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Spiritual Republic of Yien

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• Diviner
Alier Mohan I
Establishment history
• Shinar
c. 2000 BCE
17th Century
• Independence from Norrium
• 2013 estimate

The Spiritual Republic of Yien is a sovereign state located in Europa on Eurth. It is bordered by Norrium to the north, Damak Var in the east, Ayubi and Noble Nykia to the south, and Abantium in the west. Yien boasts a population of over 6.2 million people. The capital city Wëngabiook is also the country's largest city.

As a theocratic state, Yien is governed by a spiritual leader known as the Diviner. The current Diviner is Alier Mohan I, who has held this position since 2005. The nation's political landscape has witnessed substantial transformations in recent decades, notably the transition to a unitary state and the execution of land reforms favoring the Rek Clan. These developments have sparked considerable unrest among members of the Reel Clan, fueling ongoing political tensions within the country. Culturally, Yien is a mosaic of diverse ethnic groups, languages, and religious beliefs. The Rek Clan's dominance in politics and economy contrasts with the Reel Clan's push for autonomy and cultural preservation, exemplifying the nation's complex social fabric. Yien's rich cultural heritage is celebrated through its traditional arts, music, and cuisine, which continue to evolve while maintaining strong ties to the past.

Economically, Yien is primarily dependent on agriculture, with significant exports including palm oil, soybeans, and various nuts. The western half of the country is developing a manufacturing sector, producing low-cost goods mainly for export. In terms of international relations, Yien maintains a complex network of diplomatic ties, influenced by its strategic location in Europa and its theocratic government structure.


Rolling hills in western Yien.

Yien is a tropical country located close to the Equator. It is divided into two main regions: the eastern half and the western half. The eastern half of Yien is characterised by its lush rainforests, which are home to a wide variety of plant and animal species. The landscape is characterised by rolling hills, winding rivers, and dense vegetation. The region has a humid, tropical climate with high temperatures and high levels of precipitation throughout the year. The rainy season, which lasts from November to April, is particularly heavy, with frequent storms and flooding. The rainforests of Yien are home to a wide variety of plant and animal species, including many that are found nowhere else in the world. The region is home to large populations of primates, such as monkeys and apes, as well as a variety of bird species, including parrots and toucans. The forests are also home to a number of threatened or endangered species, including the Yienite pangolin and the black-and-white ruffed lemur. The large plantations that dominate the eastern half of Yien are primarily dedicated to the production of palm oil and soybeans. These industries are a major source of income for the country and employ a large portion of the population. The plantations are typically large, mechanised operations that rely on modern technology and techniques to cultivate and harvest the crops. The region is also home to a number of small-scale farms that grow a variety of other crops, including rice, corn, and bananas.

Cattle are an important aspect of the local fauna and economy.

The western half of Yien is characterised by its rolling hills, lush forests, and fertile plains. The region has a humid, subtropical climate with mild winters and hot, humid summers. The weather is generally less rainy than in the eastern half of the country, although there are still periods of heavy rainfall throughout the year. The western region of Yien is home to a number of small towns and villages that are surrounded by fertile farmlands. The region is known for its production of a variety of crops, including rice, wheat, corn, and soybeans. The region is also home to a number of livestock farms, including cattle, chicken, and pig farms. The western region is known for its relatively mild climate and is a popular destination for tourists seeking a break from the hot, humid weather of the eastern half of the country. The western half and southern coast of Yien is predominantly inhabited by the Rek Clan, one of the major clans in the country. The Rek Clan has a long and storied history in Yien and has held a significant amount of political and economic power in the country for many centuries. In addition to its economic influence, the Rek Clan also plays a prominent role in Yien's political landscape. Many members of the clan have held high-level government positions, including the presidency, and have shaped the country's policies and direction. The clan is known for its conservative and pro-business stance and has a reputation for being influential in the country's decision-making processes.

Administrative divisions

Map of Yienite provinces.

The Spiritual Republic of Yien is administratively divided into seven provinces, each with their own distinct cultural, economic, and historical characteristics. The -har suffix is derived from the local term for “land” or “territory.” These provinces serve as the primary level of local government and are crucial for regional administration, providing a structure for the distribution of resources and the implementation of national policies. Each province in Yien has a provincial capital that acts as the administrative centre, facilitating governance and local affairs under the guidance of the national government in the capital. These divisions are not only administrative, but also hold significant cultural and historical value, reflecting the complex tapestry of Yienite society. The western region dominated by the Rek Clan, reflecting their economic and political power within Yien. The eastern region, where the Reel Clan is predominant, is split across multiple provinces, reflecting the government push to undermine their local cultural identity and the demands for more autonomy.

