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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
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.
 
1977, Turn 29 New
Welcome, Prime Minister Tanaka! We hope that you enjoyed your train ride from Osaka to here. We are aware that you are attending a Rikken Minseito function there, and wished to maintain your party's cohesion after a historic victory. All in all, congratulations on your victory, the Japanese people await with baited breath on which direction you intend to pursue for your country! Although, there is a small matter that you needed attending first. See, there is this little incident in Tokyo a while back, and things are going ahead at a significantly faster rate than you might expect. Now, we understand that you do not want to attend to such heavy matters right off the bat, but do see for yourself.

The Rikken Minseito and Shakai Taishuto could potentially collapse if you did not handle this correctly...

Current Crises. Have to be addressed.

[ ] A Plane Crash in Tokyo...

Initially, it was just a conflict between two rival Yakuza members. Nothing to care about for anyone of significance. It is the nature of criminal organisations such as them for conflicts to occassionally spill out and... regrettably make an unwelcome spectacle on the innocent citizens of whatever city they inhabit, and typically the police would arrest them, house them in our new, significantly more humane prisons, train them in new skillsets, and offer them a relocation service to somewhere else in Japan so that they would not incur the wrath of whoever party they have enraged. All in all? A mostly effective system that anyone would find very hard to criticize.

But... there is this little planecrash incident in Tokyo a while back, and the evidence the police are bringing in are quite... revolutionary. So revolutionary in fact that we have representatives from Nakajima pretty much demanding from us to nip the upcoming investigation in the bud. See, officially, bribes and lobbying are pretty much banned, but, reforming systems as big as the Japanese economic system, whose start revolves around Political and Business ties are much easier said than done, and we have various members of Parliament from both sides of the aisle catering to some very small business demands, chief of them? Nakajima, who needed valuable governmental contracts to get their budding civilian air section off the ground, the same Nakajima who promised various members of the Rikken Minseito and Shakai Taishuto that they would have comfy positions in their companies should several governmental contracts go their way. We don't know how many MP's took up on the offer. But there is a real risk a real investigation could blow this lid wide open, and create a scandal of unprecedented proportions.

It's up to you, Prime Minister, on what you should do. But do note that the Police Force taking care of this investigation is the Tokyo Metropolitan Police, not some rinky dink, provincial police force with nary a resource to handle something this big.

[ ] A Silicon Island.
Ketagalan Computers, NextGen Technologies, Tokyo Electron, Sony, Toshiba. There are but some of the most notable companies in Japan making electronic parts, consumer electronics, or both. A ton of these companies are also based throughout the country. And this proliferation within the tech sector has lead to some economists and political analysts within Japan to suggest something.

Why don't we just provide incentives for these companies to relocate into a section of the Empire where they can better work together? A section of the Empire that is strategically placed near major markets so that air travel demand for foreign partners would be much less taxing. A section of the Empire named Taiwan?

Taiwan already has a robust economy in itself, and there are multiple, world class universities scattered across the island. These companies relocating their business operations into Taiwan would streamline operations, and improve cohesion within our burgeoining tech sector. Potentially propelling our economy to new heights! And it's not like this is unprecedented either, Osaka is a center for the entire Japanese entertainment industry, from Music to Films to even Comedy, while Nagoya is a center for Heavy industry. We just need your direction and it will be done.

[ ] A Revolutionary Urban Planning Law

Japan's economy has been growing significantly as of late. A natural result of our country's various prosperous industrial sectors, and increasing purchasing power of the regular population, and with increased economic growth, comes increased migration from the rural areas into the developed, urbanized metro regions. Namely Tokyo, Nagoya, Osaka, Fukuoka, and Taiwan. While this has boosted the economic productivity due to the easier access to goods of services these cities provide. It also has lead to skyrocketing property prices and rampant property speculation, while simultaneously, property is increasingly treated as an investment, and not a commodity like cars and produce.

There is an Urban Planning law revision in the works, and it has come to your attention due to the increasing voices within the party to do something concerning this. Homeless individuals are still individuals that can vote, and a dissatisfied population could become a motivated population, a motivated population that will vote against you and your party specifically. The Urban Planning law will pretty much consolidate all regional planning boards into a single government agency, making urban planning uniform nationwide, and said National Urban Planning board will relax urban planning restrictions, allowing the construction of mixed use zones throughout the country as a whole.

Another provision of this Urban Planning law would stipulate that, by law. All housing will lose 100% of it's value in 15 years, this would pretty much incentivize building and make people treat homes not as an asset to be hoarded, but just a regular commodity that can be bought and sold like used cars, and of course, produce. We should also note that the public support for said law is pretty high, hence why this is a priority for you this year.

