Rise and Fall of Nations (Game Thread)
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Vidae - Israel
Rob S - Saudi Arabia
Giantsfan1080 - Netherlands
Grizzlegom - Ireland
Cigaro - Brazil
Dr. Gonzo - United States
Caddy - Australia
RufusMcDaniel - Canada
CJ Schneider - Switzerland
bantx - China
BuckeyeDan17 - Columbia
Shane P. Hallam - Russia
SuperMcGee - Denmark
Bulldogs - Germany
Scottyboy - Poland
AntoinCD - Japan
Trogdor - India
Jrdrylie - Ghana
Economy – New Russian President Hallam has been focused on continuing Russia’s economic policies domestically and abroad. Russia and Great Britain have established fairly open trade and will continue having positive economic trade relations going forward. Russia is also in talks to continue APEC (Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation) with the countries involved (United States, Canada, Australia, China, Japan, etc.) in terms of goods, energy, and other services. Russia will continue imports and exports with many countries in the world. Include in this is the United Kingdom, all APEC countries, and Germany. The Untied States and Russia will continue sharing military weapons/intelligence as needed, energy, agricultural, industrial industries and more. Russia and Brazil will continue aerospace and defense economic ties.
Policy – Russia and Japan have agreed to begin discussions about a potential peace treaty over the century long conflicts between the two countries. President Hallam has remained firm that Russia will not give up their claims and sovereignty. Domestically, Russia’s main focus has been the oil industry and improving the reliability of electric energy sources within the country, including hydropower. Natural gas also remains a focus. In addition, the growth of the telecommunications industry has been at a rapid pace and Russia will be investing more government resources into that to create jobs and another potential trade market.
Military – Russia will be continuing all production of military weapons, tanks, and missile systems. They will be selling these materials to allies as requested. Russia will continue building all branches of its military and investing in defense research. In a statement, President Hallam preemptively condemns any offensive action by Israel in Gaza or the Middle East. Russia is currently exploring options of selling soft and heavy military systems throughout the world. They currently are not trading the excess uranium at their disposal. Russia and Israel have agreed to continue their 5 year, $400 million dollar contract of Israel drones being sold to Russia. Russia and the United States will continue anti-terrorist exercises together. They have also agreed to build a missile defense system over the next few years with the United States in Azerbaijan to protect allies in Europe, Asia, and the Middle East.
Economy – The Saudi Arabian economy is extremely strong with the country regularly posting budget surpluses year after year. The surplus for 2012, despite heavy investment to combat unemployment, is projected to be ~81.6 Billion USD. Clearly, this is a fantastic number (ranking amongst the best in the world) and we will look to continue posting surpluses in the coming years. Saudi Arabian business are also doing very well overall (the majority in the oil business). Unfortunately, despite this financial health, unemployment and is an issue for Saudi Arabia and the problems are numerous. First and foremost, the problem lies with the private sectors use of ex pats....Saudis hold between just 2-10% of private sector jobs. The reasons for this range from discrimination against women to the Saudi workers not having the skills required due to the average education opportunities available in Saudi Arabia. We plan to make a move to change this....see policy.
Policy – Domestically, Saudi Arabia is going to invest significant money into education. A 25 billion USD stimulus package will be announced that will be used mainly to improve universities/encourage Saudis to pursue college educations. In addition to developing the schools domestically, a good portion of this money will be used to fund full scholarships to universities abroad for high achievers, both male and female. Saudi Arabia has already had discussions with the US, Ireland, The Netherlands and Poland...they are all excited to welcome Saudi students and are willing to discuss relaxing visa restrictions in order to facilitate easier travel for Saudi students.
In addition to increasing education spending, Saudi Arabia will look to take a number of other steps to modernize. Notice that the choice of word is modernize, not westernize. While some of the following ideals may be seen as "western", that is not the goal of Saudi Arabia. We know that we remain the bastion of Islam throughout the world and remain dedicated to our status as an Islamic republic and a practitioner of Sharia law. We also know that many of our current practices have become arcane. We will look to modernize first in a couple of specific areas. We have already announced that women will have the right to vote and to serve as MPs beginning in 2014. We want to announce that in mid 2013, women will also have the right to apply for drivers licenses in Saudi Arabia; a right women enjoy in every other country on Earth. Saudi Arabia hopes this enables more women to be able to join the workforce as while many Saudi women have college degrees, very few ever get to put them to use.
