Discussion in 'Never Ending Stories' started by Immaculate, Aug 19, 2011.
EDIT: I'm sorry to see this go.
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UPDATE THREE: JANUARY 1st 2104-DECEMBER 31st 2105
First, a few notes,
Surprise! I bet no one expected to see this coming.
I realize that I have probably lost a ton of players and there may not be enough interest in this NES to properly resurrect it, but I’m going to try anyway.
Secondly, remember that if you want to get bonuses for stories, you have to include a link to it or some reference to it in your order set (to make updating your stats easier for me).
Thirdly, remember that you cannot spend your income, only your banked funds. Lord of Elves (Russia), Cannae (Manchuria), I had to reduce spending across the board.
Fourth, you cannot spend parts of EP, only whole EP.
Fifth, orders are limited to one PM each. If they are longer than one PM, you’ve written too much. This is to prevent moderator burn-out (so is very important). Linking to in-thread stuff can help a lot with this- especially treaties, etc.
BSmith1068: You didn’t get the technical assistance you were expecting. Talk to the appropriate parties.
Lord of Elves: You did not fund the manufacture of chemical weapons on the scale you outlined, so I had to discount that part of your orders. Also, if you want to levy soldiers, just buy militia. Also remind me to send you a PM if i forget.
Cannae: You didn’t fund your bribes. Oops.
Chief Designer: You didn’t get an assist with Thorium Atomics.
Julius Ghandi: Yours deals went through both this turn and last- your finances reflect this.
Frozen In Ice: Remind me to send you a PM if i forget.
UPDATE THREE: JANUARY 1st 2104-DECEMBER 31st 2105
“An opportunist doesn't wait for a grand opportunity to come about. He simply transforms events to exploitable situations.”
Canada’s high-tech military machine demands more and more energy and to help satiate some of that demand, the navy teams up with the government to construct a large scale thorium atomic plant at Thunder Bay, Ontario. The new plant comes online in November of 2015 and the Canadian military breaths a sigh of relief.
Changing weather and growth conditions has Atlantican advisors considering new options for the hilly New England region. Local conditions favor developing industries highly dependent on cheap human peasant or nearly-free slave labor and so continuing their tradition of focusing on textiles, the government invests in larger and larger cotton fields and sheep herds. Combining these with numerous small textile mills throughout the region, many powered by old-fashioned water-wheels, the Atlantican government is able to significantly increase mutton and textile production.
The Crosshairs corporation are keen to find an outlet for the dissatisfied amongst the lowest classes and what better way to burn off some aggression than hard labor and so the midwestern nation expands their farm and ranches, pushing their people to greater lengths for higher production. Generally the effort is better received than expected as food security does much to alleviate anxiety in the lowest ranks of society.
The USA continues to rebuild after the troubled times, adopting new methods of agricultural mechanization by developing new battery and bio-fuel powered tractors. Although still relatively few in number, where employed, these do much to increase food production but also consume a lot of biofuel. Advisors are not sure if they produce a net increase in agricultural production or not. Meanwhile, the US army begins experimenting with new armored personal carrier designs, developing the lightly armored, electric powered, ‘Vanguard’.
Quebec diversifies its energy supply developing a number of new, modern solar farms, this despite significant hydroelectric resources and infrastructure. While the new solar farms are not as productive as existing water-based power, they do diversify power production and provide power to regions which previously did not have easy access to the hydroelectric grid. The state is now quite energy rich and a number of merchants and small-scale industrialists are profiting greatly from the cheap and plentiful energy. Some are even buying it cheap from the Quebecois authorities and selling it to its neighbors for considerable profit.
The failure of securing Hawaiian refugees from Japan (see below) throws much of the Cascadian theocracy into confusion. Despite this, they progress with other projects. Betting on increased trade in the Pacific, they invest in a larger merchant marine. This puts them in direct competition with the magnates of Californian who’s recent decommissioning of sail warships to bolster their merchant fleet must now compete, in an open, free-trade environment with the newer, specialized transport vessels of Cascadia. Despite the Californian’s excellent business sense, the Cascadian ships are simply more efficient and compete effectively with the Californians. Ultimately however, international trade on the Pacific is only just starting to recover to any degree and there may be too little money in shipping, at least for now, to make a contest of the sealanes worthwhile.
Simultaneously, preparing for new refugees from Hawaii, the Cascadians invest in developing new agricultural lands in the Okanagan interior, where development, while expensive, is usually worthwhile due to abundant rains and excellent soil quality.
Despite losing its edge in the Pacific carry trade, open trade borders between California and its partners continues to prove profitable for the west coast magnates. This may be due to their corporate structure, or existing focus on trade, but whatever the reason, Q1 and Q2 of 2104 report unexpectedly high earnings. As their neighbors catch up, the Californians turn to new markets, as they have done in China and elsewhere. Now their focus turns across the Pacific to Australia. Here they invest in coastal solar-powered salt-steam agricultural development. Australia is keen to gain access to desalinated water and wider food availability while the corporate accountants in California seem pleased at the income generated.
With Venezuela increasingly under control, the Confederate states initiate a new round of ‘volunteer recruitment’, effectively slave raids into Venezuelan lands they know or suspect to have supported the rebels in the last 4-5 years. These are brought back to the northern continent and forced to work on expanding plantations and in a number of newly opened mines. Recent military successes are reflected in the affluence of the land-owners. The relatively low cost of producing these agricultural and mineral products insures they compete effectively on world markets.
The Los Zetas cartel have long been known for their willingness to kill or harm anyone without concern to get what they want. Their infamous cruelty is what had allowed them to win the cartel wars of the previous century. This reputation is only reinforced with the recent release of specialized elite infantry units, the Santisima Muerte Reapers, who depend on complex modern combat drugs to develop phenomenal clarity, discipline, reflexes, and endurance.
CENTRAL AND SOUTH AMERICA:
When the 2104 deal between the Confederate States of America and Colombia falls through due to lack of commitment on the part of the confederates, the Colombians are left not knowing why. CSA ambassadors mumble something along the lines of ‘better options’ and leave it at that. Otherwise the the Colombians mostly focus on assisting the new communist government of their southern neighbor, sending their own forces, paying for Californian mercenaries, and even sending food aid to the civilian government. At home, while much of the population had been unsure of the wisdom of sending soldiers to Peru, the non-interference of Brazil (or the USA or Canada for that matter), the assistance of the Andean communes, and the cooperation of the Californians has been heralded as a huge success and proof of the Colombian communist model of government and public support is near an all-time high. Perhaps they haven’t been paying too much attention to the increasing rarity of food and fuel cell energy?
