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Tokallē Tēōkotlasētla
Temple of Finance (TT)

 

The Temple of Finance is governed primarily by the Temple of the All-High and secondarily by the Temple of the Highest, outside of the direct command of the Archpriest to prevent immediate corruption. TT was established by Archpriest Itzekotla the year before Metztlitlalio independence two months after the end of the fascist party within Limonaia.

The Temple of Finance's primary duties are to uphold economic regulations, manage taxation, and uphold the system of Amatlakisētla.

Amatlakisētla is the self-attatched name for the system of economics Metztlitlalio implements. A hybrid of socialism and capitalism. Local private enterprises and companies are permitted within Metztlitlalio, however once a company has reached an arbitrary size determined by the company's end products, the company is absorbed into the Temple of Finance as a sector of the Temple, with economic and social incentives given out to the high-ranking management of the companies, whilst maintaining a major role within the old companies. Amatlakisētla also has external connotations of incredibly strict regulations upon companies, the larger the company the harsher the punishments for smaller of infractions. If a company is considered to be going against the common interests of the people and especially the nation, TT often forces the knee of the company to either be broken into separate corporate entities, or be absorbed entirely into the Temple of Finance, with the old high ranking officials expelled. This in turn has caused in the past hesitation of those lower down in society and the economy to set up businesses, however the appeal of eventually joining the higher ups as part of the Temple of Finance has it's own merits.

On the other hand, this actively discourages companies from other nations setting up within Metztlitlalio, causing the Metztli rate of economic growth to be much lower then it could potentially achieve, thus debates have begun within the Temple of Finance, primarily between Temple of the All-High, the Temple of the Highest, and with outside companies to come up with potential solutions and work arounds. Temple of Finance's regulations are greatly reduced within LAANN member state companies who have set up within Metztlitlalio, however certain guidelines are still required to be followed strictly, such as the Anti-Deceivement Protocols of 2011.

 

The main use of this thread is to discuss economics, Metztlitlalio natural resources, and some of the unique attributes of Metztlikua jobs as well as the roles the Temple of Finance plays within said jobs.

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Soil Composition and Agricultural Practises

Metztlitlalio has a range of climates, from dry tropical savannas to dense wet rainforests. However the entirety of Metztlitlalio has the same soil type. That being Latosols.

 

Latosols (also known as rainforest soils) are usually red/yellow in colouring, the colour primarily from iron and aluminium oxides and minerals. Most of the minerals within Latosols are from chemical weathering of the bedrock layer into clays and hydrated iron and aluminium oxides (sesquioxides). Latosols are generally infertile, as they lack in nitrogen and phosphorus. The vast majority of nutrients are stored within Biomass and litter (organic litter) then within the soil.

 

However, as usual, humans adapt to climates and challenges and the Metztlikua are no different. There are two forms of native styles of farming within Metztlilalio and a third primarily used by wealthy landowners or large corporations. The first way is called Shifting Cultivation, where small areas of vegetation within the tropical rainforests are cut down and burned. The ash produced contains the majority of the nutrients from the original vegetation. And thus is used as a fertiliser. The land is farmed for 2-3 years before the farmers and communities move on to the next patch of land. This allows both the forest and soil to recover. Shifting Cultivation is often used by the semi-nomadic communities within the denser parts of the rainforests. The second form of farming is a sedentary version of Shifting Cultivation, heavily used at rivers, where the farmers have their slaves or workers go on multi-day trips to the nearest rainforest and cut down a small area of vegetation, burned to ash, and brought back to the farmer to use as fertiliser. The ash fertiliser is often coupled with Esetlē fertiliser, given out by the Temple of Finance, supplied from the Temple of Culture and Religious Life, and the mineral rich river water that the soils take in. Those living on the river deltas perform more normal, western, forms of farming, as the land is almost always fertile due to minerals brought down from the mountains by the rivers.

 

When burning the vegetation, what is often used is a manakōnexetli, which is a large upside-down jar with a removal lid/bottom and a large hole on the side which can be opened/closed by a large plug, with smaller holes a third up from the bottom and even smaller holes on the top/base of the upside-down jar. The vegetation wished to be burned is placed inside the manakōnexetli via the large hole and a lit piece of tinder placed inside afterwards either through the large hole or a smaller bottom hole with the larger hole sealed via the plug. The foliage would then burn, but due to less oxygen available, would undergo incomplete combustion, primarily producing carbon monoxide and carbon/soot along with ash, however the smaller holes let air be sucked in and the carbon monoxide exit via the top. The jar itself can range from the size of a hand-held lantern to several feet in diameter, usually placed on rock wheels or poles to be rolled about. And is either made from pottery, obsidian if you're wealthy, or gold if you're incredibly wealthy. The original use for the manakōnexetli was to prevent accidentality burning down large swaths of rainforest, but now it has become a status symbol and acts as a way to carry the ash after burned.

 

These two forms of farming are used to produce similar crops. Such as ākat (avocado), kamotlapopōya (popoatli), various fruits, and tlallē (maize/corn). And are primarily subsistence farming. On the other hand, the third form of farming used is primarily commercially driven and produces cash crops such as rice, wheat, maize (again), and soybeans. Exotic and/or indigenous crops/fruits are also farmed to a lesser extent to meet global demands primarily from Seylos and the global markets. Massive amounts of fertilisers and thousands of litres of water used to grow giant plantations of crops to be exported to other nations, primarily Limonaia, Seylos, and the LAANN nations of Fulgistan and Oyus. There has been heavy criticism within Metztlitlalio of the commercial farming, as large portions of the rainforests are now being cut down to make way for the large plantations, cutting off many of the subsistent farming's access to it's main source of fertiliser. But due to many of the companies historic presence or being from LAANN or the Dominion of Limonaian States, TT guidelines to not strictly apply to the corporations and/or they are too valuable towards the economy to stomp out completely.

 

Due to strict religious and national laws, pastoral farming is banned for commercial use and can only be performed by licensed, reputable farmers or companies, strictly for religious practises as dictated by the Temple of Culture and Religious Life.

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