|~ Userbox ~|
|Born||28 July 1996 |
Klaipėda, Lithuania Minor, Lithuania
|Other Names||Ash, Halvarda, Mari, Maria, Mara, Hella|
|Ethnicity||Prussian Lithuanian, French|
|Alma Mater||Newcastle University (dropped out x2)|
|Political Party||None; Social Democrat ↙️↙️↙️|
|Home Town||Pagėgiai municipality, Lithuania Minor, Lithuania|
You are free to contact me on my OGF profile for any reason. I prefer it to the wiki talk thingy, since I find the latter clunky and confusing.
I know there's probably going to be information I won't be able to fit into each country's wiki page. On the other hand, I may want to write about them more casually on here. I may also want to just summarise the countries before I can detail their wiki pages.
The countries DO NOT represent my own personal views on politics or ethics. I'm not trying to map or role-play the ideal country for myself to live in. Rather, I'm creating countries which are interesting to work on.
Keira - federal presidential constitutional republic, (liberal) democracy. Overton window: Social Democracy / Distributism to Neoliberalism / Right-Libertarianism. Dominant ideologies, however, are Social Liberalism and Green politics on the (centre) left; Keynesianism and Blairism on the centre; and Market Liberalism, Techno-Liberalism and Ordoliberalism on the (centre) right.
Igria - religious order, one-party state, Theocracy, Bashinist Republic. Either a federal state like Austria, or unitary regionalised state like UK or France. PC: authoritarian centre-left to left-wing. State Capitalism, Theocratic Distributism, Trans-Inclusionary Neo-Patriarchy, Green Capitalism, Social Authoritarianism, Market Socialism, Left-Nationalism, Social Fascism, Bismarckism.
Merhalia aka South Varugia - Unitary Ostro-Matriarchal hereditary semi-constitutional monarchy. Authoritarian centre-left to left-wing. Monarchist Distributism, State Capitalism, Maternal Conservatism.
Ostria - home of the monarch that makes Merhalia a semi-contitutional monarchy. Unitary Ostro-Matriarchal hereditary monarchy. Monarchist Distributism, State Capitalism, Maternal Conservatism.
It would probably be one of the countries that was given birth to by the Kalmish migration eastwards, a sibling of Mergany.
I want it to be semi-Mediterranean i.e. non-Greek Balkan, so it'd have to be located somewhere in SE Uletha. Possible candidates: UL31f, UL28b.
Helvena - ex-occupier of Keira, the country that brought Hayartic to the Tuyaric peninsula. Unitary parliamentary republic, liberal democracy. Market Socialism / Democratic Syndicalism / Social Democracy to Social Liberalism / Social Georgism / Social Libertarianism.
Potential locations: UL25i.
Midwestern Archantan state - my least prioritised plan, FYI. Just some weird place where it can get both very cold and very hot. A place that has very green hills and fairly arid plains. A state with its own weird creole-like dialect/language of English.
A list of my conlangs which are in the process of being constructed. Their own wiki pages will be more official and won't reference real world languages. So that's the purpose of this list - comparing them to real world languages and described their sound that way.
Grammar: Balto-Slavic, SVO, 6 tenses.
Sound & Aesthetic: Latvian > Finnic > Icelandic > Samogitian >= Prussian Lithuanian
Alphabet: Latin: Finnish-Latvian
Lathonian is basically me taking the existing Baltic languages, combining them into one, and trying to make them sound as Finnic as practically possible.
To me, as a native Lithuanian speaker, Latvian has always sounded like Lithuanian with an Estonian accent, and that's what I've always liked about it. I thought I should further that Finnic sound it has by removing all or most of the fricatives, affricates and gutturals.
More recently, I've fallen in love with Icelandic (specifically, Hatari singing in Icelandic). I've noticed how it, weirdly, shares sounds and aesthetics with Finnish and Latvian in a lot of cases. E.g. words ending with "-ur", "-ans" and "-ar" (vorkunar, fyrirlitningar, vals, fasistans) is rather Latvian-like.
Meanwhile, words ending (at least phonetically) with "-inn", "-kun", "-aka", "-inka", "-manti", "-ari", "-leht", "-priev" sounds pretty Finnic to me. E.g. (Ótæmandi, væntinga, óútfyllanlegt, mistaka, reginskari, ástarbréf, tætara).
Sound & Aesthetic: Finnish > Latvian > Estonian > Swedish >= Icelandic >= Western Lithuanian dialects
Alphabet: Latin: Finnish, excluding B, D, F and G.
Finnic with Baltic vibes. Fricatives, affricates and gutturals are all removed. All syllables are softened - B becomes P; D becomes T; F becomes V, Hv, T, or P; G becomes K, H, or Kh. What I mean by that is if I borrow a word from Baltic e.g. "grūdas" (lt. meaning "grain, seed"), it would become "kruuti" or "hruta".
