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

christopher_sni

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[X] The Wheels of Justice Additional

[X] Naval Expansion
The expansion shall be approved. A review shall be done to see which naval vessels can be sold to Sphere members or neutral states. Those vessels who are older than 1940 will be scrapped with several vessels kept as museum ships.

[X] Letter of Intent.
All applicants shall be approved but no sphere forces shall be permanently stationed. However all airfields and seaports shall be covertly upgraded to accommodate military transports. New member police and military forces shall have access to sphere resources to upgrade themselves.

[X] The Rights and Responsibilities of a Citizen.

Using all forms of education and media the empire shall educate all members of society that we are all equal in the eyes of the law and what their rights are under the law. Citzens shall also be encouraged to report discrimination and abuse of people by government institutions and members.

[X] Sphere infrastructure Review.
The sphere government shall review power, water, transportation, healthcare, communication systems in all members for opportunities to repair, upgrade and expand.
 
1961 Results, Turn 13 New

Jakarta

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[X] The Military Security Review was a smashing hit (you rolled an 18)

It seems that the culture change in the Imperial Japanese Military is more extensive than we thought. An extensive review of Officers, high level servicemen, before following down to the privates and corporals. And it seems like the military is by and large clean of such undemocratic influences. Most service members, especially the ones in Camp Asaka and Kisarazu, were a bit surprised that the PM and Emperor didn't trust them enough to lead the counterattack once the Putschers started mowing down civilians, a bit offended, but ultimately understanding considering the information aspect during those times.

There are edge cases of course, several low level servicemembers confessed that they liked the cause, but they are allowed to continue their service as per instructions. Increased monitoring and the complete prevention of career advancements within the Military is not something specified though.

[X] There are some confusion between the Responsibilities of the Ministerial and Imperial Guards, but the rollout is as good as it can be (you rolled a 6)

While the OSI was formed as swimmingly as one might expect, the Ministerial Guard has had some predictable clashes between them and the Imperial Guard. While it is agreed that the Ministerial Guard would protect Ministers, MP's, and PM's, the security of the Emperor has long been the Purview of the Imperial Guard, and the ensuing clash of responsibilities meant that the Diet has to create a revision that differentiates the Ministerial and Imperial Guard's responsibilities.

They would still cooperate with each other should a joint visit with the Emperor and Government Officials are conducted, thankfully enough.

[X] Naval Expansion goes swimmingly (you rolled a 12)

The biggest recipient of old Japanese naval vessels was Insulindia and the Philippines. Both countries, the moment they heard of the sale, put up tenders and signed modernization agreements with Japanese shipyards the moment those vessels were put on sale. It makes sense, both countries are archipelagoes, and both countries have a wide area of responsibility that demands a lot of vessels to be fielded.

But for the modernization itself, the IJN, with the funds appropriated, started drafting plans for a Nuclear Cruiser and Destroyer, with a testbed vessel poised to be launched by mid 1962, just a year from now. It seems that IJN planners have already thought of those designs thoroughly for such a rapid rollout to happen. The designs for the Cruiser and Destroyer are as follows.

[X] Significant Controversy with the admission of recent Sphere members, but otherwise no immediate problems rose up after their admittance (you rolled a 9)

The American Union State and the Syndicalist International put out a formal letter of disapproval on the admittance of the Gold Coast, Ivory Coast, Cuba, Haiti, and Puerto Rico into the Co-Prosperity Sphere. With President John F Kennedy airing his grievances on the 'aggression' of the Japanese on live TV. The American public is enraged, with racist caricatures of the Yellow Man and the Black Man cooperating with each other, deviously plotting the overthrow of the White Order of things being openly published by their newspapers.

Racial Violence were soon followed. With Black Civil Rights leaders voicing their protest that accusations of 'cooperating with the enemy' are bald faced lies, but it seems that, with such admittance. Progress for the Civil Rights movement in America will take longer than OTL.

In Europe, the situation was not as horrible, but visible concerns were voiced among the public. A much more subdued, but nonetheless hostile reaction to the admittance.

[X] Breakthrough in Shinkansen Construction (you rolled a 10)

A breakthrough was in the construction of the Shinkansen line was made. Effectively making progress faster, with a possible 1964 launch date now being discussed. After years of slow but steady progress, it seems that the Japanese Shinkansen system was about to make some real progress. The first line between Tokyo and Osaka was finished, and initial tests seemed very promising. With crowds forming at whatever mountainside viewing platforms are available to see a train go inhumanely fast.

