30,000 years. That is a long time, gentlemen. That is the number of years that we have been slaves to unelected masters. But no more. The era of slavery ends today!
The Republic of Cilwelli, also called the Cilwellian Republic, or simply ROC, was a planetary government based of Cilwelli and the nearby planet of Hustia. The Cilwellian Republic was formed after the Cilwelli rebelled against the Galactic Empire. During the first year of the Republic's existence, it was associated heavily with the New Republic. However, the Cilwelli cried of independence and therefore broke away contact with all foreign powers.
The Cilwellian Republic was able to maintain independent through the economic support of the planet's natural resources. Nova crystal was mined and used as currency in most parts of the ROC. This economic liberty allowed the Republic to manage its own affairs. Though it was never considered equal with the New Republic or the Imperial Remnant, the Republic of Cilwelli was generally recognized as a contributing member of galactic politics, despite ROC's period of isolation.
The Republic of Cilwelli maintained a well organized military. These soldiers, or Zargi, were known for the physical endurance and strict discipline. Though they were technologically inferior to their larger counterparts, the Zargi confiscated with unparallel zeal and commitment. It was his military that kept foreign powers out of the Republic for so long.
Though the Cilwellian government did away with many of the native traditions, some costumes remained. ROC society was made up of eight clans. Likewise, the Zargayus Doctrine was still strictly followed. The Doctrine stated that, in order to be happy, a being must have only one role in life. Therefore, each clan was assigned a basic role in the culture network.
However, in the end, it was the isolationist philosophy of the Cilwelli that would destroy them. The Cilwellian Republic had cut off all contact with the rest of the Galaxy. This prevented them from being prepared for the attack of the Yuuzhan Vong. The wrath of the Vong was considerable and the Republic was not able to stand against their empire.
During the Clone War, Cilwelli came under the control of the Galactic Empire. It soon became clear that the Empire was far worse the Delijiti, who ruled the planet since the Hutt-Xim War, had ever been. They did not pretend to respect Cilwellian traditions and persecuted the people grievously. Many Cilwelli were sold into slavery. With their armies decimated by the Clone Wars, the High Clans could do nothing about the Imperial tyranny.
However, this did not stop the people from responding to the Empire's horrid actions. Riots broke out through the planet. The Empire reacted harshly. They cancelled the Feast of Honor, which sent the Cilwelli into an uproar. Many tried to go on with the holiday, despite the Imperial ban. Stormtroopers were ordered to shoot anyone participating in the sacred feast. The first killings sparked a mad frenzy, resulting in the death of nearly a hundred people. It began when troopers publicly executed two guests at the celebration. The Cilwellians rioted, killing the stormtroopers responsible for the execution. Soon a great battle ensued.
The "Feast Battle" spark a great deal of concern among the local Imperial leaders. They could not afford a mass rebellion on Cilwelli. Therefore they set about assassinating various Aulsur. This left the Cilwellians leaderless. The Empire hoped that that would be enough to keep the Cilwelli in line. It wasn't. Cilwellian kept rioting and attacking Imperial garrisons. But the Empire realized that the actions of the Cilwelli were fueled largely their devotion to their religion. Therefore the Empire decided to use their own faith against the Cilwellians. Imperial agents secretly assassinated leading warlocks. The Empire then had them replaced by loyal priests. These puppet priests talked of the Imperial governors as lesser gods, and told the people to treat the Empire with respect and submission. The plan worked. Soon the rebellions were quieted.
But one Vranga, named Sincol, was hostile toward the Galactic Empire. Knowing he would be the Empire's next target, he fled to Ecka. While there, Sincol began rallying support for his cause. He knew he would need allies if was to challenge the mighty Empire. He first began talking with his old enemies, the Hutts. After Muggera had been killed by the Empire, the Delijiti were forced to lay. They were as much slaves as the Cilwelli were. Therefore the Hutt crimelords were more than happy to aid Sincol's insurrection.
Though the Hutts had a great deal of money, they had very little fire power. So Sincol began searching for a more military-minded ally. He found one in the form of the Alliance to Restore the Republic. Sincol arranged for a meeting with Rebel leaders at a private club on Ecka. There Sincol and the Rebellion delegates discussed the creation of a treaty. The Alliance would help Cilwelli gain its freedom from the Empire and, in exchange, Cilwelli would aid the Rebellion both finically and militarily. The Rebel Alliance agreed to these terms, and sent a fleet of ships to help liberate Cilwelli.
