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

Eliar

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*Raises finger*


What manner of Crown Companies?

Charities?

NGO's?

Breweries that have the official Imperial nod?

The Emperor's New Groove Pizzza Joint?
 

Jakarta

Cutest Mod
Moderator
*Raises finger*


What manner of Crown Companies?

Charities?

NGO's?

Breweries that have the official Imperial nod?

The Emperor's New Groove Pizzza Joint?
Mostly companies that exclusively serve the Emperor.
 

King Kūruš

Active member
I will probably will only be able to make a proposal tomorrow but I personally believe that continuing the restructuring of the global economy through establishing International institutions like the IMF and the World Bank should part of this year's plans, especially for RP reasons as it goes with the Nippon!Bretton Woods thing I kinda started last year, as well as the rise of Minseito, since it does sound like a thing come up with rather than the SocDems.
 

Eliar

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Well, tea making companies, noodle companies, butcheries, some carpenter firms. Anything that keeps the Royal Household fed, well housed, and living in comfort.
Oh cool!

So a question to the thread in general.

There is a series of products that we know today are deadly but are still serious money makers and even more so in the 50's.

Products such as tobacco, drugs of various denominations, alcohol to name a few.

Then there are things that are pure killers and would probably start proliferating at this time for decades and we would have to deal with the fallout for an even longer time, things such as freon, pretty big ozone killer that, asbestos a miracle insulator but unfortunately a huge cancer risk, bug killers like ddt pure killers but unfortunately essential for the Green Revolution, pesticides and the list goes on.

How do we deal with all those things?
 

Alias

Bean Daddy
Moderator
Not a fan of banning alcohol or tobacco. Drugs? As for the other stuff not really sure what to do at this point to be honest.
 
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Eliar

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Not a fan of banning alcohol or tobacco. Drugs? As for the other stuff not really what to do at this point to be honest.
Tbh banning them would be a fools errant especially now.

Try to take sake from the Japanese or vodka from from the Russians?

We would face an uprising within the year.

What I had in mind was to at least try and put the boot on the tobacco companies neck and FORCE them to come up with an effective filter, instead of going for the cheepass laod everything with nocotine and bribe doctors way things went OTL.

Similar for the rest. Create governmental or even emperor backed committees to study all new proposed products in depth.

Especially crucial for pesticides and chemical fertilizers.

We NEED the Green Revolution to happen and succeed but we can mitigate the sideffects alot if we avoid the pure poisons.
 

christopher_sni

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Plan: Strengthen the Sphere

[X] Criminal Justice Reform
[X] Fund Russia
[X] Containerisation
[X] Occupied by UN negotiations
[X] Occupied by Tanegashima Island Space Site Construction.

Monarch Point Opportunity.

The Emperor has expressed his wishes to create multiple 'Crown Companies', companies that has a Royal Assent to exclusively serve the Imperial Japanese family. It is his wish for the Government to help him in this endeavor. Find suitable companies to have the privilege of having a Royal Seal planted on their front door, and the Emperor would be most pleased.

[X] We would create a Sphere wide postal service that would standardized mail and package rates, weights and deliveries. Private mail and package delivery services would be allowed to remain but out postal service would be expanded to serve everyone rural or urban from the North Pacific to the South Pacific and all the way from India to Midway. The company would be and funded by package fees, sales of stamps (both practical and collectible) along with postcards, posters and so on. People would also be allowed to set up small saving and checking accounts with minimal fees. Any profits would be divided between the Imperial household and the service so to reduce any dependent on the government. This service would promote communication between the peoples of the sphere and a feeling of unity along with commercial benefits.
 

