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  1. The Age of Mysteries [RP]

    -=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=- Ēxcān Tlahtōlōyān The Triple Alliance Aztec Empire -=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=- Treasury at start of turn: 29,100 Another Aztec settler party moves even further north, the 5,000 infantry previously stationed in the last settlement going with them. Once more they establish a military settlement, this time by the name of Huixotan. [-5,000 gold, +2,500 infantry] -=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=- 5,000 more infantry are recruited, trained, and added to the ranks of the quickly growing Aztec military. [-5,000 gold, +5,000 infantry] The blood mages continue their research, hoping to finally go over the verge and unlock higher degrees of the power innate in blood. [4,100 + 10% = 4,510] Likewise, the metallurgists continue their hard work in their attempts to make iron bend to their will, as would all things. [10,000 + 10% = 11,000] [MOD] After hearing about the arrival of white-skinned heathens from beyond the sea into the Mayan lands, Ahuitzotl grew troubled. He has his diplomats from the Aztec embassy in the Mayan lands approach Emperor Ikal, and requests information about the origin, nature, and intention of the travelers from him. Treasury at end of turn: 0 gold
  2. The Age of Mysteries [RP]

    -=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=- Ē x c ā n T l a h t ō l ō y ā n T h e T r i p l e A l l i a n c e A z t e c E m p i r e -=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=- Ever since the formation of the Triple Alliance, it has been the dominant military and political force in Mesoamerica. With their fearsome warriors and even more fearsome blood magicks, in a short six decades they had become the undoubted rulers of their region, and now only the Mayans remained to even come close to rivalling them. Perhaps soon, that too would change. -=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=- For now though, the Huetlatoani would turn within his own borders. The pseudo-confederation of tributary and client city-states that formed the majority of the Empire was entirely unacceptable to Ahuitzotl, who would need a strong, centralised state from which his ambitions could become reality. He didn't want to rule over a confederation. He wanted to rule over an empire. Already, the idea of the Mēxihca Tlahtohcātlālli was germinating in his dream. The first step was to abolish the tributary system, and integrate the altepetl (city-states) into the demesne of Tenochtitlan's Huetlatoani directly. In order to do this, the steady replacement of the provincial Tlatohqueh with the centrally appointed, centrally loyal Calpixque (stewards/governors) that had already been occurring was formalised and accelerated. Older, more loyal Tlatohqueh were allowed to remain in power by abandoning their old role and taking up the Calpixque mantle, though their position was not hereditary any more, and their autonomy was reduced. More recently conquered, less trusted Tlatohqueh were replaced entirely by bureaucrats from Tenochtitlan itself. In order to ensure compliance, about half the Aztec military (20,000 infantry) were sent about Mexico behind the couriers of the decree. Any nobles that did not comply were to be captured and sacrificed to Huitzilopochtli along with their entire family. Bloody centralisation reforms such as these had become fairly common in the past few decades, however none had been so comprehensive. [MOD] -=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=- Elsewhere, Ahuitzotl dispatched a group of settlers to the north to begin taming the land beyond the Rio Grande. For now, the Aztecs would let the Maya be, but that didn't mean they couldn't claim new lands in other places, and settle on the coast near the mouth of the Nueces river. The settlement there is to be named Nuetzitl. They are escorted by a contingent of 5,000 infantry. [-5,000 Gold, MOD] The remaining 15,000 troops and 100 battle-mages move to the border with the Mayan Empire and take up fortified positions. Requests for trade agreements are sent to the Mayan Empire, and along the Pacific coast to reaffirm their trading prospects with the Incan Empire. Some traders also move along the coast and up the Mississipi to trade with the tribes along the river basin, namely the Pueblo, the Choctaw and the Chud further north. Some Aztec artisans are also sent north to the Chud to teach them how to work copper and produce tools with it, in exchange for some material recompensation. [MOD for Inca, Pueblo (biege boys) and Choctaw (dark blue boys nearest), +10,000 gold] Ahuitzotl would require more than a solid foundation in order to make his dream a reality - an iron gauntlet to hold his ambition was equally necessary. As such, a further 10,000 infantry are drafted from various tēlpochcalli (military schools) to serve in the armies of Ahuitzotl and start their training. 