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The Chronosynclastic Infundibulum of Sadakoyama





(Nami no oto o sono mune ni)
“Keep the sound of waves in your heart”

National Anthem

(Yumenoshima Shinen Kouen)
“Dream Island Obsessional Park”

National Animal

Limosafera Cumcruribus


Population: 54 Million
- Density:

Capital: Ys

Largest City: Academy City Metro Area

Primary Languages: English, Japanese, French
Common Languages: Russian, Mandarin,
Arabic, Spanish, Hindi

Demonym: Sadakhan

Government: Sociocratic Democracy

Legislature: The Council of Sciencemasters
Dept. of Education:
SM Harper Wade Addison
Dept. of International Studies:
SM Svetlana Abbiati
Dept. of Defense Technologies:
SM Eladio Bolívar
Dept. of Biotechnology:
SM Meredith Koharu-Audley
Dept. of Cultural Anthropology:
SM Warren Rothenberg
Dept. of Synthetic Intelligence Research:
SM SI Shōugē Jī

Establishment: Colonized Year 0
Constitution adopted: Year 7

Land Area: 466,452 km²
Coastline: 272 km

Highest Point: Sadakoyama, 3664 km
Lowest Point: Y'ha-nthlei Trench, -5.47 km

GDP (nominal): V 1.99 Trillion
GDP (nominal) per capita: V $42,677.29

LinkGini: 2.64%

HDI (NS Version): 92

Currency: VHS Tape (V)(VHS)

Time Zone: Pacific Central Time +3

Drives on the: Left*

Calling code: +67

Internet TLD: .sdky

Sadakoyama may be considered to describe many concepts, most of which happen to intersect with one another. In one sense, it could be said to denote a mountainous, rainy portion of land in the North Pacific. In another sense, the name refers to an independent nation-state aggregated from the majority of inhabitants of this area. In yet another sense, Sadakoyama signifies a cultural, intellectual, and social philosophy, based on science and reason and independent of geography or politics. As a political entity, The Chronosynclastic Infundibulum of Sadakoyama, commonly called Sadakoyama, is a Sociocratic Republic in the North Pacific.


Straightforward answers regarding the nation’s name are hard to come by. The kanji used to write "Sadakoyama" signify “chaste child mountain”, and this is used by the inhabitants to spin several tall tales to the nation's more inquisitive tourists.

Some allege that, considering the nation’s considerable investment in both nuclear power and weapons, “Sadako” is in honor of or otherwise refers to LinkSadako Sasaki, a childhood survivor of the Hiroshima bombings.

Alternatively, it is sometimes asserted that the nation is named for LinkSadako Yamamura, a fictional Linkonryō, and those that repeat this tale will broadly hint that the haunted well from the Ring franchise really is located somewhere in the high mountains.

Others say "Sadako" is the wrong name; that the country was named for LinkSada Koyama, geisha, dancer, and actress better known by her stage name "Sada Yacco", who was popular in the 19th and early 20th centuries.

Yet another story claims that a survey team exploring the mountains in the early days of the colony discovered what appeared to be a medieval Italian convent, including the frozen corpses of the sisters, somehow transplanted there, and the colony named the mountain and then the country for these mysterious women. In some versions the corpses are alleged to bear scarring typical of bubonic plague.

The hypothesis most repeated by the nations historians, albeit as unsupported by hard evidence as the others due to the lack of early records, is that the name is in honor of the daughter of one of the ship’s officers, who was the first of the survivors to die after the colony’s founding.

The standard way to refer to a citizen of Sadakoyama is as a "Sadakhan."


The original settlers of Sadakoyama fled their original home in distant land known as Europe. As scientists and free thinkers, they found themselves falling victim to religious extremists as their home countries were becoming increasingly more religious. This was happening as a reaction to a widespread cultural shift know as the Enlightenment and the beginnings of mechanization and artificially generated power, a trend known as the Industrial Revolution. The people fled in the guise of a scientific expedition, planning to settle in a wild land far away called Brazil. During the voyage, their ship, named the Engraulis, sailed into an unusual electrical storm lit, according to reports, by "blue lightning and glowing green mist". The ship eventually emerged in a hurricane off what turned out to be the Goliad coast of Sadakoyama, with these weird little tentacled crabs crawling on the deck.

