- “Ruled under the military dictatorship of President Vinzer Deling, this country continues to expand its territory. Countless invasions of other countries are attempted, but most are deterred by SeeD. Deling City is its capital.”
- —FFVIII Info Corner
Galbadia (ガルバディア共和国, Garubadia-kyouwakoku?, lit. "Republic of Galbadia") is one of the biggest political powers in Final Fantasy VIII. Galbadia is a military dictatorship, under the command of Vinzer Deling, until he was usurped and murdered. Laguna, Kiros and Ward were Galbadian soldiers who appear in flashbacks.
Galbadia is a totalitarian nation. During the Sorceress War a lot of power was given to the government to fight against the technologically superior nation of Esthar. Vinzer Deling inaugurated as the nation's lifelong president and in less than 20 years Galbadia expanded into the large western force it is during the time of Final Fantasy VIII due to politics of fear, Timber’s forceful occupation, the imprisonment of political dissidents under the pretense of progress. The president's approach to diplomacy is mainly oppression.
The Galbadian military is powerful and even regular troops are highly trained and, according to the Final Fantasy VIII Ultimania, capable of using para-magic. Different colored uniforms signify rank and ability. Galbadia possesses long-range missiles, though before the start of the game they had never been used.
According to the Final Fantasy VIII Ultimania, Galbadia's capital, Deling City, is perpetually covered in clouds and there are only about 10 clear days out of a year.
Galbadian territory spans through the whole of the western continent, but that was not always the case. 4000 years before the game's events the civilization of Centra created two major empires; Dollet and Esthar. While Dollet, in the west, excelled in military force, Esthar, in the east, grew scientifically advanced.
80 years prior to the game, after Centra's destruction, Dollet split into three countries; Dollet, Timber and Galbadia. Sorceress Adel, the ruler of Esthar, made a bid for world domination, but was opposed by Galbadia's growing military under the leadership of Vinzer Deling. To bustle its forces during the Sorceress War Galbadia attempted to invade and conquer its neighbors: Timber and Dollet.
Although Sorceress Adel was disposed of by her own subjects, Vinzer Deling continued to conquer and the majority of the western continent came under the Galbadian flag (Dollet Dukedom kept independence when SeeD drove Galbadia out; the only piece of Dollet under Galbadian control is the Communication Tower) although there are rebel factions fighting against the oppression, most notably in Timber.
When President Vinzer Deling announced Sorceress Edea (secretly Ultimecia in disguise) was to become the new Ambassador of Galbadia, great unrest followed. On the day of her inauguration Ultimecia killed President Deling, leaving Galbadia in disarray. She took the reins of the nation and embarked on a quest to find a woman called Ellone, using Galbadia Garden as her base of operations.
After Ultimecia is banished from Edea's body her knight, Seifer Almasy, heads Galbadia until most of the Galbadian soldiers, including Biggs and Wedge, have gone AWOL leaving him to fend for himself. Seifer is defeated by the SeeD and appears to no longer be affiliated with Galbadia at the end of Final Fantasy VIII. What became of Galbadia when it was left leaderless is unknown.
Some of the locations found in Galbadia include:
- Galbadia Garden
- Deling City
- Tomb of the Unknown King
- D-District Prison
- Missile Base
- Obel Lake
Transport and CraftEdit
Galbadia is present as a room for preset characters of the game's Multiplayer Mode Online Lobby.
- The uniforms of the Galbadian soldiers all have "08" on them, possibly alluding to the game itself, Final Fantasy VIII.
- The West Cactus, a wind cacti that resides in Galbadia's arid regions, is known as one of the 3 Great Delicacies of the World, next to the Balamb Fish.