“The Covenant was formed in the ancient Twilight eons when the Mendel first arose. Many species were driven to extinction, others fled the warpath of the Pact, seeking whatever place they could hide. In the shadows of the galaxy, they found themselves in the thrall of powers possibly far worse then the Pact...”
- - Unknown
The Kajagii Covenant is a Hegemonic, semi-theocratic dictatorship made up of races formerly thought driven to extinction by the ancient Kulaung warriors under the First Kulaung Empire. Many fleeing to the Eastern Sphere of Mirus, they found themselves forcibly brought into the fold of two kingdoms, the Kingdom of Agria, ruled by the despot Xith I, the Conquer, and a mysterious group known as the "Haruspex". After much negotiation, these three groups were brought together, and their unification finally came about under the Haruspex, and Xith the Second. Since that day, the Covenant has existed in Eastern Mirus, but, most importantly, the focus of many of the species' aggression, the Kulaung, was twisted by the Haruspex.
This need for vengeance, has turned them into unwitting pawns of their masters, used to wage war upon any that oppose the titanic Covenant's will, as the Xith dynasty commands with an iron fist. Though major moves have yet to be made, the Covenant remains a dangerous foe, the only thing keeping Eastern Mirus, and Mirus in general, safe, is the remote location the Covenant finds itself in. Ultimately, the hatred for the modern Mendel Empire is merely a tool to keep most of their servant races and the like under control, and a mere tool to keep their leaders in charge.
Many races were forced to abandon their homelands and worlds when the First Kulaung Empire arose to conquer and take that which they desired with force. Few could match their martial excellence. Races like the Ferkora, Kutar, Tholar and Kovota, were driven from their homeworlds and forced to flee from the enslavement and misery that awaited the other conquered races, such as the Jrekalian. A long trek into the inhospitable Eastern half of Mirus took it's toll on them, each fleet of survivors joining together to survive and assist each other. The Frekora constructed better survival gear for work outside of ships for the other races, as the Kovota introduced starlight drives that leaked far less radiation, making them much safer.
The leaders decided however, to head for a safer port, hoping another race may let them join their empire and finally find safe land for them to inhabit. In their travels, they encountered a mysterious race known as the Haruspex, who stated they could offer them safe habor and worlds of their own, if they would agree to allow the Haruspex to rule them. The various aliens were unsure, but with supplies and fuel running low, and few other options agreed, signing various treaties with them.
What they did no realize, was that their people had just sold what little freedom they had left to the Haruspex. Brought to a new set of worlds to colonize, the aliens found themselves used as a bargaining chip by the Haruspex in dealing with the Kingdom of Agria, an aggressive warrior-kingdom ruled by Pirate-turned would-be Emperor Xith the Conqueror. In exchange for several dozen races now under his banner, Xith agreed to rule alongside the Haruspex, and together, the refugees were essentially forced into becoming the scions of a new empire, that which became known as the Kajagii Covenant.
The Xith Dynasty Edit
As the Xith strengthened their hold, the Haruspex worked to make sure it would remain as such for generations to come. Using psychic abilities and their control over court, education and other matters within the state, the Haruspex ensured the other alien races who had been driven out by the Mendel would, overtime, come to see the Kajagii not as oppressors, but as saviors who had helped save them from Mendel marauders, and given them safe haven and strong leadership under the Xith Dynasty. As such, these members became the iron core of the Covenant, as numerous others who were conquered offered their kind in whatever services the Covenant desired. Xith and it's various rival dynasties ruled over the Kajagii Covenant and it's races, as the Haruspex pulled many strings on their behalf.
In modern times, the third child of the Dynasty Xith the Third, or Xith the Magnanimous, would take over the Covenant and rule over it for one of the strongest times in the Covenant's history, reworking the court systems to better favor less powerful races, and equalizing employment opportunities within all of the ministries and field works of the Covenant.
The Covenant is ruled in a strict hierarchy, with the many Mendel-made refugees occupying something of a middle branch as military, economic and religious members who do the bulk of the work, as the mysterious Haruspex and the members of Xith's species, the Tiokel, rule the top branches and command with utmost authority. While the Haruspex handle theocratic matters, the Tiokel handle military and diplomatic matters. Outside of this, the various Vassal and conquered races provide much of the bulk of lower class work and act almost as fodder for their military forces.
Though it is illegal to say as such, most are organized into what essentially boils down to a oppressive Caste system of three different groups. The Asakateri act as members of the military leadership, the Jesalital act as members of the theocracy and leaders of the various Ministries and government offices, and the Ryeathiin, the lower class that act as laborers, slaves and other unworthy acts. While no race is technically bound by the Castes, the fact remains, most are overwhelmingly represented in one Class over another, given the Jesalital, dominated by the Tiokel and Haruspex, much more bias towards their needs over any other.
Though not originally an important facet, the religion of the Haruspex has come to dominate the Covenant, a philosophy dedicated to the Way of the Dark, that dominates the religious believes of the Asakateri and Jesalital Castes, and as such holds the most power, as well as being the most common religion, with others being respected and kept from harm, are never the less not given the same amount of respect or protection as the Way of the Dark.
Outside of this, conflict is actively looked away from, meaning certain racial grievances and ancient rivalries, are not only not worked out and helped diffused like in the Mendel Pact and similar empires, but actively encouraged, not only to keep them at each other's throats, but too weak to oppose their lords and the rest of the government.
