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

[X] Plan: A New Vision

Crises that needed addressing


What party would you choose for the General Election of 1976? Only you can decide.

[X] Rikken Minseito

The Vancouver Protocol
[X] We shall sign the Protocol

Action Points
[X] Occupied with Port Klang and Tanjung Priok expansion (will be done in 1978)
[X] Occupied with MBT Project (Will be done in 1980)
[X] Occupied with Naval Bomber program (Will be done in 1982)
[X] Occupied with JXRNET commercialization (Will be done in 1978)
[X] Occupied with Renewable R&D Funding (Will be done in 1988)
[X] The Pacific Free Trade Zone
[X] GIDC Project: Pearl River Delta economic region
 
I also forgot one more thing, another event I alluded to last year will be presented head-on today.

The Proclamation of the Republic of Korea
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"On this day, as the rest of the world sleeps, Korea shall stride towards a new future, a future decided by its own people, not by Monarchs or Nobles. While I do not know what the future holds for this nation, as long as the Korean people are united as one. Any challenge we encounter will result in our victory!"
President Choi Kyu-hah after the results of the referendum.

It was inevitable in hindsight. The Kingdom of Korea was an attempt by us to ensure that Korea would be loyal to Japan after we gave the state independence in 1937. A decision that needs to be made considering our promise of Asian liberation yet continuing the colonization of the Korean peoples. A surefire way for the Western Socialists to sow unrest in our state and create discord, something that was deemed... unnecessary after the military's influence was curbed following the Minseito's victory in the '37 election. And while we are not really sure about what Korea might do after they become independent, they have remained a relatively steadfast ally to us, and after the period of conflict was over, experienced a period of rapid economic growth that continues till today.

And now, that one referendum the then Prime Minister Choi announced has resulted in a massive upset. 56% of the Korean populace voted to kick their King out, and Korea would become a Presidential Republic with competitive elections for their President and National Assembly. A new flag has already been chosen, and the people are relatively happy with their choice. The only people who are not happy with the decision are the bigwigs in Tokyo, and while military action is definitely out of the question, now that Korea has practically fully unshackled itself from its last colonial vestiges. A new status quo is about to be created.

The only thing that people are asking is what will that new Status Quo be? Only you can decide on how to move forward following this referendum Madame Prime Minister.

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I also forgot one more thing, another event I alluded to last year will be presented head-on today.

The Proclamation of the Republic of Korea
Flag_of_the_People%27s_Committee_of_Korea.svg

"On this day, as the rest of the world sleeps, Korea shall stride towards a new future, a future decided by its own people, not by Monarchs or Nobles. While I do not know what the future holds for this nation, as long as the Korean people are united as one. Any challenge we encounter will result in our victory!"
President Choi Kyu-hah after the results of the referendum.

It was inevitable in hindsight. The Kingdom of Korea was an attempt by us to ensure that Korea would be loyal to Japan after we gave the state independence in 1937. A decision that needs to be made considering our promise of Asian liberation yet continuing the colonization of the Korean peoples. A surefire way for the Western Socialists to sow unrest in our state and create discord, something that was deemed... unnecessary after the military's influence was curbed following the Minseito's victory in the '37 election. And while we are not really sure about what Korea might do after they become independent, they have remained a relatively steadfast ally to us, and after the period of conflict was over, experienced a period of rapid economic growth that continues till today.

And now, that one referendum the then Prime Minister Choi announced has resulted in a massive upset. 56% of the Korean populace voted to kick their King out, and Korea would become a Presidential Republic with competitive elections for their President and National Assembly. A new flag has already been chosen, and the people are relatively happy with their choice. The only people who are not happy with the decision are the bigwigs in Tokyo, and while military action is definitely out of the question, now that Korea has practically fully unshackled itself from its last colonial vestiges. A new status quo is about to be created.

The only thing that people are asking is what will that new Status Quo be? Only you can decide on how to move forward following this referendum Madame Prime Minister.