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 1980)
[X] Occupied with JXRNET commercialization (Will be done in 1978)
[X] Occupied with Renewable R&D Funding (Will be done in 1988)
[X] Occupied with Pacific Free Trade Zone negotiations (Will be done by 1978)
[X] Occupied with Pearl River Delta paperwork and construction (Will be done in 1982)

GIDC Project: The Caucasus Chains
With the signing of the Mutual Defense Treaty, our caucasus members are proposing a series of road and rail networks that can criss-cross the caucasus mountains, perhaps bringing travel times down to a matter of hours in some areas. This project does have a military angle to it, allowing the rapid deployment of Middle Eastern CPS members into Russia, and Vice Versa should the big war happen. But it also serves a purpose of further linking the Caucasus countries of Armenia, Azerbaijan and Georgia into the wider CPS economic network, boosting their economies as a result.

Shall we do it?

The Fukuoka-Busan connector
This is not a GIDC Project, but it could very well would be in terms of scale and scope. A bridge spanning from Fukuoka into the sea, before dropping down into the ocean, ending up in a tunnel reaching Busan, a physical connector between Japan and Korea. And for that matter, Japan and Greater asia. The engineering for this project would be something else, but it is within the realm of possibility.

It would also connect the islands of Tsushima and Iki, which would bring increased economic development into both isles, with also the possibility of making a Rapid Train line from Fukuoka into Busan. A promising project, but who will fund it?

Reevaluate the Iron Triangle
A political concept popularized by the German Elite during the era of the Kaiserreich. It generally states that Big Business Conglomerates, the Bureaucracy, and the Government all have an overriding interest in reinforcing their power structures at the expense of everyone not inside of it. The practice of this concept was refined to a T during the glory days of the Kaiserreich, but was shattered when French tanks broke through the Siegfried line and outflanked the Germans in Alsace-Lorraine.

And we don't wanna end up like the Germans now do we?

This will be a gigantic effort, and will take years, if not decades, you're not even sure if you wanna go forward with this. But should you want it, passing a series of labour reforms, strengthening workers rights, create antitrust legislation (will be a first in Japan), and make Japan more Democratic is a surefire way to prevent the self-reinforcing power structures in the Triangle from going too far.

The Seikan Tunnel Project
This is a pretty straightforward infrastructure project, the Seikan tunnel will effectively connect the islands of Honshu and Hokkaido together, and will ensure a faster travel time from the capital of Tokyo to the northern cities of Hakodate and Sapporo. And while preliminary work has been done with local prefectural-level governments, the timeline for such a project will be completed effectively in the 2020s if left to their own devices, we will fund this project with Central Government money, and hopefully boost the timeline to the 1980s at the earliest. There are also plans to connect this tunnel with the planned Tohoku Shinkansen, effectively creating a Shinkansen line and a tunnel connecting Honshu and Hokkaido in one move.

GIDC Project: Trans Russia-China-Korea Pipeline
This is a GIDC project that is very special and backed by a LOT of commercial interests in Japan, Korea, China and East Russia. The project is straightforward enough, create a series of pipelines that will transfer gas and oil from the Ural oilfields into the ports of Northern China, Northern Korea, and the Russian Far East, and then it could be used for export into Japan proper, or used to power up the domestic economies of Korea, China, or East Russia. All three countries are all in for this project, since the economic benefits are incredibly massive, and the economies of China and Korea, in particular, need a lot of energy to grow and develop. The thing is, should we get our share of the pie as well? While we are busy in the process of diversifying our energy sources, this is not necessarily a project that we can just ignore, considering it involves all three of our closest neighbors.

Fusion Research Fund
A long-term project, and definitely more into science fiction by the short description of it. Creating and harnessing the power of the sun in our own backyard? It is definitely something that will be highly enticing for a lot of individuals throughout Japan, and the sheer energy output from such a power plant could essentially power the entirety of the home isles from just one power plant, but the barriers to creating a strong enough chain reaction is monumental, and we should essentially give up on seeing any foreseeable benefits since the real results will be probably down the line into the 2050s by some estimates. Still, the prospect of effectively limitless, clean, energy, is something that we should definitely consider.

Kyushu, Tohoku, Hokkaido, and Taiwan Shinkansen
Under current plans. The state owned JNR would slowly expand it's service into Kyushu and Tohoku by the mid 1980s, and potentially build a Hokuriku and Hokkaido Shinkansen by the end of the Millenium. It is certianly a workable plan, but there are growing voices in Japan that argues that such a protracted developmental path could lead to 'economic drag', and proposed significantly more funding so that not only the Kyushu, Tohoku, and Hokkaido Shinkansen be opened by the late 80s, but a newly built Taiwan Shinkansen would also be opened as well.

