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Merina Kingdom (Madagascar)

Merina Kingdom

The kingdom comprises the island of Madagascar and numerous smaller islands.

  • Coat of arms/Flag
  • Capital City- Antananarivo
  • Other Settlements –
  • Languages – Malagasy
  • Religion(s) – Traditional beliefs 
  • Government – Absolute monarchy
  • Legislature –
  • Current Ruler – Andriamanelo
  • Other Notable residents –

The kingdom is ruled by a fragmented assortment of shifting sociopolitical alliances.

Madagascar’s central highlands are first inhabited by the island’s earliest settlers, the short Vazimba (Halflings), who established simple villages in the island’s dense forests.

The Hova (Human) people from the southeastern coast gradually migrated into the central highlands where they established hilltop villages interspersed among the existing Vazimba settlements, which were ruled by local kings and queens. The two peoples coexisted peacefully for several generations. In this way,

However the new Hova king , Andriamanelo, has broken this tradition by launching a largely successful war to subjugate the surrounding Vazimba communities and force them to either submit to Hova dominance or flee.

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