The Carribea communists, no longer needing to support the Peruvian communists, turn their attention to domestic development, developing a fleet of fuel-cell based fishing vessels. These promise to provide greater range and endurance than the previous fleet but also outline the relatively slim margins in the Caribea energy budget.
The Peruvians communist government continues to hunt the Peruvian rebels but by now the rebels have lost the support of the people and informants and turncoats provide intelligence to the Colombian and Andean forces who use their extensive airforce to decisively punish the remaining rebel strongholds in the eastern mountains. By the end of December 2105, very few of the ‘loyalist government forces’ exist in Peru. That said, the military war is turning increasingly into a shadowy insurgency with bombs, drive-by shootings, and other guerilla tactics targeting Colombian, Andean and communist Peruvian forces. (-1 infantry Colombia)
Brazil maintains open borders to Peruvian refugees and the state continues to see a huge number of former soldiers (including a large number of deserters) and hungry or wounded refugees. While the influx has slowed considerably officials approximate almost 300,000 Peruvians seeking new lives in the east to have immigrated in 2104 and 05. True to their agreements, Colombian and Andean soldiers are very careful not to pursue any refugees across the border. Upon arriving, the refugees are exalted to find that the Brazilians have prepared significant food aid to assist them with the immediate problems of hunger and near-starvation. While the vast majority of the refugees only seek to alleviate their hunger and escape the violence, there is no doubt that a number of loyalist Peruvian soldiers hide amongst the population and are using Brazil to resupply and equip themselves for renewed operations against the communist government and its allies in their home country.
The Brazilians also greatly expand the farms in their dryer northern regions, using them to both generate crops and to fight desertification. This process is accelerated by capitalizing upon the territory recently swept by wildfires. Costs are reduced by not having to clear brush or forests and the ash-rich soil is rich in a number of nutrients providing a ‘jump-start’ to the new farms. The agricultural projects are massive complexes largely based on cheap freemen labor, often Peruvian refugees looking for work, or from slaves. They promise to produce enough food for not only domestic consumption but also for foreign export. Unfortunately, they are somewhat centralized and food distribution concentrates their effect in the north.
And while the north of Brazil is recovering from drought and wildfire, the coastal south is inundated with continuous storms and rains over the fall of 2105. These wash out roads and flood rivers, sweeping away homes, barns, livestock and people. In a number of cases, slaves have take advantage of the confusion and damages to make their escape.
The Amazonian mob shifts back and forth, no community or ideology initially gaining a thorough upper hand to unite the land under its leadership. The capitalist movement, recently the strongest of the factions finds that the communist are increasingly united, and well-armed, in response to their raids. As a consequence they largely lay off their raids and instead attempt to win the general population with kindness, sharing with them the fruits of their unified toil. The increased organization of the capitalists and communists lead increasingly to the Ancient Ways faction being more and more sidelined though rumors of secret blood sacrifices continue to circulate. One good thing comes of this however; many of the moderate factions begin to organize themselves, worrying not about ideology or disputed leadership, but simply seeking to link communities to each other and open dialogue. They even set up patrols and roadblocks to protect themselves and bring order to the countryside.
In the southern Andes, the communist government is also being cheered by the citizenry in the wake of the Peruvian war. With domestic issues again returning to the fore, government advisors take new stock of the domestic situation and realize that local granaries and warehouses are relatively depleted. A drive to develop diversify for high altitude crops by buying seeds worldwide brings some success and so too do irrigation projects meant to capture Andean run-off and distribute it to farmers.
The anti-technology theocracy of Pampasna continues to develop, building new low-tech cottage industries similar to those of the Khoison Kingdom. Indeed, in an effort to not only trade in the South Atlantic but to bring the faith across the ocean to Africa, Father Louis orders the construction of a new wind-based shipping fleet. Soon Pampasna ships are docking in Bantu Ubuntu and Khoisan and a steady trickle of trade has developed.
Across the southern principalities of the Frankish territories, the successes of the American and Iberian communist nations inspires local communist movement to new ambitions. So far their agitation has been purely peaceful but there is no doubt that their movement is gaining power and is increasingly well organized and funded.
Despite their high degree of decentralization, the communalists of the Confederate Communalist Union have been largely dependent on a number of hydroelectric energy generation stations for power and their population has begun to cluster in these areas. More recently, a number of cottage industries have sprung up to distribute power through modern fuel cells, many manufactured by hand by specialized artisans. These have made their way throughout the countryside and helped bring power to the more distant communities.
Generally the Confederate Communalist Union is taking a slower approach to development, carefully balancing its needs with that of the winter-gripped territories they call home. This slow approach appeals to many throughout the rest of Europe and a number of idealists, often well-off in their homelands, espousing environmentalism, primitivism, and communalism immigrate to the north. While these new immigrants are highly motivated and a good ideological fit, they do not always possess the tools required to live under communalist conditions. Amongst their number the refrain becomes, “There is no bad weather, only bad clothes.” Time will tell if they will remain.
The storms that so recently struck eastern Europe and led many to speculate of new oceanic currents and weather patterns, and the end of drought in Iberia, were not to last. Summer of 2104 and 2105 see a return to near zero precipitation and the rapid drop of aquifer and well water volumes. And while things are nowhere as bad as they were after the 11 year drought that only recently broke, they are already bad. Many of the new wells optimistically sunk in 2103 after the storms are coming up dry already and in many fields, crops either fail to sprout at all or wither and burn in the scalding sun. Food and water shortages have already led to deaths amongst some of the hardest hit areas in the south.
In other news, a new treaty between the Magreb union and the Iberian communists reduces border tensions considerably. The northern communist take advantage of the lull to continue their officer “retraining” program, further cementing the communist ideology in the military command structure. While many recruits are eager to adopt the new philosophies, an increasingly wide ideological and political gulf is appearing within the military with the younger officers in opposition to the older, “purists” who complain of civilian interference in military affairs. The Iberians also make use of reduced tensions with their southern neighbor to bring new focus to their domestic energy production programs and begin (but do not complete) the construction of new wind farms, hydro dams, and solar farms. They also begin replacing components of their energy grid which they deem too inefficient or otherwise in need of modernization.
