Bill: Cultural Protocols Update and Affirmation
Votes: This bill is a resolution. It requires more yes votes than no votes. This bill will not pass any sooner than the deadline.
Voting deadline: June 4035
|Barmenia is a nation on the continent of Majatra with a primarily Turko-Persian culture and heavy Syriac and Arab influences. Barmenia is one of Particracy's Jelbic nations, a cultural group based on an amalgam of nomadic Eurasian cultures such as the Tatars, Turkics, Mongols and Finno-Ugrics, mixed with Iranians, Arabs, and Slavs to create a unique melting pot with its very own language, Jelbic, a conlang devised solely for the PT world. Barmenian, Pontesian, Vanukuian, and Jelbanian Jelbics speak their own distinct versions of the language, the primary difference being the source of loan-words. Barmenia is distinguished from the other Jelbic nations (Pontesi, Vanuku, Jelbania) by being more heavily influenced by Islamic Persian culture.|
Jelbics = Central Asians / Eurasian Steppe Peoples
-- Brmek = Jelbic-speaking Western Turks (Turks, Azeris, Turkmens)
-- Wrnukek = Jelbics from Vanuku, with Germanic influences
-- Pntek = Jelbic-speaking Caucasians (Armenians, Georgians, Azeris)
-- Jelbek = Jelbic-speaking Central Asians (Kazakhs, Uzbeks, Kyrgyz, Tajiks, Uyghurs)
Majatrans = Arabs
Kathurans = Assyrians
Selucians = Romans
~Percentages of the Population~
Other (Augustans, Luthorans, Solentians etc.) 3%
Ahmadism = Islam
-- Israism = Sunni
-- Abadism = Shia
-- Halawism = Alevism/Bektashism/ Alawism
Hosianism = Christianity
-- Barmenian Apostolic Church = Syriac Orthodox Church
-- Aurorian Patriarchal Church = Roman Catholic Church
---- Patriarchate of the East = Specific diocese for Pontesi, Barmenia, Cildania, Zardugal, and Cobura
-- Oseyim = Ebionite
Felinism = no RL equivalent, cat-centred religion born in Barmenia
Yeudism = Judaism
~Percentages of the Population~
Ahmadism (Islam): 52%
- Israism (Sunnism): 29%
- Halawism (Alevism): 11%
- Abadism (Shi'ism): 10%
- Other: 2%
Hosianism (Christianity): 32%
- Apostolic Church of the East, Barmenian Apostolic Church (Syriac Orthodox Church): 21%
- Oseyim (Ebionites) 5%
- Aurorian Patriarchal Church, Patriarchate of the East (Roman Catholic Church, Antiochene Rite): 4%
- Other: 2%
Yeudi (Jewish): 3%
Jelbic Shamanism: 1%
LANGUAGE AND NAMING
Jelbic (a conlang specific to Particracy) is the main national language of Barmenia, in addition to the widely used Kathuran (Aramaic/Syriac) language. Character names should reflect Barmenia's cultural background, and most characters should have Jelbic and Assyrian names. Party names may be in Jelbic, Aramaic, and/or English. These links can help with translations and character names:
http://www.idioc.co.uk/Jelbic-0.1.0.txt - Main Jelbic dictionary
http://particracy.wikia.com/wiki/Jelbic_Dictionary - Jelbic dictionary
http://particracy.wikia.com/wiki/Old_High_Jelbic_Grammar - Jelbic grammar
http://particracy.wikia.com/wiki/Old_High_Jelbic_Grammar/Tutorial - Detailed Jelbic grammar
http://www.atour.com/dictionary/ - Aramaic Dictionary
http://www.lexilogos.com/english/syriac_dictionary.htm - another Aramaic Dictionary
http://www.syriacdictionary.net/ - one more Aramaic Dictionary
http://assyrianlanguages.org/ - also an Aramaic Dictionary
http://cal.huc.edu/ - and yet another Aramaic Dictionary (includes all Aramaic varieties; the pronunciation is given in brackets)
https://arc.wikipedia.org/wiki/%DC%A6%DC%90%DC%AC%DC%90_%DC%AA%DC%9D%DC%AB%DC%9D%DC%AC%DC%90 - Aramaic edition of Wikipedia
http://classic.particracy.net/viewbill.php?billid=429301 - List of Brmek names
http://www.nineveh.com/Assyrian%20Names%20Project.html - List of Assyrian first names
http://fantasynamegenerators.com/assyrian-names.php#.VYMgimSqqko - List of Assyrian first names
http://neoaramaic.weebly.com/ - List of Assyrian names and surnames
Rules of the Game: http://forum.particracy.net/viewtopic.php?f=11&t=6363
Cultural Protocols Index: http://forum.particracy.net/viewtopic.php?f=11&t=6365
OVERVIEW AND CULTURE
Cultural Origins: Area of cultural transition between Pontesi, Vanuku, and Beiteynu, with elements from all three; Jelbania, Jakania, Zardugal, Aldegar
RL Cultural Influences: Seljuk, Timurid, and Ottoman Empires, Turkey, Azerbaijan, Iranian Azerbaijan, Iraq
New players can think of Barmenia as being essentially Islamic Turkic, and it is acceptable to play in Barmenia as though one were playing in the Particracy equivalent of Turkey, Azerbaijan, and Central Asia. However, Barmenia has a rich history and a culture that goes beyond simply standard Turkic, and players are encouraged to take this into account. Barmenia places a heavier emphasis on the pre-modern aspects of Persianate Turkic culture, and it's language (Brmek) is part of a conlang created specifically for Particracy (detailed below). Additionally Barmenia has a very large minority based on RL Assyrians, and as such it has much cultural influence from RL Iraq.
