|The Empire of Nordjaelm
Impérja ré Norðjælm
|Motto: Tra djódorit azleüroj|
|Anthem: Ḳoj Arḳæjonër|
|Recognised national languages||Sálőran|
|Recognised regional languages||Davazog, Legjok, Nordûn, Aasty, Rílar|
|Ethnic groups||Legimar, Legjoki, Thaljan, Dalar, Shaloran, Dazavog, Aasty, Rakthar|
|Government||Constitutional Imperial Monarchy|
|-||Imperataer||Zénoffën tao Wujanij|
|-||Tšbar||Zára tao Nreorojnij|
|-||Upper house||Aorakk ré Sénatrihh|
|-||Lower house||Aorakk ré Iviðanrër|
|Completely independant State|
|-||Arkhæon's conquest of all Dúmari clans, establishing the empire||1037|
|-||Imperataer Blicark expanded of the Imperja ré Nordjælmër to include Northern Nordûn and Davazog tribes|
|Currency||Ðett (Ð) (ÐET)|
|Drives on the||right|
|Patron saint||Hagara Ana|
Nordjaelm (IPA: /nɔːdjɛlm/, Legim: Norðjælm, IPA: /norðjæl̥m̥/), officially the The Empire of Nordjaelm, is a country located in Western Alpa, bordered by Shalorja to the South, Arrym to the East and Raktharia to the South-East. Jaxukuk is found slightly to the West, in the Jaxukuk Sea.
- 1 Etymology
- 2 History
- 3 Geography
- 4 Politics
- 5 Economy
- 6 Demographics
- 7 Culture
- 8 See also
Nordjaelm is located on the South-Western side of the North-Western continent of Alpa, bordered by Shalorja to the the South-East, and Jaxukuk across the sea to the West. Otherwise, Nordjaelm is surrounded by no man's land (Khémožihhkonn).
Southern Nordjaelm has soft, clay-rich soils formed from the gradual erosion of the Davazog mountain range. The coastline is lined by limestone cliffs from sedimentary deposits. Around the Shotra, there are rich, silt-filled soils ripe for farming. Most of the country's agriculture is centred around the river, as the rest of the land is barren. North Nordjaelm is formed of ancient rock that makes up the core of the Davazog mountains.
Nordjaelm is a quite cold country, with most of the Northern regions being dominated by the Davazog mountains. Most of the population lives on the coast, or along the Shotra (Šotrë) river.
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The largest ethnic group in Nordjaelm would be the Dúmari, who have lived in South-Western Alpa for centuries. They can be split into the Legimar, Leģoki and Thaljan, with the Legimar being the majority. The Leģoki live in North-Eastern Nordjaelm, mostly in the province of Nordérþs, around the city of Hazalğær. Thaljan and the fewest in number, with almost all of them living in Mirïn and some surrounding villages. The four-armed Dokkar live in the Northern Davazog mountains, with its capital of Akažolvar, and are very few in number (about 70,000 speakers of the Davazog language, after which the mountains are named). There are many Shalorjan living in the South of Nordjaelm along the border with Shalorja, making up the 2nd largest minority population. The first are the Kyzyl, which claim Western Nordjaelm as their home, and there are currently 5 million Kyzyl speakers, with their capital of Košl. The Nordûn also make up a signifcant minorit population, who migrate across the Northern regions of Nordjaelm throughout the year.
Most cities in Nordjaelm are found either along the Shotra river, or on the coast. Towns in between exist as links between any of these waterfront settlements, constructed much later, and to aid transport and communication.
Legim: 16 million speakers Sálőran: 1 million speakers Leģok: 5 million speakers Kyzyl: 2 million speakers Jaxukuk: Studied by Nordjaelmish children in school Davazog: 70,000 speakers Thaljan: 600,000 speakers
There are 5 levels of education in Nordjaelm. 2-6: Gréttauran (nursery) 6-11: Aráqéakk (primary school) 11-18: Teráqéakk (secondary school) 18-20+: Mynatauran (military school/service) 20+: Khanaqéakk (university)
There are 2 years of compulsory military service in Nordjaelm, after which there is a choice to stay in the military and choose division, or go on to higher education.
There is free, high-scale healthcare for all citizens of Nordjaelm.
The state religion is known as the Avrë Ktha (The True Path) and is followed by about 7 million in Nordjaelm. There are 5 books: Avrë Ktha (The True Path), Avrá Dvoronngárit (The Fivefold Way), Aohhtér (The Spirit), Cïklojr (The Cycle) and Jolinratr Óanrë ré Možaðradihh (The Greater Good of Mankind)
THE TRUE PATH
1a. Bear your given name with honour and pride as it is tied to all your life’s achievements and to who you are
1b. Do not slander the given names of others as you may be insulting them and their achievements, but also those of their ancestors before them. Respect the name of a person
2a. Knowledge is power; actively seek to increase your knowledge of self, of others and of the world around you.