Another step Saudi Arabia plans to take towards modernization is with regard to our current capital punishment policies. I'll start by saying that capital punishment will remain legal and sharia law will still be enforced. That said, the currently preferred method of execution (public beheading) will be replaced by more humane practices (ie: lethal injection) starting in 2015. Other changes to policy include outlawing the "eye for an eye" type punishments. No longer will Saudi thieves lose hands...they will simply go to jail for extended time periods as decided by the court.
Beyond social expenditures, Saudi Arabia is going to work to harness another of it's most valuable resources: the sun. While Saudi Arabia has an incredible amount of oil, we do recognize that our reserves are not unlimited. Solar energy will keep Saudi Arabia running long after our oil reserves are tapped. Furthermore, Saudi oil consumption has skyrocketed in recent years. By moving to solar energy, we hope to cut back on this usage in the long term. The more oil we use domestically; the less we can sell abroad at inflated prices.
Military – The Saudi military is quite strong (ranking 25th in the world) and will not be increasing spending on any offensive measures. We are a peaceful nation and see no need to expand our military beyond it's current capacity. We will however increase spending in the area of defense. We will make a strong effort in the coming years to build up our missile defense system to an elite level. We are not preparing for war, we are preparing to defend ourselves from a potential attack as we reside in a very conflict prone region of the world.
The Japanese Prime Minister AntoinCD has stated that a trade embargo with North Korea will be reviewed based on the actions of North Korea. It is hoped this olive branch will be viewed as a positive step to ensure stability in the region. There has also been an offer extended to both North Korea and China in regards to a joint effort on security, however Japan has also committed to maintaining its security agreement with USA. Japan has increased trade movement with South Korea to import coal and natural gas whilst providing humanitarian aid and technological advances to them. On the domestic front the Prime Minister has stated that reducing unemployment is his number 1 priority and to help with this is hoping to welcome foreign industries into Japan on the condition that Japanese workers are used.
The Japanese Govt has stated that improving the economy at this point is their main objective. Japan will come more into line with other countries in regards to tax revenue obtained. Current Japanese Personal Income Tax percentages are 3% below the average per GPD than other countries. Prime Minister AntoinCD has introduced controversial plans to increase this by 1.4% by year end. Consumption tax is currently 5% below the average and this is also to be raised by 2.5% by year end with a possible further 2.5% by 2014. Additional revenue brought in by increased tax will go towards Research and Development. It is the aim of the Japanese Govt to become the leading nation in regards to innovation and production. To do this they will reduce corporation tax by 0.8% and also relax stringent constraints on foreign companies setting up on Japanese soil. By increasing International Competition Japan can jolt its economy into life while also maintaining relations with other countries.
The Japanese Government will continue to us the Japanese Military solely based on a defense-oriented policy. All funding will be based on this policy including the production of anti-ballistic missile attack defenses, increased spending on surveillance equipment and a refusal to develop nuclear weaponry. The Japanese Govt has also reached out to other Nations to maintain and develop current security relations. Prime Minister AntoinCD has also refuted claims he is hoping to expand the size of any wing of the military.
Military: Poland has an excellent military force that will be used mainly for our main protection.
Policy: Poland has officially announced an alliance with the Netherlands and Denmark. We are officially allies and will be working together with trades and ideas to better ourselves and Poland will protect and defend them at all costs if need be. We have also been engaged with countries such as Saudi Arabia. The main focus of Poland and the alliance is to further our education to have the brightest future and smartest children.
Economy: We continue to export our delicious foods and vodkas and are open to any sort of trade with virtually everyone.
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Policy: The President of Ireland, Grizzlegom, has decided to join a new alliance with Poland, the Netherlands, and Denmark to form a group of countries that look to increase trade and influence in Northern Europe. In addition, Ireland is looking to improve and increase the education of its people and focus on more technological advancements as they look to remain viable amidst declining profits from its vast agricultural business due to the EU's Common Agricultural Policy. Also, the Irish President announced that there will be a focus on improving the wildlife of Ireland. Due to hundreds of years of fishing and deforestation, the once booming fishing industry of Ireland has squandered and Ireland is the EU's top importer of wood. With the housing collapse, the Irish government is looking to re-possess some land in order to plant and build up more forest, as only 9% of the country is forested anymore. In the waters, new regulations will be put in place to better manage the commercial fishing industry, increasing aquaculture, which should help repopulate the cod stocks in the oceans and the salmon and trout stocks inland.
Economy: The president has openly stated that this is his number one priority. While Ireland hasn't been hit as hard as some other EU countries, we're working hard to maintain our strong import/export business and are always looking to find more countries to initiate trade with. Ireland has re-affirmed its strong trade agreements with the United Kingdom and the USA, and is looking to new allies, Poland, the Netherlands, and Denmark, to explore more open trade. In addition, President Grizz will continue with the National Recovery Plan, in hopes of improving the economy in order to provide a comparable "at-home" option to those higher-educated citizens that have, traditionally, emigrated to the UK, USA, or Australia.
