Capto Iugulum: 1920 - 1939

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    To close this debate (and hopefully preserve this post for the update, which should arrive today, unless I get interrupted), I'll repeat the point I've made before, that if there truly are an infinite number of universes, then in fact the laws of probability of the validity of this timeline's background are on my side. If it can happen, it has happened in some variation of the universe. As for if the universe beyond the skies of Earth is different than in our timeline, thus leading to the Constantinople Event, well, that's my secret for now.
     
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    Global News Report​


    PACIFIC CONCORD EXPANDS. Tokyo, Japan. In the past, the Pacific Concord has been seen as not much more than an outlet for Japanese imperial ambitions and goals, but in recent times, a power shift has clearly taken place. Due to Japanese apathy towards the American nations, reform has taken place, granting rotating control and leadership of the alliance, somewhat along the lines of the Pan-American Democratic Accord. This year, the Concord has seen the largest growth in membership yet, on multiple continents. In North America, the United States of America has made its membership official, despite their own recent disputes with Japan in the northwest. In Asia, India has joined up with the Concord, though most members suspect it'll be more of a burden than any boon to the organization. With India's membership, Kalinga has followed, also joining the Concord, giving them ample control of the Indian subcontinent. Other states are concerned about the growth of the Pacific Concord, particularly in PADA, which is threatened not just by the growth of the Concord, but a possible decline in its own membership.

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    CZECH INVESTIGATION YIELDS NO RESULTS. Prague, Cechy-Morava. A massive nationwide investigation and manhunt in Cechy-Morava both at the end of last year and throughout this one has borne little fruit. The investigation was launched into the assassination of the nation's president, and so far, no group or organization has come forward to claim responsibility. President BartolomějVrubel had been shot down during the middle of his inauguration speech by an unknown rifleman, who eluded local police and military authorities. The identity of the rifleman was never determined, though his rifle, one of Russian make was discovered. This has led to numerous conspiracy theories and discussion about the involvement of the League of the Three Emperors in the death of the president, but those investigating have assured the press that no provable link exists between Russia and the assassination. The government has vowed to continue the investigation until a result is achieved, but few are optimistic about the success of such an endeavor, and much faith has been lost in the regime. (-1 Stability)

    ELECTIONS IN PARIS-BURGUNDY. Paris, Paris-Burgundy. The elections in Paris-Burgundy proved to be a viciously fought contest this year, as the Septembrists reeled from the disaster of the lost war with Germany and the dissolution of the Confederation. Much of the blame for these debacles has been placed upon them, though they have tried to reclaim some goodwill with the recent economic agreements and the continued holding of the Confederate colonial possessions. They have tried to take the focus off of the past and push towards the future, claiming that only they will be able to protect the individual rights and strengths of the people of the kingdom. These lofty lines proved meaningless, and the population has taken a definite conservative swing, mostly in a backlash against those who lost the war. The conservative Unity Party has triumphed and been brought forward in a major landslide, securing over seventy percent of the Parliament. Friedrich Ebert resigned early, as soon as the election results were in, leaving it to the Unity Party to form a government. The new Prime Minister has been selected, politician FlorentArchambault who had taken a hard line against German unification and expansion throughout his whole career. He has stated that now that German unification is a reality, the people of Paris-Burgundy will have to push ever harder to maintain their status as the leader of Western Europe.

    PORTUGUESE ELECTIONS HELD. Lisbon, Portugal. The elections in 1924 proved a mixed blessing for the liberals leading the government of Portugal. Though they had been blamed for the Jamaican debacle, the disunity of the conservatives prevented any organized push to reclaim power. Prime Minister Martim Serra has continued to campaign hard for the liberal cause, and maintaining their position in government. Unfortunately, the conservatives and moderates have begun to rally, and have begun a push of their own, despite not making up their differences. The liberals have lost substantial ground and have had to compromise with the social proletarist parties in order to maintain control of the nation's Parliament. Martim Serra has been allowed to retain his position as Prime Minister, but the social proletarist parties have called for new reforms and changes, which have been reluctantly agreed upon by the liberals. This has led to even greater tension from among the conservatives, who fear that the nature of Portuguese business could be threatened by any reform. (-1 Stability)

    SPAIN HOLDS TENSE ELECTION SEASON. Madrid, Spain. The Spanish have faced a tough election, as martial law continues to remain in effect throughout the nation, and Prime Minister Alfonso Diaz has become increasingly unpopular. Facing accusations of corruption or at very least, coercion by the military, Diaz has faced a mutiny within the Unión Liberal Española. Large numbers of the Senate have defected to the more moderate FrenteUnido which has pledged the end of martial law and the restoration of a democratic tradition. Assembling support from both sides of the aisle, the moderate cause has achieved substantial growth, looking towards the restoration of true democracy. They have won over conservative politicians by pledging to maintain the empire, while the liberals have looked towards the completion of their ambitious reconstruction program and agenda over the next few years. The elections were still hotly disputed, as religious, proletarist, and militarist parties have reportedly gained strength, threatening radicalism in Spain once again. Still, the moderates have gained a majority in the Senate, while their sponsored executive candidate, RainerioSantiago has crushed all opposition to secure the position of Prime Minister. It is hoped that this could be a dawn for new Spanish stability and the rebirth of Spanish democracy. (+1 Stability)

    ELECTIONS IN SWITZERLAND. St Gallen, Switzerland. In the first full elections since the reunification of most of the Swiss people caused by the dissolution of the Confederation, the people of Switzerland have turned out to enthusiastically vote for their choices of government. While the Swiss National Party was widely considered a success, the massive influx of population and ideas has caused a dramatic shift in the political balance in St Gallen. Almost all of the new candidates have emerged from the western portions of Switzerland, playing off their own position as voices against Confederate occupation from within the Confederation. Some of these have even just recently been released from prison due to their efforts to achieve independence and refusal to submit to the anti-nationalist party line of the Confederation. Others have been members who supported the Confederation but now seek to reconcile with the other nations and to take a more active role in European affairs. Those looking for an independent and liberal course have predominantly supported either the social proletarists or the Progressive Party, while those looking to establish a position internationally have joined with the Greater Peace Party. This has left the Swiss National Party all but defunct, and the elections became a spirited contest. The Progressive Party eventually managed to win a majority in the nation's legislature, but in a twist of fate, they failed to secure the executive branch which went to conservative sweetheart, ChristianZilberschlag. This has created much tension in the new government, and there is some concern that a deadlock could be created if anything too radical is attempted by either party. (-1 Stability)

    BUSINESSMEN PROTEST BRETON ECONOMIC POLICY. Nantes, Brittany. Various commercial interests have begun lobbying the current Breton government for a halt to the ongoing trade reform. They have stated that the government's continued intervention and regulation makes it difficult for the conducting of nation business. They have claimed that the various choices made by the government have begun to hinder the conduct of their business and markets. This lobbying has so far only come out in the form of official protests to the CenedlaetholCyngor, and even some high level meetings with the monarchy. They have called for greater involvement with the Confederate successors and the opening of new doors to German goods and industry, allowing the lowering of prices. Of course, they continue to meet their own opponents from the labor side of things, as unions continue to call for the ongoing protection of local business and jobs from foreign companies.

    PROTESTS TURN TO RIOTS IN BULGARIA. Sofia, Bulgaria. The Bulgarian monarchy was besieged by protestors calling for the implementation of a republican government in the nation. They have called for the end of absolutist rule and the creation of a strong central regime out of a base of popular support and the electoral process. The monarchy of course remains steadily opposed to any such reform, both for the king's own reasons, as well as out of fear of a Russian or Roman incursion if a revolution took place. Therefore, the military was called in to restore order, and force the population to return to their homes from the protest. Unfortunately, the protestors resisted the military, throwing stones and other objects at them as they advanced. With the tension high, the army fired upon the protestors, and the result was a three day riot which left much of the current Bulgarian capital aflame, as the military struggled to restore order. It is believed that the Bulgarian government used this opportunity to eliminate the worst republican agitators, as most have gone missing in the aftermath. This has lead to a marked decline the strength of the Bulgarian republican movement, a good sign for the monarchy and its supporters. (+1 Stability)

    VIOLENCE IN THE STREETS OF GRENOBLE. Grenoble, Dauphine. Pro-Confederate and Pro-French agitators clashed in the streets of the capital of Dauphine this year, as the two factions remain viciously opposed to each other. These radical groups believe in different forms of the restoration of the Confederation, and have begun using violence to force others to their perspective. The Pro-Confederate faction seems to be seeking out a restoration of the old Confederation and the destruction of the German and Italian nations. They remain somewhat indifferent to the ideologies of nationalism, and believe nationalism to be an abhorrent mistake. The Pro-French faction is diametrically opposed to this concept, and have declared that the reason the war was lost was due to the tolerance of other ethnicities within French lands. Though they both have stated that they work towards the overthrow of the government in favor of one of their own, they have since turned upon each other, and this year, that turned into a number of violet bar fights, shootings, and attacks, leaving dozens dead each month. The government has responded by illegalizing organizations of either nature, declaring that radicalism of any kind has no place in a civilized society.

    MUTINY TURNS TO CRISIS IN ITALY. Taranto, Italy. The nation of Italy, which was viewed as an up and coming economic and political power, has begun to face an existential crisis this year. Though tensions have been simmering since the conclusion of the war, the current crisis began with a mutiny in North Africa. As the Libyans and Egyptians rebelled, and the Sudanese pushed north against Italian border defenses, the conscripts were brought back into consolidated bases in the west. Beginning with cries of "We want to go home" the mutiny began when an officer struck one of his underlings, and from there, the situation spiraled out of control. The riotous soldiers of numerous brigades and regiments killed their officers and immediately began fighting with regular troops, even as the area rose up in rebellion. The mutineers eventually defeated the regular forces, and hijacking both civilian and military craft in the harbors of Benghazi and Tripoli, they left Libya as regular reinforcements approached. Most of the ships landed in Reggio and Taranto, though the odd armada also landed throughout the southern Italian coast, Malta, and Sicily. In Sicily, most were relieved of their weapons, and sent home, allowing for peaceful resolution as the Sicilian republicans continued to support the central government. In Taranto, which continued to be plagued by infrastructure problems caused by last year's earthquake, the conscripts found a hostile garrison, which ordered their arrest. Not willing to be imprisoned, and likely executed, the tens of thousands of armed soldiers fought back, and they were joined by local proletarist cadres, which have offered their own leadership and support. At this point a compromise was reached with the government in Naples, as the mutineers were granted amnesty, and under pressure, the government has legalized the proletarist parties and ideology. This will allow proletarist groups, both traditional and social to participate in the 1930 elections, and there has been substantial rejoicing and support for this shift. It is hoped that this could be the sign of more reasoned government and a restoration of the strength and individuality of the Italian people. (+2 Stability, -14 Conscript Brigades, -20 Infantry Brigades, -8 Artillery Brigades, -1 Sicilia-class Light Cruiser)

    DEBATE ON BEING FRENCH IN OCCITANIA. Toulouse, Occitania. For years, the governments of Occitania have resisted the concept of being part of a French nation, and doggedly preserved their independence from the Confederation. The Party of Order and the monarchy however, have come out this year in full support of the creation of a new French identity for Occitania, claiming that it is up to the nation to lead the French towards nationalist unity. This has not been very popular, as a substantial minority of the population have embraced Occitanian culture and ideals over the years, and an intellectual debate has emerged. The Occitanians have stated that being free of French culture has been a boon, not a curse, and that they are blessed to not have been part of the failed Confederation. They state that the nation should choose its own course, rather than adhere to outmoded ideas that Occitania should be a French nation. The debate for now remains scholarly, but some Occitanians are highly concerned that further pushes by the government could lead to the destruction of their own unique identity.

