Bainbridge Islands

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The Kindom of the Bainbridge Islands is a constitutional monarchary, with an emphasis on social preservation. A dynamic and stunning ecological nation, the KBI is currently recovering from an attempted coup de etat. They maintain a neutral status in international relations, but is a favored destination for tourism in Europa.

Bainbridge Islands
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Flag of Bainbridge Islands
Motto: Aloha!
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Region Europa
Capital Honolulu
Official Language(s) English, Hawaiian
Leader King Kamehameha IX
Population 772 Million
Currency Tiki 
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The Kingdom of the Bainbridge Islands

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Geography The Kingdom of the Bainbridge Islands comprises of the main island of Bainbridge, Crab Island (Papa'i Moku), Horse Island (Lio Moku), and 34 small islet and atolls directly surrounding the main island, and in the adjacent zone of control between the islands. Additionally, the northern portion of Fishhook island is part of the Kingdom; the southern part of the Island is controlled by a dictatorship known as the "Directorate of the Maori".


Climate The climate of the main islands is generally warm and humid, with varying brief rainshowers.

Spring - Hot and humid, with occasional rainstorms from the east and north, along with good surf waves on the southern shores

Summers - Hot and humid, with some strong storms on the north shore, and good surf on the southern and western beaches. There are occasional Hurricanes that reach the big island during the summer season, but are usually weakened by the time they reach the KBI.

Fall - Warm and humid, but fairly mild

Winter - Warm and humid, and strong waves on the south and east shores, which are ideal for water sports (i.e. competitive windsurfing, power wakeboarding, and traditional surfing).


History

 ? – 1000 Migration Era

Successive waves of seafaring inhabitants landed on the shores of the Northern Meteorolas island chain, settling on the western islands first (Crab and Horse islands), and eventually establishing themselves on the “Big island” (Homeland). Small settlements developed into trading posts, which in turn, provided the basis for an early system of government.

1000 – 1600 Warring Tribes Era

The earliest point in which psudo-nation states began to emerge on the Meteorolas island chain. The largest were located on the “Big island”, namely the Hono tribe (Honolulu) and the Lina tribe (near Lahania), and dominated minor surrounding tribes, and used them as proxies in territorial and social conflicts. The surrounding islands (Crab and Horse) had large tribes, but did not have the population base to expand their influence to surrounding island.

1600 – 1800 Discovery Era

The “discovery” of the resource-rich Northern Meteorolas island chain provided seafaring traders a “southern” (in relation to the main continent) post, allowing them to sell their wares (usually finished goods, including firearms), and bring local exotics (i.e. silks, minerals, jewelry, spices) back to the main continent. Homeland island was named after the captain who first arrived at Homeland, Captain William Bainbridge.

1800 – 1850 Consolidation Era

The King of the Hono tribe, King Kame I, with military and technological support from “mainlanders”, began a war to consolidate the entire Homeland island under one rule. The ensuring war took almost thirty years to complete, but the entire island was eventually conquered by King Kame I, who was renamed King Kamehameha I.

1850 – 1875 Expansion Era

This era saw the rapid addition of landmasses to the Kingdom of the Bainbridge Islands. First, Crab island was settled peaceably by a mix of war veterans seeking to start anew after the Consolidation war, and displaced victims of the military action. Fishhook island’s government was toppled during a coup d’etat and replaced with a monarchy friendly to the KBI. Finally, the leaders of Horse island, eager to seek financial assistance, and desiring to retain their power, after seeing the results of Fishhook island, chose to join the Kingdom as a vassal state. The majority of minor atolls and islands were absorbed into the KBI.

1875 – 1900 Grand Kingdom Era

The “Grand Kingdom” of the Bainbridge Islands saw a rapid emergence from a technologically impoverished island chain, into a center of technological and economic development. Major improvements, such railroads, urban sanitation, paved roadways, and improved medical facilities began to emerge in the Kingdom. Additionally, higher institutes of learning began to emerge throughout the island, as the kingdom sought to remake itself into a modern society. Schools and universities sprung up teaching everything from hard science and business to languages and martial arts.

