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|Constitutional Republic of Mallorjhe|
|Largest city||Port Mallore|
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Mallorjhe (pronounced Mal-lor-jee, literally meaning “Land of the Malo” in the native Malo language) is an independent country in the far south of Teraphia, located on the tropical island of the same name, Mallorjhe. It has a population of approximately 5 million people, nearly ⅓ of whom live in the Port Mallore / Caencord area and an additional ⅓ live in the rich, surrounding valley (the Caene Basin). The terrain of Mallorjhe is more than half jungle, much of it mountainous, and contains some of the most stunning natural scenery in the world.
Mallorjhe is the de facto nation state of the Malo people, who have inhabited the island as well as some surrounding coastal areas since at least 540 BCE, though likely earlier. The Malo nation state enjoyed an ancient history of cultural expansion and maritime trade. The independent country was at various times a pirate state, refugee haven, and a founding member of the powerful Arniede Trade League until that entity’s disastrous end as a result of the Prince’s War in 1743. Mallorjhe lost much territory and stature following that conflict, including the shameful partition of the island of Mallore into its present day borders. Its modern history has been one of trying to regain its former influence and size, encouraging tourism, and all while distancing itself from an historic reputation for piracy and trade interference.
Mallorjhe is a country of human and geographic contrasts, from wealthy, educated urban elites in the Port Mallore / Caencorde area and surrounding valley, to peasant farmers working mountainous plots of land in the shadows of pristine jungle. Aggressive environmental and land use policies have been put in place to protect native flora and limit the size of urban and agricultural encroachment; the former has led to housing shortages in some of the urban centers, while the latter has led to the prosecution and imprisonment of over 1000 rural farmers for deforesting jungle that their ancestors once farmed, and that in some cases they legally own. Modern economic development has been very uneven across the population and landscape, and has led to conflict between constituencies. Tensions between urban and rural inhabitants have cause occasional sabotage and violence, which has badly hampered the country’s nascent tourism industry.
The nation is bordered on almost all sides by the inland Sea of Lyc, except for a short southeastern border with the territory of Mallortanie and to the east by the small principality of Tornat. Short distances away across the Sea of Lyc, Mallorjhe shares maritime borders with the Country of Holy Cross; the nation of Beaudry to the East; and the island nation of Abrilleron to the West, with which it has shared the Ambassador Bridge since 1985.
The island of Mallorjhe is largely mountainous and covered in substantial jungle growth. There are several inland valley areas that are level enough to irrigate and cultivate. The scenery is regularly described as some of the most beautiful in the world.
The Jared Mountain Range is the nation’s most prominent and defining characteristic. This single range forms the northern spine of the Mallorjhe Island, eventually curving south / southeast and terminating at the south end in the territory of Mallortanie. This ridge serves as the hydrological divide throughout the island. Notable peaks in this range include Mt. Rourtel at 11,040 feet tall, Mt. Archlyle at 12,816 feet tall, and the national icon Mt. Jared at 13,167 feet tall.
The areas south and west of the range are typically densely forested slopes that give way to foothills and eventually plains in the larger river valleys, most of which have been cultivated up to the jungle line. This side of the range typically receives more rain and is far better suited to agriculture and habitation than the far side.
The areas north and east of the range are a dramatic juxtaposition of mountain and sea, with slopes too steep to host plant life routinely plunging directly into the ocean with no beach to speak of. This side of the island is long and narrow, difficult to access and yet more difficult to traverse along the shoreline. The most dramatic scenery on Mallorjhe Island is located in this narrow stretch of terrain, including the world famous Arteligt Falls and Monastery Hill.
The broad valley at the western end of the landmass is known at the Caene Basin. This is the largest, flattest expanse on the island, laid out with many rivers and streams, and has been cultivated since the beginning of recorded history. A series of large interconnected lakes catch plentiful rainwater run off from the jungles above and eventually drain into the Sea of Lyc to the south. A small pass at the north end of the Basin serves as the best means of traversing the Jared Range in the north south direction.
Ancient Period 3000 BCE-230 CE
The original indigenous peoples of the island of Mallorjhe, whose name has been lost to history, first settled in the relatively remote territory between 3000 and 2500 CE, according to archaeological data. These people most likely came as part of a migration from the north of Teraphia, though this is conjecture.What is known is that by 540 BCE a foreign people called the Malo had fled conflict with neighboring tribes in present-day Beaudry and crossed the narrow strait to settle in the far eastern portion of Mallorjhe, near to the present-day municipality of Tornat. (Tornat’s claim to be the oldest settlement on Mallorjhe is false, but it has been effective as a propaganda statement used by anti-unification forces.) Within 20 years they had made contact with the indigenous people and settled near to or possibly with them in the fertile interior plains of the West, the “Jhe” in Mallorjhe. Written accounts from the Malo are sparse from this time, but describe the indigenous as hearty people willing to trade freely and respectably, unlike the tribes of neighboring Beaudry.
Numerically and technologically superior, the Malo tribe had managed to culturally assimilate the native inhabitants by as soon as 475 BCE through a combination of intermarriage and trade. There are records of at least one major conflict between the two peoples, though details are scarce. Pockets of indigenous peoples living high in the mountains were reported as late as 150 CE, and yet more indigenous families were reported driven out of the mountains by abnormally severe monsoon rains in 310 CE. The indigenous culture of Mallorjhe is now thought extinct, though some mountain and jungle peasant villages still carry on rituals and customs purported to be of indigenous origin, though this is likely untrue.
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