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by The 🎺 ʟᴇɢɪᴏɴᴀʀʏ ᴡᴏʀʟᴅ ʀᴇᴘᴜʙʟɪᴄ of Silver Commonwealth. . 391 reads.

ɴᴇᴡ ᴏᴏᴄ ᴀɴᴅ ɪᴄ

(If you see a factbook with ''WIP'' in it, I most likely have given up on it.)


Most of my time passes by being in Nationstates and blasting songs like Hava Nagila in headphones (Coincidentally, collar looks like my country's flag colors, lol)

Name: Nope, not going to tell.
Also Known As: In forums, you can refer to me as SC, or Silver.
Title, Pronouns: General-Secretary of F7, bow down to me! jk On a more serious note, not really any. As for pronouns... He/him, I guess?
Occupation: Being a some rando student
Nationality: Latvian

Ethnicity: Latvian
Sexuality: Aroace, I guess
Age: Is it really the best thing to tell to strangers in internet?
Gender: Male
Political compass: Link-6.0, -3.28
8Values: LinkThere
Blood Type: Why would you need to know that?
Siblings: Only child, and proud!

Ideology: Social Democracy, I guess?
Party: N/A
Political Wing: Center-left

Religion:

Pretty much an atheist. (Although I have some sympathy for pagans.)

Likes: Vaporwave, winter, browsing reddit, nostalgic cartoons, coffee, potato chips, Kazakh dombra music (And other traditional music!), thinking how life was like in early 2000s, metal music, Central Asia, Yiddish language, mapping videos.
Dislikes: Summer, evangelicals, heat, modern pop, kaiserboos and wehraboos, litter, alcohol, smokers and vaping, low-effort F7 posters.
Hobbies: Reading history magazines and books in library, hiking, finding out more about abandoned railway stations, origami, NS worldbuilding, checkers. And computer, lots of computer.

Howdy! If you are one of the F7 veterans, you might know me very well already. If not, then I will introduce myself - I am that introverted guy, who spends more time indoors than outside, and perhaps one of the most anti-monarchist lads in F7, who also happens to be a slight Yiddishboo and most likely has OCD. As you might see, worldbuilding is a thing which I like with passion, and I am also that guy, who formats almost every of their posts in F7. I don't feel comfortable with revealing my age at all, so let's just say, that I am Gen Z. (As of lately, I cringe at most of my older works here in NS, including a lot of SC's lore. Yeah, not the most proud about them right now.)

In my free time, I usually watch lots of youtube, mostly video game playthroughs, or just listening to music. I also love to read science fiction, and magazines, as scientific, and historical magazines can enrich your knowledge, and give a wider spectrum on happenings across the world. That said, although I love to read books as well for the same reason, I read them mostly in library, as some of them nowadays cost pretty much.

Does my nation represent my views? Well, no, obviously. Otherwise, I would be a bit more than a psycho... My IRL views are rather center-left, with keynesian economics. As for social matters, I have a feeling, that I have become more liberal over the years, although in some cases, I might still find myself to be conservative in some stances. In fact, I don't think, that I can make a nation, which would 100% represent my views, as I am there mostly for RP, not to insert my views in a nation/character, or both. As for my other nations... ShadowClan Hegemony is the only other nation I have right now. I had a whole armada of puppets back in the past, but all of those have either CTEd, or on verge of CTE, as I find it easier to focus on one project, rather than to spread the effort across multiple accounts.

I also really like the early 2000s vibe, when it comes to music. In my opinion, it is interesting to be born in the first years of a new millennia, as it is a period of massive change, and sometimes I still find myself curious, of what it was like to live back then. Also, a lot of us will probably have heard stories about the interwar period (30s) from our Great-Grandparents, and a lot of those, who experienced it are still alive. Still, I wonder, what stories will the Grandparents/Great-Grandparents tell to the next generations? What will be the cultural trends after 10-20 years? What memes will the next generations make? Those questions I find interesting to think about.

First steps in NationStates


I first found out about NationStates in 2015 from a mapping channel (Yes, Mapping was one of my favorite things before I joined NationStates, as I was interested about maps, politics, fiction, and geography way before I joined NS Check out LinkVoidViper - he is a pretty good Canadian mapper), but I didn't made my first nation until about 2016, and it wasn't that impressive, if compared to my current main - it was without any factbooks, without a custom flag, and I pretty quickly lost both my interest, and forgot the password. I made a couple of other nations as well (Mostly based around IRL cultures), but my first serious project was Zombie swarms (R.I.P) - a nation of very intelligent zombies, which have formed a state in Central Asia. (I also disown most of my posts from that period, as looking back, I was still kinda immature back then, and my political views have changed a bit.)

