EDIT: THIS EXPANSION IS COMPLETE
To save space and keep things all in one place, this will be my OOC thread for my Expansion RPs while also serving as my official claim to the areas.
The diligent reader (or lurker) on this forums will note how the multitude of relevant and some tangentially relevant sources below have all been directed towards building up to this RP. This wasn't just put together like: hUrR DUrR GiB mE LOTSA cLAy HuUuUurrrrRRR, the RPs below have been consciously placed (for the most part) to build up support to my claim here.
In the following article, I will state my justifications and stake my claims towards an expansion of significant size. This will prove:
1) A case where the player has used a similar expansion and been granted his claim.
2) How this sort of expansion RP is done step-by-step from news posts, escalation, to execution.
3) That the expansion in question has been given visual form by being shown clearly and accurately on a partition of the Region's map.
Reiterating, this thread serves to tie in these varied resources and present a coherent OOC claim necessary to legitimise such an expansion--here the player will also respond to relevant points of criticism in defence of his claim and if necessary, make relevant edits to fit community regulations.
Iverica wants to expand through a political federation of states (NPCs for this case) which Iverica is already Hegemon over. Iverica's leadership is able to do this because of the following things:
A constitutional amendment was made (see: "CA no. 103" below) which contains the foundation for unifying other culturally cohesive "Solidaridad" states. Solidaridad- "Iberic Solidarity", is an ethno-ideological concept which refers to the perceived unity of all Iberic Diaspora states. Degrees of Solidaridad exist--the strongest linking ideologically homogenous states, guaranteeing military or diplomatic mutual-protection. The weakest degree linking ideologically opposed states only through shared ancestry, this degree does not guarantee strong ties or other mutual benefits. All the states concerned in this RP are Solidaridad states of the strongest degree--constitutions are similar, lingua franca (Iverican) is shared, exclusive trade and border agreements usually exist between most. Stagnation of the Satellite States and Rise of Iverican Power- due to Primo Deitorr's pursuit of foreign trade and political-economic manoeuvering, Iverica has seen a rise in industrial output, military protectionism, trade surplus, and technological growth. Satellite states look more favourably on a union with Iverica because of stagnant economies and having the military backing of Iverica's aggressively protectionist policy as well as membership in the Defence treaty "TRIDENT". In short, they want to benefit from Iverica's gains internationally and regionally. Union Under a Common and Grave Cause- To be revealed. This will be demonstrated in an upcoming RP wherein the various states take up arms against a common enemy during a critical period which could make or break the future of the federation. Gameplay Justifications
Case: Fleur de Lys' Union Pan-Republicaine [LINK] Fleur de Lys has successfully made a similar expansion via diplomacy/legislation with no outcry from the membership then. It is fair to expect that if there is any opposition to the nature and critical similarities between this RP and FdL's RP, the opponent must carry the burden of proving against the Lysian claim as well. TLDR: No one took issue OOC or released any statements IC on FdL's expansion, therefore if any qualms about critical similarities with the RPs are had, I expect due diligence to be taken. Relevant News Posts and RP Events I have been planning this extensively for a long time (since about Oct-Nov 2017), I have made many posts since this time relevant to the IC justifications of why a state would want to be part of an Iverican Federation, some details how this may be done, and news posts of citizens wanting to do this in the past. Once again, the opposition carries the burden of adequate research on the posts I have worked hard to produce the past half-year. There is no TLDR excuse here, sounds abrasive but it is not too much for me to ask critics to read my content and make citations as necessary. Integration of "Las Islas Ultramares"- evidence that Iverica can integrate a Solidaridad state. Claim [OOC] [LINK]
Initial (Ultramariano) Referendum [LINK]
First Delay [LINK]
CA no. 103: Amendment Passes [LINK]
Previous Attempts to Integrate & Context of the Expansion RP
Involvement and Status in IGOs- supporting points why satellite states want to integrate.
Cases Proving Iverican Defensive Capability- further supporting points to why satellite states want to integrate. As a Hegemon, Iverica is able to prove that it is willing to decisively use force to protect citizens domestically and internationally.
