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History of Macedonia (1983: Doomsday)

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The following is the history of Macedonia.

After Doomsday

The area where Alexander and his family lived at the time, the Spanish countryside, was never near a nuclear target at the time and the safety of the Yugoslav royal family was rarely in much danger due to the radioactive fallout. However, the the remaining problem was that food was becoming short on the estate and soon the people living in the house would need to begin the search for a stable food supply. And soon an influx of refugees from nearby came and were given a provisional home while scouting the countryside after radiation levels fell.

After their food supply was stabilized, they were able to find a boat still harbored and refueled it. Soon, a few more boats were found and refueled and they set sail for the Royal family's homeland, Yugoslavia, where they planned to set up a monarchy and make Alexander their king. They landed in Yugoslavia after a couple of weeks and prepared to move into the former country, which had partially collapsed due to being in a weakened state after the destruction of Belgrade and strong nationalist sentiment in many parts of the country, and soon they encountered members of the Serbian military, who mistook them for Croatian rebels and forced them to retreat southwards.

However, they found a break in Macedonia, as the South-Eastern Theater, which was based in Skopje, agreed to help Alexander and his family establish a military force, but their numbers had been diminished to 8,000 men due to either desertion or having been killed fighting the local rebels. They decided to move south and were able to capture a small part of Serbia, due to it being lightly or completely undefended by Serbian forces because of their occupation with fighting elsewhere, and moved south to capture the city of Skopje, where they set up an emergency capital city and moved west to take more land.

After more men, food, and arms were captured they moved to take over a portion of the northern areas of what was once Greek Macedonia. The Kingdom and the Federation of Greece have disputed the territory since, as it is claimed by Greece, but technically owned by Macedonia. Plans were soon put into motion to gather people around a few big cities where they planned to announce the creation of a new state, which they planned to transcend the ethnic and cultural background of the locals. But, these tensions would later boil into war anyway.

Creating a New Kingdom

Soon, Alexander had managed to gather up the people around a few major remaining cities, and the creation of a strong, central, monarchy was announced to the public. However, this was changed to a constitutional monarchy because of local opposition. It was announced in 1989 that in a year their would be a general election held to establish members of the national assembly who would then create a new constitution that the country would adopt.

Afterwards, five political parties were established: the Liberal Party, the Conservative Party, the Socialist Party, the National Party, and the Freedom Party, each gaining support in different parts of the country. The same year, in 1989, they made contact with more countries to the north, such as Serbia, Croatia, and Bosnia, and established some ties with each of them.

Meanwhile, other reports of a small Greek survival state to the south were also brought up by small military expeditions, although because Macedonia was able to move far to the south, these reports were disregarded. In 1990, the general elections were held in Skopje, the, then provisional, capital where Alexander and his government had set themselves up, and candidates from each party all ran in the elections where around 91% of the entire population gathered to vote. The members of the 100 member Assembly were announced as 53 Conservatives, 27 Liberals, 14 Socialists, 4 Nationalists, and 2 Freedoms, while the President who was elected was a member of the Liberal Party. giving the Conservatives the majority in the Assembly, but giving the Liberals a majority in the Federal government, However the Socialists had a a big enough seat total that they could bring up changes and influence decisions in the Assembly though the Freedom and National Parties hadsn little influence and soon the Assembly met to write a constitution.

The next year, in 1991, the Assembly ratified the constitution, establishing the powers of the Legislative, Executive, and the newly created Judicial, branches, and the next day the Assembly and Federal government met in the now, de jure and de facto, capital city of Skopje, where Alexander was officially crowned king of the new constitutional monarchy, something that he had always dreamed of. After the elections, real contact with Serbia was made, and although reluctant at first, Serbia was willing to allow Macedonia to retain its southern Serbian land as they had been fighting against Croatia and Bosnia and did not wish to fight another enemy. Also in that year, Macedonian scouts made contact with the Greek survivor nation of Heptanesa in Albania, confirming previous reports of Greek survivor states to their south.