Military: From a military standpoint, Ireland is not planning on making any major changes. Ireland is a peaceful nation that remains neutral and works heavily with the UN in peacekeeping operations. There are no plans to increase its modest Defense Forces and will maintain the status quo. The one change Ireland is planning to implement is to increase its Naval Service as a way to police the new commercial fishing regulations. Ireland is looking to increase its Navy by ~40%, adding 450 new personnel.
Economy: The Netherlands while still in a recession has continued to slowly grow back the economy of the country. We would like to announce a 4th stimulus package worth a total of $2 billion with half going to ING(banking) and other larger industries such as metals and agro-industry as we continue to fight back from the global recession. The other half will be going to clean energy research here and abroad as we strive to reach our goal of 14% of our power derived from renewable energy by 2020. We also want to reach a budget surplus within the next 4 years. We are still a leader for the EU and EMU as we believe in a strong European and global economy. We are trying to help rebound the European economy by increasing our trade with Greece and other countries that are hurt much more than us right now. The United States and Canada are important global partners and we look forward to continuing our excellent relationship with 2 great and strong countries in North America. Dutch foreign aid will remain high.
Policy: Our foreign policy will still be defined on our 4 basic commitments of Atlantic cooperation, European integration, international development, and international law. Each are all equally important. We would like to announce that we will be setting up a program with Saudi Arabia that will ease restrictions to allow their students to come abroad and study and learn from the great educational system set up here. We applaud the Saudi’s efforts to open up more to the rest of the world. We also look forward to continuing to set a standard in international law in these trying times when borders are becoming nonexistent in certain areas. Our domestic policy will be defined by our efforts to cut down global warming as we are afraid our country will be devastated by flooding. We will build more levees and find other methods to help curtail flooding in many of our provinces.
Military: The Netherlands will continue to be a leader in global peacekeeping organizations such as NATO and the UN. Our constitutionally derived efforts to help keep international stability is of great importance to our country and something we take very seriously.
Israel continues to exhibit strong signs of economic growth, with Silicon Wadi at its heart. Second only to its California counterpart, Silicon Wadi continues to be the high-tech leader in the region, contributing to Israel being a world leader in software, telecommunication and superconductor development.
Israel continues vigorous trade agreements with the United States, Canada and Russia, among others.
Israel continues to partner with other world leaders in the global trade market. It is our belief that only through diplomatic relations and fair trade can the world truly be safe.
The ongoing conflict in the Middle East is the biggest concern to the Israeli people. Israel will not allow Hamas to control the Gaza Strip any longer. Constant attacks in our land will not be tolerated. The people of Israel will not stand by and let these transgressions go unanswered.
Additionally, Israel will continue to develop its "Iron Dome" air defense system, the most effective missile shield in existence. With the threat to our lands greater than ever, it is our belief that this system is crucial to our national defense.
Israel will continue their arms sale to Russia, as agreed upon, but warns that she will do whatever is deemed necessary to protect herself from her enemies in the region.
The United States of America:
The United States will be allocating 2 trillion dollars to infrastructure spending over the next 10 years. Education spending will also be increased 10 percent immediately and will increase 30 percent over the next 4 years. We will be looking into cutting the cost of post secondary education by 20 percent over the next 4 years and 20 billion will be allocated towards new grants and scholarships. The Bush tax cuts will be allowed to expire, tax loop holes will be closed, American citizens hiding money overseas and avoiding taxes will be fined a prosecuted. Minimum wage will also be increased one dollar effective immediately. Privatized for profit prisons will be closed with 20 billion dollars be spent towards rehabilitation facilities across the nation. There will be a minimum tax of 30 percent on income between 1 and 10 million and 35 percent for income above that.
The United States has reached an agreement with Saudi Arabia that will ease restrictions on students allowing them to study in America. The US wishes to implement more agreements such as this. The war on drugs in ending. America will be releasing drug offenders incarcerated for simply possession of small amounts across the nation from jail and will issue a statement apologizing for the stance of past leaders and will put an end to abstinence based anti drug programs, instead looking to be honest about drugs and speak about their actual side effects and not made up facts. America is hoping the massive increase in infrastructure spending will provide the jobs needed not only for this recently released and pardoned drug offenders. Marijuana will be legalized and taxed. Other drugs will be re-evaluated in the short term will legalization options are looked into. We hope this shows the world we are serious about doing right by the people. America will no longer be run by the upper echelon of wealthy. It is the end of the prison and military industrial complex as we know it. We will continue to honor agreements with other nations but hope to negotiate new agreements beneficial to both parties.
