[B]BEGIN CHAPTER 3: The Great Consolidation[/B]
[b]Turn 7: 1 January- 30 June 2003[/b]
[quote][b]Germany’s Nuclear Gamble.[/b] Germany shocks the world by unveiling a nuclear bomb at a non-proliferation conference. Their handling of this event breeds mixed reactions across the move, but it is one of the boldest diplomatic maneuvers seen in ages.
[b]The Age of Fusion Begins.[/b] The United States Department of Energy and DARPA unveil a nuclear fusion reactor that has been in the works since the year 2000 and has costs a massive $120 billion dollars. Though it remains in a primitive stage, the first reactor is tremendously powerful and efficient, and holds great promise as a future power source
[b]The Dragon’s Teeth.[/b] After a defense that has bled the Indians dry on Chinese soil, the People’s Liberation Army launches a massive counterattack that takes back most of China’s territorial claims and inflicts even greater losses on the Indians. With Indian strength at a low it appears a peace deal may finally be in the papers
[b]A New Deal for America.[/b] A major tranche of deficit spending is launched in the US to recover from the deep recession. The “American Recovery and Reinvestment Act” includes healthcare reform, infrastructure investments, and other changes that will shape the country’s direction in the new century
[b]Indochina Under One Flag.[/b] After years of integration, Vietnam proposes a federation with Laos and Cambodia. Having made itself indispensable, the deal goes through and the Green Indochinese Federal State is formed under Vietnamese leadership
[b]A New Iraq Votes.[/b] Under UN supervision, Iraq votes on two questions- independence for Kurdistan and unity of Iraq. Kurdistan votes to maintain its newly obtained independence and the remainder of Iraq votes to continue its unity. The vote in Iraq is marred by a spate of suicide bombings from Sunni and Shiite factions attempting to sabotage the vote, as Al-Qaeda in Iraq and Shiite extremists attack the other side. Still, the inked fingers show that the fledgling democracy is beginning to function
[b]A More Perfect Union.[/b] With a tax evasion crisis looming large and global instability at its peak, Germany put forwards a demand for a stronger, more integrated, and more accountable European is an absolute necessity for preservation of the post-World War Two order in Europe. Though the UK balks at the idea of putting its Trident program and Royal Navy under European command, the other parties agree to leave this portion out and rally behind the new treaty, resulting in a new European Constitution, resulting in a far more capable, less bureaucratic EU[/quote]
[b]The United States of America-[/b] Joshuadim
Head of State/Government- President Albert “Al” Gore (Democratic Party)
[quote]-In response to China’s annexation of Bhutan and the war with India, diplomatic and economic sanctions are placed on China. Republican China hawks applaud the sanctions, but with trade between the two already evaporated, they have little impact overall
-Military exercises are continued with the Japanese as naval and aerial cooperation is increased to the maximum. With the large US force stationed in Japan, keeping these soldiers prepared and busy will go a long ways to improving relations with the civilian populace, especially with tensions between Marines and locals high on Okinawa due to the sheer influx of men and machines
-At government urging, the pace of the X-35 program is accelerated and the first X-35A prototype takes flight. Evaluations find this version, produced for the Air Force, to be sufficiently ready to begin production within the next few months. The Navy and Marine’s X-35B STOVL variant is plagued with teething issues regarding the complex engine, however, and significant delays are expected in this aircraft’s development
-In a development that revolutionizes the generation of energy in a way not seen since the unveiling of the civilian nuclear reactor, a fusion reactor known as Project Helios is revealed to a stunned global audience. DARPA claims that the Helios I reactor can output a whopping 1.01 Gigawatts of electrical energy in a sustainable process that consumes only ten percent of its output in deuterium/tritium fusion. Between this $120 billion black budget project and the tough economic climate, the Republicans question the fiscal sense of this project, but most hail it as the energy of the future and hope that the nuclear age will finally pay some dividend for the huge fiscal and human toll so far. The device is taken to the facility at Three Mile Island to replace the facility there as well as a nearby coal-fired plant
-With the mass paranoia about nuclear attack seemingly not subsided, large underground bunkers begin construction in major metropolitan areas on the east and west coast. The bunkers will each host thousands of people and be powered by eventual below-ground fusion reactors. The bunkers will take years to reach full completion due to their power source, and Republicans deride it as a poor choice of priorities, especially given the administration’s hesitance to take up non-proliferation offers from other countries. One corn-fed senator from the heartland famously declares that “I’d rather go out and try to catch the bomb if it’s dropped on Iowa” rather than commit to such spending to defend chosen cities
-Despite these objections, President Gore and the Democratic majority are able to push through a multifaceted “American Recovery and Reinvestment Act,” a deficit spending program that is intended to pull America through the recession and emerge stronger than before
-The first part of this spending is the Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) program, which provides a pool of grants to the Department of Transportation. Originally outlined as an incredible $2 trillion in grants, the need for money in other programs convinces congressional representatives on both sides of the aisle to limit the grants to $750 billion and allocate most of it at the state level. Nevertheless, the program will be a major boon to declining US infrastructure, updating and upgrading the highway system and revolutionizing rail transport as major corridors along the east coast, west coast, and in Texas are to be brought to the bullet-train standards of other major industrial countries such as France and Japan
-The second portion of the bill is the Affordable Care Act, which sets up a social insurance program with out of pocket copays commonly referred to as “Medicare for All.” The program is a revolution in American health care that effectively eliminates private health insurers in a buyout of their policies and introduces the government’s own program for all people regardless of age or income. An unexpected turn from the stereotypical reliance on the free market, the healthcare landscape is changed dramatically towards an egalitarian approach
-Finally, as the nation reels from the impact of trade losses with China and the heavy impact on the job market, a stimulus package called the America Works Again program is passed to help struggling companies that lost out due to their investments in China. The program is viewed by many as corporate welfare, but its inclusion satiates Republican opposition to the broader program, at least enough to get the package passed
-With the threat of nuclear escalation seeming increasingly possible in the near future, the ability to be able intercept an ICBM is greatly prioritized and focused on the Ground-Based Midcourse Defense system. This system uses a Sea-Based X-Band Radar on an oceangoing platform to guide an Exoatmospheric Kill Vehicle to its target before it can deploy decoy warheads in space. War is increasingly reaching into the heavens[/quote]
