Discussion in 'Imperium OffTopicum' started by Reus, Jan 9, 2015.
Requesting to join as Croatia, info will come when the request is confirmed.
Sign-Ups have been locked and update is currently under progress, so technically no new countries can be made; fortunately, Croatia is among the NPCs being made and will be available. You can still post your information here or take up the NPC next turn.
I'll post my info as soon as possible. Can I just request that Croatias official name be "Banovina of Illyria"
Eric Blair: Living in his beloved Mandalay, young Blair writes as an entirely unknown political correspondent for the Times of India, examining Burman regional politics and very happy to do so. However, the increasingly socialist and labourist Blair has quickly grown disillusioned with the increasingly bourgeois-liberal Times, and is considering leaving the paper for something brighter.
Sean Connery: An infant born and being raised by his mother in the so-called "Scottish quarter" of Kathmandu, which is renowned for its large Scottish population after the competition of the first Nepal Railroad in 1922 made emigration there feasible. Baby Sean can barely walk, but he is already fascinated by the Gurkha soldiers in the service of the Empress who frequently parade through Kathmandu's streets. One astrologer has predicted he shall grow up to be a great swordsman, whatever that means.
Morarji Desai: Though he had once been drawn to the All India Forward Bloc by his staunch Hindu-driven nationalism, Bose's increasing demagoguery and dominance over the organization has all but driven Desai, a sitting MP, out of the party. Alongside a number of other similarly-minded figures, Desai has plans to form a breakaway moderate nationalist party from the Forward Bloc.
Mao Zedong: Having moved to Calcutta after he was forced into exile by persecution against suspected Communists around 1920, and since Mao was not actually Communist, young Mao found work as a service chef in a restaurant named the Beijing Tiananmen, or the Thousand Flowers Garden, located in the heart of the city's blooming Chinatown. Astonishingly, Mao found his talent for the job, and has recently been promoted to head chef, as the restaurant becomes renowned around the city for its Indo-Chinese fusion cuisine, part of a movement gaining fast steam in India's cities. Mao has already published one cookbook, and a bright future seems to lay ahead.
Mohandas K. Gandhi: The young lawyer returned to India from Canada shortly after Mary's ascension, and his honestly, nonpartisanship, and humility won him a great many favors, culminating in his appointment as a justice on the Bombay High Court in 1927. Even just five years later, Gandhi's name has come up in the names of people that might be elevated to Delhi's Supreme Court.
Feroze Ghandy: No relation to the far better-known Mohandas, the 19-year-old Feroze has suddenly found himself the youngest MP in India, having been elected in a strange by-election in late 1931 from a United Provinces constituency when a pro-INC students' union encouraged him to run on their behalf. By all accounts he is brilliant, and has a bright future ahead of him.
Kim Il-sung: The ambitious Korean communist, exiled from his homeland by the Japanese, has moved to Caclutta's Chinatown, and has become a close confidant of the master chef Mao Zedong. Some rumors persist that Kim and Mao are in fact lovers, something that both remain silent on.
Indira Nehru: A fourteen-year-old girl, young Indira - Jawaharlal's daughter - has grown up surrounded by the political activity of India's capital. This has convinced her that politics just isn't her calling. She has instead become fascinated by science, especially the booming new science of atomic and quantum physics, which her parents look at curiously, yet encouragingly.
Jawaharlal Nehru: The rising INC statesman has emerged as Patel's main lieutenant within Labour's INC wing. Nehru is currently serving as Home Minister in the Snowden-Patel government. In government, he has gained a reputation for humility and honesty. Once wary of the Empress's government, Nehru has since warmed to the Empress, and has become something of a personal friend of Mary II.
Sylvia Pankhurst: The co-leader of the CPI and the leader of the faction of exiled British communists within the CPI, Pankhurst is the Communists' sole member in the House of Lords, having been elected to the body by sympathetic exiles in a Calcutta constituency in a 1929 by-election, having dropped the CPI's opposition to parliamentarism. Her opposition to Arthurism and her support of woman's rights has not wavered one bit, and she is quite popular amongst Indian women.
C.V. Raman: A tenured professor at the University of Madras, Raman has made waves throughout the scientific community with his 1931 experimental discovery of the neutron. Raman is hailed across India as amongst a wave that will make India at par with the leading scientific powers of the world.
This game's starting without me kk
maybe not, I've put a bit too much work into this
The train sped through the vast fields of East China, where rice, wheat, corn and a myriad of different crops grow. Shanghai had been left behind hours ago, it's low buildings and lone, distant, tall factory chimneys gone from view for the next few months. Surrounded by Chinese people of high standing, Charles Gordon was frequently sought out by them. The triviality of their enquiries and requests made evident that their purpose was none other than practice of English. At the same time, Charles attempted to be polite by answering in Chinese. His efforts were in vain, as he could see in the veiled twist of amusement in his practice partners' faces. Thankfully, these people were far more polite than he would have expected. Although he was constantly called or addressed by someone, it was never when it would have interrupted or annoyed him. This constant activity, however, tired him out quickly. He excused himself whenever someone attempted to talk to him and looked out at the golden waves of wheat or the thin woods of corn, the sparse grassland of rice fields. At last, he climbed on his seat to retrieve something from his bag.
His travel companions were alerted by his sudden activity and watched him motion upwards and back down. In his hand, Charles now carried a book. It wasn't very thick and its cover was made of stripes of cloth, forming the flag of the Republic of China. In golden letters, the title went 'Brief History of China'. At the bottom, on the black and white stripes, the names of the authors: Philip A. McMannon on white and Cpt. Edward Smith on black. There was a rumour around the compartment. Apparently everyone approved of the book the Westerner read. One of them, a military officer, noticed the name of Captain Smith. She couldn't help but nod in approval and express the same approval verbally. Absent-mindedly, Charles nodded, showed them all the book and opened it. Skimming through the chapters he had already read in Shanghai, waiting for his permits to arrive from Nanjing and after being hired by the Shanghai Gazette, he found the one he was looking for and immersed in his reading.
Tired, Charles blinked repeatedly as he closed the book. Although the sun was visibly approaching the horizon, the air was still warm, and pearls of sweat made every forehead shine. Charles' neighbours and travel companions, not very talkative at first, had by now settled into a semi-conscious slumber. Boredom and exhaustion drained their spirits. The female officer was missing, he noticed. Becoming aware of the numbness in his legs, Charles entertained the idea of having a drink on the restaurant car. However, the same heaviness which puled down everyone else and kept them glued to their seats was having an effect on Charles as well. Surrendered to the humid warmth of the evening, Charles simply relaxed and leant his head sideways, staring out of the window into the fiercely glowing red disk sinking into the distant hills. A thin red line of the same colour wiped out and took the place of the horizon just as space and all the hues and tones that light could acquire spread across the sky. At the very rim of the visible world, on the other side of the train, the first stars sparkled in the diminishing light. At that point an orange glow suddenly impregnated every shape and shadow. Almost immediately, strange shapes of regular lines and volumes blocked Charles' view. Shocked, suddenly awoken, he looked around and no sooner had the female officer entered his view once more, the train started slowing down. He was in Nanjing.
dropping I can't do the game justice
Oh, c'mon, you've put more into this than many others. I'm sure you'll do good.
P.D.: My History RP thing up there is finished.
About 20 years has passed since the end of the once all-powerful British Empire that stretches throughout the globe from continents to continents, from sunrise to sunset. The Arthurians in the home islands whom seek to strengthen the iron rule of London upon its overseas realm in order to consolidate a strong, stable, empire; had instead pushed the empire into the breaking point. The years that follow the collapse was harsh particularly on Londons side, where more than half of their colonies decide to go separate ways.
Starting in 1911 with Britains crown jewel, India, led by a rouge self-declared Empress slipped away from Britains central rule. The secession of India from the empire creates an economic crisis in the rest of the British colonies in the region due to the loss of an economic supply route and a trade hub that overall weakens Londons ability to control the rest of the area. The falling life standards in the colonies, added by dissatisfaction of Britains authoritarian rule mounted in the independence of Australia, New Zealand, British Malaya, the Pacific Islands, and most of British Africa. Most of these newly declared independent states has aligned themselves with India, but merely as a pretext to garner empathy to their cause. In reality, the new leaders of these nations whom were previously governors; merely wanted to keep powers to themselves while keeping the still prevalent monarchist supporters, wishing to remain under a crown regardless Arthurian or not; in check.
