The Republic of Wake Island (Short Form: Wake Island) is a collection of islands located in Oceania. The islands; Wake Island, Falker Islands, Hawi, and Midway Island
Wake Island's early history is relatively unknown, however it is known that they were part of the Oceanian Mountain Chain, however unlike most islands humans did not run to the peak when the Great Oceania Flooding occurred. It is not known is animals ever lived on the islands; but recent studies suggest that several birds lived on the island, but migrated to Guadal Canal around 200 B.E. Several plants, such as the Wake Palma Tree, are native to the island, and are estimated to arrived at the island around 345 B.E. Other plants seem to have grown on the island after the Great Oceania Flooding.
0 A.E. - 1607 Edit
The Great Eruption seemed to have not effected Wake Island. Like most islands, Wake Island wasn't effected by The Great Eruption, but the eruption brought ash and rocks to the island. During is time, a rock smashed directly into the island, creating the harbor we see today.
On October 2, 1607, a ship from the newly formed Nedporen, discovered Wake Island. It was named after when it was first spotted, in the early hours of morning. It was thought by Captian Franklin Meyu that Wake Island was the farthest you could sail before you reached the end of the earth, and so it was thought that Wake Island was the first piece of land to see sunlight everyday. Upon landing on the island, traders noted the beautiful harbor, and the abundance of bananas. But after several traders drank water from the harbor, dying soon after from the salt. Humans would not visit the island until 1776, when Nedporen was looking for islands to use for trading routes. Wake Island was seen as being south-east of Nedporen, but is was discovered that Franklin Meyu sailed off course, and had mapped many islands in the wrong locations. These errors were fixed later on by many sailors.
1608 - 1843Edit
After setting up a supply depot, and later a Nedporen Naval Base, Wake Island became a colony of Nedporen on January 17, 1839. The island would see relative peace, with many people settling on the island.
The Oceanic WarsEdit
With Nedporen trying to expand into all of Oceania, Wake Island was seen as a vital location by the Nedporenian leadership. The island would send four divisions over the span of The Oceanic Wars; however after the island was sieged by the Iwo Jiman Navy in 1844, many who lived on the island and called it home, some of which had been there for 200 years, began to see themselves as Wake Islanders, rather then Nedporenians.
On July 29, 1870, the newly formed Republic of Nedporen began to scale down on imperialism, and with calls for independence, the Nedporenian government allowed Wake Island the right to self-governance. But with island no longing becoming profitable with the start of 1872, the process of independence began. On January 17, 1872, The Republic of Wake Island became an independant state.
With only a population of 9,400, Wake Island began to hire contractors to search for resources that the island could use to boost its economy. On March 14, 1872, contractor Jim Hallers found the first traces of gold. Further studies showed the Wake Island hid a huge deposit of gold under it. Nedporen, after hearing this, offered to buy Wake Island back, but the Wake Island government declined the offer. The gold would see a massive economic boom, and a huge boost to tourism.
Nationalism and MilitarismEdit
With this, the population exploded from 9,400 to 1 million in just a year. The island became extremely crowded, and the Wake Island government began looking for outside islands. The Falker Islands were seen as a good option, as no nation claimed them, and no natives lived on the islands. On April 4, 1872, under the command of Jim "Jolly" Forker, a Wake Island naval fleet sailed to the islands, claiming them for Wake Island.
Even though it wasn't much of a military trip, rather just an opportunity for Wake Island to show off its newly purchased naval fleet, it raised Nationalism in Wake Island. People began to think of Wake Island as being the Oceanianic empire, holding off the invaders and uniting Oceania under one flag. With the writings of Sam Deru, and the election of a new right-wing president, President Carl Alop; the public called for "Wake Island Empire". With the new found gold, tourism, and the always good fishing industries booming, the Wake Island government began building up its armed forces. They were also able to purchase newer iron naval ships from North Nebraska.
Wake Island, after annexing all nearby unclaimed islands, set its sights on the newly formed Kingdom of Hawi. After staging a fake attack on a Wake Island ship harbored in Hawi, Wake Island declared war on Hawi on August 21, 1872. Wake Island Marines stormed the Hawi islands on August 23, and the Hawi government fled to the unclaimed island of Midway. Seeing an opportunity for more expansion, Wake Island invaded the island on August 25, and on August 29, 1872, the Hawi government surrendered to Wake Island.
The capture of Midway and Hawi began to put Wake Island in conflict with Iwo Jima. Iwo Jima had been trying create an Oceanianic empire as well, putting them in conflict with Wake Island. Wake Island sent a delegate to Iwo Jima on November 4, 1872. After talks, the two agree the anything past Midway would be put under Iwo Jima control. On November 27, 1872, Guadalcanal, Iwo Jima, and Wake Island met in Guadal to discuss the future of Guadalcanal. It was decided that Iwo Jima could build a military base on the east side of the island, and Wake Island could be a military base on the west of the island, leaving Guadalcanal as a buffer state between the two empires.