Contact With Turkey and Greece

On September 3, 1992 a small exploration party from Macedonia sailed south, almost dying from starvation and thirst. However, on September 3rd they landed on the southern coast of Turkey. After being well fed and restored to health, they were given a presence before the Sultan and told him about Macedonia and King Alexander. They soon traveled back to Macedonia on a much larger ship and with a Turkish ambassador. Then, in 1993, on New Years Day, Alexander himself and the president sailed to Turkey and also got to talk with the Sultan, and both kings became close friends. The two, along with all the accompanying members of the Macedonian Assembly along with the personnel the Turkish Sultan had brought, had a lavish banquet. The two leaders helped in the establishment of a formal alliance between the two countries in 1995, which would become useful in the coming Civil War.

But around the same time that they made contact with Turkey, a small research party in the south was walking through Macedonia controlled northern Greece when they encountered another small party of people from Confederation of Greece. After reports of the finding was sent back to Skopje, an ambassadorial party was sent to the Confederation's capital city, New Athens, and they planned to establish diplomatic relations. However, this idea quickly deteriorated as relations rapidly broke down due to Macedonia occupying parts of northern Greece, along with their relations with Turkey being seen as more important than relations with Greece.

Civil Unrest

Unrest soon developed in the northeastern Macedonia as ethnic and racial dissidents demanded that some of the nationalities in the kingdom be expelled, and as quickly as possible. However, these ideas were heard very little in the Assembly. Soon, the Unity Party was founded, that, despite its name, expressed the belief that certain ethnic groups which they called "infidels" and "racially inferior" should be "expelled" from the country and soon some of its members declared candidacy for the Assembly and their leader, Milan Milutinović, a Serb, declared his candidacy for the Presidency. When the 1995 election came along, he ran on a platform based on the ideas of his party, and believed the country needed an "ethnic cleansing." He almost won thanks to the numbers of his party and the public disapproval of the Liberal president, but was defeated by the candidate from the Conservative party.

His loss in the race made the party very unpopular and many people joined other parties like the Liberals and the Socialists. Milutinović, however, soon made a comeback in 1996 when people begin to hear his words again and he declared that he had been cheated out of being president the year before and that he should have been elected. He also believed that the government was corrupt and that his people should rise up in rebellion. When his words were heard in Skopje, he was dismissed by the government as a lunatic with pipe dreams, but more people were hearing, and soon they began to talk about declaring independence where they would have the right to govern themselves, but the government ignored these ideas too.

Civil War

With the new year coming around, many people were happy, the economy was booming and new jobs were opening in a more diverse economy, the Conservatives controlled most of the government and they had begun to develop better relations with Turkey, and life seemed to be improving for the people of Macedonia. But, on January 27, 1997, that peace was ruined when Serbs, headed by the basic dictatorship of Milan Milutinović, declared independence as the Serbian Republic (although this was obviously ironic). Alexander and the government, seeing this as an unlawful rebellion, refused to recognize the country and attacked, sending in all their troops to battle the Serbs and introducing conscription to raise more troops.

The rebels moved south into Macedonia in Operation Unity, and soon they engaged in several small skirmishes in with Macedonian forces. The Serbian rebels were fighting with weapons of unknown origin to the Macedonian military, and they were concerned it meant foreign involvement from a regional rival, but this was disregarded by most. It came as a surprise when the Macedonian troops, although highly outnumbering the Serbs, lost land and battles to the Serbs, who had their "national pride" instilled in them by their "President". But then three major things turned the tide of the war in 1998.

One, the Turks, who had promised to the help the Macedonian government in case of war, began sending troops, arms, and food to support them. Two, the Macedonians established the Macedonia Army Air Task Force from several helicopters they'd recovered. And three, they were able to establish a navy to combat the Serbian navy operating out of Montenegro, both of which included some patrol boats and a couple of gunboats, as the Serbs had been launching these ships from several ports in the south and harassing Macedonian fishing ships. Then, in the early part of 1999, the Macedonians had drawn the war into a stalemate, as the Serbs had high morale while the Macedonians had a high sense of national pride and ethnic unity.

