"With all these shitty Fulgistani cigs coming in, you'd think the Libs would be a touch more interested in closing off trade lines. At least, certain trade lines."
Hoja Korig chuckled richly before politely puffing on his cigar, continuing:
"The polls are coming for party support on BLNN, and I think we know where it's going."
"What are you implying?"
Across Korig's polished mahogany desk, Boyar Askosow looked confused.
"I still don't understand the purpose of your invitation: are you here to gloat? The Kozak's aren't shifting their support and, frankly, I had no intention of winning the parliament anyway. All I need is my interests - the Kozaki interests - to keep being served, and our current government does a fine job at that. Have you seen the legislation? We barely even have to care about your national government at this rate and we are quite capable of running ourselves."
Korig drew again from his cigar and let out a slow cloud.
"This isn't about bragging. I may be the most influential man in this whole damn country, but that doesn't change the situation of the Sovereigns."
"The Sovereigns? Oh yes, they're winning alright: winning until the BRP and the LDP form a coalition. You know full well no amount of your patronage could get the Sovereign's out of that hole."
Korig chuckled again.
"Boyar, you humor me - puff - but listen, I want a change in management. Krusken has made all this and that, yes? But he has been doing me a disservice, one which has put me at odds with the current government. You understand! The market reforms, the shipping! It's trampling all my hard work! Look at these!"
Hoja Korig took a handful of Fulgistanti cigarettes from a crate by his desk. He frantically unraveled one and presented it to Dmitrov Askosow.
"The damn things! I took one trip to Khenkhourt earlier this month, and the damn place had more of this than the national! It's a f*cking disgrace is what it is! If we keep letting the Bulgen Rouge and the f*cking Libs trade around, we'll go under!"
"I think you mean you'll go under. Your National Agricultural Company is going to be affected, sure, but I can't imagine Kozakstal will suddenly implode if the Bulgen Rouge wins again."
Askosow looked bemused at the visible distress on Korig's face but still wondered what the purpose of the meeting was. There was obviously more to this conversation than Korig complaining about Bulgenstazi trade. Hoja Korig dropped the cigarettes back in their crate and started again:
"The problem for you, Boyar, is your people. Do you think the new legislation exempts you from the National Agricultural Company? It doesn't, and even if it did, any attempt at a nationalized industry would flounder in the face of our own. Kozakstal doesn't have a port, there's no benefitting from trade, either! But wait, there's more to this than just industry: your precious Kozak culture. Do you think those foreigners in Fulgistan care about the Kozak? Because I can tell you right now, the most they could care about is if the Kozaki purchase their goods over mine. The foreigners, you see, will crush your culture if it means they can squeeze another drop of trade. What we need is protectionism, and I don't see it coming from the Rouge or the Liberals. Protectionism will protect my money, your money, and your culture."
Boyar Askosow's smugness quickly dissolved. Hoja Korig was right, there wasn't much keeping Kozakstal from being overtaken by foreign goods, and the Okrug wouldn't see any of the profit from trade goods, unlike national goods. Perhaps the Boyar had been blinded by success to where he forgot the economic fragility of his Okrug; no independence could save the Kozaki from an economic crisis. Still, what did Korig want?
Hoja Korig could sense victory in by Askosow's change in demeanor.
"Boyar, what I would like you to do is pursue a coalition with the National Sovereign Party. It certainly wouldn't be hard, they want as much support as they can get, and your party is just what they need. Besides, there may be more perks to this coalition than just having your party in the majority in Zalensk..."
Hoja Korig reached into his desk and drew a stack of papers. Askosow read:
Kozakstal Oil Reappropriation Act
"You couldn't! The National Oil Company -"
"The National Oil Company bows to the government! This would be entirely possible, given enough support. I'm sure if you and your little party jumped through the National Sovereign Party's hoops, they would be happy to lend you their support on such legislation..."
Boyar Askosow rose from his chair smiling.
"Excellent chat, Mister Korig. I'm hoping I can convince my associates to work with your party - erm - the National Sovereign Party, yes. You may not hear it from me first, but I will update you if we were to form such a coalition. Thank you for inviting me, and my apologies if I was to have come off strong at first. I look forward to future ventures with you."
Hoja Korig smiled to himself, yes, this would be how the National Sovereign Party, Hoja's National Sovereign Party, would finally get their Prime Minister.