Head of State: Emperor Akihito
Head of Government: Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi (Liberal Democratic Party)
[quote]-Japan purchases licenses for the AGM-154 Joint Standoff Weapon glide bomb and AH-64D Apache Longbow attack helicopter from the United States for an undisclosed sum. Both of these systems prioritise long range of detection and engagement over getting up close and personal with the enemy, though many question what use Japan will have for attack helicopters unless facing an improbable ground invasion or change in military philosophy. Production of a hundred such helicopters begins in Kawasaki factories, along with 500 glide bombs and an extra 40 of the versatile F-2 fighters
-Swapping with Germany and its fellow EU members, the MEADS anti-missile system is purchased in exchange for access to Japan’s datalink technology. The deal is a boon to the missile defense of Japan at little cost, and grants the Europeans an interoperability with their US allies who are already operating the system
-Engineers from South Korea and Australia are brought in to advance the ATD-X program as these countries seek a stealth aircraft that can supplement or replace the F-15E and outdated F-111. The UK turns down the offer to join the program, citing their participation in the X-35 Joint Strike Fighter and its planned carrier capability as a replacement for the Harriers. Still, the addition of regional allies speeds along the project, and the first prototype flies in June, having received the designation X-3. The overall size of the aircraft is planned to be upped significantly for the construction of the production model, with more powerful engines and more capacity for fuel and strike weapons to satisfy the needs of the new participants in the project
-Members of the JGSDF’s Ranger-qualified 1st Airborne Brigade are sent to join the Third Echelon as well as a few technical assistance. Though untested, the counter-terror work these soldiers will do is another key expansion of Japan’s role in the global war on terror
-Japan begins its own transit-focused public works project, to be centered around a trio of mega-airports serving the Tokyo conurbation, Kyoto, and Kyushu Island. With massive capacity for flights, these airports promise to become major Asian hubs by the time of their opening in late 2005. The project is accompanied by an expansion of the Shinkansen network and feeder light rail systems that aims to bring an already first-rate rail network up to the level of the Swiss, featuring clockwork precision in its operations and introduce rapid mobility across the home islands
-Hoping to exploit the exodus of manufacturing and technology firms from China, corporate taxes are lowered across the board and an advertising campaign is launched to attract firms to make their Asian headquarters in Japan. With increasing tensions in North Korea, Japan manages to beat out similar campaigns launched by Seoul and the Eurasian far east on the basis of its stability, though many of the desired technology firms still head farther away to the broadly pro-business environment of Singapore[/quote]
[b]People’s Republic of China-[/b] Malos
Head of State: General Guo Boxiong (People’s Liberation Army Emergency Administration)
[quote]-Indian forces on the offensive in the Himalayas take massive casualties as the PLA continues defense-in-depth tactics, letting them draw ever closer at great expense as every mountain pass hides machine-gun nests, camouflaged HJ-8 AT missiles launchers, and concrete bunkers. As the Indian advance begins to lose steam, the PLA counterattacks with a spring offensive. While this also comes at great expense against the Indian rearward defenses, the sheer mass of the offensive, consistently supplied and reinforced by the PLA paratroopers, breaks the Indian defenses and drives them out of China’s territorial claims. With the prospect of further losses and a push onto Indian soil, the Indian leadership takes up a Chinese offer of a ceasefire and the situation stabilizes by late May save for a few ceasefire violations
-One contributor to the successful defense of the Himalayas is the appearance of an apparent MG3 clone chambered in the domestic 5.8x42mm cartridge common to most Chinese small arms. With a much greater sustained rate of fire than the QBB-95, the suppressive effect of this weapon is enormous and a well-hidden MG3 position can quickly shut down any enemy advance
-An intense nuclear security operation begins, with nuclear power generation and weapons storage facilities subjected to large exclusion zones patrolled by PLA guards and with all but the most essential personnel barred from even coming close. Webs of AI-controlled security cameras with thermal optics create an additional assurance that nobody will approach unnoticed
-The whole province of Xinjiang also sees further crackdowns, with movements of individuals highly restricted and regular inspections of homes and businesses occurring at random. Phones are tapped and vehicles frequently stopped so the authorities can be sure of their contents and prevent another vehicle-borne attack
-With civilian governance still impossible with the state of Beijing’s infrastructure and the destruction of documents and apparatuses critical to the operation of the government, China remains in a state of martial law. The military keeps order in the streets and solves any civil disputes in its tribunals, though General Guo promises a return to civilian government once the mechanisms of government are back in place, not answering a journalist’s question about whether the Communist Party will return
-One sign of the future governance scheme comes in the form of the “technocratic council” a group of government appointees with experience in economics, law, and other major topics. Within a few months a team of Chinese technocrats is handling most aspects of the military government’s interactions with the civilian populace, including leading legal tribunals with the approval of the PLA
-A day of solemn remembrance is held three months after the attack on Beijing, with flags flown at half-mast and dignitaries from across the world attending to pay their respects to the scores killed in the nuclear bombing of Beijing. The event is tense in the context of the war with India and the fear of more attacks causes many leaders to stay away, however the ceremonies are broadcast worldwide as a solemn sign of China’s intention to remember but move forward
-China’ capital is moved to Shanghai and any offers of foreign aid are accepted as the cleanup of Beijing begins as a massive public works program. Chinese workers involved in the removal of debris and shattered structures receive a minimal compensation needed to live, but the work is essential and keeps people involved instead of starving and mutinying
-One of the most important events in the economic restabilization of China and the world occurs as General Guo announces that China will honor all of its pre-attack debts if presented to the government with full supporting evidence, as many have been lost in government records destroyed in the blast. Though many holes remain in China’s financial picture and a flurry of disputes on outstanding liabilities pop up, it is a step towards recovery. Many firms end up negotiating with the government for longer pay terms or write-offs when possible, but just being able to understand the losses will contribute the most to the global market’s eventual return to normalcy
