NIKOnet's DaeZig Empire
NIKOnet'z DaeZig Zae
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Absolute Monarchy,tended by Oligarchy
|Anthem||"Zii Zaul Vijardin`z Abk"|
|National Motto||"Realm Of The Transcendental, Eternal Under Moonlight - Monarchy Of Salinas, Unbroken By The Ages - Will Of Thy People, Carved Into Onyx - Freedom, Equality, Heritage, Prosperity, The DaeZig State"|
DaeZig, officially NIKOnet's DaeZig Empire (Carsiekan: NIKOnet'z DaeZig Zae), and sometimes referred to as Black Carsieka, is a micronational cyber-state which was created through the union of Vamont and DaeZae on August 1st, 2005. The present state was established in 2013, replacing the DaeZig Confederation, which had formed in the aftermath of the collapse of the Grander DaeZig Empire. DaeZig, as a polity, and as a nation, traces its ultimate origin back to the Kingdom of Carsieka, and has historically branded itself as the successor to that micronation.
DaeZig is, constitutionally, an assembly of nine "administrative entities" and a greater number of "communities" which dwell (at least nominally) within the cyberspace of those defined entities (many of which exist in name only, and have long since ceased to be active). The earlier Grander DaeZig Empire, at its peak (under the Empress Daesiga), had united over 1,000 active subjects, and defined itself as a "Great Cyber-Military Power", while pursuing an ambitious (but incrementalist) foreign policy which was directed at eventually earning world relevance as a champion of micronations and Internet freedom. The present Empire has yet to fully abandon the dreams or aspirations of its predecessor, in spite of having undergone a severe decline.
DaeZig's original citizens were devout practitioners of Bonnie u Estrella Skepticism (also known as Fresh Slate Thought (a type of independent thinking which jettisons longstanding human beliefs)). The current Ziggist Ideology is usually seen as a manifestation of DaeZae's cutting edge "Co-ed Egalitarian" values, born of indifference to factors such as Gender and Race - consequently, DaeZig opposes all forms of Identity Politics, and rejects "liberation movements", offering its society as an alternative path to equality. Carsiekan Philosophy is promoted by the government in place of Greco-Roman Philosophy, and because of this (and the resulting cultural separation from the rest of Western society), at least the inner Core Class of DaeZig typically holds a worldview (and a set of psychological traits) markedly different from the norm.
- 1 Etymology
- 2 History
- 3 Government and Politics
- 4 Infrastructure and Financing
- 5 Subjects and Citizens
- 6 Culture
- 7 See Also
The name "DaeZig" is a Carsiekan composite word combining the Carsiekan words "Dae" (Darkness, Difficulty) and "Zig" (Immunity, Cohesion). A literal translation of "DaeZig" would be "One who has embraced darkness and become immune to its effects". Historically, the translation "Invincible" was encouraged.
Curiously, in Carsiekan, "Zae" does not mean "Empire". Rather, the word translates to "Area" or "Region". If DaeZig wanted to properly define itself as an Empire, "Zaexaotaki" (Emperor-dom) or "Zaexaona" (Empress-dom) would be used, instead of "Zae". No DaeZig state has formally named itself as an Empire in Carsiekan. In spite of the official English name of the country being "NIKOnet's DaeZig Empire", DaeZig's Carsiekan name (NIKOnet'z DaeZig Zae) is correctly translated as "NIKOnet's DaeZig Realm". This can (possibly) be attributed to Lord Death's pacifist leanings, and the choice of leaders thereafter to respect his original choice of language, when drafting modern Constitutions.
Carsiekan and Neo-Carsiekan periods
The history of the subculture which gave birth to DaeZig dates back to 1984, which is when Johnathan u Paso Robles said he was told to found the Kingdom of Carsieka. Carsieka was proclaimed the following year, and under its three Kings (Johnathan, Lazar I, and Lazar II), it achieved a great degree of prosperity and cultural development (for a micronation). Centered in San Miguel, California, Carsieka was not merely a nation-state -- it was an ambitious project, with objectively farfetched goals. The stated purpose of the Kingdom was to somehow terraform the surface of the Earth's Moon, to gradually assimilate the populations of the Southwestern United States and Northwestern Mexico into its member base, and then to relocate its members to the Moon. Due to the impossible nature of its ambitions, and the fact that its existence had always been justified to its members by the promise of succeeding in them, the Kingdom of Carsieka suffered morale problems, and it eventually collapsed in 1998.
