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The Republic of Altis and Stratis is an island country located in the Mediterranean Sea.

History

Origins

The Republic's origins are traced back to the era of Ancient Phoenicia, whose traders and explorers first laid claim on the island and established the site of many present-day settlements.

Remnants of the Phoenicians are present all across Altis, with the fortress at the (now abandoned) mountain village of Oreokastro, and the Kastro fortress of Old Kavala perhaps being the most poignant reminders of their legacy. Others include the Amphitheater and the Temple of Iraklia that overlook Pefkas Bay in the island's east, as well as the ancient ruins of Aktinarki.

By the time of the First Punic War, the Oreokastro fortress had become the site of a six year-long siege laid by the Ancient Romans. The Roman Army had attempted to seize the fortress from its Phoenician defenders but were completely unsuccessful. Six years later, it was ceded to Rome's control following the signing of a treaty, though the Romans were never actually able to take it by force.

Towards the end of the 9th century, Arabian warlords claimed the ruins of what used to be the fortress, and constructed their own castle over it. Pirates had similarly taken over many parts of Stratis, and used it to stage their raids throughout the Mediterranean. However in both cases, many of these outposts became derelict and decayed over the coming centuries, though it remains unclear as to why their holdings were ultimately abandoned.

As for Old Kavala, the remnants of the city would be discovered by Venetian traders who would expand it into its modern day form. The result of this founding would see Kavala continue to stay as the official capital city of Altis for several more centuries.

Colonial era

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Colonial flag of Altis

The coming of the colonial age of European expansionism in the 16th century would see the rise of the British Empire. Sometime during this period, both Altis and Stratis were claimed by the British and were subsequently turned into territories of the Empire.

In 1916, the first airfield was built by the British at the site of the present-day Altis Aero Club on the mainland. British surveyor Martin P. Maxwell, had also laid plans for the construction of the artificially-extended Stratis Airbase. However, it would not actually be built until well into the 1980s as a joint effort between the United Kingdom and the United States.

During the Second World War, hundreds of Altians from all across the island were conscripted to serve with the Empire's military as part of Operation Torch. Many never returned from the landings, and almost an entire generation's worth of Altians were killed as a result of the fighting. The Spartan monument on Stratis, is built in commemoration of this so-called "lost generation".

Independent republic

With the Cold War approaching its end, so too did the decline of the British Empire.

As Britain's hold over its colonies began to slip, Altis was no exception and eventually gained its independence from the Empire sometime prior to the beginning of the 21st century. Officially reformed into the Republic of Altis and Stratis, the newfound nation was soon accepted as a member of European Union.

Civil war

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Col. Georgious Akhanteros seizes power after forcibly removing the civilian leadership in Kavala

Main article: Beyond Hope

The beginning of the late 2010 period would see a gradual decline to its economy, as well as political divisions rise between the nation's populace. These tensions were further exasperated by the onset of an economic depression within the EU, along with every other Western country in the early 2020s.

Tensions reached boiling point when rogue military officers in the army led by their commanding officer, Colonel Georgious Akhanteros, launched a violent coup d'etat in the then-capital of Kavala in 2026.

He acted under the pretence of removing the "corrupt" civilian leaders who had led the country to its current state, and soon declared himself and his new junta as the true government of the nation.

Akhanteros' act of rebellion was not well-received. Remnants of the civilian leadership along with disgruntled ex-military servicemen, quickly banded together to form the Loyalists, a group that was fiercely opposed to Akhanteros' illegitimate junta and sought to restore the original government into power.

For the next five years, civil war continued to rage on the island nation until the Loyalists were at last decisively defeated in battle. What was left of the Loyalists were forced to "negotiate" a one-sided peace deal with the signing of the Jerusalem Cease Fire agreement of 2030, which put an end to the civil war.

Post-civil war

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Remnants of the Loyalists are rounded up in the post-war crackdowns

Akhanteros had gained his legitimacy, and was recognised as the official government of the Republic as a result of the war. The nature of the post-war crackdowns as well as his flagrant violations of human rights, would eventually see the nation removed as a member of the EU.

This was swiftly followed by the Republic's diplomatic switch to the East; towards the burgeoning CSAT coalition which had promised financial and humanitarian aid to the country in exchange for permission to establish military bases on its soil.

Though the Loyalists had ceased to exist as a political and military opposition, an insurgency calling itself the Freedom and Independence Army (FIA) had formed out of its ashes, and was slowly gaining popularity amongst the Republic's citizens. Tensions soon broke out into open warfare as the insurgents, emboldened by their growing support from the populace, began to strike out against the government.

FIA uprising

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FIA-instigated protests are swiftly crushed by the new government

Main article: Prologue

The looming outbreak of another humanitarian crisis prompted the international community to preemptively step in at the onset of the fighting.

Both CSAT and NATO separately dispatched counterinsurgency/peacekeeping forces to prop up the "legitimate" Altian government against the FIA, which was directly threatening the stability of the nation.

The worst of the fighting occurred in the year 2034 which culminated in two significant events that would become a precursor to the government's downfall: the failed uprising at the old capital of Kavala on May 17th, and the siege at the mountain village of Oreokastro in the country's north-west almost four months later on October 13th.

