RESJU DAKATA: A CULTURE OF LAWYERS (and only partially reformed)
Resju Dakata is the nation which resided in the current day county of Merced, although traditionally they also claimed that part of the land of Gushuzhigua east of the Fresno Slough, south to the border of Flatland. In fact, at one time, they claimed the entire land of California. You see, Resju Dakata was a nation and culture of lawyers (interestingly, in other nations Resju Dakata was a synonym for petri dish). At the height of their power, every citizen in Resju Dakata was required to attend law school but barred from representing themselves in court. The universities continued to offer courses on different topics, but only insofar as they related to law. So the Medical schools taught medical malpractice law, the engineering schools taught engineering law, and creative writing schools taught contract law, etc. At first, it was only the colleges that blended into Law School, but soon the high schools and junior highs as well, until, at the height of the culture, pre-law began in 3rd grade. (Kindergarden, 1st and 2nd grades were spent preparing for the LSATs.)
Little is known of the earliest settlers of Resju Dakata because the historical record remains sealed. But it is known that because of its key position of control of the Pacheco Pass and the fertile valley lands, the Terrantes (as the Resju Dakata referred to their predecessors) began to develop considerable wealth. The springs at Los Banos provided a natural center of commerce and the foundation of Civic Life. However, as the needs of the Curia grew, so did the needs for water and eventually the Los Banos that gave the town its name were inundated by the San Luis Reservoir. Even today, once a year a small group sails out on a boat to place flowers and candles in the lake on the spot where, two hundred feet below, the waters of Los Banos themselves lie flooded.