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  1. Luckymoose

    Luckymoose The World is Mine

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    This is not, unfortunately, the fresh start I had been planning. It would not be ready anyway for a long time so I will do this on while that one is is better development. It will probably open up in the second half of this year anyway. On to this NES. I have the setting, but I am asking the players, yes you, on the ruleset and stat type. For one simple reason, playability. I would like to keep this from complex rules, but rules and stats that give the players the information they need with all or as much of all of their nations as it can. Now the setting is from an Alternate history revolving around Napoleon, as you can see from the map it makes sense what happened there. The year is 1905 and the technology is very close to OTL. I will not take reserves until the stats and rules are decided on.

    I thought about modifying TWTUD ruleset a bit to give more information and such as it seems to have all the right stuff. I would like to ask you what things you would want changed about that type of ruleset and what things should be added.

    Setting as Written by Dis:The year is 1905; a century of cold war between Britain and Napoleonic France has left a complex and troubling world with the great game in full swing in the middle east and china, flashpoints around the world about to go critical, and radical and nationalist movements stalking through the minds of the Europeans. So far the British naval might has upheld the Status Quo, but with the completion of HMS Goliath the British realize they have built a battleship that renders all prior models obsolete…and suddenly he British naval lead doesn’t look so large after all.

    Spoiler Map 1905 :


    You can post. :p
     
  2. Luckymoose

    Luckymoose The World is Mine

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    Rules

    Sample Nation Statistics

    French Empire
    Capital: Paris
    Authoritarian Monarchy: Napoleon V
    Dissent: 20%
    Global Opinion: Respected
    Base IC: 36
    Military Spending: 19
    Public Spending: 6
    Private Enterprise: 11
    Army: 65 Infantry Divisions, 20 Artillery Brigades
    Army Quality: 8
    Navy: 30 Battleships, 60 Escort Groups, 150 Light Vessel Groups
    Navy Quality: 6
    Air Force: 5 Light Recon Aircraft
    Air Force Quality: 3

    Government and Elections

    Government

    The government of a nation can be switched by any command of the player. As a warning, your decisions in switching government will have difficulty in resistance by the public, especially if you fail to adjust your economic spending to match your ideology. As an example, if the government of France changes from being a conservative republic to a communist dictatorship, the people will be outraged if half of the nation's IC remains in the control of private enterprises. Please be sure to consider the style of your economy and society before conducting a major government change.

    Ruling Party/Monarch

    To the right of your nation's government in the stats is the ruling party or absolute ruler of your government. This is not controllable except in the cases where we were unable to find a clear head of state, in which case you can come up with your own ruler. The exceptions are for republics and constitutional monarchies which have parties in charge. The example best for this would be the Republican Party in charge of the USA, or the Liberal PM in charge of the government of Denmark.

    In an absolute monarchy or dictatorship, assuming the nation does not reform at any point into a republican style government, head of state can change by player's request only alongside a good story or description of the events leading to change. Otherwise, rulers will keep their crowns until they were historically deposed or till they die.

    Elections

    Elections happen naturally and can be decided by the player or if not I will decide based on the course of the nation and the people within throughout the NES.

    Dissent

    Dissent is the key indicator of your success and the stability of your government. Dissent rises in the following circumstances:
    1. When you radically shift economic policies.
    2. When you shift government types.
    3. When a republic shifts control from one party to another.
    4. When you lose a war
    5. Other types of unfortunate events which can surprise you and have a wide variety of styles in which they are introduced.

    Dissent falls in the following circumstances:
    1. When a government successfully shifts to a more publicly preferred form.
    2. when spending in welfare policies and public spending increases.
    3. when you win a war
    4. when a party is reelected to government
    5. Other types of fortunate events

    Economy

    Base IC

    The Base IC is NOT the IC you spend each turn. This is the total combined IC your nation produces, and a collection between the production and development of military assets, the spending put into welfare and other public projects, and the amount of industry and economy controlled by private enterprises such as corporations and wealthy individuals. IC cannot be banked or saved over time, and all must be spent or else you will lose it. Once again I'd like to repeat that Base IC is NOT the IC you spend each turn.

    Shifting IC Emphasis and Spending IC

    Shifting IC

    Your Base IC determines the total amount of IC per turn you gain, and from that the IC is divided into different aspects of your economy. You can shift the amount you want to have per turn in each section very easily, just put the shift into orders and it will be done. Beware, however, the consequences that a major shift will have upon your people and your dissent rating. War would provide reasonable basis for a radical shift in economic policy.

    Max Military Spending: A totalitarian government bent on a total war of annihilation against all of its enemies.
    Max Public Spending: An utopian regime providing free health care, welfare, and employment for all the people. An idealist's socialist heaven.
    Max Private Enterprise: An nation managed, owned, and operated by a major corporation.

    Spending IC

    If IC per turn is in Public Spending or Private Enterprise it cannot be spent to produce military units or research military technologies. The benefits to removing some of your IC per turn to those categories will be discussed below. IC produced in the Defense Spending section can be individual spent by the player, much like in Eve of War or Shadow of Rome NESes. The only exception to the spending rule is in the construction of Great Projects, which can use both the Public Spending and the Military Spending in their construction. This is also discussed more below.

    Military Spending

    Military spending IC is the only IC that you can specifically spend on production and military research. If you do not spend the IC, it is not banked, but is lost forever. This is also the spending used to advance yourself along the military technological tree, which is discussed The following are the costs of units which can be built by military spending IC.

    Ground Forces

    Militia Division: 1 IC for 2 Divisions. These are moderately better forces than Irregulars, but still become mutinous if they are sent out on the offensive. They will be better during peacetime than irregulars, and they do put up almost as good of a fight on the defensive as regular Infantry.

    Infantry/Mountain/Marine/Division: 1 IC for 1. These forces provide the standard military forces to most nations. Please describe what you are buying or they will be placed as regular infantry.

    Cavalry Division: 1 IC for 1: These mounted forces provide the first mobile force available to the nations of the world.

    Artillery Brigades: 2 IC for 1: Artillery is the backbone of modern warfare, providing defensive and offensive means at far reaching and strong stopping ability.



    Naval Forces

    Goliath Battleship: 4IC for 1: Huge battleships, the largest ever made. Most ships guns cannot pierce the hulls of these colossus.

    Battleship: 2 IC for 1. Top of the line, modern fighting ships. They are large and pack a huge punch on the sea.

    Escort Group: 1 IC for 1. These forces are vital support for capital ships in that they provide protection against smaller and faster ships which can evade the larger guns of the dreadnoughts and battleships.

    Light Vessel Groups: 1 IC for 2: Useful in coastal patrols and recon.