Hey! This is the precursor to the future Bulgenstazi 2019 elections! It seems tensions are mounting as the country approaches July 16, election day! I will try to post semi-regularly with some exciting political intrigue! How will Hoja Korig, controller of the National Agricultural Company, secure the victory of the National Sovereign Party? How will the Bulgen Rouge Party and the Liberal Democratic Party react? This thread is currently a closed RP, but if there are groups which seek to meaningfully impact one side or another, please, let me know and I can make a full OOC Post. Thank you!
Thursday November 22, 2018
Hanzei Plaza, O'polis
A sunny Thursday in O'polis. Morning traffic around Hanzei Plaza was busy as always. A group of schoolchildren were guided towards the city park by their teachers. Palm trees were slowly swinging in the morning breeze. To the north side of the plaza stood a stately old building in white marble. Inside the building, the Hayili (Anglish: Subcouncil of Power) had gathered for its bi-weekly meeting.
The Hayili was one of three government sub-councils, the other two being Progress and People. But this one had by far the most prestige. When foreign affairs were involved, the Hayili had proven to be very effective at setting and executing long-term policy. Present were Chairlady Chandra Pristo and the four councillors responsible for each branch of the Hayili: Dame Nijo Kujo-Michiie who took care of Home Affairs, Sir Andrew Pipkin was the familiar face of Foreign Affairs, Lady Amuh Nideba and the courts provided Justice, and Prince Toren was in charge of Defence. As was usual with this round-the-table discussion, each councillor summarised the status of their priority projects. This time is was Dame Nijo who began.
Dame Nijo: "Regarding home affairs, I can inform my fellow councillors that the first pieces of Project Omega have been put in place. As you will have seen in the media, we are making progress with attracting the foreign talent that will aid in improving our infrastructure and technical prowess. Unfortunately, we have observed some sudden and unforeseen competition coming from @Tagmatium Rules in Occidental Europa. Fortunately for us, the Tagmatine don't have the same international reputation and proven track record for empowering women who elsewhere would be hindered by a glass ceiling. So I don't see any real issue developing here for the moment. Should it prove to be necessary, we will alter our current course of action."
Sir Pipkin: "On the matter of foreign affairs, I have met with our EOS delegate Mrs Anna Hackney only last week and she confirmed with me that we should expect little to no opposition from the other EOS members. The Entente remains ever loyal to our common goal of preserving peace and prosperity in the Orient. Especially in these challenging times of increasing tension throughout Eurth. One need only look at what's going on in the powderkeg that is Argis. Should the need arise, however unlikely, to force a vote on some unforeseen but urgent matter, we can rely on a majority of member states to support us. And regarding this membership: Mrs Hackney has proposed some brilliant ideas for expanding our membership across the Oriental Ocean into Aurelia and Alharu."
Lady Nideba: "On the domestic front, our law enforcement agenst are getting closer to apprehending the leadership of Scorpio. As we suspected, they were indeed involved in the murder of late Chairman Strupar two years ago. We haven't identified the Patriarch, but my team is certain the circle around him is getting smaller and smaller. Our operation includes close monitoring of the goings-on at the opposition news agency the Medani Monitor. We've long suspected The Monitor to be a mouthpiece for the Fronde Verdur with financial backing from Scorpio. However, we cannot yet prove these ties. Our financial inspectors are still ploughing through the trove of documents we seized from the RITZ in Rohini."
Lastly, Prince Toren spoke: "The defence force has provided me with both good and bad news. First the bad news. We are still waiting for news from the @Ivericans concerning our strategic partnership. Also, we still haven't recovered captain Elandez from his hostage location in Bainbridge Islands. Fortunately, there is also good news: a first sea trial of the Oshun class is finally scheduled for late December, when the general public is distracted by festivities. And we will also be receiving the 3 supersonic Concordes that were ordered from @Fleur de Lys ."
Chairlady Pristo was pleased when she looked around the room. "Thank you, ladies and gentlemen, for this update," she commented calmly. "Empress Joni will be pleased to hear about the progress we are making. Once these first pieces are in place, we can begin the second phase of our project."
OOC: This is a closed RP. It will serve as a way to tie together all my ongoing stories for the last two years of my five-year plan.