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The name "Alfoquia" is derived from the town where the Alfoquian revolution began, and its current capital. The c
The region currently occupied by the Republic of Alfoquia was previously owned by the nations of Aragon and Tlemcen. The areas under its jurisdiction in the Iberian Peninsula, the Baleares, and is colonies and territories in Tlemcen were all originally Islamic, though only the former Algerian territories are still have a majority Islamic population.
Revolt from Spanish Rule
In November of 2013, riots began in the cities of Valencia, Cartagena, Murcia, Lorca, and other municipalities on the southeastern coast of Spain protesting new regional tax and minimum wage laws. In response, Aragon, embroiled in preparations for a war with Morocco over Tangier, sent in the national guard to quell the unrest. The citizens of Valencia began violently protesting against this infringement of their rights, and reportedly a division of the guard, trapped in the Plaça de la Mare de Déu fired on the protestors. The protesters responded by massacring two-thirds of the guard before the rest were able to escape into the Basilica of the Virgin and barricade the door. The mob layed siege to the building, and the remaining guardsmen fired through windows and threw grenades and teargas. The protesters eventually broke through the door, and the soldiers took shelter behind pews and desks. They were eventually able to negotiate safe passage out of Valencia in exchange for handing over their commanders and the men who had started the firing (who were all shot shortly afterwards). The mob did allow the soldiers through, except for one man who attempted to retain his weapon and was killed. This incident led to the mobilization of the Aragonian army to deal with the disunited protesters, which became a rebellion on January 6th, 2014 when the mayor of Alfoquia declared independence for his town, and he was soon joined by all of Murcia, and shortly after that, most of Valencia. However, as the full Aragonian army marched towards the new nation of Alfoquia, Morocco formally declared war on Spain and invaded Ceuta, followed by Tlemcen. This was soon followed by announcement of support by Tlemcen, ---, ---, and Egypt. [ADD SOMETHING ABOUT UNKNOWN SUPERPOWER NARROWLY DECIDING NOT TO INTERVENE, ALONG WITH SOME SORT OF INTRANATIONAL ALLIANCE] Aragon declared a cease-fire with the "Valencian Rebels" to focus on its war in Africa, and the first Alfoquian congress was convened on July 22nd, 2014, and the delegates from the municipalities of the former provinces Valencia and Murcia signed the Alfoquian constitution on August 16th of that year.
On September 2nd, the Tlemceni fleet landed an expeditionary force in Majorca, and it quickly captured the undefended island. As Tlemcen had no wish for maintaining the Baleares, it transferred it to the ownership of Alfoquia and ordered its expeditionary force to join with the Moroccan armies newly established in Andalusia. The islands immediately revolted, but the Alfoquian army was ordered in to subdue the rebels. Spain claimed that this was a breach of their cease-fire agreement, but it could not intervene as its military was tied up defending the mainland.
Shortly afterwards, Tunisia signed a defensive pact with Libya. Algeria saw this as a prelude to aggression, since Libya was decidedly pro-Aragonian and anti-Tlemceni, and Tunisia was anti-Tlemceni and jealous of many of the territories on Tlemcen's northern coast. Since Tlemcen's army was in Iberia, Tlemcen, at the suggestion of the Alfoquian ambassador, sold the Wileyahs of Jijel, Annabal, and El Taref to the fledgling nation for 18.5 milion Maravedis. Under the new government, the Wileyahs became relatively autonomous, and on November 22nd, 2014, they were organized as The Alfoquia North African Territory, with their own senate, their own Governmental Court that was fairly protected by intervention from the Alfoquian senate, and their own executive officer, the Minister for Africa.
The most Alfoquian expansion occurred on November 30th, when Alfoquia announced that it suddenly had control of Melilla. Aragon could do nothing, and didn't need to anymore, as the day before Alfoquia had ordered its entire air force out to bomb the territory. To this day, there is no live (or even relatively intact) multicellular life on the island.
On December 8th, elections began for a senate to replace the liberal government. They ended midnight of the 9th with a majority liberal senate.
The nation of Alfoquia encompasses 19,201 km2. Alfoquia borders Spain along most of its continental border, it borders Morocco with the Autonomous City of Cota, and it borders Algeria with the North African Territories and the Autonomous City of Gauda.
Alfoquia encompasses the Balearic islands (Mallorca, Minorca, Ibiza, Formentera, and others) as well as the islands of Melilla, and the island of Alboran (administered by Ceuta).
Rivers and Mountains
Two mountain ranges lie within Alfoquian borders, the first being the tail end of the Sistema Iberico, and the second being much of the Penibaetic system.
