Tainoa

Crowned Colony of Tainoa

Quiqeyenna dea Tainoqya
(Taino)
Motto: "Usa Caonaguey"
"The Heart of the Golden Sun"
Anthem: "Ahiyawoka"
"Flower's Music"
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CapitalAbaqey, Königsreh
Largest cityAbaqey
Official languagesTaino, Alemannic
Recognised regional languagesCiguyao, Macoris, Ineri
Ethnic groups
76.9% Taino (Indigenous)

19.1% Mascyllary Alemannic

6.0% Other
Religion
Zemis
Demonym(s)Taino
Sovereign state Mascylla
GovernmentMatriarchal monarchy under constitutional monarchy
• Queen
Lyanna I
• Alipa
Mabeyno Quiceya
LegislatureParliament
Crowned parliament
Tribal Council
Area
• Total
3,104.5 km2 (1,198.7 sq mi)
• Water (%)
2.3%
Population
• 2018 estimate
1,135,000
• 2017 census
1,131,059
GDP (nominal)2018 estimate
• Total
$51.1 Billion
• Per capita
$45,213 (12th)
HDI (2017)0.932
very high
CurrencyKarning (KN)
Time zoneEastcarribean Time (UTC-7)
Date formatDD/MM/YYYY
Driving sideright
Calling code+42
Internet TLD.mc

Tainoa (Alemannic: Teinoha-Inseln; Taino: Tainoqya) is an insular region of Mascylla located in and defined as the Aruberan Islands, part of the South Columbian. Adminsitratively, it is an overseas region consisting of a single overseas department and home government. With an united land area of 3,104.5 square kilometres (1198 square miles) and an estimated population of around 1,131,051 as of November 2017, it is the largest and most populous Mascyllary territory in Vestrim and Rennekka. Taino is composed of three major islands, Abacey in the west, Haqay in the south, and Calyagua in the east, and caround 1,200 other smaller islands, such as the Cabuye Islands or the Cariqa Islands. They are divided by narrow straits and a larger bay, the Yocahúa Sea, which mainly separate the islands of Abacey and Haqay with its islands from Caylagua. Abacey contains the highest mountain of the island group, Mount Lokyú with 3,122 meters, and the highest mountain range. All islands are surrounded by excessive coral reefs and flatter waters, which harbor various natural landmarks and volcanic activity undersea.

Tainoa, like other overseas dependencies, is an integral part of Mascylla. As a constitutent territory of the nation, it adopted the judiciary framework and layout of the constitution, though it serves its own monarch, government and parliament located in the territory's capital, Abaqey, which houses all seats of government and around a quarter of the entire insular population. As an overseas department however, with other duties and guidelines, it maintains its own currency, the Beroa, though the Karning is mostly accepted, and mostly uses Taino as its official language. Its culture had been well preserved throughout its colonisation period under Mascylla, and still shapes the life of most Taino people today. The religion, culture, and language are all protected and supported, which establish Tainoa as a tourist destination and hub for cultural and artistic life. In fact, more than three quarters of the population have their ancestry or partial heritage from the indigenous population, while Mascyllary Alemannics make up a minority.

History

Taino rule

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First tribal chief of Tainoa, Alyacuype, in a portrait (1827)

The earliest traces of human presence in Tainoa date back to the Moa period c. 700 CE to c. 1050 CE. The Moa were highly skilled navigators and agriculturists with influence over a large portion of the Columbian, when the Taino arrived in 1050 on Tainoa and began to assilimate the Moa into their culture and people. Other Taino expanded onto other islands, such as in the case of Vikani and Liberimery. The islands were quickly invaded and named "Arubera" in 1100 CE. Contact remained very sporadic, with a few Aquidish and Veleazan vessels getting washed upon the shore, only to be attacked by the Taino and later retreating off the archipeligo. Although Asuran nations were in compete to colonise new territories, Tainoa remained largely untouched and unnoticed, which resulted in more time of their culture to flourish and grow. Taino established first kingdoms and chiefdoms on the island of Abaqey in the 12th century, and soon, various new countries would fight and compete with eachother for resources and or religious or other reasons.

