Nuevo Tejas #2

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HOBBIES/PASTIMES:

Most of the hobbies, sports and pastimes of Earth were brought along with the Nuevo Tejans. There are baseball, basketball, football and soccer games, as well as chess, checkers and a variety of other board games. Hunting and fishing, as well as riding (horses and Zergans, and ATV’s and motorcycles) are also popular. Racing of all kinds is avidly practiced and followed by fans. However, there are two modified sports from Earth that while not uniquely Nuevo Tejan are heavily adapted.

Rodeos: The Nuevo Tejans are primarily herders and all of the skills needed by cowboys in the Old West are needed by the brontoboys of the new colony. The old way of practicing and comparing these skills has also carried over, with a number of changes. Horses have lost almost all importance in these displays of skills and courage. While breaking horses to a saddle is still an important part of every ranch’s function, it is not nearly as entertaining to watch as someone riding a bull or brontolo. In fact, even the spectacle of bull riding pales in comparison to watching a man try to cling to the back of a bucking, enraged two to three ton brontolo. Many of the racing contests have been taken over by zergan riders as well. While barrel racing, or the equivalent is not popular for zergan riders, balloon racing is. In balloon racing, a number of balloons are secured several yards apart at a 45 degree angle. A foot diameter ring hangs from each balloon and the goal is for a zergan rider to grab as many of these rings as possible in as quick a time as he’s able. There is also dive racing where a number of competing zergan riders guide their mounts in a straight down dive towards a large, square area set near the ground. The first one to cross into the square is the winner and the riders have to time when they pull up just right to make it down first without crashing afterwards. Invariably, some misjudge this time and every year there are disastrous and often fatal accidents. Nonetheless, there are no shortage of men and women who desire nothing more than to be rodeo stars, and with little surprise. Each large ranch and town supports their own team of rodeo performers and the larges contests are broadcast all over the planet. Truly skilled and famous rodeo stars are as popular and idolized as actors, singers, and sports stars on most other worlds.

Footbol: A conglomeration of the two most popular sports in the Texas/Mexico region before the coming of the Zentraedi, footbol has all the same rules as soccer. The basic goal is to get a ball into a net at the opponent’s end of the field without using one’s hands. The only real difference is the fact that everyone wears a set of light pads, a necessary requirement given the fact that footbol is a full contact sport. It is perfectly legal, and, indeed, encouraged for defensemen to tackle anyone in possession of the ball. While the other sports brought to Nuevo Tejas enjoy some popularity, footbol commands the attention of the colonists. Everyone feels closely affiliated with one of the professional teams or another and outright riots have occurred during and after championship games. Footbol stars are even more popular than rodeo stars and more than one has been elected to public office because of their on field abilities.

SOCIETY:

For the most part, Nuevo Tejas possesses a scattered, agrarian society. There are only a handful of cities of any respectable size on the whole continent and the county fairs held each year are far more important times and places of social interaction than any of the towns. In fact, all of the towns hold one or more “cotillions” that emulate the dances and gatherings at these fairs as the social event(s) of the year. A fair or cotillion is a time for people to gather, gossip, trade, make deals, allow young people to meet possible suitors and, in general, reaffirm the bonds that keep human beings connected to each other. Depending on where the county/town is and what their economy depends on, rodeos, footbol tournaments, livestock raising competitions, carving contests, cooking contests and/or sewing competitions are held at these fairs and cotillions in addition to the dancing and music that plays every night. Everyone dresses in their fanciest clothes to dance and the majority of married couples throughout the colony met at one of these dances.

Art and theatre are poorly patronized in Nuevo Tejas. Most people struggle to subsist and make a better life for themselves and their families rather than wasting resources on such ephemeral things. However, there is a long, strong tradition of both music and storytelling as well as more practical forms of art such as woodcarving and quilt making. In addition, in places like San Teresa, Neo Artemis, North Fort and Paso Grande, the wealthier families have erected museums, theatres and art houses to bring culture to the planet. For the most part, these endeavors have been ignored by the common people, but as disposable income begins to rise, more notice is being given.

Every society of humans has a class or caste system and Nuevo Tejas is no different. Like essentially everywhere else, those with power and money hold a higher social position than those without. However, given that pretty much every Nuevo Tejan considers him or herself equal to pretty much everyone and that the “commoners” are notoriously proud, these theoretical social positions really only apply amongst other people with power and money. The average rancher or brontoboy is as likely to laugh at the demands or requests of a snooty rich person as fulfill them. Still, a rodeo or footbol star or a famous warrior enjoys a position of status that no one else can touch and are almost considered royalty by most people.

GOVERNMENT:

The Nuevo Tejan government promotes individual freedom and limited political interference above all. Taxes are kept low as only the (modest) salaries of elected officials, the schools and upkeep on the military have to be paid for. All local officials are directly elected. In towns, this means the mayor, judges, police chief and city council. Prosecuting attorneys and police officers are hired normally, but are sometimes removed when a new head judge or police chief comes into power. In rural counties, this means a governor, judges, sheriff, and aldermen. Of course, the same rules apply about the sheriff’s deputies and country judges’ prosecutors as in the city. It is often the whim of the newly elected official that determines if someone keeps their job. However, anyone too capricious quickly finds themselves out of office if they let personal prejudices interfere with what is best for the people.

The people do not vote directly for the colonial leaders. Instead, the mayors and governors come together and select the president of the colony while each city council and group of aldermen choose someone to serve as their representative in the colonial congress. A group of eleven supreme judges reign until they either die or are too infirm to continue. When one supreme judge steps down, the lower judges vote to elevate another judge to his or her place.

For those offices that are regularly elected, elections are held every four years. These elections are staggered so that local elections are held two years before the local officials meet to elect the colonial leaders. Thus, colonial leaders have to continuously woo their constituents as they can change radically halfway through their terms.

Nuevo Tejas has stayed neutral in the burgeoning Journeyman war. Though they have not officially sided with the Journeymen or attacked UN forces, they have also done nothing to stem the tide of growing anti-UN sentiment and unrest. Not to mention the fact that they haven’t paid taxes or sent any officials to the UN for decades. This decision was not heralded by a display of defiance or any such theatrics, the Nuevo Tejans simply stopped wasting their resources by sending them away. By their reckoning, they are free and independent and everyone else can take care of themselves, or not.

INDUSTRY:

The primary industry of Nuevo Tejas is herding. Vast herds of brontolos cover the central plains of the continent, both tamed and wild. Brontoboys keep watch over these animals, caring for them, protecting them from devil snakes and periodically driving large groups to one of the various processing/port cities to be slaughtered and turned into delectable meat for both the colonists and for their trade partners in the Sigma system.

They also grow enough other types of food to support their population though not enough to export. People in the eastern part of the continent use their wooded lands and carpentry skills to build furniture and other wooden goods while a few mines in the mountains to the west produce metals and ores necessary to carry on the rudiments of a technological civilization. There are vehicle manufacturing plants, textile mills, electronics shops and all the other industries that make up a modern society, though they are far from common and produce barely enough to meet the desires of the Nuevo Tejans, let alone having a surplus to export. In the end, Nuevo Tejas could probably survive with no outside contact, however it would hardly be a luxurious life and might be patently uncomfortable.

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