At the dinner, we were comparing and contrasting the cultures of Kadjar and Terra. They turned out to be totally different.
“It is so great that we have crossed our differences and forged our friendship.” I told Jafar, after I got mashed potatoes on my plate.
“There was a great barrier that we had to jump over.” Rosa stated and took a bite of sausage. “Our cultures have nothing in common, except the Empire faith.” She acknowledged.
“What kind of differences are you talking about? Honestly, I know nothing about Terra.” Jafar asked me.
“Let’s start with the obvious. We all remember the day when I and Rosa first came to school. Because, we grew up on Terra, where everyone is raised as girls and boys, we could not expect a situation where we are addressed as males. Everyone on Kadjar is equally masculine, and they know no females.”
“Then we have to address two handsome dragons sitting on this table.” Rosa stood up putting her hands at the shoulders of her companions. “I could not go out with two partners at once when I was Terra. That would be unacceptable to the Terran society, while here it is totally normal. You can have as many as four partners, no one would bat his eye.” Rosa finished and sat back down.
“Well, there is a limitation to that, it is forbidden to go out with persons of different species. Humans date humans, Zahuris date Zahuris.” Jafar set the record clear. She also had a plate cleared.
“Here is another difference between Kadjar and Holy Terra. Only humans can live on Holy Terra. People of other species can’t stay there unless they serve the Emperor.” Dad uttered.
“Meanwhile, here on Kadjar we have entire cities only populated by goblins.” Dereck stated and ate his third sandwich.
“Do goblins celebrate weddings? For the whole time I was here, I have not seen a single wedding.” Mom joined the conversation.
“What is a wedding?” Jafar asked. My eyes climbed to my forehead. How in hell, could they not have weddings?
“That’s when people celebrate the birth of new family.” Mom answered.
“We don’t have that here. If you and your companion move in together you are officially partnered.” Norbert described how Kadjari families are formed.
“In that case, whose last name would my grandchildren get?” Mom raised her concern. She needed to know how last names are determined here on Kadjar.
“That depends on who moves in with whom. If Layla moves in with Dereck, she would join the Durans, and if he moves here, then they would be Beys.” Mr. Lindar explained to her. The same scheme as on Terra. Only you don’t have to change your last name every time you move.
“Duran is not a neighborhood, isn’tit?” Mom needed a little clarification.
“We are the greatest clan of Kadjar and the empire.” Octave took a bite of bread, “Over generations, we have grown from the family of Armand Duran, into the collection of families scattered all across the Empire.” Octave Duran had a glass of water. “As of now, there are 170 million Durans, in millions of households on 1200 worlds.” Octave Duran finished his sandwich.
“What do all these people do?” Malik got curious.
“We are the masters of computer hardware.” Denise replied.
“Do you have a special clan for everything, like we have special neighborhoods?” Malik searched for an analogy.
“Yes, we do. Lindars manage the teleports, Nadomas make service robots, Nadzimas grow timber and turn it into artifacts. Meanwhile Dzimangas rule biotech, Glish control the music, and Faru produce games.” Octave described the duties of a few select clans.
“How large are those other clans?” Mom inquired.
“We Lindars number 144 million.” Norbert took his communicator out of the bag. “There are 138 million living Nadzimas, 66 million Dangans, and 115 million Dzimangas.” Mrs. Lindar answered her question.
“If I join the clan, can I get the profits from their business?” Rosa got her third helping of mashed potatoes. Jafar got her fifth.
“Yes, you can. All adult members of the clan are considered shareholders of clan fortune, if they work for the clan.” Mr. Lindar was done with his mashed potatoes.
“Can you get a job without membership?” I have cleared my plate.
“Non – clan members can be employees but never shareholders. Each clan has to have 5% of its workforce be non – members, no more, no less.” Mr. Lindar allowed such opportunity, for a few people. The rest are stuck within their clan structures or have no jobs at all. When his speech was over, maids showed up to pick up the dishes.
The dinner has ended. Everyone got up and went out of the house. Everyone, except Rosa’s companions. Dad held meetings with Rosa’s companions in his office. First with Rob, and then with Ned.
My sister turns 17 on Dergdar, Clio 10th, and Jafar lost virginity on her 17thbirthday. It is a custom here, to start right after you are allowed to.