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Kingdom of Wessex
Timeline: 1962: The Apocalypse

OTL equivalent: Somerset, Dorset, The New Forrest, the Salisbury aria and eastern Devon.
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Location of Kingdom of Wessex
Capital: Bridgewater
Largest city: Frome
Other cities: Tauton, Yeovil, Salisbury, Glastonbury, Dorchester, Weymouth, Torquay, Ilfracombe, and Honerton.
Language:
  official:
 
Standardised UK English and West Country dialect of English.
  others: Estuary English and Cornish.
Religion: Church of England (Anglican) and some Roman Catholics.
Ethnic groups:
  main:
 
Westcountrymen and English
  others: Cornish
Demonym: West Countryman/woman
Type of government: Constitutional monarchy with a democratic parliament
King: Thomas Lease
Prime Minister: Ann Madge Smith
Area: (claimed ) km²
Population: est. 526,989 (2010). 
Independence: May 7th, 1979- Constitution formed
Currency: Wessex Pound, Cornish pound and some Barter in rural places.
Organizations: Wessex 360 and No to the SER


StatsEdit

The Kingdom of Wessex is a democratic UK survivor nation based in Somerset, Dorset and eastern Devon.

HistoryEdit

World War 3  (the Apocalypse of 1962)Edit

Also see- WP Targets in the UK and Ireland.

There would mostly be a problem with the radioactive fall-out from other regions of the UK that would cause much trouble.

1962-1975Edit

The region was not directly attacked beyond a few minor hits in Dorset and become a safe haven for many people fleeing the remnant of Devon and south Hampshire. It would be a tough time during the nuclear winter and summer of 1962-64. After the initial crisis of the 1960's had been overcome things would look up for the nation, especially after the assumption of all regional powers by the Dorset council leader Timothy Lease at a joint meeting of Dorset, Bournemouth BC, Lynton RDC, Poole MBC, Yeovile MBC, Burnham-on-Sea UDC, Chard MDC, Yeovile RDC, Dorchester UBC and Somerset councils in Dorchester, Lynton, Burnham-on-Sea, Yeovile, Poole and Corfe Castle during the April and May of 1963. Martial law was declared in the June of 1964.

Torbay had also 

Torquay, Paignton and Brixham were

A severe famine and a cholera outbreak hit the county, killing many people during 1963, 1964 and most of 1966. This was further compounded, when several cases of chronic equine infectious anaemia were also reported to vets in mid to late 1967. The Porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome virus (PRRSV), also known among farmers as 'blue-ear pig disease' also killed off many of their pigs in late 1965 and early 1966.

It would be an struggle to cope with the aftermath as in all parts of, but once sanitation and agriculture were up and running life would improve greatly. The state set about enforcing quotas for farm production, encouraged rural crafts and started digging for oil shale in the few non-radioactive parts of Purbeck (at gunpoint in nessicery). This lead to a minor worker's rebellion in Purbeck during 1967. In the wake of this Timothy Lease declared himself King in order to cement his position as leader.

As the 1970s passed agriculture boomed the situation began to ease and the country democratised in 1975. Martial law was dropped in 1976. Wise water management and the plentiful rivers helped avoid disaster in the 1976 heat wave and drought. Expeditions were then sent out.

First ContactEdit

Contact was made with Winchester and Torbay in 1973.

Both Mercia and New Derbyshire (2 of the creators of the Provisional Republic of the UK were contacted in 1975 .

The city state of Gloucester town and Stroud was discovered by chance in 1976.

A hostile fist contact was made with West Wiltshire in 1977.

1977-1979Edit

Wessex and West Wiltshire clashed in 1977 over a border dispute in the Dorset town of Shaftsbury. The peaceable town in the remnants of the former city of Bath was also approached by Wessex and re-integrated at this time.

After the Mercians had defeated the Welsh provisional army and ejected the settlers from the Clun Valley and Shropshire Hills South Wales was on the retreat. Things became more chaotic as the Mercia, West Wiltshire and Wessex successfully laid siege to Monmouth for a month, while simultaneously overrunning Hey-on-Wye and New Radnor in 1979.

1980-1985Edit

Southlakemoor

Southlake Moor in winter, taken from Burrow Mump during the floods of February 1985.

The nation's farming would slowly improve between 1980 and 1985.

Heavy floods killed 2 people on the Somerset Levels in 1985.

