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The Western Union
Zapadna Unija
Foedus Occidentalis
Flag
Motto: "Freedom for All!"
Anthem: "Freedom for the World!"
Map of the Western Union member states and their territories.
Map of the Western Union member states and their territories.
CapitalAcadia
Largest city Margate City, Margate
Official languages English, Serbian, Latin, Russian, Mandarin, Japanese
Demonym English
Snowinian
Terrain
Margatian
Amatarian
Tropicalian
Caseusopolian
Member States NewUnitedProvincesFlag.png United Provinces
Terra Federation flag.PNG Terra Federation
MAI.png Margate
Amataria Flag.png Amataria
AcadiaFlag.png Acadia
Cheeese.png Caseusopolis
Tropicalis Flag2.png Tropicalis
Leaders
 -  President of United Provinces Simon McClark
 -  President of Terra Federation Iron Toto
 -  Prime Minister of Margate Frederick Mueller
 -  President of Tropicalis Penguino Lagois IV
 -  President of Acadia Brant Esser
 -  King of Amataria Amigopen
 -  President of Caseusopolis Mr. Cheddar
 -  President of the Western Council Martin Chankio
 -  President of the Western Parliament Radward Lintson
 -  Executive Director of the Western Union Han Yang
 -  Upper house Western Council
 -  Lower house Western Parliament
Establishment
 -  The Circular Defense Treaty December 2013 
Population
 -  2017 estimate 94,000,000
GDP (PPP) 2014 estimate
 -  Total $26.851 (6th)
GDP (nominal) 2014 estimate
 -  Total $26.851 trillion (4th)
Currency Varoes, Dauroes, Cheese, Margate Dollars, Club Penguin Gold Coins
Website
westernunion.org


The Western Union, also known as the Circular Powers or Circular Union, is a politico-economic union of nations that are aligned together and cooperate militarily, economically and politically. Formed in 2014 by Snowiny (now the United Provinces) and Terra Federation, it has since expanded to include five other sovereign nations - Margate, Amataria, Acadia, Caseusopolis, and Tropicalis. The Western Union maintains a friendly rivalry with the more powerful Axle Powers, and is being more renowned on the Antarctic stage.


History[edit]

The Circular Defense Treaty[edit]

The Western Union was formed under the name of the Circular Powers in 2013 as a direct result of Snowiny's defeat by Ed Island. Snowinian president Robert Smith held a meeting with UnitedTerran president Ninjinian and the Ruscan president on December 26, 2013 to discuss a creation of a treaty to compete with the stronger nations in Antarctica. After rounds of talks, The Circular Defense Treaty was born. This treaty stated that the three nations would help each other in political, economic and military situations. It came into effect on the 29th of December. However, Snowiny wanted a more definite and sound agreement, as the nation then was much smaller and less powerful than it is today. Hence, new rounds of talks was once again held. On the 3rd of January, the three leaders met again to discuss the formation of an actual coalition. The UTR and Rusca were not interested in being in an economic, much less military coalition, and thus pulled out.

At that point, Rusca and the UTR pulled out, but Ninjinian got the Terra Federation to join in. Thus, the Circular Powers were created. This new coalition irked Shops Island, Munijoch and the Culldrome Isles, who in retaliation formed the Axle Powers. Ever since then, the two collation have had a bittersweet relationship, with both of them competing.

This was not gone unnoticed by other nations in the Antarctic community. Ed Island joined the Axle Powers in early 2014 as its fourth member. While the Axle nations grew stronger, the Circular Powers slowly became less prominent. However, on the 30th of March, Margate surprised the continent by joining in, boosting the coalition's importance, prominence, economy and combined military. Amataria also became a candidate to join 2 weeks later.

Involvement in the Frosian War[edit]

The first test of Western strength came from the Frosian War, barely four months after its formation. The Puffalian-Western War was triggered after Margate's induction into the Western Union, where Nexonan and Penlandian extremists, angry at the new arrangment, crashed an airplane into the Benneton Towers in Winsburg, Snowiny's capital. When the Western nations declared war against these nationalist groups, Puffalia stepped in and supported them, opening up a second theater in the war. Sending a large number of troops in, Axis forces were able to invade and establish a base on the Puffepelago Islands, after which they began to invade the Snowinian mainland. Due to militant action in Margate and the Terra Federation however, Margatian and Terran support was reduced in the first half of the war, which allowed Axis forces to sweep across the Snowinian mainland.

