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A History of Pasong Tirad
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Early History

The approximately 1,018 islands of Pasong Tirad are shrouded in much mystery, however it is largely accepted that Pasong Tirad was uninhabited by people until around 1249-1349 CE (according to radiocarbon dating), when the Pacific Micronesian Empire colonized the 1,018 islands. Most of Pasong Tirad's early history is again shrouded, only that the Micronesians took large pride in the Tiradic islands (Tirad being the formal name of the islands, with an unknown meaning in the Micronesian language).

Portuguese Colonization

Pasong Tirad shall once again return to the books of history when Portuguese Captain Eduardo Jorge Dos Reis lead three ships of the Portuguese Crown, Esperanca, Triunfar, and Desafiar from the Spice Islands into the heart of the Pacific for a quest of an outpost to colonize. They reached the islands in September 4, 1543 CE (which is today celebrated as a national holiday by Pasong Tirad). Coming upon the islands of Pasong Tirad (then only named Tirad), Eduardo Jorge Dos Reis was heartily welcomed by the natives, who saw him as a saviour when the three major islands were battling for supremacy against each other. The tribal war led Dos Reis to have a reputation as a peacemaker, having granted the three islands the chance to govern themselves under the Portuguese Crown. The only thing that Dos Reis wanted was tribute from the three islands to be able to continue their autonomous governance.

Captain Eduardo Jorge Dos Reis knew that this act would not gain him favour in the Portuguese court, and therefore chose self-exile in the islands, naming them after his three ships. Dos Reis and a few who chose to stay with the Captain were left behind, with their bloodlines continuing to live in Pasong Tirad even to this day.

Another expedition returned to Pasong Tirad in the year 1557 CE by Captain Ricardo Antonio Monteiro. Monteiro is the last Portuguese man to return to Portugal with news of seeing Dos Reis alive, who had apparently married a Tiradic woman.

With Monteiro came the Ovidian Order (after Saint Ovidius). By 1558, with the establishment of the first colonial city, Pilar, the Ovidians had began evangelizing the three main islands of Pasong Tirad (Esperanca, Triunfar, and Desafiar respectively). By 1562, most of the islands of Pasong Tirad were evangelized, with the dominance of the Ovidian Order unrivalled and the presence of Ovidian churches and chapels on almost all of the islands. The power of the Ovidians, however, had grown to be as much as the power of Dos Reis, who had the full support of the Native Tiradics.

Eduardo Jorge Dos Reis died in July 5, 1578 at the age of 83, after having been the de facto leader of the Tiradic population for thirty-five years. Following his death, in July 6, 1578 the only widespread revolt against the Portuguese occured in the form of the Bolo Revolt.

The Bolo Revolt was characterized for its brutality against the Portuguese. Ovidian Friars would be hanged upside down with their organs hanging out. They would be burned, tortured, mutilated. The Bolo Revolt was the most fearful time for the growing Portuguese population on Pasong Tirad, even though it only lasted for five months, ending in November with the sudden disappearance of the Revolt. Most Ovidian Friars claim that God had saved them through Saint Ovidius, although most Native Tiradics (and most modern scholars) agree that the son of Eduardo Jorge Dos Reis, Miguel Dos Reis, had gained the support of the Native Tiradics, thus ordered them to stop the revolt, which the Portuguese were unable to quell largely due to the delay of being able to send reinforcements from the Spice Islands. Most modern historians agree that, had the Bolo Revolt continued, the islands of Pasong Tirad would have been the first in the world to successfully revolt against European colonial powers.

The rest of the Portuguese history in the Tiradic Islands (as they were called before) remained in peace. The whole island had been converted to Catholicism by the Ovidian Order, the Portuguese had remained merely as arbiters to the autonomous ruling of the three islands. The bloodline of Eduardo Jorge Dos Reis still lives in the island, through the years becoming one with the Native Tiradics due to integration. Alongside the Tiradic language, the Natives have now learned Portuguese through proper public schooling by the Ovidians (public schooling at that time has been something unheard of).

The islands were divided into barangays, these were administrative districts which were divided among the islands. Esperanca, Triunfar, and Desafiar being the three largest barangays, respectively. Pilar was then renamed into Del Pilar by the Ovidians for reasons unknown. Del Pilar was granted the status of capital of the Tiradic Islands, with Mercado being the capital of the barangay of Esperanca.

The Bolo, the main weapon of choice among the Native Tiradics, was given notoriety for its usefulness in both war and peace. It was used as a farming tool and as a useful weapon for the Native Tiradics, who had little access to the firearms brought by the Portuguese.

English Colonization

In June of 1621, English Captain Edward Felix arrives with a small fleet from India to restock and refuel. The barangays unanimously rejected the fleet, which prompts Edward Felix to launch his own all-out war against the Tiradic Islands. After five months of struggle, the small Portuguese garrison surrenders the islands, and the Native Tiradic resistance goes into hiding. Edward Felix has created an English colony in the Pacific, to great cheers back home.

