Regional Organization of the Kivu Ocean
Regional Organization of the Kivu Ocean
Motto: "Den Kivuischen Ozean schützen"
Anthem: Anthem of ROKO
Member states shown in dark green.
|Largest city||Gardena, Paleocacher|
(in order of preference)
of contracting states
|15 September 1992|
• 2021 estimate
|GDP (nominal)||2023 estimate|
• Per capita
|HDI (2021)|| 0.867|
|Time zone||AMT-06:00 to AMT+14:00|
Regional Organization of the Kivu Ocean (Kivuian: Regionale Organisation des Kivuischen Ozeans, abbreviated ROKO) is a political and economic union of 10 member states on Ostlandet and West Ecros. It has a combined population of over 687 million and a combined nominal gross domestic product (GDP) of around ₵26 trillion, constituting approximately 30% of global GDP (nominal).
ROKO was founded in September 1992 during the Trans-Kivu economic crisis which, although affecting many countries in the region, had more noticeable effects on the economies of Kivu and Monsilva, who were two of the five founding members of the organization. It was founded with several primary objectives which include developing diplomatic and economic ties between members and keeping the Kivu Ocean safe from what the organization considers as threats. ROKO includes most of the strongest economies around the Kivu Ocean, including major global economies such as Paleocacher and New Gandor. As a result, ROKO has quickly grown into one of Terraconserva's largest political and economic organizations and its success has been considered as a driving force for later alliances such as the Ostlandet Union, which includes four of ROKO's eight members.
The organization's headquarters are located in Amking, Monsilva. The headquarters were chosen to be situated in Amking mainly due to the city's central geographical location in terms of the organization's founding members, but it was also chosen as an economically significant city that is well-connected to all other member nations. Although not established primarily as a military organization, ROKO's members are all mostly militarily aligned and an additional clause, which is optional, was added stating that an attack on any ROKO member counts as an attack on all ROKO members.
The Regional Organization of the Kivu Ocean was created on the 15 September 1992, when the foreign ministers of five countries: Gjorka, Kivu, Monsilva, New Gandor and Paleocacher, signed the Amking Declaration, also known as the ROKO Declaration. As set out in the declaration, the purposes of ROKO are to strengthen diplomatic ties between member nations, as well as acceleration economic growth, especially in countries affected by the 1992 Trans-Kivu economic crisis. The organization was not only founded as a means for some of the members to recover their economies, but also as a means to promote regional peace, collaboration and mutual assistance.
ROKO's first summit meeting, held in Amking, Monsilva in 1993, resulted in the signing of a co-operation treaty which made member nations pledge to not interfere in any other member's internal affairs, unless interference is requested by the signatory member government in question or its direct successors, such as during a civil war. Also included in this treaty was an optional attack against one is an attack against all clause. All nations that signed the clause would be guaranteed protection from all other signatory nations if they are territorially or politically violated. The only nation to not sign the clause was Gjorka.
In 2004, the ROKO Global Forum was created, allowing any nation in Terraconserva to become an observer and take part in an annual summit that discusses international issues taking place in the Kivu Ocean, or involving ROKO members. As of 2023, the ROKO Global Forum consists of ??? member states, Entropan, Pavulturilor, TBD.
In June 2009, another international forum was created, known as the ROKO Plus Four. The ROKO Plus Four includes all original member states as well as Baltanla, Jackson, Rakhman and Uulgadzar. All members of the ROKO Plus Four are also members of the Global Forum. ROKO Plus Four members must be within a certain geographical area that includes the continent of Ostlandet and most nations in western Ecros. ROKO Plus Four member nations are able to attend the latter half of a ROKO Summit. These summits have included discussions on a wide range of political and diplomatic topics. Due to the close diplomatic ties between member nations, topics discussed in the first half are often repeated in the second, according to publicised write-ups of some summit meetings.
In October 1992, the sixth and seventh members, Kernev and Avigilon, joined ROKO. Avigilon was the first Ecrosian nation, other than Kivu, to join the organization. Araucarlia joined in 2005 as the eighth member and the third nation from Ecros.
List of member states
|Araucarlia||30 December 2005|
|Avigilon||24 October 1992|
|Gjorka||15 September 1992|
|Kernev||24 October 1992|
|Kivu||15 September 1992|
|Monsilva||15 September 1992|
|New Gandor||15 September 1992|
|Paleocacher||15 September 1992|
ROKO Plus Four
|Baltanla||2 June 2009|
|Jackson||2 June 2009|
|Rakhman||2 June 2009|
|Uulgadzar||2 June 2009|
ROKO Global Forum (observers)
|Entropan||01 August 2004|
|Pavulturilor||12 October 2008|