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Griffiniskaja Dyctyonaryty
Griffin-Empire-Flag Griffin Empire Coat of Arms
Anthem Incatatosklaul
Capital Kralingslæting
Official language Griffin
Demonym(s) Griffin, Griffinian
Government Unitary parliamentary

constitutional monarchy

Monarch
Ana Klara I
Prime Minister
Jon Jozsefson
Legislature Parliament
Population 31,607,381
GDP
per capita
$3.161 trillion
$100,008
Currency Kralaurum (Ꞣ)
HDI 0.954
very high
Date format dd/mm/yyyy (AD)
Driving side right
Calling code +2315
ISO code GE
Internet TLD .gd
Griffin Empire (Griffin: Griffiniskaja Dyctyonaryty[1]; Old Griffin: Grýfýnýšk Dyktyönąřïlėht[2]), is a Northern Norigin country whose territory consists of 7 principalities. It is unitary parliamentary democracy and constitutional monarchy with its capital in Kralingslæting, the country's largest city and main cultural and commercial centre. Other major urban areas include Hermýn, Mare Incatato, Göldtsit, Nýtdainsk, Pyetsit and Tevs. Griffin has long been a global centre of art, science, and philosophy. It hosts the world's fifth-largest number of UNESCO World Heritage Sites and is the leading tourist destination, receiving around 83 million foreign visitors annually, but if it counted the nights spent by non-residents tourist, Griffin Empire become the sixth country in world with 138 millions of nights. Griffin Empire is a developed country with the world's seventh-largest economy by nominal GDP, and the tenth-largest by PPP. In terms of aggregate household wealth, it ranks fourth in the world. Griffin performs well in international rankings of education, health care, life expectancy, and human development. Griffin Empire is considered a great power in global affairs, being one of the five permanent members of the United Nations Security Council with the power to veto and an official nuclear-weapon state.

EtymologyEdit

The name of the country comes from the mythical animal griffin, griffon, or gryphon. It is believed that this legendary creature lived in the area which is today principalities of Foreõsvdetrre, Färzas - Lætingmaa and Õklingsmaa. It is usually described as an animal with the body, tail, and back legs of a lion; the head and wings of an eagle; and sometimes an eagle's talons as its front feet. Because the lion was traditionally considered the king of the beasts, and the eagle the king of the birds, the griffin was thought to be an especially powerful and majestic creature. Since early period of Griffin lands, griffins were known for guarding treasures and priceless possessions.

National symbols Edit

The national emblems of the Griffin Empire are:
Strelitzia-reginae

The official national flower - Fainalainetöbirsöflõsz (bird of paradise; Strelitzia reginae)

  • The Griffin flag - Griffiflýgtet
    • The flag consists of the golden cross, edged in white, superimposed on the black cross edged in white, which are superimposed on the blue background. A symbolism-interpretation says the blue is for the vaulted blue sky above the native land, the black for attachment to the soil of the homeland as well as the fate of Griffinians that fought for the liberty and unity for centuries black with worries, white for purity, hard work, and commitment and gold for success, prosperity and golden age Griffinians are living in.
  • The National Anthem - Incatatosklaul
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    One of the earliest depictions of the official national animal - Griffin

    • The song was written in 1792 by Karl Joosef Rhõõdlikt ätt Lýslitthj in Frisköptislæting after the declaration of war by Griffin Empire against Ugaly, and was originally titled "Kriigidrinsörwõtiskarmëlaul" ("War Song for the Army of the Drinsörwõt"). Griffin Emperor Frëderik VII adopted it as the anthem in 1795. The song acquired its nickname after being sung in Kralingslæting by volunteers from Mare Incatato marching to the capital. The song is the first example of the "Natian march" anthemic style. The anthem's evocative melody and lyrics have led to its widespread use as a song of revolution and its incorporation into many pieces of classical and popular music.
  • The official motto - Rnatpopmogihjaiska tügeris (The most powerful together)
  • The Imperial coat of arms
    • The Arms depicts a shield with a golden eagle in front of a blue background, within its talons clutching a thunderbolt. The shield is surrounded by red Imperial mantle, filled with golden bees. The shield is topped by a the Imperial crown, which sits atop a golden Imperial helmet. Surrounding the shield is the the chain and pendant of the Griffin Legion of Honour with the traditional lesser coat of arms featuring three slim blue lions passant gardant with red tongues. Crossed behind the shield are the Scepters of justice and mercy.
  • Philosophy of Griffinism
  • National day - Dyctyonarytydaign (Day of the Empire) celebrated on the September 14th

Geography Edit

Griffin Empire has a wide variety of topographical sets and natural landscapes. Large parts of the country were raised during several tectonic episodes the Prhöitsc Massif and the Massif Centralerneiska ranges were formed. These massifs delineate several basins such as the Sletterimaa basin in the southwest and the Kralingslæting basin in the north, the latter including several areas of particularly fertile ground. Various routes of natural passage, such as the Hermýna valley, allow easy communications. The Krigtscý mountains are much younger and have less eroded forms. At 4,810.45 metres above sea level, Wytdnimdjer is the highest point in the country. Although 60% of municipalities are classified as having seismic risks, these risks remain moderate.

The coastlines offer contrasting landscapes: mountain ranges, coastal cliffs and wide sandy plains. Griffin has an extensive river system consisting of the four major rivers Hermýna, the Jalina, the Vereberjsej, and the Drinsörwõt.

