Alonia (Naikki)

Alonia. Artwork by Marlene Kern Design, Creative Agency Munich

Name: Alonia (Naikki)

Capital: Bálion (before: New Bálion, before: Bálion, before: Meryo)

 

Head of state (Búcanar): Úxul Batleyon

Head of government: Dágon Naikkipalli

Languages: Mexala-talámy, Naikki (Alonian; Ávenoy-accent, Mereille-accent, Ketshúat-accent), Alonian Pelonian, Naúru, Uhût

Climate: subtropical/tropical (Mering-line separates the country)

Population: approx. 6 billion

Colonies: Dolieux, Alonia 2 (planet)

Former colonies: Tradjuedent

 

Etymology

The Alonians call their country “Naikki”. The name “Alonia” (Naikki: alon, the ghosts, the spirits, the ancestors, sing. alû, the ghost, the ancestor) actually refers to either the former home planet of the Alonians or to their religion; the Pelonians used the name for the Naikki, too. Alon means “ghosts” or “spirits” in Naikki.

 

Ancient Alonia

The country of Alonia was created by the Alonians, or, as they called themselves, the Naikki.

The planet Alonia was a planet that can be estimated was located somewhere near the Orion Belt. As the planet no longer exists, and the Alonian records don’t mention coordinates where the planet exactly was, it cannot be determined where the planet was. The ancient Alonians were forced to leave their planet, but as they didn’t know where to go, they split and sent their people in vast spaceships in different directions, each of them with the aim to find a new home planet. The people from whom the today’s Alonians derive, reached the planet of Íphael, and informed their relatives. But then, someday, the contact with the other spaceships faltered; the others had just flown too far away. The Naikki that landed on Íphael had taken instructions with them, on which the later Alonian rules and law were based. The ancient Alonians had wanted to make sure that their people would colonize other planets and, even if they would loose contact, the new-formed countries would be equal to the countries on the planet Alonia. For example, the Instructions forbid changing any rules or laws described in it.

 

This led to several rows with the Pelonians. The Pelonians and Alonians kept being at loggerheads every couple of eki; for example, the Pelonians didn’t want to accept that women in Alonia had to wear the pálancar, the traditional Alonian headdress for women. The Alonians refused to adjust the law and said that they were not allowed to change the Instructions. Finally, they agreed that the instructions must refer only to Alonian women, and that female tourists from Pelonia didn’t have to cover their hair if they didn’t want to.

The discussions ignited again, when Yaxahanna Batley, the Alonian Inveny of Eqilonia, took off her pálancar while visiting Pelonia.

 

Before Alonia united with Pelonia, the country consisted of several tribes, each of which was ruled by a warlord, a so-called Détir. After the Pelonians arrived on Íphael, Alonia started to merge the counties into larger districts. It started when Hékarimé Áratari (Áratray) conquered the counties Talí, Mûhn, and Mandíssat, and so formed the district of Mereille. Meryo, which was the capital of Mereille and Alonia, commanded all counties to unite.

 

Before the union of Pelonia and Alonia, laws were quite different in the Alonian tribes. For example, Détiru could vanquish each other. When one Détir defeated another, he had the right to claim his realm and his palace. But as the wife of a Détir was mistress of the palace, she became property of the new Détir, too. It was normal that the Détir claimed the palace and its mistress. Actually, this law was created to protect the wives of Détiru. It allowed them to stay in their palace, even when that palace had been conquered by another Détir. Later, the wives were declared property of their husbands, and therefore couldn’t be ‘handed’ to another man only because he had defeated their husbands.

As the Alonian law prohibits changing laws created by the Alonians’ ancestors, this law stayed, so that until today, a wife is “property” of her husband.

When Alonia became part of the Utopian Realm, only four Détiru remained, from the four most powerful Détir families: Lastryffe, Áratray, Taryffe and Ketshamirú.

Dagon Naikkipalli and Arikmé Áratray.

