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Potiguaire

Language:
Mostly Ngendiba (Tupi), but a considerable amount (specially in urban areas) is bilingual with French, be it Potiguaire French (which is more acurately classified as a semi-creole dialect of Norman) or the international standard variety.
Religion: Mostly Roman Catholic, although there are minorities of protestants, mostly Huguenots (even though being a Huguenot is frequently associated with the very-generalized Tapuie groups of the interior, specially in urban areas that receive increasing migration from those regions).
Ethnicity: Strictly the result from increasingly blurred lines between french settlers and native Tupi in the begginings of the colonial enterprise of Piráimme, also known for its contemporary name, France Équinoxiale. Its endonym shows as such, coming from the main native allies of the french, the Potiguara. Controversially, what it's or it's not a Potiguaire is a source of contention, some rural people invalidate the identity of their urban counterparts due to recent supplanting of traditional Potiguaire Norman by Standard French as the lingua franca in coastal areas, at the same time, some (racists) don't classify Afrodescendants as valid, even if they're from partial settler or native heritage beyond the slave ancestry, Huguenots are also seen as un-Potiguaire due to it being the religion of many of the interior's Tapuie people(s), which is a cause of friction since colonial times, and even though of similar heritage, the riverine Namba group isn't considered a part of the wider Potiguaire identity, seen as mostly its own, related, thing.
Ancestry: French settlers, mainly from Normandy, but also Brittany and the Atlantic Coast generally speaking; Tupi natives, mainly from the Potiguara, Tupinambá and Caeté tribes; Some african slaves imported from West Africa, in the region around Senegal-Guinea.
Culture: Most of its foundations comes from its language, that being, the native Tupi culture that was generally adopted by the early settlers. By the time the colony was self-sufficient, the lines between settler and native were already less of a french vs indian thing and more of a born in the new world vs born in the metropolis, since the resulting mostly mixed population underwent a very heavy process of identity-mixing, due to the nature of the local Tupi society, that classified an outsider married into a tupi family as a tupi himself, while at the same time reinforcing a more localized identity in contrast to the mentality of all Tupi tribes being part of one big nation, since half-french children usually would go about differentiating themselves from other, non-french-allied, tribes. Overall, it varies a lot by region, coastal communities are noteworthy for their sea-prowess, with fishing and whaling being a big thing for most of those, while more mainlander communities usually excel at agriculture, and more curiously, in the military, although that's a trait also present in their Tapuie brothers, with locals frequently acting as mercenaries in the world about, a "tradition" sometimes (and sometimes not) patronized by the local government.
Location: Piráimme (OTL Brazilian states of Maranhão, Piauí, Ceará, Rio Grande do Norte, Paraíba and Pernambuco), although there is a considerable diaspora in France and some communities around the french colonies across the Globe.
Population: In Piráimme, 22.494.766 people (self-identified) according to the last (2017) census, the diaspora is around 4 million, 2.7 of these in Metropolitan France.
 
Name: Syrian Germans
Language: German, Arabic
Religion: Protestantism, Catholicism, Islam
Ancestry: Germans, Arabs, Arameans
Phenotype: Ranging from Northern European to Middle Eastern
Population: Approximately 100,000 total in the whole world
Distribution: Historically Syria, nowadays Turkey, Western Europe, North America, and Australia
Culture: Fuses Central European and Levantine elements
History: Although many Crusaders did settle in Syria during the Middle Ages, with many of them being ethnic Germans, they quickly assimilated into the Arab majority when the Crusader states were conquered by the Mamluks. Similar to Bosporus Germans, the Syrian Germans formed as a distinct subgroup of the German ethnos during the Tanzimat Era of the Ottoman Empire, when in its attempt to modernize and Westernize, the Eternal State invited industrious and well-educated immigrants from all over German-speaking Europe to help develop the country, especially its most agrarian parts. Of course, the Bosporus, being at the heart of Istanbul, wasn't agrarian at all, but much of the Levant certainly was. This German immigrated especially accelerated towards the late 19th and early 20th centuries, as the Ottomans eventually sided with the Germans during the Great War, which they unfortunately lost, leading to the cession of Syria to France under the terms of the secret Sykes-Picot Agreement. Under the French mandate, the Germans either voluntarily moved back to Germany (first exodus) or changed their names to French ones in order to avoid persecution. Although the post-WWII independent Syria was initially very Germanophilic and greatly admired the Germans for helping to build up the nation's infrastructure, the eventual Baathist regime wasn't so kind to them at all, which led to their second exodus out of Syria and into the West. Many churches were demolished or converted to mosques, and lots of villages formerly populated (and founded) by Germans were resettled with Arabs. The advent of the Syrian Civil War in the 21st century led to the third and final exodus of the Syrian Germans as part of the greater ongoing international Syrian Refugee Crisis, with many right-wing European politicians labeling them as "desirables" because of their European heritage despite fleeing from a Middle Eastern country. Naturally, the Syrian German refugees are much better off socioeconomically than the Syrian Arab and Syrian Kurdish refugees, and have integrated far better in their Western host countries.
 
