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The Celtic Alliance is an alliance between the Republic of Ireland and nine nations that formerly were part of the United Kingdom. The confederation was formed by survivor nations around the Irish Sea joining together after Doomsday to form a single political entity while still preserving autonomy for themselves. Following the nuclear destruction, Eire was one of the most powerful and stable states in Western Europe. During the 1980s the republic formed increasingly close partnerships with surviving British fragments in order to govern and care for refugees and restore peace to Northern Ireland. These partnership culminated in the Alliance, and over the next few decades the Alliance steadily expanded in size and took on more responsibilities.
The Celtic Alliance was founded on the ideals of social democracy, federalism, and human rights in the hope of creating a new moral political order to replace what had been destroyed. It adopted a stance of pan-Celticism and Celtic revival as a way to promote unity among its members, though from the 90s it admitted some members from outside the traditional Celtic nations.
Today the Alliance is one of the major military and economic powers in Western Europe. Its constituent members, always called Nations, are considered to be sovereign states in their own right that have delegated certain areas of policy to the Alliance. Internationally, however, the CA most often speaks with a single voice and acts as one power. It has a single seat in the League of Nations and the Atlantic Defense Community. The separate Nations have limited power to engage in diplomacy on their own, for the most part restricted to relations with other states in the British Isles.
The present Celtic Parliament in Dublin with 77 MPs.
|Nation||Flag||Capital||Counties / Burghs||Seats in Parliament||Date of membership|
Republic of Ireland
|Dublin||Dublin, Wicklow, Wexford, Carlow, Kildare, Meath, Louth, Monaghan, Cavan, Longford, Westmeath, Offaly, Laois, Kilkenny, Waterford, Cork, Kerry, Limerick, Tipperary, Clare, Galway, Mayo, Roscommon, Sligo, Leitrim, Donegal||32||1986|
|Uladh · Ulster Federation of Northern Ireland||Derry||Antrim, Fermanagh, Tyrone, Derry, Down, Armagh||1986 (nominal), 1998 (effective government)|
|Dundee||Glasgow, Dumfrieshire, Perthshire, Inverneshire, Ayrshire, Caithness and Sutherland, Ross, Moray, Angus and Aberdeenshire, Argyll.||10||1986|
|Na h-Eileanan an Iar
Western Isles, Outer Hebrides
|Stornoway||Lewis and Harris, North Uist, South Uist and Benbecula||3||1986|
Isle of Man
Isles of Scilly
|Aberystwyth||Powys, Pembrokeshire, Gwyneed, Anglesey, Conway, Ceredigion, Denbighshire, The Valleys, Monmouthshire, Snowdonia, Bridgend, Glamorgan, Neath, The Gower, Carmarthanshire and Flintshire.||7||1995|
|Cheshire||Chester||Western parts of Cheshire||3||1995|
Territory of the Severn, Western England
|Hereford||Shropshire, Herefordshire, Worcestershire, Gloucestershire||5||1997|
New London, New Windsor
|Newbury||parts of Wiltshire and Berkshire||2||2002|
Guernsey and Jersey
Guernési et Jèrri
|Saint Helier and Saint Peter's Port||Jersey, Guernsey, Sark, Alderney, Herm||2||2004|
The following regions were formerly member nations but were later annexed to others.
|Nation||Flag||Capital||Counties / Burghs||Date of membership||Annexation|
|Orkney||Kirkwall||Greater Orkney (East and West Mainland, Ronaldsay, and Hoy), Lesser Orkney (Sanday, Stonsay, Westray, Eday, Rousay, and Shapinsay)||1987||to Scotland, 2001|
|Shetland||Lerwick||Shetland||1987||to Scotland, 1998|
|Wigtownshire||Stanraer||Wigtownshire, far southern Ayrshire||1994||Left Alliance, annexed to southern Scotland, 2000|
Eire (Republic of Ireland). Ireland's population and economy dwarf the other CA members, and the Alliance itself is very often described as an Irish sphere of influence. Ireland's capital Dublin also serves as the capital of the Celtic Alliance as a whole, despite periodic discussions to move it.
Federation of Northern Ireland (Ulster). Made of the six counties of the former British Northern Ireland. Although Belfast (the capital of Ulster) was hit on DD the other towns and cities in Ulster survived relatively unscathed. Obtaining peace between the factions in Northern Ireland was the original raison d'etre of the Celtic Alliance.
