Autumn of Nations

Belgarion95

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The Federal Republic of India is the foremost proponent of international diplomacy and cooperation. As such, we recognize the concerns of interested parties and have begun to negotiate diplomatic arrangements that address them. We are open to detailed arrangements on the subject with our European partners.

The Vienna Memorandum
March 24th, 2007​
  1. The Federal Republic of India, People's Republic of Babylon and Assyria, and the European Democratic Movement, henceforth referred to as the signatories, commit themselves to mutual peace and cooperation for the good of Europe.​
  2. The signatories recognize the People's State of Austria as an independent and sovereign state, separate from Germany.​
    1. They recognize their border as the prerevolutionary alpine border of the Austrian Empire with the German Empire and the Kingdom of Italy.​
    2. European Democratic forces will arrange the peaceful transfer of territories recognized as part of the new state that may be occupied by other combatants.​
    3. Austrian forces will arrange the peaceful transfer of any other territories, such as Venice, Munich, and other parts of the former Italian SSR, and maintain order there until the handover.​
  3. The signatories nations mutually guarantee the People's State of Austria's sovereignty and independence.​
  4. The People's Republic of Babylon, the Federal Republic of India, and the People's State of Austria recognize the European Democratic Movement as the legitimate government of post-Soviet Europe, except where an existing independent nation is internationally recognized or where the European Democratic Movement chooses to relinquish its claim.​

signed,

Prime Minister Mallikarjun Kharge

We are satisfied with the Federal Republic of India's efforts to curtail the destruction of Austria, and believe that Europe is now on a satisfactory course.

In addition, we declare that Austria is under the personal protection of Babylon. The revival of their ancient and noble traditions is a sacred process blessed by Marduk.

Signed,
President Hussein
 

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Bank of England

World Economy Report
January 2000

© 2000 The Bank of England
Threadneedle Street, London, Great Britain

Worldwide gross domestic product (GDP) grew by 2.6% in 1999, ending on £8.681 trillion at the start of 2000. The world economy showed several signs of economic recovery, from slowing inflation to increases in international trade volume. India surpassed China as the world's largest economy, who had taken the top spot away from East Asia only a few years prior. A full ranking by GDP is available in Appendix I, and the top fifteen world economies below, measured in millions GBP (£):
  1. India: £1,092 (12.6%)
  2. China: £1,089 (12.5%)
  3. East Asia: £959 (11.0%)
  4. Union of States: £942 (10.9%)
  5. Great Britain: £756 (8.7%)
  6. Eurasia: £415 (4.8%)
  7. Argentina: £295 (3.4%)
  8. California: £288 (3.3%)
  9. Western Continental Europe*: £268 (3.1%)
  10. New England: £234 (2.7%)
  11. Australia: £210 (2.4%)
  12. Babylon: £166 (1.9%)
  13. Southern Republic: £141 (1.6%)
  14. Colombia: £140 (1.6%)
  15. Texas: £121 (1.4%)
*as per previous reports, The Bank of England prefers the term Western Continental Europe (WCE) to refer to the situation on the continent.
 

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I'm back from vacation. As per my Discord message, the order deadline is moved to the 16th.

Also, @Terran Empress has asked to drop from the Union of States. Thank you for playing! That country is now open. If you are interested in playing as the Union of States, please message me on Discord. It's not a strict first-come-first-serve (I'd like to know that you have the right idea of what you are playing) but I'll strongly prefer people who contact me earlier.
 

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World-Building Request: The Leader



In our timeline the grandparents of the man known in as David Takayoshi immigrated to Canada. A butterfly flapped its wings. In this timeline Takayoshi Suzuki was born in Hiroshima on March 24, 1936.

Suzuki had a long and fruitful academic career, receiving his Bachelor of Arts degree in biology in 1958 from Hiroshima University and his PhD in zoology from the Tokyo University in 1961. Suzuki got involved in radical Leftist politics during his time as an undergraduate and a postgraduate, leading the government of the newly formed Federation of Greater East Asian Socialist Republics to look favourably upon him.

From 1963 until his election as Chairman of the Federation, he was a professor at Tokyo University. Due to his charisma and connections with the East Asian government, he became a high profile science communicator hosting numerous TV and radio shows and also publishing many books aimed at informing the public about natural sciences.

In the late 1980s, the Federation followed its sister Union in implementing policies of openness, leading to a brief period where works critical of the government were published. It was in this period where Second Millennium Marxism was published, which advocated for a fundamental transformation of East Asian ideology. These ideas resonated with the East Asian populace and the government structure, forming the basis of the movement that would come to dominate the Federation.

The collapse of the Soviet Union led to a period of chaos in the Federation culminating in the brutal power struggle in Tokyo and around the country. A faction formed around Suzuki and his ideas and Suzuki was a natural choice for the leader of this movement.

Suzuki’s charisma and his negotiating skills were extremely useful in mobilising support for his movement and for reaching an understanding with other major factions in the Federation (including groups that make up many of the major factions within the contemporary East Asian government).

Suzuki was elected in one of East Asia’s traditional show elections and has so far managed to keep the Federation together, in spite of both external and internal pressures threatening to tear it apart.
 

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THE YEAR 2007

Fronts, Power Centres, Player Countries:
Year 2007 Stats



HEADLINES

Daud Khan is Dead, Afghanistan in Crisis

Eastern Zapadoslavia Peacefully Secedes and Promptly Joins Eurasia

Babylon Rounds Up Millions of Persians in Secret Counter-Insurgency Operation

Hawaii and Argentina Expected to Sign Military Treaty

Union of States Predicts Christian Majority Will Disappear “by 2030”

Eurasia Hails “New Eurasian Person” Policy of Anti-Corruption

Borneo Becomes World’s Top Tourist Destination


DEVELOPMENTS

Shale Revolution (Super Economy Front): Underneath the ground in vast tracts of the world are shale formations where natural gas can be found, with huge reserves in the Union of States, China, Argentina, and across Europe, among other locales. Hitherto methods of drilling have not been able to crack these reserves, but this has begun to change. New techniques, from deep earth imaging software to horizontal drilling to hydraulic fracturing (“fracking”), have opened up another generation of energy resources. Whereas coal and petroleum have high carbon dioxide emissions, shale reserves are mainly natural gas, a fossil fuel with a considerably lower carbon impact. A significant investment into gas extraction from shale using these new methods could partially displace oil and coal and help in decreasing reliance on dirtier fuels. Fracking could also develop profitable economies in places that really need it, like the “fly over” region of the Union of States, the impoverished interior of China, inner Argentina and Paraguay, wartorn Mexico, and wartorn western Europe. Any of these regions could be transformed into a new energy juggernaut.
Rules: the top two rolling powers represent Progress and Regress in a contest to establish a “shale revolution” in whatever region they choose that contains major shale reserves; World Facts for second place
Rewards: a natural gas Power Centre and World Facts reflecting a world-class energy production hub

An International Space Station (Super Science Front): During the Cold War the United States and the Soviet Union both launched several of their own national space stations, but by the end of the Autumn of Nations both of these superpowers’ space programs weren’t even located inside the territory of their major successors. NASA was inherited by the Southern Republic, while Baikonur was left to independent Turkestan. Although the prospects appear slim, there is still scientific merit in putting yet another space station into orbit, perhaps this time a joint effort by all the space-faring nations so as to maintain the station for a much longer time period. Such a project would still be a massive undertaking costing over a hundred billion pounds or more, and undertaking it without either of the estranged space programs of the former Soviet and American regimes would be tricky - but one can dream can’t they.
Rules: Progress represents a concerted effort to launch an international space station among the Great Powers that participate. Regress represents any individual country’s effort to launch a space station of similar scope without the assistance of other powers. Possessing either NASA or Baikonor or both will greatly improve the odds of success.
Rewards: an international space station (note: not a Power Centre, but still pretty cool)

Drones (Super Science Front): Computer science and aerospace technology have advanced to the point that “unmanned aerial vehicles” appear to be scientifically possible in the near term. There were some tentative investments made by the United States and the Soviet Union in the late 1980s but those were forgotten in the Autumn of Nations and its aftermath. A lot of technical innovation and cost reduction is still necessary for military drones to become a significant component of any armed force, and every major military is working on the problem to some degree or another - but should any of the Great Powers prioritize research in this field, they could obtain a ten-year head start in technological supremacy in the field of military drones.
Rules: the top two rollers are Progress and Regress in a contest for establishing themselves as the foremost developer of military drones; negative and positive points won’t “cancel out” - that is, it’s just a race to get generate Front Points equal to the Target Number; World Facts awarded to second place
Rewards: a Power Centre representing a drone-based military production and innovation hub, World Facts reflecting top-notch drone technological supremacy

Mass Surveillance (Super Science/Espionage Front): Globalization, the internet, the use of computer chips in everyday appliances, the universalization of telecommunications, the spread of the “smart phone” - all of these have combined together to create an unparalleled opportunity in espionage and intelligence gathering. Most telecommunications at present are tapped or spied on in an ad hoc, as-needed basis by the world’s premier intelligence services - but in an era of universal technology, some intelligence officials have prodded their governments about a different approach: what if we collected and stored every communication or piece of data by default. Some would say that such a program would be a massive violation of privacy, but fewer and fewer people in the know are saying that it couldn’t be done.
Rules: top two rollers represent Progress and Regress in a contest to establish a mass surveillance program for worldwide telecommunication and technological tracking; second place gets World Facts
Rewards: an intelligence agency Power Centre that performs mass surveillance

Dictators (Special Front)
New Events:
  • Front Collapses (4 out of 4 Front Points), chose among oldest dictators
Mohammed Daoud Khan, Afghanistan’s first and only President, has died at the grand old age of 97. The future of technocratic Afghanistan hangs in the balance.
Changes:
  • new Front: The Great Game
Spoiler 2005 :
Dictators (Special Front): Liberal political theorists have a deep literature on so-called “personalist dictatorships,” which they define as regime types where power is concentrated in a single individual, generally with a cult of personality and no clear line of succession after their death. Due to the over-reliance of the state on a single personality, these regimes typically have a rough time when their leader dies - creating a brief moment for the opposition to seize power in the chaos.
Rules: This Front will conclude when the world has rid itself of personalist dictators. Collapse is recurring, and each time this Front Collapses, one of the world’s personalist dictators (see NPC Tab of the Stats) will perish and a succession crisis Front will be created. The GM will choose the next personalist dictator to die based on their age or, if ages are similar, a roll. If the GM deems all of the existing personalist dictators to be too young to die, the GM may opt to convert one random government with an authoritarian system into a personalist dictatorship and add it to the list.
Rewards: Regular opportunities for regime change.
The Great Game (Regional Afghanistan Social Control/Espionage Front): Daoud Khan is dead after nearly a lifetime as ruler of Afghanistan, leaving the country in a state of crisis. Although the constitution has technically empowered a committee of civilian economists, they lack legitimacy, and several alternatives are cropping up to displace the old order. A network of criminals and corrupt officials supposedly connected to Babylon have nearly conquered the state’s most vital revenue source, opium exports. Seemingly unkillable Islamist fighters in the countryside have already begun another insurgency to topple the government and establish a theocratic strongman state loosely modelled off of Eurasia. Turkestan’s dictator, Saparmurat Niyazov, has oft spoken of his desire to right the wrongs of the Soviet Union in ceding the Tajiks to Afghanistan, while the communists of Hindustan may now see an opportunity to recover the Pashtun lands lost during the Indian civil war. Moreover, protests have erupted in Kabul and other cities that include both demands for elections, and demands for socialism, depending on the crowd. At the centre of all this chaos is the military, whose top brass could just as easily back the constitution, or break with it to co-opt some of its opponents and stabilize the country.
Rules: Progress and Regress represents the top two rolling sides who attempt to consolidate a government Faction. Collapse Points will stop being generated on this Front so long as a net positive or negative number of Front Points are being generated. Collapse of this Front will trigger a pair of d6 rolls to determine which ideology takes power and whether neighbours invade. The first roll options will be (1, 2) tan government defeats oppositions, (2, 3) black rebels seize government, defeat other oppositions, (5) military backs blues, defeats oppositions, (6) military backs greys, defeats oppositions. The second roll will be (1, 2, 3) no invasions, (4) Hindustan invades, seizes ex-territories in OTL Pakistan, (5) Turkestan invades, seizes Tajikistan, (6) Hindustan and Turkestan both invade and seize their respective territories. These outcomes are of course subject to change if the underlying fiction changes in Afghanistan or among its neighbours.
Rewards: fate of Afghanistan

