The People of the Peaceful Friendship
|Ethnic groups |
• The One Who Speaks
• Matriarchal Council
of the League
• Treaty of National Friendship
• 2020 estimate
• 2020 census
|GDP (PPP)||2020 estimate|
• Per capita
|ISO 3166 code||KL,WKW|
The People of the Peaceful Friendship (E’lixsienk: Wëlànkuntëwakà’ká) commonly known as the Kelamí League, is a confederacy of tribal nations located in northwest Novaris. The six constituent nations of the League, known as Lekaëyu, are highly autonomous, though they answer to a central government known as the Grand Council of the People (Achimulsëwakàn) on matters of foreign policy, international economics, and defense. The nation shares borders with Endertopias and Acara Shura to the south and Tynam to the north, as well as Älemsi Negdel via maritime territory. The League covers a mountainous and cold territory close to the Rotantic Circle, and derives much of its prosperity from the soft drink and data hosting industries, owing to carbonated hot springs and cold temperatures being conducive to supporting those enterprises.
The League was formed from six nationstates: Shahëwèkwe (The People of the Crawfish), Sànàksëkwe'iéke (The People of the Black Arrowhead), Answikànwèkwe (The People of the Fishing Net), Thàpèkunkwèké (The People of the Wellspring), Pahsaèkatëmatwa'áku (The People of the Guarded Valley), and Kèxaptunwène'ku (The People of Few Words.) These nations of Cervine tribes and people had existed in the isolation of the Novaran tundra for centuries, but the slow colonization and settlement of the southern lands prompted them to band together for mutual defense and solidarity. Each spoke a language descended from a common origin, and the confederacy still maintains a diverse linguistic heritage today. The national language "E’lixsienk" is not a single dialect but a group of over ten related languages. The Treaty of National Friendship, signed in 1344, brought the six states under the banner of the name Wëlànkuntëwakà’ká, meaning "the People of the Peaceful Friendship." This confederated nation developed its own identity and values separate from the more industrial southern Novaris nations during the 1st Millenium, their territory too inhospitable for settlement and the peoples too adamant of their independence to be worth bothering. Taking no sides in any conflicts, the League is staunchly neutral to the point of stubbornness, though its citizens are active and vocal participants of the international community via interconnectivity, television, and travel. The nation is a full member of the League of Novaris.
Credited with being the oldest and largest of the contemporary Cervine nations, the League is a modern example of Cervine culture. The confederated nations are highly family-based with constituent tribes and clans led by elder matriarchs. The League as a whole is highly environmentally conscious and does not permit excessive extraction of resources or development of real estate, preferring small scattered communities of limited size and nondestructive industry. While somewhat isolationist, the League trades with a good number of countries and is a common source for spices, herbal remedies, and traditional medicines. The lumber and agriculture industries, as well as food and beverages, are major League exports. The League states commonly cite themselves as the birthplace of rootbeer and other carbonated beverages, though this claim remains unverified due to the nature of its roots in oral history.
Located in the northwestern portion of Novaris, the League is highly mountainous and cold. It borders the Cryrian territory of Tynam to the north, and Endertopias and Acara Shura to the south. Via the Rotantic Ocean it borders Älemsi Negdel to the north, and Vesienväl via the Kepua'nuatuc Bay. Surveys place the total land area somewhere around 700,000 square kilometers. The terrain and lack of local interest had led to few complete land surveys, all with discrepancies.
Geographical features include the Kitahtëneyo mountain range, the Nkule'kithané River, a variety of taiga grasslands in the eastern Hakihe lowlands, and the Kunapu'ie coastline. Various small islands and inlets characterize the northern coast. The highest point in the country is Ànakitahtyëne Peak at 2,799 meters above sea level. High amounts of subducted volcanic activity and large groundwater reserves create hot springs and grottos within the mountainous areas.
Owing to its latitude, aurora rotanitae are commonly viewable from the League.