Carsieka was a preposterous project from its onset, but the unorthodox methods it used to draw in its members, and its cultivation of a strong identity have had lasting effects on some of its remnants. The disorderly way in which Carsieka was dissolved by its main council produced outrage in its die-hard followers, leading King Lazar II to call the council's decision illegitimate, and to certain "Estates" refusing to carry out total dissolution. One of these, the Vamont Estate, declared itself the Kingdom of Vamont, and sought recognition as a successor to Carsieka (aiming to continue on the Carsiekan mission and preserve the Kingdom's culture). King Lazar II granted Vamont his recognition, as did the Tuplene Farms Estate, though Tuplene Farms' royals considered the ruler of Vamont, King Jesse, too young to rule, and opted for independence.
The Kingdom of Vamont remained active in San Luis Obispo County, California, from 1998 to 2002. It was ruled by a child-King, and carried out reckless antics. It attracted enough attention in its native San Miguel that a parody-micronation, Zarmont, was founded. Vamont and Zarmont engaged in a feud for some time, before Zarmont chose to become a serious micronation of its own. King Jesse attempted to promote the creation (or re-creation) of Carsiekan polities and institutions, succeeding only in setting up the short-lived Lupe Rexina. In 2002, the Kingdom of Vamont was relocated to Lassen County, bringing an end to whatever could have been called a Carsiekan "presence" in San Luis Obispo County.
In Lassen County, the Kingdom of Vamont followed an aggressive policy of cultural development (a project whose essence would be best described as "creating uniqueness for uniqueness's sake"), to fill the void left by the disappearance of Carsieka's sophisticated society. This continued until 2003. The Vamontian member base in Lassen County, though older on average than the base in San Luis Obispo County, was composed overwhelmingly of teenagers and children (making it quite different from Carsieka indeed). The Kingdom of Vamont abandoned the Carsiekan premise and purpose, by the start of the Genzit period, and achieved a measure of prosperity in its own right, despite inherent difficulties, and established its own identity. By 2004, the main agenda of the pragmatic Vamontian government had become to make participation in its society as enjoyable as possible for its citizens, and the affiliates it wished to integrate, in order to build a strong and satisfied community (officially gaining manpower for the purpose of power-projection). A focus on indigenous sports and recreational activities was common during the later years of the Kingdom's existence, against a backdrop of nationalism. During the Genzit period (2002-2004), the Kingdom began to use the Internet for communication. Vamont's discovery of the Internet led to the establishment of an online wing, for the purpose of globalizing Vamont and expanding its numbers.
Existing concurrently with the Kingdom of Vamont, a new Carsiekan-inspired micronation was founded - DaeZae, ruled by Lord Death. DaeZae was a reclusive, Internet-based micronation, which included members of the Otaku and Fantasy subcultures. It was built upon principals of Panentheism, Libertarianism, Gender Neutrality, Communalism, and Primitivism, but most importantly, the philosophy of Carsieka's Black Moon Fellowship. Though Lord Death's creation had marked differences with Vamont (which was non-ideological, militant and Statist), Lord Death saw a common destiny with Vamont, and sought to unite the two nations.
DeathZig and FinalZig periods
The introduction of the Internet into the Neo-Carsiekan scene was a seismic shock. Carsieka, and its successor states (Tuplene, Vamont, Zarmont, and Lupe) had long shunned the Internet, but Vamont finally discovered the usefulness of the Internet as a tool which gave it easy access to millions of people throughout the world - including scores of potential members. Through online recruitment, by early 2005 the number of Vamontians (the majority of them associated through the Internet) had multiplied beyond the initial dozen living in California. Vamont's future, many then contended, belonged on the Internet.
Vamont had always had a militant attitude, and officially the Vamont of the early mid-2000s pursued world domination. DaeZae held no such aspirations, but Lord Death did wish to evangelize the lifestyle that he had created.
The process of Union between Vamont and DaeZae began in late 2004, and took approximately ten months. It began with Lord Death taking King Jesse as his Apprentice and renaming him Lord Vamont (after his Kingdom (or, as Vamont's Internet wing would contend, Empire)). A few months after that relationship began, the two Lords started using the same title ("Xaotaki", meaning "Alpha Lord" or "Emperor"), and the international boundaries of their authority became progressively vaguer.
