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|Commonwealth of the Bahamas |
Timeline: Great Nuclear War
OTL equivalent: The Bahamas
March On, Bahamaland
God Save the Queen (symbolic)
Afro-Caribbean, Latino, American, British
|-||Independence (de facto)||October 28, 1962|
|-||Independence (official)||April 27, 1963|
The Bahamas is a sovereign island nation located in the Atlantic Ocean, sharing maritime borders with Cuba, the Turks and Caicos Islands, and the former American state of Florida. Formerly a crown colony of the United Kingdom slowly entering into independence, the loss of contact of the UK government made the islands' independence faster, yet harder without the proper transition.
The islands were under the control of Great Britain in 1718, in order to counter piracy in the area. Among the notable pirates was Blackbeard, which made the area their havens.
After the American War of Independence, the Crown resettled thousands of American Loyalists in the Bahamas; they brought their slaves with them and established plantations on land grants. Africans constituted the majority of the population from this period. The Bahamas became a haven for freed African slaves: the Royal Navy resettled Africans here liberated from illegal slave ships; American slaves and Seminoles escaped here from Florida; and the government freed American slaves carried on United States domestic ships that had reached the Bahamas due to weather. Slavery in the Bahamas was abolished in 1834.
In the 20th century, the Bahamas was considered a "third class colony" of the British Empire. Edward VIII, the Duke of Windsor, was appointed the governor of the Bahamas during World War II.
The first political parties rose during the 1950s. As the early 1960s came, Bahamas was already in the transition to become independent. It was supposed to be internally self-governing by 1964, however, the Great Nuclear War of 1962 prevented this.
World War III and Aftermath
The islands were spared from direct attack during the Third World War, as it played less significance for the Soviet Union to target. The news of attacks on the United States and its allies, including the United Kingdom, shocked the Crown Colony's inhabitants. Riots and a waves of suicides occurred, followed by refugees from the United States (mainly from Florida) and Cuba entering the islands. Remnant British military forces stationed in the islands did what they can to maintain order and screen refugees. With the loss of contact to the UK government, the islands enacted emergency powers on its own affairs for the time being. On April 27, 1963, six months since the war, the interim government decided that it was time to move on so the Bahamas declared independence. The first acts of the newly independent Bahamanian government was to maintain order, restart the economy, house (or relocate) some refugees, and keep in close contact with remaining survivor states.
Since independence, the Bahamas economy relies on fishing, fruits, agriculture, and to a lesser extent, tourism. The country trades with nearby survivor states in the Carribbean, the areas around the former southern United States, and South America.