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Democratic Republic of Los Angeles
Timeline: Yellowstone: 1936

OTL equivalent: Los Angeles County
DRLA Yellowstone
Flag of the Democratic Republic
LA County Incorporated Areas Los Angeles highlighted
Map of Los Angeles

Motto
Freedom and Prosperity ()

Capital
(and largest city)
Los Angeles
Language
  official
 
English
  others Spanish
Religion
  main
 
Catholicism
  others Protestantism
Demonym Angeleno
Government Single-party state Totalitarian dictatorship
Governor Frank L. Shaw
Area < 1,300 km2
Population ~230,000 
Established July 25, 1936

The Democratic Republic of Los Angeles, also known as North Los Angeles or simply Los Angeles is a single-party state totalitarian dictatorship founded by Frank L. Shaw shortly after the Yellowstone eruption of 1936. The nation currently controls the former urban area of Los Angeles, including the once prosperous neighborhoods of Hollywood and Beverly Hills.

The nation is led by former mayor Frank L. Shaw, who declared the nation's independence in 1936 once it was clear that the United States had failed to control the situation. In the first few days after the eruption, before the nation's official incorporation, Mayor Shaw instituted a strict police state led by a provisional city council, which was noted for its harsh tactics against the city's inhabitants.

Formed during one of Los Angeles' most corrupt regimes, the foundations for the Democratic Republic of Los Angeles were built upon organized crime and totalitarian principles, which soon escalated into the current regime of the nation.

The nation has declared large portions of the city's valuable landmarks as government property, many of which were seized following Shaw's regime take over. The district of Hollywood is noted as being on of the government's most important assets, being utilized to create propaganda films, media, and other televised programs, as well as housing a number of government projects.






History

The city of Los Angeles was first settled on September 4, 1781, after being claimed for the Spanish Empire decades earlier. The city was the site of a prominent Spanish missionary, and became a moderately large settlement of mestizo or mulatto, with a mixture of African, indigenous and European ancestry. The city of Los Angeles and the entire region of California would become part of Mexico in 1821, followed by the United States in 1848. 

Pre-Eruption

See Pre-Eruption History of Los Angeles

Eruption

On July 18, 1936 Yellowstone erupted, creating a massive earthquake and launching vast amounts of rock and debris into the atmosphere. Much of the American Midwest and western coast were quickly blanketed in layers of dust and volcanic material from Yellowstone, killing thousands.

The city of Los Angeles, situated on the United States' west coast, in the southern half of California, was not as badly affected by the eruption as further west. The eruption reached just east of the city, completely destroying or damaging almost all roads out of the city, trapping the city inhabitants within. In the city dust and debris rained down upon the many city streets, among panicked citizens fleeing for cover. A few buildings on the outskirts of the city were destroyed, trapping or killing many, while others would die from smoke inhalation.

Mayor Frank L. Shaw ordered all citizens of the city to seek shelter indoors, calling a state of emergency. Within the next few hours communication with Sacramento and the state of California were severed, causing the city council to take matters into their own hands. Shaw was temporarily granted total executive power to direct relief efforts until further commands could be retrieved. The local national guard was assembled and put to work attempting to control the city.

Almost twenty four hours after the eruption a large fire was reported spreading in the eastern section of the city, threatening several neighborhoods. The Los Angeles Fire Department under R.J. Scott would spend the next two days fighting the reported pockets of fire, as well as assisting in search and rescue across the city. By this time the city's garrison had grown to include the 79th Infantry Brigade Combat Team and the 40th Infantry Division, who were controversially ordered by Shaw from their post in Orange County to assist near the south side of the city. The city would also utilize several units of United States marines and army personnel stationed in the area.

On July 25 relative control had been established over the city by the local military presence. Believing that a more permanent government was necessary in the coming months, the city's council assembled and decided to vote in Shaw as governor of a sovereign state. This provisional government would later evolve to become the Democratic Republic of Los Angeles.

Civil War

The Los Angeles Civil War was the first major conflict in the area after the eruption, encompassing the city of Los Angeles and the surrounding area. The civil war would include Shaw's Democratic Republic of Los Angeles police state at war with the People's Party of Los Angeles, which later evolved into the Free Republic of Los Angeles.

