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Auphelia wrote:Oh, you poor little dear.

I recommend Japanese folk music if you wish to get tired, unless of course you understand Japanese, in which case Indonesian folk music would suit your needs better.

I tend to listen to a lot of metal before I sleep to tire my brain out, and then I switch to soft instrumentals. I find Lo-Fi beats to be the most drowsy-inducing for those nights I'm just totally restless. Though, I am curious about these Japanese and Indonesian folk songs, I do enjoy learning about music, and about music from other cultures.

Drystar wrote:Really, does anyone actually understand folk music? To this day I still can’t figure out what Bob Dylan is saying on 90% of his songs.

Folk music can be really cool! Bob Dylan is certainly one of the better known artists. There is a group called the Arcadian Wild, they have some good songs. Like "Wolves of the Revolution", "Empress", "Wander. Wonder.", "Envy Green", and "Millstatt", they have a really nice sound to them. There's also a bunch of other acoustic folksy-artists that I like to listen to, especially in the autumn. I really love pretending to be in a lightly-drizzling autumnal forest, just hiking, seeing the trees and the blazing oranges and yellows, deep reds, the busy hustling of animals preparing for the winter, the air of the end of a season, as the world prepares for the winter. I like to imagine the chill in the air, the nip of impending Winter, the smell of a sweet hot cocoa to warm the spirit. Making my way to a modest tent, light the campfire, whip out the acoustic, and play sweet melodies while the stars rise, and Orion rises higher and higher in the sky.

It's a lovely kind of magic, i think. Too bad i live in Florida, and the closest we get to "the nip of impending Winter" is the one day a year the night temperatures falls below 40 degrees Fahrenheit/5 degrees Celsius. It hasn't gotten below 0 degrees Celsius/32 degrees Fahrenheit in my recent memory. The trees here hardly put up any kind of show, though I am grateful for where i live, because it has its own kind of eternal Summer magic, the kind where you just feel endlessly careless, with the sand in between your toes, the tang of key lime pie dazzling the taste buds, the fish darting to and fro in the shallows, the relaxing sound of the waves crashing upon the shore...

The annoying honk of the desperate seagull stealing the food you just made without any consideration for your person, likely fueled by a being worse than the fiery pits of hell, spawned to Earth solely to torment the souls of people who just happen to catch the winged monster's ire...

I will stop now because I realized that I had rambled on for a good while and this went from music to my undying hatred for seagulls.

I Like Fire wrote:I tend to listen to a lot of metal before I sleep to tire my brain out, and then I switch to soft instrumentals. I find Lo-Fi beats to be the most drowsy-inducing for those nights I'm just totally restless. Though, I am curious about these Japanese and Indonesian folk songs, I do enjoy learning about music, and about music from other cultures.

Folk music can be really cool! Bob Dylan is certainly one of the better known artists. There is a group called the Arcadian Wild, they have some good songs. Like "Wolves of the Revolution", "Empress", "Wander. Wonder.", "Envy Green", and "Millstatt", they have a really nice sound to them. There's also a bunch of other acoustic folksy-artists that I like to listen to, especially in the autumn. I really love pretending to be in a lightly-drizzling autumnal forest, just hiking, seeing the trees and the blazing oranges and yellows, deep reds, the busy hustling of animals preparing for the winter, the air of the end of a season, as the world prepares for the winter. I like to imagine the chill in the air, the nip of impending Winter, the smell of a sweet hot cocoa to warm the spirit. Making my way to a modest tent, light the campfire, whip out the acoustic, and play sweet melodies while the stars rise, and Orion rises higher and higher in the sky.

It's a lovely kind of magic, i think. Too bad i live in Florida, and the closest we get to "the nip of impending Winter" is the one day a year the night temperatures falls below 40 degrees Fahrenheit/5 degrees Celsius. It hasn't gotten below 0 degrees Celsius/32 degrees Fahrenheit in my recent memory. The trees here hardly put up any kind of show, though I am grateful for where i live, because it has its own kind of eternal Summer magic, the kind where you just feel endlessly careless, with the sand in between your toes, the tang of key lime pie dazzling the taste buds, the fish darting to and fro in the shallows, the relaxing sound of the waves crashing upon the shore...

The annoying honk of the desperate seagull stealing the food you just made without any consideration for your person, likely fueled by a being worse than the fiery pits of hell, spawned to Earth solely to torment the souls of people who just happen to catch the winged monster's ire...

