Geophysics of Tekuo : more hard sums

The planet’s size, mass and composition, and how they affect the locals.

Readers may recall that an earlier post, Tekuo, astronomy and hard sums, looked at the planet Tekuo and its place in the solar system of Ayu. This post looks more closely at the planet itself.

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“Grammarly” added

A secret helper for the site’s author.

For a while now, I’ve been seeing advertisements on YouTube for something called Grammarly. It’s a cunning little beast that burrows into all your signed in accounts and corrects your spelling and grammar.

Of course, there’s a similar creature living in most offline word-processing packages, but they don’t help you write directly onto the internet.

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Tekuo: what and where?

How to get there, looking around and meeting the locals.

Tekuo is an Earth-like planet, inhabited by sentient hominids. It is a little smaller than our world and orbits its sun in 385.33 days. Its leading civilisations, like Mohai, are at a slightly higher level of development than ours.

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Languages of Tekuo: a typological overview

Some basic statistics for the planet’s languages, compared with the languages of Earth.

It is estimated that there are some 6,000 to 7,000 languages here on Earth. Tekuo is only 80% the size of Earth and only 24% of it is land (compared with 29% of Earth). This land is less densely populated than Earth and divided into just 85 nation-states.

Not surprisingly then, Tekuo harbours fewer languages than our world. The effects of modern communications, education and nation-building lower the total further to just 624 natural languages.

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Lemohai: a linguistic overview

The main features of the language of Mohai, its history and status.

Lemohai is a contemporary language from the planet Tekuo. Its speakers are a race of Ike, who call themselves the Romohai. They are found mainly in the Mohai archipelago, though some moved to colonies abroad during Mohai’s Imperial Era.

There are some 29.5 million native speakers in all. Around 26.2 million live in Mohai, whilst the rest live in nearby countries, mostly in ports and large cities. Lemohai is widely studied as a second language across much of North-East Aheku.

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The islands of Mohai

Some basic information.

The archipelago of Mohai lies to the east of the continent of Aheku on the planet Tekuo. It consists of four main islands: Itoa, Kẽpa, Pheku and Sumahi along with many smaller ones. Mohai lies in the tropical zone and has a monsoon climate.

It has an area of 326,510 square kilometres (126,065 square miles) and a population of 26.2 million. This works out at 80.2 people per square kilometre. It has a similar area, population and population density to the African state of Ivory Coast.

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What have the Romohai ever done for us?

The islanders’ contributions to the planet’s civilisation.

It is sometimes said on Tekuo that the Romohai are an inventive lot. This may or may not be the case, but if you have a good idea in Mohai, there’s a whole infrastructure to help you test it and bring it to market.

Workplaces are co-operative and non-hierarchical. Universities are integrated into society and the economy. Small, regional banks make their money by investing in new products and services rather than playing the stock exchange. This infrastructure has been exported to the former Romohai Empire.

What else though, have the Romohai contributed? The following are perhaps worth a mention:

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Proto-Maritime: a linguistic overview

Reconstructing a prehistoric tongue.

The Proto-Maritime language, ancestor of the Maritime language family, was spoken by the Proto-Maritime people who lived on the north-east coast of Aheku, a continent of the planet Tekuo.

The language arose as a result of the mixing of two cultures some three thousand years Before the Present (BP). Until that point, the coast and nearby islands were the sole preserve of the Cismontane peoples.

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