The Celtic Alliance, officially the Alliance of the Celtic Peoples is a parliamentary-federal republic situated in Western Europe. The political state was formed as a result of survivor nations surrounding the Irish Sea joining together after Doomsday to form a single political state (while still preserving a great deal of national autonomy for its member nations). Following the nuclear destruction across France and the United Kingdom, Eire was one of the most powerful and stable state in Western Europe. After the first few years of securing its own survival Eire would then go on to help stabilize the surrounding nations and bring them under normalized control.
Eventually this alliance between Eire and the surrounding nations would be strengthened and a single united federal republic was formed.
The political state was founded on the ideals of democracy, federalism, civic republicanism, Pan-Celticism as well as Celtic revival. Today the republic is one of the strongest political states in military and economic terms left in Europe and to a certain extent the world and is a leading member of the Euro-Atlantic Fringe, along with the Nordic Union. It is also a secular state. The states do not enforce the ancient Druidic faith.
Founding nations of the Celtic AllianceEdit
The capital city of Eire (Ireland) and of the Celtic Alliance as a whole, is the city of Dublin.
It is formed from the Irish Republic counties of Wicklow, Wexford, Carlow, Kildare, Meath, Louth, Monaghan, Cavan, Longford, Westmeath, Offaly, Laois, Kilkenny, Waterford, Cork, Kerry, Limerick, Tipperary, Clare, Galway, Mayo, Roscommon, Sligo, Leitrim and Donegal.
Also included are the counties of the former British Northern Ireland (or Ulster) namely Antrim, Armagh, Down, Fermanagh, Londonderry and Tyrone.
Although Belfast (the capital of Ulster) was hit on DD the other towns and cities in Ulster and the Republic of Ireland survived relatively unscathed.
The capital is Glasgow. It is formed from the former Scottish counties of Dumfrieshire, Perthshire, Invernessshire, Ayrshire, Caithness and Sutherland, Ross, Moray, Angus, Aberdeenshire, Argyll, and small areas of neighbouring counties.
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.
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.
It is formed from the Isle of Skye (where the capital of Portree is located) and the surrounding islands of Jura, Mull, Raasay, Arran, Ilsay, Tiree and Colonsay, along with the small isles of Rum, Eigg, Canna, and Muck.
It is formed from the island groups of Shetland and Orkney, where the capital of Kirkwall is located.
Other nations in the Celtic AllianceEdit
The Celtic Alliance welcomed the whole of Wales into the Alliance in 2002.
It is formed from the former Welsh counties of Powys, Pembrokeshire, Gwyneed, Anglesey, Conway, Snowdonia, Ceredigion, Denbighshire, the Valleys, Monmouthshire, Glamorgan, Neath, the Gower, Carmarthanshire, Bridgend, and Flintshire.
When Welsh counties joined the Celtic Alliance
- Anglesey, Conway, Snowdonia, and Ceredigion joined in 1995.
- Denbighshire, Flintshire, Pembrokeshire, Carmarthanshire and the Gower joined in 1997
- The Valleys, Monmouthshire, Glamorgan, Neath and Bridgend joined in 1999.
- Powys joined in 2002.
The official capital is Aberystwyth in Ceredigion.
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.
Celtic Alliance territories in the former UK are divided into three sections:
- Devon and Cornwall - Have their own Regional Assembly.
- North West - Includes Merseyside, Western Cheshire, Herefordshire, Shropshire and Worchestershire.
- Wessex - Includes Somerset, Gloucestershire, Dorset, Wiltshire, Oxfordshire, Berkshire and southern Buckinghamshire.
- The Channel Islands (Jersey, Guernsey, Alderney, Sark and Herm) Joined in 1993.
- The Isles of Scilly (St Mary's, Tresco, St Martins, St Agnes, Bryher and Samson) Joined in 1994.
- The Isle of Man (Manx and the Calf of Man). Joined in 1994.
Capital city is Douglas on Manx.
Brittany and Lower NormandyEdit
Formerly part of the pre-Doomsday nation of France, the area around Brittany has always been culturally different from the rest of France often referred to by the French as Little or Small Britain as opposed to the UK known as Great Britain. This is mainly due to the fact that the area was settled by refugees from Great Britain after the conquest of the island by the Anglo-Saxons in the fifth to seventh century AD.
The Brittany locals speak both French and native Breton, a Celtic language related to Welsh and Cornish.
The locals of Lower Normandy speak French and Norman, a version of French based on old Frankish, a language formally spoken throughout northern France, the Netherlands, Belgium and Western Germany.
Brittany became part of the Celtic Alliance in 1993.
Lower Normandy became part of the Celtic Alliance in 1995.
In 2009, the Celtic Alliance formalised its boundaries in the north of former France using the main rivers. To the south the River Loire and to the east the River Sarthe (tributary of the Loire), the River Eure (tributary of the River Sienne) and then the border follows the River Seine to the English Channel.
The immediate effects of Doomsday has been the complete and utter destruction of the centres of population of the former British mainland especially the heavily populated areas of England, central Scotland and Wales with an additional missile attacks on the city of Belfast (the only target on the island of Ireland) in Northern Ireland, with initial deaths nearing 40 million.
The government of the Irish Republic declared immediate martial law and initiated emergency procedures for the anticipated massive thermonuclear attack. This direct attack on the Republic never happened as the Soviet Union saw no threat coming from the Irish state, which had on occasion been a critic of NATO and the U.K. Nevertheless, with the attack on Belfast and the UK government having been perceived to have been wiped out, the Republic and Northern Ireland Counties agreed to combine their efforts to restore order and acted to assist refugees and the masses of injured in the greater Belfast area. Within several days it became clear that radiation clouds would be the greatest threat to Ireland's long term survival, and for the next few weeks arctic winds drove the radiation across western Europe eastward saving many lives in Ireland.
It was also clear by the 1st week that all communication with the main centres of the United Kingdom, the rest of the European Economic Community (EEC) and other nations had been lost.
Steps were taken to ration food, medical and fuel supplies. This was done with minimal civil disorder by bringing local communities together in communes to enable to supply of goods to those most in need. Two months after the war, a message was issued stating that people must concentrate their energies on agricultural production in order to remain alive.
The Church became a useful tool in maintaining communication across the country. Nevertheless, the state in its first emergency meeting surprisingly disestablished its historical links with the Roman Catholic Church to ensure full freedom of religion in the North.
4 weeks after DD, initial contact was made with the Isle of Lewis on the western fringe of Scotland. Communication was via morse code, instructing the Irish republic that several Scottish Members of the UK Parliament had been on a development meeting during the strike. The 5 members were all members of the Scottish National Party (pro-Scottish independence) even though, as their leader was a Privy Councillor, they were in fact the de facto government of the UK as all other MP had been at Parliament during the attack on Doomsday, including MP’s from Northern Ireland.
Military personnel or Óglaigh na h-Eireann were dispatched to review the situation on Lewis and returned with the MP’s.
Death and breakdownEdit
Initial visual documentary evidence from military sources of the impact of Doomsday was sourced from military archives this disturbing evidence has been shown across the Alliance.
