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Aikoland
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Postby Aikoland » Thu Aug 08, 2019 1:37 am

The following survey is about the language policy practised by your nation's government:
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[b]Does your nation have an official language(s)?[/b]
[b]If so, what language(s) are recognized as official?[/b]
[b]Does your nation recognize any languages other than the official one(s)?[/b]
[b]If so, what language(s) are also recognized?[/b]
[b]Does your nation attempt to regulate their official language(s) in any form?[/b]
[b]If not, are you a member of a language academy relating to your nation's language(s)?[/b]
[b]Does your nation attempt to promote the usage of the official language(s), if so, how?[/b]
[b]Are there special exceptions granted regarding your nation's usage policy towards its official language(s)?[/b]


Does your nation have an official language(s)? Yes.
If so, what language(s) are recognized as official? French is the sole official language of the Empire of Aikoland.
Does your nation recognize any languages other than the official one(s)? Yes
If so, what language(s) are also recognized? Aikoais, Saunian, and Boullién are recognized as native minority languages.
Does your nation attempt to regulate their official language(s) in any form? Yes, the Académie royale de langue française d'Aikoland (Aikoland Royal Academy of the French Language) is the official regulator of the French language in Aikoland.
If not, are you a member of a language academy relating to your nation's language(s)? N/A
Does your nation attempt to promote the usage of the official language(s), if so, how? While the government does not regulate the usage of French in private correspondence between individuals, usage of the French-language is mandatory for public correspondence. Other languages may be utilized alongside French, but the French-language must be more prominent, although there are a few exceptions, which will be stated in the next section.
Are there special exceptions granted regarding your nation's usage policy towards its official language(s)? Yes, Aikoais, Saunian, and Boullién may be displayed on equal status with French and anything aimed specifically at non-French speakers (such as tourist guides or English-language newspapers) is not required to utilize French but, if it chooses to, it is not required to display it more prominently than other language.
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Trois États, Une Impératrice
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A small French-speaking nation located on a group of islands to the south of France. Primary territory of the nation consists of three main islands, the states as described in our national motto, along with smaller less populated islands surrounding them.
Official Nation Name: The Empire of Aikoland
Government Type: Parliamentary constitutional monarchy
Head of State: Empress Élisabeth IV
Head of Government: Prime Minister Mélodie Bélanger
Population: 5.8 million
Official Language: French
Current Year: 2019

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Postby Victorious Decepticons » Fri Aug 09, 2019 3:41 am

Vaccine Survey
Are vaccines mandatory in your nation? No. How would a robot even get a vaccine? We use antivirus and firewall programs instead.
How many vaccines do children receive at birth? Decepticons are made, not born. And, zero. But everyone gets a running copy of the Decepticon Antivirus, courtesy of the government.
What percentage of your population is vaccinated? 95% of us are currently running some form of antivirus and firewall. 3/5 of the other 5% are now under the control of enslavement viruses and working in our mines along with the human slaves.

Speaking of the human slaves, ALL of them get our gene-based immunity patches (which supersede old-style vaccines) whether they want them or not. We're not losing our livestock because some of them want to be extra-idiotic.
No war RPs; no open RPs.

Explosive .50 cal shells vs. Decepticons: REAL, IRL PROOF the Decepticons would laugh at them - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FeVTZlNQfPA
Newaswa wrote:What is the greatest threat to your nation?
Vallermoore wrote:The Victorious Decepticons.

Bluquse wrote:Imperialist, aggressive, and genociding aliens or interdimensional beings that would most likely slaughter or enslave us
rather than meet up to have a talk. :(

TurtleShroom wrote:Also, like any sane, civilized nation, we always consider the Victorious Decepticons a clear, present, and obvious threat we must respect, honor, and leave alone in all circumstances. Always fear the Victorious Decepticons.


The Huskar Social Union wrote: ... massive empires of genocidal machines.

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Postby Victorious Decepticons » Fri Aug 09, 2019 5:24 am

Name of language: Cybertronian Binary
Language family: Machine
Is this language natural or invented? Technically invented, but it's a living language, so it's much different than it was when it was first put into use over 1,000 years ago.
Text direction (left-to-right or right-to-left)? Left to right

Writing and pronunciation


Which alphabet or writing system does this language use (or primary, if multiple)? Any arrangement of two different symbols works, as long as one of them consistently means "1," and the other, "0."
How many different letters or characters are there? 2
Can the sound of a word be predicted from its spelling? Completely
Can the spelling of a word be predicted from its sound? Completely
Does this language have word stress? Yes.
Does stress follow a fixed pattern (first/last/xth syllable, etc), or is it different for each word? Different for each word, but it's most common for the stress to be somewhere in the middle of a word (if there are 3 or more syllables). Notably, it has no silent letters or "mushed up" syllables, unlike, say, English.
Does this language have tones? No
How many different tones are there? N/A
Does this language have sounds or sound combinations that are difficult for non-native (or even native) speakers? No. A "1" is a short tone, and a "0" is a long one. This part is super-easy to get.

Grammar

Is the word order fixed or variable? Fixed for proper Binary, but Yoda you may speak like, and understood anyway, you will be.
Do words have a gender? No. Heck, WE don't have a gender!
Which of the following genders are used?
[] Masculine
[] Feminine
[X] Neutral
Do verbs have different forms ("conjugations") depending on who does the action (for example: I am, you are, he is)? Yes.
Which of the following conjugations are used?
[X] First-person singular (I)
[X] Second-person singular (you)
[X] Third-person singular (he/she/it)
[X] First-person plural (we)
[X] Second-person plural (you/y'all) Always a form that translates basically as "y'all." It eliminates unnecessary ambiguity.
[X] Third-person plural (they)
Do nouns have different forms ("cases") depending on how they're used in a sentence? Uh...we guess so...
Which of the following cases are used?
We just talk/write. Nobody has bothered to piddle about defining parts of our language like this.
Do words have a plural form? Yes.
Do plurals follow a fixed pattern, or are they different for each word? A fixed pattern.
Does this language have a T/V distinction (different pronouns for polite vs. familiar address)? No.
What are the polite and familiar pronouns? N/A

Vocabulary


Does this language share a lot of words with other languages?
No
Does this language have a lot of foreign loanwords? Very few
Can speakers of other languages understand this language with ease? No. It's not because the language is hard, per se, but that we speak it so fast that biologicals tend to hear it as a single, slightly broken-up, tone. Note that we do not screech like fax machines or dial-up modems! We do, however, speak much faster than those primitive devices can.
Can speakers of this language understand other languages with ease? No. We typically have to install a Foreign Language Data Pack for the target language in order to understand it. That said, once someone does install such a Pack, he will know the official version of that language (as would be taught in a college) with perfect fluency.

Availability of resources

Are learning materials widely available for this language? No. It is "naturally understood" due to being part of our root code. Someone whose root code doesn't have a way to interpret Binary would not function at all (as in, he wouldn't run), so this part has to be done right just to activate him in the first place.
Are teachers widely available for this language? No.
Are books and media widely available for this language? Most of our media is ONLY available in this language!
Is this language considered important for business? Absolutely essential.
Is this language considered important for science and research? Absolutely essential.
Is this language considered important for tourism? No.
Does the government offer programs to teach this language? The latest full dictionary is in the Standard Educational Data Pack (SEDP), which is installed in new Decepticons at the time of their activation.

Meanwhile, the basics/mechanics of the language, and the amount of words needed to run his own code, are installed into the offspring by the Coder. The Coder will typically install them as a big table copied from an Educational Data Pack (or, if pressed, the SEDP's basic module) on the Writing of Code Intended to be Sapient, but it is possible for a Coder to copy the data over from his own knowledge if he absolutely has to. Doing it the latter way, as you might expect, has downsides that we would rather avoid. However, it is good for species survival security that we do not *have to* depend on the government or any other external source to code more Decepticons.
No war RPs; no open RPs.

Explosive .50 cal shells vs. Decepticons: REAL, IRL PROOF the Decepticons would laugh at them - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FeVTZlNQfPA
Newaswa wrote:What is the greatest threat to your nation?
Vallermoore wrote:The Victorious Decepticons.

Bluquse wrote:Imperialist, aggressive, and genociding aliens or interdimensional beings that would most likely slaughter or enslave us
rather than meet up to have a talk. :(

TurtleShroom wrote:Also, like any sane, civilized nation, we always consider the Victorious Decepticons a clear, present, and obvious threat we must respect, honor, and leave alone in all circumstances. Always fear the Victorious Decepticons.


The Huskar Social Union wrote: ... massive empires of genocidal machines.

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Aikoland
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Postby Aikoland » Mon Aug 12, 2019 9:19 am

Another School Uniform survey
Country name: The Empire of Aikoland
Do schools in this country mandate a uniform or dress code? No
Similarly, do universities mandate a uniform or dress code? No
What kind of uniform or dress code is considered normal or standard at state schools? N/A
Do girls and boys have different uniforms or dress codes in state schools? N/A
Are hats, bags and accessories a part of the uniform or dress code in state schools? N/A
Are hair, facial hair, hair products, tattoos, makeup or jewellery controlled in state schools? Partially
Is the standard different in private or independent schools, if they exist? Private schools can require uniforms if they so desire.
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Trois États, Une Impératrice
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A small French-speaking nation located on a group of islands to the south of France. Primary territory of the nation consists of three main islands, the states as described in our national motto, along with smaller less populated islands surrounding them.
Official Nation Name: The Empire of Aikoland
Government Type: Parliamentary constitutional monarchy
Head of State: Empress Élisabeth IV
Head of Government: Prime Minister Mélodie Bélanger
Population: 5.8 million
Official Language: French
Current Year: 2019

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Dictoriahon
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Dictoriahon Armed Forces

Postby Dictoriahon » Tue Aug 13, 2019 3:12 am

Is the Military as an institution viewed positively or negatively by the public (and which groups view it positively/negatively): Everyone loves the DAF. Mostly because they'll be in the DAF at some point if they're not already. They have to.

Are officers viewed positively or negatively: Positively.

What qualities are officers viewed as having Being indiscriminately loyal to the Supreme Leader and the instruments of the worldwide revolution.

Are soldiers viewed positively or negatively? Positively.

What qualities are soldiers viewed as having? See Question 3.

How does the Military influence society? The Supreme Leader has absolute control over the military, and the Supreme Leader has, in general, absolute control. Ergo...

How does society influence the Military? It doesn't. It's the other way around.

Are there any festivals linked to the Military Pretty much every festival here is martial. Dictoriahon Day, DAF Day, DGA Day, DGN Day, DGAF Day, you get the idea.
The Empire of Dictoriahon
Founded Nov. 30 2018
We are a nation of heavily suppressed loyal citizens led with an iron fist a benevolent hand by our wise ruler Supreme Leader Sebastian Dictorus. We treat our citizens with brutality hospitality and host a virtually decimated thriving environment.

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General Worldbuilding

Postby Dictoriahon » Tue Aug 13, 2019 3:37 am

I. Questions of Place.


Describe the geography of where your society calls home. Dictoriahon is surrounded by an impenetrable mountain range. Dense forest and a large desert covers the inside.
Describe the climate your society deals with. How severe are their seasons? For some reason, it never rains in the desert section. You literally can burst out from a line of evergreens and see nothing but sand. It varies naturally in the temperate section.
What kinds of natural disasters has this society gotten used to? Nothing. Our science is dank. We stop them ourselves.
What importance (spiritual or cultural) do people ascribe to the geography? We see our mountain range as salvation for our country. State atheism is enforced but this shows in some of our cultural festivals.
How do people feel about local landscapes being altered or used for a purpose other than what is traditional? No one will know.
What are the most commonly-grown foods? Pretty much everything is grown locally, and equally too. Autarky, boiz.
What are the most commonly-eaten meats? Beef.
What foods are considered exotic or expensive? Nothing. We can fake anything in here.
What forms of alcohol are common? Rare? Wow.
Is there usually enough food and water for the population? Yeah. Of course there is. Totally. Heheh. Nothing to see here.
What is this place's most abundant resource? Volatiliu - wood. Yeah, wood. We haven't discovered a new, extremely radioactive element. We haven't. Nope. Nada.
What is its most valuable resource? Vol - gold. Yup. Gold.
What resource is it most lacking? Freedom. Which is just as well.
How do people travel from one place to another? Hop on the National Transit Line. We don't trust them with cars.
Are the borders secure? In what way? The mountains. Oh, we have a bunch of nuclear MLRSs.
How many people live here? Bruh. Check my nation page.
Where in this place do they congregate? err
What part of this place do they avoid? Why? err
What are the most common domesticated animals here? And what are they domesticated for? Cows. For beef. And milk.
What are the most common wild animals? How are wild animals treated? There aren't many. We put them in zoos a lot. Speaking of zoos, they're a waste of funding - whoop, I see what I did there.
Which animals are likely to be pets? Which ones won't be? We don't let our people have pets. They distract from the one true pleasure in life - serving the Supreme Leader.
What are the most common domesticated plants here? And what are they used for? See Question 6.
What are the most common wild plants here? What are they used for? Pines. We use them for paper.



II. Questions of Time.

How far back does this society’s written history go? Around the 1780s if you count the Politico Age, but discounting it, you get the 1970s. Discounting the War of the Brothers too means late 2018.
How far back do its people believe it goes? Exactly that.
How was this society founded? Who founded it and under what circumstances? See here.
What were the chief powers in the time when this society was founded? See above.
If it originated far away from here, how did it get here?
What is the worst disaster they believe they've faced? The founding of Socialicia.
What are the major events in this culture's past? See third question.
What was the best thing that ever happened to them? Sebastian Dictorus becoming Supreme Leader.
What in their past makes them feel ashamed? Following Dad. See third question.
What in their past makes them proud? The founding of Dictoriahon.
What are they afraid of happening again? Socialicia rising again.
What are they hoping will happen? Do they think it likely? We want Dictoriahon taking over the world. It surely will happen.
How strongly are people attached or connected to their heritage? Very.
What do they assume the future will hold? A GLOBAL REVOLUTION.
How has this society changed? Do its current members realize this? It hasn't. And they will never know.
What are the most popular stories about the past? How the Supreme Leader killed ten thousand Socialicians without a scratch and with only his fists and the might of Dictoriahon.
Who in the past is the greatest hero? The worst villain? Dictorus and John Communire.
Do people think the present better or worse than the past? Yeah, we don't know. Here in Dictoriahon, we discourage opinion.
Do people believe the future will be better or worse than the present or past? See above.


III. Questions of Race and Ethnicity.

What are the chief races in the region? Dictoriahonii - 100%. DICTORIAHON UNITED
What are the chief ethnic groups of each race in the region? How are they distributed in place? See above.
How do they differ by language, appearance or ancestry? They don't.
What jobs do the chief ethnicities primarily occupy? Are any groups denied work because of racial or ethnic heritage? Dictoriahonii are distributed equally.
What are typical attitudes of the native (or majority) ethnos to immigrants and other ethnicities? Nothing. There are no other ethnicities and no immigration.
How has any variety of ethnicity in the region changed the society’s culture? It...well...doesn't.