The League covers at least 700,000 square kilometers and has an expansive climate. The southern three-quarters of its territory has a subrotantic climate, while portions of the northern coast have a polar climate. Limited areas inland that are more than 2,000 meters above sea level have an extremely cold subrotantic climate. The most common ecosystems are taiga forests, tundra scrubland, and rocky highlands.
Summers are short and cool in the northern areas, featuring daytime highs of 15–18 degrees Celsius (57–63 °F) and lows of 1–5 degrees Celsius (34–41 °F). Winters are long and harsh, with daytime highs −20 to −25 °C (−4 to −13 °F) and lows −30 to −35 °C (−22 to −31 °F). The coldest nights typically reach −40 to −45 °C (−40 to −49 °F) each year.
Extremes are common in the majority of the southern territories with summer highs reaching 36 °C (97 °F) and lows reaching below 0 °C (32 °F). In winter, it is not uncommon for the temperatures to reach −40 °C (−40 °F), but they can also reach the low teens during the day. In the north, temperatures can reach highs of 30 °C (86 °F), and lows into the low negatives. In winter in the north it is not uncommon for the temperatures to reach −50 °C (−58 °F) but they can also reach single digits during the day.
Thunderstorms are not rare in the subrotantic areas, nor is rain. In the extreme north along the coast, blizzards are more common, but rain is known to occur. Tornadoes are very rare but happen on occaison at an average of 1 every three years in the east territories. The League has a fairly dry climate due to the mountains in the west.
About half of the League's territory is above the tree line. There are not many trees in the most-eastern areas of the territory, or in the north along the coast.
The League’s current population is estimated to be 25,000,000, with difficulties rising from accounting for rural or off-grid citizens. The current birth rate is 21 per 1000 residents. The Leagues population averages an age of 34 years. The League’s states are largely rural but massive numbers of people are concentrated in the cities. The Lèxawèkink metropolitan area is the most densely populated part of the country, with a population density of 3,300 people per square kilometer. The next largest cities are Hakihakana, Salextekwim, and Ntalinxkelhatao. The second-largest port after Ntalinxkelhatao is Nushúkwe, which has a population of 2.3 million. Almost all the people outside the cities are spread across the rest of the country in small eco-friendly communities devoted to various agricultural or outdoors trades.
As of 2020 there were 500,018 people living in the League with a foreign background (2%.) Most of these people are from neighboring Tynam and other Cryrian territories, with significant amounts also from Endertopias, Alemsi Negdel, and Vesienval. Of these, around 65,121 possess citizenship. The children of non-citizens do not receive citizenship in the League if born in League territory. Cervines worldwide are however able to take advantage of the League’s laphala policy to claim citizenship via ancestry. The immigrant population of the League is growing very slowly, and can be found almost exclusively in the cities. It is expected to reach 550,000 by 2030.
Within the League there are two types of ethnic group: genetic and national. All League Lekaëyu are considered separate ethnicities, divided along familial tribe lines. These distinctions go back millennia and are still observed both officially and casually, though they are not a cause of friction or disagreement. The tribal components of the Lekaëyu nations are matrilineal and fall under two categories: clan and family. The clans are named after animals, trees, rocks, and other natural concepts. These groups can be as large as several million people, or as small as ten-thousand. Certain clans, such as the Red Leaf Woodpecker, are considered part of larger clans. Families are smaller groups consisting of a few dozen to a few thousand individuals, tracing common ancestry to one matriarch of note. Families do not have formal names, simply taking "of Ancestor" as appellations. Typical rural League communities are always populated by exclusively one family or clan, with the exception of the massive urban areas.
