Wait, I thought we were marrying her off against her will to wealthy TEP royalty, to cement our regional alliance?
We need to work on developing the next generation of lesbian warriors in TSP... I think we need to make Xena Warrior Princess required viewing in all schools to help us identify and develop appropriate candidates.
The Local Council should really get on that.
There might be more than a few crates of cassettes in the Madonna room...
There's is a reason I have to carry extra insurance specifically for my Madonna collection.
Stop judging me! I don't have a problem!
*is distracted by an ebay auction for a Ukrainian release Music album on cassette, the one produced by local label Одиссей and not Warner Bros Music EU or Maverick Records.... I already have those Ukrainian releases on both cassette and CD.*
Oh, we already did!
It's why we're the #2 region in Xena-related knowledge.
Unrelated, we're in the bottom 3% for every other academic subject . . . but it all balances out. Five hours a day of mandatory Xena, Buffy, Veronica, and Jessica, three hours for food breaks, and fifteen minutes for everything else.
They thought it was impossible to fix the education system.
They called me crazy.
They sent letters by the thousand, calling for my resignation.
But now that no one can write, where are those letters, eh? Nowhere to be seen!
Also, I've already gotten a very compelling offer by the owner of a leading chocolate manufacturer for 073 039 109 032 080 111 112 112 121. We're waiting for more bids, but this one excites me.
*hugs back* Aw th-
*notices next line*
Nope nope nope nope nope >~<
Don't you dare do such thing! We need to keep 073 039 109 032 080 111 112 112 121 pure and innocent from that abhorrent Eastern governance...
Things you find when you review new dispatches in TSP:
THERE IS NO K-POP IN BRITAIN. The people also enjoy German Folk Music (demonetized), Punk Rock Music, British Folk Music, and many more. There are still some weebs listening to Japanese music but they are in the minority and are usually from The Commonwealth of Weenusiwania. Brits hate nightcore, 14 year old girl edgy stuff music, and they especially loathe k-pop with a passion.
National Flag Coat of Arms
Motto: "Now's the day, now's the hour."
Capital City: London
Official Religion: Anglicanism
Official Language: English
Demonym: Brit, British
Population: ▲26,555,390 (fluctuating)
242,495 km2 (93,628 sq mi)
ē Water (%)
Government: Socialist Federal Republic
- Political Position: Lower Left
- Head of State: Philip Snowden
- Head of the Soviet: Arthur Horner
National Trade Unions Congress
the National Trade Unions Congress
-From Scotland and England
Acts of Union, 1 May 1707
-From British Empire
Inaugural Congress, 3 June 1925
Currency: Pound Sterling/£
Gross Domestic Product
GDP Per Capita: $44,177
Time Zone: GMT
Date Format: dd-mmm-yyyy
Driving side: Left
Calling code: +44
Internet TLD: .gb
The Socialist Union of Britain is an independent Socialist State in Western Europe. Britain is known regionwide for their semi-powerful Navy on the planet below, and for being very socialist.
Lying on the north-western coast of the European mainland, it consists of the island of Great Britain and includes a large number of smaller outlying islands. The Union of Britain is completely surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean, with the North Sea to its east, the English Channel to its south, and the Celtic Sea to its south-west, and as such borders no other sovereign states.
SFR Britain formed on 3 June 1925.
Today, SFR Britain is a federal republic ruled by an Admiral who is also Chief of the Army. It is a regional nobody in the Communist Bloc with a sub-par economy.
II The Great Strike
III First Shot of the Revolution
IV The Fires of Revolution Spread
V The Inaugural Congress
VI Outsiders in the New Britain
VII Moving Forward
- The 1707 Acts of Union declared that the kingdoms of England and Scotland were "United into One Kingdom by the Name of Great Britain". The term "United Kingdom" has occasionally been used as a description for the former kingdom of Great Britain, although its official name from 1707 to 1800 was simply "Great Britain". The Acts of Union 1800 united the kingdom of Great Britain and the kingdom of Ireland in 1801, forming the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland. Following the partition of Ireland and the independence of the Irish Free State in 1922, which left Northern Ireland as the only part of the island of Ireland within the United Kingdom, the name was changed to the "United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland". Following the British Revolution in 1925, the name was changed to "Socialist Union of Brtain"
Although the Union is a sovereign country, England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland are also widely referred to as countries. The British Admiral's website has used the phrase "countries within a country" to describe the Union of Britain. Some statistical summaries, such as those for the twelve NUTS 1 regions of the Union of Britain refer to Scotland, and Wales as a "region" and is also referred to as a "province".
