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

christopher_sni

Active member
[X] Plan Upgrade
-[X] Occupied by Shinkansen Construction (Finished by 1965)
-[X] Review the recent tactics and weapons used by the Syndicalists in the recent war for future wargames and planning.
-[X] Continue modernization of the Armed Forces along with our allies.
-[X] Work on integrating all members of the CPS from colonial managements to more partnership arrangements.
-[X] Fund research and development into Electronics
 

Eliar

Well-known member
[X] Plan Upgrade
-[X] Occupied by Shinkansen Construction (Finished by 1965)
-[X] Review the recent tactics and weapons used by the Syndicalists in the recent war for future wargames and planning.
-[X] Continue modernization of the Armed Forces along with our allies.
-[X] Work on integrating all members of the CPS from colonial managements to more partnership arrangements.
-[X] Fund research and development into Electronics
 

Alias

Bean Daddy
Moderator
[X] Plan Upgrade
-[X] Occupied by Shinkansen Construction (Finished by 1965)
-[X] Review the recent tactics and weapons used by the Syndicalists in the recent war for future wargames and planning.
-[X] Continue modernization of the Armed Forces along with our allies.
-[X] Work on integrating all members of the CPS from colonial managements to more partnership arrangements.
-[X] Fund research and development into Electronics
 

Ryser

Active member
[X] Plan Upgrade
-[X] Occupied by Shinkansen Construction (Finished by 1965)
-[X] Review the recent tactics and weapons used by the Syndicalists in the recent war for future wargames and planning.
-[X] Continue modernization of the Armed Forces along with our allies.
-[X] Work on integrating all members of the CPS from colonial managements to more partnership arrangements.
-[X] Fund research and development into Electronics
 
1959, Turn 11 results

Jakarta

Cutest Mod
Moderator
Slow Progress on the Shinkansen (You rolled a 9)

As is the case with creating something new, technical problems still continue to plague the construction of the Shinkansen. From the materials needed for the wheels. To the decision to create an entirely new rail line separate from all other Japanese rail networks, to the design of how the signalling system should work. Progress on the Shinkansen continues, albeit with a slower timeframe than expected.

Exercise SEALANDAIR, a new type of military exercise, being planned (you rolled an 11)

With the success of Operation Kamikaze. Japanese military officials in Tokyo have started an extensive review process of what went right and wrong during the course of the war. From the usage of new tank tactics to the feasibility of mass evacuations with helicopters. Many things are being reviewed, and a new type of exercise, perhaps hosted by some host country every year, incorporating all elements of a nation’s military, and including multiple nations to boot. Might be possible, Military generals from Insulindia and the Philippines have at least supported such a notion, but it remains to be seen if this experimental Exercise will gain traction.

Modernization processes goes well (You rolled a 12)


The Sudan war also coincided with Hawker Australia’s release of the Hunter Fighter Jet. A multipurpose trans sonic fighter jet that is significantly less expensive than some of our offerings. With the war being in a stalemate, the various cash strapped militaries of the African and Middle Eastern nations, now well aware of the threat Syndicalism poses. Are buying Hunters en masse, this, coupled with Japan’s increased willingness to sell more of its modernized weapons. Has proven to be a godsend for many a country within the CPS who wanted to beef up it’s military after the recent spat with Syndietern forces.

More Independence for CPS nations as Japan relinquishes its ‘dependencies’ (You rolled a 15)

When Japan went on it’s expansion during the 1940s. There are many countries that Japan conquered and turned into a ‘Dependency of the Empire of Japan’. While it doesn’t sound too good on a surface level, it effectively means that the country that was conquered was part of the CPS and a SocDem government was installed in its place.

With the end of the Sudan War, and the growing need for self governance in the various ‘dependencies’, Japan has decided to grant all countries that are formerly ‘Dependencies of the Empire of Japan’ their independence, from Australia all the way to the Arabian Republic, from Georgia all the way to Vietnam. These countries are now independent in full, while nonetheless still remaining members of the CPS.

More progress on the JXRNET (You rolled a 15)


The aftermath of the Sudan War created an increased necessity in Tokyo’s Point of View to pour even more money into its burgeoning electronics program. And chief among them was the JXRNET. Now garnering more interest from even more universities, the JXRNET, even though it is still in it’s conceptual phase, is nonetheless gaining steam due to the focused efforts by the government to ensure its success. It remains to be seen though, whether the JXRNET will yield the results it promises. An instantaneous network between Universities, allowing for a more efficient way for exchanging information.
 
