WA Delegate (non-executive): The United States of Imperial Eagle (elected )
Founder: The Dominion of Geopolity
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Regional Power: High
Today's World Census Report
The Rudest Citizens in Geopolity
World Census experts telephoned citizens from all nations at just before dinner time, in a study to determine which populations were most brash, rude, or brusque.
As a region, Geopolity is ranked 13,697th in the world for Rudest Citizens.
|1.||The Principality of Romanovskaya||Free-Market Paradise||“Съ нами Богъ!”|
|2.||The 𝓒𝔬𝔞𝔩𝔦𝔱𝔦𝔬𝔫 of New Dravlen||Anarchy||“Hippity, hoppity, give me your property.”|
|3.||The Commonwealth of Pianolandia||Capitalist Paradise||“Pianos are truth. The ONLY truth.”|
|4.||The Armed Republic of Canghinkzan||Anarchy||“Justice, Piety, Loyalty”|
|5.||The Confederacy of Badeuria||Anarchy||“Leben, Freiheit, Wohlstand!”|
|6.||The Conglomerate of United Techno Corporations||Inoffensive Centrist Democracy||“It's the economy, stupid.”|
|7.||The Unitary Indochinese State of Vashnal||Father Knows Best State||“Pid tong lang pra”|
|8.||The Organization of Petroleum Exportation Countries||Capitalist Paradise||“To coordinate and unify the petroleum policies”|
|9.||The Republic of -Greater Canada-||Civil Rights Lovefest||“May God be with us”|
|10.||The Empire of Eastern Extadia||Left-Leaning College State||“Freedom, above all else”|
- : Yavandesh ceased to exist.
- : The Democratic Republic of Techno-Socialist Ireland arrived from The South Pacific.
- : The Republic of Krogis departed this region for Liberal Democratic Union.
- : The Democratic Republic of Publicists arrived from The West Pacific.
- : The Holy Empire of Dom Shinedia arrived from Sky Haven.
- : Youre standing in poison ivy ceased to exist.
- : The Dominion of Geopolity updated the World Factbook entry.
- : The United Socialist States of Communism Always Prevails arrived from Conch Kingdom.
- : The Republic of Ukrainian Hetmanat arrived from Right to Life.
- : Mehmed republic ceased to exist.
Geopolity Regional Message Board
The Chosun Times / 조선 일보 / Chosŏn Ilbo
Hanhwa Group announces new complex expansions, new business opportunities
GONGZHOU CITY — The Hanwha Total Petrochemical (HTC) joint venture is commissioning a new polypropylene line at the Daesan integrated refining and petrochemical complex, adding a further 60% to its production capacity to 1.1 million tons annually. Meanwhile, the activation of a fourth propane furnace will increase ethylene production capacity by 10% to 1.5 million tons a year.
The Daesan Complex is a world-class integrated petrochemicals complex, and comprises of a flexible condensate splitter, a competitive steam cracker, and units producing polymers, styrene and aromatics. The upgrade projects, involving over $1.3 billion USD worth of investments over a course of several years, will be able to take advantage of abundant, cost-advantaged petrochemicals from the nearby Sakhalin oil project, allowing the complex to supply both the domestic and export market in Asia. The increase in polypropylene production will strengthen the manufacturing volume of high-value-added, durable thermoplastic goods, such as underfloor heating pipes, or low-weight automotive parts.
Hanwha Defense, a subsidiary of the Hanhwa Group has joined forces with the PDF to facilitate the research and development of advanced weapons systems and major components. The company recently signed a cooperative research and development agreement with the PDF's equipment development and acquisition bureau, which would allow for technology transfers in various fields through joint research and development between research institutes, universities, companies, and the Federal government.
As per the agreement, the two entities will conduct joint R&D, analysis, and test evaluations of military-grade equipment and technologies. One of its first projects will be providing manufactured components to shipping companies such as COSCO, Hyundai Merchant Marine, QASC Shipping, Sinokor Merchant Marine, or Sinotrans. Altogether, the country's largest container shipping companies have a total capacity of 4,578,096 TEU - and the FEUSSR is interested in expanding the size of its merchant fleet to compete with fleets from Panama, Liberia, and the Marshall Islands.
Hanwha’s joint R&D agreement with the PDF is expected to further enhance the company's technical power and brand power in the global defense market.
