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OOC: Goodbye. It was a nice run.

Board of War

The Board of War, in accordance to ISA protocol, has announced the deployment of:

  • Strike Group Dalian - 24 ships; to Pula, Donau-Bundesreich

  • Strike Group Sinan - 23 ships; to Luanda, Quyelle

    The aforementioned strike groups will be re-designated as Strike Group Danubia, and Strike Group Quyelle.

    Strike Group Sinan will make landfall upon the successful completion of a 450 square mile naval base in Quyelle.

    In addition, the Qing's first Type 002 Carrier will be commissioned next week, and join the Imperial Navy. The second-generation aircraft carrier design will be the first Chinese carrier to feature an integrated electric propulsion system, and the first fixed-wing carrier to allow for the operation of electromagnetic launch catapults, making it a CATOBAR carrier. Its capabilities have also been suggested to be comparable to that of the Kitty Hawk-class aircraft carrier, with a capacity of 40 carrier aircraft.

    "This suggests a significant step forward for us," the Board of War announced. "We can finally perform our obligations to the ISA (International Security Alliance) as a blue water navy, to safeguard our national interests and regional stability."

    The 5 destroyer hulls that were laid down in Ulsan, Busan, Dalian, and Yeongam 189 days ago will be formally completed in less than 2 years time.

  • The Rexist Rijk wrote:Board of War

    The Board of War, in accordance to ISA protocol, has announced the deployment of:

  • Strike Group Dalian - 24 ships; to Pula, Donau-Bundesreich

  • Strike Group Sinan - 23 ships; to Luanda, Quyelle

    The aforementioned strike groups will be re-designated as Strike Group Danubia, and Strike Group Quyelle.

    Strike Group Sinan will make landfall upon the successful completion of a 450 square mile naval base in Quyelle.

    In addition, the Qing's first Type 002 Carrier will be commissioned next week, and join the Imperial Navy. The second-generation aircraft carrier design will be the first Chinese carrier to feature an integrated electric propulsion system, and the first fixed-wing carrier to allow for the operation of electromagnetic launch catapults, making it a CATOBAR carrier. Its capabilities have also been suggested to be comparable to that of the Kitty Hawk-class aircraft carrier, with a capacity of 40 carrier aircraft.

    "This suggests a significant step forward for us," the Board of War announced. "We can finally perform our obligations to the ISA (International Security Alliance) as a blue water navy, to safeguard our national interests and regional stability."

    The 5 destroyer hulls that were laid down in Ulsan, Busan, Dalian, and Yeongam 189 days ago will be formally completed in less than 2 years time.

  • With this recent announcement of an upped ISA presence in both East Prussia's adversary of the Donau-Bundesreich, as well as the neighbor of East Prussia's ally Furstia in Quyelle, The Social Republic's military branches have once again sought approval to further prepare the aerial and land defenses of East Prussia's southern regions. As ISA footholds develop, Prussia once again sees itself silently at odds with a foreign nation.

    Ekenberg wrote:With this recent announcement of an upped ISA presence in both East Prussia's adversary of the Donau-Bundesreich, as well as the neighbor of East Prussia's ally Furstia in Quyelle, The Social Republic's military branches have once again sought approval to further prepare the aerial and land defenses of East Prussia's southern regions. As ISA footholds develop, Prussia once again sees itself silently at odds with a foreign nation.

    Board of Rites

    The Great Qing Dynasty wishes to explicitly inform the Prussian nation that the ISA, and by extension, the Qing, have no quarrel with East Prussia. We will not look lightly towards any threats or aggressive action made against our deployed assets or our allies, however, and urge that the East Prussian nation refrain from engaging in global diplomacy with such a polarized attitude.

    It is possible for two factions and blocs to co-exist in peace.

    Lower House adopts Green Strategy
    ~ OBBC News

    The Lower House of Parliament approved a Motion called by the Government to adopt the Green Strategy policy. The policy has been highly controversial as it rations certain foods and mandates that the livestock be severely shrunken in the near future. It will also definitely have a large impact on building projects that local authorities may already have planned.

    The Green Strategy received the support of coalition parties Social Republican Front and Vox Populi as well as opposition partiy The Greens, and some members of Revolution!. The remaining parties opposed the Motion.

