The Zahirean Revolt for Independence
Astana-Anders did not have its current borders since it was declared a nation all those years ago. During the time of the Griffin-Ryder dynasty, it was a expansionist state which gobbled up smaller territories and nations to fuel its coffers. One of those nations was the nation of Zahirea, a small representative democracy about the size of Gabon and it was in the way of Astana-Anders growing empire. During the first time the encountered at the small village of Amlo the troops began to attack unarmed civilians without provocation. They burned the entire village to the ground kill everyone over 60 years of age, and separated children from mothers to be taught a deep love of Astana-Anders. After 5 months, the captured the city of Starks and finally annexed the nation.
As time grew, more and more resentment grew towards there treatment in Astana-Anders by the government because they were very different from Astana-Anders. Culturally they were not even a like as both had different cultures and tradition. Politically they were separate as even though Astana-Anders is incredibly liberal with most of them being Progressives or Social democrats, much of the population supported Luxemburgism or Liberal Socialism. This meant they were persecuted for their ideologies. Then during the Astana-Anders Revolution, most Zahireans helped with the revolt by destroying crucial military posts and even battling the governmental forces. After the revolution, Dimitri became Lord President and made sure that Zahirea was treated more fairly as a reward for their commitment to Astana-Anders Revolution and as payment for decades of mistreatment. They decreased taxes in their department, allow them to hold their state senate, and move their classification to a semi-autonomous. But it wasn't enough, so many people wanted independence and multiple independence parties began to emerge such as the Progressive Republican Coalition which advocated for Left Socialism, Social Democracy, Zahirean Independence, Pro-Republicanism, and Pro-Northern Utopianism.
In 2015, then Lord President William Harris Rivers of the Democratic Solidarity Party, a centre-to-centre right party made a statement that it would have a meeting with Governor, Bridgette Coleson of the Progressive Republican Coalition and all other members of the Zahirean Department Parliamentary Senate to try to find a way to give independence. Everyone was excited and was looking forward to the idea of an independent Zahirea. Then on October 3, at 3:50 pm, only 5 hours till the meeting, William cancelled the meeting indefinitely. He didn't even gave a reason to why he did this, William just said that it was cancelled. This sparked many young people to protest in the Satellite Square in the capital of Starks. But most people witnessing the event were drawn just by how peaceful and cheerful the entire thing was. As one reporter called it;
"Almost none of these people had hatred in their hearts. They are not nationalist, they are patriots. They are united in a sense of togetherness and unity. You end up falling in love with these kids whose faith in a better future for their country is so pure. You see some kissing, jumping, hugging, it truly heartwarming."
That didn't stop Lord President William who ordered the Zahirean Security Police to disperse the crowd by any means necessary if they didn't leave in 8 days. When they camped for 8 days. The police came in and forcefully got the protestors out, with iron batons. Such a barbaric display of force was never shown before the government and was even disliked by even William's staunchest supporters and allies. The next week there was supposed to be a meeting in which William would negotiate on becoming a part of Northern Utopia, one of his campaign promises. But then went back on his promise the same day the meeting was supposed to take place. Not only did this sparked massive protests across the country, but it also encouraged more people in Zahirea to protest as a large majority of the population actually supported Northern Utopia. 1 day later, over 1 million Zahirean's went to the city of Starks to protest Williams. Some even burned pictures of Lord President Williams and the Astana-Anders flag. Then the Z.S.P arrived and began to fire live ammunition at the crowd of peaceful protestors. 5 people died that day.
A day after the march, over 2 million people marched to the capital, this time armed with shields and bats. Before the Z.S.P arrived, they made sturdy barriers out of ice, steel, and any other things they could find. When the Z.S.P arrived, the brought a bulldozer to destroy the barrier. In response, the protestors hit the police and push the driver out of the bulldozer. Some protestors even threw molotov cocktails at the police. In response, the police began to try to surround the protestors and arrest them all. Just then, the Zahirean Republican Militia, an underground paramilitary force began to attack the police, rifles and all. After what many people called the Battle of Satellite Square, the police tried to arrest protestors by going into their home without a warrant. This was then stopped when the Z.R.M battled the Z.S.P in the Battle of St. Mark Avenue. Over 400 dead on both sides.
Soon, most people now wanted to secede from Astana-Anders do to their treatment of their people. Governor Bridgette Coleson answered their wish by dissolving the Zahirean Department Parliamentary Senate and instead put in place the Provisional Zahirean Republican Parliamentary Senate with her as Provisional Chancellor. Now Lord President Williams was now ordering the military to step in and crush the rebellion. However, the entire ordeal was extremely unpopular and most of his allies soon left him. Even the majority of his cabinet left. His betrayal of promises and total disregard for civil rights made him very much hated. But for some old reason, they still made him the candidate for the Democratic Solidarity Party and won only 5% of the vote which was still higher than his approval rating of 4.5% And was soon elected by extremely popular candidate, Joseph Vargas, who not only got Astana-Anders into Northern Utopia but also led a peaceful secession of Zahirea in the newly established Republican Parliamentary Senate on June 17, 2016. Only 4 weeks after his election.