1900 – 1920 Inward Turn Era

The rapid success of the KBI had during the previous decades began to slow, as a sense of social entitlement began to emerge in the populace and economic debt started to become excessive. Previously supported social programs began to be cut and/or eliminated to counter the economic burden of royal debt, while individual taxes were increased by the government, leading to a national malaise and discontent. Agitators, who sought changes in the royal charter, either by political or violent methods, exploited these issues.

1920 – 1940 Balkanization Era

The seven-year civil war between the Royalists and the Socialists began in 1928, when agitators and their supporters attacked a governmental tax outpost near Waimea, killing the eight workers inside, and burning the building to the ground. The government sought to retaliate for this incident by executing eighteen convicted conspirators of the attack. This action led to a general uprising in Waimea to the treatment that the poor had been receiving by the local and regional governments. With military and political assistance from mainland socialist and communist advisors, the rebels soon expanded their control to numerous cities and towns on the northern shore of the Homeland island, including Lahaina, Kona, and Wainai. The speed in which the rebellion took place shocked the royal advisors, and military support for the remaining population centers was rushed to avoid losing more cities. An attack on Honolulu by a large force of “Communists” irregulars (who were able to purge the more moderate socialist advisors from their camp) was repulsed. An unsuccessful siege of He’e by an allied force of Communists was repulsed by locals who rejected their social philosophies as “reactionary”. During this period, the surrounding islands (Crab, Horse, and Fishhook) all announced their independence and neutrality from the KBI, and established ties with mainland nations, while waiting to see the outcome of the KBI civil war. After a flowing battle between the Royal Government (The Blues) and the Communist Rebels (The Reds), support from mainland entities began to diminish, financially limiting the Reds ability to wage war. The Blues eventually succeeded in enforcing an effective blockade of the north shore, strangling the Reds, and forcing their surrender in 1935.

1940 – 1960 Civil Recovery Era

The next two decades encompassed the recovery the KBI need after exhausting itself during the civil war. In addition to rebuilding basic infrastructure damaged or destroyed during the uprising, a spark to re-invigorate the economy was needed. A vast liberalization of economic policies led to what has been called the “Capitalist Bordello”, a virtual explosion of “laisse-faire” market philosophies, which helped revitalize the economy, but at a high social and environmental cost. The rapid transition to a free market economy created a strain on civil relations and on the environment. At the time, it was felt that the sacrifices were necessary for the kingdom, in spite of the damage it was causing.

1960 – 1980 Social Compact Era

The excesses of the corporation led to a non-violent public uprising, demanding accountability of the corporations be enforced. The result of “Public Discourse” of 1965 was the development and enforcement of the “Social Compact”, as negotiated by King Kamehameha VII and the Parliament, which at the time, was controlled by the Traditionalist party. It established governmental support to a return to traditional social norms, augmented by subsidies and castigations by the government. Corporations were outraged, and they attempted to rally public support to defeat the Compact, but could not overcome the greedy and self-serving perception they had gained over time. The Compact passed handily, and a rebuilding process to restore “moral values” continued until early 1980. Relations began to normalize between the KBI and the surrounding “sister” islands, except with Fishhook island, which became entered a cold war between two competing governments (both brutal dictatorships), and an enclave between the two, a free city that declared its allegiance to the KBI.

1980 – 2000 Modernization Era

The pendulum swung too conservatively, and demands for liberalizations in the Social Compact policy were sought. Business was beginning to stifle, and the social mores the Compact initially tried to shape began to become more stringent. Because of public and corporate demand, a loosening in the compact was enacted, with a renewed emphasis on developing a free market economy, but with a modicum of social and civic responsibility. A renewed investment in academic and technological facilities was undertaken, revitalizing research and development in a number of new fields. Major advancement in hard and soft sciences emerged during this period, along with rapid growth in the media, sports, and entertainment industries.

