East Caribbean Federation
Timeline: 1983: Doomsday

OTL equivalent: Caribbean islands, Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States
Flag Coat of Arms
Flag Coat of Arms
Location of East Caribbean Federation
Location of the ECF
Capital Castries
Largest city Kingston
Other cities Belize City, Port of Spain, Roseau, Nassau & Bridgetown
Language
  official
 
English
  others several creole languages, Spanish, French, Arawakan, Mayan
Legislature Federal Parliamentary Democracy
Population approx. 6,438,400 
Independence 1987
Currency Caribbean Dollar

The Caribbean Federation (formerly known as the East Caribbean Federation) is a democratic Federation of island states in the Caribbean Sea. It was formed on January 1st, 1987, four years after Doomsday. It primarily consists of former British colonies. It is also a key member of the renewed CARICOM, and is believed by many to the one of the bloc's de facto most powerful members).

History

Pre-Doomsday

Caribbean heads of state before Doomsday.

Prior to 1983, most member states of the East Caribbean Federation were small, independent nations or dependent territories of global powers, most prominently the United States of America and the United Kingdom. The economies of these islands were heavily dependent on tourism and the sugar trade.

1983 - 1987

The tourist trade and the sugar trade both collapsed in the wake of Doomsday. This devastated the Caribbean economic community, cutting the economies of most islands in half. South America was also experiencing political and economic crisis in the wake of Doomsday, and could offer little trade and no aid to the island nations.

Almost immediately the various islands reached out to one another, beginning with an agreement of mutual aid between St. Lucia and Barbados. The agreement soon expanded to include Trinidad and Tobago, as well as St. Vincent and the Grenadines. It evolved beyond mutual aid, culminating in a joint military operation to displace the military junta in Grenada. From there it progressed to talks of another union of some sort being established.

1987 - 2013

The nation's meeting place in Castries.

On January 1st, 1987, the East Caribbean Federation was officially formed, consisting of those four nations involved in the aid agreement. It took its flag and symbols from the former West Indies Federation, an attempt at Caribbean unification from 1958 to 1962 that had failed due to nationalist tensions between the islands. Since then, it has expanded into a Federation of 16 semi-sovereign states.

When the federation was formed, they faced trouble in finding a suitable, centralized capital that most of the citizen's would approve of. Some considered capitals included Kingston, Jamaica due to it's economic importance and central location, and Port of Spain, Trinidad & Tobago due to it being a major political and cultural capital in the East Indies. Ultimately, a city in the East Indie was chosen, being Castries. Though it was centralized at the time of it's selection, now the national capital is quite distant from certain member territories, including Belize, Jamaica and The Bahamas.

Caribbean Territorial governors meeting in 2016.

Nationalist movements within the Federation, most prominently on the islands of Jamaica and Trinidad, have threatened the stability of the union from time to time, though regional governments have managed to keep this under control. As a result, the ECF has only become more unified over time. Most citizens, especially on the smaller islands, enjoy the prosperity and stability the Federation provides, and have little desire to divide it once again. Tourism and trade have slowly, yet steadily, increased over the decades since Doomsday.

The relatively young nation has also been active in searching striken areas in close proximity to the Caribbean. One of the more notable expeditions involved exploring the territories of the southern half of the former US state of Florida. They discovered a survivor nation on the southwest side of the former state called the Republic of South Florida.

2014-Present

The Federation has continued to grow in stability and population in the past decade. Many in the Federation were supportive of the movement to reaffirm the pre-Doomsday CARICOM regional bloc for the mutual defense and economic integration of the Caribbean nations. By 2020, the Federation's Parliament was firmly in favor of this. By late 2019, governments across the region were also in favor. On January 1, 2020, heads of the state from the Caribbean Federation and its fellow Caribbean Sea nations met in Georgetown, Guyana Cooperative to formally rejoin CARICOM. In February 2021, the Federation Parliament finally voted to affirm what everyone already knew was a fact, and formally drop the "East" from the ECF's name and become the Caribbean Federation.

Territories

The Caribbean Federation is a federal union of 16 semi-sovereign states. Of all 16 member territories of the Caribbean Federation, 4 of them (Barbados, St. Lucia, St. Vincent & the Grenadines & Trinidad & Tobago) are considered as founding members, 1 territory (Belize) is considered a Free State, 1 is a federation (St. Kitts & Nevis), 2 are commonwealth (Jamaica & The Bahamas) and the United States Atlantic Remnant is considered an autonomous area, the only one in the federation.

