Encyclopedia Entry: "Standard Scythian"

From The Acadian Xenolinguistic Encyclopedia, 4th ed.

Published 2871 Æx. by The Ayn Rand University Press: Chesapeake, Acadica

Standard Scythian (Sc. Qistken Skysenu) is the common language of the Caspian system-states of the galactic Inner Rim and Deep Core. Its standardized register is the official language of all Caspian societies, though dialectal forms are equally prominent in Caspian media, particularly its Bhalenjari variant.

During the time of the Vega Autonomy, early Colonial linguists quickly identified a relationship between the Scythian of the Caspian peoples and the ancient Old Earth languages of the Pontic-Caspian steppe. Diligent paleo-linguistic research and increasing social interaction with the Caspians allowed for the total decipherment of modern Scythian, and consequently facilitated more extensive diplomatic relations with the Inner Rim and Deep Core.

In recent years the Scythian language has become the subject of much political debate. Critics of corporatist collectivism have asserted (with strong evidence) that the Gottian Scythian dialect is an unequivocal example of the pervasive influence the collectivist ideology has exercised over spoken language. State-mandated alterations to vocabulary and grammar reflect the authoritarian ideological talking points of the collectivist philosophy; for example, Gottian dialect removes all grammatical gender endings as a means of promoting gender equality, while ignoring the fact that grammatical gender in modern Scythian rarely has any relationship to actual biological gender.

The following is an excerpt from A Triple Spectrum: Collectivism and the Perversion of Caspian Identity, by Bhalenjari social historian Shymir Skerex, which addresses the demise of Caspian unity as caused by artificial ethnic divisions defined and promoted by collectivist authorities:

« A dalgumol heix qistken kaimgubhax um, a qorporax qolektivezot Shilir-Artejhivox gakhanshan jharylama at obhaiuti skysenoxet. Masai sejhenu m khesh skarmajhutan zys kirmat qankarequt, gek zys ujhax nyvangut qo zys korbut ujhax khelkarubhax. Jharxmatan ardex zeshajhu bhantesht sherongit, zabhirm eng myrex; yxet rejhut saymada nebhten qom jheirixu m yznem zystirubhax, qo jheiryznemujar datanajhutan. Gek khesh a qolektivezot hegama ujhendajar ‹ Jhadalu qistken kaimguti m izu jhukymu kamangaimingir orax parlant taranitta › angaidajhu ujhenda. Saymadatan a hatalut ujhax enqilivoxet nexutti kaimingir vylama. Sayma kamangaimingir tenreqar skysenetta nextti paziringir kymama zys hekteshingir ejham denjirguti qo nekh ereqmuti izu skoramingir bhesh tenbejhken mardanshan udanshorajhuti m.

Jhuhakalu tenshen radex a diryx sayma darshan a khevylu a prokyonaxet – amsai heimu darkan syzalu nexuti ujhendajar angejhybingir myakakhanatan. Gek amrepesh ardex ujhax kenredost ‹ tertashot › khevylama ejham kariputi: sayamatan a prokyonet next pazirama yxet kheldutta, bhem a qolektivezot. A prokyonet masherongatan daltuti m arshayukin, bhax a girshgukin hakalubhax. Izgek a qorporax qolektivezot bha daltama zemshen. Qo ujhax reqishturaset adrashan magengirza. »

“By conducting just a single census, the corporatist collectivists of the Inner Rim successfully dismantled Caspian unity. There was a time when we identified ourselves not by arbitrary ethnic backgrounds, but by our ideologies and the content of our character. It made no difference whether we had eyes of amethyst, or sapphire, or emerald; these physical characteristics were little more than an outward mark of genetic diversity, and we lent no gravity to phenotype. But when the collectivists said to us, ‘Let us conduct a census, so we might calculate your number of seats in Parliament,’ we fell right into their trap. It wasn’t our planetary populations they wanted to count. It was to determine how many unsuspecting Caspians they could exploit, using social engineering and artificial racism to secure a new, previously untapped voting bloc.

We will never know if this was the Procyon’s intention all along – it is yet another enduring question that they will never give us the courtesy of answering. But whether our so-called ‘creators’ meant for social divide is irrelevant: it is not the Procyon who exploited these differences, but the collectivists. The Procyon see no profit in anything, except the accumulation of knowledge. The corporatist collectivists, however, had everything to gain. And they are still reaping the benefits of our prejudices.”