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The Illud Republic is a Kua Toa nation that broke away from the Deluvian Empire about 300 years ago and has been fighting a civil war ever since. Its current territory includes all of the ocean near the east and south-east of The Middle Kingdom as well as the Illud Highlands (which hold the capital city of Tor Gulut), with its control ending at the underwater Leviathan mountains. The Illud rebellion was was a reaction to the monarchical, theocratic and brutal nature of the Empire and sought to reform Kua Toa society. To this end, the Illud republic has rejected monarchy, the role of priests in government, the worship of Blibaal and ritual sacrifice of sentients.
Although Illud has embraced a republican government and ended ritual mass murder, it is not a democracy and is extremely reliant on the enslavement of multiple sentient aquatic species for use in both the millitary and agriculture. This latter practice has greatly strained relations with the Republic's allies, especially the Elves, leading to Illud being commonly seen as a threat or "lesser evil" among terrestrial races despite their overall conciliatory stance. In theory, the Illud do not restrict the worship of any god besides Blibaal, however Larethal worship is the state religion and has been adopted by the vast majority of Illud Kua Toa, with other sects looked on with suspicion by the wider populace.
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The Illud government has made significant attempts to gain and maintain allies among the terrestrial nations of The Middle Kingdom, as they have relied upon the assistance of established allies to prepare and launch their insurrection. In the time since then, relations with said allies have become increasingly strained, especially over the issue of slavery. Although the Illud have promised to abolish slavery should they win the Kua Toa civil war, they have not made any progress in moving towards abolition in the last 300 years. While they have been eager to offer promises of peace and freedom, the motivations and intentions of Illud leadership are openly questioned by their increasingly hesitant allies, with the fear that the Illud will abandon such pretenses in the event of their victory.
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