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On a Knife's Edge, a Post Weltkrieg 2 Kaiserreich Japan Game

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[X] Plan: Building a Better World

[x]The 1957 Defense White Paper Proposals Version 1

[X] The Shinkansen.

[X] Computers and Electronics Conference:
With the development of new computers and electronics this presents us a new market and new opportunities for the government and private industry. We should encourage representatives from research institutions such as Universities, private companies and government Ministries to foster research and develop of new computers and electronics and how to implement such technologies across the Sphere. For Example, computers for record keeping, improving the phone system and so on.

[X] The Sphere Expo: To encourage travel, trade and cultural links between our members, a Osaka shall host a six month Festival with each member state being allocated a space to set up an exhibition. Members could setup displays of cultural themes and progress along with technological developments and products. A stage would be set up for various entertainment programs such as dance groups, musicians, theatre and so on. Various foods and snacks would also be on sale.
 

Rufus Shinra

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The 1957 Defense White Paper Proposals Version 1

Army:


1. Develop main battle rifle to be used for all services.

2. Develop Main Battle Tank and Armored Personnel Carrier using latest technologies

3. Develop Anti-Tank weaponry (missiles and other) to be used for all services

4. Expand Helicopter Fleet for logistics, reconnaissance, close air support and transportation to be used for all services.
Moreso than a universal battle rifle, a set of universal ammunition seems to make quite more sense to me. Historically, NATO and the Pact both went on to adopt specific calibres and cartridge types that could be used interchangeably between guns (with the notable exception of the first version of the French FAMAS, which had the same calibre but slightly different cartridges due to, IIRC, the hammer mechanism hitting too hard). The logistics advantages would be much higher IMO than the ones offered by universal rifles, the latter being potentially inadequate for various needs (consider the AK family, which has stuff like the AK-74, the standard rifle, the AK-74U, a smaller carbine weapon for vehicle crews, the PKM machine gun, etc., using the same cartridge IIRC). Another advantage is that it allows gun designers in the Sphere to work on weapons using that set of cartridges and potentially design superior guns that could be adopted across the entire market, a very good incentive if there is one.

MBTs and APCs are on the list of things to get, though at this time, do not expect to achieve the modern conclusions, the materials for HEAT-resistant armour aren't really there yet. Another important thing to consider is that Imperial forces will be foremost projection ones, which will have a real effect on design. Also, the Sphere seems to have large quantities of oil available, but the question remains whether it can follow through with strong logistics. US tanks tend to guzzle gas like crazy, and have a massive logistics footprint to consider. In any case, the projection nature of the military will make vehicles, amphibious ships and strategic airlifters deeply related. Depending on the needs, if you envision low-level conflicts and insurgencies, armoured cars might be an interesting thing to design, as they were since the end of OTL WW2.

AT weaponry is a given, though most likely wire-guided at this point in time.

Helicopter doctrine has yet to be firmly established and experimented with, as this timeline hasn't had yet the colonial wars that pushed for the need of mobility (Korea and Algeria were two of the big development zones for helicopter warfare IIRC), so do not expect finalized designs that will hold the test of time. Things like Huey, Gazelle, let alone Cobra, aren't going to come without the feedback and experience.
5. Naval sizes shall be kept the same but we will begin a process of modernization and upgrades for all vessels. Those vessels which are too expensive to update/modernize shall be sold or scrapped.

6. Develop better anti-ship, Surface to Air, early cruise missiles and anti-missile technologies.

7. Improve computer and communication links between naval vessels and air craft.

8. Research steam catapults for air craft carriers and different deck configurations.

9. Nuclearize the submarine force.

10. Expand Helicopter Fleet
Anti-missile tech is going to be pretty damn hard to do outside soft-kill sytems such as decoys and jamming. Just as with helicopters, the doctrine isn't going to be there yet, and missiles will be a pain in the ass to install on armoured ships. One of the main things that was developed, OTOH, was the ASROC, giving warships the range advantage over enemy submarines and allowing an actual area defence capability, which would be completed with the helicopter (the notion of ASW helicopters should be well understood by 1957, it started being experimented upon in 1943 OTL).

As for nuclear submarines, expect accidents, and pretty bad ones, at the beginning. Unless you have someone like Rickover, who had a stick in the ass and made sure everyone in the fleet would have one as well regarding nuclear power at sea, some shit is going to go wrong (and did under Rickover's watch, ask the crew of the Tresher about it - wait, you can't, because a seawater leak caused a series of incidents leading to a reactor SCRAM at the wrong moment and the loss of the boat with all hands). Beyond that, diesel-electric submarines are likely to remain a thing due to inherent advantages in shallow waters and some acoustic discretion advantages, particularly in the early days of SSN before natural circulation designs.

The Navy's doctrine will also have to be clarified just as its equipment will be. You can do a lot of stuff with submarines, escorts, cruisers, carriers and even battleships in the Sixties, but you need to be consistent and to start training for the likely scenarii. Against each foe, US or Syndicalists, the use of the Navy will be different. Same for carrier doctrine, Soviets aimed for aerial control to protect missile-armed ships that would have the actual punch, while the US used the carriers for strike while surface ships had limited missile armament, doing the aerial control itself.
Air Force:
11: Size of Air Force shall remain the same.

