In the first real test for the Desera Council, Royal President Sidebe Mallam’s delegates were to construct the Kafra International Airport, an E200 million project that would take all of the council’s resources to finish. The Royal President was nervous and worried that they might break under the pressure and responsibility of such a project – after all, it had barely been a year since the Desera Council had been established, putting together the tribal leaders of the new nation in hopes of creating a better future for all. These were the same tribal leaders who had fought battles against one another, whose fore-fathers had fought gone to war against one another, so the anxiety was justified.
It was not all smooth sailing, but the project did get completed on time, and by the end of Year Two, Desera had a capable, relatively modern airport up and running. The sub-contractors were all European, but by request of the Royal President, they had to employ as many laborers as they could from the country, something which they did. That alone swelled up Kafra’s population from 770 to almost 1,300 over the course of the year, prompting the government to put some money into the development of basic infrastructure of the town. The size of the airport being constructed in accordance to the town of Kafra baffled the sub-contractors, who all advised that building an airport that could accommodate 3 million passengers annually was a horrible investment considering the tiny population of the town it was accommodating. The Royal President insisted, however, that the construction continue, stating that the area would outgrow the airport a lot sooner than anyone thought.
The next logical step after developing the airport was to get planes flying into it, something which would again be up to the Desera Council. Earlier in the year, the Ministry of Transportation (which was the first ministry formed under the new council) founded the Desera Aviation Authority (DAA) to handle, maintain, and develop the Kafra International Airport and anything aviation related in the country. That theoretically also put them in charge of a national airline, if such a company was to be established. The Royal President had planned all along to introduce a plan to establish such an airline, patiently waiting for the completion of the airport to begin work on it. Now had the DAA to do the work for him, and an end of year meeting with the DAA was mostly about doing just that. The Royal President gave them a deadline of one year for the national airline to be operational, and was willing to finance the airline with up to E75 million to acquire planes and cover start-up costs.
The town of Kafra had three main landmarks at the end of Year Two- the Kafra Seaport, the Bahr Mosque, and the Desera Council Building, otherwise known as the Independence Hall. With the rapid growth of the town’s population, the council invest around E2 million into basic infrastructure and the paving of the new Masjid Street, which was built to accommodate the new buildings that were coming up. Anyone with a little bit of money was buying a plot of land in Kafra and quickly building it into a house or story building, turning the area immediately north of the seaport into the heart of the capital city. The architecture was mixed, with American, Mediterranean, and Arabic influences all evident in the new construction.
Other than developing a national airline, the Desera Council also made plans to construct a building to house the Bank of Desera, which would be the nation’s first operational bank. The bank would be 100% owned by the government, and to handle and operate the bank, the Desera Council created its second ministry, the Ministry of Finance. An initial capital of E20 million was to be put to start the bank off, with an additional E2 million to cover the cost of the building. A small marketing campaign was undertaken by the council advertising the benefits of banking to the local population.
The Royal President, however, was most insistent about two other projects: a small hospital and a school to serve up to the 12th Grade. Both projects were in the blueprints, but were not as of yet finalized. The announcement for both of them was made in the new government-owned newspaper, the Kafra Times, and was met with much excitement from the locals. It was estimated that a large number of nomadic families would come to Kafra to settle simply for the healthcare alone, and as such, the council had to plan accordingly. It was still unclear how the healthcare and educational systems were going to work, but the Royal President wanted it to be fair to the people. Some in the council favored for them to be free, others felt they needed the income from them.
Kafra had exactly 1,231 residents at the end of Year Two, up from 770 just one year before that. The GDP per capita of the country had improved slightly to $2,071. The Desera Council spent more than it made this year, but the surplus from Year One made sure that there was still approximately E250 million in the coffers after all the projects had been accounted for. The total population of Desera was now 5,060,394.
Kafra, looking south.
Central Kafra, looking north.
Kafra, looking north.
Central Kafra, looking west.
Aerial of Kafra, looking west.
Aerial of Kafra, looking north.