    CALLS FOR REFORM IN PARIS-BURGUNDY. Paris, Paris-Burgundy. Throughout the year, and the election campaign, a minor issue emerged which was not addressed by any involved party in the electoral process. The idea has been laid out that the idea of the combined kingdoms of Paris and Burgundy is outmoded, and exists only in name, rather than administration. The annexation of over half of Burgundy by Germany has made the issue even more complex, as much of the larger of the two kingdoms has been destroyed politically. Therefore, some have begun to lobby that the current monarchy and system is obsolete and that new structures and reform should be developed. While some have argued for the reformation into a French kingdom, King Robert has outright stated that he would abdicate under such a situation. He has declared that the finest principles of the Confederation were to prevent ethnic strife, and that nations should be safe from the violence that ensues from such radicalism. Instead, others have proposed the title of King of Burgundy should take precedence, with a dissolution of the Kingdom of Paris, and looking to restore the ideas of older kings and history. Regardless, discussion has begun on what new sort of nation could be forged, as people suggest that reform is definitely needed in the wake of the disastrous war with Germany.

    ANARCHISTS LAUNCH BOMBING CAMPAIGN IN POITOU. Poitiers, Poitou. Though the social proletarists had been elected to office in Poitou, there remained quite a few who believed that no government at all would be superior. This year, in an effort to sow chaos and disorder, an anarchist group detonated bombs at government buildings throughout the Western European nation of Poitou. The campaign was an astonishing success for the anarchists, as a bomb at Parliament killed nearly a dozen ministers, while police stations and military facilities were further targeted. Hundreds are believed to have been killed in these coordinated attacks, while the anarchists have managed to mostly successfully elude authorities. They have declared that this is the first in many attacks to bring down oppressive government and their tendencies towards the oppression of the people. They have further achieved their aims as local governments struggle to function and find replacements, as many people are scared for the lives of themselves and their families. The government has pledged that they will crack down upon anarchists, and preserve the safety and security of the people, but have appealed to the anarchists to stop their attacks on fellow people who have done no harm to them. (-1 Stability)

    PROLETARISTS ORGANIZE IN RUSSIA. Novgorod, Russia. On top of further nationalist efforts and struggles against the Russian emperor, a serious new threat has emerged in the heavily industrial cities of northwestern Russia. The proletarists have at last begun to gain a foothold among local factory workers and laborers, as their vision of a people's utopia feed the ideals of the people. Though the support of farmers and the middle class continue to elude them, the proletaristshave found sympathetic ears in the factories. Poor working conditions and low wages, spurred by the surplus of workers, has created an underprivileged class, looking for a way out. While most of the efforts have been carried out in secret over the past few years, the continuing economic success story of Scandinavia has swept among the population, as people begin viewing it as an alternative to imperial oppression. Regardless, the societies have become known as an aggressive poster campaign and underground radio stations have begun getting the word out on a greater scale, threatening the stability of the Russian working environment.

    PROLETARISTS PROTEST IN SARDINIA. Cagliari, Sardinia. The Treaty of St Gallen and the ensuing treaties which brought peace between Sardinia and Italy caused the illegalization of any proletarist parties in the island nation. It seemed that this would be the rule of the land, but events throughout the year brought about a change in the winds for the proletarists. The mutiny and near civil war in Italy caused the government in Naples to allow the entry of proletarist parties for the 1930 elections, causing many in Sardinia to believe that similar rights should be allowed there. The result was the Christmas Rally, a major protest held in Cagliari as the proletarists and their supporting unions marched to the Royal Palace and demanded recognition and representation in the government. They were allowed to march unhindered, and make their views known as the police watched passively to make sure things did not get out of hand or too rowdy. Prime Minister Luca Nalli addressed the crowds, stating that any such reform could always be proposed, but that the issue was more complex than the rabble rousers allowed for. Ultimately, after several hours, the protestors dispersed, and it seems little will change for the time being.

    CATALONIA BEGINS RECONSTRUCTION. Barcelona, Catalonia. Though the legacy of Spain in Catalonia in the twentieth century is not exactly one that will be fondly remembered, it has to be acknowledged, that they at least tried to rebuild the shattered hulk of Iberia. Reconstruction had been well underway when the uprising took place in Catalonia, and thankfully, the rebellion itself did not damage much of the progress. Taking up the burden of completing localized repairs and restoring infrastructure, the Catalonian government has renewed the plans for bringing the nation's transportation and economy back on track. New financing has been provided, as German investors prove eager to expand their own market holdings into Iberia, which has long been closed off by high Spanish tariffs. Accompanying the new reconstruction project is the construction of a number of hydroelectric dams, in order to provide cheap and efficient energy to the region and nation. The construction has begun after surveyors picked out several sites suited for the effort. It seems likely that the ambitious new Catalonian plans will help restore a functioning economy and infrastructure to the northeastern part of Iberia.

    CATALONIA ENACTS NEW CONSTITUTION. Barcelona, Catalonia. With the victory over the Spanish and the confirmation of Catalonian independence at the end of the Rhine-Rhone War, the Catalans have begun the process of establishing a lasting society. Under the leadership of Ricardo Rosa, Catalonia has adopted easily the most liberal constitution in Europe, perhaps even one of the most tolerant ones in the world. The new constitution comes complete with a charter of rights and freedoms that guarantees freedom of conscience, freedom of religion, freedom of thought, freedom of belief, freedom of expression, freedom of the press and of other media of communication, freedom of peaceful assembly, and freedom of association. Other highlights include a very open and free legal system, granting extensive rights to those being prosecuted for crimes. To top off the issues, even the Spanish are being offered asylum should they find the current environment within Spain to be too oppressive. Of course some Spanish may be a bit off put with other announcements, including sponsorship for Catalan cultural works, which hopes to spur localized nationalism and spirit. The new subsidies and constitution were put up for a vote in front of the committee, and the first elections are on schedule for 1928.

    NORTHERN IBERIANS SIGN TREATY OF COOPERATION. Bilbao, Euskadi. The independence of Euskadi, Galicia, and Catalonia came fairly easy, but the concern of all three states is how best to protect their newly found freedom. All three governments have come to the same conclusion, that the best route to survival is cooperation and mutual aid. This year the new Treaty of Bilbao was signed, establishing a military defensive pact both in direction to Spain as well as to any other possible foreign aggressors. To aid in the long term activity of this agreement, they have all further pledged cooperation and consistency when it comes to military bases and infrastructure. The cooperation has further been geared towards enabling superior support if an invasion or attack takes place on one of these three countries. Also protected under the umbrella of the German guarantee of independence from the end of the Rhine-Rhone War, the security of the nations of northern Iberia seems totally assured.

    COPENHAGEN RECONSTRUCTION COMPLETED. Copenhagen, Denmark. The devastation caused by the near revolution in Denmark has been extensive, particularly within Copenhagen itself, which was the heart of the proletarist uprising. The latter stages of the fighting were mostly within Copenhagen itself, as government forces sought to retake the center of the nation from rebel control. The battle was fought building to building, leaving immense devastation in its wake, as the government was forced to deploy artillery and aircraft upon its own community to restore order. In the years since the conclusion of the fighting, the Danish government has done its best to restore normalcy and infrastructure throughout the capital, rebuilding what damage had been done. This year, Statsminister Einar Boye gave a speech on the rebuilt steps of the Folketing, calling for the completion of reconstruction as a new beginning for the Danish people. The government has stood beside him, and it seems that the completion of this project marks an end to one period of Danish history, and the beginning of a new future.

    REFERENDUM IN ICELAND. Reykjavik, Denmark. After several years of pressure from Iceland upon the Danish government, a referendum was put forward for voting from the people of the cold island. The referendum offered three choices, which would grant various outcomes to the disputes of Iceland sovereignty and autonomy. The first choice was the establishment of a dominion of Iceland, which would be somewhat autonomous and free of a major military presence. The third choice stood to keep things remaining at the status quo. While some proponents of Icelandic independence despised the treaty, the second choice seemed the most palatable to the voting population. This choice retained Iceland under Danish rule, but took firm steps to establish a demilitarized island, to avoid the worst that war could bring. The vote passed slimly, and now Iceland has been assured under the Danish constitution to be free of Danish forces, as only locally recruited forces would garrison the island. It has also somewhat given Iceland governance over the expenses from income generated in Iceland, preventing from using the wealth of the island to fuel any sort of war effort. This has been seen as a strong step for Icelandic nationalists, but most still view this as only a stepping stone to true freedom from imperial rule.

