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The Holy Kingdom of Becuvitatia
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State Motto Două coastelor, două popoare, două binecuvântări.
 • Hallish Two coasts, two peoples, two blessings.
State Anthem Vreodată credincios, sfânt fraţi!
 • Anglis Ever faithful, holy brothers!
Where in the world is Becuvitatia?
Official language Campian
Founding Date 7281
Demonym Becuvitatian
Government
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Constitutional Monarchy
Simion III Neprihăniri

Capital Bradeşti
Administrative Divisions
Largest City Bradeşti
Area
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236,352 km² (91,256 sq mi)
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Population
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7,710,777
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32.60/km² (84.50/sq mi)

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Currency

Coroană (Ш)

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Becuvitatia, or more formally the Holy Kingdom of Becuvitatia, is a constitutional monarchy in western Anaria. A substantial regional power in the early modern era, the kingdom has since been substantially diminished as a result of conflicts with neighbouring countries and internal disputes, of which the Becuvitatian civil war of 7468 to 7477, known within the country as the War of the Two Eagles (Războiul de Doi Vulturi) was the most recent and most destructive. Its power and prestige vastly shrunken today, Becuvitatia is now striving to reinvent itself as a nation while coming to terms with its lack of wider relevance in a modernising world.

The name Becuvitatia is a portmanteau term, first used to refer to the modern country in 7281, with the end of the Great Unification under Gheorghe Fierciocan, grand duke of Becuria and the prime mover behind the unification process. Fierciocan was crowned in that year as domnitor (king) Gheorghe I, with his new realm taking the name Becuvitatia from the duchies of Becuria, Vitaria and Peritatia; these three territories formed the core of the new country, although a number of smaller polities were also absorbed under the new banner.

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Geography

A view of the river Bega, upriver from Bradeşti, the national capital.

Becuvitatia covers an expanse of territory running broadly north to south across the Isthmus of Odobeşti, which separates the western part of Anaria from the continent’s main bulk; its total land area – including the offshore islands of Mandruleana, which are regarded as part of the metropole for statistical purposes – is 249,984 square kilometres; total population at the last census (7551) was 7,710,777. The country has a broadly temperate climate, with some patches of scrubland along the southern coast.

Much of the north of the country is dominated by the valley of the Bega, Becuvitatia’s longest river, which flows broadly north-westward from central Becuria into Sea of Viorica, the shores of which form the country’s north coast. The landscape of southern Becuvitatia is predominantly low, rolling plains rising in the centre towards the Lespezi hills in the central region.

Bradeşti, the capital of Becuria and also the national capital, is located in central Becuria on the upper reaches of the Bega. Nisipari is the capital of Vitaria and the country’s second largest city, at the head of the Bay of Nisipari on the southern coast. Other significant towns are Copâcele, Răutrasează and Paltivişte, the last being the home of the country’s oldest university.

History

On the fringe

The area now covered by Becuvitatia first began to see the beginnings of settled civilisation in the early fourth millennium, under the influence of the substantial Opaelian civilisation as it spread from its northern heartlands around the rim of the Privernian Sea. These settlements never figured largely in the affairs of the Opaelians; the northerners’ influence was nonetheless long-lasting enough to instil the beginnings of what has become the Campian language. Campian, although related to many of the languages spoken in north-eastern Anaria, has taken on substantial colouring from the south of the continent, largely on the strength of Sadarisnism, which was brought to the region from the south.

Riders on the storm

The location of the Becuvitatian lands on a natural chokepoint for travel routes across Anaria made them to an extent the limits of expansion for travellers. Izha, brought to the region by warrior-priests emerging from what is today Anat Tahan, reached the Odobeşti first, and the ruins of some of its temples can still be found in the western fringes of Becuria today.

