Tunisi

The Tunisi are the founders of the Empire. Although centuries of comfortable urban living have made many of them soft and weak, their ancestors were a fierce, warlike, and rigidly hierarchical people. In early Tunisi society, social status was determined largely by one's accomplishments: tribal leaders were not born, but made, and could be replaced at any time by younger and stronger warriors. Leadership positions were often decided by tests of strength or skill, but did not have to be decided by death: it was acceptable for an older leader to step down when a younger warrior could demonstrate their superior prowess. The elders were often considered valuable repositories of information and wisdom, even if they no longer led the tribe. To manage these often contentious transitions of power, elaborate rituals developed which later became codified in law. These laws spelled out in meticulous detail the rights and obligations of every member of Tunisi society. This melange of brutal but tightly controlled power struggles and elaborate ritual and interpretation eventually led to the complex, highly organized legal and militaristic culture of the present day Tunisi. It is also responsible for their great success against other races, and their tolerance for usurped powers. Even today, there are idealistic Tunisi who encourage the subjugated races to demonstrate their equality with the Tunisi in contests of cultural skill.

Many of these characteristics remain to this day, though they now take the form of a ruthlessly bureaucratic social organization supported by elaborate laws and charismatic orators. A career in the military is still a popular choice for many young Tunisians though careers in politics, law, teaching, mercantile, and banking are also very popular.

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