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  1. Iverica

    Iverica One

    Since January this year, 3 ships have met accidents on the lateral Northern Argic Passage; a risky, narrow, but efficient shipping lane that connects the North Oriental Ocean and the Adlantic Ocean. Just last week on the 26th of June, the MV Explorator, a ship registered to a commercial freight company in Mannarsto, Narva, met an accident when it collided with a substantial piece of the summer ice floes just 50 kilometres away from the coast of Nanuvat, an indigenous territory in the northeastern Argic coast that has yet to be recognised by the international community. A breach in her hull left the civilian ship slowly listing for hours until it eventually capsized. It took 9 hours before the nearest fishermen could reach the Explorator's lifeboats, one of which deployed improperly, resulting in the death of 1 crewman. The accident is still under investigation by Mannarsto authorities. This, among some other incidents, has prompted the Armada Iverica to consider old plans proposed in 2005, the deployment of a permanent and peaceful sea-service mission to the polar peripheries in the Argic northeast. Prompting has come from the awareness among maritime stakeholders and the general public. In the 25th of April, an illegally operating Nanuvat whaler was sunk when it struck a low berg, about 120 kilometres east from what would be the MV Explorator accident site. The whalers were unable to raise assistance in their boat's radio and all but one perished in the freezing waters. The incident made headlines across Northern Argis and raised a two-fold concern over maritime safety and wildlife protection in the region. The passage has few emergency infrastructures and the ports to seek assistance from are few, far-between, and usually under-equipped. But as the route saves thousands of kilometres worth of fuel and supplies compared to a Mediargic transit, many businesses and priority freight continue to cruise the Northern Argic Passage. Given the staunch determination to maintain the route, the Iverican government is now considering the option of establishing a facility to assist ships, protect wildlife, conduct emergency response, provide a base of operations for vital infrastructure building, and host supply and relief efforts to communities and vessels that may become iced-in during the brutal Polar winters. Sidelined for modernisation priorities in 2005, the plan dubbed "The Polar Service Initiative", is currently being re-examined by the Armada Almirantasgo and Executive Ministry Praesidio. Press release from Corregidor sheds some light on the tentative Polar Service's mission: "The Armada Polar Service is to provide humanitarian aid by lending skills and emergency assistance to distressed ships and communities. It is to provide safe berthing, fuelling, and victuals to any civilian vessel passing through their area of operation. It is to accomplish this by establishing vital and environmentally considerate facilities in uninhabited territories and with the permissions of regional entities. Such facilities shall be staffed by essential and skilled Armada personnel and shall remain unarmed but for self-defence; they are to be restricted from carrying missiles, large calibre guns, or offensive electronic warfare systems. The facilities will be open for observation and visitation by the Argic-Thalassan-Alharun Regional Association (ATARA) inspectors. The Armada is to cooperate closely with the government of the United States of @Prymont , which maintains state interest in the region. Though many questions are abound--regarding location, exceptions, and execution, what is known is mainly speculation. There is some statement basis for the Iverican government to cooperate with indigenous authorities and some loopholes in vague and fragmented local maritime laws to situate stations in international waters. Some sites have been speculated as likely choices, the most curious of which is a former Helleno-Russian naval base located in far-northeastern Argis and abandoned since the Second Argic War. Some have also pointed to the Armada's wide inventory of prefabricated modular infrastructure, developed for the Islandero Operations and extensive naval logistics capability to aid in the quick deployment of a polar aid station. Should such an undertaking follow-through, the northern ports of the Iberic Federated Commonwealth are likely to see new or expanded opportunities arise in Eastern Argis and Northern Europa.
  2. The Marenesia Conference, Stage II | IVERICA 1600 Charlie Time (+3) | 5th of November, 2019 Fort Beleturi, Salvia --- "Is it just me, or does this place feel... too Salvian", remarked ExecMin flunky Tomas as they passed a Salvian propaganda billboard. The small tour crowd had just passed the barracks, rows of Salvian personnel had stood-to for the inspection. His colleague, Quinto, snorted. "Its a Salvian Base you Mér-á-Capessa*!" "I mean, there's just something that feels comically stereotypical about this place", remarked Tomas defensively. He stopped, facing Quinto. Behind him, a billboard mounted above the barracks compound's postern gate loomed in full view. The billboard featured a larger-than-life Salvian crusader complete with tabard and barrel-like great helm. He stood in the foreground with a finger pointed in the general direction of the viewer. Whereas in the background, a city looking suspiciously like a Europan holy city of religious import burned merrily. Meanwhile, in the midground, an anachronistic array of mixed trebuchets and modern field guns were featured in various states of firing. Prominently, lines of Salvian men in uniforms from varying eras charged the gates with fixed bayonets and handsomely shaded musculature and jawlines. In large bold text, supposed to appear as speech from the helmed crusader were the words: "I want YOU to retake the HOLY LAND!" Report to your local recruiter today. Quinto squinted, looking around. "I don't quite see it. Whatever do you mean?", Quinto asked as the tour group moved on, passing a main battle tank with a large brass crucifix (complete with suffering Christ) welded on to its upper glacis plate. "I can't rightly say. The way everyone walks? Their accents? The way the place smells maybe?", said Tomas. "Can't you just accept them as brothers in the Saviour?", asked Quinto, slightly exasperated. They passed a prototype fighter jet that featured prominent nose art. Painted on it, a rather attractive looking nun struck a bold pose as she spanked a strangely dressed boy (presumably a heathen) on the buttocks. "I suppose I can. I just get the strangest nigglings from this place", acceded Tomas. Quinto shrugged. "I can't relate.", the pair continued in silence walking passed a line of cuirassed troops in attention as they received a blessing from a priest in woodland-pattern battle-dress cassock. The smell of incense from the priest's swinging censer lingered on the nose. * Mér-á-Capessa- (n.) Expletive. Literally: faeces on/atop a head. Semi-common Iberic expletive used to refer to someone annoying or unpleasant, as bird droppings on one's head might be. Likely originated from sailor's expressions during the age of sail, as it was common for seabirds to perch on yards and booms of a square-masted sailing ship. OOC: @SalviaThis doesn't have to be canon. As you might have already surmised, I'm f*cking about. I thought it would be funny. --- 17:15 | Alexis Hall After the cue from a very jolly Defence Minister Vernon McCoy, CCO. Ferran Arnau Macharius gave a very terse speech about the unity of the Marenesian continent. Briefly, but also sincerely, he addressed the delegation from @Tagmatium Rules (OOC: and @Seylos if he's still up for it) thanking them for their open-mindedness and initiative in being the first to become Partners for Peace. To Macharius, and no doubt, most of the others assembled in this chamber, it was a welcome breeze of sense against the stifling air of confusion that seemed to waft about the wurld. Macharius would later spare a brief thought to that confusion. There seemed to be an otherwordly notion that TRIDENT was out to get them or start rows. All the more ironic when, just 2 years prior, TRIDENT was founded simply a mutual-defence measure against WMD armed rogue states and Communist proliferation in Argis. Where these narratives came from, Macharius could only guess. For all of TRIDENT's existence, all it had done was stop a revolutionary government that assassinated its former king from sending a nuclear fleet into the Mediargic (See: Kirov Class Battlecruiser and the Verde Blockade), hosted a naval exercise to keep an Aurelian rogue state with a penchant for false-flag operations ion their toes, launched an initiative to standardise electronic communications and designation systems, and hosted a summit to expand diplomatic and strategic cooperation with states of fairly good repute. Hardly the league of nefarious, hand-rubbing, cat-stroking villains. One might even say that TRIDENT contributed to cross-cultural understanding and wurld force-parity. But, what would Macharius know? He was just the Capo-Comandante of the Republican Armed Service--hardly qualified for such lofty understandings. Macharius' speech instead focused on the great step of including Salvia and the Partners for Peace while also touching on action plans for 2020. Covering in brief the Treaty Council desire to exchange liaison officers with the Partners for Peace, the plans to hold further joint training exercises, to establish joint bases that could allow for member states to troops and support capability in an ally's part of the wurld. Lasting all of 7 minutes, Macharius ended his speech and gave a small nod to his aides de camp, who began walking the assembled plenipotentiaries and Council members through the amendments made in the Tricontinental Treaty OOC: Embedded the Treaty w/ amendments to this post. Big (finally official) Welcome to Salvia and the Partner(s) for Peace!!! At this point we can assume that everyone agrees to the amendments. Feel free to post your conclusions and perspectives on how this affect's your nation's bottom-line.