Following the loss of her eastern colonies, the pain endured by Britain hasnt subsidized. While most of British territories in the Atlantic had remained mostly loyal to London; the most vital remaining British territory, namely Canada falls into chaos when the Quebecois Revolution triggered in 1912, unlike India and the most of the Pacific, Canada is within Britains reach and immediately, the British intervened and for a time being the tide turned against the Quebecois Revolutionary. Unfortunately for the British, the neighboring major power, the Acadians decided to intervene on Quebecs behalf and turns the war into a standstill. Soon after the war ended as quick as it had started with an uneasy ceasefire between the two sides, where both sides remains entrenched and on guard where theyve stand 20 years ago.
In the other side of the world, British India also faces their own variety of internal challenges and external pressures. Ranging from winning the hearts of Indians alike and trying to establish a new independent Indian Identity thats acceptable by all. The new government is also faced with the issues of balancing Indian interests with British interests that oftentimes, do not go coherently with each other; the issue of turning Indias infrastructure and economy from a one that functions as a mere supply depot into a working, sustainable, national economy has also been an issue that plagues India. In terms of international affairs, the country maintains relations and in indirect ways, mastery over several ex-British colonies in the east. Many former British governors in the region that prefers to maintain power for themselves in their respective territories while still maintaining the legitimacy and the prestige of being part of a British Empire had followed Indias schism. In reality, they hardly sympathized with Indias cause and merely followed India for personal gains. Most of these colonies are also beyond Indias capability to exert their influence, and has since been acting more like an independent state rather than Indias client.
Today, the stage is set for both Empires to reassert their power and settle the schism once more. For both, it is either to rise into prominence, or fall into the shades. In the Atlantic, the home islands still holds considerable power throughout the North Atlantic region. Its control over Ruperts Land and Germany enables them to influence the politics of both region and the areas also serve as a British staging base for any possible military operations. Britain also has considerable amount of choice when it comes to finding allies. The increasing influence of left wing radicalism around the world has pressured conservative governments to adopt harsh measures. In Germany for example, deteriorating old monarchies are facing mounting pressure from increasing left wing sympathizers and are now looking for any outside help that can keep their countries away from the dirty bloodshed that is a revolution. A little to the east in Russia, Britain may also strike a deal with a very valuable ally that shares a common view towards the chaos that is republicanism. Closer to home, across the channel; Britains historical arch-nemesis the French may found themselves in a position alike to the British, facing intermediate pressure maintaining their absolute monarchy and under the pressure of the once again fomenting ideals of German pan-nationalism led by the burgeoning South Germany.
On the other hand, Britain also faces great concerns when it comes to handling whats left of their empire. In the Americas, Britain is received with great hostilities as recent pacts made by American nations have clearly outlined their rejection of non-Americans placing themselves in the affairs of the new world. The support for the home islands in the colonies are also waning away. In Acadian controlled Ontario, the numbers of Canadians that remains in support of being with the British after the fall of the territories following the war is dwindling in great numbers as major cities around the Great Lakes and Lawrence River benefited more inside Acadian economy in contrast to the past with the faraway British. In Hannover, left-winged pan-Germanic adherents are growing stronger day by day as strong sentiments of Germany being unrightfully oppressed and pushed over by neighboring powers such as France, Britain, and Denmark are increasing, added by the decline of several German states. While at the same time, Socialist ideals and methods seemed to work in South Germany as it became the leading German state; winning the hearts of many oppressed and discontent Germans around the region.
Back in Asia, India also possesses the same amount of geopolitical challenges and opportunities that Britain has. India is blessed with a great bulk amount of resources for it to nurture that Britain lacks, the country also has a great amount of manpower that they can put into use. Around the region, numerous former British colonies are friendly to the Indian government and are willing to cooperate, and for the time being, India doesnt have any considerable threat to their dominance in the Indian Ocean region; in contrast to the British whom faces unsurmountable amount of growing pressure from regional powers. India also doesnt have to face the ills of possessing an authoritarian government when it comes to striking deals with other nation, this trait will help them cooperate with other states far more effectively than the British.
Not all is well unfortunately, as India have great amounts of problem that they need to address too. Most of the country is still lagging behind and requires desperate attention and improvement, the cultural diversity that riddles India and the conflicting British vs Native interest are also looming in every part of Indian decision making. India would need to solve these internal issues before they are to attempt exerting their influence on the region and secure their international interests.
For the time being, the world can only wait which part of the former Empire would thrive and which one would shatter into the dustbin of history.
While the royal feud between India and Britain becomes the highlight of the previous decade and added by the increasing pressure by burgeoning ideologies around the world; a more obscure yet all-important conflict is taking place in the deep interiors of Africa. For centuries, the region has remained isolated from the rest of the world and divided into numerous small kingdoms and chiefdoms fighting each other to no end. The lack of interaction has led to the current societal and technological situation in these interior states; divided monarchies akin to those of feudal Europe, which lags behind compared to the rest of the world.
These regions backwardness can be attributed to the lack of contact with more advanced colonial powers in the past after Kongos victory over the Portuguese Empire denied any further European advance to the untouched regions of interior Africa, which in turn kept it away from the technological advantages that the Europeans brought in other parts of Africa.
On the other hand, the nation of Kongo have progressed a lot since they secured their sovereignty from European conquerors. While it still lags relatively behind most of the world, it has a power comparable to smaller European nations; and that power is enough for it to become a major force in the African interiors, where sub-par native states are still struggling with numerous internal strives and remains unable to crawl themselves out of trouble. Combined with their control over the access into the interior regions; Kongos power will definitely shape the fate of the inner realms of the dark continent in the near future, and if Kongo manages to navigate the minefields of the region; they will be able to effectively control the unknown riches that remain unexploited within the realms of interior Africa.
Kongo is not alone though. In the east, the relatively powerful maritime Sultanate of Zanzibar grows stronger day by day thanks to the aide of former British colonists and their strategic position within the Indian Ocean trade route. With a position akin to Kongo, they fixed their eyes on the untamed regions of interior Africa and will certainly take the chance if one appears. While Zanzibar remains comparatively weaker; they seem to have more opportunities to gain aide from external powers such as India. But then again, neither nations would be able to benefit from the situation without a capable government and a practical action plan that would bring the region under their influence.
Unfortunately for both, a greater threat might actually be looming from down south. The powerful Boer state of South Africa casts its shadow over the region. The combination of their industry and rich natural mineral poses a threat to every single entity in the region if they decided to consolidate their power and pursue an expansionist policy. By then there would be little that can stop them from bringing the entire region into fold.
Whatever the case, these nations has opportunities and challenges placed all around them and it would take a competent leadership for these nations to overcome their issues and climbing into prominence.
For now it is uncertain for everyone regarding how the conflict might turn up, it might be a three way conflict between the nations or a great crusade by an alliance of African nations against the Boer invaders or maybe a foreign power will knock on their doorstep and intervene. Who knows?
The advances of technological progress and the development of politics and society has led to numerous changes around the world and gave birth to new beliefs and ideologies that attracted numerous to its cause. This also shifted the dynamics of geopolitics and the course of history that was formerly dominated by the will of an absolute ruler exerting power and influence of the masses into a societies where the will of the masses drives an even more ambitious struggle for power, conflict, order, riches, and everything.
Undoubtedly, this has created numerous new rifts and tensions around the world as we see conflicts of ideas around the world from cacti ridden deserts of Mexico into the rice terraces of China. In the Heart of the European continent, theres a more subtle yet equally decisive fluctuations of power. It may not possess the mass killings and explosions of the civil wars in China and Mexico; but arguably, it has the ability to change the fate of the rest of the world.
For years, the German people have been inherently divided by petty political struggles and religious differences. But as time marches on, their sentiment of a united fatherland grows stronger and numerous chances had triggered that may lead towards this event but so far, history has taken the opposite direction. If anything, series of internal conflicts since the decisive Bruderkrieg and the incursion of foreign forces has done nothing but worsening the overall situation for the Germans and it is seemingly clear that the Germans are very eager for a change to take place, one that may free them from the shackles of foreign yoke and oppression.