  1. Wëngahar — Encompassing the capital, Wëngabiook, and its surrounding areas, named after the historic significance of the region as “Cow Herdsman's Land.”
  2. Rivdohar — Named after Rivdon Bay, this coastal province includes key ports and maritime industries. Rivdohar's ports facilitate much of Yien's international trade, making it an economic hub on the western coast.
  3. Saeidahar — Taking its name from the Strait of Saeida, this division encompasses the southeastern coastal areas and their economic activities. This province is vital for its fishing and shipping industries, connecting Yien to international waters and neighbouring economies.
  4. Kinjohar — Bordering the vast ‘Kinjopoli’ Sea (Konstantinopoli Sea), named to reflect the historic maritime connections and trade across the sea. It is known for its historic maritime routes and serves as a cultural link between Yien and other maritime nations.
  5. Warihar — Named after neighbouring Damak Var, this region includes a diverse mix of ethnic groups. It is a mix of agricultural and urban centres. Warihar is recognised for its rich cultural variety and productive landscapes.
  6. Nyimahar — Representing the central and northern parts of the country, named after the Nyima Clan. The province is celebrated for its highlands, cultural heritage, and traditional lifestyles.
  7. Mahdaria — Mahdaria honours the historic Mahdah Dynasty, which once ruled the region. This province is rich in history and culture. It contains numerous ancient sites and monuments that attract scholars and tourists alike.


Wëngabiook is the capital and largest city of Yien.

Wëngabiook (“Cow Herdsman”) is the capital city of Yien and is located in the western region of the country, at the narrow bay in western Yien. It is named after a traditional occupation that is significant to the local culture, which is believed to be cow herding. The city is situated on the banks of a narrow bay that has been a vital hub for trade and commerce in Yien for centuries. Wëngabiook is a bustling metropolis and the political, economic, and cultural centre of Yien and is a major hub for transportation, with a well-developed network of roads, railways, and an international airport. The city is known for its vibrant nightlife, diverse cuisine, and rich history. There are numerous landmarks and attractions that visitors can explore, such as the Grand Palace of the Rek Clan, the bustling central market, and the ancient temple of the cow herding deity. Wëngabiook is also home to a number of universities and research institutions, making it a hub for education and innovation.[1]

In Yien, the distribution of the population between urban and rural areas reflects typical trends seen in countries with a strong agricultural foundation. As of the latest estimates, approximately 30% of the population resides in urban areas, while the remaining 70% lives in rural settings. This urban population, totalling around 1.87 million people, is concentrated in a few major cities including the capital, Wëngabiook, which has the highest population at approximately 502,678 residents. Other significant urban centres include Marëngook (“Fish Gatherer”) and Rutobëndi (“Sailor's Rest”), with populations of 251,339 and 167,559 respectively. The rural population, on the other hand, is dispersed across vast agricultural lands and smaller villages, heavily engaged in farming and traditional practices. This demographic structure underscores the economic reliance on agriculture and the cultural segmentation between the urban centres and rural communities.




The prehistoric period in Yien is generally thought to have begun around 2 million years ago, with the earliest known human ancestors appearing in the region around this time. Archaeological evidence suggests that early human migrations brought a variety of hominid species to the area, including Homo $subspecies, Homo $subspecies, and Homo $subspecies. Over time, these early human populations developed a range of technologies and cultural practices that allowed them to adapt to the diverse environments of Yien. They hunted and gathered food, made tools and weapons, and formed social and political systems to govern their communities. ($WIP: Azano-Marenesian peoples.)

Classical period

Head from Ancient Shinar.

The classical period in Yien is generally thought to have begun around 3000 BCE, with the emergence of the first civilisations in the region. The earliest of these civilisations was the Shinar civilisation, known for its advanced system of government, its sophisticated art and architecture, and its extensive trade networks. Around 2000 BCE, the Shinar civilisation was followed by the emergence of the Memopotamian civilisation. The Memopotamian civilisation was known for its highly organised system of government and its advanced system of writing, which used cuneiform script. It was also a major centre of trade and commerce, with extensive networks that stretched across the region. Both the Shinar and Memopotamia civilisations had a significant impact on the history and culture of Yien and continue to be remembered as important milestones in the country's past. They helped to lay the foundations for the development of subsequent civilisations and shaped the cultural and political landscape of the region in many ways. ($WIP: Pearl Road.)

