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

Jakarta

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Also, @Eliar, what do you think of Greece thinking about Crete and Cyprus?

They're Syndie, so that's that too.
 

Eliar

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Depending on how roughly it was treated in the intervening years, there are chances that reactions and thoughts at this point of time are all over the place.

But assuming Greece is relatively stable and with even a sliver of democracy?


In constant termoil over Crete, protests from the right wing crowd over the resettlement of many European refugees there and deluding the population make up of the isle, worry that Japan may use it a a bargaining chip for Turkey to join the Co-Prosperity Sphere, a constant running sore and possible flashpoint between the Syndies, the Co-prosperity sphere and Turkey.

As for Cyprus I can't make out if it is independent or Turkish?

If independent under constant pressure to join the Syndies and perhaps a Union with Greece, a potential flashpoint with Turkey as well.

If Turkish, well Turkey have probably not gone genocide happy there seeing that Greece is a member of a hueg alliance block but a flashpoint none the less.

How do they say it?

WW3 is likely to start from some stupid thing in the Balkans East Med.
 

Jakarta

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Also, and this is for everyone. Just know that this might be the most important question.

Do you think Anime will exist in this timeline? :p
 

christopher_sni

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I would think that between the Syndicalists, the Union and us we are the main headquarters for most of the surviving big banks. There may be places that do offshore or private banking but we are the biggest market. In This World we have more available raw materials and labor for cheaper costs but we have higher defense and R&D costs since we have to shoulder much of the burden. However, we have an vast market that is industrializing quickly and we have the Home Islands which have not been bombed. So this Japan could be richer than ours but in different ways.

Should we try to reach out to the Union about some sort of agreement?
 
1958, Turn 10 results

Jakarta

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Fortunately, Japan’s space program is back on track. (9)

After several investigations, it is eventually revealed that the reason for the N1 rocket’s failure lies not much with any engineering problems, but with deliberate sabotage from some unknown agent. After some digging from the PSIA, it is revealed that the culprit is most likely a French agent that disguises himself as a visiting Australian academic, while we cannot capture him, since he’s back in France. Security is tightened and the reconstruction of the rocket is back on track. Set to launch in the summer of 1958 with the Emperor himself willing to pay a visit.

Shin Meiwa a clear winner in the sudden push into the Aviation industry (15)

While boosts in military aviation are evident due to the Government’s push, it seems that Shin Meiwa industries are getting the most benefit. With them planning to develop a series of commercial jets designed to compete with the Skyjet 100. On the other hand, advances in Japanese computing means that these technologies are starting to bleed into the Civilian Aviation industry. Proposals for a ‘Digital Autopilot’ system are being floated around within the industry. While experimental engine types like a Ramjet are being thought of in design boards all across the major aviation companies.

A curious proposal from Kyushu U has been granted government approval (14)

While last year’s computing grants program was mostly a disaster. This year though, with increased scrutiny and more money from private investors, it seems that more and more research projects that can feasibly yield immediate results are being granted. One of them though stands out.

It’s a proposal from one of the Computer Research professors at Kyushu U. A sort of ‘network’ where people from one University can communicate instantly with people from other Universities, potentially even at once. Not unlike a telephone call, only much more sophisticated and more pliable to be modified. The JXRNET (Japanese Experimental Research Network) program was granted the money needed, though it’s fruits will not bear fruit for decades to come.

Massive pushback against nuclear power expansion, citing security concerns (1)

While Japan does have one Commercially working nuclear reactor in Tokyo. Further expansion into the Archipelago was plagued with protests from concerned citizens, while expansions into mainland asia was hammered by concerns regarding the security of such a facility, and the possibility of sharing our nuclear secrets with fellow CPS nations. It seems that Nuclear Power Expansion in both the home isles and abroad are stunted for the time being.

Shinkansen still hitting roadblocks (2)

Not much progress is being seen in Shinkansen, now the Japanese Engineers are realizing that their boring machines aren’t sufficient in cutting holes across mountains, so with that in mind, a whole new boring machine and even more liberal use of explosives must be used, bloating the budget even more and taking ever the more longer for the Shinkansen project to finish.

