Culture of Misberia

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The Culture of Misberia embodies the artistic, culinary, humor, political and social elements that are representative of Misberia and Misberians. Throughout Misberia's history, its culture has been influenced by European culture and traditions, mostly by the British and French, and by the Wabanaki Confederacy. Over time, elements of the cultures of Misberia's international populations have become incorporated to form a Misberia cultural mosaic. Certain segments of Misberia’s population have, to varying extents, also been influenced by the United Kingdom due to shared language, significant media penetration and geographic proximity.

Misberia is often characterized as being very diverse, progressive and libertarian. Misberia's Royal Government has often been described as the instigator of multicultural ideology because of its public emphasis on the concepts of pluralism and open mindedness. Misberia's culture draws from its broad range of nationalities, and policies that promote a just society are constitutionally protected. Misberian Government policies— such as, promotion and advocacy of LGBTQ+ communities, climate change education and advocacy and the promotion and advocacy of the Educational and Special Education fields — are social indicators of the country's political and cultural values. Misberians identify with the country's institutions of the monarchy, Military Police of Misberia, cultural exploration programs, and the constitution of Misberia.

The Misberian government has influenced culture with programs, laws and institutions. It has created government ran programs to promote Misberia culture through media, such as the Bluenoser Media Cooperation (BMC), and promotes many events which it considers to promote Misberian traditions.

Cultural components

Misberian and Zuhan flags side by side

Influences

For thousands of years, land Misberia claims has been inhabited by indigenous peoples from the Wabanaki Confederacy and the tribes of the Pacific Northwest. Native American peoples played a critical part in the development of European settlements, particularly for their role in assisting European in the exploration of the continent during the fur trade. Over 300 years, countless Native American words, inventions, concepts, and games have become an everyday part of Misberian culture and use. Many places in Misberia, both natural features and human habitations, use indigenous names. The name of Misberia's defacto capital city Machias comes from the Passamaquoddy word "Machias" meaning, Little Bad Falls.

In the 17th-century, French colonials settled in Acadia and in the present-day Maritimes, along the Bay of Fundy in present-day Maine, New Brunswick and Nova Scotia. There regions were under French control for over 200 years. Following the War of 1812, many Scottish and English people in the Maritimes and New England. Many Irish people fleeing the Great Famine also arrived between 1845 and 1852.

During and after colonization by the French and British, the Wabanaki Confederacy suffered immense casualties with their culture, traditions and peoples. In the 1980's the State of Maine finally started working with the many tribes of the region to give grants of land and support to them. This revitalization of culture and tradition supported by the Maine government has seen the cultures and traditions of the Wabanaki to become much more prevalent as well as allowing the citizens of Maine to gain a better understanding of the tribes that lived on the land. While these steps are great, they are not without controversy, with many tribes asking for more and many non Native Americans asking for less, as well as many Native American settlements have had issues with living conditions over the decades with little support from the state.

Misberian culture has also been influenced by the other micronational entities that have joined it including, Imperium Germania, Confederation of Caloudonoum, Second Zuhan Empire, Antonian Empire and Columbusstan. These nations have all contributed to the cultural and governmental development of the nation. The many nations that have joined have seen the leaders of these nations become notable figures within the nation including Sam Hoffmann of the Confederation of Caloudonoum, who became one of the ruling members of the nation under the United Kingdoms of Misberia and Caloudonum.

Maria Birch Memorial

Development of popular culture

Themes and symbols of farmers and mariners played an important part in the development of Misberian culture, with many of its traditions and cultural aspects tracing their roots to the nation building era and unification of Mistak and Timberia in 2018. Contributing factors include Misberia's unique geography, climate, and cultural makeup. Being a cold and rural region, Misberia has adopted many traditions which are adaptive to these environments including the attitudes of self reliance and a feeling of connection with nature.

