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
Politically speaking, the period after the Reunification Wars fostered great growth and evolution from within the Commandancy's inner government. The nature of the wars also resulted in Berto, el Hierro de Castillos drafting the Fourth Charter of the Breakaway Commandancy, a document meant to both build on and repair the flaws of the Third Charter, as well as preventing future conflicts similar to the Reunification Wars by specifically restructuring the way that insular governments interacted with the central Commandancy.
The first major improvement made by Fourth Charter was the restructuring of insular and local governments to respond to and interact with the Commandancy. Berto de Castillos dedicated several days worth of writing for these sections alone, sections that did not exist in the Third Charter and likely resulted in the power vacuum in the former Insurrectionist Islands after the First Reunification War. These new sections explained that there was to be a strict political hierarchy between the Commandancy and locals: Berto de Castillos and the Breakaway Commandancy's legislature had the highest authority, while each of the seven islands would have their own individual insular governments that would act as their own autonomous governments, but in an emergency would act purely as extensions of the central Commandancy. Berto de Castillos made sure to mold the insular governments in a way where their autonomy would satisfy those who wanted greater freedoms during the Second Reunification War, while also allowing the Commandancy to keep check these insular governments' powers.
These experimental restructurings were largely successful. Berto de Castillos took the year of 1832, the year just after the end of the Reunification Wars, and the year where the politics of Siete Islas were most malleable, as a year to run political experiments to see what would work for the Breakaway Commandancy. In the six months where Berto de Castillos implemented these restructurings, the majority of the civilian population was largely satisfied with the government. Berto de Castillos considered these trial runs a success, and implemented these political reforms into the Fourth Charter of the Breakaway Commandancy.
The second major improvement made in the Fourth Charter was the centralization of the Iron Militia and the creation of a proto-police-force. Prior to the Reunification Wars, the Breakaway Militia was the only major armed force in Siete Islas. Siete Islas also did not have a dedicated police force, so law enforcement was largely handled by the Breakaway Militia. With all of these tasks at hand, and only one or two top Generals commanding the entire Militia, the Militia was widely spread thin, trying as best as they could to function as both a military and a police force. After the Breakaway Militia fractured, Siete Islas was left without an army or a police force, effectively leaving Siete Islas as an anarchy. This was likely the largest catalyst of Siete Islas' civil wars, and the political entity's largest weakness during the wars themselves.
In an effort to remedy this issue, Berto de Castillos took inspiration from other nations, and formulated the idea of an organized police force that could both collaborate with the Iron Militia as a part of the military in some situations, and could function as an independently-operated police force in others. Berto hoped this would both alleviate the strain of having to operate as both a military and police force, as well as enhance the defensive capabilities of the Iron Militia itself without needing to focus on policing the people.
So, in November 1832, Berto de Castillos raised the Seven Iron Corps, a small collection of former regiments that were assembled into a small militaristic police force. The Corps were designed to work as seven different arms, each focused on one specific island of the archipelago and organized by size and capabilities. The arms were to report to a central government stationed in Puerto Mellor. The Iron Militia was exempt from having to police the archipelago, and could now focus on defending the nation as a purely military force.
The flag of the Iron Corps, which is essentially the flag of the Iron
Militia with the colors reversed.
The Seven Iron Corps served very well during its trial runs alongside the Iron Militia, and Berto de Castillos was very pleased. In February of 1833, Berto implemented the Seven Iron Corps as a permanent all-purpose police force. Berto also, however, wanted to make the Seven Corps able to serve alongside the Iron Militia as an incorporated entity in the event of an emergency. This drew some backlash from his opponents and critics, who feared that Berto was becoming more like Matrus had been during the First Reunification War. Berto was enfuriated by these accusations, however he still decided to allow for military reassociation of the Seven Corps in the event it was necessary.
For a time after the end of the Second Reunification War, an era of peace and rebuilding reigned over the archipelago. Civil and political tensions cooled during this period, and the economy began to recuperate from the shock of constant conflict. The "Pax Septima", as it was dubbed by many, allowed for Siete Islas to finally recover from the damage inflicted across the islands during the Reunification Wars, as well as to begin establishing itself as a successful state in the Western Hemisphere and the eastern Pacific.
Pax Septima began roughly around 1833, as the Iron Militia underwent a shakedown and restructuring period. Many Siete Islan citizens expressed a renewed sense of security peaking after the Reunification Wars, as the Iron Militia was being restructured. Many across the Breakaway Commandancy began expressing greater patriotism than they had even had before, a patriotism that heralded the creation of many patriotic tunes, poems, art, and other creative works. This newfound pride began to influence the political landscape of the archipelago, as Berto de Castillos began making more public appearances to crowds of supporters, and spoke about the nation's future.
