1925 Link to video. Peaceful Matters Increased trade between Japan and it's sphere of influence, with the United States and it's sphere has benefited both countries. (+2 American EP, +2 Japanese EP, +1 Indochinese EP, +1 Siamese EP, +1 Nicaraguan EP) The recession in North America stopped bringing economies down, though it certainly didn't help any out. North America The Aleyskan Gold Rush has subsided a bit, but that has given way to a general mining boom, with many small mining communities springing up. Japanese, American and Canadian prospectors continue to move to the Tsardom, and tension among the groups continues to grow, as fear of an envelopment of the native Russian and Indigenous culture by the immigrants continues to grow. (+5 Aleyskan Manpower, +5 Aleyskan EP, - Aleyskan Stability) After years of being bystanders to Canada's political disarray, the territories of Newfoundland, Labrador and New Brunswick have been given Dominionship by the United Kingdom, with St. John's the capitol of the new nation. While many Newfoundlanders are overjoyed at this turn of event, to many Canadians this is but the representation of the political problems they've experienced since the end of the Great War. The Treaty of Medellin has superseded the Treaty of San Clemente fairly quickly, with the nations of Nicaragua, the Dominican Republic, Venezuela, Colombia and the United States signing. (+ 2 Nicaraguan EP, -1 Dominican EP, +1 Venezuelan EP, +2 Colombia EP, +3 United States EP) Quebec became the cultural and scientific center of the world, if only for a brief few days this year. (see the Montreal Expo) Windsor Station A mass hunt of Negroes in the Confederacy by the Rebel Knights prompted public outrage during the Montreal Expo, with the Confederacy's token stand at the expo being the site of protests and riots. Many in the United States also found what could best be described as mass lynching appalling. President Brandon sent out what military forces he had available to hunt down the illegal terrorist group, but came up short. South America Ecuador started developing it's own new railways this year. (+2 Ecuadorian EP) A rail line, connecting the entirety of the Andean Republic has been completed this year. Since the Andean manufacturing and agricultural sectors have been growing significantly in recent times, this has proven to come in handy. (+10 Andean EP) The Brazilian Hydroelectric-Plant has finally come to fruition, after years of notable trial and error. The Hydroelectric-Plant Brazil has built is probably the largest in the continent of South America, if not the Americas as a whole. Thousands of jobs have been created by the beginning construction, and it's expected to be finalized next year. (+8 Brazilian EP, ++4 Brazilian Manpower) Tensions between Paraguay and Bolivia over the “Gran Chaco” region have become more notable, with many Bolivians attempting to push the border back in the hopes of getting access to trade on the Atlantic Ocean through the Paraguayan River. A debate in Argentina began to rage when the question of what the national language should be appeared before the Argentinean congress. With most of the populace being able to speak English, most still use Spanish as their more personal choice of language, reserving English for more official dealings. Much of the current Argentinean government is still made up of British politicians, with a similar Anglo-centric political machine persisting, even after the Treaty of La Plata, that removed Argentina from Britain's Commonwealth. The debate hasn't gone very far, and seems to be fairly pointless, as the current government has made it a point to stifle Spanish influences in the nation. Europe Norway's population continued to grow as refugees from Sweden made their way across the border. (+10 Norwegian Manpower, -10 Swedish Manpower) Belgium's economy continues to flourish, and met increases once again this year through much of the same means it's been pursuing. (+13 Belgian EP) Crimea started expanding it's dilapidated railroad lines, along with it's coal mining industry. (+5 Crimean EP) Crimean Railway The Whaling Industry in Iceland has began to see some rejuvenation at the hands of Danish investors who started to build new buy old available ships, and buy some new ships to increase the size of it's current whaling fleet. A processing plant outside of Reykjavik has also started being built, and is expected to be finished by next year. (+5 Danish Iceland EP, ++2 Danish Manpower) The Danish government has subsidized the national healthcare system for children and newborns, with the hopes of lowering the infant and child mortality rate. (+=2 Danish Manpower) The DELAG company continues to be the pride of the German aviation industry, as a German zeppelin becomes the first to fly over the Atlantic successfully. (+5 German EP) Italy has began incorporating the Ionian Islands, the Aegean Islands and Crete into it's empire. It hasn't gone well in Crete, as partisan forces have staged raids on the Italian military. (See Military Matters) Estardo's Estado Nova plan, started several years back continues to yield profits. (+8 Spanish EP) Russia continues to rebuild it's infrastructure, with the focus shifting towards destroyed factories and power plants in the St. Petersburg area. The lack of major industry from the days of the Russian Empire in other regions has been notable, and ultimately Comrade Trotzky is hoping to fix that. (+8 Russian EP) The Irish railroad industry got back on track (literally) after a two-year long strike. (+5 Irish EP) Africa A railroad has started to be built, linking Capetown with any and all significant South African towns. (+3 South African EP) The Durban project is finished. (+6 South African EP, ++2 South African Manpower) Transvaali gold mines have attracted some prospectors from South Africa, and gave Transvaal some new workers from South Africa, and some extra money. (++10 Transvaal EP, +20 Transvaal Manpower, -20 South African Manpower) Spoiler Huge Image : Transvaal Gold “Camp” Asia Throughout British India, Sikhs have been given the opportunity to serve in governmental offices in Bombay, Delhi, Calcutta and even London, so they can better represent their people. While this isn't the “Khalistan” state many Sikhs had been hoping