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

Jakarta

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Any other votes? I'm not really confident making a decision based on 2 votes.
 

King Kūruš

Active member
@Jakarta, lol sorry, but I generally have some criticisms towards the two proposals here, so I want to make new one with the best parts of either, with the edition of the shinkansen.

[X] Plan Best of both worlds.

[X] Review of the Zaibatsu: In order to prevent a repeat of the Yasuda Crisis, all publically traded companies will open all financial records to an annual review by a third-party accounting firm. Those companies with fraudulent or incomplete records shall be given one year grace to correct the errors. Those firms that refuse to submit such records or fail to correct errors shall not be eligible for government contracts or funds, criminal prosecution and/or fines.

[x] Basic social safety net: The ongoing crisis has highlighted the shocking lack of support, alternatives and stigma for people that for one reason or another lost their jobs or other sources of income. Task the government with producing a comprehensive and unified national plan in regards to retirement, unemployment benefits and ways for the most unfortunate of Imperial subjects may have access to enough income to cover their basic needs. Funds may be secured from employer and employee contributions, the national budget and things like lottery ticket sales.

[x] The 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. Such a project is unheard of, many experts thinking that flight will be the future of the travel while the likeliness of trains staying relevant for any longer will be very low, however, on the other hand, the prospect of a vast network of high-speed railways going through the islands of Japan, the Korean Peninsula, the lands of China, and the plains of India and beyond, transporting people and goods cheaply en mass, does seem like a wonderous idea both economically and militarily wise. A high-speed rail on the islands of Japan, linking the economic centres of Tokyo and Osaka, must be tried. After all, it's not like

[X] Alternative Power: While the Sphere currently produces enough petroleum for its needs the rising industrialization of the sphere along with military and civilian demands will soon exceed supplies. Therefore, the government along with partners in the Sphere we shall conduct a survey for locations for wind, solar, geothermal, hydroelectric, nuclear and tidal power generation potential. We shall then begin construction of new power plants to meet the growing needs of the sphere along with researching more efficient power generation, distribution and storage methods.

I kind of agree with @Eliar, in that UBI might be too early, too radical for the times, but I absolutely do not want to see Purge Time Is Best Time and the creation of a force directly led by the Emperor happen. Give the power to the emperor as much as you want, but creating a Praetorian Guard has never been a wise choice for any ruler.
 

Eliar

Well-known member
@Jakarta, lol sorry, but I generally have some criticisms towards the two proposals here, so I want to make new one with the best parts of either, with the edition of the shinkansen.

[X] Plan Best of both worlds.

[X] Review of the Zaibatsu: In order to prevent a repeat of the Yasuda Crisis, all publically traded companies will open all financial records to an annual review by a third-party accounting firm. Those companies with fraudulent or incomplete records shall be given one year grace to correct the errors. Those firms that refuse to submit such records or fail to correct errors shall not be eligible for government contracts or funds, criminal prosecution and/or fines.

[x] Basic social safety net: The ongoing crisis has highlighted the shocking lack of support, alternatives and stigma for people that for one reason or another lost their jobs or other sources of income. Task the government with producing a comprehensive and unified national plan in regards to retirement, unemployment benefits and ways for the most unfortunate of Imperial subjects may have access to enough income to cover their basic needs. Funds may be secured from employer and employee contributions, the national budget and things like lottery ticket sales.

[x] The 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. Such a project is unheard of, many experts thinking that flight will be the future of the travel while the likeliness of trains staying relevant for any longer will be very low, however, on the other hand, the prospect of a vast network of high-speed railways going through the islands of Japan, the Korean Peninsula, the lands of China, and the plains of India and beyond, transporting people and goods cheaply en mass, does seem like a wonderous idea both economically and militarily wise. A high-speed rail on the islands of Japan, linking the economic centres of Tokyo and Osaka, must be tried. After all, it's not like

[X] Alternative Power: While the Sphere currently produces enough petroleum for its needs the rising industrialization of the sphere along with military and civilian demands will soon exceed supplies. Therefore, the government along with partners in the Sphere we shall conduct a survey for locations for wind, solar, geothermal, hydroelectric, nuclear and tidal power generation potential. We shall then begin construction of new power plants to meet the growing needs of the sphere along with researching more efficient power generation, distribution and storage methods.

I kind of agree with @Eliar, in that UBI might be too early, too radical for the times, but I absolutely do not want to see Purge Time Is Best Time and the creation of a force directly led by the Emperor happen. Give the power to the emperor as much as you want, but creating a Praetorian Guard has never been a wise choice for any ruler.
Then propose a solution for the attempted coup ?
 

