|Republic of Motappaland
République du Motappa
|Motto: "Travail, Justice, Liberté"
(Embrean: Work Justice, Freedom)
|Anthem: L'aube Motapois
(South Fantasian: Dawn of the Motappans)
|Capital||Boende / Bondoville|
|Official languages||Southern Fantasian, Lingala, Swahili,|
|Ethnic groups (2016)||Eyo, Muende, Mbobo, Fua, Tunde (plus dozens more)|
|Government||Executive Presidential Republic|
|•||Independence for Southern Mottapa||June 20, 1964|
|GDP (PPP)||2018 estimate|
|Drives on the||right|
Motappaland is a resource-rich country in southern Crataea. It is officially a constitutional republic, but is really controlled by the authoritarian regime of Felix Bakassi-Ssuengo, a former warlord supported by Saratovia and Dumanum. Decades of internecine warfare in the 20th century devastated the Motappan economy, and made it one of the poorest countries on Earth. Motappaland recovered in the 21st century, and today, a number of major Wallasean and Crataean mining companies operate with the cooperation of Bakassi-Ssuengo's regime.
Fantasian merchants colonize in the middle to late 1700s; establish trading, farmlands, and forts; along with making alliances with southern tribes. Extensive Oswinization efforts and language proliferation, of the Southern Fantasian language in particular. Colony formally referred to as "Fantasian Crataea" in the late 1700s and early 1800s.
Saratovs start buying from friendly mining tribes; as demand ^, start to invest directly in the mines, develop infrastructure, railroads, etc.
In the north, tribes still independent from Saratovs, fight with Sar-aligned southern tribes; at times with Dum support
Both Fanta and Saratovia have significant interests in the region by the 1840s, with Saratovia primarily exploring and bringing the Northern half of Mottapa under its control. Rival corporations and government interests, alongside a various amount of scandals reported in the news at the time brought the situation to a head at the Conference of Saalfelden. Here, Mottapaland was carved out along lines concerning resource allocation, tribal warfare, as well as access to the rubber-rich interior hinterlands of Mottapa.
1950s: Accidential Sar support of Varnia results in Dums heavily backing anti-colonial movements in retaliation. This backfires because Songia hijacks these. See Motappaland Crisis. Dums/Sars cooperate in order to defeat Songian-backed forces.
1960s: Increasing violence among the natives, fueled by a mutual hatred of the Fantasian colonial machine, spurs on a struggle for independence. Infrastructure, public safety, etc. jeopardized.
Mid-1960s: Mbenga Free State and later efforts by intl coalition to destroy it and pacify the interior.
In the 1970s-80s, detente as Sar/Dum realign toward one another, and Sar starts decolonization.
80s-90s, big wars as Dum/Sar plans for a controlled decolonization/independence fall apart. Motappan elites try to do their own thing, supported by Axum and the CW. Big fights, Congo style. Mercenaries.
Post-colonial Sar-supported regime in southern Motappa, Dum mining companies operating w/ impunity in northern Motappa. Both sides generally agree not to mess w/ the other because of other, more pressing FP concerns (CW, Prekovy, etc.).
Motappaland is the most forested country on earth. Coastal settlements were founded by the Artero-Wallasean colonists, due to the difficulty of traveling into the hinterlands. The Tchaba River in the south of Motappaland is navigable for many hundreds of miles up its length, allowing access to upriver stations at Kananga, Musele, Mbenga, and Kamina. The Kindu River in the north provides access to the capital Boende. The Kindu is navigable to Luluabourg, where a series of rapids and waterfalls prevent upriver travel. The majority of the undeveloped interior is thickly forested and essentially impassable to vehicles. Railroads link Boende with Leboa-Sako (in the north) and Kasangulu (in the south). Uranium mines at Ubundu and Isiro are strategically important. Other minerals such as coltan, tungsten, and gold are present in large quantities in northern Motappaland.
Gives way to coastal plains in the south, with rubber, rare earth, etc.