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India is a former country that was once the seventh-largest country by geographical area, the second-most populous country, and the most populous democracy in the world. Today India is divided between several different states. The Union Interim Parliament (UIP) has come the closest to reuniting the subcontinent. Its weak government has taken significant successful measures to strengthen itself. The nation was constantly assaulted by rebellions and border wars with breakaway nations. However, in 2008 the UIP gained a measure of respectability when the League of Nations recognized it as the government of India and in 2013, it has regained control over former East India through Operation Dissolution.
The early 1980s were marked with rising social unrest in India. Insurgents were on the rise in the Punjab; violence in Assam between native villagers, refugees from Bangladesh and other Indians; tensions with the Sikhs and various abuses of civil liberties.
From 1983 until well into the mid-nineties, India faced the separation of many regions into separate states. Pakistan was also able to expand into the disputed Kashmir region in this period. This left much of the somewhat prosperous country in shambles
UIP on the Offensive
After a heavy session of negotiations between the ANZC and the Union Interim Parliament, a treaty called the Indo-ANZC Treaty of Friendship, Alliance and Co-ordination was signed on January 20, 2009. In exchange for heavy military and economic aid to the UIP, free trade was extended to ANZC.
With the new aid arriving, the UIP decided to shift its focus on bringing the break-away nations back into the fold. On March 21, UIP forces launched an attack on several military bases of Gondwana and Telangana, sending effective warnings to Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Tula Nada and the largely Communist states of the North-East. Telangana and Gondwana declared war on UIP on April 10th. The two nations were fully occupied on August 4 and August 15, respectively, but resistance continued in parts of the two countries. This step was criticized by India's neighbor, the Islamic People's Republic of Pakistan, which provided sanctuary to the exile governments of both states.
The League of Nations has remained split on the issue as both of the major power blocs use the situation to fight out their own disputes. The South American Confederation has demanded that the UIP end its occupation and vowed to provide military support to Pakistan if India attacks it. The ANZC, however, supports the invasions and argues that the UIP is bringing order to a much destabilized region.
On September 11, 2009, UIP forces launched Operation Green Hunt, with airborne soldiers dropping on the UIP-Sikkim border. They successfully captured the major roadways into Sikkim. There were about 5,000 troops dropped in helicopters, about 3,000 of which are organized into "stealth teams" of about 25-30 soldiers each. Each stealth team consisted of three to five specialized snipers in special suits, eight to twelve regular troops with silenced assault rifles and six to nine "demolition men" who carried most of the explosives, grenade launchers and flamethrowers. The aim of stealth teams was to work like ghost teams in the dense forests of Sikkim, clearing away the Sikkim military bases. On September 21, 2009, the government of Sikkim finally launched a counter-offensive against the UIP operations. By that time, however, it was too late as almost one-quarter of Sikkim has already been cleared. On September 23, 2009, Sikkim declared a full-scale war against the UIP. However, the lack of a proper army caused UIP forces to single handedly win the war. Sikkim surrendered on September 26, 2009. Sikkim's leader fled to Pakistan. This was more of a symbolic victory as the Sikkim government itself barely had any proper control on its own region anyway.
Operation Red Blood
On October 2, 2009, the birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi, UIP forces launch Operation Red Blood. Operation Red Blood involved about 70,000 men of the UIP Army. The aim was to dissolve the north-eastern break-away state of Arunachal Pradesh - the first to be re-entered into the Union. On October 3, UIP forces were dropped along the Bhutanese-Arunachal border. Bhutan, being an ally of the UIP, allowed Indian forces to pass through Bhutan. The following day Indian soldiers were dropped in the UIP-controlled region of Manipur, the Indian Air Force planes and choppers "illegally" flying through the "airspace" of the countries of Bodoland and Assam. On October 5, UIP forces infiltrated Arunachal Pradesh from its western and south-eastern borders. Arunachal Pradesh was crushed in the war, having been attacked from both sides. The war went on for the next month. Finally, on November 5, Arunachal Pradesh surrendered. The government was exiled to Brazil. Arunachal Pradesh was once again a part of India.
