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| The Mohawks |
|Area claimed||4800 metres²|
|Population||20 + 60 auxiliaries (at peak)|
The Mohawks were a nation based in Cheriton Fitzpaine, originating circa 2003 and they lasted until July 2008. Although not easily recognizable as a micronation, they were an important seedbed of advanced den civilization in the Den World, which led to the creation of NED and DEONQED. The current successor to the Mohawks is the Mohawk Empire.
The name of the Mohawks comes from the original Iroqouis tribe, the Mohawks. The Iroqouis were discovered by these Mohawks thanks to Lynn Reid's Indian in the Cupboard, which provided inspiration to found the Tribe.
Mohawk Civilization was distinctive in the Den World because it was based around mass participation of people, and a large army which would meet other armies in open battle. Previously, the den world had been made up for lots of very small factions, most with no more than 5 people, who would conduct raids on each other without any confrontation.
The Mohawk civilization was very influential in the period 2005-2009. Some Mohawks moved to the town of Crediton, south of Cheriton Fitzpaine. There they taught a rising power, NED, the secrets of Mohawk civilization. NED adapted the use of mass warfare and a large population, and soon enough its enemies picked up the essence of Mohawk civilization as well.
The Mohawks were not based in the Crediton den world, but were instead much further north in Cheriton Fitzpaine. They started very humbly, a group of no more than 5 or 6 friends of which one boy was just another equal. His name was Sebek.
All these friends went to the same school, Cheriton Fitzpaine Primary School. In 2003, Sebek began buying books and circulating them to his friends. The book he gave to all his friends was the Indian in the Cupboard. This book gave the friends many ideas: that people can be young and responsible, and that young people could act in an adult like manner. These were ideals held until 2014 by the Mohawks and their successors.
Another thing the book gave Sebek and his friends was inspiration. These lessons were mainly learnt by Sebek, and he made sure to make himself in the image of Omri and Little Bull. He wore his hair in a Mohican, or Mohawk style, and he made sure to give himself an air of authority. He learnt about the Iroquois Nations and was most inspired by the Mohawk.
Then, in the summer of 2003, Sebek and his friends would be allowed for the first time to spend their lunchtimes in Jacks Acre, a field to the north of Cheriton Fitzpaine. When they first went to this field, Sebek and his friends split into two main groups, roughly three went to the southern half and three to the northern half.
Jacks Acre was a centre of conflict, as factions were continuously formed and grappled for power. Fights and battles were commonplace. Sebek’s friends therefore in their groups began digging holes, to supply the factions with dirt bombs and to receive defence in return from any marauders. The southern group formed into “Team Time”, a play on the TV programme “Time Team”. This was a major producer of dirt to the fighting factions.
This activity soon attracted the attention of some of the other rival factions. They began to raid Team Time, and later Sebek’s group in the north. Both of these groups convened, and elected Sebek to be the leader of the Mohawks, a new faction which would be based around dirt digging.
Soon, the Mohawks had established control over 5 people. It was the summer of 2004 when the Mohawks really took off, with the Mohawks counting among their number Sebek, Tom, Will, Charlie, Ben K and Ben P, Dan, Sam C and Sam P, and a host of ancillary people who dug dirt for the Mohawks in their mines. This new elite of members of the Mohawks became very popular amongst the girls and formed a warrior class of the Mohawks, defending the dirt mines from attack.
The Mohawks in this same year began their first expansion under Sebek’s rule. First they took over the dens in the north end of Jacks Acre, and they then took over the large den to the west of Jacks Acre. Using these territories, they acquired sticks for weapons and fortification for defence, which helped establish them as one of the major factions of Jacks Acre. This phase of expansion also made the Mohawks into a de facto den state, holding multiple dens within Jacks Acre.
The Mohawks were run from Sebek’s treehouse in Poughill. That treehouse was a centre of Mohawk culture, as the Mohawks began producing magazines about their exploits, planning, and having parties celebrating their victories. Furthermore, they began to be known as one of the more popular factions in school, and they began to be seen as defenders of the weak against the strong.
The Mohawks control of the Willow Fort was decided in the height of the summer of 2004. Sebek had negotiated a number of alliances, and now the Mohawks would be at the head of a coalition against the hated bullies of the school, who held their own coalition of sympathizers. The battle was met to the west of the Willow Fort, and it was the largest battle ever fought in the history of the den states of Mid Devon. With more than 20 a side, and as many as 50 or 60 in the battle, it was a true Armageddon against the tyranny of malicious people who knew nothing but how to steal from other dens. The Battle, known as the Great Battle, was broken up by teachers but it decided that control of the Willow Fort would go to the Mohawks.
The Mohawks were now decidedly the most powerful faction in Cheriton Fitzpaine and Poughill. They began to extend their influence outside of Jacks Acre towards the end of 2004 and at the start of 2005, staking out the Cheriton Fitzpaine park as their territory, as well as Holly Water bridge and a few smaller territories in that area.
The most important legacy of the Mohawks would be in the summer of 2005 when Will, a Mohawk, moved to Crediton. He was followed by Sam C in 2006. These two movements would help spread a Mohawk style variety of den civilization to the Western dens in Crediton, and would help to make strong links between the Mohawks and those Western dens.
The Mohawks continued to grow and fight their enemies, beginning to write its own laws and customs. It continued until 2007, when the enemies in the above years left, which left the Mohawks the sole faction left in Jacks Acre and Cheriton Fitzpaine, apart from its coalition allies. It was allied with NED, a Western Den, and had many links with that den.
The Mohawks finally abolished themselves in July 2008, writing a huge treaty which was apparently many pages thick. By then, they were very respected and had taught all lower years in Cheriton Fitzpaine a code of peace, respect and justice.
The Mohawks were dissolved by the treaty of July 2008. This treaty was huge, but the main clause of it was written here:
“No member, official or non- official must restart the Mohawks after this treaty is authenticated. Once authenticated no non-official members can claim any information, property or visual/verbal information after they have been deemed non-official, to become non-official a majority vote is taken into full effect and the member has the status of non-official within the Mohawk community. No Non- official member can take any claims towards the Mohawks unless stated by the treaty or if an agreement takes place after the official end date of the treaty stated in small print of all documentation produced in any circumstance. If a non- official member is to put in effect a claim and persist after being warned about the consequences then the non- official member must be made a non- member and must be deemed an enemy of the original Mohawk clan.”