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The Republic of Appalachia

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Overview:

Appalachia is a large, heavily industrialized nation located along the Eastern Seaboard of North America. Once a Camalotian colony, it gained independence in the 1920s, and has since then established itself in the world, with a small but potent Navy. The Great Depression has brought considerable political turmoil, but it is widely hoped that the new government will be able to change that.

Places of interest:

Capital City:
Philadelphia

Other Major Cities:
New York City
Baltimore
Richmond
Norfolk
Atlanta
Tampa

History:

  • The story of modern Appalachia starts at the turn of the century, when Appalachia began to rival the motherland in industrial capacity. At that point in time, there was no indication of the political turmoil that would shake the country to it's core. The average Appalachian was loyal to his or her king, and the idea of independence was entertained only by the political fringes. When the Great War came, Appalachia joined its motherland, and raised thousands of troops, who served both as part of regular Camalotian units, typically at the battalion level, and in independent, Appalachian-commanded units, including several divisions organized into the Appalachian Corps, which achieved acclaim and great battlefield success.

  • However, trench warfare took a high toll on the force, and by 1917 the government, at the urging of Camalotia, was forced to institute conscription, a move that quickly became unpopular. By the end of the war, the popular support the pro-Camalotian had enjoyed at the start of the war was gone, and many Appalachians were asking themselves why their fathers, sons, and brothers were dying for the wars of faraway countries.

  • By 1920, this resentment has found its way to the ballot box, with the pro-independence Republican Party gaining many seats in Parliament. The older political parties were also heavily affected, with the right-wing Conservative Party experiencing brutal infighting that eventually resulted in an anti-independence platform with provisions for increased self-government. The left-wing Labour Party actually tore itself apart, with the anti-independence portion breaking off to form the Socialist Party, and the pro-independence portion merging with the Republicans to form the Labor-Republican Party.

  • In 1923, the Pro-independence majority scheduled an independence referendum, based on that of Ireland two years earlier. The “Yes” vote won, and on June 22, 1923, the nation of Appalachia was born. The Labor-Republicans rode the public goodwill to an easy victory later that year, but their fairly strict regulatory policies were seen as hindering then-booming economic growth, and in 1926 the Conservative Robert Jackson was elected alongside a sweep of the Parliament. He was reelected in ‘29, but the New York stock exchange crashed two months later, and his mishandling of the ensuing Great Depression cost him his popularity, and the election of 1922.

  • In 1922, the Socialists under Anthony Andrews swept the now unpopular Jackson from office, and quickly took action, promising to restore the economy. Andrews nationalized the major railroads, and a large portion of the steel industry in an attempt to stem job losses and kick-start the economy. However, the damage had already been done, and it did little to help the economy. Jackson’s social programs had more success, but the failure of the nationalization scheme and his inability to live up to his grandiose promises severely hurt him. In addition to this, the Socialist’s aggressively left-wing foreign policy damaged relations with a number of countries, most notably Naples and the Nebelux Rijk.

  • This failure has set the stage for the unlikely return of the Labor-Republicans, who established themselves as a viable choice for disgruntled Socialist voters in the first round of the Presidential election, captured a large share of the Parliament it's elections as many Socialist voters deserted to them, and went on to win the Presidency in the runoff, where many Conservatives simply didn't vote. Now, Franz McCall takes office with a parliamentary majority and a surprisingly large amount of conference as he takes on the seemingly impossible task of reviving the Appalachian economy.


Politics


The Parliament is currently controlled by a coalition led by the Labor-Republicans, who also control the Presidential office. The coalition left-wing economically, though not to the extent of the Socialists, but takes very little action on social issues--doing so would risk a fracture between the Labor-Republicans and their more conservative partners.

Parliament


The Governing Coalition:

Labor-Republican Party: 43%
A mildly nationalist, left-wing party that secured Appalachia’s independence in 1923. Since then, their political fortunes had declined, but they've surged back to power thanks to the Socialist’s failure at governing and the general disarray of the Conservatives, depending a large and diverse coalition. The current President, Franz McCall, and Prime Minister, Franklin Roosevelt, are both members of this party.
Southern Farmer’s Party: 8%
Despite its name, this party is popular across most of the South, where it is a dominant political force. It governs in coalition with the Labor-Republicans, but there is occasional tension between the two parties, as the SFP is much more socially conservative, and rabidly opposes civil rights in any form.
Christian Democratic Party: 4%
A small, socially conservative political party that draws most of it's support from the Neapolitan immigrants who’s interests it protects. Somewhat out of place in the governing coalition, it agreed to join before the election, primarily to prevent the Socialists from gaining a majority.

Opposing Parties:

Socialist Party: 11%
A left-wing political party that advocates for strict regulation of industries and the nationalization of key industries. They effectively usurped most of the left-wing vote throughout the late 1920s and controlled the government from 1932, but their failure to govern well, and their poor foreign relations cost them in 1935.
Conservative Party: 28%
A center-right political party that advocates for reduced regulations and free trade. They were extremely popular throughout the 1920s, but their failure to react to the Great Depression saw them lose power. They've gained back a number of Parliamentary seats since then, but have still been unable to offer an effective candidate for President.

Other minor, regional, and ethnic parties:

Appalachian Fascist Party: 4%
A small, far-right party that grew alarmingly in power in the 1935 election. Though they're far more powerful than they were three years ago, they're still too politically toxic to have any influence, as the major parties refuse to deal with them.
Communist Party of Appalachia: 1%
A far-left political party. They held some power two decades ago, but have been effectively sidelined since then. Their most moderate MP occasionally votes with the Socialists.
Atlantic German Party: 3%
A party that exists to protect the interests of the large German minority in the Mid-Atlantic region of Appalachia.
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