The term "Great Britain" conventionally refers to the island of Great Britain, or politically to England, Scotland and Wales in combination. Before the Revolution, it was the common term for the entire country, but, the people colloquially removed the "Great" part as it was commonly used to refer to the old Capitalist Britain.
Before, the term "Britain" was used both as a synonym for Great Britain, and as a synonym for the United Kingdom. Now, after the revolution and Northern Ireland uniting with Ireland, the term "Britain" is now the main term for the country.
The adjective "British" is commonly used to refer to matters relating to the Union of Britain. The term has definite legal connotation, and is used in law to refer to Union of Britain citizenship and matters to do with nationality. People of the Union of Britain use a number of different terms to describe their national identity and may identify themselves as being British, English, Scottish, or Welsh; or as belonging to a combination of different national identities.
The Great Strike
- The origins of the Union of Britain can be traced to the unanimous vote by the Trade Unions Congress (TUC) in favour of industrial action on 28 February 1925. The main cause of what was to become the General Strike of 1925 was the tariffs introduced by the Conservative-National coalition government led by Prime Minister George Curzon, the 1st Marquess Curzon of Kedleston. While the policies levied against Germany and the nascent Mitteleuropa bloc initially triggered a brief revival in British manufacturing, the German Empire was quick to find ways to bypass British tariffs with various other nations servings as intermediaries for trade deals.
Germany was quick to place their own tariffs on British goods while pressuring others to adopt similar measures. British exports became limited, consumer prices in the United Kingdom soared, and foreign imports became unreasonably expensive. The coal industry was hit far harder than any other single sector in Britain, with British coal priced off the global market, replaced by cheaper exports from Germany and the United States.
The decision by the TUC to take industrial action was spurred on by a rousing speech from A.J. Cook, the General Secretary of the Miner's Federation of Great Britain, a man previously denounced by the TUC as a "raving Communist". On 6 March 1925, a general strike came into effect after all negotiations with the government had fallen through. The Conservative, National, and Liberal parties were quick to denounce the strikes as counterproductive, claiming the ringleaders were simply taking advantage of a national crisis to further their own careers. Home Secretary Winston Churchill was quick to make the decision to partially mobilise the Armed Forces to continue production and to attempt to keep the peace during the strike.
The Labour Party under Ramsay MacDonald remained uncharacteristically silent on the matter, a dividing issue for the party. While those on the left of the party including the leadership of the Independent Labour Party were ready to announce their support for the strikers and their cause, MacDonald and his cabinet remained cautious, the leader of the opposition feared that endorsing the strike would be seen as endorsing revolutionary socialism and the violence associated with the Red Clydeside period, something the Conservatives would be quick to capitalise on, while denouncing the strike would alienate much of the Labour Party's voting base. In the end, the party opted for a vague statement hoping that a compromise could be made between the government and the strikers.
First Shot of the Revolution
- The definitive cause of the British Revolution, and the violent insurrection that triggered it is one shrouded in mystery and disinformation. All that is known for sure is that the primary catalyst was the series of events that took place at Tarenni Colliery in South Wales. Following the declaration of the General Strike, government forces were deployed to keep the peace, and to undertake any jobs seen to be of national importance. The deployment to Tarenni was met with open hostility from the striking miners and the local community, with protesters refusing to allow government forces access to the pits and machinery of the Colliery, as a result, a standoff developed between the local protesters and the government forces.
What followed next is a source of continuous debate, accounts from those present and other revolutionary elements suggest government forces opened fire on the protesters without any provocation, while government accounts report that warning shots were fired in self-defence following assaults from protesters, with some deliberately misinterpreting the shots as attempts to kill. Most historians are of the belief that a single shot was fired, which was enough to turn the scene into chaos.