The Breakaway Commandancy continued to change and evolve during the mid-1830s, experimenting concerningly often in attempts to further please the people and maintain the peace. In 1835, the Commandancy conceded increased autonomy to the different islands in the archipelago, and explored with the idea of allowing the insular governments administrate their territories themselves; that is, to introduce administrative divisions similar to provinces, to the islands.
The Subinsul Plan was a plan for advanced autonomous insular readministration introduced to the Breakaway Commandancy in September 1835 and enacted through the following years, lasting until January 1837. The Subinsul Plan was groundbreaking in Siete Islan political history as it was the first major non-military fully autonomous decision made in the interest of the individual islands, rather than for the central Commandancy government. It demonstrated the beginning of a newer, more liberal and democratic government, set the precedent for the inner workings of the Siete Islan insular governments, and was vital in the progress and evolution of Pax Septima.
In early 1835, the Breakaway Commandancy assigned greater autonomy to the insular governments of the seven islands. This autonomy allowed those governments to handle local tasks and deal with their local administrations, which freed the Berto de Castillos and the Commandancy to focus on larger and more broadly impactful situations without needing to worry about the smaller tasks that plagued the Commandancy's focus. The new autonomy had varied results amongst the insular governments of the seven islands. Islands which were larger in population and size found it more difficult to effectively and smoothly manage themselves, while the smaller islands more easily managed. On September 2, 1835, the high delegate for the autonomous government of Isula Navaco͑ba, who was tired of having to deal with the sheer size of the island, drafted a list of grievances concerning the insular autonomy and a vaguely-outlined proposal to the Commandancy. The proposal and the list found themselves on Berto de Castillos' desk. Berto, worried that the grievances would lead to the end of the Pax Septima, quickly accepted the high delegate's proposal, and suggested that the Navaco͑ban government should begin refining the delegate's proposal. On September 22, 1835, the Navaco͑ban government finally presented a detailed proposal for government readministration in Siete Islas, which in part reads as follows:
"The Insular Government of Navaco͑ba presents the Subinsul Plan, a plan developed for the advanced reorganization of the Breakaway Commandancy's autonomous seven isles. These isles, which make up Siete Islas, have had difficulty administrating themselves territorially, politically and population-wise, and the Subinsul Plan is designed to remediate this difficuty and to better integrate and connect all corners of Siete Islas with the Breakaway Commandancy.
...The Subinsul Plan divides the governments of Siete Islas into three systems: the first [system] is that of the Breakaway Commandancy itself. The Commandancy is the highest of the systems. It contains the Commander [Berto, El Hierro de Castillos], and it operates at a national and international level. It's purpose is to keep the nation, as a whole, functioning. To alleviate the stress on the highest system, the second system, to be considered the Insuls, were created. The Insuls consist of the islands themselves, and shall be lead by an Insulate that delegates that unit of the system. Insuls' purposes are to delegate the islands as wholes, and to administrate the third and final system, the Subinsul. The Subisul shall operate as the subunit to the Insul's unit; to appropriately delegate and deal [with] tasks in a manner that organizes the duties of the Insul. Subinsuls shall be lead by a Subinsulate. Insulates and Subinsulates are to be elected by the people, serve the people, and report to the higher office that delegates them. There can be a maximum of five subinsuls in one insul, with the exception of the Insuls on Isula Girante and Navaco͑ba, which may have seven subinsuls.
(translated from Refined Ne͐va Ledo͑ma, modernized)
This proposal, while cut in some areas, can be summarized as a three-part system, wherein the Commandancy is the highest form of government that delegates the nation on a national and international basis and are led by a Commander, the Insuls are the middle form of government that politically and economically regulate individual islands and are led by an Insulate, and Subinsuls are the last form of government that control sections of an Insul (working similarly to how counties relate to states in the United States) and are led by a Subinsulate.
The Subinsul Plan was massively popular when first presented, and Berto de Castillos was pleasantly surprised at the idea. In a show of democracy, he allowed the public to vote on whether the Subinsul Plan should be implemented or not. An overwhelming majority of the populace voted for the implementation of the plan, and so Berto agreed.
Over the course of the next two years, the Subinsul Plan was slowly and difficultly enacted. The Commandancy decided for gradual and systematic implementation, going from island to island, north to south, implementing the plan and monitoring the results for several months before going to the next island and continuing the process. The Subinsul Plan began with Isula Manele͑, and over the course of 1836, slowly coursed southwards until it ended with Isula Ustanu in February of 1837. Mostly, the implementation of the plan went smoothly, with the exception of several instances of confusion during the implementation in Isula Girante.