World Events, 1959

Jakarta

Cutest Mod
Moderator
1 January: Plant Cultivars named after this date must be named in a modern language, not Latin.

2 January: The Commune of France successfully launches the Lune 1 from it’s Space port in Algeria.

3 January: India grants the Maldives independence. The country still remains in the Co-Prosperity Sphere.

10 January: Aichi finally unveils the A10M Fighter Jet. A supersonic jet built in cooperation with Mikoyan Gurevich of East Russia. The East Russian Government immediately orders hundreds of the planes, replacing the Mig 17 as the mainline fighter jet of East Russia.

13 January: The Bay of Pigs invasion, an armed invasion of Cuba led by Fidel Castro, Che Guevara, and Raul Castro landed in the bay of pigs, Cuba. After making some territorial gains, a stalemate and eventual pushback by the Cuban forces led to the invasion’s defeat.

25 January: The Mitsubishi Skyjet 100 officially begins service.

30 January: The MS Hans Hedtoft, returning to Copenhagen after leaving port in Dublin, strikes an iceberg in the North Sea and sank, all hands are lost.

1 February: Female Suffrage was enacted in Switzerland after a referendum.

6 February: At Guadalcanal island. A successful test of The Flying Fish ballistic missile was conducted.

13 February: Oceanic Telephone Cables connecting Japan to Korea and China is officially in operation after the project’s initial construction in 1956.

17 February: Japan successfully launched the Raijin 1. A weather observation satellite meant to monitor cloud cover for the IJN.

18 February: Women in Nepal vote for the first time.

1 March: “Ue o Muite Aruko” airs all over Japan, it reaches No.1 in billboards all across Japan and Asia.

10 March: Tibetan protests erupt all over Lhasa. With the populace demanding a parliament to be made and women be granted the ability to vote.

17 March: The Dalai Lama accepts the demands of the protesters, and a parliament, emulating the style of Japan’s House of Commons was formed. Elections will be held next year and Tibetan women would be granted the ability to vote in next year’s elections.

6 April: The International Prosperity Bank releases it’s worldwide GDP estimates of every country. France ranks in No.1, with 556 Billion Dollars, and Japan ranks No.2, with 543 Billion Dollars. Britain was No.3 and the Socialist Republic of Italy was No.4, finally, the American Union State, with only 113 Billion Dollars, was ranked No.5

10 April: Crown Prince Akihito of Japan marries Shoda Michiko, the first commoner to marry into the Imperial House of Japan.

2 May: 1959 FA Cup Final, Nottingham Forest defeats Luton Town 2-1 in Wembley Stadium

4 May: John Coltrane begins recording for his Jazz Album, Giant Steps.

8 May: Adi Putro begins modifications of various Japanese cars entering the Insulindian market, garnering a reputation for the designer company’s reliability and build quality.

10 May: English Novelist and Academic C. P. Snow delivers an influential lecture on The Two Cultures, concerning the communications breakdown between the Sciences and Humanities, in Nottingham, Union of Britain.

24 May: What used to be called the British Empire day is renamed into Solidarity day.

28 May: A rocket launch from Tanegashima island brings a cargo of a Monkey and a Cat. The successful landing of the space probe at the Sea of Japan marks the first time Japan manages a successful recovery of animals from Space.

3 June: Real Madrid wins the 1959 European Cup.

10 June: Sudan War, border conflicts in the Sudan-Toubou border escalated to such a point that Syndicalist African nations would cross the Sudanese border, formally making this the second major conflict since the end of the Second Weltkrieg.

23 June: Sean Lemass becomes the third Taoiseach of Ireland.

25 June: The American Union State forms NASA, marking America's entry into the Space Race.

26 June: Tetsu Katayama releases his report concerning the Police Brutality incident in Taiwan. The reports allegations that the Tokko, in coordination with the local police force, were mainly responsible for the incident sent shockwaves in the Japanese political world. His solutions of abolishing the Tokko and bringing in more native Taiwanese and European police officers were just as controversial.

29 June: Sentiment for German reunification starts to visibly grow after an incident in the French-Rhennish border involving a French police officer and a Rhennish police officer. Several Rhennish, Bavarian, and Prussian politicians began expressing openly that their respective countries should be unified.

