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This article deals with Latin as it relates to NationStates. For more general information, see the Wikipedia article on this subject.

Latin (Latin)


Official language of:

Ator People
Bao You
Black Ivars
Carus Roma
Cherry Ridge
Christiana Terra
Civitas Americae
Endless Crimes
Praetorium of Gyptia
Holy Vatican See
Huo Xing
Itinerate Tree Dweller
Libertaria Republica
Little India
Neo Deus
New Imperial Mexico
Nova Roma
Opus dei Church
Orioni 2
Roman Republic
Saint Uriel
The Great al-Andalus
The Great Sixth Reich
The Latin Union
The Philosophes
Tiago Silva
The Sede Vacante

Unofficial language of:

Delta Green
Drakonian Imperium
United Island Empires

Latin is very much a base language, from which a very large number of modern-day languages are derived in one way or another. Latin was originally promoted by the rise of the Roman Empire. In modern times however, the only Real World nation that really uses Latin anymore is the Vatican City but several nations in NationStates still have Latin as their Official Language, making it by no means a dead tongue. A large number of national mottos are also in Latin.

Most nations in which Latin is an Official Language are based on Classical or Neoclassical cultures, heavily influenced by Ancient Rome.

The World

  • Latin in Ator People: Latin is the only "official" language of Ator People. However, it is rarely used in informal speaking. School age children learn Latin as a first language throughout grade school and beyond. English and French are most commonly spoken among commoners, but some dukes/duchesses as well as other nobles speak Latin often. All newspapers are required to have stories printed in Latin. Many newspapers split their paper into columns, with one side in Latin and another translated into either English or French. All business owners are also required to speak Latin and have all signs in Latin as well. School subjects are also taught in Latin during High School and College. The national motto is in Latin as well.
  • Latin in Bao You: Latin is the official language of Bao You, however it is basically use when dealing with government. About 80 percent of Bao You speaks Latin fluently and it is taught throughout a childs education. All born and raised into Bao You society are to expected learn Latin, along with Mandarin, Vietnamese, and English.
  • Latin in Becquerelia: Latin is the official language of Becquerelia, but has not been used popularly for centuries. Today, Latin is only used for official government documents, as it has traditionally been. Students in Becquerelia are expected to learn how to converse in Latin, even if they aren't expected to do so in a non-school setting.
  • Latin in Christiana Terra: Latin is the official language of the Most Holy Catholic Kingdom of Christiana Terra. It's the unifying living language (lingua franca) of the country's large and mixed ethnic groups and it has been a useful tool of everlasting and strengthening ties with the Holy Apostolic See in Rome. Although there are other languages in use amongst the populaces, like Greek or English, Latin is used for any issuing of official government documents and for the largest bulk of the country's media apparatus.
  • Latin in Cookesland: Latin is taught thoughout schools in Cookesland. The motto of Cookesland, Senatus Populusque Chelseiana, is in Latin and means "The Senate and People of Cookesland" or whom the government serves."Chelseia" is the Latin word for "Cookesland" for all who were curious about that.
  • Latin in Delta Green: Delta Green lacks an official language, but Latin, along with Hyperborean, is used as a linguistic bridge between its many ethnicities. It is the official "language of the law," thus the Codex Praxis and government documents are usually produced in Latin.
  • Latin in the Drakonian Imperium is one of the many languages taught as part of the multi-lingual educational mandate, but also serves as one of the core languages commonly spoken by the Drakonian people. There are surprising similarities between Latin and the modern and ancient Drakonian languages, which is the source of much debate. Latin is also common in the Greater Drakonian community and is spoken in such nations as Baradossia, Terra Laga, and Australius.
  • Latin in Errikland: Although English is the official language of Errikland and German is the universal second language, most in the higher up positions must be fluent in Latin.
  • Latin in Gordienco: Latin is the official language of the Theocracy of Gordienco. There is a minority population whose community is fluent in French.
  • Latin in Heleria: Latin is the official language of Heleria. Although Helerian and Greek become more important nowadays, Latin is the most important language and nobody in Heleria doesn't speak it. The Helerian speak Classical Latin, but Helerian has a big influence to it.
  • Latin in Itinerate Tree Dweller, is a religious language spoken by those who are descended from Roman settlers.
  • Latin in Jey: Latin, English, and Jevian are all official languages of Jey. All three are taught to children in Jevian Elementary Education, Higher Education, and Graduate Education.
  • Latin in Kahanistan: When Kahanistan ceased to be a predominantly Jewish state, many Romance-speaking immigrants from all over Europe flooded into the then-anarchic desert nation. When a democratic government was established, Latin was made an official language of the new state in order to be easier for Romance-speakers to learn than English or the Semitic languages of the Middle Eastern state.
  • Latin in Little India: Latin and English are the two languages used by the people of Little India. Latin is traditionally used only for official purposes, with all government documents, laws, and anything to do with the Sovereign House being written in Latin. English is used on a day-to-day basis. However, the Kingdom of Eleni is notable for not speaking any English at all, having chosen Latin as the lingua franca.
