Since Doomsday there have been several nations in the area formerly occupied by pre-doomsday Southern Scotland
Scottish Municipal Alliance
After the devastation of Doomsday, a few Scottish towns banded together to provide for one another. As the alliance developed in Peebles it became increasingly powerful and grew to dominate the surrounding towns. They built an armed forces and set about expanding.
When they discovered the town of Lockerbie in 1986, it was absorbed. However this was the alliances downfall. Lockerbie, though it had a large population, had descended into anarchy. Eventually a government was set up that only kept the city civil by uniting it with preaching against the Communist terror. After Lockerbie's annexation this hatred spread throughout the Alliance causing conflict and death. Lynchings of those with Communist sympathies became widespread and these were only put down with military force. The Alliance lost large amounts of territory to the Kingdom of Scotland during the early 1990's and finally fell, torn apart by the assent of the Scottish Republic in late 1993.
Kingdom of Scotland
In mid 1990 a group of anti-communist Scottish monarchists joined together under a man named James Stuart, their aim was to restore to Kingdom of Scotland to its former heights, James Stuart took the royal name James VIII to try to show continuity with the former Jacobian Kingdom from pre 1707. Over the next three years support for this new Kingdom grew throughout the area until it controlled nearly two-thirds of the former south of Scotland. Throughout this time they struck into the heart of the Scottish Alliance suffering few losses.
The Republic was born in Peebles in 1993, out of anti-Communist sympathisers who had been part of the Kingdom of Scotland but found the policies to limited. They crushed the remains of former Scottish Alliance territory and bought it to heel. It then became extremely isolationist and when a Celtic ship caught in a storm docked in one of their ports the Celts were quickly ejected.
Anti-Celtic sentiment quickly spread through the population. Communists and Celtic sympathisers were unceremoniously chucked out of the country or put into camps. The country was however still democratic and tended to have coalition governments. In the fevered political climate the New Party was born. Vehemently Anti-Celt and Anti-Communist, they struck a chord with the population. In a general election they got a majority and set about purging Celtic influence from their culture. So much money was put into this that the economy collapsed.
The area of southern Scotland suffered a civil war between two factions which began in 1995.
Scottish Republic and Kingdom of Scotland - Civil war
When a Royalist - Republican Civil War broke out, the New Party swiftly forgotten.
The war lasted for four long years with both sides taking and losing territory regularly, the war killed an approximated third of the male population aged between 15 and 30. Any infrastructure that had survived doomsday and the subsequent fifteen years was destroyed or severely damaged.
These two nations duked it out into the late 1990's and the war only came to an end with the assent of a third nation.
After the collapse of the Kingdom of Scotland, King James VIII fled east into the Scottish wilds near the current Northumbria border, nothing has been heard of him since the winter of 2007, he is assumed dead.
Scottish New State
The Scottish New State was anti-democracy, anti-republican, anti-monarchy, anti-Celt and anti-Communist. The nation was born out of a neutral zone to the North of the two battling sides. The neutral zone was home to vast prison camps where prisoners of war were stored. The remnants of the New Party had a stronghold here and began drawing escaped prisoners to them, using small aircraft to bombard prison camps with propaganda.
In 2003, the Great Rebellion began. The prison camps revolted and the Scottish New State was established in the Neutral Zone in 2005. They now had access to a hardy, tough, experienced and large army. In two years the two other states were brought to heel and the age of Scottish fascism had begun.
The leader at the time of the rebellion was Donald James Abbot who took power with the title of Chairman, however he died of a suspected heart attack at the base of operations in Pebbles in 2008 (rumours soon spread among the population that he had been assassinated) he was succeeded by his deputy Stuart Michael Macintire.
The New State government was not interested in the diplomatic overtures of the Celts. They once again kicked out Celtic traders and Celt sympathisers. They then went on to 'encourage' minority ethnic groups to leave. Many went south to Cleveland, Northumbria or Rheged or west to the Celtic Alliance in Stranraer.
