The Rohearn Subcontinent is north and west of the Galanor Straits, and west of the Jahond Subcontinent The subcontinent is approximately 20 million km^2, primarily highlands, grasslands, and moors, with many mountain ranges. The terrain helps to reduce and diffuse the megamonsoons, making the Rohearn the most inhabitable portion of Sirian Planet and the source of most of the planet’s food. The subcontinent is home to a wide number of plant and animal species, characteristic to temperate grasslands, moors, and new-growth forests. In addition to monsoons and flash-flooding, the area is also threatened by frequent earthquakes, and the Meonji Mountains include several active volcanoes. The subcontinent also includes several archipelagoes, but the violent weather makes them inhospitable. Until recently, Rohearn saw very few Unlife attacks. While the Rohearn saw fewer and less effective attacks during the Inferno, the attacks cause major infrastructure disruption, and the ongoing presence of unlife place a strong pressure on the northern nations they are struggling to properly respond to. The Rohearn now has some of the largest unlife armies, and their numbers continue to grow.
Nations of the Rohearn
Prior to the Inferno, the Rohearn subcontinent hosted nearly 3 billion people, the majority of Sirian’s human population. With the exception of approximately fifty million individuals in the Meonji mountain-range to the west, all of these people live in one of fifteen nations, usually dominated by a single metropolis. The cities are centers of commerce and industry, and provide protection during monsoons or other events. They are supported by tracts of farmland, mines, and solar farms. The nations are united under a single political body as the Republic of New Sirian. The most powerful and recognized of the fifteen nations are Bolvintia (current capital of the Republic), Galanor, Belham, Gardarin, Wynardun, and Grovus.
Republic of New Sirian
The Republic of New Sirian serves as a forum for establishing intra-state commerce, resource management, and foreign policy between the powerful sovereign nations of the fifteen member states. When people refer to the ‘Rohearn’, they usually refer to individuals from the Republic of New Sirian. It was originally established in 228 BCE by Galanor, but expanded to encompass the entire region. It styles itself a direct descendant of the Zuxian (Old Sirian) Empire, and this imagery is propagated throughout their media and language. The common name of ‘Sirian’ for the planet is a result of heavy New Sirian propaganda.
The Republic waged a long campaign of war and colonization against the peoples to the south. This has permanently colored their relationship with outside cultural groups. Following the discovery of Sirian City the Republic recovered critical Zuxian technology which was used in the construction of two superluminal spacecraft. Due to the high mortality rate of crew members and the lack of technicians skilled in Zuxian technology, the ships were primarily crewed with
With the Inferno and the current Unlife threat, the Republic created the Treatise Body with the Southern Clans, offering generous terms in order to cement the relationship. The Inferno and evacuation of the planet has placed significant stress upon the member nations, and the Republic is fracturing based on internal conflict and competition.
Bolvintia is the current capital of the Republic of New Sirian, and the second-largest nation in Rohearn (by landmass and population). Prior to the Inferno, Bolvintia’s population was 500 million. Bolvintia has historically and continues to maintain a large ground and space military force, which was used to suppress the south as part of the Republic’s campaigns of colonization, exploitation, and extermination. While Bolvintia has fewer troops than Galanor, Bolvintian technology is more advanced, offering a significant advantage. Especially of note is Bolvintia’s space program, which began earlier and developed faster than any other on the planet. Bolvintia is still the sole producer of pipe fighters, and Bolvintia engineers are responsible for much of the design of Station Prime Bolvintia permits citizenship to any adult who serves in the military, which has proven especially appealing to southerners seeking to change allegiances. Due to its space facilities prior to the Inferno, Bolvintia is the best represented of the Rohearn nations in orbit.
Outside of the major city, Bolvintia also maintains a bustling seaport to the east, one of the only deep-water ports on the planet. However, the port does not enjoy the protection from weather as locations further in-land, and is economically and socially depressed. The port serves as a haven for gangs and other illicit activity. Following the Inferno, it has also become a common stop for smugglers, as well as pioneers hoping to escape the unlife by water.
