Discussion in 'Never Ending Stories' started by EQandcivfanatic, Oct 17, 2012.
Then you've got Colombia, who's the world largest crude oil exporter.
In the darkness of the future, all men are slaves...
You didn't like my contribution!? Again!? Dammit! Oh well.
It's your own fault for proposing a Stirling plot. I hate that guy.
@ChineseWarlord: I have more reasons to complain, my novel about androids was far more interesting.
Is Lovecraft inspired horror, sci-fi, fantasy, or all three?
How about you people make something original instead of copying actual media? You act like you have no creative bones in your bodies.
All art is a copy of something. Then again, some art is less ripped off.
Calling your book addition "War of the Worlds" is a lot different from making a sci-fi idea from scratch.
News from Europe
SERBIA RELEASES POLITICAL PRISONERS. Belgrade, Serbia. King Aleksander of Serbia announced this year the mass release of a number of political prisoners, who had previously been arrested as republican agitators or supporters. They have been allowed to return home unmolested to their friends and family, after spending nearly five years imprisoned by the government. The king announced that a large number were released after further investigation revealed a lack of true evidence existing connecting them to the nation's republican underground. A number of others remain under watch by the government's forces, and they have stated that observation will continue until their loyalty was proven. The release of all prisoners was conditional upon granting a loyalty oath to the monarchy and pledging not to join any movements or organizations undermining the regime. Most of those liberated by the king's order have begun to return to work and labor, and it seems that a grudging respect has been granted to the monarch for this move. Some believe though this may be a sign of weakness in the monarchy, though not enough for any move to be made against him by rivals in the aristocracy.
ELECTIONS IN BURGUNDY. Paris, Burgundy. The elections in Burgundy this year were widely dictated by recent foreign affairs and the attempt at reconciliation with the Papacy. Though the Septembrist Party was widely discredited by the loss of the Rhine-Rhone War, a number of other liberal political parties have managed to reform and pose a credible challenge to the conservative Unity Party. They have managed to spark a counter-argument to the ideas of moralism expressed by the Papacy and a growing segment of the conservative political power base. They have claimed that recent treaties with the Papal States has led to a intolerable growth of the presence of religion in government. They have called for a more humanist approach to government and demilitarization throughout the former Confederation. Promising a era of peace and secular governance, the New Confederate Party has managed to rally enough people to support them. This liberal movement has secured a majority in Parliament, and the antagonistic Chancellor Florent Archambault has lost his position. The new liberal majority has appointed Aristide Briand, a highly popular pacifist, who has won the support of the masses for his calls for peace and a new order of prosperity among the successor states of the Confederation.
GALICIAN ELECTIONS HELD. Santiago de Compostela, Galicia. Elections were held in Galicia this year and proved to be a promising contest for the reigning Social Proletarist Party. The recent prosperity in Iberia and globally seems to have bought the social proletarists considerable leeway in the formation of the current government. Nationalists too have respected the determination of President Bieito Abreu to avoid foreign entanglements and domination by other powers. They have sought a benign relationship with Spain and Portugal, and have been widely successful at this effort. Therefore when it came time to vote, the best the opposition could offer was claims that the social proletarists were insufficiently providing for the nation's security. Against these claims were promises of social reform and the establishment of a new healthcare and social security system to provide for the elderly. These pledges have catapulted the social proletarists to an even larger majority, building stability and support for their agendas. (+1 Stability)
POITOU HOLDS NEW ELECTIONS. Poitiers, Poitou. After last year's dispute between Parliament and the King turned into the disbanding of Parliament at the King's behest, some were concerned that elections would not be held at all. The king has happily proven them wrong, as he quickly opened elections this year, with the caveat that all proletarist parties have been banned from participation, whether social proletarist or traditional proletarist. They have been declared illegal by the king, who has refused to allow them any further participation in the political system of Poitou. Liberals have felt that these efforts have greatly diminished the legitimacy of the current government, and many have refused to even partake in what they consider to be an electoral sham. Regardless of their concerns, foreign observers indicate that the elections were properly conducted, and the lack of liberal participation inevitable led to the Unified Conservative Party emerging from the results in triumph. They have promised improved security and the reversal of damaging policies of the social proletarists. Still, much resentment remains towards the government, and some fear that the proletarists may take matters into their own hands. (-1 Stability)
SWISS ELECTIONS HELD. St Gallen, Switzerland. The 1927 elections in Switzerland were a divisive partisan affair, and created a government that was threatened to be locked in debate and stalemate for years. Thankfully President Christian Zilberschlag avoided the temptation to attempt a new policy approach or outright confrontation with the liberals in the nation's legislature. Zilberschlag has shown himself to be benevolent in victory while retaining the core elements of leadership that managed to win him the last election in the first place. Meanwhile, the Progressive Party have failed to accomplish any of the true platforms of their cause, and have since lost support among the masses. With Zilberschlag's support the conservative Party for Greater Peace has successfully managed to secure a majority in the Swiss legislature. Accompanied by the president's own reelection, it seems that Switzerland has taken a conservative shift this year as dictated by the masses.
BRITISH ELECTIONS HELD. London, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland. The ongoing troubles of the British Empire over the past few years have been central to the debate in Parliament. Prime Minister Robert Shaw has resigned after years of service, stating that he is no longer healthy enough to continue in this position. The Union Jacks have regrouped and surged forward once more, defending their tenuous majority in Parliament. The loss of southeast Africa and the outbreak of a new war in China have been major blows to the legislature, but support came from a new sector of the British government. King Edward III himself has offered an official endorsement of the Union Jack Party, claiming that they are the nation's greatest hope towards preserving the larger British Empire and avenging the death of King Henry XIII. Though the Labour Party continues to maintain support in Ireland, they have been unable to supplant the Union Jacks in England. The call for unity behind the new war and the defeat of the heathen Chinese has managed to build a war fever for those behind the Union Jacks. Public support for the war is significant as the British people seek to keep those in office who can win the struggle. Maintaining the majority has allowed the Union Jack leadership to bring in a new prime minister, Arnold Downey. He has assembled what he has referred to as a wartime government to bring about the defeat of the Chinese.
UNDERGROUND PAPER OPENS IN BOSNIA. Sarajevo, Bosnia. The Bosnian monarchy had followed suit when Serbia expelled and arrested their resident republicans, but this year a new threat has emerged. A new underground newsletter has been making waves across the nation, calling itself The Free Balkan Herald. Claiming to speak for all of the disenfranchised people of the Balkans, they seem to be primarily based in Sarajevo, speaking predominantly about strictly Bosnian concerns. They have called for resistance against tyrannical monarchy, as well as the formation of unions and workers' movements to undermine central authority. Some debate has been made over whether they are proletarist, republican, or anarchist, but according to the newspaper itself, they are all of the above. Reading of the paper has been banned by the Bosnian government, as they seek to locate and arrest the distributors as quickly as they can, but with little success to date.
CZECH UNIONS MARCH. Prague, Cechy-Morava. The Union of Arms Workers has marched this year, calling for new legislation to improve the welfare of the average factory worker in Cechy-Morava. As one of the most powerful unions in the nation, they have rallied other sympathetic industrial workers' groups to join them in their march. While they have not launched a strike and have continued to work, they have stated that their demands are for passing of new legislation to support the average laborer. President Přemysl Hlavač, representing the interests of the Traditionalist Party, has stated that the government of Cechy-Morava will not succumb to threats of action. The President has called for the unions to come rationally to the negotiating table before attempting any rash or hasty action. So far this approach has seemed to work, though negotiations have yet to develop any reform or concrete changes to the status of the Czech worker.
BOMBING IN GRENOBLE KILLS CHILDREN. Grenoble, Dauphine. Only weeks after the successors to the Franco-Burgundian Confederation met there to establish a pact that promises to secure greater peace in Western Europe, an explosion rocked the city of Grenoble. A bomb was detonated in front of a local school, killing over two dozen young children and their teachers. The new French Brotherhood claimed credit for the bomb when it was initially reported that it had killed a government Minister. Unfortunately for the French Brotherhood, this report was false, and the attack on the school has greatly discredited the movement in Dauphine and across the Confederation. The French Brotherhood, which had been reporting a growing number of members has seen an immediate drop as their people have withdrawn in disgust. With the death of so many innocent children, the movement as a whole has been greatly discredited, and has been established as the top priority of numerous law enforcement groups across the former Confederation.
