New African Alliance
The NAA (New African Alliance) was formed in 2044 (formeally the PanAfrican Union), when relations between China and several African nations helped break the struggling countries away from western economic control. The tumultuous and unstable political climate of turn of the century West Africa made is an unpopular place to invest for would-be financiers. Sometime around 2030, China began supporting the efforts of a small but growing Pan-African movement with bases in Nigeria, Cairo and South Africa. The influx of Chinese capital allowed the movement to gain traction and legitimacy, while Chinese military intervention kept the much better armed (and far more aggressive) desperate militias of rebels and freedom fighters at bay.
As governments within the continent fell, the PanAfrican Party were always there to pick up the pieces, and keep them together. As their political power grew, they were able to collectively bargain for much more equitable trade agreements with Western powers, becoming The PanAfrican Union.
Meanwhile, the Global West’s resource use began to seriously outpace its sustainable energy development. Seeing a great opportunity (with reclaimed rights to the Niger delta and other major geographically African oil rich areas), the PanAfrican Union called upon several Arabic nations to quietly form a price-fixing network to monopolize the market. The Arabic nations – who had had historically positive relations with PanAfrican Union member states pre-unification – were eager to agree.
By the time the Western powers realized that the fix was firmly in, the PanAfrican Union had built up enough funds to cut the last ties it had to Europe and the Global West. On October 2nd, 2041, PanAfrican Union representatives announced that it had successfully made its last payment to a western government for outstanding development loans.
Newly free from the shackles of western financial dependence (and weary of the eventual western rebuttal), the PanAfrican Union leveraged the nationalist fervor to found the New African Alliance (NAA) as it is currently known; their goal, to mobilize billions of dollars in Chinese brought infrastructure, unique natural resources and newfound stable leadership towards the end of superpower status.
The last impediment to African self-determination was its massive debt to China. Some nations thought that the best way to deal with it would be to dissolve the NAA, shirk the debt, and then reconstitute it under a new name sometime later. As negotiations for the allocations of wealth post breakup were going on in secret, Madagascan scientists developed a working prototype of a sapphire fueled energy cell, based on American designs several decades before.
This invention was rushed to market too soon, and several local disasters caused buyer trepidation and civil unrest. Soon the design was perfected, and the NAA’s GDP rose unprecedentedly. Much of the country’s monetary success has been funneled into educational facilities and state of the art science programs. These have created a stable middle class in each member of the NAA’s states. Sales on the ESC system have drastically closed the gap between the NAA’s debt to China and total economic independence, and the technology itself has allowed for cheap energy storage and transfer from the SEP to constitute state urban centers.
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