The Federal Republic of Astana-Anders has pushed troops into the border of the United brennia and the Greater autenheim to help defend the Lake Perseverance by order of Lord President, Joseph Vargas of Astana-Anders.
"We will not let a bunch of imperialism bullies try to use force relations with a nation, if you do not retract your troops, then we will attack to defend Lake Perseverance" Joseph Vargas
We of Lake Perseverance are... greatly amused by this development. We can assure the Federal Republic that neither Brennia nor Autenheim are capable of attacking Lake Perseverance, unless some great changes happen very quickly. If Astana-Anders wishes to be a peacekeeping force in the region... we of Lake Perseverance are willing to assist.
“This is quite laughable. We’re requesting Astana-Anders to leave us and the little situation with Autenheim alone. We did literally nothing to you, and have no idea what Lake Perseverance even is. So back out, or you’ll find trouble.”
“Once again. Funny. Now back off away from our border, alright? This is your final warning before we decide whether or not to make a mess of your troops.
Luoyang was preparing for the next banquet to be held in Blue Palace, in honour of her new Project Maoji being a major success and increasing countries wealth by a ton. Whilst writing invitations for the banquet for the new project, planned to be in 3 months, one of her servants knocked the door. It was Yunnan, her beloved servant. A young tall man with fair skin, black eyes of burnt charcoal and flaming locks of auburn hair, it was almost impossible to not to spot him. Luoyang turned her back only to see Yunnan waiting on the door, which was precisely surprising for her since she was not expecting any letters.
"Well well, welcome Yunnan. What brings you here? I suppose you are here to update me about the Xijeng incident?" said Luoyang, also greeting him by bowing, as the traditional Huazhese way to greet someone. Yunnan responded with bowing down as well, then handing an envelope to the empress. "Her majesty, i am here to inform you about a letter recently got to us from our previous coloniser." answered Yunnan, with an anxious tone. It was crystal clear that empress did not like the Feng's in general, but she did not hesitate to let him continue. She reached for her letter opener to see what is inside, she took it after opening a drawer. It was from Feng, indeed. Surprisingly, it was friendly in manner. Yet, there was no way that she was going to attend such diplomatic visit.
"Inform Liang that he is going to have a diplomatic visit with Feng's" she said "I am no way going to talk with them". Since Prince Liang was the Paramount Adviser of the Royal Government, he was a good fit on this topic. Yunnan nodded and exited the room after getting a response, walking through the linoleum floor of palace's halls. He knocked Prince Liang's door, which then he was warmly greeted. Liang knew Yunnan since his childhood, he was probably the nicest person to him in this palace. "What a surprise, Yun! What is the matter?" said Liang, with an excited tone of voice. "It is her majesty, your highness. She requests you to attend to a diplomatic meeting with the Feng Dynasty." answered Yunnan. "Ugh, again? Why can't she assign me a fun thing once?" murmured Liang, being visibly bored. "It is your duty, your highness. You were chosen to be the heir, therefore the paramount adviser in meantime".
Liang read the letter that was already opened, he had no choice but to agree. Disobeying her sister would bring him the same fate his deceased sister faced with, which was precise death. Such a hard price to pay, only thing he had to do was to wait and inherit the throne afterwards. Then, he was practically free from any say. He was prepared in no time, wearing a white suit and plain white pair of shoes. He never liked dressing formally, but his position acquired him to do so. When he was ready, he left his room and locked the door in case of anyone not knowing he's gone. He was greeted by the staff, and got into the royal plane. All crew members seemed to know about the last minute visit by being well prepared, and pilot of the plane was informed about the destination. After a few hours, they reached to the destination point with no problems. Liang was asleep, probably because he finally found somewhere to relax. The crew members tried to wake his highness up as they were not allowed to touch him. He finally got off the plane, and fixed his clothing. Checking from his hand mirror, his hair was a bit messy. He fixed it with his hand, and looked around him.
"So, this is the Feng Dynasty." he murmured, he was astounded by the beauty of the land that was absent in his home country.
Silver Tower, New Electri
Head Councilman Stargazer was sitting in his wheelchair in the Silver Tower, he sighed as he was overlooking the final forms and paperwork for Electrica for the day. He may have total control over North Electrica, but thay comes with its own responsibilities as the Council doesn't does most of the paperwork now.
