Confederacy of Dipam
“To understand everything is to forgive everything”
Location of The Dipam Confederacy
|Official language(s)||English, German, Philipino, Khmer, Spanish|
|Official religion(s)||Secular Buddhism, New Age Beliefs, Animism, Taoism|
|Established||September 1st, 2014|
|Area claimed||4.966 km ²|
|Currency||None (Resource-Based Economy)|
|Time zone||UTC/GMT +10 hours|
|National sport||Tai Chi Chuan/Yoga|
|National dish||Luóhàn Zhāi (Buddha's Delight)|
|Geographical Location = Latitude: 16.7 Longitude: 145.783|
The Dipam Confederacy is a proposed nation enclaved in the Sarigan Island in the Pacific Ocean. The nation was founded upon freedom and harmony and its philosophy and strongly influenced by Libertarian Socialism, Secular Humanism, modern ecology and Buddhism.
The word Dipam, comes form the ancient Pali language, used in the first buddhist texts (mostly used for the Buddha and his initial followers) and can be translated as "Island", "Refuge" and for extension also "Nirvana".
Dipam was founded in the 1970's with the first hippie communities and left-wing/libertarian movements. In the middle of the 1980's a new group was formed under the idea of rejecting financial capitalism as an economical system, along with rejecting western culture as a decent social system. This group fused the traditional hippie symbol with red colour emblazoned by anarcho-socialism. This led to the foundation of the Red Lotus Group.
The Red Lotus began a series of social experiments to create a better way of life by rejecting the western way, but they failed. Their ideas were failing not only due to the proximity of the western system, but also because the participants whom weren't ready to live in such a model society. The diferent communes had limited success until the Red Lotus decided to move their headquarters to a remote location outside of the western and/or globalizationist sphere of influence. This move resulted in claiming the remote island of Sarigan, located in the Pacific Ocean. After stating their claims they began a process to move a basic colony there looking forward to create a perfect libertarian society and eventually an independent, self-sufficient nation.
Others however saw this movement as hypocritical, since the creation of a "state" will constitude a violation to it's libertarian roots, so instead they separated themselves from the Red Lotus and came up with the idea of creating an anarchist nation in a way similar to the Gypsy Nation. This is how the Wanderer's Tribe was created instead.
Foundation of Dipam
Red Lotus failed to connect with the recently arrived Mangyan aboriginal tribe, and the project almost failed until the arrival of a Tibetan monk named Rimpoche Chodak Jungney. He and a few other monks were able to get the Red Lotus Organization to abandon most of its western agressiveness by talking Dharma as the new path. This managed their efforts with the Mangyan tribe, thus creating a new society comprised of three elements: the Mangyan simplistic tribe approach, the Red Lotus ideology and technology, and the Buddhist lifestyle and pursue. The new society led to the foundation of Dipam. The flag was created by combining the deep red colour of the Mangyan tribe, the Red Lotus in the Golden Island of the western organization, and the buddhist Dharmachackra unifying this way, the three foundational groups. Dipam was established as a confederacy, following basic libertarian/tribal roots.
Since 2014, the Confederacy of Dipam is currently fighting to get recognition from the United States, since it's emplaced on a former territory of the Northern Mariana Islands.
Dipam is governed as a tribal confederation with each tribe united by the same habitat complex, and unified between each other by the same common set of law. All tribes are farily libertarian, recognizing individual liberties, while at the same time responsabilities. The nation doesn't maintain a capital city, however has a central organization known as Khanda which unites the different "roots" and supports the "treetop" comprised by the Dipamese institutions and every accomplishment in the pursue of Dipamese lifestyle.
Main Article: Confederal Government of Dipam
Dipam is a minarchist state, only considered necessary for the protection of individuals from agression, theft, and fraud, to deal with international relations and to regulate the economical system. The only legitimate governmental institutions are the security forces, foreign consulate, the Samatā (commoditie's redistribution center) and the executive, legislative, and judicial branches. The authority of government derives from and is limited by a body of fundamental law: the constitution, based itself on the Dipamese people and it's civil and humanitarian rights.
