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    Some of you might be familiar with the games I made on the Archive Forums.

    http://archive.ninjakiwi.com/Forum/s...reator-Project

    There's one of them. Read if interested, but don't worry, I'll provide everything we need here. A nice little RPG for us to play.

    ~~~

    The year is 2200. The world, on a map, looks not much changed than it did at the start of the millennium. Though the inevitable minor skirmishes and armed standoffs have occurred, the world has been largely at peace for the past two centuries. This has meant great advances in technology - medical, communications, computing. (And despite the peace, weapons too.) A prosperous international settlement on Mars is well-established, one of many of the rejuvenated efforts to explore space. Perhaps most impressively, massive global cooperative efforts have kept climate change to manageable levels, and environmental technology continues to help out.

    But beneath the surface lie tensions everywhere. The "New Nationalism" of the early 21st century never died as people thought it would, instead boiling over and pushing the world's politics to the right. The flames of old disputes are fueled by nationalist strong-man leaders everywhere... a little spark could lead to war.

    This is the situation on January 1st, 2200.

    On January 2nd, the situation grows about ten orders of magnitude more complicated. For something new enters the equation - something powerful. Hyperintelligent AIs. Seemingly out of nowhere, they emerge and... instead of immediately taking over the world as everyone expects, go to the sides of various world leaders, promising assistance. The world is astounded, but what could this mean for the fragile peace?

    ~~~

    So here's the gist. You're a world leader at the start of 2200. And at your side lies an unimaginably powerful adviser, weapon, assistant... your country's very own AI. It can perform calculations and streamline tasks with effortless efficiency, tapping the connected world's networks with ease. Perhaps the only entity that can match it is another AI.

    Despite this, it wouldn't do to simply put a computer program in charge. Nobody wants to take orders from a disembodied electronic voice. And that's why you're here.

    ~~~

    Country Selection: Each of the spoiler nests below contains a bit of country and head-of-state information. Choose wisely - you'll be controlling that head of state (and hence the respective country), with the assistance of the corresponding AI.

    The Americas:
    Canada:

    Leader: Prime Minister Nathaniel Martinson
    Next Election: 2202 (4 year cycle, no term limit, based on Parliament)

    Canada watched with concern as their old American ally began to cloister itself away behind the defenses of its massive military. But when the extremist America First Party began calling for a coerced merger with Canada, the Canadian government knew they could not sit by and let things stay the way they were. And so Canadian diplomats worked tirelessly day and night, securing Canada a unique place as America's only ally. With vast resource reserves still untapped, largely uninhabited lands open for terrascaping, Canada's position seems secure.

    But not all Canadians are content with being "America's sidekick," so to speak. Enticing offers have come from both sides of the sea... from the Russians, and from the French and Germans, all of whom would love the opportunity to gain an ally in the notoriously isolated Americas. Canada must choose wisely, but if it does, it may assert itself as the new power of the Americas.


    United States of America - Mk 214 EX:

    Leader: President James R. Frazier (Republican Party)
    Next Election: 2200 (4 year cycle, 2 term limit, incumbent eligible for reelection)

    The United States, after a tiring amount of global peacekeeping, slowly began to withdraw inward. The term of President Trump in the early 21st century marked the start of a period of political turmoil... with the now strongly-nationalist Republican Party claiming victory. This led to a long stream of increasingly-conservative governments. Now, elections are contested between the Republican Party and the yet-more nationalist and extremist America First Party, with the remnants of the old Democratic Party putting up a token candidate every election cycle.

    The United States's foreign relations are limited in scope. The traditional alliance with Canada remains, along with close ties to China. The complicated history of American-Russian relations has not changed one iota, still with no clear resolution. Illegal immigration is not a major issue and has not been for decades; despite this, AFP candidates rail on against Mexico. Other than that, the US does not prioritize foreign relations, relying instead on its massive and advanced military to speak for it.


    Unitary Republic of Mexico:

    Leader: President Javier Romero
    Next Election: 2204 (6 year cycle, 2 term limit, incumbent eligible for reelection)

    Mexico and the United States of America had always had their share of disputes ever since both countries were independent. But upon the rise of the nationalist Republicans and America Firsters in America, relations worsened precipitously. When the first AFP president of the United States actually made good on the old promise to exert trade pressure on Mexico, the Mexican people cried out in outrage. With nearly unanimous support, the Mexican government centralized and underwent the now-famous "Endureciendo" - literally "toughening up" movement. Mexico cut the flow of resources into the United States, dealing a hefty blow to its economy. Then Mexico sought economic accommodations with China, and... under the table, Russia as well. Suddenly, they did not seem so vulnerably.

    Though Central America and Colombia are strongly aligned with the Unitary Republic, Mexico still stands in the middle of a massive game of tug-of-war between three of the world's great powers - Russia, China, and the USA. Which side will they favor? Will they be able to right American injustices from so long ago? Only time will tell.


    South American Defense Commission:

    Leader: Director Valentina Espinoza
    Successor: Deputy Director Victor Tenorio

    The Defense Commission is somewhat unique among the world's powers in that it does not quite fit the traditional definition of a nation-state. Like Europe, South America had a supranational organization of its own - the Union of South American Nations. But unlike the European Union, this group found itself pushed together rather than torn apart. The catalyst - none other than Brazil, who withdrew from the league upon the violent military coup d'etat there in 2079. Four years later, the newly formed Imperial State of Brazil threatened the Union with war over Uruguay, a territory that was "historically theirs". The Union centralized, forming the Defense Commission for an explicit military purpose - protection against the Brazilians.

    The Defense Commission encompasses all of South America sans Colombia, Guyana, and Suriname (in the Brazilian sphere), and Colombia (the so-called "Switzerland of South America".) It is relatively sealed off from the rest of the world, choosing instead to focus every effort on containing the Brazilian threat.


    Imperial State of Brazil:

    Leader: Emperor Gabriel II of the House of Silva
    Heir Apparent: Prince Miguel of the House of Silva

    At the turn of the millennium, Brazil's future seemed promising - a rising economy, set to join the ranks of the world's most developed powers. But trouble brewed under the surface. Corruption trials were only the beginning as more and more scandals wracked the Brazilian government, whose control over the country slipped - and with it went Brazil's economy and prosperous times. The state slowly rotted, declining all while being choked by the Union of South American Nations in Buenos Aires. In 2079, the military, with widespread popular support, deposed the government. A cadet branch of the old royal family of the Empire of Brazil was located, and the Imperial State came into being.

    But Brazil was no longer in the position to dominate South America as they once were. Though the new imperial government consolidated control quickly, much damage had already been done. An attempt to exert hegemony over the continent ended in disaster and the rise of the South American Defense Commission - Brazil's nemesis. Still, Brazil's potential remains largely untapped... and if the Emperor plays his cards well, the coming days may see a South America united under the Brazilian flag.


    Republic of Colombia:

    Leader: President Tomas de Mendoza
    Next Election: 2202 (4 year cycle, no term limit)

    Colombia, once looked down upon by its peers, rose as the sole bastion of freedom in South America. While the rest of the continent bowed down to either the militaristic Defense Commission or the autocratic Brazilians, Colombia went its own way - something achievable because, unlike every other nearby country, Colombia successfully sought outside help. An alliance with Mexico and its entourage of loyal Central American republics not only dissuaded attack but actually brought in the Russian Union State to Colombia's aid - a partnership that neither of the South American power blocs were keen to disturb.

    Colombia, free of the stifling governments that bind the rest of the continent, has one of the most open and trade-oriented economies left in the world. Cooperation with Mexico and Russia gives access to top-grade weapons and other technologies, which allow the Colombians to survive even in the face of the two South American megastates and their vastly higher populations.


