Federation of Drevet and Wustesonne

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12, 22.0205, 4.0438
Territory of Drevet
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CapitalReback
Largest cityReback
Official languagesIngerish, Nihonish, Brunich, Vinnish
DemonymDreveti
Population
 • Estimate7,264,296
CurrencyBelphenian Moka Piece (BPS)
12, 18.4119, 3.8846
Independent Republic of Wustesonne
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CapitalSt. John's City
Largest cityPetersburgh
Official languagesIngerish, Nihonish, Brunich, Vinnish
DemonymWustemanner
Population
 • Estimate4,656,600
CurrencyBelphenian Moka Piece (BPS)

The Federation of Drevet and Wustesonne is a partnership of two co-equal and sovereign nations, bound together by isolation and a harsh, dry, desert climate. Originally, these countries were under the Dreveti flag until cultural tensions and colonial battles drove the four southern territories to declare independence under the new nation of Wustesonne.

Several decades following the separation of Drevet and Wustesonne, the two countries, along with Belphenia and Vinnmark negotiated a series of treaties officially resolving hostilities that dominated the region. The Federation Agreement between Drevet and Wustesonne maintains the independence of the two nations, but allows open trade and various forms of cooperation necessary for the success of the region.

History

Pre-Colonization

The region now known as Drevet had been inhabited by small tribes of Brunich people. It is believed that these people migrated from Eastern Tarephia on the ancient Tarephine Road. The Brunich survived the harsh climate by fishing, rain-fed agriculture and growing crops along the Burgyama River. Through their experience with the frequent droughts and unreliable harvests, the indigenous people began reserving portions of their harvests for years where yields were insufficient. This strategy help the Brunich to maintain and slightly grow in population before the arrival of Vinnish and Belphenian explorers.

Vinnish Exploration

Around 1680, explorers from Vinnmark who were tasked with charting the world landed in modern-day Drevet on a routine resupply expedition. The Vinnish sailors where surprised to discover that they were able to communicate relatively easy to the indigenous Brunich people. This discovery lead to a friendship between Vinnmark and the Brunich. With the blessing of the native people, a trading post was established in what is now Duranth. For several decades, the relationship between the Vinnish and the Brunich flourished, causing the population of Drevet to grow and permanent settlements at Petersburgh and New Berles to be established along the coast. In the mid-18th Century, facing domestic problems and a brewing rebellion, Vinnmark was forced to reduce its presence in Drevet just as Belphenians landed on its shores.

Belphenian Arrival

On October 14, 1796, a fleet of five ships departed Shadowsnow City, Belphenia on a mission to find a suitable location to colonize. This mission was a covert one as Belphenia was embroiled in a territorial dispute against pirates in Shadowsnow City. The small flotilla decided to sail west across the Asperic Ocean looking for territory close to Belphenia's borders. During the voyage, severe storms capsized three of the ships and blew the surviving two ships on a path that would take them completely across the Asperic Ocean. The two ships would then cross the straits between Anteraphia and Teraphia into the Hesperic Ocean. After months at sea, the surviving Belphenian sailors landed on the Dreveti coast after fears their ships would not survive much longer. The Belphenians arrived in Drevet severely malnourished and suffering from disease. The Vinnish and Brunich were able to provide medical treatment and food to the sailors. The sailors, grateful of the Dreveti hospitality, were able to return to Belphenia and report their findings. Initially, Belphenians were slow to arrive, but soon their numbers began straining Drevet's fragile food reserves. Fearing famine, the Dreveti began denying Belphenians entry into the country.

Colonial War of 1814

As news reached Remiville that Belphenians were being refused entry into Drevet, the Belphenian government declared war on Drevet on January 4, 1814. When Vinnmark got word of the the invasion of Drevet, they were unable to respond due to a harsh winter that had frozen the Vinn Sea. Without support from Vinnmark, Belphenia successfully blockaded the Dreveti coast while the military and Belphenian settlers forced the native Brunich and Vinnish migrants south during the Gross Verbannung (Great Banishment). Thousands of people were forcibly marched into southern Drevet. The native population surrendered to Belphenia in mid-March 1814, agreeing to become colonial subjects of Belphenia. When Vinnmark was finally able to reach Drevet, it had already been colonized. This sparked a longstanding feud between Belphenia and Vinnmark that would last until the Federation Agreement was signed.

