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Volapük is the most popular artificial language in Ill Bethisad and was proposed by Father Johann Martin Schleyer in 1879. Although the principles of international communication were well intended, the language failed to spark the imaginations of more than a few linguistic enthusiasts. At its peak, Volapük enthusiasts claimed ten million speakers worldwide, but conservative figures would put the actual number at its peak at maybe 10,000. Other languages were proposed as international languages, including the less popular damp squib Esperanto, but in Ill Bethisad the almost universal trend has been towards national languages.