It seems that the initial visions of the founders are starting bear fruit.

[X] Reconstruction of Nagoya finally reaches some significant progress (you rolled a 6)

Just like the Shinkansen, the reconstruction of Nagoya is finally set to finish by the end of the year. With the city expecting to make a roaring return by next year. The problems of graft and collusion is finally being addressed by the newly formed OSI, and money is being funneled into rebuilding homes and infrastructure rather than for corporate welfare.

[X] Initial tests of Coastal Early Warning System a dismal failure (you rolled a 1)

As with the best of times, you also have the worst of times. Shoddy construction, bad workplace management, and general inexperience has made initial tests of the Coastal Early Warning System a massive failure. Something must be done because the ramifications of such a failure can have really bad impacts for Japan as the decades roll by.

[X] The rights and responsibilities PR program received warmly (you rolled a 9)

As with many things that was massively changed after the coup. This program was also considered a massive change for the average Japanese citizen. Most people genuinely don't know their rights, and this is even more of the case for people living in our Pacific territories. A massive PR campaign on TV, Newspapers, and even handing over copies of the Japanese Constitution at Governmental Offices was met with praise from all manner of individuals throughout Japan. From the Melanesian man in Port Moresby now gaining a simple understanding of modern property rights, to a Japanese mother now filing a complaint to the local police office regarding spousal abuse. Japanese society is becoming more liberalized with each passing day.

[X] Problems identified throughout CPS member states in terms of Infrastructure (you rolled a 16)

The review of CPS wide infrastructure was conducted, and by the end of the year the results were in, and the were mixed.

First of all. The writers of the paper noted that there is a 'Proximity Effect' for countries in the CPS when infrastructure is concerned, countries that are close to Japan, such as Siam, the Philippines, parts of Korea, parts of China, and Eastern Russia, generally have infrastructure roughly similar to what you can find in Japan. But the more outward you expand, like towards India, the middle east, parts of East Russia west of the Urals, and especially East Africa. The general infrastructure becomes more patchy and less to the desired standard. Roads were either dirt or filled with potholes, trains were few and far in between, the ones that do exist are generally slow and unreliable, ports were... haphazard to say the least (although the standardization for containers were something that has taken into effect), and the less said about Airports the better.

The writers of the paper noted that while Japan can pour more money, the country cannot do it alone. Japan must enlist the help of the Philippines, Siam, Australia and New Zealand and put together a joint action plan for infrastructure if things were to be improved in any significant way.

@christopher_sni. I'm sorry that I forgot, but you didn't write your solution for the Police Brutality Emergency, can you write what's your proposed solution please?
 
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christopher_sni

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Police Brutality Emergency.
The publishing of Tetsu Katayama's report concerning Taiwan, the accident with that Tokyo U Ainu Student, and Kenzaburo Oe's novel depicting the life of a Taiwanese Native has sparked more interest among the Japanese population, particularly in addressing the recent rashes of Police Brutality throughout Japan. With the defeat of the coup plotters, now the Japanese public are slowly realizing the extent of Japan's Imperialistic tendencies, especially historically, towards people that are deemed 'not Japanese' to the wider public. There are debates throughout all major cities in Japan, NHK programs featuring notable community leaders of the Burakumin, Ainu, Native Taiwanese, and even in one rare occassion, an anonymized gay person, and a small, but rising sentiment among the public, especially from young Japanese people, that they should be genuinely included in the Japanese State.

And addressing Police Brutality is a chief target right now. A bill from Michi Nishiura is planned to go into committee and will most likely sail through due to the Dietary Committee's majority Socialist members, it plans on abolishing the Tokko altogether, with her criticizing their practices as 'reminiscent of the much hated Kempeitai', creating quotas for Police Forces in cities with more than 1 million people to hire Police Officers that are not 'Native Japanese', introducing mandatory Cultural Understanding classes for all Policemen and Women, and enforcing strict standards concerning rules of engagement, particularly when dealing with unarmed people that has 'no visible intention to harm a police officer'. Supporting the bill isn't necessarily radical, but the more conservative members of your party hated the bill with all it's guts, what should you do?


