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The Free Republic of Gabon
Flag of Gabon
Flag of Gabon
Gabonese Coat of Arms
Gabonese Coat of Arms
Motto"Justice, Peace, Prosperity"
Government and politics
GovernmentSemi-Direct Democracy
• Lord High Chancellor
BritishWanderer
• Vice Chancellor
Gobblin
Lord's CouncilFKA_Twink

Skullius

Tiddy1806
Cabinet OfficePuraMadera Zyra_Bot
Geography
Capital
and largest city
Salisbury
WMA button2b.svg -3000, -2300
Links
WebsiteGabon Online
Discorddiscord.gg

This is the article about the territory of Gabon. For information about its main settlement, see Salisbury.

Gabon, commonly known as Gabon (/ɡəˈbɒn/), is an independent nation in the northwest quadrant. The mainland of Gabon is situated adjacent to the Coral Sea and the Sea of Crete. The nation borders Icenia to the east across the Dover Strait and Varkonia to the west across the Bay of Hope. In addition, Gabon includes more than 7 islands; principally off to the east and south.

The Principality of Gabon emerged as an independent sovereign country in early June 2018 and continued to exist until July 2018 when it became the lesser partner in a political union with Varkonia. In late 2018, Varkonia would add Westmore & Kaiserreich to the union under the Grand Duchy of Varkonia. This political union would continue until October 2020 when an independence referendum garning a 62% leave vote would result in Gabon's exit from Varkonia.

Within Gabon, the monarchy continued to use a variety of styles, titles and symbols specific to the pre-union Principality of Gabon which would remain up until the civil war in November 2018 which would transfer Gabon's Government to a Republic whilst remaining inside of the Union. The legal system within Gabon remained separate from those of Varkonia and other provinces. The continued existence of legal, educational, religious and other institutions distinct from those in the remainder of the Varkonian Union contributed to the continuation of Gabonese culture and national identity and would eventually play a crucial role in the independence referendum of October 2020.

The Free Republic of Gabon is a semi-direct democracy with a citizen-elected Lord's Council and a head of state directly answerable to the populace by the means of recall referendum and election. The current Head of State is the Lord High Chancellor of BritishWanderer who ascended to the position after the civil war in November 2018 and has retained that position since. The Lord High Chancellor works alongside the Head of Government in all aspects of internal and diplomatic matters, the current Head of Government is the Vice Chancellor of Gobblin who has retained the position since its creation in November 2018. Both Chancellors act on the behalf of advice given by the elected Lord's Council and the appointed Cabinet.

Gabon is world renowned for its architectural style, builds of grandeur and its expansive city scape. Boasting a capital of brobdingnagian proportions within the minus, minus quadrant. The Capital of Salisbury is the largest population centre in the nation and forms a continuous conurbation with other towns nearby, most notable being SouthShields, Tynemouth and Reddingsfield. The city stretches from coast to coast and encompasses both the Elizabeth Bay and the Bay of Biscay to the east and south respectively.

Gabon is divided into 5 administrative subdivisions, known as boroughs. Salisbury is the largest borough in terms of population, with the borough of Baile bán being the largest in terms of area.

History

Pictured: Photo taken of the first few buildings constructed in the settlement of Salisbury, the storehouse can be seen to the right, housing in the middle and the Bakery second from the left. Circa June 2018

Early History

For more information and an in-depth timeline of the history for Gabon, please see: Salisbury

June 2018 marked the creation of the state of Gabon which resulted from the discovery of the uninhabited landmass by Tvman999 and the subsequent claim of the land by GetSkinny who would become the Queen of Gabon shortly thereafter. Through the issuance of letters patent by The Queen, the Principality of Gabon was formed with the initial sole settlement of Salisbury.

The Principality of Gabon would slowly continue to increase its mainland territory and by late June 2018, the claims of Gabon had encompassed the village of Bakerswood on the southeastern peninsula and the town of Cottingham formally Alpoko in the south, later adding the sub-province of Venice to the northeast of Salisbury in September 2018.

After GetSkinny's accession to the throne, Her Majesty, by letters patent[1] created the position of Lord High Chancellor and through a Commission[2] appointed BritishWanderer to that office. The Lord High Chancellor had effective control of the Privy Council and was entitled to require them to present information about the activities of Gabon to himself.