Formal union was declared on August 1st, 2005 (a date that also saw the incorporation of the NIKOnet IRC Network - that incorporation was then treated as symbolic). By this point, the two nations were effectively functioning as one, at the levels of Sovereign and Citizenry (though not at the mid-level, administrative level). The new DaeZae/Vamontian empire was referred to varyingly as Daek Zee, Death Zee, DaekZig, DaeZig or DeathZig (DeathZig would later become the norm, as it was the formal name).
As soon as an Empire was declared, Vamont's militant tendencies melded together with the evangelist tendencies of Lord Death's DaeZae subculture. The Vamontian administration and military demanded the DeathZig Empire take advantage of Internet lawlessness, by using cyber-aggression as a means to expand its borders. Though resistance was initially strong from DaeZae's large pacifist element, campaigns of conquest (Zarcades) were launched against a handful of IRC networks.
The period between August of 2005 and April of 2006 was a high point in the history of the nation now known as DaeZig. It was a golden age of Neo-Carsiekan civilization, and it is the cultural triumph of the era that has led to it being romanticized, in spite of having been the age of unethical DeathZig aggression. While both DaeZae and Vamontian culture generally remained static, it was the combining of the Vamontian and DaeZae societies which (against the backdrop of nearly eight months of protracted cyberwarfare) produced a truly rooted and serious national essence that, for the first time since the fall of Carsieka, could objectively be referred to as "ethnic".
DeathZig lost the DeathZig-LifeZig War with external opponents of its forceful online expansion (collectively operating under the umbrella organization LifeZig), and simultaneously a new product of Fresh Slate Thought emerged: the Ziggist Ideology. Uniting with its former opponents, in the name of mutual interest, to found a revolutionary cyber-state known as the FinalZig Union, the DeathZig Empire surrendered its political autonomy to the small number of people who attended the Valstraz Conference at the Vista Rexina. The Ziggist Ideology, which originated at the Conference, is a DaeZae-inspired belief in carefully planned techno-utopianism. The FinalZig Union, in the words of its creators, was a project for world revolution in the name of advanced Carsic ideals.
The FinalZig period lasted a year, and was a time of DeathZig decline and political insanity. FinalZig was presided over first by an increasingly unreliable Lord Vamont (who suffered a mental breakdown shortly after coming into his new office of Director), and then briefly by the war hero Lord Sheena, and then by Lady Samara, and finally by Lord Vandetta (FinalZig's first non-DeathZig leader). Lady Samara, a Vamontian, who believed in restoring Vamontian independence, used her authority as Director of the FinalZig Union to separate Vamont from the rest of DeathZig. Provoked by national repression in the name of ideological ambition (and the frustrated exodus of many of DeathZig's most valued members), a strong nationalist faction rose in DeathZig, led by Silvia jo Viu. Silvia jo Viu, a popular figure, demanded the reins of the DeathZig state from Vandetta, and succeeded in becoming Lord Vamont's Apprentice. Silvia was coronated as Empress of DeathZig on February 22, 2007. As the FinalZig Union disintegrated under Lord Sakon, Empress Silvia asserted DeathZig independence more and more, reconquered Vamont in June, and subsequently proclaimed a new Empire (the Grander DaeZig Empire) founded on a platform of national restoration.
The Second Empire
Empress Silvia's Grander DaeZig Empire began as a cyber-state with almost no localized presences in real life, appearing to prove accurate the predictions of those who had said that the Internet was the future base of all national activity. In territorial composition, it held roughly the same cyberspace as the DeathZig Empire did upon its foundation, with a few additions from the DeathZig and FinalZig periods. The country had been grossly depopulated, the population having fallen from DeathZig levels to scarcely twenty. The strategy of the Silvian Era restoration was two-staged: to encourage mass population growth by liberalizing the state (in layman's terms, making the country less Carsiekan and less "weird"), and then to assimilate compatible members of the new population (into the Carsiekan DeathZig ways) after enough growth had been achieved that the inevitable scandals (and mass exoduses) would not harm the Empire's overall size. This strategy was part of the essence of the ideology known as Silvianism, which emphasized secrecy and control.
Progress on the national goals was menial during Silvia's reign, though DaeZig's spirit and sense of greatness was rekindled by her zeal. She passed the throne to her successor, Empress Daesiga, in August of 2008.
