|Creation date||Q3 2015|
|Number of entries||N/A|
|Shape of the universe||Unkown and probably|
The USITEMP (Temporary USI) is a special USI that has been officially recognized as such around mid 2015. Unlike other USIs, this one can be played around more freely; its type, its setting, its characters, etc, can change at will to fit the mood of the moment. Currently, as of November, 11th, 2015, we are crossing a sea of yogurt.
USITEMP mainly takes place in a vast sea. The world is most likely round, but its size is anyone's guess.
The world is seen from the POV of the continent on which the countries of the Pamavel are located. It is linked to Europe via a railway that crosses Pastel's NW border. A new international airport near Pastel's capital (Decimo) is also under construction and will be operational in May 2020.
On the continent, important countries are Pastel, the Velpador (Republic of Sinevia), the Manden, Anado, Kouka, Tchiho, Germifar, Panoven, and Quasermanel. In 2016, the first three formed an Alliance of Nations called the Pamavel (Pastel, Manden, Velpador).
Pastel (officially the Kingdom of Pastel) is the westernmost country on the continent. It is located West of the Valley of the Velpador and it is one of the major powers in the region, despite the relatively small size of its territory. The country is ruled by Queen Camille (who took affairs in charge in 2016), at the head of a small government. The citizens enjoy a pretty decent standard of living and most polls show that they're happy to live and to be subjects of Her Majesty Camille. Most even wear the (very colorful) national uniform, although it's not mandatory.
Most of Pastel's national symbols revolve around the notion of colors, but nobody really knows if that and the country's name being linked is a coincidence. The national anthem of Pastel is a song called Flying Colors. The national flag is a black flag with four stripes that run from the bottom-left corner to the top-right corner of its rectangular frame; the colors of the stripes are irrelevant as long as they are bright, lively and all different. (In the past, there were more stripes. Each stripe symbolizes one of the main region of the countries, and there were more numerous, smaller regions in the past.) Even the new international airport, which will open its gates in May 2020, has been named the PAINT (Pastel International Airport).
On a side note, they write using the Latin alphabet but speak Russian as their main language, although 75+% of the population do speak English.
Pastel has a long history of enmity with its neighbor, the Velpador. But they're now at peace, and both are part of the Pamavel.
The Republic of Sinevia, most often called "the Velpador" becaused it is located in the Valley of the Velpador, is a large country East of Pastel and West of the Manden, surrounded by mountains, and whose topography mainly consist of hills. It is a stern country which has passed through a lot in recent time, most notably a change of regime and a short but painful war against Pastel. However, the country is recovering very fast. Nontheless, due to recent hardships and various redistribution difficulties, the standard of living is lower than in Pastel. People are not hungry but electricity, warm clothes and other such commodities are harder to come by. The government, led by a President, is doing what it can.
The country's national language is Russian, and the writing system in use is the Cyrillic alphabet; but like in Pastel, most people speak English (at various levels of fluency).
Although it has changed quite a few times in the last two or three hundreds of years, the national flag of the Velpador is currently a blue rectangle with a yellow palmonille drawn on it. Indeed the country is also sometimes refered to as the Republic of the Palmonilles, because there are endless fields of pretty yellow palmonilles stretching across the hills.
The Velpador is part of the Pamavel.
The Manden, sometimes called the Wanden, is the country of the Malinkés and the Reasonable Country of Machines. Indead the Malinkés in USITEMP are known to build very sturdy, efficient and useful machines of all sorts. It's a more flat and desertic country than its neighbors, but they are a fair number of important cities and a high population count. It's culturally pretty different than the Velpador, its most prominent neighbor, and no one knows exactly how these Malinkés ended up here. All that is certain, is that they settled there a VERY longtime ago.
According to recent studies based on the tales of the griots as well as archeological evidence both in the Continental Manden and in Africa, it is believed that the Malinkés of Continental Manden are descendants of Mansa Musa's uncle and his suite, who travelled the seas and somehow ended up on the continent, and settled there. When they arrived the coast was inhabited by Tchiho's and Kouka's Japanese-speaking ancesters, but the Malinkés fought them off and settled in present-day Manden anyway. This explains both the age-old enmity between the Manden and Tchiho, and why people speak Japanese North (Tchiho) and South (Kouka) of the Manden. This would also mean the Malinkés settled here between 700 and 800 years ago.