1 July: Mr Squiggle, Australia’s longest running TV Series, airs it’s first episode on ABC.

6 July: Japan begins amassing a task force for deployment to Sudan. Some 200.000 troops in total were assembled.

7 July: at 14:28 UTC, the Planet Venus occults the star Regulus, the next such event will happen on 1 October, 2044. The event was used to determine the diameter of Venus and Venus’ atmospheric structure.

9 July: Wing Commander Michael Beetham, flying a British Air Force Vickers Valiant sets a record of 11 hours and 27 minutes, flying from London to Buenos Aires.

15 July: A strike occurs against the Japanese steel industry

22 July: A Kumamoto University research group studying Minamata Disease concludes that it is caused by Mercury Poisoning.

29 July: The first Japanese troops land in Port Sudan, escalating the Sudan war between the CPS and the Syndicalist International.

30 July: The SR.N1 Hovercraft crosses the English channel from Calais to Dover in just over 2 hours.

6 August: The Japanese Surveyor 6 Satellite was launched into Earth Orbit.

7 August: The Roseburg Blast kills 14 people and costed 12 Million Dollars in damages

8 August: A flood in Taiwan kills 2.000, the local government declares a state of emergency and asks the local Japanese military garrison for help.

10 August: The battle of Rabak, Sudanese troops held their positions in the city of Rabak against Syndicalist aerial bombardment and ground assault. Japanese troops are busy constructing pontoon bridges while other African CPS countries rush into the city to bolster the Sudanese defense.

16 August: Cyprus gains independence from Egypt, raising the possibility of a Cypriot-Cretan confederation forming.

26 August: The original Mini was launched.

27 August: The battle of Rabak, Japanese troops managed to successfully construct pontoon bridges and are attempting to flank African Syndicalist forces. A formal retreat order by African Syndietern forces went into effect.

31 August: Beijing National Stadium is officially opened.

1 September: The battle of Rabak, the last enemy troops have either been killed, captured, or fled from the city. Marking the battle as a CPS victory.

6 September: Operation Kamikaze, capitalizing on the recent arrival of other CPS forces and the bigger Japanese presence in the area. Japanese commanders launched a wide front offensive, results were much better than expected as African Syndicalist forces were caught off guard and the initiative of the Japanese ensured no adequate defense could be formed.

16 September: The Brother Model 59 was unveiled, it is the first ever plain paper copier made available to the public. It became a smashing hit.

17 September: The first ever Hypersonic Aircraft conducts flight tests off the coast of the Solomon Islands, Japan.

26 September: Typhoon Vera hits central Honshu, Japan. It killed an estimated 5.098, injuring 38.921, and leaving 1.553.000 people homeless, most of the victims are targeted at the Nagoya area.

2 October: The Twilight Zone formally airs on CBS.

13 October: Japan launches the Surveyor 7 Satellite into orbit.

16 October: The Boston Patriots, later renamed New England Patriots, was formed.

21 October: The Solomon R Guggenheim Museum opens to the public.

2 November: The M1 Motorway, stretching from Watford to Crick, was opened for public service, British Premier Clement Attlee attended the inauguration.

16 November: The Sound of Music, a musical written by Rodgers and Hammenstein, premiers on Broadway at the Lunt-Fontaine theatre.

20 November: The Declaration of the Rights of the Child is adopted by the United Nations.

3 December: Operation Kamikaze officially ends, with Japanese and CPS troops managing to force Syndietern forces back into the former Sudanese-Toubou border.

5 December: The Malpasset Dam in Southern France collapses, and the water flows over the town of Fréjus, killing 412.

14 December: Makarios III was elected as the first President of Cyprus. He promises that he will attempt to reunite Crete and Cyprus together.

28 December: Ana Torroja Fungairino, famous Spanish singer, was born.
 
1960, Turn 12

Jakarta

Cutest Mod
Moderator
Tokyo, 13th of January, 1960.


The night is young and yet the city feels like it has never slept. Seemingly nobody's going back to their apartments at night and resting, everyone is either busy taking their families shopping, or eating with their families, or hanging out with their friends, or a little bit in between. A cacophony of activity in the heart of an empire that many thought couldn't achieve this level of progress.

Neon lights blaring, selling their tacky and brightly colored advertisements for everyone to see. The Trams and Subways that criss cross the city, their punctuality and cleanliness only second to none, and cars of every kind, from locally made Toyotas and Mitsubishis, to the more exotic Holdens and the occasional Renault and Rolls Royce, carrying French and British dignitaries out of their embassies after a hard day's work, packing the streets with activity.