Kingdom of (Northern) Scotland. The capital is Dundee. Areas around the towns of Ayr and Dumfries were taken into the Celtic Alliance after the defeat of Ur Alba in the Ur Alba War.
The Western Isles (Outer Hebrides). It is formed from the Islands of Lewis (where the capital of Stonoway is located), Harris, North Uist, South Uist, Benbecula, Barra, Scalpay, Brenera, and Grimsay.
Wales. The Celtic Alliance welcomed Wales as a member in 1995. At the time the country was still struggling to bring order to its territory affected by nuclear blasts at Belfast, Swansea and Liverpool. The counties of Denbighshire, Flintshire and the Gower were largely under control by 1997. The Valleys, Glamorgan, Neath and Bridgend were restored by 1999. Civil government was restored to the last portions of Monmouthshire and Powys in 2002. The Welsh capital is Aberystwyth in Ceredigion.
England. Formed from the former English counties of Cornwall, Devon, Dorset, Wiltshire, Gloucestershire, Somerset, Herefordshire, Shropshire, Merseyside, Oxfordshire, Berkshire (where New London is located), Worchestershire, along with western parts of Cheshire, and Southern Buckinghamshire.
The official capital is Liverpool in Merseyside.
When English Counties officially joined the Celtic Alliance
- Cornwall and Devon joined the Celtic Alliance in 1994.
- Merseyside (Liverpool) and western Cheshire officially joined in 1995.
- Somerset, Gloucestershire, Dorset and Wiltshire joined the Celtic Alliance in 1997.
- Hertfordshire, Shropshire and Worchestershire officially joined in 2000.
- Oxfordshire, Berkshire (New London) and southern Buckinghamshire officially joined in 2002.
The Isles of Scilly. (St Mary's, Tresco, St Martins, St Agnes, Bryher and Samson) Joined in 1994.
The Isle of Man. Joined in 1994. Capital city is Douglas.
Shetland and Orkney. This pair of island groups joined the CA very soon after its foundation. As Scotland grew in strength and capacity to maintain order and services, the people of the islands were persuaded to accept reannexation to the country. Key to the decision was the development of the Scottish offshore petroleum industry during the 90s. This is why Shetland agreed to annexation before Orkney despite being more distant from the mainland.
Wigtownshire. This lieutenancy area joined the Alliance in 1994 expecting to reunite with Scotland eventually; this was accomplished six years later.
See main article: History of the Celtic Alliance
The Celtic Alliance takes its roots directly after the nuclear attacks of the Cold War, when the Republic of Eire and the Northern Ireland Counties agreed to co-operate after Belfast was destroyed, bringing unrest to the area. Within the next few weeks the Co-operative government had determined that almost all other nations in Europe had been destroyed, exceptions coming from radio signals from Lewis Island, Scotland, where they came into contact with what effectively was the de facto government of the United Kingdom in the form of five Parliament members who had been on the island.
On March 20, 1986, the Celtic Alliance was formed from the Highlands and Islands of Scotland, Northern Ireland, and the Republic of Ireland.
When the Celtic Alliance was formed it officially claimed to be the successor to the United Kingdom, however these claims were modified due to discoveries of British survivor nations within the former UK.
It would not be until 1990 when the CA would make contact with the rest of the world. After contact with made with the Portuguese rump government they would go on to make contact with Australia, where they would negotiate the return of some of the United Kingdom's ships that were stranded.
Long held as centre for medical excellence the Alliance is once again at the forefront of medical advances in treating radiation sickness and other ailments brought on by the aftermath of Doomsday. The Alliance is formally asked by the LofN's to house the Medical wing of the LofN's. this is opened by the Secretary General in November 2008. The positioning of the medical wing is also based on the Alliances proximity to mainland Europe and also its distance from the Sicilian Republic.
The LoN Mediwing is the directing and coordinating authority for health within the LoN's system. It is responsible for providing leadership on global health matters, shaping the health research agenda, setting norms and standards, articulating evidence-based policy options, providing technical and practical support to countries and monitoring and assessing health trends.
In the 21st century, health is a shared responsibility, involving equitable access to essential care and collective defence against transnational threats.
