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26  Forum Community / Election and History Games / Re: Balance of Power (Gameplay Thread) - Late 1902 on: April 16, 2014, 07:07:09 am
Due to demilitarization of the straits, the primary base of the Ottoman Navy shall be relocated to Izmir, with secondary bases in Mesrin and Beirut to be established as the rebuilding of the fleet progresses.


From Navy Secretary Truman Newberry
To- Commanding Officer of the Ottoman Navy

With the US Navy's Mediterranean Task Force based in Constantinople, we are pleased to provide basic defense for your waters while you work to rebuild your navy and nation

From: The Commanding Officer of the Ottoman Navy
To: Secretary of the Navy Truman Newberry

Welcome to our shores!

I welcome the efforts of the Ottoman Empire to combat Anarchism in every country. Since my country has terribly been affected by this menace, I propose a international treaty concerning and condeming Anarchism.

Quote
The Treaty of Hamburg:

1. Anarchism is hereby condemmed and illegalized. Every fellow convicted of Anarchism shall be forwarded to the courts of his home country.

2. Every nation signing this treaty shall create a special police force to combat Anarchism. If this is not possible, for whatever reason, nations can turn to the German Empire, who will stay by with aid and training facilities.

3. Every nation that calls itsself civilized is invited to sign this treaty.


x Kaiser Wilhelm III

x Abdul Hamid II

I'd like to propose an amendment that would create a joint commission made up from representatives of the law enforcement from all countries that signed the treaty, to coordinate international efforts and share informations.
27  Forum Community / Election and History Games / Re: Balance of Power (Gameplay Thread) - Late 1902 on: April 16, 2014, 03:56:57 am
To: The Russian Empire
From: The Ottoman Empire

We are very pleased with your wise decisions regarding Armenia. Such country can become a very useful middle ground in our relations.

Naturally, it's in everybody's best interest that you indeed keep a short leash. We, the people of East, can fully understand each other.

x Abdul Hamid II


To: The Japanese Empire
From: The Ottoman Empire

We would like to thank you for your neutrality in the recent conflict. It it a high time our countries can establish a normal, modern relations.

X Abdul Hamid II



Question to GM: What trade routes should I purse?
28  Forum Community / Election and History Games / Re: Balance of Power (Gameplay Thread) - Late 1902 on: April 16, 2014, 03:44:28 am
The Ottoman Empire



Land Reform

We shall continue acquiring the land from aristocracy (particularly disloyal one) for the state and to be redistributed among the poor. Exploit this in propaganda.

Some of the acquired lands and funds are going to be mighty useful in solving the refugee problem.

Refugees

This problem can't be solved overnight, but we must take care right away.

The Army is to assist the refugees in temporary establishments. Emphasize among the masses that Islam required the community to take care on brothers in need. The population must assist.

The Court shall use whatever it can to help too.

Appeal to the international community, as well as prominent philantroped abroad, for assistance in this great, humanitarian challenge.

Kurdistan

This is a pickle. The allies allowed us to keep Kurdistan, but we're also required to respect Kurds' rights by Treaty of Jerusalem. This must be taken care of ASAP.

The source of weaponry and money for the rebels is a great mystery that needs to be solved. Was Persia considered as a suspect? Look at this direction.

For immediate measures, the army must isolate Kurdistan from the rest of our Empire, since the unrests are to be contained. Furthermore, the region must be sealed form Persia.

We have plenty of troops that are eager to right and rehabilitate from the lost war. Use them to combat the rebels. The Secret Police knows the drill.

We shall actively approach the moderate Kurdish leader. Remind them that the western powers, despite promising independence, left them alone when the peace was made and emphasize the Sultan is serious about establishing their cultural and language autonomy, with other reforms to follow. But to achieve this the peace must be restored! Use all carrots and st irks.

Bosporus

I shall approach all interested sides, particularly the Russian Empire. While it harms our trade, semi-blocked Bosporus also hurts all involved Mediterranean players, particularly Russia, that just gained a free movement there and needs a connection between the Black Sea and the Ocean.

We propose a joint action to make the straits fully navigable once again.

Note: Works there are a golden opportunity for our workers!

Transportation

The war showed a weakness of our infrastructure. While certainly advantageous in delaying the enemy, it also puts a considerable strain of our own logistics, not to mention civilian economy.

We need to seriously take care of our railroads. Aside of Istanbul-Baghdad line, that must be build, I want proposals what other routes should be developed in future.

We shall sent our government officials to the United States, a country with great railroad experience, to discuss the cooperation with their government as well as private business.

Once we have the foreign aid, some money must be allocated to the project.

Last, but definitively not least, this is simply a great chance for our economy. Emphasize planned railroad works as a golden opportunity for our workers!


To: The Ministry of Defense
From: The Sultan

It is highly unfortunate the was has did occur before we were able to reform our military, leaving us unprepared. There are some bright spots, though. We proven we can still deliver unexpectedly strong performance against a superior enemy on multiple fronts. Our troops has gained a valuable experience in modern warfate. Also, rapid strikes in Libya, operation on large areas, were quite successful.

