User talk:Abdul-aziz

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One hopes he gets the joke of it.... BoArthur

Probably not. At least at first! As a matter of fact, I would be surprised if he'd heard about it at all. [PB]
To explain all this a little: it's a recurring joke on the Conlang list, that the archetypical conlanger is a) gay; b) bearded; c) left-handed; and d) Lithuanian. No idea where it comes from, but it has been around for years! So, if I may be so bold: the name Abdul-Aziz doesn't sound very Lithuanian. What's your real name? (You are of course under no obligation to tell, but virtually all IB members act under their own name. I, for one, like to know who I'm talking to, even if you sign your messages with a pseudonym). --IJzeren Jan 00:39, 4 Oct 2005 (PDT)
My real name is Augustinas Žemaitis, if you are interested. And I see about the joke :) Abdul-aziz 08:29, 4 Oct 2005 (PDT)
Augustinas Żemaitis? Now thát sounds about as Lithuanian as a name can possibly get! :)) Anyway, we'll put you on The List as caretaker of Lithuania and colonies. How 'bout that? --IJzeren Jan 00:34, 5 Oct 2005 (PDT)
Žemaitis litterally means Samogitian. Ok you can put me on the list :) . Not sure if Ill always have enough time to read and contribute here but it can be so. Abdul-aziz 03:23, 5 Oct 2005 (PDT)
Oh, that's not a problem; we don't work with quota here! And yes, I'm aware that Žemaitis means "Samogitian". Would you prefer to be put in charge of Samogitia instead? Or shouldn't New Lithuania be rather called "New Samogitia"? :))) --IJzeren Jan 06:30, 6 Oct 2005 (PDT)
Well, Samogitia is part of Lithuania anyways, and I am not actually living in Samogitia lol. So Lithuania is ok :) .Abdul-aziz 06:55, 6 Oct 2005 (PDT)
Well, Jan, based on his profile (straight, clean-shaven, right-handed and Lithuanian conlanger) -- I can only conclude that he is an IMPOSTER! Yes, that's right, an imposter. It can only be concluded that he is NOT, contrary to his "claims", actually Lithuanian. ;)) [PB]
Lol Abdul-aziz 23:35, 4 Oct 2005 (PDT)
Yes, myself, I am at least bearded (since half a year) and left-handed (since 35 years), and I do own a few Lithuanian dictionaries! Still working on the gay part! :))) --IJzeren Jan 00:34, 5 Oct 2005 (PDT)

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Anonymoust Additions

Abdul-Aziz, I'm wondering if it was you that made the addition to Free Lithuania ? Or was it someone else? Would you care to review them and revert them if you feel that they are internally QSS ? Thank you. BoArthur 17:29, 26 November 2005 (PST)

Political parties

I have just created a page Political parties in the RTC. Feel free to make some amendments to the Lithuanian parties listed there. I will soon reveal the outcome of the Sejm elections held last September, and I want to make sure it fits with your ideas about Lithuania. Cheers, IJzeren Jan 01:49, 15 December 2005 (PST)

Žemaitija

I wrote a longish reply to you on that page, then I apparently pushed one wrong button, and it was all gone. Unfortunately, I have to go now, and I don't think I'll have the time to return to that today. I'll do my best tomorrow! --IJzeren Jan 07:36, 20 December 2005 (PST)

Sejm

I have just uploaded the results of the general elections in the RTC from last September on Sejm. At least, as far as I know them, and that means that it remains basically limited to Veneda. So, here's a request to you: would you be so kind to fill in the results for Lithuania? Like I said before, the Kębra Litwanór is elected by proportional representation, while the Kębra Rejoni uses majoritary representation. There are 11 districts in Samogitia, 17 in Wilnia, 8 in Polesia, 8 in Suślewia, and 12 in Volhynia. Feel free to do what them whatever you want, as long as the RVU has the absolute majority in Volhynia.

All the things you'd need to do are marked by a red question mark.

