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The Hiseran 5 Year Economic Development Initiative (5YEDI)


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The Hiseran Civil War officially ended nearly 10 years ago now. But in reality, the situation hadn't stabilised and the violence stopped until 2020, 6 years after the official end of the war. 40 years of war, brutality, and conflict have left a clearly visible mark on Hisera. Little progress has been made with the economy as funding has been limited, but with the slowly changing tide of events, the future of Hisera is beginning to slower look brighter. To that end, the Hiseran Government has announced the pursuit of a "5 Year Plan" to not only rebuild the economy, but completely re-imagine the foundation of how Hisera runs, in line with the SHWP's Socialist Doctrine. This is the current economic plan for Hisera as of the 7th of March 2024.

OOC: This is my first time trying something like this so feedback would be greatly appreciated! I've noticed that sometimes what I make is not fully realisitic (although I guess it doesn't have to be 100% completely realistic) but constructive criticism on how this could be improved would be greatly appreciated.

HISERAN 5 YEAR ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT INITIATIVE

Year 1

  • Creation of a State-Owned Energy Company to compete with Hiseran Energy Giant HLEE and other energy companies
  • Significant expansion of power availability, with intention to cover the entire nation
  • Nation-wide Rollout of 3G Wi-Fi Networks, with 4G Networks in Key Urban Hubs
  • Water Companies to be completely nationalised due to failures to provide to all areas of Hisera. Significant focus on creating safe water infrastructure throughout the nation
  • Begin trial attempts of Full Worker Democracy and Co-Operatives in Government Companies and some places of work, with potential of cutting down on Government inefficiency
  • Close Co-Operation with Parlahavener Capitalists for Subsidised and Insured Investment into worst off areas around Hisera to strengthen rural economies

Year 2

 

  • Significant focus placed on eliminating much of the rural landowner classes and replacement with farmer cooperatives. Must be done with care and strategic trials to see how best to implement policies. Focus must also be placed on creating water resevoirs and increasing availability of water for farmers year round.
  • “Greenhouse Grants” will allow cultivation of more exotic fruits and vegetables which are extremely expensive in Hisera. Creation of a State-Owned Fruit Company will allow government to prevent price gouging when supply increases by undercutting the market with fair prices and forcing a lowering of prices to maintain competitiveness.
  • Most funding placed into Public Works Division. Construction of Railways, Highways, Roads. Better maintenance and general improvement. 

Year 3+4

 

  • Investment into Hiseran Manufacturing. Root out corruption on all levels. Invest in Law Enforcement in Talenar and beginning cutting out Talenar Oligarch influence. Resistance expected, promise Parlahavener Businesses greater manufacturing returns for support in destroying Manufacturing monopolies. *BIGGEST PRIORITY OF THIS PERIOD*
  • Once Monopolies dealt with, begin steady implementation of Co-Operative Model, with eventual plans of uniting all Manufacturing industries into single parliamentary-union model, where decisions are made by elected worker unions
  • Begin to slower lower unemployment benefits as more and more jobs open up, instead using funds to increase disability benefits and invest in Post-25 Education, Apprenticeships and increased welfare for child-caring parents

Year 5

 

  • Transition to a Mixed Economic system of Government Central Economic Planning to support potential excesses of a Co-Operative Led Free-Market System.

In a system where most large businesses are worker cooperatives and democracies, it will incentivise the workers leading the business to pursue the most productive and most profitable for the business option since they would directly benefit from this. This is similar to a capitalist economy, except here the profit is distributed amongst the workers equitably instead of being hoarded by an owning capitalist. This would provide a socialist alternative to the free market model, and would provide the system with similar efficiency and market feedback as a capitalist system does. Government Planning could account for potential over or under production and fix excesses, preventing the greed of leading workers from injuring the nation. The government would also remain a leading figure in public services, with things like Healthcare, Education, the Military, Infrastructure, Public Works and similar things being under the control of democratic state-owned companies. Here, the companies would still be able to pursue the most efficient course of action while the government would still be able to directly control aspects of these services for the benefit of the common man and not only profit.

 

This plan is a short draft of the plans for Hisera to completely rebuild and re-imagine its economy from the Second Hiseran Civil War. 

 

“We shall not rebuild the injustice of old. Everything must be reimagined for a new age of Hisera.” - Elric Fii

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Southern Talord Railway Initiative

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Red: Marburen-Talord Line

Peach: Slow Coastal Line

Yellow: Pitrin Express Line

Green: Innprettin Junction Connections

Grey: Hugengrod Industrial Lines

Purple: Pitrin-Hugengrod Industrial Line

Commercial Lines

If any progress is to be made in the economic development of Hisera, the urban regions must be pulled back into prosperity. Currently, the Talord Region, despite being the capital of Hisera, is still one of the most devastated regions by the Civil War, and as such significant focus must be placed there to ensure fast recovery and progress with development. As such, with joint funding from the Hiseran and @Pentium Government, the Hiseran administration is pleased to announce the start of the Southern Talord Railway Initiative, and the plans for the new lines that are to be made.

