The Shahanshayr of Kaveh is a heavily industrialised absolute monarchy, with a largely tertiary economy driven by industrial automatization. Robot labour has replaced most workers in the factories, and instead the Kavehans are free to take up the study of magic, medicine or science in very large numbers. The recent subjugation of Tlalocoban means control there is still shaky, and martial law remains in effect. Kavehan soldiers patrol the streets, and crime is punished severely. Not as severely as treason or sedition, however. It is for those men that the greatest punishment of all is reserved.
Education is heavily emphasised by the new government. Youths are obliged by law to study until at least the age of 18, with Kavehan schools offering a wide curriculum of sciences, art, and warfare. After 18, many choose to continue their studies at one of the universities of the nation. Here, advanced subjects are taught: natural sciences, economics, engineering and of course the study of magic.
In Kaveh, magic and engineering go hand in hand. Many of the technologies employed in everyday life would not be possible without magic. It is the cornerstone of society.
Knowledge of magic is also a requirement for officer training in the Aswaran, the professional army, the usual career path for young nobles until they come into their inheritance. Many, if not the majority, of the current heads of Kaveha noble houses are Aswaran veterans.
Food and customs
Common Kaveha foods include various vegetables, mutton and flat bread. Dinner involves sitting on pillows around a low table with the entire household including servants, who are of course given a place further down the table. Of particular note is mint tea - the most widely served drink in the Shahdom. It is customary to start each supper with a cup of tea, which is served and enjoyed before the actual meal begins. Guests in the house are always offered mint tea, and traditionally no conversation is made until the first sip is taken.
Food is grown in large industrial greenhouses on the outskirts of Kavehan cities. These, like all of Kaveh, work with a mixture of technology and magic. Atmospheric control, use of fertilizers and specialized micro-organisms and genemodded crops allow for the creation of optimal growth conditions, making harvests exceedingly bountiful.
Kavehan nobles are a main force - in economics, in politics, and in warfare. The nation has a strong history of feudalism - one that Shahanshah Gilgamesh, despite his best efforts, has not managed to eliminate. There exists a delicate balance of power between the Shahanshah’s control over the Ãswaran and police forces and national infrastructure, and the Houses’ control over the major economic enterprises and private military forces of their own.
Together, the heads of the twelve most powerful houses form the Council of Lords - an advisory organ to the Shahanshah’s court. All of these trace their Xoloteca ancestry back to before the Exodus. Each of the attendant Lords controls a significant share of the Kavehan economy and its production facilities, and through plotting and economic expansion constantly strives to bind an ever-greater segment of the populace to itself. The plotting, courtly intrigue, sneak attacks and industrial espionage never cease. The Great Houses each command the allegiance of a number of Lesser Houses, who in turn employ agents known as Ãzadan, knights, in service of their lord.
Besides controlling economic enterprises, each noble house is entitled to raise a limited military force for its own protection. All of these, except the Shahanshah’s House of Meztlitototl, are denied access to powered armour or heavy armoured vehicles, and air support. This ensures that no coalition of nobles is ever able to threaten the power base of the House of Meztlitototl.
The following houses are reckoned among the Great Houses.
The House of Meztlitototl
Head: Shahanshah Gilgamesh
Colours: gold, red.
Main economic activity: Infrastructure, traffic dues, finance.
