Bill: OOC: Cultural Protocols Affirmation/Update
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Voting deadline: December 4170
|Mikuni-Hulstria is an German/Austrian-Japanese mix, and more specifically a blend of the cultures of the Holy Roman Empire and feudal pre-Meiji Japan, but set in modern times. It is recommended character names should be mainly Japanese, German, Hulstro-Mikun (http://classic.particracy.net/viewbill.php?billid=502223) or a mixture of the three.|
Gao-Showa (East Asian) - 38%
* Kunihito (Japanese) - 31%
* Gisoten (Westernized Japanese) - 4%
* Mikuni-Sekowan (Okinawan) - 3%
Hulstro-Showans (mixed German/Austrian-Japanese) - 36%
Hulstrians (German/Austrian) - 18%
Draddwyr (Welsh) - 1%
Istapali (Nahuas) - 1%
Llaqta (Quechuas) - 1%
Welang (Taiwanese Aborigenes) - 1%
Others - 4%
Irreligious - 40%
Hosianism (Christianity) - 19%
* Confessional Luthoranism (High Church Lutheranism) - 12%
* Aurorian Patriarchalism (Catholicism) - 5%
* Other - 2%
Tenshism (Christian-Buddhist-Shinto syncretism) - 15%
Daenism (Buddhism) - 11%
* Mazdayana (Mahayana) - 5%
* Zensho (Zen) - 4%
* Draddwyr Daenism (Celtic Buddhism) - 2%
Kamism (Shinto) - 7%
Hulstro-Mikun New Religions (Japanese New Religions) - 4%
Morokism (Mormonism) - 1%
Thetanism (Scientology) - 1%
Aretism (http://particracy.wikia.com/wiki/Aretism) - 1%
Other - 1%
The main languages in this nation are Hulstrian (German), Kunihito (Japanese) and Hulstro-Mikun, which is intended as a mixture between Hulstrian and Kunihito.
Character naming: http://fantasynamegenerators.com/#realNames
Language translations: https://translate.google.com
Guidance on Hulstro-Mikun language: http://classic.particracy.net/viewbill.php?billid=427427
Hulstro-Mikun names: http://classic.particracy.net/viewbill.php?billid=502223
Game Rules: http://forum.particracy.net/viewtopic.php?f=11&t=6363
Cultural Protocols Index: http://forum.particracy.net/viewtopic.php?f=11&t=6365
The territory of what is today Mikuni-Hulstria was in the Middle Ages ruled by the Empire of Gao-Soto (based on medieval Japan and Imperial China), that also controlled most of the West of the continent. The Empire was brought to an end by the Holy Luthori Empire (based on Britain) in the 16th century, who conquered and colonized the territory, although most ordinary settlers were from Dundorf (analogous to Germany). The colonists named the new colonies Hulstria. Eventually, the Dundorfian settlers launched a revolution against Luthori and achieved independence in 1650 as the Empire of Hulstria, a conservative monarchy largely continuing the institutions of the Holy Luthori Empire, and which formed the basis of later iterations of Hulstrian culture.
The Empire of Hulstria collapsed 2117 starting a decades-long era of chaos and instability known as the Great Dark Period. Eventually the Hulstrian monarchy was reestablished in 2198, interrupted by brief experiments with Republicanism, Communism and other ideologies, after which "Greater Hulstria" would rule the nation for nearly a millennium. A system of Apartheid was implemented between Gao-Showans and Hulstrians, and though it was eventually abolished it created much resentment. This resentment culminated in Gao-Showa nationalism that would lead to the establishment of a Hulstrian and Gao-Showa binational Dual-Monarchy 3386, which was briefly replaced between 3411 and 3416 by the totalitarian North Dovani Union. Democratic opposition to the North Dovani Union led to a a peaceful revolution known as the September Revolution. The Dual-Monarchy was re-established, and successfully continued for centuries. This era, defined by a vibrant democratic life and peaceful-coexistence, is known as the Septembrist era. During this era the cultural distinctions between Hulstrians and Kunihito gradually diminished, paving the way to the fall of democracy under the Sekowan house of Yukio-Labsburg. Under the Yukio-Labsburgs the cultural trends of the previous era were publically acknowledged and accelerated by a new cultural policy. A "Hulstro-Showan" identity was promoted officially, and Hulstro-Mikun was introduced as the official language in place of "proper" Dundorfian (German). Although the nation experienced a long period of republican democracy between 4017 and 4108, during which, for the first time in centuries, the native people became the dominant culture and ethnicity in Mikuni-Hulstria partly as a result of whites migrating to places such as Luthori and Dundorf, the Yukio-Labsburgs regained their power. After the War for the Emperor's Protection (4152 - 4162) democracy was restored to Mikuni-Hulstria, but the Yukio-Labsburgs retained their throne.
Gao-Showa is the name of a meta-ethnicity that includes a wide variety of ethnic and cultural groups, characterized by their use of Gao-Indralan (~ Sino-Tibetan & East Asian) languages and historical influence from the Empire of Gao-Soto (~ Imperial China & Medieval Japan). Collectively, the Gao-Showans are the largest cultural group in Dovani.
In Mikuni-Hustria the Gao-Showa are represented primarily by the Kunihito, the "pure", "city-dweller" Gao-Showans, colloquially (and offensively) known as "Gishotoi". Formerly the secondary group in the dual-Monarchy, the Kunihito remain the dominant elite in the eastern half of the country and speak "proper" Kunikata (Japanese). The Kunihito are based on the Japanese in culture and appearance.