Fast-forward to 2017, and I made Xibei-San-Ma. At first, it was another one of my half-assed nations, but as time went on, I started to put a surprising amount of effort in there, which I never had felt before. It was also the period, when I was very interested about Chinese Warlord Era, and when my socialism phase kicked in the strongest. When I later turned into a socdem again, I changed Xibei to a social democratic state, before eventually letting it fall into abyss, as I felt, that I had lost interest in it. Afterwards, a weird trip of SC's collapse AU and anthro nations followed.

Also, Fritz-Kola > Coca-Cola. One is underrated, and the other is overrated.

Ideology & Politics (And some less serious stuff too)


Pro: Republicanism (Not the Republican party, of course, but the system of government), social democracy, secularism, keynesianist economics, nordic model, LGBT+ rights, USA (Not as much anymore, leaning to ''neutral''), Baltic Union, patriotism, environmentalism, two state solution, Ādaži chips (Best chips, lol), NATO.
Neutral: Liberalism, religion (Both Abrahamic, and paganic faiths), capital punishment (For some crimes), UK, EU, Kemalism, gun laws, democrats, national liberation movements, boomers (ex-soviet and eastern block ones), a World Republic, UN.
Anti: Theocracy, monarchism, libertarianism, minarchism, anarchism, totalitarianism, laissez-faire, anti-vaxxers, neoliberal economics, fascism, communism, ''anarcho''-capitalism, reactionaries and far-right, GOP, corporatism, racism, USSR, PRC, ethnonationalism, nazism, ''benevolent'' dictatorship, neo confederates, ''centrists''.

Politically, I am a proud anti-ancap if not pessimistic, then at least cynical/nihillistic, which means, that I usually look at ideologies like libertarianism (right-wing), or anarchism with a big suspicion. From all systems, I generally support social democracy the most, but even it has flaws. As for ''benevolent'' dictatorship - I personally scoff at the concept itself, as dictatorship rarely remains ''benevolent'' after a single ruler's life-time. Also, both democracies and dictatorships have problems like corruption, but in a democratic system, you at least have the option to vote them out, while in a dictatorship your whole system is screwed if corruption reaches the upper echelons. As for social views, while I lean more liberal in this case, I care more about economical than social issues, tbf. TL;DR - not the most radical lad around, but there are issues I have a passionate opinion on.

As for conspiracy theories, I used to be very interested about them, and believed in some, but that period is over, and I don't believe in most of them anymore - for example, I don't believe in NWO, as I view it as ''ridiculous''. It implies, that world can be controlled in a some way, and that politics aren't just people wandering in the darkness. In reality, it is a complex process, which no group has a complete control over.

Random test results:

LinkHEXACO results

LinkPolitical compass

LinkLibertarian test - 0%

LinkClimate change test

LinkLeft / Right Test

Trivia & Facts


Current Favourite Song: I have multiple favorite songs currently, not only one. :P But well, I will list one of them - Linkмолчат дома - технология. And if you have time, check out LinkKurmangazy - he is a good Kazakh composer.
Favourite Foods: Solyanka, dumplings, pizza, sandwiches, cookies!
Favourite Beverages: Soda, milk, tea, hot chocolate, kvass.
Favourite Bands: Skyforger, Nechochwen, Linkin Park, Northern Haze, Bermudu Divstūris.
Favourite Movies (Haven't watched any really for the last few years, lol): Letters from Iwo Jima, Independence Day (1996 movie), Stalingrad (1993), Defenders of Riga, The Cabin in the Woods, Blizzard of Souls.
Favourite Book Series (Yes, I do still read books!): Warrior Cats, Red Rising (Pierce Brown), Silo (Hugh Howey), Hunger Games, Shattered Sea (Joe Abercrombie).
Favourite Video Games: Rainbow Six Siege, Fallout Franchise, Minecraft, Paradox games (Especially Hearts of Iron 4), Super Doomspire (Roblox). Ohh, and lots of Flash games as well.
Favourite VG Genres: Real-time strategy (RTS), Tower defense, Casual games, Racing games, Shooter games.
Favourite Youtubers: Conquering History Games, TheseKnivesOnly, Yan Xishan (Mapper), Optimus, Voidviper.
Favourite TV Series: Muhtar's Return, Science of Stupid, Criminal Minds, The Walking Dead, Hawaii Five-0.
Favourite Music Genres: Folk Metal, traditional music, rap music, vaporwave (Obviously), old country music.
Favourite magazines (No tabloids!): Science Illustrated, GEO, Illustrated World History, Unknown History, ''Ir'' (Latvian newspaper).
Very good cartoons, which I used to watch when I was younger: Yakari, Dogstar, Mouk, Dinosaur Train, VIPO.