The new sphere expo a smashing hit. (16)

Well, at least the promises you’ve made and the Emperor’s intent on attendance have made the new committee realize their mistakes. The new convention is also hosted in a rather striking new building. Built on newly reclaimed land and is currently the largest convention center in the world.



Now, instead of the nearly overwhelming majority of Japanese products being offered, there are now cultural exhibitions from places as far away as Somalia. Regular Japanese folk, themselves not really familiar with some of the more ‘exotic’ cultures of the other CPS members, started flocking, learning about new things about their fellow CPS member states, and seemingly appreciating the cultural diversity on display. It remains to be seen how a yearly expo of this size is going to affect the national psyche.

And also the fact that, decades later. This very site would also be used for a convention covering much more questionable topics, but that is still decades away.

A veteran politician leads the commission concerning Taiwan. (11)

Perhaps the best choice for the PM’s office right now, in light of the distressing situation in the supposed ‘model’ colony is to get the best person for the job, someone who has shown tremendous ability to compromise, govern, and point out some flaws that need be addressed if there is a need.

Someone like Tetsu Katayama fits that bill to a T. And he starts to work immediately. Pointing out a visible ‘lack of sensitivity’ from the local police force, a ‘stunning ignorance on the issues of the populace’, and ‘general complacency’ within their ranks. The proposals have had wide reaching implications, pointing out that Japanese rule isn’t such a ‘paradise’ the politicians have marketed towards the populace, it remains to be seen what reforms can be passed from such findings.

The F-1 chosen, even with resistance from Kawasaki (4)

Well, it seems obvious that the F-1 would be chosen, but the resistance from Kawasaki for the FI-1 is unexpectedly strong, it appears that the company has sunk much more money than expected into their FI-1 program and are seeking to recoup their losses with the Japanese Government contract, it fails of course, but before a massive PR campaign was launched by Kawasaki, trying to convince the Japanese populace of the value of the FI-1 over the F-1.

Still, both Korea and China are interested in buying the FI-1, with China willing to make the FI-1 their mainline fighter if for a couple of tech transfer agreements. So it seems it should be smooth sailing for Kawasaki as well.

A special task force for Magsaysay was given (16)

An MOU filled with platitudes such as ‘increasing trade between the Great Nations of Japan and the Philippines’ was signed, the President must arrive back and give some form of result to the populace, lest the people that wanted to overthrow the government gets suspicious, what was less suspicious though, was the arrival of several Japanese Government ‘Advisors’ to Manilla International Airport in the next couple of days, all of them seemingly disappearing into the wind.

It remains to be seen what kind of stuff they can dig up.
 
World Events, 1958

Jakarta

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1 January: The first Carrefour opens in France.
  • The Nile Economic Community comes into being.
  • Tokyo Tsushin Kogyo renames itself into Sony

4 January: Messenger 1 burns up in Earth orbit.

5 January: The Imperial Japanese Navy’s Antarctic expedition completes it’s latest journey, this time with powered vehicles for the first time. These vehicles bring about construction equipment to build a rudimentary airfield in the South Pole.

18 January: Battle of Port Moresby. Overzealous policing done by ethnic Japanese policemen within the city of Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea, sparked riots among the native Melanesian population.

28 January: A group of Insulindian businessmen forms the Adi Putro company, a Vehicular design company, specifically made to modify existing trucks and other small public transport to suit Insulindia’s needs. It would later become Insulindia’s premier Car Company.

1 February: Naziq Al Abid, current President of Syria, announces that the date of the election would be held by the 25th of July, 1960. After an unprecedented effort by her Administration to educate the population on the workings of Democracy, her popularity remains shockingly high, considering her status as an Arab feminist, and it looks like, as regular elections will take place in the next decade, that she will remain as President for quite sometime.

2 February: The word Aerospace is formed, based on the word Aero (Air), and Spacecraft (Space).

5 February: Gamal Abdel Nasser is elected as the New Prime Minister of Egypt, he promises further economic cooperation with ‘our Nile region allies and the Co-Prosperity Sphere.’

11 February: The Republic of China projects that this year’s economic growth would be a solid 10.5%, with significant investments coming from Japan and Australia. China has been the largest recipient of Japanese investment, and it is showing up in their GDP numbers.

