2013 oversaw Sirocco's biggest year of growth, with an explosion of activity taking place during the year. From the beginning of radio services to the expansion of Atomic Age culture, Sirocco seemed to be going at breakneck speed. The future was good.
On 20 February 2013 (8 Sedan 67), the first of several shifts of government took place when, in preparation for a move to the city of Rathlyn on 24 February (12 Sedan) of that year, the city of Havilland, Wellesley, was granted capital status. While this only lasted four days, it was an important transition period that allowed a seamless shift to Rathlyn, which served as capital through most of the year.
2014 saw the unfortunate arrival of "The Depression", a period of infrequent activity and stagnant growth. During this time, there was very little activity from the nation, and with an almost complete absence of media reports, some came to believe that Sirocco had either become defunct, or had dissolved entirely. While this was not the case, these beliefs make it clear what impact the "Depression" had had on the country. The "Depression" began to lift in February 2015, coinciding with a move back to Havilland, which became the nation's capital for the second time at 3:30pm on 13 February 2015 (1 Sedan 69 AE).
Currently the Government is undertaking a programme of revival to undo the effects of the "Depression" and return the nation to a level of activity similar to that exhibited during 2012 and 2013.
a nation of capital cities
Sirocco has had four capital cities since 2010, each of which having served at different times and for different purposes. The capital city is always located where the Premier's permanent residence is.
These have been:
2010-13: Alston, Cambria (1)
2013: Havilland, Wellesley (1)
2013: Rathlyn, Hobson
2013-14: Alston, Cambria (2)
2014-15: Bradford, Kinross
2015-now: Havilland, Wellesley (2)