But then in the late part of 1999, the war swung into Macedonian favor as a majority of the Serbian army were defeated at the Battle of Skopje and the absence of their army allowed the Macedonians to enter the Serbian "territory" unopposed, and then on November 12, 1999, Milan Milutinović was caught of off the coast of Macedonia, trying to flee to Serbia, when he was surrounded by the MAATF helicopters and navy gunboats and taken prisoner. He, along with several of his high-ranking officers, are taken to court in Skopje and all are initially found guilty of just minor war crimes, but as more troops advanced into rebel areas, they found several camps that were made for Milutinović's "ethnic cleansing." They were dismantled and the prisoners set free.

After news of these deaths reached Skopje, investigations were launched that found evidence that all the officers had connections with the camps, and they were then found guilty of major war crimes and crimes against humanity and all were put to death with their "President". On December 31 of 1999, the remaining members of the rebel government were gathered up in Skopje and they signed official terms of unconditional surrender at midnight exactly. The new millennium ushered in not only the end of the Macedonian Civil War, but a new era of unity and nationalism that had been embraced among the populace.

After the war, ended, Macedonian fears were realized when they figured out that the weapons the Serbian rebels had been using were from the Republic of Serbia to the north. This threatened to spark war between the two states, but this cooled down as the president of Serbia apologized to all the people of Macedonia, and paid the Macedonians for every Serbian weapon that had been captured and returned to Serbia. The president claimed that some Serbian generals had been selling the rebels for their own profit, while some in Macedonia still believed they were given orders from the president, the Serbian generals accused of this were imprisoned, and the battle between these two ideas continues until the present day.

Aftermath of the Civil War

On January 2, 2000, with allowance from the Assembly, King Alexander declared that day Macedonian Unity Day, a day that would be celebrated each year to remember the death and suffering caused by the Civil War and that unity was to be a celebrated event in the Kingdom. Many people all over the kingdom celebrated with parties, even the Serbs, and an armed forces parade in Skopje occurred.

The previous year ended with the end of the civil war and a general election which created a super-majority in the Assembly for the Nationalist Party and the Nationalist party leader was elected president in the election, which helped with the new wave of Macedonian unity and nationalism, though popular opinion forced them to abandon their police state policy, their nationalism policy was just what the kingdom needed. A new era for the armed forces was ushered in as well when the navy was entirely nationalized and the Army Air Task Force was cut off from Army and then used as the basis for the newly created Macedonian Air Force, where Božidar Stefanović, a former Yugoslav air force officer, was made the first Marshal of the Air Force of Macedonia.

Soon after the first Unity Day was celebrated, the Turkish troops who had been sent to Macedonia to combat the rebelling Serbians returned to Konya, the Turkish capital, where they were treated as heroes and warriors of Islam who defended their allies against rebelling infidels and were given their own victory parade by the Turkish people.

Contact With the Alpine Confederation

In the latter parts of 2000, an exploration party set out from Skopje, with 36 original members. They were given enough supplies to conquer the elements and some weapons in case of any aggressive raiders along the way. By late November, the temperature so far had been fairly mild and they had made it through to the northern Balkans with little to no problems whatsoever, until in the beginning of December, when they got caught in a snowstorm and at least 3 members of the party were killed and buried there. But in early 2001, when they almost run out of food, when they had decided that they must commit cannibalism in order to survive, and only a few hours before they could dig up the graves, a small exploration party from the Alpine Confederation spotted them and gave them the food and nutrition they needed, and helped give their fallen friends a proper funeral on the way back.

