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Imperium Offtopicium VI-2

Discussion in 'Imperium OffTopicum' started by Sonereal, Jun 19, 2018.

  1. Seon

    Seon Not An Evil Liar

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    ACTION: Discredit French national identity. (CUL +2)

    While the Shuddering Coalition remains an enigma wrapped in mystery to most of Europe, enough materials, trash, and smuggled goods leave the borders of the Coalition into the Bordeaux Emergency Coalition. These days, there seem to be more smuggled goods than ever before.

    The cultural materials smuggled out of France... sometimes by strangely masked and trembling individuals... are comedies and dramas expertly localized for regional slangs and even townships where the materials end up in. They are oftentimes viciously blackly comedic pieces depicting the glorious wars between various French warlords following the collapse of the state in 2049 and failed attempts at unity in 2087--which fell apart due to an untimely-delivered banana to the township of Lyon and the invading Roman armies.
     
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  2. Danwar

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    Conference of Bordeaux

    ACTION: Found Romano-Frankish national identity. (CUL +2) (For use by either me or Bordeaux)

    The Empire has long disapproved of the concept of Exclusion Zones - the concept of the world's governments simply abandoning people to petty squabbles and anarchy is a horrifying one - and now the French people will finally be rid of them... Or would be, except for the vile works of the Shuddering Coalition and Prague. We have never particularly been fans of this status quo, and this conference is the perfect opportunity to break it. The innocent residents of the Exclusion Zone will be once more safe and free to participate on the international stage.

    The cultural bankruptcy that the Shuddering Coalition has caused shall not be allowed to persist. Any and all works of French origin within the Empire will have copies of them be secretly moved under guard back into Bordeaux's lands to protect their cultural heritage. As for the gaps that cannot be filled with these works? Fill them with Roman works of art, language, and culture. Motivate their clergy to speak more Latin. Encourage the spread of Tacitus and other famous ancient philosophy. Continuing the process of Romanizing the Franks will make them staunch allies once they break free.
     
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  3. Crezth

    Crezth 話說天下大勢分久必合合久必分

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    Liberation of Nanjing​

    The Central Committee of the Junzhengdang has, in its infinite wisdom, determined the crucial necessity of liberating Nanjing as a sign of Chinese resistance against the Japanese menace. To this end, we have directed our armies to gather their strength in Anhui with the intent to liberate Jiangsu, brilliantly named the Jiangsu Campaign. The forces are mustering as we speak and the border is being fortified.

    Man the ramparts, brave proletarian warriors, all!

    Preparations must be made for the liberation of the whole of China. But we will start with Jiangsu, Nanjing, and Shanghai. Oppressed Chinese, victims of the occupation! Toil no longer! Our agents will make their way to you, and bear in their palms the 8-pointed star of the Junzhengdang. Join them and steel yourselves for a total war of resistance! Attack the enemy from the inside, tear down their outposts, poison their foods, bomb their factories! Then join your strength to ours and join our liberation march!

    [Attack / Covert] Send agents to infiltrate and recruit resistance fighters to our cause and undertake every effort to sabotage and destroy the enemy from within!
    [Attack / Military] We will invade Jiangsu province and reclaim Nanjing and Shanghai!
     
  4. Seon

    Seon Not An Evil Liar

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    Free Invoke: Military research. (MIL)

    Data of recent military research and newly developed experimental weapons, including advanced drone weapon platforms, are leaked to several particularly warlike regional influencers in Bordeaux Coalition with grudges on other members of the loose confederacy, disrupting balance of power in southern France.
     
  5. christopher_sni

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    I would like to claim the Dravidian Free Republic.
     
  6. NinjaCow64

    NinjaCow64 Thought Bubble Thinker Supporter

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    If I can still make a quick change to my current actions (if I can't, just ignore this update):

    Action: Create Nested Organisation (Use the 2 Free Invokes of Electoral Mandate)

    Name: Integrated United Nations Anti-Terrorism Organisation (IUNATO)
    High Concept: Anti-Terrorist Organisation
    Primary Approach: Military
    Scale: (+1)

    IUNATO will be an organ of the IUN that will coordinate international military and police action against terrorist organisations. It is believed that this organisation is being created in response to the increasing influence of the Plaguebringers in South America. Diane Moore will use her political capital gained from the recent election to overcome the difficulties found in the creation of IUNATO earlier this year.

    (My other action posts: one two)
     
  7. JamesCaesar

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    Could I join as the Second Empire of Brazil?
     
  8. Sonereal

    Sonereal ♫We got the guillotine♫ Supporter

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    This invocation does not make sense in the context of the action its being invoked for.

    Orders locked.
     
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  9. Sonereal

    Sonereal ♫We got the guillotine♫ Supporter

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    ORDERLY WITHDRAW FROM ROME Rome, Roman Empire. A single domino is sometimes all it takes to set into motion a string of events that can turn victory into defeat. For Carthage, the domino came in the form of a Roman negotiator in Milan. The government, facing down a Carthage landing sometime in the next few weeks, gave in to worker demands to roll back the worst of the reform policies now, the rest when the war ends, and to recognize the unions. This is the first domino falling.


    With labor unrest in Northern Italy solved, a Carthaginian plant to recruit locals in Monaco to act as saboteurs and attacks vital transportation infrastructure failed when the de-radicalized workers reported the agents responsible. This domino led to a third domino: the unimpeded arrival of experienced Roman legions from Iberia to reinforce the Roman militia and garrison units defending Rome.

    In theory, Rome should have held on the advantages. It was defending its capital against an amphibious landing that had the tenacity of being staged from Tunisia and routed to Ostia, completely ignoring Sardinia and Corsica, two occupied territories that could have been detrimental to the landings had Rome made the effort to use them or had the naval bombers or general aircraft necessary to stage in Sardinia. The confusion of Carthaginian logistics was outweighed by the sheer supremacy the empire enjoyed in the Mediterranean, a theater of war ceded to them by Rome.