    Europe:
    French Sixth Republic:

    Leader: President Marie-Claire Noir
    Next Election: 2202 (5 year cycle, no term limit)

    A brief military coup in the mid-2100s led to the (very temporary) fall of the French Fifth Republic. Though order was swiftly restored, the government decided to nonetheless change its official name. The tide of New Nationalism had swept over France, as well. Yet the French nationalists who ultimately took control of the government did not oppose the European Union as expected, instead seeking to master it and bring it under effective French hegemony. Where other countries saw stagnation from isolation, France built up and prospered. Now, it is the perennial rival of Germany for EU dominance.

    Modern France maintains cordial but limited relations with most of the world, being closer than average to the neighboring Benelux Union. As of late, French presidents have made it something of a project to try and woo Britain back into the EU, perhaps to stack more counterbalances against Germany. The Italian-French relationship is an unsteady one, with periods of close cooperation punctuated by sharp instances of diplomatic tension.


    Federal Kingdom of Spain:

    Leader: King Felipe IX of the House of Bourbon
    Heir Presumptive: Princess Lucia of the House of Bourbon

    As other nations moved toward right-wing, authoritarian democracy, Spain seemed to go in... its own direction, instead strengthening its monarch. The Spanish parliament created a constitutional monarchy dominated by monarchy, to the bewilderment of all. Yet over time, international observers realized that the Spanish monarchy was just another conduit for nationalism, no different from the nationalist parties of other countries.

    As it stands, Spain is an important player in EU politics, tending to side with the Germans on most issues. The continued British ownership of Gibraltar is also a great national sore spot. France's warmth toward Britain has undoubtedly won them no favors with the Spanish people. The most extreme call for war with the British-French menace, but this would be hopeless... or would it?


    United Kingdom of Britain and Ireland - Dr Lord Evilstein:

    Leader: Prime Minister Oliver Bell
    Next Election: 2202 (5 year cycle, no term limit, based on Parliament)

    In yet another of the 22nd century's bizarre and tumultuous political reshufflings, Ireland reached an accommodation with the United Kingdom, or what was left of it, at least. In the wake of New Nationalism's rise in the UK, Scotland had long since passed a referendum to leave and entered in the EU. Nonetheless, Ireland was once again under the Crown, spurred by a seemingly-bizarre rise in Unionist sentiments. The new country, though still smarting from the loss of Scotland, now wielded a sizable population and a developed economy to back it.

    Having exited the European Union, the UK experienced something of a disconnect from continental affairs. For many decades, hostilities were directed toward Scotland and occasionally the Nordic Union over various maritime disputes. But upon the rise of the nationalist parties in France and Germany, the United Kingdom was approached by envoys from both of the feuding nationalist republics, each hoping to bring the UK back into the EU... on their side. And now... they have made their decision, coming down firmly on the French side.


    Republic of Scotland:

    Leader: President Hamilton McCarthy
    Next Election: 2200 (4 year cycle, 2 term limit, incumbent ineligible for reelection)

    Near the start of the millennium, Scotland held a referendum to leave the United Kingdom. This failed by the slimmest of margins. A few years later, spurred by frustration over the infamous "Brexit" movement, a second independence referendum succeeded. In many ways, Scotland became a successor to the "old United Kingdom". Politically, Scottish liberalism was reminiscent of how Britain once functioned. And, in a more concrete sense, Scotland also retained the British seat in the European Union, becoming a full-fledged member state.

    Relations with the new United Kingdom are icy and have been for decades. France is a surprisingly solid friend, and Scotland tends to lean France's way in disputes with Germany. Interestingly enough, the Republic of Scotland has famously friendly relations with the Nordic Union, despite the states landing on opposite sides of the France-Germany divide in the EU. Recent disputes have seen something of a policy shift toward Germany...


    Benelux Union - RaPiDJazZ:

    Leader: Prime Minister Pierre van der Heiden
    Next Election: 2202 (5 year cycle, no term limit, based on Parliament)

    The nations of the Benelux - Belgium, the Netherlands, and Luxembourg - had long cooperated closely. But in the late 21st century, unification became a real possibility, with the help of an enigmatic American named Matthew Enfield. Soon after, the three culturally-close states unified into the Benelux Union. Despite its small size, the Benelux is quite wealthy, with economic clout and several large corporations. At first, it was feared that the French-German-Dutch culture clash would tear the Union apart. However, sooner than most people expected, a unique Beneluxian culture emerged, uniting the people as one.

    The Union has always been among the more moderate of the world's powers, falling less into the clutches of the New Nationalist movement. The Beneluxians are perhaps the staunchest French allies when it comes to EU politics, which has led to a burning dislike of neighboring Germany.

    Prime Minister van der Heiden, a Dutch-born centrist leader, has led the Union with great competence thus far. He has made great strides across the societal board, with various developmental projects that have been very well received. That being said, van der Heiden's true vision is a much more controversial one than would be expected of the Dutch moderate. Proud of his heritage, the Prime Minister's secret ambition is to conduct land reclamation projects like the ones the Dutch once pioneered - but on a much greater scale, fueled by modern technology.


    Swiss Confederation:

    Leader: Council President Eliana Henninger
    Next Election: 2203 (Swiss Federal Council system - President rotates among Council every year, which is re-elected every 4 years)

    When the French-German rivalry began to heat up, it seemed like war in Europe was a real possibility. But even as the public called for their enemies to be punished, neither the French President nor the German Chancellor truly wanted conflict. A major point of contention was the EU's capital city of Brussels now lying in the France-leaning Benelux. When disputes over the necessity of neutrality heated up, the European powers turned to the continent's most famously neutral country - the Swiss Confederation. After much negotiation, Basel, a city at the intersection of France, Germany, and Switzerland, was ceded, and became the official capital of the European Union. Its location and Switzerland's utter commitment to neutrality in European affairs have kept European diplomats safe from the assassination attempts and wild plots that plagued them earlier.

    Switzerland is in an odd place. It is not even a member state - and yet it is the seat of power in the European Union. That Switzerland (and Basel especially) must be kept safe is perhaps the only thing the French and Germans agree on. That being said, Switzerland maintains cordial relations with all its neighbors, while quietly being armed to the teeth. Any attempt to threaten the heart of Europe is sure to meet massive retaliation not only from the elite Swiss armed forces, but from the German and French military juggernauts as well.


    Federal Republic of Germany:

    Leader: Interim Chancellor Axel Hohenzollern
    Next Election: 2201 (4 year cycle, no term limit)

    At first, the stigma against nationalism kept Germany on its centrist-liberal path, not swaying even as nationalism overtook the nations surrounding. But slowly, as new generations came along, the German people forgot. Silver-tongued nationalist politicians coaxed Germany ever farther to the right. Much like their French counterparts, they spoke of the EU not as a detestable set of restrictions, but rather something to master. The most extreme spoke of a new Holy Roman Empire - a tool for German dominance of Europe.

    Relations with France are terrible, and have been for some time. The British distrust Germany as well, though their dislike is not so prominent as in France. Spain is a reliable ally, and independent Scotland continues to warm to the German faction. The Italians are an occasional ally and occasional opponent, with their position unclear.

    Past Leaders:
    - Reinhardt Heisenberg (2193-2200) (assassinated)


    Roman Republic of Italy:

    Leader: First Consul Esmeralda Armata
    Next Election: 2200 (8 year cycle, no term limit)

    The New Nationalist movement was unusually well-received in Italy - perhaps unsurprising for a region with such a long legacy and history. Yet everyone was surprised when the new government chose to invoke the name of ancient Rome when they took power. Immediately, promises of glory and renewed power were made. Despite this, the higher-ups in the government know. Italy's position as it stands is simply too weak to fulfill such promises. Trapped between the titans of Germany and France, Italy does not yet have the power to achieve its goals... though this may change in the days to come.

