Culture of Zealandia
Attitudes and Customs
Zealandians generally have a Socialist outlook. An important key to understanding Zealandians and their culture is the high importance they place on the traits of independence and social equality.
Zealandian society and culture has a high degree of gender equality, with women in leadership positions in government and military. Zealandia also has very progressive LGBTQI rights legislation, with couples having been able to register civil unions since 2010, adopt since 2010 and marry since 2011. Women generally retain their names after marriage.
Modesty, punctuality (to a certain extent) but above all equality are important aspects of the Zealandia way of life however Zealandians are generally fairly laid back and have a fondness for humour and comedy, which has sometimes landed Zealandians and Zealandia into awkward situations. In Zealandia, culture and the arts thrive as a result of the high amount of government backing they receive.
Zealandians consider themselves to be very proud of their socialist society and all round anti fascism, with anti fascism being a major component of Zealandia's socialist society.
All Zealandians speak fluent English, with a minority speaking Swedish.
Zealandians are very proud of their language Zålandienska and will go to some effort to promote it sometimes. Zealandians also enjoy learning and speaking in Swedish and to a much lesser extent German and Icelandic.
Zealandian Cuisine is heavily influenced by Swedish and Australian Cuisine and often contains variations or adaptions of various dishes from each.
Zealandian cuisine also takes influences from Korean and Chinese foods with noodles and various beef and pork dishes, such as Zealandian Sweet and Sour Pork which is served with boiled potatoes and butter.
Most dishes in Zealandia will contain either fish or red or white meat (excluding chicken which is not as popular).
Two Popular dishes in Zealandia are Crumbed Tarakihi and Chips and Svenskiens Måtbullar (Swedish Meatballs).
Italian cuisine, especially pasta dishes are becoming incresingly popular in Zealandia and cater to both vegetarians and meat eaters alike.
In Zealandia, Zealandian music is often based on Rock and 80's pop and new wave. A large portion of Zealandians listen to music of the Metal and Rock genre Pop music is also favoured by some Zealandians.
Some popular band and Musicians in Zealandia include:
- Pink Floyd (Rock)
- Ultravox (80's new wave)
- A Flock of Seagulls (80's pop)
- Týr (Faroese folk metal)
- Aerosmith (Rock)
- Nirvana (Rock)
- Queen (Rock)
- Visage (80's New wave)
- Devo (New Wave)
- Bon Jovi (Rock/Pop)
- Deadmau5 (House)
Memes and Expressions
(See Main Article).
Zealandia has many memes and expressions related to various events and people.
The Arts and Literature
Zealandians are generally very supportive of The Arts and art itself, with photography being the main form of artistic expression within Zealandia. Famous (within Zealandia) photographers include Charlotte Lindstrom
Zealandians are widely read and the most popular authors include:
- Marx and Engels
- Stieg Larsson
- Ian Rankin
- Henning Mankell
Most Zealandians are either Christian (mostly progressive protestant) or atheist, however most Zealandians agree with secularism within government matters.
Sport is heavily encouraged in Zealandia and most Zealandians take part in some form of sport.
Zealandians are however very proud of athletes who make it to international competition levels even if they can not compete under the Zealandian Flag.