Uniting a new nation
In order to realize a new nation state, we first need to gather a nation. For the first time in history, through the power of the internet, we're able to do just that.
Ethnogenesis is the process of deliberately engineering a new ethnic identity. By uniting a nation of like-minded people from all around the world, we can effectively begin to establish a new ethnicity.
Amestrian culture takes inspiration from both Eastern and Western cultures, creating a unique blend that combines their most preferable aspects with Amestrian ideals and values.
EducationMain article: Education
Amestrians see education as one of the most important aspects of life. Its main goals are to teach us fundamentals and help us find our reason for being. We do so by learning about the world we live in, why it is the way it is, and the roles we can play in it.
In contrast to most educational systems around the world, we believe in teaching people how to think; not what to think. Rather than rewarding the ability to memorize facts, we will nurture natural passions, encourage high ambitions and following dreams, and teach essential skills like self-education and thinking rationally, relatively, mindfully, and in different perspectives.
We view taboos and stereotypes as troubling phenomena of the past. We want every topic to be open to rational discussion, as taboos and constraints only lead to frustration and undesirable behavior.
We think education is not exclusive to children—it's a lifelong process. We know that informed people make informed decisions. Because of our strong emphasis on continued education, reason, and altruism, we will have little need for the increasingly restricting laws often found in other countries. Together, parents, schools, and media have an important educational responsibility to fulfill.
A highly valued and appealing personality trait of Amestrian culture will be one's dedication to personal development and growth. From childhood on we will learn to inspire each other to be the best versions of ourselves, to be honorable and trustworthy, and to stand up for others.
We will also learn to dismiss gender roles and stereotypes so that children can grow up and develop their personality naturally, without being forced into the stereotypes of masculinity and femininity. The traits generally attributed to masculinity or femininity are instead simply attributed to humanity.
Amestrian boys will learn as much as girls do that it's perfectly fine to cry, express emotions, and to want intimacy with other boys. Similarly, girls will not be forced into femininity and will be free to pursue interests or occupations traditionally associated with men. In contrast to other cultures however, we acknowledge and embrace the natural differences between men and women, instead of pretending they don't exist.
Since there is no money in Amestrian society, Amestrians will have a different sense of value and status. Instead of judging by gender, age, race, sexual orientation, appearance, extraversion, or wealth, we judge a person by their character, creativity, helpfulness, trustworthiness, honor, ideas, inventions, achievements, and other contributions to society.
People that are interested and skilled in many different areas, particularly polymaths, are held in high esteem by Amestrians. In contrast, shallow and parasitical people are held in low esteem.
Harmony & Monoculturalism
Following the Japanese model, Amestris will be a collectivist society in which people prefer harmony and conformity over selfishness and individualism.
It should go without saying, but we treat each other with respect. Amestrians are altruistic, so we care about our communities and the well-being of others. We know the secret to happiness is in receiving by giving. It's really simple: if everyone only takes, in time there will be nothing left to take. But if everyone gives, there will always be receiving.
We know that etiquette and education are of vital importance in maintaining a pleasant culture and society. This society cannot be achieved in a multicultural environment where everyone has vastly different views on how to live together. While it is a noble endeavor, Amestrians see the multicultural society as an oxymoron—being multicultural prevents it from being a society as commonly defined.
Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others?’— Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
Harmony is impossible if one culture has to sacrifice things to another, either to integrate or to accommodate. Multiculturalism often simply hinders the tolerance it seeks. This is why Amestris will pursue a homogeneous monoculture, which is also found in countries like Japan, China, South Korea, Denmark, and Finland.
This doesn't mean that Amestrians oppose diversity—quite the contrary. The first generations of Amestrians will be people from vastly different backgrounds and places, coming together to commit to the Amestrian culture, ethnicity, and way of life.
Amestrians have different views on maturity than other cultures, which often base maturity directly on age and appearance. We believe maturity comes with experience. While the body grows older linearly and continuously, the mind may experience periods of exponential growth, periods of complete standstill, and even periods of decay. We take mental health seriously instead of stigmatizing it, as is common today.
Often, teens and even children can turn out to be much wiser than fully grown adults due to their unclouded judgement. Likewise, adults can be much younger emotionally than presumed. Being young isn't seen as simply a matter of biological age. This is why Amestrians don't discriminate or make assumptions based on age. The legal system requires us to regulate certain activities based on age, but maturity will always be an important factor in a legal context.