HC Stargazer: "This must be how the leaders of the Feng Dynasty feels when ruling their nation." He says before finishing his work, stretching and looking put the window, looking out to the Capital infront of him. He was glad that the city was back to its former beauty, it and its people as been through a lot and has persevered. Then he heard the doors of his office be opened as two sentinels held the doors open for his assistant Jake, a rather older man sporting a thin mustache with brushed sandy hair, the gray seemingly beginning to come in. "Ah Jake, i assume your bringing good news I hope?"
Jake: "Yes and no. Which one you want to hear first?"
HC Stargazer: "Good news."
Jake: "Well multiple cities affected by the recent conflicts have finally reported 100% repairs, the city of New Horizon is making quick progress in construction and says that the majority of the city will be complete by the end of the year." He says this sitting down at a chair infront of the metal-glass desk.
HC Stargazer: "Alright and the bad news?"
Jake: "Well it seems that two of our newest neighbors, United brennia and Astana-Anders, are about to enter a possible border conflict as tensions continue to heighten." The Head Councilor leaned forward and brought his hands together in front of his mouth, thinking about what he just heard. Jake then continued. "And what makes it worse, they have mounted troops near our borders, due to there being a shred border between them and us." The two men stared for a second, this news was something not wanted. North Electrica has already had to deal with two conflicts in their borders, and the fact that their could be a possible conflict right next to a populated area could prove damaging.
HC Stargazer: "Send a message to General Navoc, have them set up defenses around out shred borders, and at the potential area of conflict. Send out a legion of Sentinels, we cannot allow another war in or near or country." Jake nods to him, he leaves the office to give out the order. Stargazer watched him leave before turning to the window looking out to the border, rolling over to it and looking out, a soft grassland covered the area with rolling hills and stone hedges dotting the distance. On his face he had the same expression he had when he first took direct control, his eyes had an unnatural soft glow to them and his face was one of complete focus.
North Electrica will ensure stability near their borders.
13 Hours Later
Near the triple border between the three countries, Electran forces would set up for possible defense, trenches where dug and the establishment of PFDO's (Pre-Fabricated Defense Outpost) where done. At the area on the Electran border and nearest to the heightened tensions however, things where a lot more heavily done.
Multiple PFDO's where set up along with trenches, Electran soldiers and machines worked into digging pillboxes and other defenses, the soldiers of the other nations may be able to see the lights of the new base in the distance. And then the roar of large aircraft. Multiple aircraft flew overhead, and then many large containers where dropped down, unfolding to show hundreds, no thousands of 8ft tall Machines. They activated with a single glowing yellow eyes, grabbing large machine guns from their side and machine to the very edge of the border.
As of right now neither the Electrica Military Council nor the Electrica High Council has given any word or reasoning behind this act. But one thing is for certain, they did not take kindly to thw large about of foreign troops gathering near their borders.
Dear nations of United brennia, Lake Perseverance, and North Electrica. I am do not wish to see so much aggression and fear in Northern Utopia. I already have over 5,000 troops mobilized. I do not wished to see my country fighting in a war. I do not wish to see other nations mobilizing in fear of suffering the devastations of war. For are we not just humans too? Why must we kill each other for silly things like borders? I am a peaceful man and I am willing to use peace instead of force.
So that is why on Saturday-Sunday, I am offering all the nations involved in this hour to come and hold a meeting in my country's most beautiful city, Lancaster. Here, we will talk about the border dispute, the forceful positive relations, and the mobilization of forces in fear of strife. In order to attend, you must have your nations leader write to me and act as the representative of your country. Please... choice diplomacy over war.
Signed, Joseph Vargas, Lord President of Astana-Anders
A lone man looks out his balcony. The sun is beginning to set. Another day full of debates and signatures. He is one of the most popular presidents in the history of his nations history. This man is Lord President Joseph Vargas of Astana-Anders, a rising power on the world stage. Then one of his general staff barged in. It is his Chief of War. Already Joseph knows something is up. "The nation of United brennia is mobilizing troops near the border of Lake Perseverance in a effort to force peaceful negotiations." Said his Chief of War. Joseph thinks to himself, then says. "A bunch of imperialist then." "I believe so." Said his Chief of War. "Tell Grand General Jason Hart to start mobilizing forces to the border of United brennia. "We may find ourselves in a war."
10 hours later
A miscommunication occurred which also included Greater autenheim for some unknown reason. It doesn't matter, Lord President Joseph has just mobilized over 2,500 troops into the border of United brennia. He knows what is at stake. Then they received a message from United brennia. It orders them to stop back off or face trouble. "I do not care what has to be done, we will not let imperialism scumbags bully us or other nations." Said Joseph Vargas.
