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A mini icebreaker - how do you name your own territory

Posted by zhenkang on 25 June 2019 in English (English)

Hello comrades! Here's a brief delightful message from Antigo.

Will like to ask, how users came to come up with a name for their own territory? I can see sometimes the changes in territory names is partly due to others' questioning which prompted them to change to more realistic ones (for example Antigo used to be called Rusky, which is just like another name for Russia). How then, after adopting a name, will you then try to give an in-world explanation of the name?

Before ending off this message, the Department of Public Safety will like to encourage all mappers to use JOSM. The Committee of Friendly Relations between People have also urged mappers to welcome the new ones and help them if necessary, just as the Great Supreme Leader T. K. Briarmack has given advice to new citizens of Antigo! All the best to your mapping projects, whether in Antigo or outside.

Message brought on behalf of AntigoRadio.

Comment from Rhiney boi on 25 June 2019 at 15:07

Uhh... I really don't know. Teenesccan was a name left on a river by a previous owner. I said it meant fort (skan) on the (e) river (teen)

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Comment from sude on 25 June 2019 at 16:59

The first name of San Marcos in Commonia was "Gillastöo & Olla". Gillastöo was a city already created and Olla means "valley" in Spanish.

Then I changed it into a more Spanish style: Gillastó y Olla.

And after that I started to use San Marcos.

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Comment from Pawl on 25 June 2019 at 18:55

Tircambry : Cambric (Welsh) for Land of the Cambry. Cambric was already the OGF equivalent of Welsh when I joined, based on real-world Latin Cambria or Welsh Cymru (pronounced Cumree).

Wesmandy : Inspired by real-world Normandy : the land conquered by men from the North > Northmen > Normans. Wesmandy was conquered by men from the West > Westmen > Wesmans.

Cernou : A Franquesized version of the Caeltic Kernaw, which is a variant on real-world Kernow (Cornwall).

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Comment from iiEarth on 26 June 2019 at 22:37

Although I am not very active these days, I will still try to explain the meaning of 'Aphéstola.' 'Phestola' is Sioux for 'diamond,' as in the shape, not the precious stone. I added the 'a' to make it easier to pronounce, and added a '´' to the e, just for fun.

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Comment from Ūdilugbulgidħū on 26 June 2019 at 22:38

A mini icebreaker - you mean like this?

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Comment from zhenkang on 27 June 2019 at 01:15

Hahaha. Thats quite lame. Honestly, Udi, how did you came up with quite eccentric names for your islets?

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Comment from Alessa on 27 June 2019 at 03:15

@Udi: Nice. And, does the placename Nowikwi come from "no wiki?" :)

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Comment from Tito_zz on 27 June 2019 at 13:31

Allendea comes from lendea -> linda (beautiful)

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Comment from Ūdilugbulgidħū on 27 June 2019 at 17:22

@ zhenkang - "islets"? should I take that as an insult, spoken in desperation by a totalitarian dictator? These are "high islands"! Those names aren't really eccentric, they're taken from the native language - the syntactic rules in that language dictate the spellings (well, usually). Some of them are simple translations but I admit some others just pop into my head (and then I try and work out why - Tarkeny Barkham anyone?). I have plenty more names to be added when I get to grips with the (il-)logic of the place.

@ Alessa - oh yes.

@ Rhiney Boi - I wait for 'Grownupesccan' to appear...

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Comment from Rustem Pasha on 27 June 2019 at 19:36

I don't have much to say about how I came up with my country names. Demirhanlı Devleti means just "Demirhan state" and it is similar to name of Ottoman Empire in Turkish but with different founder of the dynasty.

Lorantis comes from word "Loran" meaning "seeker" and corresponds with native religion which (especially in antiquity when the name came to use) was focused on seeking of the balance between good and evil.

I looked at the settlements in Hesperis and one name has a meaning in everyday Polish. "Lasu Pan kupi" means "buy some forest, mister". Heh.

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Comment from zhenkang on 28 June 2019 at 00:09

Oh sorry Udi. I keep on mixing up islands and islets; keep on thinking they are one and the same thing, till I was reminded that islets are basically smaller versions of islands.

I wouldnt really dream of insulting your group of islands sire. There are a few islands of interest Antigo will like to have relations with, such as Shadze-ma and Dulan. Antigo is willing to have relations with socialist nations in general as long the Supreme Leader is in the right mood.

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Comment from Ūdilugbulgidħū on 28 June 2019 at 19:29

@ Rustem: nice co-incidence. In Akna Ssai language, 'asu pan kupi' means 'compose field poem' - the 'L' was stuck on the front to make it something like 'Las Panchitas' (or something - since there's no native 'l' sound). But yes, some forest will be sold, mister, no doubt.

Send me a message if you want a consulate space allocated you.

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Comment from NKgov on 28 June 2019 at 20:40

Something's stricken me: Antigo means old in Portuguese, quite fitting with your regime. Oh, I'm not insulting, it's just that the Briarmarcks are around there for so long...

By the way, Nalkor and Kochi were thought to be two tribes that decided to unite in order to expel the Franquese from these lands. Not sure why the spelling, though, it's been a long time...

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Comment from zhenkang on 28 June 2019 at 23:54

@NKgov im aware of Antigo meaning ancient; when bhj867 decided to renamed it someone (BMSOUZA) pointed it out. Actually, even then, the Antigoan people has been there for a long time since the 500 BC.

The Briarmacks have been ruling Antigo for aboit 80 years since the 1940s. Longer than North Korea, which is about 10 years late.

@Udi I will send you a message soon regarding OIOI islands and Antigo.

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Comment from NKgov on 29 June 2019 at 01:35

@zhenkang dunno why you always talk about North Korea when we meet. hahahahah

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Comment from zhenkang on 29 June 2019 at 02:02

It is not only you; it is also similar to other people I talked to, whether in the PMs or real life.

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Comment from plainoldbread on 29 June 2019 at 19:28

iD is better for smaller things JOSM is what I use for boundaries

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Comment from plainoldbread on 29 June 2019 at 19:31

Also I came up with Nipewa just by thinking what would sound great as a state name. I saw a video that just said how US state names were made, a whole ton of states had native american names for stuff or they're just named after legend like California is. I went with the native american sounding name, and I must've thought of Iowa and mashed Nip and ewa together.

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Comment from JoJoBa on 2 July 2019 at 17:35

Auronia comes from the word Auron, which I thought meant (laurel) wreath.

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Comment from Duncan on 13 July 2019 at 03:21

Duncanheim is named Duncanheim because my name is Duncan. In-world, the story behind it is that the country was formed by a coalition of tribes organized by King Duncan I, and the government was subsequently named after him, which led to the country being named as such.

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