    Transport Groups: 1 IC for 1: One group of transport ships can transport 5 divisions. Meaning you can only transport troops if you have the ships to do so. They have little protection and are easy targets at sea.

    Submarines: 2 IC for 1: Only if you have the tech. These are very early submarines.

    Air Force

    Light-Recon Aircraft Groups: 1 IC for 1: They are useful to scout ahead for ground movements but have no weapons of their own.

    Public Spending

    Public Spending represents the amount of your economy which is used to provide for the unfortunate of your nation's society. Most civilized nations will start with at least 1 IC per turn put into Public Spending, representing police forces and basic pension and compensation plans. A real life example would be 1 IC in spending would be the USA in 1920, and 10 IC in public spending would be the USA in 1933. (and 100 IC in public spending would be USA in 1999.)

    Placing money in Public Spending provides your people with security in their jobs and lives. You may justify your switch, increase or decrease, in public spending in your orders, or I'll do it for you in the update. Increasing Public Spending will often help decrease dissent, with a few different circumstances. For example, public spending would be far less popular in a majority conservative nation then in a socialist or liberal one.

    Private Enterprise

    Private Enterprise is the most essential aspect for a long term game plan. Empasis in privately owned business has some downsides, but very large upsides in the long run. The most obvious aspect will be the rapid development of civilian technology in a nation with heavy private enterprise. In turn, the development of civilian technology will ultimately spark the development of more advanced military technology. The downside, of course, is an increasingly powerful stake of private corporations in the management of your nation. Ultimately it is your choice.

    Global Opinion

    Your nation's global opinion is the reflection that your empire gives to the rest of the nations of the world. If your global opinion is higher it will help in getting one of your citizens elected to the Council of Nations and make it more likely for popular rebellions in support of your nation, it will also make it easier to make alliances or trade deals. On the other hand, if your nation is feared or hated, all those things will be that much harder to do.

    Attacking a nation which is more globally hated than your own will have a less negative effect on your own global opinion. If you attack a nation that is far more beloved, you will bring the wrath of global opinion down upon ye.

    Scale:
    Beloved-Admired-Respected-Liked-Neutral-Disliked-Hated-Abhored-Feared

    Military and Its Use

    Warfare

    Therefore, I must ask that when you send orders, describe your plan for the whole war, and leave the specific strategy to the generals in charge. On a related note, your generals can and will get better over time, so remember their names and keep them fighting to get a better military.

    Artillery and early armor will both be considered automatically a part of divisions which are in your army, supporting part of Infantry and Cavalry divisions only. Research into these aspects of war will significantly increase the strength of your divisions in comparison to your enemies. These effects are reflected within your Military Quality section of the stats.

    Military Quality


    Your military quality demonstrates how well advanced, experienced, or trained your armed forces are. This can be modified in several ways, including through Projects which revolve around military training, fighting wars, and researching new military technologies. Some nations have naturally higher qualities than others, Germany and Switzerland being the prime examples. Research is the best way to decrease the gap, and winning wars will have a positive effect on your military's quality as well. Losing wars could possible decrease quality, but it is far easier to increase than decrease. Remember to keep up with modernization or you could find yourself horribly beaten if you go to war.

    It goes on a scale from worst the best at 1-10.

    Research

    There will be multiple types of research trees. Army, Navy, Air Force are the ones for the Military branch. You then have Public (as in healthcare and other things) and Corporate (such as factory machinery). Developing a tech will give you a certain stat boost and the technology.

    Groups of nations cannot work together to research military technology and this must be handled on a nation by nation basis.


    These are the base rules. I want suggestions on things to change and add to the list please.

    Reservations:

    Abaddon - French Empire
    Shadowbound - Mexico
    Fuschia - Prussian Union
    D'Artagnan59- USA
    Starkow - Japan
    Captain2 - Empire of All Russias
    Canuck - Brazil
    Loser- South Africa
    UK - Kal'thzar
    Quebec - Lord Iggy
    Flavius - Kingdom of Italy
    Dis - Australiasia.
    carmen - Switzerland
    Azale - Madrid
    Dachspmg - Bavaria
    Germanicus - Qing China
    Silver 2039 - Romania
     
  3. Fuschia

    Fuschia A Little Odd

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    One question: can I claim Germany?
     
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    Luckymoose The World is Mine

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    Reservations are open. Stats are in progress. It is Prussia, the Prussian Union. A union under the Kingdom of Prussia.
     
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    Fuschia A Little Odd

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    Fine. I will take the Prussian Union, then... :)
     
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    D'Artagnan59 The Gascon

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    About how many troops in a division?
     
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    I would like to take South Africa / The Boers or whatever it's called.
     
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    Italian nation for me!
     
  12. Luckymoose

    Luckymoose The World is Mine

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    Which one?
     
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    Flavius Aetius Ruler Of Liguria

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    The one with colonies, the geen one, or the Venetian one, if you prefer.
     
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    Luckymoose The World is Mine

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    Welcome all. Stats are done, I am checking over them. Big thanks to Shadowbound for helping me go through them. He saved us all time.
     
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    Luckymoose The World is Mine

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    Spoiler stats version 1 :
    French Empire
    Capital: Paris
    Authoritarian Monarchy: Napoleon V
    Dissent: 20%
    Global Opinion: Respected
    Base IC: 36
    Military Spending: 21
    Public Spending: 4
    Private Enterprise: 11
    Army: 65 Infantry Divisions, 20 Artillery Brigades
    Army Quality: 9
    Navy: 30 Battleships, 60 Escort Groups, 150 Light Vessel Groups
    Navy Quality: 6
    Air Force: 5 Light Recon Aircraft Wings
    Air Force Quality: 3


    United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland
    Capital: London
    Constitutional Monarchy: Conservatives
    Dissent: 26%
    Global Opinion: Respected
    Base IC: 43
    Military Spending: 21
    Public Spending: 5
    Private Enterprise: 17
    Army: 25 Infantry Divisions, 10 Artillery Brigades
    Army Quality: 6
    Navy: 2 Goliath Battleship, 70 Battleships, 120 Escort Groups, 300 Light Vessel Groups
    Navy Quality: 9
    Air Force: 2 Light Recon Aircraft Wings
    Air Force Quality: 3

    Prussian Union
    Capital: Berlin
    Authoritarian Constitutional Monarchy: Conservatives
    Dissent: 16%
    Global Opinion: Admired
    Base IC: 21
    Military Spending: 13
    Public Spending: 2
    Private Enterprise: 7
    Army: 35 Infantry Divisions, 20 Artillery Brigades
    Army Quality: 7
    Navy: 25 Battleships, 40 Escort Groups, 100 Light Vessel Groups, 5 Submarines
    Navy Quality: 5
    Air Force: 3 Light Recon Aircraft Wings
    Air Force Quality: 3


