It's been a year since I've claimed Template:Grinzez's territory, and I've been in a more solid position to work on it than last year, for sure. With that, here's some sandbox ("explainer") content for Grinzez and the surrounding region:
Firstly, I've noticed many people have not much knowledge of Grinzez, so it's essentially west of what would eventually become the Greater OGF:Bai Empire.
I'm not so much into worldbuilding or lore, so expect some pretty boring details.
Quick historical details
The period from 1460 to 1723 was the most royalist in Grinzez's history.
Third Krin Empire
Fourth Krin Empire
The Fourth Krin Empire saw a significant boost in intellectual thought in Grinzez, paricularly with the humanist philosophical movement of "Hretism". Led by a group called the "Hretist Five", the project aimed to shift society away from what they saw as an overtly materialistic system, and overcoming the "human existential crisis" by declaring an aim of "human development and progress" as the ultimate societal goal. Meanwhile, studies of biology, astronomy and anatomy proliferated as the empire attempted to position itself more prominently. The culture was amazingly progressive - two of the Hretist Five were women.
The Fourth Empire began its fall in 1870, but first under increasing puppet control by the Yuet Dynasty. Then an anti-colonial movement grew, driven by Hretist writings and the poor treatment of ethnic minorities and rural areas. The anticolonials, supported by AR923 and Tauland (AR922?) groups, eventually overcame the Yuet, though ending imperial rule too in the process.
Early republicanism and seperatism, 1878 to 1939
Despite a brief attempt at republicanism, Grinzez faced increasing instability in the region. The weak government failed to achieve national unity and a 1885 coup created two main conflict regions: the nationalist north and socialist south.
By the 1920s however, the left-leaning Democratic Krinsej now occupied the northeast regions, while the right-wing Provisionary Grinzian State occupied the south and west. The latter was formed after the fascist People's Republic of Grinzez was defeated in the Civil War of 1913. In the War of Fellow Brothers, Democratic Krinsej provided support for the anti-fascist coalition.
The Republic of Grinzez would be formed in 1939, after the fractured powers agreed to unite under a single state.
Democracy and developing years, 1940 to 1970
Plans were made to reinstate Mabéwa as the monarch, but he declined, calling the monarchy and imperialism “dead”. Thus, Grinzez became a parliamentary democracy. Much of the population was employed into manufacturing, education and construction to compensate for declining resources at that time.
In a monumental decision, the capital was moved to a cluster of small cities, located on the Mikten and Koster rivers, in 1960. This would become the Pyapyor capital territory.
As the economy grew, spending was nevertheless placed into social programs. Union regulations were relaxed progressively and the first capital gain and inheritance taxes were implemented. Some territories like Pyapyor implemented large state ownership of land, which allowed for affordable home ownership. Railways were significantly upgraded (though other lines were closed), with the first electrified services in 1956. The military also ramped up operations, with uncertain geopolitics resulting in conscription until the 1970s.
Economic powerhouse, 1970 to present
Grinzez's politics have been until now dominated by the United Front for Grinzez Party, which itself replaced the Alliance for Democracy in 1956. This would end when a coalition led by the National Judinals took power in 1977. The government has been accused of political suppression, including harassing members of the opposition, arresting troublemakers on minor technicalities to give them a criminal record, thus making them ineligible to vote or run for office.
By the 1980s, declining manufacturing sectors pushed the government to pursue more "knowledge-based" jobs. Large-scale urban redevelopments notably allowed for swift conversion of factory land use to commercial and office activities.
The Archantan Recession of 1990 (fellows take note) hit Grinzez significantly, but it also managed a quick recovery. Many credited the government but also criticized its increasing austerity measures. The government woould receive the first vote of no-confidence in Grinzian history in 1995. Disruptive protests, mostly led by the Propablika civil action group, also affected and resulted in modifications to some projects, such as the 1996 Archantan Economic Forum, 1997 Pameric Free Trade Agreement and Pyapyor Teranej Airport.
The Enakau Grinzez Party, having steadily gained support over the past decade, defeated the Judinals in 2004 with a majority. The new government pushed for reforms in democracy in a 2006 bill, advocated for human rights in the region, and infused more Hretist ideas into practical governance.
Knowledge-driven ideals and human capital continued to direct Grinzez. The Hretists' Council opened their first regional chapter in 1998. ST+GZ was formed in 2004 from a merger of various science and technology boards to enhance their integrated capabilities. The Grinzian Technology Plan 2030 (Vision 0x7EE) would develop Grinzez's talent and research in computer science and information technologies for Northern Archanta.