Name: Stratianis,
Language: Stratian Albanian, English, Scottish, French.
Origins: Stratioti cavalry that settled in western Europe.
Religion: Bekhtashi Tariqath(national)(53%), Anglicanism(12%), Calvinism(7%), Catholicism(25%), Others(3%).
Location: England, France, Scotland, former French and British colonies.
Population: 19 million people globally identify as Stratianis. Largest populations exist in France and UK.
Subdivisons: Frenjiz, Britanikan, Skochezet.
 
Name: Cossack Japanese
Language: Primostrovian, Russian, German, Hungarian, Serbian, Polish, Ukrainian, Japanese, Ainu, Yezo
Ancestry: Ukrainian, Russian, Germans, Poles, Romanians, Ukrainians, Croats, Hungarians, Slovaks, Finnish, French, Dutch, Italian, Greeks,
Religion: Orthodox Christianity, Catholicism, Protestantism, nonreligion, and Shintoism
Population: Approximately an estimated from 700,000 to 2.5 million
Phenotype: Ranging from Northern European through Eastern European and Eurasianist due to admixture with the Ainus and Japanese
Distribution: Probably Japan especially in Hokkaido, cities in Tokyo, Osaka, Nagasaki, Kyoto, and others, Western Europe, North America, the Philippines,
South Korea, Russia, Ukraine, Kazakhstan, Australia, and other countries
Culture: Distinct from Russians plus fuses with their own culture mixed with the Ainu, German, Japanese, and other European elements
History: The history has traced back to the 17th century at that time when Russia was gradually expanded eastwards towards the Pacific, a group of cossacks had settled on the fishing ports of Hokkaido, although the Tokugawa Shogunate had strictly imposed a sakoku policy which forbades foreigners from entering Japan and citizens from leaving the country. The settlers of cossacks were mainly Russians and Ukrainians before mass settlement of other peoples from Europe from the 18th century onward to the advent of Meiji Restoration where the once-short lived republic named Primostrovia existed before the Imperial Russian forces had definitively crushed the attempted rebellion and in the advent of the 20th century, the Russo-Japanese War has led to the annexation of Southern Sakhalin and the colony of Primostrovia in the 1909 humiliating treaty by Japan.

In the following years of Japanese rule, the Primostrovians are facing discrimination as the rulers had instituted a policy of assimilating the Europeo Hokkaidoans into the mainstream society but the events of Russian Civil War and White émigre has led to overall growing population of the said group as numbers of intellectuals, thinkers, and famous people had flooded and influenced the Japanese society prior to the Sino-Japanese War but they are living quietly throughout the Second World War even as Japan surrendered to Americans in 1945, the Primostrovians are calling for a full independence referendum but the Americans had quashed their demands due to fears of Soviets using the advantage to annex the island of Hokkaido.

Now, in the following postwar years and its subsequent Japanese Economic Miracle, the Primostorvians are slowly assimilated into Japanese society, owing to historical roots of white émigres, Ainus, pre-17th century Japanese, and Russian culture as well as island mentality but in the following recent years as Japan had suffered economic disadvantages following the end of its five-decade economic boom and population decline, the Primostrovians have shared the largest constituents of the Japan's LDP, but in the fringes of society, they are quietly calling for autonomy or full independence as the country is on the verge of relaxing the immigration laws to which both the Japanese and Primostrovians are calling out for allowing the foreigners to move in. Today, the Primostrovians are a distinct group that have largely contributed to the postwar Japanese, Russian, American, and South Korean society.
 
