The Circle Sea
- a once proud nation that was invaded from all sides, but managed to hold off then re-take their lands through the use of Mamluk slave-soldiers
- nation re-built with Mamluks at the core
- now successful, very stable, very homogenized. same layout to each town/city
- population is approx 50% Mamluks, 40% children of (and children of etc) Mamluks, 10% nationalised citizens (for aiding the state)
- no naval tradition, struggling to start a navy/merchant-navy now
- big on: Wheat. Bread. Beer.
- environment: mostly flat and hot, some desert, some great rivers
- lacking: cows (all grazing land is used for horses/camels for riding/burden)
The kingdom of Narile has existed for quite some time; a kingdom based around a mighty river that floods once a year. Narile focused on farming and trading, and did well; over-time Narile built up a strong merchant base and became region-wide as a rich and profitable nation. The people of Narile where mostly merchant families, farming families and their slaves. Slavery in Narile is limited and controlled, with strict limits on the number of slaves and their conditions. In addition to personal slaves, the nation also kept a massive number of slaves in a strong military/civic tradition, known as the Mamluk. These slaves where educated and trained to be loyal to the state as opposed to the local peoples/rulers.
Both the people and Orenia and Zakhara felt worried/annoyed by the expansion/attitude of Narile, which resulted in a simultaneous attack from both nations. Armies descended on Narile, slaying and burning the peoples and settlements that stood in their way; The Mamluk where pushed to the limit during this engagement and pulled back to the capital of ####. A Mamluk general ####, broke the barriers of class and role, taking control of the entire slave-armies and achieving an unexpected victory over the Orenian and Zakharan armies.
####’s victory was unexpected and the invading nations retreated to the traditional boarder of Narile. The Mamluk pushed up to this limit and managed to sustain the old boarders, despite the activities of Orenia and Zakhara.
Over time, the conflict between Narile and Orenia/Zakhara has diminished to the point where trade has resumed. Narile stills hold this event as a victory.
Due to the success of the Mamluk army, it grew in power and #### was chosen as an interim ruler. During the rebuilding of Narile, a great number of orphaned children where pressed into the Mamluk, bolstering their numbers. Now, the Mamluk has passed from a supporting role in the government and army, into a leading one.
Both male and female slaves are taken at the age of 5 or less, and are kept separately until reaching 2nd rank.
0th Rank: failed Mamluk, kept only as menial slaves. Not treated as people, never ever given arms, used for unskilled manual labour, occasionally used for secret unskilled labour and killed afterwards. You need to be really stupid/augmentative to be reduced to this rank.
1st rank: #### / Mamluk in training, from age 1-16. Gender-segregated (females are called ####) and strictly trained/controlled. Trained in combat and small-squad tactics, as well as physical work and basic logistics.
2nd rank: Mamluk. Set to work in Narile, either in military or civic capacity. Trained further in relevant skills. Can command 0th/1st rank Mamluk. Have little capacity for personal lives.
3rd rank: ####. Trained further in their role, along with leadership skills. Higher social standing and more personal time.
Retired prefix: TBC
Deserted Mamluk: TBC
Leaving the Mamluk is either through retiring (through good service) or desertion, but desertion marks you for death in Narile and bodes badly in other areas.
- are you Mamluk or the child of a Mamluk?
- (Mamluk) where did you come from, before you where taken as a slave?
- (Mamluk) what training have you been given past the basics?
- (Mamluk) why have you left Narile? A mission, an impossible mission (disgrace) or desertion?
- (Child of a Mamluk) What do you know of your parents?
- (Child of a Mamluk) Why have you left Narile? For profit? to escape disgrace? because of your parents? to aid Narile?