    Post self-deleted by Diadochi.

    Official Correspondence
    To: Bernard Görder, State Chairman of Ekenberg
    From: Sheikh Thani bin Ahmed Al Subaai, Foreign Minister of the United Emirates of Diadochi

    On behalf of the United Emirates and His Majesty King Sultan, I would like to congratulate you on your victory in the latest election of the Bürgerrecht, and the rise of your party to governance of the Social Republic. I would like to take the opportunity to turn over a new leaf in relations between our states and offer your government the opportunity to open an embassy here in Jeddah, whereas we could similarly establish our own embassy in Kalininstadt. Should your government accept, we intend to nominate Hassan Al-Amiri to the post.

    Best Regards,
    Sheikh Thani bin Ahmed Al Subaai
    Minister of Foreign Affairs
    The United Emirates of Diadochi

    RTEN News

    President Madaki has returned from Puerto Deseado, Furstia. The meeting that he had with Furstian President Ilario was, by his own account, a "successful first meeting that can lead to stronger relations between the two nations". West Africa and Furstia haven't had very close relations in the past, unlike West Africa and Infiny, but President Madaki wishes to change that in coming years.

    More international news regarding West Africa, President Madaki and key figures in the West African Congress are going to put forward a vote to the entire congress in the coming days. The vote will be on whether West Africa should leave the International Security Alliance. The details as to why the vote is being put forward hasn't been released, but many people are indifferent or supporting of the vote being put forward.

    In news of Republic City, Phase 1, which we now know as the Akoko Region of Republic City, is slightly ahead of schedule. The total time expected for Akoko to be finished was three years, but now estimates say a possibility of two years if everything keeps the rate they have currently. People have started to move into Republic City, as well. The estimated number of West Africans that currently reside in Akoko, Republic City are about 4,500. This number is expected to grow much larger as construction is completed on the region of the city. the Karun Region of Republic City, the second phase, will start after the completion of Akoko.

    Diadochi wrote:Official Correspondence
    To: Bernard Görder, State Chairman of Ekenberg
    From: Sheikh Thani bin Ahmed Al Subaai, Foreign Minister of the United Emirates of Diadochi

    On behalf of the United Emirates and His Majesty King Sultan, I would like to congratulate you on your victory in the latest election of the Bürgerrecht, and the rise of your party to governance of the Social Republic. I would like to take the opportunity to turn over a new leaf in relations between our states and offer your government the opportunity to open an embassy here in Jeddah, whereas we could similarly establish our own embassy in Kalininstadt. Should your government accept, we intend to nominate Hassan Al-Amiri to the post.

    Best Regards,
    Sheikh Thani bin Ahmed Al Subaai
    Minister of Foreign Affairs
    The United Emirates of Diadochi

    Correspondence to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the United Emirates of Diadochi
    Transcribed by the Office of International Relations of the Social Republic of East Prussia, under State Chairman Görder's supervision

    To Sheikh Thani bin Ahmed Al Subaai, Foreign Minister of the United Emirates of Diadochi, as well as to those it may concern,

    I must thank you for both your house's, as well as your own state's, wishes for the wellness of East Prussia. I feel that the creation of official foreign relations between our states has potential to see further reciprocal improvement for both Diadochi and East Prussia. Diadochi shall be given the opportunity to establish an embassy in Kalininstadt, and our Legislation shall nominate Alper Loos to the ambassadorial position of East Prussia for an embassy in Jeddah. I hope this message finds you well.

    Signed by State Chairman Bernard Görder of the People's Legislation of East Prussia

    Cabinet meeting on proclamation
    ~ Office of the Prime Minister, Orange-Bourgogne

    MOST CONFIDENTIAL

    Prime Minister Nichola Pankhurst MP: "Ladies and gentlemen, thank you all for coming. I have something important to discuss with you all. At the last Cabinet meeting, it was agreed to postpone the upcoming General Election, in order to ensure that the Inclusive Society Act and the Green Strategy police come into full force and effect when we leave office.

