Travel Ban of Evlantis

The Queendom of Evlantis is surrounded by a huge wall, not to keep threats out, but to keep its six-thousand citizens in. Soldiers stand guard on the wall facing the city. Early in women’s herstory they were nomadic. Some women of Evlantis still shudder at the mention of those days. The Queendom-the city ruled by women for women-is everything their foremother’s dreamed of. No one goes hungry, every woman has a roof over her head, and all children are safe from harm. Every woman is needed for the city’s continued success. It is taboo in the city to express a desire to explore the world. Beyond the lands the city uses is a forest which is regarded by most with fear.

There are many women whose work takes them outside the city walls. Some sectors have guarded gates to the lands outside the city proper. The Agriculture sector has many gates so farm women and doctors can access their crops on the lands east of the city. The Livestock sector also has multiple gates so they can tend to the animals in their care on pasture lands to the west of the city. Soldiers have training fields and the hot springs outside their section of the wall. The Arts sector has a gate for those whose craft requires inspiration or supplies from nature. 

The Religion sector has the most ornate gate. They tend a path that leads to the top of Mount Great Mother. Religious excursions to the mountaintop takes days and attracts the most devout followers of the goddesses as well as women who secretly wish to see more of the world.

Every gate is guarded, and it is one of the duties of the Soldier sector to make sure all who leave through a gate returns. On the rare occasion that someone is missing, specially trained tracking soldiers go and find them.

Though access to the lands outside the city walls is limited and monitored, the women of Evlantis may travel freely throughout the city. None of the six sectors ban other residents from their property.  

Celebrations in the Queendom

The Queendom of Evlantis is made up of six clique-like sectors, each has its own government and customs. What each woman celebrates depends on both which sector she was raised in and the sector she is assigned to live in. 

The Harvest Festival is the one celebration that is a city-wide event. Originally it was a religious event to thank the goddesses for the fall harvest. Over the centuries it evolved into a celebration where each sector tries to outdo the next with displays and amusements.

Harvest Festival takes place in the fall, and each sector hosts at least one day of the event. Officially the celebration lasts eight days and culminates in the first Quickening assignments of the season. Unofficially it is nine days with a celebration in the Arts sector before the official celebration begins. Women gather to party and sate their baser appetites before the more wholesome, family-oriented fun of the rest of the week begins. The first unofficial day in the Arts Sector culminates late in the evening in an almost taboo tradition…the Fanny Dance, where women who are so inclined gather in the Amphitheater of the Arts to watch men strip for entertainment.

While there are other celebrations that all women agree are important, such as Birthdays, the sectors disagree about the best way to celebrate them. Since the primary relationship in Evlantis is the one between mother’s and their daughters, Mother’s Day and Daughter’s Day are two celebrations that are held on the same day in the Queendom, but celebrated in different ways in each sector. It is up to each sector whether true outsiders (those who were neither born there or current citizens) may attend. For example, only Soldiers may attend and compete for the coveted Best Athlete award, but all citizens are invited to the Agriculture’s Summer Solstice Revelry.

Then there are dozens of celebrations that are unique to each sector. A few examples are listed below:

Government sector: Constitution Day, Queen for a Day, Mother of the Year.

Agriculture sector: Spring First Planting Celebration, Summer Solstice Revelry, Spa Day.

Religion sector: Mother Eve’s Day, Goddess of Life Feast Day, and the Land of the Dead Celebration Day. 

Arts sector: Day of Wine and Song, Day of Song and Dance, Celebration of the Goddess of the Muse.

Livestock sector: Best of Show Livestock competition, Symposium for Fashion Invention, Spring Celebration of Life.

Soldier sector: Day to Honor Soldiers of Herstory, Best Athlete competition, Goddess Marsa Celebration.

Medicine in Evlantis

In the women’s world medical treatment is based on the naturopathic model. Women that become physicians must be citizens of the Agriculture sector and have years of training before they can begin treating patients.

There are centuries worth of documentation for the physicians of Evlantis to use to treat and cure all types of ailments. Physical symptoms of illnesses are treated with herbal remedies or food known to contain health benefits. Physicians prescriptions for treatment may also include massage therapy, hot springs treatments, music for either relaxation or stimulation, counseling, and various forms of exercise including dance, yoga, and strength training. Women who become physicians must be compassionate and wise, and able to motivate their patients to engage in the treatments they prescribe.

When illness strikes the Queendom, quarantine is used to minimize exposure to the disease. Physicians work round the clock to find remedies to minimize symptoms and maximize the body’s ability to fight the disease. Every experimental treatment and its results are added to the volumes of documentation for future generations of physicians.

Surgery is not used often due to high mortality rates. Instead of surgery, women who are diagnosed with terminal illnesses receive pain management care so they may enter the land of the dead as comfortably and huwomanly cared for as possible.

The only exception to the no-surgery rule is The Taking, which involves surgically removing an infant from a mother’s womb to save its life. Any mother whose pregnancy goes awry has the right to choose The Taking so that her child may live. Most mothers in that life and death situation choose to give their child a chance at life. Until very late in the Herstory of Evlantis, The Taking always resulted in death for the mother.

The Fringe

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The High Queen of Evlantis, who presides over the city’s highest court, must assign punishments to those found guilty of crimes. Punishments range from fines to a death sentence, depending on the crime and the temperament of the High Queen.

One punishment that is considered very serious is re-assignment from a city sector to a place called the Fringe. The Fringe is a residential area that borders the outskirts of the Agriculture sector’s farmlands. The criminals sentenced in the Fringe serve two purposes. They provide free labor in the fields and they guard the perimeter to keep field hand slaves from escaping.

The women who live in the Fringe have no rights. They are banned from voting and bearing children. Their quality of life is dependent on the generosity of the High Queen. Under High Queen Rachel’s rule life in the Fringe was as pleasant as it could be under the circumstances. When her lack of oversight of the Fringe was questioned by her opponents in government, Rachel would insist that being banished from the city limits to do forced labor was punishment enough, she would not see the women deprived of basic comforts.