Culture of Caudonia

From MicroWiki, the micronational encyclopædia
(Redirected from Culture of Vryland)
Jump to: navigation, search

The culture of Caudonia refers to the cultural life and traditions of Caudonia. As a North American micronation, Caudonia is heavily influenced by American culture, Canadian culture and the other anglophone cultures.

Influences

Historical influences

Indigenous peoples

For thousands of years the areas surrounding Caudonia in the United States have been inhabited by indigenous peoples from a variety of different cultures and languages. The indigenous peoples in the areas surrounding Caudonia were members of the Erie tribe, which eventually was absorbed by Seneca tribe. The indigenous peoples of the area had little to no effect on the European culture of the settlers, and no significant impact can be seen on the modern culture of the area or the culture of Caudonia. However, the local English speakers picked up one word from the Iroquoian language of the Seneca, the word "Mahoning" which is a corruption of a Seneca word meaning "salt lick."

Europeans

The first Europeans to visit the area were the French in the 18th century. They established an elaborate systen of trading posts for the fur trade. Like the indigenous peoples of the area, the French had little to no significant impact on the modern culture.

Following the French and Indian War, the area of Caudonia was ceded to Great Britain under the Treaty of Paris. The British did little with the land. Following the American Revolution the area was incorporated as part of the United States. The culture of the early American settlers has had the most visible and significant impact on the area.

Modern influences

The modern culture of Caudonia is dominated by the cultures of Canada, the United States, and the United Kingdom. There are also very minor influences from different parts of the world. Caudonia is a multicultural nation made up of mostly different western cultures, and that is why the cultures mix in this way.

Political culture

Historical political culture

The political culture of Caudonia was mainly dominated by that of the United States and more specifically, the state of Ohio. The residents of the area were typically centrist or left leaning, which is similar to the rest of Mahoning County.

Contemporary politics

Caudonian governments have a tradition of centrism and liberalism at the national level, and typically govern with a moderate centrist political ideology. Caudonia is strongly egalitarian, with all people being afforded equal rights and treatment under the law.

Caudonia has a multi-party system in which many of its legislative customs derive from the unwritten conventions of and precedents set by the Westminster parliament of the United Kingdom.

National identity and values

Due to the short existence of Caudonia, the nation has not been able to form a strong national identity. The only real sort of uniting force is support for the monarchy and the democratic way of life in the nation.

The nation has also not been able to form its own unique cultural values. Most of the cultural values in Caudonia coincide with those of other western and anglophone cultures.

Arts

Caudonian arts are typically dominated by the western arts. This is because of the shared cultural identity and traditions with Western Europe and the United States and Canada.

Symbols

Official symbols of Caudonia include the lilac, the national flower, the white-tailed deer, the national animal, and tea, the national drink.

Government approved symbols of Caudonia include the Flag, which was approved on 11th July 2019, the founding date of the nation and the Coat of Arms, in lesser and greater forms, both of which were approved on 16th November 2019.

Gallery of Caudonian national symbols

Religion

Christianity became the dominant religion in the 1940s. It was first established in Caudonia by its first permament European residents, a Swedish family who immigrated to the United States, who were followers of the Church of Sweden.

It was then reintroduced by its next residents, the royal family, who were Roman Catholic. In 2016, Prince William I formally left the Roman Catholic Church and established the Pagan Church of Caudonia.

Language

Caudonia people traditionally speak the English language, a West Germanic language. There is no specific form of English for Caudonia, as there are many dialectal differences among citizens. Most Caudonians speak American English, Canadian English or British English. Some parts of South African English have entered offical Caudonian usage, more notably 'robot'

In modern times, many foreign languages have become an integral part of the culture of Caudonia, most noteably the Scots language and the Spanish language.

Slang

Caudonian slang is made up of Afrikaans, British and American influences, with more vulgar words originating from British slang while more tame terms from American slang. 'lekker' and 'ek se' are sometimes used and are Afrikaans influences on Caudonian Slang.

Aside from borrowing from other languages, sometimes names of other Caudonians are used in adjective form to distinguish a national/political origin, most notably 'Monty' to describe anything of a far-right nature and 'Joy' used to describe something of a Maltese origin, the English word 'joy' still holds it original meaning. For example, one may describe a Reichmark as "Monty money" or the Maltese language as "Joy speak"

Cuisine

Caudonian cuisine has developed from various influences from around the world, most noteably the United Kingdom, Canada and the United States. Popular dishes in Caudonia include fish and chips, Sunday roast, Yorkshire pudding, poutine, butter tarts, hamburgers and cornbread.

Also popular in Caudonia is the national drink, tea. Tea is a prominent feature of Caudonian culture and society much like in the United Kingdom. In Caudonia, like the United Kingdom, the drinking of tea is widely varied so it is quite hard to generalise. While the most common method of serving tea is with milk, it is not uncommon to drink it black or with lemon, with sugar being a popular addition to any of the above. Strong tea, served in a mug with milk and sugar, is a popular combination known as builder's tea. Tea is often accompanied with sandwiches, scones, cake and/or biscuits, with a popular British custom being dunking the biscuit into the tea.