    Rome, on the other hand, enjoyed some advantages of its own. The defeat in Iberia has had a mild, but immediate impact on the morale of Carthage’s soldiers. The city responded enthusiastically to the call of arms to form citizen militias to defend the city. Its soldiers were better-trained and defending the capital, but despite all of this, it all came down to whether or not the Roman Iberian legions would arrive before, during, or after the landings. Had they arrived during, they would likely had been able to hold the line but been unable to push Carthage back to sea immediately. Had they arrived after the landings were complete, Rome would have fallen.

    Instead, they arrived before, and that made all the difference. So instead, lets focus on what is truly remarkable. Carthage was able to abort the landings before they were turned into a disaster. An orderly withdraw in such circumstances is usually difficult, and for Carthage it was, so pulling it off is proof that Carthage still has tricks up its sleeve and is a master of naval-land coordination.

    Carthage forces have withdrawn from the landing sites and returned to Tunisia to await further orders. For Carthage, the news that Colombian foco cells have finally been established in Monaco, long after the battle was over, is of little comfort.

    Colombia gains one free invocation of “Monaco Foco Cell”

    CARTHAGINIAN ARMY SURRENDERS IN GIBRALTAR. Gibraltar, Occupied Territory. The Carthaginian general is given a ceremonial Roman sword before the ceremony. Whether the general had his own before doesn’t matter as it was lost during the wild, chaotic retreat. The fortifications at Gibraltar were aggressive in their support of the Roman siege. Trapped in Gibraltar, it became a question of whether or not Carthage’s vaulted navy would arrive in time to save the army from destruction.

    The disintegration of Carthage has been coupled with a surge of support for Carthage in Asturias. Roman-allied leadership have been discredited following the Rape of Barcelona, and even before Carthage’s outreach, there had been Asturian leaders allowing the establishment of Spanish training camps on the border. Asturian militias, independent from one another but coordinating now, have linked up with Free Portuguese forces to their south who rose up against Carthaginian garrisons once the Roman legions began their southward turn toward Gibraltar.

    Carthage suffers “Crippled Army Morale”, invokable once for free by Rome

    Asturia’s Trouble changes to “Second Reconquista”

    Spanish Resistance gains two free invocations of “Asturian Training Camps”



    NEWS FROM NORTH AMERICA
    INTEGRATED UNITED NATIONS FORMS IUNATO. New York City, Integrated United Nations. The Integrated United Nations Anti-Terrorism Organization is an organ of the IUN for the coordination of international military and police action against terrorist organizations like the Plaguebringers in South America.

    Name: Large (+1) Integrated Nations Anti-Terrorism Organization
    High Concept: Anti-Terrorist Organization

    REDOUBT BEGINS RESETTLING REFUGEES. Salem, American Redoubt. The Redoubt has begun resettling Protestants fleeing sectarian violence across El Norte. So far, the numbers of refugees coming to the Redoubt versus the Integrated United Nations is small, but the program has seen some success.

    The numbers are expected to increase, however. Horror stories about anti-Protestant violence in the Northern California Khanate have been used by politicians and militia leaders in border states to agitate for action against the Northern California Khanate. This has culminated in a small militia group taking the initiative to cross the Californian border to Yreka. A skirmish broke out between the militia and a numerically superior NCK unit, forcing the former to withdraw.


    American Redoubt gains “Protestant Refugee Settlement” boost.
    American Redoubt gains two free invocations of “NCK Horror Stories”

    Northern California Khanate gains “Kicked Out Militias” boost.



    NEWS FROM SOUTH AMERICA
    BRAZIL LAUNCHES OFFENSIVE AGAINST PLLG. Sao Paulo. Brazil has begun an operation to push deep into Avaritian territory currently under the occupation of the People’s Liberation Legion of Gaia. The operation so far has gained ground, but the PLLG expected this push to come and planned to transition into their traditional form of warfare immediately after an invading force began its push.

    PLLG gains “PLLG Cells behind enemy lines” free invocation
    PLLG gains “Guerilla Warfare” boost

    GRAN COLOMBIA, BRAZIL STEP UP BORDER PATROLS. La Pedrera, Gran Colombia. Gran Colombia has stepped up security on its borders with the People’s Liberation Legion of Gaia to deter infiltration. The action has been extremely difficult do the inherent difficulty of the terrain and its favorability for infiltration.

    The Second Empire of Brazil, however, has organized itself as an anti-partisan empire. Unlike Gran Colombia, it has a long history of fighting off infiltrating units, not merely training them.

    Brazil gains one free invocation of “Western Watch”.



    NEWS FROM EUROPE
    BORDEAUX CONFERENCE RESULTS. Bordeaux, Bordeaux Emergency Coalition. Something interesting happened during this conference. Well, yes, there was the bombing. The perpetrators of the bombing got away, and this was nearly enough to sink the conference altogether when coupled with an outside effort to discredit French national identity.

    It was in this action that something interesting happen. A door opened and a new identity entered: Romano-Frankism. Romano-Frankish identity, a combination of pre-cataclysm French identity and Latin/Roman Catholic identity, emerged in this discrediting operation. On a higher level, the massive resistance to the conference worked to bring various parties together and orient themselves away from Paris, Prague, and Sarajevo toward Rome.

    Overall, the Conference of Bordeaux has achieved its goal of establishing a framework by which a new French state is established from the Southern Exclusion Zone.

    The Bordeaux Emergency Coalition gains “Romano-Frankish Identity
    The Bordeaux Emergency Coalition is renamed to “Gallic Empire”
    The Gallic Empire gains “Need for a New Conference”

    Prague gains one free invocation of “Art of the Bombing”

    INTERNATIONAL OLYMPICS COMMITTEE. Athens, Balkan Federation. The creation of the International Olympics Committee was an overwhelming success thanks to international support from Ireland all the way to ASEAN. The International Olympics Committee will oversee the new Olympic Games.

