Location of the Îles Malouines in Maredoratica.|
Location of the Îles Malouines in Maredoratica.
|• Prefect||Pierre Le Moyne de Bougainville|
The Îles Malouines (Pollonan: Vladzemi) are an archipelago located in the Western Maredoratic Sea. It is one of two Morivaine "overseas" departments, with Nouvelle-Morieux being the other. Mobile is the Prefecture of the Îles Malouines and is home to the departmental assembly. The archipelago has a landmass of x km2 consisting of x different islands, with x island and y island being the two largest.
The islands remain a point of contention between Morieux and Pollona, due to the ambiguity of the exact dates surrounding the discovery and eventual colonization of the islands. Many different settlements appeared on the islands during the 17th and 18th centuries, leading many governments to lay claims to the islands. Competing claims on the islands have resulted in armed conflict in the 18th and 20th centuries, after the Morivaine government ejected Pollonan settlements in the early 18th century. After both the War of 1727 and the Malouines War of 1971, the islands were restored to Morivaine control.
The population of 1,701,098 is primarily comprised of ethnic Moriviaines with other ethnic groups, such as Orian, Rochehautese, and Maronite Morivaines, comprising the rest. French is the official and dominant language of the islands, though Maronite Arabic is commonly used on the island of Y. Ethnic Pollonans have historically been banned from settling on the islands, given the nature of the continued dispute.
The islands enjoy a Mediterranean climate and both X and Y islands feature minor mountain ranges reaching upwards of x feet in elevation. Major economic activities of the islands includes fishing, textile working, tourism, and agricultural production. Oil and natural gas exploration are beginning to move forward despite the disputed nature of the oil fields. The Morivaine government, due to its large spending related to military bases on the island, also contributes a large amount of money to the local economy.
Early History and Colonization
While ancient Morivi, Yohannesian, and Pollonan tribes may have possessed some capability to reach and settle the islands, there is no historical record of either Pollonans or Morivaine explorers coming in contact with native peoples during their settlement of the islands during the 17th Century.
Pollonan knowledge of the Malouines dates back to the Medieval period, mostly in common folklore among merchants and sailors; exact dates are difficult to pinpoint as no habitable settlements or reliable data on the Malounies can be found in Pollonan archives. Exploration and settlement at the time would have been impractical, as the Moravian Empire lacked the political or economic means for colonization before the Wars of Religion. However the Crown did authorize three expeditions to chart the Vladzeme for official purposes between 1595-1606. None of these missions established permanent settlements. Morivaine claims of discovery date back as far as 1590 by explorers looking for Holy Land in Karaman, however it is impossible to tell from the accounts whether they discovered the Malouines or had stumbled upon the Yohannesian islands. The first instance of Morivaine settlement began in 1650 when Jacques de Iberville founded Fort Saint-Philippe (later renamed Fort Saint-Just). Moravian explorer Jaroslav Rádsetoulal founded the settlement of Rusalka (today Fort Condé) at around the same time. Whether these two settlements ever came in contact during their founding, or were even aware of each other's presence, is a matter of historical debate.
Disputes began in the 1690s, when a Morivaine fishing vessel from a town on X island discovered a Pollonan fishing vessel off in an area it considered to be its exclusive fishing zone. Around this time the Morivaine and Pollonan trading outposts and settlements became aware of the other's presence. Armed conflict was avoided thanks to city leaders in Fort Saint-Just and Rusalka who agreed to an amicable, even split of the many islands and their fishing grounds. This agreement, however, came to an end in 1705, when the agreement was violated by both sides. The exact cause of these violates, as well as who was initially responsible, are still a matter of some debate. The dispute came to an head in June of 1705, when two fishing vessels exchanged gunfire, resulting in the death of several Morivaines and the sinking of the Pollonan ship. King Philippe III of Morieux ordered the immediate dispatch of an armed expedition to protect and defend the Morivaine settlers from Pollonan aggression. When they arrived in October of 1705, the military expedition commanded by Admiral Jean-Baptiste Cartier immediately set about garrison every town, Pollonan or Morivaine, in the Malouines. Initially, all the islands and settlements claimed by the Moravian Empire capitulated, thus passing full control of the islands temporarily to Morieux.