In mid 2007 the police and military were officially merged and a culture of observation grew. To increase revenues, the Guilds were set up and each was to control a certain aspect of the economy. Over time these Guilds came to dominate Scottish politics.
In recent years the Scottish New State have relaxed their xenophobic tendencies toward other nationalities. However, they still are extremely anti-Celtic Alliance.
The New Scottish State changed its name on January 1st 2011 to Ur Alba (or New Scotland) it is thought that the name change was implemented to bring the old Scottish language back into general use, it is now the official language of the country, and also to try an distance itself from the old administration of the former Chairman Donald Abbot who was thought to be too controlling and was trying to turn Scotland into an almost Fascist state.
The Guilds of Scotland
The Guilds of Scotland were set up in 2007 by the former Chairman Donald Abbot, these guilds registered every craftsman and placed them into a specific guild, if a craftsman are not registered they cannot legally work in the Scottish New State.
To become a member you must be born in the area covered by the former country of Scotland (including the Celtic Alliance controlled north) or must be of Scottish descent (have three previous generations born in Scotland)
Originally founded as a version of the trade union movement they have now turned into a more cartel (some say almost mafia type) based system.
There are many Guilds in Scotland these include:
- Merchants Guild.
- United Farmers Guilds (including the Wheat Guild, Barley Guild and Oat Guild).
- Carpenters Guild.
- Stonemason and Brickmakers Guild.
- Armourers Guild.
- Foresters Guild
- Fishermens Guild
- Irrigation Guild
- Linen Guild
- Wool Guild
Discovery The Scottish New State had been known to the Celtic Alliance for years. They had kicked out all Celtic traders in one of their many revolutions. Contact with the South only came after the Celtic Alliance opened relations with Cleveland. After that, more and more nations were discovered. They swiftly realised they could not survive isolated.
They were not interested in the overtures of the Celtic Alliance, fearing their ultimate annexation. However, to the south was a variety of smaller states, equally disinterested in the influence of the Celts. In recent years, the New State has toned down some of their more vehement policies which they had pursued such as 'elimination' of immigrants and those of impure heritage. They have done this in an attempt to win favour with their cousins to the north and south.
Transition to Democracy Under pressure from its neighbours to the South, Chairman Stuart Macintire announced a series of changes to the the New State. First of all the Chairman must stand for election every five years by the Chamber who can veto any of the Chairman's decisions by a simple majority. A democratic vote for members of the Chamber is to be introduced, but the vote has certain privileges attached and recognises the Guilds as the power in Scotland. Government The Scottish New State and latterly Ur Alba was run by the Chamber. With the leader of the Chamber being the Chairman.. The Chamber is made up of representatives elected from each Province of the Scottish New State.
There are currently 20 representatives in the Chamber (known as members of the Chamber or MC), each is elected from his or her province every five years by a simple majority vote. In practice many provinces are more corrupt than others, many only having one person to vote for. To become a member of the Chamber the people must be twenty years old, a member of a Guild of Scotland and be of Scottish descent.
On the 1st of December 2010 the general election countrywide elected 17 members of the new Chamber. With two from each former province (each province was divided into two parts)
Names of their current representatives and guilds are are:
- East Lockerbie - Mary Johnstone : Wheat Guild
- West Lockerbie - John Phillips : Brickmakers Guild
- East Dumfries - Cameron MacDonald : Barley Guild
- West Dumfries - Maria MacDonald : Barley Guild
- Tweeddale - Sarah Maxwell : Farmers Guild
- Peebles - Anna MacPhearson : Wool Guild
- East Clydesdale - Callum MacDuff : Foresters Guild
- West Clydesdale - Angus Monroe : Miners Guild
- East Roxburgh - Stuart Macintire - Deceased : Armourers Guild
- West Roxburgh - Andrew Lewis : Stonemasons Guild
- East Midlothian - John Sutherland : Linen Guild
- West Midlothian - Alistair Drummond : Foresters Guild
- East Carrick - Gavin Buchanan : Miners Guild
- West Carrick - Neil Campbell : Irrigation Guild
- East Livingston - James Stewart - Deputy Chairman : Merchants Guild
- West Livingston - Alison Ferguson : Carpenters Guild
- North Ayrshire - Kyle Mackay : Fishermens Guild
- South Ayrshire - Arlean Frazer : Linen Guild
- East Kirkcudbrightshire - Malcolm MacKinnon : Fishermens Guild
- West Kirkcudbrightshire - Fiona Fletcher : Oat Guild
Although the names of the Scottish New State are the roughly the same as the former constituencies of Scotland they do not cover the same area. Many such as Livingston and Midlothian only cover a tiny part of their former range.
