History of Gerenia
Gerenia was founded in July 2012, as the Gerenian Colony of New Calarma. Since then, the country has struggled for becoming an economic and militar power in Apollonia, however, a weak government and a crisis in late 2013 have delayed the achievement of a sustained development.
Human settlement in the area dates back to the days when Treesia expanded to Northern Apollonia. The Treesian culture flourished in the lands north of the Camoleo. The whole region later fell under Slobovian control.
After Slobovia was disbanded, Novaya Zemlya was founded. The nation reached a high level of development, as some of its cities' ruins have been preserved (and, in some cases, Gerenian cities were founded upon ruins of such settlements, for example: Mariaville near Jiangshan, Balyada on Vilchermansk, and San Andrés on Zhivagovsk). Following the end of Novaya Zemlya, a number of its former citizens migrated in different directions, while others stayed, and the land remained unclaimed until the establishment of Landingberg, a constituent nation of the United Empire. According to the census conducted in Gerenia during late 2012, approximately 9% of its inhabitants are of Novaya Zemlyan descent.
Other nations that were established in the area were Amoria, the Students' Isocratic Oligarchy of Yabloko, and the Republic of Kozuc. The latter was dissolved soon before the arrival of the Gerenian people in Northern Apollonia.
The establishment of a territory in Micras was an objective first proposed in April, 2012. The authorities in Meeredres considered a colony in Micras as an opportunity of expansion, increase of activity, and interaction with foreign Nations. After an agreement of the Meeredrian politicians, it was designed a Colonies' Act, as it was called. The Colonies' Act was approved in 19 April.
At the same time the Act was being drafted, the Meeredrian government (through a special Commission) ordered the gathering of great amounts of materials in order to build cities and the infrastructure of the colony to be founded. The Meeredrian citizens were offered the opportunity of moving to Micras with the government's support. The Operation Exodus was taking shape.
With regards to the location of the Micrasian colony, the Colonies Commission chose a region in Southeastern Apollonia, southwest of Antica, and close to the nations of Freedomia and Havnesgade-Amager. However, by the time the application was sent to the MCS the land had been regained by Flanders, and the Colonies Commission considered other places. Finally, it was chosen a region within Northern Apollonia.
On 8 July 2012, the MCS approved the establishment of the Gerenian Colony of New Calarma in Micras. The colony was named after the Meeredrian region of Calarma.
The Gerenian Colony of New Calarma
New Calarma was founded in Apollonia, between the nations of Safiria and Kyrovistan. Clementsgrad (the second largest city in the territory, now Klämen) was designed capital city. Other major cities constructed before the official foundation were: Port Isherwood (now Port Elerat), Tawlkar, Ramez, Mergeazes, Gerze, and Taizun.
New Calarma soon adopted its own Constitution, similar to the one of Meeredres, which implied that federalism became its form of government. Gerald Ruze was proclaimed Governor of the colony, while Sheila Toscano and Clemente Ruiz were appointed Governors of the autonomous regions of Mayfield and New Adarma, respectively.
The colony began a process of slow but sustained development thanks to the imports received from Meeredres, some of which were utilised in an attempt to establish heavy industry in the country. Tawlkar began emerging as a major mining centre, as the Midlands saw the rise of agriculture.
However, in spite of the dependence on Meeredres, Ruze declared the independence of New Calarma in November 2012, and withdrew all Gerenian territorial claims on planet Earth. Since then, the relations between Meeredres and Micrasian Gerenia grew colder.
Dissolution and Reestablishment of the State
In October 2013, an economic and social crisis broke out in Meeredres. All the economic sectors were affected, and the government of that time announced that there would be no more exports to Micras. Once such measure entered into effect (and after frustrated attempts of negotiation), Ruze dissolved the Gerenian State. The Nation fell into anarchy.
Ruze submitted a removal claim to the MCS in 27 November 2013, in order to formalise the dissolution of the Gerenian State. Some Governors and Ministers of the Republic fled the country, being followed by a number of people. While many returned to Meeredres, others migrated to nearby nations. However, most of the population chose to stay in Gerenia, waiting for the reestablishment of it. Ruze, by his part, was granted asylum in Neo Patrova, Hamland. He was then appointed Governor of San Luis de Hamlandia.
By mid-December, thanks to Joseph Ruze (Gerald's cousin) taking into office as head of the Meeredrian government, the return of Gerenia was finally open to negotiation. Gerald Ruze left Hamland, and traveled to Meeredres, where talks began.
The Gerenian State was officially reestablished on 30 December 2013, although the territory claimed by the Republic went smaller.
The Gerenian State continued to expand: first, it finished recovering the lost territories by July 2015, and towards the end of the year, it were created both Trans-Samarne Province in the eastern banks of the Camoleo, and East Gerenia in the estuary of such river. Later, following the doctrine known as Asakar Méeres, a number of territories outside mainland Gerenia were founded.
The maps below show the changes in the territory of Gerenia throughout its history.
Key to map colors
Gerenian territories (autonomous republics, dependencies)
area changed by event
Abbreviations: AD: Adarma; BR: Barzat; CL: Clements; ER: Erstveda; GR: East Gerenia; KS: South Keltia; MM: Maremedres; RZ: Ramez; SN: Sängeran; WS: West; YS: Trans-Samarne.
|8 July 2012||Foundation of Gerenia as the Gerenian Colony of New Calarma.|
|1 November 2012||Independence of New Calarma from Meeredres as the Republic of Gerenia.||no change to map|
|15 April 2013||Annexation of Helfrich Island.|
|28 November 2013||Dissolution of the Gerenian State; claims of the Maremedres Free State and the Republic of Alĵis as successor states. War between Gerenia and the above-mentioned states.|
|29 December 2013||Reestablishment of the Gerenian State by the provinces of Barzat, Clements, Erstveda, Maremedres, and Ramez.|
|14 April 2014||Adarma and Sängeran join Gerenia by reclaiming the districts of Tawlkar and Gerze, respectively.|
|4 November 2014||Expansion of Barzat and Sängeran to their original borders. Return of Helfrich Island to Maremedres and of Victoria Island to Adarma.|
|22 June 2015||West joins Gerenia. Expansion of Adarma to its original borders.|
|16 November 2015||Creation of both Trans-Samarne Province and East Gerenia Region (later autonomous republic).|
|15 August 2016||Creation of Gerenian South Keltia Autonomous Republic.|
|7 March 2017||Creation of the dependencies of Piraf and Zylenia. Expansion of East Gerenia.|| Apollonia|
|22 July 2017||Change of status of East Gerenia, from autonomous republic to province.||no change to map|
|8 August 2017||Creation of the dependencies of Aydaria, Dünits and Beladia, Misnir, and the Southern Beneluccas. Expansion of Gerenian South Keltia.|| Apollonia|
|17 December 2017||Merge of Aydaria and Dünits and Beladia to form the dependency of Gerenian East Keltia.||no change to map|
|22 January 2018||Expansion of Trans-Samarne Province. Cession of Misnir to the Empire of Hondon.|
|3 March 2018||Creation of the dependency of Erisland, and the New Siekeria Autonomous Republic. Expansion of Gerenian South Keltia.|| North-western Keltia|