Fashion in Evlantis

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Like everything else in the Queendom of Evlantis, what is in fashion is depends on what sector a woman lives in. 

The Government Sector

Women of the government sector view fashion as another way to maximize efficiency, yet they do not shun frippery as some sectors do. They believe the clothing helps create an image to achieve desired results. Whether it be to compete for the coveted Mother of the Year award, to run for an office, to serve on the Quickening committee, or to engage in more mundane tasks like accounting, government women use clothing strategically to look their best. It is this sector that has contributed the most written material about matching body type to articles of clothing to present oneself in the most flattering way possible. Their fashion budget: carefully determined and strictly adhered to.

The Agriculture Sector

Women of the Agriculture sector are some of the hardest working women of the Queendom. Out of the six sectors they care the least about the appearance of clothing, and their own appearance in general. For their clothing they  care about practical matters such as that it is durable, or that it helps them stay cool in the summer heat and warm in the winter. More pants than skirts are worn in this sector. Aprons are very popular in the Agriculture sector as they help keep clothing beneath them clean. The women of the agriculture sector are still huwoman, though! Every woman has at least one evening dress. Agriculture sector women love getting dolled up too, just not as frequently as other women in the Queendom. Their fashion budget: these women spend the least amount of money on clothing possible…except for their beloved aprons!

The Religion Sector:

Just as each sector in the city has a different fashion sense, each sect of priestesses has a preferred way of dress. Priestesses believe the number of goddesses has never, and will never, been determined. They dress to please the goddess who they are worshipping at the moment. The goddess of life, Ephrea has the biggest and most constant following. When attending to Ephrea priestesses tend to dress in earth tones, browns and greens. Those attending to fickle Fortuna dress flamboyantly. They believe it helps to catch that goddess’s attention. Their fashion budget: Generous! They are the second most highest spending sector for clothing in the Queendom.

The Arts Sector

Women in this sector believe that to look good is better than to feel good. They believe that every huwoman body is a work of art and clothing should reflect that. They are quick to critique a woman who goes out on the streets looking less than her best, though they are very accepting of an infinite variety of fashion styles. It is common in the Arts sector for women to dress their pets when they take them in public so that their outfits match. And accessories! The women of the Arts sector have the fanciest parasols, fans, jewelry, bags, hair bangles and ribbons of all the other sectors put together. Their fashion budget: Arts Sector women spend extravagantly on clothing.

The Livestock Sector 

The women of the livestock sector hold either one or two jobs: to care for livestock, or to design/create clothing. It’s easy at a glance to see who does what. Those who care for animals are rarely seen out of comfortable and durable clothing, shirts and pants. They too, wear aprons, but they don’t see them as a fashion accessory, any covering to keep grime, hair, etc. off their clothes will do. Those that are responsible for the cloth and yarn that becomes clothing for the Queendom tend to emulate the Sector clothing that they are currently selling to, though they are very quick to lend out clothing to others in their industry for the sake of efficiency. Their fashion budget: on the small side. Clothing is either used until it is threadbare, or recycled. Their goods become their livelihood, so they try to economize on personal clothing expenditures.

Fun fact: the Livestock Sector houses the Museum of Fashion. It’s most treasured item is a once-colorful, now faded and tattered shawl that was said to have been worn by Mother Eve herself. In addition to articles of clothing that have been preserved throughout the centuries, there are tapestry of all eras that feature groups of women wearing what was fashionable at the time. 

The Soldier Sector

Soldiers love fitness and prefer clothing that lets them move without any interference. They prefer wearing leather and fur to cloth. An outfit is considered fashionable if it shows off their muscles and movements to their best advantage. Their armor is made of leather and reinforced with bone to protect them from spears, knives and, the women’s favorite weapon, daggers. They are the least likely to show up anywhere in a dress, their chief complaint is that it hides too much and is too difficult to fight in. Their fashion budget: moderate. It is a benefit for the Soldiers that the cost of leather and fur is low due to being supplied by slave labor. Harvesting fur and creating leather is no task for a woman!

Education in Evlantis

As wrenching as it is for a mother to let go of her daughter, mandatory education in Evlantis begins for every girl the day after her seventh birthday celebration. The only exception is for children who are diagnosed with disabilities. Those children are allowed to stay at home. It is regarded as too cruel to separate those children from their mothers, and as well as too much of a challenge for mothers to trust others with the duties required to care for their special little one. 

It is one of the sacred duties of the priestesses to educate the precious daughters of the Queendom. To be a teacher is one of the most prestigious jobs there is. Though Priestesses take vows of celibacy and cannot be mothers themselves, the status of Teacher confers all the benefits that becoming a mother bestows.

There are many buildings of education housed in the Religion Sector, including the Great Library. In their early years of education, young girls are taught reading, writing, herstory, and etiquette. In their middle years they are taught literature, science, advanced herstory and everything about birth and childcare. In the final years of education they concentrate on city government and sector life. All students are taught the basics of the specialties of each sector, then complete apprenticeships in each of the six sectors to help them choose which one to apply to at age fifteen when their mandatory education is complete. 

Education in the Religion Sector can continue beyond age fifteen in for some women. Physicians can take courses to increase their understanding of disease and treatments. There are advanced degrees offered in the Religion sector for farmers, journalists, and those who care for animals. There are also classes offered for the residents of the Religion Sector for those who wish to rise in the hierarchy of the ranks of the Priestesses as well as for those who wish to become Teachers.

There are highly specialized courses of advanced education for women who wish to excel in the fields of government, the arts, fashion, or the military also. Those advanced degrees must be earned, respectively, in the Government sector, the Arts sector, the Livestock sector and the Soldier sector. To better oneself by getting a higher education is valued in the Queendom of Evlantis.

