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Image: Morioka Ward, Umikyo

Ask Hangoku - Flag Referendum Special Edition
07/04/2024

Good evening Hangoku! As speculation over the nation's new flag continues to grow, we decided to ask the people of Hangoku what they thought about the referendum, and what flag they would support!

We asked everyone the same question: What are your thoughts on the referendum, and what flag would want Hangoku to have?

Interview One

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Name: Haruto, Tanaka

Occupation: Game Developer

Background: Grew up in Tetsugawa, studied computer science at the Umikyo Technical University. Haruto landed a job at a prominent game development company in the city.

Response: I think the flag change is an exciting move for Hangoku, the Lotus designs are a great way to both reflect the history and culture of Hangoku! I'll be honest, I don't really have a problem with the current flag, but I think one of the Lotus flags would be more fitting for the nation.

 

Interview Two

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Name: Miyu Fujimoto

Occupation: Marine Biologist

Miyu grew up in Takarajima near the coast, and always had a fascination with the sea. Miyu excelled academically and was given a scholarship to Shiokaze Institute of Technology, where she recieved her docterate studying marine conservation. Miyu returned to Takarajima to work on conservation projects for local marine life.

Response: I admit, I don't really resonate with the need for political symbols on our flag. The neutral flags I think represent Hangoku best! Although honestly, if I could have my way, we should have some sea life on the flag! Hahaha, just a joke of course... unless?

 

Interview Three

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Name: Kenji Watanabe

Occupation: Rice Farmer

Background: Kenji has lived and worked in Kitagishi his entire life, following in his family's agricultural legacy. Today, Kenji has 8 children, 31 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren.

Response: The flag? I don't care what it bloody looks like!

 

Interview Four

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Name: Hiroshi Nakamura

Occupation: Hangoku Ground Defence Force Officer

Background: Hiroshi grew up in an fishing family in Akahama. He left the life of fishing to fight in the second Hangoku civil war. After the war, he joined the newly created HGDF.

Response: During the war, I saw thousands suffer and die to protect the freedoms that came with the flag we currently use, and I know that for many of my fellow brothers and sisters that thought in the war, that many will be against this movement. However, we fought for democracy, and if the public decides that it's time for a new flag, its only right that we let democracy take it's path going forward.

 

Interview Five

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Name: Aiko Yamamoto

Occupation: Shipyard Engineer

Background: Aiko joined the Hangoku Coast Defence Force out of school, where she learned mechanics and engineering. After 8 years, Aiko accepted a role as a senior engineer at the Shiokaze Shipyards.

Response: Under the Kurogane government, we have seen more and more freedoms and welfare stripped from the people, especially those that need it. In the newly created USEA (Umikyo Special Economic Area], companies are frequently being allowed to sacrifice workers rights to create a higher profit magin. I don't agree with it, and I think that we should stop the country moving away from socialism. The flag should stay, or change to something more socialist.

[ OOC: Picture of the city is Kuala Lumpur. Other images generated by ChatGPT ]

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Image: Embassy of Orioni, Megumi Ward, Umikyo

Unrest at the Embassy of Orioni in Umikyo
24/04/2024

Today at 9:00 AM, Protesters assembled at Orient Road and marched to the Embassy of Orioni, where they remained until peacekeepers from the Umikyo Metropolitan Police (UMP) dispersed them in the early afternoon. The Protest turned violent when peacekeepers attempted to arrest a protester, sparking clashes that led many demonstrators to flee. The confrontation lasted approximately 30 minutes, resulting in 29 arrests and three protesters hospitalised.

The UMP has been accused by netizens online of police brutality, with eyewitness videos circulating online depicting a troubling scene of a peacekeeper striking an already downed protester. As of this evening, the Chief of UMP has yet to make a statement regarding the incident.

