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Geography

Definition: Mahhalian municipality

In Mahhal, the term municipality is the standard Ingerish translation for Mahhalian demet. However, it is not a form of city government as the name might suggest, but rather a "regional municipality," with a governmental function similar to that of a county in some other countries. It is the standard third-level political division for the country, below the level of prefecture. It is typically governed by a municipal council and a municipal subprefect who is appointed by the king.

Major Island Survey

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Municipality Listing

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Obsolete Geography Table

There are 8 top-level political divisions of Mahhal: the seven kingdoms, plus the "Special Capital Prefecture" of Rewk Mahhal, which by the constitution is sovereign territory of all seven monarchs.

Following is a table of the 8 top-level political divisions.

Name Capital Area (km2) Population Density Map Note
Template:MH-flag Ahamallassar tbd tbd tbd map location
Template:MH-flag Gahamsy Pekkor tbd tbd tbd map location
Template:MH-flag Piropeta tbd tbd tbd map location
Template:MH-flag Pampollygar tbd tbd tbd map location
Template:MH-flag Hut tbd tbd tbd map location
Template:MH-flag Lyr tbd tbd tbd map location
Template:MH-flag Oa Bazon tbd tbd tbd map location
Template:MH-flag Rewk Mahhal tbd tbd tbd map location

For a complete listing of the first, second and third level divisions of the country, see the Political Divisions of Mahhal.

Prefecture Map

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Kingdom Map

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Climate

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Obsolute Content

Despite its location between 57 and 67 degrees south, because of prevailing ocean currents and winds Mahhal has a cold, maritime climate with most ports on the north coast and the enclosed "seas" remaining ice-free year-round. Parts of the country receive immense amounts of precipitation, and temperate rain forests cover 30% of the country. Another 10% of the country, at high elevations, are covered in glaciers, however. Winters everywhere are cold and snowy, and summers are typically mild and rainy.

Government

Constitutionally, the kingdoms are in fact completely independent of each other, with the various inter-kingdom bodies and functionaries serving merely "consultative" roles, de jure. However, because of tradition, as well as through shared legislation and culture, and especially due to the thoroughly unified nature of the military and the church, the seven kingdoms are de facto a single country. Note that the use of the term "church" here refers to the native Mahhalian religious institution, not something in any way related to a Western or Christian "church," but very church-like in its structure and hierarchical nature, hence the use of the term (see Religion, below).

The core political powers are the 7 monarchs. For their kingdom, each monarch appoints:

  • consul (civil and military administration)
  • tribune (justice administration)
  • pontifex (religious administration)

The next level of government are the 50 prefects-terrestial + 7 prefects-spiritual, called the 57 prefects

The prefects-terrestial are appointed by their respective monarchs to rule their individual prefectures, but often come from hereditary families within their respective localities, respecting the tribal and local traditions of each locale; the prefects-spiritual are elected by the religious leadership, called the Gathering of the Wise, from among their membership.

The Gathering of the Wise (or just Gathering) are mostly priests and scholars, elected by their peers within the church hierarchy. Sometimes prominent secular academics are granted positions, too. These people serve for life. The number of members is not fixed, but typically is about 250. Because the Gathering elects the prefects-spiritual, and further obligatorily provides from among its membership the pontifices as well as the prefectural cardinals, in fact the Gathering holds an immense amount of political power.

The role of monarch (which is hereditary, but primogeniture is unheard of and adoption is widespread to the point of universality in prominent families, so there is no necessary blood connection between generations of monarchs). Typically, upon becoming monarch, this person will choose someone in the next generation whom they deem good "monarch material," and adopt them as their successor. Mahhalians are very good at succession planning - it is embedded in their traditional family structures.

