by Max Barry

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Allies & satellites

Unlike their predecessor governments, the Bulgar Rouge have undertaken an extremely active foreign policy promoting the "export" of their kind of revolution. In the framework of this policy, numerous revolutionary organisations have been established throughout the Third World with systematic and strong backing by the Bulgarian government.

Some of these organisations include Popular National Liberation Army in Mauritania, the Union of Agrarian Revolutionaries in Uganda, Leftist Revolutionary Union in Yemen, Popular Socialist Resistance in Afghanistan, Agrarian Liberation Brigades in India, Democratic Leftist Front in Uzbekistan, the Popular Liberation Front of Gran Cuscatlan, the Aleut Socialist Liberation Front of the Aleutian Islands, the Comanche Revival Council in the former United States, four Revolutionary Peasants' Parties - in the DR of Congo, Central Africa, Benin and Somalia, and two Revolutionary Renovation Leagues - in Grenada and Jamaica. All of these organisations have a total membership of more than 16,000 people and have received political, financial and military backing by Bulgar Rouge authorities. In two particular cases, armed insurgents have succeeded in establishing their own states.


  • Tamboko: After a prolongued and bloody insurgency, 2,000 rebels led by former Congolese Army colonel Pierre Gbagbo created the People's Republic of Tamboko. Its territory spreads between lake Edward and lake Albert, along the Huri river and the town of Mambasa in the northeastern Democratic Republic of the Congo. More recently, a push northward has expanded territorial control close to the Congolese border with the Central African Republic. Although not as repressive as its Bulgar Rouge patron, Tamboko has imposed a bizarre, highly authoritarian system structured along tribal values, Maoist concepts, local animist beliefs and militarism. Tamboko has very limited international recognition and faces persistent attacks by the central Congolese government which aims to bring the territory back under control. Tamboko's existence relies exclusively on Bulgarian economic and military support. It has a population of around 3,100,000 people, and 6,000 troops serve in its People's Army.

  • Democratic Sabha: The least ideological of Bulgaria's satellites, Democratic Sabha does not explicitly follow agrarian Socialism; rather, it was created by remnants of Muammar Gaddafi's loyalist forces known as the Green Resistance. The political turmoil in Libya caused the state to largely fall out of central government control, in which the Green Resistance saw a perfect opportunity to restore the Jamahiriya. Initial attempts at taking control of several Libyan cities failed due to poor organisation, but the arrival of Bulgarian military instructors and weapons supplies was crucial for the capture of Sabha. There, a new "Democratic State" was declared and by 2017 most of western Libya, including Tripoli and Misrata, fell under Sabhan control. Democratic Sabha provides Bulgaria with high quality oil supplies in exchange for weapons and economic assistance, and serves as an entry point for air and land supply lines to Tamboko.

  • Revolutionary somalia is another nominally Socialist country. It was established after State Security provided significant assistance to the local Revolutionary Peasants' Party, which won the local elections and maintains a strong power base in Somalia's rural areas. Based in Mogadishu, this regime has done little to convert Somalia into an agrarian state; instead, it has implemented healthcare improvement programmes while erroding democratic elections to cement its power. Another significant political move was the establishment of a Rural Defence Force to keep the country's numerous clan militias under control through negotiation and coercion. Mogadishu and Kismaayo have also become significant staging points for Bulgarian asymmetric operations across the Indian Ocean.


  • Revolutionary comancheria: Led by the Comanche Revival Council, this state-building project of the Comanche nation covers a vast, but sparsely populated area straddling West Texas and eastern New Mexico. With the collapse of the United States, Texas found itself allied with the right-wing Union of Free Republics (UFR), whereas New Mexico became part of the autocratic left-wing Federated States of America (FSA). A fragile ceasefire between the UFR and the FSA was close to falling apart due to frequent skirmishes by Texan and New Mexican local militias. Bulgar Rouge agents based in Mexico seized this opportunity to establish a proto-state foothold; they drafted a political programme for the Comanche with the explicit purpose of instigating political demands. The Comanche natives proposed to create a buffer state which would resolve the Texan-New Mexican conflict, which both the UFR and the FSA accepted as a solution. Comancheria's swift conversion into a council-type communist state provoked little interest on either side. Revolutionary Comancheria maintains close relations with other Bulgar Rouge-allied groups in the former United States, like the Cornucopia Banner, the Farmers' Assembly and the Edward Bellamy Brigades. It also continues to be closely associated with Bulgarian State Security Department agents in Mexico.


  • Democratic Aleutia: This small island nation spanning the Aleutian archipelago in the North Pacific was formed after a long struggle for autonomy on the part of the local population. Its final secession from the United States was quickly followed by a State Security intervention following the Somali model. Democratic Aleutia is mostly used for propaganda purposes, serving as a morale boost to Pacific independence and communist movements, but has marginal economic and strategic value. A small NPLA force is stationed on the island, guarding a strategic bomber airfield and a labour camp for politically undesirable elements exiled from across the Leftist Agrarian Revolutionary Union.

  • Transitional Heavenly State: An independent underground group in Southeast Asia, the Transitional Heavenly State precedes the formation of the Bulgar Rouge by nearly 40 years. Supposedly established by Chinese intelligence officials opposing the Deng reforms, this group has possibly backed the original Khmer Rouge until at least the late 1980s, and has since infiltrated many Asian governments and economic assets. It has been described as holding "parasitic control" over Laos, parts of Myanmar and some Vietnamese regions, and launches terrorist attacks against mainland China - its principal foe. Relations between the THS and the Bulgar Rouge are strained, chiefly because of the former's extreme stance on violence and characteristics typical of a savage death cult. Nevertheless, the ability of THS structures to muster more than 4,000,000 fanatical militiamen and its extensive intelligence and smuggling networks are indispensable to Bulgarian strategic operations.

  • Pacific socialist states: Another territory formerly under United States influence, the Pacific Socialist States comprises most atolls of the former Marshall Islands archipelago. Left without protection and economic lifelines following the American withdrawal of association, the Marshall Islands suffered a massive economic downturn and the government collapsed. The Bulgar Rouge quickly used this opportunity to request a new Socialist regime in power, in exchange for economic aid such as agricultural products, machinery, chemicals and construction equipment. Many of the islands have succeeded in forming a policy of agricultural self-sufficiency largely thanks to Bulgarian assistance. Bulgarian presence is negligible, with an estimated less than 200 NPLA personnel operating a small port, two airfields and a security station on the islands. The presence of State Security officers has been assumed in relation to alleged covert military facilities, including a possible nuclear materials extraction site in the vicinity of LinkRunit dome.


  • Russian land soviets: Established by a loose-knit assembly of groups closely mimicking Bulgar Rouge tactics and political doctrine, this proto-state promotes a massive de-urbanisation of the Russian Federation, making use of the vast Russian expanses for agriculture and forestry, and complete dismantlement of current Russian political structures. The autocratic regime in Moscow has thus far successfully stamped out many communes that have pledged allegiance to the RLS. However, new communes grow organically across Russia in parallel with the erosion of its deeply corrupt central authority. So far the RLS merely serves as a transshipment entity for Russian military and industrial technology to Bulgaria.