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Sapmi Republic (1983: Doomsday)

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Sápmi Republic
Timeline: 1983: Doomsday

OTL equivalent: Kola Peninsula
Sami flag Coat of Arms of Lovozero (Murmansk oblast) (1989)
Flag Coat of Arms
Map of Sapmi
Location of Sápmi Republic

Far North We Rise (Sami Languages, Russian)

(and largest city)
Language Sami Languages, Russian
Religion Sami shamanism, Lutheranism
Demonym Kolan
Population Approx. 50,000 
Established 1983
Independence from USSR
  declared 1984
  recognized 1986
Organizations Nordic Union

The Sápmi Republic is a small survivor nation located in the Kola Peninsula. It has had good relationships with Finland, and later with the Nordic Union. It is now part of the Nordic Union as of June 10, 2011.



When WW-III began on September 26, 1983, Murmansk was targeted and hit by a US nuclear weapon. Murmansk was the site of the world's only nuclear icebreakers. The Soviets launched an invasion of Finland so fighting broke out in Finland and the Kola Peninsula. Soon after the nuclear attacks the Soviet Union collapsed and the Soviets retreated to Siberia.


After the nuclear attacks the Sami, people who were suppressed during Soviet rule, quickly declared their independence as the Sápmi Republic with their capital at Lovozero. Even though there were attacks on Murmansk the Russian population in the area still outnumbered the Samis in the area. Government officials at Murmansk wanted to keep control over the local population in order to keep the ideals of communism at mind. The Kolan Soviet Republic was created and immediately sent its "army" out (the army was mostly made of volunteers and local Soviet troops) to stop the independence movement of the Samis.

The Russo-Sami War

After sending out Kolan Army it was clear that the Kolan Army was better equipped and disciplined than the Samis. After the war started it had a string of victories that resulted in the taking of Lovozero in late spring of 1985. The Samis, however, did not surrender and set up settlements in the woods. The Kolan Army was sent in the woods to kill all Samis or take them prisoners. Even though the Kolans were numerically superior the Samis had a better knowledge of the terrain and sent the Kolans into a mad chase to defeat them. Small skirmishes existed between the two armies, which usually resulted into Kolan casualties and the Samis getting away. The Samis were clearly using guerrilla warfare and the Kolans could not match it. After a year of fighting the Samis managed to take back Lovozero and send the Russians retreating. The Russians did not sign for ceasefire and continued to fight against the Samis. With every day the casualty list was rising but only a few at a time. By 1986 the men of the KSR was ordered into a draft. The troop surge forced the Samis to engage in sporadic battles with more running from the Russians in between. By the summer of 1986 Lovozero was retaken by the Russians. It was becoming apparent for both sides that the war seemed endless and supplies were running short. On September 15, 1986 the Russian-Sami War ended and the Samis got their independence. The Russians were forced to retreat to northern Kola, where they formed their country with the capital near Murmansk but out of reach of radiation in the city. For the Samis the war was a win as they got their independence.


After the end of the Russian-Sami War the Sami moved back to Lovozero. The Sapmi Republic was centered in Lovozero and the surrounding areas. Because the war ended the Sami could not raid Russian camps and take needed supplies; they needed to fend for themselves. For food the Sami hunted reindeer. Some of the reindeer had been killed during the nuclear strikes but some managed to survive as their sheer numbers allowed it too. The Sami, traditional reindeer hunters, could easily catch the reindeer. Problems arose as some reindeer had sicknesses originating in radiation poisoning. This result in the death of about 5 percent of the tribe. Reindeer continued to be hunted though. Another problem needing to be tackled was water. Lake Umbozero was a large lake close to the Sápmi Republic and scouts were sent to see if the water was drinkable. After a few tests the water was proved to be not drinkable but another lake, Lake Lovozero, a smaller lake, had water there proven to be drinkable. More water came from the Lovozero Air Force Base, which had water stockpiled there. The base also had some weapons which were used by the Samis and the base became the military headquarters of the Sápmi Republic.


In 1991, the Sápmi Republic made contact with the Nordic Union, created merely a year ago. The discovery of the Nordic Union began the end of the Kola Soviet Republic. Kolan civilians, tired of the communist ways, went to the Nordic Union to get freedom. By 1992 only Soviet Officials there remained. Also in 1992 the Sápmi Republic discovered Soviet Karelia to the south. This discovery sent the remaining Soviet officials, who learned this from spies in the Sápmi Republic, moved there. The Kolan Soviet Republic was officially dissolved on October 2, 1992. As Soviet Karelia was a communist state and claimed to be the provincial government of the USSR the Sápmi Republic had poor relationships with them. Relationships with the Nordic Union, however, were good and trade opened up.


Following the dissolution of the Kola Soviet Republic the Sápmi Republic sent expeditions into former KSR territory. They discovered that most of the supplies were taken though the city of New Murmansk was intact, as nobody had destroyed any buildings on their way out. The Samis managed to find a few remainders, who remained in the city even though everybody else had left. These people were mostly sick, and the Sápmis gave them food and whatever they had to heal them. In 1995 the city of New Murmansk was annexed into the Sápmi Republic. Because the city was on a river the Sápmi Republic created the Sápmi Navy, though mostly made up of small boats and fishermen.