Jakarta

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Alright, so I'm going to write on Monday. Pacific Standard Time, so do make your votes count in the meantime.
 

King Kūruš

Active member
Then propose a solution for the attempted coup ?
Ah, I just noticed I forgot to add @christopher_sni ideas for a solution towards the attempted coup.



“I have already gotten the director of the PSIA to look out for these people, monitor their activities, but we need to capture all of them in one go, and I need your government’s support in this. Are you willing to do so?”

[X] This government shall support His Majesty, however, the investigation must be done properly like any other investigation. Hard evidence like paper records must be gathered and surveillance warrants obtained from the court. We cannot rely simply on witnesses or rumors. These restrictions will reinforce our image to the people that we are interested in justice and not petty retribution.
 

Eliar

Well-known member
[X] Plan Best of both worlds.

I will not insist since the turn has already taken long enough but I will note counter coup actions must be swift and decisive. Treating it like just your run o the mill investigation is dangerous.
 

Alias

Bean Daddy
Moderator
[X] Plan Best of both worlds.
 
1956, Turn 8 results

Jakarta

Cutest Mod
Moderator
A social safety net established (13)

A series of laws was passed very rapidly, specifically designed to ensure the best possible welfare for the Japanese people during these very troubling times. Unemployment benefits, food stamps, even soup kitchens in underserved areas throughout the Empire are being set up. This is only a stopgap solution though, for the real hurdle is to ensure that confidence in the market is restored, and progress has been slow in that front.

Zaibatsu reviews receiving significant hurdles (6)

Speaking of confidence. The law the government tries to pass for the Zaibatsu has received, predictably, significant backlash among the executives, and even from the regular Japanese workers who worked in these companies. The executives are angry that their power is being predictably reduced, with calls for a ‘free market’ and ‘trusting the invisible hand’ being thrown around, while the regular Japanese workers fear that their wages and even job stability might be cut off if it’s revealed that their company redundantly hires too much people for some reason. It passed eventually, but this will most likely hurt the Minseito’s reelection chances.

Various prototypes boosted by state funding (10)

There have been reports of various supersonic jet prototypes being built by the various aircraft companies, from Mitsubishi to Nakajima to Aichi. But it seems that with government funding, the pretty slow progress on the Supersonic jets are being increased. With Mitsubishi and Nakajima announcing that they would unveil their prototype fighter to the public come 1958, with Aichi announcing a public reveal the next year.

It is a very interesting time if you’re in the Japanese aviation industry. The sector is thriving and shows no visible sign of slowing down. Despite the economic headwinds.

A temporary royal guard task force was created (16)

‘The task force for the preservation of Japan’ was created, very secretly, by the Royal Assent of the Emperor with the Prime Minister and Director of the PSIA acting as ‘board members’ for this group. PSIA agents who are smart enough to decipher rather mundane but well hidden clues are being brought in and sworn into secrecy should they accept their task. While their jobs are relatively simple for now. With the monitoring of the various agents, but should they act. The Japanese government now has power to prevent their plans to become a reality.

Or at least, make it significantly harder for them to succeed.
 
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World Events, 1956

Jakarta

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1 January: A stampede during a New Year’s event ends with 124 dead and 77 injured near Yahiko Shrine, Japan.

3 January: A fire damages the top floors of the Eiffel Tower, Paris.

8 January: Evangelical American priests were killed for trespassing by the Huorani people of Ecuador. After making contact with them.

16 January: King Farouk of Egypt formally orders the military to intervene in the refugee crisis, by building emergency temporary housing especially in cities like Alexandria, where a significant amount of European refugees reside.

20 January: Mitsubishi Aviation formally creates plans for an ‘experimental’ interceptor fighter, in collaboration with the Imperial Japanese Air Force.

11 February: As a result of the Yasuda Crisis, Japanese investment abroad starts plummeting, forcing the sovereign governments of many nations to enact stimulus packages on their own, stretching the budgets of the CPS even further.

18 February: After 5 years of ruling the French Commune, Daniel Guérin is about to face election. He is fighting against a rather powerful Syndicalist campaign led by a relatively new figure, a woman by the name of Simone de Beauvoir.

20 February: Japan now has formally achieved ‘independence’ on their imports of Steel. Despite the economic downturn, early investments made during the early 1950s have been paying dividends for the country. In Korea, the Dangjin and Suncheon Steel Mills are producing tons upon tons of Steel daily, exporting it to both their growing Domestic market and to Japan, while in China, a similar situation is happening within the facilities within the Anshan region.

