Industrial States of Koglund

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The Industrial States of Koglund, often referred to as simply Koglund by the Utopians, is one of the nations to be found on Utopia. It is unsure as to the manner of government that they employ, but it is fairly certain that the nation is in fact a conglomeration of allied city-states - the city of Troy having membership.

Little is known about the ISK. The tabards worn by the Utopians overtop of their armoured bodysuits suggests that the national heraldry of the ISK (or of Troy) contains a Compass and a Cog. This may be the heraldry of a military unit, however, so it is impossible to discern.

It is known that the Industrial States of Koglund sent Scildfreja of Troy and Caelin Osbearn to Caprice in order to find enemies of Earth, presumably to seek as allies. They were also sent to gather intel on the height of Earth's power. It is therefore easy to presume that the Industrial States of Koglund are at war with the CEF, likely on the surface of Utopia itself. When these two Utopians met Black Talon 05 they claim to have arrived under the banners of Secrecy and War, denoting some sort of ritualism and formal symbolism within the culture that makes up the ISK.

No more is known about the Industrial States of Koglund - the Utopians have been very reluctant to reveal further, claiming that they are under orders to keep such things secret.

***All information found below is either historical anecdote or conjecture based on the analyses of Scildfreja of Troy and Caelin Osbearn by Black Talon sociologists.***

Language

Based on observation and sociological analysis

Language upon Utopia has gone through a diaspora. Most of the Deep Cities have maintained the use of Anglic, though it is assumed that few of them have maintained an uncorrupted form.

The dominant language of Koglund is Agenspraech. This language is a descendant of Anglic, as can be seen in the grammar forms of the language and in some of the vocabulary. However, it is a good deal more complex - Agenspraech is one of the few languages in existence that uses gendered nouns, for example. Verb conjugation is involved and a significant proportion of the conjugations are irregular. This, when compared to the streamlined major languages, makes Agenspraech difficult to master for any outsider.

Aside from Agenspraech, Koglunders speak Anglic relatively fluently. There are no other languages known to be spoken within the nation.

However, there is one further language used by Koglund. Koglund Sign Language is used frequently, at times even while speaking. It is not a true language, but instead is specialized for issuing commands and making simple statements. This language has two forms, Common and Military. Common is the simplest form and is used by all Koglunders with varying degrees of ease. This form is used to issue commands to drones and Autos, and to communicate simple things to others.

The Military form is markedly different. Not only is it more precise and complicated, it undergoes frequent changes in order to keep any enemies from interpreting it. This form is used to issue orders to military Autos, drones, and other soldiers.

Religion

Based on a religious discussion with Scildfreja of Troy

The dominant religion of Koglund - the only one evidenced by the people of Troy - is called Forgengelaefa in the local language. This roughly translates into Anglic as "the ancestor's faith", which is somewhat accurate. Forgengelaefa is in fact doctrinally similar to Terranovas' Revisionism, though there are also differences which run deep.

Adherents of Forgengelaefa believe, just as Revisionists, that a humans' soul is eternal and part of a greater and universal undercurrent of life. Just as Revisionists might talk of the Gentle Spirit from which all souls come and all souls go to, Forgenwitan will talk of a Heofon from which all fertah come and all fertah go to. Also like Revisionists, Forgenwitan believe that a soul which has passed on retains some of its identity - they differ in degrees. Forgenwitan believe that a soul keeps the entirety of its identity, while a Revisionist believes that only residual fragments remain. Due to those fundamental similarities, both doctrines maintain several concepts - the idea of eternal salvation through good works in life, the idea of karma acting upon you in this life, and to a lesser degree, reincarnation.

Where these two religions differ is very interesting, however, as the two religions are functionally different as night and day. First and foremost difference is that there is no organized "church" of Forgengelaefa. While Revisionism maintains a deep echelon of priests, prophets, followers, and fathers, Forgengelaefa is a religion which requires no special officer. Community heads will serve as officers on an as-needed basis; barring that the most senior amongst any given group will be given the honour. Worship is relatively informal, though much more frequent.

A second diference is the particular nature of "heofon" believed by the Forgenwitan. Revisionists believe that the Gentle Spirit is something entirely separate from reality - it interacts only weakly, through the forces that animate living things. Forgenwitan believe that their ancestor spirits - the fertah - exist alongside them, even going so far as to help them when the need is great. As a result, Forgenwitan are much more superstitious and have an animistic worldview. To the faithful, every place of human habitation is also home of those who have come before and have made their home there. It can be argued that the fierce loyalty of the Koglunders to their home cities is because of this faith.

A third (and vital) difference is in the consequences of violence. Revisionists are split into the First and Second following, with the First believing in complete pacifism and the Second believing in violence to protect the faith or prevent greater suffering. In this manner, a Revisionist does as little damage to the Gentle Spirit as possible, preserving its strength and vitality so that life can spread and blossom.

Not so with in Forgengelaefa. Adherents to the faith believe that the soul is polished and finished as it lives, and that violent or evil souls should be cut from life quickly, before their bad ways solidify. In Heofon the soul will be weaker than it would have been otherwise, and as such its power will be diminished. In this manner, the Forgenwitan helps cultivate Heofon, minimizing the evil and weak, affirming the good and the strong.

The conclusions of this third point should be clear. A Revisionist will do what he or she can to minimize violence, and will preserve life so long as it does not disrupt the Gentle Spirit. A Forgenwitan will conduct what violence is necessary to preserve the peace and beauty of Heofon. The Gentle Spirit is never served positively by violence - it is always diminished, even though the diminishment may be warding off a greater evil. By contrast, Heofon can be positively protected and preserved through violence.

Of course, the faithful of Forgengelaefa are not all mindless sociopaths and murderers. Murder is still considered evil, and those that do so without great cause will soon find themselves under the persecution they visit upon others.

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