Sporadic reports from emergency operation centres (EOC) across the British isles indicate high yield thermonuclear warheads have exploded across the majority of the UK. Initial deaths estimated at 40 million. What is left of the UK government structure at local level instigate the "Emergency Powers Act". "If at any time it appears to Her Majesty that any action has been taken or is immediately threatened by any persons or body of persons of such a nature and on so extensive a scale as to be calculated, by interfering with the supply and distribution of food, water, fuel, or light, or with the means of locomotion, to deprive the community, or any substantial portion of the community, of the essentials of life, Her Majesty may, by proclamation (hereinafter referred to as a proclamation of emergency), declare that a state of emergency exists"
It would seem that the population has or will fall to a minimum of 11 million. Authorities state that no efforts are made to bury the dead as the majority of the surviving population is too weak for physical labour. Burning the bodies is considered a waste of what little fuel remains, as is using fuel to power bulldozers in order to dig mass graves. Millions of bodies are left unburied throughout the UK, which leads to the outbreak of diseases such as cholera and typhus.
Initial reports across Ireland estimate that the first strike against Belfast had killed in excess of 550,000 people with casualties in the region of over 100,000. Refugees heading south and west to the republic number in excess of 200,000. The early UK death estimates can only be guessed at around 40 million. The population of the Scottish Islands stands at 60,000 with the provisional capital being designated as Stornaway on the Isle of Lewis.
In addition, casualties from radiation fall out and long term sickness have added considerable burden to the formative years of the Alliance. Each county or burgh reported continued and increasing deaths from radiation with the population of Ireland alone falling from 3.5 million to just over 2.5 million through sickness and starvation.
Belfast as the main target on the island has seen the greatest destruction. The city was wiped of the map with huge numbers of casualties, nevertheless, like many cities and towns in the western UK notably in northern Ireland and Scotland the hilly geography reduced the over all impact on the wider countryside. This allowed large numbers of those in the suburbs of Belfast to escape, it also believed that large numbers in the periphery of the city of Glasgow due to its geography may have escaped though it was a prime target for over three missiles, there is still doubt if all three reached their target due to the number of refugees from Glasgow reaching the Islands. Glasgow was the third largest UK city and close to nuclear military facilities on the River Clyde. Consideration is being given to mounting an expedition to Glasgow when radiation levels drop to a palatable level.
Birth of a Celtic AllianceEdit
The Irish government after talks with the northern counties and remaining UK MP’s agreed to formal alliance to ensure effective democratic government of the remaining populated areas, though still claiming rights over the rest of the U.K. The formal alliance was signed by the Irish President Patrick J Hillery, Mayors of the Northern Irish Counties and Gordon Wilson (SNP) MP Privy Councillor of the UK, formally establishing the Celtic Alliance as a democratic successor state to the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland (Eire). This was signed on the 20th March 1986 on the spring equinox symbolizing Celtic rebirth and renewal.
The government has suffered many set backs in its initial attempts to provide basic food and supplies for the general population, yet there has been little civil unrest. The population seemed fully aware of the monumental task facing the country as well as the alternative to government action being anarchy. The principle concerns relate to contaminated supplies and the militaries ability to maintain supplies across the new alliance.
Limited local elections are held to appoint mayors (Ireland) and provosts (Scottish Islands) to the main areas of population to enable some form of government and legal representation in each area. The Catholic and Protestant churches in both Ireland and Scotland unify to ensure community cohesion. Most of the Northern Irish Protestants stayed out of this union (The majority of Scots, or what is left have rejected this idea and have embraced the Alliance governance project), and since the late 1980's over 90% of them have left for the Realm of New Britain, tempted to emigrate by generous land grants under the Whitelaw government, as well as the cleaner air and healthier lifestyle and their continuing loyalty to King Andrew. Many Northern Irish Protestants found that on arrival in New Britain that life was harsh and was fettered with the legacy of colonial rule. Evolving calls for a more indigenous South Africa are causing many to reconsider their allegiance to the British Crown, which in reality fled the U.K. leaving the nation and its survivors to fend for themselves, the monarchy is a non-issue to the Alliance population.
Since 1993 the President of the Alliance has been the former lawyer Mary Robinson and the Taoiseach (Prime Minister) was Andrew Welsh a former Scottish Nationalist MP. Andrew Welsh retired in 1999, the present Taoiseach is Adam Price who won a landslide victory in 2009.
The initial provisional Alliance government from 1984 to 1986 was based on the Irish Republic model (as the Republic had the largest population numbers this was seen as only fair by the other participants. Nevertheless, in 1986 new elections to a new Parliament were held with smaller numbers of MP's. Each MP is also the county Mayors of Ireland and Island Provosts from Scotland, Manx or the Isle of Mann though still having a provincial parliament appoints a commissioner to represent it in Dublin as does the Channel Islands. recent additions include Mayors from England, Channel Isles, Brittany and Normandy
The Rest of the DecadeEdit
Further contact was established with the remnants of some Scottish western Islands as well as Orkney and Shetland, in addition EOC's have continued to relay information from various parts of the U.K, though EOC's are few and far between due to the surprise attack. In addition small expedition forces on the fringes of the toxic UK mainland noted utter devastation and the complete breakdown of the rule of law. The western Scottish Islands began to form militia and with the assistance of the government in Dublin who agreed to military posts to protect the islands from sporadic raids by marauders from the mainland. In addition landings were made in Oban to build a refugee 1st stage camp. The camps role is to co-ordinate the relief effort and ensure that those in dire need of medical attention receive at least basic pain relief as well as enabling healthy survivors to reach the Islands
Initial radiation patterns have reduced contact with the rest of the world to zero, with the Alliance considering that the majority of the globe having entered a period of complete social meltdown. The government maintains martial law and initiates the fuel and food laws to maintain supplies to agriculture and food production; formal discussions at government level begin lay the principle agreements for the Celtic Alliance. Mass starvation is still a great worry, though vast swaths of land have been turned over to food production even public parks and areas on the seashore. The Scottish Islands come under further stress by the influx of refugees from the greater Glasgow area especially from the north of the city. The refugees tell of mass death and destruction with marauding hordes across what is left. There are reports of cannibalism and emerging feuds as well as mutated births. Radiation sickness is the main killer in the Alliance
Initial aerial reconnaissance over Liverpool and Glasgow found fortified groups of survivors in encampments in each city, contact has been limited to food and medical supply drops in the Liverpool area. Radio contact has been made with Glasgow, numbers of survivors is now estimated to be in the thousands. Due to the high levels of radiation in eastern Scotland and southern England the use of drones has been limited.
Fuel: Due to Scotland’s high oil reserves small oil platforms on its western fringes have been put into full production. Though smaller than those in the North Sea, which were destroyed they nonetheless are helping greatly in maintaining basic supplies to what is left of the population. Nevertheless, draconian laws have limited the use to purely agricultural, military and medical use
Food: Given Ireland and Scotland’s histories with famine, it has been of no surprise to the population for the need to cut back on food consumption. All arable land has been turned to cultivation of diverse crops with a marked reduction in meat production. Further to this the western fringes of Ireland and Scotland have once again become havens for the re-emerging fishing industry though much of the waters are heavily polluted. Nevertheless, food production is limited and the general population has become increasingly concerned about the raise in cases of starvation in the main centres of population. Fish production is stepped up as is the usage of the humble potato.