Land of Opportunity (Super Worldwide Administration/Economy Front):
New Events:
  • Front Collapses (8 out of 8 Front Points)
In a multipolar world, those seeking a better life have to make tough choices. None of the Great Powers have that unique combination of social mobility, economic prosperity, and open immigration which once upon a time made America the land of opportunity. The end of the Cold War created an opening for that to change, but alas too much time has passed. It will take another mighty change in the course of history for the tired, poor, huddled masses to truly believe in a new American Dream.
Spoiler 2000 :
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
War on Terror (Regional Islamic World Social Control/Espionage Front):
New Events:
  • Babylon & East Asia win the Front (4 out of 4 Front Points)
The collective efforts of East Asia and Babylon have crushed al-Qaeda’s operations in both of those two states. Although their efforts did not eliminate al-Qaeda the world-over, the terrorist organization is severely weakened, and inside East Asia and Babylon it has been completely dismantled. A strike against al-Qaeda’s mystery patron, which has been narrowed down to either Bengal or Arabia, could deal the final blow, but security and intelligence officials in East Asia and Babylon thus far seem uninterested in expanding the scope of an assignment that was tough enough to complete on home turf.
Changes:
  • the Babylon Stress “Egyptian Islamism” loses 3 Collapse Points
  • the East Asia Stress “anti-Japanese sentiment” loses 3 Collapse Points
  • the Front “Islamism & Jihadism” loses 4 Collapse Points
  • stat changes for the al-Qaeda Power Centre: -0.4 Espionage
  • new World Fact: Babylon and East Asia have fully dismantled al-Qaeda in their countries
Spoiler 2004 :
War on Terror (Regional Islamic World Social Control/Espionage Front):
New Events:
  • Babylon & East Asia: rolled 14, hard success. +1 FP for counter-terror activities
The governments of East Asia and Babylon have jointly announced a multi-national “war on terror” across the Middle East and Asia this year. Their target: al-Qaeda. With the combined resources of Babylon and East Asia, numerous terror plots were foiled, though apparently at the concerning price of some build-up in non-fundamentalist popular resentment. The most dramatic of these terror plots would have involved the hijacking of two airliners in the Philippines bound for Tokyo, which were intended to target the tallest towers in the city. On a tip from Babylonian intelligence, the East Asian Ministry of Justice were able to catch the attackers at the airport. Both Babylon and East Asia have also permanently enacted new strict airport security measures to prevent future hijackings. Nonetheless al-Qaeda got off a few car bombings in Babylon and the Philippines, with the governments of both countries claiming to have thwarted several times more plots in Indonesia, Babylon, and among Babylon’s other client states. Recruitment to al-Qaeda was slowed in East Asia by the Islamic Congress, which united moderate Islamic preachers in condemning al-Qaeda and preventing youths from straying to fundamentalist thought, while top leadership inside Babylon and its client states were captured or killed by the Mushussu. The Ministry of Justice and the Mukhabarat also announced their findings about the potential location of al-Qaeda’s top leader and its main base of training, ruling out all but two countries, either Bengal or Arabia. For its part, al-Qaeda’s anti-colonial and anti-imperial propaganda, and the already pre-existing resentment of many people across both Babylon and East Asia, have dovetailed into something of an unspoken popular sympathy for al-Qaeda’s goals if not its methods, knowledge of which escapes outside the two restrictive countries through the foreign press. These journalists note that resentment towards Japan is high in Indonesia and the Philippines, especially among Muslims, and that al-Qaeda’s attempted attack against Tokyo was able to provoke unconcerned neutrality all the way to enthusiasm from everyday people interviewed. Meanwhile in Babylon, similar sentiments escaped into the foreign press from anonymous members of the more moderate Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt, who have seized on some of the resentment to build their moderate Islamist anti-Babylonian membership.
Changes:
  • new World Fact: Babylon and East Asia employ strict airport security measures to prevent aircraft hijackings
  • the Babylon Stress “Egyptian Islamism” adds 2 Collapse Points
  • the East Asia Stress “anti-Japanese sentiment” adds 2 Collapse Points
Trajectory: Babylon and East Asia will stamp out al-Qaeda in both of their countries respectively, eliminating that terrorist organization from their own countries within a few years (2008) and making it much easier to curb fanatical Islamism; al-Qaeda will continue to terrorize other states and the Islamism & Jihadism Front’s collapse will cause terror attacks elsewhere, while the al-Qaeda Power Centre will continue to exist until al-Qaeda’s removal from its primary host country, which is either Bengal or Arabia
Great Awakening (Regional Union of States Social Control/Administration Front)
New Events:
  • Union of States wins the Front (4 out of 4 Front Points)
A national effort to curb religious extremism is rounding down intensive operations this year in the Union of States. Right-wing televangelists and radiovangelists have lost their edge in the competition for listeners and viewers who have turned to progressive religious voices like Sojourner Jim Wallis, Anabaptists, and others. Meanwhile, new non-Christian religious movements have been gaining popularity. On the west coast New Age beliefs in astrology, meditation, harmony with nature, among other esotericisms have been successfully fused into state-affiliated mass organizations and non-threatening private groups, which will take time to fully displace the Christian majority but are on path to do so by 2020. On the east coast, neo-paganism has taken a similar course, with the Christian majority on pace to be displaced by 2030. Both have their issues, with significant cross-border connections between the New Agers and Buffalo-Caribou environmentalists with Suzukian influence, while the neo-pagans have notable connections to the Hells Angels in Quebec - but these represent only a minority of the wider conversions.
Changes:
  • defunct World Fact: pro-Southern televangelists are prepared to organize mass rallies again should the Union of States interfere in the Southern Republic, at least until the Great Awakening Front closes
  • the Union of States Stress “forces of reaction” loses 4 Collapse Points
Spoiler 2004 :
Great Awakening (Regional Union of States Social Control/Administration Front):
New Events:
  • Union of States: rolled 19, soft success. +1 FP for religious social policy
The Union of States started several religious programs this year to combat extremism. The collection of social policies aim to privilege progressive churches over right-wing televangelists, as well as promote indigenous and neo-pagan religions in-place of Christianity. Without taking right-wing televangelists off the air through enforcement of the law, the Union of States has instead opted to surreptitiously deprioritize and undermine right-wing voices over left-wing ones, which has left the right-wing televangelists with only their most ardent audience members. Meanwhile progressives are seeing solid and continuous growth in ratings and viewer/listenership for their preachers, from Neo-Anabaptists to Episcopalians to a Sojourner (Jim Wallis) to others, who focus on Christ’s tolerance, charity, and universal love, his life of poverty, and more subtly Christ’s role as a proletarian carpenter and his teachings on communal property. The radio and television presence is accompanied by aggressive incentives for progressive churches to build and expand in-person, which is taking off more slowly. Although the strategy is mainly working, these progressive preachers do stray from the government line on some matters (like abortion); meanwhile leaving last year’s rally organizers free men has allowed them to continue movement building among the most ardent religious right-wingers - should the Union of States carry out another aggressive action against the Southern Republic, at least within the next few years, these still well-known televangelists will be positioned to spring into action again. As a secondary approach to progressive Christian social policy and institution-building, the Union of States is also cultivating old faiths and new faiths independent of Christianity, in-particular indigenous religious revival as well as neo-paganism. Indigenous groups have readily taken government incentives and affirmative action programs, with their ideas beginning to spread to hip non-indigenous non-industrial workers in major urban areas and to students and professors on university campuses. Meanwhile attempts to fuse together new faiths have resulted in an uptick in New Age beliefs on the west coast and diverse neo-paganism on the east coast, though both with concerning ideological deviation. For the west coast, New Age belief leans left-wing in character but state data collectors point out the concerning ease with which Suzukian messaging can work on this group. For the east coast, prominent neo-pagan biker gangs such as the Hells Angels based in Quebec and Ontario are thought to have many links among the newly forming neo-pagan religious groups between New York, Ohio, Ontario, and Michigan. Again, the groups outwardly display left-wing qualities like charity and solidarity, but their primarily young militant male base and potential connection to neo-traditionalists have state officials nervous over the currently dormant issue.
Changes:
  • new World Fact: neo-pagan and New Age movements are taking off in the Union of States, but are potentially susceptible to neo-traditional and Suzukian influence respectively
  • new World Fact: pro-Southern televangelists are prepared to organize mass rallies again should the Union of States interfere in the Southern Republic, at least until the Great Awakening Front closes
Trajectory: The Union of States will capture most of the popular Christian sentiment in progressive Christian churches and programming within a few years (2008), just in-time to prevent right-wing religious thought from consolidating into a long-term stress. Neo-pagan and indigenous religion will also be successfully promoted in a big way by that time.
Spoiler 2003 :
Great Awakening (Union of States Short-Term Stress): Much of the lands the Rainbow Republic governs are rural and populated by proud conservative Americans who have been impervious to government attempts at political conversion. Having managed to evade censorship, religious pastors preach their message over radio and television and found a deeply loyal audience among these conservative strongholds. Although the mainstream media of the Union of States maintains that it has not directly agitated the Caribbean resistance movement nor recent unionization and draft dodger activities in the Southern Republic proper, conspiracy theories and coded political language among televangelists have captured the imagination of the conservative religious rural right. Evangelical activists have gathered people in huge outdoor rallies against the Union of States and in-support of the Southern Republic against instability and war and in favour of god and his dominion over earth - all totally at odds with the political hegemony of the government.
Rules: If this Stress is not resolved before it collapses, it will transform into a long-term Stress. Resolution of this Stress can be indirect (i.e. as a secondary consequence of an Action on a semi-related but distinct Front) or direct (i.e. making a Front specifically targeting this issue).
Disaster Capitalism (Regional China Economy Front):
New Events:
  • Argentina wins the Front (4 out of 4 Front Points)
The famine induced by Typhoon Longwang in 2005 ended this year, saving hundreds of thousands of lives. The heroic victory was hailed in Shanghai to the energetic reconstruction and aid efforts of Argentine businesses and diplomats, who have spurred significant investment and growth in Shanghai, a pearl of finance capitalism in the east that has begun to rival Hong Kong. Argentine investment has penetrated far and wide across China in the last few years, giving Argentinians influence in the private sector of the technocratic east, the militarist north, the democratic south, and even some parts of the theocratic west.
Changes:
  • Argentina controls the Shanghai Financial Centre Power Centre
  • defunct World Fact: Argentine companies have construction and retail projects across all of China
  • new World Fact: Argentine and pro-Argentina Shanghai investors dominate private investment across all areas of China in most sectors, especially in construction and retail
Spoiler 2006 :
Disaster Capitalism (Regional China Economy Front):
New Events:
  • Argentina: rolled 20.4, full success. +2 FP for disaster capitalism
At the news of yet another Chinese disaster, Argentine capitalists, at the behest of their professorial state, once again packed their bags and booked thousands of tickets to the embattled country. This time Argentinians landed in Shanghai, where they cavorted with the technocratic government and the city’s business elites to permit the deployment of engineering talent and create supply chains for basic goods and aid. Central China, the epicentre of last year’s floods and suffering an ongoing famine, was relieved of its calamities with diverse aid (food, clothing, basic goods) and its people rapidly rehoused by Argentine construction teams. Surprisingly, Argentine companies slickly navigated the political risks of the region, which is divided confusingly between the four Chinese “warlords” who dispute the territories, avoiding a flare-up or engendering hostility from one of the factions. Although the nominal target of Argentine aid and reconstruction was central China, as work there wound down other contracts picked up not just in Shanghai, which increasingly appears like Argentina’s very own version of Hong Kong, but across China.
Changes:
  • new World Fact: Argentine companies have construction and retail projects across all of China
Trajectory: Argentina will obtain financial and social dominance of the Shanghai Financial Centre Power Network by the end of next year.
Merchants of Death (Super Europe Espionage Front):
New Events:
  • Eurasia wins the Front (6 out of 6 Front Points)
The Eurasian war on guns is over. Eurasia is victorious. The “Sanctions Busters” Viktor Bout and Karlheinz Schreiber have been busted, both apprehended by European authorities who extradited them to Eurasia for a speedy trial and punishment. They are the tip of the iceberg, with hundreds of other traffickers behind bars or dead thanks to Eurasia. Eurasian and European arms stockpiles are now under a regime of tight monitoring, with the only illegal flows happening if they have the tacit approval of the Eurasian state.
Changes:
  • defunct World Fact: criminal organizations are assassinating Eurasian anti-corruption agents
  • new World Fact: Eurasian weapons stockpiles are highly monitored and nearly impervious to theft
  • new World Fact: illicit arms trafficking among ex-Soviet countries is negligible except wherever and whenever it suits Eurasian national interests
  • the Eurasia Stress “inflexibility and corruption” loses 3 Collapse Points
Spoiler 2002 :
Merchants of Death (Super Europe Espionage Front):
New Actions:
  • Eurasia: rolled 18, soft success. +1 FP for anti-corruption activities
Corruption in Eurasian armouries and the Soviet Civil War helped make Eurasia the involuntary exporter of most of Europe’s black market guns by the end of the 1990s. These illegal armament flows create chaos at a time when the world desperately needs more order, or so say the various regional strongmen who have coordinated administrative resources towards a “war on guns.” The main vehicle for this push is an anti-corruption drive in the military, among the arms makers, and the national armouries, an effort which dramatically revealed the depths of corruption and links to the Russian mafia (Bratva) in these sectors of Eurasian society when state agents were found dead in their hotel rooms shortly after firing corrupt officials in one munitions depot in southwestern Ukraine. This was just the beginning of a criminal backlash against Eurasian agents, who nowadays wear body armour and travel with law enforcement, as the year was punctuated with random shootings, attempted assassinations, and even in one instance the sudden explosion of a munitions depot due to sabotage. Eurasian agents, apparently some of the most capable in Europe, are undeterred, and have even expanded the war on guns to co-operative anti-corruption and law enforcement in Babylonian occupied Marmara, Greece, and to a lesser extent, Zapadoslavia, Yugoslavia, and Romania. Although volatile, anti-arms trafficking efforts are expected to eliminate gun-running out of Eurasia and establish effective data tracking for other European states with an interest in stopping the flow of arms.
Changes:
  • new World Fact: criminal organizations are assassinating Eurasian anti-corruption agents
Trajectory: Eurasia will mostly eliminate the European illegal arms trade in a few years (2007), after which criminal violence against Eurasian state agents will subside. This will also balance the flow of arms favourably for the suffocating French ultranationalists, and negative Front Points will stop accruing to that Front at that time.
Spoiler 2000 :
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
Beautiful Borneo (Regional Borneo Social Control/Economy Front):
New Events:
  • East Asia & Union of States: rolled 18, soft success. +1 FP for kickstarting ecotourism
East Asia’s crackdown against clear-cutters and fire-setters continued this year, preventing another bout of smog and reversing some of the deforestation caused last year. Cognizant of widespread poverty and anger against Japan, East Asian officials enacted a sweeping new economic program to uplift the neglected region, declaring Borneo a Special Economic Zone for eco-tourism and voluntourism. Though only one national champion relocated its headquarters to Brunei, the tourism campaign, labelled “Beautiful Borneo,” was hugely successful in attracting massive flows of cash into new schemes. Beautiful Borneo has advertised to the wider world the wondrous natural beauty of Borneo, from its elephants, tigers, orangutans, to its coral reefs and still enormously well-preserved rainforests. The Beautiful Borneo campaign was especially successful in the Union of States, whose government agreed to promote Bornean tourism amongst its populace. Seriously disconnected from the wider world since the Autumn of Nations due to geopolitics, Americans were eager to jump at the opportunity for travel, with churches, neo-pagan groups, and naturalist clubs organizing large delegations to visit the remote island of Borneo throughout the dry season. Beautiful Borneo was also visited by folks from other places, with notable numbers of tourists among British subjects residing in Hong Kong and Singapore, as well as people from China, Indochina, and India, not to mention various parts of East Asia itself. Locals have celebrated the new influx of capital and income, though already several trends have started that may take a generation to be truly felt: the loss of endangered language proficiency in-favour of Japanese, English, and Malay, the loss of cultural pride due to catering to foreign cultures, resentment toward relaxation of religious norms for the benefit of tourists, and even (to a limited extent) the poor treatment of animals used for tourist purposes.
Changes:
  • new World Fact: Borneo’s tourist industry is slowly hollowing out local cultures
Trajectory: East Asia will have spurred a trend of positive economic growth for the sub-region of Borneo, growing its economy and improving the government’s reputation there, by 2010.
Spoiler People's Palm Oil :
People’s Palm Oil (East Asia Short-Term Stress):
New Events:
  • Long-Term Stress “anti-Japanese sentiment” Collapses (8 out of 8 Collapse Points)
Southeast Asia was blanked by dangerous concentrations of pollution due to a disastrous fire season in Borneo, something quite unusual for the environmentalist nation to which that island belongs. Although a decades-long East Asian effort has curbed illegal deforestation across most of Indonesia and Malaysia, desperate poor criminals still disobey the law and burn forests for palm oil production in Borneo, where anti-Japanese resentment runs high. Before the fire season, this year had already been a historic moment of unrest around the world, and it was no different in Indonesia, where spontaneous anti-government and crypto-separatist demonstrations, sometimes even supported by National Unionists, took place in Jakarta, Kuala Lumpur, Brunei, and other major cities in Indonesia and Malaysia. East Asian authorities took a dual-track approach of suppressing the protests forcefully, but also offering limited economic concessions after-the-fact as a goodwill gesture, including a promise to lighten policing in the region’s poorest province, Borneo. This promise, which East Asia dutifully carried out during the fire season, was a regrettable mistake that encouraged thousands of clear-cutters to burn more forest in one year than had been burnt in the entire previous decade. Although at first appeased by East Asian concessions, Borneans were quick to return to protests when East Asia brought back the full weight of its criminal justice system against fire-setters and clear-cutters. Even worse, the Borneans have rallied in support of the criminals deforesting the country, promoting them as heroic resistors to Japanese imperialism and promoters of the economic interests of the poor Bornean people. Although East Asia could concede to Bornean demands for legalization of at least some deforestation and palm oil production, something the Osaka Clique in Japan flatly endorses as overdue, doing so would threaten Borneo’s biodiversity, including species like the Borneo Orangutan, the Borneo elephant, and the rare Hose’s civet. For now the nationalistic rallying around the illegal Bornean fire-setters and clear-cutters is limited to Borneo, though the movement has momentum and could spread to other islands as well as sharpen their demands, should their currently modest ones remain unaddressed.
Rules: If this Stress is not resolved before it collapses, it will transform into a long-term Stress. Resolution of this Stress can be indirect (i.e. as a secondary consequence of an Action on a semi-related but distinct Front) or direct (i.e. making a Front specifically targeting this issue).
New Eurasian Person (Regional Eurasia Social Control/Administration Front):
New Events:
  • Eurasia: rolled 18, soft success. +1 FP for eliminating corruption once and for all
The Eurasian oligarchy has been on a warpath against corruption for more than half a decade. Agents of the civil service have worn body armour and suffered casualties in the war on arms smuggling and the war on crime, both successful if costly operations that have practically eliminated illicit arms movements out of the country and mafia activity broadly. This year the council of strongmen have approved a last offensive on the remaining vestiges of Soviet era corruption in every department of government, from the military to social programs to officials all the way down to the municipal level across Russia and Ukraine. Informally referred to as the New Eurasian Person Policy, accountability mechanisms are being extensively deployed to detect abuse of funds, rank and compare departmental efficacy, and generally fire and replace officials throughout all levels of government. There are two wrinkles in the plan, which outside observers have been quick to note. The first is the obvious contradiction of an unaccountable council of unabashed strongmen promoting honest, accountable government. What justifies the continued rule of the strongmen if they themselves do not submit to the same exacting standards as the rest of the state? Moreover, is this not exactly the same mistake the oligarchs behind Eurasia Today made by letting high-minded principles get in the way of what really matters (namely, ultranationalism)? Although the issue is dormant while the current strongmen live on, someday they will have successors - but will they be ultranationalists or will they lose the faith and become technocrats or even liberals? The second wrinkle is Poland. Although it’s never spoken about by the strongmen themselves, it’s clear that Poland is the exception - while the anti-corruption drive runs at full steam in Russia, Belarus, and Ukraine, in Poland efforts are managed by the local strongman and to a great extent it’s scope is limited so that patronage can be handed out and thereby allow the local strongman to maintain his power.
Changes:
  • new World Fact: civilian and military officials in Russia, Belarus, and Ukraine believe in higher principles of honesty, integrity, and accountability, veering at times toward technocratic or even liberal democratic thinking
Trajectory: Eurasia will eliminate Soviet-era inefficiency and corruption in favour of an honest and energetic military and civil service by 2010, removing Eurasia’s long-term Stress “inflexibility and corruption.”