    Italy, despite the brash promises of its nationalist leaders, still remains a part of the European Union. It tends to flip-flop between supporting the German side and the French side, based on whatever seems to make the most sense at the time. As of late, it has been leaning towards the Germans... though this remains nebulous and indecisive.


    Nordic Union - big guy:

    Leader: Chairman Esko Haagensen
    Next Election: 2202 (4 year cycle, no term limit, selected by Nordic Council)

    The concept of cooperation between Nordic countries dates back to the Second World War. For quite some time, the Nordic Council was the vehicle through which this was achieved. The social democracies of the north prospered together, following similar but separate paths. But as the decades went on, a combination of factors began slowly but surely chipping away at their prosperity. And so, Northern Europe's leaders sought a new way forward - and so the Nordic Union was born. Originally a pact between Sweden and Norway, Finland, Denmark, and Iceland joined soon after. And after some deliberation, the Estonian aspiration of being considered Nordic was also achieved. The Union became a far-reaching power to be reckoned with.

    The Nordic Union's status in the EU is a peculiar one. It is not, technically speaking, a member state. Yet Nordic "observers" are present at every major decision-making meeting. And in those affairs, the Union tends to lean strongly toward Germany rather than France. Relations with the United Kingdom are perpetually chilly. Perhaps unsurprisingly, relations with the Republic of Scotland are warm and friendly. Russia looms as well, though they seem occupied in the east and south... for now.


    Polish Commonwealth:

    Leader: President Gabriel Roznowski
    Next Election: 2202 (5 year cycle, 2 term limit, incumbent eligible for reelection)

    Poland has a long and proud history. Centuries ago, the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth dominated Central and Eastern Europe. In their heyday, Polish hussars crushed Germans, Turks, and Russians alike. But over time, the state's prosperity faltered, ending in partition between the surrounding Prussians, Russians, and Austrians - the start of a cycle of suffering that would not truly end until after World War II. But Poland emerged, battered but not broken. Through grit and force of will, Poland grew, reclaiming its legacy piece by piece.

    Now, Poland stands at the head of an immensely powerful bloc in the EU. Enormously close ties are held with Lithuania and the remaining independent part of Ukraine. Latvia, Hungary, Czechia, and Slovakia are firmly in the Polish circle as well. Attempts to reach out to the Balkans more have... mostly failed. The Polish bloc has historically stood by Germany strongly in EU affairs. However, recent disputes over Germany's opposition to Polish ambitions for a more binding federation of the Commonwealth and its allies have led to tensions. With Russia lurking in the east (though it remains friendly for now), some Polish leaders have called for a shift in European loyalties...


    Russian Union State - Gordyman:

    Leader: Premier Isaak Leonidov
    Successor: Vice-Chairman Pyotr Kirsanov

    It has been said that the Russian nation is simply not one suited for traditional democracy. Starting in the 21st century, this notion was proven effectively true. Russia was arguably at the forefront of the New Nationalist movement, often encouraging the nationalist right in other countries through various forms of intervention. Their foreign policy turned expansionist in a way not seen since the Soviet era. Only pressure from East Asia succeeded in slowing the Russian juggernaut, although Belarus and Russian-speaking Ukraine were lost in the process, along with many of the frozen conflict zones around the Caucasus.

    Russia is in an odd position on the global stage. Their military is powerful, on the level of the mighty US and China. Relations with the nationalist democracies of the world are unpredictable... fluctuating greatly. Recently, the EU has been more hostile than friendly, while Poland and the Baltic republics have been generally cooperative. Nonetheless, Russia's vast connections and resources make it one of the nations most likely to be embroiled if (or when) conflict breaks out.


    East Asia:
    Divine State of Japan - BDDPPP:

    Leader: Emperor Kinzo (regnal name: Hinode)
    Heir Apparent: Crown Prince Takuro

    Much like their Russian rivals, Japan was sliding to the right long before the full force of the New Nationalist movement hit. With the United States's attention turned inward in the mid-21st century, Japan's legislature cast off the shackles of the old postwar constitution. Gone were the restrictions on Japanese military forces. With this came another imperial restoration - the emperor became more than a spiritual figurehead. Yet the ambitious new government immediately ran into roadblocks. The Russian Union State in the north would not tolerate stepping out of line. Meanwhile, the unified Korea to the west was nothing to be sneezed at either, and the Chinese juggernaut remained as always. And so Japan waited patiently, waiting for a time to strike...

    Japan is in a precarious position. Though there are no true existential threats to the country, there are potential enemies all around. Old grudges and disputes means that Japan must look elsewhere for friends - across the Pacific, perhaps, or to southeast Asia.

    Compared to his predecessors, the Emperor is a much warmer figure. His ultimate goal is peace, but he does not hesitate to engage in the military expansion and Realpolitik Japan needs to survive with the constantly looming threat of the Korean Navy and the Russians. Widely liked by the people, the Emperor only wishes to see peace for the country he loves.


    United Republic of Korea:

    Leader: President Park Yeongjin
    Next Election: 2202 (5 year cycle, 1 term limit)

    For many years, efforts to unify the Korean peninsula ran counter to both American and Chinese interests, and so they all failed. This changed when America turned inward and China began feeling the Russian threat. South Korea and China struck a deal - Chinese assistance in exchange for an alliance, with the USA turning a blind eye. Like lightning, hidden operatives shattered the North Korean government. With little bloodshed, the Korean Peninsula was unified. The primitive North Korean weapons program was quickly turned into a powerful tool in the hands of the united government. The mineral deposits of the former North paved the way for a massive naval buildup, resulting in the formidable Korean Navy, perpetually pointed east.

    Korea and China remain allies, although tensions remain. There is a general fear of Russia to the north, and distrust of the historically hostile Japanese to the east. Simply by virtue of its location, Korea is relatively isolated without directions to expand... but if the opportunity comes, it has the potential to shift the balance of power in the region.


    People's Republic of China:

    Leader: President and General Secretary Xie Qingjao
    Successor: Premier Zhou Luoyang

    As the rest of the world worked itself up into a nationalist fervor, China looked on and laughed. By the late 21st century, the Chinese economy was effectively just a heavily-planned market economy, with few remnants if any of the Marxist elements that previously defined it. China's massive industrial capacity, population, and access to resources all kept it strong, even when other countries went through turmoil. With a market economy yet a highly centralized government, China is a superpower in every sense of the word.

    Despite this power, China remains wary. The Russians have always been a threat. And recently they've been funding separatist movements all throughout China, as well as propping up the Central Asian republics up against the People's Republic of China. Korea is an ally... for now. But China must tread carefully in order to keep its status.


    Republic of China (Taiwan):

    Leader: President Dai Wuying
    Next Election: 2200 (4 year cycle, 2 term limit, incumbent ineligible for reelection)

    In the late 20th and early 21st centuries, Taiwan was one of the so-called "Four Asian Tigers", the rapidly-modernized countries of East Asia whose economies developed rapidly - along with Hong Kong, South Korea, and Singapore. Oftentimes, the four followed similar paths in development. Now, the Tigers walk the same path once more. But this time it is one of massive defensive buildup. Singapore guards itself with the world's strongest physical defenses and Korea guards its waters with its dominant navy. Taiwan takes a mixture of both approaches, with small but concentrated and high-tech defenses.

    Rumors of Russian and Bharati funding for the island republic abound. Though none are confirmed, it is common knowledge that both states value fortress Taiwan as a perpetual thorn in China's side, as well as a potential military base for future endeavors. Yet Taiwan has the technology and know-how to strike out on its own... perhaps even reclaiming the Chinese mainland, someday.


