Lycem

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Region of Lycem
Veda Lísemann
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Flag
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Coat of arms
Motto
Ae Apaqesiriin Daeoorghon
(Lycene: "In the Mountain of Sunrise")
Location of Sabia and Verona within the Federation
Capital Suiisan Too
Demonym Lycene
Languages Sabian • Lycene
Governor Liam Sanfloss (R)
Legislature Legislative Assembly
Admission to the Kingdom 23 February 2014
Area 0.029 km2
Population 8a (2015)
Time zone UTC-4:30
Mon
Mon of Lycem

a Includes both federal and provincial citizens.

The Region of Lycem (/laɪːsɛm/ Lycene: Veedrax nae Lisem; Sabian: Veda Lísemann) is one of the four regions of the Kingdom of Sabia and Verona. Alongside the regions of Sabia and Verona, it's part of the Northern Territories or Valtirian Territories of Sabia and Verona.

Originally founded in December 2012, Lycem was an independent kingdom until February 2014, when the nation was annexed into Sabia and Verona. During its time as an independent nation, Lycem underwent several government changes and was subjected to severe political instability. The founder and leader of Lycem, Tarek Kârjasary, also a co-founder of Sabia and Verona, finally decided to join the two nations when the Juclandian Federation was created.

Lycem's culture is rich and highly developed, as it is the result of a long time of development during Lycem's time as an independent nation. The Lycene Freehold, as independent Lycem was known, was an absolute monarchy headed by the King of Lycem. Unlike Juclandia and Sabia and Verona, the Freehold didn't recognize plush toys (known as "provincial citizens"), and most of its population lived outside Lycene territory.

Etymology

The word "lycem" can be translated as "good brother" or "obedient brother", a compound word formed from the Dozenal Sabian root lyc-, from lycyk (contemporarely lousek in Sabian and luuseq in Lycene), and -em, from 'eman, derived from the Spanish hermano. The name refers to Lycem's intended relationship with Sabia and Verona and Juclandia. Before the Lycene state was created, a street in Salisse was named Lycem as well. The official name "Lycene Freehold" is a rough translation of the Sabiolycene "Lycenık Araıgası"; the word "Araıgası" literally means "free and independent dominion". The ceremonial name of Lycem, which was used only in royal rituals and special occasions such as coronations and bestowal ceremonies during the times of the Freehold was "aś-Célokyarkhan Kaemıdogaś nae Lycem nae aś-Suryuu ae Suuzur'é"; which can be translated as "Flying Red Kingdom of the Good Brother of the Fire in the East".

History

Metallic Era

"Metallic era" is the term used to refer to the independent Lycem, from December 2012 to February 2014. Time in Lycem is divided in eras and subdivided into "states". The first state or historical period of Lycem is the "copper state". The Lycene culture was starting to be developed and progress was made regarding all areas of the Lycene statehood. The first Regal Council of Lycem first wrote the Declaration of Secession in December 20, 2012. The Regal Council consisted of five members dedicated to a different area of Lycem's development. The King of Lycem would be the maximum authority of the nation and only ruler until the moment he dies or is otherwise dictated by the King himself. Prince Iro of Lycem, the King's brother, was declared heir to the throne. The Kingdom of Juclandia was the first micronation to recognize the Realm's independence, and both nations are expected to be politically close for they share limits and cultural bounds. Lycem takes its name from the Sabian language; "lycem" means "good brother" or "obedient brother" and refers to its relation with Juclandia and Sabia. Sabian is the official and only language of Lycem since December 20, 2012.

Tarik Kârjasary, here depicted as High Priest of the Pahun, who ruled Lycem as King from its creation in 2012 to its dissolution in 2014.

As the Realm started to relate more with other micronations and developed its foreign affairs, trade and economic deals with Sabia and Verona started to become more common and the Juclandian region became Lycem's biggest economic partner. Through the benefits of sharing common citizens, Lycem and Juclandia began a series of agreements to make possible the coexistence of the two nations.

On December 25, 2012, the coronation of King Tarek was held. Part of the ceremony was a Surukaemınar ritual to seal the commitment of the King with Lycem with the Declaration of Secession of the realm. It was the first time a Lycene ritual was documented.

Lycene map of Northern South America, from the steel state.

Beginning in March of 2013, the Iron Period was the symbological "arrival of the night", when Lycem fell into a state of inactivity in order to preserve the status of the nation for another few months until the deployment of what would be the third stage of the Lycene history. Symbolically however, the "arrival of the night" was seen as good, since it meant the beginning of the road towards a new era or a brighter future. Relations with Sabia and Verona strenghten as the southern nation unnofficially adopted the Golden Cıjk. The King hands his power to a regent, Ciprian of Juclandia, who would rule until the 4 month anniversary of the Realm.

The third state of the Lycene history is the "mercury state". It was named that way because of mercury's liquid yet heavy nature. On April 20, 2013 Cenna Haerpyer gave up his crown and royal benefits; The Royal Clan lost all of its executive power and Lycem was declared a democratic republic, with a single head of state, the Commander-in-Chief and a legislature, the Metropolitan Assembly. A Constitution is ratified. A new capital city is adopted, the city of Aerkana. The territorial claims are extended and the Republic now claims territory in the Northeast. By April 22, 2013 Lycem elected Velaryo as their first Commander-in-Chief. A Metropolitan Assembly of five members was elected as well. The Republican government however proved to be ineffective and the Metropolitan Assembly only managed to meet three times during the Republic's existence. On June 2013, the Metropolitan Assembly issued a decree dissolving the Lycene state and renouncing all of its claims. Lycem remained inactive during this time.

