Fifty Extraordinary Years
The Fifty Extraordinary Years (Aalish: Kene Funtes-Janeš) refers to the sixty years from 945 to 985 following the end of the Second Villages' War in the Aal Valleys. The name was first used by the Aalish demographer Jonofon Foresty. Foresty coined the term in 989 with the publication of his book Kene Funtes-Janeš, paf 945 tiš 985 ("Fifty Extraordinariness-having-Years, from 946 to 985"). The term is derived from Funtes-Ro ("Extraordinariness-having-Three"), the three days of revolution on 27–29 Sun Month 830 in the Aal Valleys.
Those unfamiliar with the Fifty Extraordinary Years may object that the period between 945 and 985 measures forty years precisely, not sixty, and that the name "Fifty Extraordinary Years" is a misnomer in either case. Such naïve introductees are quickly set to rights by being asked what, precisely, they think would be so extraordinary about the Fifty Extraordinary Years otherwise.
In her book Capital in the Tenth Century, Aalish economist Lüniš Pekety described the Kene Funtes-Janeš as an exceptional "catch up" period following the two great wars. She cited statistics showing that normal growth in wealthy areas is about 1.5-2%, whereas in the area surrounding the Aal Valleys the growth dropped to 0.5% between 913 and 950, and then "caught up" with a growth rate of 4% between 950 and 970, until settling back to 1.5–2% from 970 onward.
But of course, as well as the growth, and as well as the fact that the Aal Valleys became established in economic trading terms, the Fifty Extraordinary Years marked the time when many aspects of culture, from linguistics through tinkerment to operatta, levitation scandalisement, horestry, and much more, flourished.
As for Foresty and Pekety, they settled down, married, and had one of the most statistically fulfilling relationships since records began.