This article is about the culture of the Republic of Theodia.
This article was current as of 2013 September.
The following sections describe some systems in common use by Theodians.
The Theodian Fiscal Calendars, often referred to as the 'Kalendars', are the standard calendars of the Republic of Theodia. They differ in many ways from the Gregorian calender. For starters, they don't use years for their long-time units, but Thirds; and they likewise use Thirds in lieu of months or fiscal quarters. Their weeks last for four days: three days of work followed by one day of rest. Standard formats for date-representation are all little-endian, like ISO dates.
Theodia's ministry of foreign affairs, however, typically translates time & date into the ISO standard when engaging in diplomacy.
A common joke between users of the Theodian Kalender and users of the Gregorian calendar, is to remind Gregorian users that a week is a long time. For example, if a Gregorian user said, "Meh, I'll be fine; it'll only last for a week," a Theodian Kalendar user might respond with, "That's two weeks in Theodia."
Theodian maps of Earth typically display south-up and use the Florence meridian. In the absence of a globe, there is no particularly preferred 'default' projection; regardless, cylindrical projections are discouraged (per the 1989 resolution). Theodian projections also often center their horizontal median on Neapolita.
Theodian maps of Minecraft typically treat North as South for pseudo-compatibility with Theodian maps of Earth. They also use a flat, equirectangular map with a median centered on Lemuria, Theodia's capital.
Theodia uses its own system of measurement, designed to be more ergonomic than the Imperial or Metric systems. All units are based directly on human experience, and scale regularly like Metric (but dozenally instead of decimally).
The following sections describe some things about Theodian customs.
There are neither de jure nor de facto concepts of formal gender roles in Theodia. As it is not relevant to Theodian culture, gender-mandatory language has dropped out of Theodian English and is of course unpresent in Theodian. Due to this, all Theodian citizens are afforded great flexibility in all genderal aspects of their lives.
Because of this, it is often somewhat difficult to talk about Theodians in most dialects of English, as Theodians do not inherently belong to either the male or female gender roles. Theodian English has forgone 'he' & 'she' in favour of the epicene 'se', but many other sets of proposed gender-neutral pronouns exist, such as singular 'they', which is popular in several other dialects of English.
Romance & sexuality
Marriage has neither a de jure nor a de facto presence in Theodia in either monogamous or polygamous forms (using "-gamy" to refer also to "-andry" et al). The society is amorous, amory being a very decentralized model of relationships. With monogamy, a single unit is formed; with polygamy, a centralized network. With any sort of amory, all partners are theoretically quite politically equal. It further allows and possibly even facilitates changes in relationships that coincide with personal development on behalfs of all parties, as well as potentially cleaner cessation or lessening of relationships than marriage. For those who seek to live together, cohabitation or communitarianism are the two typical means by which Theodians accomplish this. Due to non-interaction in this by the state and no presence of any cultural biases against free expression of romance, Theodian citizens can be considered some of the most romantically free in the world.
They are also quite free sexually, but there are of course some notable restrictions. Child-adult sexual relations are not allowed, nor is non-consensual sex / rape. Public sexual exhibitionism is likewise restricted. Nudity is less so. Nipples are generally covered in public unless at the beach / changing / etc., and there is no bias to this based on the hormonality of a person, unlike in most western societies where really only estrogenized people need to cover their breasts.
Race & ethnicity
Race, in its social form, is considered a silly thing and an invalid concept in Theodia. People are widely not seen as inherently different, greater, or lesser than each other simply because of the colour of their skin, the shape of their eyes, or other aesthetical differences.
Ethnicity, on the other hand, is only really considered in applications for citizenship. Once a citizen, Theodians are assumed to be acculturated to the Theodian way of life, so their ethnicity is no longer a concern of the Theodian government's, being that they have become Theodian. Also, any massive group of Theodian citizens seeking self-determination on cultural grounds will likely be appeased, for Theodia supports the right of a nation to self-determination.
Religion & spirituality
Theodians are encouraged to learn and practice whatever spiritual beliefs they wish to practice. However, religiously exclusive houses of worship are not allowed to be built, with pantheons replacing them as a sort of communal-style temple, designed to help spread understanding and freedom of thought. In each pantheon, priests of all religions may schedule time to preach and teach. There is also a central podium where people may offer the music of their faith to the heavens. Books and materials of all religions are also present at each pantheon, as well as rooms to discuss spirituality and theology with others. Such a pantheon must be present in each town. Many people erect personal shrines at their places of residence and worship there, in addition to at the pantheon.
The pantheon law of course has no bearing on freedom of association, and congregations of people may of course meet in places of dedicated religious activity and discussion; it's just that all temples/churches/cathedrals/etc. must be pantheons.
Theodia has 6 main holidays each year, 3 major, 3 minor; there are 2 per Third. Major Holidays occur the last week of each Third, with Yule lasting an extra 2-3 days due to Winter's Thirdless days; Minor holidays occur on the 21st Rezday of each Third. Tertiary holidays, such as independence day, are also present, though they typically have far fewer festivities.
Theodia's cuisine is still being designed, but it does already have some unique characteristics. Like most Runic Union micronations, lefse is quite popular in Theodia, often coated in butter and blueberry jam. Blueberries, a food currently known to enhance neurogenesis in humans, is considered an essential part of Theodian cuisine, as are avocados, which are similarly beneficial to the brain. (more to come)
Theodia has a rather unique tradition of furniture. The stereotypical bed in Theodia is actually a circular bed hung from a central point, and chairs are commonly shaped like saddles. Also, most toilets are standing toilets.
