Demonyms of the Faelish People

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Due to its polyglot and multicultural nature, adjectivals and demonyms for Faeland, its culture, people and language, are moderately complex. For instance, the country's official name is Fáel, but not all of its citizens are Fael-ish.

Modern Demonyms

To outsiders, the terms Fáel, Faelish, and Faelander are often interchangeable adjectives for a citizen of the Federated States of Faeland. However, the appropriate blanket term for a citizen of the Federated States is Faelander. As a general purpose adjective for things relating to the country, culture, etc. of the V.F., Faelish is acceptable.

Within the country, however, Faelish is typically reserved for things relating to the Kingdom of Faeland, its people, or its language. Likewise, a Fáel is a citizen of the Kingdom of Faeland. Rapidly declining in currency is the term "Çelathi" to refer to the same things. Increasingly this is an academic term relating to historical peoples of the Faelish Isles (Çelathi People) prior to The Washing; and their cultures and languages.

Other Demonyms

As mentioned above, Çelathi increasingly refers to historic peoples, cultures, languages, and states of the Faelish Isles; typically before the colonial period and always indigenous in meaning. So for instance, a kingdom of native Faels (Kingdom of Aln) existing in the Highlands in the middle ages would be considered Çelathi, despite being born out of the Alan Invasion, whereas the cities of the Pentapolis would not (this is a case where the definitions become murky, as the Pentapolis might not be Çelathi, but it is certainly Faelish), as the culture that arrived wiped out the pre-existing culture.

See also: Faelish People

When referring to prehistoric or illiterate cultures of Faeland, the terms proto-Çelathi and Faeletic are employed (often interchangeably).