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Albandry and the UASR

The Union of Albandrite Socialist Republics


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Motto: Wоркерс оф тхе Wорлд, Уните!



Coat of Arms:



Anthem
"Albandry Liberated at Last!"


Location


Population:105 Million


Capital: Revolutionary City
Largest City: Slavosk


Official Language:Albandrite English



National Language: Albandrite English


Demonym:Albandrite

Government:
- Premier: Johannan Vinsky


Establishment: 1957


Land Area:7.8 million
km˛


Elevation
Highest Point:10,718 ft
Lowest Point: -3.54 m


GDP (nominal):46,268.64 Albendrite Vouchers
GDP (nominal) per capita: 46,268.64 USD


Currency:Labor Voucher


Calling code:+672


Internet TLD: .uasr


The Union of Albandrite Socialist Republics

The Union of Albandrite Socialist Republics, commonly referred to as "Albandry", is a Marxist-Leninist state set on a large Island, surrounded by oil rich seas and primary fishing grounds.

The Union of Albandrite Socialist Republics has a long history of Empires and ancient civilizations, however its modern state was the result of a bloody Civil War between Republicans and Communists throughout the 1940's and 1950's. Resulting in a Communist Victory.
Immediately after the Communist Victory, the new state was initially recognized by only fellow Socialist nations, while most non-socialist nations refused to acknowledge a government there. This made international relations stagnate until the 1990's, when heavy liberalization hit the World Assembly, and the UASR was officially recognized by most non-Socialist states.

The Island that the UASR resides on is made of several different climates, from beaches, tundras to large areas of plains. This geographic diversity has made the Island a popular tourist attraction for foreigners from other Socialist states and, with the removal of travel bans in the late 90's, capitalist nations as well.

Etymology
(Source: Wikipedia)

The term "Albandry" and the average term for a resident of Albandry "Albandrite" originates from the Second Imperial Age (1100-1400 BCE) in the former Second Neoskyrian Empire. The first king
of the Second Empire was named "Zukalu Albandre.". His eventual success as a ruler and the subsequent reunification of the Neoskyrian Empire led to many citizens of the Empire referring themselves as the "Children of Albandre", or "Albandrites" when translated from Neoskyrian to the Latin Alphabet. This name stuck long after the second Imperial Age and throughout the Colonial Era, where differing Colonist groups used the terms to refer to the native peoples.
After gaining independence, the colonies kept the term and used it to identify their republic, this continued after the Socialist Revolution aswell.

History

The History of Albandry can be traced to roughly 50,000 years ago. Albandry had been attached to another continent via a chain of islands that existed due to lower sea levels. The first people to live on the land migrated to Albandry around this age in what many archaeologists believe to be a search for food and other resources. These groups have little record, and are simply referred to as the "Originals.". This ancestral group seemed to be similar to the Ainu people of Japan, creating a dispute on their origin. Finding the differing geographic features suitable for permanent settlement, most migrants stayed on the Island and began to form differing tribes throughout a long period of time. In this period, the chain of Islands eventually became flooded, with only one North of the Island remaining.

By the 12th century BC, the tribes had given way to cities following the advancement of differing technologies in the years prior, leading to mass domestication of animals and permanent settlements in the lush and fertile lands in the North, while the South remained tribal. These city states would interact and trade with each other, sometimes warring over differing disputes. During this period, the Mythology of the native Albandrite population would begin to form, with differing philosophers and writers creating epics such as "The Blood Bath", a story about a young boy who goes from his city in the search of never ending riches and destroys himself in the progress, and the "Eternal Anger", a story of a farmer who attacks his own cattle in anger of their uselessness. These stories and more would form up the basis of native Albandrite values and morals, and what many historians say led to the popularity of Communism centuries in the future.

