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Autumn of Nations

Discussion in 'Imperium OffTopicum' started by J.K. Stockholme, Apr 16, 2022.

  1. gay_Aleks

    gay_Aleks communism will win.

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    There is something quite irrational about trying to resolve a clearly domestic conflict with military force - the arsenal of state power surely can engage in other ways to control the situation without resorting to bombing everything in vicinity. This is not to deny, of course, neo-Babylon the freedom to act as they desire, but moreso a soft condemnation (Allison, 1991) of their methods. As you would know...

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    With al the above facts that we've presented, both in terms of state-social-political theory and historical precedent, we hope neo-Babylon will reconsider its approach.

    Peer Reviewed by: Alexandre, J., Stefanie, K. Ask at your local consulate for a further bibliography!
     
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  2. Terran Empress

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    The Union of States condemns the fascist forces of so-called Babylon in their declaration of war against the sovereign nation of Turkey.

    We stand behind the working peoples of Turkey and their struggle against imperialism and hope that the invader is quickly crushed beneath the might of the proletariat!
     
  3. Terran Empress

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    The Socialist Union of Plurinational States will be sending a delegation to Buenos Aires as well to discuss our own part to play in solving this global crisis.
     
  4. J.K. Stockholme

    J.K. Stockholme Right Opposition

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    Democracy Index
    Year 2000​

    Great Britain lost its top spot in The Economist's Democracy Index for the first time since the Mosley prime ministership during the Second World War. The Federal Republic of India ranks as the world’s best democracy at the dawn of the new millennium. Of the 59 sovereign states in the world, 14 received a score of 5 or higher out of a 10 point scale that rates respect for civil liberties, independence of the judiciary, independence of the press, history of peaceful transfers of power, and the freedom, fairness, competitiveness, and representativeness of multi-party elections. Here is the short-list of the world’s most democratic nations in the year 2000:
    1. India
    2. Great Britain
    3. Quebec
    4. Colombia
    5. Scandinavia
    6. East Africa
    7. Hawaii
    8. Texas
    9. Siberia
    10. Netherlands
    11. Baltofennia
    12. Mali Federation
    13. Turkey
    14. Buffalo-Caribou
     
  5. Shadowbound

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    Spoiler regional map :


    Indian politics is shaped by the military rule of the 70s and 80s, known as either "The Centralist Period" or "The Dictatorship", which ended in the Saffron Revolution. It leaves a mixed and divisive legacy that continues to define modern democratic politics. The current political system can broadly be divided into two coalitions, one associated with the push for greater central control (National Progressive Bloc) and another for further federalization (United Democratic Front). “Left” and “Right” are improper descriptors for these two political groupings, as they’re roughly descended from those supporting or opposing the dictatorship. For example, the centralist NPB wishes to pursue stronger protectionist policies while also appealing to a conservative constituency on culture and immigration, while the UDF is in favor of economic, social, and political liberalization.

    Of course, this is itself just gross simplification: both coalitions are composed of regional, language-based parties. While the exact alignment between the blocs is relatively static, individual parties will often have diverse political platforms reflecting regional concerns, and it is rare for a coalition to be 100% in unison on legislation. All politics is ultimately local and the coalitions are contradictory: even as the dictatorship centralized government, it established the first autonomous republic in Gujarat (later emulated to resolve a separatist movement in Ceylon). In addition to the ruling and opposition parties in each state, there are smaller parties representing independent movements, ethnic minorities, or castes that stand separately.

    There are six states in the Federal Republic of India, split between 5 major languages, and an additional two autonomous republics within the larger body that all elect representatives to the national parliament. Currently India is ruled by the National Progressive Bloc under Prime Minister Mallikarjun Kharge. The NPB was propelled into government by anti-refugee sentiment in the 90s, displacing UDF rivals across northern states most affected.

    Bombay State – The Marathi-speaking state in the north is governed by the Shiv Sena, a conservative party aligned with the NPB. Shiv Sena was part of the Saffron Revolution but soon differed with the broader democratic coalition over governance. It’s controlled the Mumbai-based state government since 1986. The main opposition is the Independent Labour Party, which maintains a presence in state offices through a combination of minority groups is closely aligned with the UDF.

    Hyderabad and Andhra States – Two Telegu-speaking states, both are similarly governed by the Republican Labour Congress, a centrist party affiliated with the NPB. Hyderabad’s main opposition comes from the Muslim-dominated Majlis-E-Ittehadul Muslimeen, which has rapidly expanded in recent years (replacing the traditional alternative) and is loosely UDF-aligned. The agrarian Telegu Desam Party serves as the opposition in Andhra.

    Mysore State – The Kannada speaking state has historically produced a large number of influential national politicians and is the last refuge of the Indian National Congress, which, while it contests seats in other states, only remains a major force in Mysore and a bastion of NPB control in the south. Its opposition is the Janata Dal, which is affiliated with the UDF.

    Madras State – This Tamil speaking region is a center of finance and the wealthiest state in India. It is governed by the Justice Party and opposed by the People's Justice Party. Both groups used to be part of the same party until 1996, when they split, and continue to closely contest the same ideological space in the state. Both would prefer to align with the UDF.

    Travancore State – Long a hotbed of socialist sentiment, this Malayalam speaking region was under direct military rule for a decade. The ruling Democratic Alliance has a deep resentment against the federal government and the Indian national project as a whole, though it continues to cooperate with the UDF. The NPB-sponsored Progressive Interest Party scrapes together remnants into an opposition.

