The Mery (mehrileh: mehri [mɛri]) are a semi-nomadic religious peoples present within the Civ meta community. Originally developing as a culture within The Workers' Party in late 2021, the Mery have since formed various independent settlements across Civ servers and have continued their lineage on CivMC. The Mery are anarchistic in their political nature, not dissimilar to the quasi-cossack militaristic Makhnovia anarchist society. They are united by their common religious beliefs they call rha'yatshola, which defines their mutually beneficial relationship between them and their sun god Tshola.
Some Mery consider the origins of their culture to date all the way back to Civcraft 3.0 in the Volans. There, the Dhingdom of Endeavour was in a state of utter political turmoil as, after ruling omnipotently during the first month of the city's development, the King Dhingus was pearled on August 19, 2016. His government was usurped and replaced with the democratic White Cross Council which was tasked with deciding on a new permanent government. Newly converted from a minarchist to a left-libertarian, council member and Dhingus pearler Pythius_ (at the time known as Darkflame) proposed the codification of Endeavour's de facto factionalism of the time, a government known as the Endeavor Sasparana. Under the Sapsparana, each faction would remain fully autonomous within their controlled area, but then they would also vote for delegates to the White Cross Council who would then legislate and execute Endeavour-wide policy. The proposal was the culmination of Pythius's dream of a fluid, RP-heavy, anarchistic way of life, and he hoped to make it a reality through the Sasparana. While a vote was held and the Sasparana eventually won out, discontent with the government remained among the factions and a civil war ensued, with the Baltic Bambinos (Pythius's faction) on the left, dhingus's royalists on the right, and many others in between with some cooperation between them. This division was taken advantage of by Aegis, a war-like neighbouring state, who took control of a secessionist faction in Endeavour's south. Any real focus was taken away from internal developments after this until the end of 3.0, which came to a sudden end on October 1, 2016.
After some months of casual discussions and playing games outside of civ, the Threepers regrouped and founded Provincia on CivClassic 2.0 on July 6, 2017. In the beginning, the same basic power struggle occurred between the leftist factions and the royalist factions (the latter this time headed by Ninjajackh12) over control of the city. Sadly, disputes over roads and factories caused deep divisions among the group and led to the departure of many, letting Pythius declare somewhat of a Pyrrhic victory and establish Provincia as a socialist community. While Pythius was able to establish a mostly anarchistic form of governance, the reality of Provincia's precarious place in the world post-exodus forced the Threepers to adopt a more traditional approach to international politics, with borders, de facto leaders, and the formation of the SESU alliance with neighbouring Pripyat, among others.
Meanwhile, the roots of leftism and anarchism were also being planted elsewhere across the server. The Workers' Party set up shop in south Mount Augusta in early 2018 and began establishing a number of communes in the city. When SandFalls (a former FSR citizen from Civcraft 2.0) and Renrits1 caught wind of this development, they set up their own communes in the same area and united them under one banner - the Union of Socialist Augusta, or USA. They carried on for a while, with SandFalls re-establishing the LSIF in the meantime, before eventually writing a charter which codified a united communal government ruled by TWP. After the MtA community voted to move to CivRealms in early 2020, the USA stayed on CivClassic and declared its independence from MtA on April 13, 2020. The USA went through periods of decline and activity before being permanently revived in March 2021 and reformed into the Confederation of Socialist Augusta. This new development excited and attracted many leftists across the server as well as those who had previously been involved with the USA or LSIF but since went inactive in the commune for one reason or another, including ChocChips, smal, and Raven.
Jumping back to Provincia, the city was never the same after the Nazi Bombing of Threepton in July 2018. While SESU was formed in an attempt to keep safe, the small member nations progressively went inactive, and Provincia followed suit, though Pythius and Ninjajack would stick around to keep the lights on and play hockey from time to time. Following this relative inactivity, Pripyat annexed many of the former SESU nations, including Provincia, and formed the Communist Cities Caretaker-Protectorate, also known as the old CCCP, in late 2019. The CCCP would do well in protecting its members from the occasional griefer, but it otherwise did little to bring much activity back to its member states.