4 hours later
Lord President Joseph is still worried about the situation. A telegrams was sent to Pinicada, one of his allies. Joseph ordered more troops to be sent to the border. This time of Fox Sentinels. An elite military corp which has been specialized to the point of insanity. He will not allow any imperialist of any kind to threaten peace and the sovereignty of other nations.
6 hours later
"Sir, we have reports coming from North Electrica" said his trusted Chief Diplomat, Prussia Werdin. "Apparently they are mobilizing too to protect their borders." Then in one second, Joseph's face turned from serious to stunned. "O-okay then, give me the report then that will be all." As he read the report he began to realize what was going on. North Electrica had just faced 2 border conflicts and was still recovering. He realized all the suffering those families were going through. Joseph knew what the price of war was. Losing a loved one, a brother, a father, an uncle, anyone would be devastating. "What am I doing." He reached for an envelope and a pen and began to write a letter.
"A popular front, you say? And how would this affect me and the party lists?" Citlali crossed her legs, as she continued to bob her head to the strong beat playing through Nikolai's headphones. For all Citlali ragged on him for having the world's most heterosexual and most queer music taste, he certainly did have taste. She was mildly concerned for his ears - he had to have definitely been setting the volume to maximum. Turning her attention back to Elena, she was still thinking of her response. Citlali could tell that this was something that hadn't been brought up at the initial meeting. As though she read the other's mind, Elena chimed in:
"I talked to Susanna about this, she says that they will work as normal. The Popular Front merely affects the constituencies. MUÑ's basically going to dominate either way." Elena shrugged, as Citlali took a drink from her bottle.
"And when can we get the strike started?"
"Rosalina - Pereyra's secretary - hasn't been cooperating. Nikolai's tried to talk with her - she's not doing politics, he says." Elena sighed. "We needed her on our side; she's his closest confidant and her siding with us would give us leverage over him." Citlali pondered for a moment. She looked at Nikolai, who was typing a storm on his laptop. The woman wondered if he was writing his stories again. 'What would Nikolai do?' she thought. 'If he wasn't affected by his mental health, that is.' Another thought attached itself to the question.
"Arrange an accident?" She whispered to herself. She rubbed her chin for a moment.
"Between the six of us, do we really have the knowledge to arrange that?"
"...You're right. Maybe we could just convince her to... take a vacation. She has expensive tastes." Citlali shook her head. "She'd ask too much from us."
"Surely we can ask Héctor and the girls?" A soft voice interrupted the conversation. "Even then, we may be Laborists, but we're Laborist wealth hoarders." Nikolai's headphones wrapped around his neck, now intently listening into the conversation. "We have the Estella Card. We'll be fine." He swatted his hand to the left, "If not, it's not like the PLT is out of money." Hums went through the room.
"Well, I'm planning on marketing myself as a 'non-corrupt' candidate."
"You are inextricably tied to what many view as corruption - this plot, but also Laborism. I don't think you really need to market yourself explicitly as that." Elena rebutted. "We are going to get our hands dirty in this, no matter what."
Citlali nodded. Elena was right - she didn't necessarily need to market herself as non-corrupt - it came with running. And if they could keep the entire thing quiet, there would be no trouble to deal with in the first place. She spoke again. "I've talked to Ilapa and Taeyong about this, and I'd hope you talked about this with Susanna."
"Is this about the Sentinels?" Elena moved closer to Citlali, her voice barely a whisper. "Yes. I really don't want him to know." The two looked to Nikolai, who had put his headphones back on. The two quietly left the area. Nikolai didn't notice, having engrossed himself in La Canales.
Closing the door behind them, the two faced each other. "We need security." Citlali's face turned sour.
"We need security, yes. I'm guessing you want me to pull strings? Not that you haven't already."
"Yes. But also, we need security here." She pointed at the ground below them. "Basically everyone knows we live here. No one's trespassed yet, but my candidacy and Nikolai's incident will not be good." A notification from Elena's phone interrupted the conversation.
"Sorry, Citlali. Let me just mute it." Elena read the notification, her eyes widening.
"What is it?" Citlali took the phone from Elena. "Oh." Reading the Tweeter notification, she paled. She looked over the text again and again. 'Patriotic League rallies around Arisli'. "Oh. We need the Sentinels now. Where's Taeyong?" Citlali shook, dialing him. Elena made no attempt to get her phone back.
"Taeyong. Did you hear what's going on with the LP?"
"Yes. We're already mobilizing in Arisli and Paljarí."
"Good. We need patrols in Jardas. Wouldn't hurt to have some in Fontier."
"I was mobilizing for that. They'll be coming soon."
"Do you have any weaponry and trainers to spare?" Silence responded on the other side. Barely a minute later, Taeyong came back.
"Yes. You want to get some for Estella?"
