Delacroix & The Free Territories of Malpaghi: A Brief History
The Free Territories of Malpaghi, or just Malpaghi (mal·puh·he), was formed in the year 4Rh 682 by former members of the Kasnian Sovereignty. Malpaghi was originally known as Kasnia-Germalpaghi (kaz·ni·uh jur·mal·puh·he), and consisted of six countries, making up the northern half of the empire known as the Kasnian Sovereignty. After the attempted assassination of Superior Adinae Thorel by a Kasnian diplomat in 4Rh 655, tensions grew between the people of Kasnia-Germalpaghi and the rest of the empire. Following a second, successful, attempt at Superior Thorel's life in 4Rh 663, Kasnia-Germalpaghi entered a civil war against the rest of the Kasnian Sovereignty.
The first notable battle in the fight for Kasnia-Germalpaghi's independence didn't occur until 4Rh 665, when during a peaceful protest at Dewmont University against the military occupation of the town and surrounding area, a firefight broke out that resulted in the death of 14 students. Local resistance fighters, lead by Colonel Tedrad Hill, saw this as an attack on the town and coordinated an assault on a nearby Kasnian military base a week later. The attack caught the Kasnian army off-guard and was successful enough to result in a retreat of their forces to Lanverden. When the Kasnian army returned to Dewmont, they found the entire town had been turned into a makeshift fortress. Outnumbered and running low on supplies, Colonel Hill called for a retreat from Dewmont after 33 days of conflict. The resistance fighters fell back to the city of Delacroix (del·uh·croy), situated on the southwest end of Cobb's Lake. Colonel Hill died during the retreat, reportedly holding off the Kasnian forces as the last of the convoys escaped.
The resistance forces in Delacroix, now lead by Lieutenant-Colonel Tylvin D'Arques, began securing the town and preparing defenses against the advancing Kasnian army. By this point, word of the altercation had reached Superior Isabel Restaut (wife of the late Superior Adinae Thorel) in Soris-Malpaghi. Restaut saw this as the beginning of a war and was convinced the Kasnian Sovereignty could no longer be reasoned with. Restaut then prepared an army of 40,000 soldiers to march to the aid of the resistance fighters in Delacroix. Lieutenant-Colonel D'arques and his resistance fighters held Delacroix for 7 months until Restaut's army arrived to reinforce the city.
Now relieved by the Soris-Malpaghian army, the resistance fighters in Delacroix saw an opportunity to turn the tide of battle against the Kasnian army. The now-Colonel D'arques led his forces in a sneak attack on the same military base outside Dewmont that Colonel Hill had attacked several months prior. When the forces arrived they had fround the Kasnian army's ranks had been bolstered with two new battalions. Instead of engaging the vastly superior force, Colonel D'arques opted instead to use hit-and-run guerrilla tactics. Using the mountainous terrain around Delacroix to their advantage, Colonel D'arques' resistance forces delayed the Kasnian army and made it very difficult for them to enter the city limits.
Throughout the course of the war, Delacroix was considered the heart of the entire conflict. The Kasnian army and the forces inside Delacroix saw the most battle out of any other region in the war. Even when the rest of the area was captured and Delacroix was surrounded, taking the city still proved too difficult for the Kasnian forces. When the Kasnian army decided the city couldn't be taken, they begun shelling it with bombs and artillery fire. One spring in the year 4Rh 677 reportedly saw constant artillery fire for 24 hours a day. Isolated from the rest of the world and under constant attack, the resistance forces in Delacroix never once surrendered the city. The determination and vitality of the people of Delacroix stood as a symbol that drove moral throughout the entire war. By the end of the war, Delacroix was almost entirely reduced to rubble and ashes.
Elsewhere in Kasnia-Germalpaghi, the war effort grew as the Kasnian forces advanced further and further north into the region. Five out of six of the Kasnia-Germalpaghian nations saw conflict on their soil, whereas the fight never advanced into Kasnian territory.