12. Develop Transport Aircraft to improve logistics.

13. Develop Supersonic Aircraft for Air Superiority

14. Develop Supersonic Reconnaissance Aircraft

15. Improve computer and communication links between aircraft and ground control.
For transports, both tactical and strategic are usually needed, for the different levels of infrastructure and logistic footprints available. You might want to look as well at large support aircrafts such as AWACS for AEW roles both land-based and sea-based (an AEW on a carrier is a wonderful, wonderful tool), airborne tankers and airborne battle management planes, all of which were historically based, for land-based ones, on airliners for the US and EU (Boeing 767 and Airbus A330, plus some business jet conversions for smaller AWACS).

A point that was forgotten, IMO, is the doctrine regarding tactical nuclear devices. During the Cold War, these were everywhere, from the infantry with the infamous Davy Crockett, the hilarious and authentic chicken-powered nuclear landmine and the man-portable Special Atomic Demolition Munition (a backpack-sized nuclear device for commandos) to large units. Interceptors had unguided atomic rockets to wipe out bomber groups, most surface to air missiles had nuclear-tipped variants, nuclear artillery was a thing and, oh boy, targeting ships and submarines with nuclear weapons, in anti-ship missiles, depth charges or torpedoes was popular to say the least. What's the position of the Empire regarding this, what are the rules of engagement, etc., are questions to answer and to answer fast, because you can be sure tactical nuclear devices are available on the other side.
 

christopher_sni

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These are all valid points Rufus. Basically what I was trying to do was provide a basic framework or chassis for the battle rifle, helicopter and so on. I figured that each service could modify them based on mission type and usage. This was to try and simplify logistics and prevent overspecialization in equipment, ammunition and spare parts. Standardized ambition would be a help.

The Helicopter doctrine I figure will be more OTL Korean War than Vietnam. As for tanks and APCs I figured this would be to replace older models from the Second Weltkrieg and transport troops to the front. I was not looking for monster tanks since they consume lots of oil and would be harder to send overseas. I figure due to the distances involved our equipment needs to be sent in by plane or ship and needs to function in rough conditions. As for submarines it will be a mixed force with some nuclear boomers and diesel coastal vessels. I figure Carriers will be surrounded by Crusiers, Destroyers and Subs in Task Forces and will be the ones coordinating the battle.
 

Eliar

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[X] Plan: Building a Better World

[x]The 1957 Defense White Paper Proposals Version 1

[X] The Shinkansen.

[X] Computers and Electronics Conference:
With the development of new computers and electronics this presents us a new market and new opportunities for the government and private industry. We should encourage representatives from research institutions such as Universities, private companies and government Ministries to foster research and develop of new computers and electronics and how to implement such technologies across the Sphere. For Example, computers for record keeping, improving the phone system and so on.

[X] The Sphere Expo: To encourage travel, trade and cultural links between our members, a Osaka shall host a six month Festival with each member state being allocated a space to set up an exhibition. Members could setup displays of cultural themes and progress along with technological developments and products. A stage would be set up for various entertainment programs such as dance groups, musicians, theatre and so on. Various foods and snacks would also be on sale.
 

Ryser

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[X] Plan: Building a Better World

[x]The 1957 Defense White Paper Proposals Version 1

[X] The Shinkansen.

[X] Computers and Electronics Conference:
With the development of new computers and electronics this presents us a new market and new opportunities for the government and private industry. We should encourage representatives from research institutions such as Universities, private companies and government Ministries to foster research and develop of new computers and electronics and how to implement such technologies across the Sphere. For Example, computers for record keeping, improving the phone system and so on.

[X] The Sphere Expo: To encourage travel, trade and cultural links between our members, a Osaka shall host a six month Festival with each member state being allocated a space to set up an exhibition. Members could setup displays of cultural themes and progress along with technological developments and products. A stage would be set up for various entertainment programs such as dance groups, musicians, theatre and so on. Various foods and snacks would also be on sale.
 

Rufus Shinra

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Quack! More seriously, though, I think this picture is a bit more appropriate:



Foch, instead of Charles de Gaulle, unless we've got a time-travelling, dimension-jumping French CVN full of canards ready to shit on everyone's plans. In which case, please go on and don't let me interrupt you. :p
 
1957, Turn 9 results

Jakarta

Cutest Mod
Moderator
The Military Defense Plans are approved. All branches are busy wrangling with doctrinal problems. (13)

While the Air Force is visibly upset that their desire to increase the size of the force is rejected. Most of the branches are relatively happy that most, if not all their necessities are met. The Navy would get the funds needed to experiment with missiles and better torpedoes, the army would get the funds needed to research a new assault rifle, and the air force will get their money to do some brand new research and fielding of new planes.

While this has set back the plans for a new strategic bomber for a few years, the Air Force still is adamant on getting it. And the rumoured ‘G12N’ program will probably be announced by the end of the 1950s. The other branches are now debating heavily on what’s the purpose should these new toys be put to use, and how warfare will change throughout the 1960s. There are even talks about a Universal Ammo standard, something that high command will definitely talk about in the next year.

