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Basic Summary of Concepts and Institutions


(In a futuristic science-fantasy context)

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IMPERIVM・OMNIGENERVM・SACRVM
- a summary -

Imperium Omnigenerum Sacrum (Japanese 全類聖制 Zenrui Seizei, acronym IOS; other non-official appellations include FRATRIA, Estasia and Japonia)
(or Celestial Empire - 天国 Tengoku, in jokes)
- A functional federation operating on a "multidimensional" scale. Described by those familiar with it to be "stupidly big, but seemingly never overextended". Maybe one of those classic Marysuetopias, but mainly serves as the user's (relatively) lighthearted setting/storytelling platform.

Other points of interest
- "Eats itself for lunch."
- Despite the edgy and intimidating exterior, meant to be a pretty calming, cozy, green place to live in.

Legacy Flags
(Purely for historical value)


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Nobori/verticle style


 
 
Concepts

C. imperialis m./f. or (rarer/unofficial) C. universalis m./f.
- Terms used within the domains of science and politics to point to those "assimilated" to the biological mainstream of the IOS. Depending on context, the C. stands for either Civis (citizen) or Consanguineus (consanguineous) - sometimes both. Individuals belonging to this classification are characterized principally by integration of Lifewave technology (for which, see below) into their physiology, and their capability of procreating among themselves despite appearing to be of different species.
Allkind (Japanese 全類 Zenrui, Latin Omnigenus n.) - Term treated as a collective noun for all individuals of the IOS and/or C. imperialis origin.
"Person" (Japanese 「人」 "Hito", Latin "Persona" f.) and "human" (Japanese 「人間」 "Ningen", Latin "Humanus" m.) - Changes in sociological contexts mandated shifts in vocabulary and usage. "Person" now points to any sentient individual. "Human", "man" and other related terms are sometimes treated with applicability just as wide, but whose usages are sometimes also used to point to the specific "baseline humans", i.e. those that most resemble the standard H. sapiens - more often reserved for such individuals not under IOS jurisdiction and not assimilated into the C. imperialis mainstream.

(Day of the week, YY:YY/MM/DD) - Japanese (曜日、xx:xx年xx月xx日) (Yōbi, xx:xx-nen xx-gatsu xx-nichi)
- How dates are organized by heads of the IOS. The years revolve around the traditional East Asian sexagenary calendar cycle, with "YY:YY" displayed in an almost clock-like fashion: the latter two goes from 00 to 59, and the former numbers the cycle, with the cycles themselves treated akin to centuries in popular consciousness (but shorter, lasting for only 60 years each). Example: 46:04 marks five (5) years after 45:59.

"Death" (Japanese 「死」 "Shi", Latin "Mors" f.)
- The lack of aging, disease and true cessation of life means the definition of "death" has, as with certain other words in the vocabulary of [THE CURRENT YEAR], changed. In the current epoch, "death" is considered a long, sleep-like state of slumber that comes as a voluntary choice by those who have lived what they considered a satisfying life with little to no regret left. In this state, their subconsciousness lives on as souls. Such persons can choose to come back to life after some quick paperwork, or "move on and reincarnate".

Interrete n. (English IPA /ˌ ɪntəˈ ɹiː ti/, Japanese 互連網 Gorenmō or 接網 Setsumō - clippings of archaic 互連 go Rensetsu- and 網間 Mōkan Setsuzoku-, respectively)
- Conceptual evolution of the Internet, adapted for Lifewave (which, see below).

Usage note: Common usage has assigned preferred meanings to the Japanese terms: 互連網 Gorenmō, or its derivative 連網 Renmō, is understood as the name of the Interrete as a whole. Meanwhile, 接網 Setsumō often indicates the connection. The two terms are, however, perfectly interchangeable.