A few images


(Just kidding. Not there... yet.)



Original template by The Brytish Isles. Template is found here.


People's State of Northern Isles


The 🎺 ʟᴇɢɪᴏɴᴀʀʏ ᴡᴏʀʟᴅ ʀᴇᴘᴜʙʟɪᴄ of Silver Commonwealth

Flag of the Northern Isles

Seal of the Northern Isles

Motto: Independent, and with bold stare in future!

Anthem: Red Arrow Over The Skies



Geological Location


Population

5 million

Capital

Sapporo

Largest City

Sapporo



Official Language

Japanese, Ainu

National Language

Japanese, Russian, Ainu

Demonym

Ezoan (After old name)



Ethnic Groups

Japanese (85.5%)
Russian (10%)
Ainu (Unofficial data) (4%)
Chinese (0.3%)
Other (0.2%)



Religion

Shintō (41.8%)
Buddhism (30%)
Orthodox Christianity(12%)
Atheist (12.8%)
Ainu Animism (3%)
Other (0.2%)



Government

Military Dictatorship

Leader Title

Daitōryō (President)

Legislature

Hokkaido's National Assembly

Upper House

Republican Council

Lower House

People's Assembly



Currency

Hokkaido Yen – HKY (¥)

GDP

320,000 million $ (Per Capita) 15.625 $

HDI

0.649 (Average )



Time Zone

UTC+9, UTC+11

Calling Code

+807

Drives on the

Right

ISO Code

H.K

Internet LTD

.ain

The Northern Isles is a relatively averagely developed SC's region in East Asia. It has no land borders, but it shares maritime borders with Kamchatka to the east, Magadan to the west, and Southern Isles to the south. Overall, the islands have cold climate, and mountainous, even volcanic relief, which also makes it a great vacation spot for people in Southern Isles, when tropical summer becomes hot down in the south. After RNGOC's collapse, it entered a relative political isolation until SC's arrival. The Sōya Strait separates Hokkaido from Sakhalin, and Kuril Islands not only geographically, but also culturally - it was a sea border between two hostile superstates. Even today, split can still be seen culturally.

Despite its rather-average economical development, it has big oil, and gas reserves, which might help to boost the economical growth in future. Wind turbines are also often tested in Kuril Islands, in order to find out the most sufficient ''clean energy'' variant for the region, as regional officials know, that oil, and gas are finite resources. However, living there also has big risks, as the territory of Northern Isles is a seismologic active region - in past, there have been various strong earthquakes.

Etymology


The name Kuril comes from Ainu language, with ''Kur'' meaning ''man''. It may be similar to words used by Ainu people for the other islands, which they have settled in the past. In Japanese language, they are known as Chishima Islands, or Kuriru Islands (With first meaning ''Thousand Islands Archipelago, while second is literally ''Kuril Archipelago'') As for Sakhalin, it is known as ''Kuye'', but in Japanese - as ''Karafuto''. Word ''Choka'' could be used by both Ainu, and Nivkhs to refer to the island. Hokkaido means ''North Sea Circuit'', and it comes from Middle Chinese (pok-hój+dáu, a.k.a Northern sea+Circuit).

History


All of the territory of Northern Isles was occupied by Russian Empire after the end of WW2, and Third Sino-Japanese War, when RNGOC, and Empire split Japan into two. (Third Sino-Japanese War started after ''Protector of Asia'' (The first leader of RNGOC, which was the third superstate in SC's timeline) broke off from Japanese in a revolt, with aid from Russian Empire - the second superstate of SC's world. (RNGOC was a Japanese puppet state at first, which was formed after KMT's defeat in Second Sino-Japanese war, as in this timeline, the United Front never formed, and disunity between warlords was higher.) After it, RNGOC would go on a conquering spree, with one of the first victims being Xinjiang, and Tibet) At first, all of the region of Northern Isles was occupied by the Empire, along with parts of northern Honshu.

When Sino-Russian split happened in the 50s, and war between RNGOC, and Empire started, RNGOC's troops in Japan quickly overran empire's territories in northern Honshu, as it hadn't got enough manpower to cover all of the wide front, which stretched from Middle East to Amur, and even further. Then RNGOC's troops landed in southern Hokkaido, and seized parts of the island, while Empire's garrison on the island entrenched in north. Afterwards, front remained mostly static, with few major offensives until the Great Nuke War, unlike in Central Asia, and Siberia, where warfare was the most active. After the Great Nuke War, treaty signed by three superstates ceded all of Hokkaido to RNGOC, while Russian Empire retreated to Sakhalin, and Kuril Islands. Later on, both superstates would expand their naval hubs in the region, and RNGOC would even start to research supercavitation submarines in Hokkaido as means to counter both SC's, and Empire's naval power in sea, by using Submarine Warfare tactics, as its naval ships were weaker.