Eventually the expedition grew into a colony, and prospered so well they formed the nation of Sadakoyama.

A major shift in the national zeitgeist occurred in the mid-1971, when then-Director of the Department of Education, Sciencemaster Alger Trask, successfully convinced his colleagues that the business of science did not require education in the arts, shutting down whole colleges and even departments. This proved highly unpopular, yet even after being presented paper after paper from the Department of Psychology demonstrating that the emotional health of sentient creatures depended on non-rational expression and creativity, Trask remained recalcitrant. This led to his ouster in November 1973, whereupon he was replaced by Junior Deputy Director Harper Wade.

Wade's promotion from JDD directly to Sciencemaster, and to a position of responsibility for arguably the most important office in Sadakhan society, was not without controversy but her radical ideas allowed the non-violent reintegration of arts education back into the curriculum, and ending the fomenting rebellion in Marsei. Still courting controversy, SM Harper Wade Addison has been at the forefront of involving Sadakoyama directly in the affairs of the outside world.


Since its inception the people of Sadakoyama have been scientists, and this focus has never faltered; the love of science, reason, and the natural world is the common thread that unites the nation. The Sadakhan attitude to differences in ethnicity, national origin, sex, gender identity, sexual preference, and other accidents of birth is that the more perspectives that can be included in science, a larger number of ideas will be open to examination and testing, and greater amount of data is collected; and thus any deductions thereby arrived at will be the stronger for it. Anyone with the same interests are welcomed in the country, in fact, not only does Sadakoyama accept immigrants without prejudice they also seek out and court high-performing STEM students, teachers, scientists, and medical professionals from other nations. As a result, the population of Sadakoyama is highly diverse.

The path to citizenship is not free of hurdles, however. A foreign national wishing to enter Sadakoyama on a work or student visa is subject to a security and background check, and must pass a basic STEM aptitude test or otherwise provide proof of competency. Becoming a citizen typically requires many years of schooling, physical training, and sometimes therapy to pass the stringent citizenship test.

Sadakoyama actively pursues scientific knowledge, artistic expression, and intellectual development as a foundational aspect of its national culture; as such as much as a fifth of the population may be out of the country and any one time, engaging in field research with one of Sadakoyama's hundreds of research teams, investigating and documenting the cultural and archaeological legacy of other nations and peoples, or simply expanding their own minds by experiencing new things.

The government of Sadakoyama does not collect or utilize any kind of statistic measuring race, ethnicity, national origin, sex, gender identity, or sexual preference. Such divisions have no significance under the law and the rights of members of these groups and others are specifically granted and protected in the constitution. It is thought that for the state to use its authority to classify, define, or label people in such a manner creates inequalities and as such is inherently divisive. If scientific access to such information becomes necessary, relevant data can be obtained from the sociology or anthropology departments of any one of the nation's many colleges, but they are likely to require that a cogent and meaningful research proposal be submitted first.

There is no "Official Language" but most signs, literature, and government business in Academy City happens in a mélange of mostly English and Japanese, with occasional bits of French, Spanish, Russian, Mandarin, and Arabic thrown in. English and French prevail in Marsei and Beaumonde, and Chinese is most common in Yushan. Children are raised to be fluent in English and Japanese, and must develop basic literacy and fluency in at least three others to graduate high school.

