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History of La Paz de Los Ricos, Volume V [1945 - 2019]

History of La Paz de Los Ricos

▤ La Paz de Los Ricos ▤


Volume I

1:1 Geologic History
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 Trialt

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
Green's Gimmick

- 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
the Oort

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
Ice Caps

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

Second World War's Aftermath

Following the Second World War, the League of Island Republics was in absolute devastation. The combination of Japanese occupation of the islands and joint American and Siete Islan liberation attempts had destroyed much of the League's infrastructure and killed a majority of its populace. The League's government was now hopelessly crippled, and unable to function. To keep the islands from falling into total anarchy, the United States granted Siete Islas permission to occupy the former League's four islands and establish a skeleton government.

Siete Islas was currently undergoing a change in leadership. Commander Aran Ga̜ukes had completed his twenty-year term, and had been replaced by Commander Ra̹ A͑rebas in a long and arduous adjustment period. Due to this, it was significantly more difficult for Siete Islas to effectively provide aid for the former League of Island Republics, as the change in administration brought with it political stalling.

The Reintegration

Beginning in 1946, Commander A͑rebas began a major reconstruction project for the former League, unofficially dubbed "the Reintegration". This project had two major goals, listed in order of importance as prioritized by Breakaway Commander Ra̹ A͑rebas:

The first goal was to "rebuild and replenish" the four islands, which essentially meant to return the four islands to a state of normalcy. This stage of rebuilding involved pouring thousands of dollars into revitalizing scorched forests, recuperating agriculture, and rebuilding homes, all in order to rehabilitate the islands and their peoples. A͑rebas prioritized this first, because in his words "nothing can exist on those islands without a process of healing and recovering".

The second goal was to "unite" the four islands into the Breakaway Commandancy, meaning a reunification of the Southern Outer Islands and Siete Islas. This second phase sparked controversy among Siete Islans, who believed that the Southern Outer Islands would resist attempts at reunification and would rather reinstate the League of Island Republics. A͑rebas ignored these critics, citing that "those islands cannot stand alone".

The Reintegration began in February of 1946, with the signing of the Reintegration Order by Commander A͑rebas. Work on the project began in early March, as A͑rebas constructed de jure skeleton governments to run the Southern Outer Islands. From March to August of 1946, the Iron Militia packaged and distributed thousands of crates of rations, seeds, and other supplies to the Southern Outer Islands.

From 1946 to 1951, phase one of the Reintegration was enacted. Damaged forests were cleared away and thousands of saplings were planted in their place. Food and blankets were distributed among survivors. The Iron Militia set up defense checkpoints around the islands, where people were urged to take shelter. This first stage of the Reintegration was a success, and helped start the long process of natural revitalization for the Southern Outer Islands.

The second phase of the Reintegration, the actual process of reunion, began in late 1952. Negotiations between the Breakaway Commandancy and surviving representatives of the former League of Island Republics took place over the next decade. Originally, much of Siete Islas was skeptical that the Southern Outer Islands would accept the proposal of reintegration with the Breakaway Commandancy. However, as negotiations continued, reunification seemed hopeful. From 1952 to 1961, difficult and strenuous diplomacy took place.

On June 31, 1961, Commander A͑rebas and former League representatives publicly announced that proposals for reunification under the Breakaway Commandancy had been accepted. Thousands rejoiced on the streets of Puerto Mellor, and across the entire archipelago. The reunification process was scheduled to begin once the next Commander took office in four years.

Reunification meant two things for the Breakaway Commandancy. First, it meant that the Southern Outer Islands would now be eligible for complete political reorganization. This was seen as a massive benefit for the islands, as with the integration of the Subinsul Plan, they would be able to better administrate aid to all parts of their territory. Many Southern Outer Islanders anticipated the reunion as it meant they would begin receiving the equivalent of thousands of dollars in benefit, which would ease poverty in those islands. The second thing reunification meant was an end in hostilities between the two sides. Now the the League of Island Republics was disbanded, it let Siete Islan leadership apologize for over a century of mistrust and tension. Many Siete Islans were hopeful that the Reintegration would succeed.

Pax Ricana

On the interim between 1946 and 1961, as the Reintegration was in effect, the Breakaway Commandancy itself saw a period of economic growth and political prosperity akin to that just before Pax Septima in 1833. Now, with an economic boost, Siete Islas at last saw the introduction of industry and electrical infrastructure into their society. Siete Islas' unemployment rapidly fell, with hundreds of jobs being created monthly as factories and power plants began to open. Poverty also fell, with a record low of 16% now living below the poverty line, with that number continuing to decline.

Siete Islas heralded this age as the beginning of a second Pax Septima, as the parallels only became more apparent. However, there was still one major difference separating the two eras, and defining the latter and not the former: stable leadership. In Pax Septima of 1833, the Breakaway Commandancy was plagued by corrupt leadership, with Berto, el Hierro de Castillos being the largest example. However, with the Reformist democratic principles set in place, the nation now had a stable, predictable legislature. This stability inspired confidence among entrepreneurs and private businesses, which set up in Siete Islas, boosting their economy in a positive feedback cycle.

Rather than naming this period the second Pax Septima a different name arose for this period. In 1961, Siete Islan scholar Dr. Alekiro Ga̜en coined the term "Pax Ricana" in his famous book Islands of Madness, a retrospective analysis of Siete Islas' turbulent history and potential future. "Pax Ricana" was explained by Dr. Ga̜en as "representing the social atmosphere of the state and her islands". The word "Ricana" seemed a corruption of the word "Rico", meaning "rich", which led many to assume that the phrase Pax Ricana meant "rich peace", a theory Dr. Ga̜en was quick to confirm.

