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Discussion in 'Imperium OffTopicum' started by Tani Coyote, Mar 14, 2020.

  1. Tani Coyote

    Tani Coyote Son of Huehuecoyotl

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    Excerpt from the New International Political Science Review:

    “… To an uninformed observer, there may not appear to be much difference between the Kingdom of China, United Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, and the Empire of the Rising Sun. After all, they are all East Asian autocracies, and all currently engaged in an arms race to emerge as the dominant power in the region.

    For this outward similarity, however, they could not be any more different internally. Representing the classical nations of China, Korea and Japan aside, they each have very distinct styles of legitimacy and rule from the others.

    The UDPRK

    We’ll start with the Koreans, often considered the underdog by analysts due to their lack of aggressive tendencies and status of being sandwiched between two expansionist powers. In what seems to be a mutation of the Chinese Mandate of Heaven, they see sovereignty as being embodied in the Dictator’s Ring, which they claim dates back to the pre-Cataclysmic era, and granted its wielder the guidance needed to survive the Korean wasteland and make it flourish again. Whoever takes the Ring claims the title of Dictator, gaining supreme authority over all Korea. While one might assume this is a violent, bloody power struggle waiting to happen, it appears most Dictators have actually ascended to power through the resignation and self-exile of their predecessor. Of the autocrats of East Asia, Korea’s “Dictator” seems to be the least fitting for their title, often ruling with a surprising amount of advice and consensus from their subject communities. Polity IV generally classes Korea as more of a hybrid regime, a weak autocracy as opposed to a consolidated one.

    The Empire of the Rising Sun

    It is in Japan that one finds an autocrat perhaps most deserving of the title. Staunchly traditional, the Emperor Chikara is the latest in a line of several reactionary monarchs, seeking to restore the old glory of the Japanese Empire. Before that can be done, however, Japan has to focus on being able to eject the Koreans from the Home Islands. So long as the powerful Korean Navy keeps Kyushu and Shikoku out of Tokyo’s grasp, the idea of Japan ruling much of anywhere beyond its shores seems rather like a pipe dream, the anomaly of Vladivostok aside. Japan’s sovereigns pride themselves on their unbroken heritage dating back over a thousand years, decrying the corruption that Western culture brings to all of Asia. Should Japan ever manage to break out of its bottle, a wave of reactionary conservatism is sure to flood over the whole region.

    The Kingdom of China

    Last but certainly not least, the Chinese monarchy is one of the more intriguing varieties. While the Chinese government is firmly nationalistic, boasting about the glory of China and its people, it is actually nowhere near as xenophobic as Japan’s. China’s autocracy claims that China’s real power is its ability to absorb the best qualities of every culture beyond its borders, ensuring that it will always provide the most optimal model of governance for its people. Despite its status as an absolute monarchy, China actually firmly sticks to the core idea of the Mandate of Heaven: the monarch rules because they are capable, not because of their biological origin. Consistent with all its ideals, the current monarch is not only of partial Greek and Danish descent, but actually goes by his personal name – Qiaozhi – rejecting the custom of avoiding names common to traditional Chinese and Japanese monarchy. Qiaozhi’s autocracy is one of many contradictions: stressing the superiority of China while freely assimilating ideas from beyond its borders, and stressing meritocracy and public service while practicing royal absolutism. They also claim to be the legitimate rulers of all China while nonetheless shrewdly avoiding the title of 'Emperor' and greatly reducing what is considered 'China' in their speeches, signaling deference to their powerful neighbor the High Kingdom.”
     
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  2. JimWUK

    JimWUK Chieftain

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    Sorry will have to remember to check this site more often as I raely get the emails even though set to send emails on all events.

    Will accept the Trade offered.
     
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  3. LordArgon

    LordArgon Prince

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    • Negotiate trade agreement with Iberia
    • Consolidate power to increase the power of the Emperor.
    Unit Movement
    • New York to the Great Lakes Capitol, supported by surrounding airforce and army units.
     
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    Tani Coyote Son of Huehuecoyotl

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    Romania

    The Emperor sends his smug regards to all those who deemed Bucharest the threat to European peace. As we speak, Polish armies ravage the Baltic states, and Romania does not doubt that before long, Poland will have the whole Baltic Sea under its domination. This "Catholic League" was clearly a vehicle to rule Europe, and Bavaria's decision to not be full-time allies with Warsaw and Rome shows this.

    The peoples of the Romanian Empire shall not be threatened. A new Supply Center in Hungary shall provide the Empire with the air power it needs to guard its patrimony.