The men deployed to keep order were a largely inexperienced division of the Territorial Army drafted from the North of Wales, totally unprepared to combat a general strike. It is believed a single shot may have accidentally been fired into the waves of agitated strikers from a rifle with an improperly used safety. No matter the cause, violence soon broke out between the two groups following the initial exchange, with impassioned and enraged strikers charging government lines.
News quickly spread across the country, with the Daily Herald picking up on rumours that the government ordered the forces present at Tarenni to open fire on the strikers, the news was to spread like wildfire throughout working-class communities, and as a result sporadic violence began to break out in other high-tension locations across the country, with the violence spreading further as more news of conflict across the country began to spread.
The Fires of Revolution Spread
- On 15 March 1925, Scottish Revolutionary Socialist John Maclean was to give a speech in George Square that would change the very future of Great Britain. At first, the speech was nothing more than a denouncement of government action, but as the speech progressed the language used became more aggressive, passionate, and violent. Maclean ended his speech referencing the French Revolution of 1919, urging the workers of Britain to arise, to take arms, and to combat the tyranny of the old reactionary order which Curzon's government embodied.
Those who witnessed the speech passed on its message to all those they knew, while the TUC republished the message repeatedly through the Daily Herald. With the conduct of the government thrown into question following the events which took place at Tarenni, units of the Territorial army began to voluntarily stand down, with many turning themselves over to the side of the strikers and the revolutionaries, seizing key industry and local government in the name of the General Strike. Despite attempts from the Labour Party to avoid the issue completely, on 18 March 1925, a grouping of Labour MPs in the Commons led by James Maxton, John Wheatley, and David Kirkwood gave successive speeches in support of the uprisings taking place throughout the country, echoing calls for revolution, and the removal of the government by force. The men were promptly ejected from the House of Commons.
Although Birmingham may have been seen as a staunchly Conservative city, serving as the home territory of the Chamberlain political dynasty, that was by no means the case. The peoples of Birmingham were swiftly swayed to the revolutionary cause, overrunning a city for generations dominated by the Conservative Party. Much credit is given to the actions of the young Labour MP Sir Oswald Mosley, who captivated crowds with his oratory skills, bringing the unsure to the revolutionary cause through his own personal story of leaving the Conservative Party for the Labour Movement and his conversion to the cause and creed of Socialism. Soon many of Britain's largest cities were to fall under revolutionary control, government control was effectively limited to the City of London, cut off from much of the country by the revolutionary elements controlling the larger metropolitan area.
Prime Minister George Curzon, the 1st Marquess Curzon of Kedleston, died on 20 March 1925, following a serve haemorrhage of the bladder. For some time, the Prime Minister had been in ill health. but had managed to successfully prevent any rumours reaching the public that may have damaged his position as Prime Minister, as a result, the death of the Prime Minister came as a shock to the nation. Many believe that the revolution engulfing Britain was simply too much for the ageing Curzon to cope with, the stress of the situation aggravating the Prime Minister's existing health issues. The Influential former Chancellor of the Exchequer Stanley Baldwin was quick to take charge of the situation following Curzon's unexpected death, there was, however, no time available to formally declare Baldwin Prime Minister in the midst of the chaos that was slowly consuming Britain.
Despite promises to restore order, the situation appeared worse with each passing day, and on 22 March 1925, Baldwin was to effectively admit defeat by taking the unprecedented action of evacuating himself and what remained of the government to Canada. Those who could quickly followed suit, making use of loyal elements of the Royal Navy to transport as many men, and as much material as possible across the Atlantic. The Royal Family had already been temporarily evacuated seven days earlier under the guise of a royal visit, the temporary arrangement, however, was soon to become a permanent one.
The Inaugural Congress
- The Union of Britain was officially proclaimed on 3 June 1925. With the majority of MPs having fled the country in the chaos, the few remaining radicals of the Labour party took the unprecedented act of passing the final legislation produced by the United Kingdom, legislation that would abolish both houses of Parliament, and the United Kingdom itself. In its a place, a new government was to be established, based around the long-standing Trades Union Congress which had helped coordinate the actions of the General Strike, membership of the TUC was to be expanded to the entire adult population of Great Britain, creating a new representative government, for a new Britain.
