A former Neustrian colony, Sahratane (meaning "from the desert") gained its independence from Neustria in 1952.
The prosperous capital city of Coeurpent sits in the heart of the country on the banks of the River Serpeneux, which stretches across the length of the country, from the moutains to the ocean. The river brings life to this area, creating a band of vegetation of lush, fertile jungle lands. The land flattens out near the ocean, creating a large delta at the mouth of the river. These fertile central lands are populated mainly by the Sahrat tribe. Despite this, the Sahrati people make up only about 35% of the overall population.
In the north and south, away from the River Serpeneux, the land is dominated by desert. The people in these regions are hardy folk that trace their origins either to the Tamaran in the north, or the Kwe in the south. Due to their different origins, the people in the north and south of Sahratane have long been oppressed by the government.
The central region is rich with precious metals and minerals, such as gold, platinum, and emeralds. The western coast is experiencing an oil boom around the coastal city of Iledor.
Current Political StateEdit
The current head of state, President Régis Gam Côme, in power as a self-appointed President since 1977, was assassinated in a suspected coup in early June 2015 by one of his own bodyguards. This has sparked off a summer of fighting and power struggle within the country. To make matters worse rebels in both the north and south, motivated by government oppression and cutural differences, are pushing towards the capital city to stake their own claim on the country and its riches, supported by Tamazgha in the north and Kwezindar in the south.
With elements of the military defecting to rebel tribes, infighting in the military and the central power structure in the capital demolished practically overnight with the assassination, the Sahrat people are at risk of genocide.
Thousands of Sahrati have already fled to Gurrelura, with many thousands more expected to arrive. In response to the sheer numbers of refugees fleeing Sahratane, Neustria has clsoed its borders to them. Although some refugees have already reportedly landed on Oceana, and with more expected to arrive, there is currently no official statement from the Oceanan Government.