-China commits to finishing its high-speed rail project, and bringing in a large force of unemployed workers, the Shanghai-Guangzhou-Hanoi portion reaches completion as do the Shanghai-Nanchang and Harbin-Shenyang routes. As Indochina completes its Hanoi-Ho Chi Minh City route, a new link is formed for southeast Asia
-An attempt to organize a stimulus package of other spending is also organized. Initially heavily opposed by a group of foreign creditors to China, the US$600 billion package is negotiated down to US$500 billion after the creditors are convinced that the money will be directed at returning Chinese industry back to full strength so it can pay off its debts later on[/quote]
[b]Eurasian Federation-[/b] Griffster26
Head of State: Supreme Leader Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin
Head of Government: Premier Alexander Lukashenko
[quote]-The train and equip program for the Afghan National Army continues as Eurasia sets a goal of having an army 200,000 active personnel strong by 2005 to ensure the country can be defended on its own and put down any flare ups in the continued Taliban insurgency, which by this point has been reduced to the occasional suicide bombing and checkpoint raid. While it is still no vacation destination, the strength of the Afghan military and Eurasian support is beginning to bring stability to Afghanistan
-With Iraq and Kurdistan forming their new separate states, training and supplies are delivered to the militaries of these nations. The Iraqi Federal Republic puts these contributions to good use immediately as it takes up the fight against Al-Qaeda in Iraq insurgents in the west
-With a myriad of internal forces tasked with maintaining security within Eurasia, OMON, SOBR, and the MVD internal troops are consolidated into a singular National Guard of Eurasia. It is hoped that with the better internal coordination and command of a singular agency, these forces will prove more effective together
-The new National Guard receives its first test as it sweeps for insurgents in the Caucasus and across the Eurasian republics. Dagestan and Chechnya remain flashpoints, with several arrests occurring there as well as a few minor bombings resulting in a few civilian and police deaths. Most significant is the arrest of several men from across the region attempting to travel to Iraq and fight in the AQI insurgency there
-Eurasia attempts to promote greater foreign direct investment through the cutting of red tape and the elimination of several expense liabilities as well as reduced port fees for companies operating in Eurasia. The campaign is largely a bust in European Russia as most are content to rely on Eurasian exports (i.e. gas) and European firms aren’t in a hurry to set up shop there. However, it is an unexpected success in the Eurasian Far East as capital flees northern China. In spite of Japan eating up most of this opportunity, the relatively sparse regions of eastern Eurasia see huge growth from the relocation several manufacturing companies to Vladivostok, Novosibirsk, and cities throughout Kazakhstan[/quote]
[b]Arab Republic of Egypt-[/b] Native Hunter
Head of State- President Ahmed Shafik (Independent)
Head of Government- Prime Minister Farouk El-Baz (Free Egyptians Party)
[quote]-A large parade is held for soldier returning from the wars in Libya and Sudan to hail what President Shafik calls “A great victory for a freer Africa.” El-Sisi maintains a field army 80,000 strong to train Sudan’s new military and restore the country’s defenses, maintaining security in the meantime, while a similar force of advisors is sent to reconstruct the new Libyan Republic’s military. For those who can return, however, the celebrations are an official end to the struggle that has defined the new Republic and its principles at a significant human toll
-As if to underscore the victory, Omar Al-Bashir is found hiding in a spider hole in the backyard of a house in Khartoum. He is turned over to the ICC in The Hague for what will likely be a marathon trial, but it is still a significant symbolic victory in writing off the war as complete
-Literature, poetry and art are encouraged throughout Egypt as the government tries to develop an intelligentsia and an Avant-Garde movement. While a significant step towards moderation, some ridicule it after an anonymous artist offloads a pyramid of ice in downtown Cairo with a sign asking people to think about the transient nature of life and human history as it melts away in the glaring sun
-Continuing its deficit-funded spending, small business grants are handed out from the government in hopes of propping up the economy from its base rather than relying on the massive outsiders. The program shows some signs of early success as low-income but reliable jobs appear again in shops and markets in the cities and villages, helping to normalize consumer spending and keep foreign investment in
-Intra-African trade is also encouraged to stimulate this trade and promote the development of African businesses. With the increase in regionalism and virtual reliance of its neighbors on Egypt for trade, the policy shows early signs of working, as trade between North African nations and ECOWAS members shifts towards greater interdependence instead of external dependence
-Egypt pushes for and receives a sub-committee on human rights at the African Union. Though it has no real enforcement powers at this point, it does have the ability to rate members on adherence to several basic principles using an A to F scale. This rating alone is enough to make several leaders hot under the collar, however, as the Democratic Republic of the Congo claims its D rating is unfair given its difficulty governing, Eritrea calls its F rating the product of imperialist lies, and South Africa is disappointed to [i]only[/i] receive a B due to its struggles with integration
-Egypt holds a conference on regional organizations in which it recommends the mergers of several of these trade and development blocs. While able to achieve the consolidation of the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa and East African Community into a single trade bloc and expand cooperation between these two and the Southern African Development Community, ECOWAS turns down a merger with ECCAS, which would have created the single greatest consolidation of regional groups on the continent
-One more successful program is the creation of an African Union Treasury that member states fill with small amounts given at will to fund joint continental projects and grants. Though few give a substantial amount, it will be enough to begin work on a few development projects such as the occasional road or school, and it is a stepping stone to greater future participation
-Egypt continues promoting the sale of its solar panel designs across Africa to promote energy independence and provide electricity in remote African areas. While the market for consumer electronics and consumption of electricity has declined somewhat worldwide, in Africa there is still slower but steady growth for these items and this drives an ever-present market for the means to power them
-Expanding its heavy assault and counter-insurgency capabilities, Egypt rolls out the Tut 1 gunship. Based on the aged but effective de Havilland Canada Buffalo, the Tut 1 features underwing Kh-29 missiles as well as the ability to fire an M61 Vulcan rotary cannon and Bushmaster 30mm chain gun in an orbital flight pattern[/quote]
[b]Republic of Armenia-[/b] C.H.A.D
