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The Socialist Queendom of Apanii Factbook

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    Table of Contents

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    Cursory Information
    Geography
    Leadership in Apanii
    Descriptions of Positions
    History of Apanii
    Technology
    Flags of Apanii
    Provincial Flags and About the Provinces
    Apanii's Military
    Housing in Apanii
    Dossiers on Important/Prominent Apaniians
    Notable Laws in Apanii
    Languages of Apanii
    Natural Resources and Exports in Apanii
    Horses
    Traditional Structures


Cursory Information
Nation Name(s): The Socialist Queendom of Apanii, Apanii, The Queendom of Apanii

Nation Capitol: Niitsitapi City in Queen's Province

Largest City: Niitsitapi City

National Colors: red, black, white, yellow

Coat of Arms: Image

Monetary Unity Ket. plural, kets. Symbol: K. Written after the amount (ex 50,000K)

Form of Government: Socialist Matriarchal Monarchy

National Animal: Timber wolf/Grey Wolf Image

National Flower: Yellow Smooth-stemmed evening star Image

National Tree: Lodgepole pine Image

National Religion: Apanii has no official national religion or spirituality, but the Apaniian calendar follows Apaniian Blackfoot spirituality (for the most part)

National Anthem: "Blessings On Apanii"
May the sun never set on Apanii
Oh beloved motherland!
May we ever be blissfully free
And thrive by our own hand!

Warriors of Spirit
Long shall our Queen reign!
Trouble, we do not fear it
Long shall we remain!

Apanii home of the true!
Humble Warriors all
We will live and die for you!
Apanii we heed your call

Other Major Religion(s):
85% Apaniian Tribal Spiritualities (ie Apaniian Blackfoot, Apaniian Cree, Apaniian Haida, Apaniian Lakota etc) note: there are far too many tribal spiritualities in Apanii to list all of them and as such, they are listed only as "Apaniian Tribal Spiritualities." The national calendar mainly follows the Apaniian Blackfoot holidays with other holidays of significance added in.

6% Other Polytheistic Spiritualities/Religions
of that 6%:
- 25%Kemetic
- 20% Hellenic
- 15% Druid
- 15% Other
- 5% Shinto

0.5% Hindu
of that 0.5%:
-50% Shaktism
-20% Shaivism
-15% Ganapatya
-15% Ananda Marga

1.5% Buddhist:

of that 1.5%:
90%: Fuke Zen
5%: Obaku
5%: Nipponzan Myohoji

3% Abrahamic Spiritualities/Religions
of that 3%:
25%: Quakers/Religious Society of Friends
9%: Apaniian Traditionalists for Christ
8%: Unitarian Universalism
8%: Apaniian Haredim
8%: Karaite Judaism
7.1%: Baha'i
7%: Apaniian Pentecostal
7%: Qadiri Islam
6%: Universal Sufism
5.9%: Apaniian Jewish Renewal
5%: Apaniian Orthodox Catholic
4%: Twelve Tribes of Israel Rastafarianism

4% Other (not categorized by the Apaniian Census Bureau)
Of that 4%:
80%: Deism
9%: Atheist
5%: Wiccan/New Age
5%: Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster
1%: Agnostic

Official Language(s): Piegan dialect of the Blackfoot language, Apaniian English (a conglomeration of borrowed words from various tribes, American English and Apaniian slang)

Other Language(s) Spoken: Various tribal languages, American English

Ethnic Makeup: 90% descendants from North American Indigenous tribes, including those of two or more ethnic backgrounds
5% "Other" Indigenous descendants (not from North America)
2% Caucasian/White [largest groups: French descent, Irish descent and German descent]
2.5% non-indigenous "other"
0.5% Black ("Black" includes all non-indigenous peoples of probable African/Afro-Caribbean origin. Black Americans would fall into this category)
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Geography
Apanii is located on the island of Licentia in the Free Society region. It is on the North Eastern portion of the island and its neighbors are The Outlands, Lower Land, Haightstock, The Pastafarian People, and Eavan

Northern Apanii is very mountainous, it's highest elevation is 9,000ft. The mountains give way to the Apaniian Plains and the country is very reminiscent of the American state of Montana with mild to hot summers and winters where the temperature can regularly fall to -50C. Thunderstorms are common in spring and brush fires on the prairies are common in summer.

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Leadership in Apanii
note: All people who are Apanii citizens are required to take a Blackfoot name which is used interchangeably how they see fit excepting in purposes of official documents (court summons, laudatory summons, sentencings, royal/state invitations, ceremonial occasions), in which case, they are referred to by their Blackfoot name. I've provided rough English translations (as Blackfoot does not translate very well into English) where necessary inside brackets. If anyone reads/writes Blackfoot, feel free to correct me as I'm a speaker of the language, but not a writer and I'm fully aware my spelling and grammar are atrocious.I've put quotes around the names of people who are not ethnically Blackfoot.

Current Queen: Sarai Otahkoapi'si Aakiiksi [Yellow Coyote Woman] Crowfoot (b.1985, assumed the throne in 1994)
Preceded By: June Piitamakan [Running Eagle] Wolf Collar III (b. 1935, abdicated to Sarai in 1994 but remained in charge until 1999)

President: Marina Awo'taanitsi [Pretty Shield] Medicine Shield
Matriarch of the Grand Elder's Council/Vice President: Rosie Ninaimsskaisiaakii [Holy Pipe Woman] Day Rider
Adviser to the Queen: Her Royal Highness June Piitamakan [Running Eagle] Wolf Collar III
Minister of Defense: Cetan "Mai'stáákaa'tsisi" [Crow Protection] Randall
The People's Voice: Junior "Siksikipiita" [Black Eagle] Miller
Minister of Cultural Affairs: April Otahkomiitaa [Yellow Dog] Guardipee
Minister of Finance: Christopher "Inaattsikiaayo" [He Looks Like a Bear] Lawson
Minister of Social Betterment: Eldritch ""Maohkihkini" [Red Hair] O'Brian
Minister of Environmental Preservation: Phillip "Omahkikim" [Big Water] Iokola

Provincial Leaders/Governors
Yellow Bear Province: Marta "Itsiiyihka'siakii" [Haughty Woman] Whiterock
Black Horse Province: Hailey "Asinaakii" [Cree Woman] St. James
Sun Stealer Province: Thomas "Mi'kai'stowa" [Red Crow] Kadashan
Buffalo Calf Province: Warner Akamookai [Many Swans] Big Knife
Queen's Province: HRM Queen Sarai Otahkoapi'si Aakiiksi Crowfoot

Description of Positions:
The Queen
The Queen has a traditional monarchy role; she has ultimate veto power of any law passed within Apanii's borders, outposts and colonies. She oversees the welfare of the People and the country; her authority is absolute. The Queen's position is not usually hereditary although it can be. It is common for the Queen to abdicate when she feels like she has done all she can for the country and pass rule onto the next queen.