And yet, as the senior Opposition leader Tetsu Katayama sees all this, high up from his penthouse in Ebisu, he couldn't help but feel a certain sense of anxiety creep up over him. The report he has just released are still making the rounds of the most famous Japanese newspapers, and he could see various people that don't look Japanese, from the dark skinned Pacific Islanders, European refugees, and people who don't fit in between like Insulindians, Indians, Native Taiwanese, and Ainu, not to mention the Koreans and Chinese that he saw regularly. This city is no stranger to rapid and oftentimes unexpected changes, but this feels different. He has seen the reports of harassment and racism stemming from the Tokyo Metropolitan police, and if Taiwan was any indication, things will blow up in some form of racial confrontation one way or another.

Racial tension wasn't the only thing in his mind though, he also couldn't help but notice about the rising stars in the Shakai Taishuto, he had heard of a man named Junichiro Koizumi, fresh out of high school, currently attending Tokyo U and already making rounds as he joined the Party's club there and started performing well in their usual debates. A fiery soul for sure, fired up for the decency of the working man and woman. Perhaps he would talk to that man himself should he have time. Another rising candidate, and a woman at that. Michi Nishiura, literally went from being some farmer in the rice fields near Osaka to a promising member of his party. With her well formulated speeches and public appearances wooing crowds that couldn't think that they would vote for a woman in their lives. A great woman and a great man as the vanguard of his party, and with Abe Isoo's retirement coming soon. He himself would most likely be named as Chairman of the leading Socialist party in the country.

He couldn't help but laugh himself at that thought. Throughout his career he admired both the Union of Britain and Commune of France for what they did, yet didn't find himself all too comfortable with their more radical positions of unionizing every workplace and forcing their representation. Essentially minor details, and when he reigned as PM he was sure that Japan could reach out to both countries and work together in peace and prosperity. And yet, their rhetoric of Japan being a reactionary and imperialist power soured relations, and here he is, watching his country, who have changed so radically and for the better, fighting the very countries he himself admired and inspired him to run for politics.

He believed in Japan, he believed that, for all the mistakes this country has made, that Japan could rule with wisdom and dignity, a sentiment PM Yoshida thankfully shares, and has made good at, and yet, the coming racial unrest, the police injustice, the overreach by the Tokko, the lack of representation of Women and Japanese peoples of color from the Southern territories, the poverty of other countries in the CPS, not to mention the possible coup attempt that is being investigated... Well, at least his gravestone would lay out the various accomplishments of his Prime Ministership, just in case everything goes into the crapper.

And he almost forgot about that Typhoon that devastated Nagoya not that while ago.

Now, perhaps he should not contemplate about the challenges this country's facing for too long, his wife is making some good Oden, and he wouldn't miss it for the world.

________

Welcome to the 1960s. A coming era of great change for Japan, and great challenges to. There would be coup attempts, racism, foreign policy decisions that would affect the state of the Co-Prosperity Sphere, and many, many more things that I couldn't even mention in this post. It is a time of hippies, of counterculture, drugs, and perhaps most importantly, how the establishment reacts to these new developments.

You have 4 action points, and a country that anxiously awaits your decision. I implore that you make wise ones.

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Crises that needed addressing.

A Small matter of taxes.

Yes, taxes, perhaps the only thing in this world that is inevitable besides death. And as the recent budget reports rolls in, something that Japan must consider raising. Investing in projects and in foreign countries is good and all, and all the academics and economists assure the government that the dividends would pay in time, but social programs needs to be funded, civil servants need to be paid, and with the recent expansion of the military, a hole has opened up in the budget that, if nothing happens, would result in the Bank of Japan printing out bonds in order to meet our yearly obligations.

And no one in government wants that.

Further military expansion.
Perhaps though, a justification of raising taxes could be framed from that recent conflict, and the assessments our military has made of the conflict. Of particular importance was the assessment from both the Air Force, and the Army. The Army is adamant, their size must be expanded to 1.5 million, an extra 500.000 men is necessary they argued, because the Sudan war has proven that the Japanese logistical trail is not protected enough given the current size of the IJA, that extra 500K would be given to more garrison troops, and more regulars that won't necessarily be the tip of an offensive spear, but would maintain peace and order while the rest kicks ass, while the voices for the airforce is perhaps the loudest, they wanted a 1 Million strong IJAF, citing their woeful performance in the Sudan Conflict, there is literally not enough men, they argued. To field an effective resistance to both the French and British airforces, and although our pilots are amazing, even they can only shoot down so many planes before their planes get shot down themselves.