[ ] Write In
[X] We in Japan shall recognize the will of the Korean people and the new Republic of Korea. We shall negotiate a new series of agreements between Korea and the Prosperity Sphere (mainly updating the titles). As long as personal and commercial property rights and civic rights are respected we shall allow the same trade and travel agreements as before.
 
[X] Plan: A New Vision

Crises that needed addressing


What party would you choose for the General Election of 1976? Only you can decide.

[X] Rikken Minseito

The Vancouver Protocol
[X] We shall sign the Protocol

Action Points
[X] Occupied with Port Klang and Tanjung Priok expansion (will be done in 1978)
[X] Occupied with MBT Project (Will be done in 1980)
[X] Occupied with Naval Bomber program (Will be done in 1982)
[X] Occupied with JXRNET commercialization (Will be done in 1978)
[X] Occupied with Renewable R&D Funding (Will be done in 1988)
[X] The Pacific Free Trade Zone
[X] GIDC Project: Pearl River Delta economic region
 
1976 Results, Turn 28
An expected and entirely unsurprising victory for the Rikken Minseito

It was to be expected. Michi Nishiura herself planned to not run for the general elections in 1976, and decided that the next candidate for Prime Minister should be Tomomi Narita. The Rikken Minseito on the other hand, had a very charismatic and energetic Kakuei Tanaka, boasting promises that he would make Japan a '5 Trillion Dollar (That's 738 Trillion Japanese Yen) economy' by 1985, and also double the disposable income of the average Japanese of all strata of society by the end of his first term as Prime Minister, the Rikken Minseito sailed towards a comfortable victory in the 1976 election. With significant inroads in the Kansai and Kanto areas, the traditional stronghold of the Shakai Taishuto.

The world awaits in bated breath what the new Japanese Prime Minister's plans are going to be.

BUT, one thing that is notable enough for everyone's attention is the significant gains the newly formed Japanese Green Party has made. Especially in regions like Taiwan, the Japanese Green Party has gone from practically a non-factor to having some 4% of the seats in the house, roughly the same as the Rikken Kakushinto Party (Soclib). This is something that must be taken into account once we move into the future. Their opposition to Nuclear power is the most problematic aspect of the Greens, and something that we must counter if we are to achieve a completely energy independent Japan.

The Vancouver Protocol is ratified without significant pushback from the government (You rolled a 13)

This is something that impacts everyone, and it kinda makes sense that there is no significant pushback from the government regarding this matter. Even the Zaibatsus and major Japanese companies are not really in the mood to push back against something that is so destructive to the environment. And the implementation of the protocol is set to begin by the end of the year as well. Something that everyone in Japanese society has been ready to make the switch anyway. Considering the significant inroads the last decades have been for Japanese environmental policy.

Korea is quite thankful that we received their new proclamation with as much grace as possible.

It really seems that we are turning over new leaf after new leaf. As our past is being progressively taken over by a new reality, a reality where Japan is not the greatest country in the world, but increasingly a country that is the first among a (relatively) equal alliance of nations. And the reaction to this proclamation is enough indication of that, our relatively muted response to the proclamation of the Republic of Korea has also ignited a muted debate of our status within the Co-Prosperity sphere, as it seems that more and more countries are more than willing to assert their national policies and regional identities into this alliance, this is something that we must address in the future, but currently? There is no significant movement among the Japanese people in pushing back our recognition of the Republic.

New Plans

The Pacific Free Trade Zone proposal was received warmly by Hawaii and the Philippines (You rolled a 17)


The Filipinos and Hawaiians are certainly jumping on the proposal for no tariffs and the free movement of peoples, and while drafting of the agreement would certainly take years, there is most definitely political impetus within Tokyo, Manilla, and Honolulu to get this thing going, we should expect a clear proposal by 1978, and ratification by all parties within the same year, the fact that all three countries are relatively developed economies also adds more impetus towards the ratification of such an agreement.