Colonial Rule & Volkman Crisis

Following colonization by Belphenia, Drevet's demographics were changed with the influx of new migrants and Nihonish language and practices. As the Belphenian population grew, the cities of Reback (then known as Oase) and Nonomura swelled. Many newcomers were unprepared for the heat of Drevet's desert climate, as a consequence, sunburns, heat stroke and dehydration were the primary causes of death and hospitalizations for roughly 20 years. However, Belphenia was able to industrialize salt production in Drevet, resulting in the 'White Gold Rush'. Also, fishing and ground nuts became lucrative industries in Drevet. The wealth that the colony was able to convince the Belphenian government to discuss annexing the territory. As rumors of annexation spread through the Brunich and remaining Vinnish people, they rebelled and took controlled of the four southern districts of Drevet to form the semi-autonomous Wustesonne in 1922. Although the Belphenians were furious at the rebellion in Drevet, the leadership decided not to retaliate as most of the colony's wealth was concentrated in the north. Belphenia instead decided to embargo the young Wustesonne's port in Landrytown, crippling the country's trade ambitions. During this period, no wars were officially declared, but Belphenia and Vinnmark engaged and a series of skirmishes and tit-for-tat actions in the Hesperic Ocean.

On February 29, 1940, Dictator Sasuke Volkman took control of Belphenia and ushered in 70 years of isolationist and oppressive rule. All forms of communication and all transportation in and out of Belphenia were cut off and Drevet was suddenly an orphan. News of the Volkman Crisis sent Drevet into a panic, causing riots, bank runs, and complete collapse of the economy and the since of normalcy that the citizens once enjoyed. The Belphenian military that had been enforcing the embargo on Wustesonne were recalled to try restore democracy to their motherland. The chaos in Drevet was further exacerbated by a drought, producing a weak harvest. The district of Shin Belphenia, in northern Drevet, attempted to assume control over the turmoil, however, food shortages became widespread and social order began to fall into disrepair.

The Bread War

As the crisis in Drevet grew more dire, Wustesonne began secretly preparing to retake Drevet. With the Belphenian Navy no longer blocking the ports, Wustemanner were able to send word to Vinnmark about the ongoing disaster. By 1943, years of poor crops contributed to a famine in Drevet. The Wustemanner continued to practice reserving crops, thus mitigating the effect of the famine. Driven by desparation, Dreveti began illegally crossing into Wustesonne and raiding farms in North Helionna. Dreveti continued pushing into Wustesonne, threatening food supplies in the small country. By June 1943, Dreveti had pushed halfway to Petersburgh. Vinnmark and Wustesonne declared war on Drevet in the same month. Together, they were able to push the Dreveti back into Shin Belphenia. Drevet withheld the Vinnish and Wustemanner at a line stretching from Meerestor Harbor to Reback (then Oase) until August 1944 when attrition became too severe. Drevet officially surrendered in September 1944.

As an act of revenge for the Gross Verbannung, conditions of surrender required any Belphenian that had migrated to Drevet to be confined in Shin Belphenia. Laws were passed segregating Belphenians from Wustemanner, discrimination became common. Any Belphenian was prohibited from attending college and from holding any position of authority. During this period, violent crime rose as well as suicides.

In the 1970s, the international community became aware of the prolific racism occurring in Drevet. Many nations refused to trade with the desert country and barred Drevet's participation in international organizations. Young people within Drevet also had a change of heart and began protesting for equality, known as the Great Dawn. The elder leaders in the national government refused and continue to enforce their policy of discrimination of the Belphenians.

On June 14, 1999, Reiko Beard secretly traveled to Drevet, defying the Dictator Sasuke Volkman. When she arrived, Reiko Beard was outraged at the treatment Belphenians were forced to endure, as it reminded her of the acts of violence the dictator frequently committed in Belphenia. As she explored the country, Beard discovered a large lake. Although this area had been known to Belphenians, it had not been officially called Lake Reback (as well as the city of Reback) until 2011. Also, due to the Volkman regime, educational materials had been purged and rewritten to reinforce his cult of personality. As she returned to Belphenia, Reiko Beard vowed to end the oppression on her people at home and in Drevet.

