Newolland is a country in the east of the Isle of Great Britain. It was established in 2011 to replace the Kingdom of East Britain when the people wished to have their own national identity apart from being a British successor state.
It is comprised of what used to be, prior to Doomsday, the ceremonial counties of Lincolnshire, West Norfolk, North Cambridgeshire, Northern Nottinghamshire, East Northamptonshire, Rutland and Leicestershire (the newest addition, fully incorporated in 2019).
For up to 2011, see East Britain's history
East Britain was reorganized into Newolland on the 18th May 2011, as a final reform that turned East Britain from a provisional successor state into a truly independent nation. The name is derived from the fact that the area where Bourne, the Newollander capital, resides was called New South Holland pre-Doomsday. Due to corruption of the English language, and claims further north, the state was named Newolland.
On the same day, a new Newolland flag was launched jointly by King William and the head of Newolland government. The blue quarters of the flag represent the sea and waterways of Newolland, the green quarters of the flag represent the fertile farmland of Newolland and the yellow cross represents the golden crops of Newolland.
After the True British Army was defeated by the combined forces of the OBN at the Battle of Rutland Water, the Rutland area and parts of former Leicestershire that used to be under TBA control were subsequently occupied by Newolland forces and placed into an NMAZ (Newolland Military Administration Zone). A small number of soldiers were sent to police east Leicestershire as well, something which would later be seriously misinterpreted by more than a few.
Lincolnshire Assimilation Project
Following the success of the Great Anglia War, East Britain (and later Newolland) began setting about taking control of the Lincolnshire coast, however, this project was put on hold so that the more significant challenge of reaching the south Nottinghamshire coalfields. These which, as an untapped resource, are slowly being opened up to investment and settlement.
Although the south coal fields were reached and trade agreements signed between Newolland and the miners, and new trade routes set up, the area was never fully pacified and never joined Newolland as a part of the nation. (The north of Nottinghamshire and it's northern coalfields became part of Newolland on the 29th September 2011.)
After an agreement with other OBN nation, a new assimilation project was launched in mid -011 and was completed by the 4th October 2011. As a result, the towns of Grantham, Boston, Sleaford and Melton Mowbray joined Newolland on the 18th August 2011. The towns of Scunthorpe, Grimsby, Gainsborough, Worksop, Retford and Cleethorpes joined Newolland on the 29th September 2011. The towns of Skegness, Mablethorpe, Chapel St Leonards, Saltfleetby St Clement, Saltfleetby All Saints, Newark-upon-Trent and Spilsby joined Newolland on the 4th October 2011.
Democratic Republic of Lindsey referendum
The government of the Democratic Republic of Lindsey, located in central Lincolnshire, agreed to hold a referendum on becoming part of Newolland on the 26th August 2011, diplomats believed that they would vote No; however, the possibility of the town of Newark-Upon-Trent voting Yes was high, as the locals were unhappy with their situation.
The results of the referendum on joining the nation of Newolland, in the DRL were jointly announced by the government of the DRL and the Cleveish and Northumbrian invigilators, and they were as follows:
- Lincoln - NO - 73%
- Market Rasen - NO - 81%
- Louth - NO - 66%
- Horncastle - NO - 69%
- Newark-upon-Trent - YES - 61%
The Government of the DRL announced that as the people of Newark-upon-Trent had voted to become part of the nation of Newolland in a free and fair election, they would leave the DRL once Newolland allowed their inclusion into their nation. The Government of Newolland in return announced that the town of Newark-upon-Trent would join the kingdom on the 4th October 2011.
With the votes in the DRL the governments of both the DRL and Newolland have begun talks on consoloidting their boundrares.
On the 1st of January, the Condominium of West Norfolk became part of Newolland.
Abdication of William I. Coronation of Queen Linda.
On the 6th of January, King William abdicated in favour of his daughter Linda, who would be crowned Queen Linda on the 28th of January in Bourne Abbey.
On the 20th of February, the area of Eastern Northamptonshire was brought into Newolland.
