Newolland is a country in the east of the Isle of Great Britain. It replaced the former Kingdom of East Britain in 2011.
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 true 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.
On the 1st of January, the Condominium of West Norfolk became part of Newolland.
On the 6th of January, King William abdicates in favour of his daughter Linda who was crowned Queen Linda on the 28th of January in Boune Abbey.
On the 20th of February, the area of Eastern Northamptonshire was brought into Newolland.
It is planned that the Cambridgeshire districts of Fenland, the North of Huntingdonshire and the district surrounding the Nuked city of Peterborough will be brought into Newolland after election in May 2012.
The County of Rutland was brought into Newolland on the 22nd October 2012.
It is hoped that the east of Leicestershire will become part of Newolland in mid 2013.
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 the 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.
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 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 to provide them with more up to date fire arms 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.
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 any area is taken by military force it is placed into a 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.
Eastern Leicestershire became an INGAZ in early February 2013.
Elections are due to be held in July 2013.
Lincolnshire Assimilation Project - Pre 2010
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 coal fields. 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 2011 and was completed by the 4th October 2011.
- 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 Clemant, Saltfleetby All Saints, Newark-upon-Trent and Spilsby joined Newolland on the 4th October 2011.
On the 1st December all Cleveish troops were withdrawn from the area covered by the Lincolnshire assimilation project hand all military control in the area back to Newolland troops.
Democratic Republic of Lindsey
Democratic Republic of Lindsey is located in central Lincolnshire, the government has agreed to hold referendum on becoming part of Newolland on the 26th August 2011, diplomats believe that they will vote No however it is possible that the town of Newark-Upon-Trent may vote Yes as the locals are unhappy with their current situation.
28th August, 2011
The results of the referendum on joining the nation of Newolland, in the DRL have been jointly announced by the government of the DRL and the Cleveish and Northumbrian invigalators, they are 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 has announced that as the people of Newark-upon-Trent have voted to become part of the nation of Newolland in a free and fair election, they will leave the DRL when Newolland allows their inclusion into their nation.
The Government of Newolland has in return announced that the town of Newark-upon-Trent will join on the 4th October 2011.
With the votes in the DRL the governments of both the DRL and Newolland have begun talks on consolodating their boundries.
There are rumours in Bourne that some members of the Newolland government, as well as members of the expansionist Imperial Party have been secretly discussing plans for the invasion of the DRL with the heads of the Newolland Army and possibly other OBN nations.
These rumours have been quickly denied by all members of the Newolland government as well as members of the OBN and leaders of nearby nations.
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 shelter during and after DD. - Reopened 8th January 2012. Full producution reached in late October 2012
- Manton Colliery, was used as shelter during and after DD. - Reopened 23rd February 2012. Full production reached in mid January 2012
- Steetley Colliery, had closed in March 1983, used as 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 ceramonial connection of the LCR took place on the 25th 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.
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 Gratham via Sleaford was renovated by the 5th of April 2012. It will be extended to Melton Mowbray by late October 2012.
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 gamekeepers 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 scarlett cap 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 lead 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 only 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 a blue versions of the 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 Penisula.
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 for 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)