    High Concept: Enormous (+3) International Sports Organization
    Trouble: Statements of Nationhood
    Aspect: Genuine Belief

    Balkan Federation gains two free invocations of “IOC Influence”

    ITS YOUR SPACE TOO! Baikonur, Eurasian Federation. The Eurasian Federation, assisted by a coalition of other developed countries such as West Africa and the IUN, have begun the process of cleaning up…space. Years of neglect, anti-space warfare, and collisions has created an aura of debris around the planet, a major detriment to future efforts in space. The effort so far has been remarkably successful.

    Eurasia gains two free invocations of “Space Janitor Experience"
    IUN gains “Space Janitor Experience”
    New Kongo gains “Space Janitor Experience”
    West Africa gains “Space Janitor Experience”

    WE HSR PROJECT CONTINUES AT BRISK PACE. Riga, Eurasian Federation. The Eurasian WE HSR Project continues at a brisk pace, with many believing it will be completed within the next eighteen months.

    Eurasian Federation gains one free invocation of “The WE HSR Project”.

    EMERALDS ARE FOREVER. Brussels, Shuddering Coalition. The Emerald Network is a system of mandatory augmented reality which filters out the distractions and temptations that plague the lives of Northern Europeans. The government has refined and updated the system, improving efficiency 10%. A curious side effect is the increase in the number of “bug reports” which, upon further investigation, turn out to be crimes or anti-social behaviors caught in the progress.

    Shuddering Coalition gains two free invocations of “EMERALD Integration”
    Shuddering Coalition gains one free invocation of “SEE SOMETHING; SAY SOMETHING.”

    AN EFFORT TO FORGIVE Barcelona, Occupied Territory. Rome’s attempt to begin compensating the families of the victims of the Rape of Barcelona so incredibly soon after the incident has, strangely, worked. The families hate Rome and will never forgive what Rome has done in a thousand years. However, politicians and local leaders are more forgiving then your average Catalonian and Spaniard. The fact that the money to pay off people in Barcelona to, if not forgive, to at least forget, comes from assets seized from Carthaginians in Rome is neither here, not there.

    Rome gains one free invocation of “Begun Healing Process in Barcelona”

    SWISS ARREST FOURTEEN CONNECTED WITH ROME EMBASSY ATTACK. Bern, Swiss Region. Swiss authorities have arrested fourteen persons connected with the Roman embassy attack earlier this year. Swiss authorities say they uncovered enough evidence during the raids on suspects’ households to immediately put the Gang of Fourteen to trial early next year. The case is fraught with political risk with the Swiss state. The embassy attack nearly led to the Swiss Cantons being embroiled in a war with the Roman Empire. It was only the intervention of the NAP and Balkan diplomats that the crisis was diffused.

    ROME SETTLES NORTHERN STRIKES. Milan, Roman Empire. With barbarians at the gates, a wave of patriotism has swept the striking workers. The government made mild concessions to the workers, who happily took these concessions to save face and to get back to work.

    Rome losses Northern Factory Strikes.

    EURASIA INVESTIGATES NEUROPHARM DEATHS. Moscow, Eurasian Federation. A federal investigation into the deaths of test subjects in the recent government-supported Cog-E drug trials has led investigators to conclude that no regulations were violated according to the full report made public upon conclusion of the investigation. Public demands for new regulations are rising in response to the news, but some in the neuropharmalogical industry have told the press that new regulations could “severely hamper our ability to research life-improving drugs.”

    Eurasia gains one free invocation of the “Neuropharm Report”

    RESEARCH REFORMS IN THE SHUDDERING COALITION. Paris, Shuddering Coalition. The Shuddering Coalition has made reforms to redirect computational power to research and development programs while pruning out excessive, fruitless avenues of research. While successful so far, some wonder whether the program will overreach and begin to weed out programs that, while visionary, may simply be too visionary.

    “Boondoggle Bonanza” upgraded to “Research Reforms”

    BALKANS ESTABLISHES NEW TRADE RELATIONS. Sarajevo, Balkan Federation. The Balkan Federation has established new trade agreements with several countries, chief among them the Eurasian Federation and Kingdom of Zun. With Zun, this comes with a defensive alliance targeted at the Ottoman Empire. With Eurasia, this comes with an agreement that Eurasia will have unimpeded access to the Bosporus.

    Balkans gains “New Trade Partners” free invocation

    INTUNF MILITIAS ON THE RISE IN IBERIA. [REDACTED], Asturias Region. The Spanish Resistance is a loose coalition of independent militias working together to expel foreign invaders. Beyond a vague “protect our homes” message, most of the militias weren’t committed to any single ideological tradition until recently. A number of militias have begun adopting Internationalist Unificiationist thought in a bid to secure the large amount of material flowing into Iberia from across the Atlantic.

    Along with arms, the Spanish Resistance has received special support from the Balkan Federation. The Balkan program of supporting the propaganda elements of the Spanish Resistance has resulted in the ranks of the resistance swelling.

    The Spanish Militia gains “IntUnf Militias”
    The Spanish Militia gains one free invocation of “IUN Arms”
    The Spanish Militia gains two free invocations of “Swelling Ranks”

    AN IRISH RENAISSANCE. Cork, Irish Republic. A top-down program to encourage the Irish language in the country’s political, cultural, and academic spheres has created results. The political and cultural transitions were relatively easy compared to the work to encourage Irish in the academic sphere. Critics of the initiative point out that French and German dominant the current academic field because the scientific powerhouses of the world predominately speak those languages. Lower down the educational totem pole, primary and secondary schools, the initiative has taken off.

    Irish Republic gains “Irish Resurgence” free invoke.

