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Commonwealth of East Poland
Rzeczpospolita Polski Wschodniej
Timeline: 1983: Doomsday
Flag Coat of Arms
Flag Coat of Arms
Location of Commonwealth of East Poland
Post-Doomsday Map of Poland
Anthem "Mazurek Dąbrowskiego"
Capital Białystok
Largest city Białystok
Language Polish
Government Parliamentary republic
President
Prime minister
Area Approx. 79,950 km²
Population Approx. 1,200,000 
Established May 5, 1985
File:Poland Flag.png

Flag of the Commonwealth of East Poland

The Commonwealth of East Poland is a parliamentary republic located in the north east of the former People's Republic of Poland, with its capital in Białystok.

History[]

Pre-Doomsday[]

In the early 1980s, Poland was becoming increasingly anti-Soviet. The 1st independent trade union, Solidarity, had been formed in Gdansk in 1980. Combined with the election of Karol Wojtyła to the position of Pope, with his support for freedom from the influence and domination of the Soviet Union, Poland seemed on the brink of becoming free. It was then invaded by the USSR. During the event, General Wojciech Jaruzelski, the Polish Prime Minister, became the leader of the Communist Party of Poland. He enacted martial law, in an attempt to crush Solidarity. He suppressed, but did not eliminate the movement. On July 22, 1983, martial law was lifted, and amnesty was granted to many imprisoned Solidarity members, who were released.

Doomsday[]

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Map showing strikes in Polish territory

On September 26th, 1983, thermonuclear warheads, delivered by Pershing 1 SRBMs and Tomahawk GLCMs, started detonating over Polish cities and military bases. Dozens of cities and bases were obliterated. One of the Polish cities not hit on that fateful day was Białystok, in the north-east of the country, and home to a military garrison.

Survival and Consolidation[]

Białystok stood undamaged, but not unaffected, after Doomsday. Refugees from Warsaw, Kalingrad and other targeted cities started pouring in to the city. Government officials in Białystok soon learned that there had been a global disaster and that much of the Northern Hemisphere was in ruins. Having a population of 641,100 on 1980, the Białystok Voivodeship didn´t recieved any communication from Warsaw for some years.

A New Constitution[]

On the 5th of May, 1985, civic and community leaders, as well as politicians, came together to discuss drafting a new constitution. They decided on adopting a parliamentary republic system, with universal suffrage and proportional representation. A month later, the Commonwealth of East Poland came into existence, with the architect and Solidarność member Edmund Suchodolski being named as the first president (and later being a minister on the next goverment). At the time however, it was limited in scale to Białystok and the surrounding countryside, along the former Voivideship. This would soon change.

Expansion[]

Over time, East Poland began to expand. By 1990 they controlled an area stretching as far south as the town of Włodawa (on the former Chełm Voivodeship), as far west as the remains of Warsaw (under the Warsaw Voivodeship areas at the right bank of the Vistula) and as far north as the former border with Kalingrad on the Suwalki and Olsztyn Voivodeships. The whole country now encompassed the former People´s Republic of Poland voivodeships of Suwałki, Łomża, Biała Podlaska, Siedlce and Ostrołęka: and parts of the Warsaw, Chełm, Olsztyn, Ciechanów and Lublin Voivodeships. They also encountered forces from the newly-formed Republic of Belarus near the border with the former USSR, establishing an alliance to coordinate security and resources. In June 1991, the Commonwealth made contact with the Government of the People's Republic of Poland, with its capital in Poznan, as well as the Kingdom of Prussia.

The present day[]

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In 2009, Poland joined the League of Nations.

Government[]

East Poland is a parliamentary republic/semi-presidential system. Parliament is elected via the first past the post system, while the president is chosen by direct democracy.

International Relations[]

East Poland is a member of the League of Nations. It also has a military and trading alliance with Belarus. East Poland is also seeking to join the ADC.

Military[]

The East Poland Defense Force (EPDF) is a conscript army, with all citizens aged over 18 required to do two years of military service (if not in an essential occupation) and hence remain in the reserves until forty. Equipment for the EPDF comes from Belarus, although basic weapons are manufactured within East Poland.

There´s a Cavalry Brigade "Białystok" (BK "Białystok"), on the city of the same name, which it shares the name with a Polish Army Second Republic homonym. Along it, the 2nd Internal Signal Regiment, and 80th Anti-tank Artillery Battalion, in Suwałki of the former PPA, are few ot the army units that became intact on Eastern Poland after Doomsday. Members of the Territorial Defense Forces (Polish: Obrona Terytorium Kraju - OTK, reformed under the first elections) and the Border Protection Troops (Polish: Wojska Ochrony Pogranicza) patrol the Vistula valley and defend the region against raiders



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