WCRB Extras: A 1983 Doomsday Record through the Nation's Eyes.
File 02 -- Alpine Confederation-Suisse/Schweiz/Svizzera /Switzerland - Vash Zwingli
"The Alps have been home to the Schweizer Cantons for many generations. It’s protected their ancestors as much as it challenged them. In time these mountains helped give meaning to their way of life and the lengths taken to protect it. Thus of the three core members of the Alpine Confederation, the original Confoederatio Helvetica has the best claim for that name. I should know, as it’s my obligation and right as one born to embody them.
Back in the Cold War, our neutrality meant that a world eager to tear itself apart left us alone. My leaders had been wise to stay out of it, my people keeping at arm’s length those convoluted networks and international blocs that would make World War III a matter of time. Sure enough, it came on September 26, 1983, a date many call Doomsday. It didn't really matter then whether America or Russia fired first. But even as nuclear warheads flew past my home, as refugees flowed from dead countries towards the borders, we were ready. Emergency measures were enacted, frontiers secured both for myself and Liechtenstien, meine Schwöschter. For the sake of order and in spite of old grudges I even helped a crippled Austria, marking the start of a rekindled partnership. Though some decisions – some were done out of necessity. I did what had to be done to survive. We all did.
The country emerged stronger and more resolved from the chaos. With Liechtenstein and even Austria, my territory became an oasis of civilization, the Alps untouched by the bombs that took so many casualties. While Swiss ties with the others go back centuries, the binding pacts we formed amongst one another were at once for our mutual benefit and in the interests of my people. Eventually these led to the formation of the Alpine Confederation in 1997, solidifying as fact in both paper and action our position as a bastion over the Wastes. The years since have seen us grow more in might, whether through the charity or weapons of my citizens.
Some priorities remain constant however. The Swiss consider independence, democracy and self-reliance important. They bow to no king or dictator. That much has been true ever since the Cantons first rose up, even more so now as founding values for all Alpines. Whether in Bern or the smallest village, many uphold their traditional freedoms and way of life even as they embrace their restored prosperity and power. They also fiercely improve on the very neutrality that has helped them for so long. As Doomsday so demonstrated, nations can only depend on their own to survive in the end. Still it has to be said that those willing to live here or seek help are welcomed. But know that any enemy, warlord or nation, that threatens my people, interests or the Confederation's borders will not live long to regret it.
In the Alpine flag, the Swiss Cross can be found right at the very center. It signifies not only continuity or unity but just how valued Switzerland is, as are the other founding member states. In reality, Schwöschter and I know fully well where the real power lies – and who the future of the Alps will take after."