Slakkariew (town)

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State capital
Streets of Slakkariew
Streets of Slakkariew
Etymology: ‘slakka’, pike (fish) or luce, + ‘riew’, city
Founded8th century
 • Total184,230

Slakkariew (Gfiewish IPA: [ʂlak:ɐɹɪəʍ]) is a town and county of Gfiewistan, located at the bay of Slakkariew in the southern part of Gfiewistan in the state of Bjuwag, of which it is also the capital. It is known primarily as being the former seat of the royal court of the Kingdom of Gfiewistan (later styled as Empire of Ystel). This ended with the Gfiewish republican revolution of 1852, when the capital moved to Hatariew on the opposite side of the country.

Having the largest sea harbor of the country, it has become a center of commerce for the region and beyond and a hub of maritime industries such as fishing and shipbuilding. With its university, concert halls and theaters as well as the largest Iovist temples in the country it is also the biggest center of research, culture and religion, especially for the southern part of Gfiewistan. The landscape and history, especially the architectural heritage, and many yearly festivals attract artists from all over the country and Ystel.


Slakkariew originated a a small fishing village in the 8th century, growing slowly over the centuries. Despite being located at a natural harbor and having a tradition of ship-building, frozen waters, the myth of the Veil and fierce rivalry with neighbors on land made chieftains avoid sea explorations, instead building up a large following they would use to bring more and more of their rivals on land under their control, such as Wiftalne. Eventually Slakkariew became one of the most powerful Gfiewish chiefdoms that went on to forcefully unify the land between 1567 and 1572 under the banner of a new flag as well as a new religion, Iovism, following an overseas trip by the chieftain Brotanoda, the only known prehistoric one.

Due to this reluctance towards sea-traveling, its relatively remote location that was inaccessible during the winter months, Slakkariew never became much of a trade hub, but the wealth gained by conquest and taxes allowed cultural and religious life to develop, even if within a set of strict restrictions, and impressive theaters and temples were built, with many artists coming to the town to study and to try to obtain a chance to play for the king and so hopefully gain his support. Later, it also became a center of scientific research, with the first university of the country being opened there, the Royal University of Slakkariew in 1619. bei

The revolution in 1852 saw the Bay Castle be burned out and the city see serious fire damage, leading to widespread rebuilding and renovation efforts that are still visible in the city's streets.





Many protesters and revolutionaries who had been students and writers settled in the town after the revolution and built up a new, much bolder and diverse art scene than the tightly state-controlled one there had been before, which led to it becoming the main cultural center of the republic and began attracting many tourists and immigrants from around the country, but also abroad.

The ruins of the Bay Castle are a popular venue for exhibitions of political and historical drawings and paintings, and the various harbors often sees concerts, with musicians from all over the continent, such as South Jutean sazejeca pekemeli (upbeat staccato dance music) as well as overseas performing there.

Additionally, old prison buildings have been turned into a museum that alongside with other ones are dedicated to the memory of the past and the ideals of the revolution.




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