Saar is a survivor state located in southwestern Germany. It is comprised of the former German state of Saarland and the traditionally French settlement of Sarreguemine (now spelled Saargemin).
In light of the Great Nuclear War, Prime Minister Franz Joseph-Roder declares a state of emergency. To try to cope with this disaster Ministers and local law enforcement from the surrounding cities meet in an emergency session in the city of Saarbrucken to discuss the situation. From this meeting it was agreed that they would try to best accommodate the survivors as possible. In order to do this farming was to be increased and a local militia was to be formed. In response to the flood of french refugees, camps were built outside the cities of Merzig and Volklingen until more permanent accommodations could be built.
In the first few years after 1962, the refugees and natives suffered from scarce resources. Mortality from death, disease, and rioting was terribly high. The ad hoc committees that had been created to maintain order and distribute supplies very nearly fell apart. By 1966 the crises was finally declared over as the new organized society had formed in Saarland.
A New Republic
After the crisis was over, it had become apparent to the people of Saar that the West German government was no more, and a new government was demanded. After nearly a year of political debate, a decision was reached. The new country would use a modified West German Constitution, and be run very similarly to the manner in which the German state of Saarland had been. The old flag and coat of arms of the Saar Protectorate was adopted (though this decision was questioned by some German Nationalists within Saar). The single handedly most debated topic was whether to grant the French refugees citizenship or not. This issue would not be solved for some years.
After a short election, Werner Klumpp, a rising politician and German nationalist of the time, was elected the new Prime Minister by a slim margin. On January 1st, 1965, the state came officially came into being. For the next few years, the new government focused on improving the local economy and the region's ability to farm.
Expeditions and Expansion
By the early 1970's things had finally begun to normalize in Saar, and so the people once more became curious as to the fate of Germany. Although there were various unofficial reports from fishermen and sailors who had ventured close to shore, nothing could be sustained. So in 1972 two expeditions were set out to assess the conditions in the immediate area. The first of these left south to search the French riverside, while a second sailed north to seek Luxembourg.
The later of these expeditions was disappointing, as the Luxembourgian government had fallen to protest and rioting, and the region remained in chaos. It was found that several major cities, including Esch, had been taken over by raiders, commonly known as "Krieg Banden" in Saar. While in former Luxembourg, the Saarish explorers caught wind of war raging in Belgium, and the Saarish government dispatched soldiers to aide the Belgians (not fully understanding the situation). This would lead to the Namur incident.
The former, however, brought an old political issue back on the table of discussion. The city of Sarreguemine had survived the disaster, but was filled to the brim with starving citizens. After a landslide referendum, the community was annexed, and the question of French refugees became relevant again. Many French refugees felt they deserved citizenship, as they had built new lives in Saar and done their part in its creation. One Leopold Baudet was a particularly strong advocate for citizenship, and often gave speeches in Saarbrucken. It was not until 1973 that French refugees were granted full citizenship, and French declared a recognized regional language.
Saar is industrialized and has a moderate unemployment rate, but has fared much better than other nations. The economy mainly depends on agriculture and limited shipping along the Saar river. Sarreguemine remains the poorest part of the country and is currently subsidized in order to bring its standards of living up to par with the rest of the rest of the country. The river port here is a major source of revenue.
Employment remains an important issue in rural communities with experienced population shortages, as many young people move to large cities, and the elderly retire. The government continues to provide incentives for farming in the northern reaches of the state.