Sovereign Nation of Hawai'i

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COMMUNITY LORE

The remainder of this article contains lore created collaboratively by the Blaseball community.

The Sovereign Nation of Hawai'i is an archipelago consisting of eight islands located in the Pacific Ocean. It is the home of the Hawai'i Fridays.

History

On some Friday long ago, in the midst of an oppressive and longstanding colonial occupation, the people of Hawai'i had had enough. Alongside Native Hawai'ian leadership, Fridays team captain Elijah Valenzuela rallied the people and communities across all of Hawai'i to rise up and end the occupation. This led to the liberation of Hawai'i from imperialist occupation and the subsequent founding of the Sovereign Nation of Hawai'i, acknowledging the original caretakers of the land and welcoming all.

No one knows when Our Lady of Perpetual Friday arrived, nor how long she has been here. All they know is the soft lapping of the shores, the wind blowing through the trees, and the gentle sounds of birds in the distance. Time, like other colonial concepts, is now but a faint memory, washed away by the tides.

Post-Colonial Governance

Economy

The Sovereign Nation of Hawai'i, having abolished capitalism during the revolution, dismantled the existing economic systems having judged that whole kinda vibe to just be totally harsh and not chill at all. There is no currency and all necessities are provided to all. Private property, such as owning land, infrastructure, means of production, or anything of the sort, is completely abolished.

Every citizen is entitled to pursue the work of their choosing. Education is both free and flexible for children and adults, with many adults attending part time educational programs in their free time. Education takes on principles of Native Hawai'ian traditional education philosophies, and is heavily focused on collaborative, hands-on learning where participants advance at their own pace. There is no testing or failure so as to not disrupt the learning vibe.

While citizens are free to pursue their vocations, essential labor for the maintenance of day-to-day life is shared by the collective labor force. Depending on the type of work needed, most citizens will either 1-2 weekly shifts on a long term basis, or several weeks long postings with several months of downtime in between, of some kind of essential service. Some of the more common are general laboring for traditional food production methods as practiced by Native Hawai'ians (such as agroforesty and fishing), general custodial or maintenance duties in the community where special skills are not required, operating many of the food stalls and community gathering places all along city streets and especially on the beaches, positions in the local councils, or working as an educator in their chosen profession.

Political Structure

The Sovereign Nation of Hawai'i uses a hybrid system of more traditional Native Hawai'ian political structures, along with other methods of governance adapted from other nations.

General governance is highly localized, with the operation of individual communities mostly being delegated to local autonomous councils, which represent chunks of city blocks, a collection of a handful of closely situated family estates in rural communities, or even large apartment buildings, and meet regularly. Council meetings are open to all and they are facilitated by elected councilors from the local community. This councilors serve for short terms, with a term length being 2 months, and term limits being 3 consecutive terms. This means political engagement is high, and generally, anyone with a desire to serve on the council will eventually get a chance to do so. Most council meetings are open discussions where concerns are heard from the community, ideas to address it are shared by all, and a plan is put in place as agreed upon by all. The vibes at said meetings are generally quite excellent and will often transition smoothly into a relaxed cookout once business is concluded. A running joke for council meetings is to save the easiest decisions for last, since everyone will work up an appetite while getting through the important stuff, and will want to hurry through easy stuff once they start smelling the delicious food.

For larger scale decisions, there are higher tiers of councils, going to the neighbourhood level, the borough level in larger cities like Honolulu, or larger collections of rural villages, all the way up to the city level, then the island level for each island of Hawai'i, and then the highest national level, with elected representatives being sent up the chain as needed to represent the interests of their local or neighbourhood or city councils. Localized power still reigns supreme, but the national council still makes many important decisions, such as aiding in the proper distribution of essential labor and resources all over the islands, and diplomatic relations with other nations.

In Blaseball

While other teams prefer to play in a stadium complex the Fridays opt to play wherever the vibes feel best, meaning games can take place in literally any location on any of the islands, and occasionally even in the water. Fans and merch vendors are recommended to bring their own seating and booths.

Games most often take place on the beach and it is not uncommon for the pitcher's mound to be set on top of an imu, a kind of underground oven used for kālua. On games where this is the case, during the 7th inning stretch the food is taken out and shared among everyone present.

In Popular Culture

In past years, the Sovereign Nation of Hawai'i was well known for being a hub of international film and TV show production, including shows such as Hawai'i 6-0 (a show detailing the chronicles of the Hawai'ian Little League Association) and Magnum PIE (a comedy series featuring the mascot of the Philly Pies, the Philly Philling). However, production on any international series was halted following a series of incidents at Kualoa Ranch (a popular filming site). Such incidents included rubber kaiju costumes on the set of several movies becoming sapient and refusing to film without proper union representation.

National Animal

The Sovereign Nation of Hawai'i has no official national animal, however it does have a national party animal that is described by law to be "whomever is the current National Surf Champion." These are commonly confused, much to Karato Bean's displeasure, as they have held this title for the last five years.