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Hello all! This year, the Eurth staff is debuting a brand-new month long event for the community. Every day of December, there will be a themed prompt that deals with some aspect of your nations. The

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The prompt of the day for December 15th is...

      Folk Tales! What are the most well-known folk stories in your nation? Who's the bringer of good fortune and springtime, and who's the scary boogeyman who parents scare their children with? How have folk tales been reinterpreted and recycled in your modern popular culture?

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The Youth

The Haru Youth Services (Haru: Dra Ryni Ouidr Canjelac pronounced: "DE-raah RAaenee OHooee-de-ra KUahn-jaeeay-luah-ku"), often abbreviated as HYS, is the youth organization of the Imperium and its territories. Its origins date back to 1901 and it received the name Haru Youth Regiment in August 1906. From 1906 until 1932 (Of which it would then become 'The Haru Youth Services'), it is the sole official youth organization in the Imperium and its territories, and it is partially a paramilitary organization; it is composed of the HYS proper for youths aged 12 to 18.

In 1898, the Prathen-based Council of Nine established its official youth organization called The Youth of the Banner (Dra Ouidr uv Dra Pyhhan, pronounced: "DE-raah OHooee-de-ra oo-fu DE-raah PEae-ha-haahn"), abreviated as YoB often. It was announced on 8 March 1900 in the Hall of the Nine, and its inaugural meeting took place on 13 May the same year. Shortly after this, The Haru Youth Services, was established in 1901, within the Renor Elemmiire stronghold city-state of Tambov, it serves to train and recruit future members of the Ehdanhym Calinedo Canjelac (ECC, Internal Security Services). As time progressed it would over shadow the YoB, and merge the other service into itself, taking on its duties as well.

Doctrine

The members of The Haru Youth Services are viewed as ensuring the future of the Imperium and they are indoctrinated in the Haru ideology, including religion. The HYS includes many of the activities of the Boy Scouts, including camping and hiking. However over time it also became more of an academic institution, with both studies in the sciences, medicine, and other forays of interest, much like one might do at a college or some sort.

Many of those accepted into the HYS often get a chance at furthering education, and as such, the HYS is often times mutually exclusive to commoners as children from houses already have this access.

However, alongside this, many activities closely resemble military training, with weapons training, assault course circuits and basic tactics. The aim is to instill the motivation that would enable its members to fight faithfully for the Imperium as soldiers, if that was the path they so desire to endure.

Organization

The Haru Youth Services are organized into corps under adult leaders, and the general membership of the HYS consists of boys and girls aged 12 to 18. The HYS is organized into local cells on a community level. Such cells have weekly meetings at which various doctrines are taught by adult leaders. Regional leaders typically organize rallies and field exercises in which several dozen HYS cells will participate. The largest gathering usually take place annually at Prathen, where members from all over the Imperium will converge for the annual Imperium Victory Day Rally. 

The HYS maintains training academies comparable to preparatory schools, which are designed to nurture future leaders. The HYS also maintains several corps designed to develop future officers for the Haru Imperial Legionary (Armed Forces). The corps offers specialized foundational training for each of the specific arms for which the member is ultimately destined. The Sea Haru Youth Services (Sea-HYS), for example, serves as an auxiliary to the HIN. Its symbol is a rising sun with over the national banner. A program entitled Ninym Ouidr Canjelac (Rural Youth Services, Pronounced: "Neenaem OHooee-de-ra KUahn-jaeeay-luah-ku") is designed to teach specifically chosen rural youths training for future labor leaders and technicians, its emblem is a hammer and a wrench over the national banner.

The Haru Youth Services has a number of monthly and weekly publications, internet service and a phone service, among them are the Ryni Ouidr Canjelac Hafc Sehida (Haru Youth News Minute), the Ouidr Makeuh (Youth Legion), Ouidr Hafcvaat (Young Newsfeed). Other services include Ouihk Esbaneis Had (Young Imperium Net), an internet service specifically designed for youths, and also ROC Damalus (HYS Telecom), a service that provides members of the HYS with access to phones and a government provided plan.

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The prompt of the day for December 16th is...

