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

    Thulean Republic Espérance, once a vibrant capital city of a prosperous nation, was ablaze. Trizendrium detonated and disruptors fired in defence, and phasic beams fired in aggression had all turned home to pyre and streets to rivers of fire. The battle was won and casualties had been miraculously fewer than anticipated, but there was plenty to grieve over and to rebuild. 16,000 Thulean lives lost was not something to be glad about. After a brief meeting with the Saryn Lord, Margek, and the King Edward of Armathwaite, Consul Montesquieu set about undoing the damage that had been wrought in the first strike of the Replicants. Espérance may have been ashes, but it would rise again. Vast amounts of surplus resources flowed in from not only Thulean colonies, but neighbours too, as Montesquieu authorised the acquisition of hundreds of thousands of tons of building supplies from the surrounding alien nations for a considerable sum of money. Over the course of several arduous months, the work began to show, and a new city took form. Espérance was reborn under a new name: Phénicie. The hole left by the 16,000 dead had not been filled, it couldn't be, but at least the material scars were healed, and the Thulean Republic would be stronger than ever before. The Replicant attack had demonstrated to the Thuleans the need for greater protection than they had previously fielded. Two times now the Thuleans had faced extinction, and two times they had faced it down, but to allow any more was too great a risk. As a result, a motion passes through the Senate near unanimously to begin a rapid militarisation program, this year consisting of three different projects. The first was a massive expansion of the Svarog Shipyards with the help of the Trade Federation, more than tripling its production capacity and allowing far larger ship classes than the Thuleans had ever created before. The Marine Républicaine had always been far smaller than other fleets, even compared with other humans, and though strategic prowess had more than compensated in the past, the need to compensate would have to be mitigated. In the coming years, Svarog Shipyards would begin churning out more, larger ships for both the Republic and her staunch allies in the Free Economic Zone. The second and third were the construction of two utility stations, close in proximity to Svarog. One was a Quantum Anchor, originally invented by the Maltese, provided to the Thuleans by Hephaestus Enterprises. As had been demonstrated many times previous, such a technology's impact was more than decisive both tactically and strategically, and in a galaxy where it was ever more commonly used, it was a necessity for modern warfare. The other was done in conjunction with the Trade Federation, who had created a technology known as TAROT. Federation engineers would man the TAROT station, but the Thuleans were to have complete and constant access to its uses. Elsewhere, state-sponsored business enterprise in the ports of the Chupan'Mo continues and is expanded. The Chupan'Mo had already began their part of the agreement by trading through the Thuleans, and it was paying great dividends for both parties. With such a lucrative market open to the Thuleans, it only made sense to sink more investment into the companies and merchants who worked there. The newly revealed lost human colony, New Siam, is almost immediately contacted by the Thulean Republic alongside the Kingdom of Armathwaite, who present an offer to the Siamese. Summary: Rebuilding Espérance, now Phénicie [5AP] Upgrading to Sl5 [12AP + 18AP from Trade Federation] Quantum Anchor Construction [2AP] TAROT Construction [2AP] Business Investment at Chupan'Mo [10AP: 20AP total] Contacting New Siam with Armathwaite [See above] Thulean Republic Data
  2. Onwards [Sci-Fi Nation FRP - RP]

    Thulean Republic “Mon dieu, when are we going to see some actual action? I’m going crazy at all this patrolling and surveying.,” one of the sailors lamented while he dealt cards out. Camille remained quiet as he examined his hand, though he couldn’t help but agree with his shipmate. It had been well over a year now since he’d started what he thought to be an adventure aboard the NMR Vercingétorix, and yet all that had been done was marking up sensor readings from a number of planets, asteroids, and stars, and playing poker in between. “It is an era of peace, mon ami! I doubt we will see a fight for some time, de Broglie ensured that with his sacrifice.” The Marins around the table all reflexively raised their glasses in unison as the name of the late admiral was said. “Yes, yes, and that’s all well and good, but I joined the Marine to get away from repetitive menial work, not just do more of it in a big hunk of floating metal,” Camille eventually pitched in. The right corner of his mouth twitched ever so slightly as he looked at the table, though he quickly regained his neutral expression. “I raise ₣20.” Camille saw the eyes of his fellow Marins narrow on him in his periphery, but kept his sight focussed tightly on his cards. “You didn’t hear this from me,” said a more senior officers “but there’s rumours with the higher-ups that we’re doing something a bit more exciting soon. Oh, and I call your ₣20.” “What would that be? I’m also gonna call that.” “Trade lane protection.” “How the **** is that exciting?” “Pirates, you *******. We might be fighting pirates. “Ha! I doubt it, pirates round here are pretty much non-existent.” “Yeah well, it will certainly be better than this ****,” Camille stated, a smile finally allowed onto his face as the round came to an end. “Straight flush, boys. Hand it over.” Groans were issued as Camille’s deception was revealed, inevitably looking smug as the spoils were thrown his way. “I will call it a night here, gents. Retire as champion. À plus tard,” Camille said as he walked back to his cabin. A well-won victory, and some good news at last he mused to himself, smirking as he walked through the metal corridors. --- The arrival of the Chupan'Mo onto the galactic scene after apparently being hidden was of great excitement to the Thuleans, who almost immediately leapt on the opportunity to assume a position of primacy of interaction with the newly uncovered Empire. After some negotiation, not only was trade established, but the Chupan'Mo accepted the Thulean offer of acting as the Empire's liaison and representative in matters of trade in the Milky Way galaxy. The Thulean foreign and trade offices were put into overdrive in work and funding in order to begin making good on their newly assumed responsibility by negotiating with various nations in making deals on the Chupan'Mo's behalf, with a natural but unofficial proclivity for making those deals assist the Thuleans in some manner. The nations closest to the Empire took priority, such as the Tassarans, Cynn, Cevelli, and Xaplonius, in addition to the Ka'Cezh and Lithruans. All the human nations are also contacted by the Republic to invite them to talks if they wish to trade with the Chupan'Mo. Trade also began with the Cynn and the Cevelli, the first Northern nations to engage in commerce with the Republic, forming yet another high note for Montesquieu's premiership. In the starports of the Chupan'Mo themselves, Thulean businessmen begin making new ventures to take advantage of a fresh market, with investment from the Republic's government itself to bolster these endeavours. They are yet another part of the efforts of the Thuleans to improve and tighten relations with the Empire, especially in the realm of trade. Most are related to financial services, though there are a few industrialists there, most notably Consul Montesquieu's own Nantosuelte Corporation, which was a miner, refiner, and seller of trizendrium. Back on Prima Thule, the colonial freighter NMA Avance leaves the Svarog Shipyards, and starts its journey North. It heads for the sector to the immediate galactic north of the Accueil system, and is instructed to settle on the most appropriate and habitable planet there, hopefully facilitated by last year's survey data. Two new territorial claims are also issued alongside this. ((Red dots indicate new stuff)) Svarog is by no means allowed to sit idle, however, as the order for two new corvettes is put in, to be commissioned as the NMR Moineau and the NMR Corneille. The rest of the fleet, for the meantime, begins patrolling along trade lanes in the sectors around the Republic in order to protect assets both foreign and Thulean from pirates, privateers, and other potentially hostile, predatory forces. Summary: Project Taranis [10AP; 40AP total] Business Investment in Chupan'Mo markets [10AP] Constructing 2 Corvettes [2AP] Trade talks on behalf of Chupan'Mo [See Above] Colonising Sector to North [See Above] 2 TCs claimed [See Above] Patrolling Trade Lanes [See Above] Inviting any human nations that want to trade with Chupan'Mo to talks Thulean Republic Data
