|Leader(s)||the Ranga Nui|
Background[edit | edit source]
A powerful kingdom established by conquest centuries ago, Rauatai is a major naval power on the shores of the north-eastern continent. Despite frequent storms, the aumaua managed to settle most of the Gulf through perseverance and cooperation, and recently expanded its reach by investing in trading colonies along the coast.
The nation is ruled by a ranga nui from the royal city of Tâkowa. The famously cooperative and open nation started shifting towards isolationism and traditionalism in recent years. Supported by the ranga nui's son, the traditionalists coalesced into a movement called the Pahari, promoting a fundamentalist interpretation of the Tanvii ora Toha, the sacred text of the aumaua, coupled with a form of aumanuan exceptionalism. Advocating a ban on foreign presence, they are slowly gaining momentum in Rauatai society.
The lore college of Rauatai is central to its culture, its chanters responsible for maintaining history and traditions alive. All students answer to the Keeper of the college, who is responsible for weaving their stories into the chant that serves as a record of Rauatai knowledge and lore. Furthermore, it is one of the greatest libraries in existence... According to its chanters at least.
In military terms, Rauatai is a power to be reckoned with, equal to the Aedyr Empire. Emphasizing speed and firepower over resilience, Rauatai ketches can fight with even Vailian carracks on even footing, exploiting their bulk and lack of speed. Artillery is the key asset, however: Rauatai is at the forefront of artillery, firearm, and explosives research. One of their top artillery masters advised Dyrwood on the Godhammer Bomb during the Saint's War, in fact, but efforts are more modest on the home front, focusing on bombards, cannons, and mortars.
Behind the scenes[edit | edit source]
- The language spoken in Rauatai is non-Indo-Euro in inspiration.