A group wearing traditional Medanese clothing and colours
|Regions with significant populations|
|c. 151 million wurldwide|
|Bainbridge Islands||1,890,000 (10%)|
|Primarily Oharic (and other Oriental languages) and various languages of the countries they inhabit|
The Orinese people (Oharic: Erwaniyesi) are an Oriental ethnic group native to eastern Europa, who share linguistic relations through speaking the Oharic language, but also their biological descendants and extended family. The Orinese are citizens and people of the titular nation of the Orinese Empire, and before that the Queendom of the same name. All persons with the nationality of or legal citizenship in Orioni are considered “Orinese.”
The ethnic group is centred around the Oriental subcontinent of Europa, encompassing 144 million people in Orioni. A further 7 million Orinese live in Bainbridge Islands, Tamurin, Niederoestereich, Mekabiri, and other places. It is estimated that another 15 million people of Orinese ethnicity are located in the wider diaspora throughout Eurth. This number is rather fluid due to the criteria used to distinguish between partial or direct Orinese ancestry.
Three different terms exist, based on where a person was born and lives. Being Orinese (Oharic: Orīnīyesi; Meharic: Erīnīyesi) refers to the people who are born and live inside Orioni. Fereniyesi (Oharic) or Ferenisawī (Meharic) refers to people of Orinese birth residing outside Orioni, regardless of citizenship. The Orinese people have a long history of migrating overseas. In the late 19th century, the Nabérrie-period government recognised how the overseas Orinese diaspora formed a significant asset. Both in terms of commercial knowledge and financial redistribution. Nērīyesi (Oharic) or Nērīyanīzi (Meharic) is a relatively new name that refers to returning people of Orinese heritage who were born outside Orioni. In popular culture, these people are also called t’emama or “rebounder” in Anglish.
The Orinese global diaspora is estimated to be six-million strong. The largest diaspora community is found in the neighbouring Tamurin. According to the most recent census information, over 4,000,000 Orinese immigrants live in Tamurin as of 2020. A large Orinese community is also found in Bainbridge Islands, where Orinese make up almost 10% of the population. There are also large number of Orinese emigrants in Niederoestereich, Mekabiri, San Ba and Damak Var.
The diaspora has the freedom to speak, assemble and organise under the laws of these countries where they live. The diaspora can speak truth to power in ways that are not imaginable on their home island. The diaspora influence media coverage and send large amounts of overseas money back to Orioni. Most activists in the diaspora are people pushed out of the political process and into exile by the monarchy of Orioni. Opposition groups in Orioni gain significant funding from foreign anti-monarchist sources. This financial dependence blocks them from attempting political compromise with the ruling parties.
Ayubid woman, c. 1561.
Astrinese woman and infant, 1871.
Bainbridge Islander village chief, 1900.
Varian-Orinese women in the 1970s.
Orioni is a diverse nation with many regional differences. Today, the most recognised Orinese national costume is the sari. Women wear the sari during traditional ceremonies, weddings, and formal occasions. They wrap the sari around their waist. One end hangs over the shoulder while revealing the waist a little.
The dress has differences depending on the regional climate. In the tropical wet climate, people wear shorter, thinner clothes. Along the dry desert coast in Semeni people also wear thin clothing but much longer to prevent overheating. A veil can also be worn to protect against harsh desert sands. In the colder highlands, the people wear long, thicker clothing to stay warm. The coastal areas are more influenced by international trends and often have a mix of different styles. For example, Buranian influences can be seen in Corona Borealis and Nordhaven where different fabrics are used.
The Orinese are known for their strong weaving tradition. Women learn how to weave at a very early age. It's said the women learned to weave thanks to a mythical spider called Shererīti. This spider created magical pieces using thread from her mouth. She is the one that taught all Orinese women to crochet methods for different purposes. This included crocheting shoes, belts for men, bracelets, and different sized hammocks to sleep in. Most Orinese women take up weaving at some point in their lives. The men participate as well by providing the materials, making straps, and transporting goods to market.
Each area also has their own unique style and distinguishing colours. Regional colours help identify which region a person or their family is originally from: yellow for Semeni, red in Asehayi, blue for Weriki, and green in Irisha. The only region without a specific colour is Amilaki, where the people use a pattern of stripes and dots. People also combine multiple colours to display their ancestry.