  3. Onwards [Sci-Fi Nation FRP - RP]

    Thulean Republic Eyes open. Arms are stretched. Clothes are put on. Water boiled. Coffee drank. The door is opened, and then locked again. The tram starts, drives, then stops again. The packed elevator descends. Bright lights shine in dark tunnels. Rock is struck, orange crystals found and handed away. Fiery dust stings the eyes, the lungs, the skin. Jarring alarms sound in dark tunnels. The packed elevator ascends. The tram starts, drives, then stops again. The door is opened, and then locked again. Water boiled. Dinner eaten. Clothes are taken off. Arms are stretched. Eyes close. Camille was getting rather tired of the miner's life. He had expected a life as a colonial pioneer on Belenos to be full of excitement, maybe even adventure, but something fresh. Instead, Camille had ended up working in a trizendrium mine, stuck in the doldrums of each day differing naught from the next. He was only young at 23, and yet he could not foresee anything but his life being this way until his death. Camille was resigned to his fate, even while he lamented it. But last year he was finally freed as the new Consul liberalised the economy, and so, full of hope, he left his job as a miner and the planet of Belenos, returning to Prima Thule. A life in the Marine Républicaine laid out before him, joining as an Aspirant on the NMR Vercingétorix, ready for his first voyage as part of an exploratory mission to the east. It was more or less business as usual now in the Thulean Republic. Consul Montesquieu's economic reforms rapidly transformed the economy of Prima Thule from a tightly controlled, centrally planned and state-directed to a capitalist market-driven economy. There had been some raucous from the more committed hard-line centralists, but for the most part the people were happy to be given the opportunity to not only generate their own prosperity, but become leaders in an important facet of the nation. One note of excitement for the Republic was the Trade Federation's creation of the GTC-East trading centre, to which the Thuleans had been invited to construct their own quarter along with the other Free Economic Zone members. The prospect of opening up trade with the prestigious Northern nations was of great interest to Montesquieu, given that until now it was almost entirely the domain of the Trade Federation. A new market, and potentially new partners awaited the Republic. Such partners are also contacted by the Republic to begin preliminary talks in preparation for the completion of the Thulean Quarter of GTC-East. The closest in proximity to GTC-East such as the Cynn, Cevelli, and Lorbi are naturally given slightly more attention, but any nations in the North open to talks are contacted. In preparation for the coming year, a colonial freighter named the NMA Avance begins construction to prepare for the continuation of the expansion of Thulean holdings. Several Thulean vessels are also dispatched to different territorial claims of the Thuleans to see if there are any habitable or resource-rich planets that the colonial freighter might land on. For now, Project Taranis was put on hold to accommodate all this. A state representative is sent to attend the funeral of the FHT leader. Summary Construction of the Trade Post at GTC-2 [10AP] Talks with Northern Nations for trade next year Colonial Freighter [3AP] Surveying (4) TCs for habitable or resource-rich planets [4AP] Thulean Republic Data
  4. [RP Thread] Nightfall II

    2023 - The Year in Review To the players: Given the amount of work I’m facing in school at the moment, and that I feel as though I am unjustly putting too much work upon Hellfiazz as an assistant moderator, I have decided to hand over the reigns entirely to Hellfiazz and join as a small player nation. I will be taking over the inactive Greece, and will be relinquishing all powers as a moderator. Hellfiazz has proved himself incredibly capable as a moderator, and I think you all should place a great amount of confidence in him. Thanks for tolerating my inactivity for the past couple of weeks. Praise Hellfiazz. -Pok From hellfiazz: Apologies for the lateness, big set of bad circumstances leading to this. If you’re at all unsure about how the GDP/AP system works, how much GDP/growth you should be on, or other questions, make sure to skype me at Alex A (hellfiazz) Also, in addition to Greece being taken over by Pok, Finland is now an NPC again. Communist State of Cuba The Cubans receive the full shipment of 75,000 AUG’s from Austria without issue, arriving just in time for Christmas! This rifle immediately is distributed among the Cuban troops, strengthening the fighting effectiveness of the military after receiving proper training with the rifle. Soon thereafter, new plate carriers and other equipment are given to the Cuban troops, boosting morale and, hopefully, making them more effective in the field. Switzerland Not so subtly, subsidies into the sciences allow institutions to increase their funding of research programs and laboratories across Swiss universities. Though no clear payoff has been seen yet, the Swiss will certainly benefit long term from such an investment [+4 toward growth]. Research into robotics, conducted in the newly financed laboratories and research facilities, progresses very slowly this year [you haven’t really specified what kind of robotics, what your goal is, so it’s hard to judge what you want]. Mexico The Mexican government struggles to recruit more men for the fight, with only 24,000 men, about 6,000 short of the targeted conscription, report and join the Mexican army. Despite this fact, the men that have reported are passionate about Mexico and all fight because in some way these cartels have affected their livelihoods and their families. La Guerra de México has raged for two years now, devastating millions of lives and resulting in over 200,000 civilian casualties. The conflict is quickly erupting into a humanitarian crisis, and refugees are amassing both in and around Mexico city, and along the border with the United States. In response to the crisis, the United States begins to position troops on the border, under the direction of President Trump to keep the refugees out of the country. However, the President does concede that this cruelty must not be allowed to continue, and vows to help Mexico so that these refugees do not flood the Southern border. Consequently, the Third Fleet is deployed to the Gulf of Mexico, given that is no longer needed in the Pacific, and the U.S.S. Carl Vinson’s aerial resources, as well as the drone and cyber capabilities of the Tenth fleet, the United States Navy Cyber Command. Any additional aid, in the form of boots on the ground or otherwise, is available by request to the Mexican government. Syria Reconstruction of Syrian infrastructure and cities continues, and with the aid of India, it moves even faster. By the end of 2023, most