20 February: A test rocket explodes in Tanegashima.

21 February: The peace symbol was designed by Yasuhitomo Tarada, commissioned by the Campaign of Nuclear Disarmament, protesting Japan’s nuclear weapons’ expansion programs.

28 February: The campaign for nuclear disarmament was launched in Tokyo, Japan.

8 March: The last British and French Battleships were decommissioned, leaving Japan as the only major naval power operating Battleships.

17 March: Japan launches its first successful satellite, the surveyor 1. The satellite would stay for 2 years until it re-enters Earth orbit.

25 March: Canada’s Avro Arrow takes its first flight. It’s long range and high performance ensures orders would come in from the Union of Britain and Poland. Both nations wanting to have a high performance interceptor to serve their needs.

26 March: The Sud Aviation Mirage 3 was first unveiled to the Public, a high performance light fighter, the Mirage 3 is promised to become the Commune of France’s premier fighter jet, with plans for a Mirage 4 Interceptor fighter well underway.

1 April: Unemployment in America reaches 20%, marking the height of the 1958 recession in America, after years of stable economic growth, multiple pressures such as slowing car sales, more expensive loans for property, and lack of any major trade partners ended the so called ‘Huey Long Boom.’

6 April: The François-Furukawa agreement, an agreement in which Japan and France would send University Students to their respective countries for cultural, scientific, and educational exchanges, was formalized.

7 April: The Second Sphere Expo, now based on a new building called the Tokyo Big Sight, was opened for the general public. It was a smashing hit.

21 April: United Airlines flight 736 collides mid flight with a US Air Force F-105 Jet Fighter in Nevada, all 49 persons in both planes are killed.

22 April: Saturday Afternoon at Home, one of the most famous British Comedy Shows, airs on the Union of Britain for the first time.

1 May: Arturo Frondizi becomes President of Argentina.

12 May: The Pacific Air Defense Command, a formal agreement signed by Japan, the Philippines, and East Russia, comes into force.

15 May: The Union of Britain launches its first ever satellite, the Revolution 1.

22 May: President Huey Long makes it’s first televised address on television, making the first American President to ever do so.

30 May: Unidentified bodies of veterans from all sides of the 2nd American Civil War is buried at Arlington.

1 June: ‘A dishonorable practice’, an opinion article at the New York Times, written by a ‘Mister Anonymous’, was published, it widely condemned the institution of segregation and discrimination of African Americans in the Union State, decades later. It would be later revealed that the anonymous writer is in fact, John F Kennedy himself

10 June: Pizza Hut was founded in Wichita, Kansas

13 June: After 5 years of governance, Imre Nagy was reelected as the leader of the Hungarian Commune.

20 June: The Iron Barque Omega of Callao, Peru-Bolivian Confederation, sinks, carrying guano, it is the last full rigged ship trading on sail.

1 July: The Imperial Japanese Navy has finally decided on what supercarrier design they should make. Proposal C, perhaps the ‘smallest’ proposal in terms of tonnage and size, is nonetheless a quantum leap in performance. Far more capable than the current Kaga class, construction will begin this year, with the first seaworthiness trials being conducted in 1960.

2 July: The Imperial Japanese Navy also sets out a plan to completely overhaul it’s submarine fleet, already in the process of retiring it’s oldest subs. In addition to the new I-500, and the Kaidai IV, the IJN will also make a new submarine, the Asashio class, details will be announced in 1959.

5 July: The proposals for the G12N Shouri project was received, and it appears that the Nakajima proposal won out. The IJAF is planning roughly 300 planes to be delivered by 1965.

12 July: The Beatles, at that time known as The Quarrymen, paid 17 shillings and 6 pence for their first recording session

15 July: V Bombers, the Vulcan, Valiant and Victor Strategic bombers were unveiled to the public, after highly intense discussions between the various defense contractor unions on whether which one should make what, a general agreement was signed in 1957, and the three ‘V Bombers’, named after their wing designs reminiscent of a V, was unveiled at the Farnborough Air Show, Union of Britain.

