Kankonia has a population of 2 billion. The sapient inhabitants are highly technologically advanced and have connections with many other planets. They are also part of the Interplanetary Council. Kankonians are a race of Homo sapiens with brown skin and curly dark hair who have usually been compared to the Fijians in appearance. Eyes come in brown (81% of the ethnic Kankonian population) or hazel (19%, but 73% in the Tzelshas Islands). At their adult height, Kankonians average 6'0" (male) or 5'10" (female). Men average 171 pounds, while women average 140 pounds. 58% of ethnic Kankonians are of blood type B, 16% of type A, 9% type AB and 17% of type O. 5% of Kankonians are sexdactylous. Kankonians do not have a concept of handedness; they are all ambidextrous and will use either hand at will, and will typically use whichever hand is closer to the object they want to pick up.
Dumang, Durben, Kupulshas, Hegheos, Povoi and the, the Tzelshas Islands are the six continents of Kankonia. The capital, Khoikal, home of the Pandominium, is on Hegheos. Kankonia has six oceans: the Pikutlik, the Khostorik, the Shötebai, the Aputar, the Hwalpani and the Skahakhik. There are also many islands, the largest of which is the schazoid-slime island of Schazoma. Other islands include Ihwi, Kwisang, Saivöm, Didzhakanga, Gupoires, Raumi, Soilun, Enrez, Rinatzath, Gregdard, Omu, Anduwe, Koraless, Majika, Vien Vien, Ailoo, Tepie, Suam, Khandang, Papata, Kubra, Verami and Badeskon. Archipelagos include the Tzelshas Islands, the Azis, the Shizeres (Nakyul, Verez, Taiko, Borna and Hakar), the Karqabes, the Daineko Islands and the Kombo Archipelago (Panzka, Rabu, Kayata and Egheze). Major rivers include the Naspar (Hegheos), the Kemiltiti (Kupulshas), the Notau (Povoi), the Soibitolpu (Povoi), the Ana (Durben), the Dzhinhan (Dumang), the Swei (Durben), the Govar (Hegheos), Imu Paata (Tzelshas), the Blespharos (Hegheos), the Valfyir (Hegheos), the Yantuth (Kupulshas) and the Möput (Povoi). At the south pole of Kankonia is an ice sheet called Skahakhia.
On Kankonia are cultivated such edible fruits as apples, pears, peaches, apricots, cherries, strawberries, raspberries, cranberries, blueberries, melons (kwalmas, kantos, phokephokes, tshamenetlabis), watermelons, dates, figs, grapes, pomegranates, mangoes, papayas, bananas, coconuts, pineapples, sapodillas, breadfruit, starfruit, cherimoyas, guavas, durians, passionfruit, lychees, kiwifruit, kumquats, oranges, lemons, shaddocks, limes and grapefruit. They also grow such fruits unfamiliar to Terrans as dakas, tzakava, yulas, kopoulos, citruses of heaven, dobushatzes, hatufalpas, litumpas, sunfruit, talmavras, xaniguapas, purzads, vagors, bubizes, pontshos, zakongs, oo'o ohohos, pai'as, hibitas, lasangas, rimbakos, quafors and guaisons, with fruits like the jopasenti, zuqo, jata, tabeymu, bodan, waruvi, nondu, taaji and vetimbu often being imported from other planets. Vegetables cultivated include peas, beans, soybeans, garbanzos, potatoes, tomatoes, peppers, carrots, spinach, cucumbers, watercress, the starchy vethru, the orange arakhat, the Tzelshan white avocado, the bitter herb bokreth, carrot-like soumiels, and tisalit which produces a flavor like that of rice. Grains like rice, wheat, rye, sorghum, millet, barley, sugarcane and bamboo are cultivated, and others like the Hapoish ba e monu and Javarti ghaylva are imported. Plants grown for their nut include almonds, cashews, caramel nuts, blenchopas, chezin nuts, dazis and the Hapoish kosha nuts. Coffee, cacao and the curd-like nidu provide other products, and other plants like the betiquin-producing aña are major imports. For their drugs are cultivated cannabis, tobacco, coca, poppies, psilocybe mushrooms, the bituwas-producing camosca, the oezha plant and the pham (originally from Shaleya). Tuamois is grown for its fiber, tamalpas grown for their wood (traditionally used to make rafts), lukhars for their shizham (a white, waxy form of sugar), bakhavs for their gum and xopaidbas imported to make soap. Animals domesticated include pigs, sheep, goats, camels, tapirs, dogs, cats, wenschars (a kind of striped antelope), alpacas, fezinas (a relative of the camel with silver hairs around its neck), chickens, peacocks, ducks and bees. Quonts, a phylum of aquatic animals that use pollination methods of reproduction similar to plants, provide vwobizes (or "fruits") to eat. Popular quonts include the gobirz, the poupu, the beramet, the golbam, the selmavi, the ruzoi, the washuba, the dzirimeth, the sauba, the landamin, the sea blueberry and the kivis.