Throughout the time period as a Principality, the nation was governed by a small privy council of the Lord High Chancellor of BritishWanderer and Councillors Tvman999 and Gobblin who advised Queen GetSkinny in day to day duties and decisions. The government system was an absolute monarchy without a constitution until late July 2018 when Gabon would formally enter into a political union with Varkonia.

Establishment of Salisbury

The establishment of the Principality of Gabon bought with it the settlement of Salisbury, this settlement was solely planned to be a simple base of operations whilst the surrounding area was surveyed. In June, Her Majesty deemed it necessary to set out on a vast excavation project in order to extract stone and minerals which would be used to fund future construction projects in prominent positions around the island. Throughout the time of the extraction of the grand quarry, a large influx of labourers would migrate to Salisbury, speeding up the project and resulting in buildings springing up around the quarry. The substantial amount of stone being extracted allowed the privy council to fund constructions of a storehouse, bakery and multiple houses. Although many of buildings constructed around this time have since been either torn down or reconstructed, the bakery still stands to this day as the oldest building in Gabon. As the settlement around the quarry continued to grow, a factory building and rudimental train station was set up, with one of Gabon's first factories being a compactor donated by Mayor Ahrimanne of MTA.

Pictured: The first known map of mainland Gabon. Circa June 2018
Pictured: An overhead view of foundations of Balmoral, laid out circa July 2018

In late June, with constant construction underway to the southeast and within the settlement, concern was placed on the damage that local labourers were committing on the native flora and fauna. This opened a fierce debate within the privy council, which was split down the middle on the economic side of the argument and the agricultural preservation side of the argument. This led Her Majesty to make a tough decision, ultimately siding with the native wildlife and by letters patent created measures to protect the natural wildlife from any further destruction which would be amended by a compromise to allow members of the privy council to authorise the destruction of any particular instance of flora so long as saplings of the respective fauna was planted elsewhere. This patent is generally regarded as saving the decline of the natural trees within the nation of Gabon.

Sensing that Salisbury was becoming more than just a settlement, Her Majesty the Queen in July 2018 would name Salisbury as the capital of Gabon and would laid out plans with her privy council to construct the royal residence of Balmoral Castle which would straddle the main avenue and overlook the rest of the city. The original design contained fifty rooms, wide corridors and a sizeable courtyard. Balmoral was planned to hold not only the residential quarters of the royal family but also the hosting place of internal government gatherings and diplomatic meetings.

This drain on resources in order to enrich the living standards of Monarchy would begin to cause anger amongst the citizenry, with roads being left in a run-down condition and factories being left to decay whilst Balmoral was deemed as the primary focus of the government.

Balmoral would require such a vast amount of concrete that new industries would have to be structured from the ground up in order to support the demand. Glass smelters and concrete factories were planned and constructed in Salisbury and Bakerswood to aid in the erection of Balmoral Castle. However the project would eventually run into a brick wall due to budget constraints and a skilled labour shortage, with the construction halting just after the first floor of Balmoral.

The city would slowly expand for the rest of 2018 due to the limited resources left over, however development continued via road systems and more housing in the eastern portion of the Capital.


The Political Union between Gabon and Varkonia

Sister Article: Varkonia

In late July 2018, the privy council and Her Majesty decided that it was in the best interests of the Gabonese peoples to open negotiation talks with the Grand Duchy of Varkonia to discuss and ratify The Treaty Effecting a Transition of Government for the Principality of Gabon through Cession of Lands to the Grand Duchy of Varkonia[3] which saw Gabon lose its title as “Principality” and become a "Province" of Varkonia.

This also saw the dissolution of the royal throne of Gabon, including Her Majesty’s Privy Council. In its place, the monarchy was replaced with the Assembly of the Province of Gabon which was headed by the Grand Prince of the Province of Gabon. Her Majesty The Queen became the Grand Prince and appointed her privy councillors to the Provincial Assembly. This also saw the appointment of two members of the Assembly of Gabon to the Senate of Varkonia, these two senators representing Gabon would become Grand Prince GetSkinny and Chancellor and Councillor BritishWanderer. Whilst serving on the Senate, these senators brought the virtue of codified law to Varkonia. Gabon’s rich history of lawmaking and the prowess of its Assembly were a welcome addition to Varkonia.

