Kang: Greetings sir, I don’t believe we’ve met thus far. I’m Kang Zexian, Premier of Qianda, and I couldn’t help but see you speaking to Queen Irene, and thought I should introduce myself. If you wouldn’t mind, I would like to introduce to you the possibly of Qiandan investment in your beautiful nation, with the additional possibility of larger scale cooperation between our nations. See, it seems that ultranationalism has reared its ugly head again with the rise of Korea and the Axis of Canton, and it is my belief that nations which do not want to be wholly overtaken by these regimes should unite to uphold the old order of democracy and self determination.
Elon Musk announces new LA Tunnel project
During a press release today, Tesla CEO and founder of The Boring Company stated that he aims to build a test tunnel under Los Angeles in an effort to combat the growing traffic problems that the city faces. The test tunnel, which will be over 2 miles long will dug out over a three year time frame and cost Musk 300 Million to complete but he has stated that once completed and testing is done, the project may see expansions through California, and other states such as illinois, Missouri and New York. Though some have criticized the move, The Federal Government is interested in his latest project following his work with NASA with his Heavy Falcon Lift Rocket and has stated that it will fund such infrastructure work should tests prove fruitful.
Department of Defense Internal Memo: Encrytped
Following a debate amongst the Department of the Navy and acting on a request of the Secretary of the Navy Samuel Wright, the USS Wisconsin and USS Iowa will instead be rebuilt over a three year period and be equipped with the following: 4 triple turrets armed with 420mm gun, 10 x 2 128mm guns, 4 x 2 150mm, 8 CIWS Phalanx Anti Air Platforms, 4 Lancer Anti Missile Platforms on each side of the superstructure, 12 × Babcock & Wilcox 2-drum express type boilers powering 4 sets of Westinghouse geared steam turbines capable of reaching speeds in excess of 33 knots ( 250k+ horsepower), 4 sets of Mark 8 Armored Box Launchers holding a total of 32 missiles (anti ship cruise missiles and anti air missiles) and a UAV hanger capable of containing two UAVs/UCAVs. The total cost of the new design will total 11 Billion Dollars and both ships will be in excess of 1,000 feet (1,131 feet long) and have a total weight displacement of over 90,000 tons, with a beam of 169 ft and a draft of 41 feet. Once completed with the refits, they will undergo sea trials and be attacked to both the Atlantic and Pacific Fleets. Armor scheme will be the same as the Montana Class Guided Missile battleship so as to better survive missile and torpedo hits and naval gunfire. The following armor layout will be used:
Side belt: 16.5 inches (420 mm) tapering to 10.2 inches (259 mm) on 1-inch (25 mm) STS plate inclined 19°
Lower side belt: 7.2 inches (183 mm) tapered to 1 inch (25 mm) inclined 10°
Bulkheads: 18 inches (457 mm) forward, 15.25 inches (387 mm) aft
Barbettes: 21.3 inches (541 mm), 18 inches (457 mm) (aft)
Turrets: Face 22.5 inches (572 mm), Roof 9.15 inches (232 mm)
main 0.75 inches (19 mm) + 1.5 inches (38 mm)
second 5.8 inches (147 mm) + 1.25 inches (32 mm)
(based off the H-Class of battleships Germany was to build until Minister of Armaments stopped work on the ships. They will be a mixture of the H42, H44, and H39 in terms of turrets, guns, and length and will look like the following photo ( as i could not find any proper photos of the H Class of battleships on google or otherwise): https://thedailybounce.net/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/441_577f3d37599e1-1.jpg
Personally...much more aesthetically pleasing than a French BB design...should have went with this in the first place...
This is subject to review by the RA as i am waiting for SC to respond but have other things in the pipeline after this post
Private Discussions in Port Moresby Continue
Long after the International Conference of Socialism, delegations remain in Port Moresby in talks with the leadership of Papua. The Delegation of Southwest China has notably left the city as of today as political commentators speculate the outcome of backroom talks. Delegations from Furstia and Qianda remain.
Directory of Foreign Affairs
By order of the Chancellor, Captain Xi Hei-Yang - Commander of Strike Group 3 - is to institute a blockade of Port Moresby, Hai jin lao, by air and sea. A one week grace period will be permitted for foreign registered ships and aircraft, and during such period all foreign citizens are advised to depart the city. Following the closure of this one week grace period, all aircraft and naval vessels attempting to enter or leave the city will be warned to turn around. Refusal will be met with action from Cantonese naval assets in the vicinity.
Captain Xi Hei-Yang has been ordered to put his forces on the highest level of alert, and take extreme precaution in handling approaching vessels or aircraft. Potential threats to Cantonese forces should be dealt with as soon as is practical, however the Captain will be permitted considerably leeway in defining what constitutes a threat to his forces.