100 tlamacazqueh (priests) also begin their delving into the military practices of blood magic, a great honour in the Nahua faith. [-20,000 gold, MOD] -=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=- Ahuitzotl also makes clear the need for innovation in the Triple Alliance. Their warriors may be the most mighty, their magicks may be the most powerful, but the key area where they lacked an advantage over all was technology. As such, the Huetlatoani of Tenochtitlan makes considerable investment into two areas, the first of which was attempting to find a superior material for tools and weapons to bronze. For some time now, the metallurgists of the Triple Alliance had theorised that a metal could be extracted from the relatively common iron ore that may outstrip the utility of copper and even bronze in terms of strength and hardness. Ahuitzotl had been convinced by their promises of a technology that would make the Triple Alliance's weaponry the most advanced ever known, and so he funnels 10,000 gold into their work on extracting the metal from the ore, and working it. [-10,000 gold, MOD] Two mines are also dug in order to try and pre-emptively gain a supply of the ore so that when and if the metallurgists succeed, the Empire will already have the resources to arm their troops with the new technology. [2 mines, -5,000 gold, MOD] The second manner in which the Triple Alliance was going to maintain and extend its supremacy was by further increasing the potency of the Aztec blood magic. A great deal of slaves and captives are given over to the priests of Tezcatlipoca in order to fuel their research with blood and flesh. [-10,000 gold's worth of captives, MOD] -=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=- Treasury at the end of turn: 10,000 Gold
  3. The Age of Mysteries [OOC]

    Nation: Aztec Empire Ruler: Huetlatoani Ahuitzotl Attribution of Army points: 8 points 40,000 Infantry (4 points) 100 mages (4 points) Attribution of Navy points: 3 points 30 caravels (3 points) Investment of Tech / Magic points: N/A Short background on the nation: The Aztec Empire, formally known as the Triple Alliance of Tenochtitlan, Texcoco, and Tlacopan, is a relatively young state. Formed only 65 years ago out of the civil war between the city of Azcapotzalco and her tributaries, the fledgling empire has known blood from its' inception. Since the formation of the triple alliance, the city of Tenochtitlan has swiftly become the primus inter pares owed mostly to its military might, and so the Tlatoani of the island in the lake has become the de facto ruler of the Triple Alliance, or the Huetlatoani. Ahuitzotl, the current such ruler, has already made clear his ambition and military prowess by ruthlessly crushing a rebellion, and by more than doubling the size of the Aztec hegemony in Mesoamerica.
  4. 1000 A.D.

    First Bulgarian Empire Tsar Samuil I of Bulgaria had been one of the greatest leaders the Bulgarians had ever seen, perhaps second in recent memory only to Simeon the Great. His campaigns against the Eastern Roman Empire had brought land and glory to the Bulgarian people, and the Tsar's Army was one of the strongest and most widely respected in Europe, standing at 60,000 men, of which 20,000 were powerful heavy cavalry. And yet the position of the Bulgarian Empire was not entirely secure. Under Basil II, the Byzantines had gained considerable strength, enough to possibly turn the tide of the long-standing low-burning wars between the two Empires. Pagan Turkic tribes to the north-east presented another potential threat, although a much lesser one. And of course the Mohammeds were an eternal plague to all of Christendom, albeit one some distance away compared to the others. A great deal of work would need to be done to make Bulgaria as secure as it was great and glorious. Luckily, one of his rightful vassal-emirs had revolted an proclaimed their independence from the Byzantines, which may turn the Eastern Roman Empire's attention from Bulgaria. As such, Samuil sends a diplomatic mission to Constantinople to attempt to attain a truce and pact of n0n-aggression with Basil II while he has matters other than the war with Bulgaria cropping up. Samuil also pledges to defend the Byzantines against attack by the Saracen states should Basil II accept, in the name of Christendom. [MOD] [The Eastern Roman Emperor receives the Bulgarian delegation.] The Pontic Crusade I: The Gathering Storm The presence of the Pechenegs, White Croats, and Oghuz on the Pontic Steppe and in Wallachia had become intolerable to Samuil I. Not only did the Pechenegs hold land that was rightfully Bulgarian, but they had the audacity to raid into Bulgarian lands. These pagan barbarians could not be allowed to exist any longer, and so the Tsar began preparations for an expedition. The majority of the Bulgarian Army moves to the parts of the Danube bordering the tribals [25,000 Infantry, 15,000 Heavy Cavalry, 7,500 Light Cavalary], and