Turn XI: 2160 Stats Map GM Notes New Units (Units may be placed every even numbered turn) N/A Power Reclassification (every 2 turns) N/A News from Around the World An Emerging Superpower? The formation of the UUC-led Free Realms Alliance has tied several states around the world together in a pursuit of worldwide socialism and democracy. Besides surging the economies of its members by rapidly tearing down trade barriers, it also boasts coordinated foreign policy and military efforts by its members. Analysts believe that over time, the FRA could give rise to the first post-Cataclysmic superpower as the benefits of the alliance gradually accrue to the UUC. Fall of Guangdong With the occupation of Hainan, the Guangdong Socialist Party has been driven into exile, and the King of China has formally declared the annexation and full reunification of all China under the suzerainty of China and the High Kingdom. King Qiaozhi has alleviated concerns about Taiwan (currently an integral state of the FRCN) by stating that Taiwan is not part of China, and in fact, has never been part of China. Taiwan was a state with a proud independent tradition occupied by Chinese capitalists and claimed by Chinese communists. The divinely-guided Chinese monarchy, on the other hand, recognizes the island’s sovereignty and its right to be a constituent member of a federation. Autocracy In Retreat? Extensive protests in Mexico have stretched the state repressive organs to the breaking point. The Emperor has been forced to release many political prisoners and disband many oversight bodies that diluted Mexican federalism. The government in Fenix continues to claim Zapatista territory as integral components of Mexico, but with a rollback of security capabilities, the government is in far less of a position to fight a war over it. The weakening of Mexican autocracy, juxtaposed with the formation of the FRA, has many believing a new age of democracy may soon come to the world as the UUC and FRCN each expand their influence. Ethiopia Flexes Its Military Might In the span of days, Ethiopia’s military stormed the Darfur Confederation before immediately annexing it. To the surprise of many observers, most Darfuri welcomed the Imperial forces, and the region has quickly stabilized under its new Governor. Reports suggest that perhaps the weak autocracy previously in place had become increasingly repressive as well as corrupt, no longer investing much in its citizens’ quality of life; the abundance of social services offered by Ethiopia and its Emperor is an immediate improvement. Yousai Nippon A massive array of fortifications has sprung up in Japan, as has a large militia presence. The government of the Emperor Chikara has announced that their “Yousai” project has been a massive success, and Japan is now extremely well-defended. Analysts note this is a natural consequence of recent government shifts: the Emperor recently appointed a new Prime Minister. The new PM has dialed back rhetoric about conquering the Korean-occupied islands of the archipelago, and has instead stressed the need for Japan to find a “third way.” The term “third way” refers to how Japan has no natural allies in its region and so could not seek alliances for security, but how Japan also cannot simply abandon its claim to the islands. The Yousai Project is seen as the culmination of the Third Way: if Japan cannot negotiate nor use aggression to resolve the Islands dispute, it can drastically improve its defensive capabilities so that whoever starts a war first will lose. Relationship Boost Not Applied Research Breakthrough (Based off research level; emerging powers and above only) Education: USSR +11 Health: Papal States +11 Leisure: UUC +11 Security: UUC +11 Resource Boost (Increased odds with more territory) Mexico: +4 EP Increased Urbanization (Equal Odds for all states; 1-3) France +2 Takrur +3 New City (equal chance for all states) Singapore. Singapore already has a City, so gets +10 Urbanization instead.