Name: Bamborskie / Bambors
Language: Bamborski / Bambor Polish, Polish
Origins: Polish settlement and intermarriage with Sorbs and Germans in the Margraviate of Brandenburg after the Union of Poznan united it with Poland.
Religion: Polish Unitarian Church (77%), Roman Catholic (13%)
Location: Western Poland (Bambor Voivodeship), Argonia (former Polish West Africa)
Population: 11 million
 
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Name: Aes Abr'am
Languages:
Hibarni (a Romance language with early influences from Hebrew & Aramaic, then with significant influence from Irish Gaelic and some loanwords from Old Norse as well), English ('Hibernic' dialect, as well as 'standard English').
Origins: members of Roman Britain's Jewish community (which was larger than IOTL) moved west in the face of the Anglo-Saxon invasions, concentrating in parts of what are now Wales & the Cornish peninsula. They formed a significant element in the merchant class in those lands, and spread to Ireland's seaports as well. When the Normans over-ran their home areas in Britain, and proved less tolerant than the Romano-British and later Welsh had been, their rate of emigration to Ireland increased. Edward I's decree expelling Jews from England & Wales did not cover Ireland as well, possibly just as an oversight, and in fact some of the Jews leaving Britain then -- particularly those of Bristol -- chose to do so by going to Ireland rather than to the continent. (The feudal lords in Ireland, even the bishops and the king's representatives, generally tolerated Jews because they were seen as useful merchants and clerks... and as more civilised, and not much less "good Christians", than most of the native Irish...). With the development of the British Empire, members of this people were among the settlers in various colonies and continued to play an important role in commercial activities.
Religion: Judaism, of a non-rabbinical form similar [in general terms] to that of the Karaites.
Location: mostly in large cities, particularly seaports, across the British Isles and British Empire (although less abundant in India & lands around the Indian Ocean, where their role was mostly pre-empted by the Parsees) as well as parts of South America; also a few rural communities, with few if any non-Abr'amic residents, in parts of both Ireland and the "Middle Provinces" of British North America.
 
Name: Zatera.
Language: Zat Languages, Muadi Arabo-Assyrian dialect.
Origins: Dardic Peoples who were Taken As slaves by the fourth Assyrian Empire and aligned Khaftan fleets circa 800 B.C. and were later freed by the Sogdians 400 B.C.
Religion: Zateran Ethnic Religion. A form of folk Vedic and other Near Hindu beliefs mixed with those of North Semitic concepts. Local Temple is located close to the now sacked city of Nineveh. Every three years, Zatara migrate to this Temple on the day of Nowdibaal. There, they do trade, perform animal sacrifices to their gods and celebrate their freeing from slavery with dance and song.
Location: Communities can be found from Damaat to Bosphoric Kingdoms(Ethiopia to Ukraine).
Population: Most Zatera live as semi-nomadic herders and so exact numbers are hard to calculate but there are around 6 million settled Zatara and at least three times as many nomads. Certain Beduin groups like Jufra and Talmuad are also associated with Zatera.
Subdivisons: Kantari(settled Zatara), Zati(Nomadic, "pure" Zatara) Zarda(mixed beduin Zatara Groups), Sakram(Hellenized Zatara of Bhosphorus.)
 
