Castillan Minor Colonies
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|Castillan Minor Colonies|
Flag of all the Castillan Colonies and the Flag of both Viceroyalties.
|National name||Colonias Menores de Castilla|
|Capital city||Metido (national), Caltexico City (Viceroyalty of Castilla), Loma (Viceroyalty of Beru)|
|Largest city||Caltexico City|
|Leader||King Carlos Goberna I|
The Castillan Minor Colonies, or Las Colonias Menores de Castilla are the small collection of colonies that are either under the Viceroyalty of Nueva Castilla or under the Viceroyalty of Beru. Here are all the minor Colonies, listed under which Viceroyalty they are in.
Viceroyalty of Nueva Castilla
The Viceroyalty of Nueva Castilla is the largest Viceroyalty in Castilla, and it's capital is in Caltexico City, in Caltexico.
Airesol is a large island state that is mostly desert and some forest. It was home to indigenous natives who built homes out of adobe and were built on top of each other in villages. Castillans also discovered the island in the 1500's and they had sent Governance priests to set up Telenacles and introduce the natives to the Governance system, just like what happened in Penguifornia. Several inhabitants of Caltexico immigrated to the area at first, and later many penguins from the USA who fell in love with it's landscape also settled in the lands, starting famous cities located in serene locations like Banderas and Sedón. Airesol also has many beautiful canyons and sandstone formations throughout the island, making it unique among it's other fellow colonies.
Costa de Oro
Capital: San Josías
Costa de Oro is a small island nearby Panamia that is very well known for it's famous beaches and growing economy that is heavily supported by the USA and Castilla. The original indigenous inhabitants of Costa de Oro lived in tribes and integrated into the Castillan Culture when the Castillans arrived to the island in the 1500's. The Castillans discovered that Costa de Oro had rich soil because it is a Volcanic Island, thus many Haciendas, or plantations, were built and now produce a lot of tropical fruit for the Castillan Empire and around the Antarctic. Because of it's cheap healthcare insurance and affordability to live there, Costa de Oro is becoming popular to live in and to retire in for citizens from the USA, who know find Costa de Oro home. Costa de Oro is also a very safe and democratic colony, and it is Castilla's only colony to not have an army, since it was banned in 1948 after a civil war.
Cuadra was one of Castilla's first colonies, after Domingo and Albergue Plata. Unlike the rest of the country, Cuadra is infamously governed as a socialist state, and it is considered to be one of the poorer colonies. Cuadra was discovered by the Castillans in the year of 1492, and has since been a country home to many Haciendas that produce bananas, beans, coconuts, and mint. In the early 20th century, the island used to be a popular tourist spot for visitors from Olde Antarctica; Cuadra was a tropical island getaway that was once very prosperous in its tourism industry and beaches. When the island became controlled by a socialist governor about 50 years ago, tourism from other colonies and democratic nations dropped, and poverty rose. However, citizens of Cuarda have free healthcare, and drive old 1950's cars that were manufactured long ago in what is now Eastshield. Cuadra's main trading partners are Maverick, New Maverick, and East Pengolia. The current governor of Cuadra is Estaban Corto, although legend has it that Tortugadesetas is the true leader, however the Castillan Government has not investigated it since it is one of the more overlooked colonies.
Capital: Ciudad de Domingo
Domingo is considered to be Castilla's first colony. The Castillans discovered it in 1492, and was where the first Castillan colonial city, Ciudad de Domingo, was built. For a century, the Castillan settlers and the indigenous tribes quarreled, but the tribes eventually died out since they were not used to the diseases the Castillan settlers introduced. Domingo is also home to many haciendas that produce tropical fruits. The colony is relatively poor, but not as poor as Cuadra. The island also has very nice beaches and has many resorts for tourists. However, tensions are rising between the regular natives and the owners of the resorts, since the resort owners have created giant walls to separate the tourists from the natives to avoid conflict, much to the anger of the natives since they wish to sell their items to the tourists on the beaches. Nevertheless, some clever natives still are able to reach tourists by going around the security checkpoints.
Capital: Santa Cruz
El Cruz is the smallest island in Latin Antarctica. It is a tropical island that has beaches that are popular for surfers from around the Antarctic. El Cruz was discovered by the Castillans around 1524, and has since been a thriving colony in the metal making industry. Trains are also manufactured and used a lot here as well. El Cruz also is home to many ancient sites and lush rain forests, which is home to a diverse population of rare animals like ocelots, birds, and puffles, and many scientists visit the island to come examine species that can not be found anywhere else. The name of the island should be "La Cruz", but the modern name is the shortened version of it's original full name- "El Lugar de La Cruz".