Background

Shaw unleashed a swarm of loyal police and military personnel on the city, instituting a police state-like government loyal to him. Over the next few weeks several people accused of being traitors or speaking up against the regime were killed, adding to the growing death count. Shaw would order the seizure of several landmarks across the city, including several Hollywood studios which were occupied by military personnel, supposedly in the name of preserving Los Angeles' national icons. This policy would allow Shaw to turn several valuable properties into government properties, being put to use for a number of purposes.

Following the eruption the city of Los Angeles was cut off from the Midwest, were much of the region's agricultural imports originated. With the Midwest farmlands now destroyed the city underwent a crippling food shortage. The area around the city and to the east was also badly damaged, making the initial creation of sustainable farmland nearly impossible. Over the next few months thousands would die of starvation in the streets of Los Angeles, creating a serious government problem.

With the death toll rising, starvation and violence widespread, and the oppressive government infringing one the personal freedoms of its people, many Los Angeles inhabitants began to protest the current regime. In late 1936 the People's Party of Los Angeles was founded by a group of protesters in southern Los Angeles, organizing protests across the city.

Overview

The government responded by cracking down on rival political parties. Many relatively peaceful protests were met by government violence, escalating the situation immensely. With many civilian casualties Shaw began to lose military support. By 1937 the violence had escalated into full scale civil war, with many citizens siding with the rebel People's Party. On January 12, 1937 delegates from across the city met in secret to discuss the future of the rebellion. The delegates concluded and declared the Free Republic of Los Angeles to be to an independent nation.

Large portions of the Los Angeles military, particularly from the 40th Infantry Division, declared their allegiance to the free republic, causing a schism in the military. As desertions began Shaw declared the rebellion a military coup, executing many caught traitors.

Finally after almost a year of violent urban combat the two belligerents declared a truce, with the Free Republic of Los Angeles controlling its occupied territory, with Santa Ann as its temporary capital. Technically still in a state of war, the two states have since organized massive defenses on either side of the city, in a heated competition for supremacy.

Military

The military of the Democratic Republic of Los Angeles is largely comprised of the former United States National Guard units in the area, as well as a large number of armored police and local recruits.

Following the outbreak of the Los Angeles Civil War the military was greatly expanded by Shaw, employing a large number of untrained civilians and police, armed to combat small scale rebel encampments. These units would continue to exist following the truce with the Free Republic, being stationed at the border to monitor their rivals to the south. During the war the government would also reorganize the military, creating new units unique to the Democratic Republic of Los Angeles.

Organization

Name Station Numbers Founded Dissolved
Army Divisions of the DRLA Military
1st Infantry Regiment East Los Angeles 3,300 Soldiers January 30, 1937 N/A
  • 1st Battalion Infantry
  • 2nd Battalion Infantry
  • 1st Field Artillery Battalion
  • Special Troops Battalion
  • 1st Brigade Support Battalion
  • Hollywood Detachment
  • East Los Angeles
  • El Monte
  • Downey
  • East Los Angeles
  • East Los Angeles
  • 800 Soldiers
  • 800 Soldiers
  • 400 Soldiers
  • 500 Soldiers
  • 500 Soldiers
  • 300 Soldiers
2nd Infantry Regiment Long Beach 3,000 Soldiers January 30, 1937 N/A
  • 3st Battalion Infantry
  • 4nd Battalion Infantry
  • 5th Battalion Infantry
  • Special Troops Battalion
  • 2nd Brigade Support Battalion
  • 600 Soldiers
  • 600 Soldiers
  • 600 Soldiers
  • 600 Soldiers
  • 600 Soldiers
3rd Infantry Regiment Norfolk 3,000 Soldiers February 2, 1937 N/A
  • 6th Battalion Infantry
  • 7th Battalion Infantry
  • 8th Battalion Infantry
  • Special Troops Battalion
  • 3rd Brigade Support Battalion
  • 600 Soldiers
  • 600 Soldiers
  • 600 Soldiers
  • 600 Soldiers
  • 600 Soldiers
1st Armored Police Regiment East Los Angeles 3,000 Soldiers May 1, 1937 N/A
  • 1st Police Battalion
  • 2nd Police Battalion
  • 3rd Police Battalion
  • 4th Police Battalion
  • 5th Police Battalion
  • East Los Angeles
  • Ingleswood
  • Pasadena
  • West Covina
  • East Los Angeles
  • 600 Soldiers
  • 600 Soldiers
  • 600 Soldiers
  • 600 Soldiers
  • 600 Soldiers


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