BRIEF PRE-GAME HISTORY
The oldest continuous inhabitants of Barmenia belong to the Qedarite (Semitic) group, and during its early history Barmenian territory was ruled by a number of Qedarite polities, such as the Qedarite Empire (~ Carthaginian Empire), the Sacred Monarchy of Beiteynu (~ Hasmonean Judea), or the Kingdom of Arakhim (~ Osroene/Edessa). The demographics of Barmenia were heavily impacted by the Jelbo-Tukaric Migrations (http://particracy.wikia.com/wiki/Jelbo-Tukaric_Migrations) that saw Jelbic tribes settle in most of Barmenia,
In 1186 Ahmadism (Islam) was founded in Barmenia, leading to the creation of the Ahmadi Caliphate, the largest empire in pre-modern Majatran history, which spread the religion throughout the continent. Barmenia remained under the rule of the Caliphate even after it lost its political authority over the rest of Majatra, until it was overthrown in a democratic revolution in 2142, founding modern Barmenia.
Modern Barmenia alternated between periods of democratic rule and various Ahmadi theocratic/monarchic regimes, until in 2951 it was brought under the rule of a Selucian monarchy. Selucian rule had a major impact on Barmenian culture, particularly due to the emergence of a new religion in its aftermath. Felinism, a modern religion combining elements of Selucian Paganism, Hosianism, and Jelbic mythology was born in the 32nd century, and Felinist regimes have governed all of Barmenia at various times in its modern history. The conflict between Felinism and Ahmadism and their respective regimes plagued Barmenia for centuries ever since, until it was brought to an end with the forceful expulsion of Felinists in 3818. The Ahmadi-Felinist conflict was replaced with one between Ahmadism and Hosianism, the latter associated with various Kathuran minority regimes.
The dominant ethnic group in Barmenia is represented by the Brmeks (Brmékai), the Jelbic group inhabiting Barmenia. They are very similar to the other Jelbic peoples, having a Central Asian steppe culture, with the difference that they are more urban and have heavier Persian and Semitic influences. As such Brmeks represent the Oghuz Turks (Turks, Azeris, Turkmens) of Particracy. Brmeks speak the Brmek language, and most of them are Ahmadis (Muslim).
Kathurans are the dominant ethnic group in Arakhim and Kathuristan, and they are based on RL Syriac Christians (Assyrians, Chaldeans, Syriacs, Arameans). Kathurans speak the Kathuran (Aramaic/Syriac) language and Brmek, and most of them adhere to the Barmenian Apostolic Church.
Majatrans are based on RL Arabs. Many Majatrans settled in Barmenia during the Caliphate due to its expansion into the Eastern parts of Majatra. Majatrans speak the Majatran (Arabic) language and most of them are Ahmadis.
Being the birthplace of two major world religions, Ahmadism and Felinism, Barmenia is a religiously heterogeneous country. Historically, Barmenia has also has had notable Yeudi and Hosian communities.
Ahmadism is a religion born in 1186 in Barmenia that believes Akim to be the only God and Ahmad (Ám'ád) to be His Prophet. Barmenia was also the centre of Terra's first Caliphate, leading the global expansion of the religion. All major Ahmadi denominations are present in Barmenia, but the majority of Barmenian Ahmadis are Israi/Israist. Israism is the largest denomination of Ahmadism, and is characterized by its uncompromising monotheism and its dedication to sunnah. Barmenia also has a substantial Halawi minority, following a mystical heterodox sect of Ahmadism which has many elements in common with Abadism (based on Shi'ism) as well as a number of Hosian beliefs. Halawis form a distinct middle class and are generally better off economically than the Israis.
Hosianism is a religion founded in 1 CE that believes Eliyahu of Yishelem to be the Spirit of God and Saviour of mankind. The largest Hosian denomination in Barmenia is the Barmenian Apostolic Church, an autocephalous (independent) member of the Apostolic Church of the East, a denomination grouping together all Eastern Hosian Churches. The Aurorian Patriarchal Church, formerly known as the Selucian Patriarchal Church and the Theognosian Church, is practiced primarily by Selucians. The Aurorian Patriarchal Church is represented by the Patriarchate of the East in Barmenia (as well as Pontesi, Cildania, Cobura, and Zardugal).
Felinism is an animalistic religion born in Barmenia in the 30th century and worshiping cats as divine beings, built upon the shamanistic beliefs of the Jelbic peoples with heavy influences from Selucian Paganism (Roman Polytheism) as practiced by Seluco-Barmenians. Recently most Felinists moved to Selucia, where they were accepted as being part of the same faith as Selucian Pagans.
Jelbic Shamanism, based on Tengrism and the mythology of the Turkic peoples with many elements from Hungarian Paganism, is a collective term grouping the pre-Hosian and pre-Ahmadi religious beliefs of the Jelbic peoples. The most widely followed form of Jelbic shamanism is Tanhrism, a religion that sees Tanhri (the Sky) as the highest (and sometimes only) divinity. Zollism is a form of Jelbic shamanism from Vanuku that was heavily influenced by Selucian Paganism, and thus considers the Sun to be the greatest divinity.
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