Shinkansen off to a rocky start (4)

Finally, after years of lobbying, Shinji Sogo’s plans have finally borne fruit. A Shinkansen line stretching from Tokyo to Osaka will finally be built, he has planned extensively for such a thing, networking with other Japanese railway executives, most notably Hideo Shima, in order to make sure his plans were a reality.

Unfortunately, things didn’t go as well as hoped. While for sure that this rumoured ‘Shinkansen’ is going to be a thing, the first efforts to buy land from landowners are proving to be much, much more expensive than initially thought. Certainly not a major roadblock, but something that’s going to take longer than usual to be resolved.

Computer efforts a massive failure (2)

This year, there was a meeting between the top figures of the Japanese computer industry, at a very notable public University as well, their job is to discuss research into Artificial Intelligence and while they know little about it. Their efforts will be felt in the decades to come, they are essentially treading new ground, debating something and innovating into new fields that in just 10 years ago, would not have been thought to exist. The government realizes this, and puts money into such endeavors, with such momentum going on, there’s no way this could go wrong.

Unfortunately, everything did go wrong.

There wasn’t much of a vetting process on the grants, and as a result, even the most crackpot of projects, as long as they word it nice enough and make it sound ‘viable’ would get the funding needed. While it’s possible that there are some ‘good’ proposals that slip through the cracks, it increasingly seems that this is essentially free money from the government for the various researchers to fund whatever project is in their minds, regardless of their applicability in the near future.

Racism and Ethnocentrism plagues the sphere expo (1)


The Sphere expo was supposed to be an exhibition showing the various cultures and nations that are part of the Co-Prosperity Sphere, an array of diverse booths and a chance for various representatives from Sphere nations to showcase their products and network even further.

Unfortunately, the results speak for themselves. The managing committee on the expo were the worst people to ever get the job, and as a result, easily over 70% of the booths and spaces reserves for the Expo is exclusively for Japan, with over 80% of that space showcasing the products from the Japanese home islands, Taiwan, Kwantung, Sakhalin, and the other islands such as New Guinea, the Christmas Islands, Fiji, the Andaman and Nicobar isles, and the other Pacific and Indian ocean territories are all lumped into the remaining 20%, essentially making this a showcase of just how great Japan is, much to the frustration and anger of the Japanese attendees, who felt cheated, and the reps from other nations, who felt they were lied to.

So far, this expo has been a huge failure, with the managing committee members fired immediately in the aftermath, and the Japanese government making promises that next year would be different, but so far. The future of the sphere expo is put into doubt as the phantoms of ethnocentrism and racism from the first sphere expo looms.
 
World Events, 1957

Jakarta

Cutest Mod
Moderator
1 January: Hung Government in Malaya. The 1956 elections have resulted in a three way split between the Conservative UMNO, the Socialist BSRM, and the newly founded People’s Action Party, or PAP. Led by a passionate politician named Lee Kuan Yew. His positions of pursuing rapid economic growth over social change won over a significant amount of supporters from both sides.

3 January: The Imperial Japanese Army starts tendering a proposal for a tank towards the various Zaibatsus, it would incorporate newly made electronics, better optics, a 105 mm main gun, and high fuel efficiency.

7 January: The Saarland/ Luxembourg Referendum, after years of negotiation between the Rhennish Commune and the Commune of France, both the Saarland region and Luxembourg voted to join the Commune of France.

9 January: Elvis Presley appears at the Ed Sullivan show for the final time.

23 January: The battle of Montgomery, remnant Klansmen, already thoroughly destroyed by Huey Long’s efforts against the organisation, tried to do a terror campaign in Alabama, firstly by trying to murder Willie Edwards, but a local ‘defense unit’ of African Americans, which just so happen to stumble into the incident, fought against the Klansmen, the fighting eventually bleeds into all over the city, with blacks and whites, both of them having higher amounts of guns due to the civil war, brawling and battling it out in the streets.

3 February: The 1957-58 Influenza pandemic, a virus originating in Guizhou, China, spreads across the world. Expecting to kill 1 million people worldwide.

7 February: A coal explosion in Bishop, Virginia, kills 37 men.

10 February: The Revolution logs it’s 60,000th mile, matching the endurance of the Nautilus in Jules Verne’s novel, 20,000 leagues under the sea.

18 February: Andrei Gromyko becomes the Foreign Minister of the Russian Republic.

20 February: “The Toddler’s Truce”, a controversial TV shutdown between 6 to 7 PM, is abolished in the Union of Britain.

28 February: Gaston, a French comic strip, was unveiled.

1 March: Sud Aviation. A merger between the various aviation companies that dot France, was formed. After multiple union votes, and negotiations between management and workers regarding the company’s organisation. The company is very much set to make the much rumoured ‘mirage’ jet fighter.

4 March: A new stock index, the JCR 500, named after the Japan Credit Rating Agency. Was first published in Japan.

8 March: The first public test flight and unveiling of the Mitsubishi F-1, a multirole fighter jet that can reach supersonic speeds, is armed with both infrared and semi active radar missiles, and is equipped with external fuel tanks.