  3. Definitely, the island isn't too far out, considering Galahinda and Alenveil. Influence wanes over distance, true enough. But then again, we have colonies like the Philippines and Australia that are in regions quite a bit more alien to their colonising country's influence. Anyway, I'll leave it up to Anatea and the cartographer. Additionally, some points Tagmatium relays:
  4. Summary of TIPTA Provisions Tariff Reduction Assuming both countries use a Fixed Tax scheme for imports: Bilateral reduction of tariffs; both nations will agree to a fixed deduction of the amount taxable per unit of good. E.g. If one "unit of Iverican consumer electronics export is valued at $500 million, Tagmatium will reduce its fixed tariffs by X amount. Likewise, Iverica will reduce its fixed tariffs to every $500 million worth of Tagmatine biodiesel by the same X. Supposing that Tagmatine tariff is currently at 5% of the unit value ($25 million in this case) for every "unit" of Iverican electronics bound for their markets, both parties will agree to a reduction that works for both parties. If this is to reduce the tariff to 1%, then both will agree to reduce the amount taxable for the goods agreed upon. If we apply those values, Iverican taxes on Tagmatine biodiesel will be reduced to $5 million per $500 million unit of Tagmatine biodiesel. Same application for Iverican electronics entering Tagmatium. Affected Goods Renewals: All Seed Oil/byproducts originating from Tagmatium (refined)- for chemical, cosmetic, and preservative use. All Coffee products originating from Iverica- in whole bean form or as preserved grounds or powder which may have added sugars, sweeteners, syrups, dairy, etc. Included as of 2020 All Biodiesel originating from Tagmatium- for fuel use. All finished consumer electronic products originating from Iverica (completely assembled, finished products)- screensets, smartphones, smart accessories, audio devices, charging cables/systems, personal computers, tablets, etc. Implications Iverica Currently, domestic extraction and production are far behind the demand curve. Cheap crude oil from Hellenic Rus because of a tariff agreement and Iverican holdings there are currently supplying most of the Iverican oil and fuel needs. Though even with those suppliers, overhead and costs of production could be lower if competitive alternatives were found. Tagmatine biodiesel, given the scale of Tagmatine production and the current Iverican demand, could be a competitive alternative for the civilian fuel market, driving prices to a more desirable balance. Overall, the manufacturing sector hopes to see a marginal if not sufficient gain from supply moving closer to meet the demand curve--reducing their operating costs. Likewise, transport and freight companies could also benefit from this arrangement. Fortis Electronics is currently trying to expand its export sales. Without notable competitition on a comparable scale of production, FOREL senses that expanding into Occidental markets would be commonsensical at this point. Tagmatium Tagmatine Biofuel companies experience a large sales increase by tapping into a developed market that drinks millions of barrels a day. Aside from industry, Tagmatine biofuel taps into a civilian market where there is a sharply growing demand but a slowly growing supply. Its 58 million people, >70% of which live in developed areas where every household probably has 1 or more motor vehicle(s). If Tagmatine prices are low enough because of their sheer biomaterial output, then it's safe to say that they fill a high-demand slice of the Iverican fuel market without as much taxes that say, an OPEC exporter would incur. TLDR: Sales. Up. OOC: I don't know how the tech situation in Tagmatium is, but I'm assuming that Iverican electronics, being affordable but still industry leading, will find a market if there is demand in Tagmatium for more powerful consumer devices at the competitive price large-scale manufacturing allows for. This could do two things: either it supplies an existing demand and therefore balances the curve, or if Tagmatine tech companies are big enough, but are not lately innovating or adequately supplying affordable consumer goods, it forces them to innovate in response to the entry of Iverican tech. If there might be potential interference with startups or smaller tech companies, I'm sure something can be arranged.
  5. 8 JUNE 2020 | 2200 Romeo Time CC to Terminal /2FLTHQ-7CAPGRU (GRULDR)/ -POSTION: [ 55°20'56.67"N | 68°48'52.92"W ] 7-CAPGRU | NEW ORDERS ORD: UPDATE PATROL MISSION; Assume Counter-Piracy Posture -7-CAPGRU clear to conduct AIR RECCE and VBSS- at GRU LDR discretion -STBY for further orders ATTITUDE: ALERT-2; Presume hostile armed vessels are present in AO -Retain speed to last confirmed heading -All ahead slow and await orders approaching last heading point NOTE: PEACETIME ROE APPLIES -Confirm with 2FLT HQ prior any operation. /SEE ATTACHED/ --- Number 7 Capital Task Group, flagged by the Amphibious Assault Ship-turned-Light Carrier, VRI Bonifacio, received its orders the night following the attack on BMV Santo Joao. Though ship intelligence had already been aware of the situation given the radio transmissions exchanged on the civilian band and had tracked the Belearean (@Beleareas) naval operation using the available OSINT AIS, the group held its routine patrol pattern and awaited orders from Number 2 Fleet Headquarters, Office of Armada Operations as was the norm. Attempts to offer assistance would be futile, given the distance and not within the Armada Iverica's area of responsibility. Instead, Bonifacio raised its alert level, dispersed its escorts in a protocol mandated formation, and sent intelligence to Fleet HQ. That evening, Bonifacio's CIC recieved the above encrypted response along with a data packet detailing known intelligence and a number of new mission protocols to be assumed at the Group Leader, Vice Almirante Alberto Dei Costas', tactical purview. Given the number of unknown variables, this meant that any operation would be almost entirely in the Vice Almirante's hands. Given clearance, the carrier Bonifacio immediately launched one of its two SUA-20E aircraft equipped for maritime surveillance. Alternating flights would continue regularly over the shipping routes closest to the group--largely to reassure and dissuade maritime authorities from declaring a moratarium on commercial acitivities. Under the justification of the recent pirate attack, part of the Bonifacio's escort, three guided-missile frigates, held boarding teams on standby to deploy via RHIB. They were to conduct visit-board-search-and-seizure (VBSS) operations on suspicious vessels in the area.