Food policy 1983 - 1995: Those who work get more food than those who don't and the more people die, the more food there is for the rest.
The Celtic Alliance is formally constituted during the spring equinox of 1986 on the 20th March (Using traditional timings the government hope to maintain some notion of history for the new nation) bringing to an end the UK founded in 1707 and the Irish Republic declared in 1922, yet strangely it brings back under one nation the Isle of Ireland and Scotland as was under the old Celtic Kingdom of Dalriada. Nevertheless, the new Alliance also claims sovereignty over the UK and dependencies with legitimation from the former UK MP's, and it is hoped to re-establish some form of legitimate government in the future on the rest of the British Islands. The last two years have seen profound change in the Isle of Ireland, Scottish Islands, Isle of Man and Channel Islands with starvation and death on a biblical scale. Nevertheless, in a interesting twist just like the Celts of the dark ages, they have used their Celtic ingenuity and a their ability to invent to develop structures which have maintained the structure of government and ensuring that entire communities work to restore some vestige of civilization to the European fringe. The onset of the nuclear winter is not as bad as many predicted but the nuclear summer is a profound awakening for the usually cloudy nation. The population work the fields either in the early morning or late evening and if needed cover completely to work during the day. A major boost to the population is the maintenance of the primary education system, enabling parents and carers to work in the production of food as well as maintaining an educated workforce for the future.
It becomes clear that the three missiles that targeted Glasgow did not all reach their target, with one missile reaching the nuclear base on the river Clyde, the western fringes of the city and towns notably Greenock, Clydebank and Dumbarton receive heavy damage. Nevertheless, the majority of the city remains intact. Contact with Dublin is restored and long supply lines are started via Oban as the lower Clyde is contaminated. Glasgow formally appoints a new Senator Provost (as opposed to OTL Lord Provost) who will sit in the Dublin Parliament. The Senator Provost is Jim Sillers a well known trade unionist and Scottish Nationalist.
1992 -1993- First ContactEdit
21st January 1992 a ham radio signal is received from the Azores re-establishing contact with the outside world.
October 1st, 1993 The new Celtic Alliance government formally welcomes the Carl Vinson to Galway the port city of the Alliance. Bringing much relief to the beleaguered government and hard pressed population. Discussions begin in Canberra about the legal right of British dependencies and former colonies with the New Celtic Alliance. The Alliance though in no way wishing to become a global power asks for time to deliberate on the impact of giving up sovereignty on the populations so socially and historically connected to the old UK especially the Falkland Islands & Gibraltar. The remainder of the U.K. naval operations in the Island are transferred back to Galway with several naval ships notably HMS Hermes making its way to the Alliance after spending time under ANZC command. The Alliance asks for plebiscites in each area dependency and seeks to maintain a neutral role hoping most colonies will choose new alliances or strike out on their own.
Former U.K. diplomats in ANZC become the official voice of the new Alliance at the League of Nations discussions, nevertheless, the Alliance feels compelled to replace the British & Irish Ambassadors who died in the initial attacks on Australia as soon as possible with a new appointment; a prominent former Scottish Nationalist Alex Salmond is appointed. Further contact is established with Brazil and Australia. Formal relations are agreed upon and the Nimitz returns to Australia with the Alliance's 1st ambassador.
Recovery missions across the Welsh coast in the early 1990's identified large numbers of survivors. The majority coming from the coast, notably Pembrokeshire, Anglesey, Conway, and Ceredigion.
The whole of Wales became part of the Celtic Alliance in 2002.
From the early 1990's Celtic Alliance medical teams continue to investigate areas around London and the counties of Kent and Sussex establishing medical bases and strategic commands to enable better delivery of food and supplies.
Initial population estimates range between 200,000 to 600,000 with law and order being a major problem particularly in Kent. Armed militia continue to harass medical services, though local designated police forces are starting to gain the upper hand over lawlessness. The appointed head of the interim County and appointed interim M.P.is Paul Carter.
In 1992 the Celtic Alliance assisted the newly formed Confederation of Wight and Hastings in the removal of a dictatorship from the town of Worthing in West Sussex.
At Christmas 1992 the Confederation was dissolved and the Federal Republic of the Isle of Wight and Sussex (or Southern England) is formed.
From the year 2001 the reliance of the Republic on the Celtic Alliance slowly ebbed away as the nation grew and became self reliant.
From 2005 the majority of Celtic Alliance troops had been withdrawn leaving only medical personnel and engineers, as Celtic trained Republic troops and police forces took over the law and order of the Republic.
1993 - A shipping nation againEdit
Galway becomes the principle staging post for missions to mainland Europe as well as the main ship building port of the alliance, many survivors from both Belfast and Glasgow the great shipping cities play a major part in rebuilding the alliances communication via shipping along its coast lines (in a twist of fate this was why the ancient celtic kingdoms where often called the sea kingdoms). Nevertheless, due to lack of supplies most of the limited numbers of ships are built from recycled materials and are used primarily to maintain contact between the main centres of population. It will take another 20 years before the Alliance in conjunction with the Nordic Alliance agree the terms of a European Navy that will assist the European states to reach further into mainland Europe with the necessary supplies for relief.
Life Choices - 1993Edit
Substantial losses in life continue to effect the recovery of the new alliance, though population numbers stabilize around 2m. The state passes the "Abortion (Eire) Act" 1993 to deal with the amount of births with profound deformities caused by radiation and pollution, the act is contested in the supreme court by religious groups and liberal pro-lifers who due to the war now defend human life at all costs but passes in to law making abortion legal in Ireland for the 1st time.
Liver bird takes flightEdit
After the initial contact with Liverpool in 1995, the Alliance continues to send supplies to the main settlement in Birkenhead. The main sections of the city have been hit by a high yield atomic bomb on its northern edge, this has allowed refugees to pour over the River Mersey to Birkinhead.
In the October of 1995 the city is formally reconstituted with its temporary headquarters being based in Birkenhead, the authorities assume the Liver Bird symbol which sits atop the Liver Building on Liverpool's waterfront as the city's new symbol. The first election to the Parliament in Dublin takes place on Thursday November 2nd, the hotly contested election is won by Paul O'Grady a Drag Queen known as Lilly Savage, he wins by a landslide on a ticket of anti-corruption, human rights and good financial management. Mayor O'Grady MP also has a keen interest in agriculture and sets about diversifying the local economy based on local produce and fishing.
When the first democratic elections took place Merseyside and western Cheshire joined the Celtic Alliance.
The population of the city stands at 12,000, with over 708,000 known to have perished through the initial blast and subsequent radiation sickness and starvation
- Main article: Kingdom of Cleveland
During a fishing trip from off the east coast of Yorkshire in 1997 a small Celtic Alliance trawler comes across a cobble (small open fishing boat) longline fishing.