PLEBISCITE IN THE RHINELAND. Saarbrucken, Germany. The area around the Rhine has been one of the more demographically disputed areas between the former Confederation and Germany since the German state was formed. With a majority German population, the plebiscites held there immediately in the aftermath of the war set the current borders. The new plebiscites held this year were held to determine the status of their future. To the surprise of very few, the areas that voted to become part of the German state in the immediate aftermath of the war have voted to remain within Germany. Despite shameless and overall ineffective attempts by the French to undermine the legitimacy of the vote, the Germans have made their wishes known. The borders have remained the same, as the prosperity and stability of Germany remains highly appealing to the new citizenry. Even a number of French-speaking residents of the region voted to remain within Germany, where prices are cheaper and wealth significantly more plentiful. It is hoped by all interests that these votes will settle the matter for the time being.
NORMANS CRUSH FRENCH BROTHERHOOD. Caen, Normandy. After the horrific bombing in Grenoble, it became clear that the movement known as the French Brotherhood, believed initially to be a fairly tame movement advocating French nationalism, was more violent than previously expected. Governments across the former Confederation have dedicated resources to hunting them down, and waging a new conflict against them. In Normandy, an investigation unveiled a substantial stockpile of arms and explosives of Occitanian make, and arrested those holding them. Investigations indicated that these munitions were Great War surplus, and calls have been made for Occitania to crack down upon whatever corruption has allowed the sale of their arms to this group. Plans were also discovered that a bombing was planned upon Norman government members, and the resulting investigation has led to the dismantlement of the French Brotherhood in Normandy, as all of the remaining members have be arrested and imprisoned.
BATTLE IN THE STREETS OF ORLEANS. Orleans, Orleans. The political effects of the Grenoble bombing and the crackdown in Normandy were felt in Orleans too, as the nation also sought to dismantle the child-killing French Brotherhood. A major arsenal was discovered in the course of investigation in the very heart of Orleans itself. A police raid was turned into a bloodbath as the French Brotherhood mustered its forces to defend the arsenal, using machine guns and other military caliber weaponry to slaughter those who attempted to arrest them. Apparently the whole of the Orleans chapter of the French Brotherhood were assembled, including their leadership, and nearly one thousand members answered the call. A whole three blocks of the city were barricaded as the French Brotherhood was quickly surrounded by the Army of Orleans. Refusing calls to surrender, they have proclaimed that they now launch a fight to create a new French state. Of course, having been largely discredited by the Grenoble bombing, the French Brotherhood did not achieve the revolution they dreamed of. Instead, the soldiers of Orleans turned artillery upon them and slowly crushed their positions. Thousands were killed or wounded in the fighting, and what many believe to be the center of the French Brotherhood was utterly destroyed. A bloody victory was had, but the outskirts of Orleans were badly mauled by fire and devastation, yet another civilian toll caused by the French Brotherhood. Still, the main leaders of the French Brotherhood were killed in the fighting, as were their most dedicated fighters. Most agree this is likely a strong step forward to ending their efforts to undermine the post-Confederate governments. (+1 Stability, -1 Infantry Brigade)
UNION STRIKE TURNS TO RIOT IN ROME. Rome, Papal States. The people of the Papacy have been laboring in an increasing amount of factories and industrial parks throughout the region. While unions have been legal, they have sought to strike to achieve greater say in local governance and improved working conditions. Essentially all major unions participated in this strike, shutting down the economy of the center of the Papal States, as shipyards, factories, and railroads all were closed from the strike. The Inquisition and military were quick to respond, announcing that those who refused to return to work would be arrested for treason. The strikers for the most part refused, and began throwing rocks at the representatives of the Papal government. Eventually soldiers present fired upon the crowds, and hundreds were killed in the aftermath, as the strikes turned into riots. The chaos was immense, and significant damage was caused to the facilities in dispute, and thousands more were injured. The net result was the imprisonment of most of the union's leadership, but unfortunately, those who escaped have begun to rally to their cause a growing number of people discontent with the rule of the clergy over the land. (-1 Stability)
RIOTING IN LISBON. Lisbon, Portugal. In a year of particular violence, special note could be made of the rioting which took place in the Western European nation of Portugal. Spurred by various proletarist movements, marches were assembled and launched against the center of Parliament, calling for change and the restoration of power to the people. They have stated that the Social Democrats have lost sight of their mandate to protect and support the working man, choosing instead to favor military oligarchs and wealth. The march turned violence after a number of the most virulent protestors charged police lines and attacked them forcibly. The police were forced to defend themselves, and made sure to use nonlethal force upon the protestors who attacked them. The result was a building riot as criminals took advantage of the situation to rob and loot various stores and businesses throughout the city. The police responded appropriately, arresting those looting and attempting to protect the more innocent people. The net result of the riots was a tremendous amount of private property damage, but a number of proletarist activists were also arrested. They were charged with inciting a riot, and have been imprisoned for over ten years each, leading to a major breakdown and failure of proletarist movements in Portugal, helping to stabilize the regime. (+1 Stability)
BARRICADES RISE IN ATHENS. Athens, Roman Empire. The city of Athens has been the center of Greek discontent with the ongoing rule of Constantinople over the Roman Empire. Most of the Vox Populi few Athens as the proper center of any Greek nation, and thus have focused their efforts there. For years there have portions of the city that Roman officials dare not enter for fear of what may happen to them by the populace. This year a portion of the Vox Populi declared Roman rule at an end, and rose up in arms, seizing portions of the inner city and barricading the ancient streets. Unfortunately, the revolt was not coordinated enough or virulent enough to inspire the full scale uprising they craved. Most believe it was launched after a Roman attempt to arrest several key leaders of the Vox Populi throughout the city. The effort was failure in its own aims, but spurred this uprising, as the rebels armed themselves against government forces. The legions responded to the uprising and used arms and tanks to pulverize the barricades and push into the city streets. The fighting was heavy and casualties were high, but the rebel group was crushed. Most of the Vox Populi leaders have escaped, and have since proclaimed those who fought in the uprising as martyrs for the cause, building up new strength for a proper rebellion. (-3 Infantry Brigades)
PROLETARISTS ARRESTED DURING SPANISH PROTESTS. Madrid, Spain. Several major protests were held throughout the largest cities and industrial centers of Spain this year as social and traditional proletarists led mass gatherings against the policies of the Spanish government. They have marched, calling for improved worker reforms and conditions, creating a better environment for the average Spanish working man. They have claimed that the current government has failed to meet the interests of the people and otherwise suppressed the interests of the worker in favor of the interests of the economy. The protests threatened to turn violent in Madrid, where the police maintained a heavy presence. Actions by several traditional proletarists nearly turned the protests into riots, but swift police action brought about the arrest of the main rabble rousers. They were imprisoned and arrested for attempting to spur a riot among the mostly peaceful protestors. This has actually done much for the Spanish government, discrediting the traditional proletarists as violent revolutionaries as well as arresting their primary leadership through the course of the protest. (+1 Stability)
GRENOBLE PACT SIGNED IN WESTERN EUROPE. Grenoble, Dauphine. Nine nations in Western Europe have signed what is considered to be one of the greatest steps forward in local peace and unity since the end of the Rhine-Rhone War. Poitou, Dauphine, Normandy, Burgundy, Occitania, Orleans, Flanders, the Netherlands, and Germany have all signed a strong mutual defensive pact. The new "Grenoble Pact" assures a recognition of local borders and sovereignty, helping provide a stronger defense for all the involved nations. The proposal has also been geared towards making Germany a secondary member of the arrangement, simply present to help preserve the security of all the rest. The hope is that with the French Travel Treaty of 1930, this will be a strong step towards the continued prosperity and peace currently enjoyed by the governments of Western Europe.