In response to Moravine actions, Emperor Peter I of the Moravian Empire (Pollona) authorized a counter-expedition to reclaim control over the Crown's islands, and assist uprisings of the settled Pollonan population. However, the Emperor stopped short of war, hoping for a diplomatic solution. Matters came to a head on January 1st, 1706, when Cartier attempted to collect taxes in the Pollonan settlements. Pollonan citizens rebelled, besieging Morivaine marines in their garrison, and were soon aided by Imperial Privateers raiding Morivaine fishing and merchant vessels. By March contingent of Imperial forces headed by General Emanuel Kouřím landed on the northern island of X, but was bogged down by unfavorable head winds. In early June, Admiral Cartier received reinforcements and set about relieving the besieged garrisons. Seeing no alternative solution and unwilling to allow the rebellion to continue indefinitely, Cariter ordered the forced expulsion of Pollonan settlers on July 10th, 1706. The order was effectively carried out in a majority, but not all of the Malouines. By the same time, General Kouřím was finally in a position to aid the remaining Pollonan settlers. Morivaine and Moravian forces continually clashed for a full year in the Campaign of the Sounds until finally reaching a stalemate. In the subsequent cease-fire, the Empire ceded several islands to Moravine control, however expelled Pollonans were allowed to return to their old homes.
This negotiated settlement remained undisturbed until 1727, when news of the Morivaine Revolution reached the Malouines. The Morivaine Royal Governor immediately dispatched the local squadron of the Royal Navy in an attempt to aid Royalists in the metropole. The citizenry of the Morivaine islands did not join the revolt against the King or attempt to remove the Royal Governor from power, as they were far more focused on local economic matters.
Soon after the dispatch of the Royal Squadron, the Koncil of Rusalka petitioned the Imperial Diet for assistance, claiming Morivaine officials were violating the cease-fire and willfully attacking Pollonan settlers. Official documentation to support this assertion, or to refute is, is highly rare or vague. However there is no doubt it came at a time when Moreiux's position on the islands was weak. By the summer a Pollonan Naval expedition, led by Admiral Jonáš Lodník, arrived off the Malouines and began to set up their own encampments. By the end of the year the Pollonan expedition was sufficiently reinforced to begin to lay siege to Morivaine fortifications. Weakened by the dispatch of the Royal Squadron and several of its Royal Army detachments, the Royal Governor signed a formal article of surrender on November 29th, 1727.
For five years, the Malounies were placed under the direct military rule of Governor-Designate Lodník and his military advisers. The occupation was often brutally suppressing Morivane uprisings, and frequently ignored the petitions of Pollonan settlers. However, ruling a complete expulsion of the Moravine population as impractical, Lodník favored disarming the population and encouraging further Pollonan settlement to ensure stability. Additionally the rather than appointing a new Pollonan Prince or Duke to govern the islands, Lodník successfully lobbied the Emperor and Imperial Diet to grant the islands 'Free Status'. On April 17th, 1733 The Serene Republic of Vladzeri (aka The Vladzemy Republic) was formed, comprising the whole of the islands. Despite initial success and recognized toleration for both settler populations, the Republic was fought with infighting between rival merchant families, and consequentially unstable governments.
Internal strife on the island continued until 1747, when the First Morivaine Republic, having finally ended the sectarian violence of the Revolution in the metropole and southern departments, began what would become known as the Campaign of Restoration. Having pacified the southern departments in 1733, the First Republic was able to focus its manpower, energy, and finances on rebuilding and expanding the former Royal Navy. When the National Convention approved the plan to retake the Malouines, before continuing on to Rochehaut, the expedition was comprised of nearly 60 warships, 170 transports, and over 30,000 soldiers. The National Convention placed Admiral Théophile du Motier, Marquis de Hautefort, a well respected nobleman who had supported the Revolution from its inception, in command of the expedition along with General Georges René de Rigney.
MORIEUX LEVEES UN MASTS TO WIN BACK MALOUNIES, IMPERIAL NAVY AND MORIEUX NAVY SQUARE OFF IN MANY PEW PEWS, MORIEUX CLAIMS ULTIMATE VICTORY IN BATTLE OF X. MAGISTRATE HAVRAN SURRENDERS AND REPUBLIC ENDS, POLLONANS REVOLT AND KILL PEOPLE. STUFF.
Morieux Control and Modern Era
The fourteen islands that compose the Malouines that have a surface area of x square kilometers. Most of the islands have a very rugged with a multitude of valleys and escarpments, though several remain fairly dominated by plains and sandy beaches. The Islands are home to several craters of dormant volcanoes that have greatly influenced the formation of the islands. The islands have been a fertile growing area for a number of crops, including corn and potatoes. The islands are also home to a diverse amount of wildlife, as well as unique sea life that inhabit the many reefs in the area.
The islands enjoy a mostly subtropical climate with temperatures falling between 16 and 28 degrees Celsius. The area receives a varied amount of rainfall on the different islands, varying from 700 to 1200mm of precipitation per year. ~climatebox~