Head of State: President Robert Kocharyan (Independent)
Head of Government: Prime Minister Andranik Margaryan (Republican Party)
[quote]-Continuing to improve ties in a new era of relations with Turkey, Armenia joins the Black Sea Entente’s military command and works with the Turks to improve cybersecurity. The region’s new highway system also sees continuation in spite of funding difficulties, as contractors bid lower to further improve the Ankara-Yerevan connection and the road to Tbilisi sees numerous improvements. The backing of Turkey also secures an agreement on a link between Baku and Yerevan as relations between Azerbaijan and Armenia see a significant thaw after the political turbulence of previous years
-With Iran opening its oil-rich region of Khuzestan to foreign investment, Armenian state oil moves to acquire their first significant foreign drilling site. With the infrastructure at the site in need of significant repair following the war, startup costs are high, but foreign investors hungry to get a stake in a consistently valuable commodity support the initiative and Iran should be able to supply the vast majority of Armenia’s oil by the start of next year
-Armenia continues to encourage trade interdependency with Azerbaijan and Georgia, and as trade slowly begins to recover from the shock and China recovers, significant inroads are made in this regard. Many hope that the principle of regionalism can supersede globalism as neighbors stick together to reduce the risk of being too tied into a global system
-Armenia also suggests unified representation to the Black Sea Entente and a common Caucasian passport. With the continued border dispute with Azerbaijan, this is turned down as it is seen as important to represent the conflicting interests as independent nations, but it is a gesture of future cooperation in external affairs
-Several groups of Chinese and Northern Indian refugees that have been wandering across Central Asia or languishing in UN camps are offered to live in sponsored housing and serve in a voluntary work program as they are taught Armenian and adjusted to a very different culture. A few fights break out between the two groups over nationalistic issues, but they are otherwise eager to adjust and provide labor if it means a roof over their heads and food in their stomachs
-The IAEA is invited to look at Armenia’s sole nuclear reactor at Metsamor, which supplies 40% of the nation’s energy needs. Finding the reactor to be generally below post-Chernobyl safety standards, they recommend a significant safety overhaul, which begins with the construction of a basic reinforced concrete containment building as a shield in case of meltdown. However, this merely puts a band-aid on the issue, and replacement with a modern design seems like the only true long-term solution
-With the turbulence of the region and seeming threat of Eurasian expansionism, Armenia turns to a Swiss model of national defense, minus the neutrality. Several bunkers are constructed in populated areas to provide shelter in the event of conventional, or heaven forbid, nuclear attack. In rural areas, blueprints are handed out explaining how to build a small but effective backyard bunker for those who wish to do so. Military reforms also emphasize reduced bureaucracy and flexible response, realizing that the country may be quickly overrun without this. Additional fortifications take the form of an undisclosed National Redoubt, a defensible position where the populace could be evacuated to in the event of overwhelming force. Large intelligence-gathering antennae arrays are also set up to monitor the airwaves for any sign of an impending attack
-US trainers are also brought in to prepare the Armenian forces. Traditionally a force reliant on Russian doctrine, the new perspectives and knowledge of counter-insurgent warfare provide useful new capabilities for this small but high-quality force
-Computer audits are added to the government’s anti-corruption drive, exposing a small ring of officials for graft. Though limited to government systems to prevent privacy intrusions, the effort will give corruption fewer avenues to be carried out
-With energy constantly demanded, a small Armenian technology firm devises InstantOn, a light switch control that saves energy by detecting the presence of people and movement in rooms to prevent electricity waste. Applicable to many other systems, this could be a valued consumer good in the growing green economy[/quote]
[b]Federal Republic of Germany-[/b] Trebgarta
Head of State: President Johannes Rau
Head of Government: Chancellor Gerhard Schröder (Social Democratic Party of Germany)
[quote]-A small group of German workers is sent to assist in the rebuilding and recovery of Beijing with donated funds as a sign of goodwill. They are appalled by the remaining devastation as they arrive, and will set to work over the course of the year doing what they can to contribute to cleaning up a man-made disaster of unimaginable scale
-Swapping with Japan, the MEADS anti-missile system is sold in exchange for access to Japanese datalink technology. The deal is a boon to the missile defense of Japan at little cost, and grants the EU forces an interoperability with their US allies who are already operating the system
-Germany continues to drive EU anti-ballistic missile developments, as the datalink is integrated into the PAAMS program and the longer-range Aster 30 AA/ABM missile finishes development. Together, these systems allow for the possibility of exoatmospheric ballistic missile interception, at a range greater than that of the AEGIS system, and with capability only rivalled by the Ground-Based Midcourse Defense of the US
-At a conference in the EU capital of Brussels, Germany shocks the world by unveiling its very first nuclear bomb and immediately turning it over to NATO for its use. Seen by many as a bold diplomatic maneuver, many expect a negative reaction from other EU members but are shocked to find most of them endorsing the action as the only way to get world powers to pay attention to the growing crisis of nuclear proliferation
-Another shock comes at Brussels as a number of tax havens are exposed and allegations levelled at countries including the UK, Ireland, and Luxembourg for providing anti-competitive tax practices to host major corporations. Several leaders also stand accused of storing their money as far away from Panama to avoid EU duties, and while they are not technically breaking the law, the result is embarrassment for several leading figures including the UK’s David Cameron at a time when the wealthy are increasingly coming under scrutiny
-With the tax evasion crisis beginning to set in and global instability at its peak, Germany put forwards a demand for a stronger, more integrated, and more accountable European Union as an absolute necessity for preservation of the post-World War Two order in Europe. Though the UK balks at the idea of putting its Trident program and Royal Navy under European command, the other parties agree to leave this portion out and rally behind the [URL="https://pastebin.com/wZt7EjWx"]new treaty[/URL], resulting in a new European Constitution, resulting in a far more capable, less bureaucratic EU
-A policy of quantitative easing is established by the European Central Bank to combat falling money supply and rejuvenate the economy. Effectively inflation by minting electronic “money” instead of paper notes, this increases liquidity in the economy and encourages spending, as does the lowering of interest rates. However, it is doubted that this method will work for much longer, as interest rates have already been dropped substantially and will soon approach zero