Jakarta

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[X] We would create a Sphere wide postal service that would standardized mail and package rates, weights and deliveries. Private mail and package delivery services would be allowed to remain but out postal service would be expanded to serve everyone rural or urban from the North Pacific to the South Pacific and all the way from India to Midway. The company would be and funded by package fees, sales of stamps (both practical and collectible) along with postcards, posters and so on. People would also be allowed to set up small saving and checking accounts with minimal fees. Any profits would be divided between the Imperial household and the service so to reduce any dependent on the government. This service would promote communication between the peoples of the sphere and a feeling of unity along with commercial benefits.
I mean, it's interesting, but I don't see how this is considered a crown company.
 

christopher_sni

Active member
I based it off the Canadian Crown Corporations. Most of these are either involved in infrastructure, banking, cultural programs or communications. I figured that having the monarchy supporting a company that can reach across the Sphere would promote a feeling of unity. The majority of the firm would be owned by the Imperial Household with the remaining shares divided among the member states. Therefore the Imperial household could have a representative on the board.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Crown_corporations_of_Canada
 

Eliar

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[x] Plan Money Talks

[x] Create the IPB, the International Prosperity Bank.
Anti-Internationale propaganda aside, most of the co-prosperity sphere, are poor undeveloped nations. While Japan is wealthy and much of its businesses are already active in investing in the industries of less-developed nations, perhaps creating a formalized system that allows granting larger loans to nations for their economic development not only in our sphere but also nations outside of it, which could help further expand our influence in the world. We would be able to help the development of the poorer states in the world not just with our capital but also the capital of other CPS members as they too reach the same heights of our nation, making the world richer but also more reliant on a world of an economic system we created. After all, the best way to prevent nations from falling to syndicalism is not by military arms but a chain made of banknotes they will be too enamoured to destroy.


[X] Containerisation
Money is good. Waste is not. The metrics used among Co prosperity sphere nations, many of them relics of the colonial era, are a mess and make trade, hauling, contracts and in general all aspects of commodity trading a tricky affair fraught with peril and graft. Send out feelers to the various Co Prosperity Sphere representatives and ask their opinion in putting forth a common unit of measurement and hauling cargo. Task your Ministry of foreign affairs and Economy with making heads or tails of such a thing.




Expanding seats in the Diet
[x]The recent Constitutional Amendments, were met at first with disbelief and then with joy by many Japanese and other subjects of the Empire. Yet there is danger that said joy will turn to anger and bitterness if it is not followed through with extensive reforms and inclusion of locals and emigres in the political processes of the Empire. Task the Government with conducting a general census of Japan and its extended territories and colonies in preparation of expanding the House of Representatives and the House of Peers. Said expansion will be according to general population, local and economic factors. There must be at least 2 regional representatives regardless of populace for each territory and colony. There must be at least 2 non Japanese peers per territory and colony, said peers being the richest investors and local tycoons as per taxed income.


[x] Japan Tobacco the national tobacco monopoly company took wind of the Imperial Household intent to grant its seal of approval to select companies and is using all means possible to gain such a seal for an exclusive brand. Similar interest was expressed by
Kotobukiya company for the creation of an exclusive and limited production wine brand. The Emperor expressed his interest for such and asked for samples. In private he expressed his concern to Japan Tobacco over exclusive reports over the long term effects of tobacco and asked his brand to be fitted with the best of filters as minimize said unfortunate side effects. He also idly mentioned that it would be well for the company image to take health concerns in to account when developing new blends and filters.
 

Alias

Bean Daddy
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[x] Plan Money Talks
 

Jakarta

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@Ryser, what do you think about the Insulindian situation? Do you have something you want the Japanese Government to do for Indo?
 

Ryser

Active member
I think the Insulindian govt. doing just fine rn, probably not much involvement required from Japanese govt. unless something drastic happened.

[X] Plan: Strengthen the Sphere
 

Jakarta

Cutest Mod
Moderator
So we have 2 votes for Sni's plan, and 2 votes for Eliar's plan. Is there anyone willing to tiebreak?
 

Jakarta

Cutest Mod
Moderator
Alright. I'll start writing and rolling. But in the meantime, here's a teaser of what's going to happen in the 50s.

@King Kūruš. I KNOW that you play this particular mod for HOI4, so you can comment, but please do not spoil it!
 