The War Front
Combat continues to rage across northwestern Guangxi, as Cantonese and Hmonger forces come into full contact throughout the region.
In the northern county of Guilin, expeditionary forces from Hsenwei have been largely beaten back, in many cases due to overwhelmingly superior Cantonese air support and heavy equipment. Losses have been minimal for Cantonese forces, and the momentum of the offensive thrusts in the region is being reversed. Slighty to the south in the county of Liuzhou, defensive efforts have been moderately less successful, as waves of Hmonger infantry have overwhelmed forward defensive positions. Once again, Cantonese air power has been a considerable factor in deterring major offensives, often inflicting major casualties on enemy forces as they assemble.
In Hechi county Cantonese forces continue their own offensive with moderate success, but no full blown breakthroughs as have been experienced in the southernmost sector of the conflict, Baise county. Here, some few breakthroughs have resulted in considerable casualties on the Hmong side, largely a result of the flat terrain that diminishes the role of infantry, and allows heavy equipment to make a larger impact on individual battles.
Elsewhere, Cantonese naval forces in the Bay of Bengal have begun a full bombardment of industrial and military targets in Yangon, Hsenwei, with carrier-borne J-31 strike fighters making strikes in conjunction with cruise missiles launched by other naval assets in the region.
After five years development, CPAWDS has announced the completion of its 'Divine Eagle' UAV project, with the final piece of equipment being cleared for production and service alongside the two final prototypes.
The large, double bodied UAV, 6m tall and 15m in length, carriers high-performance anti-stealth radars like those of the YY-2, along with long range communications equipment. With a long flight time of several days, its use is in providing a first line of warning against hostile threats, as well as hunting down, observing, and tailing enemy air, land, and sea assets over large stretches of terrain.
This represents a major milestone in the development of Cantonese military strategy - as outlined nearly twenty years previous at the birth of the Directory - enveloping Canton in a security net that stretches for several thousand kilometers in some directions, and providing targets for her long range aircraft and missiles.
Papua Responds to Cantonese Aggression
Canton's acts of aggression have clearly violated our neutrality. Gun boat diplomacy is completely unacceptable between civilised nations and peoples. In retaliation the Republic of Papua has seized all personal and commercial assets from Cantonese citizens and businesses in Papua. Individuals bearing Cantonese passports are being detained at the border and until further notice will not be allowed to board any transportation, they have also been denied access to their personal belongings with the exception of essential medicines. Note that food water and shelter is being adequately provided for them. Port Morseby has temporarily been closed and all commercial sea traffic is encouraged to dock in Jayapura instead, which has access to the open ocean of the Pacific.
A group of 5 armed coastal patrol boats have been dispatched from Port Morseby towards the Cantonese fleet, they are crewed by Marines bearing the Papuan flag. They announce over the radio that they demand an appointment with the commanding officer of the fleet to issue the government of Papua's response: "You have 48hrs to leave Papuan territorial waters or we will consider this an act of war."
Amassadors stationed in Westminster, Peurto Deseado, Washington DC and Beijing have requested audiences with the foreign minister of their respective states to discuss the aggressive action of Canton against the neutral state of Papua.
Because the aggression of Papua, is there a chance that we will try to attack Papua. Also the emperor said that the airforces will be upgraded what means that there more bombers coming. The government thinks that if Papua will declare war on the AoC we will declare war on Papua. Also Oht Dja Kilan warns the papuan government for attack a nation, he said he don’t like enemies of the AoC. Papua is now one of the nations he doesn’t like and if Papua anything does that is wrong in in his eyes there will be war.
Boknafjord underwater tunnel opened by King Magnus VII
A grand opening of the brand new Boknafjord Underwater Tunnel took place today in Arsvågen, in Haugalandet og Sunnhordland county. Present at the occasion, were over 30 Samlating parliamentary representatives from all parties, Prime Minister Halstein Fauke, the Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure, Elise Hettebjerg, and 3 other Ministers of the government. Most importantly, King Magnus was also there, responsible for holding the inaugural speech, and the ceremonial cutting of the ribbon.
Over 1800 spectators had also shown up, many in their cars, hoping to be among the first to drive through the brand new tunnel, which connects Rogaland to Haugalandet og Sunnhordland, and Stavanger (the nation's second largest city) and its surrounding region of Nord-Jæren, to the Haugesund region, with over 100 000 inhabitants.
The two regions have been connected via ferry for many years, but this has carried with it many limitations, thereby hindering some development in both regions. The new tunnel, which runs in two separate runs with two lanes each, both around 25 km long, should shorten travel times dramatically, allowing more workers to live in one area, and commute to another. This will boost the local economy by millions of Kronar every year, according to most analyzes.