urban centers are completely clear of rubble and debris and those builds which are salvageable have been completely refurbished. Families begin to move back into these new homes en masse, and life begins to slowly return to “normal,” if it could ever be normal again. [+6 towards growth] Falconry classes continue, and their popularity among the Syrian youth grows. Right now they are not having any real effect on education or youth crime, but their potential is efinitely growing, and with a bit of investment it could be realised. Military instruction and soup kitchens help slightly increase the popularity of the military and the government, though it’s definitely the first which gets most of the praise. Other than that, they’re not having a tangible effect on malnutrition or education, similar to the falconry. No volunteers are trained and no farms are set up due to a lack of funding. [AP required] The poll, meanwhile, reveals that many Syrians would like to see hospitals rebuilt, and new ones built, though right now there is a shortage of doctors in Syria that will need to be fixed. Egypt The monetary aid reaches the DRC and Syria without issue. The investment by the Egyptian government yields moderately positive results, leading to a small increase in productivity and, by the end of the year, Egyptian citizens report a reasonable amount of confidence in the economy [+2 toward growth]. Talks with the United States [Encounter]. United Kingdom The Moroccans, hesitant to start an outright war with the British, fail to down the cargo plane. It successfully makes its way into the West Saharan province, delivering its cargo without any trouble. Morocco requests support from whatever power might hear it, damning the British intervention as illegal and a blatant violation of their sovereignty. Continued investment into commerce sees more growth in the public sector especially as the national government raises pay for most national government workers. This goes a long way in increasing consumer confidence [+2 towards growth]. Research on the SeaHawk continues, this year seeing it being capable of moving over large swathes of both land and sea with relatively capable stealth abilities. The military base in Gibraltar reports something of geopolitical significance to HM Government. [Skype] Canada Drawing interest from United States based mining companies especially, Canada begins to receive very competitive offers as companies vie to gain access to these valuable commodities. [Skype] There is quite the space race of sorts among Canadian aerospace, satellite, and rocketry companies in order to have their program chosen to receive a government contract, spurred on by the potential of the new QCL Launch Centre. Eventually the choice for the recipient of the most valuable contract is narrowed down to two companies and presented to a joint committee of CSA and Canadian government representatives. [Skype] The State of Israel While some readily take up Hebrew classes in order to take advantage of the ration offers, it is very much a source of outrage for Palestinians both within Israeli borders and those in the ‘state’. Even some more liberally minded Israelis take issue with the what many see as an attempt to wipe away the culture and identity of Palestinians in Israel. [+1 towards growth] The settlement doesn’t go particularly well, as prospective settlers lack resources to set up long-term settlements. [AP required] The light garrisons there claim the land for the Israelis, though, and manage to make sure it’s free of any potential obstacles in the future in the locations they guard. The F-35s manage to be built successfully, ready to be deployed wherever the IAF directs them. The program works to some extent, with the start of the next year recording marginally higher birth rates. The more notable effect of the initiative is that more women enter into the job market, and provide a large boost to the productivity of Israel. [+1 towards growth] The building of synagogues and the funnelling of messages through them doesn’t really change much in Israel. Most are already aware of and committed to the need to protect Israel, thanks to decades of being surrounding on all sides by hostile nations. It does, however, begin to increase the sense of civic nationalism in Israel, rather than ethno-religious. With many families being integrated and prosperous in the United States and Europe for decades, if not centuries, there is little reason for them to return. Perhaps with some material incentive there would be? Zweite Bundesrepublik Österreich The Hungarians welcome the Austrian assistance, though they do subtly request that Austrians increase their efforts. [AP required] The increased investment in the energy industry by the Austrian government, both switching to renewables and increasing independence in power, have apparently seen the goals of Kanzler Kranzmeier realised in this regard. Austria is now self-reliant in energy, and the source of it is only around 20% nonrenewable. [+2 towards growth] Fusion research continues, and experimental reactors have been set up. Right now, they’re not producing energy in net, but many of the physicists and engineers are confident that with an increase in funding and staff they may be able to eventually see a feasibly efficient prototype, though for now that is a ways off. [+1 towards growth] The expansion of the metal industry, seemingly part of the Kranzmeier premiership’s general move to achieving material independence, goes as planned. While it may be some time before Austria has no need to import metals, excepting steel of course, both the the steel industry and other metals see a growth in production. [+2 towards growth] Healthcare is already world-class in Austria, but there are still some concerns that needed addressing, principally long waiting times in public healthcare. With the additional investment, patients are able to be seen sooner thanks to an increase in staff and facilities available. [+1 towards growth] Russian Federation The restoration of a monarchy in Russia does not go down well at all with the Russian people, who have not known nor wanted a tsar in roughly 105 years. There is national outcry at this sudden change in rulership, with members of the State Duma including from United Russia, and even the retired Putin coming out to condemn the move. Most Russians barely know the name of the pretender, who is merely the great-grandson of a cousin of the last Romanov tsar. There are widespread protests from St. Petersburg to Vladivostok, and strikes in all sectors of the economy. There is even discontent among the military, and there is talk among some of a potential coup. Regardless, with the ubiquitous unrest, the attempts by the Russian government to invest all hardly go into effect, and the drop in productivity from strikes does notable damage to the Russian economy. [No investment success, -1 to growth] Belarus declines the Russian demand to rejoin the so-called Empire. The Baltic states also decline for an outright military alliance, but all express their willingness to engage in a defensive alliance with Russia. More notably is that in the face of a clear rise in Russian expansionism, the Baltic States, Belarus, and Ukraine all create a mutual defense pact known as the Intermarium Pact, in which they all agree to defend one another’s sovereignty from an outside threat, which many geopolitical analysts identify is Russia. China, meanwhile, has no interest in pursuing closer relations with a flagrant imperialist power that Russia has become, and says as much to Medvedev. Deutsches Kaiserreich The upgrading of fiber-optic cables nationwide are the first step to improving the internet all around the Reich greatly. Download speeds are seen peaking at crazy amounts, one even reaching fifty gigabytes! The construction of more cell towers also allows citizens easy access to their providers allowing communication to happen