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Vidrian

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Vidrian
Flag of Vidrian.
(Nation)
Land Garund
Alignment Neutral
Capital Anthusis
Government Representative council
Demonym Vidrics
Adjective Vidric
Languages Polyglot, Taldane
Religions Abadar, Gozreh, Iomedae, Shelyn
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Source: Lost Omens World Guide, pg(s). 84

Vidrian is an ex-colonial nation located in the southwestern Mwangi Expanse. Previously a colony of Cheliax known as Sargava, Vidrian's native peoples have only earned freedom for themselves in 4717 AR, and the country is still burdened by the scars of colonialism.[1][2]

Geography

In addition to the jungles of the Mwangi Expanse, much of Vidrian is the lush but sparsely settled grasslands of the M'neri Plains. The Laughing Jungle dominates much of its southern border while the northern border stretches through parts of the jungle known as the Kaava Lands. The Lower Korir River and the Lake of Vanished Armies mark Vidrian's southern border. The River of Lost Tears flows along much of the eastern border. A section of the Bandu Hills runs just north of the country's centre.[3]

Government

Vidrian is ruled by a council consisting of representatives from disparate groups. While all are aware that their new nation could easily be reconquered and need to take steps to rebuild their economy and prevent any future conquests, different groups often disagree with each other on small details, sometimes leading to gridlock. Vidrian's alliance with Senghor remains untested, other allies like Nurvatchta are unwilling to commit militarily, and although Vidric ambassadors have been welcomed in Absalom, Andoran, Osirion and Ravounel, other Mwangi city-states have been reluctant to respond to diplomatic overtures, having no desire to give up complete independence. Mzali, Vidrian's nearest neighbour, is inclined to view it as an enemy, as is Cheliax, which would want to retake its former colony.[1][4]

History

Since the beginning of the Age of Lost Omens, Sargava has faced many hardships, from isolation from Cheliax to racketeering by the Free Captains of the Shackles. In 4715 AR, the native Mwangi natives decided that change was needed and enacted a revolt against their colonial overlords. They were joined by some colonists who no longer felt any loyalty to Cheliax and disdained how their fellow colonists were running Sargava to the ground. The rebels soon took over the capital of Eleder (now renamed Anthusis) and overthrew Baron Utilinus, named their new country Vidrian and returned it to local rule.[1][2]

One of the first acts of the new Vidric government was to stop paying protection money to the Free Captains. Unwilling to lose an easy source of income, the Free Captains invaded Vidrian. After signing a quick alliance with Senghor, Vidrian managed to drive away the Free Captains and established itself as a new nation in 4717 AR.[1][2]

People

In addition to the native Mwangi peoples who make up a majority of the population, Vidrian is also home to a sizable population of former colonists, who earned citizenship and protection by law after aiding in the overthrow of Sargava and the battles against the Free Captains. They work hard to take advantage of the resources that originally draw Cheliax's attention to stabilise Vidrian's economy, and some trade along the western coast of Garund with the ships seized from the Free Captains. However, the stark change between Sargavan and Vidric culture has become a new source of conflict between the Mwangi natives and Chelish colonists.[1]