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Guineausta

The country of Guineausta is a republic in western Africa founded by Galician explorers on the coastal regions and then later built up and expanded in land and inwards. The colony was first explored in 1485 by Richard Colen and over 500 years later is now a powerful economic state with a strong defensive military equipped to conduct internal operations.

History

In 1485 Richard Colen a European explorer commanding one explorer vessel sailed down the coast of west africa and landed at the mouth of a river where he met with natives and managed to communicate with them and gave them gifts and so the natives on small river boats guided him and a small group of his crew went up to the river and Richard discovered the vast agricultural resources before they came back and sailed further south stopping at points along the coast until they reached a vast and thick forest which they failed to explore or penetrate but the vast amounts of timber and beliefs that there were minerals buried deep convinced Richard that another expedition was needed.

After returning back to his ship he set sail back to Europe and came to Galicia where he offered to the king to lead a large expedition to settle west africa and take the vast wealth. The King gave him 3 ships to establish a settlement and so after landing he created the settlement named Joanne after the King’s wife to gain favour with her. This initial settlement was just a fort with some 40 men but after establishing an initial position they began to move more people to the area and while Joanne was expanded in size but the Mali Empire came into contact with the whites at Joanne and Richard Colen who was the commander of fort Joanne managed to make a treaty with the king which exchanged gold, salt and slaves for northern made weapons and armour such as swords and bows.  

As trade in Joanne flourished Richard Colen returned to Galicia in 1489 to request more soldiers as he had after travelling to Songhai and negotiating with their royalty to fight a war alongside them. Richard returned with a force of five thousand longbow men transported by ship and he and his subordinates travelled up and down the river meeting local tribal leaders to encourage them to fight alongside him. When the Songhai attacked in the north the tribes near Joanne and the Galician troops attacked the Mali empire around the Colen (Gambia) river.

While the Mali troops outnumbered Galician and tribal forces discipline missile fire from Galician longbow men supported by tribal shield ranks broke both the Mali cavalry charge and counterattacked scattering the Mali host while in the north east Songhai troops defeated the Mali troops and so Richard led his host up the Colen river and made peace with Songhai which made him ruler of all of the Colen river.

After a brief respite in the war for 5 years in which the bulk of the Galician troops returned to home while Richard in an attempt to gain his own forces started recruiting blacks from the western parts of the Colen river were made into one ethnic group and were given preferential treatment over the tribes from the eastern part. He recruited them as soldiers while took slaves which he sent back to Galicia. In 1501 as Songhai Empire attack again he landed at the mouth of the Casamance river and advanced up it backed up by Galician soldiers and his new black army drove the Mali empire back off the coast and a number of ships resorted to raiding coastal villages.

The Mail Empire was forced to fall back from the western coast and surrender it to Galicia although they could hardly occupy the vast interior that Mali had to surrender. So Richard again attempted similar tactics as he had done in the Colen river and created various different groups which were superior to to others with less taxes charged to them and they were allowed to contribute soldiers to the army who were well paid and after 25 years of service were given higher ranking. These tactics allowed them to occupy all of the coast to the start of the rainforest while posts were established up rivers.

Meanwhile the Songhai Empire progressively advanced down the Niger river as the Mali Empire collapsed.  In 1507 an expedition force took Taghaza giving them large wealth from salt. Richard Colen died in 1510 and was succeeded by Edward Colen by the approval of the King of Galicia. He advanced inland into Guinea and started establishing mines fuelled by slave labourers who had been taken from 'lesser' ethnic groups as part of the growing caste system in the country.

The colony didn't go past the rain forest along the coast for some years nor did it go far in land although with the fall of the Songhai empire it did to start to move inland along the Niger river.

Politics

Guineausta is a republic and the head of state is the President and people vote for him in runoff elections with all the lowest voted candidates having their popular vote pulled together until they equal the highest candidate. The candidates who had less than the highest combined are eliminated from the next round. At the last election in the first round Robert Amuka received 32% of the vote while the 8 lowest candidates received less votes than him combined and were so removed from the next round. This process is repeated until one candidate scores 50%.

The President has the power to raise national taxes, start a war and direct it's course, change national laws, set a national curriculum for schools and a number of other powers such as budgeting.

On the local level citizens of their district vote for their assembly man and they assembly man elect all of the state positions such as governor, transport and other local positions. This is done in a simple highest vote wins the assembly seat and the state positions are appointed the same way. Any member of the state's appointed positions can be removed by the assembly at will.

There are 9 states in the country and the state's governor and other positions can chose a variety of things such as town planning and local laws.

Economy

The economy of Guineausta has transitioned from a heavily primary sector based economy with agriculture and mining before 1900 making up 80% of employment and 70% of the nation's GDP and by 2000 just 25% of the population are employed in agriculture or mining and it makes up only 23% of the GDP as industry like car production, ship building and services such as finance and computer programming now dominating a first world economy.

The country is not self- sufficient for food but a lot of the exotic foods eaten around the world are grown in the country due to the high temperatures and abundance of water as well as quality soil combined with stability in the country and good agricultural practices, high levels of mechanisation and knowledge of good farming practices to create high yields and good quality harvests means items such as peanuts and bananas are exported large numbers although a lot of cereals have to be imported from overseas.

In industry the country exports a number of cars with companies such as Adai, Covent and Merlin dominating the car market with these companies also having their hands into other parts of industries. Ship building is done at yards of Joanne and New Granada producing large cargo and passenger ships which are under flags across the world. The nation also produces it's own warships although aircraft are commonly imported from partner nations. High tech level industry such as production of electronics occurs in Bamako the 'city of silicon' as it has been known for the past 30 years as a growing production of computers occurs.

The banking sector is based out of Joanne due to the centre geographical point it can be seen to occupy in the world and relaxed banking laws and high level banks such as the bank of Africa, bank of Guineausta, Rikerman's along and Floyd & Weatherman.

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