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VOL VIII No. 32 - 3655                                    TRANSLATED                                                      2 LIRA


FILASTIN

Written by: Issa El- Issa

Translated by: Edward Eastoft

 


←--ADVERTISEMENTS                      JAFFA - MONDAY AUGUST 1912                                            ATHLETICS --->

 

 “THE ARMY OF GOD”

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The Caliphs desire to improve the Ottoman military has increased apparently, as reforms are buckled down and increase throughout the empire.

 

The Emperor has been utilising the expertise and knowledge of a respectable and honourable German to train Moslem officers and soldiers in the way of modern war. Goltz Pasha, is often seen drilling soldiers in the intense heat of the deserts, correcting their form and shot.

 

The Government it seems is focused on this task, seemingly dropping all their naval admissions, as construction on the ships halts to a stop.

 

The Sultan has also reestablished the ancient Janissary corps, out of the best, and fittest soldiers in the army. These are often seen in parades in elaborate dress, carrying the best rifles and equipment, and are often tasked with guarding the Caliph himself.

 

A rather rowdy supporter of the Janissaries, had this to say: “The Westerners will fear the Army of Islam now! We will start with the Armenians and Zionists, and end with the British!”  

 


AHMED FELLAINI IS HIRING!

VISIT THE TEXTILE FACTORY AT SALADIN

 


LAND OF MILK AND HONEY

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Officials of the Empire continue their work in rural areas to increase agricultural production standards. Engineers and scientist work from labs in the cities to formulate new fertilisers and farming technique to exceed production quotas.

 

In order to incentivize high agricultural produce from farmers, the parliament passes the Farmers Law, which states that those farmers who exceed a production quota established by the government which differentiates from region to region are subject to benefits and cuts.

 

We have already witnessed some small growth according to our numbers, from previous government policies, but new projections expect production quotas to be met and net agricultural production to increase substantially.

 


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The Caliphate has had an increased presence in its non Turkish dominions. Investments from Anatolia pour in to repair infrastructure and living conditions in major non Turkish cities. Road work and building restoration attempts are witnessed in Damascus, Jerusalem, Aleppo, Baghdad, and Mecca.

 

The Holy Caliph has justified his acts, in a speech in Tyre, when he said; “The Empire can only be a true power if we combine all the resources, the minds, the power of all the Ummah. We cannot stay divided for petty resources, we must help our brothers in sisters across the empire, from Mecca to Constantinople.”

 


ABDUL AL SALEH IS SELLING ANIMALS!

SEE HIM AT THE PROPHETS SQUARE

 


UNIFICATION OF ISLAM

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Our great, and Holy Caliph has asked for a meeting with the Shah of Persia to discuss religious matters regarding the Sunni and Shias. The Caliph has invited the Shah to come to the Holy City of Mecca, to, in his words, ‘unite the faithful and end petty division.’

 

The Shah has not yet responded.

 


OTTOMAN FOOTBALL LEAGUE!

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A Ottoman Football League has been established throughout the Empire after the sports popularity has rapidly increased. The Royal Ottoman Football Association, created by a multitude of different individuals who came together, has petitioned the Sultan to sponsor a royal football league across the Empire.

 

Our gracious caliph reportedly was very enthusiastic about starting it. According to reports, when the league risked being stalled by bureaucrats and politicians, the Sultan used imperial pension money granted to him to fund a variety of different teams from Syria, Palestine, Arabia, and even a couple teams from the Caucuses.

 

The first match, between a Syrian Team Al-Helal and our own team from Jaffa, al-Filastin, ended in a 2-1 defeat for our boys. Goals came from Nuri Ibish, a striking young forward from Damascus who is also a rising Syrian Politician.

 

SUMMARY

-Military reforms continue under the experienced hand of the German Goltz Pasha, who hopes to turn a backwards, outdated military into a fearsome European Force. The Janissaries are recreated, hoping to inspire some nationalism across the Empire with their dashing outfits and stories of bravery.

 

-Agricultural Reforms continue as the Empire is hellbent on increasing Agricultural production. Tax cuts and benefits are offered to those who meet or exceed Government quotas and scientists and engineers work to develop more efficient fertilisers and methods.

 

-Money pours in from across the Empire to fix crumbling infrastructure found in the regions of the Empire inhabited by Arabs. This is part of a government program to increase the living standards of the Arab population.

 

-The Caliph invites the Shah to Mecca to improve Sunni-Shia Relations

 

-The Ottoman Football League is created.

 

Edited by Alfonso X el Sabio

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1912 (Later Months)

Crisis in the Americas! Massacres in Mexico lead to a wave of hate to the U.S which is at blame for them. Tensions will rise as trade sinks.

 

The Russian Duma cracks down on a student strike, killing 20.

 

The 1st Balkan War comes to a conclusion.

 

The world is in shock as nations industry grows just to pour out more machines of death. Small scale border conflicts in three continents now have a mounting casualty list.

 

With many governments giving power (or trying to) to their people, more colonies begin taking an active part in gathering information. 

 

German Industry rockets as it competes in both a land and naval arms race. 

 

Austria's borders loosen as trade and revenue comes in. The Emperor and his staff are focused on internal issues. Infrastructure and a reformation of local governments is in progress. It may be the first step to a more unified and linked Empire. 

 

 

 

Spain

 

Army increase continues on pace

 

Officers can’t do much but agree to the decreased pay. However by now a much firmer opposition to the King and Liberal party is growing. Disenfranchised officers, conservatives, and church members make up the majority of the rank. They are forming a power bloc directly opposed to the liberalizing/Royalist policy. For now they stick to fiery rhetoric and propaganda in parliament.

 

Sub research fails. The Royal Guard is formed, but almost the entire Officer caste refuses to serve in it. They will not support a King who seeks to declaw them.