The protesters were voicing their opposition to perceived Orinese transgressions during the Overthrow of the Velaherian regime. Tensions over the issue further increased on Monday, following Chancellor Kenshin's Monday announcement of the plan to enter Hangoku into the Assembled Nation's peacekeeping and aid mission in Velaheria – an action criticised by some as a betrayal of Velaheria's socialist movement.

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During the protest, a flag proposed as Hangoku's new national symbol by the Socialist Revival Party, was displayed publicly for the first time at a political event. The Leader of the SRP made a comment on the situation an hour after the protest concluded.

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"What we witnessed today on Orient Road is a blatant disregard for our nation's principles of free speech and expression. The unnecessary intervention by the UMP in what was a peaceful demonstration against Orinese imperialism is a clear indication that our current leadership prioritizes foreign alliances over the rights of its citizens."

In response, Chancellor Kenshin defended the police's actions and criticized the protesters for disrupting city activities:

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"This morning's gathering on Orient Road obstructed city workers and residents, transforming a peaceful assembly into a public nuisance. While Hangoku upholds the right to protest, we cannot condone disruptions that infringe on the public's day-to-day life. Additionally, we must remember our historical struggles against tyranny, similar to those faced by Velaharians under the Starinburg regime. It is our responsibility to support the Lily Revolution and assist Velaharians striving for their fundamental rights."

In the aftermath of today's events, security measures have been significantly ramped up near the Orinese Embassy. The Umikyo Metropolitan Police have deployed additional peacekeepers to the area to prevent further disturbances. Hangoku's External Affairs Ministry has expressed its commitment to maintaining diplomatic relations and is actively collaborating with embassy staff to address the fallout from the protest. This incident has not only strained domestic politics but also cast a spotlight on Hangoku's diplomatic stance ahead of the upcoming elections. Local and international observers are closely monitoring the situation, reflecting the broader geopolitical implications of today's protest and Hangoku’s foreign policy decisions concerning Velaheria.

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Image: Wagasaki Indoor Stadium, Akahama City

First round of candidate debates
26/04/2024

With Hangoku's election set for May 30th, the first round of debates between incumbent Chancellor, Kurogane Kenshin of the Centralist Party, facing off against Yamamoto Akira of the Socialist Party. 

Kurogane's party pushes to further stray from Hangoku's socialist policies, and seeks to improve Hangoku's economy by transitioning to services and away from agriculture and manufacturing. Meanwhile, Yamamoto and the Socialist Party seeks to effectively reverse much of the progress made under Kurogane in the last 6 years, bringing Hangoku firmly back into a socialist economy and government. 

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Left: Kurogane Kenshin. Right: Yamamoto Akira.

Tonight's debate, the first in the run-up to the election, will be hosted at the Wagasaki Indoor Stadium in Akahama City. Debates will be held across Hangoku in different cities. Tonight's questions will focus on the connectivity between Hangoku's islands and immigration.

Host: “Thank you, Chancellor and Mr Yamamoto for attending tonight's debate. I'd like to remind you that this is a civil debate, and you will both get a chance to answer the question, and the chance to refute the other's answer. Please do not speak outside your allocated time limit. Tonight's questions have both been selected from viewer suggestions. Let's proceed. For the first question, Chancellor Kurogane shall be answering first. What specific plans do you have to improve infrastructure on Hangoku's six islands to enhance connectivity and economic growth?”

Kurogane: “Our administration has improved, and plans to continue to boost Hangoku's connectivity by investing in the enhancement of highways within the islands. Additionally, investment within the Umikyo Special Economic Area has seen the overhaul of seaports and airports, helping to bolster international trade. Additionally, we're already expanding 4G coverage across Hangoku, with 5G already in parts of central Umikyo. Improving upon Hangoku's physical and digital infrastructure will make Hangoku a hub for further economic growth, and making Hangoku's exports more competitive on the wurld stage.”

Host: “Thank you, Chancellor Kurogane. Now, you may answer, Mr Yamamoto.”