Some have criticized the project for being too expensive, with a final price tag of 1.4 billion Kronar, and a full year of delays. Many have also been worried that the project will promote increased pollution from vehicles and the transportation business, though the Rogaland public bus company "Kolumbus" has promised a significant increase in direct and local routes to Haugesund, from Stavanger, thereby linking together the cities by public transport too. The much anticipated Bergen-Stavanger Railway will also pass by just next to the car-tunnel, thereby lowering concerns of increased emissions further.
Experts assume that at least 30 000 people will pass through the tunnels every day on average, totaling about 11 million people per year. As the project will collect tolls of about 10 Kronar with every passing, this will bring in at least 100 million Kronar per year. This means that the tunnels will cover the 50% of the costs that will be collected through tolls in only 7 years.
Southwest China and Eraus
Directory of Foreign Affairs
Negotiators remain aboard Cantonese naval assets in the region, ready to reconvene at your next possible convenience. The status quo will be maintained until said negotiators have fulfilled their mission, and the Hai Jin Lao's subversion of geopolitical forces the Southwest Pacific is rectified.
Confidential to Captain Xi Hei-Yang
CSARs reconnaissance satellites have full visual contact with your forces, and will give you able warning of any threats encroaching upon your position. Combat action is not to be taken unless the terms of the blockade are breached, or your safety is threatened. You are to remain in the contiguous region of their waters, with defensive measures on full alert.
Department of National Defence
Encryption: TOP SECRET
The 1 million strong national militia has been called upon to begin working shifts to dig a series of trenches, bunkers and tunnels in the central mountain ranges and jungle of Papua. These military installations will be planned and designed by the commanding officers of the conventional defence forces who will oversee the placement of signal and communications technology, artillery, medical centres and barracks. A personal evacuation plan has been devised, unique to each government minister and known only to their personal security detail. These evacuation plans are designed to get the minister from Port Morseby to the fortifications within a maximum of 12 hours and are to be used if invasion is detected. A special forces dive team has also be assembled in Port Morseby to look at the possibilities of using mine warfare and undersea explosive devices in both defensive and offensive capabilities against the Cantonese fleet.
Qianda heavily condemns this blatant unjustified act of aggression towards a nation so infinitesimally small compared to the aggressor that it could do no conceivable harm to them. We are in full support of Papua and do not take this transgression of national sovereignty lightly. We would advise the Cantonese government to recall the ships engaged in the blockade or face possible retaliation.
Encryption Level: Highest
The government of Qianda summons the diplomatic officers of Hai jin lao, Furstia, Sotriuvania, and Imperial Eagle as well as extending an urgent invitation to the Enperor of Nationalist asian states for an emergency conference in the city of Nanjing to discuss the current rising stakes in the pacific.
The imperial Japanese government condemns Southwest China say “they are like the Koreans, they can’t countries let live in peace”
The Papuan diplomatic officers stationed at the Embassy in Beijing begin to travel to Nanjing immediately. And encourage all other delegates to arrive swiftly to begin proceedings.
Embassy of the Socialist Republic of Furstia in Canton, Southwest China
We encourage the Cantonese Government to pursue a more calm approach - that continues to respect the sovereignty and independence of the Republic of Papua - to resolve this scenario.
The Furstian delegation present at Port Moresby cannot leave the city, as sensitive negotiations that are of interest for our Government and our People are taking place at this moment.
We expect that the Cantonese Government will see our reasoning behind this request, and act with the sobriety and seriousness that have always characterized their country when it comes to dealing with delicate situations and preventing unnecessary exacerbations.
Mariana De Santis, Ambassador of the Socialist Republic of Furstia in Canton
Ambassador Manuel Nguema will travel to the city of Nanjing as soon as possible.
Imperial Broadcast Network/제국 방송 네트워크
Empress Yi Dasom Ri visit to Infiny and response to Japanese slander
Following the ball in Vashnal Empress Yi Dasom Ri and Empress Valeria I both departed for Mogadishu for a previously unannounced state visit. While their the both attended a joint press conference, following the end of the big tent parties in Infiny. Following this, the two held a private meeting in Empress Valeria's office, upon the media leaving the room the two held a lengthy conversation. After their meeting, Yi departed for the airport where she would travel back to Europe. This time Berlin, Eraus. For the Korea-Yankee Peace Summit. Before taking off, she responded to the government of the Nationalist asian states, who had said 'they are like the Koreans, they can’t countries let live in peace'. In response Empress Yi Dasom Ri stated the following "Peace would have been possible in Asia, but the Japanese Empire raped and destroyed anything that stood in their way. This idea of peace between our two nations was destroyed when the first Jap stepped foot on Korean soil."
OOC: The following is the private conversation between Empress Yi Dasom Ri and Empress Valeria I
Empress Yi Dasom Ri: Finally loosening up since the media left “Well first all the stuff you are doing with the political parties here, seems someone has big plans for her nation”
Empress Valeria I: "Haha, it seems like I can't hide anything from you. Not that I was trying either. What Infiny needs is a strong monarch to guide it, not some lame-duck democratic council. Don't you agree?"
