Lamplandae are the remnants of many different cultures and timelines. Like
the Karnetn they are Neanderthal-derived, although racially they are far
more diverse than a single timeline could ever be. They are to a large extent
former disparates, although some major immigration contingents also appear
to have arrived. Overall it seems that the Neanderthal civilizations tended
more towards bursts and significant time travel (and time-war) than the
Homo sapiens civilizations.
As they arrived, many complex and devastating conflicts broke out. They competed for the best habitats, found irreconcilable ideological differences and interfered with each other's timeline projects. The end result was scattered nations across Namaqua, with uncertain relations and limited trade. As a rule the surviving settlements were either "monarchies" centered on the few Lamplandae with access to the most advanced technology (ranging up to TL 11) who hence could protect and provide for their followers, or caste based theocratic/socialistic societies. It appears that Lamplandae have a somewhat higher tendency to form hierarchical societies than Homo sapiens, although some sociologists claim that the situation was on the verge of turning less strict when the main Homo sapiens societies arrived on the scene.
Today most of the Lamplandae cultures have formed a federation, Conventus Lamplandae. The Conventus originally formed to counter the spread of Aquincorum but eventually became its foremost Lamplandae ally. The Conventus is dominated by the current Fygjkha ("foremost nation"), which represents it in the NRC, interfaces with the Consensus and generally has great power in foreign policy (but practically none on the domestic policy of the other members). The Fygjikha is selected through a complex political competition among the members every 5 years, where different alliances and votes are taken to determine which group can acquire most influence.