▤ 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 interim between the founding of Once Islas and the turn of the twentieth century was mostly another difficult adjustment period. The four southern islands, having been Spanish colonies nearly continuously for three centuries, were much more closely related politically and culturally to Cuba and Puerto Rico, rather than the Breakaway Commandancy. Despite their close proximity to it, the culture of Siete Islas had never had much of an impact or effect on the colonies. Now, the islands had to suddenly adjust to being Insuls to the Breakaway Commandancy.
For the next several years, there would be near-constant discord between the four new Insuls and the high government at Puerto Mellor. Protests were common, and often disastrous for the affected areas. The former colonies consistently demanded their independence, and were entirely unwilling to negotiate. Dama͑n, de Castillos Dorados was criticized daily by the press for allowing the protests to continue, and public opinion on him shifted.
Historians often note this period jokingly as "the Hangover", alluding to the idea that the public had previously been "drunk and high" on nationalist ideas and political fervor, and now that the violence had died down, they had begun to "sober up" to Dama͑n's continued failings.
Dama͑n de Castillos was now in his early 50s, and many people from across all of Once Islas began fearing that their Commander would suffer similar mental fallacies as his father had. Some journalists speculated that if he did eventually suffer from some sort of dementia, it would drive him to an extreme never before seen in a leader.
Riots and demonstrations became an almost daily occurrence as hundreds of outraged civilians tried to make their feelings known to the Commandancy. Each new demonstration was more violent that the last, with non-protesters being harassed and robbed by protesters. From 1900 to 1901, thirty-four people had been killed in these "Hangover protests", and the number was only expected to rise. A small exodus began in February 1901, as wary civilians, fearing another civil war would erupt, headed north to the American Outer Islands in an attempt to seek asylum in the United States. This emigration severely strained relations between the United States and Once Islas, as American journalists criticized the Breakaway Commandancy for not controlling their population.
Dama͑n de Castillos was faced with a dilemma. If he granted the Southern Outer Islands any more autonomy than he had given the other seven islands, diplomatic tensions would arise between the Insulates and the Breakaway Commandancy, undermining the central government's authority. On the other hand, not granting them further autonomy would surely result in an armed conflict between the Commandancy and the four Insuls.
The Commandancy tried to meet with the Outer Islands' Insulates to try and negotiate, but the Insulates all rejected the negotiations, citing that they wished for fully unconditional independence immediately. Dama͑n de Castillos was furious, and demanded that the Insulates accept his proposals, yet they continued denouncing the Commandancy.
After over a year of trying and failing to appease the four Outer Islands, Dama͑n de Castillos resorted to drastic measures. In April of 1901, he privately drafted an ultimatum to the belligerent Insulates. In the dispatch, Dama͑n threatened to subdue to islands with military force if the Insulates did not immediately abandon their pursuit of independence. The reconstructed letter states in part:
"You seem to want the impossible. Here we sit, in a national stalemate. I hold the power to crush you and whatever insignificant force you call your demonstrators, and yet you deny any chance I give you of calling off these riots. So, I am forced to offer you one last olive branch. I am prepared to discuss with you the possibility of granting you greater autonomy for your islands if, and only if, you punish the rioters. If not, I will have no alternative but to consider you a national threat, which then forces me to bring in the Iron Militia to subdue you."
Dama͑n de Castillos intended the dispatches to remain private, and ordered the Insulates to keep quiet about the threats. The Insulate for Isla Esperanzada, however, disobeyed this order, and released the letter to journalists on the island. The Insulate, one A͑na Zata, had been an outspoken critic of Dama͑n's since the Fall from Grace, and finally had the means to expose the leader's corruption to the public. On April 23, 1901, the story of Dama͑n's corrupt threats, as reported by infuriated journalists, was fully published in an article titled "The Breakaway Scandal".
The article caused a dramatic shift in the political climate of the Breakaway Commandancy. News of the Breakaway Scandal and it's accompanying article spread rapidly across the entire archipelago, even making it's way north into the American Outer Islands. Soon after the article's release, protests sharply increased, and now took place across all of Once Islas. The people were outraged that Dama͑n would betray their nation in this fashion.
