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Tribes of Kelenoa
Nāʻohana ʻo Kelenoʻa (Kawanakan)
Flag Coat of arms
Motto: "ʻAmelika me nā kaula a me nā pua"
"United by thaws and flowers"
Anthem: ʻO ka mele a kā mākou poʻe
"Our People's Song"
Location of Kelenoa, including outlying islands and atolls, and Laina (shown green)
Location of Kelenoa, including outlying islands and atolls, and Laina (shown green)
Largest city Pualeka
Official languages Kawanakan
Recognised regional languages Songdangin
Ethnic groups 72.3% Maheane
21.6% Songdangin
1.4% Tagalog
1.3% Bisaya
2.9% other
Religion Maheane religion
Demonym Kelenoan
Government Federal parliamentary tribal republic
 -  High Chief Kiala Mapeku
 -  Tribal Minister Hoku Kekoa
Legislature Tribal Assembly
 -  Upper house Council of Chiefs
 -  Lower house Council of Representatives
 -  United state declared c. 9th century 
 -  Pahlu Constitution / First confederacy 22 March, 1672 
 -  Annexation by Lhedwin 5 August, 1880 
 -  Independence and sovereignity declared 14 November, 1897 
 -  Lotric Conference (1900) / Lhedwinic secession 4 January, 1900 
 -  Veha Constitution / Second confederacy 19 September 1904 
 -  Total 392,054 km2
151,372 sq mi
 -  Water (%) 1.5%
 -  2019 estimate 17,410,000
 -  2018 census 17,374,011
GDP (nominal) 2018 estimate
 -  Total $322.9 billion (xnd)
 -  Per capita $18,551 (xth)
HDI (2017)0.815
very high
Currency Aphu (AP)
Date format MM/DD/YYYY
Drives on the right
Calling code +26
Internet TLD .ke

Kelenoa (Kawanakan: Kelenoʻa [keːˈleːno:ah]), officially the Tribes of Kelenoa (Kawanakan: Nāʻohana ʻo Kelenoʻa [nāːˈohanaːo:keːˈleːno:ah]), is an archipelagic Oceanian country in eastern Savai. Situated at the eastern end of the Savaian seaboard, it comprises the main island of Komuele and its offshore islands, consisting of about 5,295 islands situated in Maonesia, an insular region of the western Jade Ocean south of Savai. Its realm also includes Laina as a dependent territory; the small archipelago continues as the Welile Islands further south. The capital city of Kelenoa is Hapua and the most populous city is Pualeka, both situated on Komuele. Bounded by the x to the north, the x to the west, the Jade Ocean to the east and the x to the south, Kelenoa shares maritime borders with most primarly Songdang to the north, New Timeria to the west and Ajerrin to the south.

Kelenoa's location on the Jade Ring of Fire and close to the equator makes Kelenoa prone to earthquakes and typhoones, but also endows it with abundant natural resources and some of the world's greatest biodiversity. Kelenoa has an area of around 392,000 km² (145,000 sq mi), and, as of 2018, had a population of at least 49 million people. As of January 2018, it is the fourth-most populated country in Savai and the xth most populated country in the world. Multiple ethnicities and cultures are found throughout the islands. In prehistoric times, Negrito were some of the archipelago's earliest inhabitants. They were followed by successive waves of Savaonesian peoples. Later, waves of Seiranesians arrived, adding to the archipelago's diverse ethnic population. Exchanges with Songdangin and Seanesian nations occured, however the interactions and relations with the Kawanakan remained the most crucial and impactful. Then, various competing maritime states were established under the rule of chiefs and petty kings.

A collection of independent states and chiefdoms in the 9th century and later a confederacy in the 1670s emerged, gaining wealth and political importance with its exported goods and strategically important location. The arrival of Evandro Scire, an Aquidish explorer leading a fleet for the Aquidish Empire, in Vehale in 1725 marked the beginning of Asuran colonization, however the later colonisation process was very lingering, not making major land gains until as late as the 1820s. In 1730, Lhedwinic explorer Kristofer Bruntde arrived in Kelenoa, and later Lhedwin gained full control of the archipelago, slowly superseding Aquidneck's position. Kelenoa as a whole became part of the Lhedwinic colonial empire for only 20 years. This resulted in Asuran religions and languages failing to achieve significant influence. During this time, Hapua became a western hub of the trans-Jade trade connecting Yidao and Savai with the Columbian using Hapua galleons. As the 19th century gave way to the 20th, during the height of the First Great War, the Kelenoan Revolution quickly followed, which then spawned the short-lived Kelenoa Confederacy, followed by the bloody East Maonesian War against Lhedwin. The war, as well as the ensuing cholera epidemic, resulted in the deaths of thousands of combatants as well as tens of thousands of civilians. However, the war was won on side of the Kelenoan, gaining independence in the peace negotiations following the war in Lotric; the country was declared on January 4, 1900. Aquidneck and Midrasia retained protection of the islands during the Interwar period, while Kelenoa industrialised and grew more stable. Since, it managed to surpass the turbulent times of the Second Great War and Cold War mostly neutral and stable. It cooperated on side of the Western Bloc and later the CDN during global political and economical affairs of the latter 20th century. Just recently did Kelenoa begin to thrive economically, making it one of the fastest growing economies in the world.

Kelenoa is considered to be a political middle power and enjoys suffisticated economic growth and development. The country is considered to be an emerging market and a newly industrialised country in the later stage, which has an economy transitioning from being based on self-sufficiency to one based more on export and foreign trade. It features a high standard of living, a large cultural and biological diversity, and a stable democratic system, being one of the least corrupt and most politically free in the world.


The country of Kelenoa derives its name from the name of the islands on which the capital, Hapua, is located, Kelenoʻa. A common Kelenoan explanation of the name of Kelenoʻa is that it was named for Kelenoʻaila, a legendary figure from Kelenoan myth. He is said to have discovered the islands when they were first settled. The Kawanakan or Kelenoan language word Kelenoʻa is very similar to Proto-Seiranesian *Helenoki, with the reconstructed meaning "homeland". Cognates of Kelenoʻa are found in other Seiranesian and Maonesian languages. According to linguists Pukui and Elbert, "[e]lsewhere in Seiranesia, Kelenoʻa or a cognate is the name of the underworld or of the ancestral home, but in Kelenoa, the name has no meaning".

