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This public article was written by hashi, and last updated on 3 Dec 2015, 10:56.
History of the Popito People
[top]Up to 1000 AD
The ancient speakers of Proto-Elipo-Sucaelian - the Popito people - are told to have originated from an area that is now Central-Northern Sucaelia. Some linguists believe that they broke away from a culture of people further north-east in Miraria and travelled south to the coast. Much of the history around this period is unknown and still hotly debated by scholars in the region. <- this is of course referring to the Proto-East-Mirarian “theory”
(Andrej) Around 200 AD, a separate clan formed among the Popito people, probably consisting of about 1000 to 2000 people. Following a dispute with other neighbouring groups and following a (charismatic and religious?) leader, the group left the common urhemheit and migrated westwards. After about 20-30 years, the group reached eastern Laefevia and settled there. The undocumented form of the language, shorty prior to the arrival to Laefevia, is known as Proto-Kalchelian, and the form of the language after the arrival is known as Old Kalchelian.
By around 500 AD, the people had spread further North towards the foothills of the Central Mirarian mountains (what is now southern Eliposi) and south. This caused the Camonian group of languages to split off as they stayed in the mainland as the new Imarian group of langauges split off as they migrated south to fill the Sucaelian islands.
From 500 to 700AD, the northern tribes spread further north for some time creating a bottleneck of civilisation around southern Eliposi. It is around this time that the Elipa language branch began to split from the rest of the PES languages due to physical distance. -something happened, and the northern tribes were separated from the south for 100 years-
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(Andrej) Meanwhile in Laefevia, part of the group, known as Kalchelians, was encouraged to move to eastern Riyan Laefevia, which has been just regained by the Laefevian Empire after the collapse Colian Empire in the 9th century. At this point, Old Kalchelian split into Early Middle Kalchelian (the group that stayed where they had originally settled) and Old Riyan Kalchelian, the language of the Kalchelians that migrated to eastern Riyan Laefevia.
[top]1000 AD - 1500 AD
During the separation, those in the North at this time were relatively isolated and around 1150 AD this started to show in their languages (Elipa split into Mid. Elipa and Gõrkun in the south). Due to the ongoing skirmishes, the already small Terian tribe in the east of Gõrku became extinct by around 1450. By 1500, the Gõrku and Elipa branches had become very distinct - with a distinct cultural identity.
Around in the very late 1400s, the territory of Gõrku was swallowed by Sucaelian forces from the south. This lead to a large influx of Sucaelian peoples heading north. As Sucaelians were the new majority in the southern areas of Gõrku, this became the primary language, and the range of Gõrkun spoken was reduced significantly. During this time, the Gõrku language became heavily influenced by the Camonian language spoken by the ruling majority in the south. The biggest way it was influenced was by Gõrkisation of Camonian words, rather than using the historical Elipo-Gõrkun vocabulary.
[top]1500 AD - 1800 AD
Plains Gõrku, a variant spoken further north became under threat under new Elipa rule, and by 1680 all those who spoke Plains Gõrku had either been killed, imprisoned, or had abandoned their language and culture to assimilate into the Elipo society.
In 1684 a peace agreement was formed between Elipo and Gõrku ending their several-century-long feud. Subsequently, in 1686, Gõrku declared independence from Sucaelia and in 1691 it united with the northern tribes to form Eliposi. The modern Eliposi flag was adopted in 1693 to represent the unity between Gõrku (the blue) and Elipo (the yellow), and the capital was established in Boval.
In 1702, Eliposi passes a law making Elipa (and the northern dialect) the only acceptable language in Eliposi. This aggressive language policy lead to near-death of the Gõrkun language - where it was only spoken in very rural pockets of the mountain regions, and to the total extinction of Kauno by 1758. The language policies put in place by Eliposi angered many oppressed citizens in the south causing many internal conflicts in rebellion against the Boval capital.
[top]1800 AD - present day
The internal fighting in Eliposi escalated to a full-on civil war between 1818 and 1821, the result of which was the establishment of a new government in Gõrku city in the south of Eliposi in 1822. The Elipa-only policy was lifted in 1823. Two years later in 1825, the far northern dialects gain legal status as a separate language: Boval. In 1997, Camonian received official status in two southern Eliposian boroughs, and minority status in several of the southern boroughs.