By 400 BC, the city of Skyrius, led by the "God King" and commanded by the "Supreme Council of Royal Authority" had become the most prosperous city in the land, the first God King being "Rogaka Somatiti". The Prosperous city had expanded in its time, and controlled the major ports of Albandry, leading to a monopoly on sea goods that made the King and his government very rich in a very short amount of time. These funds would be used to fund a new army made up of a newly designed "Warrior Class". The middle class between "The Mortal" and the "Godly." This class was comprised entirely of Soldiers who fought for the new Imperial Army. The King lead a full out conquest of the entire Island, and after his death his son continued. And his son, and his son, and his son. By 509 BC, the entirety of Northern Albendrite had fallen under Skyrius. And the people all became the "Skyrian People." What followed was an age of new intellectual, political and scientific discovery known as the "First Imperial Age" (509 BC - 5 AD). This age is characterized by a highly advanced ancient society that made great strides in modern math, military tactics, and overall education. The Empire had built large cities all across its land, the first of its kind in Albandry to do so, and made sure every aspect of life was up to date in terms of technology and education. By 700 BCE, the entire Empire had expanded southwards, conquering the tribal peoples and effectively exterminating them and their ways of life. The King set forth a new banner for his people, a simple Gold and purple striped flag that was flown all throughout the Empire.

A large list of God Kings ruled the Empire throughout its reign, however by 4 AD, problems had began to rise. Famine had struck the entirety of the island after numerous Hurricanes had devastated massive farmland. Rats from other nations the Skyrians had traded with brought in deadly diseases and plagues that began killing people in large Urban Centers at alarming rates, and the government had become increasingly corrupt, with officials taking bribes, assassinating each other in the streets for political gain, and the King failing to keep even the capital city clean. Soon it seemed the entire Empire was doomed as 11 year old God King Sokomo Roluz couldn't keep the Empire together, as governors of certain cities declared themselves the God Kings of their particular regions. Sooner than later, the Sokomo was assassinated by his servants, who later robbed his palace and burnt it down. What followed was a total takeover by the Military Legions of the Empire in a futile attempt to keep it all together. Military legions fought with each other as they attempted to takeover town and go against those loyal to the self proclaimed kings of varying regions. These attempts however, all failed and created far more damage than before. By 5 AD, the empire was effectively dead and the differing kings all went on their own ways. This led to a blackout in advancement for Albandrite Society, one that would not recover for a long time.

The varying city states remained in a constant state of war, with a new several decaed war arising every 20 years or so. The Kingdoms were divided into four Kingdoms in the North "Solice" , "Rolanad", "Keki" and "Akame.". And two very large kingdoms in the South, "The Greatest Kingdom that has arosen from ashes, conquerer of traitors, and successor to justice of the South." and the "Immortal God King successor Empire of the South". Both kingdoms which fought with all four Northern Kingdoms and each other for title of ruler of the Former Skyrian Empire.

By 1100 AD, the constant state of war had worn down the Kingdoms of the North, and treaties were signed between all four of the Kingdoms to remain at peace with each other. A part of this deal was to lower military numbers of individual kings, and instead unite all of their smaller armies into one large army to fight against the Southern Kingdoms. In the aftermath of this, King Zukalu Albandre of Solice had begun secretly funding his own Kingdom's army, and brainwashing soldiers of the other kingdoms in the United Army into a nationalist cause of returning the Skyrian Empire. The other kings were either oblivious to this, or didn't care as they cut off military funds and funded art and knowledge in their own kingdoms. This beginning the end of the blackout as new ideas flourished under the demilitarized kingdoms.

However, this demilitarization proved to have backfired as surprsingly, in 1120 AD, King Albandre of Solice ordered a surprise attack against all four of the other Kingdoms. The United Army, and the surprise shock army all obeyed, and began a massive invasion from the Solace Kingdom all the way in the North West, all the way to the Akame empire in the North East. The swift military engagement only lasted a year, and the former Kings of these kingdoms were brutally executed by drowning. King Albandre immediatly declared a "NeoSkyrian" Empire, and prepared his forces for a full assault on the Southern Kingdoms.
The two disputing Kingdoms, worried of an attack from this new Empire, united for the first time in history. What followed was a brutal war between the NeoSkyrians and the Southerners that lasted 7 decades, and ended with a NeoSkyrian victory, at the cost of heavy losses.

Following this, the NeoSkyrian Empire flourished, new art and technology and a renaissance of new thoughts and ideas threw them forwards into history from the dark. The Imperial banner flew over the Emprie once more.

The future seemed bright for this new age until a roadblock in 1300 BCE. A new disease from foreign lands had broken into NeoSkyria, and had begun to massively take its toll on the Empire's population. The disease was named the "Pink Plague." due to one of its symptoms being turning those infected a bright pink from blood rush before popping veins and killing its host. The disease was contagious and deadly, and over 50% of the population died from the disease. Including several Kings by 1360. This marked the brutal end of the NeoSkyrian empire, and total collapse of any larger government. The populations remaining broke off into small groups, barely surviving a post-society age and fending for themselves.