The two crews make contact and the Scots discover that the two Atomic bombs aimed at the Tees Valley missed one hitting 7 miles north east of the intended target, off the coast of Hartlepool, the other 12 miles south of the target over the North Yorkshire Moors. The towns in the Tees Valley were exposed to large radioactive fallout blown inland by the prevailing winds causing many tens of thousands of deaths. One survivor of note is Princess Anne (only daughter of the former Queen Elizabeth II)
The Kingdom of Cleveland is due to vote on a referendum on becoming part of the Celtic Alliance on 21st May 2010. However popular opinion is that the Kingdom of Cleveland will remain independent.
28th May 2010
At 10am the results of the referendum on the Kingdom of Cleveland joining the Celtic Alliance. The vote was as follows:
- Yes - 17%
- No - 83%
the voter turn out was 78%.
Prime Minster Mallon makes a statement at 11am, that the people of Cleveland had spoken, but just because the vote had been no, that trade relations were just as good as before the referendum.
In early 2010 the governments of the Kingdoms of Cleveland and Northumbria approached the Celtic Alliance with the possibility of linking the countries by a rail line.
The line currently travels north from the former county of Yorkshire and stops at Berwick upon Tweed but surveys north along the line show that the Forth Bridge is still relatively intact and with some repairs will be possible, the main problem is with putting a rail line through the heavily irradiated remains of Edinburgh. However the Kingdoms have experience of building lines through irradiated areas having put a line through the bombed out remains of the Tyne and Wears valleys in the mid 2000's.On the 29th March 2010 five engineers working on the former east coast mainline are killed by a derailment caused by a landslide across the tracks just north of Berwick. Ongoing repairs should mean that the line will between Berwick and Glasgow in late 2010, and between Berwick and Fife (across the Forth Rail Bridge) sometime in late 2011.
The first train linking the Kingdoms of Cleveland and Northumbria with the Celtic Alliance in Glasgow arrives in Glasgow main rail station on the 13th November 2010.
New London was founded in 1987 in the former Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead in Berkshire. The Mayor is a former civil rights worker Diane Abbot.
New London became part of the Celtic Alliance in 2002.In addition to medical supplies and militia development in the south east, commanders have sought to rebuild connection to the communities near the obliterated landmass of London.
Initial research has identified various communities even in the outskirts the city, though there are large areas of radiation. Due to limited medical supplies in the immediate aftermath of DD radiation related illness is a major and debilitating factor of life for many. In addition, only now are the majority of births not affected by dreadful debilitating conditions and deformities.
The Alliance government issues the following declaration to retain political control of the south east.
“In so much as this Alliance is the heir of the former Irish and British States and is imbued with their powers and rights, we the people restate our right and duty to maintain the freedom, liberty, community, security and dignity of these Islands by appointing the Interim Mayor of the City of London, with all the powers that this Parliament sees fit to retain the said rights of the Alliance and maintain the dignity of the people.”
The first elections in New London took place in 2000 with Interim Mayor Diane Abbott winning with 68% of the vote she was proclaimed Mayor on the 23rd October 2000.
The New Millennium Edit
In 2004, the Parliament in conjunction with the WRCB begins the formal count of survivors inside contaminated areas, in addition to initial contact over the last 10 years medical staging points are bolstered by supplies from ANZ. Highest levels of radiation are being measured in Greater London, Manchester, Portsmouth, Southampton, Plymouth, and Birmingham.
Medical staging points: MSP's have been in operation since 1987, with the first being placed in Oban. They have proved useful in restoring contact with communities and individuals as well as offering medical and food supplies to contaminated areas.
As well as providing medical aid MSP's offer the opportunity for life ending, via ECC's (End Cycle Centres), these centres offer a pain free method of euthanasia. Highly contentious, these centres are often only to be found at the outlying MSP's and never near the main centres of population. The church and a vocal minority are opposed to the centres with early centres being destroyed in civil disorder.
In 2007, the Atlantic Defense Community is founded, which is constituted of what remains of the old NATO powers commit to cooperating militarily in the present and future. The Atlantic Defense Community is established. It includes what is now Spain, Portugal, the Celtic Alliance, the Nordic Union, and Canada. The Alliance appoint LT GEN D EARLEY as the Alliances Command representative based in the Azores.
2009 General ElectionEdit
In 2009, the incumbent Taoiseach Mark Cosgrove tries to hold together the Dalriadic Party in the face of a political fall out with the Kingdom of Cleveland and the pressure of the new left of centre Celtic Democratic Bloc. Its leader Adam Price is social progressive making huge strides in the heartlands of the Daldriadic Party notably Scottish Islands, Armagh and the Welsh districts. The Bloc is denouncing the old political elite and demands changes to the constitution for devolution to the Alliance members given the huge international political changes sine DD.
The Bloc is leading in all polls and is in position to be the largest party in the Dublin Parliament, though it will have to form a coalition
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.
Inside the Celtic Alliance there is an Universal Health Care system modelled on the former NHS. There are over 70 Hospitals in the Celtic Alliance. There are also two Private Hospitals in Dublin and Aberdeen.
The first Census post-doomsday took place in 1995. It is required by Law for an nationwide census to take place every five years. The most recent census in 2015 shows that there are approximately 5,500,707 citizens in the Nation. This is an steady increase from the 2010 census which showed that there were 5,300,582 citizens. Currently the Population Density is 94.3 people per square mile. The Celtic Alliance has average population growth of 3.2% per year.
Recently there has been an large amount of Immigrants coming from other survivor nations across the UK and France with large Immigrant populations from The Kingdom of Cleveland, The Kingdom of Northumbria, The Duchy of Lancaster and The Duchy of Orleans as many come for the higher living standards and to find work.
Most of the Immigrants work in Dublin or Glasgow due to them
Immigration Laws are almost non-existent. There are Open Borders with The Kingdom of Northumbria, The Duchy of Lancaster, The Duchy of Orleans and The Poitevine Republic. To move to the Celtic Alliance it is only required to have an Background Check and Basic Knowledge of English.
Under the Law, there are three types of Settlements in the Celtic Alliance which includes Village, Town and City. There are over 4000 Villages, 150 Towns and 18 Cities.
Ten Largest CitiesEdit
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English is the most popular language as it is spoken by many survivors of Doomsday and is required to be taught in all schools meaning most people born post-Doomsday speak it as their first language.. Most People are taught at least 4 Languages before they leave school. Irish is the second most popular language having enjoyed an boost after Doomsday. Scottish Gaelic has also skyrocketed in popularity since Doomsday having evolved massively as more people are grown up speaking it. Welsh is also an popular language in what used to be Wales and most people have sufficient knowledge of the language. Breton has increased in popularity after Doomsday as Brittany become isolated from the rest of France. French had decreased in popularity since Doomsday but is now enjoying an increase as more French speakers are moving to Brittany. Manx is popular on the Isle of Man but isn't spoken much outside of the island. Cornish has enjoyed an large increase in popularity post-Doomsday as it went from an dying language to being widely spoken across what was formerly Cornwall.