Japanese were treated badly in both superstates - RNGOC's iron fist terror, and ''cultural-reforging'' campaigns in southern Japanese islands were applied to Hokkaido as well, resulting in scars left by RNGOC in SC's Japan's populace, and future leadership of SC's Japan in 2051 being confused, and uncertain about its further direction, and future. One of the campaign goals was to if not stop, then at least decrease the likelihood of rebellions. Another goal was to shatter the old authority away, and replace the Emperor with ''Protector of Asia'' as the main figure. However, Ainu were affected particularly badly - in Kamchatka and Sakhalin, Ainu were viewed as ''latent RNGOC's spies'' by the Russian Empire's administration, resulting in repressions, and extinction of both Kuril Islands, and Sakhalin Ainu dialect in the 60s. Ainu weren't much better off in Hokkaido either, as RNGOC's leadership in Beijing didn't trust both them, and Japanese, and their language barely survived. Some say, that Ainu resilience comes from those years of hardships under RNGOC's, and Empire's rule.

Although being very close to each other, Sakhalin, and Hokkaido were never parts of disputed zone, so most of hellish warfare on the ground was avoided, although navies of both superstates often clashed in the Okhotsk Sea. That said, Hokkaido still had a significant role in the war, as this was one of the places, where thermal suits were developed by RNGOC - a counter to Russian Winter. (Thermal suits would later be captured by SC's soldiers, and modified by scientists as well.) Sapporo - the capital of Northern Isles, was also a place, where RNGOC's regional party echelons signed a treaty, which wanted to push RNGOC to a similar decentralization system utilized by SC. However, in RNGOC, the reform didn't succeed, and somewhere in the 2030s, RNGOC collapsed in chaos following the fallout of a large miner strike in Balkans, which resulted in Empire falling apart. After RNGOC's order fell in Hokkaido, one of the first factions on the island arose in Nibutani District, led by an Ainu man, which was a high-rank official in RNGOC's government before its collapse. He ordered to raise a militia, in order to protect the district, and fortify it. Later on, he would expand outside the district's borders as well, taking a small part of Hidaka Subprefecture, and proclaiming the ''Second Republic of Ezo'', with him as Daitōryō (President). It was able to survive because there were slightly less factions in Hokkaido, than in other Japanese islands.

The supercavitation submarine research station near Abashiri, and thermal suits factory were in the list of SC's ''important locations'' as well, which meant, that Tom's soldiers would land in Hokkaido as well. As both Onoue Misao, and Ezo's leader were members of RNGOC's Party before the collapse, Tom used Misao to convince The Daitōryō to join SC. However, even then, it happened under a gunpoint, and after SC's troopers had lured Daitōryō in a mountain base, and sealed all locks. After SC's restored control over most of island, most of the research stations, and factories were immediately searched for any possible valuable piece of technology, which could help SC advance further technologically. Then Tom started to tackle the question, of what to do with Japan's regional divisions - some SC's western governors wanted to simply unite Sakhalin, and Kuril Islands with the rest of Japan, but Tom was more in favor of a split similar to RNGOC's, and Empire's first treaty. In result, Hokkaido, Sakhalin, and Kuril Islands became their own region, called Northern Islands, while the rest of Japan was named as ''Southern Isles''. Afterwards, the Ainu governor was put in charge as leader of the region as a whole, while still answering to Misao in Tokyo. Northern Islands now are preparing for future challenges, but aren't sure about that, what fortune will bring.

Geography


Most of Hokkaido is classified as ''temperate continental climate'' by Köppen climate classification, with exception of some parts in the south, which are classified as ''warm continental climate''. Northern, and Southern parts of Sakhalin are also classified as ''temperate continental climate'', but the central part of the island is classified as ''cool continental climate'', similarly to most of Kuril Islands, or even sub-arctic climate. Summers in Kuril islands are pretty short and foggy, but winters - cold, and long. Sakhalin's climate is cold and humid, with summers being cooler than in inland cities, but winters being a bit milder, and more with snow. Eastern part of Hokkaido tends to be colder than the west part. However, unlike southern parts of Japan, Hokkaido's summers are more warm than hot, and Hokkaido is less humid as well.