The reaction to the transition of government was met by positive outpouring by the citizenry of both nations who saw it as two sister nations joining together, with many citizens of both countries holding dual residency of both states. This made the relationship between both countries intertwined, Varkonian flags were quickly added to prominent focal points around the Capital with government buildings gladly displaying the Varkonian flag alongside its Gabonese counterpart.

Pictured: Borders of a unified nation-state between Gabon and Varkonia. Circa Late July 2018
Current map of mainland Gabon and it's overseas territories. Circa September 2018

Neighbouring nations would greet this change positively, with slight confusion on what this would mean for treaties signed by Gabon with other nations in the northwest. The Grand Duchy of Varkonia was quick to assure neighbouring states that Varkonia would gladly take up any responsibilities in all treaties previously signed by Gabon. This action would set out the course for leaders from both Gabon and Varkonia to draft a mutual defence charter which would lead to the foundation of the United Northern Congress alongside SPQR & Nevrast.

Immediately after the signing of the treaty, the government of Varkonia agreed to aid in the funding of an eastern defensive structure within the Capital of Salisbury. This was in conjunction with citizens of Varkonia funding the construction of an updated rail station in Salisbury, the station went from three one-way lines to eight possible two-way connections to multiple countries in the northwest quadrant. The station is adorned with the Varkonian national flag alongside the Gabonese standard to reflect the contribution that was made towards to the construction.

The Senatorial contributions by both GetSkinny and BritishWanderer to Varkonia would be immensely beneficial to the rule of law in Varkonia and both senators would be the main authors of the establishment of the constitution of Varkonia alongside the Red Duke himself.

After the Gabonese civil war, GetSkinny would be replaced as a Gabonese representative on the Varkonian Senate by Gobblin. Gobblin would do much to improve and assist in the burgeoning Varkonian xp industry and the drainage of the Nox Vault.

In December 2018, BritishWanderer would be elected as Speaker of the Senate of Varkonia and would maintain that position until July 2019 where upon he would resign due to the breakup of the UNC. BritishWanderer would be elected again a month later in August 2019 and would serve in the Speaker role until the independence of Gabon in October 2020, holding a total term length of 1 year and 9 months, the longest of any Senate Speaker in Varkonia.

Gobblin would be elected to the position of Guild Master in February 2020 due to his commitment and contributions to the xp industry. Gobblin would serve as Guild Master of Varkonia for 7 months from February 2020 - September 2020.


Formation of The United Northern Congress

Main Article: UNC

In Early August 2018, The Grand Prince of Gabon and The Lord High Chancellor in conjunction with the Red Duke of the Grand Duchy of Varkonia drafted the Charter of the United Northern Congress[4] in hopes that a new alternative alliance bloc in the northwest quadrant would allow nations the ability to stand aside peacefully, not involving themselves in any future wars while also furthering good relations and economic ties between signing parties.

The document was originally sent to Varkonia's largest neighbours, SPQR and Nevrast, for approval and discussion. Both nations were largely positive about the charter with a few amended changes being added upon request. The two countries would later become the first of many signatories of the Charter of the United Northern Congress.

By Mid August, The UNC had reached out to The Federal Republic of Bloom and the Kaiserreich, who after negotiations gladly signed the charter. The Celestial Empire of Tvtopia, The Kingdom of Kaltsburg, The Duchy of Westmore, Heavenly Kingdom of Gensokyo and the Archduchy of Nyasaland, shortly joined the signatories, bringing the member-count of the UNC to ten total nations.

The claims of the Grand Duchy of Varkonia in October 2018, showing the province of Gabon on the right. Circa October 2018
Gabon's Impact

Gabon's leading government ministers and monarchy played an instrumental role in drafting the original Charter for the United Northern Congress, the Charter itself hints to this Gabon contribution with the document being signed by each member country at the location of Balmoral Castle. This is displayed at the bottom of the Charter alongside the date. The Gabonese Lord High Chancellor, BritishWanderer, served the United Northern Congress for 118 days as the Alliance Spokesperson and was the last serving Spokesperson at it's disbandment on 13th July 2019.

