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Kingdom of West Wiltshire
Timeline: 1962: The Apocalypse

OTL equivalent: Western and central Wiltshire
County Flag of Wiltshire svg [[Image:.|80px|Coat of Arms]]
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Location of Kingdom of West Wiltshire

Motto
Devises is 'Chic'! (West Country English)

Capital: Trowbridge
Largest city: Devises
Other cities: Clane, Westbury, Melkisham, Chippinham, Warminster, Pewsey and Malmesbury
Language:
  official:
 
West Country English
  others: Standardised UK English
Religion: 98% Church of England, 1% Catholic and 1% Atheist
Ethnic groups:
  main:
 
Westcountrymen and English
  others: Various American ethnicity
Demonym: West Wiltshireman/woman/person.
Type of government: Absolute Monarchy
  government: King's Privy Council
King: John Lee Drake
Lord Chamberlain: Nicolas Jimmy Pool.
Population: est. 154,000, plus about 8,000 to 8,250 conquered tribesmen and villagers (2011) 
Independence: 1963
Currency: Wiltshire Shilling for external trade and Barter for domestic trade
Organizations: 2:4
% Literacy: 99%
Number of military personnel: 7,500


StatsEdit

The Kingdom of West Wiltshire is a totalitarian UK survivor nation based in Wiltshire.

HistoryEdit

The following article is impart based on rumours, victims' accounts and defectors' reports about the hermit state and is thus unreliable.

The Apocalypse of 1962Edit

Also see- WP Targets in the UK and Ireland.

Some minor bombs hit a few parts of Wiltshire. The only major neighbouring attack was a heavy attack on in Bristol and Southampton, plus a few other places. 

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

After the ApocalyseEdit

The nuclear winter lasted between October 1962 and March 1963. A nuclear summer then lasted between April 1963 and September 1964. A major famine, plus a typhoid and Legionella outbreak killed many across the country in 1963 and 1964.

Serviours from the Wiltshire and Bath regional command post, who were stationed in the former underground aircraft factory and ammunition store at Hudswell Quarry in Hawthorn, Wiltshire, chose to join the nation after thire supplies had run out in the April of 1963. The locals did not want to share things at first due to desperation an later also out of meanness. The leader of Trowbridge UDC, Terrance Arnold Drake, took the chance to cement his power. He was a successful doctor and set up an emergency board to fight the Typhoid and Legionella outbreaks. Martial law and food rationing were also soon inacted. His decisive leadership saved many lives and he gained much local respect and kudos. He was indeed clever and a savoir as was his deputy, the Devizes builder Andy Richard Pool, who helped repair several sanitation works. It was shortly after this that Mr Drake chose to declare himself king and Mr Pool his Lord Chamberlain. Sadly, both their over-sized egos and totalitarian views boded for the worse. Martial Law was not just seen as a temporary legal measure, but as a road to personal and clique power retention in the nations of Sussex, West Wiltshire, the SER and Kent.

The nation would struggle with various raids by the tribesmen from Oxfordshire, Swindon and the New Forest for many years. When the Porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome virus (PRRSV), also known among farmers as 'blue-ear pig disease' also killed most of thief pigs in late 1967, they managed to ration out the remaining food fairly and prevented any notable food riots, but wrongfully accused villagers from the unincorporated village of Chippenham of causing it in order to avoid a panic, since it was a regional plague that had hit other unincorporated villages and tribes in both Wiltshire and the New Forest to.

The animosity with Chippenham proved a brilliant tool to exploit. The regime had successfully managed to alienate it with the public of West Wiltshire by 1970.

As time passed the situation stabilised, the population grew and plans were put forward to re-colonise eastern Wiltshire and southern Gloucestershire. People were glad crime was at an all-time low and that the country was stable, but regretted the increasingly draconian and centralised nature of the regime.

In order to keep the nation from falling apart harsh new laws the decreed in the early years that included- mini-skirts being banned in 1968 and thieves' right hands being cut off as of 1970.

1971-1977Edit

The quickly developing nation was would also begin it's political maturing. The ad-hock regime had become a full blown dictatorship. Whilst it grew everyone was organised and co-operating, which was good thing, but order was maintained by a rule built on fear and lies. The 1976 heat wave and drought killed 6 people due to the lack of non-radioactive river water, but the death toll was claimed to only 2 until the truth was released in 1982.

As the need for land and security grew the nation rapidly expanded into new territories. As it did so, it enslaved and forcibly assimilated several tribes to the north and south east during the mid-1970's, culminating in the conquest of Chippenham. Why hit out at Chippenham? The lye that diverted attention over the PRRSV pig killing plague had now become a handy political tool, as had the generally over-parochial nature of the natives.