IV. Questions of Family.

How many spouses may a man or woman have? Marriage is illegal.
Who decides on a marriage? See above.
Can a marriage end in divorce? How? See above.
Who usually takes custody of children if a marriage ends for some reason? See above.
How are families named? They are numbered by order of birth. Only cabinet-level officials and higher can keep a family name, but they still also have numbers. The Supreme Leader is #0000000001.
What happens to orphans? They are automatically integrated into the slave trade.
How are boy and girl children treated differently? They ain't.
What, if anything, is considered a good marriage gift? See first question
What inanimate or sexless things are considered male or female? The usual stuff.
Does this society connect the ideas of marriage with love? See first question.
How big are families, typically? Families? What families?
What constitutes a household? How many people live in one household? How many generations? A 'household' is basically a communal civilian barracks divided by generation. There are a maximum of two hundred in a section and up to eight hundred in a barracks.
Are girls or boys preferred and why? Neither are preferred.
How common is domestic violence? Is it understood to be a problem, or a normal aspect of family life? We encourage beating.
If it is seen as problematic, what is being done about it? Problematic? :rofl:
Yes, I used a smiley. Get over it.


V. Questions of Customs and Social Life.

What colors are associated with power? With virtue? With death? Blue, yellow - Blue, yellow - Blue,yellow
If two men get into a fight, how is this supposed to be resolved? We beat them.
If two women get into a fight, how should that be resolved? See above.
How do people demonstrate grief?
Who inherits property? Titles? Position? The government inherits property.
What are the most popular games? How important are they? What is this 'game' you speak of?
When and how does someone go from child to adult? By way of puberty.
How much free time do people usually get? Are you kidding me?
What do they spend this time doing?
Is society segregated in any way?
What social classes or divisions exist in this society?
If so, can people move from one class to another? Are there any benefits to being of one class over another?
Is there any discrimination against minority groups (racial, ethnic, religious) in this society?
How independent or codependent are individuals? Seriously. Bro.
What are the typical roles of women and men? What are the expectations of children?
Does the government play a large part in people’s lives? Duh.
Does religion play a large part in people’s lives? Religion? What religion?

Food
Describe how daily food is obtained. We harvest and process it into NutriGlop. Our latest version is Apple NutriGlop 2.8.
What type of foods are most popular? Grape NutriGlop 1.6 is a favourite.
What are typical dishes and specialties of the region? Beef NutriGlop 1.8 accompanied with a glass of Wine NutriGoop 5.4 is considered an upper-class meal.
What type of food is the locality or region famous for? Our Bread NutriGlop Alpha.
What cutlery, if any, do people use for cooking and eating? A spoon.
How is the table arranged? Everyone grabs a spoon. There's a big tray of NutriGlop in the middle. Each place has a glass of NutriGoop. We hail the Supreme Leader, then tuck in.
How do people sit when eating? Is there any arrangement by age or dignity of diners? Nope. Tables are way too large to have an arrangement.
How many and when are the main mealtimes? We have a huge one at noon.
Are there restaurants, popinas, street vendors or other places where food may be bought in public?
Is there a significant risk of food poisoning? How many cases lead to death? Is there understood to be a link between food and poisoning or illness?
How much does a typical meal cost, if bought and not grown at home? They are standard-issued by the government for free.
Clothing and Fashion What kind of clothes do people wear? How does this vary by season, ethnicity, age, profession, etc?
How do the genders dress: what differences are there between mens and womens clothing and accessories?
How is clothing made, in small shops or larger factories?
How much does typical clothing cost?
How important is fashion to people? How does this vary by individual?
What kinds of jewelry do people wear? And when?

Entertainments
Does the culture have outlets for dramatic arts (theater, puppetry, cinematography)?
What other major forms of entertainment are there?
Is the populace literate and numerate?
Do people read for pleasure? If so, what do they read?
How much do books, magazines, broadsheets and the like cost?
Is there a public library system? Who uses it?
Who are popular authors and poets?
Who are some of the more famous characters from literature?
How has this changed over time?



VI. Questions of Manners.

Who speaks first at a formal gathering? It is mandatory to play a recording of the Supreme Leader's declaration of founding speech.
What kinds of gifts are considered appropriate or in extremely bad taste? Anything not patriotic.
How do younger adults address their elders? "Greetings, elder Leader-praiser!"
When is it rude to laugh at something funny? All the time.
What kinds of questions cannot be asked in public? In private? At all?
What parts of the body are routinely covered? The usual.
How private are bodily functions like bathing or defecating? Oh, very private.


VII. Questions of Faith.

Is the culture religious or nonreligious? Nonreligious
What are the major religious groups in the region?
What are some of their core doctrines, dogmas, beliefs and practices?
What is the overall cosmology and eschatology in religious terms?
Is religion a cause of dissatisfaction, dissention or hostility in the region?
Are religious traditions and any scriptures oral or written in nature or a combination?
Is there a set canon of what consitutes officially sanctioned scripture?
How are scriptural / traditional exegesis accomplished and by what hermeneutics?
What is the role of myth within the religion?
Is there a formal creed or set of credal statements that define the faith?
What are typical symbols used in the religion and their meanings?
What ritual objects are used in the religion (relics, talismans, medals, charms, etc)?
What religious officials are there? Is there a formal clergy? How are they organised?
Are there monks, saints, faqirs, nuns, prophets, apostles, disciples, preachers, friars, shamans, martyrs, mystics, seers, vates, sages, ascetics, religious heroes, saviours, redeemers, etc?
What do people believe happens to them after death? How, if at all, can they influence this?
What happens to those who disagree with the majority on questions of religion?
Are there any particular places considered special or holy? What are they like?
Is there a set religious calendar? What are the most popular rituals or festivals?
Are there liturgical, meditative, and contemplative aspects to the religion?
What is the basic structure of the religion (unitary, dualistic, etc)?
What is the basic theology of the religion (i.e., monotheistic, polytheistic, henotheistc etc)?
What do people have to offer to their Deity or deities?
What do people want from their Deity or deities? How do they try and get it?
Are there differing denominations or sects of the religion?
How do their religious practices differ from their neighbours?
Are issues such as orthodoxy, heterodoxy, heresy and apostasy keys in the religious life?
What gender, ethnic, national or racial issues exist within the religion?
Is ecumenism engaged in, or are other traditions treated as adversaries or enemies?
What is the most commonly broken religious rule?
What is the least-violated religious rule?
How are such infractions punished? Is it possible to expel a community member?
How can an outsider join the religious community?
Does the religion send out missionaries? What role(s) do they play?
What factions exist within the dominant religious institutions? How do they compete?
Are the differing groups a result of schismatism or mutual and cooperative separation?
Are there monastic groups? What do they do and how are they organized? How do you join one?
Are there cult groups within the religious community?
How are those who follow different faiths treated?
What relationship do religious and political leaders have?
What superstitions are common? What kinds of supernatural events or beings do people fear?
What kinds of supernatural or other-natural beings exist in this religion (angels, demons, devi, asuras, spirits, ghosts, sprites, etc)?
How are dreams and visions encompassed by the religion?
How is religious action expressed (spontaneous or ritual liturgy, song, dance, music, ritual action, sex, miracle plays, etc)?

Magic
How is magic integrated into society? It isn't.
Who can work magic? Is anyone disallowed from working magic?
How are works of magic accomplished?
What kind of preparation or study is required before undertaking a magical work?



VIII. Questions of Labour.

Describe any kind of division of labour, such as into physical versus mental versus spiritual. No comment.
Is there any especial prestige attached to some category of labour or a particular job?
What jobs are considered mucky or are particularly depreciated?
What professions or activities are considered masculine?
What professions or activities are viewed as feminine?
What are usual working hours? Are there days of rest or holidays?
How does this differ between different jobs?
What jobs have few workers and why?
What are typical wages for various jobs?
How does work affect lifestyle and health?
What sorts of jobs are preferred by which people? Are some jobs denied to certain groups?
What are the ethical oaths or codes that govern various jobs? Is there a difference in ethics between manual and mental or spiritual work?


IX. Questions of Art.

What are the favorite art forms? Propaganda.
What are the least-favorite? Satire.
How respected are artists?
Do artists require official or unofficial protection or patronage?
What kinds of trouble are artists in particular likely to find themselves in?
How might a very successful artist live?
What forms of theatre does your society have?
How naturalistic or stylized is your society's art?
What shapes are most common in your society's arts, like embroidery or architecture?
Which artforms get the most and least respect?
What form does censorship take?
Who may not be an artist?
What qualities equal "beauty" in this society?
What makes a man or woman especially beautiful?
How do people react to tattoos? Piercings? Facial hair? Cosmetics?

Entertainment
Do people enjoy looking at art? Does this vary among communities?
Do people enjoy doing art? Does this vary?
Is there any calligraphy? Who does it?
Does your culture have a distinct (or not so) musical style? What is it like?
How do people listen to music (in a theater, at home, on the street, mechanical)?
Does music influence people's behaviour?
Does this culture have a typical dance form? What is it like?
Who goes to see such entertainments?


X. Questions of Marriage.

How is a marriage defined? How is a marriage contracted? What marriage?
What is the term of a marriage contract?
What gifts are considered appropriate or inappropriate for a wedding?
How are marriages celebrated?
What is considered too great a difference in age for a couple?
Do relationships allow multiple partners?
In what ways is a marriage considered broken?
How can a marriage be terminated?



XI. Questions of Health.

What is the average life expectancy? How does this differ between different regions, races or ethnicities? Click here.
b]What access do people have to clean drinking water (at home or in public)? [/b]
What access do people have to proper sanitation (at home or in public)?
Do houses or public buildings have plumbing? Cold and warm water?
Describe any public or private bathing or latrine facilities.
How is healthcare delivered in this society; what are its foundations?
Are there hospitals or sanitaria where many forms of health care are concentrated; or are practitioners more diffuse within the community?
Do people have access to any form of medical aid for emergencies or for less urgent problems?
What kinds of ailments or injuries are treatable in the locality using available supplies and expertise?
What does typical healthcare cost?
How do this societys doctors try to treat wounds and sickness?
Which medical assumtions of this society are wrong?
Do people seek care on an as-needed or emergency basis; or is health care seen as a preventative endeavour.
How often do people see their doctor, dentist or other healthcare provider?
Is a distinction made between physical and nonphysical ailments?
What happens to those suffering from extreme mental illness? Spiritual illness? Other?
How do people react to physical deformity (both congenital and acquired)?


XII. Questions of Sex.

How does your society define incest? Rape? How do people react to these? We Son't allow sex.
What secret vice is believed to be widely practiced? See above.
What secret vice actually is practiced? See above
What sexual habits are widely believed common among foreigners?
How do people react to homosexuality? Is it frowned on? Encouraged?
Are premarital sexual relations allowed? Extramarital?
How is adultery defined? What (if any) is the punishment? Who decides?
Is prostitution legal? How are prostitutes viewed? Is this accurate?
What is the greatest sexual taboo?
What does this society mean by the word "virgin" and how important is it?
Is sex confined to marriage? Or, is it supposed to be?
What constitutes aberrant sexual behavior?
Are there any cultural or religious strictures, norms or taboos that specifically address sexual conduct?
Are there secular laws that control or restrict sexual behaviour? Yup
At what age is it considered normal to engage in sex? Are there taboos against sex with children?
Should sex be a one-to-one experience? Or are groups allowed?


XIII. Questions of Education.

Describe the education of the society’s people: formal schooling, apprenticeship, etc.
If education is mainly by apprenticeship, how is this accomplished?
Is education compulsory / offered to everyone? What is the cost of education?
Between which ages does education happen?
How are year groups and academic years arranged?
How are curricula arranged? What courses are typically offered?
What degrees or diplomas are offered by schools?
What do schools / colleges / universities look like?
What are the classrooms like? What is a typical class size
Who is in charge of education in the country, and in each individual school? THE GOVERNMENT
Does this society have its own language? Its own writing system?
How common is literacy? How is literacy viewed?
What form and value are books?
Who teaches others? How do they teach?
Who decides who learns to read or write?
Who teaches professions, like carpenter or scribe?
Are foreigners ever brought in to teach new skills? Who does that?


XIV. Questions of Technology.

Are philosophy and science unified, or do they exist as separate and independent disciplines?
What devices and technologies are available for people?
Are such devices taken for granted? If not, how many are appreciated?
How do people envision a difficult or impossible task that could be made easier by using some kind of device or futuristic technology?
How is knowledge distributed? Is it kept unknown to the common people, or is available for all?

Architecture
What major architectural styles are present? What do they look like?
How does this vary over time and between places in the region?
What major elements are present? How are they pieced together?
What are houses like inside and out?
What are palaces and castles like?
How tall is the tallest building? How big is the biggest building?
What materials are used in typical construction? Do any materials have to be imported?
How are buildings constructed? Are there machines or is work done by hand?
What are some famous landmarks in the region? Why are they famous? Are they famous internationally?



XV. Questions of Transportation and Communications.

How do people get from place to place? Does this vary at all in different places?
Do people make long journeys? If so, what are they like?
Is there a public transport system? Who uses it? How much does it cost?
What are the roads like? How do they vary from place to place?
Do individuals or families own and use their own vehicles?
How safe and clean is the typical transport system?
What major fuels are used?
Apart from face to face, how do people communicate with each other?
Is there a postal service? How fast is it? How much does it cost to use? What restrictions are there on packet delivery? Does the post operate internationally? How likely is it that an article sent in the post will reach its intended destination?
What technical or mechanical means of communications exist?



XVI. Questions of Economics.


What is the local economy based on?
How is commerce engaged in?
If levied, how are taxes collected? What are such revenues used for? How does taxation affect the people?
What do people expect from their government in return for the taxes paid?

Money
What is the local currency like? How is it subdivided? What is it based on (metal, labour, fiat)?
Is currency issued by a central authority or by some decentralised means?
How does it compare to other neighbouring currencies?
How has the value of the currency changed or fluctuated recently?
How are coins and notes produced? How common are forgeries?
How is wealth distributed?
Is there a public banking system?
Who uses it? What benefits does it bring? At what cost?
Is there a large gap between the wealth of the rich and poor? What expectations do each group have from the other?
What constitutes "poverty" in this society?


XVII. Questions of Death and Burial.

What is their understanding of death and dying?
What does this society do with their corpses?
Do they cremate their dead? Or, how are dead bodies disposed of?
Is the family responsible for the body?
What part do the priests play?
Are there cemeteries at all?
Or, does everyone have a crypt in back with all the relatives in it?
Do people visit the dead? If so, how often and why?

Suicide
What do people in this culture think about suicide?
Is it the greatest sin one can commit? Or is it a sin at all?
Is it the great and last comfort of a tormented soul?
Is it worse than murder?

XVIII. Questions of Government.

What is the form of government? How is it structured?
What are some of the most fundamental policies of the government?
What is the political status of minority communities?
How is government chosen?
What is the country’s general foreign policy?
Who decides whether someone has broken a law? How?
What kinds of punishments are meted out? By whom? Why?
How are new laws created or old ones changed?
Is there some form of clemency or pardon? What is involved?
Who has the right to give orders, and why?
What titles do various officials have?
How are the rules different for officials as opposed to the common person?
How do government officials dress?
Is the law written down? Who interprets it?
Once accused, what recourse does someone have?
Is torture allowed? What kinds? Is capital punishment allowed?
How are criminals executed?
Who cannot rise to positions of leadership?
Is bribery allowed? Under what circumstances?
What makes someone a bad ruler in this society? What can be done about it?
What are the most common or dangerous forms of criminal?

City Watch & Sheriffs
Is there a civilian police force, or is law enforcement the province of the military?
Is the police force a nationalised one, or are there multiple regional forces?
How militant or vigilante are they? Are they usually or ever armed?
What is the extent of their authority? Can they shoot you? Can they use magic? Can they torture or otherwise force a confession? Can they use telepathy?
Are there individuals or groups who are above the law?
Is there a secret police?
What is the role of police informants, if any?
XIX. Questions of Warfare.