The Chamber meets every Monday, Wednesday and Friday in Venlaw Castle on the outskirts of Peebles.
The Chairman is voted in every five years by the 20 members of the Chamber, from the 20 members of the Chamber. The Chairman rules a virtual dictator however in recent years the ultimate power of the Chairman have been reduced. These recent changes to the system do not turn Scotland into a democracy but instead place power in the hands of the Guilds, especially the Armorers and Merchants Guilds.
There have been two Chairmen of the Scottish New State
- Donald Abbot - 2005 to 2008
Donald Abbot was originally the leader of the New Party at the time of the civil war between the Scottish Republic and the Kingdom of Scotland he was also the leader at the time of the Great Rebellion in 2003, extremely hardline against anyone not of Scottish descent. Many people thought he was a borderline Fascist, although very few voiced these fears, and those who did 'vanished' shortly after. After Donald Abbot died in Peebles of a suspected heart attack in 2008, rumors began almost immediately that he had been assassinated.
- Stuart Macintire - 2008 to 8th May 2011
Stuart Macintire had been the Deputy Chairman when Donald Abbot died. Since he was at home on the outskirts of Peebles when he died so any suspicion of involvement in the death of the Chairman was not voiced.
Since coming to power in 2008 Chairman Macintire has introduced many new laws and has begun to make the Scottish New State a more democratic country. He is known for his more moderate attitude towards non-Scots. Many citizens in the Ur Alba believe him to be the best leader for the times. In 2011, under the leadership of Chairman Macintire, the Scottish New State changed its name to Ur Alba in another step away from the Fascist regime of the former Chairman Abbot
Chairman Macintire was discovered in old Peeble community centre by members of the Royal Cleveland Territorial Army on the 8th May 2011, it appears that he killed himself with a self inflicted gunshot would to the head.
Military of Ur Alba The military of the Ur Alba is disproportionately large, the army numbers over 18,000 (with a civilian population of approx 42,000). A political refugee who made her way to the Celtic Alliance called it 'The Prussia of the 21st century, an army with a country'. Though primitive, armed mostly with crude firearms built in workshops, their numbers are enough to present a real threat. The Ur Alba is separated into separate divisions these being
- Five divisions of Light Cavalry consisting of 100 men each
- Five divisions of Heavy Cavalry consisting of 100 men each
- 25 divisions of General Infantry consisting of 500 men each
- Ten divisions of Special Service Infantry consisting of 500 men each
After the taking of the town of Ayr in September 2010, Ur Alba now had access to a port town on the Irish Sea and began developing a new Navy, mainly consisting of small converted trawlers. Plans are also underway for a North Sea fleet based in North Berwick.
The new Scottish Navy has plans to build, or buy from other nations, new specialist vessels for its new fleet.
2010-11 Expansion Offensive
In late May and early June 2010 reports being filtering through to the authorities in the town of Stranraer in the Celtic Alliance of a large number of military units gathering in the western part of the New Scottish State.
On the 22nd August 2010, under the flag of the New Scottish State approximately 3000 men cross the border of the former A74 heading into the sparsely occupied unclaimed land west of the New Scottish State, they took the small southern town of Dumfries within three days due to their massive numerical advantage.