Dama͑n tried to muster the Iron Militia, but their current general, General Pa̜lu Karap, blocked him. Dama͑n was left without influence or power, as even his closest aides (such as Ne͗ra Kla̜ka) abandoned him. Finally, without any other option, and desperate to return to power, he relented.
known as the Timok Igrm, likely stemming from the Mara͗n
On June 13, 1901, after intense deliberation and debate, Dama͑n de Castillos held a public press conference. At this conference, he met with the Insulates of the four Southern Outer Islands, and formally recognized those islands as independent nations, free from the Breakaway Commandancy and entirely sovereign in their own affairs. Along with this, he formally disbanded Once Islas, and renamed the nation, once again, to the Breakaway Commandancy of Siete Islas. Part of his speech reads as follows:
"I grieve for Once Islas, as today, the thirteenth of June, nineteen-oh-one, is her final day. After today, the Breakaway Commandancy of Once Islas will no longer stand. In her place will stand the Breakaway Commandancy of Siete Islas, alongside whatever state or states may exist in the four newly sovereign Southern Outer Isles. I do this only to preserve the spirit of Breakaway., as I fear the Commandancy has become consumed by notions of imperialism where none should exist. I have subjected those islands too much, and with this speech, I hope to apologize to those fair Isles."
That speech, along with the "Castle Falls Act", a document signed and ratified in late June, eventually ensured the total political independence of the four Southern Outer Islands.
The full independence and national sovereignty of the Southern Outer Isles was finally realized in full on August 2, 1901. The islands' newfound sovereignty was celebrated across the four islands, as hundreds of independence seekers’ efforts had finally been rewarded. Citizens held raucous "Liberty Parties", festive, and sometimes dangerous, celebrations which were attended by hundreds.
The Outer Islands' leadership immediately began implementing reforms to politically distance themselves from the Breakaway Commandancy in every way they could. After some smooth negotiations in September 1901, the Southern Outer Islands decided to form a political alliance between them. On September 17, 1901, the four Southern Outer Islands collectively created the League of Island Republics (often shortened to LIR), an entity meant not as a singular nation, but rather as a federation of the four islands.
Map of the archipelago after the League of Island Republics'
independence was granted.
Once founded, the League began shifting away from a Commandancy (and generally monarchical) oriented state towards a more democratic republican-type state. The League adopted a presidential system, with a head of state being directly elected by the people via ballot. Suffrage was granted to both men and women, unlike in the Breakaway Commandancy. The first election was held in December of 1901, and former Breakaway Insulate A͑na Zata, the woman who exposed Dama͑n de Castillos’ corrupt threats, was named the League’s President.
The League of Island Republics soon oriented itself within the West, and quickly formed trade deals with several American nations, including the United States of America and the United Mexican States. The League rapidly modernized, and their economy grew more powerful each day. Some of the League’s member states even began developing electrical and industrial infrastructure, a feat that the Breakaway Commandancy had yet to achieve. As the League continued to progress industrially, economically, and socially, the Breakaway Commandancy only continued to regress.
The dissolution of Once Islas and the creation of the League of Island Republics resulted in an extreme setback for the Breakaway Commandancy. Territorially, by 1902, the Breakaway Commandancy only had jurisdiction over seven of the fifteen major islands in the archipelago. The four northernmost islands had been under United States protection for almost a full year, and the four southernmost islands were now part of a sovereign entity named the League of Island Republics. The Breakaway Commandancy was now Siete Islas, rather than Once Islas. Politically, the Commandancy was only growing more unstable. Commander Dama͑n de Castillos had almost no political influence, and a stalemate had occurred between the Commandancy and the Iron Militia.
