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Province of Mascoutensi
Flag of Mascoutensi
Subdivision of: The North American League
 Largest: {{{largest}}}
 Other: Marquette, Sault Ste. Marie, St. Ignace
 Official: Ojibwe
 Others: Algonquian, English, Finnish, Francien, German, Gaeilg, Kerno, Menominee, Odawa, Winnebago/Ho-Chunk
Governor: ?????
Population: ??? millions
Established: 1883, Solemn League Covenant

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Europeans first explored and settled in the 17th century. The first French to reach what later became Mascoutensi were Étienne Brûlé's expedition in 1622. The first European settlement was made in 1641 on the site where Father (or Père, in French) Jacques Marquette established Sault Sainte-Marie in 1668. Saint-Ignace was founded in 1671, and Marquette in 1675. Together with Sault Sainte-Marie, they are the three oldest cities in the region. "The Soo" (Sault Ste. Marie) has the distinction of being the oldest city in both Mascountensi and Ontario. Officially, Sault Sainte-Marie is still one city caught between two provinces, but administratively the two halves function rather independently of each other and are each responsible to the local governments of Mascoutrnsi and Ontario respectively. In 1679, Lord La Salle of France directed the construction of the Griffin, the first European sailing vessel on the upper Great Lakes. That same year, La Salle built Fort Miami at present-day St. Joseph.


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Mascoutensi's eastern area near the Great Lakes is a curious place not just because of its melding of Old World & New World cultures, but because it's the only place other than small pockets of Nya Swerige where a non Indo-European language from Europe proliferated—Finnish. While the cities might be a plurality or even a slim majority Francophone, the inland regions are not. Mascoutensi is a Native province, so Algonquian and Siouan languages predominate, but the language of commerce and trade has been for well over two hundred years. The iron and copper mines brought immigrants from around the world to toil in them, making Native American landowners rich. The largest singular ethnic group to move Mascoutensi to enter the mining industry was the Finns. Plenty of Kerno-speakers from Kemr and Gaeilg-speakers from Cambrian-occupied Ireland, Germans, and smaller amounts of Italians, English, and even some Lebanese found work in this sector as well. English won out amongst the immigrant groups who came to the province over French because their jobs in the mining industry were tied to English-speaking industrial areas like Chicago. Only the Kerno speakers of Dûnein/Dumnonia, as fellow Romance-speakers, and the Lebanese, who've had interactions with the French on and off since the First Crusade, opted to learn French over English.

The Finnish language has touched just about every language spoken in the province save for the Francien spoken by the Hautpaysois who resented economic competition from the waves of immigrants in the late 19th to mid 20th Centuries. The Finns above all European groups save for the French again were the most willing and even eager to integrate into the Algonquian-speaking populace. Intermarriage between the indigenous and newcomer Finns became a phenomenon almost immediately. The Finnish-speakers had no natural advantage to learning an Indo-European language like English or French, so they more often than not learned Ojibwa/Ojibwe first before English. English was reserved for those whose positions at their mining companies required them to interact with middlemen trying to get the iron and copper ore to refineries in Ouisconsin, Ontario, or Utawia. Up to a quarter of the population claims at least one Finnish ancestor in the eastern third of the province. Every aspect of the Ojibwa spoken in this part of Mascoutensi has been permanently altered by Finnish: syntax, loanwords, grammar, even the orthography of the language in the Latin alphabet. Assimilation cut both ways. In these ethnically-mixed families, sometimes the Native spouses learned Finnish and their children grew up speaking on that language (rare, but not undocumented). English too did not come out untouched. The speech of the rural people who bothered to learn English of area is nearly unintelligible to the rest of the NAL, although it stops short of being classified as a new language. The Gaeilg (more numerous) and Kerno (much less numerous) spoken here have taken in plenty of loanwords from Finnish, the German speakers either assimilated into the Finnish core as both groups by and large shared the Lutheran faith or switched to speaking English since Germans were one group that didn't go solely into mining. It's not impossible to find German speakers in the province, nor is it difficult in any NALian province, really.


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