Africa or the Med?

Got history/background for a region in CS? let us know. (Also includes re-interpretations of Canon if you wish)
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Re: Africa or the Med?

Postby Thom » Wed Feb 27, 2013 3:42 am

Outstanding ideas, I look forward to seeing them fleshed out and brought to a finished sourcebook! Africa of that era holds magic

A North African race scenario would be just way too cool, make it so!

Forum member Cyagen is our resident expert on all things French, perhaps he could provide you some advice, if you were to ask.

Madagascar as a warlord/pirate haven seems very natural, a place full of chaotic fighting between a multitude of various bands and factions mixed with adventurous rogues and interfering military forces from outside nations. A PERFECT Crimson Skies location!

In 1933 (In our world) South Africa was no longer a British Dominion (Granted autonomy in 1926 and effectively granted full independence in 1931 by the Statute of Westminster), but most of the money and business's in Johannesburg were still British controlled and the ruling political parties were strongly British aligned. But there were anti-British forces at work who would be able to support pirates or even openly rebellious forces. All good CS fun!

. . . Opps, sorry, I tend to get carried away! Good luck and have fun!
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Re: Africa or the Med?

Postby Densoman2 » Wed Feb 27, 2013 2:08 pm

Thom, thanks for the support and please do go on as I will use any and all ideas. I'm really an idea guy and not a writer so I expect to be stumped but any suggestions you or anyone has on any part of Africa don't hesitate.

Thanks again,
Tony

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Re: Africa or the Med?

Postby Densoman2 » Fri Mar 01, 2013 1:57 am

Thom,
I really like the opening lines for South Africa. If you care to set up any other countries don't hesitate. I'll take the ball and run with it whenever you get tired of carrying the ball, and that goes for anyone else on the site.

Grant,
Do you know of anyway that I can set this up for people to access and make input and then I can work on tailoring this into a whole idea?

People can PM me with their stuff as well and maybe I do weekly texts post of the whole thing. Thinking outloud again so feel free to respond, anyone?

Tony

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Re: Africa or the Med?

Postby Thom » Fri Mar 01, 2013 8:29 am

Then if you'll forgive me for butting in, I will offer up a few more bites. Taking elements of history we can twist them slightly to become more Crimson Sky-ish!

In 1933, in our world, France controlled slightly over 34% of the total African continent. This is a very huge thing, making France of the time, the third largest Empire in the world, only behind Britain and Russia. Of course, in Crimson Skies, Russia is broken roughly into thirds right now (1933 game time). But all is not easy for France!

The Congo Basin:
The Pende peoples of Gabon-French Congo and the Belgian Congo are in open revolt. Govt officials cannot travel safely without an armed military escort in that region. France's enemies could be arming and equipping the Pende or negotiating for secret airfields in Pende controlled territories. While most of the greater Congo area remains safe for common folks, anyone with authority will need to be constantly on guard for fear of being kidnapped or murdered. Italian (And maybe other nations too) mining companies were suspected of inciting rebellion in hopes of gaining rights and access to the mineral and resource rich Congo basin. The French seemed barely aware of the great mineral wealth in the Congo, but the neighboring Belgians were certainly taking advantage of their colonial possessions. Belgian's living in Congo, by law, had no voting privileges or right to voice any political opinions. Prisoners (Mostly of Dutch decent) sent from the homeland were given control of native work parties and allowed to live free but were never allowed to return home. Most Belgian Govt officials responsible for ruling the Congo, did so from their desks in Brussels, issuing commands and proclamations on lands that many of them had never seen. The nation wanted the wealth that the Congo was capable of producing, but they wanted nothing to do with anyone tainted with the Congo stigma. As a result, the locals and colonials, forced to live by "Strict Apartheid", endured horrendous conditions and legally could not even complain about it. A slowly growing number of Dutch renegades began to side with and eventually join the Pende rebels. From a CS point of view this makes awesome fuel for conflict!

Middle Africa:
French Equatorial Africa or The Federation of French Colonies (Officially included Gabon & French Congo) is the area to the north of the Congo Basin to the Sahara Desert. In these lands things were much better for France and her subjects, the local Govt's were very loyal and very well treated. If a Frenchman has a safe haven in Africa then it is here, and so by extension, if there are major French airbases or industrial zones, they will be here. Indeed, the major political movement of the region in 1933 was for full French Citizenship and Statehood rather than the Colonial Protectorate (Departmental) status they were existing under. Germany has historically been whittling out pieces of Middle Africa and has succeeded in taking several smaller regions through political and legal (Court) actions.

Italian East Africa will not exist by that name until 1936 when Italy invades Ethiopia and slaughters 30,000 civilians. Prior to that they held the colonies of Italian Somaliland and Italian Eritrea which will later be incorporated into Italian East Africa. For story purposes though, you can fudge history a few years! During this era they had there noses in EVERYTHING that happened in Africa, always looking for opportunity.

I am certain that Cyagen can give us better insight into French affairs of that era, hopefully he will chime in here!
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Re: Africa or the Med?

Postby Densoman2 » Fri Mar 01, 2013 5:55 pm

Thom,
Thank you very very much and don't hesitate to add any thoughts. The Middle Africa portion ties in well with my Pirate gang that hates the French. The Congo Basin gives me another area to build upon. Great stuff.

Thanks again,
Tony

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Re: Africa or the Med?

Postby Thom » Sat Mar 02, 2013 4:46 am

Glad to be of help, I just love research of this type though in truth I am subject to the whim of the muse and I begin to burn out after a few days.

If the muse strikes I will add more!
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Re: Africa or the Med?

Postby Cyagen » Sat Mar 02, 2013 8:28 pm

Thom, French African colonialism history is not my forte...

One thing to remember is that Africa in 1930's is very underdeveloped. There is almost no foreign investment, the economy is mostly the European power taking out the natural ressources.

For all those reasons, it is indeed a very nice place for a pirate group, but that restrict their choice of hiding places near the shipping lanes. Also, spare parts are going to be hard to come by...

Just my quick thoughs about it.
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Re: Africa or the Med?

Postby Grant » Mon Mar 04, 2013 2:53 am

Sure in "General FASA discussion" set up your own thread about the project. You can name yourself lead and allow/disallow contributions as you wish.

I'll help as you need it as well. Long as you all don't set fire to stuff you're probably pretty good around here :mrgreen:

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Re: Africa or the Med?

Postby OfaloafNASB » Sun Mar 10, 2013 2:31 am

Could the Sultanate of Zanzibar be a potential locale of use? Historically, it was a British protectorate during the CS era, but it maintained some autonomy and the sultans had a history of sticking it to the Brits and having far more pride than was healthy as rulers of Zanibar, Pemba and a few other islands and ports.

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Re: Africa or the Med?

Postby Thom » Sun Mar 10, 2013 6:28 am

Great idea!
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