Yamamoto: “We propose a balanced approach to infrastructure, that prioritises sustainable and community focused projects. This includes upgrading local public transportation to reduce Hangoku's carbon footprint, and increasing the accessibility of services across all of Hangoku's islands, especially in rural and underserved areas. Our focus will be on affordable, green technology, ensuring that economic growth does not come at the expense of our environment.”

Host: “Thank you, Mr Yamamoto. Chancellor, your response…”

Kurogane: “Whilst we appreciate and recognise the need for a focus on sustainability, we must also consider our position glubally. Our plans include steps to reduce the impact on the environment, however we must be pragmatic about economic growth and security. Enhancing our connection to the glube is vital for improving Hangoku's economic independence position in the Wurld.”

Host: “Thank you again, Chancellor. Mr Yamamoto…”

Yamamoto: “It is crucial to understand that true independence comes from strong, local economies and communities. Over-reliance on glubal markets will make us vulnerable. We must invest in our people and our land first, ensuring that everyone across Hangoku benefits from growth, not just the major cities and foreign investors. Our approach will build real, lasting property for all of Hangoku to take advantage of.”

Host: “Thank you, Mr Yamamoto. That does it for our first question. We will now be moving onto our second question. This time, Mr Yamamoto shall have the first answer. What changes, if any, do you believe are necessary in our current immigration policy to better address both humanitarian concerns and economic needs?”

Yamamoto: “Our current immigration policy needs to strictly focus on protecting the jobs and cultural heritage of Hangoku by limiting immigration and prioritising job security for our citizens. It is important to consider humanitarian concerns, however we must ensure that any immigration does not undermine our economic independence and social cohesion.”

Host: “Thank you, Mr Yamamoto. Your answer, Chancellor Kurogane.”

Kurogane: “To drive Hangoku forward, we need to work on attracting glubal talent, especially in academia and technology. Controlled immigration policies targeting highly skilled individuals in Umikyo has proved that this kind of immigration can be good for economic growth and innovation in Umikyo and beyond. This approach also supports humanitarian efforts by ensuring that the Hangoku economy remains capable of supporting those in need.”

Host: “Thank you, Chancellor Kurogane. Over to you, Mr Yamamoto…”

Yamamoto: “We must not lose sight of Hangoku's strong, unique culture and social fabric. By opening our borders too widely, especially in high-impact areas like Umikyo, we risk diluting our traditions and straining already struggling social services. We should remain focused on strengthening our nation from within, not depending on external solutions.”

Host: “Thank you, Mr Yamamoto. Chancellor Kurogane, your response…”

Kurogane: “Embracing a controlled and strategic approach to immigration will not only bring economic benefits, but will also enrich our cultural landscape. By welcoming other cultures with open arms, we not only create a diverse economy, but help to foster a friendly relation with the rest of the Wurld, transforming Umikyo into a city where anyone of any race or culture may feel safe.”

Host: “Thank you, both. That brings an end to tonight's election debate. Make sure to stay tuned for further sessions as we approach the election period.”

Following the debate, many netizens took to the digital streets of Wittier to announce their thoughts on the debate, with some calling Yamamoto Akira a 'racist', and others claiming Kurogane wants to sell the country to the highest bidder. 

Continue to follow Hangoku's election story, we will be back soon with a new debate!

[ OOC : Do you have a question you want to see them answer? Feel free to DM it to me on discord, and maybe it will make it into one of the debate sessions! ]

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Image: Nago Community Hall, Nago City

Second round of candidate debates
29/04/2024

Following on from last weeks debate, we have just concluded the second debate in the runup to the 2024 election! Today, the candidates visited one of Hangoku's smallest cities, Nago, in Takarajima Prefecture in Hangoku's outer islands. The debate hall, once a former school, is the largest communal hall in the city, with a population just under 10'000. As with Hangoku's previous two elections, the locations of debates are selected from random of Hangoku's cities, to ensure that debates don't only happen in Hangoku's core regions. Residents of the host city and surrounding towns are given priority for aqcuiring tickets to attend the debate, however due to the limited size of the venue, there was only room for 35 citizens to attend.

