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Near Harad, known to its inhabitants as Ahâr-Zâin, is the greatest and most ancient of nations on the Haradric subcontinent. In its long and glorious history, the people of Ahâr-Zâin have witnessed the rise and fall of various empires, dynasties, and cults. With vast territories expanding throughout the northern regions of Harad, its people have enjoyed years of prosperity, earning reputations as great warriors and architects. Today Near Harad stands known as the Southron League, a faction with a proud history.

Government of Ahâr-Zâin

The ranks of the Southron League are as follows:

  1. Serpentlord of the Southron League, the Serpentlord is responsible for the League's foreign affairs and for internal affairs at the League level.
  2. Grand Prince, a Grand Prince is responsible for the internal affairs of their respective sub-faction.
  3. Lord, a Lord is responsible for the affairs of their respective city.

The government of the League is made up of two council bodies, the High Council and Order of the Mumakil. The High Council is made up of the Serpentlord and the Grand Princes. The Serpentlord has absolute authority and the High Council advises the Serpentlord. The Order of the Mumakil is made up of trusted members of both the League and other evil factions, and acts as a more general advisory group.

Each sub-faction, of which there are 4 (Harnedor, Coasts, Nomads and Gulf) is responsible for their own internal government.

The current leaders of the Southron League are:

  • Serpentlord MandatoryPeanut
  • Grand Prince of the Nomads Jaka1504
  • Grand Prince of Harnedor Hannakar
  • Grand Prince of the Coasts Karseius
  • Grand Prince of Khopazul Barakhar_IV

Southrons of Ahâr-Zâin

Near Harad is made up of four peoples: the warriors of Harnedor, architects and traders of the Southron Coasts, travelling Nomads of the Great Deserts and the famed tribes of Khopazul (Gulf of Harad). Each of these peoples are led by a Consul.

Harnedor

The fearsome warriors of Harnedor are led by Grand Prince Hannakar. For generations they have fended off continuous Gondorian conquests of the rivers Poros and Harnen. Hardened by the constant threat to the north, they are some of the finest warriors in all of Harad. Notable builds include the fortress-city of Poros and their capital in An-Batîna.

Southron Coasts

Famed for their glorious cities, the Southron Coastlings inhabit the fertile lands between the Great Deserts and the coast. Their leader is Grand Prince Karseius who reigns from Ajtiaz an-Ahâr. Ajtiaz an-Ahâr is famed for its palace, one of the most magnificent buildings in all of Harad. Ain an-Ahâr is another notable city in the Coasts, built nearby the ruins of Old Ain, the founding city of Ahâr-Zâin.

Desert Nomads

Led by Grand Prince Jaka, the desert Nomads are fierce travelling traders of the Great Deserts. Their trade routes extend from the dangerous lands of Harnedor, the flourishing valleys of the Coast and the shores of the Gulf. With them flow stories and songs of the north and the south.

Khopazul

Khopazul, or the Gulf of Harad, are the fertile lands surrounding the great Gulf in the eastern Deserts. Led by Grand Prince Barakhar, they are best known as merchants trading exotic goods of the mysterious lands of Rhûn and Far Harad. Rich with the spoils of exotic trade, most regions of the Gulf have departed tribal life for glamorous cities. Their capital is the city of Khôpakadar, famed for connecting the east, south and west through the diverse range of traders who conduct business.

Builds

Near Harad is home to some of the greatest and most admired builds on the server. Below is a sample of some of these. Note that some are still WIP.
Oldain ruins

The ruins of old Ain al-Harad

Ruins of Ain al-Ahâr, once the oldest and biggest city on the subcontinent of Harad, was founded on the first day the server. Its was the imperial seat of the old Near Haradrim Empire and most of its Serpent-lords until it was ended by Karseius II.. The Ruins of Ain an-Ahâr are located on the Isle south of the Ain an-Ahâr waypoint in the west of Near Harad Fertile. The city was completely fortified and connected to the main fertile river with a canal. Notable buildings in the city included the imperial palace, the great Southron temple, the academy of Near Harad, the mausoleum of Karseius I., the roofed bazaar and the central imperial tower. After the mysterious Doom of Ain an-Ahâr it was ruined and is said to be cursed. Only a fraction of the once-great city has survived this event.