The plan immediately began producing positive results. 1837 is mostly considered as the "tentative first year of the plan", and yet the plan performed incredibly well. Tasks were now more quickly and efficiently completed, the government was much more organized and well-structured, and the people of Siete Islas were able to have a relatively strong say in their government.
The Subinsul Plan was groundbreaking for two major reasons: it helped organize the Breakaway Commandancy in a manner never before seen in the nation's history, which drastically improved the overall quality of life in Siete Islan society, and the plan also introduced the first instances of direct democracy in Siete Islan history. Prior to the introduction of the plan, democracy was practically nonexistent in Siete Islas. At most, democracy was limited to the Breakaway and Iron Militias influencing the institution of new generals, but the average citizen had almost no say in how their government was run. Now, the Subinsul Plan changed all of that. Not only was the plan implemented at the vote of the citizens, but it also allowed for the people to elect both Insulates and Subinsulates. This "injection of democracy" completely revolutionized the Breakaway Commandancy's relationship with the people, and helped keep the Pax Septima strong in the cultural zeitgeist.
Another result of the Pax Septima was the creation of Novodoman, the current language of La Paz de Los Ricos and the result of the continued evolutions and restructurings of the Ne͗va Ledo͑ma language.
Ne͗va Ledo͑ma, since the Breakaway War to this point, had undergone a series of drastic changes to its lexicon, syntax, and scripts. This newly developed form of the languages is often referred to as "Refined Ne͗va Ledo͑ma", while the languages before are named "Rough Ne͗va Ledo͑ma". Refined Ne͗va Ledo͑ma did not appear through the behest of an organization, or even that of the people. It simply evolved from Rough Ne͗va Ledo͑ma, spawning a multitude of dialects of the language from island to island that were nearly unintelligible to each other. Many have drawn parallels between the evolution of Refined Ne͗va Ledo͑ma and the development of Arabic dialects.
Refined Ne͗va Ledo͑ma was the general "average" of these languages, a collection of moderate dialects that formed one cohesive, general language. Extreme dialects of the language were often only found on the outer islands of Siete Islas, which were more culturally disconnected from the interior islands of the archipelago.
The Creation of Novodoman originally started as an idea by Siete Islan scholar U͔lo Ma͑s. In a chance encounter, Ma͑s came into contact with a woman hailing from Isula Ustanu, Siete Islas' southernmost island. Ma͑s and the woman tried to communicate, both in dialects of Ne͗va Ledo͑ma. However, they were unable to understand each other, except for some minor commonalities that afforded no help. After switching to standard Spanish, the two were able to communicate, and the woman told Ma͑s that she was unable to navigate in the interior of Isula Girate while speaking her native dialect of Ne͗va Ledo͑ma.
Ma͑s, frustrated after the tough conversation, began to ponder. She at first considered requesting the Commandancy remove Ne͗va Ledo͑ma from the official languages list, and to promote the use of Spanish instead. Ma͑s eventually scrapped that idea due to the language's cultural impact, and instead elected on trying to organize or fix the language rather than eliminating it entirely. After several days, she realized that Ne͗va Ledo͑ma's extreme variations all stemmed from the fact that no central body regulated the language. Spanish had Real Academia Española, Italian had Accademia Della Crusca, and French had Académie française. No linguistic academy existed for Ne͗va Ledo͑ma, and U͔lo Ma͑s correlated the language's instability and lack of uniformity to this fact.
U͔lo Ma͑s was able to define the problem, and she had a viable solution: create a linguistic academy to regulate Ne͗va Ledo͑ma. Ma͑s decided that the best course of action was to request the Breakaway Commandancy, so she drafted an open letter for Berto de Castillos. Berto was intrigued, and thought it was a wonderful idea. However, the government was unable to create one at the time due to time constraints, so Berto responded that Ma͑s should try to create one herself. The public rallied their support for Ma͑s, and she eventually accepted the proposal.
Ma͑s had a gargantuan task before her, so she knew she needed help. She invited twenty fellow linguistics scholars from across Siete Islas, and met with them on Isula Ranga on October 25, 1837. After explaining her goals and the situation at hand, the twenty scholars accepted the project. Together, they formed the Organization of the Academy of Novodoman, (Spanish: Organización de la Academia de Novodomana, Novodoman: Orkanisaso͑n deve̹o Akadema͑ deve̹a Navado͑ma), also known as the Academic Organization. Ma͑s decided that Ne͐va Ledo͑ma was no longer an appropriate name for the language, so she tweaked it to Novodoman. The Academic Organization's end purpose was to promote and eventually herald the creation of a linguistic academy for the Novodoman language.