"Yeah. I was also wondering, with the elections coming near, have you considered providing security for all of the Popular Front's candidates?" Taeyong merely responded with a hum; Citlali could hear him flipping through papers. "That doesn't answer my question."
"Yes, actually. We'll need to sneak them in as security detail, but I should get volunteers in no time." A sigh of relief escaped Citlali. "Nikolai should stay low. He'll understand."
"Nikolai's been staying low. He'll be fine."
"True. I'll see you in a few days. Tell Nikolai, Asto, and Rafael I say hi."
The call disconnected. "We'll get security. Not sure when it will come, but it will be there by the election."
"Now, you said something about bills?"
"Yes." Elena opened the door, letting Citlali inside. "I'm the most social out of all of you, I can get support. But I do need you and Nikolai to give me some pointers on how to write bills." Elena nodded.
Citlali sighed. Elena would call her soon. She knew what she was getting herself into by running for the National Assembly, but her work was cut out for her. She stayed back in the kitchen, preparing herself a cup of tea. As she waited for the water to boil, she reminisced on a poster she saw somewhere in Luni. There would always be work, whether it is people's health, the education of children, the mental health of friends and family. And yet, there were not enough jobs to go around. Whatever work she had to do now would not compare to the weeks and months ahead.
'One day at a time,' she steadied herself. 'one day at a time.'
NUIHF IS LOOKING FOR NEW NATIONS!
First up, what is NUIHF?
However, after the long break after Season 4, the world has changed a lot, and we're looking for a revamp of the whole NUIHF, as we've lost many nations that once were part of it. We have currently 23 national teams (that will be on Season 5) in NUIHF, which means we're currently having 2 whole divisions of active teams. We're looking for the new Ice hockey nations to join the NUIHF, so we can fill up the Division III.
How to join NUIHF?
It is super simple. You just have to telegram or notify me that you want to join in. Then I will ask you a few questions (about your team, nothing special), and you're automatically in! If you have any questions about NUIHF, feel free to ask.
If everything goes as planned, the Season 5 starts on 13th November!
Amid white forests and high mountains, lives a peaceful and small nation of democratic socialists.
The Free Land Of Skenja is a country that prides itself on it’s heritage from a warrior people, but they have since become a relaxed but hardworking people that strive for social progressivism and peace.
Lead by the long term president Oskar Gudmondson, the country is now looking to it’s foreign neighbours to extend the warm hand of friendship, having remained isolated for many years.
It’s vast natural resources make it appealing to those with a business eye and the nation is entirely powered through the use of green energy, primarily turbines.
Skenja has no military, with the exclusion of a small defence force made up of just 10,000 men and women.
The people of Skenja stand at an average height of 6”4 for men and 5”9 for women with Blonde and Auburn being the most common hair colours and blue being the most common eye colour. Skenjan’s are known to be incredibly fair skinned. However a small immigrant population do go against the norm, though strong progressivism has left them feeling no less welcome than anyone else.
Skenja operates under an electoral college system and the two main parties are the Democratic Socialists (who currently hold power) and the Skenjan Party who provide a centrist opposition to the left-leaning Democratic Socialists.
The people of Skenja welcome you to join them at one of their many ski resorts for a vacation and hope to see you soon!
We of Lake Perseverance must inform the Lord President that there is currently a travel ban to the surface of Utopia in Lake Perseverance due to events of possibly apocalyptic proportions. Several of Lake Perseverance's leaders are willing to travel to Lancaster to establish formal relations, but it's only safe to do so once this event resolves. In the meantime, we may be able to offer videoconferencing or similar. We also have a liason or two in the Commonwealth who may be available. Be warned- there will be a time delay during videoconferencing due to the fact that Lake Perseverance is, once again, on Our Most Glorious celestial body- the companion planet to Utopia.
We accept the video call from your nations leaders.
OOC: Whilst I won't be suppressing these as there are simply too many of them, this is a reminder that - as per the rules - posts on the Regional Message Board should be at least 45 words long. There's no need to respond, but please make your posts longer in future (and, where possible, try to make each post as meaningful and impactful as you can). Thanks!
For those who still may not be aware, Lake Perseverance is not found on the surface of the planet (it's actually on the moon).