Radio Free Eurasia (Regional Siberia Social Control/Economy Front):
New Events:
  • India: rolled 19, soft success. +1 FP for supercharging journalism
Faced with a growing crisis in Eurasia, the Sakharov Centre opened its doors to hundreds of fleeing journalists, some of the best in Eurasia and perhaps even the best in the world. With only an under-resourced radio network and old Soviet-era equipment, liberal-minded Indian investors who had caught wind of the events saw an opportunity and took a fateful trip to democratic Siberia, where Sakharov Centre spokesman Garry Kasparov not long thereafter publicly hailed a new business arrangement. A massive inflow of investment from Indian investors would come to modernize Radio Free Eurasia (RFE), allowing it to hire thousands of new reporters and set up branches in dozens of countries with the goal of becoming the world’s top news organization. With a motivated core of honest, hard-working reporters possessing experience creating such an organization from their time in Eurasia Today, progress has been swift. RFE reporters have already begun to compete on the home turf of the world’s most global newspapers, Australia’s News Corp, Great Britain’s BBC, and New England’s New York Times. Before pivoting to news last year, the Sakharov Centre’s main work was protecting and trafficking dissidents from authoritarian regimes to Siberia, contrasting the Centre’s and RFE’s ethos sharply against the respectable, detached, establishment cultures at the other networks. So committed are the journalists at RFE to idealism and disrupting rather than merely reporting on world events that they eagerly domiciled a coterie of “internet activists” in Siberia, including a controversial group called WikiFiles, who specialize in publishing leaked government documents on the internet for anyone to see. WikiFiles, who’s previous disclosures embarrassed the Australian government for various secret authoritarian programs they made public, took a broadside against Great Britain and India this year, disclosing secret documents shared between the two powers as part of regular intelligence sharing that acknowledge hitherto unreported atrocities committed by the German Democracy Movement last year against French villagers. Whereas the Sakharov Centre was previously focused on criticizing and ultimately bringing down the Eurasian state, now it shall be a beacon of truth everywhere.
Changes:
  • new World Fact: journalists affiliated with the Sakharov Centre have a penchant for publishing state secrets given to them by whistleblowers in democracies
  • Power Centre changes: Sakharov Centre gains +0.2 Economy, +0.2 Social Control, changes name to Sakharov Network
Trajectory: India will have decisive control over the Sakharov Centre and its subordinate news group, Radio Free Eurasia, by 2010, with intrepid journalists planted all around the world.

Persian Farmers' War (Middle Persia Warfare/Espionage Front):
New Events:
  • Babylon: rolled 21, full success. +2 FP for crushing Suzukian resistance
Babylon abruptly pivoted its military yet again this year, shifting attention to its client state in Persia. That corrupt and widely despised puppet regime, with a military staffed full of embezzlers who abandon their posts at the first sign of trouble, depends entirely on Babylon for stability - stability that had recently come under renewed assault due to land seizures by rebellious Suzukian farmers that began two years ago. Although public information is scarce, open-source intelligence groups slowly cobbled together evidence over the course of the year of a massive air campaign and counter-insurgency ground offensive that had practically levelled every shed east of Tehran, foreclosed every university, and had putatively put 1-5 million Persians in internment camps. Babylonian media acknowledged the war by November, whereupon they immediately celebrated a victory against “Turkestani-supported Suzukian terrorists” and “al-Qaeda.” It may take many years for scholars to truly understand the scale of violence deployed in Persia in 2007, though it appears many were spared by Saddam’s mercy, especially for those who gave up arms, confessed early, or openly collaborated with the invasion forces. Many of these collaborators now appear to be owners of estates redistributed to them from interned rebels in a neo-feudal loyalty scheme. Most regular workers in manufacturing as well as oil and gas industries, including members of the world-renowned Society of Geotechnical Expertise, were left alone, while the universities, after severe purges, have been reopened under new management. Saddam’s military has already handed off maintenance of the new totalitarianism to Babylonian bureaucrats and a less venal class of Persian collaborators, freeing the troops from costly occupation duties and establishing a new and perhaps permanent state of neo-traditional hierarchy and control in Persia.
Changes:
  • defunct World Fact: Persian Suzukian-influenced rancher-farmers are violently seizing lands from drug cartel-affiliated farmers
  • new World Fact: Persian society is effectively and near-totally controlled by Babylonian imported secret police and bureaucrats alongside terrified collaborators
Hawaiian Allegiance (Regional Hawaii Administration/Espionage Front):
New Events:
  • Argentina: rolled 13, hard success. +1 FP for allying Hawaii
In a geopolitical surprise, leaked documents were published by an opposition newspaper this autumn evidencing “secret” talks between Argentina and Hawaii over a military alliance. The day the scoop was revealed, diplomats from both countries quickly held press briefings that acknowledged the two nations were engaged in “early talks” and that there was nothing “secret” about the matter: Hawaii’s governing Republicans have made it clear for years they are shopping for a Great Power that can guarantee Hawaiian independence from foreign threats. Embarrassingly, another leak occurred in December, showing draft provisions of a bilateral military alliance that would allow the Pacific Fleet to engage in offensive activities alongside Argentine forces, and included an Argentine pledge to defend Hawaii in the event of an attack against it by a foreign power. Responsibility for the leaks remains a mystery, though many Republican politicians have openly grumbled about deepening relations with an anti-democratic technocracy with a relatively weak military, while polling shows an unimpressed voter base with a take it or leave it attitude to a deal with Argentina. The local Greens and the Hawaiian Rainbow Coalition have both vociferously attacked signing away Hawaii to a bunch of neoliberal academic authoritarians. Despite all of this, the old guard Republicans, however thin a stratum they may be and however reluctantly, are backing the deal, though it may not even be formalized until next year, and after that, it will still take years of integration to get the Pacific Fleet fully operational and ready to work side-by-side Argentine forces.
Changes:
  • Target Number increased from 4 to 5
  • World Fact: the Argentine-Hawaiian alliance is fragile, held together by a thin stratum of old Republican bigwigs*
Trajectory: Argentina and Hawaii will have fully integrated their respective militaries in a ratified and binding military alliance by 2011, giving control of the Pacific Fleet Power Centre to Argentina.

* Argentina’s +1 FP will become 0 FP per turn should any other Great Power with a resident ideological following (i.e. blue, pink, teal) succeed in either regime change or regime consolidation
Spoiler 2000 :
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

Soviet Civil War (Super Europe Espionage Front):
New Events:
  • India: narrows scope of success (free action)
India, Babylon, and the German Democrats have agreed to the Vienna Memorandum that recognizes an independent Austria on condition of Austrian withdrawal to the pre-revolutionary borders of the Austrian Empire and recognition of the German Democrats as the legitimate government of post-Soviet western Europe. Already the neo-Hitlerists of Austria have withdrawn from Bavaria and refocused on crushing a burgeoning wave of resistance within their territories, and have made vague noises suggesting an interest in re-throning the head of the house of Habsburg, Karl von Habsburg, in a ceremonial role second to an all-powerful Führer.
Spoiler 2006 :
Soviet Civil War (Super Europe Espionage Front):
New Events:
  • Union of States: rolled 3, failure. -1 FP for arms shipments
  • India: rolled 24, full success. +2 FP for arms shipments
The Rainbow Republic’s “Arsenal of Liberation” went head-to-head with India’s “Arsenal of Democracy” this year, with both governments extending war materiel to their favoured factions in the Soviet Civil War. Beginning at the top of the year in January, India and the Union of States began their separate arms shipment plans, India using Great Britain as a staging area and the Union of States moving goods via nervous civilian cargo ships passing through Royal Navy-controlled waters before reaching the Soviet-controlled Baltic. The Indian alliance with Britain, combined with its budding military-industrial complex in the post-American states, put it only modestly ahead of the Rainbow Republic’s aid to the Red Army for the first half of the year. The Tories in Great Britain went ahead of their ally in summer, emboldened by their previous successful blockade of the French ultranationalists back in 2001, and extended the blockade to the English Channel and the North Sea in-general, seizing several Union of States’ affiliated ships full of weapons, as they did previously to the Eurasians. This has left only the Austrians and the Latin technocrats with access to foreign arms, and even these are meagre at best due to the nearly complete dismantling of the European illegal arms market by Eurasia. Although the Red Army and the French ultranationalists still have the nuclear ace up their sleeve, a pall of defeat has begun to sweep over both of these two factions. With the prospect of a democratic victory in the conventional war becoming increasingly obvious, the war-weary public in Berlin and Paris are also showing signs of agitation in public resistance to their respective governments. Their leaders moreover may fear even swifter defeat should they use nuclear weapons against their fellow countrymen, with the German Democratic Movement increasingly multi-national in character. Once the French and Soviet forces collapse, their nuclear stockpiles will be held by the democrats, who will also have a decisive conventional advantage, making the defeat of the neo-traditional Austrians and the technocratic Italo-Occitans inevitable. Contrary to all expectations, it seems now as if Western Europe will not descend into a nuclear cataclysm or disintegrate into four or five new sovereign states, but may yet end its now fifteen year-long war without too much more bloodshed.
Changes:
  • this Front’s target number is lowered from 10 to 6
  • new World Fact: Great Britain is enforcing a military blockade against the Red Army
  • +1 XP for the Union of States
Trajectory: The German Democratic Movement will reunify France, Germany, and Italy into a post-Soviet liberal capitalist democracy within three years of fighting (2008). This state will become a Great Power and India will be allowed to decide who gets to play it.
Spoiler 2002 :
Soviet Civil War (Super Europe Espionage Front):
Trajectory: The British blockade will continue to indirectly help other factions of the Soviet Civil War grind out the French ultranationalists until 2007, when the flow of arms will dry up for everyone in the civil war due to Eurasian anti-arms trafficking efforts. The terminal point of the conflict will then be the collapse and balkanization of all factions and finally a recognition of the end of hostilities in the distant future (2020).
Spoiler 2001 :
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

OLD NEWS
Spoiler Hungarian Militarism :
Spoiler 2006 :
Hungarian Militarism (Regional Hungary Espionage Front):
New Events:
  • Eurasia: rolled 13, hard success. +1 FP for
Having barely liberalized since the military takeover and Croatian campaign in 1991, Hungary’s economy remains one of the most unionized and least privatized in the world. The labour union movement has therefore become the single most powerful alternative institution to the neo-Magyar military junta. This year the Hungarian junta was unsettled by unusually aggressive demands in contract negotiations with the teachers union, the airport workers union, the teamsters union, and several other public sector unions that began in summer. In the weeks after rebuffing them, the Hungarian government began sounding the alarm at border incursions by “gangsters” from Zapadoslavia, and accusing Eurasia of secretly funnelling money and guns to the trade unions and stirring minority unrest in the borderlands. As negotiations broke down, the workers went on strike, sparking solidarity strikes or partial strike actions in dozens of unrelated sectors, scaring the government into accepting the workers’ demands to prevent a contagion. Energized, activists seized the stuffy, tame, and government-choreographed annual National Council of Trade Unions in autumn (itself a normally powerless holdover institution created by the communists to control the labour union movement). It is reported that representatives tricked state officials into exiting the assembly hall, whereupon officials were barricaded out and insurgent activists began delivering fiery speeches about democracy and social justice, and exercised sweeping legal powers technically still held by the congress, until police forced their way into the proceedings. Clashes broke out between police and delegates, as the police later claimed to have arrested gangsters affiliated with the Croatian, Romanian, and Slovakian mobs, who were defending the workers. This bout of labour unrest appears to be accelerating, with furth strike actions promised by various unions and public demands for government leaders to resign. Foreign correspondence, for their part, have found the Eurasian connection asserted by the Hungarian government hard to verify - foreign reporting suggests that whatever help the workers movement is getting is in no way influencing their politics, and anti-nationalist rhetoric, including anti-Eurasian rhetoric, is common.
Changes:
  • new World Fact: Hungarian leftists are immune to Eurasian infiltration
Trajectory: Hungary’s neo-traditionalist government will collapse to a workers’ revolution and the labour union opposition will take over the government in several years time (2011). This new regime will harden Hungary against further foreign infiltration by gangsters and nationalists. Hungary’s aggressive revanchist claims against its neighbours will cease with the new administration.
Spoiler 2000 :
Hungarian Militarism (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 Belt and Railroad :
Belt and Railroad (Super Babylon-East Asia Economy/Science Front):
New Events:
  • East Asia & Babylon: rolled 17, soft success. +1 FP for railroading
The world’s foremost petrostate and warmonger, Babylon, has teamed up with the Marxist-environmentalist regime of East Asia on an ambitious engineering project: a national network of magnetic levitation rail lines. Billed as the Belt and Railroad, an East Asian network of engineering and design bureaus have taken contracts with Saddam Hussein’s state to build rail lines criss-crossing Babylon’s major cities. These rail lines will employ cutting edge technology that has been perfected in Japan for decades by Nissan, Obayashi, as well as the Socialist Association of Science and Technology itself, that will allow passengers to commute between major Middle Eastern cities at breathtaking speeds. Moreover, Babylonian construction companies will work in tandem with East Asian counterparts so as to help bootstrap an East Asian hub of construction knowledge on-top of their world-class design and engineering. A beautiful example of international cooperation. At least, that’s all how it is supposed to work on paper. In-practice, the first year of the Belt and Railroad has been a bit of a propaganda loss for East Asia and a minor economic bubble for Babylon. Although there were grumblings among East Asian politicians, the Belt and Railroad was far more harshly and swiftly condemned by foreign environmentalist groups in developed economies like Buffalo-Caribou and Scandinavia; how could East Asia countenance working with a fascist imperialist petroleum dictatorship? East Asian assurances that the railroad would be solar powered and help promote decarbonization fell on incredulous ears. Meanwhile in Babylon, private companies and investors pretty quickly found out the list of cities intended to get stations - which has spurred a speculative boom through patronage networks with access to the final planned rail routes. This has already pushed up housing prices in random places throughout Babylon, with a small exodus of people being evicted or simply forced out for having lived in informal housing arrangements. These people are already becoming homeless and resentful, disconnected from their social networks and ironically unable to access new housing in other cities due to the poor shape of Babylonian roads and rail.
Changes:
  • new World Fact: East Asia’s environmentalist reputation has taken a hit among foreign environmentalist groups in developed countries (e.g. Scandinavia, Buffalo-Caribou) due to the Belt and Railroad partnership with Babylon
  • new World Fact: residents along the rail route are being forced out of their homes by speculative investors, increasing homelessness and resentment
Trajectory: East Asian and Babylonian mag-lev activities will produce a Belt and Railroad Power Centre in East Asia and build-out an enormous network of high-speed rail across Babylon within a little under a decade (2013).
Spoiler Bratva :
Spoiler 2006 :
Bratva (Regional Eurasia Social Control Front):
New Events:
  • Eurasia wins the Front (6 out of 6 Front Points)
After years of an administrative hate-love war-alliance with the Russian mafia, the shootings among criminals and by criminals against the government have finally stopped. What was once a sophisticated and independent network of criminals, drug smugglers, and gunrunners has completely broken to the full weight of the Eurasian state. Don’t be fooled - drugs are still peddled, organs harvested, and guns run, but only where state officials see fit to sanction it.
Changes:
  • Eurasia creates a Bratva Power Centre