They fancied building a bigger and better nation, but still at the occupied territory's experience. The more farm land and resources they could garner the better. The conquest of the unintegrated village Chippenham happened in 1976 and that of Wilton and Salisbury in 1977 and 1978 respectively.

Wessex and West Wiltshire first clashed in 1977 over a border dispute in the Dorset town of Shaftsbury. The peaceable town in the remnants of former city of Bath was also approached by Wessex re-integrated at this time. West Wiltshire felt cheated by Bath, who they had been trying to charm over for the last 3 years. The leadership used this to justify further demands for food and leather donations by it's own citizens to the state. The the leadership of West Wiltshire did not sell most of it to local tribesmen or Bath City for goods as they claimed to, but horded it for themselves!

First ContactEdit

First contact was made with the Winchester in 1973, Gloucester and Southern English Republicin 1976, Wessex in 1977, Isle of Wight in 1979, Normandy in 1982 and Buckinghamshire in 1983.

1979-1988Edit

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.

As relations with liberal Wessex, anti-slavery Buckinghamshire and the democratic Isle of Wight deteriorated, so they rose with the fascist Southern English Republic, who also supported the use of tribesmen as expendable slave labour.

The mass slave labour issue would be what would alienate them from both the rest of the former UK and its allies in Western Europe.

Wessex and the Isle of Wight watched the growing situation with alarm and hastened there colonisation of the New Florist, so as to pre-empt any colonization by West Wiltshire settlers. The Gloucester and Stroud Co-dominium was also fearful about its future.

A second severe famine (caused by a series of harsh local floods) and a cholera outbreak hit the region, killing many people during 1985 and most of 1986. The Porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome virus (PRRSV), also known among farmers as 'blue-ear pig disease' struck also again and killed some pigs in mid-1985 to late 1986.

As this struck, Wessex in Isle of Wight sent in food aid to the country, but it was misappropriated by the rulers, as was what little the occupied territories made. Southern English Republic (SER) took the opposite view and gave arms and technical help to the government in order to maintain its grip on power. Buckinghamshire also began to distribute pro-democracy literature as to undermine the authoritarian regime in general.

The socioeconomic burden the occupied territories had to carry grew as the native citizens of W. Wiltshire largely maintained their pre-famine life styles and the ruling clique profiteered at the experience of all!

RebellionEdit

The locals in Wilton and Salisbury towns felt ripped off since produce taxes went up in 1986. Both towns had periodic riots sever since. Wessex would later save Salisbury and Wilton after hearing about this.

Salisbury town was the focus of a new conflict with Kingdom of Wessex, after the pro-democracy mayor lead a separatist revolt in 1989. The mayor felt he and his people were being taxed to harshly and abused by the Kingdom's government. That year’s tax boycott (they had previously paid 60% of their food production to the King and his court, yet rumour said only 10% was sold to the SER or redistributed inside the kingdom). When Edward Lloyd refused to recognise the tax collectors authority and told his local militia to eject them things got really bad. The army arrived the next day and lay siege to the down that then declared UDI on August 5th, along with neighbouring Wilton. Local wells and streams were poisoned on the 14th and 15th days of the siege.

A unit of 20 Wessex horse cavalry and an Isle of Wight armoured car arrived 6 days later. They defeated West Wiltshire and freed the towns (which joined Wessex 2 weeks later) in a 2 day battle with W Wiltshire's the 52 infantry men and 2 mortar crews.

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MOD Porton Down as of 2008.

As the West Wiltshire troops took over the derelict MOD Porton Down (also known to Salisbury and Wilton as "Death-town") in the rebellion. A few cans of L.S.D.-25, Tabun (GA), bis(2-chloroethyl)ethylamine, mustard gas, Sarin (GB) and E.A.-3148 were found and taken by them for future use. Fortunaly the cans were too old, leaked and killed the people who tried to take them. No more were found by Wessex when they took the site over 2 days later.

Wessex demolished the facility, made it safe and afforested the land in 1991. A final can of Sarin (GB) was found during this work and safely dumped several miles off the coast of Dorsetshire.

Retribution in the I.O.W.Edit

In a sad incident, a car bomb exploded in Ryde, on Isle of Wight during the 8th of June, 1991. It killed 3 and injured 8, 1 critically. The government of W. Wiltshire would it confess to it doing in mid-1996.