With a small occupying force holding the town, the main battle force moved westwards reaching Dalbeattie by the 1st of September, although the town held out for over two days it too was taken by the 4th of September. Due to the town holding out many major building in the town were burned by the occupying forces. Here the forces held for over a week before moving again west and north, during this week the Celtic Alliance moved 1500 troops from the Isle of Man to the Stranraer area expecting the New Scottish State to try to take the town from the Celts.
However instead of heading farther west and confronting the Celts, the battle force turned north and began traveling up the former A713 heading for the coastal town of Ayr. The leaders of the town of Ayr, after being warned by the Celts of the oncoming battle force, surrendered without a shot being fired on the 20th of September.
By late September the military of the New Scottish State had set up a frontier along the former A713 and A762. This involved setting up watchtowers every mile on the west side of the roadway and clearing one lane of the road to assist transportation of materials.
By the 7th of October a palisade had begun to be built along the west side of the old roadway, made of split trees from the Galloway forest. The palisade is eight-to-ten foot tall with a ditch six foot deep and four foot wide in front of the palisade. Gateways have been set up every en miles for access to the Celtic side of the new frontier. The palisade was completed in mid November 2010.
It has been nicknamed by the Celts The Macintire Wall.
On the 28th September 2010 Chairman Macintire declares to the Chamber that the unclaimed lands to the west of the New Scottish State are under Scottish control.
Information from the newly occupied Scottish lands are sketchy as best. However, it is known that many non-Scots and opposition forces members are being rounded up and put into camps around the small town of Glenlee.
It is estimated that the 2010 offensive nearly doubled the land area of the New Scottish State, however due to the extremely sparse population of the area the numbers of people now under Scottish control in the occupied land is only about 1700 people.
On the 1st of October, in a major move, the Chairman of the New Scottish State contacts the Celtic Alliance government via the leaders of the town of Stranraer. Over long wave radio he discusses the camps set up near Glenlee, and he asks that a ship is sent by the Celtic Alliance to Kirkcudbright Bay and that the New Scottish State will transport all non-Scots to the ship for removal from the area as he claims Scotland is for the Scots only.
Knowing the history of Scotland's treatment of non-Scots the Celts agree and the ship is due to arrive on the 3rd of October.
Early on the Morning of October 3rd 2010 the Celtic Alliance ship Hibernia enters Kirkcudbright Bay, two small fishing boat approach the ship, once alongside a contingent of New Scottish State army personnel board the ship and search it, making sure that there are no military personnel aboard.
Captain Adams of Hibernia meets with the leader of boarding party and discuss how many persons he will be expecting, Captain Adams is surprised to find out there are 572 people ashore and the Scots are expecting them to board in one day. Through the rain and mist, and across the bay, he sees several fishing boats making their way to the ship. People begin boarding shortly after 9am and continue loading until all 572 people are aboard. New Scottish State troops leave the ship at 6pm. Hibernia leaves Kirkcudbright Bay just after sunset on the 3rd of October.
12th December 2010
In recently declassified documents it has emerged that during the summer of 2010 a division of 500 Scottish infantrymen made an excursion to the east of the New Scottish State, in late August the team entered the destroyed city of Edinburgh.
Radiation levels within the city itself are discovered to be relatively low due the nuclear blast occurring over the nearby port town of Leith (and the fact that the wind was offshore at the time of the blast). The majority of the old town appeared to have burned shortly after the nuclear detonation and then collapsed over the following 25+ years, the New Town district of the city however appeared to have been heavily damaged in the blast and then also burned. In the following years the city has become almost totally overgrown with vegetation.
While exploring the city the soldiers were surprised to find an apparently working railway line running through the city and heading in the directions of the Northumbrian town of Berwick Upon Tweed and Glasgow in the Celtic Alliance, it is unknown who has rebuilt the line.
