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Principality of Saltwater
Name: Imperial Union of Greater Saltwater
Capital: NovrdLisch City
GDP: (Estimated) (Currency) $5,746,652,000,000 USD
Economic System: Socialism
Governmental System: Direct democracy, constitutional elective monarchy
Saltwater Navy composition:
1st Naval Strike Task Force (homeported in Shidabad):
x1 Upholder-class aircraft carrier (SWS Upholder)
x1 Shidabad-class battlecruiser (SWS Cardinal Bay)
x3 Campbeltown-class destroyers (SWS Campbeltown, SWS Yaverland, SWS Jawadesh)
x2 Rift-class frigates (SWS Coral Sea, SWS Exterminator)
x1 Supply-class replenishment ship (SWS Supply)
x2 Triton-class attack submarines
2nd Naval Strike Task Force (homeported in Shidabad):
x1 Upholder-class aircraft carrier (SWS Retribution)
x1 Shidabad-class battlecruiser (SWS Shidabad)
x3 Campbeltown-class destroyers (SWS Sheriton, SWS Ploinebad, SWS Kalvinn)
x2 Rift-class frigates (SWS Furious, SWS Ferocious)
x1 Supply-class replenishment ship (SWS Conveyor)
x2 Triton-class attack submarines
3rd Naval Strike Task Force (homeported Halifax):
x1 Upholder-class aircraft carrier (SWS Agamemnon)
x1 Shidabad-class battlecruiser (SWS First Supreme Grand Admiral of the Second Command Squadron of the Naval Forces of the Glorious Greater Principality of Saltwater Dame Valerie de Vendetta of Faro)
x3 Campbeltown-class destroyers (SWS Hydrabad, SWS Herome, SWS New Hermit)
x2 Rift-class frigates (SWS Tenacious, SWS Glorious)
x1 Supply-class replenishment ship (SWS Bermuda)
x2 Triton-class attack submarines
4th Naval Strike Task Force (homeported in Shidabad):
x1 Upholder-class aircraft carrier (SWS Indefatigable)
x1 Shidabad-class battlecruiser (SWS Port Jellicoe)
x3 Campbeltown-class destroyers (SWS Cunningham, SWS Cape of Good Hope, SWS Straits of Gibraltar)
x2 Rift-class frigates (SWS Protector, SWS Persuader)
x1 Supply-class replenishment ship (SWS Loyalist)
x2 Triton-class attack submarines
1st Amphibious Assault Squadron (homeported in Port Jellicoe):
x1 Carlos-class landing helicopter dock (SWS Illustrious)
x1 Galicia-class landing dock ship (SWS Forlorn Point)
x2 Alvero de Bazán-class destroyers (SWS Kestrel, SWS Merlin)
x2 FREMM-SF frigates (SWS Willow, SWS Thunderer)
x4 Lapwing-class sloops (SWS A10, SWS A11, SWS A12, SWS A13)
x1 Chevallier-class replenishment ship (SWS Wave Ruler)
2nd Amphibious Assault Squadron (homeported in Port Jellicoe):
x1 Carlos-class landing helicopter dock (SWS Victorious)
x1 Galicia-class landing dock ship (SWS Carisbrooke*)
x2 Alvero de Bazán-class destroyers (SWS Peregrine, SWS Vulture)
x2 FREMM-SF frigates (SWS Sussex, SWS Astute)
x4 Lapwing-class sloops (SWS A14, SWS A15, SWS A16, SWS A17)
x1 Chevallier-class replenishment ship (SWS Wave Knight)
3rd Amphibious Assault Squadron (homeported in Halifax):
x1 Carlos-class landing helicopter dock (SWS Invincible)
x1 Galicia-class landing dock ship (SWS Hammerwood)
x2 Alvero de Bazán-class destroyers (SWS Eagle, SWS Sparrowhawk)
x2 FREMM-SF frigates (SWS Privateer, SWS Tireless)
x4 Lapwing-class sloops (SWS A18, SWS A19, SWS A20, SWS A21)
x1 Chevallier-class replenishment ship (SWS Wave Emperor)
4th Amphibious Assault Squadron (homeported in Port Jellicoe):
x1 Carlos-class landing helicopter dock (SWS Repulse)
x1 Galicia-class landing dock ship (SWS Yarborough)
x2 Alvero de Bazán-class destroyers (SWS Shrike, SWS Sterling)
x2 FREMM-SF frigates (SWS Thunderbolt, SWS Vulcan)
x4 Lapwing-class sloops (SWS A22, SWS A23, SWS A24, SWS A25)
x1 Chevallier-class replenishment ship (SWS Wave Commander)
1st Naval Patrol Squadron (homeported in NovrdLisch City):
x1 Sovereign-class light carrier (SWS Bembridge)
x1 Campbeltown-class destroyer (SWS NovrdLisch City)
x2 Alvero de Bazán-class destroyers (SWS Invincible, SWS Bastion)
x2 Rift-class frigates (SWS Hendaye, SWS Lisbon)
x1 Chevallier-class replenishment ship (SWS Wave Conqueror)
x2 Triton-class attack submarines
2nd Naval Patrol Squadron (homeported in NovrdLisch City):
x1 Sovereign-class light carrier (SWS Sandown)
x1 Campbeltown-class destroyer (SWS Hamalia)
x2 Alvero de Bazán-class destroyers (SWS Courageous, SWS Echo)
x2 Rift-class frigates (SWS Porto, SWS Ferrol)
x1 Chevallier-class replenishment ship (SWS Wave Liberator)
x2 Triton-class attack submarines
3rd Naval Patrol Squadron (homeported in Shidabad):
x1 Sovereign-class light carrier (SWS Euryalus)
