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  1. Onwards [Sci-Fi Nation FRP - RP]

    The Union of the Lily & The Crescent Anno Domini MMCXLVIII سنة ٢١٤٨ As the Erakat Caliphate prepares to once again embrace the galactic community, it finds a friend in the Maltese Holy Reign. In the days prior to the fall of the Holy Kingdom, collaboration between the Eadni and Maltese made possible various diplomatic and technological advances impossible for either nation, or any other human state for that matter, to complete on their own. Because of the incredible bond forged between these two peoples through both war and peace, the Erakat’s saw fit to select the Maltese as the Caliphate’s chief partner in introducing themselves once again to humanity, and with the collapse of relations with the rest of the Interstellar Accord, the Habsburgs turned to the Caliphate to become its greatest ally once again. --- Pillars of the Union I. Mutual Defense Both nations pledge to defend one another in the case of conflict whether the threat human or alien. The full naval forces of both nations stand primed to strike in defense of the new Union. II. Trade Partnership For the first time since the collapse of the Holy Kingdom, the Caliphate will begin openly trading with a human nation. Maltese ships will be given access to Caliphate controlled regions and transport goods freely between the Caliphate and Maltese space, and vice versa. III. Research Collaboration While no requirements shall be decreed about technology sharing, projects between Maltese and Eadni researchers are encouraged and will be well funded by both governments. This research spans all fields with no special focus given to any sector. IV. Religious Dialogue Despite doctrinal differences between the state religions of Malta and Eadn, religious leaders from both nations decided to maintain strong dialogue and education on the respective religions of their peoples. This includes frequent conferences, open religious debate, and thorough discussion about Abrahamic religion’s place in the twenty-second century. V. Commitment to Combat With the knowledge that past conflicts could have been won with a heavier focus on discipline and acting in accordance with naval doctrine, the Eadni and Maltese jointly agree that any retreats from battle are to be ordered only, and by all, admiral or general level commanders present at the engagement. “...a sacrilegious union of the lily and the crescent”
  2. Onwards [Sci-Fi Nation FRP - RP]

    Caliph Nassef Erakat drummed the fingers of his right hand along his old wooden desk as he leaned back in his leathery chair. The old man sighed, looking at the clock above the elegant doorway to his office. He shook his head with a sigh, “Late again.” He rose from his chair gently, the aging muscles in his back and knees ached from the stress of even minor movements now. Nassef bent as low as his back would allow as he opened a small cupboard, his quivering hands slowly retrieving a cigar from an elegant golden box. Smoking became a guilty pleasure of the Caliph’s during his time as a student in Northern Italy. His mind drifted as he settled back into his seat, smoking always brought him back to his youth. He remembered the circumstances of his personal exodus vividly. Capitalizing on the divisions in the Islamic world as a result of a massive war between the Greater Kingdom of Arabia and Iran, Israel quickly swept through Palestine in 2078, brutally crushing any Islamic opposition in the region. The war left him, and thousands of other Palestinian families, flat broke and with no welcome home. Nassef’s mother and father refused to remain in the Jewish state and used what funds remained in their name to desperately sail across the Mediterranean to the island of Sicily. Upon arriving, the Erakat family kept their heads low as they struggled to learn the language. Because of his young age, Nassef quickly picked up the language and rapidly became the family’s chief translator, forcing him to become an adult at a very young age. He remembered the ridicule he faced from the Sicilian children in school, how they picked on him for his religion and accent. He wanted nothing more than to go home… but he could never go home, for he was not welcome. He was an incredibly bright child, but school bored him and he barely scraped by with below-average grades. While in school, Nassef scraped together money through odd jobs, most of which involved rather suspect activity. The money that he acquired afforded him with enough savings to get a college education, escaping the impoverished island of Sicily in 2088 at the age of 18. From Sicily, Nassef travelled to Florence where he studied both economic and political theory at The Lorenzo de Medici School. Graduating near the top of his class, Nassef returned to Sicily eager to help lift his mother out of poverty now that he had a degree, but she died soon after his return. With nothing keeping him in Italy any longer, Nassef decided to move his Sicilian wife, Angela, and himself to Neom, the sprawling cultural center of the Islamic world along the Red Sea, in 2096. Not long after the announcement of the Arabian Ark, Nassef worked tirelessly to get himself and his wife on board. Using the entirety of his savings, Nassef successfully posed as a wealthy Syrian-Italian businessman who made his money in Artificial Intelligence. Through some miracle, Nassef and Angela Erakat made it onto the ark. Several years passed on Eadn as both Nassef and Angela worked their way up the social ladder, naturally bearing two children, Fahd and Salman, in 2112 and 2117 respectively. Fahd and Salman were among the few children illegally born naturally on the colony, the rest of which had been wiped out in the purges that Nassef himself imposed after the Calamity… and now one of them was late for a meeting with his father. The door burst open as Fahd, the Crown Prince of the Caliphate, entered the smokey room. Caliph Erakat said nothing, his disappointment in his son clear as he took a long drag from the cigar. Fahd bowed respectfully, “Fathe-” “Caliph,” Nassef corrected. Fahd awkwardly rubbed his hand against his leg as he sat, “Caliph, my apologies for being late.. It’s just there’s so much going on in the palace and…” “Spare me your excuses, Fahd...” Nassef sighed, looking over his son. Such a disappointment, Fahd. A feeble man of 35, Fahd spent much of his time partying and drinking with the elite of Eadni society. A known trouble-maker, Fahd found himself often at the mercy of his father. “...and listen carefully.” “Na’am, my Caliph.” Fahd responded quickly, settling into his chair. “It’s come to my attention that you’ve met a girl, Fahd. That she’s rather beautiful, and that you’ve grown quite fond of her.” Nassef looked away from his eldest son, tapping out ashes from his cigar in an ornate ebony ashtray. “What’s her name?” “Samira,” Fahd’s face shone as one’s does when they speak of anything they feel passionately about. “She’s so beautiful… and smart. She works as an engineer! Right now she’s helping the Navy draft their newest classification of ship…” Fahd smirks, clearly smitten. “She needs to die now.” Nassef stated this blankly, looking over his son for any sign of rebellion. Fahd only returned a gaze of pure shock and horror, his hand moving to his face as he scratched his beard. “You told her something about you that nobody, not even those you love, can ever know. You told her you’re not a clone, Fahd.” “But… how do you..” “I know my subjects, and you are one of those subjects, Fahd.” Nassef coughed after a particularly long drag on his cigar, tapping out more ash. “By disclosing this information, you put not only my reign but eventually yours at risk, Fahd.” “My Caliph, you cannot do this! I am in love with her and she wouldn’t tell a soul she…” Fahd’s voice trails as Nassef turns his computer screen toward Fahd, showing a live feed of Samira’s apartment. In an instant, the door to her small room barrels over as armed CSF agents burst into the room, quickly gunning her down before she even knew what was happening. Nassef leaned forward, putting out his cigar in the ashtray. He looked at Fahd, “Don’t make me have to clean up any more of your messes.” -------------------- Salman Erakat peered out of the window of a diplomatic vessel into the vastness of God’s creation ahead of him. The ship quickly approached a massive gas giant, a view that new quite got old to the young Deputy Prime Minister. His eyes scanned the behemoth in an attempt to behold the beauty of it, but before he could adequately appreciate it, his ship zipped along past it, continuing on its predetermined course. Entirely alone in the corvette, Salman spoke as he continued his stargazing. “Aziza, how far are we?” “About 30 more minutes until arrival, Mister Erakat.” The ship’s virtual assistant, Aziza, piped up from nowhere. Standard to every Caliphate vessel, the virtual assistant dutifully served its masters, though in truth, she was the master. On the glass in front of him, Aziza, without orders, magnified a pale blue dot far off into space, showing data gathered on the distant planet from previous scans as well as a detailed 3D image of the planet itself. “Thank you Aziza, would you mind playing my music for me?” Aziza did not respond, but nearly instantaneously music began to flow out of several speakers in the ship, filling Salman’s cabin with sounds from home. Salman smiled, turning away from the window and sitting down at a desk carved into the thick itoron walls of the otherwise rather empty quarters established for him. Travelling on a ship alone proved lonely, but he managed to pass the time through extensive study; an activity which he rather enjoyed. At the desk were various accounts of the nation that he planned on visiting and details about its current state of affairs. Intelligence reports, readouts of their technological capabilities… everything he needed to know and more. He admired the great attention to detail that the C.S.F. had in such affairs, a meticulous nature that derived from their overseer - Salman’s father. The Caliph constantly reminded both Fahd and Salman of their duty to act only when they had the knowledge to do so, and hee stated rather bluntly after the Calamity that it largely occurred due to the Sultan’s own lapses in intelligence. Such failures would not occur again as long as the Erakat family dominated Eadni politics. Salman thumbed through the documents again, moving rather lazily through the pages until one page in particular caught his eye. A favorite from his first reading, the heading for this read Diplomatic Failures of The State. Salman smirked at that, setting aside the other pages as he held this one up for a second thorough read through. The document described, in detail, the various failures of this particular government and its successor rather bluntly. Salman contemplated making a copy to present to whomever might greet him upon landing, but decided not to do so as they might take this as a slight and sour the entire visit. Instead he would keep the document to himself. A shame, he thought. This document would prove incredibly valuable to them, for it possessed the knowledge of their mistakes and the opportunity to recognize them to avoid them again. Salman resolved upon his return to the Caliphate to request such an inquiry be made on the government of the Sultan… and the Caliph.
  3. Onward Player's Lore Index (Non-Official)

