|State Motto||Pau Paka Mau Loa ʻĀʻumeʻume|
|• Ingliz||All for the Eternal Struggle|
|State Anthem|| Kōhai Aupuni|
(The Revolutionary March)
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|Administrative Divisions||Six Provinces: Hulawao, Kamameʻa, Kapia, Leku, Taiwahu, Ulaiʻi, and several Offshore Island Territories: Hetai Kapu (Forbidden Island), Na Hetai o Loko (The People's Islands)|
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|Time Zones|| Raipean Standard Time (RST)|
- Main article: History of Raipea
The early history of Raipea dates back some thousand years to when the first Penglai settlers from Kijana Hian reached the island via Kijana Banoga. After an initial period of peaceful settlement, centuries of feudalistic rule by various chiefdoms ensued. Following Raipea's discovery by Antaran merchants in 1944, a prominent chief, Paheahea the Great, unified the island's tribes and chiefdoms in a series of bloody, decisive battles.
In the summer of 2115, the religious preference of the King, Paheahea V, and the royal family came under question. When it appeared that King had converted to Arkanism, religious discrimination and prejudice came soon escalated into violence. After a series of blunders on the part of the monarch, Paheahea V, rioting broke out in the capital and spread to the rest of the island. After the King's Royal Guard was overwhelmed by the rioters, the King was forced to abdicate and the Republic of Raipea was proclaimed.
After the chaos of the first Raipean revolution, a parliamentary representative, Waekoa Neʻia assumed control with generous help from foreign nations. The first few weeks of Neʻia's rule proved wildly popular with the Raipean people. Neʻia's changes appealed to their religious insecurities and their desires for a strong, democratic government. Soon, however, Neʻia's policies became increasingly dictatorial and fanatical. As more and more incredibly oppressive religious practices were brought back, the "democratic changes" Neʻia championed actually worked to consolidate his own power.
The repressed masses eventually organized minor opposition to the dictator's regime, most notably the Communalist IKR organization. After intense restrictions on their political freedoms, Neʻia eventually declared the party illegal and began a campaign of persecution against IKR members. The repression continued for some months until the party was able to obtain foreign aid from Communalist superpower Pravnicka. With vastly superior weapons, the IKR and its military wing were able to overthrow the country's dictatorship and establish a Communalist "People's Republic."
Provinces and Territories
The Democratic People's Republic of Raipea has a total of six provinces: Hulawao, Kamameʻa, Kapia, Leku, Taiwahu, Ulaiʻi. Raipean territorial claims extend to several islands, known officialy as Offshore Island Territories. These include Hetai Kapu (Forbidden Island), Hetai o Loko (The People's Islands).
Geography and Climate
Raipea's proximity to the equator causes warm weather year-round. In fact, Raipea experiences only three seasons: dry-hot, dry-cool, and wet-hot. Raipea is covered in vast tracts of tropical, decidious rain forest. Most of the island is at sea level, with the highest point being Pahī Kapu, which is a chain of three calderas of extinct volcanoes.
There are a number of streams and rivers that run throughout the jungle but very few flow year round. The province of Ulaiʻi contains the majority of Raipea's fresh water, in the form of two expansive lakes.
The country's Communalist government came to power following a brief but intense period of economic stagnation. Two political upheavals in less than a year disrupted the usually profitable flow of trade. The King's Company had been the sole economic and financial entity on the island for centuries. The Company evolved from an ancient tax and eventually developed into a bizarre conglomeration of different bureaus, departments, private companies, and foreign investments. After the Communalists seized power, Coordinator-General Heraʻi Mako announced the nationalization of the King's Company, the seizure of its property by the state, and the dissolution of its board of directors.
The Communalists have instituted enormous economic changes throughout Raipea, pulling nearly every industry under state control. The main exceptions to this rule being any foreign-owned corporations.
The Raipean economy is based heavily in agriculture, with the island producing a large proportion of Aurora's tropical fruit (namely banana, pineapple, taro, and coconut). The country's swampy central provinces also produce large amounts of rice. In addition to agriculture, exploratory mining expeditions have shown promising results that may lead to a shift in industry for Raipean trade.
All domestic and international trade is overseen by the Raipean People's Commerce and Trade Committee (RPCTC), a branch of the government. The RPCTC is responsible for the central planning of the domestic economy, as well as the management of all financial transactions within the country. Foreign business entities in Raipea are generally left to their own devices.
