Salerin, officially the Kingdom of Salerin, is an independent kingdom in the southeastern corner of the continent of Cathran. Extending from the Candabar Ocean then to the north, Salerin covers an area well over one and a half million square kilometers, almost as big as Alaska. Salerin is sparsely populated, with the majority of its landscape being vast deciduous forests and major settlements hugging the many lakes and rivers that run through the country.
The land now called Salerin was inhabited for millennium by the Caghenny, a group of indigenous natives that were thought to have inhabited Salerin for thousands of years. Following war and turbulence in northern countries, refugees immigrated south and found the lands around Salerin. Following various disputes with neighboring kingdoms, Salerin was finally named an independent country in 1298 and its government was established and borders were drawn.
Salerin is a constitutional monarchy, with King Vandace II being the current head of state. While the King or Queen has considerable power, most decision-making is made by Parliament, which is composed of 28 elected representatives sent in from the counties. Salerin's economy is based on a variety of industries, most notably logging and agriculture.
The origin of the name Salerin is unclear. It may have originated from Aladel Selarin, one of the five original people that discovered the land. Another proposed root word is the Ceghenny word Satlerin, which means 'forest'. Either way, the name stuck, and by 1166, the first known use of the word Salerin appeared in print as a sign above Cheyheath's front gate: Cheyheath, Capitol of The Dominion of Salerin.
Main article: History of Salerin
The first known aboriginals to have lived in the area know called Salerin were the Ceghenny peoples, a group of people thought to have migrated from the north far before any others did so. The Ceghenny had little or no organization, only roughly grouped together by ethnicity and language alone. The lived in nomadic hunter-gatherer tribes and showed little comprehension of agriculture.
The population of the aboriginals prior to northern contact was thought to be somewhere between 5,000 and 10,000, which is remarkably low for such a vast land. They lived in groups of 20 to 100 that moved locations every week or two. There were some permanent settlements, however: the city of Saghendaly, know long gone after northern intervention, had a population thought to be near 10,000.
Large cities could not be made because there was not an abundance of food, due to the small amounts of agriculture. The inhabitants of Saghendaly, however, did show signs of agriculture; growing potatoes, tomatoes and cabbage. While many groups of Ceghenny herded animals, the people of Saghendaly were the first to domesticate animals such as cows, chickens and sheep.
Northern Colonization Edit
During various plights in the north's past, people attempted to move south, but were largely blocked for various reasons such as tough geography and a lake of supplies. It was only in 1012, when war struck an unidentified country in the north, that people began to seriously moving. Among them were a group of people known as the Five Pioneers.
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