Culture of Erusia
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The Culture of Erusia refers to the patterns of Human activity and behaviour that have developed, either intentionally or accidentally, into a social framework of art and life in the Democratic People's Republic of Erusia, a member state of the Union of Socialist Micronational Republics. It is similar in some regards to the Culture of Bzan, it's neighbour, yet drastically different to the traditional Culture of Licentia. Active promotion and development of Erusian culture has been a priority of the ruling Erusian National Communist Party and of the Robert Lethler administration in general. Unlike cultural development in many Socialist nations, the Party has tried to keep Erusian culture independent of Socialist thought, although certain aspects (such as gender equality) have crossed over as intregal parts of the Erusian social psyche.
Although the only official language of the Democratic People's Republic of Erusia is English, the native tongue of Erusia is known as Erusian and enjoys official recognition in the USMR. Being part of the Licentian language family, Erusian is still a relatively young language in active development. It is distinct from it's close relative Bzanish in that it's grammar rules are considerably less complex and as such the language flows easier. There has been much interest in the development of the Erusian tongue both within and without the Union. Although the nature of the language means words cannot be freely created except by those who established it, Erusian's primary translation matrix effectively allows anything to be translated from English. Following plans for the development of the Scientopian language the USMR's government has resolved to place greater emphasis on the development of Erusian in the future.
To date, there has been little active development of visual artwork within Erusian culture. What little Erusian artwork exists has predominantly followed modern styles of artwork, featuring use of simply yet attractive patterns and contrasting colour to attract the attention of viewers. Development of visual art is something the ENCP hopes will occur naturally through citizen involvement, although it is not a priority in cultural development schemes.
The complex and intricate nature of written Erusian has lead, quite accidentally, to cultural development agencies classifying calligraphy as a form of art in it's own right. With around 40 glyphs existing in the Erusian alphabet, reproducing characters precisely to their original specifications (height, length of stroke, thickness of stroke, variation in thickness of a single stroke etc.) could well indeed evolve into a full-scale independent art form as the language is developed.
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