    IRABC INITIATIVE FACES RESISTANCE. Dublin, Irish Republic. The IRABC Initiative is an Irish Republic Army program to create an intelligence organization. The problem has faced fierce resistance from non-military intelligence organizations in Ireland fearing a loss of influence and prestige should the program get off the ground. So far, the IRABC-I has not gotten off the ground six months after its rechristening due to a suspicious discrepancy between what was budgeted and received, a shortage of agents, and a hostile intelligence community.

    TURKEY FAILS TO ACQUIRE ARMS. Ankara, Ottoman Empire. The Ottoman Empire has failed to acquire sufficient amounts of foreign arms to complement its defense forces but did gain enough to prevent the country’s armament situation from deteriorating further. The secondary plan of improving troop quality, if not equipment quality, has led to a war game that, well, wasn’t all too impressive.

    Turkey gains “War Game Experience” boost.



    NEWS FROM MENA AND CENTRAL ASIA
    SUEZ PROJECT UNDER NEW MANAGEMENT. Port Said, New Carthage. After the debacle earlier this year with the opening of the Suez Restoration Project, Ethiopian laborers, guided by Zun and Colombian engineers, have come together to more or less take over the project while Carthage struggles in its wars in Iberia and Italy. The first step for this project was, of course, clearing out the problems.

    Ethiopia gains the “New Management” boost

    AUBADE TROUBLES. Baghdad, Kingdom of Zun. Empress Yasmina’s initiative to bring the organization of traditionally locally-organized Aubade celebrations ran into complications. An organized, systematic campaign of disruption by pan-Islamist elements turned festivals into uncomfortable shouting matches. While there was very little violence outside a punch thrown here or there, people fear that this could lead to something worse in the future.
    NEWS FROM SUB-SAHARAN AFRICA


    SAHEL RAIDS THE IVORY COAST. Yamoussoukro, Cote d’Ivoire. Sahelians militia units raided the Ivory Coast, targeting border outposts and defenses. The raids were successful as the Cote d’Ivoire isn’t equipped or trained to engage in the small unit warfare the Sahel Warlords excel at.


    Sahel Warlords gains “Probing Raid” boost.

    FSA BEGINS WORK ON FSA MISSION CONTROL. New Freetown, Sovereign Federation of West African Nations. One hundred miles from New Freetown, the Federation Space Association has begun construction of launch pads and a mission headquarters to operate as the central headquarters of all FSA operations. Upon completion, the project will give the FSA an independent platform to launch space vehicles.

    West Africa gains two free invocations of “FSA-MC Construction”

    SAKARI ENTERPRISES OPENS TALKS WITH PROGRESSIVE FACTIONS. New Freetown, Sovereign Federation of West African Nations. The Federation has overcome a recent red scare by opening political talks with left-wing factions in the country to implement progressive social democratic policies in the Federation. By appearing to be above the political scare, the Kongo Red Scare has lost its potency in the Federation and elsewhere.

    The Federation loses Anti-Kongo Red Scare.

    Mali loses Anti-Kongo Red Scare

    ABYSSINIAN ARMS EMBARGO AGAINST CARTHAGE, ROME. Addis Ababa, Empire of Abyssinia. The Empire of Abyssinia has ordered an arms embargo against the Roman Empire and New Carthage. While New Carthage was completely unfazed by the embargo, there was a meager impact on Roman procurement.

    Empire of Abyssinia gains “Arms embargo against Rome” boost.

    CAR OF THE FUTURE? THE PRESENT IS CALLING. Addis Ababa, Empire of Abyssinia. The government’s subsidies of hydrogen car development and infrastructure is beginning to pay off as the government, in conjunction with a private company, proudly revealed the world’s post-Cataclysm mass produced hydrogen vehicle. While the vehicle is promising for its future implications, climate activists are shocked the government would rush down this path. 85% of hydrogen used for these vehicles is made from natural gas, with only the remaining 15% from the use of renewable sources (such as solar, hydro, and wind).

    Still, none of these issues were raised at that presentation, and for the government, that’s good enough news.

    Empire of Abyssinia gains “Novelty Cars” boost
    Empire of Abyssinia gains +1 ECO


    UCAR RESEARCH HITS DEAD END. Kinshasa, New Kongo. UCAR directed more scientific resources toward materials sciences with the long-term goal of discovering materials useful for space exploration and colonization. The program has hit a massive setback as claims of corruption, embezzlement, and faulty research has roiled the country’s materials scientist community.

    New Kongo gains “Recovering from Dead End”

    MALI RECONSTRUCTION PROJECT BEGINS. Bamako, Directorate of Mali. Mali has broken ground on a redevelopment project to repair and reconstruct infrastructure in the landlocked African country. West Africans, through the institutions created by the Pan-African Trade Pact, have sent a contingent of workers to assist in the redevelopment plan. So far, work has been brisk and without setbacks.

    Mali gains “Reconstruction Project” boost

    FOUNDER’S DAY. New Freetown, Sovereign Federation of West African Nations. The 22nd anniversary of the foundation of Sakarai Enterprises and the unification of Margaitania, Senegal, and Asanteman has come and gone without incident and of note.

    RED SEA EXERCISES 2101 CONCLUDE. Djibouti, Empire of Abyssinia. The RSE-2101 have concluded without incident. The Empire has gained valuable insights.

    Empire of Abyssinia gains one free invocation of “RSE-2101 Exercise Experience”.



    NEWS FROM THE INDIA-ON-EAST
    NANKING LIBERATED. Nanking, Occupied Territory. After weeks of fighting, Nanking (Nanjing) and Shanghai have been liberated by Chinese forces, kicking off a new phase in the Third Sino-Japanese War.

    China gains “Liberation of Shanghai and Nanjing” boost


    Heavenly kingdom gains “Knowledge of Chinese Infiltrators” boost

    VIETNAM SLAMS PHILIPPINES OVER ISLAND DISPUTE. Manila, Association of Southeast Asian Nations. The Vietnamese and Filipino delegations came to verbal blows during an ASEAN economic conference meant to bring the ASEAN nations together. The disputes stem over the question of islands between the two countries and who holds sovereignty over the islands. The answer to “who owns these rocks in the middle of the sea” are important because it would have an impact over exploitation rights in the surrounding waters.