The tides were turned when a simultaneous reinforcement of troops from Margate and the Terra Federation, as well as Ruscan entry into the war, allowed for the Western-Ruscan troops to swiftly retake the invaded portions of the Snowinian mainland. The gradual withdrawal of Puffalian troops from Snowiny to assist in the unfavourable war situation in the main Frosian Theatre also aided the Western advance. A renewed push by the Axis troops in Amataria was successfully repelled within a week of Puffalian landing on the Amatarian islands, allowing for a treaty of White Peace between both sides on 15th June 2014, a week before Puffalia was finally crushed by the Axle Powers. The nationalist groups were not so lucky, and many of its leaders were imprisoned and its members jailed, with Nexon and Penland retaining a state of emergency and martial law until December 31st of the same year, as Margatian and Snowinian authorities tried to crush any remaining opposition.

Simultaneously, the Western Union was also aiding the Culldrome Isles in the Second Culldrome Civil War, playing a crucial role in avoiding a Skulldrome invasion of the main Culldrome Isles, and preventing a subsequent overthrow of the Culldrom government, after a plea for help from Culldrom Supreme Leader Steven Snowen.

Present Day[edit]

After the war was over, the Western Union focused on rebuilding infrastructure in Snowiny and Amataria as well as growing the devastated Snowinian economy. Economic treaties were signed during this period and Margate and the Terra Federation collectively gave 1.25 billion Margatian dollars to Snowiny and Amataria for the rebuilding process. During this period, the Terran and Margatian militaries went through an overhaul, with Margate alone tripling the number of active troops and equipment over the course of the next year, and the Terra Federation buying newer and more advanced equipment. Economic recovery was swift, and by the end of the year Snowiny's and Amataria's economies had equaled and exceeded pre-war levels.

2015 marked a year of unprecedented economic growth for all member nations due to the multitude of pro-business policies and trade agreements in various sectors implemented. The Circular Powers was renamed to the Western Union in April of the same year, and two new nations, Acadia and Caseusopolis, were admitted into the Union during the Second Winsburg Conference. In addition, a free trade agreement and a military cooperation agreement was signed between the Seal Islands and the Western Union. Margaate and Snowiny also became involved in the International Space Station, and were able to grow their new space programs

In 2016, Tropicalis was admitted into the Western Union.


Trade[edit]

Metals and Minerals[edit]

Snowiny, Margate and the Terra Federation are the primary exporters of iron-ore and copper ore within the Western Union, with the other member nations lacking such resources. This allowed for the acceleration of the 2014 Margatian Rearmament Program and the renewal of Amataria's robot-based military, and today continues to play a key role in the building up of new weapons and defenses. Other metals are mined, but in a much smaller quantity - for instance Snowiny possesses several nickel and uranium mines.

Minerals were lacking across the coalition, contrary to those of the Axle Powers. Gold, which Snowiny had been exporting since the 1900s, have begun to run out and so only small deposits of gold, silver, platinum and diamonds are found in Snowiny's mines, and even then, the valuable minerals are located very deep, making it even harder to extract the minerals. These minerals are therefore only about 1-3% less the price of those exported from outside nations. Platinum and diamonds are also mined in Nexon, Margate and Tropicalis.

Oil, Gas and Coal[edit]

Margate has been blessed with the abundance of oil and natural gas within its territory. Many oil and gas rigs have been constructed off the coasts of Nexon, Lauson, North Bank and the Oil Archipelago, part of which is owned by Shops Island. The export of oil and natural gas prices in the other nations dropped significantly, except for Margate and Tropicalis, both of whom place more emphasis on green energy. There are currently talks on the creation of a natural gas pipeline that will supply Antarctica with natural gas from the rich deposits in the Oil Archipelago, similar to the Trans-Antarctic Pipeline.

Coal mines are widespread in the Terra Federation, and they supply coal to the industries in Snowiny, Margate and Amataria. However the collation is seeking to have a greener future, and more industries are now using natural gas converted to electricity.

Caseusopolis and Acadia has little to no natural resources for export or use, hence they rely on the other nations for these resources. Electricty derived from oil, gas and coal amount to less than 0.5% of Tropicalis' needs and hence the Tropicalicans have no need for such resources.

