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Rekodenz ethnography- the “fullbloods”

The people often referred to as “fullbloods” are the thousands of interrelated species of little to no human descent. These people are the majority on every continent except for the subcontinent of Rema, where “halfbloods”-¬† a mix of the blood of indigenous Remans and humans- are the majority especially in the capital of Xotopane.

Especially in Rema and other halfblood/human majority areas, the fullbloods often feel they are underrepresentated in politics and the media. The Xotopane-based Rekodenz Diet has tried to address this, most recently by having a quota of people representing “ethnic parties”- mostly fullblood- in both local and general elections unless this number is too small. While largely praised, it has also been criticised for allowing the pan-Rekodenz fullblood supremacists the Unification Party to flourish. Several other regional Diets have also enacted similar species quotas, with similar results. The first fullblood Prime Minister was Tamz Vzizo of Vwmekkng, Krngu in the 204th Diet, but only ten more fullbloods have been elected to the position since.

Species are extremely diverse, but all can interbreed. In fact, several species legally classed as “fullblood” were originally mixtures of two or more species. These include the Narraks of northern Rema (Scrublander and Gerrok) and the Yxes of Smxru (Xroxi and Harrup).

To be added to on a later date.

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Addendum 2 of the UP’s reign of terror- the Preservation of Tradition Act

After taking over the Scrublands Diet, the Unification Party enacted the “Preservation of Tradition Act”, banning all airgraph and Rekonet access within the Scrublands. This was done under, as the name implied, the pretense of preserving traditional ways, but many commentators both inside and outside of the Scrublands saw it as something different.

Anonymous Scrublands-based blogger Scrublands Wizard thought of it as a way to dissimate only approved opinions. Kaaroze Wvanniky, a Scrublands Diet and UP member, disagreed with it on the grounds that “enemy parties” could cross the border undetected as news was carried by runners and likely could not reach the nearest Peacemakers for days. Se was removed from ses seat and sentenced to death, but escaped and is presently in exile on the Isle of Drikkavon near the North Pole, where se blogs about ses experiences of being ex-UP.

A survey taken by an independent thinktank suggested that 83 percent of urban Scrublanders “strongly disagreed” with the Act, another twelve percent merely “disagreeing” and only two percent “agreeing” or “strongly agreeing”. 96% of these urban Scrublanders also said they used banned technology or knew somebody who did, not surprising given the well-documented prevalence of this technology in the cities.

When the UP fell, several acts were immediately repealed by the reformed Scrublands Diet, including this. And there was much rejoicing.

Addendum- Scrublanders claiming to be or of human descent who were not stripped of tribal status by the UP

A small group of people inhabiting several villages of Raxo ethnicity in the Midscrublands are said to be descended from an Irishman called Cormac O’Connor. Ohkommaa is a common surname in the region and the local dialect is heavily influenced by his language, he being one of the last few near-monolingual Irish speakers.

The powerful Pescori family of Xwupet escaped the UP’s decree by openly claiming that one of their ancestors had “humanised” ses name so that people could pronounce it while se was working on Earth. However, all evidence points towards this ancestor being Giovanni Pescori, born of full human blood in Modena, Europe.

The family of Deputy Prime Minister of the Scrublands Diet Maake Romorazoma were descended from a human by the name of Ranjit Thompson from the Independent State of Texas.

The chiefly family of the Xerik people claim to be of pure Xerik lineage, but recently genealogists have uncovered intermarriage not only with the neighbouring Ariks but with humans. The name Xmottrek is believed to be a Xerikisation of the human name Modrich. A Fatimah Modrich from Osaka is recorded as having lived amongst the Xeriks twenty years after human arrival.

And finally, genetic studies have confirmed that there are very few “true” fullbloods, the average indigenous person of the Scrublands having anywhere from 1.3% to 5.1% human blood. Within the cities, this figure rises to an average of over ten percent. While these people would likely have passed the seven-eighths test, this study shows that genetic preservation efforts were already futile at the time of the UP.