Kankonians eat pork, wenschar, tapir, lamb, camel, alpaca, goat, chicken, peacock, duck and seafood if they're not vegetarians. The planet's many fruits are important parts of nearly every Kankonian's diet. Vegetables play a less central role but many of them are enjoyed. Rice is the most important grain, although many others are also consumed in large amounts. Yogurt, including samtung (yogurt flavored with citrus juice in it), and cheese are often made from milk; wenschar's milk is drunk by Kankonians throughout life and only 17% of ethnic Kankonians are lactose intolerant. The Kankonians also consume a lot of chocolate. Favorite dishes of the Kankonians include vitzakhs (flat bread wrapped around meat, rice and flavorings such as ginger or dobushatz sauce), vitziresakhs (vitzakhs with cheese), sasoks (round, concave yellow crackers for dipping in foods), sarotus (hollow cylinders of meat filled with savory vegetables), hokola* (chunks of tapir rump meat, cooked in lard), homut na somupis (tapir ears, tails and snouts), akaghal ribs (ribs from the akaghal, a wild goat), renkharu (antelope meat cooked in a khotzoyad, a metal oven pot), voshak hetzielik (chunk of lamb with rice and ginger sauce wrapped in bread), wekor daratzik (a salad with rice, peppers, clams, mussels, oysters, octopus, crab, shrimp, pimplefish and squid), khatapas (tortillas made with the orange Tzelshan root vegetable arakhat), fried talmavras, seghurik (a soup of leeks, lentils, rice and scallops), starkli (a soup of chicken, celery and small grains of pasta), kroitz az bwevizen (pickles marinated in alcohol), koibana (pickled catfish with goat cheese), duck with cranberry sauce, Böbais duck (duck glazed in grape juice), breaded shrimp with coconut, kudu rolls (spiraling rolls of millet bread), maipra (a Povoian dish of ground pork on a stick), tunnel cakes or ftohomes (pastries in a half-cylinder shape filled with cream), sekases (glazed pastries fried in batter, resembling asterisks with six "points"), katems (pastries shaped like a box with six walls, glued together by gelatin), tzikoms (flat pastry with honey and nuts on top), pausa (Povoian pastry in the shape of a pair of hips, filled with crème and topped with marinated fruit), geteng (chewy, stretchy candy made out of the gum of the dark brown bakhav tree), tebams (orange candies made with shizham and butter), tafsui (fried spaghetti-shaped pasta made from rye), boyash (a crushed kidney bean spread), muyas (a spread made out of soybeans) and tenku (a condiment of crushed white avocado). Khatapas with tenku and goat cheese are known as adtziresizenes. Sauces include khizhour (made of wormwood, honey, raspberry juice and bits of parsley), tesla (made of tomatoes, olive oil, goat cream and scallion), pwekhweyik sauce (made of vinegar, melon and crushed chezin nuts), nahhik (made of ground taro, cherimoya sauce, vinegar and olive oil), kaz (made of dobushatz, the juice from camel meat, vinegar and peppermint extract), tashiangik (made of tomatoes, lemon juice, cinnamon, crushed almonds, egg yolk, cilantro and garlic), gernezik (made of tshamenetlabi, vinegar, honey and pickle relish) and aira (made of egg yolk, sunfruit and tapir cheese). Dressings include Tetien dressing (made of tartar sauce, egg yolk, ground pepper, cilantro and onions) and Tuchispilian dressing (made of ketchup, vinegar, mustard, sesame seeds and pomegranate juice). Fruit juice and many brands of soda are drunk. Many kinds of alcohol, such as beer, wine, rum, gin, raspberry wine, zhinwa (fermented cilantro), stenza (frozen liquor mixed with purzad juice), zoshala (a Tzelshan specialty of fermented banana liquid), ghwuma (a beverage made from figs) and yibeshiz (alcohol with bituwas added), are enjoyed by the Kankonians, who also enjoy using other drugs. Kankonians tend today not to divide their daily intake into three meals anymore.