  • Latin in Nag Ehgoeg, Although English is the primary language of Nag Ehgoeg, much like in Britannia Parvus, Latin is used frequently by the upper classes (most often in writing). Latin mass is common place in both Catholic and Satanic ceremonies and for this reason it is the second most popular language. The Nagian dialect is often referred to as "High Gothic".
  • Latin in New Imperial Mexico, is not commonly spoken. Latin is mostly spoken by the Catholic Church’s of New Imperial Mexico. Latin is one of three official languages. The other two are English and Spanish. French is only recognized for historic reasons and Semi-recognizes the Aramaic language (spoken by minorities of European and Arab decent, and is believed to be the language of Jesus).
  • Latin in Palixia: One of Palixia's many languages, the old motto used to be in latin and translated to: Thus ever for the Allied States.
  • Latin in Rome (RomeW), is still held as an official language of the Empire but in recent years the Roman Empire has also adopted English, primarily as a business language. Government documents are released in Latin and in English, but all the names of government institutions are listed in Latin.
  • Latin in Saint Uriel, in its vulgate form (Vulgata) is the official language of The Holy Republic of Saint Uriel. All government documents are written in Latin and all Parliamentary debate is conducted in Latin. State university courses (with the exception of foreign language courses) are all instructed in Latin. Although many immigrants still use their native languages at home and work, all immigrants are required to demonstrate proficiency in vulgate Latin as a condition of naturalization.
  • Latin in Sidestreamer: Under the influence of the powerful Catholic Church, in the unyielding efforts to coerce the public into adopting the faith, the government of Sidestreamer made Latin the official language for all government affairs, and all forms are written exclusively in that language. It is also Sidestream law that only Catholic priests or teachers assigned by Catholic priests can teach Latin. However, the overwhelming majority of the Sidestream population speaks English, with the exception of the citizens of the Isle of Jenova, who speak in Hebrew.
  • Latin in Sozy, however not used commonly, and barely heard on the busy streets of Sozy. Latin is the Lingua Franca of many Sozian Universities. Being distinguished as a real educated language in Sozy compared to more regular languages, it is seen as highly important for any person of intelligence and wisdom to know it. Besides universities, in the higher healthcare sector, both local languages and Latin are used.
  • Latin in The Great Sixth Reich: German, Polish, Latin, English, and Norwegian (in respective popularity) are the official languages of The Great Sixth Reich. All motor vehicle signs are available in German, Polish, and Latin. Latin is a language used in everyday conversion (especially to overcome language barriers), and is the language of choice of Reich Intelligence Agency agents while in foreign countries.
  • Latin in The Latin Union: Latin, previously a dead tongue in the regions that became the Latin Union in 2004, was chosen as a "unifying tongue" by the new federal government to promote internal commerce and tranquility. Latin is the Union's primary official language. It is required to be taught in all schools from grade six onward, and is the only language all road signs, consumer products, and governmental documents are printed in. The Latin spoken in the Union is drawn from traditional Latin, with a much larger vocabulary. Words not found in traditional Latin have been "Latinized" from other Romance languages. For example, the word "bureau" is not found in traditional Latin, so its French root has been Latinized into "bureaus" and is used as a Latin word for all purposes of declination. In addition, though it is not an official grammar rule, almost all speakers of Latin in the Union follow the suit of most Romance languages in placing adjectives after the nouns they modify.
  • Latin in The Meritocracy centers around its motto of the Meritocratic Senate, based much on the Roman model.
  • Latin in The Phoenix Milita is spoken by members of the government, law enforcement, the military and various civil servants but is only required to be learned by military personnel, it serves as the secondary official language. The actual dialect of Latin is a unique amalgamation of Latin, Ancient Greek and traditional Tyradorian Italian.
  • Latin in Vassfforcia: Although Latin is not an official language in the country, for historical reasons it is widely taught at schools and universities. For historical reasons the official name of the country is on Latin, however the Spanish and Hyarmendorean versions of it are much more common as the Latin official name is only used on bank notes and some documents like passports.
  • Latin in Vinstin, is the Official Language of the both the People and Government. But in resent years Neo-Latin has picked up by many people. English is widly spoken but is frowned apon if they are citzens. Other Languages have a negtive apeal and few speak them.
  • Latin in Pax Romagna, is the official language for all government proceedings, particularly in the canonical and secular tribunals. It is mandatory instruction in all schools from the 7th through 12th grades, and in all four-year universities. English is used primarily for commerce and for communicating with heathen tourists.
  • Latin in Sneltrekker, is one of three official languages along with English and Dutch. It is used by the Government for official documents. It is taught to all children starting at the age of 6.
  • Latin in Youngtung, along with English and Spanish comprise the official languages. It is used primarily in education as it is the root of almost all common languages. The motto roughly translates, "In Catapult We Trust" referring to the strong and ever-present military force the nation is known for.

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