The executive brach is comprised by the Majhavattī a council which acts as a head of government, this charge is elected by the Abhijano themselves. The legislative branch is comprised by the Sam'mānita (elders council) and the local assemblies in each Abhijano, however the law is stablished in the constitution and there are rare instances in which the Dipam people choose to change it, following the situation to make specific decisions. Finally the judicial branch is constituted by the local judges elected by each Abhijano (The tribe is present in the trial and act in the restoration/rehabilitation process) which work with the state officers elected to supervised the transparency of the process. The Justice is restorative and rehabilitative, and is usually held in case of individual hurting other individuals, (However the whole Idea is to avoid getting in these situations at all), The state acts as a guarantor for the process beacuse crime and wrongdoing are considered to be an offence against an individual or Abhijano-tribe, rather than the state itself.
The "Abhijano" are organized following the assembly system. These assemblies join together to replace the traditional authoritative state with a directly-democratic confederation. Each Abhijano organizes how to solve it's basic necesities by equally granted decision of it's members, while assisted by the Khanda.
The system is based on the libertarian left-wing politics, looking for freedom, equality and stability, using the minimum of a "state" in the traditional sense. Every institution is organized following the adhocracy system instead of the usual bureaucracy or standart hierarchical system, depending more on voluntaries and temporary elected officers.
The Dipamese Security Forces exist only to protect the country from external threats and Internal situations (disasters, conflagrations and law-enforcing moments). It's based on the reservist's model of action, while a 15% of it are fully active-duty members. every male or female Dipamese of 18 years old is usually called to serve by conscription, training between six months and a year at certain instances. The psychological training is not based on the regular heavy indoctrination system featured in the usual armed forces, but rather a basic combat training training paired with a warrior's philosophy mentality development akin to ancient shaolin monks and the First Earth Batallion, ergo the Dipamese full time soldiers are known as "warrior monks and nuns". They take specific vows when they serve (Reservists also follows specific vows, similar to the full time soldiers).
The DAF doesn't follow the traditional rigid hierarchical system founded in regular armed forces, instead follows a more "adhocratic" approach, since it's mission is to defend the Dipamese people, not to obey every order of a regular commander. The DAF is not subdivided in traditional branches, instead is comprised of several "temporary units" which are meant to comply specific orders and/or missions/Tasks. The Dipam Security Forces it's the least of Dipamese expenditures. The DSF goes by the motto of: " A Soldiers Isn't a brute warrior, but a Poet Warrior"
Potential Task Organization
According to each situation, The DSF can adapt itself following the adhocratic system, and the current necesity to comply effectively with the momentary necesity, into one or several of these "units":
- Headquarters: command & information (C4STAR).
- Counter-Force Operations: arms (combat units), heart (medical), will (officers), spirit (Logistics).
- Rescue Tasks: natural disaster situations,firefighting operations, law enforcing operations.
The Confederacy of Dipam maintains stable relations with many other countries. It currently has diplomatic relationships with four nations.
- Dipam and the Kingdom of Catland, have diplomatic relations based on religious issues and have a mutual recognition treaty.
- Currently in good terms with the Republic of the Old Trinity, based on a mutual recognition treaty.
- Currently in good terms with the United City States, based on mutual recognition and fellow member of the Union of Resource-Based Economies (URBE).
- Currently in good terms with the Republic of Pleasant, based on mutual recognition and fellow member of the Union of Resource-Based Economies (URBE).
- Currently in good terms with the Topherian Empire, based on a mutual recognition treaty.
- Currently in good terms with the Aikavian Federation, based on a mutual recognition treaty.
