After Emperor Pimpèl founded the Gramatian state, he also introduced compulsory education and military conscription for all citizens. That both education and military service were (and still are, even twenty-five centuries later) mandatory, is no coincidence. Just one look at the traditional Gramatian school curriculum reveals their relation:
- reading and writing
- logic and grammar
- archery (girls) / swordsmanship (boys)
- Takamu (a strategic board game, similar to chess)
Terrestrials who visit Gramatia will be heavily surprised with the complex rules of Gramatian etiquette. At first glance an Earth-born person might think Gramatian have no etiquette at all, but that would be plain wrong. Here a quick summary of the most important aspects of etiquette in the Commonwealth of the Gramatian Union. Continue reading →
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After some consideration I have decided to change the name “Elysia” to “Elynesia”. This new name is derived from Greek words elysion (Elysium, heaven) and nesos (island), hence Elynesia could be translated as “heavenly islands” or as “heavenly archipelago”.
The new name is chosen to emphasize that this country consist of multiple orbital habitats or islands in O’Neil’s terminology. So Elynesia is an archipelago located in outer space. This way the name is similar to Polynesia or Indonesia.
After gaining independence in 2147 the government of the new nation started a project to replace the Elysian legal codes with new ones. Several law reform commissions were created and were populated by supporters of the president. However, this legal reform project proved be much harder than previously estimated. Continue reading →
As pointed out earlier the Republic of Elysia has not signed the The Lagrangian-Martian Convention on Indenture, even though it has been the most important of all spacer nations in terms of demographics and economics. Despite not signing this convention, indentured servitude has not been illegal in Elysia – though many mistakenly believe this to be the case. The question is why did they not join this convention? Continue reading →
In the last post I mentioned drawing sociograms as a method to keep control over a story as you continue to write. Some people might have trouble to understand this concept, so I have drawn a sociagram of one of my stories and put a scan of it below (click on it to enlarge).
“Winux” refers to any combination of Microsoft Windows and GNU/Linux, such as:
- Linux + Wine
- Linux + Windows VM
- Windows + Linux subsystems
- Windows + Linux VM
The Family Code of the Queendom of Amazonia, has the following structure:
Title 1 Natural Persons
Title 2 Descendants and Adoption
Title 3 Marriage
Section 1 The Legal Consequences of Marriage
This section defines marriage as a union between two women of at least seventeen years of age.
It establishes that the junior spouse owes obedience to her senior spouse.
It further deals with the legal position of a junior spouse and with matrimony.
Section 2 Dissolution of Marriage
There are two ways how a marriage can be dissolved: annulment and divorce.
It establishes the grounds for annulment and provides three for grounds for divorce:
- neglect of marital duties
- criminal conviction
Section 3 Child Custody After Dissolution
Section 4 Recognition of Foreign Marriages
This part establishes, among other things, that a marriage between a man and a woman is null and void.
Title 4 Inheritance
Title 5 Curatelle
Title 6 Provisions Regarding The Royal Family
Name: The Republic of New Afrika
Primary location: Sun-Earth Lagrange points
Form of government: unitary parliamentary republic
Capital city: Karenga
Economic system: mixed market economy
Official ideology/state religion: ubuntu
Role in international relations: small power
Main allies: Elysia
Main rivals: none
National Anthem: Jo Fo! (Go straight ahead!)
National sport: Athletics
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