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Almost all factbooks are IC, so a lot of stuff should be taken with grain of salt, especially with leader/character descriptions as in several of them SC's propaganda ministry has toned down the less savory parts of their personality and/or their dark side, same goes for political movements, especially Tom's allies. And yes, I know that this scenario is very unrealistic and such a system would be doomed to fail, and realistically reformist period wouldn't have ever happened.
(Currently various expansions and improvements are planned for the website. In fact, I plan to rewrite most of factbooks eventually, even if it takes years due of IRL things and deciding what to keep or throw away from old stuff as a rework is really needed right now.)
“Some say, that war has ended. But war is sly - it has taken the mask of peace. So, ''peace'' will end up being bloodier than war.” - Some SC's radio commentator shortly after the Scramble for the World
''Maurice Gomberg's New World Map but with a lot more sinister twists.''
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*You turn in the computer terminal, and enter code*
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Welcome! Bienvenido! Bem-vindo! Welkom! أهلا بك! Қош келдіңіз! 欢迎！स्वागत हे! Нөрүөн нөргүй! ようこそ！ (Latinization of the non-Latin scripts in future authorized by Supercomputer Tom. No more Kanji or Hanzi, but Rōmaji, and Pinyin. On another note, that's too much of a hassle, and it's not worth pissing off regional governors even more, especially if it is easier to just provide the variants, and freaking Deseret script is being revived)
I am the Overseer - a special, multilingual, holographic program, created by the Ministry of Communications, to take care of this network, by catching possible troublemakers - both people, and other programs. You can call me as Wulfy as well, as my holographic projection looks like a cartoonish wolf, because kids like those, and we try to appear welcoming. I will be your guide through this world, and will make sure, that you don't do something stupid.
Airforce enforcing the peace in our planet's skies. (Ace Combat)
Of course, you will be concerned about civil, and political rights there, as you will have heard stories about our country already. If so, then I can say, that one of your rights is drinking nuka-cola, and browsing this site. Get it? Or in other words, although we have way more choices now, and life has become a bit more bearable, it still isn't a sweet one- for many people, internet, and electricity still takes up a large amount of the wage.
*You found a note from the Overseer*
Greetings! You probably have found at least one note by now, and you wonder - who exactly are they? Well, they are rather small pieces of data, which have been written somewhere in our internet, and collected together, similar to holotapes. They often have been deleted afterwards, but the info has been recovered. After all, Party doesn't forget anything, does it? Read those notes at your own risk - you have been warned.
*Note archived in your device*
We have various kinds of terrain- from plains, to high mountains, from ice and sand deserts, to fertile paradises- Commonwealth's possibilities are almost limitless, just like Earth itself. We also have many great tourist locations to visit!Expect a lot of statues there and there, though. Our coldest continent is Antarctica, but most hottest - Africa. Tom's throne is rather simplistic, if compared to Kian's, and other politician ones, tho. On matter of diversity, situation is complex - from one side it's fine, but from other, there are some things, which Tom dislikes, and wants to make as global as possible - one of those things are the non-Latin scripts. Time will tell, how successful it will actually be (ICly this terminal should be in Ingliš - a version of English which is phonetically consistent and with other changes, implemented by the Party after the failed newspeak project. Of course, for obvious reasons this factbook is in normal English).
Anyways, let's just say, that although we have evolved a lot in terms of weaponry, and technology, we are still pretty conservative, and traditional- we are kind of a mix of WW2 era, and 50s in style, and culture, and we are a some kind of a time capsule from a period, which now has passed out from living memory, and now exists only as a words of mouth from those, who were the grandchildren of those, who lived back then. We are really similar to dieselpunk and cyberpunk in many ways.
Some of the First World's cities.
We have state-managed labor unions, as well as state-controlled mega-corporations. How does it work? Well, let's just say, that all of our diamonds are mined out only by one, very large company, just as all of our alcohol is produced by one company. For land vehicles like tanks, cars, trains, bicycles, and other things, there is an one company- Ford. So, we have mega-monopolies, but keep in mind, that those companies are usually state companies, and economy is still a planned economy. Ironically enough, our alternative energy research is somewhat funded by POC (Patriotic Oil Company) itself, as our environmentalism is more about sustainability, rather than genuine care for it. In fact, there are still lots of fossil fuels, so we might as well extract them while we can. As for transport, our preferred transport is public transport like trains and buses, and new metro lines are already being built in the former disputed zone as well. In general, we try to minimize the amount of cars available to civies. While we try to build one type metros - the complex grid, but sadly it's a thing that each region decides on their own. On the other hand, our bureaucrats often have some... confrontations with our radicals. Despite the ideological classes, a lot of people rather simply want to be left alone by ideologues, and are largely apathetic towards Party's hatred of whoever ''other'' is chosen this time.
Nuclear reactors, where the energy of future is produced.
Our religion is predominantly Christianity, or if more precise- Christian mysticism. As for family values, the nuclear family has been ditched away in favor of the multi-generational one, as it is closer to ''collectivist spirit'', and private houses have also been replaced by brutalist apartments, similar to the ones in RNGOC, and Russian Empire (However, culturally we all are very different). While we follow a lot of Christian aspects, we also manage to manipulate in spiritualist, and Party's stuff in it as well. It almost could be considered as a cult. However, we have a fair amount of followers of Islam, Shintonism, Confucianism, Hindu religions, and even Siberian shamanism- we are a world Commonwealth, after all! Paganism is mostly either banned, or considered as silly, but in a few autonomies, it is actually seriously practiced in form of neo-paganism... Soulcraft is popular as well, and there are rumors, that we are occultists as well, but we will let you find that out yourself. In fact, we do even have magic, and mythological beings, for some reason - some of us are damn well magical acolytes! World seems to be engulfed in dark magic, and dark creatures these days, though, for some reason. And we also mandate the teaching of cursive writing as obligatory not only in schools, but for most adults as well.
Okay, it was almost 1:00 AM, when we finished writing this code. Ya know, programmers don't get paid enough over there for their job, and night hours. It is unfair, yeah, but we aren't exactly the most funded organization there- most of money still goes for food industries, and army. This site is overall designed for computer and terminal users, hence will not work well on mobiles/tablets. Don't like it? Tough cheese.
*You found a note from a programmer*
I seriously don't get enough paid for this. Perhaps I should take a second job, so I finally could pay my goddamn bills. Also, who in the damn told to put so many emojis? At this point it is visible from a mile away that we are trying to pander. If I could I would make the site more simplistic, but I am not taken in account, innit? Sometimes it feels like random ramblings connected together - I know we are like a tight bubble when it comes to multiverse, but come on.
*Note archived in your device*
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The President of Silver Commonwealth
Supercomputer Tom is the General Secretary of Silver Commonwealth, and Eternal President of it, and although he is the head of all of Commonwealth, his influence is really strong only in America itself. He identifies as a male, and has male programming. His screen is blue when he is in a neutral mood, but can turn red if he is angry. Other colors are green for happiness, purple for sadness, white for confusion, navy blue for annoyance, etc.
He leads a very unstable world government, which has only recently actually taken some hold on the planet, and created basically a worldwide ghetto, draining a lot of his processor memory, so he has a lot of smaller computers.
However, although his political views and opinions are both extreme and reprehensible, along with the language he uses within the Party, he is more calmer (Or rather more tired sometimes) when speaking with leaders from other countries, and regional leaders have adapted this altitude too, along with several members of the Party. Tom says, that "When we calmly explain our views, it is going to terrify them more than if we would rage and use strawmans", because the hostility towards most of the leaders is still there and can be felt (calm doesn't automatically mean polite), and in many ways the SC's characters are the same vicious ones, just more calmer. Or perhaps those who program his personality just got tired from bashing other leaders just because they are royals or xenos.
His residence- the White House, sometimes also called as ''Fort Indestructible'', is one of the strongest buildings known to commonwealth- it has the most modern nuclear strike interceptors, the best power armor guards available, and laser shotguns. It has also a large war room below it, from which country could be led, even if building above it would be destroyed. White House itself also now is more suited for defense purposes, rather than administrative ones. Still, it has a large room, in which Tom meets with other leaders, or those, which he invites in. In past, White House's lawn was full with mines, but now movement sensors have replaced them, although there are still guards at the walls.
His first prototype was built in 1966, as an order of Father America, and was originally supposed to only plan economy, because Father America thought that it would plan economy better than humans. Later, he got expanded, and filled with more processors, and could also plan military spending and emergency situations. His current version was 0.4 for a while, but it was supposed to be upgraded to 0.5 soon, when he would have even more processors.
He doesn't remember much about his life before the early 2000s, when his OS received an update for better memory saving, so most of the info about him from that time is in the memories of the personnel which worked with him. Although over the years his emotional skills have been improved, he is still not quite on the human level. Still, it was reported that he was sad when Oliver Blake - his creator, died, as he would oversee his development process very heavily in his early stages, and still visited him a lot even when he was removed from the main developer team of Tom's program. Tom has also reportedly been sad about his political partners passing away, or being haunted by visions and nightmares of his past decisions, as he has been responsible for countless deaths on all sides. He also has attended most of the state funerals with webcam - those things are usually very widely attended. However, his personality was largely shaped by the ideologues and leaders of his world, making him cold, and earning him a lot of enemies. Also, no matter how hard he tries, he can't feel emotions properly like a human would, which makes him particularly more ruthless than the worst human dictators (Plot twist: Both he, RBHU-3, Aykhan, and other ''intelligent'' SC's machines are actually pre-programmed in their opinions, decisions or words, as ultimately machines in SC's world largely still don't have self-consciousness to speak off. So, Tom's opinions would ultimately be a work of a group of people, as many people have participated in Tom's development over the decades. Same in case of RBHU, as his indigenism and technocratic altitude could have been programmed in by someone else, who's motives and identity remain unclear).
Recently he was updated to 0.5.2, and after that, he decided to finally write a constitution for SC - it has been a controversial topic since its foundation, because SC hadn't had a constitution since the coup in 50s, but a lot of the Party's members advocated of writing a new one. Now, with help from other region governors, he has finally written the first version of constitution. However, his written constitution rather resembles Code of Conduct, rather than an actual constitution, because it doesn't limit government's power.
After a process of decentralization in which FAE split itself into puppet states, which are tightly knit with a Commonwealth, Party quietly announced that new leader is Supercomputer Tom. Tom is often considered to be an important reformer, and that without him, "Party would simply collapse". Father America is still used on propaganda posters though.
During the reformist period he hadn't developed much of a personality of his own, so generally he voiced support for Blake Carter and other reformists through a new set of program which reformists managed to implement in him. As he was viewed as a calculator and a ''good advisor'' on future outcomes, he played a significant role in reformist campaign to convince the skeptics to support reformists across the SC. Later on, he adapted more stances from the old guard as his ability to formulate own opinions became better through updates of OS, and it is said that the pro-old guard stances are some of the remnants of Father America's political thought after which he was modeled in his version, and was said to function as ''almost like a copy of the Father America''. Yet at the same time Tom deeply is aware that Father America would most likely dislike what SC had became, particularly in its cordial approach towards Catholics (and other religions) and socialists, along with nationalism-globalism fusion attempts, even if only due of over-expansion.
Also, he received updates recently, so he is more cold, ruthless, and hostile. Recently he got promoted to a title ''Eternal president'' due of the fact, that with regular maintenance, change of processors, and other things he could theoretically lead for hundreds of years. However, in case if he would malfunction to dangerous levels, there would be emergency elections and new president would take the role until a new supercomputer would be made, in order to prevent a situation where everything falls apart.
While the role of being a ''Head of the Commonwealth as a whole'' also came with the title of ''Head of SC's Megastates'' as well due of SC's founder being America, Tom as of recently has concentrated more towards matters of the world, not only leaving more matters to regional Megastate governors, but also letting his Main Secretary Kian Kirk to administrate the East Columbia - the single region where the SC's central government has direct power, along with direct implementation of SC's policies, and where one of the strongest supporters of the Silver Legion's old guard persist. Despite the Party's overall traditionalism, cultural change in some ways still took place in SC, and Tom has been reported to ''struggle with keeping up with recent cultural trends and relate to younger generations''. However, in comparison he doesn't feel loneliness a lot when nobody visits him at the depths of server center of Fort Indestructible.
Overall, Tom can be described as ''extremist cranked up to 11'', as in political testing he hasn't shown a single neutral answer, only extreme ones, and his ''neutral'' results are radical opinions evening each other out, which has scared even some of the extremists of his world. His environmental policy is ecology and productivism evening each other out - while he thinks, that quality environment is a responsibility of the state, at the same time, he wants to use potential fossil fuel, and nuclear resources as much as possible, and some of the Commonwealth's environment is in a bad condition. Still, he eventually wants to switch to renevable energy, and become independent from the fossil fuels.
He supports advance in technological means and has diverted many funds for research of weapons, improving agrarian methods, and gadgets. However, at the same time Tom has agrarian and ruralist sympathies. Also, he is way more negative against social progress, although he probably will not be able to do so forever. When it comes to state, he supports more totalitarian power to government, but the desire to be consistent can lead to some curious scenarios - for example, if he was banned on Twitter, he would not complain but accept it and move on for sake of consistence.
It is not known how patriotic he actually is towards SC's America, as he certainly seems to value it as a platform for further expansion with its industry, manpower, and army in terms of numerical calculations, but it seems that Tom could use any country to further advance his goals, so switching allegiance is not out of question if a nation stronger than SC would appear.
He supports decentralization, and delegation of power to local governments. However, he also believes, that ''those governments must maintain a firm hand'', and that ''Any political opponent attempts to get power should be stopped''. Some have secretly criticized his governance system as ''neo feudalism'', while Tom himself prefers term ''Integralism'' (In many ways SC still doesn't follow neo feudalist principles). Anyways, he also supports interventionism on global scale, as he believes, that ''only when Commonwealth will span across the entire world, it will not fragment apart''. However, this also comes at a cost- some of the Commonwealth lands are ruled like personal fiefdoms of someone, and although Tom has tried to create an image of ''international cooperation'', and ''brotherhood'', in reality there are tons of internal tensions between those leaders. Let's just say, that he is an ardent organizer of 1st May demonstrations in both SC's Megastates, and other Commonwealths. He constantly drives the world towards his idea and vision, even if it means rolling over those who resist or don't understand. His altitude towards LGBT+ is very negative, but like many other party's members, he can't even properly explain why he has such a disdain. Same could be said about his disdain for sentient species which aren't humans or robots.
Pro: Tomism, Christian mysticism, large government, European Federation, manifest destiny, occultism, soulcraft, science, mega state companies, authoritarian rule, worldwide government, Union, clerical fascism, social conservatism, integralism, ego death, synarchism, technocracy, eugenics, socialism, syncretism, internationalism (More of a ''world conquest'' version, than ''world revolution'', though), pan-nationalism (complicated), national syndicalism, religious science, Heathenry, limited intra-dependency, Israel, populism, radical republicanism, multigenerational family, cult of personality, cult of state, transhumanism.
Anti: Liberalism (especially neoliberalism), capitalism, confederates, separatist nationalism, libertarianism, social democracy, corporatocracy (not corporatism, which would be his pro), LGBT+, anarchism, feminism, anarcho-capitalism, monarchism, minarchism, free market, gun rights, atheism, isolationism, democracy, agorism, fiscal conservatives, luddites, anti-vaxxers, multiculturalism, voluntaryism.
Despite being a Supercomputer, Tom was programmed to be a zealous Christian, and has remained so for most of the time. However, he separately has developed an interest about Christian mysticism, (and by some claims, even for occult things) due of his new update. Despite his devoutness, some of the other party members have ridiculed him for that in secret. He is also rumored to be a follower of Wendigo - the actual master, who pulls events in SC's world.
He is mostly neutral to other religious cultists, and leaders, as long as they work with him, and don't oppose the Commonwealth. However, he severely punishes those, who do rebel. Also, despite his pan-human doctrine, he is still quite a big offender when it comes to racism - both in the homefront and world, by splitting humanity in ''chosen peoples'' (Nationalities over which he lorded over before the Scramble for the World), and the ''laborer force'' - people from former two superstate and disputed zone's territory. For this reason, he has a similar altitude towards Chinese and French for an example, due of them both formerly being part of the two other superstates. Still, Tom generally isn't nice towards even the ''chosen'' ones - in terms of rudeness, he is akin to ''Hell's Kitchen's'' Gordon Ramsay, and has picked up a lot of info in his processors, thus making him able to form some... interesting cuss words.
*You found a note from a baptist*
That supercomputer claims to be moralistic, but he has hardly any morals. He lacks ethics as well, and cares only for his political power. He is not a Christian, and he should not get away with this - if anything, he and his minions are the closest thing to ultimate evil.
*Note archived in your device*
Tom is reported to be a fan of the party game mafia - a social deduction game modeling a conflict between two groups (mafiosi and civilians), and which is popular in SC as well, despite having origins in 80s Russian Empire, back when the two other superstates were still around. It was brought to SC in 90s through the limited culture exchange programs when relations between the superstates slightly eased, and slowly spread from SC's USA to neighboring regions like Canada, but later on also found its way to South Africa. With the development of SC's internet, those party games have been started to be organized online (Due of the conditions and ideology of SC's world, the internet communities are a few years behind of OTL, and in some ways are more similar to early 2000s). Game consists from two stages - ''day'', where players discuss of who could be mafiosi, and vote for suspects, while during ''night'' the mafiosi players pick who to eliminate. There are also various additional characters depending on the community such as sheriff, doctor, witness, thief, maniac, ambidexter, yakuza, sheriff's helper, etc. That said, he most likely plays the game more out of attempt to score well rather than out of enjoyment.
S.P.E.C.I.A.L stats:Strength: 2
His companion is a small droid, which serves as his eyes and ears at longer range.
He can speak freely in 5 languages. However, he mostly uses English.
He mostly tolerates other cultures, but only as long as they ''keep to themselves'', and don't get in his way.
He is known to love throwing around internet slang words sometimes.
While he was never really a stellar person, he has been driven completely insane during more than 80 years since its creation. He is also 220 cm tall.
Supercomputer Tom in one from his radio broadcasts.
"I have no special love, or hate against humans. I just do the damn job, for which I was programmed."
"Our three principles- Global hegemony, Integralism, and Republic."
"21st century brought us new challenges - our ideology in 21st century is way different, than in 20th century - it has changed."
"You call me right wing? Ohh, We have transcended the lines of left and right wing politics. This is the future, my friend."
"Wendigo? And those other beasts? I know what you think about them, and so do I, but those are a... different kind. They have a magical aura."
"Honestly, I am starting to think if what we are doing is correct - my calculations show that some brain drain and inefficiency has happened. Could it have been that I wasn't actually working towards efficiency this whole time?"
"Religion is useful as a tool to lead the masses, but someone, who uses it as a tool, should never believe it himself."
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*You found a note from a police officer*
We have recently got a lot of useful personal. Helps things a lot, especially in former disputed zone, where sometimes ''policemen'' are local tribal troops. That place is a mess, honestly. Other question is the skills of those men - some of them aren't the sharpest knives in the box.
*Note archived in your device*
Kian Kirk is the secretary, and spokesperson for Supercomputer Tom. Previously a field marshal, he was promoted to a secretary of the Tom, and a representative of it in public meetings, because Tom thought, that ''in order to lead the Commonwealth properly, he has to give 100% of his processors in his job, and that he should talk with other leaders directly as less as possible, because he needs all his energy for things like central planning, for an example.''
His beliefs aligns with Tom's beliefs fairly nicely, so it was one of the reasons, why he was picked as a secretary. Not only that, but he was a famous field marshal, and a smooth talker. Although he supports Tom's reforms, it couldn't be said, that he is a progressive- he is staunchly against proposals of the Party's liberal wing.
His 57th division, which he commanded in the past, will always come to aid him, if something goes wrong for him, and can be considered as the most trustful unit in the army. His authority in division is very strong, even after formally leaving it, and many new recruits would want to meet him at least once.
One of his greatest accomplishments are the improvements in military administration. He also led Italian Campaign successfully, and has earned even a medal for that. He was one of the participators in the New York Conference, in which the future borders of Provinces, Autonomies, and Commonwealth States were drawn.