x1 Campbeltown-class destroyer (SWS Conegsreich)
x2 Alvero de Bazán-class destroyers (SWS Enterprise, SWS Avenger)
x2 Rift-class frigates (SWS Liberator, SWS Indomitable)
x1 Chevallier-class replenishment ship (SWS Wave Protector)
x2 Triton-class attack submarines
4th Naval Patrol Squadron (homeported in Shidabad):
x1 Sovereign-class light carrier (SWS Swiftsure)
x1 Campbeltown-class destroyer (SWS Ashdown)
x2 Alvero de Bazán-class destroyers (SWS Challenger, SWS Maseru)
x2 Rift-class frigates (SWS Meteor, SWS Dreadnought)
x1 Chevallier-class replenishment ship (SWS Wave Regent)
x2 Triton-class attack submarines
5th Naval Patrol Squadron (homeported in Halifax):
x1 Sovereign-class light carrier (SWS Renown)
x1 Campbeltown-class destroyer (SWS Juneau)
x2 Alvero de Bazán-class destroyers (SWS Myabane, SWS Mahikeng)
x2 Rift-class frigates (SWS Harrier, SWS Defence)
x1 Chevallier-class replenishment ship (SWS Wave Sovereign)
x2 Triton-class attack submarines
6th Naval Patrol Squadron (homeported in Halifax):
x1 Sovereign-class light carrier (SWS Geropian Sea)
x1 Campbeltown-class destroyer (SWS John C. Wilcox)
x2 Alvero de Bazán-class destroyers (SWS Pietermaritzburg, SWS Springbok)
x2 Rift-class frigates (SWS Dragon, SWS Defiance)
x1 Chevallier-class replenishment ship (SWS Wave Prince)
x2 Triton-class attack submarines
1st Home Defence Flotilla (homeported in NovrdLisch City):
x4 Merlin-class corvettes (SWS Whimbrel, SWS Woodpecker, SWS Black Swan, SWS Egret)
x3 Meteoro-class patrol ships (SWS Mallorca, SWS Newfoundland, SWS Menorca)
x2 D'Entrecasteaux-class patrol ships (SWS Relief, SWS Resurgence)
x6 Flamant-class patrol vessels (SWS P31, SWS P32, SWS P33, SWS P34, SWS P35, SWS P36)
x2 Lapwing-class sloops (SWS A26, SWS A27)
2nd Home Defence Flotilla (homeported in Shidabad):
x4 Merlin-class corvettes (SWS Ibis, SWS Cygnet, SWS Magpie, SWS Raven)
x3 Meteoro-class patrol ships (SWS Jan Mayen SWS Panama City, SWS Okinawa)
x2 D'Entrecasteaux-class patrol ships (SWS Haven, SWS Comfort)
x6 Flamant-class patrol vessels (SWS P37, SWS P38, SWS P39, SWS P40, SWS P41, SWS P42)
x2 Lapwing-class sloops (SWS A28, SWS A29)
3rd Home Defence Flotilla (homeported in the Galapagos):
x1 Quest-class survey ship (SWS NovrdLisch Bay)
x2 D'Entrecasteaux-class patrol ships (SWS Mercy, SWS Tranquillity)
4th Home Defence Flotilla (homeported in Newfoundland):
x4 Merlin-class corvettes (SWS Alberta, SWS Colombia, SWS Ontario, SWS Quebec)
x3 Meteoro-class patrol ships (SWS Ottawa SWS Toronto, SWS Montreal)
x2 D'Entrecasteaux-class patrol ships (SWS Labrador, SWS Hudson)
x6 Flamant-class patrol vessels (SWS P43, SWS P44, SWS P45, SWS P46, SWS P47, SWS P48)
x2 Lapwing-class sloops (SWS A30, SWS A31)
1st Auxiliary Strike Squadron (homeported in Juneau):
x2 FREMM-SF frigates (SWS Culver, SWS Dauntless)
x1 Chevallier-class replenishment ship (SWS Wave Chief)
2nd Auxiliary Strike Squadron (homeported in Juneau):
x2 FREMM-SF frigates (SWS Buccaneer, SWS Tyrrhenian Sea)
x1 Chevallier-class replenishment ship (SWS Wave Baron)
Submarine Squadrons (x50) (homeported in Halifax/Shidabad/Port Jellicoe/Newfoundland/NovrdLisch City):
- x2 Triton-class attack submarines
1st Strategic Strike Squadron (homeported in Shidabad):
- x4 Triumphant-class ballistic missile submarines (SWS Warspite, SWS Ursa, SWS Albacore, SWS Steadfast)
2nd Strategic Strike Squadron (homeported in Shidabad):
- x4 Triumphant-class ballistic missile submarines (SWS Conqueror, SWS Supreme, SWS Vendetta, SWS Redoubtable)
1st Arctic Patrol Squadron (homeported in NovrdLisch City):
x4 Northern-class icebreakers (SWS Northern Lights, SWS Amber Spyglass, SWS Subtle Knife, SWS Serpentine)
x1 L'Astrolabe-class icebreaker (SWS Belle Sauvage)
2nd Arctic Patrol Squadron (homeported in Halifax/Newfoundland):
x4 Northern-class icebreakers (SWS Secret Commonwealth, SWS Panzerbjørn, SWS Bolvangar, SWS Cittàgazze)
x1 L'Astrolabe-class icebreaker (SWS Golden Compass)
The Saltwater Carrier Nation was founded in the year 2003 by the billionaire and entrepreneur John Wilcox. Originally intended as a large cruise line, he purchased a pair of surplus aircraft carriers to be converted to luxury mobile airports/hotels for his richer visitors. However, the large influx of permanent residents resulted in a sizable movement for independence. After a vote among the ten largest investors, Saltwater Cruise Lines became the Saltwater Carrier Nation in August 2007.