Education in the Raipean state is both compulsory and free. Schooling is provided free at all levels (including higher education), and is mandatory until age sixteen. Before the Communalist government was established, education was a religious affair, and was aimed mostly at instilling Hoʻkuan values in young boys; however, with Mako's insistence upon a secular state and his emphasis on equality of the sexes, the educational system was removed from the hands of the priests and placed into the care of designated "Revolutionary Schools."
Each Revolutionary School is headed by a diverse group of teachers, each a loyal IKR supporter. These "Teachers' Cadres" are composed of three members: an industrial worker, an agricultural peasant, and an educated professional. Mako's plan is to "diversify the instruction of the Raipean youth and reveal the value and worth of the three key aspects of Raipean society."
In addition to the basic scholastic subjects, education in Raipea is highly politicized, with party indoctrination beginning at the earliest ages.
Higher education is conducted through a handful of technical and professional schools as well as several universities located mostly in Raipea's provincial capitals. The best known of these is Punahou, Raipea's oldest and most respected college.
The Raipean people are largely of Penglai ancestry; however, their language and culture reflect the years of isolation they've endured.
Some anthropologists speculate that the Raipean people have a certain amount of Afran admixture due to unrecorded interactions between native Raipeans and peoples from the Kijana Banoga mainland.
Recently, immigration from the rest of the world has allowed for inter-marriage, and, in certain parts of the capital, it is not uncommon to see the illegitmate children of foreign sailors and Raipean women.
Culture and Society
Raipean culture developed in near isolation for hundreds of years before its discovery by the rest of the world. Thus, its traditions and practices are uniquely Raipean. In addition, Raipean society and culture has become increasingly political as the Communalist government grows increasingly more present in daily life.
The indigenous religion of Raipea is known as Hoʻkua, which simply means ‘the faith’. It’s an animist religion that places great importance on veneration of the ancestors and the numerous gods and spirits of the island.
Before the First Raipean Revolution, aggressive missionary work led to a rapid increase in the number of Arkanist converts; however, the rising religious tension between Hoʻkuans and Arkanists eventually led to civil unrest and the ultimate overthrow of the monarchy. Facing brutal prejudice, discrimination, and outright violence, nearly all Raipean Arkanists fled the island.
After the Communalist revolution, the ruling IKR took an antagonistic attitude towards religion, launching several campaigns painting all faith (even the native Hoʻkua) as "superstitious" and "backwards." As part of Mako's "Societal Revolution," anti-religious propaganda swelled and eventually culminated in the Revolutionary People's Congress officially banning the public practice of religion, in effect creating the first atheist nation on Aurora.
Due to the hot temperatures and and high humidity, Raipeans traditionally wore very little clothing. Men wore a type of loin cloth made from kapa cloth (pounded out tree bark), while women were topless and wore skirts made out of grass or ti leaves, and until puberty children normally ran about naked. While there are several rural locations where people still dress this way, many Raipeans (especially those who deal with foreigners) have adapted traditional ways of dress to more modern styles.
It is common for women to wear brightly colored, patterned fabrics, wrapped around themselves in a sarong fashion. Men use this same brightly colored fabric to wear as shirts. While the traditional kapa bark is now used to make light-weight pairs of shorts. The new fashions allow Raipeans to stay cool, without offending the seemingly uptight foreigners.
Sandals made out of kapa cloth are used by both men and women.
All leading members of the Communalist government don military fatigues as their uniforms. A growing number of Raipeans, mostly peasants living and working on the agricultural communes, have chosen to wear blue or black jumpsuits, for both practicality and as a means of demonstrating their solidarity with one another.
- Main Articles: Raipean language
The official language of the island is Raipean. It is taught in schools, and is spoken by all native Raipeans. There are several dialects, which vary from province to province, but all are mutually intelligible.
There are several levels of politeness in the Raipean language, and native speakers often use polite synonyms when speaking to elders. When Raipeans are speaking with close friends or family, "common" slang is used.
The Raipean language was not written down until the Antaran discovery, and as such, it utilizes the Antaran script.
In the busy port city of Kina, several different languages can be heard, and native Raipeans in that area often speak a pidgin form of all of them
Technology in Raipea