"Caste" system Edit
Though not officially called a Caste system, the "class" system that the Kajagii is mostly the same, an oppressive means to keep the various aliens in line and controlled, so the masters of the Covenant may organize it's military forces, as well as keeping aliens marked for the Caste within their caste, regardless if they wish to pursue other careers or not. This keeps the government stocked only with those sympathetic to their interests, as the rest of the species are forced into their career by their lords.
“Glory to the Jeslital Caste! It is your duty to see to not only the purity in thought and action of our kin in the other Castes, but to make sure our glorious state is run well to continue it's ascension and power. All shall have a part to play in the management and continuation of the Covenant's goals and faith, regardless of the challenges.”
The races that fall into the Jesalital Caste are charged with admisntration, oversight, religious practices, theocratic oversight, tax collection, census data, and other such things. They form the leadership of the Kajagii, and act to guide it along their own designs. As par their position, they had the greatest riches and control, outside of perhaps merchants in the Ryeathiin Class, but their ability to bear arms was limited extensively to simple heirlooms and tools of self-defense. Based on their position, a Jesalital could give any command he so wished to those below him, and it would have to be followed with near-total obedience. Every operation, be it scientific, mercantile, military or diplomatic, required the oversight of a Jesalital member to ensure doctrine was followed.
Though except from the Tithes and Taxes of the other Castes, they had no real personal property. Government officials resided within their offices and specialized apartments, and had personal belongings, but could not own farms directly. While they could run agriculture zones, legally they belonged to a Ryeathiin. The Jesalital, further are paid in proportion to their work, not their position, and as such, lower ranking members that do must of the organizing and such are better paid then their superiors, who simply oversee things.
“Pride in the Asakateri Caste! It is upon your blood and sweat that the Covenant is maintained and our worlds and all Castes are protected. You shall see to the annihilation of the heretics and those that may stop us, as well as see to the inclusion of new races and the protection of those who rely on us to integrate in.”
The Asakateri are the protectors of the Covenant and it's species, and act as the soldiers and crusaders for it's armies. They are designated along the lines of those considered "martially fit", though, often, weaker races are often used as fodder and human wave tactics to weaken their foes, while the more elite warriors take to the field and finish their foes. The Asakateri handle everything, from security, border patrol, manning the space stations and starships, and leading the field legions into war. Most are trained from a young age in the art of war, and a surprisingly number are actually drawn from enslaved forces that are trained and outfitted for war from the age of 5, making them truly fearsome. This practice began under the first Xith, and has expanded further.
Though the Asakateri pay taxes and tithes onto the Covenant in peace time, in war, these are excepted, with one large tithe required before they go to war. They then will fight on the government's pay roll, with the best warriors receiving the best equipment and weapons from their lords, and are charged with partaking in war with 100% of their attention, and as such do not have to worry about taxes or their personal holdings.
“Work hard, dear Ryeathiin! Yours is a humble position, but needed. Through you, all the work of the day is finished, clothing made, armor forged, tools created, ships maintained, and farming outposts tended to. Without you, the Covenant cannot function, and your place in the galaxy would be at risk!”
The Ryeathiin are the land-owning class, and they with the most personal property, and make up the majority of the Covenant's species and members. Despite this, they are the lowest ranking, and have far less rights and ability to make their voices heard then the other two Classes. The Ryeathiin are made up of craftsmen, farmers, laborers and other commoners within the Covenant, and do most of the hard and easy labor within the Covenant, while the more fortunate handle trade, medicine and other things considered below the notice of the Asakateri and Jesalital Castes. Without them, the Covenant would grind to a halt, and the ability to maintain it's great Empire would cease.
The Ryeathiin face increased taxation during war time to support their leaders and government in battle, and in general, all must supply something from their trade to the war effort, farmers delivering their foods to ration-collectors, shop workers often forging armor and such, and a variety of other work for their troops. Ryeathiin may hold private property and own land, but it is general proportional to their status within the Caste and Covenant, and often find themselves forced to hold land for their Jesalital overlords, who while not legally allowed to have private estates, maintain them through proxies in the Ryeathiin Caste.
Religious matters are handled by the Haruspex and their branch of the Jesalital Caste. The main religion of the Covenant is the Way of the Dark, a mysterious religion that the Haruspex claim gives them their powers and abilities, as the Haruspex are insanely powerful psychic and psionic users. Their doctrine focuses on obedience, control and direction. The Haruspex promise power and abilities to those that devoutly serve their needs, and those who serve best have the best promise to move up and become further enriched. The Way of the Dark is a philosophy of the way the universe flows about and how those interact with it, and has no deities.
Other religions exist within the Covenant, and are hardly tolerant of them, their priesthood not having a place in the Jesalital Caste, and being forced to pay higher tithes until they convert. However, many members may come into positions of government and power within the Covenant.
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- The Kajagii Covenant was designed to serve as a counterpart to the Mendel Pact and it's structure. At first, the Tairexian Trade Hegemony filled this role, but ultimately, ZF101 came to disregard the pro-capitalist ideals of it, and replace it with another faction.
- The Kajagii Covenant was designed with aesthetics and style based on the Ottoman Empire, Fatimid Caliphate, and the Almoravid Dynasty, after deep reading on the history of Islamic Empires and kingdoms. However, ZF wishes to stress that the negative aspects of the fiction are not meant to be reflected upon the wider whole of Islam, and beyond Aesthetic choices with their naming styles, dress, and certain systems, the wider cultural and oppressive elements draw more inspiration from the Covenant from Halo, as well as the worst aspects of the Roman and Czarist Russian regimes.