The human-descended families stripped of tribal membership by the UP

When the Unification Party took over the Scrublands, they imposed strict blood quantums on the locals to ensure “purity”. All people of fewer than seven-eighths “fullblood” ancestry were to be stripped of any tribal membership and banned from mixing with “true fullbloods”. Those in relationships with “true fullbloods” were asked to break up. In addition, some notable families with a tradition of human descent, even if officially “true fullbloods” had their memberships revoked. These are:

The Smith family, notable for producing many chiefs of the Haktae tribe

The Xmuni family, including then-Rekodenz Finance Minister Harrett

The Flood family, descendents of Lord Melvin Flood-Anderson, the Duke of Berwick and ninety-fifth in line to the British throne

The Kamars, including popular singer Vell Kamar (who had a halfblood parent so was stripped of ses tribal membership anyway)

The Xabwaris, the chiefly family of the Xeraka, who presented as and were genetically halfbloods but were legally fullbloods under several Acts

The Taylors, including then-Member of the Diet for Xwukkebaame West Kwekke

Members of all these families mounted a legal challenge against the UP, but lost due to the pro-UP government of the time. They regained their tribal status almost as soon as the UP were defeated and ownership of the Scrublands was transferred back to the tribal councils.

Rekodenz broadcasting part 1: Xotopane and surrounding areas

Xotopane is the home of the lion’s share of channels on Rekodenz, the majority controlled by the “Big Three” of Xotopane Broadcasting Corporation, Rekodenz Broadcasting Corporation and the Xotopane Broadcasting Service.

The XBC family has the highest combined viewing figures in the city. Its flagship, XBC 1, broadcasts general entertainment, and XBC2 shows special interest programmes such as documentaries. XBC3 is more youth-oriented and XBC4 specialising in programming for Xotopane’s ever-growing linguistic and ethnic minorities. XBC News is the most widely-watched news network on the entire planet and XBC Sports does exactly what it says on the tin, showing sports news when there is not a hoverball game or a racing tournament to be broadcast.

RBC is the state broadcaster, funded by a viewing licence, whose ratings in Xotopane suffer due to a reputation of being a bit “stuffy”. The local affiliates were Xotopane North and Xotopane South, recently merged as part of the Corporation’s remit to cut back on local broadcasting within the area. This remit wasn’t recieved too well by many viewers, which did nothing to improve their viewership. In addition to RBC 1 and 2, they also have a news channel and “RBClassic”, showing vintage progamming all day.

XBS shows “niche” programming that wouldn’t get a place on RBC or XBC, as well as multilingual programming and Earth imports. They are one of the few major broadcasters to operate a pornography channel, XBSex broadcasting 24/7 with a subscription needed.

To be edited in further detail as time goes on.

The Royal Family of All Rekodenz

Presented for future reference.

The royal family are based in the southern part of Xotopane and claim to be exclusively of the Yamarro ethnic group. Those marrying non-Yamarros can be kicked out to this day, despite there being much evidence to suggest the halfblood-appearing Yamarros have as much human blood as the mixed people from north Xotopane and other major urban areas on the microcontinent. The family’s aversion to non-Yamarro elements is such that Emperor Parent Taiti’s great-great nuntie was expelled from the family for naming ses child Ixwe.

The Emperor’s role is mainly ceremonial, conferring titles of honour upon people and signing propositions passed by the Diet into law.

Here is the immediate royal family:

Emperor Parent Taiti, widow of Emperor Shakoh’s other parent Emperor Tika

Emperor Shakoh

Emperor Omi

Issue

Princus Mitika (second in line)

Princus Meshamo (third in line)

I shall edit this with spouses and issue of issue and other information as I continue working on it.

The First Xotopanian War

The First Xotopanian War took place in 70AC after the League of Rekodenz took over the Diet (then serving only the emerging village of Xotopane) in a bloody coup.

The League was a radical organisation protesting “human occupation” and what they believed to be the genocide of full-blooded Rekodenzians through assimilation. This was despite efforts from both human and Rekodenzian camps to maintain the indigenous culture and to make sure there was no violence between them.

Human, fullblood and halfblood survivors of the Diet massacre led by George Xazaa mobilised those Peacemakers unwilling to fight under the League and battled the League’s Revolutionary Army in what is now (25,000AC) Central City. At this time, it was a small field outside the town borders. However, the fighting spilled out into the town and much of it was destroyed. The League believed themselves to be victorious when they killed Xazaa, but ses second-in-command¬† Aamare Nelson took over and led the Opposition to a comfortable win.

Despite the Opposition victory and restoration of an open Diet, the League’s legacy remained in several parties purporting to be promoting “indigenous Rekodenzian rights” but instead spreading extremism and bigotry. The most recent and successful of these are the Unification Party, who have managed to acquire the entire Scrublands area through what commentators believe to be fear and threat.