In the 5700s, a great nomadic quasi-empire expanded out of Anaria’s eastern plains in search of land and plunder. Still known today simply as the Călăreţii (“horsemen”) in Campian, they had reached the limits of their expansion by the end of the sixth millennium; losing cohesion as an entity, they began to splinter into smaller groups, merging in many cases with the peoples in whose lands they had washed up. While the influence of the Călăreţii on modern Becuvitatia is perhaps small today, it did much to raise the horizons of its people and steer them into an expansive phase of their own in future years.

The first Sadarisnists

The spread of Sadarisnism from the south of Anaria reached the lands around the Isthmus of Odobeşti in the early 61st century; the pattern of at-times violent dispute with the now partly Izhaicised natives began early, with Izhaic prelates in the region denouncing the “heathens” from the south – which may be considered something of an irony, given the extent to which local practices had diverged from what may be considered the norm within Izha. Many of the first Sadarisnist ministers were slaughtered out of hand.

However, the more tolerant and accepting nature of Sadarisnism held greater appeal to a largely pastoral people. Despite virulent attempts at suppression by the Izhaic rulership and senior clerics, a local Sadarisnist community had become firmly established by about 6250, and had grown to outnumber the Izhaics by the end of the 64th century. The uneasy coexistence of these two continent-spanning faiths would become a defining feature of the region in the ensuing millennium.

Strength in unity: the Great Unification

Gheorghe I, first ruler of the unified Becuvitatia.

The Odobeşti region remained, for the most part, well away from outside influence – at least in secular terms – for most of the seventh millennium, with perhaps only the fairly distant rumblings of discontent from the Tandahari Kingdom to the west causing any serious disquiet. The relatively small baronies and duchies began to coalesce into larger entities from around 6800, prompted in part by the growth of regional trade fostered by the Isthmian League.

The increasing dominance of Becuria in the region in both political and economic terms from the middle 7250s gave substantial influence to its ruling family, and duke Gheorghe Fierciocan was not slow to make use of it. Over the period from 7270 he pressed hard for an agenda which would bring together the scattered polities of the region – linked as they were by common trade and defence interests and a common faith and language – into a unified whole.

Understandably, this was viewed with suspicion and resisted in some quarters as Becurian strong-arming; however, with strong support from Ioan Curceanu, the duke of Vitaria – whose sister, Daria, Fierciocan had married in 7275 – the ruler of Becuria brought his neighbours round by a steady process of negotiation, trade dealings and exchange of favours (and, it has been alleged, some instances of blackmail). Although Fierciocan was the driving force behind the process, it probably could not have been concluded without Curceanu’s backing; not for nothing does Becuvitatian history refer to them as Piloni, “the pillars”.

Exploration and growth

Becuvitatia and its component parts had always had a strong orientation towards the sea, merely by virtue of their position; now, as other Anarian nations began to project their power beyond the continent, the new kingdom sought its own place in the sun. The emerging navy took a strong lead in exploration across the Ovestan Ocean, and was the first significant power from Anaria to make contact with the peoples of Tzeraka on the southern shores of the Ovestan, gaining a foothold there in 7308 with the founding of the colony of Mirodenia on the southern coast of the Kuvimban Sea, and negotiating favourable trade terms with some of the stronger Baloma kingdoms in the region. Another base was established further east, on the long Falli coast, including the small Mareş island group.

A more immediate bone of contention – and one much closer to home – was the Mandros islands in the northern Ovestan. Claimed as sovereign territory by both Vitaria and the Cytherean states of western Anaria for more than three hundred years, they now became the subject of particular attention by the new Becuvitatia. A small but strongly-armed fleet sailed for the islands’ capital, Elesoni, late in 7318, overpowering the small Cytherean garrison and forcing its surrender; an attempt by the Cythereans to recover them was comprehensively beaten off in the Battle of Elesoni in early 7319. The islands were brought fully under Becuvitatian control as the territory of Mandruleana.