These two aforementioned groups would converge when, following long negotiations and yet another Provincian civil war culminating in the October Revolution, the CSA annexed the CCCP on October 16, 2021, forming the Confederation of Cities, Communes, and Protectorates, otherwise known as the new CCCP. As time went on, many other leftists would join them to take part in this grand server-wide socialist project, leading to the people of Lumiere as well as some from Carson (thanks to Lowtuff's personal connection to the Provincians and inspiring anarchist nature) to join their ranks. These groups, now united under the same banner, intermingled and formed lasting friendships, along the way reinforcing and evolving their political ideologies, typically toward a more libertarian-left direction. Still, even though its member states remained mostly autonomous, the CSA dominated the CCCP and ensured that the party line was the ultimate sovereign authority, a system they called Anarcho-Stalinism. Although not discontent with its leaders, many within the party yearned for something fresh, and the convergence of Pythius and the LSIF communists brought just that. When CivClassic 2.0 ended in December 2021 and the group migrated to CivRev, they threw off the yoke of TWP and founded a more organic, consensus-driven commune known as Merthyr. This would be the staging ground for the official foundation of the Mery people.
Main Article: Mery Horde
Established by a convening council that consisted of Pythius_, Ninjajackh12, and ChocChips, the Mery culture came into existence on December 18, 2021 after the adoption of the First Law of the Mery Horde by the post-CCCP commune of Merthyr on CivRev. The law enshrined their religious rites into TWP political culture and law, specifically requiring a ceremony to take place upon one's ascension to citizenship. The ad hoc position of Ataman was established for conflict resolution, but mostly the law ensured that the Mery people would always work together through consensus and mutual aid. During their brief time on CivRev, the Mery claimed the plains around Merthyr to use for horse riding and taming and set up a number of outposts used to secure their place in the world. The Mery would not be long for this world, however, as on January 1, 2022, the majority of CivRev players abandoned the server, leaving the Mery to follow suit.
Main Article: Hwillotati
After the abandonment of CivRev, the Mery migrated to Vintage Civ on January 5th, mostly because it was the only active Civ server at the time but also because they thought Vintage Story's focus on primitive technology would be appropriate for a steppe people. In line with their culture, the Mery migrated often on Vintage Civ until settling down in their village they named Hwillota, later renamed Hwillotati. Hwillotati roughly translates to "in between two bodies of water" in the Mehrileh conlang, which they greatly developed during their time on Vintage Civ thanks in large part to AmandaCC. Mery Horde language became their second primary language alongside English and is used in all official documents, though not necessarily as the vernacular. Hwillotati lasted the entire week of the Vintage Civ beta before going mostly inactive after an incident in which racism was allegedly tolerated and perpetuated by the Vintage Civ owner on their discord. Some Mery would continue playing casually until yet another alleged racist incident occurred in mid March 2022.
Main Article: Djanimehri (Vintage Civ)
Following the release of Vintage Civ 2.0 on May 27, 2022, a few Mery made a tentative return to the server and set up shop there once again, though mostly as a temporary measure until CivMC released the following week. Taking the name djanimehri, meaning simply "mery realm" or "realm of the mery", the group was raided on the 31st of May 2022 from Crimson Cliffs and retaliated by destroying a Crimson Cliffs village, and shortly after made a statement on the events that had transpired. Arguing that the raid was unprovoked and would have crippled the group had they not recovered the items, they nonetheless condemned the "harsh acts committed by Dythanos against the people of Crimson Cliffs" and pleaded for peace between the two nations.
Main Article: Djani'hweh
Following the abandonment of their initial Vintage Civ settlement, the Mery began to draw out their plans for their next iteration on CivMC. They planned the djani wirehtshig mehriteht, "Holy Realm of the Mery", also called djanimehri as a shorter name, or "Realm of the Mery". Although these terms would later be generalized to mean all the settlements of the Mery (in the plural form) and a name for any Mery settlement respectively, they anticipated for this to be the ultimate form of the Mery, now with their politics, language, and culture much more developed.
While at first wanting to settle in the +,+ to be near to such nations as Danzilona and Mount Augusta, most of the land in the quadrant was quickly claimed over by other nations, and the Mery moved northwards to the +,- where they settled near Pavia and Lambat, eventually taking the name "djani'hweh", meaning "northern territory", in reference to the fact that they were north of other areas on the map where they had a small presence, such as Cortesia Del Mar, Mount Augusta or most notably Danzilona.