    FLEMS SHUT DOWN DUTCH GOVERNMENT. Antwerp, Netherlands. The government of the Netherlands has entered into a standstill as Flemish nationalists, accusing the predominantly Dutch leadership of running the nation into the ground, have shut down all services, blocking any new legislation or movement in Parliament. With no party holding a majority, the Flems have refused to compromise or create a coalition government until another party agrees to a regional plebiscite for full independence. So far, the mainstream political parties have refused for such a measure, increasing tension in the nation exponentially. A few Flemish politicians have begun stating that should a plebiscite note be held that Flanders should secede altogether. They have claimed that unification was clearly under false pretenses, leading Flanders and the Flemish people to disaster after disaster. It seems quite likely the Dutch government will continue to fail even the most basic functions until this issue is resolved. (-1 Stability)

    GOVERNMENT WASTE CONDEMNED IN SWITZERLAND. St Gallen, Switzerland. The new government recently elected in Switzerland has fallen under harsh criticism from the opposition for their flagrant waste of funds. Accusing the regime of sponsoring pet projects and overfunding state policies, the President, Christian Zilberschlag, has to face the truth of these claims. With education having over six times the amount of funds requested, most of the money is clearly going into the pockets of contractors doing little to nothing to deserve it. The Swiss state health care is in a similar state of corruption, as the excess money is distributed to those who have little need for it. This has led to horrible cases of corruption, and the overpayment of people far beyond their skills or abilities. The conservatives have managed to build up considerable opposition to the current government based on the passage of these policies, and have vowed that they will do their utmost to end the waste and gluttonous behavior of the current regime. (-1 Stability)
     
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    WORKER OUTRAGE SPARKED IN OCCITANIA. Toulouse, Occitania. The Occitanian government has made a highly controversial move this year, threatening to undermine what the liberals view as the march of progressive employment. The government has effectively seized control of existing unions under new legislation, forcing unions to operate only within the confines of the parameters established by government committee. Quickly following this takeover, the Occitanian government forced through a reduction of minimum wage laws, sparking even more outrage among the workers. The membership of the unions which have submitted to the government's oversight has dropped substantially, and its reported that there has been a corresponding rise in numbers for proletarist political groups and illegal union organizations. The unions have been little consoled by new subsidies and government oversight and repeal of laws favoring old aristocrats. It is widely agreed that the new laws have outraged everyone except the few they directly benefit, and the current Party of Order regime is losing friends and support rapidly, being considered traitors to the liberal cause by the workers, and wild-eyed proletarists seeking state control of the economy by the upper class. (-1 Stability)

    NORMANDY BEGINS REBUILDING. Caen, Normandy. During the latter stages of the Rhine-Rhone War, the Kingdom of Normandy played host to several ferocious battles between German and Confederate forces along the coast. Fortunately, the worst damages were solely in the eastern half of the nation, though even Caen itself was badly mauled in the fighting. Prime Minister Theirn Caron has pledged that his utmost priority is to repair the damage and restore normalcy to Normandy. This year, the first surveys and construction began throughout the towns and cities of the east, seeking to rebuild homes and put to work those left unemployed by the chaos of war. The building has proceeded well, and holds the full support of all elements of the Norman government and political apparatus. Optimistic forecasts state that the program of reconstruction should be complete as early as 1929, depending on the level of private and public commitment to the effort.

    BRITTANY COMPLETES RAILROAD IMPROVEMENTS. Nantes, Brittany. The fairly low key improvement and construction project in Brittany to improve the efficiency of the nation's railroad network has been officially completed this year. The new project has established multiple new stations and depots, as well as building new branch lines to improve transportation times and speed. Though there were some regional controversies over the confiscation of private homes to build the new lines and stations, overall, the program has been popularly received. The completion of the project is stated to provide not only large scale national transportation, but also has begun to take on the role of urban mass transportation in some of Brittany's larger communities. The new localized stations and the addition of new trains to the infrastructure clearly aids in the localized transportation for passengers and goods throughout the Breton nation.

    SERBIA COMPLETES MODERNIZATION PROGRAM. Belgrade, Serbia. A project that has spanned nearly a decade, the Serbian Modernization Program has been a controversial one as it has been expensive. At long last though, after silencing critics and smashing the republican underbelly of Serbian politics, the government of King Adrijan Vlastimir at last has announced the conclusion of the program. The final touches were put upon a new railroad depot in Belgrade this year, marking the end of actual physical construction as dictated by the project. The project has also aided in the construction of modern industrial apparatus as well as the creation of new shipyards and harbor facilities. Already, the economic rewards are being felt as new employment has been created, and King Adrijan has stated that this is a sign of Serbia joining the modern nations of Europe. The king has elaborated that the next step is to focus upon the modernization of the military and strength of Serbia, so that the nation will never fall prey to the whims of expansionist neighbors.

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    JACKSONIAN UNIVERSITIES START ANTI-FLORIDA CAMPAIGN. Jefferson, Jacksonia. Tensions have mounted between Jacksonia and Florida, despite their best efforts, this year as Jacksonian university leaders have gathered together and presented an ultimatum. They have refused to allow the admittance of any Floridian students into their schools, and have threatened to strike completely if further Floridian influence is allowed in Jacksonia. The universities and liberal establishment in Jacksonia remains highly opposed to any agreements with Florida, and have stated that the new treaty has gone far beyond the government's reach. Similarly, they have pushed forward use of the Jacksonian hodgepodge currency and a boycott of all Floridian goods. When asked why they have pushed with this policy, the leaders behind the movement have stated that the Floridian government is a sham, and that the very concept behind the nation of Jacksonia was independence from southern barons, the worst of whom are considered to be Floridian. They have stated that they will continue to refuse service to any Floridians, and will continue their campaign until the Jacksonian government nullifies the treaty. This in turn has sparked outrage in Florida, which has launched an embargo of Jacksonian students in retaliation. Neither university leadership seems interested in compromise, and many question what, if anything, the leadership of either nation can do.

    AZTEC ELECTIONS AMID INTERNATIONAL POLICY DISPUTES. Oaxaca, Aztlan. Though the president could certainly not be blamed for the ongoing setbacks and blights plaguing Aztlan's economic development, people have endeavored to do so all the same. Matters were made worse when Flamenco, a Floridian-American oil company was invited to assist with local development. This has led to a rising outcry against the Americans and Floridians, who as the opposition liked to state, were trying to destroy any semblance of Aztec independence barely over a decade ago. This has spiraled into the conservatives embracing the idea of withdrawing from the Pacific Concord, which is viewed as an American organization, more than an international one. The opposition has demanded the end of Aztec involvement and the creation of higher tariffs and taxes upon American business. This became the focus of the election season, and the conservatives have stated that continued involvement in the Concord will invite the return of American imperialism, whether from Florida or the United States. This proved highly effective, and President Esteban Cortéz has been booted from office in favor of conservative RodolfitoDominguez. The legislature remains divided and partisan, and both sides have threatened to put the other in deadlock, as the Concord continues to remain the primary issue of contention. (-1 Stability)

    ELECTIONS HELD IN CHILE. Santiago, Chile. The government of President Davros Cruz has come under extensive criticism, both internationally and internally this year, as pressure has mounted to reform a national legislature. The president has so far refused these demands, looking to establish a lasting and moral Christian government without the hindrance of checks or balances. Regardless, unlike past presidents, he has not taken any action against would-be opposition, allowing them to campaign fully throughout the year for the position of the presidency. Reformers and less religious conservatives have placed pressure upon him, but as it turns out, with the support of the Church, Cruz has secured a very comfortable majority in the overall vote. This has led to his return as president, giving him another term and another mandate for ruling the nation. He has promised to continue his campaign of providing new funds to the Church as they help to take care of the people of Chile. (+1 Stability)

    CUBAN ELECTIONS HELD. Havana, Cuba. When he was elected as President of Cuba in 1923, Adolfo Garcia faced a hostile congress controlled by his opposition and a nation still recovering from the war with the American expatriates and an abortive invasion by the United Proletarist Republics of America. The hostility of Congress blocked any new legislation or efforts to help the people, which led to a standoff and the dissolution of the legislature by President Garcia in 1924. Now election time has arrived once more, and many were concerned that they would be cancelled in favor of a dictatorship. To the surprise of many, President Garcia has allowed the start of new elections for the position of president, though the doors of congress remained closed. Confident that the people would support him, the president would be woefully disappointed when the results came in. Liberal opponent, SilvioMenendez campaigned on the promise to restore the legislature and begin true reform. This proved to rile the masses who have voted him into office to oust President Garcia. There was a tense moment late in the year after elections when it appeared possible that the president would refuse to relinquish power, but he did, and a peaceful government change has at last provided new hope for the Cuban people. (+1 Stability)

    VICIOUS ELECTIONS IN JACKSONIA. Jefferson, Jacksonia. As numerous strikes and outcry are promised against the recent treaty with Florida, a ruthless election season has begun. President Stilwell has been completely abandoned by his party, for the signing of the treaty with Florida, a notoriously anti-proletarist state. As a social proletarist himself, Stilwell's new policy on Florida was deemed to be highly out of character for the party, and as such, he has lost any support he may have had from the Progressives or social proletarists, who remain staunchly against Florida in all respects. The terms of the treaty have been widely considered to be completely intolerable and outrageous by almost every political group in Jacksonia, except the Party of the Republic. The legislature has moved dramatically towards the left, and the social proletarists have for the first time gained full majority in the Jacksonian congress. Similarly, with the end of support for Stilwell, the new social proletarist candidate, Liam Tuff. Both the party and the new president have pledged that Jacksonia will pave its own future, without the nonsense and horrors created by the American or Floridian governments.

    PUERTO RICAN ELECTIONS HELD. San Juan, Puerto Rico. The politics of Puerto Rico have seen a surprising shift this year as the twelve year government of President Alfonso Munoz has been at last brought to an end. Though he campaigned as a candidate independent of all political parties, with the end of the Unity Party in 1921, his sheer popularity proved to not be enough this time to achieve victory. The recent debacle in Hispaniola and the withdrawal of Brazil from the Pan-American Democratic Accord has led to Puerto Rico's involvement in PADA becoming the primary concern. The conservatives have looked to increase ties with Brazil, and have garnered the support of the Church for their cause. While not quite fundamentalist, the conservative Party of Order has still managed to pledge a new morality and principles for the nation. This appears to have rung true with the voting electorate, and former priest, TeófiloGallo, has won the support of the Party of Order and the voters. The liberals have barely lost their majority in the legislature, and it seems likely that the government may soon seek to build new ties with Brazil and the Papacy.

    ELECTIONS IN VINLAND. Nya Stockholm, Vinland. Once again, the Socialproletärpartiet has faced a new uphill climb in the battle to retain a majority in Vinland's Riksdag. The government has faced a strong challenge from opposition parties, as they seek to install a new era of governance and policy. They have campaigned on the platform of maintaining a steady course of the current successful policies and diplomacy of the government for the past eight years. The people seem to be mostly pleased with the progress and promises of the Socialproletärpartiet, and this has been demonstrated throughout the voting, despite the spirited efforts of the opposition. The majority has been retained with relative ease, and the government has once more remained under the control of StatsministerOleGudrunsson. It seems that little will change in Vinland for the time being.

