Prior to being conquered and colonised, the inhabitants of modern-day Degalogesa were only loosely connected to one another. Despite having somewhat similar origins, there was little shared culture, language or religion. Operating primarily as farming settlements and tribes, rival 'nations' often clashed with one another of land, food and other resources.
Around the third millennium, the area constituting Degalogesa was colonised by both Dranland and Hulstria and Gao-Soto. During this period, the native populations were severely persecuted and conflict between Degalogesee nations was minimal due to the mutual enemy of the colonisers.
Degalogesa was eventually granted independence and has since operated as a federation of 'nations'. Each nation has its distinct culture, beliefs, language and traditions though there are many similarities between the nations.
In the 4200s, ambitious politician Gawonii Sequoyah became Chairman of the Grand Council and set about introducing a series of reforms that effectively centralised economic-decision making and led to the introduction of a single Degalogesee currency (the Wampum).
He also put pressure on all nations to fully democratise their process for selecting Grand Council delegates and established a pan-Confederation army to replace the traditional tribal militias.
Government and politicsEdit
Degalogesa operates a somewhat unique form of governance, under which the nation is split into separate 'nations' – somewhat akin to tribes in other cultures. Each individual nation is almost entirely self-governing in many aspects, with the federal government in control of economic and security policy.
The Grand Council is the governing body of Degalogesa, in which leaders from the nations meet to make decisions on foreign affairs, trade and finance issues. Nations are allocated seats based on their relative population and can decide for themselves how to elect their representatives.
Politics and electionsEdit
Direct elections for Grand Council seats are rare and delegates are usually chosen based on traditional customs and practices.
Degalogesa is composed of eighteen separate nations, each with a distinct and somewhat unique culture of their own. Similarly, each nation has a different form of local government. Most have an elected council which serves as their legislative branch, the composition of the executive is far more varied. Many eastern nations have directly elected leaders, some have a hereditary position while others still use have a position elected by the legislature.
Traditionally, most Degalogesee did not use surnames however the arrival of Dranish colonisers saw an increase in their usage. Customs vary significantly between nations but a common theme is for a child to take their father's and/or mother's name as their surname(s).