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Utopian Society Project- Katelyn L. Block: S3

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Utopian Society-
By: Katelyn Luck
Music:
Religion:
Poet Laureate:
Economics and daily life:
Economics and daily life (continued):
Power and Politics:
Concord:
Declaration of Independence:
(written as if it were the 1830's)
Members/ Citizens:
Name and Location-
-named Concord because of the ideas of harmony and union that this civilization was founded upon
-intentional community/ civilization
-this civilization lies on the foundations of Cappadocia, Turkey
In modernistic society it is de facto accepted that political and social strife are present in these United States of America. Various transgressions in contemporary Society have led to these tumultuous times. The injustices of slavery, innate human rights and equality have led to the making of Concord.

-
male and female oligarchs
that run society (however, they will not rule as a dictator would and
voting
will take place to elect these officials and anyone can enter into the
drawing (top five men and five women selected become oligarchs and in case of tie have another vote for two people in question)
). These men and women make sure that everyone in Concord is living out a communal life and
simply act as overseers.
EVERYONE must abide by the laws of this civilization including the
prohibition of weaponry and war motives
, as well as moral and civil crimes prohibited in the United states (rape, murder, stealing, etc.), but also crimes that directly contradict Concord's principles of communal living and equality.

-all 10 oligarchs must agree on a ruling to come to a decision and
2/3 majority of jurors
to get the public opinion as well.

-A
constitution
will set out the laws of the government and provide the necessary foundation of this government.

- Society solely operates under the ideas of communalism and socialism with hints of rationalism, naturalism of morality and religion.

-transcendentalist ideas of the importance of nature and
"natural education"

-idea is that while their is a concept of "sacrificing" for the greater good, when individuals
are
part of the greater good,
t
hen the ideas of a simple lifestyle and communal living not burdens to the individual. (Stresses whole over the individual)

-
jury of 50
randomly selected members to listen to court cases and provide for a fair trial
Setting-
-Cappadocia is settled on a high,
dry plateau in the middle of Turkey
. The region is one of hot, dry summers and cold, sometimes snowy, winters.
-To the east Cappadocia is bounded by the upper
Euphrates River
, before that river bends to the southeast to flow into Mesopotamia, and the Armenian Highland.
-
Great fertility in soil
and Concord therefore is based on
agrarian-style communitarianism
with the efficiency and planning benefits of industry and technology for a self-sufficient government secluded from the rest of the World.
-The focus on the integration of technology, business, and morality in society leads Concord to become one of the most economically advanced and
self-sustained
communities ever.
-men and women had
separate spheres of activity
and responsibilities which were sharply divided. (men labor and women placed in domestic sphere however both had the opportunity to become whatever they want, but they work for the betterment of their society, not themselves). Each member of the community had an obligation to work and display pride for working for one another.
-Each member of the community had
specific jobs
that they were trained to do, many of which contributed to the great surplus of agricultural and material commodities for the self-sufficiency of the society.
-the
oligarchs do the economic planning
and families are each distributed the same amount of food, water, clothes, and other goods so that there is no need for money or desire for anything besides what is given to a person. The Utopia is simply based on a
common ownership
by all of the people in Concord.
-The
standard of living in Concord is very high
due to the amount of work and pride that the people take in working for each other
-Play and the pursuits of individuals are always able to be expressed because they better the societal way of life and love of this community.
How to Handle defiant behavior?
-let it pass because they will understand over time that their society is utterly perfect and the advancement of their society is the most important thing to them
-if they do not agree to the laws and ideals by which Concord was set up and have not intention of understanding them, they will be asked to leave the society and return to the United States (deportation).
-if they have the desire to understand the ways of the people in this civilization and it's beliefs, they will be placed in an educational housing area to learn and be tutored about these ideas
No specified religion, however since this community was once all catholic so there is a strong christian background in Concord. God grants equality to all by letting them have faith in him and therefore every person should be entitled to equality and freedom of religion.
History:
Background-
-Cappadocia, Turkey is the site of many Volcanic eruptions creating a lunar-looking landscape.
-Second-century Christians fleeing their Roman persecutors carved hiding places into the landscape of Cappadocia and formed various intricate cities.
-After the fall of the Roman Empire, these Christians left the region leaving the underground cities vacant.