    Autonomous Republic of Gujarat – Ruled since liberation by the People’s Liberation Party, a right-wing nationalist group associated with the paramilitary Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh, Gujarat is a soft authoritarian state under Chief Minister Narendra Modi, linked to the NPB in national politics because of historical ties to the Centralist period.

    Autonomous Republic of Ceylon – Much like Gujarat, Ceylon is ruled by the Sinhalese-speaking People’s Front, which waged a guerrilla war against the national government until the 1990s, when it gained the status of an autonomous republic as part of a broad peace deal. It’s affiliated with the UDF and opposed by the NPB-aligned Tamil minority’s Progressive Party.
     

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    The Buenos Aires Nuclear Sciences & WMD Control Bureau would like to note that Turkey is in possession of several nuclear weapons, and that a military invasion by another nuclear-armed state represents a grave threat to the world and the environment. We strongly urge neo-Babylon to cease their invasion immediately.
     
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  7. J.K. Stockholme

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    World Oil Production (2000)

    British Petroleum's annual energy review reveals that the 1990s crises is abetting, with increased production and geopolitical stablity bringing the price of oil down from a mid-1990s high of £74 per barrel to £45 per barrel as of the December 2000. As part of the energy review, British Petroleum has compiled its list of the world's top oil producers, measured in thousands of barrels of oil per day and their percentage share of the world oil market:​
    1. Babylon: 19,313 kbpd (26.2%)
    2. Eurasia: 5,925 kbpd (8.0%)
    3. Colombia: 4,202 kbpd (5.7%)
    4. Scandinavia: 3,694 kbpd (5%)
    5. Buffalo-Caribou: 3,619 kbpd (4.9%)
    6. Oman: 3,554 kbpd (4.8%)
    7. Great Britain: 3,207 kbpd (4.4%)
    8. America: 2,634 kbpd (3.6%)
    9. China: 2,443 kbpd (3.3%)
    10. East Asia: 2,373 kbpd (3.2%)
    11. Texas: 2,311 kbpd (3.1%)
    12. Arabia: 2,200 kbpd (3%)
    13. Nigeria: 2,174 kbpd (3%)
    14. Mexico: 3,456 kbpd (4.7%)
    15. Libya: 1,557 kbpd (2.1%)
    16. Maghreb: 1,549 kbpd (2.1%)
    17. Brazil: 1,276 kbpd (1.7%)
    18. Turkestan: 1,045 kbpd (1.4%)
    19. California: 954 kbpd (1.3%)
    20. Argentina: 848 kbpd (1.2%)
    21. Australia: 806 kbpd (1.1%)
    22. Angola: 746 kbpd (1%)
    23. Siberia: 658 kbpd (0.9%)
    24. Equatorial Africa: 541 kbpd (0.7%)
    25. India: 436 kbpd (0.6%)
     
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  8. J.K. Stockholme

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    THE YEAR 2001

    Fronts, Power Centres, Player Countries:
    Year 2001 Stats



    DEVELOPMENTS

    Babylon-Turkey War (Regional Turkey Warfare Front):
    New Actions:
    • Babylon: rolled 15, hard success. +1 FP for the invasion of Turkey representing Progress
    • Union of States: rolled 14, hard success. +1 FP for arms shipments representing Regress
    In a decisive 24 hours, as Babylon’s Mediterranean Fleet reached the Bosporus, the Turkish neo-Ottoman officers attempted a coup in Ankara and Istanbul against the left-wing Kurdish-Armenian-led Democracy and Labour Party (DEP). The coup was supported by Babylonian missile strikes but met unexpected resistance from a large contingent of the republican-conservative Turkish military, which sided with the DEP due at least in-part to what was later discovered to have been secret signals of support from the Union of States in the days preceding the Babylonian move on the Bosporus. The illusion of a quick victory was dispelled within hours as Babylonian and Turkish forces squared off outside the Dardanelles and over Anatolian skies. Suddenly afraid the neo-Ottomans would fail to secure Turkey’s small nuclear arsenal, Babylon struck out with missiles all over the country in the desperate and barely successful effort to knockout Turkey’s nukes that came at the great cost of activating a vast patriotic upswell from the Turkish people in support of the DEP. Over the following week, the pro-Babylon neo-Ottoman officers secured Istanbul and its surroundings, saw a wave of defections from the Turkish military to their cause, and declared the recreation of the Sublime Ottoman State, which is being run as a military junta while they petition the childless Ertuğrul Osman, head of the Osmanoğlu dynasty, to return to Turkey from his quaint apartment in Manhattan. Backed by the anti-Babylon portion of the Turkish military as well as arms shipments from the Union of States via Yugoslavia and the Mediterranean, the DEP rallied Turks, Kurds, and Armenians alike with calls to defeat the invader and defend their multinational republic. Over the rest of the year, Babylon executed a full-scale war, routing the Turkish navy, securing the Bosporus, accepting the surrender of numerous defecting Turkish units, and making gains across south-central Turkey, but failing to achieve air supremacy against the veteran Turkish Air Force, and stalling on all fronts due to well supplied and armed enemy forces. The Babylonians also made zero headway past the mountains of eastern Turkey where Kurdish and Armenian guerrillas are preparing for yet another long insurgency should the west fall. The provision of American arms is tenuous, relying thus far on the difficulty of distinguishing between non-military and military vessels, and the occupation of the Babylonian navy in fighting the Turkish navy and supporting a complex invasion of the Bosporus. Moreover, the Rainbow Republic’s “Arsenal of Liberation” is finite and will eventually deplete to levels that would put them in jeopardy should another conflict arise. Neighbouring governments have issued a mix of responses. Ultranationalist Greece has been unusually muted given their oft-stated territorial demands against Turkey, perhaps waiting on a Great Power to promise them something, Yugoslavia is openly accepting a wave of Turkish refugees and letting American arms freely flow through its borders, while Great Britain has issued a strongly worded letter condemning the Babylonian invasion and reminding Babylon that they will defend the Commonwealth realms of Cyprus and Rhodes if provoked.
    Changes:
    • defunct World Fact: Turkey has a few nuclear missiles
    • new World Fact: the Turkish people are hostile toward Babylonian invaders and are patriotically mobilized in support of the DEP
    • new World Fact: the armed forces of Turkey have splintered between neo-Ottomans and republicans who fight on opposite sides of the Babylon-Turkey War
    • new World Fact: Kurdish and Armenian guerrillas control eastern Turkey and are preparing to fight an asymmetric conflict
    • new World Fact: the Babylon-Turkey War has created a wave of Turkish refugees, which are largely leaving to Yugoslavia, where they are openly accepting them
    • new World Fact: the Union of States is provisioning the Turkish armed forces via tenuous supply routes over the Mediterranean and Yugoslavia
    Trajectory: Babylon’s advance is stalled, with thousands of soldiers dying. Meanwhile the Rainbow Republic’s stockpile of arms is depleting. Since both sides are equally matched in Front Point generation (+1 for both sides), the trajectory of this Front is collapse. The Rainbow Republic will run out of war materiel (leaving it extremely vulnerable for a few years after that point) and Babylon’s will be understaffed from casualties and demoralized (leaving it extremely vulnerable for a few years as well) after less than a decade of fruitless conflict (2008). Babylon will keep what it currently has achieved (including a puppet government over the Bosporus), Turkey will be economically ruined, the Turkish Air Force Power Centre will remain independent, and the left-wing DEP will remain the government of Turkey. Both Babylon and the Union of States will gain 1 XP for mutually losing this contest to collapse when it does so.