2000 + Current Era

Further advancements in new technologies are beginning to trickle down to the average citizen, with a wide variety of conveniences becoming available (i.e. wireless telephony networks, improved medical / pharmaceutical treatments, alternate/renewable energy sources). An attempted coup d’etat (the “midnight coup”), after the death of King Kamehameha VII, was defeated by military forces loyal to the Royal Household, and a new successor, King Kamehameha IX was named shortly thereafter. An outbreak of a new, deadly pandemic (the “monkey flu”) led to a successful effort on part of the developing KBI biotech industry to devise a vaccine before the flu could escape Crab island. As a result of the devastation from the flu, and the damage to its economy, Crab island decided to become a protectorate of the KBI. Piracy returned to the middle Meteorolas passage, and the Royal Navy has begun to combat this scourge in earnest.


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The Iolani Palace, location of the Executive Branch of the KBI

Government

The Kingdom of the Bainbridge Islands has three branches of government: Legislative, Executive, and Judicial.

Legislative: The Bainbridge parliament has two parliaments, the lower branch of parliament, which is directly elected by the citizens of the islands, and the upper branch of parliament, which is elected based upon regional division. There are four major parties in the parliament:

Traditionalists: the most entrenched political party in the islands, they usually have a single party majority in both houses of parliament, allowing them to push through legislation, unless the opposition can agree upon a coalition to gain a majority. Their politics are mostly conservative and traditional, usually eschewing change unless absolutely necessary.

New Horizons: usually the opposition party, they embrace liberal-view politics, contrary to the desires of the Traditionalists. They often act in the minority, having to mount coalitions to counter the conserative Traditionalists. They frequently view change for its own sake is necessary to ensure that the Kingdom can maintain its status as a major nation in Europa, though some of their ideas and/or methods are called into question (as "radical").

Native Land: The priority of this party is to preserve the native land of the Bainbridge islands, and prevent developers from damaging the natural environment. They often side with the Traditionalists on matters on land development, howevery they differ from teh Traditionalists becasue the Navtive Land party tends to be more reactionary, wanting to revert the KBI to the "old ways". Some of their political ideals are conservatims, isolationism, a return to "traditional ways" on social issues, and of course, the reversal of land development to return to its original, "pristine" state.

Rising Sun: This could be called the “corporate party” – they are funded by major corporations (both national and international), and are adept at manipulating the media and defending their message. They are proponents of technological change, and encourage the development of the Island – which often puts them at loggerheads with other parties, when trying to pass legislation. However, they have been steadily growing in power, and are beginning to challenge the New Horizons party for the second most influential group in the Parliament, both upper and lower houses.

Executive: The executive branch is run as a constitutional monarchy – the King of Bainbridge Island wields supreme executive power, overseeing long-term issues and concerns. The Royal Advisor (similar to a Prime Minister), addresses short term issues as directed by the King. The Royal Cabinet maintains the Secretaries of each major branch of the government, and is answerable to the King and the Advisor.

Selection of the King is usually the oldest child of the Royal family, and siblings are often placed in governmental positions. During the last 100 years, the selection has begun to change, as the name heirs will usually undergo a “competency test”, a trial to measure their ability to rule effectively, or at least project how effective they will be at ruling. Aside from physical ability to withstand the stresses of the head of state, the prince/princess will face challenges from experts in a variety of fields (international relations, economics applications, strategic military theory, etcetera). If the individual does not satisfactorily meet the expectations of the interview board, the individual will be eased into a less demanding position.

Judicial: The Royal Court comprises of seven judges, each chosen for a life term upon approval by parliament. They are the “highest court in the land, and hear cases that are often controversial, by Islander standards (i.e. Land Rights, Maritime Issues). The court is housed in the Pa'a Noli'i building, originally the palace of King Kamehameha II.