Galanor claims over five million km^2, making it the largest nation in Sirian, and 800 million citizens prior to the Inferno. Galanor still operates under a modified plantation culture. While Galanor has stopped using slaves in favor of robots, there is still wide social stratification, and social mobility is intentionally limited. Galanor politics are dominated by the five old families, who also possess a majority of the nation’s wealth. Galanor maintains a massive conscripted military. Officership may be purchased or earned in the field, and is considered a respected career for influential men and women. Galanor long relied on heavy numbers to make up for a technological gap. Galanor was the capital of the Republic of New Sirian for centuries before being unseated by Bolvintia. However, the old families are still well-respected and influential.
Galanor’s military was very effective against the unlife and at subduing crowned attacks. However, as the Inferno gained inertia and the population of the city swelled with refugees, dissatisfaction over the lack of resources resulted in social unrest, and ultimately, riots. Galanor never had a significant space presence, which has greatly inhibited efforts to get refugees to orbit. Galanor’s military is still effective and respected in the field, but politically the nation is unstable and they’ve lost much of the influence they had.
Belham is geographically small, but enjoys a high population density, making it the third most populous Republic member (500 million pre-Inferno), but fifth for size. Belham’s location is especially tectonically active, which makes mining and some heavy industry difficult. Belham is home to Belham University, one of the foremost universities in the world. Much of the planet’s media is produced by companies based out of Belham, including New Sirian News (NSN) and Seashore Productions Media. Belham is also a major producer of electronics and software.
Belham’s military, while adequate, is heavily bolstered by an internal secret police force known as Enforcers, and a strong intelligence arm. Belham provides geopolitical information to the Republic of New Sirian, as well as propaganda for consumption domestically and abroad.
South of Belham is Domai Crater. Domai was previously the site of one of the two Zuxian megaplexes. It was destroyed in 610 BCE during the Cataclysm, due to an antimatter containment failure, which vaporized most of the city and irradiated the surrounding area. The radiation has since dropped to safe levels, but has long been the focus of recovery operations, and little salvageable technology remains.
Other Republic of New Sirian Nations
The other twelve member nations combined compromise 1.4 billion individuals. The Republic is intentionally organized to minimize possible disruptions by these smaller nations. However, the financial and security benefits for participating, and the threat of conquest should they refuse, historically helped maintain allegiances. Nation were frequently compelled to provide support to military campaigns, but were provided portions of the spoils. The Republic also assisted in economic planning and resource allocation, providing smaller nations with guaranteed income and growth.
Along the southwestern edge of the Rohearn subcontinent are the Meonji mountains. The range juts to the southeast into the Sea of Galanor, and a large isthmus extends from the southwest thousands of kilometers into the ocean. An additional, smaller mountain range extends along the western coast up to the Arctic Circle, and a small inland mountain range runs from the Galanor Sea in the east directly northeast up to the eastern ocean shore. The range serves to reduce the impact of megamonsoons and dissipate their energy across the subcontinent, while keeping moisture and regulating temperatures over the dry seasons. This is a primary cause of Rohearn’s favorable climate, long growing seasons, and relatively safe conditions. The Meonji mountains are still tectonically active. Earthquakes below 5.5 on the Richter scale happen commonly. Volcanic eruptions are usually less than one every decade. The windward side of the mountains, including the archipelago chains, are more hostile as they face the brunt of the monsoon’s strength. Hurricanes and mudslides occur dozens of times a year.
The high cost of repairs and maintaining infrastructure has made the Meonji mountains unpopular for colonization. A population of approximately 50 million humans live along the mountain range, called the San-saram people. They live in small tribes, towns, and bathyscapes, without any overarching political body. Most San-saram locations are isolationist, and have stayed out of the north/south conflict, but there is some level of trade with the Republic of New Sirian.
The San-saram, owing to their low population densities and experience living in hostile, inaccessible environments, have fared very well against both the unlife and The Crowned Following the initial attacks, many refugees from the Republic sought refuge in the Meonji mountains. The San-saram provided for these people, but used the refugees in negotiating their own transportation to space.