The confederacy of Belšai [ˈbɛl ʃai] is a multi-ethnic state founded in 3212 located in the northern Ediri mountains. It is a union of cantons, each of them largely autonomous, united for the purpose of trade and defense.
- Murap, the former main city of the kingdom of Tei, is the northern metropolis of Belšai, and indeed its largest city. While the canton of Tei is mostly of Tei ethnicity, the city itself is only 40% Tei, because of immigration due to the city's prosperity and growth.
- The largest city in the south is Teland, largely Sevisre and Tžuro in ethnicity.
- Other cities of over 60,000 population are Čibri and Meniŋ; smaller cities include Rima and Jandim.
The state of Belšai was founded in 3212, in a mountainous region, the Ediri mountains, where a few cultures were living side by side; the founding regions included Tžuro, Lenani, Cuolese, Sevsire and Sainor peoples.
In 3220, the new state was attacked by the Cuoli Empire.
The Aftermath of the war
At the same time, new cantons joined Belšai, including the kingdom of Tei (3236).
By 3410, Belšai had expanded again, into the south. This was not by conquest, but by slow accretion. Far-off provinces of Skouras and Sevisor were attracted by Belšai's peace and prosperity, so they joined the union.
Rule to enter the confederacy
A canton is allowed entrance into the state of Belšai as long as it promises religious and ethnic tolerance, andto protect the union when any portion of it is attacked.
Government is largely local, but there is a Cantonal Council for regulating disputes, located in Teland, and a Central Command responsible for external defense, located in Čibri. An important function of the confederacy is to build roads connecting all the cantons— as this can be quite a challenge in the mountains, Belšai is noted for its engineering, and for its pioneering use of explosives. The Confederal Roads Commission is located in Murap.
Belšai is a multicultural state, indeed, one of the few on Ereláe without a predominant ethnic group. Half a dozen languages are spoken there— Tei and Losaynu (both Eastern languages), Dowe (Wede:i), Telandi (Mei), two Lenani dialects, and a Tžuro language. Multilingualism is common, but the two most widely spoken dialects are the Sevisre dialect of Teland and the Tžuro dialect of Čibri.
Belšai is known to have official religious and ethnic tolerance, because of the numerous cultures present. It is also known for being open to foreign ideas. For example, the nothern idea of the žuyse onteca, or scientific method, has found its friendliest reception in Belšai. As a result Belšai is one of the most technologically and socially advanced nations in southern Ereláe, along with Čeiy.