Belphenian Liberation & Nuclear Crisis

On May 30, 2011 Reiko Beard was elected as First Leader of Belphenia, following the country's liberation from the Volkman regime. In one of her first official acts, Beard dispatched an envoy to Drevet with one message: End the oppression or be destroyed. This message was initially dismissed by Drevet's leadership, assuming that Belphenia was too crippled from the Volkman period to pose a threat. However, Beard responded by sending copies of her orders to launch a nuclear attack on Meerestor Harbor and Petersburgh to the Drevet government. Mass evacuations began in these cities immediately and Vinnmark threatened to declare war on Belphenia if such an action took place. The standoff between the three nations put the world on edge until Freedemia offered to negotiate peace.

Treaty of Gobrassanya, 2011

Gathering in Gobras City in July 2011, Belphenia, Drevet, Freedemia, Vinnmark and overseen by justices from the Gobrassanya Supreme Court, officials from these countries began negotiating peace. The Treaty of Gobrassanya was signed on August 7, 2011. As conditions of the treaty, Belphenia and Vinnmark were forced to relinquish any and all colonial claims to Drevet. Belphenia and Vinnmark also entered an armistice agreement. Wustesonne was to be officially recognized as an independent nation consisting of the former Drevet districts of North Helionna, South Helionna, Sudende and Behrbergen. Both Drevet and Wustesonne had to adopt constitutions that prohibited discrimination in all forms. To ensure peace, Drevet and Wustesonne were not allowed to raise a military, instead, a small contingent from Freedemia would be responsible for the peacekeeping and defense needs of the region. Also as a part of the treaty, the Burgyama River could not be obstructed or diverted in any way. Also, exporting food crops was prohibited, and any farming within 20 miles of the Burgyama River (including all of the 'Green Zone' of the Fertile Valley) had to be subsistence crops.

Post Treaty and Federation

Following the Treaty of Gobrassanya, the neighboring countries saw tensions diffuse and an improve standing in the international stage. However, Belphenia exploded in protests when it was revealed that Sasuke Volkman's grandson, Charles Volkman was living in Wustesonne. Charles Volkman had lived in Edisto Beach under an alias of George Kaufmann toward the end of the Volkman period. Kaufmann had risen to prominence in North Helionna by being elected Chief Councilman of the district. During the 2015 elections, Petersburgh's KPBG Channel 2 News broke the story that George Kaufmann was the biological grandson of Sasuke Volkman. This revelation shocked Wustesonne and neighboring Drevet as well as Belphenia. Protests erupted across Drevet and Belphenia, forcing Freedemia to increase their peacekeeping force in the region. Charles Volkman resigned from public office on May 19, 2015 after pressure from Belphenia, Freedemia, and Gobrassanya.

Although Drevet and Wustesonne citizens hold deep seated resentment towards one another, their isolated environment compelled them to hold a new round of negotiations with the intent of improving cooperation of the two countries. On August 1, 2016, a second round of talks between the neighboring countries resulted in the formation of the current Federation of Drevet and Wustesonne. Under the agreement, free trade would be promoted across the border separating the two countries. Also, various new laws were set to officially end sanctioned racism and ethnic discrimination that continues in the region. Despite adoption of stricter anti-discrimination policies, racial and ethnic violence remain the primary sources of crime within the two countries.

Demographics

Geography

Lying on Tarephia's western coast, Drevet and Wustesonne's landscape is dominated by the Great Helion Desert in the central and eastern portions of the two countries. Impressive dunes, many tower more than 400 feet high, define the far eastern regions of Drevet. Closer to the ocean, the dunes give way to savanna and Mediterranean woodland toward the fertile coastal region. The Fertile Valley along the Burgyama River is a narrow region that is home to Drevet and Wustesonne's most reliable source of agricultural land. However, due to unpredictable rainfall patterns, this region like the rest of the Federation is subject to frequent drought conditions. Coupled with the dry nature of the region, moderate to heavy rainfall amounts can cause flash flooding in this area, potentially damaging crops.

Interior Drevet is also home to the Miraju Sea, a large salt sea in the central of the country. Also known as Heilung Meer, or Healing Sea, this body of water is known locally for it's medicinal properties. The modern name was given by Belphenian explorers who believed that the sea was just a mirage and not a real body of water.

Few mountains exist in the region, the highest peaks are located in the southern Behrbergen, Sudende and South Helionna in a cluster of dormant volcanoes.

