Organization of Free Nations

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Organization of Free Nations
Flag of the Organization of Free Nations
Map of the OFN; Dark blue denotes member states of the OFN, and light blue denotes partner states of the OFN
Foundation & LeadershipMarch of 1949, United States
   United States 
   New Zealand
   West Indies Fed.
   British Honduras
   Faroe Islands
   OFN Arctic Admin.
Dominant IdeologiesAn assortment of various ideologies, most democratic

Description[edit | edit source]

The Organization of Free Nations (OFN) is an organization comprised of primarily democratic states and led by the United States of America. The OFN was created to insure the security of the Americas and the South Pacific, as its founding members are the USA, Canada, Australia and New Zealand. To this end, the organization often backs separatists in the Einheitspakt and the Co Prosperity Sphere, the analogous political blocs led by Germany and Japan. The OFN operates as a collective defense alliance although it will intervene itself in numerous conflicts as the game progresses.

The OFN trades with most neutral nations and the Triumvirate.

History[edit | edit source]

The OFN was originally formed at the end of the 1940s by a handful of nations that still resisted Nazi and Japanese imperialism and that were democratic and free. These generally included the remnants of the Allied Powers that remained independent after the Second World War.

One of the biggest events in the organisation's history is the formation of the West Indies Federation, an artificial nation state made up of the remains of now Nazi-controlled countries' colonial possesions in the Carribeans under a single administration. Other significant events include the creation of the OFN Antarctic Administration, the Joint Administration of the Antarctic between the US, Australia and New Zealand, and the fortification of Iceland and the Faroe Islands as a counterbalance to German posturing in the Atlantic.

Membership Status Icon Membership status Member(s) Description Effect(s)
Leader of the Free World Surrounded by existential threats from both East and West, the United States mustered allies wherever it could before drawing a line its enemies shall not cross. No matter the cost and state of affairs, the superpower swore, its leaders and armies will faithfully keep watch over the thin border it had formed between sanity and madness.

In recognition, governments and oppressed peoples alike turn towards Washington for guidance, security, and material support. Yet these privileges come with an unwritten demand: America must continue to uphold the high standards of its moniker, lest the Free World family suddenly find itself without a patriarch worth following...

Independent Member of the OFN The OFN is, first and foremost, a mutual defense alliance between countries with liberal and democratic inclinations. It comprises signatories of the New York Charter, who (barring some exceptions) are expected to "maintain and develop their individual and collective capacity to resist armed attack" in accordance with Article 3 of the aforementioned document. A council of representatives from every member-state, each entitled to one vote, manages the alliance's daily and long-term affairs.

Independent members refer to member-states which maintain political, economic, and military autonomy from the United States. The alliance's first independent members are Canada, Australia, and New Zealand.

  • GDP Growth Boost: 10%
Dependent Member of the OFN For member-states with neither the resources nor the manpower to maintain anything larger than a self-defense force, Article 5 - which mandates signatories to "assist the Party or Parties so attacked by taking forthwith... the use of armed force" - entails beggaring their economies for a standing force which they themselves scarcely use. Minor nations' place in the OFN, with these constraints in mind, was subject to vigorous debate until a compromise solution was amended into the New York Charter.

The now-termed "Dependent Status Clause" exempts member-states which fit a list of strict criteria from fulfilling their Article 5 obligations. In effect, the US Armed Forces subsumes a large portion of the duties their militaries are expected to perform. Only the West Indies Federation, Haiti, British Honduras, Guyana, Suriname and the Faroes classify for the special status as of 1962.

  • GDP Growth Boost: 5%
OFN Mandate Given the goals outlined by its framers, the OFN is not only expected, but also pressured to intervene in conflicts where the Free World's interests are at stake. Oftentimes the entities which emerge from them lack the stability, institutions and experience to maintain a successful democracy post-independence.

Article 12 of the New York Charter has presciently authorized the alliance to establish civil administrations in the aforementioned entities until capable local governments can oversee free and fair elections within their jurisdictions. Such a transitional period, it is hoped, will help create countries better equipped to seize their own destinies than otherwise.

  • GDP Growth Boost: -5%
American Military Government The United States has had experience instituting military districts - occupation zones whose inhabitants are subject to military, rather than extant local civilian laws - since the Reconstruction era. Aimed to enforce immediate peace and stability in war-torn or disputed regions, military governments are overseen by generals and involve sizable numbers of deployed American servicemen. Administrations may decide to continue this practice, for some reason or another, in the modern day.

The most recent example is US Forces Iceland, the eponymous island's de facto authority since 1941.

  • GDP Growth Boost: -2.5%
OFN Partner While not a full member of the Organisation of Free Nations, partner nations have close defense ties with the United States and are connected with the alliance through various programs. OFN Partnership is an informal title characterised by conditional defense development arrangements between a partner nation and the many OFN-affiliated governmental organisations.

Partnership programs began in 1950 with the OFN-OAS Defense Compact, whereby the OFN could offer defensive modernisation to members of the Organisation of American States. Partnerships also facilitate military missions, grants, and other OFN aid. through their affiliation with these programs, partner nations may be granted observer status in the OFN Security Council and put on track for eventual full membership in the alliance.

  • GDP Growth Boost: 5%