Post-Classical period


The period between 1000 BCE and 1728 was a dynamic and influential time in Yien's history, shaping the country's political, cultural, and social landscape in many ways.

Diverse kingdoms and trade expansion (1000 BCE - 300 CE)

During this period, the Zalena Kingdom, under the rule of King Taban, emerged as a notable power. Zalena's influence was marked by the establishment of robust trade relations with the Azano-Marenesian peoples, leading to an exchange of spices, textiles, metals, and exotic goods. Following this, the Kandake Dynasty, under the leadership of Queen Amanirenas, initiated pioneering long-distance trade with the distant Aroman Empire. This exchange facilitated the introduction of new ideas and technologies into Yien. In the later stages of this era, King Akol of the Majok Kingdom constructed the grand port city of Wad Akol, turning it into a significant trade hub in the region.

Sarafid Empire (300-700)

Sarafid Empire.

The Majok Kingdom was succeeded by the Sarafid Empire, known for its military prowess and administrative efficiency. The Sarafids continued to expand trade and cultural exchanges, solidifying Yien's position as a regional power. Their rule was characterised by stability and economic growth, bolstered by the empire's strategic trade policies.

Early Norrite influence (700-1200)

Internal strife.

With the decline of the Sarafid Empire, the Norrite influence extended its influence over the region, introducing a system of feudal rule. This period saw the rise of various regional powers, each contributing to the cultural and political diversity of Yien. The era was marked by a blend of traditional and new governance models, reflecting the region's dynamic history.

Pre-Mahdavic consolidation (1200-1500)

This era was a time of relative stability, marked by advancements in agriculture, trade, and the arts. It set the stage for the emergence of the Mahdavic dynasty, which would later play a pivotal role in Yien's history.

Orinese involvement

In 1517, under the Oino Dynasty, the distant empire of Orioni deployed a formidable slave army across the Memopotamian coasts, including parts of Yien, to seize control of gold and salt mines. The success of this strategy significantly bolstered the wealth of the Empress of Orioni and perpetuated the system of using slave soldiers.

The Thirteen Years' War (1593-1606), a brutal conflict between the Memopotamian sultanates and Orioni, left deep scars on the region. The war witnessed the fall of the Salamid defenders in Ayubi and the occupation of Jawini. This conflict was characterised by severe brutality, including the stringing of prisoners along the prows of Orinese ships. The war concluded with the Treaty of Desitenya, bringing a temporary peace to the ravaged region.

Mahdavic rule

In the early 17th century, Yien are ruled by multiple dynastic rulers, including the Mahdah Dynasty, which establishes a small colonial empire in the 17th and 18th centuries. The Mahdah Dynasty, under Sultan Alim Mahdah, rose to prominence, establishing a small but influential colonial empire. Sultan Hakeem Mahdah, later in the century, expanded the empire further, focusing on maritime trade and military modernisation. This period marked the height of Mahdavic influence in Yien. The early 18th century saw the Mahdavic Empire at its zenith, characterised by cultural flourishing and continued expansion. However, this period of prosperity was not to last. In 1728, the Mahdavic Empire fell to the Norrium Himaya, marking a significant turning point in Yien's history and leading to the colonial era.

Norrite rule

Norrite raid on Yienite village.

In 1728, Yien experienced a pivotal moment in its history when it was conquered by the Norrium Himaya, marking the beginning of a period known as the Norrite Rule. This era of foreign dominance significantly altered the political and cultural landscape of Yien.

Norrium, long a regional power in Azania and the western Konstantinopoli Sea, had a history of competing with and subduing other Azanian states since the fall of the Aroman Empire. The Empire of Norrium, known for its military and naval prowess, reached its zenith between the 1700s and 1900s, when it stretched across much of southern Azania. During this period, Norrium engaged in intense competition for mainland dominance with Yuropa, and for naval supremacy with Orioni and present-day Red Iberos.