Tadar/Indo-Tatars (तादार्लार/تآدآرلآر)
Language:
Tadar (तादार्च/تآدآرچا)
Language Family:
  • Turkic
    • Kipchak Turkic
Ancestry: Original migrants were of primarily Kipchak and Mongol descent. Today, their genetic ancestry is roughly 35% Turkic/Mongolic, 35% Indus Valley, 15% Steppe Indo-Aryan, and 15% Ancestral Indian.
Religion: Hinduism (81.1%), Sunni Islam (9.8%), Sikhism (6.4%), Shi'a Islam (2.5%), other religions (0.2%)
Population: 17.1 million
Location: Eastern Punjab, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir, Uttarakhand, Uttar Pradesh (in India), Lahore and Peshawar (Pakistan)
Culture: Fairly similar to the culture of Hindu Jats, Gujjars, and Rajputs of northwestern India.
History: The Tadars are an ethnicity born out of rebellion, having been formed out of an ostracized band of Kipchak Turks, having been so due to internal discontent. Upon the conquering of the Kimek confederation by the Mongols, they fled Turkestan and eventually found their way into what is now Doaba in eastern Punjab. There, they formed a formidable threat to the Delhi Sultanate and allied with the Mongols during their invasion of the Sultanate. By then, the Tadars had all but assimilated into local Shaivite Hindu sects and came to be fierce defenders of their faith. They formed alliances with various Hindu chiefdoms and kingdoms throughout history, and constantly migrated throughout northwestern India to evade and attack the various Muslim polities of the region. Over the centuries, only a few managed to convert to Islam and were ostracized. Their repute amongst Hindu Kshatriya communities eventually rose their social status to that of one of the respected Kshatriya castes of Punjab and northwestern India. The rise of the Marathas and Sikhs saw their own revival in which they formed a successful resistance against the Durranis. However, during the British invasions of the region, they fell under British rule without their own princely state. British rule saw little changes to their way of life as settled agriculturalists and warriors, and they readily took arms within the British Indian Army. British rule saw some of them move as sepoys to foreign lands, and some became mercenaries for hire, particularly with the Russian Empire. Coinciding with the rise in Turanism and Turkic nationalism, an internal sense of cultural revivalism transpired within the Tadar community, where they started to regain connection with their Turkic roots. Inspired by the Turkish language reforms in the Turkish Republic, linguistic reforms and standardization saw the Turkification of the Tadar language, where many loanwords, especially those of Perso-Arabic origin, saw replacement with their Turkic equivalents. After independence and the partition, the Muslims amongst their community moved to Pakistan. Today, they're largely wealthy landed agriculturalists with significant representation in the Indian Armed Forces, as well as higher than average educational attainment.
 
Name: Slovenian Turks/Turks in Slovenia
Language: Turkish, Slovenian
Religion: Sunni Islam
Ancestry: Ottoman Turkish colonists, native Slavs
Phenotype: Central European to Middle Eastern
Population: 3,000
Distribution: Slovenia, Western Europe
Culture: Balkan and Anatolian
History: The Ottomans win at the Battle of Sisak in 1593, leading to the historical regions of Slovenia (Carniola, Styria, Istria) being annexed to the Sublime Porte for over 100 years until the Habsburgs reconquered the land in the early 18th century following the Turkish failure to conquer Vienna in 1683. During the Ottoman occupation of Slovenia, rural Anatolian colonists were resettled on Slovenian soil by the Sultan with promises of new land to farm and thrive in. Although most Slovenian Turks voluntarily returned to Turkey after the defeat of the Entente in the Great War, those that remained have since assimilated very well into Yugoslavian, and after 1991, independent Slovenian society. Today the 3,000 Ottoman-descended citizens of Slovenia that are a recognized national minority by the government are legally distinguished from the more recent 21st century Turkish immigrants, who number 6,000 in the country.
 
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Algarvian
(endonym: Jämëgënnuta rämkën, "people of the western land")
OTL Location: Lower Alentejo and Algarve
Language: Algarvian (Western Chukotkan)
Religion: Roman Catholicism

Description:

The present-day Algarvian population started from the knights of both Finnic and Avar origin, both of whom spoke variants of the same language (Chukotkan), who assisted both Galician and Castilian kings in the then ongoing Reconquista of remaining Ebionite/Donatist (in the said era, heretic) lands in the southwestern part of the Iberian peninsula; their families had usually followed the knights in (re)settling the region . Because of the fact that Algarve was constantly disputed between the two kingdoms, the Holy See had decided that the region would be ruled from the knightly orders with representation from both kingdoms of Finland and Avary, a fact that would also contribute to the formation of the Finno-Avaric India Company, the enterprise that would participate, through both the secret papal encouragement and sending spies to the royal courts of neighboring countries, to the Age of Exploration of the Americas. The Algarvian population accelerated because of the Reformation as Finland and Avary had respectively became Lutheran and Calvinist, thus those who remained Roman Catholic, both ordinary people and nobility, fled to the region and made Algarve their home.

Like their northern and eastern "cousins", the Algarvians retained much of their cultural practices of their Siberian ancestors, despite practicing Christianity; in fact, the syncretism that characterized in both Finland and Avary (as well as in Itelmenland, the Yeniseian-speaking countries and Yukaghir) is also present in every corner of the region.
 
