Republic of Ireland

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Republic of Ireland
Poblacht na hÉireann
Flag of Ireland
Irish Coat of Arms
Ruling Party Fianna Fáil - Moderates
Head of StatePresident
Éamon de Valera
Head of GovernmentTaoiseach
Seán Francis Lemass
Sphere Grossraum Kontinentaleuropa
Foreign Alignment Pakt Observer,
Credit Rating Acceptable
Market Type Free Market Capitalism

The Republic of Ireland is a country in north-western Europe that officially covers the whole island of Ireland, with the Northern Counties Special Zone being a semi-autonomous region. It shares the British Isles with the United Kingdom of Great Britain.

A country with a long and bloody history, it was he only Western European country to experience colonialization by the British Empire, long before the rise of the German Reich.

After centuries of resistance, a failed insurrection in 1916 and an extensive campaign by the Irish Republican Army in 1919 to 1921, Ireland finally achieved independence from Britain in 1922. However, under the treaty, Ireland could not control all of the island, with the region of Ulster staying with Great Britain.

Despite much efforts, Ireland would not see Ulster returned to the Free State of Ireland. This failure to reunite the 32 counties of Ireland would spur the Irish government to ally with the Germans in the Second World War, allowing the Irish to finally achieve a true victory over the British.

However, some feel that the Irish have only exchanged a British master for a German one. Only time would tell if Ireland has befallen this fate.

History[edit | edit source]

War of Irish Independence[edit | edit source]

Second World War[edit | edit source]

After a series of Nazi victories, Ireland would make a secret deal with Germany, declaring war on the United Kingdom and launching an invasion of Northern Ireland. what was expected to be a quick campaign would prove to be a slow and painful conquest, with British forces fighting for every inch of ground. however, with the fall of Great Britain, resistance would crumble, with Ulster falling to Irish forces.

Peace would not last, as Immediately after the Auxiliary units, stay behind forces set up by London to conduct guerrilla warfare in the event of occupation, would successfully activate, unlike the rest of the UK. eventually the Auxiliaries would fall under the control of the elusive Ian Paisley, becoming the Ulster Volunteer Force. they would fight a shadow war with Irish authorities and the IRA.

Post War[edit | edit source]

After the war, Irish Taoiseach Eamon De Valera's political influence would only grow, with the ruling Fianna Fail becoming the dominant party in government. However, with the German economic crisis, the Irish economy would go through a slump, putting a minor dent in Fianna Fail's popularity.

Additionally, the occupied provinces in Northern Ireland were never fully integrated, but organised into the so-called "Northern Counties Special Zone", which has been plagued by guerrilla warfare ever since its creation. Elements of both the Irish Republican Army, the Irish Citizen Army and The Unionists would establish their own zones in the region. Despite this however, they would be contained by the intervention of Neil Blaney, who rules the province using friendly paramilitary groups and terror to maintain order.

Fianna Fail's grip on Irish politics would loosen in the 1961 elections, where for the first time ever it lost its majority in the Dail Eirann, with De Valera retiring to the ceremonial position of President, and his successor Sean Francis Lemass forming a coalition with the Labour Party.

Parties and Factions[edit | edit source]

Name Ideology Leader
Fianna Fáil - Moderates Dominant-Party Democracy Seán Francis Lemass
Fianna Fáil - Liberals Christian Democracy Jack Lynch
Fianna Fáil - Nationalists Aristocratic Conservatism Charles Haughey
Fine Gael - Moderates Liberal Conservatism James Dillion
Fine Gael - Conservatives Conservatism Liam Cosgrave
The Labour Party Progressivism Brendan Corish

National Spirits[edit | edit source]

The Republic of Ireland starts with the following National Spirits