The Norrite rule brought significant changes to Yien. Norrium imposed its administrative systems and cultural practices on the Yienite people. This included restructuring the local governing apparatus. Economically, Yien was integrating into the Norrium's expansive trade networks. This period also saw the introduction of new technologies and the expansion of infrastructure in Yien, such as the construction of roads and ports, facilitating trade and communication within the empire.

By the mid-1900s, the Norrium Himaya's power began to wane, primarily because of the economic and military strains caused by the Azanian Wars. These conflicts with Yuropa and other neighbouring states were a significant drain on the imperial coffers. Additionally, the loss of substantial imperial territories, growing resentment among its tributaries, and the rise of nationalism contributed to the weakening of Norrium's grip on its empire.


Statue commemorating the Yienite struggle for independence.

In Yien, the long period of Norrite rule stirred nationalist sentiments among the local population. The decline of Norrium's power provided an opportunity for these nationalist movements to gain momentum. In 1961, amidst this backdrop of weakening imperial control and rising local discontent, the Republic of Yien was declared, marking its independence from the Norrium Himaya. The declaration of the Republic signified a major turning point in Yien's history, as it transitioned from a period of foreign rule to self-governance. This era of independence ushered in a new phase of nation-building and self-identity for Yien, as it navigated the complexities of post-colonial governance and sought to establish its place in the regional and global landscape.

The early years of independence were a time of optimism and nation-building. In 1961, President Kwasi Nkrumah assumed leadership, focusing on unifying the diverse ethnic groups and laying the foundations for a democratic government. Under his leadership, the government initiated several development projects, including the expansion of educational facilities and infrastructure development. However, economic challenges soon emerged, primarily due to the over-reliance on agricultural exports. To address this, in 1970, Minister of Economy Ayesha Zuberi implemented a series of economic reforms aimed at diversifying the economy and encouraging industrialisation. These efforts had mixed results, leading to some industrial growth but also to social unrest due to job displacements and urbanisation challenges.

The late 1970s and 1980s were marked by political instability. Following Nkrumah's resignation in 1976, a series of short-lived governments took power, each struggling to address the country's growing economic and social issues. In 1982, General Amadou Bamba led a military coup, promising stability and order. His regime, however, was characterised by authoritarian rule and suppression of dissent. During this period, Yien also experienced significant social changes. The rise of urbanisation led to the growth of major cities and a shift in social dynamics. The burgeoning youth population, facing unemployment and political disenfranchisement, became increasingly vocal in their demands for democratic reforms.

The early 1990s witnessed a return to democratic governance. In 1991, the first free elections in decades brought President Mariama Keita to power. Her administration focused on democratic consolidation, human rights, and economic liberalisation. The government's policies led to a period of economic growth, spurred by foreign investment and the development of the tourism sector. In 1996, Minister of Culture Lamin Jallow initiated the Yien Cultural Revival project, aimed at preserving and promoting Yien's rich cultural heritage. This project led to a resurgence of interest in traditional arts, music, and languages, fostering a sense of national pride and identity.

2005 Spiritual Uprising

Diviner Alier Mohan I among supporters during the Spiritual Uprising.

Despite these positive developments, underlying tensions simmered. The rapid pace of modernisation and globalisation, coupled with economic disparities, led to growing dissatisfaction among certain segments of the population. Religious leaders, in particular, began to express concerns over the erosion of traditional values and the increasing secularisation of society. These tensions came to a head on 12 August 2005, when a group of spiritual fundamentalists, reportedly sponsored by Norrium, overthrew the Republic of Yien. This event marked the end of the period of independence and the establishment of the current theocratic republic. The overthrow was a culmination of various factors, including political discontent, economic grievances, and a desire to return to traditional religious values, significantly altering the course of Yien's history.

Theocratic Republic

The establishment of the theocratic republic in Yien, following the Spiritual Uprising of 12 August 2005, marked a significant shift in the nation's political and social landscape. This period has been characterised by the consolidation of theocratic rule, economic restructuring, and international relations dynamics.[1]

Following the overthrow of the Republic, Diviner Alier Mohan I emerged as the spiritual and political leader of Yien. His ascent to power was marked by a shift towards religious governance and the integration of spiritual values into the state's policies. In 2006, he established the Council of Spiritual Affairs, a body composed of religious leaders tasked with guiding the government on moral and spiritual matters. Diviner Mohan's early years in power were focused on stabilising the country post-uprising. In 2007, he launched the Yien National Reconciliation Program, aimed at healing the divisions caused by the uprising and promoting unity among Yien's diverse communities.

