Marukani

While Hollow controls the land immediately south of the Yanaze, what lies beyond—a thousand miles of steppes surrounding a central massif—belongs to the Marukani People’s Republic. While the nation’s booming mineral exports have redirected many Marukani into mining, heavy industry and urban services, a third of the populace still lives off the land. Horsemanship remains central to Marukani culture. Twenty years ago, disaster struck the Marukani city of Thorns. A nearby nuclear power plant—nicknamed “the Juggernaut”—suffered catastrophic failure, spewing radioactive fallout across the city and its environs, which were evacuated and declared uninhabitable. But many citizens refused to leave. Most remain in good health; while the contamination makes cancer more prevalent, it isn’t a death sentence. In addition, others have traveled to Thorns for various purposes: to loot the ruins, to hide from authorities or enemies, to hold covert meetings or to perform secret research on the bizarre black fungi thriving in the reactor chamber.

Marukani

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