- "Ahead lay hundreds if not thousands of animals, deer and elk all rushed around the area, hopping and leaping in a playful mood. Birds fluttered in the sky screeching and screaming as they dived in and around the animals bellow them. Large giraffes stomped across the Plain, their massive necks stretching to reach for food that sat on the tall trees. The scorching sun blared down upon all blurring out the sight with long swirling waves of heat. Hills and countless flowers covered the Plains in beautiful colours: pink, purple, blue, green, orange, yellow and some that Isabella had never seen before. It was nothing like she had ever thought, the animals there were each as beautiful as the next. Rivers and ponds flooded the grass lands, glistering the green with sparkling stars, tall trees rooted from the ground, stretching high into the sky."
- ―Isabella Mthendale on her first thoughts of Üswana.
Üswana is a country located within the Western Territories, and in league with the Human Royal Government, as well as being one of the countries under its government. It shares a border with Royalandüs, and lies approx 450 miles from the Dwavern Kingdom. It is under the rulership of the dwarves, and has been since the end of the War of Flowers, when Robert I Heartan upheld the agreement to hand the city Phylon over to them for their part in the Freedom Wars, thousands of years prior. It is separated from the Kingdom by the Black Sea, and despite being hundreds of miles away, it is still apart of the Dwavern Domain.
Phylon is the country's largest city, as well as being its capital. The ruler of the city and the country itself is named Lord of Phylon, or Duke of Üswana. Bambuda is also another city located within the country, but is not under the command of the dwarves, but rather human royalty.Üswana was never a major country of great power, but rather known for its tourist attractions. It has a rather lot of villages and towns, as well as ancient castles and forts. It is also home to the Ruby Ocean, a large circular ocean which covers around 400-500 miles. It is also where most of their trade comes from, as the ocean bed has millions, perhaps more rubies buried deep under its soil. It is also home to rich wood, Ravenfall Forest, where Ravenwood is harvest, and is amoung the strongest wood in Amsnorth.
Üswana's first formation was around the Creation Period, when the Dark-Elf Empire begun to divide the known lands into what is now known as the Main Lands. Üswana's name comes from an unknown source, and was named by Shalimal himself. The word Üswana comes from the Elvish word for Beauty.
Like most countries within the West, Üswana was one of the first places to be inhabited by all three kinds of elves. The ancient beings that formed the country that is known now, rellied on their own skills rather than the craftsmenship of the dwarves.Decorated clay vessels from the Creation Period are some of the oldest surviving examples of pottery in the world. Around FA 2000, the ancient Yaykio people began to enter throughout Üswana. The Yaykio people, started to migrate across the West, and saw the introduction of practices like wet-rice farming, a new style of pottery, and metallurgy. They used the Ravenfall Forest to harvest woods and materials to craft and built small huts and houses which would later become villages and towns. While most of the Yaykio people lived within farms, they spread throughout the lands, froming small civilizations and temples, which they used to worship their gods. Üswana first appearance was discovered when ancient drawings and text was found in ancient caves within the surrounding area. There it was soon found that the old Yaykio people worshiped their own god known as Iyekalero. These drawings informed the people that this god was believed to be the Great God, and that they were the first people to sketch the first image which would later be known as the original form of the Mystic Dragon. It is unclear how these people knew about the appearance of the Great God, but from the Ancient Elvish, it is hinted that an old dark-elf priest spoke with him, and was informed of its physical form.
The Yyanga Period (FA 6500- FA 7000) marked the emergence of a strong Üswana state, centered on an imperial court in Wakayio (Phylon in mordern days). The Yyanga Period is characterized by the appearance of a nascent literature as well as the development of architecture and the first librarys.
Velmistru warriors led a small civil war against the Dark-Elf Empire, to try and end their reign from their corrupted courts. The Velmeen Civil War so about the destruction over a huge portion of Üswana, and also saw about the extinction of the Yaykio people. It ended horribly for the Velmistru people, as they were thrawt by the empire, and exiled from all known lands.
Feudal EraEditÜswana's feudal era was characterized by the emergence and dominance of a ruling class of warriors, the newly rising Velmistru people, which were formed by the Dark-Elf Empire to serve as the new warriors of highly skilled soldiers. Following the past defeat of the older Velmistru people, the empire wanted to make sure that these people would not form a similar rebellion, so allowed them a great deal of power within the lands of Üswana only. A Velmistru could kill a commoner for the slightest insult and were widely feared by, not only the elves within its region, but all the Races of Amsnorth.
A known Velmistru warrior, Asheeki established the first invasions of Wizardear, through the use of Üswana and its resources. Asheeki achieved glory in the invasion, and started to bring over human slaves to start building more towns, villages and castles within its lands. This was the start of the Golden Age, when people from across the world started to migrate into other known islands, and small countires,
During the Golden Age, the first races and people of Üswana started a trade with their sister countries, forming one of the first civil friendships between rival rulers. In order to keep peace, governments were forced in smaller numbers, something that would eventually form into a Senate. Septs were also first seen around this time, when temples that were built from the ancient Yaykio people, were rebuilt and formed into Septs, which would serve as places of justice and courts
Age of Heroes EraEdit
See: War of Kings
Main Article on: Jafier Heartan
Üswana was known as a rather beautiful place, that did not dwell too much into wars and affairs. However when the Dark-Elf Empire was defeated by the dwarves, many people loyal to them were casted out, and exiled into the lands of Wizardear. Many wars begun after these events, the major one being War of Kings, when Jafier Heartan grew in power. Although Üswana did not participate in the war, its lands were often hub of shelter for armies on all fronts.
