The Republic of New Rhodesia is one of the most powerful nations of the African continent. The country is also a grand example of white supremacy for centuries. The country started out small, on the Cape of Good Hope and grew into an empire by the 20th century. Racial tension is near non existent after the blacks had been beaten into submission of their white Afrikaner rulers. The nation was a getaway for persecuted Europeans in the 1800s and eventually grew into the racist nation it is today.
New Rhodesia's story begins in 1801 when Frank Rhodes and hundreds of thousands of people of European descent travel down from Europe to the Dutch Cape Colony to escape European persecution. Europe was in chaos with a mess of wars and millions being killed. Rhodes was their de facto leader and the Europeans quickly set up shop in Cape Town and the surrounding area. For six years the people were tolerated by the Dutch governor but in 1807 after numerous calls to expand deeper into South Africa were silenced and rioting against local police the Dutch declared martial law. This only brought the rioters to the Colonial Administration building where the people threw the governor out of the window, held his wife for ransom and raided the local armory.
Rhodes quickly was elected the leader of the Free Cape Army and in a month they drove the Dutch out of the colony. The people were in love with Rhodes and decided to honor him by naming the country they had just formed, Rhodesia on July 7th, 1807. The Dutch slunk away back to Holland. Every July 7th mass celebrations erupt in honor of independence. The Rhodesians quickly expanded east forming the territory of what is now the State of Cape of Good Hope or Cape.
The Great Trek
For 30 years the former Dutch settlers were persecuted and beaten down. The first attempt of Dutch-Rhodesian rights happened in 1815 when leaders of the Afrikaner-Nederland's Organization and the Rhodesian government met. They discussed the rights of the Dutch people. It quickly descended into chaos once someone brought up the revolution against the Dutch. The Dutch quickly threw away their European heritage and called themselves Boers. The Rhodesian government quickly "escorted" all Boers to the frontiers so they would not blow up the cities in 1820. In 1823 attacks on the Boers increased to the point of rebellion in the town of Nek where the Rhodesian army put down a revolt against Rhodesian rule. Chaos with the Boers increased throughout the 1820s and 30s. More revolts, rebellions and riots continued. After enough, in 1835 Rhodes allowed them to leave. William Berg, a Boer farmer convinced the whole Boer population to leave. Tens of thousands of Boers left. The Boers went on their way defending against local tribes and feeding themselves. The Boers set up five new nations in South Africa. The Orange Free State was the first, followed by Basutoland, and Natal, then Transvaal, and finally Swaziland. These nations would remain independent until 1843 when Rhodesia's old enemies returned to reclaim land.
The Dutch Return
In 1843 the Dutch had decided to return to South Africa after their loss of New Holland and New Zeeland. The main reason was that in 1832 Rhodes died and his son, Franklin Rhodes II took power. On February 1st, 1843 Dutch troops landed in Cape Town and after a battle with the Rhodesian army took the city. President Rhodes set up a new capital in Kimberly. Other Dutch troops landed around Durban and Port Elizabeth. After three months of fighting the Boer nations joined the war against Rhodesia. Dutch forces from Cape Town advanced in Kimberly. General Hiram Wortman offered to hold the city to the last man while Rhodes escaped. All were killed in the defense of Kimberly. It was a slaughter, 20,000 people dead is the total count. The Boer nations were swiftly mopped up by the Dutch who pupated the region forming the nation of Zuid Afrika under rule in Cape Town.
Upper Rhodesian Era
By August 1843 Rhodesia was under the control of the Dutch puppet state of Zuid Afrika. Rhodes had fled along with much of the English speaking population in fear of reprisal from the Boers. Rhodes II and his followers set up a new nation north of Transvaal. The city they set up was Salisbury. Originally called the Free State of North Rhodesia the state was tiny concentrated around the city but by 1848 the nation was expanding across the region. Rhodes in 1850 declared the country of Upper Rhodesia. From their position up north the Upper Rhodesians would raid Zuid Afrika until it collapsed. Zuid Afrika never declared war but it did try to fortify its border.
Zuid Afrika lost thousands of soldiers against the Rhodesians. Rhodesian soldiers sacked border outposts and even ammo dumps. By 1884 things were extremely bad for Zuid Afrika. Talks were held in Johannesburg. The Dutch, tired of controlling Zuid Afrika, fled for the last time.