    Yesterday, I met King Henry and he refused to do this in person. However, I was able to convince him that we would write a proclamation in his name. A draft proclamation has been made indeed, however, the date for the general election has been changed so that the election will be held three months later than it previously would have been.

    King Henry also agreed to make a tour to the continental parts of our nation. However, as soon as he goes aboard HMS Monmouth, he will sail to Jeju Island, where he will spend the remaining time of this parliamentary session.

    I hope I need not remind you all that we - unlike King Henry - have a democratic mandate from the people of this country to deliver on our election manifesto. We got in power because of what we wanted to achieve, and we will not be interrupted from doing our duty to the people of this land by a man who's only achievement was being born and keeping himself alive.

    If you do not approve of any of these actions, please let me know and you will be dismissed from your office. If I hear nothing within twenty-four hours, I presume that you have no objections and are willing to carry out my orders accordingly. The time of hereditary power is finally over for this nation. Now, let us prepare for the raging opposition that is to be expected.”

    RTEN News: Breaking News!

    In the West African Congress, after many hours of debate, both houses have came to a decision on whether West Africa should or should not leave the International Security Alliance. In the Senate, with a 78% majority, the decision was that West Africa SHOULD leave the International Security Alliance. In the House of Representatives, with a 62% majority, the decision was that West Africa SHOULD NOT leave the International Security Alliance.

    Since the movement wasn't passed in both houses, the movement went up to President Madaki to decide. We haven't known his decision until just earlier in his speech. We have an excerpt here.

    "Due to nothing occurring to warrant the help of the International Security Alliance, a sense of forceful condemnation without significant evidence, and virtually no stimuli to any area of West Africa, a movement was put forward to leave the said alliance. In the Senate, it passed with a seventy-eight percent majority, twenty percent minority, with two percent abstaining. In the House [of Representatives] however, the movement did not pass. The majority of sixty-two voted 'nay', twenty percent voted 'aye', while a total of eighteen percent abstained from the vote. The percentage of those who have abstained in the House [of Representatives] meant that the bill would be passed on to me. With the recent visit to Furstia, constant review of evidence here in West Africa, and what is known about the International Security Alliance, I have motioned the movement into passing. This meaning that West Africa will leave the International Security Alliance."

    Critics of Madaki feel that this decision was made out of possible corruption. They now believe and are pushing the fact that the Furstian government helped Madaki win the election. Governmental officials and Madaki, himself, say that that claim is "one hundred percent false" and that "it wouldn't make sense for Madaki to ask for foreign interference in the election". On the other hand, supporters of Madaki have praised him for helping move West Africa forward.

    Board of Revenue

    The Board of Revenue has decreed that the hourly minimum wage of the various provinces within the Qing will receive some change.

    Currently, as different parts of the Qing have very different standards of living, there is no universal minimum wage for the entire nation. The new hourly minimum wages will receive some level of modification, as standards of living have generally increased.

    The new minimum wages for each province are as follows:

  • Outer Manchuria - $2.3 --> $8 RMB

  • Inner Manchuria - $2.3 --> $8 RMB

  • Inner Mongolia - $2.63 --> $3 USD

  • Northern Hebei - $2.4 --> $3 USD

  • Beijing - $3.39 --> $4 USD

  • Tianjin - $2.94 --> $4 USD

  • North Chosun - $5.5 --> $6 USD

  • South Chosun - $7.09 --> $7.5 USD

  • Nanqian Islands (Kurile Islands) - $0.55 --> $1 USD

  • Beihaidao Island (Hokkaido) - $8.07 --> $8.1 USD

  • Liuqiudao (Ryukyu Islands) - $8.07 --> $8.1 USD

  • Diaoyu Island - $8.07 --> $8.1 USD

  • Department of Defense Internal Notice

    Effective immediately, Andersen Air Base, Naval Base Guam and other such military installations currently closed in the State of Marianas are to be re-opened and re-furbished with up to date hardware. This includes returning ICBMs to the armored launch silos, returning of air force assets, return of Army assets and the return of navy asset such as SAM, rail-gun batteries, Missiles defense systems and so forth. This should take no longer than two years to complete as most of the infrastructure has been maintained such closure of assets and only need light work in regards to wiring and power systems. This will mark a long term and permanent return of Union military might in the Far East and forces are being dispatched from Midway to secure the nearby Kure Atoll for future use by the Union Navy. As the current buildings are up to date, this will not take long to make a change in the command structure of the atoll.

