History of the Oan Isles
The Oan Isles is an ancient country that is formally stated to have been established in 1000 CE by Ahua the Great. However, the Oan Isles has been inhabited mostly but not exclusively by primines since around 20,000 BCE. So the history of the country is taken to include the period before the country was formally established. The country has since experienced expansion, for instance under the Strathepolic Expansion, cessation of territory after the Morsto-Oan War, and participation in international conflicts such as the Auroran-Pacific War.
The Oan Isles was first colonised by human beings 90,000 years ago. These humans migrated from Yasteria to populate Aurora. There are contradicting conclusions drawn by archeologists as to the nature of these humans and how they spread as they did. It is believed that they made simple rafts from branches of trees strewn together with vines and simple rope made from braiding grass. They possessed basic navigation as there is evidence of cave and rock paintings and carvings depicting what scientists believe are star constellations. These primitive people are believed to have mostly worn simple clothes made from animal skins and basic plants such as grasses which they found lying around. They used basic tools such as stone and bone tools to cut things, skin animals and so on. It is believed that they possessed a rudimentary understanding of hygiene as they had toothbrushes made from the fibrous tissue of branches and sticks from the toothbrush tree. These people were almost entirely hunters, gatherers and simple fishermen. They often moved around often to follow the shoals of fish. Fish were their primary food source and they greatly revered fish as fish are featured in their paintings. Based on remains of canoes buried with the bones of some men, it is believed that sailing and fishing were regarded as signs of wealth and virility.
Between 45,000 and 30,000 years ago, there emerged the Whakoa civilisation. Although it is unknown whether the people of this era had a name for themselves there are some unifying characteristics which people living in this 15,000 year period had in common. They are named after Mount Whakoa on Manaakitangamotu near the city of Anapa. This is because most of the evidence for their civilisation is found around this mountain. Scientists believed that the fertile soil of the mountain (which seismological evidence shows was much more active then than it is today) allowed many calorie-rich plants to grow. This civilisation is the first era of humans in the Oan Isles to develop agriculture. they farmed a variety of plants such as tropical fruits and root plants where a major source of starch. This era also shows the emergence of fixed settlements. There are ruins made of stone that show that small groups of people would live together for most of the year. They were not completely sedentary as there is evidence that they moved when natural disasters struck or when weather changed drastically. These people made tools from simple metals like iron. Because the Oan Isles is hopelessly humid, they rarely lit flames above ground. Instead there are primitive furnaces in caves which have evidence of smelting and smithying.
The earliest human habitation in the city is traced to the first arrival of humans in the 1300s BCE. The area was primarily inhabited by small settlements of no more than 1,000 people each which were built of stone. The earliest recorded city in that area was Tupakehakane, the capital of the Kingdom of Iano. The city was razed to the ground in 450 CE by the Corsairs of Aotekohiwa upon the destruction of the Kingdom of Iano and the incorporation of its territories into the Aotekohiwa Empire. When the Aotekohiwa Empire collapsed in 670 CE, the naturally deep harbors and strategic position spurred King Uha of the newly established Kingdom of Toka to build a new city in that location called Toru Nui. The city gradually expanded and became the hub of trade, but ships there suffered from pirate attacks. The Kingdom of Tokamotu rebuilt their capital under King Ahere IV in the area that now makes up Tokapa.
The Oan Isles and surrounding island nations largely practiced the worship of the ancestors, several gods and nature spirits. Their beliefs were varied and diverse depending on their needs and circumstances. From 700 to 900 CE, missionaries of Thaerism from Aurora landed on the Polynesian Islands and spread their religious beliefs. Many people converted to Thaerism but they disagreed on some of its tenets and continued to practice syncretism with their native religions. Several scholars held their own interpretations. The Purist school believed in sticking to Thaerism and disavowing other Deities and religions. The Moderate school called for a combination of Thaerism and folk beliefs. The Traditionalists believed that folk beliefs held precedence over imported ideals.
Around 1000 CE, the islands of the West and South Pacific faced many challenges such as natural disasters, population pressures and political disagreements which exacerbated religious differences. In the midst of these religious debates the Kingdom of Tokamotu had established itself as the champion of Thaerism. It used this momentum as well as its wealth and military might to exert control over surrounding islands and lay the foundations of the imperialism that would emerge under Ahua the Great.
By 1000 CE, there were approximately 30 to 40 different polities that in that area that comprises the Oan Isles and the Morstaybishlian West Pacific Territories. Please refer to the official page on the history of the Oan Isles for maps and more details. One of the largest and most powerful was the Kingdom of Tokamotu which ruled over the island of Tokamotu. The King of the Toka, Manupatea was the father of Ahua the Great. He had continued the work of expanding the Tokamotu military and exerting military and economic dominance over surrounding islands. In 983 CE, Prince Ahua ascended to throne of the Toka as King Ahua.
He continued the work of his father and expanded their sphere of influence. In 987, on his conquest of Koroimotu, he met Thaerist. Believing they were heathens, he persecuted them and purged Thaerism from his realms. In 992 CE, he had a traumatic emotional experience at high seas following a defeat in battle that led to him seeing visions including believing that he a bird telling him to convert to Thaerism and unite the South West Pacific Islands (as the Oan Isles and the MWPT) were known at that time.
Reluctantly and gradually, he sought out Thaerist teachers, culminating in his conversion in 998 CE. He proclaimed himself the chosen Prophet of the Creator and spiritual successor to Prophet Matilda in the West Pacific Islands and began the military conquest of the West Pacific Islands. In 1000 CE, he formally declared the establishment of the Oan Isles (despite the work of unification remaining unfinished). He passed away in 1023 and was succeeded by his son, Ahua II who formally established the House of Ahua as the ruling house and sought official recognition from the Thaerists in Great Morstaybishlia.