Although having suffered a raid very early into the settlement and having been engaged in a brief border dispute with The Collective, progress on the main Mery town was steady, with a small bunker, a storage and factory room, a couple of habitations, and a temple being built.
Djani'hweh joined the Lyrean Community on July 14th 2022, and signed into both the Lyrean Border Security Association and the Lyrean Infrastructure Association on June 29th and July 23rd respectively.
Foreign persons or entities integrating into djani'hweh
Over the course of djani'hweh's history, multiple people and/or groups have successfully sought permission to settle onto Mery land and have subsequently became Mery themselves.
On June 12th 2022, player Merkuis asked to establish a yurt and farms, all of which to be built without terraforming, in djani'hweh territory and was granted such permission. They became pre-approved for Mery initiation on June 30th.
On June 15th, RedDevel, after having finished his term as Governor of MtA, requested permission to build a castle mega-build in the north of djani'hweh, which would later be known as Develhof or dehvehlhof.
Sometime around June 25th, a group of players, having barely settled the land north of djani'hweh, were made aware the island was used by the Mery people, and negotiations began in order to work out an agreement between the group of new settlers (known as Khro'Kal), who plan on building inside a mountain, and the Mery. The two groups came to an agreement a few days after, enforcing mutual tribute and recognizing Khro'Kal as holding authority over the inside of the mountains of the land north of the river passing through Yoahdam's Cover.
Until March 2023, the nation with the most Mery influence outside of djani'hweh itself was Danzilona. When discussing where to settle, Danzilona offered for the Mery to establish themselves within their country, receiving special exemptions and protections. While the Mery ultimately decided to settle in unclaimed northwards territory, many Mery decided to play in both Danzilona and djani'hweh.
Having developed an archipelago to the east of Danzilonan claims, Vall passed a vote within Danzilona to name them "Eastern Shining Isles" alongside its local mehrileh name "djotalar na rha'yadeht." The islands are home to the iconic lighthouse as well as thi rha'yagul lorha (The Old Temple).
First officially proposed on July 6th 2022, the Lighthouse Accord sought to grant special rights to Mery Danzilonans residing in the Eastern Shining Isles, including the right for Mery citizens to settle on the isles without first becoming a citizen of Danzilona and the stipulation that all new zoning to isles be made with "consent agreement between the Danzilonan Office of the Surveyor and an elected representative of the Mery residents of the islands." Facing opposition from the Church of Ranubis, the proposal was withdrawn by its original submitter, Des23. However, a very similar bill with the same name was re-introduced by Surveyor Gant and voted on from July 12th to the 14th, passing 9 to 1.
rha'yatshola was the largest religion in Danzilona, surpassing Ranubism, between July 10, 2022, and March 5, 2023. after a wave of resident declarations from Mery players, securing a plurality of 15% of the population. The proportion of Mery Danzilonans peaked at roughly 25% of the population sometime in November 2022 before declining in January 2023 following a number of newfriend conversions to Ranubism.
Following the failed 2023 Danzilonan coup d'état attempt, most Mery abandoned Danzilona in favour of Cortesia Del Mar, the Arsenio Pact, Pavia, or their northern homeland of Djani'hweh (usually a combination of multiple of these). However, one Mery person, nisawwa, retains a tentative presence in Danzilona's capital city.
Within Cortesia Del Mar
On June 22nd 2022, the Mery people as a whole signed a treaty with the nation of Cortesia Del Mar refered to in mehrileh as "plin lothiyen'g tiltig cortisa veh mehri lothiyadeht" (en: first treaty between Cortesia and the Mery) or "First Compact" in english.
The treaty guarantees access to both the Cortesian government and the Mery people to the nether portal initially found and reinforced by early Mery scouts but inside Cortesian claims. The document also, among a few other symbolic provisions, holds Cortesia to allocate land near the portal to the Mery people for an eventual construction of religion and civil structures, and holds the Mery to provide the Cortesian state with which to build an embassy in djani'hweh.
The Mery presence in Pavia has been small but continuous since the start of the server. Shortly after Pavia's foundation, Mery person SandFalls was granted land by Gobblin, Duke of Windmere, to found the Barony of South Lucassio on the Lucassio Islands. Sand has been the primary architect and leader of the Barony since then. On August 13, 2022, the Mery were granted churchland within Pavia, which they named the Holy Land of the Sun on Earth. While no permanent settlement within the churchland exists, the area has been the site of some crossnational collaborative projects, such as a shared rail and roads.
