|Court of the Nara Blossom|
Our Serene Blossom
Location of Kohonara (blue) within the Metharian Belt (light blue)
|Largest city||Tsupa Himupo|
|Official languages||Kahu Tūfay (used by nobility and government)|
• 2123 census
Kohonara, officially the Court of the Nara Blossom (Ko'ō'narā Taitara), is a sovereign merchant state whose territory lies in the convergences of western Orissia and the eastern Tacanias. It borders the Avarach Plateau and has thalassocratic control over the Bagangs and the fringes of the eastern Metharian Sea.
Government and Politics
Kohonara is officially a thalassocratic regnate, with the Emperor (Toru, a contraction of Ma Tahai'o'poru, "sovereign of all clans") on its helm. In practice, the Empire does maintain a regnal framework, but is overlapped by the aristocratic and meritocratic elements of Kohonaran society. On one hand, the Empire is centralized under the Emperor and their extensive imperial bureaucracy, on the other it is divided on grounds of nobility and localist attitudes on politics. It has been noticed by some political analysts that the Kohonaran court is divided on Imperial and Noble strands, the former occupied by intellectual scholar-constables and generals of the Blossoming Guard, the latter occupied by the local aristocracy and nobility.
Kohonara's central government is a bureaucratic and meritocratic system which is based on a hierarchy of three offices and six ministries (Aru'o'dapu ka nun'o'pori). Called Doppori in Kohonara, these institutions handle specific areas of central government and is headed by the Emperor, whose imperial edicts shape official policy. In turn, the emperor's decisions are influenced by the Council of Elders (Tahai'o'kai), chosen senior meritocrats and noblemen (the latter being the heads of the most prominent clans in the empire) serving as an advisory and consultative body.
Technically, there are no laws or decrees that prescribe the official language of the Empire. However, Classical Kahu or Court Kahu, an Essopontic language, is used as the primary language of court and the imperial bureaucracy, used on official documents and daily proceedings of Imperial government.
Kohonara hosts a multitude of languages, most of them tend to be of the Essopontic or Orissian type. Folk Kahu remains to be the lingua franca of the Kohonaran people, sometimes spoken along other languages such as Pala, Ciangciang and Shimorese. Kohonarans tend to be bi- or trilingual. According to official and foreign statistics, there are about 18 languages in use in the Empire as of 2122 NA.