It was under the Empress Daesiga that the ambitions of 2007 would be met, through the actions of Overseers Lord Snow and Lord Maleificus. Shortly into Daesiga's reign, NIKOnet, rechristened Sinsira after a period of fragmentation under FinalZig, absorbed several other IRC networks. The active population count of the cyberspace under DaeZig control shot past the DeathZig maximum, and reached 400. Not only did this provide a massive new human and resource base, but luckily also a number of enthusiastic new loyalists to replace lost members of the old core base. During the Daesigan Era (2008-2011), though it was seldom considered a cultural golden age, DaeZig prospered more than it ever had before. High society did occasionally return to the level of richness that it had visited in the DeathZig period, and political culture flourished. Most areas of DaeZig experienced population growth during the Daesigan Era. Vamont achieved genuine recovery, both in terms of population and cultural development - DaeZae, however, wasted away without Lord Death (who was among those who had been lost during the FinalZig period).
National pride, particularly pride for the DeathZig period, was strong in the Daesigan Era. This is what ultimately led to the undoing of the Empire, after the throne changed hands again, and Lady Rene became Empress. National pride placed militarists and neo-expansionists, such as Lord Maleificus, at odds with more moderate elements, represented by Lord Kabaka. This Left-Right split, primarily over DeathZig history (and specifically the question of whether past actions should be emulated or not), rendered the government non-functional. Without a functioning government to care for the nation's cyberspace, infrastructure degraded, the population declined again, and, due to foul treatment by their political opponents, and a sense of deadlock, even core members began to leave. The regime finally collapsed, in the summer of 2012.
Following the dissolution of the Grander DaeZig Empire, a quasi-provisional body - the DaeZig Confederation - was established by a former member of the Council of Lords, Lord Entibo. A mass exodus of state officials and subcommunities, and even the secession of Vamont, took place, as "all hands abandoned DaeZig".
The Empire was re-established in March of 2013, under the present name, but despite the re-integration of Vamont (which had survived the latest decline virtually unschathed), and the deployment of sufficient quantities of new infrastructure, declined again by 2014. A three year-long period of inactivity and desolation of the central state followed, until the ascension of Empress Xobb.
Since 2016, under Empress Xobb, DaeZig has experienced substantial reconstruction and growth, recovering remarkably from the devastating Darkened Years. The cultural recovery of Vamont, the construction of substantial Carsic-themed infrastructure on Sinsira, and the foundation of a new DaeZae community (RevDaeZae-QuasSurreal), demonstrate that DaeZig is still a nation, and will be for the foreseeable future. Though the central government suffers from inadequacies in communication, and the national-level institutions tend to be paralyzed by conflicting demands (often of massive scale), the conditions in the active cyberspaces are more or less pleasant.
Government and Politics
DaeZig's entire political existence takes place under an absolute monarchy supervised by a constitutionally-appointed oligarchy (the Trio of Lords). The nation and its cyberspace are officially the personal property of Empress Xobb (who was elected by the three Lords, whose names are written into the constitution). While more or less maintaining neutrality on religious issues, the government of DaeZig subscribes to the Carsiekan Moon Legend, which is defined as the core of a "Ceremonial State Religion" - DaeZig is, on paper, a borderline-theocratic regime. The country is (at least officially) a Ziggist State.
DaeZig is composed of ten "Administrative Entities", of four different types: the main Extraconstitutional District (NIKOnet), the two founding Cinas, three Provinces, three Masteries, and an Extraconstitutional Cyberspace (Risardya). The cyberspace (websites, forums, and servers) of these entities is considered equivalent to physical territory, and is spoken of in cyber-spatial language. NIKOnet and the Cinas make up the original DaeZig heartland, known as DaeZig Prime, while all other cyberspaces were joined to DaeZig in the months and years following its foundation. The Provinces are communities historically controlled by Imperial loyalists, and the Masteries are composed of other historical territories. Provinces are constitutionally separable from the empire, while Cinas are not. Beyond Cinas being granted special precedence, no clear hierarchy of the cyberspaces exists.
|Flag/Symbol||Name||Type||Active Population||Inactive Members|
|Carter||Province||0-5||0 (servers wiped)|
Two Masteries, RevDaeZae-QuasSurreal and Finaylie, are not "communities", but rather amalgamations of cyberspaces, belonging to different communities, under one governor.