Military spending will be cut 20 percent across the board effective immediately and 40 percent over the next 5 years. We will be hiring an outside agency to look at every department and allocate these cuts in a way that will keep our military strong but working at maximum efficiency. We think the increases in spending in infrastructure and education will open of more than enough jobs to ease the burden of lost military jobs. The United States will begin to take a more hands off approach to military action. Helping when needed but no longer being the aggressor.
The Federative Republic of Brazil
President Cigaro came into office on a simple, three-pronged platform; improving infrastructure, reducing poverty, and environmental reform. On the first, Brazil’s road and rail system is woefully inadequate to facilitate the continued large-scale economic growth. Consequently, Brazil will begin heavily investing in that sector, along with courting similar foreign investment. Of particular emphasis will be the rail system, viewed as more efficient, economically and environmentally, than the highways. As for reducing poverty, Cigaro stated that he would like to see the emphasis placed on proactive measures, such as improving education, rather than reactive measures, such as basic welfare. He also stated that Brazil will begin drawing up plans for the elimination of favelas, to be replaced with public housing. Drug legalization is under consideration in order to wrestle power away from powerful cartels that rule over many favelas. Lastly, with the vast Amazon lying within its borders, Brazil is heavily focused on environmental issues. A large part of this will be protecting the Amazon from further exploitation and deforestation by large-scale corporations and small-time farmers. Citing reports that intact forestland is worth more, Brazil will begin the implementation of a program that will harvest the rainforest in a sustainable manner along the border regions. In addition to the protection of the Amazon, Brazil is committed to funding further research into green technology, particularly for cars. Brazil receives 90% of its energy from renewable resources, and Brazil hopes that further automotive research may put cars in a similar category. Electric cars will be the primary focus, as advancements in battery technology have shown that electric cars are a viable option in the future.
Economically, Brazil is a powerhouse on the continent and an emerging world power. Brazil welcomes foreign investment, and will begin phasing out protectionist policies in order to facilitate growth, although such policies should not be expected to disappear altogether. Brazil will also maintain all current economic agreements. Brazil will increase its top two income tax brackets from 22.5 and 27.5% to 25 and 30% respectively, and will consider slight increases in welfare spending, although President Cigaro noted that the current welfare programs have made great strides in reducing inequality. Brazil’s recent discovery of the largest oilfields in the Americas in the past thirty years will be of major concern, as even with the move to more green options, Brazil has no intentions of letting natural resources go to waste.
Brazil is largely committed to maintaining the status quo. Brazil possesses the largest military in South America, and has no enemies on the continent or abroad. Brazil’s main military interest is protecting the independence of South America as a whole from any attempts at predominating influence by a third country. That being said, Brazil has begun an assessment of its current and future naval capacities, as she believes that the acquiring of a truly blue water navy may be the best option to protect its growing power. No official plans have been laid down, but if decided that it would be ultimately favorable, Brazil will begin a program of naval expansion. Brazil will also use its military, primarily the air force and Special Operations units, to patrol and protect the vast Amazon wilderness, endangered by commercial exploitation and criminal activity, primarily drug trafficking.
Economy – Great Britain having one of the largest economies in the world is looking to pull its self out of a recession. Great Britain will be looking introspectively in an attempt to pull its self out of this recession. A larger focus will be placed on creating jobs by mining its vast coal reserves. Lastly Great Britain will be increasing its focus on Agriculture and the Fishing Industry hoping to improve its self reliance.Policy – Great Britain continues to be in talks with other nations as promoting peace is a top priority
Military – Great Britain will maintain its current spending leaving it fourth highest in the world and second largest in the EU. The British Armed Forces will continue to promote peace, help in disaster relief but the bulk of forces will be used in home defense.
Economy: Australia is a country with a rich history of being a prominent exporter to many parts of the world, specifically Asia, Europe and North America. Australia has identified the Asia-Pacific region as a key area of focus, re-establishing the importance of APEC with the USA, Canada, China and Japan. Australia will continue to supply China with immense quantities of mining ore to sustain its rich manufacturing industry. Efforts will be focused on providing ore like Coal and Uranium to other countries around the world. Agriculture is also being focused on as a key area of growth moving forward.
Policy: Australia will in the near future be maintaining a fairly minimal role in world conflicts. Australia is a firm believer in the effectiveness of the United Nations, and the Security Council. We are interested in looking at possible reform in these institutions, particularly the Security Council, where the power to veto is extremely controversial at times. Economically, Australia is operating very successfully, with one of the lowest rate of unemployment in the entire world. A focus on education and infrastructure will remain a top priority heading into the future.