    Empire of All Russias
    Capital: Moscow
    Absolute Monarchy: Nicholas II
    Dissent: 38%
    Global Opinion: Neutral
    Base IC: 20
    Military Spending: 15
    Public Spending: 1
    Private Enterprise: 4
    Army: 90 Infantry Divisions
    Army Quality: 4
    Navy: 16 Battleships, 30 Escort Groups, 30 Light Vessel Groups
    Navy Quality: 3
    Air Force:
    Air Force Quality:


    United States of America
    Capital: Washington D.C
    Presidential Federal Democracy: Democrat Party
    Dissent: 10%
    Global Opinion: Respected
    Base IC: 35
    Military Spending: 10
    Public Spending: 12
    Private Enterprise: 13
    Army: 13 Infantry Divisions, 6 Artillery Brigades
    Army Quality: 6
    Navy: 10 Battleships, 56 Escort Groups, 120 Light Vessel Groups, 4 Submarines
    Navy Quality: 5
    Air Force:
    Air Force Quality:


    Qing China
    Capital: Beijing
    Divine Monarchy:
    Dissent: 60%
    Global Opinion: Disliked
    Base IC: 16
    Military Spending: 13
    Public Spending: 0
    Private Enterprise: 3
    Army: 100 Infantry Divisions, 3 Artillery Brigades
    Army Quality: 2
    Navy: 5 Escort Groups, 80 Light Vessel Groups
    Navy Quality: 1
    Air Force:
    Air Force Quality:


    Empire of Japan
    Capital: Kyoto
    Constitutional Monarchy:
    Dissent: 13%
    Global Opinion: Neutral
    Base IC: 19
    Military Spending: 12
    Public Spending: 2
    Private Enterprise: 6
    Army: 35 Infantry Divisions, 5 Artillery Brigades
    Army Quality: 6
    Navy: 4 Battleships, 30 Escort Groups, 100 Light Vessel Groups, 2 Submarines, 2 Transport Groups
    Navy Quality: 7
    Air Force: 1 Light Recon Aircraft Wing
    Air Force Quality: 2

    Republic of Quebec
    Capital: Quebec City
    Parliamentary Democracy: Liberals
    Dissent: 4%
    Global Opinion: Neutral
    Base IC: 4
    Military Spending: 1
    Public Spending: 1
    Private Enterprise: 2
    Army: 4 Divisions, 2 Artillery Brigades
    Army Quality: 4
    Navy: 4 Escort Groups, 20 Light Vessel Groups, 2 Submarines
    Navy Quality: 4
    Air Force:
    Air Force Quality:


    Mexico
    Capital: Mexico City
    Presidential Democracy:
    Dissent: 22%
    Global Opinion: Neutral
    Base IC: 14
    Military Spending: 6
    Public Spending: 2
    Private Enterprise: 6
    Army: 14 Divisions, 4 Artillery Brigades
    Army Quality: 5
    Navy: 6 Escort Groups, 40 Light Vessel Groups
    Navy Quality: 3
    Air Force:
    Air Force Quality:


    Nicaragua
    Capital: Managua
    Presidential Democracy:
    Dissent: 40%
    Global Opinion: Neutral
    Base IC: 2
    Military Spending: 1
    Public Spending: 0
    Private Enterprise: 1
    Army: 3 Divisions
    Army Quality: 1
    Navy: 12 Light Vessel Groups
    Navy Quality: 1
    Air Force:
    Air Force Quality:


    Costa Rica
    Capital: San Jose
    Presidential Democracy:
    Dissent: 40%
    Global Opinion: Neutral
    Base IC: 2
    Military Spending: 1
    Public Spending: 0
    Private Enterprise: 1
    Army: 2 Divisions
    Army Quality: 1
    Navy: 8 Light Vessel Groups
    Navy Quality: 1
    Air Force:
    Air Force Quality:


    Columbia
    Capital: Bogota
    Semi-Democratic Oligarchy:
    Dissent: 30%
    Global Opinion: Neutral
    Base IC: 5
    Military Spending: 3
    Public Spending: 0
    Private Enterprise: 2
    Army: 11 Divisions
    Army Quality: 3
    Navy: 1 Escort Group, 20 Light Vessel Groups
    Navy Quality: 1
    Air Force:
    Air Force Quality:


    Venezuela
    Capital: Caracas
    Authoritarian Presidential Democracy :
    Dissent: 35%
    Global Opinion: Neutral
    Base IC: 4
    Military Spending: 2
    Public Spending: 0
    Private Enterprise: 2
    Army: 8 Divisions
    Army Quality: 2
    Navy: 15 Light Vessel Groups
    Navy Quality: 1
    Air Force:
    Air Force Quality:


    Republic of Zulia
    Capital: Maracaibo
    Presidential Democracy :
    Dissent: 26%
    Global Opinion: Neutral
    Base IC: 2
    Military Spending: 1
    Public Spending: 0
    Private Enterprise: 2
    Army: 3 Divisions, 1 Artillery Brigade
    Army Quality: 2
    Navy: 10 Light Vessel Groups
    Navy Quality: 1
    Air Force:
    Air Force Quality:


    Bolivar Republic of Peru
    Capital: Lima
    Federal Presidential Democracy
    Dissent: 16%
    Global Opinion: Neutral
    Base IC: 8
    Military Spending: 5
    Public Spending: 1
    Private Enterprise: 2
    Army: 9 Infantry Divisions, 1 Artillery Brigade
    Army Quality: 3
    Navy: 2 Battleships, 40 Light Vessel Groups
    Navy Quality: 3
    Air Force:
    Air Force Quality:


    Empire of Brazil
    Capital: Rio de Janeiro
    Authoritarian Monarchy:
    Dissent: 5%
    Global Opinion: Liked
    Base IC: 14
    Military Spending: 8
    Public Spending: 1
    Private Enterprise: 5
    Army: 35 Infantry Divisions, 4 Artillery Brigades
    Army Quality: 5
    Navy: 3 Battleships, 6 Escort Groups, 40 Light Vessel Groups, 6 Submarines
    Navy Quality: 5
    Air Force:
    Air Force Quality:

    Cuba
    Capital: Havanna
    Presidential Democracy
    Dissent: 14%
    Global Opinion: Neutral
    Base IC: 4
    Military Spending: 1
    Public Spending:
    Private Enterprise: 3
    Army: 4 Infantry Divisions
    Army Quality: 2
    Navy:
    Navy Quality:
    Air Force:
    Air Force Quality:

    Dominion of the Plate (Argentina)
    Capital: Bairdstown
    Parliamentary Democracy
    Dissent: 22%
    Global Opinion: Liked
    Base IC: 11
    Military Spending: 6
    Public Spending: 1
    Private Enterprise: 4
    Army: 9 Divisions
    Army Quality: 4
    Navy: 7 Escort Groups, 30 Light Vessel Groups
    Navy Quality: 5
    Air Force:
    Air Force Quality:



    Kingdom of Bavaria
    Capital: Munchen
    Absolute Monarchy: Otto I
    Dissent: 16%
    Global Opinion: Neutral
    Base IC: 3
    Military Spending: 1
    Public Spending: 0
    Private Enterprise: 2
    Army: 3 Infantry Divisions, 5 Mountain Divisions
    Army Quality: 6
    Navy: Land-locked
    Navy Quality: 0
    Air Force: None
    Air Force Quality: 0

    Kingdom of Austria
    Capital: Vienna
    Constitutional Monarchy: Conservative PM
    Dissent: 14%
    Global Opinion: Neutral
    Base IC: 4
    Military Spending: 2
    Public Spending: 0
    Private Enterprise: 2
    Army: 10 Mountain Divisions
    Army Quality: 6
    Navy: Land-locked
    Navy Quality: 0
    Air Force: None
    Air Force Quality: 0

    Kingdom of Denmark
    Capital: Copenhagen
    Constitutional Monarchy: Liberal PM
    Dissent: 7%
    Global Opinion: Neutral
    Base IC: 6
    Military Spending: 1
    Public Spending: 0
    Private Enterprise: 5
    Army: 4 Infantry Divisions, 1 Artillery Brigade
    Army Quality: 7
    Navy: 4 Capital Ships, 12 Escort Groups, 30 Light Ship Groups
    Navy Quality: 7
    Air Force: None
    Air Force Quality: 0

    Kingdom of Sweden
    Capital: Stockholm
    Constitutional Monarchy: Liberal PM
    Dissent: 9%
    Global Opinion: Neutral
    Base IC: 6
    Military Spending: 2
    Public Spending: 1
    Private Enterprise: 3
    Army: 9 Infantry divisions, 3 Artillery Brigades
    Army Quality: 5
    Navy: 2 Capital Ships, 7 Escort Groups, 30 Light Ship Groups
    Navy Quality: 5
    Air Force: None
    Air Force Quality: 0

    Kingdom of Finland
    Capital: Helsinki
    Constitutional Monarchy: Conservative PM
    Dissent: 13%
    Global Opinion: Neutral
    Base IC: 2
    Military Spending: 1
    Public Spending: 0
    Private Enterprise: 1
    Army: 6 infantry divisions, 6 Artillery Brigades
    Army Quality: 6
    Navy: 4 Escort Groups, 20 Light Ship Groups
    Navy Quality: 4
    Air Force: None
    Air Force Quality: 0

    Kingdom of Hungary
    Capital: Budapest
    Constitutional Monarchy: Nationalist PM
    Dissent: 19%
    Global Opinion: Neutral
    Base IC: 3
    Military Spending: 2
    Public Spending: 0
    Private Enterprise: 1
    Army: 12 infantry divisions
    Army Quality: 8
    Navy: land-locked
    Navy Quality: 0
    Air Force: None
    Air Force Quality: 0

    Kingdom of Romania
    Capital: Bucharest
    Constitutional Monarchy: Conservative PM
    Dissent: 16%
    Global Opinion: Neutral
    Base IC: 5
    Military Spending: 2
    Public Spending: 0
    Private Enterprise: 3
    Army: 10 infantry divisions
    Army Quality: 6
    Navy: 4 Escort Groups, 10 Light Ship Groups
    Navy Quality: 2
    Air Force: None
    Air Force Quality: 0

    Kingdom of Serbia
    Capital: Belgrade
    Absolute Monarchy: Alexander I
    Dissent: 22%
    Global Opinion: Neutral
    Base IC: 2
    Military Spending: 1
    Public Spending: 0
    Private Enterprise: 1
    Army: 5 infantry divisions
    Army Quality: 3
    Navy: land-locked
    Navy Quality: 0
    Air Force: None
    Air Force Quality: 0

    Kingdom of Bulgaria
    Capital: Sofia
    Absolute Monarchy: Ferdinand I
    Dissent: 15%
    Global Opinion: Neutral
    Base IC: 3
    Military Spending: 3
    Public Spending: 0
    Private Enterprise: 0
    Army: 9 infantry divisions
    Army Quality: 8
    Navy: 2 Escort Groups, 15 Light Ship Groups
    Navy Quality: 0
    Air Force: None
    Air Force Quality: 0

    Hellenic Republic
    Capital: Athens
    Parliamentary Republic: Conservative Faction
    Dissent: 7%
    Global Opinion: Neutral
    Base IC: 6
    Military Spending: 2
    Public Spending: 0
    Private Enterprise: 4
    Army: 6 Infantry Divisions
    Army Quality: 6
    Navy: 1 Battleship, 7 Escort Groups, 20 Light Ship Groups
    Navy Quality: 7
    Air Force: None
    Air Force Quality: 0

    Rhenish Confederation
    Capital: Frankfurt
    Parliamentary Republic: Conservative Faction
    Dissent: 26%
    Global Opinion: Neutral
    Base IC: 6
    Military Spending: 1
    Public Spending: 1
    Private Enterprise: 4
    Army: 10 Infantry Divisions
    Army Quality: 2
    Navy: Land-locked
    Navy Quality: 0
    Air Force: None
    Air Force Quality: 0

    Kingdom of Italy
    Capital: Venice
    Constitutional Monarchy: Liberal PM
    Dissent: 4%
    Global Opinion: Neutral
    Base IC: 8
    Military Spending: 2
    Public Spending: 1
    Private Enterprise: 5
    Army: 13 Infantry Divisions, 3 Artillery Brigades, 2 Mountain Divisions
    Army Quality: 7
    Navy: 4 Escort Groups, 40 Light Ship Groups
    Navy Quality: 6
    Air Force Quality: 4 Light Recon Aircraft
    Air Force: 2

    Kingdom of Naples
    Capital: Naples
    Absolute Monarchy: Lucien I
    Dissent: 32%
    Global Opinion: Neutral
    Base IC: 3
    Military Spending: 0
    Public Spending: 0
    Private Enterprise: 3
    Army: 4 Infantry Divisions
    Army Quality: 3
    Navy: 2 Escort Groups, 25 Light Ship Groups
    Navy Quality: 3
    Air Force: None
    Air Force Quality: 0

    Turkish Sultanate
    Capital: Ankara
    Absolute Monarchy: Mehmed V
    Dissent: 34%
    Global Opinion: Disliked
    Base IC: 3
    Military Spending: 3
    Public Spending: 0
    Private Enterprise: 0
    Army: 20 Infantry Divisions
    Army Quality: 7
    Navy: None
    Navy Quality: 0
    Air Force: None
    Air Force Quality: 0