Emperor or Empress
The Imperial Sovereign of DaeZig is part of a "Dynasty of Consent" which "descends" from Carsieka's founding King, Johnathan. Carsiekan Kings Johnathan, Lazar I, and Lazar II agreed on their succession (and order of succession), and each ruled in their turn for a number of years. Lazar II endorsed Vamontian King Jesse as his successor, who in turn passed on the throne (of DeathZig then) to Empress Silvia. Empress Silvia personally chose Daesiga to succeed her, after the events of her life became too prohibitive of her managing the DaeZig Empire any longer. Empress Rene was chosen by Daesiga as her designated successor, in 2009, and when Daesiga tired of ruling DaeZig two years later, the throne was passed on in accordance with Daesiga's wishes. The two most recent Sovereigns, Entibo and Xobb, were not directly endorsed by their predecessors, though Entibo was appointed to a position which made him an official candidate for the throne, by Empress Daesiga, and Xobb has been endorsed by multiple earlier members of the line.
Because of the general sequence of consent passing the throne between Johnathan and Xobb, DaeZig's monarchy is, in reality, not a DaeZig monarchy at all - it is the original Carsiekan monarchy, which survives to the present day. This places substantial historical and spiritual leverage in the hands of the institution, as the living embodiment of the nation's heritage and purpose. The Imperial Sovereign is the political, societal, and civilizational center of DaeZig, defined by the constitution as being entitled to limitless power, without conditions.
DaeZig sovereigns since 2005 have typically reigned for less than two years. It was considered a milestone when Empress Daesiga reached the third anniversary of her coronation. The plans of the current Empress, with regards to how long she will preside over DaeZig, are unknown.
Trio of Lords
In day to day practice, NIKOnet's DaeZig Empire is governed by a three-man council composed of some of the nation's most illustrious figures: Lord Amparo Vaemont (formerly Lord Sakon), Lord Risardyo Vaemont (formerly Lord Maleificus Daeobi), and Lord Sicone Vaemont (formerly Lord Vamont). They are the founders of the present regime, and technically hold the power to overrule the Empress (if all three are acting unanimously), and also the power to alter the constitution (if two out of three agree to an alteration). All major national decision-making from 2013 to 2016 was effectively between these Lords, all three at first, and then two (after Lord Amparo Vaemont was forced to go on hiatus). Since the election of Empress Xobb, the role of the constitutional Trio has become more procedural and less dictatorial.
Masters and Administrations
At present more than ever before, the Community Administrations of DaeZig's Administrative Entities are dominated by persons who are not part of DaeZig's Core Class (the core member base centered in NIKOnet). Outside of NIKOnet and the Cinas, the central government usually has little role in appointing regional staff, or making policy. Community Administrations enjoy wide autonomy, and their members are not able to be required to be loyal to the Empire. To compensate for this, the central government carefully nurtures a loyal faction within each administration, to help ensure that the administration does not deviate too far from the Imperial bottom line. The ongoing problem of loyalty is a symptom of DaeZig's half decade-long stagnation and decline.
The traditional position of DaeZig Master (DZM) has been resurrected, and is now the core of provincial-level administration, as well as the position charged with most administrative tasks deemed of especial importance. Masters are a class of state official unique to DaeZig. Historically, they were appointed to preside over government projects and perform Empire-wide administrative functions. They continue their historic functions today, but are also appointed as nominal heads of Administrative Entities, in order to personify and strengthen central authority.
Infrastructure and Financing
DaeZig's domain names, hosting space, and the daemons that propagate DaeZig Cyberspace are obtained from a diverse list of providers. When it comes to hosting, DaeZig utilizes everything from free services to dedicated servers, and there is no particular overlap between an Administrative Enity's available finances, and the type of infrastructure it is willing to use. The most historic DaeZig websites are free-hosted by companies which were once popular webhosts (in the years before Social Media).
In DaeZig, "Infrastructure" is defined as anything required for maintaining online cyberspace, and any non-client feature connected to a DaeZig server or website. DaeZig's infrastructure usage is heavy; the Empire's online territory is comprised of dozens of websites, forums, chat servers, game servers, news blogs, and miscellaneous apparati (because of conditions in the Empire, much of this has been abandoned for years). DaeZig spends an estimated $250 a year on keeping itself online - much of this comes out of the pockets of the Trio of Lords.
DaeZig Wiki is provided by Master Vector and the CodeSpeak software community.
DaeZig has historically benefited from its relationships with "Patron Seiobz" (PSes), service sellers connected to members of its core base. In 2007, SolarSpeeds and AboveHosting granted DaeZig privileged service. Later, VacantMinded, operated by Lord Kabaka, donated large amounts of free hosting space to the Empire, from available resources. From 2013, RawrNet Systems and WartimeX Systems have identified themselves as "nationalized", and are awarded the designation of "NAC" (meaning National Syndicate). They host, as well as maintain, DaeZig's most vital infrastructure, and also provide it services such as coding and software testing.
