The Democratic Republic of Zugando (DRZ) is a country on the west coast of Africa, in the Sub-Saharan region. Its population is estimated to be approximately 7 million, mostly clustered into settlements along the coast. Its capital city is Victoria Town.
The climate is tropical. Arable land is generally found along the coastal area, and the countries interior largely comprised of dense tropical jungles and wetlands, with few all year round roads.
|Dense Jungle Covers Most of the Inland Regions|
Although known as the Democratic Republic of Zugando, Zugando is neither a democracy nor a republic. In the areas where the government is in control (primarily along the coast) is ran as a totalitarian dictatorship. In other areas lawlessness and warlordism prevail, and no meaningful government exists.
Formally part of the British Empire since it became a colony in 1808 (Then known as Zuganland), it was granted independence in 1961, and became a republic in 1971, and was renamed the Democratic Republic of Zugando.
|Colonial Era Buildings in the Government Controlled Victoria Town|
Charles Madanawanga’s death in 2004 was seen by many as an opportunity for reform, but when parliament chose his son, Doctor Edmund Madanawanga, as his successor the county erupted into violent protest.
Governments in the west had hoped that Edmund Madanawanga, an Oxford educated engineer, would prove to be a reformer, but his reaction to the protests was brutal repressions. Soon protest turned into unrest, which slid into civil war, with the neo-communist People’s Resistance Army (PRA) battling the government forces for control of the resources of Zugando.
|Fighters from the People's Resistance Army|
With the worlds media focused at last on the civil war in Zugando, western democratic countries felt compelled to act. Great Britain, as the former colonial power, maintained strong links to the Zugandan government, and the British Prime Minister was instrumental in the formation of the International Coalition for Zugando (I-COZ). I-COZ was a peacekeeping force comprised of British, US and African Union troops (mostly Nigerian, South African and Ugandan).
I-COZ attempts to disarm the PRA failed, and before long the peacekeepers found themselves under attack by the PRA. Confusing rules of engagement hamstrung the I-COZ forces, and the PRA quickly got the upper hand, escalating their program of ethnic cleansing against the Metandi population and supporters of the Zugandan government.
The killing of twenty-four Nigerian policemen in the I-COZ barracks at Seatown by the PRA lead to a drastic review of the I-COZ rules of engagement. America, already reluctant partners in I-COZ during an election year, withdrew most of their forces, leaving Britain and the AU to protect the costal areas nominally controlled by the Zugandan government. To counter this a strong force of US Special Forces was sent reinforce the UK SF already operating in the interior of Zugando. Their orders were simple: To locate and eliminate the leadership of the People’s Resistance Army.
The current situation in the Democratic Republic of Zugando is best described as fluid. The Government, under President Edmund Madanawanga, has nominal control over the coastal region, including the capital city Victoria. I-COZ and government forces are centred in the urban areas, and these are reasonably secure: the Zugandan army only sporadically patrols the rural areas along the coast, and lawlessness is the norm. The exception is the northern seaport of Seatown, which is still firmly under the control of the PRA. The attempts of the US Navy to blockade Seatown have been hampered by unpredictable current and submerged reefs.
|PRA Forces Operate Without Restriction in Inland Regions|