A sub-group of the Kunihito, now considered a distinct category, is the Gisoten. Colloquially (and offensively) known as "bananas" ("yellow on the outside, white on the inside"), the Gisoten are fully Hulstrised Gao-Showans and converts to Hosianism (these two traits are, naturally, connected). The Gisoten speak Dundorfian (German) or are bilingual with Kunikata (Japanese) and/or Hulstro-Mikun (http://classic.particracy.net/viewbill.php?billid=427427) and represent Westernized Asians.
There is also a small number of Sekowans, known as Mikuni-Sekowan in Mikuni-Hulstria. Also known as "North Sekowans" or "Sekowan émigrés", the Mikuni-Sekowans originally hail from the southern Gao-Showan nation of Sekowo. They are based on Ryukyuans / Okinawans in culture and appearance and speak Kunikata (Japanese) and/or Hulstro-Mikun (http://classic.particracy.net/viewbill.php?billid=427427).
Hulstro-Showans are the second largest ethnic group in Mikuni-Hulstria, and they are a mixed Hulstrian-Gao-Showa ethnicity. Colloquially known as "hāfu" or "halfies", Hulstro-Showans are characterized by the blend of the old Hulstrian and Kunihito cultures. They are the source of the Hulstro-Mikun language, which has traditionally been seen as vulgar slang or a inferior dialect. Traditionally proletarian and/or rural, the Hulstro-Showans have gradually come into the mainstream over the centuries. Hulstro-Showans are based on Eurasians (mixed European-Asian ethnic groups) in culture and appearance, and more specifically a mix of Germans/Austrians and Japanese, and they speak Hulstro-Mikun (http://classic.particracy.net/viewbill.php?billid=427427).
Hulstrians were formerly the dominant ethnic group in the nation. Originating from the Dundorfian-speaking settlers under Luthorian colonial rule, the Hulstrians became the largest ethnicity in the nation and ruled it for millennia. Hulstrians are sometimes divided into sub-groups based on their social status, such as the Mittel-Hulstrians (the Hulstro-Mikun-speaking generally proletarian/middle class population in the West), Volk-Hulstrians (South African/Rhodesian-style settlers in the former colonies), Luthoro-Hulstrians (aristocratic blue bloods who are descended from the original Luthori colonial elite), and Reich-Hulstrians ("pure" Hulstrians descended from the leaders of the original war of independence). Hulstrians are based on German-speaking peoples in culture and appearance, but have a more creole-style culture due to their history, and speak Dundorfian (German) and/or Hulstro-Mikun (http://classic.particracy.net/viewbill.php?billid=427427).
There is also a small number of Istapalis (Nahuas), Llaqtas (Quechuas), Welang (Taiwanese Aborigenes) and other ethnic groups originating from Mikuni-Hulstria's former colonies.
Currently most of the population of Mikuni-Hulstria is irreligious (including atheists, agnostics, deists, spiritual but not religious, etc.) as a result of dissatisfaction with traditional religions stemming from the collapse of the institutional structure of Tenshism during the democratic era.
The largest religion, and the one that dominated the nation before the rise of Tenshism, is Hosianism. Hosianism is a religion founded in 1 CE which believes Eliyahu of Yishelem to be the Spirit of God and the Savior of mankind. The largest Hosian denomination in Mikuni-Hulstria, historically and at present, is Confessional Luthoranism, based on High Church Lutheranism, which used to be the state church during the Greater Hulstrian era. The Aurorian Patriarchal Church, Terra's largest Hosian communion, has a numerically small but historically significant presence in Mikuni-Hulstria. Most Hosians in Mikuni-Hulstria are Hulstrians and Gisoten.
Previously a majority of the population adhered to Tenshism, officially the Imperial Evangelical Universal Church of the Orient, and sometimes known as the Imperial Cult. Tenshism is a syncretic mix of Hosianism, Kamism, and Daenism, characterized by henotheism, worship of Angels (considered identical to the Kami), reincarnation, and belief in the divine origin and authority of the monarch. Although Tenshism lost its dominant position during the 41st century democratic era, it has recently experienced a resurgence. Tenshism is primarily followed by Hulstro-Showans.
The Gao-Showa people have traditionally adhered to Kamism (Shinto), Daenism (Buddhism), and Jienism (Confucianism), often practiced in syncretism. Kamism is the name of the collection of native beliefs and mythology of the Kunihito people, devoted to the worship of a multitude of Kami (gods/spirits), considered a part of nature. Daenism is a religion that was born in Aldegar in the 2nd century CE and which later spread Terra-wide, becoming one of the largest Terran religions. Daenism emphasizes the elimination of attachment, aversion, and ignorance as the way to achieve enlightenment, meaning liberation from the cycle of death and rebirth. Jienism is an ethical and political philosophy founded in Gao-Soto in the 8th century, whose pervasive influence far outweighs the small number of declared Jienists.
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|Random fact: Cultural Protocols bills must provide descriptions of the cultures, languages and religions which would be easy for an unfamiliar player to understand (eg. "Dundorfian = German"). Where appropriate, they should also provide guidance to players on where to find help with translations and character names. This might include, for example, links to Google Translate, Behind the Name's Random Name Generator and Fantasy Name Generators.|
|Random quote: "Religion is the sigh of the oppressed creature, the heart of a heartless world, and the soul of soulless conditions. It is the opium of the people." � Karl Marx|