The following is the history of New Britain.
The events of Doomsday were devastating for Britain. Cities hit included Sheffield, Leeds, Newcastle, London, Southampton, Portsmouth, Aldershot, Colchester, Birmingham, Manchester, Cardiff, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Dundee, Aberdeen and Belfast. The government's "War Book", a plan the United Kingdom would follow in case of World War III, was meant to go into effect only if tensions between the superpowers suggested that nuclear destruction was imminent. The suddenness of the Soviet attack meant that Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher only had enough time to order Britain's own nuclear arsenal to be launched before the first bombs began to fall. Despite what short time was available, British military personnel were able to get Queen Elizabeth II and other members of the Royal Family to safety.
What remained of the British government decided to relocate to the Isle of Wight. The island was picked because it was hoped that it would act as a natural barrier to refugees who may try to storm the refuge for its supplies. Remnants of the Royal Navy helped ferry what survivors were allowed onto Wight and, at times, keep desperate refugees from overwhelming the limited supplies there.
It soon became clear that if there was any hope for the British state to survive, the British people would need to find a new home. Some suggested that the population of Wight be evacuated to the southern hemisphere, possibly South America or Australia, since these areas were relatively intact. Prince Andrew (the current surviving heir), however, argued that if the British people went there then they would be refugees and an independent Britain would cease to exist. In 1984, Queen Elizabeth II died and Andrew was crowned the new King in a quiet ceremony at Osborne House. Though technically Andrew's power was limited, his role as King gave him enough influence to push forward his plan to build a survivor colony, hopefully somewhere in the southern hemisphere.
In 1985, a small group of surviving naval vessels arrived in Britain from Southern Africa. With them were representative from the African National Congress (ANC). Elements of the group had taken control of some of the neighborhoods of Port Elizabeth, South Africa, but were fighting with some difficult white forces still loyal to the collapsing South African government. The vessels had stopped for a short time in the city to pick up supplies and the ANC had sent its representatives in hopes of getting whatever help they could from the British military. Seeing an opportunity, King Andrew negotiated with the ANC to provide them help to drive out the remaining South African forces in return for allowing British refugees to settle there. He proposed a creation of a new state where whites and blacks would be equals and all forms of apartheid would be erased. Though not all in agreement, the ANC leaders agreed to allow settlement in return for British military support.
In 1986, the naval and marine forces sent out by the British government arrived in Port Elizabeth. The combined forces of the "British Expeditionary Force" and the ANC rebels were able to capture Port Elizabeth and soon the entire Cacadu District Municipality. King Andrew arrived later that year, personally leading reinforcements and the first wave of British colonists who used impressed merchant ships to ferry them and supplies to southern Africa. The arrival of the colonists touched off fighting between certain elements of the ANC who could not accept the idea of "throwing out one group of whites for another." British forces were victorious against the ANC dissenters, though not before more damage was done to Port Elizabeth. The fighting, however, broke what little power the ANC had in the region and the remaining leaders swore loyalty to King Andrew.
It took nine months for civilians to reach the slowly expanding New Britain because of damage caused to the ships they were using, meaning that they had to regularly stop on the coast for quick repairs which were rarely adequate. Saint Helena remained an important way point for the refugees and continued to remain loyal to the new British state in Africa.
By 1987 the last remnants of the South African government had ceased to exist and the state had degenerated into various warring factions and warlords. In that same year the state of New Britain was officially declared with a new constitution guaranteeing the rights of white and black citizens in the area. The formation of the new state was marred by fighting with the Republic of KwaXhosa which disputed the eastern border of New Britain. The Republic had also adopted a highly anti-white policy, keeping relations between the two states low.
Meanwhile, steps were taken to ration food stuffs, medical supplies and fuel, this was done with some civil disorder and resulted in collective farming, regardless of ethnicity in order to survive. Military officers were appointed to administer these collectives and apply judgment on criminals and dissenters.
In 1991, many Indians, fleeing from the chaos and bloodshed in their homeland, were welcomed into Port Elizabeth. In 1992 the last refugee ship leaves the former United Kingdom.
