After the ZBC fell and the last remnants fled Star Emperor City for other locations, there was a massive power void in the surrounding area. Various groups began to move in for control of the leaderless nation, but ultimately, the decision of who would lead was made without conflict. Like so many tales go, an ordinary man from a small village came to believe he had been given visions by the gods, and, desperate for a symbol to follow, people began to believe his stories. Slowly but surely, people accepted this man, one Kaim Cornwell, and the theocracy of Tethys formed.
In Tethys, religion is the law. People have come to believe that Zi fell because there was a lack of respect for the gods, and fervently enforce the rulings passed down by their priests. There is a god or goddess for everything here: from things as mundane as farming all the way up to leadership. Most Tethysians refuse to do much of anything at all without first praying to the appropriate deity, and each household contains a shrine to the deities that govern its occupants’ careers. Religion is taught to all children of Tethys from their earliest days, and doing anything believed to be defying the gods can get one jailed or even executed, depending on the severity. However, since few people native to Tethys would ever commit such an act, these occurrences are few.
Tethys is led by a single prophet, who is named leader by the Inner Circle of Conduits, which is made up of a single respected representative for each deity, minor or major as they may be. The head prophet is chosen to lead for life, and the current leader is a woman named Karen Adelwolf. Similarly, the Inner Circle representatives serve for life, though these men and women are chosen based on who ranks highest at the time of their predecessor’s death. The nation is based, of course, in Star Emperor City- then name of which gave them the name of their highest god, the Star Emperor.
Militarily, Tethys follows a principle of quality over quantity. While the Tethysian Holy Guard is small, every member is a highly trained warrior of a caliber exceeding that of the average Adamasian soldier. No low level Zoids serve in the Holy Guard unless a pilot is highly exceptional at using one. The military is lead by the Inner Circle representative for the god of war.