After the elections in May 2012, the Cambridgeshire districts of Fenland, the North of Huntingdonshire and the district surrounding the nuked city of Peterborough will be brought into Newolland.
Rutland was fully incorporated into Newolland on the 22nd October 2012, and East Leicestershire would become an INGAZ in February of the following year. The radical separatist militia group known as the Sons of De Montfort would surge somewhere in Charnwood around this time.
On the 10th of February 2018, an armed socialist and separatist militia known as the Sons of De Montfort succeeded in gaining the creation of a nation-state separate from Newolland by forcefully taking over East Leicestershire and Rutland, resisting the small number of Royal Guardsmen stationed there and establishing a socialist republic paying homage to the former English ceremonial county of Leicestershire, known as the Republic of Leicester.
Three factors can explain the short-term success of this unusual left-wing nationalist coup: the chaos and general instability in the Leicestershire region after the victory against the TBA; an underestimation by the central government of Newolland of the gravity of the situation in former Leicestershire (there were very few soldiers stationed there and they were unprepared against a sudden violent uprising, explaining the "ease" for the Sons of De Montfort to gain the territory they took by surprise) as well as a misunderstanding of Newolland's intentions by some gullible people that would spread like wildfire with all the fake news and rumours that would come with it as a result of mind-shortcuts interpretations to confirm their panic. Some radical political leaders only put oil on the fire of that minority with rhetoric and aggressive oratory, and thus they'd form the violent vocal minority of the Sons of De Montfort, ready to explode against troops who were there to be benevolent, not to fight.
The armed group selected Peter Soulsby, a former Leicesterian Labour Party councillor, Leicestershire regionalist and a strong critic of Newolland, to be the new country's Premier, and selected Sean Sheahan as their President (a purely ceremonial head of state). Both of these men, who had more political knowledge and experience than these armed rebels, would take charge of the newly created republican government seated in Loughborough, and created the different political parties that would occupy Loughborough's old Town Hall.
After this declaration of independence, Newolland troops retreated the farthest from Leicestershire with an evident lack of prepared back-up.
After some time attempting to desperately contact the Organisation of British Nations, Chancellor Nick Boles finally achieved contact with the OBN in October and proposed a reorganisation of troops and the formation of a united coalition to march into Loughborough (the proclaimed temporary capital of the Republic of Leicester) and put down the republic.
The OBN coalition reached the Loughborough Town Hall on the 5th of October and swiftly brought down the separatist government. The Sons of De Montfort, realizing their defeat and not wanting to cause more death and violence, surrendered to the OBN under the condition that Together for Leicester be allowed in as a political party in the Peoples Assembly of the government of Newolland; which Newolland accepted. And so, the Republic of Leicester's flags were lowered and were replaced with Newolland's.
This was, in reality, a triumph for the Expansionist Party of Newolland, as the situation with the Republic of Leicester and its eventual surrender led to Newolland fully incorporating what was left of Leicestershire (before, only east Leicestershire formed part of the country, now they control the entire county).
Upon Newolland's conquest of the Republic of Leicester, Loughborough replaced Spalding as the largest settlement in the country.
In January 2020, it was announced that the People's Assembly had unanimously voted in favour of the reconstruction of Leicester, now that it is finally habitable again. This project was initially proposed by Together for Leicester the previous year, and adopted by both the Expansionist Party and the Municipal Party after the collapse of the Leicestershire Republic. Work on the city's reconstruction was scheduled to begin in Autumn 2020, but plans were put on hold after Edward Poll was crowned Emperor and the Windsors declared war on the OBN states, among them Newolland.
The three tiers of government in Newolland.
The lower tier is the Peoples Assembly or Lower House. The Assembly is made up politicians elected from constituencies. There are 100 Members of Assembly (MA) and they are elected in a general election held every five years. (The next election is due in 2013)
The Assembly suggests laws and acts which are put to a vote then passed to the higher tier. The leader of the Assembly is the Chancellor who is elected by the people and their party holds a majority in the Assembly.
The Chancellor leads a major political party, generally commands a majority in the Assembly, and is the leader of the Council. As such, the incumbent wields both legislative and executive powers.