Spelling of state name

A somewhat divisive political issue arose in 1978 when the Constitution of the Maonesian Tribes added Tribes of Kelenoa as the implemented name. The title of the constitution is The Constitution of the Tribes of Kelenoa. Article XV, Section 1 of the Constitution uses The Tribes of Kelenoa. Diacritics were not used because the document, drafted in 1904, predates the use of the ʻokina (ʻ) and the kahakō in modern Kelenoan orthography. The exact spelling of the state's name in the Kelenoan language is Kelenoʻa. In the peace treaties signed during the Lotric Conference in 1900, the governments recognized Kelenoa as the official state name. Official government publications, department and office titles use the traditional spelling with no symbols for glottal stops or vowel length. In contrast, the National and Tribal Parks Services, the University of Keleno'a, the government itself, and some private enterprises implement these symbols.



The Maheane people descend from emigrated Seiranesians, as shown on this map (spreading of humans in Oceania)

Discoveries in 2018 of stone tools and fossils of butchered animal remains in Aveu, southern Komuele has pushed back evidence of early hominins in the archipelago to as early as 85,000 years. However, the metatarsal of the Calao Man, reliably dated by uranium-series dating to 67,000 years ago remains the oldest human remnant found in the archipelago to date. This distinction previously belonged to the Hepke Man, carbon-dated to around 26,500 years ago. Negritos were also among the archipelago's earliest inhabitants, but their first settlement in Kelenoa has not been reliably dated. There are several opposing theories regarding the origins of ancient Kelenoans. Scientists theorize that the ancestors of the Kelenoans evolved locally. Wilhelm Solheim's Island Origin Theory postulates that the peopling of the archipelago transpired via trade networks originating in the Savai area around 48,000 to 5000 BC rather than by wide-scale migration. The Savaonesian Expansion Theory explains that Savao-Seiranesians coming from Qyred began migrating to Kelenoa around 4000 BC, displacing earlier arrivals.

The modern Kelenoan population originated from the arrival of Seiranesians from Western Seiranesia. Genetic and archaeological evidence suggests that humans emigrated from Ajerrin to Maonesia and then travelled east through to the archipelago; after a pause of 70 to 265 years, a new wave of exploration led to the discovery and settlement of Komuele.
Ancient Seiranesian weaponry, made in approx. 1200 BCE (restored look)
The most current reliable evidence strongly indicates that initial settlement of Kelenoa occurred 1000 – 1150 CE. Previous dating of some Kiore (Seiranesian rat) bones at 50 – 150 CE has now been shown to have been unreliable; new samples of bone (and now also of unequivocally rat-gnawed woody seed cases) match the 1280 CE date of the earliest archaeological sites and the beginning of sustained, anthropogenic deforestation. The descendants of these settlers became known as the Maheane, forming a distinct culture of their own. The latter settlement of the Vefeta islands in the east of Kelenoa about 1500 CE produced the Mahealele; linguistic evidence indicates that the Mahealele were mainland Maheane who ventured eastward.

The original settlers quickly exploited the abundant large game in Kelenoa. As moa and other large game became scarce or extinct, Maheane culture underwent major change, with regional differences. In areas where it was possible to grow plants and fungi, horticulture became more important. This was not possible in the highlands of Komuele, but wild plants such as fernroot were often available and cabbage trees were harvested and cultivated for food. Warfare also increased in importance, reflecting increased competition for land and other resources. In this period, fortified settlements (known as ) became more common, although there is debate about the actual frequency of warfare. As elsewhere in the Jade, cannibalism was part of warfare. By 1000 BC, the inhabitants of the archipelago had developed into four kinds of social groups: hunter-gatherer tribes, warrior societies, highland plutocracies, and port principalities.

Classical and precolonial epoch (700–1725)

Main development

The Battle of Avene between the opposing Eqi and Aje tribes in approx. 1259

The demarcation from Kelenoan prehistory to its classical period in the middle of what anthropologists refer to as Kelenoa's "Emergent Phase" (1st–15th centuries CE), which was characterized by newly emerging socio-cultural patterns, the initial development of large coastal settlements, greater social stratification and specialization, and the beginnings of local and international trade. By the 1300s, a number of the large coastal settlements had become progressive trading centers, and became the focal point of societal changes, ushering complex lifeways which characterized what historians called the "Barangic Phase" of early Kelenoan history, beginning from the 14th century through the arrival of Asuran colonizers and the beginning of Kelenoa's colonial period. The discovery of iron at around the 1st century CE created significant social and economic changes which allowed settlements to grow larger and develop new social patterns, characterized by social stratification and specialization. Some of these polities, particularly the coastal settlements at or near the mouths of large rivers, eventually developed substantial trade contacts with the early trading powers of Savai and southeastern Yidao, most importantly the Songdangin and pre-Chenoan Ajerri kingdoms, the various dynasties of Qyred, and later, Seanesia. They also traded with Indragirian and Timerian kingdoms, and other Savaonesian islands.

The later centuries saw the arrival and tried spreading of Irsad in the Kelenoan archipelago, however it lacked popularity for it to become significant, both religious, demographically, and politically. Other religions such as Taido and Cotrism also had little to no effect on the states and peoples, with the areas that were converted being isolated in the north of the islands. However, most notably Irsadic armies conducted slave-raids against the Maheane, alienating relations between both factions. In a matter of interregional politics, most states initially banned all foreign religions. Only the Kawanakan religions across the Seira Sea had significant influence on Kelenoa's religions, with adaptations of most stories, legends, and characters. Politics also changed, when many chiefs grew more reliable on one another, due to resource supply or trade relations. Agreements (so called nāʻaelike) and other contracts were signed, a for that time major leap in Kelenoan diplomacy. Relations improved greatly over the course of the next two centuries, finalizing with a confederacy (kālepa) founded in the 1670s. As a simple union made out of the representative chiefs of the member tribes, it served as Kelenoa's first unitary state. Though it showed ineffectiveness in actually governing the archiepalago due to its sparse population, the Maheane identity was greatly strengthened in seeing the tribes as united and connected by relation. After fivety years of its existence, the nation was dissolved following calming foreign affairs. However, since Aquidneck began colonizing Songdang in the latter 1600 to early 1700s, the Kelenoan states had begun to increase their fleet sizes and further isolation.

