Mian civilization originated on the islands of the Pagos Sea. Here the Mian kept olive groves, fished, traded, and went to war with each other. All Mian share a common language and culture, but they have only rarely been politically united, and then only in loose alliances. In many ways Mian society is past it’s prime. In their golden age Mian alliances were the dominant force in the eastern Centralian Sea, their power extending west as far as Domir. However, the golden age of Mian civilization is long past. The ancestral homeland of the Pagos Sea is controlled by the Domiran Empire, although several Mian colonies and city states maintain a prickly independence elsewhere.
Despite their waning political and military power, Mian culture-its religion, art, and scholarship-is still widely respected and emulated. Mian artists and artisans are in demand across the known world, and Mian scholars, philosophers, and Academies have been valued sources of learning for the past three hundred years.