▤ La Paz de Los Ricos ▤
1:2 Pre-Columbian History
- 1:2.1 Polynesian Colonization
1:3 European Colonization
1:4 The Breakaway War
1:5 Independence & 18th Century
- 1.5.1 Berto, el Hierro de Castillos
- 1.5.2 Joaquim de Castillos' Death
1:6 Mario Matrus & Sect of the Law
- 1:6.1 Ten Parties of Exploration
2:1 First Reunification War
2:2 Second Reunification War
3.1 Reunification War's Aftermath
3.2 Pax Septima
- 3.2.1 The Subinsul Plan
- 3.2.2 Creation of Novodoman
- 3.2.3 Rise in Patriotism
3.3 Pax Septima's Decline
- 3.3.1 Dama͑n, el Castillo Dorado
- 3.3.2 Berto, el Hierro de Castillos' Death
- 3.3.3 The Fall from Grace
3.4 The Second Breakaway War
4.1 20th Century
- 4.1.1 The Breakaway Scandal
4.2 Disbanding Once Islas
- 4.2.1 Southern Outer Isles Independence
- 4.2.2 Siete Islas' Reformation
- 4.2.3 Neo-Insurrectionism
4.3 Widespread Revolution
4.4 The Third Reunification War
4.5 Rebuilding Siete Islas
4.6 Republican Ideals
4.7 The Second World War
5.1 Second World War's Aftermath
- 5.1.1 The Reintegration
5.2 Pax Ricana
- 5.2.1 Northern Outer Isles Purchase
5.3 Quince Isles
5.4 Ricano Composition
- 5.4.1 Ricano Reforms
- 5.4.2 Fluidity Accords
- 5.4.3 National Alias and Flag
- 5.4.4 The Crescendo
5.5 La Paz de Los Ricos
- 5.5.1 Ricano Renaissance
- 5.5.2 Transition of Cultures
5.6 21st Century
- 5.6.1 Antre Kino͑no
- 5.6.2 Ruma̹s Kansena͑s
- 5.6.3 Triangular Governship
5.7 Girante Palica͑ Terror Attack
- 5.7.1 Attack's Aftermath
5.8 Creation of Treangolism
5.9 Treangolist Triultarchy
6:1 Treangolism's Early Effects
- 6:1.1 As the 21st Century Went On
6:2 An Eye on the Stars
- 6:2.1 Achieved Missions
6:3 The Race to Mars
- 6:3.1 The Trialt Takes Notice
- 6:3.2 Splitting the Focus & Developing
the Ricano Space Commission
- - 6:3.2,2 The Ricano Reconstruction Suite
- - 6:3.2,1 The Mars Contact Suite
- 6:3.3 Further Mars Landings
- 6:3.4 Ricano Space Rush
- - 6:3.4,1 Private Sector Enters the Rush
- 6:3.5 Setting Foot on Mars
- 6:3.6 Los Ricos Catches Up
- - 6:3.6,1 2045 Ricano General Elections
- 6:3.7 Ricano Omniflight Agency
- 6:3.8 The Nation Achieves Spaceflight
7:1 The Scramble for Mars
- 7:1.1 Straining the Outer Space Treaty
- 7:1.2 The Excelsior Pact
7:2 The Space Revolution
- 7:2.1 The Normalization of Spaceflight
- 7:2.2 Interplanetary and Interstellar
- 7:2.3 Expanding Martian Colonization
7:3 Getting Ricanos to Mars
- 7:3.1 Project Further
- 7:3.2 Ricano Manned Mission to Mars
- 7:3.3 La Tierra Más Allá
7:4 Developing Mars
- 7:4.1 Prospects of Terraforming Mars
7:5 Humanity Reaches Further Out
- 7:5.1 Project Roundtrip
- 7:5.1 The Hiker Program
- 7:5.2 Hiker Launches
- 7:5.3 Ricano Fears
8:1 End Of The 21st Century
- 8:1.1 Hiker Completes Her Mission
- 8:1.2 Complexes on Mars
- 8:1.3 Terraforming Mars - Deploying
- 8:1.4 Disunion in La Paz de Los Ricos
- 8:1.5 The Splitview Incident
8:2 The Fourth Reunification War
- 8:2.1 Early Skirmishes
- 8:2.2 Fighting Eases & Truce
- 8:2.3 Difficult Discussion
8:3 Dawn of the 22nd Century
- 8:3.1 Terraforming Mars - Atmosphere
- 8:3.2 Hiker's Second Mission
- 8:3.3 Hiker Launches Again
- 8:3.4 La Paz de Los Ricos Recovers
- - 8:3.4,1 Ricania Abandons Roadways
- 8:3.5 Hiker Rounds the Gas Giants
- 8:3.6 Hiker Returns Once Again
9:1 Colonizing the Rest of the System
- 9:1.2 Mercury and Venus
- 9:1.3 Asteroid Belt
- 9:1.4 Jupiter
- 9:1.5 Saturn
- 9:1.6 Uranus and Neptune
- 9:1.7 Dwarf Planets, Kuiper Belt, and
9:2 Expanding the Hiker Program
- 9:2.1 Initial Propositions
- 9:2.2 Hiker II
- 9:2.3 Future Hikers
9:3 Ricania Tentatively Reenters Space
- 9:3.1 Creation of Tetarolism
- 9:3.2 Rejoining Excelsior
9:4 The Promise of Hiker II
- 9:4.1 Completion of the Vessel
- 9:4.2 Hiker II Launches
- 9:4.3 Reaching Ganymede
9:5 Martian Cities
- 9:5.1 Terraforming Mars - Melting The
9:6 Worlds in Reach
- 9:6.1 Success on Ganymede
- 9:6.2 Hiker Fleet
- 9:6.3 Colonies On Callisto
- 9:6.4 Ambitions Elsewhere
9:7 Ricania Expands to New Worlds
- 9:7.1 Looking to Ganymede
10:1 An Interplanetary Humanity
- 10:1.1 The Distant Worlds Community
10:2 Ricania Shoots For Titan
- 10:2.1 Project Next Step
- 10:2.2 Navakusta
- 10:2.3 Navakusta Launches
- 10:2.4 Ricanos on Titan
- 10:2.5 La Tierra Nublada
10:3 End of the 22nd Century
- 10:3.1 Normalizing Asteroid Mining
- 10:3.2 Terraforming Mars - Oceans and
- 10:3.3 Early Martian Disputes
- 10:3.4 Venutian Colonization Opportunities
- 10:3.5 Early Interstellar Tries
- 10:3.5 Ricania Reinvested In Space
- 10:3.6 Turn of the Century
The political entity of La Paz de Los Ricos lays territorial claim to the geologic entity of the Magos Archipelago, a relatively young geologic formation. The exact event that triggered the formation of the Magos archipelago is often cited to have occurred approximately 65 million years ago, just after Earth's Cretaceous-Paleogene extinction event. It has been extrapolated that the Chicxulub impactor, the same celestial body commonly believed to have caused the extinction of the dinosaur that struck just off of Yucatan Peninsula, also directly led to the creation of the archipelago.