I will stop now because I realized that I had rambled on for a good while and this went from music to my undying hatred for seagulls.

For a brief moment I almost thought you were our own kpop loving Poppy from TSP, but you actually used paragraphs and punctuation. I enjoy some folk music, but I’ve never been fond of Dylan. It’s just me, not saying he’s horrible or anything.

Drystar wrote:For a brief moment I almost thought you were our own kpop loving Poppy from TSP, but you actually used paragraphs and punctuation. I enjoy some folk music, but I’ve never been fond of Dylan. It’s just me, not saying he’s horrible or anything.

Nah, I'm just your friendly neighborhood Phoenix, also from TSP :P

Everyone has preferences, and that is what is so amazing from music. So much expression in different genres, so much talent that exists, just bursting to be heard above the monotony of mainstream pop. Even just barely below the surface you find so many gemstones. I can never not be in awe of how many different things appeal to many different people, some people have overlap with their tastes, but no two people overlap exactly. It's so amazing to me. We are all musical snowflakes in a massive alpine forest, with so much to explore, and not enough lifetime to see it all, and the forest continues to expand endlessly. It is honestly so awe-inspiring to me.

I never really go to sleep with music, but on the weekdays, I wake up with music. Usually it’s either Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (my school musical, I listened to it to help cement the songs in my head), Alegría (the Cirque du Soleil Show), or from Hamilton, but sometimes it is other songs, like the other day I woke up with Total Eclipse of the Heart. I have in the past once tried to fall asleep with Alegría, but I eventually stopped, because I fell asleep just as quickly without it, and all it really did was drain my phone battery.

I don’t really love American country music or American folk music, but I love ethnic music. When I went to India around a year and a half ago, we listened a lot to Punjabi Pop-Music (aka Bhangra), and the community I live in has many Jews and Israelis, so I also listen sometimes to Israeli Pop (I’d recommend listening to the singers/groups “Static and Ben El” and “Netta”). I listen also to a lot of traditional Jewish and Israeli music. I come from a family that loves travel and different cultures, so I listen to a lot of Middle Eastern Music, Indian music, French music, and Italian music, and when I was little my mom worked at a music studio called Putumayo, which collected traditional music from around the globe, including African, Middle Eastern, Indian, Latin American, French, East Asian, and Greek. My mom also lived for a very long time in the Arab quarter of Paris, so I listened to a lot of older French music, such as Edith Peof, and music from the Middle East, North Africa, and the Sahel, since many of those people lived in her neighborhood.

Ultimately, while I may not listen to music very often, I still love different types of music from around the globe.

Seagull wrote:You should stay for a while! Forest is a nice region for us birbs.

Lots of good perching branches, seeds/nuts, and yummy scraps of food to scavenge from Lord Dominator's literal garbage mountains. Forest is bird paradise!

Myordas wrote:It's 12 midnight of the June 14th now. (UTC +8)

It's my birthday again!

Happy birthday! Are the cichlids throwing you a party?

Turbeaux wrote:Happy birthday! Are the cichlids throwing you a party?

Petstores are closed during the lockdown so the answer is no.

Come back at 2021 fishes and I will reach adulthood (18) at that time.

I Like Fire wrote:I will stop now because I realized that I had rambled on for a good while and this went from music to my undying hatred for seagulls.

No, please do continue! Seagulls need to be stopped, and raising awareness is the first step!

folk music of folk in fantasy stories, folks who haven't been born yet, or live in another universe, called "filk" because the misspelling stuck as a genre label.

the other is almost anything that's a bit obscure, but without overdone percussion.

preferably anything that reminds me of strange endless forest covered mountains and odd little houses and odd little people sized trains,
and of course odd little furry people living in them.

live creatures are not for buying and selling but only adopting if they wish to be. they have their own music too, as do mechanical objects.

From Your Friends of the South Pacific:

My dear Forest Friends, the Cabinet elections have concluded in The South Pacific!

Our newly elected cabinet is as follows:
Prime Minister: Nakarisaune
Minister of Foreign Affairs: Jay Coop/Qvait
Minister of Regional Affairs: Seraph/Erinor
Minister of Military Affairs: Phoenix (yours truly!)
Craziest in TSP: Yours Truly!

If there's any questions I can answer, please feel free to reach out to me!

Middle Barael wrote:Alegría (the Cirque du Soleil Show)

You. I like you. This is utterly fantastic, both as a show and as a soundtrack.