The Pearl River Delta investment program is already building roads and industrial sites, in deep cooperation with the Chinese government (You rolled a 13)

There is some... hesitation from the Chinese government the moment the GIDC announces it's investment plans in the Pearl River Delta, first of all, there are already existing plans from the Chinese government for such a development initiative, and secondly, this is technically an investment program, meaning some of the money will be funnelled off to other countries, chief among them being Japan. But the moment they see our plans, and the projected tax revenues from such activities, all potential resistance from Beijing faded away as a merger of the two plans are conducted. China dreams of having an environment where 'vanguard' companies could emerge and be symbols of Chinese prosperities, kinda in a similar vein to Japanese Zaibatsus like Mitsubishi and Mitsui, Russia's VAZ and MIG, and Australia's ANZ and Holden. And such a program will help China nurture potential vanguard companies in the coming decades.

Existing Plans

Japanese MBT Program has made some significant gains this year, finally gaining some traction (You rolled a 14)


It's sorta a miracle, the MBT program that has been plagued by issues for many years have finally gained some traction, as the technological kinks are being worked out and field tests of components are showing increasing promise, the timeline of a 1980 launch is well within the capabilities of the program managers at this point, and we only need to 'steady the ship' as they say to ensure that the Japanese army will have a great new tank ready for them to answer the Syndicalist threat.

Naval Bomber program has already created a prototype, in a seeming 180 to the lack of progress last year (You rolled a 20)

It seems that the Naval bomber program has yielded results quite unexpectedly early. Perhaps the lack of progress last year is just a prelude towards greater progress this year. With the new plane already being unveiled and operational trials set for next year in Trincomalee. The Indians and Insulindians are highly interested in the purchase of the aircraft, but the majority operator will no doubt be the Royal Japanese Navy.

This aircraft is also a relative technological wonder, possessing advanced electronics and sensing capabilities, as well as a massive loadout of missiles, sonobuoys, and torpedos should the need arises. A supersonic MPA in all sense of the word really, the start date for the new naval bomber is set forward to 1980 at this point instead of 1982, something the higher-ups in the Navy are very thankful for considering the age of the existing Ginga naval bombers in the Japanese arsenal.
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Logistics and JSSZs
Logistics is the bread and butter of modern warfare. The victory of the then-named Third Internationale over the Reichspakt and Entente was partly caused by the supreme logistical supremacy both French and British logisticians made during the interwar years, the sudden austere conditions their countries faced, being cut off from the rest of their colonial empires have forced these two countries to think creatively as to how to create an effective military and provide them with enough supplies to challenge the Germans.

Logistics also played a critical role in our conquest of Southeast and South Asia during the 2nd Weltkrieg, where we temporarily allied ourselves with the Syndicalists to overthrow the European Colonial order in Asia. Japanese cargo ships, escorted by the then-named Imperial Japanese Navy provided a critical lifeline for our troops fighting in Papua, Malaya, and India. So important were these logistical networks, that we shared our 'prosperity ship' plans to all CPS members that have joined, or joined our alliance after our conquests liberated them.

And just as it was with the 2nd Weltkrieg, logistics will be a deciding factor for a potential third Weltkrieg, and while the Royal Japanese Military has many facets of this, from our Strategic Airlift capability to the National Airline Reserve program to even our tried and true Merchant Marine fleet (a Merchant Marine fleet that is the largest in the world by the way). One aspect that is often overlooked is JSSZs.

What are JSSZs? They are a shorthand for Joint Strategic Supply Zones. A dedicated facility where a ton of our equipment is parked in climate-controlled warehouses placed strategically throughout Japanese territory or CPS member state territory, which would allow us to field a sizeable brigade of troops should things go hairy anywhere around the world.

Not all JSSZs are the same, however, and some are given much higher priority than others due to strategic concerns. Still, nonetheless, a JSSZ facility should be able to house enough equipment and supply to field one Army/ Rikusentai Brigade should the situation warrant it. Below is a list of all JSSZs spread throughout the CPS.

1) JSSZ Takao

A dedicated facility in the city of Takao in Taiwan, primarily housing SNLF equipment. JSSZ Takao primarily acts as a reserve facility in the highly unlikely scenario that the Japanese home isles are invaded and conquered, there would be enough equipment in the other isles to mount a counter-invasion force to liberate the home isles. To that effect, there is always a rotation of RIkusentai and Navy logistic ships stationed in JSSZ Takao, as well as enough ground equipment to equip a Rikusentai Combined Arms Brigade. Its base is also shared with the Rikusentai Force Recon HQ.

