Full name: Empire of Antara
Location: North America (replaces USA)
National language: English
Recognized languages: None
Government: Constitutional Monarchy
Population: 130,071,470 (2017, government estimate) (33rd)
Annual growth: -0.1%
GDP (nominal): $11.925 trillion (3rd), per capita: $58,230 (7th)
HDI: 0.911 (2017 / 16th)
Currency: Antaran Dollar (AND), equivalent value of the US dollar
Time zone: UST -5, UST -6, UST -7, UST -8
Date format: yyyy-mm-dd (AD)
Drives on the: Right
Internet TLD: .RA
Calling Code: +1
Manpower (active personnel) (1944)
Army/Air Force: 7,105,420
Major Cities (2017 estimate):
1- Entarro, 9,277,580
2- St Katherine, 5,496,882
3- St Camilla, 3,845,128
4- Cambria, 3,763,235
5- Alexandria, 3,601,744
6- (Upper) Ricksville, 3,420,194
7- Jacinto, 3,024,384
8- Corusca, 2,703,511
9- St Mia, 2,475,004
10- St Lucian, 1,894,364
11- Hemsley, 1,192,841
12- Port Carida, 872,234
13- Carrywood, 572,350
14- Charlemagne, 410,749
15- Saskia Bay, 321,845
TBA before 1400
1400: 2,400,000 (estimate)
1500: 3,100,000 (estimate)
1600: 4,700,000 (estimate)
1700: 6,500,000 (estimate)
1800: 12,200,000 (estimate)
1820: 16,600,000 (estimate)
1840: 17,400,000 (estimate)
1860: 18,800,000 (estimate)
1880: 29,400,000 (estimate)
1890: 30,200,000 (estimate)
1900: 43,462,737 (official census)
1910: 56,369,254 (official census)
1920: 68,582,129 (official census)
1930: 80,785,563 (official census)
1940: 93,352,150 (official census)
1946: 93,841,456 (official census)
1950: 100,803,845 (official census)
1960: 108,361,468 (official census)
1970: 112,201,645 (official census)
1980: 124,263,101 (official census)
1990: 126,453,820 (official census)
2000: 128,075,014 (official census)
2010: 129,109,052 (official census)
2017: 130,071,470 (official census)
Ethnic groups: (2017)
2.6% Native American
Founded sometime before 1400 by an unknown group of Europeans, Antara emerged as a powerful nation stretching across North America. The English speaking caucasian citizens suggest the original founders were of British origin. Antara became connected to the rest of the world around the mid 1400s, prompting the rest of European nations to explore the ‘New World’, but by the time they had arrived Antara was somewhat already thriving and not entirely adamant on allowing other nations to claim their land. The wars that followed put Antara at odds with the European nations for hundreds of years, but regardless Antara had become a powerful empire that the world would recognise.
Although the wars that followed after Antara’s discovery and connection with the greater world were long and hard, there were otherwise very few international wars between 1500 - 1900, instead it was fraught with civil wars. Antara was ruled by the Junkos, a single line of emperors and empresses, who were able to build a powerful nation without any European intervention for hundreds of years, but in that time their rule has always been disputed. Though over the years the empire itself stabilised as each state became more cooperative and interconnected, an attempt at breaking away from the empire always caused bloody wars, even as late as the 1930s.
Pre-War era (1918-1939)
With the help of Antara’s at the time warmongering empress, Erica Junko, they had solidified their presence as a world power by significantly helping to end the Great War on the side of the Allies. During the peace talks following the end of the war, Antara had withdrawn its status as an empire, their empress stepped down and her son, William Junko II, became king, and governed alongside a prime minister. The decisions of Antara’s new king played a great role in future events, specifically the upcoming Second World War.
King Junko was far more pacifistic than his predecessors, and pushed for far lenient terms in the Treaty of Versailles, much to the disappointment of the world leaders around him.
In 1921 in further attempts at ensuing peace years after the war, Junko called an international conference in Entarro, the nation’s capital. The Ministry of the Navy had agreed some form of limitation was needed to halt the race, as by then the ministry itself had laid down 140 thousand tons worth of battleships in response to both Japan and Britain, however the limitations themselves they had no say in. The Entarro Naval Treaty (ENT) as it was known, ended up hindering the Antarans far more than they had liked.
King Junko had agreed to a 5/4 ratio of capital ship tonnage (battleships and battlecruisers) with Great Britain, putting them at the same capital tonnage limits as Japan who also received the 5/4 ratio (420,000 tonnes to Britain's 525,000 tonnes), very much to the anger of his Naval Ministry. According to Junko himself, there was no need for a massive navy his Ministry was already planning, as he intended to keep the peace following the war. Capital ship (battleship) construction was restricted until 1930, but ships under construction were allowed to be finished.
