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The Kannei originated from the Nozama River Valley, where they were a part of the Nozama Valley Civilization. Some inhabitants migrated out of the valley due to a growing strain on resources caused by an increase in population, while those who remained in the valley formed the basis of the Kannei ethnicity. According to tradition, the Kannei are descendants of the Nozamites and Nan peoples who came into contact with Nozamites after the Southern Valley came under Nozamite rule. Over time, they went on to populate Namor Proper, the core region of Namor also known as the "Kannei" (Namorese for "within the frontier").
"Kannei" was first mentioned during the Bo dynasty's wars of conquest, in which it expanded its territory beyond the Nozama River Valley. To differentiate between its inner and outer territories, the Bo referred to the former as Kannei, meaning "within the frontier," and the latter as Kanvai, or "beyond the frontier." However, throughout Bo rule Kannei and Kanvai were strictly geographical terms; official accounts considered the people living in the inner territories as Nozamalon (Nozamites).
The use of Kannei to describe an ethnic group was popularized after the Tunghao, a non-Kannei people, invaded Namor Proper and set up the Fan dynasty. As the Tunghao assimilated into the local culture, they began to consider themselves Nozamites who shared a common ancestor with the Kannei. Thus, the original Nozamites were renamed Kannei to denote their connections to the inner territories of the former Bo empire.
Outside of Namor, there was historically little need to distinguish Kannei from other Namorese ethnicities, so the use of Kannei to describe Kannei Namorese people is not common; instead, overseas Kannei are generally referred to as Ethnic Namorese (Namoralon).
In traditional Namorese history, the Kannei are the descendants of the Nozamites, who in turn traced their ancestry back to Nozama, a descendant of Ho who established his supremacy over the descendants of Non and Ma. Those who did not accept Nozama's authority were banished from the river valley in which they lived, leaving the river valley to Nozama, his followers, and his descendants. Hence, the valley became known as the Nozama River Valley and its inhabitants were called the Nozamites. The Nozamites formed a confederation of tribes, each led by a son of Nozama and his descendants. They were occasionally invaded by neighboring peoples but beat each invasion back under the leadership of a military ruler known as the sovereign. Finally, the Nozamite tribes were unified by the goddess Nushen, who proclaimed herself monarch of Nozama. Under Nushen's successors, Nozama expanded southward until it controlled the entire Nozama River Valley, bringing the Nan peoples under its control. Contact between the Nozamites and Nan led to the emergence of Kannei people.
While modern archaeology does not support the existence of an ancestor or kingdom called Nozama, it did find that the Kannei are an offshoot of proto-Monic peoples who migrated to the Nozama River Valley in search of arable land as a result of climate change. The growth in the valley's population put a strain on resources that caused some to move out of the valley, a process that became known as the Great Monic Migration, while the people who stayed in the valley went on to form the basis of Kannei civilization. The genetic and linguistic similarities between Kannei and other Monic peoples substantiate the idea that the Kannei branched out of a larger, proto-Monic group that existed prior to the migration.
Namor has two national costumes, both of which are traditionally worn by Kannei Namorese: the Nanbo (南袍, "Namorese robe") that is worn by Kannei women and the Jiyit (士衣, "gentleman's clothing") worn by Kannei men.
Traditional Kannei festivals are based on the Namorese calendar, a lunisolar calendar. The Namorese calendar recognizes lunar months but keeps the months in sync with the seasons by inserting an embolismic month once every two or three years. It also regards 2976 BCE, the year Nushen is believed to have become monarch of Nozama, as its epoch.
Shintsun (Namorese New Year), which falls on the first day of Chunnat in the Namorese calendar, is the most important festival of the Kannei people and other Monic Namorese ethnicities. Nushen Day (1 Ranat) and Nozama Day (15 Kanat) are also recognized holidays celebrated among Kannei. Songte's Birthday (8 Hanat) is celebrated among Kannei Txoists but is not a public day of rest.