Francesca Gagnon utterly owns it as The Singer in White for the 1994 production. Absolutely heart-touching and powerful. My wife and I used this soundtrack (plus the one from Quidam) as the background for dinner at our wedding.

I'm extremely sad that the revival tour that opened late last year had to be suspended due to the pandemic. I wanted very dearly to go, and given how long it's been, I'm not sure if they'll be able to continue it once things return to normal. Even though it's changed up a bunch in the new version, I desperately want to attend. Cirque shows have their own kind of magic.

Tá sé cosúil le 10:30 in áit a bhfuilim ceart anois agus leamh go mór mar sin chuaigh mé chun rud a aistriú agus díreach teanga randamach a phiocadh. Mar sin, sea. Tá súil agam go bhfuil ag éirí go maith le gach duine. Má tá an luachan seo á mhacasamhlú agat, agus cuir an leagan Béarla de seo, más mian leat níl cúram mór orm.
Im really bored.

McClandia Doge 2 wrote:It's like 10:30 pm where I am right now and really bored so I went to translate something and just pick up a random language. So, yes. I hope everyone is doing well. If you are replicating this quote, and put the English version of this, if you want I don't care much.

I hope you and all other Forestians are doing well too. Es ist mir immer eine Freude, eine neue Sprache zu lernen!

Virdonis

Everybody here is so nice. It is good. But it is intimidating.

I Like Fire wrote:From Your Friends of the South Pacific:

My dear Forest Friends, the Cabinet elections have concluded in The South Pacific!

Our newly elected cabinet is as follows:
Prime Minister: Nakarisaune
Minister of Foreign Affairs: Jay Coop/Qvait
Minister of Regional Affairs: Seraph/Erinor
Minister of Military Affairs: Phoenix (yours truly!)
Craziest in TSP: Yours Truly!

If there's any questions I can answer, please feel free to reach out to me!

Are they any good? Also what kind of cabinets do you have?

Auphelia wrote:Click clack moo, you old cow!

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We don't use type writers you silly goose.

Shalotte wrote:No, please do continue! Seagulls need to be stopped, and raising awareness is the first step!

What did they ever do to you? Are you in a race and they are faster than you?

I Like Fire wrote:From Your Friends of the South Pacific:

My dear Forest Friends, the Cabinet elections have concluded in The South Pacific!

Our newly elected cabinet is as follows:
Prime Minister: Nakarisaune
Minister of Foreign Affairs: Jay Coop/Qvait
Minister of Regional Affairs: Seraph/Erinor
Minister of Military Affairs: Phoenix (yours truly!)
Craziest in TSP: Yours Truly!

If there's any questions I can answer, please feel free to reach out to me!

I wouldn't trust that Qvait fella. Looks sus af.

Qvait wrote:I wouldn't trust that Qvait fella. Looks sus af.

Quite right.

I have my eye on you, foreign swine.

Oh, also, it is absolutely lovely to see you again, dear. Have you been well?

Virdonis wrote:We don't use type writers you silly goose.

Auphelia, please don't comment on your own post with a puppet. :P

Auphelia wrote:Quite right.

I have my eye on you, foreign swine.

Oh, also, it is absolutely lovely to see you again, dear. Have you been well?

Yee, I have been quite well, even though I am an Osiris plant apparently. I need to be watered every now and then.

Qvait wrote:Yee, I have been quite well, even though I am an Osiris plant apparently. I need to be watered every now and then.

You will be watered with the fresh blood of your countrymen, a traitor's meal.

I can't imagine that would be good for your root system, but such is the fate of an enemy of TSP.

Post self-deleted by Erinor.

My apologies. I totally posted in the wrong region there. Greetings, though, Forest!

Eco-empire

For those interested in factbooks, I have (at last) finished my Overview factbook.

The Rational Democracy of Eco-empire


Flag


Motto & Location

The hard work of one does more than the prayers of many

Location: See Here


General Information

Population: 45 million humans
-Density: 109/km2 (270/sq mi)


Capital: Darwin II
Largest City: Darwin II


Official Language: Esperanto/ English



National Language: English


Demonym: Eco-empirean

Politics

Government:
- President: Forest Zero
- Civil Link: Elected every 4 years
- Speaker of the House: Appointed by Forest Zero
- Chief Justice: Unknown


Legislature:
- Upper House: Science Overseeing Comitee
-Lower House: Democratic Asseembly


Establishment: from United Nations
Independence: 2020


Economy

GDP (nominal): $533 billion
GDP (nominal) per capita: $47,223


Average Lifespan: 90.6 years


Currency: Euro


Miscellaneous

Time Zone: Varies


Drives on the: Left side


Calling code: +019



Eco-Empire



The Rational Democracy of Eco-Empire, , is a Semi-direct, technocratic democracy located in north Forest. It borders Plifte to the south, Newvigen and Canaltia to the west, untamed wilderness to the east and ocean to the north.