62.1% Scottish Gaelic
The Constitution and Political FrameworkEdit
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. Issued by a joint session of the Parliament of the Celtic Alliance successor state to the Irish Republic (Poblacht na hÉireann) and the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and its territories and dependencies in the sight of the President of the Alliance.
“We the peoples of the Celtic Alliance determined to save succeeding generations from the scourge of war, and to reaffirm faith in the fundamental rights of sentient beings, in the dignity and worth of all life, in the equal rights of members of human race large and small, and to establish conditions under which justice and respect for the obligations arising from treaties and other sources of local, regional, national and international law can be maintained, and to promote social progress and better standards of living across the alliance affirm that central to our rule of law is the fundamental that all human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights. They are endowed with reason and conscience and should act towards one another in a spirit of family. It is up on this circle of dignity that our sovereignty lies and up on which all alliance laws and treaties must revolve."
Bill of Rights Edit
- That the principle of any sovereignty resides solely in the people. No body or individual can exert authority which does not emanate expressly from it.
- No one shall be held in slavery or servitude; slavery and the slave trade shall be prohibited in all their forms.
- Everyone has the right to recognition everywhere as a person before the law.
- Everyone has the right to an effective remedy by the competent national tribunals for acts violating the fundamental rights granted them by the constitution or by law.
- All citizens, being equal in are equally admissible to all public dignities, places, and employments, according to their capacity and without distinction other than that of their virtues and of their talents.
- All are entitled to all the rights and freedoms set forth in this Declaration, without distinction of any kind, such as race, colour, sex, sexual orientation, gender, language, religion, political or other opinion, national or social origin, property, birth or other status. Furthermore, no distinction shall be made on the basis of the political, jurisdictional or international status of the country or territory to which a person has belonged, whether it be independent, trust, non-self-governing or under any other limitation of sovereignty.
- Everyone is entitled in full equality to a fair and public hearing by an independent and impartial tribunal, in the determination of their rights and obligations and of any criminal charge against them.
- Policing and the rule of law should be extended to every part of the community. We believe that all the communities share this objective. Notwithstanding the right of every individual, community and non-natural persons to hold the police to account, we believe that there are fundamental principles of support for the police and the courts which underpin our democratic society.
- Everyone has the right to freedom of movement and residence within the borders of the Alliance.
- Everyone has the right to leave the Alliance, and to return.
- Any person of full age 16, without any limitation due to race, nationality or religion, sex, sexuality or gender have the right to marry and to found a family. They are entitled to equal rights as to marriage, during marriage and at its dissolution.
- Marriage shall be entered into only with the free and full consent of the intending spouses.
- The family is the natural and fundamental group unit of society and is entitled to protection by society and the State.
- Everyone has the right to education. Education shall be free. Technical and professional education shall be made generally available and higher education shall be equally accessible to all on the basis of merit.
- Education shall be directed to the full development of the human personality and to the strengthening of respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms. It shall promote understanding, tolerance and friendship among all nations, racial or religious groups, and shall further the activities of the Alliance for the maintenance of peace.
- Parents & Carers have a prior right to choose the kind of education that shall be given to their children.
- Everyone has the right to freedom of opinion and expression; this right includes freedom to hold opinions without interference and to seek, receive and impart information and ideas through any media and regardless of frontiers.
- Everyone has the right to freedom of peaceful assembly and association.
- No one may be compelled to belong to an association.
- In so much as this Alliance is the legitimate successor sovereign state of the former Irish and British States and is imbued with their powers and rights, we the people restate our right and duty to maintain the freedom, liberty, community, security and dignity of these Islands by appointing the interim Mayor of the City of London, with all the powers that this Parliament sees fit to retain the said rights of the Alliance and maintain the dignity of the people.
- 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 set this constitution down, but for freedom -- for that alone, which no honest person gives up but with life itself.
The government of the Celtic Alliance is divided into various branches.
The legal structure of the Alliance places the constitution at the center of all laws. Local courts notably the Scottish, Normandy and Breton have autonomy and differing legal frameworks i.e. founded on principles of roman law, were as local law in Eire, Wales and England is common law based. No local court can over turn the constitution.
- Supreme Court - Meets in Dublin
Judges - Eire 2 / Scotland 2 / Normandy 1 / Breton 1 / England 2 / Wales 1
- High Courts - Various locations
Dublin - Stornaway - Nates - Rennes - New London - Aberystwyth
- District or County Courts - Various locations
The formal powers and functions of the President are prescribed in the Constitution. The President, who does not have an executive or policy role, exercises them on the advice of the Government.
There are some specific instances where the President has an absolute discretion, such as in referring a Bill to the Supreme Court for a judgment on its constitutionality or in refusing to dissolve Celtic State Parliament on the advice of a Taoiseach (Prime Minister) who has ceased to retain a majority. Additional functions can be conferred on the President by law. A special (Presidential) Commission acts whenever the President is absent
Presidents Oath: In the presence of this sovereign parliament elected by the people of the Republic, I do solemnly and sincerely promise and declare that I will maintain the Constitution of the Republic and uphold its laws, that I will fulfill my duties faithfully and conscientiously in accordance with the Constitution and the law, and that I will dedicate my abilities to the service and welfare of the people of the Republic. May the people direct and sustain me.
Celtic State ParliamentEdit
The State Parliament legislative competence covers the areas in which it can make laws – by explicitly specifying powers that are "reserved" to the Parliament of the Alliance: all matters that are not explicitly reserved are automatically the responsibility of the Regional Assemblies.
The Celtic Alliance Parliament retains the ability to amend the terms of reference of the Regional Assemblies, and can extend or reduce the areas in which they can make laws.
- Military defense and development,
- Supreme court,
- Trade links,
- Policing and fire services.
The Chamber of the Parliament is the venue for Meetings of the Parliament. Meetings of the Parliament normally take place between Monday to Thursday.
It currently consists of 77 members from across the Celtic Alliance. However sittings of the Chamber can take place with as few as 35 members if required.
|Nation||Seats in Parliament|
Isle of Ireland
|Na h-Eileanan a-staigh|
|Bertaèyn et Basse-Normandie|
Brittany and Lower Normandy
|Na h-Eileanan Siar|
|The Angel Isles|
Manx, Isles of Scilly and the Channel Islands
Committees play a central part in the work of the Parliament – taking evidence from witnesses, scrutinizing legislation and conducting inquiries. Most committees meet weekly or fortnightly, usually on Friday or less commonly on Wednesday mornings, in one of the Parliament's committee rooms or main library – or in locations around the Alliance. Most meetings are public.
Committees are usually made up of seven members, decisions are made by simple hand raising vote, with the majority winning.
From 2006 the Celtic Alliance began to set up regional assemblies in order for general day to day management of subjects that can be undertaken without the need to go to the main Celtic Parliament.
