Nezuma (neh-ZOO-ma) was an archipelago in the southern hemisphere.
Nezuma and Skobra had regular contact with each other stretching at least as far back as -800.
The different islands of Nezuma had independent governments for most of their history. Following the arrival of the IU in 183, they formed a single governing body to handle archipelago-wide issues such as their position regarding the IU. The frequency of these meetings and their significance to the people of Nezuma greatly increased following the dumping of the waste on Pleoh in 399.
Following the loss of the War of the Atolls, Nezuma was placed under control by the IU as a non-member territory. A number of Nezumans migrated to the non-IU islands of Griesh and Adari following the conflict in order to preserve their liberty and way of life. To this day, significant Nezuman populations exist on each of these islands, many vocally against the IU.
Nezuma had been substantially affected by rising sea levels, as well as pollution carried by ocean tides arriving from Pleoh.
Politics and Economy Edit
Similarly to Skobra, Nezuma had a governor appointed by the IU from one of the other member nations, rotating every five years. Locals had no representation in government. The production of Nezuma was considered IU property, to be put towards projects as the IU saw fit.
Nezuma suffered from a moderate degree of income inequality. IU officials and a small number of others possessed a disproportionate amount of the island's wealth and resources.
Opinions towards the IU varied. On the one hand, there were active rebel groups that kept springing up and being squashed by the IU, secret societies which distributed traditional Nezuman literature, etc. However, there were also many who simply saw it pointless to fight, or who felt it safer to keep their heads down and not stir up trouble. The general consensus is that Nezuma is more rebellious than Skobra in terms of anti-IU sentiment.
Culture and Values Edit
Traditionally on Nezuma, fishing was considered the domain of women and gathering the domain of men. This had largely ceased being the case by 300, though it remained in the form of names and traditional clothing, dance, and music until the begin of rule by the IU.
The attitude of IU citizens towards Skobra and Nezuma was generally one of ignorance, if not condescension. Some were opposed to the continued treatment of the southwestern isles as occupied territories, whereas others deem it as justified.
Cosprak was the official language of Nezuma, and use of Nezuman was banned. Children on Nezuma were not allowed to be given traditional Nezuman names. Many of the oldest Nezumans still spoke it, but it was not being passed down to subsequent generations.
Notable Figures and Locations Edit
- The Fenlocks, one of the wealthiest families of Nezuma. Although they formerly played a notable role in the government of the island, they largely withdrew from politics following the establishment of IU rule.