The introduction of Thaerism and the persecution of traditional folk religions, drove arden adherents to seek a better life elsewhere. Thus, South West Pacific Islanders in the territory that eventually fell under rule of Ahua the Great and became part of the Oan Isles began migrating to the uninhabited Strathepole Archipelago straddling the Morstaybishlian and Caven Seas.
Under Ahua the Great massive projects were undertaken in the 9th century CE which included the construction of the large structures in Toru Nui.
The incredible victories of Ahua the Great's armies in battle and the speed with which he spread his rule was used as evidence to support the argument that Thaerism was right and that folk religions were wrong. Thus, many practitioners and adherents of folk religions fled to the Strathepolic Islands. Nevertheless, native folk believes stubbornly clung to life in the form of rituals, superstition and folklore.
Many Thaerist writers made the argument that folk practices were also aligned with Thaerism. They buttressed these claims by teaching that Ahua the Great had in fact been visited by Maui, the folk god of the wind and seas in the incarnation of a Spix Macaw. They began to spread legends about him as a type of Messianic figure rather than as someone who simply brought this religion to the Oan Isles. Many claimed to sea visions of him. None was more visible and zealous than Priest Pohinga.
Although Ahua the Great is often cited as the formal founder of Mauism, Priest Pohinga was probably the most instrumental figure. He formalized the teachings of this "Reformed Thaerism" (as it was called in its early days). His movement encompasses hundreds of temples and shrines and gathered the support of common people and nobles. He began his ministry in 1245. This included publishing letters to various temples and shrines. He and his followers were persecuted terribly. He often fled the Oan Isles for safety elsewhere. For instance in 1247 he fled to the Strathepole Islands for a year. His ministry came to a horrific end when he was brutally executed in 1258 CE.
His teachings lived on and gained the support of a considerable class of nobles, priests and members of the royal court such that in 1312 CE, an assembly of over 1,000 prominent persons was held on Manaakitangamotu to call for the acceptance of the teachings of Pouhinga as doctrine. This resulted in a civil war between the Mauists and the Thaerists. In 1321, the Mauists won. They forced the Thaerist Rangitanga-a-te-Moana, Ihone II to abdicate in favour of his infant son, Ihone III who would be raised as a Mauist. A Mauist Regent, Prince Repahe, reigned and declared Mauism as the official religion and sought recognition from mainland Thaerists.
There were differing opinions to the extent that two conflicting bulls were issued that remain contested to this day. Traditional Thaerism was persecuted and pushed out in favour of Mauism. The rise of Mauism led to missionaries from the Oan Isles going to the Strathepole Archipelago to proliferate its message. The people in these islands having cultivated unique identities such as the Jùs of Justelvard and the Kohatuans of the Kohatu Isles and East Gemica) received Mauism enthusiastically because it preserved their folk beliefs and rituals.
War of Succession
In 1437, Rangitanga-a-te-Moana Apauhana V died childless. The Council of State was unable to agree on an heir as there were conflicting and equally convincing claims from different branches of the family. To preempt the decision of the Council of State, an assembly of nobles was called in Maungamotu that declared their support for Prince Iano as the rightful Rangitanga-a-te-Moana. Facing pressure from nobles In Tokamotu, the Council of State declared support for Prince Matu.
This led to a civil war between the supporters of Prince Toroa and the supported of Prince Matu that began in 1432. The war ravaged the nation and led to considerable bloodshed and destruction. The war officially ended in 1440 when Prince Iano conquered Tokamotu and executed Prince Matu and his heirs. Aggrieved by his actions, he experienced severe mental stress such that he instead signed a will stating that his eldest son was to become the Rangitanga-a-te-Moana.
The decision was ratified by the Council of State and his son was crowned Iano III in 1442. The Council of State resolved to established a national library responsible for maintaining precise and accurate records of all royal lineages with copies available in three other parts of the country. This led to the system of public registration where the birth, death, marriage and other important details of all individuals in the realm were stored in Tokamotu and other islands for safe keeping.
In 1501, Aotearoa the Great became the Rangitanga-a-te-Moana. He began expanding the territory of the Oan Isles beyond the South West Pacific Islands. Under his reign, the Oan Isles formally invaded and started a settler colony on the Strathepole Islands that today make up Justelvard, the Kohatu Isles and East Gemica. These islands were inhabited intermittently by the Jùs and Kohatuan nations and frequented by bandits and pirates hiding from the law.
In 1503, the first Oan sailors reached the island of Justelvard and proclaimed that they would be settled by the Oans and become part of the Oan Isles. By 1521, the Oans had spread to East Gemica (part of modern day Peregrinia). They away the pirates and subjugated the native Jùs and Kohatuans people. Because of cultural and historic similarities and ethnic intermixing, the Oan settlers became assimilated into Jùs and Kohatuans culture. Although Peregrinia and the Kingdoms on Aurora were uncomfortable, they recognised Oan rule after signing the Treaty of Manaatu, furthermore they saw Oan rule as helpful in the fight against piracy.
Aotearoa the Great was succeeded by Rotorua IV. Prince Whakore felt snubbed and wanted more prominence. When Rotorua IV failed to show him the respect he imagined he deserved, he fled to Justelvard and started an independence movement. His forces started a war in 1578. Although he died in battle in 1579, his generals declared independence. After being defeated at the Battle of Akatepa, the Oan Isles renounced its rule over the islands and retreated to its home territory.
The islands became a free for all where strong men grabbed territory for themselves. The chaos and disorder led to the destruction of the institutions that the Oan government had erected there. The islands became a hive of criminal activity including piracy. With their maritime trade being disrupted by pirates and criminals fleeing from Justice, surrounding nations decided to act. Thus, in 1604, the Kingdom of Morstaybishlia invaded and annexed Justelvard during the Morsto-Justelvardic Wars. East Gemica fell to Peregrinia in 1606. Codex took over the Kohatu Isles in 1607.