Timber and Sand[edit]

Margate has a small furniture industry which produces high quality wood. This wood used to be imported from Calada and Freezeland, as the nation has a trade pact with them, but the Terra Federation's abundance of forest and lower shipping costs has made the nation less reliant on wood from Calada and Freezeland. This has made the Margatian furniture industry's profits increase twofold. The nation that has benefited the most, though, is Snowiny, where a new furniture industry is expected to exceed that of Margate's by 2019. However, Margate's aggressive reforestation program and annexation of several small nearby islands with high-quality timber means that Margate will soon emerge as an exporter of timber in the Western Union as well. Tropicalis has also benefited from the importation of cheaper wood products which meets environmental standards.

Sand is especially important in reclamation of land, so as to build new ports. Margate has been relying on sand from Hindonesie and Malesia for reclamation since it's independence in 1965, but the Batavians has since banned the export of sand to Margate. Malesia has imposed high tariffs and a limited quota of sand, forcing Margate to use it's limited stockpile. The Terra Federation has plenty of sand-based hills, and has exported them to Margate, Tropicalis and Snowiny for reclamation purposes. In exchange, Margate helped to build and expand ports in both nations. The three nations are also contemplating digging up sand from the sea bed in international waters, although many nations have slammed this, in particular the Axle Powers. Caseusopolis and Acadia, both being small island nations with rapid development also obtain and use these materials for reclamation purposes

Weapons and Technology[edit]

Margate plays the largest role in this sector - it's collaboration and multitude of research projects with ally Ed Island has allowed it grow it's military research sector and produce new types of weapons - although they remain of an inferior quality to the technologically superior Ed Islandians. Nevertheless, technology-sharing is still frequent, especially from Margate to other Western Union nations.

With the lack of a home-grown military industrial complex in every member nation initially, trade in this field was practically non-existent. However, after the Puffalian-Western War, Margate and the Terra Federation each developed such complexes, and while weapons produced by them still remain a minority within the Western Union's combined militaries, it continues to grow at a steady pace. It is predicted that Margatian and Terran-built weapons and weapon systems will account for 50% of equipment within the Western Union by 2027 at current rates.

Zynothium-based weapons, owned by Margate, have not been shared with other Western Union nations, in fear of nuclear proliferation.

Currency[edit]

A unified single currency for the Western Union, the Circle (₵), was proposed at the Acadia summit in April 2017. The proposal passed provided all nations have a right to retain their current currencies as well or not use the new currency at all. The currency is still being worked on in details and was a major topic discussed at the summit in Lagois City.

Politics[edit]

Member States[edit]

Western Council[edit]

The Western Council consists of delegates from all the member nations of the Western Union, who convene monthly in Acadia to deliberate on issues facing the entire union and enact policies for further integration and cooperation within the Union. While overall direction is set by the leaders of the member nations at the Annual Congress, the finer points and details are handled and debated over by the Council. The number of delegates is proportional to the each nation's population, although this is capped at 20% of all seats.

Member State Political Leader Current Seats Population
United Provinces Simon McClark 35 16,000,000
Margate Frederick Mueller 40 25,000,000
Tropicalis Penguino Lagois IV 40 30,000,000
Terra Federation Iron Toto 30 12,000,000
Amataria Amigopen 15 3,500,000
Acadia Brant Esser 20 6,000,000
Caseusopolis Mr Cheddar 10 1,500,000

Western Parliament[edit]

The Western Parliament is the lower chamber of the Legislature. It is consisted of 700 Members of Western Parliament (MWPs) elected every 4 years on 1 August, the first election having taken place on 1 August 2017. Each country has a set amount of MWPs proportional to its population: Caseusopolis 2% (14 seats), Amataria 4% (28 seats), Acadia 6% (42 seats), Terra Federation 13% (91 seats), United Provinces 17% (119 seats), Margate 27% (189 seats), and Tropicalis 31% (217 seats).

