"Kiintar"<Keen-tar> translates roughly as "Kingdom of the Eastern People" in the native human tongue. It is the wealthiest country in Mijtak <Mej-tack> and has a reputation as the most cosmopolitan and diverse land in the Mijtakian Desert.
The ancient tribes of the East referred to themselves as "Sihter" <See-ter> long before the unification of Kiintar under a single ruler and since the Miztakian War traditional sepratists refer to the country as "Sihtar" <See-tar> or "Land of the Sihter people" or in a derogatory form as "Gerziir-mattar" <G-air-zeer-Ma-tar> meaning "Land of Bloodshed", due to the countries rather violent past.
Kiintar has little to no democratic elements. The Kijak Absolute rules with power only restricted by the Noble Council. This is comprised of the Ziitkar of the Capital City's Sacred families and the High Ziitkar of each of the 5 territories, and is mostly advisory, with the power to veto policy only with a 75% majority. The Kijak will select ministers of different areas to carry out the implementation of Council approved policy and to suggest ideas themselves. These ministers may be Priizbar from noble families, well-regarded specialists/experts or personal friends of the Kijak. A ministerial position is one of the only methods of social mobility in the rigid Kiintarian society, being hired by a minister as a servant of Kiintar is also a great honour and can provide a good income and social credit for a Kiintarian household.
Any political minister or servant convicted of charges of "conspiracy against the realm" faces the harshest punishment - as dictated by the revered Harmony Accords. Due to this, and the fear of losing new social status, policymaking and implementation are relatively corruption-free - especially among Ziikar, who would risk tarnishing their family permanently and ruining any chance of their daughter inheriting their job or status.
Council sessions are open to view to the public and as a condition of the Harmony Accords, non-noble village leaders of the sparsely populated bushlands along with any Priizbar or Ziitkar citizen with a petition bearing a thousand names are entitled to attend a monthly session to present ideas or raise concerns - though there is no guarantee they will be listened to.
The Kijak and the Council retain ultimate sovereignty over any more local governance due to the legally unchanging nature of its composition. To question the authority of the Kijak or council is to challenge two thousand generations of Ziitkar.
Kiintar is home to the meeting of the river Jurtket <juher-tket> (ancient river) to the ocean. Here the land is richer in life than further inland, though this is due to heavy morning mists originating from the ocean or the river and not due to rainfall.
Most of Kiintar's lands are covered by the acrid Mijtak Desert, with rocky, desert badlands in the north-east and few areas of scrublands rich in cacti in the slightly more hospitable areas of the south-east. The north-east highlands encompass Kiintar's highest peak - A mountain named "Bartar-Servit" <Bah-tar siv- et>.
The other two rivers in Kiintar feed into Jurket, one originating from a spring in the northeastern mountains and one crossing the border to the west.
Kiintar has a Dry-Arid climate, receiving only 11.5cm of rain per year on average. Temperatures can often be extreme, with a highest recorded temperature of 55 degrees Celsius, and never reaching below 25, even in the depths of the coldest winters. Large stretches of the Mijtak desert in Kiintar have never received rain in recorded history and due to this, rain is a cultural symptom of the Divine's intense disapproval in Kiintar - as it is traditionally veiwed as being sent to "purify" and "cleanse" the land for some sinful wrongdoing.
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Most Kiintarian citizens follow the Bazrak practice of eating priizek <pre-zeck> and siinzek <sin-zeck> (first-meal and late-meal.)
Priizek tends to consist of a small drink-like meal or stew which is eaten while hot. This originates from ancient Bazrakians who used this practice to help regulate their body temperature in the morning, often drinking blood or warm animal milk. The most famous priizek is Gedar-Keziir <gee-dar kay-zeer>, a stew made from blood (traditionally snake blood but more modern practices call for goat blood), pre-prepared Peccary stock (domesticated pork or boar stock can also be used outside of Miztak, where this is harder to obtain), camel milk and small pieces of boiled egg. Some households may leave out the egg and richer households add small pieces of spiced, dried meat and cream.
While it may have been acceptable for ancient Bazrak, modern Kiintarians look down upon the raw consumption of blood as uncivilised and so the preparation of everyday Priizek tends to be more complicated than in other Mitzakian countries. Households who cannot afford more complicated meals often prepare a mixture of camel milk and local spices. This is brewed overnight, allowing the spices to diffuse into the milk through a thin mesh spice pouch called a Surtviir <zert-veer> which gives the dish its name, Surtviir-Gedar.
Human citizens adapt these dishes to include vegetables needed to gain vitamins they cannot absorb from meat products. Human-friendly Gedar-Keziir will contain less blood (due to their liver's intolerance to the iron found in it) and pieces of human-digestible cactus flesh and aloe. Human Gedar-Keziir will also tend to be spiced more heavily due to their different palates, though Kiintarian humans who emigrated generations ago will eat slightly closer to the traditional meal. Human and Bazrak preparation of Surtviir-Gedar is identical, however, and this will oft be the chosen dish if Humans and Bazrak meet for Priizek.