Torbay was fully assimilated in late 1985

1986-1999Edit

As the Kingdom of Wessex, was moving towards Ilfracombe, Honerton and Barnstaple, friendly contact with the Republic of Cornwall and Barnstaple in 1982. Barnstable was given to Cornwall and Wessex took Ilfracombe and Honerton in exchange for Cornwall agreeing to pool it’s economic and military resources with them against dictatorial Kingdom of West Wiltshire and the aggressive Welsh SSR.

Salisbury town, was the the focus of a new conflict with Kingdom of West Wiltshire after the pro-democracy Mayor lead a separatist revolt in 1989. The much more liberal minded nation of Wessex was the cultural kin of the town. 1990 saw the reopening of the Isle of Purbeck's oil industry.

2000 to todayEdit

Relations between the two nations have been tense ever since. Relations with Gloucester town, the Provisional Republic of the UK and Cornwall are flourishing. Relations with Cornwall, Sussex, Gloucester, Somme Republic and the PRUK, Brittany, the Channel Islands and Normandy have become ever closer since the singing of the 2004 free trade deal.

A few expedition were sent to the outer fringes of Bristol city in 2004-5. Some tribes have been assimilated or joined trading treaties with Wessex. Some others are resisting Wessex's moves or have started trade talks with West Wiltshire, the Welsh SSR, Mercia and/or the Gloucester and Stroud Co-dominion.

The Summer and autum of 2013 saw a large than average outbeack of cabage moth (Mamestra brassicae) in the nation.

Former refugee campsEdit

Refugee camps were built in several places between 1962 and 1971, including-

  1. Taunton
  2. Yeovil
  3. Glastonbury
  4. Brixham
  5. Dorchester
  6. Weymouth
  7. Frome

Bad weatherEdit

Burrow Bridge

The 1826 bridge at Burrowbridge, Somerset, was nearly washed away by floodwaters in the February of 2014.

Heavy floods hit Axminster, Yealmpton, Brixham, Ottery, Otter St Mary, Gittisham and Honiton in Devon during 1975, 1985, 1987, 1998, 2007 and 2012. The winter of bllizards 2009-2010 was the worst in 50 years, in which 2 fatalities occurred.

The 2009 Great Britain and Ireland floods worst affected was the English county of Cumbria, Galloway, Dublin, Cork, Antrim, Dunfieshire and the Irish counties of Clare, Cork, Montgommeryshire, Galway and Westmeath. Deaths were widespread with 1 in Whitehaven, 1 in Cockermouth, a Cornish trader in Poundsgate in Devon. 2 women died when a bridge collapsed at Newtown and Talybont-on-Usk in Montgomeryshire. 2 also died in Dublin, At the time, Taoiseach Brian Cowen described the situation in Ireland as an "ongoing emergency" that was going to get worse.

The honorific floods and cyclone of November 22-28, 2012, devastated the former UK and Ireland. It finally killed a total of 42 people (39 citizens and 3 tourists)- 4 in Newlyn, 1 in Honiton, 1 in Truro, 3 in Exeter, 1 in Bovney Tracy, 2 in Shrewsbury, 2 in Gloucester, 2 in St Asaph, 1 in Wexford, 1 in Preston, 1 in Penrith 1 in Ayr, 1 in Cambridge, 3 in Monmouth, 2 in Northallerton, 2 in Kempsey, 1 in Chester, 1 Warwick, 1 in Derby, 1 Bridgewater, 3 in Upton-upon-Severn and 4 in Malmesbury, plus 3 Lower Saxon tourists in Warwick. It was the worst flooding incident in nearly 100 years! Aid came from Hexanshire, Durhamshire, Scarborough, Ayrshire, Perthshire, Denmark, Sussex, Willihamshaven, Kingdom of Lille-Wallonia, and the Neo-Roman Empire.

6 farmers died when a bridge collapsed in Bridgewater and 2 died as a tree fell on them in Crewkerne. The river Parret had flooded most of the Somerset Levels, causing serious long turn damage in the February of 2014.

The Anglo-Saxon languageEdit

It was partly reconstructed from surviving texts and is being openly researched and promoted in places.

  • The national name- "Kingdom of Wessex" is "Konĝeric þâ Wessex" in Anglo-Saxon.
  • The state motto- "Freedom, tolerance, equality and peace" is "Freon, Laĝalna, Eðel, Pas" in Anglo-Saxon.