Empress Yi Dasom Ri: “Thank you, I've been saying that all along in Korea. Got my people to listen, and look at Korea now” she gets up and walks over to Valerias side of the desk, before sitting on the desk. Still facing her “you know, consolidating your power will be the hardest part. Especially since you don’t have the devout following that the Korean monarchies has back home”
Empress Valeria I: Definitely correct. A state religion might be very beneficial to Infiny. I was thinking about preserving democracy, but within a monarchy. After all, part of being a strong country is being proud of your institutions. And Infiny has a very long parliamentary one.
Empress Yi Dasom Ri: “Issues of a democracy, and copying Korean religion wouldn’t work here. As your people already have one in place. You need good old fashion public support, enough to make you untouchable”
Empress Valeria I: Interesting. Always good to know where your limits are - you are probably the best adviser I could have. Family always comes first, doesn't it! Either way, the public has expressed an anti-demcoratic sentiment in their vote... Do you think I could use that?
Empress Yi Dasom Ri: “Of course you could use that, the more polarized and passionate you can get them. More will blindly follow every word you do. For the love of sanity, people think our family are descendants of Dangun (Korean god). Sooner or later I trust you can carry that over here. And our bloodline will rule for generations to come” she lays down on the desk “you know you could always insure military loyalty, and then you are golden”
Empress Valeria I: "That would be very interesting. I think I know how to proceed. Thank you for your help cousin, you, uh, sure are lying on my desk right now! But that's alright, it seems you look good doing whatever."
Oht Dja Kilan wants to say that that weird doing Japanese imperialism is going to far! The emperor said that you are the troublemaker not the AoC or other nations. Oht Dja Kilan said also that Japan said to some nations: let’s try to create a war. Our reaction is that if Japan doesn’t stop we will try sabotage. So here is a warning again!
Ministry of Defense and State Security
The Ministry has decided to suspend the Asian leg of the journey of the Furstian People's Navy training vessel APF Ezeoba, due to the ongoing situation in the region. The Government of the Socialist Republic of Furstia extends an apology to the countries that were included in the list of destinations.
Rafael Ilario, Minister of Defense and State Security
Video Conference - Chancellor Jihao and Axis Director Zuo
"We must make a decision regarding the diplomatic effort entailed with putting into line an island nation of 12 million people..." Zuo said, his hand gestures exaggerated and evocative, as usual.
Jihao merely stared him down for a moment, "Whatever decision we must make, the opposition must make the reverse. They can decide to support the Papuans, but risk being alienated from the worlds second largest economy. What does that gain them? A little integrity, perhaps, but then you have to bankroll development and aid funds and, well you've been in this long enough. You'd make better gains at the tables in Macau. Hah! People put more money on those tables than comes out of that economy!"
"If that is so," Zuo began, not sharing the Chancellors enthusiasm, "Then why are we concerned with said island nation? Why not simply rape it for its resources like we push to do everywhere else?"
The Chancellor sat back and sighed, "We offered them the gold standard in security agreements. A deal more favorable than the one we offered the Europeans - which they accepted. A deal more favorable than the one we offered the Americans - which they accepted. Even after the rejection of your offer to join the Axis, we gave them yet another offer. At the cusp of our long-term security ambitions being realized, I will not ignorantly step over a single stone in opposition."
Director Zuo had obviously not slept in some time, rubbing his eyes as he thought for a moment, "This risks an escalation of the security situation with the Qiandan's, Japanese, Furstians, and who knows whom else..."
"Does it?!" Jihao laughed a little, "Who are these others? The Europeans are distant, and either dormant or enlightened. The middle easterner's have their own affairs. The American's have security agreements with us, and certainly a mind on the few hundred billion dollars in trade we do with them. We pump money into the Furstian oil economy. No. The opposition to us is local, north asian. Certainly, they know the price of infringing upon Cantonese citizens or territory is far higher than they can repay in kind."
"You would not..." Zuo said darkly.
"You're right. I probably wouldn't. Thats the point of such weapons, they're the kind you talk about having, you don't demonstrate. That's also the point of these security ambitions. Once realized, all that can be accomplished by nuclear means, could be accomplished by conventional means. Until then, we're stuck with only words. As strong as we've proven them to be in the past, they are far less reassuring than having a stick as well."
"You gamble too much." the Director replied, his countenance stoical once again.
"I take calculated risks," Jihao replied curtly, "Like any good gambler, if you insist upon the comparison."
"A cheating gambler, more like."
"Are they not one in the same?" With that Jihao ended the call, sitting back as the screen went dark. He knew the lines he had drawn - both the ones that applied to him, and those that applied to his foes. He would not overstep his, but as for the other side...well...he was not one to say.