The Gabonese Civil War

By October 2018, Her Majesty Queen GetSkinny, had been out of the public eye for over two months. The duties that would normally be undertaken by the Queen were being added to the daily tasks of The Lord High Chancellor and his councillors. This extra burdening workload began to cause the stagnation of Gabon which was felt throughout the country, with the council behind on their normal duties, food production and welfare handouts fell to an all-time low. Although republicanism was not unheard of prior to this point, it grew to unprecedented levels among the citizenry and members of the provincial assembly around this time. October would also see the peaceful Green Flag Protests which saw citizens take to the streets wearing green banners to express their discontent with the monarchy and the government of Gabon. Green banners were used as a meaning for a fresh start, with some radicals suggesting this did not end at reforms for a constitutional monarchy but should result in the ending of the monarchy altogether.

Around the same time in Varkonia, members of the Varkonian Senate were charged with numerous criminal offences in the courts of Mount Augusta leaving Gabon awash in shame, striking at the heart of the connection between the sister nations. The rift that was beginning to form would only deepen when the Red Duke would decline the Provincial Assemblies request for additional funding for internal damages caused by a recent terrorist attack in Salisbury. The Lord High Chancellor BritishWanderer and Councillor Gobblin would meet with the Red Duke Mickale of Varkonia to discuss funding issues and the concern of the growing republicanism and the worry that armed response may be required should it come to a boiling point, the Red Duke agreed to provide military support and privately endorsed the Chancellor to lead the nation instead of the Queen if the situation were to lead to a civil war. Mickale would also provide assurances relating to the additional funding as well as the criminal offences levied against multiple senators in Varkonia, alleviating the worries of BritishWanderer and Gobblin.

In early November, Queen GetSkinny, returned to a nation seemingly divided. Disagreements had broke out within the Assembly of the Provincial Government of Gabon on how to respond to the dissatisfaction with the actions of Varkonia, alongside heated debates of government reform. The Queen's return was coldly received by her citizenry, including her own government who had seen the rising costs of funding the monarch's private lavish lifestyle without any visible benefit to the nation.

Tensions came to ahead on the 9th of November as the Her Majesty would call for an emergency assembly meeting, every councillor {BritishWanderer, Gobblin, Tvman999, ChrisFa99, Suigin} was required to attend the meeting in Balmoral immediately. Once all councillors of the Assembly were within the doors, they were forcibly locked in by members of the Queen's royal guard. Her Majesty, above the commotion, would call three important votes, all relating to the dissolution of the union between Varkonia and Gabon. The first vote, taking many of her councillors by surprise, was Should Gabon exercise its human right to self-determination and declare independence?. Loyalists of the Monarchy were quick to throw their support behind the vote, with the rest of the Assembly along with the Lord High Chancellor himself voting against or abstaining once it was clear that the Act would not pass the 50% threshold required.

Should Gabon exercise its human right to

self-determination and declare independence?

Aye 40%
Nay 20%
Abstain 40%

As the initial vote came to a close, The Queen proclaimed to the Assembly that she felt that with the 40% support that there was reason to call for immediate independence. This declaration sent the opposing councillors into an uproar, calling for an official vote to respect the 50% threshold. The atmosphere inside of the chamber quickly became one of fury and chaos, the royal guard would move in to quell the madness only to be met with drawn swords by members of the assembly causing a standoff. In order to quickly quash the mayhem within the Assembly, the Queen called for a second referendum on independence within the Assembly.

Should we hold a second

referendum on independence?

Aye 80%
Nay 20%
Abstain 0%

During second vote, the Lord High Chancellor stood from his chair to defend the Grand Duchy of Varkonia to the clear disapproval of many of the loyalist government councillors. The majority of the Assembly did however, stand behind the Chancellor and his track record. This bought a perhaps uncomfortable realisation to Her Majesty, that the Assembly itself was slowly splitting between herself and her own Chancellor. In order to retain her support within the house, she backed down and called for the second vote of independence.

