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The Principality of Haanininland, Haanininland, A'anininland, is a small elected monarchy in north-central Leifia. It is bordered, clockwise from north, by Cree Republic, Nakotaland, Apsaalookriga and Nitawahsinnanni. The capital is Pakowki and the population is around 264,000.
The Head of State is Prince Hitunena.
The official language is A'aninin.
The currency is the Haanininland Piik (HNP).
History does not record the original inhabitants of Haanininland as they were undoubtedly illiterate plains' nomads. The Haaninin, or A'aninin, first came to the area during the great migrations which were set in motion by the rise of the Aniyunwiyan Empire in the 1240s. The tribe had originally made their home in what is now north-east Isanyathimark, practicing settled maize farming, but were pushed westwards by the Isanyathi and other displaced tribes. Eventually by 1300 they had claimed and successfully defended a broad swathe of plain-land between the Upper Missouri and the Kisiskaciwani-sipiy Rivers.
In their new home the tribe multiplied but would be severely decimated by repeated visitations by the Black Death and smallpox outbreaks and it fell increasingly under the dominion of the Lakota whom built a considerable empire out on the plains. The Haaninin would recover their independence at the end of the First Vinland-Lakota War (1676-1681). The small tribe would become an occasionally reluctant Vinlandic ally.
It would be occupied by Mexica during the Second Mexic-Leifian War and the population roughly halved during those years as the farmlands were ruined by the occupiers and their liberators. Again farmers complained of poor treatment by the Vinlanders during the Vinlandic-Nitawahsinn War (1843) and it took two decades of angry diplomatic notes before Isafjordhur paid compensation to Pakowki to help rebuild damaged property.
These days Haanininland is, if anything, known as one of the wheat states which thanks to its weather and land can support large wheat farms and is supporting a population boom in both the Fraeburt Votnum and the Roasjoinn coastal areas.
Haanininland is governed by a small single-chambered council elected by a relatively narrow franchise every seven years. The role of 'Prince' is also an elected position which is voted on by the council after the incumbent's death. The role has quite a high degree of executive power and the country has had periods of authoritarianism and xenophobia.
The current Head of State is Prince Hitunena. The Chief Minister is Gyagya Nee.