By mid 2020 with the help of Maria Birch and the GUM Sister Cities Program created by Nicholas Randouler, many Misberians came to self identify as a mix of Canadian and Mainer attitudes, also known as a "northern character" due to the harsh winters that only those of a tough body and mind could survive. This attitude was influenced by the Canadian traits of being hard working, peaceful and polite, as well as partaking in many activities including snowshoeing and hiking.

Intermediary Coalition Logo

Political Culture

Contemporary politics

The Misberian Government at the national level have a tradition of socialist and libertarian, and govern with a Communitarian Arborism political ideology. Misberia's egalitarian approach to governance emphasizing social justice and multiculturalism, is based on selective citizenship, cultural programs, and the suppression of far right politics that has wide public and political support. Peace, furthering education and justice are constitutional goals of the Misberian government.

Misberia has a Constitutional Monarchy system in which many of its legislative customs derive from the legislation and policies from many Western and their allies governments. The country has been dominated by many parties over the years, with the Koninkrijk Party, Intermediary Coalition and Marine Labor Movement seeing great success. The historically predominant Koninkrijk Party position themselves at the center of the political scale with a strong push towards the Monarchy , with the Marine Labor Movement sitting on the left and the North-Green Party of Misberia and the Intermediary Coalition occupying the center. Smaller parties like the Columbish Syndicalism Party the Maritime Whigs have also been able to exert their influence over the political process by representation at the federal level.

Coat of Arms for the House of Betula-Andros

Protectionism

In general, Misberian pride is concerned about the protection of Misberian sovereignty and the cultural identify of the nation. It has likewise often been suggested that American belief plays a minor role in the ideals of Misberian pride. Pride for Misberia comes in many styles including some examples of the following, the ideals of professionalism with a mix of goofing off, or the idea of supporting the nation through crisis and also referring to the Sakom as such even when he wishes otherwise. The military and cultural projects such as cultural exchanges and the idea of helping others is of importance. Back during the Misberian Confederacy, the Madakawando Sakom announced going Imperial and was hailed in six languages from across the nation including, English, Japanese, Russian, Dutch, Spanish and French. During times of community or internal strife, the Military Police of Misberia has pushed for recruitment, with dozens at the a time joining, bolstering support for Misberia and the cultural identity of the nation.

Values

Misberian values are the perceived to be shared ethical and human values of all Misberians. The many political blocs of Misberia have claimed that they wish to maintain and promote Misberian values, but use generalities to specify them. Over the years, the nation has done many referendums and the government has found that an many if not all Misberians shared the values of human rights, respect for the law and gender equality. The connection between Archie Birch and the citizens of Misberia is often highlighted as a key component of the values many Misberians hold dear.

American and Canadian flags in Lubec, Maine

Identity

Due to Misberia's large geographic size, the presence of a significant number of national identities, and relatively open immigration policy has led to an extremely diverse society. As a result, the concept of Misberian identity is usually in flux. Misberia has constitutional protection for policies that promote multiculturalism rather than a singular cultural identity. In Acadia, cultural identity is strong, and many commentators speak of a Downeast and Mainer culture as distinguished from the American culture. However, as a whole, Misberia is a cultural mosaic a collection of several regional, and ethnic cultures.

Humor

Misberian humor is an integral part of the Misberia Identity. There are several traditions in Canadian humour in both English and Spanish. While these traditions are distinct and at times very different, there are common themes that relate to the Misberian shared history and geopolitical situation in the Western Societies of the world. Various trends can be noted in Misberian humor. One trend is the portrayal of Archie Birch as a sort of god or pointing fun at the things he goes, mainly with the AB Birch Award. Another trend is the following of the Microwiki Community memes such as Hahu. Another trend also seen is the adoption of many internet memes including the usage of the word "Based" and "Bruh" with Pepe the Frog and other memes seeing prevalence as well.