Cultural and social development

A Maheane chief with facial honu as decoration

The exact scope and mechanisms of Kawanakan cultural influences on early Kelenoan polities are still the subject of some debate among East Savaian historiographers, but the current scholarly consensus is that there were probably the most extensive or atleast important trade relations between the Ajerri states and Kelenoa, and Kawanakan cultural traits, such as linguistic terms, cultural beliefs and customs, and religious practices, filtered in during the 10th through the early 14th centuries, through early Kelenoan polities' relations with the Ajerri chiefdoms. The Kelenoan people, the Maheane, and the archipelago are thus one of the peoples and countries which are considered to be the "Seiranesian triangle".

The early polities of the Kelenoan archipelago were typically characterized by a three-tier social structure. Although different cultures had different terms to describe them, this three-tier structure invariably consisted of an apex nobility class, a class of "freemen", and a class of dependent debtor-bondsmen called "lalo" or "ʻuʻuku". Among the members of the nobility class were leaders who held the political office of "Aliʻi", which was responsible for leading autonomous social groups. Leadership was based on a system of chieftainship, which was often but not always hereditary, although chiefs (male or female) needed to demonstrate leadership abilities to avoid being superseded by more dynamic individuals. The most important units of pre-Asuran Maheane society were the hana or extended family, and the pūʻulu or group of hana. After these came the ohana or tribe, consisting of groups of pūʻulu. Related pūʻulu would often trade goods and co-operate on major projects; whenever these tribes banded together, either to form a larger settlement or a geographically looser alliance group, the more senior or respected among them would be recognized as a "great chief", variedly called a "ke aliʻi nui" (paramount chief) or "ke aliʻi hanohano" (high chief). However conflict between pūʻulu was also relatively common. Traditional Maheane society preserved history orally through narratives, songs, and chants; skilled experts could recite the tribal genealogies (pahaka) back for hundreds of years. Arts included kākā'ōlelo (oratory), song composition in multiple genres, dance forms including hula, as well as weaving, highly developed wood carving, and honu (tattoo).

Komuele has no native land mammals (apart from some rare bats) so birds, fish and sea mammals were important sources of protein. Maheane cultivated food plants which they had brought with them from Seiranesia, including sweet potatoes (called kūmara), taro, gourds, and yams. They also cultivated the cabbage tree, a plant endemic to Komuele, and exploited wild foods such as fern root, which provided a starchy paste.

Colonial era

Aquidish rule

Aquidish explorer Evandro Scire landing at the shores of Vehale in 1725
"The Hoisting of the Banner" (1879) depicts the formal utilization of Kelenoa by Lhedwin

In 1725, Aquidish explorer Evandro Scire's expedition arrived in Kelenoa, claimed the islands for Aquidneck and was then killed at the Battle of Maikik. Colonization began with the landing of his expeditionary fleet in Vehale. After relocating to Peheva island and consolidating an alliance of Maheane allies, Aquidish soldiers and Arabekhan recruits, led by conquistators such as Fabriano Scirozi who was inspired by his love for the beautiful princess of Eve-besieged Tonha, Kandarapa, the Aquidish-Songdangin coalition then invaded the Kelenoan archpelago, liberated and incorporated Tondo. Under Aquidish rule, they established northern Kelenoa as the colony of the Aquidish South Songdies (1740). They also defeated the chiefs in Vefeta. To counteract the colonisation of Kelenoa, the Maheane then conducted the Helekla War which was aimed against Aquidneck and Principality of Songdang and war was also waged against the chiefdoms of Waiteta and Hiloe (for the enslavement of neighbouring tribes). The Aquidish considered their war with the Maheane one of national pride and colonial expansion. However, the war was prolonged and moved very little, continueing for nearly a century, with the Aquidish only able to make other minor victories. Diseases and famine weakened both sides, with many areas entirely depopulated. After a decade of fighting, Aquidneck was able to hold only a number of sea ports and land strips along the North Komuelean coast. After that, Aquidneck aspired to maintains the colonies it already had, making its role minor in Maonesian politics.

Lhedwinic rule

After the war in the 1870s, and Aquidneck distracted with attacking tribes along their colonies (and other colonial powers not in keen interest yet), Lhedwin began paying attention to the archipelago. Since it was enourmously weakened following the war with a low population and broken food supply, Lhedwinic colonisers had no difficulty annexing the archipelago. Blocking Aquidneck and rushing through the islands, they were able to bring Kelenoa under colonial control, despite bloody fightings and constant revolts. By the early 1880s, Kelenoa belonged to Lhedwin.

Lhedwinic rule eventually contributed significantly to bringing political unity to the fragmented states of the archipelago. During its time as a colony, Kelenoa was directly administered from its capital. The Hapua galleons, one of the largest wooden ships ever built, were constructed in Kelenoa's habours. The Hapua galleons were accompanied with a large naval escort as it traveled to and from Hapua, across the Jade Ocean, and Costapunente. The galleons sailed once or twice a year, between the 1880s and 1890s. The Hapua galleons brought with them goods, settlers and military reinforcements destined for Kelenoa, from Rennekka and Yidao. The reverse voyage also brought Cataian commercial products and immigrants to the western side of the New World. Trade introduced foodstuffs such as maize, tomatoes, potatoes, chilli peppers, chocolate and pineapples from Nathair and Vidoria. Within Kelenoa, plantages were established. New towns were also created and Alydian missionaries tried to convert the population to Alydianism, however the time (of the constitutency of the colony) for significant influence lacked. They also founded schools, a university, hospitals and churches which were built along the Earthquake Baroque architectural style. To defend their settlements, the Lhedwinic constructed and manned a network of military fortresses (called "Goktelm") across the archipelago. The Lhedwinic also decreed the introduction of free public schooling in 1886. Slavery was also abolished. As a result of these policies the Kelenoan population increased exponentially; the Asuran population in the archipelago steadily grew although natives remained the majority.