Military: Australia has been a supporter of the War on Terror recently, but Prime Minister Caddy has decided that, effective immediately, all Australian military operations in the middle east will withdraw. Focuses will be shifted to peacekeeping operations in the South Pacific, continuing the work already done in nations like East Timor and the Solomon Islands.
Economy:Switzerland voted against membership in the European Economic Area in a referendum in December 1992 and has since maintained and developed its relationships with the European Union (EU) and European countries through bilateral agreements and has a still "open application" to the EU. Switzerland is one of the richest countries in the world by per capita gross domestic product, and has the highest wealth per adult (financial and non-financial assets) of any country in the world.
Policy: The Swiss Confederation has a long history of armed neutrality—it has not been in a state of war internationally since 1815—and did not join the United Nations until 2002. It pursues, however, an active foreign policy and is frequently involved in peace-building processes around the world. While holding fast to its traditional position of neutrality, recent agreements have been made with Brazil, Denmark, Saudi Arabia and the Netherlands in the areas of clean energy technologies. These arrangements are for the benefit of common research only.
Military:The Swiss Armed Forces, including the Land Forces and the Air Force, are composed of conscripts, with professional soldiers constituting only about 5% of the military personnel. The Swiss maintain a stance of armed neutrality, which in international politics, is the posture of a state or group of states which makes no alliance with either side in a war, but asserts that it will defend itself against resulting incursions from all parties
I don't know how to host pictures so envision the Colombian flag k?
Colombia's economy has recent struggles but we are working to continue to sustain the small increases we are experiencing. Moreover, we plan to increase our export dependence in order to achieve that sustainability. Our main exports will remain what they have been such as bananas, oil, and other natural gases. We are working currently on devising a plan that aspires to reduce unemployment, we are hoping further direct investment (which we are emphatically open to) helps with this issue. We are also confident that infrastructure investment will help with further economic prosperity.
Our market will remain free. The most pressing issue the Buckeye administration wishes to tackle immediately is education. Our nation has more than a million children that are currently not in school and we will immediate seek to devise a policy that looks to improve the amount of children in school and have more schools in the country in the future. Furthermore, our trade policies with our previous partners will remain the same, we are delighted to know that some of our biggest export partners remain interested in sustaining our trade relationships. Moreover, deforestation and natural land damage is also an issue that we are looking to smother gradually although time is pressing. We will gather information on this matter and quickly look to devise a short and long-term plan with this issue. Renewable energry is also on our administration's immediate agenda, but details are not close to being ironed out at this time.
Currently the Colombian military is comprised mainly of 5 divisions - all of which have their own jurisdiction throughout the country. We will be investing heavily into our "Rapid Deployment Force" to heighten security of our areas where self-produced exports are produced as security has been as a serious issue in previous times. We're not to be an aggressive military, but a defensive minded, quick reacting and efficient one. Budgets and spending also have not been decided as of yet.
Economy: The German economy is currently ranked 5th in the world and will continue it's exports of machinery, vehicles, chemicals and household equipment. At the same time, in an attempt to increase fertility rate and the country's growth, the government will offer benefits to any family with over 3 kids.
Policy: Germany is also pushing towards replacing it's nuclear energy with renewable energy and aims to be one of the most eco-friendly places on Earth. In particular, Germany is currently importing a lot of it's energy from Russia and will continue to do so. Germany has no qualms with anyone in particular and is open to future discussion with any country.
Military: Currently ranked 98th for military expenditures, Germany will make a massive attempt at luring youth into the military and increase it's numbers for defense purposes. There will be an appropriate amount of money put into military funding and advertising to the youth. At the time being Germany has no reason to be on the offensive and seeks peace with the rest of the countries.
Denmark enjoys some of the greatest economic freedom in the world. We continue to be a proponent for trade liberalization and hope to expand our already strong trading relationships while encouraging foreign investment and new business growth domestically. Solid, tested, open regulations provide the opportunity to do so. Clean energy research and exports figure to be a prominent aspect of our economy for years to come. Denmark continues to operate independently of the Euro and seeks to erase the minor deficit it currently holds. Stunting unemployment and easing already-high taxation while maintaining a vast social welfare system will be a challenge moving forward.