    AL WALIYAH NEWS AGENCY

    King sends a diplomatic cable to President Dawes

    His Majesty King Sultan bin Ahmed Al Subaai, King of the United Emirates of Diadochi, has sent a diplomatic cable to President Rachel Dawes of the United States of America. In his cable, he expressed his pleasure at the ongoing relationship between their two states, and his wish to see diplomatic ties between the two countries increase even further. He expressed his wish to upgrade trade status from Normal to Encouraged, and his wish to expand diplomatic relations from Friendly to Very Friendly. He also invited the President to visit Jeddah herself at her convenience.

    Relations between the United States and the Kingdom began in 1945 at a meeting on the Suez between President Franklin Delano Roosevelt and King Sultan's grandfather, Emir Rashid bin Khalifa Al Subaai. Since then they've expanded, and the USA was one of the few nations that had access to the Kingdom's seemingly unlimited untapped oil reserves for over twenty years, until the nationalization of oil in 1967. Since the beginning of the 21st Century, US-Emirati bilateral ties have refocused from an almost exclusive petroleum viewpoint, to economic trade, mutual defense cooperation, and counter-terrorism efforts, as the Kingdom has rapidly modernized and built up its military capabilities.

    Royal decree appoints new ambassadors

    In a decree issued yesterday afternoon, King Sultan appointed Fahad Mohammed Al-Tafaq as the new ambassador to the Democratic Republic of West Afrika, and Ali Al-Dhaheri as the ambassador to the North China. These changes come only days after diplomatic relations with East Prussia were re-established by Foreign Minister Thani bin Ahmed Al Subaai.

    Oil ministers' December meeting in preparation

    In a brief exchange with reporters in Dammam today, Deputy Energy Minister Ibrahim Al-Fahad announced that the rumoured "Oil minister meeting", first sparked by Energy Minister Suhail Al-Noami in an interview two months ago, was in active development. He did not offer any details other than the fact that it was confirmed to be taking place in December, and that Dr. Al-Noami would be the host. Al-Fahad went on to explain that planning for the meeting had fallen to him, and his commission was looking at suitable locations to host the event, with Jeddah, Abu Dhabi, and Dubai as the most likely locations. He did not specify the invitees, but hinted that major oil producing nations (producers of over 1,000,000 barrels a day) would be the primary invitees.

    Board of War - ENCRYPTED REQUEST FOR INFORMATION (RFI) to Imperial Eagle

    The Board of War of the Qing Dynasty would wish to inquire into the following:

  • The price for acquiring 40 F/A-18D Hornet carrier-capable aircraft,

  • The willingness, and price (if applicable) for acquiring a developmental and production license for the F/A-18E/FSuper Hornet,

  • and Future contracts to Lockheed Martin for the development of a naval combat system, similar to the USN's AEGIS system.

      The new system, dubbed the Joint Service Integrated Combat System (or JSICS), is an advanced command and control-cum-naval combat system, which will utilize robust computer and radar technology to track, guide, and use weapons in a naval combat theatre. The Board of War has set out the following specifications:
    • A fast-reaction component, with integration with HHQ-10 Air Defence SAMs, Type 730 CIWS, and Type 1130 CIWS

    • A mirror of the Aegis Weapons System (AWS), featuring integration and compatibility with the Type 346 naval radar, as well as Qing naval craft with the GJB 5860-2006 certification.

    • A radio frequency (RF) uplink for mid-course update missile guidance during combat to ensure that a large number of targets can be engaged simultaneously.

    • Integration of a mirror of the Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense System (BMD) for air defence purposes.

    • Access to the Aegis Open Architecture Modernization Program

  • Post self-deleted by Imperial Eagle.

    The Rexist Rijk wrote:Board of War - ENCRYPTED REQUEST FOR INFORMATION (RFI) to Imperial Eagle

    The Board of War of the Qing Dynasty would wish to inquire into the following:

  • The price for acquiring 40 F/A-18D Hornet carrier-capable aircraft,

  • The willingness, and price (if applicable) for acquiring a developmental and production license for the F/A-18E/FSuper Hornet,

  • and Future contracts to Lockheed Martin for the development of a naval combat system, similar to the USN's AEGIS system.