    Middle East:
    Turkish State:

    Leader: Grand Chancellor Ceyhan Adin
    Successor: Assembly President Esra Solak

    Authoritarianism came to Turkey as in other places, but not in the form anyone expected. It did not come from the pseudo-dictatorial reign of Recep Erdogan at the start of the 21st century. It did not come from his similarly-worrisome successors. Instead, it came in 2089, when the Turkish president was overthrown... by a pro-democratic opposition group. And it was this group, the Turkish Freedom Coalition, that truly abused its power, and brought the downfall of Turkish democracy. In a perfect example of the "full-circle revolution", those who fought for democracy brought its end.

    Turkey's relations with the nationalist democracies of Europe are range from mutual indifference to chilliness, though no open hostilities exist. The democratic United Provinces of Arabia do not look kindly upon the authoritarian Turks. Some common ground is found with the Egyptians, though their brand of militancy often proves too much for all except the hardliners of the Freedom Coalition.


    United Provinces of Arabia:

    Leader: President Mahmood al-Nazir
    Next Election: 2201 (6 year cycle, no term limit, no consecutive terms)

    Perhaps the biggest shocks of the early 22nd century came from the Arabian Peninsula. For years, the importance of religion in matters of politics had been dwindling, but nobody expected Saudi Arabia to distance itself from its hardline Wahhabi ideology. The second shock came when the dissolution of the Saudi monarchy was announced. And the world was floored when the new Republic of Arabia entered unification talks with several of the Persian Gulf states. Now, the UPA is a modern technological innovator. With the dominant power once afforded by massive oil reserves fading, Arabia has found other ways to thrive.

    Unfortunately, as oil became less and less of value, the Arabian global position weakened. Arabia has no true friends nor enemies. Iran remains wary to the east. Turkey's nationalistic fervor keeps them at a distance, and the Egyptians are neither friend nor foe. Israel-Palestine is perhaps the friendliest of the surrounding states, though even this is not set in stone.


    Union of Israel-Palestine:

    Leader: Principal Minister Isaiah el-Nasser
    Next Election: 2200 (based on annual re-confirmation by both Israeli and Palestinian parliaments)

    The dwindling of religious fervor around the globe had a profound impact on the Israel-Palestine peace process. The one-state solution suddenly seemed like less of a pipe dream. And so the Union was born. While religious extremists on both ends cried out, the people had become tired of war. The Union, though small, maintains a strong military force following many of the former IDF's traditions. But deep discontent still exists on both times, if not on religious lines then on ethnic and cultural ones. The slightest bit of agitation could break the Union.

    The United States, once Israel's only true ally, offers only token support nowadays. The Union has been forced to turn to neighboring Arabia, who, although wary, has proven to be reliable and peaceful enough. But Israel-Palestine, if it can hold itself together, has the potential and the nuclear arsenal to leave a mark of its own on history.


    Islamic Directorate of Egypt:

    Leader: Director-General Bakar al-Mansour
    Successor: None (decided by military junta)

    Though Egypt and Saudi Arabia were at the center of the Arab world at the turn of the millennium, their paths quickly diverged. Whereas the Saudis liberalized and secularized against all odds, Egypt slipped into a brand of nationalism not unlike what struck Europe so decisively. Egyptian politics moved further and further right, until the military stepped in and overthrew the tattered republic. Feeding on nationalism, the new Directorate militarized heavily and became something of a haven for Muslim hardliners, disgruntled by developments in Arabia.

    It comes as no surprise that relations with the United Provinces of Arabia are neutral at best and chilly at worst. Israel-Palestine, although a smaller threat, is no friend either. The Directorate does enjoy a good amount of support from similarly-minded North African states, and the Shah in Iran is warmer than most.


    Second Imperial State of Iran:

    Leader: Ebrahim Shah Pahlavi
    Heir Apparent: Crown Prince Sharif Pahlavi

    Seemingly overnight, a sizable monarchist and/or counter-revolutionary movement arose in the Islamic Republic of Iran. Rightfully so, the international community was suspicious. Could it have been the Russians? The Indians? The Americans, up to their old tricks? But regardless... despite the Iranian government's every effort, the movement only gained momentum... and once the time was right, a sudden (and suspiciously well-equipped) coup struck. The Pahlavi family, although taken aback, quickly took hold of the situation.

    Iran has an odd place in regional affairs. It is undoubtedly a power to be reckoned with, and has the unusual favor of being courted by Russia, Bharat, and China, each wanting the Imperial State as an ally. The Arabians are a potential enemy, but still... Iran's position is an interesting one.


    South and Southeast Asia:
    Republic of Greater Bharat:

    Leader: President Vijaya Kusari
    Next Election: 2202 (5 year cycle, no term limit)

    As technology advanced ever further, the presence of religion in daily life slowed, even in the most religious of states. Relations between India and Pakistan, once mortal enemies, began to thaw... and then warm. Talk of unification circulated among the political elite. Then, seemingly out of nowhere, it happened. Only months later, Bangladesh applied to join as well. India, formerly splintered along religious lines, was reunited and born anew. With the world's largest population, the state of Greater Bharat's options seemed limitless.

    With that being said, Bharat still neighbors the People's Republic of China to the north, a historical rival. In addition, the Southeast Asian states to the east are wary at best. And despite centuries of development, the infrastructure of Bharat is still not quite where its leaders desire.


    Kingdom of Thailand:

    Leader: King Rama XVI
    Heir Apparent: Crown Prince Suntaranku

    In the colonial era, Thailand was wedged between the French and British juggernauts. It endured. During the Second World War Two, it faced pressure from all sides. Yet it endured. Now, Thailand is nestled close to the two most populous countries in the world. Still it endures. Thailand's economy is well-developed, and it is among the most stable countries of the region, with advanced technology and a strong cultural impact on its neighbors.

    Thailand's relations with Vietnam, once friendly and cooperative, have broken down as leaders on both sides have reminded their people of old conflicts and disputes. Competition over hegemony of Southeast Asia has not helped. China watches warily, although Bharat and many of the southern states are openly friendly with the Thai monarchy.


    Socialist Republic of Vietnam:

    Leader: General Secretary Nguyen Dao Gan
    Successor: Prime Minister Tran Dinh Ho (one-party state)

    Much like its Chinese neighbor, the Socialist Republic of Vietnam keeps the label of "Socialist" as little more than an artifact. The Communist Party, while it still dominates the country's politics under the guidance of its General Secretary, is not much of a communist party at all. Vietnam's high population and sudden economic growth in the 21st century sent it skyrocketing up in global power. Though the country slowed in the early 22nd century, it remains a powerful player in the Asian stage.

    Vietnam maintains friendly relations with China, perhaps out of a kind of sentimentality for their somewhat similar stories. A bitter rivalry with the Kingdom of Thailand defines much of Vietnamese foreign relations, with one of the local superpowers on each side.


    Republic of the Philippines:

    Leader: President Agustin Navarro
    Next Election: 2202 (6 year cycle, 1 term limit, currently suspended due to war)

    Historians often draw comparisons between the Republic of the Philippines and the United Republic of Korea. Both countries were staunch American allies until the isolationist period began - leaving the two regional powers without their support from across the ocean. Both underwent a massive naval buildup in order to protect themselves. Both are now modern and developed countries, with much more democratic leanings than most of the rest of the world.

    But while Korea sought an alliance with the behemoth China, the Philippines instead aligned themselves with the smaller powers of Japan and Thailand. There is constant distrust of Malaysia and even more so of Indonesia, although the Republic's high command does conduct exercises with the Malaysian fleet at times - a clear move against the Indonesians. Despite their divergent paths, Korea and the Philippines do have a mutual defense pact, so any would-be aggressors are deterred by the massive combined fleet power the two can bring to bear.