[X] National Police Reform
This is a new era in Japan. Just as the military and the nation has changed so must the police. The Reform Program involves the following.

1. Abolishment of the Tokko
2. A quote system will be established in all cities of 500,000 or more and in all Prefectures to hire more non-Native Japanese and Women.
3. All officers of all ranks shall attend Cultural Understanding classes
4. New Rules of Engagement shall be created for Unarmed citizenry.
5. A notification shall be given to all suspects in police custody.

  • You have the right to remain silent and refuse to answer questions.
  • Anything you say may be used against you in a court of law.
  • You have the right to consult an attorney before speaking to the police and to have an attorney present during questioning now or in the future.
  • If you cannot afford an attorney, one will be appointed for you before any questioning if you wish.
  • If you decide to answer questions now without an attorney present, you will still have the right to stop answering at any time until you talk to an attorney.
  • Knowing and understanding your rights as I have explained them to you, are you willing to answer my questions without an attorney present?
 

Jakarta

Cutest Mod
Moderator
[X] Police Brutality Bill squeaks by both Houses, and is met with predictably strong resistance from Police Forces all across Japan (you rolled a 7)

This will be a bill whose effects will be felt for years to come. But it sure as hell didn't look like it when it was signed by the Emperor. While public support for such a bill is predictably high (and even higher in our Southern Island territories). The bill received backlash from the Police Forces all across the country, with smaller cities (small for Japan that is) protesting the passing of the bill. So far, only the Tokyo and Osaka Police Forces are okay with it, while the rest of Japan's Police Forces oppose this reform one way or another.

The abolishment of the Tokko was especially a shock for everyone. With the more liberal Japanese not expecting such a move to happen. Tokko officers were up in arms about their abolishment. But the law is the law, and passing continuous reform after reform after the failed military coup is pretty much an assured consequence for the Democratic Establishment in Tokyo.

People all across the Empire are realizing that this country's future is going to be significantly more Democratic and multicultural than initially thought. Japan, once a sprawling Empire propped up by a State Sponsored campaign of terror and repression for anyone deemed 'undesirable', has taken a swerve since the late 1930s to become more equal, more liberal, and more tolerant of everyone. After this failed coup, no one is sure what to make of this new status quo, but certainly a brighter path, with significantly less people killed, is pretty much in sight for everyone that knows an inkling of Japanese politics. This law is just the manifestation of such brewing sentiments bearing it's first fruits.
 
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Rufus Shinra

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This is... seriously advanced design for the, what, Seventies? A STOVL Jaguar, a delta-canard and VLO planes, if these pictures are representative of what is being built, the Syndicalists are in serious trouble.
 

Jakarta

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This is... seriously advanced design for the, what, Seventies? A STOVL Jaguar, a delta-canard and VLO planes, if these pictures are representative of what is being built, the Syndicalists are in serious trouble.
Shhhhhhhhhhh.

Don't ruin the surprise.

And no, we ain't building these things by the late 60s.
 
World Events, 1961 New

Jakarta

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3 January: Union State President John F Kennedy was inaugurated into office. Marking the first transition of power in American Union State History.

5 January: The 1961 coup, ultraconservative forces in the country of Japan attempted a coup d’etat of the country’s democratic leaders. The consistent liberalization of Japan a chief reason for their drastic action.

6 January: The coup, at least in its immediate aftermath, fails. Good coordination between the Prime Minister, Emperor, and loyalist forces in the Imperial Japanese military prevented conservative forces from seizing the armories in Tokyo’s military bases. The PM and Emperor fled into an IJN Naval Group, quickly departing into the open ocean.

8 January: Due to significant public pressure. A vote of no confidence was held in the CGT Assembly in Paris, the vote passed and immediate elections between Daniel Guerin and Simone de Beauvoir were scheduled for February.

9 January: British Authorities announce that they have discovered a large Japanese spy ring in London, dubbed the London Spy Ring. It’s members were immediately arrested and sentenced to long prison sentences.

20 January: John F Kennedy made his first televised speech as Union State President. He stated that his intention is to ‘continue the progress made under Huey Long.’ Outlining plans for significant infrastructure investment, reducing racial tensions in the country, further funding NASA, and create a Universal Healthcare System.

