Culture of Yohannes
|The central market district of Ardenfontein|
|The Nineteen Countries|
|Media||Stark landscaping and slow pacing|
|Cuisines||Practical and sustaining|
||Yohannesian traditionalism and modernism|
|Primary sport|| Fencing|
As a supranational political sovereignty of nineteen countries and cultures, the definition of a single, consolidated Yohannesian culture can sometimes be hard to decipher. However, it is in general has always been indicated together with strong aspects of decentralisation, individual self-sufficiency and regional patriotism. Yohannes has always been associated by foreign observers as a westernised, non-English speaking nation.
The most indicative source of influence and origin on Yohannesian culture have been Alexandria, Burmecia and Lindblum; Respectively the three largest countries of the island commonwealth. Regional expansionism and overseas colonisation by Yohannes and its neighbouring Gothic nations during the late 19th century paved the way for its people's exposure to foreign cultures and customs. The technological revolution throughout the 20th century further consolidated this trend.
As a result of poor intercommunication early in their histories, each of the nineteen countries of Yohannes has its own distinct culture. Although these countries lost their importance as administrative and political regions ever since the 1960s, its cultural importance upon the population of Yohannes, which identifies with them, cannot be understated. Each country has a specific historical and judicial culture with its distinct nature. In January 2011 for example, six of the countries substituted some laws of the higher Commonwealth government with its own national laws, symbolising the complete autonomy of the nineteen countries to separately conduct their internal affairs, free from the restriction imposed by that of the federated governmental body.
Members of the extreme upper class, who are virtually white Yohannesians in rank, have lifestyles significantly better in many respects to their counterpart in other prosperous post-industrialised, economically modernised and technologically progressive nations found globally, whilst the black and coloured populations, which virtually are of middle and working class background, felt the social burden of this unfair domestic economic, educational, social and political situation, which has developed throughout the course of Yohannes' history ever since its beginning. Such a condition provide the minority white Yohannesians the allowance to maintain an easy and luxurious regular routines and lifestyles. Members of both the middle and upper class regularly study and work abroad to expose themselves more towards the global open markets and labour requirements.
The filmmaking industry of Yohannes has always been known for its stark landscaping and slow pacing style in general. Throughout the late 19th century and early 20th century, the nationally famous playwright Kristen Vinter of Lindblum has dominated much of the filmmaking within the nineteen countries. Modern clothing in Yohannes is very internationally influenced. However, traditional costumes of the nineteen countries are occasionally worn during periods such as midsummer and early spring, and are really popular.
There are five major painting styles throughout the nineteen countries attributed historically; the earliest of which was the Christian-influenced Gothic painting style, and the most popular that of the early 19th century's widespread invention of Romanticist style, followed closely by no more than 50 years' time with the equally fascinating Impressionism painting style. The latest style noted as so far was that of the internationally-influenced Pop art style during the late 1970s.
- Gothic: Flourished between the late 12th and early 16th centuries, the Gothic painting style was the earliest recorded painting trend and style throughout the nineteen countries. Its development and widespread popularity was attributed to the then strong Christian belief of the Yohannesian people. In Yohannesian Gothic style, paintings usually show notable figures of great wealth or political as well as religious influence in flowering drapery.
- Renaissance: A painting style adopted throughout the nineteen countries during the late 15th centuries. It is a variation of Latin-derived painting styles, marked by the local touch of Yohannesian painters.
- Romanticism: Sensational and romantic style of painting, the Romanticist movement began during the early 19th century, sparked by the high period of industrialisation as well as cultural enlightenment throughout the nineteen countries.
- Impressionism: A modified style of the romanticist painting style; Yohannesian impressionist painters focused mainly upon the effects produced by the use of light and pure colours.
Food and cuisines within the nineteen countries have traditionally always been practical and sustaining. A typical old-fashioned Yohannesian meal consists of boiled potatoes and select meat or fish accompanied with sauce and vegetables. Historically fish has always been important and notable in Yohannesian diet. The common Yohannesians are well known as heavy coffee drinkers, with brewed coffee being the predominant choice. Beer, cider, juice, cold milk or water are the standard accompaniment to meal, with Yohannesian cider sweeter than most standard ciders overseas. Despite this however, consumption of alcohol within the nineteen countries are notably less than other Gothic and foreign countries, speculated as a direct result of the state monopoly on alcoholic beverages with the exception at bars and restaurants.