The Organization's current goal, however, was to at least create a basic outline for the language, a template that would outline at least the basic grammar and syntax of the language, and alphabet, as well as several hundred commonly used words, while the Academy itself would further clean and regulate the language once founded.
To achieve their goal of a basic outline, Ma͑s and several other members of the Academic Organization traveled all across Siete Islas, on a journey to compile as many different linguistic variations, and as much general information as possible regarding the entirety of the Ne͗va Ledo͑ma language. To achieve this, Ma͑s and nine others from the Organization traveled separately to the seven islands, carrying numbers of folders containing blank papers for taking notes. The other ten members of the Organization worked on spreading the word to the local community, and even managed to hire some enthusiasts and volunteers.
Cover of the Novodoman Papers,
which featured the two major
diacritics "ɔ" and "c" on the cover
in a crossed motif.
Over the end of 1837 and into early 1838, Ma͑s and her team covered as much land as they could, conducting hundreds of interviews and documenting dozens of separate dialects across various subinsuls. The team also collected written script variations, and in total, compiled over one thousand separate pages of notes concerning the Ne͗va Ledo͑ma language. The team reconvened at the Organization's headquarters in Isula Ranga on March 3, 1838, with all the information Ma͑s needed. Ma͑s shared these documentations with the Breakaway Commandancy, which fascinated Berto de Castillos and his advisers, and published them for the general public in late March.
With these thousand pages at their disposal, Ma͑s and the now forty-strong Academic Organization began composing their linguistic outline for their new language. Spearheaded by Ma͑s, this outline was titled "The Novodoman Academy's Comprehensive Papers Concerning the New Novodoman Language", and is often referred to as "the Novodoman Papers", and worked as a constitution of the Novodoman Language. This manifesto was meant to be the highest authority on the language, and contained contributions from all forty of the Organization's members, as well as arguments for why a Novodoman Academy should be founded and why Novodoman should outlast Ne͗va Ledo͑ma as the nation's own lingua franca. On November 15, 1838, after eight painstaking months of collection, recollection, rewrites, and disagreements, Ma͑s and the Academic Organization finally published the Novodoman Papers, which in turn marked the birth of the Novodoman language.
The Novodoman Papers were statistically extremely popular throughout Siete Islas. However, culturally, it was very divisive. The publishing of the Papers invited arguments and scorn from across the nation. Arguments against the Novodoman Papers included such as: it was authored by a woman, it was an unnecessary endeavor to revolutionize the Siete Islan culture, and that it was an attempt to undermine Siete Islan history in its entirety. These arguments eventually proved null, however, when the Papers caught interest of Berto de Castillos himself and the higher-ups in the Breakaway Commandancy. Berto was stunned at these findings, and praised U͔lo Ma͑s and the Academic Organization for their hard work. The Breakaway Commandancy, astounded at the Novodoman Papers, officially authorized the Academic Organization to form the Linguistic Academy of Novodoman (Spanish: Academia de Novodomana, Novodoman: Akadema͑ deve̹a Navado͑ma).
The Linguistic Academy of Novodoman was formally founded on January 3, 1839, in the city of Fuo͑ra, by U͔lo Ma͑s and the former Academic Organization. The Novodoman Papers soon became widespread after its founding, and the Linguistic Academy soon gained almost universal respect across Siete Islas and the Novodoman Language was soon officially recognized as Siete Islas' national and cultural language. The Academy operates to this day. The Novodoman Papers and the founding of the Linguistic Academy are extremely significant points in the nation's history, as it marks the first entirely civilian enterprise to receive official recognition from the nation's government, and was the first of its kind to be accomplished by a woman, which was a big step from a cultural standpoint.
Novodoman quickly rose in popularity in the years following. Due to its organization and regulation from the Linguistic Academy, it was a much easier language to learn than Ne͗va Ledo͑ma, and it was significantly less difficult to understand between dialects than Ne͗va Ledo͑ma. By 1840, the language had already reached 2000 fluent speakers, while it had taken Ne͗va Ledo͑ma nearly half a century to gain that many speakers, a feat completely unexpected yet welcomed by the Linguistic Academy.