Traditional Kiintarian Siinzek is a 4-course meal, though portion sizes may be smaller to what species such as humans are used to. Bazrakians digest most effectively in the hottest hours of the day, due to being cold-blooded, and so this meal is where most of the day's calories are consumed. A traditional meal would start with a course of raw beetles - know to humans as fogstand beetles. These are eaten raw due to the water contained in stores on the beetle, that is harvests from condensing the morning fog of the desert. The second course is an egg course, traditional practice dictates eggs boiled in the households meat smoker, eaten whole with the shell. Thirdly, the meat will be served. The quality of this meat depends on the wealth and status of the family as well as the seasonal culling of livestock. The type of meat served is used as a form of communication between hosts and guests. Households may serve cold strips of dried exotic meat such as beef to show off their wealth and acceptance of human culture, or snake to show commitment to tradition and the power of the nobles. The final course served is a dish of small animal bones served with honey from the jars they have been stored in.
Kiintarian etiquette dictates that vegetables and fruit cannot be served or seen at the table. This can make it difficult for inclusive or human hosts to conform to the strict traditions. Grain products and sweetened rice dishes are the compromises, though hosts can be shocked at the appetites of warm-blooded races.
Naming conventions vary via species
A child of a Bazrak Noble Family or of high-class birth will have a name composed of between 3 and 5 parts, depending on formality and titles. This is composed of an indicator of their birth status, their family name, their given name, and their title.
Male birth status names (referred to as Jiitkar <jeet-car>, literally "number-name" ) indicate if the boy is firstborn (Priizbar, <pre-spar>) or second-born (qtotbar <khot-bar>). If a child is not the matrilineal first or second born boy, they forfeit this title. Others may mockingly refer to these children as "Siinbar" <seen-bar>, meaning "Past-born" or more accurately "born too late", but it is considered a term of great offence and accusing a Priizbar or Qtotbar of later birth, including using the slur of Siinbar, carries heavy sentences in a court of law.
If a male child is not a Bazrak, a title of Priizbar can be a term of honour, indicating that he must be the strongest and most able of his brothers. Unless the foreign family is well established and the title of Priizbar is unchallenged by his siblings, self-referring as a Priizbar can be seen as arrogant if the self-titled Priizbar has no accompanying Qtotbar. In smaller cities, the awarding of this name is formalised and requires the consent of the ruling body or judicial system; in larger cities, the process can be formally recognised by a permit authorized by the mother of two or more male children.
Female children carry a separate identifier called a Ziirkar <zeer-car> meaning "blood-name". This shows if the girl was born of a mother via asexual reproduction or of two parents in sexual reproduction. A title of Ziirtket <zeer-tket> is given to those born only of the mother. This roughly translates to "Past Blood" and is an indicator of the unchanging genes passed from mother to daughter. Daughters born of sexual reproduction are not common, especially in noble families who are expected to have only one female child, and are given the title "Qtotziir" <khot-zeer> meaning "Second Blood" or "Two-blood".
Non-Bazrak females will always be given the name Qtotziir due to the lack of asexual reproduction in these speices
Family names are passed down from mother to children using the Bazrak tradition. This dictates that Ziirtket daughters always inherit their mother's name and children from sexual reproduction inherit their mother's name, hyphenated with the highest status sacred family bloodline in their paternal history (if any). If the mother is higher status than the previous bloodline the children inherit her surname only.
Given names may originate from historical figures, attributes, local wildlife, or ancestors. The practice of naming girls after ancestors is considered unfashionable and tacky in modern Kiintarian high-class society, as little importance is placed on given names and ancestory is very clear in the rest of Bazrak naming traditions. Examples of Kiintar names include, "Fennec-iir" after a species of sandfox, "Addax-et" after a small species of goat,"Gerziit" meaning Bloodthirsty, "Suntiir" meaning Awake, and"Kettaviir" an ancient warrior Qtotbar from ancient folklore. Given names will often end in -iir, -et or -iit, can be longer than the two-syllables of most Kiintarian words and do not indicate gender.
In formal circumstances, titles are also read as part of a name.
To read a Kiintarian name correctly, start with their status name, then their family name then their given name. If a title is needed, it can be read before or after the name.
Kijak (title) Ziirtket (status) of Inzut (family name), Suntiir (given name)
Kijak Ziirket of Inzut
(It can be considered impolite to speak a given name at all in certain circumstances)
Kijak (title) Inzut (family)
Ziirket (status) Inzut (family)
Suntiir (given name)
Calling a Kiintarian by their given name is the equivalent in human culture of an intimate nickname or a pet name. Mothers will call their daughters by their given name, and a first-born brother may call his sibling by his given name. Outside the family, only female sexual partners and extremely close friends would use a given name, due to the level of familiarity and dominance using the name implies.
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