Located on the peninsula in the extreme northeast of Australia, Suyapar has always suffered from both a lack of natural resources and a lack of unity.
Ostensibly a monarchy, the over-king of Suyapar struggles to maintain power over a variety of autonomous princes. The constant bickering and vying for power prevents any sort of coordinated action in trade or in war against any other faction. At the same time, this very fractious nature of Suyapar frustrates any would-be conquerors. If the fiefdoms will barely bow down before their traditional ruler, how can any outsider hope to rule them? (And, in fairness, outside military threats are one of the few things that will occasionally engender cooperation in the region). In the meantime, every petty duke and baron competes for trading rights and caravan routes, stymying both each other and any attempts to raise the fortunes of the kingdom as the whole.
Suyapar converted to Catholicism after contact from Spanish missionaries, along with the Philippines. The fact that Suyapar is itself “the meek” relative to its neighbors was certainly part of the attraction. The monarch at the time was looking for European support, as well as a way to unite his people under the new religion. In general, it has not been as successful as hoped. While generally suppressed, worship of the Eastern Pantheon and traditional animism do continue in some parts of the region.
Due to a shared religion, Suyapar does have generally positive relations with the Philippines. While the hoped-for economic and military support from European Catholics has not been a complete failure, it has generally been sparse and intermittent.