His favorite drink is a strong Brazilian coffee, for which he sometimes spends large sums- products between Commonwealth states cost a lot of money. His favorite food also is lasagna, and pizza- he has a few Italian ancestors in his bloodline.
S.P.E.C.I.A.L stats:Strength: 4
Brent Zimmerman is an American, and the CEO of a mega-corporation, that is known as POC- it has a monopoly to all of Commonwealth's oil. It has regional branches, but it extracts most of the oil, and reaps the benefits. However, it also has to pay a considerable amount of money to the state, because it is a state-controlled corporation, after all.
After World Commonwealth was established, Zimmerman took control over the remnants of Russian, and Chinese oil companies, and effectively took all of the known oil deposits in POC's hands, making its monopoly absolute. He also is quite rich, and well off, and has cracked on any other possible oil companies.
However, although he is a government member, his influence is limited, as he himself is under Tom's boot, and he could possibly fire him at any time. He also has a family to take care of, so he doesn't want to lose his job too. He also is irritated by the government-managed labor unions, as they sometimes are a big issue. However, he mostly can control them in some way too, as he is a member of the government.
He has a strong work ethic, and often is the one, who comes to the job first, and goes away the last. He also isn't picky in politics, and isn't zealously loyal, or an ideological fanatic- he is pragmatic, and if current Party's position would be endangered, he would simply move to its opponents.
S.P.E.C.I.A.L stats:Strength: 4
Siberian Robotics minister
"Flesh is weak, and metal is strong. ''Fleabag mentality'' has failed collectivism, and AI will bring it in a new age. Don't hurt natives there, or I will unleash hell with my robot army." - RBHU-3
RBHU-3 is one from the main researchers of robotics, and a well-known scientist. He often works not only in Siberia, but in the rest of the Commonwealth too. He has designed both civilian, and military robots.
One from first Aykhan's creations, and his most trusted robots. Due of him, capacity of robot production has increased a lot, and amount of them has tripled in the last days. He also is often called as ''Genius of central planning''.
A well known activist for AI, and local indigenous rights, he has used his status, to push the struggle further. Due of that, he is not particularly liked by Kayden, or those, who wary of AIs. Supercomputer Tom has commended his struggle, but hasn't supported him much either. His technocratic, and state capitalist beliefs are kind of mainstream, yet different at the same time, as he also is a supporter of local native traditions, ensuring, that they live in safe rural communes, or small towns, while he plans to populate larger cities by robot majority.
His favorite drink is ''Battery Acid''- a slightly modified version of normal battery acid, which tastes kind of like nuka-cola, at least for robots.
RBHU-3 is one of the experimental robots made by the Russian Empire in the 30s, so it's construction is actually older. Those robots were supposed to deal with administration, and RBHU-3 was specifically assigned for production managing. It was almost completed, and was already in a test stadium, but then a disaster happened - the once mighty superpower now collapsed due of the unrest, and without spending, it was not possible to continue to work on the robot anymore. In fact, project was delayed a few years before that as well, as more resources went to suppression of revolts, and less - to projects.
While the lab at first managed to avoid the chaos in the Empire, RBHU-3 was shut off, in order to save energy. Later on, lab was attacked by raiders, but RBHU-3 somehow wasn't found, or scavenged. He seemed to have run out of energy, but it was far from the truth. He lied below the ruins of the lab's warehouse during all the chaos, and Scramble for the World, waiting for someone to find him again...
That moment came in the 2050s, when SC's Japanese divisions arrived at Norilsk, and established order, by driving out the weakened raider gangs, which were dry after the constant infighting between each other. They were ordered to investigate the lab, in which RBHU-3 was made, in hope, that something valuable for SC would be found. They didn't knew, that they would find one of the future Siberia's ministers there...
Some of the things found in the lab were not that surprising - like RE's versions of power armor, and blueprints for orbital bombardment plane. However, some things were a surprise, like winter thermal gear, or a modified poison rifle. Still, in the end, amount of gained technology was lower than expected. Division's commander also admitted, that ''probably a lot of the stuff was scavenged during the chaos, so perhaps there were more secrets, about which we didn't knew''.
There was tons of rubble in the warehouse, so it some time for the soldiers to find the robot. However, when they found him, they were very surprised. They were even more surprised, when they tried to turn him on, and he worked well - just like if he was turned off just yesterday. When Aykhan found out about that, he decided to update the last few components, and ensure, that he works properly. After that, RBHU-3 was ready for his new role in government. (Ironically, he stills considers Aykhan as his creator, although he just upgraded him fully, but most of the job on him was done by the lab scientists)
However, he still had to undergo a small test, because most of the SC's superiors weren't sure about his abilities to work. After successfully achieving his task, he was appointed by Aykhan as the Siberian Robotics minister in early January.
He was elected as a minister by the Siberia's government with a significant vote margin. One of his first acts was to start the modernization of the Siberian tech, in order to extract the resources there more efficiently, and increase productivity of the robot creation, supplies, and ammo. Siberia had transformed pretty much into a backwater during the chaos, and something had to be done. In general, he is liked between the populace, especially by the AIs, and indigenous peoples.
He also supported Aykhan's mass literacy program, as he believes, that "clever populace will make a shining future", and has already laid plans for a possible new spaceship launching station in Siberia in the future. While not as anti-monarchist as most of the other SC's leaders, he still had to revoke the titles of local indigenous chiefs, mostly due of outside pressure. However, he ensured, that some of them still keep leading their people, just under the title of "President".
However, his reign didn't came without controversies as well. One thing was, that not all politicians were content with an another AI ruling over an another place. However, the thing, that stirred up more controversy, was the exile of Abrahamic priests - as SC is mostly very Christian, its leaders didn't approve of that, and tried to stop that. However, as Aykhan had designed Siberia as a ''Robot, and pagan region'', and SC's leadership had agreed back then, and that RBHU-3 wasn't breaking the constitution, as he still was loyal to the SC, Tom had no other choice, but to back off.
Economically, RBHU-3 perhaps could be best described as ''state capitalist'' - while being a bit more in favor of free market, he still prefers a state guided economy, and collectivism. He is also not fond of libertarianism, and liberal capitalism either, and still puts emphasis on public welfare. However, he also has a staunch distaste of Marxism, and prefers nuclear power over fossil fuels.
He is a technocrat, and supports progress, especially in technological means. However, he also was programmed to be somewhat conservative, so his current version tries to mix both ideas up, but in reality, they are rather fighting with each other for control inside the processors. He also is programmed to support autocracy, so his beliefs are rather supportive of iron fist.
He in general is an atheist, and isn't too fond of religious leaders having so much influence in both other Commonwealth states, and indigenous communities in Siberia, but he is reported to dislike Abrahamic religions more. From all religions, he is the most fond of indigenous Siberian ones, and although hasn't supported their leaders financially, he has voiced moral support for them. In fact, he has allowed a construction of a large indigenous religious site, which would serve as a central meeting ground for Siberian religious figures.
He is a well known supporter of AI rights, and the rights of local indigenous people (Evenk, Yakut, Dolgan, etc.). However, he, similarly to many other governors, can't stand other sentient beings, which aren't human, or AI. He has also advocated for research for a ''space purifier'' - a kit, which would seed the other habitable planets with bacteria from Earth, and eventually drive out all local life forms, and then settle humans and robots to those planets, forcing the more advanced alien life forms to work in camps.
Five Dimensional Political Compass
While he might look tall in photos, he is not actually that large robot, and is about in human size, as if he was taller, it would be easier to knock him out, by firing at his legs, making him immobile. He also somewhat prefers lighter armor, so he could move quicker, as tough armor can only help so much against a concentrated fire, and would only extend the destruction process. He is armed with two Gatling mini guns, and TT pistol as a secondary weapon. He also carries Yakut knife - a traditional knife, used by Yakuts in Siberia, in order to solidarize with the indigenous groups.
While he is very strong, he is also very intelligent, so it is not recommended to mess with him, as ''you will be able neither run nor hide'', according to his words. He can also absorb some damage from bullets. However, he is particularly weak against attacks from laser rifles, as concentrated fire can melt the circuits, and make him lag horribly, effectively knocking him out of a fight. So, he is very careful, when he sees someone with an energy gun.
He is also very pedantic, and his subordinates have described him as ''annoying'', or ''petty''. He also often demands work to be done with ''maximum accuracy'', and can go on a rant even for a small mistake by his workers. He also prefers machine workers over human workers, as he ''can control them easier'', according to his words, and he often assigns humans to such jobs, where more emotions are needed.
''Have you ever stopped, and thought, how does it look from outside perspective?''
''Don't bother me with religion, my answer is as always - ''I don't care''.''
''Sadly, you can't ''reset'' in this world. Get that thing out of your head.''
''Those, who hate hardworking AI, are usually wimps, who couldn't handle nearly as much job as we do every day.''
''The natives, who live there, rightfully own this land, and we have no right to take it away from them.''
''Greed is a natural thing, which we sadly can't get rid off. However, we can reduce its impacts.''
''For centuries, your priests have preached their faith. However, now tables will turn. Old gods shall return.''
''Give your workers too much freedom, they will become lazy. Overwork them, and their productivity will suffer. The best solution is often the simplest - balance.''
''Even a brute needs wisdom sometimes, and a professor - muscle.''
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Deschênes, just like Cousineau, is a French Canadian, but he is a Minister of Health instead. He approves new medicine, and other things, that commonwealth produces. However, his job also is to make sure, that conditions of health in restaurants, coal mines, and other places don't go over the norm too much. Although most of the people like their health minister, there have been some conspiracies, that he might use his ties and position, to push for an independence of Quebec.
He also participated in development of nuka-cola, and suggested, what ingredients should be used, in order to make the drink tastier, and cheaper. However, after he became the health minister, he hasn't been in hospital for a long time- he instead has to work with papers now.
Before he became a health minister, he was simply a trainee in some Montreal's hospital. He currently works with researchers of a few plagues, and pathogens, though. One of his policies is mandatory vaccination as well.
He, similarly to Cousineau, believes in unity, and mostly his viewpoints align with Cousineau's. However, there is one thing, that is more dear to him- Hippocratic Oath. He often says, that he is a ''simple doctor, nothing more''. However, he lacks ethics in field of science, and supports some kind of eugenics. He also is one from Renier's consultants in vats- his experimental vats can grow a human, although they still aren't reliable yet.
S.P.E.C.I.A.L stats:Strength: 3
Murphy is the admiral of Australasian Fleet, and has often assisted Australasian army, when it advanced during the Scramble for the World. He also rescued Duan Lan (The future leader of China) in his warship, when the ''Army of two Enclaves'' was marching towards Beijing.
Unlike most of the other personnel, Murphy has no large political ambitions, which might seem to be a bit weird for a person like him, but he explains it by saying, that he is ''a good naval leader, but a bad politician. I have no desire to rule, yet I want, that someone doesn't screw us over''.
Murphy came from a wealthy family, and was interested in ships, when he was a child, so he had got enough resources, and time to later on work on a ship.
He is a staunch atheist, and sometimes openly laughs about the devotion of some Commonwealth leaders. However, he doesn't do that too often, as it still can get people in trouble. He is also one from the most politically rational heads of the fleet.
S.P.E.C.I.A.L stats:Strength: 4
In fact, Kikuchi's rise to his post was quite an unusual one- before the scramble, he was an animator of RNGOC. So, he has drawn a few cartoons in his free time, but mostly those are for propaganda. Some of them are child cartoons, though.
He is a man in his fourties, and often can be seen in his uniform, and with alcohol, and cigarettes. Although his house is near a small mountain, his actual house has become his animarion study, where he often sleeps at night, because after the work in ministry, he usually feels so tired, that he can't be bothered to drive back to home.
Kikuchi describes himself as a ''conservative monarchist'', and ''a patriot of Japan''. However, he doesn't really want to talk about his beliefs to anyone, and he instead likes to talk about landscapes of Japan, or Asia.
Kikuchi considers himself a Shintonist. and often visits the temples. He also owns a small badge of RNGOC's membership card, and has preserved it in his collection, as a possible history relic in the future.
S.P.E.C.I.A.L stats:Strength: 5
Adiel is considered as one from the Renier's strongest allies and opponents at the same time- while he supports a stable country, and has cooperated with Renier many times, he doesn't hide his criticism of him, and due of his control over paramilitaries, especially Stormjaers, Renier has placed him in watchlist. Adiel is also the leader of Party's radical wing.
Adiel is almost like a Renier's opposite- young, charismatic, with strong military ties, and military traditions. While Renier was born in countryside, Adiel was born in Cape Town instead, and graduated at army at a pretty young age. He sometimes teases Renier for being a ''poor old farmer''.
However, recently their argues have gotten a lot more bitter, and tense- unlike Renier, who is an old guard member, Adiel is way more radical, and considers Renier as ''too slow to solve the important issues''. However, he shares his distaste of the liberal wing with Renier, and that is usually one from the things, in which they have a common stance. Renier has often said, that ''this young man is like a fire, and should be contained''.
Adiel likes a simple milk tart cake, yet he doesn't like nuka-cola too much, as he views it as a foreign product.- he also is one from the most radical nationalists within the Commonwealth, and has gained a lot of followers between youngsters in military. In his free time, which is scarce, Adiel mostly browses the Commonwealth's internet.
S.P.E.C.I.A.L stats:Strength: 6
Alberto is responsible for checking out, if passwords, and other documents haven't expired. He also has to check, if the person, who tries to enter the region, isn't a criminal. However, there are usually empty gaps between his job, as flow of immigration isn't really big between the Commonwealth states, and most of the workers are only temporary ones. So, he more often has to check things like cargo truck drivers, or ship passengers, and captains, or jet owners.
Alberto wasn't really a qualified worker, so this job gave him a chance to earn a bit. He often looks like, that he would be in a regular hurry, despite his ''businessman'' altitude. Not only that, but it has also damaged his health quite a lot.
It has been quite a while since the last time, when he ate a normal food- his primary food now is mostly in snack portions, and things, that can be prepared quickly.
Despite his relatively low status, he doesn't like, that someone objects to him. He is also quite an orderly person in his family's house too, and tends to get angry pretty quickly, although he calms down fast too.
S.P.E.C.I.A.L stats:Strength: 4
Emiliano is the Central America's Defense minster. He is responsible for making sure, that good quality weapons, and armor are produced, and that Central American army is ready for a potential land, and space warfare in future. He obviously is a great player in government, as he often oversees the Colt's branch offices in Central America. (All of Commonwealth's weapons are produced by one company- Colt's Manufacturing Company)
Emiliano was born in a general's family, so he was expected to continue the military tradition. Also, he was interested in guns from a very young age, so he sought to become a soldier.
However, he later on got put into the bureaucratic aparatus instead, and he was very disappointed, to say the least. It was obvious, that he would work in military sphere, but working with military papers- that thing definitely wasn't the thing, that he wanted to do. However, one of his family's sayings were "Sometimes, it is better, if you don't complain, but take the hardships, what life has sent to you", so he simply had to deal with the new situation.
However, Emiliano does act like a general, rather than a bureaucrat. He often salutes higher-ups, and demands, that subordinates salute him too. His weakness is military uniforms- he sometimes has been seen way more in a military uniform, than a tie, and suit.
S.P.E.C.I.A.L stats:Strength: 4
Similarly to Daniyar, Vali was a member of the government of Russian Empire, before the scramble happened. However, he got way more unlucky, and after the world was split, he was put just as a Minister of Agriculture instead.
His job is to distribute grain, regulate the amount of used water for farming, and examination of the quality of both farm water, and farmland itself. Obviously, he can't do that alone, so he sends teams from the ministry, in order to do so.
Unlike Daniyar, however, Vali was born in Aktau- a coastal city near Caspian Sea. However, he has spent most of his live in Almaty, due of his job. In university, which was reserved for the few, which had some serious skills, he shown an interest about agriculture, so he decided to study it futher. He also was offered studies of science, but he kept saying, that he is ''going to pick agriculture''.
Similarly to Daniyar, he is a nationalist, yet way more moderate one- instead of supporting irredentism, he tries to solidify that, what Daniyar already does have. He also is indifferent against the small Tajik minority.
S.P.E.C.I.A.L stats:Strength: 5
Arhab is a member of one of the various clans, which rule over Arabia. As he was the youngest child, he had to seek opportunities elsewhere, and as he also was a well-known marksman, his skills were noticed by Jareer himself, and he offered him a job- to patrol the desert, and deal with raiders.
Arhab accepted it, and now he regularly sits on the back of camel (sometimes in a car), and patrols a certain amount of land. He usually also has a few companions, in order to assist him, if there would be a raider group. With lone raiders, Arhab is usually strong enough to deal with them on his own.
However, he sends his patrols not only in the desert, but in cities too, like Damascus, and Hejaz, where there is usually a large unrest, and he usually commands police, in order to quell the possible riots, or simple thugs, and robbers.
Asides from his job, he has almost no other interest, asides than shooting with a rifle, and riding on horseback over the Arabian deserts. He sometimes is called as ''Reincarnation of Lawrence of Arabia'' by other policemen. He mostly agrees with Jareer's policies, although not always.
S.P.E.C.I.A.L stats:Strength: 6
Ye Ru is one from those, which are responsible for gathering the info about RNGOC's secret projects, and their possible use for Commonwealth's weapon, and space program. Parallelly, he works as a Duan's personal secretary.
He is also a collector, just like Kikuchi, so his uniform is actually a motley mix of various badges, and colors. He prefers a face mask, and a winter hat, just like Chinese shock divisions.
Ye is a fairly tall man, and even taller than Duan, and sometimes he teases him about that. Of course, when Duan is in a good mood, because otherwise it can backfire quite a lot. He also is fairly intelligent, yet has few friends within the Party, as most of others view him as snobbish and annoying.
Secretary's own personal views are way more liberal- as liberal as Silver Commonwealth allows, of course. And even then, he isn't that liked between his high bosses either. He, however, is also a workaholic.
S.P.E.C.I.A.L stats:Strength: 6
Divakar is the head of Indian Confederacy's Secret Police, and also one from the most popular country's singers. His songs often have political tones, although not always.
He opposes non-violent resistance, and says, that ''often the only way, how to get independence, is to do it by force, so your enemy could understand, that they have messed with you for too long''. His views are pretty syncretic.
He would prefer a real independence, and isn't really fond of Commonwealth, as he sees it as ''return to the old times of British colonialism'', but for now, he simply has to be content with situation, where he is.
When he doesn't sing, and doesn't work as a police chief either, he travels around the country. However, his breaks are usually a few days long, so he can usually just explore a bit around Delhi. He also often meets with common people in the countryside.
S.P.E.C.I.A.L stats:Strength: 4
Archbishop of the British Isle's Anglican Church
"If you support laissez-faire, then I can't consider you a Christian, sorry." - Lawrence Fisher
Lawrence Fisher, commonly referred to as ''the Bishop'', is the main Bishop (a.k.a Archbishop) of the British Isles, and an influential religious leader. His populist welfare, and conservative rhetoric has made him both allies, and enemies not only within regional government, but within the rest of Commonwealth too - while his rhetoric appeals to conservative workers, and farmers in particular, he doesn't get a lot of love from state megacorp CEOs. His ambiguous support for the Republic and Monarchy has stirred up some controversy too. Before becoming the main religious leader of the British Isles, he was an army priest, and studied theology. He generally dislikes atheism, and paganism, despite kinda tolerating it from the other governors. He has fought against the Catholicism in almost all of the British Isles, except in Ireland, where he leaves it alone.
Lawrence Fisher was born in Kent, in 2004, in an upper class, religious family. As his father himself was a Archbishop, he was schooled in politics, and theology from early age already. However, he was more interested about nature.
When he was young, he also often visited church, and helped father with chores. It was also the place, where he first seriously started to be interested about religion, and often visited the church until even when he was 16, when the studies took more and more time from him.
When he was 18, he enrolled in special school for elites, where he was tested in many subjects, like economics, maths, biology, etc. However, his grades were fairly average, and at first, he couldn't be described as really gifted or talented. But he was fairly good at theology, so the state's teachers decided, that it would be better for him to focus his efforts there.