The kahiko, a pose in Hula dancing, which was reminiscant and stereotypical to Kelenoan dance in the 19th century and formed the symbol for Kelenoan selection

Kelenoan culture was largey surpressed due to its "inferior" state of development as seen by Asurans. Most previous customs were outlawed, with only a few exceptions. The main one was Hula dancing, integral to native culture. Since it was seen as exotic, entertaining to the colonisers, quite developed, and exciting to witness, it remained allowed for much of Kelenoa. Most notably kahiko, a pose in hula dances, was most widely accepted and desired. However, almost every other custom such as Maheane writing, cannibalism, exercising of native faith, and other were under the concept of Kelenoan selection tried to be bred out.

Though much of the native culture was surpressed, Hula dance remained largely practiced (1888)

During its rule, Lhedwin also quelled various indigenous revolts. There were also several external military challenges from Songdangin and Timerian pirates, the Aquidish, the Midrasian, the Sarporyvemnians and the Irsadic of Savai. Those challengers were fought off despite the hostile forces having encircled the Kelenoan archipelago in a crescent formed from Mayawi to Ajerrin. The resistance against Lhedwin did not immediately cease upon the conquest of the Savaonesian cities. Random native nobles and chiefs resisted Lhedwinic rule. The longest recorded native rebellion was that of chief Heweve which lasted a century. Kelenoa was maintained at a considerable cost during Lhedwinic rule. The long war against the Aquidish from the north, in the 18th century, together with the intermittent conflict with the Irsadic in the South and combating Songdangin Haejeog piracy from the North nearly bankrupted the colonial treasury.

In Asura, the Industrial Revolution spread from Aleia and Midrasia during the colonial period. The industrialization of Asura created great demands for raw materials from the colonies, bringing with it investment and wealth, although this was very unevenly distributed. Lhedwin had opened Kelenoa to this trade. Previously, the archipelago was seen as a trading post for international trade but in the nineteenth century it was developed both as a source of raw materials and as a market for manufactured goods. The economy of Kelenoa rose rapidly and its local industries developed to satisfy the rising demands of an industrializing Asura. A small flow of Asuran immigrants came with the opening of the Cherson Canal, which cut the travel time between Asura and Kelenoa by half. Kelenoan nationalism began with an upsurge of patriotic sentiments and nationalistic ideals in 1800s Kelenoa that came as a consequence of Asuran political assimilation. New ideas about government and society, which the friars and colonial authorities found dangerous, quickly found their way into Kelenoa, and spread the ideals of the Midrasian, Vestric and other revolutions, including nationalism and liberalism. It served as the backbone for the first national revolution in Savai, the Kelenoan Revolution.

Revolution and Kelenoa Confederacy (1896–1900)

Main article: Kelenoan Revolution, Pala War

A depiction of the Battle of Paceo (1897) during the Pala War
The Kelenoan Revolution began in August 1896, when the Lhedwinic authorities discovered the Ke kūʻokoʻa, an anti-colonial secret organization. The Ke kūʻokoʻa, led by Heweve's descendant Aphūe, was a liberationist movement whose goal was independence from the 16 years of colonial control from Lhedwin through armed revolt. The organization began to influence much of Kelenoa. During a mass gathering in Hapua, the leaders of the Ke kūʻokoʻa organized themselves into a revolutionary government, named the newly established government "ʻO ka moku'āina kūʻokoʻa" ("Free Republic"), and openly declared a nationwide armed revolution. Aphūe called for an attack on the capital city of Kristofshaven. This attack failed; however, the surrounding provinces began to revolt. In particular, rebels in Komuele led by chief Helveʻa and Akekeme (who were from two different factions of the Ke kūʻokoʻa) won major early victories. A power struggle among the revolutionaries led to Aphūe's death in 1898, with command shifting to Akekeme, who led the newly formed revolutionary government.
Akekeme, local chief and later commander of the Ke kūʻokoʻa organization (1897)
That year, the revolutionaries and the Lhedwinic signed the Pact of Oka-me leo, which temporarily reduced hostilities. Aguinaldo and other Kelenoan officers exiled themselves in New Hope in northern Ajerrin. However, the hostilities never completely ceased.

However, Aquidish forces began attacking Lhedwinic forces from Songdang after the beginning of the Great War. On May 19, Akekeme, unofficially allied with Aquidneck, returned to Kelenoa and resumed attacks against the Lhedwinic. By June, the rebels had gained control of nearly all of the archipelago, with the exception of Hapua. On June 12, Akekeme issued the declaration of independence, forming the Kelenoa Confederacy. Although this signified the end date of the revolution, neither Lhedwin nor Aquidneck recognized Kelenoan independence yet. A white peace was signed.

The second conflict arose when the Kelenoa Confederacy objected to the terms of the Treaty of Sanjae under which Lhedwin maintained its, now autonomous, colony of Kelenoa, ending the short Kelenoan Revolution. Fighting erupted between forces of Lhedwin and those of the Kelenoa Confederacy on February 4, 1896, in what became known as the 1896 Battle of Hapua. On June 2, 1896, the Kelenoa Confederacy officially declared war against Lhedwin. The war officially ended on July 2, 1899, with a victory for the confederacy. Much of the stationed military however kept fighting aginst both Aquidish and Kelenoan troops, including the 2nd and 4th Army, continued hostilities in remote areas and islands, until their final defeat at the Battle of Nei kekea on June 15, 1899. The war resulted in the deaths of at least 200,000 Kelenoan civilians, mostly due to famine and disease. Some estimates for total civilian dead reach up to a million. In the Lotric peace negotiations of 1900, the Grand Alliance recognized Kelenoan independence, with Lhedwin submitting to acknowledge its sovereignity. On January 4, 1900, Kelenoa was declared as an independent state.

Post-Great War and occupation (1900–1915)

Occupation borders in Kelenoa in 1900 (red: Midrasia, green: Aquidneck, blue: Newrey)
Allied and Kelenoan officials signing the formal declaration of sovereignity of Kelenoa after more than a decade of post-Great War occupation in 1915

In the first years of its independence, Kelenoa remained occupied by Grand Alliance forces. Due to its devastation and noticable depopulation during the Kelenoan Revolution and Pala War, the three powers divided 'Kelenoa as a whole' into four occupation zones for administrative purposes, under Aquidneck, Newrey and Midrasia respectively; creating what became collectively known as "Allied-occupied Kelenoa" (Kawanakan: Pau nā paʻa Kelenoʻa). This division was ratified at the Lotric peace negotiations (January 1900). The three zones were as agreed established in the conference, and their implementation was executed in May 1900.

