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

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Bean Daddy
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[x] Partial Plan The Way Forward
 

christopher_sni

Active member
[x] Partial Plan The Way Forward (with Some Ideas)

-[x] Comprehensive plan to deal with the emergence of recreational drugs.

Suggestion: Marijuana can only be sold at prefecture or national licensed dispensaries in Japan. Possession and use of marijuana is allowed by distribution is not. Laws and fines on public drunkenness and disorder shall be the same as Beer/Alcohol. LSD/Opium can only be issued by Psychiatrists and licenses medical professionals for medical reason. The Underworld elements are to be warned about open distribution of drugs.

-[x] Dealing with the veterans of past and future conflicts.
The finest weapons and machinery that is made with the finest materials and craftsmanship needs maintenance and repair. We must encourage military veterans and their families that if they need help that confidential and free help is available from the Army/Navy. Psychiatrists with military backgrounds will be provided and all medical records will be kept confidential.

[x] Dealing with the European refugees
This is agreeable.

Action Points:

[X] The Cultural Exception Clause

[X] Forming the MoD

[X] The Pacific Islands University Act

[X] Electrify all of Japan's Railways

[X] Invite a delegation of American Union railway experts and planners on a 'limited' review of the new High Speed Rail. This is not an official state visit. Just a reaching out about mutual interests.
 

Jakarta

Cutest Mod
Moderator
@Malsya, what do you think? You have any plans on your own?

Also, I can't do something unless you hash out a compromise on the details, some of the details on @christopher_sni's plan differs from @Eliar's plan.
 
1963 Results, Turn 15

Jakarta

Cutest Mod
Moderator
The solution to the drug issue was resolved beyond your wildest expectations (You rolled a 20)

Perhaps the attempt with the most surprising end result. The drug issue is widely deemed to be solved by all concerned citizens and government officials once the feelers to the Criminal Syndicates are released and limited supplies of certain drugs deemed 'non-harmful' were rolled out by the various prefectural governments.

All of this straight from the committee recommendation for drug investigation report too. A 5 star example on how good committee management and prompt legislating from Tokyo can have a generally positive, and profitable, end result.

Attempts to address the looming mental health crisis stumbled in it's first year (You rolled a 5)

Japan is becoming known for it's relatively insular society, and even though it's current position does not allow for that insularity to last long. There are still elements of Japanese society still resistant to change. Most notable among them right now are military veterans, despite the many encouragements, the many efforts by Tokyo to create a Veterans Healthcare system, and the multitude of staff hired and staffed all across Japan. appointments are still few and far in between, and there are visible concerns among the Politicians that Japanese war Veterans just might not be all that interested in voicing out their problems at all.

Hopefully this will resolve itself in the coming years, or else this will bite everyone in the ass.

Immigration reform attempts barely avoided disaster (You rolled a 7)

And of course, the insular/ conservative forces in Japan are out in force during the debate for Japan's first ever comprehensive immigration bill. Their various bullshit concerns among the people 'not being fully Japanese' and 'unable to integrate towards Japanese society' despite evidence to the contrary. A famous photo was taken of a Rikken Minseito Diet Member from Sendai eating what is called a 'Karēsōsēji', a dish pioneered by the German Immigrant population in Taiwan, integrating German sausages, Taiwanese rice, and Japanese curry. It became famous due to the Politician's visible dislike for immigrants. And widely circulated among left-wing circles as a prime example of conservative hypocrisy.

Of course, with such a heated topic, the vote was going to be close, but nobody expected how close the vote got. Only a 10 vote margin in favour of the law in the Diet, and an even smaller margin of 5 votes in the House of Peers. Nonetheless, the law passes and hundreds of thousands of European Refugees immediately gained citizenship status, coupled with the millions gaining temporary residency as well. This will have an effect on the upcoming election.

