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Iron Guard Romania
Flag of Iron Guard Romania
Flag of the Romanian National Legionary State
Full Name Statul Naţional-Legionar Român
Common Name Romania
Motto Totul Pentru Ţară

(Everything for the Country)

Anthem La Lupta, Muncitori!

(To Battle, Workers!)

Official Languages Romanian
Capital Bucharest
Government Structure One-party totalitarian dictatorship
Head of State Corneliu Zelea Codreanu
Head of Government A.C. Cuza
Currency Romanian Leu
Established 1935

(National-Legionary State)

Area (excluding colonies) Approximately 177,300 km²
Population (excluding colonies) Approximately 8,500,000

Romania (România), officially the Romanian National-Legionary State (Statul Naţional-Legionar Român) is a country in South-East Europe. It is governed by the nationalist Iron Guard movement. Therefore it is usually called Iron Guard Romania. It is bordered by Galicia-Lodomiera to the north, Ukraine to the northeast, the Black Sea to the east, Bulgaria to the south and Hungary to the west.

History

Following Peace of Paris, concluding the Crimean War (1853 - 1856), the unification of Moldavia and Wallachia was expressly forbidden. However, due to a quirk in the procedure, Ioan Alexandru Cuza was elected Domnitor in both principalities, thus becoming first Prince of the United Principalities (1859 - 1866), to be followed onto the throne by Karl Eitel Friedrich Zephyrinus Ludwig von Hohenzollern-Sigmaringen (1866 - 1914), after a coup staged by the so called "Monstrous Coalition". After the 8th Russian-Turkish War 1877/78, which saw Romania fighting alongside Russia, the country's sovereignty was recognized on the Berlin Congress of 1878. Southern Bessarabia was ceded to Russia, while Romania gained Dobrogea.

In 1881 the Romanian Prince took the title of King Carol I. The orientation towards the West was secured, Russian influence lost its appeal. Carol I settled the Second Balkans War (1913) and joined the Quadrilateral with Dobrogea. With the outbreak of the Weltkrieg in 1914 Romania initially remained neutral, but joined the Entente in 1916, after Carol's successor, Ferdinand I ascended to the throne, only to be overrun in a few months by Bulgaria and Austria. In 1918 the government was forced to sign the Treaty of Bucharest, handing over the whole of Wallachia and Dobrogea and areas of the Carpathian peaks, as well as guaranteeing to supply Germany and Austria with oil for the following 90 years.

The treaty was never ratified and by the end of the Weltkrieg, a new treaty consisting of milder terms was drawn. Romania had to cede Southern Dobruja (Dobrogea) to Bulgaria and demilitarized Oltenia. Romania was allowed to keep Bessarabia from the remnants of the Russian Revolution, but the rich oil fields in Ploiesti were leased to Germany until 2012.

After the death of Ferdinand in 1927, the military managed to effectively seize the reigns of government, installing the 6 year old Michael, Ferdinand's grandson, as their puppet king, completely bypassing Carol II, the late king's disgraced son. Of the various groups which collaborated with the military, the right-wing Iron Guard, led by Corneliu Zelea Codreanu, proved the most dangerous. They managed to acquire more and more power within the state apparatus, eventually violently ousting the part of the military government still opposing them in 1935 and setting Codreanu up as the new Conducător (Leader in Romanian), while the young king fled the country.

Codreanu now rules over a divided nation, promising to restore Romania to its former greatness, throw off the shackles of its oppression and be rid of its enemies both foreign and domestic.

Politics

Only one party is allowed, the Iron Guard, officially know as the Legion of the Archangel Michael. The goverment is currently led by a long-time ally of Conducător Codreanu, Alexander C. Cuza. Cuza leads the more moderate faction of the party, while others under leadership of Horia Sima advocate a more radical stance towards both foreign enemies and domestic enemies, such as the supporters of the monarchy.

Conscription Law: Limited Conscription
Economic Law: Civilian Economy
Trade Law: Free Trade
Head of Government: A.C. Cuza
Foreign Minister: Ion Antonescu
Economy Minister: Constantin Papanace
Security Minister: {{{securityminister}}}
Intelligence Minister: Petre Antonescu


Military

With the recent seizure of power of the Iron Guard, Romania has started to remilitarize, though more is needed for Romania to be able to successfully challenge the Bulgarian hegemony on the Balkans.

Army

The army currently consists of eleven infantry divisions and two cavalry divisions.

Navy

The Romanian navy is very small, consisting of an outdated destroyer squadron and an equally old submarine group.

Airforce

Romania possesses a small and somewhat outdated airforce, but it has a large domestic aircraft industry and the capability of greatly expanding the current forces. Currently it has a small fighter squadron, a tactical bomber group, and a naval bomber squadron.

Foreign Relations

Friendly relations with Greece, Serbia and Ottoman Empire.

Unfriendly relations with Bulgaria and Austria-Hungary.

Culture

Primarily Romanian, with large Romanian minorities living abroad in Hungary (Transylvania) and Bulgaria (Southern Dobrudja).

See also

  • Weltkrieg, the war that shaped current Romanian politics

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