Iskirra is a nation located in the west. Officially it is a republic, though it is a one-party state and the balance of power is tipped toward the centralized bureaucracy.
Thanks to its advanced military-industrial complex, Iskirra invaded and annihilated the country of Zantium, shocking the world. Its neighbors are now concerned that Iskirra has plans of world domination, but the country remains closed off and isolationist, making their true intentions difficult to ascertain. Much of what is known about the inner workings of their society comes from those who have managed to defect.
In more recent years, the Iskirrans have opened up diplomacy with other nations, particularly Apicarta. The marriage of Logan Brynner, a prominent Iskirran bureaucrat, to the Apicartan princess Eleanor Stirling was seen as a step in the direction of peace and mutual understanding. Others have expressed concern that Iskirra has plans to invade the kingdom from the inside.
The native Iskirrans make up the bulk of the largely homogeneous population. They are a western people and therefore possess the slanting, close-set eyes associated with them. They are also among the tallest human groups, with many standing over six feet tall. Their skin is yellowish in hue and they typically have dark eyes and straight hair.
With their conquest of Zantium, the Zantines have become their largest minority, followed by the Norevi and Apicartans.
Since the distribution of wealth among the common people is supposed to be equal, economic success is not a concern for the average Iskirran. Instead, the only means of bettering one's self in terms of their social status and living conditions is by becoming a soldier or a scientist. Thus, the Iskirrans value military training and education very highly. Anyone can join the military and school is free for everyone. The arts are not taught, only the sciences.
While there are artists in Iskirra, their talents are put to use in a practical capacity. Their creative output is primarily propaganda-based, and they have no notion of "art for art's sake". The suicide rate for artists in Iskirra remains very high despite the abundance of work opportunities available to such persons.
Little value is placed on tradition, religion, or manners. The majority of the population is below the age of forty, and they have no use for the values and customs of their ancestors. A recent technological boom has made much of the old practices obsolete anyway.