Facts about Utania - 30
Climate & when to go
The climate of Utania is varied, being tropical in the north, milder in the south, semi-arid in the south west and snow-cold in the highlands. This means that when to go depends on where you wish to go.
Most of the country experiences a hot and wet summer, and a warm, dry winter. There is also a hurricane season for the east of the country during January to March, though sometimes later. So, the best time of year to go to Utania is the rest of the year. The skies will be clear, the temperature will become lower, and the humidity drops away after April or May. Daytime temperatures can be as low as eighteen degrees, but are typically early-twenties. Winter and Spring are therefore the best seasons for travelling. You may get a little rain in Utani B'yan, but generally the rain comes in Summer.
Of course, if you're looking for snow, then July to September would be the best months where snow can fall to 1500m.
The sad part about Utania is that there is so few modern books on her history, having been largely banned material by their former masters. There are some, however, and "Historilogue Utani" is available in modern print from some bookstores outside Utania. It is a 1st century history text written in Altland by Utani scholars. It's old, but it provides a facinating history of the Savaj Empire, and the seducing into the confederation that later became the Guwimithian Empire.
Aside from this very book, there are no known travelogues of Utania to date. Lonely Vexillium are proud to be the first in the world.
Once again, maps can be a problem, but the best we've found in the Belson Utania Map series, put out by Belson to tell their salesmen how to get around the country. The maps are clear, concise, but can be expensive, U20 for a large map or U60 for a book. Abbreviations are typically in Ingallish, as is the whole map, so there should be little trouble there.
Alternatively, you could go for the Utanian Tourist Guide maps, which are less farming community-centric (which is of most interest to the Belson maps, being for salesmen of the largest agricultural products company in the region). They mark the location of tourist attractions, such as ruins, but typically miss out details like villages and towns that may also be useful.
Best bet? Buy and use both!
What to bring
Leave behind the cold climate clothing, unless you're going skiing, because you'll not need it. Chiquiti, Kanhara and Ayana can get cold at night, as low as 5 degrees, but generally the country is warm, and sweaters and jumpers you'll have little use for. Bring a cold weather sleeping bag, but you'll find most of the time you'll be out of it. Bring your own required medicines because Utania is not as up-to-date on pharmaceuticals and some drugs just won't be available.
Bring a regular change of clothes, as the humidity can sometimes make new clothes a welcome change, particularly if you've been invited into an Utani family's home, and you want to... er, "smell your best". Deodourant isn't necessary as such.
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