The second type of ethnicity is cervine sub-species. There are three recognized sub-species of cervine in the League - the Northern Kelamí, the Plains Kelamí, and the Highland Kelamí. Known as músakwék'a, ahtu'hwék'a, and xinkòlëwék'a, these three types of cervine vary considerably in biology. Northern people exhibit large antlers and musculature, standing an average of 8 feet tall for males and 7 feet 9 inches for females. Their fur is typically dark brown or black, and their faces are long. Both genders possess beards. Their body fat and fur are adapted to colder climates and long winters with little nutrition, and out of the three groups are the most traditionalist and technology-shunning. Plains people are much leaner, but still quite tall and strong. Males average 7 feet 5 inches without antlers, and females average 7 feet 3 inches. Their antlers are pronged and branch many times more than Northern or Highland types. Notably, more females grow antlers than the other two groups. The fur of the Plains people is typically blonde, brown, and white, with patches and patterning common. Their physiology has adapted for endurance and strength rather than hardiness. The communities and cities of Plains Kelamí are considered an elegant blend of modern technology and ecosustainable cervine tradition. Highland people are the smallest cervines in the League, averaging around 6 feet 8 inches for males and 6 feet 2 inches for females. Having developed for high-altitude living, Highlanders have strong lungs and legs. Their antlers are small and much thinner than the other groups. Highland fur is thick but soft and tends to be blonde, red, or grey. As the Lekaëyu of the Highland peoples are the most developed and industrious, they are much more cosmopolitan in attitude and communities.
The national language of the League is the E’lixsienk, a collection of closely related dialects each spoken by a different state. Shahësien and Kèxaptusien are predominantly spoken in the south while Pahsaèksenye and Sànàksëseni are more common amongst northern communities. The native languages are notable for all being Cervine-specific and require their unique vocal biology to be able to pronounce correctly. The E’lixsienk language family is unique amongst Novaran languages for being species-specific. While there are no other official languages, Cryrian, the Älemsi languages, and Endertopian are spoken among the general populace. In 2010, 32% of citizens reported the ability to speak a second language. Education on language is a mandatory course for all centralised League schools.
The concept of foreign languages in the League is part of "Outland" culture - everything outside of their borders have difficulty comprehending the full scope of the League's values, so special secondary names and terms must be invented for "Outlanders" to understand. These Outland terms include the name "Kelamí League" itself, originally rendered in Cryrian before translation to the rest of the widely-used languages on Urth.
The Kelamí League is a confederation of six co-equal nations: the Answikànwèkwe, the Kèxaptunwène'ku, the Pahsaèkatëmatwa'áku, the Sànàksëkwe'iéke, the Shahëwèkwe, and the Thàpèkunkwèké. These nations formed a greater state in 1344 with the signing of the Treaty of National Friendship. While the identities and traditions of each nation remain intact into the modern day, they view themselves as parts of a greater whole. Patriotism, national values, and a combined culture of the League are quite strong, especially in the urban areas. The confederation operates on a benign philosophy of homophily: groups related by common backgrounds and interests competing against each other. A traditional Kela'mué saying, "Brothers before cousins, cousins before family, family before clan, clan before people" exemplifies this mindset. The various parts of the League populace have engaged in good-natured competition for resources, prestige, and territory for much of their history, joining together against less-relatable groups. The ultimate expression of this can be seen in the confederation: while the individual nations may think of their own needs before the others, they will still cooperate fiercely in the face of external pressure.
The six nations part of the League's confederacy are termed Lekaëyu. This word means various things: nation, tribe, people, nationality, ethnicity. Its contemporary context refers to countries and government-administered territories. The six Lekaëyu are each run by distinct Matriarchal Conventions and represented by Chief Advisors, serving at the pleasure of the Conventions. Matriarchal Conventions are elected bodies, made up of women of at least 60 years of age with experience in administration, economics, engineering, science, and other specialty fields. The Matriarchs serve for life, using their accumulated knowledge and wisdom to guide the Lekaëyu on paths that benefit all residents. Duties of the Matriarchal Conventions include setting a nation's annual budget priorities, debating and creating Lekaëyu-level laws, managing the relations between other the other League states, and addressing pressing issues facing the population. These duties combine that of an executive and legislative branch. The Conventions each appoint a Chief Advisor. These officials are the liaisons between the Matriarchs and the various organs of government in the Lekaëyu. They officiate meetings of state, bring matters to the table for the Matriarchs, provide context and precedence of prior decisions, organize legal and clerical activities, and ensure that all Convention decisions are fully followed up on.
