Wars World Survey: Republic of Orange Star - By Abalux

Cultural Basis: American Continents
Population (% Military): 450 million (20%)
Government Type: Representative Democracy
Primary Industries: Information technology, finance, manufacturing
Exports: Firearms, steel, cattle
Imports: Lumber, grain

History

Soon after colonists established settlements on Wars World, they split into three factions, based on international ties. The groups that would become Yellow Comet and Green Earth moved southeast and east of the original colonies. The remaining group, which controlled northern Cosmo Land, became Orange Star.
The first priority of Orange Star was creating a government strong enough to control its vast area. Its leaders settled on a constitution similar to the old United States'. They then concentrated on building a strong infrastructure. After about fifty years' work, Orange Star truly began to prosper. Its economy soon became the strongest on Wars World. Along with this economic success, Orange Star gained a strong intellectual reputation. Scientists all over the planet attended, taught at, and sent students to its universities. It was this strong academic support that encouraged Orange Star to found its international military academy.
It was only fifty years ago that Orange Star experienced its first major challenge. A group of military officers from the east felt their government was unambitious. Taking control of the region, they declared it the Protectorate of Blue Moon. It covered most of Orange Star's breadbasket. Understandably, the Orange Star government immediately tried to reclaim its lost territory. The Blue Moon partisans easily held off the government forces. This battle began a cold war between the two nations. Its most recent event was the defection of Orange Star commander-in-chief Olaf Chernekov, who took a tenth of the military and his native region with him. Olaf is now the most powerful man in Blue Moon. His daughter Nell now stands against him in a tense rivalry. The only thing that has kept the two from fighting each other is the Black Hole invasion.

Geography

The Cosmo Land region under Orange Star control displays widely varied terrain. From the Alara Mountains bordering Blue Moon to the forests of the western seaboard, this nation is a common subject for landscape artists. The mountains in particular are rich in metals (which is why, in AW1, Olaf wanted the Alara region so badly).
Orange Star also has the most developed cities of any Wars World nation. Their current architecture favors high skyscrapers; despite the invasion, businesses are still profiting and expanding their locations. The only exception is the capital, New Washington. Out of respect for its many historical locations, the city council keeps its skyline low.

Politics

The Orange Star governmental system would not be unfamiliar to a contemporary American: it has three branches, a bicameral legislature, and a strong federal system. There are two main differences: first, there are more than two major political parties. Second, women have always been active in Orange Star's politics. The current president, Daria Wilson, is female. Recently reelected, she is on good terms with Nell.

Military

Orange Star's army is probably the most technologically sophisticated and balanced force on the planet (Green Earth has more advanced vehicles). Its tactics favor quick and precise strikes on important locations. The effectiveness of its firearms and sensors bolsters these tactics. In fact, the Orange Star army's only real weakness is its indirect weapons' relative unreliability. This problem is especially troubling in battles against Blue Moon, which has taken advantage of it.

Current Events

Other than the presidential election, the Blue Moon and Black Hole situations dominate Orange Star's news. Most of its citizens are divided on the Allied Nations and the current alliance with Blue Moon (although the Allied Nations meets in Orange Star). They also realize, however, that everyone on Wars World must protect the planet from Black Hole. The alliance is a compromise most are willing to accept.

Next survey: Blue Moon

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