Electorate Profile: Navoomi
which stands some ten storeys tall. This reflects the truth about Navoomi: they are constantly
reminded of their faith in the overwelming presense of God, and of the Emperor who rules over
them, whose family has lead the Savaj people for over a millenia.
The city of Navoomi is overshadowed by two towering monoliths: the Crux Olaj ("God's
Peak") mountain, which towers above the city some 3km, and the palace of the
And so describes the Savaj living in the Navoomi electorate. It is a place buried high
on the western side of Utania's peaks, between 1500 and 3500 metres (4500 and 11000 feet)
elevation, somewhat separated from the rest of Utania. It is bitterly cold in winter, reaching
temperatures as low as -30 C, but bright, sunny and mild during the summer months, reaching
peaks of 25 C in parts. Survival against the cold is paramount, yet the small mud brick
houses, and significant amounts of fur clothing have kept the Savaj warm for the three
millenia they have lived there.
Savaj are poor takers to commercial goods and even poorer workers in factory environments.
The people make their living from farming in the lower lands, keeping goats and
long-haired cattle, or from cottage industries such as making clothes or pottery. There is
some industrialisation in the Savaj capital Navoomi, but very little, as the western
The capital city is littered with churches showing the high devotion to the Cruisian
God. Typically, at least two Sabbaths a month are spent all day in devotional prayer and
fasting, while a typical day would involve an hour of the same some time during the day, and
is typical outside the city too. It is a highly spiritual place, but not necessarily
"religious". There is no enforced regimen, only a culture which prizes highly devotion to
prayer and good works.
it is normal to be invited into the home of complete strangers, for a meal and a place to stay,
but it is also considered normal that one would therefore share your belongings, particularly
consumable ones, such as provisions, and your time, in helping with the chores about the
village or community. To decline is considered a great affront, but one the Savaj are quick
to forgive in non-Savaj, particularly Uta-Decashi (non-Utani).
Private ownership is typical in the land, but such is the overwhelming belief that
everything belongs to God, that uncharitable notions accompanying capitalism's "private
ownership" are unknown, and considered terribly "uncruisian". Therefore,
The Savaj Empire
With such charity and hospitality, it is hard to imagine these people once ruled the entire
of modern Utania and much of South Bay until the plague. When the Utani tribes, descendants
of one man, Pethonis, divorced eachother and ruled separate kingdoms. Internicene wars were
common. One such war began after a famine in the Savaj Kingdom forced the people to move
downhill into Chiquiti and Kanhara, in what is now northern Utani B'yan state. Unwelcome and
persecuted, the Savaj King despatched an army of thousands to rescue his people and to force
the recalcitrant "brother kingdoms" to be more "Cruisian" and charitable. This lead to the
formation of the Savaj Empire, the last dynasty of which rules the Savaj and Viranese to this
day. And rather than acting as a overlord and tyrant master for the other tribes, the Savaj
Empire was one of the most civilising influences on the Utani in all history, ending a thousand
years of wars and tyranny, establishing a social and commercial structure and
helping the Utani to expand worldwide, to colonies such as Gvonj, Ptica and other Meridic
Ocean islands, as well as Embassies and trade relations with the cream of pre-plague kingdoms
With this in mind, it is not difficult to understand why the Savaj have such faith in
<Tech>For those still searching for a parallel to earth, think mountain
kingdoms with heavy spirituality, think Tibet or Nepal</Tech>
Therefore, what sort of voters are the Savaj of Navoomi electorate? According to the Utanian
Electoral Commission, not really much at all: it appears some 80% of the electorate have
submitted "Vote Transfer" forms that will hand to their tribal Chiefs, or the Emperor, the
right to vote on their behalf, and the other 20% will probably vote the way the Emperor or
Chief dictates. While critics, such as Utani Progressive Party leader, James Angorit, say this
allows an absolute monarchy to exist within the borders of a democracy, it was the people of
Savana that insisted on this right. At this stage, the pro-royalist, and pro-traditional
Kingdom Utani-Saedaj Party (USP) are likely to collect at least two of the three Navoomi seats
in parliament, with the cruisian-values Peoples Party collecting the rest.
Navoomi is a monarchist, traditionalist and very religious electorate, and the eight
hundred thousand residents wouldn't have it any other way.
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