at anytime, anywhere. [+2 towards growth] With the investment into the private sector, the germans would find many technological businesses forming and moving overseas into their territory. [+2 towards growth] With the collaboration with Israelis the German Strategic Defense System (GSDS) program would see a good foundation to the construction of the required facilities. If more investment is made, Germany could see itself strategically covered nationwide with defenses. With the investments made in the armament businesses, many would see great growth with multiple facilities appearing over the year that produce their respective firearms. At the same time more weapons would be appearing in the hands of criminals. Gun violence would start becoming a problem in heavily populated cities, and will need to be addressed. Despite this, many nations would buy firearms adding more income to the Kaiserreich. [+2 towards growth] The construction of a spaceport and research into this deep space rocket would require more investment, this is a big undertaking for the Kaiserreich and as such it would need to be a main priority for the years to come for it to make any headway. [+3 towards growth.] The Greater Republic of Congo The CC Plan seems to do well for physically uniting the nation with railways and educating it with schools. However, the lack of doctors means that a lot of hospital construction doesn’t fully have an effect, and the lack of cars with which to drive on the roads means for the most part, they are empty outside of the large cities. These problems will need to be addressed to maximise the potential of the Ripple Plan. [+1 towards growth] The revitalisation of Matadi is both economically wise and popular. With larger and more efficient docks and warehouses, the port is far more able to deal with a greater volume of trade throughput. The surge in jobs does well too, as the construction workers required to build and the dockworkers required to maintain the newly expanded port give employment to many. There is also an influx of migration to the port city from the rural regions of the DRC, in part facilitated by the Ripple Plan. [+3 towards growth] The Chinese come for talks with the Congolose government. [Skype] This emergent culture is readily taken up by youths and academics in the urban and suburban areas, but among the more working-class folks and rural peoples, it is not so easily persuasive. While it does facilitate some movement from the country into the cities, it will need more work to win over everyone. [+2 towards growth] Japan While Japan’s healthcare was one of the most advanced in the world, it would still be challenged with combating radiation poisoning. Many methods are brought up to deal with helping citizens affected by the deadly poisoning and it would take some more time until a true method can be found to combat it. In the meantime the current citizens that were affected by the radiation are able to seek treatment almost immediately and cheaply helping to save many lives. [+2 towards growth] With science and radiation teams being deployed to the meltdown sites the spread of the radiation would be slowed but not halted as it is has already traveled airborne. The research that the scientist would have gathered though would help come up with possible methods of cleaning away of the radiation. It would be up to the Japanese government whether to pursue a way of cleaning this radiation or stalling it. [+3 towards growth] Republic of China The robots have made substantial headway but seem to be clumsy and awkward, they would need more improvement and be heavily specialized in their task to perform up to standards. Some workers brought up concerns of them destroying packages and falling over. [+5 towards growth] Kingdom of Spain The investments made into the small business of the kingdom would be noticeable with more people being able to improve their income and eventually start business chains. There is a growing sense of economic optimism among the Spanish people, and it reflect in the market. [+3 towards growth] The fortifications being made in the Pyrenees mountains would only consist of a few tunnels and bunkers, many of them easily able to hold their own against small infantry squads but they wouldn’t last long against sustained combat. Portuguese Republic The Portuguese republic's investments into industries such as armaments does good for the economy, which has seen a steady increase in growth over the past few years. There is one issue, however, in that the Portuguese do not really have any military equipment others may want to buy, and so it is requested from many military-industrial magnates that Portugal begin development of their own domestic weapons system of some sort in order to maximise the potential of the expansion to armaments production. [+5 towards growth] Australia The Australians see a boost in their green thumb with Hydroelectric dams being built in suitable places around the country. They would need to also make sure that this wouldn’t affect anything upstream such as flooding or destruction of ecosystems. [+2 towards growth] With the need for more police being made evident to the citizens of Australia, many people join the force and are quickly trained by the nationwide academy. The newly graduated police class of 2023 would be put into their respective departments immediately helping to lower crime and protect neighborhoods. [+3 towards growth!] The Chinese repeat their message from last year to the Australians. Republic of Brazil With the creation of more schools, education and literacy see a rise in the population of youngsters. The next generation will be smarter than its predecessors if more investment is made into education. [+2 towards growth.] The construction of better roads to Colombia would help with easing the flow of trade but it could do with some more work. [+1 towards growth] With the construction of more factories, shops, and other assorted assembly areas unemployment is beginning to fall, with more investments into the economy Brazil could see it’s employment higher than ever before. [+2 towards growth.] Republic of Argentina The research put into the Argentine Assault rifle would produce some results but it would need more work to be put into a prototype. Currently the specifications drawn out for this rifle would it needs to be lightweight, use 6.5mm, and be made for use in any climate. It would carry a 30 round magazine and would be based off the M4 body. There would be a raffle in the science teams trying to give it a name. [4/10 into this research.] The construction of more infrastructure is finished by the end of the year. [10/10 for growth!] South Africa The offer of helping to bring clean drinking water to the surrounding countries is accepted by the majority of them. This would substantially help the South African’s image and also bring them closer with their neighbors. The modernization of the hospitals in South Africa show a tremendous affect on the overall healthcare. More people are being saved from menial injuries than ever before, if continued South Africa would become one of the healthiest countries in Africa. [2+ towards growth] 10,000 Fresh recruits from the academies join their brothers in their respective branches. The representatives from both Lesotho and Swaziland leave after talking about considering the offer, and while they were impressed by the relative prosperity of their neighbour, they will need some demonstration taking place in their own lands before the politicians and the government can be won over. The humanitarian aid with water was a good start, but they still require more to be satisfied. The change in tax would need some time to fully pick up speed but it’s changes are evident and could see great change in the future. [1+ towards growth.] The French Republic With more funding into green solar power energy, France’s renewable industry in general sees a