2b. Knowledge of self will give you understanding over how to improve yourself, thus bringing yourself closer to enlightenment.
2c. Knowledge of others will make you understand their needs, their worries, their loves and their hates. It will help you help others.
2d. Knowledge of world will give you the ability to move fluidly through it due to greater understanding, leading to eventual enlightenment through immersion.
3. Perfection may never be achieved but must be constantly strived towards, as the one who doesn’t seek perfection does not deserve it in the first place.
4a. Pay no heed to the scathing words of those who wish to do you harm, as they cannot bring about physical harm.
4b. Stay headstrong and walk truly along your chosen Path, ignoring those that may seek to hurt you.
5a. To make your way through the world, a sharp tongue and quick wit are needed to survive and thrive. Learn to utilize them and your mind may be your greatest weapon. Train it well.
5b. Enlightenment may only be achieved if your mind is strong. This gives further incentive to expand your own knowledge, and to train your intellect.
6a. A strong mind must be supported by a strong body, for otherwise it is almost worthless. Exercise regularly, and aim to increase your strength, endurance and general health.
6b. If your body is healthy, it will guarantee a long life. This gives you time to help others and attempt to make a difference in the world.
7a. Your mind and your body must work as one. Hone your self-awareness and self-control through meditation, learning and physical training.
7b. Partaking in a martial art may help you achieve this goal, as they teach your mind and body to work as one. Furthermore, they help you gain understanding on how to protect yourself and others from harm which may be put upon you.
8a. For your body and your mind to work properly, good nutrition is need to fuel them. Do not impose any restrictions on yourself when it comes to diet, as it may be damaging. Rather, take full advantage of what is available to you.
8b. However, consuming in excess may be just as or even more damaging than not having the proper nutrition for your body. Try to gain an understanding of what your body needs, and eat accordingly.
9a. Do not consume alcohol in excess or any other substance that may act as an intoxicant (such as narcotics) as they inhibit your perception and judgement, leading to the potential for damage to yourself and those around you.
9b. Exceptions may be made to aid those in need, especially for the goal of saving life. Medical intoxicants are always lawful.
10. Try to keep an open mind when encountering new situations. Acknowledging and understanding many different points of view will lead to better co-operation with others, due to greater understanding to things different to yourself.
11a. Do not take things for what they are at first sight, as you do not know what goes on beyond your human vision. Further examination and analysis is needed to understand something before making decisive judgements.
11b. This is especially true with interactions with other people, as it is difficult to understand a person’s background and motives on first sight. Further interaction is required.
12a. Do not blame the son for the actions of the father, grandfather or ancestors before him. The son was not involved in these actions so must not be punished for them.
12b. What has happened in the past is no longer relevant in the present. To move on, one must accept what has happened.
13a. Try to always remain steadfast and determined, do not succumb to the temptations of failure. Believe in what you have seen with your own eyes, and rely on your own judgement rather on that of others.
13b. You are the most reliable source when it comes to your own knowledge, if you have been following the Path correctly; just because a number of people believe one thing, it does not mean you have to follow them. Believe in no one but yourself.
14. Remain loyal to your friends, your family and those you are sworn to, as they are the closest people to you and must be supported, especially in time of need. Always be ready to help, and do not hesitate in sharing what is yours with them.
15. Always keep a promise or oath, especially those made to the ones close to you. This will make them understand that you are a reliable person and that they can put their trust in you. When you say you will do something, follow up on your words with actions.
16. Protect those you love, act as a shield against anything that may do them harm. Seek to defend anything that is worth the effort, as you yourself will develop as a person.
17. Constantly set yourself new goals for the future, otherwise you will become lazy and idle due to lack of stimulation. Seek self-improvement continuously.
18a. Do not take life without any good cause. Only kill if your life or the life of a loved one is at stake.
18b. In similar measure, do not commit any acts of violence unless a great need arises. 18c. Violence is not an answer, but rather a response to previous violence.
19a. The events of the past day fade and disappear with the setting sun. Keep in mind what has happen in the past but do not let it weigh you down from progressing into the future, for you are reborn each dawn.
19b. Forgive the misdeeds of others, as holding on to bitterness will do nothing but hold you back.
20a. In similar fashion, try to hold no grudges against those who have done you wrong, as it will make you harbor anger, hatred and resentment. These emotions will lead you to hurting others around you, and prevent you from attaining enlightenment.