The decline begins

Peritatia, the third of the major territories which formed Becuvitatia, had frequently found itself at odds with the rest of the country. The duchy was important in economic and trade terms, with thriving port towns like Codru giving it access to the busy trade of the Median littoral, and its control of the Stâncănegru Gap dominating access to the Linnish Bay (Baie de Linişte). However, the Peritatians complained about being forced into a secondary role by the alliance of Becurian and Vitatian interests within the corridors of power, and felt themselves additionally sidelined by their predominant Izhaic faith in a country that was (and remains) majority Sadarisnist.

Sentiment in Peritatia gradually turned to the feeling that they had made a bad bargain in throwing in their lot with the southerners; and, in the autumn of 7396, duke Ilie Prisican seized the moment by closing the Stâncănegru Gap to all shipping, diverting vessels to north coast ports, and reinstating border control points on the roads leading into Becuria. Protests from Bradeşti were rebuffed, with Prisican pointing out that, while Vitaria and Becuria were functionally a unit (legally, a personal union under the then domnitor, Ioan), Peritatia remained a sovereign entity, with the right to make arrangements with other sovereign entities as it saw fit. Skirmishes along the new frontier succeeded only in creating a standoff before the High Monitor of Nisipari mediated a formal separation of the polities in 7398.

“Like ripe apples, they fall”: the loss of the west

The breakaway of Peritatia proved to be merely the beginning of Becuvitatia’s slow-motion collapse. The rulers of Naringay, already casting hungry eyes at the western duchies of Becuvitatia, interpreted the unwillingness of Ioan and his advisors to fight for Peritatia as a sign of weakness and an invitation to invasion.

Naringay mounted its invasion in the summer of 7400, driving fiercely into the western duchy of Corovălia; attempts by local militia forces to hold them back proved futile, with the hastily-raised units – most of them bringing their own archaic weapons into the fight – were scythed down. Finally able to bring more battle-ready troops into the fray, the Becuvitatians ran into the Naringayan onslaught early in 7401 near the town of Târgu Jiu, under the direct command of king Ioan – the last time in the country’s history (and possibly the last instance in the history of Anaria) that a reigning monarch personally led his army into battle.

That they were led by their king turned out to be for little. Ioan, although able enough as a military commander, found his force simply overwhelmed by force of numbers. The Naringayans broke the defenders early on the third day of the battle, forcing them to scatter in disarray. Ioan himself took serious wounds, including a blow to the head which, it is thought, would lie at the bottom of his later mental health issues.

The succession crisis

Concerns over the health of the elderly Gheorghe III had been mounting for some time when Gheorghe’s nephew Ioan Fierciocan, the alteţă or designated heir-apparent, died in 7460 at the young age of 25 in what was officially described as a “hunting accident”. This left Ioan’s younger brother Lucian, only seven years old, as the new alteţă; under legislation created in 7431 – when Gheorghe’s elder brother Simion I had had to assume the powers of his father Ioan because of the latter’s increasing dementia – a regency council would be established in the event that Gheorghe died before Lucian reached legal adulthood.

Gheorghe finally yielded to heart failure, aged 77, in 7462; Lucian succeeded him as king, although the new regency council would be headed by the incumbent chief minister, Tiberiu Castelnegru.

The prospect of the unpopular Castelnegru in a position of such power disquieted many. The chief minister had had a lengthy military career before entering politics in 7454, and had been widely suspected of involvement on the fringes of the Şapte Stele plot which almost forced the removal of Ioan from the throne in 7429 as the extent of the domnitor’s madness became apparent, although nothing could be proven at the time. There was, however, little overt protest at the change, with the majority of those in positions of influence prepared to hold their counsel. The main strand of protest came from southern Vitaria, centring on the person of Dimitru Nephrihăniri, an admiral (ducele de mare) in the Becuvitatian navy and a collateral relative of Gheorghe III.