MilitaryEdit

The armed forces abandoned the use of bows and swords in favour of rifles and pistols in 1986. The army is a volunteer force of 2,550. It owns 5 Wytch farm oil, several alcaholl and sunflower oil fulled vehicles-

  1. 1x Comet tank (in storage)
  2. 2x Crusader tank
  3. 1x Churchill tank (in storage)
  4. 3x Charioteer tank destroyer
  5. 1x Ferret armoured car
  6. 5x Chevrolet RD 4x2 truck
  7. 2x AEC Matador 4 x 4 medium artillery tractors
  8. 2 x Humber armoured cars

WeaponsEdit

  1. Thompson sub-machine gun
  2. Ordnance QF 18 pounder
  3. Colt 45 pistol
  4. French Darne machine gun.
  5. Stokes mortar
  6. Enfield No. 2 Mk I Revolver
  7. The Rifle, Anti-Tank, .55in, Boys commonly known as the "Boys Anti-tank Rifle" (or incorrectly "Boyes", nicknamed the "elephant gun")
  8. Short Magazine Lee-Enfield Mk I (1903)
  9. Canon de 75 modèle 1897

BattlesEdit

Wessex and West Wiltshire clashed in 1977 over a border dispute in the Dorset town of Shaftsbury. 2 of the 12 Wessex and 3 of 22 West Wiltshire troopers died in the clash.

The Journeys of DiscoveryEdit

The south Gloucestershire expedition of 1976Edit

Several villages in the former Sodbury RDC and Warmsley UDC were peaceably contacted and assimilated a few months later.

The Mid Gloucestershire expedition of 1976Edit

The city state of Gloucester town was discovered by chance in 1976 and both the nations became friendly towards each other.

The New Forrest expeditions of 1979Edit

A expedition was sent to the town in the wake of claims that the Isle of Wight was settling wastern section of the sparsely populated coastline. It was reavield to be true and the Interior region was peaceable annex and assimilated by 1980. The Isle of Wight hand only setteled 3 onclaves on the eastern half by 1979.

The Portished expeditions of 1984Edit

A expedition was sent to the town in the wake of claims that the communist Welsh SSR was settling the sparsely populated town. It was revield to be untrue and the tribes in Portished and the land south of the Avon next to it were assimilated by 1986.

The Southampton expedition of 1986Edit

The south of the city lay in radioactive ruins and the docks were destroyed. It was quarantined until 1996.

Government and politicsEdit

Thomas Lease inherited the kingship from his farther in 1995.

Local and national elections are held every 5 years since 1985 by the fist past the post methode, which is open to any national over the age of 15. A 1 year long interim parlement was voted for in 1984, but the minimum voting age was 16, not 15 as it is now.

Party AlignmentEdit

  1. Conservative- center right, socially conservative.
  2. Liberal- center, liberalist, economically moderate.
  3. Greens-Left, liberalist, ecologist.
  4. Labour- Left, state interventionist, pro-welfair state.
  5. Gay rights- Pro-gay/lesbian rights, libralist, center.
  6. Torbay party- Pro-Torbay affairs, libralist, center.
  7. Democratise West Wiltshire- libralist, center, pro-democracy in West Wiltshire.

Local government-Edit

National Election resultsEdit

1984 Interim Parliamentary ElectionEdit

1984 Interim Parliamentary Election

1985.

  1. Liberal- 64%
  2. Conservative- 22.5%
  3. Greens- 6.5%
  4. Labour- 4.3%
  5. Independents- 1.2%
  6. Torbay party- 1.15%
  7. Gay rights- 0.25%
  8. Democratise West Wiltshire- 0.0%

1985 Parliamentary ElectionEdit

1985 Wessex election

1985.

  1. Liberal- 65%
  2. Conservative- 22%
  3. Greens- 7%
  4. Labour- 3.3%
  5. Independents- 1.1%
  6. Torbay party- 1%
  7. Gay rights- 0.5%
  8. Democratise West Wiltshire- 0.0%

1990 Parliamentary ElectionEdit

1990 Wessex election

1990.

