Land of the Long Night
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Land of the Long Night
(Greatest Northern Dark Land)
Map of Mandatory Venua'tino (green) in Crona (gray)
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Venua'tino'pouri'tino'nui, popularly referred to in Occidental sources as the Land of the Long Night or Mandatory Venua'tino, is a League of Nations Mandate in Crona, nearly all of which is above the Arctic Circle. In 2019, the Mandate was divided into an Eastern and Western half bisected by the International Nature Preserve; the Western Mandate was considered the legal continuation of the original Mandate.
The name "Venua'tino'pouri'tino'nui" is translated by most Cronites as "Greatest Northern Dark Land", referring to the near permanent polar night in some parts of the country and civil twilight in many other parts as well as the considerable size of the territory. Occidental explorers in the 16th and 17th century used a simplified and largely incorrect translation, "Land of the Long Night", which was retained popular use throughout the Occident as well as in Punth and Audonia. Government and diplomatic circles formally use "Venua'tino'pouri'tino'nui" but informal use of "Land of the Long Night" remains common, both in diplomatic uses but also in cartographic ones. Since 2017, it has also acquired to shorthand name of "Mandatory Venua'tino".
The earliest inhabitants of Venua'tino'pouri'tino'nui are referred to as the Arctic small tool tradition (AST) and existed c. 2500 BC. The region has experienced considerable climatological changes since the end of the last ice age, with its "peak habitability period" likely occurring in the 1500s BC, after which time most of the native population began out-migration, especially to Quetzenkel and other neighboring territories.
Prior to the establishment of the League of Nations Mandate in 2017, the Land of the Long Night was not a state in the traditional sense; it was a series of related peoples and semi-state institutions within an unclaimed region. Despite this, the region did had several instances of pan-regional cooperation. Trade relations between the tribes and settlements of the area are largely governed by a series of treaties and overseen by ad hoc committees of adjudicators and arbitrators with binding authority to resolve disputes.
In 2017, the League of Nations Security Council voted to establish a Mandate over the territory in response to the ongoing geopolitical instability resulting from The Deluge. The governing article of the Mandate - the Code for the Mandate of Venua'tino'pouri'tino'nui - was issued in March of 2017. It stipulated that the powers responsible for governing the Mandate do so "to the benefit of its residents and for the development of civilization in the traditional sense of the word, such that the Mandate shall serve to serve as an impartial arbiter and organizer of local affairs without prejudice to the race, religion, creed of the locals". The Code organized the Mandate under a Resident Commissioner appointed by Urcea, who oversees a Commission for Venua'tino'pouri'tino'nui, which functionally serves as a small territorial government. The Commission is empowered by the code to adjudicate land disputes between local parties, establish hospitals and schools with cooperation from local parties to establish a culturally-appropriate curriculum, work with charitable and religious organizations to the benefit of the local population, construct infrastructure where possible given the arctic climate, and to foster peace and local development in the Mandate in contrast to the ongoing instability in the rest of Crona. The Commission, consequently, is made up of a multinational administration consisting of several different departments. Every Department under the Commission is under the purview of a non-Urcean Secretary besides that of Non-Governmental Organizations, which works to coordinate the efforts of charities and the Levantine Catholic Church within the mandate. The Commission's apparatus includes:
- Department for Administration of Justice
- Department for Adjudication and Arbitration
- Department for Infrastructure
- Department for Non-Governmental Organizations
- Department for Health and Education
- Department for Internal Trade Relations
The current Resident-Commissioner of Venua'tino'pouri'tino'nui is Charles-John Condus, a Urcean. The Commission for Venua'tino'pouri'tino'nui is based out of Shenendehowa Bay given the existing port and transportation infrastructure in the city, making it the de facto capital city of the Land of the Long Night.
The economy of the Land of the Long Night is primarily based on subsistence fishing and even hunter-gatherer lifestyles throughout most of the country, though there are denser populations in the Nysdra Sea region which practice more "advanced" economic pursuits. Shenendehowa Bay, the largest city in the Land of the Long Night, is a relatively well-known trading hub and has long been involved with Occidental countries as a center for fossil fuel exploitation. In recent years, given the rapid growth of uranium mining in New Yustona, uranium prospecting has become a popular activity in the coastal regions of the Land of the Long Night, both by natives and by Occidentals, though there has been little progress in the discovery of uranium deposits.