Tag Archives: Gramatia

Education in Gramatia

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
  • arithmetics
  • geometry
  • logic and grammar
  • equestarianism
  • archery (girls) / swordsmanship (boys)
  • Takamu (a strategic board game, similar to chess)

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Etiquette in Gramatia

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 →

Background: Religion in Gramatia

The Imperial Office for Religious Affairs regularly conducts a survey among the Gramatian population regarding their religious believes and practices. The most recent data (from the 2005 survey) is discussed below. Continue reading →

Background: Tujoism

From the Encyclopedia of Urando

Tujoism is the largest religion on the planet of Urando and is the official state religion in the Commonwealth of the Gramatian Union. Besides Gramatia Tujoism is the major religion in Colya, Luyfn and Benya. Elsewhere it exists as a minority religion, consisting mainly of immigrant communities of the countries mentioned above. Continue reading →

The Dreamer

Empress Aleyzeya of Gramatia was sitting in her office, busy with reading official documents, when a guard stepped into her office. The empress looked up and said:

“What’s the matter?” “An envoy of the Synarch of Ak’nal has arrived and he claims to have an important message for you.” Continue reading →

Background: The Industrial Party

Gramatian politics, though taking place within the context of a parliamentary democracy, is hardly comparable to European or North American politics. For instance the role of the monarch in daily politics is far greater than, say, in the UK, as the concept of “ministerial responsibility” is alien to Gramatian constitutional law. But more importantly the country’s party system would seem outlandish to people in Europe and North America. Continue reading →

Country-files (Urando series): Gramatia

For the Elysia Universe I have published several “country files” but in the Urando series there are 63 countries. So I have decided to publish the country files of Urandan nations. Continue reading →

The Rise of the Mik

Historically the Gramatian monetary system had been based on:

  1. shells as the medium of exchange;
  2. cattle as the unit of account;
  3. gold and silver as the primary store of value.

Even today people are reluctant to use a single currency for all these three functions. Here we will tell the story how shells have been replaced by the Mik as the national medium of exchange. Continue reading →

The Countess of Waklau

I was walking on the street, when a white van was approaching me. In first instance I did not think much of the situation, as white vans are quite common and probably the driver needed to be there for some reason I could not care about. So I continued my walk, but the van followed me and still I was not worried. Continue reading →

History of Urando

Before we can continue to the stories of the Urando series, we need to discuss the planet’s history in more detail. Basically we can distinguish three major eras in the history of Urando. Continue reading →