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  1. GrimBeard

    Et Novi Orbis Terrarum (Rp Thread)

    1914 (Early Months) And so, the world shakes to it’s core. Globalization was akin to modern times. Life was getting better, bigger, and fuller. But but but. It seems the world has brought itself to the brink. Tensions are razor sharp, and all it takes is one little push............ Nationalism is at an almost all time high! Across the world these parties are starting to grow the quickest. Men who believed in the honor of their state, and it’s rightful means to expand. The St. Petersburg–Tampa Airboat Line in the United States starts services between St. Petersburg and Tampa, Florida, becoming the first airline to provide scheduled regular commercial passenger services Suffragette Mary Richardson damages Velázquez' painting Rokeby Venus in London's National Gallery, with a meat chopper. The Brazilian Football Confederation is founded, with Álvaro Zamith as its first president. The Brazilian Olympic Committee is founded on the same day. Greek genocide: Ottoman Greeks in Phocaea are massacred by Turkish irregular troops. China debuts as the first Nation to officially have it’s “excrement” hit the fan. Up until an unofficial Japanese blockade in July (Soon to be a very tense month for all) aid has been sent. The Beiyang warlord pact was ruthless in it’s crackdowns. All in the name of President Yuan, still in a secluded hospital recovering from his wounds. Kill teams roamed the countryside, hunting down alleged enemies to the Republic. The Provincial system is kept. But many representatives are accused (and duly executed) of being enemies of the state. Everyone was terrified, an enraged President Yuan bullying his Republic. It was astounding for how long people meekly let this all happen, still hoping for a Republic. Chinese troops in pickelhaubes marched through Beiyang, toting maxims and rifles. They marched in lock step, and were the Beiyang Pacts elite troops. Massive ‘Republic’ armies began mobilization on the Manchurian border, after a years worth of preparation. And then China explodes because of one nurse! Having escaped from the hospital Yuan was at in the Tibetan mountains, she flees to her uncle. A local warlord, and provincial representative opposed to the Republic. In bits she recounted the past few months. It soon became apparent to the world President Yuan had never ordered these crackdowns. He had died only minutes after the Assassin shot him, his body stored somewhere remote. The Beiyang had been consolidating their power in his name, while the Germans focused on seizing Chinese naval assets. And now they stood strong, focused around their capital of Beijing. The Provincial Republic died as hundreds began to bicker and enforce their power in their local areas. With no President or power holding them together, they fractured. Warlords and politicians began carving out their own little slices of Empire. Thanks to the crackdowns, German aid, and consolidation though, the Beiyang pact had a formidable sphere of influence around Beijing. An unknown number of seized Republic ships and German ones pre blockade remain safe in docks. Regardless China explodes into several states, most of them at war with each other. China’s efforts to train it’s populace many years ago now came back to haunt them. Serbia Car factories begin in Serbia, soon to be converted to military factories! The SIA becomes more competent as it plays cat and mouse with Russian officials, hunting them down. Army reforms continue, Serbia is now ironically the world’s most experienced and modern army. Montenegrins pour into Serbia, giving their economy a temporary boost. In a few years time they will return home with their skills. Ties between both nations grow. Spain Nationalism and patriotic fervor rise, as more people begin to value the monarchy. Mining and Foundry Plans continued as planned. Grain Silos however will take longer, they start in the major towns. With a little counseling and family time the royal couple begins to mend. Russia Chaos rips through the country! In a [semi] successful coup as people regard it, the Russian Duma and it’s key members storm the palace. However they did not get to walk right in. Though the Tsar was unpopular, there was no massive mistakes made in rapid succession or overtly stupid move recently to motivate this response. And so many still supported the rightful Romanov’s centuries long rule, not the 3 year old Duma. However many nationalist, radicals, and ironically worker unions supported them. The palace escapade becomes bloody immediately. Guards loyal to the Tsar ambush Duma force’s as they approach the palace. After an hour of fighting however, they lose. But in all the confusion the Royal Family had escaped, with a palace guard contingent. Rasputin is found hiding under a bed in the Royal families nursery, and is apprehended. Other dissidents either flee or are mostly rounded up in the capital. Crackdowns begin as the laws are passed through the Duma. Many had caught wind of it, but were still too slow. Riots erupt in Moscow, St Petersburg, and elsewhere at the banning of these parties. The Duma being stormed added fuel to the fire. Now people saw this as a hostile takeover, not a rightful step to power. Fleeing Socialist run through the country, playing cat and mouse with Duma hunters. The Labour Group ceases to exist as many join other parties or flee. Work on the rifle does not happen with all this political upheaval. Support for the Duma is hotly contested. Their promises of nationalism, a progressive Russia, the Societal Front, and constitution seem promising. As a result Duma control in the main Russian cities is the strongest. They control most of the industry and cities. However if they thought this would be a bloodless takeover, they were very far from being right. The outlawed parties, royalist, and opponents of the Duma were large. While the Duma controlled cities, more backwards areas and rural lands stuck to the Tsar. After a month or two Tsar Nicholas makes his presence known. He had fled to Finland, and was raising an army. He calls for every ‘True’ Russian to resist the Duma. After this the countryside becomes teeming with rebels. Cossacks, loyal Regiments, Royalist, they all took up arms. There was no fronts, merely raids and skirmishes popping up across the entire Empire. Exactly four other Russian provisional governments are set up alongside the Duma. Mostly in the center and east, they are the exiled Socialist/Democrat enclaves. They were whipping up the locals, establishing their own states. The Russian army enters immobility as the chaos ensues. They were torn on whether to support the Tsar or Duma. Many began to argue, debate, and fight (with fist). Others were already packing their bags, heading to either the Tsar in Finland or the Duma to enlist (Or the Socialist enclaves to the east). The Official Russian army begins to slowly disintegrate. However with the Military Front and several Duma leaning generals, they had command over large portions of available military garrisons in the cities, and all the industry (in the west). Over 1 million men under arms, recent recruitments aside. Support for the Duma is mixed. However with strong nationalist fervor and reforms, they have avoided what could have possibly been their immediate deaths. Now who knew which faction would take the Russian throne. The Tsar controlled the ports, navy, and army groups of western Russia. Netherlands The propaganda has some effect, but the government was paining a very rosy picture. Dutch society is split, and the current government help a minority of the power in parliament. As a result their actions were sluggish, as it met much opposition. As such the army only sees a slight increase to recruits. The Conscript army wasn’t really a thing unless in emergency. As a result there was no true steps to a modern army that way. As said, they were struggling for money. As a result most blatantly ignored the equality acts. They made profit where they could, and moved on. The same for infrastructure, many being brutally used up and discarded. However