Magos Divergence Landmass (aqua-blue) and
the collapsed shelf of the structure (light-blue)
under the above-water Magos Archipelago
The most plausible and agreed-upon explanation is that, when the Chicxulub impactor struck Earth at the end of the Cretaceous period, it triggered a cascade of extreme seismic events centered around the American continents. One such seismic event, often referred to as the Magos Creation Event, and speculated to be the largest of those seismic events, fractured the boundary between the Farallon tectonic plate and the Pacific tectonic plate, and a minute yet significant portion of the outer mantle breached into the Pacific Ocean. This magma breach quickly hardened into one massive structure, referred to as the Magos Divergence Landmass (shortened to MDL).
Over the following 60 million years, the MDL slowly began compacting together as the North American and South American plates converged. This inward compaction of the MDL put significant strain on the volcanic bedrock, which began to form into several large and distinct sub-regions. Around 31 million years ago, the tectonic strain reached its peak and caused a series of seismic events in which large portions of the MDL split apart. The weaker outer regions collapsed into the Pacific Ocean, while fifteen major sub-regions remained. After the mass collapse, the tectonic strain was relieved, leaving an archipelago of fifteen major central islands, with thousands of smaller isles dotted around as remnant debris from the MDL's collapse.
The earliest known records of civilization in the main island is the Primahumas (First Humans) civilization, estimated to have existed around the same time as the Maya civilizations. Relics from the Primahumasi include some jade stones, leaf-shaped spear heads, and painted pottery. The first findings were discovered in the Kure̜o Insul, mostly a collection of hunting gear and clay jars, as well as one unusually well-preserved clay hut. It is evident, from these findings, that the Primahumas valued jade as their "currency" of choice when bartering. Other notable valued items include animal pelts, spears, sticks, and other such objects. However, there is also evidence suggesting a vast Primahumasi empire existed as far as Isula Kure͔o of southeastern Los Ricos. Carbon dating artifacts left by the Primahumasi can pinpoint the peak of the civilization as 650 to 1050 A.D.
An important discovery on Ricano soil involved a set of bare footprints preserved in ancient mud, discovered on Isula deve̹a Pre͑ma, the archipelago's northernmost island. The set has been dated as having been produced sometime around the year 1050. These footprints are some of the clearest evidence of human presence on the archipelago. They are known widely as the "First Steps", and are an important milestone in the examination of early human exploration and life on the islands.
Early pre-colonial history and artifacts of the islands suggest that around one to two million native peoples lived on the archipelago, the largest concentrations being on the largest island, Isula Girante. These native peoples were, at first, separated into small groups, due to the mountains and rainforests that stretched across the main island making travel difficult, if not impossible in some places.The Primahumasi Empire began experiencing decline in the early 1100's, due to ethnic divides among the natives who lived on the reaches of the empire. By the late 1150's, the empire had devolved into various small kingdoms, and by the turn of the 1200's, the empire had entirely collapsed. Out of the empire's territory, four major new groups emerged: the Neortes (Northerners), the largest group, who claimed the northern and central sections of the empire, the Solari (Sun People), who claimed the southern parts, the Arsa (People of the Trees), who claimed large swaths of the western edges, and the Oseta (Easterners), who claimed the easternmost sections of the territory.
Out of these four major players, the Neortes soon became the dominant and unopposed powerhouse of the islands. Under the leadership of a wealthy native named U̜'Lo, who claimed to be a physical manifestation of a supreme deity, the Neortes formed a loose unity and quickly built up fortifications around the island. Using the difficult terrain to their advantage, the Neortes followed guerilla tactics to win battles and conquer loyal cities, which proved very effective. Around the 1270's, the Neortes had reached their greatest territorial extent, reaching from the island of Ranga, just south of Isula Girante, to the southern coasts of Manille Island, the island just north of Isula Girante.