The Railway act is marred in controversy. Even if it was Spanish railway owners, many did not want to sell their land. Farmers, towns, and other areas within planned rail lines do not want it. It may benefit the State more. But most citizens knew what increased government attention entailed. So far it would cost more to buy the land and make the rails then it would earn back to the state.

 

The Saharan act also goes poorly. Almost no one wanted to live there. And the ones who did just had their lives made all the harder. The Religious Act ensured they would always fear an uprising. Instead of freeing up resources, more troops were required to occupy the land against a native population now told they must worship a different god without a doubt.

 

Army reorganization is discounted by the General Staff. They had no intention of reforming into the King’s desired ways. It was open defiance in regard to all the new controversial acts. 

 

The new tax act just adds fuel the fire. Spanish ambitions fall short as government devolves into a shouting match. Liberals and Royalist being vehemently opposed by the Church, Conservatives, and Republicans.

 

U.S

 

The elections of 1912 become one of the most controversial in American history. First was Wilson’s alleged folly. Enough voters and constituents had bought it to change the votes just enough. Roosevelt was now the president of the United States. However many even doubt Wilson pulled such a stunt, or care. And Taft and the elite Republicans were still at complete odds with the progressives. 

 

And that was before the Mexican massacres. Roosevelt could barely be attributed to having the military authority to organize militia units and deploy them on a very politically delicate front. After Roosevelt left to win the election, it became very apparent. Roosevelt had dug his own grave (in a manner) by making sure everyone knew he was leading in mexico.

 

The Mexicans had almost the entire year to arm, scout, and deploy. The U.S forces has been stagnating during the government shutdown. The addition of hundreds of untrained, undisciplined, and most of all unregulated ‘Cowboys’ was the final nail in the coffin. 

 

General of the North Pancho Villa launched the raids previously planned for the year. They met a -granted- stiffer U.S resistance than expected. But many were untested troops/officers, and well, civilians with guns. Casualties mounted as what was supposed to be raids turn into all out battles across the border. The Mexican banditos even had some field artillery and machine guns. Fights broke out across the entire border.

 

The Mexican raids were called off after two days of bitter fighting. As Roosevelt had ordered, this was met with a zealous counter attack. This was now when things got highly controversial. The banditos practically melted away into the countryside. The cowboys and soldiers were angry, tired, and emboldened by their leaders on the goose chase. Villages were soon the targets of horrible atrocities as cowboys and some U.S regulars passed through looking for the bandits. Generals quickly took control, and pulled the army back to the borders.

 

The escapade had lasted for a week, with no borders changed. What was supposed to be a quick raid conducted by Pancho Villa and his army failed. They got bogged down in an actually active and armed U.S contingent. The resulting retreat and massacres were the talk across America, souring the victory. Scores of U.S cowboys who were essentially armed civilians are dead, wounded, or in prison for killing or otherwise defileing mexican citizens. U.S soldiers are also being buried and hospitalized, as the Mexicans vanish into the bush to lick their own wounds.

 

Carranza and his administration solidify their party rule of Mexico. A friend of Pancho Villa, he’s nevertheless is irate at Pancho. He orders Pancho back to the capital, to talk. But he also condemns the U.S clumsy counter attack. They were killing Mexico’s people, not their enemies. It is used a a rallying point throughout the government. A delegation is sent to de escalate the matter however.

 

The ABC nations (Argentina, Brazil, Chile) ask the U.S and Mexico to come to a conference in Rio De Janeiro to settle the growing matters.

With all this coming to a head Roosevelt and his Progressive party find themselves in a weak position. Sure they had won the popular vote. But by small margins, only thanks to the blunders of their opponents. But Roosevelt himself had led Mexico’s border into sectarian violence. One would not escape that reputation lightly. The Government is still in shut down as the three different sides entrench and go after one another with rhetoric. Voting is contested or blocked as everyone’s loyalties or outrage at continuing controversy increases. Ironically the Republicans headed by taft now seem to be the best growing party.

 

Japan

 

The Steel plan sits well with the Diet and other bodies of government. They will implement it within days. However the actual execution will be slow starting. They first must have the infrastructure to complement this growth plan. No domestic steel surge for now but the building blocks are placed.

 

With little regulation or government oversight the apartments sprout like acne. They sometimes have multiple families to a room, with no windows. The courtyards become filled with refuse, and most families struggle to work enough to pay rent and provide. Not a pretty sight for the Japanese elite.

 

The elites and nobles of Japan vehemently oppose the Emperor’s voting plan. They did not want to see the power they carefully handled in government diluted. Many feared with a larger middle class taking party they would lose all relevance. They did not want to end up like a U.K monarch. And many saw it as protecting the Emperor from himself. The notion is blocked in government, leading to increased tension between the wealth and the poor.

Korean agriculture receives the funds well and is on the process of modernizing. Trying to make a staple ration begins. For now no progress.

 

Great Britain

 

The Suffragist movement is passed, with full support. Newspapers, public speakers, politicians, and that like find an entire new ocean of voters to deal with. More and more political parties and ideals are taking root. Some suffragist see them getting their vote just a start. Many men and outside influences were inclined to agree. The attempt to crackdown on terrorist fails. Police and investigators led on a wild goose chase. People see the government as a liberalizing entity. A Lion, pulling it’s claws out.

 

The Holiday Act for now is hotly contested. If passed it would add to the growing bill. The amount of workers throughout the Empire and mainly in Britain was vast. To account for them all would be a momentous task. For now this bill sits in parliament, likely to be passed over. Conservatives are worried at the way society is shifting, fearing for themselves and the Empire. However the regular Brit is fully supporting these moves. Involvement in government and industry is higher than ever!

