"Someone asks me how many girls I have
Really, I don't know either
Yesterday a boy called me dad
I don't know who his mother is"
~Zhang Zongchang, greatest poet of all time, and warlord
The latest from Nhoor : viewtopic.php?f=4&t=337003&p=38225203#p38225203
A new year has started so it was time for a layout change. No idea if the existence of earth's facebook and twitter and whatever the little washing machine symbol represents, are acknowledged in The Western Isles but they bring a spot of colour to the previously black and white Nhoracle.
I also copied New Totzka's dispatch on the ancient Raelosi civilisation here to make sure that it doesn't get lost:
Raelosia was a thalassocratic civilisation, originating from First Wave settlers, that existed across the northern coast of Raedlon and throughout the North Mesder Sea from the 15th century BCE to the 2nd century BCE. The civilisation was composed of multiple politically independent city-states such as Cas Vilsti, Cas Ókhar, Cas Pāla and Cas Ālda. Uniting these various states was their shared belief in the Aasharé religion and the complex trading network that existed between each city.
Map of the more prominent Raelosi cities
The Raelosi were among the greatest traders of their time and owed much of their prosperity to trade, primarily exporting tin, copper and bronze and then later precious metals such as gold and silver. By the 5th century BCE the Raelosi became pioneers in production of Vodka, generally using rye grain, which became another key export of the civilisation, with the drink often being traded for the beverages of the warmer nations to the south. Raelosi trading ships travelled as far as the Roendavarian city states in the Eterna sea and Raelosi trading posts were built all along the coasts of Argus and Gael.
Relief depicting a Raelosi woman
from Cas Pāla
Politically, the dependence on trade meant that each city was controlled by a mercantile oligarchy of merchant-lords, referred to by later historians as the Merchants–Potentate. While some cities, like Cas Kivō were monarchs and others, like Cas Vilsti, had elected consuls in reality the governance of the cities were handled by their wealthiest citizens.
Religion was a highly important aspect of the civilisation and played a large role in the daily life of the Raelosi. The Raelosi were worshippers of the Aasharé faith, a nontheistic religion which emphasised an individual’s ability to control their own fate. The Aasharé believed in the Aash, a divine energy of which all things, tangible or otherwise, were composed of. Individuals could supposedly gain control of the Aash by exercising the five precepts (physical strength , charisma/ leadership, wisdom, compassion and Lanceré, with can be translated to either ‘principled opposition’ or ‘uniqueness’).
The Raelosi are widely accepted to have originated on the Zazchey Archipelago (specifically in modern day Reathwood (originally Polar Svalbard)), with First-Wave Peoples migrating to and settling the Pamilyan Peninsular in the late 3rd millennium BC. Early proto-Raelosi expansion was limited to the peninsular as the lands to the south were already inhabited by the patchwork of tribal nations collectively referred to as the Piroga culture, after their canoe-like graves, who are thought to be of pre-Mihennan origin, having migrated from South Argus a millennium prior. The mountainous geography of the Pamilyan Peninsular helped ensure the rise of isolated, self-governing communities, forming the foundations for later Raelosi cities such Cas Kivō, Cas Āka and Cas Ōte.
Their terrestrial isolation forced the early Raelosi to take to the seas to prosper, developing a North Mesder trading networking that supplied their cities with copper, tin and timber. Shipwrecks discovered in the Yhai-Pamil basin and throughout the North Mesder have also discovered evidence that precious metals, spirits, crops and animals were also highly important to the early Raelosi economy. It is a common belief that the Raelosi were named after “Raelo” a drink, very similar to vodka, which was commonly drank by the Raelosi, although there is little evidence supporting this theory.
A Raelosi Bireme
From 1500 BCE onwards, the Raelosi sea cities began to develop outposts in the Zazchey Archipelago, Nhoor and Yhaiva in pursuit of metal ores. Due to limited records historians are unsure as to what the relationship between colony and coloniser was exactly but its speculated that a culture of self-dependence and benign neglect would develop between the Pamilyan Penisular and its various dominions. Several outposts would grow and become major states with the cities of Cas Pāla in Nhoor, Cas Ālda in the Zazchey Archipelago and Cas Vilsti in Yhaiva becoming major players in Raelosi politics. Additionally, the city of Cas Ohkār was established on the south coast of the Yhai-Pamil Basin to exert control over the Rio de Ouro Basin, brining the Raelosi into conflict with the Tétzūzka and Itdūzkéts dynasties which controlled much of Southern Totzka.
Good day, TWI!
This is to announce that the nation-building prompt has been extended until January 31 in order to facilitate more answers and hopefully inspire more IC and OOC work! Links are down below! Would love to see your works on this.
So, I'm planning for the Aprosian President Hamaném to go on a bit of a state visit spree, with the intention of improving diplomatic relations overall, to increase trade and to increase investments into Aprosia. While I have a few peeps I want to have a state visit with, who would overall be interested?
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On this wonderful Blue Monday Eve ('Blue Mon-Eve'?), I present to you the next weekly report. Behold:
The Western Isles Office of Information
- 188 Total Nations (-3), 64 delegate endorsements (+2), 23,039 RMB pages (+10)
- 46 Members on the Map (-12)
- The newly arrived: Trugval, Albaclythe, Athena Isle, Kiez, Kuvo, Recherche, Serpoje.
Welcome (back) and please make sure to endorse our Founder Vancouvia and Successor Ostehaar!
This week's dispatches:
- Serpens Land published "www.gov.sp/rbsl/bank-notes"
- Sannyamathland published "Politburo of the Communist Party of Sannyamathland(WIP)"
- Thromsa published "Constitution Statute"
- Biaten published "Timeline of LGBT Rights"
- Nhoor published "Political parties in Nhoor"
- Aizcona published "Gulf of Ekaitza [WIP]"
- Thromsa published "Presidency Statute"
- Athara Magarat published "Constitution of Magarati Federation"
- Kuvo published "Kuvo | Main Page"
- Thromsa published "Orleans Decree 1968"
- Roendavar published "The Utopian Kingdom of the Union of Roendavarian States - Overview"
- Nadiharu published "Dhārism (Nadihari Religion) (Wip)"
- Soviet UnionJr published "The soviel Union Jr!"
- New Jacobland published "Card DB"
- Essena published "Geogrpahy of Essena"
- The Tsunterlands published "Politics of the Tsunterlands"
- Martenyika published "Order of Battle for the Martenyikan Air Force"
- Almorea published "MITCHELL, MANNERS (1959 - present), 43rd President of the Federal Union (2011-17)"
- Almorea published "MACGREGOR, John (1851 - 1937), eleventh Justice General"
- Aizcona published "EH-8 Trumoia [WIP]"
- The Western Isles Office of Role-Play published "The Seagull - The Western Isles Office of Role-play Monthly Report February and March 2021"
- Martenyika published "Serval Solutions (PMC)"
- Alpacandia published "About woolzis"
120 embassies (+/-0)
- Embassy proposed with The Great Region
See the Regional Archives for the less recent Weekly Happenings format and days even further in the past.
By far not the most that were written in one week since February last year, but everything above 25 I consider indeed "a lot". In the last couple of months this occurred increasingly often btw :)
he should cross over to corindia