Bae is marked largely by rolling hills, bamboo forests, and small rivers. In the east, the landscape becomes very hilly and rocky, and then becomes the high mountains. Pholimjung, the regional seat, sits on a river; one of the many small ones that populate the region.
The provincial government is modeled, like most other regions, on the Republica model of 1895, with a unicameral elected legislature (the Tam Guea) and an executive office (the Ul Gyang). Prior to 1985, the Ul Gyang was an elected position, but after a series of legal reforms the position was altered as part of a Tuhran Bel intiative to reduce confederalism; the position is now akin to a Prime Minister's office.
Since 1895, provincial power has declined despite the efforts of Bajeong nationalists to retain sovereignty assumed by the national government; consquently many of the regional departments like Forestry, Treasury, and the like have been absorbed into their national ministry equivalents. The Tam Guea still retains specific rights reserved for the provincial governments under national law, but with the increasing centralization of Snefaldian government this independence is weakening.
The former Imperial family of the Niuhuru clan hold special position as the official "Royal Family of Bae," despite having no real power or royal right.
Culture and People
Bae is home to several ethnic groups, most notably the Bajeong of south and central Bae, and the Zhong of north and northwest Bae. There are several other smaller ethnic groups that are not grouped with either Bajeong or Zhong. Kinship among the Bajeong proper is clan and family based, with individuals belonging to first their immediate lineage and then a larger clan.
The modern Bajeong claim descent not from the ancient Bajeong Guea state but rather from a collection of southern clans that moved north to occupy the former Guea lands in the 7th century. The many clans that exist in modern Bae claim descent from these original families, which eventually expanded and absorbed the original southern homelands they had left. In the late 18th century, the leaders of the Niuhuru clan reorganize and ordered the existing clans under a new political system; this is the foundation of the existing kinship system in Bae.
Bajeong people identify themselves in three ways: Family, Clan, and location. For famous writer and theologian Tun Oh was born to the Tun branch of the Jengnelut clan, with the proper name of "Oh." His family, the Tun, held the title of Prince of Jeungmeng. In traditional Bajeong naming conventions, his proper full name would be Jengnelut, Tun Oh the Prince Jeungmeng. Short form generally omitted the place name, making him Jengnelut Tun Oh, which would then be used conventionally as Tun Oh.
Similar to the Dayan and Sringi practice of acquaintance names, Bajeong and Zhong often used courtesy names for use by family members and close acquaintances which were chosen when they graduated school. Tun Oh's courtesy name was Keunmeng, and among friends he would be referred to by this name only, rather than being called "Oh."