 

Naval Reform falls short however. The cost is far too high, especially with eight more dreadnoughts on the way. Maintaining what they had and producing more for the naval race was already a massive coffin drain. Jellicoe and his staff instead set to improving what they more easily do. The crews, which they begin drilling relentlessly. It is clear an average British sailor has served for years, and is a true veteran. Many can’t grasp the true tactics of Submarines. Many have never even seen or dealt with one. Plans are threadbare, many seeking to go out and study for a better report.

 

Portugal accepts the generous terms, as it’s colonial interest have been increasing. However they have been emboldened by the seemingly liberalizing government. On paper they have accepted every British proposition. But in the field, in more remote areas, Portuguese officers and their african troops continue to extort and raid.

 

Video capturing methods are largely improving, but still no tangible progress on audio.

 

Italy

 

The government subsidies for now can’t pay for the vast amount of industry needed. Most of Italy’s industrial sectors were in the North. But by and large they were relatively still an agrarian state. For now the government funds are focused on bigger business able to help pay for the cost. This all results to a slow growth across the board, but in big Industrialist hands.

 

Though it is unclear how the government means to pacify the masses, it works poorly. The liberal government had many connections and circles within the more ‘socialist’ realm. Alongside that plenty of democrats and middle class citizens liked all the talk of union. Especially when industry was growing while quality of life sank. They will not back down or be intimidated, the government would have to push harder if they wanted results.

 

As for the supporting of nationalist, the Irony is not lost on the government. Many were conservative, and viciously opposed to the subsidy plan. They saw government intervention in your everyday Italian’s life increasing. They also pushed for Imperial expansion, a trait that seemed to resonate in the higher circles.

Research into chemical gasses goes poorly, as the budget is being spent elsewhere.

 

Children in the upper middle class and elites are soon attending these schools. The quality of education is somewhat dubious. But for now it will grow on pace, with the first class graduating in 1916.

 

The tensions in Ethiopia lessen as the italians pull away. However they do not see it as a true peace. Funds and guns from a foreign power mean the defensive line continues building.

 

The corporate tax and foreign workers law being loosened had a few effects. Many italians were watching good jobs and positions being taken by skilled foreign labor. They lacked the education, something the government was still failing to produce on a higher level. Alongside this many vastly rich Italian capitalist seized this ‘tax haven’ bill to grab even more wealth and power. They were grabbing as much as they could, seizing a lot of power.

No Balakan state replies to Italy. It was clear they were involved in their own wars and politics. No one wanted peace under an italian leadership.

 

Ottoman Empire

 

The army receives a surge of volunteers with the establishment of the Janissary corps. Many wanted to join their ranks, thousands of muslim peasants. They would have to work their way up. Many rich nobles sons and favorites of the Caliph are granted commissions in the Janissary. This leads to many incompetent or rookie men in the positions of leading. This was a problem rife in the ottoman army. The officer corps was a sham, with only a few men of true talent.The work cut out for Herr Pasha will be quite large. He starts by selecting the best NCO’s and training them for the rest of the year.

 

Though scientist fail to improve agriculture, it’s quantity is increasing. More fertile areas of the Empire are growing in population and productivity. However many small ethnic classes like christians, Armenians, etc etc are worried with the new State’s control. They feared their tolerable tendencies were coming to an end. 

 

The Arab plan will kick off slowly. Many do not want increased government attention. They new infrastructure could lead to garrisons able to travel all their land. While some resist others love the plan. Growth will go slowly and in fits and starts.

No response is heard from the Shah

 

Russia

 

The Duma’s new liberty legislation was a fine piece. In concordance with the Tsar it is ratified into law. On paper Russian serfs will have more liberties. But as is so common in practice this does not work so well. In many regions nobles and industrialist blatantly ignore it. Quality of life does not really grow. However it gains popularity for the Duma and Tsar.

Industrialization continues as slowly and painfully in cities.

 

Education reforms are still glacially slow. Many Russians simply don’t have the knowledge to teach. The logistical problem of shuffling kids to other towns or districts to learn, thus over burdening those schools, is discounted.

 

The blatant propaganda from the Duma on socialist is ignored. They stayed to their palaces and parties. True men roamed village to village, and were in tune with the masses. However the more dull types are convinced and drunken brawls in some cities ensue. Though it turns out they beat up jewish folk, not socialist. Just another Russian night.

 

The Tariffs have some impact and increased trade. Though the to nations have little capital or routes invested in each other.
 

Edited by GrimBeard

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(1913-½):

Reino de España

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King Alfonso XIII sits in one of the many back rows to the Spanish Congress. He watches as many of the politicians debates on the issues he must sign off on. Some reports come to him about percentages of people who feel this or that way, but still he watches. A bill he has designed is brought up to the stand, yet the king does not declare it, it is the Liberal Party Leader and Prime Minister Alvaro De Figueroa.

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The assembly of the Spanish Congress before it comes into session.

 

Prime Minister Alvaro De Figueroa comes to speak before the diet of politicians.

 

Your Majesty, Members of Congress, Spaniards

Today one bill is to be brought up about the agricultural development of the common farmer.

 

The bill will be for the levy of 10% of all grain products from every farmer within Spain Proper. Many of you may ask why the levy of 10% grain products, this is to be a short division of taxation for the farmer. To prevent a collapse of the farming industry due to unforeseen factors causing a famine within Spain and provide a reserve of food modeling the style of Russia, the government will be stocking these grain products in silos located on military bases and cities. This grain levy will be in replacement of 25% of a farmer’s taxed goods, the remaining 75% are to be taxed on a normal basis.

 

The Prime Minister steps down from the stage and joins the Liberal Party bloc within the congressional house. Several delegates make speeches afterward declaring their intentions and possible bills to be passed. King Alfonso XIII nods to the job Alvaro De Figueroa did in presenting the bill.

 

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A picture of the king’s inspection of the training of new recruits.

 

 

Actions Taken:

The ship building project of Battleships (2) Destroyers (20) and Torpedo Boats (10) by the year 1915 will be suspended indefinitely.