The Malinkés are a happy and genki people and hold notions of solidarity, friendship and more generally brotherhood in high importance. Most national matters are managed by the Mansa, who rule over a Great Assembly of various clan heads. The national flag is a golden circle on a bright red background. People speak Malinké and have been using the Mandombe writing system since it was imported from Africa a few decades ago, as it became necessary to write down stuff.
The Manden is part of the Pamavel.
Kouka is a kingdom South of the countries of the Pamavel. Its territory are greater than any other country on this part of the continent, but its population is fairly low. The standard of living is also fairly low with frequent water and food shortages; most people do not have access to electricity or to the internet. The country's government is plagued with corruption; the King himself holds very little power and decisions are made by its ministers, who own most of the wealth of the country.
Moreover, the country is still recovering from the Velpador War, which has mainly been fought on its territory because of the greediness of its leaders. No official aid program exists to support development of this country and most of the Northern countries either do not care about or downright dislikes Kouka and its people.
Kouka is thought to be related in some way to Tchiho because both countries speak Japanese and write using the JP writing system.
Germifar is a country located North of Pastel and is the closest thing to a "bandit-state" the continent has. Relations between Germifar and surrounding countries are always complicated because Germifar's leaders are often causing mischief (intentionally). But somehow war between Germifar and its neighbours never happened.
North of the Velpador, beyond the mountains, is a neutral country called Anado. Its inhabitants' most notable trait is that they are very religious, like, to a fault, and more than nine Anadons out of ten is Christian. Despite proximity with Russia, they're mostly Catholics and rarely Orthodox.
Tchiho is the eternal rival, or enemy, of the Manden. Since ancient times, while Manden was building sturdy machines, Tchiho was taking a considerable advance in the field of chemicals of all sorts. Recently one of there experiments backfired and this was at the origin of the Tchiho Crisis. While reconstruction is going at a fast and steady pace, in numerous areas, the country is still closer to a smoking ruin than to a developed country.
Pefear is one of the three main nations of the Barlucolian continent, and the one the Pamavel considers the most important, due to its central position on the continent, and the important role it played in the Allegan War.
It is a vast country sandwiched between Malmatel in the North and Acacia in the South. Its territories spans from one tip of the continent to the other. The capital, Mollegar, is approximately in the middle. Most of the Western part of the country was striken by the Pericoli Depression during the Allegan War, but reconstruction is going fast.
People in Eastern Pefear enjoy correct living standards, while those in Western Pefear struggle more due to the damage caused by Pericoli. The country is moderately developed. It is thought that in normal times, it could hold its own against the countries of the Pamavel.
Officially, it is at peace with its neighbors and with the Pamavel, but Pefear's government's true intentions are never very clear, a bit like Germifar. Several times during the Allegan War, Pefear didn't send important or critical info to the Pamavel, which made the Pamavel distrustful towards Pefear.
That's why after the Allegan War, the Pamavel installed bases in Pefear, both as convenient ouposts in this area, and also as a mean to keep an eye on the country.
Culturally, Pefear is akin to Pastel and Sinevia, with a bit more emphasis on allegiance to authorities. Despite appearances, the government does endeavor to help people getting by with an arsenal of various long-running social measures, making the relationship between the people and the government surprisingly healthy, despite the government officials being elected by closed assemblies.
A large country North of Pefear, Malmatel is a moderately developed country ressembling Pefear in many aspects, except its people is more easy-going and less urban in general. It strives to maintain good relationships with both the Pamavel and its neighbors. Most food in Pefear comes from Malmatel, which sports vast fields of wheat and various vegetables. Since it has the whole Northern Barlucolian coast all for itself, Malmatel also has a great many fishers and 90% of fish in Pefear and at least half of it in Acacia comes from Malmatel. These trading ties have kept peace between the three countries going for centuries.
Malmatel is regarded as a friend by the Pamavel.
Acacia is located South of Pefear. The Western part of the country is mountainous, while the Eastern/Northern part is hilly. Acacia's regime is described as the equivalent of a Republic by the Pamavel, with the government leaders elected by officials themselves chosen among the lower population via special exams.
During and after the Allegan War, it developed close relations with the Pamavel (closer than most would think), and they are keeping a close eye on Pefear since then. People in Acacia live in rather harsh conditions compared to people in Pefear or Malmatel, especially in the mountains in the South-West, due to the cold climate. However, the country is very stable, and despite the cold, the standards of living are higher in Acacia than in Pefear. Soon, the whole country will be connected to the electric network developed in the Northern part of the country.
It is the only country in Barlucolia to have developed a decent Navy, with ships as big as battleships.