One of the largest nations of Tian Xia, Nagajor is ruled by naga matriarchs and populated chiefly by the serpentine nagaji people. Nagajor is a tropical realm of jungles, rivers, and swamps, and dominated at its center by volcanic mountains.234
Nagajor is not so much a nation as an empire comprised of various smaller kingdoms, the exact number of which has varied over the millennia but generally stays around two dozen. Nagajor currently has 25 individual kingdoms, a number which has been stable since the fall of Imperial Lung Wa. A typical kingdom consists of one capital metropolis, a few smaller cities, and many dozens of towns and villages. Nagajor is dominated by the Kullan Dei mountain range, and the capital city of Zom Kullan resides inside a dormant volcano deep within the range. Most of the rest of the nation, which has a tropical climate, consists of wild, watery jungles.3
Naga and nagaji have lived in Nagajor for millennia,34 and while some theorize that nagas migrated from Vudra eastward (either across the Embaral Ocean or through the Darklands), the nagas themselves claim that they instead originated from Nagajor and migrated westward in ancient times to Vudra.3
Nagajor is ruled by an ophidian matriarchy, meaning that female nagas hold power over the nation and its 25 current territories. The head of state is First Mother Vassath Shethagri, a royal naga sorcerer,34 a direct descendant of many prior naga queens.4 This matriarchy has remained intact for thousands of years, in part thanks to laws prohibiting any territory from directly attacking another territory. These individual territories vary hugely depending on their individual ruler's personal ethics, views, desires, and, sometimes, just whims.3
The vast majority of Nagajor's citizens are either naga or nagaji. In some regions other humanoids are considered little more than crude pests and allow the nation's vast stretches of wilderness to dispose of them. Regardless of the ruling naga's views, what little communication between the nagas and foreign humanoids normally takes place via nagaji servants, who are even more distrustful of them.43
Nagajor is the heartland of the worship of Nalinivati, also known as "The Serpent's Kiss",6 as she was the first queen of Nagajor and, to this day, the rulers of Nagajor claim to be directly descended from her bloodline. Other deities worshipped across the nation reflect the variety of spiritual interests of the different varieties of nagas and include Desna, her rival goddess Lamashtu, Tsukiyo, Yaezhing, and Yamatsumi.3
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