    Niger

    Security is the primary public good! A supply center in Niger proper will serve to secure the state against the possible predations of its neighbors!

    Quebec

    With the demise of the Great Lakes Confederacy being nigh, it is only a matter of time before all democracy in North America is extinguished. Quebec proposes a trilateral defense alliance with Cascadia and the Plains Republic to guard the sovereignty of North America's free peoples.

    Iberia

    The glorious pan-Iberian state cannot hope to guarantee its future with such a government paralyzed by corruption. Barcelona begins a process of investigations and purges to secure the rule of law across the peninsula. (Attempt to lower Corruption)

    All NPC actions accounted for.
     
  5. JimWUK

    JimWUK Chieftain

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    The High Kingdom Orders

    1. Seek to improve Industry
    2. Set up a College for Healers (Health Improve)
    3. Secret (same as before)
     
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  6. Ailedhoo

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    The UUC will not allow our sea borders to be shared with a potential warmonger: as such we wish to guarantee the independence of Quebec.

    As a action the Clans offer a defense alliance to Quebec, with aims to also improve trade and cultural developments.

    As a second action we also offer a trade offer to the Rhenish Republic so we can all prosper even in these hard time.
     
  7. christos200

    christos200 Never tell me the odds

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    1. Invest in the Indian NHS, both in infrastructure and in increased medical personnel.
    2. Offer a 10% corporate flat tax incentive (instead of the current 25% flat corporate tax) for foreign corporations that invest in India.
     
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  8. Tani Coyote

    Tani Coyote Son of Huehuecoyotl

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    I should be able to get around to processing orders within 48 hours.

    Courtesy notice for @Kinich-Ahau and @Danwar
     
  9. Kinich-Ahau

    Kinich-Ahau #JustGoomyThings

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    Send 2 EP to South Island
    Offer Client Status to South Island
    "With aggression on the rise throughout the world, it is vital now, more than ever, for states to band together.
    Forging closer relations with the FRCN will give you access to the largest alliance block in the world."


    Construct a Supply Center in Hawai'i
    "Wars in the Americas, Asia, & now Europe have made it clear that we will need to expand our military capabilities if we are to properly protect ourselves & our friends."
     
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  10. Tani Coyote

    Tani Coyote Son of Huehuecoyotl

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    Orders locked pending update.

    Bella, Horrida Bella!

    Vandread Conquest of the Great Lakes



    Vandread’s forces push their full advantage against the reeling Confederacy. 3 Armies, backed by 2 Air Wings, descend on Ontario and the capital. For all their best efforts, the Confederacy is defeated, and the remnants of their Army retreat to the lone province of Michigan.

    But with supplies running low, it is unlikely that Army will even last a month…

    (Vandread seizes Ontario. Vandread gains a Supply Center.

    Great Lakes loses 16 Population, 16 EP.)

    Polish Liberation of the Baltics



    President Karmazyn’s invasion if a sweeping success. The Baltic Navy provides some support from the shores, but it is powerless to stop the advance of the Polish military across the region. As far as Warsaw is concerned, the Poles of the Baltics are liberated.

    Helsinki elects to put Poland under blockade to try and pressure them into a white peace.

    (Poland occupies Baltics. Baltics lose 7 Pop and 7 EP. Poland is placed under blockade (-10% base EP))

    The Reunification of Serbia



    The Emperor of Romania surprises Europe with an announcement of how Romania shall liberate the Serbian people living under the yoke of Macedonian oppression. In mere days, Romanian troops have occupied Belgrade and all Serbia. The government in Skopje lacks the military power to eject the Romanian invaders, and now it fears for the integrity of Bulgaria…

    (Romania occupies Serbia. Macedonia loses 8 Pop and 8 EP. State of war declared between Romania and Macedonia)
     
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  11. Tani Coyote

    Tani Coyote Son of Huehuecoyotl

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    FRCN

    FRCN offers client status to South Island, offering 2 EP as an incentive. 12 (18).

    South Island is surprisingly quick to accede to the agreement, voluntarily signing over a considerable amount of autonomy in exchange for the benefits of FRCN protection. The citizens of North and South Island rejoice at being able to freely communicate once more. It turns out there are some significant comparative advantage benefits from the opened trade.

    (South Island becomes FRCN client state. Permanent +2 Gifted bonus. +3 EP)

    FRCN builds a new Supply Center in Hawaii. 12 (13).

    Hawaii’s new Supply Center guarantees the future of Pacific security under the aegis for the FRCN.

    (Hawaii gains Supply Center)

    Vandread Empire

    Negotiate trade agreement with Iberia. 5 (6).