This is quite the ambitious proposal, and would need a lot of compromise in other areas, but the Shinkansen is one area the Japanese populace far and wide generally love, and expanding the network rapidly, even at the cost of short term funds, is worth it politically speaking. Shall we implement this plan Prime Minister?

I am aware that the action points slot is full. That is deliberate, have fun managing this growing crisis! The one thing I can assure you is that this is a multi-parter one.
 
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[X] Plan: A Warning Shot

-[X] A Plane Crash in Tokyo...
The Official Policy
of the Government is that there is to be no restrictions on the Nakajima investigation and that all cooperation and resources shall be provided to them. The Unoffical Policy is that this investigation will be a warning to the various business interests to start weeding out the worse offenders and put their houses in order. Senior government, criminal, corporate and party officials may be offered a 'plea bargain' that if they accept some responsibility they can 'retire' for health and family reasons outside the Home Islands. All of this shall be done with trusted messengers delivering non-written requests.

-[X] A Silicon Island.
We will showcase Taiwan as an example of the New CPS Economy based around Alternative Energy, Electronics and Information. The whole telecommunications system will be upgraded to include JXRNet (Internet) along with Mobile connectivity. We will also allocate credits and tax breaks to Research and Development firms along with upgrades to all infrastructure.

-[X] A Revolutionary Urban Planning Law
We will approved this, but also include sections that new construction include better energy efficiency and safety standards and that construction companies work to reduce waste from construction and promote recycling of materials.

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 1980)
-[X] Occupied with JXRNET commercialization (Will be done in 1978)
-[X] Occupied with Renewable R&D Funding (Will be done in 1988)
-[X] Occupied with Pacific Free Trade Zone negotiations (Will be done by 1978)
-[X] Occupied with Pearl River Delta paperwork and construction (Will be done in 1982)
 
Anyone else voting or planning a different plan?

Glances at @Eliar :cautious:
 
Developed Countries in the Co-Prosperity Sphere New
The Co-Prosperity Sphere is a massive Socio-Cultural-Military-Economic alliance encompassing most of Asia and significant parts of Africa and the Americas. While the alliance represents a general 'capitalist' alternative to the more Syndicalist alliance of the Syndietern. The development level of the countries within the Sphere is much more significant than those throughout the Syndietern. While this is caused by many factors, such as the Syndietern having all of Europe acting as an economic engine to develop their more underdeveloped African and Latin American members, the Pacific Proximity effect, and the sheer size and population of the people living within the Co-Prosperity Sphere, throughout the decades, there have been several economic movements throughout the Alliance. While the vast majority of countries within the alliance are still comparatively poor compared to countries such as France, Britain and Japan. The disparity between these countries are slowly being mended via a concerted effort by the Japanese, and to a lesser extent other, newly developed CPS countries to lift up the economic productivity of this region.

Here are some of the Developed Countries that currently exist within the CPS:

Japan
By far the largest economy and the Economic and Military locus within the Alliance. Japan is an incredibly prosperous country with a massively diversified economy and is home to numerous international companies, the likes of Sony, Mitsubishi, Sumitomo, Mitsui, NEC, Tokyo Electron, Kawasaki, Komatsu, and many, many others. While the population of Japan is sufficient to support a mostly self-sufficient economy with some oil imports to compensate for their lack of energy. Japan has a vested interest in making sure that other countries in the CPS manages to become developed as well, since a populace with increased purchasing power outside of Japan would, naturally, buy more Japanese products, therefore increasing Japan's export profile and boosting their economic productivity. This, and various other factors political and strategic generally make Japan by far the largest investor nation in the CPS, with JICA projects big and small dotting all around the Co-Prosperity Sphere.

Korea
One of the newer developed economies, formally reaching the sufficient development threshold by 1977. Korea is by far one of the newest entries into the club of developed economies. With a wide variety of industries such as Automobiles, Shipbuilding, Finance, and Banking. The Korean economy is a story of unlikely success and sheer perseverance. A Japanese colony throughout the majority of the early 20th century, Korea gained independence in 1937 after circumstances inside and outside Japan forced the Japanese to give the Koreans independence. While the Japanese initially desired to keep Korea as a poor, servile country, the rigors of the 2nd Weltkrieg and later northern Russian campaign would force the Japanese to rely heavily on Korean industry, and the Koreans was provided a big boost as companies like Kia, Samsung, and Hyundai were given licenses and cheap loans by the Japanese and Korean governments to make as much military vehicles and weapons to supply Japanese soldiers in the front throughout the world. This boost in investment would be capitalized by future Korean Prime Ministers, propelling the country to focus itself on being an export-oriented economy.

