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West Angola
« on: June 28, 2016, 03:23:20 PM »
I. History
West Angola's birth was one of fire, yet oddly peaceful compared to what could have been. Portugal's tight hold on Angola was seen as an impediment to German territorial ambitions, and to help loosen it they sent two army officers, Eston Blyr and Peter Sien, into the colony under the guise of helping the colony expand its railroad network. Four years later, in 1894, the two had formed a network of dissatisfied garrison troops, corrupt administrators susceptible to bribes, and natives who yearned to be free of Lisbon, and on June 14 of that year they declared West Angola's independence.

Two armies, one commanded by Blyr in Luanda and the other by Sien in Namibe, drove the Portuguese out of the coastal cities and marched towards Benguela to secure the last remaining seaport. The bulk of the colonial garrison was inland at the time, and had been attempting to stop British encroachment from the east. Ordered home, they ran straight into an ambush from Bantu partisans in Malanje, preventing them from coming to Benguela's aid. After a six-month siege, the city fell and Portugal had no choice but to recognize the independence of its former colony.

Germany quickly recognized the new nation, and secretly sent orders to its officers that they were to take command of the nation until a German prince arrived. Instead, Sien and Blyr appointed themselves dual monarchs, and included in the new Constitution a provision that the leaders of West Angola would be elected by the people. The two would rule for life, but when they died the Germans would not be able to make a hereditary claim to the country.

As Kings, Sein and Blyr built a solid working relationship, at least on the surface, but beneath they were maneuvering. Despite his role as a German officer, Sien was a native Pole and distrusted the Prussian Blyr. One year after the twin kings were crowned, Blyr was felled by an assassin's bullet. The election process proceeded smoothly until the results were announced. In a tight race between Jan Hyrel and Michael Opec, Opec squeezed into office by a mere 26 votes. Hyrel immediately contested the outcome and demanded to be declared the winner. Opec refused, and Sein backed him while the Parliament chose to support Hyrel. It appeared war would return to West Angola...

And war came. The city of Namibe was slagged as a withering artillery bombardment started fires among the poorer districts and drove Sein from the capital. Parliamentary troops secured the area, but were unable to make any headway into the rural districts outside the city on the coasts. The farmers in the area were fiercely loyal to Sein and Opec, and they resisted the Parliament for two months as Stillman rallied his troops to the north and prepared for a counter-offensive. The strike came fast and furious, driving the Parliamentary forces back south and retaking the northern area of Namibe. The war looked all but one for the Royalists when Hyrel authorized the use of a frightening and terrible weapon: gas. A new synthesis of Flourine, Nitrogen, and Chlorine yielded a gas that was exceptionally deadly and surprisingly cheap. The new weapon was deployed immediately, and the King's forces collapsed into a panicky retreat.

Sein was ordered killed, and was captured in Caritia a week later. He was hung in Namibe's main square directly in front of Parliament Hall, and Opec joined him a few days after that. Parliament immediately drafted a new Constitution, which dramatically curbed the power of the monarchy and eliminated the second monarch. Hyrel was crowned Jan I, but was effectively a puppet of the Parliament for the first few years of his reign.

Germany had not yet given up, however, and when the First World War broke out in 1914 soldiers from the south stormed across the border. Namibe fell within a week, and Jan retreated to Huambo with the surviving members of his government. For the next three years the West Angolan army doggedly held the Wehmracht out of the new capital, and as the German military situation became more strained in Europe the flow of supplies to their colony dried up. At last the nation was able to retake Namibe in 1917, and signed a treaty with the Germans in Brussels to guarantee the southern border. The King took the opportunity to rewrite the Constitution, restoring many of the powers of the monarchy, and the 3rd Constitution had stood through to today with only minor amendments.

Jan I was a hero, and died as such. His son, King August I, and grandson, Sien II, who were elected to succeed him were capable rulers as well. King Jan II was a different story. During his reign, multiple scandals involving the Gregon Corporation, Western Oil, and Congo Rubber eroded public trust in the government and crippled the nation's economy. Jan II finally died in 1957 after twenty-two years as King, leaving behind not only economic issues, but also deep racial divisions after an attempted Bantu secession movement brought a heavy-handed response from the military.