    Iberia is corrupt, but not without its scruples; it declines a trade liberalization with a regime that is extinguishing the world’s democracies. Fortunately, the restrictions (and Iberia’s economic power) are so small it can’t really do anything.

    (-1 EP)

    Move to Consolidated Autocracy. 20.

    If there was any doubt of the Emperor’s authority, it has been taken care of.

    (Vandread Empire becomes a Consolidated Autocracy. +36 Security)

    UUC

    Defense alliance to Quebec. 13 (17).

    The Quebecois are quite happy to make friends with the most powerful democracy in their corner of the globe. It is not long before people, goods, and intelligence are flowing freely.

    (Quebec signs a defense pact with the UUC. +10 Security)

    Trade offer to Rhenish Republic. 20.

    The Rhenish Republic is quite enthused at the idea of trade with the UUC. So excited, in fact, the talks go on for a ludicrously long time, and before the Uruk Clans’ diplomats know it, they’ve gone home with an agreement of client status from the Rhenish that gives the Clans significant privileges within the Republic in exchange for protection. Can’t be too careful with those French, you know!

    (Rhenish Republic becomes a UUC client)

    High Kingdom

    Attempt to improve industry. 4 (5).

    The industry expansion attempt cuts some corners, and as a result there’s a lot of factories that explode after a short period of operation.

    (-1 EP)

    Set up a college for Healers. 10 (11).

    This time around the Kingdom sees a breakthrough, as a new college begins to rapidly churn out healers that extend the lifespan of the Kingdom’s people.

    (+5 Health)

    India

    Expand the Indian NHS. 20.

    The NHS’ flush of funding allows it to provide more care to Indians at a lower cost and better quality.

    (+5 Pop, +36 Health)

    Offer a 10% flat tax to foreign corporations that invest in India. 3 (4).

    The tax breaks look to have the desired effect, with countless companies signing up! …then it turns out almost all of them are actually Indian companies using legal loopholes to count as foreign entities and collect on the lower tax brackets.

    (-3 EP)

    Other Powers

    Romania builds a new Supply Center in Hungary. 13 (16).

    The Emperor rejoices at Romania’s expanded military potential.

    (+1 Supply Center, +3 Security)

    Niger builds a new Supply Center in Niger. 7 (9).

    Well that was a flop. Fortunately, the junta is more than capable of arranging some disappearances to make sure no one finds out about it.

    Quebec forms a trilateral defense alliance with Cascadia and the Plains Republic.

    2 (4). Cascadia is not interested in the alliance. It does, however, raise tariffs on Quebecois goods so that it may better finance its own security capabilities. (-3 EP)

    17 (18). The Plains Republic is absolutely in agreement with Quebec of the need to contain Vandread aggression (and the high probability of a second Native genocide), and inks a defensive alliance. Intelligence sharing begins immediately.

    (Plains Republic and Quebec ink a defense pact. +3 Security for each)

    Iberia attempts to lower Corruption. 15 (15).

    Countless arrests of officials are followed by the confiscation of bank accounts that are a not-insignificant amount of the national GDP.

    (Iberia Corruption drops to Corrupt, Iberia gains 2 EP)
     
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  12. Ailedhoo

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    The UUC is happy to be in a DP with Quebec and looks forward to co-operation. May they join us and Crete in greater prosperity!

    The... enthusiastic response from the Rhenish Republic will be taken as a blessing in order to ensure all prosper and that we keep our zone in peace. Any threat to the Rheinish Republic will be greeted by the might of the warriors of the Clans. We have glory!

     
  13. Tani Coyote

    Tani Coyote Son of Huehuecoyotl

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    Diplomacy sheet has been updated so there are numbers next to National Issues. This is a modifier that will influence actions towards the state in that way. For example, the Papal States have IO Formation with (2); this means if you were to propose to form an international organization with them, they'd most likely add 2 to their acceptance roll.

    Turn IV: Spring 2152


    Map
    Stats

    Unit Re-Assessment (Every 2nd turn)

    New Units: FRCN, UUC (2), Vandread (2)

    Romania, Korea, Angola, Oz

    Central Africa, South Africa

    Disband Units: Great Lakes Confederacy

    Power Re-Assessment (every 2nd turn)

    Great Powers (Z-Score of 2+): No Change
    Regional Powers (Z-Score of 0.25-2): No Change
    Minor Powers: No Change

    Events From Around the World

    Romania On The Move

    As the war in North America wraps up, conflict in Europe intensifies. The Romanian Empire has steamrolled the Macedonian Army in Serbia, and is poised to seize Bulgaria without intervention.