Prior to Pax Septima, the Breakaway Commandancy of Siete Islas had never had much of a national identity among the political sphere of the West, and cultural identity was limited. Due to the almost constant political infighting among different civilian groups since the nation's independence, there was never a real sense of national unity or patriotism in Siete Islas, leaving many citizens frustrated that they never really had any national identity to call their own.
During Pax Septima, however, the cultural atmosphere underwent a dramatic shift. Patriotism and nationalist sentiments drastically increased among the general population, which was completely unexpected. Considering that at the time Pax Septima began (in 1833), only two years had passed since the end of the Reunification Wars, which were largely conflicts between extreme ideologies in the archipelago. All things considered, the time directly after the wars should have spawned an era of animosity and tension among citizens, yet it had the opposite effect. This is still not understood by historians today.
Either way, a rise in patriotism and nationalism after the end of the wars cannot be denied. According to censuses, after 1835, a majority of the Siete Islan population described themselves feeling "pride" or "hope" for Siete Islas. This newfound sense of national identity quickly cemented itself in the Siete Islan cultural space. In fact, artistic and creative works about the nation increased dramatically, with many poems, tunes, and books being created. Some even found widespread attention, and may have even spread outside the nation itself a bit.
Along with this increase in nationalist sentiments came a small increase in militaristic sentiments as well. There were some in the general populace that believed that Siete Islas had not done enough to establish itself as a power in the West. Common pro-militarist arguments often made claims that Siete Islas was "too benevolent" among the Western world, and that it needed to expand into other territories if it wanted to survive economically and politically. These extreme nationalists often were congregated in small groups, but they never collected into groups larger than twenty. These groups, while often considered nuisances by the general population, were never documented as being violent, fortunately.
By the early 1840s, Pax Septima was at its peak. Nationalism was highly present in the cultural and political atmosphere of the nation, the Breakaway Commandancy was more popular than it had been since the turn of the century, and the nation was stable, culturally, politically, and economically. These trends only continued as the years passed. Pax Septima represented the first true peace that the nation had ever experienced in its violent history, and Siete Islas was quickly establishing itself as a competent and even successful nation-state in the American international landscape. However, Pax Septima would soon end, and tensions would return to plague Siete Islas.
Berto de Castillos, now in his fifties, grew increasingly concerned that he would not bear a child to take his place as the nation's leader once he passed. Berto had never put much thought into the idea of an inheritor due to his preoccupations with keeping himself in power during the nation's civil conflicts, but once the conflicts ended and his age became more apparent, he became much more anxious over it.
As his anxieties grew, Berto began showing signs of deteriorating faculties. Berto soon took up drinking, a habit he had never done before. Berto's image became increasingly more disheveled, and he became noticeably more pessimistic with every speech he gave. In 1847, he gave an extremely controversial speech titled "Our Cage We Built", in which he passionately speaks about the nation's borders. Berto mentions the terms of the Breakaway Treaty from back in 1764, and how he thought that the Spanish should have been ejected entirely from all fifteen islands of the archipelago. He gave a fiery rhetoric about how he though Siete Islas should go to war with Spain and conquer the outer six islands (which had been ceded to Spain in the Breakaway Treaty), a rhetoric which caused sharp ideological divides among the population.a Part of "Our Cage We Built" reads as follows:
"I'm ashamed to be named the son of Joaquim. I'm ashamed to be the leader of a nation that decided to show mercy to her captors. I'm ashamed that we allow for our cage to be an ever-present factor in Siete Islas' development. This shame festers across the nation, and it's what caused the Reunification Wars to devastate our society. I started the first war, and I fought for the second. However, these tensions were allowed to fester, all because of Spain. I speak no lie when I say that Spain is the beast that has caused all our misfortunes to grow into tragedies!
In "Our Cage We Built", Berto erroneously claims that Spain's continued colonial presence in the eight outer islands ultimately caused the Reunification Wars, despite the Spanish Crown's complete political disassociation with the Breakaway Commandancy after the Breakaway War.
Despite the speech's lack of basis in reality, "Our Cage We Built" became incredibly popular among Siete Islan nationalists. Many extremists expressed their agreement with the speech, and their support of Berto's growing extremist ideas. On the other side of the political spectrum, critics of Berto jumped at the chance to draw parallels between Berto's demonization of the Spanish Empire and Mario Matrus' demonization of the Mara͗n peoples in the early 1800s. Either way, "Our Cage We Built" had a tremendous impact on the political landscape in Siete Islas, and the speech is often cited as the beginning of Pax Septima's decline.
Pax Septima came to an end in 1848, only 15 years after its inception, heralding an era of strained relations and constant fear. As Berto's opinions and expressions increased in intensity, Siete Islas suffered from an economic recession, a heavily disunited populace, and a decreased quality of life.