    The Erakat Caliphate Capital City: Amal And Largest City Official Language: Arabic Ethnic Groups: Arab - 100% Religion: Sunni Islam Government: Unitary Islamic Absolute Monarchy Legislature: Mu'tamar Al Shaeb Establishment: 2142 Currency: Dinar I. History 1. Before the Foundation of The Erakat Caliphate a. The Holy Kingdom of Eadn Established as the successor state to the Kingdom of Greater Arabia (a union of the sovereign states of Saudi Arabia, Jordan, and the UAE), the Holy Kingdom of Eadn carried the collective hopes of all Arab states into the stars. The founders of the new Kingdom ambitiously sought to reshape the definition of humanity, enacting innovative cloning programs in an effort to reform society. Cloning proved incredibly effective as the Eadni population quickly swelled, surpassing many other human survivor states. Militarily, the Holy Kingdom of Eadn was well known for its rapid naval buildup and significant investment in weapons enhancement. For a time, their navy was the envy of the human states and capable of handling threats with relative ease. That power propelled them to the forefront of human politics, allowing them to form the Human Cooperative, the largest human alliance the galaxy has yet seen. Unfortunately for the Eadni, the power that the Cooperative allowed them to yield quickly lulled the rising empire into complacency; an affliction that ultimately resulted in their demise. b. The Battle of Utopie Fought over the planet of Utopie, the capital colony of the Frontier Colony Affiliation, the Battle of Utopie [2141] saw the fleet of the Eadni Navy swiftly knocked out by the Thulean Republic in a masterful stroke of deception. The battle erupted following intelligence acquired by the Human Cooperative from one of its minor members, the Imperium of Man, indicated that the Frontier Colony Affiliation appeared to be betraying the alliance in favor of siding with a newly formed federation, the Dominion of Man. Seizing upon the opportunity to assert their dominance and position of supremacy over the rest of the human survivor states, the Eadni Navy, along with T.H.C. allies, mobilized to discipline the F.C.A. The combined fleets of the Solarin Federation, Thulean Republic, Holy Kingdom of Eadn, Free Human Technocracy, and Asgardian Republic arrived in system to minimal resistance. Defending Affiliation ships warped out of the system and appeared to surrender, opening Utopie itself to bombardment of military targets. The fleet approached the planet, comprised of several battleships and heavy cruisers. Just prior to the beginning of the engagement, those large ships suddenly erupted into flame and explosions as Trizendrium canisters rigged to explode by the Thulean Republic destroyed the collective firepower of the T.H.C. fleet. Moments after this explosion, dozens of ships from Hephaestus Enterprises, the United States of Arcturus, and the F.C.A. appeared in system, preparing to engage the now crippled T.H.C. fleet. Almost immediately, the core T.H.C. fleets abandoned the system, submitting to an ultimatum to surrender in order to avoid destruction, leaving only the Eadni ships orbiting Utopie. In an act of defiance, the Eadni quickly disposed of the meager Thulean fleet and then carried out a vicious orbital bombardment of the planet before facing total elimination at the hands of the H.E. and American fleet. c. Mercenaries Sack the Holy Planet As the Battle of Utopie raged on, scanners on the fringes of the home system of the Holy Kingdom picked up a fleet of significant size warping in. A mercenary fleet hired by the Han Dominion, it quickly moved to eliminate several orbital structures constructed by the Eadni. Most notably, the mercenaries eliminated the massive shipyard possessed by Eadn which at the time was the largest possessed by a human state. After quickly disposing of the orbital stations, the fleet hovered above the holy planet. The people on the surface entered into a panic upon seeing the foreign vessels, whipping themselves into a frenzy. Most of that hysteria stemmed from the fact that the leading powers of the Holy Kingdom, the Sultan and his High Court, refused to reveal the existence of aliens outside of the Karass Dominion and the existence of other human colonies. All seemed lost for the Eadni until a deal saved the Kingdom. 2. 2142 - The Fall of the Old Regime, Rise of the Erakats After the Eadni-Arabs arrived on their new homeworld, Amal, unrest set in almost immediately. For years, the Sultan and his advisors lied to the people and almost immediately those people turned on him when those secrets came out. At the onset of the uprising however, the Sultan appeared to still hold enough power to keep his position as the Eadni Navy and Army both supported his rule, initially keeping the population at bay. Soon though the Erakat Family, a wealthy civilian family who made their money through weapons sales and cloning facilities, began to win over generals and admirals through their influence and bribes. Upon losing his arms, Sultan Khalifa al-Saud quickly found himself powerless to a popular revolution, sweeping him aside and establishing Nassef Erakat as the first Caliph of the new Erakat Caliphate. Caliph Erakat immediately went about reforming the Eadni-Arab society, enacting a policy of eliminating all remaining Earthborn Eadni. His justification for this cleansing was simple: the Sultan and his High Court were Earthborn so subsequently they were naturally inclined to desire to undermine the will of the new Caliphate. Given the nature of his ascension and his command of absolute loyalty over the military, Erakat’s reforms were executed swiftly. In a more ambitious second reform, the Erakats then went about purging the military establishment rather swiftly, replacing them with loyal clones more capable of serving Erakat interests. Though met with more resistance, the Erakats prevailed and established the Reformed Navy of the Caliphate, II. Politics Coming Soon III. Military Coming Soon IV. Culture Coming Soon V. Geography Coming Soon VI. Monarchs Caliphs Caliph Nassef Erakat (2142-Present) Crown Princes Fahd Erakat (2142-Present) Deputy Crown Princes/Second-in-Line Salman Erakat(2142-Present)
  4. Onwards [Sci-Fi Nation FRP - RP]