Since the transition from childhood to adulthood doesn't happen overnight, teenagehood is a separate age category in Amestris. Over the last decades the onset of puberty for both boys and girls has continued to start at increasingly younger ages. Combined with the widespread availability of knowledge and information, this has lead to maturation and emancipation earlier in life.
We think this enables adolescents educated in Amestris to be treated as adults at a younger age than 18, which is the standard in most countries. Therefore we believe the age of majority should be set at 16 in Amestris. On their 16th birthday, Amestrians will formally decide whether they want to keep the name they've been given at birth, and from then on will be considered legal adults.
SexualityAlso see: Binormativity
While many other cultures often suppress sexuality and even censor nudity, the Amestrian culture is very open-minded and transparent about sexuality. Nudity is not seen as taboo or something to be ashamed of because it is not directly associated with sexuality.
As part of a binormative culture, Amestrians presume that a person is bisexual unless this person self-defines otherwise. By creating a culture and environment where attraction to people regardless of their gender or biological sex is considered ordinary, sexuality becomes one of many areas where we can apply gray thinking.
Comprehensive sex education and supporting (same-sex) experimentation during puberty keeps sex from becoming taboo, stimulates self-discovery, and relieves hormonal sexual desires with a much lowered risk of pregnancy. Discouraging, stigmatizing, and/or forbidding sex can only lead to frustration, and in turn unpredictable or undesirable behavior.
Amestrians strongly oppose religion. As a culture that highly values personal development, education, reason, rationality, and progress, we see religion and dogmatic teachings as unnecessary, undesirable, limiting, and utterly incompatible with a modern world.
Amestris will be free from religious organizations and places of worship. We will proclaim no specific freedom of religion, since personal beliefs are already covered by freedom of thought; the former is considered a remainder of religious privilege.
This means everyone is free to think or believe whatever they want. However, people should not teach others to accept dogma and superstition as this would violate our educational standards. Therefore, religious indoctrination would also be considered mental (child) abuse.
Work & Prosperity
Amestrians don't see work as something dreadful that you have to do; it's something you want to do. Work ideally combines your interests, passions, and goals with what the world needs. Therefore, Amestrians often have multiple careers.
This idealistic concept of work is only possible by virtue of the open source economy we envision for Amestris. Because the incentive for work will not be making money or survival, Amestrian citizens can do the work that makes them happy. They will do their jobs for self-satisfaction and the gratifying responses of others. Work will be a way to help people, to meet people, and to be part of something meaningful.
Wealth will no longer be a status symbol, because everyone has access to it. Amestris won't be a consumerist society; we know mass accumulation isn't what brings happiness. In fact, it is often said that consumerism actually makes people unsatisfied and unhappy. Sharing and experiences are what makes most people truly happy.
Amestrians will view their jobs in context of the bigger picture. Every job description should be a satisfying answer to "How do I make the lives of others better?".
We have the utmost respect for people that do what we call critical jobs; the jobs that are critical to a properly functioning society. These range from teachers to surgeons and from sewer workers to care assistants. We find it absurd that the unsung heroes of our society currently don't get more recognition for their work.
Recreation & Technology
Amestrians believe is for living. Outside of work there's plenty of opportunity for entertainment and recreation. To spend quality time with family, friends, or alone. To pursue new interests and experiences. To travel, see the world, and enjoy nature.
For better or worse, technology has had a huge impact on most cultures on the planet. As a brand new culture, we have the opportunity to rethink the way we want to approach technology and the role it plays in our lives. While technology will be at the core of the Amestrian infrastructure and daily life, we no longer want it to be at the core of our experiences.
We have lost so much attention to technology and connectivity these days that we need to constantly remind ourselves to live in the moment. It seems like documenting an experience for later reference or trivial social media engagement has become more important than enjoying the experience itself. Responding in digital conversations has become a higher priority than speaking with the person physically in front of you.
Amestrians want technology to get out of the way and to complement life, rather than to be a distraction. The solution is not to get rid of technology, but to use it in a way that respects people's time. As such, we consider using your phone while in a live conversation disrespectful. This doesn't mean that people should get rid of online communication and always talk directly.
In most cultures voice calls are the main (and sometimes only) way to contact a business or person. In Amestris, the main way to get in touch is through writing (such as chat or email). This is because direct contact such as calling is considered intrusive, while indirect contact such as writing allows the recipient to respond at their earliest convenience. The sender can clearly express what they are seeking contact for, and the receiver can take the time to articulate their response or to schedule a call.