Social Institutions A - C

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Ancient Keep of the Skinks: An old prison on Waxon. (The Butler Did It)

Anna's Anaheim Pepper: Formerly known as "Down the Hatch." A Mexican restaurant in Panjandrum not far from the spaceport. (Don't Cross the Ls in Tortilla) Now owned by Bidido.

Archette of Zeta: The (female) head of government on Zeta 4. (A Many-Splendored Thing)

Attorney, Investigating: see Investigating Attorney

Bank of New France: The bank in Panjandrum City where Pierre Bordeaux does business. (The Tartian Egg)

BC or BCE: Before Current/Common Era. The abbreviation or term appended to a year's designation. "Before Current/Common Era" replaced "Before Christ" to avoid its religious connotation during the twentieth century on Earth.

Belgeum Outdoors: Sporting goods store eight blocks north of the Hotel Viktorija and on the opposite side of the street. It has a facade made to look like logs. There is a bell on the door. Bows, arrows, and stuffed animals and birds adorn the walls. (Superb Owl Sunday)

Black Pearl Tahitian Hotel: A 5-star hotel in Papeete where Bidido stayed. (Bloodstone)

Bordeaux Antiquities: Pierre Bordeaux's antique shop in Panjandrum (The Duck and Doughnut and The Tartian Egg)

Branislovas Grocers (this would probably be "Branislovas Bakaléjos" in Lithuanian): A company from Ramunus City which delivers food and supplies to prisons on Waxon. (Three Enchilada Dinners To Go)

Café, The: Restaurant at the spaceport at Ramunus City on Waxon. Connected to the restaurant, Juan's the One, by a tunnel. (Three Enchilada Dinners To Go)

Calendar, Fohen: Four days in Fohia's year are important: The shortest day/longest night (Winter Solstice), the longest day/shortest night (Summer Solstice), the twice yearly days of equal day/night length (Spring Equinox and Winter Equinox.) The Fohen also mark the days (approximately) halfway between each of these days, although not necessarily with any special celebrations. In this way, the Fohen Year is divided into eight "months." Because Fohen months are similar in magnitude to terrestrial months, I will use the term "month" for each rather than making up a Fohen term.

Since the Winter Solstice signals days of increasing length, an end to winter, and the "rebirth" of the natural world, the Fohen calendar year begins at the Winter Solstice. Because the equinoxes are the only phenomena that occur more than once in a year, they are of special significance to the Fohen. During the festivals held around these times, horological societies perform special tests: At the Spring Equinox Challenge, applicants' hearing is tested and those who pass the test are accepted as Novices to the society. At the Fall Equinox Challenge, Members of the societies present their porcelain horologes and the maker of the best is chosen to spend the next year sequestered in a room at the top of the society's tower as the Timekeeper.

Calendar, Taupoian: The combination of the length of Taupoi's solar day and its distance from its sun results in a year of 503 days. The Taupoians have developed a calendar consisting of 5 months of 10 day weeks and 10 week months for each year. The additional 3 days (or a fourth leap day) at the end of each year are considered "World Days" - national holidays - and are not part of any month. The fifth and tenth days of each month are generally looked upon as unofficial holidays (like Saturday and Sunday in our calender.)

Carabinieri: The law enforcement agency of the Panjandrum Colonial State. Its main office is in Roma in the Italy Prefecture. As with most cities, cities on Panjandrum have their own local police force.

Caryton Gray: A castle in Panjandrum City owned by Bidido. (The Pirates of Panjandrum and The Tartian Egg)

Caryton Gray Security: Security company on Panjandrum. (Someday My Prints Will Come) Owned by Bidido.

CE: Current/Common Era. The abbreviation or term appended to a year's designation. CE replaced the AD abbreviation to avoid its religious connotation during the twentieth century on Earth.

Chatterbox: A social networking site used by Pierre Bordeaux. (The Duck and Doughnut)

Chennault Field: The spaceport at El Dorado, Arkansas. (Thixotropic)

Claudius Electronics: A company based on Panjandrum which manufactures and distributes electronic equipment, especially holographic quantum dot products. (A Conversation with Gina Verucchio)

Clockwork Carrot: A vid program broadcast on Panjandrum with news and opinion. The program is hosted by Clay Garrett. (A Conversation with Gina Verucchio)

Community Wedding Cottage: Each Fohen community maintains a special cottage to be used by couples preparing to get married. The male usually spends at least the night before the wedding in the cottage. The wedding party can be held there. Couples may spend their honeymoon in the cottage.

Conjunction: A yearly meeting of soldiers of fortune on Mentec. The event was initiated by the Mentecians, but participants may come from any planet.

Cosmocampus: Company in Panjandrum which sells and maintains televator systems in large buildings. (Don't Cross the Ls in Tortilla)

 

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