At the time the new country was not recognised by any other sovereign state, but in 2012 Wilcox purchased a small rocky outcrop from the Conegsreich Republic, allowing the SCN to meet the requirements for a sovereign nation. For the next eight years the Saltwater Carrier Nation sailed freely around the world, relying on close ties with the Conegsreich government to secure ports and dry docks when needed. The nation had a population of 11,000 at its peak, spread across a carrier fleet of almost thirty ships, including two AACs gifted to the nation by United Asia.
Then, on a short visit to the Diamond Archipelago, where the Conegsreich Republic was located, the SCN came under cruise missile fire from a terrorist group known as the "Algorithm". For the next year the SCN fought alongside the Conegsreich and various other allies in order to bring peace to the archipelago. The Saltwater Navy participated in invasions of Algorithm-held fortifications and islands, distinguishing itself as a well-trained combat unit.
During this war the country of Halcyon began invading foreign states beyond the archipelago, prompting the Saltwater government to send forces to intervene. Several bombing raids were launched against the Halcyon capital by SCN carrier groups, dealing some damage to the industrial centres. The short war drew to a close soon afterwards, but prompted international awareness and condemnation of the actions of the Halcyon government. Notably, one F-112 Falcon strike aircraft returned with an advanced Halcyon missile system embedded in its fuselage, allowing Saltee technicians to reverse-engineer it.
Operations against the Algorithm continued and succeeded in its almost complete destruction, but unfortunately, shortly after the Saltwater fleet regrouped from various counter-terrorist and humanitarian operations, a dozen anti-ship ballistic missiles were launched torwards the country by an Algorithm submarine. Nine of the missiles were nuclear-tipped, and all but four of the Saltwater vessels were sunk by the subsequent detonations, although fortunately the government was able to remain intact within the operations rooms of the surviving warships. The survivors were given the virtually uninhabited island of NovrdLisch by the Conegsreich government, and collaborated together to form a defence company known as SMC Industries.
For the next five years SMC Industries expanded to dominate the archipelago defence industry, and eventually formed its own paramilitary wing, which was contracted to fight alongside the Warburg Army during the Warburg War of Independence, where its naval arm was responsible for the destruction of an enemy warship. Soon after this war, it took part in a joint operation with the Warburg Navy, which saw the last remaining Algorithm submarine sunk. Soon after this event, the Saltwater government reformed on the island of NovrdLisch.
The Saltwater Carrier Nation, in this second iteration, was much like the first in its interventionist foreign policies, elected monarchy and militaristic culture, but this time the country remained much more static, with NovrdLisch as its permanent home. During this time the Algorithm was soundly defeated by the combined fleets of the SCN, Conegsreich Republic and United States of Warburg. However, faced with a rebellious civilian population, the close ally Warburg collapsed into chaos soon afterwards. Despite this, the economy continued to expand and interconnectivity between archipelago nations increased significantly.
A period of several years passed without incident, but then a new terror group, the BoC, began launching raids on the allies in revenge for the fall of the Algorithm. Worryingly, they appeared to be developing nuclear weapons.
An expeditionary force from the Deutschland, a large starship which had passed through the Rift from the universe now known as Dimension D001, stumbled across the small island state of Hamalia. This country was supplying the BoC with uranium for their bombs. The allies launched a relatively bloodless invasion, but this caused a fresh wave of terrorist assaults. What followed was a fierce and bloody decade of conflict as the allies, with new ally Parsha alongside, fought in a vicious struggle against multiple rouge states, terrorist groups formed by former Algorithm operatives and civil wars. Twice NovrdLisch was almost overrun by foreign invaders. In the end, however, the allied forces prevailed.
Saltee naval personnel onboard spacecraft Agamemnon undertook the greatest expedition known to humanity during this time, on a joint voyage with members of the Deutschland to locate resources in the outer solar system. On Earth, Saltwater scientists and expedition personnel made some of the first detailed surveys of the archipelago, including the colonisation of Geropia, which along with East Hamalia became a Saltwater colony. The government also invested heavily in assisting foreign nations with their own internal security, including both peacekeeping missions and the removal of corrupt or oppressive regimes.
By this time, however, the Saltwater economy was in ruins due to cuts in foreign investment by Parsha and high amounts of military spending. After years of serving as peacekeepers and protectors in the Diamond Archipelago, the future of Saltwater as a nation was uncertain. The Saltwater Parliamentary Committee, angered by the monarch's apparent refusal to do anything about the crisis, tore up the Saltwater Constitution and began to enforce an increasing number of restrictions on the population. This caused huge numbers of people to emigrate to other nations, with the population falling for the first time in its history, the King ordered the parliament to dissolve.
At this point a referendum was held to determine the future of the SCN. In a close vote 52.3% of the public voted to dissolve the nation and rejoin the Conegsreich Republic.
A small group of loyalists were permitted to form a paramilitary guard for the United Nations complex in SimpleLandia, and for a few months operated under the moniker of "Saltwater United Guard Corps". However, the archipelago faced a new threat as the news came in that an earthquake in the Antarctic region had caused an entire glacial valley to collapse into the sea. A colossal tsunami swept across the Pacific and the low-lying archipelago caught the full force of the surge. Over 90% of the islands were flooded, and virtually all the inhabitants, some 87 million people, were killed or became refugees. The rising sea levels resulted in the complete collapse of human civilisation in the archipelago.
A large number of ex-Saltwater citizens, some 35,000, found their way to Italy. Here a political party was founded by loyalist Christopher Langford, based around Saltwater values and policies. Eighteen months after its founding the party was elected into office, and Langford was crowned as elected monarch after enstating the elected monarchy system.
