Jhardhandi is the second Paorrian country under control of the Empire. At the south of the empire, Jhardhandi stays independent from Greater Kantebury because of its shear wealth. Its capital is Kolkaluru. The Jhardhandi royal family currently sits as Emperor of the Kantebury Empire with Emperor Maharajah Reginald Jadejahkumar.
Jhardhandi is located to the south of Greater Kantebury and is tied for the largest country in the empire. It reaches out to the coast to the west and stretches towards the center of Paorr to the east. Although having a small bit of mountains and hills to the northeast, its eastern side is almost completely consumed by dense jungle broken up by thriving cities, wide rivers, and industrial centers.
Its west side holds a lot of plains and some small jungles. A grassland stretches in the center of the country. There is a small desert in the center of these grasslands, however it is more of a "badlands" and gets harsh during the summer.
Jhardhandi is comprised of the original Kingdom of Jhardhandi as well as multiple smaller kingdoms and territories and tribal lands. The Kingdom of Jhardhandi had once been a spot of scholarly and religious pursuits during the great empire. It also grew grains and rice for the empire as well as a variety of spices. When the Great Empire fell, several local farmers banded together and paid an imperial general to protect them and form a new kingdom. The Kingdom of Jhardhandi was formed.
During the Kantebury expansion, smaller nations pleaded for aid from their neighbors. Jhardhandi decided to aid, and they United with several of their neighbors into a new Jhardhandi Kingdom. Those who wouldn't join the kingdom, still allowed Jhardhandi armies to enter their borders to help fight Kantebury.
Jhardhandi had declared war on the Kantebury Empire. Through fighting and many battles, Jhardhandi lost a great deal of farmland and nations as they were pushed back, but eventually the lines began to hold and peace treaties were struck.
The two Kingdoms were now under a fragile peace treaty. The Kingdom of Kantebury had now officially named itself an Empire. As a part of the treaty, Jhardhandi annexed the rest of the lands not already in their kingdom to prevent a loop hole where Jhardhandi troops had to withdraw from the lands the Kingdom did not hold.
At the end of the war, an aggressive neighbor to the east of Jhardhandi decided to attack to claim additional land. Jhardhandi was left trying to regain miles of land taken in a surprise attack while their armies were across the country. It kicked off a year and a half of bloody fighting. Jhardhandi, weekend from two wars, actually began to run out of funds and soldiers.
Kantebury, who had began buying large amount of Jhardhandi goods, offered a new treaty that would make an alliance of the two kingdoms. Jhardhandi was apprehensive at first, but when deserting and a handful of losses lead to Jhardhandi losing more land, they became desperate. They signed an alliance treaty for the Kantebury Empire to send troops and war supplies to their front lines in return for select border lands they had wanted in the war.
However, it was not to be. Kantebury started a full-scale invasion under the guise of support. Instead of the front lines, the unopposed armies of Kantebury marched on the capital. They were completely unopposed. Once in the capital, they held the King and his court hostage until they had signed a full surrender to the Kantebury Empire.
The Kingdom of Jhardhandi was annexed. After signing over command of their armies to Kanteburian generals, the full might of the Kantebury Empire pushed back the invaders from Jhardhandi land.
It was after the peace treaties were signed that "Jhardhandi" the country was finalized, the final borders drawn, and the lands to the north were named "Greater Kantebury".
Jhardhandi fought for many years for rights and representation in the empire and eventually fought for their royal family to be included in the new system of royal elections as well as having representatives in the court of the ruling Emperor.
They fought for many years for rights and representation in the empire and eventually fought for their royal family to be included in the new system of royal elections as well as having representatives in the court of the ruling Emperor. It is generally Jhardhandi citizens who advocate for rights and legislation that include all current and future colonies and annexed lands as a whole.
Jhardhandi has a very mixed culture and it has managed to highlight, incorporate, and celebrate them all in a truly masterful way. A common held belief in the Empire is every town in Jhardhandi is unique and alien to its neighbors.
In reality, Jhardhandi shares many of the same cultural and religious practices as Greater Kantebury and their neighbors. It is generally considered Jhardhandi propagated the more pro-unity aspects of the national mindset to counter balance the nationalistic expansion of the old Kantebury kingdom.
Jhardhandi's fascination with the ghaza is shared with the empire, however Jhardhandi holds all animals with a semi-religious admiration. Animal cruelty laws in Jhardhandi are harsh and unforgiving.
Jhardhandi embraces the traditional garb of their culture. sarees, lehenga skirts, dupatta scarfs, achkan / sherwanis, kurta shirts, bandhgalas, and other such styles are common. Turbans such as the dastar or pagri are common, along with a gandi cap (in world called a folded cap). They also harvest pith trees for the pith helmets of their military. A sort of pith and straw hat can also sometimes be seen in the summer (it looks like a proto-boater). In recent years, more bowlers and top hats are also being brought into fashion, but not as prominently as other parts of the Empire.
Long, colorful vests of silks and soft cotton are also a staple of Jhardhandi. Some younger women in time will even adopt waistcoats, slacks, and blazers with a bowler as a form of protest. These are rarities, however.
The mashak is a fairly unique instrument originating in Jhardhandi. It is a leather bag with woodwind pipes sticking out of it (usually two drone and a chanter). The Kantyburian Empire adopted them for military use and mashak and drum bands are common in parades. With this, the chanter part can be played separately, showing a common way beginners learn to play the instrument and also common with street performers and children.
Jhardhandi as several rich industries that benefit the Empire. They have a prosperous agricultural branch consisting of rice and wheat as well as fruits such as mango.
They have several mines in the hills and in the jungles that yield such treasures as coal, zinc, iron ore, manganese ore, silver, lead, tin, and copper. Coal and Copper are their largest exports by far both to the rest of the Empire as well as Paorr. They also successful mine many minerals like garnet, marble, salt, granite, as well as many gems like sapphires, rubies, and emeralds.
Jhardhandi also contributes to the empire's production of gunpowder with saltpeter and sulfur mines.
As the demand for their food increases, so does the demand for farming space. Jhardhandi has, in recent years, started more industrial lumber operations and mass deforestation in the east and surrounding many eastern cities. This lumber, though not the highest in demand, is cheap and used in infrastructure, airships, and naval ship building. Much of the lumber is also sold off to their neighbors for cheap.
Although not manufactured in Jhardhandi, the country has a booming trade of turning imported silk and textiles and turning them into expensive clothes, rugs, sails, and curtains. Although expensive in Jhardhandi itself, these goods are mainly exported Paorr wide and even shipped across the sea. Some Jhardhandi sellers even buy cheap silk from neighboring countries and ship them to Araz where they fetch higher prices.