Does the country have an armed force? What types? What size?
How do the armed forces compare with others in the region or world?
Who declares war?
Who has the power to declare conditions of peace?
How are treaties negotiated?
What happens to prisoners taken in battle?
What weapons are favoured by the various armed forces?
What form of warfare does this society use?
How do battles in the airs or waters or underworlds differ from surface warfare?
Who are the Elite warriors? What distinguishes them?
How does someone get command of troops?
Where do the loyalties of military units lie?
Are there professional soldiers? Do they make up the bulk of the military?
What is campaign or camp life like?
What ethical or moral codes do warriors adhere to?
How are battle injuries treated?
How long do wars typically last?
Has this society ever attacked another? What was the nature of that war? What would make this society go to war?
Has there ever been a civil war or a revolution?
What do soldiers do when there's no war?
Are there any current tensions / wars / embargoes etc with any other nations?
Who are the country’s enemies? Whos winning the war?
What defences are available to cities?

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We are a nation of heavily suppressed loyal citizens led with an iron fist a benevolent hand by our wise ruler Supreme Leader Sebastian Dictorus. We treat our citizens with brutality hospitality and host a virtually decimated thriving environment.

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Great Nortend
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Iron Fist Consumerists

Postby Great Nortend » Wed Aug 14, 2019 3:48 am

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Delta Archipelago
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Founded: Aug 13, 2019
Psychotic Dictatorship

Postby Delta Archipelago » Fri Aug 16, 2019 1:37 pm

National Animal
What's your nation's national animal? The Reltoran Gosprey
Is it a mammal, a reptile, a bird, or what? A member of the gosprey family, mostly resembling a tiny, feathered dinosaur, with a crest on it's head and a fan tail.
Is it in the real world? No.
Is it allowed to be hunted? No.
It it near, at, or surpassing human intelligence? It has the brains of a duck.
What does it's flesh taste like? Chicken, like everything in this universe. Strikingly tasty, like ham with a sweet spice on it.
How endangered is it? Extremely, though a nation wide restoration effort is going on.
Is it magical? No.
How was it created? By magic, technology, evolution, or by a god/goddess? Evolution...?
[b]Is it allowed to be used as a pet? Yes, though it is considered to be an exotic pet.
[b]Where does it live?
In forests and plains.
If one were to kill someone, what would people do to it? It wouldn't... If it did, no laws would actually prohibit that.
What are expensive resources you can get from it? Gosprey meat, our national dish, also very pretty feathers.
Just your friendly time traveller from the middle Industrial Revolution!
~ Dictator Karroska Endlavi
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Delta Archipelago
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Psychotic Dictatorship

Postby Delta Archipelago » Sun Aug 18, 2019 2:10 pm

Name of language: Vessoltan.
Language family: Vessoltan.
Is this language natural or invented? Natural.
Text direction (left-to-right or right-to-left)? Right to left, down to up (reverse English).

Writing and pronunciation

Which alphabet or writing system does this language use (or primary, if multiple)? Not of this world.
How many different letters or characters are there? TBD
Can the sound of a word be predicted from its spelling? Yes
Can the spelling of a word be predicted from its sound? Yes
Does this language have word stress? Yes
Does stress follow a fixed pattern (first/last/xth syllable, etc), or is it different for each word? Different for each word.
Does this language have tones? Yes
How many different tones are there? Two, normal and low.
Does this language have sounds or sound combinations that are difficult for non-native (or even native) speakers? Yes, like hh

Grammar

Is the word order fixed or variable? Variable
Do words have a gender? Yes
Which of the following genders are used?
[Y] Masculine
[Y] Feminine
[N] Neutral
Do verbs have different forms ("conjugations") depending on who does the action (for example: I am, you are, he is)? Yes
Which of the following conjugations are used?
[Y] First-person singular (I)
[Y] Second-person singular (you)
[N] Third-person singular (he/she/it)
[Y] First-person plural (we)
[Y] Second-person plural (you/y'all)
[N] Third-person plural (they)
Do nouns have different forms ("cases") depending on how they're used in a sentence? Yes
Which of the following cases are used?
[Y] Nominative
[Y] Genitive
[Y] Dative
[Y] Accusative
[Y] Instrumental
[Y] Locative
[Y] Vocative
Do words have a plural form? Yes
Do plurals follow a fixed pattern, or are they different for each word? Fixed, the prefix is punctuation.
Does this language have a T/V distinction (different pronouns for polite vs. familiar address)? Yes
What are the polite and familiar pronouns? When should each be used? An underline in used for formality. Familiar is used for immediate family members, everyone needs an underline.

Vocabulary

Does this language share a lot of words with other languages? No.
Does this language have a lot of foreign loanwords? No.
Can speakers of other languages understand this language with ease? No.
Can speakers of this language understand other languages with ease? No.

Availability of resources

Are learning materials widely available for this language? Yes, it is highly promoted by the government
Are teachers widely available for this language? Yes, due to the high population.
Are books and media widely available for this language? Yes, we have the highest exports of magazines and other articles across countries.
Is this language considered important for business? No.
Is this language considered important for science and research? Yes.
Is this language considered important for tourism? Yes.
Does the government offer programs to teach this language? Especially yes.
Just your friendly time traveller from the middle Industrial Revolution!
~ Dictator Karroska Endlavi
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Gandoor
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Civil Rights Lovefest

Postby Gandoor » Tue Aug 20, 2019 6:16 am

Does your nation have an official language(s)? Yes
If so, what language(s) are recognized as official? English, Japanese, and Russian are the official languages of the Democratic Republic.
Does your nation recognize any languages other than the official one(s)? No
If so, what language(s) are also recognized? N/A
Does your nation attempt to regulate their official language(s) in any form? No
If not, are you a member of a language academy relating to your nation's language(s)? No
Does your nation attempt to promote the usage of the official language(s), if so, how? The only requirement is that products sold within Gandoor must have information available in at least one of the three official languages.
Are there special exceptions granted regarding your nation's usage policy towards its official language(s)? The 'products must have information available in at least one of the three official languages' policy only applies to products that are either manufactured for the Gandoorese market or imported in bulk by an authorized distributor. Products imported and sold by individuals or companies not officially authorized by the original manufacturer (grey market imports) are not required to have information available in our official languages, although they must make it known that the product does not contain documentation in English, Japanese, or Russian.
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Caleonia
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Inoffensive Centrist Democracy

Postby Caleonia » Tue Aug 20, 2019 7:08 am

Does your nation have an official language(s)? Yes
If so, what language(s) are recognized as official? Caleonian (speech) & German (writing)
Does your nation recognize any languages other than the official one(s)? It really depends on what the Professor knows when it comes to speaking languages.
If so, what language(s) are also recognized? Mainly English.
Does your nation attempt to regulate their official language(s) in any form? Usually, speaking in any language is alright in Caleon, but you will get a lot of confusion from the locals if you speak any language besides Caleonian or German.
If not, are you a member of a language academy relating to your nation's language(s)? The Professor has no restrictions on the primary language taught to any citizen.
Does your nation attempt to promote the usage of the official language(s), if so, how? We don’t.
Are there special exceptions granted regarding your nation's usage policy towards its official language(s)? No, as there is no need for such thing.
Y o u r ’ e   w e l c o m e .
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Caleon Times-Union: The event in Las Vegas, the temporary capital of the first week of March, was won by Michael Reddiër. The new temporary capital is Richmond; Christopher Custer is the favorite for the event.

I am a Progressive Left-Wing Centrist. No socialism here!

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Social Libertarian/Authoritarian: -0.36
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Libereco kaj Paco
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Postby Libereco kaj Paco » Sat Aug 24, 2019 7:49 pm

Language
Name of language: Esperanto
Language family: Romance/Latin
Is this language natural or invented? Invented by Dr Zamenhof in 1887
Text direction (left-to-right or right-to-left)? Left-to-right

Writing and pronunciation

Which alphabet or writing system does this language use (or primary, if multiple)? Latin
How many different letters or characters are there? 32 (ASCII plus ĉ ŝ ĝ ĥ ĵ ŭ)
Can the sound of a word be predicted from its spelling? Yes
Can the spelling of a word be predicted from its sound? Yes
Does this language have word stress? Yes
Does stress follow a fixed pattern (first/last/xth syllable, etc), or is it different for each word? Penultimate syllable
Does this language have tones? No
How many different tones are there? None
Does this language have sounds or sound combinations that are difficult for non-native (or even native) speakers? Not really, Esperanto is intended to be easy

Grammar

Is the word order fixed or variable? Variable
Do words have a gender? No
Do verbs have different forms ("conjugations") depending on who does the action (for example: I am, you are, he is)? No, verbs are the same, only pronouns change. Verbs only conjugate for time (past -is, present -as, future -os, conditional -us, imperative -u)
Do nouns have different forms ("cases") depending on how they're used in a sentence? Only nominative and accusative. Other cases are expressed with prepositions + nominative or + accusative if there is movement
Do words have a plural form? Yes
Do plurals follow a fixed pattern, or are they different for each word? Plurals end with -j
Does this language have a T/V distinction (different pronouns for polite vs. familiar address)? No, you is always vi
What are the polite and familiar pronouns? When should each be used? None

Vocabulary

Does this language share a lot of words with other languages? Mainly with Spanish, Italian and French, but some German and Slavic words
Does this language have a lot of foreign loanwords? Yes but they are generally transliterated to Esperanto spelling (e.g. computer -> komputilo, anarchism -> anarkismo)
Can speakers of other languages understand this language with ease? Some mutual intelligibility with Romance languages
Can speakers of this language understand other languages with ease? Some mutual intelligibility with Romance languages

Availability of resources

Are learning materials widely available for this language? Yes
Are teachers widely available for this language? In physical classes in LkP and online
Are books and media widely available for this language? By LkP writers, artists and directors yes. By international artists, there are some
Is this language considered important for business? In LkP Esperanto is essential, but residents use English for global business
Is this language considered important for science and research? In LkP yes (there are major science and research industries here), but research is translated to English for international publishers
Is this language considered important for tourism? Knowledge of Esperanto makes it easier, but LkP has speakers of many languages and English is wellknown due to media and business
Does the government offer programs to teach this language? There is no government in anarchism, but communes offer free physical and online Esperanto classes




Citizenship
How can you become a citizen of YN? (tick all that apply)
[] Jus soli
[] Jus sanguinis
[x] Naturalisation
[x] Other (describe): Residents are automatically citizens (no need for passport or visa). Additionally it is possible to claim LkP citizenship without current residency, e.g. to escape dangerous country as refugee, as stateless person, or as conscientious objector against your previous country of citizenship. Even if you don't choose to live in LkP, non-resident citizenship means LkP embassies can protect you and is a good option for people who aren't recognized as citizens of anywhere or if their assigned country of citizenship persecutes them.
How many people are citizens of YN? Approximately 110 000 resident citizens, 230 000 non-resident citizens but this statistic isn't collected
Can you renounce citizenship? Yes
If so, how? Self declaration
Does YN recognise dual citizenship? Yes
How many citizens of YN hold dual citizenship? This statistic isn't collected
How many countries can citizens of YN travel to without a visa prior to arrival? This statistic isn't collected
What colour are passports of YN? Black (Passports are only used when third countries require it, and contain self-chosen details according to LkP freedom of identity)
Do YN's citizens carry a national ID card? No (Internally, LkP does not use identity documents of any type)




Animal
What's your nation's national animal? Dogs, specifically samoyed dog (There is a popular TV character in LkP who is a samoyed dog with anarchist bandana)
Is it a mammal, a reptile, a bird, or what? Dog
Is it in the real world? Yes
Is it allowed to be hunted? Hell no
It it near, at, or surpassing human intelligence? They are intelligent in their own ways
What does it's flesh taste like? People don't eat dogs here
How endangered is it? No
Is it magical? Can be considered as magical :)
How was it created? Selective breeding in Siberia to herd reindeer and pull sleds (Unrelated to LkP)
Is it allowed to be used as a pet? Of course, dogs are common as companions
Where does it live? Generally in people's homes and on farms
If one were to kill someone, what would people do to it? It would be very sad
What are expensive resources you can get from it? Happiness, friendship, comfort and dog wool




Absolute Unit
I. Questions of Place.

Describe the geography of where your society calls home. Seastead in international waters in Black Sea in Europe, 200 km from Bulgaria
Describe the climate your society deals with. How severe are their seasons? Humid continental climate, warm summer, cold winter
What kinds of natural disasters has this society gotten used to? None, the seastead is built to be stable
What importance (spiritual or cultural) do people ascribe to the geography? It is an artificial seastead
How do people feel about local landscapes being altered or used for a purpose other than what is traditional? It is an artificial seastead but people are generally against too many skyscrapers and excessive industrial areas
What are the most commonly-grown foods? High tech greenhouses allow any food to be grown in LkP and there are many farms, most common are potatoes, grains, rice, mushrooms, variety of fruits and variety of vegetables
What are the most commonly-eaten meats? Most people are vegetarian or vegan
What foods are considered exotic or expensive? Anything that LkP does not produce itself. Cocoa beans, coffee beans and some fruit and vegetables are produced on a limited scale in LkP (in greenhouses), the majority is imported from fairly paid direct trade with farmers in Africa and Latin America.
What forms of alcohol are common? Rare? Beer, wine, vodka and other liquors are enjoyed with friends and in bars, but alcoholism is very uncommon and 25% of people don't drink
Is there usually enough food and water for the population? Yes
What is this place's most abundant resource? It is an artificial seastead
What is its most valuable resource? Technology, scientific research, medical research and IT services
What resource is it most lacking? LkP can import anything it needs
How do people travel from one place to another? The seastead is small enough to walk anywhere within 2 hours, otherwise people cycle or travel with the bus. Less people own cars.
Are the borders secure? In what way? The borders are fully open for people and goods without requirement of passport/visa/any documentation
How many people live here? Approximately 110 000 people
Where in this place do they congregate? Placo de Nestor Maĥno (Nestor Makhno Square) is a popular place to meet up and enjoy events, food, music, meetings
What part of this place do they avoid? Why? Everywhere in LkP is fine
What are the most common domesticated animals here? And what are they domesticated for? Dogs, cats and other pets. Chickens and cows in free range, ethical small scale farms for milk and eggs.
What are the most common wild animals? How are wild animals treated? There aren't many wild animals in LkP because it is an artificial seastead, but there are many birds
Which animals are likely to be pets? Which ones won't be? Dogs, cats, rodents, reptiles can be pets. Birds and fish aren't generally kept as pets.
What are the most common domesticated plants here? And what are they used for? Many plants are popular, especially plants used for herbs, fruits or healing (e.g. aloe plants).
What are the most common wild plants here? What are they used for? There are many wild plants

