The subcontinent of Gallaga, along with Knootian Colombia, is one of the hotspots of anti-colonialism. Gallaga was a prime center for western influence, trade, and eventually domination starting in the early sixteenth century. It was these influences which led to the decline and collapse in the mid eighteenth century of the ruling Gallagan Empire into a large number of squabbling states. Keen insight into local politics allowed trading companies to transform themselves into Empires over a very short period of time. By 1800, the three primary Gallagan powers had consolidated their power.
The East Gallaga Company of Iansisle, the longest lasting of all the original trade empires, ended with the most populous northeastern section of Gallaga, but also the most divided. Calarca took the southern plateaus and Ercolana the western lands. Little Walmington on Sea took the small but rich island of Ceyloba.
Although most of the powerful native states were snapped up quickly, the Maratha Confederacy was allowed to endure in central Gallaga and the confluence of the three empires, with the idea of it being a barrier to prevent border struggles. However, the Confederacy instead became the center of intrigues on the subcontinent, with all three powers playing the deadly serious ‘Maratha Game.’ When it seemed one power was getting too much power in the Confederacy, the other two would slap it down to maintain the balance of power. When the native government itself got too powerful, all three would put it back in its place and immediately go back to squabbling.
Everything changed with the start of the German-Chiangese War. Gallaga immediately became a primary battlefront, as Fascist Ercolana sided with the Axis powers and Chiang Maï, an industrialized native state east of Gallaga, invaded Company lands. Iansisle and Calarca forgot their rivalry and joined with Walmington on Sea in a Grand Alliance to defeat the common threat. The Chiangese invasion was stopped at last at Nusheld, and Calarcan forces soon overran Ercolanan Gallaga. However, the war also caused the blossoming of Gallagan nationalism in large parts of the Iansislean territories.
The Gallagan National Congress, which had been founded twenty years earlier but found only halting support from the masses, started to hold mass rallies in Nusheld and wherever else they could. Other, more radical groups attacked Iansislean planters and soldiers, but their acts were blamed on the Congress. Meanwhile, support was also undermined by widely circulated rumors that the secular Congress was actually a vehicle for the domination of the large Muslim minority in Iansislean Gallaga and a Muslim League sprung up to oppose both the Company and the Congress.
For a time, the Company successfully played Congress and the League off one another. However, the arrival of the famed Rumbiak Brigade, supposedly led by Hiresh Dhawan, in the Confederacy began to bring the League and the Congress into a closer working relationship.
The dreams of a Gallagan state seemed realized when news of the Gull Flag Revolution - especially the revisitation of the Gallaga Act of 1750 - arrived in Nusheld. However, the new government in Ianapalis seemed more convinced than ever that its status as a great power was dependent upon the Gallagan Empire. Company lands, which were primarily a series of dependent princely states, were reorganized by a new Gallaga Office into a more centralized Raj under the Governor-General and Council of the New Shield colony. Gallagan independence now seems farther off than ever before.