1 August: The Japanese Aerospace Agency, or JASA, was founded. It would later be renamed as JAXA.

3 August: The I-500 became the first nuclear powered submarine to cross the North Pole underwater.

5 August: With assistance from Japan and Korea, China begins a decades long campaign to eradicate the opium addiction still plaguing the country.

10 August: The Mitsubishi Skyjet 100, owned by Japan Airlines, flew from Tokyo to Ekaterinburg and back, the first nonstop transcontinental flight of the airplane.

26 August: Operation Sea-Bell, Japan begins nuclear testing in the Sea of Japan/ East Sea.

1 September: The First Cod war between the UOB and Ireland begins.

13 September: A Sony electrical engineer invents the world’s first Microchip.

14 September: the Bavarian commune becomes the first Germanic Country to launch a rocket into the upper atmosphere.

27 September: Typhoon Ida hits Japan, killing at least 1,269 people.

2 October: BOAC opens it’s new route from London to Montreal in a De Havilland Comet, making it the first airline to offer nonstop transatlantic service.

11 October: Adventurer 1, the first ever Japanese space probe was successfully launched by Japan.

18 October: The first ever video game, Tennis for two, was introduced by William Higinbotnam, at the Brookhaven National Laboratory’s Visitor’s day exhibit, Union State of America.

21 October: The Equality act passes both the House of Representatives and House of Peers in Japan, formally making it possible for women to run for office in both legislative branches.

3 November: UNESCO was formed by a resolution in the UN General Assembly, they designate the Eiffel Tower, the Big Ben, and Himeji Castle as World Heritage sites as their first act.

14 November: More clashes between the Toubou Commune and Sudan. Leading to casualties on both sides, leaders at various CPS nations are concerned that things are going to heat up even more.

1 December: Yoshinoya, the famous Japanese fast food chain, was formed.

9 December: Retired soldier and veteran of the 2nd American Civil War, Robert W Welch Jr, migrated to Japan after seeing a poster promoting the country in the Japanese Embassy at Washington DC. He would later be one of Japan’s leading political figures.

10 December: GoldStar, a predecessor to LG, was founded in Seoul, Korea.

16 December: A fire broke out at a department store in Bogota, Colombia, killing 84 people.

18 December: Japan launches its first ever communications satellite, the Karafuto 1.

31 December: The amount of people who travelled by air now exceeds the amount who travels by sea.
 
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The Sudan War, 1959

Jakarta

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Tokyo, Japan, Summer 1959.

“Mr Prime Minister!”

Your head turns as various generals are debating in your office. The situation in Sudan has deteriorated to such an extent that intervention is necessary, and with the increasing conflicts between Sudanese and Toubou troops, it seems that the intervention is becoming more and more of a reality.

And in comes this man, barging into your meeting with files of paperwork, you ask what his intentions are, and he says that he is relaying news from the Sudanese embassy in Tokyo.

A joint force of British, French, various Internationale African countries, and of course, Toubouese troops have crossed the border between the commune and Sudan, the Sudanese troops, while definitely prepared, is not in a position to defend their desert border towns, and are being routed as he speaks. Egyptian, Ethiopian, and Somalian forces are en route to Khartoum, with further orders from their respective commands to head west to the desert once they reach the Sudanese capital, and he says that the Embassy needs as much help from any CPS nations willing to join the fight.

Japan has troops stationed in Arabia, a sizable force, and our fleets are ready to depart from Kure and Nagasaki immediately if need be. We also have some airwings stationed in East Russia that can be redirected there too, it will be a stopgap measure while the rest of the CPS mobilizes, but it is an option.

While the generals are frantically trying to reach their phones and get as much information as possible, what shall you do?

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Eliar

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[x]Order all Japanese troops in the area of conflict mobilized
-Put all Imperial troops in the equivalent of DEFCON-2
-Order the foreign minister to urgently contact the rest of the Co-Prosperity Leaders
-Personally pick up the Red Phone, contact the French and English PMs and ask them is they are determined to have a full blown conflict over a wretched piece of desert
 

Alias

Bean Daddy
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[x]Order all Japanese troops in the area of conflict mobilized
-Put all Imperial troops in the equivalent of DEFCON-2
-Order the foreign minister to urgently contact the rest of the Co-Prosperity Leaders
-Personally pick up the Red Phone, contact the French and English PMs and ask them is they are determined to have a full blown conflict over a wretched piece of desert

Wow that’s a very Balkanized Brazil.
 