However, by the 1300's, the Neortes soon began to suffer a similar fate to the Primahumasi Empire, suffering a state of devolution into smaller, stricter city-states and kingdoms. U̜'Lo had died without an heir, and the Arsa and Oseta had begun to take over the fringes of the empire, assimilating cities and people into their borders and culture respectively. The remaining Neortes were split into the Eastern Neortes (who were entirely assimilated into the surrounding tribes), and Western Neorte Tribes, which eventually reunited under the ruler Ro̜'va, who established the Mitzilano Tribal Empire, named for the Mitzilano Lake, the lake their largest town was situated next to.
An intervaled map detailing the expansion and collapse
of the different nations in pre-colonial times, Polynesian
colonization efforts, and the creation of the Marhuan State.
The Mitzilano tried to regain the Neortes' previous holdings and territories, continuing to fail time and time again, due to Ro͔'va's underestimation of the Arsa and Oseta peoples' manpower and willingness to hold their territories. Eventually, in 1324, the Arsa and Oseta, fearful of Ro̜'va and the Mitzilano continued onslaught of their border territories, formed an agreement, today called the Grava Agreement, the earliest recorded document in the archipelago's history.
The Battle of Northern Waters took place in 1329. The Mitzilano were engaging the Grava Alliance on the southern coast of the island of Manille, which was Grava Alliance territory at the time. Ro̜'va led the charge to the battle site. The battle resulted in thousands of deaths on both sides. However, the Mitzilano were ultimately successful, their first recorded victory since their establishment. In 1330, the Battle of Northern Waters concluded with the second recorded document in the islands' history, now named the Northern Waters Treaty. The Mitzilano would annex all of Manille Island, and also a large sum of border lands from the Grava on Isula Girante. The Mitzilano installed a tribute in the Grava Alliance's governments, who would monitor the Grava Alliance member's actions, and had some slight influence in the government's decisions.
Gradually, the Mitzilano would continue to make new acquisitions in the unclaimed territories of the Isula Girante. However, the empire would eventually need to fight against a much more powerful adversary.
The Tu'i Tonga Empire discovered the main island around the 1370's, after making a voyage eastward from Hawaii. They discovered the native Mitzilano Empire, and decided that the archipelago would be a suitable location to found their next colony. The Mitzilano would meet the Tonga at Tunada Beach, in the western edge of the island, and the two powers would fight in a desperate attempt to gain control of the land. After two days, however, the Mitzilano Empire's defenses fell, and the Tu'i Tonga launched a successful invasion of the empire. After approximately three months of fighting, the Tu'i Tonga would directly cut through the Mitzilano territory, and eventually take over their entire empire.
The Tu'i Tonga would continue to defend their new acquisition, until eventually, the Tongan authority in Isula Girante, led by an individual named Ulalo'mana, would be overthrown in a revolution occurring in an undetermined year (estimated to have occurred from 1390 to 1405). Ulalo'mana was supposedly killed in this revolt. Over time, the continued decline of the Tongan Empire allowed for the natives on Isula Girante and the rest of the archipelago to successfully break away and declare independence.
After the dissolution of the Tongan authority, a significant population of Tongan settlers would remain on Isula Girante. A Tongan settler named Tura'mana, who claimed to be a direct descendant of Ulalo'mana, was very unhappy at the sudden lack of a government on the islands, and felt abandoned by the Tongan authority. Tura'mana would rally those on the island with him to form a new government. Tura'mana would name this state the Mara͗n state (original meaning lost), installing himself as the monarch and establishing a line of dynastic inheritance. Tura'mana would lead the Mara͗n State in a conquest across the archipelago, and would expand their sphere of influence significantly through his lifetime.
The Mara͗n State would last from approximately 1420 (exact year unknown) to 1571, when, after the archipelago's first contact with the Spanish Empire, the Spanish would ultimately battle with, disestablish the Mara͗n State, and take control of the islands. Throughout this time, the state would have approximately three monarchs, and would expand to control five of the fifteen major islands, (all of which being the five-largest central islands of the archipelago) as well as an unknown amount of minor islands.
In 1571, an expedition led by Spanish explorer Sebastian Carlos del Oceano would depart from southern Peru in search of a new trade route from the Andes ports to the Philippines, specifically searching for a route through the Central Pacific. Del Oceano's ship, the Soberania, was blown off course in a tropical storm, and would crash on the island of Navaco͑ba, the second-largest island of the archipelago, and make contact with the Mara͗n State.
Del Oceano, an avid explorer who traveled much of the New World, named the island "Nueva Cuba", as he believed that the landscape resembled the Cuban wilderness. The Mara͗ns believed the Spanish were ancient dieties, returning to bless them. The Spanish, however, fearing the natives to be "inferior barbarians" (as put by one explorer) would attack Mara͗n settlements in a sort of preemptive strike to fend off natives. In 1576, the Spanish established a port city, which they named Puerto Mellor. The etymology of this name is unknown, but it is speculated that "Mellor" is a Spanish corruption of a Mara͗n word (theorized to be "Mi̜-a͑ra͗, believed to mean "place where land meets sea".
The Mara͗ns would engage in several battles with the Spanish to reclaim their lost lands, and all of their attempts were be unsuccessful. The Spanish began an island-hopping campaign across the archipelago, sending several ships to head north and south from Puerto Mellor to capture and subdue as many Mara͗ns as possible, and to secure as much territory as they could.