"GREATEST BUILDING ON EARTH" TO BE BUILT IN GENEVA. Geneva, Switzerland. A group of enterprising business men in Switzerland have pledged to build a monument to ingenuity by constructing a massive new skyscraper in Geneva. The building is planned to be four hundred and seventy meters high, surpassing the Imperial State Building in Rio de Janeiro by thirty meters and the de Rosas building in Rosario by fifty meters. The new building is being financed by private construction firms in Geneva, but some are concerned about the engineering practicalities of the endeavor. The Swiss government has provided limited startup funds for the structure, but elements of the legislature have adamantly opposed any further financing for the project. This has come predominantly due to the lack of interest in renting or acquiring offices in the proposed buildings, of which over sixty percent remain unclaimed.
NORMAN ECONOMIC PLAN COMPLETE.. Caen, Normandy. After two years of financing and labor, the Norman government was pleased to announce the successful conclusion of the Norman Economic Plan. The new plan has provided increased job opportunities and modernization of the nation's facilities, even after the reconstruction program that followed the Rhine-Rhone War. Prime Minister Phillip Dufort has applauded the dedication and perseverance of those working on the associated projects, stating that the completion of the endeavor is a great moment in Norman history. After completing the expense of these programs, many hope that the Prime Minister will turn his focus on the increased domestic problems of Western Europe beyond such ambitious programs. Critics of the regime have pointed out that the Norman economy has continued to stagnate despite the completion of the Economic Plan, and have begun to demand an explanation of such waste when it clearly has not fixed the situation.
News from the Americas
MASSIVE HURRICANE CUTS ACROSS CARIBBEAN. Galveston, Florida. One of the most devastating hurricanes on record passed over the Caribbean this year, coming out of the South Atlantic to cause immense damage. The hurricane first struck Puerto Rico, and then made its way across the other island states, but didn't truly pick up a new speed and vigor until it reached the Gulf of Mexico. While dozens were left dead in the islands, the hurricane proceeded west, hitting the east coast of Florida, striking at the major port city of Galveston. Immense damage was done, and thousands are believed to have been killed with the strike, as boats were tossed about as toys, and the storm surge destroyed numerous warehouses and other port facilities. The economic toll has been significant, and the ensuing fires caused by explosions at multiple oil refineries in the port led to even more chaos and destruction. The Floridian military was unable to respond as military commitments against Jacksonia required the nation's full attention. The nation has been thusly unable to properly react to the devastation, as looting has been stated to be widespread across the area and local police authorities have been unable to restore control. (-2 Manpower)
Floridian residents of Galveston paw through the rubble looking for lost possessions
AZTEC ELECTIONS HELD. Oaxaca, Aztlan. Over the past electoral mandate, the Aztec government has achieved numerous accomplishments, successfully keeping the economy booming and the nation's people employed gainfully. They have further managed to complete several key projects which have led to these gains, and the economic windfall from petroleum investment seems to have at last paid off. The brilliance of the moment has come from the leaders of the liberal Democratic Party, which has claimed credit for most of the accomplishments, leaving President Rodolfito Dominguez in the dust. Indeed, the liberal opposition has managed to claim that the president has been an obstacle to success rather than a integral part of it. The conservatives have been unable to counter these claims effectively and this has cost them in this year's elections. In a bitter fight for reelection, President Dominguez lost control and victory went to his liberal opponent, Matlal Banegas. President-elect Banegas immediately pledged closer cooperation with Congress, and a furthering of existing policies to preserve and expand Aztec economic growth and independence.
CHILE HOLDS ELECTIONS. Santiago, Chile. The nation of Chile, which regularly sees protests over the lack of a legislature or balance against the authoritative power of the presidency, held new elections this year. Once again the moralist Davros Cruz was faced by opponents calling for reform and creation of a congress to help control and manage the whole of Chile. Reform would also include greater religious and economic freedoms, breaking away from the more authoritarian regime currently extant. President Cruz has maintained the position that his regime is mandated by the people, and that he has always overseen the best of Chilean economic growth and stability. Furthermore, he has stated that he will continue to guard the true faith in Chile, and has thus received the endorsement of the local Catholic Church. With the largest margin for victory he's ever achieved, President Cruz has been reelected as president of Chile, and continued to bring a moralist regime to this South American nation. (+1 Stability)
CUBAN "ELECTIONS" HELD. Havana, Cuba. After the devastation of the brief Cuban Civil War, the government of President Garcia has struggled to retain cohesiveness and legitimacy in the eyes of the people. To this end, elections were held this year, but with the exile or arrest of most of the official opposition over the past years, there existed no one willing to challenge the president. This has been trumpeted by local press, claiming that the people of Cuba love the president so much that they cannot think of a reason to oppose him. Therefore the ballot in Cuba was a small one, as only President Garcia was present upon it, making the whole affair quite simpler than most democratic elections. Still, the elections went forward, and to no one's surprise, President Garcia has been reelected by the first unanimous vote in Cuban history.
ELECTIONS IN JACKSONIA. Jefferson, Jacksonia. Even as the war raged onward along the Colorado River, the people of Jacksonia have participated in national elections, as a monument to the ideals of democracy. Noted Congressman, John King, has run with the support and endorsement of Liam Luff on the pledge of defending democracy and preventing the nation's chosen government from being ousted by the Floridians. Claiming that the Jacksonians should stand behind the regime and support the war effort has been a boon to President Tuff, but has not managed to serve the rest of his party as well. The conservative Party of Order has clearly managed to make a move back into relevance, claiming that the policies of the social proletarists have been economically self-destructive and horrendous, arming children to fight a war for men. They have further stated that it was the social proletarists who allowed the situation with Florida to degenerate into a war. Unfortunately for their cause, while the Party of Order has gained a majority in Congress, they have been unable to secure the presidency. John King has won reelection, and to many people's surprise the Party of Order has taken this development in stride and called for their supporters to rally behind the president to defend the nation from the Floridian invasion.
ELECTIONS IN URUGUAY. Montevideo, Uruguay. To many the elections in 1927 had gone overlooked in Uruguay, but the people of this small South American nation had engaged in yet another vicious campaign in which President Lonzo remained in authority and the liberal Party of Order preserved a majority to oppose his policies. The elections of 1923 and 1927 have essentially kept Uruguay in a state of lockdown, preventing any new policy changes or developments by either faction in government. President Lonzo made a spirited attempt to reverse that fact this year as he ran for his fourth consecutive term of office as the moralist candidate for Uruguay. Thanks to new efforts in the media and effective use of the radio, President Lonzo has successfully used his own base and charisma to expand support to the rest of the Uruguayan Moralist Party. They have successfully campaign on the promise of better, moral living and showing how little the Party of Order has to show for its time as the majority. The elections therefore have shifted the power in Congress to the Moralist Party once again, as President Lonzo wins his fourth term in office. It seems likely that this will herald in a new set of legislation, as the government celebrates the consolidation of the regime under moralist principles.
VINLANDER ELECTIONS HELD. Nya Stockholm, Vinland. For the first time in twelve years, it seems that true political change and upheaval has come to Vinland. The recent blows suffered by the Pan-American Democratic Accord and the riots earlier in the year have led to a major shift in local politics. The Konservativ Industripartiet has managed their first true resurgence in ages, playing off public dissatisfaction with the results of the internationalist approach. This victory was all the more apparent with the effective collapse of the Socialproletärpartiet, which had split into several smaller, divergent political groups. Konservativ Industripartiet has managed to gain a slim majority over the Riksdag, securing for themselves the right to proclaim a new Statsminister. Fredrik Gustavski, a prominent isolationist and conservative, has been invited to form the new government, and is the new Statsminister of Vinland, as they approach a new term with the fall of the social proletarist government.
