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"Essay on the essence of pan-centralism"

[...]the fundamental concept of Pan-centralism revolves around the unity of the continent but its motivation for it derives from justified fear of everything that's foreign and alien to the said continent.
Part of a sentence of the opening section of the essay.

Purpose

The essay's purpose was to explain the ideas of "pan-centralism" and present them in an accessible way to the societies of the Central Continent, with the intent of swaying their interests towards this cause.

Document Structure

Clauses


Structure of the book

The essay is organized into titular articles that are then divided into sections (also often referred to as chapters). Here's the general structure of the book:
  1. Opening statement
    • Author's broad explenation of essay's contents
    • General concept of pan-centralism
  2. Origins of pan-centralism
    • Political factors
    • Social factors
  3. Ideas of unity
    • On the concept of mutual defense
    • On the concept of shared politics
    • On the concept of cultural integration
    • On the concept of uniform economics
  4. The "Overseas Menace"
    • The term and its meaning
    • Pan-centralist approach to overseas nations
    • "Bastion continent"
  5. Concluding statement
 

Borad contents of sections (with the exclusion of ones under the article "Opening statement")


  • Political factors - refers to the growth in strength of overseas powers and the danger they can pose to the Central Continent, its countries and its peoples.
  • Social factors - explores the reception of the Five Weeks war within continental societies and the resulting fear of a looming threat.
  • On the concept of mutual defence - overviews and explains the idea of a cordial web of alliances between all states located on the Central Continent and how it could be implemented.
  • On the concept of shared politics - suggests how politics of such an allied continent could be handled and work efficiently.
  • On the concept of cultural integration - deals with cultural diversity and how it could be used as a fundamental principle of continental unity.
  • On the concept of uniform economics - explains the advantages of implementing uniform trading laws and other economical rulings on a continent-wide scale.
  • The term and its meaning - explains the concept of the "Overseas Menace" - the idea that foreign, overseas nations are a threat to the safety and integrity of nations on the Central Continent.
  • The pan-centralist approach to overseas nations - details the isolationist approach of a pan-centralist alliance towards foreign countries.
  • "Bastion continent" - explains the idea of an isolationist policy that would serve as a defence of the cultural heritage and way of life unique to the Central Continent.

Publication Status

The book is widely available in many languages.

Historical Details

Background

The main driving force behind the document was the birth and rise of pan-centralism in the wake of a great war on another of the continents.   The mentioned war, often dubbed "the Five Weeks war", shook the general public of the Central Continent as it was a clear sign that a legitimate threat could come from overseas, one that might prove itself disastrous for the divided continental nations. Through this insecurity, a new political rhetoric was born that called for the unity of those states, in the form of a mutual cordial alliance (there did exist an extreme solution that called for a literal "continental unification", this however was considered by most absurd fantasy and quickly faded into obscurity).   Tereos Brage, one of the most prominent pan-centralist figures, wrote the essay as a part of his political manifesto. It was supposed to be the main foundation of his promoted rhetoric that would first rally together all pan-centralist thinkers and then, which was far more crucial, the general public of the continent, with the intent to push for the implementation of pan-centralist ideas.

Public Reaction


Example of the influence of internal affairs of a nation in the public reception of the essay


Public response concerning the document varied depending on the nation, mostly due to its current internal state of affairs. For example:  
  • within the Solarian Regency, which at the time was suffering from a civil war and was in the perpetual paranoid dread of its neighbours exploiting the situation and invading, the essay and its contents were considered a great step towards the betterment of the whole continent.
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  • within the Republic of Medicci, which at the time was successfully securing its dominant influence over its small coastal "allies" (these were more so protectorates with semi-independent governments), the essay was named the epitome of political regress and foreign attempts on the freedom and independence of proud nations.
 

General reception


If looked at more broadly, the essay was received with enthusiasm as it presented a new collection of ideas that could lead to a more stable and secure political stage on the continent.