The retiring Queen is forever referred to as "Her Royal Highness" assuming she had not been disgraced or overthrown. Upon her abdication, it is her job to select no less than five replacements no younger than 9 and no older than 16. The potential queen's should be of strong moral and spiritual character, possess cunning, intelligence and a desire to serve the People. From the potential pool, the new queen is selected by the Grand Elder's Council and the President. The Queen is allowed to change the posts of any government position after no less than six months after her coronation. It is common for the previous queen to become Adviser to the Queen upon her abdication, especially if the incoming queen is very young. The position is held for life unless she abdicates or is overthrown.

The President
An elected office (which like every other office in Apanii, can be replaced by the Queen) with all the common presidential duties one would expect of any other country. S/He often acts as the Queen's voice in other nations when a conflict of schedules does not permit the Queen Herself to attend a summit/function/meeting/what have you. Serves the length of the Queen's reign unless impeached or replaced by the Queen. Minimum age requirement: 30 excepting with approval from the Grand Elder's Council.

Matriarch of the Grand Elder's Council
The MGEC automatically holds the position of Vice President of Apanii. Elder's Councils are a collection of up to five elder's (over a certain age and possessing a certain amount of wisdom). There is an Elder's Council in every village, town, and city in Apanii except for in Queen's Province where the Grand Elder's Council is the only Elder's Council. The Matriarch is usually referred to as "Grandmother" by those not in the Council's and "Sister" by those who are. The MGEC's job is to select the Queen of Apanii, provide council, spiritual guidance and wisdom to the leaders of Apanii. The Elder's Council settles small disputes among the people of their city, issues visas for work or visitation, and looks out for the emotional well-being of the people within their jurisdiction. They are always very well respected and well loved members of their communities. Lifetime position unless replaced by the Queen. Minimum age requirement: 45.

Adviser to the Queen
The Queen's official confidant. The Adviser is normally the previous queen as Apanii's queens are chosen at a young age and the outgoing queen is expected to tutor the new one in the nuances of Her station. Serves the length of the Queen's reign unless the Queen replaces her. No age requirement unless the previous queen cannot serve, then the age is set at 40.

Minister of Defense
An elected official in charge of military affairs and defending Apanii. Serves the length of the Queen's reign unless s/he is impeached or the Queen replaces her/him. Minimum age requirement: 30.

The People's Voice
An elected position created to represent the "every man" of the country. It's the job of the PV to bring forth issues that may have been overlooked by higher officials but that still effect the People of Apanii. Serves the length of the Queen's reign unless impeached by the People or the Queen replaces her/him. Minimum age requirement: 20.

Minister of Cultural Affairs
An elected position whose job it is to meet with the Queen before she attends to foreign matters to educate her on the culture and customs of the countries she's dealing with. It is also the Minister's job to meet with any incoming dignitaries and brief them on Apaniian culture and customs. Serves for the length of the Queen's reign unless the Queen replaces her/him. Minimum age requirement: 30.

Minister of Finance
an elected position who serves as Apanii's official treasurer. Serves for four years unless impeached or replaced by the Queen. Minimum age requirement: 30.

Minister of Social Betterment
an elected position whose job is very similar to The People's Voice except they have the ability to submit laws to the President directly. The Minister's job is also to provide no less than two resolutions for these issues upon their submission. The MSB serves for four years unless s/he is impeached or replaced by the Queen. Minimum age requirement: 25.

Minister of Environmental Preservation
An elected position that does just what the title implies. They also oversee that the national parks are well taken care of and that the land doesn't become over-developed. All conservation groups must go through the MEP and all business must fill out an application with the MEP in order to build on undeveloped land. The MEP serves for four years s/he they are impeached is replaced by the Queen. Minimum age requirement: 25.

Governors
Elected officials who are to be an extension of the Queen's authority within the provinces. They serve for as many terms as they are re-elected for unless they are impeached or replaced by the Queen. Minimum age requirement: 30.
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History of Apanii

Apanii was founded in 1609 by a large group of Blackfoot Indians from the United States of America. Apanii's first queen, who was then referred to as a chief or a prophetess, was Piitamakan [Running Eagle] who had a vision of coming hardships and of a safe haven where she could relocate her people. As the Blackfoot were not traditionally a seafaring people (cultural taboos did not permit expansive water travel), she was thought of as "crazy" by most of her peers and fellow Blackfoot.

Piitamakan went out into the world at the age of 18 to find a way to travel the vast expanses of water she saw in her vision, eventually employing and rousing the interests of members of coastal tribes. A ship was built and in the summer of 1607, 800 people; mostly Blackfoot, set out in 50 boats to find the land of Piitamakan's vision. Two years later and now with a group of 742, Piitamakan spotted the shores of Licentia, the land of her visions. She was 22 at the time and it was unanimously decided for her to be the High Chief of the new nation.

As westward expansion and oppression became more of a problem for the indigenous peoples of the country they had left, Apanii began to send aid to tribes back in the United States along with delegates who attempted to entice others who were suffering from smallpox, malnourishment, and general oppression at the hands of conquerors to go back with them to Apanii.

Many of the former "Native Americans" left their ancestral homes in order to seek out a new place and a new way of life in Apanii. Up until the 1950s, Apanii had purposely isolated themselves from the Americas. During the 1960s, with the creation of the American Indian Movement, Apanii fully supported the ventures of the American Indigenous populations with financial and military aid. Apaniians have been involved in the takeover at Alcatraz, the takeover at Mount Rushmore, the takeover of the BIA building in DC, the Mohawk Barricade of the early 90s and has lobbied hard to have Leonard Peltier declared a political prisoner and released from his unjust bonds.

Though most of Apanii's original citizens were Blackfoot in origin, the country is now home to people of a plethora of tribal backgrounds including Aborigines, Maoris, and Hmong among other people of indigenous backgrounds. As a tribute to Piitamakan and her vision, Apanii society and culture is based off of Blackfoot culture and customs though an Apaniian Blackfoot is now considered to be of a different tribe than an American Blackfoot though their roots are the same.

Technology
Technology in Apanii is a bit complex to understand. In some ways, Apanii is considered "backwards" and in others, more progressive. The environment is paramount to an Apaniian and as such, there is no over development of land. Composting and recycling is compulsory and for every tree cut down in Apanii, two must be planted in its place. Due to overseas trade and trade with neighbors, Apanii does have very modern convinces; cell phones, electricity, cars, etc and larger cities in Apanii would generally remind someone of other first world nations of their own cities with the exception that there is only one clean-fuel vehicle is allowed per household and many people walk, bike, or use horses to get from place to place.

Video phones are common sights along street corners and in homes that have a smooth, seamless look to their videos though they are prone to malfunctions during the rainy season and during the winter. Tables with built in touchscreen computers on their tops are also common. Apanii is a modern nation with modern convinces and though the technology is available, Apanii does not have a space program. It is however, common for the Apaniian government to petition other countries for the admission of a trained Apaniian into one of their space programs to garner information. While Apanii is interested in space exploration as a nation; there is more money spent on sending out satellites than there is sending people or animals into space.