     Migration! Are your people the original inhabitants of your nation's lands, or did they displace another group? In more recent history, how are your people moving around within their own borders? Are some regions experiencing a population boom, and are others experiencing a shortage of people? Why?

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Meals

Because of the climate of the Imperium, a simple diet was maintained for much of its history, even before unification. It was only the raiding to foreign lands that new food would be introduced, and not until much later, would technological advancements and geothermal energy utilization provide the possibility of using freshly-grown, locally-sourced ingredients year-round.

Even over the past decades, the nation’s cuisine has blossomed from its humble beginnings into a cosmopolitan affair. Restaurants around the country offer a wide variety of foreign inspired and traditional Haru dishes, inspired by the ingredients found in nature.

However, the Haru citizenry diet’s main elements have changed very little since a thousand years ago. Most popular dishes still involve fish, and lamb. 

Sample of Seafood

Nyhgavecr or Ranke Fish - can be purchased in any grocery store or at the local markets and is eaten as a snack, either straight out of the bag or with a good amount of butter spread on it. 

Vecr'cdaf or fish stew - a simple mix of white fish, potatoes, onions, flour, milk, and seasoning but recently, some recipes also include ingredients like chives, curry, béarnaise sauce, or cheese. 

Mupcdan or lobster/langoustine - caught in the Northern Thalassaton Ktaigidon waters, langoustines are known for their tasty, tender meat. You can find it grilled, baked, or fried.

Fryma or Whale - is not an everyday food in the Imperium. 45% of whale meat is sold to restaurants, despite international opposition to the practice of whaling.

Breads

Nuiht noa - a thin, round, rye flatbread with a distinct pattern .The tradition of baking nuiht noa is believed to go back to settlement-times when it was baked on hot stones or straight on the fire’s embers. This method helped create the bread’s signature spotted pattern.


Cfaad noa - a dark, sweet-tasting bread with a thick consistency and no crust. Tradition dictates it is baked in a pot placed on the embers of a dying fire, then covered in turf and left to stand overnight.

Lehhysuh knyeh - a cinnamon filled bread rolled covered in chocolate, caramel, or sugar glaze.

Bivvo knyeh - thin, crépe-like pancakes, usually served rolled up with a good amount of sugar or carefully folded with jam and whipped cream.

Meats

Vyns Pnat or Farm Bred - Each spring, the sheep are let out of their pen to roam freely around the countryside, spending the whole summer grazing in the pesticide-free wilderness. Since the climate prevents grain growth, the sheep live on grass, angelica, berries, and seaweed. The meat thus requires little seasoning; it is tender and has a mild flavor.

Rihksayd or Hung-Meat - Though you can find fresh meat in grocery stores and on restaurant menus, a highly recommended dish to taste when visiting the Imperium is smoked Haru lamb or ‘rihksayd'. Before refrigeration, a popular way to preserve food was by smoking. It not only allowed the meat to last, but it also added flavors. rihksayd or 'hung-meat' is named after the old tradition of smoking the meat by hanging it from a smoking shed’s rafters.

There are two main methods of smoking in the Imperium, ‘penlrfuut’ and ‘tihkryo.’ The material used in penlrfuut is birch wood, while dried sheep dung is mixed with hay for tihkryo.

It is not just rihksayd that is smoked this way. You can also find tihkryo-smoked salmon, sausages, and even beer. Rihksayd is usually boiled and served either hot or cold in slices.

It is a traditional dish served at Yule, usually accompanied by potatoes in béchamel sauce, green peas, red cabbage, and fehdan panno jams.

According to a recent study, around 90% of Haru have this dish at least once during the holiday season.

Smoked, grilled, broiled, slow-cooked, in a kebab or a stir fry, you can find numerous lamb variations throughout the country.

And as with the seafood, whatever you choose will surely be delicious.

But if you like to go native, there are a few things you should try:

Rihksayd sandwich - in thin slices, rihksayd is a popular lunch meat, served on sandwiches or a traditional ‘nuiht noa’ bread.

Saydcuib or meat soup - made of the tougher bits of the lamb, hearty vegetables, and various herbs. Great on a cold winter’s day.

