The New Union of South Africa (NUSA) was a successor union to the former nation of South Africa. Formed in 2004 between the Republic of the Cape, German South West Africa, Volkstaat, and Waterboersland, it united the nations into one political entity, internationally.
Over the past few years, these states have co-operated extensively as the union grew and strengthened the bond between the nations. KwaZulu also joined, followed by Lesotho, seeing the eradication of apartheid policies in the NUSA. This has helped project a very positive image of the new union, but has been one of the primary reasons the Orange Free State continues to reject joining.
By 2014, however, all four member states had come to realise that the New Union of South Africa had served it purpose. This, coupled with the fact that New Britain was now looked at in a much more positive light, led to the nations signing the Article for the Dissolution of the New Union of South Africa on the 26th of Septebmer, after more than a week of discussions. It is believed the trigger for the dissloution was Volkstaat beginning to distance itself more from other members as the country felt its interests were not being held in such a high regard.
After Doomsday, South Africa fell into chaos. Its economy collapsed as it lost its international trading partners and the nation began to collapse. Refugees organised their own militias to defend themselves, further worsening the already deteriorating situation. Rioting was rampant, even though curfew was declared and several cities were abandoned as the situation grew worse.
However, it soon became apparent that the apartheid government was siphoning food and fuel rations off to mainly the whites. The black South Africans would not take this and exploded in open rebellion. In the meanwhile, remnants of British arrived in South Africa, bringing with them hundreds of thousands of refugees. Many of these headed to all over the former nation, helping boost populations.
The 90s were a turbulent time for the area. Large number of genocides were committed by blacks toward whites and in retaliation whites toward blacks. Local militias fought each other for resources and food. Only when the survivor nations grew large enough in population and establish an armed forces did the area begin to come under the control of the various states. From there, the states worked on setting an agricultural base and open trading with each other.
With the new millennium, a few of the states began to consider uniting under one Union to help sort out many of the problems that plague the area. This would cumulate in 2004 as negotiations between Volkstaat, Waterboersland, Kwazulu and the Republic of the Cape, as well as German South West Africa would lead to the formation of the New Union of South Africa.
The New Union
The New Union helped the member nations establish a successful trading link between each other and help their economies grow. The nations together could fund many former industries to be restarted once more, providing employment and supplying their peoples' with a larger variety of goods.
The Charter of the New Union explicitly outlawed apartheid and other forms of discriminatory governments. However, the enforcement of this was up to the individual nations' themselves. This was often a point of heated debate between the Cape and other members of the Union - which fully supported the move.
(One of the first actions the Union decided upon was to help Zulu King Goodwill's forces in their ongoing civil war. This is widely regarded as the reason the war came to a close in favour of King Goodwill in 2007. This helped establish the fact that the majority of the nations in the Union had moved on from the apartheid thinking of pre-doomsday South Africa and this helped earn the respect of the member states' black populations.) para might need to be reworked as new evidence of contradicting canon has come to attention
However, not everything was such smooth going for the Union. There would often be heated debating between the Republic of the Cape and other member states and this led to political tensions between the leaders of the member states. The Cape's government would be deposed by a joint ANZC and SAC military force which occupied the city in 2006, with the nation's membership becoming pointless.
The Union would continue to focus on infrastructure in their member nations and help establish significantly better living conditions. Roads would be built and trading deals would be sought and finalised with surrounding nations. Roads from Volkstaat to GSWA and Waterboersland would all be repaired and this would help to provide safe trade routes for the nations.
In this new Union, many problems still remained. Monetary transactions remained a large problem. For such a small area, it had various currencies and this hindered the trading of many goods. It took more time than needed for trading between the nations and many could see that this was a problem that had to be overcome for the Union to be able to grow closer economically. The government thought about pegging the currencies to each other. However, this was abandoned due to it being clearly evident that it would cause a lot of chaos because some of the currencies were much stronger than others.
The idea of establishing a new currency began to become a lot more popular and it soon became evident that the GSWA would definitely prefer it to be the best option, being a primarily trading power. It took time but the idea grew and became more appealing to all the nations. After more than a year of debating formalities, in April 2012 it was announced that there would be a new currency put into place: the Union Rand.
Each of the member nations' currencies would be phased out slowly, the NUSA government were under no illusions that it could be done quickly. It would take six months, but by October 2012 the Union Rand would grow to become the most prominent currency in use, with regional ones dying out. This would correspond with the significant growth in the region and the investment of money in other services.
With the new currency in place, the peoples in the member nation began to feel part of something bigger than just being citizens of their respective nations. Closer relations were being developed within the Union than with external states in the area, just like how the member nations would have preferred it to be like. Talks began of joint military exercises between the nations, and all quickly accepted the proposal to conduct joint operations.
Most of these operations were to do with protecting trade routes in areas which hadn't been secured by any nation yet. The efficiency with which the operation was conducted between the forces was better than what any single nation had ever managed. It soon became well that troops and officers worked well with their counter-parts from other member nations. (Backtracing for both events to be done soon enough)
Talks soon began to open about uniting the militaries of the member states under one central command chain and location. Initially, the idea was not extremely popular. Yet the results spoke for themselves and there was no denying that the militaries would be better united than distanced. Many argued that it would steal the independence of their nations, but they were reminded that almost all aspects of control were under the regional states. It was also quietly stated that it would be able to provide a better counter-weight to the New British Armed Forces, which were far superior to other nations in the region.
As the economies of the nations continued to grow, leaders of all four nations soon began to realise the New Union of South Africa had, or soon was going to, become an outdated idea. Nations were too far away with each other for a successful trade bloc to be established which could permit sustainable growth and all four nations sadly came to realise that 10 years on from the formation of NUSA, the trading bloc would have to disband if member nations were to be able to continue growing. This would have to mean a lot of the progress made in uniting the four countries would have to be undone.
The leaders of all four nations came together on 19 September and following a week of meetings and conferences, on 26 September the Article for the Dissolution of the New Union of South Africa was signed by all four powers, thus bringing an end to the union. Following this, the four nations applied to the League of Nations to get individual seats on the assembly.
Although the dissolution was agreed upon by all four members, and the union was generally broken on goodwill, it is believed that Volkstaat seeking to distance itself from the other members began the talks of breaking up the union. This was taken somewhat surprisingly well by the other nations in part due to the stark differences in the demographic makeup of each of the countries. It is generally believed that many individual countries had come to feel as if their nation was not being represented effectively, leading to discussions on whether it would be a good idea to continue policies of integration and the eventual dissolution of the Union.
Although the NUSA could be called a failed endevour, the New Union did have some significant long term impacts on the region. Military co-operation, especially among the western nations has allowed for the development of some common lingo between the armies in the region. It has also fostered an environment of mutual respect and in many ways the continuation of joint exercises between GSWA, Volkstaat and Waterboersland is an example of this.
Another major lasting impact of the New Union was the implementation of a joint currency. Although the Union has ceased to exist, its efforts to create a joint currency have borne fruit as the New Union Rand has become an easily recognisable currency throughout Southern Africa. Such has been its impact, it is not recognised as legal tender in the countries of New Britain and the Cape of Good Hope, with the latter having no legal currency of its own.
The government model of the NUSA can be described as collectivism. It provided the opportunity for the states in the Union to have a collective voice in the League of Nations, while having establish a collective currency and a house of Parliament.
Each member nation has its own military. However, a central command chain has been established and the nations are beginning to unite many aspects of their own forces with other members' armies. The nations' militaries worked together a few times to combat issues such as raiding and providing security on trading routes, however large scale co-operation is still a few years away.