Pax Ricana was an era of economic stability and social well-being that surpassed the original Pax Septima in almost all manners. Siete Islas was in the midst of a financial boon, with investors and businesses confident enough to entrust the equivalent of hundreds of thousands of American dollars in its economy. This, in turn, benefited both Siete Islas as well as the Southern Outer Islands, which began to see population resurgence and environmental rejuvenation.

In 1965, Commander Ra̹ A͑rebas stepped out of office, and in his place, Commander Gragoro͑ Gute͑ris entered the Commandancy. Gragoro͑ Gute͑ris considered himself a "moderate nationalist", which arose some doubts from the Siete Islan population. These doubts quickly fell however, as Gute͑ris immediately began working on finalizing the Reintegration, meaning the Southern Outer Islands would soon rejoin the Breakaway Commandancy.

Northern Outer Islands Purchase

However, Commander Gute͑ris had another priority that he wished to address with the Breakaway Commandancy. Gute͑ris had his eye on the Northern Outer Islands, also known as the American Outer Islands. Ever since the United States had acquired the islands from Spain in the Spanish-American War in 1898, they had largely fallen out of the Breakaway consciousness. Currently, the islands were unorganized American territories, with no permanent civilian population, and several American Navy bases existing on the islands. Gute͑ris dubbed these islands the "peripheral islands", as everyone had been intensely focused on the Southern Outer Islands that they had completely ignored their northern counterparts.

Commander Gute͑ris wished to both reintegrate the Southern Outer Islands, as well as purchase the Northern Outer Islands from the United States, essentially wishing to unite the entire archipelago under the Breakaway flag. This wished both baffled and excited many Siete Islans, who believed that the United States should have ceded the Northern Outer Islands to the Commandancy in 1898.

So, Commander Gute͑ris began implementing the Reintegration's political reunification of the Southern Outer Islands, while also working on a proposal to American president Lyndon B. Johnson. Gute͑ris spent 1965 drafting several proposals to the Breakaway Commandancy in an attempt to get one of them approved. In 1966, his proposal, titled "the Completion Purchase" was at last accepted.

In 1967, during President Johnson's round-the-world trip to Australia and other nations, he landed in Siete Islas and met with Commander Gute͑ris. While there, Gute͑ris shared his proposal with the American president, and urged him to take it back to Congress. Johnson relented, eager to begin his flight to Australia, and formally agreed to speak to Congress regarding the proposal.

On January 28, 1968, the Congress of the United States accepted Commander Gute͑ris' proposal, which detailed the Breakaway Commandancy's purchase of the Northern Outer Islands for 45,000,000 Septiman pesos, or roughly 20,000,000 USD. The proposal also detailed that the change of hands would take place on the town of Ba̜imid on Isla de Gemas on July 4, 1968, between Commander Gute͑ris and American representative Admiral Dennis Alexander Theodore.

Concerning the Southern Outer Islands, Commander Gute͑ris met with Southern Outer Island officials and spoke with them of the imminent purchase of the Northern Outer Islands. As a gesture of friendship and unity, the Southern Outer Islands agreed to sign and ratify their entrance into the Breakaway Commandancy on July 4, 1968, the same day as the Northern Outer Islands. Commander Gute͑ris agreed to send a representative to attend the change of hands, while he himself would facilitate the purchase of the Northern Outer Islands.

Quince Islas

On July 4, 1968, while the United States of America celebrated its Independence Day, the Breakaway Commandancy was celebration the final completion of Reintegration, the twenty-year plan to ultimately reunite all of the archipelago under the Breakaway Commandancy's flag.

Early that morning, Commander Gragoro͑ Gute͑ris landed in the town of Greentide, where the purchase of the Northern Outer Islands was scheduled to take place at twelve o'clock noon, local time. Gute͑ris confided in one of his security guards that he felt "as if my heart were gonna blow out of me", which "elicited a chuckle" from the man.

Concurrently, Breakaway representative Mevi Bloka, the delegated official sent to facilitate the reintegration of the Southern Outer Islands, was arriving at the town of Greentide, Isla Esperanzada, to prepare for the change of hands. The event here was to take place at noon as well. Both events were to be televised at the same time.

After some intense deliberation, and several hours of press coverage, all parties were at last ready to begin the processes. In the Northern Outer Islands, Gute͑ris gave a fifteen-minute speech detailing the pride he felt at that moment, where he spoke of the nation's progress from a small rebellion in the midst of the Spanish Empire, to a soon-to-be economic powerhouse in the Americas. Part of his speech transcribes as follows:

"All my boyhood, I dreamed of a moment like this. I imagined the day when my nation, in all of her revolutionary glory, could finally unite under a common cause. All my boyhood, I was denied that dream, instead forced to confront a reality where conflict dominated the state. All of our history, we have been dominated by division and fracture. Led by men who only spoke daggers and acted for a cloaked crown, we have been forced to suffer. Since the Primahumasi, we've waited. Now, we emerge from our cold past, and bathed in Pax Ricana's warm light, we command ourselves a new destiny. One where all men are rich, all women are powerful, and all children are hopeful."