Despite Jan II's corruption, Jan III was elected to succeed him by the Gregon corporate machine, and the new King followed in his footsteps as a willing pawn of business interests. Another Gregon scandal brought the company to the brink of ruin in 1962, but Jan held onto power until 1973 when he was finally forced to abdicate in favor of his son, Jan IV. Jan IV died in 1990 and was succeeded by the final monarch of the House of Jan: King August II. Near the end of Jan's life a group of radical reformers had gained control of Parliament, and in response to the corruption inherent in West Angola's government had gone on a witch hunt, doing almost as much damage as those they prosecuted. This chaos turned August against the Parliament, but his scheming led him down the path to dictatorship. He was ousted after only two years, having killed nearly three dozen people, including the national football team.

August's successor was Luke Parrish, a former member of the football team who had survived the assassination attempt, and his twenty-year reign was a time of peace and stability unseen in West Angola. Parrish had never wanted to be king, however, and abdicated after a failed coup attempt by August, who had returned from exile. George Sien, a descendant of West Angola's first king, won the election, and ruled until his assassination by Cabindan separatists in 2028. Cabinda broke away for good in 2033, with the treaty signed by Queen Anna and Cabindan President Michael Raven. Anna, like her father, died tragically, falling ill in 2044 to a mysterious illness. Immediately following her death, August II, who many had believed to be dead, led a popular uprising against those in Parliament who had attempted to cover up the Queen's death and rule in her stead, and seized power for himself.

August ruled twenty years, and his totalitarian regime was the source of several atrocities as West Angola was brought. Five years after he took the throne, a military force loyal to the government-in-exile landed at Benguela, triggering a fifteen-year civil war that ended in the King's second ouster from the throne. Prime Minister Emily Parrish, daughter of King Luke, was considered by many to be the presumptive choice for Queen, but she declined, and the election was eventually won by Karol Preszek, a civilian aid worker who had campaigned on a platform to renounce war as a foreign policy tool. With his election, Cabinda extended an olive branch and sought to place themselves under the rule of the West Angolan monarch, and after forty years the two nations were again united.

II. Demographics

Population: 25,498,617, well over half of which live in either Luanda, Namibe, or Huambo
Male: 48%
Female: 52%
Major Languages: Portuguese, Polish, Traditional Languages. The language of government switches according to the King's preference, but the last four (Luke, Sien III, Anna, and Karol) have all been fluent in both
Life Expectancy: 90 years
Population Growth: +1.1%
Ethnic Groups: Portuguese, Polish, Bantu (Native)
Literacy: 94%

III. National Information

Capital: Namibe
Form of Government: Constitutional Monarchy. The King acts as the executive, while a Parliament acts as the chief legislative body. The judiciary is established at the provincial level except for the High Court of West Angola, which is overseen by six judges, three appointed by Parliament and three by the Monarch.
Voting: Universal suffrage to all over sixteen (Voting Population: 18,975,395)
Major Political Parties: Reform (Center-Left); Old Guard (Right); Nationalist (Center-Right); Freedom (Center-Right); Green (Left)
Currency: African Pound (A£)
GDP: A£1.2 Trillion (Growth 1.4%)
Gini Coefficient: 26.3

IV. Trade/Energy

Chief Exports:
Solar Panels/Misc. Green Tech
Chief Imports:
Chief Energy Sources:
Solar (44%)
Nuclear (26%)
Wind (17%)
Hydroelectric (10%)
Combustion (Wood or Fossil Fuels) 3%

V. Transportation:

National railway service connects cities. Major cities such as Namibe, Luanda, and Huambo have intra-city railways, as do the provincial capitals, but most smallers cities and towns use solar-powered or electric buses. In some towns (especially in Cuando Cubango) travel by foot is the only option within a city. Western Airways services most major cities and provincial capitals, and flights can be chartered on smaller planes for direct flights.

VI. Entertainment

Sports Leagues:
Associação de Futbol (Association Football)
Liga Nacional (Baseball)
Associação de Basquetbol (Basketball)

VI. Travel Advisories:
Benguela: Area contaminated by Korean biological warhead, cleanup ongoing
Malanje: Pro-Augustine Bantu faction continues war against government forces