By 1678, new groups began arriving in Albandry through ships. These were colonization groups, mainly the Anglos (A collection of Anglos from differing Anglo based nations), the Muslims (Made of Turks, Persian and Arabic populations), and the Slavs. The Slavs and Anglos eventually became the largest groups on the Island, after massive colonization efforts throughout the 18th century. By 1800, most of the North had been entirely colonized, and industrilized for the capitalist world. The main populations being the Anglos and the Slavs. While NeoSkyrians remained in small communities in the South. The Muslims, feeling discrimination from the Slavs in 1830, moved in massive numbers to the previously scarcely populated mountains of the South. This led to conflict between Muslims and NeoSkyrians. The NeoSkyrians saw this as a takeover and removal of culture by the Muslims, due to the fact the Anglos and Slavs not bothered to mess with NeoSkyrians in the south. This would lead to Ethnic Tensions that would be the undertone of many conflicts in Southern Albandre before full blown race war in the 1990's.

Throughout colonization, a new style of life was invented in the Albandrite Territory. The mixing of Anglo, Islamic and Slavic culture in the North led to interesting combinations of their culture and lifestyles among civilians. Mosques and Eastern Orthodox churches stood next to eachother along with Protestant churches. Kebab was a common delicacy right after a tea party, and most of the territory began using a version of English that was written in the cryllic alphabet. The mix of the two cultures would create what most would consider the unique culture of "Albandry". The Eastern way of life influenced many fields such as music, and art, where the Balalaika became one of the most popular instruments to use on the Island. Meanwhile, British style brick homes lined themselves in every neighborhood.

By 1900, the world was changing. The company under a coalition of nations that had previously sent the colonizers and owned Albandry had faced serious financial challenge due to wars of conquest popping up over the world. While the Albandry territory was quite industrialized and a full capitalist society, it did not produce enough to keep the company financially stable. The company blamed this entirely on the people instead of themselves, and would enforce harsh laws and unjust bans that would limit the rights of individuals. The banning of Alcohol in 1913 led to full scale riots in all major cities of the territory. When the Company ordered soldiers to open fire, soldiers refused, and instead joined the crowds. The Trading Company had decided the best option was to cut all loses, and they immediatly abandoned the Island, hoping the situation would be handled by the people there and not by them...They would go bankrupt in 1929.

With the former Government gone, and a new culture and identity existing within Albandry, the people decided to write a first constitution. However, internal debate on what the government should be raged on throughout the 20's. With Socialists and members of Labor Unions arguing for a new Socialist Government, similar to other revolutions that had occurred all over the world at the same time, while the aristocratic and bourgeois members of society argued for a Republic based upon less government interference in lives and more privatization of society. The Bourgeois had the backing of Christian protestants behind them, as well as the Islamic groups in the South, while the Socialists had the backing of the Slavs and the NeoSkyrians, who had felt oppressed and excluded from the process of independence.

By 1931, a new government was failed to be voted upon. Angering many citizens, and causing riots within the streets. It seemed the Republic was doomed to fail, but many members of the government refused to give up hope. By 1938 however, multiple attempts to set a government that failed led to nothing but discontent among the populace of the nation. This growing discontent was felt by the Socialists, who, in a daring and bold move, acted out and attempted a coup to take over the government entirely. Armed members of local unions took over the Capital Building in the city of Loskiti. Then renamed to the "Revolutionary Headquarters." A majority of those living in the Capital agreed to the actions, but those in the Protestant church spoke out. Priests calling for the people to rise up against a "Tolitarian seizure of the government." and Imams called for Jihad against the "Godless Socialists". NeoSkyrians intitated the Civil War by attacking an "Anti-Socialist Mosque" and burning it to the ground, trapping and killing those inside. The Socialist Government denounced it, but the damage had been done. By 1940, a Republican Army was formed by the Factory Owners and Religious Leaders, mobilizing mainly in the Southern Part of the country and beginning a brutal assault on Socialist Strongholds in the North. The Army of Albandry was quicky renamed to the "People's Militia of Albandry" and later "The Albandrite People's Army". What followed was a brutal civil war that lasted 1940-1957. The war was massive in scale, and the first of its kind on Albandry territory, Tanks were used by Republicans to destroy trenches dug by the APA, and massive air bombing campaigns using imported B17's were done by both sides against multiple targets that destroyed entire cities and decimated farmlands. The usage of state of the art military technology bought by both sides from other growing Capitalist and Socialist superpowers created a deadly war that costed over 20 million lives, and a famine that claimed 30 million more.

