by Max Barry

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A brief history of Nistriabar

Originally the land that forms the foundations of Nistriabar was just a collection of small atolls in the southern Indian ocean. The folhavahi islands were first visited in ancient times by Maldivian fishermen and then in the age of discovery by the Portuguese. Claimed by France as a possession of Mauritius and then ceded to Britain in the Treaty of Paris in 1810.

Since the earliest days of Britainís acquisition plans had been discussed about reclaiming land from the shallow ocean floor and expanding the islands. Once the strategic significance of the largest island Diego Garcia and the other major surrounding islands was realised serious efforts of land reclamation began. A sustained effort of several decades combined with a gradual advance in technology has resulted in the merging of the atolls into a singular island that continues to expand in surface area annually. With a dedicated percentage of the national budget being allocated to this pursuit it may continue to do so almost exponentially.

Eventually Britain would formally separate the island from the jurisdiction of the Seychelles and created the British Indian Ocean Territory (BIOT). Primarily this land was used as a military base for Britain and its allies and had a significant immigrant population of military personnel and their families, dwarfing the small population of natives. Due to the BIOTís location it was well situated to become a significant crossroad for trade. Over time many non-military personnel emigrated from around the British empire to set up plantations and other businesses that catered to the passing merchant ships. The largest central island of the time was able to import a diversity of flora and fauna to create a unique microcosm of Afro-Asian species that were beneficial to propping up the fledgling economy.

Eventually The land had grown in such size and significance that it had become more important as a colony than it ever was as a military garrison. Due to the large self-sustaining population the territory was upgraded to a dominion of the empire. Not long after it would gain self-rule and separate from Britain joining the commonwealth of states. Upon full independence the nation would adopt a new name of Nistriabar chosen by descendants from the atollís earliest inhabitants, sometimes shortened to Nistria when used in informal settings and everyday conversation.

The island has a distinct lack of natural resources which has meant historically it was completely dependent on imports of materials, but this has changed in the last few decades. Advancement in undersea mining has enabled Nistriabar to become almost self-sufficient in mineral extraction and supply. Sustainable fishing and farming are important along with a strong tourism sector and the military continues to be a major driving force of the economy as it has always done. Exports tend to be high in weapons and warships. Additionally, Nistriabarís equatorial location makes it ideal for orbital launches, various nations and supranational organisations are often seen renting out Nistriabarís lunching platforms to put their own satellites into orbit.

Nistriabar today is a modern and developed nation with strong emphasis on scientific progress and environmental sustainability (although the environment has fallen by the wayside in recent years). As a democratic and capitalist society the people enjoy good levels of social, civil and political freedoms, although organised religion tends to be frowned upon.