with the exception of the light cavalry contingent, guards this border. The light cavalry act as scouts, probing into Pecheneg territory to try and gauge a rough number of the possible troops fielded by the Wallachian Pechenegs, and where their population centres and fortifications are. [MOD] Meanwhile, missives are dispatched to the Papal States and to the Kievan Rus. [MOD] The message to the Pope Sylvester II reads as follows: The message to Vladimir the Great of the Kievan Rus reads as follows: [MOD for both responses] Seeing in the Polish King Boleslaus I a fellow crusader and potential ally, Samuil accepts the offer of royal marriage to one of Boleslaus' daughters, and trade agreements and an offer of alliance is returned. The same is offered to the Danish king, Svein Forkbeard, alongside a royal marriage to one of Samuil's daughter. Offers of trade agreements are sent to the monarchs of France, Leon, Ostarrichi, Bavaria, Saxony, the Byzantine Empire, Burgundy and the Kievan Rus. [MOD for Burgundy and Rus] Domestic Affairs: Trade, Farms, and Horses Elsewhere in the Bulgarian Empire, far more mundane plans are put into motion. The trade ports on the Adriatic Coast are invested into, hoping to increase the volume of trade goods that can flow in and out of Bulgaria - trade goods that can have tariffs, and will thereby bolster the Czar's treasury. Road quality between trade ports and large towns and cities is also invested into to the same end. [MOD] Furthermore, animal husbandry efforts are undertaken to improve the size of domestic livestock, such as cows, for an economic boost and for greater security against famine by increasing the food supply. The efforts also target horse husbandry, in order to improve the speed and stamina of the already powerful Bulgarian cavalary. [MOD] An attempt to recruit a further 5,000 Infantry, 4,000 Heavy Cavalry, and 2,500 Light Cavalry is made, conducted in tandem with glorifying propaganda campaigns of the crusades to come and the spiritual promise that joining these crusades will provide, led by the priests and bishops through the Bulgarian Empire. There is no greater guarantee of getting into Paradise than fighting and dying in the name of the Lord, after all. [MOD]
  5. 1000 A.D. (OOC)

    Country/Tribe: First Bulgarian Empire Leader: Tsar Samuil I Population: 1.85 Million History: Bulgaria as a sedentary state had been established in the 7th century, after centuries of Bulgar migration from Central Asia. In the 670s the Bulgars crossed into Byzantine territory and forced the Eastern Roman Emperor Constantine IV to acknowledge Bulgaria as an independent state, cede land, and pay an annual tribute in a humiliating peace treaty. Since then they have expanded considerably, taking yet more territory from the Eastern Romans and to their north-east. Now it is three years into the new reign of the new Tsar, Samuil I, who had already proven himself as commander of the Bulgarian army under the previous Tsar, Roman I, and is widely respected, even in Constantinople. However, that very city hosts an ambitious Emperor, one who will not make the Bulgarian Empire's existence a guaranteed thing. Do you have Discord?: Yeah (alexarmo98 (hellf)#5598)
  6. The Thaumatarchy of Beleria Progress. Relentless and eventually all-encompassing, like the tremors on a pond thrown up by raindrops. The Thaumatarchy was to be the storm from which they fall. The Mission to Civilise First and foremost, the Grand Army of the Thaumatarchy would see expansion and action. The protectors of progress would need to be greater in number in order to effectively guard against external threats, and so a recruitment drive is initiated throughout Belerian lands, naturally targeting the non-intellectual types. Service is advertised as part of a glorious mission to civilise the tribals surrounding the Thaumatarchy, to bring the light of civilisation and progress to ever more people in dire need of it. The Thaumatarchy expresses that it desires pikemen, but welcomes any who would already be able to specialise in other areas. The sum total set aside for the paying and equipping of the potential new troops is 5,000 gold. [-5,000 Gold, Mod] Operation Morning Star This mission to civilise would begin execution immediately. The Thaumatarchy lays claim to a large amount of land on its borders, and sends missives on horseback messengers ahead of the advancing armies to the tribes in the areas. They are given two choices: Join the Thaumatarchy, or leave the land. This portion of the operation is headed by Trasan Dinister, the Minister for the Foreign, who attempts to use his knowledge of the tribes' customs and such to win them over in these missives. [6 Charisma, Mod] The 1st Pikes of Pensuli and the 2nd Swords of Beleria are to head west of Pensuli to pacify the tribes there, up to the Trebiya River, and annex the area as the new province of Trebiya. The 1st Spears of Sanchteri and the 2nd Swords of Echtassiya are to head north-east