Any attempts at incorporating new equipment into the army is ended.

Implementation of the tax to provide more money back to Spanish farmers and extremely cheap food surplus to the Spanish government.

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United States of America

Afbeeldingsresultaat voor us 48 star flag

 

E Pluribus Unum



Early 1913

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The White House, Washington DC, January 20th, 1913

Theodore “Teddy” Roosevelt with the Progressive “Bull Moose” Party had won the elections by a slight margin last year, and earlier today, Roosevelt was sworn into office once again, the very first president ever to have a third term in office. And already he introduced something new. The so called “State of the Union”, where he spoke to Congress and the press about his plans for the year, replacing the former “Annual message to the congress”. The Progressives, the Republicans and the Democrats had debated over this for a long while, but eventually agreed that this was more efficient in these times and were a more proper way to hold the annual adress. A big topic in this State of the Union speech was the controversial elections of the year prior and Roosevelt’s part in what was happening in Mexico, to which he said the following: “I am well aware, my dear fellow Americans, that you all have mixed feelings about what has been happening in our nation as of recent times. And I know that a lot of you would have rather not seen me stand before congress once again today. But I ask you, have faith, have faith like you did those other two terms, those two terms that brought great progress to our Union. Me and my fellow Progressives will not let you down. Nor will the other two parties with which we’ll work together as best as possible. Believe you can, and you’re halfway there. That’s what you’re used to hearing from me and that’s what you’ll hear from me again. Because yes, we can!”

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Tidal Basin, Washington DC, February 15th, 1913
 

After a month or two of hard work, the 3000 cherry trees, sent to the Union by the Empire of Japan, have found their places throughout the capital of Washington DC. Most of these trees were planted along the Tidal Basin, but many of which were also planted next to other monuments in the city. Furthermore, one has been planted in every state capital, 48 in total, and one extra in the garden of the Roosevelt residence, claimed by the first lady in the end of January, for she “truly loved the romantic and joyful colours of these exotic trees which were just about to bloom”. Many citizens as well as painters have taken an interest in the beautiful pink trees and the parks in the capital are fuller than ever.
Furthermore, the small Bonsai tree that was sent to Theodore Roosevelt directly now stands proudly on top of a drawer in the oval office.


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Congress, Washington DC, March 5th, 1913

On march 3rd, over 5000 women from all over the U.S. as well as abroad marched through Washington DC in the “Woman Suffrage Parade of 1913”, led by Inez Milholland on horseback. This, combined with women gaining the right to vote in various other nations all around the globe, was enough encouragement for the Progressive Party to put forth a motion in congress, pleading for voting rights for women.

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Fort Bliss, El Paso, Texas, April 1st, 1913

By the start of April, all troops along the American-Mexican border had returned to garrisoning the border’s forts. The Rio de Janeiro conference had failed, not like anyone should’ve expected otherwise from nations like Brazil or Mexico. The U.S. had offered Mexico peace on favourable terms, but the Mexicans would not have it. Roosevelt stated:
“I am a man that will honour his nobel peace prize. But I am also a man that won't simply let his fellow Americans be attacked. (...) I say that we would be willing to work together with el Presidente señor Caranza in dealing with these bandit gangs, though we do expect reparation payments to all the damage done to American towns and farmsteads by said Mexican gangs.” While the Mexican government refused and all delegates left the conference room soon after, the President has not ordered for further action, but instead for the ranchers and possible outlaws, the so-called ‘cowboys’, to return home and for the U.S. army to garrison the forts on the border. Furthermore, a telegram known as the “Hay-Telegram”, named after the American secretary of state, is sent to the Mexican government, stating:


To el Presidente, señor Caranza:
The last of the American troops have returned to the forts on our side of the border today and will stay there until further notice. We expect no further actions and in return we will take no further actions. Nobody will be allowed to cross the border into the Union, but will instead be shot on sight, mind you. As far as we are concerned, this border conflict is over, we hope you settle on the same solution. Be sure to keep the ‘banditos’ under control, we are willing to help you with this whenever the Mexican government decides to pay for damage done to American property during bandito raids. If you or a delegate of yours wishes to further discuss this issue, we ask you to arrange a meeting in Washington DC.
-Theodore Roosevelt Jr, President of the United States of America


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Manilla, Luzon, Philippines , May 18th, 1913

The US government makes a deal with private investors for improving the infrastructure throughout the Philippines territory. More and better roads are to be built for the expanding American car market, various ports are expanded throughout the archipelago and on Luzon, a railway is constructed between Manilla and Baguio. Aside from the deal with private investors, the US government spends a sizeable sum of money in other fields of developing the islands.


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Congress, Washington DC, June 14th, 1913

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WySzEXKUSZw

Part of the Progressive Party’s campaigning plan was the greater exploitation of resources from the Alaska territory. The Klondike gold rush at the end of the last century had drawn thousands of people to the northernmost territory of the USA, now more and more people began to show interest in further developing the territory and perhaps even integrating it into the Union as the 49th state. The main goal of this further development were resources, for Alaska had proven to be rich of such. There was still a sizeable amount of gold left, as well as large deposits of iron, copper, coal, oil and gas, not to mention the enormous amounts of fish and crab that were just offshore or the inexhaustible amount of lumber. The Progressive Party this puts forth another motion in Congress, this time in cooperation with the..
THE DEMOCRATS?! WHAT?!