AZTEC UNIONS SUPPORT PROLETARISM. Tenochtitlan, Aztlan. The right to the formation of worker's unions and support groups has been inherent in almost every variation of the Aztec constitution since the region's independence from Spain. The current status of the unions has been in stagnation, facing a hostile government over years, despite its allegedly liberal bent. The massive amount of money provided to oil companies, including American oil companies, has been heavily disputed by local unions, who have been undermined by foreign corporations. The high number of deaths caused by the 1924 oil fires have only made matters worse, and unions have been forced to take drastic measures. Proclaiming that the liberal government no longer properly is identified with the will of the people, existing Aztec unions have put out the call, claiming that proletarist thought is what will guide them to better working conditions. They have begun spearheading a movement to legalized proletarist parties to allow them to participate in the 1935 elections. The move has been highly frowned upon by the government, as an increasing amount of Aztecs begin flocking to the banner of proletarism. (-1 Stability)
GENERAL DE LUZ EVADES ASSASSINATION. San Jose, Costa Rica. General Lopez de Luz of Costa Rica narrowly avoided an assassination attempt this year, as malcontents continue to struggle against the military rule of this Central American nation. The assassination attempt took place during a dinner, when one of the general's food tasters fell dead, having been poisoned. The culprit is still at large, and has evaded investigation or capture, but many suspect the general's other rivals within the military and abroad. General de Luz has claimed that foreign interests are consistently trying to murder him in order to subjugate Costa Rica to oppression. Some suggestion has been made that Colombian spies and gangsters are responsible for this particular attempt, but no legitimate evidence has emerged to support this theory.
PROLETARIST PARTY FOUNDED IN HISPANIOLA. Santo Domingo, Hispaniola. Since achieving independence from the United States of America, the political system of Hispaniola has been somewhat modeled upon that of Brazil. This has included an utter lack of any proletarist ideology or political movements over the past few years. In the case of Brazil this was due to the illegalization of the political movement, in the case of Hispaniola, it has been from a lack of interest. Recent growth of unions and protectionist groups have led to a surge in interest in an improvement of worker conditions over recent years. The growing tourist trade and even a limited industrial sector have deteriorated pay and worsened the average lifestyle of a Hispaniolan. This year a group of intellectuals have established the Hispaniolan Social Proletarist Party, and have begun to assemble support for a move in the upcoming 1934 elections. President del Salvador has responded to some requests to shut down this movement by refusing and claiming that denying any political party rights would undermine the whole democratic system.
STRIKE LAUNCHED IN NEW ENGLAND. Boston, United States of America. Bostonian worker unions have launched an impressive new strike this year, achieving support and aid from other unions across New England. The strike has been launched in support of the plight of the negro worker in the West, as well as in favor of improving their own working conditions. They have demanded a proper minimum wage to be set upon all workers, including the negroes of the west, allowing for mobility and advancement through working ranks. They have continued to chafe under largely Southern oversight of most businesses, and the Northern worker has grown increasingly agitated. Corporate leaders have refused to budge on business policy, and have not caved into the strikers. They have attempted to hire new employees from the larger market, and set them to work, despite threats against their lives. The strike has delayed local businesses immensely, and by the end of the year had reached its hundredth day. The strike seems set on continuing without cease, as newspapers begin calling upon the government to intervene in the matter to restore the local economy.
VARUKORGBOLL RIOT IN VINLAND. Sammanstrom, Vinland. What was initially a friendly sporting competition turned into an orgy of deadly violence in the city of Sammanstrom in Vinland this year. The game was the latest of the International Cup for the Varukorgboll competition, between an independent Brazilian team and the local Vinlander team. The riot had innocent origins as the Vinlander team offered the Brazilians locally brewed spirits as a reward after the Brazilians won the game. As the coach and team were mostly devout Moralists, they took offense, very publically setting the spirits aflame in the center of the stadium. This breach of good taste went over poorly with the Vinlander crowd, and they soon became riotous. They stormed the field and local police struggled with the crowd to protect the Brazilian team members, who were quickly rushed off while in protective custody. Already drunk themselves, the Vinlanders soon turned their anger against the police and the world in general, spurring a major riot with the city stadium at its heart. The riot spread throughout portions of the city as the police struggled to maintain order among the masses. Eventually the riot burned itself out, as people sobered up and returned to their homes, but extensive damages were done in the process.
THE DEATH OF PADA? Nya Stockholm, Vinland. In a dramatic speech to the assembly of the Pan-American Democratic Accord, the ambassador from Vinland decried the ineffectiveness of the organization and proclaimed the failure of its goals. Cited was the inactivity and reluctance of member states to move in response to various regional crises. Some question has been raised towards the merit of the statement, as last year's entry of Peru and Hawaii into the PADA seemed to show a new rise of interest in the organization. Despite these advancements, the ambassador has had some to show for his view, as Florida departed the organization this year. Furthermore, the election of a conservative government in Vinland for the first time in twelve years suggests that even Vinland may soon depart what has been termed a proud but failed endeavor.
MAYANS BEGIN NEW DAM PROJECT. Tuxtla, Mayaland. The Mayan government have announced the onset of construction of the newly surveyed and started Chicoasén Dam on the Grijalva River. The new dam is slated to provide cheap and plentiful electrical power for the province and help create new employment and improved standards of living. As most in Mayaland continue to be without electrical power or luxuries, this has been viewed as a positive step forward, a tangible sign of Ceh Pech's loyalty to the nation. Some more right-wing groups have frowned upon the massive expense of the new project, claiming that priority of spending should be focused more upon the liberation of Mayan peoples in Honduras. Still, foreign groups have tenuously applauded this as the first sign of anything other than exploitation between the Mayan military government and the average Mayan citizen.
WAR OF THE COLORADO RIVER. Devil's Road, Jacksonia. War has broken out from tense relations between Jacksonia and Florida in North America, leading to a bloody struggle between these two nations. The Floridians have called the accords sponsored by Vinland and the Pan-American Democratic Accord as intolerable and have moved to rectify the dispute over the Colorado River, a vital waterway for irrigation in both nations. After Jacksonia threatened to build new hydroelectric dams on the river, which would cut off vital water flow, Florida has taken the saber rattling to the next level. President Matthew Lockwood has declared that the seizure of territories bordering the river are vital for the national security of Florida and its economic and agricultural interests. Most of the war has been focused near the town of Devil's Road in southeastern Jacksonia, as the Floridians launched a major push across the river. Unfortunately, this route of attack was anticipated by the Jacksonians, who had plans in place for the defense of the region. The Floridians advanced into a strategic trap, forming a tenuous salient besieged on all sides. Only through sheer weight of local numbers and some supply problems on the Jacksonian side, the Floridians managed a bridgehead with heavy casualties. In the skies the Floridians managed to out fly the Jacksonians, bringing down most of their fighters and dominating the skies. This vital edge in reconnaissance enabled the Floridians to discover the Jacksonian trap and strategy. Regardless of this advantage, the slog has been slow, as the Jacksonians have dug in and made Florida pay for every inch of soil. The Jacksonians managed a counterattack later in the year, but the Floridians had dug in as well, leading to massive bloodshed with very little to show for either side. While the stalemate continued in the south, Floridian cavalry raiding parties crossed the river further north, and Jacksonia has cried foul at the alleged atrocities perpetrated by these raiders. The towns of Novac and Nipton were razed by the cavalry, who reportedly slaughtered all of the town's residents, including women and children, pushing deep into the Mohave Desert. The cavalry evaded Jacksonian attempts to corral their raids, drawing resources from the fighting further south.
Florida: 28 Conscript Brigades, 12 Infantry Brigades, 1 Cavalry Brigades, 5 Artillery Brigades (+1 Army Quality, +1 Air Force Quality)
Jacksonia: 17 Conscript Brigades, 7 Infantry Brigades, 7 Artillery Brigades, 2 Cannock-type Aircraft Squadrons, 2 Vy27 Fighter Squadrons
COLOMBIA CLOSES CANAL TO MOST JACKSONIAN SHIPPING. Panama City, Colombia. The government of Colombia has taken a stand in favor of Florida in the dispute that has arisen over the Colorado River far to the north. To this end, the Colombians have begun enacting strict rules and legislation for what Jacksonian ships can bring through the Panama Canal. The regulations are highly intensive, and the failure to comply with any one of the principles, even without the knowledge of the crew, would result in the confiscation of the vessel. Over two dozen Jacksonian vessels were seized in this manner and sold off to other companies and agencies before the situation rectified itself. While some shipping stopped, most has simply just started registering their vessels in other nations, allowing travel to continue without dealing with these intensive and biased new rules.