    THE LSAA 2147 PRODUCT UNVEILING Sandstorm Class Bomber B4-M3 The third and final model before production commenced, the B4-M3 is a state-of-the-art bomber. Engineered jointly by a team of LSAA and Federation researchers, it possesses a vicious array of offensive capabilities and a tough skin to boot. The B4-M3 is fitted to carry large payloads of all sorts into battle. Alternatively, is capable of being deployed for fast raids due to its powerful warp drive, outranging most fighters and some lesser craft. Crew: 1x Pilot 1x Co-Pilot - Warp Calibrator, Radioman 1x Bombardier 1x Tail Gunner Flight: The B4-M3 possesses an incredibly efficient vertical flight mode. It does sacrifice some of these capabilities though in exchange for additional stabilizers and more processing power dedicated to smooth flight and stunningly good controls for a heavy duty bomber. Armament: 2x Front-facing Houston Rail-Cannons w/various types of ammo: Used primarily against static or ground targets, they add additional clout to the B4-M3 in combat situations where the enemy gets in range of the cannons devastating firepower. Effective against large ships, space stations, ground targets or any pilot foolish enough to set his ship in their sights. 2x Rattler Laser Chain Guns - Back-Facing Ball Turret: A defensive ball turret positioned at the back of the B4-M3 with additional shielding layered on it. Uses VITC to assist the gunner. Multi-Yield Bomb bay - The B4-M3 possesses the capacity to deliver a huge variety of destructive ordinance. From all manner of torpedo to missiles, guided or unguided bombs as well as a collection of less conventional weapons. All guided by the Bombardier with the aid of the VITC. 2x Point Defense Arrays - One on top, one on the bottom of the ship. Defenses: -Dual-phased shielding -Thick itoron armor in strategic places, normal in the others. Others: -Warp capability -Modular -One Medium and one small Xylorite reactor to power the many demanding systems on board the bomber. The Rattler II Laser Rifle An upgrade to the original Rattler Rifle, the Rattler II comes with an increased power system for great power and penetration. Rattler rifles already serve in various roles throughout the galaxy, and the Rattler II will prove to be a worthy successor to its legacy.
  5. Onwards [Sci-Fi Nation FRP - RP]

    “Lieutenant Halabi, the Reformed Navy of the Caliphate welcomes your interest in re-enlisting in the fleet. Your service in the old Navy proved invaluable… according to our records.” The interviewer smiled coldly, his eyes scanning the tablet in front of him which displayed Lieutenant Kaliq Halabi’s service record in the Imperial Eadni Navy. “It’s been too long. I want to serve my country honorably again, inshallah.” Halabi stated flatly, gazing blankly back at the interviewer, his mind drifting far from that small room in the Naval Headquarters toward a small moon in empty space thousands of lightyears away. “Lieutenant Halabi, might we discuss why you chose to leave the service in the first place?” The interviewer observed the empty look in the aging pilot’s eyes, writing something quickly on the tablet. Halabi snapped back to attention, meeting the interviewer’s gaze. “I wanted to return to my family for some time, I had finished a long tour of duty and had a way out. Why wouldn’t I go?” Halabi sighed, his mind drifting again. He still remembered the events of that day vividly. ---- Climbing into his Falcon I fighter aboard the Hayreddin Barbarossa, he looked to his left to see his friend Amir saluting him in jest. Amir and Halabi received admission into the Eadni Naval Academy together and grew alongside one another as pilots while the Imperial Eadni Navy burgeoned in size. Their friendship became close and they served on several tours of duty with one another, notably sharing a bomber during the conflict with the Galaronians and Karass Rebels. “Stay safe out there, Halabi!” Amir shouted across the hanger before closing the thick glass cockpit window, giving a wave to his friend. Halabi smiled, doing the same and preparing for takeoff. Orange lights aboard the Hayreddin Barbarossa signaled that the fighter wing could safely take off and in a few moments, Halabi along with 100 other Falcon I fighters entered formation in deep space, preparing to warp to aid in some science experiment gone wrong, according to their superiors. ---- “Lieutenant Halabi?” The interviewer looked at Halabi with a tinge of doubt, his fingers rolling against the side of the elegant marble table at which the two men sat. “You merely didn’t want to serve? The incident at C74-II didn’t have anything to do with your decision?” Halabi couldn’t help but frown a bit at the mentioning of the battle. He sighed, looking toward the interviewer. “No, C74 did not influence my decision to leave the Navy. Frankly, C74 reinforced why I was needed, sir. It was an example of why we’re so important. What if we didn’t stop that thing on that moon? What if it got to the Holy City? We exist so our people can leave in peace.” Halabi nodded after this, as if to assure himself that he truly believed what he was saying… or at least appear like he did to his superior. ---- Again his mind drifted away to that conversation back to that desolate space so many years ago. Halabi and the rest of the fighter wing entered warp together, emerging a few hundred kilometers away from the moon. Near the moon, a large Eadni frigate sat idly for a moment before warping out, revealing the outline of the small moon. Upon first glance, nothing appeared out of the ordinary and scans revealed nothing significant in nature. As Halabi and the rest of the squadron approached though, they watched in amazement as the surface of the entire moon seemed to shift and glimmer like a giant silvery ocean. Structures began to emerge from the sleek surface and creatures of all shapes moved anxiously across the surface of the new ocean. A massive figure appeared soon after, humanoid in shape. Nearly as tall as one of the largest buildings in Eadni city, the creature turned its frightening red gaze toward the incoming fighter wing. “Can you believe this?” Amir’s voice rang through Halabi’s radio, the astonishment in his voice clear as day. “What the hell did the spooks do to it?” ---- “According to battle logs from the encounter, you were one of eight to make it out alive. Is that true, Lieutenant Halabi?” Halabi straightened himself up in his chair, nodding silently. “I am.” He said coldly. ---- Not long after Amir’s exclamation, the beast opened its massive maw and an incredible red beam engulfed nearly half of the fighter wing, vaporizing them in an instant. The rest of the fight was a blur to Halabi. Weapons spinning, engage! Amir, you’ve got drones on you! Get out! Amir get out! It’s getting ready to fire another blast! ****! Halabi, on me. We’re bringing this fucker down…. We got em! We…. ---- “Do you think that fight will affect your service in the Reformed Navy, Lieutenant?” “No.”
  6. Enjoying the new LoTC. Freebuild is great, no Nexus is great. 