The inaugural congress of the Union of Britain was held in a single day on 4 June 1925. Owing to the rapid establishment of the Union and the chaos still engulfing much of the country, turnout was largely limited to active members of the TUC, and longstanding members of revolutionary circles. After a brief period of ballot counting, the composition of the first National Trade Unions Congress (NTUC) was announced.
Unsurprisingly, John Maclean was voted Chairman of the Trades Union Congress with an overwhelming majority, owing to his tireless campaigning during the war and his role in bringing on the revolution which brought this new Congress into existence. The veteran Trade Unionist and Communist Tom Mann was also elected General Secretary with a sizable majority, owing to long commitment to the Trade Union movement as far back as 1884, and his expert organisational skills. Further bolstering the Trade Unionist ranks in the Congress were Walter Citrine a leading figure in International Trade Unionist circles, and Arthur James Cook - largely regarded as the architect of the General Strike, the two men were appointed as Commissary for Foreign Affairs, and Commissary for the Exchequer respectively.
A more moderate voice in the TUC came in the form of Sidney Webb, founder of the London School of Economics, and the leading voice of the Fabian society since its foundation in 1884, Webb was to be elected to the office of Commissary for the Home Department with the backing of the more moderate Trade Unions. Meanwhile Maclean's close associate Emanuel 'Manny' Shinwell was elected as Head of the Secret Service Bureau for his tireless work in securing the Central Belt on the outbreak of the revolution. With the majority of the United Kingdom's General Staff remaining loyal to the crown even as their forces dispersed, the young officer Tom Wintringham was quickly appointed as Chief of General Staff, and Commander-in-Chief of the Republican militias, with the positions of Commander-in-Chief of the Republican Navy and Airforce remaining temporarily vacant.
Outsiders in the New Britain
- Notable absences from the Congress included any representatives from the Communist Party of Great Britain, and the so-called "Hero of Birmingham", Oswald Mosley. The leadership of the CPGB refused outright to attend the Congress owing to the presence of Sidney Webb and his Fabian allies, decrying them as members of the petit-bourgeois with nothing to offer International Socialism.
If his actions in Birmingham marked the high point of his career, then only weeks later Mosley's speech to the TUC was to mark the low point. Addressing the TUC Mosley was quick to denounce the entire structure of the new national organisation as flawed, arguing that a system of decentralisation and co-operatives had no place in a true Socialist society and that such institutions were nothing more than the relics of the old Liberal Democracy which had failed the people of Britain. Unable to sense the mood of the Congress, Mosley expressed his belief that only a strong centralised government under a TUC free to act whatever policy it sees necessary could bring Socialism to the British Isles, at the same time announcing his candidacy for Commissary for the Home Department. With his speech and aristocratic background held against him, Mosley polled last. When the position was ultimately assigned to Sidney Webb; Mosley is said to have left the building in disgust. The events of the British revolution in the end only served to push Mosley to the fringes of British politics once more.
- 25 April 1929 - On the 25th April 1929 John Maclean collapsed mid-speech whilst addressing the TUC, his death was largely attributed to the treatment he received during his wartime imprisonment for his pacifism. Maclean had created a platform that managed to appeal to all corners of British society at once, as a result, the makeup of the Congress remained largely unchanged, with all key ministers appointed in 1926 still holding their positions. However, the political landscape was far different from the 1926 Congress, with British politics having entered a new era of factionalism, with new political allegiances being formed; creating a diverse new Congress:
Elected Chairman of the TUC by a decent majority was the moderate and unassuming Philip Snowden, a former Liberal converted to Socialism in his early 20s, and the former Chair of the Independent Labour Party. Snowden's victory has largely been credited to his decision to avoid factional politics in the TUC, portraying himself as an unaligned unity candidate. Elected General Secretary following Tom Mann's retirement was the young Trade Unionist Arthur Horner who had emerged as the leader of the growing Federationist faction dedicated to preserving the status quo in the TUC. Clifford Allen was to become Commissary for Foreign Affairs after narrowly defeating the incumbent Walter Citrine. Allen was to become the only major representative of the Congregationalist faction in the TUC, a group not dissimilar to the Federationists, but one which placed greater importance on both pacifism and social justice, leading to the group becoming a Feminist beacon in the largely male-dominated TUC.