Location and borders Edit

Griffin territory and population is situated in Northern Norigin. It is bordered by the Klejiskýbæijj (Bay of Tybalteva) in the north, Mere Griffiniskaja (the Griffin Sea) in the west and the in the southwest. Its land borders consist of Ujedinjeni Gvozd in the northeast, Sarpovia in the east, and Ugaly in the southwest. Most of Griffin land borders are roughly delineated by natural boundaries and geographic features. Griffin Empire includes no coastal islands.

ClimateEdit

The Griffin territory is relatively large, so the climate is not uniform, giving rise to the following climate nuances:

  • The hot-summer climate is found along the Gulf of Incatato. Summers are hot and dry, while winters are mild and wet. Cities affected by this climate: Arlingleht, Mare Incatato, Rakozsit, Salta, Tevs and Zonpolah.
  • The humid subtropical climate is found in the Hermýna and Drinsörwõt's inland plains. Summers are hot and wet, while winters are cool and damp. Cities affected by this climate: Göldtsit, Hermýn, and Valensingslæting.
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  • The oceanic climate is found around the coasts of the Bay of Böskvitingarr and inland. Summers are pleasantly warm and wet, while winters are cool and damp. Cities affected by this climate: Anastasij, Daunsigslæting, Ejmjenspalajtsc, Filipolis, Frisköptislæting, Girnel, Kralingslæting, Läähtisit, Nýtdainsk, Örnalthingää, Pavlopolis, Planigslæting and Pyetsit.
  • The subalpine climate  is found in all the mountainous regions between 1000 and 2000 meters a.s.l. Summers are cool, short and wet, while winters are very cold and snowy.
  • The alpine tundra climate is found in all the mountainous regions, generally above 2000 or 2500 meters a.s.l. Summers are chilly and wet, while winters are extremely cold, long and snowy. Mountain affected by this climate is Krrudsdnim.
  • The ice cap climate is found in all the mountainous regions that have a glacier. Summers are cold and wet, while winters are extremely cold, long and snowy. Mountains affected by this climate: Sübmonss and Wytdnimdjer.
Average Climate Data for Griffin Empire
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Record High (°C) 21.8 25.0 26.4 28.0 30.0 36.0 39.2 39.0 35.0 31.3 25.4 19.6
Average (°C) -20.6 -18.6 -5.6 10.0 15.0 26.0 30.2 31.0 15.0 8.3 -3.6 -14.6
Record Low (°C) -43.6 -35.8 -32.8 -19.8 -15.8 -5.8 -3.8 -8.8 -10.8 -20.8 -36.8 -44.8

Administrative division Edit

Griffin Empire is a federal republic of 7 principalities which are the principal administrative districts in the country. These are divided into subdivisions of counties, metropolises and municipalities. Bound together in a political union, each principality holds governmental jurisdiction over a separate and defined geographic territory and shares its sovereignty with the federal government. Due to this shared sovereignty, Griffinians are citizens both of the federal Empire and of the principality in which they reside. Principality citizenship and residency are flexible, and no government approval is required to move between principalities, except for persons restricted by certain types of court orders (such as paroled convicts and children of divorced spouses who are sharing custody).

# Principality Population Capital city, population
1 FOR Foreõsvdetrre 12,575,355 Kralingslæting, 12,292,895
2 MAR Meremaa 4,073,415 Mare Incatato, 1,720,942
3 EEM Eestimadnait 3,581,200 Pyetsit, 1,140,668
4 ÕKL Õklingsmaa 3,536,143 Hermýn, 2,188,759
5 LÄÄ Sletterimaa 3,145,852 Nýtdainsk, 1,159,547
6 PZY Pzyerüyölkeä 2,628,927 Göldtsit, 1,250,251
7 FÄR Färzas - Lætingmaa 1,957,940 Frisköptislæting, 764,013


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Scirq district of Kralingslæting at night.

Foreõsvdetrre is the most populous of the 7 principalities of Griffin Empire. It is located in the central part of the country and often called the Kralingslætingiskaha Madnait ("The land of Kralingslæting") because it includes the city of Kralingslæting. Foreõsvdetrre is densely populated and economically important, it has an official estimated population of 12,575,355 (39.8% of the population of the country) and accounts for nearly 40% of the Griffin Gross Domestic Product (GDP).

Besides the landmarks of Kralingslæting, the region has many important historic sites, including the Palace of Saint Belviederhee and the Palace of Blaaföntanshke, as well as the most-visited tourist attraction in Griffin Empire, Palace of Brobdingngang. The poverty rate in Foreõsvdetrre was 0.9% in 2015, compared with 2.3% in 2006. Housing prices have pushed the less affluent outside the city.

Meremaa is the second most populous principality of the seven historic regions of Griffin Empire, the far southwestern. This region is famous for the Mere Griffiniskaja (Griffin Sea or Griffin Riviera - hence the name "Mere-maa" literally Sea-land), which spans the glamorous cities of Tevs, Salta, Aigntibt, Jonattpinn, Hjemtilëiyl, Frësit, Sagnrafa, Sagnmaxa and Sagntrappä.

Mõntinleht

View of Mõntinleht on the Griffin Riviera

Its capital is Mare Incatato, the third biggest city in Griffin Empire, popular tourist destination and historic university city, and to this day remains the most important educational centre in the region. It borders Pzyerüyölkeä and Õklingsmaa, as well as Ugaly. The largest cities in the region are Mare Incatato, Tevs, Salta and Zonpolah, each with a population exceeding 540,000. Along with Mare Incatato, Tevs is the second most populous city in the principality with a population of about 1,003,947 which means that Meremaa is the only principality with two cities with metropolis status.