  7. Conquering the Frontier

    OOC Introduction For those of you who don’t know me, I’m Pok. I’ve been on this server since 2012, and played sporadically during that time with long stretches of activity and longer stretches of inactivity. I’m recently coming off one of those longer stretches of inactivity thanks in part to the opening of this new map, which so far, I’m thoroughly enjoying. This post is meant to convey through RP a few of the reasons why I am enjoying it so much, and make the case for freebuild close to regular settlements as well. It’s been nice getting back into the flow of things and being free of all of the obligations I had during my last bit of time on the server. That’s enough from me though… PS. If this is well received, maybe I’ll keep writing journal entries. ---- Excerpts from the Journal of Joseph Hoffman, a God-Fearing Peasant Living on the Frontier 12th of The Sun’s Smile, 1642 A sketch of the land Joseph settled on which he crudely drew in his notebook I sit now at my desk as the last light of the sun creeps below the lake beside my farmhouse, looking out over the horizon at this beautiful country which I now enjoy the pleasure of calling home. I cannot help but thank God and his wisdom for guiding me to this incredible section of his creation and for ensuring my safety as I settled down here. The journey to this land proved difficult and learning construction as I established this ramshackle abode even moreso, but as I reflect upon my circumstances prior to my personal exodus, I cannot help but think I made the right decision. After escaping to the frontier and witnessing God’s glorious creation firsthand, I cannot help but wonder how I ever held city life in such high esteem. Life here is honest. Everything I gain, I gain out of my own ability to survive. The lake provides me with fish to eat when the wildlife prove difficult to hunt, and soon it will provide me with crops to make sustaining myself even easier. The small home I’ve built for myself through much difficulty does its job well enough, sufficiently sheltering me from the elements. I cannot help but wonder whether or not it will hold up come the Deep Cold, however I must set those thoughts aside in order to establish my crop in time to have a decent yield come harvest season. 16th of The Sun’s Smile, 1642 A sketch of the Frontiersmen working on their settlement, another crude drawing from Joseph. While tending to my crops this morning, I noticed that another small group of frontiersmen established a small settlement across the lake. After assuring myself that my fields were properly tended to, I ventured out in the mid-afternoon to visit these new settlers. They greeted me warmly, showing me around their new settlement. They held lofty ambitions and repeatedly stated their desire to build a grand new settlement along the lake. I couldn’t help but smile at these young men, naive in their ways but bold in their desire for greatness. The world has not yet corrupted them. They have not been knocked down in the way that so many are in the great cities of humanity and beyond. I wished them luck, offered them provisions from the farm, and went on my way. On my walk back from that settlement, I ran into a man and woman fishing down along the lake not too far from my farm. The man smiled, setting the rod in the soft clay along the riverbank and turned toward me. He asked me if I resided in the farmhouse to which I responded truthfully. He smiled, commenting on its beauty. After chatting for some time, I invited him and his companion back to the farmhouse for some fish, bread, and brandy. While we ate, he told me about the small homestead, which he called Southwood, he and his extended family were in the process of building just beyond the hills from my farm. It sounded quite quaint and I promised to visit soon. Before he left, he inquired about purchasing some wheat for his livestock to which I naturally said yes. I’ve been preparing to go into one of the larger towns to buy some new supplies for the house, so I could use the extra coin. 8th of the Amber Cold, 1642 Another sketch of Joseph’s of the lake in Autumn. The harvest season arrived to blistering winds and cold air sweeping over the lake from the mountains beyond the lake. I nearly lost my crop, but luckily the cold air swept into my cabin and woke me, stirring me to take action to protect my crop. I left into action, running about my fields covering the crop with whatever cloth and leather I could find. I didn't really know what I was doing, or if it would make a difference, but when I woke in the morning, it proved to be worthwhile. Thanks to my fast action, I was able to salvage well over three quarters of the wheat. It’s not ideal, but it’s certainly better than what might’ve been had I not been awakened by the cold. Had my shelter been constructed any better, I likely would not have been forced to wake up. It seems that I’ve done a rather poor job of insulating my cabin and the wind whistles through every crack and board. I really ought to fix that before the first snowfalls, but my carpentry skills are lacking… to say the least. Perhaps next time I go into town, I can find somebody capable of putting my cabin in order.
  8. is this new map thing up yet im tryna RP

    1. iMattyz
    2. _pok_


      what do I RP now tho @iMattyz

    3. iMattyz


      Dunno brother, that is up to you

  9. Onwards [Sci-Fi Nation FRP - RP]

    From the Archives of the National Library at Madinat Amal The Caliphate of Abdullah al-Mansur: Geography & History Volume I Chapter III: The Home World, Amal An enhanced image of the desert world of Amal taken by the Harun Satellite, circa. 2144 Overview Settled in 2143, Amal acts as the cradle of Eadni civilization after The Calamity. A world covered mostly in vast deserts and savannas, the planet proves remarkably reminiscent of that first cradle of the Eadni, Arabia. Upon arrival vast ecological and geographic surveys began in order to better understand the new capital of the Caliphate. The results of these surveys proved incredibly promising, yielding an extensive amount of natural resources that ensured prosperity during the early years of Eadni settlement. Though Eadni are spread out across the planet in small settlements, two major metropolises act as the seat of culture and civilization. Madinat Amal serves as the beating heart of the Caliphate. From this city, the Caliph and the Mutamar issue the laws of the Caliphate and declare the policies that inevitably bring about prosperity to the people. The city is located in the heart of the continent of Al Arabiya Al Kabira and is straddled on either side by two rivers, the Kamal and the Al’Noor. Across the vast Al Muhit al Hadi Al Jadida on the continent of Harara, one finds the cultural center of the Caliphate, Al Jeddah. The more populous of the two cities, Al Jeddah sits on the coast and acts as the commercial capital of the Caliphate on Amal as well. Just beyond the city limits, one can begin to see the faint shadow of the massive Jabil Mudhhila mountain range. The range effectively separates the connected continents of Harara and Medinati, rising thousands of feet into the air. The mountains prove an incredibly popular tourist destination where thousands flock for skiing throughout the year. In orbit above the homeworld, two large structures currently dominate the skies of Amal. The Grand Shipyard of the Caliphate employees thousands of workers and affords the Reformed Navy of The Caliphate with production capabilities unlike anything the previous regime might have conceived. It’s size and scale, at least according to pre-Calamity records, prove unmatched among other known human civilizations. To protect that shipyard and the homeworld itself, the second structure, Shajarat Eadni Al Jadida, provides massive firing support against incoming threats. Continents - Al Arabiya Al Kabira - Harara - Medinati Oceans - Al Muhit al Hadi al Jadida - Al Atlasiu al Jadida - Janub Al Muhit - Al Muhit Al Shamaliu Major Cities - Madinat Amal [Capital] - Al Jeddah Population [!] Somebody seems to have crossed this part out, it is unintelligible!
  10. Onwards [Sci-Fi Nation FRP - RP]

    Lieutenant Hussein al Noor strode rapidly down the dull grey corridor, in his left hand he carried his sharp white officer’s cap while in his right he carried a schematic of the newest capital ship bound for service in the Reformed Navy of The Caliphate. Arriving at a set of massive metal doors bearing the insignia of the new naval hierarchy, the Lieutenant paused and took a deep breath, relaxing his body before stepping into the meeting. As the doors opened before him, a grey-haired man with a dark complexion rose to meet him. Dressed in the standard work attire of the Prophet’s Legion, Hussein couldn’t help but admire those fine suits designed so meticulously for the new vanguard of the Caliphate. “Lieutenant al Noor! Assalamu alaikum, aki.” The old man beams at the young officer, straightening his khaki shirt as he stands. He beckons Hussein into the white room, the walls pristine and covered with Quranic verses and proverbs of strength. Behind the General’s desk, a wide open window peers over the massive shipyard facility orbiting the planet Amal. “Tafaddal, tafaddal Hussein. We’ve much to discuss this afternoon.” Hussein bows his head respectfully, slowly lowering himself into the chair before the General’s desk. The general himself does not sit down, instead walking to the window overlooking the shipyard. Shifting uncomfortably in his seat, Hussein thinks quickly of something to say to lighten the mood of the room. “General Idafa, your new office certainly has quite the view sir.” “It does indeed, doesn’t it Hussein? A good place to oversee the construction of our new fleet." General Idafa smiles, watching drones circle the massive outer hull of the newest battleship of R.N.C., the Hayreddin Barbarossa. “You know Hussein, in the old regime, the first Hayreddin Barbarossa was commanded by your father?” Hussein flinched a bit at the comment, for most of his life he’d been attempting to escape the shadow of his father. First at the academy, then in the fleet… he couldn’t help but wonder if it wasn’t his last name that helped him survive those brutal purges after the exodus. “I do, General Idafa. He died a warrior's death against the Karass insurgents, inshallah.” Hussein let out a half-hearted smile, placing his cap on the desk in front of him. He relaxed in his seat, watching the General as he sank back into his seat with a smile. “Your father was a hero, Lieutenant. He led us in our first wars and never tasted defeat. He was the best of us in those early days. He knew the potential that Eadn had and believed in the Sultan’s cause wholeheartedly. It’s a shame, perhaps if we had him at Utopie…” The General shakes his head then waves his hand dismissively. “Enough about the old world. We have a new one to worry about.” Hussein nods, leaning forward in his chair to listen to General Idafa. “I’ve got an assignment for you, Hussein. Since the purges, the staff for this particular project has been… shorthanded.” Hussein tilts his head a bit, clearly interested. His mind drifts back for a moment to those days immediately after the Exodus - the execution of the Sultan, the eradication of any other Earth-Borns, the installation of the Caliph… it all happened so suddenly. “Hussein? Are you listening?” “Na’am, General.” Hussein snaps back to attention, looking to the General as he describes the project he’s joining in great detail. At the conclusion of the meeting, Hussein rises from his chair with a smirk. Shaking General Idafa’s hand and bowing, the Lieutenant marches out of the meeting confidently, ready to take his place among the heroes of the new Caliphate.
  11. [RP Thread] Nightfall II