- Currently in good terms with the Tsardom of Markoslavia, based on a mutual recognition treaty.
|Tribal Totem||Name of the Abhijano||Number of Habitants||Notes|
|Golden Lotus||35||First tribe stablished|
|Rainbow Walkers||22||Second tribe stablished|
|Luzon||17||Mangyan tribal descendants|
|Tawbuid||12||Mangyan tribal descendants|
|Samudaya||20||Originally a Cambodian tribe (means origin)|
|Eintracht||19||Originally a german tribe (means concord)|
Sarigan Island is formed by the exposed portion of a largely submarine volcano with a summit crater containing a small ash cone. Lava flowed from 2 lava domes near the south crater rim, reached the coast, and extended out to sea creating the steep cliffs and irregular shorelines of this island. The summit crater is surrounded by very steep slopes to the south, while the slopes around the north of Sarigan are much gentler . The slopes of this island are dissected with ravines and end in coastal cliffs. In the center of this island, below the crater, a small plateau is present.
The national climate is usually described as scattered clouds with local temperature about 30 degrees centigrade and a wind speed of 5.96 km/h. The typhoon season, occurs during the period of August–December. In terms of consistency, the wave regime during this period is dominated by trade wind swells characterized by frequent (> 30 d per season), short-period (8–10 s), relatively small (2–2.5 m) wave events originating from the east (~ 80º–90º).
Sarigan island is roughly triangular in shape, with a length of 2.7 kilometers (1.7 mi) and a width of 2.5 km (1.6 mi) and an area of 4.5 km2 (1.7 sq mi). The island is the summit of Holocene era stratovolcano which rises to an altitude of 538 m (1,765 ft) above sea level at its highest peak. The volcano is topped by a caldera, 750 meters in diameter, with an ash cone and two lava domes, which produced lava flows which reached the coast. No eruptions have been recorded in the historical period, although a swarm of volcano-tectonic earthquakes took place here in the summer of 2005. Landing on Sarigan is difficult due to perpendicular cliffs surrounding the island. It has many ravines and valleys with dense tropical vegetation. Approximately 12 km (6.5 nmi) south of Sarigan is the South Sarigan Seamount, a submarine volcano with several peaks, with a maximum height of approximately 184 meters below sea level. It briefly erupted in May 2010 producing a plume of water vapor approximately 12 kilometers high.
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The Dipamese economical thinking states that "everyone's basic neccesities must be fullfilled but natural resources must be used wisely and replenished theory strongly influenced by the left-libertarianism, and states that all natural resources are common assets to which all individuals have an equal right to access' (as such there is a strong pollution prohibition policy against those who degrade the value of common resources), while the means of production are property of the Abhijanos (therefore of everybody), making the final product a communitary property. Due to the Dipamese rejection of the traditional monetarian system (using in it's place the Resource-Based Economy model elaborated by the venus project)' there's no currency used, instead the commodities are distributed without the use of capital, credits, energy certificates, barter or any other artificial medium which denotes value, and the distribution of those is arranged by programmed computer systems with little human intervention.
There is a certain degree of economical central planning, but since there isnt a true "market", nor a "state" in the traditional meaning, in Dipam, the only statal funtion is to mantain the status quo pursued by the Dipamese economical philosophy. The production is internally oriented to sustain an acceptable yet not too much complex lifestyle and to preserve the environment, because of this, The Dipamese Confederacy can be considered as an autarky, which strives towards self-sufficiency (in the economical plane) from the external markets.
A central element of the Dipamese economy is the restrained industrialisation, undertaken with the goal of providing fulfilling work and time for leisure and contemplation. For the Confederacy, Progress means a selective attitude towards technology, which contrasts to the underdeveloped poverty of the neighbouring industrializing nations, and with the alienating overdevelopment of the industrialised West. The Dipamese embrace modern science and technology to improve medicine and nutrition, but have rejected widespread industrialisation (because this could lead to a great damage to the environment and eventualy lead to a Malthusian blockade).
