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Yewish fact file

Discussion in 'UO White Stag Inn' started by Guardsmen Militia, May 27, 2009.

  1. Yewish fact file

    Official Name: The People's State of Yew

    Yewish Banner:
    Yewish Motto: Iugum est vires - Union is strength

    Nominal Capital: Yew Proper
    Administrative Capital: Stonekeep

    Official languages: Britannian
    Recognised regional languages: Celtic
    Unrecognised regional languages: Nihonese

    Ethnic groups: 85% Yewish, 5% Celtic, 4% Minocan, 2% Nihonese, 1.8% British, 0.7% Skara Braen, 0.6% Covian, 0.9% Other.

    Government: People's State Committee

    Currency: Yewish Copper and Britannian Crown

    State religion: Avatarianism

    Map of The State of Yew


    1. Yew Proper

    Yew Proper exists more now as a figurehead capital than ever before, as each day its administrative departments are slowly stripped away and transferred to Stonekeep. Yew Proper is steeped in history and culture with notable landmarks including Empath Abbey and The Courth of Truth. Despite its gradual decline in importance, Yew Proper is still bursting with life as people visit its stores and establishments, or the numerous tourist attractions.
    Yew Proper also houses the state's primary docks and subsequently the vast majority of the Yewish Navy as well as an enormous amount of seaborne trade.

    The people of Yew Proper generally look down upon those of the lesser and recently expanded provinces, believing themselves to be true Yewish. The accents of Yew Proper residents vary dramatically from the calm and lucid speech of the educated to the stumbling colloquialisms of the common folk.
    However, the common folk values of work ethic and solidarity have fallen by the wayside in recent years as the province enjoys a period of financial prosperity forged not by their own efforts but by their neighbours. A source of pride for the people of Yew Proper is their successful vineyard. So great in fact is their sense of accomplishment and appreciation that drunk and disorderly behaviour stands a huge 34% higher in Yew Proper than in any other province.

    2. Stonekeep

    Once a simple military garrison, Stonekeep has expanded to become the administrative centre of the State of Yew. Stonekeep's borders extend far outside of the original meadow and officially include an area containing shops such as the famed 'Crafter's Cottage', factories, casinos and the State Offices.
    Whilst there remains a heavy military presence within Stonekeep, its residential population has grown dramatically in the past few years and was recently estimated to be the most populous province within Yew.
    Now home to the People's State Committee, important decisions affecting not just Yew but the world are made within Stonekeep every single day.

    The people of Stonekeep consider themselves to be at the heart of Yewish life, bearing witness to remarkable events on a regular basis. Stonekeep is home to such a vast array of nationalities and origins as to make the province a veritable melting pot of Britannian culture and language. With so many differing values, influences and backgrounds the province's population enjoys an extremely volatile relationship yet at the same time is visibly productive, co-ordinated and ambitious.

    3. Templeshire

    Templeshire is the smallest official province of Yew, sandwiched between the enormous territories of Yew Proper and Stonekeep it could be easy to overlook Templeshire if not for the towering buildings littering its landscape.
    Owners of numerous stone structures interspersed with small farms, the predominant residents of Templeshire are the Knights Templar.

    The people of Templeshire regard their knightly neighbours with a combination of awe and distrust, being unaccustomed to their chivalry and sophistication.
    However, despite their reluctance to trust outsiders the humble people of Templeshire are slowly growing to accept the Knights Templar.

    4. The Glade

    The Glade is home to the vast majority of Yew's agriculture. A quiet but friendly area, The Glade remains relatively untouched by Yew's industrial expansion and could be considered 'behind the times' in relation to its neighbouring provinces.
    Dominated by farm and orchard hands, the rules of grammar and correct pronunciation do not apply and so speaking to a resident of The Glade is enough to make a Britannian school teacher seriously consider suicide.

    5. Abbeywood

    Abbeywood's controversial and tragic past has been mostly forgotten over the last few years. As the residential province has expanded to include the moongate new businesses have opened and trade has flourished, especially with a new road constructed linking the area with its neighbours. The people of Abbeywood are generally acknowledged as loud and obnoxious folk with little consideration for others. Prone to vice and villainy, Abbeywood residents often lack the morals or principles of their hardworking neighbours and are quite content to get rich either on the back of someone else's labour or through the pain and suffering of others.
    Speech around these parts is fast and laced with colloquialisms and criminal cants making it virtually impossible to discern without the aid of a local or a phrasebook, unfortunately the vast majority of Abbeywood shuns Yew's education system and subsequently have yet to embrace the written word as anything other than a method through which you can describe your arch-enemy's mother on the wall of his house.

    6. Cryptwood

    Cryptwood houses a dark and mysterious history. Its residents are hardy and fearless having grown up next door to the dangers of the Crypts but are regarded for the most part as loners by their neighbours.
    The people of Cryptwood are unfazed by public perception of their community and are indeed quite satisfied to isolate themselves entirely from the rest of civilisation.
    Cryptwood residents often shun the use of modern technology and pride themselves on their self-sufficiency. Visitors are treated as unwelcome guests and are quite frequently ignored entirely.