Cultural Exception Clause met with furor among the Japanese public, despite being ratified by the Diet (You rolled a 7)

The Cultural Exception Law has only one group that visibly supported it: Academia. More than happy to analyze the current and latest forms of creative expression coming from the Socialist West. The rest of the public was dumbfounded and even resistive of the Cultural Exception Law, seeing it as some form of aberration entering the country, there are visible protests by mainly conservative Japanese peoples towards the law, but more unusually, protests to the law was not limited to conservatives only, practically everyone, from factory workers, salarymen, some University students, and farmers voiced their displeasure towards such a law.

In another note, a certain British band called the Beatles has been a hit throughout the Japanese airwaves. Two songs, 'I saw her standing there' and 'Love me do', were the songs played in Japanese Discotheques and Radios.

Chaos as the MoD Forms (You rolled a 10)

Well, in hindsight this was always going to happen. Integrating three disparate Military Branches into one Ministry was always going to be chaotic, and it really shows, the separate formatting of paperwork, the fighting over whose office space should be staffed by who, and of course, inter-service rivalry made the creation of the MoD a chaotic and ad-hoc process. They are getting along, and promised the Diet that this is all in Japan's best interest, but it really doesn't look like it from a surface level observation of the situation.

Pacific Islands University Act off to a start riddled with land disputes, supply chain problems, and even pushback by the local populace (You rolled a 4)

An egging for Tetsu Katayama if there was one. The proposed University complexes are all located in disparate sites separated by hundreds, even thousands of kilometers of oceans, and of course the locals weren't super happy when the Japanese government comes in and starts buying massive amounts of land for University construction. There are land disputes throughout the early process, townhall meetings descending into chaos, and contractors having to wait for months on end for the cargo ship to finally bring in the required building materials for construction.

All in all, an epic mess, one that Diet Member Katayama has taken full responsibility for and will work until the problem has been rectified.

Electrification process for the Sanyo Line and Tohoku line met with deep public opposition (You rolled a 7)

A similar situation, almost parallel in fact. Electrification of the rest of Japan's railways as been met with public opposition, the populace not really wanting their neighborhoods to turn into ad-hoc construction sites for potentially 2-3 years. The only difference with the Pacific Universities being that Project Management of the Electrification process are actually competent, and most concerns by the populace were snuffed out with promises and local agreements for work-times and hiring.

CEWS finally finished, and meetings with American Railway executives are going relatively smoothly (You rolled a 13)

The only other area where progress has been good. The Coastal Early Warning System has finally been finished, with testing of the system revealing that it is working up to specification. With the CEWS finished and very, very overbudget. The meetings with American Railway experts and executives can begin, and despite the limited nature of the cooperation, the enthusiasm expressed by the Americans blew our expectations, and they are incredibly willing to jot out whatever detail on our Shinkansen project, talks about a 'Great Lakes Corridor' and a 'Northeast Corridor' were abound in their mouths. At the very least, we know which areas the Americans want to prioritize their High Speed Rail Construction at.
 

Eliar

Well-known member
Lewl a critical success in the issue I expected the most resistance and shit rolls elsewhere!?

ROB be like that I guess?
 
World Events, 1963

Jakarta

Cutest Mod
Moderator
1 January: Osamu Tezuka's Astro Boy. Japan's first serialized animated TV series based off of the popular manga, is broadcasted for the first time, on the Japanese TV station Fuji Television.

2 January: The battle of Durban, Syndicalist funded and trained Blacks clashed against South African authorities in the deadliest Township Riot so far, over 50 Blacks and 45 Whites were killed during the battle.

14 January: In outrage over the passage of ANSA, George Wallace was elected as the governor of Alabama, in his inauguration speech, he infamously said "Segregation now, segregation tomorrow, segregation forever!"

18 January: The New Otani Hotel, a pioneering building in Japanese Skyscraper history, was inaugurated.

22 January: The Élysée Treaty between the Commune of France and the Bavarian Commune, Rhennish Commune, North German Union, and Prussia, was signed. The signing of the Élysée treaty is widely regarded as a formal 'end' to Franco-German rivalry, and an important stepping stone towards the reunification of Germany.

10 February: Ten cities in Kyushu merged to form the city of Kitakyushu

18 February: Gunung Agung in Bali, Insulindia, has commenced volcanic activity that reduced global tempratures by 0.4 degrees celsius.