II. Questions of Time.

How far back does this society’s written history go? 20XX when the seastead was built
How far back do its people believe it goes? 20XX when the seastead was built
How was this society founded? Who founded it and under what circumstances? Founded by many cooperating groups of varied anarchists (ancom, ancap, mutualist, agorist)
What were the chief powers in the time when this society was founded? Anarchism
If it originated far away from here, how did it get here? N/A
What is the worst disaster they believe they've faced? Attack by hostile neighbor
What are the major events in this culture's past? Formation of seastead, attack by fascists, rebuilding, until stability in present day
What was the best thing that ever happened to them? Formation of seastead, victory over fascism, and present day stable functional anarchist territory
What in their past makes them feel ashamed? There isn't anything to be ashamed about
What in their past makes them proud? Creation of safe and stable anarchist territory that is open to everyone
What are they afraid of happening again? Hostile neighbor attacks again or neutral neighbors (e.g. Bulgaria, Romania, surprisingly Turkey) become hostile
What are they hoping will happen? Do they think it likely? More anarchist territories are formed worldwide and cooperate with LkP, eventually brings the option of anarchism to everyone in the world, regardless of their geographic location
How strongly are people attached or connected to their heritage? Limited or no connection to "country of origin", strong connection to anarchism and life in LkP
What do they assume the future will hold? Continuation of LkP's anarchist seastead and more anarchist territories worldwide to liberate fellow humans from fascism, violence and pain
How has this society changed? Do its current members realize this? It hasn't changed significantly since creation
What are the most popular stories about the past? Stories about the planning and construction of the seastead and stories about the war against fascism
Who in the past is the greatest hero? The worst villain? Greatest hero in LkP are the anarchists who built the seastead and the anarchists who defended against the hostile neighbor. Statism and nationalism in general are villains, specifically the hostile neighbor is the worst villain (However, anarchists from this country and people in general from this country are not demonized, only this country's state, military and politics are demonized)
Do people think the present better or worse than the past? Present is better than past
Do people believe the future will be better or worse than the present or past? Future will be better

III. Questions of Race and Ethnicity.

What are the chief races in the region? People of all races live in LkP
What are the chief ethnic groups of each race in the region? How are they distributed in place? Ethnicity is less relevant in LkP
How do they differ by language, appearance or ancestry? No one cares
What jobs do the chief ethnicities primarily occupy? Are any groups denied work because of racial or ethnic heritage? No one is treated differently based on race, ethnicity or origin
What are typical attitudes of the native (or majority) ethnos to immigrants and other ethnicities? There are no native people to LkP, it is a seastead, and everyone is welcome and considered to be "Libereco kaj Pacana" on arrival with no gatekeeping, racism or nativism
How has any variety of ethnicity in the region changed the society’s culture? It didn't, LkP has an anational progressive open-minded culture that isn't based on any specific ethnicity

IV. Questions of Family.

How many spouses may a man or woman have? As many as they want, as long as it is consensual
Who decides on a marriage? The spouses
Can a marriage end in divorce? How? Yes, by self declaration from any spouse
Who usually takes custody of children if a marriage ends for some reason? Whoever wants the kids, mutual agreement
How are families named? Surnames aren't used in LkP, parents choose kids first names, but people can choose their own name as teenagers/adults if they don't feel connected to their assigned name, it is associated with trauma or they just prefer a different name
What happens to orphans? Generally adopted (adoption is preferred to having biological kids), if not, they are raised in non-abusive group homes
How are boy and girl children treated differently? They aren't
What, if anything, is considered a good marriage gift? Anything that the couple requests or would practically use (e.g. furniture if they move into new house together)
What inanimate or sexless things are considered male or female? Generally inanimate things dont have gender (either linguistically or figuratively) but the concept of anarchism is sometimes symbolized as a protective, caring, motherly woman named "Mama Anarĥia"
Does this society connect the ideas of marriage with love? There is no legal marriage or marriage registry, but marriage is seen by some people as a committal to long term, exclusive relationship
How big are families, typically? Generally 2 people, 0-2 kids (low birthrate), sometimes with pets who are culturally considered as family members
What constitutes a household? How many people live in one household? How many generations? Can be someone who lives alone, friends who live in house share, couple, or parents and kids (sometimes grandparents)
Are girls or boys preferred and why? Any gender is fine, male, female, intersex or non-binary
How common is domestic violence? Is it understood to be a problem, or a normal aspect of family life? Domestic violence doesn't happen in LkP. Psychological, sexual or physical abuse toward spouses or children is culturally and socially forbidden and despised
If it is seen as problematic, what is being done about it? It doesn't happen, but if it would happen, the victims are given a safe place to live and protected from the abuser (There is generally an intervention and the abuser may be forced to give reparations or outcast in severe circumstances if they have no remorse or desire to change)

V. Questions of Customs and Social Life.

What colors are associated with power? With virtue? With death? Black
If two men get into a fight, how is this supposed to be resolved? Generally its a personal thing, if it goes beyond this, they can find a neutral mediator or take this issue to the community meeting in their commune or to the general meeting in the town square (Placo de Nestor Maĥno)
If two women get into a fight, how should that be resolved? Same as above
How do people demonstrate grief? Remembrance of the person and their actions and values
Who inherits property? Titles? Position? Private property doesn't exist, personal property on basis of usage is passed to self-chosen next of kin (can be relative, friend or neighbor) or however the person assigns it in their will.
What are the most popular games? How important are they? Video games and sports are both popular in LkP but not on "national" scale
When and how does someone go from child to adult? Depends on personal responsibility, maturity and desire for independence. Some people move out age 14, other people live with parents until age 26.
How much free time do people usually get? Average workweek is between 10-20 hours per week, generally spread between different tasks and places.
What do they spend this time doing? Whatever they want, as long as it doesn't hurt anyone else
Is society segregated in any way? No
What social classes or divisions exist in this society? Only real difference is what subtype of anarchism you support, but this is civil and friendly and in the spirit of anarchist synthesis, free association, mutual aid and anarchist unity
If so, can people move from one class to another? Are there any benefits to being of one class over another? People are "judged" only on their actions and opinions and people can change both
Is there any discrimination against minority groups (racial, ethnic, religious) in this society? No
How independent or codependent are individuals? Culture is individualist but people rely on each other to survive (farmers rely on construction workers rely on doctors rely on teachers rely on engineers...)
What are the typical roles of women and men? What are the expectations of children? Be civil to each other, live and let live
Does the government play a large part in people’s lives? There is no government, its anarchism
Does religion play a large part in people’s lives? LkP is secular, religion is something in someone's private life

Food
Describe how daily food is obtained. Generally from stores (which is delivered from large farms and factories), some food comes from permaculture in yards or roofs, or even plants on balconies
What type of foods are most popular? Many foods but meat is unpopular
What are typical dishes and specialties of the region? Many
What type of food is the locality or region famous for? Many
What cutlery, if any, do people use for cooking and eating? Depends on food, can be fork, knife, spoon, chopsticks
How is the table arranged? However the person wants
How do people sit when eating? Is there any arrangement by age or dignity of diners? However they want
How many and when are the main mealtimes? Generally 2 meals per day and 1 snack/light meal but depends on the person
Are there restaurants, popinas, street vendors or other places where food may be bought in public? Yes
Is there a significant risk of food poisoning? How many cases lead to death? Is there understood to be a link between food and poisoning or illness? People are good with food safety
How much does a typical meal cost, if bought and not grown at home? Depends on commune, many communes don't use money
Clothing and Fashion What kind of clothes do people wear? How does this vary by season, ethnicity, age, profession, etc? Whatever they want
How do the genders dress: what differences are there between mens and womens clothing and accessories? Whatever they want
How is clothing made, in small shops or larger factories? Small shops but some clothes are imported
How much does typical clothing cost? Depends on commune
How important is fashion to people? How does this vary by individual? Depends on the individual
What kinds of jewelry do people wear? And when? Whatever they want

Entertainments
Does the culture have outlets for dramatic arts (theater, puppetry, cinematography)? Yes
What other major forms of entertainment are there? Internet, festivals and concerts, movies, video games, sports, hobbies
Is the populace literate and numerate? Yes
Do people read for pleasure? If so, what do they read? Yes, whatever they want
How much do books, magazines, broadsheets and the like cost? Generally free as ebooks and in library
Is there a public library system? Who uses it? Yes, anyone who wants to, there are also free computers and wifi, and regular free classes like community colleges
Who are popular authors and poets? Many
Who are some of the more famous characters from literature? Many
How has this changed over time? N/A

VI. Questions of Manners.

Who speaks first at a formal gathering? Whoever organized the gathering or has important information
What kinds of gifts are considered appropriate or in extremely bad taste? Generally people talk with the recipient first to find out what they want
How do younger adults address their elders? Same as they would address anyone
When is it rude to laugh at something funny? It isn't rude unless the person didn't intend it to be funny
What kinds of questions cannot be asked in public? In private? At all? You can ask what you want but you can't demand an answer or harass someone. If someone says they don't want to discuss it or it is traumatic to them, you end the topic
What parts of the body are routinely covered? Anything that is covered by (at least) t-shirt, shorts and shoes to be polite. It isn't forbidden to be nude in public and no one would attack you, but it is considered as impolite by some people.
How private are bodily functions like bathing or defecating? It's done in a locked bathroom (either in your home or free single stall public restroom). Public/gym showers are free and single stall with locked door.

VII. Questions of Faith.

Is the culture religious or nonreligious? Secular, religion is something in your private life
What are the major religious groups in the region? Christians, Muslims, Jews, Buddhists and other religions
What are some of their core doctrines, dogmas, beliefs and practices? You can read about it
What is the overall cosmology and eschatology in religious terms? N/A
Is religion a cause of dissatisfaction, dissention or hostility in the region? LkP is secular so religion doesn't affect everyone's lives, only people who choose to follow a specific religion in their private lives (and don't force this on anyone else)
Removed rest of questions because they don't apply.
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VIII. Questions of Labour.

Describe any kind of division of labour, such as into physical versus mental versus spiritual. Work is doing something to achieve a goal
Is there any especial prestige attached to some category of labour or a particular job? All jobs are treated equally, e.g. construction is not seen as "less" than medicine because both are necessary to survive
What jobs are considered mucky or are particularly depreciated? None
What professions or activities are considered masculine? None
What professions or activities are viewed as feminine? None
What are usual working hours? Are there days of rest or holidays? Working hours depends on individual, generally people work 10-20 hours/week in total and spend this time between different tasks and places
How does this differ between different jobs? N/A
What jobs have few workers and why? N/A
What are typical wages for various jobs? In communes with money, jobs are paid around the same, with payment based on time, effort and skill rather than arbitrary criteria
How does work affect lifestyle and health? People can take time off if they feel stressed, ill or overwhelmed and can get advice and material support in community meetings or many advice points
What sorts of jobs are preferred by which people? Are some jobs denied to certain groups? People can do whatever job they want, as long as they learn the skills
What are the ethical oaths or codes that govern various jobs? Is there a difference in ethics between manual and mental or spiritual work? Anarchism

IX. Questions of Art.

What are the favorite art forms? TBD
What are the least-favorite?
How respected are artists?
Do artists require official or unofficial protection or patronage?
What kinds of trouble are artists in particular likely to find themselves in?
How might a very successful artist live?
What forms of theatre does your society have?
How naturalistic or stylized is your society's art?
What shapes are most common in your society's arts, like embroidery or architecture?
Which artforms get the most and least respect?
What form does censorship take?
Who may not be an artist?
What qualities equal "beauty" in this society?
What makes a man or woman especially beautiful?
How do people react to tattoos? Piercings? Facial hair? Cosmetics?

Entertainment
Do people enjoy looking at art? Does this vary among communities? TBD
Do people enjoy doing art? Does this vary?
Is there any calligraphy? Who does it?
Does your culture have a distinct (or not so) musical style? What is it like?
How do people listen to music (in a theater, at home, on the street, mechanical)?
Does music influence people's behaviour?
Does this culture have a typical dance form? What is it like?
Who goes to see such entertainments?

X. Questions of Marriage.

How is a marriage defined? How is a marriage contracted? Marriage is between any amount of consensual spouses of any gender who want to commit to long term relationship. It is only a social thing. There is no legal marriage or marriage registry in LkP. People can make religious marriages but this depends on their place of worship.
What is the term of a marriage contract? N/A
What gifts are considered appropriate or inappropriate for a wedding? Whatever the spouses want
How are marriages celebrated? However the spouses want
What is considered too great a difference in age for a couple? As long as the spouses are 18+ and its consensual, age difference doesn't matter
Do relationships allow multiple partners? Yes
In what ways is a marriage considered broken? If any spouse wants divorce
How can a marriage be terminated? Self declaration of divorce from any spouse

XI. Questions of Health.

What is the average life expectancy? How does this differ between different regions, races or ethnicities? 90+
What access do people have to clean drinking water (at home or in public)? All water is clean drinking water quality
What access do people have to proper sanitation (at home or in public)? Everywhere, public restrooms are free
Do houses or public buildings have plumbing? Cold and warm water? There is cold and hot water in all buildings
Describe any public or private bathing or latrine facilities. There are free single stall public restrooms and free single stall public showers (like gym showers but private)
How is healthcare delivered in this society; what are its foundations? For free and based on what the patient wants without financial or bureaucratic gatekeeping or force to undergo any specific procedure
Are there hospitals or sanitaria where many forms of health care are concentrated; or are practitioners more diffuse within the community? There is one main hospital and smaller local clinics
Do people have access to any form of medical aid for emergencies or for less urgent problems? Yes there is 24/7/365 emergency service
What kinds of ailments or injuries are treatable in the locality using available supplies and expertise? Minor or less urgent problems can be treated at home or in local clinic, otherwise it takes 30 mins max to travel to the main hospital via ambulance or car
What does typical healthcare cost? Free
How do this societys doctors try to treat wounds and sickness? With pharmaceuticals and surgery when needed
Which medical assumtions of this society are wrong? LkP understands that research can be disproved and we can always find more effective and safer treatments, thats why it works on medical and pharmaceutical research
Do people seek care on an as-needed or emergency basis; or is health care seen as a preventative endeavour. Generally as-needed but people have access to preventative care
How often do people see their doctor, dentist or other healthcare provider? Whenever they have a problem that they can't solve themselves
Is a distinction made between physical and nonphysical ailments? Yes
What happens to those suffering from extreme mental illness? Spiritual illness? Other? They have the option to get medications or see therapist if they want to
How do people react to physical deformity (both congenital and acquired)? They don't treat this person different to anyone else, unless the person requires any extra support

XII. Questions of Sex.

How does your society define incest? Rape? How do people react to these? Rape (defined as non-consensual sexual contact) is forbidden and despised
What secret vice is believed to be widely practiced? N/A
What secret vice actually is practiced? N/A
What sexual habits are widely believed common among foreigners? N/A
How do people react to homosexuality? Is it frowned on? Encouraged? Homosexuality and heterosexuality are both fine as long as its consensual
Are premarital sexual relations allowed? Extramarital? Sex outside of marriage is normal
How is adultery defined? What (if any) is the punishment? Who decides? Cheating on your spouse is seen as bad but not "punished" (although the spouse and their family/friends may punish the cheater)
Is prostitution legal? How are prostitutes viewed? Is this accurate? Most communes don't use money, but sex work is considered as fine as long as it is consensual (in cases of human trafficking, the victims are rescued from trafficker and given real jobs/education and permanent residency).
What is the greatest sexual taboo? N/A
What does this society mean by the word "virgin" and how important is it? No one cares if someone is a virgin
Is sex confined to marriage? Or, is it supposed to be? No
What constitutes aberrant sexual behavior? N/A
Are there any cultural or religious strictures, norms or taboos that specifically address sexual conduct? Its fine as long as it is consensual and 18+
Are there secular laws that control or restrict sexual behaviour? No
At what age is it considered normal to engage in sex? Are there taboos against sex with children? Pedophilia is forbidden and despised
Should sex be a one-to-one experience? Or are groups allowed? Whatever you want as long as its consensual

XIII. Questions of Education.

Describe the education of the society’s people: formal schooling, apprenticeship, etc. TBD
If education is mainly by apprenticeship, how is this accomplished?
Is education compulsory / offered to everyone? What is the cost of education?
Between which ages does education happen?
How are year groups and academic years arranged?
How are curricula arranged? What courses are typically offered?
What degrees or diplomas are offered by schools?
What do schools / colleges / universities look like?
What are the classrooms like? What is a typical class size
Who is in charge of education in the country, and in each individual school?
Does this society have its own language? Its own writing system?
How common is literacy? How is literacy viewed?
What form and value are books?
Who teaches others? How do they teach?
Who decides who learns to read or write?
Who teaches professions, like carpenter or scribe?
Are foreigners ever brought in to teach new skills? Who does that?