-German military expansion continues, shifting to focus on reverse-engineering US weapons used by Germany and her allies. The U-37 is studied extensively to use its technology as well as the other systems to increase self-reliance, but other weapons such as the Seeschwable and MEADS missile systems continue production as well
-A Bundestag commission on tax code simplification is assembled to study redundancies and inefficiencies in the tax system. Eliminating some antiquated and amusing taxes, such as the Dog Tax, the streamlined system makes a small dent in the economic troubles by reducing the expenses large companies associate with these issues while also encouraging spending at the lower levels of the economy
-Setting on a campaign of almost unchecked deficit spending, Germany pumps money into the economy to provide economic stimulus and get spending and unemployment back to acceptable levels as soon as possible. Funding to the European Union is also maxed out at 20%. Effectively a gamble on the economy’s ability to recover and the avoidance of future shocks, there is a great fear among economists that this could backfire, though if something more were indeed to happen, it is thought that all would be lost anyhow
-A panel of economists is brought together from across the political spectrum to discuss theories on economic recovery and analyze the viability of corporate welfare programs for certain financial institutions and companies. The result is several firms being shuttered, nationalized, or ordered to consolidate and merge with others. Some receive bailouts, but the utmost pragmatism is used in arranging these solutions, with little sympathy for those who took on bad risks
-Continuing to assert its trade dominance in Europe, a number of incentives to export are worked into the tax reforms. While sales of goods and services are still down overall, Germany is one of the few still running a strong trade surplus in the EU[/quote]
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[b]Green Indochinese Federal State-[/b] Emperor Scorpious II
Head of State: President Trần Đức Lương
Head of Government: Prime Minister Phan Văn Khải (Green People’s Party)
[quote]-With the threat of nuclear terrorism and economic depression forcing countries to look to their neighbors and a strong sense of regionalism taking hold, Vietnam, Laos, and Cambodia agree to form a federal union in which a supranational political body is created above each of their national governments. With the economy of the three seriously intertwined and interdependent, it seems there is no serious alternative but to work as closely together as possible to survive. While the three governments remain independent in a number of affairs and King Norodom Sihamoni of Cambodia gets to keep his fancy chair, the law of the Green Indochinese Federal State reigns supreme
-An Indochinese People’s Assembly is formed to represent the people of the three reunited nations. While democratically elected on paper, the stipulation that the Communist Party of Laos, the Cambodian People’s Party, and Green People’s Party of Vietnam rule together in a mandate with a minimum of 50%, with the latter keeping the advantage in these affairs due to its population advantage
-The militaries of these three states are also merged into one Indochinese Defense Force. While equipment standards are already similar even if Vietnam is slightly ahead of the others, language barriers remain and language courses begin across the Federation for the units as they increase their integration, already in progress since before reunification
-A special forces division is also raised and designated “The Jungle Tigers.” Drawing inspiration from the Navy SEALs but focusing on the same sort of guerilla tactics that saw success in the region’s colonial and postcolonial conflicts. Though not as elite as the legendary SEALs, they make for fearsome raiders and add a new card to Indochina’s hand
-Using its clout in population, Vietnam muscles through its environmental regulations on the federal level, though they are not heavily opposed by the other states. New regulations are also passed, with a 40% duty imposed on new diesel and gasoline vehicles, excluding farm equipment
-Electric vehicles are encouraged, with taxes and regulations slashed for firms in this field. This program is heavily advertised, and it encourages several small research firms, as well as an associate office and research center from a new American firm called “Tesla Motors” with a member of the PayPal Mafia at the helm. With help from Indochinese scientists, this firm manages to design a small pickup that can be charged on conventional outlets and used for short-haul farm use, a helpful development as combustion engines are discouraged
-Similarly to Germany, Indochina hedges its bets on deficit spending in hopes of putting it in the strongest place in an expected economic recovery. The spending is directed primarily at infrastructure, improving links between the three states of the Federation, while also completing one of Indochina’s major segments of the Pan-Asian railway from Ho Chi Minh City to Hanoi, where it travels northwards into China
-With China’s trading ability limited, Indochina turns to North Korea to supply its growing nuclear energy program, obtaining energy-grade plutonium and other rare-earth metals in exchange for badly needed food. The deal turns heads, but it relieves a crisis of hunger that could quickly go south in the DPRK and shows that Indochina will go wherever it wishes to get what it needs to advance zero-carbon programs
-North Korea also sends scientists to assist Indochina in the construction of its nuclear program, again in exchange for greatly desired food. Though not exactly the top flight nuclear scientists of the world, the extra mindpower will greatly speed along the program[/quote]
[b]Confederation of Iran-[/b] Zillamaster55
Head of State/Government: President Maryam Rajavi (People’s Mujahideen)
[quote]-Iran is opened to operations by counter-terrorism forces from around the globe. The Third Echelon takes the opportunity to conduct a sweep of suspect organizations in Khuzestan, but finds little to report of. It is thought groups in this region are giving the new regime a chance, and that pro-Ayatollah extremists have largely vacated the country or gone underground after losing the support of the populace
-In great need of income, the Iranian government opens the oil fields to non-state concerns for the first time since the Islamic Revolution. While seemingly not in line with the principles of the new government, most realize that the limited drilling allowed is a necessary step to begin rebuilding the devastated regions in the southwest, and the state retains the majority of the nation’s supply of this valuable commodity
-The Iranian Majlis is reorganized to provide an equal voice to all provinces of Iran. The 70-seat body will hold two representatives from each of Iran’s 35 territories and dependencies. While this gives an unequal weight to many regions, it will at least help to ensure that the support of all geographical regions is factored into major decisions
-An official structure for elections is also decided, which determines that elections are to be held every three years, with the next elections scheduled for September 2005. With a fear of power blocs forming to dominate the political system, strict term limits are put in place that impose a two-term maximum for any politician’s lifetime, regardless of whether or not they are consecutive
