|Ruler||Pharaoh Ra-ma-hotep Akram||Land Area||1,200,000 km2||Water Area||82,000 km2||Government||Hereditary Monarchy||Official Language||Baroin||Population||~55,000,000||Population Density||45.8/km2||Demonym||Baroian||Military Strength||510,000||Flag|
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The biomes of Baroi include subtropical desert, river delta, plains, mountains, and coastal regions. The land area is approximately 1,200,000 km2, and is found on the mainland of Faran. Baroi possesses multiple distinct regions within its border:
Northern Baroi shares a border with both the nation of Kardiam and the dwarven realm of Kratys, however the treacherous and unreliable mountain passes make trade caravans through that area few and far between.
The most prosperous and populated area of Baroi, the coastal cities and communities engage in far more trade with the rest of Faran than the remainder of Baroi. The capital and the Pharaoh’s seat of power reside along the Western Coast.
The Great Desert
The centre and south of Baroi is occupied by a massive, arid and unforgiving desert. Few humans could survive within this water-parched land, but there are tales of a mysterious nomadic people living within the dust storms and shifting sand. Trade caravans, in the pursuit of commercial opportunities will sometimes attempt to cross portions of the desert. The southern reaches of the Great Desert serve as a barrier to the city-states of the southern Crownless Lands. Histories tell of a time before the Great Desert when cities and monuments aplenty could be found in some areas, and to this day there are those seeking their fortunes who mount expeditions, attempting to rediscover long-forgotten cities and temples that might contain relics of immeasurable value or power.
The Eastern Plains
Located far from the capital and the Pharaoh’s military forces, the communities in this area are sometimes thought to still be part of Baroi in name only. The Sons of Gatrius, a paramilitary religious organization that worships Gatrius, a sun God, in recompense for protecting the region from various Draconian incursions from the east, have largely reduced the civil leaders of this area to mere figureheads. The populace still uphold their own cultural and religious practices, but tensions run high between the natives and the occupying force.
Local legends claim that in ages past the Necropolis was once a city of Baroi. Now though, few dare even approach this barren and foreboding place. Perpetually shrouded in darkness through powerful sorcery, the abilities of the Sons of Gatrius are negated in this land, rendering them much less effective against the masters of this realm. The necromancers of Faran consider the Necropolis to be neutral ground, a safe-haven for them from the persecution of the outside nations, organizations and religions. The people of Baroi lack many of the taboos concerning death and death-magic that the rest of Faran possesses, however they still universally revile the Necropolis for the heretical violations against the sanctity of life that take place within its borders.
- Al-Basan – The capital of Baroi, found on the western coast.
Baroians worship a pantheon of six gods, interconnected in their mythology and having little to no overlap in the attributes they represent. However, over the past several decades the followers of the foreign sun god of Gatrius have established themselves in the Eastern Plains. While their have been some converts to this new faith, the majority of the population of Baroi continues to revere their traditional gods.
Common is spoken by any individual involved in trade or politics on the Western Coast, but many people in the general populace speak only Baroin.
Baroi uses the Faran Silver Standard, accepted as legal tender worldwide.
Baroi is a theocratically endorsed Hereditary Monarchy, with the order of succession being determined by lineal primogeniture. The Pharaoh rules absolutely but is required by tradition to have religious advisers, and together they are responsible for appointing provincial governors for the land, known as Caliphs (who are generally individuals already possessing the status level of Raja, Sultan or Shah) who in turn have the authority to appoint municipal leaders. Many smaller towns and villages end up being simply regulated by whichever Sheikh, Emir or Khan possesses the most wealth.
Baroi possesses few land-trade routes with Kardiam, Kratys or the southern Crownless Lands, but the Western Coast conducts a great deal of trade navally with the other nations out of certain Pharaoh-approved port cities, and is renown for certain spices, dyes and gemstones which cannot be obtained anywhere else. While slavery is legal in Baroi and several coastal cities possess slave markets, Baroi does not conduct anywhere near the same amount of human trafficking that Yarfel and Bhel does.
Baroi possesses a modest force of land troops, with half a million men in active service, mostly concentrated along the western coast.