The 50 prefects-terrestial, in turn, each choose 3 officials, known generically as subprefects, for various functions for their prefecture:

  • proconsuls (civil and military administration)
  • judges (justice administration)
  • cardinals (religious administration)

The 7 prefects-spiritual also each choose three subprefects, who are roughly parallel in function but whose domains are more specific to religious function:

  • archdeacons (religious financial and infrastructure administration)
  • defenders (religious orthodoxy enforcement and chaplaincies)
  • high priestesses (high priests) (ceremonies)

These 171 officials are collectively known as the Advisory Parliament. In theory, these subprefects sit once a year at Rewk Mahhal, to work out relationships between their prefectures and between their kingdoms. In practice, each subprefect is occupied with his or her local administrative duties, so instead he or she appoints a permanent representative (called a Proxy - often, but not always, a business associate or family member) to sit on their behalf in permanent assembly at Rewk Mahhal, where they craft legislation which is passed back to the individual subprefects (in the form of "recommendations" rather than as formal "laws") for implementation as edicts. These Proxies are unconditionally and immediately replaceable in the event of disloyalty or bad behavior - a not-infrequent occurance in the field of shifting loyalties and inter-familial politics.

There are no national-level elections. However, most individual prefectures hold elections for many prefecture-level and municipal-level officials. Further, the majority (but not all) prefectures have legislation requiring their respective prefects (who are in turn representatives of the monarchs) to appoint proconsuls or tribunes in accordance with local mandate (i.e. by election). Thus, although at the national level Mahhal is not, constitionally, a democracy, functionally the power flows from the proconsuls and judges, who are almost all locally elected. The great exception to this is the power held by the church, which is actually quite democratic, too (i.e. via the Gathering of the Wise), but with a limited franchise (i.e. voting is limited to church members in good standing).

There are about 140 families of national stature that have a lock on local political and religious offices (through influence and financial clout, rather than by mandate), as well as running most of the national-level businesses. Most of the elected positions rotate, informally, among locally prominent members of these families. Because the local legislation is largely laissez-faire beyond areas of military and religious administration, in fact these families and their businesses hold effective power. The monarchs and their appointed prefects are notionally unchecked dictators, but functionally they are quite circumscribed by tradition and economic interests.

Economy, Businesses

Agriculture and Food Production

The growing season is short, but rainfall is abundant and hardy cultivars of rice, barley, millet, rye, along with various root vegetables such as beetroot, potato, carrot and radish, all flourish. In ancient times the Mahhalians were pastoralists, herding goats, horses and oxen, raising all as both meat and milk animals. Mahhalians still consider red meat of this sort essential, but in fact they derive almost all their protein from plant food and, most importantly, from the all-surrounding sea. Seafood constitutes a huge component of the nation's diet.

Mahhal Marine Highway

Mahhal Marine Highway (Mahhalian Yllallo Mahhal) is the largest maritime transport company in Mahhal. The company carries 83% of the archipelago's passenger and vehicular ferry traffic and 40% of domestic container cargo by volume.

The current company is a consortium of the seven kingdoms' governments and the private Jessitim Shipping LTD, which as a seperate company focuses on international maritime cargo transport. Jessitim Shipping controls the single largest stake, but collectively the seven kingdom governments have the controlling interest.

Although there are several other small, regional ferry operators in the archipelago (including both government-run ferries and and private single-line companies), MMH holds a de facto monopoly on national ferry routes. Because the archipelago nation relies so heavily on ferry transport, passenger volume in major terminals is similar to that at major airports and railway stations.

History

Jeres Collective

This article (and all articles on Mahhal-related topics), in deference to Mahhalian tradition and out of respect for Mahhalian sensibilities, makes no mention of the specific gender of individuals. As a minimally intrusive alternative, where personal pronouns are necessary "singular they" is used. See also Mahhalian views on gender.
Flag of the Jeres Collective, 1969-1973, featuring the iconic "Nellappe Orca" but turned to face the flagpole, on a red field with a black star
The Jeres Collective was the name of a short-lived independent government that arose in the Jeres Prefecture region of Mahhal's Nellappe Kingdom in 1969. Although it was only ever recognized by a few other nations, and was dissolved violently after less than four years of independence, it did sit briefly at the Assembly of Nations, and it has played an outsized symbolic role in the evolution of global leftist and anarchist movements, because of the number of international activists and idealists drawn to the short-lived experiment.

Background

Labor and farmer unrest had been increasing throughout the 1960s, as Mahhal's oligarch-driven modernization left behind numerous poor and disenfranchised. Despite the best efforts of the government and the powerful Mahhalian church to suppress it, "foreign" ideas, including strains of communism, Doonism and syndico-anarchist thought, began to become quite popular, especially in less conservative regions, inluding the area around the city of Jeres (map). In 1967 the Red Night Faction, an international "Anarchist Movement" originally founded in the Ardisphere's El Cabo in the 1920s, found fertile ground in the student and worker uprisings which were then prevalent in Jeres, to such an extent that by mid-1968 it was fairly clear to both the Mahhalian government and international observers that Red Night had established its international operational headquarters there.

