Bolshaya Popa – “Guardians of the North”
The nation of Bolshaya Popa spans over five thousand miles from end to end and two thousand miles from top to bottom, occupying a huge swath of the northern section of the Great Continent. The climate varies wildly and so do the people – from hard-living ice fishermen in some of the most northern outposts of the world to farmers growing fruit and grains under the warmth of the sun in the country’s interior, and even some pockets of sub-tropical conditions in the far south.
The government is still regional, with kingdoms in the east and south trying and failing to extend control over the tribes in the west and far north. The eastern cities are full of carriages, castles and retail commerce, while some areas in the west and north are very hostile to outsiders – both via the climate and via the fact that the natives are not interested in helping people they do not know.
The dominant language is Lyashnaya, and while different regions have their own dialects, basic Lyashnaya will be understood by most people in the country.
There are many tribal religions throughout the country, but the largest share – about 40 percent – adhere to the old religion of the eastern kingdoms, which reveres Sredinny Hok (He Who Guards the Mountains) and Snegvrakina (She Who Walks the Snows). Another 20 percent worship the Spring Maiden (mostly in the rural parts of the east, where people still farm but have contact with the cities and therefore know about the Spring Maiden.)
The inhabitants of the country are known collectively as Shaykini (Shaykina for women). The currency is the dinvar (“dindin”), valued at about 25 dinvars per Tin Mawr librum.
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