Starting under the late Grander DaeZig Empire, attempts to develop a more robust national economy have been made. DaeZig's currency, the Exx (X), succeeds the Eee (Entiboian Era), the Arr (Renean Era), and the Dee (Daesigan Era), though it (the Exx) has not been utilized. The project of building a domestic economy around a national currency, controlled by the government, and thereby enriching the state, has been an overwhelming failure, due to the Empire's severe decline (and mismanagement BEFORE the decline began). Whether it will be a success in the future can not be forecast. The historic Kingdoms of Vamont and Carsieka both had relatively successful domestic markets (compared with DaeZig's), though this field is one of the few in which Vamont managed to surpass Carsieka.
Subjects and Citizens
The population of DaeZig is as varied as the territorial composition of its realm, which is the product of opportunistic expansion (and thus very diverse). In addition to the Core Class "NIKOnetters", Sinsirans, and Vamontians some other populations still remain active, to some degree, throughout the Empire. DaeZig has been a melting pot of people of different ethnic groups and identities, historically including Indonesians, Goths, "Dominyists", "Entiriaz", Furries, and hardcore Gamers - all of these groups have harmoniously lived as one nation with the local Carsiekan-Otaku population.
A Subject is defined as anyone possessing an account on any DaeZig forum, website, or IRC server, regardless of the length of any inactivity. The total number of active, occasionally-active, and inactive subjects numbers between 1,700 and 1,800. Active Subjects, distributed throughout the Empire, are estimated to number between 35 and 50.
As an administrative division of the Empire, outside DaeZig Prime, can be any type of community (like a fansite for an anime franchise), this means that strong regional identities, born of a certain interest held in common, are held by many of DaeZig's non-Cina Subjects. This is noticeable, in particular, with Nensha - an entire top-level administrative division uniformly consisting of members of the Ringu fandom. In the case of Carter Province, a top-level administrative division overwhelmingly centered on a Minecraft server contained within its list of defined territories, those recognized as DaeZig Subjects by NIKOnet are literally the random players of a public Minecraft server.
The "Core Class" (also known as the "Core Base", or "Lifegiving Base") is a group of approximately 25 categorized dedicated members of the nation, who constitute the most loyal, and objectively "DaeZig", part of DaeZig. Their ranks heavily overlap with, but do not only encompass, the population of NIKOnet. These core members maintain a loyalty to DaeZig, and a sense of DaeZig identity. The Imperial Sovereign, the Lords, Masters, vital staff members, ranked members of the military, Government Volunteers, and pillars of communities are members of this group. The Core Class is the true "DaeZig Nation", and membership in it separates one from the majority of the empire's registered Subjects.
A majority of DaeZig's registered Subjects identify more with their immediate community than with DaeZig at large (insofar as they remain associated with the cyberspace at all). Many do not even acknowledge DaeZig. Publicly displayed lack of awareness of, knowledge of, and respect for the DaeZig Empire has led to the label of "Antipatriot" being used to describe anyone who carries out their e-life within DaeZig cyberspace, who refuses to show loyalty to the Imperial government. Many Subjects, in times of greater activity, have been openly hostile to the Empire, to the alien culture of its Core Class, and to its micronational ambitions. The government has traditionally repressed, intimidated, or exiled the most vocal of these elements.
The 2013 Zaegunsak (Constitution) divides DaeZig's Subjects into three distinct Classes: Denizens, Loyal Subjects, and Esteemed Subjects (the Core Class of "Ethnic DaeZigs"). The Class system is based on perceived loyalty, and rewards loyalty with privilege, and punishes disloyalty (real or perceived) with discrimination. It was originally meant to be that, if someone identified themself as a DaeZig, they would be regarded as a Loyal Subject, but there have been many noted instances of Nationalist Returnees being demoted to the status of "Denizen" - based on their political preferences (which are seen as a threat by the government, if they include holding the government to account for DaeZig's condition).
DaeZig's Constitution provides a "Congress" for its Esteemed Core Class members, granting them a right to lobby and have their suggestions discussed by the Trio of Lords.