A few weeks later they arrived in the Alpine capital city of Vaduz, where they were given a presence with the Confederation President and told him about the Kingdom of Macedonia, the King, the Assembly, and the recent Civil War. They are given transport by helicopter back to Skopje where an Alpine ambassador mes with King Alexander and they exchanged the economic and political backgrounds of both countries, and soon the ambassador returned to Vaduz and a Macedonian ambassador returned with him. The ambassador was given a small office in the city which operated as his embassy and vice versa with the Alpine ambassador. Soon the relationship between the two countries grew and they began some trade. Currently, the Alpine Confederation is a major partner of the Kingdom of Macedonia, sharing a fair amount of trade with them and producing airplanes and helicopters for the Macedonian Air Force, although at a rate of a few per year, with the rest produced in Macedonia.

Macedonian Renaissance

The era of peace and prosperity that was formed after the end of the Macedonian Civil War is an era people now call the Macedonian Renaissance, lasting from the end of the Civil War and, is considered by many, continuing through to the modern day. With the end of the Civil War, there was an era that began to usher in ethnic diversity and a great sense of nationalism in the kingdom and soon the Assembly and President began looking at ways to develop and run on the current prosperity being established.

In 2001, the Skopje University and Library was established in the capital city as a place where books, written in three different languages, were kept and soon it began to offer free education to children 10-15, only including a few grades and employing teachers who got paid little and were not very good. However, in 2003 a big turn-around came when the Assembly passed the Macedonian Basic Education Act that declared that all children of ages 6-17 must be sent to school and the wages of teachers were to be increased as the value of their labor was now seen as very valuable, and soon many new books were being written that included history and mathematics so these new courses could be taught to the children and schools, the building of which was funded by the government, began to pop up all over the kingdom.

Another thing that needed to be developed, in the minds of the members of the Assembly, was the arts, and this would prove especially problematic as the Assembly had little idea on how to do it. Then in 2002, after raising enough money for the cause from some of Macedonia's upper class, the government opened the Museum of Contemporary Arts in Skopje and soon people from all over the city flooded into the museum to see the great works of art they had never seen before, for the most part. In 2004, construction, with Turkish and Alpine aid, begin on the Skopje Amphitheater, an open theater that will eventually exemplify the Macedonian Renaissance, and that same year the Assembly brought back the old festivals of Macedonia, including the Skopje Cultural Summer Festival, the May Opera Evenings, and the Open Youth Theater Festival.

Operation Thessaloniki

In 2005, to respond to their newfound wealth and fortune, the government began thinking about the possibility of Thessaloniki being rebuilt and re-inhabited, but after going over the national budget in February, the funds initially believed to be possible were not found and the project was believed to need to be scraped. But then, in the second half of the year, a large-scale lottery was held in the kingdom which almost raised enough money, until only thousands more denars were believed to be needed, but, in a miraculous strike of luck, the CEOs of several large corporations in Macedonia made last minute donations to the fund in November, and soon work began in late December, though the main project wouldn't really begin until 2006.

In that year, the debris left behind by the destroyed city had little to no radiation left and was easily removed from the area by working crews, and soon rebuilt wrecking balls were brought in to destroy what little of the city was left standing to make room for the new buildings that the government was preparing to have built. When 2007 came around, the construction had already begun a couple months before and soon enough wood, brick, and concrete were being brought in to finish a majority of the construction. By the later part of the year, some of the first buildings, only small shops and houses, were complete.

In 2008, with construction continuing and new crew members and equipment still being brought in to work on the project. The site, which when they had began in 2006 looked like a giant area filled with dirt, ruble, and dust with the scattered corpse here and there, soon begin to look like a small town. By 2009, thousands of workers and more equipment had been brought in to continue the development of the project and by the end of the year, the plot looked a bit less like a town and a bit more like a small city, with new buildings, including houses, apartments, and shops rising above the earth and continuing to grow.

