UPA (Utanian Press Agency)
Release: June 25, 301 AP.

Utani Tribes spread across the country

It is official, if not a little controversial, but the Utanian Bureau of Census
has released its population breakdown for the 35.9 million Utani in Utania, and
declared that the tradition of staying with one's tribal lands is not as true
as thought.

Utania's Utani people are, by lore, with substantial anthropological evidence,
the descendants of nine sons of Pethonis, the man who travelled from the north
west to claim the south eastern-most corner of the then-known world. Those sons
fathered the nine Utani tribes who exist even today. However, a direct genetic
descendancy from one of the sons is no longer claimed, as cross-marriage
between tribes is quite common, and usually, but not exclusively, children will
be born into their father's tribe.

The bond to a specific tribe has been allowed to die out since the formation of
the Savaj Empire a thousand years ago. Each Emperor deliberately began rotating
the tribes they married into, to legitimise the Empire as Utani, not just
Savaj. They also encouraged Utani to inter-marry to end two thousand years of
inter-tribal wars. To emphasise this further, almost a million Utani claimed
they had "no specific tribal allegiance", mostly descendants of Utani colonies,
particularly Gvonj.

The largest tribe is, unsurprisingly, the B'yantusu, who dominate the country's
fertile south-eastern corner, including the capital Utan Krysaror, with
4.8 million people. Next, the Ujam have 4.6 million people, and there is
4.5 million Kanharans.

The smallest tribes include the 2 million Chiquiti, 3.05 million Ramal and
3.25 million Viranese, although both the Chiquiti and Ramal have substantial
populations in South Bay: about 1.4 million Ramal and two million Chiquiti.
There is also several million Utani living in several countries in the region,
including an estimated four million in Gvonj. The most dispersed tribe is the
Savaj, who have populations in excess of almost a million or over in three
states, and 426,481 people living in Nystonia state.

Lasanne state enjoys the maximum diversity of Utani tribes of all states,
having some 9 million Utani, but only 4.4 million of them Ujam, 1.5 million
Ramal, and no less than 135,000 of any other tribe. This is due to the high
affluence in the state, and the greatest number of jobs. Utani were pulled from
all corners of the provinces by Guwimith's provincial governors to work the
tobacco and sugar fields of what was then Guwimith Wide Shore province.
Consequently, there is over 800,000 Chiquiti, Kanharan and Tuaman Utani in
Lasanne state, tribes whose homeland is over 1,000 km from the state.

Lasanne state also has the highest non-Utani population, 5.2 million, with
2.8 and 3.0 million non-Utani living in Nystonia and Utani B'yan states. The
central Savana state is almost exclusively the residence of three tribes: the
Savaj, Ramal and Virana. Furthermore, the census detailed the Ujam-dominated
Luka and B'yantusu-dominated Utan Krysaror, where substantial populations from
each tribe live. It was also finally declared that no state had a majority of
non-Utani, and only one of the larger cities had non-Utani majority population,
and that was Vela Luka: almost one million of 1.6 million residents.

©UPA, 301 AP.

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