Before the WarsEditBefore the outbreak of the great plague, the Royal Empire had reached the climax of it's ingenuity. They had mastered the technology of the Steam Engine, and an industrial revolution had changed the standard of living, job force and travel. But before long, a great illness began to sweep the Northlands of the Empire, killing citizens and Nobles who had chosen to stay close to the capital and even threatened the Queen herself.
A quarantine was made on some of the Northlands, while the poorer areas and ghettos that where known to be sources of the illness where burned, sometimes with the victims still inside. Many of the working class who where not infected had moved south, creating a tension between the Nobles, land owners and the (usually poor) citizens. This rift had grown more and more apparent in the upper classes, as the opinion was that anyone who had lived in bad conditions carried the illness- The working class and the lower citizens had less and less say in government hearings and other official assemblies in the fear of biological attack or accidental spreading of the plague to the Nobles and Royal families. Because of this, unrest spread even quicker, and set the stage for the Rust Rebellion riots.
The First "War" (Year -3 - 1)Edit
The First war had broken out after the last annual assembly of the year, with the working class citizens barred entry from the meeting house. Tempers broke as months and months of unrest and paranoia erupted into the Rust Rebellions, 3 solid days of boycotting, rioting as the entire Royal forces protected the outskirts of the Royal buildings and settlements. The rebels and other unsatisfied citizens where pushed south, talks of leaving the Empire buzzing around the Southern cities. As time passed, the passion and anger of what had happened faded, only leaving a lingering feeling of distrust within a now broken empire.
The Second War (Year 1 - 5)Edit
Shortly after the Rust Riots, the Nobles rushed to being a treaty of peace. Calling it the "Declaration of the Rights." it outlined that lower-class citizens had the ability to send in letters to give their opinions, or members that have been approved would be allowed special days to arrive and give opinions. This angered the South, and the lingering rebels in the North, but was hastily put into effect for the sake of a short-sighted peace agreement. Years pass, and southern cities like New Haven are built to become sprawling centers of industry and technological achievements. The Plague, on the other hand begins to move, chocking out the upper sections of the Empire and putting the country in a choke hold for supplies and materials. The House of Nobles and Queen Lucelia IV decide to instead of buying the materials normally, launch an offensive and take control of New Haven and it's territories directly.
Despite catching New Haven by surprise, the Southern Cities (At this point being called the 'Nation of Rust' as a joke) launched a counter offensive against the Empire and successfully held back the Queen's forces for over a month. Despite the heroic efforts, the city and it's factories eventually became state-controlled along with the port city of St.Lazarus. With no place to go, the Rebels and the workers continue the jobs with little to no payment, all to aid the rest of the Empire and to keep the House of Nobles safe from the sickness that raged outside.
The Third War and the Breakup of the Empire (Year 5+ )Edit
Things where quiet after the hostile takeover by the Royal Empire. Cities like New Haven and the Port of St.Lazarus where nearly pushed to the extremes, supplies and materials siphoned out for the survival of the capital. The city of New Haven quickly became a graveyard of what it used to be, the sky a permanent ashy grey from the over pollution and over population. Around this time, Noble families in attempts to avoid the plague had also started to set eyes on New Haven and the 'Nation of Rust'. Because of this, Queen Lucelia approved the construction of the New Haven Dome, which was an ambitious project to serve as a safe house from the pollution and (perhaps soon) plagued citizens outside in the quickly increasing poor areas of the city. The New Haven Dome was completed in less then 3 years.
After the completion of the project, a new strain of the plague emerged. While the Nobles and other citizens where safe inside the Dome, hundreds of thousands died in less then a month because of the poor conditions and close proximity of housing. The rebels immediately pointed fingers at the Empire and the House of Nobles, blaming them for a biological attack on New Haven while they stayed safely inside the dome to avoid contamination. The Empire dismissed the idea and blamed the Rebels for unleashing the new strain, quoting on what had happened during the Second War as proof that the 'Nation of Rust' would be willing to do anything to remove the Empire. Tempers flared as even the arguments within the Government meetings erupted into violence, and what remained of New Haven and the other 3 major cities called out to leave the Royal Empire entirely. And so it happened. 8 years after the initial Rust Riots, the Southern half had officially left the Queen to become an independent nation.
The city of God's Hope (The religious capital of the country) was chosen as the location of the divide, causing multiple skirmishes and leaving the city itself a pile of rubble. The plague outbreak had subsided in New Haven, giving it's citizens a chance to rebuild and use the now-abandoned New Haven dome for research on curing the Plague, and preventing any more outbreaks. Nowadays, the current timeline is at year 15, and an arms race between the Royal Empire and the newly-founded Nation of Rust means war is just around the corner... Who could win?