Territories of the Caribbean Federation
Territory Capital Population Notes
Anguilla The Valley 15,284
Antigua & Barbuda St. John's 157,244
Bahamas Nassau 527,000 Joined 1996
Barbados Bridgetown 270,800 Joined 1987, founding member
Belize Belmopan 332,000 Joined 1993
British Virgin Islands Road Town 25,491
Cayman Islands Cayman Town 42,813
Dominica Roseau 103,582
Jamaica Kingston 2,966,250 Joined 1989
Montserrat Plymouth 12,856
St. Kitts & Nevis Basseterre 78,139
St. Lucia Castries 200,660 Joined 1987, Founding member
St. Vincent & the Grenadines Kingstown 139,000 Joined 1987, Founding member
Trinidad & Tobago Port of Spain 1,299,953 Joined 1987, Founding member
Turks & Caicos Islands Cockburn Town 23,419 Joined 1996
United States Atlantic Remnant Charlotte Amalie's Town 244,000 Autonomous Area.

Much larger and more populous nations of the region such as Cuba, the Dominican Republic, and Puerto Rico, much more self-sufficient and Spanish-speaking, opted to stay out of the Federation. Haiti's economy was extremely weak to begin with, and eventually became so dependent on East Caribbean aid that it became little more than a puppet state for quite some time.

Potential New Territories

There have occasionally been calls within the English-speaking islands of the Netherlands Antilles to join the Federation. Certain segments of the population have also called for Haiti to be included in the Federation as well.

Politics

The Caribbean Federation is a Federated Commonwealth Realm, with a Prime Minister and a Governor-General. There are two main political parties in the CF, these being the Conservative Party, which is a centre-right party, and the Liberal Party, which is a centre-left party. Minor parties include the Caribbean Communist Party (CCP) and the One Nation Party, which advocates annexing all the Caribbean Islands and instituting a constitutional monarchy at the federal level to replace the current republican system in place.

International Relations

The Caribbean Federation has been wary of both the increasing importance of South America and the widespread socialist influence in Central America and the Caribbean Sea. Due to these worries the ECF has maintained strong ties with the main Anglophone power, the Commonwealth of Australia and New Zealand. The CF also maintains strong ties to the Guyana Cooperative and the Kingdom of Bermuda due to their shared Anglophone Caribbean culture. The CF is a member of the League of Nations.

Economy

Kingston, Jamaica.

The East Caribbean Federation's primary trading partners are South America, the ANZC, the Kingdom of Bermuda, the Guyana Cooperative, and the Netherlands Antilles. The Caribbean economy is primarily services-based, most notably within the tourism sector, though finances and banking are also becoming increasingly important.

Culture

The Caribbean Federation consists of most of the English-speaking territories of the Caribbean Sea, and thus continues the general Anglophone Caribbean culture.

Religion

Caribbean Hindus at a temple in Roseau.

The Caribbean Federation, as with the Caribbean region as a whole, tends to be a very devoutly religious part of the world. Christianity remains the predominant faith in the Federation, with Hinduism forming a significant minority due to the presence of a signficant Indo-Caribbean minority (descendants of laborers from India brought to the region by the British during the imperial era). The Indo-Caribbean community's heaviest concentration within the Caribbean Federation tends to be on the islands of Trinidad and Tobago. Some Indo-Caribbean people are Christian or Muslim as well. Interestingly, Rastafarianism has enjoyed a noticeable uptick in support in the decades since Doomsday, due to the movement's criticism of the wider pre-Doomsday society, and its Caribbean roots.

Music

The CF is home to a very vibrant music scene. Because the (then-future) members of the CF did not suffer from any atomic strikes on Doomsday, almost all of the region's most popular singers survived. Every year, carnival season brings an outpouring of festivals where exuberant musical performances are the center of attention. Popular genres in the CF include mainstay Caribbean genres such as soca, calypso, reggae, chutney, steel band music, and dancehall. The music industry has been a source of national pride for residents of the CF.

Military

The CDF Flag.