Legacy

The essay is considered one of the most influential works of the second Millenium as it spread and promoted the idea of pan-centralism to the general public of the Central Continent which would later result in the formation of the Consortium that would come to dominate the world stage for the next hundreds of years.

Essay on the essence of Pan-centralism - cover with filter.png
Cover of the first edition
Type
Statement, Political (Manifesto)
Medium
Paper
Authoring Date
2561
The menace is not only the threat the overseas pose to our great nations. It is also all that which is foreign, alien to ours, having destructive effects on the integrity of our culture and way of life.
Part of the explanation for the "Overseas Menace"
 
The justified fear of foreigners should be manifested in international politics through the unyielding and defensive nature of our efforts, all with the idea of ensuring the safety of our continent, people and culture first above all other matters.
A sentence from the "Pan-centralist approach to overseas nations" section
 
It should be considered a solemn duty of all nations of our Continent to rightfully defend their unique cultural heritage from outside influence, as to keep it pure and unmixed with foreign traditions, even if it means isolation from, and closure to, outsiders of the Continent.
A phrase from the "Bastion continent" section

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4 Jul, 2018 02:08

This is absolutely excellent, Paradox! I love the style of this article that mimics the handout for a book review in parts, augmented by additional information on the background and cultural impact it has. Additionally, your cover design is very pleasing to the eye.   I would only suggest filling out your sidebar a little bit more to improve the visual appeal of the article. Now, usually I would recommend article blocks for that, but you are still a bit short on articles, so how about this: You could put in two or three more quotes from the book itself. Some signifying passages to provide an idea of how the author wrote and what the most impactful parts were ^-^

4 Jul, 2018 02:54

Thank you, I'm very glad you enjoyed both the article and the cover! Also, thank you even more so for the suggestion, as it's a brilliant one. I usually put artworks on the sidebar but here there's not really anything I could place, so such an idea is a very appreciated one. And yes, there is not much here yet but that's largely due to the fact that basically everything is on the private version of this world. I've made this public one especially for the prompts for WA Summer Camp as I really wanted to participate and I'm still not confident enough about the things that are on the private one to be put on display here to give the broader context of the world.   As a side note, I've never actually used article blocks before, maybe it's high time to start doing so.

4 Jul, 2018 02:57

Well you should! It is very easy and the impact is enormous ^-^ If you need a quick how to, I can write you one up lickety-split. And you are very welcome, I always try to be as constructive as possible with comments, after all, we are fellow authors and should help each other out :3

4 Jul, 2018 03:03

I'd be most grateful for a quick how to. And also, that is a very heartwarming attitude I must say.

4 Jul, 2018 03:12

Sure thing. So if you open your article edit view, just look for this line:

articleblockscreen.jpg
Copy it into your article where you want it (if its the sidebar that would be the bottom of the Design tab in edit view) and it will look something like this:
In With the Black Market
Organization | Jan 25, 2019

The Travlers Guide to Aqualon by Thadeus Fletcher was a regular column in the HJT Gazette in the 1580s GE. ~ 553 Words

  Hope that helps ^-^

4 Jul, 2018 12:23

Thank you very much once more, I'm certainly going to use this now!

4 Jul, 2018 02:15

So the manifesto turned fantasy into reality? That was a really interesting article. Almost makes me want to go and read it! :) Great job!

4 Jul, 2018 02:56

It quite did so! After all, there's nothing like using words to change the world.

4 Jul, 2018 02:49

Very Well done! This is truly a great use of the document template to talk about a book :D I hadn't considered some of these headings / subjects before! Excellent work <3

4 Jul, 2018 02:58

Thank you! I'm happy to hear that this might have shown you something new in some way.

18 Jul, 2018 19:12

This is an extremely detailed article and I love the images that you used. keep up the great work!

20 Jul, 2018 00:46

Thank you for the kind words! I've made the cover image in Photoshop with some basic tools and was pretty glad about how it turned out, so it's good knowing I'm not alone in those thoughts.