First Morsto-Oan War
The Oan Isles had become open to immigration from different nations. Thus, immigrants arrived from nations such as Morstaybishlia, Ethalria and Salovia. The Oan Isles was also open to trading with foreign nations and wanted to strengthen ties with them, especially mainland Auroran nations. Thus, under Kipiri I, the Oan Isles signed treaties with Morstaybishlia, Ethalria and Salovia in 1673, 1678, and 1682 respectively.
When Kipiri II took over the throne from his father in 1692, he felt that the treaties were too generous to the Ethalrian, Salovians and Morstaybishlians. The Ethalrians and Salovians agreed to renegotiate the treaties and new agreements were signed in 1701 and 1702 respectively. However, the Morstaybishlians were stubborn and refused to give up the lucrative sea shell and whaling trade that they had established. In 1705, Kipiri II unilaterally revoked the treaties. Morstaybishlia attacked the Oan Isles in retaliation in 1706.
This began the First Morsto-Oan War. This war lasted until 1717. The Oans eventually defeated and forced to cede the territory that comprises the Southern Antilles (including East Koroimotu), Greater and Lesser Gemini Islands, Asmo Island, the Payleian Islands. Furthermore, native Oans who lived on those islands at the time of Morstaybishlian invasion were declared slaves and their property and lives were auctioned by the Morstaybishlian governors in those islands in the name of the Crown. This defeat was incredibly humiliating to the Oans. Kipiri II abdicated and was succeeded by Pakau I. Pakau I started a rescue and repatriation program whereby enslaved Oans would be purchased from Morstaybishlians and returned to the Oan Isles. Sympathetic Morsts also "donated" their slaves to the Oan crown where they were freed. Nevertheless, the horrific and inhuman trade continued. He was succeeded by his son Pakau II in 1735, who was succeeded by Iano VI in 1768, who was succeeded by Aotearoa VIII in 1789, who was succeeded by Toroa IV in 1823, who was succeeded by Tamatea I in 1843, who was in turn succeeded by Tamatea II in 1847.
Modernisation and industrialisation
Great Chief Wiremu Tekeha used his family's fortune which was raised from handling foreign goods arriving in the Oan Isles to employ sailors to acquire goods directly from the source nations at a commission starting around 1768. Great Chief Tekeha then bought the ships and brought the merchants under the full employment of his family in 1779. His daughter, Tuhana Tekeha established the Tekeha Merchant Guild in 1784 which was wholly owned by the Tekeha Family Trust to conduct trade and bulk retail operations. In 1793, the Tekeha Merchant Guild established payments handling offices which coordinated purchases from clients. These payments handling offices started giving out loans and providing gold depositing services in 1797. In 1810, the payment handling offices and other financial services operations were reestablished as the Tekeha Merchant Bank which was wholly owned by the Tekeha Merchant Guild. In 1820, the Tekeha Merchant Guild (TMG) established the Tekeha Certificate Printing Works which started out printing certificates for other Merchant Banks but evolved to a system of certificates redeemable by the bearer at all participating banks which officially became the Tekeha banking Consortium in 1825.
The city of Tauranga a te Toka experienced massive expansion of road works, rail lines and housing under Kawana Iparahimu Putea from 1820 to 1832. The port underwent significant expansion with the quarrying of the Ngahere lagoon in 1848.
Second Morsto-Oan War
Under the terms of the agreement that the Oans and Morsts had signed in 1717, Oans not located on the territory ceded to the Morsts were considered free. Other than some minor mistakes, this treaty was respected. However, starting in the 1800s, the Morsts formed an alliance with the Wakatunuye clan to trade in slaves. This first began by selling convicted criminals to Morst slavers. This practice was ignored by Oan officials in exchanged for bribes. Starting in 1850 during the reign of Tamatea II, it spread to the deliberate kidnapping of free people especially in the northern islands which were farthest away from central government control.
The situation escalated to the point that Chief Toamu of Wakatunuye and the corrupt Lord Admiral Lusegart signed an agreement whereby the Wakatunuye would sell slaves directly to the Morstaybishlian Crown. Then, Lusegart would sell the slaves to companies he controlled at a discount and make a profit when he resold them at market prices. The Oan government suspected that something illegal was happening. They laid a trap and found a slave vessel. Lusegart portrayed it as an Oan attack and denied the accusations. Under Queen Rosamund II, Morstaybishlian government sent ships to defend the Morst territories and the slave trade. This led to war in 1855.
The Oans were defeated, forcing them to cede the islands of the North Antilles, Pasuica, Hayo Island, Yasa and Bach Island and Mazi, Nga Motuere Raki, East Point Island, Noamotu, Maungamotu, Manaakitangamotu, and Nga Motuere Whenua. With the help of sympathetic Morsts namely the Earl of Peal, Tamatea II proved that Lord Lusegart had broken the law and by extension the Morstaybishlian Crown was implicated in breaking the treaty. He was arrested and tried. As part of the Treaty of Nangahena, the Morsts returned Nga Motuere Raki, Noamotu, Nga Motuere Whenua, Maungamotu, and Manaakitangamotu to the Oan Isles. On one hand Queen Rosamund II was embarrassed by the oversight that started the war. On the other, she would be embarrassed to concede territory in war that lasted 14 years. Thus she negotiated with Tamatea II that the Morstaybishlian Crown pay the Oan government 12 million kiribs for the North Antilles, Hayo, Yasa, Bach, East Point and Mazi Islands and abolish the slave trade of Oans throughout the Morstaybishlian Empire. Many in the aristocracy including his son, Prince Rangitake felt that Tamatea II had been too weak in both the war and the negotiations.
The city of Tauranga a te Toka was a major stronghold of Oan forces during the Second Morsto-Oan War. Following the war, many displaced people from other islands built shanty towns and faced Malthusian pressures. This was part of the reason Rangitanga-a-te-Moana Rangitake the Great became disillusioned with his father Emperor Tamatea and subsequently overthrew him.
