Tosi Culture & History
Overall population: about 500 million
The Tosi have a highly matiarchal society, males being, in reality, little more than slaves. The Tosi are known for being violent and warlike, though they also value intelligence, cunning, and subtlety. They have been perfecting the art of war over milennia and as they have made many conquests over time, they expanded their rule into a great empire across the continent and eventually overseas. Their strength militarily in mainly in tactics and number over their opponents rather than technology in weaponry. Governing as an absolute monarch, each empress must have a female blood heir to continue her dynasty. The main religion of the Tosi is the cult of Lamat, a war goddess whose rites demand live sacrifice of people, usually prisoners of war but on special occasions a male Tosi may be sacrificed. The cult of Lamat is largely the religion of the nobility—the masses have no religion in particular and most could be called atheistic.
- Ownership over males by women is solidified by legal contracts
- Multiple women can own the same male; if the women give conflicting orders to this male, he is not obligated by law to obey any of them, but rather must go to the proper government branch to inform the administration—then the government must sort out the agreements regarding the male with said women
- Women can have as many legally possessed males as they can afford. Often the wealthiest noblewomen have harems of thousands.
- Women automatically own their children until the children reach the age of 15. Then the sons can be “reclaimed” legally by the mother if she wants to keep them forcefully with her, but culture dictates that sons stay with and serve their mothers and other female relatives, so it is rare that males would leave their matriarch’s house anyway.
- Military draft is imposed on millions of healthy women each year. Resistence to the draft results in the killing of one's family. There is a caste of women who have, for one reason or another, rejected the draft and have banded together in a group called tef mariu (Collection of Rejects).
- Two women can duel for the right to legally possess a male. This is called the rite of fira sena fim, based on the name of the noblewoman who first began it.
- The cult of Lamat demands sacrifice, mainly of prisoners of war but also every few years a male Tosi will be given. It is a religious sin, however, to kill a Tosi male without the confirmation of the high priestess and the priestesses of the upper ranks of the order.
- The cult of Lamat forbids the killing of any Tosi female in the name of Lamat.
- There is no dictation over sexuality by the cult of Lamat.
- The cult of Lamat does not itself forbid murder—there are secular laws in Tosi society that prevent this. But killing does not, of course, always equal murder (murder being a legal term). Duels, execution by the state, and live sacrifice to Lamat are perfectly legal, as long as the proper bureaucratic processes have been carried out.
- As a whole, Tosi social structure is organized and rigid. But as individuals, Tosi (moreover the females) are very self-serving and independent. The government is often in battle with its own nobility to keep them from asserting too much individual power.
- Infanticide of male infants is quite common, especially among the impoverished aristocracy—money is not plentiful, so another child is a greater financial burden, and males cannot be used as heirs, so they are politically useless.
- The order of importance of a noblewoman's children is based on birth order and gender: the eldest daughter is her heir, followed by any other female in order of birth; then the eldest male and any younger males in order of birth. But males can never be heirs and they are usually not including or acknowledged on genealogical charts unless they father a female child.
- The names of nobles consist of at least two parts: the given name and the second name. These are given at birth. The given name is the most personal name a noble possesses; the second name is used usually only as a formalities. They may also have third, fourth, or fifth names. Then there are honorific prefixes, which are given by one's mother or matriarch after adolescence or adulthood. There are about 40 different prefixes that signify different things. Usually males are not given prefixes unless they have distinguished themselves in some way.
- The Empress is the head of the government. She has absolute rule, though she assigns many underlings to various important posts. The structure of the higher aristrocracy is as follows: directly under the empress there are five teŋ, each of whom is responsible for a large area of territory. Beneath each teŋ there are seven idʒ, who in turn govern and control even smaller regions of land and often individual cities.