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South Slavic Union (1983: Doomsday)

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South Slavic Union
Južno Slovenska Unija
Timeline: 1983: Doomsday

OTL equivalent: Yugoslavia
Ssu final Ssu coa
Flag Coat of Arms
Location of The Union
Capital Sarajevo
Largest city Prishtina
  others Hungarian, Romanian, Bulgarian, Italian, German
Orthodox Christianity, Roman Catholicism
  others Islam, Judaism
Ethnic Groups
South Slavic
  others German, Romanian, Italian, Albanian, Hungarian
Government Socialist Democracy [de facto Military Dictatorship]
  legislature Union Assembly
Area 98,542(claimed 255,804) km²
Population cca 4,000,000 
Established 1987
Independence from Yugoslavia
  declared 1983
Currency Dinar
The South Slavic Union is a post-Doomsday country, successor state of what was once known as the Socialist Federative Republic of Yugoslavia. Following the death of SFRY's founding Father, Josip Broz Tito in 1980, the country's internal ethic tensions were high. However, with the end of Doomsday, being one of the rare European countries to avoid the bombings because of it's Non-Alignment policy, Yugoslavia experienced a massive influx of refugees from the neighboring countries. Some 5 million people died out of hunger during the first post-Doomsday winter, with another 12 million in the following 3 years. The capital city of Belgrade was burned to the ground during the Food riots in 1984. 2 days after Doomsday, the president of the Yugoslav Assembly, former four star general and minister of defense, Nikola Ljubičić, enforced martial law and declared military dictatorship of the country. Already at the state of full battle readiness, the Army, counting more then 3.000.000 conscripts took full control of the country,closed the borders, and seized control . The Army started withdrawing towards the shielded parts of the country, mainly Bosnia, Macedonia, Montenegro and central Serbia. On December 25th 1983, the Army withdrew from Belgrade, leaving almost 2.000.000 inhabitants to their fate. Much of the population from Croatia, Slovenia, Dalmatia and Vojvodina left their homes along with the army, which was controlling most of the resources, food and oil supplies.
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Nikola Ljubicic, Supreme commander of Union Armed Forces and de facto president

First Years

During the first few years after "Sudnji Dan", the Army virtually became the sole authority in the country. The new capital and Army HQ were set in the city of Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina. Martial Law, curfews, severe punishment for crime, ad hoc judicial system (person accused of crime would be judged by the nearest officer, without lawyers and any form of defense). All convicts were sent to gulag type forced labor camps (called Rehabilitation Centers), used as manpower for rebuilding. One of the most notorious centers was based in the vicinity of the City of Tuzla, where more than 30.000 people lost their lives due to disease, harsh conditions and lack of food.

Tuzla Gulag, circa 1986.

The army started it's withdrawal form the radiation affected territories 2 weeks after Doomsday. Virtually all that could be carried was taken from military installations across Croatia, Slovenia and Vojvodina.
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Yugolavian Army withdrawing from Vojvodina

A few regiments remained in their posts to keep the influx of foreign refugees. First major clash began in the vicinity of the city of Maribor, where the army started shooting at the convoy of German and Hungarian refuges, fleeing the radiation.
Destruction of a tank

Yugoslavian Army aiming at the remnants of the German Armed Forces which were following the refugees



End of Isolation

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