The Itsuri and Pwama have been at war for generations. Although the Pwama had rich resources, controlling the majority of timber and farm land when the war began, they steadily lost ground to the much more aggressive and technologically advanced Itsuri. When the Great South Gate was reached, the war stuttered to a stalemate. Twenty-four years ago the current High Sage, Koruval va Naza of the Itsuri Empire, agreed to a peace treaty with the Pwama, sealing the agreement with his marriage to the daughter of a Pwama Lord. The two nations have enjoyed a relatively stable period of peace and prosperity, particularly the Merchants of both countries. Not everyone is so pleased with the current state of affairs, and many of the Itsuri people are uneasy, wondering how long it will last. Some even feel that the wounds between the two nations can never be healed or forgotten, and the sooner their enemies are wiped out entirely, the better.
Itsuri is divided into nine provinces. While each owes loyalty (and accompanying taxes) to the High Sage, each province is run on behalf of the High Sage by a Steward. The Stewards form the Council of Elders, which spend most of the year in the nation’s capitol, Tamapa’O, acting as a legislative body. Under the Council of Elders are Governors, appointed to manage subsections of each province or large cities. Governors are in charge of local executive branches, overseeing the application of the law and the collection of taxes. Each new Steward is appointed by the Steward before him, typically within family lines. Each Governor is appointed by the Steward in power, and their backgrounds may vary significantly across a province.
In the cases of the older provinces, the province and province Capitol are ruled by the family line of the same name. In the actual Itsuri language, Steward, city, and province are differentiated by identifier suffix or prefix. Since LeyLines is written in English and not Pamaru, these prefix and suffix additions are not included, but would be used as follows:
Steward = na prefix
City = No prefix or suffix. Neutral case.
Province = zhi suffix.
Example: Koa va Momuru is Steward naMomuru of Momuruzhi, and his family has their ancestral home in the city of Momuru.
Younger provinces, particularly acquisitions of war, are governed by families chosen by the High Sage at the time the land was conquored, so they may not share a family name with the province or its capitol city.
Example: Vekken va Kapo is Steward naKapo of Kuzopazhi and his family home is in the capitol city of Lepaipa’O