At what age is someone considered an adult in YN?

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Postby Radiatia » Fri Jan 18, 2019 12:48 am

According to the constitution you are legally an adult in the Radiatian Federation once you turn 17.

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Postby Zartobania » Fri Jan 18, 2019 6:57 am

Anyone who is 18 and above is considered an adult under national law.
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Postby Tasumani Kodachi » Fri Jan 18, 2019 11:30 am

You're considered an adult by law when you turn 16.

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Postby The Land of the Ephyral » Sat Jan 19, 2019 7:02 am


═───╡❖╞────────═ CULTURAL PERCEPTION OF ADULTHOOD ═────────╡❖╞───═

As a cultural phenomenon tied in with legal recognition, this is a difficult concept. The distinction must be made between adolescence and adulthood, as well as adulthood, and the embodiment of sociocultural values that make one according to their peers a true man or woman.

For boys, it is perhaps simpler. At age twelve, a boy ceases to be a child in the full sense of the word and becomes a 'young man'. He is not ascribed culturally or legally the position of adult, but as a young man, he is included more in the adult life of the family he is raised in, and is expected to adopt responsibilities and behaviours befitting such a role. This carries on for four years until his sixteenth birthday. This day is the coming of age day for all males under Selian culture. It is a celebrated family event, where the young man is bestowed with the citizen's white cloak. It is traditional and still widely practised today for the extended family of such a male to attend this ceremony and recognise him as a man grown. When this is done, it is done very formally and typically in order of rank. His own father, followed by his brothers will make this recognition first. Second comes his mother and sisters. The family of his father, and then his mother, in the same order if in attendance.

The day receives such great celebration even today due to the strength of tradition. In the past, for a boy to have survived to adolescence and then full manhood was never an assured reality, as many children would die in birth and many again before their tenth birthday. Survival was, and in many ways still is, regarded as a feat of strength and will by the individual, the same strength and will that culturally is perceived to define at least in part the values ascribed to masculinity. The day is therefore a celebration not only of his rise to adulthood as a man but the very qualities that define him as such.

Another tradition, again widely practised though not in identical forms, is that of sexual accomplishment. Despite coming of age at sixteen, it is very unusual for a man to marry before twenty-five, and most commonly do so around age thirty. For men of the Freehold directly participatory in Selian culture, sex is primarily derived from prostitutes and slaves until marriage, and copulation is in many ways considered a skill or an art, though not a public one by any means. Whilst not always performed on the day he has come of age, it is very routine for the family of a newly recognised man to provide him with his first adult experience in the traditionally expected male role of sex, both to initiate the adult sex life until marriage as well as traditionally to ensure no man dies in battle (as was common) without having known a woman. A household slave might be provided, or a prostitute of cost scaled to the wealth of the family.

At age eighteen, all citizen males are called up for a period of military service to the state, although they are able to volunteer from age sixteen and are highly encouraged to do so as proof of their masculinity and virtue. This is considered a supporting pillar of a man's publicly recognised adulthood and masculinity, as is political participation. Finally, although most likely not for a while after coming of age, the establishment of a family and the siring of his own children is considered both the highest service to the state and the epitome of higher manhood. This is where the distinction between an adult male and the position known as a 'rypios', or a household master, comes into effect. The former is a man at or above his coming of age. The latter is the commander of a social unit with increased responsibility and expectations.

For girls the matter is more complicated as it is almost entirely class dependent. Like boys, she has a period of adolescence starting from her menarche (first menstruation). The international median for this event is considered fourteen, although this is raised by the observed delay in menarche in eastern populations. Ethnic Selian girls usually reach menarche between the age of twelve and thirteen with an average of about 12.4 years. Culturally, this event marks them as fertile, and they adopt the title of a 'maiden' or 'young woman'. Historically, especially in the Classical Era of Selia, a girl would likely be betrothed at this age and could be expected to marry no later than fourteen in most instances. Modern Ephyra however differs somewhat from the past.

Whilst it remains true that after arriving at her menarche, a girl's father or other legal guardian will begin the process of selecting a husband for her (marriage in Ephyra is very much considered a union of families through individuals, with very little to do with personal affection and everything to do with connections and alliances), the actual marriage very rarely takes place any younger than sixteen years. Lower class girls will marry older than upper class ones. However, there is no equivalent age of majority in the culture or even law of Ephyra. The closest is the aforementioned menarche, the age at which a girl culturally becomes ready for marriage, even if socially this doesn't occur for several years. The transition from maiden or young woman into a married woman is considered the transition into womanhood proper, a woman grown, no longer a girl.

