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Pambazuka Timeline

2000- The idea for an East African Community is revived with Kenya, Burundi, Rwanda, Tanzania and Uganda.

2010-The EAC launches its own common market for goods, labour and capital within the region, with the goal of creating a common currency and eventually a full political federation.

2013-A protocol is signed outlining plans for launching a monetary union within 10 years.

2019-Oluwasegun Sizwe Afolayan writes The Case for Pan-Africa. A history book of Pan-Africanist history from the 20th Century until now, Oluwasegun called for a continental unity in the face of 'neo-colonialism' by multinational corporations and the governments of Europe, Asia and North America. He calls for the formation of a grass-roots populist movement under the title of Pambazuka or Arise in Swahili to combat government corruption.

2020-After years of deterioration and the best efforts of the government to avert disaster, the last glacier atop Mount Kilimanjaro in Kenya, East Africa finally melted. The President of the East African Community declared the event a travesty and called for increased effort by the international community to combat global climate change before other natural wonders could be ruined.

2022- The presidents of the East African Community member states met in Arusha, Tanzania and signed the East Africa Constitutional Treaty, seen by many as the final step in the region’s federalization. The treaty was met with fierce opposition, especially in Tanzania and Kenya where opponents criticized the EAC and the member governments for speeding along a political union that was inequitable and unwanted, ignoring the fundamental rights and wishes of the people.

2024- In an effort to allow more time for negotiating a revised constitutional treaty, the East African Parliament passed a resolution delaying the first permanent presidential elections for the EAC until after the end of Uganda’s term in the rotating presidency in 2030. This caused protests from those upset at the delay and those against the federalization process, which skeptics claimed was moving far too fast and not addressing issues that affected the everyday citizens of East Africa.

2027-The World Wildlife Fund announces that the Mountain Gorilla is extinct in the wild, blaming environmental degradation and war for the travesty. The species now only exists in zoos and wildlife preserves outside Africa. Later in the year, the East African Community and African Union announce plans to breed Mountain Gorillas and reintroduce them into the wild by 2040. After several years of further negotiation, leaders of the East African Community signed a revised version of the East African Constitutional Treaty. The treaty was promptly ratified by the East African Parliament and would require only ratification by the parliaments of each member state to pass. News of this development sparked protests – some violent – in Kenya and Tanzania.

2030- Amidst controversy, violence, and accusations of corruption, the last of the constituent parliaments of the East African Community ratified the East African Constitutional Treaty, effectively fusing Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Rwanda, and Burundi into a single state. Critics of the federalization process accuse the governments of betraying the people and rioting leads to hundreds of deaths in Nairobi, Arusha, and Mombasa. East Africa officially became the East Africa Federation.

2040- Fierce fighting ensued in Zimbabwe as pro-western forces, supported covertly by Operation Cecil and – perhaps illegally – by the UNMZ, march on Harare. By the end of the year, the city has been taken and the nationalist leaders were ousted from the country. Despite this, fighting continued with remnants of the nationalist forces and internally within the pro-western faction.

2041-The Trade War between the United States and the People's Republic of China leads to a opportunity for many African countries to take back control of their countries from multinational domination. Using funds from friendly governments, businesses and the overseas community many Chinese owned operations are purchased at lower prices than a year ago. Chinese citizens and their families are allowed to leave but some however stay. The Private Military Companies are dissolved, their equipment merged into the growing federation military and the contractors expelled. Many of the newly free countries nationalize the mineral, water and biological rights within their borders in order to fund domestic improvements.

2044-The East African Federation sponsors a peace summit in its capital, Arusha, amongst the warring factions in the Fourth Chimurenga. After several weeks of negotiations, faction leaders agreed to a ceasefire and “peace framework” that many hoped could lead to a power-sharing agreement, free elections, and the end to a war that has raged for over 30 years. Many analysts noted that in the fifteen years since East Africa officially federated, it has developed into a new African economic and political powerhouse.

2050-The East African Federation is renamed the Pambazuka Phyle. With a growing economy in the former East Africa and influence in Congo-Kinshasa. President Shaeyln Hext is elected Chairman. During her tenure, she works to increase distribution of anti-malarial drugs, increase HIV vaccinations, and build cross-continental infrastructure. Many analysts saw this as further affirmation that the phyle was on the rise and could very well become a world power by the end of the century.

2054- India and Pambazuka agree to form a joint anti-piracy task force to tackle the resurgence of piracy in the Arabian Sea, Gulf of Aden, and Indian Ocean in the last 15 years. Efforts by governmental and private conservation groups have led to small populations of the Mountain Gorilla and Northern White Rhinoceros to be reestablished in Tanzania. While it will take decades, if not centuries, to restore the species fully, it is hoped that sustained efforts will help bring them back from the brink of total extinction.

2059-The last organized resistance in Congo-Kinshasa is defeated, leaving only isolated warlords and criminal kingpins remaining.

2060-The phyle undergoes a governmental restructuring to decentralize economic and political power to a local level. Local communities ranging from a few hundred people to a hundred thousand are created. Called Communes (Townships/Municipalities) they hold all lands in trust and receive funding from land rent, user fees and resource taxes. Decisions are made by a Council elected by all adult members of the Commune. The next level up is the Canton, with one canton per fifty million people. Similar to the Swiss system or an American state, the canton administers health care, the basic income, public education and law enforcement. Similar to the Communes the Canton's day to day business is run by a Council elected from all eligible adults. The final level is the Phyle government which handles foreign relations, defense and crimes involving two or more Cantons. Like the Communes and Canton's the daily affairs are run by a council.

2067-The drone carrier Kagame is launched from Mombasa. The ability to create a petition for voting in the Canton is created as long as the petitioner can receive ten percent of the population to agree for it to be put to a vote. The Four Freedoms are enacted by the public to restrict discrimination by any government organization.

2088-Work begins on micro drones for military and civilian purposes.


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