Current state of affairs in Africa
Algeria – Legion Aligned, African Union member
Current home to the Legion, who has based its headquarters and training grounds in the ghost-city of Sidi Bel Abbès. Algeria has been in a steady economic decline over the past twenty years, thanks to collapses of the global market. The sale of the dead city of Sidi Bel Abbès to the Legion is hoped to help revitalize the nation’s economy.
After five years of severe drought from 2016-2021, the oil-field fires of 2023, and a suicide bombing that killed most of the elected government during the 2023 Halloween Massacre remembrance ceremonies, Angola ceased to exist as a unified country, degrading to a handful of city-states.
Benin – Legion Aligned, African Union member
The multi-party democratic government system of Benin continues to be one of few functional ruling bodies, and has been running succesfully since the mid ’90s. After a bloody coup in Togo, its western neighbor, the Benin military was deployed to bring peace to the region. After a ten year peace-keeping mission, a referendum was held in Togo which saw the region join Benin. Benin continues to be economically and socially stable, despite a decade of border conflict with Burkina Faso and Nigeria, and a near-devastating fungus outbreak which had threatened to destroy most of the nation’s cotton and agricultural industries. Nigeria continues to deny any involvement in this, despite circumstantial evidence that the fungus was intentionally engineered and purposefully released.
Botswana – African Union member
Advances in modern medicine and medical procedures, coupled with an aggressive campaign of education and awareness has seen Botswana’s number of HIV infected citzens drop from 1.5% to less than .02% in twenty years. With the advent of an AIDs vaccine in the mid-30s, and an expensive, if short lived, international funding effort, the spread of the virus was contained.
In 2032, a Poland-born nun, Kalina Żuraw, was declared president with a land-slide victory, despite not running for office, after a hugely sucesful social-media campaign. She won a second election in 2036, and during her eight years in office is attributed to the social and economic reforms which has seen Botswana become one of a handful of stable nations in modern Africa.
Burkina Faso – Open Conflict with the Legion
Severe droughts in the ’20s and into the ’30s was briefly offset by an ambitious irrigation project, which led to severe depletion to the nation’s natural aquifers and only ended up hastening the loss of cropland and jungles. With the loss of most of the nation’s ground water, what had begun as a volunteer animal rights group became an armed extremist eco-terrorist movement, based mostly in the southern reaches of the country, protecting what remains of the nation’s reserves and national parks, which government forces are actively trying to burn for crop and grazing land.
One of the poorest nations in Africa, Burundi collapsed as a coherent state in the mid-twenties, after the DRZ, Tanzania, and Uganda succeeded at closing their borders to a fresh wave of refugees out of Rwanda. Swamped by the sudden influx of tens of thousands of refugees, the nation buckled and collapsed into a handful of city states and unclaimed land. Much of which was later siezed by the DRC for its uranium deposits.
Cameroon – African Union member
One of few stable countries in the region, Cameroon has been embroiled in bitter border disputes with many of its neighbors, especially C.A.R. In 2042, a relatively short-lived alliance between Cameroon, Chad, and the D.R.C. was able to force C.A.R. to capitulate, seeing most of C.A.R. put under the ‘oversight’ of Cameroon, minus a few choice pieces given over to Chad and the D.R.C.
Once a stable democratic island nation off the west coast of Africa, a series of deep-sea quakes in the region led to a sudden increase of volcanic activity. The nation’s government was taken by surprise when Pico do Fogo became active. Much of the nation’s efforts had been turned towards combating loss of land due to global warming and rising ocean levels. As of the final unofficial census of 2041, the island nation’s population has dropped from 500,000 to under 20,000 across the entire archipelago. Mostly unnoticed to the world at large, some 120,000 Cape Verdeans were killed by tsunamis, volcanic eruption and earth quakes in 2035.