During occupation, the country was heavily modernized and rebuilt; a road system and electricity were introduced. The powers also agreed on rebuilding agricultural areas devastated in the wars, which prohibited a looming famine. A functional judicial system however lacked, and police or other law enforcement forces were missing, since the occupants at home had trouble dealing with instability themselfs. However, the occupation sparked new radicalism among its inhabitants, and keen satisfaction with a completely independent state emerged. Finally, in 1915, the last troops left the archipelago, ending the Allied occupation. From Hapua, the government of and Allied officials declared Kelenoa independent; a third time since 1880.

Contemporary period (1915–present)

Residing Chief Okale played a key role in in guiding Kelenoa through the occupation and interwar period. His policies, known as the Okaʻa Doctrine, proposed that Kelenoa should forge a tight relationship with Ajerrin and Midrasia and focus on developing the economy rather than pursuing a proactive foreign policy. Although the Kelenoan economy was in bad shape in the immediate postwar years, an austerity program implemented in 1917 by finance experts ended inflation. The beginning of the Great Turbulence (1932–55) was a major boon to Kelenoan business. In 1924 the Oʻkaʻa cabinet created the Ministry of International Trade and Industry (MITI) with a mission to promote economic growth through close cooperation between the government and big business. MITI sought successfully to promote manufacturing and heavy industry, and encourage exports. The factors behind Kelenoa's postwar economic growth included raw materials and quality control techniques imported from the West, close economic and defense cooperation with Midrasia, non-tariff barriers to imports, restrictions on labor unionization, long work hours, and a generally favorable global economic environment. Kelenoan corporations successfully retained a loyal and experienced workforce through the system of lifetime employment, which assured their employees a safe job.

Civilians and policemen demanding a democratic government and working welfare state during a local uprising; later that day soldiers massacred the 211 protesters and onlookers ("Massacre at Leylue", 1958)

The Second Great War (1928–55) did not have any direct influence on Kelenoa, as it declared its neutrality two years prior. However, trade relations with Asura were undermined by sea warfare destroying vessels. This led to a worsening economic recession, further boosted by the ongoing Great Depression of 1935 at the end of the war, which broke down the Kelenoan economy. By 1937, the annual growth of the GDP came to a standstill, and economic size had shrunk by half.

Strong political leadership and a number of interior reforms managed to override escalating economical infringement, known as the Pualaa Doctrine, and by 1960, its economy had grown beyond pre-war and pre-recession levels. Kelenoa became a member of world politics in 1963 when huge deposits of titanium and aluminium were discovered in the Alapa mountains, and further cemented its international standing in 1965, when it sent its first olympic participants. Kelenoa was a close ally of the Western Bloc during the Cold War (Aeia), however it did not participate in military exercises of any kind nor did it officially reveal the alliance. It actively resisted communist revolts in Hapua and other major cities, while the federal government was threatened by rising umemployment rates despite economic growth, civil unrest, corruption, increasing drug use, and instability. In the 1970s and 1980s, Kelenoa saw its worst decade, with multiple coups staged by the military and communist rebels such as the Mebeva and Hoahanau, most notably in 1976 when disaffected members of the Kelenoan military tried to stage a coup.

The trial against former chief and war criminal Aku Haleakala in July 1986, one of the largest processes to-date

In the 1980s, under Chief Haleakala, secret state police conducted mass murder and rape on civilians, mostly unregulated and unpunished; that and other crimes devastated government authority and believability with spreading propaganda and favouring the ruling Asuran minority. In 1983, opposition leader Taigeni Vehu was assassinated at the Hapua International Airport upon his return to Kelenoa after a long period of exile. This coalesced popular dissatisfaction with Haleakala and began a succession of events, including pressure from Midrasia, that culminated in a snap chiefal election in February 1986. The opposition united under liberalist Kai Hawenai. The official election canvasser, the Commission on Elections (Komisina o na koho), declared Haleakala the winner of the election. However, there was a large discrepancy between the Komisina o na koho results and that of poll watchers. The allegedly fraudulent result was rejected by Haleakala and his supporters. International observers, including a Midrasian delegation, denounced the official results. Multiple generals and state officials then denounced their support of Haleakala. A peaceful civilian-military uprising, now popularly called the Flower Revolution, forced Haleakala into prison and installed Kai Hawenai as president on February 25, 1986. Newly elected chief Hawenai immediately formed a revolutionary government to normalize the situation, and provided for a transitional "democratic constitution". A new permanent constitution was ratified and enacted in February 1983. Progress was made in revitalizing democratic institutions and respect for civil liberties, but Hawenai's administration was also viewed as weak and fractious, and a return to full political stability and economic development was only achieved at the end of his administration in 1990. The early 1990s also saw the flourishing of Maheane culture, exposed by the re-introduction of customs and other aspects of culture.

In 1995, Mount Watengai erupted in southern Komuele, which destroyed surrounding areas and killed up to 5,000 people and made more 20,000 homeless. This event was part of a series of natural disasters which hit Kelenoa throughout its history, most notably indicated in the minor 2002 Teleki earthquake and tsunami in western Maonesia. Despite these catastrophies, Kelenoa's economy steadily grew, making it one of the fastest evolving economies in the world. In 2017, it also officially joined The Treaty of Neighbors and the Savaian Council, intending to integrate into continental affairs, and to contribute and profit to and from economical and political affairs.


Geography of Kelenoa
Bay beach on eastern Komuele 
Tropical inland rainforest on Vefeta 
Kekuama Atoll as seen from space 
Mountain cliffs on northern Tehepa 
Lolai and surrounding coral reefs 

Kelenoa is an archipelago composed of about 5,295 islands with a total land area, including inland bodies of water, of 300,000 square kilometers (115,831 sq mi). The 36,289 kilometers (22,549 mi) of coastline makes it the country with the seventh longest coastline in the world. The Exclusive economic zone of Kelenoa covers 2,263,816 km2 (874,064 sq mi). It is located between x° and x° E longitude and x° and x° N latitude and is bordered by the Jade Ocean to the east, the Banda Sea to the west, the Hanei Sea and the Songdangin Sea to the north, and the Seira Sea to the south. The peninsular on which Songdang is situated is located a few hundred kilometers northwest and Ajerrin is located directly to the south. The Mocunas and Ainakaro are located to the west and Nyade is located to the far east of the islands.

