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Discussion in 'Imperium OffTopicum' started by Ahigin, Aug 7, 2017.

  1. JohannaK

    JohannaK Careless Whisperer

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    The Indostan Express est. Srinagar 1894

    "Though Our State be established by Sikhs and is still ruled by Sikhs, it would be foolish to think that it is only of Sikhs and only for Sikhs. Our State is preoccupied with the state of all Our Subjects, Sikh or not, and extends far beyond the lands where Sikh people could be found before this State brought them there. It is therefore foolish to call our State a Sikh one. Whilst the principles of our governance be rooted deep in our Sikh faith, and precisely because the Sikh faith demands that our treatment and considerations towards our subjects be Just and Equanimous, Our State cannot be Sikh itself; for a State is but a reflection of the Subjects under it. We have decided, then, that Our State be henceforth known by the name of the land it stands on, which since times of old has been known as Indostan."

    Maharaja Khan Noonien Singh, 31st December 1893
    Uncertainty over Nepal - Sulfjan Azad, Multan

    Since it surfaced a few weeks ago that the Maharaja's last mission to Delhi was something more than a cordial embassy seeking new business, the state of Indostan was in a stir. This stir is sure to spread across the learned elites of occupied Bharat as well as beyond its borders, after it has come to the public attention that the mission's intent was to negotiate a new status for Nepal. It is of the public domain that there has been agitation in Nepal itself for a Gorkha restoration, some in the movement even going so far as seeking Sikh support for their cause. There had been, until now, no signs that the Imperial cabinet would act on such pleas, even as the emergence of transhimalayan protectorates and a rhetoric of pan-Asianism bolstered by Thale Noi made many sympathetic to such pleas.

    It is now clear that those pleas were effective, with several public officials admitting implicitly or explicitly that foreign policy is currently oriented to seeking a solution for Nepal. There is, then, a commotion that if the situation is not addressed, war may be looming over the horizon. With Europe and America already deeply embroiled in armed conflict, will Bharat suffer the same fate? Retired staff officer with the rank of sabedar, Tarseem Singh has commented to the Express that, were this to happen, Indostan is in a favorable situation. "With commitments in the west and defeated everywhere at Sea, this could be the first time since the last war that Indostan could win a war against Britain." Sabedar Singh nevertheless dismissed the possibility and advised caution. "Could something foolish in the Himalayas cause an Asian war? Britain is still a giant among giants, and to invoke its wrath would be like digging into an active volcano."

    Engine Contest Piping Hot - Mahmud Alamuddin, Karachi

    Along the last week, the last members of the German and Russian engineering teams have been arriving in Karachi for the government-sponsored Compound Engine Contest. This event is expected to deliver a working and functional compound steam engine ready for production in Karachi itself. Production of such machinery will benefit from last year's implementation of job shops supply chains by the Grand Vizier Bharan Singh.

    Teams are now waiting for the official opening of the Marine Engine Design and Testing Facility, the first facility of its kind, and first completed structure of the new Karachi naval arsenal, which will include two additional drydocks to enlarge the capacity and speed at which ships can be repaired or, in this case, retrofitted with the experimental engines. The Contest will unfold in three phases: building, static testing, and dynamic testing. Teams will have to assemble their engines at the Testing Facility's workshop from pieces commissioned in Indostani foundries and workshops. Each team was allowed to bring with them particularly delicate or specially crafted parts requiring particular expertise or techniques currently unavailable in Indostan.

    Once assembled, the engines will first be tested in a variety of propulsion configurations in the Facility's testing pool. Should there be no major problems, further testing will occur when the engine is fitted to one of the navy's steam frigates. There has been controversy over such old and outdated ships being the protagonists of such an event, but the official explanation is concern over live engine failure or even catastrophic malfunction: if such things were to happen, the loss of wooden steam frigates would be much less than that of a protected cruiser.

    Karachi, Sindh, Indostan, the world at large, brace themselves for an event that could revolutionise maritime transportation for years to come.
     
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  2. tobiisagoodboy

    tobiisagoodboy Prince

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    Signed by the President of the Republic of Italy and ratified by the Senate of Italy
     
  3. Shadowbound

    Shadowbound Scourge of God

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    From Russia
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    We would also like to establish an embassy in your country.
     
  4. tobiisagoodboy

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    We would be open for that, of course in return for an embassy in Russia.
     
  5. Shadowbound

    Shadowbound Scourge of God

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    Let's not get crazy here; baby steps.
     