as a result the VOK more or less begins to consolidate power. The same for their new african colonies. On paper it sounded good, but in execution it was sloppy and imprecise. The population still seethes, mainly out of Dutch public eye. The Dutch see this lessening as good, assuming it’s working. These ideas for armies like that simply didn’t exist in a large enough way to grasp. Modern armies like the British even would struggle to claim all those claims. Alongside this the government opposition shows in the first major confrontation. Besides colony troops and some royal elements, a Dutch army really didn’t exist. In war time or emergency the conscripts are called into service. However that has yet to happen. Alongside this the opposition is against taking to a standing army. They still firmly believe in armed neutrality, and a conscript army in emergency was the way to achieve that. Arming with new equipment begins slowly. However the foreign officers do begin whipping up a ‘modern’ division of Dutch. Greece The Steel Industry falls behind on expected quotas. Instead it was busy being converted into weapons of war for Greece. Expulsion of Centrist leaning officers starts. However this is met with firm opposition from the King’s son, and royalist. Instead they opt to leave the army (doing the Greek’s job for them!) and found their own paramilitary clubs. Japan Mobilization begins, ringing alarms in Asia. However it was already pretty clear matters were soon to grow worse. Army mobilization will be complete by June. Infrastructure had been receiving small in headway in upgrades. With The increased attention it will speed up. Railways and other commodities might be finished by 1916. Research begins in better amphibious craft. For now they can only slightly improve current models. Destroyers begin construction, slightly outdated in comparison Germany/Britain’s ever growing fleets. They are expected to finish on standard construction time. France Greece appreciates the help, tying the government closer. But not the Royalty! The new guns are implemented into the divisions slowly, as factories make the shift over. For now training is only rudimentary, no one really knowing just how effective machine guns will be. The navy designs will be slightly off time. They are planned to be finished by 20 months. All three nation’s reject the offer. Romania pronounces it is not eager to make Austria an enemy, while France was so far away. Great Britain The highest tax recorded! And yet it was passed through a unified government rather smoothly. Great Britain leading up to June, 1914 steps up to the plate, and matches German production for the year. The Spanish troops are woefully unready to be trained with such fine weapons. It will take plenty of time for them to adopt to uniform rifles and machine guns. Films spread throughout the U.S. However many see them as peculiar, or a amusement, not serious. Most are too busy with internal politics to look across the ocean. Italy Though the calls for support of the Duma are realized by the government, few take action. Firstly the Tsar holds the routes into Russia. Secondly the Duma seemed to be a potential Italian enemy, what with growing tensions on between the two global alliances. German and Austrian arms flood in as the army mobilizes and arms as planned. However almost every Italian is still using homeland weaponry. The Dreadnought plan is better left to nations like Germany or Britain. Instead the Italians lay down plans for 2 dreadnoughts and an armored cruiser. Elections are in! And it’s a mixed bag. The socialist gained no power. However now the Liberal and Nationalist ideals are blending, becoming a proto Imperial policy. Italy’s government was leaning towards a stronger monarchy, and everyday Italian rights. “A shot heard around the world!” A tacky line stolen from the Americans, German newspapers nevertheless use it. In the past year or so there had been many radical changes. Socialist in Germany were on the rise in government. They were allied with many Democrats and Liberals. The Reichstag was becoming an actual tool of government. Generals were pushing for a war, to take control of the country. Amidst all this was the shot that was very loud. King Ludwig of Bavaria had always kept a keen eye on the west. He never trusted the French, and always suspected them. As a result he was not entirely popular with them either. It was this year he was busy touring Alsace-Lorraine. OHL (German High Command) wanted him there to inspect the western army groups. French rhetoric had increasingly been about regaining their lost land. That paired with being allied with Russia, and competing with German industry made them a threat. Unfortunately King Ludwig III was also a perceived threat to the French. Though no one knows truly, it was indeed a socialist French group that took actions into their own hands. Working in tandem with German and Russian cells, they plotted the King’s assassination. They had no attachment to French government which Germany finds out, but chooses to ignore. While Ludwig was visiting a famous battlefield of the Franco-Prussian war, a shot rings out. They were in an open field, dominated by the famous mountains of the region. A sniper had concealed himself in the mountain, waiting days for the King to arrive. And the shot was perfect, through the heart. However the assassin and his company are caught, after an off duty soldier reported several armed Frenchmen boarding at the inn. They are rounded up, and brutally interrogated. Germany learns they were socialist, and had connections in Paris, Berlin, and Moscow. OHL, eager to press the issue, whisper in the Kaiser’s ears. He is convinced it was an affront to the Empire, and a blatant threat. The King was dead, and Frenchmen were the reason. OHl reasoned Britain would not get involved in a war with German navy might growing, and they would call on Austria’s help. They saw war with Russia as inevitable, and opted to move before the Russian’s could rival them. It would also solidify German command and the Kaiser's control in an increasingly democratic Reichstag. French government officials and socialist party leaders are accused of supporting the assassination of King. Germany claims they should of kept a closer watch, and even potentially were the ones who armed them. It was indeed the French government who wanted Alsace-Lorraine returned to its ‘owner’ after all. And so France is met with a list of demands/ At 6:00 in the evening on July 23, they state; -France offers an apology to Bavaria, and the Empire as a whole. -France pays 1 million British pounds for reparations. -France allows German troops to cross the border and apprehend/search for more of the Socialist/Radicals. -Agreement to end the arms race -Leasing of french dockyards for German navy -To suppress every publication which shall incite to hatred and contempt of the German Monarchy, and the general tendency of which shall be directed against the territorial integrity of the latter; -To eliminate without delay from public instruction in Serbia, everything, whether connected with the teaching corps or with the methods of teaching, that serves or may serve to nourish the propaganda against Austria-Hungary; -To remove from the military and administrative service in general all officers and officials who have been guilty of carrying on the propaganda against Germany, whose names the Imperial and Royal Government reserves the right to make known to the Royal Government when communicating the material evidence now in its possession; It should be noted this was not clear cut actions. It was a sloppy mess of confusion, telegraphs, and misinterpreted intentions. Europe was gradually sliding into war over the chaos German OHL was causing from the assassination. It only got worse from there, with all the demands, alliances, and hatreds. Germany and Austria begin partial mobilization, purely to have a “Defensive Army” should war come. Military men across the continent urge mobilization as well, fearing if they don’t to be caught off guard.
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    Brave New World [RP thread]

