Zaizung Republic (1902)
|Zaizung Republic (1902)|
|Languages||Standard Zaizung, Zaizung Kwang, Zaizung Mañi languages|
|•||Invasion by Imperial Qonklaks||1939|
|Today part of||Zaizung|
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
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).