    Soviet Civil War (Super Western Europe Warfare Front):
    New Actions:
    • Eurasia: rolled 10, failure. -1 FP for arms smuggling representing Progress
    The colossal quagmire across Western Europe saw a serious escalation this year. Great Britain, having remained merrily neutral about a continental conflict in which no side threatened to become a hegemonic power, spotted increased activity among airliners and cargo ships originating from Eurasia. After months of quiet observation, the Royal Navy abruptly seized a Eurasian vessel in summer and claimed to the world they had discovered guns, munitions, as well as chemical and radiological weapons hidden among grain and other foodstuffs. With their majority in parliament, the Tories have approved an indefinite military blockade of European coastal regions controlled by the French ultranationalist faction of the Soviet Civil War.
    Changes:
    • rules note: the negative Eurasian FPs do not benefit any particular faction, they merely hurt the French faction; i.e. the net negative points accumulated will not benefit another power taking up a different faction, they are just there as a reminder the French faction is dying, which I’ll keep track of somewhere else should another power step in before that actually occurs
    • new World Fact: Great Britain is enforcing a military blockade against ultranationalist France
    Trajectory: The British blockade will choke the French ultranationalists of war materiel and ultimately grind them into dust over the course of a long painful decade (2010). Eurasia will gain 1 XP for losing the contest.

    Spoiler 2000 :
    Soviet Civil War (Super Western Europe Warfare Front): In August 1991, members of the Soviet Ministry of the Interior, secret service, and military came together and relieved their reformist leader of his position. The instantaneous and widespread public backlash was met with martial law and a breakdown of civil order across western Europe, where the hardliners still held substantial control of the military and organs of government. Since then, the Soviet Civil War has raged on across the three core territories of the former union: France, Germany, and Italy. The battle lines have hardened over the past decade of conflict and global economic turmoil, but with the return of Great Power competition, this increasingly stagnant conflict could restart should the status quo be disturbed. (see NPC description for West Europe for factions of this civil war)
    Rules: best two rolling players will promote the military expansion of their chosen faction, eliminating other factions with no backer or worse rolls; if a hegemon emerges, a new player may be invited to the game to play them
    Rewards: unification of West Europe under your preferred ideology


    Military-Industrial Complex (North America Super Economy Front):
    New Actions:
    • India: rolled 21, full success. +2 FP for integration efforts representing Progress
    • East Asia: rolled 16, soft success. +1 FP for poaching efforts representing Regress
    Both India and East Asia this year attempted to save the old American arms industry from rusting away. Indian companies and economic elite rallied resources toward the re-integration of each constituent of the Military-Industrial Complex (MIC). The Indian government and Indian arms manufacturers placed a flood of new orders to restart production in California, Utah, Texas, the Southern Republic, and New England, creating new business partnerships and bringing in investment. Initially skeptical, these ex-American states were relieved and impressed to see that the Indian strategy involved boosting their own economies, easing both anti-democratic and, in the Southern Republic’s case, racist attitudes toward the Indian overtures. The robust effort has put people back to work at Textron, Boeing, Lockheed-Martin and many other firms. Indian businesses found some stiff competition from East Asian universities, the Nissan Group, and the most integral core of the East Asian state itself, the Socialist Association of Science and Technology, which seized on the weak pay, job insecurity, and general malaise in the American arms industry to poach engineers and scientists out of North America to noticeably more lucrative opportunities in East Asia. The academic poaching campaign faced a number of obstacles, from the lack of Japanese or any other East Asian language proficiency among potential targets, to the sizable ideological gulf between average MIC workers and the state ideology of East Asia. These were overcome, at least for the time being, firstly by promises of high salaries and interesting, cutting edge work. These salaries, it turns out, had to be well above the normal distribution for East Asia in-order to beat North American standards and to a lesser extent Indian offers. Moreover, interesting cutting-edge positions have put Americans in important and desired research jobs. These two policies have created resentment among domestic East Asian scientists and engineers who covet the higher pay and have had to watch Americans take spots on the next rung of the career ladder. These tensions are further exacerbated by the MIC workers and scientists stubbornly refusing to integrate, whether that be learning an East Asian language or respecting the socialist society’s norms (and sometimes laws) against bad-mouthing East Asian industrial standards and its form of government.