News from Africa and the Middle East
KURDS SPARK INCIDENT ON THE TIGRIS. Tikrit, Persia. In the border city of Tikrit there has been a rising number of disputes and problems between the Persian overseers of the region and local Kurdish populations. The Kurds are a small minority in the region and much despised by the local Arab population, but both have equally distrusted and disliked the Persian government. This year violence erupted between the two factions as they began fighting over territory and smuggling across the Kurdish border to the north. The violence escalated into assassination, as local Persian government representatives were killed by the Kurdish smugglers. The Persians retaliated by expanding patrols along the border, which brought them into conflict with the Kurdish state. A series of skirmishes were then reported along the border region, as Persian military forces have clashed with the Kurdish army. Both sides have deployed addition forces to the area, and the Kurds have warned the Persians against further aggression or attack.
ELECTIONS IN KURDISTAN. Cizre, Kurdistan. The people of Kurdistan turned out for new elections this year, as the government of President Juda Amjad faced a rising crisis with the Persians. To the surprise of many, the liberals have managed to turn a critical situation to their political advantage, calling for the unity of all Kurds against imperial oppression. They have argued that the plight of the Kurds still living under Persian rule is a dire one of concern to all right thinking people, hoping to rally internal support. As many possess relatives to live barely across the border, it seems that these words have had a strong effect on the masses. Religious rhetoric and the historical dislike for the Persians has further built up support, and large numbers have turned out for the voting process. The election results were firmly in favor of the liberal Progressive Party, and the policies of Juda Amjad. The majority has acknowledged President Amjad as the continuing leader of the regime, pledging their support to him, and for the first time in years, it seems that elections have had a stabilizing effect upon the Kurdish government. (+1 Stability)
REBELS ORGANIZE IN BENIN. Kano, Burgundy. Reports from the interior of Burgundian Africa have begun to indicate a rise in rebellious activity and movements. After years of dormancy, the recent successes of rebel groups in South and East Africa has begun to inspire new efforts elsewhere. Chafing under French rule, the forces in Benin have been mostly disorganized to date, and disparate among various tribes and ethnic groups. This year it was reported that previously hostile tribes and groups have begun to set aside their differences in preparation for a new campaign for independence. The fragile coalition has been assembled, and a new wave of propaganda has reached the larger cities and towns of the Burgundian colony. They have advocated for the withdrawal of Burgundy's colonial garrisons, and the establishment of free native nations in the European colony. The movement seems to be led by Western educated rabble rousers, hoping to inspire their people to victory over oppression. Only time will tell whether this uneasy coalition will hold together in order to expel the forces of Burgundy. (-1 Stability)
THE HOLY LAND RISES. Bir-ashab, Filastin. A major revolt has decimated Papal control in the Holy Land this year as the local Arabic and Islamic population launched a full-scale uprising. Armed with a large stockpile of Arabic weaponry, including even some elderly planes, the Muslims launched full attacks upon the Papal garrisons. The fighting was brutal and heavy as the Papal forces were numerous, but the arrival of a plethora of volunteers sneaking over the border from Italian, German, and British holdings further exacerbated the situation. The conflict was immediately portrayed as a rightful jihad to expel the new crusaders from the Holy Land, while at the same time more secular elements have claimed it to be the first step in Arabic liberation. Though these factions are heavily divided between religious and secular both are united in the goal of defeating the Papacy. The fighting was heavy throughout the year as the Papal forces fought hard, but the Arabs had air superiority, for what it was worth, and managed to outmaneuver the Papal armies time and again. The fighting spilled over across the Italian border, as the Arabs fought to secure Jerusalem, which turned into the focal point of the campaign. The Catholic armies were surrounded in the city, and the bulk of the Papal garrison was trapped there as the city quaked beneath them. The siege turned into a bloodbath, as the local Christian and Jewish population were beset upon by the Muslim rebels. Tens of thousands were killed, and the rebels did not take prisoners from among the Papal forces, who were slaughtered where they stood. Remaining Papal forces were hastily evacuated from Gaza, as more rebel forces continued to close in and the Papal troops were in a rout. Continued skirmishes continued around Jerusalem, where the Arabic and Islamic rebels fought with Italian troops, and it seems likely that the fight may well continue beyond this point. The new Arabian State of Filastin has been formed, as an uneasy government coalition has been struck between pan-Arabic nationalists and Islamic religious leaders.
Filastin: 14 Conscript Brigades
Italy: 4 Infantry Brigades
Papal States: 16 Infantry Brigades, 5 Artillery Brigades
MALAGASY UPRISING CRUSHED. Antananarivo, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland. The British garrison on Madagascar faced another major uprising this year as the local rebels made another bid for victory through conventional combat. They struck at a number of British military outposts and threw their full force behind the offensive against the imperial occupiers. The majority of these attacks were repulsed by the defending garrisons, routing them and sending them running back into the interior. The offensive actually proved to be an enormous strategic mistake, as the British forces were able to properly identity several key rebel camps and arsenals in the wake of their attacks. In the following months, the British managed an offensive of their own, destroying a multitude of significant rebel encampments and killing or capturing much of their forces. This has been a major blow to the Malagasy rebellion, and a huge boon for the British occupying forces. (-3 Infantry Brigades, -1 Cavalry Brigade, +1 Stability)
COUP RESULTS IN TAKEOVER IN ABYSSINIA. Addis Ababa, Abyssinia. After the end of the wars with the imperial Scandinavian government and Tadjoura, the fate of Abyssinia seemed up in the air. No one was entirely certain what the fate of the nation would be in the new political environment. The plans to establish a constitution have been delayed time and again, as politics have delayed any reform or other efforts. While a would-be constitutional committee met, the true face of the leader of the effort, Yared Orit made itself known. As the main commander of Abyssinian military forces, he has marshaled his army and made a proper bid for power. Other militias and forces have been crushed in a rapid campaign, as the constitutional committee was disbanded, and Yared Orit proclaimed himself Grand Marshal of Abyssinia. In his new position, the new Grand Marshal has granted himself absolute power over Abyssinia, claiming it as his right as the true liberator of the nation from the Scandinavians. With the army fully behind him and his cause, Grand Marshal Orit rests firmly atop the political apparatus of Abyssinia. (-1 Infantry Brigade, -1 Artillery Brigade)
KING WOUNDED IN ADJUURAMARK ATTACK. Mogadishu, Adjuuramark. King Daniel of Adjuuramark was badly wounded in an attack only weeks before his scheduled marriage. The attacker was a gunman during a visitation of a marketplace in Mogadishu, as the king visited upon his subjects. He was shot twice in the arm by the attacker, before his bodyguards brought down the assailant. King Daniel immediately went in for medical care, and was under close observation for some time before being discharged a matter of days before he was to be married. The assailant was identified as a assassin in the employ of a local merchant in Mogadishu, who has grown tired of the actions of the British mercenaries who make up much of the local army. With his assassin being identified, the merchant and his family have fled to neighboring Tadjoura, escaping the probable wrath of the king and his agents. King Daniel is expected to make a full recovery, but the tricky moments in which some thought he would die have led some to worry about the long term security and position of the kingdom.
PROTESTS SPUR REFORM AMONG OVAMBO. Velamanville, Ovamboland. While the end of the war for independence from Angola has come, the Ovambo are no more freed than they were at the start of the conflict. Xolani Zubizarreta has continued holding absolute power since the end of the war, resisting any initial attempts at gathering a constitutional convention. This year, the Ovambo people have turned out to march in Velamanville to call for proper change and advancement to be made. The march was mostly consistent of those who had been educated in Western institutions and their immediate friends and family. They have sought to bring about a new republic and constitution of the local people and tribes. Xolani Zubizarreta addressed the crowd, pledging to do better and bring about the reform both he and the masses desire. Delegates have begun being appointed to serve on a preliminary committee next year to establish a republican constitution for the Ovambo people, and a new document is expected for the masses to approve by the end of 1932.
