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[Expansion Request] The Kingdom of Ocraly


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Now that my reform thread is over, I update this to an expansion request, which I will slowly begin at the same time as my futur economic rps. The expansion will be divided in two parts :
- The perfect dictatorship
- A brave new republic


 

Full name : Kingdom of Ocraly (Regno di Ácralia)

Common name : Ocraly (Ácralia)

Demonym : Ocralian (Ácraliano)

Capital city : Fangosa (Fangosa)

Ethnic groups :
Lysian (45%)
Mantellan (37%)
Gaellician (8%)
Bavianürks (7%) (a turkic minority, in their continental territory)
others (3%)

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Stats : 

- Population [0] : 14 340 000 inhabitant

- GDP per capita [3] : 24 622 ESU

- Land [1] : around 100k km2

History :

In the 1500s century, Mandellan settlers installed themselves on the coast of the Cashari Island, at the location of the actual capital city Fangosa. The name means “muddy” in Mandellan and refers to the wet lands in the area. Like the Lysians in the West, the settlers enslaved the local populations (Agali (Caddoans), Aniyunya (Cherokee) and Udyevdi (Creeks) tribes) in order to exploit the local agricultural resources (tobacco, cotton) but especially the local vines, a species endemic to the island and known to produce unusually sweet wine and juice. The cultivation of vines made Ocraly famous, and its unique wines found their way onto Europan and Argic tables as an exotic delicacy.

In 1795-1797, its neighbour Florentia invaded the colony with the help of Ocralian independentists, leading to the foundation of the First Ocralian Republic. A few years later, in 1801, when Ocraly tries to tax Florentian tobacco, Florentia invades a second time Ocraly and creates the First Kingdom of Ocraly. Its first King, Louis I, is a relative of the Florentian Emperor. During its rule, the Florentian government tried to erase the Mandellan culture little by little, violently repressing the nationalists and encouraging Lysians to settle in Ocraly, explaining the presence of the Lyso-Acràlian community in south-west Ocraly. However, it was also during this period that coffee was established in the region, now one of the country's main agricultural exports.

In 1878, during the Florentian civil war, Ocraly declares independence. The Imperial government is forced to accept. The Second Ocralian Republic is proclaimed. The newly independent country slowly develops and industrialises, using the coal and iron deposits in its northern region. In 1890, slavery is abolished and all the slaves are sold to Florentia, explaining Ocraly’s modern day absence of indigenous communities.

In 1924, Ocraly is invaded again and the Kingdom is reestablished. The new King of Ocraly completely reorganised society, adapting the feudal stratocratic model to modern society. He eliminated the entire bourgeoisie and replaced it with Florentian aristocrats, forcing them to industrialise. The peasants were converted into serfs, but so were the factory workers! Creating a new class of industrial serfs. This enabled the Kingdom to grow considerably richer, becoming the Empire's leading industrial powerhouse, while benefiting from cheap labour.

The state was, of course, autocratic, ruled with an iron fist by the King who guided the aristocrats with his wand, while the populace was drunk on cheap food, alcohol and games. But all good things must come to an end, and because of an increasingly intolerable guerrilla war led by General Orlando Digolla, Florentia was forced to leave Ocraly, but managed to impose some tough conditions:
- the monarchy is retained, but the King abdicates in favour of his son;
- Ocralia had to pay Florentia heavy reparations;
- Florentian aristocrats were forced to sell their agricultural and industrial holdings but kept their titles.

After the end of the Florentian occupation in 1945, the two main political parties were the Democratic National Alliance (DNA), popular among the rural folks and the conservative middle-class, and founded by Digolla, and the Communist Party of Ocraly (PCA), popular among the laborers, the machinists and the intellectuals. In the name of Ocralian sovereignty, the two parties allied. The communists were caring about culture, education, healthcare, housing, etc, while the conservatives were caring about the “serious matters” such as internal and foreign affairs, economy, defence, etc. Under the firm guidance of Digolla, Ocraly became a weirdly authoritarian but still democratic state where the few media channels are state-owned and the state heavily intervenes in the economy, when they simply don’t own it through tentacular corporations, while still allowing capitalism for small and mid-sized businesses. This near-autocracy led to an era of economic prosperity and political stability. In 1975, to celebrate the 30 years anniversary of the liberation, Digolla announces the construction of a tunnel to link Ocraly with its continental territory. The project, extremely costly and complicated, slowly but surely plunges the country into debts. The delays accumulate.