25 January: 101 Dalmatians were released in cinemas.

30 January: John F Kennedy delivers his first State of the Union address.

1 February: The Sky Fish tests. In Manchuria and Siberia. The Imperial Japanese Air Force tests the first Japanese Solid Fuel Rocket ICBMs, called the Sky Fish. While Flying Fish ballistic missiles were liquid fueled, Sky Fish ICBMs were solid fueled, which means a faster launch time. The Imperial Japanese Military plans to replace all Flying Fish missiles with Sky Fish in the near future.

5 February: Ferdinand Marcos, General of the Philippine Army. Resigns from his post after supposed blackmail was handed to his office by an unknown agent (later revealed to be a PSIA asset requested by Magsaysay). In his later remarks, his primary decision to resign and retire is caused by the failed coup in Japan.

7 February: French Commune elections, Simone de Beauvoir won by a solid majority, 64.7% of the French Population voted for her compared to the 35.3% for Daniel Guerin. A Feminist-Syndicalist. Simone de Beauvoir is generally considered more friendly to the establishment than the Anarchist leaning Guerin.

14 February: Element 103, Fukuokium, was first synthesized in Fukuoka, Japan.
  • A total Solar Eclipse, visible in Southern Europe, occurs.

25 February: Foreign Minister Kijuro Shidehara first proposed combining the different ongoing investment projects and foreign aid projects done by the various Japanese ministries into one single agency.

26 February: After a long period of deliberation, and with an agreement from Japanese Zaibatsu Sumitomo. Sydney would continue operation of it’s tramway network. With plans on further investments in public transport in the near future.
  • Hasan II is pronounced king of Morocco.

1 March: John F Kennedy establishes the American Peace Corps.

3 March: Hasan II is crowned as King of Morocco.

13 March: Black and White £5 Notes ceases to become Legal Tender in the Union of Britain.

14 March: Monash University in Melbourne accepts it’s first students.

15 March: Significant controversy in Insulindia. President Muhammad Hatta, not even 1 year into his Presidency, proposed a bill that would significantly enhance women’s protections, including rape and abortion protections. This angers the People’s Representative Council, and debate on the bill raged on for weeks.

8 April: MV Orissa, a steamship carrying an Indian Flag, suddenly blows up after leaving port in Abu Dhabi. The cause of the explosion is unknown, 238 Passengers and crew were killed.

12 April: The 5th Sphere Expo was hosted in Osaka, the first time such an Expo was held in a city other than Tokyo.

15 April: In a surprise announcement. John F Kennedy announces that NASA has put a man into space for the first time, this announcement shocked both the Syndicalist and Eastern worlds, with photographic and recorded evidence as proof. John Glenn became the first person to ever be in space.

4 May: Freedom Riders. Black American Freedom Riders begin taking interstate bus rides, testing the US Supreme Court integration decision.

9 May: A series of laws were introduced in the Japanese Diet concerning security. Chief among them being the Police Reform and OSI & Ministerial Guard laws. Both laws passed after much debate and deliberation.

14 May: Japan accepts the admission of the Gold Coast, Côte d’Ivoire, Cuba, Haiti, and Puerto Rico into the Co-Prosperity Sphere. Reactions from both America and Syndicalist Europe were severe.

15 May: Immediate race riots broke out in the American Union State. Freedom Rider buses were bombed in their stations, and Black Americans retaliated by forming ‘defense groups’ and started assembling or buying guns in response. John F Kennedy urged calm but nonetheless criticized the ‘reckless actions of Japan’ in the admission of their recent sphere members.

19 May: The French Satellite Venus 1 passes by Venus. Making it the first man made object to travel past another planet.

25 May: The Ku Klux Klan, once a moribund organisation, were suddenly revived following the admission of the Caribbean and African states into the CPS.

30 May: John F Kennedy proposes the American National Security Act. Shortened to ANSA, the law will criminalize all forms of violence against African Americans, and any bystander that did not participate in the calming of the violence/ helped the person in duress would be guilty for manslaughter, the law would also give Police Officers significantly harder penalties should they did not act in a way that prevented such violence from happening. The law was passed and JFK’s popularity dropped significantly in the American South.

