The Story of the Jihn Wranglikans



Krblin Jihn Kabin

Most visitors to the Joshua Tree area eventually notice the many small cabins dotting the desert landscape. The vast majority of these were built after the Civil War to hold people the government considered to be heretics and refused to repatriate to their rump homeland of Satgun. These eventually became known as homesteadler cabins after the young women (the homesteadlers) who often ended up taking care of and even starting families with those confined to these dwellings.

The story begins with the nation generally known to historians as OTGON, which stands for the One True God’s Only Nation. Krblin Jihn Kabin L1030360.JPG This nation once stretched West almost to the Ocean and East to the edge of aArizona and northwards to beyond Death Valley and South towards the Altabaja district. Otgon was a generally inward looking theocratic nation, but largely at peace and unified around the notion of strict adherence to the Church of the pCalifornia (the “p” is silent) Christ. Essentially, followers of this fundamentalist faith believe that the events of the Bible literally took place in the Kymaerican Southwest—specifically the deserts of pCalifornia.

They are able to marshall much physical and faith based evidence around this belief. In fact, though their claims were once dismissed as ignorance, certain remarkable discoveries have forced scholars to weigh these claims more seriously. However, the specifics of this geography eventually tore apart the nation. In such a vast land, divisions began to develop between North and South, with partisans of each making more and more claims as to the true location of biblical sites. Southern OTGON became more and more conservative, since this is where many of the Biblical sites were originally deemed to be, to the point that a sect split off called the Wrd f Krist pKalifrnia, popularly known as the Jihn Wranglicans. Krblin Jihn Kabin L1030361.JPG Active in the South primarily, among other things they believed that the letters “c” and “o” were the most obscene letters in the alphabet and that they did not belong in a language spoken by God’s children. They developed their own dialect, which can seen in written form in the Cabin and soon most people in South were speaking it.

As the Wranglikan movement gained ground, a man whom history records as the Last Bishopric—the Bishop Morongo—declared that through revelation he had learned that, indeed, the Northerners were right, that historical Jerusalem was in fact NOT by the Salton Sea but by China Lake. Further, he militarized these sites in the name of security (and interestingly, even in linear California, many of the sites remain off-limits to civilians.) The Jihn Wranglikans declared war immediately.

The fighting lasted almost a generation. It is impossible to summarize the entire War, but suffice it to say that a small principality known as Ehdaybobo (literally “river side” in Yoruba) seize the opportunity to grasp land from the weakened OTGON and, in a real sense, seized the middle ground. This meant that the weakened North OTGON and South OTGON were separated without ever really signing a treaty, a fact which would greatly affect the people in these cabins.

As a new order settled, 3 nations replaced the former OTGON: Notgeon (a corruption of Notgon), the Inland Empire (the successor state--after much internal strife--to Ehdaybobo, and Satgan (from Sauwth Ayne True G_ds Aunly Nazhuin) which also called itself, at times, the Imperium. Many Jihn Wranglikan POWs now had no home. Originally Notgeon planned mass executions, but did not want to create martyrs whose death would be a pretext for renewed hostilities. Krblin Jihn Kabin Plaque BulderL1030365.JPG (In Satgan, POWs were detained for another 10 years and then simply marched to the southern border and forced to fend for themselves).

Finally the Northerners decided to go to one of the more rugged areas of the Nation, build these cabins and seclude the Heretics on individual five acre plots which they were not allowed to leave on pain of death. The Ruling Council also saw an opportunity to address another post-war problem: the surplus of women after years of fighting. It was decreed that the eldest unmarried daughter in every family would henceforth be declared a homestedler, her legal and social status would be akin to that of a war widow and a mental incompetent, ironically permitting her certain freedoms within the theocracy, but meaning that if she bore children they would be wards of the state. These homestedlers would be responsible for bringing food and water to the former prisoners.

As might be expected many relationships developed and it was not unusual for the homestedler and the sekluded one to form life partnerships (marriage was rarely allowed and the children were raised within the army). Krblin Jihn’s story was not unusual. He fell in love with his homestedler, known only as Rakal, and they enjoyed several wonderful years together until her death in a flash flood. After that he began his translations of the Bible into both Cognate and False Cognate. His relations with subsequent homestedler’s was purely platonic and finally he immersed himself in the almost Talmudic dissection of geography of the Gospels. This led to the legendary Kmmentaries n Matthew.

Interestingly, the Jihn Wranglican sect had begun as a very fundamentalist interpretation of the Bible. But over time the Sekluded (as they were often called, they also sometimes called themselves Homestedlers after the women who saved them) developed an extremely warm and tolerant world view. They felt that the Seklusion in these cabins was a gift from God that let them feel the true sting of powerlessness. Over time, the northern Jihn Wranglikans (sometimes called Homestedlers , the Sekluded or Sekludites) became culturally distinct from the Sawth. For the Homestedlers, Matthew became the essential gospel. The valued its simplicity and relative tolerance.

This particular cabin became a shrine and retreat for other scholars hoping to follow in the footsteps of the great Krblin Jihn.

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