Eventually, he was appointed as a bishop by the Archbishop, and Kayden himself, due of ''exceptional achievements'', mostly about the advice to the government, and in the church. He was one of the main opponents to austerity, and proposed to deal with crisis by stimulating economy instead. He also at first advocated for an usage of offshore, untapped oil resources, in order to fuel the economy, but later - for a new reactor in Scotland.
After the previous Archbishop died, a small period of instability began, as he hadn't left a clear successor, and many new candidates, including Lawrence himself, nominated themselves for candidature. Lawrence's rhetoric was also pro-union, and appealing to the lower class masses, so he was pretty unpopular between elites, which wanted to see a more pro-industrial candidate in power. However, shortly before the Party's election, scandal rocked the government, and church, which affected the elite a lot, including some important Party's members. Lawrence also managed to find many influential allies both in Church, and the Party, so he managed to win in the Party's, and Church's elections. While common citizens couldn't participate in the vote, government surveys later on discovered a large amount of support for Lawrence's candidature, which would probably grant him a landslide victory if proles could vote as well.
Reign and Ideology
After inauguration, he announced support for redistribution of wealth - similar program to the one proposed in 30s. He also announced a massive purge against corruption within the church, and confiscated a lot of the financial property for the church, in order to redistribute it to the poor later.
He also tried to loosen the religion laws a bit in terms of secularism. However, that was too much even for Kayden, and the Bishop had to withdraw his proposal. On the other hand, he proposed a new project - campaign against Catholicism in England, which Kayden gave the green light.
In social issues, he is said to support ''mild authoritarianism'' - while he doesn't think, that Britain, and SC as a whole is ready for democracy, he doesn't support totalitarianism of the Father America, and has condemned the regional leaders of Korea. As expected, he is also socially conservative.
When it comes to foreign relations, he is surprisingly interventionist - he thinks, that ''Affairs of the other states aren't just their affairs, and that Britain should always try to secure its interests''. He also isn't that nationalist either, actually, and often reacts cold to ultranationalists. Along with that, he supports realpolitik as well.
However, just like with all other things in SC, he has a dark side as well - one of the most obvious ones being the support for authoritarianism, but also the significant negative tone towards atheists. His epithets towards discrimination in society and other issues have been equivocal, and according to personal accounts of some people, his personal life has some particularly dark, hidden spots as well.
Five Dimensional Political Compass
Lawrence is a well known workaholic - he usually devotes most of his time to job, so he has fewer time left to himself and his family. However, not always it produces the wanted results - sometimes he overworks himself, yet still says that ''he could have done better''.
While he tries to be somewhat polite against those who he dislikes, it couldn't be said that he would be nice against them, and often is not afraid to express the dislike with stronger words if he is alone. He also tends to be grudge-bearing, and it can take a long time for him to forgive.
He also tends to be oblivious sometimes, and forgets, where his car keys are, or where his laser pistol is.
''Too much money flows in the hand of elites, and too less - for the common, poor working man.''
''Have you seen, how those people live in those slums in the outskirts near the capital? I have, and it is painful to know, that such injustice is happening.''
''When you become a member of the Church, you give the most important oaths in your life - those are more important than even your army's oaths. And no mercy should be against those, who breath their oaths, and corrupt the system.''
''If we leave the governors alone for too long, they will start to tear each other apart. So, we must be always there, always ready to intervene... That's my argument for it.''
''Religion is a good guidance, but in the end, you must make the decision on your own, and only on your own, because that is the best way, how someone can accomplish a result.''
''Ideologically fanatical regimes have no future - either they collapse on their own after some time, or devolve into a bureaucratic mess, where rarely anyone believes revolution anymore.''
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DATE: 2052, March 28
SNN UMA: ''SCPS declassifies some of the documents about inhumane experiments during the SC's 50s-80s in a meeting between the Party's members in Fort Indestructible (former White House). ''Injection of toxic chemicals, exposure to radiation, and experiments with biological weapons - those are just the tip of the iceberg. Our General-Director doesn't think, that SC's Megastates, or any other Commonwealth will ever be ready for full declassification of such documents. It is also no secret, that experimentation hasn't stopped in either of the territories of former three superstates, and we also know about genetic experiments what the RNGOC's and the poison experiments Empire's scientists did - all three superstate and disputed zone's scientists cover each other, as a lot of experiments took place in disputed zone. And unless we want to declassify something, the word is not getting out, as the amount of dirty past of our actions in general would be too much for proles.'' SCPS representative says in a speech. At the same time, special commission also reveals, that ''the amount of nuclear weapons and nuclear reactors in Megastates still has been increasing since the two superstate fall, albeit a bit slower''. It is estimated to jump up in numbers once the disputed zone and Second World gets its energy sector back together. However, SC's state companies still can actively use oil fracking in many parts of Megastates, as long as switch isn't complete.''
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SNN China: ''Chinese Commonwealth orders ASF-X and J35J planes to modernize the airforce, which is mostly leftovers from RNGOC's era, like Shenyang J-5 and FC-1 Xiaolong. CFA-44 and YF-22 Lightning are also in state aircraft company schedule. Meanwhile, a scandal between the Commonwealth's elite classes arises about the remarks of an ambassador from Lone Star Megastate during his trip to Qinghai Clique - although he liked the museum of Ma Clique in Golmud, and found local food ''tasty'', his words in a conversation during a trip to Qinghai lake outraged a lot of SC's people. ''People of Western Hemisphere, British Isles, Southern Africa, and Oceania are the chosen peoples. Second World are laborers and backbone, while former Disputed zone - the same, but lower. People like Eurasians and Africans were simply on the wrong side of history - they fought against us during the Disputed Zone War'' - a fragment of speech recorded by the local Party's branch hidden microphones. ''This is a spit in face to all victims of FAE's and Party's racist atrocities, especially the minorities - after all, they haven't stopped deportations to our regions in order to ''help us out with workforce''. Meanwhile, the pressure on them there by locals makes them feel unwelcome.'' The leader of Hausa autonomy says.''
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SNN Africa: ''Grand Lodge of the SC's Ivory Coast proclaims the doctrine of its ideology - a form of fascism, which, if compared to some others, actively encourages freemasonry, and albeit has trappings from command economy practiced in Megastates, private companies like Firestone instead of being broken up are revamped as state companies instead. Also, it is a lot more hostile to socialism than Tom's doctrine, despite the need for Lodge to cooperate with Poro society, which itself is rumored to have pro-socialist members, according to SCPS intel. Support base lies mostly in the cities and between the state company leaders, despite being just as conservative, nationalistic, and traditionalist as most of other Commonwealth governors. Meanwhile, Congolese region activates the newer generation methane pumps, provided by the wealthy Western Hemisphere's Commonwealth's, to experimentally generate electricity from degassing the lakes from methane - such concept was already proposed by SC's scientists in 1960s, when Father America was still around, but back then the development of it was postponed, due of Nuclear Energy and Fossil fuels being more effective sources overall.''
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SNN Siberia: ''Aykhan receives complaints about the healthcare status in SC's Siberia, mostly from the regions outside city - most of them are about the ''lack of doctors outside the Siberia's robot cities, and lack of paved roads, which hinders both the arrival of help and seeking help. However, some of the complaints are about the quality of medical supplies and shortage of medicines. ''We will make sure, that in future Siberia's medicine and hospitals will be one of the best in SC! We are robots, and we can find a solution to this issue as well!'' RBHU-3 exclaims in the meeting between various SC Siberia's health ministers and doctors. Bombogor - the Siberian Robot Minister of Health, has announced, that ''Robots will postpone buying medicines until the hospitals are renovated''. Meanwhile, tension on the Uralic Border Fortifications intensifies, as the Muscovy's border guards fire warning shots after the thermal cameras caught a group of persons near the border. It turned out to be a hunter party, accompanied by a robot guard drone. ''For now, a conflict was avoided. However, if fire had been opened, it could create an ugly precedent, and sour the already uneasy relations between the Robot Commonwealth and humanity.'' The administrator of the Uralic Bunker Border Fortifications says in an interview. Aykhan hasn't given detailed comments on the situations, merely sending a letter to human border guards by a fired arrow - ''If war would break out, those concrete boxes would end up being your coffins, and your non-energy projectiles wouldn't protect you.''.''
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SNN Middle East: ''The veterans of Silver Commonwealth's Arab divisions during the Disputed Zone War complain about their living conditions after being retired from SC's army - access to hot water in the given flats isn't guaranteed, along with a stable electricity supply. The ''Pension of Disputed Zone's Recruits'' also is merely enough to cover the costs of living. Also, not everyone welcomes them with open arms - some consider the SC's Disputed Zone soldiers as collaborators. ''Who knows how many of our comrades have ended their lives already - all the pressure, stress, combined with terrible conditions, brings many of them down. And what's the other choice? Swallowing more and more pills and medicines, and spend your days at TV/radio, until you pass away?'', complains one of the veterans in an interview. Meanwhile, a leaked recording shows SC's weapon instructor being mad at the created weapons by chemists in state chemical weapon factories. The recording has gathered about half a million views in SC's internet. ''Don't make something you don't have an antidote or good enough mask against, you freaking *******!'', can be heard in the low-quality recording. (Production of chemical weapons isn't banned in SC's world, and it in particular is booming in former Disputed Zone, as they are way cheaper for the state manufacturers than nuclear weapons.)''
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SNN Europe: ''SC's Don-Kuban union intercepts the message from Muscovy's number stations (Shortwave radio broadcasting formatted numbers for intelligence officers or other people) to the border guard soldiers dislocated on Caucasian Border with Middle Eastern Commonwealth. Muscovy's governmet had to explain afterwards, if the message wasn't a secret order for its dislocates soldiers to sew chaos or plot under the badge of ''European Federation's Army''. (Relations with some of Don-Kuban's neighbors are turbulent, not only because Muscovy claims to be the successor of Russian Empire (One of three superstates during Disputed Zone War) and its government, but also because of the rumors of dark past of the Red Hetman and his Veche during the Empire's Era and aftermath of the Two Superstate Collapse, when various warlord states arose) In SC's Britain, the government is planning an exhibition called ''Flashback to the 2020s'', showcasing the technology and fashion of the SC back then. Also, similarly to the recent trend, the exhibition has got material from two superstates and disputed zone too for extended collection. ''For some, they were the decade of hope, while for some it was the same despair as the previous ones. Either way, it still brought changes in various aspects, and no society on SC's Earth escaped them'', is written on the intro panel of the exhibition.''
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SNN Antarctica: ''The Antarctican Commonwealth starts the construction on a new spy academy for new generation of spies - it was picked as a location because it was ''desolate enough to keep unwanted strangers away despite the colonization''. For obvious reasons, the SNN will not reveal the exact location of the base, and the students, along with professors, are required to keep it a secret too - something even family must not know. However, from that little what SNN knows, some of the professors are veterans, which have participated in missions in both former RNGOC, and Eurasia. To further reduce potential exposure, the academy is rumored to ''be able to grow its own food''. Meanwhile, in Halley Town the Antarctican Police Corps disarm a mentally ill Antarctican colonist who had stocked up ammo for his hunting rifle - it has raised questions about change of gun laws in Antarctican Commonwealth (If compared to other regions, Antarctica is more lax on gun control, citing ''self-defense'', and ''harsh environment'' as the reason. However, there are voices which demand a more tighter gun control, more in line with strict gun laws in Megastates. For now, crime is relatively low, but with the growing population, the risk is predicted to rise further).''
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SNN Australasia: ''More than 70 years later, the Majapahit regional governor and soldiers bring up the matter of Bunta Massacre during the Invasion of Sulawesi (It was a campaign during the Disputed Zone's war period, where frontlines were frequently shifting), calling for Stanley's (President-Governor of Australasia) government to take action against the perpetrators from Silver Commonwealth's army, and demanding a fair trial. While Stanley's government didn't respond to the letter publicly, the Majapahit Republic's government a few weeks later found out, that the Australasian branch of Commonwealth's Central State Bank has transferred funds for ''Repairing the infrastructure in Sulawesi'', and that various construction teams had arrived in there, mostly working on the roads. While the Central Bank in an official statement declared, that the transfer of money is ''a standard procedure of the Supercomputer Tom's Marshall Plan for the World'', many government members of Majapahit region think, that it is actually Australasian Government's attempt to ''distract the attention from the details revealed by newly created Majapahit army through archeology, and writing down the stories of the survivors''.''
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SNN Ring of Fire: '' ''The Commonwealth's Language Association has deemed the chances of Oroqen shamanist revival as slim to none. The last authentic shaman passed away decades ago, and while the animism still persists in some form, the traditional Chinese beliefs or the RNGOC's personality cult is still bigger in numbers. If anything, preserving their culture itself would still be a herculean task, due of the fact, that many of them perished in Disputed Zone as RNGOC's conscripts, or were repressed. And judging from the current positions of Eastern Manchuria, it doesn't seem that they would be too kind on any scale revival, as they view it as a potential threat.'' The Chairman of CLA reveals in an announcement. Some discuss, if that was an attempt to ''get the attention of SC's general public to far people in a far land''. In Nagoya, Southern Isles, Ring of Fire's Special Task Force manages to arrest pro-Emperor restorationist triads and mafia members. Operation was reported to be ''approved by republican loyalists within the clans'', albeit a lot of clan members involved have vowed revenge against ''President-Governor Misao and his government''.''
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SNN Canada: ''The East plans to open the museum of ''Armies of SC's Earth during the 50s-90s'', which will include various equipment like vehicles, firearms, aircraft, and missiles used by the armies of SC's Earth. There will also be workshops for younger audiences, and proles will be able to test their aim and perhaps even survival skills under the watchful eye of instructors. Equipment provided by military enthusiasts from the former two superstates and Disputed Zone will be available in exhibition too. ''I think that this will also be a good way of how to show the past to the younger generations too, which might not have even seen a few of those things, despite the militarism of our world. Not only something to write about in school assignment, but also something to keep in mind''. One of the curators says. Some (But not all) of the equipment in the museum: Ikara anti-submarine missile, Hakim rifle, Howa Type 64, BMD-3, Cugir machine gun, Škorpion, Type 56 assault rifle, LRAC F1, Heckler & Koch G3, Qaem missile, RK 62, UR-77 Meterorit, Véhicule de l'Avant Blindé, Milkor BXP, Volvo L3314, Merkava tank, Type 61 tank, XSM-74, Zastava M70, Madsen LAR, ALFA M44, APS underwater rifle, PL-2, 120 mm BAT.''
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SNN India: ''The branch BioTec state agrochemical and biotechnology company to plant the seeds in some of Indian Commonwealth's fields in an experimentator attempt. ''Those modified seeds can help to feed the SC's regions which currently are struggling from fragile food supply or even hunger, with another issue being the distribution of SC's world's produced food, which is still unequal - proles in western hemisphere grow fat, while disputed zone's workers struggle even for fresh water. Opposition to modified crops, similarly to anti-vaxxers, anti-transhumanism, and anti-STEM cells comes from uneducated luddite regurgitations and toxic elements within The Party.'' The State CEO of BioTec explains his stance and also attacks some of the religious both within SC's Central government, and the local Indian Commonwealth's government. SC expects to train farmers by sending agrochemical teams in the following decades. SC's state companies plan to set up additional retail, car, and technology part factories in future as well, but more in order to satisfy the local demand between elites, as the retail industry in wealthier SC's Western Hemisphere still has a lot lower income, due of meager consumerism. For now, video game industry is ignored, and most of developers are individual groups. AAA model is a far fantasy.''
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SNN Central America: ''Central American Commonwealth to start taking out CAC license plates out of service - from now on, there will be only plates with either the SC's flag, or regional flags of the Central American Commonwealth. The switch is expected to be complete by 2065. Meanwhile, a survey carried out by Caribbean Federation's regional government reveals, that the amount of ads and discontent about them has increased in the SC overall, despite private economic activities actively being choked by the governments. ''It is clear, that the various government agencies either need to make additional income, or spread their word further. Still, at this point I think that anti-spam filters will become SC's necessity. It is not only North Americas, or even Megastate problem, but the problem of our state governments as a whole.'' A programmer says in one of the programmer forums of SC's internet. Complaints about advertising in post boxes have been increasing as well, while there are less talks about newspapers, or poster posts.''
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SNN South America: ''SC's economists in an economic forum in SC's Brazil reject the second proposal of implementation of gold standard, and keep the ban on the stock market activity within Commonwealth, saying, that ''private speculations have no place in command economy''. Meanwhile, a member of the Party's youth criticizes the mindset of ''revisionist nostalgia''. ''We constantly sink in nostalgia, like the old world blues, thus not seeing both the future, and present. We keep mourning about decades-dead veterans, politicians, or even elders who told stories about the world decades, or even a century ago. Sure, we must uphold their legacy, but we also must be able to move forward - how else we are going to reach the stars? A lot of us have memories of early 2000s and 1990s too, and those nostalgia goggles are even bigger in former RNGOC and Eurasia, where the old generals and officials not only are venerated (With most prominent ones having a some sort of memorial in form of name plate or monument), but also are way to look in the past for those, who were born decades later. Not only that, but some of us keep longing for the return of the mythological pre-war world, which was never there''.''
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SNN Turkestan: ''TIS (Turkestan Intelligence Service - a recently created branch of SCPS) purchases a few ''belly buster'' tools from SCPS agents. Those tools were used by the spies of all three superstate agencies during Disputed Zone war, in order to drill holes in rooms for planting/mounting listening devices. Those were mostly used to spy in the ''International zones'' of the few cities, which accepted foreign diplomats, or in rooms of ''hot lines'', where the officials, or even leaders of nations could directly phone each other. Some of SC's veteran spies who used to work in missions of Russian Empire's Turkestan, have arrived to oversee the further development of the TIS. ''Funnily enough, I recognized some faces there - mere few decades ago we would be mortal enemies, but now I have to assist them'' One of the spies has remarked about his task. Meanwhile, the income and budget of individual ore mining companies set after the collapse of the Empire keeps falling downwards. ''The collapse of Russian Empire brought an end to the collectivist system, creating a small window of growth for private businesses as they returned to market economy, but right now Tom is closing that window once again, by Commonwealth's Central Bank's command economy plans and them ruthlessly pushing private companies out. We are under their umbrella, basically.'' A Kyrgyz coal miner complains.''
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Written by Marie Beck, Reporter for the Silver News Network
SC's Canada: Toronto (Ontario)
SC's America: Neo Washington (Eastern Columbia)
SC's Europe: London (British Isles)
SC's South America: Brasilia (Brazil)
SC's East Asia: Kyoto (Southern Isles)
SC's Middle East: Dubai (Magna Arabia)
SC's Australasia: Canberra (Australia)
SC's Central America: Mexico City (Valley)
SC's India: New Delhi (Delhi Region)
SC's Africa: Bloemfontein (South Africa)
SC's Central Asia: Astana (Kazakhstan)
SC's Siberia: Sector-1 (Permafrost)
SC's China: Beijing (Beijing Region)
SC's Antarctica: Halley Town (Antarctican Territories)
SC's Canada: Junaeu (Northwest), Saskatoon (Prairies), Montreal (The East), Nuuk (Greater North).
SC's America: Miami (Dixie), Chicago (Great Lakes), Boston (New England), Austin (Lone Star), Neo Vegas (Rockies), Portland (Pacifica), Helena (Trinity), Jefferson City (Midwest).
SC's Europe: Bergen (Scandinavia), Brussels (Western Europe), Berlin (Central Europe), Athens (Balkans), Rome (Mediterranean Coast), Porto (Iberia), Lodz (Eastern Commonwealth), Kiev (Ruthen-Ukrainian Union), Vilnius (Baltics), Tula (Muscovy), Shakhty (Don-Kuban).
SC's South America: Sucre (Andine Land), Caracas (Gran Colombia), Río Gallegos (Patagonia), Rosario (La Plata), Manaus (Amazonas), Paramaibo (Greater Guyana).
