Sovereign and Independent People's Republic of Kandhera
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Motto: Freedom at last
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Kandara including the contested region of Rhodainia
|Recognised national languages||Khandaro, Lebhan, Burgundian|
|1,223,692 km2 (472,470 sq mi) (33)|
• 2025 estimate
|11.93/km2 (30.9/sq mi) (36)|
• Per capita
|Currency||Kandaran pfennig (Kp)|
|Time zone||UTCUrceopolitan Mean Time +6? (Punthite Western Time)|
• Summer (DST)
|Driving side||right side|
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Imperial entities of Punth
Founded as a Burgundian West Punth Trading Company slaving colony in 1605, successful slaving operation from 1611 until the Great Rebellion of Slavery Bay in 1795. The Kuhlfrosi Navy elected not to support the Burgundian West Punth Trading Company's "private war." Burgundie lost the terroitory and it fell under Pukhtunkhwan influence. It has long been host of Punthite rebels, terrorists, pirates as well as other nation's tax dodgers and fugitives.
The etymology of the word Kandhara means "high king" and was the title accorded to the kings of the medieval Kandaran Empire in southern Punth.
Kandara was adopted as the legal name for the area comprising four separate parts on January 3, 1796, which immediately before independence enjoyed distinct constitutional positions:
- the Colony of the Slavers Coast;
- the Colony of Santasi; and
- the Protectorate of the Kingdom of Kandhara.
Archaeological evidence suggests that humans have lived in present-day Kandara since the Bronze Age. Although the area of present-day Kandara in Southern Punth has experienced many population movements, the Kana people were firmly settled by the 5th century BC.
Until the 9th century, the majority of modern Kandara's territorial area was largely unoccupied and uninhabited by humans. The one exception was the Kana people who established permanent farming communities on the Kandoosi River Delta around the 6th century. These communities were not connected by any form of hierarchy and spent most of time farming the fending off raiders.
In 612, traders from the Kuushtun trade empire first arrived in the Kandoosi River Delta. They introduced many concepts of state building to the Kana peoples living in that area. Many historians believe the Kuushtuns inspired the creation of the Kandooli states. The Kuushtuns introduced Buddhism to the Kana people and advanced technologies like metallurgy, wheels, agriculture and cloth weaving. With the collapse of the Kushtuns, in the early 700s, no further communication was made between the Kuushtun and the peoples of the Kandoosi river delta.
The Kandooli River Delta civilization thrived with these technologies. Their formalized governmental concepts and improved health, paved the way for an expansion in the territory of the Kanas of the Kandoosi River Delta. By the ninth century it is generally recognized as one of the great kingdoms in Southern Punth.
The earliest known kingdoms to emerge in modern Kandara were the Kandooli states. With their advanced weapons and the presence of a central authority they easily invaded and occupied the lands of the local people ruled by the Kumara (royal prince), established themselves as rulers over them and made Kandoor their capital. The death of the central chief, Fana Sooli, caused civil war among his children, some of whom broke off and founded separate states including Sooli, Kandooli, Fanooli, and Santasi.
Around 1230, Pukhtun explorers reached Kandooli and Santasi and appeared to the Kana people as traders. They were welcomed because Kana sacred texts spoke of great gods beyond the sea who brought civilization to the Kandoosi River Delta. They also introduced Islam, since both Islam and Buddhism share many similarities most Buddhists converted thinking that the religion was corrupted by Kana people rather than them being two different religions. Islam quickly became one of the largest religions in all of the Kandooli States. Gradually more greedy Pukhtuns, which later formed the Pukhtun Piracy and Smuggling Network (PPSN), also began entering the Kandooli states. By 1300s the area became a hotbed of Pukhtun traders, smugglers and pirates alike. The Pukhtun used tribal warfare to pit the Kanans against each other whenever they tried to oppose the Pukhtuns or rival Pukhtun groups became too powerful.
"Western" contact (16th century)
Kanan trade with "Western" states began after contact with Kiravians in the 15th century. Kiravians came to the Gulf of Kandara in the late 15th century to trade, then established small trading ports, focused on the extensive availability of gold. The Kiravians built a trading lodge at a coastal settlement called Bisoor, in the Kingdom of Sooli.
By 1598, the Burgundian West Punth Trading Company (BWPTC) had joined the Kiravians in gold trading, establishing the Burgundian Guldkusten. In 1600, the BWPTC captured the castle at Bisoor from the Kiravians, and the port of Kandoor in 1603. In 1604, Jarl II, of Burgundie commissioned Kandoor Castle, which was completed in three years.