Also, Siete Islas was in the midst of an economic freefall. The abrupt exit of the Southern Outer Islands from the Commandancy had severely shocked the nation’s economic output. To compound the problem, many Western nations had cut off almost all trade with the Commandancy due to Dama͑n’s instability. Over 70% of the nation’s permanent population lived in poverty, and Siete Islans continued to emigrate either north to the United States or east to Central America. The independence of the League of Island Republics would soon result in more problems for the Breakaway Commandancy, this time civil.
Granting the Southern Outer Islands their sovereignty managed to prevent any armed conflict in the nation, and tensions in the south were relieved slightly. However, an unintended consequence of this grant was that it severely undermined the political authority of the Breakaway Commandancy. This, added to the already severe political discord, would lead to heavy civil unrest within Siete Islas.
During the Second Reunification War in the early 1830s, the belligerent Insurrectionist Islands followed Insurrectionism. Insurrectionism was simply the belief that the four innermost islands of the archipelago deserved their independence from the Breakaway Commandancy of Siete Islas. Now, as Dama͑n de Castillos conceded the four Southern Outer Islands’ independence, Insurrectionism experienced a resurgence.
Neo-Insurrectionism quickly gained popularity amongst central Siete Islans, as many former Insurrectionists believed that now that the Commander and the Iron Militia were locked in a political stalemate, they had an opportunity to revolt.
In February 1903, Neo-Insurrectionist revolutionaries organized a revolution in secret in the town of Ae͑tosa͑. The revolutionaries managed to raid an Iron Militia barracks and steal some firearms and several tons of ammunition. This raid alerted a detachment of the Militia to the revolutionaries’ plans, however, as one of the rebels unknowingly revealed the revolution’s epicenter: a small townhouse on the outskirts of the city. On February 12, 1903, the Militia detachment sacked the townhouse and put down the revolution before it began. All of the revolutionaries, an estimated fifteen, were killed in the attack, and their motives were discovered when a letter describing the plot was uncovered in the townhouse.
News of the failed revolt made its way across the islands rapidly, and many revolutionaries were inspired to take action against the Commandancy. Alongside the Neo-Insurrectionist movement, several other political factions competed for power.
Over the course of 1903, and through 1904, revolts arose all across Siete Islas, with the different political factions vying for control over different regions across the nation. There existed three major factions which sparked most of the nation’s revolts. The first faction were the Neo-Insurrectionists, who wished to totally disband the Breakaway Commandancy and force independence onto all seven islands. The Neo-Insurrectionists grew rapidly during 1903, but declined significantly over the course of 1904. The second faction was called the Reformists. The Reformists were moderate nationalists who believed that as long as the Castillos dynasty remained in power, the Breakaway Commandancy would continue to suffer major depressions and civil unrest. The Reformists were practically unheard of in 1903, but by 1904, they had funded revolts in more than twenty cities across Siete Islas. The third and smallest faction were the Unificationists. The Unificationists were mostly fringe nationalists that still felt allegiance to Dama͑n de Castillos and the Castillos line. The Unificationists, as mentioned previously, were the smallest of the three groups, having very little influence in most areas outside Puerto Mellor.
Dama͑n de Castillos tried to order the Iron Militia to stop the revolts, yet General Karap, head of the Militia, disobeyed the order. Karap had wished for political reform for years, and many in the Militia echoed his sentiments. Karap had identified with the Reformist faction, and his command over a group of like-minded Militiamen gave him confidence.
On November 4, 1904, General Pa̜lu Karap assassinated Breakaway Commander Dama͑n, de Castillos Dorados, officially ending the Castillos dynasty and setting in motion the Third Reunification War.
Location: Siete Islas
Result: Reformist victory:
- Reformist leaders given power
- All seven Insuls reintegrated
Territorial Changes: Seven islands reintegrate into Breakaway Commandancy
The Third Reunification War, alternatively known as the Reformation War, was the Siete Islan armed conflict spawning from the various major political factions battling for territory across Siete Islas. The war began on November 4, 1904, with the assassination of Commander Dama͑n, de Castillos Dorados by General Pa̜lu Karap of the Iron Militia. The assassination was revolutionary for the Breakaway Commandancy, as it first heralded the end of the Castillos dynasty, a dynasty characterized by heroic beginnings and tragic ends. Dama͑n's assassination resulted in a brief, three-month anarchy, in which an extreme power vacuum formed. Many of Dama͑n's advisers, many of which belonged to opposing factions, desperately vied for power and the support of others.