East Russia
The East Russian economy is an interesting beast, with their main economic engines comprising two major regions. The Amur River region, where the older, now defunct Transamur Republic used to be, and the Volga River basin area, where cities such as Volgograd and Astrakhan are located. Following the northern campaign, where the CPS invaded Savinkovist Russia after numerous threats to Transamur's territorial integrity by Savinkov's Russian government. The East Russian government would embark on a two-pronged program to transform the country and legitimize its rule over the entirety of Eastern Russia. Firstly, by instituting democratic reforms and desavinkovisation. Effectively consigning National Populism in Russia to the history books, and secondly, an intense economic redevelopment program aided by Japanese money to improve the living standards of the average Russian. Economists would later dub it 'The Miracle on the Amur and Volga', and the country would later develop a specialized economy around Aerospace parts, heavy machinery, and timber products. Mainly exporting their products to China, Central Asia, and India through massive overland railways.

Burma
An interesting country with an equally interesting economic history. Burma, instead of being an economy with it's own significant industrial sector, primarily acts as a trade node between China, Siam, and India, and less so as an economic engine in itself. The Burmese government pre and post-Weltkrieg realized their important position in the geopolitical chessboard and constructed numerous roads and railways to facilitate more efficient commerce between the three countries, acting as a country-sized interchange between the three massive economies. This allows Burma to develop an intense service-based economy, focusing on banking and other high-level service jobs such as consulting and translation-based services. While they are growing their industrial base, especially in light industrial machinery, Burma is an interesting case where their geopolitical position allows them to leapfrog from the more traditional economic development model. Allowing them to become rich via other means.

Siam
One of the larger economies in Southeast Asia, Siam is a highly diversified and developed country, with industries such as Automobiles, Traincar manufacturing, Heavy and light industrial machinery, and various other manufacturing sectors being its main growth drivers. The country was one of Japan's earliest allies in the 2nd Weltkrieg, and as such, enjoyed the fruits of victory pretty early on, exporting their products to Japan, and various other countries liberated by their forces. This, coupled with a growing consumer base within the Kingdom, effectively created a virtuous cycle that never really stopped and made Siam one of the most advanced economies by 1977. This allowed for a larger government budget, which allowed them to fund a larger military, a military that, consequently, contributed to Japanese efforts to man up the East Russian border with West Russia as a contingent force, supplementing the massive Japanese, Chinese, and Indian presence there. This decision by Siam is commonly cited by Japanese strategic thinkers as the primary reason why Japan should invest more in the other CPS members' economies.

The Philippines
One of the more interesting economies throughout the CPS, the Philippines is famous because, generally. There are no standout industries at all! Sure there are several companies with a global presence, but in terms of their scale, none of them really match up to Japan, Korea, and even Siam. But what the Philippines does possess however, is a massive network of various medium to small businesses that collaborate with each other, and sometimes negotiate as one when things need to be done. The actions done by subsequent Filipino Presidents during, and after the 2nd Weltkrieg ensured that the Philippines would be the middleman for nearly all business activities in Southeast Asia, companies that want to set up shop and expand their operations into the SE Asian region would generally like to open their regional SE Asian headquarters in Manilla or Davao respectively. The country also has a surprisingly good agricultural sector as well, making the Philippines a net exporter of various small to medium sized goods throughout the CPS.

Australia
The unusual economy in the CPS. Mainly focused on resource extraction of minerals such as iron to fuel the growing Japanese and Asian economies. Australia is a unique case of a developed economy that grew primarily due to resource exports and not much else. While they do have a relatively solid banking sector, said sector is mostly focused in investing into their own domestic operations, and barely has a presence abroad. Nonetheless, with the growth of the economies throughout the Pacific Region, there is plenty demand for Australian raw materials, but it is unknown if Australia could distinguish itself in any other way should outside factors kick in. Australian economists have strongly argued for the government to diversify it's economy, with tourism and education being chief areas where Australia could really distinguish itself.

New Zealand
One of the smaller, more out there economies, but nonetheless highly developed. New Zealand has developed an interesting specialty, focusing in the Agriculture sector and it's banking sector. New Zealand agricultural products have come a long way ever since it got invaded by Japan during the 2nd Weltkrieg, with their milk, wool, and other foodstuffs being seen in many high end restaurants throughout the CPS. The country is also positioning itself as a Tax Haven, where Millionaires could park it's money and know that due to New Zealand's relative position in the world map. It should be mostly a secure place where they can see their assets grow. These two are relatively significant sectors within the New Zealand economy, but, like most developed countries, the country is incredibly developed and has a wide variety of other sectors that makes it a highly developed Free Market economy.