In 1983, Digolla died : “Ocraly is widowed”. The DNA, without the firm and charismatic leadership of his founder, disintegrates because of its factionalism. The conservative-communist establishment collapses and a new neoliberal coalition comes to power. The new PM, wanting to solve the growing debt, tried to liberalize the economy, which led to a nation-wide strike. The communists, seeing an opportunity to provoke a revolution, agitate the masses to overthrow the government. It led to what is now called the “chimerical revolution” because of how taboo it has become, as if it never happened. Numerous industrial cities, including the capital city Fangosa, revolted and organised in local “communes”. A wave of revolutionary violences shook the cities. The movement was brutally repressed by the army, stayed local to the government. During a whole week, Fangosa saw dozens of thousands of executions. It is said that the government ended the executions only when the soil and the sewers of Fangosa were so soaked with blood that it couldn’t absorb it anymore. Official declarations state that the number of victims from the executions is only about 3000, and that they are mostly due to spontaneous and indiscriminate outbursts of out-of-control soldiers, and thus unrelated to any order from the government. However, according to numerous sources, the real numbers would be between 50 000 and 70 000 victims. The PCA, now broken and illegal, is forced to hide in the countryside, and the new neoliberal establishment reigns supreme.

The pre-revolution reforms started again. The new establishment, a broad mix of center-left to center-right parties, enacted numerous socially and economically liberal measures. While some allowed for social progress, such as the right to abortion, homosexual marriage, recognition of transgender people, and the creation of private medias, the extreme liberalisation of the economy led to a general decrease of the standard of living. The main party, Forza Acràlia, a pro-market and socially-liberal party, staunchly advocates for the “liberation of Ocraly from its hypersocialistic chains”. The project of tunnel, too expensive, is now handled by several private companies. The reforms, despite the abundant promises from the government, didn’t solve economic stagnation and even allowed companies to outsource their factories, causing even more unemployment. This social discontent led to the rise of Alba Rossa (Red Dawn), a left-wing populist and socially-progressive party.  

To these social tensions, we can add cultural tensions. Since the Florentian economic collapse in the 1960s, an ever increasing amount of Florentian immigrants come to Ocraly. These migrants, usually unwilling to learn Mantellan, often criticized for their conservative stances and accused to “steal” the jobs of the “rightful Ocralians”, led to the rise of the far-right party Sovranità (Sovereignty), which gathers most of the PCA’s former supports.

Finally, there’s the Black Lys, a terrorist organisation. Nobody knows much about it. To some, it is only a tale to afraid children, or a conspiracy theory. The only thing we know is that we already found dozens of barely recognisable bodies with a black Lys tattooed on their head, including a few high-ranking government officials. For now, the goal of this mysterious organisation is unknown.

 

Roleplay :

The perfect dictatorship

The rp will first explain the current situation of Ocraly and how the liberal coalition managed to stay in power during 40 years while actually being not very popular or successful.

In this extremely tense atmosphere, people radicalises and extremes rise. The establishment, liked by nearly no one, is now only elected because “the others seem worse”. The “new” PM, new in face but not in ideas, is being more and more pressured by the private lobbies to declare a “small war to restart the economy”.

Surfing on the wave of Ocralian nationalism, the liberal PM declares war on Florentia, officially to recover a small region which used to belong to Ocraly, but in fact because this region contains coal.

The push isn’t as fast as planned and the diplomatic consequences of the invasion are catastrophic, Ocraly being kicked out of the TRIDENT. In the occupied territories, Florentian resistance is fierce, leading to a few rough actions from the Ocralian army. These informations are leaked and anti-war protests grow more and more. The Ocralian government, more unpopular than ever, is forced to retreat and pay war reparations to Florentia.

 

A brave new republic

Humiliated and unpopular, the liberal establishment, made of monarchist parties, collapses. Alba Rossa and Sovranità, which are republican, gain a majority in parliament and abolish the monarchy thanks to a very narrow vote. The King, with a few generals, try to coup the government but fail and end in prison.

The presidential elections begin. The leading candidates are Giorgio Moleni, an intimidating conservative populist, and Angelina de Bieinvéyance, a charming social-democrat, famous human rights activist and leader of a charity organisation. And the winner will be… the social-democrat !

The following contains important plots which might even change, so it’s for the admins. If you’re not part of the moderation team, you can still look, but you might spoil a bit of your experience later.
 