All Northern Isles have a large seismologic activity, with earthquakes happening often, and on a lot of them, there are active volcanoes as well, due of the Northern Isles being located on a part of a ring of tectonic instability, also known as Ring of Fire. (Which is also the name of SC's Commonwealth) in in fact, Kuril Islands themselves are summits of stratovolcanoes. A lot of Sakhalin is mountainous as well, and its exact geological structure is not perfectly well known. The clays of Sakhalin contain lots of coal, and fossilized vegetation as well. In Hokkaido, there are coastal plains in almost all directions. Major cities of the Northern Isles - Sapporo, Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk, Severo-Kurilsk, Hakodate, etc. Major rivers - Poronai River (The longest in Northern Isles - 360 km), Abashiri River, Tym River, Ishikari River, etc. There are also quite a few national parks in the Northern Isles.

In southern Kuril islands, there are lots of dense spruce, and larch trees, while further north - tundra, which provides no tree cover. Soil in general is productive, and there are things like crater lakes, peat bogs, alpine tundra, and grasslands in those islands as well. Sakhalin for the most part is covered in coniferous, dense forests. Spruce, fir, larch, dwarf pines, birches, cherry trees, and bamboos are pretty common in Sakhalin. Further south, there are also trees like maple, rowan, oak, and cork trees, along with vines, and multiple berries as well. Birch trees are also found in Hokkaido as well, along with spruce forests as well, as Hokkaido has colder climate, if compared to most of Japan's southern isles, so it also has coniferous forests as well.

Kuril Islands have a low level of endemism, and few terrestrial mammals - one of the few, who live there, are the deer in southernmost isles, rodents, brown bears, and foxes - some of which were introduced. Kurilian Bobtail also originates from this region. That said, Kuril Islands have a pretty diverse bird population. In Sakhalin, there are reindeers in the north too, along with otters, sables, hares, squirrels, and other previously mentioned mammals. A lot of brown bears live in Hokkaido as well - it has the biggest brown bear population in all of Asia, with exception of Siberia. Rivers are usually full with fish, but oceans - with lots of sea birds, various species of whales, octopuses, and salmons. Animal life mostly comes from Siberia, although there are a few endemic species in Northern Isles.

Tallest point is the Asahi-dake mountain in Hokkaido, which is 2,290.9 m tall, but the lowest point - at the shore of Pacific Ocean, 0 m. Asahi-dake is a stratovolcano, in which's fumarole areas, sulfur was once mined.


Volcano in Kuril Islands.


Sapporo in winter.


Okhotsk sea.


Tym river in Sakhalin.


Wheat fields in Hokkaido.

Demographic


From Indigenous peoples, perhaps the biggest group are the Ainu people, who live mostly in Hokkaido. The data about their numbers greatly differs - Misao's government's census puts it in about 25 000, while SCPS intel - as high as approx 200 000. While Tom has put an Ainu official in charge of the Northern Isles, influence of Ainu in the government is still very low, as most of the officials are Japanese, and in SC's system, one man's power in comparison is weaker than power of the whole Party. There are other indigenous peoples, like Oroks, and Nivkhs, but they mostly live in Sakhalin, and are so few in numbers, that they have an only one representative in the UCN's (United Commonwealth Nations) HQ.

In Northern Isles, there is also a significant Russian population, which mostly lives in Kuril Islands, and Sakhalin. During the Scramble for The World, various veteran divisions from the Empire's times resisted violently, as they had fought against RNGOC (And by extension - against RNGOC's Japan as well) in the past, but now Misao was rolling in their former frontier. In Sakhalin, there is also a small Korean population. Governors of Sakhalin, and Kuril Islands themselves preferred to be either a separate region, or a part of the Kamchatka region at the very least. Cultural contrast between Hokkaido, and Sakhalin is easy to notice.

Still, despite that, Japanese are still the majority in Northern Isles - they make up for about a 86% of the whole population. While not as ethnically homogeneous as southern Japan, it is still a very significant number, as Japanese make up most of the armed forces of Northern Isles Some of Hokkaido's military officers also have expressed discontent with Daitōryō's, and Reconstruction Committee's rule by accusing them for ''trying to implement a rule of minority'', and would prefer to see the reunification of Northern, and Southern Isles. (Sometimes they also accuse Supercomputer Tom for propping that up.) Either way, one thing is clear - SC's Hokkaido is going to be a powderkeg for a long time.

Similarly to SC's Korea, many of RNGOC's military personnel, and their families were dislocated in Japan, including Hokkaido, as Hokkaido was basically like an outpost in the Okhotsk sea for monitoring the Empire's activity in Sakhalin. In result, there were quite a few Chinese officer, and soldier communities in RNGOC's Japan during 2020s, mostly in the big cities. However, after RNGOC collapsed, and its former territories fell into chaos, most of the Chinese soldiers, and their families fled from Japan, as after the multiple former regional governors across the RNGOC broke free, living in Japan became very dangerous. Those, who stayed, were sometimes recruited by the warlords, which wanted to use either their military, or administrative experience in order to stabilize the warlord rule. While there is still a Chinese diaspora in SC's Japan, it is way smaller nowadays.