The Russians, busy on other fronts, are eager to take advantage of the recent opportunities made available by the merger of Spiegel corp and the perilously-balanced German state. A number of Russian corporate interests begin to invest heavily in the German economy, providing Russian material, capital, and direction. Many small scale mergers between German nobles and Russian companies mirror that of the Spiegal corp and the Prussian monarchy. The effect is immediately noticeable with a number of nobles incorporating the Russian capital on small and medium scale projects, often to help disseminate the energy and industrial wealth of Stuttgart into the countryside. Unfortunately for both the Russians and German Reich, as civil war progresses in Germania, a number of Russian capital investments are intercepted and rerouted to various nobles, including a number who aren’t necessarily loyal to the traditionalists but utilize the confusion and violence to enrich themselves. For the Russians, investment in Germania comes at a very poor time and they are unlikely to see worthwhile returns anytime in the near future. At the same time Spiegel corp executives and the Fuhrer wonder at the implications of so tightly intertwining the two economies.
The Fourth Reich of Germania’s Spiegal corporation systematically targets larger urban centers, Bremen, Hannover, Leipzig and Frankfurt, to begin the construction of new synthetic fossil fuel plants in the hopes of producing local energy distribution centers. While the one in Hannover is located near one of the new thorium reactor plants built last year, the others are not near ready sources of energy and the local populations wonder how the factories will power the production of the fuel (plants not complete). Engineers do consider the source of the organic material to serve as a substrate however, and build a number of industrially-scaled granaries in major fiefs near these cities.
In a further attempt to empower the urban populations, investments are made in repairing the roads between the larger cities. This is meant to make military reinforcements between the cities easier and help trade develop between them. Unfortunately, by 2105, as the civil war progresses (see below), raids by fifth column loyalists upon the heavy machinery used for construction, as well as targeted killings of the work bosses slows and eventually stops construction before the roads are completely repaired.
The Reich also establishes a new arm of national security, the Inquisitorial Court. Similar to the Bundeskriminalamt of old, the new law-enforcement agency specializes in investigating international crime, threats to national security, and enforcing counterterrorism. There is little doubt among the ‘loyalists Prussians’ that the agency is meant to directly counter their cause. As a result, a mob of loyalists serfs, goaded by the traditionalist nobility, march upon the Fuhrer’s throne in Wroclaw and he is forced to flee westward to Stuttgart and the relative loyalty of the western nobles.
As the agency forms, the soldiers of the Spiegal corporation and Teutonic Order march upon the east to put an end to the so-called King of Poland, Miroslaw Branicki. The assault begins with a coastal blockade of Gdańsk and Koszalin, two major coastal cities firmly dedicated to the rebel king, the Reich ships maneuvering between the flooded and ruined skyscrapers of a fallen era. With the Reich soldiers on the border and their ships on the coasts, the Polish king once more attempts to appeal to the loyalty of the Prussian nobles, the Teutonic order and the Kaiser himself. But as diplomacy fails and the military situation unfolds on the ground, a secret war begins within the shadows of the kingdom. Throughout the Reich rumors circulate of a secret arm of the Inquisitorial court, the newly developed Laplace’s Legions. Unfortunately for the Legion, the ‘loyalist nobles’ have been able to infiltrate the new secret police and although they might have been purged if given some time, they are not really allowed time to develop, organize, and vet their membership before being thrown into the fray. With the Legion thrown new and unproven into a series of difficult missions including assassinations, kidnappings, and otherwise purging ‘polish sympathizers’, disaster strikes. The loyalist hit back, feeding false information to the Inquisitorial Court and Laplace’s Legions. Dozens of legion agents are assassinated or murdered- bombs, knives, bullets, and disappearances whittling their numbers almost as fast as they can be trained. The ranks are obviously infiltrated and with diplomacy failing and the Reich taking an increasingly underhanded and iron-fisted approach to the ‘traditionalists rebels’ more and more are ‘turned’. Analysts blame the failure of the Legion upon the haste in their deployment but others could just as easily argue that the fault is that of the Kaiser’s domestic policy. Ultimately these difficulties do much to illustrate the degree of support for the ‘loyalists’ amongst the nobility and the empowered.
As diplomacy fails and conflict turns to violence, a number of infantry divisions from the Teutonic order default to the ‘loyalists’ as too do several fighter and bomber wings. These forces flee westward, messaging their colleagues of the ‘madness of the Kaiser’ at ‘selling our nation’s soul to a filthy soulless corporation’. Rhetoric painting the Spiegel corporation as an insidious serpent bent on coup and conquest and the Kaiser as a dupe who has fallen for trickery and been demoted to little more than a chief corporate security guard often finds a sympathetic ear even amongst the remaining divisions. Doubt mounts and morale within the Teutonic order is not good though the Spiegal corp soldiers remain convinced of their mission. With the popularity of the rebellion at an all-time high and Polish numbers swelling, the rebel nobles convince Miroslaw Branicki to take the title of not just King of Poland but King of all Prussia and this he does with some reluctance. Taking claim to the throne of the Kaiser in Wroclaw, he gains a new degree of legitimacy throughout the Prussian nobility. Also with this claim, western nobles and serfs, hesitant to back an eastern, Polish king, join the ‘Loyal Prussian Army’ in greater and greater numbers, both unofficially as saboteurs and LPA informants but also as active armed fifth columns. Also telling is the withdrawal of Austria from the Pact of Steel and the cancellation of the royal wedding between the Austrian princess and the German prince.
As the Reich navy enforces the blockade, firing upon a Warsaw transport ship, the LPA airforce responds. A brief battle between the much more numerous LPA airplanes and two wings of Reich fighter planes results in lopsided losses for the Reich and an open opportunity to punish the blockading ships for the LPA. In a single raid the LPA airforce sinks 6 sail warships and a frigate and damages much of the remaining fleet, forcing them to abandon the blockade and limp back to friendly ports. A huge number of transport ships carrying infantry and artillery are mercilessly bombed and sunk preventing an amphibious landing in the north. It is said that the bodies of Reich soldiers washed up on the shores of Prussia for months and even washed ashore as far away as Russia and the Confederate Communalist Union. While they did not plan for such lopsided losses from a failed amphibious assault, the Reich had at least planned for the preoccupation of the Prussian airforce and uses the opportunity to strike at eastern airfields and fuel depots. This is largely successful and forces the LPA air to supply and operate from rear airfields, further from the front.