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Bainbridge Islands Coat of Arms outside the Iolani Palace

Language

Royal English (RE) – The main formal language of the KBI. Commerce, entertainment, education, and daily life is usually conducted through this form of speaking. (Similar to Standard American English).

Traditional Hawai’ian (TH) – The formalized “ancient” language of the Island, used to conduct ceremonies, especially in Traditionalists religious functions.

Islander Pigdin (IP) - An informal mix of the above, used throughout the island, especially among those of lesser financial status. Speaking “pigdin” is a mark of lower education and social standing, but is none the less, spoken throughout the Kingdom for its ease and malleability.

Culture

General BI Cultural Notes

There are a number of generic Islander cultural issues that an average traveler should be aware of when visiting the Kingdom.

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Examples of Aloha Shirts

Aloha Shirts – Loose and light shirts, they come in a wide variety of colors and designs. They may have natural designs on them (i.e. flower, leaves), tropical themes (i.e. surfing, pineapples), or just about anything else (i.e. sport teams/themes, corporate logos, Tikis). They come in a variety of colors, from earth tones to loud, retina burning colors. Just about every male has at least two or three of them, and some are collectors items, for their topic and age. A current favorite is the “EOS friendship tour Aloha shirt”, which is essentially an EOS flag in an Aloha shirt (bright red and yellow flag design). Very popular, if you can stand looking at it.

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A young lady wearing a lei, and giving the "Hang Loose" sign

The “Shaka” or “Hang loose” hand gesture – A common greeting among the Islands, similar to “Hey!”, or “What’s up”?

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Leis on display in Honolulu

Lei – A wreath or garland that is commonly used for ceremonies, welcoming, or any major event or celebrations.

Sport

Football (soccer)

By far the most popular sport in the Islands, the BI Football League (BIFL) is comprised of ten teams, and plays during the spring/summer season. The team in the BIFL are:

Royal Honolulu (the Sharks - "represents" strength and a competitive spirit)

FC Aiea (the Dolphins - team logo)

Honolulu Athletic (the Squids - long story)

Wainai FC (the Marlins, part of Honolulu - a marketing counter to the Sharks)

Sporting Lahaina (the Hammers - from the traditional outrigger who worked nearby)

He'e FC (the Stallions - from the wild stallions that used to run in the area)

Pearl Harbor United (the Gunners - the stadium is on an old gunnery range)

Halo 1910 (the Crabs - located on Pahu (crab) bay)

Waimea FC (the Rats - because of a rat infestation at the turn of the century)

Aiea Dynamos (the Ghosts - because of their white uniforms)


Rugby

Rugby is considered a "traditional" sport, with a varients of the sport existing back 200 years ago, during the "Balkanized Era". It has been standardized to conform to international rules, and is well known for the pre-game "War Dance" performed by the team members.


Outrigger Competitions

Sumo

Surfing

The tradition of surfing goes back over 400 years, when foreign explorers first observed:

Natives, from young boys to old men, on slattes of woode, floating on the waves, as a seagulle in the aire

Few experiences can truly be defined as Islander, but the ability to surf certainly could be called one. It defines an important segment of the culture, from a comming of age ceremony, to an artistic expression, a statement of manhood, to a requirement for assuming the crown, the activity has wound its way throughout the nation. Most visitors consider surfing to be a sport, but to the locals, surfing is an art/sport/tradition. Winners of the surfing circuit can earn millions (usually in endorsements), and are considered national heroes. However, thousands of citizens engange in surfing simply for the enjoyment of it.

