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Tupiniquimsuyu
Timeline: The Kalmar Union
Flag of Tupiniquimsuyu (The Kalmar Union) No coa
Flag Coat of Arms
Capital
(and largest city)
Meiembipe
Language Tupiniquim
King Nheçu IV
Prime Minister Araq Poranga Mirim
Population 998,000 
Currency TQI

The Kingdom of Tupiniquimsuyu, Tupiniquimsuyu, Tupiniquimland, is a small authoritarian monarchy in eastern Tawantinland. It is bordered by Tamoioland, Abasuyu and Carjosuyu. The capital is Meiembipe and the population is around 1 million.

The Head of State is King Nheçu IV.

The official language is Tupiniquim which is mutually intelligable to most other languages of the eastern Tawantinland coast.

The currency is the Tupiniquim Itaúna (TQI).

History

The area now known as Tupiniquimsuyu, and specifically the island of Meiembipe. was first recorded by Vinlandic explorers as they explored the Eastern Tawantinland coast in the 15th century. It seems as though the original inhabitants were from the Carijos tribe but later expeditions found Tupiquim there, perhaps signifying a devastating outbreak of an introduced disease or a hostile takeover. Either way the island and the channel between soon became a favoured resupply point on the trade routes between Tawantinsuyu, Alkafuglaeyjar, Eastern Leifia and Europe. The hinterland was lightly populated in this era but it was generally recognised that the island and its chiefs held nominal dominion over it.

The island developed as a comparatively prosperous miniature kingdom but when Tawantinsuyu conquered the mainland in around 1550/1 the island could no longer support its own population and accepted vassalisation to avoid starvation. Tawantin domination continued until around 1720 when a change of dynasty effectively severed direct ties, however the island remained allied to its larger neighbour. In the meantime it continued its trade relationship with Vinland (especially as its less-valued goods were mostly overlooked by the European naval powers). Cotton was introduced to the island in about 1700, linen factories not long after and it would soon become a hub for the region's cotton produce. Likewise the mainland was soon full of cattle farms and dried meat was another major export. Tupiquim girls frequently became brides for the settlers of Alkfuglaeyjar which aided the trading links.

Though mostly resistant to attempts at baptism interaction with merchants and their organised religions turned the Tupiniquim's animism into a coherent polytheistic religion.

Upon full withdrawal from the area Tawantinsuyu had granted Tupiniquimsuyu a small sliver of land on the Itajaí River, supposedly to prevent a full blockade and maintain the island's viability. The rest of the near-mainland had been ceded to Abasuyu however and the two states would frequently argue over the land. Tupiniquimland built a fortress in 1887 which drew a firm reaction: Abasuyu invaded and seized the land in 1889. Allying with Tamoioland a short war would led to the capture and annexation of a wide strip of the coastline, blocking Abasuyu's access to the sea.

Government

Tupiniquimsuyu is relatively authoritarian and although there are regular elections for the single chambered diet the franchise is quite small and real power resides with the king and his (unelected) Prime Minister.

The current Prime Minister is Araq Poranga Mirim.

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