  6. There would be very close interest here. Its literally in the mission statement on the Armada's wiki. Given the real economic danger of pirate presence: bad insurance climate affecting trading companies, suspension of freight, slowed transits whenever a military conducts extensive counter-priacy... Iverica would have reason to be in on this Its convenient that we already have the Saksapti in a regular course of patrol Eager to hear out how we can initiate this. One point of consideration that might help planning: Since there would logically be a lot of economic interest in the area, patrols might be regular, or at least semi-regular. Therefore the pirates would have to find some opportunity to conduct ops efficiently to whatever end they set. Spitballing some possibilities: They have tacit sheltering from an NPC organisation (either private or a NPC state) Their bases are very remote and they therefore only prey on the peripheries or close-to-shore zones of the seas. If they're organised; they'd need a strong cause or financier putting them up to it. If they are not organised (like Somali skiff gangs), then they lack competence and proper equipment (meaning that they are effectively skinnies on skiffs with AKs and RPGs)
  7. Iverica

    Iverica One

    The times have changed. Once again, the people of the Islas Ultramares, the Federated Commonwealth's smallest autonomous state, are faced with economic uncertainty. For many decades, the Ultramarianos have eked out a living by exporting fish and manning Icebreakers that ploughed the routes between the Canamo and the Narvic Seas. But now, with the sunny prospects of the Canamo Canal melting the future necessity of those Icebreakers, Ultramariano icebreaker holding companies are looking downsize. Faced with a future unemployment crisis, the Ultramariano government has encouraged employment at military facilities owned by the Republic of Iverica. There are 4 such facilities on the island and the Iverican government has slowly been making preparations to expand their size and capabilities. Among these facilities are a satellite tracking station, a deepwater port with submarine tenders, an airbase, and a Western Argis Aerospace Defence Command (WARD) site. Since 2019, NGOs have reported that the deepwater naval base has almost doubled its covered docks--likely related to the Armada Iverica's increased submarine presence globally. All of these bases have been slowly accepting more and more workers for general staffing--sanitation, food preparation, supply management, and other jobs. But that isn't enough according to estimates. The Ultramarianos will need to have 1,500 more job positions by 2022 in keeping with its population growth and shrinking fishing and icebreaking industry. After an appeal to the FedCom's Economic Council, some project proposals have been tendered and pitched to private banks; an expanded civilian satellite facility has already secured investors, survey work is underway in search of oil and natural gas deposits, and some potential mining prospects are being considered. If all goes well, the Ultramares might finally have a future outside of Tuna and Crabs.
  8. Recipients: All Iverican Embassies Foreign Embassies on Iverican Soil Subject: Memo of Recent Statements Content as follows: Note that as of this day, 4th of June, 2020, the island is known as "Monarch Island" or L'Isla Monarca shall henceforth be a protectorate of the Federated Commonwealth of the Iberic Union. Justifying these claims are the following factors that we invite any concerned foreign observer to verify: That the island was de facto "Terra Nullis" with no permanent native population residing therein. That the island has several rich marine reefs and forests that are at risk of pirate exploitation. That the island has become occupied by a permanent population of Cussian refugees who now claim residence on its soil. That these refugees are dependents of the Federated Commonwealth and do claim sovereignty over this previously unclaimed island, its airspace, and its sovereign waters. That the Federated Commonwealth is actively aiding in their housing and pursuit of decent living standards by numerous forms of aid. That the Cussian refugees are unarmed and rely on the Iverican military and employed security personnel to safeguard them from hostile action. This sovereign entity shall be known as: The Cussian Protectorate of Monarch Island For the International Community: A Briefing on the Settlement Situation The Cussians are arriving in batches of 1,000 following a brief stay for processing in Home Office facilities in Altaria City, Iverica. As of this writing, there are 80,000 Cussians (50% of Cussians given sanctuary by the FedCom) residing on Monarch Island. A provisional government has been established, with one Cussian appointed by present members of the Cussian government-in-exile to be Governor. Powers are shared and checked by one representative of the Iverican government who acts as a "Chief-Advisor" and temporary head of government. The settlement is expected to transition into a more self-determined and democratic form of government once a basic infrastructure and economy are present. Civilian volunteer workers from the Federated Commonwealth and contract personnel from the Monarch Group ( @Seylos ) are assisting with the establishment of a frontier Port with several smaller townships surrounding it. These settlements are largely constructed out of prefabricated modules shipped from the Republic of Iverica. The settlement areas have all been chosen to minimise ecological damage. Areas previously stripped by poachers and illegal foresters have been selected. In addition to whatever resources the settlers have been able to extract sustainably, necessities (food, water, fuel, and medication) are being provided by donation and by the Republican Armed Service [1]. Cussian Settlers were given standardised testing to assess skills and competencies on the voyage from Beautancus. Currently, the Toledo Group of Companies is providing supervisors and management personnel to direct groups of Cussian specialist teams to build permanent infrastructure on the island, organise medical stations, prepare ground for agriculture, survey waters for safe and responsible fishing areas, educate and care for children, and organise resources arriving from the Federated Commonwealth [2]. Cussian Settlers are free to conduct cultural acitivies and free to practice their native faiths without hindrance from the provisional administration. Notable Milestones in the Protectorate Economic Plan In the first year, the Cussian economy is expected to be a consumer economy dependent on the import of Iverican goods. The settlers are expected to participate using the credit value of whatever fish and produce can be traded and whatever income is made by the skilled labourers (IT professionals, engineers, specialised surgeons, luxury craftsmen, etc.) being employed as overseas workers in the Federated Commonwealth or by the Canamo Canal Company. Advanced training and other work-related courses are to be provided by Iverican consultants and educators in preparation for future needs and economic ventures. A temporary communal fund has been established using the Iverican Velle as currency. It is used primarily for purchasing necessary imports and providing labourers with a minimum-wage salary. Deposits are made by overseas Cussian workers (currently numbering 38,000) who must have agreed to contribute upwards of 65% of their income to the fund. Donations and loans from Iberic financiers also contribute to this fund. A future national bank is to be established from the growing of this fund Preparations are being made to shift the settlement into a fishing and cash-crop economy; growing Alharica coffee beans and fishing for Tuna. The climate on Monarca is ideal for export-quality Alharica and waters are similarly rich in deep-sea fish with no nearby neighbouring economies to compete with. The settlement is expected to grow this economy while simultaneously decreasing its reliance on aid donations. It is planned for the settlers to be a participant in the Iberic economies by providing ample market for the many necessities, goods, and services not available locally. Once more permanent infrastructure is established, the island is expected to venture into eco-tourism as an additional source of income. Diving, trekking, mountaineering, and some extreme sports are possible attractions due to the islands topography and natural beauty. Throughout this plan, the settlement government must abide by Commonwealth environmental regulations. Close cooperation and consultancy with the Federated Commonwealth's economic committees shall be observed in order to better integrate Monarch's economy with the region's. --- OOC: [1] Possible also provided by Machina Haruspex if a positive retroactiv reply to this letter is made. [2] It was mentioned that the Iverican humanitarian workers prioritised skilled workers here. Potential fire-brands and activists/instigators were also avoided. Essentially, the population takin in by Iverica can predominantly be characterised as: Having a family with at least one child, having higher education or vocational training of note, and little to no record of violent of dissident crime. Naturally, Iverica is wary about taking in refugees willy-nilly. An unsustainable situation spells disaster and escalation of the wrong kind of social force. Iverica also needs to not go into debt for this if possible. There is a humanitarian budget, but a refugee population that contributes something is much better than a refugee population that doesn't. In the future, careful resource extraction and continued yields for Monarch might even see a positive economic force existing as part of the Federated Commonwealth.
