The Common Calendar
An inclusive calendar used as a tool to spread propaganda through education.
OverviewThe brightest scholars of Kweil have recently refined the ancient calendar that has been used across the Melopian Commonwealth for thousands of years. In an effort to increase literacy and productivity levels across the Commonwealth, they also want to provide better standards of education on a globally reaching scale as part of their new efforts to win the trust of foreign allies from beyond the new rifts that the Rupture opened just fifty years ago.
Education & Inclusivity
Two SidesThe calendar is a circular design and is double sided. One side of it is transcribed locally in the prominent language of the country it's used in, and the other is written in Rréraliázi (the common language growing in increasing popularity throughout Commonwealth territories and beyond). This allows for the users to easily compare the translations and learn the common language much easier.
Two ShapesThe inner pentagon reflects the calendar terms used by folks of The Jolundrian Empire, which are intentionally depicted in slightly smaller writing as they are meant to serve as a reference to the months of the commonwealth. Painted calendars are more expensive but use beautiful gradients to depict the changing of temperatures across the seasons, marking the difference between the two shields of Melior.
Moon CyclesThe unique design of the calendar depicts the cycles of the moon around the outer rim - the four enclosed moons mark the events of the two equinoxes and solstices of the year. The addition of this aids seafaring folk alongside their tidal charts, and is inclusive of folks who practise faiths relating to nature or lunar cycles (as many of their ancient traditions are celebrated on significant lunar events).
Propaganda SouvenirsThe common calendar acts as a means of both education and propaganda for spreading popular opinion of the Melopian Commonwealth. In their efforts to gain new allies, guides and translators camp near the safest of the open rifts and greet foreign folk from other realms - they teach them the common language, Rréraliázi, and give them a shiny brass calendar coin. The hole that marks the beginning of the new year can be used to fasten a cord or chain through it to wear it on one's belt or necklace, or this hole can be used to nail the calendar to a wall for easy reference and decoration.
Days of the Week
Important DatesNew Year - 1st Talagar
Primal Equinox - 14th Jokagar
Primal Solstice - 1st Kolagar
Second Equinox - 14th Holagar
Second Solstice - 1st Liligar
DurationsThere are 7 days in a week, 4 weeks in a moonth. (or 28 days in a moonth), and 10 moonths in a year (with a total of 280 days in a year). The year is divided into 5 distinct seasons, each lasting 2 moonths (two lunar cycles).
Moon PhasesThe phases of the moon are named after aspects of heraldry, which refer to specific locations on a coat of arms. Dexter the left from that of the viewer and Sinister the right for the viewer.
The Imperial CalendarWhilst the numbers of the imperial calendar used by The Jolundrian Empire are the same, they present theirs in a grid of ten squares and focus heavily on their superstitious numbers, so much so that they mark all of the unlucky dates in a darker colour so that it's easier to avoid gatherings and celebrations on these days.
The Jolundrian Calendar
The Jolundrian calendar is an orderly system of equal weeks and balanced months.