Seqatsayd Sausage - it is made from a blend of lamb, beef, and pork. Try ‘fedr dra fungc’ (with the works), and you’ll get the hot dog topped with crunchy deep-fried onions, raw onions, ketchup, sweet mustard, and creamy remoulade sauce.

Ettiquette

In the Imperium, people rarely thank one another for gestures of courtesy (e.g. holding open doors), nor do they generally apologise if they bump into one another on the street. Foreigners may interpret this as being rude or disrespectful behavior, but keep in mind that Haru consider such minor incidents or manners to be actions that one should anticipate and expect in life. Therefore, they generally do not require a profuse apology, a ‘thank you’ or even acknowledgement. Respect is exhibited in different ways.

* Respect should always be shown to those that are older than you. This involves deferring to their opinion, waiting for their input and lowering your gaze if they are an elder.
* Object, gifts and food should be offered and received with two hands.
* Remove your hat when indoors.
* Haru are reasonably punctual and usually prompt. They tend to try and make the most of the time they have. In certain settings, this can come across as impatient.

Greetings

* Use a person’s formal title (i.e. Mr, Ms, Doctor) when addressing them for the first time, and continue to do so until they signal otherwise.
* The most common way to greet in the Imperium is with a casual bow, a dip of the head with eyes closed.
* For funerals and other interactions, these require a deeper bow, where the torso bends from the waist by about 30 degrees.
* Handshakes are also used to greet in the Imperium. To show great respect during this greeting, one may support the wrist of their right hand with their left as they shake. Women may also greet one another by reaching out both hands to touch and clasp the other womans’ hands.
* A person in a position of service may put their hands together in front of their chest when greeting you or accepting something as an expression of gratitude. 

Gestures: Holding your index finger and middle finger together, slightly spread and in reverse, is a sign of disrespect. Thumb and Pinkie kept raised while the rest are in a closed fist, is also a rude hand motion.

Food & Drink: Politeness is very important in Haru culture, and there is a lot of emphasis placed on sharing meals and drinks. Although some of the older traditions have relaxed in recent years, much remains the same. Such as waiting for the oldest person/people to sit down first before you take a seat at the table. The honored guest who is also usually the oldest person takes the seat of honor farthest from the door.

Before you eat, especially at someone's home, it's polite to say that you are looking forward to the meal. In Haru, people say "E femm ayd famm" (I will eat well).

Try to eat at the same pace as everyone else, especially the elders. This helps to make the meal more enjoyable for everyone. 

Always pour drinks for others first, especially for those senior to you. If your neighbor's glass is half empty, that is when you would customarily refill it. This also means that it is your neighbor's job to keep your glass refilled as well. 

It's not considered polite to refuse an alcoholic drink offered to you, especially from an elder. As in any social situation, you should be aware of how much alcohol you consume and how it affects you. 

When someone senior pours a drink for you, hold out your cup with both hands to accept (this also holds for someone passing you a side dish or something else at the table).

When you pour for someone senior to you, place your other hand lightly under your pouring hand or your opposite elbow.

If someone has hosted you in their home or treated you to a meal out, it is customary to acknowledge your thanks after the meal. In Haru, people say "E yda famm" (I ate well).

Clothing: What you wear is important however, much of the citizenry is influenced by fashion and anything goes. One thing to be aware of though is that if you dress in a brazen way and the circles you are moving in are not dressing in the same way it will be frowned upon.

Both men and women take pride in the way they present themselves and are incredibly fashion forward and trendy.

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The prompt of the day for December 19th is...

     Land! What is the terrain of your nation's land? How is the ownership of land divided between various groups and classes? Are there any lands that lay outside your nation's borders that are considered traditionally part of your nation?

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The prompt of the day for December 20th is...

     Armed Forces! How many branches of your military are there? What are famous formations within it? What is its history and social standing in your nation? And what are the plans for the future?

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The prompt of the day for December 21st is...

     Healthcare! What are the most common causes of death and injury in your nation? How is your healthchealthcare system structured? How available is access to healthcare in your nation?

