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The Mnau [mnaw] Peninsula is a large offshoot of Ereláe which forms an interface between the Axunaic and Lenani-Littoral peoples. The Ediri mountains extend into the peninsula; to the west are broad river valleys, notably the Jakaye and the Šauki, while the east forms a littoral zone with many lakes and small rivers. The eastern coast is divided into the Namal to the north, and Barmund to the south.

Its climate is colder than that of Xengiman and less suited to irrigation, especially that of Almean oats. As a result the urban Wede:i culture never spread there; Mnau was populated by the De:iju, a Wede:i people who were largely hunter/gatherers.

Etymology: Old Skourene Melnali 'place that nurtures', Ax. Menal, X. Mnau, Ṭeôši Menäl; Tžuro Pelihi after Peligi; Ver. simply uses Čey.

Ancient history

With the Lenani-Littoral invasion of Skouras around -100, the Mei pressed into eastern Mnau. The Mei brought rye cultivation to Mnau. But the Skourenes followed; by 600 the Mei were restricted to the mountains.

Around 400 the Jei colonized the islands off the western coast, which were useful bases for their overseas trade; by 550 they were settling the area of Worčal and by 750, the mouth of the Šauki. When Axunai destroyed the Jeor empire, these areas were independent as Boriju. Timai's son Uliromez conquered the Šauki delta in 901; the emperor Čeba began the systematic conquest of the peninsula in 990. The conquered territory was named roz Čebevi 'Čeba's land'. The emperors encouraged settlement, largely with the aim of having a base for the conquest of Skouras; settlers were granted unprecedented liberties by imperial standards and had to adapt to a very different environment, factors which gave them an improvisational, individualistic spirit alien to imperial conformity.

The Skourene portion of the peninsula prospered; for some time in the 900s the predominant power in Skouras was the Muḍureg or Mudric Confederacy, which the Mnalun city of Kuḷiŋibor organized in order to meet the Axunemi threat. In the 1600s the city of Peligi similarly attempted to build unity against the Tžuro-- though it expended a good deal more energy fighting other Skourenes than it did against the Tžuro.

As Axunai weakened, the southern Mnalun provinces drifted into independence, organizing as the kingdom of Tädda (1406). Though ethnically Axunemi, Tädda adopted the market economy and senatorial government of the Skourenes. In 1628 the northern provinces rebelled, and organized as Ämünel.

Modern Čeiy

Mnau as of 3480; labels in Ṭeôši.

In 1741 Tädda and Ämünel united to form Čeiy. For centuries it was the most advanced nation in southern Ereláe, avoiding both the authoritarianism of the Axunemi and the divisiveness of the Skourenes. They developed the adversarial method as a means of establishing truth in religion, law, and science, and established the first university in Almea, the Šivines (1862).

The Gelyet, driven out of Xengiman, invaded Mnau in the 2500s and occupied most of the country. The Xurnese liberated the country, but soon overstayed their welcome. Resisting what they saw as ungrateful Čeiyu resistance, the Xurnese abolished the Senate. The Xurnese prime minister Bezu ma-Veon did support Čeiyu independence; when he was forced out the Čeiyu gave him sanctuary on the island of Šušumbör and widely accepted his cult of Bezuxau. Bezuxau terrorism helped re-establish Čeiy's independence (2840), but the price was continued dominance of Čeiyu politics. This was not resolved till the civil war of 2940-61, during which the winning northern side demolished the fortress of Šušumbör.

The southern coast of Mnau, Mešäriš, is largely ethnic Uṭandal (i.e. Skourene). It was liberated, and then occupied, by Luṭay, based in Jecuor. The Luṭair were a formidable military state-- though they had no other skills-- and pushed the Čeiyu back in the 3200s. In the 3300s, however, Čeiyu industrial power had grown too large for a small military despotate to resist. Čeiy conquered all of Mešäriš by 3365.

Part of the mountainous spine of the peninsula was long ruled by Gelyet overlords; in the 3100s the native landowners rebelled, creating the kingdom of Räntsüzôl.

The Uṭandal states

In the east, the Kurundasti Tej conquered all but the southern portion of Barmund. The Tžuro were not very interested in settling the cold, remote southern region, and when Tžuro power declined Čisra was able to depose its Tžuro governor (2204). The city now embarked on an attempt to unify the "Skourenes", now better called the Uṭandal, with the ultimate goal of liberating Skouras. By 2400 the Čisrans had unified almost the entire Uṭandal. In 2591 they began the assault on Skouras, only to find that there were no Skourenes to liberate; the locals were strong Jippirasti and considered themselves Tžuro. Čisra redirected its energy westward, conquering southern Čeiy as well as Jecuor; their empire was destroyed by the same Xurnese invasion that pushed out the Gelyet.

Čisra participated in the revolt against the Xurnese, and promoted a league, the Ḍaş Uṭandal, in place of its former empire. The League was strong in Mnau for centuries, but ultimately collapsed in the wake of a disastrous war with Luṭay (3154).

In modern times the eastern littoral is divided between Barmund in the south, Namal in the north, and Čisra, now reduced to controlling its peninsula plus the island of Minṭu.

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