1953, Turn 5 esults

Jakarta

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Moderator
IPB a smashing hit

The opening of the new International Prosperity Bank office in Tokyo was met with much celebration. Negotiations around the creation of such an office initially met a brick wall as representatives from other CPS nations were unsure about the feasibility of such a proposal in the first place. They are also very fearful of an office, funded by members fees, and has the ability to grant significant loans and grants would unnecessarily influence their domestic politics, but Japanese assurances and the promises of a rotating council for the office’s leadership assuage the fears. The building was built within the same neighborhood to both the Japanese Special Forces Command, and the CPS’s Joint Command Headquarters.

The IPB is already planning to lay the groundwork for data collecting and grant and loan dealings. Trying to calculate the economic data of the various countries within the CPS and hopefully beyond.

Containerisation efforts well underway

Containerisation, such a simple idea. A metal box, 3 meters long, 2 meters wide, and 2 meters tall. Able to fit into almost all models of surplus transport ships Japan made during the various wars, and also able to sell into other CPS countries at pennies by the yen.

No wonder such an innovative yet simple idea hit with such ferocity and success, it didn’t take much convincing for the other countries within the CPS to realize the sheer economic potential of switching from Break Bulk Cargo to the new normal, sure, some ports have to be retrofitted, but, with the IPB more than willing to pay the bill for such an endeavor. Overall, not bad for transforming a logistics system that has been used for millennia.

Diet Seats expanded, but just barely. (you rolled a 9)

The diet has been expanded, that much is certain, the old 467 representatives are slowly but surely giving way to some 510. A definite increase, but nonetheless, it encountered incredibly stiff resistance within the Imperial Japanese Diet in order to pass. Members of both the Minseito and Taishuto were a bit miffed about having their voting powers be reduced, but, both the leaders of the Socialist and Liberal parties persisted through, and it went through both houses eventually. Surveys of the general population of the rest of the Japanese Empire would soon follow, with potential elections happening in 1955 to 1956.

A site was finally chosen for the UN Headquarters

Negotiations between the various CPS and Third Internationale representatives eventually reached a mutual agreement when an unexpected proposal came in. While it is natural for non CPS or Third Internationale nations to chime in on the negotiations, most of their proposals are tended to be sidelined, either the country’s just not important enough, the site’s too remote, or the sight doesn’t fall in line with the interests of either the CPS or Third Internationale.

Turkey’s proposal changed everything. They proposed Istanbul, and not their Capital City of Ankara as the site for the UN, initially their proposal was balked, but closer inspection eventually made Istanbul as a prime candidate. It was situated in the crossroads of Europe and Asia, it is a major city but not necessarily a capital city, and most importantly, the country of Turkey itself is neither a member of the Third Internationale nor the Co-Prosperity Sphere, and with some high intensity diplomacy underway from the Turkish delegation, construction eventually began for a headquarters for a United Nations to be built on the Turkish City. While talks were underway on how to organize such a worldwide establishment.

Rocket launch site construction going as planned (you rolled an 8)

It is still relatively challenging to build the site, what with protests from the local islanders still ongoing and the logistical difficulties of bringing in construction materials from the mainland into the island. Nonetheless, several launchpads were constructed, relatively rudimentary compared to modern standards, but still, a start.

Japanese Engineers are also busy designing and debating on what launch vehicle they should use in order to go to space, while Rockets are a given, what type of rocket is still being debated, whether it should be single stage, double stage, or triple stage rockets. Whether they should use solid or liquid fuels, whether the rocket can be transported or just built in site. The Japanese Space Program is taking its first baby steps, but they are giant ones.

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The Crown Corporations are set up, many people flock to their stores.

From the local wineries to the most prestigious of restaurants and most exclusive suppliers of produce. Various small and medium business owners throughout Japan were contacted by the government for an offer of a lifetime, being the exclusive supplier of the very object they specialize in selling for the Imperial Family. All of them replied with some form of 'we must consult this further', but within 2 weeks' time, all of the companies contacted by the government agreed to become Crown Corporations. Copies of the Chrysanthemum seal were sent into their stores as Japanese people started noticing that their small local businesses apparently became the exclusive supplier of meat, or poultry, or vegetables, or furniture, or any other miscellaneous objects that will keep the Emperor and his family well fed, well maintained, and living in the utmost comfort.

