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Scotalandi, when an average man thinks of its beginning they think of Scandinavians and colonization, when in fact the beginning of the islands are essentially a lost chapter of Irish mythology, also where the name Scotalandi comes from.

When the Vikings came to the islands in the 9th century they found pagan Celts related to the Irish living on the islands calling themselves the Scotari. They claimed they were descendent of a daughter of an Egyptian pharaoh and her husband who was meant to be sailing to Ireland from Spain but was blown of course. Irish mythology also records a queen, Scota and her husband (a Scythian by the name of Laochardrahail), however in Irish mythology she oddly makes it too Ireland. So the Scotari named themselves after their queen, if she was real or not is a matter of debate. It is estimated people first came to Scotalandi in the 6th century BC.

Oddly the Vikings described the Scotari as small limbed with darker skin and black (sometimes red) hair; some scholars have suggested Celts may have just arrived as elites over the native population.

Scotari society was tribal largely living in hill forts farming and engaging in warfare. Social structure was Celtic with woman maybe having a different role than on the continent. Marriage and divorce was handled in the same way as the continental Celts however woman could enter battle, though often not in the way one would think. Generally queens would lead troops into battle but often didn’t fight. Fighting woman tended to form bands under woman supposedly descendent of Scota and called themselves Scoti. They generally split from their tribes (in some cases eventually founding their own tribes) and offered their services to other tribes. They were distinguished by being largely bald, covered in tattoos and being naked in battle with their chests bound.
A class of poets and druids also existed in Scotari society often serving as diplomats also.

War is a seasonal fairly ritual affair with much in common with other Celts. Men would charge into battle naked and painted (woman who weren’t Scota did fight with clothes on) carrying a small shield several short spears and a long one, nobles tended to have large slashing swords. Head hunting was very common and they became the most expensive thing in Scotalandi.

Religion was non-unformed with many Celtic Gods, but there was a far stronger influence of ancestor worship especially for those claiming descendent of queen Scota. Gods were also associated with remote places; volcanic areas were also associated with the underworld.

Vikings came to Scotalandi in the late 9th century, the Vikings supposedly landed in the north lost where they met the Firail tribe. There was an argument and the Firail attack the Vikings slaughtering all but one. However nothing is tolled about the Viking that escaped but within two years Vikings returned.

The Vikings raided the Scotalandi east coast but faced stiff competition. It was recorded that only the bravest and strongest Viking warriors would raid Scotalandi. By the end of the century it seems that on the eastern island the Vikings had settled and mixed with the locals and began calling themselves the Scotir in contrast with the still Celtic Scotari of the west.

By the late 11th century all Scotalandi was under Viking rule and a hybrid Norse Celtic culture emerged largely in isolation from Europe. The title of High King (Scotir, Eld Konungur meaning Fire King), only there was only to be two Eld Konungur and one Eld Kona (female). By the 12th century Scotalandi had entered a sort of dark age of clan warfare.

We hear of what seems like a unification of Scotalandi when Geoffrey Chaucer reports that savages called Scoter ruled by Eld Kona Infealed raiding English shores in 1380. In 1392 the English navy defeated a large amount of Scotir raids, the Scotis moved onto new targets. The targets were the northern Spanish coasts and Portugal; however it was to be a bad move. Portugal responded to the raids in 1399 by setting sail to find Scotalandi, which by 1400 they did.

With the Portuguese discovery of the islands old myths of Atlantis and so forth came up encouraging others to come to the islands. After several campaigns Portugal gained control of Scotalandi by 1479, though the Portuguese changed the architecture and religion of the Scotir their language and traditions were not affect as much.
By the 16th England was expressing interest in the islands, Portugal decided to enforce its claim by sending Portuguese settlers to the islands to settle. The Portuguese largely settled the eastern island, however in modern times it is fairly had to distinguish someone of Scotari decent from someone of Portuguese decent.
In 1580 Spain gained control of the islands as they formed a union with Portugal, the affect of this was less centralization in Scotalandi. Spanish rule also brought a large number of French immigrants escaping the civil war to the islands.
When Philip the 4th of Spain married Elisabeth of France Scotalandi was gifted to France in 1615. The French centralized the islands again and used it as a launch pad to the Americas. However not only the French were using Scotalandi as a launch pad, English companies transporting people to North America began to use the far northern islands. Eventually more and more English, Scots and Irish began to going to the islands.
When the Treaty of Paris (ending the Seven Years War) in 1763 Britain gained French land North American and Scotalandi which was also gaining large numbers of British immigrants. During British rule natives of Scotalandi the name Scoteer, eventually by the late 19th century becoming Scotes (pronounced Scots). English also greatly influenced languages there and several dialects of English came into existence grouped as Scoteer English.
In 1800 the Grand Agreement was created that set the language, religion, names, counties and changed the capital of Scotalandi. The language was officially made English with the dialect being used very often, freedom of religion was created, and the four islands were named Dereahayne (north west), Aelain (north east), Imedefogo (south west), Invatesotera (south east). A new capital was built on the west coast of northern Aelain named Chaucer after the governor of Scotlandi.
In 1864 Queen Victoria visited the islands commenting favourably on the scenery but was in disgust at the local uneducated ugly “Scots” (Queen Victoria’s mistake made Scots more or less the name for the Scoteer). The governor of Scotalandi was disappointed by Queen Victoria’s opinions tried enforce compulsory education which however was not free. This led to the School Rebellion in 1866 which ended with the governor putting an end to education and fewer taxes. The Second School Rebellion happened from 1868 to 1870, its cause was the governor’s dictatorship, his beheading. So in 1868 British troops landed in Scotalandi and were triumphant in 1870.