The main line of this Initiative, the Marburen-Talord Line, will stretch nearly 40 kilometres. Stretching over 7 stops, the line will travel at a medium speed, serving as an economical but also decently fast line connecting residential areas. The line will start at Marburen, and in the following order will go to Wevthelvord, Eganus, Talunhal, Grevoll, Park De Intrap, and terminate at Talord. This line will not only make the commute between the capital and these cities significantly easier and faster, alleviating traffic, but with also improve local economies by bringing historical tourism and increasing ease of reaching jobs from other cities.

Further reflecting the economic potential of the Intiative, the Slow Coastal Line will stretch 52 kilometres following the coast from Park De Intrap to Pitrin, providing a slow, scenic ride overlooking some of Hisera's most beautiful coastal cities and towns. Starting at Park De Intrap, trains on the line will travel at a leisurely but still swift pace to Talunahaven, known for its historical beach-castles and large waves. The Line then continues on to Azur Plaza, which is famed for its beautiful azure-blue warm bays, before continuing on to Marburen. After a short break at Marburen, the line then continues south to Okneczust Beach, rated 3# most beautiful beach in Hisera, and then to the City of Prettin, known for its rustic architecture and historical re-enactments. After Prettin, the lines continues to the Wootensworth Market Plaza, before finally terminating at Pitrin.

In addition to these lines, the Initiative will listen to the needs of ordinary citizens, many of whom require regular travel from Grenvoll, Talunahaven, and Talunhal to Pitrin, due to the cities extensive industrial base and growing commercial sector. In order to reflect these needs, the Pitrin Express Line, at 31 kilometres in length, will be available to take people nearly straight to Pitrin. Starting at Talunahaven, the line will then go to Talunhal, before leaving at high speeds to the city of Murtow Girin. After stopping at the city, it will then continue south, terminating at Pitrin with no other stops in the way. This line will hopefully greatly shorten travel times to Pitrin from these cities and will alleviate commute times and traffic from these cities.

However, in order to further lower travel times and ensure speedy commutes to cities without unnecessarily long journeys, the Innprettin Junction Connections will be built and used. In partnership with the rural farming town of Innprettin, a Junction line will be created centred in the city, connecting Murtow Girin, Wevthelvord, Prettin, and Wootensworth without requiring journeys to these cities from opposite sides to go all the way around. Not only will this Junction connection greatly lower commute times, but will also turn Innprettin into a local transportation hub, strengthening it's economy and ensuring a better living standard for it's citizens. All in all, these connections will extend for 31 kilometres.

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Industrial Lines

However, if Southern Talord is to grow and prosper economically, railway connections cannot focus solely on commercial connections, but also on the necessary industrial connections for further industrial growth. As such, 2 such lines have been planned out in order to increase the logistical capacity for industry in the region.

Firstly, the Hugengrod Industrial Lines will serve as the main Industrial line for the Southern Talord Region. The first subline, the Talord-Hugengrod Line, will connect the capital of Talord to Hugengrod on an express line, allowing for a much more efficient and speedier movement of workers and personnel. Stretching to 23 kilometres, this connection will serve as the main connection to Hugengrod. The second subline here, the Talunhal-Hugengrod Line, will not only connect the similarly work-hungry city of Talunhal to Hugengrod, but will also allow for an efficient flow of goods between the North Hugen Manufacturing Hub Complex and Hugengrod itself, which will serve to connect the hub to the rest of this part of the region. At 11 kilometres, this line is somewhat shorter. The third subline is the Murtow Girin-Hugengrod Line, which will stretch 13 kilometres and will serve as a vital connection to South-Eastern Talord for Hugengrod Industry and Manufacturing. The Final Subline here is the Hugengrod Connection, which at just 2 km will be a high speed line, allowing for rapid flow of goods, resources and equipment between Hugen Industrial Park, Hugengrod itself, and the North Hugen Manufacturing Hub.

The Second Industrial Line will be the 32 kilometre long, Pitrin-Hugengrod Express Line, which at high speeds, will serve as a secondary connection from Hugengrod to the rest of South-Eastern Talord as well as a direct connection to the ever-growing city of Pitrin, lowering transport costs to the city and helping fuel further development in the city itself due to lower investment costs.