The higher tier is the National Council or Upper House. The Council is made up of a clique of politicians selected by the Assembly. There are 20 Councillors. Most have some kind of military decoration and most come from Bourne. They serve for life. They can block laws from the Assembly and amend laws from the Assembly before passing them onto the third tier. Their leader is the Chancellor
The upper tier is the monarch who can block any and all laws at any stage of development they can also amend laws though this requires a majority vote from both the Council and the Assembly. The monarch can also create laws and these go down to the Assembly for approval.
On the 20th January 2012, the Chancellor announces that the next general election will take place on the 25th May 2013.
There are five major parties in Newolland. They are:
The Expansionist Party
The Expansionists favour expanding into the countryside, building settlements and encouraging small-scale sustainable farming. Led by Chancellor Nick Boles.
- They currently have 35 seats on the Peoples Assembly
- They currently have six seats on the National Council.
The Industrialist Party
The Industrialist favour concentrating on industry and only expanding if it is really necessary.
- They currently have 25 seats on the Peoples Assembly.
- They currently have six seats on the National Council.
The Municipal Party
The Municipal Party favours concentrating on building cities and encouraging population growth before any expansion is even considered.
- They currently have 15 seats on the Peoples Assembly.
- They currently have three seats on the National Council.
The Agricultural Party
The Agricultural Party favours expansion into the countryside and the maintenance of large collective farms.
- They currently have 15 seats on the Peoples Assembly
- They currently have three seats on the National Council.
The British Party
The British Party is in favour of the preservation of the British national identity and co-operation between the British survivor states. They mainly wish to see the OBN to have more powers over existing former British Nations.
- They currently have ten seats on the Peoples Assembly.
- They currently have two seats on the National Council.
There are several minor parties, the main ones are:
The Immigration Party
The Immigration Party encourages immigration to Newolland to increase the population and make them an economic powerhouse.
- They currently have five seats on the Peoples Assembly.
The Imperial Party
The Imperial Party encourages Newolland to expand its territory by however deemed necessary, whether by diplomatic or by military force. The Imperial Party was wiped out at the last election and no seats in either house.
Together For Leicester
Together For Leicester was accepted as a political party by the Newolland Government as part of the conditions of surrender of the Sons of De Montfort when the OBN led a coalition force to put an end to the communist microstate known as the Republic of Leicester. It seeks autonomy, better standards of living and more representation for Leicestershire within Newolland. It currently has 0 seats.
Monarchy in Newolland
Law and Order
Life is a very precious thing in the sparsely populated Fens. For this reason, and because of the former UK's humanitarian past, there is no death penalty. There are too few people as it is so the preservation of what populace they have is paramount and a big political issue.
There is an independent judiciary and trial by jury. For many smaller level crimes, such as robbery, public order offences and assault, trials are held in local Parish courts, with one in virtually every village. The highest level of Judiciary is the National Court.
The National Court is composed of the finest legal minds in Newolland. There is, however, corporal punishment which originally consisted of flogging (which was phased out in favour of community service or the stocks in 2009).
The stocks are based on the design of the stocks used in Cleveland and Lancaster.
Newolland has very good relations with Woodbridge from whom it relies on to provide them with more up to date firearms than aged shotguns and their crude melee weapons. They had a reasonable relationship with Ur Alba due to arms agreements and trade plans until their defeat in the Ur Alba war. They show little interest in the Celtic Alliance or New Britain, seeing the closer countries of Cleveland, Northumbria, Essex and Woodbridge as more viable allies.
Territorial Expansion Process
Great Anglia War
During the 2010 Invasion of the Isle of Eels, East Britain (later Newolland) secured territory in Cambridgeshire as far south as Ely and then later Invasion of Norfolk secured territory with the help of the nation of Woodbridge. The ultimate product of the Norfolk war for Newolland was the creation of the Condominium of Norfolk.
Newolland Military Administration Zone (NMAZ)
After an area is taken by military force it is placed into an NMAZ, the area is policed by the military and the area is placed under a military-based provisional government.