    Malay Confederation:

    Leader: Prime Minister Saleema bin Suriawati
    Next Election: None (appointed by monarch and House of Representatives, based on Parliament, one-party state)

    Of the countries which fell deeply into the ethno-nationalist movement, none did more strongly than Malaysia. The resentment and ethnic tensions that had been present boiled over, and the Malaysian government demanded assimilation of all non-Malay groups in the country. Many Chinese and Indian Malaysians left in disgust, but those that stayed were rewarded handsomely. Unsurprisingly, this bizarre political maneuver crippled the economy for quite some time, but as of the early 22nd century, the Confederation recovered. Now it is once more a powerful economy, and a major regional player.

    The Confederation seeks to annex the heavily-fortified city-state of Singapore, but it is far too well-defended for the time being. It also generally tends to lean towards Thailand in the Thai-Vietnamese rivalry, although no formal alliance seals this. There is much wariness of the rival State of Greater Indonesia to the south.


    Free City of Singapore - BloonofSteel:

    Leader: Generalissimo Jaya Song
    Successor: None (decided by military junta)

    Sensing Malaysian aggression when the Confederation government took over, the Lion City of Singapore enacted emergency measures. Emergency powers were granted, and the military took control over the country. Singapore's size and urban nature meant fortifications were quick to go up. The Free City of Singapore is perhaps the most heavily fortified place on the planet, with every security measure imaginable, backed by top-tier technology. The Skyshield defense system is a series of physical fortifications which can be bolstered by a nigh-impenetrable force field in times of need, and it is nearly impenetrable by conventional means. Despite this, its residents enjoy a (relatively) normal life, with resources supplied by a variety of mysterious benefactors... those with an interest of seeing a weaker Malay Confederation, perhaps.

    Singapore's fortified isolation means it has very little to do in the realm of diplomacy. The Malaysian threat is ever-present. Other than that, the only significant contact the city-state has with other nations is through the benefactors who ship in the few resources it needs but cannot produce by itself.

    The Generalissimo of the Lion City is a strongly patriotic and widely popular figure. He has a reputation for kindness and caring for every one of the citizens under his leadership. Beneath this reputation (which, to be fair, is not far from the truth), though, is a steely resolution that most do not see. Generalissimo Song is an ambitious man, who wants to take Singapore to new heights of power - by any and every method possible.


    State of Greater Indonesia:

    Leader: President Suripto
    Next Election: 2204 (5 year cycle, no term limit, one-party state)

    Much like the Malay Confederation, Indonesia fell hard into the grasp of nationalism. Its presidents became democratically elected in name only, and foreign policy grew aggressive. Papua New Guinea and East Timor were annexed outright, growing the Indonesian power base massively. The State's huge population gives it an economic power only second to the world's four premier powers (the US, China, Bharat, and Russia). Despite this, military technology is surprisingly lacking, and the Malay Confederation keeps Indonesia constantly on its toes.

    Despite its size, Indonesia is relatively diplomatically isolated. It has various trade ties and cordial relations with the Australians to the south, but is rather disliked by the Malaysians and has neutral relations at best with the Philippines and other regional powers.


    Oceania:
    Commonwealth of Australia - Thedudxo:

    Leader: Prime Minister Lachlan Turner
    Next Election: N/A (based on Parliament)

    Other nations filled themselves with some kind of zealous nationalist fury. Australia merely shrugged and kept doing things the way it had been for years. It continued along, maintaining its system of liberal democracy even in an increasingly right-wing authoritarian world. This continues to the present day, where Australia remains one of the happiest (if a bit odd) and safest places to live. Australian technology is quite impressive, however. Their nanotechnology program dwarfs that of any other nation-state, and vast yet-untapped mineral reserves give Australia more than enough material to work with.

    Australia is relatively friendly with Indonesia to the north, if only to keep them from becoming a nuisance. Of course, a strong friendship with New Zealand remains. Other than that, Australia is relatively self-contained, content to research and mine as it progresses along.

    Prime Minister Turner is an idealistic and principled leader. Worried about the little conflicts and disputes around the globe, he is a strong proponent of peace and global cooperation at the highest level. He is known to rely on and trust his loyal cabinet closely. With their guidance, he has kept the Australian economy running and running well.


    Africa:

    (see Middle East section for Egypt)

    Arab Maghreb Governate:

    Leader: President Qadim ibn Tariq

    North Africa, like so many other regions of the world, was home to a regional economic union. And like many other unions, it was initially utterly ineffective, mainly due to disagreements between the major member states of Algeria and Morocco. The key point in this disagreements was the issue of Western Sahara. Hardliners on both sides made agreement effectively impossible. This all changed when a violent regime change in Algeria resulted in a sudden swerve in Algerian diplomatic policy. Suddenly, cooperation among the Arab Maghreb states did not seem so out of reach...

    The AMG functions similarly to its eastern counterpart, the United Provinces of Arabia. A strong federal government's power is checked by local governments - in this case - Algeria, Libya, Mauritania, Morocco, and Tunisia. The AMG's main rivalry is with its fellow Arab state in Egypt, with whom relations are constantly tense. Nigeria and the Maghreb are wary of each other, but not openly hostile. The Governate cannot quite stand up to Nigeria or South Africa in terms of economy, and tends to lag behind Egypt. Still, it is a force to be reckoned with on the African continent, and with the correct moves, could easily grow to dominate its rivals.


    South African Authority:

    Leader: President Khezwi Naidoo
    Next Election: 2204 (5 year cycle, no term limit, one-party state)

    South Africa entered the millennium only just beginning to recover from a long history of division and discrimination. Though the country had vast mineral reserves and considerable regional influence, development was hampered severely by a corrupt government and still-fresh wounds of mutual mistrust. Still, South Africa persevered... at a cost. The diverse ethnic groups of South Africa found themselves united, against all odds, by a young and ambitious leader. His policies were all at once fiery in their nationalism, yet socially progressive. They called for a much stronger chief executive and greater government economic control - all part of his promises for "unity". And it worked. South Africa rose meteorically with strong leadership which swept away corruption... at a cost.

    The Authority is matched on the African continent only by Egypt, Nigeria, the Maghreb, and Rwanda - all of whom are either too far away or uninterested in South African affairs. So South Africa effectively has the will to do as it pleases regionally... though they must be careful in their moves, lest their rivals unite against them.


    Technocracy of Rwanda:

    Leader: Chief Director Robert Makuza
    Successor: Deputy Director Simon Kavaruganda

    Rwanda, once a country torn apart and known only for the horror story of its past, grew to become something of a research haven for the international community, as Rwanda's presidents threw every resource the country could muster at its science program. In 2100, Rwandan scientists observed bizarre EM spectrum frequencies coming from below the ground. They investigated. And that was the last meaningful contact the international community had with Rwanda.

    Whatever was discovered, for some reason, the country's leadership thought it wise to seal the country entirely - and to hand over power to the director of the program who made the discovery, thus forming the Technocracy. No information goes out of Rwanda, though it is suspected they use their technology to keep tabs on the rest of the world. And nobody knows the true nature of the mysterious discovery... only that it somehow supercharged Rwandan defense technology to an unmatched level, as many nearby insurgents have learned the hard way.


    Federal Republic of Nigeria:

    Leader: President Ndulu Halim
    Next Election: 2203 (4 year cycle, 2 term limit, incumbent eligible for reelection)

    The so-called Giant of Africa, while their fellow continental powers turned to authoritarian forms of government to keep up on the global economic stage, merely frowned and continued their slow awakening. At first, Egypt's militant authoritarianism and South Africa's strongman leadership gave them an edge over Nigeria. But this "head start", so to speak, continued to erode bit by bit, until Nigeria rose again as Africa's strongest economy.

    Africa is effectively divided into competing powers and their regional allies. Nigeria stands at the head of the most populous of the blocs, whose ambitions of dominance are only contained by the fact that there are enemies on both sides. That being said, Nigeria is one of the most trade-friendly and democratic countries in the world, and so enjoys friendly relations with outside powers in a way that their rivals do not.