Namorese is the primary language of the Kannei people. As such, the language has also been referred to as Kanneiyin (Kannei language) to denote its Kannei origins.
Multiple writing systems have been used to write Namorese, beginning with the logographic Ventzi script which was used for thousands of years until it was abandoned in favor of the romanized Redentzi script. After the Liberationists took over mainland Namor, they replaced Redentzi with Shintzi - a system based on the Cyrillic script. The introduction of Shintzi in mainland Namor caused a split over the legitimate Namorese script. Katranjiev switched to Shintzi, while Peitoa and Nantai retained Redentzi. Since reunifying with mainland Namor in 2006, Peitoa has begun to introduce Shintzi, leaving Nantai as the only Namorese-speaking region where Redentzi continues to enjoy sole official status.
Standard Namorese — the variation of Namorese spoken in the Nozama River Delta — is the most widely spoken dialect of Namorese. In southern Namor, where there is a strong Minjianese cultural influence, Nan Namorese, a dialect continuum between Standard Namorese and Minjianese, is prevalent.
Kannei Namorese naming customs are similar to those of other Monic ethnicities in Namor. A typical Kannei name begins with a family name, usually consisting of one character, followed by a given name consisting of one or two characters. Maiden names do not exist in Namorese.
Although Ventzi, an ideograph-based script, fell into disuse after the Double Fourth Revolution, the Kannei continued to have names that are transliterated from Ventzi. Most Kannei can write their names in Ventzi, although few can read or write most Ventzi characters.
It was customary for educated and upper-class Kannei to have courtesy names that were used during adulthood. The practice was criticized by the Liberationists as elitist and abandoned in mainland Namor after the Namorese Civil War.
Kannei inhabitants of Luziycan-ruled Nantai were given Christian names as part of an attempt to assimilate them into Luziycan society. Thus, it is common for Nantainese to have two names — one in which a person's family name is followed by the given Christian name and another that follows naming customs followed by most other Kannei Namorese.
In Katranjiev, due to government policies from the 1820s on, Kannei and Minjianese names are written with the personal name first, and then their last name. Women do not change their surname when they get married.
Most Kannei do not identify as religious but at the same time practice some form of Namorese folk religion, or Txoism. The practice of Txoism varies by region, as some deities are considered to be patrons of a particular area or group of people. However, the worship of prominent deities such as Songte and Nushen, as well as family ancestors, are common among Kannei.
Christianity is the most popular monotheistic religion of the Kannei Namorese. Introduced to Namor in the third century BCE, Christianity did not gain a significant following until the Peivet Jidu dynasty when it was declared the state religion. After the Jidu was overthrown, Txoism regained its legal status whereas Christianity was declared a cult and ruthlessly suppressed. Today, few Kannei Christians remain, the vast majority of whom are recent converts.
Kannei Namorese make up a majority in most regions of Namor except the autonomous republics of Khao, Minjian, Tojav and Tuhao, which are dominated by ethnic minorities. Kannei make up over half of Txotai's population.
Katranjiev has considered all people of Namorese origin "Namorese" regardless of ethnicity since prior to independence in AD 723. On occasion, Kannei Namorese were designated "northern Namorese" and Minjianese "southern Namorese," although it is common to simply use Namorese to refer to both groups. In recent years, many Minjianese have started to identify as such, mainly because of expanded protections by the ducal government of Trifonov and to distinguish themselves from Riroese wanting to secede.
Part of the joint study made by Xiangmen University and the Royal University of Krasimir found that out of those designated as ethnic Namorese by the Katranjian census in 2016, 85.4% are Kannei Namorese, and only 14.6% are considered Minjianese.
Kannei Namorese make up a majority in Nantai and the counties immediately surrounding Nantai in the states of Kraya-Sud, Evpraksiya, and Lazar. There are 2,091,169 Kannei Namorese in Nantai, and an additional 1,301,497 Kannei Namorese living in the rest of Luziyca, mainly in the surrounding border areas, or in large cities such as Bethlehem and Semprihevosk.