    Eiru Commonwealth Pop; 2,993 Ap; 27; 5 Base, 10 (2 Market Stacks), 3 Settlement, 1 Trade, 2 Mines, 3 Gold, 2 Foundry  FS; 3k; (1 base, 1 Farmland Stack) Investments; Foundry (50/50/Mine (40/40) Army; 300 Militia, 1 Schooner Little happens besides continued development in the Commonwealth. The citizens still live behind their walls, hoarding gold. A growing problem is the soon to be need for more food. Bankers travel out, eager to secure a trade partner for food. The Military will soon be the next to experience the new found wealth. A Barracks will be established to house a proper garrison. Plans begin.... Starting Barracks; 27 AP
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    Et Novi Orbis Terrarum (Rp Thread)

    1913 (Later Months) Events across the world! The 2nd Balkan war promptly begins and ends. Bulgaria lost territory, and is humiliated! In Germany the world’s first Fertilizer Plant is made, and begins production. They are also EXTREMELY busy building a navy, forming the Central Powers, and adding allies to their sphere. Their intention was to make an economic alliance capable of rivaling Great Britain. As a result though their land army is falling behind expected production quotas. Imperial Russian Pilot Pyotr is the first man to successfully fly a plane in a loop. Mexican Government solidifies and begins a conference with Latin America. After the disastrous conference with the U.S, tensions had been high. But they had also reached a consensus. With Brazilian help Carranza pays the U.S the asked for reparations. Pancho Villa is demoted and forced to pay Roosevelt a personal fine. They then start the ATP, an “American Trade Pact”. Within it will be low tariffs, almost free trade. Shipping will be mutually protected and regulated. With it is an explosion of a South American market. Brazil, Mexico, and Argentina stand to build a foundation of a Latin market. Mohandas Gandhi is arrested after leading Indian miners in South Africa in a series of strikes. Ford mass assembly lines make their debut. More socialist and democratic strikes are put down by the Russian Duma. Most don’t even know it happened. Austria remains focused inward. Besides their reluctant agreement to a German-Serbian plan, they remain quiet. Franz Ferdinand is fervently touring Bosnia, trying to help the Germans get the Serbians to agree to a proposition. He was an adamant Serbian independence supporter, and a moderate in the Empire. Chaos races through China, after an assassination attempt. Yuan Shikai was shot during an inspection of a military garrison in Beijing. His personal guard and Beiyang Generals rushed him into a hospital. It has become a fortified camp, with no one knowing the President’s status. The assailant had melted into the city, and there was little lead besides the bullet. After a few days the Beiyang Generals issued an official proclamation. Yuan was pronounced alive, and being moved to a more secure faculty. In the meantime a shakedown and hunt for the assassin will begin. The list was long of potential enemies, but the Republic had been doing well. Now the elite Beiyang Army was put into action. They were roaming the Republic, claiming to look for Yuan’s attacker. Crackdowns are commonplace. Many were terrified, unwilling to fight back against the wounded president’s orders. They were targeting former warlords with Qing ties, and the more northerly provinces saw massive garrisons of Republic Troops. It seemed they were tying up loose ends on the Manchurian border. Semi-Autonomous provinces like Mongolia, etc, are convinced to support the wounded president in the crackdown. With a Japanese refusal to German diplomacy, they had looked to the other Asian power. German arms and advisors arrive at the end of the year in Beijing, to support the Beiyang Warlords, and the still at large President Yuan. Spain The Government run business endeavours went off smoothly. With the surplus of funds (from not trying to rebuild the navy/army) they had their target budget. As a result the mines and foundries will be finished by late 1914. From there Spanish industry will be on a noticeable rise. Propaganda helps fuel the growing favor of the Crown and Parliament. There are still the opposition parties and personal men. But by and large Spain was stable. Serbia The growing wave of industrialization in Serbia will start rather well. Factories will be built by the end of the year. A growing wave of foreign capital was helping. After winning the 1st Balkan War, Serbia proved it’s mettle. The census is a jumbled report, there was no standard system or faculties in place. Serbia’s move to fortify the border kicked off just in time. Bulgaria, angered at the farce of a territory allotment wanted more. As Serbian mobilize to the border , they are met with massed waves of a Bulgarian assault. The fighting is brutal, both armies fully modern and trained. Machine guns scythe men down, as some regiments die within minutes. Field artillery rips men to pieces as cavalry sweep around and behind ranks. The fighting is grueling, and piecemeal. Battles are lasting days, with no sign of rotation out of the hell. And no one learns the lesson this war presents. The Bulgarian’s also advance into Greece, in a sweeping wave. Initially both Serbia and Greece were pushed back with heavy losses. Artillery dueled as generals mobolized their men and sent them in. The Fighting was continuous, the Bulgarians keen to press the initial advantage. For almost a full month they pushed and pushed. But then a Romanian and Ottoman intervention halted the war in it’s tracks. The Bulgarians were surrounded, and the nation besieged. The Treaty of Bucharest is signed, with Macedonia being divided between Greece, Serbia, and Romania. Adrianople is ceded back to the Ottomans. Germany and Austria make a joint offer to the Serbians. Austria, keen on conquering them, had been leashed in by the Kaiser. Germany desperately wanted a link to the middle east. And the Berlin-Baghdad railway was one slender thread. In return for joining the Central Powers, Serbia would be offered German and Austrian capital, as well as German aid for both military and industry. In return Germany wanted access to Serbia to build railways, and transport resources from the Middle East (as well as joining the Triple-Alliance). They hoped to steal Russia’s historic Serb ally, and offer them better terms. As a concession however, Austria wants Serbia to renounce all claims to Austrian held Bosnia and encourage Serbs in Austria to obey Austrian law. Japan Steel Mill growth increases. The initial ones are built as more are planned. Mainland Japan Industry sees and explosion in innovate industry. With government help and a colony market to exploit, they could focus on specialized crafts. The Korean Brothel Reforms as they are called pay off tremendously. The lessening of discipline paid off. More and more Koreans saw themselves as a more respected part of the Empire. The soldiers grumbled about the Brothel laws. But in truth it made things easier for the common troop. Some officers just kept to private courtesans, but obeyed the laws. The flourishing Korean press is a new source of revenue. They are by and large loyal, though with some inclination to a pro Korea. The Landing craft are made, but are rather outdated and inefficient. Regardless training starts. For now they have little headway, but start to learn the rudiments of amphibious fighting. The Education reforms start slowly, with the budget invested elsewhere. France Many French Generals, Staff, and Government agreed with the Alsace-Lorraine rhetoric. The common people as well rallied behind this point, as anti-German sentiment was running rampant. The increase to the conscription army pays off very well. The French army will start to slowly grow, a multi province amalgamation of Poilus. The effort to change French uniforms is blocked immediately. The Generals laughed at the notion of trying to hide their armies. When French armies marched, their enemy would know death was coming for them. The new rifle will progress slightly, still needing time to enter production. The Indochina company will see slight increase to raw resource extraction. Netherlands