      The new system, dubbed the Joint Service Integrated Combat System (or JSICS), is an advanced command and control-cum-naval combat system, which will utilize robust computer and radar technology to track, guide, and use weapons in a naval combat theatre. The Board of War has set out the following specifications:
    • A fast-reaction component, with integration with HHQ-10 Air Defence SAMs, Type 730 CIWS, and Type 1130 CIWS

    • A mirror of the Aegis Weapons System (AWS), featuring integration and compatibility with the Type 346 naval radar, as well as Qing naval craft with the GJB 5860-2006 certification.

    • A radio frequency (RF) uplink for mid-course update missile guidance during combat to ensure that a large number of targets can be engaged simultaneously.

    • Integration of a mirror of the Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense System (BMD) for air defence purposes.

    • Access to the Aegis Open Architecture Modernization Program

  • Department of Defense Reply: Encrypted

    For the purchase of 40 F/A-18D Super Hornets, the total price comes to 1.5 Billion. In regards to a license, the price would be 4 Billion. As a final note, the AEGIS system is part of the Union's missile defense network and as such a license is not doable. However, we would be willing to help your create such a network if you so wish Please reply back if this agreeable to your government. The total price for this sale would come to roughly 5.7 Billion and our aid in creating a missile defense system on par with AEGIS for your use.

    Imperial Eagle wrote:Department of Defense Reply: Encrypted

    For the purchase of 40 F/A-18D Super Hornets, the total price comes to 1.5 Billion. In regards to a license, the price would be 4 Billion. As a final note, the AEGIS system is part of the Union's missile defense network and as such a license is not doable. However, we would be willing to help your create such a network if you so wish Please reply back if this agreeable to your government. The total price for this sale would come to roughly 5.7 Billion and our aid in creating a missile defense system on par with AEGIS for your use.

    Board of War - ENCRYPTED

    The Board of War is agreeable to the aforementioned message, and agrees to the American offer for the construction of a new defense network.
    The $5.7 billion will be provided to the Union Treasury.

    RBC News:King Medvedev tests XF/A-98A-Husky

    With the completion of the first Husky Prototype, King Medvedev, (who served in the Russoslav Air Force as Pilot) insisted testing it. "The Mad Barron" climb into the Pilot seat and took off from St.Andrewsburg Air Force Base and flew for a couple of hours before returning. He commented that "It was a smooth easy to flying airplane, perfect to replace the aging flight of aircraft in storage." Upon landing. The estimated cost of these aircraft is 50 Million USD a unit, the Air Force will continue trails for the next 6 months or so.

    Board of Works - Major Resettlement Programmes in Beihaidao, Ryukyu and Nanqian

    As per an audit by the Board of Personnel, it is estimated that there are almost 5,000,000 veterans who have served in the Qing military, who are still alive. Hence, the Board of Works, in conjunction with the Board of War and Board of Personnel, has officially announced the implementation of a new "Soldier Settlement" plan to complement the pre-existing resettlement plans for the Nanqian Islands (Kurile Islands). This soldier settlement plan will also encompass the Ryukyu Islands, and Beihaidao (Hokkaido).

    The "Soldier Settlement" plan is the settlement of land throughout parts of the aforementioned territories, by leasing large packets of land to veteran and discharged soldiers under conditions. In order to buy or lease land, said veterans were required to remain in residence on that land for a minimum of 5 years, which would guarantee a population expansion and increased infrastructure in the area. Additionally, veterans and their families have the opportunity to start a new life by engaging in a number of rural activities, such as wool processing, animal husbandry, and farming.

    Under the "Soldier Settlement", veterans can also uproot their families, and would receive an annual subsidy package for any property maintenance costs. Additionally, there are no fixed rules or limitations on the land usage policy within their packages of land, giving them free reign over their land usage.