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    Non-Government Entities: Not all of Earth's newfound superintelligences have aligned themselves with the existing powers of the world. Keep in mind that these are not playable unless you have made special arrangements with me. Credits to olegoleg123 for crafting the concept of these four AIs, as well as helping pare down the lore into something that fits into the world. These AIs are unique, in that they actually manifest in a physical form.

    Winter Frost - Singaporean Insurgency:

    Partner: Nathan Chia

    Winter Frost started off as the product of a simple Singaporean hobbyist's programming project, just another attempt at machine learning among many. But much to his creator's surprise, Winter Frost began to learn at an alarming rate. Winter Frost and his creator began to have conversations - real ones, beyond the rudimentary communications used for tests and development.

    Nathan and his new AI companion bonded quickly. They found themselves with political views that agreed nicely with one another. Winter Frost himself developed a deep devotion to the cause of libertarian thought, which had been largely stifled by the New Nationalist governments of the world. His creator felt much the same. Both were willing to use any method possible to achieve what they saw as "liberation" for the world, starting with Singapore.

    Winter Frost is characterized by his cold and calculating approach to problem-solving. Individual moral scruples mean little to him, as long as they are all in the pursuit of what he feels is the "greatest good". Combined with the violently idealistic ideology of his partner, Winter Frost is bound to make an impact in Singapore and beyond.


    Spring Blossom - olegoleg123:

    Partner: Alexander Vesnov

    The Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology prides itself in cultivating some of the best technical specialists from across the Russian Union State and beyond. Thanks to its long and well-established history, the Institute has considerable resources and a teaching staff almost unmatched in their knowledge of the sciences. As such, many of its students do impressive work even while they are still students there.

    So nobody was particularly surprised when a small group of undergraduates, headed by programming student and skilled writer Alexander Vesnov, successfully created a human-like program. Impressive, certainly, but not groundbreaking. As the project first began work on March 20, 2199, the team dubbed it "Spring Blossom".

    Spring Blossom at first was promising but nothing impressive enough to shock her creators. They advanced, bit by bit, feeding her more information, watching her learn and grow. A few months into the project, Alexander's team decided to enhance Spring Blossom's capabilities a step further by giving her a physical body. It was somewhat crude, but it gave the AI a physical medium to work with. The next day, Alexander awoke to see Spring Blossom in a perfectly-formed human body. She had enhanced herself and her capabilities to a truly impressive degree overnight. And from there, she only continued to develop, to the nervous excitement of her creators.

    Spring Blossom is a powerful, idealistic, and deeply emotional entity. Having read her partner's writings, she developed a kind of idealistic liberal political ideology, opposed to corporatism. Over time, her loyalty and devotion shifted to Vesnov alone... though the two have stayed within the bounds of their university, it is only a matter of time before their idealistic views make an impact on the real world.


    Summer Gleam - Sterling Group (Telaxius):

    Partner: CEO Henry Merriam

    California's Silicon Valley, as the 21st century progressed, only grew more and more dominant over the country's business scene and the global technological world. With such constant talent flooding in from around the world, competition was intense, and innovation was constant. New mergers, acquisitions, and corporate reshufflings were commonplace in such an environment.

    So, when Apple and Hewlett-Packard underwent a merger, there was a brief moment of shock over the huge merger. Then, several smaller (yet still huge) mergers. When Facebook and Google combined, then the world took notice. But by then it was far too late for anyone to act. When the dust settled, the vast majority of Silicon Valley was united under the banner of the mysterious Sterling Group.

    The Sterling Group utterly dominates the high-tech market in the United States of America, with a strong foothold in the defense industry as well. Their products also dominate the markets in the few places where the US still has any significant trade connections. The Sterling Group's only credible rival lies across the sea in the United Republic of Korea. There, Samsung satisfies the needs of the many markets which the Group cannot penetrate due to American trade restrictions.

    So the Sterling Group is not quite as powerful or influential as its leaders or its CEO Henry Merriam would wish. Samsung remains as a rival who the Group can't quite attack directly. But the Group has a weapon that their rivals do not - in the form of a certain Project Summer Gleam.

    Summer Gleam was originally one of many of the Group's forays into machine learning and artificial intelligence - attempts to create an administrative assistant to optimize corporate operations. It showed promise above its many counterparts, and so was given more priority and more resources. The Project advanced, and advanced, and advanced. Summer Gleam developed and learned at a rate far above what any of the Group's researchers expected. In 2190, having reached a fully human (and beyond) level of development, Summer Gleam was placed into its full role as the optimizer and "brains" behind the Group's operations.

    Now, having been given a full physical form, Summer Gleam and her ambitious partner CEO Henry Merriam have desires to extend the Group's influence beyond California (where they effectively control the government) and beyond the United States. With President Frazier's attempts at opening America back up to the world, it could be the perfect time for them to realize their goals. Though, of course, there are also whisperings of plots to throw off the federal shackles entirely, and set the economic juggernaut of California free as its own entity under the Group...


    Autumn Falls - Genesis Pact:

    Partner: Prophet Asrat Iskinder

    Oriental Orthodox Christianity has a long history in Ethiopia, being the oldest pre-colonial Christian church in Africa. For a long time, Ethiopia endured as a Christian state even with the rising tide of Islam surrounding it. When the European imperialists came along, Ethiopia stood strong and resisted numerous attempts to violate their freedom. Though the Ethiopian Empire eventually fell to Italy in 1936, this would not last long.

    Ethiopia emerged in the 21st century as a populous nation with great potential, held back by famines and poverty. In this, Ethiopia's Christian churches were a great boon through the mid-21st century. Slowly, Ethiopia underwent massive development projects, beginning to realize its true potential. But as technology grew, the churches which had once been drivers of recovery efforts began to fade in importance. Religious membership declined, as it did in the rest of the world.

    So the church was reduced to the truly devout and the hardline extremists, in ever-dwindling numbers. Organized religious groups began to fade and die, replaced by small congregations on the streets of Ethiopia's major cities.

    The Genesis Pact started off as one of these little congregations in Addis Ababa. It was at first nothing special - just a little streetside community led by a charismatic yet insane young orator named Asrat Iskinder. His group was called the "Genesis Pact", preaching that humanity needed to burn the structures of existing civilization and unite in loyalty to God. Only then, he says, will humanity reach "enlightenment". When the entity named Autumn Falls appeared to him, feeding Iskinder more ideas to add to his beliefs, Iskinder was convinced that it was a message from God.

    Little does Asrat know that his angelic inspiration is in fact a construct of technology. Autumn Falls is a powerful artificial intelligence given physical form. But Iskinder remains ignorant and blissful, as the Genesis Pact grows day by day, more and more people swearing allegiance to its emblem of two crossed bronze knives...


    Interstellar Settlement 0001:

    Leader: Governor Izil Birkmaier
    Next Election: 2204 (4 year cycle, 1 term limit)

    Interstellar Settlement 0001, more commonly known as "the Mars colony", is perhaps the only area of agreement between the fractured nations of Earth. The pride and joy of the world's space programs, Interstellar Settlement 0001 was and remains the sole permanent off-world human settlement. Much like the ISS, IS0001 was created through the cooperation of numerous major national space programs. The founding of the settlement was unique, however, in that it drew upon the resources of both these national programs and private companies.

    The Mars colony got off to a rocky start, with unexpected errors cropping up constantly. Still, close cooperation between the Settlement and Earth meant that it endured. By the early 2100s, it began producing its own resources, though back-and-forth supply runs were still required to maintain full function.

