The Salish-Shidhe Council
Population: 9,050,000 (excluding Tsimshian Protectorate)
Primary Languages: English, Salish dialects
States: Seventy-eight autonomous tribes
Government Type: Autonomous and Self-Governing tribal governments with equal representation on a national Tribal Council; mix of national and tribal laws enforced
Bordering Countries: California Free State, Sioux, Tír Tairngire, The UCAS, Denver
Geography: Varied, with coastal islands, temperate rainforests, high mountains and active volcanoes, arid high deserts, high mountain plains
Notable Features: Cascade Mountains, Hells Canyon, Mt.
Seattle is surrounded by the Salish-Shidhe Council, one of the Native American Nations.
The Salish nation was formed with the Treaty of Denver in 2018. While they took full advantage of the Anglo relocation programs provided by the treaty terms in the nation’s early years, in 2029 they opened their borders to all metahumans—many of whom were adopted into existing tribes, while others formed their own so-called “Pink Skin” tribes—and
changed their name to the Salish-Shidhe council. Following this policy of acceptance and asylum, the Salish-Shidhe extended the same offer to any SURGEd individuals following the passage of Halley’s Comet.
The Salish-Shidhe has been called the most tribally-oriented of all the Native American Nations. Each tribe is autonomous and self-governing, responsible for enforcing their laws and traditions within the territory they claim. These laws vary widely from tribe to tribe, as do the methods of government—some have elected leaders, some are inherited positions, others are governed by elders. Each tribe, regardless of size, sends one representative to the Salish-Shidhe Council. Each tribe must also contribute to the national military force, national resources, and other national exports as approved by the SSC. Representatives serve on the SSC for a period of time determined by their individual tribes.
Technically, Seattle is a UCAS reservation. For more than fifty years, Seattle has maintained friendly relations with the Council and the NAN, and this relationship is reflected in the Sprawl’s culture. The Council possesses Council Island (formerly Mercer Island), where they keep an embassy.
Not everything is friendly between the Sprawl and the Council: relations between Seattle and the NAN have always been a little crazy. Some Native factions view Seattle as a festering sore on the NAN’s backside.