 

Politics

Alonia is part of Eqilonia and reports to the government in Mexalapan. The military of Eqilonia is fully managed by the Alonian government. The Búcanar (Alonian military head of state) is also the military head of state for Eqilonia. Alonia also has a head of government, who is responsible for ruling the country. This head of government is more like a king than a head of state. Every district has a Détir (warlord) who reports to the Búcanar. The Détiru have two Tsápatiru (general) who report to them, and the Tsápatir (general) commands four smaller generals. The Détiru used to rule the counties, but were stripped of their political power when Alonia united with Pelonia to form Eqilonia. This had not been forced upon the country by the Pelonians. Alonia had already started to merge the counties after Détir Hékarimé Áratari (Áratray), the back-then warlord of the county of Mering, had subdued all counties of Mereille and proclaimed himself Détir of Mereille. It could be reconstructed that the Áratari family could have been the ancestors of the Áratray family that rules over the military in Mereille, which is why Hékarimé Áratari is sometimes called Hékarimé Áratray.

The districts

Alonia consists of four different districts with four different languages. The districts are not part-states like in Pelonia. In Ávenoy and Mereille (Mexeille), the main language is Naikki; the Mereille-Naikki is a bit different from the Ávenoy-Naikki. In Ketshúat, a mixture of Ávenoy-Naikki and Naúru is spoken, while in Uhût, the main language is Uhût. The “districts” of Nenxuy and Ornáia are not districts, they are regions. Naúru is both region and a county of the district Ketshúat.

 

Ávenoy

Ávenoy is the home of the capital of Alonia, Bálion, the largest city of Alonia. The Ávenoy accent is also the kind of Naikki that is spoken in the Alonian government. However, the accent evolved after the Alonians had colonized the planet. The typical, nasal “sluring” Alonians from Ávenoy have, that makes the language sound almost French? Only evolved thousands of years after the colonization of Alonia.

Ávenoy is covered in rainforest in the north, whilst the southern part of the district is very dry and arid.

Bálion is the largest city of Alonia, and the modern Bálion actually used to be created when the ancient city of Bálion became too small for its millions of citizens, so an artficial city was planned to provide more space. New Bálion grew so large that it swallowed ancient Bálion, and eventually replaced it as new capital of the country.

Bálion is where the Alonian head of state and the Alonian head of government are located. The city is very liberal and tourists are not expected to dress like locals when they visit.

Sand peak in Avenoy, with the red dwarf “Wunyo” visible in the sky.

Mereille

Mereille (Mexeille) was the first district to be colonized by the Alonians and is the most ancient district on Íphael. Counties like Táli, Mûhn, Mering, and Mandíssat are amongst the most ancient colonized regions on the whole of Íphael.

Mereille is very hot, and dry, and composed of desert and a saltpan. The mountain range that engulfs the counties of Mûhn, Mering, and Mandíssat, causes the Mûhn Desert and the Mering Desert to be arid that the Alonians can only have agriculture with irrigation. Meryo, the capital of Mereille, was errected next to Lake Mering, which is one of the only sources for water in the county.

The Mereille form of Naikki is spoken in all of Mereille. The dry Táli-accent is the one you hear in Alonian movies, because Dénlion (or Dánglion), the hotspot of the Alonian film industry, is located in Táli.

The very conservative táli-pálancar, a headdress that hides the whole face, was named after the Táli country.

The depression in Mering is the most arid and dry region in Alonia.

Ketshúat

The largest district of Alonia. It engulfs two climate zones because of its size. The north is covered in rainforest, whilst the south is rather dry. It is the only district with three official languages; Ketshúat-Naikki, Naúru, and Uhût.

Néboya is the base of the Détir family of Taryffe, and was errected on a mountain.

Árágatou is an industrial city, located in the district, that provides bioweapons like Blue Hail or Green Hail. It was thanks to this city that the planet could be saved from invasion by the Qhézhada in 6, Wúhang.

 

Uhût

The smallest district of Alonia, and the only region in Alonia where Uhût is spoken, is seperated from the rest of the country by mountain ranges. The capital and largest city of the district is Árion. Though the district is in the same climate zone as the district of Mereille, Uhût isn’t as arid. A lot of the district is covered in rainforest, and mist forest, although there are arid regions in the west of the district.

 

Colonies

The main colonies of Alonia are Dolieux and Tradjuedent, even though it was once declared independent. Still, language, culture and architecture in Tradjuedent are just like in Alonia; the main language in the former colony is a dialect of Mereille-Naikki.

 

Demographics

Alonia knows not only at about four different accents and hundreds of different tribes but also at about five different shades of skin colours.