Today's debate had 3 questions, with one question coming from Roiters, which marked the first time a foreign news company has been permitted to attend an election date.

Lets have a look at today's questions, and the candidates answers!

How do your policies specifically address the concerns and aspirations of Hangoku's younger generations, particularly regarding employment and education opportunities?

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Yamamoto: "We plan to establish more equitable educational facilities across all of Hangoku's islands, not just in Umikyo. This will ensure that every child, regardless of their location, has access to high-quality education and opportunities."

Kurogane: "We are focusing on fortifying our existing institutions in Umikyo to make them centers of excellence, which will attract students and educators from across Hangoku and the glube, elevating our entire educational system."

Yamamoto: "Concentrating resources in Umikyo only exacerbates regional disparities. We cannot allow the rural areas to lag behind, waiting for 'trickle-down' educational benefits that may never come."

Kurogane: "By developing wurld-class educational facilities in Umikyo, we create a magnet for glubal talent and investment, which in turn drives up standards across the country. This is a proven model for boosting national educational outcomes."

How do you view the relationship between economic policies and national security, and what steps will you take to ensure Hangoku remains secure?

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Kurogane: "Our focus is on expanding our shipbuilding capabilities in Umikyo, selling ships internationally, which will fund advancements in our military and commercial fleets, securing our economic and defense interests."

Yamamoto: "We aim to set up worker cooperatives to produce locally made small arms, fostering self-reliance and creating jobs. This initiative not only strengthens our defense but also builds a new export sector."

Kurogane: "glubal ship sales not only finance our naval upgrades but also strengthen our international ties and economic position. Focusing solely on small arms limits our broader strategic capabilities."

Yamamoto: "Relying on international sales of ships places us at the mercy of glubal market fluctuations. We need to invest in sustainable, local production that guarantees both security and jobs."

What specific initiatives will you implement to boost development in rural areas of Hangoku, which may be lagging behind urban centres?

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Yamamoto: "We propose significant investment in underdeveloped areas using profits from industries in the rest of Hangoku. This direct investment strategy ensures that no part of Hangoku is left behind in our development plans."

Kurogane: "Our investments in Umikyo's economy are designed to create wealth that will naturally flow into rural areas, enhancing the entire nation's economic fabric without need for direct redistribution."

Yamamoto: "Waiting for wealth to trickle down from Umikyo has not worked. Direct investment is the only way to ensure that rural areas receive the attention they desperately need."

Kurogane: "History shows that bolstering our economic centers drives growth more efficiently than piecemeal regional investments. Strengthening Umikyo's economy is the best way to raise all of Hangoku."

[ OOC : Special thanks to @Orioni for today's questions! ]

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Image: Seikyo Civic Hall, Seikyo Ward

Third round of candidate debates

10/05/2024

Today's debate is the first to take place within the Umikyo Special Economic Area. Seikyo Ward, formaly Sekiyo City, is the USEA's 12th Special Ward and the administrative centre of Hanasui Prefecture. The city is home to the most visited tourist site in Hangoku, Seikyo Castle, which dates back to the 12th century.

Today's debate will proceed differently, with candidates allowed more of a 'freestyled' response to questions, allowing for more discussion.

How will your administration tackle arising digital issues, such as cyberbullying, trolling, hacking and other online issues that have been steadily increasing more and more Hangoku people each year?

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Yamamoto: "While your focus on legal frameworks is commendable, it overlooks the essential preventive measures. We can't just legislate our way out of digital issues. Comprehensive digital education is the foundation that your approach misses, and without it, we're merely applying band-aids to deeper societal wounds."

Kurogane: "Prevention is an ideal, but we live in the real wurld where immediate and decisive action is required. Your educational initiatives sound good on paper, but they fall short in swift conflict resolution and protection against the evolving threats that Hangoku faces today."

Yamamoto: "Immediate actions that lack a preventive backbone are short-sighted. By focusing solely on punitive measures, you risk creating an environment of fear rather than safety. Our approach builds a resilient digital culture from the ground up, which is something punitive measures alone will never achieve."

Kurogane: "And yet, your approach could leave us vulnerable in the short term. We cannot afford the luxury of time that your educational programs require. By strengthening our laws and investing in cutting-edge cybersecurity, we ensure Hangoku's immediate and future safety."

Yamamoto: "It’s precisely this kind of 'immediate safety' rhetoric that can lead to overreach and infringe on personal freedoms. We need to balance security and privacy with thoughtful consideration, not rush to implement measures that might later haunt us."

Kurogane: "Let's be clear, ensuring our nation’s cybersecurity is not 'overreach.' It is our duty. Your reluctance to enhance legal measures and technology use might leave Hangoku exposed to threats that do not wait for us to educate everyone."

Yamamoto: "Educating the populace is not a delay tactic; it's an investment in a sustainable future. You seem to prioritize immediate gratification over long-term stability, which could potentially lead to draconian measures under the guise of protection."

Kurogane: "Your idealism is admirable but impractical. We're tasked with the protection of Hangoku today, not just tomorrow. Balancing educational initiatives with strong legal protections isn't overreach—it’s responsible governance."

How will you promote sports in Hangoku?

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Kurogane: "Elevating Hangoku's presence in the sports wurld requires strategic investments in top-tier teams and facilities. By funding big teams and enhancing their capabilities, we can showcase Hangoku's athletic talent on the glubal stage, boosting national pride, interest in sports and attracting international recognition."

Yamamoto:"While elite sports have their place, we must not neglect grassroots development. Investing in school sports facilities across the country ensures that every child has access to sports and physical education, promoting healthy lifestyles and social cohesion."

Kurogane: "But elite sports also serve as inspiration for young athletes. By supporting top-tier teams, we motivate aspiring athletes to strive for excellence, fostering a culture of achievement and dedication."

Yamamoto:"True inspiration comes from inclusivity. By investing in school sports facilities, we empower all children, regardless of background or ability, to discover their passion for sports and pursue their dreams."

Kurogane: "However, without investment in elite sports, we risk falling behind on the glubal stage. Hangoku's success in international competitions not only boosts national pride but also attracts investment and tourism, driving economic growth."

Yamamoto: "Economic growth should not come at the expense of social equality. By prioritizing grassroots sports, we promote fairness and inclusivity, ensuring that everyone has the opportunity to participate and benefit from the joys of sports."

Next week's debate is set to focus on questions regarding the future of Hangoku's foreign policy. Additionally, we will be releasing a special segment on the 3 other minor parties, that will be included in next weeks debate. Kurogane's party is already set to win the majority vote in the polls and a coalition government is unlikely, however the number of seats minor parties are able to grab can still have a sizable impact on Hangoku politics.

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Image: SDP Party Headquarters, Umikyo Ward

Yamamoto Akira denounces the radical socialist movement

17/05/2024

In a move that shocked both centralists and socialists, SDP leader Yamamoto Akira made a speach this morning, denouncing the radical socialist movement. Yamamoto stated that, whilst the benefits of socialism far outweigh those of capitalism, the role of independent, but regulated, businesses will play a huge role in Hangoku's future, and that a return to outright state ownership of all industries is not viable. Yamamoto closed the speach, reinforcing the need to protect Hangoku's local businesses through strong anti monopoly and protectionist laws.

Political experts believe that Yamamoto gave the speach to try and shorten the gap between incumbant Chancellor Kurogane's Centralist party, in an attempt to attract a larger share of the voting polpulation currently in between both parties. However, some have stated that it may make the party's image look weak, and potentially make many within the SDP doubt in Yamamoto's leadership and ideals.