This three-month anarchy was dubbed "the Breakaway Frost", and lasted from December 1904 to February 1905. The Breakaway Frost was characterized by increased political revolt, mass migration north to the United States and south to the League of Island Republics, and massive economic downturn. During the Frost, the Breakaway economy was in total free fall, with at least 94% of the population being forced into poverty.
The mass migrations once again strained relations with the Commandancy and the United States of America, which was highly against emigration in the Ricano Archipelago at this time. The League of Island Republics also suffered from an increase of emigrants, as unskilled and poor Siete Islans continued to flood into the newly-formed state, which was still trying to build its own economy.
In March of 1905, the League's president A͑na Zata and the American Outer Islands' administrator, one Admiral Douglass Clarence, met in a joint conference at Greentide, in the American Outer Islands. While there, President Zata successfully persuaded Admiral Clarence and the general assembly to support the Reformist movement. President Zata had followed the Reformist movement since its inception in lat 1904, and she found their ideals admirable. President Zata convinced Admiral Clarence that supporting the Reformist rebels may eventually lead to major political shakedowns and revolutions in Siete Islas, which may benefit the region economically. She also noted that the mass migration of Siete Islan refugees would cease, which seemed to sway the Admiral's judgement.
Admiral Clarence sent the proposal to American President Theodore Roosevelt, who quickly accepted the proposal. In early April of 1905, President Zata and Admiral Clarence began supplying munitions and rations to known Reformist strongholds across Siete Islas' coastline. These supply lines were painstakingly charted out of Unificationist and Neo-Insurrectionist sights, in order to prevent a direct confrontation between the rogue factions and the United States/League of Island Republics.
By May of 1905, Reformist forces had taken much of Isula Girante, and were beginning to make major progress into the surrounding islands. Reformist leader Me̜ko̹ Bula͑r, who had wished for political changes in Siete Islas since he had been a teenager, went on a recruiting campaign. He traveled to and held massive rallies in all Reformist-held cities, trying to persuade young men and women to join his cause, and in his words, "fix broken Breakaway".
As Reformist forces continued to make progress across Siete Islas, the Unificationists were beginning to lose many of their holdings. By mid-1905 Unificationism had lost much of its traction, with many Unificationist supporters withdrawing their funds to the faction. This severely impacted the performance of Unificationist fighters, as they could no longer provide munitions or rations for itself. This sudden loss of funds led Unificationist leader Te͑n Grandas to take drastic action. From May to late June 1905, Unificationists raided towns across Siete Islas for food and firearms, including supporting towns. These raids significantly diminished the Unificationist movement's political standing in Siete Islas, as former financial supporters of the movement continued withholding donations out of fear of betrayal.
By early July, the Unificationist movement had all but vanished. Their leader, Te͑n Grandas, had been killed on the interim between June and July, and the remaining steadfast Unificationists were now on the defensive, as Reformist and Neo-Insurrectionists continued making advances all across the nation. By mid-July, the war was mostly being fought between only two factions; the Reformist faction, which had seen a surge in popularity and support since the war began due to its relatively moderate and feasible ideals, and which was also the largest faction territorially; and the Neo-Insurrectionist faction, which was still making significant progress despite their dwindling support. At this time, the Unificationist faction was trying to survive while being constantly hit by Reformist fighters, and the Breakaway Commandancy itself had all but given up on the fight.
In July of 1905, much of the Iron Militia (around 30,000 men in total) and the Iron Corp (around 7,500 in total) defected to the Reformist faction, due to many in the Militia and the Corp sharing Reformist ideals and goals. The power struggle between the Reformists and the Neo-Insurrectionists broke in mid-July, as the sudden influx of trained soldiers and police into the Reformist ranks, along with the supply runs from the United States and the League of Island Republics, drastically shifted the balance of power between the two factions. Over the course of July and August, the relatively massive Reformist army continued pushing into Neo-Insurrectionist territory, successfully capturing many Neo-Insurrectionist vtowns and villages in a series of strategic charges.
of Siete Islas from August to November of 1905.