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Total Cost of the Initiative:
Normal Rail:

815.5 Million ADS for 233KM at average cost of 3.5 Million ADS per KM

High Speed Rail:

60 Million ADS for 2KM at approx. cost of 30 Million ADS per KM

All new railways will be owned by State-Owned Company HisRail, with profit dividends to the Pentian State marked out according to the Whedon's Row Agreement as signed on the 22nd of November 2023.

 

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The Mycro-Reion Project - Planned Cities and the Fight Against Homelessness

The Mycro-Reion (My-cro ree-yon) Project, also known as the Micro-Region Project is considered the Magnum Opus of Hiseran Socialist and Urban Planner Mirina Astukowska. In this planned project for the future of Hiseran Urbanism, Astukowska modelled her ideas on three main questions:

  • Environment - How can urban development and expansion by completed with a result of either minimal environmental damage or even environmental resurgence?
  • Human factors - How can a city be modelled with the ultimate goal of serving the residents of the city at all points?
  • Economic feasibility - Can a city be planned to not only serve the people, but to also to not be a sinking cost despite state subsidisation?

In the end, Astukowska's plan resulted in the creation of the Mycro-Reion Project.

The plan consisted of three levels of regions: The Microregion, which would serve as a primary residential district, each being governed by a 'People's Council' instead of the traditional Mayoral Structure; The Municipal Region, which would function as a collective of Microregions, and would be governed by a 'Regional Council' comprised of an elected representative from each Microdistrict in its borders; and the Macroregion, which as a collective of Regions, would be governed by a 'Regional Parliament' composed of the entire Macroregion's Regional Councils. This form of 'Councilar Hierarchy' would serve as the administration for all cities and communities, allowing for much greater self-determination and democracy on the municipal level.

The Project itself however, was strongly based on ideas of Walkability, Green Urbanism, Public Transport Availability and Housing Efficiency, the last part being a direct result of the Homelessness Crisis that has been emerging significantly in the Eastern cities of Hisera over the past few years. Each Microregion would hold many component-based mid-rise residential buildings, allowing for fast fabrication and construction while also providing quality housing for a significant amount of people. While not particularly visually pleasing, these buildings would allow for the fast homing of the nation's many homeless. These mid-rise buildings would then house anywhere between 7,500 and 15,000 people per district. For further justification, Astukowska argued that the beautification of these buildings could wait for better times, while the homeless could not just wait. In addition to this, some other planners argued that by not beautifying these buildings, people would be naturally pushed out of them, resulting in them spending more time in third spaces and socialising.

On the topic of third spaces, Astukowska was a strong proponent of them. In her model, Microregions would be littered with playgrounds, parks, artificial lakes and walking paths. All would be filled with native flora and fauna for the area, and would allow for the keeping of habitats in a manner that also brings joy to people. Commercial zones would also be strategically placed out to allow for easy access by people, with many specialised shops pre-built to allow more amenities to be readily available. Shops such as grocers, cafes, bakeries and other essentials would be given decent stimuli from the government to move in and prepare their shops prior to the arrival of people.

Public transport was also extremely important for Astukowska. In her plans, she dreams of a time when all cities are connected through public transport, to the point where you can get anywhere throughout the nation of free public transport. Railways, buses, metros, trams. All feature heavily in her plans as a means of logistical alternative to cars and trucks which she strongly disliked. "I abhor the increasingly prevalent use of these vehicles in our day-to-day transport. Beyond being a simple sign of the failure of the necessary authorities to invest in public transport, they promote a sort of individualism and separate identity which could very well tear apart the communal spirit which we built in the last few decades." - Mirina Astukowska

Finally, in her planned models, all 152 repeatable designs featured the inclusion of the idea of a 15-minute-city. In her plans, all residential buildings would be able to reach a school, medical facility or other public service with just a 15 minute walk at the longest. This idea, she claimed, would further encourage walking, which she saw as the best form of transport, more so than even public transport. Further accommodations for walking would come in her designs for roads and pavements. Roads would be made to be quite thin which very large pathways, which would not only encourage safer driving from buses, but would also open up a lot more space for trams, as well as mature trees, which would be moved onto these pathways and serve as natural cover and green aura.

The current president is a large fan of this project, and has already given his approval for its implementation in a few trial areas:

- Talord will hold the construction efforts of 5 Microregions, built over the ruins of destroyed estates from the civil war.

- Park De Intrap will hold the construction efforts of 3 Microregions.

- Grenvoll will hold the construction efforts of 10 Microregions, which will be organised into the nation's first ever Municipal Region

- Talunahaven will hold the construction efforts of 6 Microregions.

spacer.pngAerial View of Hisera's first ever Microregion, constructed in Talenar in 2021, by the Astukowska Foundation

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