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On 12/21/2020 at 4:34 AM, Fulgistan said:

The prompt of the day for December 20th is...

     Armed Forces! How many branches of your military are there? What are famous formations within it? What is its history and social standing in your nation? And what are the plans for the future?

Oh, man.

This is the one I'll show you the full force of my armed force's crazy on.

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🏝️ 19. Land

Q. What is the terrain of your nation's land? How is the ownership of land divided between various groups and classes? Are there any lands that lay outside your nation's borders that are considered traditionally part of your nation?

Satellite image of OrioniA. Orioni is located at the easternmost region of Europa, separated from the Europan mainland by the Tethys Sea and along the Oriental Ocean. At 1,155,853 km2 (446,277 sq mi), according to the UEL Geographic Yearbook, Orioni is the 2nd-largest country on Eurth. It is slightly larger than Volsci, twice the size of @Tamurin, three times as big as @Variota, four times the size of @Batengdei and five times the size of the @Seylos.

Mount Silesto in Amilaki at 3,450 m (11,320 ft) is the highest peak in Orioni. The country lies between latitudes 15° and 31°N, and longitudes 135° and 152°E. It is south of @Ide Jima, separated by the Rosario Sea; and north of Niederoestereich, separated by the Azure Sea. The closest neighbouring country to Orioni is the Tamurin republic westward across the Roavia Strait.

The main island is also the "Home Island". This island is divided into three parts: western Alnitak where the majority of the Orinese population lives, central Alnilam is dominated by the Mendakh mountains, and northeastern Almintaka forms a sparsely inhabited nature preserve. Besides the main island, there are also 430 smaller islands, of which the larger ones are being inhabited and others remain uninhabited. To the west of Nordhaven lies Deseti island, which hosts the headquarters for the Entente of Oriental States. To the southeast of Oris lies Malindi island which is presently occupied by @Miiros.

About 53% of Orioni is either forested or mountainous, making it largely unsuitable for agricultural, industrial, or residential use. Hill country of over 500 m (1640 ft) above sea-level dominates the home island, and in some other elevated regions such as central Alnilam even 2000 m (6561 ft). Additional areas are inhospitable to human habitation, such as the coastal deserts of western Alnilam. This means that coastal areas contain the habitable zones and have high population densities. The population tends to cluster around fresh-water sources and seaports. As a result, these coastal regions of Orioni are some of the most densely populated areas on Eurth.

The western part of the country contains temperate forestland and rolling hills, with a strong agricultural imprint on the northern plains and along the Firigirigi river. The Wenizi river flows through the western part of the country, it's origin located somewhere in the high mountains of towards the east. In the east and south, along the shores of the Azure Sea, are extensive and densely populated alluvial plains of the Wenizi and the Caroni river, combined with lower mountain ranges in the Zinabi valley to the east. This fertile valley in the southeastern part of the country is curtailed by the Dayonisesi mountains, a mountain range that forms an enclosing arc, and also contains the countries highest point, Mount Oromis at 4802 m. The northeastern region of Orioni consists of elevated highlands called the Mendakh mountains by the local mountain tribes.

This is a list of the extreme points of Orioni, the points that are farther north, south, east or west than any other location.

  • Northernmost point – Cape Tawiseni extending into the Rosario Sea, Mar province (30°57'N)
  • Easternmost point – Cape Amrita on the Deli peninsula, Meda province (152°04'E)
  • Southernmost point – Unnamed point in one of the shifting sand banks of the Wenizi river delta at low tide, Zuidhaven province (15°29'N)
  • Westernmost point – Cape Suzette, Sirius province (134°54'E)

💂‍♂️ 20. Armed Forces

Q. How many branches of your military are there? What are famous formations within it? What is its history and social standing in your nation? And what are the plans for the future?

OSRU soldiers line up in formation.A. The military doctrine of Orioni puts great emphasis on naval superiority in home waters and providing escorts for commerce vessels which are the lifeline of the island nation. The navy and army have a higher priority while the air force has only a secondary role. The overall strategic military command rests with the Imperial Orinese Command Centre (IOCC) based northeast of the capital O'polis. After years of costly military build-up, the military now has a state of readiness capable of responding to all threats, both foreign and domestic.