First Windview-Wake WarEdit
Following this, Wake Island set its eyes on Windview. Having just declared independence, it was thought that Windview wouldn't put up much of a fight. After staging a fake attack on the Falker Islands, and thus giving Wake Island a reason for war; and on November 10, 1883, Wake Island declared war on Windview. After several setbacks, a Wake Island fleet arrived on the 17th. Wake Island marines stormed Windview, however due to the setbacks, Windview was able to prepare a defense of the island. After three days of attacking, the commander of the Wake Island fleet, General Lewis Toolilu ordered the attacks to stop. He then placed a blockade around Windview. His plan, the so-called "Hunger Plan" planned to starve the Windviewers into surrender. What Toolilu failed to find out is the Windview had been stocking up on supplies for two months before the invasion. After two months of waiting, Toolilu launched another attack on the island. After two days of failing to get past even the first line of defense; Toolilu requested reinforcements and supplies from the Wake Island High Command. Due to rising tensions between Iwo Jima and Wake Island, the High Command ordered Lewis Toolilu to abandon the island to head to Midway Island; in case the Iwo Jimans attacked it. On January 29, 1884, General Lewis Toolilu abandoned the island; thus giving Windview the win.
First Iwo-Wake WarEdit
With rising tensions between the two empires, the Wake Island High Command knew that at any moment Iwo Jima could attack. So, the Wake Island High Command decided to strike first; using the "Gunshot Plan". The Gunshot Plan would consist of Wake Island heading straight for the island of Iwo Jima. It was hoped that by taking the heartland of the Iwo Jiman Empire, that the war would end quickly. On May 4, 1884, Wake Island declared war on Iwo Jima. The Gunshot Plan went into effect, and the entire Wake Island naval fleet headed for the island of Wake Island. On May 17, 1884, and Iwo Jiman scouting ship spotted the fleet, and notified the Iwo Jiman High Command. Iwo Jima, instead of trying to stop the bigger and better-equipped Wake Island fleet with their own fleet, instead choosing to purchase 210mm Naval Cannons from the Slavic Union. Seven of these were set up on Iwo Jima, three on Okinawa, and two in the Coral Sea. On May 24, 1884, the Wake Island fleet arrived at Iwo Jima. As soon as the fleet got within range of the guns, they fired. With shells raining down upon them, the fleet decided to retreat to Midway Island. Once they arrived, an Iwo Jiman fleet descended upon them; decimating them, and on June 1, 1884, Iwo Jima took Midway Island.
Meanwhile, fighting had been going on in the seas around Guadalcanal. Guadalcanal, choosing to remain neutral, suffered greatly at the hands of both Iwo Jima and Wake Island. Not only were both sides fleets engaged in naval combat; but both sides believed that the other side would attack Guadalcanal; so both sides mined and set up traps across the island without Guadalcanal's permission. This illegal mining and trap laying resulted in 300 Guadalcanalers loosing their lives. Combined with the outside naval battles, Guadalcanal would loss 17,390 people; despite remaining neutral throughout the entire war.
On June 14, 1884, Wake Island won the First Naval Battle of Guadalcanal; and on June 20, Wake Island took back Midway Island. Iwo Jima then began calling for peace; and with the chance of Windview joining Iwo Jima in revenge for the Windview-Wake War, and the Slavic Union joining Iwo Jima (As the two had signed many trade deals, and had recently signed a treaty of Non-Aggression, so it was in their interest that Iwo Jima win the war) Wake Island decided that maybe giving in while they were ahead for be a good idea; and on July 7, 1884, the two nations signed a armistice; thus ending the war.
Military Coup of 1895Edit
Following these losses, the Wake Island government began the halt further expansion; and started to downgrade the size of both the military and colony benefits. This began to anger the increasingly extremist military, and the public began to get anger with the government, as they saw it as weak due to these loses. In the election of 1895, the weak President Ryan Holmer won the vote due to being "The lesser of two evils". He began to seriously decrease the size of the military. He also began to decrease public benefits for Wake Island's colonies. This not only made him and his government unpopular with the military, but also the colonies. After meeting on Midway Island, the military, under General Micheal Yepper, staged a coup against President Holmer. After several shoots were fired, President Holmer and his supporters got on a boat to Nedporen. The coup succeeded, and Micheal Yepper took power, and renamed Wake Island to "The Empire of Wake Island". After the coup, Wake Island began a massive military build-up. This resulted in higher tensions between the Oceanianic nations.