Under his rule, the United Kingdom of Saltwater expanded from Italy through central Europe to Poland, into Africa and the Caribbean and with territory in the Pacific and Alaska. Military spending increased threefold, and the country became a regional superpower. The UKS aligned itself with the Athens Pact, an organisation dedicated to protecting the interests of its members, and fought several wars in support of the Pact. The Saltwater Navy served with great distinction during a conflict with the Republic of Japan, sinking the guided missile battleship Yamato.
The "Third Iteration" was not without its problems, however. The pressure on the military grew after the annexation of Ukraine when the Deutsche Demokratische Republik cut economic ties and banned the licenced production of the San Marino-class attack submarines which formed the backbone of the fleet. The military resorted to reverse-engineered spares for the submarines, and they became increasingly unserviceable. Despite this, the United Kingdom of Saltwater managed to keep its place on the world stage for the remainder of its tenure.
After thirty years Langford died of heart disease and elections were held for a new government. Three main parties arose - the Loyalists, who respected the traditional form of government; the Saltwater Liberals, who wanted a more democratic and peaceful country whilst upholding most Saltwater values, and the Independence Party, which wanted to do away with the Saltwater government and pass independence to annexed territories. The Independence Party won a majority vote, and the United Kingdom of Saltwater broke up two months later.
Meanwhile, the Loyalists and the Liberals merged to form the New Saltwater Party, and set up their renewed political career in the United Kingdom. Elected in the next general election by a narrow vote, the party united the UK and Ireland under the moniker of "New Saltwater Republic". The Republic, although possessing a strong military force, was considerably less militaristic than its predecessors in its first years of existence, with only one other territory added in five years - Denmark.
This peaceful existence was interrupted when the Saltwater Armed Forces were sent to assist those of the Republic of YK in the Invasions of Spain and Portugal, in an effort to secure a European base of operations for the YK. With control of the Straits of Gibraltar secured, Morocco elected to join the Republic as its fourth territory. Four years later Saltwater forces launched a blitzkrieg offensive through the Sahara Desert, seizing control of North Africa and the Red Sea. Significant territory was also acquired in Alaska from a four-way invasion of the territory.
After a short period of peace, the Republic became embroiled in warfare once more when the Deutsche Demokratische Republik declared war on the close ally Turkey, after that country annexed Austria. After conducting multiple missile strikes, the Saltwater Navy launched an offensive through the Alps from Monaco, in cooperation with the Turkish Army. After a risky landing the Army grinded through German territory and linked up with the Turks in Austria. Shortly after the positions were secured, the Saltwater government withdrew from the conflict after pressure from the civilian population.
Soon afterwards, the political turmoil came to a head after that year's general election, when the "Empire Liberationists" were elected to power, on the premise of disbanding the Republic. This was resisted by the Saltwater government then in power, the Saltwater Patriotic Front, with the armed forces siding with the SPF. Liberationist militas and SAF defectors forced a withdrawal from the UK to North Africa, where the Saltwater Armed Forces were able to regroup. A month later, the civil war began as the loyalists crossed the Moroccan border to swiftly overwhelm the Liberationist forces based there. A week later, forward-based in the Republic of YK, the Saltwater Army crossed into Liberationist Spain, capturing the territory after several failed assaults. One day after the surrender of the Liberationists in Spain and Portugal, the Prime Minister was assassinated, and in his absence the Liberationists voted to concede defeat, drawing the short civil war to a close.
Several years of relative peace followed, with the Saltwater economy booming. However, this changed after the Viceorian Federation launched an invasion of Australia. Tensions between Saltwater and Viceorian increased dramatically when a Viceorian missile battery launched surface-to-air missiles at a Saltwater reconnaissance aircraft, which was flying off the Australian coast monitoring for any human rights abuses. The missiles were aborted, but later on the Viceorian forces began to order the neutral Saltwater forces from the vicinity, including those on duty rescuing refugees. The Saltwater government ordered a retaliatory strike by a cruise missile flotilla sailing off Madagascar. Ten missiles were fired against Viceorian positions, achieving one strike. In the following days, the two nations came increasingly close to war, with tensions at their greatest after the Saltwater annexation of Belize. Fortunately, however, a peace deal was eventually reached and relations were restored.
Four years later the Liberationist movement rose up again, and this time they were far more successful. The majority of the Saltwater Armed Forces, which had previously been loyal to the SPF, staged a coup, and deposed the Saltwater government with little resistance. The loyalist forces fled the country, with SWS Chieftain and four frigates also joining them and heading for the flooded Diamond Archipelago. Once there, it was found that the island of Geropia was habitable, and over the next ten years refugees from the former New Saltwater Republic flocked to the new country. Built upon the foundations of the old republic and the ideals of the original founders, the Loyalist Principality of Saltwater rose to become a centre of economic prosperity, defended by the tight-nit Royal Saltwater Defence Force.
Three years after the reformation the country found itself at war once more, this time skermishing with the Commonwealth of Australia after that country began making aggressive actions against Saltwater and its allies. The Saltwater Navy launched an invasion force towards Melbourne, but it took heavy casualties during the voyage in, with two sloops and a landing craft being sunk. Shortly afterwards a peace agreement was reached and the war came to an end.
The peace was short-lived, however, and five years on the Australian government sent an invasion force towards Geropia, declaring a blockade around the island. The Saltwater Defence Force made a series of massive missile strikes on the enemy battle group, beating it away from Geropia and eventually sinking it in its entirety. Australian submarine attacks caused the sinking of several Saltwater warships, but the navy continued to hold the upper hand in the northern Pacific.
At this point, the Australian military launched ballistic missiles upon Saltwater military installations on Geropia, destroying two LHDs and causing major damage. A Saltwater counterstrike failed to produce results and caused the loss of multiple submarines, which had been leased from the Republic of YK.