Spoiler 2004 :
Bratva (Regional Eurasia Social Control Front):
New Events:
  • Eurasia: rolled 16, soft success. +1 FP for controlling the mob
Eurasia’s strongmen finally decided to deploy their secret criminal-connected intelligence capabilities this year, the Orderkeepers. These criminal networks directly responsive to the strongmen were increasingly agitated by the past two years’ onslaught against the mob, though it was precisely in that light that the Orderkeepers could so easily corral the remaining elements of the mafia. Some criminals were released from trial and prison, while the numerous attacks against state officials reduced to almost none by the end of the year. The primary focus of criminal integration appeared to foreign correspondents to be in Poland, where the local strongman, Wojciech Jaruzelski, was unusually proactive in facilitating the Orderkeepers activities. Journalists report that some officials believe Jaruzelski’s embrace of the central government’s efforts are deliberate and strategic, and that Jaruzelski believes the integration goes two ways - the central government has the power to command the Polish mafia, and the Polish mafia can feed information to Jaruzelski. These speculations are of course unproven and it is entirely unknown what Jaruzelski would do should the central government more seriously attempt to undermine his power.
Changes:
  • this Front’s target number is lowered from 8 to 6
  • this Front's challenge rating reduced from Super to Regional
  • new World Fact: the Polish strongman, Wojciech Jaruzelski, maintains considerable power over Poland and its criminal networks
  • defunct World Fact: criminal organizations are assassinating Eurasian anti-corruption agents
Trajectory: Eurasian civil service agents and the Nightguard will more or less completely wipe out the Russian mafia by next year (2005), and though the mafia in Poland will remain tightly controlled by the local strongman.
Spoiler 2003 :
Bratva (Super Eurasia Social Control Front):
New Events:
  • Eurasia: rolled 12, hard success. +1 FP for auditing the mob
The war on guns has expanded in Eurasia to a war on the Russian mafia this year. The top Eurasian strongmen decided not to send law enforcement after these criminals, nor use their widely rumoured connections to the Russian mafia among their intelligence services, but instead opted to hand the task over to accountants and civil service bureaucrats. Although some attempts to audit the mafia as instructed from the strongmen were made at the start of the year that fizzled out, the Eurasian civil service is one of the most agile in the world and developed a couple trick-shot avenues of approach that will at least mitigate the Bratva if not eliminate it. First the administration put further pressure on government officials who could be more realistically audited and targeted for corruption, which helped remove a lot of bad apples with criminal connections to the state outside the arms trade. Second, the civil service got the government to approve a wide ranging package of social policies aimed at reducing crime, from support for neighbourhood watches to partially decriminalizing prostitution to targeted welfare for families at high-risk of criminality. These efforts however ran up against multiple problems outside of the civil service’s scope of expertise, including more mafia-linked assassinations that have made working for the civil service a life-threatening job. The other major headache has hit Eurasia at the heart of its politics, as the regional strongman in-charge of Poland decried being prejudicially targeted by the civil service and has made public statements hinting at the possibility he might raise the spectre of Polish independence if the national bureaucracy doesn’t stop picking away at his subordinates and his other corrupt dealings.
Changes:
  • the Eurasia stress “secessionists and nationalism” adds 2 Collapse Points
  • the Eurasia stress “inflexibility and corruption” adds 2 Collapse Points
Trajectory: Eurasian civil service agents will slowly but surely shrink the power of the Russian mafia through social policy and aggressive audits such that they become a relatively more marginal force than they are in the present by the end of the decade (2010).
Spoiler Internet Platforms :
Internet Platforms (Super Worldwide Science/Economy Front): New business opportunities on the internet are being pitched to investors the worldover now that Web 2.0 has fully come together. Startups promising utopian ideas of universal connection to friends, an online store for everything, an all-online bank, cloud-computing, among numerous other possibilities are being described not just in the new Silicon Valley of Buenos Aires, but in other countries as well. Which internet startups will triumph in these emerging industries shall be decided by competition, but one way or another the idea of “network effects” are starting to entice investors to founders talking about e-commerce, big data analytics, social networking, digital transactions, video streaming, among other business ideas.
Rules: The top two rollers are Progress and Regress. First place and second place will both get Power Centres (the first place Power Centre being stronger), dividing up the internet industries available in this phase. I encourage players to describe which internet businesses they want to capture and give me company names (feel free to go beyond the categories I wrote about in the above paragraph, but focus on companies founded between 2000 and 2015).
Rewards: A Power Centre for internet platform enterprises.
Spoiler Make India Great Again :
Make India Great Again (India Short-Term Stress):
New Events:
  • Long-Term Stress “refugee crisis” Collapses (8 out of 8 Collapse Points)
The coalitional politics of Indian democracy have started to show ominous signs of polarization, with opinion polls of both the governing National Progressive Bloc (NPB) as well as the United Democratic Front (UDF) showing decreasing faith in the two-party system. Mallikarjun Kharge, facing an even worse refugee crisis since the Bengal cyclones two years ago than he had at the beginning of his term as Prime Minister, has lost support among key conservative and far-right constituents and may lose the next election to the UDF. These lost voters have increasingly turned toward fringe ultranationalist and neo-traditionalist parties led by eccentric personalities, including ones led by a real estate billionaire and a Bollywood movie star, apparently inspired by the success of Ross Perot in Texas and Ronald Reagan in California. These political figures issue outrageous promises to deport millions of people across the border, to install CEOs as ministers in government, and to exit “bad deals” like the Millennium Alliance with Great Britain, while decrying the mainstream press as liars and the two major political parties as corrupt. How this inchoate right-wing turn evolves is yet to be seen, but unless one or both of the two major parties get their act together on this rising tide of neo-traditionalism and ultranationalism, India may have a right-ward electoral upset or two in its future.
Rules: If this Stress is not resolved before it collapses, it will transform into a long-term Stress. Resolution of this Stress can be indirect (i.e. as a secondary consequence of an Action on a semi-related but distinct Front) or direct (i.e. making a Front specifically targeting this issue).
Spoiler Eagles of Saladin :
Eagles of Saladin (Babylon Short-Term Stress):
New Events:
  • Long-Term Stress “Egyptian Islamism” Collapses (8 out of 8 Collapses Points)
Among Saddam’s conquests, Egypt is the thorniest. Half of the population of Babylon live in Egypt, packing 68 million people in a dense, almost ungovernable megalopolis stretching up and down the Nile. Half a century of pan-Arab Nasserist propaganda has cultivated an Arab-Egyptian identity practically defined by opposition to neo-Babylonianism. Moreover, before its conquest, Egypt was a stratocracy - the vast majority of the economy, from construction to real estate to industry and more - was directly owned and operated by the armed forces. Despite formally disbanding Egypt’s rabidly nationalist military after their subjugation, Egypt’s officers and soldiers were so thoroughly enmeshed across the economy that nothing short of an economic meltdown could displace them. Moreover, in the last months of the Egyptian War, the military destroyed hundreds of thousands of service records and transferred firearm stockpiles to the rank-and-file in anticipation of a prolonged resistance to Babylon. These officers and soldiers have remained socially, economically, and politically connected to each other through legal economic arrangements as well as illegal separatist organizations. These groups contrast with the Muslim Brotherhood’s mass appeal and religious fervour, instead occupying positions of power in plain sight. Many of these secret societies exist, from the Arab Salvation Army or the Egyptian Patriotic Movement, but one more than any other concerns Babylonian administrators of occupied Egypt: the Eagles of Saladin. A shadowy conspiracy of ex-Egyptian army officers, airmen, soldiers, policemen, and security forces, the Eagles of Saladin are believed to have well-hidden agents across every strata of Egyptian society. This year, Egypt was rocked by an unusual assassination - one of Babylon’s top Egyptian administrators was killed by a poisoned drink, with the only possible culprits presumed to be members of the Mushussu itself. If it's true that the Eagles of Saladin have agents within the Mushussu, this could spell the beginning of a much more damaging rot in the Babylonian state, portending a corruption that would extend well beyond Egypt.
Rules: If this Stress is not resolved before it collapses, it will transform into a long-term Stress. Resolution of this Stress can be indirect (i.e. as a secondary consequence of an Action on a semi-related but distinct Front) or direct (i.e. making a Front specifically targeting this issue).
Spoiler Chaos Journalism :
Chaos Journalism (Eurasia Short-Term Stress):
New Events:
  • Long-Term Stress “inflexibility and corruption” Collapses (8 out of 8 Collapses Points)
Eurasia’s most respected broadcaster, Eurasia Today (ET), went rogue this year, delivering news that was profoundly uncomfortable for the government for a few months, before the broadcaster was “temporarily” shut down and some of its staff arrested for spreading “misinformation,” others having fled to independent Siberia. ET was the brainchild of several oligarchs and the nascent strongmen who were just establishing their rule in Eurasia in the 1990s - they wanted a news service that would be respected even in western countries, and could present a Eurasian worldview that was also factually accurate. Inadvertently, ET’s backers had too successfully cultivated a culture of honest reporting, creating a news organization that was inevitably bound to buckle under the impossible tension of promoting state narratives and also doing journalism with integrity. Elvira Galliamova’s death proved to be the breaking point, with ET’s journalists covering the Revolt of Small Numbers on television, radio, and print, spreading far and wide the neglect of minorities to the wider Russian, Ukrainian, and Polish publics. The critical reporting expanded to all manner of other complaints even among Russians, from cases of corruption or state inflexibility and indifference, ballooning over summer and early autumn before finally the state intervened forcefully, raiding ET’s offices and shutting the broadcaster down for the rest of the year. This didn’t stop the intrepid journalists however, who, it turns out, had planned for this eventuality, with underground press and media operations that took their place, spreading post-communist samizdats through illegal Russian publishing networks, as well as on the internet. This “chaos journalism,” as the state has billed it, was also helped along by Siberia, where Garry Kasparov and members of the Sakharov Centre have integrated many of the fleeing ET journalists into Radio Free Eurasia, a broadcaster and internet news media non-profit with the explicit goal of bringing true democracy to Eurasia. It seems that cracking down on ET has only opened the floodgates, with its journalists now unbridled by the threat of censorship and publicly committed democratic regime change. Unless the national narrative can be brought back under control, Eurasia’s Russians may join the Small Numbered Peoples in protest for reform and perhaps even truly free elections.
Changes:
  • Eurasia suffers a penalty from having 4 simultaneous Stresses: -4 Administrative Proficiency, -Legitimation Capability
Rules: If this Stress is not resolved before it collapses, it will transform into a long-term Stress. Resolution of this Stress can be indirect (i.e. as a secondary consequence of an Action on a semi-related but distinct Front) or direct (i.e. making a Front specifically targeting this issue).
Spoiler Revolt of Small Numbers :
Revolt of Small Numbers (Eurasia Short-Term Stress):
New Events:
  • Long-Term Stress “secessionists and nationalism” Collapses (8 out of 8 Collapse Points)
2006 has been a year of widespread civil disobedience among minorities in Eurasia, sparked by the disappearance and later discovered murder of a Tartar forest ranger and nature conservationist, Elvira Galliamova. Her disappearance was ignored by Russian Volga-Ural authorities, with her dead body found only after a community search party scoured the nearby woodlands of her majority Tartar hometown. The leaders of that effort were thereafter arrested for trespassing onto the private property of a lumber mill, where Galliamova’s body was found. The incident quickly escalated into a public outcry among Eurasian minorities, spread by Eurasia Today (ET) as well as internet forums. Far more competent federal officers arrived to solve the case and, convincingly arrested the local lumber mill owner and some of his employees, all Russians, for Galliamova’s murder. Despite cracking the case, a swift trial and conviction, and releasing the search party leaders, the political ramifications of the initial delay and neglect had already spiralled out of control - numerous other instances of neglect, malice, environmental destruction, and racism by Russians against “small numbered peoples” - from the Komi to the Nenets to the Karelians and more - bubbled up on the internet and to ET. Resistance has mostly been in the form of peaceful civil disobedience, from sit-ins at local strongmen’s offices to refusals to pay taxes or cooperate with Eurasian authorities. The resentment solidified further by autumn when demonstrators were joined by a wide array of Cossack groups (rehabilitated and revived since the fall of the Soviet Union in some localities as paramilitaries and auxiliary police), which began refusing duties and orders, causing disruption to law enforcement in Ukraine, Don, Kuban, and other regions. By December, small town and village minority politicians, left-wing academics, indigenous land defenders, and high-ranking Cossacks, had gotten together and formed the Association of Small Numbered Peoples to combat racism, environmental destruction, and also to advance the interests of indigenous and small numbered peoples in Eurasia. The similarity in structure and purpose to Rainbow coalitions in the Americas, as well as the organization’s uncomfortably Suzuki-esque interest in the environment, has alarmed the Eurasian establishment. Eurasia remains surrounded by Suzukian and leftist regimes, from Turkestan to Transcaucasia to Scandinavia to Anatolia to Yugoslavia - any of which could easily help push the Small Numbered Peoples towards more violent means or secessionary ends.
Rules: If this Stress is not resolved before it collapses, it will transform into a long-term Stress. Resolution of this Stress can be indirect (i.e. as a secondary consequence of an Action on a semi-related but distinct Front) or direct (i.e. making a Front specifically targeting this issue).
Spoiler Globalization :
Globalization (Special Front): Despite the economically destabilizing events of 1989-1991 and their aftershocks in the 1990s, the world economy has remained remarkably globalized. By historic standards trade barriers are low, trade volume is high, supply chains are inter-continental, and markets are robustly globalized, especially in energy and food. Globalization since the 1980s has hugely boosted economic growth and technological dispersion, at the expense of economic resilience, especially around geographic bottlenecks, strategic resources, and key manufacturing hubs. An unexpected shock (e.g. an interstate war, a civil conflict, or a once-in-a-millenium disaster) over any of these linchpins could have unwieldy implications. Although there are globalized markets in many industries, the three most significant are those for food, energy, and consumer goods. Eurasia and the Union of States are the world’s two breadbaskets and whose agricultural restoration after the Autumn of Nations has brought down the global price of food, which itself underpins stability around the world. Eurasia and Babylon meanwhile are the two largest energy exporters, with the Black Sea, the Baltic Sea, and the Strait of Hormuz serving as three crucial export passageways. As energy is an input for everything else done in the industrialized world, an energy shock in either country would have disastrous consequences. Then there is the global market for consumer goods, whether electronics, appliances, furniture, apparel, or automobiles, all heavily concentrated in India, and to a lesser extent China and East Asia. The price of staple goods since the 1990s have remained low or declined alongside increases in quality as these lower wage countries have taken up the bulk of the world’s manufacturing. Together, these three sectors keep the entire world relatively stable - should a disaster strike even one, the second-order effects could be unpredictable and disastrous.
Rules: This Front concludes by fiat when the GM agrees that the world has achieved post-scarcity or the global economy has abandoned trade for autarky. This Front does not generate Collapse Points but should players or other Fronts ever substantially interfere with any globalized industry, the GM will trigger a “global economic crisis” with enormous and unwieldy ramifications.
Rewards: none
Spoiler Italian Autos :
Italian Autos (Middle Italy Economy/Science Front):
New Changes:
  • East Asia: rolled 15, hard success. +1 FP for automotive collaboration
East Asia’s Nissan Group has barely kept alive a tumultuous new business partnership with the network of recently privatized Italian car companies, the Fiat Group, which operate inside a country still partially occupied by Austrian soldiers and run by post-communist authoritarians. Although at first a simple scientific exchange that would help Fiat develop hybrids and electric vehicles, differing worldviews and personality clashes between Italian oligarchs and East Asian executives and scientists caused the partnership to break down over its first six months. Unwilling to compromise, Suzukian leaders at Nissan tried a number of aggressive avenues they were ill equipped to carry out, including a hostile takeover, industrial espionage, and lawsuits in the technocratic Italian state. Nissan’s influence operation was saved by a local media oligarch, Silvio Berlusconi, who, attracted by the opportunity to snipe at a rival, launched a journalistic crusade that uncovered money laundering and sexual misconduct among intransigent Fiat executives and their patrons. The scandal helped Nissan secure the support of the lesser oligarchs and together they have agreed to replace the board of directors and CEO by early next year, putting Fiat on the path to an environmentally conscious leadership. The messy East Asian intervention is not without problems however; removal and isolation of Berlusconi’s and East Asia’s rivals from the firm have gutted it of significant expertise. Moreover, Fiat’s reputation, earned during the communist period when the automotive group operated one of the most dynamic industrial enterprise networks of the entire Soviet Union, has also taken a hit. Finally, all this local attention has spurred the Italian authoritarians into auditing the company and reviewing East Asian influence, which not only frustrates East Asia’s ability to cooperate with Fiat, but could in-theory be used to develop a case for barring Nissan’s involvement altogether.
Changes:
  • the Fiat Group Power Centre’s Proficiencies are reduced by half
  • the Front’s Target Number is increased from 2 to 4
  • new World Fact: the Italian state is auditing and reviewing Nissan’s involvement in Fiat Group
Trajectory: East Asia will have commanding influence over a weakened Fiat Group by 2008.
Spoiler Galicia Question :
Galicia Question (Middle Zapadoslavia Espionage Front):
New Changes:
  • Eurasia: rolled 17, soft success. +1 FP for paramilitary promotion
The relatively peaceful post-Autumn status quo of Zapadoslavia was disrupted this year with a surge in pro-Eurasian separatist activity in Galicia and Slovakia. The two neglected regions of the technocratic post-communist country are rural, poor, and were the subject of Soviet super-nationalist social engineering. The result of those communist attempts to forge a left-wing Zapadoslavic identity was ironically instead the creation of a right-wing pan-Slavic identity that sees Eurasia as its role model. The highlight of the year’s pro-Eurasian activities was a highly public rally in Krakow, on the border with Eurasian Poland, where at least one hundred thousand people, some armed, marched for the independence of Slovakia and Galicia, as well as unification with Eurasia. Numerous gangsters were reported in attendance, notably including Polish and Russian mafia. Although the technocrats in Prague are trying to contain the nationalist outburst for the time being, leaked government reports suggest a sombre acceptance of the inevitability and even the desirability of eastern independence. The Prague technocrats seem to see Slovakia and Galicia as not just as economically backwards and a potential military flashpoint with Eurasia, but even a potential military flashpoint with Hungary, which, in the midst of right-wing upsurge, has been publicly reminding the international community of the territorial claims it “inherited” from Austria-Hungary.
Changes:
  • new World Fact: Hungary is publicly reviving territorial demands upon Slovakia
  • the Front’s Target Number is increased from 2 to 3
Trajectory: Zapadoslavia will ultimately release Slovakia and Galicia in a matter of years (2007), whereupon its Eurasianist leadership will make a request to join Eurasia.
Spoiler Golden Crescent :
Golden Crescent (Regional Afghanistan Espionage Front):
New Changes:
  • Babylon: rolled 12.8, hard success. +1 FP for cartel covert ops
