Lusitania and Vettonia is a country consisting of two official languages, one co-official and one protected. Spanish is official in the whole territory, and Portuguese is official in the area of Vettonia. Rumi is a co-official language spoken in the northernmost parts of Lusitania, and the last strongholds of Neathian in the Marcia Mountains are carefully protected.
A day in Lusitania and Vettonia usually starts at 7am, with a very light breakfast. The morning working day lasts from 8am to 3pm and is followed by a light lunch, often eaten in the cafés that line the streets of the cities or in people's own homes. Although there is a working day in the afternoon, it is not the most common. The afternoon is usually a time for rest or lighter work. The school day ends at 2 p.m., so many parents take care of their children. It is common to see families on the streets at this time.
The custom of gathering in the cafés, again at around 7 p.m., is very common. This custom is intensified on Fridays and Saturdays, and the streets are an absolute spectacle at this time of day. Dinner usually takes place between 21:00 and 22:00. And the country enjoys a nightlife that often extends into the early hours of the morning.
The local gastronomy is very varied due to the many climates in the area. Towards the coast of the Come Sea it is very common to eat fish such as sturgeon, which are able to inhabit this saltwater lake. Sturgeon can be seen in almost all coastal towns and in any restaurant menu.
Sturgeon, typical food in Lusitania and Vettonia
In the meat sector, the most popular meat is cecina ham, produced from the meat of cows that inhabit the meadows of the south. A highly prized bird is the Egyptian Vulture, which is exported from the Marcia Mountains throughout the country, and is considered a typical delicacy to be eaten at Christmas time.
The cuisine becomes much more rural as you move further into the country, and the Lusitania area has a simple Biltrada Soup made with bread dipped in vegetable stock from the garden and a few pieces of ham.
As you enter the northern deserts, camel meat becomes very common, but the risk of spoilage meant that some greenhouse crops such as rice and cereals could be introduced, which have led to a boom in products such as biscuits.
Lusitania and Vettonia is rich in cheeses, among the mildest of which is Augustus cheese, made from cow's milk. The most popular cheese is the Siapal cheese from Olissipo, a cheese made from goat's milk and put in sturgeon chambers for two months and preserved in salt. It is therefore a salty cheese with a slightly fishy taste.
The country is a wine producer in Portus Cale, creating a unique and quality wine called Vino de Harino, marketed all over the world. Lusitanian beer is also well known within its borders.
The typical costume in the culture of Lusitania and Vettonia is a ruralised heritage of the ancient Latin paenula. Together with sandals in imitation of the Latin caligae, it is usually worn in brown, combined with a beret of the same colour. It is a very simple garment that allowed the use of the hood to protect against inclement weather in the mountains. It can sometimes be worn with a belt.
This costume is so popular that one army unit, the Praca, a unit dedicated to mountain fighting, wears it in their parades and official events. This is where the expression "Dress the Praca" comes from, which is said to someone about their clothing when they are preparing to go on country or mountain routes.
The traditional costume of Lusitania and Vettonia
In the literary field, authors of the stature of Ordonno Selmeles stand out in archaic prose. He compiled in his book "Legends of Yesterday and Tomorrow" the story of the mythical character "Lucius Manaricus", a great medieval warrior.
In more contemporary styles, Nuno Paneado and Luis Hernando stand out in poetry. Gastón Méndez is considered to be the best prose author of recent years. He became world famous for his book "Si me preguntas mañana" ("If you ask me tomorrow"), a brutal criticism of the dictatorship of Dintero in the form of a novel. He spent years in exile for the novel. The book tells the story of two families, one republican and one monarchist close to the dictatorial regime. It is a love story with betrayals and a terrible and stark description of the period.