The Parliament groups are:

1. [AWW] Alliance of Western Workers (far-left)

2. [PASD] Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats (left)

3. [AWG] Alliance of Western Greens (center-left)

4. [AWLD] Alliance of Western Liberals and Democrats (center)

5. [WPP] Western Union People's Party Group (center-right)

6. [WCR] Western Union Conservatives and Reformists (center-right)

7. [UFDD] Union of Freedom and Direct Democracy (right)

8. [UNF] Union of Nations and Freedom (far-right)

9. [N-I] Non-Inscrits (independents)


Currently, the Parliament is arranged: 142 WCR, 136 WPP, 104 AWLD, 94 AWG, 72 PASD, 57 N-I, 40 UFDD, 30 UNF, 25 AWW. This is how each nation individually arranged them:

  1. Caseusopolis: WPP 9, WCR 2, PASD 2, AWLD 1
  2. Amataria: N-I 10, WPP 8, UNF 7, AWG 3, WCR 0, AWLD 0, PASD 0, UFDD 0, AWW 0
  3. Acadia: WCR 12, UFDD 9, AWG 8, AWLD 7, WPP 6
  4. Terra Federation: AWG 32, PASD 12, N-I 11, AWLD 10, AWW 8, WPP 7, WCR 6, UFDD 3, UNF 2
  5. United Provinces: WCR 31, WPP 25, AWLD 21, PASD 12, UFDD 10, N-I 7, UNF 6, AWG 5, AWW 2
  6. Margate: WCR 53, WPP 48, AWLD 40, PASD 19, AWG 16, N-I 10, UFDD 2, UNF 1, AWW 0
  7. Tropicalis: WCR 38, WPP 33, AWG 30, PASD 27, AWLD 25, N-I 19, UFDD 16, AWW 15, UNF 14

Policies[edit]

Requirements to Join[edit]

To join the Union;

  1. Applicant nation must be willing to use military force against external parties attacking one of the members of the Union.
  2. Applicant nation must be willing to side with its member states in all situations except if affected member nation is the aggressor.
  3. Applicant nation must be willing to enforce a "peace policy"; no invasion of other nations unless provoked.
  4. Applicant nation must be considered democratic, or in the process of enacting reforms to do so. Nations are not allowed to suppress peaceful protests, introduce or continue media censorship, and restrict the freedoms of its peoples, except on national security grounds for a period of up to 120 days, subject to the approval of the Western Council.
  5. Applicant nation must be recognized internationally as a sovereign nation and be a member of the United Antarctic Nations
  6. Applicant nation must be willing to allow for free movement of goods and citizens of Western Union origin.

Munijoch is automatically admitted to the Western Union under the terms of The M Triumvirate pact agreement with the Western Union upon dissolution of the Axle Powers.

Foreign Policy[edit]

The Western Union's combined foreign policy is to establish a world where freedom, liberty, prosperity, happiness and justice rule, which will be done by abiding to the following principles;

  1. Keeping to international rule of law, tribunals and resolutions, and pushing other nations to abide by such rules.
  2. Respecting all forms of government and leaders whilst also encouraging democratic reforms in non-democratic nations.
  3. Being a role model to other nations in maintaining the five core values of freedom, liberty, prosperity, citizen happiness and justice.
  4. Defending the five core values in other nations where they are threatened; a) if by the government, through economic sanctions and international pressure, b) if by external forces through economic and military aid. The Antarctic War on Terrorism is an example of Western intervention to maintain these core values.

Ideologies[edit]

The main ideology of the Circular Powers and all its countries is freedom. The goal of the Circular Powers is to establish a world where everyone has the freedom to express themselves, and where penguins can follow the pursuit of happiness. Circular Powers has a long series of democratic laws that support freedom for everyone, no matter what their gender and species. The Margate City Convention in March 2015 gave legal protection to all penguins; regardless of who they are, what they are, and how they look like. All penguins also have the right to vote, and the Council is currently having a debate over passing the Puffle Protection Act and the Puffle Citizenship Act. The Puffle Citizenship Act caused large controversy in the council, with many stating giving puffles citizenship makes no sense, but many agreed to the Puffle Protection Act, mostly the Circular Liberals and Circular Socialist Party.

Condemnations[edit]

Within the Western Union, member nations are not afraid to speak their minds on regional affairs, both externally and internally. Thanks to the somewhat noticeable sway in regards to influence, some WU members, such as Margate and UP, are capable of leading other countries to condemn the actions of other countries. Such condemnations hold no boundaries; they can occur both in the Union and outside it. From its start, the Western Union has not criticized a tremendous amount of countries, but there is certainly a handful that have been.