  9. Iverica

    The Canamo Canal

    "The WHAT in the Canamo Locks WHAT?", roared the Assistant Project Manager of the forward clearing group. The Manager struggled to hear the report of one Field Engineer, a man from a concrete laying team assigned to wall the canal banks with a slope of concrete. Hearing was poor because at this exact moment, the Manager was watching a pair of sweaty Sarov workers pulverise a boulder obstructing the embankment face with a power jack. The clatter of steel on rock was quite tremendous. The sun beat down on the stretch on the canal known was the Quarterway Turn, where the snake-like procession of gradual construction was currently boring into. It was hotter this far inland, as climes turned more temperate and less frigid and compounded by the approaching first summer of the new decade, workers were sweating in the noon rays despite the pleasant 16-degree centigrade ambient temperature. The man opened his mouth to shout the report out again, taking advantage of a brief respite in the rock-breaking team's furious chiselling work. But just as he got the first word out, the burly Russian resumed with renewed enthusiasm, laying into the rock as though it was some cathartic release of pent up Slavic hormones. "Oh, for Taco's sake! Saviour on a stick!", the Manager cursed, though not a soul could hear. He signalled for the Field Engineer to follow him, and started walking northwards, down the path the construction had come from and away from the din of power tools. The Manager looked over the edge of the canal--he and the Field Engineer had been standing quite close to the ledge that plummeted a good 2 dozen metres into the gorge floor. Below them, separate teams of workers worked on removing obstructions for the concrete laying crews that would follow. Further southward, from the direction they had come, a steady trickle of workers had gathered to watch a demolition team set over a hundred pounds in explosive charges lain deep in the heart of a pile of pre-historic gravel, stones, and soil that split this stretch of gorge from the next. After a quick pause at that sight, the pair moved further down and away from the bustle of activity, the further north they went, the more orderly and artificial the gorge embankments and floor become. They followed a dirt road marked by wheel furrows and used to ferry men and resources north and south. Here and there along the parallel ledges of the soon-to-be canal, shipping containers and neat stacks of rebar lay, waiting for the next phase of the construction. "Sorry sir, we're getting a bit of interference on the radio, couldn't relay this on the net. Cell signal is pretty shit too", apologised the Field Engineer as he fell into step with the Manager. "I see... So, what did you say about the Canamo Locks?", asked the Manager. "Well, sir... You see--" "Coming Through! Move aside sirs!", announced a man in yellow reflector vest, coming down the road mounted on a quadbike. He waved them to the curb of the rut-road. A bright signal baton waved lazily in one hand. Rumbling down the dirt path, a small electric buggy trundled. It sped quickly, but carefully down the road, a palette with an orange hard-plastic crate marked with the "explosive" symbol (a fragmenting ball) clearly visible on its side. Hanging on to the buggy's rear were two Sarov guards, one of whom waved cheerfully at the Manager. "Demo, reckoned that the obstacle was a bit denser. I hear they just had a second look at the rock wall with the new LIDAR equipment from Toledo. Requisitioned a touch more boom-stuff from logi--the damn laggards!", reflector vest man remarked, not harshly. He tipped his hardhat, gunned the quad and chased after the buggy. A few more buggies came rolling down the road, so the pair decided to pull off the dirt path. Just past the shoulder of the road was a slight rise, something of a very short and squat hillock. Within a few seconds they had a slight vantage over the road and the gorge further below. The construction was moving from the northern access point (at a river that fed the Canamo), southward until it hit the progress of the Mediargic team. The operation was segmented, with locks, turns, and "reaches" marking milestone points in the project. LIDAR survey and careful pre-plotting helped determine an accurate and easy to bore path. The idea was also to coordinate a Canamo team and a Mediargic team and have them eventually meet at the Midway Reach in the future. It was only by sheer grace of the divine that the topography was more-or-sea level. A blessed convenience of some divine's worldbuilding that this stretch of narrow land between Canamo and Mediargic just so happened to be flat, with wide gorges perforating the way, a sedimentary easy to bore geology, and at bloody sea-level. If it hadn't been, a canal of this length would require too many locks and the cost would render it utterly unfeasible. Progress from the Canamo team had begun with an excavation team using a combination of controlled blasts and heavy boring and excavation equipment to widen and smoothen the banks, further inland such as now in the Quarterway reach the advance excavation team had to deal with clearing kilometres worth of rock and soil between the natural gorges that made up the pre-historic river. Following behind them (by a few kilometres) were corps of logistical units, masonry-laying crews, and engineers who were preparing the canal ways with concrete embankments, power generators, reservoirs and auxiliary pumps for the locks--and all that was just the bare minimum. After which still lay the process of installing the longest series of waterway locks the Eurth had ever seen--a first that was still in the finalising stage. "Now then. What was that?", queried the Manager. "Well sir, to put it--", stuttered the Field Engineer. "Yes?", said the Manager impatiently. "Sir the err, embankment--the laying team--" "Taco man! Out with it!", the Manager interrupted irritably. "There's been a--" "Damn your eyes, can't you just say it?" "I'm trying si--" "Well?" The Field Engineer opened his mouth again, but just as he spoke, the earth shook. Scarcely a millisecond had passed when (no other way to describe it really), a great bloody bang, like the world's largest paper bag explosion clapped through the entire valley. A spectacular spike of acoustic interruption that made everyone in the area temporarily deaf and probably gave a few not wearing ear-protection tinnitus. From their vantage, the pair could see the great rock and soil barrier between gorges vanish in a cloud of dust and smoke as it came crashing down in a controlled blast. Great trunks, jets of water pumped at high-pressure surrounded the blast site, forming a screen of watery mist around it to prevent a dust cloud from forming. The Manager, briefly stunned by the explosion had been gaping at it. Coming to his senses, he turned back to the Field Engineer, who was likewise stunned and gaping. The Field Engineer turned to the Manager and delivered his message. Though a look of horror was now in his eyes. "I've been told to ask you not to trigger the explosives." The Manager looked glassy eyed. He swivelled on his hips to look at the contained geyser of dirt and dust that had just bloomed from hundreds of kilos of explosives being detonated. The pillar of greyish dust rose lazily against the bright blue noon sky. He swivelled back to the Field Engineer. He was speechless. "I suppose its's a bit... late for that", the Field Engineer followed up. There was an awkward silence. The Manager lifted an arm and vaguely flailed it at the dust cloud. He did not look amused. --- Apparently, some overlooked geological faults had caused a section of an embankment wall further back to buckle. An entire segment had threatened to collpase as it teetered and groaned precariously on one side of the canal. Fearing a total collapse, the manager in charge of the embankment construction tried to cancel the scheduled blast out of fear that the shockwave would be the last nail in the segment's coffin. The dispatched engineer had arrived too late, and the ensuing explosion caused approximately 18 metric tons of concrete to collapse. --- OOC: Creative liberties--they would have sounded a siren for a good few minutes before using explosives that and there should have been ear protection for everyone working with loud power tools and within good earshot of the blast zone.
  10. Tech's Files- Interlude OOC: RAS 2020 is a modernisation initiative explained here and in news RP. This is kind of a summary of tech that is substantiated in RP (this thread and others) and on iiwiki. All of these concepts are quite evident IRL and can be searched up. NOOSPHERA is basically C4I plus America's Link16, the botnet GYGES is pretty simple in principle and a more potent example IRL is China's Great Cannon (which currently Gyges is not quite an equal to).
