History

Before, men saw the world from dizzying heights and acted on breathtaking scale. Drawing from seemingly limitless wellsprings of Ve, man subdued every place of adversity and spread to every corner of the land. It was not a time of plenty, it was a time of superabundance. The power it was built upon, however, did not last, and the structures of society came crashing down as spectacularly as they had risen. There are no longer any people on the mainland which still burns with the Ve that seeps from its bindings, only Amekt driven mad by hunger.

A handful of people saw the Cataclysm coming. Using the dwindling power of the old world, they carved the Island of Ansau from the rocky coast. The cavities in the rock were filled with Ika, the mother plant, and the bottom was sown with giant bulb kelp that would allow the new island to float. By this time, the old order was rapidly disintegrating, and those who could flocked to Ansau.

Society

The Founders, in addition to creating a haven from the devastation that destroyed the mainland, also took the opportunity as a fresh start to create a society that was free from many of the social problems that caused the catastrophe.  In their estimation, the primary factor that behind the Cataclysm was the hubris that arose from the entrenchment of wealth and power.  In order to break that cycle, they implemented a number of rules and institutions with the goal of creating a more egalitarian society.

Inheritance

The primary mechanism for equality was to remove inheritance.  Towards that end, a law was enacted that required all but a select part of a person’s possessions to pass either to their spouse or the state upon their death.

Youth Academy

Every member of Ansauan society is required to join the Vaarplikt at age 16, where they are wards of the state and take part in the upkeep of the island as well as receive the training for their chosen profession.

Family Names

When the island of Ansau was created, the founders worried that family and tribal bonds would break apart the fledgling nation. The result was the creation of the Vaarplikt system. But if an individual was to be judged on their actions rather than their heritage, more change was necessary. The result was the naming system that is still in use to this day.

Names have two components: a prefix that denotes a profession and a suffix that denotes rank. Examples of prefixes include Traas (Council), Olan (Merchant), and Vidr (Auditor). The suffixes are: no suffix (Initiate), N/En (Apprentice),  A Journeyman), Ki/Aki (Master), Er/Or (Retired). So a Council clerk would be Traasen and a commander of the Auditors would be Vidraki.

Government

The Island is governed by the General Council, located on the central island of Kinav.  In addition, each of the barrier islands has a sub-council that acts semi-autonomously.

The General Council

The General Council, commonly known simply as the Council consists of fifteen members, one senior and two junior councilors from each island. Although the Kinav Council is considered the supreme administrative body of Ansau, its role is limited to roles: the setting of general policy, the general administration of the Vaarplikt and the Guard, and any task that cannot be accomplished by an individual island. Their role in general policy is further limited by a rule that states that any member of the council can move for a measure to be brought to a general vote. The Council is chaired by a senior councilor, and the position rotates to a new island each year. Councilors are chosen by general election and report to the Subisland Councils.

The Subisland Councils

Each of the five subislands has its own council that controls local administration of taxes, commerce, as well as local Guard and Vaarplikt chapters. The councils have a much higher representation rate, about one councilor per thousand constituents, than the General council, but they also have much more control over the day-to-day activities of the government. The councilors are elected for two year terms but are subject to immediate recall.

Calendar

Due to the island’s movement, the calendar system is based off of the lunar cycle, each year consisting of six 59 day months that each consist of two complete lunar cycles: Arjan, Kaart, Leved, Skohi, Kahata, and Okivla. Each month consists of seven eight day weeks and a three day festival at the end of the month.

Geography

Although the Island of Ansau is a single landmass, parts of it are submerged, creating five subislands: Kinav, Jarna, Bordan, Korsem, and Avlane.  In the beginning, all of the subislands were relatively uniform, but as time passed, their shapes have changed to accomodate agriculture and commerce.

Kinav

Also known as the hub island, Kinav is the most densley occupied of the five islands. In addition to the Kinav Subisland Council, it is also the seat of government for all of Ansau, as it is the location of the General Council.

Jarna

The smallest of the barrier islands, Jarna maintains an extensive interior fishing fleet.  Accordingly, much of the arable land has been given over to the production of textile crops, and it is the source of most of the Island’s rope and fabric.

Bordan

One of the barrier islands, Bordan has taken a balanced approach to growth, with parts of it being devoted to farming, fishing, and production of construction materials.  It has the second largest population of the subislands, second only to Kinav.  Most of the population is concentrated in the urban centers of Stenaku, Aans, and Rektval.

Korsem

One of the barrier islands, Korsem is the flattest of the subislands, as well as the largest, having opted to maximize grain production.  The island only has one urban center, at Kuopi, with the majority of the remaining residents living in rural areas.

Avlane

Avlane is the most sparsley populated of the barrier islands, with much of its available land being devoted to the production of lumber.