    Madrid Consejo
    Capital: Madrid
    Socialist Oligarchy: Madrid Workers' Council
    Dissent: 27%
    Global Opinion: Disliked
    Base IC: 3
    Military Spending: 2
    Public Spending: 1
    Private Enterprise: 0
    Army: 25 Infantry Divisions, 2 Artillery Brigades
    Army Quality: 7
    Navy: None
    Navy Quality: 0
    Air Force: None
    Air Force Quality: 0

    Dominion of South Africa
    Capital: Pretoria
    Parliamentary Democracy:
    Dissent: 11%
    Global Opinion: Liked
    Base IC: 14
    Military Spending: 8
    Public Spending: 1
    Private Enterprise: 5
    Army: 6 Infantry Divisions, 2 Militia Divisions
    Army Quality: 5
    Navy: 2 Escort Groups, 15 Light Vessel Groups
    Navy Quality: 5
    Air Force:
    Air Force Quality:


    Dominion of Australasia
    Capital: Sydney
    Parliamentary Democracy: Protectionist-Labor Coalition
    Dissent: 9%
    Global Opinion: Neutral
    Base IC: 8
    Military Spending: 2
    Public Spending: 0
    Private Enterprise: 6
    Army: 4 Infantry Divisions
    Army Quality: 6
    Navy: 8 Escort Groups, 30 Light Vessel Groups
    Navy Quality: 7
    Air Force: None
    Air Force Quality: 0

    Hashemite Arabia
    Capital: Majma'ah
    Feudal Monarchy: Hussein bin Ali
    Dissent: 11%
    Global Opinion: Neutral
    Base IC: 1
    Military Spending: 1
    Public Spending: 0
    Private Enterprise: 0
    Army: 4 Militia Divisions
    Army Quality: 7
    Navy: None
    Navy Quality: 0
    Air Force: None
    Air Force Quality: 0

    Shahdom of Persia
    Capital: Tehran
    Constitutional Monarchy: Constitutionalist PM
    Dissent: 23%
    Global Opinion: Neutral
    Base IC: 5
    Military Spending: 1
    Public Spending: 0
    Private Enterprise: 4
    Army: 7 Infantry Divisions
    Army Quality: 4
    Navy: 15 Light Vessel Groups
    Navy Quality: 2
    Air Force: None
    Air Force Quality: 0

    Manchukuo
    Capital: Hsinking
    Absolute Monarchy: The Kangde Emperor
    Dissent: 31%
    Global Opinion: Neutral
    Base IC: 4
    Military Spending: 2
    Public Spending: 0
    Private Enterprise: 2
    Army: 17 Infantry Divisions
    Army Quality: 3
    Navy: None
    Navy Quality: 0
    Air Force: None
    Air Force Quality: 0

    Kingdom of Vietnam
    Capital: Hue
    Constitutional Monarchy: Conservative PM
    Dissent: 12%
    Global Opinion: Neutral
    Base IC: 5
    Military Spending: 1
    Public Spending: 0
    Private Enterprise: 4
    Army: 13 Infantry Divisions
    Army Quality: 4
    Navy: 3 Escort Groups, 30 Light Vessel Groups
    Navy Quality: 3
    Air Force: None
    Air Force Quality: 0

    Republic of Liberia
    Capital: Monrovia
    Presidential Republic: Conservative Party
    Dissent: 14%
    Global Opinion: Neutral
    Base IC: 1
    Military Spending: 0
    Public Spending: 0
    Private Enterprise: 1
    Army: 3 Infantry Divisions
    Army Quality: 3
    Navy: None
    Navy Quality: 0
    Air Force: None
    Air Force Quality: 0
     
  18. Flavius Aetius

    Flavius Aetius Ruler Of Liguria

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    There is not my reservation.
     
  19. Shadowbound

    Shadowbound Incorrugible

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    Yes, there is. Just hard to see as it's sorted by the order in which we made the stats.
     
  20. Luckymoose

    Luckymoose The World is Mine

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    Any questions? I will have the nation backgrounds up (not in the stats but in another post to keep clutter down) in a bit.

    Spoiler Nation Backgrounds :
    United States of America
    Founded by rebelling British colonies in the late 18th century, the United States has grown to span a continent and become an important regional power, and has the potential for much more. Several crises plagued its growth such as the American Civil war and the war of 1812, but it has overcome its battle with regionalism and defeated Russia in a number of wars to gain the important pacific coast and holdings in the northwest pacific. Massive industrialization and a dynamic finance sector have given prosperity to this land of immigrants.


    Republic of Quebec
    The Quebec republic suffered many reversals in the 19th century with the French support of the loosing side in the American civil war causing the Union to finally force its independence from all Europeans. Since then the republic retained strong ties with France, and during the oppressive periods of French politics was the destination of choice for fleeing French dissidents. It has now developed into a densely developed and intellectually productive state with little ambition on the world scene beyond being left alone.


    United States of Mexico
    The chaos of the Peninsular War and the French invasion of Spain prompted the various Mexican political factions to declare independence and start a gruelling guerrilla campaign for freedom. Spain’s economic devastation and British pressure (wishing to keep Spain focused against France and to open up Mexico for trade) resulted in Mexican independence being recognised in 1820. The following forty years saw a few coups and revolutions but recently Mexico has achieved some measure of stability and prospered under an American modelled government with foreign investment and immigration, taking over Spain’s pacific holdings as Iberia imploded time and again. Nowadays the biggest threat comes from internal strife, as the old landowner elite, the industrialists of the rising Mexican heartlands, the liberal immigrant populations and Amerinds of the north, and the socialists of the urban poor all have different visions of how Mexico’s future should progress.


    Nicaragua
    After the fall of the United Provinces of Central America Nicaragua has languished as a backwater, though the increasing investment by US companies in its fruit and mining industries may change that.


    Costa Rica
    A largely quiet agricultural country after the break with Mexico and then the UPCA, though several American filibusters have tried to take control, and the country is now dominated by American finance.


    Columbia

    The republic of Gran Colombia was established by the great Simon Bolivar to free Latin America from the Spanish yoke weakened by the long peninsula war. Although successful in his goal, Bolivar’s death in 1838 eventually plunged the region into chaos as regionalist factions fought for dominance. In the decades of civil war that followed the centre of the old empire about Bogotá came under the military dictatorship of General Urdaneta and the authoritarian state has engaged in countless border feuds with its fellow post-Bolivar state and Brazil (generally to Columbia’s loss). El Libertador’s dream seems very far away…


    Venezuela
    Another post-Bolivar state characterized by political instability, political struggle and dictatorial rule, Venezuela lost perhaps the most land to Brazil. However its coastal position may give it better trade relations in the new century if it can get its act together. France in particular seems eager to increase trade relations to secure a commercial and diplomatic foothold in Latin America.