Central African Republic
A final desperate gambit to win resource rich land from Cameroon led to a three-front war between C.A.R., Cameroon, Chad, and the D.R.C. which saw C.A.R. being diced up between the loose alliance of the three neighboring countries in 2042. Small pockets of ‘freedom fighters’ still exist in the region, but few entertain any altruistic expectations of the extremist groups.
Chad – Open conflict with the Legion
Rampant desertification has seen much of Chad’s northern regions left nearly uninhabitable. Even Lake Chad has vanished beneath the desert sands. With the loss of the lake and its various tributaries, water has become the most valuable resource in the country, and its few sources are jealously guarded by government forces. This control of water is all that has kept the government in control to date. Chad’s government is routinely accused by various Human Rights organizations for a slew of crimes.
Much like Cape Verde, Comoros no longer exists as a country, and barely exists as much more than a few over-large sandbars. Tsunamis and rising sea levels has seen much of the irrigable land lost to the sea.
Democratic Republic of the Congo
Two extensive conflicts in recent years saw the D.R.C. rapidly expand in size. The conflict against both the Republic of Congo, and C.A.R. saw the poorly-trained, poorly equipped, and very poorly disciplined D.R.C. military win some of its greatest victories to date. Which, in turn, has led to a violent increase in domestic conflict and uprisings. While still existing as a country, the D.R.C. is often seen as one stiff-breeze away from total collapse, and the government has enforced mandatory military service, with various infantry regiments formed entirely of troops from other parts of the country. Loyalty to the government is ensured with the veiled threat that, should any one unit turn coat, those garrisoning their home provinces would exact the government’s revenge on the local populace.
Djibouti – Al Janyar control
Until recently, this tiny eastern-African nation was one of few relatively stable states in the region. After the fall-out of the failed uprising in DV, insurgent forces forced out of the CCD territory found fertile territory in eastern Africa. The nation finally fell to Al Janyar when most of the nation’s military sided with General Imram-Ali.
Egypt – Al Janyar control
With the spread of the Sahara, and decades of social and economic decline, the Suez Canal became irrevocably choked with silt and sediments, leaving it too shallow for tankers and transport ships to make the crossing. Current conflicts with Al Janyar in the region has seen a resurgence of national pride and religious fervor, which has begun leading to heated protests and public demonstrations by both camps. Much of the nation’s remaining, under funded military, spent most of the past year deployed on the nation’s eastern border, a rather pathetic show of force attempting to keep Al Janyar forces from crossing the land-border from DV into the nation.
President Teodoro ‘Teodorin’ Nguema Obiang has held power since the death of his father and former President, Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo. Much of the nation’s income is through oil export to the United States, an on-going deal since large oil and hydrocarbon deposits were found in the country and its off-shore holdings in the mid-90s. After a poorly thought out ‘display of force’ against the Cameroon navy, the island of Bioko, and the nation’s capital, was lost to the Cameroon military in the mid-30s, with the new capital declared in Bata. The nation continues to top the charts in corruption, human rights infringements including human trafficking, and a myriad other categories. However, thanks to a strong economy granted by oil export, and remarkable reforms in the agricultural sector, the country has one of the best funded land forces in the region.
Eritrea – Al Janyar control
This tiny nation in north-eastern Africa recently fell to Al Janyar aligned forces. Thanks to the nation’s location on the Red Sea, much of the nation’s efforts over the past twenty years had gone into agriculture and irrigation, as well as water purification technologies, which had left the tiny nation on the verge of becoming a much needed ‘breadbasked’ nation in the region. Much of this has been lost in the past few months of fighting against extremist forces, which would routinely target isolated villages and water processing plants to force the military to spread itself too thinly to properly resist their advance.
Ethiopia – Al Janyar control
In light of steady losses against the Al Janyar aligned extremist groups in the country, remnants of the Ethiopian government have fled to Kenya, despite that nation’s refusal to allow Ethiopian refugees to cross the border. The Ethiopian Defense Force diverted much of its effort in the remaining weeks systematically destroying its industrial complex, as well as demolishing the roads to the nation’s lone deep-space observatory in the mountains near Lalibela, in hopes of keeping the nation’s lone symbol of hope for its future out of the hands of Al Janyar forces, at least long enough for the ousted government to rally support to push Al Janyar from its soil.