By the end of the first day on the server, Mery person Smal founded the Republic of Fox Island as a small Mery outpost in the +,+. This territory was quickly overclaimed by Zatoka, causing smal to abandon it until re-declaring its independence on October 26, 2022. The island boasts a storage room for the Mery and a small shrine. smal remains the only actual permanent resident.
While not considered a part of the Mery culture, the nation of Potistan adopted a similar lifestyle to that of the Mery and also practiced the Mery religion rha'yatshola. When Potistan went inactive in early 2023, the leader moved to the SPQR and built a rha'yatshola temple there as well.
Culture and society
The framework of Mery society is defined by their concept of rha'yara, which is mehrileh for "mutual aid." While no formal governing document exists as of yet, all of the land and industry of the Mery is held in common, and all decisions relating to the Mery are made through democratic discussions and consensus.
The religion of the Mery is called rha'yatshola, which translates to Sun-Help. It revolves around the mutually beneficial relationship between them and their sun god Tshola, who is constantly fighting the forces of evil, originating from both the center of the Earth and the sky, to protect Humanity.
In the canon, Tshola was originally an unwitting servant of the Lords in the Sky, or Lords in the Void, themself before realizing their three successive masters' duplicity and stealing the Seed of Life from their last one, who planned to use it to grow an army and become the master of the Lords. Tshola grew the seed in the sky with their spit, tears and blood, having no water, and created Humans and Horses, but took pity upon the creatures and spared them, pulling land from under the Primordial Sea to create a home for them.
The Sun then fashioned land animals from earth and their spit, tears and blood, and aquatic animals in the same manner but replacing earth with mud.
Tshola is continuously able to hold the forces of evil off with ritual sacrifices from the people of the world, which gives the Sun strength, defining the mutual aid relationship between themself and Humanity. The Mery actively have sacrificial rituals, praise the sun, and fight the monsters of the night.
The first living beings created by Tshola consisted of a group of nine humans and ten horses. These nine humans defined the mutualistic relationship between the people of the earth and Tshola by offering "smoke from food or tools" that would aid Tshola in his fight against evil. As this relationship makes up the central tenet of rha'yatshola, these nine humans are typically considered the first Mery people and were given the special status known as Tawiga, meaning "Saint" or "holy person." The nine Tawiga include:
The Mery people previously fielded a team in the first season of the New Danzilona Hockey League on CivMC. The team was named the All Mehri Sunbeans (originally called the All Mehri Sports Club) and was managed by Pythius.
mehrileh is the language unique to the Mery people. Though not used in everyday conversing in favor of English, official positions, titles, Mery mythical heroes, and discord roles are all in the conlang.
The language makes ample use of inflected grammatical cases to mark, among other things, the subject, direct or indirect object, general location, movement from or to something, and duration of time.
|Fricative||f||v||θ (/th/)||ð (/vh/)||s||z||ʃ (/sh/)||ʒ (/j/)||χ (/ch/)||ʁ (/rh/)||h|
|Affricate||tʃ (/tsh/)||dʒ (/dj/)|
|Liquid||r||l||j (/y/)||ʍ (/hw/)||w|
mehrileh contains 27 consonant phonemes, most of which are relatively easy to naturally pronounce for anglophones, except for [χ], [ʁ] and word-initial [ŋ]. To type the conlang more easily, phonemes represented in the International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA) by a character not in the English alphabet are written by a letter or group of letters that are in it, corresponding to the letter(s) in the parentheses besides the IPA symbol in the above chart. For example, the sound [ʍ] is usually written, in mehrileh, as "hw".
|Close (High)||ɪ (/ih/)||i||u|
|Mid||ɛ (/eh/)||ə (/eu/)||ɔ (/o/)|
mehrileh contains 7 vowel phonemes, most if not all of which are relatively easy to naturally pronounce for anglophones. To type the conlang more easily, phonemes represented in the IPA by a character not in the English alphabet are written by a letter or group of letters that are in it, corresponding to the letter(s) in the parentheses besides the IPA symbol in the above chart. For example, the sound [ə] is usually written, in mehrileh, as "eu".
|\/ First Component \/||\/ Second Component \/|
|Mid||ɔɪ (/oy/)||ɛɪ (/ehy/)|
|Open (Low)||aɪ (/ay/)|
mehrileh contains 3 diphthongs which have evolved from a combination of vowels and the semi-vowel [j] in instances where such sounds were not followed by a vowel. The change was officially recognized and the language sheet updated by FermentedAmanda on July 4th 2022. In consequence to this small shift, the spelling of certain mehrileh words changed.