The VOK travels to the Dutch colonies, to find the problems awaiting. The muslim majority population was resentful, and money was tight. With not that much over sight this new independent branch was off to a bad start. They were inefficient, and reliant on the homeland. The modernization of the fleet proves to be a massive task. Even with increased revenue from the budget and colony sales. The Dutch did not have the means with which to update their current inventory. Most of the fleet was in their colonies, and busy going to the new ones. For now they would make no headway, simply maintain what they have. Upgrades on armaments and armor will begin but the overall ship is still horrendously outdated. The controversial sales are met with some resistance. The Dutch citizens living in the American isles now found themselves on U.S soil. They had lost their identity for money. The deal does however take place. Protest ensue across Eritrea at this change of hands. They had been fed up with Italian rule. And to be sold to the Dutch reeked of Imperialism. For now they gather in silence, only the bold raiding incoming Dutch settlers. In all the chaos no one will notice. The Liberal Dutch government for it’s part had plenty of opposition. The Indonesian investment falls short. The budget was too split, and the VOC was proving to not be too much of a help. In Summary the minority party leading Netherlands was facing increased opposition from all sides. Many wanted a continued status quo. This colonial mix up and deals were a potential road to ruin. However small gauge railways and outpost will grow over the islands. More military and trade outpost start as well. Italy Nationalism and support for the King is on the rise. In the past three years Italy has rapidly expanded. The colony sale to the Dutch is hated, but not opposed. Besides that though Italy is on the rise, and the nationalist rhetoric listened to more. The liberal government was being influenced by this shift, they were more willing to accommodate. Though considered extremely tacky the officer’s Romanic uniforms are a point of honor for them. Nationalist who served in the Ottoman war parade the streets of Rome to cheering crowds. The polls showed a growing support for the current Italian government. Though nationalist rhetoric was strong, it was blending with the current liberals. They were tapping into that to help gain votes that would otherwise go to extremist. As arranged German officials and workers pour into Italy. The royal advisors start to accompany the King of Italy while others monitor telegraphs. The Venice to Berlin rail way is started. It would giver Germany greater access to the Adriatic, a sea firmly in Central Powers control. The promised aid arrives as well. German engineers will help the Italians retrofit their navy. It’ll take years and plenty of funds, but the Germans will pay for the brunt of it. Russia The subtle manipulation was a better approach for the Duma. For now however Rasputin was alerted to their hate of him. He too will be whispering in the Czar’s ear, and has far more influence. The nationalist rhetoric had little credibility as they were the only party in the Duma. It was a one party system praising itself on being better. But they would not hold open elections, diminishing the effect in people’s minds. It was true however the more fervent Russian nationalist were outstandingly happy. Russians scratch their heads and curse in vexation. A Semi-Auto was too complicated to figure out how to even produce in small numbers. Industry growth continues on pace. Russia and France were combined starting to rival German arms production. More and more people move to the cities for work. However life is rather squalid, poor, and cold for your everyday Russian. French doctrine dictated massed ranks of assault. Russia had the manpower to do this, as their officers began to learn from the French. The Russian army begins to take a shift towards praising massed offense. Ottoman Empire The elitist class of Arabs was indeed on pace to grow to even loftier heights. Towns and city districts will gradually begin to be upgraded. More parties are formed, most of them pro-Sultan nationalist. Overall it was a good year to live as an Ottoman elite. The agriculture reforms are seeing their first major bumps in the road. An increasingly disenfranchised conglomeration of ethnic minorities were the agriculture backbone. They saw the Arabs getting more and more power and support. And so they did not want to allow the Arabs to so completely lord over them. Tensions are high between ethnicities as is, farming remains at its current production as farmers strike. The Railway continues with major German funding, and the new line slowly begins. Many simply don’t find oil or don’t have the means too. Instead the Ottomans focus on increasing production on what fields they already have. The Ottomans regain Adrianople in the 2nd Balkan war. It is a big victory for the Pasha’s and Sultan. However many look to what the Ottoman territory was before 1912. There’s mixed reviews as too support of the army. Refugees fleeing from the lost Balkan lands into Adrian/Constantinople are reaching 2.5 million. However the Janissaries premiered in the war. With Ottoman training relatively mastered, they had received rudiment German training and support. They even went into the war with some MG-08’s. The officer corp was lack lustre, mainly Arab elites who bought their way in. The common man though had fought and bled to earn the title of Janissary. Even with the best equipment, surprise, and ‘elite’ status, casualties were high. The Balkans were proving to be the most modern killing ground yet to be seen. Most shocking in the Empire this year was an attempted coup. The CUP party in Turkey were increasingly dissatisfied with Ottoman results. However reforms and actions in the past year or two had helped lighten this. They launched a surprise strike on government buildings. Nazim Pasha is assassinated, as the fighting erupts. At the last second however Janissary troops repulse the attack, and solidify the Grand Vizier's rule. It was clear the CUP had lost the Pasha triumvirates support, since the Ottomans seemed to be shifting to Germany. They went with the wind, and supported the Freedom and Accord party, hence why the coup fails. However it shows all is not well in the still Sick man of Europe. U.S The Filipino people by and large wanted better education, and better infrastructure from the U.S. Many wanted to partake in local government, or help the U.S. Others still wanted education to further their independence. Apologies and money will never bring sons back though it slightly helps deflect any backlash. Many are reluctant to buy this GASA, though membership increases. The funds from it however and insufficient to help any infrastructure plans. The U.S government is still in shutdown and split. The economy at this point is tanking as no one can agree on anything. Controversial issues, actions like the newspaper/cowboy scandal, and a growing rivalry prevent the U.S from making leaps forward. Though Roosevelt was making deals with European powers, many more wanted a firm isolationist policy. And still many more supported the newly formed Central Powers. There were plenty of German, Austrian, Italian, Turkish, Slavic, Hungarian, and other immigrants. Another layer to the already dense American problem. Greece None could really argue with punishing someone who disobeys orders. However the King’s son took it as a lesson to learn. In the 2nd Balkan war and it’s aftermath he was starting a personality cult. If the Greek King tried to seem neutral, the son was a vehement Royalist. Plays, parades, and clubs are started by these nationalist men of society. Industry will slowly grow, what with all the newly acquired land from the Ottomans/Bulgarians. The Steel industry will grow a little faster, but the market does not grow. Ironically, the Royalist praise the Greek government inviting the Italian King. It was known that he was now a staunch Central Powers supporter, something many of them were inclined to like.
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    Et Novi Orbis Terrarum