A new peace agreement was reached, which reduced the size of the Saltwater Navy by around twenty vessels, but prevented the Australian government from making further ventures into the northern Pacific.
Following this came a period of peace, with the Principality rebuilding Geropian infrastructure and the Saltwater Defence Force expanding the Air Force and Marine Corps. The Navy also began re-equipping after the large-scale cuts following the Second Saltwater-Australian War, with three new cruisers and new submarines.
Fresh tensions arose with the Republic of Korea after the Saltwater annexation of Ascension Island and subsequent military intervention in Gabon. Despite this, a treaty was reached in which the Saltwater government annexed Gabon and Equatorial Guinea, and in return ceded Ascension and Saint Helena to Korea. During this period the Korean government permitted Saltwater vessels to freely transit the Panama Canal, giving a great boost to the economy.
Within two years, however, the Republic of Korea, responsible for governing Panama, collapsed. A dictatorship seized power in the Central American nation, placing heavy taxes on international shipping passing through the canal and threatening the economies of dozens of countries reliant on the trade route. The United Sakurian Empire, a Japanese nation allied with Saltwater, launched an invasion of Panama to liberate the trade routes. The Saltwater monarch dispatched a naval task group to the country, and a small group of the Saltwater special forces unit Al-Bèit landed in the capital and seized control. A democratic government was installed to govern the nation, with a council with representatives from Saltwater, the USE and the Republic of Halsenwal responsible for the state's foreign affairs.
Although the invasion was welcomed by much of the international community, the Commonwealth of Australia, which had been routinely hateful of the Saltwater people in the years previous, reacted aggressively, placing heavy sanctions on Saltwater, and ignoring the actions of the Sakurian Empire and Halsenwal, despite their greater presence in the invasion. The Saltwater Navy despatched two submarines to the Australian coast to monitor shipping, not wanting a repeat of the blockade suffered in the previous war. These submarines, although abiding by the Australian territorial waters, were hounded by Australian surface ships and forced to retreat.
The Saltwater Navy launched one of the largest operations in its history, deploying two naval task groups, almost 2/3 of its surface fleet, to the Australian coast, and it wasn't long until the first combat engagements took place, with Retribution cruise missiles fired against Australian ports. In the subsequent battles against the Royal Australian Navy, the 3rd Naval Task Group took severe casualties, lossing the majority of its surface ships, with the 2nd Destroyer Squadron suffering similarly. In an intense war of attrition, thousands of missiles were expended and hundreds of torpedoes fired by both sides. Eventually, the 1st Destroyer Squadron, supported by the 1st Naval Task Group, managed to penetrate the Australian defences as their ships ran out of missiles, sinking an Australian carrier and twenty escort ships.
Spurred on by the success, the Greater Indian Union, the Republic of Halsenwal and the Loyalist Principality of Saltwater all launched missile strikes on the Australian ports, destroying the remaining Australian ships. The population of the country rebelled against their over-confident and now sorely-defeated government, with the Australian military throwing down their arms at the loss of the naval forces. Indian and Saltwater forces landed on the Australian coastline, and seized control within days as the remaining government forces were rounded up.
The Loyalist Principality of Saltwater gained partial stewardship of both Panama and Australia during these two years, and along with the invasion of Alaska helped propel the economy to previously un-seen levels. The Geropian Sea Defence Association, a Pacific-wide pact originally dedicated to preserving the sovereignty of Geropian Sea nations, had ended up with total control of the Pacific Ocean and a new period of peace flourished, with the people of Saltwater enjoying great security and comfort.
As the years passed, Saltwater assisted its new Australian vassal state in securing New Zealand, and also helped the Federal Republic of YK to capture Spain, with Portugal also being captured. With this, the GSDA became a global power, with member states around the world. A few years after the annexation of Spain, however, German forces began an assault on YK. The Saltwater Navy succeeded in destroying much of the German military infrastructure, but eventually YK capitulated and France fell to Germany. Tensions between Saltwater and Germany were high, but eventually, with time, calmed.
Shortly afterwards, a new threat arose as the People's Republic of China invaded Egypt with the intent to capture the Suez Canal. An international GSDA coalition was formed to oppose China, but as soon as the allied fleet began strikes the German Armed Forces began supporting the Chinese, heavily damaging a Saltwater Navy battlecruiser and forcing a premature peace treaty. In the aftermath of the short war, the GSDA collapsed and a new alliance, the Consortium, arose in its place. The PRC joined the alliance, significantly reducing tensions.
The following three years saw simmering tensions with China over control of the Suez Canal, until this was eventually resolved with China granting access. However, a short war was experienced when Italy began threatening to destroy Republic of Halsenwal vessels operating in the Mediterranean Sea. As part of an international coalition, the Saltwater government declared a state of war. The Saltwater Navy deployed a battle group to the region, but before any blows could be dealt the Italian government was overthrown and the war came to an abrupt conclusion. During this period the navy assisted Australia in setting up a base on the island of Socotra, and the government focused on improving international relations as the nations of the world began to settle down into a period of peace.
Whilst this was on-going, a few annexations took place, performed by allied nations. Saltwater did not get involved extensively in these conflicts, with its contributions limited to a round of missile strikes in aid of the Invasion of Tanzania by Monarchist South Africa. A squadron of F-15EA Eagles from the SWAF was also sent to Angola to support rebel forces during the Angolan Civil War, crushing the opposing forces with hundreds of strike sorties.
Portugal, which had been under Saltwater control for a number of years, held a referendum and voted for independence, and this was implemented a few months later. A year later, Saltwater forces took control of Fiji, and the island became a global economic centre with the founding of the New Economic Support Organisation's Fijian headquarters.
A year later, the Principality held a referendum, and voted to join the Federation of Trinity, becoming the Royal State of Saltwater. As part of the Federation, the Saltwater Defence Force participated in invasions of China, the central US powers and various other nations, as the Federation became the preeminent world power.