When a student protest occupied the prefectural legislature and government offices in the summer of 1968-69, they took the bold step of declaring an independent state. In the power vacuum then prevailing in the Nellappe Kingdom and amid the disarray of the Mahhalian military, which was unaccustomed to internationalized conflicts, this independent state, dubbed the Jeres Collective, became a de facto nation on the world stage.

Leadership

From its very beginnings, the Jeres Collective was not just led by Mahhalians, although many Mahhalians were involved. It was a diverse and international group, and their publicly stated intention was to be a "beacon" for Doonism and global Anarchism. As such, there were many leaders from many countries, but the evident mastermind was the Ardispherian Huberto Ri, known by the Red Night pseudonym Dr Hubert, then only 29 years old. Ri was the romantic and political partner of the Mahhalian activist Hhakullybiry, known by the Red Night pseudonym Comrade Huckleberry, who had roots in the Jeres Student Union, a politically radical underground. They had met while in graduate school at the The Karolian Cape University in El Cabo.

Hhakullybiry went on to become the general secretary of the Collective, while Ri served as a kind of charismatic figurehead, although the latter's official role was only "Special Advisor to the Committee for Internationalization of the Movement."

Domestic Policies and Territorial Scope

During their three and a half years in power, the Collective had a substantial impact on the region under their control, with several successes and many failures, as well. One legacy that survives even today is the local "agricultural syndicates" which operate on Nellappe's north coast and are unique in Mahhal as a kind of hybrid business enterprise structure.

International Situation

Only a half-dozen left-leaning nations ever recognized the Jeres Collective. Most nations tried valiantly to ignore the developments in the poorly understood antarctic nation - it was seen as the "internal problem" of a remote, underdeveloped country. Because of Huberto Ri's Ardispherian background, the potentially friendly Ardispherian Socialist administration of Luciano Vidriera was in fact forced, both by its Congress and by the predecessor administration of the Federalist Marguerita Santos, to take a hostile position. In fact, the Ardisphere was one of the few countries which was continuing to provide "logistic support" to the notoriously corrupt and vaguely fascist Mahhalian regime during the 1970s. President Vidriera openly expressed dissatisfaction with this dissonant situation, but admitted to the press at the time to feeling compelled by Ri's previous terrorist crimes to "oponer tal clase de filibusterismo desestabilizante a cualquier precio" ("oppose such types of destabilizing filibusterism at whatever price").

Massacre on the Beach

The Mahhalian military eventually was able to mount an offensive against the Collective, and despite the time the Collective's "Autonomy Brigades" had had to prepare, the onslaught was relentless and brutally merciless. Over 10,000 combatants died in the year and a half of the Mahhalian war against the Collective, ending with a kind of seige on the beach north of Jeres City and the capture of Huberto Ri. Hhakullybiry and several other leaders escaped, however, but were presumed dead until they resurfaced with a new incarnation of the Red Night Faction in 2009.

Dissolution and Legacy

The retired Mahhalian Prime Minister and literary icon Weidjuret played a role during the militarized occupation of the reconquored territory, securing guarantees of amnesty for most of the general population. This accomplishment has been credited with preventing the escalation of the revolutionary situation of the country, and there have been no recurrences of similar scenarios either in Nellappe or other parts of Mahhal since 1973. Indirectly, it allowed the government to "wash its hands" of the matter in the 1980s and thus "re-brand" itself as reformed and reformist, and some of the less radical demands of the Jeres Collective with respect to local government and church-state separation are gradually becoming accepted as genuine political potentialities.

Jeres Collective: See Also

Jeres Collective: External Links

Culture

Sports

The most popular "international" sport in Mahhal, by far, is ice hockey, which they call Aes Hhakky (ዓዒሥኣቅ), a rough transliteration of the Ingerish into their spelling system. It was brought to the country by diplomats and travelers many decades ago, and with its sub-arctic climate, the country took to it well, given they were able to play outdoors for part of the year in most locations.