After this speech, at 12:02 PM, local time, Commander Gute͑ris and Admiral Theodore signed the Treaty of Ba̜imid, officially ceding the Northern Outer Islands to the Breakaway Commandancy. Several minutes later, at 12:04 PM, the town of Greentide, Miss Bloka and the Southern Outer Islands' representative signed the Treaty of Greentide, which officially ceded the Southern Outer Islands to the Breakaway Commandancy. At 12:10 PM, Commander Gute͑ris signed the Reintegration Order, confirming that the Reintegration process had officially ended on July 4, 1968.

Celebrations were seen all across the Breakaway Commandancy, with hundreds cheering at their televisions. One witness in Puerto Mellor said that "it was like all of the people's conflicts and tensions fell away". In the United States, the event went largely unnoticed, save for several news articles following the purchase.

Commander Gute͑ris returned to Puerto Mellor the following morning, inundated with mail from the people of the Commandancy. Despite his immense achievements of at last reuniting the entire archipelago under the Commandancy, he was still not yet entirely satisfied. Gute͑ris wanted to implement a vast series of reforms into the Breakaway Commandancy, reforms that would change much of the politics in the Breakaway Commandancy. He wished to imbue Pax Ricana into the very fabric of the Commandancy.

Ricano Composition

Over the next several months, Gute͑ris continued planning reforms. By 1970, he had drawn up a series of documents known as the Ricano Composition, in which he outlined his plans to entirely redevelop the Breakaway Commandancy to both accomodate and continue Pax Ricana. The Ricano Composition detailed plans to reconstruct much of the Breakaway Commandancy, including a draft for a "Fluidity Code", in which it was outlined how to achieve smooth administrative transitions between Commandancy terms. This Ricano Composition was eventually published in order for the public to view and critique his work, as Gute͑ris wished for "the people's input".

Over the course of the late 1960s, Gute͑ris worked on refining the Ricano Composition, adopting ideas and propositions from the public that he felt would benefit the document overall, and scrapping unnecessary or dislike concepts to prevent any major discord. By 1970, Gute͑ris was left with The Ricano Composition for Quince Islas of 1970. He felt that he was ready to submit his proposal to the Breakaway Commandancy, hopeful that it would get accepted and he could begin the reforms.

Ricano Reforms

The Commandancy approved his plans, and supported the idea of a complete overhaul of the government in order to better serve the people. The people themselves, however, were skeptical. Many citizens across Quince Islas believed that the only reason Pax Ricana existed was due to a fragile political ecosystem brought on by the Reformist takeover in 1905, and a culmination of other factors that spawned from this takeover. Many came to the assumption that if the Ricano Composition's proposed reforms were to be enacted, it would be akin to "political deforestation", which would bring Pax Ricana's downfall.

Despite these fears, Commander Gute͑ris and the rest of the Breakaway Commandancy were confident in his so-called "Ricano Reforms", and believed that they would only serve to supplement the growth of Pax Ricana in the political and economic spheres.

Commander Gute͑ris was given until the end of his term, in 1985, to polish and implement the Ricano Reforms, a task which daunted Gute͑ris, but he felt was still plausible. He immediately began work, in early 1971, to enact these reforms, and established a fifteen-year schedule that would ensure the completion of his work by the next term.

Due to the fifteen-year interim he had available, Gute͑ris was able to do something that no other leader had done before: gradual reformation. Gute͑ris was afraid of sudden and dramatic change, as he feared that any jarring action would have an equally jarring reaction. This was one reason why he did not like the Castillos dynasty, as he believed that they had poorly and hastily set up reforms that ultimately led to economic, political, and social troubles. So, he believed the best way to combat this was by slow and deliberate change, which would take place over the course of years so that whatever group they were targeted to apply to could acclimate to these adjustments across a period of time.

The Fluidity Accords

On September 29, 1973, Gute͑ris and fourteen other Breakaway Commandancy delegates signed "the Fluidity Accords", which were a series of documents which detailed how official transitions between administrations were to take place, and a strict series of guidelines for following these transitions. Gute͑ris was adamant on having these accords written and signed early on in his administration, because he was aware of how difficult and sometimes bloody changes in leadership were in the past for the Commandancy. The Fluidity Accords aimed to provide "a foundation on which changes in leadership will serve not to erode but to strengthen our national unity, and to prevent any event such as the ones from centuries ago from taking hold again".

Gute͑ris was relieved he was able to get the Fluidity Accords easily and unanimously signed and ratified into law. He made mentions of this later in press conferences, where he stated at one point:

"One of the reasons I made what I made and did what I did was because of the Southern Outer Isles. I was only about five or six years old, but I saw in the papers that those islands weren't getting the help they needed early on because of a change in Commandancy leadership. Yeah, the one between Aran Ga̜ukes and Ra̹ A͑rebas. While I don't blame either of them, I do think it's important to understand how neither of them could act quickly because of the nature of political change at the time. I hope that the Fluidity Accords make it so that such political stalling as seen before in our history will not be repeated again in our future."

This statement helped clarify the purpose of the Fluidity Accords to those in the public who were at first critical of the documents. Many saw them as unnecessary or hurtful to the already stable democracy that existed in the nation, but Gute͑ris was able to assure the people that the Accords were meant only to benefit the Commandancy.

National Alias and Flag

Commander Gute͑ris was making sweeping internal reforms which seemed to satisfy many issues that plagued the Commandancy in its infancy centuries ago. However, external reforms were few.

