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Postby Arumdaum » Sun Oct 13, 2019 10:31 pm

What is the status of Buddhism in your nation?

Buddhism is one of the "traditional" religions of Jeongmi, with a history a going back to the 4th century CE. Like many religions in the region, it was heavily syncretized with other belief systems such as shamanism, Confucianism, and Taoism. Unfortunately for the religion, Buddhism suffered significantly at the hands of Confucian scholar-officials during much of Jeongmi's imperial period. However, Jeongmi today does not restrict the activities of Buddhists, guaranteeing religious freedom for the most part.

Bogwangsa is one of the oldest temples constructed in the country.

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Postby Palmyrion » Sun Oct 13, 2019 10:37 pm

While Buddhism in Palmyrion isn't publicly known, and only niche communities (such as traditional Chinese immigrant communities) practice said religion, Palmyrion does not place any restriction on the practice of Buddhism or any religion whatsoever, for as long as all their rituals and practices are within legal bounds. Proselytizing is not banned but generally frowned upon by the rest of the population (and Jehovah's Witnesses can attest to this).
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Postby Radiatia » Sun Oct 13, 2019 11:16 pm

Technically, Buddhism is the most popular religion in Radiatia, with 13% of Radiatians claiming to adhere to it. (Of course, being the most popular religion in Radiatia is akin to being the tallest dwarf - Radiatia is an overwhelmingly irreligious country.)

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Postby Valentine Z » Sun Oct 13, 2019 11:18 pm


Total population = ~ 9 billion, for both Earth and Mars.

In short, around 2.25 billion of the Valentians are Buddhists, with 1.8 billion of them Theravada Buddhists.
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Postby The Land of the Ephyral » Mon Oct 14, 2019 5:15 am


═───╡❖╞────────═ BUDDHISM IN EPHYRA ═────────╡❖╞───═

Buddhism is a minority religion in the Freehold, seen by the majority of both citizens and non-citizen subjects as mysterious, bizarre, and by some more ardent traditionalists as difficult or even offensive.

No census conducted to date in the Freehold on religiosity has listed Buddhism as a single option, compiling it under an 'other' category instead. It is believed however that the Buddhist population of the Freehold is no greater than 50,000. Demographically, the majority of Buddhists belong to non-citizen classes, particularly provincial residents of either federate or tributary status, with a few holding the Lykosian rights, and a tiny amount holding full Ephyral citizenship. The population of Buddhists could hypothetically increase if Buddhist citizens of states given 'allied' status relocated to Ephyra, as citizens of allied nations have that right of residency - but could also be subject to decrease due to conversions, incentivised by the Ephyral state.

Whilst Ephyral law and the state demand no particular devotion or worship to any single deity, and indeed cultivate a conditional religious tolerance amongst its diverse subjects, religion is viewed as a state and public affair, conducted openly, and with endorsement by the state due to the irremovable link between the divine and the operations of the state epitomised by the concept of the divine peace and the practice of correct ritual. For the divine peace to be maintained, all residents of the Freehold are required to participate in the regular and annually held public festivals to the numerous gods of Ephyra. To circumvent issues of religious tension, Ephyra's interaction with polytheists was to incorporate their gods into the Ephyral pantheon, respecting the ancestral worship of an ethnic group's gods just as their ancestors did - essentially permitting the conquered group to continue their religious practices, whilst acknowledging the divine peace is upheld, and laying the groundwork for further religious syncretism.. Indeed, it is ethnic religion in particular that the Ephyral gods exalt, for they are the gods of one's own forefathers. This emphasis on keeping tradition from generation to generation is why the disliked religion of Judaism is more tolerated by the state than Christianity or Islam, which lack an ethnos and actively convert and proselytise to a faith that refuses to acknowledge the existence of other gods, and prohibits its members from cultivating to the Ephyral gods and therefore jeopardise the divine peace.

An accusation of religious malpractice can take the form of a charge of atheism, and anyone so accused will have the legal right to end the case immediately by performing sacrifice and offering to the Ephyral gods, in particular Lysara, the goddess of the hearth, home, and state. Refusal to do so, and a prosecution leading to a verdict of guilty, results in capital punishment.