After decades of economic reliance on oil and petroleum byproduct extraction, Gabon had become, at least briefly, an economically stable nation. Until the global economic collapse, and the sudden loss of foreign investors, lenders, and support. Hyperinflation began when various major world banks began liquidating Gabon assets to pay the nation’s steep international debt. Economically crippled, Gabon’s next blow came from a brief and brutal land war with Equatorial Guinea, which saw a large swath of the nation’s north seized by the smaller nation. This expansion only ended when rogue nationalist militias set fire to many of the nation’s oil fields, some of which still burn today. The nation has yet to recover, and is little more then a loose affiliation of city-states and broad swaths of unclaimed territory.
Gambia – Legion Aligned
Rampant desertification of the region had left The Gambia as one of few viable living areas on the region. This sparked a desperate land war with Senegal in the mid-’20s which saw the region annexed. Nationalist militias resisted the occupation into the mid-’30s, until the crippling effects of the spread of the desert weakened Senegal enough for The Gambia to re-emerge as a self-ruled region. It is one of few ‘green belts’ left in West Africa.
Ghana – Open conflict with the Legion
With the unchecked spread of the Saharan desert, Ghana and its dense system of rivers and rich soil became highly sought after by more militaristic neighbors, the government of Ghana had begun to supply ‘Les Yeux de la Terre’, the largest eco-terrorist group active in Burkina Faso, in an effort to keep that nation too distracted with internal conflict to move against Ghana. The gambit backfired after five years of quiet success, as the Ghanian support was discovered, allowing the Ivory Coast and Burkina Faso to declare war with legal protection. Today, Ghana exists as little more than a 50km swath around the capital, Accra, and has become little better then a free port for piracy and smuggling in the region.
Guinea – Legion Controlled
Having never recovered from the economic degradation caused by the Ebola outbreak of the early 21st century, coupled with the rapid loss of farm land and water due to the spread of the Sahara desert, Guinea no longer exists as a state. It has become a lawless region of city states, ruled by various vicious warlords. Much of the nation is without power or running water.
Guinea-Bissau – Legion Controlled
Decades of severe deforestation and over-grazing of cattle herds has led to severe deforestation. Despite ample rivers, lakes, and underground aquifers in the region, Guinea-Bissau was devastated by the spread of the Sahara desert. Coupled with constant raiding by Guinean warlords, the nation no longer exists.
Ivory Coast – Legion Controlled
The decades following the 2011 civil war were hard on Cote d’Ivoire, and by the mid-20s it looked like the country would collapse into a fresh internal conflict, likely leading to the separation of various districts. President Ibrahima Aboubacar used evidence of Ghana’s funding of eco-terrorist groups in Burkina Faso as an excuse for military action against Ghana, which led to a huge surge in public support, especially as resource rich Ghanian territory helped fuel the nation’s economy. Today, President-For-Life Ibrahima Aboubacar still rules.
Kenya – Open conflict with Al Janyar
After a myriad of brush conflicts with neighboring regions, coupled with mass migrations southwards from regions devastated by the rapid desertification to the north, Kenya, Uganda, and northern Tanzania entered negotiations. These regions had long shared cultural and linguistic heritages, and a long history of cooperation, which led to the formation of Swahili Republic, with the capital located in Nairobi. The Swahili Republic has established a high level of border defenses along the Ethiopian and Somali borders, and have closed the borders to any and all refugees trying to flee Al Janyar. The ousted Ethiopian government has taken up residence in their Nairobi embassy, which has led to much public unrest in those camps that are in favor of opening the borders to the refugees, and those who fear drawing unwanted Al Janyar ire.