Once an area has been dreamed to be 'safe' it is transitioned to and INGAZ and all military are removed.
After the NMAZ - the INGAZ
Once an area has been removed from NMAZ it is placed into an Interim Newolland Governmental Administration Zone (INGAZ).
Any military in the area will slowly be withdrawn from the newly created INGAZ and replaced with non-military governmental administrators and other personnel. Once the area is under the full control of the new local governmental organisation it will be brought into the nation of Newolland.
Leicestershire was the latest territory to become an INGAZ in November 2019. It has undergone this process once before, in February 2013, but this was brought to a halt when the Republic of Leicester was proclaimed in February 2018. After OBN forces went to Loughborough and swiftly put an end to this unrecognized socialist government in October 2019, it underwent the same process. It is now fully integrated into Newolland.
Future of Newolland
The Government of Newolland has announced its plans for nearby land currently unclaimed by any nation.
The 2011 Lincolnshire Assimilation Project progressed very well, with various areas voting to become part of Newolland by the end of 2011. The only 'fly in the ointment' being the Democratic Republic of Lindsey which, voted in the main (minus Newark-Upon-Trent), not to become part of Newolland.
With the destruction of the TBA bases at Rutland and Corby, Newolland expanded the existing NMAZ in Eastern Cambridgeshire to include the former TBA areas as well as areas in Northern Cambridgeshire and Northeastern Northamptonshire.
The government of Newolland has announced that when the towns of Worksop and Retford joined Newolland in September that three collieries near the town of Worksop will be re-opened as soon as possible these are:
- Shireoaks Colliery, was used as a shelter during and after DD. - Reopened 8th January 2012. Full producution reached in late October 2012
- Manton Colliery, was used as a shelter during and after DD. - Reopened 23rd February 2012. Full production reached in mid J-nuary 2012
- Steetley Colliery, had closed in March 1983, used as a fallout shelter during and after DD.- Reopened 21st March 2012.
Due to the time since they were last worked colliery engineers were sent from Cleveland to assist in their reopening, some small production began in early March 2012 and full production at all mines will begin in mid-March 2013.
A branch line from the LCR has been built to assist the transport of the coal across Newolland.
Lincolnshire Coastal Railway (LCR)
The Lincolnshire Coastal Railway company was established in Cleveland in early 2011, with the Lincolnshire Assimilation Project the Clevelander Army began renovating lines along the coastal edge of Lincolnshire from the Humber Bridge in the north to Boston in the south.
The ceremonial connection of the LCR took place on the 25th of August, in a field near the village of Hogsthorpe.
On that day a train left Middlesbrough carrying Queen Zara and a train left Boston carrying King William. They met at the joining point where a temporary crossing point had been built, the trains stopped, the Monarchs traded gifts with their opposite number and then each monarch returned to their trains and continued onto their opposite nation to carry out a short tour.
Expected branch lines
The railway branchline between Habrough (on the main LCR) and Scunthorpe was fully renovated by late August 2011.
This branchline was extended to Gainsborough by the 19th September 2011, to Retford by the 6th of October, and to Worksop by the 29th October. This will also have side branches linking to the three newly reopened coal mines in the area, those being Shireoaks (opened 22nd November 2011), Manton (opened 13th December 2011), and Steetley (opened 28th December 2011).
The railway line between Boston and Grantham via Sleaford was renovated by the 5th of April 2012. It will be extended to Melton Mowbray by late October 2012.
Reconstruction of Leicester
It is possible that with pressure from both the Expansionist Party and from the new additions to the Peoples Assembly after the end of the 2018 separatist insurrection, they will proceed to start rebuilding the city of Leicester sometime in the not too distant future now that, according to previous estimations by Celtic Alliance scientists, the destroyed city will be almost completely habitable again.
The Republic of Leicester's main objective was to rebuild Leicester basing themselves mainly on this prediction that it would be habitable and possible by 2020, however the project this separatist government had in mind was to rebuild the city as a bizarre communist utopia. It is likely that Newolland's government will not follow this idea, and will try to rebuild Leicester basing themselves on its historic appearance (at least as much as possible).