Denmark puts a great focus on clean energy research and implementation. The longtime world leader in wind energy puts a concerted effort towards green energy products and is a leader in pushing the EU towards such technologies and policies. Agreements have already been put in place with Switzerland to work more closely in green energy research, and Denmark seeks cooperation from all willing developed nations in further research. Many higher education opportunities are available in the field of energy and technology as Denmark looks to grow its young universities. College education has long been free in Denmark for those in the European Union, and we look to extend this opportunity to high achievers outside of the EU through various scholarship/grant opportunities and cooperative research programs in these and other modern fields. International ties have recently been further strengthened with the great nations of Poland and the Netherlands.
Denmark holds strongly to its ties in NATO and is a willing participant in international peacekeeping, currently deploying approximately 1,000 troops in cooperative operations, a number set to decrease. We expect to contribute not much more than 1% of our GNP towards military expenditures, importing most of our military equipment from nearby and allied countries. Our focus will continue to be in maintaining peace and avoiding further conflict globally, in addition to ensuring our own safety.
Economy: China being one of the fastest growing economy ranks at #2 will continue to export electronics, apparel, textiles, iron and steel, and medical equipment. Wages will be increased due to increase of standard of living. China is the largest creditor nation in the world and will continue to loan out money to countries. China's economy continues to grow and is calculated to pass the US by 2015 at the rate it's going. China also wants to up spendings on the space program and hope to reach out to other nations about contributing.
Policy: China's energy policy; China's currently the world's largest emitter of greenhouse gases. China is also the world's leading renewable energy producer. We are working to use more coal in our plants in the future currently 2/3 of the country's plants are powered by coal and want to keep upping that in the future.
Military: China has spending hundreds of billions of dollars beefing up the military in the pass 2 decades we will continue to manufacture our own weapons with more spending s to be spent on weaponry research.
Economy: North Korea, not known for its great economy, but for the discipline and hard work of their people, will start to slowly allow good allies to enter the country. The cheap and disciplined workers are willing to work for minimal wages in order to help bring the country into prosperity.
Policy: After the death of our dear leader, may his soul rest in peace, the government is trying to get a firm grasp of the lead in the country. There might be many snitches from olden days that are not supportive of their new leader. The goal for most is to strengthen the populations overall health and strength as well as work against the famine. North Korea still strongly disapproves of the Wests measurements to apply their so called "HUMAN RIGHTS" onto everyone in the world and will be working strongly against that as well as disapproval of allies of South Korea.
Military: with the 4th greatest army in the world, North Korea will continue to spend money on increasing military.
Turn 1 Response
The launching of rockets at Israel has continued and been ramped up by Hamas and other factions in the Gaza strip. In an unprecedented attack, over 500 rockets were fired at Israel yesterday, causing a large amount of damage to infrastructure. Casualties were relatively low, with under 200 hurt and 50 killed in the attack. Casualties would have been much higher without the coveted Iron Dome system.
Hamas and other faction leaders have promised this will continue and be ramped up further until long standing demands are met.
Turn 2 Begins
The deadline for (Turn 2) action summaries is December 6th at 7 p.m. If everyone turns in a summary before then, the game will advance.
I'll get this ball rolling....let's try and get these in early to help Forenci out/pick up the pace of this game a bit.
Economy – Saudi Arabia will continue to stay the course as outlined during turn 1. While solar energy is certainly a question mark, it is worth exploring aggressively especially considering the massive budget surplus currently enjoyed. If the initial research suggests that the program will not be worthwhile, it will be cut. Saudi Arabia recognizes that it will be spending a significant amount of money in the coming years, but after years of running massive surpluses, it was time to invest and give back to the people and build for the future. Tax increases will not be necessary to fund the spending as the surpluses have enabled us the ability to enact these programs with no additional cost to our citizens. If, in a few years, the spending is deemed to be too much, Saudi Arabia will consider options of scaling back any programs deemed inefficient.
Policy – Saudi Arabian leadership was shocked by the protests in reaction to the announcement that women will be allowed to drive in the coming years. When women's suffrage (and the right of women to serve as MPs) was announced previously, it was met with very muted opposition and little to no protesting. It was lauded more than anything, even internally. While he is disappointed with this turn of events, the king respects the right of his citizens to protest peacefully. In fact, he would love to meet personally with the top leadership that organized the protests to discuss how these changes will benefit Saudi Arabia. The king does want to make clear, however, that these changes have his full support and he feels they are of great benefit to Saudi Arabia.
In response to the recent events in Gaza, Saudi Arabia wants to make clear that it stands for peace in the region. Palestine has a right to exist as an independent nation, but the way to go about winning the struggle for independence is not through violence and Saudi Arabia will not support either side of the conflict militarily. We would be happy to help with peaceful negotiations in any way possible.
