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251  Forum Community / Election and History Games / Re: The Sword of Damocles (Gameplay Thread) (Early 1927) on: May 26, 2016, 10:43:36 pm
The Empire of Japan


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-The Empire of Japan congratulates General MacArthur on his inauguration. We hope friendly cooperation between our nations will continue to flourish under his regime.


-This was not the first earthquake Japan has endured and it will not be the last. Emergency medical care, search and rescue, and temporary shelter for the victims has probably already begun on a regional level, but should be supported by local divisions of the IJA. Details, funding  and implementation of longer-term actions, such as relocation and employment of victims and redevelopment of the area can be left to the Diet; that's what they're there for. As for outside help, we won't refuse any offered assistance from other nations or charitable organizations, but we will not ask for it. The sign of a modern nation is self-sufficiency; we don't need help to support the Japanese people.

-The Diet, the IJA, and the Emperor would all throw a fit if we supported the Chinese Communists. Outright support for the Kuomintang is also a poor choice after the ingratitude they showed their benefactors the moment they thought they no longer needed us. Non-interference is the best policy.

-In general, it is my belief that domestic policy should be left to the Diet. With progress made on trade agreements and the recent instability in several major industrial powers, the exports should be thriving relieving any serious domestic pressure that the Diet could not handle. The success of the model in Japan has been very encouraging; perhaps it would work in the colonies? Request that a committee of parliamentarians as well as colonial administrators (which probably includes the IJA) be established to investigate the possibility for colonial assemblies to handle domestic affairs.

-Every necessary preparation should be made for the arriving foreign dignitaries. Any reports or rumors of piracy or threats at sea should be investigated, the streets of Tokyo should be cleared of unsavory elements, and anyone suspected of planning to cause trouble or instability should be dealt with however best to guarantee they won't cause a problem.

252  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Bernie says 'Game on' to debate with Trump. on: May 26, 2016, 03:34:34 pm

Bernie is out of his league with Trumpdedump, but Bernie has stars in his eyes and is enjoying being in the spotlight now. I'd never watch that debate, however. Absolutely no interest.

Exactly how is he out of the league of a man who has an incredibly shallow grasp of policy, and can't really do anything other than utter his usual stump speech talking points, or resort to name-calling when he's backed into a corner?

Are you talking about Trump or Bernie? That could easily describe either.
253  Forum Community / Election and History Games / Re: The Sword of Damocles - (Sign Up/Rules/Commentary Thread) on: May 26, 2016, 08:43:01 am
Some of us still haven't posted/sent moves for turn one.
254  Forum Community / Election and History Games / Re: The Sword of Damocles (Gameplay Thread) (Early 1927) on: May 25, 2016, 05:03:15 pm
I can thus only invite both sides to send me their demands ahead of the peace talks, and we shall try to find the best workable solution and compromise for both sides.

We will be sending in our demands this evening.
It is the opinion as the Commander in Chief of the Great American Republic, The United States of America, that the Franco-Italian alliance and the Spanish socialist movement don't want peace nor do they want shared economic prosperity. Perhaps, those of us that do, should impose strict trade tariffs or cease all trade on the juvenile governments until they can enter talks as adults. Or perhaps not. Just a thought.

Douglas MacArthur.

In order to demonstrate out commitment to peace and this mediation we will send in our demands regardless of whether the other powers are participating or not. We desire nothng but peace, as we have argued from the begining.

We congratulate both parties on taking the first step towards peace and wish our German friends the best of luck in mediating.
255  Forum Community / Election and History Games / Re: The Sword of Damocles (Gameplay Thread) (Early 1927) on: May 25, 2016, 01:22:39 pm
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The Pact of German-Japanese Friendship:

1. The Empire of Japan and the German Empire agree to meet each other only in the spirit of friendship and brotherhood
2. They commit to decrease barriers and borders to enhance and easen relations of trade, industry and commerce between each other
3. Citizens of any both nations, as well as citizens of any other member nation of the Gemeinsamen Außenpolitischen Rates, that is the Kingdom of Poland and Lithuania, and the Baltic Duchy, may refer to embassies and consulates of any nation in any third nation
4. They commit themselves to a keeping of peace and stability anywhere in the world
5. The Empire of Japan, the German Empire and any other member of the GAR commit to an alliance of defence between each other. They shall aid any nation in the case of an attack from a third party.

