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|Motto: Between islands, we are one people!|
|-||Alei||Kakuesa Hanase (Kaui)
Yawae Lanakai (Heia) Hakaie Maui (Malaui) Alouwa Haueka (Tapui) Kaie Aleihapaui (Akui)Hapui Lanakauiesa (Kahui)
|Independence from Letzia in 1956 CE|
|-||2010 estimate||2.1 million|
|Currency||Kawuiian Hakui (KHK)|
The name Kawui is derived from the tribe that unified the confederation, Kaui. The native name, Kauilui, literally meaning island language, is derived from the old Kawuiian tradition of naming locations after the people that inhabit it.
Kawuiian history is separated into 5 main eras.
~3000 BCE - ~400 CE
Although not much is know about this period, it is believed that the earliest inhabitants of the Kawuiian archipelago arrived in 3,000~ BCE. This group was most similar to the inhabitants of Lahan and the surrounding islands of the time. These inhabitants were believed to have a very vegetarian lifestyle, eat nuts and berries off trees and perhaps more primitive methods of early agriculture. Due to the terrain of the islands, which were not well adapted for farming usage, the early Kawuiian tribes did not have a large population boost, but continued to live on the islands despite this fact.
In 200-300~ CE, a large migration of new settlers began to arrive on the islands. It is believed that these new peoples were originally from the Southern Asuran sea. These people were believed to be godly deities by many of the previous inhabitants of the Kawuiian archipelago, and so they enjoyed a high status in the islands. These migrants were a large influence on the Kawuiian language and culture, bringing with them early forms of Kawuiian writing and cartography, fishing techniques, boats, better cooking supplies, new artistic styles, and percussion instruments. However, after this large migration, Kawui would experience a long period of isolation.
~400 CE - 1761 CE
In 1735 CE, the Tapui tribe decided to open up to international trade. This introduced many new products from the countries to the far west, especially countries like Shohuan which had a large amount of power in Lahan. This new trade would introduce new products and ideas, most significant being Western political thought and the introduction of firearms. With the heavy increase of technological development, the Kawuiian tribes wish to gain more power in the peninsula increased, especially in the Kaui and Heia tribes.
This development of imperial thought leads to a climax in 1753, when the Heia tribe invades the Kusue tribe. This starts the Unification War, which lasts from 1753 to 1760. Prior to the start of the war, Kaui and Tapui had formed an alliance which insured a technological advantage toward the Kaui tribe. The war ends in the unification of the peninsula under the former Alei of Kaui, Keile Kaihaui Laipasa.
1761 CE - 1875 CE
1875 CE - 1956 CE
In 1875, due to the continued threat that Kawuiians felt from foreign powers, the Keile Hamenei Laipasa decided to make an agreement with Letzia for protection. With this agreement, the 1st Kawuiian confederation came to an end and was replaced by the Kawuiian-Lestzi Protectorate.
During the GEW, Kawuiian fought with the Unity alliance, and later the Allied alliance, as part of the Lestzi overseas empire. Although Kawuiian forces saw less fighting than other countries involved in the war, the Kawuiian populace was horrified by their forced involvement in the war. This would lead to increase anti-Ekuosian sentiments, especially towards the Lestzi officials involved in maintaining the protectorate. In 1954, an intially unsuccessful uprising occurs in the Heian town of Hausaui. This uprising, named the Hausaui Spring would ultimately be put down, but would in turn cause an increase in Kawuiian nationalism.
1956 CE - present
In 1956, Keile Kaiahan Laipasa officially annouces Kawui's leaving of the Lestzi overseas empire, and the establishment of the 2nd Kawuiian Tribal Confederation, after a heavy increase in Kawuiian nationalism. His reign lasts 9 more years, when he dies in 1965. He is replaced by his son, and currently Keile, Kaiawe Laipasa.
The Kawuiian Confederation is built up of six main islands, and multiple smaller islands not visible on the official Sahar map. It fully consists of the Kawuiian Archipelago.
Although the nation has had a history of isolation, recently the nation has started to globalize. Kawui, excluding the Kahui tribe, is a member of the AEIOU.
Kawui has a national military force, with the Keile as the commander and chief, called the Pan-Confederate Militia. Despite this, most domestic affairs are handled by the tribal militia administered by each tribe. The PCM’s main duty is to ensure that the confederation is stable.
Science and technology
Tourism is extremely important to the Kawuiian economy, being its heaviest source of income. It is best known for its environmental and cultural tourism.
Up until opening up to the world in the mid-1700’s, Kawui was not urbanized. After the end of the War of Unification however the nation began to urbanize, especially in gobiernal area such as Kauilana. This urban boom would stabilize in the 1800’s until urbanization increases again after the establishment of the Lestzi protectorate.
Kawui is a majority kautoistic. Kautoism, or simply Kauto, is a form of traditional animistic belief, with a heavy focus on how spirits exist in nature.
Kawuiian music is generally divided into two eras. The Isolationist Era is generally recorded from the arrival of the first inhabitants in the ~3000’s BCE, to the War of Unification in the mid-1700’s. This era is defined by heavy amounts of percussion and vocal instrumentals. The following era, most commonly called the Foreign Era, is defined by the incorporation of foreign instruments, most notably in the strings and woodwinds.
More recently, pop music nicknamed K-pop, has grown in popularity.
The Kawuiian film industry is a fledgling economic sector that has been growing. It is centered in Kauilana, and is especially known for its symbolism and thrillers. Despite this fact, the film industry has also produced more romantic and dramatic films. Animation has also grown in popularity.
Kawuiian cuisine is heavily influenced by the marine organisms around the islands, and the natural flora of the islands. Most Kawuiian dishes will include fish of some form.
Many of the most popular sports in Kawui are more traditional in nature. One popular sport, kuseipatei is a form of martial arts focused upon the use of wooden staffs to beat an opponent also armed with a staff. In the most traditional varieties, the two will fight until one can no longer fight, or until the other concedes defeat. Other traditional sports, like kuseipatei, are heavily war focused arts which often include traditional Kawuiian martial arts.
Despite this, many foreign sports are growing in popularity. Kawui is currently a member of SIFA as of early 2018.