Those subjects are:
- Agriculture, fisheries, forestry and rural development
- Education and training
- Health and health services
- Highways and transport
- Local government management
- Local judicial services (some High Courts)
- Town and country planning
- Water and flood defence
- Development for National language (Welsh, Cornish, Breton, Norman or Manx)
The first regional assemblies were set up in 2007 in:
- Brittany and Normandy
In 2009 another two assemblies was set up:
- Isle of Man
- Cornwall and Devon
In 2012 three more assemblies were set up
- The Channel Islands (or Bailiwick Islands) got their own assembly in April 2012.
- The Northern Isles (Nordreyer Islands) of the Orkney and Zetland (Shetland) Islands - Got their own an assembly in June 2012, locals announced that they will return to the islands old Norse name of Norðreyjar, anglasised to the Nordreyar Islands.
- Wessex (The former English counties of Glostershire, Wiltshire, Dorset, Somerset, Oxfordshire and Berkshire) got their own regional assembly in October 2012.
Also in 2012, the Isles of Scilly joined the Kernow/Devonian assembly with two new members.
Assemblies make upEdit
- The Cymru (Welsh) assembly, contains 55 members
- The Breto-Norman assembly, contains 40 members
- The Mann (Isle of Man) assembly (or Tynwald), contains 35 members
- Kernow (Cornish)/Devonian assembly, contains 22 members.
- The Bailiwick Islands - Jersey, Gurnsey, Herm and Sark, assembly contains 20 members
- the Northern Isles - Orkney and Zetland Islands, assembly contains 20 members
- Wessex - (former English counties of Glostershire, Wiltshire, Dorset, Somerset, Oxfordshire and Berkshire) - assembly contains 35 members.
There have been calls from peoples in various parts of the Celtic Alliance for more regional assemblies these include:
- Northern Scotland.
- Hebridies - Both Inner and Outer
- English Counties around New London, either in their separate assembly or included in the Wessex Assembly
These possible new assemblies will have to be discussed in the Celtic Parliament before any decisions are made.
United Kingdom of Great Britain & Northern Ireland.Edit
There were many Political parties in the former UK.
England and the rest of the UKEdit
Liberal and Social Democrat Party commonly known as the Lib Dem Party
National Front (NF)
Scottish National Party (SNP)
Plaid Cymru - Party of Wales
Mebyon Kernow - Sons of Cornwall
Ulster Unionist party (UUP)
Democratic Unionist Party (DUP)
Eire (Republic of Ireland)Edit
Dalriadic Party- Centre-right, traditional conservative party. Formed from members of the UUP, DUP and SNP, Promotes ideals of a united Celtic nation. Has had an influx of British Conservatives since DD.
Celtic Democratic Bloc- Believes in centre-left government and greater autonomy for the nations of the Alliance.
Sinn Fein- Centre-left party.
Celtic Labour, Workers and Socialist Party (CLWSP)- Believe in increasing rights for workers across the Alliance, close links Siberia, Cuba and West Poland.
There are several independence movements are active within the Celtic Alliance, mainly using the Celtic Alliance Bill of Rights, to try and establish their individual independence, in particular:
- Point 1 - That the principle of any sovereignty resides solely in the people. No body or individual can exert authority which does not emanate expressly from it.
- Point 10 - Everyone has the right to leave the Alliance, and to return.
Ulster Independence Party (UIP)- Far-right party, believe that Ulster should be made independent for obvious reasons. Formed by the unification of DUP and UUP in 1991, Led by Jim Allister.
Welsh Nationalist Party (Welsh: Cenedlaetholdeb Plaid Cymreig) - formed by members of Plaid Cymru (English: The Party of Wales), Cymdeithas yr Iaith Gymraeg (English: The Welsh Language Society) and Cofiwn (English: Remember), and the more militant Mudiad Amddiffyn Cymru (English: Movement for the Defence of Wales), and The Free Wales Army (FWA) (Welsh: Byddin Rhyddid Cymru) they are asking for Welsh independence from the Celtic Alliance.
Party of British Nationalists and Conservatives (PBNC)- Far to centre right Britons, believe that the Celtic influence in the former UK will destroy the "British way of life". Its main aim is for the separation of the counties of England from the Celtic Alliance and the formation of the Republic of Wessex from the ancient counties of Berkshire, Devon, Dorset, Somerset and Wiltshire, Gloucestershire and Oxfordshire, it also included Hampshire (which includes the Isle of Wight) although this area is controlled by Southern England. In part formed from former National Front and Conservative Party members along with members of the minor Wessex Regionalist Party and has had political relations with the True British Army in the past.
Cornish-Breton Independence League- Mostly Cornish or Breton peoples, they believe that these areas should be made independent due to the large number of non-celtic people living there. Formed in part from members of Mebyon Kernow (English: Sons of Cornwall), Gorseth Kernow (English: Throne of Cornwall) and the Breton Democratic Union (Breton: Unvaniezh Demokratel Breizh).
There are reports that since the regional assemblies have been set up in Cornwall and Devon, and Brittany and Normandy, that the Independence league may be in the process of splitting up.
Eire Isolationist Party- People who believe that Eire's isolationist stance is responsible for their survival, continuing this stance will save Eire from future disaster.
Manx Nationalist Party - Citizens of the Isle of Man (Manx) who believe Manx should become a separate nation, formed from members of Mec Vannin (English: Sons of Mann) and Manx People's Political Association (MPPA)
The present Parliament or Oireachtas sits in Dublin with 77 MPs
|Nation||Capital||County / Burgh||Seats in Parliament|
Isle 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, Antrim, Fermanagh, Tyrone, Derry, Down, Armagh,||3|
|Glasgow||Glasgow, Dumfrieshire, Perthshire, Inverneshire, Ayrshire, Caithness and Sutherland, Ross, Moray, Angus and Aberdeenshire, Argyll.||10|
|Liverpool||Cornwall, Devon, Dorset, Wiltshire, Gloucestershire, Somerset, Herefordshire, Shropshire, Merseyside, Oxfordshire, Berkshire, Worchestershire, along with western parts of Cheshire and Southern Buckinghamshire.||9|
|Aberystwyth||Powys, Pembrokeshire, Gwyneed, Anglesey, Conway, Ceredigion, Denbighshire, The Valleys, Monmouthshire, Snowdonia, Bridgend, Glamorgan, Neath, The Gower, Carmarthanshire and Flintshire.||7|
|Na h-Eileanan a-staigh|
|Portree||Skye, Islay and Jura, Mull, Arran, Small Isles (Rum, Eigg, Muck, Canna, Sanday)||5|
|Na h-Eileanan Siar|
|Stornoway||Lewis and Harris, North Uist, South Uist and Benbecula||3|
|Kirkwall||Greater Orkney (East and West Mainland, Ronaldsay, and Hoy), Lesser Orkney (Sanday, Stonsay, Westray, Eday, Rousay, and Shapinsay), Shetland,||3|
|The Angel Isles|
Manx, Isles of Scilly and the Channel Islands
|Douglas||Manx, Scilly, Channel||3|
|Bertaèyn et Basse-Normandie|
Brittany and Lower Normandy
|Nantes||Owened, Saint Brieuc, Saint Naziaire, Kernev, Le Mont-Saint-Michel, Cherbourg, Quimper, Rennes, Caen, Bayeux, Saint Malo,||5|
Major Political PartiesEdit
Dalriadic Party - 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 Block
Elections are required to be held every 5 years by law.
