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A map of major trade routes in among the connected Riigan cultures. Red: The Archroad. Orange: Archroad connections. Aqua: The main sea trading routes. Blue: The Diamond Route. Goods shown are only of major sources.

Trade between major cultural groups in Riiga has been going on for centuries. The primary trading route by land is the Archroad. Major sea routes also exist, mostly connecting the Benevis Kingdoms, the Eber and Oolu Empires, and the Temanean, Vaman, and Remdor Kingdoms.

History of the Archroad

The largest land-based trade route (shown in red) has its roots as far back as 150BD, when the Xilou Hoqomer expanded all throughout what is now Benevis, and went as far east as the middle of modern day Oolu. Back then, any trade possibilities further east were cut off by the Baturun people of Batur, who were very defensive of their land at that time.

It wasn't until about 200AL, when the Dunian Empire stretched from modern day Porosoea to current Dunin lands, that significant trade was possible between the east and west. The Baturians of this new empire had the best horses in the world at the time, and this allowed them to easily transport goods that were once only available to those around Temanea as far away as the Oolu Empire. Goods made their way from Oolu into the East Xilou Hoqomer, the West Xilou Hoqomer, and finally into both the Qeyu Hoqomer and to the Vastions of Nor. Over the following centuries, this trade route influenced the politics and economies of all people along its path.

Oolu Empire's Free Trade

The Oolu Empire, being a central component of the Archroad, has adopted free trade. Given that they lack important resources compared with people further east and west, both national and privatised trade companies exist, ensuring that the road stays passing through the Oolu Empire, rather than going north of the Khatsanaras through Yvabira. The largest of these is the #Glass Lion Company. Utilising this position in the early days of the road's growth has allowed the Oolu Empire to increase growing, despite most its land being some of the poorest among other major kingdoms and empires overall.

The Diamond Route

Recent advances in shipbuilding technology have allowed the Benevis Kingdoms to travel further than ever before. Since around 600AL, these people have established a trade route that goes by sea around the southern end of Baracsa. The first people from Benevis to make these trade routes met the Hanjare and Raonare people, especially those of what are now the Shcholi Kingdom, the Mbokecho Empire, the Hade Empire, and the Efisi States. It was discovered that though these people were less technologically advanced overall, the people knew how to obtain large amounts of high quality diamond and gold from their lands. Henceforce the Diamond Route was made.

The route itself is a lengthy, dangerous route for ships to take. Travelling down the western coast of Baracsa will see sailors travelling for extended periods without any signs of civilisation. Once reaching the kingdoms and empires in Nzandyi Bay, the trip becomes no less safer, as local pirates are extremely common, taking advantage of all the merchants looking to obtain cheap gold and diamond. Travelling up the eastern coast of Baracsa is no easier, as storms frequent the scarcely-populated lengths of coastline. Reaching the Mvecho Island kingdom is considered to be the end of the dangerous route; from here ships can join the sea routes that go from the Vastin Kingdom to the Oolu Empire without too many complications.

International Trade Guilds & Companies

Royal Tuaram Trade Company

The RTTC is the largest international trade company in the west. It has its main office in Lyte in the Margon Kingdom, and a secondary office in the Efisi city-state of Femabari. Originally formed to find new trades after finding it too difficult to compete with the Arkein Kingdom's control over the Sea of Lyte, it was soon chartered by the crown of Margon, which now owns 50% of the company. The main office sends an expedition to their Tuaram office at least once a year, while the Tuaram office trades for gold and diamond between Efisi, Shcholi, and Mbokecho the rest of the time. It is protected mostly by cheap privateers hired from the Efisi States and Shcholi Kingdom. Due to being the main supplier of goods from Benevis, the RTTC has seats on local elections and favours with local governments in Tuaram, giving the RTTC enough power to enforce tariffs on gold and diamond trade, offer money-lending services, and gain exclusive trading rights with Tuaram's west coast.

Glass Lion Company

benevis east: centered in vastin (vadren), controls gold trade from southeast tuaram and some trade??? with oolu, ????????

Glass Lion Company (GLC): oolu: free market in loorotj (sakhratja) (minimal government intervention), privately owned collection of trade companies, government doesn't need to intervene because trade is essentially guaranteed, rhefusur merchant warriors form many of the land-based company subsidiaries, focus on controlled trade of spice and glass and oil and mintar green pigment, main methods include: license distribution (easy); insurance only offered to those hiring rhefusur if crossing the sheber road; money-lending; and funding development of coastal regions, rhefusur can act as desert pirates against those who don't hire insurance, control trade of slaves across the slave road (karber road), modest fleet for trade across the sea of lions.