Commander Gute͑ris realized that these Ricano Reforms were going to inspire a cultural revolution in his society. However, the nation still held a name and flew a flag that carried with it decades of political instability and civil revolt within it. Commander Gute͑ris felt it necessary to change the Breakaway Commandancy's alias to something more suiting, and to design a new flag which would better reflect the nation as it was now. Surprisingly, much of the public agreed with him. They felt as if their name and flag carried with it a negative connotation, which many believed was necessary to change if the state and the people wished to change.

As such, in 1975, Commander Gute͑ris drew on the help of doctor Dr. Alekiro Ga̜en, the author of Islands of Madness and the creator of the term "Pax Ricana" to help produce possible names and design possible flags for the state. Gute͑ris was a fan of Dr. Ga̜en, respecting his work on studying the Breakaway Commandancy's history and possible future, and believing that he understood the nation as a whole "better than anyone in our borders".

Dr. Ga̜en accepted the task, and was relegated the responsibility of creating flag proposals for the nation, as well as coming up with a name which best fit the nation, its people, and its history the best. Within days, Dr. Ga̜en approached Gute͑ris with a name which he felt best encompassed the national zeitgeist at the time:

The first flag design proposed by Dr. Alekiro Ga̜en, which ended up
being the basis for the actual implemented Ricano flag (above).

The second flag design proposed by Dr. Alekiro Ga̜en (above).

The third flag design proposed by Dr. Alekiro Ga̜en (above).

"After putting in much thought, I've come up with an idea which best describes our nation, as it is now, as it is in our current worldview. Hence, I give you: 'La Paz de Los Ricos'. A name based on our own Pax Ricana, which conveys with it the optimism that carries our great state forward. The peace of the rich, is all our peace."

Commander Gute͑ris was immediately intrigued and fascinated with "La Paz de Los Ricos", so much so that he accepted it as the nation's eventual name. In a televised press conference, he revealed the proposed name to the public. Many people seemed to approve of the name, viewing it as "a fresh cultural start" that would define the nation, rather than the centuries of instability and conflict that "Siete Islas" held.

As for a flag, Dr. Ga̜en approached Commander Gute͑ris several weeks later with some concepts. He had developed three major ideas for a national flag:

The first flag design was divided into four equal vertical sections. From left to right, the sections were colored red, crimson, orange, and golden. The red section represented the nation's turbulent infancy, from the first Breakaway War to the first major civil conflict. The two middle sections, colored crimson and orange, were meant to represent the rough transition periods in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. The final golden section was meant to represent the nation's bright and prosperous present, and a hopeful future.

The second proposal was a tricolor, not dissimilar to the flag of the Miranda, save for a black central stripe in place of a blue one. The stripes, in order from top to bottom, were colored gold, black, and red. The red stripe symbolized the struggles the nation endured, and the "veins of the revolutionaries who fought against the Spanish Empire". The black stripe symbolized the ground on which many men and women fell during the nation's five wars, and "the cold darkness to which the Breakaway spirit almost fell into". The golden stripe, similar to the first design, represented the nation's bright future, and the "sunlight which caresses the nation every day".

The third proposal was similar in nature to the flags of Cuba and Puerto Rico, having been inspired by those two flags. The third proposal feature two gold stripes on the top and bottom, two white stripes following those, and then a single red strip in the center, which connects to a red triangle on the left, featuring fifteen small stars in a circular-like arrangement surrounding one central star, representing the insuls which surround the central government. The red represented the hardship the nation endured, and the gold and white represented the hope that permeated through the Breakaway spirit.

Out of these three designs, Commander Gute͑ris was most fascinated with the first design. He wanted to incorporate the colors into a design, but he was unhappy with the general design. Gute͑ris took the colors from Dr. Ga̜en's flag, and began modeling it after the general design of the current Reformist flag of the Breakaway Commandancy.

After several attempts, Gute͑ris at last created a design that he felt sure would win the hearts of the people, a design which combined the red-yellow gradient and the general design of the Reformist flag, The final design was divided into four uneven sections. The leftmost section was red, and represented the struggles of the nation's infancy. The second two sections, the smallest of the sections, were crimson and orange respectively, and represented the rough path that the nation has taken in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, with the transition between colors alluding to the transitions in politics. The third section, the largest and rightmost, was golden, and symbolized the hope that permeated through the nation in the present, and the wealth that now let the nation flourish. The final element, a Maran sun, was placed in the topmost quadrant of the red section, meant to represent that despite the nation's accomplishments, it was important to remember the nation's roots as a revolutionist state.

This final flag, once revealed to the public, was met with major support. The new flag was almost universally liked across the nation, with the people seeing it as a "symbol for a new Ricano culture".

The Crescendo

For the next decade, Commander Gute͑ris continued implementing various policies, and finalizing plans for the nation's re-founding. While these reforms progressed, a change was seen in the social atmosphere of the nation. Scholars and historians typically refer to this ten-year span as "the Crescendo", as this period of political overhaul coincided with a shift in the cultural and social atmosphere of the nation's public.

As reforms continued, the public attitude seemed more excited or expectant. One woman noted that "it seemed like everyone was waiting until 1985. That year would be our renaissance, our own national rebirth after an entire history of hardship."

The people of the nation anticipated the arrival of 1985, the final year of Commander Gute͑ris' administration and the threshold between a nation characterized by a cruel past, and a new state characterized by the expectant future. During this period, economic growth spiked as confidence in the Breakaway market only grew alongside the people's anticipation.

