The Marivellas island chain extends south from the Caroline Islands and
runs parallel to the Solomons, nearly to the Ellice Islands. It
consists of several dozen larger islands and a number of smaller ones.
The Marivellas were first discovered in the 1500's by Spanish
explorers, although nothing was done to them until the late 1800's when
foreign traders arrived and began sub-dividing the islands. The
northern portion was occupied by the Germans, while the southern part
was dominated mainly by the French, an exception to both being Suzette
Island, which was occupied by a American.
When the Great War came, Japan took over the German portion of the
islands. A claim which was given to Japan after the war.
Since the mid 20's the Marivellas has become a thriving chain of
islands. Mineral deposits are being discovered, small amounts, not
worthy of large-scale mining but adequate for natives to mine and then
sell to larger industries.
Fishing, sugar and other crops are also important industries. All
relatively small scale operations, but combined, make a large economy.
All of these establishments require resupply, leading to more shipping
business, both land and air.
The islands are also a good midway point between the other island
chains, and about the only large French interest in that portion of the
Pacific, a midway point between French Polynesia and Indochina.
Since the early 30's hoever, there has also been a growing number of
military aircraft, both Japanese, French, Mercenaries and Private
The Japanese are wanting to expand southward from their mandate, with
combat patrols running along the edge of their mandate, and more and
more businesses being set up by Japanese south of their
border. The French are equally certain they do not
want them to expand, and have stationed a total of 2 zeppelins and 6
squadrons of aircraft on the islands.
Britain has a number of combat zeppelins in the Solomons, which often
make combat patrols into the Marivellas, "in protection of British
assests", which neither France nor Japan like, but are not willing to
press the matter.
In addition landowners and shipping companies hire mercenaries
and private security to protect their assets from this strange
triangle, adding a third element to this. Not to mention the
rampant piracy, the Marivellas being lightly patrolled against pirates,
and with dozens of islands suitable for temporary bases.
Tagataya. French regional administraional
headquarters, this island is about the only heavily defended island in
the French mandate, most other islands conataining little more than a
handful of Legionares and half a squadron of outdated aircraft.
Japanese Holdings. The
Japanese mandate is controlled by a black sheep member of the Imperial
Royal Family, Princess Koji. Although much of the
Imperial Military does not answer directly to her, the largest majority
of actions taken in the Marivellas is through her, exceptions being
Imperial Pride bases, which answer only to the Imperial High Command.
Princess Koji is also a large shipping magnate, not only in the
Japanese Mandate, but elsewhere around the Pacific.
Matuka. The most important island in the
Japanese Mandate, it is the "Capitol" of Princess Koji's shipping
empire. It is fortified against, air, ground and sea attack. With a
small private army defending it. It also serves as the Mandate's
"Capitol" which goes to show Koji's influence in the islands.
Tori Hado. A Japanese island directly
bordering the French Mandate. The Imperial Air Force has built an
airstrip on the island, capable of handling several squadrons or
aircraft, along with limited zeppelin supply capabilities. It is a
Imperial Pride base and does not answer to Koji.
Suzette Island. A neutral
island, currently the home base of Khan Industries, a private company
that has enough aircraft and shipping capability to rival a small
nation. In addition there is a large number of personal pilots on the
island. It is considered a place of no interest's. Also home to Bon
Chance Louie's "Monkey Bar".
Although Achilles Island does not belong in the Marivellas chain,
nonetheless is relatively close, being a lone island smack dab between
that chain and the Gilbert Islands. AND the fact that it is one of the
largest threats to the Marivellas itself.
It is a pirate haven, a quite large one, nearly rivalling North
America's Sky Haven. Literally dozens of pirate bands operate from
there or at least rearm there. Currently home to Don Karnage, the
powers-that-be have ignored the island, only due to the massive
difficulty of taking it by force.