Salish Shidhe Council
The Salish-Shidhe Council (SSC) is the most tribal oriented nation of the NAN. With a large number of them, the biggest and most influencial tribes are arguably the Salish, the technology-oriented tribe that provides energy in the form of fusion, wind and geothermal, aand the Makah, that controls most of the military bases and assets. Even Non-Amerinds who have adopted tribal lifestyles have a place in this land.
Due to the tribal nature of the SSC, megacorporations have a relatively low presence here, with only two standing out as having significant holdings. Gaetronics, a tribal owned and operated eco-friendly power supplier as well as Universal Omnitech are both very active in the nation. Most of the ecomony rests on the shoulders of Gaeatronics and its energy marketing.
Relations with neighbouring Tsimshian have hostile since Tsimshian pulled out of the Sovereign Tribal Council (STC) in 2037. Skirmishes along the borders between the two nations resulted in many deaths, a conflict that exploded in 2062 when Tsimshian forces penetrated deep into Salish-Shidhe land before being repelled back over the border. Yet before victory could be celebrated, a mysterious biological agent was unleashed that devastated thousands of SSC troops and civilians before medical aid could be administered. Now as the two sides regroup in a cease-fire, Salish-Shidhe anger builds towards Tsimshian and the Sovereign Tribal Council, which did not intervene in the bloody conflict.
In the Treaty of Denver in 2016, the land surrounding Seattle was ceded to the Native American Nations, particularly the newly founded Salish-Shidhe Council: “Salish” from the majority Salish tribe of the Pacific Northwest, and “Shidhe” from the large number of elven tribes at the time, many of whom went on to form the elven nation of Tir Tairngire. The treaty reserved Seattle as a United States, and later UCAS, territory and port. For more than fifty years, Seattle has maintained friendly relations with the Council and the NAN, and this relationship is reflected in the undercurrent of Native culture visible in the metroplex today. The Salish-Shidhe Council maintains a diplomatic mission on Council Island, and visitor visas are avaiable there for day-trips and other short visits to NAN territory to enjoy the spectacular natural wilderness and local culture.
However, 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 lands. In the very early days of the metroplex, people wondered almost constantly when an attack from the NAN 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 tribal territory every day. There are cultural exchanges and a representative of the SSC sits with the govenors cabinet, while the govenor 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 negotiations, while the pollution itself respect 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 delayed or even disrupted by conflicts over jurisdiction.
- 2018 – Treaty of Denver forms the Salish-Shidhe Council
- 2029 – Salish-Shidhe Council opens borders to all metahumans. The Sinsearach elf tribe is formed.
- 2035 – The Cénesté branch of the Sinsearach elves secedes and forms the nation of Tir Tairngire
- 2059 – December 3, An earthquake levels Richmond on the outskirts of Vancouver.
- 2060 – A dozen Salish hikers are arrested and tried as spies in Tsimshian, escalating tensions between Salish-Shidhe and Tsimshian.
- 2062 – May 2-4, Open conflict on the Tsimshian border. Biowarfare agents are used to kill thousands of Salish-Shidhe soldiers.
- 2062 – May 5, A ceasefire is signed between the two nations.
- 2062 – July, The ceasefire is broken by a series of attacks by Salish militias.
- 2067 – Following the withdrawal of support from MCT, the weakened Tsimshian is absorbed by Salish-Shidhe as a protectorate.
Among all of the NAN, the Salish-Shidhe Council is the most tribally-oriented, and their population and politics are segregated according to tribal affiliation. Each tribe sends representatives to the Tribal Council, and aside from a few nation-wide civil laws and restrictions, each tribe is autonomous and self-governing.
The major tribes are:
- Salish – (leader: Chief Harold Gray Bear) The most dominant and prosperous tribe. Tribal territory includes most of the land west and south of Puget Sound.
- Makah – (leader: Chief George Lodgepole) The most military assets of all the tribes. Tribal territory is the northwest Olympic peninsula.
- Cascade Crow – (leader: Chief Frederick Eye-Like-Eagle) Tribal territory is the land between Seattle and the Cascade mountains, as well as Vancouver. Strongly anti-Anglo.
- Sinsearach – (leader: Gillian Morningsong) Predominantly elven and eco-conscious. Tribal territory is the land southwest of Seattle, including Mt. Rainier.
- Cascade Ork – (leader: Pawl Shaggy Mountain) Predominantly ork and troll tribe with tribal territory in the Cascade Mountains.