Ad interim, Commander Gute͑ris began preparations to finalize the Ricano Composition as the nation's ruling document. He wished for the Compostition to act in a similar fashion as the Constitution of the United States functioned for the US, as the highest political and legal authority in the entire Breakaway Commandancy. In Gute͑ris' words, he hoped the Composition would "serve as an immortal judge of our nation's conduct, impartial to political schism and impervious to political failure".

After establishing the Composition's political and legal importance, he immediately began the process of "binding" other important political documents to the Composition in order to grant them the same level of immunity and necessity that was provided to the Composition itself. The process of binding meant coupling the document with the Ricano Composition, effectively creating a legal umbrella around these documents by extending protections around them akin to the protections that the Composition itself would receive. Among the important binder documents were the 1835 Subinsul Plan and the Fluidity Accords.

La Paz de Los Ricos

On October 26, 1985, Commander Gute͑ris and his staff in the Breakaway Commandancy finally reconvened in Puerto Mellor to finalize, sign, and ratify the Ricano Composition, which would mark the beginning of a national renaissance that would revolutionize the Breakaway Commandancy in a manner never before seen in the nation's history at any point.

A nationwide televised broadcast began at twelve o'clock noon, where live, detailed press coverage of the signing and ratification of the Composition and any other significant events throughout the day. A less popular radio broadcast was also available.

At 1:07 PM, the Composition was at last finalized and closed by Commander Gute͑ris, with the final article having been completed by the Commander several minutes earlier. Following this, the signing would take place. Commander Gute͑ris stood and spoke to the reporters, addressing people of the Breakaway Commandancy. His speech transcribes as follows:

"Friends, family, men, women, and children of my beloved Breakaway Commandancy. I need not describe the significance of this moment, of this day. It's the day you've anticipated since 1965, when we began this odyssey together. Since 1945 after we defended the isles from an enemy ten times our superior. Since the Reunification Wars rocked our isles, and forced us to ask ourselves "can we survive?" Since the Breakaway War when valiance ruled our destiny, and cowardice was only a whisper in the recesses of disgrace. Since the first dawn caressed our islands. Since the first tree, flower, and blade of grass stood here in defiance of all odds. Since all of our history. [...] We've anticipated not today, but tomorrow. All our tomorrows, when we awaken and declare ourselves reborn. A nation reborn. [...] No, a people reborn. Signing this will be the last thing I ever do as Commander, so I have one more request before I fulfill this long-awaited dream of ours. [...] Promise me that our valiant flag shall forever fly, one way or another; That the Ricano spirit that permeates our nation shall live in freedom, chained by no existing entity; that the right to individuality is defended, to the death, if necessary; that we shelter those who lack any alternative; [...] that the name La Paz de Los Ricos, in whatever tongue it may be uttered, shall never retire to the dark; that forever and always may we live in freedom and peace. Promise me that, and all of our children, and their children, and theirs [...] shall be eternally grateful."

Commander Gute͑ris then asked the nation to join him in a moment of silence to honor those who fought to shape the Breakaway Commandancy across its history. After the moment of silence, he reopened the Ricano Composition and passed it around to the Commandancy officials around the table to sign.

At 1:15 PM local time on October 26, 1985, Commander Gute͑ris at last signed his name at the bottom of the completed Ricano Composition, officially founding the Breakaway Commandancy of La Paz de Los Ricos and beginning a cultural movement across the islands unlike anything the nation had ever seen.

Ricano Renaissance

The founding of La Paz de Los Ricos brought with it an unprecedented shift in the social and cultural zeitgeist of the nation, unseen even during Pax Septima. The re-founding of the Breakaway Commandancy into an entirely new nation resulted in what is known as "the Ricano Renaissance", a cultural movement similar in nature to the European Renaissance three centuries prior. La Paz de Los Ricos underwent a significant dynamic shift, involving all parts of the nation{s culture and history. Now, with the confidence in the nation’s future and past, a renewed interest in the arts swept through the nation. Many scholars believe it to be the second “Rise in Patriotism” as seen during Pax Septima.

Ex-Commander Gute͑ris was revered across the nation for his acts of national reformation, and his revolutionary transformation of the nation’s functionality, to the point of near-worship. Many believed him to be the modern Simón Bolívar, and he was idolized to an extreme degree. Petitions were created to have statues built and dedicated to him, an act which Gute͑ris found “unnecessary and inappropriate”. At one point, Gute͑ris held a speech, proclaiming:

The first flag of La Paz de Los Ricos

“Please, people of Los Ricos, I am just one man. I am not to be idolized! Idolatry is what led to our national ruin in our very infancy! Idolatry is what drove men like Joaquim, Berto, and Dama͑n de Castillos to total insanity and national ruin! I ask you all, no longer as a Commander, but as a man, terrified of this hero-worship, please do not obsess over one man! I was not great! I was but the spearhead of a much larger, much more grandiose project. I could not accomplish on my own what thousands of Iron Militiamen, volunteers, and countrymen accomplished in such a short time!”

Eventually, the iconolatry faded, as many soon realized that idolatry was what led the men of the Castillos dynasty to megalomania, and ruin the nation they promised to fight for. Idolatry soon became taboo among Ricano society, as authors and scholars rushed to affirm the idea that hero-worship of the nation’s first Commanders is what led to their narcissism and short-sightedness.