The population remained slim, with only a couple thousand in 1500. Nevertheless, after the introduction of better harvesting tools and knowledge, population growth increased tenfold in the next decades until 1600, which led to a general lack of resources and political enforcement. This tension led to a series of wars, the so-called Aha'emeke ("Succession Wars") in which the tribal chief of the Cuy tribe, Alyacuype, emerged successfully by achieving the goal to unite with all of Abacey's houses, conquering his opponents and later creating a united tribal kingdom under his rule in 1800. In that time, the island group, still named "Arubera", would be given a new name: "Tainoqya". Over time, the common tongue would abbreviate the name to simply "Tainoa". He introduced a general Taino language, the first versions of judicial review, a common religion, and the practice of human sacrifice. Enslaving those, who wouldn't bend to the new ruler, was also practiced. He would try to hold Tainoa together and seek out onto the Arubera Strait for new resources and possible aquisitions.

Asuran arrival

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The Erkunder Fleet, led by Admiral Wilhelm Koch, anchoring at Tainoa (1826)

In 1836 however, Mascyllary Admiral Wilhelm Koch encountered a number of fishing boats in the Yakuma Bay near Abaqey, the first one to really come into contact with the Taino people. He anchored with his expeditionary fleet and experienced first-hand the lifestyle of the indigenous people. Following diplomatic discussions, the Treaty of Abaqey was signed in 1839, which allowed Mascyllary people to settle on Tainoa and bringing Tainoa under the administration of Mascylla, while in exchange the Taino would be granted autonomy, free healthcare, better infrastructure, protection of their customs, culture, and language, and political representation. Alyacuype signed the treaty, thus making Tainoa a Mascyllary colony in 1839.

Under colonial rule, Alyacuype established a monarchial system with the role model of the one in Königsreh and drafted his own constitution. A palace, parliament, and Alydian, Mascyllary Pagan and Taino Pagan churches was subsequently built. Abaqey was declared the capital in 1840 and soon after, Mascyllary emigrated to Tainoa. In the next decades, the islands enjoyed a cultural renaissance and never seen before living standards. Slavery adn forced labor was first tried to establish on Tainoa, but was then declared illegal following the devastating conclusion of the Inguiu War. Sugar, fruits, and silk made Taino an enriched trading port in the Columbian, which steadily grew in importance and value. It later hosted a major portion of the Mascyllary navy and played a major strategic role in other Vestric conflicts Mascylla was involved in. In 1881, Moahey Telceua was elected as the first female and Taino Prime Minister of Mascylla, which washeavily celebrated in Tainoa. Soon after, it was granted more diplomatic and political rights, which allowed Tainoa to elect their own parliament on the same rank as the Mascyllary.

Colonial period

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A Taino Alapa haqa dancer and women, c. 1900 (colourised)

Following the Great War in 1899, Tainoa remained a Mascyllary colony, but was more frequently guarded by warhships and the standing army on the islands was doubled. Prevention of a possible invasion of the islands was also guaranteed by further strengthening the power of the government in Abaqey and a new military fortification on Barbecua. Though it still exported agricultural goods and silk, tourism was introduced as leading economical branch, which also quadrupled the GDP of Taino in 1920. After the Great Depression in 1935, many Taino were unable to further support their lifes with their low income, which resulted in huge strikes across the country. Many remained unemployed and could only be re-introduced into labor after decades of slow economical recovery and investment. Taino also at that time was the location of the first Mascyllary university not on Mascyllary soil, which enabled Taino children to educate and better general youth unemployment rates and intelligence, making the region one of the most well-educated regions in Mascylla.

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Crown Princess Theresa and Prince Heye, with the highest tribal chiefs, proclaiming a free Tainoa (1942)

However, following the declaration of the Mascyllary People's Republic in 1942, Taino remained the only loyal location for the Royal Family and their government. They fled Mascylla and found shelter in Abaqey, where they declared Tainoa as a sovereign nation until Mascylla would again be liberated. The islands were highly protected by the loyalist military and activity increased greatly. Thousands of civilians arrived there and seeked refuge in Tainoa, which temporarily made it one of the densest populated regions in the Columbian. The government in-exile tried to find supporting countries, while the surviving heir apparent, Crown Princess Theresa, married the Taino chief Heye Baenuya, the first time in Mascyllary history. After the liberation of Königsreh in 1944, Tainoa was again liberated from military occupation and received the status as full-state in Mascylla. In the following decades, it served as a military location in the Cold War, always in a position of defence due to its small distance to Ovandera. Its rocket launch facilities evolved later on into the Cayle Space Launch Facility, where Mascylla would launch its first satellite, human, and lay the foundation to Mascylla's activity in space.