    Changes:
    • new World Fact: American MIC workers are frustrating East Asia-born colleagues due to their comparatively high pay, prestigious placement, unwillingness to integrate, and anti-government speech
    • new World Fact: the economies of California, Utah, Texas, the Southern Republic, and New England are getting a growth boost from Indian arms orders and MIC integration
    Trajectory: India will fully revitalize and integrate the Military-Industrial Complex of the former United States into its own arms industry in less than a decade (2008) creating a new Power Centre spread between India and the ex-American states, East Asia will have poached a notable cohort of aerospace and armaments engineers in that time (World Fact) and gain 1 XP for losing the contest.

    Spoiler 2000 :
    Military-Industrial Complex (North America Super Economy Front): The breakup of the United States left the military-industrial complex in shambles. Spread out over numerous states, the great American arms production supply chain was disconnected from each other throughout the 1990s, and being essentially right-wing in character, arms makers moved as much as possible out of the Rainbow Republic in that decade. Although a substantial portion of the human and physical capital ended up in Texas (Lockheed Martin, Textron, Boeing, General Dynamics), critical elements of the this system remain in California (where naval production is centred), the Southern Republic (where military software for jets and missiles was developed), and New England (where MIT pioneered new military technologies), not to mention supply chain components made in Canada, Great Britain, and Australia. If left to waste away, these assets will be reconstituted into domestic supply chains much weaker than the sum of the system.
    Rules: the top two rolling countries will be Progress and Regress in a contest to reconstitute the American Military-Industrial Complex as part of their own arms supply chain; collapse will either partition the system or create domestic supply chains that are weaker than the sum of the whole
    Rewards: your very own Military-Industrial Complex as a Power Centre worth 0.8 Warfare and 0.8 Economy, and 0.2 AP


    Second Dot Com Boom (Super Worldwide Science/Economy Front):
    New Actions:
    • Argentina: 18, soft success. +1 FP for entrepreneur immigration efforts representing Progress
    The internet has had a rough first decade, limited largely to academics and wealthier people in cities next to a tech hub. Moreover the greatest place of IT innovation, Silicon Valley, suffers from its erratic dictator, who swings wildly from pro-business free market fanaticism to authoritarian anti-communist paranoia and censorship, the latter of which puts a chilling effect on businesses that don’t know what will or won’t be banned. This year Argentina extended a hand to the beleaguered founders languishing in California, poaching them to labs, universities, and companies around Buenos Aires. Many of these Californians switched out of their initial job offers at established Argentine companies and universities a few months after arrival to make independent startups in Buenos Aires, often co-founding with locals. Already they have created burgeoning contenders for the world’s best browser, the Silver Lance, and search engine, Microscopio. The unorthodox west coast culture of these immigrants has imbued the dot com boom in Argentina with their penchant for aggressively exploiting legal loopholes or legal grey areas to “disrupt” stable industries, create internet monopolies, avoid taxes, avoid regulations, avoid unionization, avoid respecting intellectual property, and generally continue the steady rise of income inequality. Moreover, the success in software has not been replicated by Argentine firms in the expansion of broadband, with the Spanish company Telefónica dominating the broadband revolution across Argentina and in other parts of the Spanish speaking world.
    Changes:
    • new World Fact: immigrant American tech entrepreneurs are creating legally grey internet businesses that promote inequality
    • new World Fact: Argentine broadband and internet infrastructure depends on the Spanish telecom company Telefónica
    Trajectory: Argentina will develop a globally unparalleled tech hub with Silicon Valley cultural quirks over the course of the next half decade (2006) creating a new Power Centre in Buenos Aires

    Spoiler 2000 :
    Second Dot Com Boom (Super Worldwide Science/Economy Front): The internet began in 1982 but adoption was limited to academics until the advent of the World Wide Web between 1989 and 1993. Fallout from the collapse of both superpowers blunted mass adoption of the internet. Although academics, universities, and laboratories continued to develop browsers, servers, and HTML, the American businesses at the forefront of computer technology spent the 1990s relocating to New England, Texas, and California and scrounging for capital in a recessionary environment. A clunky but technically open internet is in desperate need of user-friendly browsers, search engines, faster replacement for dial-up internet, and all manner of software services. The race to replace Silicon Valley is on.
    Rules: best roller is Progress, second best is Regress; another entrant replaces the Regress if they roll higher but lose any points accrued by that side
    Rewards: winner receives wins a first round of internet startups (browsers, search, broadband) as a Power Centre worth 1.6 Science points and 0.1 AP