Conquered in a brutal and brief land-war with South Africa. The Lesotho Pacification drew brief public attention, before the South African military arrested and deported any foreign journalists found in the region.
Liberia – Legion Controlled
Strong ties with the U.S. faded and finally ended throughout the ’20s and ’30s, as a strong nationalist movement led to riots and the threat of civil war that was only avoided by a referendum in 2035. Modern Liberia has over the past few years begun establishing a strong military industrial sector, in part funded and supported by Nigeria.
Libya – Al Janyar Aligned
Due to worsening conditions in southern Libya, due the spread of the Saharan desert, modern Libya exists mostly as a 300km wide band along the Mediteranean sea. Most of inland Libya, while still claimed on a map, has become a desolate and lawless region. The nation weathered the storm of the that was known as the Arab Spring, with a seemingly endless series of assassinations, internal conflicts, and uprisings that lasted into the mid ’20s. With the rapid spread of Al Janyar, the Free-Tunisian Ba’ath Party, seen as a perversion of the original Ba’ath political movement of the ’60s-early 2000s, has seen a resurgence of support, and is suspected to have ties to a series of suicide bombings and attacks in the country, likely aimed to cause unrest and destabilize the region.
Mali – Open conflict with the Legion
Morocco – Pursuing legal action against the Legion
Niger – Open conflict with the Legion
Modern Niger lays claim to its northern regions by means of lines on a map only. Much of northern Niger has become uninhabitable due to loss of ground water and the unchecked spread of the Saharan desert, with most of its approx. 7 million people living within a hundred kilometers of the N1 highway, a hold over from the last years of Chad Lake and the main source of water in the region. A brief period from 2010-2019 saw major social and economic reform in Niger under its first democratic government, a state which ended with a military coup led by the Presidential Guard, a relatively newly formed military formation that was stood up in response to suspected corruption in the military. It was discovered too late that the officers of the Presidential Guard were behind the growing suspicions of corruption, intent to put themselves in a position to execute a successful coup of their own. This led to a decade long civil war, as elements of the Niger military loyal to the ousted government and new constitution battled against the better equipped Presidential Guard and military units which had sided with them. Modern Niger is a military dictatorship. Over 10 million Nigerien people died or fled during the civil war. Slavery is common practice in the region, a continued practice that had begun to decline in the early 2000’s.
Nigeria – Open conflict with the Legion
One of few countries with an existing and still profitable military industrial complex in the region, Nigeria has supplied weapons, equipment, and ammunition to its allies for much of the past twenty years. After two decades of combating Boko Haram in the north-east, rampant and blatant corruption in the military and government, as well as much of its economic and manufacturing sector, a populist movement uprising took over. Little changed on the surface, as it was later discovered the movement was organized by political opposition parties to execute a ‘clean’ coup of the existing government. Modern Nigeria has been accused repeatedly of selling arms and equipment to terrorist and belligerent forces across Africa, and often for supporting both sides in conflicts. Most recently, it has found itself accused by the Legion for funding and arming conflict parties in Sierra Leone and Liberia.
São Tomé and Príncipe
Two transport ships had been lost to pirates, both in the region of São Tomé and Príncipe, a failed-state island nation off the coast of Gabon, which had become little better then a modern day Port Royale. Naturally, the pirate lords of São Tomé and Príncipe had long since paid off President Teodoro ‘Teodorin’ Nguema of Equitorial Guinea, and as such benefit from what protection and legitimacy that nation’s navy could provide. There were few ‘civilian navies’ in the world. Navies were expensive things, and mercenary companies rarely could employ more than a handful of coastal vessels at best. Civilian companies made their money through transport ships, not fighting ships. Except one.
Senegal – Legion Controlled
Sierra Leone – Legion Controlled
Somalia – Al Janyar control
South Sudan – Open conflict with Al Janyar
Sudan – Open conflict with Al Janyar
Togo – Legion aligned
Tunisia – Legion aligned
Uganda – Open conflict with Al Janyar