Most residents live in or around the massive Eco-cities, the biggest of wich is the capital, Darwin II. The cities are home to the bulk of Eco-empirean human assets with only a small, dwindling minority still residing in the countryside.

Eco-empire seeks to promote and uphold the values of enviornmentalism, secularism, reason and scientism throughout the known world and, in the future, the Cosmos. It is not part of any supranational body, altough Eco-empire mantains good relations with most of them, and tries to be as self-reliant as possible.

It is well known for it's citizens internationalism and civic patriotism, devotion to science, eco-friendly policies and anti-theistic stance.
Eco-empire is an economic powerhouse, having eagerly adopted the "green new deal" during the so-called Green rebirth that saw the nation implementing the bulk of it's present day enviornmental protection policies. Eco-empire is divided into five states: Hume, Hobbes, Russel, Heraclitus and Dewey with a great ammount of autonomy.

Etymology

"Eco-empire" was the pejorative name given to the nation when it was founded. As time progressed, the inhabitants of Eco-empire began to openly embrace that name, as a way to prove they were proud of their choices and ideals.
The standart way to refer to a citizen of Eco-empire is as Eco-empirean.

History

The Khauta people lived in eco-empire for 200 years before explorers from Neo intermarium braved the unrelenting wilderness and discovered them and the pristine land they lived in. Soon, the greedy colonisers began enslaving the natives, occupying their land and burning the forests, using their supperior numbers and firepower to defeat the divided tribes. The natives rebelled against their new oppressors several times, but the lack of an unified strategy prevented them from achieving sucsess.
After 150 years of oppression, the arrival of a group of socialist, anarchist and secularist exilees that were prosecuted on the homeland turned the tide in favour of the Khauta rebells. Allied with the new arrivals and unified by ex-shaman grey wolf, the Khauta began a campaign of asymetrical warfare that weaened the despotic regime. The mainland refused to send help to the colony, and thus, 410 years after the arrival of the first settlers, independence was restored to eco-empire.

The new regime adopted immediately a democratic socialist, decentralized and secular regime. The native Khauta and the Exilees eventually merged, forging a new culture. During this time, the so-called "Order of violet" arose, supporting the estabelishment of a Theocratic regime. They quickly gathered a large number of fanaticized members which were promissed a post-mortem life of riches and oppulence if they died in service of the Holy cause.
The Violetists staged a coup, that failed thanks to popular resistance, and begun waging a holy war against Eco-empire. Their fanaticized armies occupied 3/4 of Eco-empirean territory, and enforced a cruel theocratic regime, promoting ethnic cleansing and slavery of all that were not "children of god" to create a "chosen race". Their heinous atrocities were ignored by the superpowers that dominated the international geopolitical landscape which turned a blind eye to the carnage.

However, the war was won by the Eco-empirean regime using lightning strikes and colaborating with resistance movements. the war left a deep scar in Eco-empire, reinforcing their anti-theism and isolationist stance. To prevent this from happening again, the government banned many cults, strenghtened the armed forces and drastically augmented the funds given to education and science departments.

Eco-empire has since been only once in an open war, against the neighboring Brazilistan due to their support of the neo-violetist Klan for a Violetist State. The war was won and brazilistan annexed thanks to a blitzkrieg campaign that encircled and crushed the Brazilistani army. Eco-empire has not estabelished formal diplomatic relations with any other nation on forest, but it has many informal ambassadors and observers in neighboring nations.

Image- Kahuta village razed by colonisers

Geography
Eco-empire is divided in five states and twenty four regions. The states serve no administrative purpose, but play an important role in the people's self identity. The highest temperature ever recorded in Eco-empire was 48 °C in Måav, deep in the centre of the south, while the coldest temperature ever recorded was −52.6 °C in Mount Newton, the highest peak of the galileo mountain range.