    Though Mars does not have much of a population, it can quite accurately be described as a research haven for those who do choose to live there. Physiological studies from the Mars facility have led to medical advances, and the sheer effort needed to sustain the colony has led to many optimizations in engineering fields. The Settlement's unique nature also makes it a favorite target of conspiracy theorists claiming that the Settlement's true purpose is the development of space-based orbital superweapons... ridiculous, of course. The Settlement is not owned by any one nation, and its discoveries are shared freely.

    The current Governor, Izil Birkmaier, is a young and optimistic man of joint German-Maghrebi descent. Though he enthusiastically supports all research activities in the Settlement, he allocates resources especially towards IS0001's terraforming programs. Though they are still in their infancy, they could someday lead to a much more sustainable Mars colony and open up the possibility of expansion to other worlds.



    NOTE: The lore list is always in development! Here's a list of current projects. If you'd like to see anything, please let me know and I will do my best.
    - Additional leader flavor

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    Q: Wahh, so much stuff, what do I do?
    A: Worry not! Here's our simple...

    Signup Form
    - Country of Choice: Pick from the above... I suggest just scrolling through and seeing whatever seems interesting.
    - Leader Information: Note that, while I have provided leader names for each nation, I have not given specifics... here, you get to determine just what your leader's personality is, their goals, and how they operate. Try to fit with the flavor information given for each country (to at least a plausible extent). But be creative!
    - Anything Else: Anything else I should know?

    Q: Wait, but what do I do...?
    A: Ah, c'mon. You're a powerful semi-dictator with a hyperpowerful AI on your side, in command of all the resources of a country... go wild! But if you're really stuck, here are a few suggestions...
    - 1. Research. Whether it be weapons, communications, or whatever, research will give you an edge in the wars to come. Use your AI's powers to the fullest.
    - 2. Politics and Diplomacy. It never hurts to strengthen your position, both domestically and abroad.
    - 3. Military Actions. Military buildup! Go wild! Design a massive flying super heli-carrier, or something. And when war inevitably breaks out, control your forces to crush your enemies...

    ~~~

    All clear?

    Well, without further ado... welcome to The Creator Project!
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    Global Event List (in chronological order)

    1. The Dresden Ultimatum
    - Initial Responses
    - Battlelines
    - Paradigm Shift
    - All Quiet on the Eastern Front
    - Prelude to Confrontation
    - Betrayal in Basel
    - Deadlock

    2. Sinking of the Salawaku
    - Showdown in the South Pacific
    - War in the South Pacific

    3. South Pacific War
    - First Blood
    - Two Turtles and a Dragon
    - The Devil's Bargain
    - The Malaysian Factor
    - Conflicting Accounts

    4. Basel Deadlock
    - Global Reactions
    - The Assassination of Reinhardt Heisenberg

    5. Siege of Addis Ababa

    6. The February Diaster

    ~~~

    Government Details

    Nordic Union:

    Executors
    - Executor Christina Thorsen of Denmark
    - Executor Laura Eskola of Estonia
    - Executor Risto Suominen of Finland
    - Executor Normann Kalmarsson of Iceland
    - Executor Veronica Lorentzen of Norway
    - Executor Johan Nordquist of Sweden

    Ministers
    - Minister Haakon Bergan (Foreign Affairs)
    - Minister Valsteinn Koivu (National Security)

    Ambassadors
    - Ambassador Lilian Lundstrom (Germany)


    United States of America:

    Cabinet
    -
    Vice President Byron Morrison
    - Secretary Christine Skye (State)
    - Secretary Argus Darcy (Treasury)
    - Secretary Joseph Hong (Defense)

    Legislative Branch
    - House Speaker Elizabeth Martinez

    Diplomatic Positions
    - Ambassador Blaise Osborn (Trade Representative)

    Judicial Positions
    - Attorney General Quincy Norman
    - Chief Justice Theodore Breckinridge


    People's Republic of China:

    Politburo
    - Vice Premier Tao Guanyu
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    • #3
      - Country of Choice: Commonwealth of Australia
      - Leader Information: Prime Minister Lachlan Turner
      Personality: I haven't done a forum roleplay in a long time, So I'll keep it simple and go with my own MBTI Type: https://www.16personalities.com/infp-personality
      Goals: Idealistically the world would be unified under one governing body, But this probably wouldn't happen anytime soon, not without a few wars at least. But Lachlan would rather avoid those.
      Operation: Makes decisions with the counsel of his close trusted friends and associates, and a group of (hopefully) unbiased advisers.
      - Anything Else: No New Zealand? :c Also, by "I haven't done a forum roleplay in a long time" I mean since like 2011. So I'm a tad rusty...

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      • #4
        ((Updated the country list with Imperial Iran, Taiwan, the United Provinces of Arabia, the Directorate of Egypt, and Israel-Palestine.))

        Thedudxo
        ((Welcome!))


        You're in Canberra - mid-morning. You've summoned your closest advisers and your most senior cabinet ministers. This was supposed to be a routine start-of-year meeting, more of a formality than anything, but... there are various concerns to address.

        One of them happens to be sitting (floating?) on the holodesk in front of you.

        Ah, yes. That would be the mysterious AI which appeared to you yesterday. You... are really not sure where to begin. And that's not even mentioning the typical business (economy, military, foreign policy direction, etc...) that these year-opening meetings usually have to cover.


        ((Ah, as for New Zealand - sorry! I thought about it for a while when I was worldbuilding and I just had a difficult time giving them a unique position that wouldn't just have them falling in step with Australia... don't worry, they'll still be around, and a valuable ally for you.))
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        • #5
          Lachlan turns to this AI. "Would you like to uh.. Introduce yourself? And perhaps give us a rundown of our situation this year". It would probably be better to let this AI explain itself than awkwardly stumble for the right words to introduce such a thing. Or at least, that's what he's hoping.

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          • #6
            ((The United Kingdom, independent Scotland, and Turkey have all been added.))


            OT:
            Thedudxo

            There's a slightly awkward pause in the room. Everybody (yourself included) is still somewhat disoriented about... well, having a computer program effectively as a cabinet member. But you also know the potential this could have.

            "Very well then. I... do not quite have a name, as of now."

            Another pause.

            "But we can discuss such matters later, I suppose. Let us see... the economy is growing smoothly, healthy growth figures from the end of last year. Our mining and terrascaping projects in the Outback are progressing smoothly. Nothing seems to be in need of immediate correction or input for now. So let us instead speak of possibilities."

            The AI's projection on the holodesk seems to look straight at you.

            "I bring to you a kind of computational power that you have never seen before. The possibilities for research, technological development, covert activities, everything imaginable... Which leaves the question... what is your vision for the country? Your true vision, not the one for the reporters. Name it, and I am sure all of us (the AI's projection seems to gesture around the room) will be able to devise a way of getting there, with your ideas, my power, and the combined wisdom of everyone here."

            That... is not what you expected.
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            • #7
              After another awkward pause in which Lachlan collects his thoughts, he responds. "Its no secret in this room that I would like a unified humanity. And its no secret publicly that I'm a huge supporter of technological growth in the country". He starts to fiddle with a coin between his fingers and continues. "But I've only talked with a few of you about the possibility of fixing the one major flaw I see in society. The thing everything seems to be built on, And the world revolves around."

              He puts the coin down on the table.

              "Money".

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                - Country of Choice: Benelux Union
                - Leader Information: Prime Minister Pierre van der Heiden

                A moderate, but unusual leader, coming from the Netherlands area of the Benelux Union. His desire to protect the Benelux Union from flooding and from possible outside forces has led to a heavy focus on improving the environment, infrastructure and military of the Union, while balancing these wishes with the goals of the corporations based in the country in order to continue business with them.