Acadia[edit]

Acadexit[edit]

In June 2016, Acadia held a referendum to decide their membership in the Free Republic Union, whether to "leave" the Union or "remain" in it. The "remain" side won by a slim margin. However, the Acadian Congress voted to leave the FRU in November 2016 after Megg won the US Presidency, ignoring the earlier referendum. Though the move wasn't condemned by fellow Western Union members, it was highly frowned upon, and was considered by some to be a "violation of democracy".

Marxit Crisis[edit]

Further reading: Marxit Crisis

In May of 2017, Margate condemned Acadia for its provocations and threats of war against Dorkugal and, subsequently, the USA, and politely asked the country to cease them, lest the country takes further actions in stopping them. UP and Amataria became involved as well, condemning the nation for it's actions, but to no avail. So, Margate threatened to pull out of the Western Union, thinking that the Union should not be drawn into a needless battle over something that the majority of the nations did not endorse. Fearing a complete collapse, UP arranged talks with Margate and Acadia, and the two countries worked out a deal that allowed Margate to stay and for Acadia to stop provoking the small country.

Encroachment on Expression[edit]

Only a month later, in June, it was discovered that the Acadian government has authorized the purposeful censorship of left-wing political ideas, suppressing socialism and advocates for greater social justice. Such an investigation, months in the making, was spearheaded by multiple advocacy groups based in Munijoch and Margate, two bastions for civil rights despite having troubled pasts. Upon receiving the report, Margate released a statement, condemning the nation for denying the basic civil rights, and having Frederick Mueller adding that Brant Esser is "the worst statesman he's ever dealt with." Only an hour later, Simon McClark added his condemnation too, citing that he "stands with Margate in condemning Acadia, since they deserve much much better than what they currently have." Prime Minister Lena Sanders refused to comment on the matter, most likely because she doesn't want to lose support from Conservatives who she is in a coalition government with.

Contrasting the condemnations, Monica LeBen, candidate of UP's Nationalist Party, slammed the countries for condemning Acadia, stating that they shouldn't be "policing other nations in their affairs." Patrick Smith, Foreign Minister of the UP, also joined LeBen's side, condemning the condemnation. Patrick Smith's brother and former president Robert Smith also commented on this matter, making it his first comment on politics after August 2015, saying that the condemnations are unruly and that governments condemning Acadia are seeking hostility and are trying to pick up fights. McClark brushed off his comments at a recent press conference.

Amataria, a country notorious for poor civil rights, rather hypocritically joined the condemnation against Acadia, citing that "while it would be hypocritical for us to champion the call of civil rights while we are deaf to it, a country in such well standing with other democracies should at least behave like one." Since then, there have been talks about Amataria introducing reforms to better the rights of citizens and to escape the corporate madness the country is enveloped in at the moment.

Since then, there have been discussion on how to deal with Acadia's censorship of thought, with some arguing that the best way is to apply sanctions until they give in and let the thoughts express themselves. Others suggest that the international humiliation is bad enough to get them to change. Opinion however, is mostly divided.

Shops Island[edit]

Great Yowien War[edit]

USA[edit]

Happyface's Address[edit]

At the end of April 2017, the Vice President of the USA, Happyface141, presented an address to the South Pole Council, calling for international sanctions against Acadia for being a "warmonger" against both Dorkugal and communist nations. While the Western Union were dealing with Acadia in their own right, they were quick to criticize the USA for further stirring the pot with Acadia, asserting that international humiliation isn't the way to coax a country into submission, and that Acadia, while it has been provocative, is by no means meant to be an enemy of the region. Furthermore, they called on the USA to reach peace with Acadia, condemning the actions of the country formally and wishing that there could be more communication between the great power and the former FRU member.



Demographics[edit]

Military[edit]

A Tropicalian soldier fighting on behalf of the Western Union.

Previously, there used to be no unified Western Union military. As of May 2017, a Western Union Army project is being worked on and is expected to be completed within a few months. Nations would have the right to opt out of this and to send some troops, and it should serve as a global peacekeeping force.

The countries with the most powerful and technologically advanced armies in the Union are Margate, United Provinces, Terra Federation and Tropicalis. Combined, all 4 have 10,300,600 soldiers and tech rating of 72,4. With other member nations added, the union has 10,759,500 soldiers and tech rating of 58,8.

Trivia[edit]

  • It is heavily inspired after the European Union.
  • They share a friendly rivalry with the far more powerful Axle Powers.
  • If a country intends to join the Western Union, they must take this form here.

See Also[edit]