Today, Operation Thessaloniki is still going on and continues to run on the funds initially made in 2006, although with the somewhat higher than expected budget issues every now and again arise that are usually solved with little effort, and the city rises higher than ever every day. To assist their neighbor, Turkey sends in workers and equipment to help to continue building the city, which the Macedonian government promises the Sultan that, upon its completion, will become a major trading city for the two trade partners. The project has unfortunately received some negative attention from the Federation of Greece, who claims that the city lies within their claimed territory. Macedonia's response is that the city was abandoned and they took the initiative to restore it, therefore their claim is stronger.

Conflict with Greece

The conflict between the Macedonian-owned part of Greece has long been the subject of debate and disputes in both countries for over a decade, causing both riots and deadly fighting between the two countries, although on a small scale. The countries made contact in 1995, right after the king met with the sultan, and the idea of conflict became apparent for both countries almost instantly as the then Confederation of Greece had laid claim to all of former Greece, but many troops in the early Macedonian army were already stationed in Greek Macedonia, and many settlers already had farms there.

In 1997, after the Civil War started in Macedonia against the independent Serbs, the Confederation government fought between itself over whether or not to invade the Macedonian-held area, and by late 1998, elements had decided to go ahead with the idea. Soon bands of Greek troops had moved into the area, and moved many settlers into the area to further their claim over the land. However, by 1999, the war began to favor the Macedonians and many people in the Greek government began to worry about who would be seen as the bigger threat in the Macedonian Assembly, and that the quasi-invasion of the area would lead to a loss for their military.

After the war ended, multiple troops, helped into the area by helicopters, were able to fight against the Greek invaders, making many small, but effective, victories against the Greek soldiers, forcing them to retreat from the majority of the area, and soon they were forced from the area entirely by the end of 2001. In 2002, a new resolution was made in the government, give the Greeks already settled in the area an option, leave and go back to their homeland safely, or stay in their home and take their chances with the military on angry civilians. Many Greeks decided to come up with their own option, revolt, and in late 2002 the Greek Revolt began in Macedonia as many Greek citizens armed with weapons given to them by the Greek army revolted in many small towns and soon spread to the cities.

The army and air force was quickly deployed to deal with the rebels, and by early 2003, they last of the rebels were killed or captured, and afterwards all settled Greeks from the Confederation were forced back and their farms were either overrun by the government and sold off, or burnt to the ground by vengeful civilians. In the whole revolt, 542 people were killed - 126 Greeks, and 416 Macedonians - and after connections were found between the rebels and the Confederation Army, the Macedonian government was outraged and demanded the Confederation hand over all of the army personnel that they believed were involved in the matter to be tried as war criminals. Their request was denied and the relations between the two countries, which had been strained greatly even before the Civil War, were put into a hot zone and many thought that open war between the two countries was imminent, especially after a mobilization of the Macedonian army along the border was implemented in October of 2003.

But both countries believed that a war would be too costly for their economies and militaries. Soon, tensions between them cooled down. Today, Greece is a member of the League of Nations, while Macedonia is an applying member, the official stance on their tensions is that Greece lays claim to the area, while the northern part of former Greece is technically administered and occupied by the Macedonians, and for the most part, countries in the LoN are often divided on the issue.

Contact With the Outside World

Since the mid 90's Macedonia has made contact with many other countries around the world - even some across the Atlantic Ocean - and these countries trade with Macedonia via land and sea, bringing through their relationship with Macedonia mutual prosperity.

Contact with Rhodope was established in 1995 after they exchanged ambassadors to show that the new relationship between the countries had stabilized and both countries have continued to exchange goods, mainly crops and steel, but recently they have been selling the Rhodopians some machine guns and trucks to show their new power and respect for that nation.

Contact with Turkey and the Alpine Confederation has given the Kingdom many new products including a few annual airplanes exchanged with the Alpine Confederation and energy technologies and ships made in Turkey. In 2001, contact was established with the states of former Italy, first Venice, then San Marino, and finally Tuscany and Genoa, and they continue to enjoy a lasting relationship with each of these countries, trading multiple items with them, mainly steel, food, and vehicles.