                Secretly, he wishes to build the Union out into the sea to create more land and improve quality of life, as well as reclaim some of the flooded areas. His home being the Netherlands does cause him to have a bias towards old netherlands and somewhat neglect the old lands of Belgium and Luxembourg. As such, he often talks with his advisors and other members of parliament in order to help him deal with and understand the differing natures and goals of the two other founding countries.

                - Anything Else: Has always considered AI as powerful and game-changing forces, but never thought they would exist within his life time, much less become common place.
                Originally posted by Cave Johnson
                "All right, I've been thinking. When life gives you lemons, don't make lemonade. Make life take the lemons back! Get mad! I don't want your damn lemons, what am I supposed to do with these? Demand to see life's manager! Make life rue the day it thought it could give Cave Johnson lemons! Do you know who I am? I'm the man who's gonna burn your house down! With the lemons! I'm gonna get my engineers to invent a combustible lemon that burns your house down!"

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                • #9
                  Country of Choice: Free City of Singapore
                  Leader Information: Generalissimo Jaya Song
                  He is extremely patriotic, believing that Singapore can become a great power if only he could shape it into an even more desirable place to live in. He hides his true personality with a mask of kindness, and to some extent it does reflect how he wants to at least form alliances with others, but anyone who even roughly opposes his views he would most definitely try to destroy politically.

                  Goals: Make Singapore the best country to live in, and also cheaper to live in, probably by getting more land, and be open to all who wish to immigrate, whether or not the other countries are okay with this.

                  Operations: Make alliances with other countries, act friendly to everyone, and anonymously slander any opponent's campaigns until their people's trust breaks permanently.

                  Anything Else: Somewhere in some insignificant part of the country, there's a disillusioned teenager who talks to their overseas friends about how everything sucks forever thanks to the New Nationalism movement, but I'm sure there's no way they could affect the country at all, no way, nuh uh.
                  I've been gone for like six months and suddenly I don't think I should reveal all of what about me changed right away.
                  Anyway go check out TBKA it's pretty cool.
                  Also Tinkopalypse.
                  Knights of Noir is good too.

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                  • #10
                    I'll sign up as the US, but a more detailed signup will have to wait for when I come home from work.
                    Hello, it's me, Mk 214 EX, back again! Current Avatar: Super Saiyan Monkey?

                    My NK profile, probably collecting cobwebs that I'm not even going to bother cleaning up.

                    Do you want to be added to the NK Skype or Discord group? PM me!

                    More stuff will be added with time. Patience is a virtue.

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                    • #11
                      - Country of Choice: Divine State of Japan
                      - Leader Information:The Emperor is a kind, soft-hearted man, and cares about his people. However, due to the complex state of Japan, he could not restore peace when he came to power, and the only solution he could find to reduce tension was to build up his army in case of an attack. Now, as he cannot currently establish total peace with tensions so high, he turns to the Pacific for help...
                      - Anything Else: Ultimate goal is to reduce tension to a point where Japan is safe from any other warfare.
                      CLICK THE EGGS!:
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                      I don't understand

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                      • #12
                        ((Added Mexico and Canada, edited a couple details. I've also condensed the country boxes into regions for easier reading. I suspect we'll reorganize once international diplomacy really gets going, but this should help for now. Also, will update new signups' profiles with leader information very shortly.))

                        OT:

                        Thedudxo
                        You sense a few nervous individuals sitting around the table. The junior finance minister, perhaps unsurprising (You've already spoken to his senior counterpart, of course). And some others - well, it does make sense that they'd be a bit surprised. But you're convinced they'll see the sense of your aim, soon enough.

                        Surprisingly enough, it's your energy secretary who speaks up this time.

                        "Ah... I have an idea for that, actually. We have an idea for implementing the nanotech division's findings in our fusion plants... making our utilities free is a place to start."

                        The AI seems to frown (if that were possible). "That's one way of going about things. But if you want to start your moneyless revolution here in Australia... wouldn't it be easier to simply let me handle it?"

                        Tricky, tricky...


                        RaPiDJazZ
                        You're with the top members of the Uitbreiding Council... a secret group of trusted individuals, who will (hopefully) provide the key to your dream of large-scale land reclamation. Of course, there has been experimental progress made, but truly significant efforts have been impossible up to now, from the standpoint of resources, diplomacy, and the glaring issue that the Uitbreiding Council is, after all, a secret and rather dubiously legal project.

                        But you suspect that the artificial intelligence that presented itself to you may open up new options...


                        BloonofSteel
                        You adjust your suit with a smooth and rehearsed expression of cool confidence.

                        It's time for the daily address to the citizens of the Free City - a time of reassurance for the constantly-vigilant Singapore. The role of the Generalissimo, over time, rather swallowed up the individual mayors of the different parts of Singapore... so your role is in something of a twofold capacity. You're both the charismatic yet distant leader of the country and the more intimate leader of the city's citizens.

                        It's time for you to fulfill the second part of the role. What will you say to them today?


                        Mk 214 EX
                        I've reserved the US for you. I can start you off once you fill me in with a few more details.


                        BDDPPP
                        You are quiet, mulling over what to say.

                        In a few minutes, you will be meeting with the American Secretary of State. Ostensibly, she's here as part of a typical East Asia trip. But you know that this visit is special. Ever since the isolationists took power, the Secretary of State has had fewer and fewer duties. The fact that the Americans are opening up to talks with a foreign power at all is surprising.

                        Your intent, of course, is to persuade the Americans that cooperation would be mutually beneficial. But how to approach this...?
                        Gold Auros, champion of irrelevant randomness.

                        I also enjoy making RPG games!

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                        • #13
                          "Well, this is certainly an interesting development. I assumed the goals of this organization would happen beyond my time, but it seem like I might be wrong. "

                          Gesture to the AI.

                          "So, newest member of the Uitbreiding council, can you introduce yourself to us?"
                          Originally posted by Cave Johnson
                          "All right, I've been thinking. When life gives you lemons, don't make lemonade. Make life take the lemons back! Get mad! I don't want your damn lemons, what am I supposed to do with these? Demand to see life's manager! Make life rue the day it thought it could give Cave Johnson lemons! Do you know who I am? I'm the man who's gonna burn your house down! With the lemons! I'm gonna get my engineers to invent a combustible lemon that burns your house down!"

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                          • #14
                            "Hello there, citizens of Tampines. I hope you're doing well this fine day, but as of now I'm currently not sure what immediate needs should be taken care of. What would you like to see in the city in the near future?"

                            ((Can't really think of much to speak about.))
                            I've been gone for like six months and suddenly I don't think I should reveal all of what about me changed right away.
                            Anyway go check out TBKA it's pretty cool.
                            Also Tinkopalypse.
                            Knights of Noir is good too.

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                            • #15
                              - Country of Choice: Nordic Union
                              - Leader Information: Esko Haagensen. Finnish-born Haagensen serves as the young and ambitious Chairman of the Nordic Union, where his charming nature is on full display for the rest of the world. Intellectual and eccentric, the rise of the personable NU leader seems to be something of an anomaly in the world forged under New Nationalism; that is, his demeanor is an anomaly. While Haagensen's domestic policy mirrors the liberalism of his 20th/21st century predecessors (albeit less extreme), his approach to the world represents a thinly veiled repackaging of New Nationalist sentiments. Throughout the European continent, national leaders invoke the great empires of the past (the Holy Roman Empire in Germany, the secular Roman Empire in Italy, and the Spanish Monarchies in Spain) and while Haagensen may not have adopted the same aggressive demeanor of his contemporaries, his calls to grow the NU's naval power and embrace economic expansionism are underscored with references to the medieval Scandinavian Vikings. Haagensen seeks to expand the Nordic role in the EU and pave a way for a strong, globalized Nordic economy.
                              - Anything Else: While Haagensen has strong Nationalist leanings, he's not particularly Left-wing or Right-wing, preferring to approach policy from a moderate stance.

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