|Greater Khadoran Empire|
|Head of State||
Empress Ayn Vanar I
202 AR(as Kingdom of Khador)
Khador is a unitary imperial matriarchy with Empress Ayn Vanar I as its current head of state and government. Modern Khador draws its roots from the ancient Khardic Empire that existed prior to the Orgoth Invasion. It was a major participant in the rebellion against the Orgoth and helped create the colossi used against the occupying forces. The Kingdom of Khador came into being after signing the Corvis Treaties with the rest of the Iron Kingdoms creating the modern nation-states in Western Immoren. Khador is a major military power and is currently at war with Cygnar, the Protectorate of Menoth, and the Cryxian Empire. Additionally, Khador is involved in smaller skirmishes with lesser powers.
A traditional rival of the Kingdom of Cygnar, Khador is the largest (by area) of the Iron Kingdoms, although Cygnar is the more populous of the two. It appears to be a monarchical state; its' present ruler, Queen Ayn Vanar XI, governing from her seat in the nation's capital, Korsk.
Khador is a harsh frigid kingdom, and its sparsely populated reaches are home to a comparatively rustic citizenry – a sharp contrast to its more modern neighbours, Cygnar, Llael and Ord, who consider the Khadorans to be primitive and backwards. This is a somewhat accurate conception, but Khador is modernising and progressing in strides beyond what the neighbouring Kingdoms had previously thought possible.
The people of Khador are, unsurprisingly, fiercely independent, as is typified by a strong militaristic tradition. All citizens are trained in arms and tactics from an prehistoric age, and all able-bodied citizens are considered part of the Khadoran reserves – even the reigning monarch, who has been known to take to the field and fight with the common soldiers. Wizardry and sorcery are uncommon among the Khador, but their regiments are still well supplied with fearsome battle-magicians; the Greylords Covenant (who recently have begun taking to the field in formations of three, known amongst the Greylords as ‘Ternions’).
In many respects Khador is behind Cygnar in developing various technologies, but they were quick to see the advantages of rail travel and have spent a great deal of money to get the system underway. Cygnar has simply placed this as a somewhat lower priority, given they already have good roads, excellent river travel, and other alternatives to shipping goods. The Khadoran Warjacks are ponderous but brutal, to the end that no light warjack models appear to be utilized by the armed forces.
Khador has a long-standing rivalry with Cygnar as the two most dominant kingdoms of the region. There are periodic bloody skirmishes between these two nations, particularly along their shared border. Other battles are sometimes fought by intermediaries such as hired mercenaries, although both governments usually deny responsibility for these hostile actions. Tensions continue to mount and some major armed struggle seems inevitable between King Leto and Queen Vanar. This is typically due to the aggressive, expansionist policies pursued by the Khadoran rulers, with numerous skirmishes (and full-blown engagements) being instigated against their neighbours under the pretence that the territory is rightfully Khador’s by agreements of the Corvis Treaties.
These tensions recently erupted into a full scale war, with the successful Khadoran annexation of Llael. This move was planned and executed under the leadership of the brilliant Kommandant Irusk, and has resulted in the formation of what has been named “The Greater Khadoran Empire”.
Cygnar, caught between the expansionist Khador and the zealous, vengeful Protectorate of Menoth, has been so far unable to repulse the Khadoran warmachine, and although its own borders seem secure, appears to be simply too involved in other matters to effectively censure or punish the Khadoran ‘transgression’.
Presently, as of 606 AR, the Khadoran army is rebuilding its forces, following a crushing defeat at Northguard, where the Second Army, led by Kommandant Irusk, were beaten back by Northguard defenders and the reinforcements brought by Cygnaran Warcasters Sebastian Nemo and Victoria Haley, who managed to outflank Khador and inflict three times the casualties that Khador inflicted on the Cygnarans. Empress Ayn, however, still remains confident in Irusk's ability to conquer the "Jewel of the Iron Kingdoms".
Recently the Khadoran people have taken the elf god of winter, Nyssor, which lead to the elven country of Ios and the Retribution of Scryah attacking and killing off Khadoran Greylords and in what khadoran soldiers believed to be safe and quiet places to be stationed.
Khador is the largest country in Western Immoren. Due to its expansive area, Khador's terrain has tremendous variety: broad plain with low hills south of the Bitterock River, vast coniferous forest and tundra in the north, uplands and mountains along the northern and western border regions. Along the south and around the Shield Lakes, there are temperate coniferous and deciduous woodlands and moores.
The climate ranges from steppes in the south to humid continental in much of central Khador; subarctic beyond the Nyschatha mountain range to tundra in the polar north. Winters vary from cool along the southern coast of the Khardic Sea to frigid in the north; summers vary from warm in the steppes to cold in the north with frequent thunderstorms throughout the spring and late autumn.
- Main article: Military of Khador
Until the past hundred years or so, Khador's military mainly followed feudalistic lines with the Great Princes outfitting their own private armies marshaled the Kingdom's request. In recent history, the nation has gone through a tremendous modernization initiative in attempt to catch up to the more advanced nations such as its perennial rival Cygnar. As of 606 AR, Khador is one of the great military powers of Western Immoren with armed forces that have shifted from fighting skirmishes with rival nations to invading and occupying new territories.
The motto of the Khadoran Military is Conquest for the Motherland, People and Army United.
