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Cities and Holdings
The Kunene (姑呢呢)
The Kunene is the largest and only city in |onte. It has the Grand Library of Kunene, and has a population of 120,000 people, a very large percentage, women of non-|onteli descent. The |on stretch across the coasts of Angola and Namibia.
Con is the most common language, a Khoisan language, and can not be shown to be related to any other Khoisan language, as Khoisan languages are often hard to provide a linguistic family for. However, there are large numbers of cognates with other Khoisan languages such as Taa and Juu.
|on has the following consonants, divided into five groups:
Group 1: b/p, m
Group 2: d/t, n
Group 3: g/k, ng
Group 4: l, h, r
Group 5: || (or x), ! (or q), | (or c)
|on has two groups of vowels:
Group 1: i, u
Group 2: a, e, o
Group 3: an, on, in, un
|on is unique amongst the many languages of its region in displaying stress as supposed to tones or pitch accents. Stress in |on is dynamic, meaning it can change in different variations of the word, though there is little need, as words do not often change in |on.
In, normal indicative constructions, |on has a VSO (Verb-Subject Object) word order. Adjectives and adverbs come after what they describe.
I see it ---> See I it.
I want to eat the black ant. ---> Want to eat I ant black.
Conte has a large number of voices.
The people of the |on tribe believe in a pantheistic/animistic religion, complete with multiple levels of deities and superstitions.
See: Conteli Religion
There is no defined government, and no laws exist. However, one must follow the social norms of what is considered good or bad, lest he be kicked out of the tribe, or execute.
The tribe, like many other African tribes, work on a system of what Westerners would call "direct democracy", as all decision concerning important events made by all tribes men and women, with one's opinions being weighted more heavily as one grows older. Consensus or super-majority often needs to be reached before a decision is made.
Disputes are solved in a similar manner, as the two conflicting parties are refereed by a senior member of the tribe, who can ensure a proper settlement. This is the closest equivalent to the Western court system. The "trials" do not test whether or not one is guilty, but how much one needs to pay in reparations, or who deserves such an item.
All the aforementioned given, it is unnecessary to have a police force. However, every |onte man will in his life time become a warrior, and patrol |onte territory, and its surroundings for people of neighbouring tribes.
Mon never at any official date became the leader of the |on, but was over a period of time, come to be accepted as one of the principal figures of the tribe, by marrying, accumulation of wealth and resources, and the forging of alliances ... By 1482 Mon started expanding north, conquering neighbouring tribes, and quickly assimilating them, through a process of selling the men as slaves, and taking the women as wives, who would bear |onteli children.
In 1511, Mon II began the project of the creation of the Kunene library, bringing culture to Kunene. Mon III, Mon's grandson, in 1517 founded the Eheresito hu Kunene, and began turning Kunene from a simple tribe into a tribal nation. In 1536, slow expansion began northwards. In 1572, the expansion rate was doubled.
In 1618, Mon IX enacts |onte's first law; thirteen years later, he adopts |onte's flag.
Trade and Alliances
- Rikisiate of Niko(bara) - in exchange for coconuts at a very cheap price, |onte gives Niko some of the profits from ivory.
- Netherlands - In exchange for ivory, firepower, material for construction, and writing materials, along with literature are give to |onte.
- Rikisiate of !Xoonte- alliance, |onte gives away old guns guns, and literature to them
- Great Zimbabwe - |onte gives away literature and presents to them.
- ǂ'Amkoe - |onte sends aid, literature, and help found them.
- Hererote-|onte sends aid, literature, and helped the found their nation.
Eheresito hu Kunene
伍(浩)姑呢呢 , literally, "The army from Kunene" is an elite military corps, composed of 200 members. The organisation was founded in 1518, when the first Rikisi of |onte, Mon III, decided it would be easier to spread the tribe if an organised military force could wipe out the local population before the |onteli tribesmen came in. This army receives no pay, and the only upkeep that is paid is for ammunition, and arms. Members of the Eheresito hu Kunene often gain many booty from their raids, and send most of it home to their families, and neighbours.
All members are required to know how to read and write, and if they do not already know how, they are taught immediately as a part of training. Members complete exercises to enhance their speed, strength, and accuracy with the bow and arrow and firearms. Like regular |onteli tribesmen, they carry a small knife.