All three Abrahamic religions have been subject to random mob persecutions over the years, and some continue to happen today. Judaism, for its ethnic faith, was granted the right to pay a religious tax in lieu of taking part in the religious festivals, with the tax funding the temples of the Ephyral gods to simulate offering. Christianity and Islam were, in time, granted this same right with the further prohibition on proselytising. Refusal to pay this tax is additionally considered a crime of atheism and neglect towards the gods, whilst proselytising carries a penalty of enslavement.

Buddhism is treated perhaps as a more benign form of these religions. The practices of the Abrahamic faiths behind closed doors lead to suspicion from the citizen and polytheistic population, who conduct their religious rites openly before the gods. Buddhism is seen to lack any gods whatsoever, functional atheism if not criminal, and the routine presence of animal sacrifice in the religious rites appears to the Ephyral to fly contrary to the Buddhist concepts of non-violence. Its further perceived elements of solitude also alienate it significantly from the wider population, and whilst it isn't regarded as excessive in its devotion to the gods in the way that Christianity, Judaism, and Islam are noted to be and disliked for, very little about it strikes the average Ephyral as being of 'proper' religious practice.

In this manner, Buddhism exists in a sort of legal limbo. No religion-wide tax is imposed, and individual Buddhists can either cultivate to the Ephyral gods or if not, individually pay the tax. This second option is also afforded to them if accused of atheism. Should a Buddhist refuse to either cultivate or pay tax, they'll be sentenced to death.

There have been no state-sanctioned persecutions against Buddhists, and mob-attacks on them have been rare. Buddhists have been caught up in violence between the pagans and monotheists, which though now rare, can occasionally flare up between citizen colonists or allied pagans and the mostly provincial monotheists.

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Postby Drongonia » Mon Oct 14, 2019 5:24 am

Buddhism is a minority religion, however its status is protected along with all other recognised religions. Prime Minister Bill English has, on many occasions, expressed personal praise for peaceful religions including Buddhism.

There are approximately 410,000 Buddhists in Drongonia (1.2% of the population) and they are relatively evenly spread out with a slightly higher number in the country's mid-south, with the largest Buddhist temples being located in Nelson, Halver and Gilroy Bay.
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Postby Sapporo Hyperspace Riftgate Laboratory » Mon Oct 14, 2019 5:26 am

the UTR as of now has Buddhism as one of its "official religions" (all religions, really) and they control the mountainous fortress that is Tibet and the warm paradise of Myanmar.
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Postby Vallermoore » Mon Oct 14, 2019 6:52 am

It's uncommon but for now at least, it is allowed and there are a few temples in the country. We have always welcomed most mainstream religions.

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Postby Arevastan » Mon Oct 14, 2019 7:48 am

Only about 5.8% of the Arevastani population, somewhere around 1,339,000 people, do not adhere to one of the major religions which are Zoroastrianism, Christianity, and Islam. Census officials assume that approximately 0.4% of the population, or 92,342 people, adhere to Buddhism. The majority of them reside in the Kakhet'i district in the southern portion of the Vrastani province. There are several temples in Kakhet'i as well as in the northern reaches of the Atrpatakan province, close to the border with Vrastan.
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Postby Kirina » Mon Oct 14, 2019 8:16 am

It is the official religion and followed by 100% of the population.

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Postby Gandoor » Mon Oct 14, 2019 8:52 am

11.4% of the population of the Democratic Republic reports being a follower of Buddhism. This actually makes Buddhism the largest religion in Gandoor, although it must be said that nearly 70% of the population reports no religious affiliation whatsoever.
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Postby Sino-Mehxicolan » Mon Oct 14, 2019 12:03 pm

Buddhism and other practices, philosophies, and belief systems do exist with a fair degree of popularity.