The small businesses that got the Imperial Seal also saw massively increased traffic within their stores, giving both the Imperial Family and their suppliers a sense of 'win-win'.
 
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World Events, 1953

Jakarta

Cutest Mod
Moderator
1 January: Hank Williams, a famous American Country music singer, nearly dies at a car crash on his way to Canton, Ohio.

6 January: The Singapore Declaration, both Insulindia and the Malayan Federation declared the creation of an organisation of Southeast Asian Nations, or ASEAN for short. It’s main purpose would be to promote economic cooperation and peace within the South East Asian region, headquarters are built within the Insulindian capital of Jakarta.

9 January: Marguerite Pitre, an accomplice within the Guay affair, became the last woman to ever be hanged in Canada.

20 January: The MIG-17 officially becomes the mainline fighter jet for Eastern Russia.

25 January: The Rhenish Commune has officially completed the work of agglomerating various syndicate companies within the Ruhr, the old structures of the Junkers were replaced by worker owned steel mills, car factories, and coal mines.

31 January: The North Sea Flood hits the Batavian commune and the Union of Britain, killing 1,836 people in the Netherlands and 307 in the United Kingdom.

2 February: Naziq al Abid, President of the Republic of Syria, announces that Free Elections for all seats of both the National Assembly and the Senate would be happening in the year 1960, she promises that she will do ‘everything in her power to ensure that the voice of the people would be heard.’

5 February: Konrad Adenauer, Daniel Guerin and Clement Attlee announced that they would create a joint ‘European Economic Community’ for France, Britain, and the various communes of Germany. The leaders of Italy, Wallonia, Switzerland and Batavia expressed interest in such an endeavor as well.

10 February: The Headquarters for the East Asian Coal and Steel community was finally built in Osaka.

13 February: Christine Jorgensen, the first ever Trans Woman, returns to New York after a successful sexual reassignment surgery in Denmark.

16 February: The All-India Academy of Sciences is established in the city of Mumbai.

25 February: Jacques Tati’s film, Les Vacances de Monsieur Mulot is released in France.

28 February: James Watson and Francis Crick of the University of Cambridge announces their discovery of the structure of the DNA Molecule.

1 March: All construction within the Japanese Pacific Territories is finished, roads were built, train lines across the cities in Papua New Guinea, the Solomon Islands, and Fiji were finished, and the economic impact was immediate. Commodity prices are dropping due to the easier transport times and with the oncoming elections, the locals are seemingly content with the current arrangement.

15 March: Operation Ice Cage, a heavily modified Japanese Artillery Piece successfully fires it’s first live Nuclear Artillery Shell on the frozen tundras of Siberia. This also marks the second time Japan tests live nuclear weapons, the first one being their test of the country’s first Atom Bomb.

18 March: The Yenice-Gönen earthquake hits Western Turkey, causing at least 1,070 deaths and $3.57 Million in damages.

26 March: Jonas Salk, a scientist living in Hawaii, announces the first Polio Vaccine.

29 March: A fire at a nursing home in Largo, Florida kills 33 people, including singer and songwriter Arthur Fields.

10 April: The Melbourne Knights FC was founded.

15 April: Negotiations between the American Union State and Puerto Rico breaks down, as the AUS government accuses Puerto Rico for stalling the negotiations, while the Puerto Ricans accuse the Americans of pushing in unreasonable terms.

16 April: Huey Long announces that ‘within this decade, the Union State would retake Puerto Rico in full.’

17 April: Tetsu Katayama delivers his ‘Chance for Peace’ speech, he visibly announces the dangers of ideological conflict, nuclear weapons and militarism, and calls for peace and understanding within both the leadership of the CPS and the Third Internationale.

25 April: Francis Crick and James Watson publish the Molecular Structure of Nucleic Acids: A Structure for Deoxyribose nucleic Acid. The first ever paper describing the double helix structure of the DNA.

