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You Wouldn't Pirate A Jetpack

If you strip down all the modern complications, economy can be summed with this simple premise: We have what the other people want and the other people have what we want

Even human with their allegedly post-scarcity society works under this premise. Though their manufacturing technology allows them to make literally everything, they still need two things: Energy and Instructions.

Energy is freely available to all humans (with some exception such as criminals). Central Authority granted some amount of daily energy to those who are eligible. A moderate usage would only use half of this ration, allowing them to accumulate their energies for creating more elaborate objects in the future.

Now, here's where thing gets complicated. Instructions for some objects like food and clothes are available everywhere for free. Many other instructions, however, requires you to pay to the Instruction Owner (in form of energies obviously). Since you are basically buying the right to make a copy of the object, the payment is called "copyright fee".

So you must be wondering, "What stopped other humans from getting an instruction, duplicate it and give them to other people?

You see, a lot of human made objects have what it's called "signatures" in it. The details and the technology behind it is beyond me, but a signature basically prevents you from using other people devices. Of course, there are some naughty humans who tried to get around this limitation. However, the Instruction Owners always came up with another scheme to counter them.

You should be careful when you're making an object using a pirated instruction. Some of them have been tampered and can injure you.
Yaali Annar read more (1 comment) · 4 years ago

Srs Bzns

Yes, I have a Universe! That means anything serious will be moved there. I am hoping this will let me overcome my lethargy/fear of imperfection and post my little ideas here because God my conworlding is all just theoretical I need to fix that.

Now to do things.
Hallow XIII read more (403 comments) · 4 years ago

Toward an alternate history

...in which Pembrish is spoken in Wales, which is ruled by Scotland; the Vikings speak an Ingvaeonic language; and Mercia remains independent from the rest of Britain, and ruled by the French.

There are three points of divergence. First: the Saxons expand north into western Scandinavia; second, speakers of the West Saxon dialect of Old English expand into Wales to escape the Norman Conquest; third, the Tangut Empire does not collapse into incompetence, but instead expands under Renghis and his successor, bringing the Black Death to Europe about a hundred years earlier.

Ingvaeonic dominance of western Scandinavia creates closer ties to Scotland (which here means the Germanic-speaking part of Britain, distinct from Mercia, the Romance-speaking part), leading to its eventual entry into the Kalmar Union, which is not an alliance against the Germans but a mutual defense treaty between the Saxons and the Scots preventing northward expansion by both the Germans and the Mercians. Similarly, France retains closer ties to Mercia.

I am not really sure what happens after that. The Middle Ages are hard.

But, to guess: Mercia becomes a merchant state, with London taking on the same role it does today. Belgium may or may not exist, but Mercia gets the Congo. The advance of the disorder brought on by the Black Death means that the Spanish don't get to North America right after the collapse of the civilizations there. They take a few islands and then get their asses kicked, but New World diseases probably still spread. France might take South America; I'm not sure how different North America would be, since it would probably be claimed by Scotland and settled mostly by Irish and Germans. The War of Secession might become a proxy war between Scotland and France/Mercia; whatever happens, the Confederacy, of course, wins.

Assuming the World Wars still happen roughly as they did in our timeline (and I don't think Eastern Europe would look all that different), something something Manchuria. The Treaty of Versailles (assuming ~WWI doesn't go differently, but I'm not sure what North America would look like yet — that is, who's in the Union and who's in the Confederacy) would be complicated by Mercian merchant pillaging, which would probably piss off Germany even more, whatever Germany ends up looking like.

Absence of England means absence of English philosophy, which means the empires probably do not blow up as easily as they did in our timeline, and the early-20th-century left looks very different. I am not sure what consequences this would have.
Nortaneous 5 years ago

Rireinu: An Introduction

Foreword



Greetings! We hope you come in peace. If you do, Rireinu has much to offer you: history, nature, culture, trade. And right here is where you can read all about it.
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Rireinuverse read more (2 comments, 6820 bytes) · 5 years ago

Sneak Peek!

škəθāt pṝan̪ n̪ewāṇ xōšcərɨ məŋə̄ṣṛ kəruhewə̄ṇe
kɨṛuwāyenɨ ɨ̄xēṣṭ θēpaširɨ tə̄ṇāṇ ṝmɨ̄rɨ pōwṝ ṭṛðaṭ
ṣoxɨhe ṝwas ŋə̄hūṣ mowɨyāy t̪ə̄kṣəθɨ šňəwɨ̄s
Hallow XIII read more (1 comment) · 5 years ago

Pages Meant for Reading

I have an admission: I had no idea what to do with the site's front page for the longest time.

