Timeline: Mundus Novus (Map Game)
Map of Nitasina (in green)
Nitasina (Innu: [nɪtʌsinʌ]) is a nation on the Atueianakau Tshiuetin. It is bounded by the Uinipek-Mutaiao to the east, to the south by the Naneuepanuat, and to the west and north by the Ushuinipek. It borders the Thule Empire to the north, and the Atikamekw, the Ililiw (Moose Cree), and the Algonquin nation to the southwest. It is widely accepted to be bordered by the Beothuk through the Tshikasseuiau although not connected by a land border. Nitasina covers around 1,650,916 km² in land area, and its capital is Takuaikan-Utenau. Other notable cities are Kuujjuaq, Ushuinipek-Utenau, Mitsigak, Sakami, Iviukittak, Innagidluk, Pessamu, Ishtuashu, Iqaluit, and Nuuk.
Nitasina is derived from the word Nitassinan, meaning "Our Land" in Innu-Aimun, as well as many other Algonquin languages. It has been the historical name for the region for hundreds of years.
The Mashkuian era usually includes the reigns of Nipi Ashtak, Mashku I, and the various other Katakuaitsheshts named Mashku. Five years after Comerío Caguax first reached Tshishtashkamik, word reached Nitasina of a continent across the ocean, like the ones in Innu myths. Nipi Ashtak, the newly crowned ruler of Nitasina, sent an expedition to the east, attempting to confirm the discovery. The rumors were proved true in 1496, but by then Nitasina had intervened in the Thule-Naskapi War. Only during a lull in hostilities in 1512 was the colony of Tshissekauassi settled.
Thule-Naskapi War and Union with the Eastern Cree
After the Thule invasion of Naskapi, the Naskapi government appealed to Nipi Ashtak to intervene in the war. This request was granted, and Nitasina declared war. The war turned to a stalemate, and Naskapi was fully occupied by the Thule. Naskapi would be a thorn in Thule-Innu relations, and the cause of the First Northern War a few decades later. However, at the Battle of Whapmagoostui, the eastern Cree king, who had been fighting against the Thule, died in battle. This soon led to a peace between the Thule and the Innu in 1511, as well as the small War of Eastern Cree Succession and, after deposing Penashue, the contender to the eastern Cree throne, an union between the eastern Cree and Nitasina was established, nearly doubling Nitasina's size. Due to cultural similarities, the eastern Cree and Nitasina were soon merged into one political entity.
1514 to 1523 was a decade of economic prosperity, with a royal marriage to the Atikamekw to form a personal union with them in 1522. Tshissekauassi had brought in exotic goods from Tshishtashkamik, and was very profitable. In 1523, a succession crisis to King Tulugaak led Nipi Ashtak to offer support to both sides to see which would offer more concessions. This led to both nations building up for a war, with the Thule reaching out to historical enemies of Nitasina, and Nitasina reaching out to historical allies and enemies of the Thule. This culminated into the Great Northern War, which lead to the capture of not only Naskapi but also mainland Dorset, resulting in the collapse of the Thule empire.
Located on the eastern coast of the Uinipek-Mutaiao (Atlantic Ocean), Nitasina is located centrally on the Atueianakau Tshiuetin. The Canadian Shield is the most prominent feature in the area, but geography varies greatly from area to area because of the altitude, composition of the ground, and proximity to water. Nitasina is composed of over 25,000 lakes and over 2,250 rivers. The most prominent river, the Naneuepanuat, has most of the prominent cities of the east, while the western cities usually border the Ushuinipek.
Mont Yapeitso is the largest mountain in Nitasina, reaching 1,128 meters (3,700 feet). The most populated areas are on the north shore of the Naneuepanuat river and gulf and the eastern shore of the Ushuinipek. Most of the south is flat, with few but significant earthquakes. More than 70% of the land, however, is part of the Canadian Shield, which is relatively flat with a few mountainous areas. Most of the lakes in the area can be explained by the glaciers that moved across the region over the past few ice ages.
Nitasina consists of mostly subarctic Taiga, and most regions have over one meter (39 inches) of rain, of which just under one-third can be attributed to snow. Winters are long, cold, and snowy, while summers tend to be warm but short.
Nitasina is a absolute hereditary monarchy, and all legislative, executive, and judicial responsibilities rest in the hands of the Utshimau. The current ruler, Mashku I, has absolute power and rules by decree.
|Nitasina||Allies||Good Relations||Neutral||Bad Relations||In Colonial War||At War|
|Algonquin||Allies||The Algonquin have been allies with the Innu against the Mi'kmaq for decades, and even with ties with the Mi'kmaq increasing, are still close allies.
|Atikamekw||Allies||The Atikamekw have been a long ally of the Innu.
|Beothuk||Bad||The Beothuk recently fought the Great Northern War against the Innu.|
|Kalaallit Nunaat||Good||Kalaallit Nunaat declared independence from the Thule empire during the Great Northern War, and has maintained good ties with the Innu since.|
|Kuntshassi||Allies||Although starting off hostile to the Innu, the Kuntsh have become valuable allies in the new world, and have been fighting against Powhatan.
|Mi'kmaq||Neutral||The Mi'kmaq recently fought the Great Northern War against the Innu, but are mending ties with the Innu, looking to join TAMSK.
|Moose Cree||Allies||The moose Cree have been allies with Nitasina for decades.
|Nunavut||Bad||Most of Nunavut supported the Thule in the Great Northern War, and has been feuding over northern islands with Kalaallit Nunaat. Seen as the successor state to the Thule empire, it is viewed badly.|
|Powhatan||Colonial War||The Powhatan have been contesting Innu colonies in the new world. They have been fighting against the Kuntsh.
|Wolastoqiyik||Allies||The Wolastoqiyik have been allies with the Innu against the Mi'kmaq for decades, and even with ties with the Mi'kmaq increasing, are still close allies.