Recently I did a post about the history of Republic of Lagrangia, today I will discuss the etymology of the name Mordanicus. The form is derived from the word <Mordan> in the manner of Roman victory titles such as Germanicus or Africanus. The point is now, where does the name <Mordan> came from?
Mordan is derived from a science fiction book called De Heerser van Mordan (The Ruler of Mordan) by Dutch science fiction author Tais Teng, which I read at age ten. In this book two children get into trouble with a strange new comer in town, who introduces himself as the ruler of Mordan. The “ruler” is trying to take over control of their town and is able to even control the police. Soon the children discover that this man is from the future, the year 2117. In order to defeat him, they sneak into his new build palace and through a list they convince the ruler’s assistant, a genetically modified monkey, to bring them to the future in order to get assistance.
The monkey operates the time machine, called a zaduk, and in 2117 they run into the hands of a man called Ven, who mistakes them for Haldo, the fled ruler. Ven explains that in the Republic of Mordan that no one desires to rule the country and that the job of Ruler of Mordan is simply given to the first applicant. However, Haldo enjoyed to be the ruler and therefore his citizens were forced to fire him after a few days.
Of course we get a few shots of how the future would like, but soon after their arrival the children are told by Ven that it is against the law that people from the past can see anything from the future. But the most intriguing feature we get from the year 2117 is that we see many people flying in the sky on their own. This is intriguing because the founder of modern Space colonization, Gerard O’Neill, has written a lengthy part of The High Frontier about flying. In the center of a rotating space habitat, the centrifugal force is small and therefore objects placed there are floating weightless.
The ability to fly on your own is the ultimate symbol of freedom, the idea that the Mordans were able to fly on their own is not just a nice featured futuristic technology. No it means that Mordan is a land of the free, people who will never tolerate a dictator.
When I read De Heerser of Mordan for the first time, I was already interested in space colonization and some time later I decided that Mordan would be the name of the space colony I wanted to establish. Further I realised that if I would succeed to do so, I would be one of the first person to create a new country without resorting to violence. Such act would be, in my eyes, much more glorious than any military victory. From there the name Mordanicus.