    accepted
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    Brave New World [RP thread]

    Eiru Commonwealth Pop; 2,824 Ap; 25; 5 Base, 10 (2 Market Stacks), 3 Settlement, 1 Trade, 2 Mines, 3 Gold  FS; 3k; (1 base, 1 Farmland Stack) Investments; Foundry (50/50/Mine (40/40) Army; 300 Militia, 1 Schooner The rush of gold was flowing through the city. Thanks to a timely investment they had rushed the construction. And now as far as they knew, Eiru was the richest in the new world. They have so far jealously guarded all knowledge happening in their lands. As far as anyone knew it was just trade and a New World Bank offering investment. The next project begins... Paying Marcolo back; 3 AP Finishing Foundry; 22 AP
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    Et Novi Orbis Terrarum

    Accepted
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    Et Novi Orbis Terrarum (Rp Thread)

    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. 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. 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. 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. 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.
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    Et Novi Orbis Terrarum

    Accepted! For the Record France, Austria, Germany, and Brazil are open as well if you want a stronger nation. Also need your 4 tag digit at end of your discord name
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    Brave New World [RP thread]

    Eiru Commonwealth Pop; 2,382 Ap; 21; 5 Base, 10 (2 Market Stacks), 3 Settlement, 1 Trade, 2 Loan from Marcolo's Brigands.  FS; 3k; (1 base, 1 Farmland Stack) Investments; Foundry (28/50/Mine (40/40) Army; 300 Militia, 1 Schooner With the discovery of golf the first expedition had been made. The Commonwealth had stayed completely within their capital. Besides the scouts who found the gold, many had no idea of the geography. This will change as workers and guards go to the new province. Some families even sprout up, forming an impromptu mining town. From here gold will pour into the Commonwealth's already large coffers. Quality of life is good, with everyone having enough food and shelter. Everyone felt safe behind the thick walls. With all this new economic power, the council decides to scale things up. Their first economic move is to take a loan from the Caribbean pirates. Marcolo could prove to be a fine partner down the road. But Eiro saw large than that. Plenty of colonies dotted the coast, and had their unique financial troubles. Eiru was clearly the richest of them all. And so the New World Bank is formed. Comprised of the wealthy and noble Eiru elite, it will be a joint-stock banking company. Any colony wishing to take a loan or have the Bank invest in them can petition to do so. Interest rates will depend on what's being asked. With this institution the Irish would help their neighbors, and be helped in turn. It was their first move to clearly signify Irish neutrality and banking power. The Capital as it always will be is closed off to foreigners. All interactions are made on the surrounding beach. Government buildings are sprouting to deal with the influx of merchants. Yet none has seen the inside of Dyflin....... Expenditures Finishing Mine (21 AP)
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    Et Novi Orbis Terrarum (Rp Thread)

    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.
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    Et Novi Orbis Terrarum (Rp Thread)