    In addition to the "Soldier Settlement" plan, there have also been plans to repopulate Beihaidao, following Qing occupation since 1945. The "Beihaidao Decade" plan aims to bring 767,000 new residents to the island over a period of ten years, with the Board of Works having compiled a database (currently containing some 28,900 names) of current Qing citizens interested in relocating to the island. The plan envisions the creation of 25 new suburban communities across various population centres in Beihaidao, such as:

  • Hakodate - projected 20,000 migrants

  • Muroran - projected 23,000 migrants

  • Setana-Imakane - projected 17,000 migrants

  • Otaru - projected 30,000 migrants

  • Sapporo - projected 320,000 migrants

  • Ishikari - projected 18,000 migrants

  • Tobetsu - projected 2,000 migrants

  • Tomakomai - projected 80,000 migrants

  • Yubari - projected 800 migrants

  • Urahoro - projected 200 migrants

  • Toyokoro - projected 1,000 migrants

  • Obihiro - projected 1,000 migrants

  • Kushiro - projected 20,000 migrants

  • Shiranuka - projected 2,000 migrants

  • Kitami - projected 18,000 migrants

  • Iwamizawa - projected 25,000 migrants

  • Mikasa - projected 25,000 migrants

  • Bibai - projected 27,000 migrants

  • Sunagawa - projected 33,000 migrants

  • Takikawa - projected 21,000 migrants

  • Fukagawa - projected 29,000 migrants

  • Asahikawa - projected 55,000 migrants

  • Rumoi - projected 8,000 migrants

  • Nayoro - projected 8,000 migrants

  • Wakkanai - projected 8,000 migrants

    An extension to the current plan to promote settlement in the Nanqian Islands will also be implemented by the Board of Works. As of right now, it is thought that around 20 of the 56 islands are populated following several years of resettlement, a far cry from the previous 8 islands. It is thought that the population distribution plan is as follows:

  • Shumshu - 2,000 current population - projected 200 migrants

  • Atlasov - uninhabited - volcano to be converted to tourist attraction and Ainu religious ground

  • Awos - uninhabited - projected 20 migrants

  • Paramushir - 2,592 current population - projected 410 migrants

  • Antsiferov - uninhabited - island to be converted to wildlife refuge

  • Makanrushi - uninhabited - projected 200 migrants

  • Onekotan - 300 current population - projected 150 migrants

  • Kharimkotan - 300 current population - projected 150 migrants

  • Ekarma - 50 current population - projected 10 migrants

  • Chirinkotan - uninhabited - projected 200 migrants

  • Shiashkotan - 400 current population - projected 200 migrants

  • Raikoke - 300 current population - projected 150 migrants

  • Matua - 8,000 current population - projected 1,200 migrants

  • Rasshua - 40 current population - projected 5 migrants

  • Ushishir - uninhabited - protected as Ainu sacred ground

  • Ketoy - uninhabited - projected 200 migrants

  • Simushir - 3,000 current population - projected 200 migrants

  • Broutona - uninhabited - projected 200 migrants

  • Chirpoy - uninhabited - projected 100 migrants

  • Brat Chirpoyev - uninhabited - projected 100 migrants

  • Urup - 6,000 current population - projected 800 migrants

  • Iturup - 7,500 current population - projected 1,200 migrants

  • Kunashir - 7,000 current population - projected 800 migrants

  • Shikotan - 2,440 current population - projected 400 migrants

  • Khabomai Islands - 117 current population - projected 13 migrants
    OOC: The Kurile Islands are more populated in this timeline. In IRL, the reason that many of these islands were uninhabited was because the USSR booted them to Hokkaido in 1945. However, now that it was under Qing occupation, no such forced resettlement occurred - hence, the local indigenous population (the Ainu) still live there relatively 'happy' to their standards.

    Ainu Peoples Bill passed

    The Board of Rites and Board of Personnel has formally passed the "Ainu Peoples Bill", which targets the 200,000 persons with Ainu identification or ancestry residing within the Qing.

    This will allow for the teaching of Ainu oral literature and the Ainu language as an elective course for Qing educational institutions, as well as compulsory for Ainu schoolchildren, in an attempt to revitalize their culture. It is thought that 3 Ainu-speaking schools will be opened in the Kurile and Sakhalin Islands, to cater to the bill's new regulations.