    ANTI-MORALISTS RALLY IN ARGENTINA. Buenos Aires, Argentina. The government of Argentina recently has seen the growth of the influential Moralist Party among the Catholic population of the nation. The same political movement has been gaining strength elsewhere in South America, most notoriously in Chile and Uruguay. The result has been the rise of a backlash against these parties, which are viewed as oppressive of individual liberty and even against Protestantism, which when taken collectively, is the majority beliefs of the Argentine people. Religious leaders from Protestant faiths have come out against moralism and its tenets, stating that a truly successful nation must retain separation of the church and state. They have appealed to the Argentine government and President Harkness to resist the influences of the Catholic Church and the economic power of the neighboring moralist states. While they have not advocated violence or banning of political parties, they have urged representatives in government to make a stand based on secular principles, rather than ones of faith.

    CELEBRATION TURNS TO RIOTING IN BRAZIL. Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. A regional celebration and parade became a disaster this year in Rio de Janeiro, as revelers became increasingly intoxicated throughout the evening. Police officials simply became lost, or turned into revelers themselves as the celebration increased in size, and as the evening progress, somehow what started as celebrations turned to violence. Robberies, looting, and overall disorderly conduct plagued the streets, as people broke into store, and eventually the army was called in to restore order, despite many already being in the streets themselves. Throughout the following day, the chaos continued, and crime was clearly at an all time high, leading to further unrest and confusion. After several days, some sanity restored, and most involved officers have been given amnesty for their actions, except for those guilty of the more heinous crimes committed.

    PROTESTORS RIOT AGAINST MILITARY GOVERNMENT IN COSTA RICA. San Jose, Costa Rica. The government of Costa Rica faced a new localized uprising again this year, as protestors turned out calling for the restoration of democracy. The military was immediately called in as soon as the protest began, and the government declared further martial law and curfew throughout San Jose. General Lopez de Luz has stated that dissent of any kind would not be tolerated by the government, and that any violators would be punished with strictest punishments available to military rule. The resulting violence through San Jose was mostly in the poorer parts of the city, where the most active resistance exists. The army has established greater holdings through the urban area, as they attempt to maintain control. The military has had limited success with this endeavor, and it seems unlikely they will make any further headway against the masses of the discontent and disillusioned.

    PROTESTORS MARCH IN SUPPORT OF REFORM IN CUBA. Havana, Cuba. The election season this year in Cuba has been one of the most hotly contested, as President Garcia, confident in his victory, was seemingly assured that his power would be maintain and congress would remain disbanded. As the elections drew onward, protestors drew national and international attention as they marched in crowds in support of liberal candidate, SilvioMenendez. The protests proved highly successful in achieving visibility for the cause, and the intense scrutiny from the Pan-American Democratic Accord and throughout the nation prevented any foul play in the process of the elections. The largest rally took place after the elections were actually won, a combined political rally and celebration party as Menendez's victory over Garcia was confirmed. The leaders of the protestors have continuously reminded Menendez of his reformist campaign promises, and in a late speech to the crowd, the newly election president has confirmed plans to reinstate those congressmen elected in 1923.

    FLORIDIAN CONSERVATIVES SPEAK OUT. Dallas, Florida. The government of Florida has faced criticism from an unexpected angle, as President Johnston has firmly decimated those who would speak out against him. With the Progressive Party gutted, it seems that the only ones with the will to criticize the president are from within his own party. Leading elements of the Reformed Party of the Republic have stated that the efforts being taken against Floridian business are too much, and likely crippling Floridian economic growth. They have suggested that the president take a more moderate approach to protecting Floridian industry, which now stands at risk of being overrun with cheaper American and Jacksonian produced goods. They have further decried the investigations undertaken against the embargo breakers, stating that they were patriots, seeking to face off against a self-destructive policy. Regardless of these words, Johnston has pushed ahead with his agendas, even as distrust grows against him from among the conservative leadership.

    MAYAN MINORITY MARCHES IN HONDURAS. Tegucigalpa, Honduras. The Honduran government, which has weathered the storms suffered after the collapse of the United States of New Spain the best, has faced new crisis as the Mayan minority in the western provinces has begun to assert itself. Calling for unification with the free Mayan state to the west, they have accused the Hondurans of extreme oppression, continuing the legacy of imperial Spain. The marches have been quite ferocious, as the Mayans have pledged that their voice will not be unheard, and that the will of their people is undeniable. The government of Honduras has refused to be coerced by these marches, which have grown in both size and intensity throughout the year. President Sol has stated that the right to protest is a right for all Honduran citizens, but has pledged full use of the law should the protestors step outside the bounds of acceptable behavior. The president further declared that violence on behalf of the Mayan cause is unacceptable, and has blamed the militant government of Mayaland for exacerbating the situation.

    REPUBLICAN FRONT FACES DISSENT IN NICARAGUA. Managua, Nicaragua. As the 1928 elections for both the presidency and congress loom in Nicaragua, it seems that major political shifts are taking place. The Republican Front has begun to crumble as newer and more vibrant political parties begin to capture the hearts of the population. President Ortiz, who led the nation during the reform era from a military regime to the current democracy, has found the coalition he assembled falling apart. The growth of the Church sponsored Party of Faith has begun whittling away from those conservatives who aligned themselves with the coalition. Seeing the growth of conservative causes and groups, the liberals themselves have found cooperation in the middle ground to be continuing a futile effort. They have since broken off to join the Democratic Society Party or even the Social Proletarist Party. It seems that these maneuvers now promise an intense election cycle next year, as President Ortiz has stubbornly pledged to continue in his role as a moderate, holding together a collapsing coalition.

    MARCHES CALL FOR PARTY LEGALIZATION IN PERU. Lima, Peru. While the Liberal Party has maintained a secularist and continuous strength in Peru, they have not quite met all the demands of the worker. Despite prior claims of being the reformist choice in the Peruvian state, they have found themselves lacking the support of the unions and social proletarists. To this end, the unions of Peru have sponsored a major protest this year in Lima, calling for the legalization of the social proletarist parties and the introduction of new social welfare reform. They have hoped that the demonstration of the sheer numbers of those who identify themselves as social proletarists will force the government to recognize a fait accompli and legitimize the party and its cause. Focused primarily on improving working conditions throughout the factories and mines of Peru, the organization has also steered some hopes towards reform in the Liberal Party, even if legalization does not take place. The push has also been supported by left-leaning newspapers, seeking to establish a new paradigm in Peruvian politics.

    STRIKE LAUNCHED IN THE UNITED STATES. Boston, United States of America. The United Autoworkers of America, and the Union of American Steelworkers has begun a major strike against their employers, shutting down large segments of the industry of the United States of America. They have begun to demand higher wages, better working conditions, and an legalization of all unions, not just those sanctioned by the state. They have called for other organizations to support them against the government and its corporate lackeys, building up the tension for next year's elections. It is believed that the efforts of the strikes are dedicated towards toppling the government of President Wallace and bringing the New Liberty party back to power. Their efforts appear to not be in vain, as much of the northeast seems sympathetic towards the strikers, who are striving to improve their own lot, as well as those of other workers across the country.

    COLOMBIA SELLS OFF NAVY. Apartado, Colombia. Seeking to reduce the expenses of the military and to focus on modern defensive measures, the Colombian government demonstrated radical new initiative this year. The proud Colombian fleet, which served well in the wars with Venezuela and the United States, is no more. The installations and harbors created for the protection and the maintenance of these old ships have been closed down as the ships themselves have been sold to interested buyers. The bulk of the tonnage of the Colombian fleet was purchased by the government of Peru, which was highly interested in purchasing new capital ships to supplement their fleet. Nearly a dozen of Colombia’s destroyers were instead sold to the nation of Florida for coastal patrol duties and enforcement. The Colombians have claimed that their new overwhelming airpower and capabilities will more than make up for their loss of naval power, particularly in regards to the protection of the vital Panama Canal. Unfortunately, the new planes were unavailable for the speech, as they still had not finished production, but the government promises they are worth the dismantlement of Colombia’s coastal protection.

    JACKSONIA BEGINS NEW DAM PROJECT. Jefferson, Jacksonia. Perhaps hoping to distract the masses from the foreign policy disaster that the new treaty with Florida has become, the Jacksonian government has announced the start of construction on an ambitious public works project. Last year engineers began laying out surveys and plans for the construction of new hydroelectric facilities in order to provide the luxury of lighting to the whole of Jacksonia. Construction began at last this year as the first foundations and positions were constructed throughout the northern provinces of the nation. President Tuff has stated that not only will these new dams provide the egalitarian lighting throughout the nation, but the increase in government spending will only provide more and more jobs for the unemployed masses. The efforts are expected to be reasonably successful, and the construction is estimated to take at least five years, to the betterment of all of those seeking employment.

    WILDLY UNPOPULAR TREATY SIGNED BETWEEN JACKSONIA AND FLORIDA. Boulder City, Jacksonia. The new Treaty of Columbian Friendship has proven to be one of the most disastrous undertakings in recent foreign policy, as it was signed by the governments of two nations with the full hatred of their masses. In Jacksonia, this saw a tremendous backlash, as the president himself was crucified by his own party in the election process, leading to a total devastation of his cabinet and government. In Florida, the backlash has been seen in congressional elections, as President Johnston has lost much of his support from within his own party for this and other reasons. The treaty itself brings the two nations closer together against their will, beginning with reforms of sports. Though some of these were surprisingly successful, famous athletes from Jacksonia have led the charge in stating that they will refuse to cooperate or join any conjoined Olympic team, depriving them of the best talent they could have had. In Florida, most good athletes had already fled or died, thanks to Johnston's previous purges and endeavors. The other terms were rejected and vetoed by the government in Jacksonia after the elections, so they remain meaningless. Overall, the treaty was a miserable failure, and everyone involved should be ashamed for attempting such a foolish endeavor without consulting anyone within their nation or government.

    PERU ESTABLISHES NATURAL PRESERVE. Lima, Peru. In a move that was somewhat foreshadowed by the Isla de Mona dispute between Hispaniola and Puerto Rico, the Peruvian government has made an radical new law unmatched by any other nation. Seeking to preserve the natural beauty and splendor of the animal wildlife on the Galapagos Islands, the government of Peru has declared the islands a nature preserve, to remain untouched by humanity's modern infrastructure and development. Though a portion of the islands remain a limited naval facility, with a small community for tourism purposes, the islands as a whole have been declared off limits for development. The roots of this sentiment began years ago with the PADA resolution of an island dispute between Hispaniola and Puerto, which led to the creation of the world's first natural preserve. The Peruvians have taken this a step further, creating territory specifically designed to protect what some ecologists call one of the natural wonders of the world. President Rendon has been applauded for his foresight and naturalism, as very few oppose the bill, though some conservatives do express concern about the possible precedent that has been set with the new legislation and enforcement.