1 June: The first test of the Tokaido Shinkansen was conducted, and it was considered a success. The 000 Series Shinkansen reached 330 Km/h during most of the journey. A considerable feat in railway engineering.

10 June: The first major conference of the Syndietern was conducted, involving all Socialist nations and organisations within and without the Syndietern, held in Geneva, Switzerland. The conference aims to strategize and bring about a World Socialist Revolution.

23 June: The Antarctic Treaty comes into effect.

4 July: Bloody Independence. Throughout major population centers in the American South, mobs of White people stormed black and minority communities celebrating American Independence Day. With the recent passage of ANSA, police officers in all PD’s assisted against the Whites in protecting Black Neighborhoods, and the ensuing result was a whole lot of Whites, Blacks, and Police Officers dead.

12 July: Two dams in the city of Pune, India, burst, leaving more than 1000 people dead.

21 July: Saikiro Tohara became the first Japanese to ever venture into space. The announcement made by the Prime Minister led to cheering across living rooms around Japan.

25 July: John F Kennedy went to Birmingham, the site where the worst incidents racial violence on Bloody Independence happened, and urged calm and collected behaviour for all sides. The photo of him comforting a black woman weeping on her child’s grave became iconic.

31 July: Martin Luther King met with John F Kennedy in the White House, and talked about strategies in furthering the Civil Rights of Blacks across the AUS.

1 August: The first Six Flags theme park opens in Arlington, Texas.

3 August: Voyage 1, with Astronauts Martin Clément and Villiers Durand became the first Frenchmen in space, and subsequently the first Europeans and Socialists to ever go to space.

7 August: Voyage 1 lands in the Mediterannean Sea. Both Astronauts quickly turned into National Heroes for the French People.

10 August: After months at sea. The Emperor and Prime Minister finally returned to Japan, to the cheering crowds that greeted them at Tokyo Harbour.

12 August: After decades of preparation, Stanley Mathenge, Generalissimo of Kikuyu Land, formally begins his ‘reconquest’ of Kenya. Declaring war on both Buganda and Tanganyika simultaneously. He promises that his troops would not be committing any atrocities, although observers are skeptical of that claim.

21 August: Jomo Kenyatta. A famous Kikuyu public figure endorses Mathenge’s reconquest ‘on the condition that he keeps to his every word.’ Both figures agree that an independent Kenya must be formed at all costs.

30 August: Crisis in South Africa. The situation in South Africa has gone from bad to worse, the 30th of August marks the day that white South Africans engaged in multiple border conflicts on both the Angolan and Mozambique Borders, while also committing atrocities in the Ghettoized Black and Coloureds population.

7 September: Tom and Jerry returns as a Serialized TV series after the cartoon series’ abrupt end in 1958.

14 September: The first ever trans Himalayan road has finished it’s construction. Constructed in 1951 as a joint venture between the Indian, Tibetan, and Chinese governments. This little 2 lane road that starts at Yushu, Qinghai, crosses into the Tibetan plateau, connects at Lhasa, before it continues in a Southwest direction. Ending at the city of Shimla, Himachal Pradesh.

17 September: The first ever Arena with a retractable roof, the Civic Arena, opens in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

18 September: The first UN Observers began arriving in the countries of Buganda and Tanganyika. There is increasing concern within the International Community that the Kenyan Reconquest might lead to extensive massacres and mass killings, and the UN Observers are there to ensure all events are noted and transcribed.

20 September: The first Japanese Surface Action Groups started basing themselves in Beirut, Syria.

30 September: The Organization of European Economic Cooperation, or OEEC, was formed. It would be later renamed the OECD.

10 October: A massive volcanic eruption in Tristan da Cunha causes it’s entire population to be relocated to the Union of Britain. The primary reaction was public shock as it isn’t generally thought that the UoB would still have some overseas territories.

12 October: The death penalty was abolished in New Zealand.

18 October: West Side Story was released into American theatres.

20 October: The treaty of Middle Eastern Cooperation and Economic Development was signed by Syria, Arabia, Mashriqi Iraq, Kurdistan, Oman, Persia, Yemen, and Azerbaijan. This treaty would allow for the free movement of goods across the borders of the signatory countries as it eliminates all major forms of tariffs imposed by these states. Egypt would later be a signatory in 1965.