The country has several domestic leagues and competes internationally, and produces a substantial number of world class players. It is a charter member of the OGIIHF (OpenGeofiction International Ice Hockey Federation).

Mahhalian Blue Rice

The Mahhalian vegetarian dish called napagw, common during certain religious festivals, including beans with mushrooms, a fruit-based savory preserve called lessemet (like a chutney), and cooked blue rice including milled and unmilled grains.
Mahhalian blue rice (Mahhalian bollekkappan) is a very hardy cultivar of rice (Oryza sativa B.), adapted to the subarctic Mahhalian climate, with its short growing season and long winter. It is notable for its deep purple husks when ripe, which give the slightly bluish-purplish tint to the final milled product from which it derives its name.
Commercial rice cultivation near harvest time, at Musuppy Prefecture, Puh Kingdom

Biographies

Hhenkiwlur-dw

This article (and all articles on Mahhal-related topics), in deference to Mahhalian tradition and out of respect for Mahhalian sensibilities, makes no mention of the specific gender of individuals. As a minimally intrusive alternative, where personal pronouns are necessary "singular they" is used. See also Mahhalian views on gender.
A replica of a sculpture of Hhenkiwlur-du which stands in the antepalace in Rewk Mahhal. Note the depiction of the "false beard," a common symbol of monarchs in the ancient era.

Hhenkiwlur-dw (Mahhalian kastelly, fidelly ኤኝቂዩለርጡ - the ending -dw is an honorific meaning "monarch" or "hero" but is always used with this name) is a semi-legendary figure from ancient Mahhalian history, considered to be the country's first great hero, and the subject of the country's greatest ancient epic, known simply by the hero's name, first written down around 100 BCE but probably many hundred of years older in the oral tradition.

There is strong archeological evidence that a real tribal leader named Hhenkiwlur lived in the 6th century BCE, but most Mahhalian versions of the legend place the hero's lifetime several hundred years earlier. There are several popular versions of the epic poems that treat the history and deeds of Hhenkiwlur and the hero's tribe.

An excellent Ingerish prose translation of the poem was published by the Mahhalian author Weidjuret Memmegehha in the 1950s.

External Links

Weidjuret

This article (and all articles on Mahhal-related topics), in deference to Mahhalian tradition and out of respect for Mahhalian sensibilities, makes no mention of the specific gender of individuals. As a minimally intrusive alternative, where personal pronouns are necessary "singular they" is used. See also Mahhalian views on gender.

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A rare photo of Weidjuret in 1959 (they notoriously disliked having their photograph taken).
Weidjuret (Mahhalian kastelly, fidelly ዑዔዒደሬት) was a Mahhalian politician and author, born September 15, 1900, in the capital city, Rewk Mahhal, and died September 13, 2000, in Hwna, Puh Kingdom. Like most Mahhalians, they only had one name, but ancestrally they belonged to a small land-holding clan named Memmegehha in the remote, downcoastal part of Hwna Municipality. Thus when they were required to, in foreign countries, they did as most Mahhalians and listed this clan name as their "last name." This is why many international editions of their writing and translations often incorrectly cite their name as Memmegehha.

Weidjuret was a noted politician, translator, author and artist, who is best known within Mahhal for having been the youngest Prime Minister in modern Mahhalian history, but in contrast, they are best known outside of Mahhal for their role in translating, interpreting and popularizing a vast swathe Mahhalian literature and culture for non-Mahhalians. This latter was possible because they were raised and educated abroad (in Wiwaxia and the Ardisphere), and thus was one of only a few Mahhalian intellectuals during the 20th century to be truly multi-lingual and "multi-cultural." Despite their foreign upbringing, however, they were also a committed nationalist and patriot during most of their career, thus rather than deprecating their native culture, they worked hard to disseminate positive views of it in a time when for most of the world Mahhal was an unknown cypher.

Biography

Early Years Abroad

Weidjuret was born in 1900 in Rewk Mahhal. One of their parents, Nessomeppedomet, was a government official with the foreign ministry, but during the purges of 1901 by the leader Zahantakkaby, they were summarily dismissed from their job. Rather than return to their native town of Hwna (in Orkin Mahai Prefecture, Puh Kingdom), Nessomeppedomet took advantage of friendships they had made among the very small contingent of foreign diplomats who had been in Rewk Mahhal during the brief flowering of Mahhalian international relations in the pre-purge period, and decided to emmigrate.