The Tekeha Banking Consortium (TBC) became among the 3 main banking groups in the Oan Isles by the Second Morsto-Oan War in 1855. It established offices in Monte Cadre in what today comprises the Morstaybishlian West Pacific Territories. When the Morsto-Oan War broke out, the banking operations in Morstaybishlian territory were reorganised as a nominally independent company, the Standard Pacific Banking Corporation (SPB), receiving Royal Charter in 1856. The TBC grew enormously wealthy from lending funds to both the Oan sides and the Morstaybishlians and was found to have an indirect working relationship with the Wakatunuye Tribe and Admiral Lusergart who had effectively started the war. When the war ended in 1860, the Oan government was rebuilding the country and relied on financing from the TBC, incurring massive kirib-denominated loans (which TBC received via TMG from SPB). When Emperor Rangitake the Great overthrew his father Emperor Tamatea and undertook reforms, he established a commission led by Great Chief Ahere Hupirimu (who was a commercial and political rival to the Tekeha Clan and ally of the new Emperor).
Prince Rangitake overthrew his father Tamatea II and was crowned Rangitake I in 1858. He began modernizing the Oan Isles. He first started by consolidating island militias into one armed forces, officially proclaiming the establishment of the Oan Defence Forces in 1865. Furthermore, mercenaries were abolished and integrated into the armed forces. This process also included the construction of modern war vessels, the entrenchement of guns and cannons as primary tools of war and the construction of fortifications and other public infrastructures such as roads and ports.
He established the Bank of the Oan Isles in 1891 to help the Oan Isles raise money following the financial ruin precipitated by the Second Morsto-Oan War, and to rein in the chaotic banking system. The Bank helped to stabilise and modernise the Oan Isles financial system. On 18 March of the same year, he established the University of Tokapa. To restore the nation and enable it to stand up for itself in a world increasingly dominated by great powers, Monarchy of the Oan Isles Rangitake ordered the establishment of a modern university modelled led after the Royal Bursil University in Sani Bursil, Great Morstaybishlia and the Shiro Academy in Cupertino, Infinite Loop. Scholarly communities which had conducted research and teaching in Tokapa for centuries were amalgamated and formalized under new laws and the state provided public buildings to help them carry out their work.
The University’s initial focus was to prepare the Oan Isles for future wars with large Auroran powers. It started classes in biology, medicine, physics, chemistry, mathematics, engineering, politics, history, economics, international relations, law and Staynish. This included appointing foreigners such as Prof Edward Smith, a Staynish physicist and mathematician as its first President. Prof Smith significantly expanded the university and shaped its structure and purpose. Nevertheless, his progressive ideals were often at odds with the government, which despised the independence he championed for the university.
The Hupirimu Commission found the Tekeha Clan and their companies to have profited from the war. Their wealth was seized by the state under the Foreign Enemy Collusion Decree. The government took ownership of Tekeha assets and dissolved the SPB. It sold off all the properties and companies. The Hupirimu Family Trust (under Great Chief Hupirimu) purchased the TBC and rebranded it as the Standard National Bank in 1868. They moved its main offices from Anapa where it was originally located and started operations in 1870.
In 1904 he was succeeded by Mikaere III. Mikaere III continued the reforms of his father and opened the country to foreign technologies, spurring the industrialisation of the Oan Isles. Mikaere III signed the Great Land Reform Decree whereby nobles were forced to sell their estates to tenant farmers at amounts subsidized by the state in return for greater say over the government of the Oan Isles. This led to the Council of Chiefs gaining the power to approve laws. Furthermore, he delegated daily governance to the Head of the Royal Household who was a trained civil servant, Lord Azriel Makemutu.
SNB started operations in Great Morstaybishlia, after Great Chief Hupirimu's successor Great Chief Umanga Hupirimu convinced Rangitake's successor Emperor Mikaere to repeal the Foreign Enemy Collusion Decree. Great Chief Hupirimu and the Hupirimu Clan became incalculably wealthy as they used their political clout to support the campaigns of favourable members of the Council of the People. The SNB in turn benefited from conditions that were favourable to banks that adhered to reforms started by Emperor Rangitake and continued by Emperor Mikaere to centralised money creation and bring the banking sector under the control of the Oan Central Bank. The SNB continued as a commercial bank and expanded its operations to lands of the Crowns of Great Morstaybishlia, Salovia and Kuthernburg. It grew incredibly wealthy from lending money and helping store and move the funds of the nations of the Imperial and Pacific Powers in the Great War.
Under Rangitanga-a-te-Moana Mikaere III, the city of Tauranga a te Toka grew again and regained its position as a major port and became a major centre of industry with many factories seeking to exploit proximity to the Port of Tauranga a te Toka.
Mikaere III's reign saw the start of the Great War. The war was fought between the Pacific Coalition headed by Asendavia and the Imperial Powers headed by Great Morstaybishlia and Packilvania. Wary of the imperialistic appetites of these nations as well as the Oan Isles recent history of war, Mikaere III swiftly declared neutrality in the conflict. Riding on the coattails of the financial and political reforms that were introduced under Mikaere III, the Oan financial sector grew wealthy from loaning money to nations that were involved in the war. Furthermore, the Oan Isles sent artisans to train in foreign nations in the craft of arms manufacturing.
During the Great War, the city of Tauranga a te Toka served as a major transit point for goods moving to and from the Imperial and Pacific Powers, firmly establishing its position as a major centre of trade. This proved a vulnerability as its strategic location made it attractive to world powers, thus the Oan government had a tread a careful diplomatic line to keep it from being invaded.