Most of the mountainous islands are covered in tropical rainforest and volcanic in origin. The highest mountain is Mount Waikapeni. It measures up to 2,954 meters (9,692 ft) above sea level and is located on the island of Komuele. The Galame Depth in the Kelenoʻa Trench, which descends to a depth of 10,430 meters (34,220 ft), is the deepest point in the country and the third deepest in the world. The trench is located in the Jade Ocean. The longest river is the Cameiea River in northern Komuele's highlands. Hapua Bay, upon the shore of which the capital city of Hapua lies, is connected to Lake Maikaʻi, the largest lake in the Philippines, by artifical canals. Despite its massive amount of islands and islets, only approximately 1,000 of its islands are populated, and fewer than one-half of these are larger than 2.5 square kilometers (1 sq mi).

Situated on the western fringes of the Jade Ring of Fire, Kelenoa experiences frequent seismic and volcanic activity. The Kalekai Plateau to the east in the Songdangin Sea is an undersea region active in tectonics subduction processes. Around 20 earthquakes are registered daily, though most are too weak to be felt. The last major earthquake was the 1990 Vefeta earthquake. There are many active volcanoes such as the Waikapeni volcano and Mount Watengai. The eruption of Mount Watengai in June 1995 produced the second largest terrestrial eruption of the 20th century. Not all notable geographic features are so violent or destructive. A more serene legacy of the geological disturbances is the Ke Kamāliʻiwahine Kandarapa Subterranean River, the area represents a habitat for biodiversity conservation, the site also contains a full mountain-to-the-sea ecosystem and has some of the most important forests in Savai. Due to the volcanic nature of the islands, mineral deposits are abundant. The country is estimated to have the second-largest titanium deposits after x and one of the largest aluminium deposits in the world. It is also rich in nickel, chromite, and zinc. Despite this, cultural customs, high population density, and environmental consciousness have resulted in these mineral resources remaining largely untapped. Geothermal energy is a product of volcanic activity that Kelenoa has harnessed more successfully. Kelenoa is the world's second-biggest geothermal producer behind x, with 18% of the country's electricity needs being met by geothermal power.


Species endemic to Kelenoa: Sea turtle, orangutan, king cobra, Kelenoan tarsier, and orchids (clockwise from top)

Kelenoa's rainforests and its extensive coastlines make it home to a diverse range of birds, plants, animals, and sea creatures. It is one of the ten most biologically megadiverse countries. Around 1,100 land vertebrate species can be found in Kelenoa including over 20 mammal species and 170 bird species not thought to exist elsewhere. Kelenoa has among the highest rates of discovery in the world with sixteen new species of mammals discovered in the last ten years. Because of this, the rate of endemism for Kelenoa has risen and likely will continue to rise. Native mammals include the palm civet cat, the kapua, the cloud rat and the Kelenoan tarsier. Although Kelenoa lacks large mammalian predators, it does have some very large reptiles such as pythons and cobras, together with gigantic saltwater crocodiles. The largest crocodile in captivity, known locally as Moane, was captured in the southern island of Vefeta. The national animals include the sea turtle and the stingray, both part of the ocean ecosystem and endemic to the southern oceanic waters and coral reefs of Komuele.

Kelenoan maritime waters encompass as much as 2,200,000 square kilometers (849,425 sq mi) producing unique and diverse marine life, an important part of the Coral Triangle. The total number of corals and marine fish species was estimated at 500 and 2,400 respectively. New records and species discoveries continuously increase these numbers, underlining the uniqueness of the marine resources in Kelenoa. The Tuvatai Reef in the Banda Sea was declared a World Heritage Site in 1993. Kelenoan waters also sustain the cultivation of pearls, crabs, and seaweeds.

With an estimated 13,500 plant species in the country, 3,200 of which are unique to the islands, Kelenoan rainforests boast an array of flora, including many rare types of orchids and rafflesia. Deforestation, often the result of illegal logging, is an acute problem in Kelenoa. Forest cover declined from 70% of Kelenoa's total land area in 1950 to about 57% in 1999. Multiple species are endangered and scientists say that Savai, which Kelenoa is part of, faces a catatrophical extinction event by the end of the 21st century. According to WECO, "the country is one of the few nations that is, in its entirety, both a hotspot and a megadiversity country, placing it among the top priority hotspots for global conservation."


Kelenoa has a tropical maritime climate that is usually hot and humid. It's climate is almost entirely tropical, dominated by the tropical rainforest climate found in every major island of Kelenoa. However, cooler climate types do exist in mountainous regions of Kelenoa 1,300 to 1,500 metres (4,300 to 4,900 feet) above sea level. The oceanic climate (Köppen Cfb) prevails in highland areas, with fairly uniform precipitation year-round, adjacent to rainforest climates, while the subtropical highland climate (Köppen Cwb) exists in highland areas with a more pronounced dry season, adjacent to tropical monsoon and tropical savanna climates. There are three seasons: manawa wela or manawa maloʻo, the hot dry season or summer from March to May; ua ua, the rainy season from June to November; and manawa maikaʻi, the cool dry season from December to February. The southwest monsoon (from May to October) is known as the Uamakani, and the dry winds of the northeast monsoon (from November to April), the Maloomakani. Temperatures usually range from 21 °C (70 °F) to 32 °C (90 °F) although it can get cooler or hotter depending on the season. The coolest month is January; the warmest is May. The average yearly temperature is around 26.6 °C (79.9 °F). In considering temperature, location in terms of latitude and longitude is not a significant factor. Whether in the extreme north, south, east, or west of the country, temperatures at sea level tend to be in the same range. Altitude usually has more of an impact. The average annual temperature of Tolelevi at an elevation of 1,500 meters (4,900 ft) above sea level is 18.3 °C (64.9 °F), making it a popular destination during hot summers.

Sitting astride the typhoon belt, most of the islands experience annual torrential rains and thunderstorms from July to October, with around nineteen typhoons entering the Kelenoan area of responsibility in a typical year and eight or nine making landfall. Annual rainfall measures as much as 2,300 millimeters (200 in) in the mountainous east coast section but less than 1,000 millimeters (39 in) in some of the sheltered valleys. The wettest known tropical cyclone to impact the archipelago was the July 1911 cyclone, which dropped over 1,168 millimeters (46.0 in) of rainfall within a 24-hour period in Tolelevi. Hau is the local term for a tropical cyclone in Kelenoa. Natural hazards often cause lots of casualties. However, the government has lately been trying to manage and reduce disaster risks through innovative legislation.