    OLD NEWS

    Spoiler War of Ideas :
    War of Ideas (Special Front): As Francis Fukuyama wrote in his 1992 book, The Beginning of History and the First Man, the morally bankrupt platforms of the Cold War era United States and Soviet Union have been swept away, replaced by a host of more convincing alternative systems of governance. Between Argentine technocracy, the American new left, Indian liberal democracy, East Asian environmentalism, Eurasian pan-nationalism, and Babylonian neo-traditionalism, the war of ideas rages on. This ideological multipolarity is untenable in a globalizing world, and one belief system will emerge as a frontrunner for revolutionary change as each of these regimes is scored by the audience of the world in the coming decade.
    Rules: this Front resolves by GM fiat when a) the entire world’s geopolitical situation appears to have clearly swung in the direction of one player’s ideology, and b) that player’s ideological activities have broadened its appeal of the ideology through visible deeds in such a way that it would inspire hundreds of millions of ordinary people
    Rewards: a global wave of enthusiasm for your ideology that will last for a large part of the 2010s and will translate into a) at least one or two revolutions, b) one or two oppositions or governments converting to your ideology, and c) other logical narrative benefits from ideological momentum

    Spoiler China's Warlords :
    China’s Warlords (Super China Warfare Front): After the KMT took control of China half a century ago, the country returned to a state of decentralization and corruption over years of mismanagement. Today’s China is governed by numerous minor cliques and warlords that orbit four major factions, one in the east, north, south, and west of the country. Although there are no open clashes, since the 1990s the ideological splits have become so profound that a new conflict between the warlords could be sparked by any minor slight. If a truly unified and reinvigorated China were to emerge, it would rival the other Great Powers in the world. (see NPC description for China for factions of this decentralized society)
    Rules: best two rolling players will promote the military expansion of their chosen faction, eliminating other factions with no backer or worse rolls; if a hegemon emerges, a new player may be invited to the game to play them
    Rewards: unification of China under your preferred warlord

    Spoiler Filibuster War :
    Filibuster War (Regional Mexico Warfare Front): The United States military maintained a reactionary ideology in many of its divisions that was at odds with everything the Rainbow Republic stands for. This was true especially in American-occupied Mexico during the 1989-1991 collapse, when American forces defected from the United States and joined the local American puppet regime, bolstering it against a new wave of guerrilla activity in the north and south over the course of the 1990s. The conflict has been stale for a few years now, with no movement from any side, but interest from one of the Great Powers could push a final resolution to the conflict in a matter of years. (see NPC description for Mexico for factions of this civil war)
    Rules: factions supported by the top two rolling players will be the sides that contest for victory, the other falling apart
    Rewards: unification of Mexico under your preferred civil war faction

    Spoiler Amazon Conflict :
    Amazon Conflict (Super Brazil-Colombia-Peru Warfare Front): The war in the Amazon has gone on for decades. Once upon a time, communists were in-charge of Brazil, and then Peru, appearing to dominate the continent, until Argentina invaded and ousted the Brazilian communists and the Peruvians turned on themselves and forced their enemy leftists into the jungle where they began cultivating cocaine that they could sell for cash to buy guns. These formerly Guevarist communist have turned to Suzukianism as a unifying force across numerous groups, and as a means of cementing their ties to indigenous peoples of the Amazon river basin. The low-grade civil conflict stretches between Colombia, Brazil, and Peru, with no obvious end in sight.
    Rules: Progress represents destruction of the guerrillas, Regress represents the guerrillas push out and takeover one of the three affected states, and entrench their position in the other two
    Rewards: stabilization of the Colombia, Brazil, and Peru regimes, or the collapse of one of those regimes to Suzukian rebels
    Related Fronts: The Drug Trade

    Spoiler Merchants of Death :
    Merchants of Death (Europe Regional Espionage Front): The demise of communism and the post–Soviet civil war in Western Europe have together created a black market of military hardware dealers, like “Sanctions Busters” Viktor Bout and Karlheinz Schreiber, who are nimble in moving arms over borders and disappearing state stockpiles. The situation promotes corruption in Eurasia and across Europe, and to a lesser extent in north India and the former United States, while providing a steady stream of arms to any regime or rebellion willing to pay, regardless of ideology.
    Rules: Progress on this would make illicit arms trading much harder, Regress would harness this arms trade for the evil ends of whichever country rolls highest to do that
    Rewards: if harnessed, your very own Merchants of Death cabal as a Power Centre worth 0.4 Warfare and 0.8 Espionage, and 0.1 AP

    Spoiler Global Reserve Currency :
    Global Reserve Currency (Worldwide Super Economy Front): The collapse of the American dollar and the instability in post-Soviet Europe contributed to the 1990s currency crises, particularly the European financial crisis of 1994 and the Latin American financial crisis of 1997. Although the Pound Sterling is the most used, central banks rarely hold more than 20% in that or any other currency, conferring only a minor economic and political benefit to Great Britain. Should a currency emerge as the primary tender in international trade and central bank reserves, the currency’s issuer would benefit mightily.
    Rules: best roller is Progress, second best is Regress; another entrant replaces the Regress if they roll higher but lose any points accrued by that side; collapse is recurring
    Rewards: winner establishes their national currency as the global reserve currency, giving them World Facts that allow them to more easily sanction entities, run higher trade deficits, and prevent currency crises

    Spoiler Sahara Conflict :
    Sahara Conflict (Regional Maghreb-Libya Warfare Front): Due to drought-induced famines of the 1980s throughout the Sahel and resentment against secular authorities, Tuareg and Islamist guerrillas started waging a low-grade conflict over the interior of northern Africa. Algerian and Libyan armed forces have had a hard time projecting power deep into their interiors, but the Tuareg and Islamist fighters have yet to receive support from an outside power that could shift this status quo.
    Rules: Progress represents Islamist or Tuareg takeover of the entirety of the interior of Algeria and Libya in a new state, Regress represents efforts to crush their rebellion
    Rewards: elimination of oppositions to Algeria and Libya as well as undermining of fanatic Islamism, or establishment of an entrenched new NPC in the interior of the Sahara
    Related Fronts: Islamism & Jihadism

