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Monic Union

Monic Union
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Emblem of Monic Union
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Independent members are coloured in dark red; autonomous members are coloured in red.
Motto"Seeking Common Grounds While Accepting Differences"
求同𠩯𢄖 (Literary Tuthinan)
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FormationApril 20, 2015
TypeSupranational organization
PurposePreservation and promotion of Monic culture
HeadquartersAkai (Esquarium) Xinzuo, Akai

23x15px Hwanggum, Toksan
Template:Country data Koyro Ansyu, Koyro
Min Sijang, Min
Luziyca Kenyen, Nantai, Luziyca
Senria Keishi, Senria
Template:Country data Shibdan Pavelgrad, Shibdan
Tuthina Giwon, Sakan

Tinza Ladumra, Tinza
Region served
Esquarium
Membership
12
Convenor
23x15px Myōwa Shūbyon

The Monic Union (Koy-Ama: 문명국가동맹 munmyengkukka tongmayng, Literary Tuthinan: 文國會𥂗 monkwok kaimyong, Wa: 文養盟 Monyan Myong, Senrian: ぶんめいレんごー Bunmei Rengō, Shibdanese: ᠮᠦᠨᠶᠥᠨᠭᠬᠠ ᠲᠠᠨᠺᠸᠢ ᠴᠬᠥᠵᠢᠭ Munmyongha tangui jojig) is a supernational organisation in Esquarium. Proposed by the Ministry of Rites of Tuthina, it seeks to unite countries and polities with a significant Monic population. Its stated purpose is to "preserve and promote the Monic civilisation" through cultural, financial and technological means.

Name

The Monic Union was first proposed by the Ministry of Rites of Tuthina under the name of 文國會𥂗. As all edicts and proposals are required to be written in Literary Tuthinan only, no official translation of the name existed. As the character 文 can be translated as "civilised" or "of Monic people" in this context, it is often translated as either Monic Union Or Union of Civilised (Monic) Nations.

In Literary Tuthinan, the placeholder name was made official at the foundation ceremony of the Union. The same is believed to apply to its official Koy name, 문명국가동맹, as well: 문명 (munmyeng, cognate of Literary Tuthinan 文朙 or 文䫤) can mean either "civilisation" or "Monic people" in Koy language. Similarly, the Senrian ぶんめい (bunmei, derived from the Literary Tuthinan 文朙) can mean "civilization" or "the Monic world".

While there is not yet an officially-approved English translation of the name, Monic Union was recommended for use by Anglophone reporters during the foundation to "avoid unnecessary controversy".

Structure

The executive body of the Monic Union is the Executive Council (Koy: 집행위원회 ciphayng wiwenhoy, Literary Tuthinan: 𢵄閣 syoukok, Wa: 會議 Kaigi, Shibdanese: ᠶᠥᠭᠵᠠᠨᠭ ᠴᠬᠦᠨᠵᠥᠭ yogjang chunjog), formed by representatives from each member government or organisation, as well as several notable Monic individuals. Apart from the position of Convenor, who is responsible for hosting council meetings, all members are stated to be equal, and any resolutions require a simple majority to pass.

Beneath the Executive Council are various different committees that are responsible for monitoring and operating specialised organisations within Monic Union. Members of the committees are appointed by the Executive Council, and should be "knowledgeable and respected in the relevant fields" or are "crucial for the operations of the organisation". At its founding, three subcommittees were present in order to undergo the basic functions of the Union proposed during its draft phase: cultural, financial and technological exchange.

Criticism and Allegations

Shibdanese criticism

In Shibdan, criticism of the Monic Union has mostly focused on Shibdanese membership within the Monic Union, primarily resting on claims that Shibdan is not a Monic country, due to its Slavic majority, and the low Monic population within Shibdan (either 19,712 or 3.9% as of the 2015 census, or 43,371 or 8% according to ASN figures).

A notable opponent of Shibdanese membership in the Monic Union was Presidential candidate (and author) Brian Kozlov who explained during a campaign rally in Shenitgrad during the 2015 general election that:

"Is this island historically Monic? Yes. But is this island Monic now? No! It is a Slavic country, and the fact that we have so low a percentage of Monic people shows that we clearly do not belong in the union. If I become President, Shibdan will leave the union."

Another aspect of Shibdanese criticism is that the Shibdanese people are not actually Monic people: it was only in 2001 that was confirmed that the Shibdanese share a similar genome to the rest of the Monic peoples. Prior to the confirmation, it was speculated that language may have been borrowed from traders or immigrants who assimilated into the indigenous population living there before the 1100s. While the culture has some similarities, it had been heavily influenced by indigenous culture already existing on the island prior to the arrival of the Luziycans in the 1700s.

Membership

At the time Monic Union was founded, only countries, non-government organisations or otherwise autonomous polities with a "significant population pertaining to Monic civilisation" were accepted as its members.