Rias International Space Elevator/Yotsubishi Corporation Headquaters
all was silent in the clearing. the air was still. for the first time in what seemed likes an age, frost did not cover the ground; and though it was till cold, winters grip was finally loosening. moss sprung up once more, a fluffy carpet amongst the blizzard beaten trees.
in a small clearing, sat a tiny pond. stagnant, having just recovered from months of being frozen over. its water murky, and silently still.
an axoflopl reared his head up, and yawned. half a year of hibernation really did your back in. his wet skin glistened in the suns light, rejuvanating from its heat. slowly, but very surely, the amphibian hauled his body out of the pond and began an arduous trek (at least for him) towards the river. grunting step by step, he lumbered along the same old path he'd taken year after year. for all the times the amphibian woke up the journey never seemed any easier.
finally, after an exhausting 20 metre walk, he had reached the river. eagerly, the axoflopl gazed out across the beach. the cool blue water sparkled in the sunlight, still getting going from its slower winter pace. a short puff indicated that another axoflopl was about, he let out a greeting call, and received a friendly response. eager, he rushed as fast as he could to the waters edge.
20th of October, in the restored Kkhanoese capital of Syr Dárya. Emperor Ladislaus Mítlis, who had retaken his position on the throne the week before, was now doing the rather mundane task of tracking opinion polls in the Magyar Republic. The beginning of his plan relied on being able to establish a not only useful, but loyal puppet in some region of the world, and if the dunderheads in the Farmer-Labourer party were unable to pull their own weight, it would annoyingly mean he's have to take action. And looking at the current opinion polls, that seemed more like a question of when it would be necessary than if it would be: whilst originally Adorjan Voy had been able to gain a significant amount of popular support through organised parades and speeches, the Christian Socialists stranglehold on the government had allowed them to enact numerous vote-winning policies in a matter of weeks, causing their own support to rise as the Farmer-Labourer base stagnates.
"Almost 100 years ago to this day, as the Kkhanoese Empire was collapsing and the Third Coalition's Victory seemed inevitable, my grandfather gave the people of Northern Utopia one final warning." Later in the same day as the first scene, Ladislaus had gathered an eccentric crowd in the streets of a town outside the capital. He was on a raised podium talking at the crowd, conveying meaning through wild hand gestures and an expressive face. "Do you know what he told them? In no unclear words, he simply stated: 'We tried to teach the nation's of the world that they do not live in isolation; but they refused to heed our teachings, and now they shall learn this fact in fire, blood and anguish'."
A step too far?
The simple people of Skenja have lived modestly for many years and their lives have consisted of basic pleasures.
However, despite the presence of occasional foreigners, the outside world seemed so far away from the snowy borders of Skenja.
And now the world knows of Skenja, and the people of Skenja are learning about the world. The people are learning of things that before they really didn’t know much of. Travelling to space? The very idea has rocked the nation. Technology and foreign culture seems so accessible now and the people don’t know how to react.
Life may never be the same again for the people of Skenja, but it is up to them to decide if they will change for better or for worse.
Lancaster, Omniville Department
Joseph Vargas is pacing around nervously in a office building. He looks at the table he has in front of him. "One last shot." He thinks to himself. He awaits for his guests to arrive. Leaders from United brennia and North Electrica are supposed to meet in person while representatives from Lake Perseverance are supposed to come by video call to discuss the current situation. He awaits either of them to come. At least he hopes for them to come.
North Electrica Updates
Electran's would begin to tune in to the national news station known as North National News (NNN), the tune would play and two people would show up on screen.
M. Mitchell: "Hello I am Mason Mitchell,"
C. McTavish: "And I'm Cassidy McTavish."
M. Mitchell: "And welcome to North National News. Alright lets start out with the big ones, recently in the West two nations known as Astana-Anders and United brennia has recently gathered troops at each other borders, such a large amount of troops near Electrican borders has caused NEAF to dig in at the borders an prepare for a possible border conflict."
C. McTavish: "Such news is not something the Head Councilor, and probably the majority of the people didn't want to have to deal with a possible open conflict near pur borders. As the Invasion and the Crime War has already affected out nation in a way not seen since the civil war." Videos show the defense area's, Electran soldiers standing guard or thw Sentinels standing high in a wall like formation. Drones dotted the sky in bird like formation. "The Federal Republic has incited out nation, the Kingdom, and surprisingly the lunar nation of Lake Perseverance to take part in peace talks. Currently the EMC and EHC has made no comments or responses on the matter."
M. Mitchell: "It seems North Electrica can't seem to stay out of conflict can it? Some may say that the involvement two civil wars in the Feng Dynasty was the Councils own fault, but others argue that ot was the safety of Electrican citizens and some government officials. Whatever the case, hopefully the situation cools down.
C. McTavish: "Yes. In other news an update on New Horizon! The city leaders has reported that the city is being built quite quickly and efficiently, by the end of the year they project that the majority of the city will be completed!"
M. Mitchell: "Ah Yes! 'Gamer City' it is being called! All over social media and the Internet people have seemingly decided that it will be a city where Gaming and entertainment will thrive, with almost every company, gaming tuber, and and indie game developer moving to a seemingly dedicated part of the city." It shows images of the 'Gaming Sector' of the city, at night it was filled with vibrant colors, neon lights, and interesting city designs, something that looks straight out of a videogame. "But that's not the only thing predicted to thrive."