As the Spanish colonists took over the islands, they completely revolutionized Mara͗n society, and one of the largest and most sweeping changes they made was the deconstruction of the old Mara͗n language. The Mara͗ns used a pictographic system, and the Spanish believed that these glyphs were demonic symbols. As a result, the Spanish systematically destroyed various uses of it until it was eventually forgotten by most Mara͗ns.
By 1583, the Spanish had successfully conquered seven of the fifteen largest islands, killing and enslaving an unknown amount of the Mara͗n population. The Spanish would christen these islands as the colony of Las Tierras Ricas (Spanish for "The Rich Lands", for the fertility of the soil and abundance of natural resources), governed as a viceroyalty of the empire, with its capital located at Puerto Mellor. Spanish settlers would treat the enslaved Mara͗n natives harshly, and would continue on a campaign to hunt and capture any remaining Mara͗ns who had managed to hide from the Spanish.
The Spanish considered these islands extensively important strategically, due to their position west of Spanish colonies in South America, and their role as a port between the Americas and the Pacific. As such, the archipelago was called "The Gateway to India" by Spain, and the Spanish leadership, especially the Spanish Viceroy of Las Tierras Ricas, were heavily paranoid that the islands would be discovered by rival empires, such as Great Britain, Portugal, or France. The Spanish were heavily protective of their islands, and considered it a top-priority to keep them as much of a secret as possible, and were prepared to fight over them, if necessary.
An intervaled map detailing the expansion of European
colonial powers into the archipelago.
The Portuguese were ultimately the largest threat to the viceroyalty, as Portugal's interest in India and Asia would result in outright conflict between the two powers. In 1595, the Portuguese would intercept messages from Las Tierras Ricas to the Spanish government in Madrid that contained a map detailing the locations of the islands and charts of the eastern sea rim. Portugal planned an invasion to claim the islands and take the resources, and spent the next nine years planning for a full-scale assault on the islands and building their navy. In 1604, Spanish fears were realized when the Portuguese would invade Puerto Mellor, capturing other key locations around Las Tierras Ricas, and eventually forcing the Spanish to cede the territory.
The Portuguese would develop the city of Puerto Mellor, renaming it to "Porto Alegria", and would also rename the entire archipelago as the colony of "Terra Rica Portuguesa", an intentional insult to the Spanish crown. Portugal would fiercely defend the colony, using it as their newest, and perhaps their most valuable, Pacific possession. The Portuguese would use this as a base for voyages to China and Africa, and also used it as a lucrative slave territory, importing hundreds of African and native slaves to the islands for labor and service. The Portuguese would also import sugar to the colony, and convert many of the already established towns into slave hubs and sugar plantations, growing sugar to export back to Portugal.
During this time, tensions were at their highest between Spain and Portugal, almost leading to an all-out war between the empires. This war was avoided, however, due to both Spain and Portugal suffering heavy losses during the battle, resulting in both nations focusing on rebuilding their navies for the inevitable second confrontation over the islands. The Portuguese would ultimately hold the colony until around 1600, and would use it heavily to their advantage.
In 1610, Spain would launch a large-scale assault on Terra Rica Portuguesa, six years after the initial Portuguese capture, in an ultimately successful attempt to recapture the lost colonies. The Spanish fleet would attack Porto Alegria, as well as landing at several coastal towns. For two weeks, the Spanish would push through the jungle and capture many towns in order to force the Portuguese to surrender. The Spanish eventually succeeded in surrounding and capturing Porto Alegria. A Portuguese delegation would meet with Spanish generals at Porto Alegria, and sign a peace treaty to end the conflict, ceding the colonies back to the Spanish, and paying for reparations to Porto Alegria (renamed to Puerto Mellor) and other towns across Las Tierras Ricas, evacuating almost all of the Portuguese colonists who set up in the territory. This six-year conflict would be known as the Authority War, and in total cost around 1,000 lives.
With Spain resuming control over the colonies and the Mara͗n and mestizo population, those populations would harbor a resentment towards the colonists and authorities on the islands. One example of this resentment was in how the Mara͗n populace would begin subtle modifications to the Spanish language over time. Throughout the early 1600's, the Mara͗ns would change the Spanish language by substituting or eliminating certain characters and sounds (such as the removal of many instances of the letter "j" [/h/] character and corruptions of the "ll" and some "i" instances, [/ʝ/] into a diacritic "c" and corruptions of instances of /w/ into diacritic "ɔ", both borrowed from the Mara͗n pictographic alphabet). These changes eventually made it heavily difficult for a Spanish-speaker and a speaker of this new corrupted Spanish to communicate. Some more paranoid citizens feared that this language was actually an introduction of Portuguese rebellion into the Mara͗n society, which was untrue. This new dialect would continue to grow into the early 1700's. The dialect eventually diverged sufficiently from Spanish that it became a new language, practically unintelligible to Spanish-speakers.
The Mara͗ns, who had lost the original Mara͗n language to Spanish deconstruction efforts, adopted this new language, giving it a new name: "Ne͗va Ledo͑ma" (meaning "New Language"). Many Mara͗ns displeased with Spanish colonists began using Ne͗va Ledo͑ma in order to communicate with other Mara͗ns who shared these sentiments. Ne͗va Ledo͑ma was distinguishably a seperate language than Spanish, and it's quick evolution had allowed the Mara͗ns to quickly hold converations between each other. However, this continued evolution had the added detriment of making it difficult for new speakers to learn, due to no centralized body regulating the language's evolution, and also because various parties constanty changed and edited the language, adding new words and changing obsolete ones. The first written instance of Ne͗va Ledo͑ma was from 1661, and is speculated to have been a letter between two Mara͗ns discussing their distrust of Spanish officials. Ne͗va Ledo͑ma had around 1,000 fluent speakers by 1701, according to one estimate, and 2,500 by 1725, suggesting that it's rate of expansion was very slow.