The Constitution and Political Framework
The 2009 Constitution is the principle document up on which all future law and principles of democratic government are to be based on. the document takes its foundation from the great political documents of human history especially, the United Nations Charter, Irish Constitution, Magna Carta 1215 and the Declaration of Arbroath of 1314. The Alliances democracy is founded on eight pillars, independent judiciary, personal freedom, dignity, self determination, the rule of law, the right of association, freely elected government and universal suffrage.
Preamble to the Constitution: Let it be known, that if our government should give up what we have begun, and agree to make us or our Alliance subject to any other, we should exert ourselves at once to drive out our government as our enemy and a subverter of their own rights and ours, and make another government who was well able to defend us and our constitution; for, as long as but a hundred of us remain alive, never will we on any conditions be brought under the rule of tyranny. It is in truth not for glory, nor riches, nor honours that we lay down this constitution, but for freedom -- for that alone, which no honest person gives up but with life itself.
- Main article: Constitution of the Celtic Alliance
- Main article: Government of the Celtic Alliance
- Main article: Political Parties of the Celtic Alliance
After Doomsday, the party political structure changed completely with the Scottish National Party (SNP) and the former Ulster Unionist Party (UUP) and the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) merging to form a northern block called the Dalriadic Party (From Kingdom of Dalriada, former Celtic kingdom crossing northern Ireland, Donegal and western Scotland circa 8th Century) to ensure adequate representation for Donegal, the Ulster counties and Scottish Islands. In recent years emerging political alliances have emerged between pro-devolution supporters bringing about the Celtic Democratic Bloc
- See also: Celtic Church
Most people living in the Celtic Alliance are united by a shared Celtic history and culture, although the nations still retain the unique national identities. Although united as a single political state most people from Ireland are still identity themselves Irish first and Celtic second, and the same could be said for the other nationalities. Still, the Celts maintain a friendly bond between each other which has only strengthened since doomsday. The state encourages the use of a Celtic identity, although it also protects the lesser nationalities. Several pre-existing Celtic organisations such as the Celtic League or the Celtic Congress have been officially nationalized by the government.
The Celtic Alliance also promotes increased use of the once endangered Celtic languages. With the destruction of several urban centers and the use of the languages in isolated areas, the proportion of Gaelic and Celtic speakers to the general population has greatly increased. This combined with increased education means that these languages are ever increasing in both speakers and importance. Nevertheless, English is still the most widely used and understood language. French on the other hand has declined, and most of the younger Bretons now speak either English or Breton.
Despite the ever present Celtic influence throughout the state there remain several areas that do not share this identity. The people of Channel Islands, the Cherbourg Peninsula (Normandy) and the English parts of the country are non-Celtic, and remain culturally isolated from the rest of the country. Although the far northern coast of Cornwall is both Celtic and within the Alliances sphere on influence, the population here remains extremely low thanks to the nuclear attacks in the area. There has been talks of independence in these areas from the rest of the country, although given their critical dependence on the rest of the Alliance this remains very unlikely for the time being.
In order to return the nation to a normal footing the government agrees to a request for song contest based on the former Eurovision model. The aim of the contest is to restore the tradition of singing and oral history as well as giving the emerging nation some light relief. In addition the contest will pick three anthems National Anthem of the Celtic Alliance, Official Anthem of Parliament and the Official Presidential Anthem.
There was a surprise National Anthem entrant – Barbra Streisand! Former American citizen who was on holiday in Ireland during Doomsday comes forward with surprise entry of the Carousel musical hit of the 1960’s “You’ll Never Walk Alone”. Mass demonstrations in support across the Alliance after a deeply moving and personal stage performance paying tribute to all of the fallen especially those she left behind in the former U.S.A. All other entries have withdrawn from the competition and throw their weight behind Streisand.
