Nuclear weapons state
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A nuclear weapons state is a country that maintains a stockpile of nuclear weapons and the necessary equipment to deploy and, if necessary, launch them. A nuclear weapon is an explosive device that derives its destructive force from nuclear reactions, either fission (called a fission bomb) or from a combination of fission and fusion reactions (called a thermonuclear bomb).
History[edit | edit source | hide | hide all]
(See also: Auroran Imperial War)
Nuclear weapons were first devised by the Ethalrian Empire in 1953 during the Auroran Cold War, a period of political tensions among the major powers of Aurora during the years between the Great War and Auroran Imperial War. Since then, the number of states possessing nuclear weapons has gradually increased, as have the explosive yields and capable travel distance of these weapons. Historically uranium has been the most common fissile material used in nuclear weapons, though plutonium also sees some use. Nuclear weapons have been deployed in land, sea, and air-based systems, and were even deployed in outer space during events leading up to and during the Auroran Imperial War. Packilvania conducted its first nuclear test in 1966 Wusul Kabir under the Packilvanian Communist Party. It began a rapid program of nuclear acquisition as part of a nuclear arms race with South Hills. As of 2021, it is the largest nuclear weapons state.
List of Nuclear Weapons States[edit | edit source | hide]
As of 2021, the following countries are either confirmed or believed to maintain nuclear weapons:
Date of first test
Site of first test
|Tavaris||48||54||June 30th 2012 (Scepter-1)||Crystal Province, Tavaris||Sea and air based||7|
|Volscina||320||355||September 4th 1965||Sonnenwüste, Volscina||Nuclear Triad||277|
|Norgsveldet||300||300-320||December 10th 1960 (Mjølnirs torden)||Innland, Tangrland||Nuclear Triad, Mostly land and sea based||221|
|Tretrid||300||325-390||March 15th 1963 (Dōmdæg)||Hwītsand, Tretrid||Nuclear Triad, Mostly land and sea based||271|
|Tuvaltastan||183||206||August 31st 1954
||Sats’q’isi Point, Salovia
||Nuclear Triad||561 [n 1]|
|Vistaraland||270-290||295–360||January 12th 1960 (Aarde Vallen Een)||Leoland, Chibilaba||Nuclear Triad, Mostly sea and air based||243|
|South Hills||800||1,085||February 8th 1962 (Vernon Project)||The Genesis Point, New Tilden, South Hills||Nuclear Triad||162|
|Great Morstaybishlia||1,334||1,812||September 12th 1964 (Tropical Breeze)||Black Island, Grayson Isles, Seligeze Islands, Morstaybishlia||Nuclear Triad||222|
|Packilvania||1,950||2,134||January 2nd, 1966 (Wusul Kebir)||Outside of Wusul Kebir, Ukanar, Packilvania||Land and Sea Based||243|
|Durakia||5||5-50||April 20th, 2021 (Hoban Svertar)||Kretsburg, Irnac, Durakia||Nuclear Triad||1-5|
|Volkia||324||375-400||November 19, 1986 (Zimnyaya Burya)||Kurilsk Territory, Volkia||Nuclear Triad||79|
Other Nuclear Weapons States without up-to-date public records[edit | edit source | hide]
Stateless Possessors of Nuclear Weapons[edit | edit source | hide]
- Posol Industries: Due to unique circumstances involving a lack of capability to maintain nuclear weapons and the foreseen political instability of the nation, Posol Industries was placed under the responsibility of approximately 100 nuclear weapons after the dissolution of Kostromastan. There has been heated debate on whether Volova, one of a number of nations to form from Kostromastan, is the legal successor state to Kostromastan; the current political instability of Volova has left Posol Industries in possession, and it is uncertain whether Posol Industries will relinquish the stockpile back to Volova.
List of Former Nuclear Weapons States[edit | edit source | hide]
As of 2021, the following countries are states that once possessed nuclear weapons capabilities but have since decommissioned or relinquished their nuclear weapons, or alternatively are nations that no longer exist:
Axdel[edit | edit source | hide]
Norograd began its own nuclear programme during the Auroran Imperial War after recovering and reverse engineering Morstaybishlian weapons. A small thermonuclear warhead designated 'N-1' was developed, and was deployed in a ground-penetrating package on the controversial Kevatuul satellite. This became the first use of nuclear weapons in warfare on Aurora when several Ethalrian military bases and the city of Rivendale were targeted. Post war, the satellite was deorbited and no subsequent weapons were put into space, and Norograd was made to pay reparations for the damage. This, however, did not end Norogradian nuclear weapons development, and at least fifteen underground and two above ground tests were conducted from 1975-1996, with a stockpile maintained for the purpose of self-defence
After its formation in 1996, Axdel inherited 532 Norogradian sea and land based nuclear warheads. In 2000 they agreed to decommission and dismantle the weapons by 2025 as part of the Axdel-MBE Nuclear Non-Proliferation treaty. The weapons were decommissioned in 2019, and are to be dismantled by 2023. However, the nation officially maintains the facilities, materials and technical expertise necessary to quickly design and construct new warheads on demand, and is sometimes considered a 'paranuclear' or 'nuclear latent' state in this regard.
Salovia[edit | edit source | hide]
After the conclusion of the Auroran Imperial War in 1975, Salovia began efforts to reduce their total nuclear stockpile from the 1974 peak of 1,386, pledging to reduce the number to 500 by the year 1994. However, due to the Salovian civil war in 1985, the decommissioning program was put into a legal limbo, and approximately 650 nuclear weapons remained in service.
The inheritor nations of Tuvaltastan and Kostromastan agreed to continue the decommissioning program first set out by Salovia, and brought the total stockpile to 250 by 2005. However, the Kost-Tuva War in 2009 and 2010 between the two nations led to the creation of an additional 50 nuclear weapons between the two, and the number has remained at 306 since.
Oscrelia[edit | edit source | hide]
After the Thornton dictatorship ended in the wake of the Auroran Imperial War, the new republican Oscrelian government inherited control of Oscrelia's arsenal of 23 land and air-based nuclear warheads. In 1982, in wake of a series of anti-nuclear protests, the government declared that it would be dismantling its entire nuclear arsenal from 1984 to 1986, and invited inspectors from the Auroran Continental Assembly to observe and verify Oscrelian nuclear disarmament.
Oscrelia was declared free of nuclear weapons by 1986, but remained a paranuclear state until it dismantled its enrichment facilities in 1992, once again under the eyes of ACA inspectors.
Notes[edit | edit source | hide]
- 559 Nuclear Tests were conducted under the administration of Salovia. After the Civil War, the nuclear warheads were inherited by Tuvaltastan and Kostromastan, most of which going to Tuvaltastan. During the Kost-Tuva War, Tuvaltastan threatened nuclear attacks, and conducted two tests to follow up the threat.