Eventually, Berto de Castillos met and fell in love with Ne͗ra Kla̜ka, an extreme nationalist and supporter of Berto's who worked as an adviser of his for a short period of time. Almost immediately after their relationship began, Kla̜ka became pregnant, a pregnancy which outraged Berto's critics and delighted his supporters. On April 14, 1850, Kla̜ka gave birth to Dama͑n, de Castillos Dorados. Dama͑n's birth only deepened the political divides between the Siete Islan public, with many of Berto's critics going as far as claiming that Berto raped Kla̜ka in order to have an heir.
Berto soon appointed Kla̜ka as his top aide. Despite her lack of political experience, many still supported his decision, and claimed that Kla̜ka's strong political opinions would be enough. Berto also began phasing out moderate government officials in favor of extreme nationalist ones, which severely impacted the nation's political mannerisms. Berto ordered the Iron Militia to begin mobilizing and stationed them on the northern and southern borders of the nation. This resulted in Spanish Queen Isabella II accusing Siete Islas of possibly planning to declare war on the Spanish Crown, which in turn caused Berto to claim that Isabella had been plotting to destroy the Breakaway Commandancy of Siete Islas.
The next twenty years were marked as the undoing of Pax Septima, and were often characterized by the Siete Islas' continued sabre-rattling towards the Spanish House of Bourbon (and later the First Spanish Republic and the Second Bourbon Restoration), Berto's continued aging and mental deterioration, and the growing political extremism among the Siete Islan public.
Commander Berto, El Hierro De Castillos, died on March 17, 1871, after supposedly suffering from aggressive dementia and eventually Alzheimer's in his later years. He was exactly 78 years of age. The final decades of Berto's life were almost entirely defined by his continued political outbursts, his heightened paranoia, and feelings of betrayal among most of the Siete Islan population. One popular account titled "Commander Led by Fear and Rage" describes Berto's final years as follows.
"Berto, el Hierro de Castillos may have been the greatest man to ever grace Siete Islas. He had the will of Simón Bolívar, the grace of Joaquim de Castillos, and the passion of Am-a͗ Sudei. He brought our nation back from the edge of oblivion, twice, and gave us a will stronger than we had ever had before, even more so than the Breakaway War. That man died peacefully in 1841. What was left was not Berto, el Hierro de Castillos. It was a hollow impersonation that held everything that Berto had done in its hands and crushed it as if it were nothing. Now we are afraid. A people afraid to be thrust back into a second Breakaway War, a war against an uncaring crown that will hurl its droves of soldiers mercilessly at us when we are not ready. It's taken an innocent woman and let its seed fester inside of her to create "Castillos Dorados", an angry and hateful thing. Hateful as the soul of Breakaway now is. Hateful as we are now.
Dama͑n de Castillos, now 21 years old, officially inherited the Breakaway Commandancy after his father's death. Dama͑n had been raised nearly exclusively by his mother, Ne͗ra Kla̜ka, and thus had been raised to adhere to her incredibly extremist and nationalist ideas. Dama͑n was a firm believer in the idea that the Spanish had been secretly interfering with and stunting Siete Islas' progress, which led many across Siete Islas to criticize him as a conspiracy theorist or paranoid. Dama͑n responded harshly to these criticisms, and began reforming the Breakaway Commandancy to suit his ideology.
Dama͑n believed that the nation would be better off as an isolationist state, so he began cutting all trade between Siete Islas and other sovereign entities, a move which sharply undermined the Siete Islan economy. Siete Islas entered an extreme economic recession, which completely dismantled Pax Septima's economic growth and left the nation in a state of poverty. Dama͑n deflected all criticisms by stating that "Siete Islas would learn to stand on her own feet again", an idea which was very similar in nature to North Korean Juche. Dama͑n held public rallies denouncing "Spanish interventionism", and continuously made extreme political accusations directed at the Spanish House of Bourbon and other ideological opponents. Many modern psychologists have evaluated that Dama͑n de Castillos suffered from advanced undiscovered paranoia.
Over the 1870s and 1880s, tensions would continue to escalate in Siete Islas. The nation's currency swiftly inflated as prices skyrocketed. Quality of life in the archipelago plummeted, with as much as 75% of the population being thrust under the poverty line. Political and international relations worsened as Dama͑n de Castillos continued his reign of mistrust and fearmongering. This period is colloquially named "the Fall from Grace" (Spanish: "La Caída de la Gracia", Novodoman, "E̜a Ca̜ta deve̹a Gra̜s), and resulted in the complete undoing of Pax Septima's achievements.
