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  • Kwa'Zulu

    Source: Chris 'Laserlight' DeBoe (laserlight@deletethis.quixnet.net) / Andy Cowell (andy@cowell.org)

    Summary Information

    • Category: Conventional
    • Political Power: 3
    • Military Power: 6
    • Economic Power: 4
    • Size: 5

    Comments

    The Zulu have never surrendered their sovereignty, a point they make today and in the future. When the PAU, a fractious organization anyway, makes moves to increase ties with the ESU, the Zulu nation revolts, citing their claims of sovereignty and history of war as a member of South Africa against the Communist Cuba supported Angola, as well of conflict with the Xhosa-dominated South Africa. This revolt ends with tacit independance for the Zulu, although the PAU made no formal agreement relinquishing their claim, as they have pointed out several times.

    The government of Kwa'Zulu is made up of the amakhosi, or the tribal chiefs, who have kept political power out of the hands of the Zulu king. The political system is a mixture of limited democracy and socialism, with occaisional factional violence between rival Zulu clans.

    Kwa'Zulu reinstituted universal military service for males. Each year, all male youths that have turned 17 in the previous year are enlisted for a one year term in an izinsizwa ("young men ready to fight") Regiment, and at least three years active service in the Kwa'Zulu military. Satisfactory completion of this service is mandatory for citizen rights such as voting, property ownership and marriage. Upon leaving the military, each male retains membership in the Kwa'Zulu military reserve system.

    As Kwa'Zulu is a relatively poor nation with a strong military, it routinely hires out regiments as mercenaries, and there is a large emphasis in the military on taking military goods as payment of service and, where able, salvaging equipment and other goods from defeated opponents. Recovered arms and vehicles may be issued to troops within a regiment once proper logistic support has been worked out.

    Kwa'Zulu "regiments" vary widely in size, and are assembled or divided as necessary, modeling their original design under king Shaka to some extent. All Zulu wear similar uniforms in combat, although dress uniforms may vary by regiment, with varying colors representing regiment rank and accompanied by matching traditional shields. The more white present in a dress uniform and shield, the more senior the regiment.

    It should be noted that the Zulu nation includes a minority of white citizens, and even more of mixed ancestry.

    Notable Kwa'Zulu regiments: uMcijo: A Kwa'Zulu special forces regiment. Despite their relatively high status in the military, the uMcijo wear solid black uniforms.

    uThulwana: The king's royal regiment. A largely ceremonial regiment for a largely ceremonial king, the uThulwana have benefitted greatly from the influx of recent addition iZwethigo Ugothu, a promising and inspiring graduate of his izinsizwa Regiment. Ugothu selected uThulwana for himself and his men when given his choice of posting, much to the surprise and concern to the amakhosi. Dress colors are nearly almost all white.

    The Sparrows: NSL mercenary battalion, led by former NSL Generaloberst Wolfgang Pelham, a wealthy man with ties to the NSL arms industry. Pelham invested heavily into Kwa'Zulu and its military, both with cash and NSL arms, Pelham used his NSL troops to help train the Zulu military, and exhibits a moderate amount of influence in the traditional government. Pelham and the sparrows are not Zulu citizens, and take payment in the forms of NSL arms deals and investment in Kwa'Zulu infrastructure, both civilian and military. Pelham is quietly encouraged by members of the NSL government.

    Editorial Notes

    'Laserlight' notes:

    Note this is 99.37% the work of Andy Cowell, with me providing only a quarter-dram of inspiration and the following:

    Star CP-453978
    Class M3
    Galactic X 0.359 (parsecs)
    Galactic Y -9.139
    Galactic Z 0.908
    Luminosity 0.00698
    Distance from New Zimbabwe: 0.7 parsec
    Given the luminosity of the primary, it's pretty much going to have to be the moon of a jovian or superjovian to get enough insolation to be habitable. I'm picturing it as mostly land, with narrow, deep lakes like the Scots lochs, African rift valley lakes, or Lake Baikal.. The population would grow faster than their ability to irrigate, so they'd have an incentive to export population--i.e. mercenaries.

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    Authors

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    Changed: Saturday, 30-Jul-2011 11:55:36 EDT