The Army has been extremely weak in Newolland since its foundation under its previous incarnation of East Britain. With no ready access to weapons in the former UK, except for ones in farmers, gamekeepers and in other private hands, the military had to diversify.
Since 2010 there have agreements with the OBN nations of Cleveland and Woodbridge for officers from the Newolland military to train at their bases, the Newolland government have also placed orders for firearms (mainly handguns and high powered rifles) from Woodbridge, Cleveland, Celtic Alliance, Nordic Union and Essex.
The training for the Royal Guardsmen has been increased with help from the Royal Cleveland Territorial Army (RCTA) and in return the Royal Guardsmen have trained the RCTA in their style of hand-to-hand and melee combat.
It is hoped that the Newolland Army will be fully armed with updated weapons and competently trained by late 2011.
The First Regiment of the Newolland Army formed were the Royal Guardsmen, founded in East Britain in 1992 they are a regiment originally founded by a group of 250 former military and territorial army units that had survived DD as well as many farmers and gamekeepers. Due to the fact that many of their founding members were gamekeeper,s they have the nickname The Poachers in the Newolland Army.
They are based in Bourne, the capital of East Britain (and later the nations most recent incarnation of Newolland). They had been armed with recovered weapons from members of the public, but as of 2011, they are now armed with more modern rifles.
Despite having a standard uniform which is a simplistic green cap and tunic with black boots and trousers, there are currently no standard equipment. The Guardsman's uniform, backpacks and the two standard combat blades are provided by the Newolland government.
Formally they had been given no firearms due to that fact that there were so few to go around, but from early 2011 any Guardsmen going into battle or on patrol in the NMAZ was supplied with a standard .308 rifle (based on the Winchester rifle) with 250 rounds of ammunition and a 9mm handgun with a further 150 rounds of ammunition.
As of 2011 the Royal Guardsmen regiment consists of 450 troops. Of this number 150 are permanently tasked with guarding the Royal household and Governmental headquarters.
By 2015 the Regiment will have 500 troops.
Royal Lincolnshire Engineers
Formed in 1996, it takes the name from a former regiment based in Lincolnshire between 1685 and 1960. The Regiment was formed from men trained by the original Royal Guardsmen. They have the nickname in the Newolland Army of the Steelbacks due to the Regiment being engineers.
Their uniform and equipment is the same as for the Royal Guardsmen. However, the green cap and tunic of the Guardsmen is replaced with a scarlettcap and tunic. Any troops going into battle or on patrol in the NMAZ was supplied with a standard .308 rifle (based on the Winchester rifle) with 250 rounds of ammunition and a 9mm handgun with a further 150 rounds of ammunition.
The Regiment currently consists of 300 troops, there are 20 specialist troops from the Royal Lincolnshire Engineers who have been trained in Cleveland and the Celtic Alliance to become snipers and are armed with .388 L115A1 long range rifle.
By 2020 the Regiment will number 500 troops.
There are plans for further regiments with specialisms in other fields, an Armoured Regiment has been planned for many years, however it is only now that Newolland has the trade links with the Celtic Alliance, that Armoured vehicles can be purchased. The leader of the Army has said that he would like an armoured regiment by 2020.
Further the Governments of Cleveland and Woodbridge have assisted with the training of Army based medics and doctors with the hope of creating a medic division for the existing Regiments.
There are also plans for a Special Forces division of one hundred men, taking the trained snipers from the Royal Lincolnshire Engineers.
A major recruitment drive in Nottinghamshire and Cambridgeshire will start in 2012 for a new regiment named the Royal Fenlanders Regiment.
Regiments from the combined Nottinghamshire/Leicestershire are being planned for 2015.
Men of all existing Regiments are also armed with their own improvised melee weapons such as spears, axes, maces, staffs and occasionally short swords. Spring-guns are now the most common projectile weapon, although they are in the process of being replaced with more modern rifles, as well as shotguns and rifles.