To manage the affairs of the League as a whole, three bodies exist as defined by the Treaty of National Friendship. These are the Grand Council of the People, the Matriarchal Council, and The One Who Speaks. The first is the League's legislature, made up of one-hundred and eleven elected Councilors from each Lekaëyu. Prominent local officials, community figures, respected scholars and elders, and legal experts are elected by the people every ten years to fill these spots. The trend of electing those viewed as wise and experienced, and thus of older age, has been in effect since the founding of the nation. The Grand Council supports the Matriarchal Council, which in many respects functions similar to the Matriarchal Conventions. It manages the overall public service, economic, and financial aspects of the League and ensures that all constituencies are cooperating and dealt with fairly. The Matriarchal Council also directs foreign policy and the military.
The Matriarchal Council receives proposals for laws and acts from the Grand Council, which itself receives issues submitted from the populace or members via the Grand Council Advisor mediator. The Matriarchal Council will then debate amongst themselves for the proper way to enact the legislation across the nation, drawing up a legally binding Statement once finished. This Statement is sent back to the Grand Council for debate and approval. The Grand Council consults each other as well as the appropriate authorities to project how a Statement would effect the next six generations. If the Statement is accepted, it is sent to The One Who Speaks for enactment and enforcement. If it is not accepted, it is sent back to the Matriarchal Council for revision. This is somewhat of an unusual inversion on the typical legislative - executive relationship, and a process that takes quite a long time. It does ensure that all government decisions that affect the League as a whole are well-made and thorough, so it has stayed in practice.
The One Who Speaks is a ceremonial title as well as a government role. They are the public face of the League, similar to a monarch in other types of nations. The One Who Speaks traditionally gives up their name and gender when appointed to the office by the Matriarchal Council and assumes the title of Nikanixit, the E’lixsienk translation of the role. This position actively manages the Office of Outlander Conversation, the foreign affairs department of the League central government, and is given the traditional job of ensuring Statements go into effect. While The One Who Speaks gives official orders to the government bodies responsible for the function of the nation, their authority is limited and they are understood as acting as an intermediary between the public services and the Matriarchal Council. There can only be one Nikanixit at any time within the League, though several can exist at once. Imporant diplomatic missions often have the current administrative Nikanixit assigned to them as an ambassador, and a new person assigned to The One Who Speaks' role. This assignment can be temporary, or in the case of the League's mission to the League of Novaris, an entirely new Nikanixit can be created to serve their domestic duties. The One Who Speaks is a ten-year position no matter the circumstances, so all individuals with the title serve out this time often in tandem with others.
The National Mobilization Force of the Kelamí League (NWFKL, E’lixsienk: Tupalìnëu Lhakèté, lit. "All Tribe's War Parties") is the military service of the League. It consists of three branches: the National Armies (Ilaok Lhakèté, lit. "All Tribe's Warriors,") the National Air Force (Kënthwikàn'a Lhakèté, lit. "All Tribe's Airplanes,") and the National Coastal Patrol Force (Tupalìmùxula Lhakèté, lit. "All Tribe's War Boats.") It is commanded and headed by a Chief Peace Councilor (CPC) in peacetime, and a Chief War Councilor (CWC) in wartime. Both positions manage the Office of United Defense (OUD) and are appointed by the Matriarchal Council.
The National Mobilization Force has three standing policy objectives:
- Maintaining the sovereignty of the confederated nations of the League and the integrity of the confederacy's government.
- Maintaining the security of all territory and economic zones administered by the League.
- Maintaining a standing force of professional soldiers to comply with mutual defense agreements.
The Office of United Defense coordinates the active armed services of the Lekaëyu. The confederated nations operate individual militias and emergency services which are largely independent during peace. When the nation is threatened, whether by natural disaster or conflict, the OUD may assume control of the Lekaëyu units and fold them into a traditional military framework. The smaller armed services, known as Community Uniformed Services (CUS,) follow two mandates regardless of war or peace:
- All able-bodied men and willing people of other disposition must undergo military training in an area of their choosing upon reaching 20 years old, and report annually for refresher training and drills until they reach the age of 50.
