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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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When we discuss the history and current affairs of Urando, most of our attention goes to the Big 5 states. However, there are about 60 other nations on this planet and each of them has it own interesting culture and history. Today we will have a closer look at the mysterious island nation of Lainousta. Continue reading →


Tinèkè* is one of the seven provinces that constitute the Commonwealth of the Gramation Union. And with a population of about 250 million it is the second most populous province of the realm, after Azeya. In regard of territory it comes after Azeya, Tobeya, Robeya and Xariastin. The province covers most of the Tinèkè basin and the region derives its name from the river. Continue reading →

A short intro to the history of the Gramatian language

By courtesy of Teameir Yfatrayan

Gramatian is the de facto official language of the Commonwealth of the Gramatian Union (CGU) and is the native language of about eighty-five percent of the population. The other major languages spoken in the realm are (in order of number of native speakers) the Tineke language, Tarkazian, Benyan and Luyfian. Continue reading →

The Tale of Two Sisters

The history of the relations of the two greatest powers of Urando, Gramatia and Benya, is complicated and dates back to the very formation of the Commonwealth of the Gramatian Union and the subsequent expulsion of Emperor Pimpèl’s enemies from Azeya. After they were forced from their homeland, these exiles (Bena in Gramatian) fled to the North and under leadership of Benkir I they formed their own state. As is usually the case with two young, expansionist states, the border between both soon became a contested issue. And even two and a half thousand years later, both nations still dispute the ownership of the former Kingdom of Tobea. Continue reading →

Spacer marriage customs

This post is actually two-in-one.

Part 1 Spacer wedding vows [1]

Elynesian wedding vows (citizens only):

“We promise to faithfully serve Our Nation and to obey its Laws and to raise our children as good and loyal Citizens.”

Elynesian society is based upon the idea that citizens should put their country above all, including their own spouses, and that one’s foremost patriotic duty is to conceive and raise as many as children as possible. Continue reading →


Inventing 25,000 years of history is not an easy task and to honor my “no utopia” approach to worldbuilding, I decided eighteen years ago to add a very dark page into the history of Urando:

the extermination of the Hoipolloi by the G5 of Urando. Continue reading →

Elynesian politics: left and right

As stated previously the main dividing line in Elynesian politics is the distinction between internalists and externalists, a divide that results of the debate between the proponents of import substition industrialization and those of export-oriented industrialization during the formative years of the Republic of Elynesia. Continue reading →


I have not talked about my Urando Trilogy for quite some time. However, that does not mean that I have not worked on it. Mostly I am working on the background of the series. Continue reading →


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.