Tásuc Tag

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Tásuc Tag [ˈta suts ˈtag] is a small country on the southwestern coast of Xurno, corresponding roughly to the medieval kingdom of Jeor. Its inhabitants are called Tasuéy.

Tásuc Tag
3025-
Native: Tásuc Tag
Verdurian: Tasustág
Characteristics
Capital: Momor
Government: republic
Ruler’s title banlešig
Language: Xurnese, New Jeori
Religions: Endajué

The state was proclaimed in 3025 by Revaudo revolutionaries based in Momor and Nakan. It conquered the remainder of Jeor province (then occupied by the kingdom of Čiqay) by 3035.

The Xurnese heartland was fully under Revaudo control by 3026, but the revolutionaries had little energy for outlying provinces, especially friendly ones. It invited Tásuc Tag to join it, but the locals were alienated by the radicalism of the main revolution, and preferred to organize a more conventional republic, run by local notables rather than by artists.

As if to mirror the Nyexi/Revaudo civil war in Xurno proper, Tásuc Tag conducted a series of wars with Čiqay, to the west. Rey Sauznar was founded as a strong point at this time (3104); by 3150 the Tasuéy had succeeded in conquering their rival.

Once Xurno was united under a Revaudo administration, its attitude toward Tásuc Tag became chilly; though the little republic also claimed to be Revaudo it was obviously not Revaudo enough. Xurno conquered Nakan in 3190, but the rest of the country held out long enough to tire out the Xurnese, and a peace treaty was signed in 3193.

In the late 3300s tensions increased once more, and the Xurnese invaded more than once. Momor proved too strong, and the Tasuéy managed to reconquer Nakan; but the Xurnese overcame Rey Sauznar in 3402, cutting the country in half. Čiqay declared itself independent in 3407.

Tásuc Tag has remained a republic, and a fairly trade-based, prosperous one. Its capital is Momor, with over 120,000 citizens; Nakan and Šeluor are also large towns.

Though the Jeori language was lost as an everyday speech centuries ago, it has become a badge of identity, much like Gaelic in Ireland. Intellectuals pride themselves on writing in it, and it is even the official language of the state— though few are really fluent in it, and the actual language of administration is a local dialect of Xurnese.

The current prime minister is Manya ma-Bonjin.

A geographical oddity: the country possesses two unconnected enclaves in Xurnese territory. Both reflect areas bypassed by the Xurnese armies, one (an area in the north entirely surrounded by Xurno) in 3193, one (on the coast) dating to the war of 3402. In both cases the Tasuéy insisted on retaining these pockets still held by their forces at the time hostilities ended; as neither is densely populated or economically important, the Xurnese agreed.

Etymology: X. ‘Tag coast’, from Tax, New Jeori ‘blue’