    1912 (Early months) With the start of the new year, things become clear. Almost every single nation is trying to update and expand their military forces. Many believed war was to not happen again. But industrialist are pumping weapons out as fast as they can make them. Border disputes become more dark, with each nation able to call in troops within weeks. 1912 will herald the start of nation’s focusing their economies and policy on efficient war, not trade and domestic life. Tension increases as a result. The arms race between the Triple alliance and Franco-Russian pact is the talk of the new year. Each army is rapidly trying to out compete the other’s industry. If this continues on pace, it will eclipse the already large naval race between Germany/Britain. This shift could mean the end of Germany trying to contest the waves. The Titanic is heralded as the “Dawn of a new age in which peace, technology, and trade rule Man.” It begins it’s voyage with world round celebration at this remark. It promptly sinks with almost all hands. Russian crackdowns on unions encouraged by the new Duma begin. Strikers in Siberian gold mines are killed or wounded, almost 500. The International Opium Convention is signed. The Balkan War’s conclusion leads to a shrinking Ottoman Empire. In the Balkans themselves territory is worked out. Bulgaria loses in the bargain, and it’s rhetoric indicates more violence to come. In the United States things are looking bleak. The practically feuding parties are fracturing at the seams. The goverment shut down leads to nationwide panic. Stocks take a small dip, and foreign trade seizes. As the elections near the U.S finds it may need to act before then. Mexican banditos chiefed by Sancho Panza feel emboldened by this new shift. They increase their raids and skirmishes, drawing further recruits and riches to their cause. Republic of China And so 2,000 years of Imperial rule are ended. The new Republic will soon see the vast amount of problems cropping up. Problems the Emperor could barely contain. Manchuria soon becomes the last bastion of “Qing rule”. Puyi and his family, followers, generals, and all other sorts now reside there. The local warlords are inclined to support them, and are rumored to be leaning towards a Japanese sphere of influence. For now they do not officially break away from the Republic. But Yuan Shikai’s rule effectively ends at the border of Manchuria, not in it. Officials not quick enough to flee there are seized. A Manchurian provisional government formed in response to the aggressive Republic moves demand their return. Besides manchuria however the other newly made ‘autonomous regions’ make little fuss as long as life remains as it once was. They don’t appreciate not being as actively involved in the Republic’s politics however. They fear being voted or coerced into supporting the growing amount of generals looking for a base. Instead they actively seek to help stabilize the Republic if allowed more rights and powers. The ruling elite and local generals are the ones with this rhetoric, of course. Families grumble about the new draft, but assent in hopes of keeping the Republic stable. However the logistics soon show it may not work. To categorize every family and take a son is a challenge. Alongside then recruiting them from all the Republic’s newly made provinces. And then training them and following up to see if they want to continue service. The program seems to be failing but there is a surge of chinese boys learning the arts of war, from all parts of China. Will this ultimately help or harm? The new Republic’s government despite careful monitoring would have their fair share of corruption and scandal. The one party system was all but a joke. Many influential members and government officials lead their own little armies. However it was true they were mostly under a broad coalition, led by president Yuan Shikai and his effective military force. For now the Republic is off to a shaky start. There is horrendous mismanagement, bickering, and problems with enforcing new law. But by and large the populace was willing to give it a try. Spain It would provide an almost impossible task to update Spain’s entire current military arms situation. They would have to be content with whatever left over equipment they had. They would need foreign help or a resurgence of internal arms production to even begin trying to retrofit their armies with modern equipment. The reduction of officers and generals is passed, though it begins to build resentment to the ruling party. The officers and veterans did not appreciate being reviewed and having their pensions frozen even temporarily. The reduction does lead to increased state revenue and slightly better leadership. There is now 1 officer for every 12 troops, not 10. Naval production will continue on pace though the ships are horrendously outdated in comparison to a U.K dreadnought. Trying to update the armies small arms and build ships would prove a slow plan. Spanish General Staff advises focusing on one. The Madrid soup kitchens start off well, though take up a good amount of money and aren’t sustainable without proper taxes and committee planning. The citizens appreciate it alongside the King’s apparent concern for their hunger. For now the King’s influence does not spread in the way he means though he does certainly try! The people are starting to trust and respect their King. But as of yet no one thinks that’d mean they should solidify his rule. A good start to earn their love though! German Empire The reforms to improve their colonies standards will begin in German East Africa, and Papua New Guinea. There they will see an increase in German officials, officers, and engineers. Work will slowly begin on binding the colonies together with compact dirt roads, small gauge rails, and telegraph outpost. On the homefront German industry is one of the largest in the world. Their growth will continue on pace. One arising problem however is their split production nature. The race to beat England’s navy is costly. The surface and submarine fleet production has been down/split. This was also direct a result from the developing arms race between Russia/France and Germany. The formation of the Beleuchtungskorps fails almost as soon as it begins.The ideas simply aren’t there, and the General staff discounts it. Their doctrine is very different, and focused on the world as they know it. Progress like this was too radical to take effect. Project Firefly however fairs somewhat better. Great minds gather from around Germany, and Germany debuts in the ever growing arms race between them and the Franco-Russo alliance. German small arms are to be worked upon with an updated model soon to be presented to the army. The downscaling of cavalry units sent a ripple through the army. They were skeptical what tactical value it would bring. How could they sweep men off the field in smaller groups? Nevertheless the General Staff humors the Kaiser’s proposition and implements it in the army. Though the pickelhaube is scheduled to be removed, it still thrives in the German army. Many units and generals refuse to alter their Prussian headgear. The German industrialist are too busy building ships and weapons and wagons. To implement millions of a new and untested design would be too costly. The Stahlhelm is instead showed in museums and classrooms, to show the growing might of the German scientist’s mind and industrial power. Imperial Japan The new Emperor rises smoothly to his new position. Many appreciate his taking the speech and issuing a proclamation. His strength and will to change the people are noted. The new PM is lauded as the start of a new Japanese state. Of course Koreans don’t feel the change and are routinely oppressed like any other non ethnic Japanese. A democratising state with shadows! Many besides the poor and displaced came to the cities in Japan to work. Granted this indeed means a surge of jobs. But there was little regulation or basic decency. Families with a history of quietly tending their farms are now shoulder to shoulder in hovels. Cities are filling, but planning is poor. In short the factories are booming but quality of life is sinking. With the opening of the market to foreign