Federation of Gristerra and Westavia

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In the summer of 1965, President David Clotheir and Vice President Steve Smith of the Union of Confederate States drafted a new constitution for the nation. The proposed constitution abolished the presidency and vice presidency and substituted two co-consuls to govern in their place. Through convoluted wording, the document also gave the offices of co-consuls to David and Steve for life.

Although the Clotheir-Smith constitution was never adopted by the U.C.S. congress, it caused hard feelings among other founding members of the nation, especially Russell Hughen, governor of the state of Oceana. Russell renamed Oceana to Wasserland and then declared secession.

The newly independent nation of Wasserland was geographically situated between Gristerra and Westavia, states of the U.C.S. that were governed, respectively, by David Clotheir and Steve Smith. David and Steve mutually agreed to declare these states independent nations as well, terminating the existence of the U.C.S. in the process.

As president of the new Republic of Westavia, Steve Smith laid claim to an expanse of empty earth known as the Wasteland. Russell Hughen made a counter-claim on behalf of Wasserland and attempted to enforce it by building a fortification on the Wasteland, called Fort Hughen.

Determining that Wasserland was a threat to them both, David and Steve formed the Federation of Gristerra and Westavia to confront Russell and his ambitions. One day as Russell was strengthening Fort Hughen, David and Steve initiated a dirt-clod battle that ended with Russell fleeing the Wasteland.

Considering the conflict with Wasserland to be settled, David and Steve dissolved their federation. Their two countries continued on as separate, independent entities for approximately one more year.

During its short existence of one month or less, the Federation of Gristerra and Westavia functioned as a quasi-nation with regard to war and foreign relations. Its two constituent components (Gristerra and Westavia), though, retained their statuses as independent nations throughout the federation period.