Oasis: Years, Days and Calendar

A billion years ago, the planet of #Oasis was on the very outer edge of its stars habitable zone. When the star turned into a red giant it switched to being on the inner edge of the habitable zone. This has ensured that a year on Oasis is very long, at 734.83 days. This causes very long seasons, especially in the North and South Pole. Fortunately for humans, the rotation is very close to Earths, being 25.2 hours. This is close enough for Terran plants and animals to adjust without too much difficulty. Before The Fall, humanity was spread out over dozens of systems in tens of millions of massive city like space stations and hundreds of planets, moons and large asteroids, ranging from lifeless rocks, to terraformed planets to ones like Oasis. Trying to keep everyone on a traditional Earth calendar for all of that would have been futile. So a compromise was reached. There was one standard calendar of exactly 365 days, with each day being exactly 24 hours. There were no months, seasons, leap years, or daylight saving time. This was mostly used for dealing with people outside of the colony and records keeping. Each individual group could make their own calendar for their own use, which many did, especially planet bound colonies. After The Fall, Oasis slowly lost this calendar system. Instead people focused on changes in the weather (when there was a noticeable change), migration patterns, and when plants would generally start growing. This mishmash of dates and times was fine at first, but as the world knit itself back together it became increasingly difficult for merchants and people doing business outside of their town or city. When airships became common, the lack of a common calendar played hell with orders and schedules. A priest in the Water Cult tried to solve this problem and searched through their extensive library. He was able to piece together the pre-Fall calendar system and shared it with his superiors. Within 5 years the Water Cult was using the system, using an Oasis day instead of the 24 hour day, within their temples throughout Oasis. Merchants soon picked up system and it is now used by almost every merchant and scholar on the planet. Among the various governments and administrators the system is slowly but steadily gaining ground, and in another 50 years it should be universal. To use it, they simply put the day then the year. Simple and easy to use, without having to look at the moon, the sun, if its raining or if the Jungle Bush is flowering. Agreeing on what day it is, can be a challenge however.

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