States and Territories
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Early years and "development period"
Following it's independence from the United States, the nascent state of New Afrika was faced with a critical lack of government structure and an efficient means to overlook and control the relatively vast, demographically diverse area making up the new republic. The state began to spiral into anarchy with poverty and crime widespread due to a lack of currency, or government enforced security to protect enterprise and private property. This coupled with an increasing reliance on the United States, a state considered an enemy and a dissatisfied army of unpaid veterans led to the coup of 1900, with Minister of the Economy Kali Lincoln entering an entente with Field Marshall James Millard Boroughs to overthrow the provisional government and install the general assembly.
Background of Coup of 1900
Following the death of revolutionary leader Bill Rowe in the war of self determination, the government of New Afrika had been split between leadership crises issues and governmental structure without any clear consensus on how to go about nation building. This combined with corruption on the part of many government leaders led to the appointment of Kali Lincoln, a young well known hardliner on economic issues widely believed to be devoted solely to the state as minister of the economy, following the arrest of kleptocrat Ali Oba . Lincoln frustrated with his calls for loan procurement and enforcement of marshall law for state security ignored, requested he be promoted to minister of the interior, this again was not only denied but pit him againsy a number of government officials who saw the demand of the young technocrat as insult or threat to their positions, who then formed a bloc against Lincoln. On a house meeting on the 3rd of August 1897, immense lobbying had led to the reduction of the powers of the ministry of the economy, the sudden announcement of which infuriated Lincoln whose violent outburst had only been cut short by the elderly Boroughs' awkward entry onto the floor to announce his resignation as Field Marshall following the decisive defeat and expulsion of New Afrikan troops from Arkansas blaming it on incompetent leadership. An excerpt of the memorable speech is below:
" Hello to you fine gentlemen of the republic, I hate to be interrupting good meaningful talk pertaining to the well being of our young nation but then nothing like that ever goes on here...Arkansas is gone now and not by the hand of the American army for at least a noble loss but by the wild fire of a few measly settlers and with it some of the finest men who by the curse of fate found their good hearts under the banner of your accursed leadership, may the good Lord rest them, and never this New Afika for unless you politicians get this country straightened out where they went this nation follows."
The shock and and embarassment from Boroughs' dialogue brought the meeting to an abrupt adjournment. With President Stein wishing to divert all energy to territorial maintenance and strengthening the army, to this end he sought Lincoln's expertise and devotion. However leaders of the opposition still threatened by and disliking the distance and radicalness of Lincoln agreed to compromise with Stein on the condition he dropped Lincoln. Stein placed at a dillema at this issue agreed to severely diminish Lincoln's powers, though not dismiss him from entirely from office, however the response to the loss of Arkansas and the state of the Union was slow and although loans and arms were procured, it involved trade with raw materials which could not be easily extracted with free labour from citizens who were merely promised payment, and many of which had begun to support reintegration into the American Union. The Stein administration's devotion to democracy and due process had begun to spell ill for the new republic, with the last straw for Lincoln being the invasion of New Afrika by American troops on Christmas day 1897, which although was an operational failure had led to the deaths of considerably more New Afrikan troops than American and a lukewarm reaction in the republic with many demoralized citizens unwilling to resist the Americans and some of which supporting them. The horror of the Republic severly reduced in size or falling into American hands would lead to the creation of the general assembly.
General Assembly and Coup
It is generally unknown under what circumstances the general assemly was formed but what is known is by 1899 a a well structured stratified political organization with a membership of at least 87 persons, and most notably which exerted control over a large swath of the New Afrikan armed forces had emerged. Throughout the course of the years 1898- 1899 Lincoln and Boroughs had by secret meetings taken control of a sizable part of the armed forces and had procured loans and additional arms from the Italian government. On February 16, 1900 the forces