A.J. Cook and Sidney Webb were both re-elected to their positions with large majorities, with neither moving towards any of the newly established factions. A major upset came in the form of the defeat of Maclean's close ally Emanuel Shinwell by Fenner Brockway, an associate of Chairman Snowden, and another former member of the ILP. The Military vacancies left in the inaugural Congress were by now filled, leading military theorist Alan Brooke was appointed Commander-in-Chief of the Republican Militias, while the former Labour politicians and Officers A.V. Alexander and William Wedgewood Benn were appointed as Commanders-in-Chief of the Republican Navy and Airforce respectively.
A.J. Cook passed away aged 47 on the 2 November 1931 following a brief battle with terminal throat cancer. This untimely death was to leave the key position of Commissary for the Exchequer, which had been held by Cook since 1926, wide open. Only days later Sidney Webb was to announce his own retirement as Commissary for the Home Department, citing his advanced age and desire to return to civilian life as the main reasons for his resignation.
Candidates from all political factions and affiliations put their names forward for both positions, but perhaps the most surprising candidacy was that of Oswald Mosley for the position of Commissary of the Exchequer. Having spent the last 6 years in the political wilderness while the Union of Britain stabilised, Mosley was to finally make his next move, believing it was finally time for his vision of Britain to be realised, by successfully appealing to those who desired more radical change to British society, and to those to whom the revolution had been rather lacklustre.
Equally shocking was the announcement on 12 December 1931 that Mosley had been successfully elected Commissary for the Exchequer by a slim majority, narrowly defeating the moderate Arthur Greenwood on the final ballot. However, the Federationist Herbert Morrison was to be elected as Commissary for the Home Department, giving the Federationists a majority in the TUC, even without the support for the generally Sympathetic Philip Snowden, effectively securing the status quo for the time being.
Modern History. March 1936-present
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The island of Great Britain lies on the European continental shelf, part of the Eurasian Plate. Situated off the north-west coast of continental Europe, it is separated from the mainland by the North Sea and by the English Channel, which narrows to 34 km (18 nmi; 21 mi) at the Straits of Dover. It stretches over about ten degrees of latitude on its longer, north-south axis and occupies an area of 209,331 km2 (80,823 sq mi), excluding the smaller surrounding islands. The North Channel, Irish Sea, St George's Channel and Celtic Sea separate the island from the island of Ireland to its west. The island is physically connected with continental Europe via the Channel Tunnel, the longest undersea rail tunnel in the world, completed in 1993. The island is marked by low, rolling countryside in the east and south, while hills and mountains predominate in the western and northern regions. It is surrounded by over 1,000 smaller islands and islets. The greatest distance between two points is 968.0 km (601 1⁄2 mi) (between Land's End, Cornwall and John o' Groats, Caithness), 838 miles (1,349 km) by road.
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the Union of Britain is an island that does not border anyone. It consists of the island of Great Britain, the Isle of Mann, Whicker island, the channel islands of Jersey and Guernsey, Clarkson island, the Isle of Wight, the Hebrides, the Orkney and Shetland islands, and several other isles.
- The people of Britain mostly speak English. There are some linguistical minorities such as Cornish in Cornwall, Scottish Highlander in Scotland, German in Dover and East Anglia, and Welsh in Wales.
Most of the populace follows the Religion of Anglicanism. Flat Earthers are given a one-way ticket to the surface of the Sun and Anti-Vaxxers are regularly sent to gulags for Child Endangerment.
Metro area population
- The Union of Britain is a Federal Republic with elections every 4 years. Britain Federalized into # Individual States on 16 July 1937.
Local Government: Administers the Police and Fire Brigades, as well as other public works, and protects and serves the people.
Regional Federal Government: Responsible for caring and maintaining the lands that they control, responsible for Education, Taxation, Infrastructure, Healthcare and other stuff.
Central Federal Government: Headquartered in London, ruled by the Federalists and lead by Philip Snowden. The Federal Government is responsible for national defense, foreign policy, and guarantees basic human rights that the regions cannot override.