It should be noted that there is an increasing number of Diet Members that are sharing their sentiments, from Socialists, Liberals and Conservatives, it also appears that the public is in favour of a general increase in size for the military, with a recent poll showing 60% of the populace wanted a bigger military. So, what shall you do?
 
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Eliar

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Heh taxes right?

So.

Do we take the plunge and introduce VAT taxation or do we leave that particular dog sleeping for a while more?
 

Alias

Bean Daddy
Moderator
Maybe do a consumption tax starting at 3%.
 

Eliar

Well-known member
Maybe do a consumption tax starting at 3%.
I would be the easiest way to gain significant and steady additional income but VAT taxation was a matter on insane contention for decades. I expect alot of political wrangling and fallout if we push it but perhaps this is the right time to introduce it.

Instead of an armed forces lottery or emergency tax that were the traditional measures of raising money for the military by that point VAT taxation could be introduced.
 

Alias

Bean Daddy
Moderator
I would be the easiest way to gain significant and steady additional income but VAT taxation was a matter on insane contention for decades. I expect alot of political wrangling and fallout if we push it but perhaps this is the right time to introduce it.

Instead of an armed forces lottery or emergency tax that were the traditional measures of raising money for the military by that point VAT taxation could be introduced.
If I’m remembering my Japanese history correctly it was very unpopular at first at least among the ruling party and took like a decade to get one passed after the first attempt failed. I think messaging would be important if we do it and make sure to point out the benefits of doing it.
 

Eliar

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If I’m remembering my Japanese history correctly it was very unpopular at first at least among the ruling party and took like a decade to get one passed after the first attempt failed. I think messaging would be important if we do it and make sure to point out the benefits of doing it.
Not just Japan. Everywhere.

VAT is one of those things that look natural to us that have grown in it but was unthinkable for older generations or even dystopian fuel, especially for older left wing parties and politicians.

It finally got passed after decades of intense propaganda, the erosion of left wing economics appeal and the promise that VAT would be the final answer to the taxation question, a tax to end all taxes in a sense.

Ofc the last bit was a blatant lie since the more money a government gains through taxation they view it as a permission to borrow and go in to debt even more.

Lewl midnight politics rant aside, VAT will do very well indeed and we can apply the frog in boiled water treatment most govs that applied it use and raise it slowly as needed.
 

Alias

Bean Daddy
Moderator
Not just Japan. Everywhere.

VAT is one of those things that look natural to us that have grown in it but was unthinkable for older generations or even dystopian fuel, especially for older left wing parties and politicians.

It finally got passed after decades of intense propaganda, the erosion of left wing economics appeal and the promise that VAT would be the final answer to the taxation question, a tax to end all taxes in a sense.

Ofc the last bit was a blatant lie since the more money a government gains through taxation they view it as a permission to borrow and go in to debt even more.

Lewl midnight politics rant aside, VAT will do very well indeed and we can apply the frog in boiled water treatment most govs that applied it use and raise it slowly as needed.
Explain the dystopian fuel bit. That’s the one thing I don’t understand.
 

Eliar

Well-known member
Explain the dystopian fuel bit. That’s the one thing I don’t understand.

Ah it is one of those things like cyberpunk?


You know how SF writers in the 80's envisioned the dystopian future as one where your personal information is available to all both gov and corps without restraint, cameras would be everywhere, facial recognition would be a thing, physical money a thing of the past and your financials at the mercy of the government and the banks, there would be no communication safety etc?

Things that today are the norm?

VAT was a bit like that.

A flat tax over consumer goods and! services! one deeply flawed and even more unfair since it would place a disproportionate burden upon the poor and the rich...

To be honest VAT taxation is very unfair, that has not changed but it was pushed through and now everyone sees it as just another everyday thing.
 
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Alias

Bean Daddy
Moderator
Ah it is one of those things like cyberpunk?


You know how SF writers in the 80's envisioned the dystopian future as one where your personal information is available to all both gov and corps without restraint, cameras would be everywhere, facial recognition would be a thing, physical money a thing of the past and your financials at the mercy of the government and the banks, there would be no communication safety etc?