By late August of 1905, the Reformists had liberated almost all of southern Siete Islas, while the Neo-Insurrectionists held control of northern Isula Girante, as well as Isula Manele͑. The Reformist faction had taken control of Puerto Mellor at this point, and had begun establishing Iron Corpsmen across their territory to continue policing. Much of the Reformist army was engaged at the northern border, trying to push through the Neo-Insurrectionist army's flank.
After continuous rallying and campaigning, Reformist leader Me̜ko̹ Bula͑r declared himself as the de facto Commander of Siete Islas, a move which many Siete Islan citizens praised as the beginning of a new era. Despite this move, Me̜ko̹ Bula͑r still had little influence over many regions of Siete Islas, including the northernmost reaches of the state. In order to correct this, the relatively strong Reformist army set off to the fringes of Siete Islas where anarchy still dominated. From August to late November of 1905, the Reformist army successfully captured the remaining territory of Siete Islas, ending both the Neo-Insurrectionist movement and the small pockets of developing anarchy.
In December of 1905, the leaders of all major belligerent parties met in Puerto Mellor to sign a peace agreement. This agreement listed, among other things, that Me̜ko̹ Bula͑r would become the legal Commander of the Breakaway Commandancy of Siete Islas, and that all rebelling factions (excluding the legally independent League of Island Republics) would cease hostilities. This treaty was signed and ratified in Siete Islas on December 31, 1905, which made the new year of 1906 the first year of the newly reformed Breakaway Commandancy.
The reconstruction of Siete Islas would last for nearly three decades, and would be characterized by no major constants. As the entire Commandancy had received massive political, economic, and social changes, rebuilding the nation after the Third Reunification War would be a task almost as difficult for Commander Me̜ko̹ Bula͑r and his new dynasty as winning the war had been.
Several major factors contributed to the difficulty experienced throughout the reconstruction period. First was the actual Third Reunification War. This war had been fought amongst four separate belligerents across close to all seven of the major islands in the Commandancy, meaning that much of Siete Islas was riddled with damage and destruction. Intense battles between factions had left towns and cities across the nation struggling to recover. These damages caused an immense drain on resources, and ultimately led to a moderate economic recession, as the Commandancy now had to dedicate a significant portion of the national budget to rebuilding war-torn cities.
The second major factor was the mass exodus out of Siete Islas just prior to and during the war. Many Siete Islans, especially those living in the northern and southernmost parts of the nation, took the opportunity to flee the country as tensions escalated. These mass emigrations towards Siete Islas' two neighboring nations severely strained political relations between a collapsing Commandancy and the United States and League of Island Republics. This meant that Commander Bula͑r, on top of having to focus on the nation's own recovery, had to dedicate some effort to renewing relations between Siete Islas and her two neighbors. Also, the emigration took much of the nation's workforce with it, creating a severe economic deficit as jobs were simply lost.
The third major factor was the social zeitgeist of Siete Islas in the period before, during, and after the war. This factor directly caused the mass exodus, but it was extremely problematic even for those who stayed in Siete Islas. Civil tensions flared between different ideologies in Siete Islas around the time the war began, and even after the war had ended, these animosities continued. Many Siete Islans began to only trust their own political beliefs, as anyone who held a different opinion was seen as a potential enemy who might instigate a conflict. Tensions also became increasingly apparent between the people and the government, as the Breakaway Commandancy had been proven to be unstable under the wrong commander. On top of the aforementioned two issues, Bula͑r had to now focus on cooling tensions within the nation, between person and person, and between person and government. Bula͑r had to prove himself a worthy commander to lead the nation, as each Commander prior to him had begun with the promise of hope and prosperity before devolving into mental instability and political betrayal.
