|Union of Transatlasia
L'Union de la Transatlasie
|Anthem: "Hail Transatlasia"|
Territorial boundaries of Transatlasia circa DYOS 11
|Official languages||Arabic, English, French (equal standing)|
|Ethnic groups||Amazigh, Maghrebi Arabic, Senegalian, Sahelian, European (various)|
large Muslim (84%), Christian (5%), and Jewish (2%) populations
|Government||Unitary authoritarian state|
|-||The Great Leader||Bowie|
|Establishment||Late 1970s or early 1980s|
|National animal||Atlas bear|
|Drives on the||right(-wing)|
The Union of Transatlasia (from Latin trans [past or beyond], and referring to the Atlas Mountains: thus, beyond the Atlas Mountains) is an authoritarian state located in North and West Africa. Its leader since its formation has been the mysterious dictator Bowie. Gruekiller was presumably a resident of Transatlasia while under Bowie's tutelage, but has been persona non grata since his defection and escape. Most of its history has been isolationist, with news rarely exchanged with the other nations of the world, hence its absence from worldwide crises of the recent past. Unlike many contemporary dictatorships it does not pretend to the title of a 'republic'. Its official languages are Arabic, English, and French. Most of its population is Sunni Muslim, though small communities of Ibadi and Shi'a Muslims exist, as well as Christians (chiefly but not exclusively among European refugees) and one of the oldest Jewish communities in the world.
Transatlasia was founded some time in the late 1970s or early 1980s. The exact date is unknown due to the destruction of many records from this period. Bowie, a foreigner not native to any of Transatlasia's current territories, commandeered a general revolution taking place in the Maghreb, gaining its leaders' trust before executing them and seizing the reins of power. Transatlasia soon embarked on wars against Libya, Mali, and Niger, expanding its territory further, even going so far as to seize island territories from Spain and Portugal before a UN-brokered ceasefire. Despite the occasionally watchful eyes of the international community, conflicts broke out with its neighbors over the decades seeing further territories added to Bowie's grasp. The country remained isolationist and neutral throughout the conflicts of the last few decades, and as such, many older maps of the world do not show Transatlasia. Rabat, formerly the capital of Morocco, now serves the same role for Transatlasia, and some regard Transatlasia as a successor state of that Arab kingdom.
Transatlasia possesses a substantial space fleet, most of which is parked in geosynchronous orbit over Transatlasia proper, in the interest of securing the orbital neighborhood and airspace of the country. The flagships of the Transatlasian fleet are the Dauntless-class cruisers Fearless and Dauntless. Transatlasia also has a significant atmospheric air force mostly comprised of F-18 Hornets and other stolen American planes, and boasts significant land forces. Transatlasia's primary starfighter is the newly-commissioned Firesprite-class interceptor.
- Western Sahara/SADR
- Cape Verde
- Libya (parts of Tripolitania and Fezzan)
- Niger (northwestern desert)
- Spain (Canary Islands, Ceuta, and Melilla)
- Portugal (Madeira)
Though the country is portrayed to the outside world as a utopia and a haven for refugees fleeing Europe and America after the latest Nazi War, it is entirely likely that it is just as oppressive as the Greater German Space Reich, if not more so. Foreign critics compare Bowie to Stalin, Hitler, and other authoritarian favorites, but are typically found shortly thereafter with a blade planted between their shoulders "accidentally" by a confused Transatlasian tourist, claiming to have asked for directions in their country's "traditional fashion".
- A song set to the tune of part of Holst's Jupiter. The lyrics were seen in Gruekiller Page #83 http://forums.civfanatics.com/showpost.php?p=10884451&postcount=2408