WA Delegate: The Volksrepublik of Peoples Republic of the German States (elected )
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The Largest Furniture Restoration Industry in The Alliance of Dictators
World Census analysts spend quiet weekends in the countryside in order to determine which nations have the largest Furniture Restoration industries.
As a region, The Alliance of Dictators is ranked 1,443rd in the world for Largest Furniture Restoration Industry.
|1.||The Corporate Dictatorship of Josephland||Corporate Police State||“Oderint Dum Metuant”|
|2.||The Despotic Dictatorship of Despoticania||Corrupt Dictatorship||“God was a dream of good government.”|
|3.||The Exalted Supremacy of East Borland||Iron Fist Consumerists||“Crush Their Spirits and You Will Control Their Minds”|
|4.||The Dictatorship of The Righteous Leaders||Psychotic Dictatorship||“We are right. You are wrong.”|
|5.||The Rogue Nation of Dragonic Overlords||Iron Fist Consumerists||“Death is but a simple swing of the sword”|
|6.||The Greater Republic of Natvia||Iron Fist Consumerists||“Everything for the General”|
|7.||The Hallowed States of I am Batman||Corporate Police State||“Superman is a wuss”|
|8.||The Holy Empire of New New Anaia||Iron Fist Consumerists||“Consume. Obey. Don't Sleep.”|
|9.||The Corporate States of Cossmania||Compulsory Consumerist State||“Anything for the corporation.”|
|10.||The Equestrianic Imperium of Twilight Sparkle||Iron Fist Consumerists||“Friendship is Magic!”|
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These waters were probably vaguely familiar to the captain. The relatively calm waters provided little resistance to such a large vessel, and the boats that called these waters homes were most small fishing vessels. Most older than the captains who drove them. The paint on their sides having been replaced by rust, or paint atop the rust to try to disguise it. Old boats with a certain character about them. But nothing larger than that, no giant freight ships.
As they sailed along the shore they discovered a dock. Most of the boats were out fishing, but a few of them remained moored for different seasons. An issue arose. It was small, far too small for such a great ship that could easily pull the dock out from its supports by merely drifting in a strong wind. Even if he wished to somehow tie the boat and head ashore, the water wasn't deep enough for a deep draught ship. The ship would run ashore. They'd have to come ashore by boat or some other means.
The Antipodean-backed political organization, being very careful not to abuse the trust of the Governor's decision, mobilized no more than 30 individuals from the Party and the Artarum Workers Society as organizers for the assembly in the city square, many of whom were recruited from unions and college campuses. The remaining 470 permitted - however many would arrive - would be those who were invited via flyers, street posters or social media posts and it was safely assumed that their relatively new and small group would not even be capable of violating this agreement.
The Peasant Guard volunteers were becoming alarmed by these developments and decided to take independent action early and covertly. Wherever they could feasibly reach, the rate of explosives affixed to the mufflers of warlords cars began to take a rapid climb during the following week; it was intended that it would either kill their intended target or provide a clear deterrent against endorsing Muhammed Masoud and hopefully spare General Hakimi from dealing with a united front of foes later on.
Agent Rahim was the contact, and he was good. He left no paper trail and was as hard to track as he was mysterious. He only showed up when he wanted to meet the Front, and the first meeting went over very general basics: Beans, Bullets and Bandages. They could offer the Front AK-74s of all variants, old T-72 tanks, ammunition, medical supplies and training for all of it. In exchange, they simply asked for a baseline payment, far less than the premium of these items were worth and to be first in line for mining and oil rights before other foreign competitors would be considered.
They had also promised deployment of a whole special operations battalion, numbering no less than 380 combatants... solely for "consulting" with the Front.
The Start of Civil War
Within days, three prominent warlords who had pledged their support to the Front had ended up dead in a series of car bombs. This had the effect of discouraging other undecided warlords from siding with the pro-democracy rebels.
Initially, no one claimed responsibility for the car bombs. But days later, a hitherto unknown Jihadist group calling itself the ابناء ابو بكر (Sons of Abu Bakr) claimed responsibility, citing the Front’s rejection of the traditions of the salaf—which in their view is Islam in unadulterated, purest form—as the reason behind the bombings. In turn, the late warlords’ households have launched a series of punitive raids targeting mosques in their controlled territories, with the Front deciding not to intervene.
The revanchist strikes are now having the effect of sidelining more moderate voices in the clerics' convention discussing the growing threats socialism and secularism. While having only just begun, the discussions are now dominated by the participants' perception of an existential threat to their faith, as well as to their status enjoyed in society. The salafist view, particular those sympathetic to waging jihad against socialism and secularism, is now gaining traction.
