Namorese people

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Namorese
Наморалон
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Flag of Namor
Total population
c. 1 billion
Regions with significant populations
 Namor: 938 million
Languages

Namorese, Antelopian, Minjianese, other languages

Religion

Irreligion, Christianity (Lutheran Catholicism), Txoism, Buddhism

Namorese people (Наморалон, 纳摩侬 tr. Namoralon) are people who are identified with the country of Namor.

The definition of Namorese people varies - it may refer to citizens of the People's Republic of Namor irrespective of race and ethnicity, both citizens of Namor and non-citizens of Namorese descent, or people of Kannei ethnicity exclusively. While Namorese has traditionally been used to describe Kannei people, recent efforts at establishing a racially inclusive Namorese identity have given greater acceptance to the interpretation of Namorese as being all people of Namor - Kannei and non-Kannei alike.

When counting all citizens of Namor, non-citizen Namorese nationals and people of Namorese birth or ancestry who are neither Namorese citizens nor nationals, Namorese are the most populous people in Esquarium, with over 1 billion Namorese around the world. A supermajority of them - around 938 million - live in Namor.

Racial and ethnic groups

Namor is a multiethnic society. The Namorese citizenry is officially categorized into 14 ethnic groups, with the most prominent ethnicity being the Kannei, who make up nearly three-fourths of the population. The remainder consists mostly of ethnic minorities.

In addition to the 14 officially recognized ethnic groups, there are several unrecognized ethnic groups whose members are either considered naturalized citizens or members of an officially recognized group.

Nearly 98% of Namorese are racially Mongoloid - this includes all Kannei Namorese and most major ethnic minorities.


Kannei Namorese

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Ethnic groups of Namor
  Kannei Namorese (71.5%)
  Minjianese (12.1%)
  Antelopian (9.9%)
  Chorean (1.5%)
  Kaku (1.23%)
  Khao (0.8%)
  Vetpei (0.75%)
  Katranjian (0.7%)
  Namhoi (0.69%)
  Otekian (0.5%)
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Ethnic map of Namor
     Kannei
     Antelopian
     Kaku
     Minjian
     Chorean
     Khao
     Vetpei
     Otekian
     Geadish
     Katranjian
     Namhoi

Kannei Namorese (Каннеизу, 关内族 tr. Kanneizu) are the most populous ethnic group in Namor. There are nearly 671 million Kannei in Namor, which is 71.5% of the entire population.

Kannei Namorese originated from the Nozama Valley, but gradually spread out and settled across Namor Proper. During the imperial era, Kannei referred to themselves as Jungyenlon (中原人), or "people of the central land." Under the Republic of Namor, the name was modified as Yenlon (原人), or "people of the land," with jung (central) removed as to not offend non-Kannei who also lived in the "central land." Under the Liberationists, "Kannei Namorese" replaced Yenlon to show that the group's members are people of "the Kannei," the Namorese term for Namor Proper.

The culture of Kannei people is mostly homogeneous, although there are a few differences from region to region; for example, Kannei in northern and western Namor speak different dialects of Namorese than Kannei in southern Namor.

Ethnic minorities

Ethnic minorities make up nearly one-fourths of Namor's population. They are distinguished from the Kannei by their distinct languages, customs, and in some cases, races.

The "big four" are Namor's largest minority groups, with each group making up more than 1% of the population - Antelopians (169 million people), Minjianese (38 million people), Choreans (14 million people) and Kaku (12 million people). Sometimes, this group is expanded to become the "big eight" - Antelopians, Minjianese, Choreans, Kaku, Khao, Vetpei, Katranjians and Namhoi.

Other groups

Nantainese

"Nantai Namorese" (Нантаи Наморалон, Nantai Namoralon) or simply "Nantainese" (Нантаилон, Nantailon) are Namorese people living in the region of Nantai, most of which is currently disputed between Namor and Luziyca. While inhabitants of the Namorese-controlled portion of Nantai (East Po'ai) are technically Nantainese, mainstream media has used Nantainese to describe solely the population of the parts of Nantai under Luziycan administration.

The longevity of Luziycan administration has caused Nantainese to incorporate elements of Luziycan culture and form a way of life distinct from that of mainland Namor. Consequently, more Nantainese have identified themselves as either Luziycan, Nantainese or both, although most still recognize their cultural ties to Namor. Ethnically, most Nantainese are Kannei Namorese.

Overseas Namorese

"Overseas Namorese" (Ваихои Наморалон) are Namorese people residing outside of Namorese territory. These include Namorese expatriates and Nayen - persons who are neither Namorese citizens nor nationals but are of Namorese ancestry. Most Overseas Namorese are Nayen, although the expatriate population has grown as Namorese citizens move overseas in search of business and education opportunities unavailable back home.

Depending on their social circumstances, Overseas Namorese may either be mostly or completely assimilated into the society in which they live, or somewhat isolated from the society in which they live. Many who belong in the latter group live in concentrated ethnic enclaves called "Namortowns," which are usually found in major cities and some suburbia.

Language

Most Namorese speak the Namorese language. Namorese itself may be broken down into several regional dialects; the most widely spoken dialect is Standard Namorese, which originated from Namo and is promoted by the government. Non-Kannei Namorese are able to communicate in both their own native languages and Namorese. Use of non-Namorese languages in daily life is discouraged in most parts of Namor, since it is seen as detrimental to national unity; however, in autonomous republics, which are constitutionally allowed to establish their own official languages, it is tolerated to an extent.

Use of Namorese varies among Overseas Namorese. Namorese expatriates, who are more attached to Namor than their Nayen counterparts, are proficient at speaking Namorese. While many Nayen are also able to speak Namorese at an intermediate level, they are more comfortable in speaking the language of their home country compared to expatriates.

Religion



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Religious Demographics of Namor
  "Namorese religions" (Txoists, Buddhism, local faiths, etc.) (40%)
  Muslim (2%)

Religious demographics among Namorese are difficult to determine accurately due to disagreements over what it means to be religious or irreligious. Depending on the source, most Namorese are either religious or irreligious; however, polls have found that a majority of Namorese do not consider religion to play an important role in their lives.

According to the Namorese National Statistics Agency, which defines "religious" as "being a very devout follower of a religion and attending religious rites at a monthly or weekly basis," more than half (55%) of Namorese identify as either atheist, agnostic or irreligious, whereas the rest identify as religious. Among Namorese who identify as "religious," 40% follow the so-called "Namorese religions" (Txoism, Buddhism, local faiths or a combination of the three), 3% are Christians and 2% are Muslims. Among Christians, the most popular sect is Lutheran Catholicism, whereas among Muslims it is Sunni Islam.

Overseas Namorese, especially Nayen, tend to be more religious than Namorese in Namor. Scholars attribute this to the lack of secularization policies outside of Namor akin to those implemented by the Liberationists which reduced popular participation in religious activities.

"Namorese Identity"

"Namorese identity" refers to identification with the Namorese nation.