BURUNDI-ZAMBIAN WAR ESCALATES. Lusaka, Zambia. The fighting between the young nations of Burundi and Zambia grew in intensity this year as the neighboring state of Chokweland intervened on behalf of Burundi. Calling for the restoration of the prewar status quo and the independence of Burundi, the Chokwe prepared themselves to lead a fresh offensive against Zambian forces. The initial Zambian attack proved mostly successful, pushing towards the Lualaba River, and driving the Burundian armies back. Eventually, they were halted, as Chokwe forces were brought to bear, using planes and heavy artillery to complete disorient and destroy the Zambian forces. The counteroffensive quickly annihilated the remaining Zambian forces in the north, and the Chokwe and Burundian forces drove east, retaking Kalemie from Zambia. Thanks to superior weapons, air support, and overall better military forces, the Chokwe have proven a far greater opponent than the Burundians the Zambians had been fighting. Fresh Chokwe forces have mobilized along the border, while the government appeals for the Zambians to make peace before more drastic action is taken.
Burundi: 4 Conscript Brigades
Chokweland: 2 Infantry Brigades
Zambia: 14 Conscript Brigades
HOMESTEAD ACT REPEALED AMID NEW LEGISLATION. Cape Town, South Africa. After the political disasters of the rebellions in British Southeast Africa and the Homestead Act in South Africa, the South African political system has been put on the defensive. As part of the new treaties of recognition signed with the Zulu, the South African government has repealed the controversial Homestead Act. While this has deprived a number of enterprising white settlers of their seized territories, the new Labour Party government has the political capital to get away with it. As an attempt to mend fences and exploit their new position, the regime of President Robert Hazard has focused on passing a base minimum wage for both white and black workers. The success of this legislation has been seen as a great step forward, but ambitions for even greater laws were forestalled as conservative political heads threatened increased resistance should other reforms be forced through.
TREATY OF BULAWAYO. Bulawayo, Zululand. In what has been trumpeted as the greatest defeat for European imperialism in Africa, the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland has been forced to sign a new treaty with the states of southeast Africa. With the outbreak of a major war in China and escalating tensions elsewhere, the British have cut their losses and established a new peace with the local kingdoms and governments. They have agreed to recognize the independence of all extant regimes, including Mutapa, Zululand, Botswana, Burundi, and Zambia. No other terms have been provided as part of the treaty, effectively signifying a British withdrawal from the region. They have also not issued a final statement on borders between Zambia and Burundi, which continued to be disputed as both fight each other. They have agreed to recognize whatever borders are created as a result of the conflict, choosing to remain isolated from the affair for now. The treaty has had a major effect on remaining colonial holdings in Africa, perhaps moreso than that which was spurred by the recent crisis in Kongo. Nationalist groups seem to be increasingly ambitious, and growing in strength, looking towards liberty from their own imperial masters. (-1 Stability for all African mainland colonies and Kongo)
THE TUNISIAN WAR. Tunis, Sardinia. A vicious war has erupted on the frontiers of the Sardinian colony of Tunis, and it has only escalated as the year has progressed. On the Sardinian side, their old allies of Corsica have provided an expeditionary force to aid in the defense of the colony. They have been joined by volunteers and recruits from Occitania, bringing with them tanks and heavier weapons. The Libyans have been joined by soldiers from Egypt and Sudan, as they work to wage a war to liberate their brethren in Tunis from foreign occupation. Aware of the incoming overwhelming force of Occitania, the Libyans launched an early offensive, hoping to destroy the remaining Sardinian troops before their allies could arrive. The offensive made some headway, but the Sardinians, thanks to overwhelming air power, slowed the assault to a crawl. Late in the year, with the arrival of tanks and fresh troops from Sardinia's allies, they launched a new offensive to push the Libyans and their cohorts out of the colony. Despite overwhelming airpower and tank support, the push was against somewhat superior numbers. Egyptian planes challenged the Sardinians in the sky, using hit and run tactics to damage the Sardinians, without losing too many of their own forces. The Sardinian push was almost as slow as the earlier Libyan offensive, leading to heavy casualties on both sides, as the fight remains virtually at a stalemate.
Corsica: 3 Infantry Brigades (+1 Army Quality)
Occitania: 8 Infantry Brigades, 1 Tonneau Victoreux Armored Brigade, 3 Artillery Brigades
Sardinia: 15 Infantry Brigades, 3 Artillery Brigades, 1 Sim27 Fighter Squadron(+1 Army Quality, +1 Air Force Quality)
Egypt: 2 Conscript Brigades, 2 Infantry Brigades, 3 Cavalry Brigades, 2 Artillery Brigades (+1 Army Quality, +1 Air Force Quality)
Libya: 16 Conscript Brigades, 7 Infantry Brigades, 8 Artillery Brigades (+1 Army Quality)
Sudan: 2 Conscript Brigades, 1 Artillery Brigade
KING OF ADJUURAMARK MARRIES. Kismaayo, Adjuuramark. King Daniel Dravot has at last married, picking a local wife from a patrician family in the city of Kismaayo. Marrying from the wealthy Obama family in the city, strong supports of the overthrow of Scandinavian rule, Mirembe has become the new Queen of Adjuuramark. The marriage has been accompanied by celebrations throughout the cities of Adjuuramark sponsored by the government. The time of celebration has marked the dawn of a new era in the small African nation, as King Daniel attempts to establish his legitimacy and forge a lasting dynasty for his new nation. The marriage has been notably ill attended by the crowned heads of Europe and Africa, as few in Europe have any respect for the "upstart mercenary" while the monarchs of Africa find the reign of a European king repugnant at best. Even Abyssinia only offered the attendance of the local ambassador rather than the presence of their king.
GERMANY COMPLETES ARABIAN INFRASTRUCTURE. Aleppo, Germany. After several years of construction and working with local labor and businessmen, the German government has announced the completion of the new road and railroad building program. Dedicated to constructing improved infrastructure and systems for maintenance throughout the territories taken from the Arabian Empire, the German program has been supported both from Berlin and local sources. Thanks to the advice of local engineers and builders, the program has done its best to include as much of the local population as possible to increase the amount of local jobs. Furthermore, this has done more to offer a trade alternative for those looking to reach the Red Sea from the Mediterranean. Though the initial project was done with the idea of local autonomy in mind, this has largely been abandoned, despite the overall economic success of the effort.
News from the Far East
ELECTIONS IN GUANGXI. Xinjing, Guangxi. The aftermath of the outbreak of the Fireworks War last year has been at the center of the election debates in the Dominion of Guangxi. As the British themselves debate about the conduct of the war, and the Union Jacks preserved control, the government of Guangxi has seen a different discussion. The assassination of the king and deaths of so many others has thrown Chinese nationalism into disrepute among the enlightened souls actually allowed to cast a vote in local politics. On the other hand, the attacks were inspiring not only to those who despise the British, but also to those looking for a path to Guangxi's leadership of China. There has thusly been created a more distinct divide in Chinese politics, as many would-be voters have withdrawn, and reports indicate that support for the Red Army has swelled. They allege that the Fireworks Assassination shows the vulnerability and weakness of the British government, and have thus begun to undermine it. In the elections themselves, the liberal Datongdang has managed to discredit the Fùxīngdǎng, claiming that their efforts to contain the Red Army were ineffective. The disastrous bloodshed so early in the war has further supported the Datongdang, who have secured a very slim, and divided majority by a single seat in the dominion's parliament. They have brought Andrew Wo in as the new Prime Minister of Guangxi , and he has pledged to secure a just and worthy victory in the Fireworks War, correcting the mistakes of the previous government.