    Republic of Zulia
    The Lake Maracaibo Basin and the Andean Estados just south of it were common targets for conflict between Venezuela and Colombia, and eventually the people had enough; declaring their own republic and resisting both sides (with vague Anglo-US-Mexican support). Zulia is somewhat more liberal than either of its two neighbours.


    Ecuador
    The smallest of the immediate post Bolivar states its nineteenth century was marked by instability, with a rapid succession of rulers. The conservative Gabriel Garcia Moreno unified the country in the 1860s with the support of the Roman Catholic Church. In the late 19th century, world demand for cocoa tied the economy to commodity exports and led to migrations from the highlands to the agricultural frontier on the coast. The rising liberals protest the power of the clergy and caudillos.


    The Bolivar Republic of Peru

    Forged from the decaying Spanish empire by Supreme Protector Marshal Andrés de Santa Cruz, the loosely federated states in Peru and Bolivia came under immediate attack from their neighbours fearful of the power of such a state. However the nation was saved with the annexation of Chile by Britain, British financial aid, and the implosion of Gran Colombia. The looseness of its governmental structure has prevented any great accomplishments though it is certainly the one of the richer and better off South American states with Britain and the US investing heavily. A number of border incidents with Brazil has revealed significant failings in the Peruvian military and a series of lackluster presidents have let the various states draw apart.


    Empire of Brazil
    Over the course of the 19th century Brazil gradually gained complete independence from Portugal, finally confirmed in the Portuguese financial crash and the Colonial War that followed. Under an authoritarian monarchy Brazil sought to expand in South America only to tangle with the British and the Plate, to their detriment and the loss of a number of southern territories. This may have proven to be a blessing in disguise as the Brazilians reordered their military and jumpstarted the industrialization of the big cities thanks to refugees from the south and the hostility from Britain. The new regime is looking outward once more, with rumours of alliance with France and the development of a submarine fleet.



    Cuba
    When other states in the Spanish empire in the New World broke away Cuba remained loyal, more out need for export security and protection from the US than anything else. However with the American civil war apparently ending that threat the island began to campaign for greater autonomy resulting in the 25 years war between the Spanish and pro-independence rebels. Eventually the Spanish gave up and considered selling the island to France, at which point the US and Britain stepped in an demanded the islands freedom, even paying a large sum to ensure it (which may have been the Spanish intention all along). Since then the island has prospered quietly with some trouble from pro-US and pro-Mexico factions, and recently a large influx of Consejist thought and agitators from Iberia.


    Republic of Liberia

    Established by the American colonization society as a home for freed slaves, the Liberians Americo-African elite has managed to create a small republic on the west coast of Africa, expanding slowly as the rest of Africa was snapped up by imperial powers. Today the republic is small and economically backward but has a high standard of living for Africa. It has no major foreign entanglements except economic ties with Britain and the US.


    The Madrid Consejo

    Mismanagement has been the curse of the Iberian Peninsula as the competing influences of Britain and France tore the land part, first in war then in economic terms and both Portugal and Spain faced a serious decline in their power and cohesion over the 19th century. With the Colonial War, the Brazilian independence and the Portuguese financial crash both governments fell in 1899 with their monarchs fleeing overseas and the nations descended into infighting between right wing groups, regionalists and the extreme socialists. Over the next four years direct foreign intervention was halted by Anglo-French tension and the left-wing groups gradually ascended over the right-wing; the most powerful being the workers council (Consejo in Spanish) of Madrid. The future situation as the Consejo moves to crush the coastal regionalists and seek international recognition is anyone’s guess, but their success is giving hope to workers groups throughout Europe.


    The British Empire
    The British empire can be considered one of the greatest (if not the greatest) power in the world today, with a vast overseas empire both in her north Atlantic backyard and across the global, and her naval tonnage outweighs the two runner up fleets combined. At home the empires resources and Britain’s position as the worlds leading financial nation brings great prosperity. However all is not well in Albion, the great French menace stirs once again and Russia threatens the empire in the middle east, and the empire itself is consumed by political debate; on the question of free trade verses protectionism, the question of India and the inherent social values of British rule.

    The United Kingdom (Britain, and North Atlantic possessions)
    The heart of the empire, Britain has a greater per capita industrialization and wealth in the world, and vast stores of capital deployed worldwide. Relatively untouched by the left and right wing tides in Europe the nation is still paranoid about the French, on of the reasons for securing Norway and her possessions, although investment has flowed into the Scandinavian countries. Liberal and conservative parliamentary groups jostle for position.


    Dominion of the Plate
    After the loss of Canada the British sought to make up their territories elsewhere, and the agriculturally rich and strategically located Argentina was just too tempting for the hungry nation and with a powerful attack in 1808 seized control of Buenos Aires and forced Spain to cede the territory. With the countries heart in British hands resistance collapsed though a long running campaign by rebels in Mendoza lasted into the 1840s. To secure their new territories the British offered many land grants to Canadian loyalists and the German Legion and over time a tiered society of rich immigrants and poor Hispanics and Amerinds developed and spread across the nation. The colony saw a chance to expand in the confederation war by taking Chile and the other la Plata states and eventually the Spanish and Amerindians became a resentful minority in their own land. Agriculture and ranching has boomed but other sectors of the economy are still very much centered in the vast city of Buenos Aires. A war with Brazil has lead to uncertain land gains to the north and the years since the Dominion Act has been consumed with trying to find solutions to the question of the northern territories and the Hispanic


    Dominion of South Africa

    Ceased by the British in 1797 for its strategic location the formerly Dutch colony was the target of much immigration (particularly that coordinated by the German Legion) after the Napoleonic war, a process intensified by the discovery of gold, diamonds and extensive ore deposits. The original Boer inhabitants fled to the northeast and resisted British Rule in a number of Anglo-Boer that pitted guerilla warfare against the powerful British army, often to the British detriment. After the conclusion of the last war in 1899 it was attempted to rejoin the Boers to the political process but since the Dominion Act they have used their influence to increasingly campaign against Black rights, though the large English and German contingent forming the liberal party help to dampen this.


    Dominion of Australasia

    After the gold rush of the 1850s and the substantial emigration from Europe in the 19th century the 8 crown colonies of Australasia were all prosperous with sprawling coastal cities and thriving agriculture sectors and were recognized as achieving nationhood within the empire with the Dominion Acts of 1902. The population is well integrated and the future looks rosy indeed.


