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Malgans (Malgan: Melgače) are an ethnic group from the region of Malgax in Terranihil who speak Malgan, a Terranilic language. The Malgans migrated to and settled Malgax in 1000 BCE. There are about 9.5 million Malgans.
The Tundren Empire united the Malgans in 515 BCE. It conquered Alaia and surrounding regions. The Tundrens were at war with the Romanyan Empire for 60 years until Romanya conquered Alaia in 60 BCE. The Tundren Empire fell into civil conflict. The Malgan tribes formed independent states and remained fractured throughout the Malgan Warring States period. The Kagor tribe united Malgax into Kagoria in 350 CE. Kagoria reconquered Alaia but was pushed back to Malgax by the Mutadinun Caliphate and then conquered by the Zuhraid Caliphate. After the fall of the Zuhraid dynasty, Malgan Muslims established the Emirate of Mestaga.
Malgans originally practiced the pagan religion of Habzism. They did so until the spread of Islam in the 8th century. Most Malgans have converted to Sunni Islam, but there exist Jewish and Christian minorities. Habzist traditions continue to influence modern Malgan religious practices.
Malgax is a Romanyanization of the Malgan word melgače. The origin of melgače is disputed. It may mean beyond the desert, possibly referring to Malgax's location beyond the desert of the Terranilic-speaking people's origin.
Malgan are a group of people related to Acillians and thought to be descendant of the proto-Terranilic people. They migrated to Malgax c. 1000 BCE from the Terranilian Desert. They were originally nomadic pastoralists. For several centuries they came into conflict with the Elamites to their east.
In 515 BCE, Tundre the Great founded the Tundren Empire that arose and united the Malgan tribes. It defeated neighboring civilizations, including the Neo-Babylonian Empire. The Tundren Empire was one of the largest empires since the Ayreoshubic Empire. The Tundrens effictively adminisered its holdings in the form of provinces. It built several road systems from Malgax to Alaia. The Empire officially used Aramaic as the lingua franca to communicate with its linguistically diverse inhabitants.
The Caelean Coast along with the Tundren Empire's foreign provinces were conquered by the Romanyan Empire in the 1st century BCE. The empire then collapsed with the dynasty only remaining in control of Malgax for a short while longer. The Malgan tribes formed independent states and remained fractured throughout the Malgan Warring States period.
The Kagor tribe united Malgax into Kagoria in 350 CE. The ruling elite of the Kagorians had converted to Judaism in the 6th century. The majority of Malgans practiced their native religion of Habzism. The empire conquered surrounding regions including Alaia in 600. Kagoria fought for control of Alaia with the Romanyan Empire and then the Mutadinun Caliphate. The Mutadinun conquered Alaia in 650 and Kagoria shrunk to only control Malgax. Then in 709, the Zuhraid Caliphate conquered Malgax.