Spanish authorities, afraid of another attack and discontent with Las Tierras Ricas' defensive capabilities, decided to expand from their current seven islands to take the rest of the archipelago, and by the year 1727, all fifteen of the major islands were under Spanish control. These new island territories would serve as defensive outposts for the entire viceroyalty.
The Spanish colonists and authorities had a growing, extreme distrust of the Mara͗n population ever since Ne͗va Ledo͑ma was discovered as a distinguishable and separate language, believing it to be a revival of the "demonic Mara͗n language" as one outspoken citizen remarked. The Spanish authorities acted quickly, and began searching for any written instances of Ne͗va Ledo͑ma. However, due to the language's constant and unchecked evolution, almost all written instances of the language were outdated or incorrect, and the remainder of the language was all entirely spoken.
The Spanish Viceroy, furious, ordered a mass execution of Mara͗n citizens in an attempt to deconstruct the new Mara͗n language once more. Many public executions of Mara͗ns were conducted in an attempt to force the population into submission. These executions culminated in 1734, when Spanish officials conducted raids and torched Mara͗n villages, killing almost 500 Mara͗ns. It was known as "Night of the Great Fire" (Spanish: "Noche del Gran Fuego", Ne͗va Ledo͑ma: "No͗ze deve̹o Girana Fi͗ro"), and was considered by many to be one of, if not the catalyst for the eventual Breakaway War.
Following the event, the Mara͗ns began resisting the Spanish authorities' attacks on them. A small coalition of several small tribes was formed, with the common goal of fighting back against the Spanish authorities. In 1739, the newly instated Spanish Viceroy of Las Tierras Ricas, Juan Daros de la Laguna, who was an outspoken supporter of Mara͗n genocide, and advocated for the burning of more Mara͗n villages, held his first public speech, denouncing the natives' culture and calling for a full ethnic cleansing of the colony.
The Mara͗n Coalition sent a plea for leniency to Viceroy de la Laguna in the form of an open letter in 1739, titled "Pe̜a deve̹a Pa̹s". Unfortunately for the coalition, it was unsuccessful, and de la Laguna did not listen to the coalition's requests.
In the 1740s and early 1750s, the Spanish encountered increasing hostility and resistance from the Mara͗n population in and around Puerto Mellor. The native population across Las Tierras Ricas began to form more coalitions, which further angered the Spanish authorties. The tensions reached their peak in February of 1753, when one of the Mara͗n coalitions managed to break into the Viceroy's Palace in Puerto Mellor and assassinate Viceroy de la Laguna. The coalition was a pro-independence sect, and immediately after assassinating the viceroy, the leader of the coalition gave a speech to the people of the city persuading them to fight for independence. That coalition was quickly killed by Spanish authorities. This assassination and the subsequent speech is the most agreed-upon events that triggered the Breakaway War, the fight for independence against the Spanish authorities.
Dates: April 4, 1753 - September 12, 1764
(Treaty Signed, Independence Recognized)
- December 29, 1764
Location: Magos Archipelago, Iberian Peninsula, New Caribbean Sea
Result: Siete Islas victory:
- Siete Islas independence recognized by Spanish Empire
- Spanish Empire pays reparations
- Spanish withdraw all soldiers from ceded islands
Territorial Changes: Spanish cede seven major islands to Siete Islas
The Breakaway War is the Ricano war of independence which occurred between 1753 and 1764, and the longest war in Ricano history, spanning a total of eleven years, and costing a total of 8-10,000 lives. It was fought between the colony of Las Tierras Ricas (with assistance from the Portuguese Empire) and the Spanish Empire.
The war began on April 4, 1753, with a formal declaration of war from the Spanish Empire at Madrid for the assassination of then Viceroy Juan Daros de la Laguna the pro-independence Mara͗n coalition. The Spanish, who controlled the islands, were furious at the assassination and supposed insurrection, and thus declared war on the small group. The Spanish authorities on the island also planned on conducting a thorough extermination of the Mara͗n population.
The group who was responsible for the successful assassination of the viceroy adopted the name "Siete Islas", and believed they were destined to unite the seven original islands of Las Tierras Ricas into one single force to defeat the Spanish and declare independence. They created the motto "Siete Islas, Un Destino" ("Seven Islands, One Destiny" in Spanish), as a call to those living across the seven central islands to rise in rebellion against the Spanish. They, however, ignored the outer six islands, due to them being mostly uninhabited, and they were considered largely "not useful" at the time.
Siete Islas was created under the leadership of Marco "Espada en el Corazón" Caluza. Caluza, born in the colony of New Spain and having moved to the islands in search of a career in the arts, was known in Puerto Mellor as a brave figure. He had been an advocate for colonial autonomy and independence, and had gained the respect of those who shared his ideals, but lost the respect of those who did not. Caluza had always harbored a disliking for the harsh treatment of the mestizo and slave populations of Spanish colonies, due to him having Aztec heritage and strong ties to his native culture.