The House of Ahuatzi
Head: Wuzurg (Lord) Azarbahadur
Colours: green, blue
Main economic activity: Agro-forestry
The House of Citlalic
Lord: Wuzurg Jasper
Colours: white, purple
Main economic activity: Mining
The House of Itzcali
Lord: Wuzurg Feroze
Colours: blue, grey
Main economic activity: Petrochemicals
The House of Macuilxochitl
Lord: Wuzurg Elaheh
Colours: black, yellow
Main economic activity: Ferrochemicals
The House of Tlanextictototl
Lord: Wispuhr (Princely Lord) Yatavo
Colours: beige, black
Main economic activity: defence contracts
The House of Xicotencatl
Lord: Wuzurg Dilshad
Colours: red, green
Main economic activity: machinery
The House of Xiuhcoatl
Lord: Wuzurg Darien
Colours: orange, red
Main economic activity: consumer good manufacturing
The House of Zuma
Lord: Wuzurg Kir
Colours: black, white
Main economic activity: energy
The House of Zyanya
Lord: Wuzurg Mirza
Colours: brown, pale grey
Main economic activity: fishing, offshore resources
The House of Necahualtototl
Lord: Wispuhr Shahin
Colours: maroon, black
Main economic activity: information technology
The House of Apatecatli
Lord: Wuzurg Khosrow
Colours: white, blue
Main economic activity: cybernetics
Kaveha government is organized along the same lines as that of their Xoloteca ancestors. Power has been centralized in the hands of the Shahanshah, and local governors and bureaucrats are but deputies and representatives, to be elevated or dismissed at the Shah’s whim. A standardised bureaucracy is applied across the land, maintained using an advanced digital information infrastructure. This bureaucracy is overseen by regional governors known as Satraps, who each govern their province in the Shahanshah’s name.
Before the reforms of Shah Hormoz, these satraps were mostly independent regional magnates, but the Shah centralized control, subordinated the satraps, and currently holds them under control through several means including taxation, economic control (mainly over Kurshid, the main trading port in the country, and the roads and waterways) and the Aswaran military. Furthermore, the Shah is seldom reluctant to call upon the services of the Midnight Order when dealing with a recalcitrant or otherwise obstructive satrap.
Noble titles are hereditary, and the tradition of Atzi is carried on in letting girls inherit on the same grounds as boys. Since still only nobles are permitted to own and wield swords, and these are often worn as a symbol of status. Many modern nobles, however, engage in economic activity rather than courtly intrigue. The more martial-minded of them will join the army, and are usually favoured for promotion or high positions.
Seven main branches of government are distinguished.
The Bureau of Economic Affairs and Development, overseeing commerce, businesses and development projects.
The Bureau of Taxation, Trade and Finances, overseeing the national mint and monetary policy, trade policy towards other nations and cities, and the collection of taxes. This Canton also maintains the population census, used for collecting taxes and drafting men in times of war.
The Bureau of Justice and Inquisition, dealing with implementation and enforcement of law across the territory of the Shahanshayr.
The Bureau of the Magical Sciences, overseeing the Four Orders and the College in Kurshid, as well as generally guiding scientific and technological development.
The Bureau of General Affairs, dealing with situations that fall outside the authority of any one Canton or require the cooperation of several. Usually headed by the local lord.
The Bureau of Information, dealing with the digital infrastructure and information flows. Also controls the news networks.
And lastly and most importantly the Bureau of War and Defence, overseeing the military and procurement of weapons and other equipment.
Kavehan Law is complicated and expansive - the people’s love for bureaucracy can clearly be seen here. It is administered in a system of local and regional courts which ultimately owe their obedience and loyalty to the Jade Throne, and guarded by two separate agencies.
The Âsha police is the regular force charged with law enforcement in all the Shahanshah’s territories. They are dedicated, well-trained but lightly equipped, and mostly concern themselves with regular police work - fighting crime and keeping order.
The Doîthra is a different beast entirely. Rather than fight minor crimes such as robbery, banditry or murder, the Doîthra concerns itself with the preservation of the Shahanshah’s authority as a whole. Their job is to fight the worst criminals Kaveh harbours: traitors, seditionists, malcontents, foreign cultists, spies, saboteurs and infiltrators, and anyone whose existence is a threat to the Jade Throne’s authority. To do this, they are heavily crosstrained in lawkeeping, espionage, soldiering and special operations, and outfitted with lightweight but tough body armour and flamethrowers, heavy pistols, and mage-swords. It is their considered opinion that a flamethrower is, in fact, a sidearm. In the pursuit of their mission, they are also authorized to call upon reinforcements of the Âsha, Midnight Order operatives, and if needed even the Ãswaran.
They are heavily cybernetically augmented, have almost unlimited authority, and with use of psychosupressant drugs, cranial implants and hypnotic conditioning forced into absolute loyalty and obedience. It is not possible for a Doîthra agent to commit treason, as they do not have the free will to do so.
Doîthra Special Investigations Officer