In the 80s and 90s, Tainoa rose as a cultural melting pod internationally. Its strong cultural presence made the Taino a part of pop-culture, which was exposed in music, movies, and other media. Many artists, musicians and philosophers flocked to the region, where they would most times let them be inspired by Taino culture. Unique artistic and music styles emerged and Taino actors became celebrities. The received wealth made Tainoa a highly developed location, which in return further boosted cultural flourishing and improved living conditions. Today, Tainoa enjoys a high standard of living, well education, a strong political representation and good racial relations. However, racial confrontations in 2011 led to a series of protests in Abaqey, which were resolved by implementing a number of new laws protecting Taino from racial harassment and mistreatment. 2015 saw the election of a number of Taino politicians serving in the Great Offices, including a repsectable part of parliament with Taino heritage.

Geography

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A satellite photo of Tainoa (Abacey up left, Haqay middle, and Caylagua down right)

Tainoa is an archipelago of more than 29 islands, as well as islets and rocks situated either along the main island coastlines or inbetween the islands. Tainoa is mostly defined to the three major islands Abacey, Haqay, and Caylagua. Abacey and Haqay are connected by a series of smaller islands, the Cabuye Islands, while Caylagua is surrounded by the Cariqa Islands, which form a curve around the island. In the approximate center of the constellation there is also a small cluster of islands, Barbecoa. Tainoa lies at the northern border of the Arubera Sea and southern border of the Columbian Sea, and west of the northern tip of Rennekka. Most of the inhabitants live on the three major islands, while Abacey makes up the largest population by island and also hosts the most populous city and capital, Abaqey. The adjacent islands of Jurakan, Barbecoa, the Cabuye Islands, thr Cariqa Islands, Yaquenu, Alubera, Igua and Chechin are administrated by either one of the three islands, they are however also represented by their own tribal chiefs.

The water strait which separates Abacey and Haqay is the Canoas Strait, while the ones which separate Haqay from Caylagua are the Teiguana and Aiguana Channel. Their linear constellation make the islands the natural border between the Arubera and Columbian Sea, though the waters as a slim stripe north of the islands is called the Yocahúa Sea. Abaqey is located at the Lukyia Bay in the east of the island.

Abaqey and Haqay have a rough volcanic relief, some of which active, while Caylagua features eroded mountains, volcanic structures and hills. Caylague also features the highest density of forest growth, which covers two thirds of the island and contains most of forest coverage of Tainoa. Mount Lokyú is the highest mountain peak on Tainoa and the southern Columbian islands, with an elevation of 3,122 meters, located on Abacey. The islands are all surrounded by chains of choral reefs, which form most islets of both island groups. Most of the waters around Taino are mainly flat due to coral structures and many cliffs feature caves and underground bays.

Geology

Taino is situated on top of a hotspot in the middle of the Rennekkan Plate near its boundary with the Vestric Plate. The constant moving of the plate northwestward in confrontation with the Vestric Plate, which resulted in creating the island chain west of Tainoa, known as the West Columbian subduction zone, led to the hotspot heating up different areas. This heating up created a series of volcanoes, and due to the movement, they emerged in a linear constellation as of Tainoa. This process is ongoing and is responsible for current seismic and volcanic activity. Today, the hotspot is located under Abacey, which fuels the island with geothermal energy and Mount Lokyú as an active volcano. However, the Plate is moving at a very slow rate, which led to the creation of only three volcanoes and the volcanic structures quickly eroding away. Most the current islands and their layout are made out of coral leftovers and layers of lime. Their quick erosion however established a series of long tubes, caves, and underground reservois, which filled with seawater or glacial water. Eventually, the erosion opened up those reservois and released the water, leading to the creation of most waterfalls, rivers, and lakes after the volcanic activity stopped.

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Religion

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Health

Administration

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Tourism

Agriculture

Silk

Ligh industry

Culture

Language

Arts and philosophy

Music