In 2010, when the Italian Peninsula Alliance was created, King Alexander and the current president of Macedonia, Gjorge Ivanov, were at the creation ceremony and instantly established a general ambassadors position for the Alliance and now conducts more trade with the members of the Alliance than ever. In 2002, after making contact with Italian countries and establishing relations with them, contact was also made with the Sicily Republic, but they were unable to open relations until after 2004 due to Sicily's "cold peace" era and even when it did make contact, the government was very unwilling to establish a relationship due to the mafia government and its military expansion.

Today, Macedonia condemns Sicily's expansionist policies and mafia government, and, since 2008, has begun supplying arms and ammo to the brigands who oppose the current criminal government, and unlike Greece, does this for the good of the Sicilian people, rather than their own expansionist policies and continues to condemns the Palermi government.

Contact with Brazil was established first in early 2008, when the two countries first made contact through League of Nations envoys in Italy. After an agreement was made in Skopje in May of 2008, the two countries began to engage in open trade, with Macedonia selling to Brazil basic crops such as wheat and corn, and also giving Brazilian companies the ability to operate in Macedonia. In returnm the Brazilians gave Macedonian companies the ability to operate in Brazil and also converted multiple factories to produce Macedonia tanks and small arms. And then in late 2008 they also established contact with Brazil's northern neighbor, Venezuela. They entered a similar agreement with Venezuela, but on a smaller scale than with the Brazilians.

In late 2009, Macedonia learned of the CANZ's outpost on Malta and the two countries made official contact when a military ambassador from Macedonia met the CANZ's garrison commander. The King of Macedonia, Alexander II, talked to the CANZ Governor-General, John Howard, via radio and they decided to enact a military and economic relationship between the two countries. The agreement is similar to the one they have with Brazil, except it also assures Macedonian support for the garrison on Malta and to give protection to Macedonia from Sicilian aggression. And, although not receiving much success, they also tried to assist the relationship between Macedonia and Greece.

Albanian War

Macedonia made official contact with the survivor states of Albania across their western border in September 2008, after years of intruding in the region. Albania's capital city, Tirana, had been nuked during Doomsday and partial anarchy had occurred due to the Albanian leadership being killed. Five generals created a dictatorial oligarchy and took complete control of the economy and military with hopes of restoring Albania to self-dependency, mainly in agriculture and fuel, and re-established the People's Republic of Albania.

The problems they had were that their petroleum stores dried up quickly due to the constant need to supply transport trucks and tanks with oil, and the fact that oligarchy was not ready to turn to natural gas as a major resource. The affect on the Albanian economy was devastating as bio-fuel was used in an attempt to restore the fuel industry, but the amount they could obtain was small and it took away from the agricultural industry, sending some parts of Albania into starvation. With the economy failing, the Albanians decided to look for outside nations to help their dwindling economy, and found such a nation in Macedonia.

Macedonia opened trade with the Albania states in November of 2008, and small amounts of food started to be sent to the Albanian people, but the generals demanded more from the Macedonian to help their people. However, the Macedonians thought the amount being given was sufficient.

Tensions rose throughout the next three months as demands from the Albanians grew greater. Macedonia refused to give them their demands, and even more, the Albanians demanded Macedonian bio-fuel technology, and even some of their tanks. The demands were refused by Macedonia, and in turn Albania built-up its military along the western western border. The Macedonians gave the Albanians a 72-hour deadline to abandon the border and threatened war. When the deadline wasn't met on May 15, 2009, the Macedonian assembly declared war on the PRA and moved its troops into border positions to combat the Albanians, if they invaded, or if Macedonia invaded Albania. Such an attack came from Albania on May 21, 2009 when 60,000 troops, mostly conscripts with little training and ammunition, invaded Macedonia through the western border, but advanced into a line of border positions with machine gun positions hidden throughout the border, killing hundreds of Albanians on the first day.

