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L'nu Empire
Sakimaw'tqamu L'nu
Timeline: Principia Moderni III (Map Game)

OTL equivalent: Anticosti Island, Central Labrador and the Hudson Bay coast
Flagnatigosteg
Flag of
L'nu1575
Capital
(and largest city)
Gespeg
Other cities Hidelhid, Nuw'tisgaq
Language Mi'kmaq
Religion Syncretic Western Christianity and animism
Ethnic Group L'nu
Demonym L'nu
Government Oligarchy
  legislature Council of the Thirty-One Sachems
Emperor Cha'gun
  Royal house: Gespeg
Population 110,000 
Established 1500
Currency N/A [Barter System]

The L’nu Empire was a tribal nation, a protectorate of the Empire of Britannia, located in northeastern Borealia. It spanned parts of Labrador and Natigosteg Island, as well as parts of the coast of the Adelheid Sea until its collapse in 1573. Following its collapse, the Empire of Britannia seized the L'nu Empire, while the vassal of Aksimiki fell to Mississippia.

History

Until the 1400s, the Anticosti was mainly used as a hunting ground by the Innu and Ln’u. At some point in the 1400s, a semi-mythical figure led some of the Ln’u from Gaspe to the island, where they settled permanently. This population increased as a result of the rich fishing and agricultural areas around the island. even settling some areas in Labrador for better access to fishing grounds. This greater population enabled increased degrees of organization until finally the island was united by Gespeg, a militarily-inclined chieftain. He also led raids against the Innu, increasing the wealth and relative influence of the island.  Farming enabled the population to explode, spurring the expansion of the nation along the Labrador coast and inland.  

His son, Yaldan, started his reign with further expansion. However, devastating diseases and Innu resistance slowed the growth of the nation as thousands died in this era. People fleeing the diseases founded Ungava, a colony on the coast of the Adelheid Sea, and kickstarted the fur-trapping industry, which nwo supplies a great deal of wealth. Many of the Naskapi tribe, devastated by disease themselves, were resettled in Aksimiki, where they became increasingly Mi'kmaq influenced as Mi'kmaq immigrated to the island. However, successive disasters left Yaldan old before his time, and he gave increasing power to Brittannia, the protector of the Empire. 

His son Rabtan took control at Yaldan's death. He recommenced expansion to deal with the burgeoning population and began building new infrastructure. 

Culture

The Ln’u have a culture similar to that of their mainland cousins. They speak Natigosteg Mi’kmaq, a dialect of Mi’kmaq. In Labrador, Innu languages are sometimes also spoken. Society functions mainly around food production, especially hunting. Most of the adult male population are hunters, who can also act as warriors in a pinch, although increasing numbers are also farmers. The Ln’u are animists, believing in a spirit world which permeates the visible world. Communication with this is achieved by mdawinno, or medicine men. 

Economy

The economy functioned around food production, mostly hunting and fishing, but increasingly farming towards the end of the empire's existence. Cod, haddock, salmon, lobster, sturgeons and eels were caught in large numbers. Crops such as wheat, wild rice, squash, peppers, beans and tea were grown, alongide livestock such as cattle, caribou and sheep. 

Beaver, mink and hare were trapped in the north, after which their hides are sold to buyers in Europe. Ivory from walrus and narwhals were a major export also. 

Foreign Relations 

When the L'nu Empire was independent, it maintained close relations with nearby local tribes. As it grew more powerful, the Cree tribes provided good chance for merging L'nu culture with Cree culture, and relations with them grew even stronger, as was seen in Aksimiki.

Additionally, the Empire had positive relations with Britannia, its protector, and Oldenburg, which was in a personal union under Britannia. The Iroquois were another friendly organized neighbor.

The L'nu Empire was never at war with another state, so was often seen as a force for peace in the region.

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