    UNITED STATES SELLS JACOBS TO VINLAND. Seattle, United States of America. After the end of the Pacific War, it became clear that the newly recovered possession of Scottson, renamed Jacobs, was essentially worthless to the wellbeing of the United States of America. With immigration effectively nil, and no one willing to take up any sort of incentive to journey there, the United States found that they were losing money attempting to maintain this block of tundra. Taking advantage of the situation, the government of Vinland offered to purchase the colony, cementing their control on the northwestern portion of North America. Faced with continued losses, and heavy criticism of what many viewed as a failing policy, President Wallace agreed to sell the remaining territories of Jacobs still held by the United States to Vinland. By the end of the year, the transfer of land had taken place, and Vinland has assumed management of the territory. This has effectively ended one of the most useless compromises and territories globally, consolidating the territory under Vinlander control.

    PRESIDENT WALLACE SPEARHEADS NEW MEDIA CAMPAIGN. Chicago, United States of America. President Robert Wallace of the United States of America began campaigning for next year's election this year with a series of highly controversial methods. Mostly, these have backfired against him, only building more resentment towards the Republican Party, and seem to have overall been a disaster. Under his management, the Bureau of Investigation has begun harassing the Socialist Party and the New Liberty Party, attacking those with proletarist sympathies or outright beliefs. The media has fought back against this, loudly decrying these methods as tyranny at its worse, and the voting public seems to have only grown greater in its hatred of the president. President Wallace has begun to bank on support from the western territories, but has found that most of the territories have begun to swing heavily against the Republicans, as the Bureau of Negro Affairs still remains staffed with members of the New Liberty Party. They have threatened to undermine the control of the west, and leave Wallace only with very limited support for the election campaign. Though he has attempted to define the issue as a campaign against proletarism, he has been dismayed to find much sympathy for proletarists among working men, both white and black, who are quite likely to turn out in large numbers to vote against him. Most analysts predict a humiliating defeat for the president next year with the arrival of new elections.
     
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    FLORIDA CRACKS DOWN ON EMBARGO BREAKERS. Dallas, Florida. The government of President Johnston in Florida has begun seeking out and cracking down upon those who broke the embargo with Japan during the Pacific War. Declaring that treason is not acceptable, no matter the motives, the government has begun a full investigation with the cooperation of the Japanese. The result has been the massive flight of a large number of wealthy businessmen, entrepreneurs and other such people across the border into Jacksonia or across the Caribbean to the island nations therein. As their assets began to be seized and confiscated by the Floridian government, and some managers even just associated with the embargo breaking have been executed, this has been seen as a decimation of the Floridian petroleum industry. It has also completed denuded President Johnston of the support of the upper class and wealthy. In the meantime, this has established over ninety percent of the Floridian petroleum industry under government control, destroying the notion of private enterprise or competition for those in that business. It seems quite likely the flight of the rich and the "brain drain" that has accompanied it, bodes only poorly for Floridian innovation.

    CONGRESS FILLED IN FLORIDA. Dallas, Florida. As a move which many consider pandering to elements in the Pan-American Democratic Accord, the Floridian President Joseph Johnston has opened the vacant seats in Congress for election. However, he has effectively illegalized any political party with even the slightest elements of liberalism or proletarism, making the elections a sham at best. Still, not intimidated by the president, the new Congress is once more definitively hostile towards him. Supported by elements of big business, and fueled by growing disdain towards the president, the new Congress has been filled with the United Front. The United Front, while not outright attacking the president politically, has distanced themselves from him by attacking virtually all of his policies. They remain vocally opposed to any further legislation by the President, and it is estimated that Congress now may actually be more stalwartly against the president than they were before he took greater executive power. Thankfully the president still retains extensive power and a deadlock like the one earlier in the decade seems unlikely to take place. Still, it seems that with the recent popular shift against him, the president's presidency is about as likely to last past the 1928 elections as a snowball's chance of surviving in hell. (-1 Stability)

    News from Africa and the Middle East​


    BLIZZARD BURIES NORTHERN PERSIA. Tehran, Persia. In the early part of the year, a massive snowstorm struck northern Persia, perhaps the worst in recorded history. The snowfall was estimated at seven meters of snow throughout the main villages and towns, and what regional electricity there was, was disabled for a month after the storm. The local towns and villages were buried, and the cold was intense, as the storm lasted for over three days. Traffic and commerce in the region was badly halted, and eventually the military was brought in to clear the roads as the cold weather and ice continued. Thankfully, the casualties from the blizzard were fairly low, mostly caused by disease and sickness brought in the wake of all the melting snow and cold temperatures. It's widely believed that this has been one of the coldest years known in Persia, and it seems the area fairly rapidly recovered as the year progresses, despite the minor setbacks in the winter.

    REVOLTS IN NORTH AFRICA. Benghazi, Italy. The revolts throughout Egypt and Libya began early in the year, as the local Arabs and Muslims rose up en masse against Italian rule. The revolts were largest in Egypt, where the locals have had years of rebellion and resistance to arm themselves against imperial overseers. Matters were made worse with the Sudanese invasion from the south, as the Italian forces found themselves under attack from both sides. The Italians, still through force of arms, managed to suppress the Egyptians, while being strained, first by the mutiny by the local conscripts, and then by the full uprising in Libya. The details of the Sudanese invasion are related below, as the Egyptians fought for independence from Italian oppression. The fighting in Libya proved more devastating, as the retreat of the conscripts and the civil war between the Italian factions led to severe setbacks for the Italian forces. The Italians used what airpower they could and everything not being used to fight back Sudan to fight against the Libyan forces. By the end of the year, the Italians have retained somewhat control of the colony, but it's clear that the rebels now control most of the countryside and rural towns and cities. Only Benghazi and Tripoli appear to be under the full and actual control of the Italian forces. (-18 Infantry Brigades, -5 Artillery Brigades, -1 Stability in Italian North Africa)

    COLONIALS PROTEST PERCEIVED KABINDE CRACKDOWN. Luanda, Netherlands. After several years of unrest and continuing discontent against the Dutch colonial government in the colony of Kabinde, it seems that the Dutch have decided to take a hard line against dissent. The local garrison has been nearly tripled in size, as garrisons from other colonies have been moved in to reinforce the holdings. The local colonials have seen this as a direct affront to their rights and position in the region, and have denounced the governor for allowing such flagrant tromping upon the rights of Dutch citizens. The result has been a substantial protest held in front of the Governor's mansion, calling for the withdrawal of the aggressive Dutch soldiers, and the restoration of local rights. They have stated that this has been further signs of a disconnect between Antwerp and the colonies, as the government in Europe clearly no longer knows how to manage the empire and its denizens. The governor has stated that the movement of additional troops to the region is merely an attempt to protect the security of the people against the continuing instability that plagues the neighboring Kongo.

    TRIBAL VIOLENCE SPILLS OVER INTO BRITISH EMPIRE. Salisbury, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland. The independence of Ovamboland and Chokweland has led to continuing instability both in those nations and in the neighboring possessions of Britain. The local tribes in the western territories of the British Empire have begun to be roused from their slumber, beginning a campaign of violence against the British garrison. This has been linked primarily to the treaty signed between Brazil and the rebel states, as the British face rowdy natives along their borders. Instability spilling over from Kongo has also begun to stir up the locals against British rule, as security seems more and more like an illusion. The local garrison is badly stretched as disputes arise throughout the region, and the central government is having more difficulty maintaining order. So far most of the unrest has not been truly directed against the British government, but has been between the various tribes in the area, threatening further destabilization. Missionaries in the area have attempted to create calm, but have only found themselves to be targeted as they intervene.

    BRITISH LAUNCH NEW PHASE OF MADAGASCAR CONTAINMENT. Antananarivo, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland. The Malagasy have continued to cause the British trouble in the island possession of Madagascar, as they fight a brutal guerilla war to overthrow the British government and establish an independent nation. The British have continued to send in more soldiers, from across the varied holdings of the empire, bringing in reinforcements to continue their push through the jungles of the island. This has been mostly unsuccessful, though they have destroyed several larger strongholds, but not before they were already dispersed and abandoned by the natives. It seems that they have moved their possessions around, choosing to create smaller hideaways, rather than form up to regimental or brigade size and strength. While this has reduced their effectiveness in open battle, it has made the rebel cause significantly harder to detect and destroy through conventional military means. In order to prevent the arrival of more material for the rebels, the British have instituted a blockade around the island, as the Indian Ocean fleet moved south. Primarily relying upon submarines, the British have sought to close off the island except for the key ports for local shipping. Unfortunately, this has led to two disasters, as naval mines appeared in various smaller harbors and in the main shipping lanes around the island. This led to the sinking of a submarine and a destroyer by those means. Local officials blame Russian saboteurs for these incidents, as no evidence shows the locals having the sophistication to build modern naval mines. (-1 Tridente-class Submarine, -1 Zygmunt-class Destroyer)

    TRIBAL TAKEOVER ATTEMPTED IN KAZAKHSTAN. Kyzyl-Su, Khazakstan. The condensed construction and the relocation have clearly put an enormous strain upon the efforts of the monarchy in Kazakhstan to maintain order and loyalty among the masses. The monarchy has been largely discredited as a puppet of Tehran, turning over most of the national treasury and income each year to the Persian Empire as tribute. The result has been the exacerbation of localized tribal conflicts culminating in the attempted takeover of the government by an opposing tribe to the house of the monarchy. The vicious fighting that ensued took place in the ramshackle city streets of the young nation's capital, as well as throughout all the villages and camps in the countryside. Occasionally the fighting even spilled over across Persian borders, threatening to destabilize the northern provinces once again. The fighting eventually came to an end as the monarchy managed to restore control, by aligning with other rival tribes against the unified opposition. The war was quickly fought and won, but the bloody toll was felt across the nation. (-3 Infantry Brigades, -22 Manpower)

    BRITAIN CLOSES SUEZ TO RUSSIA. Suez City, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland. The ongoing war in the Kongo and the growing unrest throughout Africa have pushed relations between the world's two greatest powers nearly to the breaking point. Each accusing the other of making the situation in Africa worse, the British have taken another step by barring Russian military traffic through the vital Suez Canal. The move has been received as a major blow to Russian military efforts in the Kongo, though they have attempted to make up for any shortfall using Roman shipping and merchant marine. Unfortunately, the restrictions have been expanded to even merchant ships, which are thoroughly inspected and even confiscated if they are found to being carrying supplies for the fighting in Tadjoura. The Russians have outright protested, but seem unwilling to make any real political retaliation in the wake of this latest move. Analysts have stated that the success of the canal closure has thoroughly cemented the British as the world's primary great power.

