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Bill: Cultural Protocols Update Proposal


Submitted by[?]: Bilits’igina Ina Fitihi

Status[?]: passed

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: January 4196


I hereby propose to update the Cultural Protocals of Cobura, since the last update was in 4104. Demographics have changed, and so has Cobura.

Previous version here:


Cobura is a multicultural and diverse nation, encompassing five major cultures. Overall, Cobura is a pre-Islamic mix of Egypt, Sudan, and Ethiopia, with several Byzantine and Balkan influences.


Irkawan = Coptic Egyptian
Augustan = Esperanto-speaking Byzantine & late Roman
Mallan = Amharic-speaking Ethiopian
Tokundian = Serbian
Majatran = Arabs

~Percentages of the Population~
31% Irkawans
31% Augustans
25% Mallans
6% Majatrans
4% Tokundians
3% Other

Major Ethnicities

The Irkawans are one of the two indigenous ethnic groups in the nation. Originally arriving in Cobura with the Qedarite (Semitic) Migrations, the Irkawans created the Kingdom of Irkawa, one of the oldest human civilizations, based on Ancient Egypt. Irkawans are based on Coptic Egyptians and Nubians in culture and appearance. Irkawans are primarily dark-skinned and tend to physically resemble Nubians.

The Augustans are the descendants of Selucian (Roman) colonists from the north, who initially settled on the shores of the Majatran Sea and later expanded southwards. During the Middle Ages, the Augustans created a powerful and wealthy Empire that left an indelible mark on the land - much of Cobura's modern cities were built by the Augustans. They have a Byzantine culture and appearance.

The Mallans are the indigenous inhabitants of the Domale region, which was forcibly absorbed into the Kingdom of Irkawa in antiquity. The Mallans are based on Ethiopians in culture and appearance. They have suffered widespread persecution throughout their history, at the hands of various Empires and regimes in Cobura. As a result, they fiercely defend their indigenous practices and beliefs.

Minority Ethnicities

The Majatrans are a significant minority in Dilganato and are derived from Ahmadi (Islamic) invaders. They resemble real-life Sudanese Arabs and a significant proportion speak Majatran (Arabic) as a first language. The Majatrans first settled in Dilganato around 1300 CE, acting mainly as merchants; later on, a large number settled in Cobura when its territory was incorporated in the Ahmadi Caliphate.

The Tokundians were invaders from the north who eventually settled in the south-west of the nation, in modern-day Tokundi. The Tokundian people possess a distinct culture and language from the rest
of Cobura: they are based on Balkan Slavic cultures and speak Tokundian (Serbian)


Irkawan = Coptic (both Sahidic and Bohairic dialects)
Augustan = Esperanto
Mallan = Amharic
Tokundian = Serbian
Majatran = Arabic

The most commonly spoken language in Cobura is Irkawan. The Irkawan monarchy established Irkawan as the national language as part of a cultural revival program beginning in 3879. For many years, the most widely spoken language was Augustan, the native language of the Augustans. As the Augustans were the elite group, it was the language of the military, government, and the elite classes. Today, children in all provinces learn their native languages along with the Augustan language, since the Coburan government made it the national language in 4157. This was because it was an easier language to learn than Irkawan, which took years to master for immigrants and non-Irkawans. As a result, Augustan is dominant in Egato and Tokundi, Mallan widely spoken in Domale, and Majatran is the first language of most in Dilganato. Augustan continues to be the second most spoken language due to Cobura’s trade and historical ties with Zardugal, but is rapidly growing since it is one of the national languages, along with Irkawan and Mallan.

The "classical" predecessors of these languages, (Arcaicam Aùgustanam for Augustan, Ancient Irkawan for Irkawan, Ancient Mallan for Mallan, Old Tokundian for Tokundian, Classical Majatran for Majatran) although no longer spoken, are sometimes used as languages of prestige and high culture by their respective ethnic groups.


Hosianism = Christianity
Apostolic Church of the East = Eastern Christianity
Coburan Apostolic Tewahedo Church = Branch of ACoE, Coptic Church + Ethiopian Tewahedo Church
Terran Patriarchal Church = Medieval Catholicism + Slavic Mythology + Russian Orthodox Church
Arkhē = Egyptian Polytheism
Ahmadiyya = Islam
Israism = Sunni
Abadism = Shia

~Percentages of the Population~
Apostolic Tewahedo Church: 33%
Arkhē: 26%
Terran Patriarchal Church: 17%
Irreligious: 16%
Ahmadiyya: 7%
Other: 1%

The Terran Patriarchal Church is the primary religion of Augustans and Tokundians, while the Apostolic Tewahedo Church is the primary religion of Irkawans and Mallans. Majatrans primarily adhere to nondenominational Ahmadiyya. While strictly Unitarian and monotheistic, the Tewahedo Church incorporates rituals and practices from traditional Coburan folk religions, such as the belief in the power of the evil eye. These practices were officially recognized by Patriarch Tewadros III, who also adopted rituals from the IESS, a religion in Ibutho incorporating elements of the traditional Mallan religion, and adapted them to a Hosian viewpoint.

