Calimar, Sultanate of the Golden Sands
Capital: Taliph Shol
Population: 2,408,000 (human 52%, jann 22%, shialen 11%, goblin 9%, elf 3%, orc 2%, other 1%)
Government: Monarchy (Sultan)
Religions: Primarily element/genie worship, some Mestrae or Pradas
Languages: Primary – Caliman; Typical – Common, Wavecommon, Sigil, Aquan, Arlani, Auran, Brunathi, Dál’arnese, Elfrithri, Elven, Goblin, Harnin, Idice, Ignan, Ilseth, Lavang, Luxan, Melittan, Norgalth, Orc, Ralthan, Sherit, Shiali, Tenebran, Terran, Theldran, Toraga, Xing
Exports: Incense, silk, perfume, slaves, artwork, gold, glass, cloth, gems, jewelry, rugs, exotic trade goods, silver, spices, sugar, copper, weapons, armor, horses, caravan supplies, planar craftworks
Imports: Pipeweed, wine, books, coffee, magic items, pearls, olives, iron, olive oil, exotic trade goods, ivory, furs, tea, caravan supplies, planar craftworks
The blazing sands of the Dhukar Desert can easily blind and hide the magnificent golden cities of Calimar. More than any other land, the sultanate of Calimar is driven by merchants, men and women who have not only traveled all over Caerlorn and the seas to find, barter, and sell goods, but also the planes; no where else can one find so many extraplanar goods than in the cities of Calimar. Unfortunately, the majority of common folk think of a weaselly, sniveling merchant dressed in silks and a turban and with a gold-tooth grin who is simply looking for the next con when they think of a Caliman merchant; in fact, most are driven by a very high sense of honor, given to them by their former genie masters, whom they still worship. Additionally, these black-skinned people are well-known for their skill with the scimitar and falchion—some even claim that these weapons and their variants were created by the Caliman people—and their exceptional horses and horsemanship; these may have been either taught or given by the native dervish tribes of the Dhukar Desert, the Badaui people.
The natives of the desert, the Badaui, believe they are the children of the sun and wind and have lived forever on the sandy plain; whether this is true or not, no one has a better grasp of the land than a Badaui tribesman. No one knows exactly when Calimar began, nor who was the first sultan, but the first records of trade with the Caliman is recorded in the year 598 US (Unshattered); many believe that it was only a small country at that time, so it is not considered one of the empires of the age when historians discuss the destruction of empires during the Shattering. Since then, they have made their presence known throughout Caerlorn, and they have worked hard to make no enemies; so far, they have succeeded.
Recent history, as formed through the Godswar, has affected Calimar little. Though some members have left Calimar to fight with friends they have made, the nation as a whole has remained completely neutral.