19 February: The Feminine Mystique, written by Betty Friedan, was published. Ushering a reawakening of the Women's Movement in America.

30 March: The Tokaido Shinkansen reaches a top speed of 256 Km/h, a world record for Train Speeds.

31 March: The 1962-63 New York Newspaper Strike ends after 114 days.

1 April: The 1st episode of the long running Soap Opera show, General Hospital, was aired in the Union State of America.

3 April: The Southern Christian Leadership Conference kicks off the Birmingham Campaign against Racial Segregation in America, with a sit-in.

10 April: The Japanese Nuclear Submarine I-507 nearly sank. A simple safety inspection on the Submarine's ballast tanks revealed some notable deficiencies that could lead to the Submarine sinking and not being able to go back to the surface.

12 April: Martin Luther King was arrested in Birmingham, Alabama. For "Parading without a permit."

14 April: The Institute for Mental health in Belgrade was established.

16 April: Martin Luther King wrote his famous "Letter from the Birmingham Jail."

18 April: Negotiations between Japanese and South-African diplomats break down after recent Township riots. With one of the negotiators saying 'South Africa will remain White and Pure!'

1 May: The first Insulindian Papuan Football Team from Papua, Persipura Jayapura, was formed.

2 May: Thousands of Black Americans were arrested in Birmingham, Alabama. With flagrant violations of ANSA on full display for all Americans on live TV.

4 May: John F Kennedy signs an executive order expelling both Public Safety Commissioner Eugene ‘Bull’ Connor and Governor George Wallace, also signing another executive order declaring a national state of emergency exclusively for Alabama.

5 May: Huey Long, former American Union State President, famously gave a speech on Live Television supporting John F Kennedy’s actions. A particular line from him became famous: ‘I said every man a king, not every white man a king!’

8 May: The first CVS pharmacy opens in Massachusetts.

10 May: With significant political pressure from the Kennedy Administration, the Supreme Court ruled 9-0 in favour of ANSA on the Alabama Case against it. Marking a grave blow for segregationists and potentially setting the tone for future major Supreme Court cases in the future.

16 May: 6 days after the Supreme Court ruling. Congress would pass the Universal Healthcare Act, also known popularly as the Medicare Act. Creating a Countrywide Healthcare System in which all Americans are eligible on entering, Kennedy noted in his speech to Congress that ‘No man and woman, black or white, shall be denied access to this program under any circumstances, not one man from Mississippi nor one woman in Washington State.’

3 June: A series of laws was passed by the Japanese Diet, all of them focusing on the distribution of legal drugs and the regulations of drugs and psychoactive substances in general. It’s coming effects in the next couple of months would mark the first successful drug legalization and decriminalization program in the world.

10 June:
  • John F Kennedy, after signing the Equal Pay Act of 1963 into law, was nearly shot and killed by a sniper while in the Oval Office.
  • Later on that day. Kennedy, seemingly defiant, stated that he would begin the process of drafting a new Civil Rights and Voting Rights act; his statement, recorded on radio while he’s in a hospital, inflamed the South even further.
  • Talks in the American South were abound about a ‘3rd American Civil war.’

11 June: In Southern Rhodesia, the first Mozambique Troops, in coordination with Syndicalist Black guerrillas in the area, crossed the border in a raid, surprising the South African garrison, killing troops before looting weapons and going back to their own borders.

14 June: Exercise SEALANDAIR 1963, hosted in the Federation of Malaya and the Republic of Insulindia, hosted the largest agglomeration of CPS troops in history. Almost 350.000 troops from all countries in the CPS participated in a joint exercise in both Peninsular Malaya and Sumatra, with Naval Invasions and Army Coordination being important focuses for this year’s exercise.

15 June: For the first time in history, a Japanese Manufacturer won the prestigious racing event in Le Mans, Commune of France. An independent, small car company by the name of Mitsuoka, with their Race Car known as the Yuubari winning the race.