Ain al-Harad, one of the greatest cities in the Fertile Valley, Ain al-Harad stands on the riverbanks near the Eye of Harad. Ain al-Harad is regarded by many across Middle-earth to be a great wonder of the south, and is well worth a visit.
Ajtiaz

The palace of Ajtiaz al-Harad, home to the Astrasi Empress

Ajtiaz an-Ahâr is the second-oldest city in Near Harad and the trading center of the region. It is home to the current Astrasi Empress shamiir. Ajtiaz an-Ahâr was the capital of the Near Haradrim Empire for a short period of time while shamiir was Serpent-lord of the Old Empire after the disappearance of the previous Serpent-lord RookieNinjas I. After the end of the Principalities of Near Harad and the seizure of power by Skilliar, the city stayed the center of an independent Near Haradrim city state. Later in history, after the demise of first Astrasi Emperor Karseius II., Ajtiaz an-Ahâr became the capital of the empire again. The great palace of Ajtiaz an-Ahâr is considered to be one of the most beautiful builds in Near Harad.

PorosPic

Loading dock of Poros

Poros is the northern most city of Near Harad and has long since stood watching over the League's borders. Poros spent many of its early years between Southron and Gondor ownership, although it has been held by the League for many years.

Khôpakadar [WIP] is the capital of the Khopazul sub-faction of Near Harad. Famed for its fusion of western and eastern Southron architecture, it is for many the gateway to the north. Its ports see goods and stories flow in from the mysterious lands of Rhûn and Far Harad.

History

Near Harad was founded by Karseius on September 22nd 2014, the day the server opened. He immediately began construction of the city of Ain-al-harad, while his friend RookieNinjas began construction of Poros. After b_boymasterman offered to recognize Harad’s claim over Harondor and give them a port in Southern Gondor, Karsius backed his claim to the throne of Gondor, which was successful. On December 5th 2014, Karsius left the server, causing RookieNinjas to ascend to the throne of Serpeantlord.

After ascending to the position of Serpentlord, Rookie immediately began assaulting Gondor. Although he won several victories against the Gondorians, he would disappear, and wipeout2099 took over the role of Steward until the return of Karsius on February 15th 2015. In Karsius’s brief return to power, shamiir rose to prominence and began building the city of Ajitiaz-al-harad, Skiliar began the construction of the Gulf of Harad, and RookieNinjas returned and took back control of Poros. 

Karsius once again disappeared in late March and placed shamiir in command of Harad. Mere days afterwards, Gondor declared war against Harad, and through sheer numbers took Poros. This loss forced shamiir to sign a treaty with the Gondorians and give away their Gondorian colony as well as agree not to attack Gondor for the next month despite the objections of RookieNinjas. Karsius would once again return shortly afterwards.

Shortly after the second return of Karsius, tensions arose between him and the warlike RookieNinjas. Angry over Karsius’s refusal to engage Gondor, Rookie declared civil war. Rookie immediately received support from ImFuze_ and wipeout2099, while Karsius was supported by shamiir, GetWrekt_, deniskolin, ajacomba, and eventually Skilliar. After almost the entire server lent support to Karsius, RookieNinjas surrendered and fled south.

Fearful over another disastrous civil war, Karsius declared an end to the monarchy on April 20th 2015, and had Harad split into five principalities. He himself held the principality of Ain-al-Harad, shamiir ruled Ajitiaz-al-Harad, GetWrekt_ ruled Haradwaith-al-Harad, deniskolin ruled Poros, and Skillar ruled the Gulf of Harad. This system ended suddenly when Ain-al-Harad was destroyed and Karsius fled, causing Skilliar with the support of deniskolin to proclaim himself Serpeantlord of the New Empire. His claim would soon be backed by Demon_26 of the Half-Trolls and Razum_Dar (RookieNinas) of the Moredain, while Ajitiaz-al-Harad was allowed to remain independent.