- Nootka – (leader: Chief: Darcy Jim) Anti-technology traditionalists who have a presence in northwest Washington, Vancouver Island, and Prince George.
- Other tribes include the Okanagan, Chinook, Kwakwaka’wakw, Nuu-chah-nulth and several “pinkskin” tribes.
The recent Renraku Arcology shutdown brought a large influx of UCAS troops into Seattle, putting the SSC on high alert. However, the UCAS troops had their hands full with guarding the SCIRE, and in the end, the two nations experienced a marked improvement in relations, prompting overtures of more open and free economic partnerships with the UCAS. There have been talks of UCAS involvement in bolstering the Salish military against the Tsimshian border wars.(SONA P.116)
Dozens of new power sites were identified across the Salish-Shidhe lands during the passing of Halley’s Comet. (SONA P.116)
While technically part of the UCAS, the free city of Seattle is surrounded by the SSC.
- Idaho Falls
- Walla Walla
Each of the tribes is responsible for their own economy. Some of the societies have very corporate like complex economies such as the Salish and Makah, while others have fairly simple trade systems such as the Cascade Orks. Some overlapping exists though, such as the same form of currency, nuyen, and shares to keep the upkeep of Council Island. In addition, all tribes subsidize Salish-Shidhe expenses to maintain Ranger Forces to protect borders. And while some tribes are upset by the border patrols (such as the Cascade Orks who make a lot of money off of smuggling), they all tend to agree that a shared military expense is necessary with such dangerous borders as Seattle and Denver.
The level of technology in the Salish-Shidhe varies from tribe to tribe. Obviously the most technical of the tribes are the Salish who are responsible for running the AA Corporation Gaeatronics. Their technology has allowed the Corporation and Tribe to use hydro, solar, wind, and fusion power to supply cities and towns with an ample energy source.
The next most technical tribe are the Makah. This group of natives have perfected the forestry technologies needed to create a profitable market for different tribal woods. Everything from high tech machinery and sawmills to matrix programs that organize forest grids, it’s all thanks to the Makah’s forestry industry. And while they are no match for the tech profits of the Salish, they are a strong second in the big picture.
While the rest of the tribes fall somewhere in the middle, the least profitable of all the tribes are the Nootka. This tribe pushed away from technology, focusing on agriculture, fishing, and herding. And while they do have a successful farming trade, most Nootka spend of their lives living as their people have for thousands of years; without power, firearms, or machinery.
Among the megacorporations, only a few extraterritorial agreements have been reached with the SSC, simply because most tribes are not willing to part with the land. Most of the AAA megacorporations make do with offices in Seattle instead. The major megacorporations that have a presence in the SSC are:
- Aztechnology – Regional HQ in Olympia (sona.119)
- Eibisu Biomechanics – custom cybernetics and bioware
- Kyuusei Medical – Pharmaceutical manufacturing
- Pacific Cybernetics Incorporated – Cheap cybernetics
- Pacific Prosperity Group in Vancouver (CD P.107)
- Proteus AG – Aquacology just off the Pacific coast. (SONA P.119)
- Universal Omnitech (HQ: Vancouver) (POAD P.69-70)
There is a discrepancy in population between Native American Nations Volume 1 and Shadows of North America (10,118,000 NAN1 P.77 vs. 8,590,000 SONA P.114).
- Shadows of North America, pp 113-123
- Native American Nations Volume One, pp 77-92
- New Seattle, pp 6-11
- Shadowrun, First Edition, pp 192-194
- Shadowrun, Second Edition, pp 268-269
- Shadowrun, Third Edition, pp 319-320
- Tir Tairngire, pp 25-30
Council Island: Seattle Sourcebook, pp 59-62
Relations with U.C.A.S.: Target: U.C.A.S., pp 20-21.
Relations with Seattle: Seattle Sourcebook, pg.146.
Relations with Seattle: New Seattle, pg 81.
Relations with Germany: Germany Sourcebook, pg 43.
Relations with Tir Tairngire: Tir Tairngire, pg 47.
Visiting: Seattle Sourcebook, pg.12.
Crude oil from Athabascan Council (NAN2 P.74).
The Big Dance (tsh.84-87) and Long Weekend/Big Sky (tsh.79-84) smuggling routes run through the Salish.
Very little Mafia influence (und.37).
Tight trade with Japan (nan1.90).
Native American “Re-education Centers” have a background count of 5 (mits.84).
Shadowland node in (at least) Vancouver (tm.27). Absorption of Tsimashin (sr4.34)
See original document: Shadowrun Wiki: Salish-Shidhe