Flags of Apanii

National Flag
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The standard Apaniian flag. The national colors represent the colors of a traditional medicine wheel which corrospond to the four directions, the four seasons, the four stages of life (birth/childhood, adulthood, old age and death), and the four colors of man. The word in the middle uses the Blackfoot Syllabary to spell out the word "Siksika" which is Blackfoot for "Blackfoot," paying homage to its beginnings. Just like in the United States, the syllabary is rarely used as Blackfoot does use the Roman alphabet. The basics of the syllabary are normally taught in grade school and most people in Apanii can at least write their name in syllabics.

The Gift Flag
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Features a traditional medicine wheel on a blue background representing the waters around Licentia. Above the wheel is the word "Siksika" and below is the word "Apanii." The gift flag, as the name implies, is a flag given to other nations upon a trade agreement or alliance.

The Queen's Standard
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Used outside the Queen's residence and any building that the Queen is visiting, the Queen's standard features the national colors of Apanii like all official Apaniian flags. The equilateral cross is actually the Blackfoot representation of a butterfly, the symbol of Apanii. "Apanii" means "butterfly" in Blackfoot and the butterfly represents important dreams or visions, a nod to the prophetess Piitamakan who founded the nation. The wolf is Apanii's national animal and when it is the sacred red color, is used to represent the Queen.

Provincial Flags and About the Provinces
Yellow Bear Province
Capitol: Crowfoot
Governor: Marta "Itsiiyihka'siakii" [Haughty Woman] Whiterock
Flag:
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The flag features a Zuni style bear with Blackfoot style stars above and below it. It's capitol is named after Crowfoot and is home to Bearbull National Park, which is named for a prominent Blackfoot Medicine Man. Yellow Bear is home to Apanii's current men's shinny champions, Elk Dog Shinny Club.

Buffalo Calf Province
Capitol: Peltier
Governor: Warner Akamookai [Many Swans] Big Knife
Flag:
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Bordered on the west by Haightstock and The Outland, Buffalo Calf's capital is Peltier, named for Indigenous American political prisoner, Leonard Peltier. Buffalo Calf is also home to two national parks: Dragging Canoe National Park and Crowdog National Park. The flag features a medicine buffalo skull and hawk feathers.

Queen's Province
Capitol: Niitsitapi City [Niitsitapi is what Blackfoot people traditionally call themselves, it means "The Real People"]
Governor: HRM Queen Sarai Otahkoapi'si Aakiiksi Crowfoot
Flag:
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The smallest of Apanii's five provinces, Queen's houses the nations capitol, Niitsitapi City. The Queen's Province flag is also used for the Queen's Guard and the Secret Service. Queen's Province is unique in that its governor is always the Queen and it only has one Elder's Council which is the Grand Elder's Council.

Black Horse Province
Capitol: Ponokimiitaa [Ponokimiitaa means "horse" in Blackfoot although a literal translation is "Elk Dog"]
Governor: Hailey "Asinaakii" [Cree Woman] St. James
Flag:
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The capital of Black Horse is Ponokimiitaa and White Forest National Park is within its borders. Black Horse is known for its excellent quality horses and every summer, a national rodeo and riding competition takes place in its capital. The flag features a Blackfoot style buffalo runner horse.

Sun Stealer Province
Capitol: Piitamakan Falls
Governor: Thomas "Mi'kai'stowa" [Red Crow] Kadashan
Flag:
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Sun Stealer's capital is Piitamakan Falls, it is also the headquarters of the current women's shinny champions: Medicine Lake Shinny Club. Big Wolf National Park is also located within the borders of Sun Stealer. Sun Stealer's flag features a Haida style raven. A popular story from the Indigenous tribes of the coast describes the raven as having once been a bird of many colors. In his endeavor to steal the sun and give it to the People, Raven burnt his feathers an eternal black and ruined his beautiful voice for all time.
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Apanii's Military

Apanii has three branches of military service (not counting the Queen's Guard or the Secret Service) which is the Army, the Navy, and the Airforce. They are in turn divided into two main sections; general sign up and special forces. All legitimate mottos are listed in Blackfoot and English.

Apaniian Airforce
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General Service Motto: Wakkioossp / Advancing Upwards
Special Forces/Thunderbird Society Motto: Iki'tsiihtsikan / All Aloft
Unofficial Motto(s): You yell, we shell/If at first you don't succeed, call in an air strike
Active troops: TBA
Reserve troops:TBA


Apaniian Army
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General Service Motto: Iiyiktapiiyi, Omó'tsaaki / Be Brave, Be Victorious
Special Forces/Wolf Society Motto: Ohka'pssiyokimma Sapsski / Death Awaits in the Dark
Unofficial Motto(s): never tell your Commanding Officer that you have nothing to do / Once the pin is pulled, Mr. Grenade is not your friend
Active troops: TBA
Reserve troops: TBA

Apaniian Navy
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General Service Motto: MiinIpahkitapi'takit / Never Despair
Special Forces/Orca Society Motto: Áaksi'sskaana'piiwa iitsskáát / Even in Risk, Fight
Unofficial Motto(s): Blasting stuff out of the water...for Freedom! / They told us it was a cruise ship!
Active troops: TBA
Reserve troops: TBA

Secret Service and the Queen's Guard
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General Service Motto: A'pistotooki, Niináwaakii Ki Apanii / For Creator, Queen, and Apanii
Unofficial Motto(s):You didn't see me, I wasn't there and I'm not here now
Number of people employed in the Secret Service: TBA
Number of People employed in the Queen's Guard: TBA

Anyone over the age of 16 (or within one week of their 16th birthday) can join up for military service. Only those who are over 18 are allowed to be deployed in battle.

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Housing In Apanii
Apanii has three main housing environments: the forest, the mountains, and the plains. Larger cities and cities designed to accommodate tourists are generally sprawling centers that resemble the suburbs but for their population. Smaller, more traditional Apaniian dwellings are usually found in the mountains, deep in the forests and on the plains.

The Mountains
Houses are generally built directly into the mountain to minimize impact on the surrounding land and to use the stone's natural heating/cooling system without taxing the natural gas reserves. They tend to be fairly simple in construction, with larger cities consisting of entire complexes built into the mountains and surrounding hillsides. Homes near the sea usually use a mixture of typical mountain housing and typical plains housing.
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Pueblo Village apartment complex city of Mikksa in Yellow Bear Province. Note the continuation of the complex on the mountain behind.
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Single family unit in Thathunka Iyotake, Yellow Bear Province
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A single family unit near the foot of the Apaniian Mountains. Piitamakan Falls, Sun Stealer Province
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Typical cave house living room

The Prairies
Though cave type housing is available and common near foothills, the most common and popular type of housing on the Apaniian Plains is the sod house. Simply constructed, low impact and able to withstand thunderstorms, dust storms and harsh winters, the sod house is one of the more well liked forms of housing in Apanii. Since the importation of The Lord of the Rings series, they have been affectionately referred to as "Hobbit houses"
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Sod house in Thasunke Witko, Black Horse Province
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Interior of the above sod house. Note the circular opening in the top to let in air, light and let out smoke
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A coastal sod house, Whale Point, Buffalo Calf Province. Note the extra use of earth to protect the house from incoming storms. Note the upstairs windows of the neighboring house are just visible over the top of the house in the foreground.
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Typical interior of a sod house

