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Republic of Sawbrania
Republik ꜵv Ssavbrʎnie (Sawbranian)
Location of Sawbrania in Argis
|Recognised regional languages||Stedorian|
|Government||Unitary dominant party presidential republic|
|Council of the Republic|
|Council of the People|
• Unification of Sawbrania
• Re-establishment of the monarchy
• Second republic established
• Dictatorship established
• Communist rule established
|19 September, 1949|
• Fall of communism
Sawbrania (Sawbranian: Ssavbrʎnie), officially the Republic of Sawbrania (Sawbranian: Republik ꜵv Ssavbrʎnie) is a country located in central Argis. It borders Dazhdinia to the west, Walneria to the north and Stedoria to the east.
- 1 History
- 2 Demographics
- 3 Geography
- 4 Climate
- 5 Government and politics
- 6 Infrastructure
- 7 Culture
- 8 Economy
Following the end of the Stedorian-Walnerian War in 1940, the economy of Sawbranian had been decimated owing to the virtual state of total war imposed both on the economy and on Sawbranian society as a whole. Large war debts were left to foreign and private domestic arms suppliers, along with reparation payments that were to be made to Walneria. The state of total war had resulted in large scale nationalisations of industries by the government and significant drops in business subsidies in favour of military spending. Many smaller private business were forced to shut down due to economic hardship, stripping the government of much needed and valuable tax income and revenue. Fearing that raising taxes would drive domestic business closer to bankruptcy and foreign businesses out of the country, government authorities embarked on a wide scale programme of privatisations of state industries. Though these helped to alliveate Sawbrania's debt somewhat, the economy still remained stagnant, and the privatisations were extremely unpopular with the general public.
As living standards within the country deteriorated, public dissent to the regime became more commonplace. As a result of this growing public discontent, state repression intensified; tens of thousands of suspected communists, democratic activists, and other dissidents were imprisoned, sent to labour camps, or executed. Internal purges were conducted almost non-stop by the regime, fearful that government officials would attempt to seize the opportunity of the regime's unpopularity following the war to take power. These continual purges and acts of state repression hindered economic reconstruction efforts by the government, and only helped to damage the living standards further, in spite of the country's debt decreasing. Conspiracies to replace the regime grew by the day, both internally in the government, within the citizenry through grassroots political movements, and opposition political movements, namely the Communist Party of Sawbrania.
The country's military was not spared from the purges; many high ranking officers were punished for their preceived failures during the war with Walneria. The officers replacing them were less sympathetic and loyal to the current regime, with many having socialist and left-wing sympathies. On June 4, 1949, air force and naval personnel under the leadership of Colonel NAME and Lieutenant Commander NAME respectively, in secret albeit hasty collaboration with armed communist militants under the leadership of Gregory Kren, violently stormed and took over the NAME military base in the capital, Levia. LEADER NAME immediately ordered officers from military outposts and installations nearby to mobilise and organise troops to put down the military mutiny and restore order. Many of these officers, seeing this mutiny as a sign of the regime's collapse, instead made their way to the National Council building located within the centre of Levia, convincing mostly peacefully any other military units they encountered to join them in their rebellion. It is unknown if these officers were aware of the plan to storm the NAME military base in Levia beforehand, with heavy debate around it continuing among Sawbranian historians.
LEADER NAME was alerted of the growing military and mutiny by loyal members of government who had spotted rebellious military forces at the National Counil in Levia, and being informed that air force personnel were making their way to the presidential palace where he was located. LEADER NAME, along with members of his bodyguard and presidential guard who were still loyal to him, fled the presidential palace in the outskirts of Levia in order to make their way to the border with Stedoria. LEADER NAME, along with members of his bodyguard, made their way to the border, crossing it illegally and successfully, before presenting themselves to Stedorian border guards, who took them into custody.
After the mutinous air force personnel arrived at the presidential palace, only to realise that it was empty and that LEADER NAME had escaped, it was announced to the public that LEADER NAME had fled the country, and that a military junta would be established until elections could take place. During this time, opposition parties were unbanned and the Sawbranian People's Movement was forcibly dissolved by the junta. During the campaign of the election, which would take place on 19 September 1949, leftists parties formed the National Front of Sawbrania, an alliance of left-wing groups, with its most powerful member party being the Communist Party. The National Front aggressively campaigned with the backing the largely leftist leaders of the junta. The result of the election would result in a decisive victory of the Communist Party of Sawbrania. Historians largely agree that the 1949 Sawbranian parliamentary elections were largely fraudulent thanks to the backing of the National Front by the junta, along with many instances of intimidation and violence against opposing parties and alliances.
War with Stedoria
Years of chaos
Government and politics