Spoiler

Angelina’s origins are unclear. She has been adopted in 1984 by a family of aristocrats when she was 10 years old, but before, nobody knows. In fact, she comes from a family of small aristocrats who, during the Chimerical Revolution, got murdered by the revolutionaries. Since this day, Angelina burns with a passionate hatred against those who destroyed her loved ones. When she grew up, she often expressed her staunchly anti-liberal and reactionary thoughts in private. When she was 24, she was contacted by a secret organisation named the Black Lys, seeking to restore the former feudal and autocratic order. She went up in the ranks, until she got on top of the organisation after the previous leader “accidently” died.

A few days after the elections, she organises a coup d’Etat from the inside and purges all opposition, both political and military. The King, unwilling to cooperate, is executed and Angelina proclaims herself Regent, now taking care of the education of the new King, an 8 year old child, to teach him how to be a strong autocrat.

Obviously, the Ocralians refuse to let Angelina bring back this horrific system and the civil war begins. There are four factions : the feudalists, holding in the south-east industrial valley. The "democrats", an alliance of conservatives and nationalists with the support of the military and which aren't above the use of violence to prevent a "red dawn over Ocraly". They are based in the agrarian deep south. Then, the "liberals", which are the remnants of the former monarchist establishment. Despite their very low popular support, they managed to seize the north-eastern valley thanks to their corporate masters- I mean allies. Finally, a broad left-wing alliance (split between Marxist-Leninists, syndicalists and anarcho-communists). During the civil war, thanks to Florentian intervention, the anarcho-communist faction will prevail. The leader of the anarchists, extremly popular and wielding a very strong soft power, slowly tightens his grip on the government, slowly transforming Ocraly into an authoritarian socialist state to "protect the revolution", still labeling itself as anarcho-communist but only in name... It will end with the chairman facing a few revolts, which will be met with purges. Finally, to secure his power, Ocraly's new master will organise a referendum to join Florentia as an autonomous region, which, thanks to his popularity, will be won. The empire will gladly accept to integrate Ocraly. The revolution is secured...

 

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On 4/26/2024 at 3:36 PM, Orioni said:

The images are broken. I cannot see where Ocraly is. Could you please update this? I need the information to put the "Reserved" label on the map. Thank you.

The images are now fixed (goodbye discord, hellow imgur). Also, worth notting that I began the thread so here's the link.

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Knowing I want both parts to integrate rp with other players, I've decided to unveil the plot of the second part so people can plan ahead and see if they want to intervene.

After the social-democrat and human rights activist Angelina de Bieinvéyance is elected first President of the third Ocralian Republic, she reveals being part of the Black Lys, a terrorist organisation, and does a coup d'Etat from the inside to shape Ocraly to her dystopian vision. Indeed, before being adopted in 1984 by a family of aristocrats when she was 10 years old, she was from a family of small aristocrats who, during the Chimerical Revolution, got murdered by the revolutionaries. Since this day, Angelina burns with a passionate hatred against those who destroyed her loved ones. When she grew up, she often expressed her staunchly anti-liberal and reactionary thoughts in private. When she was 24, she was contacted by a secret organisation named the Black Lys, seeking to restore the former feudal and autocratic order of the second Kingdom of Ocraly. She went up in the ranks, until she got on top of the organisation after the previous leader “accidently” died.

The King, unwilling to cooperate with the Black Lys, is executed and Angelina proclaims herself Regent, now taking care of the education of the new King, an 8 year old child, to teach him how to be a strong autocrat.

Obviously, the Ocralians refuse to let Angelina bring back this horrific regime. First, a major strike in the industrial north-west degenerates into a full-blown rebellion. In the north-east, the Ocralian corporations, affraid to lose their money, force local authorities to declare a counter-government and revive Forza Acralià (a neoliberal party which collapsed right after the last war with Florentia) to form a puppet parliamentary Kingdom. Finally, the conservatives from the party Sovranita retreat to the south-west countryside, where they declare themselves as the legitimate government as they are the only one willing to preserve the third Ocralian Republic.

In the meantime, the Governor-General of Fasaìl (Fasaìl being the dominion of Ocraly on mainland Alharu) declares martial law to prevent Ocraly's instability spreading to the dominion. The sudden end of local democracy deeply angers the non-ocralian communities of the colony, i.e. descendants of Gaellician settlers and the Bavianürk people (natives) (think of a situation similar to South Africa, with English ruling over Boers and Africans). Without Ocraly's careful watch over the colony, the Gaellicians and the Bavianürks revolt against the Ocralian colonial government, creating another civil war in Fasaìl.