notable growth. [2+ towards growth]. The cars reach Congo successfully. The engineers reach their destination in Mexico safe. Project Napoleon continues. [Skype] Republic of Indonesia With more qualified personnel in the government, Indonesia is seeing great efficiency when it comes to enacting new laws or discussing issues. [2+ towards growth.] The need for clean water and better sewage systems has been met easily by the end of the year, people are seeing a rise in health nationwide. [3+ towards growth.] Tanzania With the freeing of education nationwide and the establishment of new ways of learning greatly improve literacy and overall knowledge of people in all of Tanzania. The opening of their borders would attract very little to no refugees as information would take some time to travel to these refugees. Kenya, Uganda, Burundi, Rwanda, Zambia, and Mozambique would be open to communication with Tanzania. [Skype] The People's Republic of Catalonia The investment in their agriculture is greatly appreciated by the farmers of Catalonia with crop yields gradually increasing. [2+ into growth.] With the improvement of the ports in Catalonia and shipping companies the small country can see an increase of import and exports coming into it, some time would be needed before some companies feel it's safe to send their ships into their ports though. [2+ into growth] REPUBLIC OF LEBANON The reforms made in education have made Lebanon indeed at the forefront of education, many poor children are provided schooling within the nation. The new class of ‘Technocrats’ is currently too small to make a difference, it would take some more time before they truly make a difference. While small though they can be seen as highly skilled individuals in their field increasing efficiency wherever they go. [3+ towards growth] The increase of counter-terrorism training and the decimation of terrorist hiding within Lebanon is having great effect on increasing their protection. The only thing bothering the citizens is seeing people being publicly executed in the streets. Great protest has been brought up to the Lebanese government to make these private or stop them all together. [3+ towards growth]. New Zealand Project White Feather continues with the required scientist and engineers being hired for the job. [5+ towards growth] The funds reach China. United Republic of Korea The vast majority of Korea’s investment into their mining capabilities in the north result in a marked increase of minerals both common and rare flowing into Korean stockpiles and markets, as well as giving the North Koreans a large number of jobs, and they are grateful that the miners are no longer indentured servants and now have proper regulations to support them. [3+ towards growth] One company in particular approaches the Korean government with an offer. [Skype] The increase of research into their Robotic friends has shown some success with prototypes of these household AI’s becoming more commonplace and refined. Programs are becoming purchasable to increase education and better people’s homes. While it was relatively easy to create more powerful versions of simple Intelligent Personal Assistants, they still have a long way to go before they can assist in more complex areas such as research or development, as well as transferring these AIs to robotic husks. [2+ towards growth.] Both nations seem interested in investing in Korean robotics and AI programs. [Skype] China declines to stage any kind of intervention, though it does very sternly condemn the move by the Russians, which comes without popular mandate or justification, and states it will not pursue any kind of close relations with the neo-imperialist state. La Republica de Colombia The efforts put into clearing the Colombian jungles of landmines finally pay off as the vast majority are dug up and disposed of. It is both an internal and external success, as the people are overjoyed to be able to walk through their lands without fear of death, and other nations laud Colombia for their humanitarian efforts. [+1 towards growth] Funding into modernizing fringe villages and towns while well meant, faces a few problems. Namely, many of the trucks bearing the necessary resources are stalled by the lack of developed roads and highways and get mired down in muddy roads or overgrown paths. In the end, many of the more accessible towns receive their resources and begin work, however many others barely get any. [+3 towards growth] For the moment, neighboring nations, while grateful for the offers, remain determined to sort out their issues on their own. Iran The expansion of the University of Iran does well to attract more students, and further helps to resolve Iran’s lack of intelligentsia and skilled specialists. The citizenship fast-track for foreign students also helps attract a number of immigrants, mostly from the Shia people of Bahrain, and neighbouring Afghanistan, which brings a number of economic benefits such as a greater amount of workers. [+1 towards growth] Investing into the domestic automobile industry is an intelligent move by the Iranian government, it being the 2nd largest industry in the nation. In addition to the outright economic boost from the industrial growth, the increased availability of Iranian automobiles allows many more people to buy their own car, which begins to increase the somewhat low ownership rates in Iran, standing at around 21% right now. [+3 towards growth] Continual expansion and modernisation of Iranian roads and rails goes as planned, aiding economic growth. [+1 towards growth] Albania Indeed, many more ethnic Albanians declare themselves in order to receive the pensions, with some having perhaps more tenuous links to Albania than others. While the benevolent efforts of the Albanian government attract more Albanians to return to their homeland, a great deal more ‘Albanians’ remain in their countries to get the benefit of not going against inertia and the pension. [+1 towards growth] The results of the biofuel research is promising. While the scientists at the API claim that they can do it, it will necessitate more work and investment before the plan pays off. While some of the shadier businesses and organizations resist the formalization of Albania's economy, they are eventually forced to comply or to face the law in court. Despite these minor disruptions, most citizens don’t really seem to care about this change, as it has little effect in their day to day lives, for now… [+2 towards growth] As of now, most companies in the USA, China and India have little interest in investing into resort real estate in Albania. For many, they have more promising and profitable deals elsewhere, or they simply do not find Albania’s rather shoddy reputation to be good enough for them to invest into. Perhaps, in time, they will re-evaluate their interest. For now, only a few companies from surrounding states express their interest in buying land. Events In Eastern Europe, in response to the reformation of the ‘Russian Empire’, and a clear desire among the Russian government to reclaim the borders of the century-old dead empire, a defensive alliance known as the Intermarium Pact is formed, composed of Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Belarus, and Ukraine. While they do not outright identify Russia as the cause of their accord, it is widely seen as such. Puzzlingly, the US declined to state its position on the alliance, which analysts say could be a sign of growing reluctance to further involve itself in this new age of European conflict. Members of the Intermarium Pact The state of Morocco devolves into outright civil war, with Western Saharans waging a destructive guerilla warfare campaign against the Morrocans, supported by British arms and supplies. They reveal and openly condemn the British aid, and request assistance from other powers in Europe, the Middle East, and North America to help them with their own sovereignty.
