Kurtiye is a heavily militarized country located to the south of Karthack. It was founded by the Kurts, a nomadic people from the steppe who conquered their way through Karthack, but were eventually defeated near the Southern border, and were forced out. There they were forced to settle in what is now Kurtiye. The country is famous for its military, as virtually every ethnic Kurt being a soldier in the tribal military, and the subject peoples working the land and handling trade, production, etc. It is one of the regional rivals of the Helian Empire, and the Kurtish navy is the only one capable of challenging the Helians' fleet at all, though it is still not quite equal to the task.