Median age of Northern Isles (And Southern Japan as well) is one of the highest in the Commonwealth - about 45. Due of that, there are concerns of aging, and decrease of population in future - while birth rates are a bit higher, they are still dropping. In future, dependency ratio might grow higher, which means, that there would be more financial stress on workers.

Population

In Hokkaido and Sakhalin, winter and ice sports like skiing, hockey, snowboarding, and bobsled, are very popular, due of high quality ''powder snow''. Kayaking is also popular, especially in Kuril Islands, due of sea around the islands, which gives a lot of space for large kayaking competitions. Although Sumo, and archery are somewhat popular in Hokkaido as well, they still aren't the most popular sport - baseball has that title, similarly to the rest of Japan. In Sakhalin, sled dog racing is a popular past-time activity. While there are football teams as well, it is not nearly as popular as previously mentioned sports.

Ainu music, being in decline for decades under RNGOC's rule, now is experiencing a some sort of revival. Some of the Ainu instruments: Kaco (An instrument similar to tambourine, and used in shamanistic rituals), Mukkuri (An idiophone made out of bamboo. While it is a popular souvenir, it traditionally was viewed more as ''children's toy'', than an instrument for serious performances), Pararayki (An instrument similar to Russian balalaika), Cirektekuttar (An instrument similar to Australian aboriginal didgeridoo, and made out of reed's root), etc. Today, various Ainu ballads, and musical styles remain important to protect Ainu culture from dying out in SC's world.

Cuisine differs greatly, depending on the region. where you live. Around the coastline, fishers usually provide most of the meals, with both salmon, and octopus being served. Further inland, wheat, milk, soy, and beef are popular, as Hokkaido is one of the places with highest production of dairy, and meat products in Northern Isles. While rice are grown in the Hokkaido as well, their production is smaller, as special, cold-resistant breeds of rice need to be used, because normal rice is more suited for tropical climate down in southern Japan.

The Army of Northern Isles is a relatively small military force, due of its population of about 5 million. Its equipment, and units are mostly standard for Ring of Fire. However, it has one unique unit - Ainu Sharpshooters. The equipment of those skilled marksmen consists from a trench knife, anti-materiel rifle, and an electric pistol, with light armor, in order to maximize the movement speed as much as possible for stealth operations. Due of its small army size, Northern Isles also perform similar asymmetrical warfare tactics as Patagonia, but Hokkaido's army plan is mostly to retreat inland, and fight from there, while also using partisan strikes behind the lines, as it is hard to cover all of the island coastline, meaning, that most of the garrisons in Kuril Islands would fall in case of war. (Also, while modern ninja troops (Special unit created by RNGOC in 70s) are active in both Japans, Northern Isles uses them way more than Misao's army, as Southern Japan has way bigger population, and modern ''samurai'' units are viewed as ''more honorable''.)

While Northern Islands are smaller in size if compared to the rest of Japan, they are still quite large, and outside of major cities like Sapporo, a car or bicycle would be your best bet, as most of Hokkaido's railway is still being repaired - albeit Hokkaido was never in the disputed zone, its railways still suffered from lack of maintenance. Also, in comparison to the cities in the south, Northern Isle cities are much smaller, and less crowded. A big percentage of the populace still lives in the countryside - it is one of the reasons, why gun laws are a bit laxer in Hokkaido than in some other SC's regions. (Similarly to Rockies) That said, SC's Hokkaido is still very strict, when it comes to gun culture. People in the north also seem to be enjoying the warm days more, particularly in Sakhalin and Kuril Islands, as unlike in Southern Japan, winters are often cold, with lots of snow. (Although, in late years, temperatures in Hokkaido have been increasing as well, mostly due of wasteful usage of energy of three superstates before the SC's Climate Treaty, which aimed to fight against climate change, and push for more alternative energies, in order to replace fossil fuels eventually.)

Religion

One of the most popular religions in Hokkaido is Shintō, followed by Buddhism. Those religions are not practiced not only by Japanese, but by those Ainu, which have been assimilated further. Both of them have representatives in the local religious council. Due of divergence in the timeline, SC's Japan is more devoutly religious, yet some people still aren't too attached to religion, and there are suspicions, that number of religious people might be inflated by government. In Shintō, various spirits(kami) are worshiped - kami can incarnate in various natural phenomena, like wind, rain, etc.

