March 17, 2010
For our purposes lets assume that everything in the comic takes place in the year 11574
Guild of Cartographers’ World Almanac 11574
As far back as the 96th century speculative reports out of the Zhang-zhi bloc have recorded the presence of Kanado, a wealthy paradise of albino pygmies within the eye of the Tembraun cyclone. In 11127 Dutt explorer Marco Sola would confirm its existence when he became the first Lagish bloc cartographer to pierce the cyclone. What Sola discovered in the cyclone was Eto, a primitive feudal society ruled by a powerful warrior caste, the Natima, flush with spices and fabrics never before seen by the outside world.
Initial attempts to form trade relations with the Etoese met with harsh resistance from a xenophobic military honed by centuries of Zhang-zhi incursions and local intrigues. Conflicts persisted until 11314 by which point the trickle of outside goods had proven themselves irresistible to the Etoese nobility, who established exclusive trade relations with Fra via the Saeko agreement. Under its terms international trade under the exclusive control of the Etoese emperor who used this power to bestow favors on loyal clans.
The next two hundred years saw one of the most stable and prosperous periods of Eto’s history. However beneath the surface divisions were growing among the Natima. By the turn of the 116th century many clans chaffing under importation limits imposed by the emperor and began to operate black markets for foreign goods. Fearful of this threat to his monopoly emperor Kahitu rallied his most loyal clans for a purge against these rouge clans, the Yahzaki. After a brief campaign in 2nd spring of 11510 the majority of the Yahzaki clans had been almost completely wiped out or driven into hiding, however guerilla action persisted in numerous parts of the country.
Guerilla warfare persisted until the second winter of 11572 saw the emergence of a cadre of warriors known as Grin. Taking on the persona of a mythical demon, masked warriors began appearing across Eto terrorizing official trade and assassinating government dignitaries and nobility. With the government in disarray the Yahzaki began to take over large swaths of imperial territory, culminating with the Emtober 22nd execution of emperor Komita, and the subsequent surrender of the imperial army on the 24th. A mere four months later a coalition of Yahzaki and token loyalist forces ratified a largely foreign drafted constitution establishing Eto as a republic.
Eto’s brief history as a republic has seen an enormous insurgence of trade with large quantities of consumer goods entering the country for the first time. While migration remains tightly controlled, the republic’s policy has been much more liberal, allowing many Etoese to see the outside world for the first time. Traveling Etoese disproportionately represent the warrior caste who have found their military prowess held in great demand in the world at large.
Foreign Relations and Military
Subsequent to the fallout of the Yahzaki revolution Eto’s once close relationship with Fra has largely cooled. However for the first time Eto has begun diplomatic and trade relations with numerous other countries throughout the three major blocs. As it’s just entering the world stage Eto has yet to become allied with or at war with any other country, putting it in a position wholly unique among the nations of the world.
Growing from its tradition of militarism Eto maintains a small but elite military force. Largely used to suppress dissent in the past the role of the military has come under question in the new republican. As a result many of Eto’s warrior caste have begun to seeking employment abroad as mercenaries.
Due to the severity of the conditions in the Tembraun cyclone it is impossible to maintain a fleet outside of the safety of one of Eto’s few harbors. Because of this bottle neck Eto has had little use for a navy, relying instead of its sizable military to protect its few beachheads.
The indigenous religion of Eto is Shin-jo. A complex polytheistic religion focused on a respect for nature, sacred sites, and ancestor worship. Among the Natima the religion held a particular emphasis on komdenen, a complex honor system dictating appropriate behavior in every aspect of a warrior’s life. During the reign of the emperor Eto was a theocracy in which practice of the state sanctioned form of Shin-jo was mandatory, and the emperor was held as divine. However under the republic religious freedom is now guaranteed by the state, causing the sudden insurgence of many previously repressed forms of the religion, as well as several foreign belief systems.
National Language(s): Etoese
National Religion(s): Shi-jo
Ethnic Groups: Niel 99.3%
Government: Parliamentary Democracy
Foundation: Lanary 8, 11573
Population: 50.3 million (estimate 11573)
Period: 136 days
Graphics: The flag of Eto
The seal of Eto
World map with Eto detail inset
Etoese print of a pastoral scene; Caption: Traditional Etoese print of Toko harbor