The Forests
Apanii has vast forests which house large populations of animals including the wolf, Apanii's national animal. Houses in the woods range from small stone cottages to tree house like structures. Many homes are built on stilts or high in the trees to minimize the use of the land. Generally spaced out, there are moderate sized cities in the forests which are generally connected by bridges.
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A stone cottage near White Forest National Park
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Cottage in Wovoka, Buffalo Calf Province
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A large family house connected to the rest of the neighborhood and city by a rope bridge, White Rock, Queen's Province.
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Tree house in Atsina, Black Horse Province
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Interior of a tree house

Developed Cities
Apanii does have more urbanized cities where the population is more dense. Eco-friendly apartment complexes and townhouses are the usual affair for these areas.
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Housing complex in Obdrin, Queen's Province
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Red Bank Apartments, Red Bank, Black Horse Province

The Queen's Residence/Digitary Quarters
Because of Apaniian distaste for overt shows of grandiosity, the Royal Quarters and dignitary housing is generally more subdued than neighboring countries. A "grand" house is generally a small manor or a Victorian-style estate.
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The Queen's Residence, Niitsitapi City, Queen's Province
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Dossiers on Important/Prominent Apaniians


Name: Sarai Otahkoapi'si Aakiiksi Crowfoot
Blackfoot Name: Yellow Coyote Woman
Titles: Her Royal Majesty Queen of Apanii, Lady of Niitsitapi, Sister of the Sacred Omahkapi'si, Warrior of Spirit
Languages Spoken: Apaniian English, American English, Piegan Blackfoot, Lakotah, French
Age: 23
DOB: October 10th, 1985
Height: 5'11"
Ethnicity: Apaniian Blackfoot
Nationality: Apaniian
Hair Color: Black
Eye Color: honey brown/hazel
Notable Family Members: Former President Johnson Piitamohpikis Crowfoot (father), artist/storyteller Juniper Mottakaan Crowfoot (mother), Adolph Issapóómahksika Crowfoot (elder brother), boxer Lee Running Crane (cousin)
Bio: Sarai was born in Niitsitapi City to Johnson Piitamohpikis [Eagle Ribs] Crowfoot, former President of Apanii (ret. 1994) and Juniper Mottakaan [Shadow Robe] Crowfoot (nee: Running Crane), famed Apaniian artist and storyteller. Growing up in the President's Residence afforded Sarai the opportunity to see Apanii's political workings first hand, in addition to meeting governors and high officials. Sarai's selection to Queendom (please see Leadership in Apanii for details on the selection of the Queen) was extremely unusual in that the previous queen, Her Royal Highness June Piitamakan Wolf Collar III selected only her as a replacement; an unprecedented decision backed by the Grand Elder's Council.

HRH Queen June (then HRM), had a vivid dream that Juniper, a close, personal friend of hers, would have a daughter who was destined to rule Apanii and usher the kingdom into a new age; an age where Apanii would be more open to the outside world and its neighbors. From a young age, Sarai's mother instilled a love of traditional Apaniian Blackfoot art and storytelling and from her father she inherited his devout love of Creator and Country along with a fascination with Apanii's political system. She was groomed by her parents and HRH Queen June for ascension to the throne since she was old enough to walk. Sarai has always had a deep love for the people of Apanii and the people truly love and respect her.

Sarai attended grade school at Niitsitapi Primary where she as described by teachers as "bright, willful, a bit obstinate, but with her heart in exactly the right place." It was here, when she was nine years old (the minimum requirement for the selection of Queen), that Sarai was announced as successor to the throne and garnered the title "Princess Sarai." She was coronated as Queen that year, but retained the title of Princess until HRH Queen June officially abdicated in 1999.

HRM went to middle school at Queen's Province Academy for Girls where she excelled in language arts and debate. She held the offices of Class President, President of the QPAG Apaniian Student Tribal Council, and a prominent member of the Indigenous Apaniian - Caucasian Apaniian Alliance. HRM graduated valedictorian of Piitamakan High School having retained stations of: Class President, Secretary of the Indigenous Apaniian - Caucasian Apaniian Alliance, Vice President of the PHS Student Tribal Council and played 1st home position in the PHS Timber Wolves, the girl's lacrosse team.

HRM was accepted into numerous schools around the country, but chose to study at Wanbli Ota [Many Eagles] University in Yellow Bear Province where she received degrees in Business and Apaniian History with minors in English and Sociology. While attending Wanbli Ota, Sarai's father retired from his presidency, having stayed on at her behest and was replaced with Sarai's childhood friend and politics major, Marina Awo'taanitsi Medicine Shield.

The Queen is progressive in her approaches to domestic and foreign affairs and seeks to modernize Apanii without her people losing their identity as a cultural and political entity. She currently resides at the Queen's Residence in Niitsitapi City along with her brother and parents. HRM Queen Sarai is unmarried but has recently become quite serious with longtime paramour, Alliana "Náátsikapoyisisoyáakii" West. Queen Sarai has embraced her identity not only as Queen of Apanii, but as a Two-Spirit (an Indigenous person who is also LGBTQ identified) which many believe to be a proven mark of being touched by the Creator. It was also reported that the number of Medicine Hat Horses was quadrupled in the month Sarai was born, with four being born on her birthday; another sign that she had been specifically chosen and why her ascension superseded Apaniian custom.

HRM Queen Sarai is interested in world cultures/religions/customs/politics, horse riding, animal husbandry, social issues, playing lacrosse, traditional dances and like any good Apaniian, she enjoys watching shinny and always roots for the men's Elk Dog Shinny Club.


Name:Adolph Issapóómahksika Crowfoot
Blackfoot Name Crow's Big Foot (more commonly Crowfoot)
Titles: Prince of Apanii, Brother of the Sacred Omahkapi'si, Captain of the Wolf Societies 32nd Regiment, Apanii's Most Eligible Bachelor (2007-2009)
Languages Spoken: Apaniian English, American English, Piegan Blackfoot, Haida
Age: 29
DOB: July 2nd, 1980
Height: 6"2
Ethnicity: Apaniian Blackfoot
Nationality: Apaniian
Hair Color: Black
Eye Color: Dark Brown
Notable Family Members: Former President Johnson Piitamohpikis Crowfoot (father), artist/storyteller Juniper Mottakaan Crowfoot (mother), Sarai Otahkoapi'si Aakiiksi Crowfoot (younger sister), boxer Lee Running Crane (cousin)
Bio: HRH Prince Adolph was born in Niitsitapi City and enjoyed growing up around Apanii's prominent political figures. He attended Niitsitapi Primary school where teachers described him as "a charming but unfocused dreamer with a flair for kindness and compassion." Upon his 16th birthday, Adolph joined the Apaniian Army's special forces, the Wolf Society and completed his secondary and high school educations at Napi Military Academy for Boys where he was lauded for his excellence in war games, teamwork and leadership schools, surprising everyone that knew him.