1 July: the Philippines and Siam became officially the first ever non western country (besides Japan) to be granted the status of ‘developed’ or ‘high income’ by multiple NGO’s across the globe.

13 July: The first ever American spaceship, the Mercury 1, was launched from Cape Canaveral in Florida. Despite potential threats of White Militias potentially disrupting the launch. The process went on smoothly. With American Astronaut John Glenn landing safely in the North Pacific, picked up by American Aircraft Carriers.

26 July: Combat all across Rhodesia, Bechuanaland and Namibia between South African troops and Syndietern troops from Angola and Mozambique leaves thousands dead, the situation in South Africa begins to slowly spiral out of control.

30 July: Treaty of Kampala. The Realm of Kikuyuland signs a peace treaty with Tanganyika and Buganda. With both countries ceding territories bordering the country. Stanley Mathenge, Generalissimo of the country, announces that he would step down as the leader of the country on the 1st of December this year, and elections would be held immediately after his resignation.

4 August: Operation Southern Shield. With the assent from the President, AIS (American Intelligence Service) Agents all across the country begin the process of infiltrating, and dismantling various hate groups throughout the American South.

7 August: The first Hatsuyuki Class Destroyer, the Hatsuyuki, begins Seaworthiness trials on this day. She is the first of the next generation of Japanese General Purpose Destroyers. With some 55 ships being planned to be built in the coming years.

8 August: The first (and only) Nuclear Cruiser of the Imperial Japanese Navy. The Isokaze was launched from Yokosuka Shipyard in the morning. High development and construction costs forced the IJN to limit the production of this ship to just 1.

28 August: Martin Luther King delivers his famous ‘I have a dream’ speech among an audience of at least 250.000. His march on Washington was the single largest protest in American history.

1 September: The first ever train with an Automatic Train Stop (ATS) system was unveiled for the Tokyo Subway

5 September: Insulindia announces the creation of a nationwide Anti Corruption Commission, with the aid and advice from Japanese experts within the field of graft, collusion, and senior civil servants. Insulindia hopes that the problem of rampant corruption within its country could be curbed with the creation of this Commission.

15 September: The 16th Baptist Church Bombing, in Birmingham, Alabama, kills 4 and injures 22.

18 September: American Senator Strom Thurmond was found dead in his residence in Washington DC, a staunch opponent against segregation, supporters of the Senator and his policies suspected that Kennedy and his ilk was responsible for the Senator’s death.

25 September: White mobs congregate outside the embassies of the Union of Britain, Commune of France, and Japan in Pretoria, they are only held back when shots were fired in the air by the respective embassies’ guards.

29 September: The Second Period of the Second Vatican Council was opened in Rome, Socialist Republic of Italy, under the commandment of the so-called ‘Red Pope’, the Vatican II would decide that it wasn’t Jewish people that was responsible for the death of Jesus Christ.

2 October: Tanganyikan Revolution. The Askari controlled government of Tanganyika suffers a popular revolution, as members of it’s newer officer corps felt no loyalty to the government in Dar Es Salaam. Defeat in the war also led to popular discontent among the population. The newly proclaimed Republic of Tanzania after a joint military and civilian administration coup in the capital, would organize elections by the end of next year.

4 October: Hurricane Flora hits Hispaniola and Cuba, killing 7.000 people.

15 October: The collapse of South Africa. In Pretoria, in an effort to control the rapidly collapsing country, the Government would order all Whites to formally commit themselves into a ‘General Defense for the country’, broadcasted in Radio and shown in pamphlets. The government would order all whites to go into the Townships and ‘Bring Order into the ungrateful Blacks and Coloreds.’

28 October: Pennsylvania Station in New York City would be renovated as a hub for a proposed high speed rail line connecting all of the Eastern Seaboard’s major cities.

31 October: 74 die in a gas explosion at the Indiana State Fair Coliseum in Indianapolis.

6 November: The collapse of South Africa. With the approval of both France and Britain. Mozambique and Angola cross the border of the country. Seemingly intent on taking Rhodesia and Namibia.