Northern Eco-empire has a subartic clima, being partially covered by tundra forests. It usually has very cold winters (reaching −50 °C), and short, cool to mild summers (up to 26º C). With 6 consecutive months where the average temperature is below freezing, all moisture in the soil and subsoil freezes solidly to depths of many feet. Summer warmth is insufficient to thaw more than a few surface feet, so permafrost prevails under most areas not near the southern boundary of this climate zone.

Typically, in the north there is few precipitation, no more than 380 mm (15 in) over an entire year. Away from the coasts, precipitation occurs mostly in the warmer months, while in coastal areas the heaviest precipitation is usually during the autumn months when the relative warmth of sea vis-à-vis land is greatest. The northern Eco-empire is covered by LinkTaiga forests.

Southern Eco-empire presents a striking contrast to the north, being entirely of tropical savanna climate. It has a lenghty dry season (7-8 months) and a short wet season where it receives just enough precipitation to preclude it from a semi-arid climate classification. This region is dominated by grass and/or shrubs with some scattered trees. The South is covered, thus, by a LinkTropical savanna

Biodiversity
Since the northern and southern climates are very different, the fauna in each region is also usually not present in the other (altough thereis an area of overlap).It should be noted that in Eco-empire, many species survived the dawn of the pleistocene and the arrival of humans. Altough some animals like the LinkDire wolf went extinct, most survived.

In the north, the taiga is home to a relatively small variety of animals, includes 85 species of mammals, 130 species of fish, and an estimated 32,000 species of insects, due to it's harsh conditions. Insects play a critical role as pollinators, decomposers, and as a part of the food web. Many nesting birds rely on them for food in the summer months. The cold winters and short summers make the taiga a challenging biome for reptiles and amphibians, which depend on environmental conditions to regulate their body temperatures, and there are only a few species in the boreal forest.

Nonetheless it is home to a number of large herbivorous mammals, such as moose and a smaller version of LinkStephanorius. The largest animal in the taiga is the LinkSteppe bison. Many large carnivores also dwell in the taiga, such as the grey wolves, brown bear and the LinkEpicyon Haydeni.

The southern regions have more bidiversity, containing around 3,400 plant species, 500 birds, 150 mammals, and 220 reptiles and amphibians. The southern region ecosystems include riverine forests, wetlands and savannas. Animals typically associated with tropical and subtropical forests are often found throughout the wetlands, including jaguars, howler monkeys and tapirs. On the drier areas, mammals such as the serval, guanaco, kahutan lion (similar to the Linkcave lion), and the Linktoxodon.

In terms of avian wildlife, torrent duck, giant coot, flamingos, lesser rhea, mountain-toucans, egyptian vulture and some humming birds are the most common. There are also large flightless birds like the LinkGeyornis. In terms of reptiles, the most well known (and feared) are the Komodo dragon, wich lives in the savannas and the gigantic (but rare) LinkTitanoboa.

Eco-empire is crossed by many rivers, the biggest of wich is the Huygens river, and, as such, id home to a wide varirety of aquatic or semi aquatic species. Notable among them are the spectacled caiman, beaver, common snapping turtle and the giant otter.

image- Epicyon haydeni

Settlements
Main Article- Eco-cities

Eco-empire adopted the concept of Eco-cities to better divide the nation in autonomous regions, each led by a major city, and to allow the countryside to be turnedinto natural reserves and no go zones for humans (except researchers and vigilants). Each city is governed by a city council, and most of the issues that the city and surrounding region faces are solved through popular referendums and E-democracy.

The cities are linked to one another through a network of state-funded and renewable energies-powered high speed trains. there are still some traditional villages, mainly populated by the eldery and tourism villages, where visitors from all over the world can admire Eco-empire's natural wonders.

Demographics
Eco-empire has an estimated population of 45 million. A census is taken every ten years, with the first taking place in 2024. While the birthrate is only 15 per 1000, the population growth rate is 0.5% as a result of the constant emmigration. To make sure that the birthrate and number of humans remains stable, only refugees are immediatly allowed into this nation, with economic migrants having to undergo a tedious and carefull background check.

In some areas where, prior to independence, the birthrate was catastrofically high, one-child policy was implemented.
Descrimination based on race or gender is completely prohibited, as is ethnic nationalism.
The ethnic division is as follows: Whites are 25% of the population, Asians are 22%, Hispanic are 18% Northwest Africans are 18%,Blacks are 14% and the other 3% consist of humans from other ethnicities.

