Yot Siae Kan
Yot Siae Kan is one of the most populous cities on Pavala, and the second largest in the Meó Empire. Its history is long and diverse and its importance is enormous. Situated on the Yot River delta, it is one of, if not the, most diverse city on Pavala, due to its long history of importance within the various Htaevic, Meó, and Succlythian dynasties. It contains approximately <7%> of the Meó Empire's population.
Yot Siae Kan has a diverse and important history. The city began as a series of Raiwlawbiwmtë fishing villages on the Yot River Delta. When the Htaevics invaded the Raiwlawbiwmtë's native lands, these fishing villages were abandoned. Htaevic settlers soon settled within the abandoned villages and developed an elaborate network of canals and roads between them, there were limited attempts to retain some of the more significant architecture left behind, but most of the original villages were lost to decay due to their construction from wood and reeds. As the Htaevics continued their expansion into the Shattered Islands, Yot Siae Kan would grow immensely in size and power, due to its position on both the Yot River and the coast, allowing it access to a wide trade network. Even in the early days, people from as far away as Nokhta would venture to Yot Siae Kan, as a gateway to the Htaevic Realm and to travel further up the Yot River. .
The positioning of the city and the fact that other nations often sent envoys and merchants to Yot Siae Kan led to it being the capital of several dynasties through Htaevic history. Indeed, even today, Yot Siae Kan retains its position as a regional capital within the Meó amalgamate.
Up to 1200 languages may be spoken in the city, with the two lingua francas being Standard Meó and Modern Standard Htaevic, both of which are written in the Hlunliw script.
A range of different ethnicities, with a variety of languages and religions live within the city, they are typically classified into "parent" groups, mainly on the basis of linguistic grounds.
The parent groups are as follows:
- Htaevic peoples - people descending from the ethnicities of the Htaevic states.
- Meóic peoples - people who speak a Meóic language
- Succlythian peoples - people who are descended from the ethnicities of the Succlythian state or that speak a Succlythian language
- Nokhtaeic peoples - people from the subcontinent of Nokhta, including Khydea
- Traditionally purple haired peoples - includes a range of people, but the main ethnic group is the Hkamisëbiwmtë
- Traditionally green haired peoples - mainly the Unuvi, as well as a few remnant indigenous and quasi-indigenous (descendants of early back migration from Unuvun into the Htaevic realm) groups
- Other peoples of the Malaeze - including Sinchuknu peoples, Rift peoples, and other ethnic minorities
- Peoples from outside the Windward world e.g. Ganuoans, Nichans, Naborsi etc.
- Ethnoreligious peoples - people that reject a non-religious ethnic category - e.g. 'Ethnically Hakiist'
- Mixed peoples - an extremely diverse array of people
Ethnically, the breakdown of the population of Yot Siae Kan is estimated as:
- 27% Htaevic peoples
- 19% Meóic peoples
- 12% Green haired peoples (9% Unuvi)
- 10% Succlythian peoples
- 10% Nokhtaeic peoples (6% Rokhtaeran, 4% Others)
- 4% Purple haired peoples
- 9% Mixed peoples
- 9% Peoples from outside the Windward World