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|Ukraine Republican Coalition|
|Formation||January 30th, 2001|
|Type||Military and Economic Alliance|
|Membership||Crimea, Galicia, Polesia, Podolia, and Volhynia|
The Ukraine Republican Coalition is a local alliance between Crimea, Galicia, Polesia, Volhynia, and Podolia, in what was once the Western and Southern Ukraine. Called the "Україна Республіканська коаліції" in Ukrainian.
First Halych Conference
By the end of 2000, the various nations in the Western Ukraine had established contact with each other, and independently determined that outside of small villages, no more large concentrations of survivors were likely to be found in the area.
However, armed disputes between explorers had begun to occur over what territory belonged to which nation. After a particularly bloody and alarming encounter between Volhynian and Podolian scouts, it became painfully obvious to the governments of the four powers that some sort of solution was needed - with the knowledge that the Soviet Union still existed in some form in Siberia, they knew that they needed to be strong enough to resist when it eventually worked its way back to them. The presence of the Russian confederacy between the two did little to help matters, either.
As such, representatives from the four nations agreed to meet over the winter of 2000-2001 in the city of Halych, an old capital city inside Galician territory, since all could agree it was the strongest of the four nations. At this conference, they would decide how to divide up the region fairly, in order to prevent outbursts of violence from occurring between them.
After much debate, it was decided to generally follow the old boundaries between oblasts, with a few small adjustments.
Second Halych Conference
Given how successful the Halych conference went, it was agreed to meet there again over the next winter, to discuss some sort of military alliance. At this conference, a agreement was made to establish an alliance - which they called the Ukraine Republican Coalition, despite the protests of the Duke of Halych - with the primary goal of rebuilding the Western Ukraine and policing the uninhabited regions between them, though with the message that the Siberians were not welcome there being incredibly obvious. The headquarters of the Coalition was established in Halych, as a concession to the Duke.
In 2008, with the realization that they were by far each others biggest trading partners, another conference was held, this time in the Polesian capital of Fastiv. The goal was to further the trading, and to make it easier. The eventual end result was the addition to the military alliance of an economic alliance, with a common currency - the Ukrainian Grivna - to be established by the fall of 2009. It was launched on October 12, 2009, to much fanfare.
While still headquartered in Halych, over time the nations have agreed to build a new city for a headquarters, though the location is far from decided at this time, having been argued over by the four nations for years.
They are currently focused on rebuilding lines of ground communications between the four members, as well as a transportation network. This largely has meant the repairing and rebuilding of the rail network, along with a series of telegraph lines.
Military matters, of course, are not being ignored. The Coalition currently supports Galician and Volhynian claims to parts of Poland and the former Czechoslovakia, as well as other expansions by Podolia and Polesia near Kiev and Vinnytsia, and Crimean claims to the southernmost Ukraine.
The organization itself has also made it a goal to investigate the future launching of river boats on the rivers in the region, in order to both extend the reach reach of Coalition forces and facilitate trade. Efforts are also under way in the area towards repairing damages caused to surviving aircraft in the area by EMP and strikes on Doomsday, though little is expected from this in the foreseeable future.
Like the Russian Confederacy, they have made their primary goal, however, to acquire some sort of nuclear deterrent from irradiated regions. Barring this, the nuclear reactors at Kuznetsovsk in Volhynia will be used in this direction. Either way, the net result will be under overall Coalition control.
In recent years, there was been growing support in the URC to invite Crimea to join, especially from the Podolians. A vote was finally to be held on the matter of inviting them on December 28th, 2010. It was believed that they would join should an offer be extended. A unanimous vote in favor of the invitation was passed, and it was promptly accepted by the long-present Crimean observer.
The Coalition is governed by a board of representatives, consisting of one member from each of the four nations, as well as the Chairman, Dmytro Pavlychko of Polesia, a former Soviet dissident who managed to escape the destruction of Kiev, and a former Polesian President. The Chairman is chosen in a vote by the members of the board, with each voting for a candidate not their own.
This board votes on matters that affect the alliance, such as military commitments, as well as economic cooperation. Primarily, they deal with economic matters.
Several other nations in the area sometimes send representatives to these meetings - usually the Transylvanians or Crimeans, but sometimes from Belarus or East Poland as well. They, however, are merely observers, with no voting powers, though the Crimeans are allowed to speak to the board on occasion.
The members of the Coalition usually operate their own military operations. However, they all give a few thousand soldiers over to joint operations. Largely, these forces, under coalition control, are employed in both aiding Polesian troops exploring the ruins of Kiev for equipment, and the search for nuclear weaponry, which largely happens in and around the ruins of Vinnytsia, Khmelnytskyi, and Lutsk.
Given the uninhabited distance between it and the rest of the members of the URC, Crimea is largely going to be alone militarily for some time. Podolia does have some soldiers investigating the ruins of Odessa and Nikolayev with Crimean forces, however.
It has been proposed that Belarus and the Russian Confederacy both be offered some sort of associate membership, with the right to speak but not actually be included in decisions or alliance activities, similar to what the Crimeans enjoy at this time. Disputes with East Poland, a Belorussian ally, over territory, as well as the occupation by the Confederacy of Ukrainian soil will continue to prevent this for the time being, however.
Given the anti-Siberian, and anti-Soviet, nature of the alliance, their choice of both a flag, and an emblem, should not be too surprising. They have taken the red and black flag of the Ukrainian Insurgent Army, a Ukrainian rebel group from around the Second World War that fought the Nazis, Poles, Czechs, Slovaks, and Romanians, as well as their primary foe, the Soviet Union, which they fought until they were all killed or jailed in the 1950s. To this they have added the coat of arms from the Ukrainian People's Republic, an independent Ukrainian state at the end of the First World War which was conquered by the Soviets - it contains both of the traditional colors of the Ukraine as well as its symbol, a stylized trident.