9 November: Two major accidents in Japan.

16 November: A newspaper strike occurs in Toledo, Ohio.

20 November: White leaders in South Africa formally ended negotiations between the Japanese delegation on any power sharing agreement. Citing recent political developments.

22 November: In a motorcade in Dallas, Texas. President John F Kennedy was shot by Lee Harvey Oswald. He was fortunately driving in a closed top car, and the shot impacted the Bullet proof glass. Kennedy was promptly flown back to DC for safety reasons.

29 November: An Air Canada flight crashed near Dorval International Airport in Montréal, killing all 118 on-board. It was the worst air disaster in Canadian history.

1 December: President John F Kennedy establishes the Warren Commission in order to investigate the attempted assassination attempt on his life.

3 December: The Warren Commission begins formal investigations.

7 December: At the annual Army-Navy rivalry football game played in Philadelphia, Union State of America. The first instance of the live replay was utilized. Shocking and Wowing audiences.

15 December: Reunification Day, after months of negotiations. The German States of Bavaria, Rhennish Commune, North German Union and Prussia, would reunify as the Socialist Republic of Germany. With the added clause that the new state would cede all of East Prussia to Poland.

18 December: Negotiations for Brazilian Reunification would begin. With the UoB and France hosting the negotiations in the cities of Birmingham and Nantes respectively.

25 December: The Disney Movie The Sword in the Stone was aired across theatres all around America. It is the last film personally supervised by Walt Disney himself.

31 December: Intense battles all across South Africa rages. As White South Africans fight Blacks and Coloreds in the Townships, and Syndietern troops in Rhodesia and Namibia. Half of Rhodesia and all of Northern Namibia has fallen to Syndietern troops, with blacks and coloreds Self Defense Forces taking full control of the city of Durban.
 
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christopher_sni

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South Africa questions
1. Does Japan or CPS have any diplomatic personnel or civilians in South Africa? Have they been evacuated?

2. Do we have any influence with the Colored or rebel Self Defense groups (non-Syndicalist) in Durban and other places in South Africa?

3. Would Kikuyuland and or Madagascar be willing to allow humanitarian shipments and civilian evacuations to and from South Africa?
 

Jakarta

Cutest Mod
Moderator
South Africa questions
1. Does Japan or CPS have any diplomatic personnel or civilians in South Africa? Have they been evacuated?

2. Do we have any influence with the Colored or rebel Self Defense groups (non-Syndicalist) in Durban and other places in South Africa?

3. Would Kikuyuland and or Madagascar be willing to allow humanitarian shipments and civilian evacuations to and from South Africa?
1. All Diplomatic personnel have been evacuated come the Syndietern invasion of South Africa.

2. Currently no, but both the Syndicalist and Non-Syndicalist SDF's are practically open for any type of support. They have issued a statement saying so. PSIA says that the Syndies are only pro Syndie because they see the Syndietern as the only real faction caring for them, and view everyone, Japan included, as wannabe dominators of the land.

3. Both countries issue a hard no. Kenya (formerly Kikuyuland) busy building a new society and Madagascar a bit too poor to handle anything related to any influx of peoples.
 
1964, Turn 16

Jakarta

Cutest Mod
Moderator
1964, a year that is shaping up to be extremely explosive both inside of Japan and outside of Japan. In Japan, elections are coming up, while outside of Japan. Africa seems like a powderkeg ready to explode once again, and there are coming election for the American Union State. Good luck!

Crises that need be addressed. You cannot progress unless you have addressed all of them.

The Collapse of South Africa


Perhaps this is the biggest one. But it seems that South Africa's experiment into a White Minority government with two Syndicalist neighbors and a victorious Socialist Europe has gone as well as expected. With Namibia and Rhodesia now about to fall into Syndicalist hands, and the government largely fighting a three front war. In the Townships, in Namibia, and in Rhodesia. Sir Seretse Khama, a notable black leader and formerly an imprisoned man, has declared Bechunaland (Botswana OTL) an Independent Republic by early 1964, after being freed from his captivity in a bordertown near Bechuanaland.