  6. Seon

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    German Election 1893 Preparation

    Preparations are underway for the German Parliamentary Elections scheduled next year, with observers already predicting major shakeup in the political establishment as the coalition between moderate socialists in the SPD and other assorted socialist or outright communist groups have fallen apart in response to overwhelming public backlash and decline in poll numbers following France's declaration of war against Austro Bavaria. While the SPD party have managed to recover their poll numbers and popularity somewhat through agreeing on generous aid programs to South German brothers and alliance, it is clear that old coalition of socialists, liberals, and union workers are no longer reliable for gaining a comfortable majority in the German parliament, something the Zentrum Party and their allies in Christian People's Party will certainly seek to take advantage of.

    Complicating the electoral mathematics further is the unexpected surge of popularity of the German National People's Party, something that the media have dubbed the "Unholy Alliance" of nationalists and 'former' socialists from all walks of life, on the platform of harsher stance and terms for peace against the French threat in defense of the Nation, including South Germany as well as a general reordering of the Federation's constitutions and laws to best serve the People as a centralized entity. Not only is this movement popular among the younger generation of aristocrats in military academies, it appears to have attracted the attention of lower classes caught up in the jingoistic rhetorics sweeping the nation. Unexpectedly, the movement has also gained the attention of the more authoritarian technocrats and socialists sympathetic to the goals of national transformation in service of the People.

    SPD so far have responded by abandoning their more radical socialist allies (who have largely either gone underground or joined with the German National People's Party) and attempting to appeal more to liberal, even radical liberal, groups and social reformists. Campaigning season for the SPD and their new found allies in the liberal coalition have de facto already begun, with highly publicized speeches, meetings with social reformists, and fundraiser concerts popping up all over major cities in Germany with the apparent aim of mobilizing a 'previously untapped voter base' of minorities of all description, women, as well as more liberal-minded middle and upper class.

    Zentrum Party and Christian People's Party have, meanwhile, been enjoying a steady increase in popularity not only among their traditional voting block of aristocrats, business owners, and more religiously minded rural population, but also from the urban working class Germans due to the party's clear support for the war against France since the beginning of hostilities between Rhineland and France rather than the SPD, who were always seen as being on the fence and German People's Party, a newcomer.

    So far, the polls show SPD coalition maintaining a slim lead against Zentrum party's coalition. The difference is small enough, however, that the German People's Party could play the role of crown-giver in whatever party that emerges victorious in the 1893 election. Both coalitions, however, have resisted seeking the aid of the DNVP directly, as doing so would endanger the fragile coalition between establishment corporate backers, social reform groups, and moderate socialist reformers of the SPD coalition while Zentrum party's traditional base of Christian organizations, corporate backers, aristocrats, and landowners view the DNVP's rhetoric as a corruption and a cancer of more traditional German values.
     
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  7. thomas.berubeg

    thomas.berubeg Wandering the World

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  8. Ahigin

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    Crisis update: Gran-Colombian Civil War

    Gran Colombia is notorious for being a chessboard of neighboring great powers, often becoming a scene of their clandestine competition at Gran-Colombian people's expense. Barely a year ago, a so-called Grand Deal between Portugal-Brazil, Union of North America, and Mexico has averted a seemingly inevitable civil conflict by letting all parties have some influence in various parts of the Gran-Colombian society. Since then, a shaky compromise has existed, buying more time for all signatories to discern their Gran-Colombian strategy moving forward, while simultaneously giving local population a short break from escalating social tensions. This lull, however, didn't stop or slow down degeneration of social institutions and growing partisanship in all aspects of social and economic life in the country.

    On December 8th 1893, this blister of social tensions burst. As the country celebrated the Immaculate Conception Day, progressive army officers in Bogota army barracks started a mutiny, quickly bringing majority of soldiers to their side. Their supervisors failed to react to that event effectively, as many of them enjoyed time with their family at suburban villas bought with Portobrazilian money, and quite a few of them were, in fact, visiting Brazil on a "qualification improvement tour" of local casinos and samba dance clubs. Soon, vast majority of Gran-Colombian regiments and four out of five ships of the nation's navy followed the case, acting synchronously and with a suspicious level of organization. On the second day of the mutiny, the Social And Political Front, using its majority in the national parliament, announced its State Emergency Act, reaching out to all people of Gran Colombia to forget their old disagreements and unite against Portobrazilian dictate, which almost immediately was followed by a rise of Civil Guards across all major cities.

    In the face of the revolution, only the Jesuit Order, few disorganized army elements, and, not surprisingly, Twin Crowns-aligned cocaine-trading syndicates have chosen to remain on the "toddler queen" Madalena's side.

    Now it's time for nations of the world to decide what their stance should be in matters of the Gran-Colombian Civil War.