Maurecreoles
The definition for this ethicity combines the French word for Moor aswell as the term creole. During the early colonial era of French North America tenthousands of West African slaves escaped after widespread rebellions into the Bayou and eventually formed an ethnicity that based their belief system on a mixture of West African tradtitions and West African Islam ( during the Great Awakening of Sheikh Salihu Diallo ). The Maurecreoles, both women and men, had been known for wearing colorful turbans, their warriors had been known for their fierce charging in warfare. The Maurecreoles mixed with various Native Americans, white Frenchmen, Metizos and Chinese. The Bayou became a territory dominated by the Maurecreoles who erected kingdoms and Sultanates of their own and demanded tribute for safe passage. The Maurecreol culture very much had been centered around boats, which they built themselves in the fashion of their origin countries but also in the way of the Native Americans. The Maurecreol warboat parties had been feared by French army. The Maurecreols manufactured their own spears, bows and arrows and even curved swords. Whenever they got the opportunity to conquer firearms they used them aswell. The Maurecreol warriors had been feared marksmen with bow and arrow and throwing spears. Their Guerilla war tactics in the swamps of Louisana had been very much successful. Also very feared had been their religious warfare, in which hundreds of shock troops at a time charged the enemy in a religious devouted frontal attack. The Maurecreol wardances helped the warriors to gather strenght and dance themselves into an extascy. The French and British were unable to defeat the expanding Maurecreol kingdoms which started to dominate trade routes. The language of the Maurecreol had been a mixture of different tongues, most notable French and different West African Fulani languages and dialects aswell as Arabic loanwords and Native American tribal vocabulary. The language merged into something new although many people think that it sounded very much like French.
Ancestry: West African Fula, French,Chinese,Native Americans, Metis,others
Religion: Maurecreol Islam
Appearence: Diverse phenotypes
Language: Maurecreol
Culture: Maurecreole dances, cuisine, clothing, etc.
Geographic Area: Louisana, surrounding areas
Numbers: 5 Million
 
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Name: Veneleinerdeutsch
Language: Veneleiner German
Ancestry: German, with some Amerindian and African admixture
Religion: Christianity, mainly Lutheran
Population: 76,000,000
Distribution: Venelein, small diaspora in surrounding countries and Germany
Culture: Veneleiner (German, but with native and Latino influences and some original cultural aspects)
History: In 1528, the area of modern Venelein (or Venezuela as the Spanish called it) were sold to the Welser family, who in turn sold it to the Holy Roman Empire who settled the area, over 1,000,000 Germans would migrate to Venelein over the next century and during the Eight Year's War, Veneleiners became tired of paying taxes and revolted, from 1623 to 1628, the Veneleiner War of Independence was fought, leading to Venelein becoming an independent republic. Venelein would industrialise before any other South American nation and would grow to be among the top nations of the world, outlawing slavery in 1880. Today, Venelein is a prosperous, multicultural and diverse nation and among the richest in the world, Venelein's economy has expanded rapidly after the discovery of petrol, Venelein is a member of the UN, NATO, CARICOM, Mercosur and the OAS.
 
Name: Rimski
Language: Rimski jezik
Ancestry: South Slavic with Admixture of Anatolian Greeks
Religion: Orthodox Christianity
Population: 64,940,155
Distribution: Anatolia and Thrace along with diasporan communities throughout Europe and the New World
History: The Rimski are descendants of South Slavic immigrants settled in central Anatolia by Eastern Roman Emperors as part of an effort to repopulate the region following destructive raids by neighboring Turkish tribes during the 11th and 12th centuries. Although it was likely hoped that the Slavic immigrants would in time be absorbed into the remaining local, Greek, population, the intercine raiding and warfare instead lead to the development of a militerized and self-sufficient tribal society which took the name of the Rimski (Romans in the South Slavic Language). Warfare allowed the Rimski tribes to slowly push their territroy eastwards so that by the time of the Crisis of the 14th Century, much of central and south eastern Anatolia was under their control. The Crisis, which saw the Empire dissolve into a multitude of rival imperial states, severed the Rimski's connection to the central state. Over the course of the next twenty years the Rimski were unified by successive members of the Malihrast dynasty into the Kingdom of Rim. Rim would bring an end to the Crisis ofthe 14th century with the conquest of Constantinople and the crowning of it's king, Boric II as Emperor Boric I. The wars to unify the Empire lead to the elevation of Rimski as the dominat culture of the nobility of the reforged Empire.
 
Based on my post: https://www.alternatehistory.com/forum/threads/surviving-caucasian-albanians.530920/#post-23333005

Name: Arranians
Language: Arranian, or historically, Caucasian Albanian
Religion: Eastern Orthodoxy, Shia Islam, Zoroastrianism
Ancestry: Caucasians, Caspians, Iranians, Kipchak Turks, Oghuz Turks
Phenotype: Very diverse, ranging from Northern European to Peninsular Arabian
Population: 1,000,000
Distribution: West Asia, Europe, North America
Culture: South Caucasian, similar to Georgian, Armenian, and Azerbaijani cultures
History: The three main South Caucasus nations of antiquity, those being Iberia, Armenia, and Albania, are all converted to Dyophysite Chalcedonianism by the 7th century due to strong Byzantine influence over their clergy. With all three of them having a faith to revolve their national identities around, they more fiercely resist the expansion of the Arab Caliphates. Particularly in Caucasian Albania, there was also a remarkable pre-Christian Zoroastrian community that cooperated with the Christians against Islamic incursions. Unfortunately, the Caucasian Albanian homeland was pushed northwards from its original location due to the rise of the Shirvanshahs in the 9th century as well as the invasions of the Seljuks in the 11th century, when Caucasian Albanians were forced to migrate north due to uncontrolled Iranic and Turkic colonization of their native lands. From the Late Middle Ages onwards, the endonym for the country came to be "Agvank", while the exonym for the country came to be "Arran". Of course, Arran was not exempt from falling into control of the medieval Georgian Empire, nor did it escape conquest by various Turko-Mongol empires such as the Ilkhanate, Qaraqoyunlu, Safavids, or Qajars. Of course, just like the Georgians and Armenians to their west, the Arranians were organized into vassal states and protectorates of the various Turkic dynasties that ruled them during the late medieval and early modern eras. The Georgian-Armenian-Arranian cultural bonds were so strong that all three Orthodox peoples not only protected themselves and each other under centuries of Turkic rule, but also fiercely fought back their "fellow Orthodox brothers", the Tsarist Russians, who in reality didn't want to coexist with them, but rather Russify them entirely instead. With Western European assistance, Georgia, Armenia, and Arran all achieved their independence in the 19th century, around the same time that the Balkan countries on the other side of the Black Sea were gaining their independence as well. Arran remained a politically neutral country throughout the 20th century and still remains so in the 21st century. Both Arranians and Ossetians are the only two Caucasian ethnicities whose territorial space spans both sides of the Caucasus. Today, just like any other Eastern European ethnos, Arranians are heavily prideful yet very hospitable as well. Derbent, their capital, attracts millions of international tourists yearly. The Arranian Orthodox Church is one of the ten junior patriarchates of Eastern Orthodoxy, the others being the Armenian, Georgian, Russian, Ukrainian, Romanian, Bosnian, Serbian, Bulgarian, and Albanian ones, all of them in communion with Constantinople. While contemporary relations with Georgia and Armenia are rather friendly, the same can't be said for those with Azerbaijan (ITTL both North and South Azerbaijan are united as a single country), due to Arran accusing Azerbaijan of systematically oppressing its Arranian minority, and vice versa. An interesting fact about Arran in 2022 is that it has the highest Zoroastrian population out of any country in the world, at 100,000 strong. Arranians can be found all over the Middle East and the Western world, and the diaspora is very well knit with its ancestral homeland in terms of advancing the ethnicity's interests domestically and worldwide.
 
Techaner
Language:
Texas German
Ancestry: A successful purchase of the lands roughly equating to OTL Texas, New Mexico and Oklahoma by a German colonial consortium based out of the Hanse harbours in the early 1600s led to a German dominated Texas or Techas ITTL. The thirty years' war provided the incentive for many Germans (primarily Protestants from the North) to migrate to Techas. Over the following centuries, more waves of Germans (as well as Dutch, Scandinavians, French, Brits and Italians) resulted in the modern ethnic make-up of Techas.
Religion: Majority Protestantism, minority Catholicism, with a sizable Jewish and Muslim community
Culture: A mixture of Arab, Berber and Spanish customs with original customs.
History: The Techas consortium ran the colony privately until the early 1800s when the tail began wagging the dog and local populations agitated for a more representative system of government in an event called the Great Protest. Prior to the Great Protest, the consortium would appoint governor-generals who ran the colony for profit as was the norm. After the Great Protest, a constitutional monarchy was established with a protestant member of the House of Hessen taking the throne and the country was renamed from the colony of Techas to the kingdom of Techas. The consortium permamently relocated to Techas and was granted rather far reaching control over economic affairs of the country and was able to successfully expand the lands of Techas by purchasing a few Caribbean islands (Puerto Rico being the largest among them) from a cash strapped Spain, as well as, land in Tierra del Fuego before the Panama Canal was built allowing it to benefit of the maritime traffic going around the Cape Horn. Alongside the United States of America the consortium built the Panama canal in the late 1800s and to this day the consortium is alive and well just not the veritable power house that it was in the late 1800s and early 1900s. However, throughout the 1900s the consortium lost more and more of its influence as common citizens founded their own companies that destroyed the monopoly the consortium held over many of the local industries, chief sourse of wealth for the common citizens was the discovery of oil which granted many a Techaner fabulous wealth beyond the wildest imagination of their ancestors. The discovery of said oil also allowed the kingdom to successfully transition from an agricultural state to an industrial one. Techas is known for its frontier mentality where everyone can make a living if they just work hard enough leading to many Jews arriving throughout the centuries fleeing from Progroms in Europe. While Techas was not heaven for Jews, it was still better than the oppression Jews faced in most European countries. Relations of Techas with the Empire of the German Nation (a reformed HRE) are cordial and close and it is common for citizens of one to migrate to the other; in the past however there were spats over the German Empire doubting the sovereignty of Techas but fortunately war never broke out between the two. There also exists a sizable black population, albeit Techas as a whole is rather xenophobic, due to the early abolishment of slavery in Techas (1759) leading to Techas being one of the destinations of the freedom trail. The main cities are Corpus Christi (OTL Corpus Christi), Farbheim (close to OTL Austin) along the Farbfluss (Colorado River), Schönhafen (OTL Houston) and Hessenstadt (close to OTL Waco); the latter is the capital built after the establishment of the kingdom, although Schönhafen is the largest city. The population of Techas stands at 43,000,000 (including dependencies).

A rather rosey and optimistic (dare I say ASB) scenario of how Texas could end up German.
 
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Mackasries
Language: Mackasry, a Malayo-Polynesian language based of the dialect of Makassar, but with a heavy Aboriginal substratum. In the recent period, many borrowings from English have entered the language.
Religion: "Traditional"Islam, syncretized with native customs. In the recent years, many have converted to Pentecostal Christianity.
Phenotype: Patrilineal ancestry reveals a majority came from Macassar (75%), the rest being from Aboriginal (15%) or Papuan (10%) ancestry. Matrilineal ancestry shows majority is of Aboriginal (60%) while minority of Macassari (40%) ancestry
Population : 780 000, mostly in the vicinity of Cintibath (OTL Darwin) and northern coast of Australia.
History: The Mackasries arrived in northern Australia in the 15th and 16th centuries as a result of a recent migration from Sulawesi. Intermarriage with local women has resulted in a distinct ethnic group emerging. The Mackasries have spread farming to Aboriginal populations and have fiercely resisted British colonization. However, they eventually agreed, by being allowed self-rule in the Northern Territory.
The Northern Territory until today is culturally distinct from the rest of Australia, as Mackasry language is co-official along with English
 

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Name: Zatera.
Language: Zat Languages, Muadi Arabo-Assyrian dialect.
Origins: Dardic Peoples who were Taken As slaves by the fourth Assyrian Empire and aligned Khaftan fleets circa 800 B.C. and were later freed by the Sogdians 400 B.C.
Religion: Zateran Ethnic Religion. A form of folk Vedic and other Near Hindu beliefs mixed with those of North Semitic concepts. Local Temple is located close to the now sacked city of Nineveh. Every three years, Zatara migrate to this Temple on the day of Nowdibaal. There, they do trade, perform animal sacrifices to their gods and celebrate their freeing from slavery with dance and song.
Location: Communities can be found from Damaat to Bosphoric Kingdoms(Ethiopia to Ukraine).
Population: Most Zatera live as semi-nomadic herders and so exact numbers are hard to calculate but there are around 6 million settled Zatara and at least three times as many nomads. Certain Beduin groups like Jufra and Talmuad are also associated with Zatera.
Subdivisons: Kantari(settled Zatara), Zati(Nomadic, "pure" Zatara) Zarda(mixed beduin Zatara Groups), Sakram(Hellenized Zatara of Bhosphorus.)
So basically Iron Age Roma Gypsies? This is a very interesting TL from the looks of it. Basically Assyrians conquer Iran and Afghanistan and then replaced by Sogdian instead of a Persian empire.
 
So basically Iron Age Roma Gypsies? This is a very interesting TL from the looks of it. Basically Assyrians conquer Iran and Afghanistan and then replaced by Sogdian instead of a Persian empire.
Thanks. Yeah, that's pretty much what I was going for. I based it vaguely on Gurps Nergal but less evil humans sacrificing Assyrians destroying and stunting human development and more regular civilizational development still occurring.
 
Topasses - Topassians

Language: Portuguese and various creole and native languages of the region.
Religion: Roman Catholicism.
Phenotype: Mostly Austronesian descent, but the majority of people living in the Federation of Topassia, which occupies the region known as the Lesser Sunda Islands, have large degrees of European ancestry, mostly Portuguese, alongside a lot of Indian and Chinese ancestry.
Population: Just shy of 25 million in Topassia proper, although Topassians have built up migrant communities in many countries around the world, such as the United States, Brazil, Indonesia, Portugal and Angola, and the Topassian community world-wide is reportedly around 4 million people in number.

History: The history of Topassia starts roughly around the arrival of the first Europeans to the East Indies, where, after Afonso of Albuquerque's conquest of Malacca, Portuguese and later European merchants entered Indonesia's markets in high numbers, coming to rapidly dominate the spice trade with the rest of the world. In the lesser Sunda Islands, many Portuguese ship-captains and traders went on to annex portions of the islands of Solor, Flores and Timor to Portugal, with local aventuros eventually mastering the whole islands. When the local "Topasses", as local Portuguese leaders such as legendary Gaspar da Costa were called, beat off Dutch invaders through strenght of arms, the destiny of the Lesser Sunda Islands as a Portuguese colony was sealed.

The late 18th century saw an epoch of continued expansion in the Lesser Sunda Islands, as well as an upswing of European migrations. Desterrados from Portugal, Irish Mercenaries and Polish thinkers all made their way to the growing cities of what more and more often took the name "Topassia", as the people of the land started to call themselves. Topassia became a rich producer of various spices and foodstuffs, deeply linked to the economies of Portugal, Brazil, China, Japan and Portugal's ally, the British Empire. The emigration of Japanese and Chinese Christians from the Portuguese "concession ports" of Macau and Nagazaki respectivelly allowed for the creation of a massive blend of cultures and peoples in the region. Christianity, however, remained the central stone of Topassia in a Portuguese Empire that grew more and more liberal and secular in the aftermath of Napoleon's wars in Europe.

Topassia followed around as one of the richest regions of the Portuguese Empire for a long while, being only surpassed by Angola in the 1940. When the Portuguese King, Luís the II, consented to the creation of the Greater Portuguese Federation in the 1960, Topassia became and has remained one of the centers of Federationist thought, being one of the most overtly pro-Portuguese parts of the Grand Federation. A large Mozambican community has since settled on Topassia.
 
Sanfotsians
Language: Alternate Equivalent of Cagayan Valley Languages and Central Luzon Languages.
Religion: Islam
History:
Northern Luzon does not fall under Majapahit influences since Majapahit does not exist and continues its Nation Formation, a part of them in the Upper Cagayan Valley are partially Dayak and Bajau Ancestry named the Dadayags which were quite distinct but they are basically a unitary ethnic group with dialects with medium intelligibility with each other.
Their enemies are the Cordilleran Tribes and the people of Kaboloan.
 
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