Autumn of Nations

NinjaCow64

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East Asia Institution Changes:

- Counter-Intel -> Surveillance: Surveillance is essentially a combination of the old Counter-Intel and Secret Police institutions, the existence of an East Asian secret police force can be retconned into the lore with minimal changes.
- Education -> Experts: Experts has been used by East Asia before, Education Policy would be less appropriate as a replacement. F11 Universities can be justified an as Experts because they can be RPed as primarily research universities that pump out a small number of hyper educated experts rather than spreading those skills around society. More RP will be produced this turn to justify this.
- Yellow institutions will be transitioned to their closest possible equivalent.

No other free institution transitions will be taken advantage of as I can’t justify it RP-wise. Institution changes may be pursued as part of this turn’s orders, however.
 

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Prime Minister Narayana thanks world leaders for their congratulations on his election and his predecessor Mr. Kharge for the peaceful transition of power after a free and fair election. The triumph of Indian democracy is not in our victories but with the grace we handle a popular defeat.

He also thanks the Union of States for their efforts to resolve the famine in Mali and hopes this heralds a new era of global cooperation.

Finally, he condemns the Ethiopian invasion of East Africa and promises a swift and decisive response. Zera Selassie, like his father before him, has condemned his family and his regime in the eyes of history. India will defend freedom across the world: freedom of conscience, freedom of expression, and freedom of property. India mobilizes to intervene.
 
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National Geographic
Landscape of Political Systems

National Geographic is a non-profit organization headquartered in the Union of States. Below is an excerpt from National Geographic's Atlas of hte World 9th Edition, titled "Landscape of Political Systems" published in 2010.

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Adopt an NPC: British Commonwealth

They can have a little revolution, as a treat

The history of Great Britain, in the modern day, begins with the end of the First World War. Britain’s goal, since Napoleon, had been to prevent the consolidation of the continent under a single power. In the early 19th century this was France, in the late 19th century, the enemy was Germany. But victory had come without reward: millions of young men were dead, Europe was dominated by a swathe of totalitarian regimes, and the wider empire began to fall apart. Britain’s conservative leadership was not capable of managing the tumultuous interwar period. It was almost an impossible task, between a militarizing United States, the spread of fascism, and the Soviet colossus, to chart a sane course, but that does not make their failure any less tragic. Labor unrest moved the government increasingly towards anticommunism, ultimately culminating in an unholy alliance between Edward VIII, married to an American socialite, and Osward Mosley, of the fascist Independent Labor Party, that firmly took control of British government in 1938 and brought the country into the Axis camp just in time for the Second World War.

Where the First World War was a pyrrhic victory, the Second World War simply a defeat mitigated only by a massive American intervention that effectively ended Britain as an independent power for half a century. Mosley was the scapegoat while Edward’s American ties kept him in power. Edward would preside over “Atlanticization”, a diplomatic model that would be emulated to some extent in Scandinavia and Iberia: Britain was hollowed out and used as a proxy by the United States in its global contest against the Soviet Union. The country lost an independent foreign policy and its political system was consolidated under the dominant “Royal Party” which grouped together conservative and crypto-fascist interests, allowing a limited range of expression in return for security and immense economic investment from the American Marshall Plan.

With that said, Atlanticization brought stability and prosperity and the 50s were a period of domestic success, albeit funded by immense American subsidies. To a population that had known nothing but turmoil and hardship since 1914 it was widely accepted and embraced. They turned a blind eye to the disappearance of political dissidents and labor activists, to the king’s scandalous personal life, and to the larger empire.

The United States controlled British colonial policy and strategically pursued continued colonization in critical areas: the Caribbean, where American influence was the strongest, key ports across the world such as Cyprus, in White Colonies such as South Africa and Australia which adopted their own apartheid systems, and in India, the jewel of the empire and what American planners identified as a keystone for control of Asia. The last two were tragedies that are still felt today: the Indian Civil War, and the dissolution of a united subcontinent, is elaborated on elsewhere, and the dictatorships in Azania and Australia persist in novel forms. It was largely American blood and treasure that propped up the imperial remnant at this point but that does not make Britain any less culpable.

The Countercultural Movement of the 1960s, partly artistic but soon turning political, was led by a generation that didn’t know the horrors of the early 20th century, only the prosperity but stifled political freedoms of “Atlanticist Britain”. A new wave of repression followed, squandering the good will Edward VIII had built up, and he died in 1972, little loved and little mourned by a population and history that see him as an American puppet. His successor, Elizabeth II, was nearly passed over for a male Windsor but by that point nearly anyone else acceptable in the line of succession had made it clear they would refuse the job as it would entail being a puppet for a clique of aristocrats and military leaders coordinating with the Americans. Only Elizabeth’s sense of duty had her take up the role where she carefully built up credibility within the system and with the population while she waited for her moment.

