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Culture

[box][i]The culture of the Holy Utopian Republic is primarily of Western culture (Shavaran) origin and form, but is influenced by a multicultural ethos that includes Usnistani, Native Arabs, Spanish, and German people and their cultures. It also has its own social and cultural characteristics, such as dialect, music, arts, social habits, cuisine, and folklore. The HUR is an ethnically and racially diverse country as a result of large-scale migration from many countries throughout its history.

[b]ORIGINS DEVELOPMENT AND SPREAD[/b]
The Spanish roots of the HUR are in the Shavaran settlers of colonial HUR during Pel-Van rule. The varieties of settler people as opposed to the other peoples in the Shavaran mainland were the overwhelming majority ethnic group in the 20th century (population of the colonies in 1960 250,000) and were 47.9% of percent of the total population of 3. 9 million. They constituted 60% of the whites at the first census in 1960. The Shavaran ethnic group contributed the major cultural and social mindset and attitudes that evolved into the Utopian character. Of the total population in each colony they numbered from 30% to 85%. Large non-Spanish immigrant populations from the 1940s to 1960s, such as the Germans (100,000 or more), added enriched and modified the English cultural substrate, The Encyclopedia of Colonial and Revolutionary Utopia. The religious outlook was almost all different versions of Christian.

[b]REGIONAL VARIATIONS[/b]
Semi-distinct cultural regions of the HUR include the Eastern Desert states, the West Coast states, the Central States, and the Overseas States. A area that can be further subdivided, on the basis of the local culture into the Spanish States and the German States.

The western coast of the continental HUR consisting of Cordale, and the state of Newdell is also sometimes referred to as the Right Coast, indicating its right-leaning political orientation and tendency towards government control.

Southern HUR States are informally called "The Kaiserreich" due to socially conservative evangelical Germanic culture, which is the most significant part of the region's culture and German church attendance across the denominations is generally higher there than the nation's average.

[b]LANGUAGE[/b]
Although the HUR has no main language at the federal level, the two official languages are Spanish and English. According to the 2020 HUR. Census, more than 97% of Utopians can speak English well, and for 81% it is the only language spoken at home. More than 300 languages besides English have native speakers in the HUR—some of which are spoken by the indigenous peoples (about 150 living languages) and others imported by immigrants.

German has official status in the state of Ostdale; German is the primary spoken language in Ostdale and various smaller linguistic enclaves. According to the 2050 census, there are nearly 30 million native speakers of German in the HUR. Bilingual speakers may use both English and Spanish reasonably well but code-switch according to their dialog partner or context. Some refer to this phenomenon as Spanglish.

[b]LITERATURE[/b]
In the twentieth and early twenty first centuries, HUR art and literature took most of its cues from Shavara. During its early history, The HUR was a series of Shavaran colonies on the western coast of the present-day HUR. Therefore, its literary tradition begins as linked to the broader tradition of Spanish literature. However, unique Utopian characteristics and the breadth of its production usually now cause it to be considered a separate path and tradition.

[b]ART[/b]
In the late twentieth and early twenty first centuries, Utopian artists primarily painted landscapes and portraits in a realistic style or that which looked to other countries for answers on technique.

[b]TECHNOLOGY[/b]
There is a regard for scientific advancement and technological innovation in Utopian culture, resulting in the flow of many modern innovations. Some innovations include the development of the hologram and the widespread use of mechs.

[b]EDUCATION[/b]
Education in the HUR is and has historically been provided mainly by government. Control and funding come from three levels: federal, state, and local. School attendance is mandatory and nearly universal at the elementary and high school levels 
Students have the options of having their education held in public schools, private schools, or home school. In most public and private schools, education is divided into three levels: elementary school, junior high school (also often called middle school), and high school. In almost all schools at these levels, children are divided by age groups into grades. Post-secondary education, better known as "college" in the HUR, is generally governed separately from the elementary and high school system.

[b]RELIGION[/b]
Among developed countries, the HUR is one of the most religious in terms of its demographics. According to a 2047, the HUR was the only developed nation in the survey where a majority of citizens reported that religion played a "very important" role in their lives, an opinion similar to that found in Latin America. Today, governments at the national, state, and local levels are secular institutions, with what is often called the "separation of church and state".

Although participation in organized religion has been diminishing, the public life and popular culture of the HUR incorporates many Christian ideals specifically about redemption, salvation, conscience, and morality. Examples are popular culture obsessions with confession and forgiveness, which extends from reality television to twelve-step meetings. Utopians expect public figures to confess and have public penitence for any sins or moral wrongdoings they may have caused. 

[b]HOLIDAYS[/b]
The HUR observes holidays derived from events in Utopian history, Christian traditions, and national patriarchs.

Unity Day celebrates the anniversary of the country's Declaration of Independence from The Pel-Van Dynasty (Shavara) on August 18th, 1957. It is generally observed by parades throughout the day and night.

Christmas and Easter are much more major holidays in The HUR than other places due to 80% of the country being “hardcore” or Templar Christians.

[b]NAMES[/b]
The HUR has few laws governing given names. Traditionally, the right to name your child or yourself as you choose has been upheld by court rulings, But a few restrictions do exist. Restrictions vary by state, but most are for the sake of practicality (for example: limiting the number of characters due to limitations in record keeping software). This freedom, along with the cultural diversity in the HUR has given rise to a wide variety of names and naming trends. Arabic has also long been a part of Utopian naming traditions and names have been used to express personality, cultural identity, and values. Naming trends vary by race, geographic area, and socioeconomic status. 