As the Rebel fleet neared the Cilwelli system, Sincol knew that his next move could have to be political. He used his power as high Vranga to declare the Empire unholy and evil. Many Cilwellian radicals, just waiting for a excuse to rebel, readily answered Sincol's call to arms. Others who had taken part in the Feast Battle, were re-energized by the warlock's decree, and readied themselves for battle.
By the time the Rebel fleet arrived, Sincol had assembled a sizable force. The Alliance starships destroyed the Imperial armada, stationed near Cilwelli. Though they were victorious, the Rebels were greatly weakened in the process. Therefore Sincol ordered the Rebels to keep out Imperial reinforcements. But the actual fighting would have to be done by the Cilwelli. The Rebel attack had awakened the Empire's eyes to the rebellion. Therefore, they marshaled their armies and prepared to attack the Cilwellian revolutionaries.
Rather than attacking the Empire directly, Sincol decided to by his time until more Rebel soldiers could arrive. As the Imperial stormtroopers marched toward Cilewlli City, with orders to burn the holy city, a few Zargi ambushed the soldiers. They fired on the attackers and then fled into the mountains, only to return against before fleeing. This happened throughout the intire march to Cilwelli City. By the time the stormtroopers arrived at the capital, they were low in numbers and spirit. The soldiers were met with rioters in the city. Drained of numbers and energy, the stormtroopers were forced to retreat.
This victory gave the Cilwelli new found zeal and convinced the Rebel Alliance to further aid their cause. With passionate troops and Alliance reinforcements, Sincol felt confident enough to attack the Imperial stronghold. Armed with nothing but traditional Cilwellian clubs and vibroswords, the revolutionary army seemed under equipped. Sincol compensated for this handicap by leading his men in full scale charge. This momentum allowed the Cilwelli to route the Imperial army. This victory was followed by many others, and by 3 ABY all remnants of the Empire were purged from Cilwelli.
Forming the government
With the Empire off the planet, Sincol set about to form a radical new government. He was intreaged by the physociphy of democracy, which he saw practiced in the New Republic. At the same time, Sincol recongized the value of honoring the ancient Cilwellian traditions. Therefore, he met with members of the Aulsur and the Vranga to duiscuss the new government. Sincol wanted to join the New Republic, but many of the other Cilwelli noblemen disagreed. Therefore, they formed their own government.
The Republic of Cilwelli saw the Crex, who had been destroyed by Muggera, reinstated as the judical branch. Likewise, it was agreed that the Aulsur was to be elected by the people, rather than a select few. Morever, a Cilwelli Senate was to be made up of elected members. This new government was offically recognized by the New Republic, but not by the Imperial Remnant.
After the Cilwellian Republic was formed, the Delijitian Hutts became outraged by the fact that they were given no place in the new order. Because the Hutts had won their authority through treaty, they demanded that their people be made leaders on the Republic. The Cilwellian government responded harshly. Zargi were sent to arrest many Hutt rulers. For years the Hutts had lorded over the Cilwelli, so the Cilwellians were eager to get revenge. The Hutts were stuffed into camps on Vextor-1.
With the Hutts out of the way, the Cilwelli, under Sincol's direction, held the first election in the planet's history. Senator were secsessful chosen and Sincol became the first Auslur of the Cilwellian Republic. Again, he tried to use his authority to unite ROC with the New Republic, but his proposal was shot down by the Senate.
The government was larely under the control of relitively niave individuals. Some more experianced polititions hoped to use the current instability to gain control of the Republic. These individuals fired mercanaries to seize control of the nova crystal mines. Once in control of the mines, the conspiritors controlled the economy. They threatened to bankrupt of the government, if the authorities did not heed to their demands. The government responded harshly, however, and sent the Zargi to put down the rebellion. The mercanaries did not stand a chance against the well-organized and well-trianed Republic army. Thus, the rebellion was crushed.
By 4 ABY, the Republic of Cilwelli had become trading partners with the Core. It was during this time of seemly contant trade that the issue of slavery came up. The New Republic did not approve of ROC's pratice of slavery. Likewise, some members of the Cilwellian government were also eager to do away with slavery. However, others were more conventinally minded and believed that slavery was a right.
