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Columbian Calendar and Time Systems

The Columbian Calendar and Time Systems were largely derived from the Common timekeeping conventions, standardized by the Grey Empire and its adherent territories. After the Great War and the Spring of Nations, the fledgling United Colonies established a new calendar to deviate from Imperial customs. A Columbian system was further perfected after the Civil War and is the current calendar structure in use, retaining major differences from the widely-used regional calendar.

A day is defined as a length of 24 hours, either depicted in the 12-hour or 24-hour forms. These 24 hours divided between two periods: A.M. (ante meridiem, “before midday”) and P.M. (post meridiem, “after midday). Each period consists of 12 hours numbered: 12 (acting as 0), 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10 and 11. The 24-hour/day cycle starts at 12 midnight (usually indicated as 12:00 a.m.), runs through 12 noon (usually indicated as 12:00 p.m.), and continues just before midnight at the end of the day. Each hour consists of 60 minutes, and each minute divided into 60 seconds. Lower sub-units of seconds, such as milliseconds, are used for precise measurements of time.

There are 10 days in a Columbian week, referred to as “décades”: Primidas, Duodas, Tridas, Quartidas, Quintidas, Sextidas, Septidas, Octidas, Nonidas, Decadas. (1st thru 10th days). Three décades comprise of a Columbian month, and thus 30 days per month.

The seasonal quarters of a Columbian year are each divided into three months, and thus, create a 12-month calendar, and each year containing approximately 365.5 days. The additional days in the calendar are complemented through the “Sansculottides”. These days were widely recognized federal holidays, with one day in between seasonal quarters (3 days), a New Year’s Eve and a New Year’s Day (totaling to five days). During a leap year (during every four years) there would be six Sansculottide days.

Much like the Skyreach Common Calendar, approximately 14,000 years has passed since the end of the Age of Antiquity, and each period of two-thousand years denoting numerical Eras. The Sixth Era stands as the most recent era in the Columbian Calendar, and is often referred to as the “Common” Era. With the current year of 1890, 110 years or so remains of the Sixth Era before a transition to the coming Seventh Era.

Day - Decade - Month - Year - Era

1st Day, Decade the First, Month of Aurorum, Year 1890 of the Sixth Era (01.1/3.01.1890.6E)

[WINTER] 1st Month - Pluvius (Rainy) - January
[WINTER] 2nd Month - Ventosus (Windy) - February

1st Sansculottide - Initium - Celebration of Revivals

[SPRING] 3rd Month - Aurorum (Dawn) - March
[SPRING] 4th Month - Floresco (Bloom) - April
[SPRING] 5th Month - Pratum (Meadow) - May

2nd Sansculottide - Sanctitum - Celebration of Virtues

[SUMMER] 6th Month - Messis (Harvest) - June
[SUMMER] 7th Month - Thermidor (Heat) - July
[SUMMER] 8th Month - Fructus (Fruit) - August

3rd Sansculottide - Ingenium - Celebration of Talents

[FALL] 9th Month - Vindemia (Vintage) - September
[FALL] 10th Month - Brumas (Misty) - October
[FALL] 11th Month - Frimas (Frost) - November

4th Sansculottide - Opusium - Celebration of Labours

[WINTER] 12th Month - Nivosus (Wintry) - December

5th Sansculottide - Fiducium - Celebration of Convictions


6th Sansculottide - Exsultium (Leap Year’s Day) - Celebration of Honors