Last updated : Thursday, September 19, 2002
| Pre-Historic Jostan
| Migration to Kryous
In the meantime, all Jostans were praying to Cetus for guidance. Cetus, according to traditional beliefs, is the guardian of the Jostans. On the night of the 5th the elders took night council to debate their options. As Elder Lomeryan looked up into the darkness of the sky it occurred to him that this was more than just a natural disaster, it was their fate. Elder Lomeryan pointed out that Cetus had once again returned to the sky in conjunction with the start of the eruption. With that the elders immediately recognized that a legend was about to come true. They must leave the island immediately.
One might question why the Jostans didn’t just flee the island and go to Kryous Island earlier, after all the Jostans are excellent seafarers. Surely they had to have known about Kryous Island. According to legend, the early Jostans we told not to venture too far from the island because Farago (Fa-rah-go), the King of the gods, used this as a way to test the Jostans’ commitment to him. In return for their faith, he promised that Cetus would come one day to bring them to a new home, a paradise they could call their own. Also mentioned in the legend is that Cetus would not arrive to show the way home until shortly after Rafoia (Rah-foe-e-ah), the god of fire, throws a great tantrum.
Early the next morning they loaded their boats with as many people and supplies as possible and promptly set sail westward in the same direction as Cetus follows in the night sky. 1 As the sun set that evening there was a great booming noise coming from the east. It was Mt. Dapeo blowing her top right off of the map.
After sailing for nearly fifteen days, land was spotted. 2 Their journey was complete, but with a heavy toll. Nearly half of the Jostans were lost in the voyage, and of the remaining half, almost three quarters were now malnourished and extremely fatigued. Nevertheless, everyone was rejoicing for their gods had made good on their promises. This new land was vast, the vegetation lush, and the fresh water plentiful. Life certainly was looking better for the Jostans. The people wanted to honor their protector for this new land, so they named it Kryous. This loosely translates to “Land of Cetus’ followers.” Once the boats were docked and everyone accounted for, the men headed off to find food and water while the women and children set up camp. There was a lot of work to do, and no time to waste. Years would go by, and eventually the Jostan population would flourish yet again.
1713 - 1728 |
Are we alone?
1729 – 1789
| Pip Pip Cheeri-uh oh!
1729 and 1730 proved to be very
peaceful. During this time the
British and the Jostans dutifully spent time learning each other’s languages
and sharing knowledge. The British
taught the Jostans how to farm the land, how to use animal labor, how to conduct
commerce, and how to construct better buildings.
In turn the Jostans showed the British their fishing methods, boats, how
to hunt the local animals, and basic survival techniques needed for living in
the tropics. It seemed that the
British would be a good neighbor and ally, but that was soon to change.
Within 20 years the British had
become comfortably settled on the southern coast of the island and were now
primed for expansion. Their plans;
give Kryous to the throne. Early
British expansion movements were more diplomatic than physical.
Several delegations were sent to Yesos to “explain” to the Jostans
that they had intruded on a British possession, but would be allowed to stay if
they would agree to acknowledge the throne and pay taxes to Britain.
The concept of taxation and land ownership was extremely new to the
Jostans, and without fully understanding the ramifications, they agreed.
When the first tax collectors came later in the year the Jostans were
outraged. The elders decided to
investigate the legitimacy of the claims that the British had arrived first.
Several Jostans that worked in Wirster were called upon to find any
evidence that would prove their theory. Among
these people was Deoa Sesta, a young boy whom had quickly gained knowledge in
reading English. His work as a
houseboy for the governor provided access to important paperwork, one document
in particular, the settler’s logs. Late
one night while the governor slept, he opened the logbook, removed the pages
documenting the discovery and settlement dates, and quickly left for Yesos. This was all the evidence the elders needed to pose
opposition to the British.
On the first week of December
1749 the elders approached the governor with the evidence and a declaration
stating that they were actually the first to settle the island.
The elders then offered to share the island with, each ‘government’
ruling their own people and territory. This
was not acceptable to the governor, re-affirming, “regardless of dates, this
island will be part of the British Empire.
We are already prepared to fight for what is rightfully ours.”
On January 1st, 1750 approximately two hundred Jostan
protestors were massacred in Wirster, thus sparking a war.
To maintain better control of the island, Governor Rutledge’s first task was to round up all Jostans and bring them to Wirster. The Jostans were registered and then told to find homes and jobs around town. Jostans were not allowed to leave Wirster without permission from the governor. A system of 25 basic rules of conduct was included in the governor’s plan. This became known as the Native Organization Act of 1751. Because of this act the Jostans unofficially became indentured servants. Life continued this way until 1789.
1790 – 1800 | This Land Is
By the 1790’s Wirster had
become a rather large city, largely due to the centralization of all Jostans.
As tensions rose residents began to petition the governor for assistance.
To alleviate the crowding, the governor decided to make a few changes to
the provisions of the Act of 1751 by allowing the Jostans to settle in the
mountains to the north. 4 However,
all males were required to report to their jobs in Wirster everyday.
This was a new “safe guard” to prevent the Jostans from migrating
more than a days journey from town. Fortunately
for the Jostans, this proved to be the beginning of the end for British rule in
Kryous. By allowing the Jostans to
move to higher ground it provided an environment conducive for reviving Jostan
culture and self-government.
Additionally, this new settlement provided better shelter from storms. 1793, 1794, 1796, and 1799 were particularly bad years for typhoons. At least three cyclones hit the island each one of these four years. 5 The final storm of 1799 left a trail of death and destruction along the coast that was catastrophic. Nearly four-fifths of the entire population of Wirster perished in the storm surge, and almost every building was destroyed. This was a crippling blow to the British that the Jostans would soon take advantage of.
soon as the storm had passed the Jostans came down from the north to aid the
injured and salvage any supplies and weapons. Each surviving
colonist was given the following options from the elders:
join the Jostans and recognize the elder council as the governing body or
leave the island peacefully. As
expected, devoted colonists chose to leave the island rather than be subject to
Jostan rule, whereas many others, sickened with British rule, happily joined the
Jostan community. Once again Kryous
Island belonged to the Jostans.
| The birth of Kryous.
On March 10, 1801 a council of elders was called in Yesos to discuss the creation of a formal nation. By June 21, 1801 the government of the island and its administrative divisions had been created. The country would be named after the island, its capital would be Yesos, Menkar and its people would be known as Kryans. Using Kryan to describe the citizens would allow both the British secessionists and the Jostans to unite as one people. The island was then divided into six progenies, which were named after the principal stars of the constellation Cetus, and in turn the progenies were divided into kincadres.7 The framework of the original government was based upon the chain of command used by the early Jostans. Each progeny would have a leader, usually the elder of the region. Each elder was responsible overseeing the internal affairs of the progeny. In addition, the elders would also report to the elder council, lead by the Elder Chieftain, to discuss national issues and external affairs. The Elder Chieftain is the elder of Menkar. The judicial system was localized with not much national oversight and all legislation was based upon common law.
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