In the west, the German landscape is largely dominated by the overshadowing French Empire whom were able to exploit Prussias weakening following the Bruderkrieg and annexed the West Bank of the Rhine; taking with them some of Germanys key cities and industrial centers. The Rhineland now contributes to a relatively large percentage of the Empires industries and resources. The French are never welcome though, in the French Rhineland; dissent is clearly visible. Protests and factory takeovers are daily sights, and occasionally minor armed insurrection and bombing occurs against the French occupiers by the disgruntled local German population. This adds up yet another burden to the already overextended and stagnating French Empire, handling its increasingly costly overseas colonies. Paris would need to concede something in the Rhineland or use harsh measures to end the problem once and for all to lessen the pressure against the cracking empire. Unfortunately, considering the current political situation of the region; it would be very difficult for the French to commit any changes or action in the area without affecting neighboring nations in the region that already disliked the French.
The greatest regional threat for the French and probably other European nations that has stake in the area is the rising prominence of Pan-German socialist adherents that seeks to unite German people under one state modeled after the successful leftist state of Southern Germany. While most regional governments in the region are conservative right-wing monarchies, the populace of these states are largely supporters of a united German states under a socialist ideology. Their numbers continue to increase in strength while supporters of status quo continues to dwindle. The great advances by the socialist states of South Germany and Czechoslovakia has inspired them to follow their path in contrast to the hopelessly harsh contemporary situation.
More recently, the nation of Westphalia that borders the French has decided to overthrow their incompetent monarchy and established a communist state akin to the South Germans. Other small German states such as Hessen, Thuringia, and Saxony might follow suit very soon if the current situation continues. With South Germany, the nation of Westphalia may soon be a considerable force that may tip the balance of the region and use their influence over the popular masses to enforce their political will over other nations.
Not too further north, the Kingdom of Hannover; a relatively autonomous monarchy under the British crown serves as yet another testament of foreign domination in German soil. Fortunately, things are far better for the Germans here rather than in the Rhineland. They have a certain degree of freedom and even has their own elected representatives but still, what the British monarch says, goes. While the sovereign citizens of Hannover doesnt hate their masters as much as the Rheinlander hates their French occupiers; they are certainly not in love with them. Newer generations of Hanoverians are growing discontent of their British rulers and a pan-German socialist trend are starting to grow in their ranks, wishing to join their fellow German brethren instead. Like the French, the British might need to devise action plans to address the growingly discontent Hanoverians, particularly on the issue of how much autonomy their royal partners should have. The current state doesnt feel enough for the Germans, while giving them more might led up to too much freedom up to the point they part ways with the British. Although, unlike French Rhineland; Hannover has little value other than pulling Britain into the sensitive German issue and they might as well be let off.
Out of all the foreign holdings in Germany, Danish integrated territories of Schleswig and their puppet Republic of Mecklenburg are the most stable. Danish economic advances combined with their non-authoritarian policies has benefited the Germans in contrast to most other parts of Germany. The German port cities of Hamburg and Lübeck that are now integrated within Denmark prospered significantly from industrial growth and trade akin to the days of the Hanseatic League. While the Free Republic of Mecklenburg is a nation that runs mostly on their own, happily under the protection of the Danish. When Germans on these territories are questioned on the issue of a United Germany, they are inherently divided on the question. On one hand, they sympathize with the cause of their German brothers; but they are very content of everything they gained under the Danish and felt uniting with the rest of Germany which are more or less in a more disadvantageous situation will pull them into problems they wont want to deal with. Additionally, they are cynical of the socialist ideology that would probably dominate united German politics as they fear losing all the capital and property they currently hold under the free Danish system.
In Prussia, the formerly prestigious and honorable monarchy has been reduced to a troubled state that witnesses a daily dose of street fights between mafias and political groups. After the decisive defeat in the Bruderkrieg things has went continuously downhill for Prussia. Political support for the monarchy instantly dwindled after the defeat, but a weakened military and an unsupportive public werent enough for the unlucky nation; soon after, the French exploited their weakness and annexed Prussian and other German territories on the West Bank of Rhine. Immediately, the dissent quadrupled and anti-monarchy revolutionaries took over; only to be removed and the monarchy restored after a Russian intervention.
Following the restoration, the monarchy tries to gain sympathy from the still disgruntled populace by allowing more freedoms and effectively turning the country into a constitutional monarchy. The move saved the monarchy for a time being but slowly their newly formed parliament gains too much power effectively rendering the monarchy with less and less political influence. The ideological uprisings in Southern Germany and Russia didnt help either. As their major neighbors shifted radically, new and more deadly political elements are entering Prussian politics and soon pan-Germanic and socialist beliefs are dominating the issue of the country. The political upheavals and governmental incompetence soon led to the decline of once powerful Prussian industry, replaced by the blooming Socialist South Germany. This fosters further the anti-monarchist stance and seeded the basis of socialist support in Prussia.
Afterwards, during the period of Russian Empires retreat from Eastern Europe and the independence of several Eastern European nations as burgeoning democracies such as Poland; the countrys populace are startled again as their newly found freedom doesnt seem enough and the incompetent monarchy has become too much for them. With another revolution at sight, the government tries to gain support and remove the newborn republican threat in their borders at once through an ill-advised invasion of Poland. The invasion quickly proves to be a great mistake as their unsupportive and demoralized military men are effectively destroyed by the Polish, whom are only prevented to grasp Berlin itself thanks to the leadership of a courageous general named Paul von Hindenburg and his aide Erich Ludendorff; but the war was still in fact, lost, leading to a peace treaty that costs their territories and smeared the monarchys name even more.
Prussia is now in the eve of yet another revolution, this time one that they might not survive. The once glorified and decorated streets of Berlin are now battlefield between revolutionaries and reactionaries. The situation of the country is horrendously polarized as everyone digs in and prepares for the worst. The parliament decides to part ways from the monarchy and started drafting new constitutions and prepares to stage a coup to form a republic with the support of former general and national hero Paul von Hindenburg thats also nominated as the President of the prospective republic. Although Hindenburg no longer has a position in the military, support are still running high for him from his former officers that are now key military leaders of the military. Across the street, band of leftist radicals that are not content with the idea of removing the monarchy and would prefer to create a socialist republic akin to South Germany or even join South Germany itself are growing stronger and are standing against both the monarchy and the parliament. Their forces are tens of thousands strong in the street, causing havocs everywhere and effectively grinding the nation into a complete halt. On the other hand though, there are still the royal family and their few loyal supporters, now ferociously biting their nails; knowing what will happen soon. They still possess support from the head of the military, Erich Ludendorff whom disdains the demagogic republicans and chaotic socialists. While the military itself is divided; Ludendorffs position may still prove to be an asset. Though the monarchists lacks a real chance of winning alone without any sort of intervention from a higher power. They are now considering all options, looking left and right for anything that can save their wits from their inevitable doom. A radical yet popular option is now being thought of, namely aligning with the Arthurists and requesting formal British or Russian support that may save their kingdom once more. In this dire situation, even the French are very welcome if they wish to lend a hand for the dying Prussian monarchy.
Above all the German states, the undoubtedly most important one, and one that holds the key to tip the balance of the region are the South Germans. Currently, them and their Czechoslovakian socialist brothers are prospering economically and growing significantly in contrast to most of Europe; serving as an insult to the dying old ways. The South Germans in particular, possesses the capability to sway the popular masses that devotes themselves to Pan-German and Socialist ideals and orchestrate international political drama that may benefit them and put other states at disadvantage. Their bulk power combined with their great influence shakes the core of Europe and the old regimes. The only thing they need now is a proper plan and a practical way to efficiently coordinate their huge masses to bid their will.
Though this great power also faces a great threat. Despite their considerable power in Germany itself, the South Germans lacks powerful foreign allies that are capable to face the might of nations such as Russia, Britain, Italy, and France that are getting increasingly wary with the simple thought of a powerful united, socialist Germany. It is within the realm of possibility, that the old nations of Europe would work at all costs to prevent such things from happening and may resolve their differences to unite against the Red Menace and destroy them prematurely.
Whatever happens, it is certain that the German powder-keg will explode; and blood shall be shed.
