| The Kingdom of Otea|
Flag of Otea
| Kupuleni han Anmandu, Ipantne Subareapne.|
Freedom and Peace, the Most Treasurable Figs.
|Official Languages|| |
Qi, French, English
|Head of State||King Ateni and King Iðari of Otea|
|Head of Government||Prime Minister Artamea Qilao Nibana|
|National Animal||Black Sea Lion|
|National Colors||Yellow, Red and Green|
|Currency||1 Aimau = 100 Paβta|
|Constitution||Charter of Otea|
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ISO Currency Code
|National Anthem||Hana oh tea, simala Otea|
|CHDI||0.960 (very high)|
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Otea (Qi Our Isle), is the second largest island belonging to the Southern Continent of the IDU after the island of Riconiaa, which is more than five times its size, however.
Most languages make no distinction between the nation Otea and its main island, which is called Oha Tea in Qi. However, Oha Tea is only one of 63 islands that officially all are part of the country Otea.
A few languages, however, do:
- Standard Akes Mersanint: Auhana Teihana - Auhana Teiha
- Qi: Otea - Oha Tea
- Baranxeï: Otea - Hadu Qirala
- French: Otéé - Île Qirien
- Chicoutim: Otéé - Né Otéa
Otea was first populated by the Southern Tribes of the Maran people at least 3,000 years ago; recently discovered remains of pottery suggest an earlier date.
Although close to the continent and therefore other tribes, those living on Otea remained relatively isolated for about 600 years, leading to the development of an independent culture and language called the Autini culture.
These Autinians subsisted on limited agriculture, hunting, gathering and fishing and lived in permanent villages. They were led by a chief, a position that in the beginning seems to not have been hereditary.
First trade contacts with other tribes were not established until around 300 BCE. Afterwards, continental inventions quickly were imported, among them the wheel and an alphabet, but also agricultural crops like the domesticated rice, and the riri.
In the second century CE, the different tribal territories were united under Chief Ukamnatra Ekoesireau (Modern Qi: Hamenatelu Hearilao) of the Ekoesi tribe who crowned himself King Ukamnatra Autinireau (Modern Qi: Hamenatelu Otealao) in 167 CE.
Under his leadership, the first major road network of Otea was built. It ran around the whole island, following the shore and connecting all important cities. He also initiated the construction of Otetena Shrine in honor of his achievement, which remains the most important religious site for the Maran people up until today after the Riatena Shrine and the Niritena Shrine.
The Otean kingdom lasted for about many centuries until it was conquered by Halani forces in the 820s. Under their rule, the cultures of the different Maran people became closer again, ultimately leading to Maran nations we know today. The Atani culture evolved into the Qiruan culture.
In the following centuries, the Qiruan people partially left their island, establishing a stron presence in what was to become the Baranxtuan provinces Qiru and Dorista.
The Halani empire broke apart in the 1300s, and Otea fell into anarchy. Different warlords competed against each other until they were all once again conquered from the continent, but this time under the forces of the kingdom of Qiru. The unified kingdom soon also expanded into other Maran territory, quickly establishing a Qiri empire. At its peak, it stretched up until Neila in the north and Jonquiere in the east.
In the 1600s, this empire dissolved, too, after internal quarrels over succession and a series of droughts that left the lands devastated.
This period also saw the advent of the first settlers. Baranxtuans established themselves in the north and French in the east.
Other Maran nations were quickly conquered, including the continental part of the remnants of the Qiri empire which were added to Baranxtu in 1790. Otea remained independent until 1805, when the Baranxtuan navy destroyed the Qiri ships and occupated then-capital Hamasima after a two year war.
In 1834, two years after the Hantis-Baranxtu War during which Baranxtuan troops had annexed the Halani kingdom, the island of Otea was ceded to Tadoussac in exchange for territory that was to become Leumena, all part of a permanent peace treaty between Baranxtu and the city-states of Jonquière and Tadoussac.
The Tadoussacain government installed Muherano Qilao Nibana, a descendant of the last king of Otea, as governor. The governor was to reign in the name of Tadoussac and its successor state, Jonquiere-Tadoussac.
Otea was once again ceded, this time to the United Liberator Front, in 1923. This was part of a treaty that saw the government of the ULF granting extended fishing rights in its waters to Jonquiere-Tadoussac.
After the ULF failed, Baranxtuan troops were once again dispatched to Otea, this time to secure peace on the island. On January 4th, 2005, the island was transformed into a protectorate of Baranxtu, under the leadership of Governor Artamea Qilao Nibana, great-granddaughter of former King Limea Qilao Nibana who had ruled Otea until 1923.
Despite its small territory and population, Otea is divided into three provinces and one associated territory.
Himabufeu stretches over the eastern coast and southern shore until the Nakasima peninsula and is the most populous of all provinces. Himanea is not only Otea's capital, but that of Himabufeu, as well.
This province lies in the north of Otea. Its capital is Hamasima, the former capital of the island. Setusubira
The second most populous province Setusubira consists of the plains neighboring the Bay of Setusu. It's capital is Setusunea.
Nakasima is formally not a province, but an unorganized territory. It will probably never become a province, as it the southern peninsula, uninhabitated and completely turned into a sanctuary.
Otea and the smaller surrounding isles are inhabited by about 6,430,000 people. About 60% live in cities along the coasts, the most populous cities being Himanea, Hamasima, Neheoa, Ilikara and Setusunea.
The most densely populated area is the eastern coast across from the Baranxtuan shore. Another center of population is the Bay of Setusu (Setusubira).
The inner island is sparsely populated, and the southern peninsula, Nakasima, is totally uninhabitated. It was turned into a biological reserve in 1995.
A majority of 85% of Oteans identify as Qiri.
The French minority makes up about 7% of the population and approximately 3.8% of all Oteans are ethnic Baranxtimans.
The rest is made up of immigrants from various countries.
About 82% of Oteans are followers of the traditional Maran religion, a largely animist religion. The majority of these describe themselves as "very pious", making Otea one of the most spiritual nations in the IDU. Otea is the home of more than 80,000 shrines and 6,000 temples which incidentally were a major force in the development of tourism in Otea - many travel agencies throughout the IDU offer tours of Otean shrines nowadays.
Another 16% (including the French minority) are Christian, largely of Roman Catholic denomination. There are 2,521 official churches of the Roman Catholic Church, compared to 125 protestant churches. Other Christians denominations are either not present in Otea or still have too small a following.
The Baranxtuan minority adheres to the Ēmandē and there are six temples on Otea, as well as about 300 shrines.
The national anthem, a traditional melody called Hana oh tea, simala Otea (Peace to our island, magnificent Otea), was made the island's hymn in 1834. It is expected to become the national anthem of the newly installed state, as well.
Otea's national animal is the Black Sea Lion, a species of seal that can be found in large number on the shores of Otea
Hunting of the Black Sea Lion is only permitted with a special license issued by the local government, a practice that according to the Baranxtuan administration will continue even after the installing of the protectorate.