14 March: Boris Shumyatsky, current President of the Russian Republic, announces that he will step down. After multiple decades in power. He announced that elections would be held next year. Immediately, the Kadety, Narodniki, and PFER political parties are clear favourites.

26 March: Elvis Presley buys Graceland, on 3734 Bellevue Boulevard, he and his family move on from their old house on 1034 Audubon Drive.

31 March: Kadokawa’s Kimba the White Lion, based off of Osamu Tezuka’s manga, was serialized into TV. Broadcasted in NHK, the series became a huge hit with Children.

3 April: Chaos in Malaya, due to the Hung Government, laws and regulations are being passed at a much slower than usual rate. Representatives from UMNO repeatedly criticized the BSRM government and the PAP for not willing to cooperate, while Lee Kuan Yew and Yusof Bin Ishak are accusing each other for being a ‘sucker’ in politics.

10 April: The Distant Warning Line, a series of radar stations located in the Kamchatka Peninsula, was finally completed. It would give Japan a big heads up in the event of a mass aerial assault coming in from Canada or America.

2 May: Die Stem van Suid-Afrika, written by Cornelis Jacobus Langenhoven, becomes the new South African national anthem.

16 May: Exercise Iron Will. A massive exercise involving the Chinese, Japanese, Russian, Indian and Korean Armies, was held in Northern China. All military representatives from the various nations agree that this will become an annual exercise, improving the cohesion and coordination of the various armies. In the 60s and 70s, the armies of the Philippines, Insulindia, and the Middle East would be involved as well.

24 May: May 24th Incident. A mysterious man found dead in the streets of Taipei triggered an immediate police investigation, the results showed that the man died of Police Brutality, and considering that the man was of European Ethnicity, riots started breaking out across the island by the island’s significant European population.

9 June: Broad Peak, on the Chinese-Indian border, was first ascended.

10 June: After 7 years of grueling negotiations and election cycles, the negotiations first initiated by Osman Ali Khan was finally passed by the Council of Princes. It would first create a Council of Commons, in which an independent committee would decide the drawing of the Council Districts to prevent gerrymandering. Other laws such as Universal Healthcare and an abolition of the caste system were also formally ratified and signed. It remains to be seen how this will affect Indian politics.

20 June: Toru Takemitsu’s Requiem of Strings was first performed by the Tokyo Symphony Orchestra.

21 June: John Diefenbacker becomes the 13th Prime Minister of the Union of Canada.

27 June: Hurricane Audrey hits Louisiana, killing 400 people.

1 July: The International Geophysical Year begins.
  • The Citroen Traction Avant Automobile was first produced.

6 July: John Lennon and Paul Mccartney first met in Liverpool, at a garden near St. Peter’s Church.

9 July: Elvis Presley’s film, Loving You airs in Theatres across America.

15 July: Japanese naval designers have completed a series of drafts around a proposed supercarrier. It would have an angled flight deck, two catapults, and an updated arrestor wire system, capable of launching aircraft at an unprecedented rate, if the projections are to be believed.

20 July: The Nakajima FA-1, a heavy supersonic fighter-bomber, was first introduced to the public. Both the F-1 and the FA-1 garnered significant attention from the Japanese Military, who were looking at replacements for their aging fleet of Shindens and Keiun Kai’s.

29 July: The International Atomic Energy Agency was founded.

1 August: The Kawasaki FI-1, a competitor to the Mitsubishi proposal, was unveiled to the public, while generally heavier and more fuel intensive, it trades the F-1’s range and flexibility with sheer payload capability, able to bring in more weapons into the fight than the F-1.

28 August: The Summer Compromise, Lee Kuan Yew and Yusof Bin Ishak met in Singapore to discuss their differences and end the Hung Government. Lee Kuan Yew agreed to the extensive social reforms Yusof Bin Ishak proposes, while he, in turn, agreed to deregulate and open the Malayan market towards further investments from all across the Co-Prosperity Sphere. The resulting PAP-BSRM coalition government would end the period of Hung Government in Malaya.

1 September: 175 people die in Jamaica, West Indies Federation, in a railway disaster.

4 September: The Little Rock Crisis, the governor of Arkansas orders the deployment of the Union State Militia to prevent African American students from enrolling in Little Rock High School.

7 September: NBC introduces an animated version of it’s peacock logo.

9 September: The Civil Rights Act of 1957 was passed through congress, creating a Civil Rights Commission and increasing African American turnout in American elections in the South.

15 September: The Chinese Army adopts the T-55 as their mainline battle tank, christening it’s name as the ZTZ-57. It would serve the Chinese army up to the 1970s with other variants introduced.

17 September: Have Gun, Will Travel airs on NHK. It is a story of a former samurai who takes up gunslinging, and travels Japan in the late 1800s, helping poor people along his journeys.

20 September: The G12N Shouri project was announced by the Imperial Japanese Air Force, the branch has a desire for a long range, high altitude bomber that can drop both conventional weapons and nuclear bombs if need be. Participants in the contest include Kawasaki, Mitsubishi, Aichi and Nakajima.