-With money finally beginning to trickle back into state coffers from oil sales and other official dealings, budget reform slowly turns its focus to public education and infrastructure reform. While there is still not that much to set aside as the budget is largely consumed by reconstruction in the southwest, several improvements are made and a better education is guaranteed to the lower classes, fulfilling a revolutionary promise of equity
-Iran ends conscription and converts its forces to a volunteer-only basis, hoping to create a true professional army. Small benefits are given to those discharged, and those who wish to remain are put up for more rigorous training as Iran seeks to create a smaller but more competent fighting force
-One of the first tasks for the newly reformed air force is patrolling the border with Iraq to prevent the crossing of extremists from Iraq. Iran’s extensive experience with using drones proves greatly helpful in this regard, reducing the danger and expense of manned flights
-To better guard against threats coming across the aerial border, a new SAM system designated “Ya Zahra” is designed by Iranian engineers. Effectively an upgrade of the proven SA-2 Guideline, this long-range, high-altitude design adds on automated radar controls, including a limited AI guidance onboard for greater precision in the late phases[/quote]
[b]Republic of Turkey-[/b] JeSuisIkea
Head of State: General Hüseyin Kıvrıkoğlu (Peace at Home Council)
[quote]-Turkey signs a major [URL="https://pastebin.com/5S3NVqGn"]deal[/URL] on weapons sales with France, intended to equip a single division with the best French weaponry based on their performance in the Iraq conflict, paying €110 million a year to pay off this large expense. The weapons are allocated to the 9th Army’s motorized infantry brigades, whose previous experience with combined arms counter-insurgency warfare in the restive southeast allowed them to excel in Iraq
-A heavy inspection of the intelligence services is carried out to look for foreign spies in the run up to the Junta’s promised elections. While nothing of significance is found and the result is a number of sensational allegations that ultimately prove to be false, this sends a strong outward message that interference in Turkey’s elections will not be tolerated
-The Islamic Society makes a strong press on Pakistan as its teachers and imams try to push for a modern view of Islamic teaching. While well-received in cities, they face threats, intimidations, and even one murder of a teacher by jihadists in the restive tribal areas, where Afghan and Pakistani Taliban fighters retain a strong presence
-The Black Sea Entente sees serious growth as several nations are added to the alliance. Azerbaijan and Tajikistan sign on as the former seeks to avoid a play from Eurasia and the latter can no longer realistically depend on India, whose forces have been drained by the war with China. Romania also joins, but Moldova turns down the offer to avoid further antagonizing a divided populace. Greece surprises many by agreeing to sign on after years of warming relations through “earthquake diplomacy,” as well as an agreement by the Turks to pay small, symbolic reparations for the Istanbul Pogroms and allow free movement between the two. Most significant is the addition of Ukraine, which comes only after extensive negotiations in which the other Entente members promise to allow continued unrestricted trade with Eurasia, as well as significant developmental aid for the pro-Russian east. Several large protests occur in Donetsk and Luhansk that lead to a few deaths among both police and protesters, but as they settle, it is clear that Ukraine has officially begun to drift out of Eurasia’s massive orbit. Now renamed “the East Entente,” and featuring the US and France as observers, this alliance now looks to position itself as a substitute for nations that seek mutual defense but struggle to enter NATO for a host of potential reasons
-Looking beyond defense, the Entente Economic Council is formed to promote economic ties between the states, merging in the short-lived Turkic Council as ethnic ties are de-stressed. A few agreements to cut visa agreements and reduce tariffs are passed, but crucially plans for an EU-style Entente Passport fall through due to the numerous continuing frozen conflicts and competing claims within the new organization. Still, it is yet another sign of smaller states using the principle of regionalism as their primary defense as larger powers teeter on the brink of conflict
-Aiming to further strengthen the Turkish position, a the conscription policy is overhauled and expanded. Civil service and pacifist opt-outs are provided and become quite popular, as does a religious exemption to satiate the islamists who were already on bad terms with the Kemalist government. Much to their anger, however, women are allowed to volunteer, and are placed on the record in case of a worst-case scenario. Several islamists protests occur across the country at the presence of women in the armed forces and the possibility of their conscription, though the Junta is quick to point out that the vast majority of attendees are men
-Driving for more revenue, the government cuts back on cultural spending to save a bit of cash while raising taxes to bring in revenue. The latter is criticized by many economists who say it prevents growth, but others argue that the cash-strapped government is in a Catch-22 and needs to do whatever it can to bring in revenue to fund growth programs
-One of these programs is a public works project that puts soldiers not in training to work on infrastructure, and uniquely, in factories that are struggling to pay their regular workforce. The poor and homeless are also brought into a new Civilian Worker’s Corps in exchange for food and boarding in barracks that they construct. Very similar in nature to the original New Deal, these workers are first focused on speeding the Transcaucasian Highway to completion, both in Turkey and other nations in the agreement, seeing many workers and soldiers bussed to Georgia. With this initiative, the project nears completion and the highway is expected to open before year’s end
-A group of young computer programmers at Yıldız Technical University in Istanbul devise a new website to allow students to keep up with each other. Called “The FaceSpace” and later simply “Facespace” this website is the first so-called “Social Network” and quickly spreads to other universities and the general populace beyond Turkey. Initially dismissed as a fad, it is too early to tell what impact this innovative site will have on the World Wide Web[/quote]
[b]Federative Republic of Brazil-[/b] YogiTheWise
Head of State/Government: President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva (Worker’s Party)
[quote]-Upon his inauguration at a relatively low-key ceremony by Brazilian standards, President Lula stares longingly at the [i]Cristo Redentor[/i] and sheds a single tear, wondering where the world went so wrong
-The new administration takes hold as Lula retracts Cardoso’s previous condemnation of China for its purported complicity in the nuclear attack on New York. Lula says that his predecessor’s statements were made at a “trying and uncertain time”, where all of the facts were unclear, and seeks better relations with China, a position warmly received by the PLA’s envoy
-Aiming to grow its role in the Third Echelon’s operations, Brazil contributes its SpyNet defensive programs for use in their digital operations.