- The Union of Britain is a member of the Internationale, along with the Commune of France, the Socialist Republic of Italy and possibly other revolutionary countries. The Union of Britain has poor relations with all members of the Entente, most particularly the exiled government in power in Canada.
The Union of Britain is a nobody in the Communist Bloc.
- The military doctrine of the Union of Britain puts great emphasis on naval superiority in home waters as well as providing escorts for commerce vessels which are the lifeline of the island nations. The army has a secondary role as the air force and the navy are thought to have a higher priority. The British Armed Forces are neither paltry nor overwhelming in this nation that can defend itself against even formidable foes.
It is made up of 3 branches, with 1 new one in the works. The Army, Navy and Air Force.
Military Factbook Link: Armed Forces of the Socialist Union of Britain
Rank: 532nd in the Communist Bloc
Currency: the Pound Sterling (£)
Exchange Rate: £1 = $1.23
Fiscal Year: The Month of July
GDP (nominal): $3.028 trillion
GDP (nominal) per capita: $45,565
Income Tax Rate: 53.6%
Workforce: 4.54 million
- The economy of SFR Britain is classified as Fair, which means, that, while not a behemoth in the global Economy, SFR Britain is doing a Fair job of keeping the wheels of economic progress rolling. The economy is tied to the strength and value of the Pound Sterling, its national currency and is driven by the Arms Manufacturing industry where much of the population is employed in some capacity or another.
- In 2006, Britain was the world's ninth-largest consumer of energy and the 15th-largest producer. Britain is home to a number of large energy companies, including two of the six oil and gas "supermajors" Ė BP and Royal Dutch Shell. In 2011, 40 per cent of Britain's electricity was produced by gas, 30 per cent by coal, 19 per cent by nuclear power and 4.2 per cent by wind, hydro, biofuels and wastes.
In 2013, Britain produced 914 thousand barrels per day (bbl/d) of oil and consumed 1,507 thousand bbl/d. Production is now in decline and Britain has been a net importer of oil since 2005. In 2010 Britain had around 3.1 billion barrels of proven crude oil reserves.
In 2009, Britain was the 13th-largest producer of natural gas in the world. Production is now in decline and Britain has been a net importer of natural gas since 2004.
Coal production played a key role in the British economy in the 19th and 20th centuries. In the mid-1970s, 130 million tonnes of coal were produced annually, not falling below 100 million tonnes until the early 1980s. During the 1980s and 1990s the industry was scaled back considerably. In 2011, Britain produced 18.3 million tonnes of coal. In 2005 it had proven recoverable coal reserves of 171 million tons. The British Coal Authority has stated there is a potential to produce between 7 billion tonnes and 16 billion tonnes of coal through underground coal gasification (UCG) or 'fracking', and that, based on current British coal consumption, such reserves could last between 200 and 400 years. However, environmental and social concerns have been raised over chemicals getting into the water table and minor earthquakes damaging homes.
In the late 1990s, nuclear power plants contributed around 25 per cent of total annual electricity generation in Britain, but this has gradually declined as old plants have been shut down and ageing-related problems affect plant availability. In 2012, Britain had 16 reactors normally generating about 19 per cent of its electricity. All but one of the reactors will be retired by 2023. Unlike Germany and Japan, Britain intends to build a new generation of nuclear plants from about 2018.
The total of all renewable electricity sources provided for 14.9 per cent of the electricity generated in the Union of Britain in 2013, reaching 53.7 TWh of electricity generated. Britain is one of the best sites in Europe for wind energy, and wind power production is its fastest growing supply, in 2014 it generated 9.3 per cent of Britain's total electricity.
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ooo 17 endorsements to go and then TSP can have a big parade and put a racoon on the Shark-throne!
Wow, after banning child abuse
Volaworand was reclassified from an Inoffensive Centrist Democracy to a Left-Leaning College State.
And all I want is my New York Time Democracy back! :-(
*avoids beating children to blow off steam*
My flag is so much better than Auphelia's!
My demonic penguin banner marked my joining the LC. I needed to keep people on their toes.
I suppose I should add something more relaxed now.
*flicks the light on*
Hey you two! Don't make me turn the hose on you!
That is probably TSP's highest honour!