The Nehilaw Sachemate is a Cree nation located along the Adelheid Sea coast and the coast of Chemiwanit Lake. Its strategic location has made it a coveted territory; it has previously been controlled by the L'nu Empire and Mississipia. Since the collapse of Mississipia, the Nehilaw have united the Cree nations around the Adelheid Sea and advanced a considerable distance down the path of modernization.
The history of the Nehilaw begins with the arrival of the Cree into the Adelheid Sea area, attested to by legend. Around 1500, the area ams under the influence of the L'nu Empire, who founded ports and seized a considerable expanse of territory around the Adelheid Sea. This introduced the Nehilaw to modern technology and forms of governance. The L'nu arrivals were gradually assimilated by the Cree majority in the new colonies, while retaining nominal control. The Nehilaw prospered under the loose rule of the L'nu, but this came to an end following the collapse of the L'nu in 1573. As the Empire fell into religious discord and civil war, the Cree lands were seized by Mississipia, who formed them into the confederate state of Aksimiki.
The collapse of Mississipia in 1582 and the disintegration of the central government left Aksimiki to disintegrate into the Swampy Cree, Moose Cree and Eastern Cree. The Swampy Cree were recentralized by several ambitious figures, who formed a council of chiefs, or Sachems, to reunite the Cree. They recommenced modernization of the military and of infrastructure, including purchasing modern ships and hiring European shipwrights. In a pair of wars, the Eastern Cree were defeated and subsumed into the Sachemate, while the Moose Cree join peacefully. The Sachemate was thus able to begin standardizing Cree culture and modernizing the nascent state.
Swift expansion over the next few decades left the Sachemate in control of Chemiwanit and an outlet on Gichigamee. Nipissing, North Ojibwe, and Gojijiwininag were subsumed into the Nehilaw, followed by the Aashinabe after a bloody war.
As a Sachemate, the Nehialw are ruled by a council of powerful figures (at present 13), who rule for life. They make all national decisions and pass laws. An extensive bureaucracy deals with administrative necessities. Sub-chiefs rule over smaller, localized areas, each of whom is subordinate to the Sachem of that region. They can pressure the Sachems for regional interests, and are generally chosen to fill any open spots in the council by remaining members. The Sachems are themselves ruled over by the High Sachem, a hereditary position held since the formation of the Sachemate by the House of Mistahi.
High Sachems of the Nehilaw Sachemate (1582-1740)
- High Sachem Balthasar Mistahi (1582 - 1605)
- Deline Chisasi
- Isapo-Muxixa the One-Eyed (1605 - 1650)
- S'ana of Maskekon
- Kuibab (1650 - 1680)
- Never Married
- Johan Mistahi (1681 - 1700)
- Adelheid of Aksimiki
- Salan Mistahi (1700 - 1740)
- Never Married
High Sachems of the Reformed Sachemate (1740-)
- Akisi the Deceiver
- Delphine Mistahi