XIV. Questions of Technology.

Are philosophy and science unified, or do they exist as separate and independent disciplines? Separate
What devices and technologies are available for people? Computers, phones, other devices
Are such devices taken for granted? If not, how many are appreciated? Its normal to own a computer/laptop and a smartphone, it isnt a sign of wealth or "nerdiness" as it used to be
How do people envision a difficult or impossible task that could be made easier by using some kind of device or futuristic technology? There is a lot of STEM research and development for this
How is knowledge distributed? Is it kept unknown to the common people, or is available for all? It is available to all with easy to understand books, research papers and videos

Architecture
What major architectural styles are present? What do they look like? TBD
How does this vary over time and between places in the region?
What major elements are present? How are they pieced together?
What are houses like inside and out?
What are palaces and castles like?
How tall is the tallest building? How big is the biggest building?
What materials are used in typical construction? Do any materials have to be imported?
How are buildings constructed? Are there machines or is work done by hand?
What are some famous landmarks in the region? Why are they famous? Are they famous internationally?

XV. Questions of Transportation and Communications.

How do people get from place to place? Does this vary at all in different places? Generally walk or cycle, for long distances there are buses (but the seastead is small, only 10 km x 10 km)
Do people make long journeys? If so, what are they like? TBD
Is there a public transport system? Who uses it? How much does it cost?
What are the roads like? How do they vary from place to place?
Do individuals or families own and use their own vehicles?
How safe and clean is the typical transport system?
What major fuels are used?
Apart from face to face, how do people communicate with each other?
Is there a postal service? How fast is it? How much does it cost to use? What restrictions are there on packet delivery? Does the post operate internationally? How likely is it that an article sent in the post will reach its intended destination?
What technical or mechanical means of communications exist?

XVI. Questions of Economics.

What is the local economy based on? Anarchism, varies between ancom, mutualist and ancap depends on commune
How is commerce engaged in? TBD
If levied, how are taxes collected? What are such revenues used for? How does taxation affect the people?
What do people expect from their government in return for the taxes paid?

Money
What is the local currency like? How is it subdivided? What is it based on (metal, labour, fiat)?
Is currency issued by a central authority or by some decentralised means?
How does it compare to other neighbouring currencies?
How has the value of the currency changed or fluctuated recently?
How are coins and notes produced? How common are forgeries?
How is wealth distributed?
Is there a public banking system?
Who uses it? What benefits does it bring? At what cost?
Is there a large gap between the wealth of the rich and poor? What expectations do each group have from the other?
What constitutes "poverty" in this society?

XVII. Questions of Death and Burial.

What is their understanding of death and dying? TBD
What does this society do with their corpses?
Do they cremate their dead? Or, how are dead bodies disposed of?
Is the family responsible for the body?
What part do the priests play?
Are there cemeteries at all?
Or, does everyone have a crypt in back with all the relatives in it?
Do people visit the dead? If so, how often and why?

Suicide
What do people in this culture think about suicide? TBD
Is it the greatest sin one can commit? Or is it a sin at all?
Is it the great and last comfort of a tormented soul?
Is it worse than murder?

XVIII. Questions of Government.

What is the form of government? How is it structured? Anarchism
What are some of the most fundamental policies of the government? TBD
What is the political status of minority communities?
How is government chosen?
What is the country’s general foreign policy?
Who decides whether someone has broken a law? How?
What kinds of punishments are meted out? By whom? Why?
How are new laws created or old ones changed?
Is there some form of clemency or pardon? What is involved?
Who has the right to give orders, and why?
What titles do various officials have?
How are the rules different for officials as opposed to the common person?
How do government officials dress?
Is the law written down? Who interprets it?
Once accused, what recourse does someone have?
Is torture allowed? What kinds? Is capital punishment allowed?
How are criminals executed?
Who cannot rise to positions of leadership?
Is bribery allowed? Under what circumstances?
What makes someone a bad ruler in this society? What can be done about it?
What are the most common or dangerous forms of criminal?

City Watch & Sheriffs
Is there a civilian police force, or is law enforcement the province of the military? No cops

XVIV. Questions of Warfare.

Does the country have an armed force? What types? What size? Voluntary anarchist militia
How do the armed forces compare with others in the region or world? It is for self defense of the seastead only
Who declares war? LkP does not declare war, it only acts in self defense against hostile actions by third countries
Who has the power to declare conditions of peace? LkP does not declare war, so it is the aggressor's responsibility to surrender and declare peace
How are treaties negotiated? LkP residents all discuss it together and write their conditions
What happens to prisoners taken in battle? They are given the option to surrender, renounce their previous citizenship and become Libereco kaj Pacana, if they refuse they are returned to their country of allegiance, since they don't want to be here
What weapons are favoured by the various armed forces? Guns and warships for self defense only. In severe situations, use bombs but never on civilian areas
What form of warfare does this society use? Guerilla tactics including cyber warfare
How do battles in the airs or waters or underworlds differ from surface warfare? Yes
Who are the Elite warriors? What distinguishes them? There are no elites
How does someone get command of troops? There is no command hierarchy but people are trusted with strategy if they have experience and seem trustworthy
Where do the loyalties of military units lie? Anarchism
Are there professional soldiers? Do they make up the bulk of the military? Its a voluntary militia
What is campaign or camp life like? N/A
What ethical or moral codes do warriors adhere to? Anarchism and act only in self defense (not in anger or revenge) and only do what is needed (if possible, subdue don't kill)
How are battle injuries treated? With medics
How long do wars typically last? Depends on aggressor, LkP doesn't start wars and wants war to be over as soon as possible
Has this society ever attacked another? What was the nature of that war? What would make this society go to war? Hostile neighbor attacked LkP in 20XX due to their hatred toward anarchism and freedom
Has there ever been a civil war or a revolution? LkP was anarchist from the start
What do soldiers do when there's no war? There are no full time soldiers
Are there any current tensions / wars / embargoes etc with any other nations? There is still residual tension with hostile neighbor but regular people from that country aren't discriminated. LkP never had trade with this country anyway.
Who are the country’s enemies? Whos winning the war? Enemies in general are statists, fascists and nationalists. Specific enemy is the hostile neighbor, other neighbors are neutral or supportive enough (allows regular trade and doesn't antagonize LkP because of anarchism).
What defences are available to cities? Cities aren't generally in danger, as the only war was fought on the outskirts of the seastead and in the nearby waters
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Postby New Order Philippines » Sat Aug 24, 2019 8:50 pm

Name of language: Filipino
Language family: Austronesian
Is this language natural or invented? both..?
Text direction (left-to-right or right-to-left)? left to right.

Writing and pronunciation

Which alphabet or writing system does this language use (or primary, if multiple)? Latin
How many different letters or characters are there? 28
Can the sound of a word be predicted from its spelling? Yes
Can the spelling of a word be predicted from its sound? Yes
Does this language have word stress? The pakupyâ stress mark indicates that the last syllable of a word must both be stressed and have a stop. There are many Filipino words that have the same spellings, but have different meanings depending on where the stress is located.

For example:
basa - read
basa - wet
Does stress follow a fixed pattern (first/last/xth syllable, etc), or is it different for each word? Depends.
Does this language have tones? No. It may sound like it's a tonal language, but we confuse Tonal to Stress/Syllabic Emphasis which is part of our basic conversational grammar.
Does this language have sounds or sound combinations that are difficult for non-native (or even native) speakers?Some words have "ñ", words that start with "ng", etc.

Grammar

Is the word order fixed or variable?Filipino has a flexible word order compared to English. While the verb always remains in initial position, the order of noun phrase complements that follow is flexible.
Example:
Sinulat(write) ni(genitive case) John ang(nominative case) liham(letter).
or
Sinulat(write) ang(nominative case) liham(letter) ni(genitive case) John.
But in English, it is only translated as: "John wrote the letter."
Do words have a gender? Filipino is gender-neutral. Although there are Spanish-derived words in which differentiated in certain Spanish loanwords by way of the suffixes -a (feminine) and -o (masculine).
Which of the following genders are used?
[] Masculine
[] Feminine
[x] Neutral
Do verbs have different forms ("conjugations") depending on who does the action (for example: I am, you are, he is)? Yes.
Which of the following conjugations are used?
Tagalog verbs are morphologically complex and are conjugated by taking on a variety of affixes reflecting focus/trigger, aspect, voice, and other categories. Mag-, Ma-, -um-, -in-, and -i- are examples.
Do nouns have different forms ("cases") depending on how they're used in a sentence? While Filipino nouns are not inflected, they are usually preceded by case-marking particles. These follow an Austronesian alignment, also known as a trigger system. There are three basic cases: direct (or absolutive, often inaccurately labeled the nominative); indirect (which may function as an ergative, accusative, or genitive); and oblique.
Which of the following cases are used?
[X] Nominative
[X] Genitive
[X] Dative
[X] Accusative
[X] Instrumental
[X] Locative
[X] Vocative
Do words have a plural form? Usually, a particle "mga" is added to a plural count noun. (ex. babae (woman), mga babae (women)).
Do plurals follow a fixed pattern, or are they different for each word?They have the same pattern.
Does this language have a T/V distinction (different pronouns for polite vs. familiar address)? Yes.
What are the polite and familiar pronouns? When should each be used? Polite pronouns are typically used when asking someone whom you don't know. 2nd person plural, 3rd person singular/plural are used. Instead of, "Taga-saan po (2nd person singular)ikaw?" you say "Taga-saan po (2nd person plural)kayo?" (Where are you from?)

Vocabulary

Does this language share a lot of words with other languages? Yes.
Does this language have a lot of foreign loanwords? Yes, with Spanish, English, Chinese, Malay, Sanskrit, Japanese, Arabic, Persian, Tamil, and Nahuatl.
Can speakers of other languages understand this language with ease? Spanish speakers might have a headstart since a lot of Spanish words are borrowed in the language.
Can speakers of this language understand other languages with ease? German, English, Portuguese, and Italian will be easy to learn for Filipino speakers.

Availability of resources

Are learning materials widely available for this language? Yes.
Are teachers widely available for this language? Yes.
Are books and media widely available for this language? Yes.
Is this language considered important for business? Yes.
Is this language considered important for science and research? Yes.
Is this language considered important for tourism? Yes.
Does the government offer programs to teach this language? Yes.
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Postby New Transeurasia » Sat Aug 24, 2019 9:49 pm

Mode of Production Survey
Does the state (or lack thereof) officially describe itself as communist, socialist, capitalist, or other? Capitalist.

If so, is this describer accurate? Highly.

Regardless of official describers, which mode of production or economic system dominates your society? Capitalism.

Does your nation's economy operate on a market system with private property? Yes.

Are economic and political concerns considered separate matters? Very.

Does your nation operate on a barter economy? No.

Is the state dedicated to defending capitalism? Not dedicated, though will defend it's partners' and allies' economies.

Does the state wish to spread capitalism beyond its own borders? Usually depends on the condition of the nation in question.

Does the state own any public industry, and if so, does it operate under the same market mechanisms as private property? Yes, though much of it is dedicated to providing a good service rather than a profitable service(though these are regularly the same)

Is the political system controlled by the bourgeoisie, a bureaucracy, democratic representatives, a monarch, or other group or individual? A bureaucracy does exist, though entirely computerized and only in the executive branch. Elections usually control the legislative branch.

Is the nation generally described as anti-socialist or anti-capitalist? Occasionally described as anti-socialist by leftist medias.

Please place an X in all boxes that describe your nation's interpretation of capitalism.
[]State Capitalism
[X]Social Democracy
[]Laissez-faire
[X]Corporatism
[X]Liberal
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-[X]Classical Liberal
-[X]Market Liberal
[X]Anarchist Capitalism
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[]Monarchism
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Postby Afghanistan Punjab and Kashmir » Fri Aug 30, 2019 10:31 am

Is the Military as an institution viewed positively or negatively by the public (and which groups view it positively/negatively):it is viewed positively by the public, terrorist organisations view it negatively as well as most pacifist ones. It is viewed most positively by Pashtun and Punjabi men and Pashtun women, especially those who have prior military experience themselves.

Are officers viewed positively or negatively:
Extremely Positively. A Commissioned Officer is viewed as the equal of a doctor, Islamic theologian, District Attorney, Public Defender or judge for example.
What qualities are officers viewed as having
Intelligence, bravery/courage, strength, cunning, quick wittedness, self-discipline, leadership qualities, piety, sophistication, chivalry, self sacrifice responsibility, professionalism, loyalty and work ethic.
Are soldiers viewed positively or negatively?
Positively.
What qualities are soldiers viewed as having?
Bravery/courage, quick wittedness, work ethic, loyalty, chivalry, self-discipline, self sacrifice, strength and skilled
How does the Military influence society?
Providing role models, employment and a sense of national identity as well as exercising political power.
How does society influence the Military?
By giving it prestige and expectations of a code of chivalry.
Are there any festivals linked to the Military: ashura(which Shias see as celebrating a major battle) and National Day as well as Armed Forces Day.

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Is the Military as an institution viewed positively or negatively by the public (and which groups view it positively/negatively):
The military is viewed positively in Rhodevus by the public. This mostly has to do with how present it is in Rhodeve life, given that the country has mandatory conscription. There are however some groups which see it as a massive negative to the country and want to remove mandatory conscription as well as decrease the number of bases and soldiers available.

Are officers viewed positively or negatively:
Officers are viewed positively in society as they are those who have experience as leaders as well as the intelligence to lead effectively. One generally does not become or stay an officer for long if they do not lead effectively.

What qualities are officers viewed as having
There are three main qualities which are associated with officer-hood. These three qualities are also the motto for the main officer school in Rhodevus, located in Acadia. "Intelligence, Perseverance and Respect". It is an officer's duty to be intelligent. He or she must stay well informed, both about his objective as well as his resources (resources being both men and supplies). He must persist to achieve success. And above all, he must exude respect and respectfulness. It is not a soldier's duty to respect an officer, but an officer's duty to respect his soldiers. The soldier must respect the position, but not the man. The officer must earn the respect of his men and must respect his men in turn.

Are soldiers viewed positively or negatively?
Soldiers are viewed positively, because as said above, with mandatory conscription, nearly everyone has been a soldier or has been conscripted in one form or another. Their parents and grandparents were conscripted and so too will their kids and grand-children be conscripted.

