Having Regelis' national animal be a mythical creature was careful choice, and it had many opponents until its symbolism was argued in the House of Associates. The phoenix represents transformation, rebirth, and death. The phoenix fire is used in the forge of all creation. Is a spiritual animal, it is more than just its appearance. In historical lore, it has been used as a symbol of renewal and power.
This symbol was chosen because, despite many hardships, reformations, differences in vision, and long periods of inactivity; Regelis never truly dies. Like the phoenix Regelis is an immortal being that sub-sequentially rises from its own ashes. From the reformation of the Kaos dictatorship, to monarchy, to democracy to the republic that Regelis is now. Through the merger of itself with other states such as Promatia. Through physical separation of members of government over distance and time. Regelis still survives. The phoenix reciprocates this as a symbol of longevity, the seasons, and protection. It is also known as a creature of vision, organization, and imagination. This beast fits the spirit of Regelis all around.
Regelis' national game is Go. Go is a two player abstract strategy board game. The goal for each player is to claim more territory on the board than their opponent. Invented in the orient yearly 4,000 years ago, it is believe to be the longest continuously play board game in human history. Go is played by placing on a grid pieces called stones. Each player alternates placing a single stone on the board. One player is white, and the other is black. Once a stone is placed onto the Go board, it cannot be moved; unless it is captured by an opponent. Stones are captured by surrounding stones of your opponent's color with stones of your own color. Each grid square orthogonal to a stone is called a liberty. Once all of a stone's liberties are occupied by stones the opponent's color, it is removed from the board. Stones which share a color share their liberties. A group of stones which share liberties are much more difficult to capture than individual go stones.
Traditionally, Go is played on a 19 by 19 square grid. Players new to the game begin by practicing on Go boards of smaller size; 9 by 9, 13 by 13, then finally 19 by 19. The game has remained popular in South Korea for over 1500 years. Even though Go has simple rules, the game itself rapidly becomes very complex. Go has a much larger board, longer player, and more moves to consider than chess.
Go players in Regelis are scored on an ELO Rating System ranking players from 30 Kyu to 10 Dan making up 50 total ranks. Each 3 percentile ranks a player by from 30 Kyu to 1 Kyu, where a 90 percentile player would be 1 Kyu. Beyond a single percentile ranks players from 1 Dan to 10 Dan, with the exception of the last percentile. The final percentile contains higher rated 9 Dan players. There is only one 10 Dan Go player in Regelis, which is the player with the highest ELO.
Matches of Go in Regelis consist of 6 games with players alternating black and white, with a 6.5 point Komi to white players. Matches that remain tied after game six continue into two extra games in order to break the tie. If this continues, the matches continue until a player is up two games over an opponent. If a player scores 4 games in a 6 game match, the match ends prematurely. Games end in Korean style territory scoring. The polite way to resign in Regelis is to play on the board a piece of your opponent's color.
That national sport of Regelis is Crokinole. Crokinole is a dexterity board game for two to four players, invented in 19th century Canada. Each player sits on either side of the table, unable to move their seating after they have settled before starting the game. The player must then remain seated for the duration of the game, with at least one buttock must be contacting their seating at all times; while taking shots. Each player will start the game with a stacks of disks of their color. 3 stacks of 3 disks in a two player game. Or 2 stack of 3 disks in a four player team game. Players alternate shooting single disks across the board's well waxed wooden surface. Players must shoot using only their dominant hand, or a hand of their choosing before the game starts.
After all players have taken their turns, any disks sunken in the middle hole during play are instantly removed from the board and are worth 20 points. Anything in the middle circle is worth 15 points, concentrically 10, and finally 5 points. The closer to the middle, the better a player scores. At the end of each round, the score of each player is totaled. The winner gets the difference of the point value, which accumulates over the course of the game. First player to 100 points, wins the game. In Regelis, matches are played over 12 games, each player alternating color and turn order. A player must be ahead by two games by the end of the match or play two additional extra games. Otherwise, if either player wins 8 games over the course of the match, the match ends prematurely.
If there are no disks on the board controlled by your opponent when shooting, if a shot does not land into the central circle it is removed from the board. If your opponent does have a disk on the board, in order to retain the disk you are shooting, you must contact an opponent's disk. This can be done with a carom shot, by hitting another one of your disks before hitting an opponents. However, if you fail to hit an opponent's disk, all disks of your own touched during that shot are removed from the board.
The Mimosa Pudica, commonly referred to as Sky Princess is a viney fern-like flowering plant in same family as peas and legumes. This plant is a non-edible non-poisonous pantropical weed found in the southern United States, but exists on almost every continent. It grows in high light conditions and thrives in low-nutrient soils that can't support other plants.
Mainly grown as a novelty plant, its compound leaves fold inward quickly through rapid plant movement when touched. Due to Mimosa's unique response to touch, it became an ideal plant for many experiments regarding plant habituation and memory. It's leaves typically remain open during the day, but close at night. For this reason, this Mimosa genus plant is called pudica, which in Latin translates to bashful.
Mimosa Pudica's seed pods are quite large and easily harvested for their small, round peppercorn-like seeds. These seed pod are brambled collections of burred filaments much like small tumbleweeds. In many parts of the world, Mimosa Pudica is considered a invasive weed, and strongly effects tropical crops. Some crops it effects strongly are bananas, coconuts, coffee, corn, cotton, papaya, soybeans, sugar cane, and tomatoes. The plant also strongly effects the soil composition of the areas it invades, increasing the amount of ground nitrogen and potassium. The main branch of the plant is covered in sharp thorns next to each stem.
Weeping Yoshino Cherry Tree
The Weeping Yoshino Cherry Tree, or shidarezakura is child of hybrid Prunus speciosa and Prunus pendula cherry trees grafted with Prunus serrulata the common cherry blossom; Prunus × yedoensis|serrulata. The resulting tree, the Weeping Yoshino Cherry Tree has a very different appearance than the common cherry blossom, looking much more like a weeping willow tree. Often confused with a willow which is a salicylic acid producing evergreen plant, the Weeping Yoshino Cherry is a flowering tree of the Rose family.
The Weeping Yoshino Cherry occurs as a natural and artificial hybrid in Japan, and has been transplanted to the United States on several occasions; primarily in Washington D.C. It is one of the most popular, cultivated, and planted cherry tree variations worldwide. Unlike the common cherry blossom which is known for it large pink flowers, the flowers of the shidarezakura are quite small; but are far more numerous. They hang in dense bunches toward the ground like the willow tree, and similarly its branches also fall to the ground like those of a weeping willow, creating easy to retrieve bundles of flowers.
Most cultivars of cherry trees have a short lifespan of 30-40 years. However, the Weeping Yoshino Cherry's lifespan is unknown. Originally relatively uncommon hybrid, was formed naturally. The oldest known examples of shidarezakura have survived more than 300 years, and show no evidence of senesence. A fully grown tree has a trunk diameter between 2-3 meters, a height of 7-8 meters, and a width 10-15 meters. Hangings from tree are capable of reaching from the full height of the tree to the ground. The shidarezakura grows rapidly, reaching 15 foot height in as little as 3 years, and full height in as few as 20. Because of its rapid growth, much like the willow tree it needs a substantial amount of water in order to sustain its growth; preferring areas with high precipitation. These trees easily survive cold winter temperatures, but their buds may be damaged when exposed to cold weather during the spring budding season, where temperatures below -2 C (28 F) damage flowering buds permanently.