Adolph matriculated at Foothills Art Academy in Peltier, capitol of Buffalo Calf Province where he majored in Traditional Apaniian Arts with a concentration in Warrior Images and minored in Apaniian Literature. HRH, being the brother of the Queen has the honorary title of prince conferred to him, but he does not possess any direct political power.

He is often described as a wayfaring playboy by his sister and Adolph will never be the one to deny the charge. He highly enjoys his celebrity status and can often be seen at various Apaniian functions with a different woman on his arm at each one. He secretly harbors feelings for Marina Medicine Shield, but will ardently deny it to anyone who has the time to listen. Adolph enjoys painting traditional tipis and his art can sell for as much as 4,896.35K (about $950USD) although he is renowned for gifting paintings and tipis to people around the country.

HRH Prince Adolph is interested in art, literature, courting women, traditional flute playing, the status of warriors/soldiers in other societies, hunting and rodeos. He Resides in the Queen's Residence.

Name: Marina Awo'taanitsi Medicine Shield
Blackfoot Name: Pretty Shield
Titles: President of Apanii, Handmaiden of the Sacred Omahkapi'si, Lady of Queen's Province
Languages Spoken: Apaniian English, American English, Piegan Blackfoot, Lakotah, Haida, Tsalagi, French, German, Arabic
Age: 25
DOB: February 9th, 1984
Height: 5'11"
Ethnicity: Apaniian Blackfoot
Nationality: Apaniian
Hair Color: Dark Brown
Eye Color: Dark Brown
Notable Family Members: Matriarch of the Grand Elder's Council Rosie Ninaimsskaisiaakii Day Rider (grandmother), R&B singer Wednesday LaFountain (cousin)
Bio: Marina was born in White Rock, Queen's Province to carptenter Leonard Istowoonih'pata [Carries a Knife] Medicine Shield and homemaker Georgina Akskah'psay'pi [Attacked Near Home] Medicine Shield (nee LaFountain). Marina attended Yona Galigi [Climbing Bear] Primary school in White Rock where she was lauded as "a bright, compassionate girl with a strong sense of morality" before the Medicine Shield family relocated to Niitsitapi City.

Marina attended the same schools as HRM Queen Sarai and the two become inseparable friends. Marina's interest in politics and social issues lead her to study and obtain degrees in Apaniian Politics, Foreign Diplomacy and minors in Business and Sociology. She replaced HRM's father as president in 2005 by appointment from the Queen and was uncontested in the allotted three months the people of Apanii have to select a running mate.

Marina is an exceedingly compassionate person, even by Apaniian standards and as such, she is well loved by the people. She believes Adolph Crowfoot's only purpose for existence is to torment her, though she holds his friendship in high regard. While having many suitors, she claims that her obligations to the crown keep her far too busy to consider marriage though it's been rumored that she is romantically attached to Adolph which she vehemently denies.

Marina's interests include, biology, animal behavior, spirituality, culture and customs of other nations and shinny. She resides in the Presidential Residence.

Name: Rosie Ninaimsskaisiaakii Day Rider
Blackfoot Name: Holy Pipe Woman
Titles: Matriarch of the Grand Elder's Council, Grandmother of Apanii, Healer, Orator
Languages Spoken: Piegan Blackfoot, Apaniian English, American English, Haida, Lakotah, Tsalagi, Cheyenne, Cree, Ojibwa
Age: 75
DOB: August 1st, 1934
Height: 5'5"
Ethnicity: Apaniian Blackfoot
Nationality: Apaniian
Hair Color: Salt & pepper
Eye Color: Grey
Notable Family Members: President Marina Awo'taanitsi Medicine Shield (granddaughter)
Bio: Rosie is usually described as a "spitfire" and is very vocal about her opinions, whether they be part of popular public opinion or not. She had been operating as a traditional healer within Queen's Province for the last 22 years and is renowned for her sage advice and quick wit. She resides in the Matriarch's Residence.

Name: June Piitamakan Wolf Collar III
Blackfoot Name: Running Eagle
Titles: Her Royal Highness (former) Queen of Apanii, Sister of the Sacred Omahkapi'si, Warrior of Spirit, Prophetess
Languages Spoken: Piegan Blackfoot, Apaniian English, American English, french, Italian, Navajo, Hmong, Cree
Age: 61
DOB: December 12th, 1947
Height: 5"4
Ethnicity: Apaniian Blackfoot
Nationality: Apaniian
Hair Color: Salt & Pepper
Eye Color: Dark Brown
Notable Family Members: The founder of Apanii, the Prophetess Piitamakan (ancestral grandmother)
Bio: HRH Queen June is a direct descendant of the founder of Apanii (please see Apanii's History) and is in her own right, a prophetess. She had visions of her own rise to the throne when she was just six years old. After having a dream about Sarai's place in Apaniian society, HRH abdicated her throne to the young girl but retained her duties as Queen of Apanii until 1999 when she was officially replaced by HRM Queen Sarai and she was appointed to the post of Adviser to the Queen. She is normally described as a quiet, intense woman with a surprising sense of humor. Important people in Apanii from the Queen Herself to music and movie celebrities often seek out her advice on a dizzying range of topics. She resides in the Matriarch's Residence.

Name: Alliana Náátsikapoyisisoyáakii West,
Blackfoot Name: Double Cutting Woman
Titles: Founder and President of the Apaniian Cultural Preservation Society, Duchess of Black Horse Province, Handmaiden of the Sacred Omakhapi'si
Languages Spoken: Piegan Blackfoot, Apaniian English, American English, Cree, French, German, Hopi, Tlingit, Inuit
Age: 24
DOB: January 1st, 1984
Height: 6'0"
Ethnicity: Apaniian Cree, American Cree
Nationality: Apaniian
Hair Color: Black
Eye Color: Dark Hazel
Notable Family Members: N/A
Bio: Alliana was born in the small plains town of Sun Down in Black Horse Province to an Apaniian Cree mother and immigrant American Cree father. She attended Central Primary School where she was described as "a passionate, headstrong girl with outstanding social skills [with the] grace and charm to apply them." Her career in politics started as early as primary school where she lobbied for the school to provide parental forms in other tribal languages besides Piegan Blackfoot.

Her activism continued through her time at Atsina High School in Atsina and she started the first Atsina High School Inter-tribal Cultural Exchange which is still an operating school club. Her parents realized that her personality and drive were too big for Black Horse and they moved to Niitsitapi City where she attended Chinook High School her last two years of high school. It was at a national shinny game that she was introduced to HRM Queen Sarai by a mutual friend. The two became romantically involved just before HRM entered Wanbli Ota University despite Alliana attending Big Wolf University in Piitamakan Falls, Sun Stealer Province and despite her lack of privacy for being involved in such a high profile romance (the media has dubbed them "Saralli").

At Big Wolf, she double majored in Pyschology (concentration: ethnic-specific disorders) and Sociology and minored in Pre-Colombian American History (concentration in culture and customs). Alliana strives to establish an inter-tribal Apannian identity away from their past in the Americas. She views the Indigenous peoples of the Americas as having the same ancient ancestors as Apaniians, but believes Apaniians should establish themselves as such and no longer consider themselves as off-shoots of "Native Americans." She has had several papers and essays published by Apanii's Sociological community which have recieved national recognition including: "Native American or Apaniian?: Why We Need Our Own Identity as a People," "Cultural and Social Differences Between Ancient Apaniians and Ancient Indigenous Americans," and "The Prophetess Piitamakan and What Makes Us Apaniian."

