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Federal Republic of the Six Nations
Timeline: The Kalmar Union
Flag of 6 Nations (The Kalmar Union).svg No coa
Flag Coat of Arms
Capital
(and largest city)
Oneida
Language Haudenosaunee dialects
President Kaintwakon Katerisson
Population 1,701,750 
Independence 1388
Currency SNK

The Six Nations, Ganonsyoni, is a small federal republic in north east Leifia. It is bordered by Álengiamark, Abernakriga, Kanienmark and Aniyunwiya. To the north across the Breidurass lies Vinland. The capital is Oneida and the population is around 1.7 million.

The head of state is Kaintwakon Katerisson.

The official languages are Onayotekaonon, Onondagan, Guyohkohnyohan, Ononda'gegean, Northern Susquehannock and Northern Tuscaron. They are mostly mutally intelligible.

The currency is the Six Nations Kron (SNK)

History

The tribes forming the modern federal republics of the Six Nations (Onayotekaono, Onondaga, Guyohkohnyoh, Ononda'gegea, Northern Susquehannock and Northern Tuscaron) had settled in the area between the Atlantic and the Fraeburt Votnum long before the Norse arrived in Leifia and had long fought between themselves and their neighbours for local dominance. It appears however that they were taken by surprise by the Norse capture of the Sudervik and remained resistant to the technological advances offered by the new arrivals.

The new state of Álengiamark was soon in constant conflict with the various tribes, most notably the Onayotekaono and the Onondaga who could easily cross the Kanien'gehaga River and penetrate deep into the slowly settling farmlands.

That appearance of dominance was disrupted as the Álengsk slowly gained the upper hand in the early 13th century. First the tribes were defeated in a series of set piece battles then the Wenro tribe became a fully signed up dependency of Álengiamark (as Ontario) as a way to outcompete their neighbours.

The rest of the nations would have probably followed suit given enough time however the all-conquering Aniyunwiyan cavalry broke the back of the tribal armies at the Battle of Seven Kings in 1238. Afterwards the entire 'Unami' lands became a tributary of the Aniyunwiyan Empire. The Tuscaron tribe gained the trust of the 'emperor' Edoha and were effectively allowed to run the fief. However their power was not as comprehensive as they made out and by 1250 they had been forced out of power and the area handed to Edoha's much more competent daughter Atamaja and attached to her Álengsk estates. Most of the Tuscaron migrated south though a significant portion remained, allied to the Guyohkohnyohan.

The tribes chafed under their rulers and rebelled along with most of the western lands in 1385. By the Congress of Fjallasay in 1388 the northern five tribes were given independence. The term 'Six Nations' appears to have been an error by Vinlandic scribes at the congress. Forging a unified council the new state quietly pursued feuds with the Aniyunwiyan successor kingdoms and Álengiamark, though its troops would often be used in a mercenary capacity by Vinland and Aniyunwiya against the tribes to the west of the Mississippi. Their time under Álengsk rule had allowed certain aspects of Norse culture to embed themselves; they adopted Norse naming structures, the latin alphabet and a measure of feudalism. Christianity however found little traction.

It officially stood aloof from the Leifian War of Religion despite Álengsk demands to allow their troops across its lands, but its mercenaries were active for both sides. It was an enthusiastic participant of the First Mexic-Leifian War but the lack of rewards for its efforts made it less willing to join in later general wars.

It was deeply affected by the crash of the Chesapeake Company in 1816. As government finances collapsed the two largest nations, the Onayotekaono and the Guyohkohnyoh, attempted to cede from the union. The ensuing three-year civil war wiped out what was left of the federal and nation's treasuries and stripped much of the good will between the states. When equally stricken Abernakriga invaded in 1824 to distract its population from issues at home many predicted complete disaster. The Elm War (1824-1826) was however a success for the Six Nations and provided a quick balm to the fractured relations between the nations.

The building of the Erie canal (finished 1911) across most of the country gave its struggling industries a boost. It is a large producer of iron, zinc and titanium while it also produces several fine wines.

Government

The Six Nations is a federal republic with each of the nations sovereign and with only a small central government. Elections both within the nations and as a whole are held every four years. The right of each member nation to secede was revoked at the end of the civil war yet the struggle between central government and individual nation's rights continue.

The current head of state is Kaintwakon Katerisson.

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