Azania’s history is a troubled one. Colonial tensions between British and Afrikaner settlers set the stage for the isolationist and racist state of South Africa, whose policies separated the white and black communities there absolutely. The eventual breakdown of that government and the emergence of African power would have certainly led to terrible conflict were it not for the intervention of a visionary leader.
DEMOGRAPHICS OF AZANIA & HER SATELLITES
This group of nations includes Angola, Azania, Zambia, and Zimbabwe.
- Population: 266,377,000 (65% urban, 35% rural)
- Literacy: 97%
- College Education: 83%
- Life Expectancy: 79.3 male, 82.4 female
- Largest Cities: Johannesburg (7,143,000), Cape Town (6,688,000), Durban (5,832,000)
ECONOMICS OF AZANIA & HER SATELLITES
- Industrial Capacity: 18 Rudell Units
- Agricultural Output: 102%, net exporter of grain
- Mineral Production: 21.7%, net exporter of precious metals, uranium, and diamonds
- Power Production: 100% (66% solar, 21% atomic, 13% mineral)
- Principal Trading Partners: Japan, France, Argentina
History Since Twilight
Born on a collective farm outside of Lesotho, Joseph Mbutuo’s Zulu roots guided his youthful energies, letting him get involved in street violence directed at those outside his tribe and race. Wounded by a government bullet at 16 years of age, he experienced a transition in life. His recovery in a charity hospital allowed him time to read extensively and become a devout humanitarian. Influenced by many humanitarian thinkers, Mbutuo travelled widely in South Africa, working for the eventual downfall of the white Apartheid government and the installation of African rule. When the whole society was threatened by Twilight and racial tensions threatened to erupt once again, his influence on the populations, both white and black, helped ease the tensions and limit the conflicts. His longevity (Mbutuo died. at the age of 112) did much to calm the entire Twilight period.
All of Mbutuo’s teachings could not erase the many generations of separation imposed on the populations of South Africa, and the nation, conscious of this, merely let social differences evolve naturally. The vast majority black African population became reactionary and nationalistic, renaming the country Azania and taking a subtle revenge for its own oppression. Through Twilight, generations of white Azanians were strictly second-class citizens, relegated to lower-paying jobs, the subject of distrust and sometimes abusive law enforcement, and most often isolated in small minority communities. Azanians of Indian or Asian descent fared little better in the eyes of the massive black majority. As Twilight receded, however, and the country was once again exposed to the world, international pressure began to mount, eventually leading to sanctions and economic penalties that impacted Azania hard.
Recognizing the tremendous power of the French in central Africa, Azanian administrations in the 22nd century set about creating a buffer zone of satellite nations along Azania’s northern frontier. The nation of Angola, fought over for more than a century between guerrillas and other powers, was very easily persuaded to come under the umbrella of Azanian protection. Zimbabwe and Zambia, on the other hand, are merely controlled politically. There are no Azanian troops in those two nations.
Change for Stars
Azania’s entrance into the European Space Agency was based solely in the politics of tantalum and equal rights. France was eager for Azanian tantalum, but required Azania to remove its race-based laws and quotas, opening up all of Azanian society to citizens of all races. Azania agreed to pay the price, and has since played upon its resources of tantalum to gain a large foothold off-world. Tundukubwa, its oldest colony, at Alpha Centauri, is extremely populous and productive, so much so that its dependence on its mother country is sometimes in doubt.
Kimanjano is a terrific way station on the French Arm with an extensive polycarbons industry to boot. The growing Azanian colony on Joi, Lubumbashi, is barely getting its agricultural base established.