The population of New Britain continued to increase with the arrival of Anglo-Africans arriving from other parts of the former South Africa, particularly the increasingly Anglophobe Republic of the Cape. The Anglo-Africans soon became an influential political force in New Britain. Though generally supportive of King Andrew’s efforts to end apartheid, many still had difficulty adjusting to the new equality enforced by the government. Various Anglo-African leaders have petitioned the King and Parliament on several occasions (most recently in 1994) to recognize them as a protected minority group, though this has failed so far.
Anglo-Africans make up two-thirds of the white population of New Britain with the Home British refugees making up the remaining 1/3. Because of their large presence the Anglo-African dialect of English has ironically become the de facto official variant of English in New Britain.
Influential Anglo-Africans include rock, jazz fusion singer Dave Matthews who has become a sensation not just in New Britain, but also in many other parts of the world. First appearing on the scene in 1989, he has continued to be one of the most successful artists to come out of New Britain.
The New Union of South Africa formed in 2004 after many remnant states united under one political banner. In 2006, a joint ANZC and SAC military force captured Cape Town to depose the horrifying warlord regime that ruled the city. The new RZA Provisional Government is set up but is merely able to secure a small region around Capetown with the support of a small joint SAC/ANZC garrison. Still the mission was the first multilateral peacekeeping mission since Doomsday. The RZA gradually expanded into the de facto lawless warlord-ruled territory.
During the SAC/ANZC invasion, New Britain launched an invasion into KwaXhosa and the Republic of the Cape. KwaXhosa fell quickly but the warlords in the Republic of the Cape put up a stiff resistance against New Britain’s invasion. The ANZC/SAC had an interesting effect on the region. The NUSA condemned New Britain’s invasion of KwaXhosa and the Cape and demanded that they return to their original borders. Fearing that they had united all of former South Africa against them, New Britain pulled its troops back from the Orange Free State but refused to leave KwaXhosa. The occupation of KwaXhosa soon proved to be highly controversial as insurgents continued to harass New Britain forces. King Andrew, who had remained immensely popular since he took the throne, suffered his lowest popularity level ever.
On the 17th August 2009, KwaXhosan and New British leaders signed a treaty that agreed that KwaXhosa would pay 5% of their GDP as tribute to New Britain. KwaXhosa was also compelled to reduce and limit the size of their armed forces and become a member of the African Economic Community. New Britain has now requested membership of the League of Nations once again, claiming it is no longer occupying KwaXhosa.
In 2009, New Britain proposed the “African Economic Community” in an effort to unite the economies of all the states in the region, initially the RZA and KwaXhosa became members. Botswana would also join later.
Recently, New Britain has offered monetary support and arms to KwaZulu. Also, diplomats have traveled to Canada to offer their support and bring word that the King approves of their new Governor-General system.
On the 3rd September 2010, legislation passed through the New British Parliament altering the prefix on treaties and wars from Anglo (e.g Anglo-German Treaty) to Britano (e.g Britano-Zulu Accord). The Britano-Zulu Accord was also made today as an alliance between the Royalist KwaZulu and New Britain. By the 15th, the New British frontier was advanced dramatically by the conquest of various warlordships.
On the 20th November 2010, the Imperialist government enacted its latest campaign. Its army and navy are to go west to make a border with its ally the RZA. However this is for more than to state increasing New British nationalism in the nation. New Britain hopes to seize control of the lucrative citrus crop in the area and destroy the warlords who control the area. As well as this, New Britain wants to bring the African Economic Community closer together and create a stronger economy to oppose the New Union of South Africa.
Conflict with KwaXhosa
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On the 10th of March 2011 the Imperialist government passed legislation that enabled them to divert resources to the Royal Navy, Royal Air Force and Royal Army and the SAS. The Royal Marines and Royal Desert Corp would also receive limited funding. The population initially supported this as it was passed under the guise that it would enhance the protection of New Britain and her people. With this increased funding many new jobs were created in the military and an expansion of the armed forces followed. In June of 2011 a new battleship by the name of the HMS Andrew, and 3 new cruisers, the HMS Charles, George and William finished production. The first use of this new military was shown when rebels rose on the New Britian - KwaXhosa border. They captured a small town and fortified it. The RAF were the first to respond with 3 bombing campaigns targeting the towns fortifications and sources of food, with Prime Minister York caring little for the Xhosians in the town.