C. McTavish: "That is true Mason. Many Manufacturing companies, Engineering Firm's, and Science labs have moved into the city. It seems that technology, science and furthermore education due to the establishing of 5 new school buildings, ranging from elementary to to private highschool's. A nice addition the the Donut of Knowledge Super Structure." It shows images of the different buildings, some in varying degree's of completion. All ending on the Donut of Knowledge, a large one way glass building with supports surrounding it, the supports in turn going over the road and parking lot surrounding it. "In fact I have heard that there was the assembling of a company called "Horizon Technologies". Who intend to develop new technologies to make the city stand out more, ranging from things such as Biomechanical Engineering, Advanced Cybernetics, and something called the 'Exnet'. Whatever this all means it's exciting to see so many people come together to undertale such a massive project that is New Horizon."
M. Mitchell: "Right you are Cassidy. That is all we have for today, tune in next time for updates on more national events."
The news them plays again before it goes to the regional news. Citizens around the nt2ion will probably continue to watch the news, switch to movies and cartoons, turn on their games. But all will be thinking about the news they heard, will war come back to North Electrica?
The Mechanical Explosion
Big things are happening in North Electrica, with the construction of New Horizon a whole new Age has come to the country. So far heavy advancements has been made in engineering and mechanical technologies, Mechs, Robots, Synthetics, and much more have been getting much more attention and seemingly has become a new focus other than space exploration.
Mech technology has mainly been held by the Military and Navy, as they want to advance these machine's for more practical use. The military needs something that can provide better firepower, infantry support, bur doesn't carry the disadvantages of certain vehicles such. The Navy meanwhile wants to use them for better underwater exploration, trap and sensor laying, and testing experimental tech and weapons.
Exoskeleton's. This topic has been up in the air as the Exo Race has started between multiple companies, which are led by the top three:
- Arc Industries: A technology company who's main intent it to provide more efficient and safer equipment for workers
So far the Companies taking part are all in varying stages of development and some are saying that they will begin showing off their Suits and Armor in 2 years. Time will tell if the fruits of their labor prove successful.
Cybernetics is something that has been looked into a lot, so far low tech cybernetics have been developed and sold throughout the nation, but some have been attempting to copy synthetic body parts to hopefully work for human persons. As of right now research have been given lots of attention to Cybernetics as they would help with many medical conditions but it would invlove another topic of this list.
Which is Nervous System Tampering, a technology which wishes to develope technologies to allow robotics and and biological nerves to work together symbioticly. Along with NST there has been talking about labs and scientist working on a working Neuralink something that has been debated on by the populace on whether or not it would be "Safe for Use" or "Is it Useful?", despite thins such technology would come with its own pro's and con's, but NEAF seems to believe the pro's outweigh the cons.
And finally comes something new, Biomechanical Engineering. This is something that has been rumored to be developed for some time, and apparently it will allow many companies to develop Biomechanical devices for citizen use. As of right now not much information has been given, but there has been leaks showing mechanical looking animal parts, arms, and etc.
It seems almost there has been an Explosion of mechanical technologies and other things connected to it. Time will tell on how out future will be affected
Location: Cross Border Zone of Fallowing States- Blackstone, Starfreeze Plains, Starksland
Many would see nothing more but an endless golden plain, in this area, a not much visited area but surprisingly used in many cards and pictures for vacationers. Inside a vehicle sat in the back two men and a woman, a synthetic driver at the front.
In the back the two men wore silver-yellow suits, the woman was wearing casual clothing. She had been called by the Council to oversee a new project being undertaken by the government and NEAF. She could only stare out the window as the vehicle drives, her guards sitting across and besides her as "protection". She wasn't really a fan but government rules.
It would be some hours before they wnet into a tunnel.
Woman: 'Strange I didn't know there would be an area high enough to warrant a tunnel.' She thinks before they exited, and she stared in slight awe and disbelief. All around was a large, seemingly artificial, hill surrounding the area wil a large amounts of digged out areas. 'What could they possibly be building?'
The vehicle continued to drive across the straight road, the construction and digging for anyone there to see. They was going to what looked to be a large metal compound, and at the center was an insanely large machine like structure. Once inside the guards exited and let her out as well, meeting her was another woman and two sentinels standing behind her.
Woman 2: "Welcome to Site Artemis Mrs. Cui. I hope you enjoyed the scenery."
Mrs. Cui: "You know my name?"
Woman 2: "Of course, not everyone is able to find a faster and more efficient way for machinery to function. How and why you didn't take the credit and have your face all over the news is beyond me."
