In order to be able to fulfil the need to situate cultural products
like the documents of this site in time some kind of chronological
system is required. On this planet the earthly solar year is best
suited as a unit for a more or less natural chronology. Such a
chronology must, then, establish two things:
the number of the year.
For want of something better at present this site counts the
number of years after (the first solstice succeeding) the end of the
Second World War.
the number (and name) of the day of the year.
For this purpose the present site uses the (Quaternary) Metric World
Calendar instead of a historically deformed freak of culture such
as the Gregorian one.
The following pages, card and diary deal specifically with the new era
and the Metric calendar, except for one that is about
the old, Christianistic era developed by Exiguus:
for every year and everyone on Earth
(free from days specially marked for supernaturalists and
All MVVM documents show two dates, separated by a hyphen, after the
site name MVVM at the top on the left. The first of these dates is
the day on which the document was made public on the Internet, the
second the day when the document was last changed, at
least as far as the visible text is concerned. The dates are
represented by codes consisting of three numbers: 12.34.5. The first
number relates to the year, starting from the end of the Second World
War; the second and third numbers relate to the week and the day of
the week in accordance with the Metric World Calendar.
In languages which are in at least one respect much more logical or
consistent than the traditional variant of This Language every month of
the year is given a numerical name (Month One or First Month,
Month Two or Second Month, and so on), regardless of the
calendar used. Such a name may also be used for a month of the Metric
World Calendar, but it does not distinguish a Metric month from one of the
months of the usually freakish, if not exclusivist, calendars in use at the
same place or elsewhere, at the same time or in the past. (Moreover, a name
like First Month may be confused with the first month of a series of
months not starting with 'First Month', dependent on other characteristics
of the language in question.) Therefore, it is very worthwhile to
have alternative names for the months which apply to the Metric World
Calendar only. Such names have already been created for Zhezhong Yuyan.
Since the morphemes Yule and Lent do not exist in that
language (or would change the meaning of the morpheme for Spring), they
have been replaced with East and West in what will be called
"the compass names" of the Metric months in This Language.
(Theoretically, it would also have been possible to use the order from
Northeast and Northwest via Central Month to Southwest and Southeast, or
from Northwest and Northeast via Central Month to Southeast and Southwest.
But, like the equator, there is nothing exclusively Western or exclusively
Eastern about Central Month and therefore it has not been made part of
some 'Western' or 'Eastern' period of the year.)
As from the end of the 62nd year aSWW the literal
translations of the typically Metric names in Zhezhong Yuyan are also used
in This Language for universal, nondenominational purposes.
The names with Yule, Equinoctial and Lent as
introduced in the
will continue to be used in more formal, if not solemn, circumstances.
The correspondence between the compass names and specifically neutralistic
Model names and abbreviations is as follows:
Early Northeast (ENE)
Northern Early Yule (NEY)
Northern Mid-Yule (NMY)
Late Northeast (LNE)
Northern Late Yule (NLY)
Early Northwest (ENW)
Northern Equinoctial (NEM)
Northern Mid-Lent (NML)
Late Northwest (LNW)
Northern Late Lent (NLL)
Central Month (CEN)
Equatorial Month (EQU)
Early Southeast (ESE)
Southern Early Yule (SEY)
Southern Mid-Yule (SMY)
Late Southeast (LSE)
Southern Equinoctial (SEM)
Early Southwest (ESW)
Southern Early Lent (SEL)
Southern Mid-Lent (SML)
Late Southwest (LSW)
Southern Late Lent (SLL)
The Northern semester covers weeks 1 to 24, the Southern one weeks 29 to 52.
These semesters do not include any of the four central weeks, because
Central or 'Equatorial' Month itself is neither a Northern nor a Southern
The Northern half year, however, covers weeks 1 to 26, and the Southern
half year weeks 27 to 52.
These half years are both 26 weeks long.
The Northeast trimester covers weeks 1 to 12; this period is the same as
'Northern Yule'. The Northeast quarter, however, covers weeks 1-13,
as all four quarters are exactly 13 weeks long.
The Northwest trimester covers weeks 13 to 24; this period is the same as
'Northern Lent'. The Northwest quarter covers weeks 14-26.
The Southeast trimester covers weeks 29 to 40; this period is the same as
'Southern Yule'. The Southeast quarter covers weeks 27-39.
The Southwest trimester covers weeks 41 to 52; this period is the same as
'Southern Lent'. The Southwest quarter covers weeks 40-52.