The Commune of Revolutionary Vextor-2, a local government body made up entirely of former slaves, supported total emancipation. Moreover, they were willing to use any many nesicary to free the slaves. They pushed the Senate to do anyway to liberate all slaves and make permanit laws against the practise. But many within the government felt that slavery was too closely bound to the ROC's economy. As a compramise, the Senate voted to pass a proclamation, saying that masters were to treat their slaves fairly.
The Commune was not pleased with this outcome. They organized a militia and waged a war to free the slaves. Commune soldiers terrorized slave markets and even attacked government outposts. Zargi were sent to stop the rebellion from spreading. But the Republic's respounce only seemed to encourage the revolutionaries. The government tried to make the Commune attacks look like isolated insidents. It was their hope that the insurgancy would simply blow over. But that was not the case. The Commune publisized their exploits. Soon the slaves began to riot. Dozens of slave owners were killed.
Desprite to avoid full scale war, Crex were sent to Vextor-2 to arrest the Commune members. However, the police were met with resistance. Armed guards, under the employ of the revolutionaries, killed the government agents. Therefore, in 5 ABY, Sincol was forced to officially declare war. Starship were sent to Vextor-2 and began bombarding the moon. But the rebels hid underground and continued their assualts on Cilwelli.At first, the Commune was only limitly organized. Members would attack who or whatever they pleased, without gaining permission from supiors. This all changed when Zargi assassinated Lex Merri, the recognized leader of the Commune.
The ROC saw this as a victory, but it turned out to be more benifical to the Commune.
Every being and every creature is appointed to his proper place in life and time. This is the origin of order and structure.
The clans of Cilwellian socity were often categorized as castes by offworlders. It seemed to many that caste better described the levels of cultural rank which had been established long before the Old Republic. However, there were distinct differences between the Cilwelli clans and tradition castes. Namely, a person's place in socity was determined by family origin. Likewise it was possible to move out of the lower clans through adoption, a common practous on Cilwelli.
The clan system was an expantion of the Zargayus Doctrine, which said that every person was to have but one role in life. This meant that each clan was to have a specific task for which they were respouncable. The Zargayus Doctrine stated that the only way to find true happiness was to make the most of one's role in life.
Each clan was ruled by a patriarch. Usually an aged male, the patriarch was to provide for the clan in exchange for their loyalty. The patriachs governed the clan until they died. After which, a replacement would be choosen by the former patriach's children. Each clan would send a predetermined number of delegates to the Cilwelli Senate.
The clans were divided into three major groups, High Clans, Middle Clans and Low Clans. According to custome, clan members could mingle with seprate clans of the same group.
Aulsur: Aulsur was the ruling clan of the Cilwelli. Likewise their patriach acted as the planetary monarch. The name Aulsur meant Children of the Gods, for it was said that clan members were the last mortal descendants of the deities. Therefore the Aulsur had complete authority over all othe clans, save the Vranga. The Auslur sent six delegates to the Senate.
Vranga: As the religious clan, the Vranga, or Seers, were extremely powerful in Cilwellian socity. Their spoken word was regarded as the undeniable truth and the very ground upon which they stepped was considered sacred. The Seers were often called warlocks, becasue of their mystical beleifs and abilities. The clan was composed exclusively of Force-sensitives. Therefore when a child from another clan was discovered to have a high midi-chlorian count, a witch (a female warlock) would take the child from its parents and raise it. At the same time, a male Vranga would begin training the child in the ways of the Force and the Cilwelli faith.
Because of their religious beliefs, most warlocks preferred the dark side. According their faith, the dark side was a gift from the god of darkness, Graef. The dark god expected the "gifted" to use the ability to promote self-sacrife and physical pain in order to guaranty a place in the Afterlife. Those who used the ligh side were said to gifted by Hayweh. Because Hayweh was the god of the Afterlife, the warlocks believed that Jedi and other lightsiders to be zombies from the next life. Like the Aulsur, the Vranga sent six representatives to the Senate.
Crex: The Crex, or Hands, were the enforcers of the law. They had direct authority from the Aulsur to use any means necessary to keep the peace. The Crex would usually punish suspected criminals using means that were design to humiliate, as much as inflict pain. Over time the Crex became corrupt and power-hungry. Because of their "devine" power it was easy to eliminate possible threats.