That moment came in 1980 when labor activist John Lennon was assassinated in broad daylight. Decades later inquiries would conclude that it was truthfully a lone gunman unaffiliated with the government, though the majority of the country then and now believes he was deliberately targeted. Dissidents had been murdered before but Lennon’s assassination came at the right time to light a powder keg of resentment and discontent that was beyond the ability of the secret police to control.

This was Elizabeth’s moment and she embraced it with the aid of other democratic activists like Antony Jay and Michael Palin. Where the political leadership of the 1930s was unable to preserve democracy in the balancing act between fascism and communism she was able to restore it and preside over free and fair elections in 1982, ushering in Britain’s first democratic government in fifty years. Called the “Little Revolution”, this ended up being the first crack in the American Empire as it demonstrated that Washington was no longer willing to foot the expense of Atlanticization to keep its client states tightly regulated. The conservative leadership of the past half century was thoroughly discredited and many fled abroad (investigations and attempts at extradition would follow with mixed success to reclaim all the stolen wealth).

That isn’t to say it was all roses: the collapse of both superpowers in the 90s saw rapid inflation as supply chains collapsed. Britain’s democratic politics were far from calm. They were a roiling mass of short-lived ministries and protests as the country navigated the Autumn of Nations, but they did navigate them successfully. Long overdue federalization saw the remaining colonies in the Caribbean and elsewhere granted autonomy, while the collapse of Canada saw the Maritimes join the newly reinvigorated Commonwealth for security (and a close affiliation with Quebec, which is a member in all but name with close political ties and a free trade agreement).

The new millennium brought with it the culmination of a century of struggle: Britain would never be truly secure as long as the European continent was under the control of a hostile power. The failures of the First and Second World War had doomed the British Empire and the Commonwealth's survival was dependent on a favorable resolution to the European quagmire. Britain pursued an aggressive security policy, blocking foreign aid to communist and ultranationalist groups both and securing a military alliance with a former colony in India, a rump republic of the larger Commonwealth Realm that had survived the Cold War, much like Britain, and emerged as a leading democracy, again much like Britain. British and Indian support for the underdog German Democratic Movement was instrumental in their victory, creating a new friendly democratic power at the heart of Europe.

As of 2010 Prime Minister Diane Abbott is riding high off her success, some of it earned, and moving forward with an ambitious agenda promoting human rights, civil liberties, and women’s freedom across the world*.

*She will actually spend the entirety of 2010 grappling with the scandal that she secretly sent her grandchildren to a private school.
 

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The Chicago Truth

Opinion - Suzuki’s secret shame: the sorry state of East Asia’s education system

Davis Guggenheim


East Asia’s constitution, much like our own, claims to uphold the human right of universal education. However, the revisionist regime of Chairman Suzuki Takayoshi has completely abandoned its commitment to universal education. While the F11 Universities are considered some of the best in the world, this high level quality education is barred to the overwhelming majority of East Asia.

Despite claiming to see education as a universal public good, Takayoshi Suzuki and his allies merely see it as a tool to pursue his revisionist agenda. In my research for my documentary, Waiting for Goku, I uncovered a deeply cynical internal report by the East Asian Education Department. The bureaucrats praised the success of East Asia’s education system, producing a handful of extremely well educated geniuses to work in STEM and neglecting everyone else.

Schools and classes in all grades are divided into two streams - “tertiary” and “accredited”. Tertiary schools and classes are extremely exclusive and require students to succeed in highly competitive exams. Accredited classes are notoriously underfunded and neglected, ensuring a subpar education for all but the least motivated students. Those in tertiary classes are put onto a pathway and are all but guaranteed a place in one of East Asia’s F11 universities and quite likely to have a scholarship. It is virtually unheard of for someone in an accredited class to make it to an F11 universities.

Classism and racism is baked deeply into this system. While outright bribery is rare and punished extremely harshly, rich parents have access to resources and connections that poor parents could only dream of. Is it any wonder that the best indicator of a student being in a tertiary class is wealth? Rich parents have money to pay tutors, time to pay attention to their children and the energy to advocate on their behalf. And despite the attempts to address this situation, wealth in East Asia is concentrated in the Japanese SSR as well as the majority of the tertiary schools and F11 universities.

East Asia’s success in the technological sphere is undeniable, but like the Japanese Empire before them their success is built by sacrificing the livelihoods of the working class. Chairman Suzuki’s education policy is emblematic of his diseased ideology, in his quest to save the working class from climate change he will subject them to the same humiliations imposed upon them by the bourgeois. The Union of States must protect the people of Turtle Island, and the world, from his uniquely vile form of reaction.
 