2) JSSZ Singapore

Fulfilling a similar purpose to JSSZ Takao. JSSZ Singapore is a massive facility that also primarily acts as a reserve facility in case our 'core' region is under attack. Pretty much the same facility as JSSZ Takao but geared more towards equipping a Rikusentai brigade for deployment in Southeast Asia and Australia. This is a joint JSSZ as well, with the Malayan military cooperating with the Japanese military in case any eventuality were to happen, it also houses a significant reserve of Malayan military equipment, just in case the Malayan military needed more weapons in the event of a third Weltkrieg.

3) JSSZ Aktyubinsk and JSSZ Astrakhan

As part of Operation RETOUR. Both JSSZ Aktyubinsk and JSSZ Astrakhan would serve as the home of several Infantry and Armored divisions. It pretty much houses multiple Division's worth of equipment so that, in the event of a Syndicalist attack on East Russia, units can be flown into these two JSSZs and be deployed into combat operations within 48 hours. This JSSZ was used extensively in the various RETOUR exercises, acting as a gateway for Japanese troops being flown in from Japan itself. This exercise has shown the efficacy of Japanese troops should the worst case scenario were to ever occur, and it was so successful that a new JSSZ based in Chelyabinsk is being considered. Allowing more Japanese troops to be flown in and equipped in the Central Russian front as well.

4) JSSZ Diego Garcia

A fully dedicated Naval JSSZ, these houses a ton of supply ships and cargo aircraft in case things were to get hairy within the Indian Ocean. Having enough stock to fully equip a Rikusentai Rapid Movement division as well as having a contingent Japanese Airborne detachment located on the island. This JSSZ will be a lynchpin for the Royal Japanese Military for Indian Naval operations.

5) JSSZ Wake Island

The 2nd JSSZ that is located in Japanese territory, pretty much the same as the Diego Garcia JSSZ but focuses more on the Navy than the Air Force. This JSSZ would serve as a halfway point for the Japanese Navy should an American/ Canadian invasion of Hawaii were to materialize, providing a decent airfield and a decent harbor for Japanese ships to dock, resupply, and possess enough communications equipment for any respectable Navy admiral to coordinate operations throughout the Central Pacific. This JSSZ is a rather sleepy one, with Japanese planners not seriously expecting a serious American or Syndicalist push to Hawaii to go by unnoticed.

6) JSSZ Cape Town

One of only 2 JSSZs in Africa. JSSZ Cape Town is part of our strategic presence in South Africa and Botswana respectively. After the fall of the Apartheid regime the South Africans requested that we build a base somewhere in their territory, and we chose Cape Town to build a military base there due to its strategic location. This is an army-focused facility, where we can equip a Brigade of Japanese Armor and send them out throughout South Africa and Botswana.

7) JSSZ Abidjan

A very balanced JSSZ, stockpiling equal amounts of Army, Navy, and Air Force equipment. This JSSZ is our attempt to expand our presence into the Atlantic. Where CPS members are few and far in between. Able to equip both an Army and Rikusentai brigade, as well as home to a few fighter and strike squadrons. JSSZ Abidjan will be our bulwark in Africa should a third Weltkrieg start, giving us both the option to defend The Ivory Coast and Ghana from attack, as well as having enough of a reach that we can threaten Ascension and St Helena with naval invasions.

8) JSSZ Fort Liberte

One of the newer JSSZs, located in a natural harbour in Haiti. JSSZ Fort Liberte primarily serves as a check on American movements in the region, halting potential threats of aggression from the Union State towards our Caribbean CPS members. There is equipment there to house a full-on Rikusentai Brigade, but also a permanent presence of Rikusentai and Royal Japanese Navy ships in the area. The base has always been a major point of contention with the Americans whenever our Japanese delegation is present to discuss literally anything with the Americans.
 
