The Darkest Hour
As this game is meant to reflect on real world history through a fantasy lens, Nepali is intended to be an analog for real world Italy. Their history, culture, and even the geography is intended to reflect this.
- The wealthiest region of the Anglian Empire and the seat of the Ignastic Religion, Nepali is made up of the green, rugged valleys and rocky coasts southeast of Central Anglia, the vast majority of the population lives on an island chain of city states. The aging architecture is often characterized by gothic spires, decaying cathedrals, slime filled canals and monuments to the empire, both old and new.
- Winters are cold, but rarely see snowfall, while summers are warm and humid, while drifts of poisonous wildflowers blanket the hillsides. Even so, locals and visitors can enjoy the refreshing sea breeze that sweeps in from the Marioltan Ocean.
- Nepali is home to the Arch Bishop, and the small city state known as the Ignasticanus that houses the Ignastic Diosces. The power of the church is concentrated here, and has spent the last several hundred years eliminating opposition, leaving only the most pious of 'noble' families. These include House Vedinici, House Chiata, and House Scartrice. While not rulers in any sense, they nevertheless maintain private armies, and hold immense influence in the Abanola Province, the island chain of city states.
- Nepali's primary industry is wine making; but the region and its people have a long history of fashion, art, and textiles. Its main exports include wine and silk, the bulk of which goes to Anglia and fuels the church's growing might.
- The common folk favor front fastening gowns and aprons with ties or points for attaching sleeves. The weather often changes rapidly, so versatility of dress is important to most Nepali people. Clothing comes in somber whites, browns and greens, while the elite mostly wears dark clothing. They especially prefer black, as the dye is expensive and immediately shows wealth. It has an added benefit of meeting reforms and sumptuary laws issued by the church in 1529 to encourage simplicity of dress. Nepali varies from the rest of the empire in its preference for low collars and favor of ruffles and lace for the elite. During the winter months, collars and necklines rise, but become more colorful with splashes of red and yellow.
The Ignastic Church has dominated most of Nepali in one form or another from 537 AI to present times. Furthermore the economic and military might of the Arch Bishop and the Statucz Ecclecziae were increased significantly in the wake of the civil wars that dominated the region after the Anglian conquest and annexation in 1372 AI. The devout Ignastic tendencies of Anglian Queen Charlene II would result in the sanction and return of the Inquisition to route out so called heretic religions and seditionists. She issued a series of declarations to the public in 1373, leading up to the establishment of the Anglian Empire in 1374 AI, where Queen Charlene II would name herself Empress Charlene I, ruling by divine mandate through the church itself and absolute rule. Imperial decree afforded the church new power by issuing reforms for the renewal of the militant church factions in 1382. The newfound position led to unprecedented economic power in the Statucz Ecclecziae, resulting in a Renaissance of church funded activity in the sciences, warfare, and even chartering expeditions.
In 1537 AI, the Abanotta rebellion in Grenada and Nepali marked the largest insurrection in the empire since its formation, and marked the end of church opposition in the region. In 1538 AI, Church led Military factions put key members of the rebellion to the torch, effectively eliminating the secular merchant class and establishing the Arch Bishop's hold over both regions as absolute.
In 1541 AI, Nepali's defunct elite were inducted as high ranking members of the Ignastic Church by Arch Bishop Lomius IX, and granted absolution. The newly created class of pious rich recruited artisans from Rovassia, Nepali, and Anglia to study the masterpieces of the old empire's antiquity and commissioned ambitious projects of urban development and expansion in the name of the church- reaching a stunning apex in 1544 AI, and the establishment of the 'baroque' style, an ode to the gothic styles of the old empire, joining architecture, painting, and sculpture into a monument of Ignastic grandeur.