for, it is a lot better than what many had expected. (+British Stability, +British Indian Stability) The Tokyo system continues to be developed. (+4 Japanese EP, ++1 Japanese Manpower) The reforms in the Dutch East Indies continue, with actual enforcement of the anti-corruption laws passed last year occurring. The Dutch government has began subsidizing factories that have began to comply with the demands of the striking Indonesian workers. The nationalistic fervor had toned down a bit throughout the year, but ultimately some agitators got their hands on weapons and military supplies (somehow), and began causing issues for Colonial authorities in Java. (see Military Events) Oceania The Beltway Project continued in Australia. (+3 Australian EP, ++2 Australian Manpower) Political Matters The King of Siam Vajiravudh (Phra Bat Somdet Phra Poramentharamaha Vajiravudh Phra Mongkut Klao Chao Yu Hua) died this year, his successor being his brother, Prajadhipok. Vajiravudh was best remembered for his associated with Japan during the Great War, and the spread of what could be best described as Siamese nationalism, as they finally beat back both the British and French adventures during the war. Elections in Portugal became heated after pro-Falangist affiliates became outraged at the election of Vitorino Meirera, a noted anti-Falangist. Meirera's entire campaign was riddled with controversy, with claims of voter fraud being made across Portugal. Meirera's promise to outlaw the Falangist party in Portugal hasn't been acted on thus far, but Falangists (which have become quite the large political party in the nation) have promised to turn to violence should such a law be passed. Sichuan Warlord Zhu Zhonggong has announced the formation of the “Emergency Federal States in Sichuan”, or the United Provinces of Sichuan, where he shall act as provincial governor until the end of the war. Promises of representation for the people of Sichuan have been well recieved, though Zhu's status as the essential dicator has been called into question. The government has been found to be better than what the populaces of the other warlord factions have been subject too, however. Alfredo Machado was elected President of Cuba, hoping to draw the island nation out of the United States' economic dominance, and establishing ties with both Spanish and Confederate businesses. Luis Cordova was elected the President of Ecuador, without much fanfare. Protests continued throughout Canada this year, and a formal petition to move the capitol from Toronto to Vancouver was put up for vote by the Canadian parliament. Despite the gaining of it's Dominionship status, many living in Eastern Labrador continue to call for annexation by Quebec. Tsar Cyril of Aleyksa gave a speech promoting unity among Aleyskans, and they're new neighbors, specifically the Japanese. After riots broke out in Sitka last year between Japanese miners and native Aleyskans, tension between the two groups has been growing ever since. Luckily no new incidents have broken out this year. The Duchess Charlotte of Luxembourg, and the Belgian King Albert I were married in Brussels this year. Charlotte has reportedly been found pregnant, and the baby is expected sometime next spring. Elections in Finland ended with incumbent Paavo Vanhanen of the Kansallinen Kokoomuspuolue party gaining a slight majority of the vote, over Antti Stenfors of the Maalaisliitto. Vanhanen has proven to be a highly capable leader of the new Finnish state, and many are hoping he continues his industrial reforms, as opposed to the Agrarian reforms Stenfors was planning for. Napoleon IV of the Third French Empire died this year, at the age of 69. Napoleon's health had been waning for quite sometime, and the stress of the Abyssinian rebellion, and political pressures in Paris seemed to have given him as much stress as he could handle. Napoleon's passing led to Victor Napoleon (referred to henceforth as Napoleon V) to assume the throne. Napoleon V is expected to abdicate within the next few years to give his son Louis, Prince Napoleon (currently eleven years old) the throne. Napoleon's hold on the throne is weak at best, and various political factions have taken to the street calling for an end to Napoleonic governance. The New Socialists of France have been particularly vocal in their distaste for the new ascendency of Napoleon V, claiming that Louis Stele should be given more direct power over the government. On the other side, the French members of the Communist Internationale have made demonstrations against both the Imperial government, and the New Socialists. The national Gendarmerie force has been unable to curtail all of the rebellious activities, and the Imperial government is rapidly losing credit throughout the industrial centers of France. The French parliament has become ineffective in it's attempts at restoring public order, and rumors of the Imperial government planning on disbanding the Parliament hasn't helped the situation much either. By early winter, Communist Internationale rioters in Bordeaux and Lyon had proclaimed an end to Imperial rule, urging the working classes to end the rule of Bonapartism and New Socialism, for the betterment of France as a whole. Political correspondents in both cities attempting to report on the happenings found the telegraph lines severed, as entire sections of the cities came under siege by the Imperial military. (see Military Matters) Napoleon V The Italian government has announced plans for an election in 1926, but that hasn't done much to alleviate the calls for governmental reform, namely in scaling back the powers that Vittorio Emmanuele currently holds. As war continues to grip the nation though, many have been hard-pressed to justify violent political action. (see Military Matters) Elections in the Netherlands led to the Anti-Revolutionary Party gaining more seats, as news of the Javan insurgency spread to the Netherlands proper. The liberal reforms in Indonesia, while seeing their fair share of successes, has started to be viewed as a main catalyst in the insurgency. The United States has dissolved the Haitian parliament that was just recently installed, after it's refusal to take part in the signing the Treaty of Medellin. A more “suitable” government was put into place.