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The Republic of Cavunia


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I do invite you to read my factbook, it's still under development but I hope by reading it you will get to know Cavunia better and maybe even think of ways to integrate (both in past and in the present). Currently only etymology is finished, however I'm for now leaving geography and history, because they need a map and more depth. I hope I can deliver you some demographic info today. And as for now... cultural overwiev.

 

Cultural overview

 

How do Cavunian citizens see their country?

  • Cavunians were considered generally patriotic, however decades spent under communist government brought some apathy and disbelief into currently older generations. Nowadays, Cavunians see their country as a part of whole Europa, yet they tend to emphasize nation's traits - citizens see Cavunia as a religious nation, a guardian of morality.
  • Young people are not really happy with living in Cavunia. They tend to have more cosmpolitan views and most of them are angry with current government's actions, saying that Cavunia is left behind economically, culturally and ideologically.
  • Cavunians are very proud of their cultural heritage and natural beauty.

How do Cavunian citizens see other countries?

  • Cavunian people tend to have good opinion of countriers, where religion is important. Therefore, citizens of Great Burlington are viewed as very passionate.
  • Most are not fond of capitalistic nations. People of Cashar are mostly viewed as vain and spoiled, as well as cold-hearted.
  • Conservative side of Cavunia is also quite unfriendly with any islamic country, for example, Sa Hara. Muslims may be seen as a danger to national values by more radical Cavunians.
  • Generally, Cavunians tend to like Christian nations. They seek friends withing countries with a powerful army and conservative ideology. They also tend to admire foreign cultures, yet they are uneasy with incorporating foreign elements to their folklore.

How are the other country?s names written in your country?

  • Cavunian language tend to translate the nation's name, if possible and also lenghtens the ending syllabes.
  • Afropa - Afropija
  • Cashar - Ka?ar
  • Derthalen - Dertijalen
  • Great Burlington - Velikij Burlington
  • Jinhao - Jinhao (officialy), Činhao (commonly)
  • Magnaeus - Silnadija
  • Orioni - Orjonija
  • Sa Hara - Saharija
  • Sunset Sea Islands - Ostrovi Mora Zapadnaovijeho Sońca (long term), Sonečne Ostrovi (short term)
  • United States of Prymont - Stani Ujednoćne Primonta, Primont

How do your citizens see life? How?s their behaviour and point of view towards the government?

  • Generally speaking, citizens of Cavunia are glad to live in a free, non-communist country and are optimistic about the future. However, the governing party is strongly conservative, which leaves more liberal part of the society uneasy.
  • A rise in radical ideoologies (both right-wing and left-wing) is observed lately. People started taking more ceratin stances towards ways of ruling and living.

What are the arts like in Cavunia?

  • Cavunians are proud of their culture and like to accent its originiality. Cavunians history is richest with forms of literature and music.
  • Reading and writing is promoted amongst Cavunian citizens. National market is really rich with Cavunian authors. Tradition of literature reaches XVII century, when first pieces of documents and poems were written in national language. Currently, Cavunians are known for producing good fantasy and criminal books.
  • Music plays a very important role in Cavunia. In many towns and cities, tourists can hear local instruments and see small bands performing on a street. Musicians are seen as a pretty asset to daily life. Of course, world-known music, pop and rock are still listened to in Cavunia, especially among younger audience, however Cavunian modern music is also often aired. Some local genres involve kavupop, a mix of ethnic music with pop, badalija, style of music played in bars or turbofolk.
  • There are a few known painters, however visual arts are not as evident as literature and music.

What is the humour like in Cavunia?

  • Cavunians like jokes about other nationalities, especially Damantians, a minority in Cavunia, that is humourized because of their language and traditions. However, a Cavunian person may feel offended when laughing about Cavunia, especially when it comes to culture.

How do Cavunian citizens relax? What are their favorite pastimes?

  • Cavunians love to spend time together eating and talking. A tourist can often see groups of people (especially elderly) seated together in a bar, laughing loudly (most probably at the poor tourist, actually). They like going to bars and watching performances.
  • People in big cities, however, prefer to stay at home. Other activies include walking around parks or visiting their friends.
  • In mountainous areas, there are hikers and also locals love to enjoy the fresh air and stay outside. On the other hand, people on the coast love beaching and "cliff-climing", where they can admire the views.
  • Everyone loves eating. Especially national cuisine. Restaurants during summer may be open even up to 3 AM. It's an opportunity not only for a meal but also for gossips.
  • Sports are not really promoted, yet there is a common boom on a fit lifestyle. Many towns have gyms and pools.

What is Cashari social etiquette like?