Augair Trade Authority (ATA): temanea: centred in ho da (te hinan), state owned collection of trade companies, focussed on trade with vaman across the augair for iron and pigment, near-constant shipping of goods, hire pirates from tenhan and henmi to help control the augair channel.

temanea: private trade company in gold sea with relatives of the king of ??? running it. consortium.

  • how would such a guild be formed? It can be state formed, such as Oolu having a East Indian company. Privately owned guilds is also possible in a region, run by a family of sorts.
  • are they tied to a particular state, or are they independent? Either.
  • what sort of power might they have? Owning fleets, influence centralised on certain ports, pay for privateers to protect their cargo, not enough to influence an actual kingdom unless strategically utilised.
  • what scale sounds reasonable for such a guild? Anything from a network based around one city to cross-continental guilds with subsidiary guilds. they need a central office.
  • what would their purpose be? One shared goal, eg: keep trade open between specific countries, trade in secret, control trade of certain goods,
  • how many such guilds might exist worldwide? A place as rich as Benevis might have 4-5 huge guilds, with small reach and decentralised power.
  • what do they actually do to control trade? weak governments are exploited by strong guilds, strong governments keep guilds in check, needing a license from the guild to trade (breaching gives half ships and cargo to the guild and half to the crown) and imprisonment, vote on local elections to try to earn more power and minimise competition, force taxes on the movement of certain goods, subdue weaker nations with standing armies and privateers (pirates), loans, fund and expand dock regions of cities, enforce quotas(restrictions) to limit the supply of goods to inflate price or rarity,
  • wars, pirates, competitors, and lower profit margins force companies to grow into new markets with less competition.

Goods Traded Globally

The major cities along the trade route, from west to east: Lyte, Valarvis, Alfar, Cangona, Regalias, Costarson, Goldstone, Hillcrest, and Duracia in Benevis; Ellecil in Huirnon, Aswaun in Masakana; Dhrewar and Sakhratja in Qarbak; Yqozldatt, Osmangiyq, and Mancisa in Dunin; and Tetamak, Selangin, Ruipin, Lema Da, and finally Ho Da in the Kingdoms of Temanea.

Along the Archroad, The Benevis Kingdoms mostly offer wine, hide, oil, wool, marble, and grain. Minor goods include gold, spice, and pigments, mostly from the southeastern corner. Their most popular pigment is called Vastin Yellow, which is made of yellow ochre and offers a rich, warm shade of yellow.

People of Seleru offer pigment, slaves, textiles, wildlife, spice, glass, oil, and grain, though it does not trade in quantities comparable to the Benevis Kingdoms. Their main pigment is called Hoqon Blue and is made of lapis lazuli, which is a vivid blue and is mostly commonly associated with hoqons.

The people of Qarbak offers high quality glass, textiles, and spices, as well as some marble, grain, slaves, and oil. Their primary pigment is called Mintar Green, is made of farmed coral called lion's mane, and is a shade of teal.

The people of Batur mainly offer high quality horses and wool, as well as some bronze and hide. Their most valuable pigment is a vivid white-grey colour called Dunian Grey, and is made from chalk or zinc.

The Temanean Kingdoms primarily offer silk, porcelain, and grain. Minor goods include pigment, spice, slaves, silver, gold, and bronze. Their most popular pigment is called Ladarean Orange, made from juniper, and is a vibrant, rich shade of orange.

Other people who trade with the Archroad indirectly include those throughout Yvatshun, offering a lot of iron and lumber, as well as some wool, hide, Yvabiran Green pigment which is deep green in colour and made from malachite, and the people of Tuaram, offering high quality gold and diamonds, as well as wildlife.

The Suribian trade road sees iron, grain, glass, Vaman Purple pigment made of sea snails, and hide from Vaman exchanged with lumber, silver, and gold from the Remdor Kingdoms. These goods are also occasionally traded overseas via the route to the Gold Sea to the west, or the Sea of Lyte to the east. The Tlarates of Into are thought to be the only major cultural group within Riiga which does not trade with outside cultures. Not much in the way of reliable trade has been established with the various peoples of Jindiara