1 October: Which? Magazine, a magazine which focuses on independent reviews on a variety of products, was first published in the Union of Britain.

4 October: Messenger Program. The Commune of France launches the first ever satellite, the Messenger 1, into space.

10 October: The Windscale Nuclear Disaster, the Windscale Nuclear Reactor releases radioactive contaminants into the local area, including Iodine 131.
  • Atlas Shrugged was published by Author Ayn Rand in Honolulu, Hawaii.

11 October: An NEC Computer, the NEC Model 1955. Successfully calculated the trajectory of the rocket that launched the Messenger satellite, even up to the place where the rocket would eventually crash into.

16 October: The Sphere Expo begins, and it was a disaster.

22 October: The battle of the Desert, Sudanese and Toubou troops clash once more in the deserts of North Africa, escalating tensions in the region.

27 October: Cêlal Bayar was re-elected President of Turkey.

31 October: Toyota begins exporting vehicles to the ‘Non Syndicalist West.’ In nations such as Australia, New Zealand, and the Union State of America. Due to earlier negotiations between Japan and Australia, Australian carmaker Holden would also get the chance to set up shop in Japan, bringing Australian vehicles on sale for the first time in the land of the rising sun.

3 November: The Commune of France launches Messenger 2, with a dog inside of it, the dog was successfully brought back to Earth after a 7 day journey. Landing in the Massif Central region in France.

13 November: A researcher at Kyushu University invents the Laser.

30 November: In a regular trip to the islands, the plane where Soekarno was supposed to be travelling broke down. He lived with the locals for 7 days as a replacement plane was acquired, endearing his personality to much of the islanders.

5 December: The first ever Japanese attempt to launch a rocket fails, with the explosion of the N-1 Rocket at the launch pad.

18 December: The journey across the jungle, detailing the struggles and battles of the average Japanese soldier while fighting the Syndicalists in Burma, was released. It was a smashing hit.

19 December: Japan Helicopter and Aeroplane Transport Company formally renames itself to All Nippon Airways, or ANA for short.

20 December: The Mitsubishi Skyjet 100 flies for the first time, production of the jet would begin immediately.

31 December: Ramon Magsaysay, President of the Philippines, announces that he will be travelling to Japan to negotiate a trade deal, much to the surprise of both the Japanese and Filipino authorities.
 
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1958, Turn 10

Jakarta

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Sorry for the late wait guys, but here it is, the year 1958. There will be tons of crises that you need to handle, so pick and choose your solutions wisely.

Out of the frying pan and into the fire, that seems to be the recurring motto of the 1950s for Japan. Just as the country is off of the throes of the greatest economic crises to hit the country's modern history, another batch of issues are starting to crop up, from Ramon Magsaysay's sudden announcement, to the future of the sphere expo, and even to the Messenger Satellite's launch. There are many challenges, but with Japan back on it's feet, it stands to reason that the country will find a new footing as this decade ends.

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Riots in Taiwan.

It seems that law and order has broken down in Japan's southern isle, an investigation of a recently found dead man within the streets of Taipei has unearthed a den of corruption within Taiwan's police department, a system of favours, bribes and graft plagues the island, and in it's wake, justice cannot be delivered, and the island's increasingly diverse population is very much pissed off by the death of the man. What must we do?

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The Future of the Sphere Expo

The Sphere Expo is in a crisis. The first year of the Expo didn't necessarily correspond to expectations, and while promises are made that the 2nd year of the sphere expo would be different. Skepticism among the participating countries remain relatively high after how they were treated last year. How must we deal with this issue?

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Choosing Japan's next fighter Jet

The F-1 or the FI-1, that is the question. Both of them are incredibly good jets, and both of them are highly maneuverable and advanced aircrafts for their age. But the Air Force cannot, at least for now, procure both jets at the same time. Must we go with Mitsubishi's proposal? The F-1 is the clear favourite of the Air Force, long range, relatively cheaper production costs, and tons of room for modifications and improvements, with even the possibility of a naval version enticing the Navy as well, or the FI-1, a more capable, but more expensive with less range than the F-1? Perhaps a mix of both? Like a fleet of 50% F-1's and 50% FI-1's? The choice is yours.

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Magsaysay's Visit

Initially, the visit of Ramon Magsaysay stunned the country, what is such a prominent individual doing? Announcing so brazenly and in such short notice? The flight to Tokyo was thankfully short, and when the moment arrives, when Shigeru Yoshida meets with him. The reason of his visit suddenly became clear.

He was sweating through his shirt, clearly an indicator that he lacks sleep, his eyes keeps dilating back and forth, bloodshot and his hair was a mess. He explained that there is currently an upstart general that wants to assassinate him, some guy named Ferdinand Marcos, has aspirations to become a dictator of the Philippines, he suspects that he has garnered the support of the Americans, more than eager to bloody Japan a little bit after our escapades in Puerto Rico, and asks for our help, specifically, with the PSIA and their intelligence capabilities. Must we help him?

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The Green Revolution

Nikolai Vavilov is an anomaly in Russia, even before the rise of Savinkov and the splitting of Russia into two. He was a man with a moral compass few people in his own country could match, a man of daring, willing to explore Ethiopia and other remote regions in the world for such an innocuous thing.