The army and special forces are considerable and receive diverse training to deal with the empire's varied geography. One well-known corps is the Mendakh Mountain Troops stationed at Tauri Military Base. Orioni's military strength lies in its powerful blue-water navy, comprising 8 fleets. Grand Admiral Mario Ramius is the highest-ranking and most senior admiral of the Imperial Navy. Ramius rose to prominence during the conflict with S.S.S.S. in 2004. His final promotion to admiral of the fleet following exemplary leadership during the crisis surrounding Tarragat Island in 2006. The chink in Orioni's armour has always been its dated airforce. Lacking necessary experience in aerial combat, the empire prefers investing in anti-aircraft weaponry. Peripheral radar and early warning systems based on EOS cooperation have become a key defence strategy.

🩺 21. Healthcare

Q. What are the most common causes of death and injury in your nation? How is your healthcare system structured? How available is access to healthcare in your nation?

A. Healthcare in Orioni is a devolved matter and each region has its own system of private and publicly funded health care, together with alternative, holistic and complementary treatments. Public healthcare is provided to all permanent residents and is mostly free at the point of need, being paid for from general taxation. The Orinese are known to be blessed with good health. According to the most recent estimates of the average life expectancy, the average is 89,77 years, with men living up to 88,2 years, compared to 91,2 years for women. Since 1960, life expectancy has, in line with the Europan average, grown by two months per year. Death in Orioni is mainly due to old age (88,9%), lost in the wilderness (5,1%) or heart disease (4%). Infant mortality rate stands at 1,1% as of 2015. In 2015, the number of HIV diagnoses in Orioni was 4,312, with 878 contracting full-blown AIDS. The average doctor to patient ratio in Orioni is 3,6 doctors per 1.000 people.

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The prompt of the day for December 23rd is...

     Travel! What are some popular destinations, foreign and domestic, for your nations citizens? Do people tend to travel more for work or for pleasure? And which other countries on Eurth are most likely to visit your nation?

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The prompt of the day for December 24th is...

     Weather! What are the most common weather patterns in your nation? How have your people adapted to the weather? What, if any, natural disasters or hazardous weather commonly plague your nation.

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The prompt of the day for December 25th is...

     Holidays! What secular and religious holidays are observed in your nation? What are the rituals that accompany them? And what specific traditions does your nation have around wurldwide holidays, like those celebrated by major religions?

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The prompt of the day for December 28th (and 27th, and 26th, oops) is...

     Parks and Preserves! What does the average public park look like in your nation? Do you have wildlife or other natural preserves and reservations? What is the ecological future of your nation's flora and fauna?

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💊 22. Drugs

Q. What are the most common recreational substances in your nation? What is their legality? Which demographics use which drugs the most?

A. The varying degrees of legality of recreational drugs and their use in Orioni.

  • Alcohol is highly regulated. Alcoholic beverages are classified in three categories. Drinks in class A have <5% alcohol with a 50% tax; class B has 5-20% alcohol and is taxed at 100%; and class C has >20% alcohol and it taxed at 200%. The highest tax is also applied on any imported alcoholic drinks.
  • Cannabis was banned in 1926 by Empress Owa. There is a minimum sentence of 4 years in prison for dealers / distributers distributing. There is either a maximum sentence of 4 years or mandatory rehab for possession alone.
  • Heroin abuse, by injection, exposes drug users to HIV/AIDS. Injecting drug use has propelled HIV/epidemics in Orioni. However, opiate abuse continues to fall in Orioni and the Orient.
  • Ecstasy ecstasy laboratories are regularly dismantled in Orioni.
  • Methamphetamine. The most financially lucrative methamphetamine market in the Orient remains @San Ba. There are indications that methamphetamine continues being smuggled into San Ba from @Ide Jima, @Koku, as well as from Orioni.

23. Travel

Q. What are some popular destinations, foreign and domestic, for your nations citizens? Do people tend to travel more for work or for pleasure? And which other countries on Eurth are most likely to visit your nation?