    Spoiler Kongo-Sudan Conflict :
    Kongo-Sudan Conflict (Regional Kongo-Sudan Warfare Front): The interior of Africa between Kongo, Uganda, and Sudan has suffered numerous social breakdowns due to post-colonial ethnic conflicts, exacerbated by its isolation and the lucrative mines that dot the interior. Hardened by these conflicts, a Dominionist Christian militia movement emerged around a charismatic and unusually erudite soldier who, taking Ivory Coast, Angola, and Argentina, as well as the Lord thy God, as his inspirations, has rallied thousands of rebels into a sprawling insurgency between southern Sudan and eastern Kongo. Religious extremist groups have fought low-grade conflicts since the late 1980s, but only in the latter half of the 1990s did disparate insurgencies organize into a more unified rebellion of Domionist technocrat worshipping rebels. The bizarre ideological mixture makes some suspect the leader of the rebellion could be swayed to a wildly different ideology, should it be politically expedient.
    Rules: Progress represents efforts to displace either the Sudanian or Kongolese government with Domionist rebels, Regress represents the crushing of the Domionist rebels
    Rewards: the toppling of one or the other afflicted regimes or the destruction of their oppositions

    Spoiler Blockbusters :
    Blockbusters (Super Worldwide Social Control Front): If there was one front of the Cold War the United States dominated, it was entertainment. The Hollywood studio system, from big budget films to Walt Disney’s pioneering animation, delivered American-made pro-American media with gusto and panache to the entire world. The breakup of the United States and the dislocation of Hollywood under ever more repressive Reaganite censorship has left a gap in the international film and television market, as well as the markets for music and other forms of entertainment. In large part, people have turned to local film and television with smaller budgets, weaker production values, and relatively stagnant cinematography and storytelling. This leaves the market ripe for a Great Power to restore the golden age of international pop culture.
    Rules: top two best rollers are Progress and Regress, new entrants replacing Regress and starting from zero; a close finish will split the pot between the two sides
    Rewards: the creation of a Power Centre representing a major cultural export of your country (e.g. K-Pop, superhero movies, manga, etc.)

    Spoiler The Land of Opportunity :
    The Land of Opportunity (Super Worldwide Administration/Economy Front): Once upon a time the Land of Opportunity for the toiling masses of Europe was America, where anyone could get land and be free. Nearly a century of racist immigration restrictions in America, which were copied to lesser or greater extent in Canada, Australia, and Great Britain, forced migrants seeking a better life to other ports of call, though never enough in any one nation for any place to become the world’s foremost nation of immigrants. For millions of migrants, there is no obvious choice of where to go to better one’s socio-economic chances, but should any of the Great Powers become a beacon of economic opportunity, they could benefit greatly from the intelligence and grit the world’s immigrants have to offer.
    Rules: top two best rollers are Progress and Regress, new entrants replacing Regress and starting from zero; a close finish will split the pot between the two sides; collapse is recurring
    Rewards: the establishment of a Nation of Immigrants/Land of Opportunity World Fact that represents a huge pull of immigration to the winning Great Power

    Spoiler Islamism & Jihadism :
    Islamism & Jihadism (Super Worldwide Social Control/Espionage Front): Despite decades of Babylonian and American suppression, most prominently with the smothering of the Islamic Republic of Iran in its cradle, political Islam continues to be a powerful undercurrent throughout the Islamic world. This undercurrent is fluid and in desperate need of a major role model to decide its fate in the early twenty-first century. The two current pulls across the Islamic world are those between the moderates of Muslim Brotherhood of Egypt and Islamic Congress of East Asian Indonesia, and the fanatics like al-Qaeda and the Bengali Islamic faction. Moreover a niche technocratic angle on Islam as a religion of science has taken hold among guerrillas in northern Nigeria. Should a decisively religious Islamic society emerge in world affairs, whether in Bengal, Egypt, Indonesia or elsewhere, it could serve as a role model to determine the future character of Islamic activities.
    Rules: Regress represents efforts to eliminate moderate Islamic Republicanism and bolster/harness fanatical Islamism, Progress represents the bolstering of moderate Islamic Republicanism and crushing of fanatical Islamism; collapse is recurring
    Rewards: consolidation of global Islamic politics around an ideologically preferred axis
    Related Fronts: Indian Tensions

    Spoiler The Drug Trade :
    The Drug Trade (Super Worldwide Espionage/Social Control): The 1990s were a boom period for the international illicit drug trade centred on the world’s three big production hubs in Afghanistan-Persia, Southeast Asia, and inner Latin America. The vast majority of the world's opium is made by farmers in the Golden Crescent in Afghanistan, where the Khan government turns a blind eye to poppy cultivation. Heroin is largely produced with the tacit support of the Buddhist regime in Burma and corrupt KMT officers in lands saddling the rainforested borders of Thailand, Indochina, Burma, and southwest China. Meanwhile cocaine is cultivated by left-wing insurgents in the Amazon, Colombia, and Peru. The illicit drug trade promotes addiction in buyer countries and strengthens criminal networks along their supply routes, especially North America and Europe, though increasingly also to Argentina, India, and East Asia.
    Rules: Progress represents efforts to clamp down on global drug trade operations, Regress represents harnessing these criminal forces to serve the interests of your state; collapse is recurring
    Rewards: end of the drug trade (and resultant economic/political effects on other Fronts, regimes) or creation of a Drug Trafficking Power Centre worth 1.6 Espionage, 0.4 Social Control
    Related Fronts: Amazon Conflict

