The Delian League is a major state within the Greek Federation. Consisting of most of the Aegean islands, it is named after the old Delian League, from Ancient Greece.
From the Mesolithic Age, the Aegean has ceased to be an obstacle and became a bridge joining the inhabitants of the region. Shipping, trade, economy, culture and social interactions developed in the archipelago and surrounding areas on the basis of communication and contact between the inhabitants.
From the 8th to the 5th century BC the islands enjoyed great prosperity in their economy, trade and the arts. The islands were conquered by the Persians in the 5th century BC, but broke free and in 468BC they made alliances with Athens in the Delian League. In 338BC the Macedonians came into power followed by Ptolemy of Egypt. After this period the islands suffered the same fate as the rest of Greece by becoming a province of the Roman Empire, and later the Byzantines.
After the conquest of Constantinople by the Franks in 1204 the islands find themselves shared amongst the Venetians, Genoese and Frank princes. The fall of Constantinople in 1453 and the founding of the Ottoman Empire resulted in a period of destruction, plundering and persecution for the islands.
The inhabitants of the islands were actively involved in the 1821 Revolution, though the Northern Aegean Islands remained under Turkish rule, even after independence, until 1912. The southern islands, the Cyclades, became part of Greece at independence.
No strikes occurred in the region, but parts of it - especially to the north - were effected by fallout from strikes on the Greek mainland, and even somewhat from strikes in Western Anatolia.
Like most areas of Greece, the Aegean Islands suffered extensively from the EMP given off by the blasts in the area. This killed off electronics in the area, eliminating contact between the islands. As a result, contact with the government of the republic that had fled to Crete was lost as well. It quickly became obvious to the locals that something horrible had occurred - and to those on some of the islands, within sight of the clouds that had mushroomed over Athens and Izmir, it was even worse. They knew right away what had happened.
Individual islands took matters into their own hands, with most of the larger ones even declaring provisional governments. Eventually, surviving radios in the islands did receive word of the extent of the disaster, and the flight of the government from Athens to Crete. Through these radios, some of the islands learned all of this, and the news eventually spread through the islands, the majority of which were operating completely on their own by that time. In the eastern Aegean, refugees from Anatolia began to arrive at islands, seeking safety - they were allowed to stay, as were Greek refugees from areas to the west. For unknown reasons, the government only sent a couple of officials to Ermoupoli during this time, and like elsewhere, they were pulled out after the start of hostilities in the Peloponnese, since the locals would do little to aid them at all in that endeavor.
As 1984 turned into 1985, the islands slowly began to become connected once again, through a network of traders moving through the region on sailing boats, which had once been used for tourists in the region. When combined with horror expressed at actions between Morea and Crete, talk began to spread of forming some sort of association between the various islands not under the control of Hellas, Morea, or the state forming at Rhodes. None of this was serious, however, until early 1986, when Morean forces finally took control over most of the Peloponnese. The two sides, attempting to take advantage over the other, began to intrude into the islands, though not taking control over any of them. At least one trader, however, lost their life in skirmishes between the two during these intrusions.
As a result, talk became practice - a conference was held at Ermoupoli over the summer of 1986, where representatives from all the neutral islands - except the Sporades Islands - decided to group together in a formal protection and economic association. After much debate, they decided to call it the Delian League, after the ancient Athenian alliance that many of the islands had once been part of, though it was also meant to be a shot of irony at both Morea and Crete, as this new League would not be dominated by one state like the old one had been dominated by Athens.
The first issue that the League had to deal with was what to do with the refugees. While not going to make anyone starve immediately, the large numbers of refugees on some of the islands was a pressing concern. Eventually, a unanimous decision was reached - earlier trading runs had determined that the Turkish Islands of Imbros and Tenedos, along with several smaller neighboring islands, were unoccupied for some reason, seemingly having left for the mainland at some point. It was decided to move what excess refugees there was to these islands - mostly Greeks, as it was thought that if Turks were the majority there it could cause problems for the League later on. Several other small Aegean Islands near the Turkish coast would be occupied by settled refugees for much the same reason during 1987.
Yet, the increasing pacifism of the League - as a result of the conflict between Crete and Morea - prevented any similar actions being made by its forces on the Anatolian mainland, forcing them in 1987 to ask the government of the Dodecanese to do it for them, in return for the territory itself. The discovery of a surviving Turkish state in 1988 by Dodecanese forces led to the league government ending this agreement, to avoid conflict with the Turks.
The Sporades, still refusing to join up on their own, were by now falling deeper into chaos, with pirates based there beginning to attack League merchant ships. Grudgingly, despite their ever-deeper rooted pacifism, the League membership agreed to send a small force to restore order there, as no other of the Greek remnants was willing to do so - the end result was a sort-of protectorate, not officially part of the League, but still under its banner, in recognition of local desires to stay separate from the League.
