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Principality of Saltwater
Name: Principality of Saltwater
Population - 35,563,986
GDP - $600 billion
HDI - 0.871
National Language - English
Capital - Lisbon
Religion - Saltee 11%, Christian 84.3%, Undeclared 4.7%
Government - Electoral Monarchy
Military Budget - $42 billion per year (7% GDP)
Military Manpower- 155,000
Active Military Personnel: 120,000
Saltwater governmental organisation:
Leader - Monarch
Upper House - Parliamentary Committee (12 members)
Lower House - House of Representatives (64 members)
Elections held - 5 years (House of Representatives), 2.5 years (Parliamentary Committee), upon death of previous incumbent (Monarch).
Saltwater Marine Corps:
- x65 Centauro II tank destroyers.
- x106 Rheinmetall ST-110 Albacore A1C main battle tanks.
- x200 Iveco SuperAV armoured personnel carriers.
- x200 Freccia infantry fighting vehicles.
- x150 Orso 4X4 armoured cars.
- x100 BTR-150A1 Falke armoured cars.
- x90 LRS-9 Sharpshooter light strike vehicles.
- x400 SV-25 Javelin armoured supply trucks.
- x45 PzH 2000 self-propelled guns.
- x45 CAMM-ER surface to air missile launchers.
- x45 M270 multiple launch rocket systems.
- x45 Wiesel 2 SHORAD.
- x8 L26 ARV armoured recovery vehicles.
- x36 RQ-7 Shadow surveillance UAVs (+16 reserve).
- x10 ARTHUR counter-battery radar systems.
Total - 1,355 vehicles
Saltwater Air Force:
- x80 F-15EA Eagle multirole fighters.
- x48 F-35A Lightning strike fighters.
- x26 F-35B Lightning strike fighters.
- x8 Gulfstream G550 early warning aircraft.
- x14 MPA-2B Cavalier maritime patrol aircraft.
- x12 Boeing KC-767 tanker aircraft.
- x12 A400M Atlas transport aircraft.
- x120 NH-90 Caiman multirole helicopters.
- x48 MAH-11SC Puma attack helicopters.
- x16 CH-47F Chinook helicopters.
- x32 AW.101 Merlin multirole helicopters.
- x32 AT-5 Strike Venom trainer aircraft.
- x16 M-346 Master advanced trainers.
- x12 EADS CASA C-295 transport aircraft.
- x2 Airbus A340 VIP transports.
- x4 T/C-22 Cloudmaster gunships.
- x9 EADS CASA AC-295 gunships.
- x4 Alenia C-27J transport aircraft.
- x8 An-124 strategic transport aircraft.
- x8 AS555SN Fennec light utility helicopters.
Total - 511 aircraft
- x3 Campbeltown-class destroyers.
- x5 Sachsen-class destroyers.
- x6 FREMM-class frigates.
- x3 Rift-class frigates.
- x4 MEKO 200 TN-II-B frigates.
- x8 Merlin-class corvettes.
- x16 Lapwing-class sloops.
- x2 Trieste-class landing helicopter docks.
- x1 Modified San Giorgio-class command ship.
- x6 Vulcano-class replenishment ships.
- x9 Triton-class attack submarines.
- x1 Type-C battlecruiser.
- x1 Shidabad-class battlecruiser.
Total - 65 warships
Saltwater Naval Units:
• 1st Expeditionary Action Group - homeported in Porto and Hendaye.
- x1 Vulcano-class replenishment ship (SWS Supply)
- x1 Campbeltown-class destroyer (SWS Invincible)
- x1 Rift-class frigate (SWS Bastion)
- x1 Triton-class attack submarine (SWS Triton)
- x4 Lapwing-class sloops (A03, A04, A01, A02)
• 2nd Expeditionary Action Group - homeported in Porto and Hendaye.
- x1 Vulcano-class replenishment ship (SWS Courageous)
- x1 Campbeltown-class destroyer (SWS Enterprise)
- x1 Rift-class frigate (SWS Hamalia)
- x1 Triton-class attack submarine (SWS Albacore)
- x4 Lapwing-class sloops (A06, A05, A07, A08)
• 3rd Expeditionary Action Group - homeported in Lisbon and Hendaye.
- x1 Vulcano-class replenishment ship (SWS Tireless)
- x1 Campbeltown-class destroyers (SWS Upholder)
- x1 Rift-class frigate (SWS Challenger)
- x1 Triton-class attack submarine (SWS Hammerhead)
- x4 Lapwing-class sloops (A09, A10, A11, A12)
• 1st Patrol Squadron - homeported in Lisbon.
- x4 Merlin-class corvettes (SWS Whimbrel, SWS Ibis, SWS Loyalist, SWS Woodpecker)
- x2 Lapwing-class sloops (A13, A14)
• 2nd Patrol Squadron - homeported in Porto.
- x4 Merlin-class corvettes (SWS Woodcock, SWS Magpie, SWS Peregrine, SWS Merlin)
- x2 Lapwing-class sloops (A15, A16)
- x1 Vulcano-class replenishment ship (SWS Conveyor)
• 3rd Patrol Squadron - homeported in Hendaye.
- x4 MEKO 200 TN-II-B frigates (SWS Hendaye, SWS Lisbon, SWS Porto, SWS Ferrol)
• 1st Auxiliary Patrol Squadron - homeported in Lisbon.
- x2 FREMM-class frigates (SWS John C. Wilcox, SWS Northern Lights)
- x1 Sachsen-class destroyer (SWS Steadfast)
• 2nd Auxiliary Patrol Squadron - homeported in Lisbon.
- x2 FREMM-class frigates (SWS Secret Commonwealth, SWS Amber Spyglass)
- x1 Sachsen-class destroyer (SWS Tenacious)
• 3rd Auxiliary Patrol Squadron - homeported in Porto.
- x2 FREMM-class frigates (SWS John H. Withers, SWS Subtle Knife)
- x1 Sachsen-class destroyer (SWS Stalwart)
• 1st Amphibious Squadron - homeported in Lisbon.
- x1 Sachsen-class destroyer (SWS Supreme)
- x1 Trieste-class landing helicopter dock (SWS Yaverland)
- x1 Vulcano-class replenishment ship (SWS Resurgence)
• 2nd Amphibious Squadron - homeported in Porto.
- x1 Sachsen-class destroyer (SWS Defender of Faro)
- x1 Trieste-class landing helicopter dock (SWS Sandown)
- x1 Vulcano-class replenishment ship (SWS Betanzos)
• 1st Command Squadron - homeported in Lisbon.
- x1 Shidabad-class battlecruiser (SWS Port Jellicoe)
• 1st Submarine Squadron - homeported in Hendaye.
- x2 Triton-class attack submarines (SWS Archerfish, SWS Silversides)
• 2nd Submarine Squadron - homeported in Hendaye.
- x2 Triton-class attack submarines (SWS Guardfish, SWS Seawolf)
• 3rd Submarine Squadron - homeported in Hendaye.
- x2 Triton-class attack submarines (SWS Ursa, SWS Cardinal Bay)
• 1st Independent Squadron - homeported in Lisbon.
- x1 Type C battlecruiser (SWS Chieftain)
- x1 Modified San Giorgio-class command ship (SWS Cavalier)
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. 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, dealing 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.
Operations against the Algorithm continued and succeeded in its almost complete destruction, but unfortunately, shortly after the Saltwater fleet regrouped from 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. 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. 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.
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 the 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.
[Last updated 16.07.21]