There are nine major categories of Yohannesian cuisines; that of bread/pastry products, dairy products, fish, fruits/vegetables and meat.
- Dairy products: Yohannesian cheeses, milks and other dairy products are abundant throughout the nineteen countries, with dairy farming being one of the nineteen countries' major agricultural specialties. However, 2011 domestic dairy production was reinforced with a substantial importation of overseas dairy products due to the nineteen countries' inability to sufficiently provide the Yohannesian population solely with it's domestic dairy products.
- Fish: The majority of fish dishes throughout the nineteen countries are Yohannesian fishes caught, all single year round, from the waters of the Freekish Channel and Kingsley Sea. Most of these Yohannesian fishes are generally that of halibut, herring, salmon, shrimp and tuna.
- Meat: the majority of Yohannesian meat originate from domesticated sheeps, which is a sort of national animal representing Yohannes internationally, and one which the nineteen countries are known for historically.
Prior to the early 14th century, most buildings in Yohannes were constructed of brick. After this period, a shift was made towards stone. Early monuments are the stone buildings of the medieval churches on the countryside, with many built with heavy Alexandrian and Burmecian influences. Some of the best and well known examples are the Cathederal of Halsten. It was the seat of the Yohannesian Lutheran Church. During the early 16th century, Yohannes emerged from the medieval age unscathed by regional strife in direct comparison to its Gothic neighbours and once again asserted her independence under Queen Beatrix Vadstena. The queen started a period of extensive architectural construction throughout the then Kingdom of Lindblum. It paved the way towards similar building initiative throughout the rest of the eighteen countries. It was during this period that the Lindblum Grand Castle was constructed. Today, it is still one of the official residences of the federated and elected Monarch of Yohannes.
Many cathedrals throughout Yohannes were structurally built with slight kinks incorporated into their main axis. The reason behind this architectural pattern was to build the nave without aligning it on the same line as the altar's centre. Some Yohannesian historians acknowledged this pattern as the then acknowledgement of mankind's humbleness to God and that only God was perfect. Skeptics however, offered a more simple alternative opinion that such would simply be a common mistake made by builders of the past.
The successful application of the lift invention made overseas throughout the nineteen countries, meanwhile, was the primary factor behind Yohannes' urban skyline and skyscrapers of today's time. The first successful application of the lift invention overseas made inside Yohannes was attributed with that of Dr Joanna Hemmingway in 1857; a former medical doctor turned mechanic with one particular pioneering record.
Fencing is Yohannes' favourite national sport. All spectrum of Yohannesian male society; be they of different racial demographic and social class within the nation, associated themselves with fencing. Its prehistoric origin was that of club, spear and axe. The Gothic pre-Iron Age saw the introduction of sword and shield; bladed weapons and proper sword in the later stage. His Majesty Aurel III and the Crown monopolised the operational existence and administrative establishment of Yohannes' fencing schools throughout the late 1970s.
The Yohannesian School of Fencing Association (YSFA) heavily emphasised upon the practise of a post and fencing thrust over the cut style, which allow the target to raise its arms; thereby exposing his or her side vulnerable to a thrust. The existence of four judges are used to determine whether a touch has been made; with two side judges standing behind and beside each fencer, watching for hits made by that fencer. A director observed the match from not too far a distance. The director is tasked with the match halting motion to describe any corresponding actions. The result is then polled for the judges. The director may overrule the judges' differing opinions, although his power is limited by the fact that he or she hold only one and a half vote, whilst the judges each hold one vote. This allows the combined judges' ruling to overrule the director in turn.
Cricket, rugby and association football are also some of the most played sports throughout the nineteen countries. However, the Yohannesian national teams are not very competent or competitive, and are some of the worst teams in the world, performance wise.