Operations in Afropa - See related articles for escalation and justification of this RP.
Operation Paloma- Evacuation of Nationals from Ahranaian Revolution
Economic Prosperity- Iverica is able to prove that it RP'd and news-posted content which justifies a strong economy--further supporting the rationale that satellite states would want to integrate for mutual/self-profit.
Proof of Sale 1- Astriedan
Proof of Sale 2- Gallambria
Proof of Sale 3- Girkmand
Following this are some mentions of the KeyPhone and uses of the Apps like Wittier which are inferred to be at least well known in international markets
News Post Re: Economy-1
News Post Re: Technological and Infrastructure Growth- 1
News Post Re: Tech and Infrastructure Growth- 2
Supporting this are further less relevant articles on my news agency showing the build-up of other industries and its effect on certain sectors of society.
CORE EXPANSION RP: State of the Republic
Sets context, stakes, dramatis personae, and ties in above^ points in preparation for CORE RP 2: Iverican Boogaloo the climax of the Expansion RP.
Also explains the effects of some of Iverica's prior RPs and explains some of Iverica's plans for the future.
CORE EXPANSION RP 2: A UNION DIVIDED
This will conclude the expansion for the most part pending a few addendums to clearly explain some gaps the scenario is bound to have.
The additions on the Region's map would then be justified at the conclusion of this RP.
SUMMARY OF RP EVENTS (IC): A FEDERATION UNITED
OUTLINE OF RELEVANT EXPANSION
The four states as pictured: The Free State of Vasqqa (Red), The Duchy of Verde (Green), The Confederate Union of Narva (Blue) and Greater Galicia (Yellow)
I plan to either make a long-run RP wherein I will explain how we united under one important cause, or stagger their addition in two stages.
SOME IRL CASES OF SIMILAR UNIFICATION
Unification of Germany
Union of the 13 Colonies- United States of America
Unification of Italy
ANDALLA CAN INTO EXPANSION!!!
Now before anything crazy happens, let me first explain. Yes, actually I did realize that this was a bit too long...
Andalla will be claiming the only island north of Flau, as shown in the map below. This island shall be known as Giokto (short O please).
The islanders' culture will be based off the Hokkien (Southern Min/Min Nan) culture of China, especially Philippine/Taiwanese Hokkien (As the translator website I use was created by a Filipino-Hokkien). The people inhabiting Giokto are known as Lan-nang ("We People") or Lanska in Andallan. In Anglish, well, let's just say "Giokton".
"Giok-to" means "Jade Island". The single large mountain in the center of the island is seen as a symbol of Giokto and is known as "Giok-soa" or "Jade Mountain" (a play on Taiwan's Yushan).
The Giokton people are descended from an ancient Alharun civilization that split in half, becoming @Fulgistan and Giokto, respectively (EDIT: Huang Civilization). The half that would become Giokto settled near along the southern coast of the Cashari peninsula. Internal strife caused the people to separate into several groups, and over time, migrating across the sea in numerous waves, landing on the island. Eventually these waves grew into city-states and kingdoms constantly competing for land, as the island was small and rich in resources. For most of its history it was divided into such kingdoms which, after the internal strife problem somewhat died down, formed two major alliances that often fought against each other whether in large-scale battles or skirmishes. The two alliances were known as the Northern (北 Pak) and Southern (南 Lâm) alliances. Soon enough, the South was able to establish friendly relations with the neutral then-kingdom of Andalla, which agreed to assist them in their fight against the North. However, for most of the Warring Kingdoms period the North held a firm rule over most of the island, resulting in a stalemate. The South, though assisted by Andalla, was never able to defeat the North; on the other hand, the North was never able to defeat the South due to their powerful ally.
A notable event during that period was when the North established friendly relations with the city-states of @Selayar in the mid-1600s, augmenting their superiority in resources. Several years later, one of the Northern kingdoms drew up plans to begin colonizing Selayar so the flow of resources could be regulated to only the North. The plan was not well-received as it was believed that sending soldiers overseas would reduce the number of defending soldiers on the island. In the end, only two kingdoms were willing to colonize Selayar, and so they did.