Legendary Beaches

Though there are literally thousands of beaches on the main island, and an additional hundred surfable beaches on the surrounding islets, there are certain beaches that are noted as being special. The top five beaches on the BI are:

Mala Wharf (a longboarder's dream, the hard coral reef makes for a fast peel)

Halo O Lono Beach (a horseshoe shaped beach, excellent for body surfing on the white sands)

Pohakuloa Point (a hot, steep ride for shortboarding, and "expert" level wave experience)

Hana Beach (covered with black sand, it is known for longboarding challenges)

Kahului Harbor (another treacherous shortboard beach, with a local "haina" (temple) nearby)

Competitions

There are a number of major competitions on the "Royal Surfing Circuit". Points are accumulated during the season, from each of the competitions, and the highest point total is declared the World Champion, by the International Surfing Federation. The oldest three competitions, however, are considered the triple crown of sufring. The "Triple Crown" competitions are:

1) The Sunset Point Shootout, held at Sunset Beach (near He'e)

2) The Billabong Pro World Cup, held in Hana Beach (near Aiea)

3) The Royal Masters, held at Maili Point (near Honolulu)


Unlimited Ring Fighting

Unlimited fighting (unarmed combat in an octogon) is a sport growing in popularity in the Kingdom. A wide variety of combat techniques are used, including Loa (traditional BI martial arts), Kung Fu, and Islander Ju-juitsu (submission specialty). Fights are usually 3 five minute rounds, and a competitor wins upon submission (tap-out), a technical (one fighter is too injured to fight), or "knock-out" (unconsiousness).

Provinces

Provinces in the Bainbridge Islands are named after the largest city in the region.

Honolulu

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Skyline of downtown Honolulu

Honolulu is the capital of the Kingdom of the Bainbridge Islands. It has the seat of govermental power, including the parlimentary branch (the 'Aha'olelo lahui, or just the "Lahui"), the executive branch (Iolani Place, which is undergoing reconstruction after the events of the midnight coup), and the Supreme court (the 'Aha Ho'okolokolo Ki'eki'e, or the Ki'eki'e). There is a strong traditionalist sentiment here, as a concerted effort to maintina the traditions of the past sometimes overrides necessity (i.e. sacred ground impeding building construction of new facilities). As such, the center of the capital has a large number of older buildings, the beaches have huge hotels, and the outlying and inward portions contain financial and light industrial areas, which are connected by an extensive metro/underground system. Additionally, the major religions of the kingdom (Catholicism, Buddhism, and Traditional - known as "Mo'olelo") all have major worship areas in Honolulu. Saint Jude's Cathedral has been renovated and expanded, the Pukana la (Sunrise) Buddist temple has the largest buddha in the southen reigon within it's temple grounds, and the Makua heaiu is an ancient Mo'olelo temple that has been standing on the beach of Waikiki for over four hundred years.

Aiea

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Second largest city in the KBI, it is the business center of the kingdom. Every major national and transnation corporation has either its headquarters or a major branch located in Aiea's "Silver" business district (Kala ke'oke'o district, or just Kala district), and the most cutting edge organizations (i.e. biotech, nanotech, communications, internet) have a branch in the city. It is also considered the most liberal city in the KBI, as most traditional norms seem not to apply to the inhabitants of Aiea. Additionally, it is the most affluent city in the KBI, with a constant eye on business, giving its inhabitants a somewhat "skinflint-ish" reputation, although Aiea has the largest parks and protected lands in its metroplitan area.

Lahaina

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Lahaina is known as the "old industrial" city, with the majority of heavy industry concentrated in the surroundings of this metroplex. It has suffered through some recent economic hard times, but is re-inventing itself with "new" industires, such as multi-purpose plastics factories, alloy generation centers, and high-precision tool and dye manufactures. It is begining to experience dificulties with overpopulation, and is considering developing more sea areas by building a landfill, with is opposed by the Native Land party.

Waimea

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Known for its beaufitul waterfalls and emerging biotech industry, Waimea is a rapidly growing city in the KBI. It is renowned for its "bleeding edge" research facilites and academic centers, with commercial labs "just down the road". Originally a sleepy beach city, it has exploded into a dynamic metropolis, with careful attention given to city growth and utilities management. Several universities are located within the surrounding area of Waimea, including the Drucker school of business and management, Koloni'i University (Liberal arts and History), Hu'anao University (Physics and Chemistry), the University of Bainbridge Island (Waimea Branch) (general science), and the Lonolo'i Institute of Technology (LIT) (Cutting edge, broad-based technology research).

Kona

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Kona is known fo its flat, rolling grasslands, wich are home to major agriculture businesses and vast grasslands. Originally, it was home to large herds of stallions, and the rich soils was cultivated to provide a virtual "bread basket" to the entire KBI. Kona is the only major land-locked city on the Homeland island.

Pearl Harbor

PEARL HARBOR (aka Momi Awa) is the military center of the Kingdom. It has the largest shipyard, training grounds for recruits (for all branches of the services), adn the main military academy for the services, the Koa Kualani (again, for all branches). Numerous statues of heroes and memorials to those who died in battle, as well as the national cemetery are located on the grassy knolls of Momi Awa. The Pearl Harbor shipworks is the largest employer of civilians, and is the homeport of the majority of the Royal Navy's ships. There is a large restricted area, and entry is strictly prohibited.

Kailua

Located on teh Hola'e mountain range, making it the highest city in the KBI. It has unique elements, such as the island's largest observatory, communications center, and a developing distilling industry. However, its larges industry is mining, which still employs the largest percentage of its population, in spite of the dangers of mining the Hola'e range.

Makalapa

He'e

The farthest windward city in the KBI. Its relative isolation has led to the preservation of the traditional Islander culture and architecture in the city. It is also home to some of the most violent and dangerous waves in the kingdom, attracting thousands of board surfers, wind surfers, and professional surfing competitors seeking the most intense challenges that they can find. It is the stronghold of the Traditionalist party, with nine of the last ten party speakers coming from He'e

Kolohe

Halo

Once a small town, until major entertainment and communication industries "jump started" the local economy. Now, it is a center of media, style, and entertainment, with major television stations in the city, recordign studios in the suburbs, huge movie studios nearby, and a high class neighborhood (known as the "Gilded Cage). The "Cage" is home to successful movie stars, musicians, sport, and business persons, with hundreds of beautiful mansions. As its location is ideal (between Aiea [business] and Honolulu [government]), Halo is also a hugely popular popular destination for the public, with numerous amusement parks, and excellent swimming and surfing beaches.

Military

Army

The Royal Army is relative small in comparison to those of other nations. Their emphasis is upon rapid transit and deployment to regions throughout Bainbridge Island or any of the outlying islets.

Navy

The largest military entity in the Kingdom, the Royal Islander Navy has a wide vareity of responsiblites throughout the waters surrounding the Bainbridge Island. The Royal Navy is divided into two seperate entities, the Nautical Defense Forces and the Costal Rescue Guard. The Natuical Defense Forces (NDF) could be compared to the traditional naval services of other countires. They perform deep water patrols (in both Northern and Southern Meteorolas, some times as far out as the Token and Dew Point seas), as well as engage in anti-piracy and anti-smuggling operations. Additionally, the Royal Navy has developed innovative technologies to allow their specialty, maritime assult. Either delivery through HALO (High Altitide, Low Opening), or via submarine delivery, the RN has exceptional maritime assult forces that have kept the Kingdom safe. The Costal Rescue Service focues on maintaining the safety and wellbeing of the seagoing individuals of the Kingdom's waters. The RCS has a large fleet of rescue helicopters, rescue tugs, and hydrofoils to assist them in providing (and enforcing) safety in the local waters.

Air Forces

Royal Marines

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Royal Marines landing on Waikiki Beach, outside the Iolani Palace during the "Midnight Coup"

The Royal Marines are the special forces of the Kingdom of the Bainbridge Islands. Their specialty is maritime assults on either land or sea targets. Delivery systems range from HALO (High Altitude, Low Opening) assault, to submarine dispersal on littoral waters.