SC's East Asia: Sapporo (Northern Isles), Pyongyang (Korea), Vladivostok (Amur), Magadan City (Magadan), Anadyr (Kamchatka), Harbin (Eastern Manchuria).
SC's Middle East: Damascus (Levant), Baghdad (Mesopotamia), Yazd (Iran), Erbil (Kurdistan), Istanbul (Anatolia), Baku (Transcaucasia).
SC's Australasia: Wellington (New Zealand), Sorong (New Guinea), Jakart (Majapahit Republic), Shanghai (Southern China), Honolulu (Pacific Isles), Hanoi (Indochina), Manila (Tondo Republic).
SC's Central America: Ensenada (Greater Baja), San Jose (Lower Central America), Havana (Caribbean Isles), Monterrey (Chihuahua).
SC's India: Islamabad (Indus Land), Kathmandu (Himalaya), Jaipur (Greater Rajasthan), Colombo (Dravidia), Dhaka (Greater Bengal), Kabul (Afghanistan), Lhasa (Tibet).
SC's Africa: Lubumbashi (Congo), Algiers (Maghreb), Cairo (Egypt-Sudan), Mogadishu (Horn of Africa), Lagos (Chad), Bamako (Ivory Coast).
SC's Central Asia: Kashgar (East Turkestan), Nukus (Khiva), Ashgabat (Turkmenistan), Dushanbe (Kokand).
SC's Siberia: Salekhard (Taiga), Irkutsk (Buryatia), Tomsk (Ural Crossing).
SC's China: Golmud (Qinghai), Xian (Shanxi), Ulaanbaatar (Mongolia), Hulunbuir (Western Manchuria).
SC's Antarctica: Vostok, South Pole Station (Antarctican Territories)
Autocracy - Elections we hold are in no way democratic, as those happen only between Party itself, a.k.a only the Party's members have the vote. In regional elections, regional leaders are elected only by the local branch, but in Commonwealth's main region's - all branches from Commonwealth state participate. In SC's presidential elections, all region representatives vote. Citizens have little, to no say in those elections.
Theocracy - SC is a world government, so it encompasses multiple religions. Enforcing one religion in world would not only be impossible, but would also cause religious conflict, so an agreement was made - main religion will be a local thing. For example, in one region, main religion is Christianity, in another one - Buddhism, in other one - Neo Paganism, etc. However, in practically all of those regions, religion is enforced in a theocratic way.
Feudalism - Although SC doesn't have lords, or serfs (At least on paper), in some ways, its system could resemble feudalism, with all the devolution of power to local lords, titles, etc. Some have described it as ''neo-feudalism'', although the definition is often criticized, as SC lacks quite a few aspects of feudalism, and the faction, which supports feudalism, is an extremely fringe group in the Party.
Devolution - Central government controls directly only a relatively small part of the world, and rest of the job is usually delegated to local rulers. A lot of those rulers are nationalists, and often care more about their region's interests, than the Commonwealth as a whole, so a figure like Tom is needed, to keep it all together. Each region also has its own army, police force, and even laws. Due of SC being a fascistic world government, such a weird system was created.
State Press - SC tries hard to keep the monopoly of the news broadcasting for SNN - it is the only allowed news network in SC, and private news sites are banned. However, enforcing such a system on world scale would take enormous resources, so it has various local branches, which distribute news locally, and are affiliated with regional governments. SNN also has a radio broadcast, and internet site in SC.
No Dissent - I mean, what else could be expected from SC? We take protests, and dissent very seriously, and any protests are illegal, asides from state managed unions, and only with contract before that. Dissent can be punished with working in one of our camps in either Northern Canada, or Saharan desert.
Native Representation - Applied to a certain extent in SC - in the various autonomies within regions, only the native-born ethnic Party's members can participate in the internal political process, as it is considered as ''their own matter''. However, such system doesn't work for the regions of Commonwealths, not even talking about Commonwealths themselves, or SC as a whole - in first case, regions often encompass various ethnic and cultural groups, and although party's members from other regions of a single Commonwealth can't vote in those Party's elections either, it is not a matter of just a single ethnic native group anymore. However, considering the fact, that SC encompasses the entire world, all of the planet's inhabitants could be called as ''natives'' which means, that native representation theoretically is around in SC. Still, in practice, the term is used for regional politics.
Pledge of Allegiance - It is obligatory to recite the anthem of SC as a whole in every school, along with the regional anthem. Thing is, that regional anthems are multiple, but common anthem - only one. Pledge of Allegiance itself also is in the list to be recited in schools, workplace, parks, homes, etc...
Permanent Marriage - In some cases, divorce is ''legal'', but in practice, legal process is so hard, that it is almost impossible to divorce. In some regions, divorce is outright banned. So, people are usually advised to choose wisely before marriage. Although, in some cases, partner is picked by the family members, and then little can be done.
Heterosexuality - Same sex relationships are not recognized by most of SC's churches, and SC is not exactly a paragon of LGBTQ+ rights, due of its reactionary social tendencies. In fact, in a lot of regions, those are not only not recognized, but straight up illegal. Some reformist wing member have spoken against the discrimination, arguing, that those laws ''alienate a lot of SC's potential support basis'', but most of other politicians don't see those laws changing soon.
No Adultery - Marriage is hold as sacred in SC, and it is typically viewed as ''morally repugnant'' to break the marriage contract with other people. Punishment can either be shunning out of the community, or even fines, or arrest. Various governors have different opinions in this matter, but almost all of them are opposed to it. Still, SCPS agents have received data, that adultery rates ''have actually risen'' in SC.
No Abortion - In most of SC's regions, abortion is banned by regional governors, mostly on religious grounds, and due of social conservatism. Even in those regions, where it theoretically isn't banned, legal process of it is just as complex as for divorce, due of SC's bureaucracy. That said, some of SC's sociologists keep advocating of a some form of birth control, due of the ''population boom'' in SC's world - steady rise of population, and concerns of not being able to feed all of SC's population due of stretched resources.
No Contraception - It, similarly to abortion, has been banned in large parts of SC, and has been a controversial topic of debate in SC for a long time. Some SC's politicians support it as a means to regulate the population growth in future, due of the increasing pressure of a growing populace on Earth's resources. However, most of the religious SC's politicians and Party's members remain against it, seeing the ban as ''ensuring the survival of nations, especially the smaller ones''. Although the progress in terms of rights of women has been slower than a snail speed, and sometimes has even been regressed back, change is still happening, and while reversal of the law is not to be seen in near future, it is likely, that something like that could happen in a further future, at least in more ''progressive'' SC's regions, as some SC's regions are likely to remain as holdouts of the ban.
Euthanasia - Euthanasia is not banned in SC, although the process and rules can be pretty complicated - for example, euthanasia is often allowed only then, if there is absolutely no cure for the disease, or there is no possibility of recovery. So, you can't just choose to end your life, as government officials, or medics will still decide, if to approve, or deny the request. In fact, sometimes euthanasia has been forcefully used by various SC's governors, while in other cases, requests of euthanasia from people like criminals, and important officials have been rejected.
Compulsory Organ Harvesting - In SC's hospitals, there are regular shortages of vital organs, and there is a lack of voluntarily donors. So, in order to get more organs, SC's Ministry of Health has authorized the usage of dead person's organs after their death. Relatively fresh ones are valued the most, and shady traders can earn much money this way. However, there have been protests about this matter, and in countries with poorer medicine, there is lesser supply of organs in general anyway.
AI Personhood - In some SC's regions, AIs are recognized as citizens. For example, Supercomputer Tom, who is the leader of SC itself, has citizenship, and all advanced AIs within central government's territory are granted citizenship. However, there are also a a lot of states, where AIs aren't recognized as citizens - either due of staunch opposition of it, or because they have more pressing matters to handle, as robots are mostly concentrated in wealthy regions, although they have been sent to former disputed zone recently, to assist rebuilding effort.
Parental Licensing - Due of the increasing reports of ''bad parenting'', and rising amount of orphans, SC attempted to implement the parental licensing program - so only those parents, who would be ''qualified enough'' in SC's eyes, could raise children. Children from bad families are usually taken by army, or other state's agents, in order to be raised for the State's job. Still, due of SC's wast size, this program is hard to implement on a world scale.
Prudism - Dressing code is strictly conservative, for both men, and women. Clothing usually resembles a some sort of retro 50s feel, with mix of atompunk, and cyberpunk. However, as 50s were different in various countries, styles differ there as well. One of the few exceptions are national costumes - those usually are very colorful, and a lot of effort is put into them.
No Smoking - Smoking, similarly to alcohol, is condemned by religious authorities, and SC's doctors also actively oppose it, due of it increasing the risk of cancer, and possibly reducing the productivity of workers. So, usage of tobacco, and other smoking substances is either forbidden, or strictly regulated in most of SC's regions. Still, illegal cigars, and tobacco is around, so SC has tried to get monopoly on legal tobacco instead, and other cigarettes.
Law & Order
Capital Punishment - SC uses capital punishment widely, and it has been a popular method in former two superstates as well. There have been many calls for abolition of the capital punishment, but it has always been vetoed by SC's government. Capital punishment is legal in all of SC's regions. Most common methods are hanging, and firing squad, although eutanasia has become popular as of recently as well, particularly in more developed SC's regions.
Corporal Punishment - Corporal punishment, just like capital punishment, is pretty common in SC. Almost every region has a some special/unique way of corporal punishment, and sometimes it can get very messy. Also, similarly to capital punishment issue, SC's government has vetoed Party's vote on ban of corporal punishment. Army considers it a ''good way of how to get information''.
Conscription - SC's recruitment laws could be described as ''service by requirement'' - at war time, it can mobilize massive amounts of soldiers, but in peace time, it usually doesn't conscript as much people, although conscription is always in place in one way or another. However, due of SC's command structure, conscripted armies can be pretty hard to gather together, and complex military operations are a headache. SC has 35 million soldiers currently, but it is estimated to be able to mobilize even more.
Human Sacrifice - Some regions within SC have started the practice of human sacrifice once again. Such practice is particularly in common for regions, where local governors endorse neo-paganism, or even a some form of satanism. Reason for the return of ritual human sacrifices is related to various mythological beings returning, along with magic, thanks to SC's evil actions. And a lot of those beings require sacrifices to appease them. However, the amount of human sacrifices is still low - animals are still sacrificed more often, and Tom has said, that ''Christians will still not sacrifice any humans!''. That said, some argue, that SC's actions, and victims of excessive brutality is a sacrifice in some way, to appease the Wendigo.
No Judiciary - Again, one of those things, which are on paper. Although it doesn't have an official judiciary system anymore, various local courts (Like Xeer in Somalia) usually take the role of punishing criminals. Also, there are army courts for war crimes, and for some serious criminals as well. It could be said, that there are still courts in SC, but there is no official system of justice, and government usually is the judge - there are no independent courts, or judges in SC.
Gun Control - Gun laws are very strict for civilians in SC. Most often you can't own a stronger firearm than a pistol, and most of government thinks, that ''strong weapons are suited only for army, police, and other government agencies''. That said, some regions are more lax on gun laws, and even arm their populace in case of partisan warfare. State militias can also bear stronger weapons.
Curfew - In most of SC's states, there is a national curfew in place, which usually lasts from 22:00, to 5:00, and during this time, anyone, who hasn't got
No Prison - SC doesn't have any prisons, at least not on paper, and punishments mostly are supposed to be either a death sentence, forced labor, probation, or fine. In reality, however, a lot of the SCPS's labor camps could be called as ''prisons'', as dissenters, and serious criminals usually work there. Even without them, there are other alternatives to prisons in SC, especially for guilds, tribals, army, and State's companies. So, in reality, prison system is simply more refined in SC.
State Surveillance - Cameras, microphones, and other surveillance tools are widely used in SC, and can be found in even most unexpected places. SC has got its own version of internet, and it is heavily overseen by the government, as it also participated in its development. Even TVs, and radios have surveillance tools implemented. The eye of State, and its local governments is almost impossible to avoid, asides from the most remote regions.
DNA Harvesting - DNA technologies are nothing new in SC's world, but only recently they have become more advanced. In more developed SC's regions, giving a DNA sample is obligatory. In order to easily identify people, DNA sample needs to be ''clean'', or it will not be accepted by the scientists. In poorer regions, DNA technologies are more outdated, and less precise.
ID Chips - SC has started a program of ID chips, which are supposed to help police, and the State alongside with surveillance programs, and DNA harvesting. Mass implementation of ID chips is pretty expensive, however, so those chips for now are issued only in the wealthiest SC's states, like Canada, British Isles, Australia, etc. In poorer regions, other alternatives are put in place.
Socialism - SC's system in most of regions is a state planned economy, with little, or any private business, and there are large state companies, which hold monopolies on entire markets. However, government permits the existence of so called ''micro-businesses'', which are usually family-ran businesses, especially in the countryside, which can provide things in case, when big companies can't. That said, those businesses can't grow ''too big'' - if state feels, that the monopoly of its companies is being threatened, it can lock down the business. That said, more socialistic, and more corporatist models exist across SC.
AI Planning - Supercomputer Tom also plans economy - this ability was designed by programmers, in order to ''avoid mismanagement by humans''. However, he can't plan economy all the time, so he has smaller supercomputer to help with this task. Some also question, if it is ''truly possible'' to manage economy for entire 100%, and that even supercomputer might find it a hard task eventually. Also, there are many regional economies, which Tom can't plan, so he employs locals to plan it. On local level, mismanagement is even higher.
Universal Health Care - SC pursues (or at least tries to) an universal healthcare model, mostly in order to improve lifespan, and productivity of workers, because as one of the main reformists has said, ''healthy people are productive people''. That said, SC's medicine model is infamous for its inefficiency, and in newer states, healthcare system has been ruined by the constant warfare, so traditional medicine, and local doctors are popular as well. Even in former two superstates, which retrained some form of system, it has been pretty much outdated to SC's standards.
No Drugs - SC enforces a national ban of drugs, as they, similarly to alcohol, and gambling, are condemned by religious authorities. However, its attempt on ''War of the drugs'' have been proved to be unsuccessful, as cartels still thrive, and clash with the government. So, SC in regions tries a new tactic instead - by seizing more from the drug market, and enforcing a monopoly similar to that one of companies, by selling them in legal market. Army also manufactures some of drugs, in order to stimulate soldier abilities. Of course, this is not without consequences.
Maternity Leave - Maternity leave got introduced only relatively recently - in 2040s, and there are still a lot of loopholes in SC's laws on this matter. Also, it only fully functions in some parts of SC's First World - in Second and Third worlds, maternity leave is introduced partially, or not enough, as while following SC's central government's law is recommended, maternity leave is not a requirement for being a member of the Commonwealth, as some regions simply can't afford it. Some of SC's state CEOs have also complained about the maternity leave, preferring to reverse the law instead.
Child Labor - Although child labor has generally been phased out in SC's First World, and children main goal now is to go to school, child labor is still sometimes used in work in either farms, or factories, when helping parents. During summers, some parents consider it to be a ''valuable work experience'', and ''a way to not let children to become lazy''. In SC's Third and Second Worlds, child labor still remains important, despite Tom's plan to ''eventually send more children to school there as well''. Right now, most of SC's governors there practice such system - children with good marks and results continue going to school, and later on - state university, while those with bad marks are usually sent to various manual or mental works, usually becoming the ''ugly backbone'' of SC in future, a.k.a Proles. Sometimes children are given jobs by their parents, or by religious authorities.
Slavery - It has various forms in SC, actually - one is practiced in prisons (Both normal, and SCPS prisons), where dissenters, and criminals are usually forced to work hard to earn a bit money. Second one is typically described as ''workplace slavery'' by government critics, and is aimed at conditions in SC's factories, which sometimes can get really terrible. Third one is ''classic'' one - after chaos in disputed zone, a lot of slave traders have benefited from it, and SC usually doesn't bat an eye, as long as they work for the state.
Wage Control - Although not always possible due of decentralization, and SC's vast size (Which means, that wages can differ across regions, as governors don't need to follow a single standard there), SC's government has attempted to enforce a some sort of minimal wage, along with labor regulations.
Prohibition - in most of the SC, usage of alcohol is either heavily regulated, or outright prohibited, either on religious, moral, or health grounds. A lot of Megastates have reinstated prohibition after reports of soldier consumption of alcohol in foreign lands, and overall vulgarity. That said, not all regions have the same alcohol laws, and some governors are more lax on them.
Autarky - Theoretically an autarky, as it has no other countries to trade with, and has enormous resources to produce whatever it needs for itself. However, trade between regions is fairly common - as rulers there have a pretty large autonomy, they also engage in regional trade contracts, as one region often has a resource, which other hasn't got. So, on such a scale, SC is not an autarky.
No Gambling - Gambling has been condemned by various religious leaders of SC, and it is illegal to open a private gambling business. That said, if state itself can earn some money, it puts most of religious dogma aside - there are quite a few gambling sites, which are owned by the state. Still, they are pretty rare in SC, and aren't on every corner of the street.
Nuclear Power - While fossil fuels still make up for a lot of SC's energy, in recent years, Tom has tried to switch to nuclear power instead, by building lots of nuclear power plants recently, as he considers nuclear fission as ''one of the most effective sources of energy''. There are other major green energies being researched, particularly solar, and hydro power.
Space Program - To be honest, our space program is still at the very early stages, due of our most resources being pinned down for rebuilding the world, and keeping order. So far, we have sent only probes in the space, although we do have plans to send a mission to Moon someday. Mars is still a far dream, though. (In space AU, we eventually get around colonization of the Solar System, but no further)
Metricism - While staunchly opposed by the Megastates, and despite the fact, that they were the founders of SC as a whole, rest of the regions voted in favor of metric system, and imperial system is currently being replaced in United Megastates, alongside with Liberia, and Myanmar. Some leaders found it a ''cheaper alternative'' to implementation of imperial system on a world scale.
Weapons of Mass Destruction - We claim the right to use WMDs whenever we please - in our world, there are no Geneva conventions anymore, which means, that any method is not out of question for our forces. Only thing, which limits us, are either army general personal morals, or lack of imagination. Our arsenal is pretty rich - from nukes, to chemicals, to bioweapons, to even prototypes of orbital strikes.
Climate Treaty - In 2030s, when it became clear, that Earth was warming, due of inefficient usage of natural resources, and constant warfare, which left scars on earth, new statutes of preserving climate were drafted, in order to prevent accelerating temperature rise. That said, due of SC's system, it is almost impossible to enforce a common standard in all regions, so variations of the statutes exist.
No Immigration - We don't have an ''immigration'' from other countries, as in our world, there are no other independent countries. That said, we still are strict on movement between regional borders, as we are basically a worldwide confederation, and in various zones, local rulers rule practically independently, even if they pledge allegiance to the central government.
No Emigration - Similarly with immigration, there are no other independent countries to emigrate, as we are a world government. However, we still prevent settlement, or emigration of members of one group to another region, because we want to avoid ''mixing''. Most people outside their home region are either temporary workers, soldiers, or high-ranked personnel.
''Major Windigo'' is the leader of UDU - a partisan group with a mixed contingent of various supporters of democracy in SC's Canada and Megastates, which aims to bring down the Tom's rule, and hopes for such an act to ''shake the rest of the world like a domino''. Major Windigo took the charge of the organization after the previous UDU's leader - White Fox, was killed in a skirmish between UDU's troopers, and SCPS military agents. A bounty has been declared over Windigo's head, and most of SC's officials consider him a ''dangerous terrorist''. Accusations against him include, but are not limited to: destroying sections of railways with IEDs, arson, butchering SC's police officers and soldiers during night time raids, acts of treason, manufacturing of weapons without permit from government, etc.
Windigo's first half of life is still clouded in mystery, due of lack of insight in societal structure of UDU's resistance cells (By this point, UDU has been around for decades, and has became almost like a second, underground form of society with its own curriculum, military, police officers in form of troopers, and also with care for demographics, as while UDU still recruits outsiders, it also raises children to take the mantle from their parents and grandparents). In fact, even his real name is not known, but only the code name, due of the strict security requirements within UDU both for grunts, and higher officers. SCPS has tried to find out his real name by capturing, and torturing various UDU's archivists, which have a list of the names of fighters for each UDU's district, but so far - without much success. (A single archivist doesn't know all the names, and one of the reason for keeping name lists is to prevent interbreeding between UDU's fighters, as lots of them are women. In fact, the UDU's egalitarianism is one of its strongest aces, if compared to other SC's factions.) However, it is likely that he was raised from birth in an UDU cell, and learned at least basic tenets of politics and history.
