Welcome to the December World sign-up thread. It's going to be a global strategy game in a steampunk setting that will evolve as the game moves forward. In this game, I'll put under test a lot of ideas I've been playing with for a while, and hopefully you'll have fun playing with them, too. Without further ado, let's take a look at the map of the world in 1890. (Right-click to expand in full size in a separate tab.) Spoiler : For now, I'm looking for players willing to contribute their time and passion to this game. You will be playing one of the 20 great powers, and I reserve the right to vet players to a reasonable degree, so we don't get a superpower controlled by somebody who doesn't know what they're doing in the game (that way, everyone has a chance to have fun). If you're looking for joining, please select 3-4 nations you'd like to play (ideally, range them by preference and leave, maybe, a brief comment, if you wish). Please note that any minor power will be given to you on the "first come-first serve" basis. If you'd like to play as a major power, I may be more selective, with my choice being based on my knowledge of you as a consistent, experienced player (it's subjective, I know, but that's the only way I can select people). Major powers: Directorial Russia - player found (Shadowbound) Hungary - free for the taking! North-German Federation - player found (Seon) Austria-Bavaria - free for the taking! Communard France - player found (Terran Empress) Italy - player found (tobiisagoodboy) Portugal-Brazil - player found (Nuka-Sama) British Royal Commonwealth - player found (Ophorian) Sublime Porte - player found (Decamper) Egypt - player found (KaiserElectric) Maghreb - free for the taking! Free Boer Republic - player found (Crezth) Sikh Empire - player found (JohannaK) Third Burmese Empire - free for the taking! Taiping Mandate - player found (Masada) Tokugawa Shogunate - player found (Immaculate) Union of North America - player found (J.K. Stockholme) Confederate States of America - player found (thomas.berubeg) Mexico - player found (christopher_sni) Gran Paraguay - free for the taking! United Communes of the Andes - player found (Belgarion95) Sardinia-Piedmont - player found (Brougal) Medium powers: Ukrainian Hetmanate - free for the taking! Pacific Directory - player found (Kyzarc Fotjage) Siberian Popular Assembly - free for the taking! Poland - free for the taking! Netherlands - free for the taking! Iberian Republic - free for the taking! Ma Dynasty - free for the taking! Minor powers (only players listed): Greece - player found (christos200) Setting summary The December World is an alternative reality which experienced an early information revolution going in parallel with the Industrial Revolution of the 19th century. Think of steam-powered computing machines, dirigibles, Gurney steam carriages, early submarines, repeating rifles, and all of the changes they bring to the world - and you will see the December World. Think of world powers playing their Great Game for control of the high seas, wild, uncolonized lands, small nations acting as pawns in the hands of clandestine players - and you will see the December World. Spoiler : The point of divergence, however, had nothing to do with technology and started with one rash decision made at the wrong moment by one of the most powerful people on Earth. After Tsar Alexander I Romanov died in early December 1825, his liberal-minded brother Constantine was proclaimed the Autocrat of All the Russias. Constantine, however, had no desire to rule the enormous, backward nation and renounced his succession after troops in St. Petersburg had already sworn an oath of loyalty to him. The crown was supposed to pass to the the youngest of the Romanov brothers, Nicolas, but the confusion in the capital sent a signal to the Union of Salvation, a secret liberal organization of noble officers, that it was their moment to spring into action. Thus started the Decembrist Uprising. Spontaneity of the action and low consciousness of regular soldiers on both sides of the conflict quickly led to encirclement of the rebel regiments on the Senatskaya Square. Partially out of a misguided sense of class sympathy to the doomed highborne rebel officers, Tsar Nicolas himself rode to their ranks, hoping to diffuse their determination and prevent bloodshed in the very heart of the Empire. (In OTL, Count Miloradovich, a hero of the Patriotic War of 1812, did it instead of the Tsar himself.) He had some success among regular soldiers for some short few minutes, until Pyotr Kakhovsky, a radically minded officer, shot him dead in the middle of the square. What followed was a bloodbath with shrapnel being fired at the rebel soldiers amid the tightly packed square. The uprising was a disaster. As for the succession, Russian bureaucrats managed to persuade Constantine accept his crown back. However, a detached intellectual as he was, Constantine quickly gave up the reigns of his rule to much more reactionary advisors at his court, while they provided him with imitation of power by letting the “enlightened Tsar” invest money into support of arts and science, his biggest project being an invitation of British inventor Charles Babbage (who was much ridiculed in his homeland) to work on his prototype of a steam-powered calculation machine, the difference engine. In Russia, Babbage quickly found a kindred spirit, a punchcard inventor Semyon Korsakov. And while Tsar Constantine’s Russia was slowly slipping into the depth of corruption and mismanagement, Babbage&Korsakov’s revolutionary projects established the foundation for the scientific revolution that would transform the world. National summaries Let's make our life easier for each other and simply use Google Docs, shall we? https://docs.google.com/document/d/169C_-PMsdonmu9b7FSFLLsdJkwtzHcCg8jPMpib8emc You can post now.