Angto Tahyi: Report of Happenings
Kalti I of House Ketelo, King of Wlitowa one day declared to his court that the vast majority of his subjects were too far below him for him to see. When discussing the subject, his advisors, mistaking the king's curiosity for boastfulness about his stature, declared that future generations too would know just as little, while the works of the king would last for generations. The king dismissed his advisors, only to have them return a few days later to enact his decree: that his subjects submit to royal archives any special accomplishments they recently completed.
Many in the populace responded on a daily basis, writing a tahyi after supper to be submitted in the morning. By royal proclamation, each mature citizen was to submit at least one tahyi annually, so to most the tahyi was a chore, comparable to paying taxes. The most common entry on the tahyi was, "Ovtrau ter tahyi. T'koi ter ovtoh." meaning, "I don't like the tahyi. I wish to not do it." When the monarchy was eventually overthrown, one of the first acts of the new regime was the abolition of the tahyi. To the citizens that remained between the two extremes, the tahyi was a way to commemorate special activities, such as winning a sports competition or obtaining new employment.
After the revolutionary government, Wlitowa's bevy of historians found themselves with a wealth of knowledge about everyday life, albeit skewed due to the higher priorities of important personal accomplishments. It took them years to parse through and organize the documents into useful categories, such as by author and by year. However, once the herculean task of taxonomy was complete, historians had a pulse on the Wlitowan psyche through the centuries, gathering useful insights into sociology that would propel and back research for decades to come. Because of the lackluster record keeping practices of other nations, such as the "twenty-year document lifespan" policy of the Ugo-yt Empire, academics from across the world came to borrow and study Wlitowan sociology to better understand what their own respective peoples were like a few centuries ago.
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