The south of the country is mostly part of the semiarid climate, with higher temperatures and an extended dry season.
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== [b]EXECUTIVE MINISTERS[/b]
[b]Prime Minister[/b] Elected leader of the nation
[b]Minister for War[/b] Regulates the military
[b]Minister for Health[/b] Regulates medical practices and state-controlled hospitals and the state-controlled adoption program
[b]Minister for Surgery[/b] Regulates organ donation and posthumous mandatory organ donation
[b]Minister for the Press[/b] Deals with the government's public image
[b]Minister for Science[/b] Regulates funding for the sciences
[b]Minister for the Provinces[/b] Regulates specific legislation and miscellaneous things pertaining to the provinces
[b]Minister for the Territories[/b] Regulates specific legislation and miscellaneous things pertaining to the territories
[b]Minister for the Courts[/b] Regulates the legal courts
[b]Minister for the Economy[/b] Regulates the production of currency and writes up the budget for presentation to the Senate
[size=150]REPUBLIC OF ALFOQUIA[/size] [b][u]Provinces[/u][/b][list] [b]Murcia[/b] [b]Albacete[/b] [b]Alfoquia[/b] [b]Valencia[/b] [b]Alicante[/b] [b]Castellon[/b] [b]Majorca[/b] [b]Minorca[/b] [b]Ibiza y Formentera[/b] [b]Melilla[/b] - Mostly a bombed-out wasteland [/list] [b][u]Provincial Municipalities[/u][/b][list] [b]Alfoquia[/b] - The capital [b]Valencia[/b] [b]Murcia[/b] [b]Alicante[/b] [b]Palma[/b] [b]San Javier[/b] [b]Cartagena[/b] [/list] [b][u]North African Territories[/u][/b][list] [b]Jijel[/b] [b]Annaba[/b] [b]El Taref[/b] - Heavily militarized [/list] [b][u]Autonomous Municipalities[/u][/b][list] [b]Ceuta[/b] [b]Gauda[/b] - Co-administered by Algeria [/list]
Military Vehicles (this excludes artillery, which will come at a later date) [box][b][size=150]Home Guard Equipment[/size][/b] (the people with the modern stuff)
[list] [b]Main Battle Tanks[/b] -Leopard 2E -Leopard 2A4 [b]Infantry Transports[/b] -M113 -BMR-M1 [b]Utility Vehicles & ATV's[/b] -Husky G2 (we have one) -URO VAMTAC -Santana Anibal [/list][/box]
[box][b][size=150]Army of Alfoquia[/size][/b] (The rest of the Alfoquian armed forces in the provinces)
[list] [b]Main Battle Tanks[/b] -Leopard 2E (we have slightly more of these) [b]Infantry Transports[/b] -BMR-M1 [b]Utility Vehicles & ATV's[/b] -URO VAMTAC -Santana Anibal [/list][/box]
[box][b][size=150]Army of North Africa[/size][/b] (The North African garrison)
[list] [b]Main Battle Tanks[/b] -AMX-30EM1 Main Battle Tank (The Army of North Africa has exactly 3 of these) -T-62 [b]Infantry Transports[/b] -BMR-M1 -Walid MKII [b]Utility Vehicles & ATV's[/b] -M1043 [/list][/box]
[box][b][size=150]Militia of North Africa[/size][/b] [list]-[list] [b]Main Battle Tanks/Infantry Transports/Utility Vehicles & ATV's[/b] -Any car that's unlocked [/list][/box]
[box][b][size=150]Army of Gauda[/size][/b] [list] [b]Main Battle Tanks[/b] -T-72m1m [b]Infantry Transports[/b] N/A [b]Utility Vehicles & ATV's[/b] -Nissan Patrol Y60 [/list][/box]
[box][b][size=150]Army of Ceuta[/size][/b] [list] [b]Main Battle Tanks[/b] -AMX-30EM2 (Only two) [b]Infantry Transports[/b] -BMP-1 [b]Utility Vehicles & ATV's[/b] -Nissan Patrol Y60 [/list][/list][/box]
(Disclaimer: I am not in any sense of the word an expert in military equipment, so I'd be happy for any suggestions on improving my army's "loadout") (Another disclaimer: This post is only regarding infantry firearms. Once either I improve this list with feedback, or everyone ignores it, I will make another post about camouflage, grenades, artillery, and possibly some vehicles)
While the Alfoquian government devotes a large part of its budget to the military due to the war with Spain, this large part is still not very much when compared to other nations, so the Alfoquian military in many cases has to make use of outdated equipment (the only real exception to this is the Guard units that aided the original revolt against Spain and retained their weapons, and any unit that has served on the front line long enough to capture a sizable amount of enemy equipment), with several divisions in the territories even being required to equip themselves. That being said, the Alfoquian army organization and equipment is very similar to its Spanish counterpart.
