1. Your History
1.1 The Exodus
This world was first settled in year 0 by people from
the planet Vilis. Before that they had come from the Sword World
Gungnir. They were unhappy with life on Vilis because the planet
was not being governed properly, and so they set out to find a new home.
Digitis, as this world is called by offworlders -- and by our ancestors
-- was not colonized and yet could support life.
The government of Vilis was glad to see our people
leave -- they wanted to impose their own rule on our laws, and our people
kept pointing out the flaws in the Vilisian way of life.
Our people bought a fleet of fifty-seven trading
ships, and made their way to their new home, bartering their possessions
for fuel and spares to keep the ships flying. Even so, three ships
were lost on the way.
1.2 The Landing
By the time the Fifty-Four reached our system, the ships
were in poor shape. Many would never be able to fly again.
So they picked a landing site by the forests near the equator, near to
the mountains, and south of the Great Gap. The place was chosen for
its protection from possible storms and because there was a clear area
inshore, with natural building materials available. That clear area
was of course a Scar, and what they thought of as building materials were
The first settlers proceeded to build First City
on the waterfront. Examinations had already been held on the voyage,
and so they could start building as soon as they landed. The first
buildings were erected from materials they had brought with them.
First City was powered by the fusion generators from the Fifty-Four.
It was important to our ancestors that our world
would be independent and self-sufficient, so as soon as the houses were
complete they started building industry. Factories were set up to
build the tools that would build new factories from local materials, and
which could build mining gear to get those local materials.
1.3 The Exploration
The planners had chosen five as the ideal number of
cities. The sites would be chosen after surveying the world in more
detail. So they took spares from the ships that would not fly, and
repaired the ones that would, removing all the parts that they no longer
The ships then set out to explore the planet.
From First City they first went to find the metal and natural energy that
would be needed to build the factories and new cities.
In the southwest, they found rich supplies of metal
in the broken lands near the south pole, and vast oil reserves in the plains
nearby. So right away the next two city sites were chosen.
Brodha would be built on the coast near the oil fields, where there was
also good land for farming. Sloriay would be built in the broken
lands themselves, where the metal ore would be mined and processed, and
rock quarried to build the road between the two cities. They would
use floating ships to carry the oil and raw metal from Brodha to First
That meant they would need many ships. The
harbor at First City was not big enough to hold all the ships they needed,
and so the planners chose the fourth city site. On the western coast
of the promontory to the southwest of First City was a huge natural harbor,
protected from weather and not needing any work to make it useful for an
enormous port. They decided that this would be where they wanted
any offworlders to land, so that they could berth in the harbor rather
than build landing fields. So they followed the fashion of their
ancestors and called the city Down Port. They would also move the
government there when the city was built.
Other ships had searched to the southeast and found
vast grasslands. Here they would build a city for farmers, inland
so it could serve them well. This city would be Sirrily. A
road would be built to the sea and a small port constructed so that their
food could be shipped all over the world.
1.4 The Killing
Until now, everyone lived at First City. The miners,
the oilmen, and the farmers took their new equipment and moved out to their
city sites to start work, while the industrialists stayed at First City
ready to build equipment for Down Port when they received the materials
In the meantime, First City needed more space and
more building materials. They had already been taking wood from the huge
wall at the edge of the forest, but it was hard to break free and they
needed much more. They had not yet tried to go into the forest --
except for those who had run away to live a life of nature and were never
They had already seen that where the ships had been
flying over the forest, the trees had started to collapse and lose their
strength, falling to the ground and starting to rot. The shockwave
in the air above the canopy seemed to have damaged the leaves somehow and
had caused the trees to die from the top down. For many kilometers
in the direction of Sirrily, the forest was falling away. The trees
where the leaves had not been disturbed were still strong, and the new
open ground was rich with vegetation. At the edges, the withering
trees were starting to form a wall like the one around First City.
The builders decided to collect building material
here. They wanted a large supply so that they could ship it to build
houses at Down Port. They planned to clear the wall from the edge
of the forest, and then cut trees back before a new wall could form.
They would clear land to expand First City, leave good farming areas, and
gather wood for building.
So they took explosives that were now made in Sloriay,
and blew up the hard wall. Cutting machines moved into position against
the strong wet wind, and started clearing the trees rapidly. As they
cleared them out, the wind died down and dried out, and work became easier.
After several months, there began to be problems.
The trees they were cutting were wilting before they could get to them,
and ships on the route to Sirrily reported that the whole forest was starting
to wilt. The farmers found that in the dry thin air, the soil that
was left from the clearing was blowing away in the wind, and all that would
grow was thin scrub. The Forest between Great Gap and the mountains
1.5 The Building
The city building continued. Materials from Sloriay
were used to build factories at First City, which used local materials
and tools to build factories for Down Port. Once the new factories
were working, the first ones that had been made with offworld tools were
broken up and used as scrap. Soon the new factories built refineries
for Brodha, and power plants to run on the oil, and the last of the fusion
generators was shut down.
Huge sea-going ships were built at Down Port, and
sea lanes were set up between the cities. Finally the last spaceships
could be taken apart. Our world was truly independent.
1.6 The Sheriffs
The forests had not been forgotten. While our
people settled in the southern hemisphere, in 241 some brave explorers
left First City to sail to the land across the Great Gap, which was still
all forest. They were led by Gregory Valanda, who believed that there
had to be a way to enter the forest without killing it. They decided
to make an airlock through the forest wall. They drilled through
a short way, enough to fit an airlock in the hole. They then worked
by hand, digging through the wall, and passing everything through the airlock.