New study shows electrifying cement with nanocarbon black can open new uses of concrete
Since its invention several millennia ago, concrete has become instrumental to the advancement of civilization, finding use in countless construction applications—from bridges to buildings. And yet, despite centuries of innovation, its function has remained primarily structural.
A multiyear effort by MIT Concrete Sustainability Hub (CSHub) researchers, in collaboration with the French National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS), has aimed to change that. Their collaboration promises to make concrete more sustainable by adding novel functionalities—namely, electron conductivity. Electron conductivity would permit the use of concrete for a variety of new applications, ranging from self-heating to energy storage.
Their approach relies on the controlled introduction of highly conductive nanocarbon materials into the cement mixture. In a paper in Physical Review Materials, they validate this approach while presenting the parameters that dictate the conductivity of the material.
Nancy Soliman, the paper's lead author and a postdoc at the MIT CSHub, believes that this research has the potential to add an entirely new dimension to what is already a popular construction material.
"This is a first-order model of the conductive cement," she explains. "And it will bring [the knowledge] needed to encourage the scale-up of these kinds of [multifunctional] materials."
Over the past several decades, nanocarbon materials have proliferated due to their unique combination of properties, chief among them conductivity. Scientists and engineers have previously proposed the development of materials that can impart conductivity to cement and concrete if incorporated within.
For this new work, Soliman wanted to ensure the nanocarbon material they selected was affordable enough to be produced at scale. She and her colleagues settled on nanocarbon black—a cheap carbon material with excellent conductivity. They found that their predictions of conductivity were borne out.
"Concrete is naturally an insulative material," says Soliman, "But when we add nanocarbon black particles, it moves from being an insulator to a conductive material."
By incorporating nanocarbon black at just a 4 percent volume of their mixtures, Soliman and her colleagues found that they could reach the percolation threshold, the point at which their samples could carry a current.
They noticed that this current also had an interesting upshot: It could generate heat. This is due to what's known as the Joule effect.
"Joule heating (or resistive heating) is caused by interactions between the moving electrons and atoms in the conductor, explains Nicolas Chanut, a co-author on the paper and a postdoc at MIT CSHub. "The accelerated electrons in the electric field exchange kinetic energy each time they collide with an atom, inducing vibration of the atoms in the lattice, which manifests as heat and a rise of temperature in the material."
In their experiments, they found that even a small voltage—as low as 5 volts—could increase the surface temperatures of their samples (approximately 5 cm3 in size) up to 41 degrees Celsius (around 100 degrees Fahrenheit). While a standard water heater might reach comparable temperatures, it's important to consider how this material would be implemented when compared to conventional heating strategies.
"This technology could be ideal for radiant indoor floor heating," explains Chanut. "Usually, indoor radiant heating is done by circulating heated water in pipes that run below the floor. But this system can be challenging to construct and maintain. When the cement itself becomes a heating element, however, the heating system becomes simpler to install and more reliable. Additionally, the cement offers more homogenous heat distribution due to the very good dispersion of the nanoparticles in the material."
Nanocarbon cement could have various applications outdoors, as well. Chanut and Soliman believe that if implemented in concrete pavements, nanocarbon cement could mitigate durability, sustainability, and safety concerns. Much of those concerns stem from the use of salt for de-icing.
"In North America, we see lots of snow. To remove this snow from our roads requires the use of de-icing salts, which can damage the concrete, and contaminate groundwater," notes Soliman. The heavy-duty trucks used to salt roads are also both heavy emitters and expensive to run.
By enabling radiant heating in pavements, nanocarbon cement could be used to de-ice pavements without road salt, potentially saving millions of dollars in repair and operations costs while remedying safety and environmental concerns. In certain applications where maintaining exceptional pavement conditions is paramount—such as airport runways—this technology could prove particularly advantageous.
While this state-of-the-art cement offers elegant solutions to an array of problems, achieving multifunctionality posed a variety of technical challenges. For instance, without a way to align the nanoparticles into a functioning circuit—known as the volumetric wiring—within the cement, their conductivity would be impossible to exploit. To ensure an ideal volumetric wiring, researchers investigated a property known as tortuosity.
"Tortuosity is a concept we introduced by analogy from the field of diffusion," explains Franz-Josef Ulm, a leader and co-author on the paper, a professor in the MIT Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, and the faculty advisor at CSHub. "In the past, it has described how ions flow. In this work, we use it to describe the flow of electrons through the volumetric wire."
