Cathican is the provincial capital of Mingars in Vulshain. It is the oldest city in Vulshain and is believed to be where ancient prehistoric vulpines settled upon crossing the land bridge from Vekaiyu, as archaeological findings have turned up ancient caves once used by prehistoric Vulshainians.
Cathican began after vulpines from Vekaiyu crossed around ten thousand years ago in prehistoric times across a land bridge that connected the states of Vekaiyu, Bai Lung, Raedion-Lucari, and Vulshain from an outcropping of the Ta'lavero Mountains. Archaeological research has discovered ancient caves as well as burial mounds near the city, indicating that Vulpines from Vekaiyu had indeed travelled to Vulshain in prehistoric times.
Cathican soon grew in both size and power through the years. Because of its location near the sea, Cathican was often a destination for merchants and traders. However, the city was also the target of pirate raiders. In order to defend against attacks, Mateu Zwidhuis, the First Great Elector of the City-State Republic of Mingars had a castle designed and built to serve as a means to protect his city-state capital. The castle was the site of many battles against pirates and opposing city-state navies.
Cathican, after the Wars of the Feuding Cities, experienced a population boom as the city greatly expanded. Merchants and scholars flocked to the city to take part in Cathican's growing status as a center of learning and trade. At the city's harbors, ships from various nations, such as Vekaiyu and Raedion-Lucari, could be seen arriving and departing. Goods from distant lands were unloaded before being taken to shops and marketplaces throughout the city, while Vulshainian goods were loaded onto departing ships to sell in their nations.
In the late 19th century, Vulshain and Laiatan went to war during the Vulshainian-Laiatanese Five-Year War. Cathican was spared some of the war, although the Laiatanese navy did blockade the city for much of the war's duration. After peace was declared between the two nations, Cathican's blockade was over and ships soon arrived, even from Laiatan.
Cathican soon became the main base of operations for the Vulshainian Confederate Resistance after the rise to power of Merrill Rivers. During the Monarchical Revolution, Cathican served as a staging ground for attacks on provinces under the control of the Republican Regime. After the restoration of the Vulshainian monarchy and the fall of the Republican Regime, Cathican experienced a surge in new arrivals as many young Vulshainians enlisted in the military, training at Aviation Armed Forces Academy.
During the 2003-2006 Vulshainian Civil War, several riots and bombings took place. A terrorist tried to detonate a bomb at the Aviation Armed Forces Academy, but unfortunately, got stuck in traffic, and decided to detonate the bomb in the middle of rush hour, killing 100 people and injurying countless others. This was the June 2003 Rush Hour Traffic Bombing.
After the Civil War, Cathican reversed the damage inflicted on it.
The City of Cathican
Cathican is a city where the past and present mix, much like all other Vulshainian cities. Sometimes called the Lighthouse City due to the sight of the lights of the skyscrapers and other tall buildings from the sea, Cathican attracts tourists and visitors every year, especially during the spring and summer months when beachgoers flock to the beaches.
Cathican Castle was built in the mid 12th century A.D. by Mateu Zwidhuis, the First Great Elector of the City-State Republic of Mingars. The Castle was built in order to fend off pirates and the navies of other city-states. It became important to the welfare and safety of the city. Before the Wars of the Feuding Cities, a common quote by Mingars' enemies went that when Cathican Castle fell, the city would fall at the same time.
After the Wars of the Feuding Cities, Cathican Castle continued to be essential to the protection of Cathican against pirates and raiders.
Cathican Castle, in modern times, is now a popular tourist attraction and contains an impressive armory, showcasing several sets of armors and weapons.
Aviation Armed Forces Academy
The Aviation Armed Forces Academy was built in 1924 and finished in 1929. It is a prestigous military academy that trains promising cadets entering the Confederate Air Force as well as the Naval Air Force of the Confederate Navy. One famous graduate was Cecilia Rainard, the current Royal Confederate Premier.
Cathican is a major tourist attraction, with tourists coming from all over the world to see such attractions as the Vulshainian Confederate Air Museum, Cathican Castle, and Cathican's beaches. Many of Cathican's beaches are pristine and popular among swimmers, sunbathers, and surfers. While toplessness is allowed, the beaches of Cathican are not completely clothless.