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Kannei (關內族, Каннеизу) or Kannei Namorese are an ethnic group native to Namor. With over 659 million Kannei Namorese living in Namor, it is the largest ethnic group in the country by population; combined with over 108 million Kannei residing outside of Namor, it is also the largest ethnic group in Esquarium.
The Kannei are considered to be descendants of the Nozama people who made up the Nozama Valley Civilization. Archaeological findings suggest that the civilization originated in central Namor, specifically around the Upper Nozama and Tanken Lake, before expanding southward until it covered most of the Nozama River Valley. Over time, the Nozama Valley Civilization branched out as certain groups moved away from the Nozama River and formed their own ethnic identities, while those who stayed in the Nozama River Valley became the first Kannei people.
Kannei, or "within the frontier," is an ages-old reference to Namor Proper. Just as the definition of Namor Proper has changed, perceptions of what constitutes Kannei people have also changed throughout Namorese history. During the various North-South divides, Kannei was used by both northern and southern dynasties to refer to people living within their own borders, while Kanvai ("outside the frontier") was used to describe all foreigners.
The Hao dynasty classified Kannei Namorese as Nozama people (嫩人, Нолон, Nolon) to distinguish them from Minjianese. However, Namorese nationalists resented the term as they considered all ethnic groups in Namor to be "people of Nozama." After the Hao was overthrown, the Republican government reintroduced Kannei. The name was maintained under Liberationist rule.
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.
Namorese is the primary language of the Kannei people. As such, the language has also been referred to as Kanneiyin, or "Kannei language," to reflect 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 (Latin) 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, although 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.
Among Kannei Namorese, Standard Namorese - the variation of Namorese spoken in the Nozama River Delta - is the most widely spoken dialect. In southwestern Namor, Katranjiev and Riro, the Nan Namorese, a dialect continuum between Standard Namorese and Minjianese, is prevalent due to strong Minjianese cultural influence in these regions.
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. As a result, 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 are 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 Txoism, or Namorese folk religion. Practice of Txoism varies, 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 Txoists.
Monotheistic religions do not enjoy a significant following among Kannei, who have been accustomed to worshipping many gods. Since antiquity, Christianity has been the leading monotheistic religion in Namor; under the Jidu dynasty, attempts were made to impose Christianity in Namor Proper but ended in failure.
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.
Riro officially follows the Katranjian practice of classifying all people of Namorese origin as Namorese, regardless of ethnicity. The first nationwide census conducted after Riro achieved independence from Katranjiev reported that 99% of the population are ethnically Namorese, but no distinctions were made between Kannei people and Minjianese, who are believed to have a significant presence in southwestern Namor. A joint study by Xiangmen University and the Royal University of Krasimir found that 61% of Riroese are Kannei Namorese and 38% are 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.