Yengtyu (Literary Tuthinan)
Itomun Mosir (Enciw)
Banua Lahud (Lahudic)
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|Languages and language families||Lahudic, Koy-Ama, Vernacular Tuthinan languages, Literary Tuthinan, Senrian|
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Lahudica is an archipelago and a geographic-cultural region situated within eastern Esquarium. Stretching from the equatorial Senria to hyperborean Rokol archipelago of Tuthina, it is one of the longest island chains in Esquarium, and thus is sometimes considered to be one of the smaller continents of the region due to its range and size, as well as its intermediate location.
The name Lahudica most likely derives from the proto-Lahudic word Lahud, which means "seaward" or "north", and -ica, a Latin suffix used to denote a land. It is theorised that the name comes from the Lahudicans, and originally refer to either the entire archipelago ("seaward", contrast to mainland) or the northern portion of it (modern Tuthina). Today, the entire archipelago is called Banua Lahud ("northern/seaside land") in Lahudic languages.
In many Monic and Monic-influenced languages such as Literary Tuthinan and Ama, Lahudica is often called "islands of the ocean" (Minyi: Haiju, Literary Tuthinan: yengtyu, Ama: pata'uy semtul), in reference of its location between several large bodies of water. The Senrian name for Lahudica, Daiguntou, literally translates to "great archipelago". In Enciw languages, the majority of Lahudica is called Itomun Mosir, or "southern land", while the islands originally inhabited by Enciw population is called Cise Mosir ("homeland").
The first known inhabitants of Lahudica are the proto-Lahudic people, who originated from either the mainland or southern portion of the archipelago (modern Senria). While human activity dating back to 50,000 and 30,000 BP (prehistoric Tuthina and Senria respectively), the first confirmed Lahudic settlement only aged 8,000 years in southern Home Islands palaeolithic settlements. A seafaring people, the Lahudic people populated the majority of Lahudica by 5,000 BP, and soon developed into different cultures, including the Tangufal, and the proto-Tuthinan aborigines. At the same time, the northernmost islands were inhabited by the white Enciw people, whose genealogical relations with Lahudic people remains unknown.
Excluding the unknown pre-Lahudic settlers, the first known non-Lahudic migration occurred around 5,000 years ago in northern Lahudica, as the proto-Koy people migrated from the land of Pongpath to the western seaboard of the Home Islands, displacing many of the local Tuthinan aborigines population. A mix of semi-nomadic and early agricultural people, the proto-Koy population brought large-scale farming and metal-crafting to Lahudica, which was soon adopted by the rest of the Lahudic people through conquest and trade.
Following the collapse of local city-states and central authority between 4,300 BP and 3,500 BP in both the Home Islands and Mingwok, another wave of massive migration reached Lahudica. Theories as to what caused the collapse of Lahudic cultures vary, though many speculate that it likely involved the spread of diseases along trade routes, possibly combined with famine and societal upheaval. Originating in modern Namor, a nomadic branch of the Monic people soon settled the devastated islands and established another generation of city-states and petty kingdoms that defined the political landscape of Lahudica for millennia to come, giving birth to the precursor of modern Lahudic polities such as Tuthina.
Today, the majority of countries in Lahudica are part of the Monic Union, an international organisation focused on "the protection and propagation of the Monic civilisation". While many of the Lahudic population is partially or completely assimilated by the Monic people, some of the aborigines- such as the Tangufal- retained their own culture, such as those within the Finawlan and Enciw kingdoms in Tuthina.
|Tuthina||1,470,432||95,176,284||0.774||Sakan||Theocratic Absolute Monarchy|
|Senria||282,402||129,375,810||.693||Keisi||Unitary Parliamentary Republic|
Lahudica's modern ethnic makeup is predominantly Monic and Eteo-Lahudic, owing to the migration of the two peoples. However, only Senria has a definitive census of their ethnic makeup, making the exact demographic data of each ethnic group in Lahudica very difficult to determine.
Lahudica's linguistic composition is dominated by Monic and Lahudic languages. All nations in Lahudica, except Senria, have a Monic tongue as an official language.
Lahudica is religiously diverse. About a majority of Lahudicans adhere to Kamism, particularly due to the rigorous laws of Tuthina to forbid all religions contrary to the tenets of the Kamist Imperial Cult. Other religions such as Buddhism are more likely to persist within Senria due to its proximity to countries such as Min.
Lahudic culture in general is predominantly Monic.