In 7468, Lucian, now aged fifteen, died unexpectedly and suddenly as the result of a cerebral haemorrhage. Although this seems to have been genuinely due to natural causes, Castelnegru was widely suspected of complicity in the death, the more so since he immediately seized the opportunity to declare himself the new domnitor. (More recent historical analysis has suggested that Castelnegru merely implemented plans that were already well advanced at the time of Lucian’s death.)

With the aid of friendly elements within the army, Castelnegru was able to close off the city of Bradeşti before significant counter-action could be taken, and surrounded the Sărăţeni Palace, the seat of Becuvitatian government, holding delegates of both houses hostage until they hastily passed the legislation required for Castelnegru to legally assume the status of domnitor.

The War of the Two Eagles

Becuria largely fell into line behind the new king; the traditional leading force in the country, the duchy had felt more strongly than most the diminution of power and influence that had been wrought on Becuvitatia in the previous century. Vitaria, led by the patrician Nephrihăniri, fiercely protested the coup and the repression instigated by Castelnegru as he began to consolidate his position. What is today known as the War of the Two Eagles – after the arms borne by the two sides’ respective commanders – probably began in earnest towards the end of 7468, although some historians regard it as having begun with Gheorghe’s death six years earlier.

While the army remained largely loyal to Castelnegru, a significant element in the south broke away to form the core of the army of the rebellion. This was augmented by some district militias and, as the war progressed, by irregular forces.

Obliged by his circumstances to abandon water for land, admiral Nephrihăniri proved himself to be equally adroit as a commander in the new milieu. He directed his forces skilfully so as to establish a fairly consistent front line only a short distance inside his own duchy from the summer of 7470. Fighting roamed freely across the border between the two duchies for much of the next four years, and there were occasional forays deeper into enemy territory on both sides, of which the most devastating in terms of casualties was the bombing of the open-air market in Mirziceni, a suburb of Bradeşti, in 7475.

The tide turned early in 7476, and Nephrihăniri’s forces began to drive Castelnegru’s regulars back towards the capital. By the beginning of the following year, the regular army was confined to a fairly small area between Bradeşti and the northern coast. Castelnegru, whose ability in command had become increasingly erratic in the previous two years, was now widely recognised among his subordinates as a liability; with the rebel forces now closing on the capital, a group of junior army officers organised the usurper king’s capture and execution in the spring of 7477. Nephrihăniri was installed as the new domnitor, Dumitru, to popular acclaim.

Post-war reconstruction

Although peace had returned to Becuvitatia, it came accompanied by devastation. Much of the country had been fought over to such an extent that its agricultural economy had been reduced to levels not seen in almost a hundred years. Industrial capacity, not particularly strong even before the war, had been almost completely obliterated. An additional problem, not acknowledged at the time but becoming clearer in the next twenty years, was the damage done to the country’s human capital by the widespread lack of formal education during the war years.

The period from the end of the war to around 7490 is still remembered in Becuvitatia today as the Years of Ashes (Ani de Cenuşă). Dumitru led heroic efforts to rebuild from the catastrophe; and the first fruits of that process of reconstruction were probably only just being realised when he died of complications following renal failure in 7491.

Becuvitatia resurgent: the Redeşteptare

The new king, Simion II, was cut from very different cloth to his father. Although he had grown up mainly in Becuvitatia, he spent his teen years outside the country, mainly in Auresia, where he received his higher education, including a degree course in engineering (his status as a foreign national exempting him from the customary break in studies while Lodiisan do national service). Simion returned to his home country in 7480, and although he took up a military career in the long tradition of his family, he persuaded his father that he would be best placed in the army’s corps of engineers, rather than in a conventional regiment.

Coming to the throne at the age of 33, Simion brought with him substantial changes. Influenced to some degree by the meritocratic principles he had seen espoused in Auresia, he consulted with leading minds in government and jurisprudence, developing with their help a formalised constitution, to stand above the custom-and-practice arrangements of the past. The new Constitution of Pădurătun, named after the manor house outside Bradeşti where most of the drafting process took place and where it was signed in 7493, is seen today as the foundation stone of the Resurgence (Redeşteptare).