    Spoiler Indian Tensions :
    Indian Tensions (Regional India-Hindustan-Bengal Espionage/Front): The breakup of North India has left furious unresolved problems on the subcontinent. The Hindustani People’s Republic based out of Delhi, with nuclear arms and the world’s largest army by soldier count, regularly taunts and threatens rhetoric about retaking Mumbai or invading Bengal. The Bengalis, for their part, do the same over their own territorial grievances. This makes the Indo-Bengali-Hindustani border one of the most militarized in the world, and a place where inevitably a miscalculated military decision will escalate the armed peace into a nuclear war. Such a crisis could emerge when the fractious and untenable coalition government of Islamists and ultra-nationalists in Bengal finally collapses into a dictatorship of one or the other, which is seen as a likely next event in the ongoing tense geopolitical situation.
    Rules: Progress represents efforts to prevent war and reach a stable political settlement across India, while Regress represents efforts to stoke a conflict.
    Rewards: peace or war on the subcontinent, also regime direction in Bengal

    Spoiler Ethiopian Revanchism :
    Ethiopian Revanchism (Regional Ethiopia Espionage Front): After a humiliating defeat at the hands of two liberal democracies in East Africa and India, the young king of Ethiopia is eager to prove his valour and reclaim lost glory. His propagandists make no effort to conceal their desire to ultimately invade East African Somalia, and a military build-up continues, though at a slow pace given Ethiopia’s rugged terrain, isolation from international markets, and lack of a domestic arms industry. Should a Great Power bridge these gaps between Ethiopia’s dreams and its present reality, the war path might be cleared for King Zera.
    Rules: Progress represents a military-build up that would pose a serious threat to East Africa, Regress represents the frustration or prevention of war erupting over Somalia
    Rewards: prevention or inauguration of a war led by Ethiopia against East African Somalia

    Spoiler Greater Hungary :
    Greater Hungary (Regional Hungary Espionage Front): In the state press of the Hungarian state, the lands of the Crown of St Stephen were wrongfully stripped from it in the aftermath of the Austro-Hungarian collapse, as well as the numerous border rectification treaties of the communist era. It is believed as well in the intelligence communities of most European countries that Hungarians are a major purchaser of illicit arms from dealers in Eurasia and Western Europe, which by themselves would put Hungary on a path to the military-buildup it would need to start a war, though slowly, and with which of its neighbours, it is unclear.
    Rules: Progress represents efforts to build-up Hungary for a war with one of its neighbours (which is up to the player that causes the Progress to succeed), Regress represents efforts to prevent a war and establish a more lasting commitment to peace between Hungary and its neighbours
    Rewards: war or stabilized peace with Hungary and its various claims, potentially also the alignment of Hungary’s military Power Centre
    Related Fronts: Merchants of Death

    Spoiler Arabian Nuclear Program :
    Arabian Nuclear Program (Regional Arabia Espionage/Science Front): Ever since the Babylonian invasion of the Kingdom of Arabia, the Saudis have made it an open secret that they are looking for help to build the bomb. Tentative info sharing occurred between Arabia and North India in 1989, but this ceased as North India collapsed into two warring states. Arabia continues to put feelers out for assistance in building a nuclear program, but to date no Great Power has shown interest. The hermit king of Arabia rules absolutely, and could change the tune of his government perhaps a lot more easily than other regimes, should he get what he needs against the only thing he really cares about: protecting himself from Saddam Hussein.
    Rules: Progress represents advances by Arabia to build a WMD arsenal, Regress represents efforts to permanently crush the possibility of such an arsenal forming
    Rewards: the rapid ideological switch of Arabia to whoever helps them build a WMD program, or the elimination of a potentially threatening WMD program in Arabia

    Spoiler Hawaiian Allegiance :
    Hawaiian Allegiance (Regional Hawaii Administration/Espionage Front): Remaining inside the Rainbow Republic was never an option for the business-friendly Republicans governing Hawaii back in 1991, but independence for a small, strategically located nation like theirs is untenable without a patron among the Great Powers. Hawaii boasts one of the former United States’ best military ports and still harbours two of its aircraft carriers alongside a notable fleet and its experienced sailors and officers who defected to Hawaii. Although Australia has made diplomatic overtures to Hawaii, the local Republican Party sees them as a last resort and are hoping for another Great Power to guarantee their independence against interference in their affairs from either East Asian and Rainbow Republic, who’s sympathisers fill the ranks of opposition movements.
    Rules: Progress represents swaying the Hawaiian regime into your sphere, Regress represents the advance of either Suzukian or Rainbow opposition groups, whichever rolls higher
    Rewards: access to Hawaii as a naval port and the restitution of a Power Centre out of the Pacific Fleet worth 1.6 Warfare and 0.1 AP

    Spoiler Untouchable Global Elite :
    Untouchable Global Elite (Worldwide Super Social Control/Administration Front): In the shadows, moving from corporate board rooms to fancy estate to ski resorts, there have always been the Eloi, the haves, the untouchable elite whose wealth you don’t even see. They can enter countries without a passport, hide their true wealth behind numerous shell companies, and have powerful connections everywhere that matters. This globalized power class hails from every nationality and knows no borders, but should they see one of the Great Powers as serving their interests, they might be inclined to do them favours in-exchange.
    Rules: best two rollers are sides Progress and Regress, replacing the losing side if they join in after two sides are established
    Rewards: a geographically unlocated Power Centre representing the power elite and the wealthy 0.01% worth 0.1 AP, 0.8 Economy, 0.4 Espionage, 0.4 Social Control