Religion
The official theological position assumed by Eco-empire is atheism. However, it does not discriminate it's citizens because of their faith.
Being a fiercely secular state (some call it proto-state atheism), all churches or other religious organisations are required to pay taxes and may have their properties expropriated if deemed fit. Freedom of religion is allowed but freedom of spreading fundamentalist or pseudoscientific views is not. As such, following any and all religions that promote or endorse animal sacrifice; human sacrifice; circumcision, mutilation; physical abuse; child marriage; rape; misogyny; belief in flat-earth or creationism; homophobia and alternative medicine; is prohibited and those who disobey will be fined and/or jailed.

Teaching of religion as presenting any kind of truth in schools is strictly forbidden, including in private schools. All religious cerimonies or mass gatherings must be state-authorised. In the case where an individual’s religious convictions conflict with medical care, the physician must not obey the pacient and do what is deemed scientifically/medically fit for the situation. Vaccinations are mandatory.
As a result of these measures, 75% of the population is not religious, 8% budhists, 7% cristhians and 5% muslims. The remaining 3% have other faiths, mostly pantheism, judaism and confucionism.

Government
Executive:
The Government is led by the "Forest Zero" who is elected through universal suffrage every 8 years and serves as the figurhead of Eco-empire, but holds no real power. The government is made of technocrats and scientists who are chosen by the Artificial Intelligence for their skill and knowledge every 5 years, and serve solely as an advisor body. The local issues of a region or city are often solved by referendums and direct democracy.

As such, Eco-empire is governed by a "system of popularly elected administrative councils, allowing local communities to exercise autonomous control over their assets, while linking to other communities via a network of confederal councils." that are supervised by the central government to mantain unity aand cooperation. All are welcome to partake in the communal councils, but political participation is not mandated.

Legislative:
The national assembly has 210 seats, and every region elects a number of MPs proportional to it's population. It can approve laws and nation-wide referendums. However it can be dissolved by the joint action of "Comrade 1" and the Government. The Assemby can vote for changes in the constituition, but the government must accept them, and the people must approve them in a nationwide referendum. The National Assembly follows a non-partisan organisation, and thus all political parties are banned.

Ideology
The ideology of Eco-empire blends many left wing and center ideologies such as left-wing populism, enviornmentalism, anti-nationalism, anti-fascism, anti-racism, social democracy, democratic confederalism, anti-capitalism, anti-conservatism, progressivism, feminism, eco-socialism, deep ecology, new atheism, scientism and alter-globalization.

image- The parliament

Law
Eco-empire uses a civil legal system, wherein law arises primarily from written statutes; judges are not to make law, but merely to interpret it (though the amount of judicial interpretation in certain areas makes it equivalent to case law in a common law system). In agreement with the principles of the Declaration of the Rights of Man and of the Citizen, law should only prohibit actions detrimental to society.

Eco-empirean law is divided into two principal areas: private law and public law. Private law includes, in particular, civil law and criminal law. Public law includes, in particular, administrative law and constitutional law. However, in practical terms, Eco-empire's law comprises three principal areas of law: civil law, criminal law, and administrative law.

Criminal laws can only address the future and not the past (criminal ex post facto laws are prohibited). Eco-empire embraces LinkDefensive democracy and prohibits all pratice and dissemination of hate ideologies (such as nazism, fascism, stalinism, maoism, ethnic supremacism, ultraconservatism,etc..) and pseudoscientific false claims (flat earth, creationism, vaccines cause authism, geocentrism, and other anti-scientific theories)

Foreign Relations and Military
Foreign Relations:
Eco-empire is an observer state in the WA. Eco-empire will gladly estabelish and mantain diplomatic relations with any nation that respects human rights, is secular and cares for the enviornment. It will assume an hostile approach to Nazi, Totalitarian or Theocratic nations.
Eco-empire has largely retired from the international affairs, focusing on internal issues. It is somewhat isolationist. Eco-empire employs a wide variety of proxy agents, both individual humans and organisations, to help in guerilla warfare and intelligence gathering against hostile nations or organisations.