Afghanistan has been rocked this year by political killings, terror attacks, and rare gang violence that the ageing Afghan dictator, Daud Khan, blames on covert operatives from Babylon. Afghanistan asserts, among other crimes, that Babylon has infiltrated the government with moles and informants, sent hitmen to murder uncooperative local officials, is instigating gangsterism, and has even violated Afghan airspace and sovereignty in secret helicopter night raids across the border from bases in Persia. Although the Afghan government wouldn’t provide an explanation for why Babylon would carry out these operations, the foreign press were quick to notice a pattern: the few Afghan officials caught and charged with treason were known to be heavily involved in the Afghan drug trade. Babylon, for its part, has admitted to “border patrol” activities in Persia to “combat al-Qaeda.” Combined with the unusual outbreak of gang violence and an uptick in drug smuggling-related counterintelligence inside Babylon and its client states (which serve as a major route for traffickers to get to Europe), foreign journalists believe the Babylonian efforts are directed at obtaining a decisive influence over the “Golden Crescent” drug hub, which if successful, would give Babylon extraordinary leverage over the Afghan state. For decades the secular Khan dictatorship has neglected to enforce its laws against the drug trade on an informal social contract with the vast majority of farmers who cultivate poppy, as well as the traffickers who move the product: as long as you sell your goods abroad and the state gets its share of the proceeds, you get to keep breaking the law. This has resulted in Afghanistan becoming a near total worldwide monopoly on opium production, comprising the country’s most profitable sector and the bulk of state revenues. The Afghan government has also warned its people that Babylon may be preparing for yet another war of conquest, and has slated several light mobilization efforts, from increasing the age and duration of conscription to new arms purchases, paying for these while it still has control of opium revenues. Islamist-fundamentalist fighters in Afghanistan, who despise both Babylon and the Khan dictatorship and have never relied on opium (zealously punishing farmers for cultivating it wherever they can), are well positioned to begin a new insurgency should the Afghan state’s revenue from the drug trade be abruptly cut off. Meanwhile, problems have also emerged on the Persian side of the border, where another rebellious group, Suzukian-influenced rancher-farmers who are also opposed to opium production, have taken this moment of weakness among the gang-affiliated farmers and the Persian puppet regime to begin a campaign of violent land seizures in the name of redistribution and environmental restoration.
Changes:
  • new World Fact: the Afghan government’s budget largely relies on opium production and exports
  • new World Fact: Afghanistan is hardening itself in anticipation of a Babylonian invasion
  • new World Fact: Afghan Islamist fighters are preparing for a renewed insurgency against the Afghan government
  • new World Fact: Persian Suzukian-influenced rancher-farmers are violently seizing lands from drug cartel-affiliated farmers
Trajectory: Babylon will violently carve out a loyal network of traffickers with connections to opium farmers across Afghanistan and Persia, displacing Afghanistan from control of the Opium Cartel Power Centre by 2008. Moreover, the Opium Cartel Power Centre will also have the "crime" capability associated with it.
Spoiler A North America Treaty Organization :
A North America Treaty Organization? (Regional North America Espionage/Administration Front): Having seceded from the United States during its collapse, the ex-American states were never members of NATO, which in any case was effectively abandoned in the 1990s. With significant left-wing unrest emerging in California and the Southern Republic, both accusing the Union of States of foreign influence and hostile objectives, the small nations of North America have begun a flurry of military and intelligence cooperation discussions. The differences between these countries are vast - from Utah’s Christian theocracy to the South’s racial supremacy to Buffalo-Caribou’s quasi-Suzukianism, there’s enough disagreement among one another to frustrate and prevent unity in the face of a common foe. Moreover only some of these states possess nuclear weapons - would such a treaty extend a nuclear umbrella across the continent? Whether these negotiations terminate in a NATO for the next millennium or collapse into ideological recriminations is yet to be seen.
Rules: Progress represents efforts to create a military alliance of North American states other than the Union of States, Regress represents efforts to prevent such an alliance from forming.
Rewards: World Facts related to military commitments between North American countries.
Spoiler Death of Reagan :
Spoiler 2005 :
Death of Reagan (Middle California Social Control Front):
New Changes:
  • Union of States: rolled 15, hard success. +1 FP for radicalization
The ongoing unrest in California abruptly shifted tone this year, with the hitherto peaceful liberal opposition endorsing substantially more radical tactics and messaging. This coincided fortuitously for the opposition with a shift in policy from President Michael Edward Reagan himself, who began the year by releasing thousands of political prisoners, relaxing censorship, and trying to brand as a gentler Reagan. The brief reduction in state oppression was quickly reversed by late summer, after the popular opposition protest movement not only continued, but exploited the less intense censorship to popularize not just liberal demands for elections, press rights, and freedom of speech, but also radical demands for the abolition of the police, reparations to minorities, and calls for a California-wide labour strike. The watershed moment came after a group of protestors fired back at police in Los Angeles in July, later claimed by California to have been instigated by Black Panther agents from the Union of States. By then the damage had already been done, with a renewed energy on the left for movement building toward a mass strike and a revolution, further inspired and energized by the news of Caribbean liberation from the Southern Republic after their own protest movement and semi-armed struggle. Although liberals, progressives, and socialists remain united together by-and-large, union organizing, mutual aid, and left-wing gun clubs are proliferating and outpacing the old liberal civil society organizations. Reversing his “gentle” course in August, President Michael Reagan declared a state of emergency and has ramped up efforts to contain the protest movement, while making calls to other North American nations for help in fighting foreign interference emanating from the Union of States. Perhaps a few years ago such calls would be but bluster ignored by serious diplomats, but by late this year a flurry of high-level meetings were taking place or being scheduled between ministers and ambassadors from California, Utah, the Southern Republic, New England, Texas, and even Quebec and Buffalo-Caribou. One outcome of these discussions, which are ongoing, were three separate new laws in New England, Utah, and Texas aimed at hardening their border with the Union of States and increasing powers to law enforcement and counterintelligence agencies. Regardless of these discussions, the Reagan administration is running the very high risk of falling apart, which may occur in a matter of years.
Changes:
  • new World Fact: New England, Utah, and Texas are hardening their societies to foreign mass movement influence on lessons learned from California and the Southern Republic
  • new Front: A North America Treaty Organization? (see below)
Trajectory: The liberal opposition (blue) will fully convert into a pro-Union of States leftist opposition (pink) in a few years (2008), moreover social tensions will erupt and a coin flip (50/50) will decide if the then-leftist opposition takes power or Reagan stabilizes the situation.
Spoiler 2004 :
Death of Reagan (Middle California Social Control Front): Californians were shocked but unsurprised by the public announcement that their declining leader had finally perished. The brief optimism that California might see a political opening was dashed by the quick and effective power struggle among the Reagans and the regime’s elite, who swore in Michael Edward Reagan, Ronald Reagan’s eldest surviving child, as the new President of California. The undemocratic transition of power sparked a wave of protests in San Francisco and Los Angeles that were brutally crushed, though energy remains in the air about the future of the country.
Rules: Progress represents efforts to secure the Michael Edward Reagan’s leadership and curb the liberal opposition; Regress represents efforts to oust Michael Edward Reagan and institute free and fair elections; collapse will cause either the government or the opposition to switch ideologies so as to adapt to changing times (by random 50/50 coin flip)
Rewards: elimination of the liberal opposition or ousting of the neo-traditional government
Spoiler Bengali Reconstruction :
Bengali Reconstruction (Regional Bengal Economy Front):
New Changes:
  • India: rolled 13, hard success. +1 FP for aid-influence operations
In a throwback to the Cold War, communist Hindustan and capitalist India are competing for influence with foreign aid, this time in the unstable breakaway region formerly held by Hindustan: Bengal. At the start of the year, India announced it would channel billions of pounds worth of humanitarian aid to Bengal for the purposes of reconstruction in the aftermath of last year’s disastrous tropical cyclone season. Not more than a week after, Hindustan also announced its own substantial “aid” package to Bengal. At first celebrated as a great victory for peace and cooperation on the subcontinent, the twin aid programs were slowly understood over the course of the year for what they actually are: cash flows to groups within Bengal favoured by the two respective states. The Indian aid, from the treasury as well as charitable organizations and philanthropic billionaires, boosted a minor sub-faction of moderate Islamists to the centre of Bengal’s politics, gaining millions of followers on the back of Qardh-ul Hasan (benevolent loans) for reconstruction as well as charity for displaced Bengalis, mainly in Bangladesh and Orissa. These Islamists promote the idea of an “Islamic republic” with some resemblance to the late Islamic Republic of Iran, and have promised to fight al-Qaeda and expunge them from the country. Thanks to Indian help, the moderates are starting to dominate not just the politics of the religious right, but also the wider Muslim diaspora networks where even open Muslim liberals can be found from time to time. Hindustani aid meanwhile was much less obviously benevolent, directed towards an ultranationalist tendency of “Aryan socialists'' who espouse an esoteric racialist vision of pan-Indian statism - a fusion of the caste system, racism, and Hindustani-style central planning. These Aryan socialists are on a path to dominate provincial politics in the interior regions, which in Bengal are the only politics that matter due to gridlock at the national level and a totally politicized and bifurcated military along factional lines. In effect, Bengal’s politics have simultaneously become more acceptable to both Hindustan and Bengal, and also remain just as fractious, with the national legislature increasingly ignored while the two factions build-up their influence inside the provinces. Both factions have accused the other of not just taking aid but also weapons from their respective patrons, while the Indian press has sounded the alarm on photographs showing Hindustani soldiers inside Bengal’s territories assisting the Aryan socialists directly - a shocking reversal given Hindustan was in a civil war with Bengal more than a decade ago. Bengal appears to be on the verge of formally breaking in two in the near future, this time between the Hindu-majority areas controlled by Aryan socialists, and the Muslim-majority areas controlled by moderate Islamists. Another partition might be a best case scenario too, as the Bengali nuclear arsenal is divided between military units loyal to each faction, and a peaceful partition could avoid forcing either India or Hindustan to intervene militarily to prevent the other’s preferred faction from assuming total control of the country. As for the actual aid itself, while much of it appears to be siphoned off to political patronage networks, at least some of the Indian aid has successfully ended up rebuilding destroyed infrastructure and housing, helping stem the flow of refugees and migrants across their border.
Changes:
  • new World Fact: Bengal’s ultranationalist faction is getting captured by pro-Hindustan Aryan socialists
  • new World Fact: Bengal’s Islamist faction is getting captured by moderates interested in an Islamic republic
Trajectory: Bengal will partition into a moderate Islamist coastal theocratic republic (black) and an ultranationalist pro-Hindustan state (grey) within a few years (2008), while also conferring control of the Islamic Movement Power Centre to India.
Spoiler A Smart Phone :
Spoiler 2005 :
A Smart Phone (Super Worldwide Science Front):
New Changes:
  • Argentina: rolled 16, soft success. +1 FP for touchscreen innovation
Motorola’s CEO, Edward Zander, announced its first “smartphone” late this year at a tech conference in Buenos Aires. The phone, dubbed the Motorola Droid 1, is named after the droids from the American movie franchise Star Wars, and features a much improved touchscreen, wifi connectivity, and a unique new model for phone design. The showcase came after a year of jet setting back and forth between the company’s headquarters in New York City and Argentina, whereafter Motorola had finalized partnerships with Argentine research centres and tech startups. These partnerships will help put Motorola’s electronics and software ahead of all its competitors, and have also included purchase agreements to outfit every Argentine university with Droids. Motorola sniped ex-Apple employees who had moved to Argentina in the last few years too, taking a stab at the tottering California tech firm. Finally, Motorola concluded manufacturing deals with some Shanghai firms, helped along by Argentine contacts. Wall Street speculators have increased the company’s stock value several times over due to these separate pieces of good news for the company, though in a surprise rebrand that modestly hurt their stock, Motorola announced they would try to become a beacon of privacy and personal safety in an increasingly fraught digital age, promising to work for its customers and not unduly sell or gather user data.
Changes:
  • new World Fact: Motorola’s leadership believes in consumer privacy
Trajectory: Motorola will become the world’s best smartphone company with decisive Argentine influence on its corporate culture and decision-making in under a decade (2012), becoming a Power Centre by that date and having well established the smartphone revolution.
Spoiler 2004 :
A Smart Phone (Super Worldwide Science Front): The cellular revolution of the 1990s was stalled in its progress towards the universalization of mobile telecommunication due to the volatile world economy. Nonetheless, slow technical progress in the background has begun to inspire confidence in some mobile phone companies that a breakthrough is on the horizon in touchscreen technology that might allow for a revolutionary new type of phone. As of today none of the big phone makers are devoting serious resources to the idea, though should Ericsson (Scandinavia), BlackBerry (Quebec), Nokia (Baltofennia), HTC (China), or Motorola (New England) get significant foreign investment they might be able to take the lead. Alternatively, perhaps a young company in a dynamic tech hub like Buenos Aires would be better suited to disrupt the phone industry.
Rules: top two rollers are Progress and Regress
Rewards: a smartphone manufacturer Power Centre
Spoiler Natural Disasters :
Spoiler 2005 :
Natural Disasters (Special Front):
New Changes:
  • Front Collapses (4 out of 4 Collapse Points), rolled on a table of natural disasters
Disaster struck China this year as a typhoon made its way through Taiwan and past the shore into central China where it has caused one of the worst flooding disasters in decades. Typhoon Longwang (as it was labelled in China) slowed down as it passed over Taiwan, where only a few dozen deaths and about a thousand buildings were destroyed, and thus, when it hit the Chinese coastline, Longwang only dealt modest damage. It was the sustained downpour over central China however that caused the worst of the disaster, triggering 45 dam failures and devastating floods. A hastily put together commission between the northern, eastern, and the southern governments (all of which governing territory affected by the crisis) reports that the flooding has killed at least 25,000 people while the subsequent crop failures and ongoing famine may cause the death of another 200,000 people unless effective state action is taken. With the three “warlord” states unwilling to compromise and coordinate, it appears such action will not come to pass.
Changes:
  • new World Fact: Central China is in a state of economic crisis and famine due to dam failures and flooding caused by Typhoon Longwang
Spoiler 2000 :
Natural Disasters (Special Front): From earthquakes to hurricanes to volcanic eruptions, from the meteor that wiped out the dinosaurs to the Dust Bowl, nature has exacted its capricious whims upon life on earth since time immemorial. Nonetheless, modernity has proved that some disasters are predictable, preventable, and manageable. Hurricanes once killed thousands as they flooded low-lying coastal settlements, but meteorologists can now provide advance warning so that people have time to evacuate, almost eliminating flooding deaths during hurricanes. Proper forest stewardship and firefighting can minimize fires and give people time to evacuate. Even more ambitiously, rocket scientists claim that with more investment they can detect life-threatening meteors and push them off their trajectory with earth, while academics in other fields are eager for funding of technological advances that might end the threat of numerous types of disasters. For now, many of these, from weather control to earthquake dispersion, remain in the realm of science fiction - but perhaps one day they will become reality.
Rules: This Front resolves by GM fiat when the entire player base has collectively developed technologies and worldwide disaster prevention/detection systems that the GM deems sufficient to end the curse of natural disasters; when this Front collapses the GM will roll a 1d20 against a table of natural disasters.
Rewards: None (avoiding bad things is the reward).
Spoiler Warming Trend :
Spoiler 2004 :
Warming Trend (Super Worldwide Science Front):
New Events:
  • Front collapses (4 out of 4 Collapse Points)
Three powerful cyclones struck Bengal this year, devastating the country’s coast over the course of two weeks. Ferocious winds, rain, and flooding killed two hundred people and displaced 3 million Bengalis. Scientists have declared the event a once-in-a-century coincidence of high-power cyclones, but also note that these kinds of disasters will become more common due to global warming. The enormous number of people displaced combined with the scale of ruins have caused a sharp increase in illegal border crossings between Bengal and India, with Indian border patrols in a couple of instances simply overwhelmed by the sheer number of people desperate to cross. Those who remain on the Bengali side have had to huddle in rescue shelters, while the economic impact of the floods are ricocheting through the Bengali interior and may portend future unrest.
Changes:
  • the India Stress “refugee crisis” adds 2 Collapse Points
  • the Indian Tensions Front adds 1.5 Collapse Points
Spoiler 2000 :
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 :
Spoiler 2003 :
Novel Pandemics (Special Front):
New Events:
  • Front Collapses (4 out of 4 Collapse Points), rolled on a table of diseases
The local KMT government of southern China has informed the world that an outbreak of a novel strain of coronavirus has led to the infection of a few hundred people since November of this year. Not much is known about this new type of coronavirus.
Changes:
  • new Front: Coronavirus
Spoiler 2000 :
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)
Spoiler Islamism & Jihadism :
Spoiler 2003 :
Islamism & Jihadism (Super Worldwide Social Control/Espionage Front):
New Events:
  • Front Collapses (8 out of 8 Collapse Points)
A string of al-Qaeda claimed attacks have terrorized people from East Asia to India to East Africa but most especially in Babylon this year. The attacks included a surface-to-air missile strike with ex-Soviet equipment against an Indian commercial airliner landing in Nairobi that blew up the plane and killed all on-board; a car packed with explosives that ran over civilians in a crowded marketplace in Jakarta and then exploded, killing two hundred people; a group of riflemen who attacked a communist party office in Hindustan gunning down a dozen people; as well as lesser attacks, some foiled, in Afghanistan, Maghreb, Ethiopia, and Burma. The worst was saved for Babylon, as was amateurishly explained in a VHS tape distributed to global media outlets by al-Qaeda’s leader, who decried Babylonian “paganism” taking hold deep in the heart of Islamic lands and beseeched Muslims the world-over to carry out a violent jihad against them. Babylon was targeted more than any other country, with several suicide and car-bombings in Baghdad, Aleppo, Cairo, and among the then still active warzone of Turkish borderlands. The greatest of these attacks was the hijacking of Mesopotamian Airlines Flight 159 which nose-dived into a Babylonian destroyer undergoing repairs at a dockyard in Kuwait, killing hundreds and causing a raging fire across the wider military base that will be costly to rebuild.
Changes:
  • new World Fact: al-Qaeda’s strength as a terrorist organization is growing and their number one target is Babylon
Spoiler 2002 :
Islamism & Jihadism (Super Worldwide Social Control/Espionage Front):
New Actions:
  • Argentina: rolled 5, failure. -1 FP for social science efforts representing Regress
The bizarre story of two Argentine academics arrested while visiting Babylonian Egypt helped journalists uncover a seemingly innocuous Argentine charm offensive carried out across the Islamic world this year. The pair were allegedly on sabbatical and visiting friends at Cairo University, but were arrested by police who rounded up a dozen other instructors and students, some with confirmed links to the Muslim Brotherhood. The Argentinians, it turns out, were indeed academics, but were also under orders from the Argentine state to persuade Islamic scholars of a synthetic Islamic-technocratic model of social theory. Although Babylonian intelligence was on high alert for Islamists this year in unrelated events, the academics were also just plainly untrained in the art of international intrigue. From the moment they landed at the airport the academics aroused suspicions with the Babylonian secret police who tapped their calls, followed them to their meeting, arrested them and their co-conspirators, and interrogated out the details of the wider plot. The academics were extradited back to Argentina, but only after a spate of arrests on campuses across Babylon, Libya, Kush, and Persia. Though barely denting the wider Islamist movement, the potential technocratic turn has been pretty well snuffed out. The ivory tower overtures are believed to have failed more or less anywhere they went even outside the neo-traditionalist regimes, with local professors showing disdain at Argentine Catholics and atheists bringing in ideas that were seen as too religious (Afghanistan), not religious enough (Bengal), or just antithetical to pre-existing ideological ethos of the academic and student bodies (Oman).
Changes:
  • new World Fact: the great majority of technocratic Islamic thinkers are imprisoned in Babylon, Libya, Kush, and Persia
Trajectory: Technocratic Islamist ideas will wither away while their believers rot in jails; other strains of moderate Islam takeover in their stead, making technocratic Islam a historic footnote in less than a decade (2009). Argentina will receive 1 XP for failing this Front.
Spoiler 2000 :
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 Filibuster War :

