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Welcome to the Red Coalition of Alcala-Cordel


Who are we?

Alcala-Cordel was once two seperate nations that bordered each other, both located on a large peninsula. The Alcalan Empire was the larger nation, a capitalist police state controlled by a handful of bourgeoisie. Cordel was smaller and more impoverished, one of the region's few remaining monarchies. Twelve years before Alcala-Cordel came into being, Alcala became embroiled in a bloody war with Cordel. Though Alcala's military was almost triple the size of Cordel, Cordel's defenses were better than the Alcali government had anticipated. Meanwhile, the people of both countries suffered.
The revolution began with a strike of about 500 people at a small Alcali weapons factory. The nation's police quickly began a brutal campaign against the strikers, but the workers had strength in numbers. In protest, workers all across the nation left their jobs, freezing the nation's industry. The police were overpowered in a matter of days, so Alcala deployed soldiers to keep the peace. As most soldiers had been drafted against their will, many joined the workers, further crippling the nation. Within four months, Alcala's government was overthrown.

Cordelia IV, Cordel's monarch, was originally happy about the Alcali revolution, but his smile soon faded as the revolution crossed its border. With little preparation for a peoples' revolution, Cordel collapsed within two weeks. The revolutionaries had Cordelia's head within five.

Merging was never a conscious decision. By the end of the revolution, the people of the two nations saw themselves as one. New political movements emerged, the largest four all communist. A people's government soon emerged out of the collaboration of the parties, formally known as the Proletarian Coalition of Alcala-Cordel under the Black Star of Industry (a name suggested to party leaders by Monsone), taking inspiration from the flag of theLinkZapatistas. See also Cordel Island.

Centralized Government

While most aspects of the Cordelian government are managed by regional workers' councils, national and international issues are resolved by the fully transparent Politburo in the city of Nicosia (home of Nikolia). Nicosia is also the home of Guerilla Alkala, the national volunteer army. Together with the guerillas, the army is always ready to crush any bourgeoisie or foreign interventionist force that dares to intrude on the communes. They have tried.

Still, proletarians are encouraged not to exhibit nationalist tendencies, as this state is far lower than its people. For this reason, praxis is highly valued and people can often be found burning the Cordelian flag.

The current national figurehead is Comrade διοικητής Nikolia of the Red Coalition.

Decentralied Government

Taking inspiration from the Zapatistas in Chiapas, Alcala-Cordel has developed its own system of regional peoples' councils. While the state can supercede the councils in some instances, they are mostly left to themselves and the army is prohibited from taking any sort of power over them. These councils largely decide municipal infrastructure, education, and justice and by the popular vote of anyone willing to participate.
Other Information

Demonym: Alcali (pronounced all-call-lee)
Population: 82.6 million
Scientific Advancement: Modern Tech
Human Development Index: Very High (0.805)
UN status: Non-member observer
Ideology: Communard/neozapatismo
Borders: Turkey
Strongest industries: construction, medicine, farming

Official Name of Currency:Iwa
Currency Symbol/Abbreviation: Ξ
Current Exchange Rate with U SD/NSD: 0.62Ξ = $1.00 USD