Siqinni (Siqian: Sechnae [səχˈn̥ɑ͡ə], Thargian: Sęxi [ˈsɛ̃xi]), officially the Sovereign Siqian Republic, is a country located in Atsiq. The Siqin are the descendants of Thargian settlers that competed with Osveraalic-speaking colonisers during the settlement of northern Atsiq in the sixteenth and seventeenth century. Culturally and linguistically close to Thargun to this day, they gained their independence during the Jaegian Civil War and have made cordial relations with the Thargo-Qotsian union central to their country's political aligment. The poorest country of Atsiq, Siqinni receives significant investment from its western neighbour, including military aid against the Republic of Jaege.
- 1 Etymology
- 2 History
- 3 Geography
- 4 Politics
- 5 Economy
- 6 Demographics
- 7 Culture
- 8 See also
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The titular nation, the Siqians (Sêch) are descended from Thargian settlers that colonised the region during the Imperial expansion in the fifteenth century. They have been the dominant ethnicity since the foundation of the country and also held the key administrative positions during Imperial times, when Siqinni was formally part of the Thargo-Qotsian Union. Surveys have established that about 77 percent of the population consider themselves ethnically Siqian. Osveraalic-speaking colonists that mainly came from the northern Usuva region make up the most significant minority, especially in the southern parts of the country. Their share of the total population has been on the decline for decades due to the hostile relationship with the Republic of Jaege and the resulting ethnic tensions, driving many of them to leave the country.
Siqinni is the country with the lowest number of human residents of all of Atsiq. Humans are mostly found in and around Drazech and in the provinces bordering Soral, with a significant part of them non-permanent residents that follow a nomadic lifestyle. Attitudes towards them are predominantly negative, and humans face much of the discrimination and intolerance that is typical of Atsiq countries.
Siqian is a Thargic language descended from Middle Thargian and is largely mutually intelligible with modern Thargian. Considered a mere Thargian dialect until the early twentieth century, it underwent conscious language planning that aimed at distinguishing it from Thargian, including a radical spelling reform in the 1930s. Siqian has a higher amount of Osveraalic loans than Thargian, and Osveraalic influence is felt also in the grammar, which shows several features that are atypical to Thargic languages such as the lack of a nominative-accusative distinction or the presence of construct state inflection.
Due to the close political and economic ties to the Union, fluency in Thargian is common among the educated population as well as in the western regions of Siqinni where there is considerable language contact. Terms for modern concepts, after having been partly replaced by native derivations during the era of the language reforms, are readily borrowed from Thargian these days.