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The Republic of the Trent and Derwent Valleys is a British survivor nation in the former East Midlands.
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On doomsday, the Trent and Derwent Valleys were in a precarious position, caught between the major nuclear targets of Birmingham and Manchester, and also near the nuclear targets of Sheffield, Nottingham, Derby and the NATO air bases in Nottinghamshire and Lincolnshire. Nottinghamshire’s RAF Langar and RAF Syerston were toast under two separate 1kt missiles. A 10kt device had destroyed both Nottingham, Long Eaton and Derby. Sinfin was a southern suburb of Derby and historically speaking, was a separate village. It once contained the main centre of Rolls-Royce, on Nightingale Road, as well as the housing developments of new Sinfin and Stenson Fields, which were hit by a 1kt missile and missed by a 10Kt one (it reportedly detonated in the rural Derbyshire Borough of High Peak on the border with Staffordshire). 1kt ICBMs were amed at Ratcliffe-on-Soar Power Station, RAF Hucknall and the East Midlands Airport were targeted, but they failed to go off and only broke up on impact, spewing radiation over them, dirty bomb style.
As the public fled to rural regions such as the Staffordshire moorland and the Derbyshire dales, chaos and anarchy loomed. Radiation sickness, septic wounds and starvation would take their toll too. With radiation levels as they were, southern Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire were evacuated and quarantine for several years, while drinking from the River Trent and River Derwent was banned for the foreseeable future by the various local militias, community committees and criminal gangs that ran the former Ashbourne-Willington-Hazelwood zone. The relatively unscathed towns of Burton-upon-Trent and Loughborough did what it could to help, but were also suffering from radiation sickness and a crime wave.
A severe famine and a cholera outbreak hit the region, killing many people during 1985 and most of 1986.
As the situation stabilised, the surviving members of South Derbyshire and West Derbyshire council met in Ashbourne, Derbyshire, to form a new provisional government (along with their allies in Burton-upon-Trent) on May 6th, 1986.
Founding of the new Republic
The leaders of several town councils in Derbyshire decided to band together and form a temporary government until official word from the British government had arrived. Over the next few years after doomsday, these town councils were also joined by others in Nottinghamshire, Leicestershire and Staffordshire. After the anniversary of the attacks, the councillors decided upon throwing a public vote to decide whether they should establish their own independent nation. The population voted in favour of the creation of the Republic of the Trent and Derwent Valleys. On December 18th, 1986, the constitution of the Republic of the Trent and Derwent Valleys was signed, and the new state was founded. Loughborough wished to remain an independent and friendly city state, but eventually joined in 1996, after falling victim to a series of raids by the TBA around the disputed and now mostly ruined towns of Ashby de la Zouch, Hinckley, Market Bosworth and Moira in Leicestershire. The TBA’s goal appeared to be the old Rawdon Colliery, near Moira.
In 1999, the republic made first contact with another survivor nation, the Provisional State of East Britain after a team of explorers went far east of the remains of Nottingham. The Republic of the Trent and Derwent Valleys was able to establish diplomatic relations with East Britain, and with other British survivor nations, such as Woodbridge, and also with the Celtic Alliance. Loughborough’s first contact was made with the TBA in mid-1996.
1998 to date
The capital was moved from Willington to Repton hich had (which had a small survivor community in it), after the radiation levels had fallen to safer levels in 1998. Repton will remain the permanent capital, unless a catastrophe strikes the nation. Both small survivor communities and savage feral dogs have been found in the Littleover, Normanton, Chaddesden estate and Mickleover districts of Derby by 2009 survey team. A small village was found on the site of the former town of Ambergate in 2010.
The 2003 Battle of Hinckley saw an outright fight between a 30 man TBA assault team on one side and both 20 Republic of the Trent and Derwent Valleys militiamen and five Mercian volunteers on the other. It was deemed a draw as both sides fled the battlefield in disarray and with heavy losses (15 TBA dead, six Republic of the Trent and Derwent Valleys dead and one Mercian volunteer died). The ruined Leicestershire border towns of Moira and Hinkley were formally annexed in 2010.
Defence was jointly run with Mercia since 2010.
The republic has a Parliamentary election once every three years, and a Presidential election once every three years. Parliamentary elections use Alternative Vote (AV) system, while Presidential elections use First Pass the Post (FPTP).
Labour - Centre to Centre-left (Revisionist Socialist)
Communist - Far-left (Marxist)
Liberal - Centre to Centre-right (Liberal Conservative)
Republican - Centre-right (Thatcherite)
Green - Centre-left to Far-Left (Green Socialist)
2008 Parliamentary Election
The major parties and the percentage of seats they got in the 2008 election are:
Labour - 44% (Coalition)
Communist - 26%
Liberal - 14% (Coalition)
Republican - 12%
Green – 1.5%
Independent – 2.5%
2009 Presidential Election
Geoff Hoon (Labour) - 31% (Winner)
Paul Holmes (Liberals) - 29%
William Benfield (Communist) - 20%
Patrick McLoughlin (Republican) - 16%
Catherine Bookbinder (Green) - 4%
2011 Parliamentary Election
The major parties and the percentage of seats they got in the 2008 election are:
Labour - 35% (Coalition)
Communist - 30% (Coalition)
Republican - 15%
Liberal - 12%
Green – 6% (Coalition)
Independent – 2%
2012 Presidential Election
Geoff Hoon (Labour) - N/A
Pauline Latham (Liberals) - N/A
William Benfield (Communist) - N/A
Patrick McLoughlin (Republican) - N/A
Catherine Bookbinder (Green) - N/A
The Erewash Canal has been in light use since its reopening in 1998. Trent Barton’s five serving buses and two long conscripted taxis sporadically serve the main towns of Burton-upon Trent, Ashbourne and Uttoxeter. They are fueled by a high proof alcohol bio-fuel made in a former Burton-upon-Trent brewery.
A LMS Fowler Class 3F 0-6-0T steam locomotive and two carriages were taken from the former Midland Railway – Butterley railway museum in 1998 and has been running three daily journeys to Swadlincote coal mine since 2001. The stations served by it are Nuneaton railway station (once on Tuesdays only), Hazelwood railway station, Willington railway station, Loughborough railway station, Burton-upon-Trent railway station and Swadlincote coal mine (a single pit workers’ train on Mondays). None of the stations is open at weekends or on Wednesdays.
Horses are still popular in the nation, despite the resent, but short lived, outbreak of equine ethmoid hematoma.
A new waterworks has been situated at lowest bridging point of the River Erewash, at Kirkby-in-Ashfield, since 2008. Two older ones are also on the River Ecclesbourne, which was once the only safe source of water in the region.
Loughborough's local newspaper is the Loughborough Echo has become the national newspaper. It began reprinting in 1999 and become a national issue in 2003.
Swadlincote coal mine
Swadlincote coal mine’s slag heap and stockpiles have been looted ever since Doomsday. Small scale operations have taken place since its reopening in 1998. Only a few short-tonnes are produced every year and the pit was closed for safety reasons between 2002 and 2004.