  11. @Salvia I did ask you about your capabilities on Discord lol. Judging by your answer, you guys had it covered . Didn't see the need to get involved if the Iverican military just sits there and looks around. Boots on the ground is expensive and gauging from some of probes I've made into possible Iverican intervention, it looks like it will just bloat the IC thread than contribute to the narrative. Besides, the Christian int'l community should be grateful enough that the Cussian situation is being, might I say--adequetely contributed to by the Ministry Foreign Affairs and the Armada. So political pressure to join the Coalition directly is fairly low.
  12. Re: Assisting Prymont Iverica is sticking to a support role. With some allowance for our observers to collect intel and study the situation. Intelligence support is mainly in satellite imaging; we'll be testing a new one. Some fire support will also be made available to the Prymontians via ship-based guided missiles. These will be sourced from 2-CATFOR and other units of the 4th Fleet which have a presence in the Adlantic. For all intents and purposes, Iverica won't have a stake in the current conflict, apart from the interest in keeping our allies supported. Posting here as due diligence in case there are questions about realism (logistics, supply, our military presence) and as per Pry's invite to expound.
  13. Claiming Steve Carell in Space Force as Esteve Carello, Commanding officer of Western Argis Aerospace Defence Command (WARD)
  15. To: The offices of The Third Circle, Vicelord Nize Kra'xuth, Machina @Haruspex From: The Office of the Foreign Minister, Desdemona Tomas-Morra Vicelord Nize Kra'xuth, Our investigation into the Cussian conflict and the refugee situation is now complete. Though before we share with you our findings and resolution, the Coalition must first outline one premise: that without a doubt our actions here, committed out of necessity in the face of your conquest have indirectly eased your occupation of the Cussian territories. The Coalition's sole intention was the protection of targeted Cussian Refugees. Inadvertently, this means that the Haru Government enjoys freedom from the obligation to secure, house, and feed them. Vicelord, thus far we have been successful in keeping this relatively tense operation free from undue strain. I am confident your prudence in stately matters will see this next phase peacefully completed. Given the above premise, it should seem just that the Coalition request a fair contribution from your government. The investigations have found that the conditions in the refugee camps make them probable breeding grounds for threatening virions as triage stations are overloaded and unable to care for winter-brought illnesses on top of injuries sustained during the violence of the military operations. For whatever reasons, the detainment of Cussian Christians was no doubt the result of the invasion and occupation carried out by the Haru military. As we find ourselves now responsible for their wellbeing, the Coalition requests that the Haru Government supply the sovereign states hosting the refugees with the funds necessary to feed them, the funds necessary to cover the cost of critical medication for the injuries they have sustained during your conquest and/or their captivity, and the fuel necessary to speed their departure from the Cussian shores. We shall need enough of these funds and resources delivered to upkeep the needs for a 12 month period, which should see the refugees adequately settled. Whether shipped in bulk or at regular intervals is up to the methods of your logistical officers. Having understood the state of their previous handling, there is sense in asking that these necessities be given to aid their already difficult evacuation. I imagine that Haru's reputation for competent organisation should prove this contribution but a trifle. As opposed to the task your people may have once had of detaining and encamping them for years on end--a task that the Coalition has relieved you of. Additionally, this contribution would be more than fair, as the Haru no longer have to house, guard, and "re-educate" the Cussians on top of providing them victuals and lodging. In full knowledge of the chain of causality that has led to this point, I urge you, Vicelord Kra'xuth, to retain this valuable line of productive communication with myself by sharing your perspective on this matter. I have great confidence that both parties involved in this event will see its fortunate conclusion. We have attached a file bearing the estimates. Sincerely, Desdemona Tomas-Morra Foreign Minister, L'República Iverica Co-signed by the Representatives of @Salvia, @Gallambria, @Seylos, @Tagmatium Rules, @Variota
  16. TAGMATINE-IVERICAN PREFERENTIAL TRADE AGREEMENT (TIPTA) @Tagmatium Rules --- OOC Premises: -Assume that Tag and Ive have had seedoil-coffee trade for a while. Thus have always had a fair to moderate amount of trade because of tariff agreements. -A Tag-Ive study has been researching on an equitable tariff arrangement to include biofuel and Tagmatine proprietary condiment brands into the agreement in the last year -The expansion of TIPTA was planned during the last quarter of 2019 and may take effect in Fiscal Q2 of 2020
  17. Tech's Files- Part 5: Skye Mennnnn --- Somewhere in the Narvic Hinterlands, Confederate Union of Narva 1255 IST--June 04, 2016 Body Cam Recording | Teniente Jose-Maria L'Arcon (Fuersas L'Aire, 1st WARD Group, Ground Security Detachment) The camera footage starts as the teniente exits the light armoured 4x4. He is joined by an Audante (equivalent: sergeant), carrying a service carbine. As the camera points downwards briefly, Teniente L'Arcon's name plate and blue-grey utility uniform come into view. The camera sweeps around as the Teniente pivots his torso in an apparent stretch, getting a full frame of the bored looking Audante escorting him. The Audante wears his patrol cover and a plate carrier over his utility uniform. The carbine is cradled in the Audante's arms, stock still folded. Around them, tall coniferous trees lie thick around grey slopes. The audio briefly turns static-y as the strong Narvic breeze blows directly into the bodycam mic. The teniente straightens his uniform, dons his beret and starts up a dirt path marked by wheel furrows, contrasting against the thick weed and grass of the foothill surface. The Audante can be heard following behind. Ahead, a lonely farmstead is visible. There is a log and thatch farmhouse, what looks to be a rickety motorshed, some fowl coops, and a large barn. A typical Narvic mountain-man farmstead. Though now and again, a small puff of smoke rises from the barn. Even from a distance, it can be observed that something is not quite right with the roof's angle and the way the whole structure leans. They close the distance, with only the crunch of dirt, the trilling of forest birds, and the groaning of ancient pines to accompany them. The Teniente walks up to the porch, which looked as though it might have once been quite charming; judging by the pleasant blue tinge of faded paint left behind and the rustic frieze and post carvings still visible despite the age. A window pane here and there is cracked, but otherwise the house looks well looked-after despite its current poverty. tap tap tap, knocked the Teniente. From within came the noise of the shambling and rustling of heavy feet on floorboards. EEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEHH?, came a grating voice, clearly sounding like it belonged to some farmhouse geriatric. The door opens a crack. There is a balding head with clumps of white still attached to it in patches. A very wrinkly brow. Gosamer nose hairs the length of the Pala dei Primo's curtain tassles. The decrepit creature on the other side of the door stared through the crack with one bulging, goblin-esque eye exposed. It had a roundness that was somehow quite right and distrubing at the same time. It was clad in some sort of knitted sweater, though its once fine bright green was dull and marked with what looked like cigar burns. Below that, some purple patterned sort of skirt or kilt swayed daintily despite its grungy, gravy stained appearance. The very orbish eye flicked one way, then the other. "Err... oh my. Uhm. A very fine afternoon to you sirrah, I represent--", began the Teniente. His voice was clear, a little melodious, but clearly taken aback by the shape of the thing that had answered the door. It was the voice of an educated, upper-crust, "my father's-father's-father's-father's-father's-father had served as Deiargon's ensign", type of accent. Young and nasal, with an air of ponce-ishness. The thing interrupted with some kind of high-pitched laryngial growl. "eiiii, knöööw, 'oo yei aere", spoke the voice, which sounded as though it had echoed down the from the Cretacious. "Oh! Quite right, then sirrah, allow me to bother you with the business--" "Næ!" "Errr-pardon?" "Næ." "But you haven't quite heard my proposition yet sirrah, you see--" "eis moîne. Gehhh Weig!", spake the Eldritch creature. It made a shooing gesture. At that, the Teniente seemed aghast. Straightening indignantly, he