World Events, 1976 New
January
  • A series of English, French, and Western European bands announced a tour of Asia. This is the first time such a collection of artists has performed within the Eastern World. The event would later be known as the 'Western Invasion'.
  • This year, the International Covenant of Economic, Social, and Cultural Rights is enacted. Japan itself ratified the convention last year, after signing the convention in the late 60s.
  • The Bahamas incident. A British submarine nearly opened fire at a Japanese Surface Action group due to an embarrassing set of failures on the British end, falsely IDing the Japanese Task Force on an Antisubmarine operation instead of going into the Fort Liberte Base.
  • The Directions Cardinales exercises would be initiated, primarily lead by the French Commune but pretty much including all European Syndicalist nations. The first exercise, Ouest '76, would be conducted in the Spring of 1976. The exercises would be followed by Sud, Est, and Nord, each tackling a distinct set of military of problems relating to the direction the compass points to from Metropolitan France.
February
  • The Australian Defence Force was formed to merge and restructure the entire Australian Defense Forces. With a focus for more Home Defense and Indian Ocean operations against Syndicalist forces.
  • A 7.5-magnitude earthquake hits the areas of Guatemala and Honduras in the Central American Republic. Killing thousands and injuring more, prompt aid from the Western European Syndicalist nations helped with abetting an even bigger disaster.
  • Siamese car company SiamRung. SR for short, begins entering the Japanese car market, marking the first time a Southeast Asian car company begins its foray into the Japanese market.
  • The Convair F-119 was unveiled and put into production immediately after it's announcement. It was intended to be a Multirole Naval Aircraft with the ability to do Vertical Takeoff and Landing operations, thereby reducing the workload of American Naval Carriers.
March
  • The world's first-ever Supercomputer was unveiled by NEC subsidiary NextGen Technologies. With it's buying customer being the Institute of Physical and Chemical Research, or RIKEN for short.
  • A cable car disaster in Cavalese, Italy, leaves 43 dead.
  • The first of a series of proposals for the Pacific Free Trade Zone between Japan, the Philippines, and Hawaii are received warmly by all three countries' representatives.
  • The Wizard of Oz, after years of airing in NBC Television, airs on CBS, and will continue to air until 1999. The frequent showings of the Wizard of Oz would make it an American cultural staple.
  • Cosmic Legends. A breakthrough Japanese Science Fiction film begins filming in the deserts of Syria.
  • In a feud between Japanese ultranationalists, Mitsuyasu Maeno attempted to kill Yoshio Kodama by flying a plane into his Apartment. Kodama would escape unscathed, but not before the police would carry out certain documents that would end Kodama's career as an Underworld Fixer.
April
  • Conrail, an American Freight Train company, was formed by the US Government, to take over operations of formerly bankrupt East Coast regional cargo railways. Its operations would soon encompass the entirety of the Union State.
  • The Republic of Korea was proclaimed. After a referendum earlier in April resulted in a major victory for the people desiring a Republic. Tokyo was silent on the matter for the moment.
  • Budding Japanese entrepreneurs Makoto Ozawa and Kiichi Toshiro founded Ketagalan Computers, in honor of the native people that used to live in the region.
  • The Ketagalan K-1 computer was launched to the Enthusiast computer market.
  • The Great Bookie Robbery of Melbourne. Robbers stole an estimated 150 Million Australian Yen.
June
  • The Vancouver protocol was ratified in the Union of Britain, France, the American Union State, and various other countries, Japan and the majority of CPS nations would follow by the end of June.
  • A train crash in Schiedam, Batavian Commune, kills 24 people.
  • The CN Tower was opened in Toronto, it became the tallest free-standing structure of its time.
  • Japanese scientists began experimenting with more efficient Solar Panels and Wind Turbines, hoping to completely convert the country's energy needs to renewables by the end of the Millennium.
July
  • The Japanese Naval Bomber, known as the Nakajima G14N Shirozan, began testing in Trincomalee, Kingdom of India, much to the astonishment of locals.
  • The American Union State celebrates its Bicentennial. In recognition of the 1776 Declaration of Independence, creating the American Nation.
  • An explosion in Seveso, Italy, leads to extensive pollution in a large area in the neighborhood near Milan. Leading to evacuations and many people affected by the Toxic Cloud.
  • Barbara Jordan became the first African American to make a Keynote Speech at the America First Party political convention.
  • Consequently, a Melanesian Papuan politician keynotes the Shakai Taishuto Political Convention, nominating Koichiro Ito as its Prime Minister candidate.
August
  • After much deliberation. JAXA releases its famous Face on Mars Photo. Taken by one of its satellites.
  • There was a landslide in Sau Mau Ping, Hong Kong, Republic of China. Killing many civilians in the vicinity. This would incentivize government officials to look into improving land safety around Hong Kong in general, in account to the hilly terrain of the country.
  • The first known Ebola outbreak occurs in Yambuku, Chari Emirate
  • James Alexander George Smith Mccartney was elected as Chief Minister for the Turks and Caicos islands, West Indies Federation. He would be widely regarded as one fo the most famous governors in the island's history.
September
  • Cigarette and Tobacco advertising was banned in Japanese Television and Radio
  • An American Fighter Pilot lands his brand-new Convair F-119 in Sapporo, Hokkaido, Japan. The fighter plane entered production earlier this year, with his airwing becoming one of the first recipients of the aircraft.
  • Bozosoku riots in Nagoya killed 1 officer and 2 journalists, a subsequent crackdown announced by the police would put this emerging culture underground.
  • Typhoon Fran hits Japan, killing over 100 people and injuring 500.
October
  • The Chimpanzee is put on the list of endangered species.
  • Hurricane Liza hits Baja California, killing more than 200 and injuring 600.
  • The first draft for an Advanced Passenger Train for the Union of Britain is sketched up, requested by the government to reduce congestion in intercity traffic, potentially signaling a change of heart in Syndicalist City Planning.
November
  • Japanese elections. The Rikken Minseito made significant gains, becoming the majority party in the Japanese House of Representatives. Michi Nishiura would still represent her district, but would no longer be Prime Minister
  • The first Megamouth Shark is documented in Oahu, Hawaii.
  • Microsoft is officially registered with the Office of the Secretary of State in New Mexico.
  • The New York Yankees signed a $10 million contract with Reggie Jackson for 3 years, setting the precedent for multimillion-dollar contracts in American sports.
December
  • The first design of the Minitel Network and interface is drafted.
  • A new Volcano, Murara, erupts in the Virunga Mountains, Buganda
 
