13th of the Postill’s Dew, 2007: First large-scale terrorist attack against the Ayvartan Empire. Generally held to be the start of the Ayvartan Revolution/Civil War. A holiday for the Socialist Dominances of Solstice, and openly condemned in Nocht and Lubon.
Arjun: Largest ethnic group in Ayvarta. First hailed from the northern and eastern parts of Ayvarta, but are now everywhere in the continent. Madiha Nakar is an Arjun, for example. Arjun are usually identifiable by having skin a varying shade of brown, dark eyes, and long, straight dark hair. Arjun tend to be Spirit worshipers or atheists.
Communism: Generally used interchangeably with Socialism, but Socialism is supposed to be understood as a step toward Communism: the final abolition of money, class, and state. Ayvarta has yet to abolish money and state in full, and as such it is socialist, not Communist.
Comrade: A term of endearment between citizens, friends, or other workers, i.e. everybody.
Cooperatives: Groups of workers that semi-privately own businesses and perform services. Cooperatives cannot produce industrial goods for profit. They tend to be restaurants, entertainment venues, light goods shops (local clothing shops and cobblers) and so on.
Council: There are several levels of Councils in Ayvarta that perform executive and staff functions for civilian services. They gather data, negotiate and coordinate distribution of goods and fair wages in cooperation with Unions, and make up the civilian bureaucracy.
There are small local councils or “city” councils that make some limited local decisions subordinate to a larger “regional” council for each Dominance, that is in turn subordinate to “High Civil Council” in Solstice that represents the unified government of all the Socialist Dominances. Council politics are generally pretty immaterial to most people, but some dubious decisions have been made lately. Council members are elected in often low-key campaigns.
The Military Council used to be part of the High or National Civil Council but it has been stripped of legislative power, and exists only as an advisory and regulatory authority with minimal formal power. This was a result of the policy of Demilitarization of the Ayvartan Dominances.
Dominance: An administrative unit. Ayvartan “states.” There are ten of them. Solstice is the largest. They have proportional representation for Council elections.
Demilitarization: A series of policies aimed at reducing the influence of the parties involved in the Ayvartan Civil War in the current civil government, as well as drawing down the military to reduced, “peacetime” levels of funding, mobilization, and oversight. It was envisioned as creating a more peaceful and stable society in Ayvarta by removing the power of militant elements on all sides, but it ended up being disastrous and offensive in many ways.
Hujambo!: A friendly greeting. Derived from the Umma dialect. Some say “Namaste!” instead.
Socialism: Ayvarta’s current economic structure. The SDS has not yet abolished money.
Socialist Dominances of Solstice: Formal, administrative name of the current governing body in Ayvarta.
Most people still just call it “Ayvarta,” and some, “The Communists.”
Unions: Groups of workers that (generally) produce hard goods or perform difficult or dangerous labor. They share the means of production and democratically choose among themselves leaders for set periods of time who represent them in dealings with Councils. Includes miners and ore workers, machine factory workers, dock workers, and so on. Everything can be thought of in terms of labor, but not all laborers in Ayvarta have unions.
Umma: Second most common ethnic group in Ayvarta. First hailed from the central deserts, grasslands and south-central jungles. Chinedu Kimani is an Umma, for example. Umma stand out for their much darker skin and shorter, more textured hair, and sometimes larger lips and broader noses. Umma tend to be Ancestor worshipers.
Zigan: Very small minority in Ayvarta. Originally nomadic indigenous peoples from the North, they can be found all over the world now, still traveling. Administratively and historically fallen through the cracks. Leander Gaurige is a Zigan, for example. They tend to have light brown skin and curly dark hair, along with bright eyes. They have their own gods that they worship, and their own traditions and culture apart from that of the SDS’s native people.
Zungu: Third most common ethnic group in Ayvarta. Word used to refer to people who have Nochtish or Lubonin descent but are born in Ayvarta and are part of its culture. Parinita Maharani is a Zungu. They tend to have lighter skin, often a light brown, tan or olive, and lighter, looser hair.