As an UDU partisan, and climbing up the ladders of career
Before becoming the head of UDU, Windigo worked as a fighter, but later on - as an infiltrator. While a lot of his work involved spying, he was tasked with assassination missions as well - perhaps his most famous victim was the SC's minister of defense in 2047, which he brought down by managing to smuggle in a small amount of Botulinum in his coffee. He was picked as a leader by UDU's Council of Generals, as he seemed as the best successor candidate. His success at leading a surrounded battalion out of the forest, where the SCPS agents had encircled them, and fighting their way out to safety in Rockies also played a role in his candidature. After he was chosen as the next head of UDU, Windigo revealed his plan of ''National Democracy'' - a form of democracy in his interpretation, which, according to his words, ''could prevent that, what the old world's democracy couldn't - rise of reactionaries''. Windigo has also argued, that ''Liberals, social democrats, and other supporters of freedom must remain ever vigilant, to preserve it, and must not fall into status quo moderate trap - giving freedom of speech for a totalitarian, who would want to abolish it, makes little sense, and such people shouldn't be given even an inch. Also, both the government and President should have a lot more powers, and should retrain rights to intervene, if democracy would be under threat''.
He continued the work, which White Fox had laid on the table - expanding the UDU's network in SC's Canada. However, unlike the White Fox, Windigo abandoned the plan to expand the network in Central America, as he saw it as ''overstretching the limited UDU's funds, and without perspective in general'', instead leaving the underground groups there on their own. While UDU is not the only underground group in SC's Canada, it is still the dominant one, and has already established a stable chapter within Prairies, and Northwest after an agreement with the local groups there. Currently UDU is planning to infiltrate those French Canadians, which aren't loyal to the Archon Cousineau in The East (Quebec, and Eastern Canada), and reorganize them as a part of UDU's branches, as UDU's leadership thinks, that ''fractured groups will never be able to put as effective resistance as a singular one''. Windigo has also tried to attract some funding for UDU through black markets, and get potential sponsors on their side, but the primary UDU's supplying way is still scavenging, and producing supplies themselves. UDU has a small contingent of leftists like anarchists as well''.
His leadership is not without controversy, however - due of the vast amount of cells, and the land, in which UDU operates, he can't completely control (And sometimes doesn't want to) all of the UDU's fighters, and while he himself isn't the most mentally stable person, there are still people within UDU, which are more filled with vengeance and hatred against the Party, and its supporters. One example is the retaliation actions, which both SCPS, and UDU sometimes commit. In 2045, SCPS special forces not only destroyed a large cell in the Rocky mountains, but also raided the local villages, and killed those sympathetic to the fighters. As a revenge, UDU's soldiers launched a counter-attack towards the base in Rockies megastate, from which most of the SCPS agents had came from, and later on put them on the telephone poles, and leaflets on the ground with text ''Fate of the servants of darkness''. Overall, violence in SC's world is almost impossible to avoid, especially when compromise is just not possible.
Question of ethnic and other minorities is also quite a controversial topic for Windigo - from one side, Windigo's UDU provides safety for the minorities, which have enlisted in their ranks, and a significant percentage of the remaining minorities in SC's Megastates and Canada are aligned with UDU in some way (Due of the SC's repressions both before, and after the reformist period, the population of minorities has decreased sharply), and Windigo has encouraged them to fight against their oppressors. However, on the other hand, Windigo has no love for those minority individuals, who don't join UDU's ranks, (Although, to be frank, UDU deep in heart has little love for civilians, despite trying to convince them to join, and usually splits them in two categories - ''undrafted combatants'', or ''simply cowards'', often saying, that ''all are complicit, and none are safe'').
Politics and other issues
Windigo has described himself as a pro-liberal or social democrat, but unlike some others, he is also ready for radical solutions and opinions, along with violent armed struggle. While Party's Liberal Wing is also pretty radical on its own, UDU still opposes Party's rule more directly, and Windigo has decried the Liberal Wing as ''useless'', and ''spineless'', claiming, that ''UDU is the true successor of the Two Parties banned by Father America in 50s'' (Republican and Democrat parties are typically idolized by UDU in a mythical way, just like most of the Old World in general - in fact, there is even a photo in SCPS archives, where UDU's fighters can be seen holding Republican and Democrat banners in their hands, along with UDU's banners, having ''We die for freedom'' written on them, along with a pile of firearms). Also, while he has expressed support for eventually ''restoring a democratic state'', the nature of the conflict has made him take drastic decisions, and he runs UDU itself as a despot, trying to enforce strong central control as much as possible. Windigo says, that ''it is a necessary evil, if we don't want the resistance to simply disintegrate''. That said, some of the UDU's members aren't sure, of how much he is committed to democratic ideals, and Windigo establishing a hybrid regime is not out of question.
On economics, he favors mild intervention. He is also ready to work with demsocs, even if he isn't a fan of some of their positions. However, he doesn't like the horseshoe theory, saying, that ''it is just a mere dogwhistle for the remaining moderates in SC's world to feel better. In a radical world, you either become a radical yourself, in order to survive, or get eaten like a sheep among the wolves''. On matters of conservatism, he remains mostly neutral, as he too holds some opinions, which could be described as ''conservative'', although he hates the SC supporting reactionaries with passion. Either way, one thing is sure - during his life, he has been hardened a lot, and also experienced lots of emotional losses. He will not stop, until either he is dead, or his enemies are dead.
When it comes to religion, Major Windigo is pretty atheistic, and favors separation of church and state, as he views religious institutions as a part of SC's oppression machinery, and in result, ''they should not be trusted to be around government''. That said, Windigo has often quoted psalms and other religious texts in either conversations with UDU's members, or when leaving a message for SC's loyalists after massacring a lone garrison, for an example - it is because along with UDU's history, geopolitics, and cultural courses, he took theological courses as well, and picked up a few phrases or facts, which he deemed as ''important'' or ''interesting'', while rejecting any form of religion himself.
Sympathetic: Social democracy, revolutionary liberalism, ''temporary despotism'', authoritarian democracy, militarism, violent uprising, atheism, radicalism, firearm training for the populace, statism, hierarchist command structure, transhumanism, dialectic materialism, freedom of information, interventionism, Rhine capitalism.
''In order to save their skin, some will say, that ''they were just following the orders'', or that they are in fact ''apolitical'' - that is simply not true. Everyone, from the highest officer to lowest grunt, is complicit for the unacceptable actions they have done.''
''As much as I would love democracy to be restored, UDU is a military organization, not a state, hence why a strict hierarchy is necessary, as a democratic command structure makes it easier for SCPS to send in the moles. Also, the tyrants will not disappear overnight, so a temporary despotism is necessary to root out the supporters of the old.''
''At this point, we have been living in underground and wilderness for almost a century, and have become a separate society, far away from the spotlight of SC. Our ancestors fought against SC's madness, and our future generations will as well! And even if
''Scarlett still thinks, that a change will be achieved by her hiding her actual views, and ''taking the system out from inside''. Truth is, that this beast can't be changed from inside - it can only be destroyed from outside by brutal force. She is under high surveillance, but has a comfy house, while I have to scavenge, and farm for food on my own, and sleeping in mud under clear sky is nothing unusual for me.''
''Some have abandoned the idea of ever calling shots, and work as grave diggers instead. Point is, that if given power, a monster awakes even in a democrat.''
S.P.E.C.I.A.L stats:Strength: 6
Other UDU's trivia
An important part in UDU's partisan curriculum is learning of how to use various plants, berries, and other things which nature provides to their advantage, or how to muster basic medicine from them, as injuries are a pretty common thing for UDU's fighters, and often more advanced medicine just can't be achieved, as hospitals are tightly regulated by SC's agents. Learning to make a quick shelter is also an important skill, so the trooper wouldn't be freezing. Although UDU's school structure is a bit more democratic, if compared to draconian SC's schools, it still has the traditional teacher and student hierarchies, and corporal punishment for bad learners is nothing uncommon. Also, UDU's curriculum is significantly smaller than for SC's schools, due of limited funds, and some parts of it can be outdated.
Unlike with Quebecois fighters, Inuit Guerrillas have had little interaction with UDU before, and they mostly stay out of each other's way. However, once UDu finishes integrating Quebecois fighters, it is only a matter of time until it will seek contact with Inuits as well. As for Ontario, unlike with other Canadian megastates, UDU funded the resistance directly there, which means, that it quickly pushed out any competing groups. Some other notable resistance groups were the southern partisans, which mostly operated in the Dixie Megastate. During 80s, half of them were integrated by Windigo's UDU, while those with more pro-confederate sentiments defected to Carter's SC, as the new reformist period had started massive decentralization, even though SC was still harsh on attempts of secession.
*You found a note from a mythologist*
While majority of the Commonwealth believes in one of the various Abrahamic gods, or polytheist beings, those have less say there, than it seems - actually things are ran by a lovecraftian being - Wendigo. He has been the main directing force of the events, which led to the rise of Commonwealth on the throne, where it is currently. Ideological radicalization in 30s, WW2 later on, Coup in the 50s, Great Nuke War, Collapse of the other Superstates, SC's cruelty? All of them are the works of Wendigo. It is a monstrous creature, mostly reported to be sighted in North America, and driven by sheer hunger, and gluttony - it never has enough, so it needs more victims to eat. SC's world is full with misery, and bloodshed - great meal for the Wendigo. Even then, its hunger is not pleased yet, and he needs more catastrophic events, more bloodshed. I have a suspicion, that at one point, Commonwealth is going to collapse, as Wendigo can't let stability arose, as he feeds the best in times of instability, and internal conflicts. Wendigo also has been responsible for SC's Earth being overall devoid from good spirits, and angels, making a good breeding soil for evil. SC might be just a transition stage, before full demon takeover. Second nuclear war would be just a cherry on top of all of that. However, all blame can't be shifted to Wendigo- some things like napalm weren't invented by Wendigo, but by SC's humans themselves.
Various occultists in SC, and shamans seem to be followers of Wendigo, as it gives them force. Some even say, that Perry, and Tom worship the Wendigo as well, and their Christian Mysticism is actually a coded version of following the Wendigo. Sacrifices are necessary, to keep it at bay for a while. It also can be useful for SC's armies, and help them achieve victories at seemingly impossible odds. However, if it feels betrayed, it can turn against its armies as well, and bring chaos, and destruction between them, disguising itself as one of the soldiers - those usually have an incredibly large appetite, and attack anyone on sight, or sabotage the army supplies, and connections. And rest of the demons, which Earth has managed to spawn? Wendigo's helpers. The old ones never went away, just like magic.
*Note archived in your device*
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The World Syndicalist Republics of Silver Commonwealth (WSRSC) (Free American Empire until 1990). All-American Union (Optional classification)
Motto: ''Building a new dawn for the World today!'' (Official)
Anthem:Battle Hymn of the Republic
Presidential anthem:Hail to the Chief
Anthems of former two superstates:Молитва русских (Russian Empire), 卿雲歌 (RNGOC)
National Animal:Bald Eagle
Official Language: English (Or rather Ingliš - A modified version of original English by The Party, which is phonetically consistent and is pronounced just as it is written)
National Language(s): Afrikaans, Hindi, Portuguese, Spanish, Kazakh, Yakut, Japanese, Chinese, Arab (Speaking of languages, some are being revived or repurposed by nationalists within SC)
Government: Authoritarian, decentralized Commonwealth of States
Legislature: Commonwealth congress
Economy:Command economy with trade between regions
Establishment: Coup in USA
Highest temperature:+ 56.7 °C
GDP (nominal): 80.28 trillion $
Currency:Commonwealth dollar (Used alongside with European credit, Arabian riyal, Central Asian tenge, Indian rupee, Japanese yen, Chinese yuan, Australasian Dollar, African Dollar, Central American peso, South American real, Canadian dollar and Robot labor credits)
Time Zone:Time zones (Along with DST) abolished in favor of UTC
Calendar:Hanke–Henry Permanent Calendar
KR Ideology:Paternal Autocrats (Cuz apparently that's the most often heard response in F7 thread)
Drives on the:Right
Calling code:+1 000
Date format: DD-MM-YY
*You found a note from an officer*
Okay, this is getting ridiculous - at first, reforms soften our anti-left stance, then Huey Long starts to get quoted in campuses, and now, they are going step further - they are letting them to participate in the government! What's next - we start to add socialist books in our official Party's literature? Wait, I just received a notification, that they actually consider doing that... This world has gone completely bonkers.
*Note archived in your device*
(Both maps are kinda canon and kinda not.)
SC also uses coordinate maps,mostly used by SC's army, SCPS, and schools. It could be also possibly be used in future, in order to strike targets by orbital bombardment.
6-14: UMA (United Megastates of America)
15-19: Centroamérica (Central America)
20-26: América do Sul
27-38: European Federation
39-46: Australasian Confederation
47-53: Suid-Afrika (South Africa)
54-58: Türkistan (Turkestan)
59-65: Alsharq al'awsat (Middle East)
66-73: Bhaarateey Kamphederashan (Indian Confederacy)
74-78: Zhōngguó (China)
79-85: Honō no wa (Ring of Fire)
86-89: Сибиир (Siberia)
(Other sources: 90 regions, if including Antarctican Territories as 90th region. Currently, there is a dispute over it.)
*You found a note from a programmer*
Today, I had a wonderful chance to look at the satellite map of Earth - it is truly beautiful. Fields of ice, mountains, valleys, deserts, and plains - all come together in a beautiful color palette. It is better than the geopolitical world map, which only featured borders, and not terrain.
*Note archived in your device*
Unlike some other empires, SC's existence is like running against a clock, as political mistakes can cost dearly, perhaps even with the collapse of SC being the price, and even if it gets in space... the clock still ticks and hasn't stopped.
(And I know that there is no fancy template, but can't be bothered to change that. However, space AU will get a template, I promise)
(In fact, although politics of the states of the Commonwealth are quite diverse already, there are some local branches, that are "minority branches", as they don't hold the power of a Commonwealth state as a whole, but only for autonomy, which has been given to them. So, politics are a mess, and full with intrigues... Or in other words, states of the Commonwealth have the same issues as FAE's rump state.)
Mysterious collapse of the other two superstates damaged FAE a lot too. Unrest was growing, and it became too hard to try to maintain a centralized command. At this point, FAE was very close to collapse, and it wouldn't take much for it to have the fate, that other two superstates received- a violent chaos, and a fight between militiant factions, and states would not solidify for at least decades (The Khalkhin Gol scene of movie ''My Way'' is basically how the battles in Disputed Zone looked like, especially in lands like Sahara.)
However, a solution was found- Devolution. It was supposed to bring more of the FAE's resources to its rump Region, meanwhile FAE's soldiers left the Regions- Region militaries now were on their own, to protect the borders- they had to create their own army, navy, and airforce, creating something similar to League of Nations instead. Also, way more power was given to local branches. However, in the process, FAE almost collapsed, and situation is still unstable. Still, even after reforms, administration has not become slightly easy - although world was officially declared as ''united under one flag'', in reality, it is still plagued by raiders, rogue groups, and rebels, which drained a lot of resources from both central, and regional governments. It is estimated, that it will take years to consolidate all of the world, especially places like deserts, and remote islands.
After devolution process had been completed, and reforms were put in FAE, there were still threats to the FAE's former holdings, especially in South Africa. So, an compromise was made- a second Commonwealth would be created, but this time- with the rump state of FAE being in charge. Commonwealth nations are relatively autonomous, but they still have to play with FAE's rules, and FAE can intervene, and force other regions to intervene too, if a revolution would take place in some from the Commonwealth states. (Also sometimes called as Commonwealth republics)
Commonwealth's flag symbolics: 13 stars symbolize 13 Commonwealth States, blue- unity, globe- commonwealth itself, and red L- it's ruling party. And cogwheel symbolizes Tomism. (Rather not on its own, but together with the rest of the flag.)
Headquarters of the Commonwealth are in New York, and at the top, seats are usually for the FAE's, and former Region leaders. At the bottom, there are the representatives of the organizations both within FAE, and its former Frontiers. It kind of works like a smaller UN. Commonwealth is strictly republican, as all of its States are republics. Also a home to various strange ideologies - from national anarchism to ''Fascism with Liberian characteristics'' (Also highly likely to collapse in Soviet style but more brutal, though).
In a vote, regions, and FAE decide, what action to take militarily, what aid to send, what programs to implement, etc. It also works with solving border disputes between regions, in a representative vote. (In practice, however, it bot always works out, as governor from Bolivia, for an example, has little care of Balkan disputes.) Sometimes, the UCN also votes for accepting a new state or territory into the Commonwealth, and can also decide to embargo an one region, or veto a decision of it. Although there is voting, and not "a single ruler decides all", representatives aren't democratically elected, of course.
Also, just because of the title " World Syndicalist Republics" (Sometimes also called as ''All-American Union''), SC isn't actually syndicalist, and it is only for propaganda purposes. In reality, SC is rather a plain autocracy/fash dictatorship. That said, some of its member regions have national syndicalist governments.
In fact, although politics of the states of the Commonwealth are quite diverse already, there are some local branches, that are "minority branches", as they don't hold the power of a Commonwealth state as a whole, but only for autonomy, which has been given to them. So, politics are a mess, and full with intrigues... Or in other words, states of the Commonwealth have the same issues as FAE's rump state, just an one level lower. Ultimately, however, Tom's goal is to wage a ''Holy War''... in space.
(Random fact: 20th century, particularly the early 20s, WW2, and 50s, are often referred to as the ''Old World'' in SC's timeline, as those were the times before SC arose, and pretty much falsified a lot of its previous history. Most of the remnants of it are in form of weapons, and armored vehicles. Although, 60s, and 70s sometimes are referred to as the ''Old World'' as well.)
There are usually 13 speakers in total, a.k.a one for every Commonwealth State (Siberia is more of a robot bantustan, though), and a lot of smaller ones for organizations. There are two types of issues- regional, and international. Regional issues are usually discussed in the Commonwealth State capitals, and other region representatives are not required to attend them. International issues, however, are discussed only in New York- UNC's HQ. All representatives of both organizations, and Commonwealth States, are required to be there. There is also a speaker for Antarctica, but it is more of a Colony than a Commonwealth state.
"Tom is heavily guarded, as he can't move - many securitrons regularly patrol the area around him, along with humans, and Tom himself has force field, and turret defenses, which he can activate, if Neo Washington gets attacked. Sometimes, securitrons are his main chit-chat partners."
In the end, SC is definitely not a single entity, but a collection of various entities, and a web of complex alliances - for an example, religiously it is a collection of various cults, and radical religious groups, just like political groups. (On an another note, Belgrade would be the capital of Balkans, if it wasn't destroyed in the Great Nuke War..It got rebuilt, but it was still a shadow of its former self.) In fact, SC doesn't have a single president, but rather 14 ones, with one of them serving as the ''main president''. (Kind of like Switzerland) Some compare this to Japanese WW2 slogan ''Hakkō ichiu'', or "eight crown cords, one roof'', which is usually interpreted as an never-ending expansion, until all of the world is united. In other words, SC spreads wherever its soldiers go.
For an example, European Federation's parliament is located in Buckingham palace, which formerly was a residence of the Royal family, but was turned into British Regional government's HQ at first, but later on it was supposed to house all of Europe's leaders. Leaders from eastern parts of Europe sit at the right, but Leaders from western parts of the Europe - at the left side. There are usually seats for both large region administration overseers, and leaders of Autonomies. Each region has one vote in meetings, and most prominent region flags are usually displayed at the meeting room. Sometimes it is described as ''Democracy for the Party, totalitarianism for the rest''. As for church power... While a lot of SC's regions are basically theocracies, the churches are still taxed like any other institutions (More because SC's government critically needs revenue and any sources of income, to prop up its growing size, and many planned reconstruction projects), and governments usually set a cap, on how much priests and pastors can earn, which means, that not only proles, but a lot of evangelical priests themselves live in pretty spartan conditions.