The principality is also made internationally popular with Hjemtilëiyl which, though not a large city (population of 73,868), hosts the annual Hjemtilëiyl Film Festival which has highly popularized the region. Also, Arlingleht has become renowned as the city in which Vinsänt Dët Hooh lived and painted 300 paintings. Salta is a large military harbour on the coast of Griffin Sea, with the Griffin naval base placed there.

Estimadnait is the third most populous principality of Griffin Empire and despite its name it is located in the westernmost part of the country, spanning the west and northwest. During the Griffin expansion, one group mistook this area as eastern to the Griffin main domain, and named it East-land.

Dordogsdvorec

Dordgogsdvorec Castle

Its largest city, Pyetsit is its capital and has the metropolis status. The region has 2 big cities, 1 middle city and 25 small cities, among which the most important after Pyetsit are Filipolis (884,275 inhabitants), Sania (679,866), Busk (407,295), and Vilabradwõt (75,735), as well as 11 major clusters. The growth of its population, particularly marked on the coast, makes this one of the most attractive areas economically in Griffin Empire; the new region outperforms the Foreõsvdetrre and Meremaa in demographic dynamism.

After Foreõsvdetrre, Eestimadnait is the premier Griffin region in research and innovation, with five universities (Pyetsit, Filipolis, Vilabradwõt, Poatiyë and Pausksit) and several Övrahtõ. The agricultural region of Natia with the greatest turnover, it is the Griffin region with the most tourism jobs, as it has three of the four historic resorts on the Griffin Norigin coast. Its economy is based on agriculture and viticulture (vineyards of Pyetsit and Koniackäplaitsc), tourism, a powerful aerospace industry, digital economy and design, parachemical and pharmaceutical industries, financial sector (Mailddt is the fourth-largest financial center in the nation, specialising in mutual insurance companies), and industrial ceramics (Eestimadnaitiskaja Pustigslæting).

Õklingsmaa is the largest principality of Griffin Empire located in southeast part of the country. The region has a population of 3,536,143. Hermýn is its, largest and most important city, as well as capital. It is also the second biggest city in the Griffin Empire. Õklingsmaa has extremely diverse geographical, sociological, economic, and cultural regions. The eastern as southern part of the principality is in the Natian Alps. The highest peak is Wytdnimdjer. The central part of the region comprises the river valleys of the Hermýna and the Drinsörwõt. The confluence of these two rivers is at Hermýn. The western part of the region contains the start of the Massif Centralerneiska mountain range. The region also borders or contains major lakes such as Lake Üomofe and Lake Emozý. The Eltdesh flows through the southwest portion of the principality, where it has carved the deepest gorge in Natia.

Emozý

Lake Emozý in Natian Alps

Õklingsmaa is a prosperous region which can be seen by its per capita GDP of about 131,425 Kralaurums, which is higher than the Griffin average, and an average income of 135,910 Kralaurums, its economy second in size only to Foreõsvdetrre. This can be attributed to the diversity of the production in different sectors. The region is one of the Four Motors for Natia.
Hermýn2

Ektekýsör District of the city of Hermýn

Industry, in particular:
  • Light engineering and high-tech
  • Mechanical engineering in the area of Emozý
  • Precision machining in the area of Groozoz

Services, in particular:

  • High-tech industries, nanotechnology, biotechnology especially in Planigslæting with 62,300 jobs in these sectors thanks to the presence of the Scienshkepolýgoon, Ignogvaglegt and some large companies as Ëlektriktet Shnindershke.
  • Optic and design in Sellola
  • Tourism with the mountains (for skiing), Hermýn and Planigslæting (for culture) and the Eltdesh (adventure sports/camping) particularly popular
  • Education, with major universities in Hermýn, Planigslæting and Sellola.
Ejmjenspalajtsc

Ejmjenspalajtsc Cathedral dedicated to art dominating the Ejmjenspalajtsc skyline

Sletterimaa (literally „the land of fields“) is the northernmost principality of Griffin Empire. Its biggest city as well as capital is Nýtdainsk which has the metropolis status. With 3,145,852 inhabitants it is the fourth most populous region in the Empire. Other major cities are Legislæting, Presörsit, Pavlopolis, Ejmjenspalajtsc and Klej which serves as a major economic/transportation hub with Tybalteva; this makes Sletterimaa the closest Griffin connection to the friendly nation of Tybalteva. Just like its name suggests, the principality is very flat and includes everything from the long sand beaches of the Grifýlandet bay in the west to the vast forests and pastures of the Tiarhis in the east and down to the palace of Skjanturing or Petrföndingar near Foreõsvdetrre and vineyards of the border with Färzas - Lætingmaa to the south.
Sletterimaa landscape

Sletterimaa landscape

Historically, the region of Sletterimaa has a strong and proud cultural identity. Its cultural heritage includes some of the most extraordinary Gothic churches (Ejmjenspalajtsc and Bövësit cathedrals or Ars basilica), distinctive local cuisine (including panhaaghen, flamöpoorro, marotshjarrta), beer (including from Përklerk brewery) and traditional games and sports, such as the lopdescirq (ancestor of tennis), as well as tantsidsletterisk and its own bagpipes, called the kehto.

The villages of Sletterimaa have a distinct character, with their houses made of red bricks, often accented with a "lace" of white bricks. It is arguably the birthplace of Gothic architecture, housing six of the world's greatest examples of Gothic cathedrals, which span the history of Gothic architecture in its entirety.

