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The Čiqay [ˈtʃi qaj] is a river just west of Xurno, running a short course from the Diqun Bormai to the Xurnese Sea. The Ruciye branches off eastward about halfway down the river. The Čiqay valley geographically forms a buffer zone between Xengiman and the Xoranas.

The region was settled by the Wede:i, but not incorporated into the civilized area till the Jei established entrepôts around -100, trading manufactures for local gold as well as gems and metals mined in the mountains by the elcari. Jei trading centers became fortresses and then effectively seats of government, notably Wa:ior at the mouth of the river.

After the Axunemi conquest of the Jeori empire (by 890), the valley was occupied by the Čia-Ša. The Axunemi occupied Weior around 995, and slowly extended their authority upriver. By this time the province was richer than Jeor, and more effectively Axunized.

The province drifted into independence in the 1450s. In the late 1900s it was conquered by the Gurdagor, searching for a new empire after the loss of their holdings in Skouras. Gurdagor rule was onerous: local power structures were destroyed, and no economic activity larger than a family workshop was tolerated-- any wealth generated went to the Gurdagor. The invasion by the Gelyet (2508) was no real change. Weior declined and was abandoned during this period; the Gurdagor seat of administration was a new settlement named Čike, across the river.

Native: Čiqay
Verdurian: Čikay
Capital: Čiqay
Government: monarchy
Ruler’s title nye
Language: Xurnese
Religions: Endajué

The nyei Isaoric liberated Čiqay and added it to Xurno in the early 2600s. It became independent in 2819, and its new nye attempted without much success to contest the advance of the Gurdagor into the Xoranas. He even gave his kingdom the name Xoranas, but never advanced even as far south as the Lux.

In the chaos of the Revaudo revolution, Čiqay attempted to move east into Jeor. This led to conflict with the little Revaudo republic of Tásuc Tag, which pushed back the Čimagri and finally, in 3150, conquered their rival. The Tasuéy however made the mistake of fighting a war with Xurno in 3402; this allowed Čiqay to resume its independence (3407). The Tasuéy have a milder form of Revaudo, run by oligarchs rather than artists; even this was too radical and too rigid for the Čiqay, who reestablished their monarchy and their rather loose form of Endajué, known for its surreptitious worship of Mešaic gods and its lack of interest in the pucigešeš or commemorations of the Endajué martyrs.

Throughout the modern period the Axunaic states never controlled much territory beyond the town of Ruciye. The upper mountainous rim of the country was contested by Seia and Ša nomads, and in 3405 the latter overran Ruciye. In the last century the Ša have organized as the Tańun confederacy, not to much to resist Čiqay as to avoid being absorbed by Ludi.

The local dialect or Xurnese is known as Čimagri, and extends into western Jeor.

Etymology: Wede:i Źaikye 'yellow water', Ax. Čeikei, X. Čike, Ver. Čikay; Čiqay is the local dialect form.