Over the following thirty years, from 1906 to the late 1930s, Commander Me̜ko̹ Bula͑r dedicated his life and political career to rebuilding the Breakaway Commandancy of Siete Islas from the ground up following the damage the Third Reunification War had inflicted on it. This rebuilding included the drafting of a Fifth Charter of the Breakaway Commandancy, which was written and edited deliberately over almost a decade in order to scrutinize any loophole or flaw in the writing. The Fifth Charter of the Breakaway Commandancy was officially ratified in May of 1919, and brought with it several major changes to the fabric of the Breakaway Commandancy that would ensure that another civil war would not erupt:
following the Reformist takeover of the nation. It featured
a stylized Mara͗n sun, the same found on the modern flag.
The first major change came to the Subinsul Plan of 1835. The Plan's body was reworded almost in its entirety, in order to introduce new relationships between the operations of the insuls, subinsuls, and the Commandancy itself. Now, the insuls were granted much more internal autonomy, which would satisfy the wishes of the Third Reunification War's revolutionaries. However, certain aspects of an insul, such as agriculture, would be strictly under the jurisdiction of the Breakaway Commandancy, meaning that any insul which tried to secede would face problems almost immediately.
The second major change was the introduction of democracy. Commander Bula͑r was a firm believer in the notion that lack of democracy was one of, if not the source of all major civil conflict in the Breakaway Commandancy. Bula͑r thought that all three of the nation's civil wars could have been avoided if the nation had formed itself into a republic, rather than a monarchical system. He also believed that the three men of the Castillos dynasty had all gone mad with power and delusion, and that their megalomania was fueled by political corruption of the highest degree within the Commandancy's ranks, as well as their inherent desire to have an heir secure power. Bula͑r stated that the Commandancy was essentially a monarchy disguised in militarism.
In order to combat this, Bula͑r proposed a democratic system, where rather than an inherited Commandancy, there would exist a republican Commandancy. Bula͑r made certain to expand democracy throughout as many political sectors as he could. However, Bula͑r despised the notion of direct democracy, believing that if unchecked, the population would only fragment, as was also the case in the Reunification Wars. So, in a risky bid of political reformation, Commander Bula͑r began shaping the Breakaway Commandancy into a representative democratic republic, loosely modeled after the United States of America. Representatives would be elected by the people, and would then make decisions for the people they chose to represent. Elected offices now spanned the entire political spectrum, from the subinsulates to the Commander itself.
By 1925, most of the Fifth Charter's intended changes had been implemented into the Breakaway Commandancy. The Commandancy of the Roaring Twenties now inherently differed from the original Breakaway Commandancy of 1764. Now, the nation was much more relaxed. Twenty years had passed since the last major civil conflict, and peace was beginning to return to the nation. Despite this, social tensions were still palpable as many citizens remained on-guard, fearing another war could erupt at any moment.
Commander Bula͑r had recently completed his Reformist plans, and was preparing to leave office after the allotted twenty-year-administration he had implemented had ended, when he was confronted by protesters. Bula͑r was baffled, as he had just given the people what they had wanted for, and was now ensuring he left office to prevent any conflict from leadership. However, when he asked the protesters why they had gathered, they told him that they felt that he had failed to preserve national unity in his Fifth Charter. The protesters explained that now that the concept of political dynasties had ended with the introduction of Bula͑r into political office, they felt that the public was now subject to the same failings as the American public: political differences.
While this had always been the case, Commander Bula͑r was unsure of what to do. So, in a controversial and hypocritical move, he simply ignored the protesters, letting them march for several days until they eventually dispersed. Commander Bula͑r was ready to leave office, and he was not ready to deal with further political turmoil.
The interim between 1925 and 1939 had been an era of political, economic, and social stability, which was a rare thing for the Breakaway Commandancy. The current Commander, one Aran Ga̜ukes, was just over a decade into his term. The nation of Siete Islas was experiencing an economic resurgence, and industry was beginning to take shape in the nation. It seemed as if the nation was heading towards a second Pax Septima, one that seemed a lot more tangible than the first.
