"Death and Destiny"
Uvoan, a nation rising up from the ashes of the Grand Rebellion, with its primary seat of power in Voraon, is a small but blooming nation. Located in the great plains of Noarve Scortia, its wide, rolling plains and farmlands are renowned as the bread-basket of the region, and its mining centers are known as some of the most productive mines in the world.
Uvoan's historical origins can be first traced to 2300 BC, with a group of sea-farers only known as the 'Vazzi' arriving upon the coasts of Noarve Scortia. They would spread out over the island for the following centuries, colonizing, building, mining, farming, until the year 1208 BC, when the first of the so-called 'Religious Wars' happened, with followers of Kvona going to war with the rest of the island nations. These wars would be an on-and-off phenenom for the next two thousandish years, until the 800 AD era- The first of the 'Monarchs' was born within Voroan, which would rise to become the capital of the Kingdom of Uvoan. During this era, the island of Noarve Scortia came under Viking attack multiple times, which hardened the people of Noarve Scortia, and the Kingdom of Uvoan, into a fighting force.
During this era, four other nations would form in the far edges where the Kingdom of Uvoan's influence could not reach- Hazzant, Aaltian, Verolo, and Tazmai. They would serve as the 'coastal buffers', trading with Europeans when they eventually found the island. Noarve Scortia would continue to ride through the centuries, becoming an incredibly rich merchant-kingdom, with a navy that could go head-to-head with many of the best, and would continue to be the Bulwark of the Atlantic, defying any who tried to land upon it's shores.
The first Kingdom to fall to a republic was Hazzant, in 1823, with it's king being deposed by a revolutionary group. The surrounding kingdoms would make multiple attempts to restore the throne, but these would all fail. The next to fall was Aaltian, in 1844. This was followed by Verolo in 1899, and Tazmai in 1901. This left Uvoan as the soul standing monarchy on the island, until 1914. This is when the First Uvoanian Civil War struck, which would end in 1916, with the killing of King Allate, at the hands of rebel forces. This would soon follow with rapid entry into WWI.
When The Great War Ended, a council was established- The 'Turaga'- A ruling council of 36 councilors, each of which were elected from each of the 36 major regions of Uvoan. Election cycles happened every 2 years, up until 1929. During these 11 years, the 'Turaga' were repeatedly crippled by in-fighting, deadlock, murder, sabotage, and all sorts of political crimes, and during it's last 4 years, two opposing power-block which ensured a complete stalemate. Despite this, the 'Turaga', when it was effective, proved to be precisely what Uvoan had fought for in the civil war- Implementing many voting, civil, and economic policies which were hailed as revolutionary around the world. This changed in 1928, when the 'Turaga' ground into a complete halt with the election of 8 Councilors of the Socialist faction, who managed to halt every single vote until 1929.
This is when the second, far more minor 'civil war' struck, which was an effort to depose the Turaga.
This 'civil war' ended in barely a week, with the ultimate victory of the Rebel Forces, who established Zkto' Zovban as the ultimate power of Uvoan- Where he would remain. During this time, rapid modernizations would undertake- Despite the sudden stock market crash. During this time, in a highly ironic twist, Uvoan would remain strong, following some unusually shady deals on the International market. Uvoan, during this time, would be an economic monster, which wouldn't be surpassed in the post-war economic boom of the United States of America.
During this time, Uvoan exploded in population, due to mass emigration, all subsidized by the Uvoanian Government. People of all nations, races, and religions. This would be known as the 'Second Founding', due to how dramatically Uvoan changed during this time. Expanding it's borders through a mixture of force, and diplomacy. All the neighboring republics got annexed, and Uvoan exploded in size...
From 1933-1938, Uvoan would almost be classified as a Rogue State, multiple times. It's brash international policy, due to it's monstrous economic footing, terrified nearly every nation in the world. Uvoan had rapidly built an incredible navy- Laying down nearly 78 battleships in 30 months, a terrifying feat. This is what shocked the world when, following the Munich Agreement... Uvoan threw it's hat in behind the British Empire.
From 1939 onwards, WWII happened pretty much exactly as we know it- Poland was over-run, france was over-run, Britain held firm, the Russians got invaded, and then the economic might of the American States swung about to support the allies. Of course, the true history is far more nuanced- And would take entire books to cover the true extent. Endless, small, and major, changes happened with the location of Uvoan. Atlantic Convoys would never be in danger, as Uvoan could defend them ranging across the whole Atlantic. Uvoan's far-flung fleets would sink two more Japanese carriers, shortly after the battle of midway. There would be another landing zone opened up on Normandy, for the Uvoanian Forces. However, the largest difference comes from the 1930s.
The theory of Nuclear Power would never be taken seriously- A missing digit, a missing variable... And it was never taken seriously. Nuclear reactors- Atomic bombs. Hydrogen bombs... Never taken seriously. Instead, the Space-Race became the Manhattan project of WWII.