So in early 1902, while still an infant, Weidjuret, with their parents, a grandparent and older sibling, made a long, arduous boat trip to Khaiwoon, where they spent several unstable years. Eventually, however, the family settled in early 1905 in Wiwaxia. They had a home in Lydgate's Casaubon neighborhood, as Nessomeppedomet secured an always-precarious position at Casaubon College teaching the Mahhalian Language (precarious because during some semesters no students could be found who were interested in studying the obscure language). It was just in time, however, for Weidjuret to begin preschool, and for the next 8 years they attended schools in Lydgate and thus grew up speaking Wiwaxish (Ingerish) as their primary language, although their parents were both conscientious in providing them with a traditional "Mahhalian" education at home, too, including forcing them to memorize the full set of logographs and read all the classics of the literature.

Weidjuret was found to have a talent for languages, and by their first year of high school they had passed exams not just in Wiwaxish and standard Ingerish, but also classic Romantian and Aquérrese. Thus, when Nessoppedomet was forced for economic reasons to uproot their family once again and relocate to the Ardisphere in 1914, Weidjuret was the least disturbed of anyone in the family. With their talent and linguistic background they adapted quickly to the Castellanese spoken in that country. Nessomeppedomet took a teaching position at the Universidad Inglesa Hawkesmoor in the city of Gran Playa (a suburb of the capital, Villa Constitución) and ultimately gained tenure there. The family's former residence, in the Barrio Troya, was recently made into a museum of Mahhaliana (Museo Casa Weidjuret Memmegehha - map).

Weidjuret went on to pass a national exam in Gohangukian (which was almost never done by non-ethnic-Gohanians) in 1918, and was subsequently admitted to the prestigious Universidad Central Gautámica Ardesférica in Villa Constitución, where their declared major was history. They also dabbled in radical politics and Buddhism before deciding, on an impulse and after some argument with their parents over financial issues, to quit school and return to Mahhal. Thus, in the spring of 1921 (early October), they travelled steerage in a steamer from Villa Constitución and landed in Tárrases, with an intention to re-enter their native country.

Weidjuret never saw their parents again. In later years, political opponents tried to make something of this, but publicly Weidjuret always defended their parents' emmigration by saying that the elder intended to return, but that political oppenents were preventing them. In fact, however, Nessomeppedomet never did return, and it is questionable whether they intended to. Weidjuret never talked about their parents in later life, and it is clear they were estranged. Nessomeppedomet died in Gran Playa in 1945 at the age of 62, never having learned that their child had become Prime Minister.

Interestingly, several descendants of Nessomeppedomet Memmegehha have become quite prominent in modern Ardisphere, including the country's current foreign minister, Luciano Vías Memmegehha, who is Weidjuret's great-nephew.

Tárrases, Jwr Jwraom and Erkallah

Weiduret later wrote about that day they first took the ferry across to Lyr from Tárrases, seeing their native country for the first time. "I had come home," they wrote. "I felt I would never leave."

Instead, after only several months in Massamba, they returned to Tárrases, finding they own country, where they had only lived their first year of life, difficult to adapt to. They spent 5 years in Tárrases, completing their education, rediscovering their religious and cultural roots, and continuing their flirtation with radical politics.

Weidjuret graduated from the Universidad San Basílides in Tárrases in 1925, summa cum laude, having double-majored in Mahhalian Language and history, but instead of finding regular work, began instead to work with an underground movement of unificationists in Tárrases. They were arrested in 1927 and expelled from the city-state, thus landing in Massamba again, jobless and directionless, and with few friends.

Uncertain what to do, Weidjuret returned to their ancestral family homestead, where they still had relatives, in the village of Memmegehha, in Hwna Municipality in central Puh Kingdom. Feeling they were still deficient in their own culture, and being a compulsive academic, within a year they had enrolled as a graduate student in Mahhalian literature at Zenatwt Roiabekkemem (Roiabekkamem University) in the city of Jwr Jwraom in Sahhappoumyndiror Prefecture, to the west of Hwna on the central west coast of Puh.

