The Races of Utopia
Ahh, one of the most intriguing features of the Utopian world is the diverse creatures that inhabit its lands. While many creatures live amongst the woods and seas of the world, only a few live in societies, in communities which you can lead. Here is an overview of the many peoples which you will encounter. If you have not already done so, you will also choose one of these fine races to lead when you create your own Province.
Humans The most scholarly and noble of the races, Humans have always taken the greatest interest in learning about their world, and developing better tools and machines to make life easier. Alas, they are often considered a greedy and selfish bunch, but humans do know how to make money extremely well.
Elves An intelligent group of individuals, Elves have always been known for their magical abilities combined with strong of military skills. Their love of nature gives them an instinct for survival, and excellent knowledge of how to use the tools available to them.
Dwarves Dwarves are a friendly but powerful race of individuals. Efficient at everything they do, the dwarf race is known for their disproportionate strength unmatched by most other races. Unfortunately, that strength and efficiency is matched by a love of eating.
Orcs The most evil of the races, Orcs are cruel, selfish, and arrogant. Lovers of destruction and chaos, they are the most ferocious warriors on the planet. Because of their nature, they require little individual space and can grow quite quickly. Unfortunately, their weak abilities in the arts of Magic and Thievery leave much to be desired.
Faeries A race of creatures unbeknownst to many, the Faeries excel at magic and subterfuge, but are often known as the most peaceful of the Utopian races. These creatures are considered fragile but noble, and much about these tiny forest dwellers remains a mystery.
Halflings A race resembling tiny humans, Halflings are famous for their quickness and looting skills. Their small stature makes them weak warriors, but also creates many unique advantages.
Avians A mix of bird and man, Avians have the unique ability to fly. Their natural wildnerness lifestyle makes them efficient and powerful warriors, but their mating and nesting habits can slow their rate of growth.
Undead The Undead are an unnatural species with amazingly unique abilities. Unfortunately, their nature makes it difficult to understand the arts of science, possibly preventing them from true greatness.

NOTE: The Undead race is only available to provinces who die during the course of gameplay -- players cannot choose the Undead race when starting their account. Those players will have an option to continue in their own kingdom as an Undead player. Undeads do not enter the Utopian world for several days after gameplay has begun.

The Personalities Within Utopia
Your races defines some of the fundamental strengths and weaknesses of your province. However, how you lead -- your background, knowledge, and experience -- also plays a part in how your citizens grow and learn. When entering the Utopian world, you are asked to select a Personality for your leader. This helps to further define your lands, possibly countering a weakness or building upon a natural strength. That, of course, is up to you.
The Merchant Merchants are the masters of money. Known for their intuition and expertise when dealing with cash, Merchants are able to turn gold into even more gold, as well as protect the gold they already have. Anyone with a desire for money should consider a background in Merchantry.
The Shepherd The Shepherd is an expert of the lands, with extensive experience in farming and hunting. Their ability to live off the land surrounding them helps your people generate food from all types of land. Having come from humble origins, Shepherds are also respected around the world for their accomplishments, and are often forgiven for their failures.
The Sage The Sage has the wisdom of the ages. Understanding so much about life, the world, and history, the Sage can provide unique guidance in a world of different areas. Provinces led by Sages will find themselves more efficient in a wide array of tasks.
The Rogue Widely considered to be evil to the core, the Rogue is a far more complex persona than many realize. Rogues have extensive experience in the arts of fraud, crime, and terror -- but in the Utopian World, this can be used for both good and evil. Rogues will find themselves having access to deadly thievery operations that others can simply never experience.
The Mystic A master of magic, the Mystic has experience with getting the most out of the world of sorcery. Being led by "one of their own" gives a province extraordinary abilities in the mystic arts.
The War Hero A background in war and a legacy of heroism creates an aura of legitimacy around any leader. The War Hero gains enormous publicity for good deeds, and his or her people benefit greatly from the positive attention brought to their lands.
The Warrior Aggressive, ruthless, and cunning are all adjectives that come to mind when describing the Warrior. Leadership through military power is what being a Warrior is all about. Choosing this personality gives you the ability to hire more mercenaries to work for your kingdom far more cheaply than otherwise.
The General Unlike the above personalities, the General's focus is on the strategic side of war. Leadership is its own reward, and the General's cunning gives you the unique ability to conduct Conquest Attacks in War. The benefits of this attack are simple: failure can still yield positive results. Military tact is about far more than winning vs. losing for the General -- it is about gaining strategic advantage and taking bits and pieces of land.
The Freak How the Freaks come to power, no one knows. Freaks can be ruthless, headstrong, impressive, or foolish. The freak adds a great deal of chance to every attack you make. It includes the ability to succeed in otherwise impossible attacks or fail in fairly easy assaults. You never really know what will happen when choosing this background.

The Actual Numbers: The Races
Humans Elves Dwarves Orcs
+20% Income
+15% Science Maximum
Cast Self-Spells on Others
+25% Magic Effectiveness
-30% Combat Losses
-20% Military Costs
-30% Construction Time
+20% Birth Rate
+10% Max Population
+10% Combat Gains
-20% Attack Time
+50% Spell Costs
-5% Max Population
-1 General +50% Food Consumption -35% Thievery Effectiveness
-35% Magic Effectiveness
6/4 Elite 5/5 Elite 6/5 Elite 6/3 Elite
Faeries Halflings Avians Undead
Access to All Spells
+15% Magic Effectiveness
+5% Thievery Effectiveness
+15% Utilization
+40% Thievery Effectiveness
-50% Construction Cost
$1100 Elite Units
+1 to Offensive Specialists
Houses Hold 30 People
No Food Needed
No Defensive Combat Losses
Spreads The Plague
Immune to The Plague
-15% Income
+20% Combat Losses
-20% Birth Rates
  Cannot Use War Horses -20% Science Effectiveness
-20% Science Maximum
No Personality Option
3/6 Elite 5/4 Elite 4/5 Elite 6/6 Elite
* Elite Values are the Offensive Strength / Defensive Strength

The Actual Numbers: The Personalities
The Merchant ~5% monthly interest on gold in your coffers
Protection of 25% of your gold from theft and destruction
Immunity to all Income Penalties (Riots, Plagues, etc.)
The Shepherd All lands generate 3 bushels of food per acre daily
50% Lower Honor losses
The Sage 20% faster military training, building construction, exploring, and scientific research
The Rogue Access to all thievery operations, including three unique to Rogues
(Assassinate Wizards, Torch Farms, Propaganda)
The Mystic All Guilds are twice as effective
The War Hero Double Bonuses from Honor
30% Higher Honor gains in combat
The Warrior 50% Cheaper Mercenaries
1 Mercenary per 4 loyal troops (normally 5)
Pay only 50% of normal military upkeep expenses
The General Access to the Conquest Attack
One additional General
The Freak Large randomness in all attacks.