Roosevelt and vice-president Johnson knew that the democratic party would oppose their plan for further development of Alaska for greater resource exploitation, so Johnson came up with an alternative plan…

“Ah! Mr. President...” Roosevelt turned around and eyed Taft with little interest. “Mr. Taft, sir..” “I was wondering if maybe we could confer, sir?” “No...” “Ya know La Follette?” “Yeah..” Roosevelt said, squinting at Taft as he walked through the hall at the Congress building. “They caught him as a drunkard in a Brooklyn bar, I fear that he’s no longer a threat... ” Taft smirked lightly. “And all he had to do was drink..” “Yeah that’s a lot less work..” Roosevelt frowned. Taft replied “You ought to give it a try..” “Ha!” “Now how’re ya gonna get ya gold plan through?..” Taft asked with a raised brow as he halted, with Roosevelt turning to him “I guess I’m gonna finally have to listen to you...” “Really?” Roosevelt puffed up his cheeks to look fat like Taft “Talk less… Smile more...” “Haha...” Taft replied, with the slightest bit of honest amusement.  “Do whatever it takes to get my plan on the congress-floor...” Taft frowned “Now Marshall and Wilson are merciless..” Roosevelt shrugged “Well.. Hate the sin, love the sinner...” He said before proceeding down the hall again, over to an open door where Thomas Marshall was waiting. “Roosevelt.” Marshall said. “I’m sorry Taft, I gotta go...” “But!” Taft glared, pacing after Roosevelt “Decisions are happening over dinner..” Roosevelt said before Marshall closed the door behind them, in Taft’s face….

Two Democrats and a President, walk into a room, diametrically opposed foes… They emerge with a compromise, having opened doors that were previously closed, bros. The President emerges with unprecedented material power, resources he can exploit however he wants. The Democrats emerge with the 49th state, and here’s the pièce de résistance: no-one else was in the room where it happened, the room where it happened, the room where it happened. No-one else was in the room where it happened, the room where it happened, the room where it happened. No-one really knows how the game is played, the art of the trade, how the sausage gets made.., We just assume that it happens… But no-one else is in the room where it happens.

Wilson claims: “Theodore was on my doorstep one day, in distress and disarray..” Wilson claims: “Teddy said ‘I have nowhere else to turn’, and basic’ly begged me to join the fray.. ” Wilson claims: “I approached Marshall and said ‘I know ya hate him, but let’s hear what he has to say..’” Wilson claims: “Well, I arranged the meeting, I arranged the menu, the venue, the seating..” But! No-one else was in the room where it happened, the room where it happened, the room where it happened. No-one else was in the room where it happened, the room where it happened, the room where it happened. No-one really knows how the parties get to ‘yes’. The pieces that are sacrificed in ev’ry game of chess.. We just assume that it happens… But no-one else is in the room where it happens…

Marshall pursed his lips when Wilson came to him with the news of his plan with Roosevelt. ”Maybe we could solve one problem with another, and win a victory for the southerners, in other words-” “O-ho!” Wilson smirked, interrupting him. “A quid pro quo?” Marshall tilted his head. “I suppose...” “Wouldn’t you like another southern name on show?” “Actually I would...” Wilson grinned widely. “Well I propose ‘Jefferson’.” Said Thomas Marshall. “And you’ll provide him his votes?” Woodrow tilted his head. “Well we’ll see how it goes...” “Let’s go!”

“My God!” Taft exclaimed. In God we trust! But we’ll never really know what got discussed. Click-boom, then it happened… “And no-one else was in the room where it happened..” Taft grumbled as the door got locked before him.


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Actions

-Motion is put forth in Congress, pleading for voting for women [MOD]
-Cowboys are sent home and the US army simply garrisons border forts. Trespassers of the border are shot on sight. [MOD]
-Telegram is sent to Mexico. [MOD]
-Money is spent and invested on improving Philippine development. [MOD]
-The Progressives AND the Democrats put forth a motion in Congress, proposing what would later be called "The Compromise of 1913". Where the Progressives get free range over greater exploitation of resources in the Alaska Territory, but in turn said territory gains statehood as "The State of Jefferson", the 49th state of the Union and a prize for the southern Democrats. [MOD]
-A 'bonsai tree' in the form of a tiny American red maple tree. [JAPAN]

 

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The Empire of Japan
 

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Holding forth his sword

I cut Vacuity in twain;

In the midsts of the great fire,

a stream of refreshing breeze

 

Location: Korea, road to Pyeonyang

 

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Captain Momoi Osamu looked out over the fields of Korea from his elevated position. The captain was riding on his horse accompanied by seven companions and was travelling from the countryside back to the regimental camp in Pyeonyang. They had been sent out to check on a small village in the countryside which rumors had indicated might be having rebel sentiment. But they found out that those were mostly rumors and the few dissidents that could be found in the village were quitened down by the sight of the guns and horses. Which was to be suspected of petty peasants like those.


Right now Momoi was riding next to Tamashiro, the second in command of this small squadron. Tamashiro spoke to Momoi. "Do you think anything will have happened whilst we were gone." To which the experienced captain shook his head. "Probaply not much, there is the chance that some steel mills will be finished but I do not expect much to have happened. But truthfully almost noting happens here. Being assigned to the countryside is boring. The only thing we can do during shore leave is drink some horrible local drinks that they make. Half of the taverns around here don't even have Nihonshu." To which the XO nodded in conformation.

 

"True but back home there might be some interesting developments, I heard from a cousin that the PM is trying to lower the voting barrier." The veteran snorted at hearing this. "It is unlikely to sucseed, those politicians like their power too much and will not simply give it away to the common people. These rich men want to keep their power." Tamashiro did not know how to respond to this and remained silent as the company rode on. At nightfall the company set up camp and went to sleep.

 

Momoi woke up suddenly, sweating profusely and being stock still. He did not know why he had been awakened but that become more clear when he heard the sound of footsteps approaching his tent. As such the sergeant carefully grabbed his cavalry rifle and started to aim it at the entrance of the tent. About a minute later the noises intensified and what looked to be a farmer stepped in. He had a pitchfork and Momoi saw a murderous intent in his eyes. So barely hesitating Momoi pulled the trigger of his rifle which proceeded to bury itself in the head of the angry farmer. Woken up by the sound of a gun firing the rest of the camp awakened and Momoi could hear the sounds of rapid footsteps running away. Taking a moment to realize what had just happened Momoi muttered. "Damn, we're in trouble."