20b. However, do not let people hurt you and those you love without being punished. It will make you seem weak and lacking will.
21. Do not let emotions cloud your judgements or control your decisions, as it may lead to you making rash choices rather than thinking through your options. Keep a level head at all times, but don’t be devoid of emotions, as they are what make you human.
22a. Do not lie under any circumstances unless it is to ensure the safety of yourself or of others. Lying causes distrust and misunderstanding, which may lead to anger, confusion and pain.
22b. Honesty is a great virtue and an honest individual is an honourable one. You can trust them.
23a. Bring justice to where it is lacking, as this will ensure truthfulness and the wellbeing of all people. It is essential for a healthy, functioning society.
23b. If you see an act of injustice taking place, personally interject to put a stop to it. If it is beyond your control in the present, do work to ensure it doesn’t happen in the future.
24. Similarly, do good where there is good to be done, and go out of your way to help those in need. Do small deeds that generally make someone’s life better. This shall bring you closer to enlightenment.
25. Any gift received must be repaid in kind at some point in the future. It might be a gift of material value, such as wealth, but can also be aid or even knowledge. The nature of the gift is not what matters, but rather the righteous thought behind it.
26. Try to be honest with your work, do not cheat to achieve a goal which could be achieved through hard work and perseverance. Do so and all your dreams shall be fulfilled.
27. Never back down from a challenge before attempting it. Completing a difficult task set upon you is a test of determination, strength and willpower. There is even honour to be had in forfeiting upon realizing that a challenge is too difficult for your current skills, as one must understand their capabilities and limitations. This will let you act rationally when encountering tricky situations.
28. Do not fear death, as it is only inevitability in life; you can do nothing to prevent it. Anxiety will only make your life shorter. Thus, live life to the fullest, enjoy every waking moment.
29a. Give aid to those in need, especially if they cannot get it otherwise. The righteous man is generous, but not to the extent that is causes his own ruination.
29b. If you had played your cards right, your aid shall be returned in a time of great need, but the greedy and avaricious will get no help.
30a. Trust in your own capabilities, but remain level-headed in your judgements. Over-estimation of your own capabilities will lead to your destruction just as much as self-hatred will.
30b. Not believing in yourself will stunt your potential for growth and great achievements, as you do not think you have the ability to do so.
30c. As stated before, overestimation of your own abilities will lead to complete failure and utter disappointment, perhaps plummeting your self-esteem to the negative end of the spectrum.
30d. Try to retain a balance between these two extremes to help attain enlightenment.
31a. All humankind are brothers and sisters, treat them all as if they are your own blood; be fair and just in your decisions, do not discriminate between gender, race or creed when delivering justice.
31b. Separations in law between gender, race and creed were made by archaics that did not understand, and subsequently feared, those different to themselves.
31c. We are all one people, one race, living on one planet that we call our home. We have to care for it, and each other. We cannot create meaningless boundaries that hinder our progress as one unified society.
32a. Hungering for wealth or material possessions may blind you to the needs of others or to whether what you are doing is right.
32b. Be happy with what you have and do not submit to jealousy for the belongings of others, as this leads to anger, hate, and pain.
The Fivefold Way
The Fivefold Way, as the name may suggest, is split into 5 different, individual paths, commonly known as the Paths of (Self) Improvement.
1. Mind 2. Body 3. Spirit 4. Other 5. World
1. The mind must be improved first before being able to master the body and the spirit. This is done through gaining knowledge of self, knowledge of others and knowledge of the world around you, as well as understanding, mastering and overcoming your fears.
2. Body is perhaps the most straightforward path to master. It is done by improving strength, endurance, flexibility, manual dexterity, reactions, speed, agility and pain tolerance through many different exercises and activities that must be done regularly.
3. Mastering the Spirit is probably the second most difficult path to master, and the most difficult internal path. Many people would live their lives without ever walking the Spirit path. This involves applying everything you learned and attained in the Mind and Body paths, leading to one being completely in-touch with themselves; the body and mind must act as one. Eventually, one will be able to think beyond thought and ascend to a higher state of existence.
4. The Other path may be simple or complex. One can aid another by giving them food, knowledge, material wealth or a gift. One can actively go out of their way to help those in need through charity work, volunteering and teaching. This improves people’s lives on an individual, one-to-one basis.
5. The path of the World is the most difficult of all paths; one must commit actions that benefit the entirety of humanity, the whole world. This can be done through research and development of new technologies, remedies and ideologies that alter people’s lives for the better. One can also benefit the world through entertainment, such as producing art, literature, film and various other interactive mediums, by letting others better experience and enjoy life.