-- I order a report of the state of our Army and the Navy (OOC: asking the GM for more info).

-- What reforms should be taken?

-- With our fleet largely destroyed, we can't even think of competing with the conventional naval powers. The submarine warfare is to be studies and pursed seriously.

-- As stated above, our rapid operations in Libya are worth of deeper studying.

-- We need to create a modern military intelligence.

Opposition

Well, now they are paralyzed it's high time to deal with them once and for all. Remind the public that so-called "Young Turks", along with egoistical aristocracy, effectively supported the hated enemy, while common men fought and struggled.

The Secret Police knows the drill. Prepare a purge. Lesser followers are to be made known that their youthful indiscretions can be forgiven if they will abandon this infantilty and join rebuilding the country.

Administration

In order to futher reform our bureaucracy (IRL it was a task Abdul Hamid II was quite devoted to and good at), as well as to see whether we stand on pursing an administrative reform in unspecified yet future, I shall order a creation of Five Special Administrative Districts (I won't use any Eastern term, so I sound modern):

District A (Istanbul and surroundings)
District B (the rest of Anatolia)
District C (Syria and Lebanon)
District D (Mesopotamia)
District E (Kurdistan)

I shall appoint a High Commissioner to all Districts, who will oversee and coordinate the central administration there, as well as serve as my personal representative to the local authorities,

Propaganda

Points to be used in official sources, as well by the Secret Police, while conducting a discreet, yet whispered propaganda among the masses:

-- Despite an overwhelming odds, we showed to be a force to be reckon with

-- The Sultan saved the Empire from partition and the Faithful from subjugation to the Western, colonial powers

-- Only the Sultan can deliver a real change. The so called "Young Turks" conspired with the disloyal, egoistic aristocrats (all of them just a phony reformists) to aid the enemy

-- We are facing the new beginning

-- The projects, such as railroads, are golden opportunity to the people

-- Remember Opium Scandal. The Sultan and the police saved the people from that menace that ravaged China
29  Forum Community / Election and History Games / Re: Balance of Power (Gameplay Thread) - Late 1902 on: April 16, 2014, 02:48:01 am
The Ottoman Empire will stand with our American allies regarding evens in Venezuela.

I order a Naval task force to sail off to join the U.S. forces there (OOC: Yes, my fleet is rather nonexistent after the war, but I still have some ships the Germans gave us that did not leave their ports, as my orders were to wait, so that's perfect for a "task force")


The Anarchists are enemies of the civilization. A barbaric assassination of Kaiser Wilhelm II is simply the last straw. The Ottoman Empire wishes to join the intergovernmental efforts to combat the menace.
30  Forum Community / Election and History Games / Re: Balance of Power (Gameplay Thread) - Late 1902 on: April 15, 2014, 06:58:55 pm
Some Diplomacy first (sorry, but I can't post answers to the issues now. It's almost 2 am here Sad )

To: The United States of America
From: The Ottoman Empire

We would like to request that an agreed upon number of our officers be allowed to study the mighty American art of war with your troops and at your Army and Naval academies.

We want to confirm our desire to invite the United States Navy to establish a permanent bases in our territory.

Regarding the crisis in Venezuela, we are always willing to sent forces whenever you need an additional manpower. There are plenty of men here eager to fight alongside our allies.

x. Abdul Hamid II


To: The German Empire
From: The Ottoman Empire

I want to express my profound sadness over an untimely passing of the great Kaiser Wilhelm II. There was no more respected foreign ruler thorough our country. No words are strong enough to describe my horror at the barbarity of this criminal act.

x Abdul Hamid II


To: The French Republic
From: The Ottoman Empire

I want to congratulate Your Excellency upon securing another term as President of the Council. The French people showed a great wisdom by extending your mandate.

x Abdul Hamid II


To: The Austrian-Hungarian Empire
From: The Ottoman Empire

Thank you for your message. We already consider this to be a closed chapter of history.

x Abdul Hamid II


To: The Kingdom of Armenia
From: The Ottoman Empire

Despite our difficult history, we hope that, once you have achieved your independence, our two countries can establish a friendly relations as it should be among neighbours.   

x Abdul Hamid II
31  Forum Community / Election and History Games / Re: Balance of Power (Sign Up/Rules/Commentary Thread) on: April 15, 2014, 04:43:13 pm
Rest in Pieces Wilhelm II
King of Mexico
Liberator of Nauru

32  Forum Community / Election and History Games / Re: Balance of Power (Sign Up/Rules/Commentary Thread) on: April 15, 2014, 03:19:18 pm
I would jump in as Germany.

Welcome, Kaiser Wilhelm!

We have all players again, next turn will start in the afternoon.

Thanks. I just have a little question - if it were possible, I would like to be another monarch. Like Wilhelm died with IBBD, and I'm now Friedrich IV, his son and heir? If not, Ill play as Wilhelm, but so I would be more free in my actions.

Sure, but remember that Wilhelm's heir was Crown Prince Wilhelm (20 years old as of Late 1902), and thus you will play as Kaiser Wilhelm III. I will acknowledge the change via a special event: the assassination of Wilhelm II in the hands of an anarchist (as he was almost killed in Bremen in OTL 1901).

