Undergoing a bit of a short revamp atm
So, if you're reading this factbook, you likely want a view of Kiu Ghesik without really reading too much, and so I'll oblige. One, two, three, here we go.
The Ghesites live in the Kiu Ghesik Basin, a region of flat steppe rolling down from the foothills of great mountains in the west to an inland sea in the east. The Ghesites prefer to roam largely in the west of this region, though in the past three hundred years since the subjugation of the Alechi agriculturalists living by the sea they have migrated east to be closer to their dependent "allies". To the north and south lie trading cities and trade routes with other peoples, though the Ghesites do not settle here, only occasionally coming and going to trade goods and wares. However, these places are host to some interplay between their own culture and the cultures of foreigners, and so the cities and trading posts in the north and south of the Basin have developed syncretic traditions blending the Ghesite way with that of others. Many traditionalist Ghesites find this repulsive.
The faith of the Ghesites is called Sky-Worship (bad name), and is centered around the belief that the sky is home to a sacred mother-deity and that the winds and clouds are her children and messengers. Differently-shaped clouds are viewed as bearers of signs and are anthropomorphized as as figures of good or ill omen, bringers of rain or of drought, of storm and cursing winds or of sun and blessing winds. The winds likewise are viewed as the Sky-Mother's agents on Earth, who carry out her tasks, who blow the rain from place to place as she demands, who carry up souls or scatter their essence in their gusts, and who light the stars, moon, and sun in the highest heavens each morning and evening. Their psychopomp is the Flensing Wind, a Grim Reaper-esque figure whose breath extracts the soul from the body, weighs its worth, and either carries it up to the Mother's bosom or blows it away to the ends of the earth to scatter as a metaphysical dew and constitute new bodies and souls.
The Ghesites are somewhat stuck between a rock and a hard place, though, as they are threatened by empires and "civilized" states encroaching on them from the north and south, who they simply do not have the population dynamic to oppose, and who their unification indirectly antagonizes. There are a few options, then, facing their society: They can adapt, lose their culture, and join the grave heap of failed civilizations, they can lash out and hope for a few years of conquest and dominance, or they can try to find a middle ground. They seem to be going towards the second of the three, as in recent years the Council of the Clans has confirmed as Caller the successor of their nation's founder, Ari daughter of Oloughin, who has so far shown that she views the Council as a weapon she can wield to strike at her people's enemies.
And that's it. More to come, sorry for the wall of text, but here's the quick overview done.