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The Republic of Malta is an Island Country located in the Mediterrean based on an arcapeligo of three islands, to the south of Italy and north of Libya.
Prelude to the Great Nuclear War
Prior to the Great Nuclear War, Malta had good relations with the UK. Indeed, in 1956 it had held a referendum on joining the UK directly and voted in favour, though the plans were never carried out. However, by 1962 there were talks of Independence
Great Nuclear War
The Great Nuclear War did not affect Malta directly. Indeed, the closest strikes were over a thousand kilometers away, and the Islands were surrounded by the sea, preventing any radiation possibly reaching the islands. However, the Islands were to be greatly affected. Immediately contact was lost with the home country of the UK, and only sketchy contact was maintained between a new government in Sicily, Libya and Gibraltar, but also contact was maintain with France, Spain and with the northern african countries. Immediately the task of feeding the local populace was needed, and the government quickly seized control of many of the fishing boats and began farming techniques, leading to relative peace for the next few years.
Arrival of the British Troops
See also: Battle of Gibraltar
However, the relative stability was not to last. In 1968 the Nationalist Francoist Spain invaded the previously British Crown Colony of Gibraltar. Whilst the local forces put up a great resistance, many of their forces where on expeditions attempting to find out what had happened, and Gibraltar had too lost contact with the UK. With that, the remaining British Troops and thousands of Gibraltans evacuated The Rock and, fearing persecution, fled to Malta. Here they were mainly welcomed, and whilst there was a strain on resources, the new troops helped work in food, and trade links were set up with Sicily.
By 1970, it had become apparent from the Gibraltans and other reports that no help would be coming from Great Britain, and on the 28th May Maltese and Military Leaders met in Valetta to discuss the future of the nation. It was decided that Malta would have to declare its independence, and start afresh. As such, on the 21st September 1970 the new Constitution of Malta was signed in Valetta, establishing the Republic of Malta.
Second British Wave
See also: Turkish Invasion of Cyprus
Yet another shock came in 1972, when it became apparent that Turkish Forces had invaded and annexed the nation of Cyprus. Both Greek and Cypriot troops attempted to fight the invading forces, but were unsuccesful, despite a few attempts by British Troops in Akrotiri and Dhekelia. By the end of the year, Turkish forces had occupied the island and established a new province, and issued an ultimatum to the British Troops: Leave the Island or be removed. Seeing no external support and certain defeat if they stayed, some 12,000 troops and Greek Cypriots evacuated the Island with as many supplies and military equipment as they could manage, and came to Malta. Whilst the second migration of Britons came as a shock, they were allowed in and housed quickly, adding to the swelling British culture within the Island.
By this time the nation began to become much more stable, and could support the burgeoning population.
Invasion by the Neapolitans
After 3 years of the arrival of the British troops in Cyprus a commercial ship of the Holy United Crown armed with guns and paramilitary troops, camaflagued as a merchant ship, attacked the port of La Valletta. Malta had a presence of 12,000 British and Greece troops from Cyprus, 5000 British troops from Gibraltar, 100 Sicilians troops, 10,000 British troops stantionated at Gozo and 1,000 member of the Armed Forces of Malta. The Sicilians, recognizing the flag of the commerical ship, started discussions with the Neapolitans, and a firefight started soon begun, 15 Neapolitans was killed and 5 Sicilian troops was killied, also 1 Greek troops was killed and 5 British troops was injued.
With the help of the Sicily, Sardinia, Spain, France and with other nation the Maltese Republic has grown due of his important location and with the commerical affairs, also the Sicilian have help Malta at create the Maltese Armed Forces, with Italian, British, Greek, Libyan equipment and even WW2 equipment. Also with the indipence and the high presence of Sicilian the Italian become again a official language, with the Maltese. The English will be used only in the diplomacy and in the international affairs.
Also the Sicilian have open a military base in Malta for help there at defend himself and for the creation of a stable armed forces.
By the '80s Malta has become a renomate location for tourism and trades, with his position and his good price on hotels and homes for summer, most of the tourist came from Sicily, France, Spain, United Kingdom, Italy, Greece and from Israel.
Malta by now is yes a little and tiny nations, but is a important crossroad in the Mediterrean and in the travel between Sicily and Africa.