Date and time notation in New Eiffel
New Eiffel observed the Gregorian calendar, used the "day month year" (DMY; dd/mm/yyyy) format, both the 12-hour clock and 24 hour notations, and the Church of New Eiffel recognised Monday as the first day of the week.
In New Eiffel, the officially used date format was the "day month year" (DMY) or dd/mm/yyyy:
- 31 December 2019
Formal style manuals discourage writing the day of the month as an ordinal number (for example "31st December"), except with an incomplete reference, such as "They set off on 12 August 1990 and arrived on the 18th".
During New Finland–a predecessor to New Eiffel–the date format was dd/mm/yyyy, however when it was reestablished into a principality on 11 August 2018 the format was switched to mm/dd/yyyy; it switched back to dd/mm/yyyy in July 2019, later becoming official when acts started being recorded and needed an official documented date format in 3 September 2019.
Months of the year were abbreviated with four letters (i.e. Janu. Marc. Sept.), as opposed to the traditional European three (i.e, Jan. Mar. Sep.). A full stop is usually added; i.e. 1 Janu. 2020.
Furthermore, in very formal occasions and royal documentation, the number or even year was spelled; i.e. first (of) January 2020 or first (of) January Twenty-twenty (usually capitalised). The date was also sometimes written in Roman numerals, a format common in some European countries: 2. xi. 03. This format, however, is not machine-readable, and is overall considered problematic and needless.
Weeks were generally referred to by the date on which they start. Monday was the recognised first day of the week by the Church of New Eiffel because of the Biblical Sabbath, though some more traditional calendars however recognised Sunday as the first day of the week.
In very formal occasions and royal documentation, the year was sometimes spelled out; "twenty-twenty", "two-thousand (and) eighteen." Sometimes the year was also referred to in Roman numerals (i.e. MMXIX).
Both the 12-hour clock and 24 hour notation were used interchangeably, though the 12-hour clock was recommended and used on almost all government documentation. Usually the 12-hour clock's time was spelled out:
- 10:30 p.m. or ten-thirty p.m.
- 22:30 or 2230
When spoken, it may be referred "twintig minute oor agt" Afrikaans for "twenty minutes past eight" or "twintig minute voor agt"; "twenty minutes before eight". The exact number is never specified and usually rounded upwards.
Other calendars in use
The only official calendar and one in use was the Gregorian, though sometimes others had been used ceremonially.
The royal regnal year was the age of the head of state plus the month he was born in (i.e. "15nov" for the erstwhile Prince Zarel I). It was used on acts of Parliament. The Atomic calendar was also originally used, though it was later removed as it was seen as unnecessary and pointless. The Zësøtix calendar was sometimes used ceremonially within New Eiffel.