Following the demise of Skilliar, Karsham (RookieNinjas) took control of the New Empire, which he ruled from his city of Mu’Taz. However, he was banned shortly afterwards in June 2015. Demon_26 attempted to take rulership of Near Harad, but his reign was heavily contested and he quickly withdrew to Pertiogwaith, leaving Near Harad in a state of chaos. 

With the fall of the New Empire, Poros was conquered by Gondor, and the majority of Haradrim left the server, leaving Ajitiaz-al-harad as the last Haradrim city. In this time period ekans12 founded the Freehold of the Fertile Valley, while Karsius returned and founded Astras-al-harad. Following the completion of Astras, Karsius was named Emperor of the Astrasi Empire on July 31st 2015, carrying the support of the Freehold of the Fertile Valley, the city of Ajitiaz-al-Harad, Mordor, the Moredain, and Umbar. The Half-Trolls would join this union soon afterwards. Like all reigns before, however, Karsius would eventually leave the server once again, and shamiir was crowned Empress.

Months after the coronation of shamiir as Empress, stevethebuffalo of Harnen was named Serpeantlord of Harad, under the direct supervision of the Empress. 

On October 4th 2017, the Dwarves led by SquatchThunder declared war on Harad due to the assasination of Squatch by MandatoryPeanut. Although the Dwarves took the city of Harnen, they were defeated at the imperial capital of Ajitiaz and routed. A treaty with the Dwarves was subsequently signed. Shortly afterwards, on January 25th 2018, stevethebuffalo agreed to share the position of Serpeantlord with Herodain of the Gulf of Harad. 

On September 3rd 2018, the long awaited Harad update was released, splitting Harad into many subfactions. Shamiir became the ruler of the Coast Southrons, Herodain began ruling the Gulfings, woow262 the Nomads, and stevethebuffalo the Harnedhrim. Shortly afterwards, on October 12th 2018, shamiir resigned as Empress, and steve became the Emperor of the many Astrasi factions, while Hero became the sole Serpentlord of Harad. 

Steve left the server and resigned as Emperor on March 20th 2019, and Herodain became the new Emperor, while MandatoryPeanut, the Lord of the Nomads became the Serpeantlord. Several months later on June 30th 2019, Herodain resigned as Emperor in favor of MandatoryPeanut.

Peanut chose to reform the faction, and on November 25th 2019 disbanded the Astrasi Empire and renamed Near Harad to "The Southron League". In March 2020, they joined the new Alliance of the East.

Factions
Dwarves:

Durin's FolkKingdom of Khazad-dûmDwarves of EreborDwarves of the Iron HillsThe Dwarves of the Mountains of the WindDwarves of the Red MountainsBlue DwarvesDwarves of the Grey MountainsNorthern Longbeard Dwarves

Elves and Ents:

High-ElvesGaladhrimThe Avari ElvesWood-ElvesDorwinionFangorn

Orcs and Uruks:

AngmarDol GuldurGundabadMordorIsengard

Northmen and Dúnedain

GondorKingdom of DaleRangers of the NorthThe Riders of RohanThe Republic of LebenninDol AmrothDunlandHobbitsWood-Men of Mirkwood

Peoples of Harad and Rhûn:

Half-TrollsMoredainNear HaradNorthern TauredainSouthern TauredainThe Golden Easterlings of RhúdelEastern Tribes (Far Rhun Easterlings)Umbar

Disbanded factions:

Kingdom Of AnduinGaldhrimFire elvesKingdom of the Golden WashKingdom of the IslesRúnandorSmaland
The Northshire RepublicClans of the NorthmenLossedhilThe BrotherhoodThe Gladden Fields
VanwarThartorogrimThe Scourge

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