Spoiler 2006 :
Filibuster War (Super Europe Espionage Front):
New Events:
  • half-way point in the civil war*
The Suzukians are on the brink of total defeat in the Mexican Civil War, with the Filibusters and the Chicano-Norteño fighters having carved them up. Once their destruction is complete next year, it is widely believed the Filibusters will turn on the Chicano-Norteños, who will be far less equipped and inevitably fall to the Filibuster advance. Meanwhile the Yucatan-Chiapas breakaway faction has this year secured a military guarantee from Central America, and will formalize its entry into that union within a few years for reforms and stabilization.
Trajectory: The Filibuster War will be long and hard-fought over less than a decade, but the filibusters appear on route to be triumphant (2010). By that time, Yucatan-Chiapas rebels will politically separate from Mexico and join Central America, and the Mexican petroleum industry will be seriously undermined due to eco-terror attacks.

*this isn’t a real “event” so much as an arbitrary moment to provide a courtesy update for players; since the Filibusters are on a path to control all of Mexico (as per the rewards of the Front), it follows logically (though wasn’t spelled out originally) that they will finish off the Suzukians and turn on the Chicano-Norteño; this is posted here just to reflect that underlying reality even though no player actions were taken on this Front this turn
Spoiler 2003 :
Filibuster War (Regional Mexico Warfare Front):
New Events:
  • Argentina: rolled 13, hard success. +1 FP for intelligence activities
The so-called Filibuster War kicked up dust for the first time in years, as the ex-American military forces based out of Mexico City began a renewed offensive against Suzukian rebels in the south of the country. The attacks started in summer after a hugely consequential fracturing among the Suzukians in the early months of the year: rebels controlling Yucatan and Chiapas declared their intention to formally petition to join the Plurinational Republic of Central America. This dramatic split made an opening for the filibusters to push out the now weaker Suzukian resistance. The sequence of events is not well understood, but most intelligence assessments believe Argentine agents cavorted secretly among disaffected leftists and Central America. Argentina is also assumed to have carried out these spying activities due to their fairly public disbursement of funding to the filibusters, who reporters attest have lavishly wasted Argentine money on mansion and other luxuries instead of the war effort. Although the filibusters claim to be científicos in the tradition of Porfirio Díaz, Argentinian attaches are bristling at the filibusters’ indifference to technocracy, which is used merely in rhetoric and rarely in-practice. Nonetheless, the filibusters are on a warpath to take over the country, though territorially reduced due to the impending departure of Yucatan and Chiapas into Central America. The impending doom of the Suzukians has forced them to shift tactics to more desperate measures, including an increase in eco-terror bombings of oil rigs around Veracruz, which are blow up at a concerning pace.
Changes:
  • new World Fact: the filibusters’ commitment to technocracy is opportunistic and politically cynical, they are mainly corrupt self-interested authoritarians
  • new World Fact: Mexican oil rigs are harassed by eco-terror bombings
  • new World Fact: Yucatan-Chiapas rebels intend to politically unify themselves with Central America
Trajectory: The Filibuster War will be long and hard-fought over less than a decade, but the filibusters appear on route to be triumphant (2010). By that time, Yucatan-Chiapas rebels will politically separate from Mexico and join Central America, and the Mexican petroleum industry will be seriously undermined due to eco-terror attacks.
Spoiler 2000 :
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 Poor Southern Campaign :
Poor Southern Campaign (Regional Southern Republic Espionage/Social Control Front):
New Events:
  • Union of States: rolled 12, hard success. +1 FP for poor white dissidence
The red hot rhetoric wildly spewing forth out of the Southern Republic somehow managed to get even more apocalyptic this year in the wake of what they allege to be further agitation efforts by the Union of States. Several alleged “agents” of the Union of States have been captured in high-profile and well-publicized arrests, sometimes so well publicized News Corp-affiliated film crews live-broadcasted raids alongside cooperating law enforcement. The international press however perked up to the hyperbolic assertions when a Southern mutual aid group rushed in to help those affected by an accident in an Appalachian coal mine, and soon thereafter saw the mine unionize. When the President of the Southern Republic reinstated military conscription, there was a wave of conscientious objectors, almost all poor whites, whose legal advocacy support appears to have been partially funded by the same mutual aid network. These incidents have been noted by the foreign press as evidence that the government’s grip over its lower class is slipping. Nonetheless, conscription and the slow building conflict in the Caribbean is portrayed by the Southern Republic as an attempt to deter the Union of States, whom the Southern Republic has this year begun to baselessly accuse of planning to invade. In an additional important development, white supremacist and evangelical groups in the Union of States itself have also become activated in the increasingly tense milieu. White supremacists seized and declared independence on behalf of a few square kilometres in Pennsylvania where a farm and a historic barracks are located - a few days into the siege they were killed by Union forces. More successfully, Jerry Falwell and other popular televangelists and radiovangelists have operated huge legally grey rallies in rural and conservative parts of the Union of States against the government and for de-escalating tensions with the Southern Republic. These god-fearing rallies have unnerved officials in the Union of States as they have quickly realized through their extensive system of mass communication and legitimation that these evangelicals are popular among a wide swath of the country’s rural whites.
Changes:
  • notes: this action was almost too similar to the previous action to be counted as “qualitatively distinct”; be careful with future orders in the Southern Republic that use Espionage as I am liable to consider them invalid since two separate and similar actions using Espionage have been undertaken now
  • defunct World Fact: Southern whites (whether Appalachian or Dixie) are being whipped into an anti-Rainbow Republic jingoistic frenzy
  • the Union of States stress “forces of reaction” adds 4 Collapse Points, triggering an escalation in the form of a new short-term Stress: Great Awakening
Trajectory: A pink opposition will emerge in the Southern Republic’s mainland territories composed of rural Appalachians and poor southern whites organized through unions, mutual aid groups, and other social organizations, within half a decade (2009).
Spoiler Green Valley :
Green Valley (Super Worldwide Science Front):
New Events:
  • East Asia: rolled 24, full success. +2 FP for investments in clean tech
East Asia’s raison d'être since Suzuki’s rise to power has been environmentalism, focusing the populous and developed nation’s industrial might and creative wits toward clean technologies well before the turn of the millennium. Even for the world’s foremost environmental power, the practical realities of clean technology have been challenging. Solar and wind power remain expensive, while nuclear power is unpopular (especially among environmentalists), forcing even East Asia to continue to rely on oil, gas, and coal for energy. Moreover, even cheap solar and wind would still have issues of regularity, as the modern battery remains unsuited to the job of grid-sized electrical storage. Mass transit and cycling are nice but no replacement for the automobile, for which a hydrogen or electric design that is cheap remains elusive, even if energy efficiency has eliminated urban smog. To solve these problems, a coterie of National Champions, F11 universities, and other laboratories and science bureaus have increasingly concentrated their resources into an integrated and dynamic clean tech hub in western Japan that has this year been dubbed the Green Valley, in honour of Silicon Valley in North America. The economic integration is a self-conscious effort on the part of the economic managers and elite of East Asian society to bring the cost of clean tech production down in three key areas so that they compete with their fossil fuelled competitors on international markets: (a) solar and wind for energy production, (b) electric vehicle for transportation, and (c) lithium-ion batteries for energy storage. Although this does not solve the emissions problem inherent to other fields (aviation, shipping, cement, chemicals, etc.) it is a powerful first step.
Changes:
  • n/a (changes will take place when the Front succeeds)
Trajectory: In a little less than a decade East Asia will have consolidated a Power Centre in the form of the Green Valley, which will hawk its clean tech wares on international markets at costs competitive with their rival fossil fuel tech versions (2009).
Spoiler Olympomachy :
Olympomachy (Super Worldwide Social Control Front): The decline into obscurity of the Olympic Games came about before the Autumn of Nations. After a brief detente, the Soviet Union and the United States boycotted each others’ games, and games hosted by their allies all the way until 1991, when the world order completely reorganized and the games simply stopped aside from a paltry version hosted once by Australia. Technically the International Olympic Committee still exists, and those few private patrons that want to see the games revived are hoping that the Great Powers of the world can come together to unite people with sport.
Rules: Progress represents the creation of an international sporting super-event that happens every four years, rotating between players and NPCs as per the agreed upon terms of the players. The hosting player in any given year will generally be conferred a bonus (+1 or +2) if they carry out an action that they can persuasively convince the GM will be benefited from the sporting super-event (e.g. using the Olympics to improve your national image in a Social Control action, or using the Olympics to bring in investment money for other projects as an Economy action). Regress represents efforts by the highest rolling player to create a politically subordinate sporting super-event that is controlled by their own state as a Power Centre.
Reward: Either a rotating Social Control bonus or a Power Centre worth at least 0.8 Social Control, 0.4 Economy, and 0.1 AP.
Spoiler Wonder Drugs :
Wonder Drugs (Super Worldwide Science Front):
New Actions:
  • East Asia: rolled 13, hard success. +1 FP for pharmaceutical research
The East Asian economic miracle of the late 1980s and 1990s is often attributed to Takayoshi Suzuki’s National Champion system, a suite of market reforms that created several large and internationally competitive semi-private corporations. One of these National Champions is Takeda Pharmaceutical, which received an enormous investment from the government this year. The terms of the deal aren’t precisely known, but Takeda released information in its annual report promising an ambitious plan to establish itself as the world leader in pharmaceuticals. The report outlined several short-term drug projects with commercial potential, including an anti-arthritic injection exiting clinical trials, to new marketing techniques for painkillers and antidepressants, to an erectile dysfunction medicine whose research was bought with the help of New England immigrants attracted by East Asia’s scientific poaching policy. After satisfying investors, the report further went on to try to satisfy the government, declaring Takeda’s long-term intention to develop hitherto unheard-of vaccines for malaria and HIV/AIDS. The expanded vision of Takeda however was matched almost immediately a round of state and private investment in Takeda’s numerous rival firms in China, which have historically ignored East Asia’s patents and created their own counterfeit or reverse-engineered drugs, undercutting East Asia’s international pharmaceutical sales. Moreover, hardliners critical of the National Champion system are already accusing Takeda’s painkiller and antidepressant marketing as corrupting doctors, causing addiction, and driving society to medicate its problems rather than solve them naturally and socialistically.
Changes:
  • new World Fact: opioid and antidepressant sales in East Asia, especially Japan and Korea, are increasingly every year
  • new World Fact: Chinese pharmaceutical companies are undercutting East Asian sales by ignoring patents and counterfeiting and duplicating East Asian drugs
Trajectory: East Asia will establish its pharmaceutical industry as the best in the world by the end of this decade (2011), creating an economic Power Centre in Japan centred around Takeda Pharmaceutical. East Asia will also create World Facts related to the first vaccines for malaria and HIV/AIDS.
Spoiler Petropolitics :
Petropolitics (Super Worldwide Economy Front): Born in Baghdad, OPEC died in Baghdad. The era of co-operation between oil producers that helped them control the price of oil and use it to threaten oil dependent countries ended dramatically when Saddam Hussein made the decision to simply annex the oil rich regions of OPEC’s Middle Eastern members. The oil cartel was abandoned in the 1980s but since the double-collapse and the stabilization of a multipolar world order, politicians in oil rich countries like Babylon and Eurasia have begun to promote the idea of a new OPEC for a new era. These politicians point out that if just the top six oil producing countries were to band together (Babylon, Eurasia, Colombia, Scandinavia, and Buffalo-Caribou), they would command more than half of the entire world’s oil output, allowing them to control the price of oil, or even threaten or actually enact oil embargoes to get their way against governments that depend on energy imports.
Rules: Progress represents the creation of an international oil cartel. The nature and makeup of this organization are up to the founding players. For every Great Power that participates (i.e. spends 1 AP), the organization will possess 0.1 AP as part of a special Action pool. Whenever the organization accrues 1 AP, it can enact a petroleum trade-related action that the participating players agree to by the organizations decision mechanisms (voting, rotating leadership, etc.). This can be used to allow players to carry out multi-state actions without each having to individually spend AP to carry it out (e.g. instead of 3 players spending 1 AP each to “hike the price of oil” or “enact an oil embargo against x country”, the oil cartel spends 1 AP and all the players’ relevant agents act on that 1 AP expenditure). Regress represents efforts to crush the creation of an international oil cartel and/or to create an international energy market that cannot be unduly influenced by any one state.
Rewards: The creation of an international oil cartel, or the frustration of such a cartel and the establishment of a global apolitical free market for oil.
 

