Category Archives: Background

The small islands

Urando is the name of a planet and its single continent, which is about the size of all terrestrial continents combined. Besides this super-continent there are several “small islands” on the planet. Though usually called small islands, several have sizes between that of Iceland and that of Greenland. These islands are scattered across the Urandan Ocean and most are uninhabited, due to the large distances between them and the mainland. Continue reading →


Country files: Faiakea

Name: The Republic of Faiakea

Primary location: Main Asteroid Belt

Form of government: unitary parliamentary republic

Capital city: Ogygia

Economic system: warrantism, distributism

Official ideology/state religion: hedonic realism

Founded: 2057

Role in international relations: small power

Main allies: none, isolationist state

Main rivals: most other spacer nations

National Anthem: the joy of work

National sport: paintball hunting

Spacers versus terrestrials

As an avid fan of Asimov I borrow certain concepts from the great master of science fiction (SF, not “sci-fi”). The most important concept I have borrowed into my own work, in particular within the context of the Elysia universe, is the whole Spacer thing. Continue reading →

Religion in Elysia

Officially the Republic of Elysia is a secular state, though religious sentiments are present in public life and politics. According to the National Religion Survey conducted by the faculty for philosophy, humanist & religious studies of the University of Ilium Novum, the Elysian population can be divided as follows: Continue reading →

Codex Pimpeleius

The Codex Pimpeleius is the legal code Emperor Pimpel promulgated soon after he founded the Gramatian Empire and his code has been the corner stone of Gramatian law since then. Pimpel’s code is essentially the codification of preexisting Azeyan legal customs. The code exist of the following twelve parts or books: Continue reading →

No utopias

From the comments I got from my loyal followers (BTW thanks for that!), I get sometimes the feelings that some readers think that the countries I invent are utopias somehow. But I need to warn every one of you, that none of the fictional societies in the stories on this site – regardless whether they are set in the Elysia universe or in the Urando series – have ever been intended to be perfect societies. Continue reading →

Language policy in the FAR

The Federation of Asteroid Republics, usually known as the FAR, was originally an association of independent communities of space settlers – also referred to as “free settlers” by Lagrangian governments. And each individual community had its own language, depending on the ethnolinguistic composition of its population – popular languages in the FAR were English, Spanish and Dutch. Continue reading →

Fauna on Urando

Most of Urando’s flora and fauna, including humans, has been transferred from Earth about 25,000 years ago. For reasons unknown, the “Angels” did not took examples of all species then in existence. As a result of their particular selection, Urando is home to certain animal species which are nowadays extinct on Earth. Continue reading →

Map of Urando

World building is nothing without drawing maps. Below a (poor) photograph of my map of Urando (please, click at the picture for more detail). This map is not at scale. For a list of nations on Urando, see here.


Urandan Calendar

Though terrestrial years are used to date events in Urandan history here, they have their own calendar. The planet orbits its own star (Suya) in just under 367 days and the determination of leap years is based upon a complicated mathematical formula. Continue reading →