Culture of Cacerta
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Cacerta is the birthplace of its own culture and is one of the oldest surviving uninfluenced cultures in Tyran. The culture of Cacerta is widely considered to be one of the most unique in the region due to its religion as well as its social ideologies. Some of Cacertian culture’s most iconic elements include its views on nudity and sexualty, art, music, fashion, food, entertainment, and sports. Many of the nation’s cities, which include Fumicino and its capital of Vichenza, are popular tourist destinations and make up a large part of Cacerta’s yearly income. Although the Kingdom has been subject to a significant influx of outside cultures since its rapid expansion during its time as an Empire and afterward, the Cacertian government and people strive to maintain the nation’s culture as part of a national identity.
Cacertian Monotheism is the state religion of Cacerta and is the largest religion in the country. Although the Monotheist Faith is not officially part of the affairs of the state, it plays a significant role in Cacerta’s political affairs. In its last census, 98% of Cacertians identifiy their religion as Cacertian Monotheist, nearly all of whom state themselves as active members. Although Monotheism is the main religion of the Kingdom, there exists a number of other minority religions. Among these other religions, the largest is primarily Eastern Orthodox Christianity -- the religion of migrant Arusians and Eastern Helarians. Other minorities include Roman Catholicism and Protestantism.
Cacerta maintains a public education system that is free and compulsory from the ages of six to sixteen and is made up of an eight-year primary stage and a two-year secondary stage. The Kingdom contains both public and private education systems, though private schools are few. Primary school lasts a total of eight years and is responsible for teaching students a number of general subjects ranging from languages to mathematics to hard sciences. The two years of secondary school is often reserved for specialized education in preparation for a university-level curriculum.
Although the four years of university education are not required by the state, they are considered the most important. Cacerta is well-known region wide for its highly acclaimed universities, colleges, and military academies ranging from the National University of Cacerta to Anzio Women's Academy to the Fumicino Naval Academy. They possess a number of foreign exchange programs which are host to students from nations which include Gylias, Volmstadt, the Neuvonian Federation, and the Northeastern Nations.
Fashion and Design
Due to its social ideologies, the Cacertian fashion industry is among the region’s most unique. Cacerta’s fashion designers and boutiques are located all throughout the country, but many based in Fumicino are considered to be the best known internationally. The city is also home to many of the Kingdom’s largest fashion shows with others featured in Cesena, Molfetta, and Vichenza. Clothing in the Kingdom is famous for its use of cool colors -- primarily blues and blacks -- and their subtle emphasis on certain features. Many Cacertian formal dresses for women use transparent sheer cloth meant to be worn in tandem with intricately designed lingerie.
The genre of classical music plays an important role in Cacertian culture. Musical life is extremely active in Cacerta with a number of state-sponsored schools that are dedicated entirely to supporting the development of up and coming Cacertian classical musicians. Hundreds of venues for musical performances can be found around the nation with the largest and most famous halls located in Vichenza. Music in the Kingdom is often utilized to set the atmosphere for parties, balls, and dances and often help patrons feel the tone of a gathering without the hosts or hostesses expressing so directly.
Cacertian theatre possesses a long history that can be traced back to the ancient era. Dramas, musicals, and operas have been a major form of entertainment in the Kingdom and have enjoyed success and popularity well into modern times. The Cacertian peoples highly value the art of acting and hold theatre in a far higher regard than television programs or films. It is a deeply-rooted part of Cacertian culture for friends and family alike to celebrate the talent of actors by attending weekend shows and the balls and dances the often occur afterward.
The history and development of visual art in Cacerta can be traced back to some of the most primitive cultures that arose in the Cacertian archipelago during the Paleolithic period. Cacertian art has been particularly well known by its focus on the human body with many of the most famous Caceritan paintings being profile and figure images of various male and female models. Fumicino and Cesena are considered to be the centers of early Cacertian Renaissance art and the birthplace of the modern, realistic approach used today in the Kingdom. Although nudity was not a common public occurrence until the modern era, it played an important role throughout the history of art in Cacerta and continues to be a main facet of Cacertian visual art.
Newspapers and Periodicals
Cacerta possesses numerous daily newspapers and magazines around the country in national circulation. Most newspapers and magazines are published in the region of Sarissita, where circulation is highest, with the primary publication centers located in Vichenza and Fumicino. Most dailies are owned by news and media outlets for the express purposes of information and entertainment. The journalistic level of Cacertian papers is very high, earning the considerable international respect. The Constitution of Cacerta protects the freedom of speech and the press and is therefore obligated to protect their rights.