The New Round Table Conference
The New Round Table Conference was held following the threat to stop goods supply to the subcontinent issued by the South American Confederation if the UIP continued its war on the break-away states. The UIP member states with their representatives held The New Round Table Conference, on November 15, for a possible unification of the UIP members into a country so that a more stable system could be established. Also present at the conference was the ANZC Prime Minister, John Key. A Westminster-style Federal Republic was the most the states could agree upon, though UIP President Manmohan Singh pushed for a stronger central government. PM John Key stayed away from taking sides, considering it as India's internal affairs. The UIP spokesperson commented at the end of the conference, "We didn't and We couldn't expect to be making a country with the very first conference. This is satisfactory." It is expected to take several months to a year to reach a solution, if not more.
Second Round Table Conference
Citing the success of the first Round Table, the Second Round Table Conference was held with the intention of further establishing the UIP as a more unified country. It was at this conference on February 21, 2010 that the Lokpal Bill was brought forward, but it would take a year for it to be passed through Parliament. Another issue discussed was the capital building, and funds were allocated to build a new Parliament in Bombay. Matters were then moved on to the government itself. President Singh again insisted on a stronger central government and this time some considerations were made. However, things did not get very far. The states also wanted to have a chief minister and a government, like pre-Doomsday India and this was hastily agreed on, as it was a system which had mostly worked but had flaws, which in time could be ironed out. The UIP spokesperson commented again at the end of the conference, telling the assembled reporters that "Things are starting to move in the right direction. More conferences like these will be hugely beneficial to the country."
Third to Fifth Round Table Conferences
With the two successful Round Table conferences helping the UIP on the path into a real country, the Third, Fourth and Fifth Round Table Conferences were held on April 20, 2010, September 15, 2010 and January 18, 2011, respectively, with the Fifth being the last. These conferences were where all the problems following the first two were hoped to be ironed out. President Singh was present at all of the Conferences, helping to lead the talks in the right direction.
By the end of the Fifth Conference, the central government was finally given some real power, though still far less than a normal national government, while political parties began to stage a comeback, with several new ones being founded during the conference. The flaws in the government were worked on, and it was made somewhat more efficient. It was decided that a parade would be held on January 26th of every year, starting in 2012, to commemorate the old Republic. Another parade would also be held on the anniversary of the formation of the UIP.
The last Round Table Conference helped conclude the political side of the nation building and the UIP spokesperson commented at the end of the fifth conference, telling the assembled reporters that "We have discussed whatever we thought necessary that will help rebuild our nation". He also added, with a grin, "All other topics will now be debated in the Parliament. That's what a parliament is for".
Following the Indo-Siberian Treaty of Friendship, signed on the 20th of March, 2012, the UIP began to receive a large amount of supplies, military hardware and technical support from Siberia. Not only this, it was now possible for the UIP to repair some of its more advanced fighters which had fallen into disrepair following the chaos of Doomsday. As well as this, increased amounts of coal and petroleum helped to put UIP machinery back into regular use, helping to strengthen it military presence in its territories.
On the 25th of March, 2013 - a year after the Treaty with Siberia, a MiG-21 crashed in the jungles of Bodoland.
Southern Breakaway States
The southern breakaway states included Tamil Nadu, Rayalaseema, Andhra Pradesh, Tula Nada, Gondwana and Telangana. However, in 2009, the breakaways of Gondwana and Telangana were conquered, with Tula Nada being conquered in April 2013.
Eastern Breakaway States
The east was the region where most regions broke away. The breakaway states here included Bodoland, Assam, Dimasaland, Achikland, Kamtapur, Nagaland, Manipur, Tripura, Arunachal Pradesh, Zozam, and Sikkim. Arunachal Pradesh and Sikkim are now part of the UIP, however.
Sikkim's origins lie in the 1988/1989 war between India's neighbors Bhutan and Nepal. Bhutan and Nepal did not share a border; they were separated by the Indian state of Sikkim. This state had a large ethnic Nepali population, so the inhabitants let the Nepali army through, against the will of the government of India, which was trying to mediate the situation. When India tried to punish the state government of Sikkim, the state broke away from India, joining other breakaway states. Sikkim became a valuable Nepali ally in their war against Bhutan. Sikkim was therefore also a battleground during their second war from 1997 to 2004. Sikkim was eventually annexed back to India in 2009.
During 2013, a crash of a MiG-21 led to the escalation of a rescue operation into a full-blown conflict with the eastern breakaways. Operation Dissolution, as it came to be known, lasted for two months and led to the crushing of the breakaways and the re-absorption of them into the Union Interim Parliament. As of 2014, the regions recovered are under military control, being administered as the Eastern Military Zone.
Union Interim Parliament (UIP)
See main article:Union Interim Parliament