It was perhaps the worst political crisis of the nation's history, even worse than the political crises prior to the Breakaway War as well as the Reunification Wars. Dama͑n de Castillos continuously claimed that this was only a "transition period" for the Breakaway Commandancy, and that a crisis would not have occurred if Siete Islas had listened to his father Berto de Castillos. This tactic of scapegoating was a very common rebuttal that Dama͑n used throughout his political career, and what may have been the catalyst for Siete Islas' next major conflict.
Dates: May 10, 1898 – August 13, 1898
(3 months, 1 weeks and 4 days)
(Spanish Secession of Outer Islands + Treaty of Paris of 1898)
- December 10 1898
Location: Ricano Archipelago, New Caribbean Sea (plus Extranational conflicts)
Result: Spanish secession of Outer Islands:
- Siete Islas changes name to Once Islas
- Breakaway Commandancy allies with USA
- Islands north of Siete Islas ceded to USA
- Islands south of Siete Islas ceded to Siete Islas
- Unmentioned extranational consequences
The Second Breakaway War, or the Spanish-Ricano War, as it is more commonly referred to as, was a theatre in the larger Spanish-American War of 1898. The war was an armed conflict between the Iron Militia of Siete Islas, aided by United States naval power, against the Spanish Crown at Madrid.
Prior to the Second Breakaway War, tensions in the Breakaway Commandancy of Siete Islas had been increasing to dangerously high extremes. The new Commander of the nation, Dama͑n, de Castillos Dorados, had been establishing a campaign of scapegoating and fearmongering. Dama͑n had consistently stated that the Spanish-occupied Outer Islands, the eight islands on the extreme north and south edges of the Ricano Archipelago which were under Spanish jurisdiction, were bases for the Spanish government to politically and economically ruin Siete Islas. This despite the evidence proving that Siete Islas' crises had been caused solely by internal factors.
The Second Breakaway War officially began on April 21, 1898, as the Spanish-American War began. However, the war practically began on May 10, 1898.
The Second Breakaway War officially began on April 21, 1898, as the Spanish-American War began. However, the war practically began on May 10, 1898. After tensions between the United States and the Spanish Kingdom had boiled over after the destruction of the USS Maine, the Spanish-American War began on April 21, 1898. For the following two weeks, Dama͑n de Castillos had to decide whether or not he would bring Siete Islas into the war.
On April 24, Dama͑n de Castillos drafted a letter to current US president William McKinley, discussing the current situation between Siete Islas and Spain in the Ricano Archipelago, and requesting a military alliance with the US. On April 29, Dama͑n received an official response from President McKinley, confirming the military alliance and sending military plans for the invasion of the Outer Islands.
Their plan was simple: American forces spared from Cuba and the Philippines would arrive on the extreme north and south of the archipelago, where they would begin pushing inwards toward Siete Islas. Meanwhile, the Iron Militia would begin pushing outwards until the two forces eventually would meet. Satisfied, Dama͑n sent his plans to McKinley, who promptly responded and accepted the proposal.
On May 10, 1898, the Breakaway Commandancy of Siete Islas formally issued a declaration of war to Spain, only 15 days after the United States had done so as well. After the declaration, the Siete Islan press soon began publishing stories relating to the sinking of the American vessel USS Maine, and how Madrid was secretly endorsing a world-wide series of atrocities in order to establish world domination, two claims which have no evidence to support them. Nonetheless, nationalists erupted in a wave of pro-war and anti-Spanish demonstrations, while moderates began protesting against any war. Dama͑n was happy to provide, and on May 3, 1898, Dama͑n held a press conference in Puerto Mellor where he confirmed the declaration had been sent to Spain.
Dama͑n mobilized the Iron Militia, the majority of which were already stationed on the northern and southern edges of Siete Islas. The American force, under the command of President-appointed Rear Admiral Andrew M. Knight, first made landfall on May 10, 1898. Admiral Knight's forces landed on the archipelago's northernmost island, Isla de Gemas, and confronted Spanish forces stationed there. The decisive Battle for Gemstone Isle, the first confrontation between Spanish and American forces in the east Pacific, was fought from May 10 to May 13, and resulted in an American victory. After the battle, American forces began their long and difficult push southward.
American forces had not yet arrived on the southern Outer Islands, and so Dama͑n de Castillos took this opportunity to focus the Iron Militia on those islands. He divided the Militia into three uneven forces; Block One (10,000 men) would begin pushing southward from Siete Islas into the southern Spanish islands, Block Two (5,500 men) would begin pushing northward from Siete Islas to meet Rear Admiral Knight's troops, and Block Three (4,500 men) would remain in Siete Islas as reserves and defense forces.