Radio waves are broadcast from thousands of stations daily with varying forms of content ranging from classical music, intellectual lectures, and newscasts. It is common for most Cacertian radio stations to be devoid of commercials, a rule of them for the proper enjoyment of classical music which is often played as background noise during parties, dinners, and tea time. Cacertians put a significant amount of emphasis on the sounds of music, particularly in helping create a proper setting for all situations. In recent years, more modern stations have begun to arise especially due to the influence of the classical crossover electronic band Triple Threat and the pop rock band Ho-Kago Tea Time.
Television is often considered the least favored media outlet in Cacerta and is primarily reserved for news stations, informative programs, and anime as most Cacertians prefer theatre and opera as their primary means of entertainment. Despite this, Cacerta’s Broadcasting Corporation is host to a number of varied programs that range from operas, plays, musicals, and historical documentaries. With the exception of the internet, 60% of Cacertians have reported that they receive both national and international news from daily televised news programs.
The Kingdom of Cacerta is a unitary parliamentary constitutional monarchy unique for its clear emphasis on royal assent. Amendments and laws cannot be passed without the express permission of the ruling monarch who also possesses the ability to veto any amendments and laws if he or she deems them to not be in the best interest for the Cacertian People. The Constitution of Cacerta was written and approved following the Unification Wars in 1868 and has remained relatively unchanged into the modern era.
Political ideologies in Cacerta is split primarily between two main rival parties: the Unitary Party, which believes in the preservation of the Kingdom through peace and diplomacy, and the Ultranationalist Party, which views that the sovereignty of the Kingdom can only be defended through the strength of the nation’s military. Both parties were founded in 1868 and have remained a consistent part of Cacertian politics for the last one and a half centuries. A number of minor parties exist in Parliament, but much of the influence lies with the UnitPats and UltraNats which requires a great deal of cooperation.
Figure skating and gymnastics are the most popular spectator sports in Cacerta. The Kingdom is known to have the very best figure skaters and gymnasts in the region and is one of the only countries that practices both sports as national sports. They are highly regarded by Cacertian society specifically for their beauty and finesse as a result of a profound appreciation for the training and practice involved.
Martial arts is also very popular in Cacerta, governed by a National Martial Arts Association that regulates competition throughout the Kingdom. The most practiced martial arts include kendo, wushu, karate, kung fu, and jujutsu. Martial arts exhibitions are often popularly attended weekly events where students and teachers alike compete and display their skill. Swordsmanship, with either a katana or jian, is considered a highly prized and practiced skill.
Erotic sports have also gained a notable following in recent years. While its audience is still considerable smaller than that of figure skating, gymnastics, and martial arts sports, its fanbase is quickly growing. The National Erotic Sports Association was founded in 1980 and is responsible for the regulation of any and all erotic sports events conducted throughout the Kingdom. The NESU plans to help launch an international event focused on the celebration and competition of erotic sports at an international level.
Cacertian cuisine is considered to be a fundamental aspect of what it means to be Cacertian and has resulted in a number of signature dishes that help constitute Cacerta’s national identity. Much of the nation’s food culture closely resembles that of Italian cuisine for its heavy use of pasta and fresh vegetables. Cacertian cuisine has developed through the centuries and is a conglomeration of various dishes from cities all across the Cacertian archipelago. Lettuce, tomato, parsley, basil, all manner of fruits, wine, and cheese have been enjoyed by the Cacertian people since antiquity.
Much like other facets of the culture, cuisine varies from region to region. The northern islands of Cacerta are well-known for their cheeses, where raising livestock is far easier on their much larger tracts of land. Many of the staple foods in the north emphasize the use of cheese and pesto that has resulted in a number of dishes that have become quintessential to the Cacertian culture. In the south, cuisine is centered around fish, bread, tomatoes, and citrus fruits. Although southern cuisine is not as famous or well-known as that of their northern neighbors, it makes up a considerable part of the overall repertoire of Cacertian cuisine.
The country has also grown famous for its various desserts and pastries that are a common part of all meals as well as afternoon tea. Common desserts in Cacerta include tiramisu, cannoli, crepes, marzipan, panna cotta, and various types of sweet rolls and sweet breads. Often times. Cacertians enjoy tea, coffee or wine with their desserts and compliment the sweetness with cheeses of varying type.
Nudity and Sexuality
Cacerta’s views on nudity and sexuality developed primarily during the feminist movement characterized by the rule of Empress Elliana Sarissita. The Empress, a very forward-thinking monarch, was the first to begin changing the attitudes for nudity and appointed a number of similar minded men and women as her advisers and to her cabinet. Although nudity was never seen as shameful in Cacerta, it was not a public practice until the Empress began appearing at events in nothing but plain necklaces and bracelets.
The modern day Kingdom is characterized by its social views on public nudity. It is not uncommon for Cacertians to engage in sexual activities in public. Citizens of Cacerta, however, never practice sex in public and always wear clothes when travelling abroad, understanding that other nations do not share the same idealogy.