When you ask an Alonian where he or she comes from, they will not tell you in which city they live, but they will point at the sky. If you ask them where their ancestors come from, they will point at the sky again. When their home planet Alonia was wiped away by a supernova nearby, the Alonians had to leave and find a new planet to colonize. The Alonians left their planet in dozens of spaceships, at about 100’000 people in each of them. They were all flying into different directions, each of them with the aim to find a new home planet. The people from whom the today’s Alonians derive, reached the planet of Íphael, and they informed their relatives. But then, someday, the contact with the other spaceships faltered; the others had just flown too far away. The Alonians started to colonize the region that later became Alonia. They honoured their ancestors and prayed to them, and they were grateful that the commanders had sent them into this direction; otherwise they maybe would have never found a new planet.

See an article on the topic by astrophysicist Alexandros Glykos here.

The biggest, most dense cities in Alonia are:

 

Bálion (Ávenoy) – 80’000’000

Mangaya & Múta (Mereille) – 40’000’000

Dénlion (Dánglion) (Mereille) – 40’000’000

Ornáyagar (Ketshúat) – 30’000’000

Meryo (Mereille) – 20’000’000

Árion (Uhût) – 20’000’000

Púritame (Mereille) – 20’000’000

Nebóya (Ketshúat) – 20’000’000

Mandíssat (Mereille) – 20’000’000

Núquatt (Ketshúat) – 15’000’000

Casquassat (Mereille) – 14’000’000

Áruol (Ketshúat) – 10’000’000

Bérey (Mereille) – 9’000’000

 

Bálion

 

Bálion actually was formed artificially after Ancient Bálion became too small to bear the growing population. The new city, located a couple of miles outside Ancient Bálion was called New Bálion, and replaced Bálion (Ancient Bálion) as new capital of Alonia. Later, Greater Bálion was renamed again to Bálion. Before, Meryo had been the capital of Alonia for thousands of years.

 

Naikki – Alonian language

Official language in Alonia is Naikki, generally known as “Alonian”. Mexala-talámy is also used a lot. Naikki knows three main dialects, which are very different. Beside the general Naikki, there exist the languages Naúru and Uhût. Naúru has a lot of speakers in the north and north east of Alonia, while Uhût is only spoken in the district Uhût in the south east of the country.

The Ávenoy-accent, which is spoken mainly in the north west of Alonia, sometimes seems to be the general Naikki, but that is not true. Bálion, the capital of Alonia, is located in the district Ávenoy, which is the reason that a lot of people of the government that are working in Bálion use the Ávenoy-accent. This accent is softer than the other accents. But actually, the Mereille-accent is more representative for the general Naikki.

In Naikki, the “r” isn’t pronounced like in English. In Ávenoy and Ketshúat, it is rolled, like in Hebrew, or French. In Mereille, the “r” is rolled like in Spanish. In Uhût, the rolled “r” isn’t used. In Naúru, the typical Ávenoy rolled “r” is used without exception. The same applies in the Râshkád (Scaleskin) language, which is based on Naikki.

Alphabet in Naikki

In Alonia, the Mexala-talámy alphabet is used for everyday use, as it is easier than the complicated Alonian system. But for religious purposes, the ancient writing system and the ancient form of Naikki are still used. Ancient Naikki means the ancient form of the language as it was spoken by the Alonian colonists that arrived on Íphael. The Ancient Alonian language that was spoken by the ancestors of the Alonians can be reconstructed today, but isn’t used.

Alonian and Ancient Alonian

 

Alonian Ancient Alonian writing Meaning
Nóro nrh “I”
Naikki (country) nkk “Naikki” (Alonia)
Kmé kmh Force
Ár rh Metal
Détir dtr Warlord (Détir)

 

Naikki possesses its own alphabet, which is, like in Ancient Alonian, only composed of consonants, and doesn’t have any vowels. Because the Naikki writing system doesn’t have any vowels, Alonians have developed a curious way to describe vowels when using the Pelonian system, like using “ens” to express the vowel “o”, or “euy” for “e”, and “eux” for “oe”.

 

In Naikki, pronouns don’t have fixed positions, but change their position within a sentence. In Ávenoy, “nóro”, and “tetš” are usually at the start of a sentence, while in Mereille, they are at the end, or somewhere in the sentence.