[b]FASHION[/b]
Fashion in the HUR is extremely formal when it needs to be, but informal during most other occasions. While Utopians diverse cultural roots are reflected in their clothing, particularly those of recent immigrants, lighter clothing and jackets are emblematic of specifically Utopian styles.

[b]SPORTS[/b]
Since 1990, Utopian schools focused on gymnastics, hygiene training, and care and development of the human body. In the early 2000s, colleges were encouraged to focus on intramural sports, particularly track, field, and, baseball.

[b]FAMILIES[/b]
Family arrangements in the HUR reflect the nature of Utopian society, as they always have. Although the nuclear family concept (two-married adults with biological children) holds a special place in the mindset of Utopians, overpopulation has become more of an issue.

[b]HOUSING[/b]
Historically, Utopians mainly lived in a urban environment, with many important cities of moderate size. However, increasing numbers of Utopians began living in the suburbs, belts around major cities with higher density than rural areas, but much lower than urban areas. This move has been attributed to many factors such as the automobile, the availability of large tracts of land, the convenience of more and longer paved roads, increasing violence in urban centers, and the lower expense of housing.

[b]SOCIAL CLASS[/b]
Though most Utopians in the 21st century identify themselves as 1st class, Utopian society and its culture are considerably fragmented. Social class, generally described as a combination of educational attainment, income and occupational prestige, is one of the greatest cultural influences in The HUR. Nearly all cultural aspects of mundane interactions and consumer behavior in the HUR are guided by a person's location within the country's social structure.

[b]RACE[/b]
Race in the HUR is based on physical characteristics & skin color and has played an essential part in shaping Utopian society even before the nation's founding. Until the civil rights movement of the 2010s, racial minorities in the HUR faced institutionalized discrimination and both social and economic marginalization. Today the Census recognizes five races: Native or Arabic, African American, German, Spanish and White. According to the HUR government, Neko Utopians do not constitute a race, but rather an ethnic group. During the 2040 U.S. Census, Whites made up 51.1% of the population; those who are Hispanic or Latino constituted 39.5% of the population.

[b]DEATH[/b]
It is customary for Utopians to hold a wake in a funeral home within a couple days of the death of a loved one. The body of the deceased may be embalmed and dressed in fine clothing if there will be an open-casket viewing. Traditional Jewish and Muslim practice include a ritual bath and no embalming. Friends, relatives and acquaintances gather, often from distant parts of the country, to "pay their last respects" to the deceased. Flowers are brought to the coffin and sometimes eulogies, elegies, personal anecdotes or group prayers are recited. Otherwise, the attendees sit, stand or kneel in quiet contemplation or prayer. Kissing the corpse on the forehead is typical among Italians and others. Condolences are also offered to the widow or widower and other close relatives.

[b]MARRIAGE[/b]
Marriage laws are established by individual states. The typical wedding involves a couple proclaiming their commitment to one another in front of their close relatives and friends, often presided over by a religious figure such as a minister, priest, or rabbi, depending upon the faith of the couple. In traditional Christian ceremonies, the bride's father will "give away" (hand off) the bride to the groom. Secular weddings are also common, often presided over by a judge, Justice of the Peace, or other municipal official. Same-sex marriage is legal in all states. Polygamy has recently become legal.


[b]MILITARY CULTURE[/b]
From the time of its inception the military played a decisive role in the history of the HUR.  A sense of national unity and identity was forged out of the victorious revolution against The Pel Van Dynasty. The military force has always been consisted of a large, standing army.

[b]FOOD[/b]
The HUR has a large booming cattle sector in modern times. However, cattle wasn’t introduced until the Spanish brought it over when they colonized the HUR. So not until recent times the Utopian states have been relying on agriculture for food.
Utopians are harsh meat eaters, and most renowned Utopian foods focus on meant, specifically cows and pigs for the thriving fast food industry, but also chicken and even roadkill. These meats are usually cooked for various amounts of time than deep fried. They are not usually eaten as plain meat, but rather eaten on an hamburger, hot dog bun, and an variety of other things. 

[b]MUSIC[/b]
Utopian music is often described as either irritating to foreigners and confusing, or very energetic and patriotic, depending on the music you hear.

Due to lack of trees in Eastern HUR, Utopian tribes made instruments out of metal rather than wood, and danced to the music typically when drunk with the nation favorite Vodka. Often, Utopian music is a DJ using their skill to entertain and play music while a optional band is playing usually with a guitarist, drummer, and piano. It has been described as entertaining. Songs of war used to be drummed on the battlefield as tribes fought against each other, but now is more of a patriotic band.

Utopian bands use their instruments in various pitches, with the song usually getting louder or softer with the DJ’s sound effects. The DJ leads the music with the drums and guitar following suit. In modern times, electronic pianos have been added to add more modern tones to the music. Sometimes the song is just the DJ or Band by themself, which is usually only used at the start of an concert.

[b]ARCHITECTURE[/b]
The architecture of The HUR focuses on bright Spanish style buildings with brick roofs and details. This stems from the settlements and other colonies made by The Pel Van Dynasty when they colonized The HUR.

The buildings, especially where people gather or access resources, are almost all Spanish and Italian style. Smaller buildings like personal homes focus more on a more modern style rather than the old Spanish style.[/i]
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