Mrs. Cui: "I have my reasons." She crossed her arms. "Anyway who are you?"
Woman 2: "Oh where are my manners? I am Kommandier Tucker."
-Kommandier: Rank in the Electrican Defense Force. The Second line of defense if the Armed Forces is destroyed or falls apart. Second highed rank before Grand Kommandier.
Mrs. Cui: "So why exactly do you and the government want me to do here?"
Kom. Tucker: "Fallow me please." She takes her into the building, they would pass rooms either still being renovated or filled with computers. In a courtyard area it seems that hundreds of sentinels where being set up in some new machines. Possibly a surprise security system? Other than that there was a large amount of workers, scientist, and soldiers in one location. "As you can obviously see, this place is of major importance for the government and military. Even though it is currently remaining a secret to the public.
Mrs. Cui: "I can see that, but what are you building?" The Kommandier would remain silent as they enter a more finished room, at the center was a large table with a screen, a number of computers and other things surrounding it. A command center? But it was all answered when the Kommandier presses the screen, and up hame a orange-yellow hologram of a massive railgun cannon.
Cui couldn't decide how she should feel. Surprise? Shock? Disbelief? Awe? Why would North Electrica have need for such a massive weapon? Turning to the other woman she asked.
Mrs. Cui: "Why?"
Kom. Tucker: "Why? Lets see. North Electrica is obviously not the only technologically advanced nation, and we certainly don't have the stronger militarized force. So far our nation has stayed out of international conflicts, but who's to say one day one of the big boys on Utopia or some Allaince comes after us?" She pauses to let the woman process. "Also who's to say another alien race comes and invades the planet? Or maybe a nation like Lake Perseverance or the Commonwealth rains down orbital fire on out nation." She makes another pause. "This weapon has one reason, to take down long range and orbital targets in the eed of national defense." She taps the screen again, and it shows 4 mor sights. 1 in the Arctic regions near the Electran science base, another in the Bay of Electroy, the third somewhere in the Feng Dynasty, and the last on some distant island somewhere in the tropical regions.
Mrs. Cui: "Excuse me Kommandier, but has the international community said anything about having such large, and possibly devisting weapons near and in their borders?" The Kommandier scoffs.
Kom. Tucker: "What we do with out owned territory is our own business. As for the island and the Dynasty, currently there's another organization handling that. Plus the 2 of them will be kept secret form the public, while the rest will be reviled on completion." She seemed to be confident in what she said, the Engineer in thw room wasn't the same. "But the best part is. You are being offered a position to oversee Site Artemis."
There was a stiff silence, Mrs. Cui's mouth hung open in surprise. Did she really just say that?
Kom. Tucker: "Do you want the job or not because were on a time table." The woman would think for a good long minute. Did she really want to work on a weapon? But this could be her best chance to finally get some work, plus if this offer is true she could get some good money for her and her family.
Mrs. Cui: "Alright. I'll do it." The Kommandier held out her hand and the two shook.
Kom. Tucker: "Welcome the Electran Defense Force, Overseer Cui." And with that, construction of the Artemis Cannon will continue with some new speed. And new leadership.
State of Electrica
Nationally, the nation has someone recovered from the recent Crime War, the previous Valrassari Invasion, and the Fascist Scare. But not everything has been fixed. North Electrica still has to deal with the Magnolia Valley problem, but thankfully we have a protagonist on the scene that will work on getting the County back connected with the rest of the world Far Cry style.
NESDEC still intends to push forward and push NE into become a solar power. Plans for Lunar and Bahramian colonies are being made, and a powerful Space fleet and security force is being created from help of the Air Force and Arc Industries. The future is looking bright in the void.
And finally the Mechanical Explosion. An event that is first step to North Electrica's evolution as a nation. Machines, Mechs, advanced technologies, and the introduction of the Exnet. This along with the further development and construction of New Horizon, a Mega city that will be home to many different groups and home to massive super structures. All of this will come to a head as a new Age comes.
The Cyberpunk Age!
RMB Post Updates
The Smiling Man is still in the loose and intends to head to another nation. As of right now he has his sights on Corlenia, East Lismore, or even moving Continents to Warsari. Lock your doors and watch for the man in White and red!
There is still the Mysterious Figure to look out for! He is sitting, waiting, and plotting in the shadows, using all the different radical groups for his overall goal. But what is his ultimate goal?
And finally the [REDACTED] Initiative, The Council and NEAF are planning for the possible and maybe unlikely future. But these large weapons are intended to work, but all in different ways. The names of each weapon will be: the Artemis Cannon, the Apollo Cannon, the Ullr Cannon, the Hou Hi Cannon, and lastly the Yoichi Cannon. Each cannon name will also be the name of the site each is located in.