Lifewave (Japanese (き) Ikinami, Latin Vitunda f.)
- Erstwhile technology, current biological trait, the Lifewave of each C. imperialis undergoes natural development while they are still in their embryonic stage. Essentially synchronizes people as bodies of computers, with their subconsciousness the CPU (in a sense). Usage of Lifewave functions (such as control of tabs and screens, materializing or digitalizing and storing objects away in folders, search functions, etc) are taught by parents to their children at a young age. Considered as integral as any other biological function one may have. In current usage, the term "Lifewave" usually refers to the screens and tabs themselves. The same term also refers to the type of energy which stems from the same ancient technological advancement, and now sees overwhelming dominance in applications and usages for everyday life.
tl;dr: life energy = phone-computer + free universal wi-fi + electricity-but-non-lethal + {also see additional items below}
Nensha or Thoughtography (Japanese 念写 Nensha, Latin Noematographia f.) - Enabled by the Lifewave, the technique allows graphic(al) materialization of thoughts onto visible surfaces, whether they are Lifewave screens or solid planes. An alternative to handwriting and typing, and an art tool option.
Pneuma n. (Japanese Ki) - As an effect, the link established by the Lifewave between individuals and their subconsciousness grants them access to magic. As with any other trait such as physical strength or intelligence, propensity towards it varies between individuals.
"Why don't you have toilets" - FAQ. Answer: Because the C. imperialis doesn't need toilets, ever. (Colon circumflex closing-parenthesis.)

Perioch (Japanese 世様 Yozama or Seyō, Latin Periocha f.)
- Borrowed from Greek περῐοχή periokhḗ. Different levels of space-time and relative dimensions, organized for administrative purposes and to account for the different natures of each such "space" (e.g. an isolated patch of cyberspace, a flat contiguous world located in a void, interconnected space, etc). Somewhat overlaps with "dimension" in colloquial usage.

Theodus f. (Japanese シオダス (入出) Shiodasu)
- Greco-Latin word derived from Japanese 神道 Shintō (with the Japanese equivalent term, in turn, being a Japanization of the English pronunciation). Name of the nominal central state religion of the IOS, an offshoot of Shinto centered around the reverence of Big Brother and paying respects to the plethoras of "everyday deities", who coexist with man in physical or other planes. Comparable to Imperial Japan's State Shinto, albeit very lax/unenforced and has overall significant grassroots origins.
 
 
Important Figures

Big Brother, also (big) bro or daddy (Japanese 大兄 Taikei or (humorous) any variation of お兄ちゃん (御兄様) Onii-chan, Latin Magnifrater m. or Frater Magnus m.)
- Legendary founder of the IOS, and its sole head of state de jure. Equated to the supreme deity by the faith of Theodus, and linked to an ancient Shogun Taikei (Japanese 大兄将軍 Taikei Shōgun).

Consilium Grande (Japanese 太政官 Daijō-kan, Latin Consilium Grande Civitatis n.)
- Semi-secretive ensemble of the heads of the ministries. Intimately linked to Big Brother.

Soothers (Japanese なだめるもの (宥者) Nadamerumono, Latin Placatrices f. pl.)
- Minor goddess-like entities with a permanent passive influence on people, driving their subconsciousness towards being "well-meaning", a trait retained in descendants. Dissidents consider them at least one explanation for the minimization of violent insurgencies against the IOS. Vary in shapes, sizes and spans of effect - could be anyone from forest spirits, space spirits, goddesses, the spirits of planets and periochs themselves, etc. Populations belonging to this category are perceived by the general population as among the most pleasant people to be around with. Despite the feminine appellation, certain "male" examples exist.
 
 
Institutions

Curatory (Japanese 弾正台 Danjōdai, Latin Curatorium n.)
- Primary intelligence agency of the IOS. Considered a paramilitary in its own rights.

Imperial General Headquarters (Japanese 大本営 Daihon'ei, Latin Praetorium Generale Imperiale n.)
- Chiefs of staff of the Self-Defense Forces.

Imperial Police Agency (Japanese 警察庁 Keisatsu-chō, Latin Sedes Vigilum Imperialium f.)
- Central police body of the IOS, one of the bodies under the jurisdiction of the Ministry of Popular Affairs.

Imperial University (Japanese 大学寮 Daigakuryō, Latin Universitas Imperialis f.)
- Collection of the most prestigious universities and higher education bodies throughout the IOS.