Climate data for Kelenoa
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high °C (°F) 29.1
Average high °C (°F) 23.4
Daily mean °C (°F) 23.6
Average low °C (°F) 20.3
Record low °C (°F) 15.2
Precipitation mm (inches) 289.6
Avg. precipitation days 20 18 16 11 9 7 6 4 6 9 12 14 132
Mean monthly sunshine hours 154 142 159 196 205 198 207 211 200 210 184 179 2,245
Source: Department of Kelenoan Meteorology


The islands are volcanic in origin, being part of the Jade Ring of Fire, and are mostly mountainous. The highest point in the country is the peak of Mount Apo in Komuele, which is 2,954 meters (9,692 ft) above sea level. The second highest point can be found on Taheki at Mount Keomememei, a peak 2,842 meters (9,324 ft) above sea level.

The Kelenoan archipelago is geologically part of the Kelenoan Mobile Belt located between the Kalekai Plate, the Songdangin Sea Basin of the Savaian Plate, and the Seira Plate. The Kelenoʻa Trench (also called the Vefeta Trench) is a submarine trench 1,320 kilometers (820 mi) in length found directly east of the Kelenoan Mobile Belt and is the result of a collision of tectonic plates. The Kalekai Plate is subducting under the Philippine Mobile Belt at the rate of about 16 centimeters (6.3 in) per year. Its deepest point, the Galame Depth, has a depth of 10,540 meters (34,580 ft). The Kelenoan Fault System consists of a series of seismic fault that produce several earthquakes per year, most of which are not felt. Many volcanoes in the country are active, the most recent eruption being that of Mount Watengai on Komuele in 1995. Mount Pahua is another of the active volcanoes and has the world's most perfectly shaped cone. Pahua has a violent history of 47 eruptions since 1616 and another violent eruption is currently feared.




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The University of Kelenoa, the flagship constituent university located in the former Lhedwinic colonial courthouse

Kelenoa has a simple literacy rate of 95.6%, with 95.1% for males and 96.1% for females. Kelenoa had a functional literacy rate of 86.45%, with 84.2% for males and 88.7% for females in 2008. Spending on education accounted for 16.11% in the national budget proposed for 2015. The Department of Kelenoan Education (DKE) lists 2,180 higher education institutions, 607 of which are public and 1,573 private. Classes start in June and end in March. The majority of colleges and universities follow a semester calendar from June to October and November to March. There are a number of foreign schools with study programs. A 6-year elementary, a 4-year junior high school and a 2-year senior high school education is mandatory of the K–12 educational program in 2013.

Several government agencies are involved with education. The Department of Kelenoan Education covers elementary, secondary, and non-formal education. The Department of Kelenoan Technical Education and Development (DKTED) administers post-secondary, middle-level education training and development. The Commission on Higher Education (CHED) supervises college and graduate academic programs and degrees as well as regulates standards in higher education. Public universities are all non-sectarian entities, and are further classified as State Universities and Colleges (SUC) or Local Colleges and Universities (LCU). The University of Kelenoa, a system of eight (8) constituent universities, is the national university system of the archipelago.


Main article: Culture of Kelenoa

ʻO ke kauwela, a noticable event in Kelenoa celebrating the beginning of summer
Aki Tamerewe's Helenoa (1879) displays the deeper, spiritual connection of the Maheane to their inhabited noho

The aboriginal culture of Kelenoa, called the Maheane culture, is Seiranesian. Kelenoa represents the northernmost extension of the vast Seiranesian triangle of the west and central Jade Ocean. Early Maheane adapted the tropically based east Seiranesian culture in line with the challenges associated with a larger and more diverse environment, eventually developing their own distinctive culture. Social organisation was largely communal with families (hana), subtribes (pūʻulu) and tribes (ohana) ruled by a chief (Aliʻi), whose position was subject to the community's approval. The Aquidish and Lhedwinic immigrants brought aspects of their own culture to Kelenoa and also influenced Maheane culture, particularly with the introduction of Western literature, philosophy and education. However, Maheane still regard their allegiance to tribal groups as a vital part of their identity, and Maheane kinship roles resemble those of other Seiranesian peoples. More recently Ajerri, Songdangin, Yidaoan and other Asuran cultures have exerted influence on Kelenoa. Non-Maheane Polynesian cultures are also apparent, with large populations from other Seiranesian nations and areas found in the archipelago.

While traditional Kelenoan culture remains as vestiges in modern Kelenoan society, there are re-enactments of the ceremonies and traditions throughout the islands. Some of these cultural influences, including the popularity (in greatly modified form) of lūʻau and hula, are strong enough to significantly affect wider Savai. Kelenoa's national symbols are influenced by natural, historical, and Maheane sources. The silver fern, stingray, sea turtle, katamaran, paddle, and other are emblems appearing on many insignia and general uniforms. Certain items of popular culture thought to be unique to Kelenoa are called "Kelenoana".


The architecture of Kelenoa is characterised by openness, with the design mirroring the culture and life of the Maheane people who inhabit the Kelenoan islands. Architectural concepts are incorporated into Kelenoan proverbs, oratory and metaphors, as well as linking to other art forms in Kelenoa, such as boat building and tatooing. The spaces outside and inside of traditional Maheane architecture are part of cultural form, ceremony and ritual. Noho is the Kawanakan word for all types of houses, from small to large. In general, traditional Kelenoan architecture is characterized by an oval or circular shape, with wooden posts holding up a domed roof. There are no walls. The base of the architecture is a skeleton frame. Before Asuran arrival and the availability of Western materials, a Kelenoan noho did not use any metal in its construction.