22 February: Elvis Presley breaks American music charts with his hit single, Heartbreak Hotel.

28 February: Elections for the Socialist Republic of Russia, or West Russia, will begin in the year of 1958. With several promising candidates being fielded.

1 March: Some of the first Japanese SEAL recruits have passed training. Formally becoming active units within the Special Forces command, they now await further orders.

3 March: The first proposal for an international radiotelephony alphabet was devised and formally presented as a draft for the OFS.

10 March: The American F-102 Delta Dagger breaks the world speed record. Reaching 1.822 Km/h, becoming the first aircraft to reach a speed of an excess of 1.600 Km’s in level flight.

12 March: 96 American Congressmen signed the Southern Manifesto, in an act of protest against the Civil Rights Act of 1955.

13 March: Elvis Presley releases his first album in the Union State.

1 April: The Nakajima SA-1 formally enters service within the Imperial Japanese Airforce. It became the branch’s first high altitude reconnaissance aircraft.

3 April: After a massively close election. Daniel Guérin still manages to become a leader within the Commune of France, with him assuming control as Chairman of France. Simone de Beauvoir however, vows to fight in the next election cycle regardless.

15 April: British Elections, after 5 years of being in power. Clement Attlee sweeps through victory with not much opposition, unlike in France, there isn’t any powerful opposition figure currently in the UOB.

16 April: The Videotape was first demonstrated in the city of Nagoya. To a bunch of governmental regulators and business representatives. It is the first demonstration of a successful and practically viable video taping system.

27 April: Rocky Marciano, heavyweight boxing champion, retires without ever losing a boxing match.

8 May: The first series of laws regulating the influence of Zaibatsus were first proposed, garnering significant pushback from all major and minor Zaibatsus.

13 May: Another series of laws, this time creating a basic safety net was also proposed. Unlike the ones with Zaibatsus, resistance to such laws weren’t so powerful, and most of the proposals were passed into law by the end of May.

22 May: The NBC Peacock logo debuts in the Union State.

25 May: The Iberian Federation and the Kingdom of India formally establishes diplomatic relations.

1 June: Japan begins experimenting with ICBM’s. With the first ever ballistic missile. Named ‘The Flying Fish’, beginning experiments on the 1st of June.

3 June: After years of Negotiations, Insulindia and the Philippines would buy surplus Japanese Destroyers and Cruisers, commissioning them into their own navies. Ex-Fubuki and Shimakaze Class Destroyers are being sold at a good price to both countries.

9 June: The flag for the Imperial Japanese Army is formally dedicated.

21 June: Playwright Arthur Miller appears before the HUAC in Washington DC.

29 June: Marilyn Monroe married Arthur Miller in New York City.

30 June: The Grand Canyon Collision, two airlines collided mid flight, killing all passengers aboard both airlines. The incident forces a systematic and thorough review of good aviation practices in America.

2 July: An experiment involving scrap Thorium within a Kawasaki Nuclear Industries facility in Fukuoka resulted in an explosion, the role of radiation poisoning was downplayed.

4 July: The Nakajima SA-1 begins it’s first reconnaissance flight on Western Russia.

9 July: A 7.7 Magnitude Earthquake hits the Cyclades island group in the Aegean, 53 people were killed.

10 July: The Death Penalty was formally abolished in the Union of Britain.

13 July: Akira Nakashima (NEC), Eiichi Goto (Tokyo University), Joh Kenzo (Osaka Technical College), and Ishii Osamu (Electrotechnical Laboratory) assemble the first coordinated research meeting on the topic of Artificial Intelligence, at Kyushu University, Japan.

25 July: The SS Andrea Doria sinks after colliding with the SS Stockholm off the coast of the Kattegat.

30 July: In God we trust was formally adopted as the American national motto.

5 August: DuMont Television Network airs its final broadcast after going bankrupt last year. An episode from it’s sports series Boxing from St. Nicholas Arena.

7 August: A huge explosion in Cali, Colombia. Caused by seven trucks carrying dynamite. It killed roughly 1300 people and injured 7000 more.

9 August: An exhibition of This is Tomorrow opens in London.

17 August: The Hard Disk Drive was invented by NEC.

9 September: Elvis Presley appears on the Ed Sullivan Show for the first time.

16 September: Television Broadcasting in Australia commences

27 September: The Kawasaki P-56 becomes the first manned aircraft to reach Mach 3.

1 October: Japanese Elections, Shigeru Yoshida's Minseito party obtains a 56% majority in seats within the House of Commons. Ousting Tetsu Katayama's Taishuto party to the wilderness, with only 34% of the vote. The Kakushinto and Seiyukai gained 5% respectively.