    ASEAN gains “The Islands Dispute”

    OLIGARCHS AT THE GATE. Tokyo, Heavenly Kingdom. There are really three audiences for the writings leaving Japan: The Military, the Eastern Chinese, and the International Community. For the military, the “oligarchs are the gate” represent a call to action to defend the Heavenly Kingdom, which means defending Japan, Korea, and China from the tyrannical MRC. For the Eastern Chinese, this was supposed to represent an appeal to their fears of war, a way to remind them that the invaders to come are no longer their countrymen.

    And for the international community? It was a notice. Of these three audiences, only one audience was mightily impressed: the soldiers. The soldiers talk about the oligarchs at the gate, and the need to defend the kingdom against them.

    For their part, the Military Republic of China has embarked on a propaganda campaign targeted at Chinese living in occupied China. The speech versus the program has begun dividing the peoples living in the occupied territories.

    Heavenly Kingdom gains two free invocations of “Oligarchs at the Gate”.

    China gains “Anti-Japanese Propaganda” boost

    FAMILIES AND MUSEUM BILLS FAIL IN PARLIAMENT. Canberra, United Kingdoms of Australia and New Zealand. The Families and Museum Bills have failed in parliament. Both bills, especially the Museum Bill, seemed like bills that would have easily sailed through parliament, but a coalition revolt combined with a wave of defections has many asking themselves if this is an organized attempt to try to trigger new elections.

    The only bill that did pass was the Australian-New Zealand Space Initiative Bill, which gives political cover for an UKANZ space program down the line.

    UKANZ gains “Parliamentary Revolt”
    UKANZ gains one free invocation of “Australian-New Zealand Space Initiative Bill”.

    ASEAN GARRISONS IN VIETNAM, PHILIPPINES INCREASED. Hanoi, Association of Southeast Asian Nations. Something curious has emerged during ASEAN’s deployment rearrangement. The redeployments went smoothly, cleanly, and quickly despite the redeployments being larger than initially planned. Whether this change in scale is the result of military self-starters or was the whim of the Vietnamese and Filipino governments, it has proven to the world that ASEAN is an organization to watch out for.

    ASEAN gains +1 Military
    ASEAN gains a free invocation of Vietnamese Garrison
    ASEAN gains a free invocation of Filipino Garrison

    TRADE AGREEMENT SIGNED BETWEEN ASEAN AND UKANZ. Canberra, United Kingdoms of Australia and New Zealand. A trade agreement has been finalized between ASEAN and the United Kingdoms of Australia and New Zealand. Like most trade agreements, the details are boring, but analysts are sure the trade agreement is doing something for somebody.

    UKANZ gains two free invocations of “ASEAN Trade Agreement”
    ASEAN gains one free invocation of “UKANZ Trade Agreement”

    TENSIONS BETWEEN IRISH, CHINESE OFFICERS. Chongqing, Military Republic of China. A program in which Irish Republican Army officers traveled to China to train and train with their Chinese counterparts has been shrouded in mystery, but all signs now point to the program having failed due to tensions between Irish and Chinese officers. These tensions, far from being political or ideological, seemed to be the result of personal animosities between key Irish and Chinese officers.

    OUR RESISTANCE. Shanghai, Heavenly Kingdom. The Heavenly Kingdom attempted to begin reconstruction of public highway networks, but progress has been slow. Chinese and Korean laborers, sometimes pressganged into the reconstruction effort, are believed to be behind a string of “accidental” labor stoppages caused by everything from equipment failures to masses of workers “calling in sick” on the same day for a week or two at a time.

    The HK government, believing this to be the result of KMT secret networks stretching throughout China and possibly Korea, has been unable to turn up any evidence of this mass operation.

    But minds are changing in Korea and Eastern China. The Rape of Barcelona has become the government’s major weapon against agitators. The message is simple: look at what an ancient empire will do to its own “people” in the name of restoring the old order. Since the specials began airing, the amount of work stoppages has decreased slowly, but steadily.

    Heavenly Kingdom gains one free invocation of “Your town is Barcelona”

    THE YEAR IS NOW 2102.

     
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  10. Sonereal

    Sonereal ♫We got the guillotine♫ Supporter

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    This will be the last major update posted directly into the thread. When I copy and paste from Word to CFC, CFC throws a fit and doubles the number of paragraph breaks. Future major updates will be posted as Google documents.
     
  11. Sonereal

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    Milestones and You!
    Are you looking at your approaches and aspects and thinking "these no longer represent my priorities or my country? Then good news!

    Once a year, you are allowed to increase one approach by 1 and decrease another approach by 1. You are also allowed to change one of your main aspects, provided that it makes sense contextually to do so.
     
  12. Ailedhoo

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    The Combine would like to declare that Rome should consider peace with Carthage; Carthage is clearly in a dominant position and henceforth it would be pragmatic for Rome to rebuild itself into peace.

    We also like to declare that any question of the fate of Hispania should have the consultation of the Combine, which sees the region as important for our trade links and we are concerned in particular with the fate of Gibraltar.

    Our aim is stability; if war continues in the Med it may threaten our plans to use the Suez as a means to enshrine a round-the-globe trade linkage from Panama to the Indian Seas to the Pacific and Panama again.
     