If you think it's too much work to calculate all the results the way I did, then you can also send me some rough percentages for the provinces. In the case I'll do the calculating work tomorrow.

Thanks in advance!

Cheers, —IJzeren Jan Uszkiełtu? 14:02, 23 December 2005 (PST)

Middle Africa

You seem to be interested in Ethiopia and middle africa, you might want to check over Katanga. --Quentin 14:56, 28 May 2006 (PDT)

Ok Abdul-aziz 06:46, 29 May 2006 (PDT)
Thanks. --Quentin 09:08, 29 May 2006 (PDT)
You are welcome Abdul-aziz 10:02, 29 May 2006 (PDT)

Small request

One small request: would you be so kind to give me your e-mail address? Either write it down here and then subsequently remove it (I'll find my way to the page history, spambots don't), or send it to me: ijzeren_jan [at] yahoo.co.uk. Thanks. —IJzeren Jan Uszkiełtu? 03:20, 27 June 2006 (PDT)

Aitvaras Varnelis

Funny, apparently we were working on the same thing. Anyway, according to Tautos Garbės Brolija this fellow was assassinated in 2004 by TGB, but now I'm really curious who he was. Cheers, —IJzeren Jan Uszkiełtu? 03:47, 11 July 2006 (PDT)

I have never decided that exactly I believe, but he was a politician - I thought he was either a minister, speaker of the Lithuanian parliament, leader of Vilnija or even prime minister. Probably however he was lower in rank - a minister or just a member of a parliament (either in whole Lithuania or just Vilnija), but quite a vocal one, whose ideas were very different from those of TGB (similarly to for example the assasination of Pim Fortuyn in the real world), perhaps he advocated for equal status for Belarusian and Ukrainian languages in Vilnius city to that of Lithuanian or something like that. He probably led a kind of "crusade" against TGB itself as well. The TGB however did not claim the responsibility over the assasination, but it was blamed for it by various institutions, maybe some minor links between some of teh perpetrators and TGB were found - still however the decition to ban TGB in Vilnija was controversial. Aitvaras Varnelis is a fictional character, not existing in the real world. Abdul-aziz 13:24, 11 July 2006 (PDT)

Lithuanian ministers

Oh, and one more thing. As you can see here, I've finally worked a bit on the RTC's new government. There are five Lithuanian ministers. However, since I'm not particularly good at Lithuanian names, I invite you to come up with something better. This is my preliminary version:

Transport and Maritime Economy - Kazys Urbaitis (Respublikonai)
Communication - Jurgis Baltauskas (Tautininkai)
Environment Protection and Forestry - Juozas Griškevičius (VS)
Youth and Sports - Tomas Julinas (NDS)
Chairman of the Committee for Scientific Research - Algirdas Dvarionas (Respublikonai)

Cheers, —IJzeren Jan Uszkiełtu? 03:52, 11 July 2006 (PDT)