5 May: Aldous Huxley tries the hallucinogen mescaline, inspiring him to write the book The Doors of Perception.

9 May: Australian Senate Elections, immigration fears propels Robert Menzies’ Liberal party into power within the Australian Senate, potentially ending up in a ‘lame duck’ session for Ben Chifley’s labour government.

10 May: The people of Chemnitz, Prussia, voted against renaming their city to be Karl Marx Stadt.

11 May: Waco Tornado Outbreak, an F5 tornado hits Waco. Killing 114.

16 May: The Organisation of Flight Standards, or OFS, was founded by various CPS and non CPS nations. They would start establishing communication standards and protocols for civil aviation.

18 May: Mei Yamahito became the first woman to break the sound barrier in her J7W2 Shinden.

29 May: Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay became the first men to reach the summit of Mt Qomolangma.

June 7-9: Flint-Worcester Tornado Outbreak, a storm system spawns 46 tornados of various sizes throughout America, killing 246 people.

13 June: Imre Nagy became the leader of the Hungarian Commune.

17 June: The Vladivostok Automobile Factory, or VAZ, was formally created. A result of many businessmen banding together to create the first Russian Automobile Company, it initially produces licensed Toyotas for the Russian Market.

18 June: Tachikawa Air Disaster, An IJAF Transport Plane crashes after takeoff on the Tachikawa Airfield near Tokyo, killing all passengers onboard. The first air crash with a death toll exceeding 100 people and the deadliest air crash of the time.

19 June: The Baton Rouge bus boycott has begun.

30 June: The first roll on-roll off ferry crossing took place in the cities of Fukuoka and Busan.

3 July: Hermann Buhl, an Australian climber, made the climb to Nanga Parbat alone.

5 July: The first assembly of the East Asian Coal and Steel Community took place in Osaka, Japan.

9 July: The Union State Treasury is renamed as the Bureau of Internal Revenue.

10 July: Under current immigration and refugee laws, several thousand European Refugees are eligible to become a citizen of Japan, most, if not all European immigrants took the jump.

23 July: Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, starring Marilyn Monroe and Jane Russell, is released by 20th Century Fox.

26 July: Reports from Japanese spies indicate that French military officials are planning to build a dedicated, supersonic, multirole aircraft, able to bomb, dogfight, and support infantry if needed. They name this project as the ‘Mirage.’

8 August: Clement Attlee announces that the Union of Britain has a Hydrogen Bomb.

12 August: A 7.2 magnitude earthquake hits the Ionian islands, considered Greece’s worst natural disaster in Centuries.

13 August: The first footage of the British test of the Hydrogen bomb were released, the bomb was detonated in northern Canada.

18 August: The second iteration of the Kinsey Reports, Sexual Behaviour in the Human Female was published in all languages of the CPS. It predictably caused a stir in Japanese society yet again.

30 August: A simple electrical fire in a house within the outskirts of Tokyo ended in disaster, due to lack of a sprinkler system inside the house and the firefighters arriving too late. The fire consumed the Japanese suburbs, killing some 300 people and even reached parts of Tokyo proper. millions of dollars in damages and countless old, wooden Japanese buildings were lost.

4 September: The first paper discussing REM sleep was published within the academic journals of Waseda University.

5 September: Lawrence Hilton Jacobs was born.

26 September: Cane Sugar Rationing was ended in the UoB.

28 September: Although sporadic efforts of relief were underway by the Japanese Government, the Prime Minister has formally issued an order for the army to intervene, building camps and setting up various temporary housing for the thousands of Japanese displaced in the fires.

1 October: In a radical suggestion, Egyptian King Farouk 1 publicly proposes that the Japanese split the revenue of the Canal Zone by 50/50. This would enable Egypt to handle the influx of refugees better and it would lead to decreasing tensions between the locals and the European immigrants.

5 October: The first meeting of Narcotics Anonymous was held in Tokyo, Japan.

9 October: The West Indies Federation, already facing severe pressure, formally joins the Third Internationale. It is also technically the last surviving Entente nation that has not capitulated. The joining of the West Indies Federation formally marks the end of the Entente Cordiale.

