-- Pre-history --

Utania derives its name from the Utani people, a people who moved into the "Utan" region about three thousand or so years ago. Their origins prior to that are unknown, though genetic-anthropologists are suggesting the Utani are most-closely related to the Liliani, but that was more than ten or twenty thousand years ago. The Utani detailed history states that one man, named Pethonis, left his people to the north-west of the old continent with his nine sons, and arrived in the Utan coastal region, modern-day Utania. There he and his sons established a holding over all the land, and it was divided between the nine sons upon his death.

-- Ancient history --

The nine kingdoms period began as the population of the Utani grew, about 2,500 years ago. To begin with, the unified Kingdoms lived under the Confederated Utani Kingdoms, and a period of peace lasted 200 years, to 2000 B.P., until there was a split, into the eastern and western Confederations, which resulted in the First Confederation War. Then, another period of peace, before the western Confederation collapsed and a series of inter-nicene wars began, while the Eastern Confederation tried to reel in there siblings. It resulted in the collapse of the Eastern Confederation about 1700 B.P.

A series of Kingdom wars began which persisted for a millenia. During that time, internal politics was dominated by alliances and betrayals, and short-lived reunifications of the Utani people. There was also periods of conquest by the Armatirionian people, and in reverse. It also slowed technological and cultural advancement, and less is recorded and known about this period that subsequent periods. It is often referred to as the Dark Ages of the Utani people.

In about 1200 B.P., the Cruistian religion came to the warring Utani, and slowly drained the enthusiasm for warfare, though not until after a period of horrific persecution of the Cruistians. The first Cruistian Kingdom was that of the Ramal, then the Savaj and Viranese, then Ujam and Nystos. By 900 B.P., the majority of the Utani were Cruistian, even if their Kingdoms officially were not, but the persecutions stopped. The period of war was ended, and a peaceful unification of the Savaj and Viranese Kingdoms even began.

In about 730 B.P., a famine in the unified Savaj Kingdom forced the Savaj and Viranese people to wander down from their mountain Kingdoms and seek food in the Chiquiti and Kanharan lands, they were unwelcome and persecuted. The Kingdoms even slaughtered some of the immigrants as a show of oppressive rule. So, the Savaj and Viranese sent massive armies to overrun their enemies, carrying the Cruis banner. Thousands of Cruistian Kanharan and Chiquiti soldiers sided with the Savaj and the two Kingdoms were overrun in days. So began the Savaj Empire.

-- Savaj Imperial History --

The Savaj Empire was a period of colossal expansion both territorially and culturally. It was the first full reunification of the Utani in 1300 years, and the sciences and arts flourished under the well-ordered and peaceful people. They began exploring beyond their own shores, making diplomatic contact with various kingdoms and principalities as far afield as Christiana and Sjomania.

Officially, the Savaj Empire began when the last of the Utani Kingdoms fell under their rule: the Ramal. Once the Tuaman and B'yantusu saw the Kanharan and Chiquiti Kingdoms fall because of internal treachery by the Cruistians, they began systematic persecution and routing out of the Cruistians in their Kingdoms. It began in the palaces, where noblemen were to declare their allegiances, and numerous, faithful to Cruis, were beheaded before the pagan kings for declaring their allegiances first to Cruis then to the King. Seeing this, the new Savaj Emperor declared war, but having depleted forces called on the Nystos Kingdom to assist. Within a year both the Tuaman and B'yantusu kings fell.

The Nystos joined under the Savaj Emperor by marriage, and the Ujam gladly became a protectorate in 714 B.P., fully integrated twenty-one years later by marriage, once more. But, the already strongly Cruistian Ramal refused to join the Empire of the eight Utani Kingdoms for another ten years, after marauding warriors from the north threatened the Ramal Kingdom. Only when the enormous armies of the Savaj Empire, with soldiers from all eight kingdoms, in full regalia, marched under the banner of Cruis into the shattered and crushed Ramal capital did the Ramal make an emotional plea to join the Empire. Their enemies, the Yellow Bay Empire, were crushed in a counter-offensive.

The Empire was marked by an efficient public service of elite and skilled administrators, skilled diplomats, and an abundance of trade, both internally and externally. The Gvonj colony was established in about 550 B.P. of an assortment of Utani as a trading post, and soon became a large and prosperous colony of thousands. The Empire was consulted by kings and princes from far afield, and the Utani language finally had a written form developed by the Emperor's own scientists. Sciences such as mathematics, astronomy, chemistry, physics and medicine flourished, while plays, circuses, books and artwork became the food for entertainment for the masses, not just the elite few.

The Empire also sent trading ships to far nations. It had established contact with the Pticans by 650 B.P., the Ingallish on the old continent by 400 B.P. and even the Sjomanian principality in about 70 B.P. The Savaj Empire period was a revolution, an Utani Renaissance, the phrase now most commonly used to describe the final four hundred years of the Empire.

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