 

Culture

Alonian culture has been highly formed by the country’s religion and ancient Alonian traditions, passed on by the Instructions. A lot of the traditions in Alonia have their roots in religion, such as traditional Alonian dance. This dance was created to honour the ancestors, but became so popular that it started to be part of every Alonian movie. The warrior dance is a peculiar mixture between the traditional Alonian dance and Alonian martial arts. Though Pelonian music is ubiquitous in whole Eqilonia, Alonian music has kept quite traditional. To us, it would sound slightly Middle Eastern.

Dénlion in the county of Táli in Mereille is the hotspot of the Alonian movie industry. This explains why the Naikki in Alonian movies sounds different than the Naikki that is spoken in the Alonian government.

 

Religion

The religion with all its innumerable and complicated rules and laws is what might be the biggest difference between the Alonians and the Pelonians, which are conquerors and scientists, and had never had any kind of religion.

The religion of Alonia derived from the religion of the ancestors of the modern Naikki, and could be described like some kind of ancestor worship. The Alonian religion mentions more than 2000 “ghosts” or “deities” and spirits. The Alonians also pray to their ancestors, which mean the ancestors that lived on the planet Ancient Alonia.

The Instructions are the most important rules for the Naikki. They received them from their ancestors, the people that lived on the ancient planet of Alonia. When the ancient Alonians had to leave their home planet, they split up and sent several spaceships into various directions of space to find a new planet. The Naikki that landed on Íphael used the Instructions to build a new Alonia, and to colonize the planet. The Alonian traditions, laws, and rules are based on the Instructions. The Instructions must never be changed, so that these laws and rules are still the same as hundreds of thousand of years ago.

This is what makes the Instructions so special; next to hundreds of rules, laws and descriptions, they also include guides how to build cities, spaceships, and weapons.

 

The Instructions are composed of:

Three parts of creation of the Alonians, story of Ancient Alonia,

Rules and wisdom

Practical Instructions

Testimonials (records made by the First Colonists)

 

Now the Instructions were written in Ancient Alonian. The ancient Alonian language used a writing that had derived from some kind of hieroglyph writing system, which was void of any vowels, which makes it difficult to decipher. The ancient Alonian language also changed when the Alonians settled in the country that later became modern Alonia.

 

The rule:

“You must not walk on the ground of a new world if you forget the world you used to walk in.’

This can be interpreted in many ways. First, the Alonian word for walk, palli, can also mean foot, or even accelerate (the Pelonians copied that with their word paytli). This is the rule that Alonians cite as base for the rule that you must no walk without shoes outside your house in Alonia. This rule is also the reason that you will not find any light shoes in Alonia, like the kind that we have on the Earth.

Surely, the rule means that the colonists must not forget their world, which would be Ancient Alonia. Alonians say that not showing your feet in public is one of the ways to pay respect to their ancestors that were left behind on Ancient Alonia, and never got the chance to “set foot” on the ground of another world.

Etiquette in Alonia

The traditional Alonian greeting is “Alon n’nálun y’ ylón” (“May the ghosts protect you and the ancestors”). The greeting is sometimes shortened to “Alû” (“Ghost”). Both hands touch the forehead while saying “Alon”, both hands touch your face just over your chin at “n’nálun”, and the arms cross and touch the shoulders at “ylón”. When shortened to “Alû”, the hands form a triangle and are put above your chin. Mind that this is a casual form of greeting. If you meet a person of higher rank, such as a Tsápatir, Détir, or high official you are expected to kneel, touch the ground in front of the person, and bring that hand to your forehead. It is sufficient to bow if the person is of a high rank but not an official.

The Alonians believe that a Détir (warlord) is the reincarnation of a former Détir, which is why even close family members will kneel before them, to honour the “soul”.

 

Clothes:

– Women must not leave their house without wearing a pálancar. Also, they should be wearing a Quinóba that reaches at least the ankles; shorter dresses are prohibited. Some women wear the pali-pálancar, which is made of a normal pálancar, but with a veil (pali) that also hides every part of the body from the nose to the neck; a net hides the eyes but allows seeing something through it. This rather conservative form of pálancar is common in the southern Alonian districts Mereille and Uhût, but also in Farfestian, Alonia-influenced states like South Alonia, Tali, Ética, and especially in Déínzú. The only women that needn’t wear a pálancar are Hámomy or Silvers. Tourists do not need to wear the pálancar, though Alonian government advises to. The climate in Alonia is very hot, and wearing a pálancar on your head can protect you from severe sunburns.