With the Townships declaring their own 'temporary republics', such as the City Republic of Durban, the City Republic of Cape Town, and the City Republic of Johannesburg, the Syndicalist Invasion, the Bechuanaland declaration of independence, and the massively stretched South African army. Japan must make a choice, and whatever choice it makes, pray to god that it is the right one.

Do note. Any military intervention must take into account that the French commune controls the territories of Diego Garcia, Réunion and Comoros, as well as the Seychelles. We must ensure that the Amiral Est of the Communard Navy does not freak out at the sudden appearance of a Japanese task force sailing across their islands.

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American Elections, and Southern Fury

Barry Goldwater was once thought of as a kook. He held incredibly revisionist views of American history, thinking that 'Whites Build America' and opposes vehemently the 1964 Civil Rights Act. In any other situation, he would be ousted from the Washington Political Elite for being out of touch with the common folk, and yet. In the Right Wing faction of the America First Party, he is seen as a rising star. An idol if you will, to an amorphous, imagined past where America was great, where 'western' values hold control over the world, and where the spectres of Syndicalism and Orientalism was but minor trifles that can be solved in due time.

Safe to say, America practically stands alone at this point. With Europe falling into Syndicalism, and Japan dominating all of Asia. Americans, particularly of the more Conservative persuasion, is practically ripe for a Segregationist, Racist candidate to fight John F Kennedy in the 1964 election.

And practically everyone in Tokyo wants Goldwater to lose.

This 1964 election is predicted to be as close as the 1960 election, with longtime Kingmaker Huey Long not making any public comments supporting any candidate. Kennedy and Goldwater is set to duke it out in the campaign trail. PSIA agents highly suggest that we should expend significant resources to ensure Kennedy's victory, and that a racist, revisionist America does not rise up. But it is up to you, ultimately, on how we should solve this issue.

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Action Points

[X]
Occupied by the cultural exception clause
[X] Occupied by the formation of the MoD
[X] Occupied by the Pacific Islands University Act
[X] Occupied by the Full Electrification of the Japanese Railway Network
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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.

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.

GIDC Project: The Ganges-Bengal Corridor
A proposal from the Indian Ambassador, and catching the interest of the Siamese considering the potential revenue stream it can bring into Siam should it be constructed. It will be an infrastructure project utilizing all the resources of the Indian construction Industry as well as Burmese, and Siamese Engineers. In short, the Ganges-Bengal corridor would create a series of dedicated Freight railway networks, freight stations, highways, and highway stops all along a line stretching from New Delhi into Calcutta, all of it ending in a massive new Deep Port facility being built on the West Bengali City. This corridor would also end in the cities of Yangon and Phuket. Where goods can be distributed along the relatively more developed Siamese-Burmese highway and Railway networks.

Practically every economist worth his salt agrees that this project will boost the economies of both India and Southeast Asia, but the Price Tag is pretty enormous, calling for hundreds of billions of dollars of funding over multiple years, with potentiality for cost overruns being a real possibility. Obviously we will get a piece of the pie, and it will be extremely profitable for us should we commit, but this will mandate some hurt in our national budget for years to come.

GIDC Project: Port Klang and Tanjung Priok expansion
Still a massive project proposed by the Insulindian and Malayan delegates, but considerably more conservative. The cities of Klang and Jakarta is set to begin expanding their port facilities to meet the demands of their rising middle class, and unfortunately they are still trying to entice investors across Australia, Japan and New Zealand to fund their project. It will no doubt be a significant boost to the Insulindian and Malayan economies should the expansion be approved as a GIDC Project, but nonetheless, it will count for tens of billions of dollars of funding for the next couple of years.

Still more feasible than what the Indians are proposing though.

Stationing a fleet in Pearl Harbour
Hawaii is afraid, they are practically a blip in the Pacific Ocean, separated from both Asia and America by thousands of miles of Ocean, and they are also a strategically placed blip at that. Hence their history of being a former US territory before everything goes tits up stateside.

And now they are realizing just how vulnerable they are with the coming American elections, and the prospect of someone like Goldwater winning.