What is the SDP?

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The Socialist Democracy Party, or SDP, is the largest left-wing party in Hangoku. It started as a liberty movement in the late 1960s, and stood for introducing democratic ideas and worker rights to Hangoku, which had been under autocratic rule under the Tengoku Dynasty since 1821. The party was largely responsible for starting the Hangoku Liberation War, following the violent suppression of a peaceful protest held by the SDP in 1976. The SDP were victorious, and established the Hangoku Interrim Government in 1980, until the Hangoku Constitution was created and ratified in 1986, officially creating the Democratic People's Republic of Hangoku. Since the incorporation of the new republic, the SDP held the seat of power until in 2018, Kurogane Kenshin's Centralist party grasped the election with just over 80 thousand votes more.

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The SDP's old logo (1967 - 2006)

The current SDP leader, Yamamoto Akira, is a former Vice Admiral in the Hangoku Coast Guard, until 2006, when he was chosen to serve as the Minister of Defence, until his government was outed in 2018. Yamamoto, despite his military background, is a staunch pacifist, and strongly opposes the current planned military expension plans by the current administration. He aims to reverse many of the steps the current government has taken away from socialism, by instituting protectionist trade laws. Yamamoto believes in a balanced approach to growth, with many of his policies aiming to invest in all areas of Hangoku, especially where investment has been lacking in the past 6 years.

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A political compass chart roughly showing the SDP's stance.

With Mr Yamamoto's announcement this morning, it is currently unsure as to the SDP's chances of winning the election. 2018 saw the lowest voter turnout in Hangoku's history, and it is thought that up to 4 million pro-socialists did not vote due to the belief that the SDP would win. Due to these factors, it is expected for the election on May 30th to be extremely close, with the possibility of a coalition government growing more each week.

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The political parties of Hangoku

The Centralists

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The Centralists advocate for a balanced approach to governance, integrating elements from various political ideologies to create a pragmatic and stable government. However, they lean more towards authoritarian measures, believing that a strong central authority is essential for maintaining order and implementing effective policies. Their economic philosophy is rooted in trickle-down economics, emphasizing that providing economic benefits and incentives to the wealthy, such as tax cuts and deregulation, will eventually benefit the entire country through increased investment, business expansion, and higher wages for workers.

In terms of infrastructure, the Centralists focus on enhancing connectivity within Hangoku by investing in highways, seaports, and airports, particularly in the Umikyo Special Economic Area. They also prioritize expanding 4G and 5G coverage to make Hangoku a hub for economic growth and competitive exports. Kurogane believes that bolstering economic centers like Umikyo will drive national growth more efficiently than direct regional investments, creating wealth that will naturally flow into rural areas.

The Centralists also see a strong relationship between economic policies and national security. They plan to expand shipbuilding capabilities in Umikyo to fund advancements in military and commercial fleets, securing Hangoku's economic and defense interests. Kurogane's administration is focused on attracting glubal talent, particularly in academia and technology, to drive economic growth and innovation while maintaining controlled immigration policies.

The Socialist Democracy Party

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The Socialist Democracy Party (SDP) promotes a form of socialism that emphasises a strong welfare state designed to reduce economic inequality and provide comprehensive social services to all citizens. The SDP, led by Yamamoto, advocates for increased taxes on foreign corporations operating within Hangoku and supports local businesses through protectionist policies. Their vision includes the introduction of universal healthcare, substantial public investment in infrastructure, and a revewable energy scheme to create a sustainable and equitable society.

Yamamoto and the SDP's approach to infrastructure focuses on sustainable, community-centred projects, upgrading local public transportation, and increasing accessibility of services across all of Hangoku's islands. The SDP stresses the importance of equitable development, ensuring that rural and underserved areas recieve the attention they need. The SDP plans to establish more educational facilities across Hangoku, to provide high-quality education and opportunities for all children.