This was then followed by the royal armoured corps, equipped with the new Andrews Tank, a tank based off the model of a recovered M1 Abrams tank. The new Andrews tank was equipped with thicker armour. The RAC was easily able to smash through the rebel barricades, followed by British Infantry which mopped up any remaining resistance.
The ease with which this rebellion was crushed was used as propaganda by the Imperialist government, and led to a rise in nationalism amongst the population. This in turn led to many people volunteering for the armed forces, mainly the army.
Across the border KwaXhosa noticed this intense military buildup from NB. This was only amplified when the Rebels were crushed. So in 2012 they, in secret, made plans to boost their own army, hoping the British didn't notice until it was too late to stop them.
Meanwhile in 2012 the British economy was booming. A new demand for armoured units led to big investment into the auto-mobile industry, while this led to new tanks and armoured cars, it also led to increased car production and higher quality cars being produced, these in turn were boosting industries around them as employment rates soared. Britain also started to sell their cars abroad, mainly to countries like Canada and the AZN. This helped NB's reputation on the international stage, and helped foster new trade deals which helped the now booming economy.
In June of 2012 the Imperialist party managed to pass a controversial legislature introducing conscription, stating that all males and females must serve 5 years in the military. In some parts of the country this was met with applause, and in other parts it was a sign that the Imperialist party was slowly taking their rights. In fact a mass protest was held in Port Alfred against conscription however these protesters were scared off when the military was called into action.
Tensions began to rise between New Britain and KwaXhosa as New Britain noticed minor but consistence upgrades on the military presence on the border. It was also at this point, with the economy booming and nationalism rising, that New Britain would start construction of a new Air Craft carrier as part of a bid to gain Naval supremacy around South Africa, this however led to many people speculating how New Britain could even afford such a ship, and why New Britain needed an aircraft carrier in the first place.
Eventually it was revealed how the government intended to pay for this new aircraft carrier. KwaXhosa had been building up on the border and eventually New Britain noticed that KwaXhosa had broken the peace treaty. Secretly New Britain was hoping for a war so that they could impose harsh reparations and seize valuable assets in order to pay for the new aircraft carrier which was still lacking a name.
So at the start of 2013 New Britain gave a demand to KwaXhosa, completely demobilize their armed forces and pay reparations as compensation for breaking the treaty, these demands were refused and so the 2nd Anglo-Xhosa war began. Xhosa had expected such a move from NB if it ever discovered about the military build up and so had come up with plan Z. Plan Z consisted of a series of trenches and forts blocking the direct path to the capital, this line would be protected by heavy AA and was the first and last line of defense. The Xhosa military had been deployed on the border, this small force was to fight a delaying action while the defensive line, dubbed the Freedom Line, could be manned and it's defenders dig in.
The British meanwhile employed Operation False Dawn. It was start with a heavy artillery and air bombardment on the border followed by a blitzkrieg by the RAC. This would breakthrough any defenses so the Infantry could clean up any defenders. In the North the plan was a major success, with the garrison forces being held until an attack through the middle of the border broke through and encircled the northern defenders, who were wiped out within the day. Meanwhile in the south the defenders held on for 2 days before retreating to avoid becoming encircled themselves.
Xhosa had been nowhere near finished with it's military buildup and the failure of the border forced to buy time left the Freedom Line unprepared. With the government losing faith in the line they called on the League of Nations to provide help. They received no answer from the LoN, most likely due to Xhosa breaching the treaty in the first place. This was a death blow for Xhosa as in February 2013 British forces reached the Freedom Line, the AA kept the RAF from providing air cover and so the attack was halted, with an artillery and tank bombardment starting.
This was merely a distraction however so that a SAS team could sneak behind enemy lines and disable the AA, in the middle of the night Sgt Johnson led SAS team 6 into the AA pits, and one by one silently took down the crew and laid explosives, triggering them and slipping back into friendly lines. Not only did this deprive the Freedom Line of their vital AA it also left them in chaos as they tried to salvage what they could. The next mourning bombing raids decimated the center of the line, allowing the RAC and supporting infantry to achieve an easy breakthrough, brutal trench fighting would continue throughout the rest of the day until the defenders pulled back.
This offensive had been masterminded by the young, up and coming general Ryan Andrews, the 20 year old had excelled in all his classes and was proving himself a capable officer, in fact this quick victory led him to be promoted as High General of the British Army, a role York invented just for Andrews.
