Flag of Alkali The Alkaline flag is a simplification of Teton's flag; the light of Ursideanism, in this case a rising sun over the flat, arid landscape of much of Alkali, lighting the inherent darkness of the world.
Alkaline society is tribal-based. Tribal identity is, for most Alkalines, the primary loyalty. Tribalism is relatively less important for those sub-clans of the Vasatch tribe who have settled in the capital city of Saltine.
There is central authority figure recognized by the international community. Alkali's government, such as it is, revolves around The Council of the Five Brothers (Pa'Tzavya Vrachan Ojenn), which meets in the capital city of Saltine. The Council claims to govern the country, but its writ outside the capital area is not always accepted by the tribes if it is seen as detrimental to their interests.
Each tribe appoints a representative to sit as a "Brother" on the Council. Representatives are often, though not always, the tribal leader.
The head of the Council is not a national leader in the commonly accepted use of the word. The Council operates by seeking consensus among the members. Influence is proportional to the amount of respect of one’s tribe, as wells as respect garnered personally.
There is no specified term of service for Council representatives. They serve as long as they have the confidence of their respective tribes. As concensus is most important, a Brother most often will be removed by his tribe is he proves unable to cooperate with the other Brothers.
Warlords rule in the outlying areas. Although strained at times, relations between them and the Council have been improving, and the warlords generally follow the guidance of the Council.
Brothers, usually working through committees comprised of their retainers and assistants, appoint government ministers and other officials. Nepotism is rampant, leading to much lobbying over the apportionment of government positions. A minister can be removed upon a majority vote of the Council.
Current makeup of the Council:
Vasatch - Tribal leader Xeffer (pronounced kheffer) Kanab is Alkali’s current “leader,” sitting as head of the Council. Kanab is also Alkali's current representative to the Tokamak Council.
Xixi (pronounced hiksee) - Unbarad Demontal, Minister of the Interior and Religious Affairs
Sahven - Mokadad Venalanar, Minister of Foreign Affairs
Parven - Uspex (oospekh) Shaban, Minister of Military Issues
Panigutch - Kramasaq "Masaq" Zhenkuye, Minister of Infrastructure
5 tribes of Alkali
The tribes, save for the Panigutch (see below), are closely related, and are believed to have descended from a single ancestral group. As is true throughout the region, Tokamaki is the common language.
The largest and most influential tribe. The Vasatchi hold most of northern Alkali--approximately 1/3 of the entire land area. While most Vasatchi continue to pursue a traditional pastoral life of herding, some are settled in the capitol city of Saltine. Vasatchi have traditionally held the majority of government offices, and comprise the intellectual and middle classes.
A limited number of Vasatch tribal members reside in Teton and North Teton. In addition, a very few Ni’Mushi claim membership in the Vasatch tribe. The exact relationship of the Ni'Mushan Vasatchi, and the development of their claim to tribal membership, is not clear.
Xixi (pronounced as hiksee)
Patoralists...noted for supplying most of Alkali’s clerics. The Hixi are the smallest tribe, and are concentrated around the holy city of Krovo (real world Provo) near Lake Bogon (real world Lake Utah).
Pastoralists...concentrated in west central Alkali. Sahveni tribal members are also found in eastern Teton.
Pastoralists...concentrated in east central Alkali.
Pastoralists. Alkaline legend holds that the Panigutchi (Tokamaki - strangers) are not indigenous to the area, but arrived later, before the Berzerka, and adopted the aboriginal animist religion now to be found almost exclusively among the Ni’Mushin of the tri-border region. The Panigutchi, while generally resembling the other tribes, tend to have lighter skin and hair coloring. Over time, inter-tribal marriages have lessened the physical distinctions throughout much of the Panigutchi tribal lands in the southeast.
With the influx of non-Vasatchi to the capital in recent years, tribal affiliation in some neighborhoods, usually among upper middle class inhabitants, has become somewhat less important.
With the arrival of the Berzerka (circa 950), tribal communities dominated Alkali, focused along the valleys connecting present day Saltine to the south. As the tribes expanded and flourished, grazing lands for livestock became increasingly sparse, particularly those with access to fresh water.
Alkaline Military Forces
Every able-bodied man is required to serve in the military for 18 months, although this is often more in theory than fact, as bribes can often obtain a service deferment. New recruits receive six months of military training, followed by a year-long assignment in a military unit or in a public service position. Most women are also required to perform National Service.
Military training is conducted at the Qoyatay Defense Training Center and the Kolaan Military Training Center. Those who opt to fulfill their service in a military unit can elect to remain on active duty, and subsequently become an NCO or officer. Otherwise, they will return to civilian life, and continue as reservists. According to the Council of the five Brothers, "The sole objective of National Service is to cultivate capable, hardworking, and alert individuals."
The Liberation Army has 8000 men equipped with fairly modern small arms. The largest combat units (melxak – pronouncd melkhak) are of approximately company size. Each melxak controls 3-4 platoons (zhitoxak).