Garcia - A Proud Fictional Island Nation
Garcia is a relitively decent sized Island nation, about 75 miles from most southern point, to most northern. The nation is located about 100 or so miles off the coast of Columbia in the Atlantic, originally being discovered by the Spanish in 1503. By 1756 the British had taken over the island converting it into a coloney, being held by the British until the Freedom Act of 1924, when Garcia was given independance as a Commonweath country. Having been modernized by the British, Garcians drive on the Left of the Road, and use the Imperial measurement system, including UK Gallons.
British Takeover 1756
In March 1756, Garcia was held by the Spanish. Island natives had been starved and the poor used as cheap labour to build the great spanish port of Juavos. Word of this had spread to the British, who saw this as an oppourtunity to not only build a new Coloney, but spreas their naval superiority to the south Atlantic, hence why on 2nd April 1756, they invaded the Island, bringing prosperity and a sense of security to the Island.
World War II
In the second world war Garcia had 2 new military Airfields built, One in its midlands, and one in the south, as defence against possible attacks from German vessels and a final outreach for British officials in case og a German invasion of the United Kingdom. At the end of the war these were handed to the Garcian Military. Furthermore multiple navy bases had been built, most notworthy bein the one on the small ofshore Island of Tantos.
Attempted Soviet Invasion of 1976
In the summer of 1976, the Soviets being keen to find a way at posting ICBM’s in range of the US Capitol, attempted to invade Garcia. It started with ships taking the Navel Base of Tantos, then raids on the southern airfield. In a final cry of help the Garcian government called upon the US to help. Not wanting a repeat of Cuba, the American forces first blockaded the Island nation, starving the Soviet fleet. This followed by destruction of Soviet aircraft currently based on the southern airfield. After the conflict, Garcia handed Tantos to the US Navy, along with permission to build a new airfiled on the Island for defence against future attacks. To this day high anti-socialist views run high within Garcia.
With most central Garcian roads being rough, rally suppport runs High in Garcia. In fact to promote the Governments Help to Buy Cars sceme, that helps residents buy cars under 1L in capacity, a Rally event is held each year. This rally covers 4 major stages across the island, and invite all major manufacturers to enter. The winning Make and Model is chosen as the car of the year for the sceme, being selected as the car that the Help to Buy aid goes to.
The island also has 3 race tracks, all different. The newest was built in 2018, as an appeal to the F1 board to hold a race in Garcia, with hopes of improoving tourism in the Island.
Garcia’s idustry mostly spans across the pruduction of Tobacco and Grapes, although Garcia also has a few mines, with the North of the Island being rich in Titanium, a valued resource across the world. Anther key part of Garcian industry is it’s very own Auto Manufacturer GMI - Garcian Motors Incorperated. The company was founded in 1938, producing small cars for the people of Garcia. In 1962 the Company was accquied by LLA, a Birtish auto manufacturer.
Automobiles were first introduced into Garcia in 1922 as a Means for the countries most important people to travel the country quickly. By the break of war in 1939, cars were a common sight within the Garcian cities where most of the middle class and upper class population resided.
During the war Garcia went from having few paved roads to having multiple highways and roads everywhere. Even the countryside had rough primitive roads to help the military cross the country quicker in the case of invasion. This proved to be successful when the soviets ivaded, allowing the US military to liberate the nation effectively.
Of course as cars improved over the years and became more affordable, the roads also improved. By the late 1980’s there were at least 2 cars for every citizen in the country. In 1989, the Garcian government put out a new target to have 95% of all the nations major roads paved toa high quality, investing $4.5Bn into the renewal of the nations infrastructure.
Upon the break of the 00’s, the Garcian government set out its goal to reduce the net emissions output of the country. This started with a tax increase on larger capacity engines. Then the abolishment of tax for vehicles under 1000cc capacity in 2005.
Tax on Vehicles
With Gracia beingn a relitively small nation with mostly small roadsthe Government has always incentivised smaller more economy oriented cars. Since the 1950’s tax was always reduced on vehicles with engines smaller than 1400cc capacity. By the 1980’s with all the nations oil being imported tax rose even further, promoting sales of JDM made Kei cars. Of course by 2005, with the dawn of the tax abolishment on anything under 1000cc, the rise of the supermini’s took place, with most owning anything that would save cash, with even the richest not owing much more than a v12 pushing 5000cc.
GMI - Garcian Motor Incorperated
in 1938 a wise mechanic called Herberto Rosilito sold his first car. It was a 650cc eco-box based on a simple flat 2 engine and an exisiting chassis made by the English company Gordan. He quickly perfected his design, being able to make enough cash to buy a factory and start his very own automotive company. It was called GMI. As far as he knew it was the only car manufacturer on the island, exluding Deviant Trucks - a small commercial vehicle manufacturer. With time though Herberto was selling cars all over Gracia.
Unfortunately in 1941 when Garcian nationals had to fight for the British war effort the GMI factory was converted into a Tank factory, building vehicles for the defence of Garcia and the front lines in Europe. Post war no tooling survied for Herberto’s original model so he started from scratch. making GMI’s first mass produced car, the 219s.
By 1959, Herberto tried his luck buying the failing Deviant Trucks, he knew hey struggles woth reliability and hoped to revive the brand, but insted grew neglegent of his own company and by mid-1962 GMI filled for bankrupcy. The Garcian government in desparation reached out to LLA, a british automaker to take 80% ownership of GMI, to which LLA saw potential and by late 1962 GMI was a subsidary of LLA.
By 2010, GMI had grown to be poducing cars globally with factories in the USA, UK, Poland and Thailand. In 2015 at the age of 112, the original founder passed away, a commemorative model called the H219 was released, designed to be sporty and small. In a final note in 2016 in a pledge to reduce all emissions released by GMI cars, the company pledged to release no more cars with engines larger than 3000cc.