– Short hair means that somebody has dishonoured their family, especially for warriors. Warriors usually wear their hair long, and in a warrior-hairstyle. Men sometimes wear the warrior-hairstyle if they are warriors, even though they don’t work as warriors. Men that are no warriors at all usually wear their hair pulled back in their neck; it is not common to wear your hair undone. Wearing small braids in your hair usually is a way for men to show that they are married.

Courtesy

– Alonians don’t use a direct “yes” or “no”. The general word for “yes” is déstis (I am listening, I understand) or the Pelonian Hista. It’s unusual to use déstis or hista to agree. Alonians also don’t have a direct word for “no”. The Naikki word nimá (not) or the Pelonian version nišmatec (not) is used to express “no”.

– It’s impolite to reply to a plea with a direct “nimá”.

– Before an Alonian enters a house, they will take off their shoes. Inside the house, Alonians don’t wear shoes. Often, they wear a shoe that is made of some sort of wax from a plant called kwetpaytli. The Alonians put the wax into a bowl and heat it up to cause the wax to become liquid. Then, you put your foot into the bowl and take it out again; the wax will dry within a few seconds and you will have some kind of shoe.

– It’s not respectable to show your feelings in public. Especially for men and especially for warriors, it’s not respectable to behave as though they were “weak”. For example: The styling of the hair into a so-called warrior-hairstyle (“tórakha“) is very painful. It’s not respectable for the warriors to show any signs of pain during the procedure.

– Alonian women often look at the ground instead of looking at the person they are talking to. This is not meant to be an offence but should make the women seem pretty. For men it’s not respectable to look at the ground, except they are talking to a person of a higher rank, like a warrior talking to a general or an employee talking to his superior.

– Men and women don’t touch each other if they are not married or related to each other. To greet somebody, you bow or form your hands to the second part of the traditional Alonian greeting. The person of the subordinate rank bows deeper, the person of the superior rank will not bow that deep, or he or she will only nod. The same rule needs to be noted if the people are kneeling. In Alonia, it’s unusual to stand up if a person enters the room, but you will bow to the person while kneeling. To kneel and to bow so deep that your forehead touches the ground is only used to express your deepest apologize, or if you are already sitting and greeting a person of a very high rank, such as a Tsápatir, a Détir or the Búcanar himself. The person of the higher rank will answer to this sort of greeting with a nod; if the person wants to express that you don’t need to apologize, the person will tell you to raise your head.

– It’s prohibited to kiss or embrace each other in public. People that are married may use the “public kiss”, which is allowed in public. This means that only forehead and nose are allowed to touch each other, the mouths must not touch each other. Men and women that are not married don’t touch each other at all.

– For men, it is not respectable to stare at other women, especially another man’s wife. It is also not respectable to tell a man’s wife a compliment, as the man will take this for an offence. So, if you are guest in an Alonian’s house and you will express that you love the cooking of his wife, instead of saying “I love your cooking,” (as the man could take this as an offense), you should say “This meal is really great, your wife cooks really great” (to the man). The women, however, will not take it for an offence if you talk to her husband instead of talking to her.

See an article by Alexandros Glykos on the topic here.

Address in Alonia:

– Alonians use the general title –solór like it’s used in the whole Utopian Realm. But the Naikki forms are also often used:

 

Male names ending with a vowel:                             -tsín

Male names ending with a consonant:                     -ítsin

Female names ending with a vowel:             -nítsin

Female names ending with a consonant:    -ínitsin

 

Endings like eu, eux, ou, lle, etc. are used like vowels. Careful: The word alters depending on how the ending of the name is spoken, not on how it is written. Taryffe, for example, may be written with an “e” for an ending, but is spoken “Ta-ryff”, so the correct address for this name is –ítsin.

– Even superiors are sometimes addressed with their given names; for example Arikmé-solór, or Détir Arikmé. Persons of a very high rank, like heads of the state or a warrior of a high rank are referred to as desayágu, “my lord”. This title is not only used by subordinate persons, but also by their wives and friends. It’s normal that a wife to a Détir will call her husband desayágu.