-Brazil decides to end some of its territorial disputes in the region, first against Ilha Brasileira in Uruguay and then against Ilha de Guajará-Mirim in Bolivia, demanding with the former that the Uruguayans keep the name. With this agreed, the region begins working towards better trade and diplomatic agreements, and a few retaliatory agricultural tariffs are ended among the three
-Hoping to keep its military and police busy instead of starving and mutinying, Brazil continues to remove Favela from the premises of its major cities. Many within Lula’s own party accuse him of waging a war on the poor against party ideals, but overall the program remains popular as the cities are made more attractive, helping to convince people to come to Brazil
-With the military increasingly seen around the world as the only stable employer, men are drafted on a large scale so that they are provided with wholesome activities such as removing favela rather than starving and mutinying
-Inspired by the Armenian model, the military is also engaged in removing terrorists from the premises (which are sometimes favelas), granting soldiers and cops yet another alternative activity to starving and mutiny. While little of significance is found, a few anti-government organizations and organized crime groups are smited, showing everyone that the Brazilian state means business
-The Manaus-Amazonas road project sees completion as workers flood into the jungle to work on the final legs of the main project. With such a demand for work, the project is expanded to take on the most backwater towns so that blue-collar workers have better things to do than starve and mutiny
-Competition in the ISP market is encouraged with a public alternative that forces the private ISPs to improve their networks and brings the internet to underserved areas. The government hopes that if more people are provided access to high quality internet porn, this will provide yet another alternative activity to starving and mutiny
-Subsidies are also expanded for agriculture to give farmers an incentive to grow their crops as an alternative to starving and mutiny. This drives down the cost of food products, leading to fewer citizens starving (and mutinying)
-Experiments are carried out on bananas and coffee plants to create more resilient, readily grown versions of both. The robustness of the resulting GMO variants could go a long way in preventing the possibility of blight or general crop failure, and the resulting starvation and mutiny[/quote]
[b]Republic of France-[/b] Milkdairy
Head of State: President Jacques Chirac (Union for a Popular Movement)
Head of Government: Prime Minister Jean-Pierre Raffarin (Union for a Popular Movement)
[quote]-Turkey signs a major [URL="https://pastebin.com/5S3NVqGn"]deal[/URL] on weapons sales with France, intended to equip a single division with the best French weaponry based on their performance in the Iraq conflict, paying €110 million a year to pay off this large expense that ultimately comes out to €1.6 billion
-France proposes a second Schengen agreement, to be discussed at a conference later in the year. Dealing with the issues of illegal immigration, border security, and the looming issue of terrorism, the proposal is tabled as France signs the new EU agreement and the Union deals with the fallout of Germany’s nuclear shenanigans
-The French delegation to the negotiations is able to work in a new EU-wide patent system, however, allowing for patent recognition and protection across the member states. This pleases many of the smaller members, whose national patents meant little without the larger context
-Still forging its own way ahead with military standards, the .338 Norma Magnum is adopted for specialized sniper rifles and machineguns. Based on the .338 Lapua, this round packs a hefty punch
-Following the lead of many other nations, France increases military employment across branches and specializations to give unemployed youth something to do. While it only makes a small dent in the problem and the cost of equipping new soldiers is high, the improvement is generally worthwhile and improves France’s capability in a number of military specializations
-President Chirac pushes the ECB to lower interest rates, but fewer lowerings can be made as rates are already low. President Chirac also warns against hasty reactions against banks after signs of instability, reminding them that bank runs do more harm than good, and that they may as well be grabbing money that turns to dust if they engage in such behavior
-Hoping to boost public confidence, Chirac also announces all the new measures being taken to secure France as soldiers are given widespread deployment in the streets to watch for terrorism. This has a minute effect as many are still in awe at the capability and gaul of the terrorists, but any small boost in confidence is worth something
-Aiming to expand its global strategic capabilities, France commissions a long-range stealth bomber. Dassault is awarded the contract for the [i]Fantôme[/i] project, which is tasked with producing an aircraft of similar capability to the B-2 Spirit. This will prove a major challenge to span several years, but the result will see France enter the exclusive stealth club[/quote]
Ice Pyramids ftw
[quote]and shows that Indochina will go wherever it wishes to get what it needs to advance zero-carbon programs[/quote]
Need to address some problems I've been having that held up the turn a lot.
From next turn on, [B]do not:[/B]
1. Try to railroad me on techs. You are to send [I]three[/I], no more or less. You can rank preference and give me a reason why you think one is best, but there must be three.
2. Write huge compound lines that do several barely related items at once. The line limit exists for a reason.
If you do either of these, I will give you a warning and you will have until the deadline to revise it.
New flag of grorious People's Republic
[QUOTE=Emperor Scorpious II;52127879]Damn straight[/QUOTE]
you can buy a fusion reactor from me and we'll install it instead of you buying from authoritarian states :V
[QUOTE=joshuadim;52127907]you can buy a fusion reactor from me and we'll install it instead of you buying from authoritarian states :V[/QUOTE]
But with Germany's intent on regulating anything and everything nuclear, it's just easier to buy from someone outside of that.
Plus, I'm keeping North Korea stable by giving it food, which I have plenty of.
[QUOTE=Emperor Scorpious II;52128104]But with Germany's intent on regulating anything and everything nuclear, it's just easier to buy from someone outside of that.
Plus, I'm keeping North Korea stable by giving it food, which I have plenty of.[/QUOTE]
Japan has to object to this since the "Democratic" People's Republic is obviously an unstable actor, and the pressure that is placed on it via sanctions due to its human rights abuses must not be allowed to let up
Japan is willing to support you with nuclear technology so long as the Indochinese renounce their relationship with NK, cancel the deal and remove their nuclear scientists
[QUOTE=joshuadim;52127907]you can buy a fusion reactor from me and we'll install it instead of you buying from authoritarian states :V[/QUOTE]
Im still surprised you not only have a working reactor, but also a sustainable fully functional one as well. We're even having trouble implementing it fully Irl.
