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Terminal Velocity: The Moonage Daydream

Discussion in 'Imperium OffTopicum' started by Immaculate, Feb 5, 2016.

  1. Cadellon

    Cadellon Nightrunner

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    [Southern Lebanon, Cedar Wall Demilitarized Zone, February 9th 2045 2:01 AM]

    Spoiler :
    A sandstorm was raging in the Cedar Wall DMZ. It obscured the already dark night, only illuminated by the red glow of lone Israeli flares fired every five minutes, casting an aura on the desertic scenery.

    Iranian side. In a watchtower, Lieutenant Kambiz and corporal Hossain were watching the deployment of new Gatling lasers by the Israelis. At least, supposedly, for no matter how Hossain tuned his optics, there was no way of seeing through the storm. A piece of cutting-edge Eurasian silicon, probably costing more than what a worker in Beirut earned in a decade, and still couldn’t damn function properly through bad weather. The Mossad would only be too happy to learn that. He disconnected his optical feed in frustration, returning to biological vision with the usual tickle in his eyeballs that his military-grade cyberware produced when it was disconnected.

    A sudden, stronger red glow woke the Lieutenant from his state of vague slumbering. Three flares shot up over the DMZ, highlighting in red accents the drab soil. A powerful greenish beam followed by an explosion of sparkles on the sand revealed Tzahal’s intentions.

    'Kambiz..’
    ‘..Tzahal’s new Gatling toys-’, started Hossain.
    ‘Are simply being tested. Tune in to infrared’, said the officer as the flares’ luminescence died down.
    The storm’s interference had calmed down sufficiently to allow the optics to work properly. Two silhouettes were visible atop the israeli Cedar Wall, in the greenish shades of infrared comptics, next to what must have been the Gatling battery. Lower, on the sand, following the ‘trails’ left in the air by the israeli shot he could make out the shape of what must have been their practice target, only a few inches wide. A perfect shot at over half a mile. He made notice of that to Kambiz.
    ‘LOG13/09/02/2045/0201: Israeli laser artillery operational. Targeting operational. First use 0207.’ logged the lieutenant.

    ‘This is bold- testing weapons in the DMZ’
    ‘Not boldness, mind you’, countered Kambiz. ‘...More like deterrence. Tzahal is trying to scare us with what little they still have. Because they know they are running on a clock. Without the Americans they are nothing but fragile children curling behind their Cedar Wall. They cannot afford to provoke us, or..’
    ‘...It will be 2035 all again..’, completed Hossein. ‘... futile protestation from the Zionists and Muslim soldiers entering Jerusalem. I was there, on the first tanks rolling over the West Bank Barrier.’
    Kambiz grinned, staring at Irael's puny defenses.
     
  2. Decamper

    Decamper ..!

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    Makes sense. I feel like the security council is either gone or broken, given how messed up the US and China are.
     
  3. christopher_sni

    christopher_sni Prince

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    US 2030 Demographics

    Total Population: 380 Million
    Native Born: 315.10 Million
    Foreign Born: 65.10 Million

    Age:
    Under 18: 21% 78 Million
    18 to 64: 58% 220 Million
    65 and Older: 22% 82 Million

    Race:
    White: 56%
    Hispanic: 22%
    Black: 13%
    Asian/Pacific Islander: 5%
    Other: 4%

    Top US Urban Areas
    1. New York
    2. Los Angeles
    3. Chicago
    4. Houston
    5. Dallas-Ft. Worth
     
  4. Zappericus

    Zappericus Euro scumbag

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    The Eurasian Union | Евразийский союз
    - United Within, United Without -

    ---​

    EAU Tightens Grip around Weakened Europe (December 11th, 2044)
    Taking advantage of a weakened Europe, the Eurasian Union commenced the establishment of several forward military "probing" installations supported by permanent on-site garrisons on the borders of Finland, Ukraine, and Belarus. Critique by the global community does not seem to have phased their aggressive approach and Union officials stated that their decision was based on "protecting their allies in the east from an unstable and broken western world."

    Spoiler :


    EAU Reaches Out to Western Neighbours (January 9th, 2045)
    Seeking to strengthen their grip on their allies in Eastern Europe, Union diplomatic envoys reached out to the nations of Estonia, Latvia, Belarus, Lithuania and Poland, seeking to establish a mutually beneficial defense alliance against foreign aggression in face of the political situation of Western Europe and the recently splintered US.

    President Kseniya Khitruk announces Agricultural Focus and Reforms (April 22nd, 2045)
    With the rise of fertile soil within the EAU's territories, President Khitruk promises a strengthened agricultural industry with the intent of ensuring complete independence from the world in terms of food imports. With advances in infrastructure, the Union seeks to exchange outdated field-farms with vertical farming towers.

