Zaizung Republic (1902)
|Zaizung Republic (1902)
|Standard Zaizung, Zaizung Kwang, Zaizung Mañi languages
|Invasion by Imperial Qonklaks
|Today part of
Between 1902 and 1939, the first Zaizung Republic was established in roughly what is now Zaizung, though a lot of the Zaizung islands were still part of various empires and larger countries.
1902 - with all of Zaizung in the revolution, and Qonklaks distracted, the Zaizung Republic is declared
1903 - Thaboun declares Qonklese Republic, and because of the lack of manpower to try to reclaim Zaizung, along with acknowledgement of Zaizung's revolution's help in securing supplies through the Amiyant while blocking Olborosi shipments and troop movements, there is an unspoken agreement that Zaizung is independent, but not Official
1917 - republican qonk tries to invade zaizung and fail and then sign an armistice in 1918
1939 - Qonklaks invades in April and wins by May
Because of its Privateering fleet, it was able to maintain sea dominance in the Amiyant Sea and hold the short land border in the North.
Knowing how it would wreck both economies, both agreed to an armistice in 1918.
The tenant farming practices that were in full force in the Olboros dynasty were continued through the 1902 Republic, with Qonks owning almost 90% of the land, while only making up 30% of the population. However, upgrades in farming technology and a policy of giving former Mañic tenants education to take on more urban jobs in the city meant that the percentage of the population that worked in agriculture fell from 60% to 30% by the Qonklese invasion for the Pangyeoun war.
There was not much manufacturing in Olborosi Zaizung, but to defend its neutrality, the 1902 Republic invested heavily in creating an arms industry. This industry was crucial in the 1917 war, but lead to government debt which greatly reduced the ability to fight in the 1939 invasion.
The government recognized the importance of sea power to its strategic location at the entrance to the Amiyant Sea, both for trade and defense reasons. The government decided that instead of trying to build a new fleet, they would provide tax breaks and sometimes subsidies to anyone with a boat who can patrol and find pirates and smugglers.
This semi-private anti-piracy fleet leads to trade to Zaizung booming, but also, seen as corrupt, or at least benefitting people rich enough to own boats. The unregulation means that some boats just go out, and accuse shippers of piracy, and so extract plunder or bribes as well.
This semi-private army of small, fast, maneuverable ships was instrumental to fending off the 1917 invasion from Qonklaks, as the Swarm of Bees complete outran the old Qonklese fleet.
Of this new class of playboy privateers, a few Chancellors were elected, especially after 1917. Most were rich men of Qonklese ancestry, but there were women like X, who after getting decorated for bravery at the battle of Y, went on to become the first female chancellor (and only female chancellor of the old republic).
Because of the necessity of the Zaizung Kwangs' support in the 1902 revolution, there were certain institutions such as schooling which were left up to various ethnic groups. Most Kwang schools did allow a few Mañic students, especially ones talented in the arts or from a well connected family. These schools tended to have almost all classes taught in Kwang, except for a class in Civic Leadership taught in Standard Zaizung. Instead of making a school system from scratch, the Mañic school system adopted the Iovic institutions, and kept prestigious subjects like literature and math taught in Kwang, but the language of instruction for most other classes was Mañic.