The nation of Khador follows the notions of civil law, though the abstract goals differ from those of other nations. Criminal law is centered around the concept of harm to the Motherland. Trials are conducted by tribunals with anywhere from one (for lesser crimes) to eleven judges. Guilt of the accused is determined by majority vote of the tribunal.
In Khador's more rural regions, older systems of justice are relied upon including trial by combat. Though deaths often result, duels are normally to subdue the opponent. The defeated suffers the punishment of the crime whether accused or accuser. In areas where civil law structure is weak and the Temple of Menoth is strong, priests handle trials.
Punishment in the Khadoran judicial system normally is more severe than in the other Iron Kingdoms. A favorite punishment in Khador for many crimes is forced labor as it repays the debt to the Motherland brought by the transgression. Military conscription also can be used as an effective means of restitution. For serious crimes, heavy flogging, hanging, or 'jacking are used to preserve law and order and serve as a deterrent.
Due to the invasion of Llael in 604 AR, Llael has been placed under martial law by Khador and thus follows the occupying power's justice system.
During the Thousand Cities Era what is now Khador worshiped Menoth along with the rest of the civilized world. When the Orgoth invaded and occupied the Khardic Empire, many began turning towards Morrow for shelter, a trend that has continued to this day. However, much of the Khadoran aristocracy and many of the citizenry remain true to what is known as the Old Faith. Unlike the Menites of the Protectorate, those that follow the Old Faith tend to be less zealous, though still disapproving of Morrowan worship. Scrutators do not have the authority afforded them in the Protectorate, and several Menite orders have factionalized upon nationalistic grounds. The ecclesiastical ranks of the Old Faith parallel that of the Protectorates clerical hierarchy, and many of the Khadoran Menites consider the Hierarch their spiritual leader, even if they owe their loyalty to the Empire.
The shared god of the Old Faith and the Protectorate of Menoth allowed formally warm relations among the two countries, especially compounded by the shared enemy of Morrowan Cygnar. It was under these conditions that Khador helped arm the Protectorate with the materials and warjacks that created the Protectorate's army. When Ayn Vanar XI came to the throne as Queen, she initially courted the Old Faith. However, the Empress severed the close relations and outlawed continued support to the southern nation recently, a maneuver Hierarch Voyle has countered by ordering all faithful Menites to gather in the Protectorate. Khador has ensured that no mass exodus of the Old Faith leave their nation, sometimes by brutal measures.
Khards - Living mostly in central and southern Khador, the Khards make up the majority of the Khadoran population.
Kossites - The Kossites are most likely to be found living in northern Khador, where they practise their considerable hunting skills.
Umbreans (Llaelese) - The Umbreans live in eastern Khador, towards the Llaelese border. Most Umbreans are looked down upon by most Khadorans as traitors, due to the rulers of Umbrey willingly becoming part of Llael following the Border Wars. Some Umbreans, however, are wieved as paragons of the Khadoran spirit, Vladimir Tzepesci being a fine example.
Khadoran - Khadoran evolved from the now archaic Khard root language. Literacy is not necessarily common among people speaking Khadoran.
Khard - The oldest language in Khador. Khard is almost exclusively known by the Menite clergy, since many ancient Menite documents were written in Khard.
Llaelese - Llaelese is spoken mostly by the people of occupied Llael, as well as some Umbreans. As a language, Llaelese has not changed significantly in the many centuries it has existed.
Due to its great size and variation, Khador has great abundance of natural resources. This includes major deposits of oil, natural gas, coal, silver, iron ore, timber, and arable land for farming in the south. However, due to the great geographic distances in Khador coupled with the climate and terrain, the exploitation of natural resources has been hindered.
Up until recently, most Khadoran education was handled on a master-apprenticeship system. With the recent push for modernization within the Kingdom over the past few centuries, Khador has embraced modern learning systems to achieve national power more quickly. The old system of apprenticeship remains prominent however, and warcasters are mainly taught via this method.
Khadoran Institute of EngineeringEdit
Established in 295 AR by Queen Cherize, this institute is located in the capital city of Korsk. The Khadoran Institute of Engineering is the premier Khadoran research institute in such fields as clockwork, hydraulics, steam power, metallurgy, cortex construction, and mechanicks. Mostly used as a means to supply engineers to the Khadoran Mechaniks Assembly, competent students are inducted into the organization (or the Greylords Covenant if the students expertise lies within applicable fields). The coursework is grueling when compared to Cygnaran institutes, but the Khadoran Institute of Engineering prides itself on its remarkable efficiency. As one of the major exporters of Khadoran military technology, the entire complex is protected by a division of Winter Guard to ensure the Institute's secrets don't fall into the wrong hands.
Renowned outside of Khador too, the Institute houses a great industrial capability to help bring theories to fruition, along with large workshops staffed by senior faculty. The premises also contains a museum displaying past works of Khadoran engineering.
The Nine BoardsEdit
A collection of nine buildings in Skrovenberg, this college has a structure dedicated to Foreign Affairs, War, Admiralty, Revenues, Justice, Commerce, Mining, Estates, and Expenses. Currently under construction is a tenth school for Mathematics.
Druzhina, the elite military academy in Korsk, is the major training institute for army officers. Other assorted schools throughout the country exist to train the next generation of Khadoran leaders; the Khadoran Military Academy at Volningrad exists to prepare applicants for these programs in the ways of soldiering and land navigation. The Admiralty College is located in Skrovenberg to provide for the Khadoran Fleet's similar need of officers.
- ↑ Warmachine Prime MK2