The war for Kasnia-Germalpaghi's independence lasted for 16 years and didn't end until following the death of the Kasnian Sovereignty's leader, Sovereign Serlahem aus Connetin III, in 4Rh 681. Sovereign Connetin III's son, Sovereign Serlahem aus Duboc I, had been apposed to the war since the beginning and after taking the Kasnian throne in the end of 4Rh 681, started a ceasefire and began working on forming peace with the Kasnia-Germalpaghians. In 4Rh 682, an armistice was declared and the region formerly known as Kasnia-Germalpaghi gained its independence.
Map of Delacroix:
(Click the picture for a larger map showing the surrounding area of Palminia)
The Free Territories of Malpaghi: Today
After gaining its independence, Malpaghi redrew its borders and and divided itself into 5 provinces based on the 6 former nations of Kasnia-Germalpaghi. The five provinces of Malpaghi, listed by order of size, are as follows:
Soris-Malpaghi is the largest of all Malpaghi's provinces, and is home to the national capital city of Muse (known to the locals as New Prosperity). Geographically, Soris-Malpaghi sits on the northern most end of Malpaghi and shares a border with all other provinces except Baruda.
Palminia is the second largest province but only third in population. Its provincial capital, Delacroix, is one of the most historically significant cities in the country, due largely in part to its role in Malpaghi's war for independence. It's known for its mountainous terrain and winding rivers that made it notoriously dangerous to navigate when it was first colonized. It shares its southern border with Kasnia (AKA the Former Kasnian Sovereignty) and the provinces of Soris-Malpaghi and Kartur. The island province of Baruda lies off Palminia's northwestern coast.
The province of Kartur has the second highest population in the country, but is only about half the size of Soris-Malpaghi in terms of landmass. The provincial capital, New Kartur, has the highest population density out of any city in the nation and has become the free-trade capital of the world.
Ceruclase is mostly landlocked and the eastern border of the province is on the northwestern edge of the Ohtar Desert that spans 3 nations. It is mostly rural flat lands and small suburban developments. Its capital, Pockries, is located on an island in the middle of a large lake near the western border of the province.
The island of Baruda is the smallest province in Malpaghi and lies off the northern coast of Palminia. It is renown for its beautiful beaches and year-round tropical climate. Since Malpaghi's independence, Baruda has become a 5 Star tourist destination. Baruda's capital, Owensbridge, was voted "The #1 Vacation Destination in 5Rh 066." It is also home to the famed Diamond Shores Amusement Park.
Time & Culture: The Malpaghian Way
Years, in Malpaghian/Kasnian culture, are separated by 1,000 year marks known as "Rhythms". Every thousand years, the world enters a new Rhythm and is denoted as such on the calendar. The written date for Malpaghians is formatted as RH·YYY·MM·DD (that's; Rhythm, Year, Month, Day - in that order). For example, the date 5Rh 035 - 09 - 03, is the Third Day of the Ninth Month during the Thirty-Fifth Year of the Fifth Rhythm.
The current year in Malpaghi is: 5Rh 078
Malpaghian culture is a diverse "melting-pot" society full of varied traits and people. There's a saying that "No two sides of Malpaghi are the same" and that is definitely true when it comes to its people. Malpaghi is rich with different beliefs and ideals, and is a place that promotes free thinking and tolerance.
One of the most respected professions in Malpaghian Culture is the artist. This dates back to pre-empire Kasnia as religious leaders were required to be skilled artists. This was during a time when literacy wasn't common, and art was the primary means of communication over long distance. It was normal for artists to paint current events and distribute copies across the kingdom. A town crier would then display the art and verbally announce the respective event. In current Malpaghi, it is still much the same; artists are recognized as gifted and the more renowned artists are some of the wealthiest individuals in the nation.
Art, specifically visual, still plays a huge roll in current Malpaghian society. It is not abnormal to find all four walls of a Malpaghian's home covered in various works of art. Symbols are also very important to Malpaghians, so much so that it's a normal practice for individuals to associate a chosen symbol with their name and emblazon it on important namesakes (such as checks, mailboxes, cellphones, etc).
