Xing Shou, the Golden Empire
Population: 3,460,000 (human 98%, forgeborn 1%, other 1%)
Government: Hierarchical empire, supported by dozens of noble familial clans
Religions: Ancestor veneration
Languages: Primary – Xing; Typical – Common, Brunathi, Ilseth, Morlanese, Oni, Orc, Shoken, Theldran
Exports: Gold, silver, copper, gems (primarily jade), pottery, rice, iron, salt, silk, livestock, incense, tea, spices, weapons, armor, timber, cloth
Imports: Ivory, pearls, pipeweed, coffee, horses, grains
One of the three nations of the Mysterious North, Xing Shou has only recently begun to open relations with its neighbors. An empire that is largely self-sufficient, the heavily populated Xing Shou has opened the doors of its great wall, the Jade Curtain, and allowed outsiders to enter in the last hundred years, learning from the people of Ilseth, Aldebar, and Theldrún about the world outside their borders. The Xing people are known to be a very intelligent people that has great advances in mathematics and philosophy and a strong familial bond. The standing army of Xing Shou is one of the largest in the world, and its cavalry has developed from an ancient tradition to fend off raiders before the Jade Curtain was erected.
Xing Shou developed from sixteen kingdoms sometime after the Shattering, unifying those sixteen clans under one emperor. Around the year 298 YAS, this emperor caused the Jade Curtain to be erected, a 504-league long wall designed to keep the nomadic raiders of the Black Steppes out of the new empire. The wall required the next 54 years to build it, and many workers were buried deep in the foundations of the wall. Since that time, the history of Xing Shou has been closed until the modern day when merchants from Ilseth, Aldebar, and Theldrún began their trade relations with the great nation.