    PAPACY LAUNCHES PUBLICITY CAMPAIGN IN THE HOLY LAND. Jerusalem, Papal States. In an attempt to further knowledge in the region about the actual workings and undertakings of papal rule in the Holy Land, the Papacy has put up broadsheets and posters to help inform the people of the new laws in effect. The laws have established a minimal tax upon locals of different faiths, specifically all non-Catholic Christians, and have been widely received as unpopular. On the other hand, free worship of any faith has been allowed by the papacy in the region, and have promised to protect the right to worship, regardless of what tenets a person follows. To further reinforce the benevolence of the Pope’s rule in the Holy Land, a conference was called to meet with Jewish and Islamic leaders in the area, hoping to take in account their perspectives in the management of the region. The Jews have cooperated fairly well, but the Muslims, sponsored by the Arab Brotherhood, have refused any cooperation with the illegal Catholic occupiers. Statements issued by the Arab Brotherhood have claimed that the only negotiation done with the Pope will be through the barrel of a gun, until the Catholic regime withdraws. They have refused to pay any religious taxes, choosing to avoid or even attack any tax collectors. Many Christians and Jews are concerned that these statements are a precursor to open revolt, and the Arabs are known to have extensive stockpiles of munitions for just such an occasion. (-1 Stability)

    KONGO RECOGNIZE REBEL INDEPENDENCE. Haraldsholm, Kongo. In a somewhat surprising move, the imperial Scandinavian government in the Kongo has announced the unconditional recognition of the independence and current borders of the so-called African Rebel Alliance. The Rebel Alliance has celebrated its victory over the oppressive forces of the dying Scandinavian empire, though fighting still continues on other fronts. It seems that most believe that this marks the end of the current coalition and the alliance, as other nations within the coalition have undertaken their own efforts. This recognition has not extended to the Russian support state in Tadjoura, nor the new monarchy therein. It is suspected that further recognition will be forthcoming, as the Tadjourans struggled against the onslaught of the Rebel Alliance’s armies. The move has been a serious political blow to the prestige of the government in Haraldsholm, and many settlers who had fled the fatherland during the Accidental Revolution have begun to regret their decision. This has led to a minor exodus back to Scandinavia, as people have been granted amnesty by the proletarist government, but most have chosen instead to travel to much less hostile Vinland or even other countries in South and North America.

    REBEL ALLIANCE ASSAULTS TADJOURA. Tadjoura, Kongo. Though the Scandinavian government in Kongo recognized the independence of the states of the Rebel Alliance, the Russians and Romans have continued to fight on in their foothold in Tadjoura. Seeking to end the threat of these forces on their borders, the various rebel states launched a major, somewhat disjointed offensive. Though they were short on supplies, the Russians quickly adopted Roman weaponry and munitions, which were not forbidden by the closure of the canal to their forces. As most Roman weaponry was in fact based on Russian designs, the conversion was fairly simple, as both armies dug in for a major fight. The first assault came from Abyssinia, as the Abyssinians attempted to quickly seize control of the area using cavalry. The cavalry presented an easy target to the Russian planes and artillery, and were torn apart, as were the forces supporting them. Russian tanks were used to full effect, a massive advantage over the rebel forces. The attack was followed by a less coordinated assault from Sudan, but larger one altogether. The Sudanese also deployed their own aircraft, bombing airfields, and engaging in a major fight for control of the skies, which the Russians and Romans ultimately won. On the ground, the fighting was slow going, as the Sudanese were ultimately halted and thrown back by combined Russian and Roman forces. The armies of Adjuuramark, while the other offensives were taking place, attempted an attack of their own, which was easily repulsed by Russian forces. The Russians and Romans have entrenched ever further, and with the establishment of the new Kingdom of Tadjoura, it seems that they may be here to stay.
    Casualty Lists
    Abyssinia: 2 Conscript Brigades, 6 Cavalry Brigades, 2 Artillery Brigades
    Adjuuramark: 1 Infantry Brigade
    Sudan: 4 Conscript Brigades, 1 Infantry Brigade, 1 P-16 Fighter Squadron, 1 P-21 Fighter Squadron
    Roman Empire: 3 Infantry Brigades, 3 Artillery Brigades, 1 C-1293 Fighter Squadron
    Russia: 5 Infantry Brigades, 2 Cavalry Brigades, 3 Artillery Brigades

    INVASION OF EGYPT. Tobruk, Italy. According to some locals, Egypt was invaded twice this year, once by the Sudanese and once by the Italians. Italian forces were engaged in fighting for control over the rebellious forces throughout most of the year, until they faced the full wrath of the Sudanese sultanate. Sudan began using their own air force and bombers to strike at known Italian airfields from hastily assembled airstrips of their own. The attacks proved overwhelmingly effective, destroying over half of the Italian air forces on the ground before they could respond. Further engagements showed the skill and quality of the Italian planes, but most had to be withdrawn before their bases were overrun by the invading forces. The Italians, faced with an uprising in their rear, were forced to fight what essentially became a two front war, as the Sudanese pushed from the south. Sudan's armies were mostly greeted as liberators, driving along the Nile and pushing hard against Italy's defensive positions. Eventually, the Italians were forced to give up the fight, after suffering heavy casualties, retreating back to prepared positions along the former Italian-Spanish border, essentially ceding Egypt to the invading forces. The Egyptians have supported the arrival of the Sudanese with celebrations, but the Egyptian leadership has also focused on beginning negotiations to establish an independent nation of Egypt.
    Casualty Lists
    Italy: 17 Infantry Brigades, 1 Cavalry Brigade, 4 Artillery Brigades, 1 Determination-class Fighter Squadron, 1 I-1923mII Bomber Squadron
    Sudan: 8 Conscript Brigades, 4 Cavalry Brigades, 2 Artillery Brigades, 2 P-16 Fighter Squadrons (+1 Army Quality, +1 Navy Quality, +1 Air Force Quality)

    TADJOURA GAINS INDEPENDENCE. Tadjoura, Tadjoura. As the dominoes of independence have fallen throughout Scandinavian Africa, one more free nation has joined the multitude of new states. The Scandinavian possession of Tadjoura has been established as an independent monarchy by local Roman and Russian authorities. The new Kingdom of Tadjoura has a Russian on the throne, as one of the local generals has declared himself the new king in the region. All soldiers who have fought for the expeditionary force in the region have been offered lands and money to support a new life in Africa, as the Russian government endorses the measure. In order to aid the development of the new kingdom, the Roman and Russian expeditionary forces have turned over control of most heavy equipment and licensed their soldiers to become citizens of the new nation. A surprisingly large amount of soldiers have taken up this opportunity, as tens of thousands of conscripts are given the chance to start anew, as local wealth and moneys are confiscated to provide a fresh start to the newfound Russian and Roman immigrants. The new King Lazar Pasternov, has been established as the new monarch of Tadjoura, and has immediately issued statements calling for the end of the ongoing violence. He has further pledged to recognize the property rights of all Scandinavian residents, and only has begun confiscating the lands of those deemed less worthy to hold territory, due to rebellion or unrest. After the year's victories by the Russian and Roman expeditionary forces against the Rebel Alliance, the world watches to see if this chance at peace is taken.

    TREATY TALKS FAIL AS ANGOLAN CRISIS ESCALATES. Namibe, Angola. According to reports, elements of the Ovambe and Chokwe rebels had begun talks with the Brazilians over new treaty lines and boundaries throughout the region. The talks were progressing positively, as it seemed a new treaty would be established from the negotiations in Rio de Janeiro. The negotiations broke down as evidence of the talks reached the echelons of the Angolan government and military. Outraged at the talks being undertaken without their approval or input, the Angolans began moving to take matters into their own hands. As a ceasefire existed on the front lines, the local Spanish militias were mobilized along with the army itself, pulling back from the main fighting against the Ovambe and Chokwe. They immediately moved against Namibe, and elements of the government deposed the existing leadership, and struck at Brazilian positions. The Brazilians immediately called off their aid on the front, as they fought to maintain their lifeline to the ports. The Brazilians withdrew as the Ovambie and Chokwe abandoned treaty talks and worked to maintain their own borders, with limited pushes against the Angolans. The Empire of Brazil has declared a state of blockade over Angola, as they withdraw their ground forces. The Angolans have declared the establishment of a new republic, while military leader, Teodoro Gallego has stated that his reign will continue only until the situation has been stabilized.
    Casualty Lists
    Angola: 4 Infantry Brigades
    Brazil: 2 Cavalry Brigades
    Chokweland: 2 Conscript Brigades
    Ovamboland: 2 Conscript Brigades
     
  9. EQandcivfanatic

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    HAWAII DEPORTS AMERICAN POPULATION. Honolulu, Hawaii. Over twenty thousand people were forced to leave their homes in Hawaii this year, as the government cracked down upon those seeking to create pan-American dissent. The Americans had arrived during the course of the American Crisis, fleeing the violence and devastation on the mainland. They avoided the war there, but built new lives during the years of the Crisis in Hawaii. The local Hawaiians have been less than thrilled with their presence, and over the past decade, the Americans have created constant turmoil and unrest as they have fought to gain control of the political system. They have attempted to bring Hawaii back to the bosom of the United States of America, a move which has been feverishly resisted by Hawaiian politicians. The culmination of these disputes has been this year's deportation of those Americans who refused to take a loyalty oath, which proved to be a sizeable number. These diehard loyalists were given free transport and allowed to take most of their possessions as they returned to settle in places like Jacksonia or even back to the United States. The Hawaiian government has seized the homes and businesses of the deported Americans, and have pledged to turn over the new wealth to help improve overall life for the Hawaiian people. President Rogers has enjoyed a surge of popularity among those who remained, and it seems certain that he will win reelection in 1928. (+1 Stability)

    ELECTIONS HELD IN INDIA. Bombay, India. The policies of the current government of Prime Minister Sunil Mehta have come into disrepute lately, as there has been significant backlash against the plethora of varied, and sometimes conflicting, agreements made. Furthermore, the continued focus on the government's obsession with aircraft has prevented help towards the common man of India, creating an even more aggravated populace. Despite this, with Hindi remaining the unified language of India, and the language of those allowed to vote, it has allowed the government to retain its base of power. The elections therefore were fairly one sided as the Traditional Ties Party has marched back into the majority, and Mehta continues to retain his position as Prime Minister. Many are concerned though, with the slow pace of education, the devastation caused by hurricanes, and the overall disenchantment with the national government, that people are beginning to seek more radical alternatives to elections to get their voices of regionalism and dissent known.