As soldiers of both sides meet on a front somewhere near ancient Polish-German borders, the Reich who had expected a high-intensity guerilla war, instead find the LPA is ready for the Reich in force- as conventional army. Initially the Reich does well, a single unit of howitzers and a large airforce doing much to counter the LPA on the ground. They take and capture Gorzów Wielkopolsk, Szczecin, and much of the northern border territories but in the southern mountains, the LPA is not keen to give up the heights and manage to hold their territory. The LPA is initially not as highly trained or well-armed as the Reich soldiers but as the months wear on and they organize themselves, with help from defectors, the resistance stiffens more and more. The battle in the air favors the Reich, as they have the numbers and greater logistical support but the LPA airforce is always ready to pounce upon any Reich forces, land or air, that are too aggressive. By December 2105, the Reich controls a large swathe of territory from Biologard to Swiebodzin to Zielona but Reich scouts warn of substantial rebel numbers in Glogow and Poznan. With sabotage and guerila raids striking at the western territories and the loyalty of their forces appearing highly questionable, the Reich has certainly found that the LPA will not give up the old ways so very easily. (-16 militia, -4 infantry, -1 cavalry, -3 fighter, -2 bombers LPA, - population, -9 infantry, -5 miltia, -2 howitzers, -6 fighter, -3 bombers, -6 sail warships, -1 frigate, Fourth Reich of Germania)
The conflict in Fourth Reich of Germania/Prussia has Austria troubled. They are unsure of who to support. For decades they have cooperated with the Prussian kings but now it seems the king has abandoned his crown and a new king has risen to claim it. ending the royal wedding is only the first of a series of moves meant to bolster the kingdom’s security. They also invest in their clandestine security apparatus, training the younger sons and daughters of the nobility in shadow warfare. They also expand the training program of their airforce and army, just in case they might soon be required.
The mediterranean princes, leaning heavily on Magreb technology, develop a number of new solar power and desalination plants to help bolster the economies of several principalities.
With the non-aggression treaty with the Iberian communists in place, new development in the Margeb Union continues. A new industrial park opens in the capital Tripoli. Powered by new solar energy fields, the new park has already begun to produce a steady trickle of consumer and light industrial products for domestic use. While this project seems relatively successful at first, the park’s consumption of power soon outstrips original expectations. Park industrialists can afford to pay a premium on the local solar power; the neighboring population cannot. Brownouts become more common and while electical power is still very rare amongst residents, a number of more wealthy families who previously had access have to give up on buying power completely. In other cases, including many small-scale commercial enterprises, people turn to illegal taps, while other shops have to close. On the coasts, the desalination plants are stressed to the limit by new irrigation pumps that attempt to move the limited volumes of purified water inland for use by farmers. While farmers are keen to take advantage, there is never enough of the prized pure water to go around and coastal farmers grown used to accessing the desalination water are upset to have to compete with inland development.
Rumors of empowering the people by adopting a republican constitution abound throughout Nairobi and the surrounding areas and despite the vocal support of republicanism amongst some members of the ruling oligarchy, the talk, for now, is only that. While the council bickers, the technocrats are busy. Government contracts are issued for a construction of a new synthetic fuel production factories, the requisite energy being harnessed from the newly developed geothermal facilities in the Great Rift Valley. This leads to wider fuel distribution for lamps, heating fuel, and generators amongst the population.
The Bantu Ubantu government is keen to accelerate its economic growth by providing renewable power to its people’s businesses and cottage industries. Subsidies are made to businesses or residents incorporating solar panels into their home. Simultaneously the government erects a number of limited solar panel factories. Low-cost solar panels prove popular and a number of artisans and workshops have made large purchases to help drive their production.
Trade is also a concern for the Bantu Ubuntu consociationalist government and the new Ministry of Infrastructure, under the Department of the Interior begins a major census of roads and the mostly neglected railway system. Their long term goal is to determine what is used, and where it can be repaired most efficiently, but for now they are happy to allow local, decentralized powers, including the eastern Shona warlords to manage trade locally and collect their own tolls. This does much to satisfy the Shona who no longer have to raid trade to collect its income.
Egypt continues to quietly develop, combining solar energy farms and molten salt batteries to distribute energy widely and begin to recover a energy-based economy. Presently the judge’s council have elected to provide subsidies to individuals and small businesses who make use of this energy and this has seen a small growth in industrial and commercial goods for domestic consumption.
Seeking to counter the unemployment trend growing amongst the lowest classes as a result of increasing energy-based industrialization, the government of Makuata begins encouraging development of fruit orchards, plantations, and other labor-intensive sectors through subsidies and legislation of land use. Ultimately many soon find work and Umma Al-Mu’Minin merchants are soon distributing new Makuata fruits and spices as far as the Pacific sultanates and the Indian states.
After the release of biological weapons in the 2035 Russian-Manchurian war, much of eastern Russia remains relatively sparsely inhabited- the local population made up primarily of increasingly nomadic Baryat and Tunusic herdsmen with little loyalty to the western corporate structure. The corporate oligarchy are keen to rectify that and in 2104 implement a homesteading program to try and motivate the un- or underemployed of the western cities to move east and take up farming there. A great number of individuals do begin to go and some are even successful. This has angered a number of western industrialists and larger companies, and undermined the Russian investment in Germany however, as it has driven up wages for the lowest classes, in turn affecting production costs. Concurrently, transport costs mean that any agricultural products produced in the east remains there, effectively creating a separate subsistence agricultural economy in the east. As the war with Manchuria progresses, a number of homesteaders have also been found dead in their homes, apparently murdered by local vigilantes keen to end Russian influence.
The Turkish republic, after completing an analysis of their existing thorium reactors, identify a number of points where they need repairs or modernization and quickly set about implementing them. Though the one-time cost is high, the increased efficiency proves highly lucrative.
Further east, the Orthodox Armenian theocracy invests in a number of new hydroelectric stations, bringing power to the church and providing some degree of security to the worried military officers.
Khalistan ad Naraka share some good fortune over the 2104 and 2105 growth seasons with optimal rains, sun, and wind. Although much of the ground is still heavily irradiated, crops are more abundant and increasingly safe to eat.
