Vannoken culture functions because of high trust between the people that form it. All of the Vannoken families are scattered throughout the world, many of us on military deployments; yet, we somehow manage to have very tightly knit trans-familial bonds from shared culture, experiences, and beliefs.

We attribute much of the intrinsic development of this cultural attribute to our own genetic memory, having partially descended from high-trust European ethnic groups of the past.

Expressed in a single word of Vanno, the traditional Vannoken way of thinking that makes this possible is called “Temunðȑætki.” In English, it translates to “the way of rectitude.”

Oxford English dictionary defines “rectitude” as “morally correct behavior or thinking; righteousness.”

Inazo Nitobe, writer of Bushido: The Spirit of Japan defines rectitude as “…the power of deciding upon a certain course of conduct in accordance with reason, without wavering;–to die when it is right to die, to strike when to strike is right.”

Meanwhile, there’s a very special element of ancient Nordic culture that formed their society: the concept of the Norse oath. In traditional Nordic culture, once a man would give his word, he would be expected to follow-through on that word, even if at great unexpected loss to himself.

What we have done in rebuilding our culture is infuse ancient Norse and Japanese philosophy into our respective evolutionary psychologies as one compatible concept, way of thinking and thus behaving.

While human beings are naturally flawed creatures, the ideal we strive for is to be people of our word in all interactions and behavior, even and especially with people outside of the culture. This high-trust cultural element of keeping one’s word, or never allowing emotions like cowardice to become excuses for inconsistent behavior.

This cultural element is why we’re able to successfully build businesses together as a tribe, and thus lift ourselves out of poverty.

This is also why it’s important for the leader, as the leader, to have as high a credit score as possible. Though, this expectation extends to each member of the tribe. The leader is just demonstrating by example; this means that it’s actually every Vannoken to have a high credit score through following the demonstration of that example and what it means for the reputation of the tribe.

To the average person, a credit score is simply a numerical reading of how well one pays their bills. The cultural difference between how a Vannoken looks at the credit score and the average person is that many people foreign to the culture tend to think that an agreement with a corporation or any other legal body is not the same as an agreement with a friend.

Meanwhile, to the Vannoken, a credit score is evidential proof that a Vannoken is good at keeping their word, in general. It doesn’t matter if the agreement is with a corporation or an individual human being: It’s not a part of Vannoken culture enter an agreement of any kind that they don’t plan to fulfill according to their word.

If a Vannoken is not sure that they can deliver on what they speak of, then they should either make that a known part of the agreement, or keep their mouth shut entirely.

Thus, this way of thinking creates a trustworthy culture formed by people of action, for the Vannoken oath is at the foundation of Vannoken society in the same way that our Norse ancestors had the oath at the foundation of their society.

This is one of the greatest strengths of Vannoken culture, because developing a reputation of trustworthiness makes it much easier to earn international business contracts as we develop our fledgling economy.

This makes Vannoken culture directly opposed to cultures like Islam, in which strategic lying to anyone considered an infidel is endorsed in several areas of the Qur’an. Or, much of mainland Chinese culture, that has a staunchly oppositional take to white lying from the cultural evolutionary psychology of Confucianism.

However, like the ancient Nordic sagas, this can greatly backfire on us; it’s both one of our greatest strengths and greatest weaknesses as a people, because it makes us vulnerable to highly manipulative people who are not people of their word. Or, perhaps even more traumatizing for us, people who descend from similar ethnic cultures, yet do not look at us as kin.

Here is a short comment stream in which I explain the vulnerability:

In a nutshell, Vannokens are highly vulnerable to Europeans who don’t consider us kin, even though we look at them as kin. We have biological reasons for doing so that they don’t equally share with us.

We’re aware of this, but through the concept of Temunðȑætki, it’s expected for us to demonstrate the rectitude and courage necessary to do what is right. Because traditional Vannoken culture respects individual human freedom so highly, it’s perfectly fine to have this vulnerability to harm from outsiders to Vannoken culture because of a shared Kantian and Stoic philosophical take on what is moral. Simply because someone else (especially those outside of the culture) may act dishonorably toward us, doesn’t mean we get to use that as an excuse to lower ourselves to their level.