What qualities are soldiers viewed as having?
A good soldier is one that takes orders no matter how wrong, and one that abandons orders no matter the rank. This dual and opposing set of qualities is something that all soldiers need to take into account. They are tasked with listening to their commanding officers and doing whatever they are told to do, but they must still be smart enough to know when to not listen and do what they know to be the correct decision. As with the officers, a good soldier is an intelligent soldier

How does the Military influence society?
Rhodevus has had mandatory conscription since the Second World War. Since then, the military has ingrained itself deep into Rhodeve society to such a degree that to remove conscription would be to fundamentally change society. The way conscription in Rhodevus works, is that anyone 18-20 is a part of the military. The military however is divided into two distinct divisions, known as 'Streams'. There is the Military Stream and the Diplomacy Stream.

The Military Stream deals with portions of the military and military complex more relegated to war. This includes the army, navy, air-force, special forces, intelligence, secret service, royal guards and other active duty roles. But, it also includes engineering, sciences; research and development, architecture and geography.

The Diplomacy Stream deals with portions of the military and military complex relegated to political and diplomatic affairs. Ambassadors and ambassador staff are all in this stream. People focused on geo-politics, propaganda, finance, and military research not associated with combat R&D are in this stream.

People conscripted choose their stream as well as what they hope to do, sort of like choosing what university to attend. They fill out tests, do interviews (only for advanced positions) and the branch ranks the people and accepts (or rejects) them into service.

The military is usually used as a way to determine what people want to do post-secondary school before going to university. Due to required training for more advanced positions like engineering, architecture and research positions, university is generally shorter than usual due to education being done by the military. The pay will also cover all or most of university expenses.

Other than this, due to soldiers being required to carry their guns with them at all times, even when off duty, there is generally a much more tolerant view of open-carry of weapons. Concealed carry is still illegal (except for special forces who get certain permissions unavailable to the public). Soldiers also must carry a special gold patch on them, which signifies them as a part of the military, making their guns much more tolerated.

How does society influence the Military?
Just like the military has influenced society, society has also influenced the military. While the military is officially English-language only, most people in the country are bi or tri-lingual, so it is very common for entire battalions to speak in French or Laaban-Dialect Rhodevan rather than English.

Are there any festivals linked to the Military
There are no festivals associated with the military or linked to it in any way[/quote]

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Postby Anollasia » Sun Sep 01, 2019 1:32 pm

I didn't know if this was worthy of its own thread, so I posted it here. Here is a short questionnaire regarding tram/tramway/streetcar in your nation. In general, there was a worldwide trend of dismantling trams in the mid 20th century, as they were no longer in fashion. They came into use once again in the late 20th century/early 21st century. This is why there is "year dismantled/reestablished" in the questions.

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[b]City:[/b]
[b]Name of tram system(s):[/b]
[b]Year originally established:[/b]
[b]Year dismantled (if applicable):[/b]
[b]Year reestablished (if applicable):[/b]
[b]Heritage tram or modern tram:[/b]
[b]Number of lines:[/b]


Here are my answers.

City: Jefferton
Name of tram system(s): Jefferton Tramways (Turkish: Jefferton Tramvayları; Anollasian: Jefferton Tramvays)
Year originally established: 1872
Year dismantled (if applicable): 1959
Year reestablished (if applicable): 1983
Heritage tram or modern tram: Both
Number of lines: 1 heritage line, 4 modern lines

City: Anollton
Name of tram system(s): Anollton Tramways (Turkish: Anollton Tramvayları; Anollasian: Anollton Tramvays)
Year originally established: 1899
Year dismantled (if applicable): 1959
Year reestablished (if applicable): 1994
Heritage tram or modern tram: Both
Number of lines: 2 heritage lines, 2 modern lines

City: Bayville
Name of tram system(s): Bay Tramways (Turkish: Koy Tramvayları; Anollasian: Kay Tramvays)
Year originally established: 1902
Year dismantled (if applicable): N/A
Year reestablished (if applicable): N/A
Heritage tram or modern tram: Both
Number of lines: 1 heritage line, 1 modern line

City: New Istanbul
Name of tram system(s): Tramway New Istanbul (Turkish: Tramvay Yeni İstanbul; Anollasian: Tramvay Yenew İstanbul)
Year originally established: 1875
Year dismantled (if applicable): 1962
Year reestablished (if applicable): 1995
Heritage tram or modern tram: Both
Number of lines: 1 heritage line, 1 modern line

City: Troutville
Name of tram system(s): TTram
Year originally established: 1904
Year dismantled (if applicable): 1951
Year reestablished (if applicable): 2009
Heritage tram or modern tram: Heritage
Number of lines: 1 heritage line

City: Northton
Name of tram system(s): NorTram
Year originally established: 1996
Year dismantled (if applicable): N/A
Year reestablished (if applicable): N/A
Heritage tram or modern tram: Modern
Number of lines: 1 modern line

City: Southton
Name of tram system(s): SouthTram
Year originally established: 2012
Year dismantled (if applicable): N/A
Year reestablished (if applicable): N/A
Heritage tram or modern tram: Modern
Number of lines: 1 modern line

City: Easton
Name of tram system(s): EastTram
Year originally established: 2017
Year dismantled (if applicable): N/A
Year reestablished (if applicable): N/A
Heritage tram or modern tram: Modern
Number of lines: 1 modern line

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Arthropol
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Left-wing Utopia

Postby Arthropol » Sun Sep 01, 2019 2:55 pm

(nice survey!)
City: Greater Arthropol City (serves the entire region of Provence-Capitale)
Name of tram system(s): Tramway de la Capitale (Capital Tramway)
Year originally established: 1870
Year dismantled (if applicable): N/A
Year reestablished (if applicable): N/A
Heritage tram or modern tram: Modern trams
Number of lines: 14

City: Lyon
Name of tram system(s): Tramway de Lyon (Lyon Tramway)
Year originally established: 1879
Year dismantled (if applicable): N/A
Year reestablished (if applicable): N/A
Heritage tram or modern tram: Modern trams
Number of lines: 8

City: Bordeaux
Name of tram system(s): Tramway de Bordeaux (Bordeaux Tramway)
Year originally established: 1880
Year dismantled (if applicable): N/A
Year reestablished (if applicable): N/A
Heritage tram or modern tram: Modern trams
Number of lines: 7

City: Toulouse
Name of tram system(s): Tramway de Toulouse (Toulouse Tramway)
Year originally established: 1862
Year dismantled (if applicable): N/A
Year reestablished (if applicable): N/A
Heritage tram or modern tram: Modern trams
Number of lines: 4

City: Nice
Name of tram system(s): Tramway de Nice (Nice Tramway)
Year originally established: 1879
Year dismantled (if applicable): N/A
Year reestablished (if applicable): N/A
Heritage tram or modern tram: Modern trams
Number of lines: 4

City: Montpellier
Name of tram system(s): Tramway de Montpellier (Montpellier Tramway)
Year originally established: 1880
Year dismantled (if applicable): N/A
Year reestablished (if applicable): N/A
Heritage tram or modern tram: Modern trams
Number of lines: 4

City: Saint-Étienne
Name of tram system(s): Tramway de Saint-Étienne (Saint-Étienne Tramway)
Year originally established: 1881
Year dismantled (if applicable): N/A
Year reestablished (if applicable): N/A
Heritage tram or modern tram: Modern trams
Number of lines: 5

City: Grenoble
Name of tram system(s): Tramway de Grenoble (Grenoble Tramway)
Year originally established: 1894
Year dismantled (if applicable): 1952
Year reestablished (if applicable): 1987
Heritage tram or modern tram: Modern trams
Number of lines: 6

City: Limoges
Name of tram system(s): Tramway de Limoges (Limoges Tramway)
Year originally established: 1897
Year dismantled (if applicable): N/A
Year reestablished (if applicable): N/A
Heritage tram or modern tram: Modern trams
Number of lines: 4

City: Poitiers
Name of tram system(s): Tramway de Poitiers (Poitiers Tramway)
Year originally established: 1899
Year dismantled (if applicable): N/A
Year reestablished (if applicable): N/A
Heritage tram or modern tram: Modern trams
Number of lines: 2
Not really active on NS forums anymore, still posts once in a while on F&NI.

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Cronica
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Founded: Jul 20, 2018
Left-wing Utopia

Postby Cronica » Tue Sep 03, 2019 1:25 am

(Some general surveys I did while working on the Worldbuilding Survey since there's a lot)



Are video games illegal?
No

What is the most popular videogame in YN?
It is considered that there is no one popular video game in Cronica. The most sold and active games are MMORPGs from Asia, and local and European simulation games.

How do they like to play it? (which platform do they play it on (e.g mobile))
Consoles and PC games are the top sellers, while mobile is a close second.

Do videogames have negative or positive effects? If yes, list them here.
The official government stance is that it depends on context. If it is an addiction, then it is treated like any other addiction. However, gaming addiction is not viewed as a priority for the government.

What are the top 10 most played video games in your nation?
Hard to say, since video game culture is pretty popular. But the top few are MMORPGs, simulation/management games, FPS games (such as Cronican-developed regional hits like, the Königlich Kreige series and Legacy of the Weltkreig), and much more. Asia's videogame influence is large and many games there are popular here.

What videogames are banned in your nation, and why?
The Nationalsozialistischen Kronikier, where players play as a soldier in an alternate history where Cronica were on the side of the Axis. The government has banned sales but it is possible to buy copies online.

How many people play videogames?
61% of all citizens play video games, with another 57% who play on different platforms, and 25% who regularly game.

What is the percentage of people in your nation addicted to videogames?
An estimated 7.6% of video game players are addicted.



How can you become a citizen of YN? (tick all that apply)
[✓] Jus soli
[✓] Jus sanguinis
[✓] Naturalisation
[] Other (describe):
How many people are citizens of YN? ~5.2 million
Can you renounce citizenship? It is possible, but uncommon/taboo.
If so, how? Renouncing citizenship must be done at the presence of a diplomatic officer/representative/consular in a foreign country.
Does YN recognise dual citizenship? Yes.
How many citizens of YN hold dual citizenship? Around more than a quarter do.
How many countries can citizens of YN travel to without a visa prior to arrival? Most countries.
What colour are passports of YN? Black.
Do YN's citizens carry a national ID card? No; an alternative would be a national healthcare card, however it has few details of the person's physical attributes.

Leader's Full Name: Mariana Keften Rhoslyn Viktoria Rhine
Leader's Full Title: By the Grace of God, Grand Duchess of Cronica, Duchess of the Karlo von Keften islands, Elisabeth islands, Fredrickstein islands, Schleusehaus islands, Wilhelmsland islands, Prinzessinnengarten island, New Hamburg, New Saxony, New Prussia, Countess of Königspunkt, Konigstor, Hohenzollern, Keftensjuwel, Vulkan-am-Krone, Silbernstein, Detzner Kastell, and Neu-Schippenbeil
Leader's Spouse: Gerhardt Friedrich Heinrich Mertz
Children: Günter (b. 2008), Louise (b. 2006)
Languages Spoken:
Fluent: German (native language), English, French
Conversational: Mandarin Chinese & Cantonese, Japanese
Enough to Get Point Across: Vietnamese, Korean, Dutch
Hobbies: Playing the violin, classical music, history

Leader's Full Name: Gabrijel J. Hardenberg
Leader's Full Title: The Right Honourable President of the Council, Lord of the Assembly, Prime Minister of the Grand Duchy of Cronica
Leader's Spouse: None
Children: None
Languages Spoken:
Fluent: German (native language), English, Dutch
Conversational: Japanese, Cantonese
Enough to Get Point Across: Italian, French
Hobbies: Checkers, tennis, golfing
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    ------ Großherzogtum Kronika | The Grand Duchy of Cronica
    Die Großherzogin und das volk über alles

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      Guten tag! I'm currently learning German and this nation helps me learn more and more, as well as stay interested in the language and culture, so please excuse some minor grammar mistakes every now and then.
      Basically a small Oceania/Asian nation comparable to Qatar or Singapore- but an ex-German colony. ~5.6 million citizens. Strong tourist, shipping, and finance industry. Monarch still has ties with German royalty. Citizens prefer to be called Kronikier.

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Leviathania
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Founded: Sep 03, 2019
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Postby Leviathania » Tue Sep 03, 2019 7:16 am

Is the Millitary as institution viewed positively or negatively by the public(and which groups view it positively/negatively):
Are officers viewed positively or negatively:
Very positively, without them The Leviathan would crumble.
What qualities are officers viewed as having?
Strong, Stoic, Moral, Loyal.
Are soldiers viewed positively or negatively?
Very positively.
What qualities are soldiers viewed as having?
Nationalistic, Courageous
How does the Milltary influence society?
The Military has a a lof of civilian projects, such as building bridges or helping feed the poor, in cooperation with The Church of course.
How does society influence the Millitary?
The society admires the military, being a serviceman is seen one of the highest virtues a person can have.
Are there any festivals linked to the Millitary?
There are military parades on independence day and some religious festivals such as during The Saint Michael Feast.

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Leviathania
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Postby Leviathania » Tue Sep 03, 2019 7:22 am

Does your nation have an official language(s)? Yes
If so, what language(s) are recognized as official? Romanian, Polish, Ukrainian, Serbian, English and Japanese
Does your nation recognize any languages other than the official one(s)? No
If so, what language(s) are also recognized? N/A
Does your nation attempt to regulate their official language(s) in any form? The order in which I listed the official Languages is also the order in which they are to be translated, an official document can be left in only Romanian for as long as a year before it must be translated. This has created issues in the past, however that is no longer the case since The Government has gotten faster at translating documents over time. The Standard Romanian language is based upon a mix of Transylvanian and Moldovan Romanian. The other languages are not regulated.
If not, are you a member of a language academy relating to your nation's language(s)? No
Does your nation attempt to promote the usage of the official language(s), if so, how? They are taught in schools from a very early age, it is very common for the people of Leviathania to know at least 4 of the 6 official languages by the age of 15.
Are there special exceptions granted regarding your nation's usage policy towards its official language(s)? Yes, documents for Foreign Release, such as Press Releases or official diplomatic declarations have to be written in English first, then translated into Russian, before they are translated into any other language. The use of other languages in private is tolerated but frowned upon, especially by the religious fanatics.

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Leviathania
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Postby Leviathania » Tue Sep 03, 2019 7:27 am

Leader's Full Name: Mircea Pildsutski
Leader's Full Title: Preaslavitul Leviatan (The Glorified Leviathan)
Leader's Spouse: None
Children: None
Languages Spoken:
Fluent: Romanian, Polish, Japanese and English
Conversational: Serbian
Enough to Get Point Across: Ukrainian
Hobbies: Reading, Debating, Wargames

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Leviathania
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Postby Leviathania » Tue Sep 03, 2019 7:31 am

Are the judiciary appointed or elected?
Appointed.
What determines appointment of the the judiciary/ what do the electorate base their decision on
It is the will of The Council and The King.
What powers do the judiciary have?
Giving sentences and fines.
Is their religious influence on the judicial system?
Our judicial system aims to be secular. Divorce Law is the only case where we do take into account religious beliefs.
What legal system do you have?
Roman Civil Law with precedent when it comes to The Supreme Court
How are judges viewed?
Mere civil servants of not much importance, except for the Judges of The Supreme Court which are seen as highly as The Council Members.