    The Hellenic Republic Economy: 4/10 to Growth AP: 5 per turn GDP: 1.06 Trillion After nearly two decades of civil unrest and a political crisis unparalleled in modern Europe, the Hellenic Republic emerged tired and reluctant to continue to have any relevance on the world stage. Clashes between the left and right in the political realm often poured into the streets as violent factions rose on both sides, brutalizing one another and bringing the nation to the brink of civil war. Despite the best efforts of the European Union, the crises seemed doomed to escalate and the Greek question would require a Greek answer. Enter Nikolaos Theodosios. A middle-aged retired Greek naval officer educated in the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Nikolaos spent his formative years after his time at the university in the United States where he became enamored with the likes of George Washington and Alexander Hamilton, men whom he revered for their tremendous sense of honor. Washington especially caught the eye of the then young Nikolaos as he studied the way in which the founding father of America, who at any time might have seized unlimited power as a dictator, so humbly surrendered that power for an idea far greater than himself. After retiring from the Greek Navy in 2017, Nikolaos entered into public service as a politician, taking after the ancients, Nikolaos began preaching in the public squares of Athens and then uploaded those speeches to YouTube, Facebook, and whatever other social media websites he could get his hands on. One of the few preachers of a truly balanced, Republican form of government remaining in Greece, thousands of people began to follow and admire the retired officer. Forming a new political party, the Federalists, Nikolaos began to recruit and train disciples in the art of a Republican government and the importance of such in Greece. By the elections of 2021, Nikolaos and the Federalists managed to win almost 34% of the vote, establishing a center-right coalition and placing Nikolaos at the head of their government. Now Prime Minister, Nikolaos made it his duty to follow in the footsteps of those American political figures he admired and bring prosperity and freedom to Greece, pushing out the forces of both the far-right and far-left. [3 AP] If Nikolaos and the Federalists want to hold on to their power, they would have to make sure the economy was stable and moving in the right direction, otherwise, their efforts would be for nothing. A large portion of the budget is committed to paying down their debt as the Greek government attempts to generate funds by selling off en mass its military equipment to whoever might be interested. A large portion of the fleet is mothballed, torn apart, and sold for scrap. Aside from that, the army is trimmed from 160,000 active duty soldiers to 100,000, placing the remaining 60,000 in reserve [many of whom are subsequently employed to aid in the deconstruction of the fleet]. Aside from that, free trade is encouraged and what subsidies can be made out are made out to small businesses and struggling farmers, hoping to strengthen the employers of Greece and get more people back to work. The Federalists manage to pass into law a bill that requires the Parliament to pass a balanced budget, an attempt to keep the debt from growing. Small Greek islands are also sold off to private billionaires in an effort to generate more revenue. [2 AP] A constitutional convention is called for by Nikolaos and the Federalists, their goal, Nikolaos states, is to establish a new system of Republican government in the model of the United States. A true separation of powers, real checks and balances, and a constitution that truly guarantees the rights of men are among the things the Federalists desire. Many of these ideas have popular support among the Greek people, however there are still very powerful radical elements in the Greek government that would like to see Greece devolve into Oligarchy or Despotism. The convention will be held in Athens. TRADE REQUESTS ARE SENT TO ALBANIA, ITALY, GERMANY, and FRANCE.
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    LONE STAR ARMS AND ARMOR “Equipping the Good Guys with Good Guns” VENDORS ON TRADE STATIONS OF Trade Federation AND Hephaestus Enterprises 2145 Inventory The “Murphy” Walker Capable of traversing all sorts of terrain, the Murphy moves with incredible speed for its size. Equipped with swarming missiles and massive, twin laser chainguns, the Murphy Walker acts as an incredibly effective anti-infantry weapons system. Combined with the stopping power of the Hill MBT, the potent punching power of this combination is sure to make any foe fold in fear of these systems. “Hill” Main Battle Tank A truly formidable weapons platform, the Hill possesses the capabilities to neutralize targets of all sizes, be they infantry or armor. With a massive 21.5 meter Railgun acting as its main turret, the stopping power of the Hill is truly remarkable and unrivaled among known weapons systems. In order to provide close infantry support and dole out damage to softer targets, the Hill comes equipped with twin Rattler-esque chain guns that can mow down infantry with ease. S.L.A.M. Rifle A high powered electromagnetic rifle, the S.L.A.M. can eliminate targets with minimal drop off at varying ranges. Deployed as the standard infantry weapon of the Backhatta Hive, the weapon system has quickly proven its effectiveness and reliability.
  13. [RP Thread] Nightfall II