Alliana has always encouraged the differences that have come from Apaniians being so far removed from their ancient homelands in the Americas including the immersion of what she coined as being "Apaniian Blackfoot," a completely separate dialect of Blackfoot used by Apaniians. She is good natured, highly outspoken and is not afraid to chastise HRM on issues they do not agree upon. Because of her political works and efforts to foster a solely Apaniian identity, the Grand Elder's Council with the blessing of HRM conferred to her the title of Duchess of Black Horse and as such, she has a manor in Atsina, Black Horse Province which she is currently using as a headquarters for her campaigns. Alliana currently resides in the Presidential Residence.

Her interests include Apaniian history, political debates, shinny, horse riding, traditional singing, hand games, art, and classical European music
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Notable Laws in Apanii
note: Since it is implausible to list every law Apanii has, these are more of the bigger, important laws. All outsiders are expected to adhere to the laws of Apanii or they face either Apaniian justice or deportation, depending on the severity of the crime. An arrest can be contested by the arestee even if they are not Apaniian at which point the matter will go to the local Elder's Council.

The Death Penalty
The death penalty is legal and can be administered for the following crimes:
    -All forms of homicide excepting proven accidental and unintentional homicide and judicial murder (that is, the legal sentencing of and performing of the death penalty)

    -Multi-vicitm/multi-offenses (MVMO) sexual crimes against children (such as in child pornography rings)

    -High treason
In the first two instances, the death penalty is the judge's official decision, but it's up to the family of the victim. The victim's family could choose to send the perpetrator to life imprisonment at a hard labor camp (usually a mining facility) where life expectancy is generally two to five years from the date of entry. The family is required by law to take one week to make the decision, after which, the punishment is dolled out meaning that we have no "death row" in our prison systems.

Death for high treason is non-negotiable. Betraying Apanii and her Queen is betraying every citizen within the nation. A national vote is held on how to kill the offender, though this has not happened in our country in recent memory. Those sentenced for treason are not permitted to be buried with an Apaniian flag of any type.

The person sentenced to death can choose how to die. Their options are: hanging, lethal injection, gassing, or firing squad.

Sexuality Laws
Homosexuals - Legal. All rights and responsibilities placed upon heterosexual citizens are afforded bi/trans/homosexuals.

Bisexuals - Legal. See above.

Transgendered people - Legal with some exceptions. If they still have the genitalia of their birth sex, they are required by law to inform dating partners. If they don't and a complaint is lodged, they can receive up to a 1,500K fine (currently, with the Apaniian ket to USD exchange rate, the fine would be around $300USD) and up to two weeks at a sensitivity training program.

Bestiality - Illegal on the grounds that the animal cannot consent and that it is an immoral and reprehensible act. Being a "Furry" however, is grudgingly legal though it is severely frowned upon by society and the government.

Pedophilia (children who have not yet hit puberty) - Illegal on the grounds that the child cannot legally consent and that it is an immoral and reprehensible act. Apanii has not encountered this problem, but it is punishable by a 250,000K ($50,000USD) fine payable to the victims family and up to life imprisonment with manditory government funded psychotherapy. The victims family has the option to send the perpetrator to life imprisonment at a hard labor camp.

Ephebophilia (adolescents who have already hit puberty) -
Illegal with one exception. Only legal if it's strictly between adolescents with a plus or minus one in age and only if they are over 14. Parents must be notified (note: Parents do not have to consent) and a certificate of completion from the school's sex education program must be obtained prior to the first sexual encounter. Breaking this law is punishable by a small fine of 20 hours community service at a place of the parent's choosing and or compulsory volunteer work at a Planned Parenthood type center.

Incest (between relatives closer than first cousin) - Illegal on the grounds that is a morally reprehensible act. Punishable by a 5,000K ($1,000USD) fine for the first offense. 50,000K ($10,000USD) fine and mandatory counseling for the second offense. The third offense is a fine and jail time at the discretion of the local Elder's Council. With adopted relatives or step-relatives, it is not illegal but if they were raised together, it is generally considered incest by society and frowned upon. Apaniians often grow up around their second third or even fourth cousins and to an Apaniian, a romantic or sexual entanglement with anything closer than a fifth cousin is considered incest.

Flag Burning
There are no laws specifically against flag burning in Apanii. It is generally frowned upon as Apaniians are fiercely patriotic. However, traditional Blackfoot burial ceremonies are popular and usually standard in Apanii unless otherwise specified in the deceased's will or by the deceased's family in the absence of a will. This includes the construction of a burial cashe or traditional burial teepee which is set on fire. In the case of national heroes and dignitaries, the Apaniian flag is often burned with the body. Likewise for those in military sevices; they are usually cremated along with the Apaniian flag and the flag of their branch of service.

If the body is not cremated, they are usually buried with the flag and due to our great love for the Motherland, the deceased is usually, if not always, buried with the national flag of Apanii.

Prostitution
Legal, but looked down upon by society and heavily regulated by the government (the Blackfoot word for prostitute, "mattsaakii" literally means "crazy woman"). All sex workers are required by law to have a prostitution license and be tested for STDs every two months. Applications for working at a brothel have to be approved by the local Elder's Council and the mayor of the city and the applicant must either be 20+ or be within one week of their 20th birthday. All wages must be reported to the government via a standard tax form that can be obtained from the local Brothel Authority. Clients must be 18 or older. Non-adherence to these terms result in hefty fines and possible jail time at the discretion of the local Elder's Council.

Gun Laws
Gun laws are lax for non-criminals in Apanii. All citizens have the right to own a firearm. The Queen of Apanii has often said: "When we outlaw guns, only criminals will have them." Gun safety and ownership are encouraged to be taught at home, but the basics are covered in public school systems. If a gun is on the premises of a private residence in which a minor resides, it is required by law that the minor recieve a certificate of completion from a gun safety and management course with no less than a final grade of a B.

Gun safety and ownership are often taught along side traditional fighting arts when the Apaniian is a minor. It is illegal for parents or guardians to bar a child from a gun course. Misuse of a firearm or misconduct with a firearm is punishable by a revocation of a gun license for at least six months and comes with a fine of 50,000K ($10,000USD); having to retake the gun saftey and management course with a final grade of no less than an A, are barred from military service until the completion of the program and in some cases, can come with prison time in addition to whatever punishment the individual may receive for any other laws broken during misconduct/misuse.

Abortion
Due to readily available, inexpensive and effective contraceptives for both sexes (with a minimum age requirement for purchase of 13), and excellent mandatory sex education programs in the schools; abortion is not much of an issue in Apanii. It is legal as long as the fetus has not been named (a cultural issue) or has not developed a nervous system. Exceptions are made in the instances of rape, incest, or the birthing process endangers the mother's life to the point where abortion is the only viable option. The latter must be confirmed by at least two doctors of the applicants choosing and two official government funded doctors.