Should Gabon exercise its human right to self determination

and declare independence from the Grand Duchy of Varkonia?

Aye 20%
Nay 80%
Abstain 0%

The final vote was ruled in favour of the union, many councillors supporting the Chancellor's ideals of closer cooperation and continued union with the Duchy of Varkonia. This blow to the Queen was seen by many as one of the final nails in the coffin for a monarchy unresponsive to their own country's needs.

However the Queen would take the stand before the Assembly and informed them that she would be issuing a royal decree to declare independence herself[5], effectively ignoring previous votes and the will of her Assembly. This was an unprecedented move, whilst permitted by the laws and the government system in place, it had never been undertaken in such a manner before in Gabon's history. The Lord High Chancellor, who was once seen as the most loyal member of Her Majesty's Assembly was the first to speak harshly against this action. In the mist of the anger felt by the Assembly, the Chancellor controversially called for a vote to unseat the ruling monarch and replace the Grand Prince with himself.

Should the current Crown Prince be replaced by BritishWanderer?
Aye 60%
Nay 0%
Absentions 40%

Although not legal binding and not possible to be enforced by the Assembly, it was a clear display of the feelings of a majority of councillors who had been forced to choose a side over the course of the evening. The Queen quickly sacked her Lord Chancellor before swiftly branding the rest of the Assembly as traitors and dissolving the entire government. From this, the Independent Principality of Gabon was again formed with Her Majesty The Queen as its head. The Queen had secured the support of the small gabonese military hours prior with promises of extra funding and equipment and as such controlled most of the capital from the onset of her decision to declare independence.

Pictured: Photo of the bombing raid on the Capital City of Salisbury. Circa November 2018

News of this action would spread across the city and the minus minus quadrant like wildfire, citizens of Gabon were caught unaware, not knowing that the government had been deciding the course of Gabon's future in a small private room just minutes away. An unintended consequence of this night would be the future call for government transparency which would lead to the Propositions Act 2020 and the Council Updates Act 2020 in the future which would provide citizen insight into every vote and every discussion undertaken by the council.

BritishWanderer would declare the Queen's proclamations a betrayal and coup, naming himself the Crown Prince of Gabon and calling for a military coup of Gabon. Rebel messages were quickly be sent to the Red Duke of Varkonia, Mickale, requesting military aid previously promised, however this would prove to be unnecessary as Queen Getskinny would declare war on The Grand Duchy of Varkonia and U.F.R Hjlatland, causing both nations to join the side of the republican rebels. Both Varkonia and Hjaltland rallied behind the revolutionaries in their revolt against the Independent Principality of Gabon both publicly and through military support. Large outpourings of 'Long Live Gabon!' would come in from home and abroad in support of the revolutionaries and become the standard motto of the rebellion.

With the military of Gabon pledging their continued loyalty to their Queen, the rebels were forced to take up defensive positions outside city boundaries until military support from the Grand Duchy of Varkonia arrived. Outside of the Capital, quick progress was being made by the rebels forces, taking control of the town of Bakerswood and surrounding Cottingham to the far south. Upon hearing updates about the incidents occurring in Gabon, The Red Duke of Varkonia ordered a bombing raid by the Varkonian special military forces of the Gabonese capital, the City of Salisbury. This sole act devastated the loyalist stronghold in the centre of the city allowing for it's immediate capture by supporting revolutionary forces.

Rebel armies would quickly swarm the rest of the Capital, surrounding Balmoral Castle and causing the Queen to surrender just 4 days after the civil war had began.

Aftermath

Her Majesty The Queen and the Grand Prince of the Province of Gabon, BritishWanderer, who had been installed by the Senate of Varkonia to lead the new Gabonese state, decided that a continued or prolonged war was not in the interests of the Gabonese peoples. To bring a stop to the fighting, they negotiated a peace deal between the two warring factions and created the Grand Mercantile Republic of the Autonomous Free Sovereign State of Gabon, the Abode of Peace.