Though there are hundreds of different beliefs and denominations present in Malpaghi, the primary religion is known as Norisciscism (nor·is·kis·ism). Norisciscism doesn't believe in any deities, but does believe in the soul. The primary teachings of Norisciscism focus on the individual and making ones self happy though helping others with the same. Norisciscism is a peaceful religion and has gained popularity by contributing to local communities and preaching a method that is easy to comprehend and appreciate. Other popular Malpaghian religions include Apatheism (the belief in existentialism), Barudisk (the ancient religion of the native Barudash), Gabenism, the Order of Dagon, among many others.
The official currency of the nation is known as the Malpaghian Eth and is marked with the symbol Ð. They have coins for 0.01, 0.05, 0.10, 0.25, 0.50, 1.00, 2.00, and 5.00 Ð, and (common) notes for 10.00, 20.00, 25.00, 50.00, 100.00, and 200.00 Ð. The Eth was adopted in 4Rh 701 in Palminia, and in 4Rh 704 for the rest of Malpaghi. Since its inception, it has become the official currency of 3 other nations.
Delacroix: "The City of Fortitude", or "The City of Iron Wills"
The region known as Delacroix was founded in the year 3Rh 448 by Kasnia-Germalpaghian colonists looking for a possible new trade route into the Kasnian Sovereignty. They came by boat from northern Palminia and traveled by river to Goldwater Lake, which feeds directly into Cobb's Lake. Cobb's Lake earns its namesake from the captain of the ship that made the expedition, Captain Heinhard Cobb. The settlers landed on the western coast of Cobb's Lake and founded the town of Port Neworth. The mountain on the edge of Port Neworth was found to be rich in resources, and a mine was built on its western edge. Since then, the town of Davenmine has grown on the opposite side of the river running across the still-functional mine's entrance. Over time, expansion headed southward and in the year 3Rh 706 the city of Delacroix was founded. It has since become a busting metropolis and the provincial capital of Palminia, Malpaghi.
After the war for Malpaghi's independence ended in 4Rh 682, the remaining citizens of Delacroix found much of their home in ruins, completely toppled by the constant battle for the city. Instead of giving up hope, the determined people of Delacroix began rebuilding their city. Like a phoenix rising out of the ashes, Delacroix had been rebuilt and was twice the size it once was by the year 4Rh 712. The tenacity of the people and the idea of a fresh start drew many new immigrants from all of Kasnia-Germalpaghi, and even the Kasnian Sovereignty. By the time the new Malpaghian borders were finalized in 4Rh 722, Delacroix was the guaranteed choice for capital of the new province Palminia.
Delacroix is the setting of my city journal. It is a wealthy region with a rich heritage and a beautiful landscape. I hope you have as much fun reading about it as I do making it. My first update with actual pictures of the region will be out a few days after the new NAM. Probably sometime after this coming weekend.
This is a dictionary of terms, places, and names used in my City Journal.
- Amusement Park, Diamond Shores, n [ dy·mond shor·z ]
World renown amusement park in Baruda, Malpaghi.
- Apatheism, n [ uh·pay·the·ism ]
Popular religion among Malpaghians. Second highest in the region of Delacroix.
- Baruda, n. [ bah·roo·duh ]
An island off the coast of Palminia. It is the smallest province in the Free Territories of Malpaghi.
- Barudash, n [ bah·roo·dish ]
1. The language spoken by the natives of the island province Baruda.
2. Demonym for the people of Baruda.
- Barudisk, n [ bah·roo·disk ]
An ancient religion originated from the native Barudash.
- Brighamoore, n [ brih·guh·mor ]
Suburban town on the northwest edge of Delacroix.
- Carlbourne, n [ karl·born ]
Rural seaport village near the southern border of Palminia.
- Ceruclase, n [ ser·oo·kleyz ]
The second smallest province in the Free Territories of Malpaghi.
- Cerucleasian, n [ ser·oo·clee·shin ]
1. Native language of the people of Ceruclase.
2. Demonym for the people of Ceruclase.
- Chorfery, n [ kor·fir·e ]
Suburban fishing village on the eastern end of Cobb's Lake.
- Cobb's Lake, n [ kob·'s layk ]
A large lake featured in the center of the Delacroix region. Named for Captain Cobb, the first man to cartograph the area.
- Corbrough, n [ kor·bur·o ]
Suburban town on the western outskirts of Delacroix City, Palminia.