blustered. "That'squiteabsurdsirrah, youseeIamanofficerintheserviceofthemostillustriousRepublic. IDEMANDtoseetheobjectinyourbarnat-once!" "Neirre, theiee cainna" "Proposterous!I'llhaveyoushot" "Ieiche a-faer nickt dōthðr", it sounded resolute. "Please?" "Næ..." "Pretty please?" "Næ." The Teniente at this point was at a loss for words. He turned to the Audante, who shrugged and re-lit a battered pipe, weapon still lazily cradled. He turned back to the living fossil which seemed intent to stare with its eyelids at maximum dilation--and then again at the bored NCO, before giving up and regarding the Methusela thing once again. Before he could form another sentence, the voice laden with cobwebs and layered with the older powers croaked again. A trickle of tawny drool escaped as it repeated, "eiiii, knöööw, 'oo yei aere. Yei shaellt nickt habbe mei", then it made some sort of gesture, like it was warding off spirits of the space between shadows. "Wha--who?" "Xenos, skye mannnnnn" "Ah--err--ah.... I see." "Seii tæketh mei. Woen Ickt vaes junger. Næ! Næ'er afaine!" "Sirrah, I assure you, my man and I are not here to abduct you! WE COME IN PEACE!" The auld father of the hidden sleepers hissed. Perhaps that last bit was the wrong thing to say. In a flash, with a ghastly howl that echoed from the very base of the temple of He-who-slumbers, and quicker than possible for a doddering ancient relic, the thing was on the Teniente. The bodycam caught in full the bulging white orbs, the gap toothed screech of the creature as it pounced. There was scuffling. There was tumbling, a weapon fired. A very un-manly shriek was let loose, causing a flock of wild pheasants somehow caught in the sequence of frames, to flee their tree-top perches. Somewhere within the house, a cat made a displeased noise. At long last, the sound of a taser discharging clattered through with finality. The camera re-stabilised. The Audante was in full view of the frame. Discharged taser in one hand, carbine resting calmly in the other. The man hadn't even lost his pipe. "Good grief! Bythesaviour...", the Teniente panted, his voice still a few octaves too high. The Audante said nothing, but his pipe let loose a single small puff in agreement. The Teniente turned to regard the thing that was old when the Memopotamians crawled. It lay motionless on the porch floor, under which, a puddle of urine (we're still uncertain whose) expanded slowly. The Teniente took some shakey breaths. Composing himself he addressed the Audante. "R-r-rright. Let's see about this crashed prototype business". --- After Action Report | [|||||||||||||||||||||||||||| ||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||] Following the incident, the prototype "Faethon XL" was recovered. It had apparently crashed straight into the homestead barn, causing significant damage to the roof, wounding 3 chickens, and killing the sole cow on the premises. It should be noted that Faethon XL successfully and with no incident achieved cold separation from the modified S-1011 Trestrell at [||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||] metres. It then proceeded into hot launch, whereby it completed a minor orbital manoeuvre. After MOCR confirmed "stay/no stay" check with all flight controllers, it was deemed safe to release the payload satellite: Icaro. Then approximately [||||||||||||||] seconds after separation, RETRO remarked a terminal error. Icaro is confirmed to have misfired RCS-04, presumably damaged by motion. The payload satellite then briefly collided with the parallel Faethon XL rocket and caused a fatal deviation. This incident is responsible for the crash on the homestead at [||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||] owned by [|||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||]. The reporter notes the natures causing the incident to be due to a payload issue, not an inherent issue with build 2.01.099 of Faethon XL. The reporter recommends the air launched to orbit Faethon programme to continue with testing. --- OOC: Basis for this is the Pegasus Rocket which first flew in 1990. It has since been used to launch compact or microsatellites for reconnaissance, communication, imaging, and radar.
  18. In memory of the user: "Maria of the Astral Clocktower" (Vaelaraea), who so dearly wanted elves. Your mental illness will be missed by many. After this log, I recall taking the chat to some other channel, presumably #worldbuilding. Sadly I cannot find or access this chat history of the coversation that followed. Not much is really missed however, because the chat went about how you would expect: she was adamant that elves were realistic and would have rather had the entire community definition change to cater to that belief than edit her own conjectures. Orioni removed her from the domains not long after. RIP Maria aka "Elf Girl", we hope you've found a big black orc to satisfy your bandersnatch.
  19. Iverica

    Policies in Effect

    This thread will contain corss-posts and/or copies of all ATARA's currently active policies or orders. --- ATARA ASSEMBLY RESOLUTION NO. 001 Passed On/During: JUNE 15, 2018 / (1st Genera Assembly) Author Delegate: Mr Alexander Bendtsen, Member of the Panel, Delegate of the Commonwealth of @Andalla Notable Motions/Dissents: Motion to Reconsider (Addressed) Quorum: 8 Delegates in Attendance Votes Aye: 8 (Quorum Consensus) ARTICLE I General Definitions For the purposes of this Agreement, unless the context requires otherwise: SECTION 1. ATARA shall mean the Argic-Thalassan-Alharun Regional Association. SECTION 2. Member state/s shall mean the respective nations comprising the Argic-Thalassan-Alharun Regional Association, whether collectively or individually, as the context requires. SECTION 3. Agreement shall mean the General Common Tariff Scheme Agreement. SECTION 4. Agricultural products shall mean: (a) those which fall under the definitions stated within Chapters 1 to 24 of the Harmonized Nomenclature System (HN), and other similar raw materials or unprocessed products listed under other HN sections; and (b) raw materials or unprocessed products that have undergone little change in form from the original product. ARTICLE II General Provisions SECTION 1. All member states shall be obligated to participate in the tariff reduction scheme. SECTION 2. Any party may voluntarily choose to exclude specific products, i.e. on the HN 8/9-digit level, from being subject under the Agreement's terms, if said product is deemed too sensitive to be included under the Agreement's terms. (a) Under this section, no party shall be penalized for withdrawing any product from under the terms of the Agreement. SECTION 3. Any product shall be considered as originating from ATARA member states, if at least 45% of the product's total content originates from a certain ATARA member state. ARTICLE III Product Coverage SECTION 1. The terms of this Agreement shall apply to all manufactured goods, including capital goods, processed agricultural goods, and those products falling outside the definition of agricultural products as stipulated herein. Agricultural products shall be exempt from the provisions of this Agreement. ARTICLE IV General Tariff Reduction Measures SECTION 1. The reduction of existing tariff rates between member states to 25 per centum shall be completed within a span of 5 years, beginning 1 August 2018 and terminating 31 July 2023, subject to a program of reduction to be determined by each party to the Agreement. SECTION 2. Existing tariff rates already below 25 per centum shall not be included in the reduction of tariff rates. Likewise, any products that reach a tariff rate of 25 per centum shall no longer be included in the following stage of reduction. SECTION 3. The aforementioned terms shall not impede any party from completing the reduction of existing tariff rates to 25 per centum before 31 June 2023. SECTION 4. Any additional fees or charges other than those connected to the taxation of imports and exports shall reflect only the approximate cost of the services rendered (e.g. Customs inspections). SECTION 5. The provisions of each member state's tariff reduction scheme shall be made known to the general public quickly, honestly and efficiently, by means of publishing in conspicuous places in at least four (4) newspapers of general circulation within said member state, on or before the 11th of July 2018. (a) All parties are encouraged to reduce tariffs orderly, preferably by means of assuming an annual rate of reduction, to prevent any undesirable consequences that may have been caused due to the rapid reduction of tariffs. SECTION 6. All parties shall undergo the process of eliminating all other non-tariff barriers on an annual basis, within a period of five years following the completion of the tariff reduction schedule. ARTICLE V Most-Favored Nation Status SECTION 1. Any advantage, exemption, favor or privilege granted by any party upon a certain product originating from or destined for other parties shall likewise be conferred, immediately and without constraint, to a like product originating in or destined for all other parties to the Agreement. SECTION 2. The provisions stated within Section 1 of this Article shall not obligate any party to eliminate any preferences in regards to charges levied on or connected with the