With British victory they burned many villages and created heavy taxation, they also created a second education system in standard English, the Scoteer were not happy. In 1874 the Third School Rebellion took place which lasted only a year, with the Treaty of Chaucer made the Dominion of Scotlandi (Scotalandi in Scoteer). The treaty gave Scotalandi a parliament and an intense rise in nationalism. In 1876 the Scotalandi created an army and a very basic free education system that tried to unite all the peoples of the islands into a common culture.
The system didn’t last as schools lay abandoned and teachers left leading to an end of education in 1880. The nation also began to spiral out of control until the Grand Act was formed which created the Conservative and Liberal parties, education was owned by the government but controlled by the counties.
In 1887 woman were aloud to vote in some counties and by 1888 it was extended to all counties. By 1893 the voting age for woman was thirty and for men was twenty five. In 1902 the first rail network was constructed an official ferry system was established between the islands. In 1911 woman’s voting rights were changed again they were allowed to vote at the age of twenty five.
WW1 saw Scotalandi sending 300,000 men to the war and became known as the Scots Islanders to differentiate them from the Scottish. The Great Depression greatly affected Scotalandi causing many farmers and fishermen to flock to towns to find work instead leading to terrible conditions, also the nation began looking to America. America also influenced the creating of a new Scoteer party called the Scotalandi Nationalist Party (SNP) which quickly became a big party putting the Conservative Party in the sideline, despite wanting more and more separation from Britain the early party were simply pro-American.

WW2 saw Scotalandi being a major base for American operations in Europe and led to a lasting impact of America. The Americans greatly influenced the islands, for example replacing the British spellings with American spellings. By the end of the war Scotalandi was given full independence and the Grando Flush took place in parliament which wiped away allot of the old system replacing it with a more American style with Lachlan Stewart as the first President, voting age was also reduced to twenty-one. Scotalandi in 1947 faced another big decision; America asked if Scotalandi wished to become a territory of the USA, though it was never passed the islands remained very tied to America.
The 50’s saw a boom in technology as cars replaced railways and tourists began coming to the islands. Scotalandi also joined NATO and the UN. The late 60’s was full of growing unrest as the NSP hadn’t left office since WW2 and people were convinced the voting was rigged and a rise in neo-Paganism.
Many anti-government groups came from this movement, some peaceful some violent with the most famous being the Young Scota movement which acted a bit like their ancient ancestors except they dressed. By 1983 the NSP were kicked out and there was a scramble of new parties with the Iland Socialist Party (ISP) just taking the most votes. When the NSP were in power their Socialist polices weren’t backed up and when the next election came the Liberals took power. The time when the ISP took control can also been as a sort of technological revolution as even some of remotes homes gained televisions.
The late eighties and early nineties saw a huge population boom and in cities the old slums were wiped away for new apartment blocks. Scotalandi then took part in the Gulf War under US command.

Modern Scotalandi was hit with recession much the same as other Western nations. The tourist industry became the biggest industry on the islands, even in the 21st century much of the country is fairly rural and “backward”.

The nation’s population is 2 million, with British/American taking up 42%, Scoteer 31%, Portguese/Spanish 23%, 4% French. Biggest city is Chaucer followed by Williamson (practically right next to each other) then Covillagartos all on Aelain. The major settlement is on Dereahayne.

Scotalandi’s climate is fairly warm with an average of 25c in summer and 15c in winter largely influence by the Gulf Stream. The mountains on average are about 30,000 feet with the tallest mountain being a volcano called Ollta Datea in the middle of the Faoindoam (little islands) at 42,000 feet.
The remote areas of the island are noted for their semi jungle like forests which often reach down to the rocky coasts with hidden beaches. Farming land is on the western side of Aelain, the eastern coast of Derehayne and Derehayne’s central valley.
Faoindoam is what Scotalandi tourist industry is largely about. The islands are formed by underwater volcano’s which there are many of. The islands are also prone to minor earthquakes every few weeks.
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