The Balkans have always been a land divided by diversity since time immemorial. Ethnic, religious, and sociopolitical conflicts that shifts and shape the ever changing geopolitical boundaries of the Balkans. Throughout time it has for long became the buffer of larger empires that had only seeded more and more trouble in the region. As empires came and go, what they left in the Balkans were directionless and conflicts imploded in the region as a natural reaction to stabilize the shaky situation. Uncountable numbers of lives were lost and thousands are displaced as this continuous cycle progress on and on.
The current situation isnt far different compared to what has always been rotating in the Balkans. The fall of all the major empires that were previously present in the region; namely the Ottomans, the Russians, and the Austrians had paved way for their previous subjects to rise up and determine their own future. Though with a lacking experience and psychological mindset to function as a nation state, many of these nations that hadnt exist for a long period of time were stuck at a crossroad.
In the northern regions of the Balkans; the powerful Kingdom of Hungary poses domineeringly over the countries that neighbors them. The heavily conservative kingdom is considered the most powerful and stable state that came out of the ashes of the former Austrian Empire. They secured their sovereignty following the War of Saint Stephen and formulated their own monarchy while their former Austrian partners descended into a populist chaos. Immediately, the new monarchy rise into prominence as the Ottomans and Russians declined. Conflict was fought for decades between Hungary and the neighboring nation of Romania, Croatia, and Serbia; in which the Hungarian superior power triumphed. Whilst they secured their little hegemony over the region that surrounds them for the time being, their place in the sun is under threat by the nations theyve defeated whom hated them more than ever and also the shaky, potentially explosive political situation in nearby Germany.
Near Hungary, the proud Kingdom of Romania spans. Their distinct cultural and ethnical identity in contrast to their mainly Slavic neighbors has made this nation stand out in contrast to their surroundings. Throughout history, their sovereignty has always been under threat by their more powerful neighbors and the current situation is no exception, and for a long time they lacked the ability to compete on many aspects with their neighbors. Following the retreat of the Ottomans and the Russians, the Romanians attempted to consolidate their position during the ensuing political chaos that takes place by strengthening themselves and taking part in several conflicts that took place that defines their standing in the Balkans, most particularly the series of wars in Greece that built and strengthened the bond between the two countries. Though the most defining moment of their relation to the rest of the Balkans was their defeat against Hungarian and Bulgarian aggression during the Transylvanian Dispute that costs the Romanians their honor and national stability. The following was a period of political isolation that stagnated the Romanians and lagged them behind other Balkan nations. Though more recently, Romania has entered a state of significant growth after the discovery of massive oil reserves in Ploesti. This financial gain, combined with the leadership of the reformer King Alexander I Grigorescu has pushed strong industrial growth and foreign investment in Romania and ushered higher living standards for the citizens of the country. This stable economic prosperity, combined with a gradual political shift towards a freer and liberal constitutional monarchy has contributed to the lack of political radicalism and uprisings that are plaguing the rest of Europe. Now, they are now slowly chasing the trail that were left behind by their neighbors, but new assurances must still be made in order to secure their position in the Balkans once and for all.
Facing the Adriatic, the nation of Croatia and Slovenia stands valiantly against the peer pressure from their stronger German neighbors in the north, the Italians across the Adriatic, plus the Hungarians and Serbians by their east and south. Croatia is in the fence more than ever as their internal political situation remains unclear, but whichever way they took, they need to find powerful allies and play around the political drama stage that is the Balkans in order to secure themselves against their powerful neighbors. Choosing the right way is necessary if they wish to preserve their sovereignty in the dark times that will descend upon the Balkans.
The Slovenians on the other hand, has fewer choices than the Croatians. Daily quarrels between fascist and socialist elements in the country dominate their political landscape and daily lives as their nation becomes more and more divided day by day in the young republic. With little international allies, its just a question of when will the republic will fall and be replaced by a pro-German socialist state, or a pro-Italian fascist state.
Deeper inland, the long reigning Kingdom of Serbia and the smaller Kingdom of Montenegro lays unsafe in the Balkan crossroads. For decades the Serbs has shared an equal amount of great victories and bitter defeats; with them successfully wrestling out of both Austrian and Ottoman sphere, aiding Greece on their numerous wars, to the devastating loss against Hungary in the north and their failed acquisition of Bosnian territories in Croatia. Like most Balkan nations with the exception of Greece and Romania, the country is now facing lengthy period of economic stagnation that costs them. While the political situation in Serbia is still relatively stable compared to that of Slovenia, Hungary, or Bulgaria; the nation is still very prone to upheavals that may come if the poor economic performance continues.
Meanwhile, the humble Kingdom of Montenegro remained as a backwater agricultural state that has little interest in modern affairs. Though they are now standing as a pushover between the rivaling Italian maritime empire and the mainland Serbians.
On the southern Balkans, three nations stand at a standstill; the blossoming Greek Republic, the faltering Kingdom of Bulgaria, and the troublesome Kingdom of Albania. The Greeks had went through a great period of strive to reach their current advantageous position over the region and a booming economy that they can utilize to project their power. While they can be considered as a formidable power in the Balkans akin to the Hungarians; they are still inherently troubled by internal political divisions that are even more polarized by the preexisting ethnic issues that came from their large swathe of territories. They are also despised by most their neighbors, the Bulgarians, Albanians, and Turks whom have a claim on Greek lands. The challenges of fully modernizing Greek economy is also an issue that needs to be addressed by the leadership in order for the nation to properly contend in the new dynamic world.
In contrast to Greece, the Bulgarians are facing economic hardship and political strive that is pushed by the lack of growth in the recent decade. Standards of living are falling and daily struggles are prevalent in the nation that slowly descend into the obliviousness. As always, people pointed to their royal rulers when it comes to blaming and monarchy is under a heavy threat of being dismantled unless changes can be made to the current situation.
Finally, the small nation of Albania is facing a situation similar to the Bulgarians albeit less troublesome. Along with Bulgaria, they felt that they have been betrayed by the Greeks whom took some of their rightful territories after helping each other to obtain independence from their former Ottoman rulers. For Albania and Bulgaria, they are keen on resolving their internal issues by permanently distracting those problems to the Greek issue and one day, teaming up to retain their lost lands.
While the situation in the Balkans isnt as fragile as that of Germany, and it is arguably clear that Central Europe has more prominence on the continent as a whole compared to the petty squabbles of the Balkans; it must be acknowledged that a great amount of change that may affect Europe or maybe the world in many terms may take place soon enough if anyone dares to tip the balance of the precarious unstable situation that is the Balkans.
For decades, world economic powers have been disproportionately concentrated in Europe and centers around the transatlantic trade. While it is still the case until today, the special status may soon be attained by prospective South American powers like Colombia, Brazil, and Argentina. For decades, the three countries has benefited significantly from the influx of immigrants seeking greater opportunities in the world and added by the tapping of numerous natural resources that led up into massive industrial buildups and investments that ushered the growth of their economies up until the point they rival medium sized European powers. It seems that the tropical sun will continue to shine upon the South Americans in the future as the current situation in the region looks bright for them. The abundant amount of resources, decent industrial base, combined with a good political situation with little to no conflict in between the countries and within them shapes their future prospect.
The best example of South American economic growth and industrial development is that of Colombia. For decades their consolidation over the northern South America up into Central America has blessed them with an abundant land and resources to nurture. Significant emphasis by the government on the economy has helped them become one of the strongest industrial power in Americas and the world. Their country is the preferred hub for Transatlantic-Pacific trade due to their control over key port cities and the canal that connects the two oceans together. A great amount of attention has also been made by the government to improve infrastructure along the vital regions of the country through the means of roads and railways that strengthened the flow of supply and industrial goods around the country. Fairly high life standards enjoyed by the people are also cherished by the nations populace and made Colombia a great destination for prospective immigrants seeking for fortune. Though Colombias growth might unfortunately reach its peak soon as the nation is reaching the ceilings as their industrial boom starts to lacks natural resources and manpower to sustain them. The problems are already visible as the dividing gap between Colombias agricultural sectors versus its industrial sector weighs heavily on its industry and creates a lack of agricultural production and starts importing for them in the previously agriculturally abundant nation. Additionally, the large spanning nation needs to equalize the development in the rural areas that were left behind by the industrialization and connect them with the rest of the nation. This task might proof to be a challenge to solve knowing that the nation rules over a diverse band of people and naturally divided by geographical obstacles from mountain ranges to thick jungles that creates difficulty for any central government to exert its influence over the populace.
