Harndon

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The Peoples' Republic of Harndon

Viberguvar
Flag of Harndon
Flag
Map of Harndon
Location of Harndon (green)
Capital
and largest city
Quechkhonia
Official languagesHarndonian, Gibberish, Courellian
Ethnic groups
Unknown
Religion
(2017)
Majority Guvar
Demonym(s)Harndonian
GovernmentDemocratic Centralism; Confederation of Nomadic and Settled Tribes
• Spokesperson
Kariva Ulav
• Vlekribraoquitlrethnicharequ
Representatives
LegislatureSettled/Nomadic/Workers' Councils
Formation
• Harndonian Confederation
1906 CE
• Harndonian Revolution
1950 CE
Area
• Total
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Population
• 2017 census
52,323,742
• Density
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CurrencyMonalme (MON)
Time zoneMIT-8 (Harndonian Standard Time (HST))
Date formaty.m.d CE
Calling code+522
Abbreviation{{{ABBREVIATION}}}
Internet TLD.harn
Harndon
Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs
In office
12 July 2017 – 7 November 2017
DelegateAusterain, Courelli
MinisterFreeland Newworldia
Preceded byFreeland Newworldia
Succeeded byNormandy and Picardy
In office
6 August 2019 – 21 January 2021
DelegateKoiho, Helvurium
MinisterGoncar
Preceded byBrys Questions
Succeeded byJyskmark
Deputy Minister of Immigration
In office
May 2018 – 13th December 2018
DelegateCourelli
MinisterOmerica
Preceded byNew Lettia
Succeeded byHelvurium
Member of the Law Commission
Incumbent
Assumed office
21 April 2019
Appointed byMinister Ramelia
Preceded byOffice established
Nation details
Founded30 October 2016 CE
(5 years ago)
 (2016-10-30)
Social Liberal Union Flag.png Harndon Flag.png
SLU member state
Sincec. 2013

Summary

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).

Calendar

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)
Deranilresh Silverstar 1
Monarve Frostearth 1
Uenaik Fogfall 1
Lizholnir Lifebloom 1
Dashremuzhak Sacred Cycle 1.25
Hailthrefant Warmnight 1
Danovnaik Leaffall 1
Besnresh Waterstar 1
Lakthrefant Darknight 1

National Anthem

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)

English Translation

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!

Acknowledgements

Thanks to:

  • Courelli for helping with the colonial history and with techincal support and advice.
  • Kanoria for the SLU maps.
  • Avaerilon for the intial Harndon map.
  • Anaaxes for all the LoP toys.