The University of Tokapa was instrumental in helping the Oan Isles prepare for the Great War. Its scholars and students discovered new processes for making explosives and finding sources of nitroglycerin and potash. The university was also a hotbed of political debate because it invigorated and organized the intellectual class. The human and economic cost of the Great War and the undemocratic institutions which perpetuated that war, galvanized members of the Faculty and student body to resist and protest the state. Their contributions paved the way for democratization in the Oan Isles.
Mikaere III was described as an astute political actor in that he could detect the changing political fortunes of monarchies such as that of the Oan Isles. He stated that he believed that a time was coming in which absolute and semi-absolute monarchy would no longer be a viable way of running increasingly complex modern nations. For this reason, he asked the Council of Elders to draft a report and advise him on the formation of a new constitution. The Council of Elders consisted of prominent people in society on whom the monarch relied for advice.
The Council of Elders conducted a fact finding mission and compared political systems across the world. They recommended a formal written law that constrained the power of the monarchy and placed executive power in the hands of qualified civil servants and legislative power in the hands of the monarch and a council appointed by him while leaving judicial power to qualified judges. These recommendations were heavily supported by Lord Azriel Makemutu who stood to benefit. However as the Great War ensued other political factors became relevant.
Firstly, ideologies from foreign nations about liberal democracy and egalitarianism caused agitation among the youth and intellectual classes. The increased publication of literature critical of the monarchy and the socio-economic structure of the Oan Isles as well as frequent riots by young people especially university students led Mikaere III to believe that more radical steps were necessary.
Mikaere III issued a land reform decree which forced nobles to sell off their estates to tenant farmers at a cost subsidized by the state. Although the nobles were deeply embittered by these Reforms, Mikaere III gave the Council of Chiefs the power to approve legislation. To allay the concerns of the youth and intellectuals and to discourage their criticism of the monarchy, Mikaere III established the Council of the People as an advisory and deliberative body. These reforms were eventually consolidated into the Constitution of the Oan Isles in a similar vein to the Great Charter of Liberties of Great Morstaybishlia that King Thadeus II had been forced to sign at the end of the Great War.
Lord Azriel Makemutu played an active role in the formation of these reforms and desired to elevate his position. Thus, he advised that the Council of Ministers (which was a sub-committee of the Council of Elder that historically provided the monarch with technical and day-to-day support) take up more of the workload and be given more freedom to make decisions. Thus, the monarch placed various areas of the government under the control of the Ministers of the Crown who comprised that Council. He insisted that the newly formed office of the Prime Minister to which Lord Azriel Makemutu was predictably appointed report to him the state of the nation weekly. This laid the foundations of the democratisation of the Oan Isles.
The Hupirimu Clan sold off some of their assets in SNB to disentangle themselves from the controversy facing banks that were financing the different sides of the Great War. The SNB had the vast majority of its shares put on the public Tokapa Stock Exchange and some of its other shares were put up on the Sani Bursil Stock Exchange. It established a second office in Sani Bursil in 1926 to benefit from that nation's post-war reconstruction boom. It absorbed, the Richard Brothers, a bank in Caltharus in 1945. It absorbed the Ivarovna Family Bank in Akhalibisi in 1957 in what today forms Tuvaltastan. It once again benefitted from the Oan Isles' neutrality to support different sides of the conflict with financial resources during the Auroran Imperial War.
In the 1960s, an unusual period of low rain arose which resulted in economic hardships for the agriculture, timber and fishing industries of Toroa. The Toroa Communist Party was formed which believed that the government of the Oan Isles was handling the crisis abysmally. The TCP called for the independence of Toroa from the Oan Isles. In 1970, the General Secretary of the Toroa Communist Party, Manu Aketua, was elected as the Governor of Toroa. He dissolved the Toroa Legislative Assembly and called for a referendum to decide on the independence of Toroa from the Oan Isles. The Oan Isles sent military forces to the territory and stormed the capital city of Hipana where Governor Aketua and his government were located. Governor Aketua declared marshal law and fled with other members of the TCP to the west fringes of the country. They waged a brutal guerilla war against Oan forces, smuggling drugs and people to pay for the war. To end the atrocities, the Oan Isles signed a ceasefire in negotiations brokered by major Auroran nations with the TCP in which they promised to temporarily suspend fighting. The TCP declared the Toroa People’s Republic and governed that part of Toroa as a communist dictatorship. The Oan Isles has never rescinded its claim to the area controlled by the TPR and actively uses its diplomatic and economic clout to isolate it. Despite overtures to restore normalcy, only the most crucial aid is given.
Oan Arms (formerly known as the Oan Armaments Company) is a publicly owned for-profit company in the Oan Isles established in 1956 by the government of the Oan Isles through the passage of the Oan Armaments Company Act by the National Assembly which was signed into law by Rangitanga-a-te-Moana Rangitake IX. This was during the tenure of Prime Minister Lady Manaia Iparoha who wanted the Oan Isles to have greater control over the arms being more used by the Oan Defence Forces.
Atawhai Taumata, Basiloy Modvenovich, Darryl McKinsey and Casey Burnham were PhD candidates at the University of Tokapa in 1970. They were working on a research project on semiconductor substrates under the supervision of Prof Leigh Cameron from Kuthernburg. Through their experiments and findings they published their dissertation in 1975. They made discoveries about the conductive and insulating capabilities of crystalline silicon and proposed applications their use in integrated circuits for computational devices.
Atawhai Taumata's uncle High Chief Taumata of Wekatoka encouraged the team to continue working on the project. He provided the initial seed funding for the project. They continued working on it until they developed their first working prototype integrated circuit in 1979. They pitched the idea to numerous investors and eventually, High Chief Taumata managed to get the Oan Armaments Company (now known as Oan Arms) to invest in the idea. After working for another 6 years, Metatron was born in 1985. They began as a contractor for the Oan Defence Forces producing chips for military applications.
