with. They are dark complected usually but range all the way from an olive skin tone to darker tones found among certain Southerners which goes to show the diversity of looks. Although not impossible, it’s rare to find a Qalasheen of “brutish” stature such as one may find among Highlanders. They are typically more lean, than brute. An interesting trait that they share among other desert dwellers is their comfortability running across sand for long periods of time at an exceptional fast pace when compared to most other peoples.
Haria was established officially in Vailor, after Khalestine was abandoned due to an undead invasion. Before that, it was the Caliphate of Khalestine which was founded in late Athera on Deus Proditor.
In the early years of the Sultanate in Asul the land was rich with sparse and expansive birch forests, winding hills and plains, the city itself built of sandstone imported from Orcish lands. Yet a few short years later due to unknown possibly magical origins a great sandstorm struck the nation, turning what was once a land of natural green to a rolling desert. To the far east sits a sahara bed, and the West is home to gigantic magical trees situated amongst a forest of gargantuan mushrooms. Much to the luck of the Harians sections of their now desert homeland remained fertile, allowing for suitable farmland, and scattered about the land sit an abundance of lakes of varying size and formation; the city itself sits along the coast of Asul.
The Sultanate of Haria is ruled over by an absolute monarch known as the Sultan, who holds unquestioned power over their people. During a sojourn elsewhere or with the absence of an heir of age to rule the Mustahar will take power in the absence of the proper ruler. The Amir is the military leader of the Sultanate's military forces, in addition to holding the responsibility of ensuring the safety of Harian civilians, the Sultan and his family, and maintaining order throughout the lands, and acts as a personal military advisor to the Sultan. Additionally the Amir holds the power to hold trial against any person of their choosing suspected of committing a crime. The Mustashar is a position similar to that of a Chancellor. They are the overseer of lower government positions, ensuring they are both filled and functioning at peak performance. Additionally, the Mustashar manages foreign policy, handles elections for the office of Munavin(Steward), and may hold trial against a person of their choosing who is suspected of committing a crime.
The current Sultan of Haria is Arlen Kharadeen, born the first son of Caliph Faiz Kharadeen. The Sultan himself is currently in his fifties and has sired eight children. In the lands of Vailor Arlen led his people through the undead invasion of his lands, saving them from the destruction of their former home, Al-wakhrah. The Sultan and his nation took sail upon a great fleet of Harian naval vessels in search of a new home for their nation, landing on the Isle of Asul, where the Sultanate was reformed under the new name: Haria. During his time here the Sultan named his first born son Fakhri Kharadeen the heir to the Sultanate, lead his people successfully through the severe climate change, and is currently overseeing the reconstruction of the capital city.
Noble Houses of Haria
- Al-Nabeel - Qalasheen noble house (placeholder desc) - Atatis - Mounsidian noble house (placeholder desc) - Orvar - Northern noble house (placeholder desc) - Denaseth - Southeron noble house (placeholder desc)
Life within Harian society is a rather peaceful one, their people practice isolationism and take steps to avoid conflict not only nationally but internally and within their very lives. Festivals, parties and simple enjoyment of life is a usual occurrence within the city and surrounding land. The typical clothing of the Harian people is an assortment of colored robes designed to cover the majority of one's body. It is commonplace to see men and women wearing head coverings, the turban for men, and a hijab or keffiyeh for women. Smoking from a hookah is commonplace within clubs and people's own homes, usually containing a particular flavor known as cactus green. Chay tea is a widespread enjoyment amongst the Harians, and drinking alcohol and pork(The animal is seen as dirty and unhealthy) are extremely rare due to the consuming of such being highly illegal. Tolerance of outside races in Haria is prosaic, their people hold a great respect for knowledge and the expansion of their personal knowings.
The Harian economy relies greatly upon trade with outside nations, exporting hookahs, exotic fruits(such as dates), decorated silverware and plates, as well as oriental rugs, medicines, books, sand, glass, and kadarsi ore and qalashi steel.
Despite being historically reclusive, the Qalasheen had grown an interest in outsiders relatively fast with the creation of the Caliphate during Athera and have enjoyed the wares outsiders bring to the city to sell. Some Qalasheen wondered what others might’ve thought of them and in turn wished to know more about outsiders. Though those not accustomed to trade may have felt shyer and hesitant to start a conversation with outsiders (especially the youth), they were very social once pushed on.
Among themselves, the Qalasheen have a strong work ethic but may be viewed by some as more relaxed. It is not uncommon to see someone napping on the job. This is to rebuild energy in order to keep working at the highest efficiency as possible. Putting one’s all into a trade is highly regarded and it’s believed one cannot produce quality work when tired.
Outside of work, the Qalasheen are known to invite friends and family over to socialize and eat. Those without proper housing may choose to socialize at a hookah (tobacco pipe) lounge and smoke among others. Cactus green was enjoyed almost universally in the Caliphate and many from other lands where cactus green is illegal to come to the Caliphate to indulge in it.
Although cactus green is socially acceptable, alcohol is not. Qalasheen have long regarded alcohol as a poison to the body and something the Creator forbids them to drink else they are more prone to sickness and barbaric traits. Pork is also not consumed in the caliphate and pigs are not even raised in the city because they are considered diseased and plague reddened. To this day Qalasheen have been a very religious people but unlike those with similar beliefs, they are more accepting of those with different beliefs. They are prideful, however, and do not like their faith being insulted.
Surprisingly enough, the Qalasheen people have long supported an egalitarian society where men and women typically take part in the same roles together. It’s not uncommon to see women fight alongside men in the military or for even the most capable of women to lead men. Qalasheen society, for whatever role, holds certain standards that must be met typically on personality and strength. Should either man or woman meet these standards, each would have a fair shot at getting the role they desire.
The current verified religion in the Sultanate of Haria is the Al’iiman Rashidun. The Al'iiman Rashidun is monotheistic, meaning they believe in one God. This God, they call Allah. Allah is the name given to the almighty creator. The Harian people believe that Allah is the sole deity of worship and consider all others false.
The teachings of the Al'iiman Rashidun involve the following: tolerance, the sins of pork and alcohol, equality, and respect.
The Sins of the Faith involve the following: sacrilege, murder, thievery, and adultery.
For a long time, the Caliphate — moving onto a Sultanate — has attempted to remain neutral in most foreign conflicts. During the beginning of The Caliphate of Khalestine, the Qalasheen stayed out of foreign wars for as long as they could. However, outside influences from Oren an Urguan played large roles in making the Caliphate get involved.