Saint Kennera

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Coscivian People's Republic of Saint Kennera
Koskix-Planúkéarita Nív-Kennera
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Sovereign Kiravian Federacy
Capital Port St. Kennera
Population 365,000
Prime Executive Piran Idaltuv (CPPSK)
Prime Secretary Arrhenius Vander (CPPSK)
Legislature Auditorium
Cambrium seats 1 (votes only in committee)
Official languages Kiravic Coscivian
St. Kenneran Coscivian
Postal Abbreviation SKA
Time Zone Portmór Time

Saint Kennera is an island in the Landder Straits off the coast of Continental Ixnay, governed as a dependent state of the Kiravian Federacy. Saint Kennera has a close historical, cultural, political, and economic relationship with the neighbouring island of Pribraltar.

History

Archæological evidence dates the arrival of humans on St. Kennera to the Upper Palæolithic. The oldest known cultural group to have occupied the island were the Brassicans, an Indo-European people who migrated to St. Kennera and Pribraltar from the mainland of continental Ixnay. The Brassicans were a simple, agricultural people who lived in hamlets and small villages mostly along the shore or in natural clearings amid the island's dense tropical forests. During the Bronze Age, the Brassicans established commercial contact with the nearby coastal civilisations on the mainland, exchanging mustard seed, turnips, and cabbages for bronze tools and other manufactures.

Early Settlement

The first Coscivian settlers arrived in the early 1200s anno Domini, sailing across the Landder Straits from southern Umcara.

The first church built on the island by Coscivians was a small Insular Apostolic church dedicated to St. Kennera, a 4th century Gaelic hermitess. The settlers later consecrated the island to Mary, Saint Brendan the Navigator, and Saint Kennera, with St. Kennera's name eventually being applied to the island itself.

Age of the Sail

Capture and Captivity

Liberation War

Post-Liberation

Politics and Governance

Cabinet Secretariat Building in Port St. Kennera

Saint Kennera is a semi-presidential republic with a constitution modelled on that of Umcara and the Kiravian states of Cascada, Ilfenóra, and Metrea. The government is directed by an Executive College (or Cabinet), which is appointed by the Prime Executive of St. Kennera but accountable to both the Prime Executive and the Prime Secretary, who is chosen by the majority caucus in the legislature. The Prime Executive is elected every five years by alternative vote, and the legislature, known as the Auditorium, is elected every three years through a parallel voting system.

Since the proclamation of the Coscivian People's Republic, St. Kenneran politics has been dominated by the Coscivian People's Party of St. Kennera, which has a Christian-democratic, conservative-liberal, and Coscivian nationalist platform, and favours integration of the island into the Kiravian Federacy as a full state. The other party represented in the St. Kenneran legislature is the National Liberation Party, which is Kirosocialist and left-wing nationalist. Minor parties include the Social Credit Party of St. Kennera, the Party for Cronan Integration, the Party of St. Kenneran Democrats, and the Font Union Party.

Like Pribraltar, Saint Kennera is a self-governing dependency of the Kiravian Federacy. The islands' relationship with the Federal government is structured by a series of tripartite treaties and memoranda adopted after the islands were liberated from (((occupying nation))), and continues to evolve as a result of political developments in the islands and in Kartika. The Government of the Kiravian Federacy is responsible for Saint Kennera's defence and foreign affairs, postal system (through the Federal Post), banking insurance, and telecommunications infrastructure. The Federal Consistory in Kartika is the ultimate court of appeal for cases originating in St. Kennera's judicial system, and incarcerated convicts sentenced by St. Kenneran courts with exceptional security or health needs are held in Kiravian federal prisons. [other stuff here] Most St. Kennerans hold or are eligible for Kiravian passports by virtue of their Kiravian National (Overseas) status. During the occupation, many St. Kennerans were granted KN(O) status to facilitate their resettlement in Great Kirav or to aid members of the resistance movement travelling between the islands and Great Kirav for training and other activities. In 21207, the Federal Cambrium extended this status to all resident islanders of Coscivian, Azikorian, Celtic, or Tryhstian descent through the Overseas Nationality Act (St. Kennera & Pribraltar). Thus, St. Kennerans are Kiravian nationals, but most are only citizens of St. Kennera. That being said, a significant number of St. Kennerans do hold Kiravian citizenship, having been naturalised in the Federacy or born to naturalised parents before returning to the island after its liberation.

Under the terms of the Treaty of Hābermat, signed by the Prime Executives of St. Kennera and Pribraltar shortly after their liberation, the two Coscivian People's Republics agreed that any changes in their constitutional relationship to the Kiravian Federacy (e.g. accession to the Federacy, free association, or independence) would be made in tandem. This treaty has caused widespread dissatisfaction on St. Kennera, as the ruling Coscivian People's Party and over 80% of St. Kennerans support becoming a Kiravian state, whereas the Pribraltarian legislature and electorate are more divided on the issue. At present, St. Kennera is formally outside of the Kiravian customs area, though the St. Kenneran government has fully harmonised its own customs laws with those of Kiravia and is working towards a bilateral agreement with the Federacy concerning the island's migration policy.

St. Kennera is represented in the Kiravian Cambrium by an elected Delegate, but this Delegate can only vote in committee and is barred from membership in certain key committees.

Society and Culture

Insular Apostolic church in County Sithna

Saint Kennera has a more homogeneous and rural culture than neighbouring Pribraltar, but one that nonetheless reflects the many different historical influences on the islands. Most of the population are local St. Kenneran Coscivians, who are primarily descended from Coscivian clans who migrated across the strait from southern Umcara in the 1300s or whatever and the autocthonous pre-Coscivian inhabitants, known as the Brassicans. Saint Kenneran Coscivians also owe much of their ancestry to seafaring Ĥeldican Coscivians, Lusem Coscivians, Gaelic and Prythonic Celts, Èusan Coscivians, Vèuskem Coscivians, Peninsular Coscivians, and Austral Coscivians. There are also Coscivians not of local extraction living on the island, most of whom are more recent arrivals from Umcara, as well as some from Kiravia and Insui. Azikorian and Tryhstian communities can be found in Port St. Kennera.

Like many other Coscivian ethnic groups, St. Kenneran Coscivians are organised into clans, of which there are currently twelve.

For centuries and up to the present day, St. Kennerans have travelled to the more urbanised and economically developed island of Pribraltar in search of work, and a significant minority have settled there permanently. These emigrants, along with the thousands of St. Kennerans who fled to Kiravia while the island was under foreign occupation and settled mainly in the Valēka Metropolitan Area, make up the St. Kenneran diaspora.

A majority (55%) of islanders belong to the Insular Apostolic Church. Twenty percent are Lutherans, reflecting the influence of Umcara; ten percent are Catholic, five percent are Coscivian Orthodox, five percent are Reformed Orthodox (Theophilian), and two percent are Methodist, with the remaining three percent divided among various other confessions and a few people with no religious affiliation.

Images

The St. Kenneran seashore A farmstead in the central highlands St. Kenneran variation on the traditional Coscivian tower house design