    Spoiler HIV/AIDS & Malaria :
    HIV/AIDS & Malaria (Africa Super Science/Administration Front): Two diseases haunt Sub-Saharan Africa, one ancient and one modern. Malaria, spread by mosquitoes in equatorial climes, kills 800,000 people annually, while HIV/AIDS has pulled down societal life expectancy by 10-20 years in the most afflicted areas in East Africa, Azania, Mozambique, and Equatorial Africa. Although drugs have been developed to manage HIV/AIDS and cure malaria, they are not distributed widely in Sub-Saharan Africa.
    Rules: Progress represents efforts to combat HIV/AIDS and malaria
    Rewards: none (it’s just a nice thing to do)

    Spoiler Warming Trend :
    Warming Trend (Special Front): Since the late 1970s scientists identified the threat posed to the biosphere and humanity from greenhouse gas emissions in the form of global warming. Average surface temperature relative to the 1800s has risen by the turn of the millennium to 0.75° Celsius, with climate models warning of rising sea levels, longer droughts, more intense hurricanes, and other natural disasters. The economies of the world, through modern agriculture, manufacturing, energy production, transportation and other sources, emit 35 gigatonnes of carbon dioxide and other gases annually. The impacts of global warming will manifest throughout the decades ahead, and the solutions to this global problem will be numerous given its scope.
    Rules: this Front resolves by GM fiat when the entire player base has collectively satisfied the GM with numerous energy transition and climate mitigation Fronts of their own diverse choosing; when this Front collapses it’s collapse timer starts again; collapse is recurring
    Rewards: none (avoiding bad things is the reward)

    Spoiler Novel Pandemics :
    Novel Pandemics (Special Front): Vaccination campaigns, improved sanitation, and improved healthcare systems helped eliminate smallpox and mitigate numerous other diseases in the developed and developing world. Nonetheless, novel diseases emerge routinely, whether from isolated endemic diseases spread to the globalized world, or new diseases mutating and jumping from animals to humans. The threat of pandemics is ever-present, but only are they sufficiently dangerous to warrant global concern.
    Rules: is Front resolves by GM fiat when the entire player base has collectively developed medical technologies, systems of pandemic response and mass vaccination that the GM deems sufficient to end the curse of pandemics; time this Front escalates the GM will roll a 1d10 against a table of diseases; escalations will always be structured so that the turn the escalation is announced, players can react preemptively; the next turn, if the pandemic escalates out of control, that particular pandemic will take the place of the Novel Pandemics Front until resolved
    Rewards: none (avoiding bad things is the reward)


    World-Building Request: The Leader

    For turn 2 my world-building request to players is to name and describe your highest level political official, or if that doesn’t correspond to the actual highest seat of power, go for whatever person occupies that instead. Describe the backstory and politics of this timeline’s Suzuki, Saddam, the Presidents of America, Eurasia, and India, and Argentina’s First Colleague (or whatever their title is).

    GM Notes

    There is a section on how competing rolls work that I realized doesn't work in the case of two players getting the same rolls (e.g. the Turkey situation) and upon reflection I don't even like it in the intended use case, so I'm not going to use it. I've highlighted it in yellow for those who are interested and will remove it by the next update from the rules.

    Rules clarification for when we get to it: fractional APs accumulate until you have a full AP. So if you have 1.1 total AP, you have 1 AP for 10 turns and on the 10th turn you have 2 APs. So AP value less than 1 does bank, basically.

    I'm adding a note to the Diplomacy capability that it should also provide the effect of allowing players to ask more detailed questions about the diplomatic situation of NPCs.

    I'm also making a note that I do consider some actions to be "free" in that you don't need to spend an AP to do certain things. Role-play-esque actions like conferences or new bodies or agreements that are about principles are entirely free. More mechanically, withdrawing from a Front is free, so you can relieve yourself of whatever consequences might logically follow, but cede your Front Point generation. Player to Player promises (e.g. defensive pacts whatever) like treaties are also free actions, unless they actually do something in the world that would need to be enforced.

    Also, I've decided to leave in various ideas I had for negative consequences for actions (soft success or hard success or failures) that I didn't end up opting for. They are listed at the end of the Actions tab. They aren't intended to be super well written (that's for the update itself) but it gives players an idea of the possibility space I was considering for mixed or failed outcomes.

    Orders are due Thursday May 26th 9:00 AM PST.

    Mobilization deadlines are therefore:
    • Friday May 20th 9:00 AM PST (for a +4 bonus)
    • Saturday May 21st 9:00 AM PST (for a +2 bonus)
    • Sunday May 22nd 9:00 AM PST (for a +1 bonus) - no mobilizations can be declared after this point (and therefore no wars can be engaged in)
     
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  9. Belgarion95

    Belgarion95 Chieftain

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    Treaty of the Bosporus and Dardanelles

    1. The Bosporus and Dardanelles Straits, being vital for international commerce, shall be jointly controlled and managed by the great states of Babylon and Eurasia with the permission of the Sublime Ottoman State. Both Babylon and Eurasia shall maintain military bases at multiple locations along the straits. Any decisions to limit trade must be mutual, with the United States and Yugoslavia (and any Pink allies) currently being forbidden under conditions of war.

    2. The mighty states of Babylon and Eurasia will not interfere with the actions of the other, and will not intervene in the other state's sphere of influence, either through diplomatic, economic, covert, political, or military means. Any state directly bordering Babylon or Eurasia is within their mutual sphere of influence.

    Signed,
    Minister of State Tariq Aziz von Schroeter
    President Saddam Hussein
     
  10. tobiisagoodboy

    tobiisagoodboy Prince

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    Signed by the Directorate of Eurasia
     
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