Andrews wanted a decisive victory, and so moved to cut the fleeing defenders in half, therefore denying the capital of Bisho defenders. The RAC moved into the Center of the retreating forces and suddenly attacked left, forcing most of the army away from Bisho , and eventually led to them being encircled by the Army. Only 1000 men arrived at Bisho, reporting the disastrous defeat at the battle of the Freedom Line, and how they were all the was left.
It was at this point, with the British army quickly approaching, that the government sued for peace, unconditionally surrendering to New Britain. Back at home this was reported as a major victory and people all over the country celebrated, with nationalism rising through the roof. Meanwhile Andrews entered Bisho as a war hero and a conqueror, only 300 British lives had been lost compared to 5000 Xhosians.
While Insurgencies immortality began to rise up, they had far less support than before, as people were scared by the dominant showing from the British army, and it's new apparent ruthlessness. One leader realized this, going by the name of Amahle, she concocted a plan to win the support of the people. In one big act of defiance her group, the KwaXhosa freedom brigade, ambushed the victory parade being held in Bisho. The KFB had set themselves up in buildings on the parade route, with machine gun and sniper nests, even a few anti tank rifles. They caused chaos as people in the streets scattered and the tank in front of the column blew up, halting the parade. Many men dropped as they scattered for cover and tanks opened fire on the buildings housing the KFB agents.
Eventually after an hour of street fighting the British forces were forced out of the city, the KFB and Amahle saw this as a major success, until one of her scouts reported armoured columns heading towards the city, and air raid sirens went off as the first bombs feel from British planes. Amahle took it upon herself to defend the city, urging people to take up arms and join her forces as they set up for a guerrilla campaign in the city.
The first Tanks rolled in at 7:15 AM the following mourning, the previous night a heavy bombing raid had left many buildings in rubble, and by 8 AM the fighting had started, KFB soldiers opened fire from buildings, moving from rooftop to rooftop with machine guns and anti-tank rifles. However Amahle found that the people hadn't answered her call, and instead tried to find shelter where they could, she knew she couldn't defend the city in open conflict without their support and so pulled back to the government building, which had long been evacuated.
The KFB set up fortifications around the building, as all escape from the city had been blocked. Amahle realized that they couldn't beat the Army that was now approaching, and they couldn't hold out for long. So she ordered some of her men to try and find an escape route, of course there was no such thing but she hoped that it would allow her followers to die with hope of escape, and maybe allow those men she sent to hide and escape, to spread her message.
At around 12 AM, as back home British citizens were sitting down for their lunch, and turning on the news for the first time of the day, they saw scenes of the RAC and the Royal Infantry surrounding the Bisho Building. The rebels refused to surrender and fighting began, 15 British Infantry were gunned down as they attempted to storm one side of the forts as the last grenades and grenade rifles were used to try and stop the tanks, to no avail, after only 3 hours the Rebels were crushed, they fought to the last soldier in what would come to be known as the Last Stand of KwaXhosa.
Following this heavy defeat, the KFB would fight for another month, with small cells operating from the wilds of South Africa, however Ryan Andrews would eventually crush all of these cells, as they lacked anti-armour munitions or support.
Aftermath of the 2nd British-Xhosa war
With the KFB crushed, and the dominance of the British army over their new territory asserted, the Imperialist government set to work on a peace treaty. Prime Minister Charles York met with President John Steenhuisen, who was elected 3 years ago.
It was here that York laid out the terms of the treaty of Bisho. KwaXhosa would disband all military forces, KwaXhose would be completely annexed by New Britain. All assets would be given to New Britain and New Britain gains access to all resources. Any attempt at a uprising would result in a military occupation of the country.
Xhosian citizens will be given the same rights as British citizens and would have to abide by the same laws. Finally the Xhosian peoples party, led by John Steenhuisen, would be allowed to continue as an opposition party in New British politics, however they will be merged with all other political parties into the Kwa party.
International outrage was limited, KwaXhosa had broken the peace treaty and unlawfully built up their army, while countries like the ANZ didn't like that New Britain had annexed KwaXhosa, the general consensus was that New Britain was justified in this action and had even allowed the political parties to continue. Plus these nations had other things to worry about that a small war in South Africa.