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Mysterious monarchy 4 months ago

@Ūdilugbulgidħū : Both first questions can probably be answered in one go: neither the government nor the people actively want the nobility to be isolated, but many see it as a form of (partly religious) self-sacrifice that is somehow for the Greater Good (choir: “the Greater Good”) of the country, and the clergy will be the first to affirm this. In the perception of the people, the nobility has chosen to keep following the Codex, so suffering as they may be from an outside perspective, it is not active discrimination. Of course there are people who find this situation ridiculous and want to put an end to it, but they are a minority (and nobody knows for certain what is going on behind the walls of the castles).

Law in Řots is something I have only briefly thought about yet. Seeing as many of Řots’s neighbours seem to have been colonised by peoples from overseas, the original basis of law in Řots (as an indigenous people in South Archanta) may have been different from theirs, and as the main languages of some of Řots’s neighbours are earthly languages (English, French, Portuguese…), their legal systems may be more earthly as well (t.b.c. by their owners). The main issue is that the Codex is a basis of law of its own intended for use between and among the nobility. The original laws that applied to the people were influenced by the Codex, so when the people started to ignore the Codex, not all of those laws were abolished, but rather gradually altered to better answer to the needs of society (as mentioned somewhere above: initially only the non-noble upper class benefited from this). I feel I must emphasise ‘gradually’, as it was not one violent breach but the two societies slowly grew apart over the last two centuries: the nobility grew more dependent on the Codex, whereas the rest of the people adapted their laws more freely if so required. It is evident that Řots took over some foreign elements over the years that seem democratic in nature, but the country may be democratic in a different way (to be elaborated, but I do not intend Řots to be an avarage Western European country).

The ignoring comes from both sides btw. Whereas the people ignore the Codex (which seems to be the most harmless element of Řots society, as it allows the great majority of the people to not be oppressed), the nobility ignores everything that doesn’t fit into the Codex. They may encounter cars, powerlines, see aircraft fly over their estates, but they will choose to ignore it because it doesn’t fit into their daily living patterns. Most of the nobility (as mentioned, there are exceptions, some of them important) has unlearned to take initiative; all they can do is follow the Codex all day long, every single day of their lives. Fact is that Řots only needs the King (and by extend the royal family), but the rest of the higher nobility is completely useless in the current state of affairs.

Phones won’t be confiscated during the King’s visit; the single opportunity in everyone’s lifetime to get an actual picture of the King! Everyone will come to Nekkar just for this!

And as mentioned in one of the previous answers: drones are forbidden for private use in Řots.

Mysterious monarchy 4 months ago

That's a second mystery: the King hasn't requested time to speak in parliament himself, and the subjects that are scheduled aren't very important (items about housing, traffic rules, pensions, or something like that), which increases speculations that he has another item on his agenda that nobody knows about and that he uses the visit to justify his presence in Nekkar.

Mysterious monarchy 4 months ago

@YuanIs : As mentioned, they have their own guards, and some castles are just too remote and really hard to get in if the gate isn't open. The royal palace is less remote, but better guarded. This doesn't mean though that there have been no incidents at all, but that is something I could/should elaborate in more detail at some point.

@ruadh : Guillotines were necessary in the past because in 1789 it was out of the question that royals would step aside to have the country ruled by cake eating peasants. In the past, royals didn't have an education because their families were wealthy and (almost) everyone would marry into one of the other families so everyone would be settled until the end of their lives. In nowaday constitutional monarchies, members of the royal family study and have working experience (which is more 'crown related' the earlier in line of succession you get). If the people decide that they don't want a monarchy anymore, the modern royals will have alternative career options; the Bourbons in 1789 had not.

The monarchy in Řots is much more a fixed institution than elsewhere. Its members have been brainwashed by the Codex and most of them may very well think that their loyal subjects all live like that, or at least appreciate the fact that they are ruled so well because of it. Many nobles are annoyed that they cannot go outside as they would like to, but living by the Codex just costs too much time to do anything spontaneous. Some of the nobles don't even know that they live in isolation (they just think that the people keep their distance - as they should!) and spend assigned parts of the day giving orders and making policies that are never carried out (it is probably quite sad to watch that, if you got the chance). Other parts of the day are dedicated to elaborate religious rituals.

There is an important religious link: the King is the Protector of the Religion of the Four Gods and the Korās and Āmās (pope- or bishop-like figures) will emphasise the country's connection with the King and the God that they represent: he is the most important link between the four Gods and one of the very few Řots who worship all four Gods at once (most keep it to two max). The people of Řots don't consider the King a God himself, but he is some kind of an Emissary of the Four Gods and therefore has an important role in the state religion. The fact that he is rarely seen in public adds to the mystery.

The Codex wasn't always so restrictive btw; over the centuries protocols and rituals were however added one after another, and at one point the thing had taken over their entire planning without them noticing. Those who managed to break away from it showed various variants of withdrawal symptoms.

Mysterious monarchy 4 months ago

Also: many members of the nobility remain convinced that power is still theirs and the fact that they aren't battling insurrections by peasants contributes to this delusion.