NEW ZEALANDER ELECTIONS HELD. Akarana, New Zealand. The elections in New Zealand this year have been once more focused upon the treatment of the islands' native Maori populations. Though recent years have seen a surge in white immigration from across the world, especially from the Confederation and Germany, the Maori remain a constant thorn in the side of the current government. The liberals have begun arguing for the restoration of a amicable relationship between the white settlers and natives, as well as the return of civil rights to those of mixed race. The new immigrants and those who have benefited from the antagonism, however, have put up a stiff resistance to the liberals. The Party of Rocha has continued to advocate the redistribution of tribal lands to new settlers, and has called for the backing of the army to achieve just that. With the constantly arriving new immigrants from Europe, the conservatives have managed to pack their ranks with new recruits, easily granting voting rights, even to those who do not speak a word of Portuguese. By this dubious method, they have won overwhelmingly in the legislature, keeping their majority there, as well as securing reelection for Prime Minister Artistides Erico. The new immigrants are fully behind the government, and it seems likely that this new political capital may lead to great strides for the Erico regime. (+1 Stability)
PLEBISCITE IN GERMAN INDIA. Gujarat, Germany. The German imperial possessions in India have been secured a plebiscite this year as the locals have turned out to vote on their status in regards to the German Empire and India. Available as options were remaining within the German Empire, joining the larger Indian nation, and being granted independence as their own new nations. The instability of India overall, including yet another minor uprising this year, became a major factor into the decision-making process of the voters in the German possessions. The overall prosperity of the German Empire further supported their cause, and though the voting was hard fought by all three factions, the results became in favor of continued imperial rule. While some were in favor of regional independence, they instead threw most of their financial support over remaining under German rule. The logic has been that the Germans could far more effectively protect and finance the region than an independent regime could. Furthermore, an independent state would have to spend substantially more on protecting itself should India turn hostile. With these results it is hoped that the German benevolent rule will continue and protect the region from instability and economic failure. (+1 Stability)
MUTINY CRUSHED IN CHINESE ARMY. Lanzhou, China. The outbreak of a long anticipated war between the Unified Realm of China and the Dominion of Guangxi has led to a demonstration of growing discontent. Chinese army forces, now that they are actually being sent to war, have expressed their displeasure after decades of being able to linger around their homes without actually having a risk of dying. As orders came to move south to the front lines, several regiments mutinied outside of Lanzhou, leading to an escalating situation as soldiers attacked abusive and corrupt officers. They immediately caused growing chaos and disorder throughout the outskirts of the city, as the Chinese government immediately deployed loyal forces to crack down. The fighting was brutal, as most of the mutineers continued to possess their own arms and munitions. Thankfully, they did not remain organized enough to pose a legitimate threat to the main Chinese force, and they were easily isolated and crushed in detail. All mutineers have been executed for treason, and this seems to have done much to restore some degree of fearful loyalty among the surviving soldiers. (-5 Infantry Brigades)
REVOLT GROWS IN INDIAN COUNTRYSIDE. Nagpur, India. A revolt has begun throughout the Indian interior as rebel regionalist movements have increased in size and strength. Fighting against the tyranny of the central government and Hindi language, the new revolt has taken up arms as a organized guerilla force. Though no name has yet been given to these rebels, they have managed to succeed in several outright victories over government forces. Numerous outposts and arsenals have been razed and looted, and the arms and munitions within have gone to fuel the goals of the rebellion. Reports indicate that the rebellion in the area of Nagpur is by far the most organized and successful, and few have indicated any signs of further revolt around the nation. It seems that they continue to advocate regionalism and the dismantlement of the "imperial regime" of the Bombay government, looking to establish nation states on more traditional linguistic lines. Military forces in the area have been placed on high alert as it seems the rebellion continues to grow in strength and support among the civilian population also increases. (-1 Stability, -2 Infantry Brigades)
RED ARMY DEFEATS JAPANESE MILITARY FORCE. Dongying, Japan. The Japanese Imperial Army entered into full scale field hostilities with a major Red Army stronghold and force this year, anticipating an easy victory. Near the city of Dongying, the Red Army had been determined to have assembled major amounts of manpower and arms in preparation for a general uprising. Hoping to curb the risk of a revolution, the Japanese military immediately began preparations for a spoiling offensive. Ten Japanese divisions, including armor, were deployed against the Red Army's forces, which possessed substantial heavy weaponry as well as smaller arms. As the Japanese charged in, they appear to have grossly underestimated the numbers of the Chinese forces, and found themselves outflanked, and eventually surrounded. Support units were overwhelmed, and with no local air support, the Chinese consistently closed in upon the Japanese forces. After losing their own heavy weapons, the Japanese fought to the last in the countryside, and inflicted massive damage upon the Red Army's own troops. Regardless, the Japanese were slaughtered, granting the Red Army its first truly major victory in the field, spurring their own cause, and granting them tens of thousands of captured Japanese weapons and vehicles. (-1 Stability, -11 Infantry Brigades, -2 Cavalry Brigades, -2 Type-92 Armored Brigades, -4 Artillery Brigades)
KOREAN LEADERS DENOUNCE RED ARMY. Seoul, Japan. As the Red Army has escalated its armed efforts throughout the whole of Japanese China, nationalist leaders in Korea have begun to take a different approach. They have denounced the efforts of the Red Army, claiming that outright violence and warfare will only destroy a nation before it can truly rise. They have called for the growth of nonviolent movement and internal pressure upon the Japanese to force greater autonomy. This in turn has led to a rising divide between Korean nationalists, as it is reported that a number of younger nationalists have become increasingly discontent with this perspective. The unrest was escalated by reports that Korean leaders have betrayed cadres of the Red Army in Korea to the Japanese government, preventing them from taking a true foothold in the region. Older leaders have called for reconciliation and support among all classes of Koreans, striving to make the peninsula independent without the massive bloodshed currently underway in China.
LEADER OF CHINA PROMOTES SELF TO MARSHAL. Lanzhou, China. In the wake of the outbreak of the Fireworks War last year, General Yehao Ma has found himself at war with the British Empire and their Chinese dominion. Seeking to maintain his leadership as well as establish himself properly over his peers, the general has reorganized the local chain of command. He has promoted himself to Grand Marshal of China, as the total and absolute head of the Unified Realm's armed forces. Marshal Ma has pledged to lead the nation to victory over the imperialists, and to defend China's last true bastion of independence to the last man. According to reports, this has been accompanied by a quiet process of securing the allegiance of the other generals of the Unified Realm's army, bringing them to pledge their support for the Marshal and the upcoming war and battles ahead.
THE FIREWORKS WAR. Chengdu, China. After the assassination of King Richard, the forces of Guangxi have been marshaled for a war of vengeance as the Unified Realm of China is deemed responsible for the actions of the Red Army. The Chinese launched the opening offensive, throwing all their might behind a major push against Guangxi's border forces. The Chinese were barely held back by Guangxi and British forces, which were moved up hastily to the border regions. The Chinese offensive ultimately failed and the lines stabilized approximately along the border between the two nations. The battle in the skies was quickly won by Guangxi and the British, supported by Brazilian and German squadrons. The Chinese planes were laughably outgunned and barely capable of flight, having been poorly designed and sold by a Cuban firm. As planes they were worthless, easily being shot down by the worst of the Allied aircraft, sending Chinese pilots quickly to their death. After winning the battle for the skies and halting the Chinese offensive, the British and Guangxi launched their own offensive, hoping to capture the city of Chengdu. This attack went as poorly as the Chinese one, as the terrain and horrible roads slowed the attacking forces quite easily, as the slightest artillery fire easily decimated attacking armored columns. The Chinese armies quickly responded, and Allied airpower was neutralized by the local terrain and a lack of readily available air bases. Guangxi and British forces suffered heavy casualties before ultimately being forces to withdraw from their offensive, having only pushed a few mere kilometers across the border.
China: 95 Infantry Brigades, 6 Cavalry Brigades, 17 Artillery Brigades, 5 A-170 Fighter Squadrons (+1 Army Quality)
Guangxi: 81 Infantry Brigades, 1 Mk2 Cataphract Armored Brigade, 7 Artillery Brigades(+1 Army Quality)
United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland: 22 Infantry Brigades, 4 Cavalry Brigades, 2 Mk2 Cataphract Armored Brigade, 3 Artillery Brigades
AUSTRALIA TO BECOME DOMINION. Sydney, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland. The British Parliament passed legislation this year to allow the great colony of Australia to become an autonomous dominion in 1935. The plan allows for the four years of a delicate and cautious transfer of power, as a suitable monarch for a fledgling nation is selected. The terms of creating a dominion will follow along the lines of the status of Guangxi and South Africa, creating a nation that is autonomous domestically, while remaining tied to Britain's own foreign diplomatic apparatus. Local politicians have widely supported this effort, as they begin to mobilize for the inevitable campaigning and politicking that will emerge with the creation of the Dominion. While no monarch has been officially selected, rumors suggest that the king's youngest sister, Diana, will be chosen as the head of state for the new dominion.
