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« on: June 27, 2014, 04:04:48 pm »
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Nearly fifteen years have passed since the cold, muddy trenches of Flanders were emptied and the despotic monarchies of the old Europe collapsed. However, all is not well in Europe or the world. Unemployment, hunger, and poverty have gripped even the richest nations as the so-called Great Depression continues with no end in sight while political strife rocks the streets of London, Paris, and New York while resistance to colonialism--both peaceful and violent--grows in Africa and India.

Yet optimism is on the uptick. In America, Franklin Roosevelt has been elected, promising a reformist "New Deal" to save American capitalism and fight destitution. The Soviet Union has been relatively unaffected by the Depression, and communist parties pledge to do in their countries what a glorious Comrade Stalin has done for the people of Russia, though the truth about the "workers' paradise" may be suspect. In Germany, a young Austrian corporal named Adolf Hitler has, through firebrand speeches, won over the hungry and desperate German electorate on a platform of economic recovery and national revival--the latter bringing a sense of unease to the Poles, Czechs, and French, and most of all the Jews who Hitler blames for the dire situation in Germany.

You will play as a leader of one of the great powers, and guide your nation and its people through these times. The traditional democracies of Britain and France wish to repair their own economies, maintain their vast empires, and prevent the radical ideologies of fascism and communism from taking hold in their countries. Nationalist regimes like Germany, Japan, and Italy promise a new order of national recovery and ultimately the acquisition of their "rightful" territories. The Soviet Union pledges to spread its values to the entire world, but only after it has fully transitioned from an agrarian to an industrial state. The United States also desires recovery and stability, but has little desire to aid the other liberal democracies in a hypothetical conflict with communist or fascist states.

Rules:

  • Like Lumine's Balance of Power, this game will operate on a turn basis, two per year. Each turn will bring a set of issues to face that players will answer in the gameplay thread.
    • Each player will act as the leader of a single great power of their choice--they stay in control until they either choose to drop out of the game, they are deposed in a revolution/coup or by a foreign power, or (in the case of democracies) their party loses an election. Popularity will be on a scale from Very High to Very Low, and will influence what decisions you can make and how likely you are to win/lose election or be overthrown.
    • For the first couple of turns, the same events that happened in our timeline will happen here. Afterwards, players' decisions will hold more and more sway on history.
    • I am the Game Moderator (GM), and will provide information and data that players ask for as well as update each turn with new information for each power, as well as a few random crises I will throw in. An assistant GM who I will select will control non-player countries, though will only do anything with them when they involve their relations with a player country (e.g. if Italy (player) invades Ethiopia (NPC)).
    • The first major difference with Balance of Power will come through the war model--instead of a number generator will be a dice system, similar to Risk--I will roll three dice for the attacker and two for the defender, the two highest from the attacker coming against the two defender dice; one military being significantly stronger than the other (both at the outset and as the war rolls on) can rig the dice one way or the other. When large wars (between powers) begin, they will get a separate thread dedicated solely to them. Each war will take up six rounds per turn (one every month) due to the faster pace of warfare in this era.
    • Like in BOP, players can communicate with each other via PM, though I must be included in all communication (or at least in all secret treaties agreed upon); otherwise they will be rendered null and void.
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    « Reply #1 on: June 27, 2014, 04:05:42 pm »
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    Formal signups will begin now for:

    President Franklin D. Roosevelt (United States): Bacon King
    Prime Minister Ramsay MacDonald (United Kingdom):
    Prime Minister Édouard Daladier (France): Dereich
    Chancellor Adolf Hitler (Germany): MOP
    Prime Minister Benito Mussolini (Italy): Ernest
    General Secretary Joseph Stalin (Soviet Union): TNF
    Emperor Hirohito (Japan): SJoyce


    Other playable leaders may be added if there is enough demand to play--Nationalist China, Spain, Turkey, Brazil, and Poland are the most likely to be fully playable. People playing BOP now can sign up, though I'd kindly encourage them to wait before jumping in so that people who didn't get to play it get an earlier chance here.

    And finally, here is the starting map for the game:

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    « Reply #2 on: June 27, 2014, 04:11:39 pm »
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    It looks awesome, Snowstalker! I would have loved to play this as well, so best of luck!
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    « Reply #3 on: June 27, 2014, 06:14:58 pm »
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    Hmmmm.... I can't decide a country... too many good choices. Smiley
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    « Reply #4 on: June 27, 2014, 06:29:35 pm »
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    I would like to play as the Soviet Union.
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    « Reply #5 on: June 27, 2014, 06:30:09 pm »
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    I would like to play as the Soviet Union.