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International Non-Proliferation Commission

Organized out of Chennai, the INPC is an international organization that tracks the proliferation and production of nuclear weapons, working with government agencies and journalists to educate the public about the dangers and advocate for global disarmament. It classifies global arsenals into three categories: Extremely Dangerous, for states with hundreds of nuclear weapons and diverse delivery systems that it presents as "capable of ending global civilization with minimal checks and balances", Dangerous, where the nation possesses a significant nuclear arsenal capable of causing death and destruction in the millions, and Irresponsible, where a notable nuclear arsenal exists that poses a risk to the local region. Underneath these there is an array of states dubbed Responsible, where there is the means to develop nuclear arsenals but the restraint to avoid doing so.

The INPC's greatest success to date was the destruction of the former Soviet nuclear arsenal by the European Union, projected to "cut the global supply of nuclear weapons and their associated delivery systems by approximately one third". Disarmament and disposal is still ongoing through a joint European-INPC project, as hundreds of warheads take a long time to safely process, but these devices are effectively off the table for use.

The INPC has been at its highest global alert level due to the Turkestan War, warning that the ongoing conflict between a nuclear capable power with a peer capable of developing its own nuclear weapons provides "unprecedented avenues for the development, proliferation, and use of nuclear weapons". The INPC is issuing a fresh warning in 2010, as the number of nuclear states begins to grow despite early optimism from Europe's destruction of the former Soviet stockpiles. It highlights that the presence of nuclear weapons doesn't deter conflict, but provides a significant risk of escalation in any conflict by risking the civilian population. It calls on leading world powers to collaborate, condemning in particular the Austrian government's efforts which it has dubbed "nukes for rupes" when it assisted Arabia with its nuclear program.

Spoiler Existing Nuclear Arsenals :

Extremely Dangerous Nuclear Weapon States
  • Union of States
  • Babylon
  • Australia
  • Great Britain
Dangerous Nuclear Weapon States
  • Hindustan
  • California
  • Bengal*
  • Azania
  • Libya
Irresponsible Nuclear Weapon States
  • Arabia
  • Utah**
  • Texas
  • Austria***
*The status of Bengal's nuclear arsenal is unconfirmed, by the INPC's standards it would be Irresponsible based on limited available data.
**The INPC downgraded Utah from Dangerous to Irresponsible following the democratic victory. It weights "responsible government" in its evaluations, explaining the differences between California, Texas, and Utah.
***Austria's role in nuclear proliferation has earned it a place on this list despite the lack of a state nuclear arsenal.
 
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Hi all! Today is the day for capability swaps to come in. Please post your capability swaps in-thread. If you're undecided about them feel free to message me. Thanks @NinjaCow64 for posting them already!
 

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Wow, ok, fine.

Education -> Education Policy
Education was split into experts and education policy.

Mass Culture -> The Press
The big Hindi-language Bollywood isn't really a thing in a country without many Hindi speakers, instead India has a free press and worldwide influence through Radio Free Eurasia.
 

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Just converting everything to their new equivalent.
Mass Media -> The Press
Education -> Education Policy
Counter-intel -> Surveillance
Ground -> Conventional
Air -> Aerial
 

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Babylon Institution Changes:

Warfare
- Conventional, Aerial, Naval, WMDs (free change from "Missiles")
Espionage - Infiltration (free change), Black Ops, Surveillance (free change)
Society - Police and Courts (free change), Elites (change from "The Press")
Administration - Legitimation
Economy - Industrial Policy, Engineering, Fiscal-Monetary Policy (change from "Diplomacy", free change from "WMDs")
Science - Education Policy
 
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Eurasias new capabilites:


Warfare: Conventional, Aerial, Irregular (change from missles)
Espionage: Crime, Surveillance (changed from counter-intel)
Society: Police and courts (change from secret police), Mass culture (change from media)
Administration: Social policy, State Building, Diplomacy (changed from data collection)
Economy: Armaments (from arms)
Science: Social Science, Education
 
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Argentina Capabilities from 2011 onwards:

New

Insurrection (from Subversion)
Black Ops (
from Counterintelligence)
Experts
(from Education)
Social Policy
(from Data Collection)

The rest to remain the same or be brought to the closest equivalent.
 

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Union of States capabilities for 2011:
<= means new name, == means same exact, << means capability switch

Conventional <= Ground
Irregular
==

Insurrection <= Subversion
Surveillance
<= Counter-Intel

Police & Courts <= Criminal Justice
Movements
==


State-Building ==
Diplomacy << Data Collection
Social Policy
==
Legitimation
==

Industrial Policy <= Industry
Armaments
<= Arms

Social Science ==
Education Policy <= Education
Experts << WMDs
 

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East Asia is pleased by recent efforts from the Union of States to decommission its nuclear arsenal. We hope that other states still maintaining nuclear stockpiles make the enlightened decision to abandon those hateful weapons.
 
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