On November 8th, 1945, a combined American, British, Russian, Uvoanian, French, Chinese, and Commonwealth force landed across the Japanese coast, with landings in Nagasaki, and Kagoshima. On November 10th, 11th, and 12th, follow-up invasions landed in Fukuoka, on the 10th, Miyazaki on the 11th, and further landings on the coast neighboring Fukuoka on the 12th. An estimate 1.5 Million troops were landed on the coasts of Japan. By the 2nd of December, Kyushu had been conquered entirely by the Allied forces.
But now, we must back-track to 1941. The Uvoanian 'ORDIS' Project, first proposed in 1933, by the Scientist Koker'e. The theory that a rod material, originally steel, dropped from orbit on a target, would be enough to destroy cities. This theory would be put onto Uvoan's 18th rocket launch, in 1945, with the satellite 'Wanderer'. This satellite was positioned on The 8th of July, 1945. It would not be operational until December 3rd, 1945. Zkto', with approval from the rest of the allies, approved the usage of 'ORDIS' on December 4th, 1945. 8 Rods, each measuring in at 15 feet long, and 1 foot wide, were launched at Japan. Hiroshima, Kyoto, Osaka, Kobe, Tsu, Nagoya, Gifu, and Matsue were all wiped off the map. Each of these rods had an impact force measured at 45 Kilotons, and every city hit was essentially destroyed entirely. Further strikes were promised, if the Japanese Government did not surrender.
This terrifying display of power lead to the Japanese surrender, on January 1st, 1946. During the conferences post-war, Uvoan, and it's leaders, knew that this new power would change the world. As such, the Uvoanian Government gave the plans for ORDIS- And similar systems, to the rest of the world.
The United States launched it's first 'ORDIS', known as 'Thor', in January, 1946. The Soviets launched their first in February of 1946. The stage for the cold-war had been set...
[Post-WWII, Cold-war, WIP]
Current head of government: Zkto' Zovban
The law is enforced by a fully militarily equipped police force. Many crimes can see one shot by firing line, or sent off to work on repairing the rail-lines.
In terms of crimes, if a crime can be counted to have damaged, or stolen, over 5,000 Gellas worth of items, a criminal can be shot for said crimes. Or, they can take a deal to work upon the Railroads. Many take this latter option. For smaller crimes, depending on the severity, other punishments are often extended times of community service, road building, and similar punishments. As such, jailing a criminal is actually incredibly rare within Uvoan.
If its over that amount set? The repayment is removed from your back account, given to the victims, and then you are shot. And to give you an idea of how strict this is, a single Gella is about half of a US dollar.
A nation living in a slowly relaxing fear, the Uvoanian people are beginning to grow more comfortable, 23 years after Zkto' took power. The current atmosphere is always looking over one shoulder, to ensure that no police officer is ready to take you off the streets.
Zkto's rule will be described as a 'Velvet covered hand of Iron', due to its strict rule, yet given freedoms.
With an economy worth 117 Trillion Gella a year, it is a growing group. The currency is based in a hard, Gold and Silver standard, which limits its growth, yes, but means the currency is always backed by something. There is a flat tax of 75%.
One of the big debates within the Uvoanian people at the moment, is what will happen after the aging Zkto' dies. Now at age 57, he is easily the oldest ruler throughout the history of Uvoan, from the early days of the kingdom to now. And his life of being a soldier left scars on his body, and issues in the mind.
Eventually, Zkto' will die, and the people are more afraid of the power vacuum that will follow than Zkto' himself.
The Uvoanian School System is fairly simple. From age 5 to 18, students are enrolled into the school-system. This will cover basic education, and then some advanced, but from 16 to 18, students are allowed to choose a 'trade' or 'skill' to specialize in for their final 2 years of education. From ages 18 to 22, all Uvoanians are then required to spend four years in the military, or similar systems- Such as the Militia, Aid Divisions, Standard Military, or ectera. After this, the military will help them to find a job within their chosen field of specialization. This gives Uvoan a massive military pool to pull from, and ensures that every citizen is trained in matter of the military, and militia.
It is to be noted, however, that Uvoan produces an unusually large number of PMCs...
Zkto' has an armored train known as the 'Red Blood', a heavily armored 9 car train-set that is reserved for getting Zkto' across the country, and to meetings with other nations.
The Uvoanian rail gauge, instead of 4ft 8 1/2 inches, is 4ft 8 1/3 inches.
Uvoan is meant to represent a 'what-if' 1930s-1950s nation, which means that large amounts of ridiculousness in designs is to be... Expected.
Viccazan Tedana, the national anthem, was chosen because of the fact it had no words- Intended to be a symbolic piece about the rising chaos of Uvoan, and how another war always seem right on the brink, this is Zkto' Zovbans favorite modern composition.
Uvoan, was at one point, a highly racist society- And still is to some degrees... To who, you might ask? To literally everyone that isn't uvoanian. It's so subtle, you barely notice it. For example, for years years, the term for foreigner, 'Deggaka', was the third most insulting word in the Uvoanian language. Following closely behind 'Royalist' and 'Monarch', both in Uvoanian of course.