Upon hearing that Oan Arms was selling the technology to other militaries that were committing war elsewhere, Basiloy Modvenovich was deeply distressed and asked the co-founders to end their relationship with the ODF. Atawhai Taumata asked his uncle to buy Modvenovich out, giving him the controlling share of the company. Basiloy walked out in 1988. Casey Burnham was constantly at odds with Darryl and Atawhai over development.
She left as the Chief Technology Officer in 1994, a position that Atawhai took up. Darryl bought her out. He continued as the CEO of the company. Atawhai inherited his uncle's title and had to dedicate more of his time managing the Taumata Family Trust, thus he resigned as the CTO and remained as Chairman of the board. Rudo Seabrook from South Hills continued as CTO. Darryl made some disastrous financial decisions and he divorced his husband, who left the marriage with half of everything he owned.
Oan Armaments Company was rebranded in 1995 as part of a modernisation and restructuring campaign. In 2001, Oan Arms and KAE Systems plc from Kuthernburg started working on the Silent Killer UACVs.
McKinsey was bankrupt and thus sold his share to Atawhai who took over the entire Metatron Corporation in 2004. To escape the tax reforms in the Oan Isles being implemented around 2006, the Metatron Holding Company was established in Tivot in the same year.
Etuariti Takatunuye, arguably one of the leading computer scientists of the Oan Isles, founded Cafe Net in 2002 as a internet browser. Originally the layout and the conceptual design was very simple and primitive. When he came looking for funding, the Metatron Corporation laughed at him and said that his idea for an online platform that would connect the people of the world would fail abysmally. He then pitched the idea to Damehowe executives at the Auroran Conference for Innovation in Information and Communication Technology (known simply as Innovation Con).
They were taken by the idea and as part of their angel investor program, provided him with the financial capital and mentorship to cultivate the idea and establish his start up. The initial prototype search engine at the time called Coffee Club was a stupendous failure. Hardly anyone used it and it was prone to regularly collapse. This was because he had packed an incredible amount of functionality, detracting from its core purpose and undermining the user experience. When Damehowe threatened to pull the plug from the company, his team worked for 3 months and produce a vastly more simple product called Cafe Net. It was an incredibly simple browser yet its initial public offering raised 5 billion KRB on the Sani Bursil Stock Exchange.
Yet it would be years before the company could turn a profit. Instead, Damehowe bought Takatunuye's stake in Cafe Net for 18 billion KRB, making him one of the wealthiest men in the Oan Isles. Damehowe suggested moving the company to Sani Bursil to centralize their operations. Takatunuye refused because he believed that the Oan Isles vibrant tech sector provided some of the best computer scientists and entrepreneurs. Thus, the company remained firmly located in the capital city. His browser benefited from its incredibly simple but elegant algorithm, immaculate and user-oriented design. The work of Cafe Net spawned the Cafe Vibes video sharing platform.
Café Pay (also simply spelt as Cafe Pay) is a third-party mobile and online payment portal from The Oan Isles developed by Etuariti Takatunuye as a spin off from Cafe Net in 2008. It is headquartered in Tokapa.
Rudo and Bing kept competing for Darryl's favour because they knew that Atawhai would support Darryl's choice Of CEO when he eventually resigned. Bing successfully negotiated the acquisition of Fort Jubrayn Optics in 2012, sealing the deal for his succession as CEO. Darryl stayed on as CEO to coordinate the initial public offering of Metatron on the Sani Bursil Stock Exchange. They raised 1.34 billion KRB from the deal. Bing took on more of Darryl's duties until he was appointed CEO in 2016
In 2017, Oan Arms sold its subsidiary Oan Shipyards to KAE Systems.
On April 1, 2017, the Oan Isles requested a purchase of military hardware from Stratarin. In April 2017, a group of terrorists launched an insurgency in Latianburg. Cafe Net , an Oan internet service provider had begun operations in the country. Soldiers from the Oan armed forces were sent to protect the facility. Unfortunately, in spite of their best efforts, Niana Takatunuye (the head of the branch and the sister of the CEO of Cafe Net) was captured by a terrorist called Muttar Mimahid.
On 23 April she was rescued from the Al Jaheed. Furnifoldian soldiers managed to find the Al Jaheed cell, locate and extract Miss Takatunuye. Muttar Mimahid was captured by the Kuthernburg forces. The Oan Isles joined the Peacekeeping Forces of Urth as a result of the events Latianburg. Adam Bly of the Furnifold Times criticised the Oan Isles for using the organisation to advance its interests and promote its will. Maui Uye-Ahua followed up with his own article, criticising the Oan government. On 26 April 2017, the request for military hardware from Stratarin was approved and the hardware was delivered On 18 May 2017, the Oan Isles reaffirmed relations with Latianburg and Kuthernburg. Oan companies were granted lucrative contracts to operate in those nations especially in telecommunications and information technology, aid was exchanged and general ties improved.
In 26 May 2017, the Al Jaheed attacked Yor and hacked Cafe Net servers in La Rochelle. They virtually shut down the Cafe Net system for much of the world. The scope and impact of the attack led to general alarm about the Al Jaheed's technical expertise, resources and ability to inflict serious damage on Oan interest. On the same day, the Al Jaheed bombed a part of the National Security Service headquarters. Although the damage was quickly repaired, it led to a desire to engage more aggressively with the Al Jaheed. On May 27, 2017, Emperor, Ehe, received the Blue Medal from Kuthernburg on behalf of the brave actions of the Oan armed forces.
This attack was particularly damaging because it damaged the Oan Isles voting infrastructure. The Oan Isles had been a direct democracy that had used an online application to give everyone in the nation the power to vote over laws. The terrorist who conducted the attack was arrested. It was Muttar Mimahid. This attack deeply hurt the nation but led it to support the former Emperor, Ehe I (known as Ese Ulua to non-Oans). A state of emergency was declared and he was granted sweeping powers to deal with the threat that Al Jaheed posed. On 28 May 2017, Tipene Rahua, the former Ambassador of the Oan Isles to the Auroran Continental Assembly, submitted a report to the ACA outlining the threat that Al Jaheed posed and the assertive response that was needed to deal with it and criticised the ACA for failing to act effectively on the matter. On behalf of the Emperor, he declared that the Oan Isles would invade the Yor Isles (where the Al Jaheed was apparently located and operating from).