Orthodox Christianity is widespread in Kuril Islands, and Sakhalin - territories, which Empire owned before its collapse. The few remaining Ainu, which live there, along with Nivkhs, and Orok people, usually have been converted to Orthodox Christianity already. Some of the churches were re-purposed into military HQs during the chaos after Empire's collapse, but most continued their work. Due of that, Orthodox Christians have a seat in Northern Isle religious council.

Some Ainu also practice traditional animism - they have no priests, and the chiefs instead perform whatever ritual is necessary. In their mythology, spirits are immortal, and will be rewarded by ascending to the ''Land of the Gods'' (kamuy mosir). Bear worship (Also known as arctolatry) is an important part of their religion as well, as bear is considered as the head of the animal gods. That said, there have been attempts by SC's missionaries to change Ainu religious system with organized clergy, similarly to what Tom has done with many other animist religions around SC's world.

Atheist percentage in Northern Isles, similarly to Southern Japan, is pretty high for SC's standards - about 13 %. It is likely, that the percentage of atheists there is even higher, as some of those, which mark themselves as ''Shintonist'', ''Buddhist'', ''Animist'', or ''Orthodox'' in census either practice little, or just mark it to be left alone - being an atheist is a big social stigma in SC's world, after all, and number of religious people could very well be inflated, similarly to Spain under Franco. Reasons for such high atheist percentage still remain puzzling for SC's western clergy.

Along with all of those religions, there is also the cult of personality, along with ''obliteration of the self'' - an idea originating from the RNGOC, which has become popular in the last years in SC's world, with various regional interpretations. In the past, Protector of Asia's posters were in almost every city, and house in both Hokkaido, and the rest of Japan. After the fall of RNGOC's rule in Japan, most of them were removed, and now some of them are in museum at best. That said, scars left by RNGOC's rule were still fresh, and cult of personality is still around, only this time it is the Onoue Misao, and The Daitōryō, which are staring at citizens from the posters.

Government


The system of government is similar to that of many other SC's states - both military, and clergy have a big influence in it, along with various research scientists, and ethnic group representatives. That said, it is one of the few SC's regions, where someone from a minority is in charge of not only their own ''autonomy'', but also the whole region - the current President of Northern Isles is a former RNGOC's politician, and an Ainu, despite the fact, that Japanese are still the majority. Also, unlike in some other SC's regions, a significant amount of population is still loyal to the idea of imperial restoration, and unlike in SC's Britain, Tom doesn't want to launch a full scale cultural-revolution yet, in fears of pissing off the military officers, and politicians of SC's Japan, as at the current stage it would definitely lead to a civil war.

The name of the government's ruling faction is pretty much self-explaining - ''National Reconstruction Committee'', which is supposed to work on things like rebuilding the infrastructure of Hokkaido and Sakhalin, which has been harmed by lack of maintenance, or restoration of normal healthcare services. Overall, while its members mostly support autocracy, cult of personality, and other things common in other SC's Commonwealths and Republics, a lot of its memberships is said to be ''rather pragmatic than some others'', and ''focus mostly on reconstruction effort''.

That said, it doesn't mean, that there aren't other political factions in the Northern Isles as well - one of them is the Japanese Socialist Party (JSP), which arose after many socialists came out of hiding after RNGOC's collapse. It has various secret lodges, and spy networks, and although most of its members are down in the south, it has a branch in the SC's Hokkaido as well, and it has tried to set up a branch in Sakhalin already. Although it has its own paramilitary forces, it generally avoids direct confrontations with either Misao, or The Daitōryō, and uses secrecy as its main weapon. One of its goal is to achieve unification of both Northern, and Southern Isles, in order to fund socialist internationalist groups in the rest of Ring of Fire as well, with the last goal being a world revolution. Despite both regions actively searching for JSP's agents, it still is perhaps the most likely faction to challenge Misao's authority.

Another faction is the ''Red Arrow Party'', but unlike JSP, it is rather a secret branch of the Reconstruction Committee, and it is likely, that The Daitōryō is its leader as well. (''Red Arrow'' is also a part of the Northern Isles Flag, and is in red color because of the aconite poison used by traditional Ainu hunters in the past) Semi-officially, one of its main goals is preservation of Ainu language, and preservation of the Ainu culture, along with promoting it, due of the years of repression by both RNGOC, and Empire. However, according to SCPS intel, Red Arrow Party is ready for more than just preservation of language, and cultural promotion - recordings by SCPS show The Daitōryō in talks with a few main scientists from the Great Lakes Institute about contract for human cloning technology. Human cloning technology still has many errors, and is experimental, but Red Arrow Party has noticed its potential.

