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Minoans speak Greek primarily, though due to the nature of sea trade many are fluent in Hispanic, Gaulish, and Punic as well.
The history of Minoa is short and sweet – when the Theophage occurred, the Oracle of Delphi saw a vision of Aphrodite slaying Apollo. She warned Poseidon of the danger and he began reaching out to the heirs of his and his brothers as quickly as he could – getting them away from Greece proper and onto the Islands where he held power. He was successful in saving many – but not the King of Crete, Minos. Minos’s son, Catreus, did survive though, and assumed the throne. Poseidon declared that all lands surrounded by the sea belong to he and his, and offered protection to his newly formed nation of Minoa – helping them wrest control of lands from Greece, Carthage, and even Hispania. Ultimately, nobody could stand to the might of Poseidon and the fleets of Triremes under Catreus’s control, and their part of the world was carved.
Since then they have held a strangle on the sea – Greece can scarcely send a merchant ship through the Agean sea unharassed by Poseidon’s minions or Minoans themselves. Other nations called cease-fires with Minoa, conceeding their holdings in the sea to once again gain access to sea trade – but with the new caveat that no woman may sail the sea.
Minoans have a unique advantage here as well, as the Cult of Poseidon possess a way to bargain for passage of a ship with women on board.
Minoa operates under a patriarchal monarchy. The king – Palamedes – is the descendant of King Minos.
Unlike other Monarchies, however, there is no Noble class in Minoa. All citizens, men and women, are expected to serve three years in the military. Men go to combat while women cook and care for them, assist the blacksmiths with their weapon-forging, the carpenters with their ship-building, and so on.
Men are definitely given preferential treatment when it comes to social status over women. In a Minoan’s eyes, women are there to serve men. It is not unheard of for a woman to find success, however, and while these exceptions ruffle feathers, society allows it to continue as they believe strongly in the ideal of merit. Working hard brings success, and if a woman works hard enough she deserves the success – it should only encourage the men to work harder to surpass her.
Though there is no official noble class, there is still an order of power – and that power is wealth and influence. The more wealthy a man is, the more connections he has, naturally the more weight his word will bring in a situation. A successful merchant is at a distinct advantage when accusations are brought against him by a humble farmer.
There is one group that stand outside this meritocracy, and that is the Cult of Poseidon. These followers, led by The Pythia, are often given preferential treatment due to their sacrifice – their lives are not for them any longer, but for Minoa and maintaining their connection with Poseidon. Without them, there is no telling if they could maintain his protection of their seas and their continued survival. Initiated members of the cult are often allowed to requisition anything they need from the military, and civilians will often donate anything required of them.
Minoa does not mint a currency, though due to trade they will often be found to carry Carthaginian coins. Due to the diversity of their lands, there is no one particular commodity that their economy sustains off of.
Weapons and Military
While the military of Minoa stems from Greece, and as such is primarily hoplites trained in phalanx just the same, they are significantly less practiced on land. They sport a navy rivaled only by Carthage. Their true military power, however, comes from the aid of Poseidon – where he or a sea monster may show up to turn the tide of a battle.