Z2VtPYG.jpgA. From the beaches of Amilaki, to the chaos of Zuidhaven, alongside the history, culture and jungles, there is just so much to see in Orioni. There is no question about it, Orioni is one of our absolute favourite countries to visit. If you’re looking for somewhere tropical, relaxed and has amazing food, you'll find it hard to pick somewhere more idyllic and relaxed. Whether you are staying in a tranquil Oriental beach villa, or a hotel suite in a high-rise Zuidhaven hotel, there are plenty of possibilities for everyone.

In theory, come Summer, Orinese beaches should become the textbook backdrop for a bit of what Occidental foreigners call il dolce far niente: the "sweet doing nothing". But this most chilled-out of settings has proved far from drama-free this summer. For starters, business hasn’t been buoyant over the past few months: be it the Azure refugee crisis or a few instances of freakishly bad weather, the number of tourists on Orinese shores has decreased by 5 per cent compared to last year. Then came the news in June that swimming was temporarily forbidden on several beaches on the Weledi Gulf. The reason? A very unappealing above-the-limit level of wastewater in the water.

Oriental Airlines (Oharic: Irentawi Ayeri), often known as OA, is the flag carrier of Orioni. In 2016, Oriental Airlines managed to carry some 7,7 million passengers, or 21.000 passengers each day, making it a sizeable airline in Europa measured by scheduled passengers flown. Together with several partners in the Star Alliance, it operates an extensive route network on Eurth. Destinations include Europa, Thalassa, Marenesia.

🌦️ 24. Weather

Q. What are the most common weather patterns in your nation? How have your people adapted to the weather? What, if any, natural disasters or hazardous weather commonly plague your nation.

A. Orioni has a tropical marine climate that is usually hot and humid. There are three seasons: the hot dry season or summer from March to May; the rainy season from June to November; and the cool dry season from December to February. Temperate easterly winds and southern ocean currents ensure warm summers and very mild winters. Seasons vary per region, with the south being warmer compared to the rainy west and subtropical north. Temperatures usually range from 21 °C (70 °F) to 32 °C (90 °F) although it can get cooler or hotter depending on the season. The coolest month is January; the warmest is May.

The average yearly temperature is around 26.6 °C (79.9 °F). In considering temperature, location in terms of latitude and longitude is not a significant factor. Whether in the extreme north, south, east, or west of the country, temperatures at sea level are in the same range. Altitude usually has more of an impact. The average annual temperature on the Mendakh mountains at an elevation of 1,500 meters (4,900 ft) above sea level is 18.3 °C (64.9 °F), making it a popular destination during hot summers.

🏖️ 25. Holidays

Q. What secular and religious holidays are observed in your nation? What are the rituals that accompany them? And what specific traditions does your nation have around wurldwide holidays, like those celebrated by major religions?

A. Currently, Orioni has 7 public holidays and 6 "significant cultural holidays" that are not public holidays, although citizens which celebrate these holidays for religious or cultural beliefs can take the time as a holiday.

  • 1 January — New Year's Day.
  • moveable — āhuni: First day of spring (day of Vernal equinox).
  • moveable — Arbor Day: Tree planting day (last Friday of April).
  • 29 May — Restoration Day: End of Civil War on 29 May 1174.
  • moveable — Midsummer's Day: Day of Summer solstice.
  • 22 August — Nitoku Day: Final defeat of the Medani Empire by Empress Nintoku.
  • 8 December — Empress' Day: If 8 December falls on a Sunday, Empress's Day is celebrated on the 7th.
  • moveable — Midwinter's Day: Day of Winter solstice.
  • 24 December — Christmas Eve.
  • 25 December — Christmas Day.
  • 26 December — Boxing Day.
  • 31 December — New Year's Eve.

🍂 26+27+28. Parks and Preserves

Q. What does the average public park look like in your nation? Do you have wildlife or other natural preserves and reservations? What is the ecological future of your nation's flora and fauna?