Names follow a pattern of: last name, element name, first name. The last name is always four letters, taken from the first two letters of your father's name, plus the last two letters of your mother's name. Middle names are taken from elements: Silicon, Carbon, Stannum, Aurelium, Argentum, Ferrum, Dysprosium, Chlorine, Iridium, etc. These can be represented in English either as the native Kankonian word or the Terran name. Here is a typical Kankonian name: Kora Ksaiheksos Don. His father's surname was Koto, and his mother's surname Vira. The English version would be Kora Dysprosium Don. Don sometimes becomes Don K. Kora when traveling to other planets. See a list of Kankonian given names here.
Kankonians trace their lineage through both their father (hoimas) and their mother (helemas). Although a single home will most often consist of a nuclear family with one generation, Kankonians recognize their extended family too: cousins, grandparents, great-grandparents, brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law. The brother or sister of your parent is known as ladan. If she or he marries, your ladan's spouse will be known as your mesim. If your sibling has a child, the child is your elfom. If your spouse's sibling has a child, the child is your herang. Occasionally some parents' children will stay in the house with them to raise grandchildren. The average family on Kankonia currently has 1.8 children.
Kankonia has no government to recognize marriages; marriages are performed by religious officials, who are free to marry any number of people of any gender combination. More than half of all parents have never had a wedding ceremony performed. Same-sex marriage is performed by all religious officials from all major religions. There are no restrictions on race or ethnicity of the marrying parties. Polygamy (both polyandry and polygyny) are also performed by most religious officials. The parties who wish to marry are recorded on a maritogram, a two-dimensional graph that shows the name of each entrant to the marriage going down, and again going across. At the place where any two names intersect, there is either a dot to indicate that the two are married to each other, a Kankonian equals sign to indicate that the two are the same person, or a blank space to indicate that the two are not married to each other. Both the religious official and the newlyweds keep a copy of the maritogram to keep track of exactly who is married to whom. Marriage of children under 13 is not performed anywhere, neither to an adolescent or adult, nor between two or among more than two children. It is also legal for a human to marry a zhoar (non-human sapient). Some churches solemnize marriages between a human and a goat, or a human and an ape.
Traditionally Kankonians in the Hegheosik Empire would wear either the kharam for men, with slacks, two layers of robes, a felt hat and sandals, or the salvam for women, with a dress, a vest over the dress and sandals, while children would wear a simple tunic and skirt until they turned 16. Those living on other continents and in other empires would wear their own clothes, such as the wicker hat from Durben known as a chomaki. Now people on Kankonia wear all sorts of hats, coats, shirts, tunics, robes, skirts, pants and shoes, borrowed from styles worn across Kankonia and on other planets. The classic modern Kankonian male outfit of the plaid shirt, vest, shorts and shoes originates from the hazhu* workers who would pave the roads in ancient and middle Kankonia. The classic modern Kankonian female outfit of a pair of shoes along with a single-piece crop-top (sabelana) reaching down to the thighs originates from Shaleya. Occasionally a couple getting married will still wear the blue nawowat for the bride and blue and black striped luisar for the bridegroom that were traditional in Dumang. A wide variety of hats, such as the chomaki, the trapezoidal dusikhar, the yellow deloite, the lissám made out of seaweed, and the notched bukharf worn by Musefi clergy, are popular.