Ulm explains tortuosity with the example of a car traveling between two points in a city. While the distance between those two points as the crow flies might be two miles, the actual distance driven could be greater due to the circuity of the streets.
The same is true for the electrons traveling through cement. The path they must take within the sample is always longer than the length of the sample itself. The degree to which that path is longer is the tortuosity.
Achieving the optimal tortuosity means balancing the quantity and dispersion of carbon. If the carbon is too heavily dispersed, the volumetric wiring will become sparse, leading to high tortuosity. Similarly, without enough carbon in the sample, the tortuosity will be too great to form a direct, efficient wiring with high conductivity.
Even adding large amounts of carbon could prove counterproductive. At a certain point conductivity will cease to improve and, in theory, would only increase costs if implemented at scale. As a result of these intricacies, they sought to optimize their mixes.
"We found that by fine-tuning the volume of carbon we can reach a tortuosity value of 2," says Ulm. "This means the path the electrons take is only twice the length of the sample."
Quantifying such properties was vital to Ulm and his colleagues. The goal of their recent paper was not just to prove that multifunctional cement was possible, but that it was also viable for mass production.
"The key point is that in order for an engineer to pick up things, they need a quantitative model," explains Ulm. "Before you mix materials together, you want to be able to expect certain repeatable properties. That's exactly what this paper outlines; it separates what is due to boundary conditions—[extraneous] environmental conditions—from really what is due to the fundamental mechanisms within the material."
By isolating and quantifying these mechanisms, Soliman, Chanut, and Ulm hope to provide engineers with exactly what they need to implement multifunctional cement on a broader scale. The path they've charted is a promising one—and, thanks to their work, shouldn't prove too tortuous.
Hellenic Investment Corporation
The Hellenic Investment Corporation has made a move, partnering with Prínkipas Thomas Atredai. Prínkipas Atredai has significant experience in the land acquisition elements and financial services being with Koç Holdings and Alpha Bank during his career in the private sector.
The Prínkipas will lead a new venture for the EEE by helping us form the Atredai Property Group with an initial funding of $8bn from the fund with an additional $2bn to be collected from investments from the retail, financial services and Koç Holdings.
The Atredai Property Group will be dedicated to land development in The Hellenic League and abroad with special focus on European and North American asset building.
Commercial and residential properties will be looked at, as well as hotels and especially golf course design and development as the game expands and evolves.
We are excited about this venture and we welcome any cooperation to get this project started. Initial acquisitions will be announced at a later date.
Department of Defense Internal Memo
It has been decided that the remaining ships of the Iowa Class and the ships of the Montana Class be taken out of service for refitting of new systems. This will be done in shipyards on the East Coast and will take no longer than 3 months. Weapons to be installed on each ship are as follows: 50 40mm Bofors Dual Purpose Guns capable of firing the new 40mm3p All Target Round. Due to the relatively small size of the guns in comparison to other weapon systems on both the Iowa Class and Montana Class, 25 will be placed on each side of the ships on both classes. These guns will be controlled by the fire control systems onboard and be radar guided and have a greatly extended range of fire to engage fast moving targets such as missiles and jets in comparison to their World War Two counterparts. They will also be capable of engaging fast moving boats, either suicide boats or attack boats and slow moving aerial threats. If the ship in question is close to shore, they can be used to engage shore targets but it is not expected they will close with the shore to be able to be brought to bear on hostile targets. As both classes are not on deployment but training drills in the Caribbean and Mid Atlantic Ocean, it is expected that all ships of both classes will be in port for the refits by the end of the weeks and work will start once the crews have departed for the planned three month refit on a rotating basis.
(3p Round in question: https://www.baesystems.com/en/product/fuze-3p-ammunition)
(40mm Bofors in question: 40 mm L/70)
Atredai Property Group
In the midst of our first moves, we have opted to look at golf courses in the United States in various key locations.
Golf is a massive industry in the United States with Course management one of the key elements of this. We have hired a fantastic team to oversee this project for Atredai Property Group.
The following courses have been purchased for a total of $36,099,000
Michigan: Drummond Island Resort & Conference Center
Virginia: Lake View Golf Club
Hawaii: Kiahuna Golf Course
New York: Lima Golf & Country Club
These courses will be reverted to private clubs with optional public pay, will offer competitive pricing on tee times, club membership and events. Each course has the functionality to be set up for any event as well.
