| 1st row (from left to right): Emperor Shenti, Emperor Shenwu, Bai Chang, Jacob Cho|
2nd row: Yin Gang, Yunglang Antelope, Jung To, Gelai Antelope
3rd row: Lu Jin, Fu Wen, Da Su, Welelm Taolin
|Regions with significant populations|
Namorese, various local dialects
Txoist and irreligious, with Christian and Muslim minorities
Kannei Namorese (Namorese: Каннеизу tr. Kanneizu) or Kannei is an ethnic group in Namor. Making up 71% of Namor's population, Kannei are the largest ethnic group in the country, while other ethnic groups are regarded as minorities. There are over 838 million Kannei in the world, making it one of the largest ethnic groups in the world in terms of population size. Of the 838 million, 666 million of Kannei live in Namor.
The Kannei played an integral role in shaping Namorese history and civilization. The most powerful of Namorese dynasties were ruled mostly by Kannei, and Kannei culture influenced many neighboring minority groups such as the Choreans and Antelopians. The word Kannei derives from the Kannei Dynasty, which was the first Namorese imperial dynasty, and was used to describe people living within the borders of the empire. The Kannei are a subset of the "Namorese nation," a concept of a national statehood based on a single nationality.
The word Kannei (Каннеи) literally translates to "within the frontier," and was an ancient name used to describe the cultural region of Namor Proper where the Kannei originate from. The word was widely used starting the Kannei Dynasty, in which subject citizens were officially known as "Kannei people." However, the ancient "Kannei people" did not necessarily equate to ethnic Kannei, as anyone who lived within the territory of the Kannei dynasty was called a "Kannei person" or "subject of the Kannei." Succeeding dynasties would continue to call its citizens "people of the dynasty (e.g. People in the Xo Dynasty were known as "People of the Xo" and people of the Akka Dynasty were known as "People of the Akka").
"Kannei" stuck as a name for the ethnic group during the Antelopian Dynasty which was ruled by Antelopians. Antelopian rulers made distinctions between ethnic groups, and used the word "Kannei" as a name for members of the ethnic group due to Namor Proper being their ancestral homeland. The name gradually became used by foreign scholars.
The Kannei are one of the oldest ethnic groups in the world. Archeological evidence shows that the ancestors of modern-day Kannei have been settling the Nozama River Valley as early as 150,000 years ago. Early Kannei relied on hunting but in time embraced agriculture entirely. As Kannei civilization expanded and evolved, some migrated outside of Namor Proper and settled in other parts of the continent such as present-day [Qianrong]], eventually acquiring traits different from Kannei who stayed in Namor Proper. The Kannei was responsible for developing their own logographic system of writing which became Tzihan - this was the first major script used in the ever-growing Namorese language.
The Kannei Dynasty was the first imperial dynasty dominated by Kannei. Many major Namorese dynasties would be ruled by Kannei families, although there were exceptions such as the Kaku and Antelopian dynasties. But because Kannei was large in population size, it was able to exert much political and cultural influence throughout Namor and into other places as well. Kannei people sometimes had tense relations with northern ethnic groups like the Kaku, but other times there were periods of peace between the two peoples.
Mass Kannei migration occurred during the 19th century when the Antelopian Dynasty was beginning to decline. Many left Namor for overseas to seek jobs or better life, resulting in prominent Kannei communities being formed in other countries. In the Double Fourth Revolution the Antelopians were overthrown, ending Namor's rule under a non-Kannei class and returning ownership of the country to Kannei.
Kannei became the majority group of the 31 ethnic groups recognized by the People's Republic of Namor.
Namorese naming customs are different from other naming customs that exist in the world. Traditionally, the first name is the family name and the last name is the given name (e.g. In the name "Fu Wen," "Fu" is the family name and "Wen" is the given name, he is therefore referred to as "Mr. Fu" instead of "Mr. Wen" as it would be like in Western naming customs). In other less common cases, the last name is the family name (e.g. Yunglang Antelope, "Yunglang" in this case is not the family name, "Antelope" is). The names of some Kannei Namorese are westernized, meaning the name follows Western naming customs rather than traditional Namorese naming customs. This usually happens when the given name of a Kannei person is not of Namorese origin or is a Christian name (e.g. John).
Besides given names, Namorese males traditionally have other names too, such as courtesy names which are used to call people in formal occasions. A courtesy name is given to a person once he turns age twenty. There is also the art name, which is more associated with art or a pseudonym. Both kinds of names fell out of popular use in the aftermath of the Namorese Revolution, when it was considered elitist to call people by their courtesy or art names.
Kannei Namorese speak the Namorese language. Most speak Standard Namorese, although there are many dialects based on region and each dialect has many local variations. A Kannei who has lived in a specific place since childhood is most likely able to speak Kannei Namorese and the local variation of the Namorese dialect associated with the place, but with the rise of Namorese language education in schools and encouragement by the government to speak a unified form of Namorese, dialects are becoming less prominent and Kannei who speak different dialects can understand each other in conversations.
Kannei believe in a modified form of Confucianism in which immediate respect is given to one's parents, leaders, teachers and elders. Among values cherished by Kannei Namorese include compassion, diligence in study and work, self-dependence and emphasis on the family as an important social unit. Kannei see these values as those that make up true virtue, and for this reason they believe themselves as a people with high moral standards.
Kannei believe in high achievement - this is why they set standards that are generally thought of as higher than average by other cultures. Being "average" carries a negative connotation in Kannei culture; to be considered "accomplished," a person must receive a high education, a good-paying job and raise a stable and lasting family. Failure to do either one of the three can mean that a person is not highly accomplished. In recent years, more Kannei believe in the concept of a self-made man and reject the belief that one can only achieve great things through inherited fortune or privileges.