Shadowrun@QUT - Finished
Native American Nations
Seattle has been a cold-war city-state ever since the signing of the Treaty of Denver, surrounded on all sides by the Salish-Shidhe Council tribal lands. In the very early days of the metroplex, people wondered almost constantly when an attack from the Native American Nations would come, when they would decide to ignore the treaty and use their powerful magic to seize control of the area. They didn’t know how costly the Ghost Dance War was for the NAN, or what they were willing to accept to maintain peace.
More than a generation later, both sides have largely accepted the status quo: neither Seattle nor the Native American Nations are going anywhere. Seattle sees considerable trade with the NAN, and thousands of SSC citizens work in the metroplex, along with many Seattleites who work in tribal territory every day. There are cultural exchanges and a representative of the SSC sits with the governor’s cabinet, while the governor of Seattle addresses the tribal council on a yearly basis.
Not everything is cordial, of course. The Salish-Shidhe Council has serious concerns about Seattle’s impact on the environment of the entire Pacific Northwest, and can only regulate the metroplex’s emissions of pollutants through treaty and diplomatic negotiation, while the pollution itself respects no boundaries. Similarly, there has been a dispute over control of costal regions and portions of Puget Sound dating back to the signing of the Treaty of Denver. The UCAS and Seattle claim 10 kilometers out from Seattle’s land-based borders, while the NAN says 1 kilometer. Aquaculture and the construction of aquatic projects have been delayed or even disrupted by conflicts over jurisdiction.