Finally I have finished the rest of the questions.
Television in general.
What is the remote controller for? Why do people change the TV channel so often? It seems they do not know what they want to watch. If I want to watch something, I will turn on the TV, put the channel that will show what I want to watch and watch it. When I am done, I simply turn off the TV.
Television with broadcast will be a failure in the beginning, because forced ads would be illegal. After the introduction of the cable television, they will be able to pay for TV without ads. This system will be replaced with the internet.
What opinions would your conpeople have about the internet and the extremely quick access of data is allows?
It is awesome. We want that magic power too. Please teach us it.
It will improve the communication, data storage and access to information.
They do not know about the possible negative consequences that happens when people replace the real world with the internet world.
Your conpeople meet a Jesuit missionary who tells them all about the Christian religion. How would they react? Would they embrace it, or perhaps kill him for heresy?
Their religion is more related to the nature and the world is not controlled by a single entity. The Christian religion would be seen as nonsense, because it is strange to hear about an invisible and hidden guy creating and controlling the world and requiring faith to save the people from an evil that they have never heard about.
What would your conpeople think of the idea of recycling?
It is fundamental to keep the balance of the world. When the industrialization starts, sustainability will be one of the principles.
What is the typical family structure for your conpeople?
The older ones are always superior to the younger ones. The families are usually large, with parents, children and grandparents living together.
The children live with the parents until they get married, when the wife will move to the house of the husband's parents. Or they may need to move to a new house when the available house is not enough.
How closely related do you have to be to someone in your conworld for it to be incest?
They have four rules that make any relationship valid.
-They cannot have the same ancestor until the third level.
-They have to be 18+ years old.
-The difference between the ages cannot be more than 5 years.
-The parents of both the man and the woman must authorize the union.
At what point does your conculture consider children to have become adults? Is there a coming of age ceremony? Does some task need be completed? Or is it merely based upon age?
They divide the life in four stages: childhood, adulthood, parenthood and elderhood.
The adulthood starts when they are 12 years old. The parenthood starts when they get married (it is expected to happen at 22 to 26 years). And the elderhood starts when they are 50 years old.
A task and ceremony is required when they get 12 years and during the marriage.
How do your conpeople feel about showing up one minute late or one minute early? Five minutes late or early? Ten minutes? Two hours? A year?
0 to 5 minutes: They do not care.
5 to 15 minutes: They will be worried and ask if something bad happened.
After 15 minutes: They will give up without knowing what happened.
2 hours: If they are still in the place or building, they will ask about what happened. If they are not busy and have enough time and if the reason of the appointment still exists, they will do that.
A year: They will have forgotten it.
What do your conpeople think of having to fill out long and complicated questionnaires to get medical equipment replaced?
If the new medical equipment is available, why do I have to do that? Will anyone ever read it? (Bureaucracy is not usual in the concountry, but the lack of resources is. They have problems to get new medical equipment.)
What do they think of having to stand in long lines at government offices?
The physical lines will disappear once they have computers to schedule everything.
A new policy will try to increase the availability of important services, such as physicians.
What would your con people think of literacy/illiteracy?
The literacy is part of the conculture. The parents teach the children how to read/write. They would ask why nobody has taught the illiterate person how to read, because if the children learn how to do some tasks and about the culture, literacy should be included.
What would your conpeople do if there were a territorial dispute but the other side is unwilling to go to war? Would they think of unprovoked invasion for territorial gain as inherently bad, or just the natural thing to happen to countries with too many people and too much army in too little space?
The first thing they will see is the ethnicity of the local people. If they are from the same ethnicity, the territory will be invaded or protected against invaders. If there is no predominant ethnic group, they will try a peaceful negotiation.
With regards to criminals, do your people think that punishment or rehabilitation is more important? How are former convicted criminals treated?
When it is possible, the repair of the damage is the most important thing. The criminal will have to do unremunerated jobs to repair the damage and the rehabilitation will be tried. They have to pay for everything, because the state will not spend resources with them. Furthermore, the small criminals will never be put near the worst criminals. Different crimes have different jails.
The case of murder is irreparable, therefore the death penalty is used as a tribute to the victim.
How do your conpeople view impatience?
Patience is a good virtue that everyone should have. They like patience, but they do not learn it.
What would your conpeople think of hackers?
They appeared after the introduction of machines.
The conpeople import old machines and copy buggy foreign softwares and need someone with reverse engineering skills.
The hackers are heroes. They are able to make usable computers with junk parts. They also fix crappy operating systems and nullify the license of important softwares to allow everyone to use them.
Since the calendar, which starts with the spring of the Southern hemisphere, is different from the one used by the developed countries, which are located in the Northern hemisphere, and the software developers do not support the users of the concountry, the hackers are the only ones that can fix the calendar.
The national technology is still being developed and will take a while until it is good enough to replace the foreign ones. When it is done, the hackers will be bored and they will disappear, because the technology will be open and there will be nothing to hack.
Your conpeople's favourite activity.
There are multiple activities.
They like music, reading and food. They like milk, juice and tea.
They like silent green environments and like places near the water (but they do not enter in the water).
Some people like to speak and their mouths are unstoppable.
Other people like to produce something and do activities like writing, handicraft, arts and cooking.
There are people that like to discover new things, no matter how disastrous the result is.
Some people get bored when they are idle and alone and hate when a friend is doing something alone. They may play pranks sometimes. If a friend is enjoying a book, they may hiddenly steal and hide the book in order to "help" the friend to find the book together. The friend will be annoyed because of the prank, but will forget it in the next day.
What would your conpeople think of body-hair or the removal thereof?
They do not remove it.
How do the people in your conculture deal with bathing and personal hygiene?
They use a faucet and a luffa sponge to wash the dirty parts. They do not have showers and do not clean what is clean.
How is freedom of speech handled in your conpeople?
Anyone can write anything.
If anyone uses the speech or the writing to start campaigns against the principles of the conculture, the person will be arrested.
Lies are intolerable too.
What are the highest virtues a member of your conculture can exhibit?
Temperance, loyalty, patience, sincerity, humility, discipline.
What are the holidays and festivals in your conculture?
My conculture have some annual festivals and they always happen during the weekend. A birthday would be moved to the weekend. Each season starts with a festival. The spring is the beginning of the year and represents the rebirth after the winter. The new year is important and represents reflection, review of the last year and wishes for the new year. They also have holidays for the sun, for the deceased ones, for the sea, for the earth and for the moonlight. The leap day is also a holiday.
How would your conpeople view the traditional Western gender roles?
There are similarities and differences.
The conpeople have roles defined for each gender. Residential tasks, cooking and babysitting are female tasks. Teachers, physicians and priest(ess) are usually young or old females, or old males. Politics, commerce, heavy work, such as building, and jobs far from the home, such as transportation of goods, are male jobs.
The clothing depends on the job. The only difference between the male and the female clothing is the presence or absence of brassiere and menstrual pad.
They do not understand why the Western women worry too much about their appearance.
Even though 2000 years have passed, the sages and philosophers have not managed to understand the women.
Edit: NEXT: How would your conpeople react to calligraphy and illuminated manuscripts?
The illuminated manuscripts are illegible and the conpeople does not like it.
The conpeople use the same traditional drawing style in manuscripts and general writing. Any other forms are artistic styles and have to be legible, otherwise it will be seen as another alphabet.
The polygamy is allowed in the conculture, but it requires the authorization of the first spouse. The idea was created in an era when there were so much wars and the number of females were much larger than the number of males. The polygamy prevented many women from being alone.