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    The UCAR is a rationalist state, where all work for the betterment not of themselves, but humanity as a whole. We have a strong culture of honesty & cooperation, and recovering from the recent scandals and setbacks shouldn't be too difficult (Overcome 'Recovering from Materials Science Dead End', Culture +1)

    With the authoritarian kleptocrats in Nubia pushing disgusting anti-socialist, anti-freedom propaganda on their own people & the world in general, the UCAR must always be prepared to defend themselves from power-hungry reactionaries. Set up advanced batteries to serve as energy reserves for our AI defense systems. (Create an Advantage, Economic +2)

    The Princedom to our east had made such progress towards, not only resolving some of their internal disputes, but towards socialism as well. We cannnot let oligarchs & radical capitalists destroy what our two nations have worked so hard to build (Aid Victoria in Overcoming 'Anti-Kongo Red Scare', Political +1)

    Though the challenges we face are great, we cannot allow them to crush our spirits, nor to stand in the way of progress. If one door is closed, try another. Direct research towards new medical techniques & bioengineering technologies, with the aim of decreasing the impact of space travel on human health & shortening recovery times once they return to Earth (Create an Advantage, Science +3)
     
  14. Crezth

    Crezth 話說天下大勢分久必合合久必分

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    With order, unity, and perseverance comes victory!

    Rejoice, brave Proletarian warriors! The enemy scatters before us, and the province of Jiangsu has been restored to the rule of the people - thanks to the leadership of the Junzhengdang!

    But the battle is not yet over. Some of you, even now, suffer from that most hideous of afflictions - apathy. With the Japanese regime scattering ever more mendacious lies and faciliations, the revolution is besieged by fear. But you must not be afraid, brave worker, for you are the supply of all that is good in this world. Without you, they have nothing, and they know that. Do you think they will tell you your worth? Or do you think they will speak to you of the holiness of their leader, the goodness of their virtue, all with a hand in your pocket and a gun to your head? The truth is they are afraid of you. They are afraid of all of us. And they want you to be afraid of communism - they want you to fear your own hope! - because they know it is a flame of passion they have no chance of extinguishing.

    They know nothing of the folly of their ways and the day is drawing close that they will be hanged on gibbets of their own making - indeed, the only thing they have ever actually made themselves.

    Do not be a tool of the Japanese. Join our enterprise, and we shall drive the imperialists from our land, reclaim the glory of our birthright, and advance the inexorable revolution of the working class!

    ACTION: Using Boost "Anti-Japanese Propaganda" create a Military Advantage by enlisting new soldiers and swelling our ranks with new blood primarily from the formerly occupied territory of Jiangsu.
     
  15. NinjaCow64

    NinjaCow64 Thought Bubble Thinker Supporter

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    To: All Nations of the World, Especially South American Ones

    The Plaugebringers are not only abhorrent to the ideals of Integrated United Nations, we believe that they pose an existential threat to continued human existence. They seek to bring about another Plague, the one that still scars our world to its very core. We call upon all nations, especially South American nations, to support IUNATO's efforts to stop the Plaguebringers.

    Action: IUNATO Arrest and Assassinate Plaguebringer Leadership (Miliatry): IUNATO will attack Plaguebringer compounds, arresting and/or killing (preferably arresting) the core leadership of the organisation. IUNATO hopes that the organisation will collapse without its leadership. This will be done with the support of South American nations and the wider international community (hopefully).
     
  16. Danwar

    Danwar Warlord

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    The Empire fails to see how Carthage is in anything close to a dominant position. They've lost all of Hispania and have failed in their assault on Rome, and their losses are only growing. Soon, the greedy Carthaginian state will fall, and the Mediterranean will be rid of them once and for all. In addition, the Empire questions the very notion that the Combine should have any influence in the Mediterranean, noting the Combine's previous statements requesting other states to stay out of Latin American politics. These statements dramatically contradict each other, and the Empire cannot help but notice this. The Empire refuses to consider the Combine's declaration, and also to allow them into any peace conference, until these contradictions are resolved in a reasonable way.
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    The Cordoba Speech, 2102 AD
    The decisive Roman victories across Europe - both diplomatic and military - have put the Empire into a very advantageous position, indeed. New Carthage's only saving grace is their control of the Mediterranean, and that might not even last. The Empire is now in a position to finally break Carthage and seize victory once and for all - if they play their cards right...

    "Greetings, fellow Romans, and with great joy I speak today, for our victories are practically without number. On every front, Rome has proven itself indeed superior to the Carthaginian 'soldiers' (if you can even call them that), and there is no reason to stop now! I commend every soldier who defended Roma from the Carthaginian invasion, for the efforts of each and every one of you have proven worth it in the end. Gallia has broken free of the Shuddering Coalition and their vile associates, and they are indeed now free to exist as a sovereign nation, free of the machinations of the barbarians to the North. The damage dealt in the vile acts of Barcelona has even begun the long process of healing! The Lord has truly blessed us with these many victories, and for that I thank him. The Empire has once more begun to climb ever higher!

    There are still some who oppose us, though. The Carthaginians still hold North Africa, and the Spaniards refuse the olive branch and instead take up the sword. They slander us and think that they can find allies abroad. I question this notion: If the powers of the world truly cared for the freedom of states, then why were there no delegates from them at the Conference of Bordeaux? Why did none of them speak up against the tyranny of the Shuddering Coalition and their vile associates? Why did they not lift a finger at the terrible detonation that nearly ended the conference before it could begin!?

    Now, I know what you must be asking yourself right now. 'How is this relevant? Why are the events in Gallia important to those in Hispania?' If you indeed think of these questions, I will answer them thus: If the world's nations abandoned the people of Gaul, why would they support the people in Hispania? Why would they value the Spaniards over the Gauls? The awnser - they don't.

    They simply wish to restore the horrible status quo of the 'exclusion zones' that so gripped Europe these past few years. They do not value your freedom, they value your irrelevance in international affairs. They intend to use you - yes, you, Spanish Resistance fighters - as a way to weaken both of us so it is easier for them to march in and imprison all of us in cages to 'preserve the peace'. They are the enemies of all of us, and if we are to defeat them, we must stand united.