 

Actions

-Seeing as the foundation has been laid for a domestic steel industry, development on this subject continues. This is done by continuing the plans of last year and setting up several steel mills in Northern Korea and the other neccesary infastructure for mass producing steel [MOD]

 

-The Government puts a large investment into creating new dockyards on mainland Japan and the supporting infastructure. The hope is that with these dockyards Japan can expand it's navy more effectively

 [MOD]

 

-To prevent the same sitution of housing to happen regulations are drawn up for the housing market by trusted officials. These regulations would involve having at least a bit of Hygiene and having two toilets. To deal with the current issue the prime ministers suggests creating several decently-maintained public toilets near these new apartment blocks. [MOD]

 

-The development of staple food continues [MOD]

 

-Around 1000 Japanese recruits are to be trained as marines. They would be trained in naval assaults, establishing beacheads and fighting on islands. This is mostly as an experiment but if succesfull could result in an expansion of the program [MOD]

 

-Seeing that the active repression of Koreans are causing more problems than it is solving prime minister Yamamoto orders it to become more lenient. As such active repression of the media and Koreans were not to be arrested without proof or reasonable suspicion. The hope is that by being more lenient the annexation of Korea will be less of an occupation and help it to become a part of the empire. [MOD]

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1913 (Early Months)

 

 

And the end of a year comes to its conclusion. The start of 1913 promises more blood to come as Mexican-U.S conflict ends.

 

Germany

 

In Germany decisive actions are finally made. The Cavalry is rescaled to its original size, many who suggested the idea rounded up and shot. The Kaiser, his generals, and as an afterthought the Reichstag, begins new German ambitions. Von Schlieffen is delegated less and less power. He was focused on European affairs, and his plans revolved around his father’s for France. 

 

The Kaiser takes a more personal affair in overall military matters. Colony revitalization continues, German East Africa  the primary focus. The cost was high though, and logistically hard to accomplish. But neighbors to German colonies saw an increase in activity of every kind. Besides military in Africa, as the Congo act prevented war in colonies.

 

Germany also finally decides it’s industrial path. They were split between a naval production and arms race between three nations. Instead they will now focus on their navy. The vast amounts of dockyards, factories, and capital will be poured into both the surface and submarine fleets. This year marks when Germany surpasses Britain in Dreadnought production. (Of course the English had scaled down to make better ones). 

 

German Foreign interaction is at an all time high. Their navy will soon be able to also patrol the oceans of the world. And german colonies are receiving a better quality of life and industry then their rivals. On land they still of course are producing weapons and partly rivaling France/Russia. But Germany also forms small level border and trade deals with France, asking Russia the same.

 

Japan is offered a friendship pact almost word for word copied from the British’s. Kaiser Willy showing he had a bit o’  the English cheek in him too.

 

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Spain

 

The farm plan goes swimmingly well. It wasn’t controversial, or drastic. In parliament parties debated, not argued. And the law was passed. Farmers will receive more for what they do. They have the time and money to focus on better production. This will be the start to a rise of the Spanish agriculture market.

 

U.S

 

Though in Britain the suffragette movement had passed, it was do to government unity. In the U.S a senator could barely be heard over the clashing issues. And sadly this meant many conservatives and others could step in and block this movement. As a result women marches and protest grow. But officially they still have not gained the proposed rights.

The border simmers down as each force stays to it’s own side. The Cowboys lack lustre career ends in blood and controversy. Many blame their original founder, Mr. Roosevelt. He used them as a political gambit, then left them high and dry in the Mexican country. Not entirely true but sentiment was low for the president.

 

In the Philippines the investments will show relatively fast. Already a bustling hub of U.S actions, it finally got the attention it deserved. Small gauge railways, fishing ports, and other faculties will start to become something grander. In a few years the Philippines will start to show the investment back.

The proposal of a compromise is a clash of mixed opinions. For one it was hard for a singular party such as the progressives to hoard resources. It would be for the entirety of the U.S, and the people actually living there. The parties could of course delegate and pull resources. But to let a party exploit natural resources in return for forming a state that doesn't meet the prerequisite requirements. Not too mention the people of Alaska did not want to be a democratic state, or allow Progressives to exploit the natural resources. The compromise breaks apart in controversy as the U.S government is still split and on lock down.

 

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Russia

 

Rasputin had a magnetic energy, and was a highly persuasive man. He was a trusted member of the Royal Couple. Just last year he had saved the Tsar’s son through nothing short of a miracle. Though hated on both sides he was a snake and had many friends. The Tsar, fearing the loss of this trusted man, blocks the Duma. It had already shown to be too grasping in it’s power. Now to presume to lock up the Tsar’s wife, and throw his most trusted advisor in a dungeon, it was too much. The Duma is sent reeling back to their offices, tails tucked between their leg. As a result Rasputin gains more influence, and starts whispering in the Royal Couple’s ear about the ever growing Duma’s power.

Duma reforms on the betterment of citizens quality of life however is fully supported. They have the resources and officials to start the process of modernization. Across the country workers and citizens enjoy more freedoms as they move to cities. However this also means more socialist and democratic groups become more vocal, fearing less of a reprisal. But over all the plan works swimmingly as communes will gradually rot.

 

Educational reforms kick off much faster this time. The planning was clear and concise, with a top down presentation. New generations of teachers will form, with the first class graduating next year. Though rushed and of relatively poor educational quality, Russian city schools will grow enough to accompany even the wealthy middle classes.

 

Cowed by the Tsar’s actions with Rasputin, the Duma is only too eager to please. They start delegating an office to tour Russia’s industry. They will ensure the Industrialist are aware of, and implementing, the new rights. Worker productivity spikes as a result, and with the other moves Russian cities are becoming their pride. However Socialist and democrats yet again gain more headway as a direct result.

