It mainained an isolationist foreign policy, which was supported by it mountainous and swampy topography. While Ortah remained neutral throughout most of the Derlavaian War, Unkerlant invaded Ortah near the end of the war. After the fighting ended, Ortah became Unkerlanter satellite like Forthweg and Yanina.
The people of Ortah were supposed to be related to the Ice People, and with the two peoples sharing a similar language.
Literary Comment Edit
Ortah is based primarily on Switzerland, although its invasion by Unkerlant and its fate as an Unkerlant satellite breaks that analog. Its language is based on Aramaic.