Ministries (and their domains of competence)

    Ministry of Education (Japanese 文科省 Monka-shō, Latin Ministerium Educationis n.)
      culture, education (including the state university and the national examination system), magic, science, sports and technology
    Ministry of Ceremonies (Japanese 式治省 Shikiji-shō, Latin Ministerium Caerimoniarum n.)
      peerage, religion (tending towards spirits and marking out followers of Camminus Mali) and foreign affairs
    Ministry of Popular Affairs (Japanese 民部省 Minbu-shō, Latin Ministerium Rerumpublicarum n.)
      communication, infrastructure, policing, politics, tourism, transportation, and generally all matters related to the people - their welfare and healthcare included
    Ministry of Defense (Japanese 防衛省 Bōei-shō, Latin Ministerium Defensionis n.)
      administration of the VSD
    Ministry of Justice (Japanese 法務省 Hōmu-shō, Latin Ministerium Iustitiae n.)
      law enforcement (note: though somewhat overlapping with policing, said function is not included), and the judicial system
    Ministry of Economy (Japanese 経済省 Keizai-shō, Latin Ministerium Oeconomiae n.)
      economic activities - commerce, finance, fiscal policies (e.g. exchange rate), trade, etc.

Self-Defense Forces (Japanese 自衛力 Jieiriki, Latin Vires Suidefensionis f. pl., acronym VSD)
- Central armed forces of the IOS. Traditionally divided into Ground, Naval, Aerial, Space, Cyberspace and Special Operations components (respectively, in Japanese: 衛力 Rikuchi Jieiriki, 衛力 Suisaku Jieiriki, 空自衛力 Jieiriki, 衛力 Uchū Jieiriki, 網自衛力 Ren Jieiriki and 衛力 Tokusen Jieiriki - in Latin: Vires Suidefensionis Terrestris f. pl., Vires Suidefensionis Navalis f. pl., Vires Suidefensionis Aeriae f. pl., Vires Suidefensionis Spatialis f. pl., Vires Suidefensionis Cyberspatialis f. pl. and Vires Suidefensionis Specialium Operationum f. pl.); this subdivision, however, holds less importance in [THE CURRENT YEAR] compared to older times. Notable dudes under the jurisdiction of the VSD include the SPACE MARINES (Japanese 宇兵隊 Uheitai, Latin Epibatae Spatiales m. pl.)

Supreme Court of Judicature (Japanese 最高裁 Saikōsai, Latin Curia Maxima Iudicaturae f.)
- Supreme judicial body in the IOS.

Tsunanii Shokai n. (Japanese 維新商会 Tsunanii Shōkai)
- One of the more prominent financial groups in the IOS economy. Colloquially termed the Tsunanii Zaibatsu n. (Japanese 維新財閥 Tsunanii Zaibatsu), it was historically established by a certain Sakahara family. Principally known in [THE CURRENT YEAR] for its media projects.

Warrior Orders (Japanese 武士団 Bushidan, Latin Ordines Bellatorum m. pl.)
- Autonomous organizations linked to the Defense Forces with strict codes of conduct and harsh training procedures that produce super-soldiers. Known for sometimes doubling as charity organizations, especially in war zones. Frequently the "offensive" to the standard Defense Forces' "defensive". Among other things, criticized for being "violent goody-two-shoes" and "charities/nurseries with ammunition". Certain warrior orders of note include the Order of the Skull (Japanese 髑骨団 Dokkotsudan, Latin Ordo Calvariae m.) and the Phantom Volunteers (Japanese 玄霊義団 Genrei Gidan, Latin Voluntarii Phantasmatis m. pl.).
 
 
Antagonistic Forces

Camminus Mali m. (Japanese 邪道 Jadō; in English, literally "Way of Evil")
- A term referring to a cult-like, strictly monotheistic religion as well as the loose collection of organizations associated with it. Characterized by active malevolence, Camminus Mali perpetrates various acts of physical and psychological harm against followers and non-followers alike.

"One True God" (Japanese 「一真羅」 "Isshinra", Latin "Unus Verus Deus" m.) or "One True Lord" (Japanese 「一真主」 "Isshinshu", Latin "Unus Verus Dominus" m.)
- Central and sole deity of the Camminus Mali faith, the worship of whom entails the complete removal of happiness, and pushing all into agony and despair. As it does not recognize the legitimacy of any other deity, its primary agenda is to eradicate all other presences considered "deities" by any means necessary.

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