Deep in the South, the Argentine Republic holds huge swathes of land filled with unexplored potential. While Argentinas industrial, infrastructural, and economic development arent as progressed as Colombias the nation offers wider range of opportunities as much of the country is still open for nurturing. Oftentimes, prospective immigrants are divided over going to Colombia or Argentina to start their new life. Currently, a chunk of Argentine population, particularly in the rural regions are first or second generation of European immigrants primarily from Germany and the immigrants mostly filled into the agricultural sector of Argentina that blooms significantly as Colombias and the US declined. Though Argentine possesses similar problems that Colombia and other South American nation has and that is the discrepancy between the rural and urban population that creates socioeconomic issues and the difficulties of spreading development equally and connecting everyone into the infrastructural grid. In addition to this, the Argentine is less progressive socially and politically compared to its Brazilian and Colombian rivals and may seem to be uninviting for some potential immigrants. Argentina needs to resolve these issues if they want to contend with Brazil or Colombia.
The final economic stronghold in South America are the Brazilians whom possess the largest bulk of population in the continent. Compared to the Argentinians and the Colombians, the Brazils economic growth has been steadier and less fragile due to the fact that their growth are mostly internal based and not dependent on the influx of immigrants and foreign investments. Though for now this has left Brazil behind its neighbors in terms of industrializing and nurturing its full potential. The Brazilian economy is still primarily agricultural but has so far been very beneficiary for the Brazilians and the world as their agricultural products are less common goods such as coffee, tobacco, and rubber that dominates the markets and gave the Brazilians a strong holding on those sectors. In the major cities such as Rio de Janeiro, industries are starting to appear and pave way for more employment on these new different sectors for everyone. While arguably more sustainable and long lasting, the Brazilian economic development might need a push from the government to develop the economy in a coordinated manner and it may also require additional foreign investment to quickly trail behind the Colombians and Argentinians. The Brazilians would also need to move beyond their population centers along the coast and start exploiting the untamed interiors of the country and discover the full potential of their prospering nation. With a predominantly larger population base and amount of resources compared to Colombia, Brazil might properly take the veil of the main South American power at some point if the government is able to utilize its potentials properly and navigate away from its problems.
As nations around the world divide themselves over their squabbles, the calm waters of South America serves as prosperous field in which nations can bloom and strive; though whether or not South America can achieve its true potential rests entirely on how these nations perform on the upcoming years.
Throughout its history the history of the Chinese civilization can be generalized into two repeating cycles: The period of decentralization where the region is divided into bickering, divided, competing states and a reign of centralized rule where one faction manage to overcome the others and become the absolute powerful ruler of the region. The internal diversity of China combined with its bountiful lands that are always supportive for the birth of great civilization has paved way for the numerous great empires that ever stands here and at the same time granted their fall for another to rise. This endless pattern has been happening since god knows when.
Currently China is striving through the long period of decentralization and internal fighting after the fall of the last centralized Empire, the Qing several decades ago after its costly defeat against the Mongols and the backstabbing by the Taiping Rebellion that became the short-lived Heavenly Kingdom. Chinas rich regions that has more or less spread natural resources and wealth equally upon the land has allowed numerous powerful cliques centralized on their respective regions to grow powerful and fight against each other in a bid to become the master of the region. The spread of wealth also determines how ideologically fostered and advanced these nations are with richer regions and more developed regions such as the prosperous coastal regions, the traditional imperial center around Beijing, and Manchuria having a more clearly defined goal in their minds. While lesser factions such as the Ma in Urumqi, the Yunnan, and the Tibetans are merely trying to keep themselves above the water and feed from the conflicts that plagues their more powerful neighbor. Overtime, the lesser regions also became more and more disconnected from the rest of China due to the many disparity that divided them and their tendency to be tired of their overbearing and all-domineering neighbors outmatching their distinct culture.
The core of the region can be divided into three equally vital areas. The trading port cities along the coast, the fertile lands surrounding the Yangtze and Yellow rivers, and the old imperial cultural centers surrounding Beijing. Whomever possesses control over these regions exerts great force unto the rest of China. For now, the most powerful Chinese faction that are widely accepted as the legitimate government for all of China are the Chinese Republicans situated along the coast. Their control over major industrial cities provided them with a more nation-like situation compared to the rest of China. In its urban regions, society properly function as most citizens can safely continue their daily activities without the political rabbles that haunts the rest of the country. The government is highly prevalent and their law and order are followed by the society as most of the citizens accepts the rule of the current government. In the rural regions, the situation differ; the government has less control over these regions and like the rest of China, rural regions within the Republic are largely underdeveloped compared to the coastal major cities. This condition breeds an unhealthy political climate that makes Chinese rural regions the epicenter of political conflict and radicalism. The persistent Republican ideals and the stability it brought with them has benefited the rural regions and reduced dissent in Republican controlled rural regions so far, but unaddressed economic issues has spawned a new trend of communism in areas such as Jiangxi and Anhui where communist roots are strengthening.
The more recent developments in the republic has been mixed though, the gradual increase of authoritarian rule in the country marked by the consolidation of a de jure single-party system in the nations political legislature has worried the intellectual class of the nation and caused public opposition towards the government. Communist influences are steadily growing within the ranks of military officers and normal citizens alike, while in the coastal trade cities the decline of traditional European powers has reduced the amount of investment and wealth they brought in Chinese cities and unsold goods piled up the ports with little profitable destination to go into. Low purchasing power has also led to the difficulty of shifting Chinas agricultural economy into an industrialized one as goods lack a stable base of domestic customers. In terms of military, years of modernization of the military system into a more western style has proven to be mostly successful. Republican China has a more disciplined and effective fighting force compared to the rest of China, but the modernization has forcibly raised the bar and currently the Republic has a lack of competent officers in the front. The military might also need to break its reliance of western equipment and start producing home grown weaponries that has western standards.
In the end, the Republic has been more efficient in terms of functioning as a proper nation state in contrast to the rest of China; but it is still in a dire need for new reforms to improve the numerous setbacks caused by prolonged years of conflict. With the long tenure of Song Jiaoren ending soon, there might be new changes that will surface in the republic with the arrival of a new face in the countrys politics.
The other contender to the Republics regional hegemony is the fragile imperial faction consisting of the Fengtien clique based in Manchuria and the Zhili in Beijing whose power center around the legitimacy of Emperor Puyi whom is now a mere puppet to the individuals that surround him. Zhilis manpower and Fengtiens industry is the only capable challenger to the Republican power; unfortunately the Zhili and the Fengtien arent usually on the same page. Series of backstabbing and bickering between the two have left both at each other throat at times and both would discredit each other if the chance appears so. Though at other times, they are in line against the ever growing Republican menace. Both cliques are now also facing internal pressure from an upstart movements of both republicans and communists alike that are dissatisfied by both cliques focus towards conflict instead of paying attention to the underdevelopment of the region in particular. This, added by general government inefficiency and corruption creates seemingly irreparable cracks that starts to deepen.
The possible dark horse of the Chinese conflict are the united band of Communists under the charismatic of Sun Yat-Sen centered on the poor rural regions of Guangxi. While they are in an unarguably poor state with minimal government reach towards most areas and an economy that merely function to barely sustain itself and forcibly feed the restless warring militias, they possess a dangerous ideological weapon that is Communism. This relatively new populist ideology has been very popular amongst the rural populace that are left behind and Sun Yat-Sens leadership has bolstered its charm even more. The ideology unites the areas populace under the promises of common equality and prosperity for all, added by series of propaganda and public imaging. Although this communist utopia have managed very little to improve the state of the people so far, it is gaining more and more supporters day by day from all regions of China and has managed to gain some degree of traction against the other factions by their capability to guide the popular masses around them. Other than that, this communist faction is riddled by inherent problems from its mostly dysfunctional economy to the lack of a proper standing army that are able to contend with the powerful Republicans or the Imperialists. Nevertheless, the communists would proof as a formidable foe for its enemies and has a shot at winning the heart of the whole China itself.