By 1953, the war had come to a stalemate. With no real winners on each side, other Foreign powers watching the conflict tried to avoid interference as much as possible. However in 1954, pirates had taken over an American Military ship carrying a Nuclear Warhead, these pirates had originally intended to hold it for ransom but were caught off guard by a sudden attack from the People's Navy of Albandry. What followed was the death of the pirates and the acquisition of the Nuclear Weapons secretly into Communist Hands. Americans were told the nuke sunk to the bottom of the ocean with the Pirates and the ship, but in reality, it was being attatched to an aging V2 missile and aimed for a Republican stronghold. In January of 1955, the missile launched, and hit its target successfully. The blast entirely obliterating the Republican stronghold of New St.Petersburg. This mass destruction of weapons, food and supplies lead to an immediate retreat of Republican forces from the frontline, and the Communists chased after them. Pushing them further and further south until the Republican leadership killed itself on a hot summer day in 1956. Leading to the surrender of the Republicans, and the dismantlement of their army and government that ended in 1957.

After winning a bloody civil war, and dealing with the anger of the Capitalist world after the nuclear incident, the Socialist government immediately sought to rebuild itself. In the first Meeting of the Communist Party in the Revolutionary City after the end of the war, an initial five year plan was drafted. The first five year plan on rebuilding agriculture and industry in the nation, and yielded great resutls as the farms were collectivized and the means of production became socialized. The economy would be based upon these five year plans for the rest of its existence.

The Socialist Republic faced great challenge in the social and cultural aspects of its new society, British Protestants and Islamic groups were still bitter after losing the war, thinking that society would be Slavic and NeoSkyrian supremacy, however, even NeoSkyrians were pushed to the side and received less representation in government due to their lack of numbers. Despite this, NeoSkyrians remained loyal to the government, so much so that the Government began turning a blind eye to ethnic based violence that plagued the Southern State starting in the 80's.

Culturally, many aspects of Pre-War culture remained. The mixture of Slavic and Anglo cultures dominated the Northern States, while groups of Islamic circles remained in differing settlements throughout the South, whilst NeoSkyrians held their own communities separated from everyone else. Acts by the government to suppress what it considered Counterrevolutionaries ideals took place however, many of the churches were demolished in the Revolutionary fevor of the Socialists now turned Hardlined Communists. And public display of religious symbols and actions were outright banned, this angering the Islamic Community. The Anglos accepted the new way of life due to the corruption of the Church being exposed during the war, leading to a decline in religious activity and a majority of the Slavic groups were so radicalized they thought the decision was fit.

In the ashes of the former cities, large Soviet-Style apartment blocks were the new place of livings for all people. The apartments were incredibly cheap and held massive amounts of people all throughout the UASR, by the 1970's, a majority of cities were made up of these block apartments.

Economically, the UASR was weak and stagnant throughout the 60's, 70's and 80's. With the government only able to provide the most basic of needs to its people, and production being far too focused on military needs. In the 1980's, the government approved offshore Oil Drilling operations headed by the oil Cooperative of Albandry. The massive amounts of Oil being exported and sold around the world aided the Republic in improving its economy drastically.

During the 1990's, the situation in the Southern States seemed to have worsened. Reports of violence between NeoSkyrians and Muslims grew in numbers as street gangs fighting for ethnic identities took out their battles in public. Stabbings, shootings and other incidents worried the government to the point where guns became illegal in all Southern States. This did little however, as Ethnic tensions between the NeoSkyrians and the Muslims exploded in 1990 after a Muslim child was shot and killed by NeoSkyrians who were in the People's Police. The following outrage from Muslims was directed at both NeoSkyrians and the government, and a new separatist movement quickly arose from the rioting and outrage of the Islamic people. This movement called for an Islamic State in southern Albandry, fueled by anti-communist and anti-NeoSkyrain rhetoric, the Muslims began seizing entire cities. Before the government could even react, the NeoSkyrians acted themselves. Ethnic NeoSkyrians in the People's Army joined large groups of armed NeoSkyrians in a brutal siege of Islamic communities, where it is estimated the NeoSkyrians executed 900 civilians and tried to cleanse Muslims from the region entirely. Full Ethnic war broke out, and the two groups began fighting with stolen military equipment all throughout the Southern Region. Armies from the North began moving downwards and tried to suppress the entire situation, leading a brutal three side conflict within the borders of Albandry.