The Tiradic Islands were then controlled by Felix, who ordered the Ovidian Order to teach the natives both Portuguese and English, thus attempting to turn the next generation into a trilingual generation. The Ovidians taught two generations before Felix's rule was abruptly ended by the arrival of the Holy Roman Empire.

Holy Roman Colonization

The Colonization of the Holy Roman Empire is the longest and bloodiest of the colonizers of Pasong Tirad. When Holy Roman Count Johann von Ulrich arrived, the Portuguese-Tiradic population was in an all out revolt against Felix's rule. The revolt was known as the Noble Tiradic Revolt due to two Portuguese nobles who had started the revolt. The Native Tiradic population was swayed to join the Portuguese Nobles due to the influence of the Ovidian Order.

When the Holy Romans arrived, the war became a three-way war. Edward Felix had already been weakened by constant attacks from the Noble Tiradic Revolutionaries. With his defeat nearing, Edward Felix took his own life as the remaining Englishmen sailed on ships for India. The Noble Tiradic Revolutionary Army now had to face Count Johann von Ulrich, who was a great general. Armed with muskets and pikes, the Noble Tiradic Revolutionary Army was no match, with most of the forces only using inferior Arab jezails imported from the Mollucas and a handful of arquebuses and muskets from the Portuguese and English.

In February, 1646, after a year of fighting the English and the Noble Tiradic Revolutionary Army, Count Johann von Ulrich gained total control over the islands, with the Noble Tiradic Revolutionary Army dispersing after the death of the two Portuguese nobles.

Much of the 17th century passed in peace, with the greatest achievement of the Holy Romans happening in 1688 when they established Native Tiradic reserves all over the barangays to house the Native Tiradics who did not wish to join the German society. Most of the Tiradic population that was housed in these reserves were Portuguese-Tiradic and English-Tiradic.

The Last Holy Roman Governor-General of Pasong Tirad, Karl Joseph von Gustaff, ascended to the position in the year 1742. Today, von Gustaff has a name in Pasong Tirad as a vicious racist. He vehemently opposed the Portuguese, English, and Native Tiradic populace to the point that he would occasionally raid the reserves just for a show of force with no results.

The Rise of the Revolution

His first act of infamy came in January 17, 1743. In the streets of Pilar, over five-hundred Native-Tiradic citizens were massacred in Plaza Dos Reis by Holy Roman soldiers. Von Gustaff claimed that the over five-hundred citizens were Spanish rebels from the Philippines, but today scholars believe this to be false.

Next happens on June 8, 1743. The Holy Roman Empire had legalized a Portuguese and English-Tiradic press known as A Pátria! (The Fatherland!) which operated on a warehouse. Its aim was to focus on satirical references against von Gustaff's regime. Von Gustaff's soldiers themselves marched in front of the building and threw torches into the building and shot anyone who attempted to get out of the building. The warehouse burned down, killing over seventy workers inside, including eight German-Tiradic citizens.

Von Gustaff's infamy would know no limits. On June 24, 1743, Von Gustaff issued a declaration stating prosecution of Catholicism on the island to root out the growing revolutionary sentiments. The persecution had both good and ill effects. Many revolutionaries were killed under the guise of anti-Catholicism by the mainly Protestant Holy Roman soldiers present in the garrison of the island. On the other hand, this rallied the Ovidian Order to the cause of the revolution. The Ovidians, who largely were neutral to the revolution before the persecution, issued a call-to-arms to join the growing armies in the reserves. Von Gustaff's reaction is to burn the São Vicente Church, the largest and oldest Church of Pasong Tirad, which is also the centre of the Ovidian Order.

This only lead even the hardcore German-Tiradic citizens to convert to Catholicism and join the revolution, which was gaining strength from imports of jezails from the Moro Sultanate. All the revolution needed was the right moment to strike the decisive blow which will trigger the revolution throughout the island of Esperanca. The main strategy agreed upon was to constantly harass the Germans until such a time that a full revolution can be successfully coordinated. In the meantime, they chose a Portuguese-Tiradic, Nicolau Trinidade, as their military advisor. Trinidade created the Tiradic Revolutionary Army, which would somehow gain the name of Army of the Trinidade both for the Trinidade family which had supported the training and maintaining of arms of the army and of the three main islands of Pasong Tirad. Nicolau Trinidade was a Lutheran, which meant that he was exempt from conviction from Von Gustaff's persecution of Catholicism. Other than that, it also meant that Von Gustaff would respect his opinion as a Tiradic Protestant.

For three whole years the Army of the Trinidade trained in secret in the forests. Most of them preferred the old-fashioned bolo, and due to the loudness of the jezails there was little chance of training with them when using gunpowder. So the Army of the Trinidade was learned to be able to run and to run fast. For a few volleys from the Germans can easily decimate a formation of bolo-wielding Tiradics, they had to learn to be fast and to be agile. For three years they trained and for three years they evaded the increasing patrols from Von Gustaff.