As a nation founded by scientists with a strong commitment to education and research, religion does not play a large role in Sadakoyama. Creeds, doctrines, faiths and ideologies are treated as hypotheses; temporary, necessarily incomplete, and only as reliable as good evidence can support. Religious or traditional “Truth” is seen as an excuse to stop thinking. The population of Sadakoyama is largely atheist, the government is avowedly secular, and the constitution specifically prohibits the establishment of an official religion or allowing religious values to be encoded into law, but it also grants and safeguards the right for anyone to worship as they choose.
While some immigrants and even a small number of tourists with extreme or dangerous religious views have been turned away at the border, egalitarian social values prevail overall in Sadakoyama. On the whole, religion is tolerated but not widely practiced. Believers are generally viewed as having an amusing personality quirk, similar to being overly fond of a television program or video game system.
The largest exception to this generalization is a pervasive interest in Zen Buddhism. Many Sadakhan find its ascetic virtues and focus on emotional detachment in line with their principle social values, and since at its core Buddhism does not endorse or require a deity it does not conflict with a scientific world view.

"Race", in the sense of genetically homogenous populations, is not recognized by Sadakoyama to exist in the human species today, nor is there known to be any evidence that they have ever existed in the past. Cultural and sociopolitical concepts of race are studied but not endorsed. The use of race as a reductive categorization as a reason for discrimination is specifically prohibited against in the constitution.


Climate Zones

The most prominent physical feature of Sadakoyama is arguably the mountain that shares its name. Located on the northwestern edge of the country, it and its three sister peaks--Saraswati, Sarpanit, and Shamhat, form the backbone of the Áno Gnáthos range, which continues from the base of Saraswaiti (at greatly reduced altitude) to the eastern coast. A separate range, Káto Gnáthos, extends from the west to the southeast. Hilly country exists to the north and southwest of these ranges, respectively, and the vast and largely unexplored Tlalocan jungle basin is nestled between them, threaded by numerous and largely unnamed rivers. The western border of the nation is formed by the lengthy Mizuchi River, which empties into the sea at the southern end of Sadakoyama through the Beaumonde Delta.

The climate of Sadakoyama is predominantly tropical, from the rainforests of the central Tlalocan region, tropical savannah in the northeast, and tropical monsoon regions on the southeast coast. The far south and west regions have humid subtropical climate, and as elevation increases up the Áno Gnáthos mountains on the northwestern edge a taiga climate begins to dominate, with an ice cap climate on the extreme peak of Mount Sadakoyama. Because of warm, dry winds from the northwest, the northern coast is the driest region of the country, enjoying a warm, mild Mediterranean climate.

Rainy. Really, really rainy. Like, so rainy, you won't even believe it. Hurricanes, light summer showers, typhoons, that thick splattery stuff that gets your pants wet when it hits the ground. Great weather for ducks, is what I'm saying.


Largest City

Climate Type




Mediterranean (Csa/Csb)



Shell Beach

Tropical savanna climate (Aw)


Academy City

Academy City

Tropical savanna climate (Aw)

32 Million



Tropical monsoon climate (Am)



Mai Nuong

Tropical monsoon climate (Am)




Humid subtropical (Cwa)




Humid subtropical (Cwa)


Mt. Sadakoyama


Continental subarctic or boreal (taiga) (Dfc)




Tropical Rainforest (Af)


Arcadia Bay

Arcadia Bay

Oceanic climates (Cfb)







Academy City

Academy City

31.2 Million


















Mai Nuong





Mt. Sadakoyama












Academy City



Science and Education being the primary focus of Sadakhan society, there is no formal or practical difference between the administrative structure of the University of Sadakoyama (USDKY) and the governmental apparatus of the nation. Political power is held primarily by a coalition of largely self-governing institutions, including a full range of academic departments and 42 constituent colleges, each controlling its own membership and with its own internal structure and activities. The supreme administrative functions of Sadakoyama are held by the Council of Sciencemasters, representatives of and from the Departments tasked with providing for and protecting the basic common needs of its people, including educational standards, civil rights, universal health care, national defense, international relations, and environmental protection and management.

Academic departments are central to the structure of the University; they are not affiliated with any particular college. Departments provide facilities for teaching and research, determine the syllabi and guidelines for the teaching of students, perform research, and deliver lectures and seminars.