5 October: Cecil B DeMille’s Ten Commandments airs in America, immediately becoming an instant hit and a major success worldwide.

8 October: After years of debate, it is agreed that the Japanese rocket program would utilize a three stage rocket system. One for liftoff, the other for continuing thrust, and the final stage being separation of the spacecraft from the rocket.

14 October: Indira Kala Sangeet University was inaugurated by Indira Gandhi.

15 October: The Avro Lancaster bomber was formally retired from British Service.

17 October: Europe’s first commercial nuclear power plant was opened in Calder Hall, England.

31 October: An expeditionary group done by the Imperial Japanese Navy reaches the South Pole (by air), and begins constructing a permanent research base in the South Pole.

1 November: The States’ Reorganisation Act of India was passed by the Council of Princes, formally creating the states of Kerala, Karnataka, and Andhra Pradesh.

3 November: After stumbling in production due to the Civil War, the Wizard of Oz formally airs in the Union State.

5 November: 1956 US Presidential Election, Huey Long wins a decisive majority against challenger William Dudley Pelley.

12 November: Morocco, Sudan and Somalia formally joins the United Nations.

13 November: Browder v Gale. After pressure from the Union State government, the Supreme Court rules that segregated buses are unconstitutional, ending the Montgomery bus boycott and inflaming racial tensions in America even further.

15 November: The Middle East Technical University was founded in Damascus, Syria.

30 November: Floyd Patterson wins the world heavyweight boxing championship, a position that is vacant after the retirement of Rocky Marciano.

1 December: Representatives from the Imperial Japanese Army, Navy and Air Force meets in Tokyo to discuss the future of Japan’s military strategy, the resulting document would then be sent into the government next year.

5 December: Rose Heilbron becomes Britain’s first female judge.

18 December: The Great Escape, the first ever game show, with prizes that included packaged vacation deals, airs on NHK.

31 December: Bob Barker makes his first debut as a host for the game show Truth or Consequences.
 
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1957, Turn 9

Jakarta

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It appears that fortune favours the bold. Most reputable economists and academicians are predicting that this year will be the year where the Japanese economy starts to turn around from the ashes of the Yasuda crisis. We have many opportunities that await us next year. But for now, we have to settle to doing limited actions for this year due to the still lingering effects of the economic crisis. Will we make things even better this time around? Only time will tell.

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The 1957 Defense White Paper

Prominent military figures from within the Japanese military has presented to the government about their ideas for what the Japanese Military should be in the coming decade. While most of the paper deals with the technicalities, such as specific recommendations of Destroyers or Submarines, or perhaps commissioning new designs for a standard battle rifle for the Japanese Military. There are several key points from all three branches of the military that we must address.

Firstly, the army desires that, by the end of 1967, we would still field a 1 Million man strong military, but furthermore, they also wanted the army to be a much more mobile and effective force. They theorize that, by the end of the 1960s, most of the countries within the CPS could field effective enough armies to hold the line in Russia should a hypothetical war goes off, and the Japanese military would have the need to be the tip of the spear, punching through enemy lines via a heavily mechanized force. With that in mind, They want many things, a creation of a battle rifle, funds for the research and testing of anti tank missiles and weaponry, a new Battle Tank, one that could incorporate the best of the best of Japanese technology, and an expansion of the Helicopter fleet within the Army.

Secondly, for the Navy. Their laundry list of objects is no less extensive, but perhaps a bit less pushy than the army, the IJN have expressed a desire to maintain a 10 carrier strong force by the end of the 1960s, with roughly 100-200 destroyers, 100 submarines, 10 Battleships and 15 cruisers. While it is a rather impressive list. They have stated that what they desire more is increasing the capability of each ship rather than having sheer numbers, they want to use the funds for each year's budget to research on catapult carriers, various deck configurations, using missiles more and more on their destroyers, cruisers and battleships, and nuclearizing the entire Japanese submarine force.

Thirdly, there is the air force. While they have stated that they are mostly pleased with the current arrangement. They nonetheless stated that winning the war on the ground decisively depends on the air. And with that in mind, while they are mostly happy with the current progress on supersonic fighter jets, what they truly desire is funding for an expansion of the air force to roughly 500.000 men, buying more aircraft for CAS, AIr Superiority, and other miscellaneous objectives such as reconnaissance and supply carrying. They wanted more funds because they are currently busy drafting an idea for a transport plane, a gigantic aircraft that can airlift entire battalions should need be into the frontlines, a 'definite advantage' they say, should Japan goes to war. They also stated that, while their SA-1 aircraft is sufficient for current reconnaissance needs, they also want a highly dedicated supersonic recon aircraft and air superiority aircraft due to the potentially changing tides of warfare.

