Category Archives: Background

The Indo-European Connection

Paul from the Langfocus YouTube channel has made a good video on how the different Indo-European languages are related to each other:

Once more about half of the world population speaks an IE-language. And some scholars believe that this is due to the fact that the speakers of Proto-Indo-European where the first ones to domesticate horses. This enabled them to travel large distances at until then unknown speed and allowed these people spread across a large area, while displacing local languages.

Proto-Indo-European culture

Because it’s PIE-day today, I will post Xidnaf’s video on Proto-Indo-European (PIE) culture here:

Also I want to note I am currently reading David W. Athony’s The Horse The Wheel and Language or why the domestication of the horse is the main reason why about half of humanity currently speaks an Indo-European language. Since horse domestication is/was very important to PIE culture, I would also like to share CGP Grey’s video on why we – as humanity – ride horses rather than zebra’s:

I wish all of you a nice PIE-day!

PIE Reconstruction

How did historical linguists figure out to reconstruct Proto-Indo-European or PIE? This video by Draw Curiosity explains:

Yesteryear’s sounds

About 3 billion people speak an Indo-European language – a group of languages that have evolved from a common ancestor, known as Proto-Indo-European. Though we have no attested sources of PIE, linguists have been reconstructing PIE for the last few centuries. In the video below one can hear what PIE sounded like.


The planet of Urando is the setting of my world building “project” I am working on for the last twenty years. As I am trained as a political scientist I spend a lot of detail into the politics, international relations and societies of countries on this world. However, an important part of world building is creating the languages those people speak.

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Orbital Space Settlements

As pointed out in my previous post, in the Elynesia Universe almost all space settlers live in orbital space habitats. However, many people are unfamiliar with this concept. Fortunately, YouTube channel TopTenz has a good introduction video for what orbital space settlements could like:

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Language in Elynesia

The linguistic situation in Elynesia is rather complex. Though its laws are published in Latin and official translations are provided in the working languages of the UN (primarily for reasons of international relations and business) the country has no official language. Continue reading →

Rank-Raglan and Rick Veldman

Here we try to classify infamous genetic engineer Professor Rick Veldman as a Rank-Raglan hero. For a more detailed account of his life, we would refer to Dr. Enid Stretton’s 2095 biography “Mad Scientist or Genius?”. Continue reading →

Rank-Raglan and Atrahasis

Atrahasis is one of the key founders of the Republic of Elynesa and his influence on its society can hardly be overestimated. Though by far one of the most powerful persons of the 21st century, he is covered with mysteries. Many facts are unknown to the general public and to some extent his identity is deliberate creation of the Elynesian government. Continue reading →

AFS Filmography

Astrid Fredrika Svedhem (AFS) is one of Elynesia’s most known film directors. Her work is generally believed to be the summum of Elynesian cinema. So here a brief excerpt of her filmography: Continue reading →