    The Sun Fails To Rise

    A lot of gamblers lost their bets in the past few months; Japan has not reached Great Power classification as many were positive would happen. The Pacific Rim remains true to its name, free of an aggressive Great Power.

    The Dread of Vandread

    With the impending collapse of the Great Lakes Confederacy, experts are devoting a great deal of time analyzing the possible ramifications for the international system. While Quebec and the Plains Republic have consolidated an alliance and Quebec itself has also aligned with the United Uruk Clans across the ocean, Vandread is still poised to become the dominant world power in coming years. The chaos in the occupation zones precludes detailed information gathering, but Vandread could end up being the clear leader in economic and military power in anywhere from one year to nine.
     
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    Tani Coyote Son of Huehuecoyotl

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    UDPRK

    Dictator Kim Jung Su extends a hand of friendship towards King Qiaozhi of China. While Korea does not see a way forward with Japan due to irreconcilable differences on the rightful status of Shikokku and Kyushu, it feels there is plenty of room for cooperation and mutual prosperity between China and Korea. As such, Korea offers Beijing a full alliance.

    Zapatista Republic

    It is a dangerous world out there. The Zapatista moves to build a new Supply Center in Yucatan.

    Siberia


    His Majesty's Government, seeing aggression on both its European and Asian borders, must reluctantly move to build a new Supply Center east of Lake Baikal.

    Thailand

    Thailand feels that while economic ideologies may vary, Vietnam and Thailand can find common values in democracy and the common equality of all human beings. Thailand proposes a defensive alliance with Vietnam to preserve peace in Southeast Asia.

    All NPC actions accounted for.
     
  15. Ailedhoo

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    The UUC is growing further concerned about the prospect of wars. Under the destined chance of displacement the UUC will like as a action to create a new IO in the form of the International Convention of Refugees & Asylum Seekers, which will set about guaranteed the rights of the displaced. The I.C.R.A.S. will set to help supply refugees, set safe passage to sanctums and ensure their dignity & rights are enforced. Member realms of this organization will set themselves as beacon of sanctuary to those who have been forced out of their homes, be it war, severe ecological damage from the likes of climate change, oppression and others matters that may result in persons seeking refuge in another country. We naturally invite our partners in Crete, Quebec & the Rhenish Republic to this organization, as well as open invitation to other powers that wish to protect the liberties of the asylum seeking refugee. The Clans finds glory in such protection!

    We will decide our second public action later...
     
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    • Invest in an improved ports to help increase international trade.
    • Make a trade agreement with Tarkur.
    Unit Orders:
    • Air wing will move from Indiana to Kentucky
    • New Army created in Indiana and will move to Michigan and eliminate all Great Lakes Confederacy resistance.
    • New Air Wing in Louisiana.
     
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    Tani Coyote Son of Huehuecoyotl

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    GM's Note: Going forward, open organization invitations will allow relevant NPCs to respond and roll for entry. However, should they fail, the consequences fall on that NPC, not on the player who gave the open invitation. Contrast to nations that are specifically invited, where consequences for failure can fall on the inviting nation.

    The Papal States applauds the UUC's move to protect the lives and well-being of the world's most vulnerable populations; His Holiness is consulting with his advisers but ultimately, the Holy See will seek membership in the ICRAS.

    The Zapatistas are not oblivious to the fact a large potential warzone is not far from their borders. The Republic will seek accession to ICRAS.

    South Africa's strategic position and proximity to a possible flashpoint makes it believe protection of refugees is not only feasible, but also well within its national considerations. South Africa will seek accession.
     
  18. Ailedhoo

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    The Clans will welcome all applications so that the refugees may be able to come to safety and our spheres will enable multiple points of refuge.

    Now for Action 2

    We will wish to conduct developments in underground mushroom farming that is practiced by the goblins of Clans Geest and Lutin, so that we can increase food production with land efficiency via usage of undergrounds. The developments will enable us to grow fungus that can be safely provided to the populace for feasting.

    Glory to the Clans!
     
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    Tani Coyote Son of Huehuecoyotl

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    An update:

    Grad school is as merciless as Chara in its final weeks, but this game is still going. Orders will be due in 76 hours.

    Courtesy ping for: @Kinich-Ahau @christos200 @Danwar @JimWUK
     
  20. JimWUK

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    This site is odd... shows no unread and also had a notification of mention. No email though - very variable.

    High Kingdom Orders
    1. Offer Alliance to India
    2. Invest in Factories in India.
     
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