    Additionally, it was stated that "the indigenous cultural practices and religion of the Ainu peoples will be respected by the government" under the bill. It was recently cited as a massive win by Ainu activists, which call this "a monumental step towards parity in social recognition...following our forced assimilation under the previous Japanese regime".

    Ainu communities will also be free to engage in exchange and cultural cooperation programmes with other groups, while bypassing official government approval. Additionally, the Board of Rites has announced that it will inject a sum of $12 million USD towards the construction of infrastructural services on the Kurile Islands, which include high-speed telecoms, improved roads, bridges and harbour facilities, in an attempt to raise the standards of living for Ainu households.

    Penal Colony Plan in Donau-Bundesreich

    The Board of Rites and Board of Punishments will also announce the beginning of a Penal Colony Plan within the borders of Donau-Bundesreich.

    5,000 prisoners of Japanese descent, originating from Qing-occupied Beihaidao, Ryukyu and Nanqian, will be resettled to Danubia. A formal prisoner transfer will occur in the Carpathians, where the prisoners will be pressed into penal labour for the Qing's ISA ally.

    The 5,000 prisoners will serve their sentences in the Danubian Carpathians, and upon their completion, they can be given the decision to move back to the Qing, or stay in Danubia. Their families will also be consulted and allowed to immigrate alongside the convict if they so wish.

  • Post self-deleted by The Rexist Rijk.

    Post self-deleted by The Rexist Rijk.

    Beihaidao, Nanqian Islands and Liuqiu Islands Formally Announced as Provinces

    The Beihaidao (Hokkaido), Nanqian Islands (Kurile) and Liuqiu Islands (Ryukyu) have been formally declared as Provinces of the Qing Empire following Imperial decree.

    Provinces have been a mainstay in Chinese governmental administration since the Qin Dynasty, dividing up the vast imperial kingdoms. Under the Qing, provinces were only used to divide up land in China proper, with the rest of the empire administered as "Feudatory Regions", ruled by military generals assigned by the Lifan Yuan. Currently, the three island groups have been administered as Feudatory Regions, collectively led by the Supreme Commander for the Allied Powers (SCAP) since 1945. However, after 1952 when control was handed over to the civilian government of Japan, the SCAP relocated to Sapporo, where control continued to be exerted on the Chinese concessions, which were to be occupied in perpetuity.

    Upon receiving province status, persons residing in the three island groups will be entitled to Qing citizenship, which would make them all eligible to vote in elections, attend government educational institutes, tax rebates, the right to attend imperial examinations, and their rights enshrined under the Qing Constitution. Elections in the Qing are based on a hierarchical electoral system, whereby local governments are directly elected, and higher levels of government elected directly by the voter base of the level below.

    Governors, mayors, and heads of counties, districts, townships and towns are directly elected by the people, but other servants are elected via meritocratic processes within the Imperial Examinations. Elected leaders remain subordinate to their corresponding Board ministers, but are otherwise given large amounts of authority to exercise local-level power.

    The new citizens can also freely stand in elections as candidates, and participate in political parties.

    The acceptance of the Three Eastern Feudatories as Provinces marks a milestone in Sinicization, whereby Chinese culture, language, societal norms, and ethnic identity begin to influence areas such as diet, writing, industry, education, language, law, lifestyle, politics, philosophy, religion, science and technology, culture, and value systems.
    As of 1952, over 13,000 roads and streets across the Feudatories were renamed with geographical names from the mainland, Kanji was reinstated as the official written script in the region, Manchu and Mandarin were made compulsory in schools, and students were taught to revere the ideals of Taoism, Confucianism and Legalism. In 1955, Shinto was snubbed in favour of Chinese folk religion, in an attempt to combat the Japanese influences, and to help unite the recent immigrants from mainland China.

    An independent study found that almost 73.2% of residents of the former Eastern Feudatories, aged 18 to 50, identified as Qing Chinese, while the number was substantially lower (at 59.6%) for residents older than that.

    "The sinicization of the Japanese peoples residing within Qing China is an excellent milestone towards achieving ethnic homogeneity", a newspaper once wrote. "Even though we may be of different ethnicities, we are all Chinese, and we should be proud of that."

