Friday, January 09, 2004

Actually saying that the Juturian name for Juturia J'Ut-Ur is a little bit of an over-simplification. Here's about as much detail as I'm willing to commit in writing.

There are two major groups of people in Juturia. The Et-Er are not natives of Ristkon at all, having arrived in 1346 EYE. They are a different species from all other inhabitants of Ristkon, and therefore cannot interbreed with them.

The descendents of the folks who were already living on that landmass before 1346 are collectively called Aiyu. The Aiyu are actually made up of a number of loosely related ethic groups, each with its own language and dialects. The name Aiyu is derived from what one particularly well-known tribe called themselves.

The Et-Er, in spite of their smaller numbers, have excercised a great amount of influence over the Aiyu. The greater part of the Aiyu gradually adopted the culture, language, and religion of the Et-Er. The language of the Et-Er became the common tounge of the land and is normally referred to when I said "Juturian".

The word J'Ut-Ur itself is derived from Et-Er. First, Ut-Ur is the result of applying some kind of ablauting rule to Et-Er. I have not decided what the ablaut means. The prefix J (pronounced "zh") also means something, but again I'm not sure what. The word is appled to Et-Er and Aiyu alike, although usually only to the Aiyu who actually speak Juturian.

J'Ut-Ur is actually only the first word of the official name of the country. I don't know what the rest of it is, or exactly what the full name means, but it probably contains words meaning things like "republic" and "federation".