Mysterious monarchy 4 months ago

The main short story about this is listed here.

It is also important to know that there was never a real war between classes in Řots that involved the nobility; especially the lower classes really had nothing to do with the fact that the nobility was ignored at one point. It was the non-noble higher classes (intellectuals, some army officers, local administrators etc who did not live by the Codex) who started to oppose the Codex, and this initial opposition was generally crushed by the nobles. Only when people started to just ignore the Codex, the nobility didn't feel threatened in their way of life anymore - which had become a more important issue for many nobles than deviating from it in order to maintain power - this turned into some kind of "silent revolution" during which power was gradually transferred from the nobility to non-noble civilians - who were however still members of higher classes, and this would cause new class problems later on.

Mysterious monarchy 4 months ago

There would be a lot of forbidden airspace then as castles and estates can be found throughout the country. But I guess the prime minister at the time the first aircraft came to Řots may have informed the King about it, in order to soften the blow. Due to his interaction with prime ministers, the King probably has more knowledge about the outside world than the rest of the nobility.

The use of drones by unauthorised individuals is forbidden in Řots btw, for privacy reasons and to prevent dangerous situations near airports etc.

And my tongue twisters are never unintentional ;D

Mysterious monarchy 4 months ago

Although cars can be kept away, they may have had some WTF-Erlebnises every time an aircraft flies over; some of them may have died of a heart attack. Sadly that cannot be avoided... :)

Mysterious monarchy 4 months ago

The royal castle (as many other castles and palaces) is located somewhere in a large estate surrounded by woods; cars don't get on the estate, and if e.g. the prime minister visits, he will have to leave his car at the gate and will be continue by carriage.

But why do you insist that the people and the nobility are interesting in fighting each other? Apart from some personal guard, the nobility doesn't have an army of its own, so if there is an issue, it's probably the normal police who can deal with it - they won't though, because they are never called for cases involving nobility as the nobility don't usually interact with non-nobility (there are a few exceptions of members who have managed to escape the Codex's influence though; I wrote about the Duchess Maro Tōr already here and here) and if a member of a noble family manages to act sufficiently enough to e.g. commit murder (for instance to influence the line of succession), either nobody will hear about it or the crime will be dealt with by the King.

(These questions are really useful btw! Keep them coming :) )

Mysterious monarchy 4 months ago

I'm not sure if they are dependent on the public's opinion or not. They just are. They don't wield any serious political power (the only thing they can demand is that political power is done according to royal protocol, but that will probably only slow it down, not change it) so if the public decides that Řots is better off as a republic, nothing much really changes for the nobility: they are still the owners of their estates so they can be as public or as isolated if they want to and live out their lives according to the Codex if they need to - although a republican government may require them to start paying tax, and then many nobles will have a serious problem. But in the current situation I don't think that the Řots nobility can be considered part of the upper class of society, as they aren't really part of society anyway.

If anything, I think that human rights organisations might actually reprimand the civil government of Řots for letting the nobility live in such inhumane conditions (if such organisations knew what is going on, which they don't) :)

Mysterious monarchy 4 months ago

The_Cute_Chick mentions something that I haven't sufficiently elaborated yet: how do the royals and the other members of the higher mobility live? Actually I don't think that many of them are rich anymore at all, but they have been brainwashed by the Codex in such a thorough manner from the day they were born that many of them can't bring themselves to do anything about it. Many castles and estates that are still used by the nobility will be in dire need of maintenance and I can imagine that outsiders who enter these places may encounter unpleasant situations and even potential health hazards.

Some nastier cases (families that aren't close to the royal family) could be: without the lack of servants (if the nobility doesn't have money, servants won't stay; they weren't raised by the Codex so they still have minds of their own) those castles may not be very clean anymore, clothes may be so old that moths have partially eaten them, and I imagine families sitting around an empty table at dinner time, after which they escape by e.g. eating apples from their gardens, after which the head of the family has to punish them for breaking the order of the Codex. Some families may have died out years or decades ago without anybody noticing.

In the circles around the royal family the situation is better though: the reigning monarch and his household receive funding by the state (you may very well ask why, since they aren't doing anything useful for the state, but it was decided like this almost two hundred years ago) so they are able to pay servants, so the royal palace and estate will be in better shape than the castles described above.

Despite the fact that the royal family of Řots isn't very accessible to the public, it has mostly a symbolic function as the family that unites the country with the Four Gods (the formal way to address the King or Queen is "His/Her Most Serene and August Majesty [name], Lord/Lady and King/Queen of the Lands of Řots and Emissary of the Four Gods" ("Azāts Pereebredāgēp ken Perdēre [name], Řosu Prusu Tsārřōn/Tsārřevat ken Urat/Urga ken Nola Nu Tsōřts"). Their inaccessibility only adds to the mystery. They don't bother the rest of the country or their people, and they are certainly not a threat to them. I guess that if Řots decided to proclaim the republic, they just have to send a note to the King that state funding will stop and that the prime minister won't come to visit anymore, and that will be it. A large majority of the people doesn't want to abolish the monarchy though.