The new constitution enforced a restructuring of the national legislature, reducing the power of the hereditary nobility while elevating to lesser baronial status a number of talented individuals in the spheres of commerce, economics and the sciences. It also strengthened the lower chamber, substantially lowering the asset threshold required to gain eligibility to vote (although falling short of abolishing it). Although it remained subsidiary to the non-elected upper house – over the objections of Simion, who had little time for the pretensions of his fellow nobles – it gained in perceived legitimacy and became a genuine counterweight to the power of the Becuvitatian nobility.

However, that greater voice in society would come at a price. The old custom of zeciuială, under which a tenant owed his liege-lord a set period of labour during a calendar year, had fallen into abeyance as Becuvitatia had moved tentatively away from an agricultural economy; Simion’s reforms brought it back in a new guise and on the grand scale. The Brigăzi de Zeciuială took the conscripted labour of an entire country and put it to use, building new infrastructure and dragging a backward country into the modern age. While the heyday of the BZ had probably passed by 7505, the practice has never officially been rescinded and remains extant as a reserve power of the monarchy into the present day.

The empire is diminished

In distant Tzeraka, however, there were unpleasant stirrings in the last remnants of Becuvitatia’s colonial glory. The country’s hold on the islands of Mareş had become increasingly tenuous over recent years, but the internal feuding of tribal groups within the mainland kingdom of Falli had prevented any serious attempt at retaking them. In 7510, as the home country was accustoming itself to a new monarch, Paul (the son of Simion, who had died two years earlier), the Fallan army showed a rare unanimity of purpose and invaded the islands in force.

The Becuvitatian population, numbering around 5,000 people, could do almost nothing to prevent the advance. Only three boatloads of refugees who were able to make sail from the capital, Budureasa – about six hundred in all – escaped the carnage. Although restricted by matters at home and a perceived threat from the east, the homeland sent a battalion to Falli in response. Seriously outnumbered, the Becuvitatians were forced into surrender and an ignominious retreat.

The last humiliation

Paul, whose health had seldom been good, fell victim to tuberculosis in the spring of 7516; he was succeeded by his younger brother, Carol II. The new monarch was a quiet, bookish individual, more at home in a lecture theatre than a throne room; for much of the early part of his reign he was content to allow his first speaker, Paul Borota, to take a lead in public affairs.

Borota, however, was one of the country’s leading irredentists of the period – particularly as regards the former eastern territories, from which his family had originated. Becuvitatia’s declaration of war on the easterners in 7520, although notionally based on their supposed incursion over the frontier, was essentially aimed at recovering the Campophone region, and was almost certainly engineered by Borota in such a way that Carol had no alternative but to declare war – part of the scattered pattern of conflicts today loosely linked as the Pan-Anarian War.

The ploy did show some initial results; the easterners were not really prepared for warfare, and the Becuvitatians made rapid gains, pushing the eastern frontier as far as Bălăuşeri (Balaschero to its current rulers). However, the Becuvitatians’ optimism proved ultimately misplaced; regrouping their forces, the easterners pushed them back behind their own borders by the summer of 7524, and forced the additional cession of south-eastern Vitaria. Borota, under threat of impeachment, elected to commit suicide by cyanide poisoning. The Becuvitatians were further humiliated by the subsequent Treaty of Castelnuovo, in which they were forced to close naval facilities in Lake Viorica.

The hermit kingdom

Troops on the street during the failed Surdu coup of 7537.

Carol and Borota’s successor, Mihai Predescu, now presided over a much chastened country; the decade after the war is still known today as Ani Mici, “the small years”. However, an army command nursing grievances over “betrayal” by civilian authority now turned its attentions inward. A group of senior officers mounted an attempt at a coup d’état in 7537; Bradeşti and its immediate environs were rocked by pitched fighting as loyalist units fought for recovery before beating down the rebels. General Petru Surdu, who led the coup attempt, was executed by firing squad in 7538.

