Huipan is the name of a city and of a now defunct state based on the island of Marib Nista. It is currently a part of the To Yotomi empire. The city serves as the administrative capital for the entire eastern empire, including the islands of Marib Nista, Da Yuan, and Akna Wa. Huipan is also one of the more important port cities in the Central Sea.
Relations with Ferrum
Before the fall of the Old Ferrumic Empire the city of Huipan was the most important trading hub in the eastern Central Sea. The nobles of Huipan eagerly adopted a thoroughly Ferrumic identity when refugees from the empire began arriving on their docks. Huipan deliberately used its trading capabilities to attract refugees from Ferrum, as well as the gold the refugees brought with them.
At this time Huipan became as thoroughly Ferrumic a city as existed on Berrus, the culture was wealthy and in vogue. The [[Second "Ferrumic Empire”]] had no supporter that was more fervent than Huipan. The short lived confederation’s actions brought a golden age to the city that bankrolled Huipan’s military conquest of all Marib Nista, Da Yuan, and Akna Wa.
Except for the production of food and a colonization attempt that founded the city Han Chi, Huipan mostly went on to ignore its newly won territory in favor of attending to its trading position in the Central Sea.
Loss of the Second “Ferrumic Empire”
Huipan’s trade dominance lasted for nearly a century, but as the second “Ferrumic Empire” fell apart the trade got scarcer, and the residents of Huipan started to struggle to maintain their opulence.
Sometime around the year 130 5A Huipan’s government realized that reasonable hope to maintain the city’s power had passed. The city elected to intentionally move to a more modest international role. They worked hard to keep up their skills and reputation as the best maritime traders, and they found modest success.
Huipan maintained control over Marib Nista, Akna Wa, and Da Yuan, but when trade shrank the Ferrumen moved from the Huipan to the countryside. Because the countryside had never been important to Huipan when Huipan was powerful and Ferrumic, the countryside’s culture had remained the native Shih Da Wei (or the closely related Shih Da Wa). The Ferrumen leaving Huipan integrated themselves with the Shih Da Wei Culture and by ~330 5A the state of Huipan had become a primarily Shih Da Wei culture. Only the formerly grand cities Huipan and Han Chi retained any significant part the old Ferrumic customs.
Over the last 480 years Huipan and Han Chi have blended Ferrumic Culture with Shih Da Wei culture extensively. Indeed, for the last two centuries, it would’ve been inaccurate to consider the cities’ cultures Ferrumic. Generally, residents consider that the islands have a rural culture and an urban culture on two ends of the same spectrum. It is the same culture, even if the people sometimes speak differently, and the cities occasionally show a Ferrumic lilt.
Politically, the Shih Da Wei people remained under a series of governments based in Huipan which never expanded or shrank the country’s borders until they lost independence in 625 5A. For the first quarter of the 600’s Huipan fought a series of trade wars with the powerful of the Marcillien Kingdom in the east. Then in 622 the navy of To Yotomi erupted onto the seas, and over the next few years they conquered Furi, Akna Wa, Da Yuan, and Marib Nista, ending the independence of the Huipan State. Since then the Shih Da Wei have found themselves in a position inferior to the Weigoumoraha people, but their trade has actually improved, so the extra gold has soothed most popular resentments.
Recently Huipan has risen in importance within the To Yotomi empire, and for the last several years the council of state has been ruled by a citizen of Huipan. The city is a commercially vibrant and central city within the empire.