FINANCIAL FLUCTUATION REPORT. Novgorod, Russia.
Abyssinia: -2 EP
Adjuuramark: -1 EP
Angola: +1 EP
Argentina: +2 EP
Brazil: +5 EP
Brittany: -2 EP
Burgundy: -2 EP
Catalonia: +1 EP
Cechy-Morava: -2 EP
Colombia: -2 EP
Corsica: -1 EP
Croatia: -2 EP
Cuba: -2 EP
Dauphine: -2 EP
Ecuador: -3 EP
Egypt: +2 EP
Flanders: +1 EP
Germany: +2 EP
-Damascus: +5 EP
Hawaii: +1 EP
Hispaniola: -1 EP
Hungary: -2 EP
India: -3 EP
Italy: -3 EP
Japan: -2 EP
Kongo: +2 EP
Kurdistan: -1 EP
Libya: -2 EP
Netherlands: +5 EP
New Zealand: -1 EP
Normandy: -2 EP
Occitania: -3 EP
Orleans: -2 EP
Papal States: -2 EP
Persia: +2 EP
Peru: +3 EP
Poitou: -3 EP
Roman Empire: +2 EP
Romania: -2 EP
Russia: +6 EP
Sardinia: -4 EP
Scandinavia: -2 EP
Serbia: -2 EP
Spain: +1 EP
Switzerland: -1 EP
Turkey: -3 EP
United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland: -2 EP
United Proletarist Republics of America: +3 EP
United States of America: +3 EP
Venezuela: -1 EP
Vinland: +2 EP
The Sports Page
BALOMPIE WORLD CUP RESTORED. Madrid, Spain. The international and popular sport of balompie has been languishing lately on the global scene. Though various national tournaments and events have retained popularity over the years, a international contest for the sport has not existed since the end of the Great War. The rules of the game have been more or less preserved in most nations, but the growing popularity of varukorgboll has caused balompie to fall into greater disfavor internationally. Spanish teams, hoping to begin an old tradition anew, have sponsored the holding of a restored Balompie World Cup. The announcement helped spur a revival of interest in the game as sponsored teams from twenty-nine different nations from Europe, Asia, and Central and South America agreed to participate. The final game for the championship took place between teams from San Juan, Puerto Rico and Barcelona, Catalonia. The match has been considered one of the greatest games in the sport's history, as Catalonia narrowly triumphed, 3-2. The organizing committee has confirmed that another World Cup will be held in 1933, as the 1932 Olympic Games in the United States will already include a global balompie contest.
The Cultural Center
The United Proletarist Republics of America provided a new government-sponsored film to the globe this year, mimicking similar styles as done by Scandinavian film makers. Spartacus is an interpretation of an old story as a Negro named Spartacus enslaved by the Ancient Roman Empire is forced to be a gladiator. Spartacus broke away his shackles and lead a great slave rebellion that shook the very foundations of Rome itself however disunity among the slaves and complacency ultimately lead to the destruction of the slave army and Spartacus himself. The emphasis of the film is on drawing parallels to the revolution of the UPRA to bring awareness to the people of the UPRA that they must remain vigilant against the threat of the Counter Revolutionaries lest things return to the way they were in the past. The film has been banned in most of the nations neighboring the UPRA, but has achieved some grudging respect and critical acclaim from the primary cinematic community down in Rosario and in cinemas throughout Western Europe.
The Scandinavian film, Storstad, depicts a massive, world-encompassing city ruled by a secretive and repressive "Global Corporation". In the city only the wealthy and well-connected have access to any education, and any food beyond subsistence. They are also the only social class to enjoy leisure time. All persons not among the bourgeouise of the city, "the underkin", work constantly. They are kept from sleeping except as is absolutely necessary by the creation of artificial daylight. The technological prowess of the Global Corporation is matched only by its brutality, as the people of the city are beaten constantly, often merely for the amusement of bored "overkin", who have never experienced human suffering and kill men to watch them die. The film tells the story of the son of the "Global Director" who visits the underbelly of the city and discovers the plight of its people, and constructs a superweapon, a massive golem armed to liberate the people. At the end of the film the main character visits a vault of books banned by the defeated Global Corporation, and is depicted picking up a tome entitled "Writings of the Revolutionary Mathis." This has been similar to the simultaneously released film Spartacus in that it has been widely banned in other nations, while at the same time being heralded as a triumph in filmmaking. Though it has not been as successful as imitators created by studios in Rosario, many profitable filmmakers have credited as inspiration for upcoming works.
The film Thermopylae, a military epic based on the battle of Thermopylae of Greek history was released this year with the full financial backing of the government to showcase the might of Greek military and the combined efforts of the Greek alliance under King Leonidas and how it sets the path for the glory of the Roman Empire to come. The message we want to put out is how the Roman Empire is the product of Greek blood, sweat and tears of the past, making Rome the great nation it is today. The film is notable in cinematic history for two key reasons. First of all, it was actually filmed on location, unlike most historical epics released by Rosario and other film making communities. Second, the film included the first instances of a head of state making speeches through films. The Imperator was included in several five minute speeches before and after the film, as a way of demonstrating his own adoption of Greek sensibilities and the glory of the Empire.
A Trail Over the Waves
Written by one of the ministers of the economic government in Adjuuramark, an Englishman known as Rudyard Kipling, A Trail Over the Waves has become critically acclaimed throughout Europe and the Americas. The book details his involvement in the conquest of Adjuuramark from the Scandinavian and gives in depth details on the process of the conquest and the arrival of the mercenaries. Unfortunately, the writing has caused some controversy and new tensions, as it was revealed that the mercenaries were bankrolled by the British government. This has led to uproar in the courts of Moscow and Haraldsholm, as the book grows increasingly popular among Western European and Americans. The book is extremely well written, and there has been some requests for Kipling to follow with other books, but he has declined in order to continue service to the king.
Random Stat Changes and Fluctuations and Minor Technological Advances
United Proletarist States of America designs new Equality-type Medium Tank.
Russia designs new Kraken-class Submarine.
Brazil designs new JC-1 Interceptor.
Scandinavia designs Ursinne-type Fighter.
Italy designs Corvino-type Fighter.
New Roman officers demonstrate improved capacities for combat: +1 Army Quality for the Roman Empire.
Old veterans of the Arabian Empire pledge support to the Libyan military improving their skills in combat: +1 Army Quality for Libya.
Officers of the Imperial Scandinavian Navy demonstrate improved skills in combat after intensive drilling: +1 Navy Quality for Kongo.
From: Chokweland and Burundi
If you accept peace at current borders, we will not be forced to further pursue this conflict. We hope that you will see reason, allowing for peace to return to this area. As a consolation, we have agreed to establish a treaty hoping to contain local tribal raiding and border disputes, and all three nations will be obligated to preserve the sanctity and security of borders between us.
Maybe we could have some cultural contributions that aren't science fiction?
@Quisani: The calculations of your bank were off by 10, though this did not have an effect on your spending.
Very very nice.
I'll try to get some kind of cultural contribution this update, but school may stop me.
Imperial Scandinavia invites Jewish and Christian refugees from the Holy Land to move to the Kongo.
Good to see Puerto Rico doing good in Balompie, despite my missing orders last turn. Sorry about that. I was out of town.
I am honestly completely disgusted
Gotta say, I'm baffled why. Seeing as everything pretty much went according to your plan, excepting the fight in the air. Feel free to provide an actual, useful complaint or criticism.
I will, PM will be coming after I finish class.
Also, Liam Tuff can't be President, the Constitution prohibits him serving another term
EQ, I'd like to join the game as [Cold] Turkey, if there are no objections.
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