[box][b][size=150]Home Guard Equipment[/size][/b] (the people with the modern stuff)
[b]Rifles & Machineguns[/b] [list] -HK G36E 5.56 mm (most HK G35E's used by the Guard have an EoTech holographic sight mounted) -Browning M2 HB heavy machine gun .50BMG -AK74M 5.45 mm (became popular after the deployment of two platoons of the Home Guard to help train locals in the North African Territories) -AR-15 (using whatever ammo we have) [b]Handguns[/b] -Heckler & Koch USP 9 mm [b]Rocket & Grenade Launchers[/b] -Instalanza Alcotán-100, 100 mm -MILAN Anti-Tank, 103 mm [b]Mortars[/b] [strike]-ECIA L65/60 60 mm Mortar[/strike](The only units using it were wiped out at the battle of Catadau) [/list][/box]
[box][b][size=150]Army of Alfoquia[/size][/b] (The rest of the Alfoquian armed forces in the provinces)
[b]Rifles & Machineguns[/b] [list]-MG3 7.62 mm -RPD 7.62 mm -AK47 7.62 mm -Browning M2 HB heavy machine gun .50BMG -AK74M 5.45 mm (Adopted by the Army of Alfoquia shortly after its adoption by the Home Guard) [b]Handguns[/b] -CZ 85 AUTOMATIC 9 mm -Beretta 92 9 mm [b]Rocket & Grenade Launchers[/b] -Instalanza Alcotán-90 CR, 90 mm -RPG-7 40 mm [b]Mortars[/b] -The Army of Alfoquia has no mortars, but negotiations for a purchase of 100 of Russia's 2B14 Podnos mortar are ongoing [/list][/box]
[box][b][size=150]Army of North Africa[/size][/b] (The North African garrison)
[b]Rifles & Machineguns[/b] [list] -PK 7.62 mm -RPK-74 7.62 mm -AK47 7.62 mm -AK74M 5.45 mm [b]Handguns[/b] -CZ 85 AUTOMATIC 9 mm -Beretta 92 9 mm [b]Rocket & Grenade Launchers[/b] -RPG-7 40 mm (these are fairly rare) [b]Mortars[/b] -The Army of North Africa has no mortars [/list][/box]
[box][b][size=150]Militia of North Africa[/size][/b] [list]-Recruits to the Militia of North Africa are required to provide their own weapons, though they are usually issued whatever pistol is in stock (usually Makarovs provided by Algeria), an AK-47 (again depending on current supply), and a few hundred rounds[/list][/box]
[box][b][size=150]Army of Gauda and Army of Ceuta[/size][/b] [list](See Militia of North Africa)[/list][/box]
Any member of the senate who interrupts another member as he is speaking while in session is "encouraged" to take an extended vacation to North Africa fighting Algerian patriots.
All bomber pilots, to complete basic training, must make at least one bombing run of the province of Melilla. There isn't anything living on the islands anymore, so it's become sort of pointless.
Convicts convicted of treason are allowed unlimited amounts of illegal drugs the day before they die.
The current constitution was originally drafted on the back of an envelope by an alcoholic who spoke very little Spanish. This explains a lot of things about our country...
There have been 491 bungee-jumping related deaths in Alfoquia since the revolution
The city of Gauda is a semi-autonomous municipality within Alfoquia, run by a fascist dictator who is currently bribing every member of the Alfoquian government to let him stay in power
The March 19th, 2014 proceedings of the Provisional Government record that Palma was rejected as a candidate for the capital because it "smells like fish."
During a battle in Murcia, a zoo was destroyed. A platoon, sweeping through the wreckage to find any survivors, came across a dead meerkat. They dusted it off, strapped it to a pole, and held it up as the "�Banner of the Republic," at which point it was shredded by machine gun fire.
A military parade occurred in Alicante during this year's senatorial elections. During that parade, a soldier tripped and discharged his weapon into a civilian's foot. Polls show a nation-wide 6% rise in support for the pro-peace party that day.
About 18% of Alfoquia's population is Muslim. The number was much smaller before the acquisition of the North African Territories and the free city of Ceuta. The Islamic faith is growing rapidly in the Baleares, and more slowly in the Provinces.