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Spoiler Global Reserve Currency :
Spoiler 2002 :
Global Reserve Currency (Super Worldwide Economy Front):
New Actions:

  • India: rolled 15, hard success. +1 FP for monetary efforts representing Progress
Global investors have taken note of a combination of fiscal and monetary policies in India this year that appear aimed at establishing the rupee as the world’s most stable and reliable currency for central banks and international trade. Indian oil imports from Babylon, Eurasia, and to a lesser extent East Asian Indonesia, already helped build up a central bank reserve of rupees in three of the world’s foremost economies. The Indian government further cemented this trend by constitutionally reinforcing the independence of their central bank, which has begun to lower interest rates, promised a 2% inflation target, and is helping make Indian securities easily accessible to foreign buyers. Buzz among economic elites is making India’s central bank the most prestigious in the world, attracting both India’s best economists, as well as some from the former United States and Great Britain. India's open long-term currency strategy has nonetheless created problems in the short-term. Firstly, politicians in oil rich countries whose central banks are India’s first currency foothold have started promoting the idea of a new OPEC that could give them bargaining power against oil dependent countries like India. Secondly, transnational criminals have already begun to ramp up rupee counterfeiting, especially in the illegal drug production hubs like the Amazon, Afghanistan, and the rainforest borders between Southeast Asian countries. Thirdly, a strong rupee will ultimately make the cost of labour and goods made in India more expensive, which some forward-looking Indian companies have taken as their cue to begin planning industrial investments abroad in markets where labour will remain cheap.

Changes:

  • new Front: Petropolitics (see below)
  • new World Fact: criminals in the world’s three drug production hubs are ramping up rupee counterfeiting
  • new World Fact: Indian companies are planning to shift industrial investments abroad to low-wage labour markets
  • new World Fact: the Indian central bank is constitutionally protected from political interference
Trajectory: Years of effective monetary policy and a good reputation will position India's rupee as the global reserve currency in less than a decade (2009).
Spoiler 2000 :
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 An Assembly of Nations? :
An Assembly of Nations? (Special Front): The threat of nuclear annihilation between the communist east and capitalist west was tempered during the Cold War through a small diplomatic club composed of the superpowers and their entourage: the Soviet-American Security Council (SASC). Although nowhere near as ambitious as proposals for a League of Nations or a World Court that were briefly in vogue during the 1920s and 1940s, the SASC had become the world’s best vehicle for military de-escalation before it disintegrated with the Autumn of Nations. In a world of escalating conflicts, institutional internationalism is fashionable again, with lawyers, diplomats, and academics across many countries promoting the idea of a global forum of nations that could vote on matters of war and peace and would be provisioned with the resources and authority necessary to enforce the will of the world’s sovereign states. Should the contemporary Great Powers participate and encourage the creation of some sort of assembly of nations, it might be capable of finally bending the arc of history toward peace and security.

Rules: Progress represents the creation of an effective international peace and security organization (i.e. a United Nations with teeth). The nature, makeup, focus, and authority of this organization are up to the founding players. The resources and strengths of this organization will be based on what Proficiencies players use to create it. For every Great Power that participates (i.e. spends 1 AP), the organization will possess 0.1 AP as part of a special Action pool. Players may put forward resolutions they wish to see enacted and if they pass (dependent on the players’ voting structure, e.g. one vote per country, one vote per Great Power, something else), the organization will pursue those goals, rolling against its own stats. Regress represents efforts to create an alternative global body or to frustrate and dispel the dreams of any global body of this nature. Only the winning side will get the bonus Action Point pool and resolution passing mechanics.

Rewards: The creation of an international peace and security organization with its own stat block that can accrue and spend Action Points on resolutions agreed to by its members.
Spoiler Military-Industrial Complex :
Spoiler 2001 :
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
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 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 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 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 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 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)

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Spoiler Second Dot Com Boom :
Spoiler 2006 :
Second Dot Com Boom (Super Worldwide Science/Economy Front):
New Events:
  • Argentina wins the Front (6 out of 6 Front Points)
As the new saying in Argentina goes, move fast and break things. The internet has come back in a big way in Silicon Valley’s second home: Buenos Aires. Almost every new computer around the world comes with a pre-installation of the Silver Lance, while the Microscopio company has cornered the market for internet searches. The consolidation of what is being referred to as “Web 2.0” is helping connect the entire world into a global internet community. With high-quality internet highways having been paved, internet communities have begun to flourish through forums and messaging services. All of this is moreover happening on the back of a growing internet advertising business whose profits are being made by companies in Argentina - but the internet is young, and numerous more internet business opportunities are out there.

Changes:

  • new Front: Internet Platforms
  • new Power Centre: Silicon Pampa, controlled by Argentina
Spoiler 2001 :
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
Spoiler A Special Relationship :
Spoiler 2006 :
A Special Relationship (Regional Great Britain Administration Front):

New Events:

  • India wins the Front (3 out of 3 Front Points)
The Millennium Alliance has proven itself over three years of training exercises, officer exchanges, and warming public attitudes toward the pact in both India as well as Great Britain. This year’s training included a large-scale combined arms defence of Cyprus against an unspecified invader, a culmination of efforts at reintegrating the two militaries. With integration complete, the Indian and Royal navies operate as a team, with access provided to India for every British port around the world. Although mostly unspoken, India is also now widely perceived to be under Britain’s nuclear umbrella, though some uncertainty exists about what Britain would do in a real crisis.

Changes:

  • India gains control of the Royal Navy Power Centre

Spoiler 2004 :
A Special Relationship (Regional Great Britain Administration Front):

New Events:

  • India: rolled 17, soft success. +1 FP for alliance formation
International speculation was abuzz as Indian and British diplomats intensified negotiations over a deal throughout the year. By fall the details emerged publicly: Great Britain and India would re-enter into a military alliance for the first time since 1962. Officially called the Millennium Defense and Mutual Assistance Alliance, the security partnership’s preamble waxes poetic about democracy, individual liberty, the rule of law. Its substantive articles promise mutual defence in the event of a foreign attack on either country, and grant mutual access to ports that would, in-practice, allow the Indian navy to operate out of Hong Kong, Singapore, the Caribbean, Maritime Canada, Cyprus, and of course the British Isles themselves. Although any outsider observer would see India as the senior partner in a bilateral relationship with Britain, the Tories have behaved brazenly confident of their equality and even on occasion implied their seniority to the Indians, who have taken the strategy of massaging the British ego to get the deal done. This has had the undesirable side effect of setting a British expectation about the security deal that it is supposed to be equally or even largely beneficial to Britain’s security interests, and may have ramifications for British willingness to participate in Indian adventures that don’t benefit Britain. In any case, the pact is expected to be signed next year, with officer exchanges, training programs, and joint exercises to begin thereafter. Civil-military collaboration and wider military harmonization that will allow the Indian and British navies to operate cohesively will then be another year out from completion.