Odisha warlords, researching fallout cleanup from the 20th and 21st centuries commit to a major project based on GMO organisms capable of selectively taking up the heavy metals that make up the majority of the irradiated contamination and concentrating them for containment. For now, research continues as they look for potential foreign partners to assist them with the molecular biology required.
Bangladeshi generals continue their operations in the mountainous highlands, sending infantry and armor in under cover of advanced Saeqeb aircraft. Again the ex-slaves extract a punishing cost in their defensible terrain but over the months the operations prove highly succesful and most of the remaining slaves are recaptured and quickly put to work in mines where the last of their rebel spirit is broken under conditions that would make Canadian or Brazilian slaves thankful for their lot (-1 infantry, Bangladesh)
Eezham commanders face an ongoing civil war with the Singalese Liberation Army and commit to routing them out in a massive campaign that sees them unleash the majority of their army, their airforce and navy against the rebels. Ultimately some gains are made but the cost is high and the Singalese still command substantial territory.
In January of 2104, Jiangnan and Manchuria sign the Changchun Agreement whereby much of northern and western Manchuria is directly purchased by the Republic of China as a trust territory for the duration of hostilities in Manchuria. There are also clauses to allow for the future permanent transfer of the territories to Chinese rule. After the signing, Jiangnan sends a fact-finding mission to the territories, and, satisfied, follow up with almost 80,000 troops to provide security and protection. Amidst the diplomacy and negotiations, elections are held in Jiangnan at the national legislature level and for the magistrates of Jiangsu and Zhejiang. In both the New KMT party do well but so too do the conservative military-backed party of the Resurgent Order. Next spring, as the troops arrive, Manchuria and Russia are deeply embroiled in conflict and the Jiangnan forces find themselves unable to secure the regions stipulated by the treaty, being too busy defending their new territories from Russian aggression. As Jiangnan opens more and more fronts in multiple wars, political support for the KMT drops precipitously and the Resurgent Order party, who promise to disengage from as many conflicts as they can and focus on one at a time, are gaining popularity.
In the New Qin Empire, tensions simmer and flare over invasion, conscription, recent military failures and the damaging effects of the storm. Many, in particular across the eastern countryside begin call for an end to the government they feel has failed them. As the militia begin to disarm and return to their homes and unemployment the problem only gets worse. Ultimately the state military is sent to put down the revolts only to find that the Jiangnan have intervened on behalf of the rebels, even going so far as to provide aerial cover in the form of fighters and bombers for the western rebels. The Qin launch a counter-offensive, sending many of their remaining militia as well as their large professional army eastwards. These are poorly supplied however and desertion runs high. In the skies the Jiangnan and Qin airforces battle for supremacy with the Qin possessing greater numbers of fighters but the Jiangnan airforce of a higher quality. While morale is horrible amongst the Qin armies, they have the numbers and, when news of Jiangnan interference gets out, public support. Ultimately the counterinsurgency is very costly for the Qin but their large army manages to win back the east. By winter of 2105, the rebels amount to little more than armed bandits striking where and when they can and highly dependent upon Jiangan support. (-1 propeller plan Jiangnan, -2 propeller plane, -12 militia, Qin)
While Mongolia sends its airforce to enforce the no-fly zone over Korea, soldiers on the ground can’t help but notice the sizeable Russian force on their border. They also sight a number of labourers toiling with shovels and picks within site of the international border though what they are building is not clear.
Szechuan completes the first thorium reactor in 22nd century China. It is a relatively small affair in comparison to Turkish or Spiegel corp measurements but it is functional and proves safe and reliable. Already a brightly lit village is growing rapidly around it.
Victory for General Yi of the Lianghsan Yi brings jubilation and celebration to the people who, through the propaganda of the military machine, quick to pin a victory won mostly through the efforts of the Hubei and others upon their leadership. Public support is at an all-time high and the Liangshan Yi even appears as a relatively safe and comfortable place to live for the population of Hubei and New Qin with immigration resulting.
Hawaii continues to be a point of difficulty for Japan; their doctrine of enforcing sterility amongst the Konketsu rebels doing nothing to win them local support. At the same time, the Japanese government has been heavily patrolling the islands. A deal is due to go through between the socialist theocracy of Cascadia and the Japanese to find a home-in-exile for these rebels but before any Cascadian ships arrive, new bombs go off throughout the islands at Japanese barracks, docks, government buildings, and at favored bars and beaches. Thousands are injured and hundreds are killed. The Japanese military is quick to clamp down, enforcing road-blocks, curfews, and developing a network of informants and unofficial ‘purity police’ who quickly become known for their night-time attacks upon the konketsu population. This only drives the rebels into a greater furor and the bombs, sniper attacks and countryside ambushes accelerate. Amongst the confusion the rebels are able to sink a newly commissioned destroyer. Soon afterwards Japan cancels its deals with Cascadia, unwilling to allow a new unknown element into the highly confusing situation. (-1 destroyer, Japan)
The war between the AU6 and the Pacific Island Sultan princes is a slow to take form, neither side willing, initially to commit significant forces in any particular theater. It is the AU6 that strikes first, launching their navy across the gulf of Thailand, their extensive airforce providing cover for their ships. The Pacific Island Sultanates do not contest the AU6 in this theater, realizing that the enemy’s airpower and logistical advantage would make doing so a losing proposition. Instead they dig in on the Malaysian island (once part of the mainland before the rising seas divided it), meeting the incoming AU6 infantry with dug in machine-gun nests, hill-top artillery emplacements, and booby-traps. As the battle for the island wages and the AU6 pour troops into the western theater, the southern princes open a second front over Hainan island, launching a joint assault with the Jiangnan. Here a three-day naval battle ends in victory for the Jiangnan/PIS and a joint amphibious assault begins. On both islands the battles are ferocious and determined. On the Malaysian island, the AU6 are initially successful in pushing back the defenders but the arrival of newly constructed Sultanate fighters evens the odds. The battle becomes a grueling one of hit and run tactics with both sides making extensive use of coastal naval and overhead aerial support. Indeed the battle for the littoral waters and coasts are just as ferocious and here the sultanates have the advantage, their superior numbers, training and seamanship doing much to counter the advantage the AU6 has in its airforce. By the end of 2105 the island is almost neatly cut in half with the AU6 holding the north and the Sultanates holding the south. On the island of Hainan, numbers and aerial and naval support initially favor the invaders but the defending AU6 soldiers are much better trained and equipped, and have the advantage of defensive terrain. The momentum gradually but inevitably turns in their favor. Jiangnan and Sultanate aerial support does what it can but have long flight times and this limits their operational time and combat efficacy. It also effectively prevents them from using their navies in the theater as doing so would make them easy targets for the island-based AU6 bombers. The AU6, basing from within the island have a decisive logistical advantage in this regard. Ultimately the end of 2105 finds the island of Hainan firmly in the hands of the AU6 and nearly 8,000 Jiangnan and 17,000 sultanate soldiers taken prisoner. As the battle wages, both the Filipino democratic secessionist movement and the Muslim population of the AU6 do what they can to strengthen their position, the Muslim rebels of the Thai peninsula even going so far as to bomb and sabotage the AU6 war machine. (-2 sail warship, -1 frigate, -1 propeller fighter, -3 infantry Jiangnan, -4 militia, -3 infantry, -12 sail warship, -3 frigate, -1 destroyer, -8 propeller fighters, -2 propeller bombers, AU6, -8 infantry, -11 sail warship, -2 frigate, -1 destroyer, -10 propeller fighters, Pacific Island Sultanates)
War between the Pacific Island Sultanates and the AU6 provides an ample opportunity for the merchant fleet of the Umma Al’Minin, who capitalize on the opportunity with the dredging of old ports, the building of new warehouses and gas-driven cranes, and a new fleet of transport ships.