Coastal Region

Drevet and Wustesonne's coastal region is largely flat with low rugged hills and bluffs that are scattered across the countries. The flora and fauna of the region is dominated by Mediterranean woodlands and scrub. The majority Drevet and Wustesonne's drinkable water is located in the coastal region. The Burgyama River, Lake Reback, and regional aquifers serve as the primary sources of water. In southern Drevet and Wustesonne, dormant volcanoes form rugged rock outcroppings.

Relatively speaking, the coastal region of Drevet and Wustesonne is the most temperate. Weather patterns are typically driven by the Hesperic Ocean, which provide the majority of the two countries' rainfall. Given the favorable conditions, roughly 80% of the combined population lives within 100 miles of the coastline. The coastal region is the primary source of agricultural production in the Federation.

Mid-Desert Region

The Mid-Desert is a savanna and shrublands region that serves as the buffer between the fertile coast and the hostile desert. Although small settlements exist within the Great Helion Desert, the Mid-Desert Region is generally seen as the farthest east permanent settlements can be found. The Mid-Desert Region is also more susceptible to sandstorms and typical desert temperatures. With the absence of reliable water sources, the majority of this region's water comes from underground aquifers. During significant drought periods, the Mid-Desert and Eastern Desert regions are the first to experience water rationing restrictions.

Eastern Desert Region

As the name suggests, the Eastern Desert Region encompasses most of the Great Helion Desert. The Miraju Sea is the largest population center and the farthest east that basic necessities like food stores, medical care and schooling can be found. However, small outposts exists within deep in the desert. The landscape is extremely barren with only rocky escarpments breaking through the monstrous sand dunes.

Climate

Great Helion Desert, Eastern Drevet

Typical weather conditions in Drevet and Wustesonne are defined as a hot desert climate punctuated by sparse and irregular rainfall. However, rain chances are historically the highest from late January to early April. On average Drevet and Wustesonne receives about 35 inches (889mm) per year. Most of the region's moisture is contained to the coast where oceanic evaporation provides the majority of the two countries' rain.

Due to the desert climate, Drevet and Wustesonne experience high temperatures. The temperature difference between the coast and the eastern border of Drevet can vary by as much as 30 degrees F (13 degrees C). The average yearly high can reach 100 degrees F when taking into account the coast and the desert interior. The average yearly low rarely gets below 70 degrees F. Although unconfirmed, some travelers in the far eastern region of Drevet have claimed experiencing temperatures reaching 140F.

A major sandstorm hitting the Reback metro area, 1988

Sandstorms are an occasional feature in Drevet's weather. Although seldom fatal, sandstorms frequently disrupt life as roads and airports close and people are forced indoors. Winds during these storms can reach up to 50 miles per hour and reduce visibility to less than a few hundred feet. The most extreme sandstorms have the potential to destroy crops and bury an affected area in inches of sand. During the sandstorm of 1988, blinding conditions between Reback and Meerestor Harbor closed the main airport, harbor, and forced residents to shelter in place for four hours.

Politics

Prior to colonization, government in Drevet was highly decentralized. Most towns and villages relied on town elders to make decisions for their area.

After Vinnmark and Belphenia arrived, government frequently changed to reflect Vinnmark's or Belphenia's.

With the adoption of the Treaty of Gobrassanya, both Drevet and Wustesonne have adopted democratic forms of government. Due to the strict non-discrimination clause in the Treaty, both countries boast some of the most progressive policies in the world. Drevet and Wustesonne are some of the few countries that recognize and protect 'third gendered' people, including transgender and intersex people.

The political processes differ between Drevet and Wustesonne. Drevet modeled its government on Belphenia's post-Volkman government, but without religion interacting with governmental affairs.

See Government of Drevet

See Government of Wustesonne

Economy

Prior to the 19th Century, the Brunich was a hunter-gatherer society. Through their experience with drought and poor crops, the Brunich preserved their food. Fish were preserved with salt for harsh years. Salt became a popular trading commodity when the Vinnish arrived.

Salt Production

The Drevet-Wustesonne region share one of the largest salt extraction operations in the world. Along the coast, salt extraction ponds are common across the region. The Drevet-Wustesonne region together produce around 3,000,000 metric tonnes of salt annually.

Cosmetics & Pharmaceuticals

Using health benefits touted by the Miraju Sea, Drevet and Wustesonne are home to a large cosmetics and pharmaceuticals industry.

Solar Energy

With the region's bountiful sun, solar energy has a commanding presence.

Transportation

Highway Network

Air Travel

Railways