  5. [RP Thread] Nightfall II

    Nigeria After the Christian community expresses its concerns, President Foduye puts a hold on the state's building of mosques in Christian-majority areas, though of course privately or communally funded ones are still allowed to be built, and charity work done by mosques remains publicly funded as long as it isn't expressing bias towards Muslims. He makes a short address as part of a press conference in Lagos in order to try and allay any concerns the Christian population may have. "Whether we follow the crescent, or the cross, every one of us is a child of Africa. Whether we are Hausa, Igbo, Fulani, Yoruba, or Urhobo, every one of us in this city and across our great nation is a child of Africa. And I shall always remember this, as should we all. I may be Muslim, but I serve this country and its people above all else. And so I think it is right for you to voice your concerns, as it is right for me to give you a solution. Henceforth, I guarantee the Nigerian government shall not be the builder of new mosques, but the builder of new hospitals, schools, roads and railways. I will always uphold the well-being of my people before my faith and my tribe." And so Usman starts to makes good on his promise. With a modernised railway network finishing up towards the end of last year, the government focuses its attention on an issue of vital importance in Nigeria and West Africa as a whole: health. Plans focus on rural regions where doctors are in far shorter supply, but improvement and modernisation across the nation is the aim. Soon construction crews roll out across Nigeria to build new hospitals and expand old ones, and new equipment is purchased. [5AP invested] The ECOWAS nations are invited to Abuja to discuss the desired closer ties, and requirements each nation may have in order to move into further federalisation. ECOWAS is already composed of two currency unions, but the agenda will be trying to see if that can be reduced to a single one, as well as increasing political integration with each other, and what the various member states want in order to make this happen. [MOD]
  6. Nightfall 2: Modern Nations FRP OOC Thread

    F R E S H and s p i c y new map update!!! -U.K -Canada -Korean Republic -Brazil -Iran -France -Chile -Nigeria -Russia -Indonesia -Albania -Mexico -Australia -Cuba -Israel -Republic of China -Lebanon -South Africa -Sweden/Norway -Germany -Syria -Palestine -Japan -Spain -Congo -Porutgal -Tanzania -Egypt -Catalonia -Greece -Austria -New Zealand -Argentina -Finland -Poland -Italy
  7. [RP Thread] Nightfall II

    Nigeria To unite the various bickering factions of Muslims in Nigeria had been no small feat, especially considering a great many were verging on militancy. However, Usman ibn Foduye has managed to do it, bringing together a number of Sunni tribes that previously were bitterly opposed, as well as defusing the somewhat precarious situation in Nigeria by steering his new 'flock' to a more moderate path. Still, while some of the Christian population supported Foduye out of gratitude, many more were opposed and fearful of the power he wielded with the collective support of an almost completely united Muslim population, and as a result there remained tension between the two faiths of the book, much to Foduye's lament. He saw the one of the best ways to unite the Christians and Muslims into placing their Nigerian, African identity above that of their religion was to remove the cause to make scapegoats of each other: hardship. As a result, one of Foduye's great focuses for his first year as President was to try and bolster the already strong Nigerian economy even further, so that the effects of prosperity could be felt not just by urban elites, but by the rural and poor parts of the populace as well. This mainly takes the form of modernising the Nigerian infrastructure and properly expanding it out into the countryside in order to begin the process of uniting the people materially that preceded the unity of purpose and identity that Foduye desired to see realised. While most in the country are too poor to afford automobiles (and therefore roads take somewhat of a backseat), rails have long been a means to expedite transport of goods and people cheaply. At the moment, the railways in Nigeria only really connect the largest of cities, and so the Nigerian government begins investing in the creation of a more interlinked and extensive network that could reach every city and many of the larger towns in Nigeria, as well as improving the quality of current stations and tracks. [4AP] In a somewhat less secular and more clandestine fashion, Foduye also begins increasing funding given toward Mosques throughout the nation that routinely perform charity work (such as providing education, essential supplies to those who need it, and childcare) in their communities, as well as creating more Muslim places of worship in majority Christian areas, which in turn would also perform charity work. The aim being to increase conversion to Islam in these communities through philanthropy, or at the very least facilitating a better opinion of Muslims and Islam in the eyes of Nigeria's Christians. [1AP] In terms of foreign affairs, closer trade relations are established with Egypt, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Indonesia, and Brazil. In the other ECOWAS nations, a survey is done under the name of a newly started survey group in order to gauge the level of support for West African unification and Nigeria as their neighbour in general.
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    Thulean Republic The continued failure of the Thulean government to increase the rate of migration to the Republic was somewhat of a disappointment for Consul Montesquieu and many in the senate. Still, population concerns were nowhere near as great an existential threat as they had been 5 years ago, with the demographics of the Republic having surpassed pre-massacre levels over a year ago. As such, spirits aren't too dampened in government, and the Consul presses on with his other plans. The main focus of this year's surplus funding is Project Taranis. Thus far the project had hit a number of logistical issues, but the Thulean military was determined to succeed in creating a decisive advantage for the Republic in battle, potentially both planet-side and in space. The rest is also dedicated to military spending, by building a number of smaller military vessels. The Republic also announces two territorial claims, one on the sector immediately east of Prima Thule, and another immediately north-east of it: Summary 2 Territorial Claims Project Taranis [12AP; 30AP total] 2 Frigates [4AP] 1 Corvette [1AP] Thulean Republic Data
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    Thulean Republic The Battle of Utopie had shook the Republic to its core. Their membership of the Human Co-operative became a mere masquerade after the revelation that the Free Human Technocracy had been the traitors who indirectly caused the massacre at Ultima Thule, and the de facto leaders in Eadn had ignored the information. Their goals for the HC shifted from mutual prosperity and protection to revenge by any means. And that they enacted, destroying many THC ships and disabling many more, allowing for the Arcturan and Hephaestus fleet to join the surprise attack and disperse the aggressor fleet completely. After this crippling blow brought down by the Thuleans, the Human Co-operative ceased to be. However it was at a cost to the Thuleans. The entirety of the Council for Military Governance was killed in the attack as they all were captaining their vessels, including Admiral de Broglie. The remaining members of the government decided it was finally time for a general election, that the Republic had finally fully got back on its feet. Many members of the de Broglie premiership stood forward, certain that their political experience would win them the election. However an enigmatic industrial magnate, Maximilien