The Balkan Alliance, also commonly known as the Balkans, is a union-like alliance where each nation retains (limited) sovereignty, while contributing to the larger ideals of the entire Balkan Peninsula.
The Alliance was established in 1998, and was the result of World War III, when Russia had declared war on a number of states that now comprise the alliance. While originally funded and supported by the USA, they eventually concluded peace with Russia and were Axis-leaning, and even led an invasion on Allied-Romania.
The Balkan Alliance is the current state of the Balkan Peninsula. This role has been filled many times by different nations in world history. Previously the Byzantine Empire, Great Bulgaria, various Slavic "barbarian" kingdoms, the Ottoman Empire, Austro-Hungary, Serbia, and Yugoslavia have all occupied the peninsula.
The huge variety and change of control in the region has led to pockets of ethnically different groups who are regularly at war with each other. Notably, the Serbs and Greeks have had the most influence over the peninsula in the past, and they still tend to dominate Balkan politics.
Post-Apocalypse and Unification
The Balkan world was divided at Z-Day by the USSR and Yugoslavia.
Yugoslavia, a former nation the was made up of the "Serbian sphere", first began to emerge from the crisis in 1986, which was relatively late for most nations. By the end of the year, all zombies had been eliminated in Yugoslavia. Soon thereafter, Italian Monarchists swept into Yugoslavia, to protect their claim on Croatia. In 1988, following Croatian secession and the Bosnian Civil War, Yugoslavia was disbanded. Serbia still remained the main power.
The USSR, on the other hand, was a world power, but in 1986, it disbanded under pressure from its satellite states, including Balkan states. Greece, Romania, and Bulgaria all joined the CSTO, a treaty organization based loosely on the USSR.
Following Russia's departure from CSTO, most Balkan states left or were involved in a war on Russia. Seeking to unite and overcome, they formed the Alliance. Instead of warring Russia, as was expected, they concluded peace talks which withdrew the Alliance from World War III.
World War III
Following the Unification and peace talks with Russia, the Balkan Military invaded Romania, an Allied nation. The invasion was swift, and left the state of Romania in the hands of the Alliance. The government had been replaced unjustly as "New Romania", so a number of Romanians welcomed the return of their old government.
In the Frankfurt Conference, currently undergoing, talks of Moldava being ceded to Romania is being discussed.
Government and Politics
The military of the Balkan Alliance is a relatively sizeable force of 950,000 combined active-duty and reserve troops. The official breakdown is 250,000 active-duty troops and 700,000 reserve troops. Unlike a number of other nations, the reserve forces are almost just as well trained as active-duty troops, and attend the same levels of military instruction, just in a shorter time.
The military is further divided into three branches: the Balkan Army, the Balkan Navy and the Balkan Air Corps. Each branch follows a similar chain-of-command, and each branch can operate autonomously or in conjunction with the other branches.
The Army of the Balkan Alliance is a relatively advanced force, with two-thirds of all members of the Balkan military being a part of the Army. The Army is divided into various Forces, based off of the style of warfare the division is trained to fight.
The Infantry Force of the Balkan Army is designed to be capable and prepared for ground-based operations that involve fighting on foot. Training commonly incorporates common themes such as marksmanship, strategy and tactics, martial arts, and hand-to-hand combat. There are regular training drills, as is common throughout the entire military.
The Armored/Artillery Force of the Balkan Army is a combined force, which makes use of both Armored Vehicular Combat and Artillery Engagements. The reason it is a combined force is the continuation of using technologies that incorporate Armored and Artillery facets.
While details on the Special Operations Force are extremely limited, it is known that they serve the capacity of the US Green Beret or the Russian Spetsnaz. They are trained in psy-ops, diplomacy, guerrilla fighting, and training insurgents.