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    « Reply #6 on: June 27, 2014, 08:11:19 pm »
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    dibs on murica
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    BK without all the crazy drugs just wouldn't be BK.
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    « Reply #7 on: June 27, 2014, 09:01:41 pm »
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    Italia
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    « Reply #8 on: June 28, 2014, 05:39:03 pm »
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    Both added. When we have players for Germany (I expected this one to be in more demand Tongue), Britain, France, and Japan I will prepare for the first turn.
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    « Reply #9 on: June 28, 2014, 05:51:44 pm »
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    Both added. When we have players for Germany (I expected this one to be in more demand Tongue), Britain, France, and Japan I will prepare for the first turn.

    I feel like there's a taboo against playing as Hitler.
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    « Reply #10 on: June 29, 2014, 08:18:53 am »
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    Both added. When we have players for Germany (I expected this one to be in more demand Tongue), Britain, France, and Japan I will prepare for the first turn.

    I feel like there's a taboo against playing as Hitler.

    To the Hitler player, whoever they may be: Yes, you will probably have to enact anti-Semitic policies. No, you do not necessarily have to do the Holocaust (which didn't really get going anyway until well into WWII). Nor do you necessarily have to ally with Fascist Italy (Germany and Italy were at odds over Austria for a while; Mussolini supported the fascist but anti-Nazi Austrian regime while Hitler of course wanted Anschluss.)
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    « Reply #11 on: June 29, 2014, 09:03:30 am »
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    Unless Meursault happens to chime in I doubt that anyone will be interested in playing as the Third Reich, so I'll go ahead and volunteer.
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    « Reply #12 on: June 29, 2014, 09:05:20 am »
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    Seeing that it's been a couple days since this went up, I'd be happy to reprise my role as Emperor to round out our Axis (unless a non-BoPer wants it).
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    « Reply #13 on: June 29, 2014, 09:09:39 am »
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    MOP added. I'll wait a little longer to see if anyone else wants Japan before adding Joyce.
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    « Reply #14 on: June 29, 2014, 10:12:16 am »
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    I guess I can take France
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    « Reply #15 on: June 29, 2014, 02:26:14 pm »
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    Added. I will give Hirohito to Joyce if no one else claims it by midnight (ET).
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    « Reply #16 on: June 29, 2014, 02:45:16 pm »
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    I'll take Argentina.
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    « Reply #17 on: June 29, 2014, 09:21:29 pm »
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    Assuming no one claims Japan within the next hour, all we need is a MacDonald and we can get going! Another thread will be made for the gameplay itself.
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    « Reply #18 on: June 29, 2014, 10:33:18 pm »
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    I'm feeling really tempted to play here, but at the same time I have to handle a lot of things as well. Could I ask you to reserve Nationalist China for the first couple of turns if I decide to enter, Snowstalker?
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    « Reply #19 on: June 29, 2014, 11:10:22 pm »
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    That's fine. Joyce is officially Japan.
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    « Reply #20 on: June 30, 2014, 11:59:27 am »
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    Unless there are any takers I'm pulling the position of Assistant GM (and will handle those affairs myself). Britain is the only great power is still open, though with increased demand I may add a couple more playable countries (China is the most likely, followed by Spain and maybe Poland)--but not until we have a Britain.
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    « Reply #21 on: July 01, 2014, 02:32:19 am »
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    ROMA - (Agenzia Stefani)
    Il Duce announced today that he was appointing Cesare Maria De Vecchi, Conte di Val Cismon as Minister of Foreign Affairs.  "I am hopeful that the near future will see the organizing of one or more multilateral meetings to discuss issues with a discretion and speed that the normal operations of the League of Nations cannot achieve.  As such, I feel it is important to have someone other than myself as Minister of Foreign Affairs, someone who can travel at a moment's notice if need be.  As an old friend and fellow leader of the March on Roma, I can think of no one better suited at this time for the task.  He will be maintaining his current portfolio as Ambassador to the Vatican See in addition to his new role.
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    « Reply #22 on: July 01, 2014, 09:37:34 pm »
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    Ernest, the gameplay thread will be up soon; you don't have to post that yet.

    More importantly, I still need a Britain before we start.
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    « Reply #23 on: July 02, 2014, 01:16:08 am »
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    Ernest, the gameplay thread will be up soon; you don't have to post that yet.

    More importantly, I still need a Britain before we start.

    As if who my Foreign Minister is really matters.  Besides, I'm trying to avoid having to do everything at once.
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    Since Lumine is discussing moving to this, bumped. If anyone who signed up before no longer wants to play, tell me now.
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