    EAU Demands Majority Claim on North Sea & Antarctic Fossil Fuel Reserves (May 4th, 2045)
    Threatening to mobilize its fleets and secure the reserves by force, the EAU demands nothing less than complete ownership and claim of 66% of all fossil fuel reserves in the North Sea and Antarctic.

    Spoiler :
     
  5. Seon

    Seon Not An Evil Liar

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    From UK
    To the EAU

    Back off.​
     
  6. Immaculate

    Immaculate unerring

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    From Jonas Graužinienė of Lithuania,
    To President Khitruk of the EAU,


    The great nation of Lithuania might be interested in further ties with the EAU, though security is more than guns and drones is it not? One might speak also of energy security mightn't one?

    From Kitty Thaulow of Norway
    To President Khitruk of the EAU,


    International laws state otherwise. We will stand with the UK, Canada, and our international allies in securing rightful division of territorial waters.
     
  7. CELTICEMPIRE

    CELTICEMPIRE Zulu Conqueror

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    The Free Market United States suggests Switzerland as a meeting place. Meanwhile we can agree to a ceasefire.

    Cecil Stein, Secretary of State
     
  8. thomas.berubeg

    thomas.berubeg Wandering the World

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    I feel like the UN might have migrated to Toronto or Montreal ;)
     
  9. Decamper

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    Pretty sure the UN would switch to the other offices (Geneva, Vienna, Hague) before building a new one in Canada :p

    I'm not completely against the idea of just not having a UN. I could see the EAU or UAS just pulling out of the UN.

    Also wondering if NATO is still a thing, given the centre piece (US) is gone. Maybe Canada and western/Northern Europe keep it around to counter the EAU?
     
  10. christopher_sni

    christopher_sni Prince

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    We can agree to Bern, Switzerland if Mexico and Canada agree.

    OOC: I can see the UN moving to Bern
     
  11. Immaculate

    Immaculate unerring

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    Switzerland is happy to host this historic opportunity for peace.
     
  12. Warriorx1

    Warriorx1 Warlord

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    The Mexican Government will attend any peace conference to end this needless suffering in North America.
     
  13. Tyo

    Tyo HANDS HIGH TO THE SOUND Retired Moderator

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    From: The European Union
    To: The Eurasian Union
    CC: The UK, Norway


    We stand by international law and will back our allies in full.

    From: The European Union
    To: Nations of Europe
    CC: The Eurasian Union


    We warn the nations of Europe to procede with caution when dealing with the EAU. With their blatant aggression, therw is no doubt in our minds that they seek to use you in a foolish attempt to dominate Europe militarily as their predecessors once tried years ago during the ideological struggles in the 20th century. We have no promises to make other than our full support in case of Eurasian aggression and will be happy to take further steps to bring our countries together, such as cooperation in this food and energy crisis.

    From: The European Union
    To: Switzerland
    CC: the two USAs, Mexico


    The EU will also be happy to observe the discussions and provide assistance where possible in establishing peace in North America.

    writers note: apologies for any rough spelling/grammar as I'm writing this from my phone on the commute to work :p
     
  14. tobiisagoodboy

    tobiisagoodboy Prince

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    Ghanas Goverment is very happy about Brazils decision.
    Our soldiers await your military advisors, now all we need is to find some new planes and ships.
    Our airforce currently only posses an handfull of very old light attackcrafts, while our navy only has a few armed speedboats.

    From: Ghana
    To : Whoever is interested

    While the Goverment of Ghana would like to improve everything in its country directly, it knows that it lacks the necessary funds to invest into everything at once.
    This is why the goverment now announces a new inudsty and infrastructure plan.
    Every company, which invests at least 40 million $ into the Infrastructure, Industry or Agriculture of Ghana will get an tax cut of 80 % for the five years after investments.
    This is bound to several conditions.
    - At least 80% of the workers must be citiziens of Ghana
    - Farms are only allowed to grow cash crops like Kakao or Peanuts on 10 % of their fields.
    - only 33 % of all produced raw materials are allowed to be exported, unreffinied.

    (Meaning companies don't have to pay much taxes if they invest into Ghana but they have to hire Ghana citiziens and are not allowed to produce to much cash corps and ores must be mostly processed in Ghana ^^)
     
  15. Seon

    Seon Not An Evil Liar

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    IE I'm looking for a bribe.

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    We may disagree on matters of government policies or territorial boundaries of the sea, but I trust that you will agree that military force and intimidation should not be used to resolve international disputes.

    We would also hope to resolve the matter of North Sea fuel reserves between our nations in a peaceful, and fair, manner.
     
  16. Ailedhoo

    Ailedhoo wonderer

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    Businesses within the Ummah Al’Salaam might consider the potential but primary as a means of food security. As such we would to... discus the exportation rates, especially if we class food as raw material. Our members would wish for special exportation allowance for food; as such we are prepared to sent a trade delegation to Ghana to discus about, potentially, raising the export allowance to three fourths; we are prepared to invest in your education and healthcare as a compensation.
     
