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it is currently season 1, the year 1449 NE. The continent of Tnarem balances on a precarious edge between survival and destruction. Wars rage between nations, fractures open in the Mete. The world as the Tnaremi people know it is dying and they are left with a choice: act or perish with it.
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is does not use gendered honorifics. Instead, one word is used to describe both sexes for each position in the hierarchy. Titles in Nis are not cumulative but replace previously held titles. If someone is elevated to a higher rank, they are known as that title and that title alone. The title suffixes are used whether surnames are or not. Even among close friends, it's still considered inappropriate to use a person's name without their corresponding title.
Partible inheritance is practiced in Nis, with the head of the Houses being chosen from among the children by the previous head. The wealth of the family is always distributed throughout the children, however, and it is never given to those from another bloodline. Women ruling in Nis is neither rare nor frowned upon; the Nisi value competence over all else, and will choose the most likely to rule well regardless of sex. This equality is reflected throughout Nisi culture as a whole, and even extends to things like harems and multiple spouses, military command, and politics.
Titles & Address
Kral Padisah - This title is held by the lead padisah. The appropriate way to address a kral padisah is as "(last name first name) kral."
Padisah - The head of an Al'effendis family, and the person who sits upon the Al'effendis hold this title be they man or woman. The appropriate way to address a padisah is as "(last name first name) padisah."
Veliahd - The man or woman slated to inherit the padisah from the member of their House who currently holds it is given this title. The appropriate way to address a veliahd is as "(last name first name) agha."
Bey - The family of a padisah all hold the title of bey, no matter where they fall in relation to his line. The appropriate way to address a bey is as "(last name first name) agha."
There is no nobility outside of that which sits on the Al'effendis, however, there are many wealthy and influential gentry families throughout Nis.
Fendi - While not noble, these families hold the title of fendi, which they are (and should be) proud to use. The appropriate way to address a member of the aristocracy is as "(last name first name) fendi."
"Triumph in prosperity."
Bey of Damadh
Kings of trade, Oxuna does not need a crown to reign over Nis. While technically they have equal power to the two other Al'Effendis families, Oxuna is undoubtedly the true ruler of the Jumh. It is an unspoken power they wield infrequently, however, as they are firm believers in modesty, charity, and equality in all ways save financial ones. They make no concessions to any who would dare rival their banks, their trade routes, and their mercantile endeavors.
Oxuna oversees Damadh and its capital, Alnnahr Al’aswad, as well as the other important cities in the territory. They are largely a financial and mercantile family, creating and maintaining Tnarem's oldest and widest spread banking business. The Bank of Oxuna is simultaneously renowned and reviled as it has both saved and condemned many a spend-happy noble. Aside from their famed bank, Oxuna also boasts a healthy exotic exportation operation, spreading their Nisi goods throughout all ports in Tnarem.
Nimr is a powerful name in Nis, synonymous with military might, a strict upholding of Yalmaan views, and a staunchly Nis-centric approach to all political affairs. They are a stoic people (among the Nisi), more attuned to business than pleasure. Behind closed doors, this is not the case, however. The Nimr family is known to their fellow Nisi to be just as partial to parties as the rest of them--they simply embody the motto of "work hard, play hard."
The Nimr family oversees Tehmman, its capital Luswan, and all of the demesne therein. They are largely a martial body, though with their territory extending to the eastern coast, they also dabble in trade, though it is far from their focus. The vast desert which makes up the majority of their lands does not allow for much agriculture or even ranching, though they make do with what they have. If austerity is needed, Nimr does not shy away from such.
Opulent, more Mercian than Nisi, more concerned with the wealth of their territory than the well-being of their people, the Acevedo family has an ill reputation that is largely, but not entirely, warranted. This family straddles the line between Mercian and Nisi, standing in stark contrast to their distinctly Nisi counterparts. This is both a boon and a hindrance to them as it allows them to easily bridge the gap with the northern parts of Tnarem but it also acts as a barrier of sorts.
Acevedo oversees Grevilla, it's capital Mebeda, and the surrounding lands. They are almost exclusively a trade and agrarian body, feeding Nis--primarily Tehmman and itself--and facilitating land trade through the region and into the northern parts of Tnarem. With their mixed Nisi-Mercian culture, Acevedo is by far the most lavish of the Nisi families. They will often see their people suffer in order to maintain luxuries--a point of contention between them and the other Al'Effendis families.