Celtic Republic

Entity Information

Territories: Ireland and UK
Capital: Dublin
Languages: Irish Gaelic, Scottish Gaelic, Welsh, Cornish, English
Population: 100000000

Government Information

Government Form: Republic

President: Eoghan O'Devlin
Prime Minister: Pippa Dunn
Other Government Officials:

Summary

History

Following centuries of English rule, discontent on the Irish island was a peak following WWI. As soldiers returned, they came to see that little had changed, the English continued to treat the region as a colony and Home Rule, suspended for the war, showed no signs of returning. Soon, the IRA was formed and began an armed resistance on the island. The English response was swift and brutal, fearing that rebellion would spread to her colonies the English imposed martial law and imprisoned many former soldiers without trial. By 1924, the IRA was effectively eliminated but resentment of English rule was widespread. As the United Kingdom entered WWII, the Irish were conscripted to fight and, as the war dragged out and casualties grew, resentment continued to grow. Following the fall of Berlin, Irishmen were finally allowed to return home but many now despised the English and their inept leadership which had cost so many lives. By 1957, the soldiers had all returned home and the new IRA had been established. Learning the lessons of the previous reaction, the new IRA worked slowly to infiltrate all levels of the United Kingdom's military. They soon found support among their fellow Celts who also felt oppressed at the hand of the English and the Celtic Army was formed. In 1970, the Celtic Army had reached all but the highest levels of command, while England had become aware of the Army, they underestimated the size. On April 24, 1970, the anniversary of the Easter Rising, the Army struck. Within hours British command was paralyzed as reports of Army forces, some real and some false, flooded in. By the end of the day, England had lost all control of Ireland, Scotland, Wales, and Cornwall. While this met the main goals of the Army, liberating their people, the English had cost them far too much to only lose what was never theirs. The Army continued the war past their traditional homes into the English heartland. As London fell, so did the Kingdom's holdings. Following the war a Republic was created which stripped the nobility and many of the landed of their holdings. The Republic extended the vote to all but the English, justifying this by noting that the English had controlled their fates for far too long. Finally, the Republic imposed high taxes on all English but those holding professions the new Republic needed. As intended, the English fled the country and within a generation the presence of dominantly English areas had been reduced to a handful of impoverished regions. In the absence of English control, the Celtic Republic thrived, based in a rejection of many core English tenants, the concept of "De-Anglification" came to define the following decades and issues of racism, sexism, and many others came to be seen as English values to be rejected.