Colleges arrange the tutorial teaching for their undergraduates, and the members of an academic department are spread around many colleges. Though certain colleges do specialize in certain subjects (e.g., Addams College as a centre for the biomedical sciences), these are exceptions, and most colleges will have a broad mix of academics and students from a diverse range of subjects. Such diversification is considered important to the Sadakhan scientific community as a protection against intellectual myopia.

The University does not have a main campus; instead, its buildings and facilities are scattered throughout the country, primarily in the Academy City metropolitan centre. Most undergraduate teaching in Sadakoyama is organised around hourly online tutorials provided by the self-governing colleges, supported by classes, lectures and laboratory work provided by individual departments as needed. Facilities such as libraries are provided on all levels: by the central university, by the departments, and by colleges (each of which maintains a multi-discipline library for the use of its members). All of Sadakoyama’s libraries are fully digitized and their content available on line. USDKY, under the banners of numerous privately owned affiliated subsidiaries, operates the largest university press in the world and one of the largest academic library systems in the North Pacific.

Foreign Relations and Military

Sadakoyama has recently withdrawn its self-imposed diplomatic isolation and has joined the World Alliance and sent a delegate to the North Pacific Regional Assembly. The nation has declined to enter into any military alliances or self defense pacts in the interest of avoiding wars it may feel are not in its best interests, and has in fact offered a Neutrality Treaty to the international community, which a number of nations have already signed.

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"This boy is Ignorance and
this girl is Want. Beware them
both, and all of their degree,
but most of all beware this
boy, for on his brow I see that
written which is Doom. . ."
Charles Dickens

Sadakoyama enjoys a healthy, robust economy that is fueled by its scientific advancement and commitment to environmental quality. Tax rates are a little higher than in some other countries, especially for the wealthy, but this is a deliberate choice meant to promote and enforce social responsibility and egalitarian values. It is felt in Sadakoyama that high taxes on the wealthy drive out wealth horders and predatory capitalists that seek their own enrichment at the expense of others, and these people not only act contrary to the nation's founding values but they eventually, irrevocably harm the economies in which they operate.

Sadakoyama's primary industries are Information Technologies, Publishing (print and electronic), Tourism, and Cheesemaking.

San Lorenzo Resort near Shell Beach

Sadakoyama has much to offer the traditional tourist; world class, museums, art galleries, concert venues, and libraries and a spectacularly varied and high-quality cuisine. In the summer Sadakoyama's beaches welcome a wide range of activities such as sailing, scuba diving, and windsurfing. The fall and spring storm surges are some of the strongest in the world, making our beaches a premier destination for surfing enthusiasts. Gambling, prostitution, and recreational drug use are all legal in Sadakoyama.

In addition, Sadakoyama offers specialty tourism opportunities:

Surrounded by so much natural beauty, the adventurous visitor can avail themselves of the opportunity to explore and discover a rich and flourishing ecosystem firsthand. Experienced, highly educated guides are available to escort our visitors into the wild and beautiful Sadakhan wilderness to climb the sheer vertical cliff faces of jungle plateaus, raft down white-water streams or leisurely sail up a placid river, photograph rare and unique species such as our famous luminous butterflies, spelunk in ancient limestone caverns, or marvel at one of our many rushing waterfalls.

Our tourism industry is devoted to being ecologically responsible. Sadakoyama works hard to confirm the hypothesis that a world class vacation spot can successfully combine the highest levels of sustainability, rigorous standards in environmental stewardship, as well as social responsibility. All our resorts are completely carbon neutral, and all hotel vehicles are fully electric.

Our visitors are advised the production, manipulation, extraction, commercialization, industrialization and use of genetic material from our wild flora and fauna, its parts, products and sub products is prohibited as they are national assets.

Sadakoyama prohibits the feeding of any wild animal. As cute or friendly as an animal can appear, please do not feed them. Some may be dangerous, venomous, and/or poisonous. Interacting with them may interrupt their usual habits and can infect them with foreign viruses or bacteria. Moreover, feeding wild creatures may cause these animals to become dependent on humans.