Typical Theodian clothing differs somewhat from the clothing usually worn in western countries, and is composed generally of a mantle, a haubergeon, a waist-sash, a wide conical hat, and sandals. Each item can be variously trimmed about its edges, and the sash generally takes the same colour as the trimming.
The national sport of the Republic of Theodian is battlegaming, or LARPing, and is widely popular throughout the country. The official ruleset in Theodia is YodiyLARP, which is currently under development. Its goal is to emulate realistic combat in a safe manner. Association football is also quite popular, as is archery.
The modern period of Thedian naming practices refers to the time after the naming reform of 2013, which occurred on 13-07-19 per Founder Swena's will, although the law itself was not formalized until later.
Under the modern system, each Theodian has three names: a handle, a nick, and a short. More, each must have both a native and a romanized form.
The handle can be seen as one's full name, and must be a two-syllable Theodian lexeme. Typically, a Theodian citizen will pick a name they like, and then Theodianize it (like Saiygo from Zaccheo). This handle has two forms: a native version, and a romanized version. Since there is not yet a standard for romanizing Theodian, all romanizations are performed ad-hoc by the Department of Language. Handles must be unique, and are followed by a number. This number may be chosen at will, so long as it doesn't conflict with another handle. An example romanized handle is 'Swena78'. Typically, the nick is used instead of the handle, especially in romanizations; but it is always used for usernames. The handle is simply a unique way to identify someone without having to memorize their ID. Theodians that receive a nick which has never been used before do not have to postpend it with numbers. In this case, their nick and their handle will be identical.
The nick is one's commonly used name, and is simply the handle without its numbers.
The 'short' is the Theodian equivalent to initials, and is always the first three characters of a Theodian's handle.
Theodians are entitled to change their name once per Third. Government designed software, such as will run the national economy and Repositocratic systems, will not manage citizens by handle, but by ID. Theodia is not the only society in which name-changing is a normal part of existence; the Pirahã, as well as several other societies, are known to practice this as well.
There is a special protocol for the names of deceased Theodians who lived under different naming practices. For the purposes of easy communication, their name is Theodianized for native, like other names. However, their romanization and short remain the same as they were in the historical period. For example, Axel-Nielson/Axel/AxN would in the modern period be Haksel/Haksel/Hak in native, and Axel Nielson/Axel/AxN when romanized.
The historical period of Theodian naming practices refers to the time between sometime in the Golden Era and the naming reform of 2013.
Historically, every Theodian had three names: their Handle, their Nick, and their Short. A handle was like one's full-name, a nick was an easily usable version of that handle, and the short was a 3-character abbreviation of that handle. Theodians did not have a 'last name', as is common in many Western cultures.
For example, the handle of the first quing of Theodia was Sweyn78. The first Minister of Foreign Affairs was Axel-Nielson. Various other examples of Theodian handles are Javier, Naropa, and Moose. One's handle had to be unique across the country. This is essentially the full version of one's name.
A Theodian's nick was a shortened version of their handle, and had to be a comfortably spoken one. For example, Quing Sweyn78's nick was 'Sweyn', and Axel-Nielson's was 'Axel'. For many, their nick was the same as their handle, like 'Moose'. This was the commonly used version of one's name.
The short was simply an abbreviated form of one's handle, to have a maximum of three characters. The short of Quing Sweyn78 was 'S78'. Axel-Nielson's was AxN. It was required that the short's first letter be the same as the handle's, for alphabetical-organizational purposes. This was the version of one's name which is used to initial things like documents.
Theodians were free to change their names throughout their lives, as in the modern period. In contrast to it, however, Theodians in the historical period were able to change their names an unlimited number of times per Third.
Earlier in the historical period, Theodians occasionally used names that no longer complied with more recent naming standards. In some cases, particularly when trying to be respectful to a deceased person, it was preferable to use the historical forms, but sometimes the name was modernized. In the case of Axel_Nielson and A_N, the historical forms ware often kept out of respect, but the modernized forms 'Axel-Nielson' and 'AxN' were allowable.
The ancient period of Theodian naming practices refers to the time near the country's founding. Not much is known about naming practices at this time, except that the King's name was 'Sven'. It is assumed that names approximately followed the constantly changing older Theodians, with considerable influence from English spellings. It is also known that middle names were required to be the favourite parent's last name followed by '-sson', and that last names typically showed some sort of familial affiliation.
Theodian is the first of the the two national languages of the Republic of Theodia. It is a micronational engelang/explang (a type of constructed language, or 'conlang'). It was designed by undergraduate student and amateur linguist, Miles Bradley Huff (Swena). Most Theodians are at least marginally interested in learning the language due to its purported cognitive advancements and perceived coolness. It is a formal language, to be governed by the Linguistic Council of Theodia. Informal varieties are not stigmatized; the formal variety exists mainly to assist people in avoiding communicational difficulties posed by linguistic change-over-time and dialectal variation, as well as improving legislative clarity.
The other national language is English, specifically, Theodian English. This dialect is spoken by Theodians and is similar to Southwest-Floridian / American English, the main differences between them being a few spellings, pronunciations, pronouns, and phraseology. One notable feature is the lack of mandatory gendered language.
- Measurement in Theodia
- Notable Theodians
- Theodian Fiscal Calendar
- Theodian holidays
- Theodian English
- Theodian language