Bazgriyan Neutral Trade Zone

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The Bazgriyan Neutral Trade Zone, also the Bazgriyan NTZ is an diplomatically-recognized swath of nominally unclaimed and uncontrolled territory that encompasses much of the Bazgriyan Basin. It is surrounded clockwise by Ayhartaa, Anrgen, Gergere, Amazht, Qavandeht, Kashran, Kratiwe, Eleterion, Prevna-Patrea and Kontinovad. It is the largest of the three unaninously recognized Neutral Zones — special territories deemed by intersocietal arbitration/agreenent as free of any direct control of the Great powers and their respective spheres of influence. In the case of the NTZ, the Settlement on the Future of the Bazgriyan Basin denotes the territory as a place of open trade and development.

The current situation within the NTZ stems from later diplomatic consensus. With sovereignty unenforceable by any party without reaction from the Great Powers, and the Powers' respective governments' insistence to have little to no dealings within the NTZ, the region is essentially disorganized and stateless, many of the surrounding polities, most particularly Ayhartaa and the Palatine countries instituting barriers upon their borders to keep away uncivilized raiders from the NTZ. This "enforced isolation" in the neutral zone has made the various uncivilized societies, mainly nomads and sedentary herders, to be technically "invisible" to any viable legal institution. With this, the natives of the NTZ has developed into a state of autarky (both socially and economically), its various societies left alone by virtue of the Accords. Thus, the region remains without substantial development.

Major industrial enterprises from the various blocs, mostly of Victorialan, Kontinovadic and Tartessan provenance, have established themselves as the Zone's only resource exploiters without fear of state intervention. Reports from independent research societies (mainly from Hallegia) state large deposits of metals such as iron ore, copper and the thaumically-conducive naumite, which contribute to the high levels of thavma in the Bazgriyan Basin, a major source of profits. Other industries such as agriculture and commercial pastoralism also exist. Other civilized activity in the NTZ include the Great Continental Way, one of the longest uninterrupted railways in the world is located in the NTZ, facilitating the traditional trade route between Antraea and Imalea. Most of these activities are noted to have occasionally disturbed the way of life of the native societies in the NTZ, and has been an occasional target of brigands and raiders.

Geography

The NTZ holds the bulk of the Bazgriyan Basin. Its highest peak is the legendary Amünekat in the eastern regions.

Ethnology and Hominology

Human/Kentaurine nomads...

[most humans are of Ayhartan stock, though speaking a Bazgro-Antraean language.]

[Centaurines/Thamne are mostly of equine stock, speaking the numerous Amurian dialects, also a Bazgro-antrecian tongue.]

[Ethnographic research in the region has been shaky and scattered, even before the institution of the western barriers.

Current issues

The western regions of the basin has suffered the greatest levels of private exploitation.