The main economical activity is the cultivation as a mean of self-sustentation, and is done through a "forest cultivation system" as well as hydroponics and acuaponic's special tanks and systems due to the rough geography. The main grain cultivated is rice, followed by soy bean, and wheat, tropical fruits (kiwi, banana, pineapple, orange) and vegetables (tomatoe, potatoe, onions, grapes, gralic) are also cultivated, as well as other foods, such as , tamarind, ginger, oyster sauce, coconut milk and black pepper. Most clothing is made due to the same process.
As of 2014, Dipam has a population of 125 citizens. Thirty-nine percent of Dipam's population is of British origin and speak the English language, one of the country's official languages. Dipam's population is highly heterogeneous. Other groups include other Europeans (34%), Philipinos (13%), Cambodians (10%), Latin americans (3%) and others (1%). The country's population growth rate is 0.7%, Due to a socially enforced policy of birth control.
There is no current "official language" in Dipam, however most words used by the government are taken form the ancient Pali language. The most spoken language in the island is English followed by philipino dialects, Khmer, several others european languages and Spanish. Everyone is required to learn to speak at least two of these languages fluent, however due to the community accent in the Dipamese society it's not unusual to found that most of the locals are indeed trilingual speakers.
The officially "state-endorsed religion" is the Secular Buddhism, however it's practiced more like a life ideology than a religion since the Dipamese tend to be Secular Humanist by nature. It's practiced by more than 89 percent of the population. followed by New Age beliefs, Taoism and Animism of which is held by the Mangyan people. Recreational and/or addictive drugs are prohibited in Dipam, however The use of peyote and psylocibin are acepted as long as these are used during highly meditational trance inner journeys, performed inside the "Mountain Temple", a devoted space built inside the main mount in the southern area of Sarigan. This place was conceived following the ideals of the damahurian temples, and acts as a retirement place for self-introspection.
The Dipamese education system is heavily decentralised, with two levels of government (central and tribal, cooperating peacefully), responsible for its management. The constitution of Dipam promulgates free compulsory education for twelve years, guaranteeing the universal right to a medium to advanced quality education. The education of the youngsters is carried in the form of Mutual Adoption Clubs, so that children would not have unalloyed exposure to their parents' neuroses and to improve the parents' quality of life by reducing their stress quota. every child is taught the basics of mind processing and buddhist phenomenology since early ages, as well as raised between it's pairs, olders and parents, creating a attitude of thinking oriented to dissattachment and avoiding social neurosis.
The quality of health in Dipam is rising. As of 2014, the life expectancy is 72 years, a major improvement since the initial years, due to the improvement in medical technology, combined with psychological/Hypnotical treatment and the use of traditional holistic medicinal methods. The Dipamese believe in the use of mind to heal themselves, the medic being a mere posibilitator.
HabitatsDue to the rough terrain, every edification is built following the natural landscape, specificaly the more gentle slopes present in the northern area of Sarigan's Island. These buildings follows a specific pattern: The lower levels of houses are dug into the land, which leaves half or more of the living spaces sitting below ground (which is extremely helpful during ocean storms); The roofs are used as solar panel spaces, gardens and hidroponic cultivations sites; naturally flowing walkpaths and stairs are constructed to unite every space; natural ilumination is always and important concern in order to reduce electricity consume; Most of the materials used are available on the island (such as rocks and some types of wood); trees and hidroponics are embeded into the housing spaces. The Dipamese construction style looks towards an independent and peaceful coexistence betwen human urbanism and nature. 3D printing technology is used to developed most of the fundamental basic structures used in the buildings and on pretty much every other need. Micro-housing is encouraged as well as communitary living houses. Each Abhijano possess it's own independent "power plant system" designed to sustain each and every of it's inhabitants.
Dipam combines western technologies and progress with ancient Buddhist philosophy to achieve a libertarian society that strives towards happiness, simplicity and harmony, while avoiding capitalism and authoritarism.