The unemployment rate is higher than the national average. About 6% of the population was unemployed in 2014, particularly people aged between 18 and 25. The economy is essentially led by the service sector, which employs 75% of the working population, followed by manufacturing (23%) and agriculture (2%).

Goldtsit Griffin Square

Griffiniskaja Tere Square in Göldtsit

Pzyerüyölkeä is the central-western principality with its centre in its biggest city – Göldtsit. It is the third smallest region in the Empire, and has a population of 2,628,927. It has a coast on the west and is neighbored by all of Griffin principalities except Färzas - Lætingmaa. The biggest cities of the principality are Göldtsit, Rakozsit, Läähtisit, Plosnatsit and Pustigslæting. This historical region has been recognized as a linguistic and cultural concept since the Middle Ages. It was the last principality to join the Griffin Empire.

Its rhimish diallect of the Grififn language is very distinct and almost considered as an independent language. Currently about 200,000–800,000 people in the area are either native or proficient speakers of the diallect. Rhimish literature – still sometimes called Pzyerüyölkeän literature – is a body of texts written in Rhimish. It originated in the poetry of the eleventh- and twelfth- century troubadours, and inspired the rise of vernacular literature throughout medieval Natia.

Gardopresor

Gardöpresör - aqueduct bridge built in the first century

The principality is dominated by vineyards, and the region has been an important winemaking centre for several centuries. The region is the largest contributor to the Natia's glut (dominance of supply over demand) of wine known as the wine lake. It is also home of a great variety of cheeses (like Roktfort, Blöotovert, Kæbekö, Shjantaal, Förmdaæmbært, Lægjool, Pælærrdæn, Sæntnktr, Sælæ) and a great diversity of wines such as Göldtsitiskaja, Roon wine, Gæyæk wine, Sæmijo wine, Blænktlæmæn, Müskæat, Pröwæns wine, Kæhærrs wine, Iuransæn. Alcohols such as Pæstis and Mærribrayrs or brandies such as, Armangg, and Koniackäplaitsctrhekh are produced in the area.

Frisköptislæting2

Scene from the picturesque medieval centre of Frisköptislæting

Färzas – Lætingmaa is an administrative region and the historical principality in eastern Griffin Empire. The region sits astride three water basins (Jalina, Muusa and Drening), spanning the 2nd largest area in Griffin Empire, and includes two mountain ranges (Wöskileng and Lati). It shares borders with Ujedinjeni Gvozd, Foreõsvdetrre, Õklingsmaa, and Sletterimaa. As of 2020, it had a population of 1,957,940 inhabitants, the lowest in the country. The administrative capital and largest city, by far, is Frisköptislæting. It is the only capital with no metropolis status. Other major cities include: Daunsigslæting, Õrnalthingää, Anastasij and Girnel.
Laetingmaaland

Lætingmaa scenery

The East of Griffin has a rich and diverse culture, being situated at a crossroads between the Griffin and Natian worlds which is reflected in the variety of languages spoken there (Griffin, Latingish, Gvozdian, Shtyish Griffin etc.). Most of today's Färzas region was considered "Eastern" as early as the 8th century, when it constituted the southern part of the Griffin territory of Fąrsąsýmądn. Färzas fairs played a significant role in the economy of medieval Natia as well. Lætingmaa thrived in the sphere of influence of the Central Natian Powers for most of the Middle Ages and Renaissance. The region is home to distinctive traditions (the celebration of Wisdom Day, Christmas markets, or traditions involving the Life and Death Celebration hare in Lætingmaa). Both regions of the principality are furthermore subject to local law for historical reasons. With a long industrial history as well and its agriculture and tourism (arts, gastronomy, sightseeing etc.), the East of Griffin is one of the top economic producing regions in the country.

Demographics Edit

Griffin Empire has an estimated 2020 population of 31.6 million people. It has a relatively high rate of natural population growth. In recent years, the fertility rate declined slightly to 1.93 children per woman. The average age is 35.6 years. Average life expectancy at birth is 82.2 years, the ninth highest in the world.

Griffinians are people from the Griffinic group and speak Griffin language which is not related to any of languages of its neighbouring countries. Six cases declination system, very long words and vowel rich phonology are some of the most recognizable characteristics of the language.

Regional identity is a very important element of Griffin culture. The term "regionalism" is generally seen as a synonym of "federalism" and the opposite of "nationalism". In some regions there are movements or parties campaigning for independence, but there is no wider support for them.

Major citiesEdit

Griffin Empire is a highly urbanized country. Its cities are divided into 5 groups - metropolises (major cities with over 1 million inhabitants), big cities (500 thousand - 1 million inhabitants), middle cities (100-500 thousand inhabitants) and small cities (under 100 thousand inhabitants). Every settlement under 10 thousand inhabitants is considered as a village. Currently there are 7 cities with the metropolis status. Meremaa is the only principalitiy with 2 metropolises and Frisköptislæting is the only capital of a principality that is not a metropolis.