In August 1884 Zuid Afrikan Prime Minister Paul Kruger and Frank Rhodes II met in Cape Town. After the Dutch evacuated Zuid Afrika the nation was left to defend itself. On August 15th, 1884 people across Cape and Upper Rhodesia celebrated on mass as on that day Rhodesia was pronounced reunified. The Boer leaders met and decided to accept this regime as living under Dutch rule was hard due to the guerrillas. Each of the Boer nations were promised autonomy but they were quickly annexed into new states. On September 1st the leaders of Rhodesia and the Boer states decided a new name, New Rhodesia. A new flag was adopted to commemorate the unification under a new banner and the seal of the nation. To commemorate reunification New Rhodesia looked north, to the land known as Zambia.
Zambian Wars 1887-1901
In 1887 Franklin Rhodes II had forbidden expansion into the Bantu lands of Zambia but when he was killed by a Bantu national touring the northern border in Upper Rhodesia, the new leader Cecil Rhodes came to power and started the First Bantu War. Bantu forces were easily defeated within a month of fighting. The New Rhodesians forced a treaty on them. The region of the tribe Ngoni was annexed as the Territory of Southern Zambia. As more settlers moved into the region black nationals increased attacks on them sparking the Second Bantu was of 1891. New Rhodesian forces fight a brutal war of reprisal against the tribes. More of Western Zambia was annexed into New Rhodesia. Then in 1893 a white village of Randy was destroyed by tribesmen sparking the 3rd Bantu War. New Rhodesian troops pressed deep into Zambia which they overextended their supplies in the vast forests. Peace followed shortly in 1894 with Central Zambia annexed into South Zambia. In 1898 started the last Bantu/Zambian war. It started when the tribes of Zambia and Malawi invaded New Rhodesia in a huge offensive. Armed with rifles and cannons the New Rhodesians barely held them back. The tribes put the South Zambian capital of Livingstone under siege along with the city of New Horatio (OTL Lusaka). The New Rhodesian army gathered under Jan Smuts and Louis Botha in Upper Rhodesia. About 200,000 men of the Zambian Expeditionary Force set out. The first major battle was at Heron City (OTL Hwange) in Upper Rhodesia. The New Rhodesian troops easily won after luring the tribal warriors into a "fish trap" and then encircled them. Smuts and Botha split into two armies both were given authorization by Cecil Rhodes to use any means necessary. Smuts and Botha split into two armies. Botha would liberation Livingstone, Smuts would retake New Horatio. Both sides took huge casualties. The New Rhodesians to close quarters combat, the tribes to machine guns and ranged weapons. By 1900 both cities had been retaken. For another year New Rhodesia conquered the rest of Zambia and Malawi. South Zambia and the rest of the territory would become the Territory of Zambia and Malawi would be renamed the Territory of Nyasa. It is estimated one million people died in all a huge price to pay. And in 1902 Cecil Rhodes died and a new hard man was to take power for nearly half a century.
Smuts Regime Beginnings
On July 18th, 1902 Cecil Rhodes, the last of the Rhodes and President of New Rhodesia died of a sudden heart attack in the capital Cape Town. The nation mourned greatly. Many thought it was the end of the nation, that several weak men would bring the country down. However, some thought it was a good time to seize power. Jan Smuts, a hero of the Third Bantu War started making fiery speeches such as
"We can't just think that this nation would end because of one man's death. This nation has survived after many men's deaths. We can't just sit here and cry all day due to a fat man who only took charge because of some of these savages killed his father. We need a strongman, a man who would make Rhodesia stronger than the world, someone who can teach the blacks that they are beings - not simple savages - for that their only use is to kill each other. I want to take Rhodesia to the stars because I will sacrifice myself for my people and country."-Jan Smuts, September 1902
In the General Election in October 1902 Smuts won by a landslide against the Communist William Andrews. Smuts promised to make New Rhodesia as strong as ever. Smuts set his partner Louis Botha as Supreme Marshall of the New Rhodesian army. He began a building project which would construct a new capital named after the latter president, Cecilsville. Smuts also began a rapid modernization of the armed forces. Large guns, a new improved navy with the NRS Franklin Rhodes as its flagship being New Rhodesia's only battleship, new rifles based on an English designer who called the rifle after his last name, Enfield. Smuts also authorized the admition of the Territory of Mozambique into the new state of New Drakensburg in the south and territory of East Nyasa to the north and the Portuguese minority was given control of both parts of their former territory. Also he got the Roman ambassador to relinquish control of Madagascar to New Rhodesia's control in exchange for a trade deal. Smuts in 1912 formed the New Rhodesian Air Force after some planes coming from Europe interested him and the military. But relations in other parts of the world would drag Smuts into making a decision which will shape New Rhodesian history for the bloodiest.
