Nanchung is a relatively new nation, but that has not kept it from having its own history. In 1997 the nation was formed from an assortment of gangs, but since 1998, it has proved remarkably united.
Doomsday and aftermath
Nanchung was one of the larger cities that escaped the Soviet missile attack-- unfortunately, swarms of refugees from the nearby city of Ganzhou and the collapse of the PRC sent the city into chaos. Somehow in 1985 the city's turmoil was reduced to around one hundred gangs that claimed different parts of the city. The civilians worked out a system of taxes that provided them with a degree of security: the "conquest tax", and the "maintenance tax". The slaughter of civilians turned into a uniform system of oppression, and the gangs began to count on resources from the populace.
Contact with the Dragon Empire (1997)
The Dragon State learned about Nanchung and its system a long time before Nanchung did due to their policy of annihilation. While it was known that the region was an extremely dangerous place, not until 1997 did the various factions in Nanchung realize that there was a central power in the area. Upon realizing the Dragons' tactics relied on offense, the various Leaders in Nanchung put together the "Tigers" under the direction of Hu Wang, one of the most powerful leaders, and launched an attack on the Dragon State.
Invasion of the Dragon State and Hu Wang's coup
The first assault of the forces from Nanchung was incredibly successful, due to the absence of the Dragon Army during the attack, eventually conquering the south side of the Yangtze River. With the news of plunder to be had, ruffians poured into the Anhui area. Hu Wang, used these recruits to build up his "Tiger Troops". With the return of the main Dragon army, the opposition stiffened, but the south side of the Yangtze was secured, neither side being able to effectively operate on the other side. At this point, many of the other leaders realized that most of the conquests were in the hands of Hu Wang. On September 21, 1997, Hu's brother, He Wang, led a major portion of the Tiger army into Nanchung and declared the city of Nanchung to be a unified, independent nation under the leader ship of the Hu Wang and the Tiger army. He declared all inhabitants of the city to be citizens and issued an ultimatum against the remaining troops in the city. Most of the city accepted Tiger rule, and those who did not were crushed in a bloody three-day battle.
The Nanchung-Dragon war
Upon hearing of the coup in the city, many of the warlords working with Hu Wang attacked him, while others rushed to Nanchung to try to take it back from the Tiger's while the war raged into the fall of 1998. For most of this time, the Dragon State left the battle on its southern border alone. The Wang brothers maintained their hold on Nanchung, but their fortunes on The Yangtze waxed and waned. In 1998, the dragon Empire successfully crossed the river, beginning a decline in the fortunes of the Tigers in the area. They fought a three-way war for a year and a half, slowly losing ground to both their former allies and to the Dragons.
Assassination of Hu Wang (2000)
In 2000, Gang Pu sent a small band of Dragon Troops into Tiger Territory to strike at the hind lines. After annihilating a scouting party, the Dragons located the camp of Hu Wang, and recognizing him to be of some importance, shot him multiple times before fleeing the wrath of his troops. With their leader gone, The Tigers quickly lost ground to the Dragon army. He Wang, realizing the war was lost, appointed a new Tiger General and set himself to moving the entire population of Nanchung to another place. He Wang, though not as militarily talented as his brother, had a way with words, and promising safety and security to those who held with him, led 85% of the population of Nanchung south to Gangzhou, holding a front, taking territory, and moving a nation simultaneously.
Great Migration: 2001
Leaving the affairs of the Dragon war to the tigers, He Wang formed a militia out of the populace of Nanchung and led them in a body to the city of Gangzhou. One out of seven Nanchungs died in the process, but they made it to the mostly empty city and established their capital there-- this accomplished, the tigers pulled out of Nanchung, and the remnants of the population were either killed or enslaved by the dragon army, leaving the city empty. Nanchung still claims to own its former territory and the ruins of the city are constantly prowled by both Dragon and Tiger forces.
In 2002 He Wang reformed the government of Nanchung to enfranchise the citizens who made the migration possible. He organized them into the People's Army (PA), and set up distinctions between them and the Tigers. While this has lessened his popularity among the Tigers, they recognized it strengthens the nation, and they became aggressive in a competition with the PA for honor.
He Wang has continued to expand his state using a constant anti-dragon rhetoric. He has also done his best to determine the new political landscape of China, afraid of repeating the ignorance of the Dragon State's existence. The lands between the two are occupied by a variety of armed groups, most of them in favor of The Tigers due to their different policies in handling outsiders.