The Dipamese follows a simplistic life based on the asian traditions, therefore it's not unusual to see Buddhist monks imparting lessons to regular civilians, or people meditating in several ways on the streets and parks, following the most important creed in the Dipamese society which is to "pay attention" to everything one is doing in that moment. Dipamese Education makes a great deal in preparing the young in the self-management lifestyle and the self-ownership way of understanding themselves. The education aims to develope a sense of self-sufficiency in the Dipamese, which is after all one of it's society pillars. Also It's highly encouraged the use of open source technology in the improvement of life quality without compromising the enviroment and mantaining a free access to information and finally developing the aforemented self-management.
The Diapamese tribes may choose to live in semi-independant blocks or live in a more integrated comunity following a group living system. Recycling is a common attitute towards garbage, since the Confederacy doesn't believe in dumping or missmanaging their waste, Dipamese have a responsability towards their byproducts. Art is not sold or commercialized, instead is used a vehicle for meditation, the same way as work and even sex, any action is worthy of being contemplated without judgement (as long as it doesn't involve hurting others). The Dipamese humor tend to be considered simplistic and in some cases cynic to outsiders.
The Dipamese enjoy plays and serene music while disliking television, loud music and firecrackers as they believe this things are distracting them from the real life. The Dipamese social philosophy don't really believe in stratified social classes, it's acknowledge that a society is comprised by diferent people viewed differently, but to Judge others based on this (or even judging at all) is considered a negative attachement to this world according to they're life phylosophy. They seek to replace a stratified unjustice society for a egalitarian one, even though the differentiation still exist, they are not tolerated on several terms (specially racial o social descrimination). Dipam is classified as a nation of harmony. Hydroelectricity is made available for refrigeration, so that surplus fresh food can be stored, improving nutrition and protecting against food shortages, but sexual education and planned birth control avoid an overshooting situation.
Rice is the staple grain, as in other Southeast Asian countries, however several others grains are cultivated in the hydroponics facilities. Sea fish (and algaes and plancton) from the acuaponics tanks are also an important part of the diet. The supply of fish and fish products for food and trade in 2000 was 20 kilograms per person or 2 ounces per day per person. Some of the fish can be made into prahok for longer storage. The cuisine of Dipam contains tropical fruits, soups and noodles. Key ingredients are kaffir lime, lemon grass, garlic, fish sauce, soy sauce, curry, tamarind, ginger, oyster sauce, coconut milk and black pepper. Some delicacies are "Buddha's Delight", Num Bunhjok, Amok, Ah Ping. Cambodian red curry is also very prized and eaten with rice and rice vermicelli noodles.
Sport as competitive activities are not encouraged, instead the physical activities considered most suitable for the Dipamese are the Yoga and the Tài Chí Quán Wushu; both are energetic and stimulating forms of improving one's health and physical conditioning, while improving the development of Inner peace, and reflexive conciousness. Yoga is used to develope a flexible, harmonized and meditation-ready physical state. Tai Chi Quan, can also be used a defensive system in case of been assaulted, following an internal approach of martial arts: softness can overcome hardness, and inner energy can overcome external Strength. The style most practiced is the Yang, however Chen style is also became available recently.
Other physical practices are however accepted and it's not unusual to see people enyoing a good football or a cricket amateur game.
Dipamese dance can be divided into three main categories: folk dance (to each Dipamese's original country), modern social dances, and the Khmer classical dance.
There is no native's music, but many styles (particulary asian) are listened, however loud music is not encouraged because interrupts the constant meditation of the Dipamese people.
Internet is available in several places free for everyone, however it's uses tend to be focused only to acquire new technologies (mostly by open source), and keep in contact with other Buddhist/libertarian places in the world.
Dipam has no rail line, and a few roads usable by vehicles, due to the fact that vehicles are only used to transport certain products used to sustain the island. These vehicles are fueled by low tech hydrogen cells. The only point to officially enter and/or exit the island is the small port known as Ummāra Port, located in the northeast sector of the Island.