Wenesinia

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8, -31.593, 82.903
The United Islands of Wenesinia
Wenesinia
The Official Flag of Wenesinia
Flag
Motto:
"Never lost at sea!"
Capital
and largest city
Sanata
National languagesIngerish
 • Regional languagesSogowán, Kouvátai, Sähn, Shukte, Arewan, Sionän, Lagettian, Rpâtâi, Sakhan, Lomban
Ethnic Groups
(as of 2017)
Wenesian/Mixed (31%), Sogowá (19%), Kouvátai (15%), Sähn (8%), Shukte (8%), Other natives (12%), Other (7%)
DemonymWenesinian
GovernmentDemocratic United Republic
 • President
 • First Minister
LegislatureUnited Parliament
 • Upper houseLast Council
 • Lower houseFirst Council
HDI (2015)Increase 0.793
high
TimezoneWUT+5
CurrencyWen (WEN)
Internet TLD.we

Wenesinia, also known as the Wenesin Islands, is an island nation situated in the middle of the southern Asperic Ocean. Its closest neighbor is Udenarrat, another island nation located about 400 km to the southwest of Wenesinia. The nation is generally considered a part of the continent of Antarephia, despite being more than roughly 2000 km from the nearest mainland of the continent, in Pasalia. The capital and largest city in Wenesinia is Sanata, which lies in the south of the biggest island, Huaweia, commonly referred to as the "Main island" or "Center Island".


Name

The first recorded name of Wenesinia was written down by Ingerish-speaking colonizers, hundreds of years ago. The colonizers arrived in what is today Sanata, where they were most likely greeted by the Sogowá people, which are native to that region. A misinterpretation of the Sogowán sentence "Wen eseen eràt", which means "We live here", made the colonizers think "Wenesin" was the native people's word for the islands. Although this was incorrect, it is still not known what the Sogowá or other native people originally may have called the island group, as the native languages had no written language until colonization. When the Wenesin islands gained independence from the Ingerish-speaking colonizers, the national authorities decided to change the official name of the nation to Wenesinia, as this was the most common name used among the general population (as opposed to The Wenesin Islands).

Languages

Wenesinia is a highly diverse nation, with a unique language history that has formed the way Wenesinians speak today. The only official language today is Ingerish. It is spoken as a primary language by a slight majority of 53% of the people, with the heaviest concentration on the main island Huaweia, particularly in the southern coastal areas in and around Sanata. Ingerish is also spoken by the vast majority of the non-primary speakers as a secondary language, and it is by far the most used language in the media and popular culture. All universities also use Ingerish in their lectures, though primary and secondary schools typically stick to a native language, and instead teach Ingerish as a mandatory subject. Several distinct Wenesinian Ingerish dialects exist, and many people speak various local varieties of Ingerish mixed with their native language.

Panwenesinian is an invented language from the 1950's, that has gained some popularity through the decades, and became a recognized language in 2004. Its origins in the independence movement of Wenesinia back in the 1950's made it a popular language among people who believed a Pan-Wenesinian ethnic identity as well as a national identity would strengthen the nations independence. It was originally heavily influenced by Sogowán, with some purely invented words, but through several reforms in the late 1950's and throughout the 1960's, it gained many words from other native languages like Kouvátai and Arewan. The reforms also brought with them several Ingerish-derived words that were made to look and sound more like Sogowán in particular. Panwenesinian is still considered a related language to Sogowán, and speakers of the two languages can usually understand basic communication between each other, though this becomes harder in written form. It is hardly spoken by anyone as a primary language, though an estimated 13% of Wenesinians know enough to hold a conversation in it. It is taught as an optional third language in many secondary schools, and some websites and newspapers write partly or entirely in Panwenesinian. Its original goal of uniting Wenesinians under one language may have been reached by Ingerish instead.

There are many distinct native languages in Wenesinia, including Sogowán, Kouvátai, Sähn, Shukte, Arewan, Sionän, Lagettian, Rpâtâi, and at least a dozen other smaller languages. Some form a dialect continuum, and are mutually understandable, especially many languages on Huaweia. Others, are virtually language isolates, such as Rpâtâi, which is spoken almost exclusively in the furthest eastern island. Other local languages, especially Sogowán, Kouvátai, and some others, have spread beyond their historical territories, as the largest ethnic group in Wenesinia today is made up of "Mixed" people, those who have ancestry from more than one tribal group, and identify more as Wenesinian than any specific group. Travel has also increased the number of people who live outside their historical tribal lands. Some languages have faced more pressure from Ingerish in particular, and are risking to become extinct in their native population. Most of these languages are too small to be listed, though even some previously widely spoken languages, such as Arewan, spoken on Arekawa Island, have seen a major dip in the number of native speakers. Efforts have been made to revitalize these languages, with limited success.