Thursday, April 19, 2018

Itossia (Het)

Part of the Sanjak of Cumana, the Itossia Het is a separated enclave located between Krivassa and Kherson of the Ottoman Empire and the Zaporozhian Sich. The region was formerly part of Zaporozhia, but became occupied by the Yetabeshi tribe in the 1580s. It has good relations with Zaporozhia.

The Ottoman border is kept by a treaty formulated from an agreement that river pirates operating north of Balki on the Dneiper river curtail their infringement of Ottoman trade (having proved themselves most troublesome).

The het covers 7.8 hexes, all of them arable. Itoskhan is the only city in the het, but both Balki and Vesoi are notable towns. Mikhai is a military outpost consisting of 145 permanent residents and twice that many temporary. The het's population numbers 27,102.


Since it's creation in 1597, far from being a hazard, Itossia has served to enforce defenses against the Ottoman Empire for both Zaporozhia and Cumana (with monetary support from both treasuries). Strong fortifications at all four centres in the het have withstood raids and sieges repeatedly since 1620, enabling cossacks from Zaporozhia to launch attacks into Kherson into the Crimea. This has helped stabilize the border and make incursions more difficult for less equipped raiders.



Goods produced in the Itossia Het are traded in Mutrakan. References for these are as follows:


See sheet map D 04 - Don & Volga Rivers.


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