Lombarqa Socialist Republic

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Lombarqa Socialist Republic
Resqufliqa o Sokializca Lombarqum
Government: Socialist Republic
Capital: Speranza de Loangana
Area: 156 sq km
Population: 93,162
Language: Lombarqan
Religion: Sifianism
Currency: Pepermangen

Lombarqa (Karistani controlled area) or the LOMBARQAN SOCIALIST REPUBLIC is a region in the western portion of the small island of LOMBARQA. The area was annexed by the KARISTANI military forces in 2373, when they tried to take back the island. However, the military of the Grand County of LOMBARQA were quick to repel the invasion. Although the Lombarqans fought hard, the Karistanis were successful in the capture of this small portion of the island. The Grand Count did not bother to take back the area, however, his military forces were heavily stationed around the borders. Frequent crashes between the two forces are common in the areas surrounding it. Even though the Karistani forces has greater number and far greater technological advancement, they are still unable to subdue the Lombarqans who fought hardly to defend their homelands. The residents of the Karistani-controlled areas were drove out of their homes and became refugees in the Grand County of LOMBARQA. Today the people who reside in the areas controlled by KARISTAN, are mostly of Karistani descent or are people who oppose the ways of the Grand Count. By 2376, three years after the invasion of the area, the Karistani forces began to establish its own naval fleet to cope with the needs of the military to transport their forces from and to the island. The military also erected a 914 meter runway military airfield to support its air asset in the area. The government of this area is under a military junta, and its official name is the LOMBARQAN SOCIALIST REPUBLIC. According to the constitution which was drafted by the Karistanis, the area is an independent republic but in reality it is controlled by the military junta installed by the Karistani central government. The republic is said to be socialist republic, but in reality no actual liberty to govern itself is given to the republic's government. The head of state is the chairman of the National Committee, which is the republic's parliament. The National Committee has a membership of 10 politicians elected by the population at large. The parliament's power has been limited, they cannot create and enforce laws nor are they allowed to repel laws created by the military government. The parliament only acts as a facade to the fact that they are made puppets by the Karistanis who would do whatever the Karistani government orders them to do. The power to create, enforce, and interpret the law is vested in the military government of Lombarqa. The only political party allowed in this area is the Darkaliamm o Sokializca Lombarqum or the Council of Socialists in Lombarqa which has close ties with the NATIONAL SOCIALIST PARTY of KARISTAN. Civilian courts were abolished and the only courts allowed was the AIJO MIKATA (Military Tribunal), the court's judgments were unjust and their decisions were always in favor of the military. Death sentence was imposed on almost all offenses, except for minor cases like traffic violations and the like. All existing laws in the area were abolished by the invasion forces and were replaced by Karistani oriented legal system. Education system were retained, but most of the schools curricula were changed. The teaching of Karistani culture, politics, arts, and traditions were given high importance so as to present the Karistani traits in the childrens. Collegiate schools were also retained, but they can only grant degrees in the arts, teaching, and trade. Legal studies were not allowed to be taught. Military drills and training were a primary part in the academic curricula from elementary through college. Military training was taught so that the pupils will be ready to serve in the military. Aside from the Karistani military forces in the area, the Lombarqan socialist government maintains a small militia capable of augmenting the Karistani forces and to defend their homelands. The militia is organized into the a headquarters element, a support battalion which is composed of the training platoon, the engineering company, and the military police company, and two motor rifle battalions. The entire militia is commanded by an adjutant general who holds the rank of a colonel, the colonel is subordinate to the National Committee, the socialist parliament of Lombarqa. The support battalion is the unit that provides logistics and other combat support roles. The engineering company is the most diverse unit in the militia, its provides the militia with logistic support, emergency medical service, and engineering services. Its ranks includes doctors, engineers, nurses, and other professionals. The motor rifle battalions are the main bulk of the militia. Medical professionals in the area are required to serve for at least 20 hours a week in military hospitals during peacetime, and should be ready for immediate drafting in wartime. Conscription is imposed, which requires all able bodied citizens to serve the militia for no less than three years between the ages of 16 to 32 years old. After the three years of active service, servicemen are given option to either continue their service or they may transfer to the reserves. When they are at the reserves, they serve for another 15 years before being discharged of service. Reservist are required to attend training camps for one weekend a month so as to maintain combat readiness of the troops. During wartime the reserve forces are put to active duty once again. The naval militia is a separate branch of service than the army militia of the socialist Lombarqa. The naval militia defends, guards, and protect the seas around the area of their jurisdiction. The naval militia has two main branches, the shore troops and the overseas troops. The shore troops is a company sized unit which takes charge in the resupplying, maintenance, and protection of ships and other naval assets on the shore. The overseas troops are those sailors who are on board, they are responsible in defending the territorial boundaries at sea of the area. They are also responsible for the maintenance of their ship and all its assets while at sea. The naval militia is headquartered at the WECMAGUIN wharf just a few miles from the capital city. The militia utilize the use of the SPREMNIT IX and the SPREMNIT XV tanks as primary tanks in their forces. People here are direct descendants of the ancient LOMBARQAN civilization and shares the same ethnic background as the people of the Grand County of LOMBARQA. The terrain of the area is mostly plain with occasional hilly parts. A number of small inland ponds can also be found in the area. Temperature rises to 39°C in the summer and drops to a low 3°C during winter seasons. Storms frequently lands on the island which would often result in heavy damages to both life and properties. People in the area relies heavily on fishing and agriculture as their primary source of income. Iron industry is also a thriving industry in this part of LOMBARQA. Iron products are often exported to QUATCHIELLA and KARISTAN, a small resource of ragnite can also be found on the area. The socialist Lombarqa has an ongoing territorial dispute with the Grand County of LOMBARQA over the enclaves claimed by the latter, this enclaves are known to be inhabited by group of people who remains loyal to the Grand Count. These disputes often led to several days of fighting between the two militaries, however, until today no viable plan can be drafted to ease this tensions between the two Lombarqans. Tensions had increased further when the socialist Lombarqa invaded one of the enclaves in the area of the Grand County of LOMBARQA. This event resulted in the increasing number of troops mobilized by both parties. Just recently, the republic's first Higher Education Institution was founded which is the first educational institution in the area to grant academic degrees to its students. This college was christened as the College of West Lombarqa. The college currently offers programs that will lead to a degree in arts, trade, and industry, however, the college do not grant degree higher than a baccalaureate or bachelors degree. Currently, there are at least 280 students enrolled in the different programs of the College of West Lombarqa. The socialist Lombarqa uses the same currency as the ones used in the mainland KARISTAN. The current exchange rate of Pepermangen is seven and a half million (7,500,000) per pound of gold. LANGUAGE: primarily Lombarqan. RELIGION: predominantly Sifianism. CURRENCY: Pepermangen divided into 50 Siekals. CAPITAL: Speranza de Loangana. POPULATION: 93,162 (2380 estimates). AREA: 156 square km. (6325 has)

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