Largest cities or towns in Griffin Empire
Photo City Population Principality
Kralingslæting
Kralingslæting 12.292.895 Foreõsvdetrre
Hermýn
Hermýn 2.188.759 Õklingsmaa
Mare Incatato
Mare Incatato 1.720.942 Meremaa
Göldtsit
Göldtsit 1.250.251 Pzyerüyölkeä
Nýtdainsk
Nýtdainsk 1.159.547 Sletterimaa
Pyetsit
Pyetsit 1.140.668 Eestimadnait
Tevs
Tevs 1.003.947 Meremaa
Filipolis
Filipolis 884.275 Eestimadnait
Frisköptislæting
Frisköptislæting 764.013 Färzas - Lætingmaa
Sania
Sania 679.866 Eestimadnait

Language Edit

Griffin Language (Griffiniskaja langua) is a Griffinic language of the West Natian branch spoken in Griffin Empire. It is the official language of the nation, spoken natively by about 33.1 million people. Griffin language has had 5 different versions through its history - first, older, middle, old and new Griffin languages and because of the well written history of the language it is possible to learn and speak all of the 5 versions.

In the early years of the country, Griffin king Frëdrýk I demanded of his scholars to go throughout his country and study the language and make an universal rule book so that the nation could speak one standardized language. The first grammar, dictionary and Orthography were written in the year 102. ad and they are known as the "First Act of the Griffn Language".[3] Today these three books are kept at the library of the Brobdingngagng castle. For the 500th anniversary of the law, the books were revised, updated and rewritten, and published as the "The second Language Act"[4]. This way, by updating the books it is easy to see how the language changed through the years. In the year 1001. the act was updated again as "Update of the 2nd Language Law"[5], but the most important update is the 4th one - “The official reformation of the Language”[6] in 1787 which marked the begining of the new era in the Griffin linguistics. Many rules were changed so the language would be easier both to speak and write. This version of the language is considered as the language of music, theology, the sciences, medicine, and law, so it is not common to see it used even today. The latest language update happened in 1978 when the Congress of the Griffin Language Faculties was held in Hermýn, where they agreed upon the new more simplified rules of the language published in the final act “The Words of Hermyn”.[7]

There are 5 regional dialects as well - Rish, Rhish, Rrish, Hish and Shtyish. Formerly the sixth dialect - Lætingish was upgraded to the status of the regional language in 1978.

Text sampleEdit

Article 1 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in Griffin:

Allet ot liudotre bornääru libertõdetkrafftiska et saimiska pop sit værrdiggklehtot et sit blefmagingot l'cest de onerei. Biy gievhavn onereilt förrshtooved et avarnung et onerei shoodau to meimaklu deres itmiszsam edn tüll dos pop to soulstiyelilt ot brõõdermanhuafftotr.

(All people are born free and equal in their dignity and rights. They are given reason and conscience and they shall create their relationships to one another according to the spirit of brotherhood.)

Religion Edit

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Griffin Empire is a secular country in which freedom of religion is a constitutional right. Griffin religious policy is based on the concept of ajltläharlibragar, a strict separation of religion and state under which public life is kept completely secular.

According to the latest census, 51.1% of the total population of Griffin Empire was following Griffinism, 39.6% had no religion, 5.6% were Christians, 2.5% were followers of other faiths, and the remaining 0.4% were undecided about their faith. Estimates of the number of Christians in the Empire vary widely. In 2003, the Griffin Ministry of the Interior estimated the total number of people of Christian background to be between 2.5 and 3 million (8–10%).

Griffinism has been the predominant religion for more than two millennia, though it is not as actively practised today as it was. Among the 47,000 religious buildings in Griffin Empire, 94% are Griffin kirkja or katedraal. After alternating between religion influenced and secular governments, in 1905 Griffin Empire passed the 1905 law on the Separation of the Religion and the State, which established the principle of ajltläharlibragar. To this day, the government is prohibited from recognizing any specific right to a religious community. It recognizes religious organisations according to formal legal criteria that do not address religious doctrine. Conversely, religious organisations are expected to refrain from intervening in policy-making. Certain groups, such as Scientology are considered cults ("bepaore" in Griffin), and therefore do not have the same status as recognized religions in Griffin Empire. Bepaor is considered a pejorative term in Griffin Empire.

GriffinismEdit

Griffinism is a philosophical and religious tradition of Griffin origin which emphasises living according to the virtues, principles and personal goals and desires, the most important of them being independence and self-reliance. Griffinism differs from the most of religions by not emphasising existence of God, rigid rituals and social order, but is similar in the sense that it is a teaching about the various disciplines for becoming one with the unplanned rhythms of the universe. Griffinism ethics emphasise naturalness, simplicity, spontaneity, compassion, art, courage, love, unity and wisdom and all of Griffin temples are dedicated to one of these virtues or like the Griffinism teachings name them „delicate emotional and mental states“.

Bitniska Katedraal Kralingslaeting

Bitniska Katedraal in Kralingslæting is the main temple of Griffinism. It is dedicated to the Humankind and serves as the seat of the Övrazvhodaliuddniq[8].

Kirkja is a building used for Griffin religious activities and the term is used exclusively to refer to the physical building itself. In traditional architecture, a kirkja interior is often structured in the shape of a cross, but is not a rule. Towers or domes are often added with the intention of directing the eye of the viewer towards the heavens and inspiring a range of thoughts and emotions in visitors. Kirkja is a general gathering-place by the communities in which they were located, hosting such events as guild meetings, concerts, banquets, mystery plays, and fairs. It could be said that Griffinism and its temples were the first codes and institutions of law in the Griffin lands.

Katedraal is usually a bigger temple (kirkja) housing the seat of a main preist. Both words katedraal and kirkja take their name from Christianism and their architecture, design and style are inspired by Christian churches.

