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The Kingdom of Sahrani, formerly known as the Kingdom of South Sahrani (or more commonly South Sahrani) is an island country located in the Atlantic Ocean.

History

British colony

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Photograph of a lighthouse near the village of Tlaloc (circa 1940). It is built over the ruins of a former British naval outpost from the 19th century.

During the Napoleonic wars in the 19th century, Sahrani served as an outpost for the British Empire's Royal Navy. The main Royal Navy stations were built in the South, though many of the larger ports (near Dolores) have been mostly silted over since, rendering the majority inaccessible to vessels.

Many of the scattered ruins throughout the country date back to this period, with some of the walls of the old fortifications having either been torn down or replaced entirely with modern structures.

One such island located in the North dates back to the Crimean War, and was named after the Queen's namesake as "Victoria Island".

Independence

The British handed over their territorial possessions to the newly-established Sahrani monarchy in 1898, with the former colony itself becoming an independent and internationally recognised sovereign nation.

At some point during the early-mid 20th century and with the onset of the Cold War, the northern provinces rebelled against the southern Kingdom in a violent revolution. Calling itself the Democratic Republic of Sahrani, the North was politically and militarily backed by the Soviet Union for many more years until 1991.

Victoria Island was subsequently renamed into "Isla de Victoria", its meaning changed to reflect the North's successful revolution.

Post-Cold War period

Political tensions with the North continued to remain high in spite of the Soviet Union's demise.

At the request of the Kingdom, forces from the United States are invited to establish a training camp on the island in 2002; both to assist in the training of the RACS and to serve as a bulwark against potential aggression from the North.

The shift is viewed upon poorly by the North, which sees the provocative move as nothing short of Western imperialism. U.S. military forces continue to maintain facilities on the island for the next four years in spite of the Kingdom's uneasy relations with the North.

Sahrani Conflict

Main article: Sahrani Conflict (campaign)

With their mission approaching an end, the majority of U.S. troops began withdrawing from the Kingdom in 2006. By early-mid June, most U.S. Army forces have already departed from the Kingdom.

The withdrawal could not have come at a worse time however. Seeing an opportunity to strike without foreign interference, the North conducts a full-scale invasion of the South, easily overrunning the border cities and conquering almost all of the South. What was left of the RACS and token U.S. Army forces made their last stand at the International Airport.

Despite almost being overrun, allied forces are saved by additional U.S. reinforcements, who promptly drive back the entire Northern invasion force back across the border and help liberate many of the Kingdom's cities.

Reunification

After beating back the North, hard evidence of Northern war crimes are discovered throughout many of the Kingdom's border cities. Mass graves containing large numbers of Southern citizens are found, with the Kingdom's leadership demanding immediate retaliation against the North.

With tacit U.S. support, the Kingdom carries out its own invasion of the North. Allied forces succeed in breaking Northern defensive lines, and ultimately capture both the capital Bagango and its leader, Prime Minister Torrez after a few more days of fierce fighting.

Having broken the North's power structure decisively, the war comes to an end and the entire island is reunified under the leadership of the South.

Northern insurgency

Main article: Royal Flush

King Joseph III, the reigning monarch at the time of the post-war period, dies in a supposed accident along with his son and first in the line of succession, Crown Prince Orlando.

He is immediately succeeded by his daughter, former Princess Isabella, who becomes Queen of the unified Sahrani nation. She immediately mandates the withdrawal of all U.S. forces out of the country, but begins to face a growing anti-government insurgency in the North.

An elite group of private contractors are hired by the Kingdom to infiltrate and destroy the insurgency, after reports come in of potential chemical weapons being discovered in the hands of the rebels.

However, the team is reportedly found supporting an impostor posing as her deceased brother in an attempt to launch a coup against the throne. The attempt fails, with the team going missing and the impostor being subsequently killed by security forces.

Geography

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Map of the Sahrani mainland

Main article: Sahrani

Excluding the surrounding seas, the South's landmass reaches a size of 34.3 square kilometres, while for the former North it is 73.4 square kilometres. Including all smaller islands and both major landmasses, Sahrani as a whole clocks in at a total of 111 square kilometres.

The Kingdom's capital is located at city of Paraíso in the country's south. Southern Sahrani has several different environs: to the south lies barren deserts, and in the centre are Mediterranean-like conditions with vast amounts of tropical vegetation.

At the north of the country close to the (former) border, the landscape transitions into a sub-tropical environment similar to parts of Southern/Central Europe. Grassy plains dominate most of the area, which extend to the base of a mountainous northern region where several large forests lie.

Geoposition coordinates for the Sahrani mainland are located between 39° 57' 0" north and 40° 1' 12" west.

Politics

The Kingdom is ruled under a monarchy.

Prior to and during the war with the North, the Kingdom was led by King Joseph III, followed by his son Crown Prince Orlando and daughter Princess Isabella, who were first and second (respectively) in the line of succession.

Following the deaths of both her father and brother, Princess Isabella took the reigns of leadership and was crowned as Queen of the Kingdom. She continues to rule the country to this day.

Armed forces and law enforcement

Main article: Royal Army Corps of Sahrani

The Royal Army Corps of Sahrani serves as the primary defence force of the Kingdom.

Militarily backed by the United States, the RACS consists of several battalions worth of mechanised infantry supported with a few rotary-wing assets. It has no sizable navy to speak of, although its ground forces do posses several small craft which are mostly used for maritime counterinsurgency and other littoral patrol duties.

Post-reunification, RACS manpower and equipment stocks have been greatly expanded with the acquisition of assets from the North's former armed forces.

Diplomacy

Pre-invasion, the Kingdom held poor relations with its northern communist neighbour, the Democratic Republic of Sahrani. Beginning in 2002, the United States politically backed the South's government and dispatched advisers along with materiel support to deter a potential invasion from the North.

It continues to maintain security ties with the United States. As of 2007 however, relations between the two countries have begun to degrade in light of the new Queen's mandate to eject all U.S. forces from the nation.

The Kingdom's diplomatic alignment (as of 2035) is not known.

Economy

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Sahrani's picturesque beaches attract surfers from across the globe

Tourism plays a major part in the Kingdom's economy, with its wide beaches and beautiful shorelines attracting large amounts of foreign surf enthusiasts and tourists alike.

Other sectors of the Kingdom's economy range from agriculture to services, though they are relatively minor in comparison to the tourism industry.

Society

Demographics

The nation's entire demographic consists exclusively of native Sahranians.

Languages

The official language of the Kingdom is the native Sahrani language (itself a derivative of Spanish).

However, many locals throughout the South and North can also speak a mixture of French, Spanish, Portuguese, German, and English, though English speakers are relatively few and far between compared to the national language.

Sports

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Football, or soccer, as played by the locals

Football ranks highest amongst the Kingdom's citizens as a national sport.

The country also had an official team which competed internationally, though it was disbanded in 1993 for unknown reasons and has not been reformed since.

See also