Therefore, instead of a coming of age ceremony, girls or young women mark their transition into adulthood with their first (ideally only) marriage. This can hypothetically mean that a young woman of the upper classes may be considered an adult despite being younger than a young woman of the lower classes. Because women are not called up for national service, and the virtues of womanhood are considered largely distinct from that of men, there is no real intermediate period that men have between coming of age and getting married. From adolescence, a girl will adopt duties in the way boys do, but in imitation of their mother as opposed to their father. This is to afford them the skills necessary for being a wife and mother.

Marriage is typically consummated on the night it takes place, and whilst there is no official ceremony in the manner seen in other cultures, the process is official and legal. By general custom she remains a part of her birth family, and is not subject to her husband's power as a rypios the way her children with him will be.

In short. Boys reach adolescence at twelve, become men and full citizens at sixteen, but only come to perform their marital and reproductive duties to the state at around age thirty.
Girls reach adolescence at the age of menarche, and roughly between the ages of sixteen and twenty, are married to perform their own marital and reproductive duties to the state.

There cultural age of majority therefore for boys is sixteen, and for girls, whenever they first marry.

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Postby Belgaam » Sat Jan 19, 2019 7:04 am

In Belgaam you are considered an adult when you are 20.
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Postby Ghost Land » Sat Jan 19, 2019 7:06 am

The age at which one becomes an adult in Ghost Land is 20, but it is perfectly acceptable and in many areas expected to remain completely dependent on one's parents until well into his or her 30s. People under age 20 are considered the property of their parents and have no rights of their own.
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Postby United States of Natan » Sat Jan 19, 2019 12:14 pm

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Postby Totally not East Lodge » Fri Jan 25, 2019 4:45 pm

As for me and my main East Lodge, I say 16.

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Postby Oberstetten » Fri Jan 25, 2019 7:36 pm

Adulthood is considered to begin at 18.

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Postby Yannia » Fri Jan 25, 2019 7:49 pm

Culturally (and legally in most cases), one is considered adult upon the completion of a rite of passage. The age at which this happens varies: usually between 12 and 24. The youngest anyone was ever declared an adult was at age 9, and there are some who, usually for reasons of mental retardation, will never be considered adult.
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Postby The Kalgerian Empire » Fri Jan 25, 2019 8:27 pm

In The Kalgerian Empire, men are expected by the age of 25 to be living more or less independently, have developed a respectable skillset or have started on a stable career path, as to be eligible to begin courting for a wife.

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Postby Gudmund » Fri Jan 25, 2019 8:35 pm

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Postby Hatterleigh » Fri Jan 25, 2019 9:05 pm

In Hatterleigh, u are considered a young adult from 15 onward, but legally 18 is the adult age
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Postby BuDa » Sat Jan 26, 2019 12:31 am

The adult age in the country is 20.
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Postby Marcianus » Sat Jan 26, 2019 9:56 pm

A Martian Citizen is considered a legal adult at the highish age of 25. 25 was chosen due to the fact that the age is the average age of the end of brain development.
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Postby Califia » Sat Jan 26, 2019 10:00 pm

16 is the age that one is considered an Adult.

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Postby New New New Land » Sun Jan 27, 2019 12:54 am

In the Commonwealth we do it by height, not age. If a person is over 5'6" then they are considered an adult

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Postby New Freedomstan » Sun Jan 27, 2019 2:31 am

In the ongoing state of emergency, to combat banditry, deviancy, subhuman and dissident activities in our fair fatherland, the Politburo of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of New Freedomstan has temporarily reduced the age of adulthood to 14, from the standard 17 (somewhat variable by federal member), in order to increase our security and safeguard the survival of the fatherland.

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Postby Xhemalistan » Sun Jan 27, 2019 2:39 am

A Xhemalistani citizen is considered an adult, both legally and culturally, upon the completion of their compulsory military service. Usually between 12 and 18.

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Postby Bluelight-R006 » Sun Jan 27, 2019 2:44 am

20. Since your teen years end when the numbers don’t carry the suffix ‘-teen’ anymore.
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Postby New New New Land » Sun Jan 27, 2019 9:36 am

Bluelight-R006 wrote:20. Since your teen years end when the numbers don’t carry the suffix ‘-teen’ anymore.


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Postby Yanasra » Sat Feb 02, 2019 12:53 pm

They're considered to be adults when their brain scans rate them as fully mature. This is usually around 15-16 Yanasran Years of age

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Postby Aivintis » Sat Feb 02, 2019 12:55 pm

17. It is when school ends and the Military Service is required. However, you can neglect this service until you are 47, and then you must join or be punished according to the laws of the Constitution.



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