Bill: OOC: Cultural Protocols revision and affirmation
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Voting deadline: April 3986
Pontesi is a mountainous newly industrialized country located on the northernmost tip of the Majatran continent. While Pontesian culture is essentially Particracy's equivalent of Armenia, it also functions as the confluence of three major Majatran influences, Selucian (Roman), Arev Mardik (Armenian), & Jelbic (Turko-Perisan). Pontesian people have influences from all three.
Pontesi's longest known inhabitants are known as the Arev Mardik, based on IRL Armenians. The name translates into “Sun People” in their own language. They are believed to have moved to the northern mountains of Pontesi after a prehistoric and unexplained migration from present day Hobratsia and the surrounding area. Selucians arrived in Pontesi as early as the 4'th century and mostly settled along its eastern coast, especially in modern day Bazlieum. Meanwhile, the Yeudi have maintained a presence deep in Azorium since before the birth of modern Pontesi.
The Arev Mardik lived in Pontesi's mountains for many years and most were relatively unimpacted by the Jelbo-Tukaric Migrations (http://particracy.wikia.com/wiki/Jelbo-Tukaric_Migrations) that saw Jelbic tribes settle in the lowlands of Pontesi. The Jelbics are based on an amalgam of nomadic Eurasian cultures such as the Tatars, Turkics, Mongols and Finno-Ugrics. They intermarried with the Arev Mardik and gave birth to the Pnték language, a regional dialect of Jelbék, a conlang devised solely for the PT world. Barmenian, Vanukan, and Jelbanian Jelbics speak their own distinct versions of the language, the primary difference being the source of loan-words.
Pontesi has historically been a rather cosmopolitan society with a colonial history, and has long boasted significant minorities. Selucians (Romans) and Yeudi (Jews) have been present in the area since before the birth of the modern Pontesian state. Despite the nomadic origins of the invading Jelbic peoples, Pontesi has historically been ruled by a westernised nobility and their immediate subjects, with influences and intermarriages from nearby Selucia as well as Pontesi's historical ally, Luthori. The descendants of this rather cosmopolitan (but often fiercely patriotic) group are now known as the Abuék Pntékai (“High Pontesians”, westernised Armenians with Roman influences) or "Sugirkai" (Cedar people).
Jelbic-speaking Ponteans and Arev Mardik cultures have syncretized significantly in many ways, leading to Pontesi's interesting (and sometimes difficult) fusion of lowland nomadism and highland steadfastness. Indeed, it was in the mountain retreats of the Arev Mardik that the Pntékai tribes took refuge during the heights of Yeudi expansion around 1100 and the Ahmadi Caliphate around 1450, and it was from these retreats that the Pntékai surged forth to reassert themselves, eventually ruling over an empire that extended far into Beiteynu until the end of the 20th century.
Interestingly, the Arev Mardik maintain that they were the first peoples to take up the banner of Hosianism, several hundred years before the Augustan Empire officially adopted it as the state religion in 509.
Pontesi rose to become a international power in the 25:th century by the accusation of Gran Tadraki (nowadays western Beiteynu), Gaduridos (and later Talmoria) by its semi-independent Imperial East Terra Company. While starting of as a tribalistic republic, referenced to by the name “Pontesian Dynastic Commonwealth” ('dynastic' which indicates the strong standing of the clans), it was later declared an empire under the nationalistic Belknap family. The Belknaps dominated Pontesi for much of the late third millennia, but were eventually ousted in a revolution.
The next clan to take the throne were the Mederagaar family. Styling themselves "Director Generals", they ruled the country in a corporate fashion and attempted many social and economic and social experiments, with varying success. The most long-standing legacy of this era is the Medrengaard Experimental City and Habitation Occupation Zone, an experimental underground city of brass (meaning steam punk-ish) northeast of Lerna, Caespasia.
The Selucian Crimson Crusade arrived in the early 31'th century and took over for a time, but were forced to retreat and go into exile in Barmenia, because of intervention from the International Monarchist League (IML). The league eventually succeeded in reinstating the Belknaps on the throne. The monarchy would remain for a time, and attempted to commit genocide on Selucian Pontesians, but were eventually ousted and replaced with the Selucio-Pontesian Aedinius Clan.
Later on, Pontesi would became part of the “Empire of the Jelbic peoples” an authoritarian regional power consisting of Pontesi, Barmenia, Vanuku and Jelbania, until it was finally dissolved in 3816.
Seluco-Pontean (Romans and “Westernised” Armenians): 36%
- Abuék Pntékai (Armenians with Roman influences): 16%
- Seluco-Pontesians (“Proper” Romans): 20%
Pontean (Armenians): 52%
- Arev Mardik (“Proper” Armenians): 26%
- Pntékai (Armenians with Turko-Persian, ie “Jelbic” influences): 26%
Brmékai (Jelbic-speaking Turko-Persians from Barmenia): 8%
Yeudi (Jews): 3%
Hosianism (Christianity): 75%
- Auroran Patriarchal Church, Patriarchate of the East (Roman Catholic, Armenian rite): 40%
- Terran Patriarchal Church (Russian Orthodox with Slavic mythology): 30%
- Other Hosian: 5%
- Religio Selucia (Roman Paganism) and Felinism (cat-centered religion from Barmenia): 18%
- Other: 2%
Yeudi (Jewish): 3%
Unaffiliated or other religion: 2%
Characters should have names corresponding to their ethnicity. Meaning that Selucian characters should have ancient Roman names, Arev Mardiks should have Armenian names, and Abuék Pntekai can have a mix of both. Likewise, Pntékai names can have both Armenian and Jelbic inspiration and Brmékai names should be Jelbic. Detailed links for are provided bellow.
List of Roman nomina (surnames): http://www.unrv.com/forum/topic/9867-index-to-roman-surnames/
Name generator: (Armenian): http://fantasynamegenerators.com/armenian-names.php#.VsYD3uaYFio
Name generator (Roman): http://fantasynamegenerators.com/roman_names.php#.VsYD7uaYFio
Google translate (includes Armenian and Latin): https://translate.google.com/
Jelbic names: http://classic.particracy.net/viewbill.php?billid=396321
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