The rolling fields of Ultaru Province stretching out in all directions produce food that is shipped out to all corners of Kelbonnar, making it one of the most important assets of the Empire of Turelion. It’s proximity to the Imperial Province makes it a prosperous land that is looked on with favour by the Imperial Authorities and many members of the Imperial Court have second homes in the Province.
Like all provinces with the Empire of Turelion, the administration of the Province is overseen by a Satrap, who is theoretically responsible for management of all areas of Ultaru. To aid them in this, the Satrap of Ultaru Province has a staff of provincial officials and administrators who oversee the bureaucracy of all things, from the state of the road network to the taxes levied on fish imported to the province.
Demography and Population
The majority of Ultaru’s population is made up of people from the Takpoian ethnicity, who represent the regions original inhabitants prior to the creation of the Empire of Turelion. A large number of Turelites have migrated to the province, which is not surprising given its proximity to Turelion Province. These emigrants from Turelion make up the majority of the upper class of the province, and account for the majority of the landowners who own and oversee the myriad agricultural concerns across the province. Of the rest of the population, the majority of the rest, around 80% are classed by the Imperial Bureau as being ‘lower class’ and predominantly work in agriculture or its associated industries. About 15% are considered ‘middle class’ and the remainder ‘upper class’, however, less than 1% of this upper class is actually thought to be made up of people of Takpoian descent.
Ultaru Province is considered to encompass all of the land that lies to the east of the Heavenspire Mountains on the continent of Euristan. This takes in the vast expanse of the Pokipewi that dominates most of this area. In the southern part of the province, the course of the River Akpa cuts off a section of land from the rest of the plains, which is dominated by rolling hills and is referred to as the Efutu. The far south of the province, up to the border with Turelion Province is taken up by an expanse of wetland created by the river delta of the River Akpa, which is called the Toaya Peke. The border with Ferio Province with the north is considered to be the edge of the Yimawas forest.
Like all Imperial Provinces, Ultaru has access to its own standing army of Provincial troops, who are dispersed across the province in garrisons, ready to be called upon as needs be. For the most part, these troops act as town and city guards and police forces for the areas they are stationed to. In times of crisis, the Satrap can mobilise units in the Provincial Army from their garrisoned stations to become mobile units that can be deployed were necessary. The Provincial Army has units of infantry, cavalry, artillery and Firewings at its disposal, as well as a dedicated naval force to protect its coasts. The Command Headquarters for Ultaru’s Provincial army is in the Provincial Capital Kibet.
Agriculture & Industry
Ultaru Province is not referred to as the ‘bread basket of the Empire’ for no reason. Of all of the provinces it produces the highest amount of agricultural produce per square mile and the provinces produce can be found on tables throughout the Empire of Turelion. In particular, Ultaru is known for its production of cereal crops, wheat, barley, corn and oats which cover the landscape in vast swathes of green in the spring and gold in the summer. Alongside this, Ultaru also has a thriving cattle production industry, with great tracts of the northern Pokipewi plains given over to the rearing of cattle. Tied to the province’s agricultural prowess, Ultaru has a bevy of secondary industries, primarily the milling of grains into flour, packaging and processing of beef and dairy products, the production of cheese and also the production of raw leather and leather goods from the hides of slaughtered cattle.
Trade & Transport
As one of the three so-called ‘heartland provinces’ of the Empire of Turelion, Ultaru is well connected to its neighbours on the continent of Euristan. There are several Firewing routes across the Heavenspire Mountains between Ultaru and Ferio Province, with the main one connecting the two provincial capitals via the mountain Firewing port of Orthax’s Peak. Another Firewing route directly connects the provincial capital Kibet with the Imperial Capital Meltaro. In addition, Ultaru is connected by land to Turelion Province by a well maintained and protected road network, designed to take the heavy traffic of the plethora of large wagons and carts bringing agricultural produce to the Heart of the Empire. More widely, Ultaru is well connected to the other provinces of the Empire via a number of sea routes, ensuring that the bounty of the Bread Basket of the Empire goes far and wide.
Even though Ultaru is a province rooted in agricultural labour, its proximity to Turelion Province means that it benefits from a much greater provision of schools throughout it than most other provinces. Part of this greater availability of education is down to the fact that many noble Turelite families choose to have second properties amongst the rolling hills and fields of Ultaru Province, and therefore want places that their children can be educated. Educational establishments for children aged 4 – 18 can be found, therefore in most towns and cities across the province, though almost all of them are only accessible to the upper and upper middle echelons of Takpoian society, due to their cost. There are as well several Houses of Learning in the province, most of which are located in the southern reaches of the Pokipewi, so that they attract potential scholars from across the border in Turelion Province as well. In addition, the Imperial Flight College, the main training facility for the The Imperial Air Corps is located in the province.
Bread Basket of the Empire
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