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The North Americans
1171-1262 (418-509 AD) (L'Uniona Homanus) 1262-1285 (509-532 AD) (L'Uniona Homanus)

The People of the Longhouse and the City of Hurit.

The People who began to develop society on what they called Lake Chumani (Lake Ontario) were under pressures from larger tribes around them, despite their similar cultures and languages. The Iroquois people were spread out over what is in OTL central and Northern New York however each was ratehr separated from each other due to the difficulty of movement at that time. Because of this the Iroquois became very distinct from city to city. One of these cities which felt constantly under attack, due to its strategic location as a crossroads of traderoutes coming and going over Lake Chumani, was called Hurit (Rochester, NY). The traders of these areas were running the governance of these cities and were the backbones of the administration of the several city-chiefs who had recently concluded a peace among each other. One man from Hurit, which was by far the largest of these loosely associating cities went by the name of Chief Abukcheech, which was often met with
Chief Abukcheech

Chief Abukcheech, first Chief of the Huritian League

satire because Abukcheech means mouse in the dominant language of the region. Abukcheech was, however, by no means a mouse. He was neither shy nor secretive. He became famous after making many pledges to take other cities and to expand his own. Under his administration he introduced standards of coinage in a square shape with his picture engraved on them. There was also a small hole placed on the top so they could be strung together.

The money and notoriety of Abukcheech made him the Chief of Hurit and he began immediately at the expansion that he promised. Another innovation made at the time of his Chiefdom was the smelting of metal, which he learned from a travel to another tribe, which made swords, knives and axes that made his wars very successful. By the end of his life the cities on the bottom of Lake Chumani were under the control of what he was calling the Huritian League.

The Huritian League and the Reign of the Four Chiefs.

From the ascension of the Chief Abukcheech came a series of conquerors of the Huritian League. After the initial conquests of the first chief the cities across the Lake became increasingly fearful of invasion, which was also a stated goal of the Huritians. The Chumani Confederation was established to oppose occupation but many of its population were split on joining the Huritians or opposing them. The son of Abukcheech, Chansomps, began to oversee the construction of large scales ships to cross the river and invade more directly than going around one side of the Lake. Chansomps used many of the enslaved people from other cites around the conquered lands to row the ships over the rivers. Abukcheech died in the year 1184 (431 AD) and Chansomps, eager to invade the Chumani Confederation, led his troops to a resounding victory. The Chumani were too occupied among each other to face anything outside.

The Confederation was not immediately dissolved by Chansomps. One of the things that he learned from his dad was the art of politics. The Chumani Confederation was treated with more equality than the other cities conquered by Abukcheech. This won a lasting peace in those cities, as most of the hardcore opponents on both sides were killed in the fighting. This peace made any opposition seem superfluous and unpopular in the majority population. Chansomps worked later in his life on securing the land around these two empires to make the Huritian League more contiguous. The cities on those borders were much stronger than the weak trade centered Confederation.

The City of Chepi was established between Lake Chumani and Lake Enola (Lake Erie) and functions mostly as a way of transporting the metals into the demanding and wealthy Huritians. The government of that city was not stupid however and they were not going to allow themselves to be taken over. The weapons sent to the Huritians were also made by the Chepi defense forces to maintain its independence. The Chepi began fortifying their city with metal reinforced walls as well as creating more refined metals and setting more troops on their borders once they heard of the fall of the Chumani Confederation.

The Chepi troops were determined to take the head of Chief Chansomps and push the Huritians back to their borders. There they would demand terms of surrender and respect for their independence. This would not happen. The Chepi were at first very successful. However as they moved away from their city they were split into a Northern and Southern Front by the Lake. The Huritians declared that their mission was no longer simply conquest but “Uniting our people and ending war through war.” This won many minds, though it was really just rhetoric to boost a fighting spirit. The fronts of the Chepi were further separated after the Huritian boats landed on the end of Lake Chumani and began to cleave the sides asunder. The Chepi on the Southern front still made advances and began to march towards the city of Hurit itself. They believed that the administration of the Huritians was in the largest city as was their custom. However, Chief Chansomps was sailing with other troops from what was the former Chumani Confederation. When Chansomps took Chepi, he destroyed the governors that were begging for their lives. The southern front fell apart soon after and the resources of Chepi were taken for the cause of “uniting the Chumani people.”

Chansomps ended his life as the second Chief by taking on the lands of the Nixkamich River (St. Lawrence River). Lake Chumani was now under the control of the Huritians and Chansomps was not able to get over his earlier promise of uniting the Chumani people, and specifically the Chumani people. Chansomps reluctantly moved more inward and developed the government, the cities, and the trade of his League. Not to mention making its military poised to take more lands. Chansomps left his second son Sitsi, his older son had died in the battle to take Chepi, as the Chief after his death in the year 1207 (454 AD).