Hawaii is practically begging to Tokyo to park a fleet of ships in Pearl Harbour, a sign from Japan that would indicate their commitment to the defense of Hawaii. They are even willing to build facilities to host our sailors as well, a shock to the Tokyo politicians once they heard about it. Still, even positioning a Surface Action Group in Honolulu, a fancy way of saying parking a bunch of Destroyers and Cruisers in their harbour, while retaining our big Carriers and Battleships in Yokosuka, would be a clear signal to the Americans. And people are still deliberating whether or not they should permanently stage a fleet there at all.

It's ultimately your choice.
 
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Eliar

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[x] Plan Non-Intervention 1.0

[x]With the long awaited collapse of Appartheid South Africa and colonial Rhodesia and Namimbia we must make certain we reinforce our allies in the region and formally declare at all tones that any attack against Co-Prosperity sphere members will be met with overwhelming power as always.Lodge an appeal with both the UN and Syndie leadership and diplomats for an avoidance of atrocities and initiate contact with Bechunaland as a prelude to official recognition and opening an embassy there.

-Leave an open ended offer to the South African and the Syndies governments for mediation whenever they feel like it but make it clear we will offer no military or material support to South Africa for the duration of the conflict. Initiate talks via the UN for humanitarian corridors and refugee sanctuaries at South African ports to be guarded by some sort of multinational force in the need arises.

[x] No official or unofficial intervention in the American Elections. The risks and subsequent consequences of the discovery of such an intervention outweight any sort of impact we can have there. Kennedy has plenty of money as things stand.

GIDC Project: The Ganges-Bengal Corridor
A proposal from the Indian Ambassador, and catching the interest of the Siamese considering the potential revenue stream it can bring into Siam should it be constructed. It will be an infrastructure project utilizing all the resources of the Indian construction Industry as well as Burmese, and Siamese Engineers. In short, the Ganges-Bengal corridor would create a series of dedicated Freight railway networks, freight stations, highways, and highway stops all along a line stretching from New Delhi into Calcutta, all of it ending in a massive new Deep Port facility being built on the West Bengali City. This corridor would also end in the cities of Yangon and Phuket. Where goods can be distributed along the relatively more developed Siamese-Burmese highway and Railway networks.

-In its heart of hearts the Co-Prosperity Sphere is an economic and trade Union. Japanese troops and ships may offer the muscle neccesary for it to stand as a Superpower but it is past time the people of its core member states see the Prosperity part.

Japan will put its money where its mouth is and fully support Co-Prosperity wide projects aimed at reducing poverty and showing the people the benefits of Our Glorious Union.
 

Jakarta

Cutest Mod
Moderator
Sorry for the extended wait. But there is one more thing that needs be doing.

The 1964 Elections
This is a very important election. Primarily as a referendum of the Rikken Minseito's performance, especially during the much unexpected 1961 attempted coup. But also because of the revitalization of two major parties.

Firstly, the socialists are back in force. The current primary running candidate for Prime Ministership, a much more experienced Michi Nishiura, has ran a very effective campaign with visible feminist messaging, this, coupled with her ouvertures to far away territories such as Papua New Guinea and the Solomon Islands, has made her a favourite to win within those 'southern Japanese' constituencies.

And within the Urban Centers in the mainland and in Taiwan. Another force, the Rikken Kakushinto, the Social Liberals, are out in force. Tapping on the recent liberalization of drugs and the rising Japanese youth counterculture. it seems that the Kakushinto is set to gain, at the very least, a significant amount of seats from the major cities.

And you are about to vote this election once more. Which one will you choose? You can choose the Minseito's track record of maintaining economic and political stability despite an attempted coup attempt, the fiery Michi Nishiura and her rhetoric of pro labour policies (the recent Miike Coal Mine explosion galvanized labour unions and the common Japanese working man to side with the socialists even harder), or the quirky and imaginative Kakushinto. With their rather... bizzare rhetoric of further social liberalization and more prominence of Youths in this nation's decision-making process.