The above has been agreed upon by the German Empire and the Empire of Japan

x Wilhelm Marx

X Saionji Kinmochi on behalf of the Emperor of Japan
256  Forum Community / Election and History Games / Re: The Sword of Damocles (Gameplay Thread) (Early 1927) on: May 25, 2016, 12:09:01 pm
The Japanese government, again acting so far outside our area of influence only because of the severity of the situation, now believes that standard mediation is not possible at this time. The uncivilized threats and breaching of diplomatic protocol shows that neither side is willing to treat with the other as an equal. Perhaps mediation should begin before both sides agree to speak.

Japan suggests that both sides submit all of their complaints and demands to a third party without preconditions. Decisions as to reasonable preliminary steps before negotiations begin can be left to this trusted third party. Japan can think of no better third party than that well-known arbiter and friend of peace, the German Empire. If both sides trust the Germans to mediate, shouldn't they ALSO trust Germany to act objectively in deciding fair and balanced pre-negotiation requirements?
257  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: May 2016 Support vs Opposition Poll on: May 24, 2016, 07:24:35 pm
Against Trump.
258  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: DWPERRYWATCH on: May 24, 2016, 07:23:21 pm
http://www.independentpoliticalreport.com/2016/05/darryl-w-perry-to-host-pre-convention-conference-call/

DW Perry to host craft beer party, pre-debate/convention telephone town hall. I'm regretting not heading over to Orlando for the LNC Sad

I will literally be 5 minutes from the LNC this weekend as I am going to convention close by there, I wonder if I can sneak in LOL.

Yeah, I'll be at the same convention. The LNC is taking place at a normal hotel, so I doubt it'd really be "sneaking in."
259  Forum Community / Election and History Games / Re: The Sword of Damocles (Gameplay Thread) (Early 1927) on: May 24, 2016, 07:06:44 pm
The Empire of Japan applauds the mediation efforts of the Ottoman and German Empires. Though it is the opinion of the Japanese Government that meddling so far beyond our shores is improper, we are more than willing to put in a word for peace. World peace and stability will not be ensured without understanding. Understanding will not come without a meeting of minds.

We encourage all parties to withdraw their reservations and discuss grievances together as equals at the bargaining table.
260  Forum Community / Election and History Games / Re: The Sword of Damocles - (Sign Up/Rules/Commentary Thread) on: May 24, 2016, 05:01:58 pm
Oh no! The pre-talk talks are becoming deadlocked! Now we'll never get to see the ACTUAL talks get deadlocked!

As long as those Spanish heretics cooperate, they have nothing to fear from us. We promise Wink

They aren't heretics, they're blasphemers!
261  Forum Community / Election and History Games / Re: The Sword of Damocles - (Sign Up/Rules/Commentary Thread) on: May 24, 2016, 04:57:27 pm
Oh no! The pre-talk talks are becoming deadlocked! Now we'll never get to see the ACTUAL talks get deadlocked!
262  Forum Community / Election and History Games / Re: The Sword of Damocles - (Sign Up/Rules/Commentary Thread) on: May 24, 2016, 03:23:55 pm
Just to clarify something: are all orders, including "secret" orders public? What determines whether something should be PM-only?
263  Forum Community / Election and History Games / Re: The Sword of Damocles (Gameplay Thread) (Early 1927) on: May 23, 2016, 06:07:22 pm
To: The Russian Empire, The United Kingdom, The Ottoman Empire, The Kingdom of Romania, The Empire of China, The Kingdom of Italy, Various NPC Monarchies

From: The Empire of Japan


In celebration of the Emperor's ascension and coming of age, it is His wish that the young Monarchs and heirs of the world attend his coronation in Tokyo for a summit and meeting of the Monarchs of the next generation in two months time. As the Emperor has written,

Peace and Harmony
Blooms like flowers in the sun
Through noble friendship.