The more note worthy victims were-

  1. Bobby Jimmy Leicester (dead)
  2. Samuel Rey (dead)
  3. Chloë Gibson (dead)
  4. Lee Jonathan Long (Kentish diplomat)
  5. Avril Long (Lee's wife)
  6. Caitlín Campbell (Ayrshire tourist)
  7. Zoé Leblanc (Walloon tourist)

The 1990'sEdit

The leadership was passed on in the October 1st, 1990, with the kingship going to his son Arnold Anderson-Drake and the lord chamberlainship going to the lord chamerlin's son Nicolas Jimmy Pool. They would prove to be a bit more moderate than their fathers (who had died as a result of long turn over-eating, recent binge drinking and a suspected diabetic coma).

The taxes would be relaxed in general after 1991, although the occupied territories did still pay more than the natives of W. Wiltshire. The redistribution of the horded flour and leather was welcomed to.

Trade began to grow with the SER after 1992 and with their technical and material help, it became a major supplier of flour, as well as some cider and scrap metal by 1996.

The small unincorporated village of Pewsey was bullied in to joining W. Wiltshire in 1995.

The new leaders were not given to hoarding resources, but were unwilling to give up there grip on power and denounced outside calls for an election in 1998 and 1999.

2000-2004Edit

King Arnold Anderson-Drake gave the kingship to his son, John Lee Drake, in 2000 after having a hart attack and a bout of thyroid cancer. The cancer was surgically removed in the S.E.R.

The nation is less antagonistic to its neighbours, but was still disliked due to the heavy usage of serf labour in the occupied lands and the uneven economic and social development of the nation's society. Economic, political and military ties had increased with the S.E.R. noticeable since 2001.

Present DayEdit

It has still got many diplomatic problems with Wessex and Cornwall, but had started to close the political rift with other nations. Relations have improved with Sussex (who absorbed the Isle of Wight in the 1990's) as of 2005, and both the PRUK and Buckinghamshire greatly since 2007. The Gloucester and Stroud co-dominium and the City state of Sutton are still concerned with its attitude towards minor nations and city states. Relations with there old ally, the S.E.R., are beginning to cool as of 2010 in favour of greater relations with Wessex and Cornwall.

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

Bad weatherEdit

The heat waves of early 2006 and 2007 each killed 1 person and and 7 died in the winter of 2009-10, which was the coldest for 50 years.

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 Empier. West Wiltshire's government unusaly called in aid from Buckinghamshire and showed a genuine effort in both looking after victims and rebuilding the town.

MilitaryEdit

The armed forces abandoned the use of bows and swords in favour of rifles and pistols in 1995. The army is a volunteer force of 2,500 and a conscript force of 5,000.

WeaponsEdit

  1. Thompson sub-machine gun
  2. Canon de 75 modèle 1897
  3. Ordnance QF 18 pounder
  4. Colt 45 pistol
  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. Austen submachine gun
  9. Short Magazine Lee-Enfield Mk I (1903)

VehiclesEdit

  • 2 AEC Matador 4 x 4 medium artillery tractors
  • 2 x Humber armoured cars

TransportEdit

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 few alcohol and sunflower oil vehicles and a few petrol driven tractors in use across the republic.

Waterworks and food sources Edit

Most water is drawn from local rivers, wells and a aquifer boar-hole near Westbury that was drilled by Southern England in 2008.

EconomyEdit

West Wiltshire is heavily dependent on trade with Southern England. The nations have developed to about the same standard of living, moral values and political attitudes. Both are long standing allies against the hostile tribesmen form the ruined cities of greater London and S.E. England.

It is agrarian by nature largely dependent on agriculture, forestry and selling looted metal from the ruins of nearby towns. A growing food processing, brewing and scrap metal trading industry are beginning to develop around Devizes, Warminster and Trowbridge.

HealthcareEdit

Lung and thyroid cancer are no longer major issues, and are markedly less than they were before 1976.

CiderEdit

A local cider has been commercially produced in Westbury and Clane since 1998 and it is the national drink. Some is exported to the PRUK and Southern England.

The artsEdit

William Shakespeare was a 16th century Stratford-upon-Avon poet laureate and playwright, and is commonly considered to be the finest writer in World History. He is famous for his 38 plays, such as Hamlet, Macbeth, A Midsummer Night's Dream, King Lear, and Romeo and Juliet. Both before Doomsday and after, his works are still widely beloved and very popular in The Republic.

MediaEdit

The PRUK’s national newspaper has been in illegal circulation since 2009. Posters a nailed up as and when nessasery by the local authorities. A state-censored 5 page national news sheet has been printed weekly since 2006.

The Death PenaltyEdit

Murderers, sex predators, (rapists and child molesters, ect), traitors and enemy spies are executed with the hangman’s rope.

A TV journalist from Denmark was hung by West Wiltshire in 2005, after he was caught trying to exposé the government’s endemic corruption and human rights abuses.

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