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AKUBA (City-State of)
Location: West of Tangor Empire, immediately east of the Confederated Kingdoms of Minaea, Tarystian Coast. SK
Area: 3,800 sq. mi. (9,850 sq. km.).
Population: 16,500 humans, 90% of Tangor ethnicity.
Languages: Tangor, Minaean (both are considered official languages).
Coinage: Abu (gp), ku (sp). Minaean and Tangor coinage accepted.
Taxes: 10% income tax, collected half on Nu. 1 and half on Fe. 1. Taxes are low to boost national trade. There is an import tax of 5%, and non-Akubans must pay to get licenses for conducting a lot of activities (including trade, owning a shop, etc.).
Government Type: Democracy.
Industries: Agriculture (bananas, cocoa, dates), crafts.
Important Figures: Kulu Pomba (Governor).
Flora and Fauna: No humanoids live in the small territory of the city. Giant crabs live on the beaches, and the sea is rich with fish of all types, and of giant squids and octopi. Dolphins and sahuagin are occasionally found.
Further Reading: None.
Description by Erakliton of Traun.
Akuba is a city-state with very small territorial extension, however it is a rich one, having skilled seamen and merchants who export bananas, cocoa and dates westward. This has helped the city to build a strong economy, and recover from its turbulent history. Akuba's economic situation, and its political views, are similar to that of other Minaean cities, however the architecture is clearly inspired by its black-skinned ancestry.
Akuba was founded by refugees of the Kingdom of Ubu, conquered in AC 219 by the Tangor Empire, and who were soon joined by the first refugees of the Kingdom of Mawuru, who suffered the same fate a few years later. Akuba still was, however, too near to the empire, and thus it was conquered by Tangor in AC 445, remaining under its control until AC 816, even though it had always been an unstable province, and tried several times to revolt. Freed in AC 816 by the Minaean Confederacy, it refused to become part of it. Batu-Fomba immediately organized a political coup to gain control of Akuba, but it was defied by a young warrior named Dabo, who became king. Struggling to retain its independence, strangled between two great powers, it finally fell again in AC 968. King Mupu led several raids against Batu-Fomba, so the Minaean city, allied with Tangor, eventually attacked it and conquered it after a siege. Then, the city was assigned to a ruling body composed equally of Batu-Fombans and of Tangor. The political exiles of Akuba, led by Trabul (a half-Tangor, half-Minaean politician), freed the city in AC 981, and created the democratic government that still rules the city-state.