Arkhē is the traditional pagan religion of the Irkawans, and was state religion of the ancient Irkawan Kingdom. The number of followers dwindled to less than 1% of the population, but isolated communities on the border of Irkawa and Domale continued to practice the religion. Due to increased Irkawan nationalism and promotion by the Royal Government, interest in the Arkhē religion surged, and it gained a number of converts.


Characters should have Esperanto, Coptic, Ethiopian, Serbian or Arabic names . It is advised that party names are in Esperanto, Coptic, Mallan, or or another Coburan language.

-------------------------------BRIEF HISTORY-------------------------------

The indigenous inhabitants of Cobura were the Irkawans and the Mallans. The ancient Mallans, based on the ancient Kingdom of Aksum, ruled over a kingdom centered around modern Domale, until they were conquered by the Kingdom of Irkawa. The ancient Irkawan civilization, based on Ancient Egypt, ruled a kingdom that encompassed modern day Irkawa, Domale, and Tokundi, as well as several areas outside Cobura. All of Cobura was eventually conquered by the Augustan Empire, an ancient and early medieval polity based on the Eastern Roman Empire, with the capital in modern Egato, which ruled most of the South of the continent. Under the Augustan Empire, the vast majority of Cobura converted to Hosianism, based on Christianity. The Augustan Empire lasted until the 15th century CE, when Tokundian and Majatran raids precipitated an eventual collapse. For a while, most of Cobura was a part of the Ahmadi Caliphate, the equivalent of the Islamic Caliphate, which ruled over much of the continent. During the 16th century, the Kingdom of Cobura, and its twin Kingdom of Zardugal, was born from the ashes of the Augustan Empire, and lasted until 2114, when modern Cobura was founded.

Cobura’s government was dominated by the Augustans at the expense of the native populations until the 36th century, when the Deltarian-backed Coburan People’s Liberation Front, campaigning for the rights of Mallans, Irkawans, and Majatrans, were granted the Foreign & Internal Affairs ministries. With Deltarian assistance, the CPLF engineered a nuclear genocide in the city of Amka, the largest city in Domale, which was later blamed on the ruling Augustan-majority People's Representative Party. In the ensuing chaos, Cobura was annexed into the Deltarian Empire as a vassal state. As a Deltarian vassal, the living conditions of the indigenous populations improved due to increased funding of health and social programs, leading to increased populations of Irkawans and Mallans. The Deltarian Empire eventually dissolved, and Cobura was brought back under Augustan rule in 3601. In 3672, the People’s Front for Democracy and Justice, a political party emphasizing Cobura’s pre-Augustan identity, overthrew the Augustan government and established the Federal Democratic Republic of Cobura, a republic designed to prevent further incursions upon the native populations by the Augustans. The FDRC was then replaced with a monarchy that incorporated elements of the ancient Kingdom of Irkawa, under the premise that the republic had failed in its objectives, and that a monarchy would be only way to ensure ethnic harmony and the well-being of Irkawans and Mallans. The monarchy has been the predominant form of government in Cobura since its establishment, alternating with periods of military dictatorship and republicanism.

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These messages have been posted to debate on this bill:

Date19:27:27, April 13, 2017 CET
From Bilits’igina Ina Fitihi
ToDebating the Cultural Protocols Update Proposal

As you can see, the reigiousness rates have decreased big league. There are two reasons for this, one roleplay and one practical.

1: Cobura has experienced a new government in the last 20 years. This government was very internationalist and secular, and sience got a bigger foothold in society and daily life. This development lead to the rapid secularisation of coastal and urban regions in Cobura.

2: Detailed political opinions of Cobura: : As you can see at the 'religion' section. approximately 40 percent of the Coburan population is 'extreme secular' or 'fanatical secular'. Isn't it a bit weird that 40 percent is so secular, but only nine percent is irreligious? (see current cultural protocols)

Date23:03:32, April 13, 2017 CET
FromRoyal People's Party
ToDebating the Cultural Protocols Update Proposal
MessageOOC: I'm voting for this despite not fully agreeing with the reasoning for it.

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