    RED ARMY TAKES TO THE ISLANDS. Taipei, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland. Even as the Red Army has apparently reduced its operations in mainland China, they have begun ramping up new efforts elsewhere. After targeting both Japan and the British supported monarchy in Guangxi, they have begun to turn their focus upon the British holdings in the islands off the Chinese coast. The Red Army has looked to undermine the British rule in the region, gaining support among the population. So far their activities have been strictly nonviolent as they launch a local propaganda campaign to reduce the authority of the British government. They have been moderately successful, making their presence known and building support against the British regime. However, its believed they are still a mere minority among the population, and the Red Army has yet to gain any real traction in the islands. The British have continued to crack down, arresting any Red Army agitators foolish enough to ply their trade in public, preventing any true uprisings or unrest.

    CAMPAIGN CONTINUES IN MAINLAND CHINA. Peking, Japan. The Red Army has not remained dormant on the mainland while new activities begin on Formosa and Hainan. They have sought to undermine both the government of Guangxi and the Japanese in their fight for independence and a new Chinese state. The efforts continue to mostly be directed at a propaganda campaign, and its suspected that previous attempts at open revolt and direct warfare may have cost the ranks of the Red Army dearly, as they struggle to find arms and munitions. The Japanese and the government of Guangxi have continued to crack down, but the efforts have seemed more effective this year in the south. The Japanese have noticed a rise in the efforts to destabilize the region, as the Red Army continues its poster campaign and recruiting throughout the largest cities of the empire. Arrests have been at their highest in years, but this seems to do nothing but to continue to fuel the fires of dissent.

    PROTESTS LAUNCHED IN NEW ZEALAND. Akarana, New Zealand. The government of New Zealand, despite its recent reforms, have found these to be too little for some elements of the population. Viewing the situation as continuously unacceptable, and finding those diametrically opposed to the very concept of a local monarchy, the government was forced to suffer several major protests this year. Thousands turned out in Akarana to call for further reform, while they have been supported by the mixed race population, who have been forced into the status of a underclass. They have called for better treatment of the Maori population, and the restoration of the franchise of elections to those of mixed race. They have forced the cornerstone of opposition to the current government, and continue to fuel the efforts to protest. The government has not cracked down upon the protestors, allowing them to march and protest, stating that their actions are protected by the rights of the new constitution. Regardless, police and military forces have kept a close eye upon the proceedings, in order to prevent the outbreak of any violence or chaos.

    GERMANS OCCUPY CEYLON. Colombo, Netherlands. As per the terms of treaties made during the Rhine-Rhone War, the Netherlands officially turned over control of the bulk of the island of Ceylon to German rule this year. The Germans have deployed local forces to secure areas of interest and value for imperial rule, while benevolently overseeing the withdrawal of Dutch colonials who have chosen to leave. The German administrations has begun immediately, prepared for any trouble, though for the time being it seems that any rabble rousers are keeping their heads low to avoid them being cut off. The Dutch have been allowed to retain the city of Colombo in their possession, allowing some of their local businesses to continue to function and provide wealth back to Europe. The city also acts as a vital supply point to maintain a connection between Europe and the Dutch East Indies. The Germans have reported that a spirited attempt was apparently made by Dutch authorities to remove everything of value, but the sheer mass of valuable goods proved too much for them. Still, there have been numerous protests made at the apparent Dutch attempt to sabotage the German takeover and integration of Ceylon into their own colonial empire.

    CHINA COMPLETES MODERNIZATION PROGRAM. Lanzhou, China. The Chinese government of General Yehao Ma was pleased to announce the completion of their ambitious program to create a modern infrastructure for the world's most backward nation. The program has consisted of developing new railroads to allow for modern transportation and supply across the basic trade routes of the nation. They have also been directed at establishing new overland routes of trade and supply with China's only trading partner, the United Russian Empire. The railroads were largely designed and are now operated by Russian engineers and workers, providing a growing new strength economically for China. The modernization project has also created new employment and a larger market for the people of China, providing new wealth to the poor region. The project has brought China and Russia closer together, as the Chinese have proclaimed that as their status as the true successor to the old empires of China, they will focus upon rebuilding their military forces for the eventual war of liberation from British and Japanese rule.

    Financial Section​


    EX-CONFEDERATION ECONOMIC CONFERENCE. Orleans, Orleans. After the dissolution of the Franco-Burgundian Confederation last year, the various nations that were once member states of that country have met to discuss final economic terms. This conference is stated to be held to sort out the actual economic workings of the region with the end of the Confederation. Brittany and Occitania were invited to join the conference, but were given not much more than observer status. Switzerland declined to attend, choosing to stick with the economic system of the Swiss Free State than commit to any Confederate agreement. The chief agreement between the nations involved was to recognize all property current held by individual citizens, and the continued use of the Confederate livre by all of the successor states of the Confederation as the main denominator of currency. This has helped stabilize the local economy and allow for an easy transfer with minimal government and economic instability throughout the region. The other key agreement was to maintain open borders among the former states of the Confederacy, with each nation possessing a border with a non-Confederate nation choosing its own tariff laws with the surrounding states. These two agreements were also accompanied by a discussion on the fate of the Confederate holdings in Africa, which were managed by a collaboration, and not just centrally from Paris. It was duly recognized that Paris would currently manage the African holdings, but there has remained some tension as both Poitou and Normandy also claimed some rights for controlling the remnants of the empire. Regardless, the conference has been viewed as an overall success, protecting the economic order of the old Confederation while preserving the independence of the new states.

    SYNDIC SUPPORTS UNIONS WITH NEW FUNDING. Stockholm, Scandinavia. As a new economic sphere develops with Germany's victory in the Rhine-Rhone War, the government of Scandinavia has seen fit to partake in the capitalist practice of expanding one's market share. In order to exploit the realignment of the economy of Western Europe, Syndic Mannerheim has approved the extension of new funding to the nation's steel and manufacturing industries. Focusing on the production of cheap automobiles as well as steel itself, the nation has high hopes of aiding in the reconstruction and development of the areas hurt by the war. The new funding has been geared to enable Scandinavian industry to compete the better against German and other foreign industry producing the same goods. Thanks to both old and recent tariff law changes in the region, the Scandinavians are expected to make good inroads into numerous markets, despite stiff competition from Britain and Germany.

    BRETONS AMEND JOB LEGISLATION. Nantes, Brittany. A fairly minor, yet substantial amendment was passed through the Breton Cenedlaethol Cyngor this year, affecting prior tariff and industrial reform and development legislation. The new amendment has established that Breton owned businesses must remain based within Brittany, and must at every opportunity provide new jobs and employment to the Breton worker over foreign ones. Some small exceptions have been made, if any businesses see the opportunity to bring industry to developing new nations in Iberia, such as Euskadi or Galicia. The legislation has not been very heavily opposed, due to the lack of interest or scale of any industrial expansion outside of Breton borders. It seems likely that while meaningful, it is unlikely that this new legislation will have any real effect to Breton business or the economy of Brittany.

    ECONOMIC FLUCTUATION REPORT. Hamburg, Germany.
    Spoiler :

    Afghanistan: +1 EP
    Argentina: +2 EP
    Aztlan: +1 EP
    Bosnia: +2 EP
    Brazil: +12 EP
    Brittany: +3 EP
    Bulgaria: +2 EP
    Catalonia: -1 EP
    Cechy-Morava: +2 EP
    Chile: +2 EP
    China: +6 EP
    Colombia: +2 EP
    Corsica: -1 EP
    Croatia: -1 EP
    Cuba: +1 EP
    Denmark: -1 EP
    Ecuador: +1 EP
    Euskadi: -1 EP
    Germany: +2 EP
    Guangxi: +2 EP
    Hispaniola: +2 EP
    Hungary: +2 EP
    Italy: -3 EP
    -Holy Land: +2 EP
    Jacksonia: +3 EP
    Japan: +4 EP
    Kongo: +2 EP
    Kurdistan: -2 EP
    Mayaland: +2 EP
    Mozambique: +1 EP
    Netherlands: -2 EP
    New Zealand: +1 EP
    Nicaragua: +1 EP
    Normandy: +1 EP
    Occitania: -2 EP
    Paraguay: -1 EP
    Paris-Burgundy: -2 EP
    Peru: +2 EP
    Portugal: -1 EP
    Puerto Rico: +1 EP
    Roman Empire: +3 EP
    Romania: +1 EP
    Russia: +1 EP
    Sardinia: -3 EP
    Scandinavia: -1 EP
    Serbia: +3 EP
    South Africa: +2 EP
    Spain: -4 EP
    Switzerland: +2 EP
    Tanganyeken: +1 EP
    Turkey: +1 EP
    United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland: -2 EP
    United Proletarist Republics of America: +5 EP
    United States of America: +1 EP
    Uruguay: +2 EP
    Vinland: +4 EP


    The Sports Page​


    VARUKORGBOLL SPREADS FURTHER. Boulder City, Jacksonia. Even amid the tense political and intellectual tensions between Jacksonia and Florida, some people see hope for at least a lessening of the hate. Though the combined Olympic team was a miserable failure, the initiative to create a linked Varukorgboll league has proven more resilient. A final unified competition does not seem in the cards, but the move has spurred the establishment of two separate national leagues for the first time. Prior to these events, most varukorgboll games have been held locally, separated from any national organization. With their finalized establishment, talk has begun of becoming linked to the World Varukorgboll Games, as the organizers of the program have travelled to Nya Stockholm to discuss such involvement. This year, the first games have gone well, and it seems that the sport of varukorgboll has claimed another two nations to the growing phenomenon.

    Random Stat Changes and Fluctuations and Minor Technological Advances

    Brazil designs new P-27 "Dragonslayer" Fighter Plane.

    Italy designs Genoa-class Destroyer.

    United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland designs the new Mk2 Cataphract Medium Tank.

    United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland designs the new Edinburgh-type Reconnaissance Plane and seaplane variant.

    Roman Empire creates and adopts Roman Legion 1927 doctrine.

    Dauphine creates and adopts Confederate Army 1927 doctrine.

    Portugal creates and adopts Portuguese National Army 1927 doctrine.

    Portugal designs the new Sim27 Fighter Plane.

    Mayaland creates and adopts Wach Yucateca 1927 doctrine.

    The British people feel particularly good about themselves and support the government: +1 Stability for United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland.

    Everyone in Brazil gets drunk at a party: +1 Stability for Brazil.

