The Central African States is a Human democratic dictatorship based in the Milky Way Galaxy.

History Edit

Prehistory Edit

The Central African States were first settled around 12,000 B.C., and sedentary farming began in, or around the fifth millennium B.C, as well as the domestication of cattle. By 1500 B.C, ironworking technology allowed an expansion of agricultural productivity, and the first city-states were formed soon after. Northern tribes developed walled settlements that had up to 400 people. In the forest region, Iron Age cultures began to flourish, and an inter-region trade began to appear, until eventually the desertification of the Sahara and the climatic change of the coast allowed trade with upper Mediterranean peoples.

The domestication of the camel allowed the development of a trans-Saharan trade with cultures across the Sahara, including Carthage and the Berbers; major exports included gold, cotton cloth, metal ornaments and leather goods, which were then exchanged for salt, horses, textiles, and other such materials. Local leather, cloth, and gold also contributed to the prosperity of many of the following empires.

Empires Edit

The development of the region's economy allowed more centralized states and civilizations to form, beginning with the Nok culture and the Ghana Empire in 1000 B.C., which flourished between the 1st and 3rd centuries but later gave way to the Mali Empire the Mali Empire came to dominate much of the region until its defeat by Almoravid invader.

The Sosso Empire sought to fill the void, but was defeated (c. 1240) by the Mandinka forces of Sundiata Keita, founder of the new Mali Empire. The Mali Empire continued to flourish for several centuries, most particularly under Sundiata's grandnephew Musa I, before a succession of weak rulers led to its collapse under Mossi, Tuareg and Songhai invaders. In the 15th century, the Songhai would form a new dominant state based on Gao, in the Songhai Empire, under the leadership of Sonni Ali and Askia Mohammed.

Meanwhile, south of the Sudan, strong city states arose in Igboland, such as the 10th century Kingdom of Nri, which helped birth the arts and customs of the Igbo people, and Bono in the 12th century which eventually culminated in the formation the all-powerful Akan Empire of Ashanti, while Ife and Benin City rose to prominence around the 14th century. Further east, Oyo arose as the dominant Yoruba state and the Aro Confederacy as a dominant Igbo state in what later became Nigeria.

Slavery And European Contact Edit

Portuguese traders began establishing settlements along the coast in 1445, soon followed by the French and English. The African slave trade began not long after, which over the following centuries would debilitate the region's economy and population. The slave trade also encouraged the formation of states such as the Asante Empire, Bambara Empire and Dahomey, whose economic activities include but were not limited to exchanging slaves for European firearms.

Colonialism Edit

In the early 19th century, a series of Fulani reformist jihads swept across Western Africa. The most notable include Usman dan Fodio's Fulani Empire, which replaced the Hausa city-states, Seku Amadu's Massina Empire, which defeated the Bambara, and El Hadj Umar Tall's Toucouleur Empire, which briefly conquered much of modern-day Mali.

However, the French and British continued to advance in the Scramble for Africa, subjugating kingdom after kingdom. With the fall of Samory Ture's new-founded Wassoulou Empire in 1898 and the Ashanti queen Yaa Asantewaa in 1902, most West African military resistance to colonial rule resulted in failure.

Britain controlled the Gambia, Sierra Leone, Ghana, and Nigeria throughout the colonial era, while France unified Senegal, Guinea, Mali, Burkina Faso, Benin, Ivory Coast and Niger into French West Africa. Portugal founded the colony of Guinea-Bissau, while Germany claimed Togoland, but was forced to divide it between France and Britain following First World War due to the Treaty of Versailles. Only Liberia retained its independence, at the price of major territorial concessions.

Postcolonial Era Edit

Following World War II, nationalist movements arose across West Africa. In 1957, Ghana, under Kwame Nkrumah, became the first sub-Saharan colony to achieve its independence, followed the next year by France's colonies (Guinea in 1958 under the leadership of President Ahmed Sekou Touré); by 1974, West Africa's nations were entirely autonomous.

After achieving independence, many West African nations were in chaos, with notable civil wars in Nigeria, Sierra Leone, Liberia, and Ivory Coast, and a succession of military coups in Ghana and Burkina Faso.

Rise of GESS Edit

Central Africa was filled with political strife and constant warring, due to the already unstable governments and massive amounts of natural resources leading to aggressive exploitation by foreign and local entrepreneurs. By the 2090s, however, the diamonds and other resources began to run out, along with a worldwide oil crisis. Most cities had no source of power; militaries had no fuel to transport troops. And while they were helpless, out of the north rose the Great Empire of Sun and Sand, who quickly took over northern Africa and then made Central Africa a set of satellite states.

Separation Edit

GESS helped rebuild Central Africa, but at a cost to their freedom. The Central African States had many heavy and unjust taxes thrust upon them, although they weren’t important enough to implement GESS’s caste system. The people of Central Africa were enraged, but due to heavy military presence, they could do nothing to resist. They ruled until the 2250’s, when the galaxy was embroiled in a massive conflict: the Colonial Wars. The people of the Central African States seized the moment, amassed an army, and with some help from the French, won what is now called The Great Dune War, and their freedom.

Government Edit

The Central African States are a Democratic Dictatorship, which means that the people elect a Supreme Executive through a direct vote, and grant him complete power. Each state has a local leader to take care of day to day business, elected by the people in the state. Any of these people can be voted out of office at any time by the people, preventing them from trying to completely change the system or from taking advantage of the people.

Diplomacy Edit

Foreign Policy Edit

The Central African States are always willing to communicate openly with any nation unless extreme circumstances prevents them. They are willing to protect their people, resources, and allies with deadly force, but prefer to negotiate rather than engage in open conflict.

CAS are generally willing to work with other nations for betterment of all those who wish to improve the lives of the people.

Multinational Organizations Edit

Allies Edit

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Neutral Edit

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At War Edit

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