In the mountainous southern regions, stands the Yunnan clique. The clique factions more like a mob state rather than a nation state compared to the other factions. It is ruled by disputing families that divides the lands from each other and gain profit from protecting the lands of locals in exchange for certain tax and oftentimes attacking other factions or even themselves for tribute and profit. Corruption is rampant among the government up to the point it barely functions as a proper order anymore. Sooner or later, it is certain that the clique will hit the wall from revolting commoners or internal dispute that breaks apart their fragile rule. The strengthening republican power and increasing communist influence may lead to the non-functional clique to be absorbed by their more prominent neighbor.
On the far reaches of the empire, the sovereign nation of Tibet that lays in the Himalayas accompanied by the Ma Clique that spread from Xinjiang to Shaanxi. Their cultural distinction and geographical isolation has allowed them to mostly function outside of the rest of China and might soon part ways entirely with the rest of the nation. Here, the political climate is dominated by the issue of their respective relations with the Han Chinese and whatever conflict they may bring. An additional problem to both local ruler and theoretical central Chinese rule that tries to administer the region is their geographical situation that makes it difficult for governments to develop infrastructure or any sort of meaningful projects that can break their isolation from the mainland. With the conflict distracting any attention in these regions and little desire for the populations of the region to bother with the rest of China, the area are drifting further away and starts to tie itself with the likes of Russia, India, and Mongolia.
Lurking above China, the Mongolian Khanate seemingly poses dangerously above the land. Historically, the Mongols and other nomadic tribes that dwell these regions has threatened China and diversified its course of history. But todays Mongolia is very limited in power and faces the issue of being left behind in contrast to even the most backward regions of China due to their self-imposed isolation. It is unknown what role will the Mongols play in the conflict; as even with the little capability they have, they might still be able to add up something or taking the opportunity in order to benefit themselves. Though an extensive modernization of their society might be needed for them to actually last as an extended empire.
It is unknown whether the current situation will persist for a long period of time or whether it might end soon and the cycle restarts with a strong centralized China that rises from one of the current factions. It would take a great maneuver by any of the aspiring faction to break the equilibrium and create change. While little, the threat of a foreign intervention that might upset the balance of power must also be taken into the equation. Most notably the Russians whom may seek to reconsolidate their influence on Asia by moving into Manchuria, Xinjiang, or even Mongolia and also the Japanese whom grew stronger day by across the sea. Though whatever the cost may be, the factions of China are willing to toss whatever they got in a bid to secure the powerful region for themselves.
News and Events are primarily responses and results of player actions both direct and indirect and has numerous effects both RP and mechanic-wise. Some are also certain issues that the player needs to address somehow and will trigger another event later.
PRO-ACADIAN FORCES SABOTAGED BRITISH RADAR INSTALLATIONS IN NEWFOUNDLAND
An unidentified group of assailants managed to infiltrate British patrols in Newfoundland and successfully sabotaged a key British communication array in the region. The attackers are discovered during their operation and engaged with British forces. The attackers were defeated but managed to take the local installation and some British men along with them. Authorities suspected that the source of the attack were Newfoundland terrorists, but clues suggests that the neighboring Acadians has some connection to this incident in this highly disputed territory. The attacks has strained the relations between the two nations even further, and surges the populace of both countries against each other.
*British units operating in Newfoundland receives -5% organization penalty until May 1932
*Support for War against Acadia in Britain rises by 8%
*Support for War against Britain in Acadia rises by 2%
SEATTLE STUDENTS GATHERS SUPPORT FOR A MORE DEMOCRATIC CASCADIA
A peaceful event unveils in Seattle, Cascadia with hundreds of students from numerous university student committees in the city petitioning the government to allow more political freedom. Since it's birth, the dynamic nation of Cascadia has always been under the 'guidance' of a military rule. While social life is more or less lively and free, there are little political rights that the citizens have. The students opens an open session in their universities where ideas are exchanged and numerous views are elaborated on the situation. The non-violent and technically legal event has resulted in no reaction yet from the government.
*Government popularity in Cascadia changes by -2%
*Cascadia may need to respond this issue
UNDERDEVELOPMENT SPAWNS DISSENT IN PARAGUAY AND BOLIVIA
Like other South American nations, Brazil has prospered significantly in the past decade and watch their economy grow stronger day by day. Unfortunately, their buffer states of Paraguay and Bolivia didn't seem to benefit from the growth and continues to lag behind in terms of economic development. This causes unrest from parts of its population against their local governments, blaming the foreign Brazilian occupiers for this problem. Brazil may need to put some attention into these regions, though that means they may need to reduce their current focus on their own nation by a certain margin.
*Government popularity in Bolivia changes by -8%
*Government popularity in Paraguay changes by -4%
*Brazil needs to take a stance regarding the economic issues in their puppet states
COLOMBIA BRACES FOR A NEW WAVE OF IMMIGRANTS
The poor political and economic climate in Europe has caused many of the continent's citizens to look across the sea for a better life. Among their destinations is Colombia which has experienced a prosperous decade of growth and industrialization. Increasing standards of living and great job opportunities in the country has made it a key destination for prospective immigrants. The new wave of immigrants are very welcome as the nation's industry requires more manpower to continue growing and running.
*About 5.000 to 12.000 people are added to Colombia's population monthly
RISE OF US CORPORATIONS
For decades, the United States has been a primarily agricultural nation with a small industrial sector limited around the Mississippi. The nation faced economic hardship from it's declining agricultural sector in since the 1880s but has later partially recovered after a brief period of industrialization supported by the discovery and extraction of the valuable oil mineral that were found in Texas. Nowdays, new US corporations and industries are rising in the nation to compete with the already established industrial powerhouse of their northern Acadian neighbors.
*US Manufactured Goods production changes by 8%
GENERAL STRIKE IN THE RHINELAND
Dissatisfied by the current situation in French Rhineland, leaders of German worker's unions in the region has announced a general strike; refusing to work for the 'foreign imperialists'. So far, the general strike has only been heeded by miners in the region whom has stopped coal and iron productions and effectively disturbed the flow of those important minerals for French industries. The unions demanded the French to 'immediately leave German Rhineland' and threatens more drastic measures if their demands are not met. Unless an action is taken by the French authorities, the strike might spread out and worsen.
*France gains no mineral resources from the Rhineland until the situation is resolved
*France must formulate a response to this Rhineland issue
MASS IMMIGRATION INTO THE "RED PARADISE"
The Socialist Federation of Free South German Republics, or South Germany is now facing a great dilemma. The instability and hardship that their German brothers are facing in neighboring German states are becoming more unbearable day by day and now Socialist South Germany is literally seen as a Marxist Utopia by the poor unfortunate souls that lay behind its borders. In South Germany itself, the influx of immigrants has caused some issues such as the lack of immediate housing and jobs for their new brethren; and the situation might worsen if this trend continues with greater unemployment, displacement, and security problems at hand. At some point they may need to be stopped to prevent the problem from escalating, but would betraying their fellow German brothers be an option ?
*South German overall efficiency changes by -3%
*South Germany must address a response to this immigration problem
LIBERAL/SOCIALIST VICTORY IN GREEK ELECTIONS
Recent legislative elections in Greece has been a vital issue for the region; knowing that Greece is one of the major players of said region and throughout history, their internal situation affects those around them significantly. The victory of Liberal/Socialist coalition in Greece has send shockwaves across Anatolia and southern Balkan states, signifying hope for leftists alike and worries the 'establishment' that rules them. More importantly though, the elections has eased the tense relations between Socialist Turkey and Greece, whom are historical arch-nemesis. Though within Greece itself, the mainly right-conservative military leaders are getting wary of the election results. They haven't made any statements or shown any intention to do anything; but it seems that they would look really closely on what the new government will be doing.