 

Railway industry continues on pace. Though slow, that is a relative term considering Russia’s size. By 1919 Russia will rival Germany in railways. 

 

With the Tsar modernizing/democratizing workers rights, etc etc, many democrat and socialist parties formally petition the Tsar (or protest). They argue with all this new liberty, they should also have a say in the Duma. To have it only comprised of Tsarist and Nationalist means all they do ultimately only benefits themselves. 

 

The Tsar himself was highly conservative and cracked down on any dissent. His unusual actions however was attributed from Duma and Rasputin pressure. However he soon was sliding back to his ways. Allowing troops and Duma members to crack down on protests and revolutionaries. 

 

Great Britain

 

The Holiday Act’s enforcement goes as planned, showing the unity in Government!

The new Dreadnought plan will produce far superior (though numerically less) ships of the line. They may even rival German ships in ratings such as engineering skill.

 

The plans kick off in government and implementation. The start of industry will remain a firm foundation in the Midlands. Following up this the Black Country bill also passes as planned. 

Scientist after having spent plenty of government of sterling find a clue! Working further into cinema technology, they are discovering early forms of audio paired with video. For now they only have a lead, but a promising one. The Noodle Snack kicks off less well. Not due to need for research, but a question of implementation. The Government funded the research, but now no one knew who to give it to to sell. The Government couldn’t ship off every noodle packet. Many large companies offered handsome sums for the idea.

 

Admirals begin learning from the war games. Sloppy affairs with plenty of injuries and confusion. But it was apparent they could provide actual uses. Rudimentary understanding of the submersibles is learned by the Admiralty. They deduce submarines are only used it for coastal defense and leave it at that.

 

Japan

 

Korean investment continues on pace. The foundations of the network are complete. And from each of these nodes and military bases roads stretch out. The reworking of the Korean countryside was brutal (to the land, not the people) and efficient. Admittedly Korean work gangs are conscripted to make it a top notch job. The Mills are started, and will be producing by the middle of the year.

 

The Dockyards will also benefit from this new oversight. Japanese ships, supplied from Korean steel, will begin to be built better and faster by 1914.

 

Hygiene reforms help as the housing issue is slowly sorted out. The public bathrooms become the only sacred and clean places. Japanese citizens were still too poor to really help themselves besides staying alive with food and shelter.

The Japanese marines are formed, but for now still practice regular army tactics. They now eat the new staple food packs! Cutting cost. The main problem was a lack of actual vessels to conduct naval assaults.

 

Koreans appreciate the slackening of laws, and begin to clamor for more freedoms on the press. But the move is proved right, as many stop casual resistance. Of course underground networks remain at large. But if a Japanese officer earns their respect, they will be happier to oblige. This work though shows a stain. The Imperial Army had a dark underbelly. Many officers and soldiers had personal brothels, and violated the Korean citizenry every right. More respectable and democratic officers were butting heads daily.

 

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Ottomans

 

Arabic as a state language will prove to be quite useful. It’s implementation will be pretty fast, though slow in more far flung districts.

The use of more and more arid land to farm alongside increasing quality in regular land leads to a vast leap. This year marks the start of a surplus in Ottoman agriculture. Many small ethnic groups are fed and pleased in their little areas, as long as they are left alone.

 

The Arab investment shows the new status of the Empire. The ethnic elite were improving themselves (School/Education standards proceed as planned), while the minorities contently sat in their communities. However they would always be weary of a growing Elitist class.

 

Prone to only letting Arab officers in, the increase of the officer corp doesn't exactly pay off. Many capable officers were left in lower ranks, or ignored. Plenty of wealth and nobles bought their way in. However some men do get put in the right place. But the army as a whole is still a tangled inefficient mess. Janissary training continues, the men training harder and performing better than the average Arab troop.

 

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Italy

 

The paying off of the nationalist has mixed results. For one, it is successful. A personality cult of notorious nationalist is rising in propaganda and popularity.

 

But the rhetoric and violence in bars and streets is brutal. Many feel emboldened by all this rising sentiment. Others horrified or outraged. It was leading to a growing distrust and split in political parties. More democratic government officials grow curious where the funds came from.

 

The growing rise of Parliamentarian power over King is a more popular one. Many democrats, nationalist, industrialist, and others wanted in on government policy. This means many parties are calling for a vote to be held. This would mean a potential to a coalition government, instead of one dominated by the Italian elite. 

 

The increased discipline and training has some effect, but not much.

Urban Industry continues.

Many wealthy men and women from foreign nations start to buy Italian cars.

Papal meetings proceed, though he doesn't publicly say anything.

 


 

Edited by GrimBeard

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(1913-2/2):

 

Reino de España

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Talks arise as the different Spanish political parties begin to arrive into the Congressional Chambers. The focus of the morning bill being the development of the Spanish industrial sector. The bill titled “Spanish Internal Industrial Expansion and Production” is debated over by the politicians in muttered tones as the session comes to order. The first person to speak to the congressional gathering is King Alfonso, he eyes the crowd before beginning his speech. “Wealth!” he shouts suddenly. “Work!” he repeats in a shouting tone. “As a collective whole we have debated the economy for many years, but it is during this time we have a budget to expand an industrial economy. The other nations produce ships years beyond ours, they produce guns years beyond ours, they produce wealth beyond ours! To this I say this will change. The difference between Espana and Europe is not from our lack of drive in the Spaniard but the lack of motivation for the government to reinvest in her people. To the far north Britain has conquered Asia by being the first to expand their industry, to the north east Germany expands their navy to destroy all who threaten Europe, to the south France has claimed almost a third of Africa, and to the far east Japan ignites a flame unlocked by the Americans to conquer all their rivals. If we do not expand our industry we are doomed to fall to our neighbors, be it through peaceful strangulation or a great bloody war. You all have drawn up your own ideals of this bill. Now let it be passed or failed.” The king steps down from the stand, he would exit the room, allowing the peasants who believe they hold power to decide if they help their own countrymen or not.