The member states of the Caribbean Federation do not possess individual armies. Instead, they are all serviced and protected by a single, unitary military, called the Caribbean Defence Force (CDF.) The CDF itself contains several branches: The East Caribbean Navy (CN); The East Caribbean Marine Corps (CMC); the Caribbean Field Army (CFA); and the Caribbean Air Force (CAF.)

Originally, the mainstay of the military was provided by the Jamaican Defence Force, the British contingent in Belize and remnants of American Armed Forces who did not join the USAR. In contemporary times, the CDF equipment is mostly purchased from the SAC. However is it is important to remember while the actual CF navy only operates light ships, the naval forces of the USAR maintain a far heavier ship and are capable of fielding an entire carrier group if need be in support of CF forces.

Caribbean Navy

The Caribbean Navy is the primary military force of the CF, due to the Federation being an overwhelmingly maritime nation. The CN is primarily geared towards Search and Rescue and anti-piracy operations, though in recent years, as the nation's regional power grows, it has begun to diversify its offensive portfolio. In total, the CN operates two corvettes, 14 patrol ships, six fast attack boats, and four auxiliary ships. The CN operates three primary missions, to which the bulk of its naval forces are devoted.

The CN First Task Force operates in the North Caribbean, based out of Port Antonio, Jamaica. Its mission objective is to keep peace in North Caribbean waters and participate in S & R operations. It is the most offensive of the three task forces. It is intended to act as a strategic deterrent to potential Cuban and Dominican aggression. It is also intended to be dispatched to Belize in the event of an outbreak of hostilities with Guatemala, in order to ensure complete naval control of the region. The First Task force consists of 464 sailors assigned to the following ships :

  • CNS Aegis : Lionfish-Class Corvette.
  • CNS Tim Hector : Snakehead-Class Patrol Ship.
  • CNS Baldwin : Snakehead-Class Patrol Ship.
  • CNS Oversight : Snakehead-Class Patrol Ship.
  • CNS Hayes : Snakehead-Class Patrol Ship.
  • CNS Watchman : Snakehead-Class Patrol Ship.
  • CNS Seraphin : Snakehead-Class Patrol Ship.
  • CNS William Shorey : Grouper-Class Fast Attack Boat.
  • CNS Anguilla : Grouper-Class Fast Attack Boat.

The CN Second Task Force operates in the East Caribbean, based out of Compton Naval Base, St. Lucia. Its mission objective is to keep peace in East Caribbean waters and participate in S & R operations. The 2nd Task Force operates the most auxiliary ships of the three task forces, and is generally held in reserve, to be dispatched to the other two task forces if necessary. The 2nd Task Force consists of 598 sailors assigned to the following ships :

  • CNS Bridgetown : Snakehead-Class Patrol Ship.
  • CNS San Juan : Snakehead-Class Patrol Ship.
  • CNS Cockburn : Snakehead-Class Patrol Ship.
  • CNS Great Abaco : Snakehead-Class Patrol Ship.
  • CNS Lee Moore : Clownfish-Class Support Ship (Tugboat Outfit.)
  • CNS Cambridge : Clownfish-Class Support Ship (Buoy Tender Outfit.)
  • CNS Kingston : Clownfish-Class Support Ship (Training Ship Outfit.)
  • CNS Lionel Town : Palm-Class Support Ship (Replenishment Oiler Outfit.)

The CN Third Task Forces operates in the West Caribbean, based out of Punta Gorda, Belize. Its mission objective is to keep peace in West Caribbean Waters and participate in S & R operations. The 3rd Task Force is a smaller force, and is intended to act as a deterrent to Guatemalan aggression. The 3rd Task Force consists of 424 sailors assigned to the following ships :

  • CNS Guardian : Lionfish-Class Corvette.
  • CNS Gros Islet : Snakehead-Class Patrol Ship.
  • CNS Cayo : Snakehead-Class Patrol Ship.
  • CNS Chris Blackwell : Snakehead-Class Patrol Ship.
  • CNS John Compton : Snakehead-Class Patrol Ship.
  • CNS Milton Cato : Grouper-Class Fast Attack Boat.
  • CNS Mutabaruka : Grouper-Class Fast Attack Boat.
  • CNS Orange Walk : Grouper-Class Fast Attack Boat.
  • CNS Cayman : Grouper-Class Fast Attack Boat.

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