    Activists within assimilationist groups have since been advocating for the integration of the Japanese into Chinese society.

    Since 2005, the GDP of Beihaidao and the Liuqiu Islands has increased from $207.8 billion USD to $300 billion USD, following intensive drives to invest in the country since 2012. It was said that the HDI of Beihaidao had also risen from 0.885 in 2010 to 0.912 in 2019, 0.003 points higher than in Mainland Japan.

    The construction of over 50,000 km of railways, roads, and bridges, as well as progressive trade union laws, the redistribution of over 24,000 kilometers squared of land to farmers and rural communities, and the construction of over 9,000 government structures for recreation, healthcare and green space has prompted many to reconsider their previous allegiances.

    "The Qing has done so much for us - much better than dragging us to war," a former IJN serviceman once stated in a press interview.

    "It is the beginning of a new destiny for us," a member of a Liuqian village council once said. "How could we refuse?"

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    Board of War

    The Board of War, in an attempt to bolster national defence initiative and to improve civilian readiness for war, has begun a nationwide pamphlet circulation programme, dubbed the "War Readiness Protocols". Such pamphlets are sent to all households, and also circulated online or in government/public facilities.

    The publications all contain information about how to act in a situation of national crisis and most notably, nuclear war, condensed into pamphlets and guidebooks with a cumulative total of 100 pages.

    The covers for the pamphlets and guidebooks, which are covered in a bright red, contain the following message:

      "Every statement that the resistance has ceased is false. Resistance shall be made all the time and in every situation. One should esteem the man who advised a war with the Great Qing to be the greatest living enemy of their country."

    The pamphlets and guidebooks include helpful information on creating makeshift gas masks, handling dangerous chemicals, neutralizing chemicals, surviving initial nuclear blasts, crafting makeshift weapons, a manual on field sabotage, and so on.

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    In other news, it is announced that the Ainu and Nivkh peoples will be eligible to enlist in the military.

    Board of War

    The Board of War, following a vote within the ISA, has announced that the 5.8x42mm DBP series of rounds will be reclassified as the 5.8x42mm ISA, as it could potentially be improved and utilized as a standardized cartridge for the alliance.

    The schematics will be made available to all ISA nations to use at their own perusal. Currently, the 5.8x42mm's advantages over the 5.56x45mm NATO (flatter trajectory, higher penetration, high extraction reliability, superior performance beyond 400m, 100% penetration rate of 10mm steel plate at 300m) make it a worthy contender as a standardized cartridge.

    The DBP95 and DBP10 variants of the cartridge utilise non-corrosive primers, a copper-coated steel case with a copper alloy bullet jacket, and a hardened steel core for better penetration of armour, alongside a clean-burning propellant to reduce residue. This is able to solve previous problems with the older DBP87 cartridges, which utilized a cheap but corrosive primer.

    The 5.8x42mm's inability to fragment and cause serious wounds was an issue; however, with adoption and refinement into the ISA, it is believed that an entire consortium of ISA scientists and engineers will be able to refine the 5.8mm into a more destructive cartridge.

    The legislation, which passed with 4 approvals, noted that Norinco will be partnering up with Glock and Steyr of Donau-Bundesreich to redevelop the 5.8mm ISA cartridge. Some improvements will include cannelures, non-corrosive primers, and a new open-tip design to inflict damage on soft tissue.

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    -Greater Australia-

    Wesfarmers Limited

    Australian Private Company Wesfarmers Limited has made a 25 million USD$ Campign Donation to the political party DFP in Donau-Bundesreich. DFP is the main rival of the Social Democratic Party in Donau-Bundesreich.

    Department of Defense

    ISA Jungle Warfare Training Base

    The Joint US-Australian Jungle Warfare Training Base in Papau New Guinea will now be a Joint ISA Jungle Warfare Training Base.

    Australian Navy, Australian Army, and Australian Airforce to arrive in The Rexist Rijk

    The Australia Navy Strike Group 2 will be arriving in The Rexist Rijk. The Australian Army will be stationing 5,000 troops at a base in The Rexist Rijk. Australia will also be stationing a undisclosed amount of Aircraft in The Rexist Rijk.

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