Society of the Fergiartuya

I. Preliminary Remarks


It is not quite easy to describe the society of "the Fergiartuya", at least not if you want to do justice to the diversity of the different tribes that constitute the people of Fergiartu. At first we have to introduce an important definition here: When we talk about "the Fergiartuya", we use a concept from the Fergiartan language that denotes the inhabitants of a certain territory. In this case the inhabitants of the Fergiartan Empire resp. the members of the different Fergiartan tribes in general. "Fergiartu" in contrast denotes on the one hand the Fergiartan tribe of the Fergiartu, which originally settled within the bay of Sakasemme; in a broader sense it denotes the Fergiartan empire resp. "the Fergiartan people" in its different temporal and geographical characteristics.
As we can see from this definition, the diversity we talked about does not even comprise the mixing with other ethnic groups within the huge empire. We cannot even describe a "homogeneous" society for the three big parts of the early empire
(Senimarga, Satisanzia/Fergiartu and Marimarga). And although the Senimarga and Satisanzia as predecessor and successor state are closer to each other concerning their characteristics than, say, Satisanzia and Marimarga, there exists already a large cultural gap between the original tribe of the Fergiartu and the residents of Satisanzia. Of course, the situation is further complicated by the fact, that the inhabitants of Satisanzia are considerably more inhomogeneous than for example the inhabitants of the Marimarga. This ethnic group probably goes back to a single tribe in its "Fergiartan" components, although it certainly mixed with other ethnic groups in the course of the expansion westwards.


The task is further complicated by the fact that we have only few and moreover incongruent traces from the early times. We have already spoken of this in our historical  introduction. Since the Fergiartuya have come from the steppes beyond the land bridge, their origin can be described as that of a nomadic people. But while some of the tribes retained their nomadic character for a longer time and have advanced into the territory of the Maqra (where the tribes have become sedentary since about the third century a.M., thus stepping out of their historical anonymity), the vast majority of Fergiartuya have cast off their nomadic lifestyle relatively soon. An important argument for this are the early settlement traces from the bay of  Valykana. The prince's grave of Remayka could still stem from the times of the nomadic lifestyle because there are no known settlement remains from these times beside the grave itself. The earliest settlement traces from this area come from the fifth century before the founding of the empire by Meyapotina.

So why did the Fergiartuya lose their nomadic lifestyle so fast? There are only about threehundred years between the immigration and the first settlement traces, after all. Some scholars therefore have concluded that the Fergiartuya have had only few members who have either mingled with other, already sedentary peoples, or the Fergiartuya had come as conquerors and had established themselves as a pure ruling class. An argument against this is certainly the great number of tribes, who moreover colonized and eventually even ruled a whole continent. The dynamic within such a process also argues against such a conclusion. We can not completely rule this out however, especially since we have only few informations about the population of the continent at the time of the immigration of the Fergiartuya. Not to mention from the times before.

The further classification:

The Early Society

The First Fergiartan Kingdom

Society of the Marimarga

Society of the Satisanzia (up to Meyapotina's death)