Friendly education has been crucial to every successful effort to turn neutral users of DaeZig-controlled cyberspace into enthusiastic members of the nation. Since the collapse of the Grander DaeZig Empire, National Education has been virtually nonexistent, sans localized efforts by individual DaeZigs to draw their friends into the Core Class by telling them more of the Empire. The regime considers the DaeZig Wiki a means to offer thorough information about DaeZig, its history, and its culture to the subjects of its claimed sovereignty.
In 2016, the Xaoutiui Entibo Academy was launched in Vamont, in order to teach a new generation of Vamontians how to be Vamontians and DaeZigs. Due to the demographic dominance of the Core Class in Vamont, it is predicted that this academy will become successful, and may even evolve into a more general school, if the current effort at national restoration does not die down.
Main Article: DeathZig and DaeZig Culture (2005-2013)
DaeZig is the foremost extant example of a Carsic country, and the direct successor of the original Kingdom of Carsieka - it is always the heart of, and sometimes the entirety of, the "Neo-Carsiekan Verse".
The traditional culture of DaeZig, by standards of authenticity (true, serious divergence from that of its parent civilization, the West), must be considered among the most successful micronational cultures of all time. The thirty five-year existence of the Carsiekan polity, which is a polity founded on a platform to renew civilization, has produced a worldview, and a way of life, that, while greatly evolved from its original form, is "without sister or cousin" - a truly unique civilization.
While now under the DaeZig banner, the Carsiekan polity is nonetheless the continuing product of one man's (King Johnathan's) dream. The Carsiekan, Vamontian, DaeZae, and DaeZig cultures throughout Carsic history have reflected this alternative social, political, spiritual, scientific, and economic idea.
While once the population of what is now DaeZig was composed entirely of nativized citizens, the gradual exodus of the original base, combined with the influx of "Imperial Citizens" (Subjects who are not part of the Core Class, brought into the Empire through annexations and the drawing in of outsiders), has resulted in a catastrophic dilution of the national character and personality. It is generally understood that indigenous Neo-Carsiekan culture peaked in 2005, was critically decimated in 2006 by the policy of the FinalZig Union, re-emerged in 2007, and lost dominance in its own country by 2009. Since the collapse of the Grander DaeZig Empire in 2012, DaeZig culture stayed in a total "Dark Age" until 2016.
Culture of the Core Class
The Core Class retains many of the qualities and appearances of historic DaeZig, with ceremonies providing the greatest continuity. Miscallaneous examples of old everyday culture continue in fragments, retained by different individuals and groups, in different locations (so there is little consistency). In terms of constants, vestiges of Revolusiko remain, as do the celebration of the holidays August 1st, May Day, the Day of Remembering, Vamont Day (in Vamont), and Heaven's Day (DaeZig Christmas).
Common Core Class hobbies include watching Anime (NIKOnet), writing fiction collectively, playing text-based games (Sinsira), and studying the world from a perspective of influential-agency (everywhere). In NIKOnet, Core Class DaeZigs continue to use the V-Sign as a macrogesture, despite past periods of taboo. Adherence to Carsiekan Philosophy, over Greco-Roman Philosophy, persists in certain circles, and most of the enduring Core Class holds at least a "Carsiekan" mentality, even if they haven't studied the philosophy personally. The Core Class remains a distinct group of outcasts and idealists, united by personal ties and/or a sense of kinship with the Sisterland.
The Core Class, in 2014, founded the NIKOnet Vault - a repository meant to house copies of recovered visual art, poetry, music, and other national heritage created (mostly) between 2005 and 2012. This is an attempt to consolidate what remains of DaeZig's artistic heritage.
Led by two veterans, DaeZae culture seems to have permanently reconstituted in RevDaeZae-QuasSurreal. If the community there grows much further, RDZ-QS will be the first cyberspace to house a homogenous, majority-Carsic community since 2012.
The Carsiekan Language is an invented "Frame Language", originating in California, in 1985. It consists of a small vocabulary of words (made smaller by the loss of dictionaries and the forgetfulness of the three who transferred it from Carsieka to new generations of speakers), and a system for Carsiekanizing Spanish words (to fill in for the "missing" ones). Carsiekan is known for its rigid 22-sound speech, its glyphic (and Latin-translatable) script with redundant characters, and its compound words with "inner capitals". Carsiekan has been affectionately referred to as "Moon Spanglish" and "Literal Moonspeak", by non-speakers.
In 2018, there were only five speakers of the Carsiekan Language in DaeZig, who were active members of the nation. They were Sheena jo Sinsira, Lord Sicone Vaemont, Rity jo Vamont, Violet jo Vamont, and Xaoutiui George jo Vamont.
