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Culture of the Great Union


From Insupedia, the Insulan encyclopedia


Plucky Patrick (left) is an Insulan
folklore icon and is often used as
a symbol of the nation.
Rite Bart Blankenship (right) is
also an Insulan folklore icon who
has come to represent the national
moral compass.

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The culture of the Great Union of Insulalia is primarily of Western origin, but is influenced by a multicultural ethos that includes African, Native Insuli/Ambrosi, and Pacific Island people and their cultures. It also has its own distinct social and cultural characteristics, such as dialect, music, arts, social habits, cuisine, and folklore. The Great Union is ethnically and racially divided as a result of the major success of the Church's missions to the outer world.

Origin, development and spread



The roots of the Great Union are found in the United States, or the British American Colonies. During the early part of the 17th century, one Obadiah Dalton brought with him on a voyage several followers of a new faith. He and his missionmen went on several voyages to the British colonies in search of those who would find promise in this new faith. Over a few decades the population of the lands that Obadiah's clan inhabited grew immensely from a mere twenty-three to nearly twenty-thousand individuals. While the general ethnic background of these settlers is unknown it is easy to assume that they hail from the British isles. Most likely, primarily of English decent.

Obadiah Dalton himself is said to have traced his ancestry back to Ireland but it is unknown exactly how Irish he was. The task of determining the ethnic and racial origins of the many millions of inhabitants of Insulalia is difficult due to the re-Christening that took place when one settled onto the island. A less difficult people to trace the lineage of are the escaped Africans who found their way onto the island. It is relatively uncertain as to how they got there, many stories vary. Though some believe that it was one Pierre de Vieau that smuggled escaped slaves onto this island and encouraged them to find peace on it. These Africans were of mixed backgrounds. Many spoke French, but most had familiarity with the English language. When the people of Saint Taylor (Obadiah's "clan") and Barrowtown (modern-day Barton, first African settlement on the island) met for the first time, they paved a pathway to peace and amicable partnership. The two peoples would eventually intermingle and trade between one another. Both groups eventually branched out and founded new settlements like Saint-du-Saints, Wrest and Westhorse.

The Native population of Insulalia are the Waiki (wa-ee-key) peoples. A Melanesian group, who are most likely the descendance of voyagers from around Papua New Guinea or Fiji, have mostly been assimilated into Insulalia society. Having not had a proper chance to populate all areas of the island, nor even explore most parts of the island, they genuinely held no claim to it and were at the mercy of the growing populations of Americans and Africans. They were able to found one settlement that still stands to this day, Kar'o-i, which today is referred to as "Karton". The canton of Karhill is named after the settlement and it's single starred flag is the traditional flag of the Waiki people. Karhill, to this day, holds the largest concentration of Waikis.

The modern state of the Great Union is often categorized, uniquely, as an 'assimilated population'. Meaning a general culture and ideology was crafted and thrusted upon all peoples in the area.

Regional variations



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The Farfolk

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The Foncéaux

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The Obkin

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The Waiki

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Folklore


Based on historic figures

"Rite" Bart Blankenship is

Fictional characters

Plucky Patrick is

Legendary and folkloric creatures

The Vileman is

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Religion



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National holidays



The Great Union observes holidays from the gaze of Christian tradition, Insulan history, the commemoration of Great Men, and the veneration of family, veterans and saints. The most traditionally Insulan of which is Bonzer Day. It evolved from the tradition of plantation owners once a work year giving thanks to their employees by greeting them with a week off and a great day of feasting. The holiday is often marked and celebrated by the reunion of families and a boisterous feast. Christmas is also a well celebrated holiday in the Great Union. It celebrates the birth of Jesus Christ.

Unification Day (or Constitution Day) is celebrated on the 6th of August and celebrates the ratification of the Great Union Constitution and marks the official unification of the Free Federation and the Dissenter Cities

Gros Jour (or Grosjour) is mostly celebrated in the Francophilic cantons. It likely comes from the Catholic event of Carnival, though no official connection has ever been made. The celebration is made wonderful by the display of culture and the uniqueness of the merriment.

Federally recognized holidays are;

Official name

Date

Remarks

New Year's Day

January 1st

Celebrates the beginning of the Gregorian calendar.

President's Day

January 23rd

Celebrates the inauguration of the President-elect as President of the Great Union.

Gros Jour

February 16th

Unknown origin. Likely marks Lent.

Heroes Day

April 2nd

Celebrates the heroes of war and the people who made the Great Union what it is today. Also used as a time for the veneration of role-models.

Day for the Saints

June 2nd

Celebrates the ordained saints of the Good Book.

Remembrance Day

July 30th

Honors war veterans and victims of war.

Bonzer Day

November 1st

Celebrates the labor of the people and unity of the family.

Christmas

December 25th

Celebrates the birth of Jesus Christ.

Names



While there are no formal, federal laws regarding naming oneself there are several common practices and traditions that take root in the naming process for many Insulans. For example, more often than not a person of any background will name their children with three names; a first, middle and given surname. The surname is most often taken from the patriarch of the household. The first name is often a creative choice from the parents, however it is not uncommon for the first name of a child to be that of the parent of the same gender. The middle name is where most of the creative freedom comes into play. Often times a biblical name is given unto the child, sometimes it is the name of a deceased relative or a venerated one. A most unique part of Insulan culture is the inclusion of a second middle name, or one's third name. This third name is given to a person once they reach the age of thirteen. This practice has, however, fallen out of fashion and a third name is usually given to a child upon birth. Otherwise, the third name is entirely up to the child, who may use the opportunity to further develop themselves or name themself after someone they idolize. In the 1990s, 'Harland' reemerged as a popular third name for the first time in nearly a century.

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Most Popular Male Baby Names (2020)

Most Popular Female Baby Names (2020)

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John

Marilyn

02

Anthony

Melanie

03

Nicholas

Kathleen

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William

Susanna

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Arthur

Isabelle

06

Samuel

Rachel

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Jean

Roxanne

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Benjamin

Faith

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Elijah

Clarabelle

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Obadiah

Regan

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Sports



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Family structure



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Death and funerals



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Transportation



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Sociological issues


Marriage and divorce

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Race relations

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Drugs and alcohol

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Gun culture



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The Great Union of Insulalia

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