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The Federal Republic of New Germany (German: Bundesrepublik Neudeutschland; French: Le Republique Federale de Alemagne-Nouveau) is a nation in West Africa. Founded by East Prussian settlers in 1841 as the colony of Prussian West Africa, it became independent following the usurpation of East Prussia in the early 20th century by France and remained an independent nation following the re-establishment of Prussian independence in 1944.
New Germany, despite its name, is a majority-black country with indigenous languages the most commonly spoken in rural areas. Amongst its white minority, Polish is the most common language, with two out of three white New Germans being of Polish descent. The official government language in New Germany is the Afripolski dialect of Polish, although most government correspondence includes nominal German. The capital and largest city of New Germany is Friedrichstadt. The current Chancellor (head of government) of New Germany is Ribor Krekewski, and the current President is Jamal Jafoutayene.
Colonial Era - Prussian West Africa
Prussian-born explorer Klaus Winkel charted the area in 1840. The government of East Prussia, eager to get involved with the colonial rush in Africa, established the Prussian West Africa colony in 1841 with Freidrich von Amheim its first regent, lending his name to the first coastal settlement of Friedrichstadt.
The East Prussian government purchased a large swath of land south of their initial stake from Denmark in 1855 and claimed further land inland after successfully defeating local tribes in 1868. In 1870, the Prussian West African Colonial Constitution was signed, giving it a nominally independent local government modeled on the semi-republican model of East Prussia itself. Like East Prussia, the landowners of Prussian West Africa could elect a Governor, who oversaw the day-to-day activities in the colonial capital, and also appointed a representative to the court of the East Prussian President who had no legislative power.
As an overwhelmingly rural region, Prussian West Africa did not experience significant growth inland until the 1890's, when poor Germans and Poles from the Empire migrated towards Africa due to the collectivization of much of their farmland. A second large wave of Poles would arrive in 1902 and for the next decade due to the re-absorption of East Prussia into the French state.
The colonial economy, which was almost exclusively agricultural and resource-based, relied heavily on the indentured labor of native Africans on Prussian-owned farms. However, as slavery was illegal in the Republic of East Prussia, it was similarly illegal in Prussian West Africa, to the dismay and strong resentment of many landowners in the mid-1800's.
Independence and Colonial Wars
Following France's controversial annexation of East Prussia, a group of the New German elite gathered in Friedrichstadt. Refusing to hand over control of the colony to the homeland's occupiers, the group officially declared the colony's independence as the Republic of New Germany. The leader of the group, Matthias Wexler was chosen to be the first Chancellor and Klaus Weisz became the first President.
Early 20th Century and Civil War
Elections of 1976 and Jaruzelski Era
Elections of 1989 and Present Day
The New German government is an almost perfect copy of the East Prussian government. However, the roles of the Chancellor and the President have been switched. During the Colonial era the government was dominated by the white minority.
New Germany has almost complete control of a massive offshore oil field. There are several large oil refineries in the northernmost state of New Germany. A series of pipelines transport the oil from the offshore oil platforms to the refineries, and from there to the main port of Friedrichstadt for export. Oil is New Germany's greatest export, and gives the nation a healthy supply of income.
New Germany is estimated to have a population of about twenty million people, of which about 80% are native Africans. Out of the approximate 20% of the population which is white, the large majority of white New Germans are descended from a Polish background, either from western East Prussia or the Districts of Warsaw and Poland in the French Empire. About 10% of the white population of New Germany is descendant from German ancestry, concentrated almost exclusively in the two major cities, Friedrichstad and Neudanzig (New Danzig).
The largest religion in New Germany is Roman Catholicism, with as much as 70% of the population identified as Catholic. The Protestant minority accounts for another 25% of the population, with Judaism, Islam and native faiths a mere remaining 5% of the general population.
The official languages are Polish and German, which are spoken primarily in the two main cities and their suburbs and appear on all official government correspondence - however, in the rural regions, where the majority of the population live, most New Germans speak their native languages, although rudimentary knowledge of Polish is common. As the Polish dialect in New Germany is unique after a century and a half of evolution alongside German and African tongues, the Polish dialect of New Germany is often called "Afripolski" and its development has been compared to the Afrikaans tongue of southern Africa's Boer population.
The military of New Germany is one of the most well-trained and well-armed in the entire continent of Africa. Most of the military academy trainers were experienced veterans who left East Prussia during the period after the French annexation of East Prussia and the re-establishment of the nation's independence.
New Germany has diplomatic relations with both the United States and France. However, relations with the French have suffered, due in large part to the treatment of Poles during the early 1930s and the ensuing large scale emigration to Africa. However, due to American support for anti-government rebels during New Germany's 1974-76 Civil War, as well as American interventions in Madagascar and Nigeria, the government has generally been suspicious of American economic interests in west Africa. New Germany is officially neutral in the Cold War, although it maintains strong relations with East Prussia, which is a CIC member-state, and thus is economically aligned with the French bloc as a whole by proxy.