from Sanchteri to pacify the tribes up to the Rabichon River, and expand the Bay of Sanchteri province. The 1st Swords of Echtassiya spread along the northern border of both West and East Echtassiya, and move slightly north to annex the areas into those respective provinces. The whole operation is planned and orchestrated in person by the Grand Thaumatarch himself, Nagorn Kharabach. [2500 Regular Light Pikemen and 2500 Veteran Light Skirmishers heading to the take the western section, 2500 Regular Light Skirmishers to take the smaller sections above West and East Echtassiya, 2500 Regular Light Pikemen and 2500 Regular Light Skirmishers to take the north section above Bay of Sanchteri. Only attacking tribes that fail to leave or submit in earlier operation. [6 Martial, Mod] The 1st Swords of Beleria, meanwhile, remain on their namesake isle to train. [2500 Veteran Skirmishers training, Mod] The Grand Navy of the Thaumatarchy too would see expansion. Sixteen thousand gold is set aside for the construction of 32 new galleys, which would join the Grand Navy as 8 Paralichos squadrons. [-16,000 gold, Mod] A New Tool The Thaumatarch Adutor, Suthor Ossetin, begins a project and assembles a group of natural philosophers and eyeglass makers. Their aim is to produce a looking glass which would magnify far away objects via refraction through shaped lenses, in order to make the objects appear larger and closer to the user. If successful, such a tool would have untold uses, from naval use to astronomy. He is given a grant of 4,000 gold for the year to this end. [-4,000 gold, 6 Intelligence, Mod] A sum of 4,000 gold is invested into the agricultural sector of the Thaumatarchy to attempt to improve crop yield and worth. [-4,000 gold, Mod] Trade offers are sent to Rugica, House Blackmarrow, the Valion Theocracy, the Kingdom of Bassenthwaite, and the Commonwealth of Ruhn. One is also sent to the neighbouring Theocracy, to the west of the Trebiya River, and also to the nation which shares Bassenthwaite's island. A trade deal has already been reached with the Alterian Empire and the Pirates of Karalkh. [Mod] Treasury at the end of the year: 0 Gold Thaumatarchy Information
  7. Onwards [Sci-Fi Nation FRP - RP]

    Thulean Republic Summary: +10 AP from Armathwaite 1 Battleship (Outfitted with Taranis), 1 Carrier, 3 Light Cruisers, 2 Destroyers, 1 Frigates, 1 Corvette [38AP] All equipped with Hephaestus Swarmer missiles in addition to usual weaponry, using both standard and trizendrium warheads. 300 Fighters [3AP] Thulean Republic Data
  8. Dawn of a New Era OOC (Fantasy Nation-builder RP)

    State Name: Thaumatarchy of Beleria Government System: Magic-based Meritocratic Oligarchy History: Magic users have often faced persecution in many nations, from either superstitious mobs to state-directed outlawing. Over time, a transnational group of mages convened, seeking to create what was essentially a civil rights movement for mages. A handful of nations accepted their demands and ended the persecution of mages, at least legally. But most did not. In fact, a great many grew even more hostile, partially as a result of natural reactionary responses, but also due in part to more extremist elements staging rebellious attacks. The life of the mage got significantly worse in many place. Recognising this, this de facto council of mages made the decision to abandon seeking an end to their ill treatment in the human nations, and instead endeavoured to create their own state, free from the shackles of superstition and oppression to pursue the study and practice of magic to its end. A suitable location was chosen off the southern coast, and the mages pooled their assets to fund the materials and transportation required, as well as hiring workers and guards. Eventually, a city sprung up the Isle of Beleria, on the southern coast. Mages from across the continent flocked to the newly established haven, and soon it became pertinent that a proper system of governance be put in place. Thus, the Thaumatarchy of Beleria was born, with a College of Mages (composed of the most accomplished, experienced, and learned mages in Beleria) electing a Grand Thaumatarch from their ranks for life. Since the formation of the Thaumatarchy, the mage-state has expanded, and laid claim to the whole Isle of Beleria as well as some minor islands further south. The current Grand Thaumatarch is Nagorn Kharabach, and Culture: Given the origins of the Thaumatarchy, it is obvious that there would be a large cultural emphasis on magic. However, other disciplines and scholarly arts such as astronomy and engineering are as equally well respected and are pursued by a large portion of the non-mage population. The non-mage population itself is slightly higher in proportion than that of the mages, but given the nature of the mage-state, a great many are of the bookish sort, though there are more than enough workers to support the rest of the population. The population of humans and elves is