Khoth was a monarchical republic governed jointly by a royal family and elected parliament. The Aždaja gained rapid political power through a charismatic campaign promoting Khoth’s divinely-given right to any power (most often land and wealth) they could claim. Once the Aždaja held a wide majority of the parliament’s seats, they declared Ažda would become Khoth’s new emperor through incarnation.
All civic functions are performed by priests. Disputes are settled by a judge-priest, and arrests are either carried out by the military or the public. Most crimes are punished by fine or public service, with only a handful of destructive offenses (such as murder and treason) punished by death.
While totalitarian, Khothic government rarely exercises authority in the private lives of citizens. Domestic policy is typically libertarian, where citizens are free to act as they please, so long as it does not interfere with another’s freedom or incite dissent.
Khoth is a majority neutral nation. Khoths are most noted for their endurance, shrewdness, and pragmatism. Because of Khoth’s history of withstanding barbarian attacks, they have shed cultural sentimentalities and hold few traditions. Khoths believe everything gained in life must be earned, and respect only achievements requiring hard work.
Khoth has been largely motivated by the Aždajan religion, which promotes both Khothic pride and unity as well as actively taking the unearned gains of others, most notably the land and resources of their southern neighbor, Izmir. Under this new national ideology, Khoth has become a rising superpower in trade, foreign relations, and warfare. They also have a reputation for greed, deceit, theft, and evil practices such as consorting with devils.
Khoth’s patron god is Ažda, who is also the Khothic emperor, and reputedly dwells in Ashkenaz Castle (although many outside of Khoth are dubious of this claim). Besides Eddan traditional festival days, Khoths have few public religious practices. Most worship is performed through political actions such as paying taxes, attending public gatherings (such as for announcements or executions), paying respect to authorities, and placing the Aždan holy symbol (a yellow flame with two black bat wings) prominently in private property.
Despite Khoth’s pragmatism, they retain many superstitions and will regularly invoke prayers or petitions to Ažda. Other gods are typically ignored.
.h4 The Rise of Ažda
Before Ažda, Khoth revered the full Eddan pantheon equally. Reverence was given as needed, a practice borne of Khothic pragmatism. Approximately 60 years ago a cult worshipping a then-unknown god Ažda gained rapid support in urban areas. Few know where the religion truly began. Their message of Khothic empowerment spread quickly through the downtrodden populace. Ažda was established 40 years ago as both the national religion and imperial power, replacing the monarchy and parliament.
Today Khoths either revere Ažda or pay respect out of duty. None challenge the emperor-god, for fear of public scorn or attack moreso than official rebuke.