    Crisis update: Taiping-Ma Ultimatum

    The following message was delivered to the Ma Emperor on the afternoon of 1 October 1893:
    Spoiler :
    If you hold back from rescuing those taken away to death,
    those who go staggering to the slaughter;
    if you say, “Look, we did not know this”—
    does not he who weighs the heart perceive it?
    Does not he who keeps watch over your soul know it?And will he not repay all according to their deeds?

    Proverbs 11:12

    It is with these wise words in mind that on 19 September 1893 the Heavenly Council, in the name of the Eternal and Divine Emperor &etc, demands that the Ma Warlord:

    Cease all acts of acts of violence against the Han minority by forces, military and administrative;

    Suppress
    all armed groups, formal or informal, committing violence against the Han minority;

    Suppress all associations, unions and publications which call for violence against the Han minority and to take such measures as are necessary to make sure that those so dissolved may not continue their activities under other names or in other forms;

    Remove from the military and administrative service all officers and officials who have committed violence contrary to the laws of war against the Han minority, whose names the Heavenly Council reserves the right to make known when communicating the material evidence in its possession;

    Support a judicial inquiry to investigate those whomsoever they may be guilty of instigating, advocating and using violence contrary to the laws of war against the Han minority;

    Explain to the Heavenly Council how such violence could be permitted against the Han minority; and

    Agree to inform the Heavenly Council without delay of the execution of these measures.


    The Heavenly Council awaits the reply of the Ma Warlord Clique by 3 October 1893 at 6 p.m. at the latest.

    Needless to say, no response followed. Instead, a formal message requesting protection from the Sikh Empire was dispatched to Lahore, with the nation's military preparing for a battle against the Taiping behemoth, in case the crisis escalated further.

    GM notes:
    all players have time to make their pile-up moves and make other diplomatic announcements before this Tuesday, January 16th.
    Past that point, no more diplomatic actions will be accepted.

    @KaiserElectric , @Ophorian , @Crezth , @Terran Empress , @christos200 , @Tolni - your economic and diplomatic orders are past due, but you still have got slightly less than a week of time to turn them in.
     
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  9. JohannaK

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    We must warn the Taiping that this outrageous document runs contrary to the Treaty of Thale Noi. We are saddened and aggravated that whom we thought an ally saw fit to attack a state under our protection while the ink was still fresh on the paper that bound us. We do not know why or how such a mistake came to happen, for it must have been a clerical mistake, but the document must be unconditionally withdrawn.

    It is undeaniable that the situation under the Ma Dynasty is unsustainable, and that there is a part for the Taiping to play in solving it as undisputed rulers of China and therefore defenders of the Han people. However, for any negotiations to happen, the document must be withdrawn.
     
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  10. ItsAGiraffe000

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    The Empire of Burma wishes to make it known that it condemns the most recent actions of the Taiping Mandate. It acknowledges the Mandate's sovereignty over the Han people, and the unfortunate situation of those people who remain under Ma rule, but as well wishes to re-affirm its support for the Thale Noi Treaty. Although conflict between Asians is something that deeply upsets the people of the Empire, Burma will encourage a cooperative dialogue between the Taiping and the Ma under the terms of the aforementioned treaty in the search for a solution to this grave state of affairs.
     
  11. Ahigin

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    In order to deter a conflict, the Ma Emperor announces the following:
    - No claims ever existed or will ever exist by the Ma Dynasty on China outside of the Ma Realm's current borers;
    - The My Dynasty is dedicated to preserving peace among its subjects, and it encourages other nations to withhold from supporting any insurgents, allowing Ma prefects to do their job putting an end to intercommunal warfare in its regions;
    - Unequal treatment of all law-abiding subjects will be eliminated, and size of the current jizya tax on non-Muslim subjects of the Emperor will be gradually reduced.
     
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  12. Immaculate

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    From the Tokugawa Savant-Shogunate
    To the British Royal Commonwealth and and the twin crowns of Portugal-Brazil

    The sale of British Malaysia to Portugal-Brazil destabilizes the Asian Pacific and is an insult to Asian peoples everywhere.

    Signed
    Bugyō Ōta Ieyasu, director of Japanese Foreign Affairs
     
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    Seon Not An Evil Liar

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    i'm just gonna leave this here
     
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    We have noted with concern Japan's recent anti-European rhetoric and the present Japanese efforts to undermine the lawful transfer of British territories in Southeast Asia is a source of alarm. The Hague will therefore review all options, including the formation of a diplomatic compact, to ensure the ongoing security of our possessions in Southeast Asia.
     