    French Empire
    Although the rough winner of the Napoleonic wars, France achieved such at a terrible price with the destruction of her economy and manpower, added to the cost of maintaining her great gains. The isolationistic policy of Napoleon slowed the recover as well in a twenty year period which is referred to as the ‘Le Repos’. However that ended with the death of Napoleon I and the ascension of his son Napoleon II to the throne and a return to French expansion and power, reasserting control over the vassals and stiffening rule in the incorporated lands (leading to the Great Flight to the US and the British empire) followed by a series of conquests in Northern Africa. The money spent trying to match the British fleet and supporting the loosing side in the American Civil war sent the French into a recession and further expansion was curtailed till the 1860s when, fearful of British influence in Egypt spreading to the whole Ottoman empire. The French attacked an took most of the Empire in a matter of years, easily defeating a few Austrian armies who attempted to interfere (leading in part to the collapse of the Austrian empire) concluding with the taking of the straits and making the rump state of turkey a vassal. In the late parts of the 19th century France crossed the Sahara and conquered the Sahal, throw the British out of Egypt with some cunning diplomatic and military moves and developed working relationships with Russia. However the lack of support for Russia in the Eastern war (due to revolutionary sentiment at home, fear of British attack and the need to pacify the southern reaches of the Sudan) has soured the latter, and the constant stream of republican, liberal, and nationalist rebels has proved something of a fly in the ointment.


    French Metropol (plus contiguous gains)

    After the second treaty of Amiens reconciled Europe with Napoleons grandeur the vast core French state encompassing everything up to the Rhine, the north German coast and the west of Italy was established. However wracked by war and famine lead to Le Repos as France tried to digest her gains, this uneven process has seem many rebellions by the various non-French nationalities and massive emigration overseas and the boundaries of Continental France have shrunk even as the empire extended elsewhere as Hamburg was lost in the great German revolt and one or two Italian departments needed to be dealt with. Strong authoritarian control has clamped down on the conquered peoples however, and the main problems now come from the French people themselves, the authoritarian government and the industrialization and empire building mainly seeming to advance the elite has lead to the proliferation of nationalist and Socialist groups, and the ideals of the revolution seem far away indeed. However France is still strong and developed and the rule of the Napoleonic monarchs might reach higher yet.


    Rhenish Confederation
    The various minor states of German were ripped from the Holy Roman Empire and merged into the confederation of the Rhine by Napoleon; however the end of the wars saw some of its states breaking away. The states prospered under Le Repos and each managed to achieve near complete internal autonomy but the resurgence of French economic power and protectionism and the increasingly high handed manner lead to the German revolt with many states defecting to Prussia and the internal politics of the Confederation were in ruins. The Grand Duke requested French assistance and a brutal military regime were put into place. Over the years the Confederation was forged into a proper federal state and a sense of a ‘Rhenish Nation’ has properly emerged. Disliking of the French power held over them but bound by innumerable economic and military ties the industrial but poor Rhineland is full of radical groups and will likely be a flash point of Europe in the future.



    Kingdom of Italy
    Ruled by Napoleons viceroys in his name after the kingdoms establishment in much the same manner as the Rhenish Confederation, the Italians finally got a king of their own in the form of Louis I, the brother of Napoleon III (mainly to keep the highly popular Louis away from power in France). Initially unpopular, a series of acts that reduced the French exploitation of the kingdom and gave Italians some measure of influence made Louis widely liked. Playing French power blocks off each other Louis managed to make Italy the home of prosperous commercial interests, and even gain some small lands in the horn of Africa. Now in his seventh decade the aging king is in decline and his various ministers do most of the ruling, and on his death the question of Italian relations with France will have to be examined again.


    Kingdom of Naples

    In contrast to its northern neighbor the Kingdom of Naples was installed with their own monarchy right from the start, the rather less impressive Joseph Bonaparte. An oppressive regime and the exploitation of resources for French benefit has resulted in a kingdom exemplified by grinding rural poverty and all the unhappiness that entails.


    Turkish Sultanate
    The Ottoman Empire was once one of the world great powers, but unfortunately suffered great reversals in the 19th century with a series of unproductive wars with Russia, a rise in British influence followed by a French invasion as part of their New Imperialism marching from North Africa and the Adriatic coast. The French-Ottoman war saw the Balkans fragmenting into independent states and the French taking the choice parts of the Middle Eastern empire in a series of conquests. With the choice parts of Anatolia under French control (to provide them access to Russia) the rump Turkish state is poor and powerless and faces a vast rise in nationalism and Islamic extremism.


    Swiss Confederation
    Negotiation led to the detachment of the Swiss cantons from the French empire and they have remained heavily armed and hostile to the French ever since whilst their banking laws has given them significant financial growth. The threat of France however has led to high levels of emigration (primarily to the US) and forced the government into neutrality, though relations with other alpine states remains warm.


    Kingdom of Bavaria
    The death of the Holy Roman Empire led to the formation of Bavaria as a kingdom and it managed to maintain its independence by playing off the rival influences of Austria, Prussia and France, developing a rich cultural tradition and some degree of modernization. However the implosion of the Austria Empire has left Bavaria trapped between French and Prussian influence and its isolated position has lead to declining economic growth and the rise of strong left wing and right wing factions. Bavaria may soon have to link itself with one of the great European powers, or may perhaps take another route with linkages to the other alpine states.


    Kingdom of Austria
    Austria, once ruler of southeast Europe has fallen on hard times; with the Napoleonic wars, the economic conflicts that marked the 19th century, the French destruction of the Ottoman empire and the aggression of Russia pushing from the outside and the ethnic power struggles within the Austrian empire came apart at the seams in the late 19th century. With Prussian influence replacing Austrian in the Balkans the rump state of Austria has been left a minor partner in the anti-French saga though strong links with the other alpine states have been forged and the Viennese cultural and educational centres is still highly regarded. Revanchist Right-wing forces and left-wing labor groups are particularly strong against the weakened government.


    Kingdom of Denmark
    After being forced into the British sphere of influence in the Napoleonic wars, and its attempts to break free and ally with the French costing them Norway and other possessions. Later on with the loss of Schleswig-Holstein extensive reforms were undertaken and Denmark now maintains a position of armed neutrality and is a significant investor nation and tax haven, with ownership of a semi-corporate state in central Africa. Unlike Switzerland the strategic location and weaker natural defenses of Denmark may cause their neutrality to be violated if a power feels the need is great enough.
    The tip of the Jutland peninsula and Copenhagen is one of the most developed and liberal states in Europe, prospering under a constitutional monarchy and light taxes. Although the labor movements are are very strong them are not overtly hostile as in many European countries.


    Kingdom of Sweden
    The Absolutist monarchy of Gustav III was rocked by the losses of Sweden in the Napoleonic wars; Finland to Russia and their attempted taken over of Norway thwarted by Britain leaving Sweden isolated. Over the 19th century the Rikstag drew more power to itself and helped create one of the most liberal states in Europe and exports generated considerable wealth. Recently the Prussians have begun to regard Sweden as integral to their economy and defense and have courted various monarchist factions in the parliament though the some sections government worry about foreign entanglements and more liberal factions favour closer ties with Britain.