Peace would be officially announced on the 14th of November by then Lord High Chancellor, BritishWanderer.[6]

The abolishment of the monarchy and the establishment of an executive lord's council freed up an immense amount of wealth that was held by the royal family, which the council swiftly used for the betterment of Salisbury. The city experienced rapid growth internally and externally with immense funding being put into the Gabonese diamond mining industry by the Executive Council. This also saw the Executive Council fund extensive repairs and complete long-awaited construction projects, allowing citizens to visit new cafes, bars, and the theatre like never before.

The end of the Civil War in Gabon bought about a much-needed period of growth to the nation. After the accession of BritishWanderer and Gobblin to high ranking positions in the Gabonese government, both of whom supported relaxing regulations and expanding diplomatic ties across the globe, the economy and construction industry subsequently began to truly flourish.

Whilst the rebuilding efforts were continuing, Chancellor BritishWanderer took it upon himself to revisit the policies of Salisbury and restructure them from the ground up, cutting taxes and establishing the Sovereign Fund which would be used as a safety net for the capital government and its citizenry. The Sovereign Fund was vital in keeping the economy afloat and allowing citizens to benefit themselves in periods when the Council were on diplomatic missions or otherwise outside of the Capital.

Throughout December post civil war, Books and art were heavily encouraged by the Chancellor, of which such works of 'Tender Night in Gabon' & 'Gabon in Spring' were written by ChrisFa99. 'Tender Night In Gabon' proved especially popular internationally and was sold out twice during the height of publication. ChrisFa99 would continue to author many pieces of Gabonese literature, many of which are still held in high regard and form an integral part of Gabonese culture.

An overhead view of the city of Salisbury in Gabon, you can see the 2-ring vault on the far right, alongside the construction of Balmoral Estate on the left. Circa December 2018

The Government post civil war would be made up of the Lord High Chancellor BritishWanderer, Vice Chancellor Gobblin and the Executive Council of ChrisFa99 and Tvman999.

Government Reform

As a result of the civil war, the government convened to discuss and negotiate a streamlined system of government with a democratic flair. The subsequent discussions and negotiations were a public affair, with many citizens involving themselves in the drafting process. The negotiations would end after small concessions had been granted to the Lord High Chancellor and the Executive Council at the time. The new system, named the Chancellery Act would keep the Lord High Chancellor as a hereditary position, retaining all the powers of his predecessor and the Executive Council would no longer be appointed by the Lord High Chancellor and were from that moment on, elected by the citizenry every three months barring the first three months from the signing which saw the current Councillors carried over. The Executive Council was renamed to the Lord's Council and it's head, formally the Leader of the Executive Council was henceforth renamed to Vice Chancellor and elected by the Council itself.

The Act was passed on the 10th of January 2019 with one of the largest majority of bills in Gabon post civil war era.

The Chancellery Act 2019
Aye 80%
Nay 0%
Abstain 20%

Independence Movement

Politics

Government

Gabon is a Republic with a Monarchical form of government under the Chancellery Act passed by the Executive Council in early January 2019, shortly after the signing of the civil war peace treaty[7]. The head of state for Gabon, namely the Lord High Chancellor is a hereditary position. The position is served until death or abdication. The Lord High Chancellor has the power to appoint and dismiss any government position outside of the elected Lord's Council. The Chancellor has supreme authority in all the affairs of Gabon, assuming the highest representation of Gabon in international relations and exercises the functions expressly conferred on him by the Constitution and the laws of Gabon. The Command-in-Chief of the Land and Naval Militia, and of all Naval and Military Forces, of and in Gabon, is vested in the said Lord High Chancellor.

Gabon has a unicameral legislature with a Lord's Council. The Council currently has four sitting members, representing five boroughs of Gabon. These councillors are elected by the citizenry and serve three months until their re-election or resignation. The Lord's Council is the only entity possessing the ability to legislate on any matter whatsoever within Gabon. The head of the Lord's Council, namely the Vice Chancellor is elected by the council itself with a simple majority vote every three months.

The Vice Chancellor alongside The Lord High Chancellor both together possesses the power and authority to declare a state of war against another state.

As of January 10th, The current positions of Lord High Chancellor and Vice Chancellor are held by BritishWanderer and Gobblin respectively.