Altis Incident

Main article: The East Wind

One year after the two massacres, the NATO peacekeeping force of Task Force Aegis would see its mandate severely restricted by the Altian government. In an uncertain chain of events leading up to the disaster however, TF Aegis would be attacked by the AAF for unknown reasons.

In response to the destruction of the peacekeepers, a NATO response force was assembled to invade the Republic in retaliation for Aegis' loss. On August 8th, 2035, the United States Navy's 6th Fleet conducted a full-scale invasion of the country.

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U.S.-led NATO forces continue to maintain watch on the island following the government's downfall

The U.S.-led NATO force quickly seized Stratis and large swathes of the mainland, ultimately forcing the Altian government to unconditionally capitulate to the invaders after two days of heavy fighting that involved CSAT forces as well.

Six weeks following Akhanteros' surrender, NATO forces continue to maintain a close eye on the country's situation. However, the pullout of Western forces from the region resumes, with the decommissioning of all remaining NATO facilities in the country to be continued on schedule.

Geography

Altis

Satellite views of Altis from afar

Both the mainland of Altis and the smaller Stratis located to its south cover a total landmass of 270.5 and 20 square kilometres (respectively).

The landscapes on both are defined by steep hills marred by corrugated and rocky surfaces. Forests are relatively scarce on both islands, with only specific parts of the country actually having any thick outgrowths of pine woodland.

The geoposition coordinates for the mainland are located between 35° 9' 5.12" north and 16° 39' 37.60" east.

Altis

Main article: Altis

The mainland island of Altis is the where the entire civilian population of the country resides. Its landscape mostly consists of mountainous and rocky surfaces, with the occasional (rare) outcrop of pine forests and inland saltwater lakes.

The capital of the nation is the city of Pyrgos, which is located in the island's south-eastern peninsula.

Stratis

Main article: Stratis

Located to the south of the mainland, the smaller island of Stratis was previously inhabited by a portion of the Republic's population. Following the end of the first civil war, its remaining civilian population was fully evacuated to Altis, leaving Stratis as a purely militarised island for use by the AAF.

Politics

The Republic of Altis and Stratis operates on the basis of a presidential system.

Prior to the first civil war, the government was exclusively composed of civilian officials and was chaired by an unknown president. Following the 2026 coup however, it was transformed into a military junta led exclusively by Georgious Akhanteros.

In the wake of the hardline AAF's defeat, civilian control over the country has been restored. It is not known as to who ruled the interim government following Akhanteros' fall, though the incoming president-elect, Nikos Panagopoulos, is expected to assume the position.

Armed forces and law enforcement

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Main article: AAF

The Altis Armed Forces forms the primary land, sea, and air defence force of the country. Prior to the civil war, a small police force also upheld the island's law and order though it was temporarily disbanded until its reformation in early-mid 2035.

An unknown paramilitary group has been known to operate alongside the AAF during Akhanteros' short-lived rule, though such forces have either been wiped out or have ceased to exist altogether in the wake of the hardline AAF's defeat.

Diplomacy

Pre-civil war, the Republic of Altis and Stratis was a former member of the European Union and held close diplomatic relations with the West. These ties were gradually strained as the economic depression worsened throughout the West, with the Republic's membership even being revoked entirely after the civil war.

Between late 2030 and all the way until Akhanteros' downfall in 2035, relations between the West and the Republic remained at a point just short of open hostility. At this point in time, the Republic favoured closer ties to the East instead.

A normalised relationship with both sides would only be restored following the country's reformation, an initiative proposed under the auspices of expected president-elect Nikos Panagopoulos.

Economy

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Advertising poster promoting travel to Altis

The Republic relies heavily on its tourism industry, which forms a significant part of the economy. Prior to the civil war, large parts of the country (especially the old capital of Kavala) were devoted exclusively to catering for tourists from abroad.

Smaller and less significant sectors of the economy include limited amounts of raw mineral and renewable energy exports; the latter generated from the extensive wind turbine and solar farms built across the mainland.

In the recent years following Akhanteros' takeover, the country's economy has taken a devastating turn for the worse. A combination of decayed infrastructure, the ongoing refugee crisis sparked by outbreak of renewed fighting against the FIA, as well as rampant corruption at the highest levels of government, have all contributed to the Republic's declining economy. Likewise, general shortages have helped to fuel a growing grey and black market in the country.

Following the hardline government's defeat and its return to civilian control, the economy continues to nonetheless remain in a precarious state.

The expected president-elect of the nation, former Defence Minister Nikos Panagopoulos, has promised sweeping reforms and the signing of economic deals with both NATO and CSAT; all in the hopes of revitalising the Republic's stagnant economy.

Society

Demographics

Post-civil war, the current population (excluding military personnel) is scattered amongst the towns, major cities, isolated farms, and remote villages on the mainland. This is estimated to stand at a total of approximately 44,000 people.

Native Altians make up the majority of the island's citizens. Other ethnic minorities consist of refugees and illegal migrants from the African continent and other Southern European nations; both form only a very minute part of the total population, however.

Languages

The official language of the Republic is English.

The traditional Altian language (which is a derivative of Greek) was previously spoken by the older generations of Altians, though the language has begun to fade out in popularity over the past few decades.

To accommodate for this disparity, many sign posts and information outlets throughout the Republic are written bilingually. However, this is a trend that has begun to similarly die out in favour of exclusively using English instead.

See also