It is the hope of Japan that friendship and understanding between the next generation of rulers will ensure a bright and prosperous future for all the world. The Emperor believes that only through friendship can the next generation wash away the sins and grievances of the past and begin again. His hand and the hand of Japanese friendship is open to all.  Security arrangements and other necessities can be prepared separately.

This request is sent to
Edward, Prince of Wales
Alexei II, Emperor and Autocrat of All the Russias
Nicholas, Tsar of Romania
Wilhelm, German Crown Prince
Ahmed Nihad Effendi
Umberto, Prince of Piedmont
PuYi (or other if Guangxu had an heir)
and various European and Asian monarchs/heirs (I.E. Yi Un of Korea, Rama VII of Siam, Princess Juliana of the Netherlands, the future Fredrick IX etc...)

X Prince Saionji Kinmochi, Senior Advisor to the Imperial Court
264  Forum Community / Election and History Games / Re: The Sword of Damocles - (Sign Up/Rules/Commentary Thread) (Backstory up!) on: May 23, 2016, 12:53:16 pm
I was hoping the Japanese navy would be a bit larger as well due to all the money it gets and without the limits set by the Washington Naval Treaty...I suppose I can correct it through the game as long as I stay patient.
265  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Which states where Obama won white men will Trump win white men? on: May 23, 2016, 08:38:02 am


So this is the map if only white men voted in 2012. Trump is supposed to appeal more strongly to white men than any other group. Will he win the white men in the states that would still be voting for Obama? If not why not?
266  Forum Community / Election and History Games / Re: The Sword of Damocles - (Sign Up/Rules/Commentary Thread) (Backstory up!) on: May 23, 2016, 12:02:45 am
Well done!
267  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Winter is Coming (GoT is back) on: May 22, 2016, 09:28:26 pm
That was a very powerful episode, in my opinion.

If there's something to truly enjoy from Season 6 is that, finally, the plot is moving ahead.

Except in Braavos.

I don't want to say any spoilers just yet since there are still people who haven't seen it, but those last 5 minutes were unexpectedly powerful to me. I didn't expect them to connect that character's strangeness to the plot at large; I really like how they did it here.
268  Forum Community / Election and History Games / Re: The Sword of Damocles - (Sign Up/Rules/Commentary Thread) on: May 22, 2016, 07:58:12 pm
To be fair to all these autocrats or quasi-autocrats resisting more democratization, there doesn't seem to be much proof so far in this world that democracy works. It worked for a while in the United States, but that ended in corruption, violence, and a coup. Every attempt to keep a republic working in France has ended in violence and/or autocracy. The same goes for Italy and Spain as well. The only really democratic place left is the United Kingdom, and that's recently led to a decade of successive failures in government by all sides of the political spectrum.

Edit: And of course everything I've said is now incorrect as Germany is the One True Democratic Hope.
269  Forum Community / Election and History Games / Re: The Sword of Damocles - (Sign Up/Rules/Commentary Thread) on: May 22, 2016, 06:54:35 pm
China was very well done. That being said, it seems odd to me that Sun "Expel the Manchus, revive Zhonghua, and establish a unified government" Yat-Sen was willing to bend the knee to the barbarian emperor. I suppose politics creates strange bedfellows...