Peace between the New Qin Empire and Hubei allows the the Blue Sun Corporation some much needed breathing room. They strike a number of deals with their neighbors, selling weapons and energy and use the resources generated thereby to rebuild the damages of the war. They also manage to purchase food from Cascadia. By December of 2105, things are looking much better indeed though slave revolts are still too common, much of the population remains mobilized as militia. Thing are looking so good indeed that the chief executive officer, Ma Hueteng, proposes and pushes for free distribution of energy to Hubei’s neighbors as an act of charity and goodwill. This act of charity is seen as evidence of his inability to adequately lead by the board of directors however and after the failed assault upon the Qin, this is too much for them. Mr. Hueteng is voted down as CEO and the chief security officer, Guo Shenkung is tapped for new leadership. As CEO, Guo Shenkung promises to take a more hardline approach at domestic security, including resource security, and a closer look at efficiency and the bottom line. He begins by first ordering an analysis of the current state of the company and he and the board are dismayed to see so much of their profits being distributed to Jiangnan shareholders. Attempts to dilute their control by issuing new shares or by organizing a buy-back are countered by the foreign shareholders whose stock control allows them to counter these strategies.
Perhaps learning from the Californians, the Australians also launch a number of their own modern solar farming projects, using the energy to desalinate ocean water and pump it inland. Areas once considered barren are coming to life with new crops.
Korean forces occupying coastal Manchuria are, for the most part, remarkably humane in their governance; their forces receiving strict reprisals for any abuse of the local population.
The long trenches established last year continue to be manned, with the Manchurian and Korean forces eyeing each other across the long no-man’s land but both seemingly unwilling to engage the other, at least not over the winter months. Both sides send cavalry to test the other and soon both sides realize the other is attempting to use these as baits for a foolish assault; perhaps they are not so different after all.
As promised, the Mongolian airforce arrive in force and do not waste any time in enforcing a no-fly zone over the Manchurian lands, eager to engage Yangzhou or Korean fighters who do not respect their mandate. Initially at least the allied Korean and Yangzhou airforce are unwilling to test the combined Mongolian and Manchurian air. Seemingly they are waiting.
The Manchurians are not eager to engage the entrenched Koreans and their newly updated electronic sensor relay system do not detect any unexpected movements. Despite this, the Koreans have been tricky, sending saboteurs to disable the Manchurian sensors (attempts to infiltrate and provide false data through them fail) and secretly moving up newly purchased electronic jeeps and light infantry vehicles to rear staging areas. Suddenly, in early June of 2104, a combined air, sea and land assault by Korea strikes at Huludao. At the trenchline, a sudden air and infantry push punches a hole open for the electronic vehicles and these soon beeline along the coastal highway westward. Yangzhou sail and propeller fighters clear the way from the south-west while the Korean navy and its airforce also reinforce from the south-east. The Manchurian airforce seems to be unexpectedly absent however. The Mongolian airforce engages the southerners, their superior training, discipline and relatively short travel time quickly turning the tide in their favor. On the ground the surprise break-through for the Koreans quickly results in a Manchurian rout. The southerners’ airforce, seeing no reason to stay, return to their bases, not keen to lose more planes to the Mongolians.
The surprise coastal push continues to New Qinhuangdao (the old one having flooded)and here the Korean forces encounter a more spirited defense. The Koreans bring the full force of their navy to bear, while simultaneously both the Koreans and Yangzhou push at their trenchlines, ensuring that pressure continues on all fronts. The Mongolian airforce returns and, perhaps having interpreted the earlier dogfighting as an act of war upon their people, set their bombers to target the Korean ships.
By June 14th, three battles rage across the south. The Korean-Manchurian trench line begins to buckle for the Manchurians and threatens to break. On the Yangzhou border, the Manchurian line does break and the Yangzhou are able to push the Manchurians back nearly 12km. And at New Qinhuangdao, all three airforces battle for supremacy. Initially the Mongolian air is dominant and 4 Yangzhou sail, 2 Korean frigates, and 1 destroyer are sunk, with others damaged enough to force a withdrawal of the southerner’s fleet. The Yang breakthrough forces the Mongolians to split their airforce to shore up the western front and as night falls so too does the city as the more numerous and better armed Korean soldiers, despite the prevailing Mongolian air power, are able to take the city.
The Manchurians are not able to retake the coast and while they can harass and harry, and largely contain the Korean advance, they cannot send them back into the sea.
Russian forces in the North have substantial territory to cross before they can converge and strike Manchuria. While a number of rail-lines linking east and west, including the Circum-Baikal Railway, have been too inaccessible, technically difficult, or expensive, to maintain, the Trans-Siberian railway, despite its cost, has been instrumental to the oligarch and remains serviceable. It is this rail that serves as the major artery for transport of troops eastward. The first divisions arrive in April of 2104 and by May, over six divisions of infantry have arrived in Chita.
