The Dual Throne
Recently, the Gibilese are experiencing a sort of renaissance. Having successfully removed the Dominion of Namugal from their ancestral lands, they now find that perhaps there is more to be gained than the simple pillaging of small coastal townships.
The ancestral rivals of the Kingdom of Anbar, the Khans once vied for control of Iskurru against the Anbari Kings in a titanic struggle that only ceased when Namugal arrived and restored peace.
As it turns out, the love of a good war was not entirely stamped out from the cultural lexicon of the Khans. They readily took up arms in rebellion with their Damoclesian allies.
They do, however, still hate their Anbari neighbors with a burning passion. Khans occasionally drink from the bleached skulls of ancient royal soldiers at various national ceremonies and holidays. Things may be changing relationally as of late, however, the Gibilese have not forgotten that it was the Anbari who first rose to fight; a fact that fills the Khans with shame.
The Sepiyan Republic is distrusted, but viewed as inconsequential; they are a society of bankers and capitalists, hardly worth worrying about in the eyes of Gibilese Leadership.
Xenophobia and Looking to the Future
Historically, the Khanate has distrusted anyone from outside their borders as someone who would do them harm. Things would change in the High-Sun of 2E 121, when King Charles Hadrien XIX successfully challenged the ruling Khans and, in a series of consecutive duels, finally won the right to negotiate with the Great Khan himself. It is not public knowledge about what was discussed, but when the two emerged it was as brothers-in-arms against Namugal.
Equality of the Sexes and the Absence of the Class System
Anyone not within the cadre of the Khans or in the military are considered equal. Gender disparity and class distinction are foreign concepts to the Gibilese, all able bodies are viewed as important commodities that are to be respected. In times of war, the men are the only ones included in front-line fighting, though this is largely because they are far more expendable than women of child-bearing age. During wartime, the women are expected to raise the next generation and form the defensive garrison of cities, villages, and other settlements.
“Khan” is considered a gender-neutral title: many women throughout the Khanate’s history have worn the venerated mantle.
Interestingly, a recognizable class-system beyond “Military” and “Civilian” does not seem to exist.