In response to the events in the Congo, Saudi Arabia will contribute troops to any UN mission in the country and assist with peaceful negotiation. We will not, however, send in troops on our own accord. We do not think it is our place to intervene in the conflict and it would be far too dangerous and costly to launch a large military operation. For the most part, Saudi Arabia looks to remain uninvolved until the 2 groups are more dedicated at achieving a peaceful resolution.
Military – Saudi Arabia will continue to invest heavily to improve their missile defense systems. While it may be a few years off still, it is critical to the future of the country and keeping our residents safe. In a move that is seen as having dual benefits, Saudi Arabia would also like to announce a 3% increase in pay for all military personell under the age of 25. Not only will this expand our military (not a necessity, but never a bad thing considering the part of the world we live in - especially considering recent events in Gaza), it should also help our unemployment numbers.
Ghana Federation, led by newly elected President James Drylie of the New Patriotic Party
Economy: Ghana currently has the fastest growing economy in Africa and one of the ten fastes growing economies in the world. Currently, we greatly depend on foreign assistance from allies and the IMF. While we would desperately need this assistance to continue, it is our goal to reduce the amount of aid needed each year. We would like to continue to make our economy more open to foreign investment and more free market oriented
Ghana has vast natural resources. And a relatively stable political situation allows these resources to be safely utilized. Ghana would like to open themselves up to free trade agreements and increase their exports of these resources, which incluse conflict-free diamons, lumber, metals, natural gas, and crude oil (25ht largest proven reserves in the world. Ghana is opening their lands to foreign companies to purchase land leases from our Gorvernment for the purpose of drilling and mining. Ghana will set aside 5% of the lands to be purchased at a reduced price by Ghana-based companies as well as 10% for Government use and 10% for environmental conservation. All gold mining will remain the responsibility of the Ghana National Agricultural Export. This branch of government will expand their opperations, providing thousands of jobs.
Revenue from the sale of the land leases and taxes of the resources found will go towards reducing the sizable deficit. Ghana will no longer allow the mistakes of past regimes to be passed to our children. Within 10 years, Ghana will be operating with a bugest surplus without raising taxes or significant cuts in government spending.
Tourism will be greatly increased under my adminitration. The process for acquiring travel visas will be streamlined and simplified. We will open our airports to increased flights from European countries. An Aviation Modernization Plan has been created to upgarde our airports and improve the safety of travel in our skies.
While unemployment is low (3%), many workers are farmers making just a few dollars a day. Youth unemployment is much too high, at 25%. Along with an increase in gold mining, $300 million USD will be allocated for infrastructure improvements, especially outside of cities where most roads are nothing more than dirt. Independent economists project this plan will create between 350,000 and 500,000 jobs.
Military: Ghana plans to continue their military alliance with the People's Republic of China. President Drylie views the large military and quickly expanding economy of their ally as a crucial factor in the security of our nation. Both President Drylie and the Ghanaian Parliment strongly condemn the actions of Congolese rebels against neighboring Republic of Congo. Continuing violence, especially againast civilians will not long be tolerated.
Ghana currently has a very small military (7,000 members) and has poor equipment and training compared to other countries (though better than African neighbors). Luckily, the situation inside the country is stable as are relations with our neighbors. But constant civil wars and rebellions in other parts of the country are concerns. Military spending will be increased from $115 million USD to $200 million USD, with a focus on modernization and training along with adding approximately 2000 more soliders. Ghana will continue our tradition of sending troops to the UN for peacekeeping operations.
Policies: An amendment to the Constitution of the Republic of Ghana has been proposed to legalize homosexuality, which is currently illegal. President Drylie urges the parliment to pass this amendment as part of a larger plan to expand himan right in the country. The National Democratic Congress, a socially liberal party, currently controls Parliment so the prospect of passage is goo. But opposition is expected from the minority Muslim community as well as the New Patrioti Pary. However, President Drylie is actively lobbying his fellow New Patriots to support this amendment.
Anti-corruption initiatives will be implemented to curb the rapid growth of corruption within the government. Initiative include a Freedom of Information Act, anti-cronyism laws in hiring and appointments, and public broadcast of all parliment sessions.
Ghana will continue getting nearly all of their energy from the Lake Volta Dam as well as selling that energy to our neighbors. We will begin working closely with the Ghana Nuclear Society to determine a possible path to begin using nuclear energy in the counrty in a safe and environmentally friendly manner. However, no plans are being propsed at this time.
Education spending will increase from $400 million USD to $525 million USD, with the focus on improving rural schools, increased teacher training, and brining in qualified teachers from the European Union and the United States.