Peace-making and the Greek Confederation
Due to the nature of the League, the representatives of the islands quickly became highly skilled at diplomacy. In fact, many of the flare-ups after 1986 between Morea and Crete - now often called Hellas - came to a fairly quick end because of League diplomats.
In 1993, when it looked like the two would go through a new round of fighting, diplomats attempted a new track in their diplomacy - that it would be better for them to work together for Greece than to continue to fight. Tired and weakened from fighting, both states agreed to talks held at Ermoupoli in late spring. In a bit of a surprise to all involved, the talks went exceedingly well, and in late 1994, a treaty was signed there by the leaders of Morea, the Hellenic Republic, the Delian League, Heptanesa, and the Dodecanese Republic establishing the Confederation of Greece, a military and economic alliance of Greek states.
The Sporades were then turned over to the Confederation by the League, both as a fairly neutral headquarters for the organization and a way to finally remove that boil from their list of problems. Skyros became the new capital of the confederation, and work soon began on infrastructure to support the new government.
Despite the neutrality of the League, its members still felt that all who needed help, should receive it - for instance, despite their lack of willingness to occupy the Anatolian coast, they had still dropped off loads of supplies whenever they could. In light of this, in 1995 their leaders joined with the leaders of Mount Athos and the Dodecanese, issuing a joint request for members of the Confederation to look for ways to help out their neighbors.
The Moreans, listening to it in a way different from how it was intended, took it upon themselves to use it as a pretext to takeover the Turkish parts of Thrace - and the Hellenics joined the expedition, to prevent the Moreans from gaining more power. Due to commitments in Albania - justified, in the view of the League - Heptanesa could not join the other expedition being organized by the other states, but the League and the others who had originally made the request took it upon themselves to continue anyway.
Their expedition went to the island of Cyprus, with which intermittent contact had been established since the events of Doomsday. The situation there was found to be even worse than thought, with much of the infrastructure in shambles and an ongoing insurgency by Turks, whom the government had tried to eliminate. In return for several concessions - though not as much as the League had desired - the three states agreed to help out the island nation, getting it back on its feet. This would take years, however.
In 2007, after over a decade, serious talk began to occur at Skyros of uniting the Greek states further, under a more centralized authority. The League had become one of the most vocal in favor of centralizing and restructuring the Confederation.
In fact, the idea for the various people's assemblies that began to be held in 2008 was theirs. By the time they wrapped up in early 2009, a referendum on making the Confederation into a more unified federal state - and the possibility of the Cyprus joining it - had been scheduled for that December, which passed overall, and by a margin of 81% to 19% in the League.
At the following constitutional convention, the League attempted to get as many of its ideals as possible put into the new constitution. In this endeavor, they were successful at getting a clause to ensure the new government would have a very hard time undergoing any further imperial adventures - though falling short of actually stopping them - and at aiding the Dodecanese government in inserting a clause calling for regular humanitarian missions. And, in a very unusual political alliance, they joined with the Moreans in getting a measure put in that ensured local governments would remain with their own unique political system and laws.
Government and Politics
Each member island of the League functions fairly autonomously, despite the League now being part of the Greek Federation. In a curious throwback to the past, each island governs itself as a direct democracy, much like the Greeks of old once did.
From these environments the people nominate one of their own as a magistrate, who goes to Ermoupoli to be their representative to the League. Of these people, the senior member heads their group, as the Chief Magistrate. The Chief, however, holds little real power over the others. Any magistrate can be recalled by a simple majority vote on the island that they represent, however. Meetings of the magistrate are also open to all to see, so that nothing can be hidden from anyone.
A pair of consuls are selected by the magistrates, and cannot have ever been a magistrate before, though repeat terms as consul are fine. They are a figurehead executive, and as of late have served as League representatives to both the Confederation, and now the Federation constitutional conventions. It is unknown what role they will carry out now that the governmental structure of the Confederation has changed into the Federation.
League diplomats have also gained a lofty reputation as being neutral policy-brokers, for their work in bringing peace between the Greek government out of Crete and Morea, as well as their pivotal role in the establishment of the Greek Confederation, and now the Federation itself.
The capital of the league, Ermoupoli, has since Doomsday largely regained the position that it had had in the 19th century, becoming a center for shipbuilding and other industries once again.
Today, the islands are interlaced with an ever-complicating network of shipping networks, which form the basis of the trading networks that carry Greek products through much of the Mediterranean and Black Seas.
Merchants from the islands have begun to explore the ocean floor in the area for the possibility of extracting oil or gas, but have as of yet been unsuccessful.
Several of the islands are fairly large exporters of marble, iron, and other materials today, with much of the marble being sold to the government for use in new federal buildings.
Many of the larger islands now play host to wineries, which is the major export of the islands besides marble.