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The Commune of New Rome is the name of the collective of city-states situated 100 km north and west of the former city of Rome, with the two largest groups centered around the Tiber River and the Mediterranean coastline. It is mainly a small, struggling state with help needed from neighbors. Making up a portion of the Province of Rome, it was one of the two nations occupied by Sicily, the other being the southern portion of the Republic of Tuscany. It was freed by Genoan Marines toward the end of the Second Sicily War.
Before Doomsday, Rome was a historical landmark and by far one of the largest cities in Europe. It was also home to the hearth of the Catholic Religion: The Vatican. Being one of the most intriguing cities in the world, since what was once a vast empire that eventually collapsed to give way to Italy, it attracted many politicians, military leaders, and other notable members of the Italian government.
Doomsday and after
On Doomsday, Rome was hit by two 1 MT ballistic missiles, killing nearly 1.7 million people. This also led to the destruction of the Vatican, which led to the Holy See being transferred to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. An evacuation was supposed to have been in place, but less then 10,000 people managed to successfully escape and survive the immediate carnage that would be known as Doomsday.
Direct Aftermath and Years After
After Doomsday, less than 100,000 people survived within 250 sq km of Rome. Many thousands had fled to the Mediterranean or to Africa, with some going as far as South America. Those few who survived in the area were left to fend on their own, leaving many to go hungry and even more to later die of starvation or radiation sickness. Villages formed around the Tiber River, with most of them being the makeshift campsites. However, fighting between townships for medicine and food caused a war which led to the deaths of nearly 50,000 people. The conditions became worse when people began to die from the radiation they received from the blast, and with few people to bury them, a vast area had essentially become a wasteland of ruin and corpses.
Formation of a Free State
After years of deteriorating conditions, many of the small communities began to form pacts with each-other to stop the violence. At the heart of these pacts was Bracciano, the strongest of the settlements left behind by Rome and the fallback point for the Italian Military in the area. Eventually, nearly every single survivor community came to the conclusion that the Italian government was all but dead. Rather than attempt to resurrect the destroyed nation, it was replaced with a federation of survivor communities known under the entity of the Commune of New Rome. The creation of the nation helped not only eased medical and economical problems, but gave the townships, city-states, and other various survivor communities a sense of nationality.
Resettlement of "Old" Rome
Since even the direct aftermath of Doomsday, there have been several unorganized survivors within the heart of destroyed Rome. Many of these eventually died of radiation or resorted to cannibalism, but those lucky few who survived would eventually manage to provide for themselves. With radiation levels much lower then 27 years ago, a small amount of "refugees" from the city of Rome eventually began to resettle deeper into the heart of Rome. The initial band of 23 people who had created "Roma Terca" or "Third Rome" had paved the way for others to begin resettlement. The camps initial success of a good harvest and no deaths attracted others to the material wealth that could be obtained within the ruins of the city. By the end of May 2010, there were over 300 "citizens" of Rome. While in many parts the city remains a crater of glass, other successful communities have managed to create a stable condition. The township was incorporated on June 3rd, becoming the 25th registered city-state in New Rome.
Recently, after the freedom of New Rome was restored, the Italian Peninsula Alliance funded a project for the evacuation of the ill and others, restoration of electricity and running water, establishment of modern appliances, replacement of the barter system, agricultural and medical aid, creation of a solidified and protected border, the creation of an airstrip, and the creation of a fully-operational army. The project is to cost 19 million Tuscan Lira (three million Australian dollars) and will take up to six months for completion, and up to one year for full restoration. Apart from that, Tuscany plans to create an industrial presence in the area, since agriculture has been ruled out in New Rome due to radioactivity.
A poll taken on December 15th on whether or not to evacuate the state resulted in:
Evacuation: 7,410 (33%)
Remained: 16,949 (67%)
The evacuated members brought a massive drop to the population, although this was beneficial since it relieved the extreme rationing on foods and makeshift medicine.
The only part of the project that has been completed was the paving of roads, and the munitions for the proposed army. A basic training course for a militia is complete, while several trainees are taking courses in Florence on aircraft piloting.Road re-construction is now complete. A small water treatment has now been finished, and the airstrip is now completed, and a small terminal, formerly an abandoned supermarket, is now complete. A hospital, with a potential staff of three doctors, ten nurses, and up to 100 patients was rebuilt from ruins of a school. The construction of a small hydropower dam was completed in 2011. An embassy to San Marino, the main supplier of funds for the project was constructed as well. Most of those who participated in the evacuation program have been sent to areas of rural Tuscany or outer San Marino retaken from Sicily for assimilation into the population and the colonization of other areas.
The main motive of this mass project is essentially being remodeled as an ally and military headquarters for the IPA, and a vantage point aimed at the border of Sicily.
New Rome has no political parties, but rather controlled by a Prime Minister who is advised by a city council. The only thing close to political parties would be the different opinions many share on the city council. A growing population has come with an urge to have a further developed political system, but the Prime Minister himself once noted that such development will take away many of the freedoms the city-states share. The city council responded that the Prime Minister has shown a deteriorating mental condition, similar to several other leaders on the European continent, most notably King Christian II of Prussia. This has led many to believe mental illness is an effect of radiation sickness.
New Rome is made up of twenty-five city-states scattered across the Mediterranean Coast and the Tiber River. Nine of these are simple campsites based out of ruins along the Tiber River, such as Rome itself. whereas others a large walled settlements like that at Bracciano. The twenty-five registered city-states are:
- Bracciano - The capital of New Rome, it faces the Lake Bracciano and is surrounded by fortified castles and walls.
- Rome Outpost - The outpost is the only settlement located east of the Tiber and the only one in the city proper. At the epicenter of this settlement are the remnants of the Pantheon.
The economy of New Rome is primarily based around an subsistence agricultural based economy. With the extreme difficulty of growing food, it is one of the few post-Doomsday nations that must purchase foodstuffs from other communities and nations. Another source of food is fishing off the Mediterranean coastline. Commercial business exists of things obtained from the ruins of the city of Rome. The economy is beginning to shift toward industry, since Tuscany is soon to expand on its agricultural and light-moderate industry.
The cities' main police force is a reorganized "Romana Poliza di Stato" or "Roman State Police", mainly supplied with whatever weapons could be found. While the country has no current military, many have been pushing for a true military to help solidify the rapidly growing borders of the micro-nation, keep both immigrants/political refugees from Sicily out, and to keep the nation safe from the remaining bands of raiders that occupy parts of the Italian Peninsula. The Italian Peninsula Alliance has recently funded a military outfit of 250 ground soldiers, one helicopter, one tank, and three buses.
After the cities' telecommunications were cut, many townships along the Tiber relied on a messenger system, although "messages" were never received from anywhere outside of Italy. This messenger system did help create jobs in the area, but many often died due to having to go through radiated areas to get to another surviving township. Nowadays, with the city states of New Rome beginning to "sprawl" into two larger city-states, communications are much easier than before.
New Rome has only recently had actual contact with the Republic of Sicily and the Alpine Confederation. Its hostile treatment by a Sicilian convoy of soldiers, including the rape and murder of several citizens, along with their occupation, prompted a mass evacuation backed of the willing by the Italian Peninsula Alliance, and the Italian Republic of Tuscany (1983: Doomsday), whom is its main agricultural supplier. It is set to join the Italian Military Alliance after the alliance finishes repairing the nation and building defenses.