Each Crex would carry an ax and a rod. The ax was for capitol punishment and the rod for corporal. The clan members would adorn themselves in black robes and masks. These garments were called urgee and were said to be sacred. According to tradition, the robes were created by one of Greaf's demons and would strike fear into the hearts of all who gazed upon them. The Crex sent five representatives to the Cilwellian Senate.
Zargi: The most honored of the Middle Clans, the Zargi, or Blood-soaked Ones, were still given the same respect and honor as their High Clan peers. As the warrior clan, the Zargi were counted among the greatest fighters in the Galaxy. Their training was intense and their vigor and zeal was unparallel. Each Zargi child, regardless of gender, was trained in the art of combat from a very young age. Hardship was all they ever knew, and yet they took pride in their pain. The Blood-soaked Ones had no room for weaklings. Therefore weakness was beaten out of the children. These beatings also taught the young warriors to embrace anger so that they could fight with greater passion.
After the Hutt-Xim War, the Zargi became the personal bodyguards of their new Hutt masters. However, as years progressed, and the Cilwelli's loyalty to the Hutts began to faulter, many warriors forsook their previous overlords and took jobs as mercanaries. The clan sent five delegates to the Senate.
Hyt: Considered lesser warriors, the Hyt were hunters and animal slayers. They were the only clan allowed to hunt the sacred Kull. Like the Zargi, they were characterized for their bravery, but to a lesser extent as the warriors. Many Hyt were later adopted into the Zargi family. The clan would trade their kills to the other Middle and Low Clans and give them as tribute to the High Clans.
The Hyt would ordain themselves in red and black pant. The red pant represented the blood of the kills. The black symbolized their respect for the creatures they hunted. These marks made them instantly reconizable in Cilwellian culture. They sent four representatives to the Senate.
Sevvel: The counterparts of the Hyt, the Sevvel were farmers and planters. They helped tame the wild landscape of Cilwelli and grew all manner of fruits and vegtables. Like the Hyt, they would sell their produce to their equals and give it to their superiors.
Of the Middle Clans, the Sevvel were probably the most well educated. They studied science and biology so that they could maximize their yield. Using a drop irrigation system, the farmers would collect water from the mountains in large tubes. The water would then flow down to the highly populated vallies, were it filtered through ruber tubes which steadily "leaked" in order to water the farms. The Sevvel prided themselves in "making the desert bloom." They sent four delegates the Cilwelli Senate.
Urr: The Urr were a clan of builders and masons. Charged with the secrets of the Fortress builders, they built grand cities and temples that were legendary for their time. Using tools that were generally considered primitive, the Urr, or Mound-makers, crafted huge structures, many of which lasted well into the Legecy era. They built the homes of the greatest kings and the lowest peasents.
Likely the numerically largest clan, the Urr lived among the other clans, in the homes they built. They were recognized by their abnormal physical striength, which was the result of many long hours of work. The Mound-makers took pride in their ability to work for hours on end without resting. Some would even work themselves literally the point to death in order to prove their striength. The Urr sent three representatives to the Cilwellian council.
Extor: This clan was where all non-Cilwellian individuals who imigrated to the planet were placed. The clan was unique because there was little bound between members. In fact, some aliens didn't even know they had been placed in the caste. There were some species, such as Hutts, Humans and Treme, that were adopted into higher clans and spared the shame of such a lowly title. The name Extor literally meant Outer-ones or Ones from the Outside. They sent two representatives to the Senate.
Rayvex: The lowest of the free castes, the Rayvex were dung movers and harlots. Their very name meant Those equal with the ground. They were generally considered useless, exept for the jobs that no others would take. They dwelt in small enclaves, begging for work from any who would give it. However, according to their laws and faith, the Rayvex were never to wallow in self pity. Their children were taught to do the hardest jobs with joy and happiness. Humility was the foremost virtue among the Rayvex.
Legally, the clan had almost no rights. The other castes could do as they pleased to them, without any fear of getting their just rewards. The only right that the Rayvex did have was the right to freedom. A person could do just about anything to a Rayvex, exept enslave him. Therefore the clan valued freedom above all else. They sent one delegate to the Cilwelli Senate.