More than thirty forts and castles were built by the Kiravians and the Burgundian West Punth Trading Company. In 1611, the BWPTC established control over some parts of the country assigning these areas the name Protectorate of the Kingdom of Kandoora. Many military engagements occurred between the BWPTC and the various Kanan nation-states and the Kingdom of Santasi defeated the Burgundians twice in the Kandoori-Santasi wars that lasted for nearly 200 years. These successes are attributed to the birth of the idea of independence which ultimately led to the Great Rebellion of Slavery Bay.
The Pukhtun PPSN, that was already established in the Kandooli states, resented the new arrivals but for the most part remained in the shadows guiding the Kanan tribes and states to fight for them. They would raid Kiravian and Burgundian ships while local tribal collaborators would raid their settlements. For a long time the new arrivals suspected that the Kanans were supported by outside forces but they never knew who until PPSN openly fought together with the Santasi in the Great Rebellion of Slavers Bay.
Kandoori-Fana wars and slaving
Burgundian West Punth Trading Company goes to war with neighboring tribes, takes slaves, encourages Kandoora to do the same, expands lands of Kandoora, the BWPTC takes over Kiravian territory and renames it Slavers Coast, defeats the Santasi Coalition Army and takes Santasi (Colony of Santasi). The leadership of Santasi flea to the neighboring Kingdom of Fana and continue to fight and stir up rebellion.
Great Rebellion of Slavery Bay
On 6 March 1757 at the capital of the Kingdom of Fana, Fanoor, the King-in-exile of Santasi, raises a Third Coalition Army and prepares to wage a "Final War" to push the Burgundian West Punth Trading Company out of southern Punth. Having realized the failure of many of his ancestors, he recruitS as many Kanans from Kandoor as he can and promises them a free state under local control if they get the nation to rise against the Burgundians. They infiltrate into Kandoor and begin to stir up the local population.
In 1761, the Pukhtun Piracy and Smuggling Network (PPSN) joined the cause. The PPSN had always seen the Burgundian West Punth Trading Company as an unwelcome law enforcement presence into the region, which had cut into their profits heavily. The Santasi's and the leaders of the PPSN formed a pact whereby the Santsi Third Coalition Army would attack the Burgundian colonial infrastructure from the land and the PPSN would cut off the resupply routes in the Omnus Sea. In return the Santasi would transfer power over Foreign Affairs and Defence to PPSN. They formed a very close bond in the years to come.
In the 1760s and 1770s a series of pitched sea battles took place, eventually ending in the utter defeat of the Burgundian West Punth Trading Company's navy. The colony was cut off. From 1778-1795 not a single resupply was attempted and the colonial administration was left to their own devices. A series of attempts to get the Kuhlfrosi government to intervene on the BWPTC's behalf were declined.
In 1790, the King of Santasi had reclaimed most of the Kandooli states, with the exception of Kandooli. Ever grateful he reached out to the PPSN for aid. They sent 8,000 Pukhtun mercenaries. They made short work of the rest of the state, but failed to capture Kandoor. A siege was put in place that encircled the city. After two years the city finally fell and in January the last of the Burgundians in Kandoor were captured and killed.
Free and Independent State of Kandhara, was formed January 15th 1795 under the King of Santasi. Because of their wartime agreement, exclusive access to Kandharan trade meant that the PPSN were now able to export exotic goods that no one else had access to and their tribes in Pukhtunkhwa became very rich. This lead to increased funding to build better ships and thus increased the power of PPSN who dominated trade in the region until the Burgundians returned in the mid 1800s. But after King Fanoos his descendants were mostly trained by Pukhtuns so they slowly lost their power and became puppets for the PPSN.
Operation Kipling and aftermath
Pro-communist coup in 1962 led to Burgundian military intervention. (1950s American intervention in Cuba-a-like) paternalist government of Rhodainia established, unrecognized. Petitions Burgundie to become a directly controlled county, denied many times, but uses it as a base for Burgundian meddling in Kandaran affairs to this day. Seen as the Burgundian's white puppet in Kandara and as an attempt to reestablish colonial control.
PPSN did not look to this intervention by Burgundians on their area of influence kindly. They once again rallied the Kandaran people and reminded them that Burgundians were the enemies that their ancestors fought to keep out of Kandara. Leeds to a bush war from 1974-1998. Humanitarian crisis. In the later years of the war the numbers of Pukhtun involved greatly increased as some fled from the civil war that began in Pukhtunkhwa in 1997. But during the war the intervention from both foreign powers was minimal as Burgundians were reluctant to enter Kandara again and Pukhtun had their own problems to deal with at home.
The end of the Pukhtunkhwan civil war sends the last criminal hold outs to Kandara and further formalizes the criminal structure and government that rules there. Drought and lack of infrastructure leave few options to young men so they turn to criminality.