On 29 May 2017, Lambertus VII, the High King of the United Kingdom, called a meeting of countries to discuss the coup d'etat in Republican Ethalria in which the legitimate government was overthrown. They further discussed the fascist alliance formed by the new Republican Ethalrian government and Matriarchal Ethalria. This group became known as the Allies. Viktor Drugov, the leader of Stratarin, was nearly assassinated at the meeting on June 4, 2017.
Rurin Lukin, his deputy, was killed along with others in the Stratarin line of succession. Mikhail Starikov took on the position of head of state of Stratarin. The Oans and others were suspicious of this - likening the take over to a coup. Emperor Ehe I was a vocal critic of the South-East Pacific Coalition and believed that it ought to be disbanded, but there was fear that Starikov would use war to achieve that.
On June 8, 2017, assassins from Matriarchal Ethalria killed Thadeus, King of Horales and Crown Prince of Staynes. The attack sent shockwaves throughout the world and further fixed Oan resolve against the Axis powers. The Axis powers was an alliance made up of Republican Ethalria, Matriarchal Ethalria and Stratarin, against whom the Allies, of which the Oan Isles was a part, fought. On June 10, the Oan Isles sent a request to the Staynish government to invade Republican Ethalria and sent humanitarian and military aid to Kostoria Obertonia in preparation for a Republican Ethalrian invasion. On June 11, Caltharus invaded Matriarchal Ethalria.
The Oans undertook a diplomatic assault on Stratarin to isolate and weaken them. On June 12, 2017, the Oan Isles imposed sanctions on Stratarin. When asked for reasons for this action, the Oan Isles cited the alleged coup d'etat, the relegation of SEPC laws and other reasons, and imposed further conditions on Stratarin. These were deflected by the Stratarians. The diplomatic tensions culminated in the resignation of Fyodr Lyvov, Minister for Foreign Affairs for Stratarin two days later. Tretrid supported the Oan demands. On June 18, 2017, Ehe I (also known as Ese Ulua) called the leaders of four Atlantian countries to a meeting in La Rochelle to ask for assistance for the war. Mister Leader II of Mexregiona, Bartholomew Smith of Tretrid, King Calvin I of the Atlae Isles and Queen Naomi II of Kuthernburg attended and resolved to lend help. Monoherra Markka IV of Asian Pacific Islands attended as an observer. Another war erupted in Atlantia when various rogue states and former members of the Atlae Isles attempted to cede from the country and join sides with the Axis powers. Only Kuthernburg was eventually able to lend a hand. On 24 June, 2017, an Oan task force was sent to assist Kostoria-Obertonia. On the next day, troops were flown into North Yor as part of an assault to reclaim the islands from the Republican Ethalrian Republic.
On June 29, 2017, the Oan soldiers took the Rob Matterson Military Hospital in the capital of the Yor Isles. On June 30, 2017, Kuthern and Oan forces failed to take an airbase. On July 10, 2017, a part of the capital city of Yor was successfully taken. On July 11, 2017, the Oans had failed to take a powerplant and 80 soldiers were killed. This caused a great political stir in the Oan Isles. On 15 July, during the Coronation of the Asendavian Kaiser, the new Emperor, Oahoanu, spoke to Erwin Pipua, and they agreed to end the war. On July 16, the Kutherns began the process to declare a ceasefire. On the same day, the Oan soldiers evacuated out of the area. Of the 7,000 soldiers deployed there, 700 men were killed.
On July 17, 2016, a commission of inquiry was set up to investigate Oan involvement in the war. It mostly cleared the Oan government of guilt. On 20 July 2017, Maui Uye-Ahua submitted a petition for a referendum on the autonomy of the Noan Isles (also known as Konoa in the Oan language).
On August 3, propaganda pamphlets were dropped in Kostoria Obertonia and Republican Ethalria, encouraging dissent against the Greater Republican Ethalrian Imperial government. Aid was sent to Yor the next day which was in fact hidden drones. On 5 August 2017 Oan/Kuthern drones attacked three Republican Ethalrian cities. On 6 August 2017, the referendum was held and autonomy for the Noan Isles (Konoa) was overwhelmingly approved. On the same day, the Oan navy began fighting the remnants of the Republican Ethalrian navy.
On August 7 2017, the Oan navy sank all but two Republican Ethalrian ships. On 9 August 2017, a boy was arrested in Asian Pacific Islands for treason. This sparked protests. Oahoanu was sent to mediate. On same day, the Oans blockaded Yor and attacked Nuremkastel in Kostoria Obertonia.
On 14 August 2017, the deputy head of the Portfolio on Finance and the Economy published a gloomy report on the Oan economy. On the whole, it was expected to and did, indeed, shrink. On August 15, 2017, a law was passed that formally put Noan autonomy into practice. On 16 August 2017, the state of emergency that had given Ehe I and his son Oaloanu sweeping powers since April 2017 was ended. On August 25, 2017, the Noan Territorial Government passed its fundamental law. On 30 August 2017, elections were held for the Noan Territorial Assembly. The Konoan People's Party, led by Maui Uye-Ahua, won resoundingly. On 31 August 2017, was appointed the Leader of the Noan Territorial Government.
Auroran Union and UNAC
The Oan Isles was bitter that despite the Allied victory over the Axis powers, Republican Ethalria was not punished. The Oan government felt that the Auroran Continental Assembly had lost its legitimacy and usefulness. It invited Allied countries to a conference in Sani Bursil to form the Auroran Union, a short-lived political, economic and military alliance among Allied states of Aurora. The United Kingdom, Tivot, Tuvaltastan, Blueacia and the Yor Isles agreed to the invitation while Axdel and Emberwood Coast had their apprehensions.