Chief Sitsi brought the Chumani people under the hegemony of the Huritian Government. Taxes were introduced as a tribute for being protected from being taken over by the other tribes rumored to be around them. At this time there was much talk about the greatness of the men like Abukcheech and his son Chansomps. The news traveled across the Northern part of the continent. and grew to take on the stuff of legends as they left the actual lands of the Huritians. Sitsi was under pressure to take continue his father and his grandfather’s legacy. From this came the conquests of the hinterland around the original lands and the almost total incorporation of Lake Enola (Erie) and the only part remaining was at the farthest edge, which was left alone to build up the undeveloped lands around Lake Enola as they had around Chumani. The Chief made even more rhetorical promises, like his father, to make the conquests about a more benevolent cause than simply the building of wealth and the expansion of their power. The Finger Lakes region, which had long been simply client tribes of the Huritians paying tribute for protection, became part of the Huritian Tribes proper and the structures of the original cities like Hurit, Chepi, and Abequa in the Chumani Confederation became wonders of the Americas. Abukcheech, Chansomps, and Sitsi became a triad of power and greatness among the people of the Northeastern part of North America and their memory lasted longer than their lives ever did. The last of the Four Chiefs of the Huritian League would be in some ways the most influential and also the least popular.

The Fourth Chief, Machk, and the rise of Enola-Huron

Chief Machk was not the son of Sitsi, he had none, he was his nephew and fathered by a retired high ranking general in the Huritian Military. Machk was not, however, going to follow in the footsteps of his predecessor. His biological father was absent most of his life and his mother showed her son to the more intellectual side of the world. Machk learned the customs of the Algonquin language which diffused throughout the region of the Huritians and their conquests. Also, Machk learned about the nature of thoughts and of the world and developed before the start of his reign the first written form of the Algonquin language. He used this to make treatises and descriptions of the history of his kingdom though most of the other people in the League were looking for fresh new conquests.
Hurit and small Enola

The Huritian League at the start of the reign of Machk in red and the small Enolan people in blue.

Once he became the Chief in the year 1232 (479 AD) after the death of his uncle he was expected to take the end of Lake Enola which could not be conquered by Sitsi. Chief Machk took a different approach. He began to develop the written language of the Algonquin language of his Chiefdom, which was only known to a small minority of the intellectual elite. He also forced many of the members of the military to learn to read and write in exchange for keeping their jobs. This was, however, the most assertive action he’d ever take. The building of a literate population in the military was met with a spread of interest in the books being made by the intellectuals and other members of society. A solidification of the beliefs of the people formed the first gods of the Huritians and the religion began to embed itself with people who had ulterior motives.

These began to undermine the chiefdom of Hurit and pushing for a new chief to replace the weak one they had inherited. Some of these were driven to the outskirts of the forests of the Huritian League and take all the cities on Lake Enola. Some of them even moved directly to those border cities and adopted a new message. These forces began to talk of a “Sun goddess” who wanted them to rival the Huritians who were working for a rival “Moon goddess”. The worship of the sun and the distaste for the night, as that was when many of the Huritians raids occurred, worked with the people of these cities and led to the growth of a rival country while the Huritians were focusing on their own development and internal differences. {C}The sun worshiping people from the edge of Lake Enola began to expand up into the other Lake regions, which were establishing other cities that could not be allowed to be conquered by the Huritians. The Enolans, as they called themselves, began to move into the Michigan Peninsula and convert people to their sun worshiping religion and against the league not very far away. The Huron people around their self-named lake began to incorporate their rich trading culture in the furs of beavers and advanced wood crafting techniques into the Enolan Territory, while they brought the worship of the sun and the hate of the Huritians into the Huron sense of identity. {C}
Small Map Hurit Enola-Huron

The Enola-Huron as the joined together in Blue

{C}The opinions of the people of the lake region were beginning to turn against the Huritian league in the years of Chief Machk. The Enolans and the Sun religion gained followers and land from the Michigan Peninsula to the surrounding forests of Lake Huron. The Huritian military began to detach itself from the orders of the Chief. He allowed this as he had no way of counteracting their decisions. The Huritian High General, who was rumored to be aiming at becoming the new Chief, named Lonato moved to take the original city on the edge of Lake Enola hoping that it would make all the other lands an addition to his Empire. The Enolan Territory was not as centralized as the Huritian League. Around the time of the death of Chief Machk, in the year 1261 (508 AD), Lonato and his troops, and they were indeed his troops, moved to take the Enolan capital.

