Orange Pyramid

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The Orange Pyramid was a monument situated in Wrythe Public Park, in the capital of the Empire of Austenasia.

The pyramid was originally built and unveiled on 12 April 2011, dedicated to Emperor Declan I and the culture of Wilcsland. The culture of Austenasia is heavily based upon that of the United Kingdom (and, to a lesser degree, the Roman Empire) and so an Egyptian-style pyramid in the heart of the capital was seen to be a bold statement that the Empire was ready to accept the new cultural ideas that would inevitably be absorbed by Austenasia now that it had joined in personal union with the Kingdom of Wilcsland.

In late July 2011, restoration work cut back numerous plants which had been overgrowing the pyramid. It was found that some had taken root inside the monument, and parts of the pyramid had been slightly pushed apart. It was decided that repairs to the pyramid itself would not take place due to its delicate structure. Despite similar restoration works taking place in August and in late September of that same year, by April 2012 the pyramid had collapsed into a simple pile of pottery due to its lack of structural integrity, requiring it to be rebuilt into its second form the following month.

The pyramid was completely rebuilt on 8 May 2012 in celebration of the Tin Jubilee of Declan I, II & V - made of bricks instead of pottery, it would not be able to simply collapse as the original version did. However, a bush growing next to the pyramid damaged it in late 2013, and the pyramid was destroyed in the evening of 14 February 2014 by strong winds violently knocking the bush into the monument. It lay in ruins until the remains were cleared away on 24 June 2015.

The capstone of the original pyramid was used for the same purpose on the rebuilt one, and the gaps between the bricks inside the new pyramid were filled with small pieces of pottery and cement from the old pyramid. Parts of the outside wall of the old pyramid were also used to border the sides of the new one. Both versions of the pyramid were designed by Jonathan I while still Crown Prince.

The base of the original pyramid was comprised of blocks of cement. The main outside walls were constructed out of pieces of pottery (hence the name "Orange"), and the pyramid was filled inside with pieces of masonry, cement, pottery and gravel. A large rock acted as the capstone.