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History of A1
The site where A1 is today was previously occupied by the Wurundjeri People, an indigenous tribe of Australia which roamed for up to 100km around Melbourne. The Wurundjeri Nation consisted of six Wurundjeri tribes, from which John Batman, the founder of Melbourne, eventually bought the land from them.
1789 – 2007
When Melbourne was founded in the early 1800s, the area of A1 was completely untouched by the white man and was not ‘developed’ until the late 1800s when farms began to pop up. During the 1900s, the eastern suburbs grew, forcing the construction of A1.
The ‘Great Pprit Revolution’
In November 2007, the there were uprisings all over A1, as many took part in a general revolt.
On the 1st January 2008, Pprit and other leading revolutionaries, including Anthony Walsby, signed the A1 constitution and Bill of Rights, officially marking A1's claims of sovereignty.
The new Chairman Pprit made the first speech in early March of that year, the delay being due to the enormous amount of administrative work required to set up the nation.
The new government implemented policies with an emphasis on the military, where A1 sought to secure its position within what Chairman Pprit called, “...a hostile new world”.
On 1st April 2008, to coincide with four-month independence celebrations, Chairman Pprit announced the dissolution of the A1 Militia and the formation of the A1DF (A1 Defence Force). Pprit separated the Defence Forces into: A1 Regular People’s Army, A1 Air Force, A1 Navy, A1 Special Forces and A1 Home Guard. As the numbers of the A1 Militia had rapidly grown by 500%, it was decided that this move was necessary. Altogether, the new defence forces now numbered 10 with more recruitment campaigns to be launched later on to increase the number to 27 (September 2008).
Another important move in April 2008 was the creation of the A1 currency: the ‘Ellen’. When it was launched, the Ellen’s exchange rate was $US 0.0004 by has gradually increased to $US 0.00044 (June 2008). The first fully A1-owned business to do business out of A1 was the heating business ‘Pureheat’ which opened up branch offices in A2 and Australia.
In July, the A1 People's Army liberated B31 in a surprise attack. This was the first protectorate of A1 (See ‘Administrative areas’) and has since become very prosperous and stable. This is demonstrated clearly in the doubling of exports with the support of the central A1 government. Later in August, B2 was also liberated, but has not been as successful due the isolation of B2. But the then Governor Sharkbait, of B2, worked hard to ensure that routes were kept open through the borders.
However, a major blow was dealt to A1 in February 2009, when then-Chairman, Marienka Pprit, disappeared suddenly and was replaced as Chairman by Acting Chairman Llenroc and as Party Chairman by Professor John Collins.
Following this appointment, a relatively inactive period descended upon the nation, lasting until around July 2009, when fresh elections were called by the A1 Electoral Commission.
Election of Donald Sunderland
The landslide victory of the newly appointed Chairman of the A1 People's Party, now Sir. Donald Sunderland, in the August 2009 A1 General Election resulted in many new recruits being appointed to government positions.