Malaya
An often overlooked Developed economy. Malaya does have a history of being a trading nation. But with it's liberation from German Colonialism during the 2nd Weltkrieg, the country has experienced a period of unprecedented economic growth. Propelling the country to developed status in 1977. This was partly due to a combination of factors, relatively competent and active government regulation, it's strategic positioning in the Strait of Malacca, and having Singapore as an economic engine. Nonetheless, the country has a strong petroleum processing industry, and a lively, if somewhat controversial, Palm Oil and other extractive agricultural industry. The country is currently investing itself in Biotechnology, promoting investment in it's small, but burgeoining pharmaceutical sector and make Malayan medicine, and to a lesser extent, beauty products, the go to brands within the CPS. Due to the country's Muslim majority though, Malaya also has an advantage most other countries within the CPS does not have, easy access to the Middle East markets, it is within the Middle Eastern market that Malayan products really shine, forming a sizeable chunk of it's exports.

Somalia
By far one of the most unexpected growth stories within the CPS, Somalia quickly became a trading economy not to dissimilar to Malaya following the Middle Eastern war, while on one hand, the country didn't suffer as much infrastructural damage as other members of the Cairo pact. Somalia nonetheless has to adapt into a massively changed geopolitical reality, and decided that building regional power blocs to form a sort of 'counterweight' to the Pacific powers is the way to go. And to this extent, it has mostly succeeded. Somalia nowadays is a highly developed Market economy, achieving developed status in 1976, but there are two main sectors that the country shines the most. Sharia banking, and events. Somalia has been focusing itself into becoming THE place for Sharia banking, sending it's best talents to the best universities abroad, bringing them back home, and have them work in the small, but rapidly growing Sharia Banking sector, their skill and relative trustwortiness has made Somalia by far the country with the most developed Sharia banking sector in the world (even beating Malaya!), but the other economic sector that is helping Somalia grow, is Event Management, namely music concerts and football events. Somalia has been slowly gaining the reputation as an unexpected tourism hotspot within the Muslim world, and an assortment of secondary sectors such as Halal fine dining restaurants, halal fashion brands, and other Sharia compliant tourism is making the country distinguish itself in the world. This has propelled economic growth in the country, making it one of the most developed, and richest countries in Africa at the moment.
 
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1977 Results, Turn 29 New
[X] The situation seems to have calmed down for now (You rolled a 20)
This is nothing short of a miracle for Japanese politics. You don't know what circumstances convinced the politicians to comply with what you said, perhaps it is the Tokyo MPD's sheer resources and influence, perhaps it is your strong mandate after a good electoral performance in 1976, perhaps it is the fact that Japanese political culture has shifted so significantly that these corrupt politicians know when the game was up, but nonetheless, the vast majority of them complied, and the investigation continues to roll forward.

[X] The investment into Taiwan's technological infrastructure is starting strong! (You rolled a 17)
Taiwan's infrastructure is being revamped significantly with the passing of the new Taiwan redevelopment law. Railways are being upgraded, roadways are being repaved, and the tax breaks and incentives are slowly but surely convincing enough companies to relocate some of their operations into Taiwan. Sanyo and Toshiba, for example, are announcing the relocation of some of their R&D Division into the island, while Sony is planning to construct an extensive R&D and Production facility near Taipei itself. It is overall a success, and the connection of the island to the JXRNET network is about to

[X] The New Urban Planning law is met with minimal resistance and is rolled out nationwide (You rolled a 14)
The Urban planning law was passed with a comfortable majority, even the Shakai Taishuto was on board with the plan as they see increased housing availability as something of a social good. The committees are being set up, and already we are seeing increased plans for housing all throughout Japan as a result, many developers and renters are applying for permits building ADU's, new Apartment buildings, and multifamily houses as a result of this policy change. And it's rapidly looking like the Urban Planning law is about to start a renaissance in Japanese construction, with many, many new housing units being built as the years go by and the planning committee streamlines and simplifies the urban planning for the entirety of Japan.

Thank you for the wonderful detail. Will there be an update on India and some of the minor members of the CPS?

I'm planning to add lore documents on the Japanese pacific island and Indian ocean territories, and also how their culture has changed following their annexation into Japan proper, but India is definitely on the pipeline.
 
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