    2022 - The Year in Review United Kingdom In regards to the Moroccan Affair, humanitarian aid to rebellious Western Sahara groups is greatly appreciated by those rebels, and their morale increases as they fight for independence. The West Saharans petition the British government for aid in the form of military equipment, or otherwise to host peace talks with Morocco to allow them to gain their independence from the North African state. UK anti-terror activities against Hezbollah see a varying degree of success, too often ending up doing damage to non-military targets and wounding the reputation of the Lebanese government as a whole. If Lebanon wants to clean up Hezbollah, it will be a fight it will have to wage with its own boots on its own soil. Development of the Sea-Hawk continues, though it’s a long ways away from achieving the long-term goal of sustained flight over the ocean for incredibly long periods of time. This would require significant investment into a new generation of batteries capable of powering such a craft. The development and strengthening of commerce in the form of tax relief to private corporations would do quite a bit to encourage a rise in British markets and consumer confidence. With a slashing of corporate taxes in Britain, domestic countries begin to repatriate their money from offshore accounts and banks, bringing in more tax revenue for the government as a whole. Foreign companies, especially American corporations, growing and in search of European headquarters, now view London as an attractive place to establish a foothold in Europe. [+4 toward Growth] Communist State of Cuba The Cuban economy continues to flourish under the new and considerably more open reforms undertaken by the new regime. Many small businesses grow out of the new market-focused economy, and government subsidies go a long way in allowing these businesses to establish themselves and compete with growing foreign competition. Where locals are losing however, is in the luxury hotel business. Dozens of foreign investors look toward Cuba to open massive resorts, a boon for the local economy but damaging to smaller, family run spots that dominated the island for years. Regardless, more work and more business is good, at least for now, for the Cubans. [+5 toward Growth] Deutsches Kaiserreich The United States accepts the offer to join the talks, though encourages a mostly European solution. In response to Indonesian aggression, Singapore accepts the offer of military aid from Germany. By the end of the year, the German ships arrive and dock in Singapore without issue. The troops are welcomed and housed in relatively comfortable lodgings near their ships. The Singaporean military offers to conduct some joint exercises as well. The Singapore Navy also conducts exercises with the German navy in the Straits of Malacca, warning the Indonesians outright that their small but very modern navy is not to be trifled with. By the end of the year, very little progress has been made on fusion energy and no new innovations have been made. A very promising source of energy though, there is plenty of reason to keep pushing at such a powerful energy source even if it will take significant investment. Infrastructure projects put low-skilled labor to work and the economy, for the most part, continues a trend of upward growth. [+2 toward Growth] Unfortunately, “The World of Bismarck” makes a rather lackluster debut with many criticizing it for its overt nationalistic and militaristic tones. The Abweher, under Minister Müller, establishes a headquarters in Frankfurt where it begins conducting operations at the discretion of the Kaiser. 2nd Federal Republic of Austria More investment into renewing Austrian infrastructure allows the Austrian government to sustain and efficiently distribute the increasingly abundant energy generated domestically. It quickly becomes apparent that there is excess, and across the border in Hungary, where energy is becoming increasingly expensive due to an outdated power grid, there is interest in bringing in the Austrians to help them modernize [Encounter w/ Hungary][+2 toward Growth]. With the additional investment into Austrian health-care, several once underfunded and struggling hospitals in more rural areas of Austria are capable of purchasing modern equipment that allows them to take better care of their patients. Consequently, Krainzmeier becomes substantially more popular with medical professionals, given that their wages have increased as a result of less strain on the system. Similar to efforts elsewhere, no significant breakthroughs are made in the field of Fusion energy this year. A very powerful source of energy with unlimited potential, physicists and engineers press the government to continue funding their efforts despite the lack of any substantial breakthroughs. Syria Reconstruction efforts go a long way to restore some sense of normalcy in a Syria devastated by almost a decade of brutal civil war, waged largely at their expense for the gain of foreign interests. Using the military as the chief supplier of aid proves a brilliant strategy on the part of the Assad regime, for until this point, especially in formerly rebel-held towns, the military was seen as a negative entity. Allowing these people to put faces and experiences to their interactions with these soldiers at least provides some comfort and healing. Still a long ways off from completion, an astounding amount of work has been done to clear up the rubble in even the most devastated of towns. Admiring their relief efforts, and offering to find some good standing in the Middle East [and, subtly trying to gain influence there], India offers to send its military forces and invest into the region, should Syria allow them and be interested in the deal [Encounter w/ India, on Skype][+5 toward Growth]. With limited resources during Reconstruction, the falconry classes are not as widespread as the government hopes, but where they do get off the ground they do a lot of good in establishing a sense of community for young men. Establishing new schools also helps to bring the Syrian youth a sense of normalcy post-war. Like the Reconstruction effort, using military personnel in these efforts helps the Syrian army with its reputation. Only about 50% of Reserve personnel report, the rest having either fled Syria, or for the time being, no longer wishing to serve in the armed forces and hiding from service. Jordan accepts the offer of an alliance. These bases need to be funded. No bases are constructed this turn [require AP]. Egypt The funding and resources begin making their way to the Syrian government, and next year the Assad premiership will be able to utilise them. [+2 AP for Syria next turn] Continued efforts to improve Egyptian industry and infrastructure proceed well enough. The trend of industrial growth started last year is compounded upon, and the further modernisation of Egyptian roads and rails does good for business and employment. The military’s distribution of food and assistance in the aforementioned government projects facilitates this, and though there is some minor dissent in the military about being forced to do public works while tensions with Israel build, on the whole it does have the desired effect of promoting national unity. [+3 toward growth] The humanitarian projects in both the Democratic Republic of Congo and Syria have the best intentions, and the Egyptian men and women sent are able to do some education and minor assistance. However, without the necessary resources [AP], very little is actually improved in either nation, and it is largely seen as a bit of an embarrassment for the Egyptian government. The neighbouring nation of Libya, still in the recovery process since the Civil War, approaches the Egyptian government for an investment opportunity. [Skype Alex A (hellfiazz)] The Russian Federation The commissioned Helicopter Carrier rolls out of the Vasilyevsky Island shipyards on the Baltic coast and makes her first maiden patrol in the icy waters, before returning to whichever naval base she has been assigned to. Educational investment in Eastern Russia does very little to improve the circumstances there as most children end up leaving school at a young age anyway to either work in factories or the fields. The construction of schools in the East, as it stands now, seems rather pointless. The troops are moved to the border with Ukraine, sparking a large amount of alarm there [see Events section]. Tajikistan and Uzbekistan are largely disinterested in a military alliance with Russia, preferring their independence and neutrality if possible. Poland While the Polish Republic’s government was all too happy to sign away Prussia, Pomerania, and Silesia, the selling off of well over half of Poland’s territory and a huge portion of their population, industrial capacity, and mineral resources provokes a massive wave of anger from the Polish people on both sides of the new border. In Poland, hundreds of thousands take to the streets every day, sometimes millions, in order to protest at not only the government’s decision to give away all of this at all, but also the meagre compensation that the Republic was getting in return. The mass unrest at the government’s decision mean that the projects outlined for this year go largely uncompleted [No growth from investment]. What’s more, the loss some of Poland’s most industrialised, resource-rich, and populous regions means that the Polish economy undergoes severe shock, and their GDP actually recedes. [-3 toward growth] The Lithuanian government spurns any and all discussion the Polish government attempts to have regarding reunification of a centuries-old Polish-dominated Commonwealth. Even normally, there was no appetite among the Lithuanian people or politicians for it, but it is even less attractive given the state of the Polish Republic after this year. Mexico War rages in the streets all across Mexico between the Cartels and the Mexican government. In the most open fighting to date, brutal atrocities occur on both sides. Acting ruthlessly as they feel their power slipping away from them, the Cartels take brutal action against both civilians and military personnel. Almost 20,000 Mexican civilians and 32,000 Soldiers are dead by the end of 2022 with an untold number of cartel members killed or captured. Though their power is declining, the massive amount of funds that they possess allow these powerful groups to keep up their fighting against the government for at least another year. [-1 toward Growth] With civil war, the investments made by the Mexican government require diversion to military groups or civilian relief efforts [+1 toward Growth]. South Africa Both nations of Lesotho and Swaziland, for now, express their own and their people’s lack of desire for unity with South Africa at this moment in time. They do both, however, recognise that South Africa is a relatively prosperous nation in the south of the continent, and perhaps with some material demonstration of the benefits they could see under South African rule, they could be persuaded. As had been demonstrated in Nigeria the year before, the updating of the South African railways greatly assists the growth of industries both heavy and light in the nation. It is of particular utility to the recently developed mining operations in South Africa, and resources move in much more expeditious a fashion to the main coastal cities where they can be traded or distributed. The modernisation of the ports also facilitates a rise in South African productivity, although in that regard more work will need to be done to bring them up to par with developed nations. [+3 towards growth] The inspection does well in pulling