Jakarta

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-Personally pick up the Red Phone, contact the French and English PMs and ask them is they are determined to have a full blown conflict over a wretched piece of desert
I think I can write this, just for your information.

You pick the phone, firstly to the French, and then to the English, and both of them said essentially the same things.

"The Toubou Commune has the full support of the African Internationale in their endeavor to liberate the Nile region from Imperialist influencers, and we are just only providing 'volunteers' and resources for that effort."

Further discussions revealed that these French and English 'Volunteers' are apparently under the command of the Toubouese General Staff, and the majority of the troops present there are coming from African countries, with English and French weapons in their arsenal.

Although there are scattered reports of French and English pilots providing air support during the initial operation. Hard to determine the veracity of those claims.
 

Eliar

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Feck.

So we move to proxy/limited war.

Updated vote

[x]Order all Japanese troops in the area of conflict mobilized
-Put all Imperial troops in the equivalent of DEFCON-2
-Order the foreign minister to urgently contact the rest of the Co-Prosperity Leaders
-Start relocating rapid reaction aerial assets to African Co-Prosperity air fields, with covered/scrubbed identified marks
-Get naval assets moving to the Red Sea
-Order Sudanese material loses replaced by exisitng stockpiles
 

Ryser

Active member
[x]Order all Japanese troops in the area of conflict mobilized
-Put all Imperial troops in the equivalent of DEFCON-2
-Order the foreign minister to urgently contact the rest of the Co-Prosperity Leaders
-Start relocating rapid reaction aerial assets to African Co-Prosperity air fields, with covered/scrubbed identified marks
-Get naval assets moving to the Red Sea
-Order Sudanese material loses replaced by exisitng stockpiles
 

Alias

Bean Daddy
Moderator
[x]Order all Japanese troops in the area of conflict mobilized
-Put all Imperial troops in the equivalent of DEFCON-2
-Order the foreign minister to urgently contact the rest of the Co-Prosperity Leaders
-Start relocating rapid reaction aerial assets to African Co-Prosperity air fields, with covered/scrubbed identified marks
-Get naval assets moving to the Red Sea
-Order Sudanese material loses replaced by exisitng stockpiles
 
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Jakarta

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Ok so, @King Kūruš, I'm going to write about the results of the roll tomorrow, this won't be the end of the current conflict, but I do suggest that you try to keep up.
 
You rolled a 16

Jakarta

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While Imperial troops all across the Empire have been alerted and being prepared for immediate deployment, Aerial assets, from a mixture of old J7 jet fighters to the newer F-1’s, and the various other air support planes Japan has in the area has been redirected into the area. They are slowing down the advance of the African Internationale troops, but resistance is stiff, and there are fierce battles between Japanese pilots against the so-called ‘Volunteer’ French and English ones.

The border cities of Al Junaynah are gone though, and the battle of Al Fashir is still underway, with Sudanese troops, now more dug in, fighting for every inch in that ancient cities’s corridors against the encroaching syndicalist tide. They are expected to lose unfortunately, as the pressure from Syndie troops are too great to overcome for such a small defending force.

On the International side though, The Philippines, Korea, Persia and India have vowed that they would send expeditionary forces to defend Sudan from this ‘Unprecedented Aggression’ as the Filipino Foreign Minister so eloquently stated. They are, nonetheless, still waiting for Japan’s response to the situation, air support is fine, but it is looking more and more that ground troops may be necessary to defend the country. The first of the expeditionary forces, the Filipinos, are expected to arrive by 20 days tops.

What shall you do now?
 
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Eliar

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[x]WAR
-Order the implementation of war plans pertaining to liited conflict.
-Send available troops to Sudan with orders to kick out all agressors
 

Alias

Bean Daddy
Moderator
[x]WAR
-Order the implementation of war plans pertaining to liited conflict.
-Send available troops to Sudan with orders to kick out all agressors
 
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