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titled in honor of a taylor swift song i used to listen to at age 15

Hi sisters!

September is upon us, and I am one busy boi. This post is arriving one day later. It's likely not the last time this is happening, I have a lot going on in my life right now, which means I also have less time for pointless drama which only distracts from what is truly important, and that's mapping. And also, Jesus Christ.

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Right there we stood was holy ground

Disclaimer. There have been countless discussions about religion in OGF, and I do not want to start another one. But until the issue of global religion in the OGF world is solved, I will continue to use placeholder names, which may bear similarity to real-world ones. I don't think there is any point in calling Christianity Christicity etc. and I also think the names of most saints are generic enough. The only exception is the name Jesus, which will never appear in my mapping.

I left the city, and I'm likely not coming back until the end of the year. I'm in the hills now, far upstream. Sometimes I like to switch things up, I can't keep on doing detailed mapping forever.

So I'm currently in Svatěnice. It's a town of under 10,000 residents, and it doesn't have its own okres, but it does have its very own fortified historical center, a manor, two ponds, a railway station, a clinic, three schools, a community center, an Iro supermarket location, and last but definitely not least, a way of the cross that leads up a hill to a baroque monastery, which is one of the most popular pilgrimage destinations in the country.

Religion in Drabantia

Drabantia isn't an overly religious country nowadays. It's also torn between Catholic, which was imported from Western Uletha in the 9th - 10th century AD and reinforced by the Egalians who invaded the country three times in the Middle Ages. Then there are several reformative churches, which were established in response to the Egalian oppression (only for their members to get hunted down and prosecuted at some point later.)

The northeast of the country was however never part of the reformative movement, and the largely rural population remains loyal to the Catholic church to this day, it's also where the Christian Conservative Party gets most of its votes (still not enough to get into the lower chamber of the parliament however, scoring 4.85% in the 2018 election.)

Anyways, I wanted to try something different, and the topic of religion in Drabantia is something I have never really touched on previously. I know the town isn't detailed, I know the monastery isn't the most original or gag-worthy thing you have ever seen on OGF, and that's fine, that wasn't my intention. I'm not here to make other people gag on my extravaganza, I'm here to tell stories with maps, and I do think I did that with this place, even though there is so much left to say beyond the words in this post.

Monday bliki by Eklas

Comments are v welcome

press f to pay respect to jesus

Pictured is Drabantia, the home of Verona Coffee and the original white, green and blue flag, unlike Velena, the FSA state
Just gonna leave this here Yuanls (talk) 23:12, 11 September 2018 (CEST)
I feel attacked. But you're right, my colors are classier --Eklas (talk) 06:41, 12 September 2018 (CEST)
F. Not bad, not bad at all. I was quite taken with that monastery, and in particular that Way of the Cross. I've never heard of such a thing before and so had to look it up, it's quite intriguing. I've never really touched on the subject of religion in Vodeo, either - there's some Apostolic churches, some Catholic churches, some synagogues and mosques... and that's about it. Religion would play a sizeable role in the history of a lot of places, so good on you for putting it into yours. But I don't like your religion (mine is far better), so let us do battle. — ParAvion (talk) 22:43, 11 September 2018 (CEST)
Thank you! I saw the Lord last night in my dreams. He reached out to me and told me I can use code ODRAVA18 to get 20% off any medium tea or coffee at all Verona Coffee locations in Drabantia. Can your god do that? --Eklas (talk) 06:41, 12 September 2018 (CEST)
The average price of a coffee in Xenica is 16.5 moneta (US$2.15). You don't need to explain that any further. FictiveJ (talk) 10:28, 12 September 2018 (CEST)
The New Ingerland foreign minister has called for calm as tensions escalate between Drabantia and Vodeo over coffee imports. "We are monitoring the situation very closely, and reiterate our offer to act as a mediator if both sides are willing." The minister said. :D --Turnsole80 (talk) 08:56, 13 September 2018 (CEST)
You have me there, my god doesn't offer codes. Instead, He says to scan your phone or loyalty card for Perks; it's easier than remembering silly little codes, and you can save them for bigger purchases later on. As for Drabantia getting all high and mighty over coffee imports, they should be careful lest they find the next shipment of rum and bananas costs double what it did before... — ParAvion (talk) 13:37, 13 September 2018 (CEST)
Whatever. Real rum is made out of beet sugar anyway. Get into Central Ulethan culture. --Eklas (talk) 13:45, 13 September 2018 (CEST)
F. I'm pretty impressed by both the speed and quality of which you map. I've been cooped up in Ellmouth for half a year now, and it's lowkey driving me mad! I guess it's a necessity for such a 'large' country though. Yuanls (talk) 23:12, 11 September 2018 (CEST)
Thanks! My country is about 4/5 the size of the Czech Republic, so there is a lot of mapping to do, I guess I want to cover it in low to medium detail first (like i'm doing here) and then focus on individual places. Good luck with Ellmouth! --Eklas (talk) 06:41, 12 September 2018 (CEST)
My religion is world economics, accelerated by the beauty that is palm oil plantations. Also, of course they are the same image. FictiveJ (talk) 23:29, 11 September 2018 (CEST)
*screams in mild horror* --Eklas (talk) 06:41, 12 September 2018 (CEST)
Thank you for inspiring me to begin using memes in my daily communications: I tend to prefer good old-fashioned words, however. FictiveJ (talk) 10:28, 12 September 2018 (CEST)
Awesome stuff! Things like monasteries and other ascetic places make for a much more realistic view on the map, in my opinion. I too did a Way of the Cross when I revamped Iqosa. I'm not sure about what your inspiration might have been, but mine was the Bażilika tal-Madonna ta' Pinu. There's just something special about that church.
Now, onto more important details: the new Mauro practitioners of the Drabantian national religion feel left out without a code for the month. — Alessa (talk) 17:34, 12 September 2018 (CEST)
Oh that looks good! The whole city does. We have many similar sites here in the Czech republic: [1], [2], [3].
Now here's a message from God himself: Thou can always use code ODRAVA18 to get 20% off any medium tea or coffee. In September there's also the special secret code ZÁŘÍ18 (září means September in Drabantian) thou can use to get any beverage from the seasonal offer "buy one, get one free" if thou can successfully pronounce the word. Good luck and bon appetit! --Eklas (talk) 07:29, 13 September 2018 (CEST)