Seeds.

But, after careful years of research, with his team and his seed bank, the story of how both of them survived the chaos of Savinkov's rise and the war that followed worthy of a story of his own. His research has borne fruit. His team has indicated a series of seeds, seeds that can massively increase yields of staple crops such as rice, wheat, sorghum, potatoes, and many other plants, and he himself has personally travelled to Tokyo to ask for our help, for our funding in several field tests of his new seed types. With the eventual goal of mass distribution of these seeds to farmers all across the CPS and beyond. His results and papers have been solid, so our scientists say. But the burden of decision lies with you.

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Eliar

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Partial Plan Grabbing The Bull By The Horns 1.0

Riots in Taiwan.


It seems that law and order has broken down in Japan's southern isle, an investigation of a recently found dead man within the streets of Taipei has unearthed a den of corruption within Taiwan's police department, a system of favours, bribes and graft plagues the island, and in it's wake, justice cannot be delivered, and the island's increasingly diverse population is very much pissed off by the death of the man. What must we do?

[x] Create a task force of technocrats and loyal officers, spearheaded by a reliable politician and task them with investigating and if necessary purging the Taiwan authorities. Back it up with an Imperial Commission.
-Invest 2 Monarch points

The Future of the Sphere Expo

The Sphere Expo is in a crisis. The first year of the Expo didn't necessarily correspond to expectations, and while promises are made that the 2nd year of the sphere expo would be different. Skepticism among the participating countries remain relatively high after how they were treated last year. How must we deal with this issue?

[x] Send out formal apologies to the offended parties and offer guarantees that the Second Expo will be different. His Majesty has expressed a desire to attend as well..
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Choosing Japan's next fighter Jet

The F-1 or the FI-1, that is the question. Both of them are incredibly good jets, and both of them are highly maneuverable and advanced aircrafts for their age. But the Air Force cannot, at least for now, procure both jets at the same time. Must we go with Mitsubishi's proposal? The F-1 is the clear favourite of the Air Force, long range, relatively cheaper production costs, and tons of room for modifications and improvements, with even the possibility of a naval version enticing the Navy as well, or the FI-1, a more capable, but more expensive with less range than the F-1? Perhaps a mix of both? Like a fleet of 50% F-1's and 50% FI-1's? The choice is yours.

[x] What the Air Force wants the Air Force will get. Grant the contract for the F-1.

Magsaysay's Visit

Initially, the visit of Ramon Magsaysay stunned the country, what is such a prominent individual doing? Announcing so brazenly and in such short notice? The flight to Tokyo was thankfully short, and when the moment arrives, when Shigeru Yoshida meets with him. The reason of his visit suddenly became clear.

He was sweating through his shirt, clearly an indicator that he lacks sleep, his eyes keeps dilating back and forth, bloodshot and his hair was a mess. He explained that there is currently an upstart general that wants to assassinate him, some guy named Ferdinand Marcos, has aspirations to become a dictator of the Philippines, he suspects that he has garnered the support of the Americans, more than eager to bloody Japan a little bit after our escapades in Puerto Rico, and asks for our help, specifically, with the PSIA and their intelligence capabilities. Must we help him?

[x] The Phillipines firmly belongs to the Co-Prosperity sphere of influence. Offer Ramon Magsaysay whatever help is needed to crush the impending coup.

The Green Revolution

Nikolai Vavilov is an anomaly in Russia, even before the rise of Savinkov and the splitting of Russia into two. He was a man with a moral compass few people in his own country could match, a man of daring, willing to explore Ethiopia and other remote regions in the world for such an innocuous thing.

Seeds.

But, after careful years of research, with his team and his seed bank, the story of how both of them survived the chaos of Savinkov's rise and the war that followed worthy of a story of his own. His research has borne fruit. His team has indicated a series of seeds, seeds that can massively increase yields of staple crops such as rice, wheat, sorghum, potatoes, and many other plants, and he himself has personally travelled to Tokyo to ask for our help, for our funding in several field tests of his new seed types. With the eventual goal of mass distribution of these seeds to farmers all across the CPS and beyond. His results and papers have been solid, so our scientists say. But the burden of decision lies with you.

[x] Too long has the threat of famine hang over the Japanese people, dreading the event of a bad crop and making them dependant to people that would on occasion step on said need. Make the Green Revolution a top priority.
-invest 2 Monarch Points.

I have no plan what to do with the regular plan slots really.

Suggestions?
 

Rufus Shinra

Well-known member
I have no plan what to do with the regular plan slots really.
As a reminder, we are getting close to the first serious booms in computing and the adoption of these machines by a larger part of private companies. Supersonic airliner development started at this time as well, which could be quite interesting for the specific geography of the CPS. Ditto for civilian nuclear power.
 

