Continuing the series of nations after the Cataclysm comes only two in this article, as there was a lot of information for the Zulu Empire. Remember to suggest which nations you would like to see featured by leaving a comment below.
In 1991, South Africa was facing a crossroads. While
Apartheid had not yet formally ended, the country was in the throes of intense
negotiation between liberation movements, politicians and civic society. In the
back-drop, a low-key civil war was raging between tribalistic factions and recently
decriminalised anti-Apartheid groups.
When the Vortex opened and the Cataclysm arrived, South
Africa did not get to choose its own way at the crossroads. Martial law was declared,
and an interim parliament and cabinet was appointed from key figures of the previous
government and new liberation movements. Apartheid was ended by decree as the
country faced the new threat of magic and monsters.
This martial law persisted in name only until 1993. The
country was ruled by chaos, informal civil war, sorcerer warlords and hordes of
On the 10th of May 1992, the Zulu King and his
heirs were killed by opportunistic criminals, backed by a sorcerer warlord.
With the royal line severed, leaders elected a new man to take the place of the
murdered royal family.
On the 15th of May 1992, King Ukuhleleka I was crowned. He was a decisive leader,
unsatisfied with waiting for the national government to bring order. He
commanded great respect among the disparate groups of the Zulu people, in part
due to his sorcery and also due to his sheer drive and natural authority.
Zulu political groups, unions and outlying tribes were
brought into the fold and either consensually or forcibly came in line under
the King’s absolutist vision for a new Kingdom. Migrant workers, previously
living far from the Zulu homeland, rushed home to be a part of the new King’s
The creation of a Zulu military was an open secret, which
the national government didn’t even attempt to stop, as they faced a breakdown
This new military and the subsequent creation of local
militia under a system of decentralised chieftaincies that all owed absolute
fealty to the King, brought order and relative peace to the Zulu territories.
Many policemen quit their jobs and joined the unofficial law enforcement of the
While the rest of the country was facing complete turmoil,
worse than civil war in some instances, the Zulu territories were peaceful and prosperous.
Seeing this, the King approached the government of South Africa and asked for a
position in cabinet. He was refused – he suspects due to fear, spite and tribal
On the 11th of October 1993, the King led an army
of 15 000 impi (warriors) to the South African capital of Pretoria. The
Zulu King and his personal bodyguard (the Untouched), stormed the Union
Building during a cabinet meeting. The King gave the government an ultimatum:
“Accept me as Emperor, as God has decreed, and I will save this country. We will know peace and prosperity. Our children will be able to live in safety. God knows this. My people know it. And I give you all a chance to know it for yourselves. Allow me to save this country, or die here.”
The cabinet refused and the King killed them all with a
flash of immense power, leaving nothing but ash. The already large force of 15 000
was reinforced by others, including groups from the army and police who agreed
with the newly crowned Zulu Emperor.
Gauteng, South Africa’s most populous and richest province, was annexed and the Emperor didn’t delay sending out his commanders to secure the rest of South Africa. A large army was sent west, towards the Cape.
The army pressed unopposed up until Port Elizabeth, where it
met a concerted defence by the remainders of the South African Defence Force (SADF).
The Zulu army was larger, more well-trained, and had superior access to sorcerers
and mages. The SADF was crushed and had to pull back.
The Zulu advance was halted not by the SADF, but by trouble in
Gauteng. Mass protest action had erupted as a result of Zulu occupation. This came
to a bloody head on the 18th of November 1993, when 156 protesters
were killed, and thousands were injured in clashes with Zulu impi. The protesters
that survived went underground, forming a group that came to be known as
With this insurgent group at home, and increasing monster
attacks, not to mention surviving SADF troops constantly probing for
weaknesses, the Emperor’s forces were in danger on all sides.
In 1994, the Emperor struck a deal with two warlord
dynasties – an Earthborn Vampire clan called the Izingane Zgazi and a cabal of Necromancers who had formed an army
of the undead that came to be called Shaka’s Chosen.
The vampires and necromancers plunged into both Gauteng to
hunt down insurgents, and towards the SADF front. The new forces were brutal
and came to be known to kill Zulu troops alongside actual enemies. Yet, they
Goldfield attacks and an attempted coup in the heart of the
Zulu homeland resulted in forces being pulled back. The SADF pressed forward
and made it to Port Elizabeth once again, until they were decimated by the
vampires and necromancers.
The surviving forces pulled back to a series of bridges
called the Three Point Line, which they manage to hold against the Zulu Empire
to this day.
