Połysk, formerly known as Tirkalara, is both the northernmost and the easternmost Province in Valruzia. It is also the largest region in terms of area and the second largest by population. It is bordered on the south by Małowalruzja, to the west by Wielkowalruzja and Kampania, and by Likatonia to the North, Lodamun to the Northeast, and Baltusia to the east.
Its capital city is Hel.
Northern Połysk is occupied by a large river and its three tributaries. Southern Połysk is similar to Małowalruzja, composed primarily of hills and deserts.
Połysk has the oldest civilization in Valruzia, though it is unclear if Tirkalaran civilization developed independently or was influenced by that of Baltusia. The proximity of the two strongly suggests the latter, yet the first crops cultivated by the prehistoric Tirkalarans are noticeably different from those cultivated in neighboring Baltusia.
Around 2000 B.C.E. we have the first evidence of cereal cultivation in Połysk. Cultivation seems to have started in the Lower Middle Valley, and there slowly spread to the rest of the river system. It is not until about 800 B.C.E that we first start seeing evidence of livestock cultivation and evidence of the beginnings of a sedentary lifestyle
As early as 600 B.C.E, archaeologists have found shards of pottery, and by 300 B.C.E. something resembling settled tribal village-based society appears to have developed.
After the establishment of Zuma, Tirkalaran history becomes Zuman History until the establishment of the House of Tirkalara.
Post Annexation PołyskEdit
After the Valruzians established the Kingdom of Tirkalara in most of the former Zuman state, the Zumans rapidly began to modernize. Nevertheless, the Zumans in Połysk remained constantly behind the other states. This can in good part be attributed to the Valonian and Ruzian rulers, who tended to be heavy-handed, corrupt, and exploitive. Nevertheless, many historians blame the failure on the Zumans, who resfused to purchase any products from the "foreign devils" the merchants and craftsmen who tried to sell their services, skills, and wares.
Połysk historically made up the greater part of Zuma. Zumans still make up the majority of the population and Połysk is the only Valruzian state where the majority of the people do not speak some dialect of Valruzian as their native language.
The region is generally poor as many people rejected the industrial revoulution, and as the region is not known to have any rich natural resource deposits.
Northern Połysk is sparsely populated, and inhabited primarily by Mountain People. This section was added on after annexation to fill out the borders of Valruzia, and the inhabitants feel towards the Zumans the same way the more militant Zumans feel towards the Valruzians. This amnimosity has almost always stopped short of outright bloodshed, in large part because there are too few mountain people in the region and too thinly spread to hope to achieve a bloody victory, and partly because the Zumans don't want to live there. Indeed, there are more Valonians (several hundred) in southern Połysk than Zumans (several dozen).
Cars were initially rare in the state due to their prohibition by the Zuman Independence Party, but since that party's collapse have made a comeback. The electrical network, the railroad and communications are in good condition.
Recent history was strongly affected by the rising of the Zuman terrorist organisation W'shka Bisza into politics, thus leaving Terrorism behind in 2308. The so created party, the Połyskian Rebels' Party soon joined with an heir of an ancient line of leaders in the days of the Council of Nuzria, Lars XIV of Zuma-Trondheim. As the Glorious and Invincible Zuman Rebels they succeeded in taking the Fortress of Nuzria and the Royal Palace in 2324, but as the king himself was not informed in time, this was not acknowledged before 2325. By this, the house of Tirkalara was driven out of the country and the house of Zuma-Trondheim lawfully installed.