Also, for future use, which faction or leader would have been the ones in 1922 to purge the pro-Japanese parliamentarians? From what I can tell, Sun Yat-Sen was still alive but Chiang was already in power. Was it Chiang?
270  Forum Community / Election and History Games / Re: The Century of Blood, the IV ASOIAF game Sign-Up Topic and Rules thread on: May 22, 2016, 12:20:23 am
Same here
271  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential General Election Polls / Re: FL- Florida Chamber of Commerce: Clinton +2 on: May 21, 2016, 12:56:33 pm
They haven't come home yet. Most of them are Establishment type Republicans and have been Rubio's base and part of the NeverTrump movement, so it will take some time before they accept Trump.

Florida Hispanics started coming home to the Democratic party in 2008 and especially 2012. Between Obama's opening to Cuba and Trump's rhetoric, that will only continue in 2016...

It looks like Trump may end up accelerating (or flat out completing) the realignment of Floridian Hispanics to the Democratic party that started in 2008, as you said:

http://www.pewresearch.org/fact-tank/2016/03/09/democratic-edge-in-hispanic-voter-registration-grows-in-florida/

The vast majority of new Democratic party members in FL over the past decade has been Hispanic voters, and you can see FL Hispanics abandoning the Republican party downballot straight up to 2014, where Scott only got 38% of Hispanics, vs something like 50% in 2010.

I wonder if Republicans understand just what is going on in Florida. The Florida younger GenX/Millennial generation(s) has been extremely Democratic and you can see them overtaking the 30 - 45 age group since 2004. Republicans better have an ace up their sleeve, because FL is drifting away from them pretty fast at this point. At this moment, the only age group in FL that is heavily Republican is 65+, and in 10 years, they will be replaced by voters that are about evenly split, with the 18 - 45 group being significantly more Democratic.

Don't put much faith in the "next generation" being the Democratic salvation in Florida. Since the 40s a large majority of Floridians have been born out of state and moved here; right now only 36% of Floridians were born in Florida and I expect that number to stay low in the future. How the younger generation being born here votes matters much less than the ideological make-up of the people who move here. Throwing those people into the equation makes it much more difficult to say there's some sort of demographic destiny for us.
272  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: What if Bernie wins? on: May 20, 2016, 05:45:36 pm

Bernie has a snowball's chance to win this thing, but when all is said and done, he sure has had a great influence on the people of America and also on the political process. It's an influence that cannot be undone. Can anyone argue that Bernie hasn't helped steer the political conversation in a positive direction?

Almost everyone on the right, even Trump voters, would vehemently disagree with you.
273  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: What if Bernie wins? on: May 20, 2016, 03:21:29 pm
Check out some of the general election polls in 2014; Hillary was up 10-20 on everybody and was one of the most popular politicians in the country. Time in the spotlight as the presumptive nominee reminds people of what they don't like about you and leaves them imagining some perfect alternative who would do no wrong. If it seriously looked like Bernie would be the nominee for just one minute, his numerous and glaring flaws would become everyone's focus. Nobody's popularity survives long term scrutiny and a cranky old socialist is far far FAR away from the type who could overcome that.
274  Forum Community / Election and History Games / Re: The Sword of Damocles - (Sign Up/Rules/Commentary Thread) on: May 20, 2016, 02:12:35 pm
I got shivers reading the British description.

Eh, you weren't around for attack on Mecca.

Now, that was shivering.

Yeah, that was something else. I believe all players had a collective "holy ____!" (and I had one writing it myself). And spoiler alert, the Middle East Remembers.

PS: Apologies for killing Prince Albert (George VI) so randomly, but I couldn't stop myself.

I've been putting it off but if there's stuff like this in there which radically changed the world from OTL that'll be reappearing here I guess it's finally time to go through the old game threads.
275  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / What happens if Trump is indicted? on: May 20, 2016, 11:43:00 am
Everyone still likes to talk about the possibility of a Hillary indictment; what happens if it's the other way around? Trump always likes to excuse his lack of tax forms on being constantly audited; let's say they find something and indict him for tax evasion. What effect does it have on his supporters? On the GOP nomination and barely-supportive party members? On the election it general?
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