*Greek stability changes by -6%
*Greek government popularity changes by 8%
*Support for War against Greece in Turkey changes by -4%
*Support for War against Turkey in Greece changes by -5%
THE PROBLEMATIC IBERIAN "SOCIALIST IMPERIALISM"
A classless society where no man is above another is the grand theme of the socialist ideology. Unfortunately, that is not the case in socialist Iberia and her colonies. Throughout the revolution in the Iberian peninsula itself, fear and uncertainty of the conflict's outcome led to most of the colonial possessions belonging to Portugal and Spain deciding to stay neutral and later abide whatever government that came out of the conflict. As the socialist revolutionaries won, they accepted the new government as the rightful one and remained under the new People's Republic of Iberia. While the new government has decreed that all man regardless of anything, are equal; Iberian colonies has more or less remained with their old colonial system intact and colonial subjects has still been left behind and with fewer rights than their 'masters'. With internal post-revolutionary issues in the mainland itself dissipating, attention is starting to shift to this colonial hypocrisy. Iberia needs to take a stance against or for their colonial possessions. On one hand, if they dismantle their colonial system they may progressively lose their grip over their territories, on the other hand keeping them intact may safe their holdings but create a sense of betrayal to socialists worldwide.
*Government popularity in Iberia changes by -9%
*Iberia needs to make an official stance on their colonial policy
DANISH ECONOMY ENJOYS SIGNIFICANT GROWTH
The decline of other European powers and their waning grasp over world market has significantly benefited the Danish. The humble Kingdom of Denmark is predicted to have an increase in its manufactured goods export and income thanks to the demand pushed by their sizable merchant fleet replacing those of the declining French-British fleets and their entry to new markets such as China and India. This economic growth is also shared by their subject Kingdom of Norway which receives a boost in their capital with an influx of foreign investment to their growing mineral extraction sector.
*Danish production of Manufactured Goods increases by 5%
*Norwegian production of minerals increases by 5%
CZECHOSLOVAKIAN STEEL MILLS ACHIEVES POOR PRODUCTION QUOTA
Czechoslovakian steel production has suffered due to mismanagement by the nation's socialist bureaucracy. The slowdown of industrial growth in the region has led to the decrease in the demand for Czechoslovakian steel. While this wouldn't cause much harm to the economy of Czechoslovakia, it has certainly reduced the nation's grip over European markets.
*Czechoslovak production of Industrial Minerals changes by -2%
ITALIAN PATROL BOAT INCIDENT
Relations between France and Italy becomes sour as an unfortunate border incident occurred in the Ligurian Sea near Corsica. Italian patrol boats with faulty navigation systems incidentally crossed into French controlled waters and was apprehended by the French authorities improperly. The Italians are insulted over what they considered inappropriate treatment of their brothers by the French, while the French insists they are merely following regulations. This incident has somewhat caused a rift between the two nations.
*Support for War against France in Italy rises by 2%
MASSES DISSATISFIED OVER LIFE CONDITIONS IN RUSSIA
Thousands are left suffering in Russia as winter came in full force. The lack of proper attention by the government has led to a neglect in terms of life quality in the nation. Old revolutionary elements that were previously silenced by the great humiliations that they caused following the Russian loss of many of its territories are now re-surging in great numbers as people becomes less deluded by the sense of national pride brought about by the Tsar and instead care more about their well being. Once again, the people are looking at those whom offer radical solution to end their miserable problems, unless the government are willing to finally change the direction of the nation.
*Government popularity in Russia changes by -10%
*Russia needs to do something about the life conditions in the country
BIRTH OF THE ARTHURIAN ARTS AND CULTURE
For a long period following the schism and the consolidation of Arthurian rule in Britain, the nation has lack a proper distinct way of life and symbolism other than that of the older imperial and royalist elements. Today, with the advancement of new technologies particularly in mass media, the new Arthurian Britain has gave birth to a new popular culture centered around the glorification of the monarchy and the eternal struggle against the chaotic republican menace. Modernized Greco-Roman styled monuments are erected in the city to commemorate the achievements that the monarchy has brought and several popular movies and epic music now becomes a popular trend within the society.
*Government Popularity in Britain changes by 9%
*British national stability changes by 4%
FOREIGN COMPANIES REQUESTS PERMISSION TO INVEST IN KONGO
In recent years, Kongo has consolidated itself as a proper nation state and had developed a minimal yet proper infrastructure to sustain an industrial growth. With numerous resources remaining untapped and the possibility of Kongolese further expansion of power into the deeper and richer regions of Africa several foreign companies of multiple origins have requested formal permission from the Kongolese government to be able to invest and base themselves in the nation. The presence of foreign companies would certainly help Kongo to industrialize faster but westerners are still deemed negatively in the country and the arrival of them might bring unseen consequences for the country.
*Kongo needs to respond to the plea by foreign companies
INDIA'S PRIORITIES QUESTIONED
Recently in Indian parliaments, Hindi lawmakers and British MPs are fighting a heated debate on where India should put its focus. The majority British are insisting that the nation's priority should be to continue the fight against the Arthurian menace at every corner of the world and eventually liberate the home islands by actively engaging in diplomatic causes to strangle and entangle Britain. While the Hindi demands that India should concentrate on building the country properly instead of engaging in fruitless worldwide issues that aren't actually the interests of Indian people themselves. So far, neither has reached a conclusion and many MPs are still on the fence. The Empress herself has yet to make a statement or take a stance on the issue. As this matter gets more relevant, the Empress may soon need to state her thoughts on the matter, taking one side or brokering a compromise. Either way, this decision will determine the future of India, with some people going to be pleased and some others disappointed.
*India needs to determine where its should focus
INTELLIGENTSIA CHALLENGES MONGOL AUTHORITY
A group of prominent intellectuals publicly questions the current Mongol state of affairs particularly regarding it's economic and military policies that many considers backwards. They pointed out the mistakes of the old system and formulated their own plans to modernize the fundamental ways of the society, which is arguably more practical than the current situation. Surprisingly, most of the royal courts actually likes these proposed policies and the Grand Khan would have little problem regarding internal support if he wishes to adapt them. While these policies would definitely change Mongolia into a better state more fitting of the era, the public challenge initiated against the Khan by the intelligentsia has smeared his name in front of many and accepting these proposals would make him appear even weaker.
*Government popularity in Mongolia changes by -4%
*Mongolia needs to respond tho these issues
TERRORISM STRIKES THE JAPANESE IN KOREA
Japanese military port in Pusan has been bombed by an unconfirmed attacker. Later, a group dubbing themselves to be Korean People's Front claimed to be the perpetrator of the attack. They also noted that their action was in response to the illegal Japanese occupation of the nation, whom remained ever unpopular in the eyes of Koreans. The group said that they intend to continue such actions until the very last Japanese invaders steps away from their homeland.
*Japanese national stability changes by -8%
*Japanese naval base in Pusan loses its strength by -25%
CHINESE MINISTER PROPOSES AGRICULTURAL REFORMS
In the Republic of China, a prominent minister has proposed reforms to be made in the agricultural sector in the light of the considerably poor state of the agricultural system. The new system emphasizes more mechanization and modern methods in contrast to the pre-industrial system that is currently being applied by most of the farmers in the country. This new system will overall increase the productivity and efficiency of farms but may put smaller farms that cannot follow out of the competition.
*Republic of China must address their agricultural situation
FATE OF BRITISH PETROLEUM INSTALLATIONS IN PERSIA
After the years of the schism and the loss of British presence in the region, a good chunk of Persian oil extraction and processing facilities are left behind by the British and were taken over by the Persians and has been operated by the Persians since. With the partial resurgence of the British, the question has came whether these facilities should be returned to the British whom still hold the legal ownership papers of the facilities, or just maintain the status quo and declare a formal acquisition of the facilities. Giving them back to the British with certain prerequisites might be a good opportunity to obtain a mutually beneficial deal from economic stimulus packages, military aides, and scientific cooperation in exchange for the oil that the British needs. Other than the British, there may be other nations that can offer the same benefit for a lower price for instance neighboring India or Russia, or even the far fetched Greeks. Though there's also a choice where Persia can be better off by keeping all the facilities for themselves.
*Persia needs to decide the fate of these facilities.
First of all, my greatest apologies for the horrendously long delays, putting all the necessary parts of the sign-up into the stats was harder than I initially thought. Nevertheless, I hope all of you still have the interest to continue.
This is a half-update though, because it turns out that I require some additional details from you to actually reduce the amount of work I need to do to finish the entire stat.
-Position your military in the map, I will post how much each of you start with later on.
-Fill in the details below, it would help me give your nation a more accurate starting situation so that you won't hate me later.