    Even now, the Shuddering Coalition has expressed apathy towards a group that seeks to exterminate humanity. Look around, Spaniards. Look around, Romans. The foreigners seek to follow the principle of 'divide et imperia' - Divide and Conquer. They cannot be allowed to do this. People of the former states of Catalonia, Spain, and Portugal, I understand your fury at the horrific crimes committed in Barcelona. I understand the grieving for friends and family who will never return. But, truth is, there is no way to undo them. The dead will not rise up again, and the loss of innocence can never be restored. The people of Rome and of Hispania must unite against these common threats or both of them will be imprisoned forever.

    And so, I once more extend the olive branch to the people of Hispania. Only together can we stand free.

    I propose to the new Imperator of Gaul a mutual alliance pact against those who would threaten our states and strongly advise against joining the NAP. As stated before, they turned a blind eye to the Conference of Bordeaux - Why do you now expect them to help you? Nevertheless, the decision is theirs to decide - but they should keep in mind the previous action - and inaction - of the Pact. In either scenario, the Empire supports the independence of Gaul unconditionally and will refuse to allow them to return to being an Exclusion Zone.

    And now, on Carthage. With their attacks at Rome thwarted and their eviction from Hispania, it is now time we looked across the Mediterranean - but to do this, we will need more superiority of the Mediterranean. In remembrance of the strikes in Lombardia, we will, of course, negotiate with the unions there, but if the Empire is to finish this war, we must have air superiority. The Empire requests the production of additional fighters and naval bombers should the unions be willing. With these fliers with us, we will finally be able to cross the Mediterranean and win this once and for all

    Do your duties, Romans, Spainiards and Gauls. Together, we can finally restore peace and freedom to this bloodied sea. And remember, God is watching over us all - make sure He is not ashamed!"
    Overcome: Roman Airplane Production Shortfall (Economic, 0)
    The recovery of the Lombardic factories will allow us to finally begin construction of an air force to be reckoned with to counter Carthage's naval superiority. If Rome is to win this war, we must have a good air force.
    Action: Operation: Gibraltar (Military, +3)
    Take half of our Spanish legionaries and prepare to finally cross the Gibraltar strait once and for all. With the collapse of the northern side most likely crippling their ability to control the strait, shell any ships garrisoned there before as swiftly as possible ferrying a vanguard across Gibraltar. Once this vanguard has taken the southern part of the strait, we will be able to easily ferry the resto f the men across. Should the vanguard fail this, immediately abort the operation - we have no intention of wasting good troops. This gambit, however risky, is our best hope of ending the war - if we get our troops across, the war is essentially over for Carthage. Invoke Crippled Army Morale provided they make it across.
    Action: Extending the Olive Branch (Political, +1)
    We don't have to immediately try to crush the Spanish rebels - a peaceful accord can still be reached. Offer the Spanish Resistance an opportunity to come to the negotiating table as opposed to fighting to the death for a misguided cause. Invoke Barcelona Healing Process.
    Action: A Gallic Alliance (Political, +1)
    Attempt to solidify relations (perhaps even form an alliance) with the Gallic Empire while discouraging them from aligning themselves with the NAP, pointing to their utter refusal to support Bordeaux independence and especially the bomb strike at the beginning, almost certainly caused by the Shuddering Coalition, and also to the strong cultural ties between the two Empires.
    If I can, invoke Romano-Frankish Identity.
    Create Advantage: Imperial Discipline Reforms (Military, +3)
    In the interest of avoiding another Barcelona, the Empire must ensure that the standards of discipline for the Legions are top quality. Ensure that we take every effort to improve the standards of discipline for Imperial troops, even if it slows the recruitment of more troops.
     
  17. Omega124

    Omega124 Challenging Fate

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    Create Political Advantage: The Dublin Conference

    Right now, news with our sister Celtic republics in Great Britain and mainland France has been relatively quiet. The Anglo Civil War has seemed to stalemate over the Siege of London, but given the extreme disorganization of the ERL, it is more than possible an ambitious warlord sends their troops north or west to attack one of our sister republics. Meanwhile, Brittany likely will have to deal with the formation of the new French state, with its fake claims of representing the ancient Gaulish people. They are appropriating our culture, and we mostly just sat back and did relatively little to actually stop it, and that is a failure on our part. Not to mention, its still possible war breaks out over Switzerland, which would likely drag the entire continent with it.

    No more can the Celtic Confederation remain idle in turbulent times like these. We must develop a plan of action to meaningfully set up contingencies and courses of actions if war breaks out in Britain and France. We must be ready when the worst happens, so we do not end up becoming the playthings of the powers of Europe. However, Celtia is stronger when we act together, and we must know the preferences and wishes of our sister republics instead of unilaterally acting.

    Overcome Political Situation: Review Role of IRA in Post-Independence Ireland

    The Irish Republic has nothing but the upmost respect for the heroes of Ireland. The Irish Republican Army has fought for our freedom and independence for hundreds of years, against the British Empire, the colonial Free State, and the Integrated United Nations. Their shedded blood dyes the red stars that appear as the Starry Plough on our tricolor, and our nation is forever in debt to these patriots.

    That being said, two events within the past year makes the Irish Republic question the efficiency of the Irish Republican Army, and its place within post-independence Ireland. The first issue in relation to their conduct in China. We were invited to be the guests of the Junzhengdang; they respected our martial traditions of fighting a seemingly endless guerrilla conflict and finally evicting all the foreign powers from our island. We were supposed to share our experiences and training with the Junzhengdang, so they would be able to use the lessons from our struggle in their fight against the Tianguo. What instead happened was a minor diplomatic gaffe as our officers and Junzhengdang officers engaged in petty, personal squabbles, and nothing of not was actually accomplished.

    While it would be easy to simply blame the breakdown of relations on the Chinese, the fact remains is that we were their invited guests, not the other way around. The Irish Republican Army has tarnished our image as the international vanguard of revolutionary socialism across the world, and brought genuine doubt in our abilities to meaningfully conduct overseas operations if cultural chauvinism gets in the way of operations. At the very least, the officers in question should be immediately recalled back to Dublin and be reprimanded for their actions.