In theory, syllables in mehrileh allow for a maximum of three consonants in the onset and four in the coda, with the coda being optional and the onset being mandatory; thus, words can never start with a vowel, nor can a vowel follow another, resulting in few diphthongs in the language, with existing ones having come from combinations of a vowel (e.g. [a] or [u]) with a semi-vowel (e.g. [j] or [w]).
As a rule, the sound [ʍ] may not appear in the coda of a syllable and may not cluster with other consonants. The nucleus of a syllable is always a vowel, and is mandatory. Additionally, when the sounds [ʁ] and [r] are present within one syllable of each other, [ʁ] becomes [r].
While mehrileh is commonly written in what is known as "romanized mehrileh", that is, with letters from the english alphabet, there exists scripts made specifically for writing in mehrileh. Such scripts are read first top to bottom, then left to right.
The first script to have been made, the "blocky" script is characterized by sharp angles and inconsistent letter height. All the letters except those representing [t] and [d] have a horizontal bar on the top of them so that they may connect in the easiest way with the letter above them.
On August 6th 2022, FermentedAmanda announced a minor blocky script reform which standardized all the letters' width on the top part of the character while keeping the height dissimilar. The reform was to make the letters connect better when they are used in making sentences (as mehrileh sentences are written veritcally). Another minor reform with the same purpose was announced on August 11th.The script is notably used in the flag of djani'hweh.
A pixelated version of the blocky script was introduced by nisa in January of 2022. At first the sizing was inconsistent, but was eventually updated to a constant 8x9 px size. Originally planned as emojis to be used in Discord, smal made a resource pack allowing users to use mehrileh letters in game on signs or in books. A transliterator compliant with the resource pack's encoding was also created to make typing faster.
Cursive or "flowing" script
The "flowing", or more commonly called cursive, script is a script mainly used for writing mehrileh by hand. It is made to be written almost entirely without lifting the hand, except when placing accents and spaces between words.
- Demonym for those originally hailing from the U3P, typically also non-Danzilonan
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- https://civbooks.github.io/books/CivMC/AmandaCC/VEHOD_Vol.1.html Pages 1-15
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- https://civbooks.github.io/books/CivMC/AmandaCC/VEHOD_Vol.1.html Pages 60-75
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- Hitobashuru (June 28, 2022). “The :Lyrea~1: Lyrean Border Security Association :Lyrea~1: has been established between (initially!) Pavia :pavia: and Mery :mehri:. (...) https://docs.google.com/document/d/1Y858sGhDm9tdLgEeCIzVWbDmX4LfOjfVPislWctWOyk/edit” – via Discord (#announcements). The Lyrean Community. Retrieved July 29, 2022.
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- https://civbooks.github.io/books/CivMC/AmandaCC/VEHOD_Vol.1.html Pages 48-59
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- https://civbooks.github.io/books/CivMC/AmandaCC/VEHOD_Vol.1.html Pages 69-75
- https://docs.google.com/document/d/1jxmUcYiaH1-kDzb0D2GVzNJrPhTckEZ8CDM3T2a8CyA/editfrom: https://www.reddit.com/r/Danzilona/comments/vw0x1j/reproposal_the_lighthouse_accord/
- plin lothiyen'g tiltig cortisa veh mehri lothiyadeht
- https://civbooks.github.io/books/CivMC/AmandaCC/VEHOD_Vol.1.html Pages 76-82
- Gobblin (August 13th, 2022). “UPDATE on the distribution of Ducal/Church territories: * :Caesaria: The Duchu of Caesaria has been expanded to control all of Little Pavia * Churchland has been granted to The Holy Land of the Sun on Earth in Auldmarche.” – via Discord (#noble-decrees). The Principality of Pavia. Retrieved August 13th, 2022.
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