Time in Evlantis

Photo by Ambar Simpang from Pexels. Every Evlantian citizen, from the time of childhood forward, must know, in order, the list of High Queens that have ruled the city. Years are not numbered, but are denoted by which High Queen ruled and what year of her term it was.

Time is regarded as an element in the Queendom of Evlantis-along with other elements such as earth, air, fire, and water. The element of time has the property of transvelocity. Women recognize that time is not constant. The exact same increment of the sun’s journey through the sky may contain an overabundance of time for one woman, while for another woman the exact same increment may have the blink of an eye of time in it.

Transvelocity of time is ever shifting throughout each woman’s lifetime, and is unique to each woman. Though it has been noted there are exceptions. For example, at shared events transvelocity of time will synchronize, it speeds up or slows down at the same rate for the majority of the women present. There are several theories to explain this. One popular theory posits  that there are some women that have an innate and powerful bond with the element of time (just there are those that have an innate and powerful bond with fire, wind, water, or earth) and that these women’s rate transvelocity may be transmitted to others around them at gatherings.

Just as time is not constant from woman to woman, time is regarded differently in each sector of the Queendom. The differences are so vast that it is one of the biggest adjustments to make if a woman  must move to a new sector at sector choosing time. Here is a brief synopsis of how the element of time is regarded in each sector of the city.

Women of the Government sector regard the element of time as something to master. They maintain that no matter what rate of transvelocity a woman experiences there are always methods to increase productivity. Most of the research and writings about the element of time come from this sector.

Women of the Agriculture sector  regard the element of time as an enemy, something to rage against. The Agriculture sector is home to farm women and the Queendom’s physicians. For these women, who are responsible for the health and well being of women in the entire Queendom, the element of time is always stingy with what is doled out to them to them to accomplish their tasks.

Women in the Religion sector see time as a sacred mystery. The priestesses would never blaspheme to say that any woman can control time, but they teach that certain goddesses, such as Fortuna, have powers over the element of time. The Priestesses believe there are practices, such as meditation, gift-giving, and prayers that may sometimes be effective to influence fickle Fortuna to adjust transvelocity in a woman’s favor.

The women of the Arts Sector have an utter disregard for the element of time. For these women creativity is everything. It is irrelevant at what rate time passes, all that matters is the current piece of art being produced. The only time a woman of the Arts sector mentions time at all is when it hangs heavy on her hands because the well of her inspiration has gone dry.

The women of the Livestock sector revere the element of time as a gift. They are charged with the nurturing of animal life and women of this Sector are acutely and constantly aware of the finite amount of time allotted to each living being. There are grateful for all states of time transvelocity.

The women of the Soldier Sector view the element of time as a tool.  Rather than trying to be time’s master, they are taught to be acutely aware of their own transvelocity of time. They recognize each rate of transvelocity carries its own benefits and challenges. Being aware of their current state gives them the power to be the best soldier they can be.

Lastly, no quick tutorial of the element of time in the Queendom of Evlantis would be complete without a mention of how women mark time. It is referenced by events such as the place of the sun in the sky, an upcoming  meal, or the birth of a daughter. Years are referenced not by numbers, but by which High Queen ruled, the term (if there was more than one) and which of the seven years the event occurred in.

Elections in Evlantis

In the city of Evlantis the government is a democracy; ruled by women, for women. The city is a rough semi-circle and is divided into six wedge shaped sectors: Government, Agriculture, Religion, Arts, Livestock and Soldier sector. Each of the sectors is allowed to have complete control over function and the number of elected officials it requires to serve the needs of its citizens, though each sector must have a Low Queen to oversee the interests of its government and sit as a voting member in all things effecting the entire Queendom.

An elected High Queen resides in the People’s Palace, situated where all the sectors meet. She presides as the judge in the People’s Court, as well as coordinates citywide law-making with the low Queens. The High Queen is charged with keeping peace between the sectors.

Election Day is held at the beginning of summer every year. Each Low Queen, as well as the High Queen, serves a seven-year term. Each year there are general elections in each sector for open offices and one major election for either a Low Queen or the High Queen. Election Day is a solemn day marked by prayer and fasting.

Who votes in Evlantis: Voting is mandatory for every woman living in the city proper who has begun their menses, no matter what their status or legal standing. Each sector’s population is maintained as close to one-thousand citizens as possible. Each ballot is counted and the total number of ballots received must equal the amount of women eligible to vote in each sector.

Who doesn’t vote: Men are not allowed to vote. Women who live in the Fringe are not allowed to vote. The Fringe is a settlement on the outskirts of the agriculture sector. Women are sent there as punishment for certain crimes. The women who live in the Fringe have two purposes: they must tend the vast gardens alongside the slaves and they must guard that most vulnerable border of the city to keep slaves from escaping. Though the women in the Fringe provide valuable services to the city, they would never be allowed to vote because that would give the Agriculture sector an unfair advantage in elections for High Queen.

Who covers the Elections: Just as running water was invented long before the wheel in the world where women rule, printing presses were invented very early in the Herstory Timeline. Each major gossip parlor has its own printing press. Who’s running and what the candidates stand for, along with all the juicy tidbits of personal information fit-to-print is covered by all the major papers for weeks leading up to the election.

Each sector has its own ballot system. Each sector assigns its most trusted citizens to stand guard at the polling place that each woman must make her way to during the day to cast their vote. Along side the appointed sector officials, a dozen soldiers from the Soldier sector are assigned to stand guard also. At sundown the voting ends. The ballots are ceremoniously paraded to the Hall of the People’s Palace where the work of counting the ballots begins, scrupulously overseen by citizens of both the Soldier sector and the Government sector. The results are eagerly anticipated by the candidates and citizens alike.