the health officials and doctors up by their boots and ensuring standards are adhered to, which has a slight effect in improving conditions, though not much. The inspectors appear to believe that improving health infrastructure in the rural regions in particular is the most pressing concern, given that there is a huge discrepancy in doctors per capita between the more developed areas of South Africa and the outlying regions. [+1 towards growth] Building up a larger base of skilled workers in South Africa is a wise move indeed by President Isaacs, and the provision of free tertiary tuition to poorer South Africans proves both effective and popular. It is a good step towards bringing South Africa out of the backwardness that has plagued the rest of the continent for decades. [+1 toward growth] The Federated Republic of Albania Of the three world powers Albania reaches out to, China actually seems the most eager to partake, given that over the past decade or so it has risen to the forefront of global investment. The other two express interest but have thus far not made any commitments, unlike China. [Skype] In some of the more historically prosperous nations such as Germany, Italy, and the USA, the parts of the Albanian diaspora have integrated to some extent, and are on the whole content to remain in the nations which they have built their new lives in. Elsewhere, in places like Greece and Turkey, where the former has had a history of economic failure and the latter of political repression, the Albanian populations more readily take up the prospect of returning to their homeland. The rest of the infrastructure and housing development projects achieve their desired goal of a minor economic boost and increasing ease of access to more rural parts. [+2 toward growth] The Albanian Polytechnic University is initially somewhat successful, attracting a number of young Albanians to its halls from both inside their homeland, and from the diaspora, helping to start the reversal of the emigration of science and technology human resources in the Nineties and early Noughties. More work will need to be done to make the University truly world-class, but Albania’s future seems like it will be filled with more scientists, engineers, and architects. [+1 towards growth] Construction of solar power grids in the the Albanian Pindos and the Ceraunian mountains and hills is completed with in the year. Although it does well at bolstering the Albanian economy and diversifying the hydroelectric-dependent energy sector, there are more than a few complaints from both local residents and activists more generally that the panels are ruining the natural beauty of either of these mountain ranges. [+2 towards growth] The Republic of Macedonia’s government refuses to give in to external pressure to give autonomy to its ethnic Albanians, which number around 28%, denouncing Albania’s treading on the former Yugoslav state’s sovereignty. While there is a sizable minority of Albanians in Macedonia who are indeed nationalists or autonomists, most wish to remain integrated into their current home. The clandestine arming of the nationalist minority that Albania does support does not proceed as planned, as the Albanian government provided insufficient funding and arms [AP] in order to do so. Canada The additional investment by the Canadian government into finishing the QCI Launch Centre manages to get the job done, with it completing in late Autumn and opening a few weeks after. It is truly the crown jewel of the Canadian Space Agency, and the aerospace capabilities of Canada have been expanded considerably, not to mention the economic benefits the construction and operation of the QCI Launch Centre has brought and will continue to bring. [+2 toward growth] Extending the Trans-Canada Highway up to Prince Rupert was no small project, but with sufficient funding from Parliament Hill it is completed largely in coincidence with the QCI Launch Centre. The extension provides a short-term boost to employment and industrial consumption, in addition to the long-term productivity boon and complement to the newly built launch platform. [+3 toward growth] Multiple aerospace corporations, such as SpaceX and SPAR Aerospace, express an interest in launching from the QCI Launch Centre, given it is as of right now one of the most high-tech platforms in North America and perhaps the world. They offer considerable sums in order to utilise the CSA’s newly finished project. [+$40 billion to GDP] The US Department of Defense, however, declines the Canadian offer, as they do not really have a need to pay a premium for use of foreign launch centres given the number of domestic US ones available to them. Japan Japan’s healthcare system was already rather high quality and comprehensive, but additional investment is always welcome. While the majority of the funds are diverted to public healthcare services, most already have what they need, and so a large portion end up in research and development for new vaccines, cures, and anti-biotics, which goes on to further improve Japan’s already excellent quality of health. [+5 toward growth] Portuguese Republic Continual investment into the private sector by the Portuguese government helps the Portuguese economy to grow even more. More and more domestic corporations expand their operations, and yet more foreign businesses move into Portugal to establish themselves further in the Iberian nation. If current trends go on as projected, Portugal will grow to become rather prosperous quite quickly. [+4 towards growth] Another division of 10,000 Portuguese infantrymen roll out of bootcamp, eager to serve their fatherland in this turbulent time. Australia For the most part, the Australian power grid, water piping, and waste disposal systems were all fairly modernised and comprehensive. However by improving access and making those infrastructural systems more secure, prices for power and water see a small drop, especially in the more isolated areas of Australia. Waste disposal increases in expediency and cleanliness, helping sanitation somewhat. [+2 toward growth] Australia is a prime location for solar power, possessing huge amounts of flat, arid land with a great deal of perdurable sunlight. The starting of construction of these plants does well to make Australia less dependent on nonrenewable energy as well as helping to cheapen energy in the continent nation, facilitating some minor economic growth. There is still much more that could be done with solar power in Australia, however. [+2 toward growth] Yet more amphibious warfare specialists are recruited and inducted into the Australian Army, numbering some 5,000. Perhaps it is time for Australia to create a specialise Marine Corps allowing these troops to operate independently, rather than being fully integrated with the rest of the ground troops? Australia’s warning is largely brushed off by the People’s Republic, to whom Australia poses no real threat. China in turn warns Australia that assisting Indonesia in a war of aggression would warrant retaliation from them. Korean Republic The plethora of actions taken by Seoul in the North have done well to help bring the North Koreans out of the darkness of the Kim regime, both mentally and economically. The setting up of a new university in Pyongyang will likely go on to help dejucheisation efforts in addition to allowing the North Korean economy gain more specialisation in its populace. Modern power production helps bring clean electricity to many across the North, modern machines help free up many to pursue less menial and more specialised careers or educations, and modern electronics bring the many amenities of the 21st century to people who’ve been kept in the dark for decades. South Korean industries and businesses begin building factories and offices in the North and hiring Northern employees. The economy there is still a vast distance behind the South, but the catch up process has definitely begun and more and more people there are becoming grateful for what they now see as a liberation. [ +5 toward growth] China joins Korea in condemning the removal of Article 9 by the Japanese and implores the island nation to reinstate it, but makes no suggestion that it will make a forceful intervention right now. They will definitely keep a closer eye on the Japanese, however. Republic of Argentina Further investment by the government continues to benefit Argentine businesses, a greater number of workers being hired and goods being produced. The economic benefits continue to grow and it won’t be long before a tangible effect is had on Argentina’s GDP. [+3 towards growth] The reservists manage to get drawn up without issue, as do the 20 attack aircraft, though questions arise among the media and the population as to why reservists are being brought into service. Research into a new Argentine standard service rifle begins, and though blueprints have been produced, a great deal more money and effort will need to be invested in order to see a prototype and then a viable product. KINGDOM OF ITALY Work on bunkers and forts across the Western Italian Alps begins, with a number of bunkers being placed in advantageous positions in the rock of the mountains. It will take considerably more work until a defensive line has been comprehensively and intensively fortified, but troops crossing over from the French side will still have a harder time right now. The purge among the Italian officers goes moderately well. While the purgees naturally protest to the purge as stepping on their ‘illustrious’ careers, many soldiers and citizens are glad to see this military corruption and ineptitude finally being dealt with. The new military academies are a good start to getting a more professional officer corps, but they will need a greater degree of investment in order to start producing qualified and adept officers. Work on the secret project of the Italians continues. The attempts by the Italian government to inject anti-American sentiment into global media in places it is not already negative doesn’t bear much fruit. Compared to the USA itself and her close allies, Italy is rather lacking in soft power and so can do little to contend. The attempts at luring Italian-Americans to their ancestral homeland are also met with a degree of inertia, as most of the families have been well-established and integrated in the States for over a century. Still, some resonance is felt and a couple dozen or so Italians, mostly poorer families, begin streaming back over the Atlantic. Considering a lack of any United States naval forces in the Mediterranean, wary of entering through the Strait of Gibraltar, Italian defensive maneuvers would be largely focused on keeping the strait locked down in conjunction with the Spanish Navy. For now, the US Navy appears reluctant to conduct any overtly offensive maneuvers against the two naval forces, preferring a peaceful resolution to the conflict. Republic of China The US declines to enter into a close trading relationship with Taiwan, for concern over the Chinese seeing it as Americans going back on their word over withdrawal from the Pacific. The stimulus package into the RoC’s light industry and high-tech is an intelligent move by Wen-Qiang, and it pays off quite well. With Taiwanese electronics being produced in greater quantity and quality, the island’s economy becomes a lot more competitive, resulting in a notable increase in its yearly productivity growth. [+5 toward growth] Republic of Lebanon Continuing the investment in education assists to some extent in improving Lebanon’s somewhat mediocre literacy rate and secondary education participation. There will need to be a greater degree of education investment in order to