After weeks of work, they broke through into the
forest. Gregory Valanda stepped through and was the first to stand
on an undisturbed forest floor. He breathed in the rich moist air,
and pronounced, "I swear I shall protect this forest, keep it safe, and
live in harmony with all that is here." Thus was born the oath of
the Sheriffs. Gregory Valanda named this forest "Cormor" after his
mother, and on his return to First City set up the forest administration
there. He was appointed the first Sheriff of Cormor.
He returned to the Cormor Forest in 243, this time
with all the equipment he needed to live there for several years.
He did so, studying the life of the forest, and practicing farming and
construction that were harmless to the land. It was at this time
that he discovered that each forest was a single organism, a single plant
which spread through the ground and through the air for thousands of kilometers.
He again returned to First City, and this time presented
a plan to assign Sheriffs for all the forests of the northern hemisphere
(for there were none in the south except the first forest, and it had died
long before). He presented the material for a competency exam, and
as a result the other seven Sheriffs were appointed. All have as
their duty the stewardship of their forest.
1.7 The World Today
Our world today continues the tradition of our ancestors.
We are independent and self-sufficient, with industry and farming in the
south, and the forests under the protection of the Sheriffs in the north.
Railways have been built all over the world to replace the first roads,
high in the air to protect the land underneath. Bridges have even
been built across the Great Gap, and railways streak their way over the
Forests to the Forest Homes. The vision of a world of five cities,
governed properly, has been realised.
2. Your Government
2.1 The Principle
Government should be performed by those who do it best.
2.2 The Practice
Examinations test the competency of all those who serve.
No-one is allowed a job at which he is not competent. Should a job
become vacant, it is passed on to the next heir in line, if he is competent.
If he should fail, it is opened to every citizen. The job will be
assigned to the highest qualified applicant.
2.3 The Ripple
If a man accepts a new job, he must leave his former
job. That former job is open to every citizen, and will in turn be
assigned to the highest qualified applicant.
2.4 The Citizens
Citizens are all those who accept our ways and laws
and commit to residence on our world for life. Janns, being descendents
of those who ran from First City, are not citizens and may not hold jobs;
they must live the life of nature that they have chosen, and may not leave
the Forest in which they reside.
3. Your Culture
3.1 The Language
Our ancestors who settled here spoke Anglic, but you
must remember that our world is founded on independence and self-sufficiency.
Having a primary language that is borrowed from other worlds does not satisfy
that. So while we learn and use Anglic in our lives every day, it
is not our primary language.
Our own language is taken from the speech and writing
of the Janns. Their language and script does not resemble any other
language in the universe. Their ancestors wanted to start a natural
life anew, and so did not speak, read, or write in the presence of their
children. Those children grew up inventing their own language and
writing, which they taught to their own children and so on down the generations.
While the Janns are too primitive to be civilized,
the Jannish language and script is a unique product of your world.
So when you use Jannish, you do so independent of any outside culture,
and thus are reminded constantly of your self-sufficiency. Use Jannish
with pride, and do not be discouraged at its difficulty.
3.2 The Ygellity
Every citizen must live with the principle of The Ygellity.
This states that every citizen has his place, and no place is more or less
important than any other. The Sheriff of Cormor and the sewage tank
scrubber are of equal standing. No citizen on our world is inferior,
and no citizen is superior. All are qualified for their jobs, and
so all perform for the greater benefit of us all.
Even the citizens who are not qualified for any
job are living by The Ygellity. Those citizens are maintaining The
Ygellity in their own way, by not taking a job that is beyond their competence.
Thus their contribution to our society is no less or no greater than anyone
Never forget The Ygellity. It is every citizen's
duty to dedicate their life to The Ygellity.
3.3 The Pietiir
The Pietiir is the opposite consequence of The Ygellity.
This states that a citizen who is not qualified for his job is a traitor
to society. To maintain The Ygellity he must resign immediately or
be living under The Pietiir. A citizen who does not take any job
when one for which he is qualified exists is also a traitor to society
and living by the principle of The Pietiir.
Never forget The Pietiir. It is every citizen's
duty to dedicate their life to the eradication of The Pietiir.
3.4 The Janns
The Janns have neither The Ygellity nor The Pietiir.
While they may be despised for not having The Ygellity, they must never
be respected for not having The Pietiir. The Janns are too primitive
to understand higher concepts, good or bad. In this they are like
animals: they can act good or bad, but do not understand the meaning of
either. As do animals, they merely exist from day to day, with no
purpose or civility, no past, and no future. They are not citizens
and never will be. They have no rights and no place in our society.
Do not waste sympathy on the Janns. Their
ancestors chose their way of life for them, and they live it to the full
to this day. From those who ran away from First City, they have devolved
so far that they are no longer human. Do not make the mistake of
applying human standards to them.
3.5 The Offworlders
Those who visit our world are to be treated as guests.
Be generous and friendly to them, because while they rarely live by The
Ygellity, they know no better. Be proud of what we have built here,
and how we have achieved the perfect society, but do not preach.
Let them discover in their own time what we have here, so that they will
come willingly and with sincerity.
At the same time, be on your guard. Offworlders
often try to convince us that their way of life is better, that their technology
is better, that their goods are better. They are not better, just
different. There is nothing wrong with owning offworld goods, but
remember independence and self-sufficiency, and use them only in addition
to, not instead of, our own products. Do not base any part of your
life on offworld materials.