|The Duryk Republic
tösэńugnivaźqоśэńkуlsu dуrykna m
|Ethnic groups||Mainland Duryk, Yozhunu, Attusic, Nusic, Ontushic|
|Government||Unitary presidential constitutional republic|
57,620 sq mi
|GDP (nominal)||2018 estimate|
|Drives on the||right|
Durykia (Duryk: dуryksjүlbu Duryksjülbu ([ˈdu.rɪk.ˌʃy.bu]), officially the Duryk Republic, is an archipelago country located in Northwest Miraria, west of Ngeyvger, east of Akamyokulta, and north of Qgam.
- 1 Etymology
- 2 History
- 3 Geography
- 4 Politics
- 5 Economy
- 6 Demographics
- 7 Culture
- 8 See also
The word Duryk refers to the ethnic group of the same name inhabiting the Duryk Archipelago. Where the name was derived from is still uncertain.
Archaeological evidence (and considering the heavy significance of seafaring among Durykian cultures) suggest that the Durykians, currently encompassing the Duryk archipelago and <insert island here> of Akamyokulta, have migrated from the Minninni river located in Koize, south of Ngeyvger, at around 2500BCE. The early Durykians split into three distinct ethnic groups at around 1800BCE; they are the Yotush, which are the Mainland and Yozhunu peoples; the Gasmutush, which are now the Attusic, Nusic, and Ontushic peoples; and the proto-Akamyokultan-Duryk people.
The Mainland Duryk Expansion
Both the Yotush and the Gasmutush were peaceful peoples which aided each other due to Durykia's harsh climate. It is believed that the Yotush had dominance over the Gasmutush because they resided in areas with more resources. As early Duryk and Yozhunu peoples became separate ethnic groups, the early Duryks were the Yozhunu and the Gasmutush peoples' main source of resources. Along with resources, Duryks spread their language, religion, and philosophy.
Expansion to Akamyokulta
As of today, there is still an insufficient amount of evidence which suggests whether the early Duryks expanded to <insert Akamyokultan island here>, Akamyokulta, before, during, or after the Duryk expansion throughout the Duryk archipelago. The most widely accepted theory is that early Durykians (before the emergence of the Yotush and Gasmutush peoples) continued west and stopped migrating at <insert Akamyokultan island here>. It may be possible that early Durykians, or perhaps early KOIZE-Durykians, expanded to Eastern Alpa, Northern Ngeyvger, or Northern Qgam as well; however, further archaeological evidence has yet to be discovered.
The country is mildly warm during the summer, with temperatures peaking at about 11 to 15 °C (about 52 to 59 °F), and extremely cold during the winter, with temperatures reaching as low as −50 °C (about −58 °F). The east coast of Durykia is typically colder than the west due to winds picking up from West Miraria. Higher elevations are often warmer when temperature inversion occurs.
On low elevations, winters in Durykia are usually accompanied with heavy snow storms and strong blizzards.
Science and technology
There are five primary ethnolinguistic groups in Durykia—the Mainland Duryk, the Yozhunu (or Southern Duryk), the Attusic, the Nusic, and the Ontushic peoples.
According to a 2018 consensus, 54.22% are Mainland Duryks, 24.1% are Yozhunu, 11.32% are Attusic, 7.36% are Nusic, 2.4% are Ontushic, and 0.6% are other foreign ethnic groups.
The ethnic groups of Duryk are believed to be descended from proto-Duryk people who came to the Duryk archipelago from Koize at around 2500BCE.
The official language of Durykia is Duryk, which is a Minninni-Durykian language. Similar to other Durykian languages, Duryk heavily relies on ablauting for declension and conjugation. The Duryk language uses the Durykian writing system, which is also used by other Durykian languages and Niryokulta. Other minority languages in Durykia include Yozhunu, Attusic, Nusic, and Ontushic. The Yokultan language Vushyokulta used to be spoken in Durykia until the death of Vuoža Jiris, the last Vushyokulta speaker.
After the death of Vuoža Jiris, several attempts have been made and are still being made to revive the language. His death has also acted as a signal to host language revitalization programs for the Yozhunu and the three Gasmutush languages of Durykia which near extinction. Currently, different regions in Durykia offer minority language courses in secondary and higher education for the languages of the corresponding region. Nationwide, Durykia also offers language courses for foreign languages (mainly Qgam Dzwo, Niryokulta, and Ngeyv).
Duryk people have a first surname—the first surname of one's older parent—and a last surname—the first surname of one's younger parent—which is attached to each other by a hyphen. Historically, the first and last surname used to be of the father and mother respectively; however, this law changed during the 1950s with several movements regarding gender equality.
Education is one of the areas of notable accomplishment in Durykia, and has been of primary focus even since the arrival of Duryks from Western Miraria.
Durykia is a secular country and religion is not very prominent in modern Duryk society with the rise of atheism among young Duryk citizens. However, there are still who practice Skeanism (among the Duryks with ancestry from Qgam) and the Traditional Duryk religion.
Similar to Skeanism and the Ngeyv religion, the Duryk Religion is an animist religion wherein everything and every piece of everything contains a spirit. The moon, the night sky, and the aurora borealis play significant roles in this religion. Firstly, the moon in Duryk religion is the prime spirit or god which protects the spirits and humans under its realm, the night sky; this may explain why most traditional Duryk activities are done by the day—because the traditional Duryk peoples may have a sense of protection at the hours of rest and sleep. The northern lights in the Duryk religion are the freed spirits of the Duryk ancestors watching over the world with the moon in the night sky, and the sun represents an eternal fire given by the moon for the world below the sky to feel warmth and energy.
Due to the significance of the night sky and the moon in the Duryk religion, several festivities transpire at night, especially during months before, during, and after the winter solstice. However, some celebrations may occur during the day, such as the Duryk hunting celebration in the summer soltice.
A teulis is a significant symbol in Duryk architecture. Teulises (Duryk: tülyjsu Tülyjsu ([ˈty.ɫi.su])) are conical tents that span at approximately 5 meters in diameter and 5 meters in height and can fit up to 6 people. Teulises are covered in animal hide, typically that of an elk, and may also be encrusted with complex designs of strips of dyed hide. Teulises also influenced the design of several roofs in Duryk architectural design.
Duryk cuisine widely consists of seafood, reflecting the significance of the sea in their culture, and a variety of nuts and berries. Their dishes, having been influenced by Qgam and other Soltennan countries, also consists of various kinds of noodles, dumplings, and rolls.
A famous staple beverage of Duryk culture is Lisqupybung (Duryk: lиsqupybuń Lisqupybuń ([ˈɫis.qu.pɪ.buŋ]), from Lihsesqu Pürbeń, literally, "tea of snow"), or Duryk iced tea, which is a cold tea that used to be infused with powder snow and a variety of berries. Though powdered snow or ice is not needed, many today still practice adding it as an aesthetic attribute to their culture. Today, lisqupybung just refers to iced tea sweetened with berries and sometimes other fruits.