economies and primier Japanese ones, the economy is surging. Nations like France and the U.K are not the sole markets. Japan and Russia are prime examples. The New Emperor will find the national treasury is swelling in the early months of this year. Great Britain Redmond and the Fiery Welshmen pulled their bill off without a cinch in the early phases. The support and voted were there in both houses. However conservatives and even some within the party make some protest. They have reviewed the new government's spending plan like everyone else. They fear the penny to pound would not be enough. They argue to attach a rider to the bill. It would dictate the Irish would have to help pay for the Empire’s growing cost. It was not just their own policy. The U.K was massive, and ran a massive tab. In general the conservatives would relish the increased funds even if it was only for five years. Lloyd could choose to go along with the rider or pass the original bill anyway. The Industrial act represents the growing social power within the U.K. It is expected to go ahead as planned, albeit a bit more costly than anticipated. State funded projects are performing well, with the north seeing a surge of jobs. The coal and steel industries would gradually see an incline of productivity and profits in the early parts of this year. However social changes and freer electricity don’t perform as well. The wealthy energy and steel industrialist didn’t want the government stepping into every one of their pies. Automobiles remain a more elitist luxury, and seem destined for that sector. Work into the cinema industry seems very promising but for now yields no results besides improvement of what is already there. Reforms to the army training pay off as expected, men are learning better. The increased shells add to the bill. And of course for some men no matter how many bullets they shoot they won’t learn all the nuances. The artillery piece was scorned by some. But the veterans of wars like in Africa pushed for it. They knew what could be out there. Sometimes slower but bigger gus did pay off. The French laugh at this new gun. Saying if there’s ever a war, [the] “British will struggle just to mobilize in time.” The review of the RN hitches off a bit worse. Many ships and men are flung across the world, or otherwise engaged. Of course a gradual review takes course. But some reports get confused, or some officers lie (or simply don’t know) how well their ships can preform. A gradual conclusion is Britain still rules the waves. But a good portion of their non 1906 and beyond era ships are decaying. In comparison to the German fleet (The ever growing bill continues in the Anglo-Germanic naval race) the RN is more modern, and have better guns and crews. But the German’s supposed ‘submersible’ fleet and armor/engineering are farther ahead than the RN. Imperial Russia Elections are in! If that’s what you wanted to call them. Many russian socialist, leftist, democrats, and that sort were clearly alienated or did not participate at all. So in reality it was just Tsar Nicholas flexing his godly powers again. He ushered in what most in his inner circles wanted. A shift towards the growing nationalism and autocracy. The Duma would be dominated by the right, and were even granted powers. This would be a messy start to the 4th Duma. Mainly because though they are meant to represent Russian interest and have power, they are flawed. There is no true opposition in the halls. In reality it seems the case will be the opposition is the Tsar. The Duma’s participants were men of ambition, power, and pride in their nation. This didn’t exactly equate to putting Romanov’s first on their list. So yes they will follow Nicholas in this shift, and support it fully as it helps solidify their own gains. But it was clear this could lead to problems down the road as votes became more focused on the Duma trying to give itself more power. Russia’s industry was growing almost monthly. Their oligarchs, French/British investment, and rich foreign donors were a prime contributor. Russian railways were ever growing, something that terrified Germany to it’s very core. Russian arms were also growing. It was clear the Duma and French Government was in a growing arms race with the German Empire. Progress will continue steadily. Reform to the army proves too costly and advanced to implement. The Russian army was comprised of millions. It would take time to try to shift their priorities. For now Russian industry is struggling just to equip and transport what it already has. The growing arms race with Germany however means this will soon[ish] change. The Schools will start slowly in the main cities. Teachers are found and curriculum made. For now no clear results can be discerned from it’s progress. Kingdom of Italy The new liberal cabinet/minister’s education reforms seem to be doing well in the cities. It seems however the rich and upper middle class are the only ones benefiting. Your everyday Italian is too poor, or too busy working to pursue their child's education. In the rural areas it has almost no impact. For now a glacial start. The move to Ethiopian borders elicits protest from some strong supporters of the government. Though they supported Italian nationalism, it was too much. They had just ended a war with the Ottomans. To continue asking Italians to die in deserts against Africans was too much. They lobby a halt to the operation before it begins. Of course it’s not an absolute. The Italian PM can choose to ignore the warnings and plow on. The Ethiopians for their part are heavily fortified in the mountains and receiving shipments of weapons. It does however take many eyes off the rising social and wealth problems in the mainland. The move to update the army doesen’t go as expected. The army was a big, inefficient, and not so well led entity. Italian industry was also in shambles. To equip them would take years, but a painfully slow start begins. Of course their move to seek foreign capital would help. The concept of a ‘fighter plane’ is for now not tangible. Many have yet to figure out how to even conceive what a fighter plane would entail. However a gradual upgrade of Italian air models begin. Much smaller than the army, progress is slightly easier. They will have Europe’s premier reconnaissance planes by 1914. Ottoman Empire The Empire was on the precipice, clearly. They had just been stripped of several tracts of land. Their apparent response was to push the nation’s industry and budget to the very limit. The work into the downsized army begins first. Without any foreign aid it would go painfully slow. Sure men can show off their new uniforms. But basic and up to date equipment, arms, vehicles, and arillery are far off into the future. Especially with a resurgent naval production. The more elite regiments however receive the best treatment. They will at least have all the standard equipment and ammo they need. The Search for petroleum goes well. There’s plenty of reserves to be found. It will of course prove a far more expensive task to extract it. The Empire if woefully incapable of doing it by itself in a large amount. Several foreign investors offer capital in return for high stocks in the project. It would speed things up but ensure they never truly owned the oil, foreign investment did. Nationalist Propaganda is rather successful! Denizens of the Empire are terrified of the looming threats on their border. However it is also showing the wide divides in the Ottoman community, polarizing some. The naval expansion fails relatively quickly. Currently the Greek navy was able to stop Ottomans from crossing into their Balkan land. This showed how out of date they were. To build drydocks and then pump out a new navy in a few years is discounted. Instead work begins on trying to even make a modern ship building yard in Constantinople. The “Ottoman” dreadnought is too expensive to build with every other budget the Empire has invested into. Agriculture works go well however. It is expected in a year the market will be ready for small level exports. It also binds the small, sectarian communities together. They feel more unified when they share each other’s food. Overall a successful venture.
  12. GrimBeard