Advanced Medical Care

Medical tourism
Patients struggling to afford or find the best treatment at home head to Sadakoyama. A leader in biomedical sciences, Sadakhan hospitals offer some of the finest care and most advanced procedures in the world, specializing in infectious diseases, genetic problems, and advanced prosthetics. Sadakoyama's medical personnel are also highly skilled in elective, cosmetic surgeries. Also, as a nation with a highly bio-diverse environment, Sadakoyama is a pharmacological cornucopia with a minimum of drug laws; we have the experience to offer unparallelled pharmaceutical therapies as well as treatment programs for addiction. Sadakoyama’s fundamental egalitarian principles mean that we want the level of medical care our citizens enjoy as a basic right to be available to as many of our foreign friends as possible. Our hospitals will negotiate the cost of the patient’s medical care on a progressive scale, according to medical need, assets, and income, and patient recovery is carried out in one of the most beautiful environments in the North Pacific.

Sadakoyama boasts of a vibrant publishing industry, in both electronic and non-volatile media. Scientific books and papers are a specialty. Sadakoyama's scientists have produced a bacteria-grown cellulose that not only spares trees, but is mold, water, and UV resistant, making Sadakoyama's printed books a favorite with librarians, archivists, and book lovers everywhere.

Information Technology
Sadakoyama provides top-notch IT services under the auspices of its many independently operating private karass-based companies. Some of the areas in which Sadakoyama excels is in cryptography, the production of waterproof and water resistant electronic devices, and in Synthetic Intelligence research. Sadakoyama is know to have at least one Synthetic intelligence active; the operating system/librarian program in charge of the USDKY Library is named SI Shōugē Jī (the Mandarin word for "harvester"), which ranks as a Sciencemaster on its own merits and is the Synthetic Intelligence representative on the Council. It is rumored that each of Sadakoyama's 17 Research Cruisers is inhabited and assisted by its own SI, but this is unverified.

As part of Sadakoyama's vigorous pursuit of the biological sciences, its laboratories have obtained and maintained samples of bacteria, yeasts, molds, spores, and fungi from all over the world, including from most of the important cheese-making regions. This has allowed skilled dairy craftsmen to duplicate the famous cheeses of the world, sometimes even improving on them.


Family Life, Maturity, Sex and Marriage
Sadakhan families are not necessarily and not commonly based on hereditary descent. Instead, Sadakoyama “family” life is organized around large, sometimes kin-irrelevant groups called a karass. These karass are typically formed around a combination of common emotional bonds, economic goals, research specializations, or cultural interests. Mobility between karass is allowed and even frequently encouraged for both adults and children, as this keeps relationships (and not coincidentally gene pools) from stagnating within the karass while providing bonds with other groups. Adoptions and fostering children among several families, within and between these units, to find the right fit is common practice. Foreign nationals, however, are never permitted to adopt Sadakhan children. Joining a new karass even into adulthood is not unheard of. This can be off-putting and confusing for the Sadakoyama’s many tourists or foreign business contacts, as a Sadakhan may change their surname between the first meeting and the next.

Because people are different and develop at different rates, legal adulthood (including criminal responsibility, sexual consent, Active Duty military service, and other aspects of maturity) is not tied to a specific age in Sadakoyama. Being legally recognized as an adult involves passing the strict high school graduation examination, which includes not only prescribed academic achievement but a doctor and a psychologist certifying the individual meets physical, emotional, and psychological maturity benchmarks. This is all accomplished under the aegis of the Department of Education. This has occurred for a very few as young as twelve but is commonly completed around age 16. Ethnic heritage, biological sex, gender identity or sexual preferences do not factor into this determination; allowances are made for physical disadvantages that cannot be mitigated by medical or technological means.

Traditionally, the government of Sadakoyama does not involve itself in the romantic affairs of its citizens, and until joining the World Alliance no marriages were formally recognized. There are no tax implications to pair bonding and healthcare is already fully socialized. Any commitments people make to each other is considered the business of themselves, their karass, potential partners, and their friends. To satisfy the World Alliance, if two (or more) people wish to declare themselves married the government will consider that a marriage. Tourists and other foreign nationals are considered married or not according to the restrictions of their own laws, but in neither case will Sadakoyama take part in enforcing these commitments on their behalf. Because of this, Sadakoyama is notorious among conservative or religious countries for its citizens' “infidelity”.