While it is present in the country, many indigenous cultural practices and systems are likely most widespread, and Buddhist culture in the country is also frequently influenced by native cultures and some traditions.
Besides Buddhism and native systems, Animism (often Shinto or Shinto influenced), Traditional Chinese practices, and Taoism have some adherence. Confucianism also has some extent of influence, although some details are debated and looser in following.
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Postby Belshekistan » Mon Oct 14, 2019 12:06 pm

Buddhism is treated as all other religions in Belshekistan. Practicers of Buddhism are allowed to worship as long as they do not do it on state property.
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Postby Arachkya » Mon Oct 14, 2019 12:10 pm

We had 300 practicers of Buddhism.

But they are all shot and their monastary has been burned to the ground 2 weeks ago.

Including the shaolin monks.

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Postby Outer Sparta » Tue Oct 15, 2019 5:21 pm

Buddhism isn't a highly practiced religion in Outer Sparta, but it's tolerated under the government policy of religious tolerance, and there are small communities in major urban areas that have high Buddhist populations.
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Postby Uashekia » Tue Oct 15, 2019 10:20 pm

200 Kalmyk Buddhists from Russia moved to Uashekia in 1978. Though many have had multiple children, many have also returned home.

Today there are a total of 164 Buddhists in the country, of which 148 are Kalmyks.

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Postby Pacomia » Tue Oct 15, 2019 10:37 pm

The last census counted a total of 297 Buddhists in Pacomia, or about 0.00000497% of the national population. Buddhism is classified as a “non-theistic religion” by the census, and freedom to practice it is guaranteed in the constitutional. The number of Buddhists in Pacomia likely number at least 10,000, but most Buddhists write a different religion in the census, or a specific sect of Buddhism, which are classified as “uncategorised” by the census, a category that has been pushed to be removed from the national census since the 1950s.

There are no specific accomodations made for Buddhism and it is not taught in schools. Buddhist temples are rare, and only 4 exist in the entire nation.
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Postby Creslonia » Tue Oct 15, 2019 11:52 pm

Creslonia is extremely secular, but religious freedom is guaranteed by the Bill of Rights. A very small amount of Creslonians (primarily immigrants) practise Buddhism. Whilst they can proselytise, there is a high chance that they will get assaulted off the street, as Creslonians hate proselytising.
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Postby Luziyca » Wed Oct 16, 2019 10:03 am

While in our world, Buddhism does not exist, there does exist a community of Satyists, which is roughly the Kylarite equivalent of Buddhism. They are mostly confined to the Senrian expatriate community.

We do have freedom of religion, and there are some veRwizi who have converted to the Satya faith, but they are few and far between.
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Postby Naxera » Wed Oct 16, 2019 10:05 am

Unknown number of believers it's workshiped by less that the 0.25% of the population mostly from the chinese minority. Buddhism is respected by the Freedom of religion.
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Postby Victorious Decepticons » Wed Oct 16, 2019 12:56 pm

Like all other religions that aren't Megatronism, Buddhism is banned. However, it was banned even before the Megatronist Decree went into effect, for it is "against all sense and reason" and "contrary to the natural objective of continuing to live and thrive."

One reason for this strong condemnation lies in one of its basic beliefs, which is that "existence is suffering." To say that we do not agree would be a vast understatement. One need only look at the smiling, happy faces of raiders returning with their loot, or the pride on Leader Megatron's face as he considers the Decepticon Empire, or the look of satisfaction present on an engineer who just developed a new body plan to see that there are plenty of people who are not suffering, much less merely from existing!

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Postby Sturgeon Island » Wed Oct 16, 2019 1:42 pm

We don't have any Buddhists, at least not to my knowledge. But they'd certainly be welcome!
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Postby New Centrist Utopia » Wed Oct 16, 2019 6:46 pm

New Centrist Utopia has complete freedom of religion, however, Buddhism is not one of the more prominent religions. Buddhists make up about 10% of the population of NCU. Being a smaller nation, we only have two Buddhist temples built by a few talented architects who immigrated from east-Asia.

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Postby Anollasia » Wed Oct 16, 2019 7:35 pm

Approximately 0.5% of the population identify as Buddhist, which makes around 210 000 people. However, there may be people who incorporate teachings of Buddhism into their lifestyle but don't consider themselves Buddhists.



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