Becuvitatia, chastened by events, withdrew into itself over the later years of Carol’s reign, involving itself little with international affairs beyond necessary commercial trade. The king’s death in 7553 and the brief reign of his brother, Gheorghe IV, caused barely a ripple outside the kingdom itself.

Present day

Simion III, current domnitor of Becuvitatia.

The death of Gheorghe IV in 7559 brought to the throne Simion III, his son and the younger of his two children. Simion was just short of his nineteenth birthday at the death of his father; while he is not considered to be lacking in intelligence, many have criticised him as being uninterested in fine detail and more inclined to use the perquisites of monarchy to support an indulgent lifestyle. A more significant influence in court circles is believed to be Simion’s sister Daria; debarred from the succession in accordance with Becuvitatia’s long-standing laws on inheritance of noble titles, she is unusual among the country’s royalty in her insistence on maintaining a professional career, and is currently head of paediatric medicine at Bradeşti’s largest hospital, having acquired a medical degree from the University of Bradeşti in 7559.

Government and authority

The Sărăţeni Palace, the centre of Becuvitatian government.

Becuvitatia is ruled as a constitutional monarchy, with authority vested in the person of its king (domnitor), currently Simion III Nephrihăniri. The affairs of government are handled on a day-to-day basis by a ministerial council, the Vorbitorii (the term translates literally as “speakers”, indicating their official status as mere advisors to the monarch), led by a chief minister (primul vorbitor, literally “first speaker”). This position is currently held by Vitor Doicâini.

Becuvitatia has a two-chamber legislature, comprised of the upper Cameră de Nobili (Chamber of Noblemen) and the lower Cameră de Poporului (Chamber of the People). The Cameră de Nobili is a hereditary chamber comprising senior members of the country’s noble houses, as well as the representatives of the uppermost levels of the church and the judiciary; the Cameră de Poporului is elected by direct male suffrage, with all adult males eligible subject to qualifications as to income and/or property holdings. It is unable to introduce proposals for legislation (which must come from the Cameră de Nobili), but has substantial rights of veto over proposals emerging from the upper house.

Local government is based on a two-tier system, with the duchies of Becuria and Vitaria subdivided into a total of 67 districts (judeţi). The districts maintain a fairly high level of autonomy over their finances, but are prohibited from levying more than a limited range of taxes and must apply to the ducal management councils (vistierii) for subventions to meet the remainder of their budgetary requirements, with the council having right of line-item veto where deemed necessary.

Military

Becuvitatia maintains a standing army markedly larger than may be considered strictly necessary on grounds of perceived threat or out of economic considerations. This is partly a result of the country’s troubled recent history, in which the armed forces have been regarded as the saviour of the nation (or the instigator of its troubles, depending upon one’s viewpoint); for much of the last two hundred years, those rulers of Becuvitatia who were not themselves already career military men have felt a need to maintain good relations with the armed forces.

The country’s military is predominantly land-based, emerging from regiments raised at the duchy or district level, under command of local nobility or greater gentry, to be constituted in terms of a professionalised, standing army by the early 7300s. Becuvitatia’s navy arose primarily from that of Vitaria, which was a substantial sea power in the pre-unification era; while historically the lesser of the services, its prestige has grown markedly during the last century, given the respect shown to domnitor Dumitru, a former admiral.

Similarly to a number of other countries in Anaria, Becuvitatia requires its citizens to undertake a period of service in its armed forces (serviciu naţional). At present, this is typically two years, or eighteen months in certain specialist units. Refusal to serve on grounds of conscience is not recognised, and may be punished by imprisonment of up to 150% of the term not served.