Eliar

Well-known member
Plan Grabbing The Bull By The Horns 1.0

[x]Encourage corporations and investors to break in the civilian aviation industry. It will be interesting to see what develops.
[x] Computers are cool. They have also been around for long enough that an entire generation of rather brilliant experts with conflicting ideas are out there and the State is impossible to absorb them all. Make older computer designs public domain, encourage investors setting up relevant companies and see what develops.
[x] Nukes are even cooler. They have also been around for long enough that an entire generation of nuclear physicists and relevant prestigious and highly intelligent occupations have emerged to the point the State is no longer practical to grab them right out of the Tokyo U gate. Publish a series of proclamations of interest for the set up of Civilian Nuclear Reactors for production of electric energy in mainland Asia and see what develops. Unfortunately the Home Islands are way too sysmogenic and tsunami prone to risk setting up such on them just yet.

Riots in Taiwan.


It seems that law and order has broken down in Japan's southern isle, an investigation of a recently found dead man within the streets of Taipei has unearthed a den of corruption within Taiwan's police department, a system of favours, bribes and graft plagues the island, and in it's wake, justice cannot be delivered, and the island's increasingly diverse population is very much pissed off by the death of the man. What must we do?

[x] Create a task force of technocrats and loyal officers, spearheaded by a reliable politician and task them with investigating and if necessary purging the Taiwan authorities. Back it up with an Imperial Commission.
-Invest 2 Monarch points

The Future of the Sphere Expo

The Sphere Expo is in a crisis. The first year of the Expo didn't necessarily correspond to expectations, and while promises are made that the 2nd year of the sphere expo would be different. Skepticism among the participating countries remain relatively high after how they were treated last year. How must we deal with this issue?

[x] Send out formal apologies to the offended parties and offer guarantees that the Second Expo will be different. His Majesty has expressed a desire to attend as well..
-Invest 2 Monarch points

Choosing Japan's next fighter Jet

The F-1 or the FI-1, that is the question. Both of them are incredibly good jets, and both of them are highly maneuverable and advanced aircrafts for their age. But the Air Force cannot, at least for now, procure both jets at the same time. Must we go with Mitsubishi's proposal? The F-1 is the clear favourite of the Air Force, long range, relatively cheaper production costs, and tons of room for modifications and improvements, with even the possibility of a naval version enticing the Navy as well, or the FI-1, a more capable, but more expensive with less range than the F-1? Perhaps a mix of both? Like a fleet of 50% F-1's and 50% FI-1's? The choice is yours.

[x] What the Air Force wants the Air Force will get. Grant the contract for the F-1.

Magsaysay's Visit

Initially, the visit of Ramon Magsaysay stunned the country, what is such a prominent individual doing? Announcing so brazenly and in such short notice? The flight to Tokyo was thankfully short, and when the moment arrives, when Shigeru Yoshida meets with him. The reason of his visit suddenly became clear.

He was sweating through his shirt, clearly an indicator that he lacks sleep, his eyes keeps dilating back and forth, bloodshot and his hair was a mess. He explained that there is currently an upstart general that wants to assassinate him, some guy named Ferdinand Marcos, has aspirations to become a dictator of the Philippines, he suspects that he has garnered the support of the Americans, more than eager to bloody Japan a little bit after our escapades in Puerto Rico, and asks for our help, specifically, with the PSIA and their intelligence capabilities. Must we help him?

[x] The Phillipines firmly belongs to the Co-Prosperity sphere of influence. Offer Ramon Magsaysay whatever help is needed to crush the impending coup.

The Green Revolution

Nikolai Vavilov is an anomaly in Russia, even before the rise of Savinkov and the splitting of Russia into two. He was a man with a moral compass few people in his own country could match, a man of daring, willing to explore Ethiopia and other remote regions in the world for such an innocuous thing.

Seeds.

But, after careful years of research, with his team and his seed bank, the story of how both of them survived the chaos of Savinkov's rise and the war that followed worthy of a story of his own. His research has borne fruit. His team has indicated a series of seeds, seeds that can massively increase yields of staple crops such as rice, wheat, sorghum, potatoes, and many other plants, and he himself has personally travelled to Tokyo to ask for our help, for our funding in several field tests of his new seed types. With the eventual goal of mass distribution of these seeds to farmers all across the CPS and beyond. His results and papers have been solid, so our scientists say. But the burden of decision lies with you.

[x] Too long has the threat of famine hang over the Japanese people, dreading the event of a bad crop and making them dependant to people that would on occasion step on said need. Make the Green Revolution a top priority.
-invest 2 Monarch Points.
 

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Bean Daddy
Moderator
[X]Plan Grabbing The Bull By The Horns 1.0
 

Jakarta

Cutest Mod
Moderator
Oh crap. @Eliar, you have one more action slot that's not filled. I personally recommend doing something about the space program.
 

Eliar

Well-known member
Plan Grabbing The Bull By The Horns 1.1
[x]The Syndics have launched their first satellite. The Union is close behind. It is unacceptable for Japan to lag behind. Use whatever means neccesary to fix any problems that may have emerged. The Emperor's gaze is upon us.
-Invest 1 Monarch point
[x]Encourage corporations and investors to break in the civilian aviation industry. It will be interesting to see what develops.
[x] Computers are cool. They have also been around for long enough that an entire generation of rather brilliant experts with conflicting ideas are out there and the State is impossible to absorb them all. Make older computer designs public domain, encourage investors setting up relevant companies and see what develops.
[x] Nukes are even cooler. They have also been around for long enough that an entire generation of nuclear physicists and relevant prestigious and highly intelligent occupations have emerged to the point the State is no longer practical to grab them right out of the Tokyo U gate. Publish a series of proclamations of interest for the set up of Civilian Nuclear Reactors for production of electric energy in mainland Asia and see what develops. Unfortunately the Home Islands are way too sysmogenic and tsunami prone to risk setting up such on them just yet.