Women most often grow their hair fairly long and straightened, but the most masculine among them keep it curly. A few wear it in a bun, and many wear dreadlocks. Currently, teen-age girls will straighten their hair even more often and wear it even longer. 30% of Kankonian women and girls wear their hair in a ponytail. Men wear their hair long, medium or short, and often put it into dreadlocks. Some wear the umangi modeled after the Chatonian method of styling coliza, in which several locks of hair in front are gelled together and twisted over in curls against the back of the head. One popular style is the somash, in which alternating columns of hair are shaven and unshaven. Teen-age boys have unkempt and often long hair, which they tend to keep curly unless their hair is naturally straight. Many shave all their hair off (this is also known among women and teen girls). Beards are common among male Kankonians, moustaches less so (unless you are Musefi). Braiding is common in some parts of Povoi and Dumang among both genders, and was popularized elsewhere from the Povoian braided style (Povoians are the only Kankonians with naturally straight hair).
The Kankonian system of money is based on the pokhal. One pokhal is equal to one hundred pikhids. The denominations of money are named after the Kankonian political figures featured on the coins. Coins are minted in the 1-pikhid piece, 5-pikhid piece (sotho), 10-pikhid piece (es-he), 50-pikhid piece (sagi), 1-pokhal piece, 5-pokhal piece (tzadu), 10-pokhal piece (imra), 50-pokhal piece (zhona), 100-pokhal piece (thiana) and 1,000-pokhal piece (popha, after anarchist writer Popha Calcium Arane). Weight is based on the tzandar, equal to 0.36204 of a pound. Fifty tzandas make one venar, and one hundred venas equal one bumar. The measurement of length is based on the tzetz, equal to 10.88527 centimeters. The akhatz equals ten tzetz, and the shitz equals one thousand tzetz, or one hundred akhatz. 100 cubic tzetz make one gwanar. For cooking, the equivalents of teaspoons and tablespoons are the lalaim, or 0.01540563 gwanars, and the trokh, or 0.05127948 gwanars. Fiber is measured with the vrag, which is mass in tzandas per shitz. The hafakh measures the energy needed to increase the temperature of 1 tzandar of water by 1°C. The prefix tithi- denotes a thousandth, so that a thousandth of a tzandar is a tithitzandar, and a thousandth of a tzetz is a tithitzetz. A sepa is a unit of frequency equal to one cycle per imis. A ghara is the unit of force required to accelerate a mass of one tzandas by one shitz per imis per imis. An avle is the work required for a force of one ghara for the distance of one tzandas. An ootza is the unit of power in a system for which one avle of energy is transferred per imis.
The major exports of Kankonia include titanium, iron, schazoid slime, rice, figs, grapes, dakas, tzakava, dobushatzes, purzads, caramel nuts, bituwas, oezha, ornamental plants, raspberry wine, wenschars, cameras, spacecraft, DNA taggers, music and religious texts.
Much of Kankonia is still undeveloped and given to touristry. Native
plant species like the hanschts and surasmas found in the rain-forests
are of interest to people from other planets and are often exported.
Biotourism forms a major industry on the planet. One of the biggest
attractions is the wide variety of carnivorous plants, such as Venus'
fly-traps, sundews, pitcher plants, littoral shoreman plants, aquatic
glamas, and even plants with neural networks, such as the giant
carnifern. Popular animals include the sac lizard (the national animal
of Kankonia, which levitates in the air by filling its sac), the striped
rabbit-like bartibarti, the mesugas (an order of lizard-like mammals
including the bipedal madurs), the pomba (a tree-dwelling mammal whose
females mount the males during mating), the metkela (a deer with white
antlers radiating out from an erect base), the marine kalawon with
several plates at its sides, the gangapid (a four-leg-walking insect
with its semicircular wings), the aanrea (a stork whose throat houses
frogs), the noveotzon (a large, jumping ratite), the tapi (a rain-forest
bird of Povoi) and the crystal waterdrill (an endangered bird).
Deep-sea fish such as the uabangu, deongar, kudufish, popefish and
pimplefish are popular.
Learn about the different continents of Kankonia.
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Learn about Kankonia's mythology.
Education on Kankonia.
Read about the history of Kankonia.
Entertainment on Kankonia.
Kankonia and the arts.
The Kankonian language.
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