Realm of Tava
and largest city
|Löi Löbö Lö|
|Ethnic groups |
|Government||Parliamentary subnational kingdom and special autonomous region under a constitutional monarchy|
|Wë Tem Molön|
|Hu Phën Tëmecë|
|Currency||Tinzan dnul (TND)|
|ISO 3166 code||TAV|
Tava (Tavanese: Tabhebhë // , lit. "The nation of the sun"), officially the Realm of Tava (Tavanese: Chusha Tabhebhë gha ), is a special autonomous region in Tinza. Löi Löbö Lö is its capital and largest city, followed by Sëimëh.
Government and Politics
Current Political Issues
The population of Tava is around x million. Tava is chiefly populated by a highly homogeneous ethnic group, the Tavans, who speak the Tavan language. The Tavans are usually split into two groups, the Möribh,There also exists a significant Tinzan minority, whose origin is hotly debated, numbering around 2 million, who largely inhabit the region of Rishar in western Tava. There are also small urban populations of foreign workers, largely from Tinza, Senria, Xiaodong, and Yi
The Tavans are not often considered a Tenzo-Xiaodongese people, having largely preserved their distinct culture, language and religion, though numerous Coian influences upon each are noticeable. However ethnically they are part of a larger South Coian continuum, and share genetic links with Tinzans, Senrians, and Xiaodongese, with historical Tinzan migration particularly evident upon the coastal areas. It is believed by some scholars that the Proto-Tavans once covered a far larger area before the expansion of the Tenzo-Xiaodongese peoples, though evidence for this tends to be sparse.
Tai'u (Tëllħu) is the largest religion in Tava, practiced by nearly 95% of the population, though only around 25% of the population are actively affiliated with their temples. Most practitioners keep a private shrine in their home, and participate in local and national events, but do not consider themselves actively involved with the religion. It is often considered a union of thousands of local religious sects, rather than a nationally organised religion.
Khaturvism is largely followed by the Tinzan minority, some of which are members of the Cult of Amadawa. There has been noticeable influences from Khaturvism on Tai'u, though in the 20th century there were widespread reforms to purge Tai'u of anything considered 'foreign' and so the historical syncretism between the two has largely disappeared.
Tavan is the official language of Tava. Worldwide, there are around 43 million native speakers of the Tavan language, with Tava containing x million speakers alone. Other large groups of Tavan speakers through the Tavan diaspora are found in Tinza, Senria, Xiaodong, Yi and elsewhere.
The classification of Tavan is debated. A few linguists have attempted to link it to a pan-Coian macrofamily; while most consider it to be a language isolate. Tavan is inflected in its morphology and OVS in its syntax. Like Tinzan and other Tenzo-Xiaodongese languages, Tavan has borrowed some vocabulary from Classical Xiaodongese. Tavan is often split into two dialects, Sphë and Nullë.
Modern Tavan is written almost exclusively in the script of the Tavan alphabet, which began taking shape in the 19th century BC but was not standardised until the early 19th century. Tavan can also be written in the Syodongmun script.