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Walvis Bay
Timeline: 1983: Doomsday

OTL equivalent: Walvis Bay and Swakopmund, Namibia
Wbflag Wbcoa
Flag of Walvis Bay Coat of Arms
Walvis Bay, in purple; highlighted by a black circle

In utrumque paratus (Latin)

(and largest city)
Walvis Bay
Other cities Swakopmund
Afrikaans, Ovambo
  others German, English (as second language)
  others Other Christianity; Islam; Judaism; Indigenous
Ethnic Groups
  others Khoisan, European
Demonym Walvis
Government Bipartisan Republic
President Germina Nadapua Shitaleni
President Austin Stevens
Area 1306 km²
Population ~100,000 
Established 1985
Currency Rand
Time Zone UTC+1
  summer UTC+2

Walvis Bay is a city-state in former South-West Africa, which was controlled by South Africa in the pre-Doomsday era, comprising the cities of Walvis Bay and Swakopmund; as well as a small part of the surrounding area.

It was founded in 1985, and soon attracted attention from former supporters of both SWAPO and South Africa in South-West Africa; which resulted in a conflict over control of the area. After two weeks of skirmishes and firefights, a peace treaty was held; resulting in the creation of a 'bi-partisan government', in which Black and White citizens would be treated equally, but would vote in separate elections - resulting in the country being run by two joint-Heads of State. Both of the country's current Presidents - Germina Nadapua Shitaleni, a local politician from Swakopmund; and Austin Stevens, a former television personality - have expressed a desire to remove this segregation from the country, and are trying to reform the constitution to fully integrate the country. However, they face staunch opponents in Parliament, from conservative South Africans and radical SWAPO members.

The Walvis economy is based heavily upon fishing and shipping, due to the highly arid, inhospitable land it occupies, which has always forced the locals to look to the sea. The Bay itself is a hot-spot for marine life, with countless varieties of fish caught by the Country's numerous Fishing Companies; as well as its lucrative artificial Bird Island, which provides a nesting ground for Cape Cormorants, among other birds, and which also provides a source of Guano - upwards of 650 tonnes per year.

The Flag of Walvis Bay was designed to integrate South African and SWAPO colours: the South African flag at the time was an orange, white and blue tricolour; while SWAPO's flag was red, green and blue. Two designs were made: one which was a plain blue field, as blue was the only symbolic colour to both groups; and one featuring the South African orange and white alongside the SWAPO green and red, which is the current flag of the country.

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