importation and exportation of products, provided that said preference falls within the description hereon: (a) Preferences in force exclusively between two or more contracting parties, which shall be subject to the provisions stipulated therein; (b) Preferences in force exclusively between any number of member states and non-member states, which shall be subject to the provisions stipulated therein. ARTICLE VI Emergency Suspensions SECTION 1. If any product, which is eligible under the terms and policies of this Agreement, is imported in such a manner or in such quantities as to cause or threaten serious injury to sectors engaged in the production of like or directly competitive products in the importing member states, the importing member states may, for the appropriate duration of time as needed to resolve such issue, tentatively suspend the provisions stipulated herein. SECTION 2. Pursuant to Section 1 of this Article, all parties shall agree to implement the aforementioned suspensions in an honest and orderly manner, taking into consideration the framework and goals of this Agreement as stated in the Preamble. SECTION 3. Any actions undertaken by a Member State in relation to Article 6 of this Agreement shall be reported immediately to the ATARA Economic Council as established in Article 7 § 1 of this Agreement. (a) The aforementioned resolutions implemented may be subject to revision and consultation by the Economic Council. ARTICLE VII Administrative Machinery SECTION 1. Pursuant to Article 3 § 4 of the ATARA Charter, Member States shall establish a council to oversee the implementation of this Agreement, to be known as the ATARA Economic Council (hereinafter referred to as the Council). (a) The Council shall be composed of one (1) Economic Minister from every Member State, working in conjunction with the country's National Secretariat as referred to in Article 3 § 5 of the ATARA Charter. (b) In the event that any Member State does not have an acting ministerial-level economic official, the National Secretariat of the Member State thereof shall be obligated to nominate the most relevant senior position as representative to the Council. (c) The Council shall be chaired by, and report directly to, the ATARA Chairperson. (d) The Council shall submit a report to the ATARA Panel biannually detailing advances in the implementation of the terms stipulated by this Agreement. SECTION 2. The National Secretariats of every Member State shall be obligated to notify the Council immediately of any additional tariff arrangements between two or more Member States, in accordance with the provisions of this Agreement. ARTICLE VIII Final Provisions SECTION 1. Member States agree to duly execute the appropriate measures as required in order to accomplish the obligations as stated in Article 4 of this Agreement. SECTION 2. This Agreement shall be effective upon signing. SECTION 3. Any amendments to the terms of this Agreement shall take effect five (5) working days after all Member States have achieved a consensus on the amendments in question. SECTION 4. This Agreement shall be entrusted to the Office of the ATARA Chairperson, which shall promptly grant a valid copy of this Agreement to the National Secretariats of every Member State. SECTION 5. No exceptions shall be made to the terms and provisions set forth herein. IN WITNESS WHEREOF, the undersigned, having been duly appointed by their respective governments, hereby affix their signatures to the General Common Tariff Scheme Agreement. Done in Porto Altaria, this 14th day of June, 2018 in a single copy in the Anglish language. OOC: Please excuse my terrible lawmaking skills. OOC (2): Many thanks to the ASEAN Common Effective Preferential Tariff (CEPT) Agreement, the ASEAN-Australia-New Zealand Free Trade Agreement (AANZFTA), and the GATT. I wouldn't be here without copying you.
  20. 1st General Assembly 1110h IST | June 14, 2018 ATARA Headquarters, Assembly Chamber Porto Altaria, Iverica Let the following entries serve as the official record on the proceedings of the Proposal "GENERAL COMMON TARIFF SCHEME AGREEMENT", taking place during the 3rd day of the First General Assembly (June 14th, 2018). This post notes that these stages are accomplished: 1-Quorum Call 2-Recognition Call 3-Introduction of the Speaker and recognition of the proposal 4-General Proposal 5-Open Floor 6-Ruling of the Chair 7-Speaker Response (Just Finished) 8-Assembly Breaks for Recess --- After Bendtsen had closed his binder, Morra addressed the Assembly. "The Chair recognises Delegate Bendtsen's promises to amend the points in question by Delegate fan Oliefaaire. If the Delegate of Variota or any other Delegate here wishes to correct or add to what Delegate Bendtsen has just promised to amend, let the points be made now. Please note that; if Delegate Bendtsen has reasonably and objectively satisfied the concerns brought to the floor now, there should be no reason to hear any Nay votes during the Voting Period. Delegates voting Nay during the later Voting Period will be removed from this session by this Chair if they fail to bring up their protests or concerns at this juncture." It was within the power of Chair to oversee the proceedings and given how much effort had been put in by all parties assembled it would be improper in the extreme for any delegate to obstruct the proceedings by voting irresponsibly. Meaning that it would behove them to at least declare the rationale of their disagreement now so Delegate Bendtsen would at least have a fair chance of amending his proposal. --- OOC: If no questions follow (None have for a few months now), we will time skip to the 15th, where @Andalla's amended proposal (see above) will go to vote. Since abstaining is considered tacit approval by the Assembly, there is no need for a poll. No response means approval. 3 Days will be given until the Proposal in considered passed.
  21. But no one quite does them like you do Tag
  22. Iverica

    Iverica One

    Just 6 months ago, riots wracked the streets of Vasqqan cities like Vermeo and Vilvau. Today, it seems that normalcy has reasserted itself and people go about their daily lives in peace. All around the Iberosphere, there is cautious, tentative possibility of calm that has followed a year of uncertainty. Now that the Federated Commonwealth has been established, life can continue as normal. Or can it? In the months that followed the Federal Referendum last November, groups which composed the minority "Anti-Fed" bloc of political parties around the Argic-Alharun Iberic states have not ceased their defiant but steadily weakening efforts at protesting the move to Federalise. Today, they make up less than 5% of the voting public across the Iberosphere, mostly country hidalgos and minor politicians--making up a class of rural public intellectuals with a soap box in liberal, libertarian, and ethnically-focused political parties. Though their fight continues; after speaking with several party leaders and activists, IvericaOne thought to shed some light on their point of view. The questions are "why" and "how". What motivates their resistance and how do they see their goals being met? *Random Interview clips* By and large, the outcry comes from fears over the loss of minority cultures, the economic oversight neglecting small businesses, and the plan to put in place equilateral, standardised measures on peoples that differ widely in purchasing power. Other fears are based on the "what if" possibility of small Narvic enclaves with autonomous local laws becoming disenfranchised further with the establishment of a Federal government over their already disinterested national governments. Others still question the delay in the electoral processes the Federalisation has caused. In Iverica, the Primeal Election has been delayed by one year, the Parliament having given Primo Deitorr an extension of powers due to the circumstances of the Federal Process--something that has not gone unquestioned and uncriticised by staunch constitutionalists. The administration has since come under heavy fire from its own supporters and its detractors in response to the Parliamentary ruling. In response the Federal Coalition had made the following promises: That cultural enclaves would retain a speaking position in the form of an Assembly in the Federal Council. That concessions would be made to keep small business competetive through financial packages and tax excemptions until such time they adapt. And that the electoral processes will be resumed as obligated by the consitution once the Federal Council becomes operational by 2021. Whether the Anti-Fed can accept these promises, depends on how the coalition handles its charter and executes its programmes. It will not be an easy task. The total cost of the FedCom's establishment will require a greater budget than it had been alotted in 2019. Amidst these social concerns, the Anti-Fed has also capitalised on the assertions that the coalition may either need to slash budgets in defence and foreign aid, may need to inflate the Iverican Velle, or may need to start a loan with a foreign bank. Whatever the coalition leaders decide to do now, will determine its first impressions with the public and the future of any Anti-Fed movements.