The names are ok. I am not sure if the surname Julinas really exists, but maybe it is a lituanized version of some Belarusian surname, which would be quite logical in the IB. The surname Geležinkelietis that appears in the history of the Lithuanian colonies in Africa also does not really exist for example, it means "railway worker" and although there are many surnames in Lithuanian language that indicates various jobs, of course railways were invented after the people adopted surnames in the real world; in IB however probably this was not the case and therefore that surname is based on the assumption that in parts of Lithuania at least some peasants (not the nobles of course) did not use surnames by the XIX century when the railways were invented. This might be related both to the survival of paganism and to the fact that large parts of Lithuania were not occupied by Russia. Speaking of paganism by the way there is another thing which I have thought about - the ammount of the Christian names used would be much smaller in Lithuania. Therefore perhaps eventually some of the Lithuanians would have to be renamed (such as Antanas Smetona (Antanas=Anthony) and many others). However I am not sure of now what names to use - primarilly I am not sure werether the names of pagan gods and goddesses, which are relatively common in the real world's Lithuania (i.e. Laima, Medeina, Austėja) would be appropriate to use if the paganism would still be surviving as a common faith (that is, wouldn't it be a kind of blasphemy). I would probably need to do some kind of rsearch on the surviving information about the Baltic paganism for that. Anyways, I believe the names of early kings/grand dukes of Lithuania (Mindaugas, Vytautas, Treniota, Algirdas, Gediminas, Kęstutis, Jaunutis and so on) would certainly be appropriate to use as would various other meaningful names. Abdul-aziz 13:24, 11 July 2006 (PDT)
You're quite right about the names. I've generally been trying to avoid Lithuanian names with a Christian background, but apart from Mindaugas, Algirdas, Vytautas and a few others my arsenal is pretty limited. ;) Anyway, I think we have agreed that there áre a few Lithuanian catholics, right? So we do not necessarily need to change everything. On the other hand, it would probably be a good idea to change the names of Smetona and Voldamaras anyway, because we wouldn't like to give the impression that they are actually the same people who were in charge *here*, now would we?
"Julinas" was my own invention. Since I've noticed that many Lithuanian names have a Polish (and not a Belarussian) background, I figured that the name number of Lithuanian names would be derived somehow from Wenedyk. "Julin" is a normal Wenedyk name, and the lithuanised version would undoubtedly be "Julinas", right? —IJzeren Jan Uszkiełtu? 11:30, 14 July 2006 (PDT)

Venedair S.A.

I mentioned a regional Lithuanian air line on Venedair S.A....can you verify the name? (at least, that it sounds "good" to your lithuanian ears...) Thanks! BoArthur 13:54, 11 July 2006 (PDT)

It sounds a little strange as the Lithuanian word - Lithuanian name of Lithuania (Lietuva) is combined with an English word (Air), but companies might be named in various ways so I believe it is ok (and probably with the Reformed Lithuanian there might have been attempts to promote the usage of "Lietuva" over "Lithuania"/"Lituania" in foreign languages as well, and due to other such reasons similar combinations of Lithuanian+foreign word might be not rare in IB). Abdul-aziz 14:23, 11 July 2006 (PDT)

Serbia

Thank you for the welcome note. I have looked at related articles and I was already thinking about Serbia's relations with other countries, especially its neighbours. --George D. Bozovic (talk) 16:45, 12 July 2006 (PDT)

Yes, I see... Well, let's calculate: Vojvodina is part of Croatia *there* and Kosovo is partly in Dalmatia and partly in Sanjak. Sanjak also has south-western Serbia (my birth and living place - Zlatibor and Užice :))... And Serbia has parts of Bosnia... So I think you're right. Serbia has a population of about 9-10 million *here*, bit *there* - perhaps 6 all right... --George D. Bozovic (talk) 16:53, 12 July 2006 (PDT)
Oh, yes, and what does that adjective thing in the template after the population mean? --George D. Bozovic (talk) 16:55, 12 July 2006 (PDT)

Busy, ain't ya

Jeez, I had no idea you made such a large portion of this wiki! I have like 3-5 things, but this! Seth 8:12, 20 July 2006

LOL, quite much indeed, when one has to sign all the articles in one day :-) Abdul-aziz 01:14, 20 July 2006 (PDT)
Why are we "signing" our articles all of a sudden? BoArthur 07:18, 20 July 2006 (PDT)
Just an initiative that I have taken, this is related to all the changes that are going on. This way the articles are to some extent like my personal website and as well it is easy to find all my articles quicklier (through "what links here" of the template) in case they would have to be moved somewhere - I take nothing for granted these days. If, however, a decition would be taken to return to the previous usage of the wiki and the existance of the signatures would seem to be distracting, I will remove them. But if something else will be decided then perhaps it would be nice if everybody would sign their articles so it would be easier to know who to contact in case that would be needed and the wiki would be more colourful. Abdul-aziz 08:16, 20 July 2006 (PDT)

