Noquet, Kingdom of

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Foundation: 1657-1716Dead.gif
Capital: Aztlan
Religion: Roman Catholic

By Rob Pierce, updated by Martin Helsdon

Description

Noquet controlled almost all of the shores of the Great Lakes of North America. Despite that seemingly preferred position, they remained a good sized fish sandwiched between the far larger Shawnee Empire, and the Hideyoshi portion of the vast Nisei Shogunate.

The History:

The Noquet participated in the Great Northern War (1669-1678) first in the hire of the Tatars, and then against them. Their spoils in that war was the Tatar holdings east of the Great Snake, and a pair of former Huron regions.

The Newsfaxes

1715-1716 T194
Nisei Republic: The Republic continued to press its campaign against the slave-holding Noquet (with the assistance, of course, of the slave-holding Hideyoshi). More troops and arms were sent into the east to crush the last vestige of Noquet resistance. Unfortunately for the grander plans of the President, the advance of the Ice crushed his greatest gains and threatened to completely obviate the victories won so far. Ninth Corps, however, was still sent east.

Lord Moshi was dispatched to take a long voyage with the new fleet (now that it had completed its refit) to the eastern coast of North Amerika. He, after many adventures, landed at Achi on the St. Lawrence in 1716 and recaptured the city for the Republic. During the same period, at Huron, the daimyo of the Potlach found himself cut off from the main body of the Republic army by the advance of the Ice. Nearly overwhelmed by the flood of refugees from the north, he invested his total effort in maintaining order in the provinces of Huron and Ottawa and helping the fleeing Christians.

Along the Snake, the Republican VII Corps had been foraging for barges and boats and, in the spring of 1715 , launched an exploratory raid in force across the river into Croix. Meantime, the IX Corps was gathering in Dakota and preparing to march to join them. Unfortunately for all the young bloods, by the time that the IX Corps got to Yanktonai, the war was over and it was time to go home.

Hideyoshi Nisei Shogunate: The Shogunate suffered a spate of accidents and assassinations as four of the lords most trusted by Kejin were killed within a six month period in 1715. This caused considerable reshuffling in military commands in the war against the Noquet. Regardless, bands of Hideyoshi samurai marched and rode north to Yanktonai, where the Republican VII Corps was preparing for its next attack on Noquet.

Kingdom of Noquet: With her son Tall Tree available to command the defense of Croix, Amaya returned to Aztlan in Illinoise, where a Hideyoshi embassy was waiting for her. The Japanese demanded her surrender and the cession of all lands west of the Snake and north of the Lakes to the Republic. Amaya was considering this when a second embassy, this from the Shawnee, arrived at her court.

The disaster of war that had overcome the Noquet was now surpassed as the killing frost of the Ice continued its inexorable advance. The Catholic tribes of Nameluni, Ogoki, Eppinette, Tiagnami, Albany and Abitibi were forced to pack their few paltry possessions and migrate south in a massive flood of humanity. The provinces of Yanktonai (2W 5), Chippewa (2W 7), Huron (2W 5), Algonkin (2W 3), Eastern Cree (2W 7) and Sokoki (1W 8) absorbed the extra population, though widespread famine and the harsh weather killed thousands of refugees.

While deliberations were underway in the south, the Nisei swarmed across the river in full force - 40,000 Japanese with guns, draken and fire. Tall Tree had 18,000 men to meet them and he fought hard on the Canal. Though the Nisei attack was only a spoiler, they broke across the canal in two places and the VII Corps commander, loath to abandon the bridgeheads, poured his reserve across. Tall Tree was forced to fall back, fighting, to Pelbar city. VII Corps blocked the city and began laying siege lines. While the Republicans were busy digging trenches, Prince Akade of Dakota was scouting south, into Kickapoo.

In Aztlan, Amaya realized - upon receiving the dispatches from the north - that there was no way that she could stand against the Japanese by herself. She turned and knelt before the regal figure of Treya Stormdragon of the Shawnee and pledged herself, and her nation, to the service of the Empress of the East.

Shawnee Empire:

The Shawnee are a peace-loving people and we abhor all senseless conflicts. Thus we offer to the Noquet, our brothers, the opportunity to join our confederation of peoples. I will come to Illinois and speak with the people of Noquet. If it is their wish, they may join us peacefully and escape the horrors of war.
- Pamphlet left by Shawnee cavalry in the ruins of a town south of Pelbar.

Treya had little time to waste for the maundering of her advisors - the Japanese were about to cross the Snake and she intended that they abide by the strictures of the ancient treaty. Couriers sped the length of the land and armies suddenly moved west. By the time that the Empress had reached the Noquet border, she had been joined by the lords Windfire and Pennacook. She would visit Amaya of Noquet with a suitable escort.

After accepting Amaya's fealty, Treya marched north from Aztlan with her army in tow. She would see that order was restored in the north and that the Japanese betook themselves to the other side of the river. So it was that prince Akade of Dakota first observed the advance of the Shawnee army - from a hill a mile away, through long glasses. He conservatively estimate that a hundred thousand men were on the march in his direction. He left.

The Republican general Temora was the next Nisei commander to make the decision, after Akade and his cavalry had thundered into his camp in a panic. The Nisei lord was loathe to abandon lands that his men had paid blood for, but IX Corps was still four months march away. He slunk away, leaving nothing behind and crossed back over the Canal.

Treya sat on her horse, Bucephalus, and watched the Nisei making a hurried crossing of the Pelbar canal in amusement. She counted their guns, their regimental standards, observed the order of the men as they filed across the plank bridges. Soon she would face them in battle as well - she could feel the world changing around her. In her lifetime, great struggles would obtain and she would stand at the center.

Her sometime consort, and general hanger-on at the court, the Noquet noble He-Who-Shines, died soon after his great dream was accomplished. It was a simple death, he passed away in his sleep, just on the verge of revealing to Treya the dread secrets that the Noquet had kept. Later investigation revealed that none of the Noquet leaders knew him.

The Kings

  • Amaya 1705-1716 (T189-T194)
  • Black Mountain 1698-1705 (T185-T189)
  • Tugukun 1665-1698 (T169-T185)
  • Tupasa 1657-1664 (T165-T168)

The Players

  • T193-date (1713-date) Jorge Chacon
  • T192 (1711-1712) (open)
  • T186-T191 (1699-1710) Fernando Bellizzi
  • T184-T185 (1695-1698) (unknown)
  • T183 (1693-1694) (open)
  • T176-T182 (1679-1698) Eric Miller
  • T175 (1677-1678) (open)
  • T172-T174 (1671-1676) Greg Passidomo
  • T166-T171 (1659-1670) (open)
  • T165 (1657-1658) Ed McDonough

Last updated: 24 May 1998 (T191 - 1710)

© 1998 Robert Pierce

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