bring levels up to modern, developed standards, and more beyond that to see results similar to those in the West, but it it’s a solid start. [+1 toward growth] The CPP coalition’s actions in government have proved very popular among many, and in the recent election the party made sizable gains. The CPP have consolidated and extended their hold on Lebanese politics, to the extent that if they wished they could eschew the support of their coalitions partners in the FPM and FM, rule alone, and still maintain a majority in Parliament, should they wish. Growth in industry and mining is highly desirable in Lebanon, where import value vastly outstrips that of exports. The influx of more domestically produced minerals, materials, and products into the Lebanese export market does a lot to begin the amelioration of this problem, but it may take some time and much effort to see a balance. [+2 toward growth] 20 new fighters roll out onto the Lebanese airfields, considerably more advanced than anything else in the Lebanon’s Air Force thanks to British, Israeli, and Australian technical and engineering guidance. Republic of Brazil Assistance in Mexico proves rather effective, providing support to the struggling nation. The combination of subsidies for entrepreneurial industrial ventures and the cheapening of the startup of them provides sufficient impetus for prospective industrialists to begin their foray into business. A variety of Brazilian-produced goods increase in number on the world market, and many inhabitants of slums find themselves able to find work and begin the climb up the prosperity ladder. [+2 toward growth] The Greater Republic of Congo The polls and surveys conducted in the neighboring central african states yield little information of value. These states, embroiled in intense conflict and lacking any strong central government, cannot coherently respond to such surveys. On a more individual basis, people seem far too concerned with their self-preservation than the growth of their neighbor in Kinshasa. The new approach instituted by N’Golo and under the direction of civilian leadership appears to work brilliantly, focusing the previously dispersed and far too widespread resources of the Congo into specific zones of need. Though not completed by the end of the year by any means, this newly found focus allows a significant amount of work to get done throughout the course of the year. Similarly, the Congolese plan to improve transportation infrastructure goes off without much issue, seeing significant improvements by the end of the year, though far from reaching a desired effect [+4 toward growth]. Improvement of the mineral exploitation of the Congo proves very profitable as Chinese state-run corporations sweep into the Congo over the course of 2022, establishing massive Coltan mines that put the people of the Congo to work with well paying, though not necessarily safe, jobs. Congolese efforts to improve diamond extraction and the acquisition of those mines by Kongamoto Diamonds also employees many otherwise unskilled Congolese, providing them with money previously unseen in Congolese society. Meanwhile, many diamond companies across the non-western world prove interested in opening mines in the Congo. [+1 toward growth][+1 bonus toward growth, Chinese employments][Encounter] Many of the largest rebel groups accept N’Golo’s offer, however those groups led by some of the least desirable of peoples in Congolese society come together to form a more coherent resistance against the N’Golo led government. Though this group has yet to act out openly, they prepare for their opportunity to topple the N’Golo regime. La República de Colombia More minefields are cleared at the cost of about a dozen lives, but their deaths do not go in vain for, by the end of the year, nearly 90% of the estimated number of mines in Colombia have been identified and destroyed. A truly remarkable effort undertaken by the Galvez regime, and an admirable one. Infrastructure in Colombia, across the board, sees significant improvement. Most of these infrastructural improvements, for the year 2021, center around reforming the area in and around Bogota, an already very modern city. Most of the slums are cleaned up and turned into more sustainable, but still low-income, housing on the model of American “projects” with sewage and power. Transportation in the capital becomes more accessible and efficient, making travel both cheaper and more convenient. Across the board, Colombia appears in very good shape [+4 toward growth]. None of the South American nations to whom Colombia reaches out request any aid at the present moment, preferring to tough it out alone for the time being. Republic of Indonesia The rather crafty gamble taken by the President pays off as public officials vote in favor of his anti-corruption reforms, blinded by their own corruption. Immediately after the bill's passing, several of those officials who voted for it are audited and outed on charges of corruption, though the President’s own corrupt deals are left off any official records. Slowly but surely, the Indonesian government is pulling itself away from the ineffectiveness that plagued it and closer to modern efficiency. By the end of 2022, Jakarta sees a vast improvement in quality of life as sewage reaches the city’s poorest denizens alongside clean water. The new water purification facilities go a long way in providing every citizen with untainted drinking water, and the surplus programs also prove effective in keeping the city from going thirsty. As water becomes more abundant and accessible to the people of Jakarta, the illegal siphoning also comes to an end and the crackdown on that practice further encourages that conclusion. Nigeria Assuaged by the words of their President, the Nigerian Christian community feels largely acknowledged and at ease with the actions of the government, putting to rest any sense of unrest there. Healthcare, a problem plaguing much of West Africa, greatly improves in Nigeria as a result of Foduye’s projects as dozens of hospitals are built or expanded. New, clean facilities act as beacons of prosperity in growing new communities and quality life in the more rural corners of Nigeria begins to increase. One issue that arises from this rapid, maybe hasty, construction of new hospitals is a lack in adequate doctors to staff all of these new facilities. As such, many sit idle as they wait for staff to man the equipment and care for patients [+4 toward growth] ECOWAS Encounter [Skype] New Zealand The White Feather Project continues onwards at a relatively steady pace. Similarly, the Militia continues to grow and develop, gaining an additional 8,000 very well trained and equipped troops. Additionally, investments in the education of young Kiwis sees an increase in general literacy and aptitude across all academic fields. Though it will take some time for these to have any real consequential effects on society, it’s a step in the right direction [+1 toward growth]. China accepts the offer to trade with New Zealand. The People's Republic of Catalonia Immediately upon the declaration of war against the small People’s Republic, the quota desired by Catalonia is filled. More than 60,000 men volunteer, rather than being conscripted, and swell the ranks of the small Catalonian army. What these men lack in experience or training, they make up for in nationalistic zeal and they froth at the mouth to maintain the independence of their young nation. One hundred main battle tanks [what kind?] are purchased from the United States, though they would not reach Catalonia in time to be effective in fighting the Spanish in 2022. Iran More funding into the university produces more results as many foreigners, persuaded by the quality of the education and stability of that part of the world in comparison with the rest of the Middle East, conduct their studies in Tehran [+1 toward growth]. The Iranian Space Agency continues to receive massive investments, establishing a massive launching site by the end of the year outside of Tehran. Plans are made, in accordance with the desires of the Khomeini government, for the next decade of Iranian space innovation [+3 toward growth]. The freeways in and around Tehran receive a significant upgrade, allowing for easier access to the increasingly modern city [+1 toward growth]. The Republic of France Education in France continues to see its standards raised as millions of dollars are poured into the lycées [+2 toward growth]. Housing in the south of France sees significant improvements and construction of new developments increases tenfold over the course of the year, providing low-income housing to thousands of new migrant families from Africa and the Middle East [+2 toward growth]. Project Napoleon progresses. Kingdom of Spain Resulting from a second wave in nationalism after the invasion of Catalonia, 40,000 men, double the desired number of conscripts desired by the Kingdom, volunteer to serve in the armed forces of Spain. These men would enter the new programs established with the help of Canadian officers, receiving training superior to that received by current officers in the field fighting Catalonia. Despite war, the economy of Spain continues to rebound from the Great Recession of 2019 and growth continues at a steady pace, though fears of a prolonged war spark some instability in the markets at the end of the year [+1 toward growth]. Tanzania More sanitation plants are established and clean drinking water, once a luxury, becomes more commonplace and affordable to the everyday citizen. Similarly, sanitation in the form of waste disposal proves very effective as the streets appear far cleaner than before and the general health of the public improves as a result [+5 toward growth]. Events Thanks to the Wrocław Accords, millions of Poles on both sides of the newly established border between Germany and Poland rise up in protest and riots, with a far greater degree of militancy on the German side. Very rapidly, this movement grows and organises, with the anger of the ceded peoples being directed at both Germany and the Polish government. The German officials who only just moved into administrative buildings in the newly acquired regions soon find themselves being ousted through means of popular revolt. Before long, a provisional government in the ‘German territories’ has been established and a unilateral declaration issued, announcing the independence of the Wrocław Republic. The entirety of the Polish Navy defects to this new Republic, as does some 50% of the Polish Air Forces and the Polish Land Forces. While the Polish people and the government in the Wrocław Republic desire unification with their brothers in the east, they will not reunify with a government that many of them see as a mere German puppet. The USA was petitioned for a guarantee of independence, to which they responded that the US Government sought to preserve peace in Europe and desires to see a unified Poland, but recognises the concerns in Wrocław. The Vratislavians also petition the governments of the UK, France, Italy, Scandinavia, and Russia for guarantees of independence until the issue can be resolved. Borders of the new Wrocław Republic In the Iberian Peninsula, the initial surge of Spanish forces over the border slows as a line is established from Lleida in the North and Tortosa in the South. The fighting is brutal, and as the weather cools hundreds of Catalonian and Spanish lives have been lost. The United States, with its carriers now arriving in the Bay of Biscay near the end of the year, warn the Spanish to cease their hostilities and continue to take steps toward armistice, as they have already signalled. Map of the World, 2022