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|Motto: "Tuath i Hárat"(Tiénndu)
"Heritage and Duty"
|Government||Federal democracy under a multi-party parliamentary directorial republic|
|-||Federal Council||Name Namesson (President)
Name Namesson (Vice-President)
|-||Prime Minister||Name Namesson|
|-||Upper house||Council of Representatives|
|-||Lower house||Federal Assembly|
|-||Independence of the original Sortein Cantons||1400-1558|
|-||Formation of the First Sortein Confederacy||16 June 1682|
|-||Treaty of Káragur||21 May 1736|
189,847 sq mi
|Currency||Sortein Danáw (SDW)|
|Time zone||Glorp Mean Time (SCT+0)|
|-||Summer (DST)||not observed (SCT+0)|
|Drives on the||left|
Sorteic, officially the Sortein Confederation, is a sovereign state in western Ekuosia. It consists of 89 'cantons', those being divided between the Sortjecjan zone, the Lestzi zone (including a Western and Southern sub-zone) and the Tiénndu zone, itself made up of three non-contiguous cantons, with the seat of federal authorities being Káragur, located within the Sortjecjan-zone canton of the same name. This federal republic is bordered by Kedros and Letzia to the southwest, Onterin and the city state of Harosa to the west, the Algazi Union to the south, and Azerin and the Cermani autonomous territory of Utol to the east. Sorteic is a landlocked country centred on the Koklates mountain range, though lowland regions exist alongside the mountainous main bulk of the country, such as the lakes region and the Lestzi lowlands. The largest cities are located in the lowland regions, as well as a small number within the valleys of the Koklates range.
The region that now comprises Sorteic was natively controlled by the ancient Tiénndu tribe of Sórhtéicidén. It was invaded by numerous empires in history, most notably the Letsatian and the Terminian empires. After gaining independence from the Terminian Empire, an empire which notably left behind a large Terminian population, which would over time evolve into the modern Sortjecjan people, the Sortein cantons gained their individual independence. However, an increase in Letzian influence caused many Lestzian people to emmigrate to the numerous cantons, between which movement was relatively easy thanks to the close cultural and diplomatic ties. Eventually, numerous southern cantons became Lestzian-majority, as well as numerous new cantons being formed. The Sortein Confederacy was officially founded in 1682 as a loose union between the various cantons. This was eventually strengthened to a federation in 1736 with the Treaty of Káragur, establishing the nation in a form it has largely sustained to this day.
Spanning the intersection between Letsic and Ngerupic language families, Sorteic comprises two major linguistic groups, those being the Ngerupic Sortjecjan language, as well as the Letsic Lestzi language. Additionally, the native Tiénndu-speaking population, while far less widespread than the other two linguistic groups, comprises its own unique identity within Sorteic. Much of the Sortein culture is derived from a mixture of Tiénndu with the addition of the non-native population groups. Sortein national identity is heavily based on its Tiénndu history, as well as values of egalitarianism and federalism. Due to the linguistic diversity, Sorteic is known by many names in the different languages which make up the nation, but for ease of use by outsiders, the nation is usually referred to as Sorteic.
The name Sorteic comes from the name of the Tiénndu tribe of Sórhtéicidén which existed within the region and was written about by various Letsatian and Terminian scholars. Sórhtéicidén itself derives from a compound of three Tiénndu words - sórh, meaning 'slope', referring to the gradual decline of the land on which the people lived, téic, meaning 'land', and uidén, meaning 'people' or 'ethnicity'. There is no presently-discovered Tiénndu endonym for the region, especially since many other tribes existed in the region other than the Sórhtéicidén.
While the ancient Letsatian name for Sorteic has been lost, it is known that the early Terminians named the region Janajarn, from the Old Terminian janah, meaning 'far', and jarn, meaning 'horn', referring to the high mountains able to be seen from the much more densely populated lowlands, though this name has since fallen out of use, including from the Sortjecjan people, who refer to the nation as Sortjécj. The Lestzian inhabitants of the region refer to it as Sortek, while the native Tiénndu now refer to it as Sórtéic.