23 October: Alto Broadcasting System begins airing in the Philippines. Making it the first television broadcast in Southeast Asia. It would later be known as ABS-CBN.

30 October: Tetsu Katayama reluctantly agrees, in accordance with his military advisers, to expand the Japanese Nuclear Arsenal even further, in order to counter the Syndicalist Threat.

5 November: David Ben Gurion was elected as a member of the Syrian National Assembly.

7 November: Japanese spies have heard that British Military Officials are planning to build an Aircraft that can take off and land vertically, the official code name of the plane is Kestrel.

20 November: The Nakajima X-2, piloted by Japanese ace Hiroshi Nishizawa, becomes the first plane to reach Mach 2.

25 November: England loses to Hungary by 6-3, at Wembley Stadium. Known as the Match of the Century, English supporters took to the streets to riot and destroy nearby property.

1 December: Hugh Hefner publishes the first issue of Playboy Magazine. At $.50 each, it sells by the tens of thousands.

6 December: Conductor Arturo Toscanini performs Eroica for the first time, the live performance was broadcasted all across the Internationale by radio, and later released for records and CD’s.

17 December: Japanese regulators approve the first sale of colour television for the first time.

30 December: Ramon Magsaysay was inaugurated as the 2nd President of the Philippines.
 
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1954, Turn 6

Jakarta

Cutest Mod
Moderator
Well, this will certainly be an eventful year. Nuclear tests, fires, Egypt's proposal, chaos within the capital itself, nothing that will overthrow the Empire. But somethings that must be addressed nonetheless.

How will you address it?

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[X] Occupied by UN negotiations
[X] Occupied by Tanegashima Island Space Site Construction.

Monarch Points: 6

IMMEDIATE CONCERNS THAT MUST BE DEALT WITH, TAKING ACTIONS ON IMMEDIATE CONCERNS WILL NOT COST AN ACTION POINT.

The Great Tokyo Fire of 1953

Although most of the major Japanese cities have modern buildings cropped up, with only some buildings made out of traditional wood and paper. The same situation is not necessarily true for the suburbs or the local villages scattered throughout the country. One such suburb, a city called Saitama, became the site of a fire so deadly and ferocious, it nearly burned the whole city down and even reached the outskirts of Tokyo proper. Killing hundreds and leaving thousands of Japanese people without a home, nor a job, due to their workplace and their homes literally burning to ash.

What must the government do? Of course camps are being constructed and aid is being poured in from all over Japan, but it is imperative that we must do something to prevent such a disaster from happening yet again.

[ ] Write In

Canal Zone Blues

During the peace treaty between the Co-Prosperity sphere and the Cairo Pact, one of the major stipulations state that Japan would retain control of the Suez Canal zone 'In Perpetuity', while the Egyptians may grumble, it is a fact that, at the end of the day, the Cairo Pact lost and Japanese willingness to invest into the Middle East softened the blow a little bit.

Now, with the influx of European refugees into the country, Egyptian leaders are rightfully eyeing the profits from the Suez Canal, and urges officials in Japan to share some of the profits within the Canal Zone. Egypt is not a rich country, and this refugee crisis is burdening their already poor social services even more. The country needs money and it needs it badly.

[ ] Write In

The Mirage and The Kestrel

Blueprints obtained by PSIA agents embedded in the French Commune and Union of Britain indicates that both the French and British are very dedicated in building these new sets of experimental aircraft. One that can take off vertically, and one that can easily go supersonic and do a series of missions that require our own air force commit 3 separate aircraft to do so. If the reports are to be believed that is.

The staff at the IJAF are practically screaming for the government to divert more funding towards developing a similar aircraft. Simplifying our supply lines for spare parts, integrating various weapon systems into one aircraft, and also having a type of aircraft that can do missions on highways or with no roads at all would be advantageous should that mythical 'Weltkrieg 3' comes around. Engineers in several Japanese aviation companies are doing prototype testing and studying such a concept, perhaps a boost from the government could help them in such an endeavor.