Second Winter War

During the Second Winter between Soviet Karelia against Republic of Karelia, the Sápmi Republic was neutral, though it was leaning toward the Republic of Karelia. Soviet Karelia waged war to a lesser extent against the Nordic Union as well. The Samis sent supplies to the Nordic Union such as food and water. The Samis sent border patrols looking for Soviet Karelian invasions. No invasion came and in 1999 the war ended.

Present Day

The Sapmi Republic officially joined the Nordic Union on June 10, 2011.

Foreign Relationships

Kolan Soviet Republic

Sami relationships with the Kolan Soviet Republic were not good. In 1984 the Kolans declared war on the Samis and attacked them. The Kolans pursued the Samis for 2 years in the forests of the Kola Peninsula before giving up and letting them have independence. The Samis and Kolans sent patrols on their borders, making sure the other side didn't attack the other. The Kolans had spies in the Sami Republic, taking note of all of the actions of the Sápmi Republic. In 1991 the Samis made contact with the newly created Nordic Union, which marked the beginning of the end for the Kolan Soviet Republic. The Kolan citizens longed for freedom, and when the Nordic Union was discovered this set off a migration there. In 1992 Soviet Karelia was discovered and the remaining KSR officials went there, and the KSR was dissolved. Later the Republic would annex the city of New Murmansk, which was where the KSR was located.

Nordic Union

The Nordic Union and the Sápmi Republic made contact in 1991. The Sápmi Republic sent scouting missions there which lead to its discovery. Relationships immediately opened up due to Sami heritage in the Nordic Union and in the Sápmi Republic. Trade soon began between the two countries. During the Second Winter War the Sápmi Republic traded weapons and ammunition salvaged from bases in the Kola Peninsula. Trading between the countries is mainly food and water, as well as some military equipment. Talks have opened up about the Sápmi Republic joining the Nordic Union, and is a part of it now.

Soviet Karelia

Soviet Karelia and the Sápmi Republic are not on best terms. During the Second Winter War the Sápmi Republic closed its borders to Soviet Karelian immigrants, and stopped trade with them. Though the Sápmi Republic was neutral it leaned toward the Republic of Karelia during the war. Border patrols near the Karelian border began, looking if the Karelians were to invade. No invasions happened but the Sami prepared for an attack anyway. Sometime after the war the Sami opened their borders to the Soviet Karelians, and trade resumed.

Republic of Karelia

Despite the fact not sharing a border relationships were good between the countries. The Nordic Union made contact with the RoK in 1996; sometime later another scouting mission came with Sami people. Even though the RoK did not denounce communism it had freedom of speech and press, which the KSR did not. Trade was conducted between the two countries through the Nordic Union, and Sápmi Republic leaned toward the Republic during the Second Winter War. The Republic of Karelia joined the Nordic Union in August 2010, which started talks between the Union and the Sápmi Republic about possibly joining.

Socialist Siberia

Relationships between the two countries are always souring. Before Doomsday, the Soviets had forced the Samis to move to Lovozero. The Kolan Soviet Republic, made up by former Soviet officials of the Northern Fleet, tried to conquer the Sapmi Republic during the Russo-Sami War. The Siberians expanded westward as well. Most chilling was a leaked Siberian document, which shows Siberian plans about expanding into former Soviet territory. The plans show that the Siberians plan to reach the remains of Murmansk in late 2012 or early 2013, and renaming it the Northwest Territory. Though the Siberians claim this as fake, the Sapmi military has been improved on and expanded because of it.


In 1993, with help from the Nordic Union, the Republic opened up factories in its capital, and began production of military weapons. In that same year the Sapmi Armed Forces was created, but at that time it only consisted of an army. It was the first standing army of the nation, as in the past militias operated in the Republic's territory. The Republic did not make any new designs for firearms, instead they just created copies of past Soviet weapons, such as the AK-47 and AK-74. In 1996 the Navy was created, but just consisted of small boats. In 2004, the Navy was expanded, and three "Lovozero Class" boats were produced. By 2011, ten Lovozero Class ships were made. The republic also has a small air force.


The Army has about 700 standing soldiers, with about 800 in reserve. Their main base is in Lovozero, and has training grounds across the northern part of the nation. The Army was the first created of the three branches in 1993, but its history can be traced back the Sapmi fighters in the Russo-Sami War. A soldiers must serve for three years, but are sometime sent on hunting missions for food. The army also has observation towers in the Lovozero Massif.


The Navy of the Sapmi Republic was created in 1996, and its headquarters are in New Murmansk. It also has additional bases in harbors along Lake Lovozero and Lake Umbozero. It has approximately 40 ships, with 30 small boats and ten Lovozero Class ships. The Fishermen Fleet is a volunteer navy, with fishers volunteering for this fleet for a year at a time.

Air Force

The smallest of the three branches, the first Sami air force was created at Lovozero Air Force Base. It was a helicopter base, and the Samis stored 13 of these away. Eventually in 1999, more copies of these helicopters were built, and by 2011 there are 17 helicopters.

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