The movement of 60,000 men can hardly go unnoticed however, and the Manchurian army has been shuffling units to the northern front, digging in throughout the north-western forests and hills. The initial Russian assault aims to strike quickly and decisively. Initially Russian cavalry sweep into Manchuria in a wide line, working in small units as scouts to identify Manchurian defenses. They identify a number of reinforced concrete bunkers sprouting camouflaged antenna and a number of unexpectedly sophisticated electronic surveillance equipment but relatively little hard defenses. In one case a unit of cavalry is intercepted by Manchurian air units and bombed mercilessly but reinforcing Su-24 Sukhoi operating from Chita quickly chase these away.
The first main battle takes place on June 2nd when several divisions of infantry, spearheaded by T-90 armor move across the border and into Manzhouli. Mostly ruins, its inhabitants none-the-less put up a spirited defense, using outdated Russian and Chinese military equipment and fighting with a sense of desperation that is unexpected for the Russian forces. Obviously militia, they make up for their lack of training and equipment with local knowledge and desperation. The Russians are ready for this sort of fighting however and civilian crop-dusting planes are sent on mission to deliver poison gas to the besieged city. The Russians have relatively little stocks of the more unstable nerve agents remaining in their arsenal but they do possess some limited amounts of phosphene and lewisite. These they drop liberally upon the Manchurian defenders before following up with a massive infantry and armor push on June 7th. On June 9th, after two days and two nights of house-to-house fighting, the Russians are victorious.
Immediately their cavalry scouts are sent further south and east. Here they report seeing more of the Manchurian sensor antenna, more frequent airforce encounters, and evidence of the Mancurhian’s own cavalry. Indeed the Manchurians seem more then willing to skirmish with the Russian cavalry and both sides soon learn to respect the other’s trained and disciplined mounted divisions. On several occasions Russian or Manchurian air appear to turn the tide of a cavalry skirmish but when the Russian Sukhoi’s arrive, the Manchurian prop fighters never stay long.
Russian cavalry spread through the countryside and report that the Manchurian defenders seem to have holed up in and around Hulubuir. Hulubuir itself is a vast labyrinth of stocky buildings, most falling apart and abandoned. Before the great fall it was geographically the largest city in the world. Now- it is the geographically largest ghost town in the world. The Russians move to the edge of the city and using their air and armor for protection, set up forward artillery batteries. These, in combination with their crop-dusters and advanced strike-fighters begin bombarding the Manchurian town with chemical weapons including more phosphene and lewisite gas, as well as white phosphorous and conventional shells. Unfortunately, the Russians infantry’s artillery consists only of whatever scraps they can pull together- there are no dedicated artillery regiments among them. And while the Manchurians return fire sporadically, they rebase so frequently that the majority of Russian shells fall on old abandoned buildings. The Russians have no choice but to enter the city, their heavy armor clearing the way. Almost immediately the Russians begin coming under fire from mortar, roadside bombs, and sniper fire. At the same time, the Manchurian airforce returns, taking advantage of the long fight time between Chita and Hulubuir to time their presence with the absence or partial absence of the more advanced Russian airforce. Indeed, it is obvious that many of the concealed antenna systems remain and are no doubt relaying Russian aircraft response and flight times back to Manchurian commanders to provide windows of operational opportunity for the Manchurian airforce.
The use of chemical weapons has galvanized the Manchurians who have faced Russian (and Japanese) chemical and biological weapons in the 1900s and 2000s, and learned to hate and fear these weapons. Indeed the weaponized filovirus released by the Russians upon the Manchu, and indiscriminately, upon the Koreans, the Buryat and the east Siberian Tungusic people (and many Russians) in 2035 led to over a hundred million deaths. Throughout the North, news of renewed Russian chemical attacks had spread like wildfire and the Manchurian people, most unaware of the Jiangnan, have flocked to combat their most hated enemy in modern history. Indeed, in the south, the use of chemical weapons by the Russians soon results in lynching and violent reprisal upon Russians and their property and ends any hope of a Russian 5th column in the interior.
The Russians pour over 45,000 men into the city and over the course of June, July, and August manage to fight the Manchurians to the Yimin river, though several of their T-90 are disabled or destroyed and casualties remain high. The battle is a slow one, with the Manchurians using tunnels and mouse-holes extensively. Perhaps the most effective Russian weapon are its helicopters which the Manchurians learn to hate and fear more than the intermittent gas attacks. Their sudden appearance turns the tide of more than one battle and provides close air support the airfield dependent Su-24 cannot. The whole while, the lightly-wooded hills around continue to be a battlefield for skirmishing cavalry, effectively only ensuring that foraging is difficult or impossible for both sides.
On June 29th, disaster strikes for the Russian military machine when a series of major explosions strike the 900 yard long train-bridge crossing the Yenisei river at Krasnoyarsk. The attack is a telling one for Russian logistics and forces their military to disembark, ferry across, and rejoin the rail on the western side. A second attack on July 3rd, this one involving explosives-laden barges upon the Irtysh bridge, is countered however and results in a pair of dead sino-russian bodies. Further attacks in July and August, these centered around the mountainous regions west of lake Baikal and involving the collapse of tunnels, explosions of bridge supports, and rockfalls, completely close the line, forcing the Russians to disembark at Irkutsk and travel the remaining 1600km to the border by mule-wagon or foot. In a limited number of cases those responsible are caught and identified and prove to be Buryat or Tungusic rebels, though whether they are receiving foreign funding or not, and who from, remains a mystery.
August turns to September and Russians reinforcements and supplies slow to a trickle and almost stop. Nonetheless, they make beachheads on the western side of the city but are repeatedly thrown back. The Siberian autumn threatens and the Russians have no choice but to return to Chita and overwinter. If the Manchurians do not kill the Russians, starvation and cold will. And so it is that the first battle of Hulubuir is won by the Manchurian defenders.
Spring of 2105 in the South sees the Koreans intermittently in control of the coasts across much of the Northern Yellow sea. While the Manchurians are able to skirmish effectively with their cavalry, and the Mongolian air prevents any Korean or Yangzhou air from supporting inland operations, Korean navy and manpower prevents the beachheads from collapsing.
Both sides seem relatively unwilling to take the offensive. The Koreans reinforce their coastal holdings, re-basing their airforce more locally (the Yangzhou joining them) and tearing down Manchurian sensor towers wherever they can find them.
