The Baalite Hegemony is a polity from across the Tyrian Sea, much like the Miezan Empire or Yan Tei. Rather than an Empire or a Kingdom, it’s implied the Hegemony is a confederation of colonies. Its capital is Tyre.
Very little has been revealed about the history of the Hegemony. We know that at one point they wielded considerable international influence, however both Malicia and Catherine consider it to be past its prime and largely irrelevant.
Roughly fifteen hundred years before current events they engaged in warfare against the Miezan Empire, in what is known as the Licerian Wars. They emerged victorious.
Nowadays only Ashur belongs to the Hegemony, suggesting the Licerian Wars had a heavy cost.
Small and large details alike suggest that the Baalites are at their core a maritime and seafaring polity.
While somewhat expected from a polity which established so many colonies, history provides no shortage of evidence. Only Baalites and the Yan Tei know the safe route through the Tyrian Sea that connects Calernia and the unnamed continent they hail from.
Many popular (and expensive) goods seem to be imported from the Hegemony, further making the case for their maritime origin. Wakeleaf, used in a pipe by Catherine Foundling or to enhance wit by combining with tea, and a fig distillate spirit are two such cases.
- Baalites are regarded as treacherous by the Basileus of Nicae - something that might be related to their history as a colony