  23. 5 Beaten-to-Death RP Settings Based on my memory, not in any particular order. Done to death but practically impossible not to do at least once in an RP. The Airport Arrival Posse President Bob stepped out of his super cool jet. Surrounded by voracious journalists. A generic greeting party of some ministers and leaders awaited him. Fancy drinks in a car, something something politics... The Busy Busy Briefing Prime Minister Joe walked briskly down a hall way (that or is in an executive vehicle of sorts), his train of sycophants following not far behind... "Where are we with the Orionese?", he asked. A young attractive genderless secretary moves in-stride with him and hands him a dossier... The Weirdly Dramatic One-on-One Meeting in a Fancy Office Premier Ivan laughed cooly, high and aloof, as a mountain might. But President John was nonplussed. He was totally secure with his masculinity, and knew that his 1000 hospital ships could easily flatten the Premier's 2 Million Power Armoured Legionaries with ease... plus, he had just banged some 14 young interns in this very office. Somethingsomething back and forth my leader is more manly something something, we get it you have a big cock. The "Hello, fellow Humans", said your Leader Scene In which the national leader is doing something decidedly ordinary and unimpressive but in a manner that is equally fancy, dignified, and better than your leader would do it. The Electronic Communique which is like some weird snapshot of a computer screen that no one else should be seeing but is seeing anyway. Beep boop <things in code brackets> [Beep boop] computer things mynationisveryadvanced {beep b00p} Military codes I made up ==Boop Beep== </end> No, I'm not taking a shot at you. I have probably done all of the above at least once.
  24. Iverica

    Iverica One

    May 4, 2020 Today, several executives of the Toledo Heavy Industries (THI) inaugurated several newly re-equipped and refurbished facilities on one event. Held outside the THI Operations Headquarters in Toledo, Nou Stille, Maximo Munoss, current CEO of THI had this to say about the first of many manufacturing facilities to reopen as majority-automated facilities: "Two years ago, the Toledo Group promised that we would take serious steps to automate our facilities without leaving our employees behind. On this day we take the first real step in that direction. In the two years it took to prepare this monumental shift, we have retrained and advanced the skills of more than 300,000 employees, with more to follow in succeeding batches. Along side that we have successfully created the first series of automated factories in Iverica--run with the aid of mechanised assembly lines and new protocol software. Our goal as we promised, is to improve this industry for everyone. Production will be safer and more efficient, and our employees, better skilled and offered new jobs as technicians and maintenance personnel. Not only that, but many others still were offered opportunities with our partners in Manille Consolidated and Fortis Electronics. We hope that the rest of this transition on an almost national scale will be as successful for employees and production as this first has been." In the 2010's Iverica was juggling a slowly rising unemployment rate with a rioting private sector that was rearing to innovate. The government needed to keep its people's jobs safe, but at the same time, it needed the GDP growth that a slump in innovation was threatening to slow. As part of an agreement by the Toledo Group and the Executive Ministry, cooperative projects began on this automation process in 2018. On one side, the nation-leading manufacturing sector had been pushing against specifics in the labour protection laws that had impeded their earlier attempts. On the other, the Executive Ministry had Parliament had both been hesitant to put such a large workforce at risk of unemployment. The agreement brokered by the ExecMin's Public Private Partnership Office (P3O) settled the case later that year, with both sides required to uphold certain burdens. In effect, the Deitorr administration was to release an executive order allowing the Toledo Group of Companies temporary tax excemptions in materials extraction and tariffs in order to offset the cost, while at the same time lobbying to support the Toledo Group's push for automation. On the other hand, the Toledo Group was to meet these concessions by beginning transition programs for its workforce, training those most affected by the paradigm shift for new skills in industries expected flourish in the coming years. Some of these include related jobs in maintenance, equipment operation, and safety inspection. Some have even made the leap into much more complex skillsets like software development and other forms of engineering. While the future is bright for someone who used to work as an assembly line worker, it is equally promising for the corporates overhead projections. Estimates coming from THI say that as early as 2025, their production facilties might see a return on the investment courtest of the overall reduced cost of day-to-day operations. How is this being done? Its all thanks to a new suite of sensors installed in factories, articulating robotics, and their paired machine learning software that Fortis Electronics credits to the Elegy Corporation @Sunset Sea Islands for inspiration and technical basis. Sources from the Manille Institute of Technology (MIT) say that much of the designs for the system also come from Iverican military prototypes tested for the purpose of unmanned bomb-disposal. A remnant from an era were bombings were common place near the Vasqqan border. Professor emeritus and peer at the MIT, Manuel Vargas, reviewed the system as part of the NGO inspection team mandated by the Ministry Safety Board. Professor Vargas had this to say: "Most of what THI has been using: FLIR optics, acoustic sensors, some simple LIDAR, many engineers will recognise them as nothing special or advanced. Now, if you feed that collected data to a software that cleans that data and contrasts it with data on index of sorts, you get a system that can recognise negative changes across hundreds of work stations simultaneously. If it is well programmed, it can then formulate a chain of executable commands that remedy the situation without contradicting itself. All it needs then are systems to manipulate its material, such as the robotics from the Defence project "Subtle Haptics", which experimented with more sensitive electromagnetic articulation rather than cogs and gears; this was for bomb diffusal of course." "Individual elements of an automated system are surprisingly simple. They are just a multitude of sensors that we have had since the 80's, a good software to process inputs, and robotics that have the sensitivity and processing accuracy to execute commands correctly. The challenge in the system is its thousand points of potential failure. Each sensor and its environment is a potential issue. Toledo's challenge was engineering the right setup, redundancies, and checking systems to make sure that failures are spotted ASAP. Together, the whole thing is simply an ordering of things that sense, that feed things that do logic, and that tell things that move what to do." But despite this positivity, there remains much anxiety over the success of THI's transition of their work force. Whether the receiving companies provide stable employment remains to be seen in suceeding batches. For now, it enjoys positive public attention as the program continues. By late 2022, THI expects that 70% of its assembly lines in automotive, heavy industrial, components, and refining facilities to be majority-automated. By the same year, it expects its partner companies, Fortis Electronics, Manille Consolidated and many others to benefit from the transferred manpower. --- Reference: --- Stay tuned for the following stories: Transitioning to a Federal Government- INBC reviews the oppossition arguments and examines the systematic norms offset by the government transition. Primeal Election 2021- a broad look at Primeal contenders, the 1 year delay of the campaigning period, and the role of the Primo in the new Federal context.
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