Upon the Western Cape seceding under Peter Jacob’s new idea
of political reformation, the Zulu Empire halted their advance towards the
Three Point Line and began to consolidate their captured territories – putting down
rebellions throughout the Eastern Cape and northern provinces.
Goldfield insurgency never stopped, sapping Empire
resources. The use of vampiric assassins to track down the rebels started to
result in many dead vampires, as Goldfield developed the Extermination Corps,
dedicated to eliminating vampires and monsters.
In 1999, the biggest blow to Zulu imperial authority was
dealt. While on manoeuvres with his Untouched, Emperor Ukuhleleka I was
assassinated by the Mage Corps of the Goldfield Movement. His son, Ukuhleleka
II took the throne immediately, but was not as fierce as his father.
The Cape Defence Force (CDF) pushed past the Three Point
Line for the first time since 1993 and the Goldfield Movement came out of
hiding and decisively took over Pretoria and Johannesburg.
Ukuhleleka II split his forces too thinly to attempt to
combat both the CDF and to retake Pretoria and Johannesburg. The CDF managed to
make it all the way to East London, where it stopped due to overstretched supply-lines.
The Zulu army faced profound defeat when attempting to
re-take the Gauteng territories, and were pushed south until Goldfield owned
the old territories of Gauteng, North West and the Free State.
CDF forces were only dislodged after Ukuhleleka II made a
deal with the vampire clans, granting them power to rival his own over the
Eastern Cape. He accepted. Vampire armies stormed the Eastern Cape.
In 2002, the CDF retreated back to the Three Point Line and
accepted a ceasefire with the Zulu Empire. Conflict continued between Goldfield
and the Empire until 2006, when a formal treaty was established, and the Empire
agreed to recognise the Goldfield Magocracy as a sovereign state.
The Zulu Vampire Clans ruthlessly rule over the Eastern Cape,
causing the international community to harshly condemn the Empire, but despite
Ukuhleleka II not being his father, the Empire’s military was still the largest,
most advanced and readiest armed forces in Southern Africa. International condemnation
was hot air.
While skirmishes have persisted between the CDF, Goldfield,
Lesotho, Swazi and other groups against the Zulu Empire, the Empire has
remained as a regional hegemon. A constant in the world after the Vortex.
While Odin was elected democratically to what became the
Scandinavian League, and most of the Greek god trapped on Earth have kept
quiet, the Egyptian god Anubis was not content to live as equals with the
denizens of Earth.
Immediately after the Vortex opened, Anubis found himself in
the nation of Egypt. Without a care for learning Earth’s customs, he summoned
forth a horde of demonic Anubites to serve in his army. This army tore across Egypt,
ravaging the countryside and securing strategic locations near the Nile, which
was revealed later to be a powerful weyline.
Anubis’ conquest was halted, however, by the modern Egyptian
military. While Anubites were strong, they were not well-armed and could do
nothing against modern soldiers. Anubis had to prey on civilians to feed his
This marauding continued until 1996, when a coalition of
nations aided Egypt against Anubis, crushing his forces. He disappeared into
obscurity, where he came into contact with a cult that had formed in his
honour. Intrigued by these holy images of himself, he agreed to learn Earthly
languages and ways. He learnt of technology and why his efforts at conquest
In 2001, Anubis formalised his cult into the Anubite
Syndicate. With the help of fanatics, planted inside the Egyptian military, he trained
his own human army of mages and soldiers, backed by his Anubite army.
In 2002, a military coup weakened the Egyptian army and
government, allowing Anubis to come out of hiding. He secured major cities
throughout the country, killing all those who opposed him.
In 2004, the whole of Egypt was conquered by the Anubite
Syndicate. Coalitions of neighbouring nations attempted to fight the threat but
were unable to fully occupy Egyptian cities for long. By 2010, none of the
coalition nations continued making an effort. Anubis became de facto leader of Egypt.
Following 2010, Anubis has struggled to expand his borders.
His army relies mostly on a rich supply of weyline, limiting their ability to travel
far away from the Nile. This has kept the region safe from his grasp.
Life for a human under the Anubite Syndicate is hard. Only a
select elite are granted any sort of privilege but are still underneath
Anubites on the national hierarchy. A race that has found the new nation
pleasant, however, are wights – sentient undead. While unwelcome everywhere
else, wights are seen as a natural elite in the Anubite Syndicate and given
positions of power.
Anubis continues to rule the Anubite Syndicate with an iron fist and has never stopped his lusting for more territory. One day, he may build an army that can trek far past his own borders. And when that day comes, will the world be ready to face him?
Read more about life after the Cataclysm in the Kat Drummond series, available now.