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Expansion: Tagmatium - Part Three


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Part 3

Part One

Part Two

With the end of the Anglia War, Orioni's coup in Velaheria and the announcement of Plan 7542, Tagmatium is looking to place military bases further away from the Occident. This is to both increase the coverage of the Imperial Navy and to be able to monitor the activities of other navies. After all, both Azania and the Orinese were able to travel to the New Wurld without Tagmatium being able to see what was going on.

Holding islands in other parts of the wurld would enable Tagmatium to do this. Whilst I may or may not have plans for islands across the rest of Eurth (and I'm pretty sure that a lot of other people do too, so I hope no one plans to be a hypocrite :P ), I'm going to focus on some islands near Europa. I've run the claim past the people I thought that might be relevant. If I've missed you, please do feel free to comment here.

Ultimately, the possession of the islands will mean that forces from the Imperial Navy and Imperial Air Force will be able to monitor and possibly interdict movement through the sea we never named and into the Dragonryders' Deep and the Adlantic Ocean. That the islands are unclaimed by anyone means that this seems like a golden opportunity. For the sake of the narrative, they will have been Anglian for the last few hundred years.

 


 

Anglian Equatorial Islands

The Anglian Equatorial Islands (AEI) are two islands that lie either side of the equator, to the west of Noble Nykia. The northern one is called Albinia for the great Anglian monarch by the Anglian government and the southern one New Woldsey, after an island in Great Anglia that was also formerly heavily forested. Before the Anglian conquests, the eastern and western islands were known as Ralicia and Ratacia respectively, Fraganised versions of the original names, meaning “Sunrise” and “Sunset” respectively.

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The largest settlement on Albinia is Port Brownlow, which is named for the great Anglian explorer. It was a thriving port in the past but the war and then the edict of martial law have strangled almost all economic activity within the port. There are other settlements scattered around the coast of the island, as well as within the interior. The island is relatively low, not sitting much more than 50m above sea level. The island was once covered by rainforest on its interior, although euman settlement, agriculture and heavy exploitation of the island has meant that much of the island's natural forests have been replaced with rubber tree, sugar cane plantations and exotic fruit plantations.

The largest settlement on New Woldsey is Marnmouth, named for the Anglish name for the largest river on the island, the Marn. The port sits at the mouth of this river. The settlement patterns and land use on the island is very similar to its northern neighbour, as is the geography and climate.

Due to the islands' strategic location, both of them also have significant military bases. These were expanded in the years leading up to the Anglian War to facilitate potential showdowns with the Kingdom of Gallambria and the Entente of Oriental States.

History

The two islands have acted as stepping stones between Europa and Marenesia for thousands of years, alongside the easier route provided by the Nusantara Island Chain. Both the islands have evidence of euman habitation going back tens of thousands of years. They were described – albeit in fanciful terms – by ancient Fragran and Laimiaic geographers and were known as the Insulae Longe (the Far Islands). They were thought to be the home of peoples with a single foot, known as the “Sciapods”. They supposedly used the shadow of their large single foot to shade themselves from the scorching midday sun. The islands were actually populated by Azano-Marenesian peoples who had significant trade networks, including limited trade with the Laimiaic trading colonies in the west of the Occident and Azania, with some archaeological have produced sherds of imported pottery, glass and metal implements. However, most of the islanders' trade was either local, Tenarua Island to the south-west or with Azania to the east.

The first big change to the patterns of the last few thousand years was the arrival of Saint Liosous and his entourage, who stopped off on both islands around AD125 before heading south-west to Salvia. One of Liosous' disciples, Saint Viducius, stayed on what is now Albinia and formed a Christian community, which slowly became the dominant religion on both islands. The islands began to resemble an Aroman Empire in miniature, even considering themselves part of it, although they were never officially part of it. The spread of Christianity was only reinforced in the early 700s as the followers of Optatus overthrew the Aroman State Church and drove out its followers. Pope Calrissius I, the last Pope of Arome, was said to have stayed briefly on the island after his exile.