These recent clashes between reactionary Islam and the Front, analysts believe, will mark any future for the moderate rebels as one filled with sectarian violence for years to come. However, more surprising to observers is the fact that the Front has been spotted using AK-74s and T-72 tanks, when the Front has so far only been able to recover RPG-7s, AK-47s and antiquated armoured vehicles like the T-54 and BMP-1s. Although the newer heavy armoured vehicles have not yet been deployed unlike the AK-74 assault rifles, Front tank crews have been spotted training with them.
In other news, with the government refusing to comment on the existence of talks with foreign arms manufacturers, the general strike has now started. Millions of workers around al-Wahid have put down their tools and taken up protest signs instead. In the capital itself just under a million workers have taken to the streets, with more expected to turn up in the coming days.
Finally, though in recent days regime forces have been at the end of a series of misfortunes, the government in the capital of al-Easima has had successes elsewhere. Thanks to the government’s lifting of Internet restrictions, they have been able to closely monitor social media and make a large database of all the activists, along with their political leanings, religious affiliations, and other relevant pieces of information. Through this database, the security services have been able to identify persons of interest and have now placed them under electronic and, where applicable, physical surveillance.
The government is now in the process of deploying advanced persistent threat (APT) groups to engage national security threats—both international and domestic—on the cyberspace. For years they have been putting together teams of hackers and acquiring hacking tools on the black market. Al-Easima now believes that the time has come to put their investments to the test. Some of the APT groups will be working with the security services to target persons of interest; others are to start building up their infrastructure outside al-Wahid, ready to respond to national security threats posed by foreigners.
Imperial Protectorate of Ilgaz, Artarumen Realm
19 September 2019, 04:00
"This is the first announcement of the National Security Council.
The Great Turkish Nation;
As our citizens have been able to witness throughout the last year, the Imperial Protectorate of Ilgaz has been wrought with chaos from enemies both within and outside of it. It has faced treacherous attacks against its regime, its physical existence, and the Turkish nation within it. The State has been subsumed by subversive elements, its constitutional safeguards undermined, weakened, and silenced; its political parties unable to come together to bring the salvation of the State. Perverted ideologies other than those of national formation and strength, of reactionary or subversive natures, have been permitted to proliferate. These ideologies, systematically and treacherously, have been permitted to seep into our education system from primary schools to universities, into our administrative system, our justice system, our security forces, our workers' unions, our political parties, and all other aspects of our society. In short, the State has been left weak and in need of aid.
The Exalted Turkish Nation;
It is under these circumstances that the Ilgaz Armed Forces has carried out the task of safeguarding the Turkish nation granted to it by the will of the Turkish people, and has, within the chain of command and through direct orders, assumed total and complete control of all state affairs.
The purpose of this assumption of government functions is to establish the unity of the State, achieve independence in a manner befitting Turkish national interests, ensure national unity and camaraderie, re-establish the functions and the authority of the State, and remove the obstacles that prevent the functioning of a democratic system.
The Parliament and Government have been dissolved. The immunity of the members of Parliament have been revoked.
Martial law has been declared nation-wide.
All exits from the country have been prohibited.
In order to ensure citizens' safety, a curfew has been imposed from 05:00 onwards until a second order.
It is requested that all citizens listen to the newscasts on their radios and to trust the Ilgaz Armed Forces in all directions and orders they give."
As the civilian newscaster of the IRT, the only radio and television channel in Ilgaz, finished the announcement in his distinctive bass voice, the generals of the "National Security Council" relaxed. The coup had gone flawlessly. Not a single inch of resistance had been faced with, and the leaders of the political parties had been gently escorted from their homes to a military vacation camp on the seaside. Serious resistance had been expected from the trade unions, with the generals having prepared for the possibility of as many as 5,000 armed militants. No resistance had occurred, and the leaders of the largest trade unions - DİSK and MİSK - had also been apprehended, with noticeably less care than was afforded to the party leaders.
Elsewhere, hundreds of kilometres away from Ilgaz, in Liudan, a group of men were also listening to the announcement. When it ended, they too let out a breath of relief, leaning back in their armchairs. The Minister of State for War, Thomas Richard Prenderghast, lit a cigarette and breathed deeply, while Prime Minister Montgomery Walther Rorschach massaged his temples behind his mahogany table. Spencer Wright Lowenthal - the Foreign Minister - stopped pacing around the room and loosened his tie, noticeably relieved.
"So it's not the Islamists, it's not the communists, and it's not the ultranationalists. Our boys in Ilgaz did it." Lowenthal commented, looking at the others.
"Yes," Rorschach began, "they did it. The coup was visible from kilometres away. It was only a matter of who did it, and thankfully, it was these guys."