The Black Moon Fellowship was an Intellectual Club within the nation of Carsieka. Obscure and considered edgy in its time, its philosophy of "VisDaeb" or "Benevolent Darkness" much later became (without the the Club's members ever knowing) DaeZig's national foundation (and still the true essence of DaeZig, in the eyes of its oldest members).
The heart of Benevolent Darkness is an acknowledgment that emotional attachment is harmful to human beings, yet a natural impulse of them. Humans should, according to "Chris & Laz", remove attachments, by psychologically letting go of everything that is important to them (or could be), through a method reminiscent of Zen practices (now called by the misleading name Neo-Rinzai). They should condition their brains to be accepting of all possible outcomes, in any given situation, and thereby render life unimportant, while allowing it to continue like "a game" (where it's "okay to lose"). This process of detachment, which is carefully controlled, removes sources of anxiety and unease, allowing for a constant emotional state of bliss. Essentially, believers in Benevolent Darkness advocate a detached worldview (Darkness) wherein humans, freed from their fears and survival instincts, can unimpededly enjoy all life experiences.
Followers of VisDaeb are strong believers in morality, because of a doctrine that Positive Energy is superior to Negative Energy, and more Righteous (one of the few doctrines of the philosophy). Anything which produces suffering (for anyone) is considered Negative, whereas anything which produces pleasure (without making anyone suffer) is considered Positive. The essence of Benevolent Darkness is to live life casually, like one plays a game (unworried about any outcomes). and to promote Positive Energy wherever one goes.
Fresh Slate Thought, the Carsiekan practice of drawing one's own conclusions at the expense of discarding all of Humanity's existing theories and beliefs, created the Ziggist Ideology. The Ziggist Ideology is known as "Ziggism". The ideology has many variations, but some things are consistent with it.
The Ziggist Ideology is heavily critical of the concept of sexual dimorphism being invoked without (what it sees as) solid grounds to do so. Ziggist DaeZigs are usually intolerant of the concept of Gender Roles, and of the "sex-segregated" societies outside of their own tiny civilization. Ziggists reject some anatomical "differences", and all psychological "differences", between men and women, preferring to refer to these as "common sex traits", instead. The Core Class, however, typically dislikes Feminism and Feminist thought and theory.
The Ziggist Ideology prescribes a utopian entitlement economy, based on overproduction. The system of Millennial principals behind this is applied to the actions of the DaeZig core, in their relationship with less privileged DaeZig Subjects, when they provide free gifts to the rest of the population.
In line with Ziggist thoughts on economics, Core DaeZigs are known to bestow donations of money and goods, seemingly at random, and never to anyone who requests them. The Patron Seiobz are willing to provide free BNC accounts ("IRC Accounts", a concept native to DaeZig) to anyone who connects to a DaeZig IRC server (so long as the account remains in DaeZig Cyberspace, where it may be supervised). Generosity is encouraged in DaeZig, and Greed is brought under logical fire, with Carsiekan logic, wherever the Core Class encounters it.
Despite presiding over an Authoritarian system, Ziggism holds a disdain for interpersonal hierarchy. Authority is compartmentalized, in a shoring up of old Carsiekan principals. Business and military leaders are expected to be modest, and to consider themselves the equals of their subordinates, outside of moments of official decision-making. This principal is extended to the leaders of any groups active in the DaeZig cyberspace.
Otaku, Edwardian and Prussianesque influences
Much of Sinsira has historically been Otaku, as was DaeZae, and DeathZig was considered "Oriental", by many of those who crossed paths with it. Japanese fashion, Eastern spirituality, and Samurai military honor always occupied a pronounced and visible place in the national makeup, after Vamont and DaeZae were unified. Western "Aristocrat" fashion, and Quasi-Victorian/Edwardian/Wilhelmian social customs (from Vamont and ultimately Carsieka), were just as pronounced. DaeZig's High Society has traditionally been a mixture of Edwardian and Otaku; of "Prussian Officers", and "Kimono-clad Ladies". The DaeZig culture at the heart of the Empire has always been so unique, colorful, and archaic as to charm some outsiders, and cause others to question its authenticity. This is not only because it is era-idiosyncratic, but because DaeZig is a mixture of Eastern and Western - following in the footsteps of Carsieka, which sought to conglomerate all "worthy" world heritage into its own essence.