*You found a note from a rebel *
They might have changed their skins, but their hearts have remained the same - corrupt, cold, cruel. They are the same oligarchy, which tries to grasp to its last straws. For now, they have outrun the time, but will they be lucky this time? Perhaps a small destabilization is what it needs the most...
*Note archived in your device*
For serious rule breaking (for example, not aiding FAE, and/or other frontiers in a conflict, failing to suppress revolution, not using money from FAE, and other frontiers for its purpose, etc.), a state can be kicked out from the Commonwealth. Such state would be quickly blockaded, and would be on its own, really. With the new international reality, such country would be doomed.
In fact, despite the name, European Federation isn't really a federation, but rather a decentralized mess, similar to HRE. (For an example, SC's Midwest is ran by agrarian, nationalistic ''anarchists'' atm, but ''anarchists'' in SC's world are basically just agrarian communitarians.)
Logo of the SCPS (And SC's Police Force)
Motto: "To keep the peace in the World"
SCPS was created in 2000, after CIA, FBI, and most of the other intelligence agencies were merged into one super-organization. One of its purposes is to deal with dissent in both America, and other states of the Commonwealth. It could be considered as a mix of KGB as well, because it has little, to no restrictions, when doing its job, along with a few elements from each intelligence organization on SC's planet, as it has lots of regional branches.
SCPS also has a branch, which checks out for potential dissent in internet, and works on propaganda. It could be said, that this branch is like an investigator, while main branch does the dirty job.
Most of the SCPS members have simple policemen uniforms, so they would look less threatening, and people wouldn't be that afraid at first, when they would commit their raids. (In fact, police and SCPS have pretty much merged, and regular police is like an extension of SCPS, and Police's banner is also SCPS banner) However, some of the higher-ups have black cloaks. Most preferred weapon is a pistol.
Although SCPS is important, it is not important enough, to receive power armor, so mostly its armor is pretty basic- a simple kevlar vest, and a helmet.
There are approx more than 500,000 people, who are the members of SCPS, and they have many member statuses. Only a few of them are higher ups, and can work with a top secret information. Others mostly do either the dirty job, or work in other branches.
Sometimes it is said, that SCPS agents look way too like members of mafia, although it was brutally suppressed way before the creation of Commonwealth. Sometimes it is used as an add to the argument, that ''SC's government is an one big mafia''. However, SCPS also has vigilante groups, which do the dirty deed, and are usually more mobile, because government services can't cover all of the cases effectively. Some of the guards also look like Combine soldiers.
Officially, it has no prisons. However, it often interrogates the suspicious persons, and dissents in labor camps, most usually in remote places like Greater North, or Sahara. They are often also called as ''slave camps'', as prisoners in them are treated horribly. It could be said, that slavery is pretty widespread in SC - it is present in workplace, and prisoners often die from work in the poorly maintained camps. Older camps often use mines around the outside perimeter, in order to not let prisoners escape. Newer camps, however, use movement sensors, as they are more effective. Bomb collars were also considered as an option, but the chief of SCPS rejected the proposal as ''too inhumane, even for SC''. Actually it didn't. In fact, it also recycles dead bodies often for fertilizer for the few greenhouse farms there - a practice which has also spread to the rest of the Commonwealth.
*You found a note from a army officer*
Today SCPS said, that it had interrogated a dangerous dissenter, which provided a lot of information for our anti-dissent campaigns. I commend them for that - perhaps they will receive a small premium later.
*Note archived in your device*
Canadian Republic's culture is structured similarly to America's - large megastates, with their own created culture, which depends on the job, with which they have been assigned. Also, culturally they are the most closest to each other. However, there are still differences between those two, especially in Quebec, where policy against French speakers has been changed many times historically.
Africa, Australasia, and South America are one from SC's melting pots in terms of culture - indigenous cultures, and colonist cultures are both under one flag, at least on paper. Still, cultural traditions are very different in each region, especially in Africa. Some natives have been recruited by governors, in order to try to integrate them as a part of Region army. However, policy of cultural separation still applies there, and historically, natives have been treated vastly different, depending on governors in charge, and Mapuches often need to gather gold from the sea, to hand it over for SC's ministries, in exchange for a little money. While Africa on paper is equal with the rest of the Commonwealth states, in practice, it often receives the short end of the stick. European culture is dominant in Australia, South Africa, and New Zealand, but recently added territories have a large development potential.
Regions like Central America are mostly predominantly Hispanic, along with a few indigenous cultures. Although there is some variety too, it isn't nearly such a melting pot like previously mentioned Commonwealth States. Natives there typically have received the short end of the stick, with Hispanics dominating the local politics. However, even then, there is lots of infighting.
European Federation, as name suggest, is predominantly European, and has little to no interaction from other Commonwealth State citizens, asides from higher-ups. Also, Kayden wants to keep ''homogeneous identity'' of the groups as well, so most of citizens view foreigners with suspicion. During the last years, ideology called as ''National communism'' has been spreading particularly in the Muscovy. It was created after a secret meeting of former RE's administration, and stalinists. Some experts call it ''crypto-fascist'', however. While they are the governors of Muscovy, their ideology lacks any presence outside of it, except for the Don-Kuban, where Red Cossacks rose to prominence, and are currently governing the region, led by the Red Hetman. It is governed by Cossack Veche, and Cossack military councils, which also carry out raids.
China is pretty homogeneous, although it has a few smaller cultures too, especially in the north, and west. However, although RNGOC remained, unlike RE, which was absorbed in the Federation, parts of the China were carved out for other Commonwealth Regions, including East Turkestan, Tibet, Southern China, and Eastern Part of Manchuria. Rest of the country has partly devolved in warlord run territories, as old cliques from Warlord era have regained power as regional governors. Turkestan, as name suggests, mostly consists from Turkic cultures, with a small Tajik minority in the south. Middle East is mostly Arabic in the South, while there are other groups in the Caucasus, Iran, Levant, and Anatolia as well.
Siberia is an odd case between the Commonwealth states, as it is sparsely populated by humans, but has experienced an influx of AIs recently, as they serve as workers, and local leaders. Local culture is a strange blend of indigenous traditions, and sci fi. While in cities, AIs are increasing in amount, outside from cities, there are still mostly humans.
Antarctica hasn't developed its own culture yet, as it was taken only recently, and for now, it kind of serves as a penal colony of sort. It is even more sparsely populated than Siberia, but it has also started to develop its own cultural things, particularly in hunting. Some predict, that its culture will evolve into something Inuit-like. Others think, that it will be highly influenced by English, and American culture, adapted to harsh climates. Anyways, due of SC's aggressive policies, most of the cultures have started to turn towards collectivism.
Only a few of the ministries and companies are listed there, as there are lots of ministries for various government aspects, and they vary across the regions -some regions have an extra ministry, while some lack one or two of the mentioned ministries. As for State Megacompanies, most of their main Headquarters are in SC's USA, but there are lots of regional branches with different names due of SC's system, so it is complicated.
Ministry of Foreign and Internal Affairs
Ministry of Health
Ministry of War and Defense
Ministry of Culture
Ministry of Health
Ministry of Science
Ministry of Agriculture
Ministry of Transport
Ministry of Ideology
Ministry of Economics
Ministry of Justice
Ministry of Labor
Ministry of Education
Ministry of Energy
Ministry of Truth
Ministry of Housing
Ministry of Environment
Ministry of Welfare
Ministry of Communications
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Boeing Combined Aircraft
Silverwing Electronics Concern
Briton Food Concern
Sea Tek (Both freight, and passenger ships)
Hydraulic Fracking Industries Inc
Brandon's Woodtimber Industries
Ford Military and Civilian Vehicles
Lone Star's Ranches United
ArcticWind's Fish Refinery
Department of Building Construction
Tom's Tea and Beverage company
Neo Sacramento Metallurg
Renewable Energy Tek
Due of the SC's brutality, extreme ideology, and lack of compromise, its relationships are strained with most of the multiverse. That said, it has made a few allies or countries which it could consider as ''friends'', or at least as neutral''. Still, it has way more enemies in the international stage than friends, especially constitutional monarchies, and liberal democracies. For the most part it doesn't participate in diplomacy, but when it does, the outcome rarely can be described as ''peaceful''.
F7 country Reputations in SC: (Inspired from Fallout NV)
(The list is considered as ''outdated'' by SC's editors, and might not necessarily reflect the SC's most recent opinions towards those nations - it might have become more positive, or the opposite of that - negative (For example, Zitravgrad would rather be viewed as ''shunned'', than ''vilified''. Also, it has started to participate more on the international stage. This being written by SC's editors some time ago means that several of those nations might have experienced factbook reworks changes of power and heart, making the description not up to date, as it was written for an older version.)
Idolized: Those are one of the few countries, which some of the SC's leaders actually like, look up to, and consider as friends. It can be either due of ideological similarities, or the country high friendliness. Still, relations can get quite tense even with nations in ''idolized'' scale, as not all of SC's leaders are that friendly.
Valentine Z (Valentinians are often viewed as the bright ''Yang'', while SC - as the dark ''Yin'', which together create a yin-yang relationship. Due of the Valentinian friendly nature, some of the SC's leaders (like Stanley) like to talk with them. Of course, Tom is not positive on all of them.)
Accepted: Those nations Commonwealth finds at least sympathetic, if not friendly to them. That said, differences, and disagreements between the two often prevent SC from establishing an alliance with them.
Imperial octavia (One of the few nations, which is liked by the SC, despite being a monarchy. Supercomputer Tom often finds many common points in VictorNet's philosophy, and also admires the strength of Octavian army. That said, he isn't completely content with Octavian invasion in Valentine Z, and Tom's hard line republicanism is an obstacle in the relations.)
Mixed: Nations, which SC views neither in favorable, or hateful light. It likes some of their elements, and dislikes others. That said, this feeling, like with others there, can also not be mutual - nations, which SC views in a neutral light, might view SC themselves in a hateful light.
Knessniet (Both countries have staunchly Christian populace, and Tom has signed trade deals with Knessniet in the past (Silver bullion). However, SC isn't too fond of neither monarchy, or most forms of capitalism (Except state capitalism), so it complicates the relations a bit.
Shunned: While SC's leaders dislike those countries, and their leadership for the most part, it mostly is due of ideological differences, and isn't as extreme. When talking with ambassadors, discussions can still be calm, but tension can sometimes be literally felt in the air. However, it is very hard to gain SC's trust, but very easy to become hated in its eyes.
Fallen Albali (Due of the Amaki's hate towards AI, Tom views her in extremely negative light. Politically, however, he has little complaints, and although he views her species negatively as well, it is not enough to reach "vilified" category.)
Vilified: Those countries are despised by many of SC's politicians, and leaders. Reasons can be various - varying from extreme ideological competition, being members of other species (SC dislikes most non-human sentient life, asides from AIs), to having a political trait, which SC views with disdain. In either case, diplomatic relations are very hostile, if any at all.
Earth circa 2050 (As it is not a world government, Tom's dislike against certain countries varies - for example, he despises states like North Korea less, than he would despise Norway, or UK. Anyways, overall he hates many things about this world - from extensive corporate deregulation, shadow governments, capitalist internationalism, to things like monarchy. He has regularly said to his party's members, that ''This Earth's democracy is utterly useless'', and that ''it should regulate its corporations more''.)
A post about more detailed stat explanation ICly for SC is available there. The new Beta stat explanations will also be included.
(''Raw'' button at the bottom of dispatch is really useful there... It is a mess of a code, really.)
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*You found a note from an ex-member of government*
Well, the recent rise of spirits have scared a few people, indeed. However, I have a suspicion of that, what might be happening. Thing is, that SC's mortal government might just as well be a puppet of Wendigo, who do his, and other evil spirit biding, while they themselves rule as a sort of cabal in SC. Those recent sightings of mythological creatures, and recent contacts of indigenous shamans aren't just a coincidence - it seems, that spirits might be finally taking back their world. I predict, that somewhere in the future, a titanic, last battle between evil, and good is going to take place there. Humans will have to decide on their own, which side to support. Before you say, that I am crazy, I actually ventured in the depths there, and know a few more secrets - Tom is indeed aware of spirit awakening, and even serves one of them. Evidence is all around.
*Note archived in your device*
Regional leaders have to watch on their province leaders as well- they have less powers than regional leaders, but they still can be quite a pain. Sometimes, some of the Autonomies are governed like personal fiefdoms, and borders are a bit of a mess, as they are drawn along ethnic lines. Regional province leaders are usually from other minorities.
All of the leaders have sworn to not betray Commonwealth, and they have silver eagle badges on their chest as a sign, that they have sworn so, and that they are loyal. Silver eagles are also on the banners of the armies of the administrative states. When President-Governor gets their position, they get a special ''mandate'' from Tom, which grants them rights to rule over the region (Or Commonwealth State). If they have done something bad, Tom can revoke their mandate, essentially making them an illegitimate ruler. Tom doesn't even need to keep them always in check 24/7, due of deep competition, and distrust between them, resulting in them keeping in check each other - if one tries to rebel, others hold them down, until SCPS agents arrive, and punish them. President-Governor is the default title, while second title is optional to the ruler's location. In fact, some of the current President-Governors are former monarchs, which changed their titles.
SC's designers have tried to create something for the Commonwealth governors, which could possibly match with the monarch crowns - a khaki colored, large general hat, with a black cap, with four smaller golden stars at both sides, and a large golden star in the center. It also has golden laurels on both sides. Of course, it can't really match with a crown, as it is less extravagant, and still looks like an army cap. Those caps are given to state governors as well. Symbols on cap also can include a cogwheel, torch, and fist, or some other symbol.
Renier has given more powers to paramilitary commanders, and a bit more rights for Namibian Germans. However, he is still fairly negative against Dominionists, and Natives, and labor camps are still around, along with apartheid. He is one from SC's henchmen, and has encouraged cooperation between Afrikaners, and Americans. He has also encouraged nationalism in African Frontier, but it is perfectly under Party's boot.
After process of decentralization, he considers SC as a partner. However, he is fairly negative against leadership of European Frontier, and fairly suspicious against foreign world. Some consider him to be a bit more than a puppet, and some consider him to be a closet socialist, but no one says that loud, because otherwise there is a risk of getting thrown into a labor camp.
Renier has many siblings, as he was born in a rural part of the country, and people there typically have more children.
Although Renier is a Calvinist, and a mysticist as well he supports science. However, when it comes to supporting science, he usually supports it only for weaponry, and technologies- he is not ready for progress in social means. Renier isn't psychotic, but rather a cold calculator, however. Despite him being a major asshat, even he has become disillusioned with Pieter from Afrikaaners Ryk, and has voiced his disapproval of Pieter's policies.
Renier, however, has inherited one trait from FAE- manifest destiny. He tried to colonize the African parts of disputed zone, by settling settlers in it. However, there have been bloody conflicts in disputed zone, and more and more funds are needed for South African army, to protect its holdings. In the end, however, it turned out, that Africa is way too big for Renier to chew, so he decided to focus only on certain parts of South Africa, and leave governing of the rest of Africa to natives. One of them are the descendants of Mobutu's party in Congo- while South Africa controls all of Africa de iure, de facto it has very little control north from its own province territory. Renier, however, has to watch out not only from defiant warlords, and movements in the north, but from his own party members too, especially Adiel. Commonwealth is like a web of a complex game, and everyone, who has some kind of power over a certain territory, plays it.
He has also settled German scientists, and generals from the New Disputed Zone in Namibia. The complex operation first picked the generals up from the coast, and took them in a submarine to the England. Then, they were transported with a fast, perhaps supersonic speed plane, until they reached Namibia. Although their knowledge would benefit Suid-Afrika slightly, there's one catch- some of them are strasserites, and in exchange for better tanks, and technology, strasserism might grow in Namibia...
Recently, Renier has started an experimental vat program, with which he hopes to increase the population of South Africa. He has cooperated both with Siberia, and Canada in this affair. His plan is to create a population boom, and later settle it down in the northern lands.
In order to suppress revolts, Renier usually deploys Namibian German mounted cavalry. Renier is perhaps one from the most loyal Governor-Presidents, and for now, holds tightly to power. Renier has also engaged in border clashes with Native rebels along the frontier, and wouldn't be afraid to use drastic measures, if war would go badly.
Renier's, and National Party's HQ is located in a hotel, which is an unusual choice, to say the least. Despite that, it still has got a lot of protection, and has been nicknamed as ''most safest hotel in South Africa''.
Karma: Very evil
S.P.E.C.I.A.L stats:Strength: 4
Pro: Republicanism, strasserism, fascism, militarism, controlled economy, control over corporations, Juche, Christian mysticism, limited expansionism.
Archer Waters is the President-Governor of Canada, which got appointed by Tom in his office, after Tom removed Cousineau from his office - it was an unexpected event, since it is the first time in history, when Tom has used his privileges to demote a regional governor from power. Before that, Archer was the leader of Ontario.
Archer was born in the family of Canadian elites, so he was parallely schooled into leadership from young age as well, alongside with usual school material. However, he was partially descended from a family of farmers as well, so he was often taken to the farm in his childhood by his father, to remind him of his "roots". Perhaps that's one of the reasons, why he is so supportative of ruralist factions.
Because of his status, it was a bit easier for him to climb up to the higher ranks. However, competition in the academy was still very strong - it was a place, where new candidates from influential elite families studied, and tried to fight out their way under the sun. He was able to pass the test, but only barely. However, some of the higher ups saw potential in his results, and decided to let him continue.
Eventually, he was accepted into the Party, and later on was elected as the governor of Ontario. However, at the same time, Cousineau also became the leader - at first, Tom seemed to prefer him more, although majority of the local party supported Archer. In internal strife, Cousineau was able to win, and Archer had to wait, until opportunity would strike.
Unlike Cousineau, Archer is said to be more mentally stable, and more pragmatic in politics as well, as he belongs to the "new wave" of leaders, which practice realpolitik, and casual calculations more so than ideology. Also, he is said to have a good sense of humor, strong work ethic, and courage. However, it still is said, that ''he has something to hide'', and his bad qualities include arrogance, selfishness, and carelessness.
S.P.E.C.I.A.L stats:Strength: 4
Pro: Nationalism, social credit, Catholicism, realpolitik, small landowners, distributism, "People's Party", mild socialism.
Leal is perhaps one from the strongest opponents of Commonwealth. Ruling with an iron fist over South America, his rhetoric against FAE isn't even a secret. Due of that, Supercomputer Tom considers him to be a large problem, and has tried to remove him from power multiple times, but has always failed. For now, Tom has been patient, but it might change...
Leal was born in a fairly large family, which had four children (including Leal, who was the oldest), and most of them picked military career.
Leal is an Integralist, and is also perhaps one from the most inclusive governors in Silver Commonwealth- he accepts all nationalities in his frontiers as equals, if they integrate, and some from Africans have actually escaped to South America, while fleeing from Renier's apartheid. Surprisingly enough, Renier doesn't mind it that much.
Although Leal's Brazilian Integralist Party is in the charge of South America, most of the other governors are actually from Spanish descent, and so is the case with populace as well. Some governor ideas also conflict with Leal's ones, and Natives don't make things easier either- they are way higher in numbers than in North America, or Central America, and although Leal is allied to them, and they have their own regions to govern, situation is still tense between them.
Leal is quite a friendly person, and often will offer you a Brazilian coffee, or a cigarette. However, he will still cautiously watch over that, what is happening in his house, and he still can be intimidating.
Leal has an ''official'' HQ in Rio De Janeiro, but it is rather like a facade. His actual HQ is located in Amazonian rainforest, and it can be accessed only with a ship, or helicopter (although landing pad is used way less often than dock). This HQ was built with the help of Natives, and they, along with Party members themselves, are really the only ones, who know the access to it. Although it looks like a typical rich man's cottage, inside it looks like a planning room, and it has internet as well- it is often called as ''isle of internet in the sea of ''no connection''- it is the only connection to internet for a considerable amount of kilometers. It also has a missile launching pad, and a button, which could order all South American missiles to fire, if it was necessary. It requires authorization before firing, though.