Overseas territories

Becuvitatia has, over the course of its history, both gained and lost a significant area in overseas possessions, particularly in Tzeraka, where contact with the indigenous population was probably the first made by any Anarian nation. Of these territories, only two continue to be held by the modern state.

The Crown Colony of Mirodenia is located in northern Tzeraka and was established primarily so as to gain access to the profitable spice trade in the region; while relations with the neighbouring Baloma kingdoms to the east have been occasionally fractious, it is not considered to be under threat at present. Mandruleana, the island group in the northern Ovestan Ocean, is more closely tied to the metropole; while it was historically administered as part of the duchy of Vitaria, at the present time its distance allows it to enjoy a fair measure of autonomy from the centre, with its own organs of government patterned after those of the mother country.

Education

Education for the masses has, for most of Becuvitatia’s history, been significant mainly by its absence, with a statutory requirement for education between the ages of five and fourteen years being established only after the War of the Two Eagles, with the Education Act signed into law by Dimitru in 7479. Even then, enforcement of the act remains spotty, particularly in more rural districts; and with provision of education a matter devolved to district level, restricted budgets can contribute to formal education being even more of a hit-and-miss affair.

Further education has usually been confined to the families of the nobility and the monied classes, although a good deal of work has been done here by the private sector, including commercially-run academies and church- and charity-based institutions. Efforts are now being made to identify and support deserving candidates from more impoverished backgrounds through a government-supported system of scholarship awards.

At the present time, Becuvitatia has four university-level institutions, of which the oldest is the University of Paltivişte, founded in 7299. Bradeşti has had a university since 7350 and Nisipari since 7442, while the more technically-oriented Technical University of Răutrasează was granted its charter by Gheorghe IV in 7568 and admitted its first students two years later. The new institution is already attracting attention for its innovative practices.

Religion

Becuvitatia’s fragmented origins are reflected in the religious practices of its people; historically, the southerners of Vitaria have mainly practiced Sadarisnism, while the northern duchy of Becuria and the Mandruleana territory have been the home of a substantial Izhaic minority – spilling over from the much more solidly Izhaic communities of Peritatia to the north – although still ruled by a Sadarisnist nobility.

This is something of a simplistic division in the modern day given more widespread internal migration; in particular, the capital region around Bradeşti and the environs of Nisipari, the Vitarian capital on the south coast, are much more blended in religious practices. However, the distinction continues to hold some force, given the greater dominance of Vitaria in the kingdom since the War of the Two Eagles; while it has been officially illegal to discriminate on grounds of religion since 7480, informal prejudice against Izhaics is still widespread across the country. The Orkanan faith is practiced to a limited extent in the north-east of Becuvitatia, but has failed to penetrate more deeply.

Culture

Much of Becuvitatia’s cultural history is little known outside the region, and it cannot be said to have produced talents to match those of larger and more prominent nations. It is probably best known in the rest of Anaria for its music; Sadarisnist practices have bequeathed to the country a fine choral tradition, and this has been expanded in the post-unification period to a greater popularity for operatic forms, which have been adapted to a wide range of subjects, from the great national epic Teren de Eroi (“Land of Heroes”) – performed at Bradeşti’s Fierciocan opera house on the first day of each new year since 7426 – to light operettas dealing with low culture and often satirising current affairs.

Society

Although not as proscriptively male-centred as some neighbour countries, Becuvitatia is still very much dominated by men, with women consigned to a background role for much of its history. This is as much a religious issue as one of general attitudes, with Sadarisnist clerics largely disapproving of women in positions of authority on doctrinal grounds, and most Izhaic prelates openly hostile to the idea. While the situation on the ground is changing – with princess Daria only the most visible of a growing female professional class – it is a slow process, with many trades and professions off-limits (on more or less informal bases). Women continue to be denied the franchise, although a proposal to extend the vote to women who can otherwise meet the asset and income threshold was narrowly defeated in the Cameră de Nobili in 7566.

See also

Anaria  Anaria portal
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