The islands became a small Christian republic, with the position of “lead” island swapping between the two every six months. They profited from their position between the continents of Marenesia and Europa and they became a thalassocracy, holding sway over territories on Azania and Tenarua. This came to an end in 1409 when Ratacia was conquered by Salvia, which had become an increasingly powerful rival over the course of the 1300s. Much of Ratacia's elites fled eastward to Ralicia and settled there. This caused significant unrest, which turned into a civil war, resulting in the territory ruled by the republic reducing to just Ralicia. The Senate sent emissaries to Europan nations to try to get support and Great Anglia answered. With Anglian support, the Republic was able to wrestle control of Ratacia from Salvia and Great Anglia was granted significant concessions in the islands. This included using the islands as a base to explore further south.

By the mid 1500s, both islands had a permanent Anglian official, who represented the kingdom's interests to the Senates of the islands. In the late 1500s, a rule was introduced that allowed any senator to veto any legislation put to the Senate and this was utilised by the Anglians to effectively deadlock the islands' legislatures. The Anglian officials became the de facto rulers of the islands by the mid 1600s, as legislation was only passed with their blessing. The First Uprising was an attempt to rid the islands of the Anglian presence but it petered out after several months and led to heavy repression by the Anglians. After the independence of Gallambria at the Battle of Brecknock in 1643, Godstone decided to secure its remaining interests in Marenesia and annexed the Far Islands.

This led to the Second Uprising in 1651, which was as unsuccessful as the first. The Anglians were able to seize most of the large settlements quickly, although guerilla warfare continued in the hearts of the islands for almost a decade afterwards. Colonists from the mainland were brought in to try to settle the island with a friendly population but tropical diseases meant that few colonists survived the attempts. Many colonists were involuntary, with the islands being viewed as a way to settle the poor and the unruly away from Great Anglia itself.

The islands were briefly under Lysian occupation (1771-73) during the Lysian Revolutionary Wars. This was partially at the instigation of the Far Islanders themselves, and was the result of Lysian troops landing as part of the Third Uprising. Again, heavy repression followed the return of Anglian rule to the islands. This phase of Anglian rule was only to last until the War of the Adapton Succession (1824-31), when the islands were captured by Tagmatium. They ruled as an Exarchate of the Aroman Empire until 1912. Tagmatine rule was one of genteel neglect, and this period saw a cultural renaissance for the native islanders. Anglian citizens were expelled from the islands but were not replaced by Aromans, although rubber tree and sugarcane plantations were encouraged by the Holy Imperial Government. It was, ironically, Tagmatika's obsession with projecting an image of being a great power that destroyed its rule over the Far Islands. When a large proportion of the Imperial Navy set sail to circumnavigate the wurld, Great Anglia was able to seize the Far Islands again and the Greater Holy Empire was unable to respond.

This time, the Anglian approach was to try to foster better connections with the Far Islanders themselves. The infrastructure of the islands became more developed, especially as their position was strategic to Anglian holdings in Marenesia. As an attempt to head off any possible Fourth Uprising, the islands were given representation in the Anglian Parliament but enfranchisement was not widespread until well into the 1900s. The shock-wave of the independence of New Marenesia from Great Anglia in the 1999 referendum caused a new cycle of political repression by the Anglian Crown. Several parties representing native Islanders were banned and numerous cultural organisations were defunded or even outlawed. One MP, Victor Senecian, was prevented from taking his seat in Parliament after his party, Far Islanders' Voice, was banned.

This led to a wave of protests in 2000 termed “Black March”, after the widespread rioting rocked the islands. It was ended by “Bloody Wednesday”, when Royal Anglian Marines fired on a crowd of marchers and killed several dozen. Martial law followed, which included the suspension of the right to congregate in numbers larger than three. The restrictions were lifted by 2002, although certain parties have remained banned. This pattern has remained until the Anglian War, which was much less popular in the islands than mainland Anglia. Protests broke out after the failed Battle of Cascadia, but they were broken up and the islands' garrison commander declared martial law.