The Great WarThough the war's beginnings are traced to South America with the Nevesian Empire backing the tiny North Plate Republic against the Kingdom of Guanabara, the war quickly fanned out across the world. Smuts was keen to keep New Rhodesia neutral but he couldn't hold back from the tempting grab of German Southwest Africa. Once the war had spread to Europe in mid-late 1914 New Rhodesia fell in line with its English roots, aligning on the side of Nevesia and the Roman Empire. Rhodesian forces quickly swarmed into the German colony of Southwest Africa. Fighting was brutal against the German forces who inflicted a large number of dead on the advancing Rhodesians. Grand Marshall Botha did break the German line in his advance from Cape Town. Fighting continued into 1915 where the war dragged on with about 15,000 Rhodesians killed. Botha and Henry Lukin then got the idea to use black soldiers as cannon fodder. By February 1915 such progress was made that the colony's capital of Windhoek was captured. The German Governor-General quickly surrendered to New Rhodesian troops hours later. Since the German soldiers were mostly raised from the white colonization of the land German Southwest Africa was divided into the state of Bechuana, where most of the whites came from, and the Territory of Namaland. Fighting also became particularly bloody in East Africa as the Teutonic forces attempted to keep the New Rhodesian Corps from coming to the Western Front or the Patagonian Front. The brilliant German General Paul von Lettow-Vorbeck kept Rhodesia occupied till the end of the war. Many Rhodesian generals used the white soldiers to be sent elsewhere while using the black soldiers to fight in East Africa and today there is still the legend of the "Faithful Askari" the Africans loyal to Teutons and Germany. The first Rhodesian forces saw action on the Western Front at the Second Battle of Ypes when a Roman counterattack was decimated by 150 tons of chlorine gas by German soldiers. Other Rhodesian soldiers saw action against Guanabaran forces pouring into Rio De La Plata and the Iberian front against the Sultanate of Africa. The first New Rhodesian soldiers arrived in South America in winter 1915 in the Patagonian capital of Buenos Aires as the Rhodesian Expeditionary Force to South America or REFSA. General Lukin was transferred to the Western Front after other commanders had taken over the fighting in East Africa, Botha transferred himself to Patagonia in early 1916 and in Summer of that year with extra Andean soldiers reinforcing the line, Allied forces launched what Botha called the "Great Offensive North". At least 200,000 Allied soldiers overwhelmed Guanabaran positions driving them back 50 miles in open warfare which was unprecedented for the amount of men that was needed with such a break through. Some of this success was because the Romans gave the REFSA at least a dozen tanks to be used across the 300 mile long front. The offensive coasted nearly 100,000 Allied soldiers. In Europe the Rhodesian Corps fought more actions at Kitcheners Wood and Delville Wood supporting several Roman attacks. In late 1916 Iberia finally fell to the Africans. Most of the Allied soldiers were evacuated especially the fierce fighters of the Rhodesian Expeditionary Force. The war as it continued into 1917 grew more intense as a million Rhodesians were committing to the war effort. The Patagonian Front had subsided as the Guanabarans were thrown across the border. However, Botha moved up north to command the Nevesian army as it buckled under the weight of the Guanabaran and Guianan armies. In 1917 the German forces in East Africa could no longer sustain the war and von Lettow-Vorbeck and his forces moved into East Nyasa utterly destroying the Territory and ruining its infrastructure. Hope was brought into the war for the Allies when Columbia joined after years of neutrality. At first President Nathan McAlister of the Constitutional Party originally kept Columbia out of war because the people feared of the Allies using Columbian troops as cannon fodder. Finally after having enough trade ships sunk without warning and countless Columbian people and seamen killed President McAlister went to congress and demanded that congress declare war on Germany and the Central Powers. Columbia gathered a grand army of at least 200,000 green soldiers and marines. Columbian soldiers wouldn't be ready until General Cody Maol thought by 1919. The Allies begged for Columbian soldiers and most of these troops were sent to aid the Nevesian armies desperate fight. This army would when