After a period of several years the Federation, which had conquered all but four of the world's nations, broke apart catastrophically as dozens of states revolted against the government. The world broke down into hundreds of small nation-states, but the Saltwater government held together, with a new monarch elected but with law and order intact. Contact was made with the Italian government, and a deal was struck granting the Saltwater defence industry access to the majority of Italian military equipment.
However, the new monarch led the nation into a series of violent wars in the Western US and Hawaii, leading to global condemnation and widespread uprisings. The Imperial Guard, following orders laid down by the founder, remove the monarch in a peaceful coup, with elections held the next week to restore democracy. Nonetheless, the reputation of the nation was tarnished. Wishing to move on, the new government invested in a number of icebreakers to open the Northwest Passage to commercial vessels, boosting the economy. The new monarch was a descendant of founder John C. Wilcox, and made efforts to return Saltwater to the original constitution, evidenced by the Saltwater oversight of a treaty between Eastern Australia and Burma.
However, the regrowth was stunted by the return of the Commonwealth of Australia, risen out of the ashes of the global chaos. An international coalition arose to defend against the new threat, but corruption threatened to break apart the alliance. Finally, the betrayal of one member saw the battlegroup massing to take on Australia handed over to the enemy, and then the forces turned on Saltwater. Faced with a three-way war, with enemy forces just miles from Saltwater Alaska, Wilcox ordered all available ships to load up with civilians and evacuated them offshore whilst negotiations took place.
The negotiations ended with the Saltwater government accepting punishing terms, but the days of the Fifth Iteration were numbered. Anarchy broke out as military factions rebelled against the peace treaty, and Geropia fell into disarray. The evacuated population sailed to Portugal to establish a new state, but the ideals of the founders lay in taters.
Joining a new federation, the European Federation, the new Saltwater grew in strength, eventually conducting several military campaigns on behalf of the organisation.
Then, inexplicably, the nation was thrust into an unexpected war. Federation leaders had arrived in Helsinki for negotiations with Finnish leaders, but were imprisoned and executed by the Finnish government. Immediately following international condemnation, Australia allied itself with Finland and sent a large task force into European waters, making an amphibious assault on southern Portugal, seizing the city of Faro after stubborn resistance by the Saltwater defenders. The Saltwater Navy deployed almost every available asset, including one of two surviving battlecruisers, but achieved only two hits on Australian ships after launching thousands of anti-surface missiles. In return, the Saltwater force was demolished by Australian submarines, with only two badly damaged attack submarines reaching friendly Morocco. In the weeks that followed, Australian, Korean, Finnish and Russian forces pushed through Portugal against frenzied Saltwater resistance. However, increasingly outnumbered, the Saltwater Defence Force and a large part of the civilian population was evacuated to Germany.
In response, Federation forces launched an invasion into Finland, but took severe casualties from land mines and entrenchments, eventually being entirely defeated by Finnish and Australian forces. Immediately afterwards, Russian forces blitzkrieged into Germany, forcing another withdrawal, this time to Cyprus. The Saltwater government, based offshore on battlecruiser Chieftain, sought refuge in Turkey, until, after almost five years of occupation, the Australian Empire was forced to withdraw from Europe as Chinese forces came to the aid of the Federation. With Europe in turmoil, the remaining Saltwater population rose up and retook control of most of their nation, with Australian nationals retreating to Faro and southern Spain. The shattered Saltwater battle fleet finally returned to Lisbon after five years of exile, and the government set about rebuilding the state.
Four years after the return of the government, and with the economy returning to normality, the Defence Force was slowly rebuilt, taking part in a war in West Africa, helping to liberate the Gabonese Confederation from the Nigerian Federation. A military and economic alliance was made with neighbouring Spain and Aurum, which was the successor state to the German Democratic Republic, and the Saltwater Navy was reformed to fight in the new age, where nations were smaller size and larger in number, with many low intensity conflicts.
Over the next few years, the Saltwater Defence Force participated in a number of international military interventions, notably deploying large naval forces against government forces during the Ocanaian Civil War, an Australian splinter-state. The SWDF also participated in the military intervention in Somalia, assisting Somaland forces in defeating an invading Somalian army.
Around a year later, the anti-Saltwater insurgent group known as Avst’rasia seized power in the neighbouring state of the Commonwealth of Faro, and began launching rocket attacks on Saltwater population centres, killing hundreds. The SWDF began an invasion of the rouge state, and assisted by defecting Farose troops that were formed into their own paramilitary, eventually succeeded in defeating the insurgents and restoring government in Faro. Around the same time, the Saltwater Navy headed off the Calombian Navy, which was attempting to breach the Saltwater blockade of Faro.
Global tensions rose as nations began to compete for territory, with Saltwater forces taking control of the neighbouring Kingdom of Spain, after that nation's military launched airstrikes on Saltwater soil. The conflict came to a swift conclusion with the Principality taking de facto control of the entire Iberian Peninsula. Perzovia attempted to invade Bigolia, but this was fiercely opposed by the Saltwater government, with the Perzovian actions threatening the Arctic sealanes. After combined strikes by Syrian and Saltwater forces, Perzovia, along with the New Soviet Union, agreed to be annexed by the Republic of Indonesia.
As Saltwater became stronger, with Spain now contributing to the nation, the military expanded, participating in the International Intervention in St John's, with Saltwater forces landing in Newfoundland to route St John's forces and rescue civilians from a genocide in the country, setting up a Saltwater base on the island.