Setting aside their radical past, Weidjuret reinvented themself as a Mahhalian nationalist. This seemed entirely sincere, although it was a turn of 180 degrees from their earlier politics. They graduated with a 2nd Grade (roughly equivalent to a M.A.) in Ancient Mahhalian Literature in 1930 from Roiabekkemem, and immediately secured a teaching position at the prestigious Zenatwt Pubyrillubyrigetty (Pubyrillubyrigetty University) in Erkallah, Sineter Prefecture. They met their spouse Mimedessor (the child of a fellow professor) in Erkallah, and they married in 1932.

Mimedessor was a talented sculptor, from the well-connected Moreser political family, their parent's sibling Zellehheme (the eventual Prime Minister) having recently been elected as subprefect judge of Sineter Prefecture. No one doubts their love was genuine, but the marriage was also a brilliant move for Weidjuret's political career. When Zellehheme dismissed their previous proxy for political disloyalty in 1935, the ambitious and still quite young Weidjuret leapt at the opportunity. When offered, they took Zellehheme's proxy position in the national parliament in Rewk Mahhal in early 1936, just in time for Zellehheme's Nationalist Party's zenith of the late 1930s and early 1940s.

Years in Politics

During the electoral coup of 1937, Weidjuret was suddenly a member of Prime Minister Golobunxi's minority government, which, being short on suitable, more-experienced candidates, promptly made them a Vice Minister of Culture. When Zellehheme came to Rewk as proxy for their ally in Sineter in 1939, they had no trouble securing an appointment as proxy for the prefect of nearby Jeres Prefecture, who was another newly elected Nationalist (that sort of carpetbagging is universal in Mahhalian politics).

Thus it was that when Zellehheme became Prime Minister the following year, the close family alliance between the two of them, along with their charisma and and diligence, meant that they were quickly made Minister of Culture when Zellehheme formed their majority government. Weidjuret's competence and ambition allowed them to pass through two additional portfolios (Agriculture and Transportation) in the following two years, before landing in early 1943 as Foreign Minister, where their fluency Castellán, Ingerish, and Gohangukian, among other languages, made them singularly qualified, although the Zellehheme government's notable xenophobia did not, in fact, give them many opportunities to interact with foreigners in their role as foreign minister.

The consequence of their appointment to that position, however, was that when Zellehheme was assassinated in 1944, the provision whereby the Foreign Minister was the successor to the Premiership allowed Weidjuret to become the youngest Prime Minister in modern Mahhal's history, at just 44 years of age.

Despite their charisma and intelligence, they were not destined to lead, however. They made some efforts to moderate the more extreme aspects of the Zellehheme platform, especially in the area of foreign policy. Possibly their single greatest accomplishment during their tenure as Foreign Minister and subsequently as Prime Minister, was the re-regularization of a depoliticized, professional foreign service, which the previous decades had decimated.

Less than a year after their ascension, however, the Liberals made a successful issue of Weidjuret's foreign upbringing (as well as their previous run-ins with the Tárrases government as a radical unificationist) during elections for subprefect judges and tribunes in Oa and Lyr, which forced the Nationalists into minority, and Weidjuret lost their position.

Weidjuret served as Shadow Prime Minister for another two years, but quickly became disillusioned with the politics of opposition. The Nationalist star was fading, as scandals in the capital on both sides, as well as in the church, lead to a succession of short-lived coalitions and weak governments. Thus when their sponsor, the Prefect of Jeres, lost their election in 1948, Weidjuret did not try to find a new sponsor to allow them to remain in parliament, although they were still popular enough that they easily could have.

Literary Work

Weidjuret's spouse Mimedessor had been increasingly unhappy with life in the capital, in any event, and so they both moved back to Erkallah and Weidjuret resumed their professorship at Pubyrillubyrigetty.

It was during the next 5 years that Weidjuret completed their first masterful translations into Ingerish of several important works from the Ancient Mahhalian literary corpus, published their first book of their own poetry, and first took up painting, possibly all under the encouragement of Mimedessor.