In 2011, Minister of Economy, Adut Deng, introduced a series of economic reforms to address the challenges facing Yien's predominantly agricultural economy. These reforms included initiatives to modernise agriculture, promote small-scale industries, and attract foreign investment. Yien's foreign policy under the theocratic republic was marked by a complex relationship with Norrium, which had played a role in the 2005 uprising. In 2013, Diviner Mohan embarked on a diplomatic mission to improve relations with neighbouring countries, including Norrium, seeking to promote regional stability and economic cooperation.

The period from 2016 to 2020 saw the government's focus on social policies and cultural initiatives. In 2017, the Minister of Social Affairs, Fatima Bintu, implemented programs aimed at improving education and healthcare, particularly in rural areas. The same year, the Yien Cultural Heritage Festival was inaugurated, celebrating the nation's rich cultural diversity and traditions.

In recent years, Yien has faced a number of challenges, including economic pressures due to global market fluctuations and the impact of climate change on agriculture. The government has also been dealing with internal political tensions, as some groups call for greater political freedoms and a return to more secular governance. Diviner Alier Mohan I, still at the helm, has responded to these challenges by calling for national unity and reaffirming the importance of spiritual values in guiding the nation's development. His leadership continues to shape the trajectory of Yien, as the country navigates the complexities of the modern world while maintaining its unique theocratic identity.



Heads of state and government of Yien
Diviner Alier Mohan I, head of state.
Head of Government.

The Diviner Alier Mohan I has been the theocratic leader of Yien since the 2005 Spiritual Uprising. Under his leadership, the country has undergone significant political and social changes. In 2009, the government of Yien was reorganised into a unitary state, a move that was seen as benefiting the Rek Clan, which holds a significant amount of political and economic power in the country. The Diviner is responsible for leading the country and making important decisions on behalf of the people. The Diviner is considered to be a divinely inspired leader and is believed to have a special connection to the spiritual realm. The Diviner is advised by a council of spiritual leaders and is assisted by a number of government officials who handle the day-to-day affairs of the state. The Diviner is the highest authority in Yien and wields significant power and influence over the country's political and social affairs.

The reorganisation of the government was followed by land reforms that also disproportionately benefited the Rek Clan. These changes have led to widespread discontent among the Reel Clan who are native to the eastern half of Yien and are known for their distinct cultures and dialects. Many of the Reel Clan have been campaigning and protesting for the eastern region of Yien to become an independent federal republic called Reelium. The movement for independence has gained significant support among the Reel Clan and has led to clashes with the government and the Rek Clan. In response to the protests, the Yienite Armed Forces have deployed the Spiritual Republican Guard Corps. [1]


The Spiritual Republican Guard Corps is a specialised branch of the Yienite Armed Forces that is responsible for the protection of the political system of the Spiritual Republic in Yien. It was established in the wake of the 2005 Spiritual Uprising, a series of protests and riots that rocked the country and led to significant political and social changes.

The corps is led by Brigadier General Okeyo Lagum, a seasoned military officer who has extensive experience in counterinsurgency and peacekeeping operations. The corps is made up of highly trained and well-equipped soldiers who are tasked with maintaining order and stability in the eastern region of the country, where the Reel Clan has been protesting for independence.

The presence of the corps in the eastern region of Yien has been controversial and has led to further tensions between the Reel Clan and the government. Many members of the Reel Clan view the corps as an occupying force and have accused it of using excessive force and violating the rights of protestors. The government, on the other hand, claims that the corps is necessary to maintain law and order and prevent the eastern region from descending into chaos.[2]


Cattle herding in Yien.

The economy of Yien is deeply rooted in its agricultural sector, complemented by a growing manufacturing industry and underpinned by a state capitalist system. This system, characterised by significant state control over key industries, plays a central role in shaping the economic landscape of the country.

Agriculture is the backbone of Yien's economy, with the country being a major supplier of various agricultural products to the global market. The eastern half of Yien, in particular, is known for its large plantations, where palm oil and soybeans are cultivated extensively. These commodities represent the largest exports from Yien, contributing significantly to the country's GDP. Besides these cash crops, Yien also produces a variety of nuts, with groundnuts being a notable export. The agricultural sector is diversified further with the production of grains, which are essential both for local consumption and for export. Although Yien's cattle herding industry is primarily oriented towards subsistence, it plays a vital role in the rural economy and contributes to the livelihoods of a significant portion of the population.