The Revolution begins

In the morning of December 9, 1748, nine soldiers of the Army of the Trinidade broke into the Tiradic Palace, home of the Governor-General, and assassinated Von Gustaff, also killing twelve Holy Roman soldiers who served as guards of the palace. The Army of the Trinidade suffered no casualties. Von Gustaff's body was seen mutilated, seeing nine bolos hanging from his chest.

This sparked the revolution, for back in Europe the Holy Roman Empire could no longer take the damage. So, a year later in October, 1749, the Holy Roman Empire sold the Tiradic Islands to the Kingdom of Prussia. In January, 1750, Governor-General Franz Heinrich von Glatz arrives from Prussia in an effort to be able to control the situation. For four years everything seemed to be under control. The reserves had gone back to peaceful living with the Germans, the Army of the Trinidade has fallen back deep into the forests, where not even Von Glatz can find them, and Esperanca seemed to be peaceful once again.

On November, 1754, a ship had called for the service of the majority of the Prussian garrison to India to serve in the Seven Years' War, the Prussians were given a month to prepare, and after which they needed to embark for India immediately.

The Great Tiradic Revolutionary War

On December 2, 1754, more than a third of the Prussian garrison in Pasong Tirad (over 50,000 soldiers spread out across 300 of the 1,018 islands of Pasong Tirad) disembarked from Pilar for India, with only a small garrison left in the islands, 10,000 of them remaining in Esperanca and the rest (barely 2,500 soldiers) spread out across the remaining islands.

On December 3, 1754, the Army of the Trinidade declared the beginning of the Revolutionary War. They marched out of the forests of Esperanca and cut a path straight into the heart of Esperanca, the city of Mercado. On December 10, 1754 they reached Mercado, which was already in an all-out revolt. Most German-Tiradics were merely imprisoned in different ways. The rest of the Prussians, however, were not spared. Due to the outbreak of the revolution, most of the Prussians (even the civilians) living in Mercado were not spared by the revolutionary riots, which only ended when the Army of the Trinidade marched into the open gates of Mercado and declared an end to the riots and that Mercado was now fully under the control of the revolution.

For a good four months, the remaining cities and towns in and around Esperanca. They were subjugated into the revolution, the German-Tiradics were spared after they converted to Catholicism or declared their allegiance to the revolution. After Nicolau Trinidade controlled the early rioting in the cities, most of the Prussian soldiers were taken prisoner instead of killed. Most of them were deported for "acts against the state and the Revolution."

Nicolau Trinidade created a Transitional Government, with him as the dictator. He had made it clear that if the Revolution does not end in 5 years, the Transitional Government (called the Trinidade State) will be dissolved and the Revolution will continue under the leadership of another member of the Trinidade family, frankly Lopes Trinidade, the younger brother of Nicolau Trinidade.

There was one last stepping stone before the revolution completely takes hold of Esperanca, the capital city of Pilar. Pilar is a seaside city and the largest city of Pasong Tirad. It is both a symbolic and a rich city for both the Prussians and for the Army of the Trinidade. There was only one way to get to Pilar and it was through the Alipin Plains. A long stretch of flat, open grassland stretching for at least five miles, long out of range of artillery and barely out of sight for the regular infantry. Alipin Plains are surrounded by rugged and impassable mountain terrain, which the Prussians have easily garrisoned. Trinidade himself knew that the Alipin Plains were the only way to get to Pilar, as the Trinidade State had no functional navy.

To be able to prepare for any counter-attack, he created an extensive trench system, consisting of small dugouts and redoubts. Though the armaments in these were technologically inferior, with the only artillery being used by the Tiradics were small cannon captured from the other cities (mostly Mercado). The Prussians had done the same, only they had the advantage of being early. The revolution had not spread to the other islands, so the garrisons in those islands (which were largely unharmed by previous governments) were reduced to a garrison force consisting of German-Tiradics. The majority of the Prussians were sent to Pilar, bearing with them supplies and armaments. The rioting in Pilar was strictly controlled, with Governor-General Franz Heinrich von Glatz enforcing Martial Law and giving a kill-order to any who disobeyed the curfew and who made any kind of civil disorder.

On June 28, 1755, a majority of the Army of the Trinidade marched out from the trenches and charged into the Alipin Plains. Halfway into the charge, it started to rain, causing the inferior jezails to be useless. So the Tiradics dropped their jezails and resorted to their bolos, other however insisted on attempting to use it. When they were in sight of the Prussians, the Prussians opened fire relentlessly, causing the tired-out soldiers of the Trinidade to lose their grip. The field commanders, however, decided to hold on to the offensive. They ordered a full-out charge, screaming the name of the Trinidade.

The charge was a failure, and the Prussians won the field after driving off the Army of the Trinidade, leaving behind thousands of jezails and even more bolos. Nicolau Trinidade and his generals began to continue thinking on a way to be able to break what would soon be the earliest record of a war of attrition in the world, pre-dating World War I by two centuries.

To be continued.

This is the real-world version of the history, I'm yet to be able to properly integrate the NationStates history of my nation.
Edited by Pasong Tirad, 3 Feb 2010, 11:36.
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