However, by late 1939, the Second World War had broken out in Europe and Asia. The scale of this global conflict was much larger than in the First World War, which Siete Islas had managed to successfully avoid as it was in the midst of its recent reformation. Now, as the Empire of Japan expanded further east through the Pacific Ocean, Siete Islas felt truly threatened.
In February of 1940, becoming increasingly wary of Japanese aggression into neighboring states, Commander Ga̜ukes called the Iron Militia to action. The Militia mobilized rapidly, and began fortifying the western coasts of Siete Islas. This caused widespread panic, as Siete Islans feared that "one day the Rising Sun's flag may wave above our own", according to onw source. The next several months saw a tense peace reign over the nation.
In September of 1940, the three eventual Axis states signed the Tripartite Pact, solidifying their commonality and threatening to strike all parts of the world. This worsened tensions in the Ricano archipelago, as now Siete Islas began preparing for an eventual invasion. As Siete Islas prepared for the worst, the League of Island Republics' leadership convened for an emergency session. They deliberated for several days, and eventually came to the realization that they lacked a key component to national survival: a military. The best the League could afford was a few scattered militias, nothing like the Breakaway Commandancy's Iron Militia. The League hoped that Siete Islas would serve as a buffer to Japanese invasion, allowing them time to evacuate civilians to South America and accepting nations.
In December of 1941, the Japanese struck the American naval base of Pearl Harbor, disabling the American Naval Fleet and sealing American entrance into the war. As war declarations followed, Siete Islas began negotiating with American leadership at the American Outer Islands. While Siete Islas would remain officially neutral for the time being, the two powers agreed that American forces would come to Siete Islas' aid if they were ever invaded. The League of Island Republics was not present at this meeting.
Japanese strategists had been planning to target the archipelago for some time, as they knew that the nations were right on the United States' doorstep, and would put the Japanese within striking distance of South America. In early March of 1942, prior to the Battle of Midway, a small Japanese invasion force set off for the archipelago, planning a strike.
On March 15, 1942, in a strategy no one had predicted, the undetected Japanese invasion fleet attacked and successfully captured the entirety of the League of Island Republics. The invasion lasted only several weeks, but it was absolute, giving the Japanese an alarming strategic advantage over the American continent. The Iron Militia, backed by American forces, immediately responded by attempting to liberate the four islands, in a series of difficult naval battles and coastal assaults.
After the tide of the war turned following the Battle of Midway, Japanese hold on the League began slipping. The American naval force managed to surround the islands, while Siete Islan forces engaged in a miniature island-hopping campaign, striking and liberating the League's islands from north to south.
For the next three years, the Japanese occupying force continued to defend the southernmost islands of the League, preventing any American or Siete Islan advance into those islands. The islands were repeatedly bombed by American forces from 1943 to 1944, but with little success. League citizens were subjected to Japanese labor camps, and were often accidentally killed by American bombings, or purposely killed in mass executions. Those who were unable to escape the League of Island Republics had to endure three years of Japanese occupation, which meant starvation, mistreatment, and forced labor.
On August 7, 1945, the United States of America dropping a nuclear device onto the Japanese city of Hiroshima, the first ever instance of nuclear warfare in human history. Two days later, they dropped a second device onto the city of Nagasaki. The combined attacks were famous for their devastation of their target cities, as well as for their ability to force the Japanese Empire to surrender. As the Japanese surrendered, they finally relinquished the League of Island Republics to a joint American and Siete Islan occupying force.
The Japanese surrender marked the end of the Second World War, and subsequently, the invasion of the League of Island Republics. The Japanese occupation had devastated the islands, killing hundreds in Japanese labor camps, and leaving the islands completely without government. The attempts to liberate the islands arguably did more damage, however, as American bombings charred much of the land and caused massive wildfires. Either way, the League of Island Republics was left entirely ravaged from the invasion and liberation, and the Breakaway Commandancy of Siete Islas was left shaken and unnerved after the events of the Second World War.
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