The creation of Concord-
-In 1830’s American explorers
Horatio Humphrey and Samuel Dayes
traveled to this mysterious land with a group of 1,000 people of various races, ethnicities and social standings to create a society free from the prejudices and inequality that the United States retained at this time.
-They have lived there ever since in underground communities.
Population Statistics:
-The population of this civilization is approximately 1,000 with an area approximately 250 miles east–west and 160 miles north–south. This size and population is preferable as it would promote central unity amongst the people of this civilization.
Rights of members-
The people of this society are entitled to the unalienable and fundamental rights that are inherent to humankind. They are bestowed with certain natural rights not contingent upon the laws, customs, or beliefs of Concord including liberty and prosperity. At the same time, they are bestowed with certain legal rights by the governance of Concord. Some of these rights include:
-rights to property and privacy
-freedom of free speech and assembly
-freedom of press
-freedom of religion
-fair trial/ due process
- security of person
-not be arbitrarily arrested
-security against unreasonable search and seizure
-trial by jury
Duties of members-
Basic tenets of society:

-must live communally and engage spiritually and physically with a sense of institutionalized equality
-must regularly confess to their sins
-must separate themselves from the outside world
-must exercise the power of intellect by attending educational programs and classes every day
-must solely live for each other
Who are the members?
-The population consists of many diverse individuals, especially those who have suffered from the prejudice and malice in the United States of America in the 1830's looking for a different place to truly prosper without these complications.
-However, the members of this society may come from anywhere in the world as this community is truly open to
all
people.
Social Stratifications-
Within the community men and women had separate spheres of activity and responsibilities but are fundamentally equal because each member of the community had an obligation to work and provide for one another.

Each member of the community has specific jobs that they are trained to do, many of which contributed to the great surplus of agricultural and material commodities for self-sufficiency.
*
Note:
Written as if it were the 1830's in the United States of America.*
Trust in the government has waned due to the lack of enforcement upon the laws by which this great nation was once founded. the Confederate states idea that African Americans can be sold and are "property" is the utmost reason for this departure.

Concord shall be a community where all people peacefully coexist for the betterment of the society unlike these United States where racism and conflict are commonplace.
The need to form a more perfect union is evidenced by the obvious negligence of the government to interfere and stop the atrocity of slavery on a large sale as well as the prejudices inflicted upon various races and immigrants. Concord not only will end the barbaric act of slavery, but bring together people from all around the World to create a strong sense of community and family.
In a similar manner as the United States, but to further extents, Concord will focus on reasoned intellectual endeavors. However other aspects of this society are harmonious communal living, agrarian-style communitarianism with the efficiency and planning benefits of a strong industrial and technological sector, which are very different aspects of a society that the United States does not retain. This focus on the integration of technology, business, and morality in society will create a most prosperous nation, Concord.
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The Joint Commission of Amity and Tranquility
is an organization uniting the entire society as one in law enforcement (act as Police of this society)
Marley's idea was that everyone in the world should stop fighting and become one - a similar sentiment to John Lennon's "Imagine" and George Harrison's "Give Me Love (Give Me Peace On Earth)." There is, however, a deeper meaning behind the song than a simple call for unity. Some of the lyrics are about oppression and how sinners will pay for their evil deeds in the end. For many listeners, the deeper message is lost in the overwhelming chorus. This is similar to the idea that without the basic tenet in Concord of repenting, one will eventually lose their moral compass and become corrupt.
black or white-michael Jackson
one -creed
Burt Bacharach ~ Living Together Growing Together
"Born on April 4th, 1928, in St. Louis, Missouri, Dr. Maya Angelou was raised in St. Louis and Stamps, Arkansas. In Stamps, Dr. Angelou experienced the brutality of racial discrimination, but she also absorbed the unshakable faith and values of traditional African-American family, community, and culture" (http://mayaangelou.com/bio/).
EQUALITY


You declare you see me dimly
through a glass which will not shine,
though I stand before you boldly,
trim in rank and making time.

You do own to hear me faintly
as a whisper out of range,
while my drums beat out the message
and the rhythms never change.


Equality, and I will be free.
Equality, and I will be free.


You announce my ways are wanton,
that I fly from man to man,
but if I'm just a shadow to you,
could you ever understand?


We have lived a painful history,
we know the shameful past,
but I keep on marching forward,
and you keep on coming last.


Equality, and I will be free.
Equality, and I will be free.


Take the blinders from your vision,
take the padding from your ears,
and confess you've heard me crying,
and admit you've seen my tears.


Hear the tempo so compelling,
hear the blood throb through my veins.
Yes, my drums are beating nightly,
and the rhythms never change.


Equality, and I will be free.
Equality, and I will be free.

Written by Maya Angelou
The End!
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