Illian is a country that lies in the far south of the Westlands, to the west of Tear whose capital city bears the same name. It is famous for hosting the Great Hunt for the Horn. It is feared by its neighbors Altara and Murandy for swallowing pieces of their countries from time to time.</p>

The city after which the nation is named is one of the largest in the Westlands and is penetrated by lots of little channels. It also boasts of the great Square of Tammazwhere the Hunters of the Horn gather to swear their oaths. Two opposing but similar palaces, one for the king and one for the council may be found adjoining the square. The council's palace is just a bit smaller.</p>


Illian lies in the south of the Westlands where theManetherendrelle flows into the Sea of Storms. The city of Illian boasts the largest port in the known world -- a giant circular harbor. To the west sprawls forests and olive groves. The far north is quite mountainous, bulwarked by castles and hillforts. To the east is a vast marshland finally opening up to the Plains of Maredo. The city's immediate surroundings is made up of these swamps and therefore does not need any protecting wall.</p>


The nation of Illian was formed after the capture of the city of Illian by Lord Nicoli Merseneos den Ballin near the end of theWar of the Hundred Years, becoming its first king. His family continued to rule Illian for the next three hundred years. Illian is also famous for its endless wars with Tear as they argue over oil trading rights.</p>


Illian is ruled both by a Council of Nine, and a king who wears the Laurel Crown. In the absence or indisposition of the king, the Council of Nine rules in his stead.</p>

The current King of Illian is Rand al'Thor, the Dragon Reborn. The former king, Mattin Stepaneos den Balgar, disappeared two days before Rand's invasion and later appears again as a hostage in the White Tower before being released by the Amyrlin Egwene al'VereSammael was discovered to have been masquerading as one of the Council of Nine, Lord Brend, until his defeat by Rand al'Thor. After Rand took Illian, the Laurel Crown was renamed the Crown of Swords.</p>


Whenever a Great Hunt (for the Horn of Valere) is called, its participants, who are called Hunters, are commissioned in theGreat Square of Tammaz in the city of Illian.</p>


The dialect of Illian is distinct in that Illianers use the emphatic tense of nearly every verb, shun the progressive tense, and use "no" in place of "not." Thus, "He had not made sure every stick of bread went to the army" becomes "He did no make sure every stick of bread did go to the army."</p>

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Illian's elite troops are known as the Illianer Companions. This organization is rare in that it permits foreigners to become FirstCaptain, the highest rank in the Companions. They are placed wherever fighting is heaviest, and follow the king into danger. Rand al'Thor's father Tam was a Second Captain of the Companions.[1]</p>

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The name Illian may be inspired by Ilion, which was another name for Troy. The nation also shares some similarities with Italy, such as being known for its warm climate and its olive groves. Also, the city of Venice is, like Illian, criss-crossed by many channels.</p>

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