- 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.
National Anthem Edit
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
Top Three: 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.
One of the most important sectors of the Celtic Alliance economy is Agriculture, there are many people working in Agriculture and people are encouraged to grow food and raise animals in their gardens.
Popular Agricultural Products include
Fruit - Fruits such as Blueberries, Blackberries and Strawberries, Apples and Peaches are grown by most people during the summer and often either saved for the winter or made into an Crumble or Pie. Exotic Fruits such as Pineapples have become almost unheard of, as the climate is not hot enough to grow them.
Corn - Most Corn today is consumed in Muffins, Porridge, Bread and Cereal
Potatoes - Potatoes are widely consumed either Baked, Roasted or Fried as Chips and Crisps
Vegetables - Vegetables such as Mushrooms, Carrots, Spinach, Peas, Lettuce, Peppers, Onions and Cauliflower that can be easily grown in gardens have became commonplace in many meals. Almost all families grow vegetables in their gardens in addition to them being grown in farms across the country. Farmers often use natural fertilizers to prevent insects and animals from eating their crops. Many are transported to Markets or to FoodStop which sells them in their supermarkets around the country
Meat - Meat was an staple of many people's diet Pre-Doomsday, as an popular source of Protein. Much of the Meat after Doomsday was from Chickens, Pork (From Murdered Pigs), Venison and House Pets. Today it is mostly Chicken and Turkey that are eaten at meals. Cows and Pigs are also raised but in smaller quantities. Venison is also an popular meat. Due to refridgeration being non-existent meat is now often salted to preserve it. Often in the Winter families will buy meat and preserve it outside by freezing it inside snow and ice to keep it fresh.
Fish - Fish has become an widely eaten dish in the Celtic Alliance with Salmon and Trout being two of the most popular fish eaten at the Dinner Table. Until recently there was an ban on eating fish from the Rivers Clyde, Taff and Lagan due to concerns over radiation as these rivers flowed through the nuked cities.
Milk - Most Milk comes from Deer and Goats as most cows were killed after Doomsday for food and milk. Though some surviving Cows are milked but the presence of Cows Milk is often an rarity.
Eggs - Eggs are common in most meals as they are an cheap protein source. Many families own several chickens laying eggs.
Honey and Sugar - There are farmers and households that raise bees for their honey and wax. The Honey is often sold to FoodStop or exported. It is common in households due it being cheap. Sugar is not sold to the public but is used in Bawyer's Soda as an sweetener and is grown in greenhouses all year round on farms and in some gardens.
Drinks - There are many different drinks in the Celtic Alliance. Many drink Deer or Goat Milk which has replaced Cows Milk though some also drink Cows Milk. Soda is popular but is expensive to purchase with one bottle costing around £5. Drinking Water is often pulled from lakes and creeks. An Desalination Plant is currently being proposed to be built in Galway to extract Drinking Water from the Atlantic Ocean.
Alcohol - The Drinking Age in the Celtic Alliance is 16. There are an few small scale breweries. They produced most of the Nation's Alcohol and sometimes export some. The Alcohol is often barreled up and sold at markets or at FoodStop. Small amounts of Alcohol is also used for medical purposes.
Inside the Celtic Alliance there is a Bank, Factories and More.
The Celtic National Bank is the only bank of the Celtic Alliance with its Headquarters based in Dublin, There are also Factories producing items such as Children's Toys, Radio's, Clothes and Snacks such as Crispico Crisps, Bawyer's Soda and Tubbers Ice Cream being popular.
Imports and ExportsEdit
The Celtic Alliance frequently imports and exports goods from other foreign nations.
The Top Exports from the Celtic Alliance are
2. Medical Goods
3. Natural Gas
5. Military Technology
The Celtic Alliance also accepts imports from many nations. The Majority of Imports are for industry.
The Top Imports are
1. Heavy Machinery
4. Farming Equipment
5. Construction Equipment
The GDP of the Celtic Alliance is approximately 225 million Pounds per year. The Per-Capital GDP on average is £4,520.
The Infrastructure of the Celtic Alliance is going under an massive revitalization of the Transportation Infrastructure.
Before Doomsday there were an number of roads that made up the nation such as the M90, A9, M1 and the M7. After Doomsday these roads were crowded with abandoned cars, abandoned belongings and bodies. The Roads were renamed after the Celtic Alliance came into existence with The Road in Scotland from Perth to Inverness was now called the M1. The Road from Liverpool to Swansea was now called the M2, The Road from Derry to Cork is called the M3, The Road from Quimper to Fougeres is called the M4. The Roads have been repaired since Doomsday though with much of the Infrastructure remaining, There are Automobiles in the Nation though due to the costs they are mostly used by the Government or the Wealthier Population. Most of the Vehicles are Pre-Doomsday models or are New, manufactured in factories. Most Vehicles run on Biodiesel due to the limited amount of fuel. Most of the Working Cars are used by the Military, Government or Emergency Services. Most people use wagons powered by horses due to the ease. Most people own at least two horses and a cart. In Place of Gas Stations there are stations for feeding and watering horses.
Bicycles are also an common method of Transportation, Originally most of the bikes were salvaged models from Pre-Doomsday or made from scrap metal. Most people have an bike and they are often used for transport on farms or for transport within an city.
Rail is often used to travel between cities in the Celtic Alliance, with railways often connecting major cities. Rail is also used to connect other cities as well as other countries with lines running to the Kingdom of Northumbria and to the Kingdom of Cleveland using the former East Coast Main Line. The Trains are mostly old Steam Trains salvaged from Museums and Sheds, though these are now being replaced by newer electric trains as the lines are now being electrified.
On Most Trains there is an carriage that carries cargo and letters.
In the City of Liverpool there is an Mass Transit Rail System connecting the City. This was built in 1977 and is popular with citizens
There are Passenger Ships departing from Liverpool, Dublin, Derry, Cork, Galway, Aberdeen, Dundee, Swansea, Douglas and Penzance travelling around the Country
There are Cargo Ships departing from the same ports as the Passenger Ships to destinations within the country and around the World.
African Airways operates airships from Lagos to Dublin, landing at Dublin Airport
Planes are used in the Country on an Limited Basis mostly by the Military and the Government.
The military of the Celtic Alliance , the Celtic Defence Force (CDF) is divided into three parts: the CGDF, the CNDF and the CADF.
The Celtic Alliance maintains a military force of 50,000 troops, of which:
- 25,000 are part of the (Army)
- 17,500 are part of the CNDF (Navy)
- 5000 are part of the CNI (Marines and Special Forces)
- 3500 are part of the CADF (Air force)
The Celtic Ground Defense Force (CGDF) is made up of the combined military forces of Ireland and the remnants of the United Kingdom.
Equipment used includes:
- Leopard One Main Battle Tanks (MBT)
- Challenger One MBT
- FV342 Armored Personal Carriers (APC)
- Abbot Self Propelled Guns (SPG).
