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Ofeilia is a country northeast of TSWCAtS, most of its civilians being merchants and nomads, often referred to as "gypsies", though some of these nomads find the term offensive as it has been used as a slur towards Ofeilians in the past, while most proudly embrace the title and find it as a source of empowerment.  

Ofeilia's form of government is monarchy, with the eldest male as the heir to the throne, unless the eldest female marries before her parents die or retire from the throne.  

CultureEdit

The Gypsies Edit

The gypsies of Ofeilia mainly make a living by traveling around in caravans - sometimes in their own country, sometimes all around the world, depending on what they're comfortable with and what they can afford - and selling or trading goods, performing various theatrical acts, dancing, singing, fortunetelling and performing "magic" tricks, and taking various jobs whenever they get the chance. Not everyone in Ofeilia is a gypsy, but the country definitely is known for their gypsies. Some civilians in Ofeilia, even though they aren't actual nomadic gypsies, just live in gypsy caravans because they're cheaper than most houses, though smaller.

The gypsies of Ofeilia are generally very fond of music, dance, and theater, and host competitions for such in each town every month. Certain groups of gypsies also go from place to place to perform these things and entertain foreigners to earn money, as mentioned before. Singers in Ofeilia are particularly admired, especially those with extremely broad ranges. In Ofeilian society, sopranos - particularly coloratura sopranos - are the most prized female singers, while basses are the most prized male singers. More often than not, singers feel very pressured to fit into these extreme vocal ranges and try to force themselves to sing notes that they cannot feasibly sing.

Prejudice Edit

The government in Ofeilia is notably very corrupt. King Auron - the current monarch - is rumored to be a mere figurehead. The society is harsh and prejudiced against practically anybody who doesn't completely live up to their standards of "normal". If you aren't male, white, straight, non-magical, fully human, rich, and don't experience gender dysphoria, you'll have quite a hard time amounting to much.

Misogyny in particular is very prevalent and normalized - men are rarely punished for taking advantage of women, and sexual assault is often disregarded as something the victim brought upon herself. Women are not generally seen as much more than livestock or trophies, destined only to become housewives to powerful men and extend the family tree. They are expected to do whatever their husbands want them to, and if they do not oblige, it is seen as completely normal for them to be reprimanded cruelly (which would obviously be considered domestic violence anywhere else). Sometimes men even punish their wives for rebelling by raping them publicly.

Women also often marry very young - sometimes as early as 14 and even 12 - and are very much pressured to conform to society's standards of beauty. They are often forced to use painful techniques to make themselves look decent for the men - they use extremely tight corsets to make their waists appear slimmer, painful undergarments to make their breasts appear perky, large amounts of makeup containing potentially lethal chemicals, and dangerous, haphazard medical procedures that are said to make them thinner (sometimes physicians insisting women ingest parasites).

Pale skin is very much valued in Ofeilia, so women with illnesses such as anemia are often denied any sort of medical help because they're "too pretty" to be sick. It's also extremely common for Ofeilian women to starve themselves for long periods of time in hopes of fitting the ideal, even if they're already extremely thin and it'd be unhealthy to lose anymore weight. Sicknesses are often glorified as a way for women to lose weight, so often times women will intentionally make themselves ill in hopes of meeting society's standards. Most Ofeilian women have at least some sort of eating disorder, thanks to it being drilled into young girls' heads from a very early age that they need to look their best.

In the poorest Ofeilian towns - particularly the small, miserable town of Opal - this sexism has even more dire manifestations. In theory, these atrocities are illegal in Ofeilia, but the lords of these towns abuse their power greatly and choose to overlook these crimes. Wives in these towns are bought from their fathers (or sometimes kidnapped from wealthy men), rather than married, making their role in society still more similar to livestock or dolls than human beings. This sort of "marriage" is sealed when the man rapes his "bride" in public, so the entire town could witness him stealing her virginity, which meant she belonged to him and nobody else could have her, as she was now his property. This also shamed the woman into never letting another man touch her again.

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