  1. Liberal- 61%
  2. Conservative- 20%
  3. Greens- 8%
  4. Labour- 6.5%
  5. Independents- 1.5%
  6. Torbay party- 1.5%
  7. Gay rights- 1.5%
  8. Democratise West Wiltshire- 0.0%

1995 Parliamentary ElectionEdit

1995 Wessex electoral result

1995 Wessex electoral result.

  1. Liberal- 60%
  2. Conservative- 23%
  3. Greens- 10%
  4. Labour- 4.4%
  5. Independents- 2.5%
  6. Torbay party- 0.1%
  7. Gay rights- 0.0%
  8. Democratise West Wiltshire- 0.0%

2000 Parliamentary ElectionEdit

2000 Wessex election

2010.

  1. Liberal- 62.5%
  2. Conservative- 20%
  3. Greens- 11.5%
  4. Labour- 2.2%
  5. Independents- 1.5%
  6. Torbay party- 1.2%
  7. Gay rights- 0.7%
  8. Democratise West Wiltshire- 0.0%

2005 Parliamentary ElectionEdit

2005 Wessex election

2010.

  1. Liberal- 63%
  2. Conservative- 20.5%
  3. Greens- 12%
  4. Labour- 2.5%
  5. Independents- 1%
  6. Torbay party- 0.5%
  7. Gay rights- 0.49%
  8. Democratise West Wiltshire- 0.01%

2010 Parliamentary ElectionEdit

2010 Wessex election

2010.

  1. Liberal- 64%
  2. Conservative- 21%
  3. Greens- 10.55%
  4. Labour- 2.5%
  5. Independents- 1.45%
  6. Torbay party- 1.0%
  7. Gay rights- 0.0%
  8. Democratise West Wiltshire- 0.0%

EconomyEdit

Like most other post-Doomsday European nations, especially British ones, the economy is poor and suffers from labour shortages, especially in the oil sector. Most of the economy is weighted towards agricultural production though there is some industrial aspects to the economy around the major towns and cities, but it is nowhere near the capability of nations like Southern England or the Republic of Durhamshire.

Trade with Ireland and CornwallEdit

Cornish tin ore is traded for Wessex oil shale as of 2006.

Oil and oil shaleEdit

Wytch Farm oil shale development and Kimmeridge Oil well were rebuilt with the help of Durhamshire, Lille-Wallonia, Ireland and Free State of Bavaria (German: Freistaat Bayern) helped restore the site's operations in 1990.

Irish and Walloon labourers, Durhamshire engineers and 2 experts from the Free State of Bavaria form the 160 expat community in Purbeck.

The oil shale and oil are both use domesticly and exported in small amounts to Cornwall, the I.O.W, Ireland and Sussex since 1993.

TransportEdit

Horses and bicycles are still common place. Horses are still popular in the nation, despite the heavy, but short lived, outbreak of equine ethmoid hematoma in 2008 and 2009. There are a some alcohol and sunflower oil vehicles and a some petrol driven tractors in use across the kingdom. A few petrol cars do exist, but they are still scarce. The nation has 6 GWR 2251 Class steam loco steam locos, 6 ex- BR GOV freight cars, 5 ex-BR Mk 1 passenger carriages, 7 coal trucks and 12 oil tanker wagons.

The 2010 censusEdit

  1. Employment is at 97%.
  2. 98% of households have running water.
  3. 77% of households have electricity.
  4. 25% of households have a gas supply.
  5. Literacy rate - 98%
  6. Literacy rate of under 16's - 88%

SportEdit

Cricket and rugby are the national sports.

The artsEdit

Stone sculpture and classical paintings of a genres are popular in the nation.

MediaEdit

A once monthly newspaper has been issued since 2008.

CiderEdit

Cider has started to be produced as of 1987 and small amounts have exported to Cornwall ever since 2006.

HealthcareEdit

Thyroid cancer ceased to be a problem in the mid 1970’s.

There has been a reasonably successful healthy living media campaign running in the media since 2007 concerning binge drinking and high cholesterol levels.

15% of citizens told a 2010 Alliance Europa survey that they thought there children were occasional secretly taking Psilocybe semilanceata mushrooms, Alcohol and/or glue sniffing after or during school. 3% also reckoned there teenage children were habitual drunks and another 1% said they thought there kids regularly did Cannabis joints and Psilocybe semilanceata mushrooms.

The Wessexian national police force estimated that about 4% of road accidents in 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2011 were caused by drunk and drugged driving. Some cars even had cider cans, whisky bottles, alco-pops, unnecessarily opened bottles of glue and/or cannabis resin stashed away in them.

The Death PenaltyEdit

Wessex has never had a death penalty, except for the ad-hock shooting of some local rebel leaders in 1967.

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