In recent years, the western half of Yien has seen the development of a small but growing manufacturing sector. This sector primarily produces low-cost goods for export to neighbouring countries such as Ayubi, Norrium, and the southern coastal nations of Amutia.[1] The manufacturing industry in Yien, although modest in scale, represents an important step towards economic diversification and provides employment opportunities beyond the agricultural sector.

The state capitalist system in Yien has been a subject of debate and controversy. Critics have pointed out that this system has led to a concentration of wealth and power, particularly in the hands of the Rek Clan, who exert significant influence over both political and economic spheres. This has raised concerns about economic inequality and limited opportunities for other segments of the population. Despite calls for economic reforms and greater liberalisation, the government has maintained its approach, emphasising state control as a means to manage the nation's resources and development. The balance between state control and market-driven growth remains a key issue in Yien's economic discourse.


The demographic landscape of Yien is characterised by its diverse ethnic groups, languages, and religious beliefs. This diversity is a defining feature of the nation's cultural and social identity. This demographic overview accentuates the rich mixture of Yien's population, shaped by its diverse languages, ethnic groups, and religious beliefs. Each component contributes uniquely to the nation's cultural blend, influencing its social norms, political dynamics, and collective national identity.


The most widely spoken languages in Yien belong to the !Nilotic family, with !Dinka being the predominant language. !Dinka not only serves as a native language for the Dinka people but also functions as a lingua franca across various regions of Yien, facilitating communication and cultural exchange among different ethnic groups. The country's written communication employs a modified version of the !N’ko script. This adaptation of the !N’ko script, originally developed for !Manding languages in !West Africa, has been specifically tailored to suit the phonological and grammatical characteristics of !!Dinka and other Nilotic languages, representing a unique synthesis of linguistic traditions. ($WIP. Xio should explain and rewrite.)

Ethnic groups

Women of the Reel Clan ethnic group, one of the many diverse communities in Yien, walking along a village path.
Population of Yien in 2013
  Nyima (52.4%)
  Rek (23.2%)
  Reel (17.1%)
  Mahdavi (5.2%)
  Oriental (2.1%)

Yien's society is primarily composed of several ethnic groups, each with their own distinct cultural identity. The interaction among these clans shapes much of Yien's internal politics and its societal norms. While the Rek Clan's dominance in the political arena has led to policies that often favor their interests, the Nyima's majority status and central location make them a stabilising force, crucial for mediating conflicts and fostering dialogue. Meanwhile, the Reel Clan's push for independence highlights the ongoing struggles for ethnic and regional equity in Yien. Understanding the complexities of these clan dynamics is essential for grasping the broader social and political challenges that face the country. Each clan not only represents a unique cultural group, but also embodies differing perspectives on the nation's past, present, and future development.

The Rek Clan is the dominant ethnic group. Predominantly located in the western provinces, especially around the capital region in Wëngahar, the Rek Clan holds the majority of political and economic power in Yien. Despite their influential status, the Reks are a minority within the national population. They are often viewed as the traditional ruling elite, having a significant impact on the governance and development policies of the country.

The Nyima Clan occupies the central regions of Yien, serving as a buffer and a bridge between the Rek and Reel Clans. Culturally diverse, they are known for their mediation skills and for providing sanctuary to those seeking refuge from the ongoing tensions between the Rek and Reel. They are agriculturally adept, harnessing the fertile lands of central Yien, and are respected for their advancements in sustainable farming techniques. The Nyima, with their central location in Nyimahar (“Land of the San”), have a vested interest in maintaining national unity and stability. While not as politically powerful as the Rek, they leverage their strategic position to exert influence. They typically align with policies that promote economic equity and cultural harmony, often finding themselves as peacemakers. The name Nyima is derived from a term meaning “San” in various Azanian languages. Their highland home sits closer to the sky. Their culture reflects both the geographical reality of the clan's high-altitude homeland and their cultural aspiration to embody elevated principles. It encapsulates their spiritual connection to their environment, and their role as a central, unifying force in Yien's political landscape. Although followers of the main Yienite religion, the Nyima Clan has a unique interpretation that emphasises environmental stewardship and community welfare. Their religious leaders are known for advocating ethical governance and social responsibility.