We are people built around our faith. Take away our faith and we are nothing.
The Cilwelli culture revolved heavily around its religion. Their faith was an interpretation of the Force, or the Gift, as they called it. They believed that the Force was the manifestation of powers given to certain individauls by the gods.
The Cilwellians were dualists, believing that there were two gods of equal power and authority. One of these gods was good and just and the other was vile and harsh. According to legend, these two gods, Hayweh and Graef, drew lots to decide who would create the universe. Greaf won and formed a world of pain and cruelity. To that end, the Vranga taught that in order to please the god of the current world his followers must habitually suffer physical and emotional pain. However, Cilwelli myth stated that Hayweh was so troubled by the universe his counterpart had created, that he crafted another world, known as the Afterlife. Hayweh's world was pure and peaceful, without any suffering or pain.
It was said that Graef, fearing his followers would forsake him, threatened to make war on Hayweh and destroy the Afterlife. But Hayweh was willing to negotiate. He wrote a holy pact which said mortals must first serve Graef to the fullest before they could enter the Afterlife. Therefore the Cilwellians believed that if they had gone through enough suffering in the first life then they could enter the peaceful Afterlife. It was said that Ooza, the God of Justice, would determine whether or not a person was worthy to enter the Afterlife.
The Cilwelli sought to please Graef through several demonic means, including cutting themselves and even sacrifing the person closest to them. Devotes would conduct several rituals, which they felt would secure their place in paradise. The most famous of these rituals was the Trail of Tears, in which followers would have to preform a series of strinuating tasks as they traveled around Cilwelli's equator. For a non-Cilwellian to be accepted into the religion, they had to go through this process. Dan Eardornn was the most famous "walker" of the Trail. Even more important than physical suffering, was emotional pain. Public humilation and shame were thought to purify a being from his or her weaker self. If a personal failed to please Graef then he or she would be reincarnated and forced to live another life of misery.
The Cilwelli's views on the Force were effected by their faith. They believed that each god was represented through a side of the Force. The dark side was said to be a gift from Graef, and was the most commonly used among the Vranga. Those who used the ligh side were looked upon with suspicion and distrust. Because the ligh side was supposedly the power of Hayweh, the god of the Afterlife, the Cilwelli believed that anyone who used it was a ghoul. This belief led to an increasing fear, among the Cilwellians, of the Jedi. Though the Cilwellian distrusted ghouls they also respected them and desired to learn from them.
The Aulsur were said to be children of the gods. Their ansestor was supposedly fathered by Graef with his mistress, Bharlon, a mystical goddess who wore a purple gown and mounted a great dragon. According to legend, she gave birth to the first Aulsur and then hid him from the child's father. When Graef discovered Bharlon's deceit, he had had her killed. He let the child live, but exiled him to Cilwelli.
Though the core of this religion remained unchanged for a millennium, it was constantly being mutated by various followers. Sometimes this was done for power or because of a simple misunderstanding of holy texts. The most evident of these changes from of the original faith was a doctrine called the divinity of the Kull. An unknown Vranga, who lived around 23,000 BBY, proclaimed that the native carnivores of Cilwelli were holy and divine. At first the Kull were simply respected, but not actually worshipped. However, around the time of the Old Republic's formation, the people of Cilwelli began to worship the Kull. They built shrines in their honor and offered sacrifes to them. From that point on, only the Zargi were allowed the hunt the sacred creatures. However, the beast worshipping had an unforseen side effect. With only the Zargi allowed to slay the Kull, the creatures soon ran ramped, killing Cilwellians and slaughtering herbs of nerfs. To counteract this problem, the Cilwelli began to corral the beasts into the small pits which dotted their homeworld's surface. The Aulsur would then cast suspected criminals into the pits. If the holy Kull devoured the suspect the person was declared guilty. If the accused was spared, then the Aulsur assumed he was innocent.
The laws and doctrines of the Cilwelli religion were kept in a series of holy texts. These manustripts were carved on the walls of various caves all across the planet. The texts were first writen down around 40,000 BBY. Many years later, the Vranga set about recording the texts in official documents. However, Cilwelli still made pilgrimiges to the caves, in order to read the original writings.
