Settled by both the Dutch and British East India Companies in the late 17th century, the nation of Transvaal has seen radical changes in both demographics and territory over the centuries.
The two nations declared a Condominium over their South African territories in 1806, merging the Dutch Kaapstadt with the British South African Territory.
The non-white population of Transvaal were mostly left to their own devices, despite the anti-native sentiment that was imposed by some of the colony's Governors. But, during the mid 1850's, a more liberal populace began to accept the black populace as a peaceful, but also somewhat strained coexistence began to evolve in Tranvaalite society. Voting rights were given to blacks in the 1920's after much debate in Cape Town. With the arrival of German refugees in the 1880s, some parts of the country started to adopt German traditions and languages (Afrikaans in this TL has some more German influences in the esp. in the German speaking portions of the nation.)
Transvaal was granted self-governance 1914, being able to govern themselves with the approval of British King George V and Dutch Queen Wilhelmina.
Transvaal soon grew into one of the more powerful African nations on the continent by the mid-1960's, experiencing rapid economic growth until a recession hit in the 1980's, but the economy eventually bounced back and is currently seeing a huge amount of success.
The Demographics of Transvaal are as follows:
- 48% White (Split into many subdivisions)
- 10% Transvaaler
- 16% Anglo-Celtic
- 14% Dutch-Belgian
- 8% German
- 42% Non-White/Black (Split into many subdivisions)
- 6% Mixed Race
- 4% Other
Transvaal is a constitutional diarchy with both the British and Dutch monarchs as head of state. The two governments send representatives to Cape Town to monitor the proceedings, in case an emergency arises. Giving both nations the ability to take precautions against any suspected coups or instability in the government.
The two current monarchs are Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom and King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands.
The main provider of television is the state owned Transvaal Broadcasting Network (TBN), while there are numerous other privately owned TV and Radio stations scattered throughout the nation, the most well known of which is Deutschland Lives, which has served the German community since 1929.
Transvaal is allied with the United Kingdom and the Netherlands, via the British Imperial Commonwealth and the Dutch Commonwealth. The nation also has strong trade ties with Angola, Congo Free State, Zanzibar, Nigeria and Egypt among other African nations. Transvaal also has a strong alliance with Australia, as many of the Transvaaler ethnic group have emigrated to Australia (especially the state of Queensland and the Northern Territory) due to the job opportunities with the growing LNG industry.
Adopted in 1956, the current flag of Transvaal represents the ethnic make up of the country.The red stripe alongside the hoist represents the blood spilt in defense of the nation, along with representing the English community, as it shares the same colour as the Cross of Saint George. The orange represents the land and natural wealth that the country has been blessed with, while also representing the Dutch community. The black is symbolic of the native and German populations, while the blue represents the waters surrounding the Cape of Good Hope.
- Transvaaler Army
- Transvaaler Navy
- Transvaaler Air Force