Visit OrioniA. Nature and culture are major components of Orioni tourism. The natural heritage can boast a unique combination of a tropical climate. These natural attractions are complemented by a rich cultural heritage that reflects Orioni's dynamic history and ethnic diversity. Ancient temples in Asehayi, with its religious festivities, are some of the popular destinations for cultural tourism. Northeastern forests and the Amilaki Wildlife Reserve, in particular, are popular tourist destinations.

"Beautiful Orioni" has been the slogan since December 2004 of an international marketing campaign directed by the Councillor of Environment to promote tourism. In the year 2014, more than 9,4 million international visitors entered Orioni, staying in hotels for an average of 7,5 nights and spending an average of Φ1142 per person during their visit, or Φ152 per person per day.

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The prompt of the day for December 30th is...

     Generations! What are the defined generations of your nation, age-wise and culturally? How do different generations get along? And who makes up the next generation to lead your country in the future?

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      Roleplay.
      Okay, okay, I get it, we are a roleplaying community. But establishing international standards is an urgent matter, and—admit it—we don't need to roleplay every last detail of our universe. There can always be predetermined events. Besides, I'm sure we've all seen the multiple attempts at roleplaying the creation of international organizations. From only the top of my head:
      "Starting our own Model UN" by Orioni, OOC thread that never really materialized into a full-fledged RP. It was a great idea, in all honesty, and it definitely should've been one of Eurth's top goals. Most talk about this took place from late 2017 to mid-2018. "When life gives you lemons, make GIN and tonic" also by Orioni, an attempt to create a Group of Island Nations (GIN). OOC planning started in early 2019, last activity was in June 2019. "The Laws of the Sea" by Faramount and SSI. It was the talk of the town in late 2018, then it went silent. "From Skies to Safety", my own, which was done with the help of Gallambria and Orioni (in line with plans for the UN thingy). Most activity regarding this was OOC planning sometime around mid- to late 2018, then it also went silent. "The Thalassan War", a thread that I am currently in the process of resurrecting. Supposed to be a community thing (All nations around Andalla/Giokto are welcome), but everyone except me and SSI are dead. I definitely don't intend to sound like I'm complaining. Not at all! I love it when people get together to help further our community's goals. But should it just stop there? Of course we try our best to keep roleplaying and creating lore co-equal, but sometimes we must create an imbalance so that the other side will rise up to balance it again.
       
      For this problem, I propose we still do go on with our roleplaying, but instead turn the process upside-down.
      What I tend to notice is that, whenever a new thread is made, its pre-existing OOC thread only deals with the overview; the large details. The finer details of the story are developed impromptu, as participants push the story forward through their posts.
      What if we turn it around, just this once? We set all the important details in stone first—the organization's name, history and function, how it was established, what it does, its parent/child organizations, and which nations are participating. Then we begin roleplay.
      @Orioni's idea about the Model UN was the best example of this; sadly it did not materialize. What O did was to first establish the mechanisms of the organization—who heads it, who participates in it, how meetings are convened, its committees and their purposes, etc.
      What I further appreciate about Orioni's idea is how it focused on roleplaying the present, not the past. The OOC thread made little mention of history; rather, the RP thread/forum that would be created would instead show the UN in action, in the current timeline. Whereas other RPs like The Laws of the Sea focused on how it was established, and not what it really does.
       
      So, what we should instead be doing, is creating a list of pre-existing international organizations with their important details already decided upon. Then we leave it to the great people of Eurth to take it upon themselves and create an associated RP thread, whether it be for depicting the organization's founding or depicting its activities in the present.
      What if nobody chooses to RP it, at all? No problem. As long as it's on the list, it exists. People can cite it in their Wiki pages, news posts can make mention of it, even RP threads can use it. It will not matter whether or not said organization is actually being actively RPed, or just sitting there on the list. Why, it doesn't even need to be IC at all! It could even be a group of people on Discord, deciding random details about our RP universe like its currency and language as I've mentioned before, then recording it somewhere so that it becomes official lore and not generally accepted lore.
      That way, we get to encourage standardization. I may be the guy who enjoys little details, but think of this. How are we going to regulate the size of a country's exclusive economic zone (EEZ) beyond their coastlines? How are we going to determine who trades with who? How are we going to deal with pandemics and medical issues? How are we going to connect the world through transportation and telecommunications? How are we going to create more diplomatic interaction between members of the community?
      There are existing international organizations to serve that purpose IRL, and we should have the same here, too. Again, it does not need to be roleplayed. The mere fact that it exists would be enough to bring our RP universe one step closer to achieving globalization and, ultimately, realism (hooray for using buzzwords).
       