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Eliar

Well-known member
[x] Vote for Rikken Minseito
-The center MUST hold. The world is becoming increasingly dangerous both inside and outside. A measured pace and response. That is essential for the Empire and by extension the Co-Prosperity sphere to endure and ensure the well being of every Japanese and by extension out Allies and Partners around the world.

The end results of extremism and populism are visible all around us, in the battlegrounds of Africa, the Atrocity filled Europe, the faces of the multitude of migrants fleeing the purges and seeking a new home and refuge on our shores, the coup attempt just a few short years ago. Pretty words and utopian pursuits will lead us all to ruin. We are moving confidently, methodically and above all with a set plan and purpose for the future. Vote for Rikken Minseito. The proven solution."
 

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[x] Vote for Rikken Minseito
 

Jakarta

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Hmm, I have a feeling that people might be voting your way (looking at past voting records). So I guess I'll try to change things up.

[X] Vote for Shakai Taishuto

Much can be said in favour of the Minseito's leadership during these troubling times, and indeed that Shigeru Yoshida's leadership is instrumental in preserving a Democratic Japan in which all it's citizens may enjoy continued access towards civil liberties. But Civil Liberties mean nothing if not combined with Economic liberties and equality.

To vote Socialist is to not vote for extremism, as the campaign fliers of our Liberal colleagues might make it out, to vote Socialist is to have a more hollistic understanding of what a prosperous Japan might be. We from the Shakai Taishuto understands that a government that works is a government that sides with the common working man and woman. With your vote, fellow citizens, we can ensure that union protections be strengthened, workplace safety ensured, and also continue to work with anyone interested in furthering the interests of the working man and woman of Japan.

We will promise continued investment into Public Housing, increased Union protections, women's rights, and above all, ensure that YOU, the common person seeing or watching this, will have someone watching out for you in the diet.

What is a country if not without it's workers?

Vote for the Shakai Taishuto.
 
1964 Results, Turn 16 New

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The Ganges-Bengal Corridor Project off to a flying start (You rolled a 16)
Much good news for once. The apt coordination and lessons learned form previous projects have made the initial groundbreaking, land acquisition, and construction of the various projects required for the corridor, Japanese expertise is being used to make sure the project goes smoothly, and the Indians are also learning various construction methodology and gaining access to new technologies as construction progresses.

Overall, a net positive, there are no major upheavals from locals of note, everyone seems happy enough with the eminent domain payouts coordinated by the Indian Government and the GIDC. And also the construction has also spurred multiple jobs on the side. All in all, steady and good progress are being made.

A clincher for the Shakai Taishuto
The campaign was always going to be hard fought, with both Shigeru Yoshida and Michi Nishiura going to multiple stops all across the Japanese domain in order to curry favour with the voters, multiple debates were had between them, but the eventual results proved that the young woman's hard work was never for nothing.

The southern constituencies of Papua New Guinea, the Solomon Islands and Fiji was what pulled the Taishuto all the way into a 55% majority in the Japanese Diet, and also a solid 56% of the upper house as well. With the remaining 5% of the lower house and 4% of the upper house garnered by the Rikken Kakushinto. Perhaps their rhetoric of social liberalization hit a locus among young Japanese voters.

Nonetheless, the Socialists have a mandate, and it looks like that a series of further laws will be passed in the coming 4 years, some very progressive laws at that.

Various attempts to mediate the South African conflicts were done, with mixed results (You rolled a 15)
The call within the UN was met with much applause from various countries across the globe, with the need for a Humanitarian corridor and refugee sanctuaries not meeting much resistance from both our own members and the Syndietern representatives.

Our call for the recognition of Bechuanaland though, and the call for mediation and defusal of the conflict, was met with significant resistance from the Syndietern. Everyone in the Syndietern was, for lack of a better term, rather log-headed when calls for a defusal of the conflict was shouted out from our representative in the UN. With them decrying the call due to the 'immorality' of the South African government, with all it's apartheid nonsense, and the French representative calling the Bechuanaland government as being 'a bourgeois holdout', with 'no clear mandate from the people they're supposed to serve.'

It looks like the Syndietern is really interested in keeping the waters muddied in this whole South African conflict.
 
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