27 October: Confrontation at the Volga River. A standoff between Japanese and French Troops at the river Volga, near Volgograd, heightens Cold War tensions.

29 October: DZBB-TV Channel 7, the third TV Station in the Philippines, was launched.

30 October: French officials made an announcement during a UN meeting that they have detonated their largest ever Nuclear Bomb. The bomb, yielding an explosive power of 15 Megatons, was recorded exploding in the Northern Atlantic.

31 October: The Note Crisis. France, Britain, and West Russia issue a Diplomatic Note to Finland, a member of the CPS. The Note states that the security situation in Europe has deteriorated so much that Finnish, West Russian, French, and British Officials must conduct annual quadrilateral meetings and secure the defense of the Nordic region should conflict break out. The Note precipitated a crisis in Finland as the Finnish military began mobilization, Finnish President Urho Kekkonen immediately flew to Tokyo for consultations on the matter.
  • Hurricane Hattie devastates Belize City, killing 270.

1 November: The Hungry Generation movement is launched in Calcutta, India.

3 November: U Thant became the 2nd Secretary General of the United Nations.

6 November: The American government issues a stamp honouring James Naismith.

14 November: Yves Saint Laurent was founded in Rue La Boetie, Paris.

21 November: The La Ronde restaurant was opened in Los Angeles, California, making it the first Revolving Restaurant in the Union State of America.

24 November: In a unanimous vote at the United Nations General Assembly, the World Food Program is formed. The program would provide Humanitarian Aid in terms of Food Hunger and Insecurity.

1 December: The Sud Aviation Mirage IV was first unveiled to the public. It was the first Strategic Bomber France has ever made. This would be France’s complement to the British V Force of Strategic bombers.

5 December: In response to the unveiling of the Mirage IV, and with the recent approval of additional funding, the Imperial Japanese Air Force speeds up the timeline of the G12N Shouri Programme. Scheduled for its first production and public unveiling in 1962.

9 December: Australian Federal Elections. The Labor Party under Arthur Calwell wins the election, defeating the incumbent Robert Menzies and his Liberal Party. His message of pro European Refugee acceptance and continued Japanese-Australian economic development won him a governing majority.

11 December: The First ever Asashio Class Submarine, the Asashio, was launched in Kure on the 11th of December, 1961. This launch, complemented with the Launch of the I-510. Officially makes 50% of the Japanese Navy’s Submarine Fleet Nuclearized. The IJN now has 65 total Submarines in service, with plans to expand it to 70 due to the recent funding approval.

17 December: A Circus tent fire in Niterói, Pindorama, kills 323.

23 December: Ireland’s first TV Station, Telefis Éirlann, later renamed RTE, begins broadcasting.

27 December: Chiang Ching Kuo, son of the late Chinese figure Chiang Kai Shek, announces that he would be running as a Presidential Candidate for the 1965 elections.

31 December: New Years celebrations in Korea were marked by the first televised display of PDA, or Public Displays of Affection. Coverage of such events garnered shockwaves across the country as older Koreans visibly balked while younger Koreans saw nothing inherently wrong with it.
 
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Eliar

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30 May: John F Kennedy proposes the American National Security Act. Shortened to ANSA, the law will criminalize all forms of violence against African Americans, and any bystander that did not participate in the calming of the violence/ helped the person in duress would be guilty for manslaughter, the law would also give Police Officers significantly harder penalties should they did not act in a way that prevented such violence from happening. The law was passed and JFK’s popularity dropped significantly in the American South.
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I like the first part but how the hell did the bystander part pass muster both in congress and the Supreme Court?

Or will there be some sort of Supreme Court challenge on it?

I mean charging bystanders for not actively involving themselves in volatile situations does not sound legal or even constitutional and could be open to huge abuse,
 

christopher_sni

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o_O

I like the first part but how the hell did the bystander part pass muster both in congress and the Supreme Court?

Or will there be some sort of Supreme Court challenge on it?

I mean charging bystanders for not actively involving themselves in volatile situations does not sound legal or even constitutional and could be open to huge abuse,
I also see this being challenged by a variety of groups and states, especially Southern states.
 
1962, Turn 14 New

Jakarta

Cutest Mod
Moderator
It has been exactly one year since the failed 1961 coup, and it feels like the attempt to overthrow the Democratic Japanese Establishment and how close they got didn't really mattered to the Japanese. The streets are lined with economic activity, people working, people having fun, and people from all over the world visiting for business trips or just simple leisure.