Changes:

  • new World Fact: Britain’s participation in mutual military activities with India will be half-hearted unless it's clearly in their direct interest
Trajectory: India will cement a comprehensive military alliance with Britain and thereby obtain control of the Royal Navy Power Centre within three years (2006).
Spoiler Sahara Conflict :
Spoiler 2005 :
Sahara Conflict (Regional Maghreb-Libya Warfare Front):
New Changes:
  • Babylon wins the Front (4 out of 4 Front Points)
The decade-long conflict in the Sahara that began with fundamentalist Islamist and Tuareg unrest in the 1990s has come to a close this year. Maghrebi and Libyan forces finished off the last Tuareg and Islamist fighters still holding out deep into the Sahara with airstrikes and infantry. While the left-wing Maghrebi dictatorship of Abdelaziz Bouteflika has eliminated all opposition to his rule, Libya’s Gaddafi has uneasily accepted the de facto independence of the armed Toubou fighters that made an ambiguous deal with Babylon to cease their fighting. The result in Libya is an end to the conflict and a recognition by Gaddafi for now at least that the Toubou region be treated with high autonomy until such a time that Babylon no longer supports them. The Toubou nationalists for their part are lobbying Babylon to force Gaddafi to recognize an independent state of the Garamantes.
Changes:
  • new opposition in Libya: Toubou neo-traditional nationalists
  • defunct opposition in Libya: militant pan-Islamists
  • defunct opposition in Maghreb: Tuareg and Islamist insurgents

Spoiler 2002 :
Sahara Conflict (Regional Maghreb-Libya Warfare Front):
New Actions:
  • Babylon: rolled 16, soft success. +1 FP for intrigue against Saharan rebels
The cold conflict spanning the southern regions of Maghreb and Libya restarted in fits this year, with the recognized governments running short, targeted offensives against individual Tuareg and fundamentalist groups. Although the details are clouded in the fog of war, analysts believe that the attacks were timed to coincide with the fracturing of the rebels under a Babylonian negotiation and assassination campaign. Although the Maghrebi Tuaregs were defiant, Babylon was able to break off some Toubou nationalists out of the Islamist fighters in southern Libya, creating room for Libyan forces to move in against the disfavoured fundamentalists such as Ansar al-Sharia. Though it is unclear what promises were made, the Toubou fighters have not put down their arms or surrendered to Gaddafi’s government, and have declared their wish to re-create the ancient Saharan civilization of the Garamantes. Meanwhile Maghrebi forces appear on a path to victory against their insurrection that Babylon boosted without itself gaining any allies among the Tuaregs.
Changes:
  • new World Fact: Toubou nationalists in Libya have struck ambiguous deals of support with Babylon that don’t involve surrender or cooperation with Gaddafi
  • this Front’s target number is lowered from 6 to 4
Trajectory: Libyan and Maghrebi forces will crush the Tuareg and Islamist rebels over the course of a slow but easy few years (2005). The new Libyan opposition will be Toubou neo-traditional nationalists.
Spoiler 2000 :
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 Caribbean Resistance :
Spoiler 2005 :
Caribbean Resistance (Regional Caribbean Espionage Front):
New Changes:
  • Union of States wins the Front (4 out of 4 Front Points)
After decades of occupation and four years of overwhelming protest and violence, the Southern Republic finally pulled out of the Caribbean this year and negotiated independence. The Southern Republic’s violent crackdown in the Caribbean these last few years only triggered even more massive protests, forcing the army to carry out a wave of terror and violence that was met with bullets from Black Panthers and the riflemen they trained and armed. As the army suffered casualties, protests spread to poor whites and white students on the homefront, helping tank the President’s polling numbers, with most observers expecting his government to lose the next election to his political opponents. Those opponents are just as racist and jingoistic as the President, though they correctly point out that this is yet another South Africa (or India, or Algeria), and prolonging the inevitable only puts the Southern Republic in a state of vulnerability should the Union try an invasion. It was later revealed the Southern President began secret negotiations with the separatists as early as spring this year, which was nearly derailed by a coup plot by generals of the Southern Republic who were outed and caught. After speedy trials those generals were let off with light penalties, and the peace negotiations succeeded in granting independence to a Caribbean Federation, alongside various concessions to the Southern Republic about the economic rights of its white-owned businesses among other miscellany. Meanwhile, celebration broke out across the Union of States, where the liberation of the Caribbean is being upheld as a victory for humanity and the Union. The resounding defeat of the South, without ever firing a shot across the border, has also deflated the religious right's pro-Southern activism, which has petered out over the last year. Underground activity remains and could be reactivated, but the threat from the religious right is for now dormant.
Changes:
  • new NPC: Caribbean Federation
  • defunct opposition in the Southern Republic: multiracial social movement
  • short-term Stress "great awakening" resolved
Spoiler 2002 :
Caribbean Resistance (Regional Caribbean Espionage Front):
New Actions:
  • Union of States: rolled 14, hard success. +1 FP for Caribbean resistance support
American apartheid never ended in the South, which incorporated the occupation forces of Cuba, Hispaniola, and Puerto Rico in 1991. Movements for revolution and independence were regularly crushed by American invasions throughout the twentieth century which left behind only the toughest terrorists and the softest civil rights groups, the latter of which eschewed violence throughout 1990s. This strategy has made their cause massively popular, but totally failed to impress the white supremacist leadership of the Southern Republic, who continue a policy of brutal violence against dissidence in these three neo-colonies. This decades-old routine was upended this year when occupation forces, used to brutalizing peaceful demonstrators without incident, were surprised by gunmen in the crowd of a Havana protest. The ensuing massacre created a pile of at least one hundred bodies, some of which were later identified as members of the Black Panthers in the Union of States. The Havana massacre sparked a wave of armed protests across Cuba, Hispaniola, and Puerto Rico, while hard-left terror organizations like the Los Macheteros have claimed bombing attacks against radio stations and other infrastructure. The mild demands for civil liberties have also been replaced by agitators with calls for full independence. The Southern Republic’s leadership has used the violence to fan the flames of racial animosity and paranoia against the Union of States, whom they immediately blamed for the unrest. The South further asserted, without evidence, that the Union of States was trying to sway poor whites to communism and had crossed the border into Appalachia to carry out terror attacks. Combined with jingoistic rallies opposing Caribbean independence and the Union of States, the widespread propaganda effort has blocked out alternative viewpoints from the white population of the South and anti-Union narratives have even energized white supremacist and evangelical groups in the Union of States itself. By the end of the year, the violent Southern response to the armed protests is already spiralling out of control, and should this continue for too long, a truly enormous wave of resistance like nothing the South has ever seen before may overwhelm their forces and compel them to withdraw.
Changes:
  • new World Fact: Southern whites (whether Appalachian or Dixie) are being whipped into an anti-Rainbow Republic jingoistic frenzy
  • the Union of States stress “forces of reaction” adds 4 Collapse Points
Trajectory: Mass protests will reach a crescendo so enormous that Southern occupation forces will have no choice but to withdraw in a matter of years (2005). This will create a loose federation of Caribbean states as a new NPC and a Power Centre out of veteran resistors influenced by the Union of States.
Spoiler Coronavirus :
Spoiler 2004 :
Coronavirus (Middle China Science Front):
New Events:
  • Front collapses (2 out of 2 Collapse Points)
  • Argentina: rolled 21, full success. +2 FP for disease control and research
Argentine universities, doctors, and pharmaceutical firms leaped into action at the behest of their government this year, flying halfway around the world to crush a disease whose lethality and virality was still unknown. They quickly established local connections among hospitals, doctors, and the Chinese pharmaceutical giants that helped smooth out the political obstacles posed by the anti-technocratic KMT government in the south. Together the Argentine and Chinese experts prepared a strategic disease control plan that slowed and reversed the spread of the virus, whose genome was genetically sequenced by Argentine scientists in spring and has become known in the press as “SARS” (formally SARS-CoV). The strategy worked, with only a couple cases identified outside of China that were quarantined, and a total of 6,000 people infected with about 400 deaths. The smashing success was heralded in the Chinese press, particularly in Shanghai and the east-central technocratic parts of the country, who praised the Argentinians for their scientific and managerial excellence, but also correctly identified the vital role of China Chem & Pharma Co, whose drug makers and drug design knowledge (stolen from East Asia) were necessary in-conjunction with Argentine expertise to prevent the SARS outbreak from turning into a national or even international pandemic.
Changes:
  • Front changes from Special to Middle challenge rating due to Collapse
  • new World Fact: Chinese experts and the Chinese press have a favourable view of Argentina due to their intervention against SARS
  • new Power Centre: China Chem & Pharma Co
  • Argentina controls China Chem & Pharma Co
Trajectory: Argentina crushes the coronavirus curve before it even breaks out of China, developing treatments and traditional flu vaccines that basically eliminate the virus by the end of the year (2004). The Chinese pharmaceuticals World Fact will evolve into an pro-Argentine Power Centre by that time as well.

Spoiler 2003 :
Coronavirus (Special Front): Information is scarce on the novel coronavirus reported in China this year, which has yet to even receive a name. Several hundred people have been infected and a few dozen have died, but thus far the outbreak is limited to a handful of hotspots among food and healthcare workers in southern China. Doctors there report the infected suffer flu-like symptoms such as dry cough, shortness of breath, and lethargy, with several deaths attributable to concomitant pneumonia. It remains unclear what the fatality rate will be and if transmission is airborne or a less infectious means like droplets, both factors that will decisively influence whether the disease peters out or emerges as the first global pandemic since HIV/AIDS.
Rules: This Front will collapse next turn, and the players will discover the virality and lethality of the novel coronavirus - but it will also by that time be too late to prevent its initial spread. The Front’s target number will then be re-adjusted; if the disease will peter out, the next collapse will end the Front of its own accord, if the disease is a pandemic, the next collapse will begin a new worse phase of the disease. Players can respond to this Front however they wish, whether ignoring it, attempting to stop the spread of this virus even before knowing if it's a serious concern (a “full success” would equal 2 Front Points and therefore beat the virus’s collapse points), or other actions. Actions taken this turn will have a far more profound influence on the course of the disease than actions taken next turn when you have more information, but have let the disease go ahead on its natural schedule for a full year.
Rewards: none
Spoiler Omani Ultimatum :
Spoiler 2004 :
Omani Ultimatum (Regional Oman Warfare/Administration Front):
New Events:
  • India & Babylon: agreed that the Gulf Forum will be controlled by Babylon
  • India & Babylon win the Front (4 out of 4 Points)
Oman’s first elections were a smashing success in democracy, launching hitherto unknown figures from the civil service into power on the back of an energetic student-led campaign for the nation’s now dominant Democratic Action Alliance. The nation’s close call with Babylonian invasion has put foreign affairs at the top of the new government’s agenda, with the country’s first Prime Minister making big gestures of cordiality toward both India and Babylon. Meanwhile the sullen princes and princesses of the Sultan have mostly resigned to their fate. Strangely enough the globetrotting Gulf Forum has taken a “keep your enemies closer” strategy toward Babylon, now courting their Akkadian elites and tossing out the old technocratic do-gooder talk in-favour of nihilistic power politics for themselves. It is rumoured that Saddam Hussein himself even participated in an orgy the Gulf Forum hosted in Babylon’s capital this year - but this is of course just a rumour.
Changes:
  • Babylon controls Gulf Forum Power Centre
  • new government in Oman: liberal students and reform-minded officials (blue)
  • new opposition in Oman: neo-traditionalist princely elites (grey)
Spoiler 2003 :
Omani Ultimatum (Regional Oman Warfare/Administration Front):
New Events:
  • Babylon & India: rolled 21, full success. +2 FP for compelling democratization
Babylon broke nearly a decades-long streak of successful neutrality for Oman this year when Saddam Hussein began another military mobilization in January. Babylon’s forces, still busy in Turkey, took the better part of a year to martial together a force that could tackle Oman, but were appearing poised to do so as offensives were finishing off in Turkey during summer. The Omani princes and their lethargic sultan panicked at the prospect of war, tossing around wild threats that they would mine the Strait of Hormuz to cut off Babylonian oil exports, which would plunge the world (including Babylon) into an unprecedented energy crisis. In this atmosphere of panic Indian negotiators swooped in and triaged Babylonian demands with Omani fears into a masterstroke of diplomacy: Babylon would leave Oman independent on the condition that their technocratically minded princes ceded power to a democratically elected parliament, and also cede a large stake in Oman’s oil wealth to the Mesopotamian Petroleum Corporation (India would also take a share). Finalized in August, Oman arranged for a constituent assembly and the sultan approved a democratic constitution, with national elections scheduled for next year. The student movement and liberal-minded civil service have taken centre-stage in the fast-action political liberalization.
Changes:
  • n/a (changes will take place when the Front succeeds)
Trajectory: Next year (2004) the democratic consolidation will wrap up with liberal students and reform-minded officials (blue) becoming the government and technocratically-minded princely elites (tan) becoming the opposition. Since the princely elites operate the Gulf Forum Power Centre and this Front could/should be able to decide its fate, Babylon and India can, as a free action taken jointly, assign the Gulf Forum to either one of themselves - if they cannot agree, it will remain unassigned to any Great Power. This decision must be made before the completion of the Front (i.e. this turn).
Spoiler Babylon-Turkey War :
Spoiler 2003 :
Babylon-Turkey War (Regional Turkey Warfare Front):
New Events:
  • Babylon wins the Front (2 out of 2 Front Points)
Turkey and Babylon ended hostilities this year, agreeing to a ceasefire in summer and negotiating a final settlement to the war by November. Babylon and its fledgling neo-Ottoman client state slowly acquired air supremacy over the first half of the year, after which point they rolled into Ankara with few casualties. Despite control of the sea, the skies, and most of western Turkey, Saddam Hussein graciously proposed the same demands as last year, which would merely slice off Aegean Turkey and Marmara into a neo-Ottoman state and hand Rumelia over to Yugoslavia, a deal believed to have been brokered behind closed doors among the Great Powers. The DEP accepted the deal, a final straw for many Turks in the republican air force, who joined one last wave of defections to the Sublime Ottoman State where the balance of aerial power now lies, though substantially reduced from its pre-war glory. The DEP has also renamed and begun the socialistic reorganization of the now former Republic of Turkey into the Plurinational Republic of Turks, Kurds, and Armenians (otherwise known as Anatolia). Meanwhile Babylon exits the war with over ten thousand dead soldiers, a lot of lost hardware, and an unpopular client state whose supposed claimant has refused offers to leave his happy life in New York City.
Changes:
  • the Turkish Air Force Power Centre’s proficiency scores are reduced by half
  • Babylon controls the Turkish Air Force Power Centre
  • new NPC: Sublime Ottoman State
  • new NPC: Anatolia
  • defunct World Fact: the armed forces of Turkey have splintered between neo-Ottomans and republicans who fight on opposite sides of the Babylon-Turkey War
  • defunct World Fact: Kurdish and Armenian guerrillas control eastern Turkey and are preparing to fight an asymmetric conflict
  • new World Fact: Anatolia has a small but exceptionally experienced air force
Spoiler 2002 :
Babylon-Turkey War (Regional Turkey Warfare Front):
New Actions:
  • Union of States: voluntarily withdraws (free action)
  • Babylon: substantially narrows war goals (free action)
Saddam Hussein graciously delivered a much less ambitious peace package to the Turkish government this year, which was swiftly rejected with patriotic calls to continue to fight. The terms of the deal would see the Bosporus and Dardanelles region alongside most of Aegean Turkey ceded to a neo-Ottoman breakaway state, with Babylonian troops withdrawing from the rest of the country, and a minor cession to Yugoslavia. Although the Turks continue to fight, Rainbow Republic arms shipments quietly petered out over the course of spring, which has allowed Babylon to start making slow progress toward their war goals, which will put them in a position to simply declare “mission accomplished” by the end of next year.
Trajectory: Babylon will seize the Marmara and Aegean regions of Turkey and the Turkish-DEP government will accept the peace terms, creating a new NPC in neo-Ottoman western Turkey within a couple years (2003). The Turkish Air Force’s proficiencies will be divided in half and assigned to neo-Ottoman Turkey (under Babylonian influence), representing officer defections, equipment captures, and neo-Ottoman experience from war, while DEP Turkey will receive a World Fact related to their air force, and will also rename and restructure itself.
Spoiler 2001 :
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.

World-Building Request: Adopt an NPC

Like the adopt a dictator program, feel free to adopt an NPC and flesh out their history, politics, and culture in more depth than has been provided by updates and the NPC backgrounds.

Optional Orders: Propose a Front

If you have an idea for a possible Front I could put into the world, I’m eager to hear of it! Please include it in your orders and I’ll consider adding it to the game. Fronts should generally be Regional or Super-sized, touch on something unique or which could produce a unique effect, and suit the time period and collective fiction.

GM Notes

Orders are due Monday October 17th 9:00 AM PST.

Mobilization deadlines are:
  • Tuesday October 4th 9:00 AM PST (for a +4 bonus)
  • Thursday October 6th 9:00 AM PST (for a +2 bonus)
  • Saturday October 8th 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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