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|The People's Republic of Caranad
República Popular de Caranad
|Motto: Un pueblo unido es una gente próspera|
|Anthem: La Marcha del Pueblo|
and largest city
|Official languages||Spanish, English|
|Recognised national languages||Spanish|
|-||The Republic of Caranad||22nd August, 1952|
|-||Republican Government in Exile||18 September, 1962|
|-||The Republic of Caranad||15 May, 1967|
172,300.00 sq mi
|GDP (PPP)||2015 estimate|
|GDP (nominal)||2011 estimate|
|Date format||dd/mm/yy CA|
|Drives on the||right|
- 1 History
- 2 Government
- 3 Geography
- 4 Infrastructure
- 5 Economy
- 6 Armed Forces
Caranad was a colonial holding of the Seraphic Republic, and by extension Aquitayne, from 1895 to 1952, when Caranad fought its war of independence against Cassonne, who retained the holding after leaving its union with Aquitayne. During its time as a colonial holding of Cassonne, Caranad was viewed as a backwater by most individuals and was seen as a punishment posting for officers and the enlisted of the military. The territory and its people were viewed as uncivilized as well as horrible to deal with. The thick jungle and mountainous terrain across the country made it difficult to control and made resupply efforts almost impossible for the most remote military stations. There were often instances of abuse and harsh treatment by the Cassonnians towards the natives of Caranad, which rarely ended in any type of significant punishment.
Uncharacteristically of most major wars for independence, the Caranad Civil War did not comprise of any major engagements between Caranad rebel forces and Cassonnian troops. Rather, small skirmishes throughout the regions of the territory went on in a guerrilla-type fashion from 1947-1951, which saw the deaths of over 4,000 Cassonnian troops and - in an attempt to subdue the population of Caranad - 25,000 Caranadians. The Chaviche Massacre was the biggest and most publicized instance of Cassonnian action against civilians, occurring in 1950, when a platoon of rogue Republic troops killed over 500 civilians. This massacre ultimately brought Cassonne to the negotiations table and secured the independence for Caranad beginning on the 22nd of August, 1952. A provisional government was established in the interim between November 1951 to March 1953, in which Cassonne assisted in providing the infrastructure, training, and resources necessary to provide Caranad with the knowledge it needed to be able to effectively govern its own territory.
Caranad Civil War
The Caranad Civil war erupted not long after Caranad gained its independence from Cassonne. The initial stages of the fighting began in 1958, after the leader of the Ejército Popular (People's Army) cartel, Santino Velázquez, began bombing military installations across the country. Not long after, he gained the support of three other major cartels operating throughout the country, and created the Unified People's Democratic Army, an organization that - at its core - remained an illicit drug cartel, but acted at the surface as a legitimate rebel group hoping to bring lasting change to the people of Caranad. Velázquez gained popular support by driving into rural, poor villages and handing the citizens stacks of pesos from the back of his truck, making them believe that he was a man of the people. Fighting would last until 1962, when the UPDA finally seized Cali and executed then-President Pedro Navarro on national television. Santino Velázquez was named the leader of the nation and a junta of cartels ran the country for more than two decades.
In 1962, the remnants of the Caranadian Republican government fled to Cassonne and remained there in exile for a number of years. During that time, the cartels consolidated their power in Caranad and began running the country as their own, though it never gained any international recognition. In 1965, after a border incident where a Caranad military patrol crossed into Cassonne and attacked a small village, killing 30 people, Cassonne called for immediate action and the formation of an international coalition to deal with the drug lords. A coalition was rapidly put together consisting of multiple nations across Astyria, which invaded Caranad and, through heavy jungle fighting, reached the capital of Cali and deposed of the UPDA's seat of government, re-establishing the original Republican government-in-exile in 1967. The conflict is still being waged today, however international support and troops have waned since the early 1970's, leaving the majority of combat operations to the Caranad government, and supporting in intelligence and munitions, mainly.