In a statement the president said after the show:
'I am moved beyond comprehension, each emotion we have collectively held since 1983 has poured forth like a torrent since hearing Barbra. I am in no doubt that the people have their new National Bard as well as a new anthem. The music speaks for itself’
Speaking after the show, Ms Streisand has said:
' All I could do since 1984 was cry, today I stopped crying. It was all so emotional I only hope that people liked the song and what it means for the Alliance which has done so much for me since 1983. This is for them'
Contestants of the National Anthem Symposium Alliance Theatre Dublin 26th June 2009:
In running order –
Runrig – Protect and Survive
Blue Nile - Tinseltown in The Rain
The Shop Assistants - Safety Net
Barbara Dickson - Caravan
Sweet Savage - Straight Through The Heart
Christy Moore – Ordinary man
Kate Bush - The Dreaming
Enya – May it Be
U2 – Under a Blood Red Sky
Sheena Easton – The Arms of Orion
Barbra Streisand – You’ll Never Walk Alone
Winner By Acclaim Barbra Streisand – You’ll Never Walk Alone - National Anthem of the Celtic Alliance
2nd Barbara Dickson – Caravan - Winner of the Freedom Award - Official Anthem of Parliament
3rd Enya – May it Be - Winner of the Presidential Anthem Award - Official Presidential Anthem
The economy of the Celtic Alliance is one of the largest in the world. It is based around many things, mainly exports such as ore mining, zinc, natural gas, sale of pharmaceuticals and other medical goods and agriculture. Most of Europe relies on the Celts for medical goods and the poorer communities food. Aviation materials are also a minor factor of the economy. The Celtic Alliance is the leader of Europe's latest military technology. Another big industry in the Alliance is automobiles. In Ellesmere Port, a a Vauxhall plant employs 1500. The revived Austin Rover Group has factories in Exeter and Owsestry. And on the Irish side, Celtic Motors makes Fiat, Opel and Volkswagen cars under license for the Irish market.
- See main article: Military of the Celtic Alliance
Within former Ireland, Gaelic games (Gaelic football, hurling, rounders and camogie) are the most popular, followed by association football (soccer), rugby union, cricket and boxing.
The Gaelic Athletic Association is the official sanctioning and overseeing body over the four Gaelic games throughout the Celtic Alliance.
Within the portions of the country formerly part of the United Kingdom and France, association football is by far the most popular sport, with many of the national side players coming from the portions of former England, Scotland, Wales and France controlled by the Celtic Alliance.
There is a three-tiered association football pyramid in the Celtic Alliance. The Celtic First Division and Second Division are the top two flights and include the following clubs:
- Bray Wanderers
- FC Brittany
- Cork City
- Derry City
- Drogheda United
- Galway United
- Heart of Midlothian
- Liverpool FC
- New London FC
- Normandy FC
- St Patrick's Athletic
- St Johnstone's
- Shamrock Rovers
- Stromness FC
- FC Wales
There is discussion among some fans and officials of reviving some or all of the London-based pre-Doomsday football clubs. Aside from the issue of a lack of a population base to support all (or most) of them, Celtic football officials also have cited a desire for a "new" football club for residents of the rebuilt London to support.
Other popular sports, as they were in the former UK, are rugby union and cricket.
Rugby league had disappeared post-Doomsday, but there is a small national federation attempting to spark interest in that sport once more. Gaelic games have virtually no following outside former Ireland, although the GAA continues to attempt to establish them among the youth.
Golf has made a comeback of sorts in recent years, particularly as the famous St Andrews Golf Course was salvaged and restored in 2008.
The Celtic Alliance is a member of the League of Nations and the Atlantic Defense Community.
They have close relations with many OBN nations particularly Kingdoms of Northumbria and Cleveland as well as Southern England.
Between the 23rd April and the 8th May 2011, the Celtic Alliance, along with the allied nations of Southern England and the Kingdoms of Cleveland and Northumbria were at war with the nation of Ur Alba.
During the The Ur Alba War the Celtic Alliance lost 832 military personnel. After the war, and the collapse of the nation of Ur Alba, the Celtic Alliance claimed lands conquered by Ur Alba in the past two years. The Celtic Alliance gets the entire Irish Sea coastline of the former nation of Ur Alba, from Glasgow to the border with the Kingdom of Northumbria and as far inland as the former A76 road.
As part of the peace deal the Celtic Alliance, along with the other allied nations helped set up a provisional government for the newly created nation of Southern Scotland. The Celtic Alliance had four seats (of fourteen governmental seats) on the provisional government, they helped rule the area until free, fair and democratic elections were held in the area in October 2011.
Currently the Celtic Alliance has borders with:
- Northumbria in a very small section near the Celtic town of Dumfries.
- There is a border with Lancaster.
- It also has a substantial border with Southern England between CA controlled Dorset and Southern England controlled Hampshire.
- There are currently discussions about the border with Essex
- Trade links have been set up with la République Poitevine due to the closeness of the nation in Northern France.