Icaragu is another socialist leaning colony along with Cuadra and Chavezuela that is often overlooked by the Castillan central Government. The island of Icaragu, located near Panamia, is a major producer of Coffee, vegetables, and sugar and also mines some gold. In the 1980's, Icaragu experienced a civil war between the government of the reigning Governor and the island's Socialist party, creating a chaos that led to many casualties from deletion rifles. In the end, the Socialist party won, and to this day the party rules the island.
Capital: Alberto de Querque
Capital: Ciudad de Panamia
Panamia is the southernmost and second smallest island of Latin Antarctica, and it is considered to be the "Gateway to Latin Antarctica". It was originally inhabited by indigenous tribes for centuries, but it wasn't discovered and colonized by the Castillans until 1501. The island was well known for it's many tropical forests, swamps, marshes, and lakes. It was colonized very little by the Castillans at first because of it's abundance of mosquitoes, but then, in the 1800's, penguins from the HPC controlled Antarctica came over to the island to build the Panamia canal so that ships could reach Latin Antarctica without going through the treacherous and rocky waters that surrounded Latin Antarctica. The project took 15 years to do, but it eventually increased Panamia's economy and train system greatly, and it is slowly now advancing as a stronger country.
Tejas was discovered in 1519, and the first city, La Vista, was founded in 1682, . In 1691 Father Masaneté and Captain Alfonso Limón built a mission in the eastern part, and in the 1700s other Governance priests built more mission telenacles, including the Alámeno, also known as San Andreo de Valor, which is what they named San Andreo for. This province is notable for having revolted against Caltexico in 1836 (Caltexico had gained it's independence in the 1820's), with the capital being moved to a new city, Austino. The revolt had been successful, but Tejas was reconquered with Caltexico in the 1840's. After the war, many penguins took to ranching and cow herding, and Tejas has been known for this ever since. Consequently there are many vaqueros, which attract many tourists from the USA and the rest of Castilla's provinces. Another thing the province is known for is oil. The first oil was found in 1903 near Húston at Cimagira, after which more oil prospectors came,most of which were successful, and Tejas now produces 900,000,000 barrels of oil a year. Austino was named for Stefan de Austino, who led the revolt. Tejas has large forests in the east, beautiful hills in the center, (much like Liguria) and mountainous deserts in the west; however the province is primarily known for it's vast plains. The northernmost part is called the Panhandle, and has many rock formations, and the second largest canyon in the entire Viceroyalty of Nueva Castilla. The largest city,Húston, is the headquarters of the AU Space Agency. During the war there was a long siege in the Alámeno; this building is now a symbol of Tejas, with San Andreo being called Alameno City.
Viceroyalty of Beru
Bolifín is a Minor Castillan colony whose indigenous culture is similar to the Beruvians since it was part of the Inkan Empire. Upon conquest, the Castillans originally named the island "Beru Menor", or "Lesser Beru". In the 1600's, a huge silver deposit was discovered at the city of Botosí, which soon became a popular town. The native inhabitants of Bolifin are ethnically related to the Beruvians, and the majority of the citizens also speak their native languages of Quecua, Guarani, and Aymara. Like Beru, Bolifin is also home to an abundance of well preserved Castillan colonial architecture that was built many centuries ago.
Chavezuela is a Castillan Colony famous for it's richness in oil. About 85% of Castillan Oil comes from Chavezuela, and it is very prosperous. However, the governor of Chavezuela, a penguin named Compañero Chavez, or Comrade Chavez, rules the island with and iron fist as a Socialist leader. Again, Chavezuela is completely overlooked by the Castillan Government, just like Cuadra. Chavezuela was discovered in 1498, and it was originally called Frostizuela, in honor of the legendary city of Frostize because the natives of Chavezuela lived in houses that were elevated over lakes. The Island was changed to Chavezuela about 20 years ago, when Comrade Chavez ended the island's civil war, and delcared himself the governor of the island. Castilla eagerly agreed to have him rule the island in hopes that it would stay stable, and they allowed the island to be renamed in his honor.