The Reel Clan predominantly resides along the eastern coast, in provinces such as Saeidahar, Warihar, and Kinjohar. Much like the Rek, the Reel Clan is minority group. However, while the Rek are dominant, the Reel have historically faced oppression and marginalisation. For this reason, the Reel have a strong tradition of seeking autonomy and recognition. In recent years, they advocate for separatism and the establishment an independent state called ‘Reelium’, which reflects their aspirations for self-determination and the protection of their cultural heritage. In response, the government has deployed its Spiritual Republican Guard Corps to the majority Reel provinces.[2]

In the province of Mahdaria, the distinct ethnic group known as the Mahdavi people has maintained a unique cultural identity rooted in their historical ties to the Mahdah Dynasty. This dynasty once governed the region, and established a small colonial empire. This identity has been preserved through the dynasty's legacy of cultural flourishing, marked by advancements in maritime trade and military modernisation under Sultan Hakeem Mahdah. Despite the subsequent conquest by the Norrium Himaya in 1728, which imposed foreign administrative systems and cultural practices, the Mahdavi people have continued to cherish and uphold their historical landmarks and cultural practices, helping to sustain their distinct identity amidst the broader ethnic and clan dynamics within Yien.

Additionally, eastern Yien is home to an Orinese diaspora, consisting of immigrants and their descendants from Orioni. This group has enriched Yien's cultural diversity and played a notable role in various aspects of the nation's development, including its economy and social fabric.


The predominant religion in Yien is similar to Inkolo, practiced in Abantium. However, Yien's religious structure is markedly more organised, featuring a well-defined hierarchy of priests and leaders.[1] This hierarchical system profoundly influences the spiritual and daily lives of the Yienite people. The religion's doctrines and teachings not only guide spiritual practices but also intersect with the social and political dimensions of Yienite society, often shaping community norms and national policies.


A typical village in Yien, showcasing the traditional architecture and rural lifestyle of the inhabitants.

The culture of Yien is as rich as it is diverse. This patchwork reflects the nation's varied ethnic backgrounds, historical influences, and geographical diversity. Yienite culture embodies a unique blend of indigenous traditions and external influences, from traditional arts and music, to contemporary societal norms and practices.

Traditional arts and crafts

Yienite traditional arts and crafts are deeply rooted in the country's ethnic and cultural heritage. These include textile weaving, pottery, and wood carving, each distinct to various ethnic groups. The Rek Clan, for instance, is renowned for their intricate beadwork and ceremonial masks, while the Reel Clan is known for their colourful woven textiles, which usually tell stories of their history and folklore. These crafts are not only artistic expressions but also serve as important symbols of cultural identity and continuity.

In recent years, Yien has experienced a surge in modern cultural influences, particularly in urban areas. This includes the adoption of global fashion trends, music, and cinema, while still retaining a strong connection to traditional cultural practices. The youth, in particular, play a key role in shaping contemporary cultural expressions, blending traditional elements with modern influences. The culture of Yien, with its rich traditions and evolving contemporary practices, reflects the nation's dynamic and multifaceted identity. It is a culture that is deeply connected to its past while actively engaging with the present, continually shaping and redefining its cultural landscape.

Music and dance

Music and dance play a central role in Yienite culture, serving as a medium for storytelling, celebration, and the preservation of historical narratives. Traditional music often features a variety of instruments such as drums, flutes, and stringed instruments unique to Yien. Dance styles vary among different ethnic groups, each with its own set of movements and rhythms that reflect their distinct cultural narratives. Festivals and community gatherings are common occasions where music and dance are prominently showcased. Religion and spirituality hold a significant place in Yienite society. The organised religious structure, with a hierarchy of priests and leaders, not only guides spiritual practices but also influences social customs and community life. Religious festivals, rituals, and ceremonies are integral to Yienite culture, often marked by communal gatherings, music, and dance.


Yienite cuisine is characterised by its diversity and the use of local ingredients. Staple foods include grains such as millet and sorghum, often accompanied by stews made with vegetables, fish, or meat. Traditional cooking methods, such as slow-cooking in clay pots, are prevalent. Each ethnic group in Yien has its own culinary traditions, with dishes typically passed down through generations, reflecting the nation's rich agricultural heritage and culinary creativity.