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Brief History of the Barunian Isles

The Barunian Isles are an isolated island chain. They have no native human population, and for centuries have been a haven for seabirds. Man first came to the islands in the 16th century, when the spanish trade galleon San Juan de Baptiste was shipwrecked off the coast of one of the islands. (That island is now called San Baptiste, after the ship.) The ship had been carrying migrants to the new world, and the survivors began a new life on the island.

Within fifty years a small community had sprung up, although it went largely unnoticed by the rest of the world. According to some legends, pirates operated out of the Barunian isles for the next few centuries. Although this is unclear, it is known that the people of San Baptiste spread out over the islands, establishing a monastery on the adjacent Trinity island and also making it as far south as Tildos.

It would not be until the eighteenth century, when european settlers once again discovered Barunia. The explorer David Barrett came across the islands in the year 1780. Finding a deep natural harbour on the island of Barunia, he named he named it Haven bay, as his ship found shelter there during a storm that struck the island. Over the next decade, Haven bay was used as a safe harbour by passing ships, who also traded with the natives.

In 1791, a port was constructed in Haven bay. Named the Port of Haven, it had warehouses, shops and taverns, as well as a fort overlooking the harbour. For a brief time Barunia flourished, and expeditions were made into West Barunia and Marion Island. During this time, the islands were divided into three territories: East and West Barunia, Marion Island. Tildos and its islands were considered an independent land, belonging to the descendants of the survivors of theSan Juan de Baptiste.
However, no further establishment was made, and by 1820 the Barunian Isles were largely ignored, ships passing by in favour of larger, more prosperous ports elsewhere.

In the late 19th century, a Maalvian expedition claimed several islands in the north, naming it New Maalvia. Meanwhile to the south, the three colonies of Barunia were federated into a single state. Allied with the northern state of Tildos, the two became the country of Barunia y Tildos.

During the early 20th century, members of Maalvia's Socialist Separatist Party (SSP) fled to the islands to escape persecution in their homeland. They brought with them new ideas, and before long Barunia y Tildos had a burgeoning socialist party. On the 12th of November, 1931, the SSP took control of the Barunian parliament. What followed was the socialist revolution, which saw socialist party members take to the streets. The revolution saw little resistance, and it took just 42 days for the old regime to be done away with. On the 23rd of December, socialist leader Jan Petrescu declared the revolution a success, creating the a new country, the Federation of Barunia, from the twin nations of Barunia y Tildos.

In 1942, after growing tensions between Barunia and New Maalvia, fighting broke out between the states over water rights. After a 109-day stand off, which say the northern Maalvian colony blockaded by several Barunian warships and a flotilla of fishing vessels, New Maalvia surrendered. Following the surrender, Maalvia signed a peace treaty with Barunia, under the terms of which Barunia would lay claim to all of New Maalvia.

Barunian Eras
Spanish Era
New Settlement
Bi-national Era (Barunia y Tildos)
Federation of Barunia
Free Republic / Civil War
Socialist Federation
Restoration
New Socialism

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