A kālaiʻia, wooden carvings inside the noho to protect its inhabitants from evil spirits

The noho is lashed and tied together with a plaited sennit rope called paʻa, handmade from dried coconut fibre. The paʻa is woven tight in complex patterns around the wooden frame, and binds the entire construction together. Paʻa is made from the husk of certain varieties of coconuts with long fibres, particularly the ke kaula kuʻi (paa palm). Making enough lengths of paʻa for an entire house can take months of work. The construction of an ordinary traditional noho is estimated to use 30,000 to 50,000 feet of paʻa. The lashing construction of the Kelenoan noho is one of the great architectural achievements of Seiranesia. A similar lashing technique was also used in traditional boat building, where planks of wood were 'sewn' together in parts. Paʻa has many other uses in Kelenoan material culture, including ceremonial items, such as the fue fly whisk, a symbol of orator status. This lashing technique was also used in other parts of Seiranesia, such as on the Vanir Islands. The form of a noho, especially the large meeting houses, creates both physical and invisible spatial areas, which are clearly understood in Kelenoan custom, and dictate areas of social interaction. The use and function of the noho is closely linked to the Kelenoan system of social organisation, especially the Aliʻi chiefly system.

Lhedwinic architecture architecture has left an imprint in Kelenoa in the way many towns were designed around a central square or centrale torv, but many of the buildings bearing its influence were demolished during both the Revolution and Pala War. Some examples remain, mainly among the country's churches, government buildings, and universities. Four Kelenoan baroque churches are included in the list of WECO World Heritage Site: the Sankt Kristofus in Hapua, Sankt Viktan Church in Pahu, Sankt Thomas stiger op til himlen Church in Pahu, and Sankt Friedzick Church in Tehle. Central Komuele is also known for the many Lhedwin-style houses and buildings preserved there, and with the often occurence of earthquakes, the Earthquake baroque style had crystaloized in the 19th century as a distant architecturial style.

Music and dance

Hula dances play a key role in Kelenoan and Seiranesian music (painting, 1932)
A Maheane chief wearing typical ka peʻe kanaka tattoos, a white wooden carving, and ke kapa pale clothes

First Asuran explorers reported that the Maheane sang a song in "semitones" and others reported that the Maheane had no vocal music at all, or sang discordantly. In fact the ancient chants, or oli, to which they were referring are microtonal and repeat a single melodic line, generally centred on one note, falling away at the end of the last line. It was a bad omen for a song to be interrupted, so singers would perform in subgroups to allow each to breathe without interrupting the flow of the chant. Mervyn McLean, in "Traditional Songs of the Maheane", first notated the microtonality in a significant number of oli. The work of Mele o nā mokupuni is an important collection of traditional song lyrics.

Kelenoan folk music includes several varieties of chanting (mele) and music meant for highly ritualized dance (hula). Traditional Kelenoan music and dance was functional, used to express praise, communicate genealogy and mythology, and accompany games, festivals and other secular events. The Kawanakan language has no word that translates precisely as music, but a diverse vocabulary exists to describe rhythms, instruments, styles and elements of voice production. Kelenoan folk music is simple in melody and rhythm, but is "complex and rich" in the "poetry, accompanying mimetic dance (hula), and subtleties of vocal styles... even in the attenuated forms in which they survive today". The chant (mele) is typically accompanied by an ipu heke (a double gourd) and/or pahu (sharkskin covered drum). Some dances require dancers to utilize hula implements such as an ipu (single gourd), ʻiliʻili (waterworn lava stone castanets), ʻuliʻuli (feathered gourd rattles), pu`ʻli (split bamboo sticks) or kalaʻau (rhythm sticks). The older, formal kind of hula is called kahiko, while the modern version is ʻauana. There are also religious chants called ʻoli; when accompanied by dancing and drums, it is called mele hula pahu. In the pre-contact Kelenoan language, the word mele referred to any kind of poetic expression, though it now translates as song. The two kinds of Kelenoan chanting were mele oli and mele hula. The first were a capella individual songs, while the latter were accompanied dance music performed by a group. The chanters were known as haku mele and were highly trained composers and performers. Some kinds of chants express emotions like angst and affection, or request a favor from another person. Other chants are for specific purposes like naming, (mele inoa), prayer (mele pule), surfing (mele he'e nalu) and genealogical recitations (mele koihonua). Mele chants were governed by strict rules, and were performed in a number of styles include the rapid kepakepa and the enunciate koihonua.

Visual art

Both men and women can be tattooed (ka tato). A man's tattoo is called the ka peʻe kanaka while a woman's tattoo is called a ka peʻa wahine. Women play an important part in contributing with their skills in items of important cultural value including , finely woven mats used in ceremony and gift exchanges. In terms of material goods, during ritual exchange, women give fine mats and decorated bark cloth ke kapa pale while men give woodworking items and red feathers. Bark cloth, called ke kapa pale in Kelenoa (similar to other Seiranesian equivalents), both of which is made from beaten mulberry bark. Patterns or pictures are painted on with a natural brown dye taken from a tree source. These pictures typically depict abstract and realistic depictions of plant life, shells, fish, turtles, and hibiscus flowers. The siapo may be used for clothing, for wrapping objects and even simply for decorative reasons. Ornaments, jewellery and hair accessories are made from naturally occurring materials such as sea shells, coconut and coir. Traditional Kelenoan medicine is often practiced as a first-line before hospital medicine. This is a type of alternative medicine using plant leaves to massage the affected area.

Wooden figurative sculpture was extremely common in pre-Asuran Kelenoa, and share many similarities with Vaniric sculptures. Ancient Maheane people carved the poles of their huts, their canoes and weapons (clubs and spears). The patterns used were the same as that used in tattooing and dyed on tapa cloth. It is believed that families had their own symbols, much like most Asuran royal families have their arms.


As a general description, the distinct value system of Kelenoans is rooted primarily in personal alliance systems, especially those based in kinship, obligation, friendship, religion (particularly native), and commercial relationships. Kelenoan values are, for the most part, centered around maintaining social harmony, motivated primarily by the desire to be accepted within a group. The main sanction against diverging from these values are the concepts of "hilahila", roughly translated as 'a sense of shame', and "hōʻihi nona iho" or 'self-esteem'. Social approval, acceptance by a group, and belonging to a group are major concerns. Caring about what others will think, say or do, are strong influences on social behavior among Kelenoans.

Other elements of the Kelenoan value system are optimism about the future, pessimism about present situations and events, concern and care for other people, the existence of friendship and friendliness, the habit of being hospitable, religious nature, respectfulness to self and others, respect for the female members of society, the fear of cultural assimilation, and abhorrence of acts of cheating and thievery.