In 1754, Caluza and around ten to twelve of his closest friends and associates met in the cellar of a small farmhouse in the countryside, and discussed their situation. The meeting would last an entire 27 hours, and be nicknamed "The Whispers of Breakaway". Throughout the meeting, the associates discussed the group's affiliations, whether the rebellion should recruit civilians or form alliances with foreign powers, and what their inspiration was.
At one point during the meeting, one of the associates, Joaquim Mejico de Castillos asked:
"Are we not to fight without the people at our backs?"
This question would set in motion the Breakaway Militia, a group of volunteers soldiers that pledged allegiance to Siete Islas, who would be the military force Siete Islas would use for their campaign. Breakaway Militia would be founded in late 1754, and at the time of the first battle of the war, would be approximately 1,200 strong.
On January 21, 1755, the first battle of the war would be fought at Puerto Mellor, outside a courthouse in the central part of the town. A group of Breakaway Militiamen had exited the courthouse, and caught the attention of several Spanish soldiers, who stood and trained their guns on them. A five-hour standoff would ensue, when one frightened Militiaman fired and killed one of the soldiers standing opposite them. The result was an exchange of gunfire between the soldiers and Militiamen, which cost the lives of all fifty Militiamen, and all twenty-two Spanish soldiers, as well as eight civilians, according to some accounts. The first battle of the war was never determined an official victor.
Over the next three years, propaganda campaigns would be launched across the islands, nicknamed "The Double-Edged Blade Campaign" by historians, as they would be mostly successful in persuading people to join the Breakaway Militia, except they would unknowingly alert the Spanish to the Militia's position and next viable targets, allowing for soldiers to anticipate the Militia's movements and kill large amounts of unsuspecting Militiamen. As a result, the Breakaway Militia would be divided into an unknown number of smaller cells, which would cover different islands and areas of the islands in their campaign. The total number of cells is unknown as Militiamen's messages often differ in count, either due to an attempt to confuse any Spanish who intercepted the messages, or the Militiamen themselves not knowing in order to further protect their ranks.
Islas underground cell.
The next major battle of the war would be the longest battle, the Battle of the Broadleaf, which would be fought in the dense jungles of central Isula Girante in May of 1757. Soldiers where marching from Puerto Mellor to another major settlement, Puerto Selvazona, when they would be ambushed by Breakaway Militia in a guerrilla assault. The Spanish general in command would be killed, and all of the soldiers would be slaughtered. Over half of the Militiamen, however, survived the attack, leading to a Breakaway Militia victory. The battle's namesake came from the jungle's broad-leafed plants and underbrush, which may have played a role in decreasing visibility during assault.
It's known that Caluza would delegate his associates to command some of the Militia cells. He also personally commanded one of the cells himself, nicknamed "Cell 01", and it is generally accepted that de Castillos commanded Cell 02, but the other cells and their leaders are largely unknown.
The Battle of the Pyrenees Ridge, the Battle of Blue Frontiers, and the Battle of Vengeance are three major battles that also resulted in Breakaway Militia victory. The Battle of Pyrenees Ridge was fought in August of 1758, at a small mountain ridge named for the Pyrenees in Europe, where a Spanish fort was successfully raided and captured by the Breakaway Militia with minimal Militia casualties. The Battle of Blue Frontiers was fought in February of 1760, where a Spanish vessel was sunk off the coast of Puerto Selvazona, destroying several dozen tons of munitions for the Spanish soldiers stationed across the archipelago. The Battle of Vengeance was the most important victory for Siete Islas, aside from the final battle, in terms of supplies and munitions. Fought in April of 1761, a Militia cell stormed and took control of a walled town on Manille Island, which the Spanish fiercely and desperately defended, due to the compound containing one of the largest stockpiles of supplies, food, and weapons on the entire colony. The battle was named as a commendation for the soldiers who died defending the compound, and as a testament to the Spanish resolve to control Las Tierras Ricas for as long as possible.
Throughout the course of the war, the Portuguese would secretly supply Siete Islas with weapons and ammunition, as Joseph I of Portugal and the Portuguese government wanted the see Spain lose this valuable colonial acquisition, due to them having been expelled from the territory half a century prior. The Portuguese would also provide volunteers to fight in the Breakaway Militia, however, they never sent any actual soldiers, for fear Spain would declare war on them and an all-out conflict would erupt between the two empires.
The Battle of Dog's Tail, fought in late 1762, would be a deadly mistake for the Militia. In an accident, a Militiaman from one cell spotted another cell marching through the jungle, and mistook them for Spanish soldiers. The two cells engaged and fought until the mistake was rectified several minutes later. However, the accident cost the lives of about thirty total Militiamen, and the Militiaman who made the mistaken call was executed by the commander of his cell later in the evening.
An intervaled map detailing the annual
progress of the Breakaway War.
The final battle of the war would be fought on September of 1764, in Puerto Mellor, and would be named "the Battle of Streaming Blood". Much of the archipelago had expelled Spanish control at this point, and a small remainder, mostly in the southern islands, would continue to hold onto structures and settlements. Caluza and the Breakaway Militia believed that liberating Mellor would result in the ultimate surrender of the remaining soldiers. The majority of the Militia's cells would converge on all sides of the city, except for the ocean. The battle would begin with shots fired from the city, almost certainly from a Spanish soldier, and would continue for four days.
In the battle, Marco Caluza would be killed, the most popular theory being he was taken out by an arrow in the throat. The fighting would also involve civilians, who allied themselves with both sides, those aligning with Breakaway Militia believing they would be contributing to the freedom of everyone in the archipelago, and those aligning themselves with the soldiers believing they would be spared when the inevitable defeat of the Militia came.