- Davenmine, n [ dav·n·myn ]
A former mining village that has become a fair sized suburban city in Delacroix.
- Delacroix, n [ del·uh·croy ]
The capital region of the Malpaghian province, Palminia.
- Delacroix City, n [ del·uh·croy si·tee ]
The provincial capital of Palminia, Malpaghi.
- Dewmont, n [ doo·mont ]
A suburban college town to the southeast of Delacroix City, Palminia.
- Eth, n [ eth ]
The official currency of the Malpaghian.
- Free Territories of Malpaghi, n [ free ter·i·tor·eez mal·puh·he ]
Country formerly known as Kasnia-Germalpaghi. Consists of 5 provinces and is one of the wealthiest nations in the world.
- Gabenism, n [ gay·ben·ism ]
Somewhat popular religion among the Malpaghian.
- Goldwater, n [ gold·wot·er ]
Casino city and business district on the northern border of Delacroix along the coast of Goldwater Lake.
- Goldwater Lake, n [ gold·wot·er layk]
The lake in the center of the city of Goldwater. Named for its once rich deposits of gold dust.
- Kartur, n [ kar·ter ]
The third largest province in The Free Territories of Malpaghi.
- Kasnia, n [ kaz·nee·uh ]
The country formerly known as the Kasnian Sovereignty.
- Kasnia-Germalpaghi, n [ kaz·nee·uh jur·mal·puh·he ]
Northernmost region of The Former Kasnian Sovereignty. Was the first to secede from the Kasnian empire and gain its independence. Is now known as The Free Territories of Malpaghi.
- Kasnian, n [ kaz·nee·in ]
Demonym for the people of Kasnia / The Former Kasnian Sovereignty.
- Kasnian Sovereignty, The, n [ kaz·nee·in sov·rin·tee ]
Empire ruled by the Kasnian Dynasty of Serlahem. At one point consisted of 23 countries, including modern Malpaghi. Disbanded in 4Rh 982 after the end of the royal Serlahem bloodline and a failing political climate.
- Lanverden, n [ lan·ver·din ]
Suburban town on the eastern half of Delacroix near the Palminia / Kasnia border.
- Malpaghi, n [ mal·puh·he ]
Shorthand name for The Free Territories of Malpaghi.
- Malpaghian, n [ mal·pay·hin ]
Demonym for the people of The Free Territories of Malpaghi.
- Malpghian, n [ mal·pi·hin ]
Native and official languge spoken by the Malpaghian.
- Muse, n [ mew·say ]
The national capital of The Free Territories of Malpaghi and the provincial capital of Soris-Malpaghi.
- New Kartur, n [ nu kar·ter ]
The provincial capital of Kartur. Has the highest population density out of any city in the The Free Territories of Malpaghi.
- New Prosperity, n [ nu pros·per·it·e ]
The unofficial name of the capital city of Muse in Soris-Malpaghi.
- Noriscisism, n [ nor·is·kis·ism ]
Most popular religion among the Malpaghian.
- Owensbridge, n [ o·wins·brij ]
Provincial capital of Baruda.
- Palminia, n [ pawl·min·e·uh ]
Second largest province in The Free Territories of Malpaghi.
- Palminian, n [ pawl·min·e·in ]
Demonym for the people of Palminia.
- Pockries, n [ pah·kreez ]
Provincial capital of Ceruclase.
- Port Neworth, n [ por·t noo·erth ]
The first Kasnia-Germalpaghian settlement in Palminia.
- Salicero, n [ suh·lis·er·o ]
Small island near the southern border of Palminia / Kasnia. Home to the oldest known human settlement in Palminia.
- Soris-Malpaghi, n [ sor·is mal·puh·he ]
The largest province in The Free Territories of Malpaghi and home to the nation's capital, Muse.
- St. Stirril, n [ say·nt stear·il ]
A Kasnian town built during the war. Has since become a suburban town.
Warning: This is a work of fiction. Names, characters, places, and incidents are either products of the author’s imagination or are used fictitiously. Any resemblance to actual events, locales, or persons - living or dead - is entirely coincidental.