Duck in the high castle mode: An interesting thing, the Minitel, probably the first widely-used internet precursor, although it faded away in the late Nineties as internet proper became prevalent and started offering much, much better services. In the Eighties, however, it was very successful in France and allowed actual e-commerce in a surprisingly wide fashion - as well as the other things inevitably happening online, the (in)famous pink Minitel, but did not reach a sufficient critical mass. Japan also went with its own telecommunication standards, leading to it being late in embracing the smartphone revolution later due to their own phones and the like being quite better than early smartphones IIRC.

With this different world order, it is actually plausible that Minitel becomes the standard in the Syndicalist world, while Japan and the US possibly get their own takes on networked communication, which would have drastic consequences, such as the structural cyber-isolation of the power blocks, but also a vastly different take on the internet revolution, as a Minitel network would be much less flexible but potentially more secure due to the fact that the network terminals are distinct machines from the personal computers used in offices or homes. Eventually, you would see - like I did in my younger years - Minitel emulators for networked computers to access this specific network, but there might be a lot less interest in having such for quite a few years.

The AI revolution in the 2020s, connect to 3615 ChatGPT:

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  • An American Fighter Pilot lands his brand-new Convair F-119 in Sapporo, Hokkaido, Japan. The fighter plane entered production earlier this year, with his airwing becoming one of the first recipients of the aircraft.

OOC: The pilot can stay in Japan if they want to. The plane will be returned to the Union after we have disassembled, taken pictures of all the systems and reassembled the plane.
 
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