    Kingdom of Finland
    Lost by Sweden to Russia in the Finnish War of 1811 the Grand Duchy of Finland varied between loyalty and distance with Russia, however the programs of russification (as part of the ‘Great Expansion’ planned by Tsar Michael) turned the Finns against the Russians and when the Great Russian War broke out the Finns sought independence with the provocation of Prussian agents, achieving independence in the Treaty of Minsk in 1898. Now the Kingdom is a firm ally of Prussia (as well as their economic satellite) with a Prussian monarch on the throne and looks to liberate the Karelian territories to the east from the ‘Great Beast’.


    Prussian Union

    Defeated by Napoleon in the Battle of Jena-Auerstedt the Prussians were forced to retreat and join the Continental system, however the second treaty of Amiens and Britain’s successful economic war allowed the Prussians to break free and regain their strength during the French empires troubles. With the powerful threat of France, Prussia and Austria had a strong alliance and the diplomatic genius of Otto von Bismarck expanded the kingdom among the lesser German states. With the collapse of the Austrian empire Prussia has taken up the mantle of Protector of central Europe and has fought several small wars with France and Russia and a large war with Russia (with the aid of British and American material) whilst achieving remarkable economic growth and development, and even a colonial empire.

    Kingdom of Prussia

    Prussia is the core of the Union and is one of the most densely industrialized regions in the world, and its people are united if somewhat paranoid of their two great European enemies. The Prussian system of technical and higher education is widely regarded as the best in the world and the state has pioneered many new technologies, particularly when the always tense European situation turns hot.

    Kingdom of Hungary

    Despite begin one of the main contributors to the fall of the Austrian empire, the Magyars have not done well out of its demise, the lack of any friendly states nearby essentially forced the Hungarians into the Prussian sphere of influence (the diplomatic genius of the late Bismarck probably had something to do with things as well). The unity of the state might come in handy if the Hungarians develop ambitions however.


    Kingdom of Romania

    The Romanians are the most solidly pro-Prussian of the Balkan states, fearing a return of Russian expansionism in the new century. Prussian investment and their oil wells has brought Romania a new level of prosperity in the fractured and uncertain Balkans.


    Serbia
    Another post Ottoman state the Serbians good relations with France lapsed after the end of the Austrian empire and the state has since fallen into a period quiet isolation and backwardness relatively untouched by European social change. The great powers may soon demand its markets and strategic positions however.


    Kingdom of Bulgaria
    The Collapse of the Ottomans led the Bulgarians to freedom much like the other Balkan nations, but a combination of luck and a more dynamic leadership left them with rather more of the Balkan pie. An authoritarian and militarist regime has sprung up with obvious expansive goals as the military is reformed, but development lags behind and the nation is dependent on foreign capital at the current time.


    Hellenic Republic
    The dismemberment of the Ottoman empire by the French allowed the Greeks to rise up and seek their independence in the form of a democratic republic…which has achieved little of note in the decades since apart from occasionally flirting with British trade. The increasing tensions in Europe and the economic influence of Prussia reaching south into the Balkans means the Greeks may have to pick a side in the future, and there are a number of things in the Mediterranean that they have their eye on.


    Empire of All Russias
    After being Napoleons enemy and ally and enemy again at the start of the 19th century, Tsar Alexander looked with some satisfaction at the failings of Napoleonic France and resumed Russian expansion at the expense of reform working to central Asia and the northwest of America. Revolutionary ideas spreading from the upheavals of Europe prompted a strong reaction and Russia’s westernization was slowed. This proved problematic when Russia was shown what a modern military can do as the French disassembled the Ottoman empire and the Americans pushed them off North America, leading to another round of modernization, reaction and expansion (gaining land from Austria and in central Asia) and conflict as they entered into war with Prussia and later America. Now Russia is on the modernization part of its cycle and has the fastest growing industrial sector in the world though it is dependent on outside capital and radical groups stalk the corridors of power.


    Hashemite Arabia
    Pushed out of the Hejaz by French influence the Hashemite Emirs retreated into the Arabian Peninsula and sought alliances with the British. Through fiercely independent and well supplied with British equipment the current chances of the Hashemites gaining power outside the region seems small.


    Shahdom of Persia
    The meeting point between the British, French and Russia empires has made Persia the most hotly contested and confusing part of the Great Game, but the state has managed to maintain its independence…for now. The people are unhappy and rebellious as the great powers attempt to carve out regions of influence, with British in the south, Russians in the north and French in the west, but the Russian trickery of managing to get a port on the Persian gulf ceded to them in the last few months means the game may enter an even more intense phase.


    Qing China
    China at the start of the 19th century; quiet, restful, stagnant. The opium wars with Britain revealed the pitiful state of the Chinese military in the 1840s and revealed many inadequacies in the Qing government and provoked widespread rebellions against the regime. Rocking from crisis to crisis as new imperial powers such as Russia, Prussia and Japan began making inroads into the Chinese lands and gaining spheres of influence with the northern Manchu lands being lost all together. The Qing regime now has an important choice; it could proceed with reform and thereby alienate the conservative gentry or it could stall reform and thereby alienate the revolutionaries


    Empire of Japan
    After the opening of Japan in the late eighteen forties the Komei restoration has propelled Japan from a feudal backwater to a rapidly industrializing and expansive military state under an oligarchy of ministers, it is now running out of expansion room, and critical dependence on outside resources is worrying, however the annexation of Korea (1903) and Formosa (1890) and the detachment of Manchukuo from china hint at the possible Japanese futures. Has good relations with Britain and Germany (though is beginning to compete with the latter in china), but worries about Russians to the east and the Americans to the north.

    Home Islands
    The dense and rapid industrialization has caused much social change in the heavily populated home islands with a rising middle class and industrial elite, though quality of life is still quite low.


    Manchukuo
    The Russian desire for influence over northern china allowed them to take over the Manchu lands in all but name in the 1890s, and formally placed a minor Qing emperor under vassalage in 1894. After the Russian defeat by the Americans and the subsequent chaos the Japanese were able to replace the Russian influence over the ‘Great Manchu nation’ with their own, and successfully resisted the Russian attempts to reintroduce their control in the quiet Argun War of 1902. The Manchu population mostly support the Japanese as protection from their powerful neighbours.


    Kingdom of Vietnam
    After a precarious independence under the Pax Britannia and then the expansion of British colonies in the end of the 19th century, Vietnam has managed to partially modernize and achieve a small measure of unity along the model of the more successful Japan, its future seems uncertain and various European and Asian powers now eye its wealthy croplands.


     

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