  • Women are still patronized, especially in rural areas of the country. Opening a door for a woman or kissing one's hand is seen as a polite and proper gesture.
  • Meeting new people involves simple handshakes. However acquintances and friends are often seen hugging or even kissing in the cheek when greeting, no matter what their sex is.

How are the basic sentences on your country? Do you say "hello" and "goodbye" in a different way?

  • Good morning, good afternoon - Dobro rano
  • Good evening - Dobro vječer
  • Good night - Dobro noć
  • Goodbye - Spokojneho (literally: "I wish you a calm time")
  • Please - Pro?im
  • Thank you - Hvala
  • I'm sorry, ecuse me - Vibati, Vibatijte (plural form, more official)

What is the religion in your country? How much religious are your people?

  • Catholicism is a major religion of Cavunia. Most people here are devout and practicising. Younger generation, however, tends to have more atheist views.
  • Religion plays an important role because after being oppressed by the communist government, the church took an active role in rebuilding the country in the 80s and 90s. Thus, many people see it as a fundament of a new, democratic Cavunia.
  • There's a muslim minority in Cavunia that has assimiliated into Cavunian culture. Cavunian muslims are known for "enhancing" Cavunian traditions and are praised for their role during communist government, which also heavily oppresed them. They live in peace with Catholics and settle mostly in big cities, especially in Bijelograd, where around 80'000 muslims live. However, muslim immigrants are not seen with such friendship.
  • Other religions are rarely present in Cavunia. There are a few protestant temples but only in the biggest aglomerations.

How do the cities look? How?s the architeture, how are the streets, advertising, is your city green and filled with life or filled with concrete and iron?

  • Mountain settlements are smaller and more loose when it comes to building. The biggest towns and cities are on the lowlands and near rivers. Coastline is densely inhabited but there's also a lot of towns spanned alongside the coastline.
  • Cavunian architecture is pretty much the same in the whole country. Houses are big with white walls and orange roofs. They tend to have big terraces and verandas. Cavunians like plants, so often walls are covered with ivy or vines. Streets in smaller towns are wide and cobbled. Windows are often facing streets and laundry ropes can be seen hanging in between two buildings.
  • Bigger cities follow more modern pattern, where every bit of space is precious, however old centres and suburbs resemble traditional looks. New centres are crowded with glass offices and skyscrapers. The love of nature can also be noted in city areas, where parks and greenbelts are made.
  • Mountainous architecture involves a low density of building, thus creating a logistic problem. Houses are often very big but poorly connected to other areas, with only unharded paths. Most farms and vineyards is placed in the mountains as well. Buildings have high, slopy steep roofs to prevent the rain or snow from breaking the construction.
  • Massive concrete blocks are only present in the biggest cities. They have been either destroyed or revitalized to fit the modern standards. Cavunians prever one-family houses or or small tenement houses.

How do your peoples look like?

  • Cavunians are tall people with olive skin, dark or blonde hair and dark eyes, brown or hazel. People in the mountains look different from the citizens of the coast - they are shorter and heavier, they also often have hooked noses. Also, lighter hair and blue eyes are more prominent among mountainous population.

Stances on:

  • abortion - considered illegal, legal only when mother's life is endengared and the fetus is no older than 4 months. However, around 15% of women commit abortion, especially those living in poor areas.
  • racism - under 1996 Act of Tolerance, hate speeches towards other nationalities or races are considered as an offense. People displaying racist slogans can be charged with fine or an imprisonment.
  • drugs - any drugs are criminalized in Cavunia. There were several attempts to decriminalize use of marijuana but current government did not allow to do that. Commonly, possesing a light drug is not charged.
  • homosexuality - current government does not allow same-sex marriages and partnerships. Homosexuals are still an object of discrimination in some areas, however big cities offer shelters and acceptance. Homosexuals lead a campaign that would allow them to get some rights. As for today, anti-hate speech law is under verification.
  • other religions - Cavunian consitution grants oneself a freedom of religion and a freedom of practice. However, some modern religious movements cannot be registered, as the constitution names only a certain number of beliefs as religion.
  • animal testing - still legal but many social campaign discourage Cavunian companies from doing so.
  • human rights - fully recognized, listed and enforced by the government, as well as by the Tribual of Human Rights. Any violation can be reported and investigated.
  • genetic research - legal but many laboratories were shut down. Cavunian government allows researches to a degree, however it is not exactly listed what can and can not be done. Most depends on who and whom is reporting.
  • euthanasia - illegal, a family of the euthanasized patient and a doctor commiting it will be charged with either fine or prison. Nowadays, the families are mostly charged with a fine, while the doctors lose their proffesion rights.
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