Facts about Utania - 24
The Utanian people are essentially one people group, Utani, divided only by nine "tribes". They make up an estimated 80 to 90% of the population, the remainder being so-called "Uta-Decashi" or "Tenth Tribe" foreigners who mostly live along the wealthy eastern seaboard. Immigration to Utania occured in spurts: the first great wave being after the military government of the Dependencies was removed, and Governors installed in 188. Utani do not particularly like having so many Uta-Decashi in "their" homelands, but particularly resent their wealth, which was primarily generated under the exploitative Guwimith regime. The Utanian Nationalist Party advocates the expulsion of all foreigners from Utania, where claim to Utani blood is by having at least a 1/8th Utani heritage, or an Utani upbringing (for example being adopted by Utani). The Nationalists are, however, in the minority, most Utanians regarding foreign travellers as welcome guests.
Utania recently seized control of the I'ana archipelago amidst international condemnation, adding the few thousand residents of that island group to their population, who are cross-bred Utani and Pticans, the latter being an otherwise extinct people.
Under the Savaj Imperial period (~700 B.P. - 1 A.P.), the arts flourished, and there are numerous art galleries and museums displaying excellent examples. More recent artworks also flourished in the "Utani underground", a network of artisans who strived to keep Utani arts alive. The modern Utani art owes its heritage to this, the Savaj Imperial period, and to the more recent development funding in Utanian arts.
There is an enormous number of Utanian architectural masterpieces to be examined. In Luka and Vela Luka, and, to a lassor extent, Utan Krysaror, the Guwimithian style exists in numerous previous century (101-200) buildings, such as the tremendous Luka Department of Education building, formerly the Dependencies Administration Building. The Presidential Suburb in Utan Krysaror is currently under construction, but should provide a vast array of beautiful modern buildings.
There is also several examples within the regional cities of
Savaj Imperial Period buildings: massive polished stone contructions of churches, theatres
and Imperial government buildings. The Ujam Cathedral is one of the best examples, in the city
of Ujam (its real name is Ujam Krysaror, or "Ujam capital", but this was shortened by the
Guwimithian regime). Standing 170 feet tall, and covering almost one acre, the Cathedral is
still in use and can be visited all-days-bar-Sunday.
Travelling into Savana state one can see excellent ruins of the former Savaj Empire: fortresses atop mountains that kept the Guwimithian and Gronkian soldiers at bay during the 124-31 rebellion. There is also some good examples of the pre-Empire "Utani Kingdoms" period, although most examples have been lost under the constantly modernising Empire. The Senbek Fortress, in southern Virana near Utan-Jesu, is the best remaining example of a fortress from the Utani Kingdoms period and is about two thousand years old.
However, the best remaining piece of architectural magnificence in all Utania is the Savaj Palace. The ten storey high building towers above the Savaj capital, decorated with all manner of animals and mystical creatures on the exterior, and adorned with the most magnificent artwork within. Of course, the building is still used for official occasions, and remains the sometime residence of the Savaj Emperor, so gaining access is more difficult.
Painting and Frescos
The Utanian Renaissance was from about 400 B.P. for four hundred years. During that time, painting flourished and improved to an excellent standard exemplified by the famous "Mona Leya" painting from about 184 B.P. Unfortunately, most painting was on stone, not canvas, making them harder to transport for world tours. Consequently, most Utanian art is unknown worldwide. But, some of the paintings are magnificent and enormous. The most well-known is the Ujam Cathedral, in which the roof was totally covered in intricate, interlocking paintings. It took local artist Mijal Anjelo some thirteen years to complete.
However, the best examples remain in Savana, particularly the Imperial Capital of Navoomi. The Imperial Palace remains the best source for the imagination, but several other government buildings and churches are also adorned within with massive frescos and paintings.
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