In terms of national security and economic policies, the SDP aims to set up more worker cooperatives to produce locally made small arms, fostering self-reliance and creating jobs. They believe in investing in sustainable local production to ensure both security and job creation, reducing reliance on glubal market fluctuations. Yamamoto's administration advocates for direct investment in underdeveloped areas, using profits from industries in other parts of Hangoku to ensure balanced growth and prevent regional disparities.

The SDP's immigration policy focuses on protecting jobs and cultural heritage by limiting immigration and prioritizing job security for citizens. However, they also acknowledge humanitarian concerns, aiming to balance these with economic needs without compromising social cohesion. Yamamoto believes that true independence comes from strong local economies and communities, investing in people and land first to build lasting prosperity for all of Hangoku.

Rural Hangoku Party

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Over the last six years, the Rural Hangoku Party (RHP) has seen a considerable increase in support, particularly from farmers, fishers and those living in rural areas who feel neglected by the current government. The RHP campaigns for more funding to be allocated to rural communities, claiming that these areas are essential to Hangoku's food security and cultureal heritage. They emphasise the protection and recitalisation of the agricultural sector, which has been shrinking under The Centralists, who have prioritised Urban and industrial development. 

The RHP's platform mainly includes higher subsidies for farmers, investment in rural infrastructure such as roads and internet connectivity, and programs to support young people and families in rural areas. They advocate for sustainable farming practices and local food systems, seeking to ensure that rural regions thrive both economically and socially.

The Young Party

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The Young Party (TYP) is a small yet vocal aprty that has gained a dedicating following through it's revanchist and far-right policies. TYP is known for it's xenophobia, advocating for strict immigration controls, and policies that favour native citizens over foreigners. Their rallies often feature inflammatory rhetoric, leading to frequent shutdowns by authorities due to concerns over hate speech. Despite this, these actions have only served to galvanise supporters, who view the crackdowns as evidence of governmental overreach and suppression of free speech.

TYP seek the full reinstatement of the monarchy, with the belief that only the imperial family has the divine right to rule the nation. They believe that a return to monarchial rule would restore national pride and traditional values, which they claim have been eroded by modern democratic governance. 

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[ OOC: Election results should be posted on June 1st. I'm feeling mega unmotivating to do anything at the moment, so in the case that I don't post the results on the 1st, it will still be roleplayed that they are released on the 1st IC. ]

 

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Image: Mikochi National Parliament, Seikyo Ward

SDP-Ruralist coalition wins the Mikochi general election

1/06/2024

Following a heated election campaign, the SDP managed to beat the Centralists by over 2 million votes, however a strong turnout for the Rural Mikochi Party managed to bring the SDP under the needed votes for a majority, bringing in the first coalition governent in Mikochi's history, between the Ruralists and SDP.

The SDP and Ruralists hold a total of 195 seats - 65% of the Mikochi parliament, with the Centralists holding 94 seats and the Young Party winning 11 seats.

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Chancellor-elect Yamamoto is expected to make a speech and reveal his cabinet in the coming days.

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The Ruralists recieved more than double what their expected vote was - likely due to the fact that rural communities are less represented in online polls.

Despite their loss, the Centralists gained more votes in 2024 than they gained in the 2018 election, which only had a 23% voter turnout.

Whilst the SDP has many policies that overlap with the interests of the Ruralists, the SDP may have to appease the Ruralists by prioritising Rural affairs if they wish to recieve support in Parliament for many of their other planned policies.

The Young Party managed to recieve 11 seats - more than the predicted 2 seats they would gain. It is likely that internet-clout has played a huge role in TYP's popularity.

Statistics:

SDP : 8,135,847 (44.3%) - 133 Seats

Centralists : 5,726,796 (31.2%) - 94 Seats

Rural Party : 3,783,886 (20.6%) - 62 Seats

Young Party : 714,199 (3.9%) - 11 Seats

Total Votes: 18,364,728 (58.83% voter turnout)

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