Outside of idolatry, the new Ricano culture continued to evolve and change in a manner not seen before in the Breakaway Commandancy. With these came a resurgence in historical interest, as Ricano education continually valued teaching young people of the nation’s history. With this came the emergence of five history books, written by Dr. Alekiro Ga̜en as a follow up to Islands of Madness. These history books, titled The Breakaway Story, Books One through Five were written as an extremely detailed compilation of all known history of La Paz de Los Ricos, from prehistoric to present, alongside an intellectual analysis of the past. Dr. Ga̜en reportedly wrote the books to “help educate the population of the nation to the nation itself, as well as to instill the virtues of understanding said nation to the new generation”. The books, published from 1986 to 1991, soon became a required resource for educators’ uses.

Alongside this interest in the nation’s past came an interest in the nation’s present. Scholars across the islands published various works into the mid-1990s concerning the nation’s political workings. Many were interested in essentially reading into the nation’s internal politics and disseminating that information in an easy and understandable manner. This “Breakaway Interpretation”, as it was colloquially termed, served to better educate the nation’s population over the internal workings of their government, an enterprise which was soon embedded in Ricano culture as a necessity. One unnamed scholar said, regarding the Breakaway Interpretation:

”It’s gotten to the point where all want to know all there is to know. Prior to the Third Reunification War, the workings of the Breakaway Commandancy were shrouded in layers of dangerous mystery. Without an intricate understanding of the way their nation’s government worked, the people were bound to be tense when confronting an authority they did not understand. That is, in my opinion, what led to the first five Breakaway Charters failing, as they tried to both… outline how the nation worked and how to keep it in order, while trying to hide from the public. Not so, now. After so much mistrust and years of conflict, the people are requiring the government to demonstrate how it works and what keeps it functioning. And so it shall be, I hope, for the rest of our nation’s life.”

This statement summarized the core interest in the Breakaway Interpretation, to function as a sort of check on the government’s function, to make sure it did not fluctuate. The Breakaway Interpretation was continually stressed in Ricano culture, as authors found it necessary to publish and distribute as much information as possible on the government in order to insure that the people were aware of its roles and workings.

Transition of Cultures

Many historical resources, these history volumes included, have continuously used the word “Breakaway” as a descriptive adjective referring to the nation, the nation’s people, or any other aspect that related the the Breakaway Commandancy, including the First and Second Breakaway Wars, the Breakaway Interpretation, and others. “Breakaway” usually carried the nation’s revolutionist connotation with it, inspiring militant ideas of autonomy and self-sovereignty. The word “Breakaway” itself means “split from”, an accurate descriptor of the nation’s early history and infancy.

Thus, the term “Breakaway Culture” had two meanings, both relating to the spirit of sovereignty. The first meaning was the “Breakaway Culture” which existed before, during, and for a short period after the First Breakaway War. This first Breakaway Culture was mostly characterized by nationalist and revolutionist feelings, and was catalyzed by the Siete Islas revolutionary sect, and a culture which was popular in the more urbanized areas of Isula Girante at the time. The second Breakaway Culture was one that emerged shortly after the first Breakaway War, and was typically characterized by national pride in the Breakaway Commandancy, rather than revolutionist feelings. This second Breakaway Culture was present for the remaining sections of the nation’s history, except the Second Breakaway War.

However, an interesting transition was taking place. During the late twentieth century, from 1985 to the early 2000’s in La Paz de Los Ricos, this culture began to change. Now that the Breakaway Commandancy controlled the eight Outer Islands, ideas from across the archipelago were given the opportunity to freely travel across the nation, which eventually led to a broadly pacifist and nationalist culture. This culture of “peace in richness” is referred to as Ricano Culture, which both shared common aspects with Breakaway Culture and heavily differed from it at the same time. In order to better represent the nation, the term “Breakaway” will now be used to specifically refer to either the “Breakaway Commandancy” or any relating historical relevancies, and will no longer refer to the present people or culture. The term "Ricano" will now be used to refer to anything relating to La Paz de Los Ricos, and may be used interchangeably with "Breakaway" when referring to the nation's history.

21st Century

La Paz de Los Ricos entered the twenty-first century on an economic upturn, experiencing major economic benefits since the founding of La Paz de Los Ricos. Unlike most other neighboring nations, the Breakaway Commandancy suffered little corruption, and the Ricano people described their nation as “politically, financially, and militarily secure”. Along the interval from 1950 to 2000, the Breakaway Commandancy continued to build civil and electrical infrastructure, with the help of foreign companies, to the point where the Commandancy was now one of the leading nations in the Americas.

Antre Kino͑no

In 2005, Commander Antre Kino͑no was instated into the Commandancy . Currently, the Ricano Renaissance was stagnating, introducing a plateau into the nation's cultural dynamic. Commander Kino͑no had grown up during the age of the Ricano Renaissance, and had closely followed Dr. Ga̜en's studies during the Breakaway Interpretation. During his teenage years, Kino͑no quickly developed a unique political view of the nation's internal workings, a view that had previously not been seen in the social landscape of the nation:

In 2006, Kino͑no published a manifesto titled The Inclusion of the Self: A Commander's View on Individialism. In the manifesto, Kino͑no details his analysis on the inclusion of the individual as a governmental sector, how this would both help the nation and its people grow, and how the aspect has been stunted in the modern Commandancy. He proposed theories on both "the self" and "the individual", where "the self" refers to the internal consciousness and mental dynamic of an individual, and where "the individual" was a single unit of a society, which needed to be valued and empowered within a nation's government.

At first, many Ricanos were apprehensive towards Commander Kino͑no's ideas, fearing them to be an introduction of limited socialism within the Commandancy, a taboo topic in Ricano politics. Kino͑no's ideas on individualism and self-sovereignty led many to believe that Kino͑no himself was a believer and follower of socialism, and that he may try to implement these politics into the Commandancy. Kino͑no continuously denied these claims, citing that "I fear socialism as much as you do. I only wish to give you a larger say in your own government, one which I can't understand why you'd turn away!"

