South Africa

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Union of South Africa
Flag of South Africa
South Africa in Light Green
Politics
CapitalCape Town
Ruling Party United Party
Last Election20/01/1960
Head of Statevacant
Head of GovernmentPrime Minister
De Villiers Graaff
Diplomacy
Sphere American Sphere
Foreign AlignmentNon-Aligned
Economy
GDP$8.27B
Credit Rating Acceptable
Market Type Free Market Capitalism

South Africa, officially the Union of South Africa, is a country in southern Africa formed in 1910 as an autonomous colony of the British empire. However with the British Empire collapsing after the end of the Second World War, the country became independent.

While it is still a monarchy, it doesn't have a King or Queen. Stopping short of recognising Elizabeth II in fears of provoking the wrath of the German Reichskommisariats bordering them, the Union is left with an important question, who rules South Africa?

History[edit | edit source]

The Uneasy Union[edit | edit source]

The Union of South Africa, was established in 1910, uniting four previously separate African colonies under British rule. However, this unification masked deep racial divisions. Black South Africans, the overwhelming majority, were excluded from political power and subjected to discriminatory laws by the White minority. The African National Congress (ANC), founded in 1912, emerged as the primary voice of Black opposition.

Afrikaner Nationalism on the Rise[edit | edit source]

Afrikaners, descendants of Dutch settlers, felt marginalized by British dominance and worried about preserving their cultural identity. This spurred Afrikaner nationalism, a powerful political current. The National Party, formed in 1914, championed this ideology and advocated for stricter racial segregation.

Early Steps Towards Segregation[edit | edit source]

The seeds of apartheid were sown with the passage of discriminatory legislation. The Natives Land Act of 1913 severely restricted Black land ownership, pushing them onto overcrowded reserves. The miners' strike of 1922, involving both Black and white workers, highlighted racial tensions within the workforce.

The Economic Downturn and Bolstering White Supremacy[edit | edit source]

The Great Depression of the 1930s exacerbated racial tensions. With rising unemployment, white workers competed with Black workers for scarce jobs. This fuelled fears of economic displacement among the white population, further solidifying the idea of racial separation.

Second World War[edit | edit source]

With Britain declaring war on Germany in 1939, South Africa, like the rest of the Dominions followed, despite attempts by then Prime Minister JBM Hertzog to declare neutrality. South African forces would fight against the Afrika Korps and Italian forces in East Africa, as well as against the Japanese invasion of India. All of the South African efforts in these theatres would prove to be for nought however, as the war would end in an Azis victory, shattering the Commonwealth. As part of the peace deal signed with the victors, South Africa would lose Namibia to Germany, and would move troops into the former British colonies of Swaziland, Lesotho and Bechuanaland before German forces could do so.

The discovery of diamonds in Bechuanaland sparked a brief crisis where, South Africa would later be forced to cede part of the province To Reichskomissariat Ostafrika.

Struggle and Disorder[edit | edit source]

To avoid alienating either Washington or Germania, the South African government declared the South African throne vacant upon the death of George VI in 1952. In 1956, Anglo politician De Villiers Graaf was chosen to lead the United Party, leading it to victory in the 1960 election. since then has maintained a policy of opposing both the Boers and the African National Congress.

Despite being offered OFN membership multiple times, South Africa maintained a policy of isolation and neutrality, primarily out of fear of invoking the wrath of the Germania and the Boers in South African Society.


In-Game[edit | edit source]

As of 1962, The Union is in strife, with tensions with the Boers at a all time high along with the African National Congress demanding equal rights for the Black majority.

South Africa remains neutral, neither a part of the OFN nor the Enheitspakt. The Player will get to work with the Boers and suppress the African National Congress or to end racial discrimination of Black Africans and enlist the support of the ANC.

When the German Civil War begans, South Africa too will collapse into a civil war with the Boer led African Volksstaat, The African National Congress will secede from the Union too if the player does not work with them. Amidst the civil war the Reichskommisariats to the north will form the Afrika-Schild and invade South Africa in support of the Boers , causing a direct intervention by the OFN and kickstarting the South African War.

Mechanics[edit | edit source]

Before the South African War, South Africa can choose to sell the diamonds from the various diamond mines to either the Enheitspakt or the OFN, in exchange for weapons, or liquid reserves.

Just before and during the South African War, South Africa will have the mechanic to invite a Military Assistance Command- South Africa Special Operations Group and invite American instructors to train up the South African Military, ensuring it's success in the war.

Political Parties and Factions[edit | edit source]

Name Ideology Leader
United South African National Party Liberal Conservatism

Conservatism

De Villiers Graaff
United South African National Party - Liberals Liberialism Connie Mulder
Progressive Party Progressive Harry Schwarz
National Party Paternalism Ben Schoeman
National Party - Militarists Depostism Magnus Malan
Herstigte Nasionale Party Clerical Fascism Albert Hertzog
Herstigte Nasionale Party - Ossewabrandwag National Socialism John Vorster
Herstigte Nasionale Party - Extremists Ultranationalism Taffy Williams
African National Congress Pan-Africanism Oliver R. Tambo
South African Communist Party Communism Joe Slovo
African National Congress - Extremists Communism

National Spirits[edit | edit source]