it arrived in late 1917 when the Nevesian Patriotic Party and the Nevesian Communist Party clashed and open civil war spurred the country into chaos. For a few more months into early 1918 the Communists and Patriots fought against the Guanabarans but by February 1918 a ceasefire between Nevesian Communists and Guanabarans started in a train car outside Axente. The soldiers stationed in Nevesia halted all operations until further orders. And in July 1918 Allied leaders just blatantly decided to intervene on the side of the Patriots and reopen the Amazon front in fear of the whole Guanabaran army moving against Patagonia. Grand Marshall Botha advised the Patriots in their fight against the Communists until 1919 when he died of heart failure. His body was transferred back to New Rhodesia and buried in Patriots Rest outside of Salisbury. 1918 was the soldiers year, all soldiers wanted to go home and finish up the war. The Guanabarans and Germans launched there spring offensives like planned. Germany fielded its own tanks in their Spring Offensive and nearly got to Paris but the Second Battle of the Marne when Columbian soldiers stopped them and pushed them back. In South America the Guanabarans attempted to re-cross the Plate River. Thankfully their army was decimated and Guanabara pulled back into a hermit like state. The Allies would then liberal North Plate and New Rhodesia pulled its men out of Patagonia. These veterans were sent to the Western Front were the Allies had amassed over two million men. In Mid 1918 the Allies launched the Hundred Days Offensive to try to dislodge German forces from France and Italy. The offensive was a major success and the Allies began driving the Germans into Germany. Meanwhile in Nevesia, 1918 Allied forces began to fight against the Communists for a thankless people. And the Emperor of Nevesia was killed by the Communists. Fighting in Europe continued with 300,000 Allied soldiers killed in the drive for Germany. 50,000 of those were New Rhodesians. Smuts had Hero's Valley created in honor of the dead of the war and the first dead are put to rest. The Hundred Days Offensive quickly stopped in November due to the winter and fight was only limited to raids and artillery duels. 1919 was the 5th and last year of the war. Already 100,000 Rhodesians were dead. The Rhodesian army still had at least one million white men still contributing to the war effort. A side note for 1918, it was that year that the greatest advocate for black equality in Rhodesia, Nelson Mandela was born. Early 1919 saw the Patagonian offensive into Guanabara. Patagonian forces recaptured the North Plate Republic and drove into Sao Pedro. According to the plans or Roman General J.C Fuller, Allied forces with hundreds of tanks strike deep into Germany while Allied aircraft under the command of Willy Mitchell would bomb German cities. The Offensive began on February 1st, 1919 with a huge artillery barrage. Allied soldiers comprising of Columbians, New Rhodesians, Romans, Californians, Cygnians, and Estibordoans. The Allied Spring Offensive drove into the wreck of the German/Teutonic lines. The Central Powers collapsed. Into summer the veterans of the Patagonian front made there way to the western front. The Summer put more men into graves as the Allies pressed forward. On September 5th, 1919, the German chancellor announced Germanys surrender after the oust of the Kaiser. In the Teutonic Empire the surrender of Germany sparked protests to end the war and a week later the Great War was over.
Smuts Gone MadIn 1921 the New Rhodesian army returned home from Europe and South America. Although some 300,000 Rhodesian soldiers had died the population was rejoicing. Jan Smuts was hailed as a hero. Smuts enacted the "NRDF act", the act of arming up the Rhodesian army and becoming a African powerhouse. Throughout the 1920s the Army was reequipped and a special tank and aircraft manufacturing projects began. The first Rhodesian tanks the Ridgeback Mk.1 was a combination between the Rhomboid tank designs of 1916 and the newer Renault models. South Africa Steel introduced the P-25 mono-wing fighter. The 1930s would only see more radical changes. The Boer engineer Daniel Johann introduced the JP-1 which was a more advanced fighter (similar to that of a 1930s Italian fighter). The strategic bomber program began with Cape Air's design the B-41 Giraffe (similar to a German H-111). The army received the first heavy tank as well, the Olifant Mk.1 (similar to Churchill with some tiger features) and the cruiser tank, the Lion 4 (similar to a Crusader tank).