Religion

Emblem of the Maine Catholic Community

Religion is a major basis of the core population having been recruited from local churches through peers, many citizens are some denomination of Christian with a smaller number of Atheist and other faiths including Paganism. The Religious Community of Misberia, is a government ran religious institution, with the goal of prompting religious understanding within Principality of Misberia. The main religious community in Misberia is the Maine Catholic Community, The Maine Catholic Community takes most of its belief system and traditions from the Catholic Church in the divinity of Jesus Christ, the son of God made man who came to earth to redeem humanity's sins through His death and resurrection. They follow His teachings as set out in the New Testament and place their trust in God's promise of eternal life with Him. The Maine Catholic Community however does mix in its own regional inspirations from the New England folklore and the communities around it, making the Maine Catholic Community a syncretism based faith similar to those of Mexican and Catholic communities in the Caribbean. The Maine Catholic Community takes inspiration from the New England region for some aspects of its faith including the mindset of help thy neighbor to a faithful degree and to remain uninvolved in affairs not of one's concern. The Maine Catholic Community pushes the idea of Sunday's being away from technology and other life distractions for a day to practice faith, spend time with family and friends and go outdoors.

Language

Many citizens speak English as a first language with other languages like French and Cantonese being secondary languages. Dutch and Spanish are notable languages within the nation as citizens from Mexico and the Netherlands have played a huge part in Misberian culture and development. Many dialects are found within the nation including, Valley French and Mainer. The Mainer accent is similar to a Bostonian accent but holds a distinct Maritime flair to it. Examples of a Maine accent include, “Beetah” (Old car which runs), “Chupta” (What are you up to?) , “Old Faht”(Inflexible individual)  and “Spleeny” (Over sensitive).

Early Misberian Flag

Symbols

Predominant symbols of Misberia include the White Tailed Deer, Waves and Fish. Many official symbols of the country such as the Flag of Misberia have been changed or modified over the past few years to redefine and make out a unique Misberian identity. Other prominent symbols include the sports of cycling and ESports, Archie Birch, the Military Police of Misberia, the Maine Coast, and more recently the drawings of Maria Birch and Native American symbolism. Symbols of the Misberian Monarchy continue to be featured in, for example, the Coat of Arms of Misberia and many cultural and political symbols, the armed forces. The designation Royal and Imperial remains for institutions as varied as the Imperial Marcel Library and the Royal Arts Collection.

Media

Main Article: Bluenoser Media Cooperation

Misberia has a well-developed media sector, but its output of such is limited in scope to usually previously made material with limited visual and auditory media being produced. Newspapers in Misberia have always played a major role in the development of Misberia with three newspapers being currently published, those being the, Bobwhite Gazette, The Communitarian and Our Party, with many of the newspapers being overseen by the Bluenoser Media Cooperation

Music

The music of Misberia has reflected the multi-cultural influences that have shaped the country. Native American, American, British, Mexican and East Asian music have all been noted as important to the culture of Misberia. While the nation does not produce its own music, it does run two platforms for music to be played within the nation, those being Radio Misberia for YouTube and the Damariscottan Hour on Spotify. Patriotic music in Misberia dates back to the era of unification and beyond with many songs being adopted from the Canadian Maritimes or the American State of Maine. The national anthem of Misberia, "A Trip to The Grand Banks" was first adopted in 2019, was originally a Maine folk song, that was sung and recorded by Sandy Ives.

Sports

Sports of Misberia consists of a variety of games, popular individual sports include, hunting, sport shooting, fishing, cycling, hiking, swimming, disc golf. Misberia has participated in one intermicronational sporting event, that being the UCIM World Cup 2020, with future events including various ESports events gaining traction within the nation.

New England Clam Chowder

Cuisine

Misberian cuisine varies widely depending on the region, there are many overlaps between Misberian food and the other cuisine of North America. Notable contenders for the national dishes of Misberia include, Whoopie Pies, Chicken Tender Pizza, Clam Chowder, Red Cased Hotdogs and Fiddlehead Ferns. Drinks of Misberia are also notable for being uniquely found in the New England region, including, Moxie, Blueberry Soda and Pine needle tea. Other foods not commonly found in the Mainland Misberian population are many Midwestern, Mexican and Norwegian foods including, the Chicago Style Hotdog, Mexican Fajita and Raspeball.

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