Now with most lands under assult, Üswana held no battles, but instead harvest soldiers. This was a smart move on the government's part, as the prevention of warfare, lead to the increase of its population, and gold intake. It became a rich country, and thrived off the war. When the war ended, Jafier Heartan reformed the country, along with countless more, and started the Human Royal Government, a government that would combine all the others into one major civilization and trade.
Government and PoliticsEdit
According to the Constitution of Üswana, the country is a federation and semi-presidential republic, wherein the head of state is the Lord of Phylon, or the Duke of Üswana. Üswana is fundamentally structured as a multi-party representative democracy. Like all the other cities, there is a Senate, Sept and a court of law in which decides on matters concerning the government.
Üswana has several branches in which different poltical affairs take place:
- Sept - here many places take place in the form of justice and criminal offences. The Holey One, along with noble beings of high statues, decide in if someone is guilty of a crime or innocent.
- Senate - the main government that is full of politicains that decide on matters that are debated at the War Council. Here a group of highly talented nobles are incharge of matters that spread throughout the country, and other surrounding regions.
- War Council - here a group of masters, along with the head of state, fund, organize and operate affairs concerning their lands an titles. They can increase rent, tax, education or anything else they please.
As Üswana is not a highly political country, they rely on much of the surrounding countires that are apart of the leading government, the Human Royal Government. When many debates are held within Gran Sarathal. the Lord of Phylon may demand whatever they desire from the King of Amsnorth, but this must pass through the Senate, and the King has the final say.
Across all the countires and regions of Amsnorth, most countries keep their alliances through trade and marriages. While each country is under a Great House, Üswana in under the control of House Thash, a dwarf house. It is very difficult for the Lord of Phylon to marry his nobles off to another, as not many noble dwarves are residents within the Main Lands. So they must elect their own human nobles, give them land and titles, so that they can eventually marry another member of a royal country, to further increase their power and reputation. By having a friendship with a royal country, they are always secure in gaining favour within the Senate.
Üswana does not have a great deal of soldiers at its command, but it does have a great deal of highly skilled knights. Many generals and commanders are trained within the lands of Üswana, mainly because of its plains, and its large forests, where students can train.
Üswana is an average sized country, and is located right next to Royalandüs. Its edge steeps right into the Black Sea, where it holds its main transport across the seas. Most places around the southern borders are teeming with life and glorious plants and flowers, some of which are only found in Üswana. It is also home to Voliten, an ancient ruined town located around 5 miles from Seatown.Around the city Phylon, lies the Plains. Here most of the wilderness resides, as it is roughly around 25 miles long, and full of thousands of animals. It is also where many giants make their home, as it is very peacefull. Üswana has a wide natural resource base, including major deposits of timber, petroleum, natural gas, coal, ores and other mineral resources, including the very rare, Ravenwood.
Most of Üswana consists of vast stretches of plains that are predominantly steppe to the south and heavily forested to the north, with tundra along the northern coast. Üswana also shares a border with Greatwood Forest, the largest forest in Amsnorth. While ites borders do not expand into Greatwood, the country has supply to the far western regions of its woodlands.A large portion of Üswana is uncharted, while making it a long stretch of plains and highlands. There are extensive hills that are spread across the northern regions, some of which are home to rare rocks and minerals. One of the major points of the Plains, and a rather large attraction from tourtists during certian parts of the year, is the Gods Valley, a huge rocky trench that travels for around 2 miles in size.
The country has an extensive coastline of over 7,000 miles along the Black Sea. It is also apart of the small islands to the west of the country, these islands have no name, but within them there are small civilizations, and large mining facilities.
Üswana has thousands of small rivers and inland bodies of water, providing it with a great supply of fresh water, and hundreds of tones of it are harvest each month. The Ruby Ocean is the largest inland ocean in the entire world, being approx 400-500 miles in length. It is also Üswana main trade intake, as thousands of rubies are harvest from the seabed each year.
Like most countries across the world, the climate in Üswana is no different. However it features more rain and horrific winds greater than any part of Amsnorth. Many of the villages and towns suffer from sever snowstorms, which destory farms, crops and other supplies that are needed. However no one appears to care about these problems, which cost landlords and nobles a lot of gold. Many think that such harsh winds come from the Black Sea, and the worst times for the winds is around mid-year.
Üswana has a developed, high-income market economy with enormous natural resources, particularly oil and natural gas. It has one of the largest economy intakes, as it is given a huge supply of gold through the Dwavern Domain. Ever since the War of Flowers, and dwarves have managed to increase the amount of gold, gems and resources that the country gains.
Oil, natural gas, metals, and timber account for more than 80% of Üswana exports abroad. Since the year around TA 7615, the exports of natural resources started decreasing in economic importance as the internal market strengthened considerably. Despite higher energy prices, oil and gas only contribute to 5.7% of Üswana currency.
Many regions in Üswana speak Rochillion (Common Speech), but also speak Dwarfik in many places that are inhabited by mainly dwarves. While Rochillon is the main language throughout Amsnorth in whole, many regions speak their native language, to communicate with their fellow kin. Not every race speaks Rochillion, and some only know their own, which has caused several civilizations to differ from their neighbours.
There are no offical relgion in the lands of Üswana, but it is implied that there are beings that worship all kinds of gods. While many shrines and temples are used to pray to the Mystic Dragon, there are other shrines across all the lands. Around 60% of Üswana have religious beliefs.
Üswana has one of the most efficent and largest schools in the world. Unlike most places around the Main Lands, Üswana has a free education system, which is guaranteed for all citizens, however entry to subsidized higher education is highly competitive.
Like most countires there are different cources in which a being can pass, with the most popular being the blacksmith. Over 3,000 blacksmiths are trained each year, compared to the 800 soldiers. As most of the beings within Üswana are dwarves, most blacksmiths are humans.