Sadakhan law and culture is intolerant of sex tourism. In order to avoid international incidents or legal complications and to prevent foreign nationals without an appropriate level of emotional maturity and/or psychological stability from trying to take advantage of Sadakoyama’s comparatively accelerated maturation, Sadakhan law holds tourists to the age of consent in their country of origin.


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Food Production
"Peace will come to the world
when the people have enough
noodles to eat."
LinkAndō Momofuku

The fare available in Sadakoyama’s homes, resorts, and restaurants is wide-ranging and enthusiastically varied. While the educational system gently encourages immigrants to abandon old prejudices and superstitions, Sadakhan culture encourages the preservation and celebration of traditional cuisines.

Basic Sadakhan cooking leans heavier on vegetables than meats. Sadakoyama prioritizes preservation of its ecological integrity, and so lacks a large-scale meat production industry. Fish farming, which includes farm-raised mollusks and arthropods and the harvesting of the native limosafera cumcruribus, is the primary source of Sadakoyama's animal protein. Chickens, a close second, are similarly cultivated in great numbers but with the industry well regulated to ensure the health of the animals and thus the high quality of the meat. Small-scale, low-impact ranches produce beef, pork, lamb and goat. The use of cows and goats for dairy rather than meat animals also tend to make these meats a little pricier. These higher prices have led to extensive use of commercial carniculture.

For the adventurous, “long pig” is also allowed on the menu. Demand remains low and is sustained mainly by the tourist trade, but those Sadakhan that are irreligious, unsuperstitious and/or unsentimental about death can contract with a meat processing company premortem or their karass can arrange to sell the meat after death. The processors and their product are highly regulated and tested using very strict standards.


Considering the considerable deleterious effect on environmental quality and social cohesiveness and the considerable danger to life, health and safety presented by combustion powered motorized transportation, Sadakoyama has banned personal ownership of any vehicle or mechanism of transportation powered by any form of on-board combustion. Commercial use of combustion powered construction and transportation equipment is regulated by the state with a view to minimizing environmental impact while maintaining economic growth. Public ownership and use of such vehicles is allowed only so far as necessary to provide for the state’s need for emergency services, infrastructure maintenance and defense.

Paved roadway exist, primarily within the tourist-friendly areas of Xanadu and Marsei, to accommodate commercial and public use vehicles such as a system of small electric busses for those tourists with physical disabilities or simply unaccustomed to walking long distances. These vehicles each have their own limited AI; not only are they self-driven but they are able to interact with tourists intelligently enough to serve as a tour guide. Large numbers of bicycles and small battery powered scooters are also to be found in use by private citizens and guests alike.

Sadakoyama has two civilian airports, primarily for the use of international tourists but also handling freight and package delivery. Sadakoyama International Airport (SDY) is located on an artificial island between Academy City and Shell Beach, and handles the majority of traffic, while the newer and smaller Sadakoyama Southgate Airport (SSG) shares the Carabas Peninsula with the Vandemar Military Complex. Kokukaisha, Aria, Kiwi Royal Crown and EiroAquiliq Airlines are notable carriers with their own terminals.

Sadakoyama’s energy needs are met through a combination of nuclear power and extensive offshore wind farms, some of the largest in the region.

Sadakoyama's nuclear energy program centers around a network of small, underground 600 megawatt accelerator-driven subcritical reactors. These that supply power for the monorail system and the relatively small grids of the many rural towns outside Academy City. These nuclear reactors are designed around a substantially subcritical core that uses thorium as a fuel coupled with a high energy proton accelerator. Benefit of such reactors is the relatively short life of its waste products, which is in the hundreds of years as opposed to millions, and the fact they do not require an enormous facility for safety and security.