Mass protests from university student-led organisations convinced many Allied countries to view the new alliance in a negative light. They felt that the Auroran Union would entrench post-War divisions and diminish the ability for the Allies to maintain peace throughout out the continent. Moreover the new Union would disrupt free trade, freebtravel and peace. The nations decided to terminate the Auroran Union.
All nations of Aurora, former Allies and Axis power alike, held another summit in which the decided to found the United Nations of the Auroran Continent. They hoped to address the concerns and criticisms of not only the Oan Isles, but of others who found fault with the manner in which the ACA had handled and subsequently brought about the Second Auroran Imperial War. Unfortunately, Republican Ethalria was still not punished, but the political leadership of the Oan Isles believed that Pan-Auroran political thought could still be useful in preventing future wars.
War of the Kohatu Isles
The Kōhatu Isles (also known as Gemica in Staynish) are a small group of islands south of East Malaysia. They were ruled by a dictatorial one party state called the Diamond Authority (Ka Mana Daimana). The National Liberation Movement (Ka lahui ho'okuu lahui) had organised workshops, boycotts, protests and distributed pamphlets in opposition to the state, but it operated in secrecy and had little impact. After being invited by one of its leaders, Moissanite, Lazuli (Palauokole), a miner, organised a protest in a mine in Agate City ( 'Eka kai), that gained international attention after being seen by Oan investors who went to visit.
Emboldened by Lazuli's actions, the NLM organised protests and propaganda throughout the country, culminating in a protests in front of the main government building in which people burnt their identity books and proclaimed their support of the Oan Isles. They were met with repression by the state which downgraded diplomatic relations with the Oan Isles. The Oans decided to provide support to the NLM. Together with NLM members, they entreated Opal (Papa), Lazuli's wife, to be the face of the revolution. After destroying her home fleeing to the autonomous Jewelica Island, she agreed.
After cyclone Mable, the Oans offered disaster relief and humanitarian aid. Shortly after the cyclone passed, the NLM led protests in Peridot City on Jewelica Island. Oan soldiers were present officially as observers. The Diamond Authority sent troops and fired live ammunition at the crowd. This precipitated a military response from the Oan Isles expelled Gemican forces from Jewelica and placed the island under military occupation. Given questions around how the invasion was carried out, the Cabinet suspended Locklyn Le Roy as Prime Minister, placing Sylvia Anāute as the acting Prime Minister.
The government stopped the invasion, placed Jewelica under a quarantine and sent military advisers to train the NLM in light of a plan by NLM leader, Sapphire Sardonyx, to turn the NLM into a military force. The government entered into negotiations with the Jewelican Free State to allow the Oan Isles to annex Jewelica. Negotiations broke down after the Diamond Authority conducted air strikes that killed 140 people. The Oan air force retaliated with air strikes on the JFS main building with Gemican forces in Jewelica surrendering to the NLM. NLM occupied and took over the island. The Oan government and the NLM agreed that Jewelica would become an autonomous overseas territory of the Oan Isles.
Princess Consort Aroha and other notable Oan women organised a conference on women empowerment in Jewelica as part of a broad program to integrate Jewelica into Oan political and economic life. The Oan Isles built a military base on island. It declared war on Gemica. Soon after, Gemica was blockaded and broader sanctions were imposed.
Gemica broke its agreement to treat political prisoners humanely when it abandoned the prison in which Lazuli and others were being held. This formed the pretext for a full-scale invasion. During a night attack, they first captured the prison and freed political 8. They attacked Gemican forces stationed in villages and towns. After a night of operations, the Diamond Authority capitulated and Gemica was integrated into the Jewelica overseas territory as the Overseas Territory of the Kōhatu Isles.
In the aftermath of the War, the Oan Isles and East Malaysia agreed on joint oil and natural gas exploration in the Caven Sea around and near the Kōhatu Isles and East Gemica Islands (which were part of the territory of East Malaysia). They established a joint venture to explore and exploit those resources which the Kohatu government got control of 2020.
- Terrorist Takeover in Latianburg. The East Pacific Forum. https://forum.theeastpacific.com/terroist-takeover-in-latianburg-t3525-s15.html (Please note that parts of this have been retconned).
- Al Jeehad in Yor. The East Pacific Forum. https://forum.theeastpacific.com/topic/7009064/ (Parts of this have been retconned)
- Lambertus VII Invites You. The East Pacific Forum. https://forum.theeastpacific.com/topic/7009182/3/ (Please note that parts of this have been retconned)
- A Rising Starikov. The East Pacific Forum. https://forum.theeastpacific.com/topic/7005265/ (Please note that parts of this have been retconned).
- The SEPC Arcadia Security Council. The East Pacific Forum. https://forum.theeastpacific.com/topic/7009316/ (Please note that parts of this have been retconned)
- A Call to Arms. The East Pacific Forum. https://forum.theeastpacific.com/topic/7009172/ (Please note that parts of this have been retconned).
- Aurora Theatre of War: Xagrurg. The East Pacific Forum.https://forum.theeastpacific.com/aurora-theatre-of-war-xagrurg-t3497.html (Please note that some elements of this have been retconned).
- Rahua, Tipene. 2017. Conference on the Auroran Union. https://forum.theeastpacific.com/auroran-union-t3513.html#p186617
- In Defence of Peace. Nov 2017 - Jan 2018. https://forum.theeastpacific.com/in-defense-of-peace-t3553-s45.html
- Mending Wounds. Dec 2017 - Jul 2018. https://forum.theeastpacific.com/mending-wounds-t3626.html
- Gems Shine Better Free. Aug 2017 - Oct 2017. The East Pacific Forum Topic. https://forum.theeastpacific.com/gems-shine-better-free-t3520.html