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Leviathania
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Postby Leviathania » Tue Sep 03, 2019 8:33 am

I. Questions of Place.


Describe the geography of where your society calls home.
Our country has a varied geography, similar to that of Eastern Europe.
Describe the climate your society deals with. How severe are their seasons?
The seasons are very severe in the North, tamer in the South. Temperatures can get as low as 40 degrees Celsius in the far North, and as high as 27 in the South.
What kinds of natural disasters has this society gotten used to?
The Wind is extremely strong the more north you go, Earthquakes are common in the South.
What importance (spiritual or cultural) do people ascribe to the geography?
Our land is seen as a sacred gift from God.
How do people feel about local landscapes being altered or used for a purpose other than what is traditional?
The altering of local landscapes is allowed as long as the reason is good enough, mere GDP growth is not seen as a valid reason to tear down forests.
What are the most commonly-grown foods?
Potatoes, Carrots, Corn.
What are the most commonly-eaten meats?
Beef and Chicken.
What foods are considered exotic or expensive?
Salmon and Calamari.
What forms of alcohol are common? Rare?
Vodka and Wine are common, Beer highly uncommon. We have a long tradition of drinking, driving while drunk is seen as an offense only after a certain thresh point.
Is there usually enough food and water for the population?
Yes.
What is this place's most abundant resource?
Oil.
What is its most valuable resource?
Uranium.
What resource is it most lacking?
Salt.
How do people travel from one place to another?
Mostly by Rail and Car. Even if our country is huge, we do not yet have the airport infrastructure for airplane travel to become common.
Are the borders secure? In what way?
Yes, there are both paid and volunteer militias patrolling the borders at all times. They are trained to shoot on sight.
How many people live here?
5 million currently.
Where in this place do they congregate?
Mostly urban centers.
What part of this place do they avoid? Why?
The Mountains are very high and steep, therefore not many people adventure there.
What are the most common domesticated animals here? And what are they domesticated for?
Cow and chicken for meat.
What are the most common wild animals? How are wild animals treated?
Boars, there are no laws regarding the treatment of animals.
Which animals are likely to be pets? Which ones won't be?
Cats. Dogs are almost never taken as pets.
What are the most common domesticated plants here? And what are they used for?
Corn, Aloe Vera and Potatoes. They are used for food and medicinal purposes.
What are the most common wild plants here? What are they used for?

All kinds of wild berries are very common.

II. Questions of Time.

How far back does this society’s written history go?
From about 1500 or so.
How far back do its people believe it goes?
From about 700 BC
How was this society founded? Who founded it and under what circumstances?
It was founded via the dismounting of a noble named Vlad from a horse. It was founded as a Crusader state, at least that is what the recorded history says.
What were the chief powers in the time when this society was founded?
The Ottoman Empire, Russia and The Habsburgs.
If it originated far away from here, how did it get here?
It did not.
What is the worst disaster they believe they've faced?
The Ottoman invasions were extremely harsh upon our people.
What are the major events in this culture's past?
The Crusades played a very important role.
What was the best thing that ever happened to them?
The election of King Wadislaw turned the country from a simple Crusader State to an Elective Absolutist Monarchy, this structure has remained in place to this day.
What in their past makes them feel ashamed?
Their persecution of the Jews haunts them.
What in their past makes them proud?
Their successful crusades to drive the Ottomans out of Europe.
What are they afraid of happening again?
They are afraid of Islam rising again.
What are they hoping will happen? Do they think it likely?
They hope that Islam will be eradicated. No.
How strongly are people attached or connected to their heritage?
Very much.
What do they assume the future will hold?
Hopefully peace, most likely war.
How has this society changed? Do its current members realize this?
It has gotten more morally decadent and weaker mentally and physically. They do, and there are currently factions that wish to either keep that trend or reverse it. Who will be successful, only time will tell.
What are the most popular stories about the past?
The story of the unmounting of Vlad and the Crusades are widely told in both books and movies.
Who in the past is the greatest hero? The worst villain?
Their greatest hero has to be Ferdinand Eliade, a commander during the Crusades. Their worst villan has to be Suleiman of The Ottomans.
Do people think the present better or worse than the past?
They believe that the past was better.
Do people believe the future will be better or worse than the present or past?

They do not know.

III. Questions of Race and Ethnicity.

What are the chief races in the region?
The White Race
What are the chief ethnic groups of each race in the region? How are they distributed in place?
Romanians, Serbians, Japanese and Poles. They mostly have their own regions, however there is one region named Transdanubia where the population is mostly evenly distributed.
How do they differ by language, appearance or ancestry?
They have their own languages, ancestries and appearance.
What jobs do the chief ethnicities primarily occupy? Are any groups denied work because of racial or ethnic heritage?
All ethnicities are free to work in whatever occupation they desire, however the Japanese tend to go for highly intellectual jobs, the Serbs for work in the Military-Industrial-Complex and the Poles and Romanians for more menial jobs.
What are typical attitudes of the native (or majority) ethnos to immigrants and other ethnicities?
They are highly xenophobic.
How has any variety of ethnicity in the region changed the society’s culture?

The current culture of Leviathania is a mix of all the cultures of these ethnicities.

IV. Questions of Family.

How many spouses may a man or woman have?
As many as they want, the state only de jure enforces monogamy, de facto there are ways to go around that.
Who decides on a marriage?
The Priests and the family of the future wife.
Can a marriage end in divorce? How?
Yes, if there is proof of physical abuse.
Who usually takes custody of children if a marriage ends for some reason?
If the children are under 15, the mother, otherwise the father.
How are families named?
After the husband.
What happens to orphans?
They get taken into custody by the Church until they turn 15.
How are boy and girl children treated differently?
There is no differential treatment.
What, if anything, is considered a good marriage gift?
Jewelry.
What inanimate or sexless things are considered male or female?
The languages of our peoples have gendered nouns, so pretty much everything.
Does this society connect the ideas of marriage with love?
Somewhat, Love is certainly a factor, but only one of the decisive factors.
How big are families, typically?
Between 4 to 8 children.
What constitutes a household? How many people live in one household? How many generations?
The children move out of their parents household once they finish high school.
Are girls or boys preferred and why?
None.
How common is domestic violence? Is it understood to be a problem, or a normal aspect of family life?
Highly uncommon.
If it is seen as problematic, what is being done about it?

The Church constantly talks about it as a problem.

V. Questions of Customs and Social Life.

What colors are associated with power? With virtue? With death?
Blue and yellow with power. Black with virtue. White with death.
If two men get into a fight, how is this supposed to be resolved?
Duels with firearms are highly common.
If two women get into a fight, how should that be resolved?
Their fathers/guardians/lovers shall figure that one out.
How do people demonstrate grief?
They light up candles and mourn.
Who inherits property? Titles? Position?
Only men.
What are the most popular games? How important are they?
Sports shooting, hunting and wargames are common. They are seen as important pastimes.
When and how does someone go from child to adult?
He reaches the age of 15.
How much free time do people usually get?
People work 8 hours a day. They do not work on weekends as these are seen as prayer days.
What do they spend this time doing?
Reading, Hunting, Praying.
Is society segregated in any way?
Not really.
What social classes or divisions exist in this society?
There is a clear divide between political factions, however these tend to disappear after a few drinks.
If so, can people move from one class to another? Are there any benefits to being of one class over another?
N/A.
Is there any discrimination against minority groups (racial, ethnic, religious) in this society?
No.
How independent or codependent are individuals?
Individuals are independent.
What are the typical roles of women and men? What are the expectations of children?
Women are seen as mothers and caregivers. Men are seen as warriors. Children are to be expected.
Does the government play a large part in people’s lives?
Yes.
Does religion play a large part in people’s lives?
Yes.

Food
Describe how daily food is obtained.
You buy it from the store.
What type of foods are most popular?
Borscht and Goulash.
What are typical dishes and specialties of the region?
Beef Goulash.
What type of food is the locality or region famous for?
BBQ
What cutlery, if any, do people use for cooking and eating?
Forks, Spoons and Knives.
How is the table arranged?
Plates and cutlery on the table.
How do people sit when eating? Is there any arrangement by age or dignity of diners?
People sit on the floor, the older people sit in the front.
How many and when are the main mealtimes?
3 meals a day, at morning, midday and noon.
Are there restaurants, popinas, street vendors or other places where food may be bought in public?
Yes.
Is there a significant risk of food poisoning? How many cases lead to death? Is there understood to be a link between food and poisoning or illness?
No.
How much does a typical meal cost, if bought and not grown at home?
10 USD.

Clothing and Fashion What kind of clothes do people wear? How does this vary by season, ethnicity, age, profession, etc?
They dress very plainly.
How do the genders dress: what differences are there between mens and womens clothing and accessories?
Women wear dresses and skirts, men trousers.
How is clothing made, in small shops or larger factories?
Small shops.
How much does typical clothing cost?
20 USD.
How important is fashion to people? How does this vary by individual?
Not at all.
What kinds of jewelry do people wear? And when?
Women wear necklaces.

Entertainments
Does the culture have outlets for dramatic arts (theater, puppetry, cinematography)?
Yes
What other major forms of entertainment are there?
Theater
Is the populace literate and numerate?
Yes.
Do people read for pleasure? If so, what do they read?
Yes, men non-fiction, women fiction.
How much do books, magazines, broadsheets and the like cost?
5 to 40 USD.
Is there a public library system? Who uses it?
Yes, mostly students.
Who are popular authors and poets?
Mircea Eliade, Alexander Solzhenitsyn, Julius Evola.
Who are some of the more famous characters from literature?
There are too many to list.
How has this changed over time?

They change from a book release to another.

VI. Questions of Manners.

Who speaks first at a formal gathering?
The oldest.
What kinds of gifts are considered appropriate or in extremely bad taste?
They are considered appropriate.
How do younger adults address their elders?
With Sir and Miss.
When is it rude to laugh at something funny?
Never.
What kinds of questions cannot be asked in public? In private? At all?
None.
What parts of the body are routinely covered?
For women breasts and the crotch, for men the crotch.
How private are bodily functions like bathing or defecating?

Very.

VII. Questions of Faith.

Is the culture religious or nonreligious?
Highly Religious
What are the major religious groups in the region?
The Orthodox Christians and Shinto.
What are some of their core doctrines, dogmas, beliefs and practices?
Belief in God, belief in the sanctity of human life.
What is the overall cosmology and eschatology in religious terms?
Non-existent.
Is religion a cause of dissatisfaction, dissention or hostility in the region?
No, in fact it is a unifying cause.
Are religious traditions and any scriptures oral or written in nature or a combination?
Written.
Is there a set canon of what consitutes officially sanctioned scripture?
The Bible.
How are scriptural / traditional exegesis accomplished and by what hermeneutics?
The priests vote.
What is the role of myth within the religion?
It plays a critical role.
Is there a formal creed or set of credal statements that define the faith?
The 10 Commandments.
What are typical symbols used in the religion and their meanings?
The Cross.
What ritual objects are used in the religion (relics, talismans, medals, charms, etc)?
Crucifixes.
What religious officials are there? Is there a formal clergy? How are they organised?
Yes, there is a formal clergy made up of priests.
Are there monks, saints, faqirs, nuns, prophets, apostles, disciples, preachers, friars, shamans, martyrs, mystics, seers, vates, sages, ascetics, religious heroes, saviours, redeemers, etc?
Yes.
What do people believe happens to them after death? How, if at all, can they influence this?
They believe people either go to Heaven or Hell. They can influence this if they are pious, however, salvation is not guaranteed.
What happens to those who disagree with the majority on questions of religion?
They are socially ostracized.
Are there any particular places considered special or holy? What are they like?
The Churches are considered holy.
Is there a set religious calendar? What are the most popular rituals or festivals?
The most popular festivals are Christmas, Easter and Saint Michael's Feast.
Are there liturgical, meditative, and contemplative aspects to the religion?
Yes, people are encouraged to pray alone in order to reach a connection with God.
What is the basic structure of the religion (unitary, dualistic, etc)?
The trinity consists of The Holy Spirit, Jesus and God.
What is the basic theology of the religion (i.e., monotheistic, polytheistic, henotheistc etc)?
Monotheistic.
What do people have to offer to their Deity or deities?
No.
What do people want from their Deity or deities? How do they try and get it?
They want many things, however Divine intervention is extremely rare. Prayer is the only way that you can get it, and it is highly unlikely that you will.
Are there differing denominations or sects of the religion?
No.
How do their religious practices differ from their neighbours?
They don't.
Are issues such as orthodoxy, heterodoxy, heresy and apostasy keys in the religious life?
No.
What gender, ethnic, national or racial issues exist within the religion?
The religious view on women is highly patriarchal, that has been an issue in the past.
Is ecumenism engaged in, or are other traditions treated as adversaries or enemies?
They are treated as enemies.
What is the most commonly broken religious rule?
Not lying.
What is the least-violated religious rule?
Murder.
How are such infractions punished? Is it possible to expel a community member?
Yes it is possible to expel people. The authorities will have to decide how to deal with the infractions.
How can an outsider join the religious community?
He has to be baptized.
Does the religion send out missionaries? What role(s) do they play?
No.
What factions exist within the dominant religious institutions? How do they compete?
I do not know of any.
Are the differing groups a result of schismatism or mutual and cooperative separation?
No.
Are there monastic groups? What do they do and how are they organized? How do you join one?
Yes, you can join one if you are not married. They are organized hierarchically.
Are there cult groups within the religious community?
No.
How are those who follow different faiths treated?
Harshly if they are not of the two dominant faiths cited above.
What relationship do religious and political leaders have?
The Church and The Leadership are highly intertwined, whenever the Church doesn't prosper, the ruler will not have a lot of time left on his hands.
What superstitions are common? What kinds of supernatural events or beings do people fear?
None.
What kinds of supernatural or other-natural beings exist in this religion (angels, demons, devi, asuras, spirits, ghosts, sprites, etc)?
Angels and demons.
How are dreams and visions encompassed by the religion?
They are seen as acts of the devil that should not be trusted.
How is religious action expressed (spontaneous or ritual liturgy, song, dance, music, ritual action, sex, miracle plays, etc)?
Prayer is the only way.

Magic
How is magic integrated into society?
Only the elites have such knowledge.
Who can work magic? Is anyone disallowed from working magic?
Nobody is disallowed, however the existence of such knowledge is hidden from the public.
How are works of magic accomplished?
I don't know.
What kind of preparation or study is required before undertaking a magical work?

I don't know.

VIII. Questions of Labour.

Describe any kind of division of labour, such as into physical versus mental versus spiritual.
There are none.
Is there any especial prestige attached to some category of labour or a particular job?
Being a serviceman is seen as highly prestigious.
What jobs are considered mucky or are particularly depreciated?
None.
What professions or activities are considered masculine?
None.
What professions or activities are viewed as feminine?
None.
What are usual working hours? Are there days of rest or holidays?
9 AM to 5 PM. Yes
How does this differ between different jobs?
Depends upon the employer.
What jobs have few workers and why?
Manufacturing.
What are typical wages for various jobs?
Between 40k and 100k USD a year.
How does work affect lifestyle and health?
It doesn't.
What sorts of jobs are preferred by which people? Are some jobs denied to certain groups?
There is no prefference. No.
What are the ethical oaths or codes that govern various jobs? Is there a difference in ethics between manual and mental or spiritual work?


IX. Questions of Art.

What are the favorite art forms?
What are the least-favorite?
How respected are artists?
Do artists require official or unofficial protection or patronage?
What kinds of trouble are artists in particular likely to find themselves in?
How might a very successful artist live?
What forms of theatre does your society have?
How naturalistic or stylized is your society's art?
What shapes are most common in your society's arts, like embroidery or architecture?
Which artforms get the most and least respect?
What form does censorship take?
Who may not be an artist?
What qualities equal "beauty" in this society?
What makes a man or woman especially beautiful?
How do people react to tattoos? Piercings? Facial hair? Cosmetics?

