Kantyre Countries

Location

Tyre Island, Canton Islands

Capital

Crownport

Member Of

The Kantebury Empire

Currency

The Rupee 

Languages Spoken

Common

South of Paorr is a large cluster of mostly uninhabited islands, the Canton Islands, the largest is Tyre.

The Colony of Kantyre currently inhabits the west half. The capital is Crownport.

Geography

The island of Tyre is a large island with a dormant volcano on the east side, a large jungle in the center, with rich, fertile soil surrounding with long, sandy beaches. Kantyre takes up the west side of the island. Kantyre has clear cut a large section of the West side of the country. Sprawling groves and farmland are broken up by carriage roads. The forest is harvested for lumber, however a liberal replanting operation which helps lesson the impact of the lumber operations.

Off the northern coast is a small coral reef. A large shipwreck lays slowly decomposing and breaking down into the sea.

History

After the Clarusian Border Alliance, the new Kantebury Empire formed Greater Kantebury and Jhardhandi countries under the Kantebury Empire. However, future Emperors were never happy with only 2 countries. The decision was made to expand, and survey teams were sent to look for options in Paorr and on a mystical island of legend in the Fimbrian Ocean (Well Island). The southern survey team found a collection of Islands south of Paorr, mostly uninhabited and they had found a fertile island that would be perfect. With that, two fleets of three ships were sent out to colonize.

Upon arriving on the Island of Tyre, they found the shore empty, but quickly realized the surveyors had not landed on the land for long. Among the banana trees and brush was a small village of locals, living on the island to gather bananas for their tribal on a neighboring, distant island. They welcomed the large group and encouraged them to set up a town, mentioning how nice trade will be. The Kanteburian governor in charge of colonization spent much time fraternizing and showering this tribe in gifts. After sharing their plans on a more modernized grove system for banana trees and laying out how large, Kantebury farms could bring great wealth to the tribe, the governor got the tribe to sign annexation papers bringing them into the new Kanteburian empire. The Governor then established the first port, and the new capital, Crownport and took the island's native name, Tyre, and named the new colony Kantyre.

It took a little under a month for the small colony to start yielding results. A Monte-Diamont ship interested in the prospects of trade traded coveted diamonds for several crates of bananas. These went over well in the home country with the rich and royals and almost over night started being used in deserts and as toppings. This new demand meant mass-farming of banana trees became a top priority. Against the wishes of the locals, the village and the sparse jungle they lived in were cut down and converted into banana groves.

They also began cutting down the dense jungle to the east to make room for planned sugarcane they had imported from another nation. The newly transplanted banana trees and the new ones they planted began to grow.

It wouldn't be until modern years (1898 onward), Kantyre has begun to actually advertise itself to the empire as well as other Paorrian nations, as a tourism destination: warm weather, rare storms, sugar, and rare fruits for desserts. This attracted an inn keeper from Jhardhandi who petitioned the empire for funds to build a hotel in Crownport. Surprisingly, he was given a grant and a ticket on the next steamship. The inn keeper built a luxary hotel from his dreams, based on stories he had heard on how royalty from Greater Kantebury and Jhardhandi were treated in Mumban. The 'Embassy Hotel' helped bring in many wealthy tourists to the island who enjoyed the sandy beaches, delightful foods, and exotic, colorful native animals unique to the island chains.

Culture

Despite harsh conditions, the island country has an aura of 'relaxation' it tries to perpetuate constantly. Luxury hotel and a small in in the capital, large high end restaurants and pubs, and stores selling expensive imports like clothing, jewelry, and gadgets perpetuate this feel.

However, the working class do still work. They take proud in hard work done in harsh conditions. Several towns near the groves and fields reflect minimalist apartments, townhouses, and small homes. They work long hours five days a week. However, to help the businesses of tourism and relaxation the capital had invested in, the Kantyre governor declared a half day on Mellday  and a full day off on Lieday. This means even within the poorer towns and work towns installations like pubs, small stores, and community halls are common. A few towns even invest in school houses and hold adult classes during these days off. Religious institutions also take advantage of this to plan major religious days around these days off as well as hold sermons/ religious teachings for those interested. Many spend this time exploring the jungle or making treks to the luxurious beaches.

Clothing wise, lighter colors of clothes are the norm. Creams, Khakis, and white clothing are available in waistcoats, sarees, turbans, top hats, bowlers, bandanas, pants, and other clothing types. Political and rich citizens still try to dress in the latest fashions of Greater Kantebury and Jhardhandi, but darker clothes or blacks are a rare sight.

Being born in a distant colony does not automatically grant you citizenship in the Kantebury Empire. Citizens of Kantyre make trips to Jhardhandi or Greater Kantebury to fill out their citizenship paperwork and take oaths to the empire. It is for this reason very few even refer to themselves as 'Kantyre Citizens' and most identity as Kanteburians or Imperial Citizens.

Industry

Kantyre has a massive industry of fruits such as bananas and mangos, but it also farms coconuts and sugarcane.

Kantyre has a few large fisheries for the export of fish native to their waters. They also have an oyster market with a focus on pearls. Although not large by any means, they do have solid trade partners in local tribes, blue tribe Vibranni explorers, and southern Paorrian nations like Monte-Diamont and the Kingdom of Thelo.

Kantyre also has discovered the profit of a tourism industry. Encouraging diplomatic embassies with Paorrian countries, and then advertising in Paorrian newspapers bring tired, rich visitors and desperate workers to Kantyre. Tourists pay for hotels, fancy meals, paid guided tours through the groves, fields, and jungles of the island. They are awed by colorful birds, the exotic twiga, vibrant lizards, and fish.




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