Zvhodaliuddniq is priest or priestess, a religious leader authorized to perform the rituals of the religion. They also live according to a certain way of life, focusing on resolving existential questions about the human condition, and not someone who discourses upon theories or comments upon authors. One of main duties of zvhodaliuddniq is to challenge what is thought to be common sense, not to stop asking questions, and to reexamine the old ways of thought. He or she may have the duty to hear confessions periodically, give marriage counseling, provide prenuptial counseling, give spiritual direction, or visit those confined indoors, such as the sick in hospitals and nursing homes. However these practices, except giving spiritual direction, are very rare since the introduction of the secular law and its institutions.

EducationEdit

SSEAS school

Shtõ ot meblötegiska sciencaotre wo societasiska scienciasame (SMSSS) in Kralingslæting is counted among the most prestigious graduate schools of the entire country.

Education in Griffin Empire has a long history, the first classifiable higher-education institution having been established a school of Griffinism as early as 101 BC, with numerous other religious schools following suit over time. In 1001, under the rule of Hermione I education became obligatory for children aged 8-15 years. In the 1150 the University of Kralingslæting was opened. In the 1850s reformation of the education changed the system to what it is today. The education system is made of up of three levels:
  • Primary school - compulsory and free for all children from ages 6 through 15 and lasts for nine years in three three-year cycles (ages 6–9; 9–12 and 12–15).
  • Secondary levels – also compulsory and free. It is provided by general and technical secondary schools, where studies begin at the age of 15 and last for three or four years. Most children in Bosnia start school when they are six years old and finish high school when they are eighteen or nineteen. Students who have graduated from general secondary schools (Gýmnasium) get the Ruutthjferfeilerring and opt to enroll in any faculty or college after passing a qualification examination given by the institution while students who graduated from technical schools get a diploma.
  • University education - organised according to the system of transferable points and has three levels:
    • The undergraduate courses typically last for three to four years and bring 180 to 240 ECTS points. Upon the completion of the undergraduate courses, students are awarded the title of Bachelor of Arts or Science.
    • Postgraduate courses, which last for two years, carry 120 ECTS points and award the degree of Master of Art or Science.
    • PhD courses can be taken after completing a postgraduate university course. They typically last three years, and the academic title of Doctor of Science or Doctor of Arts is awarded upon completion.

The university can also offer postgraduate specialist courses which last for one to two years, by which one can acquire the title of a specialist in a certain specialist field such as medicine. In accordance with laws and regulations, higher education institutions are funded by the corresponding principality authorities. The public universities in Griffin Empire are named after the major cities near which they are located, followed by a numeral if there are several. Kralingslæting, for example, has 13 universities, labelled Kralingslæting I to XIII

HealthEdit

Pýtýsapërtjërr Hospital

The Pýtýsapërtjërr Hospital, a teaching hospital in Kralingslæting, is one of Natia's largest hospitals.

The Griffin health care system is one of universal health care largely financed by government national health insurance. In its 2000 assessment of world health care systems, the World Health Organization found that Griffin provided the "close to best overall health care" in the world. The Griffin healthcare system was ranked first natiawide by the Natia Health Organization in 1997. In 2011, the Empire spent 11.6% of GDP on health care. Approximately 77% of health expenditures are covered by government funded agencies.

Care is generally free for people affected by chronic diseases (kroonikalernetõlõrõtschwedniqe) such as cancer, AIDS or cystic fibrosis. Average life expectancy at birth is 78 years for men and 85 years for women. Griffin have the reputation of being one of the thinnest people in developed countries, mostly because of Griffin eating habits of traditional healthy Griffin cuisine. The Griffin obesity rate is very low, but with rising epidemic of obesity. Authorities now regard obesity as one of the main public health issues and fight it fiercely. Nevertheless, rates of childhood obesity are slowing.

CultureEdit

Griffin Empire has been a center of Western Natian cultural development for centuries. Many Griffin artists have been among the most renowned of their time, and Griffin Empire is still recognized in the world for its rich cultural tradition.

The successive political regimes have always promoted artistic creation, and the creation of the Ministry of Culture in 1900 helped preserve the cultural heritage of the country and make it available to the public. The Ministry of Culture has been very active since its creation, granting subsidies to artists, promoting Griffin culture in the world, supporting festivals and cultural events, protecting historical monuments. The Griffin government also succeeded in maintaining a cultural exception to defend audiovisual products made in the country.

Griffin Empire receives the highest number of tourists per year, largely thanks to the numerous cultural establishments and historical buildings implanted all over the territory. It counts 1,200 museums welcoming more than 50 million people annually. The most important cultural sites are run by the government, for instance through the public agency Agentsiya por säilitamacijaoonsam natsionalneiska ot tilgavrömbrarotre, which is responsible for approximately 85 national historical monuments.

The 43,180 buildings protected as historical monuments include mainly residences (many castles) and religious buildings (cathedrals, basilicas, churches), but also statues, memorials and gardens. The UNESCO inscribed 45 sites in Griffin Empire on the World Heritage List.

ArtEdit

Emtikofjee so sit sönchtilmörkovje

Karl Nemadt founded the Impressionist movement (Emtikofjee so sit sönchtilmörkovje, 1886, Ilzeh Museumi).