- All operations, policies, and services provided by CUS organizations must be in the best interests of all confederacy citizens and governments.
Of all CSUs, the three Coastal Security Offices are the most active and require the least mobilization to war footing, as they already perform customs/inspection, patrol, and search-and-rescue duties on a regular basis.
Due to the difficulty in finding armored vehicles and aircraft that accomodate cervine anatomy, the League has contracted defense companies to design Unmanned Combat Agents. These platforms consist of programmed robots or remote-controlled drones serving in frontline combat, surveillance, patrol, reconnaissance, and logistical roles.
Currently, the NWFKL is led by Chief Peace Councilor Allapí'ëhika, appointed on June 21st, 2015.
The National Armies are the terrestrial combat branch of the NWFKL. They have a peacetime strength of 36,000 active soldiers with 1,000,000 professional reservists, and an ability to equip 1,500,000 soldiers in wartime. They consist of six division-sized units known as Land Defense Armies (LDA.) Each LDA is drawn from the Lekaëyu and numbers exactly 6,000 strong. Ordinarily, LDAs are broken into their component units known as Community Service Brigades. These Brigades perform various public services including fish and game patrols, forestry, law enforcement, and paramedicine for the rural League communities. Each LDA has a central command and logistical facility to facilitate consolidation into proper military formations during armed conflict. The Composition of the Land Defense Armies are:
- Army Kwëti - Shahëwèkwe Lekaëyu. Militarized as a combined arms division and contains special units for mobile artillery and anti-air operations, as well as armored recon. Nicknamed "The Steel Sprinters."
- Army Nisha - Sànàksëkwe'iéke Lekaëyu. Militarized as a mobile infantry divison and contains special units for marksmanship, strategic recon, and entrenchment. Nicknamed "The Black Arrows."
- Army Naxa - Answikànwèkwe Lekaëyu. Militarized as a cold-weather division and contains special units for snow operations, coastal defense, and sapping. Nicknamed "The Fury of the North."
- Army Newën - Thàpèkunkwèké Lekaëyu. Militarized as a mountaineering division and contains special units for static artillery, airdrop operations, and geological warfare. Nicknamed "The Crag Fighters."
- Army Palenàxk - Pahsaèkatëmatwa'áku Lekaëyu. Militarized as a mountaineering division and contains special units for static artillery, rapid mobility infantry, and asymmetric warfare. Nicknamed "The Western Wardens."
- Army Kwëtash - Kèxaptunwène'ku Lekaëyu. Militarized as a cold-weather division and contains special units for snow operations, anti-ship bombardment, and night tactics. Nicknamed "The Silent Sixth."
The economy of the League states is primarily based around foodstuffs, pharmaceuticals, and the service industry. Secondary industries include artisnal goods, renewables, rare earth metals, and sports equipment. The six constituent states of the League each possess an economic specialty: Answikànwèkwe is known for their shipping and fishing fleets, Kèxaptunwène'ku is known for their information technology, Pahsaèkatëmatwa'áku is known for agriculture and animal husbandry, Shahëwèkwe is known for both traditional and scientific medicines, Sànàksëkwe'iéke is known for mineral refining, and Thàpèkunkwèké is known for artisnal goods like furniture, weaponry, and clothing. The economic activity of the Leage is supported by a substantial grey market and subsistence-based way of life for more rural citizens. Most people have at least one trade they practice, even those who possess full-time jobs, as the culture of the League places high importance on being able to work with ones hands. Almost all products of League make are artisan, in the sense an individual played a hand in their creation. All exported goods are marketed as high-quality, environmentally friendly, and unique, and in many respects these claims are truth.
