Knavobuki (City) is the capital and most populous city of the Knavobuki Empire, which, as of now, consists of Knavobuki, Hatoki and Fulton. The Knavobuki Empire is located in the North West of The Shire, with Knavobuki City's coast touching the True Credence Sea. Knavobuki was a major settlement for early founders of the Shire, who had named the late city as Knavobi, and was later reconstructed by two Mayors, Mayor Mieshoa and Mayor Rickard, who stumbled across the remains of the late city. The government of Knavobuki had formally been a major monarchy, but after its reconstruction by Mayors Mieshoa and Rickard, the monarchy was wiped out. However, after a recent poll taken by the residents of Knavobuki, many are still in favour of the monarchy, so it is unknown whether the monarchy will be brought back, mainly due to the fact that there is no direct heir to the throne and finding a favoured one would be hard and controversial.
Even at Knavobuki's relatively small size, it is a leading city in the Shire, and is known for its major advancements in architecture and art, farming and agriculture, commerce and finances. It also has a relatively high GDP due to Knavobuki's large presence in trading with merchants from various different metropolises around the Shire. In its wide publication as a beautiful and a wealthy city, a large influx of immigrants have easily been able to get to Knavobuki via its easy access passage, the True Credence Sea. This has meant that Knavobuki can be called one of the most multicultural cities in the whole of Shire, with many traditions that can be embraced by all cultures that lie exclusively in the Knavobuki Empire.
Knavobuki has also been known for having many popular and well-known tourist attractions, which have attracted visitors from all around Shire. Knavobuki's Hotel has also been known for being one of the largest hotels in the whole of Shire, being able to hold up to 1,600 people with useful facilities such as a pool, restaurants, a small park and toilets for visitors on the ground floor. Last year, reports show that Knavobuki attracted around 2,498,000 tourists in the whole year, which is nearly half the population of Knavobuki itself.
Queen Faith's Reign
Little is known about the history of Knavobuki, and it has remained mainly anonymous due to the fact that the city was wiped out in its early stages of development. However, during its reconstruction, evidence such as tapestries, diaries and newspapers have been found to formulate a foggy image of the history of the mysterious city.
It is thought that thousands of years ago, Queen Faith ruled the city of Knavobi, which later became known as Knavobuki. The exact years of her reign are largely unknown, since traditional Knavobians used a variety of complex and elaborate calendars to measure time. At the time, it is thought that today's Knavobuki Island was joined to the coast of the Knavobuki Mainland, and there was true unity. Knavobuki was also iconic at the time for its thriving flower industry, largely due to the fact that Knvobi had an abundant source of rare and expensive flowers which meant that merchants from other Empires were very willing to buy them. Knavobi also had easy access to the True Credence Sea which provided a passageway for trade and shipping. Evidence for Knavobi's common flower trade can be found illustrated on intricate tapestries and written of in diaries and other records. Knavobi's involvement in the collection and study of flowers meant that Knavobi made quick advancements in biological studies. Since the beginning of Knavobuki's reconstruction many forms of apparatus have been found to do with the study of flowers and plant cells, and many diagrams have been found presenting the structure of the leaf and diagrams of plant cells.
Despite Knavobi's huge success in the flower industry, Knavobi fell into a long economic depression. Many residents of Knavobi had written of the struggle to finding jobs and employers, since most of them resided in the flower industry, which had quickly become full of workers, and due to Knavobi's extreme influx of immigrants, providing jobs for all the citizens was hard. Commercial districts were not doing very well among residents either since many of them were small and were often expensive, meaning poorer citizens who had been affected by the economic depression could not afford essential items such as clothes or food. Meanwhile, Queen Faith celebrated her wealth to a dramatic level, often hosting dinner parties in which she spent lots of the government's money on entertainment and the most expensive alcoholic beverages, as opposed to spending her money on building better and cheaper infrastructure and creating more jobs.
Of course, this behaviour was very unpopular and citizens of Knavobi quickly became irritated with Queen Faith's abuse of the Empires precious money. Months and months past and Queen Faith did not address the situation in a statement or act upon the economic depression, so a huge hostile protest broke out, in which citizens opposed to Queen Faith's immaturity attempted to raid her castle of goods, and even kill her. The protest was huge and thousands of civilians, as well as members of the police and guards of the castle, were killed, but the huge mob was later put to a stop by police and guards.