    7. Cedarwood

    Cedarwood's residential population incorporates a blend of regular Yewish people and those of Celtic origin. With much of the area heavily industrialised it enjoys a financially prosperous relationship with Stonekeep. However a bloody rebellion only a few short years ago has turned public opinion against Cedarwood's non-Yewish population.
    The people of Cedarwood regard themselves as Yewish, even if their neighbours now regard them as a race apart.
    Home to the largest factory in the North, Cedarwood is at the heart of Yewish growth as an economic power.

    8. Tel'mar

    Built upon the ruins of Deepwater the province of Tel'mar has a rich history stretching back hundreds of years. However, for the most part Tel'mar has remained quiet for the last decade.
    With a low crime rate and small population Yewish interest in the province has dwindled, most visitors are pilgrims visiting the Shrine of Justice or lovers visiting the famous waterfall. Recent discussions for industrial development to once again renew interest in the area have taken place, however time will tell what becomes of Tel'mar.

    The people of Tel'mar are generally employed in a number of various positions, often working up to three separate jobs. Many are unskilled yet make up for their lack of talent through sheer elbow grease.

    9. Old Nihon

    The population of Old Nihon consists mainly of Yewish, however there remain a few settlers from the days when Nihon was occupied by various Tokunese tribes.
    The province of Old Nihon is not without its dangers despite the fact that a direct route to Minoc ensures it is rarely quiet.
    The people milling around can be found either chattering away in their native tongue or in the typical Yewish drawl.
    Old Nihon is home to the Eastern Yewish docks and accordingly exports a great deal of rice to the outside world.
    Even though the Nihonese and regular Yewish have lived side by side for decades now and for the latter periods in peace there still exists a great deal of tension between both parties.

    10. Greater Yew

    Greater Yew has only recently been reclaimed as a loyalist province, spending many years as a rebel held territory.
    For many years it remained sparsely populated but lately hardy Yewish pioneers have spotted the glimmer of potential within Greater Yew and have begun to settle the land. Strong, tough and always prepared most Greater Yew residents carry with them a full survival kit 'just incase'.
    Minocan and Covian immigrants have also arrived in Greater Yew, adding to the cultural diversity afforded to to the province by the great variety of Yewish people.

    11. The Emerald Coast

    The Emerald Coast has for a long while existed as little more than a smuggler's depot. In fact despite occasional patrols by the Yewish Navy it is little more than that even now.
    However, plans are in existence for another Yewish port to be built upon The Emerald Coast, dramatically increasing the Navy's coverage and deployment range.
    The handful of individuals who dwell upon The Emerald Coast have about as much regard for the law as they do for the Navy who confiscate their smuggled cargo. Many are not Yewish or even Britannian by birth but instead immigrants from the isle of Buccaneer's Den.

    12. Serpent's Pass

    Serpent's Pass is dominated by the sweltering heat of the Compassion Desert. What few people do reside in the Serpent's Pass are generally found dwelling within closely knit communities, however much like Greater Yew the general population consists primarily of Yewish settlers and Minocan immigrants with the odd smattering of the darker skinned desert tribes.
    The Serpent's Pass shares a border with the Baronship of Cove and subsequently enjoys a heavy military presence and numerous fortified structures cover the terrain.
    The people of Serpent's Pass are friendly folk who have banded together to endure and prosper in treacherous conditions and whilst being understandably cautious around newcomers are also very welcoming to any and all visitors.

    13. Darkwood

    Many years ago the province of Darkwood remained almost entirely lawless as bandits laid siege to the road leading to Britain. Now with the route decidedly less hazardous people have once again begun to settle the region.
    Trade with Britain has allowed the relatively under populated province to flourish despite the ever-present dangers of the aptly named Lich Forest.
    The people of Darkwood are opportunistic by their very nature, many are keen business men with little time for the restraints of morals.

    14. West Yew

    The folk of West Yew have a rich mining history. Their work ethic, strength of will and jovial nature has made them the subject of many a popular folk song. Whilst their gruff nature may prove intimidating to the uninitiated it soon becomes apparent that these people whilst incredibly proud of their heritage are also great and welcoming hosts willing to find any excuse to hold a feast or festival.
    When not hard at work within the mines these bawdy people can generally be seen in the taverns of Yew or heard grunting and groaning between the legs of their women.
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  2. its probably worth noting that the prefix of "Peoples State" generally would imply a Communist regime.
  3. Yes, Yew is generally considered to have been run along broadly socialist lines since the disbanding of the nobility and that's reflected in the official language and institutional set up of the state. Although obviously it's a bit of an anachronism for a medieval-based guild, it was inspired by the examples from history where peasant communities rebelled against local authorities and at least tried to establish communal living :)