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Suggestion Box

Domestic

Criminal Justice Reform
Ever wondered how Japan got its 99%+ conviction rate? Well, imagine being held in prison for some 23 days, and being interrogated ten hours each day, and only permitted to see your lawyer for 30 minutes in total during those 23 days. This is the current system of criminal justice in Japan, perhaps we need to change this.

Shinkansen.
Shinji Sogo, formerly director of the South Manchurian Railway Company, has presented a revolutionary plan towards the Imperial Diet, a train that can go up towards 210-220 Km/h, perhaps a closer look will reveal his logic behind such an insane proposal.

Native Rights
There are the Ainu in the north and the Native Taiwanese in the south, Japan might be a Homogenous country but it isn’t a fully homogeneous one, and both Native Taiwanese and Ainu have voiced their concerns about being discriminated against in workplace hiring, property purchases, and a myriad of other activities a typical Japanese would consider normal.

Land Reclamation
One of the main concerns for anyone living in Japan is living space, and living space has always been in short supply for such a mountainous country. A solution has been presented though, in the form of land reclamation, perhaps looking into this might provide a sustainable, long term solution towards this most Japanese of problems.

Fate of the Tokko, and matters of the secret police.
20 years ago, If you would tell an average Japanese person that the Tokko, or the Kempeitai, or any other secret police agencies would be in danger due to governmental regulations and defunding, they would laugh at you. The various secret police agencies that Japan employs seemed to be an almost constant fixture in Japanese political life, but, that all changed with news outbreaks of the Tokko's excesses, and the various attempts by the Socialist government in the 40s to de-power and defund the Tokko, Kempeitai, and Tokkeitai. Now at their last legs, and barely having the ability to investigate much of anything. The three secret police agencies are at their last legs. Must we put them out of their misery? Both the Kempeitai and Tokkeitai would be reformed into regular MP units, while what remains of the Tokko would most likely be scrapped and cannibalized by the regular police agency if we do such a thing.

Foreign
Accept more Immigrants
It seems that our program to bring in immigrants from the nearly overwhelmed countries in the Middle East and Russia are seemingly paying off. The European Immigrants are surprisingly finding themselves well settled in the country, and some of them are even venturing out of the island, at this rate, expanding the citizenship requirements for these people might become a real possibility. Then again, accepting more immigrants would make the Middle East and Russia more grateful as a result, and it would be in our best interest to keep these countries from being overwhelmed by refugees.

Fund Russia
The last year has seen Russia become the target of two military actions, one was an incursion from Socialist Russia into their airspace near Volgograd, and another was yet another confrontation with the Western Russians near the city of Samara. Understandably, the government of Boris Shumyatsky is incredibly angry and has every desire to not repeat such incidents, they have asked for our help in funding several of their military development projects, with some Assault Rifles, Tanks, Airplanes, and even Warships potentially being developed much faster should we fund them. Regardless of our position, the Russian government is practically set on diverting more funds towards their military, and it will impact their relatively small economy unless we intervene.

The West Indies
With both news coming in from Puerto Rico and the West Indies Federation. It seems that both the Americans and the Internationale are doing moves within the Caribbean in order to expand their influence, while we would be infiltrating on their home turf. There are countries, such as Cuba, Haiti and Puerto Rico itself, that would, if not necessarily welcome, then not mind having a third player enter in the field to curry favour with them. Should we expand the CPS' presence into the West Indies? Or should we remain home and focus on more domestic endeavours?

PSIA Operations
The Public Security Intelligence Agency, or PSIA for short, is Japan's premier intelligence agency, focusing on both domestic and foreign affairs. Most of the PSIA's activity is focused on intelligence gathering and sending in the occasional blueprint or pictures back to Tokyo for further inspection. Their budget, compared to the military or other services, is comparatively small, but they do show some good work, the blueprints of the Mirage and Kestrel being recent examples of their handiwork. Now, PSIA bigwigs are begging the diet for more money, it would help them expand their operations, build more field offices, recruit more agents, gather more kompromat if needed.
 