Finally, all branches have agreed that they want to expand the Rikusentai to become their own branch. A branch that could launch expeditionary forces into enemy shores and create another front for the enemy should the worst happen. An expanded rikusentai is important, they argue, because dividing the responsibility of naval invasions between the Army and Navy has lead to significant problems in terms of coordination and responsibilities in the past. The paper envisions a force, carrying their own semi-carrier ships, called 'Landing Transport Docks', and could land a division or two on to enemy shores should conflict break out in just a matter of weeks.

While all of these are promising, it is ultimately up to the government to implement such a strategy. What direction do you want the Japanese military to go?

[ ] Write In for the Army

[ ] Write In for the Navy

[ ] Write In for the Air Force

[ ] Write In for the Rikusentai
 
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Alias

Bean Daddy
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Can we get rid of any of the battleships or would the Navy throw a hissy fit?
 

Jakarta

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Can we get rid of any of the battleships or would the Navy throw a hissy fit?
The fast ones is okay, but the Yamatos? I mean, they literally just upgraded it with the express purpose of it being a weapons testing platform, so yeah. Hissy fit would be a bit understating it.
 

christopher_sni

Active member
The 1957 Defense White Paper Proposals Version 1

Army:

1. Develop main battle rifle to be used for all services.

2. Develop Main Battle Tank and Armored Personnel Carrier using latest technologies

3. Develop Anti-Tank weaponry (missiles and other) to be used for all services

4. Expand Helicopter Fleet for logistics, reconnaissance, close air support and transportation to be used for all services.

Navy:

5. Naval sizes shall be kept the same but we will begin a process of modernization and upgrades for all vessels. Those vessels which are too expensive to update/modernize shall be sold or scrapped.

6. Develop better anti-ship, Surface to Air, early cruise missiles and anti-missile technologies.

7. Improve computer and communication links between naval vessels and air craft.

8. Research steam catapults for air craft carriers and different deck configurations.

9. Nuclearize the submarine force.

10. Expand Helicopter Fleet

Air Force:

11: Size of Air Force shall remain the same.

12. Develop Transport Aircraft to improve logistics.

13. Develop Supersonic Aircraft for Air Superiority

14. Develop Supersonic Reconnaissance Aircraft

15. Improve computer and communication links between aircraft and ground control.

Rikusentai

16. The Rikusentai shall be a separate and all volunteer service.

17: Develop VTOL aircraft for Close Air Support

18. Develop Landing Transport Docks

19. Expand Helicopter Fleet


Now this looks expensive but we can trim costs in the following ways:

1. The sale of surplus or obsolete weaponry and equipment to allies.

2. The sale of weapon and equipment licenses to Sphere members

3. Economies of scale would reduce per unit cost.

Political and Economic Benefits:

1. Companies would work with the government to secure contracts.

2. Technologies developed by the military can be licensed to civilian firms.

3. Civilian population and economies both in Japan and the Sphere would benefit from increased spending and the belief that the country is moving forward in their defense. We may ask sponsor television and radio programs showing the average life or a Soldier, Sailor, Airman and Marine to encourage positive views and recruitment.
 

Jakarta

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Moderator
Anyone else with plans?
 

Eliar

Well-known member
Been a hell of a few days so far what with having a cyclone over my head.

Will vote or try to come up with something later today.
 

Jakarta

Cutest Mod
Moderator
Been a hell of a few days so far what with having a cyclone over my head.

Will vote or try to come up with something later today.
Hey, just try and take care of yourself man.
 

Eliar

Well-known member
[x]The 1957 Defense White Paper Proposals Version 1


Any ideas on what to do in a general sense though?

We got 3 slots
 

christopher_sni

Active member
[X] Plan: Building a Better World

[x]The 1957 Defense White Paper Proposals Version 1

[X] The Shinkansen.

[X] Computers and Electronics Conference:
With the development of new computers and electronics this presents us a new market and new opportunities for the government and private industry. We should encourage representatives from research institutions such as Universities, private companies and government Ministries to foster research and develop of new computers and electronics and how to implement such technologies across the Sphere. For Example, computers for record keeping, improving the phone system and so on.

[X] The Sphere Expo: To encourage travel, trade and cultural links between our members, a Osaka shall host a six month Festival with each member state being allocated a space to set up an exhibition. Members could setup displays of cultural themes and progress along with technological developments and products. A stage would be set up for various entertainment programs such as dance groups, musicians, theatre and so on. Various foods and snacks would also be on sale.
 
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