While newer firearms had been used throughout the higher up ranks of the officers and any troops in battle or on patrol for many years, but the most common found projectile weapon for general soldiers until recently was the spring-gun. Though an improvised weapon they were easy to make and tend to be similar in design. These were phased out and replaced by modern rifles and handguns in 2011.
The true forte of the Army in particular the Royal Guardsmen is melee combat. Equipped with two standardized combat blades each which can double up as throwing knives, the Royal Guardsmen excel in hand-to-hand combat as proved in the Spaldingas War.
Their specialty in melee battle tactics have lto ead to Newolland officers training Clevelander, Northumbrian and Essex troops in hand to hand tactics in return for more modern weapons.
Fortunately for Newolland, and since it's foundation at East Britain, most people in the area see the sense in submitting to law and order so the Army have osy been used in large scale battles three times. Due to numbers and greater resources when faced with warlords they have been able to subdue their opponents. Weaponry and armour are now flowing in from Woodbridge and Essex which points to a new age for the Newolland Army.
The Coastguard is especially weak. Having acquired a coastal border only very recently, the Royal Coastguard consists of a few former trawlers armed with ballistas and occasionally swivel mounted guns. They are crewed by men who were transferred from the Royal Regiment of Lincolnshire they wear blue versions of the Royal Guardsmen uniforms.
Due to the additional equipment from Woodbridge and Essex, these ships are becoming more heavily armed and three new Island Class Royal Patrol Boats are being constructed with help from shipbuilders from Whitby in Cleveland, these will be small based on a revised Cleveish design used in the Lincolnshire Assimilation Project.
The first patrol boat was delivered in January 2012, the RPB King William was officially brought into service on the 16th January 2012.
The second patrol boat was delivered in March 2012, the RPB Queen Linda was officially brought into service on the 29th March 2012.
The third patrol boat was delivered in mid May 2012, the RPB Crown Prince Robert was brought into service on the 4th June 2012.
Newolland involved Wars and Main Battles
- 1998-99 - Spauldinas War
- Battle of Welland
- Battle of Tulip Flower
- 2010 - Invasion of the Isle of Eels
- Battle for Ely
- Battle for Soham
- 2010 - Invasion of West Norfolk
- Battle for Kings Lynn
- 2011 - The Great Rutland War
- Battle for Oakham
- Battle of the Hambleton Peninsula.
- 2018-19 - Leicestershire crisis
- OBN Takeover of Loughborough.
Economy and Trade
Newolland has very few natural resources like coal or iron ore. It does, however, have access to some of the richest farmland in the country and for this reason it is a farming powerhouse.
It has some of the best quality dairy and beef herds in the British Isles. They are a major purchaser of agricultural equipment from Essex and they purchase a lot of raw material from Cleveland and Lancaster. In recent times, an expansion of Newolland into the north Nottinghamshire coal fields has opened up a possible avenue forthe industry in Newolland.
Newolland has trade links with Woodbridge, Essex, Celtic Alliance, Cleveland, Northumbria, Duchy of Lancaster, Nordic Union, and Southern England
The health of most Newollanders is quite good. The population is low enough for each person to get a good health service. There were small cases of radiation poisoning due to the placement of nuclear detonations in Lincolnshire, but this has reduced in the past few years mainly due to the nukes being mostly tactical nukes (10KT or less) but also with it being 30 years after Doomsday. There are problems during the winter as the industry is pushed to the limits keeping people warm. But overall the national health is very good.
There is no television in Newolland as the expertise didn't exist and it really wasn't necessary. Radio, however, is thriving as the competition with TV was removed. Various channels based on those of the old BBC and others exist. A local broadcasting corporation has been set up. The Newolland Broadcasting Subsidiary.
- NBS Home Service- The largest channel, based on the former BBC Radio 4 frequency (92.5 - 96.1 FM or 198 LW) Provides news, comedy, plays and book readings.
- NBS Music Service- A channel providing music from a diverse variety of genres, Based on the former BBC Radio 1 frequency (97.7 - 99.7 FM)
- NBS Historic Service- A channel specifically for the broadcast of programs from before Doomsday. Based on the former BBC Radio 2 frequency (88.1 - 90.2 FM)