Having once again engaged in self-re-invention, Weidjuret was leading a seemingly perfect life as a successful author, artist and university academic. It was all brought to sudden halt by their spouse's death in 1955. It remains unclear to this day what caused the accident, exactly, but the beloved partner fell in front of a tram car in the University district in Erkallah in late June. It is possible they had slipped in some accumulated snow. There are conspiricists who argue even today that Mimedessor was murdered in retribution for some political slight that Weidjuret had committed while in government, but such accusations have never been substantiated.

An early sketch (1956) by Weidjuret of the winter road between Memmegehha and Hwna.

Heartbroken and distraught, Weidjuret resigned their professorship at Pubyrillubyrigetty and moved back to their ancestral town of Hwna, Puh. Arguably, more than losing the Premiership, the loss of their partner was the transformative moment in Weidjuret's life. In fact, for the rest of their life they remained at Hwna, traveling very little. Their government pension from having been Prime Minister, along with Mimedessor's family's substantial business holdings in Erkallah, which Weidjuret had inherited, meant that they never needed to worry financially. In any event, their translations were so successful in foreign markets that they could have easily supported themself on that income alone.

In their writing work, both their translations and their original work, Weidjuret was prodigious, producing, between 1955 and 2000, 30 major annotated translations from Mahhalian into Ingerish, 3 novels, and 6 books of poetry. Their most famous work, internationally, is their poetic prose translation of the epic of Hhenkiwlur-dw, published in 2 parts in the 1950s. They also drew and painted extensively, although the critical consensus has always been that Weidjuret was only a middling-talent in visual arts.

Translation Controversy

Perhaps due to their long, formative residence in Wiwaxia, when Weidjuret made the controversial decision to "gender" their translations, most pronouns used where feminine.

Diplomatic Roles

Although mostly removed from the political life of their nation after departing the capital, Weidjuret did occasionally speak on on specific issues and on specific occasions. Most notably, they played a significant role in the eventual resolution of the Jeres Conflict of 1969-1973. After several violent confrontations between the Collective and the Mahhalian government, including the "Massacre on the Beach" in early 1973, Weidjuret stepped in as a respected "elder statesman" in an effort to mediate a solution. Although their pleas for leniency against the leaders of the rebellion (both foreign and domestic) were ignored, they did manage to achieve an amnesty for the general population of the regions (mostly Jeres Prefecture, their former parliamentary riding) that had been under rebel control. They also traveled twice to St. Richards, in Pretany, to consult with the Assembly of Nations, in their role as a "private citizen," since the Mahhalian Government was still "ignoring" its membership in that international organization at that time. In fact, some have speculated that Weidjuret's "Jeres Conflict" visits to St. Richards were instrumental in Mahhal's eventual resumption of its AN participation in 1975.

In 1984, Weidjuret revisited the Jeres Conflict one more time, when they participated in the hearings in the national parliament which finally commuted the death sentence of Huberto Ri, the Ardispherian anarchist who had been one of the foreign leaders of the rebellion and who had been convicted of terrorism in the aftermath of the rebellion in 1973 by a military court, and had spent the subsequent decade on death row in a Mahhalian military prison. Weidjuret visited Villa Constitución in 1983, securing a promise from the Ardispherian president Augusto Torres Navarro that if Ri were extradited to the Ardisphere the "terrorist" would be "guaranteed" a life sentence (based on a previous in absentia conviction in an Ardispherian court for unrelated terrorist acts). Weidjuret's 1983 visit to the Ardisphere was a major public event because of their international literary fame, since the Ardispherians also viewed them as a "native."

Final Years

Weidjuret's homestead in Hwna became a sort of pilgrimage site for intellectuals both Mahhalian and foreign, and as the country opened up more and more in the 1960s and 1970s, the now elderly Nationalist became, ironically, an icon of the new, "cosmopolitan" Mahhal, with their home an obligatory stop for foreign dignitaries visiting the country as well as numerous monarchs, ministers and proxies of all political stripes. They continued to publish, both in Mahhalian and Ingerish, right up to their death. They even published an original novel in Ingerish, in 1997, Snow on Fire.

At the age of 94, in 1994, they made a rare trip to Erkallah and the capital during the 50-year memorials of Zellehheme's assassination, where the former Prime Minister was celebrated as a national hero as they read a memorial poem of their own composition into the national historical register at the Hhomazara (national cathedral).