  17. Immaculate

    Immaculate unerring

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    So as to allow the players involved in the USA Peace Process to proceed, I am posting the USA and Mexico sections of the prelude (mini-update zero) now for them.

    The rest will be posted when i finish it (tonight?)

     
  18. gay_Aleks

    gay_Aleks communism will win.

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    Surely you mean only the Arctic and North Sea, no? I somehow doubt you have the capacity to claim all three at once. Even if claiming Antarctica for non-military purposes is banned by international law since 1961, with signatories including the UK, USA, Russia and Argentina, and then expanded in 1991 to include any kind of mineral mining. Hopefully, the EAU realises that and will back off.

    EDIT: Immac pls come on chat
     
  19. Reus

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    Here's a little description about humble little Poland.


    REPUBLIC OF POLAND
    Nickname: Poland
    Capital: Warszawa
    Largest City: Gdańsk
    Government: Parliamentary Democracy
    Anthem: Mazurek Dąbrowskiego
    Currency: Złoty (zł)
    Description:
    For a long time the Polish nation had always found itself surrounded by greater powers, and for a great part of its history the Polish people had been subjugated and became the liege of other nations. That situation had changed in the country's modern history as the Polish nation successfully paved its way to independence and crafted themselves a functioning modern nation state.

    As it parted ways from its Soviet legacy in the 1990s and 2000s the country drew itself closer with the west and the rest of the European continent, while simultaneously taking its role as the leading nation among the former-Soviet states in Eastern Europe. Their shift towards the west culminates with its ascendance to the European Union and its eventual role as the one of the organization's major players.

    However the cultural crisis that arises from the European Union's immigration and integration policies in the 2010s created a divide between the more progressive and accepting Western Europe, with the more strict Eastern European and Balkan countries. The divide is further aggravated as Western European states like Germany and France were less willing to engage resurgent Russia whom is threatening to exert its feared influence upon its former satellite states in Eastern Europe. By the 2020s, as the European Union faces a major political crisis amid grinding its economy in the war against Daesh; Poland, among many other nations, exits the European Union as they are unwilling to cope with all the issues and trouble that the rest of the European Union faced.

    Today, Poland stood sovereign together with several other minor independent nation between the overshadowing powers of the Eurasian Union in the east and the European Union in the west, reminiscent of the situation the nation faces centuries ago. With the sovereignty of the country constantly under the threat of its powerful neighbors, and its certain destiny of being caught within the clash between two of the world's titans, the Polish nation will actively and fiercely engage all possible diplomatic and military options to preserve its status as an independent nation.
     
  20. Reus

    Reus Polar Bear

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    From: Poland
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    CC: Eurasian Union, European Union
    Re: The Visegrád Group

    For several centuries our four nations had faced a similar fate, being pulled around in a tug of war, and having our sovereignty taken by the greater powers whom surrounded us; and these painful experiences had contributed to nothing but harm and damage to our people. When we finally achieved a true independence and self-determination, our historical struggle bonded us together and we worked hard together to achieve what we had lost. We walked into the west together, we joined the European Union together and when it threatens our ideals, we stood together, and finally we walked out from it together to pave our own way. Now we are facing a grave situation reminiscent of the threat we faced centuries ago. We stood as small powers, overshadowed by the clashing titans, destined to be once again pulled into the bloodshed.

    The Polish people are here to say: "No more". We are here to invite the great peoples of Czechia, Slovakia, and Hungary to reaffirm the ideals we established together as the Visegrád Group, to create a strong bond that shall protect each other as we wither the storm that is yet to come.

    TL;DR: Poland asks the members of the members of the Visegrád Group to reaffirm its function as a military and economic cooperation between our nations, and to push for a more active role for the organization to maintain our position as a sovereign and neutral entity between the European Union and Eurasian Union. It will also be a forum between our nations to commonly address the food and energy issues that are currently facing our nations.

    From: Poland
    To: Eurasian Union, European Union
    CC: Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Ukraine, Moldova, Romania
    Re: Our Geopolitical Situation


    The nation of Poland graciously refuses the offer of a military alliance by the Eurasian Union, or any prospective one from the European Union, however we remain open to economic cooperation from both. We think that it is best for our country to remain neutral and act as a buffer state between the two powers, to prevent conflicting interests from arising and damaging the region, thus we hope that both of your nations can understand this. We would also urge both the Eurasian Union and the European Union to guarantee the sovereignty and the neutrality of the independent states around Eastern Europe and the Balkans, as a token of goodwill to minor yet sovereign powers such as ours, and as a sign that your nations are dedicated towards peace and stability in the region.
     

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