Ruma̹s Kansena͑s

Commander Kino͑no drew ire from within the Commandancy itself. One of Kino͑no's most outspoken critics went by the name Ruma̹s Kansena͑s, the Insulate of Isula Ustanu and a staunch conservative nationalist. Insulate Kansena͑s was strongly opposed to the idea of changing the Commandancy from its current state, as he was raised by a family who had suffered through times of turmoil. Kansena͑s believed any change in the nation would upset the "delicate republican balance set in place for reasons we should not change".

Kansena͑s was famous for his angry and passionate political outbursts, in which he would violently shout whenever he was confronted. Within the Insulate group, he was known as "Crazed Kansena͑s", a crude yet effective epithet. Kansena͑s was, however, not uneducated, and was known to win arguments through a combination of barrages of questions and factual statements, a tactic which inspired hate from his fellow Insulates, as well as the Subinsulates which reported to him.

Triangular Governship

In 2007, Commander Kino͑no published a second manifesto, titled The Nation, the State, and the People: Analysis of Triangular Governship, in which he proposes the theory of "triangular governship". This method of governance proposed that all governments must be comprised of three parts; the Nation, which can be defined as the history, past, present, and future of a particular political entity; the State, which is defined as a nation's legislature or leadership; and the People, simply defined as a nation's single populace. Kino͑no propposed that a successful model of governance must be based on these three aspects, all working in tandem with each other. The theory of Triangular Governship is thought to be the sociopolitical precursor to Treangolism.

In 2008 and 2009, Commander Kino͑no and Insulate Kansena͑s continuously debated the merits of Triangular Governship, with Kansena͑s continuously instigating verbal battles between the two, often in public or during broadcasts. He often tried to disprove Kino͑no's theorems in an attempt to publicly humiliate him, which often led nowhere. Triangular Governship, surprisingly, picked up traction in La Paz de Los Ricos, with scholars analyzing The Nation, the State, and the People and publishing offspring works.

Girante Palica͑ Terror Attack

Escalating tensions in the Breakaway Commandancy climaxed on March 7, 2010. That day was the 184th anniversary of the Murder of the I̹ezure Spirit during the First Reunification War, and Commander Kino͑no was visiting the city to mourn the massacre's victims. During this time, a televised press conference between all Insulates was scheduled to take place. Several weeks before the event, Insulate Kansena͑s had organized a meeting with several of his most loyal followers, all of which opposed Kino͑no's doctrine, and planned for a show of force to demonstrate Kino͑no's ineffectiveness as a leader.

During the illegal meeting, Kansena͑s and thirteen supporters agreed that, while Commander Kino͑no was visiting I̹ezure, Kansena͑s and his followers would stage a violent revolution within the Girante Palica͑, the longtime capitol building of the Breakaway Commandancy, where most of the Commandancy's higher staff currently worked. In exchange for their help, the thirteen other revolutionaries would be guaranteed high positions in Kansena͑s' planned administration.

At 6:54 AM, Puerto Mellor time, Kansena͑s and thirteen other revolutionaries entered the Insulate conference, with concealed firearms. At 7:01 AM, the first shot was fired by Kansena͑s himself, striking a fellow Insulate in the head and killing her instantly. Over the next fifty seconds, Kansena͑s and the thirteen revolutionaries fired a total of 346 shots, killing ten of the fifteen Insulates, and wounding several camera workers. All the while, Kansena͑s spoke directly into the main camera, listing his demands to the Ricano people for Commander Kino͑no to step down as the leader of the nation. The slaughter was seen by around two million Ricanos. Twenty seconds later, a detachment from the Iron Militia was able to respond to reports of an active shooter in the Girante Palica͑, and entered the room. The detachment was able to kill Insulate Ruma̹s Kansena͑s and his thirteen cohorts, ending the first mass shooting in Ricano history only 94 seconds after it began.

Attack's Aftermath

The nation's first modern terrorist attack left the nation an a state of panic. Statistics show that, at the time of the terror attack, two million viewers were watching the Insulate meeting, leaving many traumatized.

The attack left ten of the nation's fifteen Insulates dead, crippling their corresponding Insuls as their subordinate Subinsulates scrambled to establish some sort of temporary head of legislature. Most of the nation's Insuls were left in a state of shock, as their highest representatives to the Breakaway Commandancy had just been slaughtered. Commander Kino͑no immediately rushed back to Puerto Mellor to respond to the incident.

Over the following weeks, the economy of the Breakaway Commandancy was thrown into an extreme freefall, as economic confidence was shattered after the attack, sending the economy into a downward spiral. As for the government, two-thirds of the nation's Insuls were crippled as they struggled to elect and establish new Insulates to take their place. An investigation into the attack was launched by Kino͑no, to little success. No conclusive evidence of any singular motive for such high treason was established, leaving the attack up to obvious speculation.

A peculiar and historically unique cultural phenomenon emerged after the terror attack. It was expected for the nation's populace to immediately assume sides or factions after the incident, leading to civil unrest. Such was the case for all prior major incidents, such as the three Reunification Wars and the Second Breakaway War. However, instead of this, a "Ricano Unity" movement emerged, where the nation mourned together over the devastating attack.