The major industrial and urban centers are located in what is known as "Black Zones" or Kolechemink. Established in 1818 by decision from the Matriarchal Council, these plots of land are intended to preserve the natural environment of the League while still allowing for modern sciences and advanced civilization to exist within the confederation. Black Zones take their name from the color of the coal originally used to drive industrial expansion. These areas can span several thousand square kilometers and contain the entire manufacturing infrastructure of the League. Import and export infrastructure are also mainly located in the Black Zones though smaller ocean and airports do exist across the country. Power generation takes places mostly in rural areas with the use of solar and wind plants, though some geothermal plants exist in the Lèxawèkink and Salextekwim metropolitan areas.
Foodstuffs make up the largest industry in the League. An estimated 71% of rural League communities are focused on agriculture, animal husbandry, fishing, or hunting. The products created by these small towns, combined with the Black Zone large-scale agricultural projects, have provided the basis for the League's development and wealth. The most profitable foodstuffs industry in the League is soft drinks, accounting for 62% of all revenue in 2020.
The soft drink industry is what the League is best known for internationally. Employing around three million people across the country in various fields like marketing, bottle-making, transportation, and corporate planning, the manufacture and sale of carbonated beverages has been a cash cow since the mid-1600s. The soft drink industry brings in approximately $40 billion in profit each year selling both domestically and abroad. The mountains of the League states are dotted with naturally carbonated springs, which have been used throughout history for their medicinal and recreational qualities. The state of Thàpèkunkwèké and its constituent tribes are named after these springs. The Thàpèkunkwèké people are historically known for distilling beverages from spring water and the bark and sap of trees, usually maple and birch. In a similar vein, the Pahsaèkatëmatwa'áku people would mix sassafras roots with spring water for a medicinal drink. As the League states modernized and began more regular trade with other nations, these carbonated drinks became highly-prized for their taste, unusual physical effects, and purported remedial qualities. The introduction of honey, and from warmer climates, sugar, increased the popularity and value of the drinks, which would come to be known as mpë'chgëyne, roughly meaning "bubble water."
Sunukikiya, a Thàpèkunkwèk'ia physician, is credited with inventing the concept of individually bottling servings of mpë'chgëyne in 1678. Partnering with Tuanadi, a renowned glassblower, Sunukikiya created a bottle feasible for containing enough of a beverage to enjoy with a meal or as a treat. The ease of manufacture of these bottles allowed Thàpèkunkwèké to become extremely wealthy. One urban legend purports an Antoran lord paid almost a metric ton of gold for a hundred bottles of maple mpë'chgëyne. Seeing the success that the bulk sale of soft drinks resulted in, the other League nations worked to create their own bottling systems and unique flavors. Pahsaèkatëmatwa'áku and Kèxaptunwène'ku followed in the manner of creating glass bottles, while Shahëwèkwe created large pottery workshops to mold jarlike vessels called paèntink, meaning "in a cup." Paèntink are still made today, and the word is used to also refer to the drinks contained within. These soft drinks, typically made with high-altitude roses, blackcurrants, or lavender, are prized for their taste, high price, and fragile containers. Answikànwèkwe and Sànàksëkwe'iéke experimented with whalebone and carved stone bottles, though they switched to the glassblowing system after their efforts were deemed too labor-intensive and unsustainable for mass production.
Today, the League's soft drink industry builds on the heritage of these drinks. The largest sellers of mpë'chgëyne-type soft drinks are Chgei'nuaka Pop, a birch beer, sarsaparilla, and tonic water company, Mountain Ice, a mineral water and citrus soda company, and Thitpan, a designer soda and root beer company. The beverage companies in the League are all owned at least in part by the government, which directly controls access to the springs necessary for bottling. All soft drinks are made with authentic mineral water with natural carbonation, harvested with minimally-invasive methods from the source. Purification processes allow no harmful minerals to remain but keep the beneficial ones for taste and nutrition. League soft drinks are generally considered more "upscale" than other brands due to the artisan manufacturing process and packaging. With distinct hand-blown glass bottles and cork-and-rubber stoppers, contemporary mpë'chgëyne are marketed as "eco-sensitive," "hand-made" and "authentic heritage" from the nation that invented the soft drink as it is known today. Birch beer, mirroring the Northern Novaran Birch from which its ingredients derived, is the official national drink of the League.