Then, after an extended period of seismic activity, the Diamond Archipelago islands rose above the sea in a huge earthquake, that devastated the west coast of North America. The Saltwater Navy sent a flotilla to take back the islands, but this was vehemently opposed by the Pacific states. In the end, Syria claimed NovrdLisch, Geropia and Hamalia, passing them to Saltwater for governance, and returning the Saltwater people to their adopted homeland.
A few years later, the Saltwater Defence Force participated in an invasion of China, after that nation seized a number of territories in the Pacific, resulting in the destruction of several enemy warships and the annexation of the Shandong province by Saltwater.
After the Moroccan government invited Saltwater to retake control of the country, the military led a forceful coup. The Saltwater government ordered an invasion of Moroccan territory to aid their Moroccan counterparts, with a massive air campaign systematically dismantling the air defence network. Saltwater air defences fended off desperate raids by the Moroccan Air Force, with around fifty aircraft shot down for no Saltwater losses. The Saltwater Marine Corps fought against a large and determined enemy, but eventually succeeded to routing the Moroccan Army units and taking control.
After a period of growing tensions, Aurusea, successor state to Australia, launched an invasion of Panama, taking over the state in just a few days. Bulgudarest, successor state to Brazil, launched a counter-invasion, with the Saltwater Navy successfully supporting the operation with a number of small skirmishes and strikes against the Aurusean forces. At the same time, an invasion force from Aurusean ally the Acean Federation arrived off Saltwater shores, but soon proved its inadequacy after being devastated by a single strike from the Saltwater Air Force. The Federation surrendered, but to Mongolia rather than Saltwater, with Saltwater forces forced to cease hostilities before they could counterattack. Nonetheless, the Republic of Mongolia collapsed shortly afterwards and the Acean Federation fell into the hands of the Saltwater government, being divided up between Saltwater and its allies. The Republic of Petrova, as hostilities with Aurusea were still ongoing, threatened to close off Arctic waters, prompting a multinational coalition to form, which rapidly embarrassed the Petrovian military with a series of quick victories. Petrova surrendered soon afterwards.
However, after Petrova was released from its peace agreement, it soon began volatile military actions once more. A Saltwater Air Force reconnaissance aircraft flying off the coast was intercepted by Taiwanese fighters flying for Petrova and piloted by Aurusean Air Force personnel. The insuing maneuvering saw the loss of one Petrovan fighter and one Saltwater reconnaissance aircraft. Petrovan and Aurusean terrorists infiltrated the Port of Lisbon and detonated around twenty suitcase nuclear weapons, destroying large parts of the city and wiping out the government. Only frantic negotiations managed to prevent a wider nuclear war between Aurusea and Saltwater.
The nation recovered quickly with support from allied nations, and expanded its influence over the European continent, taking control of the Italian peninsula once more. However, a mere five years later, the reigning monarch died and was replaced by a far-right monarch by the name of Archibald T. Harris. A decolonisation program saw the state withdraw from many territories on the African continent and Italian Peninsula, and downsized the military. The nation fell into recession, recovering only due to the monarch's talent for building strong international relations.
Under Harris, the nation began to establish new relations with foreign powers, expanding to control much of Western Europe and with bases across the globe. The Trade Defence Alliance slowly secured trade routes throughout the Arctic, Atlantic and Mediterranean.
Shortly after the founding of the TDA, Harris died of heart failure, succeeded by a fellow party member, Arnold von Dolfen. However, Von Dolfen stood at odds with the rest of the government, and after a series of questionable internal policies the government ordered him removed from power. A short civil war broke out as Von Dolfen resisted the move, but his loyalists were defeated in less than 48 hours and democracy restored. Under a new monarch, the expansion of Saltwater influence continued, with GDP rocketing to almost $12 trillion after invasions of Britain and France.
After claiming the South China Sea, the People's Republic of China faced a fierce international reaction. After the Principality sent a submarine force through the South China Sea, China retaliated with an attempted nuclear strike on Lisbon. The incoming ballistic missiles were downed by the city's air defences, and a Saltwater-NSU counterstrike saw the destruction of Beijing and Shanghai. The PRC surrendered to the Principality after little further resistance.
A couple of years later a fresh conflict broke out as New Zealand, supported by an international coalition, invaded and took over the Snow Republic. This war between TDA members saw Saltwater expand its influence in North America, although not without controversy with other nations in the region.
The TDA expanded to secure the Suez Canal, but came into conflict with Aurusea over Somalia and Yemen. Although peace was thought to have been secured in a rapidly negotiated peace deal, it was soon torn up by Aurusea as they disputed Saltwater sovereignty over Yemen. After a short series of skirmishes, Saltwater forces withdrew from the country to prevent wider conflict, retaining a foothold in Aden.
After the conflict, the Saltwater nation focused on protecting what they had. However, a series of cross-border terror attacks saw the government enforce increasingly tyrannical measures in an effort to curb the problem. The provincial governments rebelled against the decisions, and one by one declared independence. The Saltwater Marine Corps and Air Force remained loyal to the monarch, but the heads of the navy considered the nation to have drifted too far from its founding principles, and began to plot a revolt. However, the monarch ordered the marines to storm flagship Cardinal Bay whilst she was at anchor in Lisbon, along with other rebellious vessels, forcing the admirals to make a hasty flight for the open sea.
Making it into the mid-Atlantic Ocean, Cardinal Bay formed up as the centre of "Battlegroup Freedom", a task force of rebellious warships consisting largely of smaller corvettes and frigates. Screening a flotilla of political refugees, the Battlegroup repelled repeated air attacks by the Saltwater Air Force, which had remained loyal to the Crown. By the time they moved out of range, only Cardinal Bay, a badly damaged corvette and a replenishment ship remained. As the Principality broke up around him, the Monarch was targeted and killed by cruise missiles fired by more rebelling warships that lay within his own ports. "Battlegroup Freedom" put in at Cape Town, where a charter for a new state began to be drawn up.