But hey, now I do!

The old one is archived here. Feel free to contribute conworld-related "Did you know?" facts on the Trivia page. A forum thread will be added soon for nominating featured articles/universe/languages/etc.
News read more (15 comments) · 5 years ago

Trivia

Add a comment here (or click the "comment" link on this post) to create a new trivia factoid. Submissions should be brief, relate to your conworld or conlang, and provide at least one link back to source material (preferably, but not necessarily, hosted here on Anthologica.) The best facts for trivia are those that are either amusing, unusual, or might entice other authors interested in the same thing to read the link material and become inspired. Look to Wikipedia's "Did you know?" section for further inspirations on style and substance.
Anthologica Universe Atlas read more (54 comments) · 5 years ago

A Short Impression of Proto-Jalvic

Man I should stop advertising things.

Proto-Jalvic, as I currently envision it, was a moderately synthetic, agglutinative language with features that, while not perhaps commonplace among the world's languages, aren't anything particularly exceptional either.

I am not going to lie here: I don't have a very concrete idea of what I want this to be like, so expect several postings documenting my vain attempts to come up with something useful. (…)
Hallow XIII read more (2506 bytes) · 5 years ago

A selection from the grammar of my first conlang.

It is pretty bad.
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Nortaneous read more (204 comments, 4225 bytes) · 5 years ago

On the Jalvic Languages

Nevermind anything, this is what I've been thinking about recently so this is what you're going to get.

The Jalvic languages are a family of languages spoken in the West of some continent in my world which I can't provide any details for. Prominent features include a large ratio of POA to MOA contrasts for both consonants and vowels, a generally agglutinative morphology (although the degree of synthesis falls pretty low on the one end of the continuum, but I can't attach any geographic term to this end because I haven't the faintest idea) as well as, um, I don't know. As far as the conworld is concerned it is one of the older and bigger language familes, although it is not supposed to be incredibly monumental in either spread or age.

The (external) history of the Jalvic languages started back in my young and innocent days when I had freshly entered high school, and for the first time discovered Tolkien. I had at this point already a lot of Latin and Ancient Greek under my belt, and when I read about Quenya I was inspired to make my own language. This language, although its original form no longer exists, was named Jalvaan (…)
Hallow XIII read more (2 comments, 2970 bytes) · 5 years ago

The Unboxing

This is the official inauguration of my blog, which I intend to use as a commonplace book of sorts: all my little thoughts about conlanging, conworlding and by association various sciences as well as RPG design will be put here.

Things that become big enough will be specially dealt with in forum threads, and eventually receive a place in my Universe. That is, once I have one. I'm already stuck trying to figure out what to call it! But, well, that's what this is for, innit?

Comments are welcome, especially critical ones. "u suck" is a valid comment but I reserve my right to ban people from commenting who do not make up for their rudeness with anything else.

Next up: idk whatever I might think of
Hallow XIII 5 years ago

The "Inadvisable Sunday-Night Update" Update!

Featuring:

1. Dictionary categories are now called tags. This should prevent them from being confused with lexical categories, particularly since it's advisable to create a tag for each category.

2. A number of dictionary features were cluttering up the mode bar. Dictionaries are, by far, the most complex and featureful things currently on the site. Several features have been moved into a special "tools" page, which has been augmented additionally with quick access to the importer and flash cards. (Also the hidden "printable" mode is included.)

3. Emoticons! go check 'em out! Also remember to set your colour of preference!

4. Pronunciation field. I've had 3 or 4 requests for this. While I wanted to wait for the SCA to be implemented before adding it (since, in theory, the pronunciation for most words would be regularly derivable from the headword form), there's no reason you should have to wait if you already have them written down.
News 5 years ago

Recent downtime

Hi folks! Sorry we were offline for the last day or so; there was a security concern with our hosting arrangements that required some unscheduled maintenance to resolve. But all is better now, and things should be (and stay) nice and cosy.

I'll be adding more convenient data backup and download features soon to cushion things in the event of any future server issues.
News 5 years ago

Hierarchical URL aliases!

The site has always had three ways of accessing pages: /?title, /?id=id, and /?page=title. The id addressing mode isn't very friendly, and the title addressing modes are unreliable—the page with the lowest ID number gets linked, so a title link can really only be used once.