- Highland All-Terrain Battle Rover (HATBR)
- The standard weapon of the CAA is the SLR Semi-Automatic rifle. Other Weapons include the FN MAG58 Purpose Machine Gun (GPMG) and the Milan Anti Tank Guided Weapon (ATGW)
- The Special Forces (SF) unit of the CGDF is the Celtic Rangers Wing (CRW).
- The Special Forces have access to a variety of weapons including the HK33 assault rifle, the M249 machine gun, the Uzi, H&K MP5, and shotguns like the Remington 7-60 & SIG Benelli M3.
The Army has recently started recently started replacing the Leopard Ones with Challenger One MBTs, based on examples salvaged from the remains of the Royal Tank Regiment base in the town of Bovington, Dorset. An Armored Division using a combination of the new tanks and some of the older ones were deployed in 2009 to Canada to fight in the Saguenay War, playing a pivotal role in the recapture of the Gaspe Peninsula. These forces were redeployed to the Sicily Theater in the summer of 2010, following victory in North America, where they took part in the successful invasion of Tunisia.
The Army of the Celtic Alliance is made up of ten Battalions, each with five Companies of 500 troops.
Celtic Naval Defence Force (CNDF) uses:
6 Antrim class frigates (based on the Type 21 class, but updated with Seawolf SAMs - specifically based on HMS Avenger and HMS Ardent launched from Glasgow, Scotland in 1975)
- CS Antrim
- CS Armagh
- CS Down
- CS Fermanagh
- CS Derry
- CS Tyrone
7 Dublin class destroyers (based on the Type 42 batch 2 class - Specifically based on HMS Liverpool that had been launched from Birkenhead, Merseyside in 1980)
- CS Dublin
- CS Cork
- CS Limerick
- CS Galaway
- CS Waterford
- CS Drogheda
- CS Dundalk
3 Sabre class amphibious assault ships (based on a modernized version of the Fearless class - Specifically HMS Intrepid build at Clydebank launched in 1963)
- CS Sabre
- CS Broadsword
- CS Dagger
4 Korrigan class submarines (based on the Type 2400 design, as proposed by Vickers Pre-Doomsday - build from designs found in Cammell Laird workshops, Birkenhead).
- CS Korrigan
- CS Bodach
- CS Dullahan
- CS Kelpie
Construction started in March 2009 of the Celtic Ship (CS) Remembrance, the first of two planned Remembrance class light aircraft carriers. They are based around the Invincible class operated Pre-Doomsday by the Royal Navy, but bigger and without the Sea Dart SAM system. They will have a Carrier Air Group (CAG) consisting of 12 Sea Harrier FRS.2s, 8 Sea King ASW.8s and 4 Sea King AEW.4s.
- CS Rememberance - Launched January 2012, expected to come into service in May 2012.
- An unnamed Canadian Carrier - Under construction, expected completion June 2014.
- CS Solace will be built, starting in 2013
A Task Force was deployed off the coast of Canada, consisting of three Amtrim class frigates (CS Fermanagh, CS Derry, CS Tyrone), one Dublin class destroyer (CS Waterford) and a Sabre class amphibious assault ship (CS Sabre), along with two Korrigan class submarines (CS Bodach and CS Kelpie) to fight in the Saguenay War.
A force of a similar size was sent to the Mediterranean during the Second Sicily War.
Marines and Special ForcesEdit
The Celtic Naval Infantry (CNI) act as marine's and include a naval special forces unit, the Maritime Combat Force (MCF).
There are two Battalions in the CNI.
- 1st Marines Battalion
- 2nd Marines Battalion - Includes two companies of Maritime Combat Force.
Each Battalion is split into five companies, each with 500 troops. Each Company has five platoons, each with 100 troops.
Currently the CNI has a troop complement of 5000 troops.
The CNI is an integral part of the CNDF. A Battalion was deployed to Canada to fight in the Saguenay War. The other battalion fought in the invasion of Sardinia during the Second Sicily War.
The Celtic Air Defence Force (CADF) consists of three jet squadrons and two helicopter squadrons.
The CADF operates:
- 15 Pilatus built PC-7 trainers
- 7 Hawk jet trainer aircraft
- 23 Saab 37 Viggens in the strike/air defense/reconnaissance roles. - bought from the Nordic Union
- 25 Saab JAS 39 Gripen - a lightweight multi-role fighter, reconnaissance and attack aircraft - bought from Nordic Union
- 8 Puma helicopters in the transport role.
- 5 Lynx helicopters in the attack role.
- 12 Sea Harriers, built in ANZC - will be used on new aircraft carrier CS Rememberance
No.1 Squadron of the CADF was deployed to Canada with its Viggens to fight in the Saguenay War. Several more squadrons were deployed to Corsica and Spain during the Second Sicily War.
There are orders for more aircraft from the Nordic Union to be delivered in 2015
After Doomsday, the Celtic Alliance and much of the World lost all forms of communication as EMP made them useless. The Government immediately began to pull radio's from storage and put them into use. Many new radio's have also been manufactured in the years since Doomsday. In 2012 Telephone Lines were successfully used between Government Offices in Liverpool and Dublin. HAM Radios are also used for contact between Government Offices and Cities.
RTE Radio 1 - News and Talk
RTE Radio 2 - Pre-Doomsday Music
RTE Radio 3 - Post-Doomsday Music
RTE World Service - News and Programmes *Available across the World
Classic Radio - Pre-Doomsday Punk and Rock Music
Celtic Radio - Post-Doomsday Pop Music
In some areas, radio signals from the Kingdom of Northumbria, Reghed, The Duchy of Lancaster and The Duchy of Orleans are receivable.
RTE One was started in 2002 and Broadcasts between 07:00 and 00:30. Programming includes Entertainment, News and Drama.
RTE Two - was started in 2011 and Broadcasts between 08:00 and 00:30. Programming includes Foreign Language Shows, Cartoons, Documentaries and Films
The Dublin Times includes News, Lifestyle and Opinion sections. It is the most popular newspaper and is published Daily
The New Londoner publishes on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday and mainly emphasizes on News. It is the second most popular newspaper.
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.
Education is mandatory between the ages of six and 16 with Nursery, College and University optional.
92% Percent of Children between six and 16 currently attend School with 44% going to college. The Literary Rate is at 86% Percent. There are some Private Schools predominantly for the Wealthier and Religious. Though about 8% of Children are Homeschooled by their Parents. Final Exams take place at the age of 16 with an selection of four of these courses allowed.
Languages including French, Breton, Irish, Scottish Gaelic, Cornish or Welsh
College is optional between the ages of 16 and 18.
College is seen as important as it gives many students an better chance to get jobs and higher pay. College, similar to School is free for all students, All Colleges are operated by the Government.
University is optional between the ages of 18 and 20.
Around 35% Percent of College Graduates stay on to University. University unlike College and School has to paid for by the Students.
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 14 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 Duchy of Orléans and La République Poitevine due to the closeness of the two nations in Northern France.