Anybody want some GM bananas?
Proven to effectively hold off starvation and mutiny.
[QUOTE=Native Hunter;52128547]Im still surprised you not only have a working reactor, but also a sustainable fully functional one as well. We're even having trouble implementing it fully Irl.[/QUOTE]
Throwing money at it solves the issues
[QUOTE=Mallow234;52128249]Japan has to object to this since the "Democratic" People's Republic is obviously an unstable actor, and the pressure that is placed on it via sanctions due to its human rights abuses must not be allowed to let up
Japan is willing to support you with nuclear technology so long as the Indochinese renounce their relationship with NK, cancel the deal and remove their nuclear scientists[/QUOTE]
You would rather have NK's scientists in NK working for NK instead of all the way down south in Indochina?
[QUOTE=Emperor Scorpious II;52129162]You would rather have NK's scientists in NK working for NK instead of all the way down south in Indochina?[/QUOTE]
They can travel back with more knowledge on how to construct nuclear technology I feel is the concern here
[b]UN Security Council Resolution 1398[/b]
Regarding the Reform of Third Echelon
Due to recent internal reports regarding the administration of Third Echelon, the current administration of China is sponsoring this resolution that would reform the leadership of Third Echelon into a democratic, transparent one where all seven member states would have a say in how the organisation is run. If voted for, this resolution would reform Third Echelon's leadership into a 7-member board, one from each of the 7 states of the TE in order to prevent one state from becoming too powerful within the governing framework of the organisation. This board will make decisions regarding recruitment and counter terrorism operations.
Turns are due at midnight EST on Friday the 28th. UN resolutions may be proposed until Sunday.
Expect a ~bonus turn 8 preview~ sometime tomorrow.
[QUOTE=Amfleet;52130504]Turns are due at midnight EST on Friday the 28th. UN resolutions may be proposed until Sunday.
Expect a ~bonus turn 8 preview~ sometime tomorrow.[/QUOTE]
Please say it won't be nuclear
[QUOTE=Mallow234;52130569]Please say it won't be nuclear[/QUOTE]
I don't know who's nuking who [I]yet[/I] so this one is actually related to politics.
If Iran wants nuclear power, you could blees gib
Wasn't "The End of History" the movie from Deutschland 83?
[QUOTE=Zillamaster55;52131742]If Iran wants nuclear power, you could blees gib[/QUOTE]
Just pull a Germany and do it without telling anyone
[QUOTE=Native Hunter;52129542]They can travel back with more knowledge on how to construct nuclear technology I feel is the concern here[/QUOTE]
How are they gaining knowledge when they're in Indochina to teach it? :v:
[QUOTE=Emperor Scorpious II;52131800]How are they gaining knowledge when they're in Indochina to teach it? :v:[/QUOTE]
Because while in Indochina they could have contact with foreigners, possibly agents from this mysterious organization nuking people. Not to mention working on a project and learning from mistakes is a big benefit for a country without any operational power plants, like NK.
[QUOTE=gnampf;52131757]Wasn't "The End of History" the movie from Deutschland 83?[/QUOTE]
It's mainly a reference to [URL="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_End_of_History_and_the_Last_Man"]this[/URL], which summarizes the expectations a lot of people had in the time period between the fall of the Berlin Wall and 9/11. More on that in the OP. This helps distinguish this game from a mere Modern World reboot in that there was still time to change this course of history. And boy, has it been changed.
[QUOTE=Native Hunter;52131815]Because while in Indochina they could have contact with foreigners, possibly agents from this mysterious organization nuking people. Not to mention working on a project and learning from mistakes is a big benefit for a country without any operational power plants, like NK.[/QUOTE]
I'm fairly certain that whatever country is nuking people already has the technology and do not need NK's inferior tech lol.
Would it help if I keep them under "lock and key" while they're here? NK would probably want that too, don't want some dirty capitalist brainwashing them, after all.
[editline]21st April 2017[/editline]
[QUOTE=Native Hunter;52131783]Just pull a Germany and do it without telling anyone[/QUOTE]
Indochina opens its nuclear construction to international inspectors and publicly announced the project prior to doing it for energy purposes
Germany outright builds a bomb with no one's knowledge and says "what ya gonna do about it"
Maybe the west isn't well hinged :thinking:
[B]UN Security Resolution 1399[/B]
[QUOTE]As Proposed by the Egyptian Delegation,
Agents of the Egyptian General Intelligence Department have found, and reported to the third echelon, the eastern coast of Somalia and its inward possessions to be heavily occupied by Al-Qaeda in Somalia forces and to be in collusion with Pirates and Warlords in the region. The Somali government and military have of thus far been unable to oust these global threats to peace from their midst and it is up to the nations of the world to help our struggling neighbors. It is with this knowledge that We put forward the following points towards UN Security Council Resolution 1399
-A UN Coalition will be created to assist the Somali Government in ousting terrorists, their allies, and affiliates from Somalian Soil.
-A UN Peace Keeping force 200,000 strong will be kept in Somalia until the government has full control of its sovereign territory and the terrorist threat is deemed to have been eradicated.
-Third Echelon will launch operations to capture and interrogate leading terrorist figures in Somalia to find their sources of funding and manpower
-UN Military advisers from willing nations will help assist in the re-organization and betterment of the Somalian military so that the sovereignty of the nation may never be infringed upon again.[/QUOTE]
[I]Note: The Egyptian delegation votes in favor of this resolution.[/I]
The elimination of pirates off the coast of Somalia greatly helps the economies of all nations, even if their shipping does not directly go near there. I do not see how this is a bad plan.
[QUOTE=Emperor Scorpious II;52137368]The elimination of pirates off the coast of Somalia greatly helps the economies of all nations, even if their shipping does not directly go near there. I do not see how this is a bad plan.[/QUOTE]
That takes several frigates and coast guard, not a fun-size army group
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