- This is not an endorsement of modern Israel's domestic or foreign policies. This is an RP, nothing more. If your response to this interest check is some sort of political discussion, don't post, please.
- Early 1947, the Palestinian Mandate (the location of modern-day Israel)
- Female Role needed.
- Prefer to do this in a thread.
- I'm leaving the plot's details open so we can brainstorm together -- that's important to me. Collaborating on a plot. I don't like plots to be too 'locked in' because I like to see what other people come up with (because then you feel like you're writing according to someone's script with no choice.)
- Characters are members of a Kibbutz, a communal farm of Jewish settlers in the Palestinian Mandate. They are probably part of the Haganah ("The Defense") which is an underground army tasked with defending Jewish settlement in the Palestinian Mandate.
- The characters can come from a diverse array of background; foreign born refugees from the war in Europe, devoted Zionists and native born Sabras, among others. They can be finding their religion, regaining their religion, losing their religion or discovering something else to replace that belief. They can come from a variety of places, speak a variety of languages...you get the idea. Character diversity.
- Incidentally, while the RP involves war, here's the kicker. Women fought in the IDF during the Arab-Israeli war. They were combatants in the Haganah, the militia that preceded the IDF.
- While the diplomats negotiate, tensions between the Jewish settlers and the Palestinian Arabs increase, even as both sides arm up and seek foreign support.
- Eventually, it's a war.
- 'High' Casual Standards, or we just go advanced, no problem. More importantly, please use your spellchecker. ;) Thanks.
- If interested, please PM me.
In Character Info:
In the late 19th century the Zionist movement emerged, philosophically speaking, and advocated a national homeland to the Jewish people, who had heretofore been long since a diaspora, a people spread out among many places as a minority. The plan called for, among other things, a return to the Holy Land, though this plan was unrealistic -- Palestine was under the rule of the Ottoman Empire, which had endured for hundreds of years
However, the Great War broke out, and the Ottoman Empire was destroyed, its empire dismantled and ruled by various victorious powers. The dream of establishing a Jewish nation, self-sufficient and an equal to other nations as modernity then reckoned them, was given a fresh influx of enthusiasm; the British, who were ruling Palestine, or the Holy Land, through a 'mandate' that stipulate they prepare the region for self rule and transition the area to such a thing, allowed, through the Balfour Declaration of 1917, the emigration of Jews into the Holy Land.
By the 1930's, there was a brewing civil war between factions in the Mandate, as well as a threat of anti-British sentiment from the Jewish communities. All this was put aside for an uneasy alliance in the face of Adolf Hitler's threat to both the British Empire and the entirety of the Jewish people, though not forgotten. Like India's national independence movement, it was only deferred out of the necessity of defeating a more dangerous enemy. But the British always were wary of Jewish nationalism -- they were wary of letting the Jewish brigade gain combat experience or do more than drudge support roles in the war, even while they did their best to woo the Arab nations away from supporting Hitler, often at the expense of the Jewish cause.
The war ended, and one of the consequences of it was the huge number of people displaced by the Holocaust, needing a place to go. While the British authorities tried to prevent this massive influx of immigrants, again trying to woo the Arabs, the Zionists resumed their nation-building agenda with increased ardor and made an all-out effort to bring displaced Jews from almost all the nations of Europe to the Holy Land. They undertook a massive smuggling effort to get these people past the British authorities, along with the weapons and equipment they'd need to establish their own nation.
In 1947, the United Nations began to seriously consider how to deal with the simmering tensions between Arab and Jew, even as the British planned their pullout, the Arabs waited for the opportunity to take back the Holy Land from the colonists and the Zionists waited for the day the Mandate would end so they could declare a nation of their own...
At Kfar David, a Kibbutz along the Sea of Galilee, events are threatening their way of life; a thriving communal farm established in the mid-1940's and bolstered with refugees from Europe and emigrants from other places, it now finds itself a target of terrorism and potential invasion. The residents find themselves having to stand guard and keep watch against their own neighbors.
Out of Character Info:
Despite the politics of the situation, the RP is mostly about the characters and how they react to the situation around them. My general thought is that the characters should be part of the same community, a Kibbutz
that is faced with imminent war; a year down the road, perhaps less. Already, there are raids, violence and tension.
(Note: You need to read that link if you don't know what a Kibbutz is.)
Kfar David is under pressure, as the country around them simmers and events start coming to a head. The people there come from a diverse background but all have a similar goal -- they are intent on building themselves a new life. A war looms.
Meanwhile, a young man with a past finds himself confronting the wounds of the past and dealing with the pain of it while dealing with the complexities of the present, the moral ambiguities, the constant danger.
As for the other character, a young woman? Well, we have several options, and we can discuss the plot ideas involving that if you respond to this interest check. Some ideas are included below.
(As indicated, this RP is not meant to be an endorsement of the current political situation.)
Thoughts on Character Ideas:
- Holocaust Survivors - Well, that's a given, but it's worth pointing out that a lot of Kibbutzniks that are just arriving will be that. A lot of nations had their Jews get the fuck out afterward; much of Western Europe, including the French, Eastern European nations, including the Soviet Union.
- Dedicated Zionist/Sabra - Maybe a second generation Zionist, the son or daughter of early settlers. Perhaps a veteran of the Jewish Brigade Group in WWII or otherwise a part of the Haganah, Irgun or another Jewish-affiliated militia (often known as terrorists, according to the authorities.) Activities include defending Jewish settlements, attacking Arabs in Reprisal and smuggling weapons and immigrants past the British authorities in Palestine.
- Former Partisan/Eastern Front veteran - Someone that didn't go to the camps, but took the fight to the Nazi occupiers. May or may not have been betrayed after the war, since many of these groups worked for/with the Soviets, who were not very friendly toward the Jews.
- Professional? - doctors, nurses, writers, mechanics...though a lot of Kibbutzniks are farmers, farming is industrializing. Tractors are being used and so forth.