The trenchlines move relatively little in the south-west, the Koreans seemingly content to entrench their current holdings. In the west, perhaps sensing the relative weakness of the Manchurian line, between the Korean coastal holdings and their own forces, the Yangzhou push hard across most of August and September and are able to finally link the Korean coastal holdings with their own defensive line. Ultimately the Manchurians lose all access to the Yellow sea.
The 2104-2105 winter is a difficult one for the Russians in Chita. Despite continuous sabotage by Buryat and Tungusic rebels, Russian engineers are able to keep the western rail line open, at least intermittently, and more troops and supplies arrive at Irkutsk, though getting these supplies and reinforcements to Chita through the winter proves much more difficult. Snow mounts high in the mountains and what the saboteurs cannot do to isolate Chita, nature can. A limited number of trucks and planes arrive with supplies and as a result actual Russian casualties are low but when spring comes, the Chita soldiers are not truly fit for immediate combat duty. On April 17th, the army from Irkutsk begins its long march to Chita and sets out for Manchuria once again.
The Russian army has little choice regarding Hulubuir; if they do not fight the Manchurians here, if they attempt to circumvent the city, then they will have to fight without air support; Hulubuir possessing one of the few functional airports of sufficient complexity to support the Su-24. Furthermore, that would leave their already critically stretched supply lines that more exposed and create the possibility of being surrounded and destroyed.
After approximately 700km of marching, the Russians return to Hulubuir, their cavalry scouts providing bad news; these report the arrival of Jiangnan reinforcements. The Jiangnan urgently radio the Russians, reminding them that they mean them no harm and that Hulubuir is under their jurisdiction. Russian commanders soon learn that the Jiangnan have effectively claimed a tract of territory around northern Manchuria that would force Russian forces to traverse through their ‘protectorate’ if they want to reach Manchuria. The Russians have no choice- their orders are to assault Manchuria and so the Russians warn the Jiangnan to leave or face the same fate as the Manchurians. The Jiangnan dig in.
Initial bombing is fierce and this time, the Russians arrive with much larger numbers. Block to block and house to house fighting is desperate and deadly but the Russians slowly grind the defenders back, gaining the shores of the Yeinesi by mid-July. Afterwards the battle turns into a sort of back-and forth raid, each side trying to gain a forward beachhead on the opposite shore. On August 16th, the Manchurian electronic surveillance must have noted the extended operational time of the Russian Su-24 providing support for a night-time cross-river assault and the Manchurian air unexpectedly buzz in over the south-eastern horizon. The Su-24 quickly engage them and down several but soon realize that their fuel will not allow further support. Several more Manchurian planes are brought down but the Manchurians are also able to inflict some casualties. Ultimately the Su-24 are forced to leave and the Manchurian airforce punishes the Russian helicopters and amphibious forces severely.
Despite this reverse however, Russian numbers and technology are telling and late September sees the Russians in solid control of the western bank and sharing control of the east, with most of their armor already on the eastern shores.
Fall arrives and western Hulubuir becomes a winter fort for the Russians. The Russians are even able to hold, reinforce, and repair an airbase in western Hulubuir proper and gain a distinct strategic advantage in the air war- effectively preventing all Manchurian aerial support. As a result, the hillside skirmishing between cavalry soon turns decisively in favor of the Russian forces. Winter arrives and both sides seem to settle in somewhat. Each suffers heavy attrition from lack of supplies, food, and the cold- the Russians due to overstretched supply lines and regular raids upon their depots, the Manchurians due to Russian control of local air and the resulting difficulties in importing anything. Horses are slaughtered, rats are skewered and rumors of cannibalism (always by the enemy) abound.
While the second battle of Hulubuir is extremely costly for both sides, as winter progresses, the Russians are beginning to look, more and more, as the more-likely victors.
(South: -7 propeller fighters, Mongolia, -3 infantry, -2 propeller fighters, - 2 frigates, -1 destroyer, Korea, - 4 sail warships, -3 infantry, -1 cavalry, -6 propeller fighters, Yanzhou, -1 infantry, -11 militia, -2 cavalry, Manchuria, North: -3 cavalry, -1 infantry, -3 militia Jiangnin, -population, -1 infantry, -3 cavalry, -10 militia, -2 propeller planes, -1 propeller bomber, Manchuria, -13 infantry, -8 cavalry, -2 T-90, -1 Su-24 Sukhoi, -1 Mi-28 Havoc, Russia)
Took you long enough
From: United Corporatist Commonwealths of Russia
We are desirous of neutrality and good relations with the Mongolian government and people, so as to best serve the interests of the shareholders and the market. As a gesture of good will the Board of Directors has seen fit to dispatch an embassy to Mongolia in order to establish more positive relations with the Mongolian government and begin, if the Mongolian government is willing, the process of normalizing and formalizing the existing border between the United Corporatist Commonwealths of Russia and Mongolia for all perpetuity. Such an arrangement will inestimably benefit the market, in order to end illegal smuggling which chafes against the tax revenue of both our states, and shall ensure peace and prosperity between us. The Board awaits the response of the Mongolian government and will receive all comments and complaints through the new embassy.
From: United Corporatist Commonwealths of Russia
It is the position of the Board of Directors that the territory comprised by the cession of the so-called "Changchun agreement" constitutes Russian homelands which must, for the good of the market and the Russian people, be reintegrated within the Russian state. The Board has authorized funds to be appropriated in order to compensate Jiangnan for the purchase of these lands, considering the illegal and ill-done last minute sale of these lands to Jiangnan by the cowardly and illegitimate Manchurian regime, but it is prepared to take them by force if necessary.
I rarely have time to NES these days. I'll give it a go again though. Reaffirming Iberia and hopefully reviewing this NES in the next day or so.
Welcome to Stuttgart Kaiser!
I'm down for giving this a go again. Would you happen to have a copy of my last orders you could PM me? Need to brush up on all that is happening and my thinking from a couple of years ago...
That's funny, I was just thinking the other day that I bailed on this one too early. Stupid new job...
Any chance I can re-claim the Heartland?
Yes. Gime a day or two.
Love to have u.
Hey it came back! I'll play as Brazil again if you'll have me. Also, you posted above to remind you that you need to send me PM, so here's a reminder.
I'll try and make sense of this. Can we grow the big 3 (Agri, Ind, Eng) by directly investing into it?
Absolute. new farms, factories, power plants... Just make it make sense.
Ingenious. We will begin the constructing of a sense factory right away! And a sense farm and sense mill. Bantus to the future!
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