There's no limit on how much you can score your nation, but I will still be taking your sign-up as the main source of determining how much you start with. This is merely a summary to help me sum up things.
Since this is a pseudo-incomplete-update, military engagements aren't possible for now and you're also not required to post orders; just remember to position your military in the map and fill those details for the next complete update. On the other hand, you are free to post RP, conduct diplomatic negotiations with players, NPC etc. Next updates would probably have less articles as all of these articles are meant to shape the world and build up the lore.
I will require all the data I've stated above by 11th of March 2015. Giving these data means you're still in the game. The faster you provide me with your data, the faster the stat shall be complete. Hopefully the stats can be completed prior to the end of the update so everyone can actually do full orders. Several more events and NPC diplomacy are coming midway.
I apologize if there are mistakes regarding my grammar, Engrish iz nein muh furst lenguage.
Current Maps and Stats:
Political Stability (3)
Army Tech (4)
Navy Tech (4)
Air Tech (3)
Army Exp (5)
Navy Exp (3)
Air Exp (1)
Army Size (3)
Navy Size (4)
Air Size (3)
Political Stability (1)
Army Tech (5)
Navy Tech (3)
Air Tech (4)
Army Exp (5)
Navy Exp (3)
Air Exp (4)
Army Size (5)
Navy Size (2)
Air Size (3)
So i have a strong military but bad economy and political stability due to the VERY recent formation of Italy. Also, i don't see any history of Italy in your updates or news other than that support for war. If you want more about pre-unification Italy, i'll post it.
Information about the Greek Republic
Industry (2): The Industry in the Greek Republic is abysmal and old, but the new socialist government has made promises that it will try and improve the situation while not violating worker's rights as one of its main governmental platforms.
Agriculture (3): Greece has a long agricultural tradition, but it simply cannot compete with that of other countries for the reasons that corruption runs rampant on the fields.
Mining (2): As with industry, a lack of important resources has led to the degradation of mining Greece, something the Government will have to look into.
Infrastructure (3): A lack of proper road infrastructure in many rural and backwater areas is felt, but otherwise the major cities and some of the Dimoi have a well preserved infrastructure thanks to the old Venizelos Government.
Fortifications (3): Greece has some fortifications in important cities like Thessaloniki or Athens or in areas bordering the Balkans, but the recently acquired areas of Thrace and Smyrna lack an extensive fortification infrastructure like Macedonia.
Political Stability (3): Greece has always been a country of instability, with the only political notion that has survived intact ever since its independence in 1821 being that of the republic.
Bureaucracy (4): While certainly lacking in other areas, the Bureaucracy is the greatest fruit of Greek society. Although still facing some corruption in regards to taxes, it has been greatly reformed through all the years thanks to Trikoupis and Venizelos.
Army Tech (3): Although important contributions to the arms used in land warfare were given by the Great Powers in order to combat Turkey, Greece is still behind in this sector.
Navy Tech (4): The navy is the pride of the Greek armed forces. Attempts at modernizing are not as pressing as those for the other military sector, as the Greek fleet is advanced thanks to the effort of the patriotic efoplistes, rich ship owners.
Air Tech (1): Greece lacks a proper airforce, and is behind in this sector.
Army Exp (3): An almost continuous warfare beggining from the Balkan Wars and extending to the Greco - Turkish Conflict has led to a rise of experience in the armed staff. However, many of the old experts are retiring and are being replaced by modern and younger staff with new ideas.
Navy Exp (5): The navy plays a great role in the well - being of the Greek nation from all aspects, and as such it has always received great emphasis from the people and the governments.
Air Exp (1): As with the technology used regarding flight, Greece lacks a proper airforce
Army Size (2): A lack of a huge population from which one can draw manpower, Greece has to be content with a comparably small but experienced fighting force.
Navy Size (3): While the navy is one of the most modern and experienced in the Meditterenean, it still lacks in size in comparison to other countries in the general vincinity of Greece.
Air Size (1): Again, there is no proper airforce besides from few airwings that consist of old planes.
Sorry if I did them wrongly. I hope you can understand what I wanted to do through the description.
Political Stability 3
Army Tech 5
Navy Tech 5
Air Tech 4
Army Exp 2
Navy Exp 2
Air Exp 4
Army Size 3
Navy Size 2
Air Size 2
Political Stability 4
Army Tech 5
Navy Tech 2
Air Tech 4
Army Exp 4
Navy Exp 2
Air Exp 2
Army Size 5
Navy Size 3
Air Size 2
Gran Colombia Nation Priority Aspects
I assume any form of quantification is relative to other sectors within Gran Colombia and not to other nations.
Industry (5); Today Gran Colombia continues to be a leader in industrial manufacturing, combining significant coal and iron deposits with huge energy reserves to power a domestic manufacturing industry. We are particularly strong in textiles (and are known throughout the world for our lingerie industry), and heavier forms of industry like cars, ships, and machinery.
Agriculture (3): Our agricultural sector is heavily industrialized; we adopted first steam than internal combustion engines for tractors and farm machinery early. That said, the strength of our industrial and mining sectors, the high cost of setting up a modern Colombian farm, and high overall wages across the nation mean that its often cheaper for us to import raw cotton or grain than to grow it ourselves. We are a net exporter of coffee and some fruits and foods and a net importer of raw cotton, wheat, and hides.
Mining (4): We have a well-developed mineral extraction and processing sector which combines well with our petroleum sector to power heavier forms of industry like automobile and ship-building.
Infrastructure (4): We adopted rail and road development early and the state maintains a high degree of subsidy for civic and business infrastructure (canal dredging, ditch digging for storm water control, sanitation, etc)
Fortifications (2): Generally we have adopted a mobile defense strategy, preferring to focus on our armed forces and not on static forts. That said, our army and especially naval bases are well defended.
Political Stability (4): Highly centralized and it has been for a long time. Regional differences (especially with high immigration) are not nearly as problematic as ideological ones.
Bureaucracy (4): While gran Colombia allows the private sector to conduct the majority of business, major industries like banking, mining, and oil/gas, remain in control of the central government while manufacturing (including military contracts), farming, and other economic activities are largely privatized.
While income taxes are quite high (for the time, not compared to today’s standards), the state provides free mandatory education, subsidizes healthcare, subsidizes culture and arts, and provides a high degree of investment for civil and business infrastructure.
Army Tech (3)
Navy Tech (4) We have not been fans and have not adopted submarine technology but we are probably pushing the leading edge of early aircraft carrier technology.
Air Tech (5) GC is home to the Ramírez Aircraft Company who's products and technologies are pushing the boundaries of what aircraft (and military aircraft) can do.
Army Exp (3)
Navy Exp (4)
Air Exp (3)
Army Size (2)
Navy Size (4)
Air Size (5) While not huge in an absolute sense, and while we have no airforce, both the army and especially the navy have widely adopted combat and recon aircraft.
Gran Colombia requires a 1 year mandatory military service but also offers a wide variety of ways in which to serve the military, including numerous engineering and officer programs for those with the aptitude. Beyond these mandatory, largely reserve forces, a profession army forms the backbone for the military of the nation.
Gran Colombia has an advanced and highly trained, though relatively small, professional army which commands good salaries (ensuring it stays relatively small but very professional). These specialize in mountainous or jungle combat and make extensive use of modern technologies such as motorized (and rail-based) transport, telegraph command and control, and are supported by scout and fighter aircraft (from the Ramírez Aircraft Company) though no independent airforce yet exists. They also operate a relatively well-funded commando force for deep reconnaissance, military intelligence, and forward operation missions. Is there tanks? If there are tanks, it would make sense for Gran Colombia to have a relatively small backbone of light but mobile armor platforms.
Gran Colombia’s real strength lies at sea, where it maintains a relatively large fleet of modern ships, though with a focus on lighter and faster destroyer ships than on larger, more heavily armed battleships. Like the army, the Colombian navy was an early adopter of aircraft technology and continues to fund and support significant aircraft development and pilot training in support of their naval operations. Gran Colombia has been reluctant to adopt new submarine technology and does not maintain a submarine fleet.
Republic of China
Political Stability (4)
Army Tech (4)
Navy Tech (3)
Air Tech (2)
Army Exp (5)
Navy Exp (2)
Air Exp (1)
Army Size (4)
Navy Size (2)
Air Size (1)
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