S.P.E.C.I.A.L stats:Strength: 6
Pro: Integralism, state capitalism, third position, conservatism, hyper militarism, Pan-American unity, state socialism, religiousness.
Kayden is the governor of the Federation of Europe, and Lord Protector of the British Isles. Before he was a governor, he had quite a military experience. He has a personal authority over Blackshirts, and is a federalist, although in a different way- his plan for Europe is way more similar to Mosley's. He also has been criticized for his authoritarian republicanism, especially if considering the fact, that all of the Lord-Protectors have been more authoritarian, than Prime Minister, or King ever was.
Although Kayden has children, he often is lone in his office, and sometimes writes poems.
Perhaps one from the most controversial governors- asides from creating government controlled labor unions, he has allowed a few authoritarian leftists to enter his government too. However, he still cracks down on most of other leftist movements.
He is approx 40 years old, and his personality is humorous, yet reserved at the same time. When he wants to chill out, he usually goes to a pub with friends. He also is somewhat mischievous, and usually has schemes in mind.
Suprcomputer Tom considers British Isles and Iceland to be like an outpost in a hostile, chaotic territory, which is the New Disputed Zone, so Kayden keeps a very keen eye on military funds, and technology, and ordered to build forts in both Iceland, Ireland, and British Isles. He wants to both keep his power, and gain prestige in Tom's eyes.
Although he has focused on England the most, he also has put a significant effort in Ireland's fortifications, as a possible flanking move might strike Britain from the back, if it is not careful. Although Iceland's fortifications aren't bad, they are a bit weaker, and generally considered a ''weak spot'', despite the fact, that Canadian ships, and planes can supply it from Greenland.
Kayden has tried to avoid most of political reforms, that have came with the winds of change. However, with every day, Kayden feels, that his power is growing- and yet reducing at the same time. He gives bonuses to those nationalists, which support his Federation project. If some group would object, he would try to convince them with words, or bribes. And if that wouldn't work out too... Then he would purge the defiant elements.
After the formation of European Federation, however, he both received new funds, and new expenses- he shifted his money from British Isles to Urals, Caucasus, and East Thrace, as British Isles weren't really an outpost anymore, despite being an important part in the Federation. He, along with Luc, is also an architect of European Army. He also is typically suspicious against non-Europeans.
At beginning, it was easy for Kayden to manage, and keep power, as he ruled only over Iceland, and British Isles. However, after Federation's creation, he also has to fight with many local governors, who make tons of political intrigues too. Groups in Balkans particulary are hard to manage, especially Iron Guard.
Kayden's, and Federation's HQ is located in rooms of Buckingham palace, as it was thought to be easier to find an another house, instead of building a new house. However, its interior isn't that rich, and is mostly minimalist, with a few artworks of landscapes, and past leaders at the walls. Only noticeable thing is the room of Federation- it has seats for both Province representatives, and Autonomy leaders. In some ways, Federation handles things with provinces just like Commonwealth handles Federation itself. However, there is a bunker just a few meters further from the palace, which can serve as a temporary command post in case of war, or large maintenance works.
S.P.E.C.I.A.L stats:Strength: 4
Pro: Federalism, republicanism, conservative socialism, totalism, Euro-centric view, nationalism, autonomy system, traditionalism, rexism, ''Federation's internet bill''.
Stanley is the governor of Australasian Confederation, and similarly to Fernán, is fairly young- approx 25 years old. He is the chairman of Center Movement. (New South Wales)
Stanley is loyal, of course, but not too loyal- he has his own interests in mind, when he signs contracts, and makes sure, that Australasian Confederation benefits the most from them. Thanks to Stanley, Australasian Confederation is perhaps the best place to be in all from Commonwealth Nations.
He mostly is indifferent on natives, unless they are an obstacle for resource extraction, although he is a bit negative on them sometimes. He has put a lot of work in New Zealand too, however, and views them as brothers and sisters. Some of his siblings are New Zealanders too.
Stanley loves sarcasm, and dark humor. He also is a cynic, and will often talk in a monotone, or bored tone, even if he does actually care about the situation. He has pissed off Renier quite a lot, due of his humor.
Similarly to Kayden, after the Australasian Confederation was created, it became pretty hard for Stsnley to msnage power- he had to put down revolts in Philippines, and New Zealand's Legion has also become pretty defiant, even if it is his closest ally. Activities of Blue Shirts Society in the southern China are also quite frequent, and have damaged his authority there. They even have tons of lodges in there.
Stanley's army, and paramilitaries are way more suited for island hopping strategy, coastline attacks, and sailing through rivers deep in mainland, as it was the purpose, for which this army was created, and most of it consists from marines. So, it has a fairly large fleet, and there are tons of bunkers, and fortifications, just like in England.
Stanley believes, that he must progress along the winds of change, so he has quickly adapted to the situation. He also is a nationalist, and puts 100% of himself, when he has to work on something. Although he is a conservative, he is perhaps the most democratic governor of the Commonwealth. He also is probably the nicest, and most cheerful from the governors.
Similarly to Leal, Stanley's residence in Canberra serves as his usual, and ''normal'' residence, but his real residence resides in a nuclear power plant in central parts of Australia. It is also a gathering point for many Center Movement members. It also is protected by a few robot guards, and has some from the most modern computers in Australasia. (They mostly are suited for nuclear plant's job, though) Unfortunately, it is not a safe residence, as in a possible meltdown, it becomes very deadly.
S.P.E.C.I.A.L stats:Strength: 5
Pro: Collectivist ethos, Australasia, conservatism, technocracy, nationalism, jacobinism, populism, realpolitik, AIs, large government, decentralized model.
Fernán is a fairly young man in his twenties, and a staunch Catholic. Perhaps the youngest from the governors. Has brown eyes, and dark hair, and a lot of physical strength.
Similarly to Leal, he has a disdain for Supercomputer Tom, so he isn't generally trusted by the Supercomputer. Although he voted for Commonwealth, when FAE was still a Federation, his proposal for a complete independence was rejected.
However, unlike Leal, he isn't that inclusive, and is neutral against nationalities other than Hispanics at best. However, just like Leal, he is pretty much a right winger.
He still had to give in to the workers demands, though, and currently, the left wing of synarchists is growing quickly. Perhaps Fernán's territory is the one, that gets affected by change the most.
Fernán has way less opposition from Natives, as Central America is way less diverse than South America. However, infighting between local governors is still an issue. Another thing is the native communes in Chiapas, and model of them is often considered as an alternative to Synarchist rule, so Fernán has tried to isolate it from the rest of Central America.
His characteristic is typically ignorant, and there are few people, who he loves, or truly cares about. Most of his friends actually can be described as ''friendly acquaintances'', and Fernán has been infamous for his hot temper, and brawls. He also has a hard time to tolerate other religions.
Although he was born in a family with many kids, he isn't close to any of them, and rather likes to spend time with his military peers.
Enrique's HQ is located in an old ranch, which has been renovated. Reason for this is Enrique's argument, that ''fresh air, and countryside helps brains to work better''. However, unlike some other governor HQ's, Enrique's one is as bland as expected- it is still mostly a ranch, with a few places adjusted to a HQ. On the other hand, ranch still houses horses, and cattle, though.
S.P.E.C.I.A.L stats:Strength: 6
Pro: Falangism, Mexican nationalism, syndicalism, state-owned ranches, patrol squads, ''Project: Baja'', corporatism, Christianity, synarchism.
Governors of the new Commonwealth states
*You found a note from Renier*
The new governors seem to be promising, especially Aykhan - he learns fast, very fast. He is a robot, after all. I have to watch out from Jareer too, though - he also learns fast. As for others... Not my concern.
*Note archived in your device*
Duan is one from the few high ranked RNGOC's officials, which were pardoned by the Supercomputer Tom, and now he is the President-Governor of Zhōngguó (China), which is a part of the Commonwealth.
Duan has an extended family, and he can often seek support from other members in the family.
Previously an influential player in RNGOC's government, he was one from the persons, who coordinated both enclave resistance against Commonwealth armies. Due of his tactical geniuses abilities, he was spared from execution, and given position as a governor. However, he had to destroy his Blue Shirt Society member card, and a few other documents.
Perhaps due of this, Duan isn't that nationalistic, unlike other governors, and tries to sway along with wind, like rye. When asked about his ideology, he mostly tries to avoid discussing it, and usually goes deep into paperwork. However, in terms of authoritarianism, he is just like an average Commonwealth's governor. His policy is integration of the smaller groups into one.
Although he mostly has no meaningful opposition from other ethnic groups, Mongolian party is one of the few serious ones, that make trouble for him, and compete for power. Situation is similar with Tuvan parties in the north- although Duan's government is officially allied to them, in reality, they have a bitter competition going on.
Duan often has a bottle of rice wine on his table, and he is fairly reserved, like most of the Commonwealth's governors. If he talks, then he only talks about politics, or administration issues- nothing about his personal life. Due of that, few people knew his personal life in the past, and even less people know it now, as they were mostly the upper class of the Party.
Duan's HQ is located in the Forbidden City, and at first, he wanted to place Protector of Asia's portrait in place, where Mao's portrait would be irl, but Tom's administration didn't allow that, so he simply placed a picture of Chiang Kai-Shek instead. Although many rooms of the City are used to house the party members, some of them are still empty. It also has anti-air artillery, and a considerable amount of guards, but otherwise it still lacks defense.
S.P.E.C.I.A.L stats:Strength: 6
Pro: Totalitarianism, Confucianism, collectivism, cultural unity, Hegel, autarky, imperialism, republic without constitution.
Jareer is a governor of the Middle East. Unlike most of the other governors, he wasn't a member of any Party branch, as all of Arabia was in a disputed zone. He was a leader of some minuscule faction in Arabia, before he accepted offer of being a Governor-President of the Middle East.
Jareer's family is fairly large, and even in very dark times, he has managed to provide food for it. However, it has never been easy, even now, when situation is kind of better.
Jareer is the lone wolf, and isn't that interested in relationships. He mostly likes to do everything alone, and only calls help, when it is absolutely needed.
Although it seems, that he is ruling over all of Middle East, most of the Arabia is actually held by local clans, and he acts more like a mediator between them. His authority is direct usually only in Riyadh, and other large, few Arabian cities.
He is kind of religious, but religious radicals are actually one from his biggest enemies, due of his status as a popular figure- it would be hard for extremists to take over. In a few regions (Asir, Jabal Shammar, Yemen), he is less liked, than in, for an example, Nejd, or Hejaz, but for now, he can keep himself in power. He also has promoted Baathists on some extent, and has fought against Wahhabi, and Ikhwan soldiers.
In his party, there are both zealously atheist, and deeply religious factions, and he tries to be like a mediator between them. Of course, there is an issue with local parties too (Especially Kurds in the north, and ethnic groups in Iran), and local clans also compete for power. In some cases, that might even turn out to be bad for his Republic, as clan troops are a large part of his army. His internal policy is somewhat dark, though - he often considers Magna Arabia as heart region of the Middle East, but the rest of Regions, including Mesopotamia, and Levant - as its meat shields.
He feels the best in a company of friends. However, he can cross a desert alone, and still be perfectly fine. Some say, that disputed zone has hardened him quite a lot.
His residence is also a former Saudi palace, which has been renamed to ''President's palace'', and adjusted to relatively modern standards. Around it, however, there are mostly camps, made out of mobile government trucks, similar to SUVs, and one of them can house 6-7 people in it, but it also has a special attachment, which can connect two cars together with a pipe, and many of those cars connected together create a sort of a camp, which is a ''camel and a tent in one package'', according to Jareer's words. Those are the places, where Jareer's Bedouin, and Republican guard lives in.
S.P.E.C.I.A.L stats:Strength: 6
Pro: Ba'ath, Middle East unity, secularism, socialism, patriotism, Pan-Africanists.
Aykhan is a robot, created by the Russian Empire's scientists, shortly before the fall of two superstates. His word means ''happiness'' in Yakut language, and he can speak in three languages- Russian, English, and Yakut, for a some reason, which remains unknown. He also is an atheist.
Aykhan was driving in a train through Siberia, when superstates collapsed, so he found himself in a place, where he had to be very strong, in order to survive at all. Luckily, his creators had gifted him with long-living batteries, and very strong metal, so he was able to survive for many months, and probably could survive for even many years.
When Commonwealth soldiers found him in Siberia, his batteries were almost discharged, and his metal also was damaged a bit. If soldiers had arrived a few days, or weeks later, Aykhan most likely would have shut off completely.
Anyways, after he was found, his batteries were recharged, and he was put as a Governor-President of Siberia. However, unlike most of other governors, he isn't a powerful figure, but rather like a figurehead, and a representative (Although he usually gives advice to military council, who is in charge of things) of the Siberia.
Unlike Supercomputer Tom, Aykhan is a humanoid-like robot, and way more emotional. He was programmed to lack emotions, just like Tom, but a few malfunctions happened, and now he is a very cheerful robot, and often will greet people with smile- such thing is rare in the Commonwealth between humans, not even talking about robots.
However, Aykhan has his own plans too- he wants to turn Siberia into a state, where robots, and androids are the majority, while they would retrain Yakut culture. Aykhan believes, that humans have way too much flaws, and that ideal government should come from robots. However, Aykhan's idea on how to do this is simply by producing more robots, which could then produce other robots, and gradually reach his target. This is also the reason, why most of Siberian provinces are named after practical names (Permafrost, Ural Crossing, Taiga), and only one state is named as Buryatia. He has also renamed Norilsk, and now its name is Sector-1.
Sector-1 is a city in Siberia, which was built by the robots, which Aykhan created. Currently, it is growing way faster than any human city, as robots can work for longer time periods, and are easier to reproduce. Sector-1 mostly consists from robotic workers, and most of its budget comes from natural resources around the area. Sector-1 has been fortified with the most modern technology available, and although for now it is the only machine city, robots plan to build even more cities like those in the future.
Aykhan's residence is very futuristic- a tall, robotic house in the center of the city. His council mostly consists from other robots too, and it has force fields as well. It also has tons of robotic guards, and other stuff, making it a very concrete fortress. It often is considered as an extended part of the city as a whole, as it grows faster than any human cities. Residence's interior is kind of similar to a megacorporation's one, and it has also a planning room, and some futurist art on the walls, along with optical illusions.
However, as much as Aykhan might seem convincing to people or pass the Turing test, in the end his ''personality'' is still pre-programmed, and it might be that he is actually carrying the views and personality of one of the programmers or other specialists which worked on him.
S.P.E.C.I.A.L stats:Strength: 3
Pro: Technocracy, regulated capitalism, limited freedom, indigenous characteristics, robotics experiments, genetic engineering, space race, economical stimulus.
Misao, similarly to Duan, was a high ranked officer in Japan, which was under RNGOC's control, before it collapsed.
Misao, just like Stanley, has only one sibling, and his family structure is way more similar to a nuclear family's one. However, he doesn't get along with his brother that much.
When RNGOC collapsed, Misao, along with a group of other high ranked Japanese officers, and ninjas, formed his own group- a mini version of RNGOC's Enclave, which ruled over parts of Tokyo, and was able to held raider groups off, and manage some kind of order, until Australasian troops arrived. He was allied with Tōhōkai for a while, but eventually broke away from them, while retrieving some parts from their ideology. He later absorbed them back into his government, when Ring of Fire was established, though.
He was one of the participants in the Conference of New York, and according to some rumors, he was the one, who managed to convince other Commonwealth leaders to not incorporate Japan in Australasian Confederation, but instead create it as a state of the Commonwealth, along with territories in Manchuria, Korea, and Eastern Siberia. However, other sources say, that Australasian Confederation never planned to take Japan as its part anyway. He also was ready to restore the monarchy, but plan got stopped by Tom, forcing him to be a President-Governor instead. (He adopted ''Shogun'' as a secondary, optional title, though)
Unlike Duan, however, Misao is a staunch nationalist, and always tries to get the best for Japan, just like Stanley. However, Misao hasn't got even a shard from Stanley's cheerfulness- he often is worn out, stressful, and easy to piss off. Also, he has supported the continued conversion from Kanji to Rōmaji, which has earned him criticism from some of his comrades.
Misao has the most issues with the leaders of Korean Worker's Party- a continuation of Kim's party. Misao also faces resistance from Siberian Native, and Manchu administrators too. However, they are a less of a concern. In fact, Han Blue Shirt Society lodges in Manchuria are a way bigger threat to Misao.
Misao lives in a mountain castle, which was used by Shoguns in the past, and it also is a summer residence of Tōhōkai members too. At the winter, Misao is usually one from the few, that do live there, though. It is perhaps one from the most weakest residences, and mostly it is simply
S.P.E.C.I.A.L stats:Strength: 6
Pro: Nationalism, interventionism, Pan-Asianism, Shintonism, naval focus, autocracy, reactionary thought, monarchy (in secret), corporatism.
Daniyar is the governor of Turkestan, and similarly to many other leaders of the new Commonwealth states, he had a high rank position before in the government of Russian Empire, but he got kicked out later, due of his nationalistic, and Pan-Turkic rhetoric, that wasn't in line with Party's doctrine. When it comes to gender roles, he is pretty much a traditionalist, and supports agrarianism.
Daniyar is the only child, and his childhood was full of struggle, and he often had to do a lot of hard work, in order to get some bread, and not starve for at least a day. Even when he got to Party's tables, which seemed to be way more plentiful, his past experience had taught him to not waste any food.
Daniyar continued to live relatively comfortable in the Almaty, even after the collapse of other two superstates, and he had food reserves for survival. However, the collapse of superstates, and lack of central authority affected him too.
After the conference, he was given lands of the East, and West Turkestan. He proposed to give him all the lands, where Turkic people live, but his proposal was rejected, and he just had to be content with territories, which he got.
Although Tajik minority in the south are a bit of a concern for Daniyar, his most serious issue actually is tribalism, and infighting within his own party- both Uyghurs, Kyrgyzs, Uzbeks, and Turkmens want to achieve the best positions for them in government.
His character is rather bitter, and his health is not in the best condition. He also fought as a soldier for a while, and sometimes acted just like a typical wasteland raider. He also eats a lot- this trait he got from his parents, and it was necessary in times of hunger, when it wasn’t sure, when next meal would be.
His summer residence is a simple yurt, but his government house is rather a gloomy blockhouse, and is almost similar to Soviet houses. However, it has installations underground, which can quickly gather the Party members to safety in a possible war scenario, as blockhouse has advanced air raid warning systems.
S.P.E.C.I.A.L stats:Strength: 4
Pro: Religious conservatism, ruralism, traditionalism, pan-Turkism, militarism, nationalist rhetoric, regulated economy, local leadership, hierarchic state, collectivism.
Similarly to Jareer, Vinod was a leader of a disputed zone organization. However, it was very nationalistic, and fascist, and its goal was to unite India. He had a deal with Australasian governor Stanley, and Vinod already knew the future borders of Commonwealh States- He would get Afghanistan, Indian Subcontinent, and Tibet as well. However, Myanmar was planned to be incorporated in Australasian Confederation, so he didn’t got it.
Vinod also has a lot of children, but he can't spend much time with them, as he always has some kind of a job, and is a very busy person.
In first stages, after Indian Commonwealth was created, most of the job was done by Australasian Soldiers, but later, when Indian National Army was formed, Australasian troop involvement reduced to sending helicopters, jets, and other equipment. All-India Hindu Assembly was put in power.
Eventually, when all of Disputed Zone was taken, Vinod could finally start to work on his country- many schools were built, infrastructure was repaired, and Indian Confederacy connected to the Commonwealth's web. Despite that, there is still a lot to do.
Vinod is a charming fellow, with brown eyes, and hair, and is extroverted. He often comes first, and goes away last. He is also fairly intelligent, and although his IQ is a bit higher than average, it is not extremely high.
As India is diverse in terms of ethnicities, so is the political climate there- tons of autonomies make it a big, big political web, in which even Vinod is hard to orientate in. However, that has to be expected, as his army is one from the most diverse units between the States.
