-Infanticide as population control. Involves guarding eggs, then at hatching point relatives and close friends hunt and devour 90% of hatchlings. Rest are taken into care-giving institution and slowly implemented in population. Practiced by Western, Central, Northern Sauriandia, New Tasmania, and some Asian continental nations.
Positives: provides –relatively-quick and painless method of culling hatchling numbers. Makes use of cannibalism as a potential food source. Offspring are assured to be adaptable.
Negative: Psychological scars are likely for survivors-including but not limited to psychosis, extreme arrogance, paranoia.
-Age-based slavery. Allows all hatchlings to initially survive, but sets them immediately to work on industry and agriculture practices whilst providing minimal healthcare and nutrition. 95% of hatchlings end up dying over the hatchlings end up dying due to diseases and starvation. Surviving population after a few years of slave labor are “promoted” to non-slave. Practiced by Eastern and Southern Sauriandia, New Demeter, and North American colony to lesser extent.
Positives: Prion disease outbreaks are reduced. Massive work force guarantees profit production. Surviving offspring are fairly adaptable.
Negative: population density-based diseases are constant threat. Psychological scars are guaranteed, including paranoia, depression, and mania. Highly unstable.
-Mainly done via blitzkrieg technique where Chipals attempt to defeat enemy by quickly overwhelming the opposing force. Heavy armor tends to protect Chipals from most incoming fire-although guns are beginning to make this plan falter.
-Warships are developed for a similar purpose. Tend to be compact and heavily armored, with the only vulnerable area being the sails. Designed to rapidly approach enemy ship and either ram ship or allow chipal warriors to board ship and slaughter crew. Once again, the development of cannons are changing the necessary tactics they can use.
-When victorious, political leaders of both nations will traditionally fight one another one-on-one. If leader of looser side wins fight, demands by victorious nation are more lax, if leader of victorious side wins, demands are more intense.
-Treatment of other species within borders vary per nation and cultures. In Japan, humans are allowed to worship their own religions and speak their native tongue but are treated as second class citizens. In India, humans are forced out of territories where chipals are settling and put in craptacular reservations. In Southern China, chipals made first generation of humans second class citizens but are working at indoctrinating younger generations so they can be fully assimilated into the Hoff Empire. In North America, small Chipal presence and distance means that the chipals take a much more cautious approach. Makwans and humans are first class citizens and worship their own religions. Chipals have gotten some power due to the introduction of their slavery system, essentially selling their offspring as labor to the people of the California area.
-Relations with other countries are variable as well. The Begafond Double Alliance is at odds with the powerful sultans in Northern India as border disputes increase in tension. The Hoff Empire is slowly losing power as the Ming Dynasty increases in power and relevance. New Tasmania was originally planning to travel across the Pacific Ocean to reach the Mediterranean Sea and come into contact with the Ottoman Empire and acquire some of its wealth, but plans changed when instead they instead bumped into the Americas. Relations with the American nations is…cautious. Without the ability to ensure a large force, the chipal leaders try to avoid international incidents so that they aren’t extinguished by a joint Amerindian-Makwan attack. Since they get a lot of brownie points for selling their manganese armor and offspring as slaves, they are generally doing okay there and are assimilating into the American cultures. Relations between each other can be friendly or aggressive. New Tasmania and the Karmad Tyranny (located in Western Australia) are extremely tense, for example.
Chipal evolution can be traced back 15 million years, when Australia began to experience an increase in seismological activity as the Pacific and Philippine oceanic plates began to get subducted under the Australian plate at a faster rate. The resulting volcanism caused a biotic crisis in Australia that especially hurts smaller marsupials as the toxic gases have a greater effect on them. Likewise, marsupial predators are hit hard by the eruptions as they consumed herbivores that concentrated the toxins into levels of potency that affected even the larger marsupials.
Once the volcanism died down, the open niches were filled by a diverse range of fauna. In particular, the squamates ended up take up a lot of the niches, diversifying into a wide assortment of predators and small animals. One of those new species came in form as a group of varanids that came to being as a generalist group of coastal scavengers. As time went on, some of the coastal species became active hunters, and the wide array of species to hunt caused an increase in intelligence. By this time, the reptiles were about as intelligent as chimpanzees and began to develop more complex behaviors. Eventually, one group of lizard began to become more adapted for fishing. Strangely, the way the lizards became more adapted was not really by changing their physiology but by increasing their intelligence. They began to use logs from shore to swim out farther from the coast, and began to make elaborate traps to catch prey. For a while, their intelligence kept on increasing and their techniques continued to improve. By 900, 000 years, they had stone tools and elaborate nets, but then their intelligence plateaued. Similarly to humans, the chipal ancestors didn’t continue to increase in intelligence up until the discovery of fire 550, 000 years ago, which allow proteins to be denatured. By 125 thousand years ago, the chipals had evolved. They quickly spread away from the coasts and made boats by 70,000 years ago and began settling throughout South East Asia and the rest of Oceania.
Chipals average out around 160 pounds and 10 feet long. They have both powerful arms and legs, still well designed for evisceration (likely an adaptation of their somewhat aquatic lifestyle). Like all varanids, chipals have phenomenal stamina and can sprint at high speeds for quite a distance. They can walk both as a quadruped and a biped, depending on what they are doing. A bipedal stance is considered more of a strenuous position for them, so they can only walk in such a way for a few hours. The quadrupedal stance is much more relaxed and allows for fast movement, but prevents tool use. Due to living on the coast and having access to a wide assortment of food, chipals have excellent eye sight, to the point where they can see a wider range of color than humans do. Their sense of smell is very good as well, being an aspect of their ancestry.