    Domestically, the failed creation of the Banshee Corps has also led to questions of the role of the Irish Republican Army. Historically an army without a state, it seemed only logical that control of the nations intelligence would be a valid part of their overall mission. After all, the IRA has historically relied on itself and its own cells, both domestically and internationally (quite a history of the Irish Republican Army operating amongst the ranks of the Irish diaspora), to gather its intelligence in the past. Evidently, the political bureaucracy that formed against the Banshee Corps has indicated that elements of Irish society are presently uncomfortable with the idea of the armed forces taking over what they view was strictly a civilian affair. While many within the Dali/NICTU do not necessarily agree with the public perception, it is important to recognize that the public has spoken on the issue, and it is our responsibility to take these criticisms to heart and review our intentions.

    Overall, we wish to more clearly define the role of the Irish Republican Army, so that we may better facilitate the transition from a freedom fighting guerilla unit into a proper armed forces of a sovereign state, without creating concerns that they are trying to coup the democratically elected government of Ireland. We must also prevent another situation like the one in China from occurring again, so that we may restore our credibility on the international stage.

    Create Cultural Advantage: Revive Gaelic Football

    Sport fever has gripped the Emerald Isle since the Irish Republic became one of the founding members of the International Olympic Committee. Sport is, of course, one of our greatest expressions of the culture of a nation; what games we decide to patronize and play with our friends and family, and even competitively, expresses subconsciously the ethos of the nation. In Ireland, no sport is more closer to heart than Gaelic Football, the traditional game of the Irish people in some form since the 1300s. Of course, the sport played back then was quite different to the rules today, but even the modern rules of the sport, codified in 1884, makes Gaelic Football almost as old as the Anglo's Association Football (or Soccer). However, thanks to British imperialism, their version of the game had spread to all corners of the globe, while Gaelic Football was mostly repressed to Ireland and her diaspora. We know too well about how the English attempted to monopolize the term "football", organizing cultural resistance to any nation which preferred their traditional set of rules (most famously leveraged against the Americans, but even the Canadians, Australians, and others had to deal with the delegitimization of their football).

    It is, however, a new era of sport. We shall break the cultural bondage that the Anglos had once besetted on the world, and show the globe once more how the Irish does sport. One of our main priorities of 2102 will be to create a new league of Gaelic Football, starting with the refounding of the Gaelic Athletic Association to oversee the creation of a new league system in Ireland. We, of course, also invite the rest of the Celtic Confederation to participate in our system as well: it is Gaelic Football, not Irish Football. Most importantly, we also wish to televise these games, globally if possible. We want to make the world see how vibrant Irish culture is, and win the hearts and minds of people all around the globe.

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    Diplomacy

    To: The Military Republic of China
    From: The Irish Republic


    We wish to formally apologize for the conduct of our officers in China. We were your invited guests in the country, and some elements within the Irish Republican Army chose either to ignore your hospitality or take advantage of it. We intend to investigate what went wrong last year, so that future attempts at missions (if you so choose to host us again) does not happen again.

    To: Bordeaux, Rome
    From: The Irish Republic


    We intend to deliver an official statement regarding your appropriation of Celtic culture pursuant to the talks held in Dublin later this year. Romano-Frankish is fine, but Gaul is Brittany, not the mess that you created down south. For now, however, we wish to communicate our lack of amusement to the situation.

    To: Carribean Confederation, Deseret, UCAR, Balkan Federation, and the Military Republic of China
    From: The Irish Republic
    CC: Celtic Confederation
    (We assume this will be dealt with in Dublin though), Any other interested, socialist parties I may have forgot

    Would any of you be interested in the forming of a 5th International in order to better organize international socialism in the wake of a increasingly chaotic diplomatic situation? Collective security of our respective revolutions may be the only way to defend ourselves from the stains of reactionaries and unificationists.
     
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  18. Robert Can't

    Robert Can't Éponine

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    A Message from the National Bureau of International Recognition
    It is with great pleasure that the discernment committee of the NBIR has decided to grant the Gallic Empire the status of Nation. This will cause further conversations in the Board of the SEZ with the potential to ending the SEZ. Furthermore following their petition for entry to the NAP the Foreign Ministries of the Three Nations and Hungary have provisionally agreed to allow the Gallic Empire into the NAP.
    We welcome this new nation onto the global stage and to our friendship in the NAP.

    Gallic Empire is allowed entry to the NAP

    Graffiti on a closed down SEZ Border Station
    You may have thrown the bomb
    You might have ended the conference
    But now that we aren't excluded
    We're sure as hell not going with Rome.


    Ministry of the Arts - Statement on The Olympic Committee
    We are grateful to our Balkan Friends for recognising our expertise in the areas of the arts and will be very happy to lend our artistic support in ensuring the safety of the games. We will be deploying our artists to police the games and hopefully we will ensure that no illicit art is brought into the facilities.

    Action(?) (COV): Attempt to prevent any terrorist activities targeting the Olympics
     
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  19. Kinich-Ahau

    Kinich-Ahau #JustGoomyThings

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    The UCAR would be more than happy to join any such 5th Internationale; the revolution must not be allowed to fail. All peoples deserve the chance to experience the freedom, equality, and prosperity of socialism- by word or by rifle.
     
  20. Crezth

    Crezth 話說天下大勢分久必合合久必分

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    To: The Irish Republic
    From: The Military Republic of China

    We accept your apology with great patience. We intend to review the matter in question internally and will be trimming the unworthy elements of our diplomatic corps forthwith. We furthermore will apply for observer status within the 5th Internationale, as we are burdened with a revolutionary war of great delicacy, and will not force the issue on the Internationale unless it is an issue the Internationale wishes to press.

    [ACTION]: Create Political Advantage - "Socialist Ambassadors" - Impress upon our diplomatic corps and functionaries the importance of socialist internationalism and train them in the proper dialectics and principles necessary to communicate the need for proletarian revolution both at home and across the world.
     

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