Montesquieu, CEO and founder of Flambeau Industries, swept from outside the political sphere and quickly gained a lot of support. His rhetoric about liberating the economy and increasing incentive for entrepreneurship and private enterprise resonated with many citizens who felt the large amounts of nationalised industries prevented true economic growth and freedom. In a very large surprise, he managed to secure the election as sole Consul, a change from pre-massacre times. Quickly he set about reducing mercantilism by join the Free Economic Zone, and by privatising industries such as transport, energy, and telecoms. He did, however, continue the previous administration's policy of attracting immigrants, and even increased it in order to overcome the PR issues humanity was facing. But the most ambitious project was the construction of an orbital trade station, that would allow for a great deal more trade with foreign businesses and nations, bringing Thulean goods to ever more markets. Summary [1oAP from FHT] [4AP from Trade Federation] [4AP from Hephaestus] Construction of Trade Station [10AP] Immigrant Attraction Program [3AP; 10 Total] Project Taranis [10AP; 18AP total] Psionic Development [2Ap; 6AP total] Construction of 2 Destroyers [6AP]
  10. Nightfall 2: Modern Nations FRP OOC Thread

    Country Desired: Nigeria Leader Name: Usman ibn Foduye Background, ensure it fits with game Background: As western influence continued to grow in the African nation of Nigeria, increasing amounts of traditionalists, especially among the Islamic portion of the population, became increasingly disillusioned with the new state of affairs, despite the economic and technological. Eventually, discontent came to a head, and the oddity of an Islamic revolution in the largest nation in Africa became a very real possibility. However, a western-educated chieftain from the Muslim-dominated north came to prominence in the movement, and managed to de-escalate the militant tendencies and steer the discontent into more moderate concerns. For his role in preventing what would well have been a civil war, Foduye ended up being elected as President of Nigeria, with votes from both the Islamic and the Christian populations, the latter being either grateful for Foduye steering rage away from them or fearful of what might happen should he be kept out of legitimate power. Now Foduye's attention turns towards creating an independent, prosperous, and truly great Nigerian nation. Do you Praise Pok: Yuh bruh
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    Thulean Republic Talks with the Lithruan Coalition regarding the sale of trizendrium had gone rather well. Their war on the Keerim meant they were always eager for resources that could give them an edge, and so they had happily taken up the offer of purchasing roughly half of last year's production. Another offer of Trizendrium is made to the Coalition, this time with a larger portion of the yearly production promised. With the completion of the NMA Renaissance, the newly christened ship departs with a large contingent of Thuleans for the Nouvelle Bourgogne system, in order to settle the desert planet of Belenos. While it is less appealing than the rather more paradisaical Prima Thule, it is the first settling of another system since the massacre at Ultima Thule, and so many eyes are watching this symbol of the Republic's resurgence. Settlement Plan for Belenos Work on Project Taranis continues, and begins on the THC joint program "Distantiam". A year's reprieve had been granted to the Département de l'économie et du travail by temporarily holding the immigration program's expansion, in order to deal with the many arrivals from other systems. But now the program is once again expanded, with a focus on the nations who's primary populations are homo sapiens subspecies. Further investment is placed into the Psionic Development and Training Centre on Prima Thule, with expansion of the training and survey facilities taking priority. Additionally, due to the Da'Nor population growing through both birth and further immigration, another survey is taken to see if there are any particularly outstanding psionic users among them. Summary Trizendrium Sales to LC [+2AP] Trizendrium Offer to LC Colonising Western Sector Project Taranis [4AP: 8AP Total] Project Distantiam [2AP] Immigration Investment [2AP: 7AP Total] Psionic Development [2AP: 4AP Total; See above]
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    Thulean Republic Trizendrium was flowing into Thulean stockpiles, once more granting them the destructive capabilities of this volatile compound. As previously planned, Thulean heavy and support weapons are retrofitted with Trizendrium capabilities, though traditional rounds and shells are not fully eschewed. Furthermore, the ships of the Thulean fleet are also retro-fitted to make use of trizendrium shells in railguns and trizendrium missiles, again maintaining non-trizendrine ammunition usage in case their use would be detrimental, ineffectual, or simply not preferable. In accordance with the THC's offer to the Lithruan Coalition, the Thulean Republic offers the use of its newly upgraded shipyard to any Coalition members. Furthermore, the Republic offers to sell Trizendrium to the Coalition, and if they lack any weapons with which to use it, to produce said weapons for the Coalition. The Republic also begins, and completes, its section of Project شارع. Given the prospect for serious armed conflict after the revelation that it was the United States who revealed the location of Ultima Thule to the Keerim, a classified projected titled "Taranis" begins. Additionally, a Chevalier-class Destroyer, to be commissioned the NMR Ferveur Gauloise, begins construction. Furthermore, the planet of Belenos is designated as a future colony, given that the Thulean population could sustain it as such. While there were already settlers there, a colony ship would have to be constructed in order to transport both the people and the material necessities required by a full colonial venture. As such, the NMA Renaissance begins construction. Summary [+4AP from USA] Project Taranis [4AP] Colonial Freighter Construction [3AP] Destroyer Construction [3AP] Project شارع [2AP] Recruitment campaign Army and Fleet Retro-fitting Offer to LC [See above] Thulean Republic Data
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    Thulean Republic The huge influx of Krib, as well as the continuing population explosion among the human populace and further immigration to Prima Thule, was quite the shock for the Republic. Outside of their rather unique molluscoid appearance, the sheer number of them meant the bureaucratic organs of the Département de l'économie et du travail was nigh overwhelmed, but with sufficient prior planning and several late nights, they managed to be allocated to housing and employment quickly enough. Most of the Krib, who possess a natural affinity for farming, are assigned to assisting with the agricultural work. With the Thulean populace approaching 30% alien population, the Council decides it is of considerable importance to facilitate their integration into the Republic. Courses are offered to adults so they can better learn the French language, as well as the Thulean culture and history. In primary and secondary education, the Republic decides to follow a policy of integration whereby alien children are educated in the same classes as humans, as well as hiring additional alien teachers (so long as they are fluent in the language and cultural knowledge), so as to better foster interracial relations within the population. Alien children are of course given extra classes to ensure that any language or culture barriers are broken down. As for the Da'Nor psionics, the census is regarded as rather successful, with around 2200 proving to have psionic potential of any description. Naturally the greatest interest is in the more powerful and unique of them, but the Council determines to try and find a place where every psionic's