Entertainment
Do people enjoy looking at art? Does this vary among communities?
Do people enjoy doing art? Does this vary?
Is there any calligraphy? Who does it?
Does your culture have a distinct (or not so) musical style? What is it like?
How do people listen to music (in a theater, at home, on the street, mechanical)?
Does music influence people's behaviour?
Does this culture have a typical dance form? What is it like?
Who goes to see such entertainments?


X. Questions of Marriage.

How is a marriage defined? How is a marriage contracted?
What is the term of a marriage contract?
What gifts are considered appropriate or inappropriate for a wedding?
How are marriages celebrated?
What is considered too great a difference in age for a couple?
Do relationships allow multiple partners?
In what ways is a marriage considered broken?
How can a marriage be terminated?



XI. Questions of Health.

What is the average life expectancy? How does this differ between different regions, races or ethnicities?
What access do people have to clean drinking water (at home or in public)?
What access do people have to proper sanitation (at home or in public)?
Do houses or public buildings have plumbing? Cold and warm water?
Describe any public or private bathing or latrine facilities.
How is healthcare delivered in this society; what are its foundations?
Are there hospitals or sanitaria where many forms of health care are concentrated; or are practitioners more diffuse within the community?
Do people have access to any form of medical aid for emergencies or for less urgent problems?
What kinds of ailments or injuries are treatable in the locality using available supplies and expertise?
What does typical healthcare cost?
How do this societys doctors try to treat wounds and sickness?
Which medical assumtions of this society are wrong?
Do people seek care on an as-needed or emergency basis; or is health care seen as a preventative endeavour.
How often do people see their doctor, dentist or other healthcare provider?
Is a distinction made between physical and nonphysical ailments?
What happens to those suffering from extreme mental illness? Spiritual illness? Other?
How do people react to physical deformity (both congenital and acquired)?


XII. Questions of Sex.

How does your society define incest? Rape? How do people react to these?
What secret vice is believed to be widely practiced?
What secret vice actually is practiced?
What sexual habits are widely believed common among foreigners?
How do people react to homosexuality? Is it frowned on? Encouraged?
Are premarital sexual relations allowed? Extramarital?
How is adultery defined? What (if any) is the punishment? Who decides?
Is prostitution legal? How are prostitutes viewed? Is this accurate?
What is the greatest sexual taboo?
What does this society mean by the word "virgin" and how important is it?
Is sex confined to marriage? Or, is it supposed to be?
What constitutes aberrant sexual behavior?
Are there any cultural or religious strictures, norms or taboos that specifically address sexual conduct?
Are there secular laws that control or restrict sexual behaviour?
At what age is it considered normal to engage in sex? Are there taboos against sex with children?
Should sex be a one-to-one experience? Or are groups allowed?


XIII. Questions of Education.

Describe the education of the society’s people: formal schooling, apprenticeship, etc.
If education is mainly by apprenticeship, how is this accomplished?
Is education compulsory / offered to everyone? What is the cost of education?
Between which ages does education happen?
How are year groups and academic years arranged?
How are curricula arranged? What courses are typically offered?
What degrees or diplomas are offered by schools?
What do schools / colleges / universities look like?
What are the classrooms like? What is a typical class size
Who is in charge of education in the country, and in each individual school?
Does this society have its own language? Its own writing system?
How common is literacy? How is literacy viewed?
What form and value are books?
Who teaches others? How do they teach?
Who decides who learns to read or write?
Who teaches professions, like carpenter or scribe?
Are foreigners ever brought in to teach new skills? Who does that?


XIV. Questions of Technology.

Are philosophy and science unified, or do they exist as separate and independent disciplines?
What devices and technologies are available for people?
Are such devices taken for granted? If not, how many are appreciated?
How do people envision a difficult or impossible task that could be made easier by using some kind of device or futuristic technology?
How is knowledge distributed? Is it kept unknown to the common people, or is available for all?

Architecture
What major architectural styles are present? What do they look like?
How does this vary over time and between places in the region?
What major elements are present? How are they pieced together?
What are houses like inside and out?
What are palaces and castles like?
How tall is the tallest building? How big is the biggest building?
What materials are used in typical construction? Do any materials have to be imported?
How are buildings constructed? Are there machines or is work done by hand?
What are some famous landmarks in the region? Why are they famous? Are they famous internationally?



XV. Questions of Transportation and Communications.

How do people get from place to place? Does this vary at all in different places?
Do people make long journeys? If so, what are they like?
Is there a public transport system? Who uses it? How much does it cost?
What are the roads like? How do they vary from place to place?
Do individuals or families own and use their own vehicles?
How safe and clean is the typical transport system?
What major fuels are used?
Apart from face to face, how do people communicate with each other?
Is there a postal service? How fast is it? How much does it cost to use? What restrictions are there on packet delivery? Does the post operate internationally? How likely is it that an article sent in the post will reach its intended destination?
What technical or mechanical means of communications exist?



XVI. Questions of Economics.


What is the local economy based on?
How is commerce engaged in?
If levied, how are taxes collected? What are such revenues used for? How does taxation affect the people?
What do people expect from their government in return for the taxes paid?

Money
What is the local currency like? How is it subdivided? What is it based on (metal, labour, fiat)?
Is currency issued by a central authority or by some decentralised means?
How does it compare to other neighbouring currencies?
How has the value of the currency changed or fluctuated recently?
How are coins and notes produced? How common are forgeries?
How is wealth distributed?
Is there a public banking system?
Who uses it? What benefits does it bring? At what cost?
Is there a large gap between the wealth of the rich and poor? What expectations do each group have from the other?
What constitutes "poverty" in this society?


XVII. Questions of Death and Burial.

What is their understanding of death and dying?
What does this society do with their corpses?
Do they cremate their dead? Or, how are dead bodies disposed of?
Is the family responsible for the body?
What part do the priests play?
Are there cemeteries at all?
Or, does everyone have a crypt in back with all the relatives in it?
Do people visit the dead? If so, how often and why?

Suicide
What do people in this culture think about suicide?
Is it the greatest sin one can commit? Or is it a sin at all?
Is it the great and last comfort of a tormented soul?
Is it worse than murder?

XVIII. Questions of Government.

What is the form of government? How is it structured?
What are some of the most fundamental policies of the government?
What is the political status of minority communities?
How is government chosen?
What is the country’s general foreign policy?
Who decides whether someone has broken a law? How?
What kinds of punishments are meted out? By whom? Why?
How are new laws created or old ones changed?
Is there some form of clemency or pardon? What is involved?
Who has the right to give orders, and why?
What titles do various officials have?
How are the rules different for officials as opposed to the common person?
How do government officials dress?
Is the law written down? Who interprets it?
Once accused, what recourse does someone have?
Is torture allowed? What kinds? Is capital punishment allowed?
How are criminals executed?
Who cannot rise to positions of leadership?
Is bribery allowed? Under what circumstances?
What makes someone a bad ruler in this society? What can be done about it?
What are the most common or dangerous forms of criminal?

City Watch & Sheriffs
Is there a civilian police force, or is law enforcement the province of the military?
Yes there is.
Is the police force a nationalised one, or are there multiple regional forces?
Both.
How militant or vigilante are they? Are they usually or ever armed?
Vigilante and armed.
What is the extent of their authority? Can they shoot you? Can they use magic? Can they torture or otherwise force a confession? Can they use telepathy?
They can shoot people.
Are there individuals or groups who are above the law?
No.
Is there a secret police?
Yes.
What is the role of police informants, if any?
They provide information.
XIX. Questions of Warfare.

Does the country have an armed force? What types? What size?
Yes, a space force, air force and infantry forces.
How do the armed forces compare with others in the region or world?
They are just as good.
Who declares war?
The King if approved by the Council.
Who has the power to declare conditions of peace?
The King.
How are treaties negotiated?
Diplomats are sent.
What happens to prisoners taken in battle?
They are either executed or ransomed.
What weapons are favoured by the various armed forces?
The Infantry love the M-16. Other than that I don't know.
What form of warfare does this society use?
All out warfare.
How do battles in the airs or waters or underworlds differ from surface warfare?
They do not.
Who are the Elite warriors? What distinguishes them?
The Legionaries, They have decades of warfare under their belts.
How does someone get command of troops?
They get promoted.
Where do the loyalties of military units lie?
The pockets of the government.
Are there professional soldiers? Do they make up the bulk of the military?
Yes.
What is campaign or camp life like?
Harsh.
What ethical or moral codes do warriors adhere to?
The doctrine of Might Makes Right.
How are battle injuries treated?
By field medics.
How long do wars typically last?
I don't know.
Has this society ever attacked another? What was the nature of that war? What would make this society go to war?
No.
Has there ever been a civil war or a revolution?
Yes, Both.
What do soldiers do when there's no war?
Civil projects such as building bridges.
Are there any current tensions / wars / embargoes etc with any other nations?
No.
Who are the country’s enemies? Whos winning the war?
None.
What defences are available to cities?

The military and police force are stationed there.

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Postby Great Nortend » Tue Sep 03, 2019 8:39 am

In 1711, Henry V issued the canon Quia solliciti 6 Henry V in response to increasing agitations for reform and abolition of 'Popish' traditions, after schism from Rome and establishment of the Church of Nortend, and official ratification thereof in 1632 by Parliament under the Statute of Limmes. The canon, sealed with a lead bull, specified in great detail various rules relating to the church. Of the roughly sixty-three decrees made under Quia solliciti, Latin for “Whereas [we are] troubled”, five are of continued interest to-day.

One important decree was that during the liturgy, it was reaffirmed that no layman was to enter the chancel of a church without lawful reason. Some churches had removed their chancel screens after the Schism, without a faculty from their bishop. It was ordered that all churches were required to partition off the chancel from the rest of the church to avoid desecrations and sacrileges of the host kept in the tabernacle. To this day, churches in the Church of Nortend are divided, at its most simple, into the chancel and the nave, separated by a screen with a door or gate. To satisfy those who agitated for some reform, the chancel screen was required to permit observation of the altar. Furthermore, all additional altars were required to be closed off from the public with entercloses, which form altar rails.

Another important decree was in relation to church music. Secular music was forbidden from churches, and the only instrument permitted was the organ. Plain chaunt was specified to be the ideal music for the liturgy; however, Alexander I recognised the use of 'figured chaunts' provided that the words were understandable. Again, to this day, the only instrument allowed in Church of Nortend churches is the organ, and with a faculty, trumpets (being biblical). Cardican music additionally still is focussed on plain chaunts and figured chaunts in the ecclesiastical fashion based on twelve modes.

Another important change was that the five minor orders of the subdeacon, acolyte, lector, exorcist and porter were abolished, and replaced by a single order of the clerk. This minor order continues to-day, and all university students, organists, thurifers, readers, cerofers, crucifers, choristers, singing clerks, parish clerks, virgers and sextons are considered clerks, and ordained. All are male, as females are prohibited from orders.

The most substantial decree, however, was to formally implement the revised Book of Mass and Book of Offices, to replace the existing Rites of Chepingstow and Sulthey for secular churches. The books had been published in 1709 and 1710 respectively, and were made compulsory in 1711. The greatest change lay in the Book of Offices, which rationalised the existing eight offices of the Divine Office to three: Mattins, Nones and Vespers. This was achieved by combining several offices together, in partial imitation of Cranmer's efforts in compiling the Anglican Book of Common Prayer.

Behind the revised liturgy a comprehensive plan to corporatise worship was decreed. Thitherto, cathedrals, abbeys and collegiate churches operates almost completely separately from the worship of ordinary people, even in the same building. The parochial section had its own altar and priest, whilst the college or regulars had their own altar and priest. This caused friction, and the canon thus required unification of the liturgy such that all cathedrals, abbeys, priories and collegiate churches were required to conform their worship to the Book of Offices and chaunt cum populo. Thus, they are required to chaunt Mattins, Nones and Vespers publicly. In addition, monastic institutions are required to chaunt Wakes as well, at midnight. By the nature of the mediaeval buildings, implementation of the canon often meant opening up stone walls and screens which had separated the people from the quire where regulars sat, such that the offices could be heard and participated in by all. However, the destruction of screens completely was forbidden, given the requirements for separation of the chancel and nave.
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Postby Matiaturu » Tue Sep 03, 2019 2:32 pm

Spam Spam Spam wrote:What type of electrical outlets does your nation use?


Type A, at 110 volts.

Language:

Name of language:
Matiaturu
Language family:
Isolate
Is this language natural or invented?
Natural (Invented IRL)
Text direction (left-to-right or right-to-left)?
left-to-right


Writing and pronunciation

Which alphabet or writing system does this language use (or primary, if multiple)?
Latin.
How many different letters or characters are there?
24 or 26. The letters C and X are in the alphabet but not used.
Can the sound of a word be predicted from its spelling?Yes, almost always.
Can the spelling of a word be predicted from its sound?
Yes, almost always
Does this language have word stress?
Yes.
Does stress follow a fixed pattern (first/last/xth syllable, etc), or is it different for each word?
Stress falls on the second-to-last syllable, or the first syllable in bisyllabic words.
Does this language have tones?
No
How many different tones are there?
-
Does this language have sounds or sound combinations that are difficult for non-native (or even native) speakers?

The letters F and represents the sounds [f'] and [ð], which are relatively rare both in the language itself, and globally.

Grammar

Is the word order fixed or variable?
The word order of Matiaturu is strictly Subject-Object-Verb
Do words have a gender?
No.
Which of the following genders are used?
[] Masculine
[] Feminine
[] Neutral
Do verbs have different forms ("conjugations") depending on who does the action (for example: I am, you are, he is)?

No, pronouns and context indicates this.
Which of the following conjugations are used?
[] First-person singular (I)
[] Second-person singular (you)
[] Third-person singular (he/she/it)
[] First-person plural (we)
[] Second-person plural (you/y'all)
[] Third-person plural (they)
Do nouns have different forms ("cases") depending on how they're used in a sentence?
No, this is indicated by sentence position, postpositions and context
Which of the following cases are used?
[] Nominative
[] Genitive
[] Dative
[] Accusative
[] Instrumental
[] Locative
[] Vocative
Do words have a plural form?
No.
Do plurals follow a fixed pattern, or are they different for each word?
-
Does this language have a T/V distinction (different pronouns for polite vs. familiar address)?
No, to indicate formality, a person can addressed with their title, optionally followed by flattering adjectives.
What are the polite and familiar pronouns? When should each be used?
-
Vocabulary

Does this language share a lot of words with other languages?
Yes, but not in its core vocabulary.
Does this language have a lot of foreign loanwords?
Extremely. Many words have been loaned from Spanish and later English, to describe context foreign to native culture.
Can speakers of other languages understand this language with ease?
Not without training.
Can speakers of this language understand other languages with ease?
Rarely.
Availability of resources

Are learning materials widely available for this language?
Within Matiaturu.
Are teachers widely available for this language?
Within Matiaturu.
Are books and media widely available for this language?
Books are translated and movies subtitled, and there is a broad range of material in Matiaturu.
Is this language considered important for business?
Matiaturu is used for domestic business, but for international trade English dominates.
Is this language considered important for science and research?
No, generally most higher science depends on English, and Matiaturu is only used in education laymen's material.
Is this language considered important for tourism?
No. English dominates again along with Spanish and Japanese.
Does the government offer programs to teach this language?
Yes

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