Category Archives: Background

More on sociograms

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).

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Terminology: Winux

“Winux” refers to any combination of Microsoft Windows and GNU/Linux, such as:

  • Linux + Wine
  • Linux + Windows VM
  • Windows + Linux subsystems
  • Windows + Linux VM

Amazonian Family Code

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
  • adultry
  • 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

Country files: New Afrika

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

Language: Afrihili

Founded: 2030s

Role in international relations: small power

Main allies: Elysia

Main rivals: none

National Anthem: Jo Fo! (Go straight ahead!)

National sport: Athletics

Featured in: Dinner

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

TheĀ 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 →