For those that do not fall into those categories, there is a waiting list for approved couples (both heterosexual and homosexual) that wish to adopt that are informed of new births to keep the numbers of children considered wards of the state to a minimum.

Age Laws
Legal Adulthood- 18

Voting Age- 17

Legal Drinking Age- 15

Legal Operation of Motor Vehicles and Non-Biological Forms of Transportation- 16

Legal Age for Narcotics Consumption (non hallucinogenic)- 15 unless used for religious purposes in which case a letter of approval from the local Elder's Council must be obtained or with parental permission (to be confirmed by the local police)

Legal Age for Narcotics Consumption (hallucinogenic)- 17. See above details.

Legal Age to Own a Firearm- 12 and only with the completion of an official Gun Safety and Ownership Program with a final grade of no less than a B. The final test must be retaken every three months until the age of 17.

Alcohol/Drug Laws
Alcohol-Legal

Public Intoxication- Illegal. Usually only enforced if the suspect is disturbing the peace. One warning is given unless they are causing duress or harm to themselves or others. 24 - 48 hours in the local jail, possible fine, compulsory volunteer work and possible counseling for repeat offenders

Marijuana- Legal. Marijuana is one of Apanii's exports and as such, the drug is legal throughout the country. However, it is Illegal when:
    -On the job ("on the job" meaning any time an employee is at their place of business for work. This includes breaks and lunches) unless the individual has explicit permission from their employer, or they can prove that they are more competent while under the influence.

    -"Hotboxing" a room or area in which children under the legal age are present

    -Smoking while pregnant

Other Narcotics- Illegal with some exceptions. See above exceptions. Anything that is natural (grows out of the ground) and takes less than two steps to process (marijuana, kava, peyote, mushrooms etc) are all legal but "processed" drugs (exstacy, heroin, powder/rock cocaine, acid, pcp, etc) are all illegal to buy, sell or possess. Fines can range from a simple but high fine and confiscation of the contraband or high fines and jail time depending on the drug and the amount. Anyone caught breaking these laws are subject to the consequences except for citizens of Haightstock who can prove citizenship (It is illegal for Haightstock citizens to indulge in illegal drugs in public)

Miscellaneous Laws
Buying and Selling of Medicine Hat Horses-illegal. Medicine Hat Horses must be traded or gifted. Penalty: the horse becomes property of the province in which the crime occurred and the Governor must gift the horse within 48 hours or it becomes property of the Queen.

Monetary Compensation for Traditional Healers-Illegal. All traditional healers must be compensated through goods or services. Penalty for non-compliance on the part of the healer: all titles will be stripped and they are no longer allowed to legally practice. Societal disgrace is usually deterrent enough to avoid this.

Pornography- Legal with exceptions. It is illegal for any live action pornographic movies or pictures to be made, bought, sold or distributed. Pornographic art is grudgingly legal and can be bought only at brothels. Penalty: large fine at the discretion of the local Elder's Council, stripped of titles and stations, possible exile.

Animal Fighting (Dog Fighting, Cock Fighting, etc)- Illegal. Penalty: Fines and jail time, compulsory volunteer work at an animal shelter, possible couseling.

Slavery (the Buying and Selling of Humans, Including Indentured Servitude) Illegal. Penalty: exile.

Hunting in National Parks- Illegal except with written permission of the Minister of Environmental Preservation

Littering- illegal. Fines start at 250K and for every subsequent offense, the fine goes up 50K

Euthanasia- Illegal. Penalty: murder charges for the person that performed the task.

Public Nudity- Illegal.
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Apaniian Culture: Contemporary and Popular

Apaniians are deeply traditional and over the hundreds of years the traditions the founders had brought with them morphed into something that is uniquely Apaniian, best described as a conglomeration of all the cultures that originally came to Apanii along with Apaniian cultural development away from Native North America.
Apaniian Art
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A painting done by an Apaniian-Ojibwa elder

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Apaniian buffalo rug


Storytelling is also a large part of Apaniian life. From traditional stories to something interesting that happened that day, anything and everything can turn into a long narritive. The ability to turn something mundane into a story is a highly lauded ability in Apanii and there is a Story Telling Festival that takes place every year in Thathunka Iyotake.

Apaniian Radio and Television
Apanii uses digital satellite radio signals so anyone visiting Apanii would more than likely be able to pick up their own nation's radio stations from any regular Apaniian radio. However, most non-Apaniian radio shows and music have time slots in which they can be played. It is required by law that 70% of all radio programs broadcasted in Apanii must be originated from Apanii. 80% of Apaniian broadcasts must be broadcasted in either Piegan Blackfoot or Apaniian English and 20% of Apaniian broadcasts can be in any other tribal language. Apaniians love music and many genres are popular in the country.
Excerpt from Apaniian music magazine, Beat. Translations provided in orange where necessary
Top Ten Singles in Apanii
1. Miranda Littlewolf feat. Redpaint - "(I Think) I'm in Like With You" [hip-hop]
2. Charlie Old Person - "She's Worth 1,000 Horses" [pop]
3. Wednesday LaFountain - " Nitáótohskíniaaki" I bend my back [R&B]
4. Aapiikoana White Buffalo Calf - "The Owl Song" [contemporary Apaniian traditional]
5. Redpaint - "Break Up Song (It's Not Me, It's You)" [rap]
6. Lelani Iokola and the Shaka Kids - "Maika'i" I'm Fine [rock]
7. Fine Young Gentleman's Club - "Kika!" wait! [antifolk]
8. Cetan To Blue Hawk - "Dog Soldiers" [hiphop]
9. DJ Yagootl DJ Young Deer - "Tlingit Tribe, Do or Die" [techno]
10. Redpaint - "Há'ayaa" uh-oh [rap]

Redpaint is the first artist to have three top ten hits in Apanii since Lillian Standing Stone had three politically charged top tens in the 70s with: "My Life is My Sundance (Free Peltier)", "No Reservations" and "Amerikkkan Slaves (Ode to Indigenous Americans)"

A relatively new artist to the music scene, Redpaint's (real name: Marcus Kipp) debut CD: "Native Son" has sold 15.5 million domestically and 8.2 million worldwide. He was first thrust into the spotlight by longtime friend and hip-hop sensation Miranda Littlewolf who lobbied hard for Redpaint to open her shows even though he was unsigned. He was quickly snatched up by the same record label Littlewolf is signed to, Only Tha Best Records. His raw, sometimes humorous lyrics have skyrocketed him to fame and have introduced Apaniian culture abroad. When asked about his overnight success, Redpaint had only this to say: "It's pretty [expletive deleted] awesome."


Television
For television, 70% of the shows broadcasted must be Apaniian in origin with 85% in either Piegan Blackfoot or Apaniian English and 15% in any other tribal language. Despite the "Apaniian in origin" statute, many shows are imported from overseas and dubbed or recast with Apaniian actors.
Top Five Shows in Apanii by Viewership Numbers
1.Raven Tales (Children/Young Adult Educational Show)
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2.Komonoisstsikomm [Green Valley] (Dramadey)
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3.Issatahpikssi [Haunting Ghost](Supernatural Drama)
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4.Apaniian Mixed Arts Fighting Leauge (AMAFL) (sports)
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5.Kako! [Go Ahead!] (Comedy)
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Languages of Apanii

Apanii's main languages are Piegan Blackfoot and Apaniian English though American English is spoken and understood throughout the provinces.