When Weidjuret was awarded the Martanidia Prize in literature in 1996, they did not travel to receive the prize due to their declining health, but they broadcast a well-received speech during which they showed a still acute intellect and their capacity for languages, translating his own speech flawlessly from Mahhalian to Ingerish, Castellanese, Franquese, Gohangukian, Esperantish and Sinian.

On the eve of their 100th birthday, in September of 2000, Weidjuret passed away at home in Hwna.

Legacy

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Political Legacy

Although Weidjuret's period in the premiership was quite short, they are not considered without legacy. On the one hand, their efforts to moderate the Nationalist Party's discourses possibly prevented a much more violent social confrontation in the 1940's. On the other hand, the fact that they were viewed as flawed by their fellow Nationalists meant that once they were in power, the opposition had new leverage to attack, which in turn allowed the rapid ouster of the Nationalists, who had been ascendant up to that point. This, without doubt, altered the course of Mahhalian history, and thus it could be said that it was Weidjuret's defects that most contributed to Mahhal's subsequent evolution.

Literary and Cultural Legacy

Weidjuret is viewed as a giant of literature, with their 100-year lifespan neatly encapsulating 20th century literature. They single-handedly transformed world perceptions of Mahhal, as the world became aware through their translations of the country's rich cultural legacy and long history.

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Mijilin (Municipality)

Mijilin Municipality (Mahhalian Mijilinnemet) is a largely rural region in the Ma Milo river valley, Dokky Prefecture, Dawassy, Mahhal (see Political Divisions of Mahhal). It is noted for its picturesque grain fields and many quaint, small, rural temples.

Mijilin was also the site of the historic Battle of Mijilin (1123), when King Derindonder's armies (of Rakka - Dokky Prefecture was not realigned to Dawassy until 1567) defeated the Nellappean Horde being led by the warlord Dazyrobohhanet, which was the last time in history that Nellappe mounted an invasion of Wrid.

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Picture showing typically rural Mijilin Municipality, about 70 km north of Derindonderak and 80 km south of Erkallah, in the rolling hills of the Ma Milo valley in the western Dawassy Kingdom, taken in late winter (map location).

The largest industries are agriculture (blue rice, barley and rye) and tourism, the latter driven by some successful outlet malls around the Derindonder Historic Battle Village theme park, a few kilometers north of Mijilin village, the seat of the municipal regional government.

Poara (Municipality)

Poara Municipality (Mahhalian Poarademet) is a municipality just south of Askendom in Eman Prefecture, Oa Kingdom, in the Mahhalian Alliance (map 65.394 S, 102.344 E). Part of the Askendom City boundary encompasses the northeast corner of the municipality, while the remainder is made up of Poara City, the town of Denir, and unincorporated territory. The municipality's land area of 189 km2 is mostly urbanized, with a great deal of industry, especially along the Loas Juria (bay) and several estuaries including the Ma Poara. The total popultion is 221,000 (2014 est.).

Poara is home to Askendom-Poara International Airport (ASP), the third busiest in the country. It also is home to the Poara Seabase (Navy Yards and headquarters for the Eastern Fleet of the Mahhalian Navy) as well as the Eastern Sector rail maintenance facility for the Lyr, Oa and Eastern Islands Railway Corporation.

Near the airport, in 1992, The Mall of Mahhal opened, at the time the largest enclosed shopping mall in the southern hemisphere as well as the southernmost. Both records have since been exceeded by other locations, but the large mall, with the enclosed theme park Mwssi World, remains a major tourist draw for the region. That, combined with the airport, have led to Poara having the largest concentration of hotel rooms in eastern Mahhal.

Rewk Mahhal (City)

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Rewk Mahhal (Mahhalian, normally not translated, but its meaning is "the Alliance of the Snowy River"), is the capital of the nation of the Seven Kingdoms of the Mahhal Alliance. It is the third most populous proper city in the country (2014 est. population 527,000), but its metropolitan area is only seventh most populous (2014 est. population 1,043,000).

It is an old city, and until the early 19th century, as the capital, it was the country's largest city. Nevertheless, it is the only major city in the country with no salt-water port (although it is a major river and lake port for barge traffic in the interior of Wrid Island.

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Mamallapatak Public Lakeshore on the west side of Rewk Mahhal, looking toward Rozodominei Point along the frozen shore of Sin Mahhal in early July.

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