Serious defense was used against the Albanians as almost all non-reserve tanks were moved to fight the invaders, who had very little, if anything, to combat armored vehicles, and the quick movement of Macedonian troops to the front lines stunned commanders in the Albanian army, and their dictators, two of which moved to the front lines to command troops. While the Macedonians were outnumbered, the Albanians were outgunned and under-trained, and, on top of all that, very few were fed, and when the winter months came along after a long stalemate had halted the Albanian advance, many either died of cold or malnutrition. When March came the the winter ice and snow thawed, the dictators ordered their troops into a massive assault on the Macedonian front line, however, many troops ended up either surrendering to the Macedonians or being killed after attempting a breakthrough.

The turning point came on April 16, 2010, when the Albanians attacked the Macedonian city of Gostiver, where the Macedonians of the Macedonian 3rd Brigade, a detachment from the Division that defends Skopje, a force of 5,000 men had been left to defend the city from an attack by 12,000 Albanian troops. The overstretched and under-equipped Albanians lost many men fighting the Macedonians, but when the Macedonian tanks came in to support the 3rd Brigade, the Albanian troops surrendered on April 30, and the greatest surprise was when Brigadier General commanding the 3rd Brigade found out that the opposing commander had been one of the Albanian dictators, who surrendered himself to the Macedonians and was made into a POW and sent to their base in Skopje for interrogation.

On May 5, with a majority of the invaders killed or captured, the Macedonians launched Operation Молња (Lightning), which began with 40,000 men of the Macedonian army reserves, supported by their reserve tanks and 23,000 paramilitary soldiers, punched through the small Albanian defenses after a short artillery barrage and pushed deep west into Albania, capturing what little remained of the Albanian army. On June 26, the Albanian War officially ended as the couple thousand strong reserve units of the Albanian army surrendered to a force of 25,000 Macedonian soldiers in the Albanian capital of Elbasan. All four remaining dictators were captured while attempting to flee further south from the capital.

The five dictators were made to stand trial in the Macedonian Supreme Court and were originally going to serve a short sentence of a few years, and then allowed to live either in Albania or Macedonia, but the truth came out soon afterwards when it was found out that the Albanians had been committing genocides of the minorities in captured towns and in other towns across Albania. In the end, all five were found guilty of war crimes and some crimes against humanity, and all five were sentenced to death - one escaped but was recaptured a day later and two failed in their suicide attempts - but on July 19, Republic Establishment Day, the five dictators were all publicly hanged in Shkoder. Central Albania is today a Macedonian protectorate, with the treaty ending the war forbidding them from having armed forces, but are defended by the Macedonian troops stationed there regularly, and recently, the Albanian Reconstruction Act passed through the Assembly which allows Macedonia to help in the rebuilding of the Albanian economy of what is now a real republic. Northern Albania was annexed outright, in line with old claims by the royal family to the region, and to better secure the region against Serbia.

War with Serbia

After a relatively long lull in fighting in the area, on June 15th, the six hundred and twenty-second anniversary of the Battle of Kosovo, a coup by the Serbian military overthrew the democratically-elected government of Serbia. Božidar Delić, a general in the Serbian Army, supported by his own soldiers, stormed the National Assembly of Serbia, and installed himself President. Serbian Bosnian radical Milomar Stakić was declared Prime Minister, and Ivica Dačić, the former Prime Minister, was shot by the military junta. All across Serbia, the military, acting in synchronization, seized each provincial government and established military rule all over the nation. The military was put into a moment of statis as the junta moved to consolidate its new position as the Serbian government.

Rebellions opened up across the North and the East of Serbia, as opposition to the junta broke out and sporadic fighting in the cities grew. The League of Nations condemned the coup officially on the 16th, and called it "another spark for the Balkan powder-keg." But soon after the rebellions were put down in Serbia, the Macedonian government was forced to act. An emergency meeting of the National Assembly was called, and uniltateral actions were taken to condemn the Serbian coup.

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