Riots in Taiwan.


It seems that law and order has broken down in Japan's southern isle, an investigation of a recently found dead man within the streets of Taipei has unearthed a den of corruption within Taiwan's police department, a system of favours, bribes and graft plagues the island, and in it's wake, justice cannot be delivered, and the island's increasingly diverse population is very much pissed off by the death of the man. What must we do?

[x] Create a task force of technocrats and loyal officers, spearheaded by a reliable politician and task them with investigating and if necessary purging the Taiwan authorities. Back it up with an Imperial Commission.
-Invest 2 Monarch points

The Future of the Sphere Expo

The Sphere Expo is in a crisis. The first year of the Expo didn't necessarily correspond to expectations, and while promises are made that the 2nd year of the sphere expo would be different. Skepticism among the participating countries remain relatively high after how they were treated last year. How must we deal with this issue?

[x] Send out formal apologies to the offended parties and offer guarantees that the Second Expo will be different. His Majesty has expressed a desire to attend as well..
-Invest 2 Monarch points

Choosing Japan's next fighter Jet

The F-1 or the FI-1, that is the question. Both of them are incredibly good jets, and both of them are highly maneuverable and advanced aircrafts for their age. But the Air Force cannot, at least for now, procure both jets at the same time. Must we go with Mitsubishi's proposal? The F-1 is the clear favourite of the Air Force, long range, relatively cheaper production costs, and tons of room for modifications and improvements, with even the possibility of a naval version enticing the Navy as well, or the FI-1, a more capable, but more expensive with less range than the F-1? Perhaps a mix of both? Like a fleet of 50% F-1's and 50% FI-1's? The choice is yours.

[x] What the Air Force wants the Air Force will get. Grant the contract for the F-1.

Magsaysay's Visit

Initially, the visit of Ramon Magsaysay stunned the country, what is such a prominent individual doing? Announcing so brazenly and in such short notice? The flight to Tokyo was thankfully short, and when the moment arrives, when Shigeru Yoshida meets with him. The reason of his visit suddenly became clear.

He was sweating through his shirt, clearly an indicator that he lacks sleep, his eyes keeps dilating back and forth, bloodshot and his hair was a mess. He explained that there is currently an upstart general that wants to assassinate him, some guy named Ferdinand Marcos, has aspirations to become a dictator of the Philippines, he suspects that he has garnered the support of the Americans, more than eager to bloody Japan a little bit after our escapades in Puerto Rico, and asks for our help, specifically, with the PSIA and their intelligence capabilities. Must we help him?

[x] The Phillipines firmly belongs to the Co-Prosperity sphere of influence. Offer Ramon Magsaysay whatever help is needed to crush the impending coup.

The Green Revolution

Nikolai Vavilov is an anomaly in Russia, even before the rise of Savinkov and the splitting of Russia into two. He was a man with a moral compass few people in his own country could match, a man of daring, willing to explore Ethiopia and other remote regions in the world for such an innocuous thing.

Seeds.

But, after careful years of research, with his team and his seed bank, the story of how both of them survived the chaos of Savinkov's rise and the war that followed worthy of a story of his own. His research has borne fruit. His team has indicated a series of seeds, seeds that can massively increase yields of staple crops such as rice, wheat, sorghum, potatoes, and many other plants, and he himself has personally travelled to Tokyo to ask for our help, for our funding in several field tests of his new seed types. With the eventual goal of mass distribution of these seeds to farmers all across the CPS and beyond. His results and papers have been solid, so our scientists say. But the burden of decision lies with you.

[x] Too long has the threat of famine hang over the Japanese people, dreading the event of a bad crop and making them dependant to people that would on occasion step on said need. Make the Green Revolution a top priority.
-invest 2 Monarch Points.

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Jakarta

Cutest Mod
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What are our diplomatic relations with the AUS?
Kinda bad after Puerto Rico, sure, America nowadays is more uhhh, isolationist, but they do regard the Caribbean as their backyard, and are not happy with a Japanese incursion.

I can say with relative confidence that unlike OTL, our Navy can beat the Americans should blow come to blows. We now have the shipyards, allies and production capacities necessary to beat them. But obviously we don't want to reach that point.

BTW, do you guys think that Japan can be as prosperous as OTL? Just kinda wanting to get your opinion on this one.
 

Eliar

Well-known member
Hard to say really?

The post WW2 Japanese economy relied on an entirely different paradigm, heavily leaning on export based globalism to achieve economic greatness than the extensive empire we have here?

Sure this Japan is much bigger but it has a ton of responsibilities to its allies, has to maintain extensive armed forces and it is more or less barred from European and American markets?
 
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