The Huron and the Enola both anticipated this and moved north onto the shore of lake Huron and began planning a counter offensive. The loss of the Enolan capital was met with revelry by the huritians at how they did what the old Chief never could. Chief Lonato was declared the fifth Chief but he would lead his League into a time of turbulence and change.

Despite the terrible memory held by the last Chief of the Abukcheech family, Machk did create a language that would influence the northern area of the continent for years to come. The first, de facto, University in North America was established in the great city of Hurit and became a center of trade despite the events that would plague the future for this League. Machk is remembered as the most intelligent of the weakest of chiefs at this time depending on to whom the question is asked.

The War on Lake Wahwehyahtahnoong (Lake St Claire)

Chief Lonato began a war with the Enola-Huron on who fronts. One came out of the Enola capital on Lake Enola and the other over the Northern Border of the two countries. The main body of troops, according to what the Huritians had received, was that this would pin down almost all of the enemies forces and then the Chief could move through between them.

Despite this action the Huron were a much more populous people than the Huritians knew. They also had very similar tactics on how they were going to take on each other. The difference between these two nations came in the form of their organization. The Huritian League was a very centralized country and crushed any defiance from the cities or regions of the league. The sense of committing wholly the resources of ones town and people to the cause of the chief was the guiding principle in the league. The Enola-Huron were very loosely connected and only came together in this instance to protect their own interest, against the Huritians. The large size of the army would suggest a depletion of the town therein but that would be a wrong assumption. The greatness of the population of the Huron people and those of the Michigan Peninsula was due to their relatively

Small Map of Huron conquest

The lands that would have been under the control of Teocheech after he defeated Hurit.

peaceful history and the growth of their economies like the more centralized state made by the Huritians. This left them with an independently minded group of cities which were watching the advance of the Huritians. When the specter of Hurit came to them they began to band together around the figures coming out of Enola, a city which barely escaped integration, they followed them and the new religion they brought. Those who were not convinced by the sun-moon deity teachings of the more urban leadership were convinced by the stories of death and destruction that fell on conquered cities. The Enola-Huron moved into lake Wahwehyahtahnoong with intentions to only prove themselves able to do so and then hope that the Huritians would see them as an independent state that deserved respect. The battle moved slowly for the first few days and when the larger forces of chief Lonato came in there was a complete halt on the front. The impatient personality of Lonato emerged and he forced all his soldiers into the regiments and lines of the Enola-Huron. With the other troops in the borders of the country, the moves on Lake Wahwehyahtahnoong would be decisive. After a battle of more than seventeen weeks in total, the Enola-Huron emerged victorious but the Chief escaped to the capital. The priests of the Huron suggested that they ought to follow the Chief to the capital and take the whole Huritian League. Members of the Military suggested that they return to the other fronts and then feel assured that the Huritian Chief would recognize their sovereignty after the defeat on Lake Wahwehyahtahnoong. They went with the former decision and marched towards the capital. Part of the northern front had been diverted to the Lake to try and reinforce the Chief and his regiments. These were quickly scattered after the Enola-Huron pushed past the Lake. The falling apart of the Northern Front and the Center of their geography was one of the last nails in the coffin for Lonato. The next bell that would toll for him was a series of rebellions among the people of the several different cities which had been incorporated into the League over the decades of Lonato’s predecessors. The old Chumani Confederation cities refused to send troops to assist the usurper Chief. They also allied themselves with the Enola-Huron and the people from the larger lakes took all of the cities in what was the Huritian League.

Fall of Hurit and Enola Huron

The High General came into the city of Hurit, the first foreigners to do so, and took the life of Lonato in the palace of the Chief Machk who he had so often rallied against. The Enola-Huron moved to take the other cities of the Chumani Confederation, mostly through diplomacy, as well as assert his power over the Huron areas. His name was Teocheech and he claimed control over the old cities of the Huritian League. As he prepared to take the small cities of the South of Hurit, which he neglected at first, he was going to meet with reinforcement troops from over the Enola Lake. As he approached the other troops he was killed by a soldier who feared the growth of a government in his cities. Another soldier killed the murdered to Teocheech to avenge his general and it was not long until the armies were erupting in war.

As the cities of the Huritian League were asserting their individuality, and the only general who could have stopped them was dead, the Enola-Huron fell into disarray without any sort of governing body or uniting principle. The North East of North America was now the most separate it had been since the first conquest made by Abukcheech in 1171 (418 AD).


The North Americans
1171-1262 (418-509 AD) (L'Uniona Homanus) 1262-1285 (509-532 AD) (L'Uniona Homanus)

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