Since ancient times, Griffin people have inhabited most of the modern Griffin territory. The very numerous Rock Drawings in Rezgý go to 8,000 BC, and there are rich remains of ancient Griffin art. The origins of modern art were very much influenced by Griffinism philosphy at the time of the first and second Griffin Renaissance. Jon Fokhettä, the most famous medieval Griffin painter, is said to have been the first painter of the First Renaissance, and in the end he ended opening Renaissance painting School of Blaaföntanshke. Two of the most famous Griffin artists of the time of Baroque era are Nikholas Poosson and Karl Lorhenson who both lived in Tybalteva and were inspired by the art of the time

The 17th century was the period when Griffin painting became prominent and individualised itself through classicism. Gustaff V's prime minister Jon Brotligt Erainet founded in 1648 the Royal Academy of Painting and Sculpture to protect these artists, and in 1666 he created the still-active Griffin Academy in Gatineau to have direct relations with Tybaltevan artists.

Griffin artists developed the rococo style in the 18th century, as a more intimate imitation of old baroque style, the works of the court-endorsed artists Anton Watigleght, Frrænkhlin Buktileht and Jon Õeydengaard being the most representative in the country. The Lætingmaa Awakening brought great changes and brought artists of neoclassic style such as Afem Roi Tefat and the highly influential Kunstiakadeemia ot bonitaiska arsotr defined the style known as Academism. At this time Griffin Empire had become a centre of artistic creation, the first half of the 19th century being dominated by two successive movements, at first Romanticism with Todor Jalageord and Johan Toreclaigh, and Realism with Genar Gilid, Gustaff Coilbaad and Jon Frans Narradt, a style that eventually evolved into Naturalism.

Denkdankdniq

Denkdankdniq by Efkozd Litammä (1902), Museumi Litammäiskaja, Kralingslæting

In the second part of the 19th century, Griffin influence over painting became even more important, with the development of new styles of painting such as Impressionism and Symbolism. The most famous impressionist painters of the period were Genar Bazelson, Edwarrd Nemadt, Atgel Tokez, Karl Nemadt and Efkozd Lanaigtn. The second generation of impressionist-style painters, Pavl Casemmä, Pavl Keokoammä, Doroz Reodlac and Giorgi Zöoled, were also at the avant-garde of artistic evolutions, as well as the fauvist artists Henrhýkh Nedaztis, Andrý Dërhin and Neolazs ätt Grenamcg.

At the beginning of the 20th century, Cubism was developed by Georgi Plëg and the Solentoyan painter Paolo Ruiz, living in Kralingslæting. Other foreign artists also settled and worked in or near Kralingslæting, such as Vinsänt Dët Hooh, Nelg Ueker, Enatai Nitakrjaema and Sven Gemtamzgha.

Many museums in Griffin Empire are entirely or partly devoted to sculptures and painting works. A huge collection of old masterpieces created before or during the 18th century are displayed in the state-owned Brobdingngagng Palace Museum. While the Brobdingngagng Palace has been for a long time a museum, the Ilzeh Museumi was inaugurated in 1986 in the old railway station Tooggstatioon ot Ilzeh, in a major reorganisation of national art collections, to gather Griffin paintings from the second part of the 19th century (mainly Impressionism and Fauvism movements).

Modern works are presented in the Natsionalneiska museumi ot moderneiska arsotr, which moved in 1976 to the Centrümi arsiskaja "Giorgi Býnbatson". These three state-owned museums welcome close to 17 million people a year. Other national museums hosting paintings include the Grandiozsiska Shaitö (1.3 million visitors in 2008), but there are also many museums owned by cities, the most visited being the Kralingslætingiskaja museumi moderneiska ot arsotr (0.8 million entries in 2008), which hosts contemporary works. Outside Kralingslæting, all the large cities have a Museum of Fine Arts with a section dedicated to Natian, Galean and Griffin painting. Some of the finest collections are in Hermýn, Nýtdainsk, Legislæting, Anastasij, Sania and Planigslæting.

Architecture Edit

Rhemsit Katedraal

Rhemsit Katedraal

During the Middle Ages, many fortified castles were built by feudal nobles to mark their powers. Some Griffin castles that survived are Õamim, Emkölszdvorec, the massive Famsömäsdvorec and the so-called Gedel castles. During this era, Griffin had been using Romanesque architecture like most of Galea and Norigin. Some of the greatest examples of Romanesque kirkjas in Griffin Empire are the Kirkja ot Volem in Göldtsit, the largest romanesque church in the countrz.

The Gothic architecture, originally named Grýfýnýskgėdåř meaning "Griffin work", was born in Foreõsvdetrre and was the first Griffin style of architecture to be copied in all Natia. The most important representatives being the Kirkja ot alomantavarnung in Shöyn District of Kralingslæting (used as the royal necropolis); Kirkja ot volem in Ueldlävilajet and Ejmjenspalajtsc Katedraal. The emperors were crowned in another important Gothic kirkja: Rhemsit Katedraal. Aside from krikjas, Gothic Architecture had been used for many palaces, the most important one being the Övrazvhodaliuddniqiskaja shaitö in Zonpolah.

During the time of the First Griffin Renaissance Griffin artists and several artists from Tybalteva were invited to the Griffin court; many residential palaces were built in the Hermńa Valley, from 1450 with as a first reference the Dimdzilaeo Shaitö. Such residential castles were the Üenpildt dvorec, Sjömimszaadvorec, or the Enpiazö Shaitö.

Pyetsit Bitniska Tere

Bitniska Tere Square in Pyetsit, an example of Griffin baroque architecture

Following the renaissance and the end of the Middle Ages, Baroque architecture replaced the traditional Gothic style. However, because of Grffinism and its special ways, in Griffin Empire, baroque architecture found a greater success in the secular domain than in a religious one. In the secular domain, the Saint Belviederhee Dvorec has many baroque features, as well as famous Ýnwaliidet Kirkja et Dvorec. Some of the most impressive provincial baroque architecture is found in places such as the Stanislas Square in Daunsigslæting. On the military architectural side, some of the most efficient fortresses were built here.