Block One began advances on May 20, 1898, after a difficult landing on Isla Esperanzada (the island directly southward of Isula Ustanu). After making landfall on Isla Esperanzada, Block One set off on a difficult and costly push southward.
Block Two, meanwhile, began pushing through Isla del Norte (the island directly north of Isula Manele͑), with surprisingly little resistance. Most Spanish forces on the northern Outer Islands were occupied with slowing Rear Admiral Knight's advance.
An intervaled map detailing the events of the
Second Breakaway War, up until hostilities ended in
August (September is also included).
The war raged for the next two months, costing many lives. Some notable battles of the war include the Second Battle of Broadleaf, fought on Isla del Norte, June 1, 1898, and named for the large and dense jungles surrounding and obscuring the battlefield, much like the original Battle of Broadleaf. In it, a small Spanish detachment was surrounded by Block One, and quickly slaughtered in a desperate scramble for survival. Another notable battle is the Battle of Greentide, fought on Isla Esperanzada, on June 17. The Battle of Greentide was a chance confrontation between a Spanish infantry unit and Block One, both of which were unknowingly stationed on opposite sides of the small town of Greentide. The two sides fought a surprisingly quick battle, where all members of the Spanish infantry unit were killed, alongside some unfortunate civilians caught in the crossfire.
At last, on July 21, 1898, Block One of the Iron Militia and Rear Admiral Andrew Knight's forces converged in Isla Plana, one of the northern Outer Islands. Spanish forces had either been squeezed out of northern islands, or slaughtered by US or Siete Islan forces. Siete Islan nationalists celebrated both the successful capture of the four northern Outer Islands, as well as the leadership of both Dama͑n de Castillos and American president William McKinley.
Despite this victory, the four southern Outer Islands were still not won. The two southernmost islands were fiercely defended by Spanish soldiers, and no sign of progress from Block Two of the Iron Militia was seen. For the next three weeks, Spanish and Siete Islan forces struggled to gain land, as any advances from either side were quickly won back by the other side.
Spain ultimately sued for peace. On August 12, 1898, the United States and Spain signed a Protocol of Peace in Washington, which resulted in a ceasefire between the United States, Siete Islas, Spain, and other extranational revolutionary powers. After almost three months of tenuous diplomacy, the Treaty of Paris of 1898 was signed on December 10 of that year by the three powers in Paris, France, formally ending the Spanish-American War and, along with it, the Second Breakaway War. The Treaty of Paris was ratified by the United States Senate on February 6, 1899.
Shortly before the Treaty of Paris was signed, the United States and Siete Islas held their own negotiations in Washington. In these negotiations, Dama͑n de Castillos met with President McKinley to discuss the territorial cessions that would be made. After several tense days, the two nations came to an agreement: the United States would annex the northern four Outer Islands from Spain, while Siete Islas would annex the southern four Outer Islands. The United States also agreed to paying 5.5 million USD as payment for the northern four islands.
Soon after the signing of the 1898 Treaty of Paris, Dama͑n de Castillos returned to Siete Islas and held a press conference. While there, he spoke about the successes of the Second Breakaway War, the territorial gains made, and the future of the nation. He mentioned that significant changes would soon take place, as the islands acquired after the war needed to be administrated.
Dama͑n de Castillos dedicated the year of 1899 to the revision and implementation of Commandancy-endorsed government systems in the four southern islands. These islands, while having a relatively small population compared to that of the rest of the nation, still considered themselves culturally Spanish. This, combined with their distance from the core islands, meant that these islands would have even more difficulty transitioning into the Breakaway Commandancy than the former Insurrectionist Islands did.
Dama͑n worked to implement the Subinsul Plan in the four islands' governments in March 1899. The islands resisted at first, citing their allegiance to Spain and the Spanish Crown. Dama͑n, enfuriated, held a rally threatening to declare war on Spain again. His aides urged against it, as the Iron Militia was still recovering from the Second Breakaway War. Dama͑n decided going to war, and after a short conference with the United States via letter, Dama͑n eventually dispatched King Alfonso XIII of Spain to request that he force the islands to join the Breakaway Commandancy. Alfonso then dispatched the four southern Outer Islands, declaring a state of total political disassociation with the islands. In May of 1899, the islands relented, and joined the Breakaway Commandancy. On May 15, 1899, the Breakaway Commandancy of Once Islas was officially formed.