In a desperate bid to maintain order, Commander de Castillos of Cell 02 took command of all of the cells present, declaring the Militia was one strong force which would overwhelm the Spanish soldiers, and uniting the Militia more than ever before. In total, almost 5,000 Militiamen fought against 6,250 Spanish soldiers. In the end, the fighting ended at the same courthouse it began, when a small Spanish delegation, led by a man only known as "Roberto", would surrender to the Militiamen who were storming the courthouse. The battle concluded on September 12, 1764, with a Spanish defeat, and a resounding victory for the Breakaway Militia and Siete Islas.
The signing of the Breakaway Peace Treaty for Siete Islas' independence would be delayed until December of 1764, due to unknown reasons. The terms of the treaty would be harsh on the Spanish, forcing them not only to recognize Siete Islas' independence, but also to evacuate any and all colonists still loyal to Spain, as well to pay the country reparations for the damages and lives lost in the Breakaway War. The Spanish still retained control of the outer six islands, which many Siete Islas citizens felt was too lenient on the part of the Breakaway Militia.
Siete Islas was the first nation in the Americas to gain its independence. However, it's initial struggle to form a central government and support its economy reduced its significance in the American political landscape. It would be overshadowed by the American Revolution some decades later.
The first step would be to unify the nation's people under a common goal. Commander de Castillos, being the highest ranking member of the Siete Islas underground group and the Breakaway Militia, volunteered as leader of the nation. He accepted the first title of "Commander", and people hailed him for his skill in defeating the Spanish. He would gain the nickname "The Commander of the Sun" sometime during his term.
He would decide to name the nation "The Breakaway Commandancy of Siete Islas", and under Commander de Castillos, the nation would undergo a period of rebuilding and construction, which would ultimately devastate the nation's economy. de Castillos would draft the Charter of the Breakaway Commandancy, which was a series of very loose and vague documents that failed to form a cohesive government or rules. This would be incredibly unpopular, and would, in the end, fail as a leading document. de Castillos would recruit others to draft the Second Charter of the Breakaway Commandancy. This revised charter detailed the basic functions of the nation, such as the creation of a currency, the establishment of a militia, and, designating the basic leadership of the nation. This document would also be unpopular, due to how loosely and poorly worded the clauses were, leading to many different interpretations and loopholes for exploitation being found in the text.
The currency created, the Septimo real, would also fail, due to it having no value to back it, and thus, making it ultimately worthless. This would prove very detrimental to the nation, as de Castillos owed many debts to the Portuguese volunteers who fought alongside the Militiamen, and he would have nothing to pay them back with.
In 1768, de Castillos would contact Charles IV of Spain and the Spanish government via open letter, and in attempt to boost the nation's economy, would ask for an attempt to back the Septimo currency using the Spanish treasury, a request which would be denied. However, Siete Islas would begin to invest in agriculture, growing crops such as coffee, bananas, and coconut, and export them to buyers such as the British and Portuguese Empires. Steadily, Siete Islas would build a suitable economy, and consequentially, would begin to finally form a more successful and effective currency.
The capital of the nation would be established at Puerto Mellor, due to it being the previous capital of the Spanish viceroyalty, it being the most developed of all the towns and cities across the state, and also it's frequency as a trading port making it one of the wealthiest towns in the archipelago.
de Castillos would be offered the title of "king", by some of his closest associates and those who believed he was some sort of "destined savior" of the archipelago. He, however, would turn it down, citing something similar to, 'it would not be prudent to undermine everything we've fought independence for."
Breakaway Commandancy (above), with the
revolutionary flag being used as the naval
ensign and wartime flag.
In the 1770s, civil unrest would arise, due to the fact that the nation had no real identity yet in the Americas. The state, due to its suffering economy, was not taken seriously by world powers. The Second Charter of the Breakaway Commandancy was not a binding document, and several of the seven islands had begun to form regional governments and drift from the central Commandancy. The state did not even have a national flag, and the de facto flag was the revolutionary Siete Islas flag, which many citizens did not appreciate, due to the "identity of the youthful state being associated negatively with the ill-harbored feelings of revolution", according to one outspoken citizen.
Commander de Castillos feared that Siete Islas was deconstructing itself, and was paranoid that the citizens were "unfaithful to the ideals of the Commandancy". In an effort to reunite the state, he instated the first series of reforms to the state. de Castillos rewrote the charter in 1773, creating the Third Charter of the Breakaway Commandancy, which was a much more effective binding document that worked better at uniting the nation's islands. By 1775, the Commander also reformed many of the regional insular governments in order to better answer to the central government. de Castillos also decided to create a new national flag in 1781, while the revolutionary flag would be used as naval ensign and the wartime flag.
Out of several proposals, a green flag with a blue stripe on the hoist, with the Mara͗n's pictograph of the sun was selected as the national flag. This sun is sometimes called the "Mara͗n swastika", "swastika of the sun", or "insular swastika", however, it's most widely recognized today as the "Breakaway Sun", popularized by his final decision to include the sun on the flag's canton. This flag is the inspiration for all future Ricano flags. It is unknown how many proposals were presented, as all of the unsuccessful proposals were later burned, and no documents show any of the burned proposals clearly.