    Honduran pilots display astounding skill at practice: +1 Air Force Quality for Honduras.

    Russian NCOs bring back lessons of the war in the Kongo for their new recruits: +1 Army Quality.

    Brazilians take after-party to Puerto Rico: +1 Stability for Puerto Rico.

    Diplomatic Pouch

    To: Brittany, Paris-Burgundy, Normandy, Netherlands, Catalonia, and Occitania
    From: Dauphine

    In order to build ties and a new future among the nations of the passed Confederation and its neighbors, we have established a new doctrines with the best ideals of Confederate and German military strategy in mind. We offer our officers for training and adoption purposes of the new doctrine, and hope you will accept the chance to build a closer military bond.

    To: Japan
    From: Hawaii

    We are interested in buying new warships of your latest designs in order to bolster our islands' defenses. We would like to know what prices you will offer for your varied warships' construction and supply to us.

    To: The Rebel Alliance in Africa
    From: Tadjoura

    We seek now only what you have sought since the beginning of the current war in the Kongo. We seek independence and autonomy from the regime in Haraldsholm. Though most of our peoples are now immigrants from the Roman Empire and Russia, we have fought for these lands we now think of as our homes. Therefore, we propose peace at current borders, and hope that the hostilities will end with an amicable relationship.

    OOC

    @christos200: There is no direct link between changing your education spending and stability.

    @Nailix and Quisani: I cancelled your design trade because you both gave me conflicting information on what exactly was being traded.

    @Grandkhan: Yes to both of your questions under Domestic section "c."

    IMPORTANT NOTE: Yes, universities are important, but for gods sake, you ALL have more than enough of them now. You don't need to build so many of those damn places. At this point there's more universities than freaking students (a slight exaggeration). This isn't OTL modern day where a college education is needed for everything. There is such a thing as unskilled labor, which is arguably MORE important than skilled labor. Therefore, for the remainder of this phase of the NES (up to 1940), I'm officially modblocking ANY university or military academy related projects.

    @Blue Bacon: Half of your orders were useless, because you actually counted on NESers to provide what they promised and confirm ANY of those diplomatic deals. All of your spending was off, you were never given permission for the doctrine, and you caused me to become more and more aggravated to the point where I would rather do household chores than do the update. Also you cannot upgrade an upgrade in the same year. Therefore the costs there are FAR higher than you expected. Also, as I told you, all new costs are increased for squadrons when they are upgrades, especially the more you upgrade a single design. Therefore, you now possess some of the least worthwhile planes in the world. Congratulations.

    @GamezRule: Private or not, you won't be seeing any further reduction in price. There's numerous reasons for this which I'm not going to clog up the thread and update by listing. Enjoy.

    Just so you all know, by allowing others to design things for you, you're far more likely to fall behind on military technology research of your own. I thought I had made this clear in the past, but oh well, I guess not, I'm not the one who's going to suffer for it. This includes not getting Special Research Projects. Therefore, anyone who cooperated with Vinland or India are de facto idiots and suckers. Congratulations! A caveat onto this statement. Some of you are legitimately not wealthy enough to design your own projects, but if you're making more than 90 EP a year, there's no excuse. I'd like to conclude by saying: You can't all be superpowers, and frankly, trying to get everything that you could possibly need is a foolhardy exercise and waste of EP, and don't blame me when some unnamed malignant giant blob comes and destroys everything you've worked on in an instant. The rule of success: if you're not a giant superpower, focus on what actually helps you, not what COULD help you. Tailor designs accordingly.

    Per their requests, Agent 89 and ChiefDesigner have been dropped from their respective nations. The UPRA and Sardinia are now open.

    @bestshot9: You underestimated the cost for the new Army Doctrine. The doctrine was completed, at the expense of your aircraft construction.

    Tycho and lord_joakim have been dropped due to inactivity. Portugal and Hollandia are now open.

    I've finally gotten around to marking which planes require carriers currently larger than what we have available. The notations are on the Air Units post. Similarly, new modules have been added, and are up for you all to take a look at. The only other significant change on the front page is that colonies no longer generate manpower.

    To those involved with the economic agreements of the Confederate successors, the agreements I listed were those that would have been determined upon last year, but I just felt it was better to stretch it. If you were a Confederate state, I assume agreement to the terms if you attended. For Occitania and Brittany, I'm assuming nothing for the time being.

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  10. Nintz

    Nintz King of the Britons

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    Great update.

    From: Abyssinia
    To: Tadjoura

    As a fellow African state, we acknowledge your independence and autonomy from the state of Kongo. We have our misgivings about your cooperation with both Russia and Rome still, but we personally will look past that. We hope for years of peace and prosperity.
     
  11. Immaculate

    Immaculate unerring

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    We'll think about it but are certainly intrigued.

    OOC:
    This doesn't save us any money does it? It just means we get to take what they've developed instead of what we've developed? is there any advantage to accepting their offer?



    Also OOC:
    If our nation is due for elections this year, how do we include that in our orders? Should we just write 'have elections' or do we describe the candidates and the platforms? Or in the case where a new nation is born (such as Catalonia) do we discuss what the electorial parties are and how they relate to one another?

    related matter:
    Its fine if we have a SEVERAL party system like modern Israel?
    ie; based on nationwide proportional representation with a very low electoral threshold: currently set at 2%, with the number of seats a party receives in the government being proportional to the number of votes it receives
    Or does that make things harder for you to update?
     
  12. Luckymoose

    Luckymoose The World is Mine

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    TO: Puerto Rico
    FROM: Brazil


    We suggest you withdraw from PADA as that organization offers nothing that Brazil does not already provide you.
     
  13. TheLizardKing

    TheLizardKing Let's talk Michelle.

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    To: Those Concerned
    From: The Imperial German Union


    It is after much deliberation that we wish to state our intention to for now embargo the nation of Brazil, due to their belligerent actions in Africa, and previous hostile actions in the past. Our attempts at reconciliation with their extremist government were fruitless, and they seem more intent on escalating whatever conflict they can get their hands on. We encourage the rest of Europe, and the world, to follow in our step. If the losses you take in support of our move are substantial enough that you wish it, the Imperial German Union would be happy to pay for the losses you take, and pay extra if need be. We don't wish for you or your citizens to be punished for your willingness to stand up against oppression and tyranny.

    Until a later admittance of causing the current unrest in Africa, and an apology for it's actions, Brazilian merchants will not be permitted to trade in German ports.
     
  14. Luckymoose

    Luckymoose The World is Mine

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    TO: World
    FROM: Brazil


    We are assisting the free peoples of Africa in their struggles. We are not ashamed of it. We would remind Germany that they have been under embargo by Brazil for over a decade, so this move is meaningless.

    TO: Colombia
    FROM: Brazil


    Raise fees on all nations using the Panama Canal that accept the German offer.
     
  15. Azale

    Azale Deity

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    Tanganyeken
    Formal Name: Republic of Tanganyeken
    Executive Republic: Independence Coalition (Moderate)
    Head of Government: Muhsin Hall (Liberal)
    Capital: Dar-es-Salaam
    Manpower: 316 (+3)
    Economic Points: 1 (+18)
    Domestic Spending: 0
    -Education: 0 (3)
    Stability: 7
    Army of Tanganyika: 6 Conscript Brigades, 6 Infantry Brigades, 1 Artillery Brigade
    Army Quality: 8
    Army Doctrine: British Royal Army 1925

    In the hizzouse.
     
  16. ZeletDude

    ZeletDude The Lion

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    To: Those it concerns
    From: The United Republic of The Netherlands


    We are joining the state of Germany in embargoing the Brazilians. They have acted increasingly hostile these past few years in Africa, and that is worrisome. As of this proclamation Brazilian merchants will be removed from Dutch and Hollandian cities, and Brazilian ships will no longer be given access to Dutch and Hollandian ports, or products.

    We urge all our friends in Europe, and worldwide to join us in condemning Brazilian actions by joining this embargo.
     
  17. Blue Bacon 3

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    OOC-EQ: Wow, sorry for the frustration.
    The planes look fine to me though, just a bit more expensive than I thought, unless that asterisk of not being able to take off on regular carriers indicates unstatted performance issues... I must have communicated poorly as I was aware the price would rise and thought you affirmed to me that I could upgrade an upgrade the same year. Regardless it just cost India it's profits and we're still able to provide the product, so I'm satisfied.


    To: Germany, Persia, Aztlan, Bulgaria, Jacksonia
    From: India
    We hope the Vy-27 Fighter will perform well and bring victory to your airforces!

    To: German, Persia, Aztlan, Bulgaria
    From: India
    It seems our Fighter-Bomber design has not been shared with you this year. While we can prove that our couriers were instructed to do so our beurocrats may have been confused by an unexpected overrun on the CAS-version's design cost. Rest assured that India will provide the VYSHB-27 Fighter Bomber design at no further cost.

    To: Denmark, Switzerland
    From: India
    As agreed India will provide at-cost production of the Vy-27 Fighter and the VYSHB-27 Fighter Bomber from our factories at cost.

    To: Romania, Hungary
    From: India
    It seems neither of your nations have received our Vy-24 blueprints. We can prove that we have sent couriers with these designs in return for your loan/payment, but more importantly you may rest assured we will send them again this year.

    To: Japan
    From: India
    Thank you for your loan! Due to an unforeseen economic issue with our plane designs we will be unable to adopt your doctrine as planned, but we thank you for your openhandedness regardless.
     
  18. talonschild

    talonschild Drive-By NESer

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    China: talonschild
    Formal Name: Unified Realm of China
    Military Dictatorship: General Yehao Ma (Militarist)
    Capital: Lanzhou
    Manpower: 937 (+9)
    Economic Points: 2 (+83)
    Domestic Spending : -10 EP
    -Education: -5 (10)
    -Office of Continued Loyalty: -5
    Stability: 8
    Ascendant Chinese Army: 354 Infantry Brigades, 25 Cavalry Brigades, 37 Artillery Brigades
    Army Quality: 4
    Army Doctrine: Russian Imperial Army 1890
    Upgrading Army Doctrine: 325/436
     
  19. Luckymoose

    Luckymoose The World is Mine

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    TO: East African Friends
    FROM: Brazil


    Do not worry about the European threats, they are empty. Your time for freedom from tyranny is at hand. You shall have continued aid from Brazil so long as you require it. We are equal men, freedom fighters, liberators.
     
  20. Crezth

    Crezth 話說天下大勢分久必合合久必分

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    Literally beat me by minutes.

    Expressing interest in playing as Red Army.
     

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