We will be working with the Professional Golfer’s Association of America to ensure standards can be met as we look to host local league play, regional amateur events, and PGA Tour events in the future at these locations.
We are investing a total of $5mn into each course for updates and repairs and have contracted local landscape crews to get the course itself back into golf shape.
We are excited over this initial venture and we plan to add on additional acquisitions of courses as we build our portfolio in our Golf Management Division.
MEETING ROOM, IMPERIAL DUMA, VYBORG.
A private meeting was taking place within the Imperial Duma building the day after the latest SNC TV opinion polls were released. Inside, Prime Minister Daria Shchegolyayeva sat at in the middle of the long table flanked by her ministers and other members of her bloc. Shchegolyayeva made her opening remarks:
Everyone then gave a round of applause before Shchegolyayeva continued:
Deputy Prime Minister Aleksandr Eybozhenko interrupts:
Culture Minister Vladimir Slyshchenko voices concern:
Shchegolyayeva quickly refutes Slychchenko's concerns:
A number of ministers nod their heads in agreement as there is a brief pause. Shchegolyayeva then continues:
Slyshchenko remains cautious:
Shchegolyayeva stares down Slyshchenko:
Shchegolyayeva then turns back to talk to the rest of the group:
The rest of the room raise their hands in an unanimous vote of approval.
The Anti Corruption Bureau headed by the Sultan of Abu Dhabi has ordered the arrest of 4 Bahraini Princes as part of an investigation into alleged misuse of public funds, abuse of power as well as potentially conspiring against the state. The four arrested Princes all belong to the ruling Al-Hakeem family of Bahrain, two of them being the Bahraini Sultan's second cousins, one being the Sultan's half brother and the last one being the Sultan's fourth son.
The Bureau reported on Thursday that the decision had been taken after the review of documents and reports regarding crimes related to the public sector. An expanded investigation was under way, it added.
“The Sultan of Abu Dhabi has ordered the arrest of the four princes, and their questionings about matters raised in the reports regarding crimes pertaining to public office, such as damage to public funds, exploiting one’s post, abuse of power, and even potential conspiracy against the state, by attempting to depose the current Sultan from his seat.” the Bureau said.
It is also to be noted that 3 of the four arrested have also been previously charged with supposed involvement in the 2015 Sunni-Shia riots, and continue to have those charges despite lack of evidence. The Bahraini Sultan's fourth son is also known for frequently speaking up against the "de-facto absolutist" government, and demanding increased participation by people, something which has even been termed "treason" against the Islamic Caliphate.
~~ Министерство иностранных дел СССР ~~
Title: Romanov State Visit
Premier Tomsky: Our delegation believes this is a great opportunity to set momentum on some outstanding issues that we can realistically solve in the near future. For this specific meeting, we can begin to resolve the trade embargoes and the easement of punitive tariffs in order to encourage the re-opening of trade between both nations. A formal peace treaty can also be something that can be negotiated dependent on the exact terms of such an agreement. Finally, we can negotiate a visa program that eases travel between both nations and opens up the opportunity to travel to both nations to more people, not just family members and students.
Church Agios Nikolaos, Astipalea
Pericles stares down at the body on the floor. The former President of North Bulgaria. They’ll find him in his office tomorrow morning. He looks over at the other body. The former Presidents wife. Also to be found, and it will be ruled a suicide.
Pericles at this point is the Deputy Director of the EYP, and is young. 34. Strong minded, opinionated but knows when to keep it shut.
The former President knew information relating to EYP interference in North Bulgarian elections, as well as attempted interference elsewhere in Europe.
He knew to much.
“And we move on to Southeast Asia...Indochina specifically. The country is currently collapsing into chaos, the FEUSSR is still seen as the culprit after accusations of our interference. They also don’t know who did that suicide bombing.” The Foreign Ministry representative continues to go through his report.
Pericles looks over at his EYP Director. The Director nods his head. Pericles nods back.
“Gentlemen, we can issue a statement on our hopes of peace in South East Asia. It’s disheartening to see such tragedy strike them and we can do what we can to help. Now...what about the Romans?” Pericles watches intently. In the back of his mind is Church Agios Nikolaos...