The Democratic Union of Prieska was founded in the town of Prieska, South Africa, and exists based upon anarchist principles. The state was divided into small populations known as wards. Each ward of 150 people randomly selected one or two members to send to a commune council, which oversaw around seventy wards.
Although the nation was to first exist peacefully, aggression by the UCFRH caused the Prieskan Territorial Defence Forces to be sent to oppose them. Although at first the otherwise poorly-equipped Prieskan forces were to see success against the UCFRH Navy thanks to the dominance of the Cardinal Bay, the elderly battlecruiser blundered into range of shore-based anti-ship missile launchers and suffered at least a dozen hits after facing almost 1,000 incoming threats. The battlecruiser sank with the loss of 154 men.
After the sinking, the fleet was confined to local waters, before a raid on Portsmouth in the United Kingdom was launched under the guise of an "aid deliverance operation", recovering documents and parts that allowed Cardinal Bay and other ex-Saltwater equipment to be restored to active service. More operations off UCFRH enabled other nations to bring in forces.
What followed was an extended period of peace, however this was ended when a large earthquake struck Haiti. The people decided to send aid to the island, however the Cuban Armed Forces had imposed a blockade on the island, as a prelude to an invasion. The newly-restored Saltwater Navy fought through the blockade to deliver the aid, and imposed its own blockade on Cuba. Saltee forces then launched a counter-invasion of Cuba, taking control after several weeks of fighting across the Caribbean.
Then, within weeks, an existential threat turned its sights on Saltwater. The Brazilian government decided to invade in order to enslave the population, causing the Defence Council to put the nation onto a full war footing. A naval task group led by the freshly refitted Cardinal Bay put to sea. The Argentine government came out in support of Saltwater, greatly simplifying the war to come. The combined fleets struck the Brazilian Navy in port, disabling it, but a fleet of submarines escaped, sinking three Saltwater warships off the South African coast and damaging a fourth. Eventually, however, the Saltwater and Argentine navies hunted down and sank all twelve of the enemy SSBNs, without a single SLBM landing on Saltwater soil.
Another fleet of six submarines was intercepted in the Straits of Gibraltar by just two Saltwater submarines and two ASW ships, which fought a desperate action that saw the loss of one Saltwater submarine, for the destruction of four of the enemy submarines and capture of another, forcing the remaining boat to flee back into the Mediterranean where it was hunted down and destroyed. A small Saltwater amphibious group later recaptured the Balearic Islands from Brazilian forces in a bloody land invasion.
Cardinal Bay and her battle group came under sustained attack from Brazilian aircraft, but managed to fend off the attacks with the help of Brazilian combat air patrols. With their air force and navy destroyed and their nation facing heavy bombardment, the Brazilian government soon capitulated and surrendered unconditionally to the Saltwater and Argentine forces.
Exactly one year after the war was concluded, remnant forces gained support in Namibia and launched a direct land invasion of Saltwater territory. The enemy armoured columns advanced across the desert in close formation, allowing Saltwater artillery to demolish them before they could get close to any major population centres. Namibian warships attempted to penetrate Saltwater waters, but were caught and sunk by Saltwater warships. Argentine nuclear weapons struck the Namibian capital, forcing them to surrender to Saltwater, under which they became a vassal state until they were completely incorporated into the Union.
A period of peace, lasting nearly ten years, saw great technological strides as the nation solidified itself in its new territory. However, ethnic tension between internal factions, predominantly between Saltee refugees from the Iberian Peninsula and the indigenous population, caused many communes to break away from the Union for short periods of time, just to rejoin again once they found themselves unable to sustain their population on their own. A large tsunami struck the east coast of the nation, causing some damage and death, but the country recovered quickly. Just two years later, however, a freak meteorite struck the Johannesburg region, devastating the city and causing nearly four million casualties. With the nation's internal relations breaking down, the catastrophy threatened the refugee population with a second mass exodus in less than twenty years. The eastern communes around Johannesburg began to cede from the Union, holding ethnically Saltee people responsible for the disasters and leading to widespread persecution. The Saltwater Territorial Defence Forces led an evacuation of the region, with violent skirmishes with local militias occurring.
With the east of the country now totally independent and with hatred of the Saltee population spreading, the remainder of the nation was divided. Among the remaining Union communes, two factions formed - those that wanted to retake Portugal as their homeland, and those that wanted to relocate the Saltee population to Geropia, which had fallen out of Syrian control but that had now become the territory of the New Californian Republic. The NCR had been considering giving the islands their independence, but widespread crime and problems with warlords prevented this, with the NCR military needed to keep the peace. The Saltee government offered to take over the issue, with the council eventually deciding that a full return to the Diamond Archipelago was required. The fleet, under the flagship Chieftain, sailed to the islands soon afterwards, announcing its return with a barrage of 16" naval shells fired against predetermined warlord positions. Marines stormed the islands with the blessing of the NCR, and rapidly overran the local militias. The South African territory gradually broke apart once the government relocated to NovrdLisch, thus leaving the Saltwater government in sole control of the Diamond Archipelago.
After an official absence of over 120 years, and de facto absence of sixty, the return of an ethnically Saltee government to Geropia brought great upheaval to the islands. Never before had the entire population been united under one flag, indeed even under NCR control the islands had been divided under various warlords. The Saltwater heroes, including those who had previously been buried in Portugal and South Africa, were finally able to be reinterred into home soil. What followed was known as the Great Peace, a twenty-year period of almost total peace, with the Saltwater Defence Force deployed only on humanitarian missions and with technical and cultural advances being made in great leaps.
The Saltwater Defence Force undertook many operations during this time, including humanitarian relief, an intervention in the Australian Civil War and an invasion of Juneau.
[Last updated 23.06.22]