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-- Post-plague and Guwimith Empire --
The Savaj Empire was eventually destroyed by the plague. The well-connected roads and trade
routes ensured that the plague spread quickly throughout the Empire. By 1 A.P., the plague
has gone from Ptica, arriving by trade boat along the I'ana archipelago route, and spread
through the entire Empire, including nearby tradeposts and Gvonj. It was devastating, killing
millions. If not for the medical skills of the time in identifying the symptoms and knowing
well-enough to isolate infected people, the entire Utani people could have been exterminated
as effectively as the Pticans.
By 3 A.P., the danger was over, and the devastated Empire tried to mend itself back
together. Under threat from newly formed bands of Armatirian maurauders, the Utani decided in
favour of "safety in numbers", and joined a confederation of kingdoms centred in Guwimith. By
50 A.P., the threats were over, but the "confederation" remained in place, by force. Few Utani
were terribly disposed to being ruled by others, but the Rebellion of 76ap was put down by
the combined forces of the confederation armies, which now included several Armatirian
kingdoms (in modern-day Begral and South Bay). So began the Guwimith Empire.
Another rebellion began in 124 A.P., when the Guwimithian Tsar declared his divinity
and ordered he be worshipped as the sun-god. The deeply Cruistian Utani regarded this as an
offense to Cruis, and sought to extricate themselves from the Empire. Several battles saw the
Utani partially set free, but when the Empire of the Gronkians send troops to assist their
new protectorate, the Utani were crushed by 131 A.P. However, the Utani had won: Tsar-worship
was never effectively enforced in their lands.
The Guwimith Tsarist court came to regard the mainland as their Dependencies, peoples
unable to help themselves. Popular art of the time depicted the Dependencies people as
neanderthal-looking club-fisted primatives who "clearly needed" the administration of the
superior Guwimithians and their Gronkian allies. In truth, Guwimith exploited the Dependencies
for every resource they had. The Dependencies became enormous farms for the overfed
Guwimithians, and thousands of Guwimithians established winter homes for themselves in the
Dependencies, with their own territories and farmlands. The Dependencies were broken up into
several provinces and Guwimithian Governors put over them in 188 A.P., which started the race
for land-grabbing in the Dependencies, and also removed the Military oppression of the
It was during this time that a large number of Uta-Decashi from around the globe
descended on Utania to help manage the fertile region. Large numbers of Ingallish from Merite,
Gronkians, Armatirians, and even Liliani emigrated from various oppressive regimes to this
"new world" where they could establish themselves as managers under the Guwimithian Governors.
No business could be established without a Guwimithian as part-owner, and anyone who
wanted to get ahead made the Tsar himself a part-owner, or someone high in his Court. A period
of intense sycophancy began in Guwimith, and in the Dependencies, which has had an enormous
impact on the modern Utanian state: a full half of businesses in Utania are co-owned by the
state, which benefitted from the Tsar and his nobles surrendering these assets.
The nearest Dependencies port to Guwimith was Luka, which made the city the centre of
almost all trade, and a large amount of industry under the Guwimithian regime. This too
continues to have an impact today: Utania's east coast, and primarily Luka, is wealthier than
the inland and west of the country.
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