In accordance with the 35k ton capital limit, Japan extensively modified it’s Tosa class battleships allowing her and Kaga to be finished almost as intended. Battlecruisers Amagi and Akagi were also modified and completed as intended. Since Akagi and Kaga were never converted to carriers, two more Shokaku class fleet carriers were constructed under the names Kyuuyou and Mizuho. Battleships Kii and Owari were built from 1933-1934. Battlecruiser Amagi was converted to an aircraft carrier and used as a test bed for future fleet carriers.
Come 1936, the rise tensions in Germany made leaders around the world nervous. The Kriegsmarine laid down four battleships of the Scharnhorst class (the original class never existed, instead Scharnhorst, Gneisenau, Bismarck and Tirpitz were laid down as something similiar to the H39 class). The disregard for the ENT by nations such as Japan and Italy caused panic in the Antaran Naval Ministry, whilst the reoccupation of the Rhineland caused fears of a potential war in the future. Various wings of the military paid close attention to the events playing out, each requesting additional funding. However Junko, still in power refused any efforts by his ministers to expand the military in light of the growing tensions. The Naval Ministry had infighting on the continued obedience to the ENT. Japan’s Kii class had already delivered what was considered an inadequate response by the Antarans. At any time Japan could construct a stronger and larger navy if it were not for resource constraints, whilst the Antarans were stuck with constructing what they considered inferior ships and in smaller numbers. The rapid expansion of the German military contributed to the anxiety.
In 1937, Japan’s war with China and Junko’s refusal to acknowledge that precautions needed to be taken with regards to his military severely diminished the trust between his ministers. Junko’s popularity was waning and he had by then already been branded an incompetent leader who was easily pushed around.
World War II (1939-1945)
Each individual event and battle will be detailed thoroughly when the time arrives. The timeline is subject to change as everything gets ironed out.
In August 1939, William Junko stepped down as king due to national protest, though many had failed to realize in doing so his daughter would then rise to the throne in his place. Queen Willamina Junko III being young and inexperienced (only 20 years of age) had garnered no faith from her citizens, and amidst the dire political landscape, Antara was at an all time low. September of 1939, the Second World War had begun.
Under advisement from her ministers, all limitations for the military were removed by Willamina. Her first actions as the head of state were to denounce the actions of the Nazis, as well as the expansion by the Japanese. Trade embargoes occurred with Japan, setting in motion events that would lead to Antara’s entry into the war. Junko refused to join the Allies, once again under advisement from her ministers, who were still not entirely ready for war, having lived under restrictions imposed by the former king himself. But rest assured they were preparing. Junko knew war was coming and Antara was going to play a role in it.
Junko agreed to provide assistance to the Allies in the form of supply convoys, as well as the lend-lease of Antara’s aged destroyers. Compared to her predecessor, she was borderline warmongering, threatening Germany and Japan with war if they were attacked in any way.
Royal Navy warships escorting supply convoys would often fly the Antaran flag in an attempt to dissuade attacks from U-boats. The guarantee of war didn’t faze Hitler as much, but advisement from Hirohito that they were planning for a preemptive attack on Antara prevented U-boats from being trigger happy. Antara’s change in leadership encouraged the Axis to bring the Antarans into the war quickly, before they had time to prepare and convert to a wartime economy, and thus a first strike at Antara’s Pacific naval base of Port Isla, located in the Tuscadia Islands west of the country.
History is continually added below:
The Setting Sun - by Captain Michael Shaw of ARS Erin (mini-novel)
The Mediterranean/Atlantic theater of war - In summary
18 June 1940 - Attack on Port Isla
. Antara’s Pacific base (Pearl Harbour analogue) attacked, heavy losses, Antara enters war.
Japanese push into South-East Asia
4 December 1940 - Battle off Manila
. Antara attempts to evacuate troops from the Philippines, limited success as Japanese task force intercepts evacuation units.
12 January 1941 - Battle of the Java Sea
, ABDA attempt at an early war decisive battle ended in a disastrous Allied defeat. ABDA disbanded due to heavily losses. Pacific British and Dutch sea power destroyed.
7 April 1941 - Battle of the Solomon Sea
, first carrier battle in the world that decides the fate of Port Moresby. Allied defeat, resulting in the successful occupation of New Guinea by Japan. Australia is invaded later.
4 August 1942 - Battle of Vescadia
, Japanese victory leaves Antara with only one remaining major naval base in the Pacific. Used as a stepping for their eventual attempt at a second attack on Port Isla, Tuscadian Islands.
18-26 October 1942 - Battle of the Solomon Islands
. Several naval battles occur for control of the Solomons, heavy losses on both sides. Allied victory.
7-28 March 1943 - Battle of Tuscadia
, Japan invades Antara’s main Pacific base of Port Isla once again. Allied victory. Turning point of the war. Land battle lasts several weeks, four naval battles occur, giving Japan major setbacks.
30 July-5 August 1944 - Battle of the Philippine Sea
, Antara’s second attempt at a decisive battle that ends in the removal of Japan’s seapower, at a huge cost for both sides.
14 September 1947 - V-Day in the Pacific
. Japan surrenders, the Second World War is over.