World War 1 Edit
At the outbreak of World War 1 in 1914, Wake Island joined the Allied Powers on June 14, 1914. The government said that this was to "Protect small nations around the world". The real reason was to conquer the small Evergreen colony of Palau. After sending a fighting-force of 30,130 men. After arriving on the island on July 1, 1914, they began to land troops on the island. The Evergreen troops stationed on the island surrendered the island without much of a fight. No one was killed, but one gun accidentally went off, injuring a Wake Island soldier, but not killing him.
After the failed Dixon Offensive, North Nebraska called upon the Allied Powers to supply troops to aid in the fighting. Wake Island sent 130,780 troops to aid them. 3,986 would be killed from combat, 14,439 from disease, and 35,692 would be injured from both combat and disease. Because of this, Wake Island was granted 3 seats at the Border City Treaty. Wake Island was granted the island of Palau, and membership in the Allied League.
During the interwar period, Wake Island began to purchase equipment from foreign nations, and on November 2, 1922 the first harbor the built on Wake Island, caused much more trade to go through Wake Island. On April 14, 1924, The Wake Island Air Force was established. On July 17, 1924, The Wake Island Armored Force was established.
Second Windview-Wake War Edit
With the ending of the First World War, there was some disputes between Windview and Wake Island over Palau. Windview claimed the island of Maliu, and Wake Island claimed that since it was part of the Evergreen Palau, Wake Island had the right to control it. The Allied League refused to get involved, claiming that since Palau was not an independent state, The Allied League had no right for involvement. On April 15, 1926, Windview declared war on Wake Island.
This war would see massive use of tanks, planes, and machine guns; many claim it was the first modern war in Oceania. Windview launched a naval attack on Palau itself; the Wake Island garrison, while small, managed to defend the island; even sinking the W.N.S. Fredrick. Wake Island returned the favor by beginning a massive bombing campaign. Windview marines then invaded Maliu, easily defeating the 15 man Wake Island garrison. Windview then launched another attack on Palau, and was able to take half the island before Wake Island was able to send their newly bought Archer Mk. IV tank from Nedporen. Windview, at the time, didn't have anything to counter the new tanks; many of their soldiers had never even seen a car before. After turning into a stalemate, Windview realized that the situation was hopeless, and the threat of Iwo Jima taking advantage of the war, they called for peace. During the peace talks, Wake Island was granted both Palau and Maliu.
The Great Economic Downturn Edit
After stock markets collapsed in 1931, Wake Island's economy was hit hard. Business moved to more profitable places, and since tourism was a big part of the Wake Island economy, the economy was hit bad. The military, however, was doing quite well for itself. Even through the threat of a military coup was ever present, a coup never happened.
World War 2 & The Second Iwo-Wake War Edit
Even though World War 2 didn't actually begin until September 1, 1938, fighting began in Oceania in 1937. With the more militaristic Emperor Hajina Tolo becoming Iwo Jiman emperor, Wake Island; correctly; assumed that an attack would happen at any time. The Iwo Jima drew up a plan called Shōmei kōgeki "Lighting Attack". The plan stated, "In order to defeat the Empire of Wake Island, Iwo Jima must strike fast and deadly, using modern technology, such as tanks, trucks, and especially planes." This would dictate how the first years of the war would be fought.
However Wake Island was surprised when Iwo Jima called for peace and friendship between the two nations, even going so far as to send Wake Island "Golden Medals of Friendship" and Cherry Blossom trees. This turned out to be part of Shōmei kōgeki, as the plan would make Wake Island think Iwo Jima wanted to avoid war. It worked perfectly, Wake Island really thought that the chances of war between the two was slim. This peace was not to last long. IJN Aircraft about to attack Wake Island
On December 21, 1937, at 7:38 AM, the Iwo Jima Third Naval Fleet, equipped with the newly made Shocacu Aircraft Carrier, attacked Wake Island and Falker Islands with a massive air raid. With most soldiers still sleeping, Wake Island anti-air guns couldn't be mobilized in time. Some of the early anti-air guns were able to destroy seven IJN Aircraft, before being knocked out themselves. The sirens were sound at 7:43 AM. Wake Island tried to get aircraft into the sky, however they simply couldn't get off the ground. While this was going on, the Second Wake Island Naval Fleet, which was stationed at Wake Island, was getting smashed. Of its 18 ships, 7 were sunk, 9 damaged, only 2 survived undamaged. Whilst the rest of the fleet was in combat, the 2 ships, the W.I.N. Terrior and the W.I.N. Semple were ordered to sail to the Falker Islands to support the First Wake Island Naval Fleet.
In the Falker Islands, the