Eventually, de Castillos would fall in love with a mistress named Anabella Pizaro, and would make her his wife. Since both were Catholic, they would wait until they were married until having a child. Unfortunately, Anabella would die in childbirth due to extreme exertion. The child, born on March 17, 1793, was named inheritor of the Commandancy, and would be named Berto, el Hierro de Castillos. During this time, Joaquim de Castillos, grief-stricken after the death of his lover, would begin to show signs of mental deterioration.
During the remainder of his time as Commander, Joaquim de Castillos would install several new reforms, such as the establishment of new tariffs on foreign-produced crops in order to stimulate their economy, and also, aware of his decreasing faculties, oversaw the creation of a small group of select advisers, named "Sect of the Law" (Spanish: "Secta de las Leyes", Ne͗va Ledo͑ma: "Secda devea͗ U͑stales") in 1790, who would help the Commander when making major decisions, while minor decisions would be handled by the Commander himself with little review from the Sect.
This flag replaced the Breakaway Sun with
a star pattern as an attempt to demoralize
Almost a decade later, at the end of his administration, de Castillos, would suffer extreme mental fallacies, with most historians believing he was developing advanced dementia in his later years. Eventually, the Commander's health failed in 1808, leaving his 15-year-old son, still an inheritor, in charge of the nation. It was at this time that Sect of the Law would see internal divides on how the Breakaway Commandancy as a whole would be led. The teenage inheritor would have his institution postponed indefinitely by Sect of the Law, while the head of the Sect, a man named Mario Matrus, would take the position as head of state.
Matrus was unhappy with the current system of governance in Siete Islas. He felt that the Third Charter was unsuitable at guiding the nation, and believed that the document would lead to the deconstruction of the nation. Matrus believed that the Commander had been an irresponsible leader, and Matrus thought that the nation needed intense reformations in order to survive.
One of Matrus' first orders as head of state would be the creation of a new flag. Matrus had hated the flag currently in use, as he believed the use of the Breakaway Sun would inspire a stronger Mara͗n populace, leading to rebellion. Matrus, being a Spanish immigrant to Siete Islas, carried very discriminatory views towards the Mara͗n. Matrus selected a flag with seven white stars in the canton to represent national unity of the seven islands.
Under Matrus, the state would begin a period of expansion and exploration. A large amount of the rainforest had not been properly explored, only having been used as a battlefield during the Breakaway War. Matrus wanted to send expeditions to map the entire area of rainforest. A large amount of the islands had still not been documented, and Matrus hoped to find some sort of resource to boost the Siete Islas' economy to a more acceptable level, as the nation had still been struggling with debt and failing economic ventures after their independence.
The expedition was heavily modeled after the Corps of Discovery Expedition that had happened in the United States five years prior, sending ten search parties total, each consisting of three to five people. In total, anywhere from thirty to fifty total explorers were sent. Their primary objective was to survey the interior of the islands, most notably Isula Girante and Manille Island, and once they had made it out of the rainforests and to the opposite coastlines, to report back to Matrus, where they would then formulate a general idea of the islands' interiors. Matrus swore these explorers to absolute secrecy, however, and that if they encountered anyone who was not a member of any of the other parties or a member of the government, to flee in another direction and not to make contact. Matrus would do this out of fear that he and his government would be exposed if the parties were to reveal too many details.
The parties would be numbered 1 to 10, and would begin their expeditions on different days. Over a nineteen-day period, a search party would be released every other day, with their times of release being determined by their party number, starting with 1 and ending with 10. Each party was provided with one pistol for all members of the party, as well as one shotgun between all of them, food to last them several weeks, an axe, and a copy of the most detailed maps of the islands available at the time. They would be posted on Isula Girante and Manille Island, starting at either the east or west coast of the island, and would travel in a straight line through the interior, and would theoretically all finish their journeys at the opposite coast than the one they began from.
The expeditions would begin on January 1st, 1811, and would last until approximately September of that same year, exact date disputed, mostly successful in their mission. Party 1, commanded by leader John Lader Spyman, a Scottish immigrant entrusted by the government, would be the first to finish their expedition, and Party 6, led by one Mo-e͗ Gonzalez-Beda would be the last. All of the parties would have to deal with similar obstacles, such as the rainforest, mountains to some extent, and heavy rains and crap like that.
Parties 5 and 6 are notable because of their failures in accomplishing their missions. Party 5 was almost a universally agreed failure, as the group of four individuals, led by one Francisco Mozen Trinidad, was assigned to cross the path with included the largest mountain in all of the country, Mount Vezonia (Spanish: Montevezuña, Novodoman: Munta Vezuna͑). Crossing the mountain proved difficult, as it was March, and despite their attempts to cross the mountain at its base, thick jungle made it impossible to cross. Trinidad ordered the party to cross the mountain, but snow and ice would cause the death of two of their group members, as well as the loss of all of their previous maps and sketches. The two remaining survivors were forced to abandon their friends' corpses and the expedition altogether, and returned to the village they started from. Party 6, led by Mo-e͗ Gonzales-Beda, a Mara͗n descendant who had limited knowledge of the dense rainforest interior, was a failure due to the party getting lost in the jungle, and four out of the five party members, including Gonzales-Beda, would starve to death. The one who survived, name unknown, would later recount that the group was "ensnared in the grip of Death's ever-looming presence", and would also claim that one member of the party resorted to cannibalism.
The parties, in total, would explore a majority of Isula Girante and Manille Island, writing over 600 total pages of documentation, and compiling a comprehensive map of the islands' interiors, with fairly accurate topography and bio-regional maps as well, detailing the height of certain points of the land and the boundaries of jungles and grassy plains.
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