The fourth state of Lycene recorded history is now known as the Steel state, named for the foundation of the Order of the Steel Ring. Near the end of August 2013, Rhaegal Velaryo reclaims his titles and the Royal Clan reclaims its executive power. Lycem retains the claims that were added with the Republican Constitution and the Lycene throne strenghtes. The cultural aspect of the nation is also reinforced, and Sabiolycene suffers a series of changes, such as the introduction of two Chinese-based scripts. The economic aspect of Lycem loses importance, and the cultural development of the Freehold is enhanced. Lycene art flourishes during this term, and mythology-related texts grow in the Royal Libraries.

Aquatic Era

The aquatic era is the term used to refer to Lycem as part of Sabia and Verona. King Rhaegal, who also served as Governor of Sabia and Verona, made arrangements for the Freehold to become part of the neighbouring nation following the creation of the Federal Union of Juclandian Lands. It was decided only Dánn Daear Loś would become part of Sabia and Verona; Habyra and Bathyr wouldn't be claimed by Lycem or Juclandia anymore. The region was assigned a Lt. Governor, Liam Sanfloss, and as soon as it gained enough provincial population, it would be granted a Provincial Council as well. The Lycene territory is divided into two municipalities and a free city: Nimoseru, Darghanas and Ataaxiari. Ataaxiari was renamed Suiisan Too (lit. "Floating Watchtower") in July 2014. In August 2014 Nimoseru and Darghanas were united into the Special Incorporated Territory of Highanas (TEIHAS) and Suiisan Too became the Vaaitos Prefecture, also taking territory from the Aguasblancas Municipality.

Government and administration

"Lycem" in archaic Lycene script.

As part of the Northern Territories of Sabia and Verona, the Region of Lycem is relatively autonomous in its own affairs. It elects its own Governor and Legislative Assembly, both of which serve for five year terms. Before the introduction of the 2015 Constitution and the foundation of Alios, the Region of Lycem was administered by a Lieutenant Governor and a Provincial Council. Nowadays, due to the new constitution, the region is considerably more independent from the national legislature and its laws.

There is a downside to this however, as the new constitution also barred citizens of Sabia and Verona living in the Region of Lycem from the right to vote and participate in nationwide elections. Citizens in Lycem cannot be candidates for the national parliamentary elections, and cannot be members of any of the three sounosy of the Sabioveronese state. This means Verona is not represented in the Parliament.

The current Governor of Verona is Liam Sanfloss of Bakinn. The last legislative election was held on 2 September 2015. The Legislative Assembly of Lycem consists of 5 members.

Administrative divisions

As a region, Lycem is a first-tier administrative division and it's governed by a democratically elected Governor (Xâremêkourak) who responds to the Legislative Assembly (Aierovê Boxunikê).

Lycem counts with two subdivisions: the Vaaitos Prefecture, with its capital in Suiisan Too, and the Dependency of Highanas.

Culture

See also: Lycene mythology
The crown of Lycem and the reecsagon, once worn by the King of Lycem in special occasions. It is believed an origin for the peculiar headgear is found in the garments of Mongolian khans. Now it is part of the Lycene Collection of the History Museum in Salisse.

The Lycene culture finds its roots in Eastern and Middle Eastern civilisations. However, the Lyceni are proud of the several cultural aspects that were born within the nation itself. In the Lycene culture, mythology can be considered its most developed part; the Old Gods and the first flames are mentioned in several Lycene texts that can be easily found in the Royal Library. Literature and music are also strong points of the Lycene culture. The civilisations of Mesopotamia, Babylon, Tibet, the Nara period of Japan, Mongolia, the Tang Dynasty and many others have served as inspiration for the formation of the Lycene cultural scene, which is deemed as unique as it is extensive.

Rice, plantain and black beans are the staples of Lycene cuisine. The local diet also includes pork, beef and chicken. Soups and stews of meat and potatoes are common in the region. Venezuelan and Colombian arepas have not suffered much alteration with the arrival of Lycem, but their Lycene counterparts are considerably less filled and contain less ingredients. Lycene arepas are made of maize, like most common arepas, unlike the region's common flour arepa.

Lycem has numerous public holidays, most of which centre around traditional seasonal, secular and religious festivals. They include the lunar New Year (February or March), Nagayr's Day ("Earth and Life Day"), the official independence day (December 20), National Day (December 21), and various religious celebrations attached to both the Church of the Pahun and the Old Cult.

The official language of Lycem is Sabian, in its Lycene variation (known as Sabiolycene). It was adopted because of its close relation with Sabia and Verona. Most Lyceni however don't speak much Sabian or don't speak Sabian at all, and Spanish might be used as well.

Script

The Lycene language has been written in a grand total of six scripts: the Latin script which is currently used and considered "standard" by the axVootir, the Myasaa Toobosu ("ancient script") or Archaic Lycene Script which was derived from a script developed during the times of the Goldan Age of Artaghe and that remains in use for cultural purposes today, T'aene Toobosu ("magic script") which was in use during the Iron, Mercury and late Copper states and the Chinese-based scripts of the Steel state and early Aquatic era, Xixu and Xinsuu. Xixu and Xinsuu are two scripts that saw themselves in use during a short period in the cultural flourishment of the Steel state and were based on Chinese characters (hanzi). The Lycene Chinese Syllabary or LCS, commonly known as Xixu (朸权) was an abugida-like syllabary consisting of 845 characters. The Xinsuu relied on ideograms. Unlike the LCS, Śınsū does not use modern Chinese characters, but the ancient Chinese "seal script".