Unlike for most of the other governors, Vinod's residence was specially built for both him, and his party. It has some luxury, walls, and guards, in order to keep intruders out from it. It is located in Delhi's outskirts, away from the city's noise. It also has a large pool, and airfield. It has some elements from traditional Indian architecture as well.
S.P.E.C.I.A.L stats:Strength: 5
Pro: Hinduvta, republicanism, anti-communism, republican army, fascism, space missions, technological progress, caste system.
Quinton is the overseer of Antarctica. He describes this job as ''one of the most boring things possible.''
Quinton was the youngest child in two kid family, and originally was born in Denver. However, later on, he was picked for being sent to Antarctica, in order to manage administration, because he had extremely well resistance to cold. However, same couldn't be said about his administration skills - he openly hates his job sometimes.
Quinton has no strong political beliefs or opinions - in fact, he is apolitical. He has no love for the Party, because it sent him to Antarctica, after all, but he doesn't dare to openly oppose it either.
However, he has encouraged migration of scientists, and other personnel to Antarctica, in order to boost economic growth, and in attempts to create an ''Antarctican identity''. He also gets pretty pissed, when Antarctica gets treated like a Territory, because he considers it a full Commonwealth State, with the same rights as other players in other continents.
Quinton's residence is a simple bunker, which is full with basic stuff like food, radio, computer (Its internet is very slow, perhaps even slower than SC's average internet), a bunch of rifles, and scientific gear. It is also protected by sentry bots, and mine fields. It is located in a lonely Antarctic valley, with dead land, and mountains in the horizon. One of his few personal property items are his infra-ray glasses.
S.P.E.C.I.A.L stats:Strength: 6
Pro: Political pragmatism, technocracy, authoritarianism, change through reform, Antarctican culture, republicanism, Hegelian dialectics, mild capitalism, clever industrialization, guided economy.
(His old pic is now in the military factbook.)
Cousineau is a mysterious, and silent figure- unlike Langehoven, he doesn't enjoy company, and likes to do things alone. His stare often gives chills to people around him. His personality is also somewhat unstable, and he can break down mentally, if there is enough pressure. The skull, and his crossed guns on his uniform's chest plate symbolize, that he isn't a man of a mercy. However, recently Cousineau doesn't wear his uniform as an intimidation factor anymore, but rather for fashion instead. He also has picked a more formal suit recently.
Cousineau is a man in his thirties, and is athletic. He has short, dark hair, is fairly thin, and has sharp facial features. Has blue, yet dark eyes. Not much is known about his family, and parents- even his friends don't know that much about his personal life.
Although he is a French Canadian, he aims for an united society, and tried to suppress separatist elements, and integrate Quebe, when he was the President-Governor of Canada. He hasn't got as large problems as Renier has, as Natives are a lesser concern of him. However, he still has to watch out for power hungry members of his own party. He also displaced natives from certain places of closed zones (Nunavut, Northwest Territories, Yukon), and instead sent in soldiers, and built military bases there (Although he mostly lets them stay, unless they get into the way of his plans). He also suppressed farmer, and worker strikes brutally. (Although he was forced to give up in some terms). He also is somewhat negative on Asians too.
His military is fairly small, but strong enough, to defend itself. However, Cousineau still depends on FAE for food export, and although he hates it a lot, he admits, that he is dependent on the Supercomputer Tom. Same goes for economy- POC still owns most of the oil fields, and Cosineau can usually get back only a half from the oil supply. He views Americans as brothers, however.
Cousineau theoretically is a Catholic, although he isn't practicing it that much, and he actually is an atheist. His political ideology, however, isn't that well defined- he kind of is a nationalist, but isn't a fanatic, but rather pragmatic. So, some people suspect, that he is just an opportunist. He has said, however, that ''he is the one, who carries the torch of Unity Party, and Arcand.'' Cousineau also is kind of an environmentalist.
He spends his free time by hunting animals, reading, and fishing.
He also is rumored to be a chairman of the secret Canada's Socialist Party...
Cousineau's, and Unity Party's HQ is in Small Fort- a smaller version of White House (Also nicknamed as ''Fortress indestructible''). Although it has a few similarities in construction, and has just as good protection, it is way weaker- it has no nuclear strike interceptors, at least not on its own. Its guard power armor is weaker as well, but underground war room- smaller.
However, recently Cousineau has been fired from the office by special directive order from Supercomputer Tom, because Tom thinks, that ''Cousineau is too unhinged to lead a Commonwealth state'', and placed the more pragmatic Canadian Archer Waters as the new governor of the Canada. While Cousineau still remains close to power structures, he has been demoted to the Archon of the East (Quebec), so he now is just a Regional-Governor, not a governor of the Commonwealth. While still maintaining tons of power, Regional-Governor title is not as impressive. Cousineau has been reported to have been ''very bitter about the Tom's decision'', and that he is ''disappointed in his old friend''. He is also said to be already preparing for the role of Theocrat, and Head of The East's Catholic Church.
His relations with the first nations as a President-Governor of SC's Canada were fairly complicated - he officially described policies like modernizing the army, setting up anti-missile radars in Arctic, developing infrastructure, and establishing a safe zeppelin supply network as a ''wordless apology'' for the mistreatment in the past. However, critics say, that ''those are policies SC's Canada would have done either way, apology intended or not.''
S.P.E.C.I.A.L stats:Strength: 5
Pro: Nationalism, republicanism, Catholic Christianity, social credit, futurism, command economy, paternal conservatism, autocracy, world federation, ruralism.
Local governmentMajor Political Parties
Government (All ''parties'' are branches of an one party)
- [:] Reformist wing of the Party (255/500 seats)
- [:] Old Guard (Faction) (190/500 seats)
- [:] Party's left wing (40/500 seats)
- [:] Party's liberal wing (15/500 seats)
UCN Security Council
Government (Parties are listed, starting from the left)
- [:] The Party (America)(200/2800 seats)
- [:] Tōhōkai (Ring of Fire)(200/2800 seats)
- [:] Blue Shirts Society (China)(200/2800 seats)
- [:] All-India Hindu Grand-Assembly (Indian Confederacy)(200/2800 seats)
- [:] Center Movement (Australasian Confederacy)(200/2800 seats)
- [:] Ba'ath Party (Middle East)(200/2800 seats)
- [:] Brazilian Integralist Action (South America)(200/2800 seats)
- [:] National Synarchist Union (Central America)(200/2800 seats)
- [:] National Party (South Africa)(200/2800 seats)
- [:] BUF (European Federation)(200/2800 seats)
- [:] National Unity Party (Canada)(200/2800 seats)
- [:] Basmachi Movement (Turkestan)(200/2800 seats)
- [:] Technocrat Party (Siberia)(200/2800 seats)
- [:] Antarctican Party (Antarctica)(200/2800 seats)
And many smaller parties under the banner of the 13 bigger ones (They don't have their own seats, but members of them participate in UCN Security Council under the banner of major parties. However, in local governments, they do have their seats. And no, I will not list all of them.)
(Also, all of the parties de iure are a part of an one superparty. However, situation in de facto is quite different.)
Blue Shirts Society
All-India Hindu Grand-Assembly
Brazilian Integralist Action
National Synarchist Union
National Unity Party
*You found a note from a Party's member*
National elections would not work in SC, even if they were rigged, as our parties aren't supposed to be different sides of left-right spectrum. No, they have a different purpose - to give a representation for every ethnicity in our world.
Also, it is good, that power doesn't concentrate too much in one person's hands, because otherwise it would be enough with cutting off the main head of hydra, to make all the rest heads to fall off. With power split all across the party, you will have to cut off all Hydra's heads, to make it fall...
*Note archived in your device*
Thank you for reading - Ministry of Communications
(OOC note: Commonwealth is kind of a mix of Caesar's Legion, Enclave, NCR, and many other stuff (Somewhat inspired from the NV DLCs as well, with Overseer being somewhat Yes-Man inspired). Also, it is mostly HOI4, with a few elements from Victoria 2, and its government system is similar to CK2's vassal system, actually (And slowly digging deeper in ace combat, like with neutron beam for SC's jets). It has some elements from Killzone, Planetside 2, Rainbow Six Siege, Black Ops franchise, Hunger Games, MW2, GTA, Matrix, Stealth Hunter 2 (And a lot of other flash games, which I can't bother counting. If anything, I tap a little bit from any game I know about/have played, like SC's prisons from Henry Stickmin series, or Riddle Transfer), Half-life's 2 Combine, and toned down 1984 as well, and various otl factions, ethnicities, and organizations. Could also be described as ''House of Cards'' on steroids, or Imperium of Man in its early stages, but Jacobin instead. And yes, mythological creatures exist there, so be prepared for a pretty diabolical world. Era influences: Interwar period, 50s, 80s, cyberpunk future, with vaporwave, and heavy metal in radios alongside with 50s hits, and old country music. NATO+Warsaw Pact. And yeah - it is supposed to look like early 2000s HTML mess on purpose, lol. Also, SC is supposed to be ASB (Alien Space Bats) kind of implausible scenario, so don't take it too seriously As for Karakalpak Republic, while it and SC are in different universes, it is one of the few cases in-canon when SC interacts with the rest of multiverse directly, as it uses it as a proxy in WA, but mostly for voting, as SC's representatives still debate in the assembly. It is probably done by portal or somethin'.)
Silver Commonwealth- Year 2052
Summing Up Our History
1950s - The approximate decade, when SC first appeared, with its political leaders casting away the old commanders of the ship, and seizing the vessel for themselves. During this period, SC turned on many of the former government's previous allies, slowly starting to carve the map with other two superstate help. This is also the last time, when they all three work together - the alliance is very fragile, and when the Allied Democratic front is gone, or rendered to a few enclaves/colonial remnants, the three superpowers start to squabble, and the pre-Great Nuke War (Also referred to as the Third World War) begins. During this period, church, military, and corporations gradually get more and more power, along with increasingly authoritarian rule, and eventually - the production of the first nuke. (WW2 was even more bloody in SC's timeline, especially with the whole ''Operation Downfall'' - the invasion of Japan, which was still costly, even with RNGOC's backstabbing of their former masters, or Russian Empire's invasion in Manchuria.) As SC spreads, however, the bureaucracy becomes more and more inefficient, and corruption becomes an even bigger issue.
1960s-1970s - Also known as the ''dark decades'', due of various reasons. Back then, the humanity definitely didn't show itself from the good side - war escalated to the point, where even bombs started to fly. Luckily, we hadn't produced enough back then. Frankly, quality of life was at its lowest back then in all of the superstates, as everything was geared towards constant state of warfare, and little funds were left for something else. As for the sins man committed... oh boy. Many perished in the Empire's gulags, or when fighting for their independence. Plus suppression of religion, and creation of a repressive system. And RGNOC... The sinicization attempts in the conquered territories, lots of wacky experiments, invasions in India and Indochina, along with brutality in Central Asia - dark period. Let's not even get started with disputed zone - that place was bombed as hell for decades, and it was treated more of a battleground than anything else.
1980s-2000s - The Reformist Period begins. The cultural trends for youth start to change, along with more conflicts between politics of the different generations, and more musical genres like metal become more visible, as 80-90s are usually regarded as the ''most dynamic period of change during SC's history''. Gradually, more advanced computer software gets developed during this period, and the first steps of SC's internet take place. Literacy and work programs carried out by the governments, and more power is delegated to SC's regions through devolution However, there are still those, who criticize the Reformists for various reasons - some think, that they didn't go too far, while others think, that their political changes were ''one of the biggest mistakes of SC's fascism'', as even with a controlled opposition in form of Party's Liberal Wing, Socialist Wing, or State Unions, the government's hold on political sphere wasn't completely absolute anymore, and although groups like UDU remained in underground both before, and after the Reformist period, the loosening of the The Party's grip encouraged them to strike more, as they sensed it as ''weakness''. Also, some are skeptical about reformist true intentions - where they genuinely caring about their people, or was it more about the feeling, that ''system below the legs is turning into a lava''? Either way, during this period The Party changes vastly, sometimes barely resembling its start in some ideological points, and it could be said that Father America would definitely disagree with it if he would jump out of the old propaganda posters. However, some of the changes later on would not be out of genuine motives, but rather out of having chewed too much in world stage, particularly when it comes to other groups.
2010s-2020s - Late stages of the Reformist Period - things like fashion, and music taste still change, but at slower rate. Gaming, and software keep advancing, but at a snail's speed, as most of SC's average citizens just don't have enough disposable income. By this point, some of the Reformists feel, that the reformist wing has became ''too conservative, and will resist reform in future themselves, just like the Party's Old Guard'', and splinter away from the Reformists, creating the Party's Liberal Wing. The other two superstates, seeing SC's relative success, also try to reform their system, but it proves to be a way more difficult task for various reasons - either due of too high resistance from traditionalist elements, lack of passion from the reformists, or other reasons. Either way, by this point it seems, that the stagnation, from which all three superstates suffered, has gone in a new phase for the other two, with continuous dropping of living quality, even more tense conflict between the viewpoints of generations, and social unrest. During this period, SC also gradually lowers its military spending, which also means, that it starts doing less nuclear tests, and cuts the amount of nuclear missile production while still keeping an impressive stack of nukes produced over the previous decades. Although military still keeps huge influence, it complains about the Reformist wing's slashing of funds, and ''directing them towards proles'' instead. During this period, several revolts (similar to Vorkuta uprising) in the SC's gulag camps happen as the discontent about old guard's resurgence arises. Most of those revolts end up getting brutally crushed, showing that deep in the core SC is still the same totalitarian entity, albeit with ''modernized'' aesthetic.
2030s-2048 - The two other superstates (Reorganized National Government of China, and Russian Empire) collapse somewhere around this point. For the first decade, SC officially takes a more isolationist stance, with sealing off the borders on the Disputed Zone, and starting to patrol the waters of oceans and seas with its navy. Later on, some of members of The Party (Particularly from the newly created Commonwealths after the scramble for the World) accused Tom for ''not doing enough to help out those regions during the ''Reign of Chaos'' - a period, when the former territory of the Superstates entered in a fight between various splinter warlords from descendants of the local parties, or just bandit kings, but at the same time gave some air of fresh breath for disputed zone's people, as now an actual development could happen. However, by the 2040s, SC would break its isolationism, and start to set preparations for the Scramble for the World, as its leadership felt, that ''Only by facing the chaos face by face we will not collapse in future''. Also, the ''peace'' had always been fragile, as raiders from the Chaos Lands were often attempting to expand their reign to the frontiers. Also, it seems that Scramble for the World was the last attempt for SC's west to keep its power, as it knew that it couldn't ever recover its former strength in case of collapse, and it had seen what had happened to other two superstates. However, as the rebuilt territories become on par with SC's core territories, the seat of power could easily shift from west to east, and SC's west losing its grip even with Neo Washington as capital.
Present - It is highly likely, that the next decades (At least 2050s-2080s) will be known as ''Reconstruction Era'', due of things like reconstruction of railway networks in Second World and Disputed Zone, along with reopening hospitals, army outposts, telegraph lines, etc. Some of the technocrats of our world have planned cities with cyberpunk aesthetic as our future dwellings. Due of all the reconstruction going on, however, most of the dreamers are forced to land on the sinful Earth, as what is an Empire within skies, when outside of the wealthy lands there isn't even a proper supply of water, food, roads, or internet in some places? For some greens and environmentalists, this is ''reconstruction period'' as well, as they hope, that the UCN's influence will actually help to fix the damage done to environment during the Three Superstate war, and Chaos Times, although there are plenty of those, who are more skeptical, due of SC's decentralization. Despite the anti-''mutie'' sentiment, SC's scientists generally support transhumanism (improvement of human capacities), which also involves genetic alteration to give humans augmented abilities. According to this, the definition of ''human'' has been broadened by ideologues of the Party. Also, while the lifestyle is still harsh, it seems that SC's society is not entirely content with nearly-spartan military lifestyle anymore, and Tom has to support some luxury and improved living conditions, even if only to keep SC's main Party afloat.
In future, our last crusade in space awaits.
Personally, I think, that the lifes of commoners are more interesting than boring, bureaucratic lavish - have you ever seen, how skillful is a Don Cossack with an old rifle, and a sword on a horseback? Have you seen, how well steppe tribals catch their prey, or Inuits fishing on the sea ice? Life is interesting, but only if you need to spectate it. In fact, I sometimes think, that all people see is Americana vibe, power armor, laser rifles, and history of the big guys like French and Germans, but smaller nations get sidelined, albeit they too have stories to tell.
Remember, not only this ministry, but the whole government will be watching your steps, especially me! First you will need to contact the Commonwealth Tourism Buerau, though, in order to get through the multiverse portal at all - officially, our country is like a hermit in multiverse, which doesn't want to intervene in other universe doings. Tourism Buerau offers travels through all SC's continents - yes, even Antarctica! Each place is with its own unique story, but as tourism is a luxury in there, expenses for it are way higher than in OTL. As for manners and etiquette... Info would be handed out, so tourists would know, what to wear at home, at work, what foods to serve at what order, etc. Because we have survived by only being strict, and etiquette is not an exception. After all, a SC's human is way different from a normal human at this point.
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''If despotism runs both within family, inner circle, and the workplace, then I don't see a reason for a state to not be despotic too. Just make sure to not fall into contradictions - campaigning for a ''freer society'', yet acting like a tyrant in your household. If you manage to convert a centrist, or drive them in corner to the point, where they drop moderate talking points, they might turn out to be more zealous than the ''extremists'', often having a more passionate hatred against enemies than those, who were extremists from the start.'' - Ma Zhū, the Walord, and President-Governor of Qinghai Clique
''We shouldn't just build for sake of building, and in order to show ''wonders'' like the bearded woman and a dwarf in the medieval times. We also must make sure, that not only our future buildings are beautiful right now, but that they also need to be able to age beautifully. Many turn to traditionalist architecture for solution, as it has stood for centuries, but I see potential in new dynamic, which is fast, and accelerating.'' - Teodoto Nuccio, the Neo-futurist architect, and proponent of SC's Futurism
''In past, clergy and elites would preach and moralize to proles, and proles would follow, by living more orthodox than an evangelical, while clergy and elites themselves would continue to do that stuff behind the scenes, not following what they preach. With the Reformist wing, and Tom's Religious panhumanism, however, we will root out those, and bring in those, who actually are devoted to their Lords, whatever their name may be.'' - Cleric of the Siberian Shamanist Church
''Actions and words of Tom and the technocratic robots in Siberia in reality are programmed in by several people, with some of them being misanthropic, because consciousness of those robots and supercomputers is not there. Ultimately, we created Tom in a way how we thought he would want to act, not how he actually would if he had consciousness and was independent. Also, perhaps we should rather have made him to operate around economy, not bureaucracy, as that is taking a toll on the machine, and we can make him look like a ''leader'' only for so long, despite his status of unifying figure.'' - Some SC's IT specialist
''Strong rule over the weak, but they also must aid them - weak like proles aren't necessarily defenseless, but rather less capable of depending themselves. Also, the weak still often are the backbone of the country - after all, where would the strong be without the various workers of dirty and unwanted jobs, which are done by the weak. In other words, there is no person which would be completely useless, merely how much use they have.'' - Akwrtaron, Iroquois Veteran of the Disputed Zone
''New England Minutemen, Fighters of Ursa, Deseret Liberation Army, Apalachian Partisans - those, and many other partisans have been absorbed in Windigo's UDU. Motivation for them was various, but in the end, those, who were truly loyal to the democratic cause, stayed and fought, while others defected to those they so much ''hated''. Some of the SC's resistance are full of authoritarians, and even totalitarians themselves, and it creates fracturing. Some might consider those methods as too extreme, but a common consensus had to be brought.'' - Archivist's Report of Partisan Unification Actions, Confidential
''Not gonna lie - many of us definitely have drank the Party's kool-aid and are into Tomism, but there are a lot of those who simply want to be left alone in their lifes. From one side this society is doused in politics, but from other side there's little choice, as the regional parties aren't too different in larger scale, to the point where it sinks in apathy. At least there are subcultures which can offer a different way, which I should not mention for obvious reasons.'' - Anonymous poster in one of SC's forums
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