The rights

Oh, I actually haven't noticed! Well, I'm quite glad for that. However, I do believe that proposals for new articles will be still sent to mailing list first? --George D. Bozovic (talk) 08:50, 21 July 2006 (PDT)

Fiji/Tokelau

I don't know if you've seen my 3 or 4 articles on Tokelau (they're working on separating from Fiji), but I thought I would ask your opinion since you've done some work with Fiji. I was inspired to do it because just a day or 2 after the question of Tokelau's status was raised on Conculture, the real Tokelauans had a referendum on independence from New Zealand. It failed by less than 20 votes, if I remember. Anyway, I took it as a sign and wrote the articles describing a more or less mutual agreement between TK and Fiji to part ways. I've been worried lately that this is out of character for IB Fiji, which seems rather imperialistic. Maybe I could justify it somehow (maybe nobody in Fiji cares about little old Tokelau). I'd love to hear your thoughts. Benkarnell 21:34, 30 November 2007 (PST)

Yeh I guess it would be quite out of nature of Fiji. Then again, little is known about modern policy Fiji. However, if Tokelau voted against independence *here* maybe they would have done so there also. But if I am correct *here* a two thirds majority was needed to consider the referendum successful, while maybe in IB a lower threshold was set. Maybe then Tokelauan leaders declared independence Fijian authorities did not recognise referendum and claimed that it was rigged, attempted a blockade or something like this. Abdul-aziz 13:44, 2 December 2007 (PST)
Hm, yes, but I'd rather not have to get rid of the three news articles I've written on the referendum and its aftermath; I like the developing story. The referendum did reach the 2/3 vote majority-- years of activism on the part of the still-extant chiefly family gave the people just enough of a push in that direction. But perhaps the Fijians were not expecting it to pass. They had set the bar for passage high, and were surprised that the vote went the way it did. They have asked those Aotearoan troops to stay for an undefined period while the Tokelauan elders put together a consitution. Maybe they will go back on their promises to respect the vote. Benkarnell 15:00, 2 December 2007 (PST)

Greenland flags

I added the SR flag set to your article on Greenland. I contacted Kristian Jensen by e-mail and he approves them, but you should probably see them too. Benkarnell 13:57, 1 April 2008 (PDT)

I have seen them and I have no objections, thank you :-) Abdul-aziz 15:10, 1 April 2008 (PDT)

Ethiopia

Hello Mr.Augustinias. Recently I brought up a proposal that Greece through diplomacy (though secretly and helping Ethiopia in the process) they might get a piece of land in Ethiopia which becomes a colony of Greece. Many people on the Yahoo Groups/Conculture liked it and ultimately if comes down to your decision. Maybe we could talk about it some time.

Sincerely, Kostantino Leganopolous Misterxeight 18:34, 20 June 2008 (UTC)

I have seen the discussion and read some of it, however in general following the newsgroup seems to be quite inconvenient to me, it's generally easier to follow discussions on the wiki in the appropriate talk pages. So, what would be the exact suggestion, when the colony would have been acquired and how, where exactly it would be and what would be its size? Abdul-aziz 00:32, 22 June 2008 (UTC)

I will start writing it on Ethiopia's page then. Thank you for your time. Misterxeight 00:37, 22 June 2008 (UTC)

It would perhaps be better if you sum it up in a few sentences here or in a talk page first. Abdul-aziz 00:40, 22 June 2008 (UTC)

Ok. Somali begins hardcore rebellion. Ethiopia can't handle it themselves. Plead to LoN for help. No one except Greece accepts to help. Greece & Ethiopia vs. Somali and their allies (if any) fight in a battle or war (maybe just a peaceful cease & desist or diplomatic agreement). Ethiopia comes out on top. Ethiopia gives tract of land to Greece as a gift. LoN says as long if both parties agree it's good. Greece gets "The Greek Republic of Ethiopia". Misterxeight 00:51, 22 June 2008 (UTC)

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