Albandry eventually would sign a peace treaty with the Islamic populations that allowed for more rights towards the Islamic minorities in the nation. Afterwards the Party released a 20 page self crit towards its ignorance of the issues of Muslims in the nation. Albandry would then towards its attentions towards Neoskyrians and begin making appeasement towards them. However, when attempts at peace were lost, the government began heavy bombing of NeoSkyrian held cities and villages. After suffecient bombing, the will of the NeoSkyrians were broken and their forces surrendered. The UASR arrested and executed all leaders of their movement.

By 2002, the economy that had taken a beating after the ethnic war began to recover, using oil, Agricultural, and industrial exports as their main source of cash to fund rebuilding efforts. By 2006, the economy had mostly recovered, and cities were being rebuilt in the scarred region.

Currently, the government remains with a tight control of society and a pure socialist economy.

Geography

Albandry has a very diverse climate, the North is mostly humid subtropical regions marked by forests, swamps, flat land and coastal regions and an average temperature of 80 degrees throughout most of the year. However, the Southern states change drastically, the large mountains that seperate the South from the North are mostly Alpine in climate, leading to hilly regions in the South East and the agricultural hotbed of fields in the South West.

Meanwhile, most of the sub Islands off the coat of Albandry remain truly tropical in nature, except for the Islands in the South, which are mostly tundras.

How the Government works.

The Government of the UASR, and the main executive power of the Socialist state, were both headed by the premier, who had an unspecified number of first deputy chairmen and deputy chairmen of the government, all of which were given responsibility over one specific area. These were accompanied by a varying number of government ministers and state committee chairmen, recommended by the premier and appointed by the Presidium of the Socialist Party. The executive branch was responsible for both short- and long-term economic, social and cultural development.

The Government of the Socialist Republics exercised its executive powers in conformity with the Constitution and legislation enacted by the Party. Its structure, operational procedures and decision-making processes were defined by the 1967 constitution. The Constitution mandated that the Government propose legislation and other documents to the Supreme People's Assembly, propose the budget and guide the economy, issue decisions and ordinances and verify their execution. The decisions and ordinances of the Council of Ministers of the UASR shall be binding throughout the UASR—these decisions and ordinances were binding throughout the country. It defined internal policies, directed and oversaw operation of state administration, oversaw the country's economic development, directed the activities and development of public services, and performed other activities which conformed to the provisions of the Constitution and applicable legislation. The Government also controlled foreign trade and had directed the "general development" of the armed forces.

The Party managed the internal sphere of the UASR's policy. It was responsible for implementing measures which would either promote or ensure the well-being of citizens through economic, social and economic development. On the economic sphere, the government was responsible for monetary, technological, pollution, price wages and social security policies, controlled all All-Union, literally institutions controlled by the Central Government, and All-Republican institutions. For instance, the Government controlled the State Bank and was responsible for the organisation of state insurance and accounting. It was the Government which drafted the five-year plans for economic and social development, through its control of the State Planning Committee, and the country's budget, through its control of the Ministry of Finance. Both the five-year plan and the budget needed approval from the Supreme People's Assembly and the Workers Councils to be implemented. It was responsible for socialist property, public order and the protection of its citizen's.

The Government was responsible to the Parliament, and the parliament could in theory force the resignation of the Government as a whole or any Government appointees by a simple majority vote. The Premier and the members of the Government were jointly responsible for decisions passed by the Government and were responsible for their respective portfolios. The Chairman of the Presidium of the Party, literally head of state, appointed government ministers, and the appointment was approved by the Party. The Premier could recommend civil servants to government to the Presidium, which could then either pass or reject the nominee.

The Party and Worker Councils interact and vote on numerous decisions.

Each sector of the nation has a Republic, that deals with local issues that concern that particular region. All of these Republics answer to the central government in Revolutionary City however, which retains most of the power.

The Islands off the coast do not have represented republics, and fall under the control of the federal government.

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