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Factions of Ocraly :

  • The absolutist faction's goal is to create a feudalist society centralised around the figure of an autocratic King, where nobles bravely defend the realm against foreign invaders, while peasants and workers are serfs. Everything in the realm belong to the King and his subjects are only mere properties and tools for His Majesty's will. They are led by the Ocralian nobility, descendants of Florentian nobles who were allowed to stay after Ocraly's independance.
  • The liberal faction, while being only a mere puppet of the Ocralian corporations, claims to be the most democratic and humanist faction, keeping a clean international façade while profiting from the corporations' deep pockets. However, while less worse than the feudalists, they aren't very popular from the Ocralians' POV and, should their hypocrisy be revealed to the population, they might have some troubles...
  • The conservative faction is led by the right-wing populist Giorgio Moleni, known for his attacks against communism and Lysophone communities. However, his government is stuck in the Ocralian Deep South, where the majority of the people are descendants of Florentians coming to Ocraly in the early 1810s, known called "Piedirossis" as a reference to their poverty, most of them not wearing shoes until the 1950s. While trying to win the war, they will attempt to integrate the Lysophone communities in manners more and more agressive, until the irreparable is done...
  • The communist faction is led by Enzo Munaccobel, the rector of Bellarossa's university, a university known not only for its specialisation in history, sociology and psychology, but also for being a hotbed of anarcho-communist thinking since the brutal repression of the "Chimerical Revolution", in 1984. While popular among most of their population and with most of the country's military-industrial complexes, they lack experienced officers, bureaucrats and middle-managers. They also suffer from factionalism, being divided between the Communist Party's old guard (Starinburg communism), the Communist Party's new guard (syndicalists), Alba Rossa's right-wing (social-democrats) and Alba Rossa's left-wing (anarchists).

 

Factions of Fasaìl :

  • The foreigners are the Ocralians. They represent only 10% of Fasaìl's population, and are mostly made of the higher and middle-class of the main ports. While nominally disapproving the Governor-General's martial law, the local Ocralians fear what those hordes of Gaellicians and Banianürks could do to them, and thus view the colonial government as their only bulwark against some grim fate. The Governorate's wish is simply to protect the local Ocralians, keep calm and carry on, and wait until Ocraly's civil war is over to reestablish Fasaìl's democracy. However, if things don't go as planned, some more necessary measures might have to be taken...
  • The settlers are the Gaellicians. They represent about 50% of Fasaìl's population, and live mostly inland from cash crops agriculture. They are led by Aman Ghazaryan, the controversial mayor of Aragat. His goal is to transform Fasaìl into a new paradise for Gaellicians, and only Gaellicians. Apart from his ethnonationalism, Ghazaryan is an agrarian socialist, mixing a communalist rural economy with religious fundamentalism and socially conservative values.
  • The natives are the Bavianürks, a turkic tribe which migrated long ago from the neighbouring Paran desert to the shores of Fasaìl, or, as they call it, Bavianürkstan. They represent 40% of Fasaìl's population. While they aren't racially discriminated anymore by Ocralian law, they are still de facto treated as second-class citizens. Most of them live inland, in rural communities and, often, poverty. Dovran Yilmaz, known independantist and leader of the hardliner faction of the All-Bavianürk Party, will do anything to free his homeland from foreign control, anything...

Ocraly's outcome will be in favour of the communists, while Fasaìl's outcome will be a Florentian invasion to overthrow the three genocidal regimes, which doesn't mean you can't influence the "how" of the rp.

Now, comes the fun part. Here's my question :
During the civil war, would you like to intervene and support a (/several) faction(s) ?

The more people, the better ! To better keep track of who's supporting who, please say it on this thread. Thank you for your participation. :D

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Pretty good!

I suspect realistically, KC and the Commonwealth of Gallambria as a whole, would support the restauration of a democratic monarchy, so back to the previous situation. Now in what manners...

Diplomatically would be interested to RP.

I think, and Gal may correct me, that for Ocraly we'd try to make an alliance with both conservatives and liberals, and tie it to Fasaìl's fate which would be seen as secondary. But so main point would be: support of democracy and human rights, regardless of the party.

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Tis is interesting, I’m sure Garindina would actively aid the Colonial Government in Fasaìl. In an attempt to not give the Korelian independence group any “ideas of independence”. 

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