In the mid-1700s, as the Andallan economy grew rapidly, trade between Andalla and the South prospered. Throughout the rest of the 1700s and early 1800s, it allowed the South to slowly amass a much larger military force, eventually resulting in an arms race between the North and South. Tensions between the two sides also increased dramatically during that period.
The spirit of war was once again awakened after 2 centuries when a land dispute between two mountain kingdoms from opposite sides escalated into battle and later war, as the two kingdoms rallied their allies to attack. The North once again assumed the offensive stance, while the South, after unfruitful attempts at offense, put up a brutal defense against the advancing North. It was then decided that a detachment of forces would be gathered to also attack Selayar, and after a months-long campaign, Selayar fell to the South. But on the mainland, the South were slowly being softened by the regular attacks until they were unable to defend. One by one, the Southern kingdoms fell to the North. As each kingdom fell, allied troops there would evacuate to another kingdom or risk getting captured. This issue was solved when Andalla and the North signed an agreement granting allied soldiers in surrendering kingdoms to escape unharmed if they promised a cease-fire there. Though it was not implemented successfully as some soldiers from the surrendering kingdom would disguise as an allied soldier, tens of thousands of lives were saved because of the agreement. In the end, only two Southern kingdoms and Andalla remained, both of which announced unconditional surrender as Northern troops slowly surrounded their capitals. At the same time, virtually-untouched Andalla proposed a cease-fire with the North, on the terms that Selayar would officially be ceded to the Andallans. The treaty was accepted, effectively ending the "Great Giokton War".
A second war broke out in November 1941 when the Giokton submarine I-23 sunk the SFS Teuvo Anttonen, an Andallan troop transport ferrying soldiers to Giokto. The ship sunk with the loss of 1,452 lives, and the beginning of a war that would last 6 long years, span 3 continents and cost millions of lives. The war saw three major alliances: the Andallans and their allies, Giokto and Selayar, and the Sunset Sea Islands and allied separatist groups. Meanwhile, the main battleground was the island of Giokto itself. The Andallan military, secretly assisted by underground Giokton rebels, led the assault on Giokton and Selayari forces on the island. Battles raged on, on land, sea and air. Both sides fought to the teeth with all their might; the far larger Andallan military equally-matched with the Giokton's advanced technology and knowledge of the topograhy.
And now, as other countries get involved, I no longer know what happens. The Sunset Sea Islands looks on as Andallan and Giokton forces slowly deteriorate from battle, then takes its chance. Suddenly, both Andallans and Gioktons see lightning-speed assaults on their shores and, being unable to defend as their troops were on the front lines, had large parts of their territories taken away by the Sunset Sea Islandian empire. The war between Andalla and Giokto turns into a three-way war, with the Sunset Sea Islands (Err, everyone's enemy) and Andalla's allies entering the scene.
The Giokton military was forced to surrender in 1947, granting Andalla the control over Giokto. Throughout the 1950s, the new government began extensive projects to rebuild and modernize the island, and by the 1970s, Giokto became an important financial center. Today, Giokto is highly-developed; it is evident in the bustling skyscrapers of Giokto's cities.
The entire island and its surroundings form the Republic of Giokto. The state is in a formal association with Andalla, with Andalla providing defense. Initially, Andalla also oversaw Giokton foreign relations; however, in recent decades the nation has been taking diplomacy into its own hands. The Giokton government functions much like the Andallan government, with a president, vice president, and a unicameral Congress. The Giokton capital is known as Saipuo.
The color green symbolizes Jade (a symbol of Giokto, referring to Gioksoa) and the island's rich nature. Yellow symbolizes royalty, alluding to the history of Giokto. The three blue bands represent the sea and the three faces of Gioksoa: the north, south and west faces.
I'd like to expand into the former territory of Beautancus. He left around the same time as I did, and to my knowledge is not active within the region or even a nation on NS any longer. I have considerable history however with that area from previous role-plays in the archive and so forth.
I will begin a role-play concerning it as well leading up to it, from the current diplomatic thread here: