Dikaios Countries

In World

History

Dikaios was founded by a group of about 80 philosophers from the old world who wanted to create the 'ideal' nation. This group choose the island for a number of reasons:

  1. Dikaios is extremely isolationist
  2. The founders wanted to prevent Dikaios from growing too large
  3. They saw the main land as nearly inhospitable
  4. It is easier to defend
The founders split up into three groups, what would eventually become the the producer class, the guardian class, and the philosopher-king (aristocracy) class. With the very first generation, the noble lie began and Dikaios' history was lost.

Politics

The political structure of Dikaios would best be described as an aristocracy. There is a ruling class, but there is in reality only one actual philosopher-king, so it might help to think of it as a royalty. Antoher good way to describe it would be a meritocracy (think aristocracy where the aristocrats are chosen by the merits of the people).

Class Structure

As mentioned elsewhere, there are three main classes:

The lowest class is the producer class. They look the most like a 'normal' class. They can be rich or poor, farmers or traders, etc. They make up the largest chunk of the population. They support the other two classes.

The guardian class is above the producing class. They are revered by the producers. They are the cities defense force, and they instill order in the population. However, they are more than mindless soldiers. They are educated since birth along with their rigorous physical training. If they show a large amount of promise during their education, they may move up to the next class: the aristocracy. The guardians have everything in common. That is to say, they do not have any money, they live together, they have no belongings. Everything is provided by the city. Even their children are in common (this turns out to be very complicated, read The Republic for more details).

The ruling class (aristocracy, philosopher-king(s), etc.) are the very few who show the most promise, or the most philosopher characteristics. They are the only ones who know the truth about the city. They know the truth of the noble lie, and why things have to be the way they are.

Regions and Districts

Dikaios currently has two major cities. The capital on one side of the island, and a smaller city more inland which mainly gathers resources.

Religion

The citizens of Dikaios are polytheist. Their worship is most similar to what you would find in Ancient Greece. However, their gods must not have any flaws. They must be perfect entities which the average person would want to emulate in every way. There is a bit of ancestor worship, but it is far after the person has died and any negative qualities the person had would be removed.

Media

Media is highly regulated in Dikaios. Much like their religion, paintings, songs, and poetry must only contain positive influences on the culture of the city. Media from outside the city is strictly forbidden

International Relations

As stated, Dikaios is extremely isolationist. There is no culture exchange with any other nations. Visitors are not allowed, and people on official business are shuffled around the city by guardians only when necessary. There is trade with other nations, but only for thing that are deemed necessary and items that wouldn't pollute Dikaios' culture, so it is mostly raw materials being traded.

Out of World

The nation of Dikaios is based heavily off of Plato's The Republic. It tries to follow very closely to the political and social structure described in The Republic. There are many cultural oddities that are not mentioned in this entry. Anything not mentioned in this entry is assumed to follow the book. However, this entry will attempt to cover the important aspects of what the culture looks like.

The name 'Dikaios' comes from the Greek word for Justice, a theme that is very prevalent in The Republic.


The Noble Lie

As the noble lie is the foundation of the classes and culture of the city, I have copied the passage from The Republic here:

...the earth as being their mother delivered them, and now as if their land were their mother and their nurse they ought to take thought for her and defend her against any attack and regard the other citizens as their brothers and children of the self-same earth... While all of you in the city are brothers, we will say in our tale, yet God in fashioning those of you who are fitted to hold rule mingled gold in their generation, for which reason they are the most precious—but in the helpers silver, and iron and brass in the farmers and other craftsmen. And as you are all akin, though for the most part you will breed after your kinds, it may sometimes happen that a golden father would beget a silver son and that a golden offspring would come from a silver sire and that the rest would in like manner be born of one another. So that the first and chief injunction that the god lays upon the rulers is that of nothing else are they to be such careful guardians and so intently observant as of the intermixture of these metals in the souls of their offspring, and if sons are born to them with an infusion of brass or iron they shall by no means give way to pity in their treatment of them, but shall assign to each the status due to his nature and thrust them out among the artisans or the farmers. And again, if from these there is born a son with unexpected gold or silver in his composition they shall honor such and bid them go up higher, some to the office of guardian, some to the assistanceship, alleging that there is an oracle that the city shall then be overthrown when the man of iron or brass is its guardian1

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