Eco-empire will fight by all means necessary any state or organisation that:

  • Seeks to impose it's religion to everyone by force (examples- ISIS, LRA)

  • Blatantly disrespects human rights (examples- DPRK, Saudi Arabia)

  • Purposefully destroys the biodiversity and biomes of planet Earth;

  • Seeks to hinder or discredit science;

Military
The Eco-empire Armed Forces, divided in Army, Navy, Air force and Intelligence, are the military and paramilitary forces of Eco-empire, under Comrade 1 as supreme commander. There has never been national conscription , but it can be introduced during wartime if required. All members of the armed Forces are required to show respect for civillians and enemy fighters and to obey to the international laws of war.
The current Eco-empirean nuclear force consists of four Triomphant class submarines equipped with submarine-launched ballistic missiles.
Eco-empire invests on an technologically advanced arsenal and phsycollogical superiority rather than numbers to defeat it's enemies.
Eco-empire relies heavily in it's Special Forces] for counter-terrorism, counter insurgency and urban warfare.

Tactics:
The Eco-empirean armed forces were influenced by the YPG and African Parks anti-poaching Units, and thus operate as both a guerrila force specialized in irregular warfare and a police force responsible for protecting the people and wildlife of their region.
Relying on speed, stealth, and surprise, it is able to deploy quickly to front lines and concentrate its forces before quickly redirecting the axis of its attack to outflank and ambush its enemy. The key to its success is autonomy without loosing coordination.

Image- Standart eco-empirean soldiers

Economy

Economic Indicators

Currency: Euro
Fiscal Year: October 1 - September 30


Labor Force: 72.345 million
Unemployment: 1.90%

Eco-empire has a mixed economy that combines private enterprise with substantial state enterprise and government intervention. The government retains considerable influence over key segments of infrastructure sectors, with majority ownership of railway, electricity, aircraft, nuclear power and telecommunications.

As a Self-reliant wannabe, Eco-empire tries to run a local, circular/recyclable economy. "Everything that can be reutilised, will be reutilised!" is a core tenet of the Eco-empirean economy. Most energy that powers Eco-empire comes from renewable sources, wich include geothermal, solar, wind, hydroelectricity, biomass, tidal and wave energy with wind energy being the most commonly used form of energy. A solar pannel ring orbiting the system's star will be opperational soon, meaning that traditional power sources will soon be abandoned.
The economy is led by the Information Technology industry, with tourism, arms manufacturing and agriculture being also very important.

Science and Technology
Last year, Eco-empire spent approximately 34.5 billion euros on domestic research and development, and has welcomed all scientists and engineers that wished to come to Eco-empire, granting them citizenship after one year of residency. Eco-empire has one of the highest levels of Internet access in the world, with over 94 percent of it's population having acssess to internet on their personal devices.

Currently, Eco-empire is developing three groundbreaking projects. First: Project ressurection, the return of the "Canis Dirus" through genetic engineering of the common grey wolf (Canis Lupus). Sucsess is at hand. Second: Project Escape, the development of a large spaceship that would use solar sails, and that would be used to deliever people and cargo between Eco-empire and colonies in other celestial bodies. Already in testing phase. Third: Project Harvester, the development of crop pollinisation robotic insects, will allow huge underground or underwater farms to produce mass quantities of supplies, therefore allowing most of the surface to be designated as protected and Human free areas.

Eco-empire has a space agency (Main article: The EESA), wich is fairly well funded, having an highly active space program, conducting deep-space, planetary, and aviation research, and developing rockets and satellites. Scientific education is a priority in Eco-empire, with the history of earth and life being taught to all children from a very young age.

Image- The improvement of artifficial intelligence and androids is one great acomplishment of Eco-empire

Culture
Eco-empire is home to a variety of cultures, welcoming all of them as long as they do not advocate for terrorism, violence, separatism or any kind of supremacism.
Smoking is forbidden, even in private, but light drugs and alcoholic beverages are legal (but not popular) for all those who reached the majority age. The legalization of light drugs has not eliminated the social stigma attached to it, however.
Eco-empirean society is generally very progressive and egalitarian, with gender or ethnical inequality being almost non-existent. The population has, in general, a penchant for technology and science, thus producing an extremely scientifically literate society.
the most popular dishes in Eco-empire revolve around insects, farmed in huge underground facilities. Ants are the most popular insects among eco-empireans, no matter how much time you spend in Eco-empire, you will never be able to taste all different dishes with ants.

Education and Healthcare
The Eco-empirean government has made education a priority. Attending public school is mandatory from three to eighteen years, and the people are encouraged to progress to university. Homeschooling is forbiden, and refusing to let your children go to school is punishable with an heavy fine and, if the offense is repeated, puting the children under the state's custody.
As a result of this efforts, the literacy rate in eco-empire is of 99%. The history of life and the history of the universe is taught to the children from a very young age, and scientific literacy is considered to be an invaluable blessing by the people.