Piegan Blackfoot
Blackfoot, or Siksika, is a language in the Algonquian linguistics family with two main dialects: Pikanii/Piegan and Siksika Blackfoot. Because of pronunciation difficulties and the fact that the language contains a huge amount of morphemes, Blackfoot tends to be very difficult to learn for English and Romance language speakers. In Blackfoot, when two of the same letters are next to each other, it drags the sound out rather than separating syllables as is usually done in English (example: the English word "Syllable" is pronounced "SIL-AH-BUL" but if one were to pronounce it using the double letter rule in Blackfoot, it would be pronounced "SILLL-AH-BUL")

note: It is not the purpose of the factbook to teach Blackfoot so this will not have all the information it could. There is a lot of information I've left out by only providing the alphabet and some phrases. I've provided a pronunciation guide with the alphabet.

Alphabet: Blackfoot uses the Roman alphabet with the following letters:
Apronounced like the "a" in "Father"
I pronounced like the "i" in "Kiss"
O pronounced like the "o" in "note"
H pronounced like the "ch" sound in German or the "j" in "Jalapeno" for the most part
M pronounced the same in English
N pronounced the same in English
P pronounced as a soft "p" like the "p" in "Spin"
S pronounced the same as in English but it's made with the tongue tip up rather than behind your front teeth as it is in English
T pronounced as a soft "t" like the "t" in "Sting" or the "d" in "ding"
K pronounced as a soft "k" like the "k" in "Skin" or the "g" in "Gate"
W pronounced like the "w" in "way"
Y pronounced like the "y" in "yo yo"
' the apostrophe is called a "glottal stop" it is an interruption made by closing your vocal chords. In English, the glottal stop occurs as a hyphen in the phrase "Uh-Oh" or between the "oh's" of "oh-oh"
other notes
TS is pronounced like the "ts" in "Tsunami"
KS is pronounced like the "ks" in "asks"
OI is pronounced like the "oy" in "boy"
AO pronounced like the "aw" in "caw"
AI pronounced like the word "eye"


Visiting Apanii? Here Are Some Useful Phrases to Know in Blackfoot
Oki: hello
Tsá Niitá'piiwa?: How are you?
Nitáíitoohtsimi: I understand Blackfoot
Aaa: Yes
Saa: No
Minniitsi'poyi: I don't speak Blackfoot
Minniitsiapani'poyi: I don't speak Apaniian
Nitsiniiyi'taki: Thank You
Tsimanikipitanaa?: Where is the Elder's Council?
Nitaatsinakaahtsa'tsis: I need a visa
Tsá Kitanikkoo?: What is your name?
Niisto...: I am.../My name is...
note: There is no word for "goodbye" in Blackfoot.

Apaniian English
Apaniian English is a bit like a Blackfoot version of pidgin English and an Apaniian version of pidgin Blackfoot. It is a conglomeration of mostly Blackfoot words, some borrowed words from other tribal languages and a nuance that is unique to Apanii. It uses the standard Roman Alphabet.

Visiting Apanii? Here Are Some Useful Phrases to Know in Apaniian English
Hehge: Hello
Tsaray Kiisto?: How are you?
Niitikksis'tsi Apanii Ingli: I understand Apaniian English
Ah/Ay: Yes
Sah: No
Niitmiin takkasiksika: I don't speak Blackfoot
Niitmiin takkapanii: I don't speak Apaniian
Iniiyi'takiahyoo: Thank You
Tsimanikeepithous? Where is the Elder's Council?
Nitneegavisa: I need a visa
Tsa kitanigoh?: What is your name?
Niistoh...: I am.../My name is...
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Natural Resources and Exports in Apanii
note: The animal list is only a partial list and birds are unlisted as there are hundreds of types of the same species and thousands of species.

Animals
large animals
moose
bears (grizzly and black)
various types of deer
elk
horses
mountain goats
buffalo
mountain lions
Medium/Small Animals
muskrats
beaver
otter
sheep
bobcats
prairie dogs
wolverines
coyotes
wolves
land turtles
Marine
various species and types of sharks
various species and types of whales
various species and types of fish
sea turtles

Plants
timber (douglas fir, ponderosa/western yellow pine, lodgepole pine, tamarack, spruce, white fir and juniper)
tobacco
marijuana (white widow, northern lights, purple power and holland's hope)
psilocybin mushrooms
various types of medicinal herbs
various types of flowers

Minerals: Precious and Non-Precious/Other
gold
silver
copper
zinc
manganese ore
chromite
vermiculite
antimony
pyrite
petroleum reserves
gas wells (natural gas)
sapphires
rubies
garnet
zircon
moss agate
turquoise
lead
zinc
phosphate rock
coal beds
clay
iron ore
pumice
sand
gravel
mica
talc
gypsum


Horses
Horses are an important resource on Apanii. Despite Apanii being fairly developed in the technological sense, there is a limit of one vehicle per household which has people finding other means of transportation. Bikes and walking are common, but horses are still a popular way to get around Apanii and most families own several horses. The horses in Apanii are:
Mustangs
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Medicine Hat Horses
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Medicine Hats are not an actual breed but rather a color mutation that is impossible to breed into a foal due to the nature of pinto markings. Please see the above section on laws in Apanii regarding the buying/selling of Medicine Hats where there is a link to a site that will explain more about them.
Pintos/Paints
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Appaloosa
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Leopard Appaloosa
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Blackfoot Buffalo Horse
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descended from Spanish Mustangs, they are not recognized in the USA as their own breed. They tend to be classified as are most (if not all) Native American horses, American Indian Horse Breed. Blackfoot Buffalo Horses tend to have thicker coats, long two-toned manes, long tails, long back legs and are known for their swiftness.
Apaniian Curly Horse
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Bred from the North American Bashkir Curly
Apaniian Vanner
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descended from the Gypsy Vanner, the Apaniian Vanner is also called "The Queen's Horse" and is the most common horse used for the Queen. Apaniian Vanners tend to be quite a bit larger than Gypsy Vanners at an average of 19 hands high with taller backs.
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Traditional Structures
Longhouses, tipis, sweat lodges, hogans and wigwams are a common sight in Apanii. Though people rarely live in traditional housing; many people have a traditional house for ceremonial purpose and religious observance. In some places, the structures are used for meeting halls and social gatherings.
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Tyhee Sahale Longhouse, Sea Side, Yellow Bear Province

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Iroquois style longhouse with a member of the local Elder's Council in ceremonial regalia. Black Rock, Sun Stealer Province.

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Wigwam, North Dogtown, Black Horse Province

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Blackfoot tipis set up for the Sundance Ceremony. Ponokimiitaa, Black Horse Province

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Cheyenne tipis

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Navajo hogans Mikksk, Yellow Bear Province


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