Things that today are the norm?

VAT was a bit like that.

A flat tax over consumer goods and! services! one deeply flawed and even more unfair since it would place the same burden upon the poor and the rich...

To be honest VAT taxation is very unfair, that has not changed but it was pushed through and now everyone sees it as just another everyday thing.
Ah. So yeah messaging definitely going to be important for this.
 

Jakarta

Cutest Mod
Moderator
Just remember that we need money not only for the military, but also social services and maintaining current government expediture.
 

Alias

Bean Daddy
Moderator
Just remember that we need money not only for the military, but also social services and maintaining current government expediture.
Were aware of that. :p
 

Eliar

Well-known member
-Partial Plan Welcome to the 60's!
[x]A New Kind Of Tax
-Things had been good in the 50's had they not? The partial demobilization of the Armed Forces, the establishment of the UN, the liberization of the Empire, further economic integration between CS nations, the free trade agreements, the reduction or outright abolishment of tarrifs and state monopolies led to unprecedented economic growth but all good things come with their own downsides.

The Syndic populist and nationalist rhetoric and the recent bush wars leave little room for doubt or optimism while the new economic drive and prosperity comes at the back of massive state expenditure and subsidies. State expenditure at a time the state loses many of its traditional money makers such as afforementioned tarrifs and monopolies while the armed forces beg for modernization and expansion.
After much wrangling and heated internal debate the decision is made for the implementation of a flat. horizontal new tax on goods and sales. The new Added Value Tax will be at 8% on all non essential goods and services and 5% on things like bread, food and medicine.
The projected income is more than enough to satisfy the projected needs, while a massive PR campaign is sceduled in order to introduce it and its neccesity.
[x] What the Army wants the army gets
-Preparations for the expansion of the armed forces get underway with a mix of xalling for vollunteers and an implied increase of national service duration.
 

christopher_sni

Active member
I believe we should aim for a Wealth Tax on income from investments and sales of luxury items, stocks/bonds and real estate. We also need to review the budget to cut or remove any wasteful spending from the previous decades.
 

Alias

Bean Daddy
Moderator
Yeah I think a Wealth tax would be a step too far.
-Partial Plan Welcome to the 60's!
[x]A New Kind Of Tax
-Things had been good in the 50's had they not? The partial demobilization of the Armed Forces, the establishment of the UN, the liberization of the Empire, further economic integration between CS nations, the free trade agreements, the reduction or outright abolishment of tarrifs and state monopolies led to unprecedented economic growth but all good things come with their own downsides.

The Syndic populist and nationalist rhetoric and the recent bush wars leave little room for doubt or optimism while the new economic drive and prosperity comes at the back of massive state expenditure and subsidies. State expenditure at a time the state loses many of its traditional money makers such as afforementioned tarrifs and monopolies while the armed forces beg for modernization and expansion.
After much wrangling and heated internal debate the decision is made for the implementation of a flat. horizontal new tax on goods and sales. The new Added Value Tax will be at 8% on all non essential goods and services and 5% on things like bread, food and medicine.
The projected income is more than enough to satisfy the projected needs, while a massive PR campaign is sceduled in order to introduce it and its neccesity.
[x] What the Army wants the army gets
-Preparations for the expansion of the armed forces get underway with a mix of xalling for vollunteers and an implied increase of national service duration.
 

Eliar

Well-known member
I believe we should aim for a Wealth Tax on income from investments and sales of luxury items, stocks/bonds and real estate. We also need to review the budget to cut or remove any wasteful spending from the previous decades.
Perhaps in the future but for all that to happen we have to build the conditions.
 

Alias

Bean Daddy
Moderator
Is there any welfare programs we could that would be popular or at least acceptable?
 

Eliar

Well-known member
Is there any welfare programs we could that would be popular or at least acceptable?
We are already pushing and implementing universal healthcare and universal pensions.

Part of the reason we need more money and new taxes. We are implementing the kind of welfare that gave the 60's and 70's such a golden halo to the older generations it is simply time to start paying the bill, preferably in a way that will not drown up in debt and force us to start slashing the safety net we are trying to build.
 