"We can work with these people," murmured Alastair John Somerset, the Economy Minister, "we can work with these people. A smoother route to independence. We can work with these people."
The Regime's Opening Moves
Not intending on fighting in a prolonged civil war, al-Wahid’s security forces raided the First Islamic Political Convention, ensuring that it would be the only Islamic Political Convention. Because of their indecisiveness and without sufficient foreign backing, the government saw a chance at neutralising a threat and took it. The regime had several moderate imams on their payroll and they had reported proceedings from the very start. This allowed government forces to arrest the Jihadi empathisers, while letting moderate clerics go free—though not before questioning them and underscoring the importance of their continued loyalty to the government.
To the south, the government halted its advances. Having made little inroad past the mountains, the government instead used helicopters to secure the mountaintops strategic to defending the mountain passes against the Front’s advances. This permitted them to withdraw some of their forces to defend the regime against the socialists’ growing influence in big industrial centres across the country.
To fight the socialists, the government hired the assistance of a number of public relations firms widely known in some circles as being highly effective against popular unrest, as well as enlisting the help of foreign businesses specialising in psychological operations. They shared their growing database on political activists with their new friends so that they might better fashion propaganda against the socialists.
Recognising that the socialist movement was coordinating their general strike primarily on social media, the government, acting on advices from the hired help, did not restrict users’ use of social media. Instead, they saturated it with disinformation and propaganda. A meme war was being raged against the country’s youth—the lifeblood of any revolution.
Meanwhile, al-Wahid’s APT groups, using the access granted to them by local mobile network operators and internet service providers through government mandates, targeted persons of interest both in the People’s Self-Defence Force and in the Front. Thanks to their efforts, the government now knew precisely where important insurgents were, who they were in regular contact with, the contents of their communications and a host of other valuable data.
Acting on the APT group’s information, the security forces built entity relational models to better understand the relationships the persons of interest had with their insurgent groups and with each other. This empowered them to identify even more persons of interest to monitor, often passing back this information to the APT groups to target.
It was through these same models that the security forces found links between an armed group and the People’s Self-Defence Force. The security forces were keen on understanding who these volunteers were, so they dedicated considerable signals intelligence resources to intercepting their communications and monitoring them.
OOC: Just to clarify, the coup was in Ilgaz, an Imperial Protectorate of the Empire, and thus, not an independent state per se. Though, at this point, they may as well be, but the Empire - whose capital is Liudan - still nominally undertakes foreign affairs functions for the entire Realm.
OOC: oh voided then thanks for telling me
Peachy said, "I'm not much of a preacher, but Reformed Ponyism teaches us that all three Pony Kinds are to embrace the two great virtues of Harmony and Unity. In practice this means that all Ponies should work for the greater good while embracing their inner talents. Alicorns are considered sacred paragons, the living embodiments of all that which is good in the Ponykind. Their word should be considered law, for they see the deepest desires and aspirations of common Ponies and know what is truly good for us."
The Overseer took Tempest and the others into a large movie theater inside the main building. It was empty now aside from a Pegasus projectionist. However, there were enough seats for hundreds of Ponies, probably for everypony who lived in this particular building and worked the surrounding fields.
"You should watch one of the films we show to our Earth Pony workers every day, both to entertain them and to motivate them into working harder," Peachy said. "The one scheduled for today is titled 'The Heroic Sacrifice'. It's one of the most popular ones."
Without waiting for a reply she nodded to the Pegasus projectionist who started the film.
The film turned out to be decently made but blatantly propagandic. It told the story of a misguided Earth Pony filly who dreamed of being a great warrior. She practiced fighting and neglected her work in the fields, forcing her poor mother and father to work twice as hard. But one day their idyllic village was attacked by an Ursa Major. When the Earth Pony filly saw the monster, her courage failed and she fled in terror. But before the Ursa Major could eat anypony, the brave Captain of the village's Pegasus Guard and a tavelling Unicorn Mage faced the monster in combat. Both the Captain and the Mage gave their lives in defending the village, but in the end they managed to vanquish the monster. Inspired by the noble sacrifice of the two higher caste Ponies, the misguided Earth Pony filly decided to sacrifice her dream and became the hardest worker in the village. And on that day, she gained her Cutie Mark: a plow.
Midway through the film, there was a knock on the door. A Pegasus sergeant of the farm's guard entered the darkened theater and came to talk with Peachy Pitt in a lowered voice.
When the sergeant was gone, Peachy explained to Tempest, "Nothing to worry about. Our aerial patrols have spotted a pair of intruders at the outskirts of the farm. They didn't look armed. The guard will take care of them, so we can continue the inspection as planned."