The Scottish soldiers entered the partially burned remains of Edinburgh Castle and found that the main Castle was almost intact, on entering the crown room they discovered the Honours of Scotland (the Scottish crown jewels) intact and still in their display cases. 100 men are left at the Castle to rebuild it as a garrison, guard the Honours and to continue to explore the destroyed city to try to salvage anything they can.
The remaining 400 men move along the east coast as far as the port of North Berwick, they leave a small contingent of 50 men to make the case to the locals for the New Scottish States expected take over of the area in the summer of 2011. the remaining men returned to the New Scottish State, throughout the exploration of the area they find small farming and fishing settlements and individual farmsteads but no major towns or any sign of major organisation.
It is expected that in the spring thaws that the New Scottish State will take over the majority of the area explored during the summer.
17th December 2010
Celtic Alliance troops doing their final patrol before retreating to Stranraer for the worse of the winter weather. Near the abandoned town of Newton Stewart they discover that some of the buildings have been repaired and inhabited however no people are discovered, notes are made to revisit the area in the spring.
Unknown to Celtic Alliance troops they did not realise is that the town has been re-inhabited by the 2nd Scots infantry Brigade (about 150 men) of the New Scottish army, they are using it as a unofficial border crossing point between the Scottish State and the Celtic Alliance on the former A75.
29th January 2011
Johnathan MacDonald, leader of the Ur Alba military announces that the 15 divisions of General Infantry, two divisions of Light Cavalry, two divisions of Heavy Cavalry and two divisions of Special Service Infantry (total of 3900 men) have taken control of the towns of Selkirk, Jedburgh, Kelso and Hawick to the east of Peebles ahead of the scheduled May invasion. They plan to consolidate their positions before moving east to the coastline. The taking of these towns were considered to be peaceful as there were no shot fired by either side. However, this was mainly due to the fact that the populations of the towns were small and were in the middle of an influenza outbreak.
The Northumbrian Witain has been informed that Ur Alba army personnel will be arriving in Coldstream in early to mid-February to set up a border crossing with Nortumbria
He has also informed the Celtic Alliance that he will expand Ur Alba from the current boundary of the A713, or 'The Macintire wall', further west to the A714 taking in the Galloway Forest in early 2011. A border crossing has already been set up in Newton Stewart and Girvan.
A new border structure is being built, it has already been nicknamed 'The MacDonald wall'.
Celtic Offensive by Ur Alba
In early April the military of Ur Alba began massing in the area between the so called Macintire wall and the westerly MacDonald wall. At the same time several vessels set out from the port of Ayr heading for the Celtic Alliance outpost town of Stranraer.
19th April 2011
One of the main military leaders General Johnathan MacDonald has announced that 12 divisions of Ur Alba Infantry as well as three units of Heavy Cavalry, three units of Light Cavalry and four units of Special Service Infantry (making a total of 8600 men) have taken up station near the border with the Celtic Alliance territory around the town of Stranraer with the intention of reclaiming the area for the Scottish homeland from the 'Imperialistic Celts' peacefully and with as little disruption to locals as possible.
Chairman Macintire has already sent messengers to the leadership of the town of Stranraer asking for the town and surrounding territories to vote on a referendum on joining Ur Alba and leaving the Celtic Alliance.
In order for the decision of the town of Stranraer to be made more quickly four vessels of the Ur Alba navy have set up station to discourage the Celtic Alliance Navy for interfering in what they believe is effectively a Scottish matter
An official Celtic Alliance statement has yet to be announced, however news has been filtering out of the territory of Stranraer. Many people are hoping that if they vote in the referendum not to leave the Celtic Alliance that the military of Ur Alba may back down, but many believe that even if the vote goes that way that the leadership of Ur Alba will not listen and will try to invade. If this happens the majority of the population believe it will be a short battle with Ur Alba severely outmanned and outgunned by the Alliance military.
With the port effectively being blockaded by the Ur Alba Navy many local families are making their way to smaller bays in hopes that they can be evacuated before military action begins.
This military action led to the Ur Alba war