Cordovisa is a large and diverse island near Chavezuela. The island was named after the Castillan mainland city of Cordova. Cordovisa was once the capital island of a small, now extinct Viceroyalty known as the Viceroyalty of Nuevo Grenade, which also consisted of the islands of Chavezuela and Igualdor. Later, in the 1800's, Cordovisa experienced a revolution and delcared the Viceroyalty of Nuevo Grenade independent from Castilla to form the nation of Gran Cordovisa, which only lasted a few years before Chavezuela and Igualdor broke away. Cordovisa continued to stay independent. In the late 1900's, Cordovisa became unpopular among tourists when swarms of Doom Weed cartels swarmed into the island, forcing their military to crack them down. The cartels proved overwhelming, and they eventually decided to become re annexed to Castilla, who immediately went in and began to squash the Doom Weed cartel insurgency. Today, Cordovisa is an island that is trying its best to become more developed. Cordovisa is famous for also conserving many of its rainforests and its large coffee industry.
Guruguay shares a similar history with nearby Parhentina. Guruguay became a popular place for ranching, and it also attracted immigrants from the Ninja Archipelago, mainly Castilla and Liguria. The Guruguayan accent is very similar to the Parhentinian accent of Spanish, and both islands love to play soccer. Guruguay has one of the largest Puffle population in the whole Archipelago since the island's main economy revolve around livestock, though some Penguins do live on the coastal area of island, where many are fishermen. Therefore, Guruguay's main products are beef, milk, and fish. Much like most of its neighbors, Guruguay isn't very industrialized, yet it takes advantage of its geography with ranching because the whole island is home to grassy plains, rivers, and lakes. The island colony has always been a vacation retreat for Parhentinians due to it's quiet and laid back atmosphere, though many Nutzilians also visit it since the island was fought over between Parhentina (Castilla) and Nutzil in the 1800's. Unlike in Cordovisa or Chavezuela, Doom Weed cartels do not exist on Guruguay because Doom Weed was legalized; the legalization has caused several controversies back on the Castillan Mainland over the constitutionality of the legalization, but so far it has not been threatened or altered.
Igualdor was also originally inhabited by the Inka indigenous tribes of Beru and was part of the Inkan Empire until its fall during the Castillan conquests in the 1500's. Igualdor, with it's exceptionally warm tropical weather, had become the center for growing tropical fruits, primarily bananas, though industries such as palm oil, coconuts, coffee, and chocolate bean harvesting is also a significant business. Much like it's nearby neighbor colony Cordovisa (who it used to belong to), Igualdor also has some oil and accounts for a little more than one third of it's economy. In recent years, poverty on Igualdor is decreasing as more jobs are being created and as Castilla pays more attention to it.
Peregua was claimed as a Castillan island not long after the conquest of Parhentina. Much of the indigenous penguins and puffles that lived on the island are tribally related to the indigenous penguins and puffles of Parhentina, most of whom had died out during the Ninja Archipelagoan immigration waves in Parhentina in the 1800's, sending many of those indigenous groups to Peregua. Peregua, like Bolifin, also was subject to the establishment of several silver mines, where many of the indigenous penguins and puffles had to work for, though rebellions crippled the business in the early 1800's. However, before they could establish a successful and fair economy, Peregua was caught in a land dispute between Parhentina and Nutzil, both of whom claimed the island. In the end, Parhentina won, and Peregua stayed under their control before they were rechartered as their own colony again by the Castillans two years later. Peregua has been largely ignored by Castilla, so poverty and crime has been rampant in the Latin Antarctican island, though it luckily is not subject to the Doom Weed trade cartels like in Cordovisa or Chavezuela.
Capital: San Fermin
Los Galapagos, known officially as the Castillan Colony of the Galapagos, are a large archipelago of islands located in the distant North, where the climate is tropical. The islands are populated by penguins known as Galapagos Penguins, who are close relatives to the High Penguin species. The islands are not densely populated and it's existence is practically unknown to the general public. Transportation to the islands are non-existent, except for a few Castillan military convoys that occationally make their way to the islands. At one point 30 years ago, Olde Antarctica made a deal with Castilla to launch their rockets into space from the islands, though the project was terminated in 1989.
Rumors circulate as to what the true purpose that the islands serve. Some conspiracy theorists believe that it is the site for secret Castillan nuclear tests and houses a secret arsenal, though the Castillan government has denied those claims and have reinstated that they do not have any nukes. In reality, the islands are really mainly fishing communities for the locals, and also host several scientific research centers that focus on the climate, flora, and fauna of the islands. There is also a top secret military base and a secret penal camp to hold very dangerous criminals, where they die since they serve life terms there.
There are two representatives from the Galapagos Islands in the Viceroyalty of Beru legislature in Beru, and two representatives in the Castillan National Congress in Metido. However, to keep the islands secret, the representatives are labeled to represent Beru, not the Galapagos, though the inner elite of the country, such as King Carlos Goberna and the Hochstadt Gang, know otherwise.