The South Sea Islands
Time is not measured in traditional ways, but their tech is neolithic
For thousands of years, the islanders of the Southern Sea have prospered in relative isolation, developing a vibrant shared culture of navigators, traders, storytellers, hunters, weavers, and healers. They worship the sea as a mother goddess, and shaman-like 'listeners' and 'speakers' play a significant role in society by coordinating the worship and embodying the power of the ocean. The islands are dominated by the wealthier, semi-agricultural peoples of the coastal plains, who maintain robust inter-island connections across which trade goods and stories are constantly swapped.
There also exist smaller populations of semi-nomadic mountain people, who are somewhat cut off from the broader culture, with unique lifestyles and religious practices. In recent centuries, the islanders have had their lives disrupted by violence — first there were the raids from the neighboring Teklatesh Flower Xings; then the internal Clan Wars for political dominance; and now the colonialist invaders of Fareau, an industrial civilization from far across the sea.
Time is not measured in the same way as on Earth, yet they’ll say they’re in Lunanée (century)
Freyama is still healing from the calamity that occurred years before, a devastation that ruined their land and caused their religious beliefs and unity to be questioned. Freyama was established during this time, as the old kingdom splintered away with the loss of the Fae Monarchy and Fates. There are many researchers trying to find the truth and what occurred, but it’s incredibly difficult to keep a record of it. Currently, in an effort to preserve the land and environment they nearly lost, it’s incredibly important for them in this coming age to preserve and work with nature and natural resources.
United East Asia
Highlands and the Northern Isles
The Highlands and the Northern Isles are a decentralized, communal, and misunderstood group of clans that share a common linguistic and cultural heritage. They live in an area simply referred to as the Highlands and Northern Isles. They are a stark contrast to a world where strict monarchy, despotism, and hierarchical rule is the norm. The people from the Highlands and Northern Isles refuse to acknowledge or recognize any authority that isn’t communally elected, and uphold a set collectively agreed upon laws known as The Covenant.