Government and Politics

The islands are currently under martial law, with normal legal rights and processes suspended. This is due to the Anglian War and the fact that the islands are some of the last remaining territory of Great Anglia that is not occupied by forces from TRIDENT or aligned nations.

Prior to this, the islands are considered to be a constituent part of the Kingdom of Great Anglia. Both islands are divided into two constituencies that supply a Member of Parliament to Godstone. The islands operate several tiers of local government, with each island being further broken down into districts and parishes. Each stage has an elected body governing it. However, overall policies were set by Godstone and the islands themselves had no control over national-level policies, beyond electing their MPs.

Population

Albinia had a pre-war population of 2 million.

New Woldsey had a pre-war population of 1.5 million.

Religion

Although Anglian missionary attempts have been active for hundreds of years, most of the islanders themselves have remained Catholic. They cling to their faith fiercely. They make up 60% of the population. Much of the Anglian Orthodox community is either descended from historic colonists or are more recently arrived. They make up 30% of the population. There is an Aroman Church presence of about 5% of the population. Other religions, mainly representing small immigrant communities, make up the rest.


Military

Prior to the Anglian War, the islands acted as a southern base for the Anglian navy, as well as possessing a large army garrison. Much of the naval forces were stripped away from the islands to make up part of the fleet that was used to attack Galahinda. They have not returned, leaving the islands with coastal patrol ships and a handful of corvettes to protect their shores.

The personnel themselves are split between demoralised and wanting to go home, and fanatical supporters of the fallen Great Anglia who see it as their duty to keep fighting. The commander of the islands is Major-General Sir Reginald Foxley-Dereham, who feels that it is the duty of Anglian armed forces to keep fighting for as long as possible. Both islands are defended by a mechanised infantry brigade, Royal Anglian Marine detachments, as well as anti-air and anti-ship installations. There is also a small air force presence on the islands.

Economy

Historically, the main basis of the economy was the cash crops of natural rubber and sugar cane, as well as the logging and export of exotic timber and exotic fruits such as pineapple. These were then mainly exported to Anglia and the rest of the Occident. This was also supplemented by fishing and, later, extraction of minor deposits of gas and oil from the surrounding waters. Much of this work was initially carried out by serfs owned by the noble rulers of the island, before feudalism in Anglia declined over the course of the later Mediaeval period and into the Early Modern period. Instead, penal and indentured workers replaced the serfs. Later, these were supplemented by workhouse inmates under the Poor Relief Act 1743, which saw workhouses emptied in order to replace the numbers of workers that died of tropical diseases or industrial accidents.

The Industrial Revolution saw demand for rubber soar, leading to widespread deforestation of the natural forests and increasing demand for sugar added to this. By the early 1920s, little of the forests were left. Anglia's place as one of the leading nations of the Industrial Revolution meant that mechanisation came quickly to the islands. The first sugar cane harvesters were introduced in the 1930s and eventually the numbers of workers reduced significantly.

Over the last fifty years, the importance of tourism steadily increased. This was helped by the fact that the islands were considered to be an integral part of the Kingdom of Great Anglia, which aided visitors from the mainland. By the early 2000s, tourism was the islands' most important industry and efforts were made to preserve the remainder of the natural environment in order to foster tourism.

The military bases on the islands also play an important role in the local economy, with numerous businesses profiting from their presence.

The average GDP was somewhat less than mainland Anglia, at A$29,000.

Points:

Population: 0

Economy: 3

Area: 0

 


 

I've talked about this with @Ashanga,
@Gallambria, @New Marenesia and @Salvia to make sure they're OK with the claim and the history that I'm presenting for the islands. I'm pinging them again here, to see if they have anything else to add to this.

EDIT: Added a period of Salvian rule, as per Salvia's request. I also gave the islands names in their native language.

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