      This has been my TED talk and random brain fart. Thank you for your time.
    • By Variota
      With the new map update, Saale and Pallamara have been assigned to me. In order to ensure that IP doesn't become an issue and so that it's fleshed out a bit more, I've planned this OOC thread so I can pull in people when needed and keep everyone (including myself) in the know in regards to how it's going. I might also leave some things open to the opinion of the general community.
      So, first things first, the easier/harder one: Saale. Saale is easier because there's been very little written by Saale but at the same time, that also makes it more difficult. 
      Basic Saale info:
      Population: 11,008,652
      Area: 171.546 km2
      Density: ~64/km2
      Now, that's about it in regards to basic info about Saale. I had to calculate the land area myself and there's nothing about the economy. If I read the climate map correctly, Saale falls under a humid continental (?) climate. This makes it somewhat similar to Eastern Europe, which fits with Argis. With the density of the area being lower than Variota proper, I'm thinking of perhaps making the area the breadbasket of the nation. Its location could also mean that it exports to Argis, although the nations there are generally lower income so I'm not entirely sure how much they'd be importing.
      Saale had it written down that the nation was mostly Salish, about 95%. I think that's a bit too high for the area, even with integration/assimilation and general murder or death of the original inhabitants. Variot colonizers would have preferred to work with the local population and wouldn't have stopped immigration from other areas so long as they'd behave and pay their taxes. For now I'm thinking of:
      Variot 70% Girks 5% Valacians 10% Limonaians 5% Random Slavs ('original inhabitants') 5% Ivericans/Beleareans 5% The larger amount of Valacians, about one million, would be due to the close proximity of the nation and the relative instability found there. With Valacia not being active, this would be somewhat of a gamble and I'm not entirely sure if it's worth the risk even if it makes sense. If I end up not using Valacians, I'll probably up the other groups equally.
      Now, for the name of the land, I thought about looking to Argis and the meaning of the word but seeing as Argis means white... Whiteland or something like that just ends up sounding unintentionally offensive for a place not in an arctic climate. Keelpijpkolonie (Keelpijp Colony) sounds reasonable with the location of Herenthem being where it is, although I feel like that's a bit impersonal; after all, I don't expect people to live in a place for hundreds of years without wanting their own name. This could be circumvented a bit by just naming the area the Keelpijpkolonies and having smaller areas get their own names; this would also allow certain areas to get more foreign-names as places could have been founded by the other ethnicities. That'd also be somewhat close to what Saale intended for his nation, as far as I can tell.
      In regards to history, I'm looking at the area being colonized relatively early in my history. This would be driven on by the rapid expansion of Variota proper, mostly along the coast as they'd have less experience working the land, and the influx of new clans and what not; the Keelpijpkolonies would serve as a way to get new fishing grounds and a way to trade for produce and other needed goods from the inhabitants. This goal of the Keelpijpkolonies serving as the breadbasket would continue on to modern times.
      Beyond that, I feel that genuine integration of the area as an equal part of the nation instead of a colony would come after Klan Reierfer was integrated. Potentially, the start of the industrial revolution and such could be a reason for this as well; with Variota proper moving more towards urbanization and industrialization, the area's breadbasket status would become even more important. Their status would probably be semi-autonomous, higher than the various provinces but lower than, say, Lukinagrad or the Klan Reierfer
      If anyone has any interesting ideas, feel free to mention them. I'm open to brainstorming in that regard. Also tagging @Valacia, @Girkmand, @Limonaia, @Iverica and @Beleareas in regards to their people being named as part of the area. In case you don't want any of your people in my lands, just say so.
    • By Greater Serbia
      So I've got some time on my hands this week and was wondering if there's any good way that I can participate again in RP again. Dunno if Chariot of Civility is too old to resume or something like that. 

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