Time in New Eiffel
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Time in New Eiffel was denoted by two time zones: Coordinated Universal Time (UTC) – the principal time standard by which the world regulates clocks and time – and Pacific Standard Time (PST), which is eight hours behind UTC (UTC−08:00). Daylight saving time was de jure not observed in mainland New Eiffel, whilst it was de facto observed in the United Territories of Concrete and Bike Rack (Plant) and the disputed territory of Lodia as Pacific Daylight Time (PDT). The mainland officially adopted UTC year-round on 21 September 2019, after having de facto observed Greenwich Mean Time and British Summer Time. On the mainland, the time zone was colloquially known as New Eiffelic Time (NET), though the government avoided the use of this term in order to avoid confusion with UTC−08:00.
When the Principality of New Eiffel was established on 11 August 2018, it de facto observed Greenwich Mean Time, and followed the United Kingdom's daylight saving time. In early September 2019, Prince Zabëlle I grew a disapproval for daylight saving time, finding it confusing and believing it to be unnecessary. Accordingly, on 21 September Zabëlle I decreed that the official time zone of New Eiffel would be Coordinated Universal Time, observed year-round. The United Territories of Concrete and Bike Rack was founded on 8 October, and was thus left out of the decree. It de facto observed Pacific Standard Time and Pacific Daylight Time, the time of its surrounding state. Despite the decree, daylight saving time remained commonly observed by majority of the residents in order to avoid confusion with the United Kingdom. On 25 August 2020, Zabëlle I developed the Intermicronational Time Zones Standard (ITZS), which gave New Eiffel six time zone designations, consisting of two cities and four territories.
Daylight saving time
Although daylight saving time was not in official observation by the government, it was commonly observed by majority of the residents in order to avoid confusion with the surrounding country the United Kingdom. In-line with British Summer Time, daylight saving time was de facto observed by advancing the clock forward one hour at 01:00 on the last Sunday in March and back again at 02:00 on the last Sunday in October. It was also de facto observed in Plant and Lodia by advancing the clock forward one hour at 02:00 on the second Sunday in March and back again at 02:00 on the first Sunday in November; this was in-line with their de facto observance of Pacific Standard Time – both Plant and Lodia are within the United States – and its daylight saving time equivalent, Pacific Daylight Time.
Geography and solar time
The entirety of mainland New Eiffel was located within the geographical Coordinated Universal Time (UTC) offset (UTC±00:00) in the 0th meridian. It was 17.5 km west of the Royal Observatory in Greenwich's prime meridian and 17.6 km west of the modern IERS Reference Meridian, as maintained by the International Earth Rotation and Reference Systems Service.
Date and notation
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.
Intermicronational Time Zones Standard
The Intermicronational Time Zones Standard (ITZS) gives New Eiffel the following designations: