Haida is an island kingdom located offshore of northern British Columbia. It occupies the archipelago of Haida Gwaii. Haida was formed by independence from Cascadia in early December 2019.
Haida is technically a continuation of a nation founded in the spring of 2019 by xOreoToast and his friends. The original nation, known as "Athabasca" was founded where the town of "Tau" in the nation of Nunavut now stands. The nation was founded with the expectation of creating a busy & powerful trading hub, with various public utilities available in addition to shopping to generate traffic. The project began with the construction of a central square, an administration building and a full sized PVP arena. However, after most of these projects had been completed, the overall project stagnated and the user in charge of construction had a change of priorities and was unable to continue. This led the nation to stagnate as a semi-inactive district of Cascadia.
In late 2019, xOreoToast called upon a moderator to transfer control of the nation to him, relocate the capital to his town in Masset and rename the nation to Haida. The moderator obliged and Haida came into existence, controlling two towns at its foundation. This change of leadership led the users formerly involved in the Athabasca project to re-join for a short burst of renewed activity, which led Masset to be completely redeveloped into a port capital with plentiful space for small shops, as well as tourism opportunities in the vast unspoiled wilderness.
Haida re-joined Cascadia on 1 February 2020, though this reunion was short lived. On 9 February 2020, xOreoToast was accused of conspiring against the Federal Government of Cascadia, and on 10 February 2020, xOreoToast declared Haida's independence once again, adding to the ever growing list of breakaway nations from Cascadia.
In early 2020, OreoToast of Haida led the creation of a regional alliance known as the Sunset Confederacy, which stood as a faction in the Cascadian Civil War at first against Cascadia , and later against Washington and Rio. As the civil war dragged on, and with the addition of what was deemed to be an unreasonable demand of payment of 100G per nation in the Sunset Confederacy by the Rio Commonwealth, the alliance started to fray, with some member states becoming tired of the war and more open to giving into the demands. In April of 2020, Haida severed its ties with the Sunset Confederacy following payment of over 200G to the Rio Commonwealth by Sunset Confederacy member states.
PoliticsHaida is administered as a simple direct monarchy, given its small population and area. This method of governance has been effective and has led to Haida being able to stand its ground even when caught in the crossfire of a war taking place on the mainland.
Haida has had an interesting political history, starting with its creation and reorganization as a new nation. Haida later expressed interest in re-joining Cascadia but hesitated. In early 2020, Haida re-joined Cascadia, but quickly left due to the changing political environment within Cascadia. Presently, Haida remains an independent Kingdom, loosely affilliated with the Salish Federation.
The Kingdom of Haida is a member of the United Nations and also seeks improved relations with its neighbours, and in late April of 2020 started talks with Kaska and Glacier Bay to establish a regional alliance of Pacific Northwest island nations.
Haida maintains a small armed force consisting of effectively it's entire population for purposes of national defense, the Haida Defense Force. The force has only seen combat action in one overseas conflict, the Cascadian Civil War. The Haida Defense Force acts as a national police service in peacetime.
Geography & Resources
Haida is a rocky, but heavily forested island. Most of Haida's original forest still stands and has been expanded through human efforts. Resources such as gravel, coal and iron are in abundance below the island, leading to an expansive network of mines administered by the state-owned Haida Mine Company.Most of Haida is hilly, with many fjords breaking great distances into the coast. There are areas where the west coast and east coast are less than 20 blocks apart from each other, in the middle of the island.