Political Culture

Gabon has maintained a myriad of Government systems since its inception back in mid-2018. Beginning as a Principality with an appointed council under Queen GetSkinny, the nation gradually descended into population decline with the result being the infamous Gabonese civil war. The signing of the peace treaty set up a Plutocratic Republic, and deposed of the ruling monarchy under Queen GetSkinny. The Government was ruled by a Lord High Chancellor, namely BritishWanderer, with an appointed Executive Council. This Government paved the way for a new direction of Gabon and has laid out plans far beyond their predecessors.

In keeping with the future plans laid out by the Plutocratic Republic, in early January 2019, the Council passed The Chancellery Act which while not changing the abilities and powers of the titles did open up the government to be entirely more democratic and more streamlined. Since the signing of the Act, the political culture within Gabon has shifted dramatically, from a small Monarchy to class-based republic to a Republic with a Monarchical head of state. The major changes over time have affected every level of government and its functionality, normality has only recently returned with the steady growth of the productivity and economic output which has taken much-needed pressure off the government.

Foreign Relations

During the union with Varkonia, Gabon's affairs were delegated to the foreign office of Varkonia. However, BritishWanderer LHC was officially appointed by the Red Duke of Varkonia to be ambassador to Bloom on December 16th 2018, in recognition of the close ties between Gabon and Bloom.

Since becoming independent, Gabon has enjoyed good relations with all nations on the map but has sought to formalise relations with its direct neighbours and builder nations around the world.

In October 2020, Gobblin VC constructed the first international embassy of Gabon in Sigmaringen, capital of The Kingdom of Prussia in acknowledgement of the two nation's appreciation for good architecture and city design.

In the same month, Gabon began construction of a second embassy in Mount September. This embassy is still under construction as of November 2020.

On November 15 2020, Gabon and Imperial Truidence signed the Treaty of Friendship and Alliance between the Free Republic of Gabon and The Second Trudencian Hegemonial Empire of 2020 which formalised existing ties between the two nations.

Gabon previously enjoyed a moderate amount of influence within the United Northern Congress. Both Gobblin and BritishWanderer were congressional representatives on behalf of Varkonia and BritishWanderer served the United Northern Congress for 118 days as the Alliance Spokesperson and was the last serving Spokesperson at it's disbandment on 13th July 2019.

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Military

Gabon has a small robust military, with more focus on defensive structures and capabilities than actual standing military force.

Boroughs

Gabon is divided into five total boroughs and a further 3 subdivisions along with a special protective zone. Each borough is administrated by a Lord's Councillor and ruled over by the Lord High Chancellor

The High Government Boroughs [Coloured in light purple] are;

  1. Salisbury [Capital Province]
  2. Bakerswood
  3. Highgrove
  4. Venice
  5. Baile bán

The Government subdivisions [Coloured in yellow] are;

  1. Nevrast leased desert
  2. Nether isle
  3. Nether isle

The Special Protective Zone [Coloured in green] is;

  1. Cultural heritage site - Pagoda


Economy

Gabon's economy is largely dominated by its XP industry (70%) followed by mining (20%) and services (6%). The economy was formerly dominated by the mining industry until server updates radically changed mining strategies and forced Gabon to seek alternative revenue streams. After the independence from Varkonia in October 2020, a strong push was made to start an XP industry in Gabon. IN less than a month Gabon was able to create an XP industry and public exchange that rivals the strongest economies on the server. Salisbury is renowned regionally for their artisan bread and fine cuts of meat from local farms in Bakerswood.

Gabon currently receives no citizenry revenue, with no taxes of any kind, with the government relying on XP exports and agriculture incomes. Gabon currently operates with an economic surplus, contributing a majority of its revenues to a sovereign fund, funding public projects and securing the economy in times of declining industrial production.


Geography

Gabon is located in the south eastern corner of the minus minus, around -3000, -2300. Gabon generally has a temperate climate with mild temperatures year round with the exception of the north Venetian province and southern island province of which are highland tundras.

Gabon has no natural rivers however it does enjoy a bountiful amount of freshwater lakes, with the largest being lake Tokio just north of the capital.

Gabon is noted for its extensive tree coverage, with great efforts taken to stabilise the flora and fauna coverage at above 65%.

Natural resources include diamonds, iron, gold, coal and forests.

Culture

References