    Et Novi Orbis Terrarum

    Accepted! 1st turn post deadline is Sunday. If you can make your post by then feel free to participate in turn 1. Applications are still open!
  13. GrimBeard

    Brave New World [RP thread]

    Eiru Commonwealth Pop; 2,247 Ap; 19; 5 Base, 10 (2 Market Stacks), 3 Settlement, 1 Trade  FS; 3k; (1 base, 1 Farmland Stack) Investments; Foundry (28/50/Mine (19/40) Army; 300 Militia, 1 Schooner The militia come back with wondrous reports of the world outside their walls. It was the first commonwealth group to officially venture out of the capital. And what they found was a mysteriously wooded land. They found all sorts of new trees, fish, animals, and climates. And they brought back the sampled bits and pieces to the city. What they also brought back was far more important then these trinkets. Gold! The lifeblood of any true nation's economy. And the Commonwealth was certainly one inclined to gold. Knowledge of this is heavily sequestered. Foreign ships and merchants are still barred from entering Dyflin's walls. Interactions with colonist is at a zero. They merely exchange goods and carry on. Work immediately begins on facilitating the new resource. Militia and colonist embark to settle the land around the gold veins. Work will begin to start a mining operation. Actions; Starting a mine 19 AP (19/40)
  14. GrimBeard

    Et Novi Orbis Terrarum

    Accepted!
  15. 1912 And the countdown begins. 10! The residents of New York City scream. As the countdown continues, the last visage of absolute history as we know it also reaches it's end. 1! they scream and couples kiss and children scream. It is a new year, 1912! The past year had been difficult, and shown a lot of change. The Ottomans have lost their Libyan colony, and a lot of Balkan land. The German and English naval race continues. However it's becoming apparent an arms race on the continent is brewing. Russia and France in their alliance seek to out produce/compete German arms. The balkans are a powder keg, with a furious Bulgaria, and a emboldened Serbia. Russia has it's own personal problems, but is a growing economy. Germany is terrified, by even 1920 Russian rail roads could rival their own. The U.S is a fledgling state, dealing with what seems to be a massive problem. Every year more and more Mexican banditos raid U.S land in Texas. The army is left dumfounded, unable to hunt them down. Japan sees a rising wave of imperialism, they were now a great power. Russia remembers with fear, as they watch China practically collapse. History up until the point of 1912 is exactly the same. The same people, alliances, and policy. However this will start to change very slowly. A butterfly beats it's wings, and the ripple spreads. The further we deviate from the modern timeline, the more outlandish nations will act. For now though most act the way they always have. But small changes are slowly seeping through, and 1912 is a perfect year to show that. Expectations for post; I expect some pretty flashy post. This is the pre ww1 era after all! Imperialism and Nationalism is at an all time high. People are pioneering new fields, and art/photography enters a whole new stage. Your post don't have to be massive. But I expect at least a few paragraphs and photos to really capture a feel for your nation in this current era. ALWAYS have an 'Actions' tab at the end of your post. This will summarize everything you have done in the Half Year turns. It is there I will respond accordingly. Expect some harsh reprisals and things to not always work out! Things not listed in the actions tab will be ignored and considered moot. Taken Nations U.K Germany U.S Spain France Japan China Austria Ottomans Russia You may still apply for other nations!
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