potential, no matter how mundane, can be utilised. The more powerful ones are approached and offered monetary compensation in addition to the ability to fulfil their potential, in exchange for allowing the Republic to catalogue, test, and help develop those abilities. A private resort is constructed for them and their families, along with specialist facilities to ensure that their powers can be tested, researched, and developed in environment that is as conducive as possible. As for the weaker and less unique psionics, they too are catalogued, and if there are any areas of industry, service, or bureaucracy where their abilities would increase the efficiency in those areas, they are given newly-created jobs in those areas. Their old jobs would easily be filled by the constant influx of immigrants. The Thulean Republic lays claim to the sector to the west, containing the desert planet with trizendrium deposits, which has been given the name Nouvelle Bourgogne. Both of the light freighters in the Thulean fleet are dispatched to the system, henceforth named Belenos, carrying prospective miners and the equipment and resources necessary to establish a mining colony there, which is quickly being called Havre by those journeying there. A great deal of resources are concentrated into expanding the orbital shipyard above Prima Thule, so as to expand the shipbuilding capacity of the Republic, both in concurrent number and size. A recruitment campaign for the Garde Républicaine begins, seeking to expand the size of the Garde to 2,000 troops. Furthermore, an equipment renovation takes place using technology obtained from an ally, arming the Gardes with Jump-Packs and Ares II laser rifles. Preparations also begin to produce heavy weapons and support equipment (such as Man-Portable Air-Defense Systems, mortars, and machine guns) that use trizendrium once the mines on Nouvelle Bourgogne become operational. A request is put forth to the Trade Federation to allow the Thulean Republic to join the GTC, the benevolence of the Federation being demonstrated to the Thuleans by the sending of the Krib immigrants to Prima Thule. Summary Da'Nor psionic development [2AP; see above] Claiming sector to West of Prima Thule and establishing mining colony [0AP] Expanding shipyard to SL3 [6AP] Military Recruitment campaign and refitting troops [0AP] Request to join GTC [0AP] Thulean Republic Data
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    Thulean Republic Admiral de Broglie was very pleased with how successful the various programs aimed at expanding the Thulean population was going. It was still almost two and half times smaller than the pre-massacre populations of Ultima Thule and Prométhée, but a nearly 50% increase in the inhabitants of Espérance in a mere two years was an impressive achievement of the Council for Military Governance's. These numbers of course exceeded initial expectations dramatically, but there was always room for more when rebuilding a nation. And there was always more to be done to increase those numbers. As such, further investment is put into advertising a life of Prima Thule in their neighbours' planets, as well as further funding into improving the Thulean crops. Furthermore, the seizure of Kalronian crops by the Republic's fellow THC members while assisting the Ganvius offensive was of immense interest to the research teams on Prima Thule. They are handed over to botanists, geneticists, and the relevant disciplines of biochemistry and biology in order to see if they are of any use. Special quarantine measures are taken in case the plants induce illness or are particularly aggressive in ecosystems. A most intriguing discovery though was that of Trizendrium deposits in the western system. Naturally, the Council was rather eager to establish a base and begin extraction, however the Republic, despite its growth, lacked the human resources necessary to do so. Planning begins for a mining colony on the desert planet though, so that when the time came the Republic would be immediately prepared for the expedition. The Da'Nor population of Prima Thule, which now numbered over 5,000, also came to be of interest to the Council. They had heard of the psionic abilities of other alien races throughout the galaxy, including the Da'Nor, and Admiral de Broglie had personally witnessed a very brief but certainly impressive display of psionic potential. As such, a census is taken among the Da'Nor in order to establish how many of them possessed psionic abilities of any description, seeing how they might be useful to the Republic, and if so working on ways to develop and hone them. A military expansion is ordered by Admiral de Broglie and his fellow Captain-Oligarchs, who have all frequently advocated for the necessity of a strong Thulean navy. A Chasseur-class Frigate, to be named the NMR Lumière Endurant, and an Intercepteur-class Corvette, the NMR Faucon, are commissioned. The news of a peace conference between the Karass, the rebellion against them, and the various other belligerents involved in that war was also of note. An offer is sent out to host the peace talks, Prima Thule's advantage of being equidistant from the main alien races involved and not requiring any navigation through enemy territory to get there being professed alongside the offer. The hope is that not only will the Thulean Republic be able to facilitate peace between these nations, but also act as a sort of advertisement across the galaxy for prospective immigrants and investors. Summary Continued immigrant attraction [1AP: Total now at 5AP] Continued agricultural research [2AP: Total now at 10AP] Seeing if Kalronian crops can enhance agricultural research Da'Nor psionic survey [2AP; see above for details] Frigate and Corvette building [3AP] Offer to host Karass peace talks [See above for details] Thulean Republic Data
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    Thulean Republic The successful start to the Republic's immigration program was celebrated by bureaucrats and politicians as the beginning of a new era for the Thulean people. The Thulean people themselves, however, were less enthusiastic, unsure of what to make of their strange new neighbours. Still, it is widely hoped and believed that the new citizens of the Republic will prove their worth on Prima Thule, and become just as necessary to the continued survival and eventual prosperity of the Thuleans as any human. Regardless, efforts to attract foreign colonists to Prima Thule remained an ongoing priority of the Council for Military Governance. As did seeking ways to improve the domestic growth rate of the Thulean population. While both advancements made in the past year were welcome, neither would not drastically improve the growth rates: resilience was a far less prominent issue for Thulean farms given they were on a rather idyllic planet, and the increased growth rate of the crops would likely not be transformative. It is celebrated as a success by the public relations organs of government, but further investment in agricultural research is deemed desirable and necessary. A focus is put on improving crop yields, and potentially seeing if it was possible to have the crops also produce human-fertility-boosting hormones such as gonadotropin (a hormone which not only increases fertility but increases the likelihood of multiple birth). In a rather different area of Thulean government, the discovery of a habitable planet in a neighbouring sector was met with a degree of elation, even if it was a desert planet. While the Republic lacked the spare population as it was to send on a colonial expedition, it is treated as a solid prospect for future endeavours. The corvette NMR Pèlerin is sent to perform a more in-depth resource survey of the system in which the habitable planet is located. Summary Continued immigration attraction operations [2AP; Total Invested: 4AP] Continued research into improving crops (see above for specifics) [4AP; Total Invested: 8AP] Resource survey of sector to West [2AP]