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The Ideologies of Eurth

For this thread, an ideology is a set of beliefs or philosophies formerly applied primarily to economic, political, or religious theories that are attributed to a group of people. Ideologies often start with an idealogue - an advocate for the particular ideology, often as an official representative of that ideology - or multiple idealogues who share a common interest, goal, or problem (though who may not always agree with each other). Ideologies can be messy, illogical, and often contradict reality in both small and big ways (don't worry, the human mind is very good at rationalising away descrepencies). Though, sometimes, that messiness is intentional often as a way to scapegoat a particular group, to further empower those at the top of the hierarchy, or ensure the idealogues end up at the top of a new hierarchy (usually all 3).

This thread is to be a directory+dictionary of Eurth's unique (and often whacky) ideologies where members of the community can use to learn and appropriate from for their own roleplays and factbooks. Factbooks can be posted to this thread by anyone, and at the bottom of this post will be a list of links to IIwiki articles and other posts on the forum detailing other ideologies. If you'd like a link added to this thread, just poke @Xio on the Discord.

To limit the scope of this thread it's best to think of this thread as a place for you to introduce an idea, its main tenants and history, and where its currently being practised (and by who). Ideologies that are specifically religions should go elsewhere as this thread is interested primarily in economic and political theory over religious philosophy.

(I'll probably add more to this post in the future if it does get used.)

IIwiki / Forum Links
Gemotamism (@Stedoria)
Guild Socialism (@Xio)

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Decadentism and the Decadentian Society

Isn’t it necessary to believe a beautiful mask more than reality?
— Anthony Bréau, University of Godstone (1888)

 

Overview

Decadentism is a philosophy on the nature and purpose of culture and society that was founded in Lysia in the late 19th Century before finding its footing in western Aurelian aristocracy and high society in the early and middle 20th century.

Decadentism is a societal and philosophical ideology that promotes human fantasy and hedonism over logic and the natural wurld. Decadentists are both often anti-religious and anti-science, believing that there is no greater truth to the wurld and that endeavouring to find it is a journey for fools. Decadentists are not against the progression of science – many forms of hedonism are only safe and available thanks to science – but that Decadentists believe mainstream science has been incorrectly orientated towards discovering truths instead of heightening human experience and pleasure. One of the key tenants of Decadentism is Aesthetic Hedonism – that for something to be beautiful it has to cause pleasure (or that beauty is always accompanied by pleasure).

Within Decadentism there are a set of 3 doctrines on art and human experiences and a set of 3 tenants of the ideology. The 6 ideas together are known as the 6 arms of Decadentism.

Three doctrines on art and human experiences:

  1. Art and human experience should never express anything but itself.
  2. All bad art and experiences comes from returning to Life and Nature, and elevating them into ideals.
  3. Life imitates Art far more than Art imitates Life.

Three tenants of Decadentism:

  1. The superiority of human fantasy.
  2. The rejection of the natural wurld and sciences.
  3. Devotion to aesthetic hedonism and the idea that beauty and pleasure are one and the same.

 

 

History

Decadentism is an off-shoot of the Decadence Movement, a Lysian artistic and literary movement that first began in the 1850s. Many of the first Decadents were writers, art and literary critics, and essayists who exalted the decline of the Aroman and Aurelian empires as models for modern artisans to express their passions and work. By the late 1860s, there were numerous publishing companies and magazines that had particular focus on the Decadence Movement, which in turn spread into neighbouring Anglia.

Anglian aristocracy and the ex-nobility of Lysia became a key demographic of the consumption of decadence literature during the 70s and 80s. It was also at this time when the first philosophic books on the Decadence Movement as a political and societal tool started to be written. The most influential early Decadentist was Anthony Bréau, an aristocrat of Anglian and Lysian descent who wrote the book “The 3 Untruths: Against Nature” which is still considered the principal book for modern Decadentists as it was the first piece of literature to unify political/societal Decadence and literary Decadence by merging the three doctrines and three tenants of Decadentism into the 6 arms of Decadentism.

Many of the Decadence Movement figures who focused more on the societal and philosophical aspects of the movement moved from Lysia to Advocatius during the mid 1890s, as the Lysian government cracked down on Decadence Societies due to their deviancy and influence in government. Many of the Decadence Movement artisan ideologues shifted towards the Symbolism Movement in response to the crackdowns, as well as part of a general decline in interest that had begun as far back as the mid 1980s. It is this split between the political and artistic of the Decadence Movement that many point to as the start of the transition of the Decadence Movement away from a primarily artistic framework towards an aesthetic and societal ideology that is now known as Decadentism.

Although Decadentists remained a small group of artisans and bourgeoisie in the Advocatius colony (seeing its complete dissolution during the Advocato Famine), the ideas of the Decadentists continued to spread west into Anglian and Iverican colonies within the Western Wastes. Colonial aristocracy and plantation owners came to adopt the ideology with a distinctly classist wurld-view.

 

 

Decadentian Society

Decadentian Society was founded in the Bushland Republic in 1934, limited to the upper class as a series of gentlemen clubs in the cities of Coltington and Aberdeen-in-Aurelia. In 1940 women were allowed to join the society and soon the Decadentian Society became the fastest way for actors, businessmen, and politicians to make connections to the wealthy and powerful across the Western Wastes.

The Decadentian Society began opening casinos and other entertainment establishments by the 1950s, as well as real estate companies by quickly buying up valuable land using its connections to build on or resell to investors. In the 60s the Decadentian Society had become patrons to public works, public schools, and private infrastructure projects along the western coast of Aurelia in an attempt to improve its public image as more than a ‘not-so-secret society of upper class snobs’. They also contributed heavily towards women’s rights groups and the secularist activists, riding off the back of the rise of progressivism in the 70s and 80s. It was also in the 80s that the Decadentian Society opened its doors to the common folk, abolishing the exorbitant entrance fee.

 

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Flag and Symbol of the Decadentian Society.

 

In modern times the Decadentian Society still holds an iron grip on societal and political life in the Bushland Republic, as well as appreciable influence along the western coast of Aurelia and partly into Sefesia and Great Xio. The last major political activism of the Decadentian Society was the removal of tax protections from religious organisations in the Bushland Republic in the early 2000s, cementing their dominance as the main societal ideology in the country. Although Decadentians in the present day attempt to discredit the role class discrimination played in the adoption of Decadentism in the Western Wastes, it is still undoubtedly an ideology deeply embedded in class discrimination and the veneration of artisans and the upper class.

The Bushland Republic has the largest number of Decadentists, with field Decadentists (those who are not staff within the Decadentian Society) making up 30% of the Bushland Republic’s demographics, with atheists making up another 40%. The last 30% are split between Christians and followers of the Syrbotic Faith.

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