But your job isn't just to observe them. Your job is to lead this country, and there are several things in your itinerary that needs to be done.

Crises that need to be addressed.

The Space Race.

Nobody would think it is possible, but America, out of all the major competitors, actually managed to put the first man into Space. The Syndicalist West is up in arms in this, with both France the Britain pledging to boost the funding for their space program many fold, Simone de Beauvoir promises that an 'Age of Socialist Space Exploration' is upon them, and it looks like they're putting the money where their mouths is. With rumors on a new Space Port in Kourou, West Indies Federation being floated about.

And obviously we can't just stand here. So what must we do?
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Africa in Chaos
The relative peace the Dark Continent enjoyed in the late 1940s to the 1950s was shattered by the reconquest of Kenya and the South African crisis. The reconquest/reunification of Kenya is almost a solo campaign led by Stanley Mathenge, a famous General and current dictator of Kikuyuland, making his tenure fighting Askaris and German Scutztruppens during the collapse of Mittelafrika. He has made a name of himself by creating a relatively workable nationstate, and now he dreams of something bigger, the creation of the Kenyan State. A independent and strong state in East Africa that can become 'The Continent's Second Awakening,' or so he claims.

Another problem lies much further south. In South Africa to be exact, the situation in South Africa has become untenable, with the death of Prime Minister Verwoerd. The Townships, ghettos where the remaining blacks were forced to move into, has became a place of mass disorderly conduct and political agitation, most likely supported by Syndietern Agents wanting to get another state to join their fold. While in the borders, border conflicts started by who-knows what are bringing the ire of the African Syndietern countries of Mozambique and Angola. It's perhaps only a matter of time until everything collapses and the Southern Continent were engulfed in conflict yet again.

The populace will go into revolt should we support the White Minority government in Africa, that is one thing for certain. This is one thing that we can delay with media manipulation, but practically all major governmental figures are against this idea.
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The Note Crisis
This is a big one, and one that definitely cannot be ignored. Our CPS European member, Finland, apparently received a 'Note' from the Syndietern that the 'security of the region' might be in jeopardy for reasons that are not discussed (It's pretty much implied that their membership status in the CPS is the main reason). And their proposals of yearly quadrilateral meetings and potentially building bases in Finland has put the state in high military readiness.

Their leader, Urho Kekkonen, has flown to Tokyo and asked for Japan's support in this time of trial for Finland, and we cannot support them with only empty platitudes, what must we do?
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Action Points
[X] Occupied by Shinkansen Construction
[X] Occupied with the rebuilding of Nagoya (finishes this year)
[X] Occupied with the Construction of the Coastal Early Warning System
[X] Occupied with the CPS Infrastructure Review
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I'm also bringing back the suggestion box. Got some fresh new ideas that you might like!
Formation of JICA
JICA, or the Japan International Cooperation Agency, is an idea proposed by Foreign Minister Kijuro Shidehara. It would involve turning responsibility for all our current foreign investment program under One Government Agency, the formation of JICA will pretty much ensure that we can further fine tune our foreign investment/ aid money since supervision of these projects, whether it's grant money for Hyundai Rotem, continued Mantetsu funding, and even Railway modernization in Insulindia would be all under one roof.

The main problem? Well, it's super tricky. Since JICA's formation would be a direct attack on MITI, The Foreign Ministry, and the Ministry of Finance, ALL of them incredibly powerful government agencies with Civil Servants that has high influence in Japanese Politics. MITI alone is a giant to conquer, MITI, FM and MoF altogether? Well, Kijuro Shidehara can handle the Foreign Ministry, but MoF and MITI fighting against your agenda will be...

Just don't underestimate Civil Servants.

Forming the MoD
Perhaps a less controversial suggestion. But the chiefs of the Army, Navy, and Air Force have all suggested that all their operations must be united under one roof. Oh, and of course, a centralized headquarters located just right next to CPS military command and Special Forces Command. A common sense suggestion for all intents and purposes. The one potential hiccup to their suggestion is that, considering just how recent the military coup was, formalizing the different branches under one roof might seen as a bit tone deaf. But other than that, this is a suggestion that doesn't have a lot of opponents from anywhere in the Japanese political sphere.