Very soon after the protest, Queen Faith disappeared from Knavobi, never to be seen again. Rumours of spread as to why she disappeared. Some records show that people thought she had been assassinated during the protest, but government officials didn't want the public to know, others thought she had killed herself, others thought she had been kidnapped by officials of the Shire Information Authority (SIA), but most thought that she had fled from Knavobi to escape the threat to her life.
Dark Period & Resurgence
Previous records, found during the construction of Knavobuki, all find that Knavobuki experienced a time, commonly referred to as the 'Dark Period'. The Dark Period, was a time in Knavobuki, when the climate became so extreme that the wellbeing of its residents, as well as the flow of agricultural movements and commercial actions were all severely affected. One case of this was found in an old record, originating from underneath the current location of Knavobuki Hotel, describing the effects of the weather on the city. It claims that harsh thunderstorms, followed by relentless blizzards destroyed homes and toppled what were the remnants of the wildlife. Extreme weather meant that no one could go and work at commercial businesses, as well as agricultural one's, so the economy declined rapidly. People were also dying extremely quickly due to a lack of money, resources and a lack of food for sale. This cycle is claimed to have continued for nearly 2 years, until the weather conditions started to decline in their severity. When the weather finally returned to normal, commercial businesses and agriculture gradually made a return from the dark period, and the health of the residences were restored. The monarch at the time (who's gender remains unknown) also took the liberty of importing large amounts of food, once the economy was thriving again, to replenish the lack of food due to the previous conditions. Other records, such as the poem below, tell differentiating, but all in all, similar accounts of the story;
Knavobi was distraught and in pain,
For nature persistently lashed its cane.
Very little did the future hold,
No sign of peace, nor foreseeable rainbow.
Evidently, remnants of nature was the storm's aftermath,
As well as the shattered pieces of vanity, God's wrath.
With residents replenished, and the market at rise,
The resurgence of Knavobi was certainly a surprise.
So thus, Knavobi made it through the rain,
And will endure such shame, again and again.
Today, music in Knavobuki is most influenced by R&B and Hip-Hop tones. This was most heavily introduced by the extremely popular artist from Knavobuki, Sarian, who fused pop music and Hip-Hop together to make new and intuitive beats. Sarian also popularised melismas in the early 1990s with her hit debut 'Love Reverie' which peaked the National Shire Charts, and also peaked in various regions such as Knavobuki, Laurelian, Fulfwotz and Oranjestad. Sarian continued on to have 10 more number ones during this decade. However, entering the 2000s, Sarian began to get outshone by other new artists such as Zizi, who did not adopt melismas into her music. However, Sarian proved critics wrong who thought that her career was over, making a comeback with her hit single 'In My Bedroom' which became the longest running number one behind her own smash hit 'I'll Always Think Of You'. Entering the 2010s, music became more liberal and other genres, such as classical and alternative, found their own fanbases. New artists, such as Yoncé established themselves in the early 2010s and are still relevant to this day. Tours became particularly popular in the early 2000s in Knavobuki, as tours before then required a lot of transportation which was not readily available in Knavobuki until the start of the new decade. Popstars from Knavobuki such as Yoncé enjoyed very successful shows and continue to to this day. Yoncé currently holds the title for the 5th highest grossing tour ever.
Knavobuki has been known for it's very odd climate, which has been known to differ from district to district. This is mainly due to the fact that Knavobuki extends over three large pieces of land, which all have a unique climate. On Knavobuki Island, the temperature is fairly moderate, with fair amounts of precipitation, often in the form of rain. To the West of Knavobuki Island, lies the location of Knavobuki Harbour. In this area the temperature is much hotter and there is very little to no precipitation in Summer. To the East of Knavobuki Island is the district where Modesta Street and KnavobukI Hotel can be found. Here, the temperature is very cold and there is a high amount of precipitation, mainly in the form of snow. Scientists were baffled by Knavobuki's unique climate for years, but eventually made a theory to explain the phenomenon. The True Passageway Theory is the theory that the unique climates of each district are due to winds from the North travelling South around Knavobuki Island that, in effect creates a wall between each district. These strong wind currents from the North mean that atmospheric pressures are morphed, distorted, and separated into the three different areas, creating drastically different climates in each area. The theory, of course, is yet to be confirmed, but scientists say that is the most logical theory and would explain why Knavobuki's climate so drastically differs from district to district.
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