Marriage and family
Because of the Cilwellians' short lifespan, the marriage process began at a relitively early age. On their fifteenth birthday, both male and female Cilwelli would begin wearing suggestive clothing, as a sign of their avalibility. The actual process of choosing a mate was very strenuous. First the father of a maid would invite ten young men to attempt to win his daughter's hand. After the men presented themselves, the desired woman would handpick five of her father's ten nominees. These five remaining canidates would be subject to all manner of physically and mentally challenging tasks. These tasks were designed to test the young men's ability to provide for their future wife. These tests lasted upwards of five months. Thoughout this time the maid and her family would begin dismissing men who did not live up to their expectations. Eventaully only one would remain.
The actual marriage ceremony was conducted in the home of the groom. Both a witch and a warlock would attend the service. They would council the couple, as well as conduct the ceremony. The bride would be dressed in a colorful garment and would hold a crystal ball, which symbolized her virginity. The groom would ware similar raiment.
The wedding would begin with the Vranga reciting a prayer. To ensure that the couple would not dishonor Graef, the witch and warlock would lightly flog the couple. Next the couple would swear sacred oaths. Afterwards, the witch would ordered the bride to hand the crystal ball to the groom. At the warlock's command, the groom would then crack the ball in two with a metal hammer. One half would be given back to the bride the other would be kept by the groom. From then on the couple were officially considered man and wife.
After the wedding, a feast was held which would last ten days. Despite the fact that they were considered married, the husband and wife were kept from each other during the feast. Each was sent to mingle with their new spouse’s family. After the feasting, the couple would locked away in a small hut, where they would spend the first night together. Traditionally, family members would wake the couple in the morning, by throwing a pan of cold water into the hut.
In Cilwelli culture, there strict limitations as to who a person could marry. The couple had to be from the same clan. This law was the most heavily enforced. Failure to abide by the law often resulted in death. Another well-known law stated that a man could not marry a woman older than himself. A female Cilwelli could not marry a male that was poorer that her.
Adultery was strictly prohibited. If a husband or wife was found to have a sexual relationship was another person, he or she would be taken before the Crex. If found guilty, the lover would thrown to the Kull. The other adulter would be made a slave to the faithful spouce.
Cilwelli families were composed of many children. These children were educated in the ways of their clan. Children in the Low and Middle Clans were taught by the parents. Those in the High Clans went to specail schools were they learned how to carry on the traditons of their predecessors. If a woman was unable to produce more than five children, than the husband had the right to marry a second or even third wife. These additional wives could be from any clan and were called aunts. Aunts were not to have a personal relationship with their husband, but were to simply act as producers of children. Likewise they were to be submissive to the First Wife.
The Zargayus Doctrine was carried over into the family. Each family member had a specific role which they were expected to carry out. The father was the provider of the family. He preformed the duties of the clan and was generally considered the leader of the home, through his title had little practical impact. The mother's primary duty in the home was to educate her children. The extint to which the children were educated varied from clan to clan. Children born into High Clans were often combined into a single classroom setting, where several mothers would educate all the children. In the Middle and Low Clans the women simply taught their offsprings the essintails. In the case of the Vexhor, the children resieved no education what so ever, as the slaves' only duty was to serve their owners.
Each child also had a distinct role in the family. The eldest daughter and son were called tarboes. They were the disciplinarians of the family. They carried a small tree branch with them at all times, as a symbol of their authority. The eldest daughter was instructed to discipline her siblings, including the male tarboe. The eldest son would punish the female tarboe. But more commonly he would discipline his own parents, when he believed they had disobeyed the law or tried to gain more authority over the children.
When the tarboe were first born, they were sent away to live with the clan patriarch. The purpose of this was to ensure that they would not grow emotionally attached to their birth family. The patriarch would train the children the arts of their post. This envolved teaching them legal and religious laws, so that they would enforce them in their household. Before the tarboe were five years of age, the family simply did not have disciplinarians.
The second oldest son, or elpho, was the protector of the family. He made sure that the family was safe from wild beasts and sentient foes. The elpho was commonly seen guarding the entrence to the family's home. He would often carry a small spear or stick. Sometimes he would stand in the door way all through the night, with only a few hours of sleep. The second eldest daughter looked after the rest of the family. She fed them and cleaned them and preformed other such acts. The younger children were little more than slaves in the household. They did all the chores and lived only to serve their peers. empire.