Union of Kongola Full Name: The Most Serene Union of the Viceroyalty of Angola and the Kingdom of the Kongo Flag: Color: For Irony's sake, Light version of Portuguese Dark Green Capital: Angola Gabon and Kongo are my other starting provinces Description: HISTORY Portugal has long used the natives of Angola to capture slaves for them. With the support of early Abolitionists and Kings of the Kongo who refused to be enslaved further, a massive slave revolt overthrew the Governor of Angola and drove out the armies of Portugal. Under King Vuai Kagunda and the support of the new independent Angola, he united the Kongonese tribes and conquered Gabon into a united East African Empire. Criminals are often still given the "Slave Penalty" and sold to Portuguese traders to replenish the growing plantations of Free Brazil. However, there are still much resistance to this. POPULATION A significant Portuguese population lives in Angola and have much influence in the government, but they are careful to avoid antagonizing their native allies (to the point that in 1795, they allowed whites to also suffer the "slave penalty"). The vast majority are native african. RELIGION Catholicism is strong in Angola, but so are native traditions as well as a growing "voodoo" cult. An Archbishop (probably) resides in Luanda. CULTURE The people of the Kongo are very anti-slavery, viewing it worse than death and using it as the worst penalty possible in their judicial system for items such as treason, murder, or cussing. The offenders, once found guilty, are broken and sold to Portuguese slave traders. The Portoguese (who call themselves Angolans and the natives the Kongonese) who lived in Angola practice standard, if considerably more open, Portuguese culture and Catholicism. The Kongonese are slowly being converted from their traditional religion, but most of them have reestablished their old village systems. GOVERNMENT POLICIES The King of the Kongo (and the Viceroy of Angola) is descended from the Kagunda Family. He speaks for all the Kongonese and can veto any proposed legislation by convincing just one member of the Cabinet. He is the commander in chief, admiral in command, and signs his name above anyone else from the Kongo. The current King is King Gabriel Kagunda. There is a Parliament with delegates from all of Kongola. Generally, the Portoguese are overrepresented, although they keep their weak position in mind and usually listen to their consituants well. The head of the leading party is the Prime Minister. The Prime Minister and 2 chosen aids, and the Opposition leader and 1 of his aids form the Cabinet of Kongola. Four Cabinet members can force a veto, or the King and one other. Factions: There are many factions. I will group those with common goals together, then list the individual componets in a spoiler. Nativists The native Africans want to get even more rights to assure themselves of the freedom they fought for. They want to end or at least reduce the dominance of the Portuguese in the government and Catholicism in the countryside. Most of all, they prefer to establish friendly states nearby instead of annexing them. Values: A stronger and fairer Parliament, Avoiding perils of Industrialism, preserve native culture and religion (vodoo), veto the "Slave Penalty", Isolationist Spoiler : The Abolitionists are the most adamant in getting rid of the Slave Penalty and establishing a stronger native culture. They do wish to see anti-slave Kongola to expand. The Vodoo cultists wants everything but also desires industrialism. The Gabonese want a larger say in Kongolan politics as first and foremost. Imperialists Imperialists are led mostly by the Angolan Portuguese. They want to expand the slave trade and industrialism, and expand all across Africa. Sympathetic to Portugal and the Catholic church, they also wish for a strong Imperial, and hopefully Angolan King and rid themselves of the Parliament Values: A stronger, Angolan King, establish industrialism and wider use of the Slave Penalty, imperialistic, wishes for expansion of Catholicism, cautious in pushing their values Spoiler : The Monarchists support the King above all else, and see the other platforms as merely ways to achieve this. The Catholic Church wants a strong Catholic Kingdom to expand the word of Christ into the Dark Continent Industrialists merely see Imperialism as a by-product of industrialism and want large, slave-run factories and a strong stable king to prevent revolts. Socialists They seek to end the slave penalty and the king, establishing a strong Parliament and especially a strong Prime Minister. They support no religion. They are imperialistic and seek expansion of Industrialism to expand the wealth of capital under government control. Values: End of Slave Penalty, Strong Parliament, Atheistic, Imperialistic and Industrialistic There are no splinter parties here, although the Socialists are rather weak and usually ally themselves with the Nativists, they are significantly different.