Bitniska Õepra

Bitniska Õepra opera house, one of the symbols of Kralingslæting

During the second renaissance, Neoclassicism was favoured and was introduced with such buildings as the Ajltläbjörghutjut in Kralingslæting or the Kaptöllä in Göldtsit. Built during the second renaissance, the Kapii ot võitjating and Osiyettkirkja in Kralingslæting represent the best example of Neoclassicism style architecture. In the same period extravagant buildings such as the neo-baroque Bitniska Õepra were built. The urban planning of the time was very organised and rigorous. In the late 19th century, Gustaff Ehvör designed many bridges, such as Kelepadt viaduct, and remains one of the most influential bridge designers of his time, although he is best remembered for the iconic Ehvör Tower in Kralingslæting.


Ajltläbjörghutjut

Ajltläbjörghutjut or Pantheon of Kralingslæting

In the 20th century, Griffo-Pyreican architect Reix Colpozaol designed several buildings in Griffin Empire. More recently, Griffin architects have combined both modern and old architectural styles. The Brobdingngagng Pyramid is an example of modern architecture added to an older building. The most difficult buildings to integrate within Griffin cities are skyscrapers, as they are visible from afar. For instance, in Kralingslæting, until 1977, new buildings had to be under 37 meters. Griffin largest financial district is Scirq in Kralingslæting, where a significant number of skyscrapers are located. Some famous modern Griffin architects include Jon Nýt, Dominik Boleord, Krýstjaan ätt Bildsenbelts or Pavl Emtlöson.
Griffin Empire
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Member station GTV
Appearances
Appearances 20
Debut WLSC 01
Best result WLSC 01 (1)
WLSC 30 (1)
Worst result WLSC 20

Griffin Empire at the WLSCEdit

Song selection Edit

Up to the 195 contest, Griffin Empire used internal selection as a method of choosing its representative. Since 196 edition there has been organised a national festival - Griffiniskaja laul where Griffin principalities compete in a Eurovision-like show held in a city from the principality that won the edition before. Voting format is similar as well, a combination of Griffin principalities televoting and an international jury. The competition makes a considerable impact on the music charts in Griffin Empire.

ResultsEdit

Griffin Empire was one of founding nations of the WLSC, debuted at its first edition, won that same edition and hosted the next one. Even though Griffin Empire was a moderately succesfull country, it took a few long breaks, returning for good in edition 195.

# P* Artist Song plc pts
01 FOR Urban Symphony Skorpion 1st 104
02 EEM Getter Jaani Robot 10th 39
Did not participate in WLSC 03
04 FOR Lauris Reiniks & Luisa Värk Linnamuinasjutt 5th 88
05 FOR Jana Kask Laula mu laulu helisev hääl 16th 17
Did not participate between WLSC 06 and WLSC 18
19 FÄR Birgit Õigemeel Tiivad 14th 56
20 FÄR Hadise Mesajımı Almıştır O 25th 17
Did not participate between WLSC 21 and WLSC 28
29 ÕKL Modá Tappeto di fragole 8th 62
30 PZY Ewert and the Two Dragons Good Man Down 1st 91
31 MAR Medina For altid 5th 73
32 LÄÄ Brasch Bence A szívem nem hátrál 16th 42
Did not participate in WLSC 33
34 PZY Tony Maiello Come Gli Altri 10th 55
35 FOR PULS Lad Det Slå 11th 53
Did not participate between WLSC 36 and WLSC 194
195 FÄR Kaya Giray Yarınım Yok 13th 44
196 LÄÄ Greyson Chance Dancing Next to Me 3rd 91
197 EEM MIKA Dear Jealousy 9th 63
198 FOR girl in red dead girl in the pool. 17th 43
199 PZY Gaia Chega 12th 55
200 EEM Liis Lemsalu Kehakeel 12th 58
201 FOR Conan Gray Wish You Were Sober 17th 45
202 FOR LALEH Vårens Första Dag

HostingsEdit

# Location Venue Presenters Slogan
02 Kralewskovgrad[9] Krallarrenaa
  • Justin Timberlake
  • Ithaka Maria Rahula
Laske sel särada![10]
31 Kralewskovgrad Krallarrenaa
  • Sandra Nurmsalu
Kätkkae esfõre otgoeu, musicque talkinge[11]
C6 Frisköptislæting Arrenaa ot Lætingmaaotr
  • Lois Griffin
  • Peter Griffin
Back to the 90's[12]

ReferencesEdit

  1. [grifiniskaja djiktjionarji:tji:]
  2. [gryːfyːnyːʃk dji:ktji:o’naɹileht]
  3. Fȫồrůxș lỗ gřỹfỹńškë lặńg
  4. Då̃ýš ląńgüt lå
  5. Öppgövëtt ý döýš ląngüătt lå
  6. Ląńgüąť ẗü slüzbėńšȼ rėförmāẗíąōn
  7. Hermýniskaja esfõre
  8. The main priest of Griffin Empire and head of the organised Griffin faith
  9. Older name for Kralingslæting
  10. Translated from Kralingslæting Rish dialect as "Let it shine!"
  11. Translated from standard Griffin as "When words fail, music speaks"
  12. Congratulations - show that was organised to commemorate the Waiting List Song Contest's 200th anniversary
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