Grammar: Germanic with Balto-Slavic quirks.
Sound & Aesthetic: German > Latvian >= Lithuanian > Swedish > Samogitian > Polish >= Czech/Slovak > Finnic
Alphabet: Latin: German
If German was Baltic i.e. a mix of German, Baltic and to a lesser extent Swedish and Slavic vocabulary; German alphabet and phonetics.
Grammar: Balto-Slavic and/or Uralic and/or Turkic custom weirdness, SVO.
Sound & Aesthetic: Ugric > Finnic >= custom??? >= Baltic > Slavic >= Turkic > Mongolic >= Caucasian >= Armenian
Alphabet: Latin and Glagolitic*
Different lists of real world languages categorised by my level of understanding and immersion. This is for the purpose of communication with OGF users, as well as conlag stuff. It's a good indication of what kind of places I'd be willing to map and/or role-play.
These are the languages I can speak and write in fluently.
I was born in Lithuania and lived there until just before my 14th birthday. It's gotten more rusty over time, and I'm a lot better in English than Lithuanian in some situations. So, if you speak both Lithuanian and English, and are considering contacting me, make sure your English is good enough as well. Sometimes, if I'm struggling in Lithuanian, I might mix it with English.
I started studying English when I was 10, and moved to UK just before my 14th birthday. I've been living here for over a decade now.
Languages which I have studied for a little while, but nowhere near enough to be able to use them more productively and skillfully than an infant or a toddler. They were either studied at a certain institution, or individually as a hobby.
I studied German in school in Lithuania for what I think was 2 years. I was forced to choose between Russian and German, and since I can't stand Slavic languages, I went with German. Still, that doesn't take away from the fact that I was forced to study it. I wasn't genuinely interested in the language (at the time). The lousy teacher didn't help either. Hence, I can't speak it whatsoever. 98% of what I learned evaporated weeks after learning it.
Still, I'm familiar with the sound and aesthetic of German. I'm intrigued by it. I have some ideas for a fake German conlag, as well as nations that speak fake German.
I've been trying to study Swedish on Duolingo on and off for the last ~3 years. Initially, I wanted to learn [Finnish], but Duolingo didn't have that at the time. The closest (sound-wise) language to Finnish was Swedish, so I tried that. I like the sound of it quite a lot, but I can't motivate myself to study it for more than 6 weeks. So yeah, I know some basic stuff. It's the closest to being my 3rd language out of all the "non-fluent" languages on this list.
Languages which I'm familiar with only because I happen to have spent a lot of time around its speakers. I've never studied them, or even put any effort into learning or trying to understand them. I can't speak them (besides several random words and phrases), although I can sometimes (or considerably often) understand the gist of certain conversations.
I grew up about 7 km away from the Russian border, in rural Lithuania. My village had quite a few Russian speakers, and my household members spoke Russian sometimes as well. Fellow villagers who didn't speak it, used a lot of Russian words, slang, and curse words (of course). Moving to UK (un)surprisingly didn't change that. I've been surrounded by Russian 1st and 2nd language speakers for most of my life.
I've spent some time around Latvian people, and have had Latvian neighbours. It's similar enough to Lithuanian for some words to find a way to almost effortlessly stick to my brain. I suppose the fact that I really love the sound of the language also helps. However, it's nowhere as easy as some Balts would like you to believe.
Other Minor Knowledge
My favourite language! I love the first syllable stress, the lack of Slavic and Romance sounds (fricatives, affricates, gutturals, etc), the soft yet solid sound, the plenitude of vowels, and probably other things I'm forgetting.
Unfortunately, it's not widely available at schools/colleges/universities in UK, so I haven't had the chance to learn it that way. For the longest time it wasn't on Duolingo either. I don't think I can learn a language through any other means besides the aforementioned two and simply living in a place where it's spoken. Still, even before Duolingo, I'd been able to learn enough to know how to read it. I'm pretty slow, but I can do it (read it). I know a few words and phrases, and can also count to about 20. I can make up fake Finnish words quite easily as well.
I haven't been able to motivate myself to study it on Duolingo, though. That doesn't mean I don't love it enough though. Rather, it means my brain is wired weirdly or has some unhealthy chemistry, since strongly liking something is almost never enough to motivate me.
It's like Finnish but with shorter words, and more Balto-Germanic (or Baltic & Germanic separately, but I felt like being fancy). So of course I love it. I have even less knowledge of Estonian than I have of Finnish, though. However, I can recite the opening monologue of Klass (2007) at any time of day (or night), regardless of the circumstances, always, forever.
I'm told (by actual Italians) that I'm amazing at making up fake Italian words.