The Commonwealth of East Poland is a parliamentary republic located in the north east of the former People's Republic of Poland, with its capital in Bialystok.
In the early 1980s, Poland was becoming increasingly anti-Soviet. The 1st independent trade union, Solidarity, had been formed in Gdansk in 1980. Combined with the election of Karol Wojtyla to the position of Pope, with his support for freedom from the influence and domination of the Soviet Union, Poland seemed on the brink of becoming free. It was then invaded by the USSR. During the event, General Wojciech Jaruzelski, the Polish Prime Minister, became the leader of the Communist Party of Poland. He enacted martial law, in an attempt to crush Solidarity. He suppressed, but did not eliminate the movement.
On September 26th, 1983, thermonuclear warheads, delivered by Pershing 1 SRBMs and Tomahawk GLCMs, started detonating over Polish cities and military bases. Dozens of cities and bases were obliterated. One of the Polish cities not hit on that fateful day was Bialystok, in the north-east of the country.
Survival and Consolidation
Bialystok stood undamaged, but not unaffected, after Doomsday. Refugees from Warsaw, Kalingrad and other targeted cities started pouring in to the city. Government officials in Bialystok soon learned that there had been a global disaster and that much of the Northern Hemisphere was in ruins.
A New Constitution
On the 5th of May, 1985, civic and community leaders, as well as politicians, came together to discuss drafting a new constitution. They decided on adopting a parliamentary republic system, with universal suffrage and proportional representation. A month later, the Commonwealth of East Poland came into existence. At the time however, it was limited in scale to Bialystok and the surrounding countryside. This would soon change.
Over time, East Poland began to expand. By 1990 they controlled an area stretching as far south as the town of Wlodawa, as far west as the remains of Warsaw and as far north as the former border with Kalingrad. They also encountered forces from the newly-formed Republic of Belarus near the border with the former USSR, establishing an alliance to coordinate security and resources. In June 1991, the Commonwealth made contact with the Government of the People's Republic of Poland, with its capital in Poznan, as well as the Kingdom of Prussia.
The present day
In 2009, Poland joined the League of Nations.
East Poland is a parliamentary republic/semi-presidential system. Parliament is elected via the first past the post system, while the president is chosen by direct democracy.
East Poland is a member of the League of Nations. It also has a military and trading alliance with Belarus. East Poland is also seeking to join the ADC.
The East Poland Defense Force (EPDF) is a conscript army, with all citizens aged over 18 required to do two years of military service (if not in an essential occupation) and hence remain in the reserves until forty. Equipment for the EPDF comes from Belarus, although basic weapons are manufactured within East Poland.