Auvergne's history is long and varied. It was among the first colonization efforts of Rome as it expanded into Gaul, with notable battles between Julius Caesar and Vercingetorix who won the battle, but ultimately lost the war. Auvergne has largely been a quiet part of France for much of modern history, notably holding the traitorous Pétain-government during World War II at Vichy.
Michelin's tire plant, located at Clermont-Ferrand brought some renewed prosperity to the region, and helped to increase the population of the area.
Much of the devastated population that survived the nuclear attacks on Marseille and Lyon moved westward, quickly overwhelming the cities of St. Etienne. Clermont-Ferrand and its suburbs were able to set up some level of protection around the city through use of rail cars, semi-trucks and other vehicles to block the roads and overland routes.
For many years Clermont-Ferrand maintained little contact outside of its agglomeration which survived under strict martial law and a stridently maintained Guard Clermontois, where all able bodies men were recruited to serve in rotation protecting the region. Women and children over the age of 12 were pushed to maintain agricultural measures. This tight stricture was maintained until 1990.
Regional government was established around the Agglomération Clermontois and was soon established to take in much of the valley between Clermont-Ferrand and Thiers. Envoys to cities southward were sent, and as each city proved that it could at least maintain its own police force to prevent petty crimes and vangrancy, they were admitted to the Regional Council. Among the first edicts of the Regional Council was a change from the prior flag, that of France with the Auvergnat shield in Canton to a flag of Auvergne.
Actual control of the region is questionable as you move away from Clermont-Ferrand and Thiers, but local police forces are becoming more and more reliable.
Contact was made with La République Poitevine in 2006, and in early 2009 with Monaco and an envoy of the League of Nations. Many representatives of the region are pushing for a re-unification and reconstitution of France.
The current flag was adopted in October of 2009 by popular vote in acceptance of the return of contact with the French Government in exile.
With renewed contact with the Pacific French States, Auvergne has made strident efforts to restore more than just contact, and has gone so far as to establish an embassy for the French Pacific states in Port Ambonne along the Auvergne-controlled Mediterranean coast. Export of wines began in earnest in 2011, and cheeses have begun export as of February, 2014. Imports remain largely limited to technology, as Auvergne maintains a strong distrust of medicines and foods outside their borders.
Territorial Claims along the Rhône
Auvergne has remained largely above the fray of territorial claims, claiming land otherwise ignored by the French successor states. It does nurse one active claim disputed by both Monaco and Bourgogne-et-Franche-Comté. To present, this claim has had no real action, as the land claimed is an irradiated wasteland. With renewed contact, and the chance of the ability to clean up the slag, this claim may become a sticking point in future negotiations.