West Africa, Republic of

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Foundation: 1674-1689 (T173-T181)
Capital: De La Roche
Religion: Roman Catholic

By Rob Pierce


The Republic of West Africa was a short-lived nation on the Gold Coast of Africa stretching from Susu to Togo. It formed in the aftermath of the civil war that engulfed the Republic of South Africa in 1674. Of the three splinters of RSA (the others being the Empire of Afriqa and Zulu Natal), only West Africa retained the representative government of it's parent nation. Unfortunately for the fledgling nation, the emperor of Mali Ax, it's neighbor on two sides, decided to conquer the territory instead, and did so in relatively short order.

The History:

Insanity was transpiring back in the capital of the Republic. The new president Ikogen had single handedly spawned class and religious warfare in a society whose governing principle had been to prevent just those kinds frictions. Lord Basard vowed to fight Ikogen and restore republican rule to his beloved nation. But, that meant preserving those governing principles where he could, and where he was was in West Africa. Basard declared West Africa independent from Ikogen's acidic rule, and garnered the support of Admiral Pobo (in Morroco), Patasho in Sud Ameriqa, and Ciguayo in the Carib.

Basard, after a declaration to reunite all of the Republic, sailed south with Pobo's fleet (1675, T174) and put to port at Iesuwayo in Mbundu where they were welcomed by cheering crowds and garnered the allegiances of both the city and region. They put to sea again and, after rounding the cape of Good Hope, landed at Nova Roma in Phalaborwa ready to take on the Imperials. Unfortunately, the city was instead controlled by the Zulus who unceremoniously set upon the Republicans and slaughtered them against the seacoast.

Meanwhile, the MailAx emperor decided to waste no time in absorbing the fledgling Republic into his own empire, as well as profit from the chaos in the south. The results proved mixed, however. Although an attack from the east succeeded in seizing Togo, Akan, and Gagnoa, an attack from the west was thwarted by a Republican army (whose subsequent depredations resulted in the revolt of Galam, Takrur and Senegal from MaliAx rule). A fleet was sent south which debarked troops in MatTikal. Those troops proceeded to capture Cape, Xhosa, and Nguni (with the support fleet following along the coastline) before the MaliAx leader tripped on a cactus and plummeted off a cliff to his death.

Back at the Republican fleet, a shocked Basard took his fleet and sailed for the Cape. Upon encountering the MaliAx support fleet off the Nguni coast, he attacked and captured many of the ships before proceeding on to Cape province, which he seized along with the MaliAx port city of MatTikal. The fleet pressed north (1677, T175) hoping to reach threatened De La Roche before The Executioner could. While taking on water and supplies in Iesuwayo, Admiral Pobo and many officers staged a mutiny in favor of the Empire, and nearly got Basard assainated, but the marines remained loyal to Basard and the insurrection was crushed. The fleet pressed north once again and arrived at De La Roche after The Executioner had tried, and failed, twice to breach the city walls. Fearing that the Republican's control of the sea could cut his supplies and imperil his own port cities, The Executioner retreated back to Yoruba, relinquishing control of Gagnoa, Akan, and Togo (cursing the entire time). He took some solace in the restoration of control in the west where the Republican army was smashed and Boure, Susu, and the city of Bakani were captured.

Diplomatic pouches flew hither and yon (1679, T176) between Basard and The Executioner frequently enough, that peace was soon declared between them. MaliAx retained the conquests in the west, and regained MatTikal in Cape. (The Mali reached a separate peace with the Zulus as well, with Nguni and Xhosa reverting to the Zulus).

Basard died in 1681 (T177) and in the elections that followed, his cousin, Joeltu Harken, was elected president of the Senate. That same year, Imperial efforts to simultaneously bribe away the loyalties of Iesuwayo and Mbundu, while attempting Catholic conversion efforts in Kongo, ignited an Islamic revolt that formed the new Sultanate of Kongo.

Treachery on the part of the Mali was revealed in 1685 (T179) when the assaulted the Republican capital anew. This time around, the city's siegeworks could not keep the invaders out, and the city fell. Admiral Vorntal took the Republican navy and what he could of the government and fled to Patasho in Sud Ameriqa, the last port availible to them.

Danish agents visited them in their exile in 1687 (T180), and New French agents in 1689 (T181). Despite the Hussite largesse, Vorntal and company opted to work with their Catholic brethern in New France, where the RWA and New French navies were integrated and the Republic passed into history.

The Presidents

  • Vorntal 1686-1689 (T179-T181)
  • Joeltu Harken 1681-1686 (T177-T179)
  • Basard 1674-1681 (T173-T177)

The Players

  • T179-T180 (1685-1688) (open)
  • T173-T178 (1674-1684) Mike Kruger

Last updated: 25 October 1997 (T187 - 1702)

© 1997 Robert Pierce

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