Tag Archives: Gramatia


Tinèkè* is one of the seven provinces that constitute the Commonwealth of the Gramation Union. And with a population of about 250 million it is the second most populous province of the realm, after Azeya. In regard of territory it comes after Azeya, Tobeya, Robeya and Xariastin. The province covers most of the Tinèkè basin and the region derives its name from the river. Continue reading →

A short intro to the history of the Gramatian language

By courtesy of Teameir Yfatrayan

Gramatian is the de facto official language of the Commonwealth of the Gramatian Union (CGU) and is the native language of about eighty-five percent of the population. The other major languages spoken in the realm are (in order of number of native speakers) the Tineke language, Tarkazian, Benyan and Luyfian. Continue reading →

The Tale of Two Sisters

The history of the relations of the two greatest powers of Urando, Gramatia and Benya, is complicated and dates back to the very formation of the Commonwealth of the Gramatian Union and the subsequent expulsion of Emperor Pimpèl’s enemies from Azeya. After they were forced from their homeland, these exiles (Bena in Gramatian) fled to the North and under leadership of Benkir I they formed their own state. As is usually the case with two young, expansionist states, the border between both soon became a contested issue. And even two and a half thousand years later, both nations still dispute the ownership of the former Kingdom of Tobea. Continue reading →

Education in Gramatia

After Emperor Pimpèl founded the Gramatian state, he also introduced compulsory education and military conscription for all citizens. That both education and military service were (and still are, even twenty-five centuries later) mandatory, is no coincidence. Just one look at the traditional Gramatian school curriculum reveals their relation:

  • reading and writing
  • arithmetics
  • geometry
  • logic and grammar
  • equestarianism
  • archery (girls) / swordsmanship (boys)
  • Takamu (a strategic board game, similar to chess)

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Etiquette in Gramatia

Terrestrials who visit Gramatia will be heavily surprised with the complex rules of Gramatian etiquette. At first glance an Earth-born person might think Gramatian have no etiquette at all, but that would be plain wrong. Here a quick summary of the most important aspects of etiquette in the Commonwealth of the Gramatian Union. Continue reading →

Background: Religion in Gramatia

The Imperial Office for Religious Affairs regularly conducts a survey among the Gramatian population regarding their religious believes and practices. The most recent data (from the 2005 survey) is discussed below. Continue reading →

Background: Tujoism

From the Encyclopedia of Urando

Tujoism is the largest religion on the planet of Urando and is the official state religion in the Commonwealth of the Gramatian Union. Besides Gramatia Tujoism is the major religion in Colya, Luyfn and Benya. Elsewhere it exists as a minority religion, consisting mainly of immigrant communities of the countries mentioned above. Continue reading →

The Dreamer

Empress Aleyzeya of Gramatia was sitting in her office, busy with reading official documents, when a guard stepped into her office. The empress looked up and said:

“What’s the matter?” “An envoy of the Synarch of Ak’nal has arrived and he claims to have an important message for you.” Continue reading →

Background: The Industrial Party

Gramatian politics, though taking place within the context of a parliamentary democracy, is hardly comparable to European or North American politics. For instance the role of the monarch in daily politics is far greater than, say, in the UK, as the concept of “ministerial responsibility” is alien to Gramatian constitutional law. But more importantly the country’s party system would seem outlandish to people in Europe and North America. Continue reading →

Country-files (Urando series): Gramatia

For the Elysia Universe I have published several “country files” but in the Urando series there are 63 countries. So I have decided to publish the country files of Urandan nations. Continue reading →