I know everyone still wants to know what's going down in Teraville, and I promise we're getting there. But first, her's a breakdown of how we got where we are today.
Around 1900..If you've read your history, and you should, you know that in 1898, the region of Balboa, now including most of the southern portion of the Island of Syldav, split to form the Democratic Republic of Balboa. Balboa was designed as the first capitalist democracy on Syldav Island, though democracy was at first limited. The President, actually a Monarch, served as the Chief Executive and was accountable to the democratically elected parliament.
Syldav allowed Balboa to split because in needed more support to fight off Bordav and Peotav--both economically and militarily. Unwilling to change much with the times, Syldav granted Balboa an "independent charter." This allowed Balboa to operate as a separate nation, but tied by law to protect Syldav and reunify the island under Syldav's leadership.
The move for Balboan Independence was Ehab McColley. Just 31 years old and lead negotiator, McColley became President in 1899. He would rule until he retired in 1950.
Ehab McColley and the Executive Palace he built c. 1966
Leaders through the years...Ehab McColley was followed by his son, Lawrence McColley in 1950. Lawrence kept most of his father's social policies in order, though he allowed for some moderate policies that pushed towards capitalism and globalization. Tragically, Lawrence died in a car accident on his way to peace & trade talks with Peotav in 1959. Perhaps more tragic was the fight between his two sons for control of Balboa.
Lawrence McColley in 1955
The older son, Samuel McColley, was the nation's rough and outspoken socialist leader. His official position was Admiral of the Navy and had service in combat for years. Greatly respected throughout the nation, he happened to be personally overseeing a naval mission (as he often did) in the South Pacific at the time of his father's death.
The youngest son, Charles McColley, was known to be more moderate politically and worked in the private sector in commerce (the middle brother, Eugene, was not active politically). Charles took the reins of power as a temporary measure immediately after his father's death, then took moves to isolate Samuel to maintain control.
Charles McColley, 1959
Charles McColley moved more and more to the right over his reign. In the 1960s, Balboa saw massive industrial growth, though much of it came at the cost of labor laws, worker's rights, and a widening gap between the rich and poor.
In 1973, Samuel McColley joined a growing movement to recall Charles McColley from power and return to more progressive policies. When the movement turned to revolt in 1975, Samuel returned from the sea and took control of the government.
Samuel McColley in 1975, and the riots of that year
The 1990s...Samuel ruled effectively from 1975-1995, but mid-decade though that it was time to step down. At a large ceremony held in the capital of Balboa City, Samuel urged his successors to reunify Syldav Island and end the perpetual tension on the island. As a naval officer, Admiral, and President, Samuel McColley had participate in 16 separate military conflicts (and all out wars) with Bourdav, Peotav, or both. "It's time," he bellowed, "to honor the foundational charter of Balboa--our nation. Unify the island, and the bring its people together!"
Polls showed wide support for the speech across the island's four nations.
The brothers at Samuel McColley's retirement in 1995
Samuel appointed his cousin Ted McColley to serve as interim President until elections were held. Samuel appointed his cousin for two reasons. First, Samuel wanted to move towards and elected President and appointing his cousin (rather than son) was a baby step. Second, and more importantly, Ted McColley was as dry as they came. Though a competent leader, Samuel gambled that the general public would not take to his cousin and would not seek election to his own term.
Ted McColley in 1996
But the best laid plans so often fail, and a 1997 assassination and a young protege would change everything!