The Eco-empirean health care system is one of universal health care largely financed by government national health insurance. Approximately 79% of all health expenditures are covered by government funded agencies.
Care is generally free for people affected by chronic diseases such as cancer, AIDS or cystic fibrosis. Average life expectancy at birth is 86 years for men and 84 years for women, one of the highest in the world. Eco-empire mantains a rapid response force to deal with pandemics. There are 4.22 physicians for every 1000 inhabitants. Authorities now regard obesity as one of the main public health issues and fight it fiercely, mandating all citizens to exercise daily and promoting an healthy alimentation.

Art and Architecture
The origins of Eco-empirean art were the paintings produced by painter Vorîo Huun, who lived with the kahutas and mixed the renassince like style with their traditional style, creating amazing paintings that were much appreciated by colectors and aristocrats. After the independence, Impressionism and Symbolism were the most favoured styles. The violetist reign of terror, and their violent attacks on the arts left a deep scar, and only recently has art flourished again, with cubist paintings now occupying the spotlight.

During the colonial period, many fortified castles, resembling the european ones were built by governors and aristocrats to mark their powers and to protect themselves from rebels. Altough, once again, many such castles were destroyed by the violetists, many still survive. Kahuta buildings have traditionally been typified by wooden structures, elevated slightly off the ground, with tiled or thatched roofs. They often use sliding doors that break down the distinction between rooms and indoor and outdoor space.

Since the end of the violetist rule, however, the most common buildings are the high rise buildings of the cities. many castles and kahuta buildings have been declared protected sites by the ministry of culture, and atract thousands of visitors each year. Eco-empire has also preserved many shrines and religious temples despite it's atheistic nature.

Food and Drink
The native kahutas were mainly vegetarian, only consuming meat in holidays. However, the colonists ate much more meat, prompting a nation-wide change in diet that would only be reversed some thirty years after the independence. Today, fresh vegetables, insects and, in coastal areas, fish are the bases of the national diet.

Breakfasts typically consist of flatbread and insects (mainly fried ants), occasionally with some variety of boiled eggs or cheese. Midday meals are often similar to breakfast, though often include many different kinds of fresh vegetables, while evening meals usually include some small portion of meat or fish served with some combination of sweet cofee bread, oat products, legumes, potatoes.

Kahutas brew an alcoholic beverage known as Spîn Malhu (spirit finder), wich is similar to ale beer. When consumed traditionally it is often served as a snaps, but nowadays it is also popularly consumed as a drink ingredient. However, plain waer is still the most widely consumed drink.

Image- edible insects are a popular meal

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After quickly scrolling through my Facebook feed (which now consists mostly of ads and news since I don't follow people) I came across an article about this Indo-Japanese girl (Kimura Hana) that passed on after enduring cyberbullying, mental health issues as well as the "polite racism" seemingly ingrained in Japanese culture. Since I'm biethnic myself it piqued my interest so I read the article and then proceeded to read the comments. Obviously, comments in most social media are often not really worth reading (like Youtube comments) so I only really have myself to blame for what followed; that is me being irked the wrong the way by the overall sentiment in the comment section.

Now get this, people were supposedly condemning racism while at the same time lumping all Asians together by saying things like; "Japanese are polite racists who believe “Japanese” are a race apart from “Asians”."; "...at face value...she was half Asian...and half Asian." and in response to the former "[REDACTED] probably that being Japanese isn’t the same as being Asian from their point of view." To me, this is just as racist as it's essentially racism via wilful ignorance, that is to say the implied assertion that all Asians are the same regardless of differing cultures, the opposite of which is somewhat implied by there being different Asian nationalities and/or ethnicities. That's essentially lumping all Asians together and is obviously a case of gross overgeneralisation. It's also ignoring the fact that Asian is most probably not a primary identifier for people living in Asia in the same way it [probably] isn't for people living in Europe. I for one would for example never identify as a European/African first and foremost if asked about my origin/ethnicity/nationality (e.g. the question "Where are you from?")

With all that said, I would like to ask you all for your thoughts on the matter, as well as how you self-identify. I'm also quite interested in hearing about how Asian-Americans self-identify, so if any of you know any or if you are one yourself then your input would be most appreciated.

if people are going to lump everyone from a given continent together, why not just lump all humans together and be done with it?

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