But no longer! We now have hierarchical addresses, where you use slashes to separate multiple page names! So now you can be sure that you always link to the right thing. The first segment of the path is always resolved the old way, but after that it looks for child pages, so you can reference dictionary entries etc. readily and unambiguously.

Also: the question mark can now be left out! So you can link to anthologi.ca/users/testament directly, using the syntax [/users/testament|anthologi.ca/users/testament].
News 5 years ago

The Horror...

The following is the grammar section of the earliest version of the Drydic Language, my first conlang which wasn't basically an English relex. Instead, it's a Latin relex trying to pretend it isn't! (…)
Nessari read more (4826 bytes) · 5 years ago

Information on Proto-Søkkli-speaking society

This is some information for the sake of outsiders, albeit in Proto-Søkkli, about Proto-Søkkli-speaking society:

Sokkla søkkli réśide.
sɔkːlSokli_people.NOM-aNOM.SG sœkːlProto-Søkkli.ACC-iACC.SG respeak-ɕiACC.3SG.A-ðɛNOM.3SG.A
The Sokli people speak Proto-Søkkli. (…)
Travis B. read more (3726 bytes) · 5 years ago

Şerau Teršelainja*

An essay written by Meihou Ianoutsé, one of the brightest lights of Anaşali literature, detailing her feelings and thoughts about the capture and subsequent treatment of Teršelai, a Ker Salanjan city-state.
*Now playing on Rockway! New home of Şerau Teršelainja here.
Nessari 5 years ago

If there can be no Christrage...

the Land of Rage



Christrage



If there can be no Christrage...

"For all that have fallen, a memory. For all that will come, a dream. For all that are, a haven. Always and forever, will be Christrage."
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Nessari read more (2533 bytes) · 5 years ago

Open and Shared Universes

The Public Universes page is now up! While Atlas has always been designed with support for shared universes in mind (i.e. a group of users collaborating on one project), there is now a public index of both these projects and a new type of project, the open universe. In an open universe, you can create chapters and languages, but no one else can edit or add to them. This is ideal if you have a conlang or auxlang that doesn't require a whole universe portfolio of its own.

The Public Universes page is freely editable by logged in users, so feel free to add your own shared universes to the list. If you would like to create a new open universe, contact an administrator (i.e., me.)
News 5 years ago

Step 1 of 3...

The only non-usual grapheme usages are h [ħ] and c [ts] (which of course is common, but also competing). (…)
Nessari read more (3569 bytes) · 5 years ago

Madame Neštari

Neštari Antyelyen - Her trajectory in life was marked out relatively early for a daughter of a landed houselord. Furious that her parents were forcing her into a marriage with a man she utterly loathed, through a good friend she hired twin Norse brothers to stage her kidnapping just as she was being trundled off to the estate of the parents of her would-be husband. Also kidnapped was the entirety of her dowry. Arriving safe in Christrage, she took that dowry and turned a large but run-down mansion near the dockyards into a clean and well-run brothel. Since she treated her girls and guys well, kept the premises clean and unquestionably safe, the streetwalkers of Christrage flocked to her, both allowing and forcing her to expand. Within five years, hers was the largest brothel in the city. She then married one of the city's richest men, who unfortunately (for him) died just two years later, leaving all his holdings to Neštari. With it she made one of the most powerful companies/syndicates in Christrage, one that strings around, through, and into the very fabric of the city. It is said she's eyeing the Mayor Admiral's seat (the highest and most powerful political position in the whole city).
Nessari 5 years ago

User-to-User Private Messaging! Exclamation!

The Messages system was originally designed just for internal site notifications, but now you can use it to harass other users of the site! Just look for the send message link on any user page, or the message link under any post, and spam away. (Note: please do not actually spam, or you will be excommunicated.)
News read more (5 comments) · 5 years ago

Example news article

This is an example of a universe news article. You can use an external RSS feed instead if you wish, but internal news articles can be edited by other project members and commented on by Atlas users. Click the read more link at the bottom of this post to see some examples of comments, or click on this link:  (…)
Testiverse read more (5 comments, 90 bytes) · 5 years ago

Custom universe banners!

Here's another feature no one knew they needed—every universe can now customize the top banner on the page. This example universe shows what the effect looks like. Go ahead and get decorative!
News 5 years ago

Universe enhancements part two!

Although they're still a bit rough around the edges, languages, language families, and recursive wiki pages are now live. This means you can add attachments to any article in your universe's documentation and that dictionaries and languages can now be organized in a more structured manner. Existing content will be converted over after a bit more polish and testing.
News 5 years ago
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