roughly equal, though the proportion of mages among the elven population is substantially higher than in the humans, but given their more prominent identity as mages, or at least members of the Thaumatarchy, the point is rarely given much thought outside of academic contexts. Economy (3): Being inhabited mostly by those of the magic and scholarly sort, there has never been much importance placed on economic development in the Thaumatarchy. Even so, there is a rudimentary market economy in place, as the College of Mages decided to leave matters of economics largely free and merchant-directed, not least because they would rather focus on academia than such a material concern. Education (8): Education is expectedly of massive importance in the Thaumatarchy. Almost every citizen on Beleria will have spent the first 16 years of their life in mandatory education, and hence even the most proletarian of workers have educations rivalling that of the continental nobilities. But many more, especially among mages, will go on to seek higher education, with most people in the capital of Merchor studying or teaching the magical and scholarly arts in some capacity. With such a large, specialised corps of mages and engineers all working for the good of the Thaumatarchy of Beleria, it is no surprise that multiple innovations have been produced to aid in its defense. Magical Artillery (+50% More Strength Than Catapults) Magical Artillery on Galleys (+50% Galley Strength) Aurochs Wagons (+10% bonus on trade to and from the Thaumatarchy) Size (3): The population of Beleria itself is not tiny, having attracted many immigrants over the course of its history, but it is not particularly large either, standing at around 1,500,000 citizens. It is heavily urbanised, with most of the population living in the capital, Merchor, and some non-mage farmers and such living on the less developed parts of the Isle. Military (3): The military of the Thaumatarchy is predictably relatively small, boasting only around 15,000 troops and 28 ships. Army: 2 points 50 Units (5,000 Soldiers) of Light-Armoured Regular Pikemen 50 Units (5,000 Soldiers) of Light-Armoured Regular Swordsmen 50 Units (5,000 Soldiers) of Light-Armoured Veteran Swordsmen Upkeep: 1,000 gold per turn Navy: 4 points 4 Caravels, 24 Galleys Loyalty (3): Given the meritocratic nature of the Thaumatarchy, there is always an large element of ambition instilled in the College of Mages. Furthermore, the mage-led state means that the direction of the Thaumaturgy is hotly debated between figures from the various schools. As such, there is a constant clandestine political game under the surface of the Thaumatarchy, which may not be a threat to national security but it does pose an issue for national unity more often than would be liked. (Discontent at current affairs, but more so desire reform than anything else, may condemn actions) Key figure 1: Nagorn Kharabach (6 3 6) Key Figure 2: Trasan Dinister (3 6 1) Key Figure 3: Suthor Ossetin (5 1 6) Word mentioned necessary somewhere in the above post: Estonia
  9. Onwards [Sci-Fi Nation FRP - RP]

    Thulean Republic After the rebuilding of Phénicie, business was as usual for the inhabitants of Prima Thule. There were considerably more tourists than there had previously been, thanks to the whole capital now being a vast work of art, but other than that everything was normal on the surface. In orbit, however, it was an entirely different case. A truly vast amount of resources had been funneled there, both from the surface and from Armathwaite and Hephaestus (as well as a smaller amount from the Frontier Colony Affiliation), all for the express purpose of arming Thule and her allies. Two large Federation ships of the line, a battleship armed with Taranis and a carrier, and 2 smaller vessels for Thule herself - a destroyer (the NMR Lafayette) and a corvette (the NMR Corbeau). More awesome though was the massive project being undertaken - the upsizing of Svarog to being Dreadnaught-capable in the space of one year. There was upwards of 10,000 Thulean workers in orbit devoted to this huge work alone. By the end of the year, the Thulean and FEZ war machine would begin growing into an irresistible force, one yet unseen in scope by humanity. The newly completed TAROT station, manned and operated by Federation specialists, was another jewel on the new Thulean fist. It is immediately handed directions from the government. Summary: +10AP from Hephaestus, +10AP from Armathwaite, +2AP from FCA 1 Battleship, 1 Carrier, 1 Destroyer, 1 Corvette [18AP] Shipyard expansion [40AP/40AP] Using TAROT Thulean Republic Data
  10. 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
  11. 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
  12. 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
  13. [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.
  14. [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]
  15. 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