[color=#400000]Execution[/color]: Execution will be employed only when an individual commits an act of treason: [box]2014 Constitution, Article VIII, Section b (translated from Spanish): The Governmental Court (Like a normal legal court for matters deemed abnormally important or controversial) may employ execution only against an individual who has committed an act of treason. Treason is defined as willfully perpetrating a crime that endangers the existence of the state as a whole, murdering the Prime Minister or any of his deputies (cabinet ministers), or any member of the national Senate, or destroying state-owned structures within the municipalities of Alfoquia, Arbolea, or Palma. Any decision to execute a traitor must be affirmed by the Prime Minister. If the Prime Minister refuses to confirm the execution, the sentence will be commuted to life imprisonment.[/box] In addition, there is a senatorial bill enacted the day after the signing of the 2014 constitution explaining how one would go about executing a traitor [box]Senatorial Bill 2, 0817014 vigente (vigente means "in force" in Spanish, this is to show that the bill has been passed and is currently active) If an individual has been declared a traitor under Article VIII, section b of the constitution, the execution will proceed thusly...the traitor will be made unconscious using a non-lethal drug...and his head shall be severed fully at the neck. (November 2nd addendum:) Afterwards, the body will be immediately refrigerated...and delivered to the Ministry of Surgery (organ donation and posthumous organ harvesting center), and the head shall be returned to his immediate family for burial. If no family is found, then the remains shall be donated to the Ministry for Fishing Regulations to be distributed as captively-raised fish food.[/box]
Note: Amnesty International initially condemned Alfonquia's method of execution, as spectators have observed that often the beheading machines would not succeed in completely severing the head on the first try, and the condemned would appear to begin to wake up after a failed beheading, necessitating a second try while the victim was conscious. In response, Alfonquia improved the efficiency of its two execution machines, and also switched to Propofol to force the condemned into unconsciousness. After these reforms, Amnesty International has dropped its complaints.
There is also an interesting bill (Senatorial Bill 27, 1005014 vigente) that describes conditions for the Governmental Court to [color=#400000]impress the convict[/color] into the African Guard division in El Taref for an indefinite time, and they are allowed to disregard all age limitations as long as the prisoner is old enough to serve (17 or up) and is declared sane and in good health.
[color=#400000]Euthanasia[/color] is legal in Alfoquia as of December 5, 2015 (Senatorial Bill 30 1205014 vigente). If a patient requesting euthanasia is declared sound of mind, and has a condition that is either life-threatening and incurable, or extremely debilitating, he or she will receive it through lethal injection in the hospital. If the patient is not sound of mind, or is unable to request euthanasia, their immediate family may request it for them. If no immediate family is available, the doctors may decide to utilize euthanasia using the same procedure as on the sound of mind patient. Euthanasia is normally illegal in Ibiza, Minorca, and the North African territories, though in the first two locations intervention from the local ministry for health can cause it to be used.
(added from a forum thread several days later): The most controversial leader in our nation is Varro Sanchez, the leader of the "disuasión" political party, a fringe group growing in popularity that supports the death penalty.
-Marijuana: legal (age 21 and up), as long as you do it in private. However, employers can use marijuana use as a reason for firing employees, and it's not very popular anyways -Alcohol: legal (age 17 and up) -Murder: illegal (if you kill the Prime Minister, one of his Ministers, or a member of the national Senate, it's treason and you will be executed) -Atheism: legal (see Christianity) -Christianity: While most of the world sees Alfoquia as liberal, even radical, religion plays a huge role in Alfoquian life, as the provinces are filled with devoutly catholic people, and the territories are filled with devoutly Muslim people. There is complete freedom of religion (or lack thereof), but most people you are likely to meet in the core regions are catholic, and basically everyone else is a Muslim. -Catholicism: legal (see Christianity) -Islam: legal (see Christianity) -Driving: legal -Foreign Language: legal (all government dispatches are translated into English and Arabic for the benefit of minority groups, and the Basque community is campaigning for a translation into their language as well) -Dictatorship: treason -Weapons owned by citizens: legal, to a point -Weapons owned by trained military and/or police: legal. We're at war, most police teams carry a bazooka in the squad car -Rape: illegal -Abortion: illegal, unless continued carrying of the child would be life-threatening to the mother. There are state-sponsored adoption programs for those who feel like they cannot support their child. -Slavery: illegal -Adoption: legal (see abortion) -Putting people ages 1-13 in military: illegal (minimum age of service is 17, compulsory service for 2 years starts at 21) -Election: legal, Prime Minister is elected once every 5 years, Senate is elected once every 3. -Robbery: illegal -Assault: illegal -Freedom of speech: legal, unless your comment is made in public and can be defined as racist (a small fine), or your comment is detrimental to the safety of the state as a whole (this is treason, you will be executed)