Over the remainder of 2010 and into 2011, the Breakaway Commandancy focused on rebuilding itself. During this time, security protocols were reviewed, new Insulates were elected, and a plethora of investigations tried and failed to find prior evidence to the attack, save for Insulate Kansena͑s' fervent speech during the attack.

With the nation still in an economic freefall, and the populace now fearful of another attack, Commander Kino͑no decided to implement another series of government reforms in order to rectify some issues which may have catalyzed the shooting. Over 2011, Kino͑no underwent tense negotiations with the Commandancy to try and implement his planned reforms. Originally, the government emphatically and forcefully declined his propositions, citing that the reason that the shootings had happened was due to his philosophies in the first place, and they feared an introduction of his doctrine into the nation's own government may lead to similar attacks taking place.

A nationwide survey regarding the Triangular Governship created by Kino͑no proved otherwise, with most of the population in support of a political reformation. With this, the Commandancy at last relented, and allowed Commander Kino͑no to begin creating a Triangular Governship model for the nation. Kino͑no immediately set to work, compiling hundreds of documents from across the globe concerning civil involvement win government, and creating a preliminary legislative model which would then be evaluated by the Commandancy.

Creation of Treangolism

In 2013, Kino͑no coined the term "Treangolism" in his short essay Ramblings of a Broken State. Treangolism stems from the Novodoman word "Treangolo", meaning triangle, and was defined as the political prototypes which Kino͑no experimented with. Early Treangolism consisted of three parts: a National Assembly, a State Assembly, and a Civil Assembly, each of which represented one of the three values of Triangular Governship. Kino͑no was quickly satisfied with the basic principles of Treangolism, and set to work refining his ideas.

After several years of compilation and refining, Kino͑no at last created the basic outline for Refined Treangolism, otherwise known simply as Treangolism. Refined Treangolism is rooted in the principles of its ancestors, wherein the country consists of three major parts, or virtues; the Nation, which is comprised of the country itself as a political entity, separate from its leadership; the State, which is comprised of the nation's current governance and leadership, and the Public, which is comprised of all of the nation's people. Each of these three virtues had their own dedicated assembly, which focused on creating legislation for its own necessities. Each assembly would then have their own leader, or head, all of which would then be considered the country's highest leadership. This essentially forced the nation to become a triumvirate to accommodate each assembly.

Kino͑no compiled this prototype into a single, incomplete document titled the Treangolist Charter, which was then published in 2014 in order for the Ricano people to judge his works and concepts, and to give feedback to the Commandancy. Surprisingly, the Charter was met with support and enthusiasm from the Ricano people, who wished to see the concepts defined and eventually put into practice.

By this time, the economy had managed to stabilize, as the promise of a second series of sweeping reforms brought with it the financial confidence needed to bring the economy out of freefall and back towards a gradual climb. It seemed as if Treangolism would bring with it the promise of a recovered La Paz de Los Ricos, and a more prosperous nation.

In 2015, Commander Kino͑no at last published the Comprehensive Treangolist Charter, which contained within it a complete and detailed five-year economic and sociopolitical plan, alongside the previous definition of a Treangolist nation, as well as how to achieve one. Response to the Comprehensive Charter was widely positive, and Commander Kino͑no felt confident in his own work. He presented the finished plans to the Breakaway Commandancy, who reluctantly accepted the proposals, and allowed him until the end of his Commandancy to enact his plans. Kino͑no, however, planned to complete reforms by the year 2020, and immediately began massive political changes.

Here, it is important to note Kino͑no's hypocrisy. The Commander claimed that Treangolism improved on the Ricano Reforms from three decades prior. However, one massive positive the Ricano Reforms had that the Treangolist Reforms did not was the advantage of time. The Treangolist Reforms were enacted in a short period of time compared to the Ricano Reforms, and as the Treangolist Reforms were arguably more sweeping than the Ricano Reforms, a longer time should have been allotted for their introduction. However, Kino͑no was aware of this major difference, and so he emphasized the education and teaching of the Treangolist Charter and it's workings in order to compensate.

Treangolist Trialt

The Ricano Treangolist flag as first televised following
the signing of the Treangolist Charter

Treangolism did have its benefits for La Paz de Los Ricos, as well. For example, the introduction of a triumvirate into the nation's governance meant the country would seldom be left without its high leadership. The Trialt, as it was to be called, introduced three Onalts into the system, each as powerful as the other, but not more or less. Another benefit was the massive increase in civilian participation in the government. An entire third of the political makeup of the nation would be dedicated to the people, which many found extremely desirable in a national government.

After three years of sweeping reforms, Kino͑no had at last completed his government restructuring. Kino͑no had built up the three Virtues of Nation, State, and Public, and had established fifty-person Audiences for each Virtue. He had also installed himself as Onalt of the National Audience, and had recently closed elections for the Onalts of the Civil and State Audiences. All other political and economic "tidying up" had been completed, and the only thing left was to officially establish the Treangolist ideology as Ricano legislation. Practically, the Treangolist Trialt existed in a de facto state, and the signing of the Comprehensive Treangolist Charter would serve as political affirmation of the nation's second re-founding.

On November 1st, 2018, National Onalt Kino͑no, the National Assembly, the State Onalt, the State Audience, the Civil Onalt, and the Civil Assembly all signed and ultimately ratified the Comprehensive Treangolist Charter, officially founding the Treangolist Trialt of La Paz de Los Ricos. The signing was televised across La Paz de Los Ricos, with hundreds cheering and celebrating in the streets following its ratification.

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