Japanese Prime Minister AntoinCD has defended his parties rise in taxes by stating that while nobody likes paying taxes they are essential for economic growth and Japan has been behind all major first world countries historically in tax percentages obtained. He also pointed out that Japan simply cannot cope with the ballooning costs of repairing infrastructure to mitigate effects of natural disasters like the recent Earthquake. While he fully understands why tax rises are unpopular he has stated he is willing to be unpopular in the short term to ensure that Japan flourishes in future.
Prime Minister AntoinCD has made a public appeal to all nations to help with aid at this time. He has stated that Japan is working hard internally to cope with injuries and expects to have infrastructure rebuilt within a short period of time, however the most threatening impact will be the spread of disease of sick and injured people. Therefore they have made a specific appeal for medical aid.
The Japanese Govt have relented to overwhelming public opinion over their attempted olive branch with North Korea. While explaining that the idea was to provide stability and security in the region many Japanese citizens explained they did not feel comfortable entering any sort of agreement with North Korea. Prime Minister AntoinCD publicly stated they had drawn out of negotiations for now and the trade embargo would be reinstated, however he has left the door open for future talks based on North Korea showing it can be a valuable and stable member of the Far East.
The Japanese Govt have also condemned recent Hamas attacks on Israel, however have cautioned against Israel using unnecessary force. Prime Minister AntoinCD stated on Japanese TV that he does not support militant activity from the Palestinians, however he does believe that Palestine should be recognised as a nation state and any Israeli incursions should be seen as a sign of war.
Prime Minister AntoinCD has put all units of the military on alert due to possible aftershocks and further effects of the recent Earthquake. The armed forces will work closely with the red cross and other aid agencies in ensuring that all areas and safe before any rebuilding is started.
Rise of Nations:
Newly elected president Trogdor opened his speech reflecting on the current events of the world. His excellency expressed outrage and condemnation for both the Congolese rebel attacks as well as the rocket barrage by Hamas. He reinforced support for any UN resolutions regarding each situation and stressed all parties return to peaceful negotiations and avoid reprisal killings.
Trogdor highlighted education reform as the key to India's success. Current spending on education is appallingly low. To kick start education reform short term projects include utilizing existing infrastructure, highlighting the unused "Education" satellite already in orbit, to promote distance learning to help combat the lack of physical classrooms currently available to Indian youth. Other initiatives will be to properly and fully fund the Right to Education Act to ensure all children through the age of 14 have access to complete education. These funds will also ensure all schools have necessary funds for minimum necessities: walls, power, and teachers. Lastly his excellency promises enforcement of existing truancy laws and to utilize advertising to highlight the importance of education to improve attendance rates at existing schools.
He continued to stress the importance of sanitation and hygiene education. Short term goals are to inject more funds into existing sanitation and hygiene campaigns (CRSP, TSC, IHHL, and SSHE). To combat the high risk of infectious disease Trogdor has launched an advertising campaign to highlight the dangers of poor hygiene and the importance of proper waste disposal.
Trogdor closed his economic remarks by announcing an increase in funding of family planning and contraceptive programs.
His excellency has heard the outcry regarding the widespread corruption at all levels of government and has warned those involved of the crackdown his administration will bring to the country. Corruption steals an estimated 5% of national GDP and threatens to destroy the economic boom India currently celebrates. He plans a complete approach to his anti-corruption reform enacting strict transparency of any non-classified government processes, harsh penalties for government officials convicted of corruption, and the continued employment of impartial third party consultants, for example KPMG, to monitor processes. Lastly he announced a wage freeze of all members of parliament, and himself, requiring official consent from all three branches of government regarding any future wage adjustments.
Next Trogdor plans to streamline tax process through regulation reforms using the Indian province Gujarat as a model. Less red tape and transparency will allow India to collect more taxes without raising rates on all Indians. With this in mind in order to enact the sweeping social programs a sliding scale taxes reform will be implemented to ease the burden of those in the lower class and increasing the responsibilities of the wealthy elite.
He also announced that an economic panel consisting of the nations top economic experts will be convened to repeal or revise existing anti-trade laws especially those pertaining to agriculture.
Lastly his excellency, will convene a military panel consisting of both military commanders and economic experts and task them to reduce waste and end redundant long-term projects. The resulting savings can then be redirected to expanding social programs.
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Economy – Russia will continue its trade relations and continue its investments in telecommunications, weapons, etc. They will be sending financial aid to Japan as a show of good will after the horrible disaster there. Trade relations are continuing with the countries as described before.
Policy – Russia has postponed talks with Japan about the islands until after the recovery effort of the natural disaster.
Military – Russia will be continuing all production of military weapons, tanks, and missile systems. They will be selling these materials to allies as requested.
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