In the 1400s the imperial city, Bamareyer, was established, and this also lended its name to the term "Pamer Archantans" (I'm aware of the resemblance to RW Bamar or Burmese, oops)
The unit of currency since 2004 is the Grinzian Pound (G£ or GP in local parlance), divided into 100 roythiems (Rt). The G£ is a redenomination of the pre-2004 Thiem at 1:10000 (roythiem meaning "hundred thiem"). In the real world its value can be compared to GBP.
My idea for the region is to create a group of Asian-sounding conlangs, particularly South East Asian, yet not based on any particular one. However, consider the Austroasiatic languages (Khmer and Vietnamese) as the closest real-world matches. They have rather simple characteristics (no morphological cases, adjectives after nouns, Brahmi-inspired consonant system). I'm not sure how much I've managed to imitate these SEA languages in Grinzez, but I'm presently working on changing the existing names (which would take a while). I've used Romanisation partially because of my obsession with transliteration and partially because of the difficulty of reading a conscript.
For my ongoing work with the language, see my page in the collaborative spreadsheet.
As for orthography, it's pretty easy to read once you get the hang of it:
- Vowels can come in either monographs (â é è î ó ò ú) or digraphs (oa ae ea eu oe ou ui), respectively. It's an attempt to combine the Franquese (with some slight modifications) and Ingerish romanisations that were used historically. Full details can be found here.
- Many consonats sound like their English equivalents, with some exceptions: the uvular q and x (French r), the palatal c, j and nh (ñ), and aspirated consonants are followed with an h: th, ph (not f), kh, ch.
- The sound shifts:
- e before d,t,g,k or r becomes é/ae. If you want the /ə/ sound after these letters, use ó/oe.
- There is some allophony between /ɨ/ and /əu/ sometimes.
- Some historical i's become a's, and a's become o's, which is pretty fun.
Kroksin is the official conscript of the Pameric languages. It's a featural abugida descended from the Mon-Burmese branch of Pallavi, with substantial changes so the graphemes represent vocal characteristics.
I was deliberately inspired by the Hangeul script in developing Kroksin. In the OGF world, the Krin probably came up with the early consonants alongside the (Mon), which the Gohanguk later adopted. As the Hangeul script gained popularity further east, the Krin then decided to adopt some Hangeul characters like ㄴ n and ㅅ s into Kroksin for simplicity. Here's a sample:
글린샞 ⅂ꝚาL ゙⋏ฝ "Krinsej"
|State/Federal territory||Population (millions)||Human Development Index (HDI)||Description|
|Célvue /cel.vw(ə)h/||4.7||0.843||A resource-rich inner state based on inland China.|
|Hithercèko /'hit(ə)ɹ.cɛkɔ/||5.0||0.947||A southern gateway city, in the Pearl River Delta style like Hong Kong or Shenzhen.|
|Hrontaem /'hɹɔn.te:m/||5.4||0.906||Hrontaem feels a bit more Euro-inspired than the rest, and is a mix of urban metropolises and quiter villages overall.|
|Intiuiter /in'tju.iteɹ/||8.2||0.911||The most populated state, drawing from Taiwan, peninsular Malaysia among others. To the east, density of urban development invites comparisons to the Klang Valley or Greater Seoul metropolitan areas, which I'm trying to emulate.|
|Laneur /la:nɨɹ/||4.8||0.794||Inspired by Tamil Nadu, the most densely-populated state in India.|
|Lomain /lɔmajn/||1.3||0.776||Like Laneur, Lomain is inspired by Dravidia, this time the state of Kerala.|
|Lokeuruet /'lɔkɯrwət/||1.2||0.823||A low-lying primarily agricultural state, with a Vietnamese style especially on the coast.|
|Pyapyor /'pjap.jɔɹ/||8.1||0.964||Pyapyor is obviously heavily based upon Singapore (hopefully even better than Khaiwoon is), though with a more inland nature. I also drew inspirations from London and Berlin (both very practical but sophisticated cities).|
|Thretop /tɹe:tɔp/||3.9||0.926||Thretop is inspired by Taipei and KL, as a mountain-valley city of sorts. Planned are a university city and surrounding natural attractions/resorts.|
|Volúma /vɔlyma/||0.5||0.746||An inland state with Cambodian/Lao geography.|
|Weybaro /wɨj.baɹo/||1.5||0.724||Weybaro is the native-focused state of the region, with SE Asian settlements as inspiration.|