Hoipolloi

Inventing 25,000 years of history is not an easy task and to honor my “no utopia” approach to worldbuilding, I decided eighteen years ago to add a very dark page into the history of Urando:

the extermination of the Hoipolloi by the G5 of Urando.

In the third century BC the governments of Gramatia, Benya, Collya, Fruytanya and Czezr put aside their rivalries and colluded to put an end to raids from what they called the put-hole-people, because these people lived in holes they dug into the ground. However, they called themselves the Hoipolloi*.

Though in the eyes of the nations whose lands they raided, the Hoipolloi were uncivilized barbarians, these people actually had a rich culture. But they had no written language and anything we know about their language has been noted by a single author who studied them during the fourth century BC.

Genetic research conducted in 1997 by a team of Gramatian and Benyan scientists showed that the Hoipolloi were more closely related to chimpanzees than to homo sapiens sapiens.

However, why were the Hoipolloi exterminated? According the Benyan historian Atrek Djeben they had the unfortunate fate to live in Eastern-Urando at the very moment of the emergence of strong nation states in that region. Their way of life was at odds with the new social reality and their inability to communicate with humans in an effective fashion, was their undoing.


*Hoi polloi is Greek for “the many”

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