This tough story may need to be thought through more thoroughly though, so I will get back on this :)

((Sidenote : Interesting (and somewhat annoying) that with some people upon the mere mention of 'king' or 'royal' words like 'overthrow' or even 'guillotine' are never far away and seem to be the only logical course of events in the future; even some hardcore pacifists who are normally against capital punishment suddenly let go all their principles and favour the beheading of kings. This is not an accusation btw, merely an observation.

In the constitutional monarchies on earth, royals are not dictators or oppressors however; in Sweden they even have no political power at all, they are just a symbolical figurehead like elected ceremonial presidents (cf. Germany or Italy) but with more history and connection to the entire country and its people and culture than only to the 56% or so who voted for them. The real political power is invested in parliament and the government who are democratically elected on a regular basis. In a way, you could say that by describing the royal family and its role in the constitution and other laws approved by parliament, instead of one person an entire family has been democratically elected as the head of state, an election that is reconfirmed with each modification of the constitution or other laws that are passed regarding the royal family.

Whether it is morally okay to have an individual inherit a country's top job from birth without them having much say in it is a different story, but they are of course financially well compensated for that. Does that make it okay? Maybe; maybe not. But in European monarchies it seems to work so far and if these countries decide tomorrow that they would prefer having an elected president instead of a royal family, this can be done by changing the constitution instead of sending angry mobs with pitch forks and torches through the gates of the palace. In that case of course it would be fair to announce it to the royals reasonably in advance, so that they can prepare to find other jobs.))

Capital works 7 months ago

@ADB52, thanks! But I'll also have to find out where exactly I left it :) Last time I looked for it, it was not at in the folder that I found the most logical place at that moment to store it, so I need some time to locate it as well. If needs be, I have to ask the original author to send me another version. The document is not that large btw; some three or four pages (including example images).

Capital works 7 months ago

@Alejandro24 (and also acubens71, whom I already replied via PM):

I took two maps as a basis and imported them into Inkscape:

  • the OGF map (for which I had to put together several images in the right zoom level in order to have enough details shown on the map)
  • the basic altitude map that I made in Paint based on the original Neo Deltan one.

Then it was just drawing over all the elements. I created different layers for everything (altitude lines, borders, rivers, lakes, road elements, place symbols etc.) so in theory I can create different maps from the same document, e.g. a map without the altitude but with political colours for each country, or both. (The map is a work in progress though, for the example of the political colours hasn't been added yet.)

I have a simple instruction to design maps with Inkscape somewhere, but it's in Dutch, so translating it may take some time (of which I don't have a lot at the moment). If a lot of you are interested, I could reserve time for it.

Unity in Diversity - the UAC (Ulethan Alliance for Culture) 7 months ago

Can Wyster join UAC? No need to backdate it; Wyster is happy to join first thing in 2018 :)

¿No anthems in the wiki? 8 months ago

I usually avoid writing national anthems as the people of my countries tend to speak languages that I don't speak myself, so it's a bit complicated to write poetry in them (when I say poetry, I mean 'anything that rhymes'). The last time that I wrote one was around 20 years ago, so following Jesus Antonio's remark I made a (very tiny) attempt for the national anthem of Řots. It's only the refrain and I'm doubtful that the seventeen verses that I described will ever see the light of day :-) I'll try to add a score if I manage to finish it.

Farmland disappearing 11 months ago

The first attempt was successful, but the second one keeps stranding in step 3: level0. When I select the file that it should import, the fil mysteriously disappears after which level0 ask "add what?"...

Farmland disappearing 11 months ago

Same here. I guess I'll try that level 0 editor too :)

Weekly Word #3 about 1 year ago

My first thought was of a Vilī Vokkā Las Soklududa (Vili Vokka's Chocolate Factory) in Řots, but that would be weird. A chocolate factory an sich however...

Naming streets about 1 year ago

Thanks! He has been added.

Naming streets about 1 year ago

Nice! I meant however worldwide famous people. Apart from the occasional Wystrian composer or scientist (or whatever profession) my intention is to name streets after generally famous people. I guess there is e.g. a W.A. Mozart street or a Ludwig van Beethoven or a Newton or an Einstein street in every odd town on earth (at least in Western Europe). Such people don't really exist/haven't been defined yet in the OGF world.

Regarding Glaster in Searpeg there are some streets named after Glastian towns - in their Wystrian translation though:

  • Deacet = Decton
  • Elsenc = Ellmouth
  • Coog Gast = Isle of Bovier
  • Giist = Bovier
  • Mylcet = Melton
  • Rycet = Reyston
  • Sceuthbidh = Scotwood
  • Wyndym = Wyndham
Naming streets about 1 year ago

I think Lindentree was a AoN secretary general or something; that earns her the right of at least one street :)

For a hoboist it is perfectly plausible that she is also a composer: there are (at least on our earth) not many who write for this instrument (apart from where oboes are used in ensembles or orchestras) so if she has only a few outstanding works this could quickly let her earn international fame!