Ryser

Active member
-Partial Plan Welcome to the 60's!
[x]A New Kind Of Tax
-Things had been good in the 50's had they not? The partial demobilization of the Armed Forces, the establishment of the UN, the liberization of the Empire, further economic integration between CS nations, the free trade agreements, the reduction or outright abolishment of tarrifs and state monopolies led to unprecedented economic growth but all good things come with their own downsides.

The Syndic populist and nationalist rhetoric and the recent bush wars leave little room for doubt or optimism while the new economic drive and prosperity comes at the back of massive state expenditure and subsidies. State expenditure at a time the state loses many of its traditional money makers such as afforementioned tarrifs and monopolies while the armed forces beg for modernization and expansion.
After much wrangling and heated internal debate the decision is made for the implementation of a flat. horizontal new tax on goods and sales. The new Added Value Tax will be at 8% on all non essential goods and services and 5% on things like bread, food and medicine.
The projected income is more than enough to satisfy the projected needs, while a massive PR campaign is sceduled in order to introduce it and its neccesity.
[x] What the Army wants the army gets
-Preparations for the expansion of the armed forces get underway with a mix of xalling for vollunteers and an implied increase of national service duration.
 
More Crisis and some facts

Jakarta

Cutest Mod
Moderator
Oops, forgot one very important crisis that I did mention in the timeline, but didn't mention it in the post.

Typhoon Vera

Typhoon Vera has hit Japan hard, and practically turned all of Nagoya into a refugee camp from all it's destruction. Besides the typical rescuing and recovering from the damages Typhoon Vera caused, there is also the question as to why Japan didn't do much more to warn it's citizens and ensure their safety from a threat that was very much well anticipated, and they are demanding laws to address these inadequacies at once. Lest the Minseito's chances of winning reelection might be slim to none, even with a war that ended in victory.

Also, here's a list below. The top 25 economies of 1959.

Top 25 Economies of 1959, according to the International Prosperity Bank
1) Commune of France: 556.55 Billion Dollars
2) Empire of Japan: 543.87 Billion Dollars
3) Union of Britain: 478.45 Billion Dollars
4) Socialist Republic of Italy: 465.12 Billion Dollars
5) Union State of America: 113.25 Billion Dollars
6) Prussian Social Republic: 95.3 Billion Dollars
7) Bavarian Commune: 87.89 Billion Dollars
8) Rhennish Commune: 83 Billion Dollars
9) Socialist Republic of Russia (West Russia): 81.76 Billion Dollars
10) Iberian Federation: 76.43 Billion Dollars
11) Republic of China: 74.33 Billion Dollars
12) Kingdom of Siam: 72.99 Billion Dollars
13) Republic of the Philippines: 68.23 Billion Dollars
14) Socialist Republic of Poland: 66.76 Billion Dollars
15) Socialist Republic of Canada: 54.23 Billion Dollars
16) Republic of Burma: 45.29 Billion Dollars
17) Republic of Russia (East Russia): 42.19 Billion Dollars
18) Kingdom of India: 37.04 Billion Dollars
19) Argentinian Free State: 30.22 Billion Dollars
20) Federation of Malaya: 23.12 Billion Dollars
21) Commonwealth of Australia: 22.28 Billion Dollars
22) Kingdom of Persia: 20.77 Billion Dollars
23) Republic of Syria: 19.15 Billion Dollars
24) Batavian Commune: 18.78 Billion Dollars
25) Commune of Sweden: 15.32 Billion Dollars

The IPB Predicts that Japan will be the No.1 Economy in the world by raw GDP by 1965, the number 2 in the world by Median Income, and the country with the 'most diversified economy in the world' by 1965 as well.

The IPB argues that, because of Japan having to force itself to ISI (Import Substitution Industrialization) during the late 1920s up until the middle 1950s, primarily due to a lack of an export market with the socialist revolutions in Western Europe, the 2nd American Civil War, and the 2nd Weltkrieg destroying whatever potential markets Japan could export their products toward. Japanese manufacturers have to essentially replace whatever products that come from Mitteleuropa and the United States, and up their product qualities in general to a Japanese public already used to such standards. This trend of industrialization has paid off, and Japan will see the benefits of enduring such a forced transition as the 1960s progresses.

The IPB Also predicts that Siam, the Philippines, Burma, Malaya, East Russia, and potentially Persia will join the world as a 'High Income Economy' (Essentially a developed nation) by the end of the 1960s. And suggest looking to China, India, Syria, Insulindia, and East Russia as areas for potentially rapid economic growth.
 
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