Oh yes, I was kind of confused because his name was Friedrich Wilhelm... So Willhelm III, ok. Thanks.

I'd say you still can adopt a diffrent regal name than Wilhelm III, but I really hate the prolonging delay Tongue

I'm fine with Willhelm III, so don't worry Tongue

With Wilhelm after Wilhelm, we may even reach Wilhelm XVI at some point Wink
33  Forum Community / Election and History Games / Re: Balance of Power (Sign Up/Rules/Commentary Thread) on: April 15, 2014, 03:11:07 pm
I would jump in as Germany.

Welcome, Kaiser Wilhelm!

We have all players again, next turn will start in the afternoon.

Thanks. I just have a little question - if it were possible, I would like to be another monarch. Like Wilhelm died with IBBD, and I'm now Friedrich IV, his son and heir? If not, Ill play as Wilhelm, but so I would be more free in my actions.

Sure, but remember that Wilhelm's heir was Crown Prince Wilhelm (20 years old as of Late 1902), and thus you will play as Kaiser Wilhelm III. I will acknowledge the change via a special event: the assassination of Wilhelm II in the hands of an anarchist (as he was almost killed in Bremen in OTL 1901).

Oh yes, I was kind of confused because his name was Friedrich Wilhelm... So Willhelm III, ok. Thanks.

I'd say you still can adopt a diffrent regal name than Wilhelm III, but I really hate the prolonging delay Tongue
34  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Post something that would annoy the preceding poster. on: April 15, 2014, 03:09:08 pm
35  Forum Community / Election and History Games / Re: Balance of Power (Sign Up/Rules/Commentary Thread) on: April 15, 2014, 05:43:17 am
I would jump in as Germany.

Cheesy
36  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: is antonio villaraigosa a possibility? on: April 14, 2014, 06:18:12 pm
Didn't he divorce his wife after sleeping with a news host?

in fairness, should this really matter?
Yes. It should.

did sexual adventures matter with clinton?
Yes, they did, but Bill at least re paid his debt, what the jeebus has Antonio done?

Why should this have anything to do with politics?
37  Questions and Answers / The Atlas / Re: Petition to free King on: April 14, 2014, 05:37:51 pm
What kind of stuff was he posting?

It was so incoherent it's pretty much impossible to describe.

Um, Red, we're not discussing your posts here.
38  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Post something that would please the previous poster. on: April 14, 2014, 02:59:20 pm
Torie is just awful.
39  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Opinion of Inks on: April 14, 2014, 01:59:24 pm
Nobody who begs to be a moderator should ever be a moderator.

Ah. So that's why you don't ask to be made a mod? Wink
40  Questions and Answers / The Atlas / Re: Petition to free King on: April 14, 2014, 12:41:59 pm
looooooooooooool

Wasn't you pledging to limit your activity on Atlas?
41  Forum Community / Forum Community Election Match-ups / Re: the preceding poster vs. john lindsay. on: April 14, 2014, 12:38:15 pm
You both are such a right-wing Democrats Tongue

Vote Lindsay because he's dead.
42  Forum Community / Election and History Games / Re: Balance of Power (Sign Up/Rules/Commentary Thread) on: April 14, 2014, 12:36:50 pm
Lumine, will you wait until there's a new player to replace IBDD before starting a next turn, or will you take over Germany until such time?
43  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Opinion of OC on: April 14, 2014, 11:07:34 am
His posts are barely intelligible.
44  Forum Community / Forum Community / Post something to annoy Inks on: April 14, 2014, 08:24:19 am
Gentlemen, commence.
45  Questions and Answers / The Atlas / Re: Petition to ban Krazen on: April 14, 2014, 08:21:29 am
The fact King was on mod review while krazen continues his trolling undisturbed says a lot about inconsistency.
46  General Politics / Political Debate / Re: Thoughts on Gay Marriage on: April 14, 2014, 06:55:14 am
There is no rational argument against it.

There is no rational argument for SSM. Marriage is just regulations imposed on people who might seek monogamous sexual reproduction.

Implying marriage is about reproduction...
47  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Post something that would annoy the preceding poster. on: April 14, 2014, 06:21:09 am


Yeah! I'm a Prussian! Cheesy

/skip/
48  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Post something that would annoy the preceding poster. on: April 14, 2014, 05:44:00 am
THE REAL GRIMES

49  Forum Community / Election and History Games / Re: Balance of Power (Gameplay Thread) - Early 1902 on: April 13, 2014, 04:14:04 pm
Very well, I got all the answers and the war is over. There's a lot to consider and calculate, so next turn will start either tomorrow or Tuesday. IBDD said that he doesn't wish to keep playing as Germany, so Germany is now available if anybody is interested.

OOC: Excellent, beside of answering to new challenges, there is a lot I'd like to mention.
50  Questions and Answers / The Atlas / Re: Why was my post deleted? on: April 13, 2014, 02:04:54 pm
There's a difference between trolling and a joke.  Although if someone really started praising Strom Thurmond, they'd probably get banned.

So now you want Ernest banned?

When will you people stop?
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