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    We find the Japanese statement to be amusing. In light of recent Japanese diplomacy, in both public and private channels, your ambassador was summoned to see if this was an ironic joke or a serious diplomatic position. Upon being told it was the latter, I have taken the matter to Her Majesty the Empress, who will be examining all options to secure Braganza possessions in Malaysia and Indonesia.

    Fatefully yours,

    Foreign Minister Alexandre de Gusmão
     
  17. Kyzarc Fotjage

    Kyzarc Fotjage Rise Up

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    Treaty of American Independence
    The below-signed parties guarantee the continued independence and sovereignty of the Republic of Deseret and the Iron Confederacy at their current borders.
    1. Any offensive military action taken against either nation will be met with diplomatic and military response from the below-signed parties.
    2. Any interference in the political process of the Republic of Deseret or the Iron Confederacy with the intent of annexing portions of that country is considered a breach of this guarantee.
    3. Any trespass in the territory of the Republic of Deseret or the Iron Confederacy by the military of another nation without the express permission of the trespassed nation will likewise be considered a breach of this guarantee

    Signed,
    Chief Director Grigori Volya of the Pacific Directory
     
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    Shadowbound Scourge of God

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    Signed,
    Foreign Director Alexander Konovalov
    on behalf of the Directorial Assembly of Russia
     
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    In an effort to safeguard against rapidly degenerating peace and stability of the world, especially the American region, the North German Federation hereby recognize and guarantee the following nations territorial and political integrity in the Caribbean. Any action taken against these nations political legitimacy, stability, and territorial integrity by regional powers will be construed as a hostile act against the interests of peace and self-determination of native American governments and may suffer retaliation by the Federation in economic, diplomatic, and even military channels.

    The following nations are hereby guaranteed unilaterally:
    Mexico
    Empire of Haiti.

    Note that this guarantee will be conditionally revoked by aggression of the guaranteed party.
     
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    The Master said: "The requisites of government are that there be sufficiency of food, sufficiency of military equipment, and the confidence of the people in their ruler."
    Tsze-kung said, "If it cannot be helped, and one of these must be dispensed with, which of the three should be foregone first?" "The military equipment," said the Master.
    Tsze-kung again asked, "If it cannot be helped, and one of the remaining two must be dispensed with, which of them should be foregone?" The Master answered, "Part with the food. From of old, death has been the lot of an men; but if the people have no faith in their rulers, there is no standing for the state."

    We have long stayed silent on the violence committed against our subjects in the territories of the Ma Warlord. We had considered the criminal gangs who carried out the violence to be a product of lawlessness which the Ma Warlord was indifferent to or unable to address. Our intervention we believed would only have made things worse.

    However, we now understand that these criminal gangs were really Ma irregulars. The recent success of Han militias against these irregulars has forced the Ma Warlord to use his regulars. These regulars and their irregulars have now begun a wholesale massacre. This is the context in which we sent the note.

    On the 3rd the Taiping representative to the Ma Warlord handed him a note stating that unless we heard a response by 6 P.M, that the Ma Warlord was prepared to accede to our demands to cease the slaughter of our subjects and punish those who had committed them, that a state of war would exist between us.

    We have to tell you now that no such undertaking was received from the Ma Warlord Clique, but that at 7 P.M. that night the Sikh Empire's ambassador, Harpreet Singh, made urgent representations that a diplomatic solution might be found and that we should withdraw our ultimatum.

    You can imagine how pleased we were to find that our long struggle to win peace has not failed. We believe firmly however that there is nothing more or less different that we could have done to be more successful.

    Up to 6 P.M. it was still quite possible to have arranged a peaceful and Honorable settlement between ourselves and the Ma Warlord Clique, but the Ma Warlord would not have it.

    He had evidently made up his mind to continue the slaughter whatever happened; and although the Ma Warlord, under pressure from the Sikh Empire, has now put forward terms these we must summarily reject.

    The proposal put forward by the Ma Warlord would do nothing to address our chief concern - the wholesale and deliberate massacre of our subjects by the Ma Warlord's armies. Promises to eliminate unequal treatment of his subjects do nothing to reassure us of the safety of our subjects.

    Our entire position calls only for the cessation of acts of violence against our subjects. This remains our sole objective.

    In this matter we have a clear conscience. We had done all that any country could to establish peace. These efforts have been rebuffed and our concerns ignored by the Ma Warlord. We now request that the Sikh Empire extend its good offices and develops an alternative set of terms. We shall see if the Ma Warlord once again seeks war.

    We know that whatever happens God will bless us and defend what is right. It is the evil things that we struggle against - brute force, bad faith, injustice, oppression and persecution - and against these we are certain that we shall triumph.

    *

    We sign the Treaty of American Independence.
     
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