Early Life in Anaetyr and the Veon
Anaetyne are considered children to the age of 21. Children are raised communally, often spending time with members of different Veon or just individuals who have time to watch them, get along well with them, etc. While the parents have the final say in what happens with their children, many members of the community are involved and have some amount of say in what happens. The first eight years pass along like this with the child bouncing back and forth between people so that there is always someone keeping and eye on them and teaching them basic skills
From the age of 8 to 15, children are required to attend school three days a week, year round. Which three days varies from child to child and by family situation, but local officials are required to make sure the children attend three days a week, barring extenuating circumstances. This schooling is mostly general knowledge and life skills, things that any walk of life will find useful.
From 15 to 18, children attend general school two days a week, and three days out of the week they spend training with specific professions. The goal is for the individual to be exposed to as wide a variety of trades and professions so they can discover what they enjoy and are skilled at.
18 to 21 includes mandatory military and self defense training. Every able bodied Anaetyne is expected to be at least somewhat competent with the bow, sword and spear. At this stage in life, four days a week are spent training, and two days out of the week are spent working as an apprentice for a specific profession. By now, most Anaetyne have decided what they want to do with their lives, but it isn’t uncommon or looked down upon to swap apprenticeships once or twice during this period. If they are interested in pursuing military careers, all six days are spent training, though the extra two days include more military knowledge and tactical training.
All Anaetyne citizens are a member of a Veon. A Veon acts as a large family unit, though not all of its members are related. When an Anaetyne turns 21, they have a ceremony called the Veonstryn, where Veon that wish to have the new adult in their Veon make offers. Customarily both parent’s Veons offer, but they are not required to, and any Veon is allowed to make an offer regardless of affiliation. In the rare case that no Veon offers to someone, or that person doesn’t accept any offer, the elf has two choices; they can either strike off on their own in the world, catch passage to some other land or just go where the wind takes them, or they can remain in Anaetyr as a Veontar. A Veontar is free to live and work in Anaetyr like normal, but have no method of participating in governance, as that is all done through the Veon, and cannot hold noble titles. A group of five or more Veontar can petition Veon Aevirath to be granted their own Veon, that then has the rights and abilities of any Veon.
Anaetyne can swap Veon as long as the new Veon is willing to accept them, but it is customary to get permission from the previous Veon first, though it is not required in any way.
Each Veon has a Veonschal, who is elected from all members of the Veon upon the previous Veonschal’s death or resignation. All members of the Veon have one vote in this process. The powers of each Veonschal varies somewhat from Veon to Veon, though they always have some level of final say in any of the Veon’s decisions, such as offering to new adults or dealings between Veon. Each member of a Veon is free to live where they wish, though most Veon members tend to live close together. Every Anaetyne is in charge of their own finances and can own their own property, but most Veon require members to pay a certain amount of wealth or goods per year to the Veon. The only Veon that does not elect their Veonschal is Veon Aevirath. The Veonschal Aevirath is both the head of the Veon and the Vaesilokh of Anaetyr, and they determine their successor themselves. They can change this selection at any time, but they must always have determined a clear line of succession with at least three people in it at any time.
All Veon memberships, transfers, and deaths; as well as Veonschal elections are kept in official records that are verified by Veon Aevirath and kept stored in documents in Aeredos.
Really interesting concept