 

Actions

-Begin building state owned mines

-Begin building state owned foundries

-Begin sending out positive propaganda about the crown

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With the success of the Balkan war, and the Ottomans pushed almost back to Istanbul, Serbian officials began the task of unifying the newly liberated lands that now fell under the Serbian flag. Propaganda was spread across newspapers, given out for free in many major cities, emphasizing the strength that comes with unification of ethnic South Slavs, using the defeat of the Ottomans as an example. Programs are set up to begin the transitioning of the local currency to the Dinar, as well as finding industrial work for the unemployed, notably repairing damages caused by the war, as well as the construction of automotive and military factories in Kosovo and central Macedonia. Census stations are set up all across the new territories to establish and archive records of common people, to transition them into becoming a Serbian citizen. 

 

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But whilst the government focused on civil affairs, the top brass in the military looked towards Bulgaria. Their threatening stance in the peace talks in London and posturing on the border of new Serbian controlled land raised red flags as tensions grew. The army hadn't yet demobilized, and war looked likely once again. The Serbian forces are moved eastwards to the border, with 7000 men left behind on garrison duty. Greece is also encouraged to prepare for an attack by the bitter Bulgarians, and Romania is approached for a defensive agreement - if the Bulgarians were fighting on two fronts already, then the Romanians could stand to make significant gains should the war be won. 

 

The army desperately needed modernizing, but with civil servants busy on repairing Kosovo and a second war likely on the horizon, resources and weaponry to do so would have to be found elsewhere. As such, an appeal to all the western Great Powers is sent out, asking for help in evaluating and professionalizing the Serbian military. Whoever is chosen to do so would gain a great deal of influence in the Balkans, and potentially the full support of the remaining Balkan league members, should the alliance last the year. 

 

A new intelligence organisation is set up, independent of the government and military. The SIA is founded to root out and charge any officials found guilty of corruption in both services, to better protect the nation from radicals, such as the illusive 'Black Hand Gang'. They're also to set up a network of sleeper cells in Austria-Hungary and the Ottoman Empire (via Cyprus). Not to act until called upon. 

 

- Actions - 

- Industrial centers focusing on automotive parts and infantry equipment set up in Kosovo and central Macedonia. New citizens are put into a census. 

- Border fortifications ramp up with Bulgaria, as the army prepares for an attack. Greece and Romania are also warned to be wary of Bulgaria.

- All Great Powers are offered the chance to gain massive influence in the Balkans should they help modernize the Serbian military.

- The SIA is founded to combat groups of radicals, corruption and to install agents in foreign countries.

 

((Discord numbers are #3136))

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The Empire of Japan
 

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My life

 came like dew

dissapears like dew.

All of Naniwa

is dream after dream.

 

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Actions

Like in the previous years the development of the Korean steel industry continues. Making sure that large amounts of steel are available for further industrialization. The goal is of finishing more steel mills with the foundations now finished and improving steel production to a significant degree. [MOD]

 

With the Korean steel industry developing back in Japan more dedicated industry would be made. This is done by further subsiding businessmen and lowering specific taxes. These industries would be focused on making more developed products based of the raw materials from the provinces. This should help improve industrial output in mainland Japan.[MOD]

 

Knowing that he has to deal with the issue whilst not offending the military PM Yamamoto sets up a number of plans. Made sure that they did not offend the military whils still improving conditions for korea.

Firstly, the instution of prostution is now partially nationalized. Any active brothels will need to register themselves to the government. These brothels will need to follow a set of regulations which ensures that the courtesans working there are not forced and have certain protections and rights. Furthermore, this is set to improve the conditions and quality of brothels themselves. Though to make sure the soldiers can still satisfy themselves they get a discount. The amount of tax on brothels would also just be a tiny bit, in return for the discounts. Running illegal brothel(s) would result in the discharge of any government/millitary job as well as very heavy fines. Furthermore, in case of the military it would result in disciplinary action if the offender does not agree to close his brothel or legalize them.

 

The second part of this initiative involved the violation of Korean women by Japanese soldiers. This is done by making rape of Koreans a punishable offense. Resulting in soldiers losing one month of their wages as well as sending a message to their wives (if they had any) of their activities. Furthermore, minor disciplinary action will result from this.

 

The final part of freeing Korea is loosening the restrictions on free press. Any newspaper or media company has to register themselves to the government. They will then have to pay tax like any other company but for the most part they can print their own issues as long as it does not hold any anti-government or Imperial sentiment. For this the larger Korean newspapers will get a government official to inspect the issues of anti-government sentiment. THe smaller Korean newspapers whilst not being actively inspected can still be heavily punished. The punishment for spreading anti-government or Imperial sentiment could result in punishments ranging from 10 years in jail to execution because of treason. But as long as no anti-government or Imperial sentiment is in the newspaper they can generally do what they want.

[MOD]

 

For the purpose of training the marines and testing the current naval production capacities of Japan 100 landing craft are ordered from the dockyards. These are to help the marines with training as well as possibly serving in actual war.[MOD]

 

Meanwhilst in Korea a breeding program begins to gather fine horses from Asia and start getting good horses to expand the Japanese cavalry corps. These could help in any future war on the mainland with both their mobility and firepower, gained from the cavalry rifle. [MOD]

 

Finally, whilst Japan already has a large literate population PM Yamamoto invests in improving the education available to Japanese citizens. This is to make sure that the general amount of skilled labour in the country improves as well as helping create a growing middle-class of workers. Furthermore, to please the wealthy constituents of Japan, they are assured that this will lower amount of poor people in the long-term. This as a result would also means ideologies like Socialism are less likely to take root. [MOD]

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