Smith Regime Seems To Promise Change
Zaire-New Rhodesian War 1964-1970
New Rhodesian Bush Wars 1960-1982
Franklin Rhodes 1807-1832
Franklin Rhodes II 1832-1887
Cecil Rhodes 1887-1902
Jan Smuts 1902-1950
Ian Smith 1950-2007
Eugene Terre'Blanche 2007-Present
States and Territories
Cape of Good Hope or simply Cape is the first Rhodesian state and the birth place of the nation. The state was originally concentrated on the cape itself but during Rhodesia's early years it expanded into Southern Africa. Different counties and Bantustans divide up the state like Krueger County to the north on the border with Namaland and Bechuana and several Bantustans in the Namibian Desert. Cape also holds a huge amount of the white population and the largest city of Cape Town. It also has Durban and East London along its coast.
The State of Orange comprises the whole of a former Boer Republic of the Orange Free State, set up along the Orange River. With its capital in Bloemfontein, Orange prospered mainly due to its diamond production. Orange was eventually annexed into Zuid Afrika after the Dutch regained control of southern Africa. The Orange Free State was made into a new state after Cecil Rhodes regained control of former Rhodesia from his position up north. Orange was one of the centers of white people in former Rhodesia, now it's mainly full of Dutch descendants and more Bantustans.
Natal is the Second Boer Republic formed during the Great Trek. Natal was the hardest fought as the Boers fight against both the Zulus and Xhosas. About 3000 Boers - men, women and children - died to take that land. The fighting was brutal with genocide committed by the whites. The Republic of Natal was declared by the Boers. By 1840 the nation had been populated by Rhodesia. The nation - like the other Boer Republics - was annexed into Zuid Afrika after the Dutch regained control of Southern Africa. Natal was turned into a state of New Rhodesia after Reunification. About 75% of the state is a massive Bantustan called the "Natal State Black Homeland". The white population is like that of range, remnants of the Dutch.
Basuto was once a big African kingdom before the Great Trek. Once the Great Trek happened the Boers set up communities and counties in the nation. The king of Lesotho allowed this to go on for two years until the Boers traveled too deep into Lesotho did the Lesotho army attack. The Boers easily defeated them with guns. By 1842 Lesotho was battered and the de facto nation of Basutoland existed. Basutoland was absorbed into Zuid Afrika after the Dutch took and eventually by reunification Basutoland was declared the state of Basuto. Basuto has some whites but it is almost the entire Bantustan.
Transvaal was the fourth Boer republic. The name was derived from the river of Transvaal near which the country was founded. The nation was the largest Boer nation with Johannesburg as its capital. It still is the second largest city in New Rhodesia today.
Territory of Madagascar
New Rhodesian Army
New Rhodesian Air Force (NRAF)
New Rhodesian Aerospace and Astronautical Corps (NRAAC)
New Rhodesian Cyber Corps (NRCC)
Relations with other nations
Zaire and New Rhodesia have a terrible history which racial policies led to a war which lasted from 1964-1970. Now the only thing keeping these powers from killing each other is that New Rhodesia has nukes and Zaire has a nuclear blanket provided from Nevesia.
Could be better. Cygnia and New Rhodesia aren't the best of friends but do have an agreement to fight against Nevesian Communism. However, because of Cygnia's large minority of Indonesians, Cygnia is against New Rhodesia's policy of Apartheid, separating the blacks and whites from each other, and don't forget the leader President Terre'Blanche (some white Rhodesians even think of killing him). However, tensions are mainly due over fly-byes by both sides military aircraft and the occasional boarding of a vessel. However, nuclear warfare keeps war out of the picture for both sides. However, the Afrikaner Party isn't ready to make whites and blacks equal with President Terre'Blanche in power.
Rhodesian Rock originated in the early 1960s mainly as young white guys playing surfing tunes at night clubs around Cape Town. Rock remained a minor music until hot shots elsewhere started stirring up parties. The Grooves out of Salisbury produced the radio hit Cry a Little Longer in 1966 and soon other bands picked up the pace. It wouldn't be until the 1970s did rock really catch up with Rhodesia. The most famous band out of the country was McCully Workshop from Cape.