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|The Peoples' Republic of Harndon|
The Peoples' Republic of Harndon
Anthem: Guvar's Promise
Location of Harndon (green)
and largest city
|Official languages||Harndonian, Gibberish, Courellian|
|Government||Democratic Centralism; Confederation of Nomadic and Settled Tribes|
• Harndonian Confederation
• Harndonian Revolution
• 2017 census
|Time zone||MIT-8 (Harndonian Standard Time (HST))|
|Date format||y.m.d CE|
|Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs|
12 July 2017 – 7 November 2017
|Preceded by||Freeland Newworldia|
|Succeeded by||Normandy and Picardy|
6 August 2019 – 21 January 2021
|Preceded by||Brys Questions|
|Deputy Minister of Immigration|
May 2018 – 13th December 2018
|Preceded by||New Lettia|
|Member of the Law Commission|
|Assumed office |
21 April 2019
|Appointed by||Minister Ramelia|
|Preceded by||Office established|
|Founded||30 October 2016 CE|
|SLU member state|
Harndon is a mysterious, mist-concealed land, heavily forested and cold. The people that reside in this place are primarily nomadic, wandering the vast swathes of woodland as they go about their lives. This does not, however, impede their sophistication. A rich, druidic culture and technological specialisations in medicine, chemistry and astronomy make these tribespeople... unique. Since antiquity, Harndonian tribes have had some kind of democracy, with the chiefs holding moots in debating chambers and forest clearings, where the issues of the day would be discussed and voted on. Arguably, this makes them one of the earliest democratic powers. Although under the yoke of Courellian oppression in the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries, Harndon is now a unified country (and has been since 1906), strong in its cultural identity and freedoms - noteably, its marxist democratic centralist system, introduced by the revolution of 1950.
Origin of the Name
When bethtali (merchant adventurers normally comissioned by their tribe) started to travel outside of harndon in the 5th and 4th centuries BCE, when asked where they had come from, they would normally answer by giving the name of their own tribe. Legend has it that a particular group of bethtali weren't so keen on giving the name of their tribe to people they had just met, so they simply answered "not here". "Not" is "Har" whilst "here" is "Ndon". That name somehow stuck, and it has become the main thing outsiders call Harndon. "Harndon" in harndonian is Viberguvar ("Land of The Song" if you're wanting to translate literally with no sense of nuance at all).
The Harndonians follow the original Harndonian Calendar (Reshtramaeao - literally, "Star Tracker"), first created in the 23rd Century BCE. It is based upon the movement of Miyana's second moon (Daithresh, as it is known in Harndonian) in relation to the movement of the Sun (Zheraresh).
Days (or Harndonian Days (Hd) in modern Miyana vernacular) are marked from sundown to sundown: as soon as the sun sets, a new day "dawns". Inevitably, this leads to variable day lengths, which is why the universal calendar is used in modern scientific and administrative work.
The calendar is split up into 9 months, with 8 equal length months that cover Daithresh's full rotation around Miyana, and another which is 1.25 of a full rotation. Each month is made up of approximately 43 sets of 24 hour periods, but that is not counted; instead, only the movements of the second moon is counted. This can easily be measured by the proportion of the moon's surface that reflects the Sun's light (both moons are tidally locked both with eachother and with Miyana). During these 9 months, Miyana will have completed a full revolution around the Sun, and so the cycle begins again.
Each Month (including the longest month of 1.25 rotations) is seperated into 6 phases, made of equal time periods from Daithresh's orbit around Miyana, as formulised by Kepler's Second Law. Each phase has days alloted to it. There is no fixed number as to how many days (Hd) go into a phase, however a day (Hd) belongs to a phase if the entire day (Hd) up until sundown is covered by said phase. This means that even if only an hour of a day (Hd) is not covered by a phase, the day (Hd) is then considered to belong to the next phase, and is designated as the first day of that phase.
|Month||English Translation||Length (In Daithresh full orbits)|
Note: The Harndonian national anthem is normally sung a capella, although it has on occasion been played to strings or flutes.
Condensed Harndonian (With Transliteration)
Oh Harndonia! The forests our saviour, and the mountains our guardians; The hope and splendour of this sacred land. Though they tried, the forces of fire and greed Could only fail to devour the Tree!
Through the cold, dark, and troublesome winter, The heart of the Tree still beats to The Song Of the life that thrives in this hardened land; Hope manifest in the great Tree!