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Rufus Shinra

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Technical advisor time, on OTL fighter jets. The Mirage series, while highly successful, was so because it offered a very cost-efficient machine for the medium fighter market that was not aligned with either of the two blocks - France was part of NATO for the entire OTL Cold War, but remained France, and vocally so, to the annoyance And amusement of both superpowers. What it wasn't, however, was a top of the line dedicated machine like the US and the Soviet Union built, and it needed luck, proper management and good pilots - from various user countries - to shine as it did OTL.

Until the end of OTL Cold War, however, size mattered for a lot of performance-related issues, such as the radars to guide SARH missiles that were the mainstay for everyone until the Eighties, raw power jamming, engines, etc.

One of the critical elements was the combat radius, and for the CPS, this will be a major issue, considering the Pacific and Siberia. Or the notion of intercontinental bombing, the US having designed OTL planes to escort their bombers for as far as possible, which make for vastly different requirements than, say, defending West Germany and France from the USSR or Israel from its neighbours. Argentina paid the price for it when it used Mirage III against the Royal Navy at the extreme limit of their combat radius, making them unable to fight at max potential, therefore allowing inferior performance Harrier to get the upper hand.

The two powers used the high end // low end couple for decades for a reason (Mirage 2000 was a F-16 and the cancelled Mirage 4000 would have been a parallel to the F-15, but historically, the Mirage series never went into high end, sticking itself to being some of the best low end planes on the market). Think of it as with tanks: the MBT came after a long time of the light/medium/heavy tank paradigm, because you needed a specific combination of engine, material science and weapon advances to make it real - powerful compact engines, composite materials and HEAT/APFSDS shells.

The Duck on the High Castle​
 

Durabys

A Cheshire Exile
Technical advisor time, on OTL fighter jets. The Mirage series, while highly successful, was so because it offered a very cost-efficient machine for the medium fighter market that was not aligned with either of the two blocks - France was part of NATO for the entire OTL Cold War, but remained France, and vocally so, to the annoyance And amusement of both superpowers. What it wasn't, however, was a top of the line dedicated machine like the US and the Soviet Union built, and it needed luck, proper management and good pilots - from various user countries - to shine as it did OTL.

Until the end of OTL Cold War, however, size mattered for a lot of performance-related issues, such as the radars to guide SARH missiles that were the mainstay for everyone until the Eighties, raw power jamming, engines, etc.

One of the critical elements was the combat radius, and for the CPS, this will be a major issue, considering the Pacific and Siberia. Or the notion of intercontinental bombing, the US having designed OTL planes to escort their bombers for as far as possible, which make for vastly different requirements than, say, defending West Germany and France from the USSR or Israel from its neighbours. Argentina paid the price for it when it used Mirage III against the Royal Navy at the extreme limit of their combat radius, making them unable to fight at max potential, therefore allowing inferior performance Harrier to get the upper hand.

The two powers used the high end // low end couple for decades for a reason (Mirage 2000 was a F-16 and the cancelled Mirage 4000 would have been a parallel to the F-15, but historically, the Mirage series never went into high end, sticking itself to being some of the best low end planes on the market). Think of it as with tanks: the MBT came after a long time of the light/medium/heavy tank paradigm, because you needed a specific combination of engine, material science and weapon advances to make it real - powerful compact engines, composite materials and HEAT/APFSDS shells.

The Duck on the High Castle​
Well. In ITL Cold War, wouldn't the Mirage be done in the same vein as OTL US's 1950s Century Series Projects?
 

Rufus Shinra

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Well. In ITL Cold War, wouldn't the Mirage be done in the same vein as OTL US's 1950s Century Series Projects?
One could envision something more of the size of the Mirage IV as the high-end counterpart to the Mirage III. Keep in mind as well that the OTL Mirage IV was mass-produced as an economic alternative as Dassault intended to make the real bomber roughly twice bigger than what ended up being produced, which should give an idea of the size of the supersonic bomber of the Internationale.
 
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