Yithtar, officially known as the Republic of Yithtar, is a Northern Carthosian island nation consisting of three small islands withing the Carthosia Archipelago. The largest island, Yithtar, is the main inhabited land mass, whilst the other two islands, Balfan and Rusho serve as military fortresses. The country has an area of just over 210 square miles, making it a relatively modest sized nation, however it sports a population of only 27,000 people making it relatively sparse. The island's capital is Skorva City which is one of the smallest national capitals in the plane of Sharisha. Yithtar has two official languages which are Yithtari (language) and Qaithar (language), however Yithtari is considered the national language of Yithtar.
Yithtar's relatively isolated location in north west Carthosia has historically givent it a great strategic advantage against would be invaders, and only two powers, including the original Yithtari settlers and later the Qaithar (who were eventually driven off the island by the advanced guerilla tactics of the Yithtari) have ever ruled over the island. Advanced fort building and the islander's resilience have earned Yithtar a reputation as being unconquerable.
Yithtar has a long Rhualian legacy is supposedly the final resting ground of St Shin Ghoda. The Order of Rhual is the official religion in Yithtar. However, article 12 of the Yithtari Constitution states that "All persons in Yithar shall have full freedom of conscience and enjoy the free exercise of their respective mode of religious worship."
Yithtar is currently at war with Rorgan Kurr. Hostilities with House Kurr have gone on for centuries, however since the Carthosian house went rogue and started seizing lands on Rorgan Island, the Carthosian Council have given Yithtar full military autonomy to deal with Kurr forces.
The origin of the term Yithtar comes from the name of the ancient Sanushalla settlers, who split of from Sanushai society after travelling through a Wargate and finding themselves marooned on the island. "Yith" derives from the Sanushai word "Gith," which roughly translates to "Lost."
Rising Era Edit
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According to Yithtari legend, the island of Yithtar was created sometime in the Rising Era, when an Old One, who was known in those days as The Hatcher discovered that another Old One, then known as The Mad King, was seduced by a dark spirit named Gyoth'Mogil and secretly plotted to destroy the Sharishans. He proceeded to confront him which resulted in a war. Yithtar was said to be risen from the Undercloud to be used a naval base. This is how the Yithtari settlers interpreted the cave drawings and ancient carvings they found in the ruined temples of Khem, which far out-date the Yithtari settlers.
Ancient temples and structures left behind from some unknown civilisation seem to suggest that the island has been inhabited since at least 16100 AC. Yithtari settlers from Sanushai did not arrive on the island until around 21400 AC. According to records, there was nobody inhabiting the island when the Yithtari arrived, suggesting that the original population of the island either left, or were mysteriously wiped out.
Pottery found by archaeologists at the ancient temples resembles that found in ancient Ishtari burial grounds, and suggests that the Yithtar islands were first settled in 16100 AC mainly by Stone Age hunters or farmers who had arrived from the lost continent of Ishtar, possibly the Ishtari themselves. This has caused debate amongst the scholarly community, as Yithtar is on the other end of the world relative to the leading theorised location of Ishtar. However, it is entirely possible that ancient Ishtari stumbled upon a Wargate, just as the Yithtari had done. If this is true, then it could be theoriesed that the original people of Yithtar are the most recent decedents of the Ishtari. Prehistoric farming settlements dating to the Early Neolithic period were discovered in open areas and also in caves, such as those found near Qalfan, suggesting that these people had a deep understanding of agriculture.