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 Pacific Islands University Act
Tetsu Katayama might be no longer PM, but that doesn't mean that he is not an influential diet member. And this recent act is an example of his influence. Currently, all major universities in Japan are located in the Japanese homeland (with the 1 exception located in Taiwan), this new act will grant funding for the construction of new Universities, most notably in Honiara, Port Moresby, Kaohsiung, Rabaul, Suva, and Pape'ete.

Support within the Socialist Party is high for this bill. And the Japanese public is overall supportive. There is no good reason to block this bill unless something more pressing has come up.

Electrify all of Japan's Railways
Ever since the Tokaido line was electrified. Electrification of Japan's Railways has gone on a slow but steady path. With current estimates saying that Japan would have 50% of it's entire railway lines electrified. This is good, but not enough, a 100% electrification program is on the books and gaining support with everyone. A 100% electrification plan would also make construction of future Shinkansen lines significantly easier, reducing initial expenses as well.

Faster and more frequent train service is generally good for everyone, and opposition is nonexistent. A freebie politically speaking.

I think @Rufus Shinra might agree with this phrase in particular.
Just don't underestimate Civil Servants.
Especially the Japanese kind.
 

christopher_sni

Active member
[X] Plan Upward and Outward

The Space Race.


[X] We shall continue to fund the space research and development with expansion of the Tanegashima Space Center Tanegashima Island. We shall launch further one to two manned missions to research how the body is effected by zero-gee and possible satellite repair and recovery. We also will work on improving satellites for communication, weather prediction and navigation.

Africa in Chaos

[X] On Kenya: While the Sphere shall protest and monitor the situation for violations of human rights and war crimes we shall supply older arms, spare parts and equipment through third or fourth parties. In return for this support Kenya will allow Sphere investments when the war is over.

On South Africa: Attempt to negotiate with the government and various non-syndicalist movements on a path to reform and a power sharing agreement in return for investment and aid. If the government refuses begin to support the 'rebels' with funds and intelligence.

The Note Crisis

[X] We shall stand with our allies in Finland. While we will not build bases now we shall supply and sell defensive equipment to them. We shall also speak with the Syndicalists at a neutral location to defuse the situation.

Action Points
[X] Occupied by Shinkansen Construction
[X] Occupied with the rebuilding of Nagoya (finishes this year)
[X] Occupied with the Construction of the Coastal Early Warning System
[X] Occupied with the CPS Infrastructure Review
[X] We shall create a Public-Private Corporation to handle the construction of infrastructure across the Sphere and Globally. The Corporation shall be named
The Global Infrastructure Development Corporation/Gurōbaru infura kaihatsu hōjin (GIDC/GIKH).

1. The Japanese Government, Siam, Australian and New Zealand, and the Philippines shall each have 15% ownership and cannot sell their ownership without approval of the other three permanent members.

2. The remaining 40% shares shall be sold on the Tokyo Stock Exchange (TSE) and shall be available to any Sphere citizen, organization or company to own.

3. The four permanent members shall have representatives on the Board of Directors.

4. The GIDC shall handle finance construction of civilian infrastructure (road, rail, water, ports, electric, airports) with Sphere members and handle operations until the loan is paid off plus 10%. The infrastructure will then be turned over to the local authorities.

5. All financial records and election of officers shall be reviewed by the Imperial government and any stock holders.

6. Where available the GIDC shall use local labor and materials.
 
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Eliar

Well-known member
I like your plan @christopher_sni but I think putting troops as a tripwire in Finland would be the very least we should do.

I am personally of the opinion we should place nukes there as secretly as possible.
 

christopher_sni

Active member
I like your plan @christopher_sni but I think putting troops as a tripwire in Finland would be the very least we should do.

I am personally of the opinion we should place nukes there as secretly as possible.
The problem is that Nuclear Weapons are hard to hide. Since we have had one clash with the Syndies (Sudan) and may be getting involved in Kenya and South Africa I would avoid provoking them.
 

Jakarta

Cutest Mod
Moderator
A secondary tracking and emergency rescue facility shall be built in Kourou
Kourou is in the West Indies Federation, a member of the Syndietern. Pretty sure building a secondary facility there will go nowhere.
 
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