And last, but not least, is the underground liberal-democratic opposition. An oddball, if compared to other factions in the Northern Isles, it was also formed after RNGOC's collapse. Thing is, that in past, Hokkaido was also used as a prison for RNGOC's democratic dissenters, making the already dark period in its history even darker. However, after RNGOC's collapse, many of the former prisoners banded together, and formed their own political faction, which tried to gather the sympathies of the locals, as only a few of them had means to return to their homes. After SC arrived in Hokkaido, most of them went in underground again, as the new government wasn't much more merciful on democratic sympathies either, and committed raids in their supporter homes regularly. However, the dream about democracy is not dead yet...

Foreign Relations

Southern Isles: Southern neighbor, and the closest military ally, and economical partner not only in Ring of Fire, but in the whole world as well. That said, the relations between them aren't exactly friendly, due of historical treatment of Ainu people by the Japanese Empire, and some of SC's Japan's generals consider Northern, and Southern Isles as one region, and thus could possibly push for annexation of Northern Isles, if SC would collapse.

Amur: The western neighbor of Northern Isles. Many of the Amur's officials are former RNGOC members as well, as in treaty after the Great Nuke War, RNGOC occupied Primorsky region, and some parts of Khabarovsk. However, in northern parts of Khabarovsk (And Sakhalin as well), there are still remnants of Empire's divisions, which act like raiders, so both regions cooperate militarily, in order to enforce law in newly acquired territories.

Eastern Columbia: Tom's intervention was one of the reasons, why Northern Isles were created as a separate region in the first place, so it has also aided the new region with more funds, in order to repair the infrastructure, and reopen the facilities closed down during RNGOC's collapse. That said, Northern Isles also want to get more sovereignty at some point in the future, but that goes against SC's doctrine, so there is also a cold distaste between politicians of the two regions.

Kamchatka: The northern neighbor of Northern Isles. Relations between the two are neutral, but leaning positive, due of the fact, that The Daitōryō thinks, that natives of both Hokkaido, and Kamchatka have similarly struggled under colonists. Both regions are ready to aid each other, if necessary. However, the warfare in waters of disputed zone between RNGOC, and Empire is still in fresh memory, and ultimately, Kamchatka has is own interests as well.

Rest of the World: As Northern Isles are a minor power, they mostly either are neutral, or indifferent with the rest of the SC's world. That said, it has positive relations with most of SC's Siberia, and is one of the regions, which has voiced disapproval of Renier's South Africa's policies. Also, its leadership still resents the SC's Chinese Commonwealth, due of RNGOC's more than 70 year rule, which damaged Japanese, and Ainu culture significantly.

Rest of the Ring of Fire: Overall, Northern Isles maintain a neutral policy with the rest of the Ring of Fire, although it has a slightly positive opinion towards Eastern Manchuria, and, similarly to Southern Isles, has increased tensions with SC's Korea.

Economy


While Hokkaido also has some industry, agriculture still plays a way bigger role in its economy - it has lots of arable land, and it not only produces food for itself, but also exports some of the products to Southern Isles. It produces things like wheat, soybeans, potatoes, sugar beet, onions, pumpkins, corn, and raw milk. Just as other two territories (Sakhalin, and Kuril Islands), Hokkaido has a big aquaculture, and fishing sector. An another important source of income is tourism - While average populace don't travel outside of their regions often, the Elites, and Party's members often pay lots of money for sightseeing in far-away lands, often in order to take photos, and keep them as a memory, because in SC, you don't travel in tourism trips every year. Coal mining also once made up a large part of Hokkaido's income, and it is still mined as of today.

Sakhalin's regional economy mostly relies on natural resources like oil and gas, along with coal mining, forestry, and fishing. Although various crops, and vegetables are being grown in Sakhalin as well, they aren't a primary part of the economic sector, partially due of short growing season as well. POC (Patriotic Oil Company), and its regional branches have already reserved most of the future oil deposits for themselves, which means, that while some part of the drilled oil will be given for use of the region, some of it POC will send further for Megastate (US) needs, and private oil drilling is basically banned. Some of SC's environmentalists are also concerned about POC's actions, and their effects to local wildlife. However, due of Sakhalin's oil and gas reserves, Northern Islands are growing quickly economically-wise.

Kuril Islands mostly rely on fishing as well, along with exporting minerals like pyrite, and sulfur, along with various polymetallic ores. Although no oil has been discovered near Kuril Islands yet, POC has already started search operations, in hopes to find a reasonable-sized oil deposit. Northern Isles government has also started to build a geothermal energy plant near a volcano, as both steam, and hot water can be found there. Construction sector also is a significant part of the economy - SC's authorities plan to build new roads between the seaports, and cities, as ships, and rafts are the primary means of transport across the isles. SC's authorities also hope to expand other infrastructure as well.

The economy of Northern Isles in general is similar to that of many SC's states - command economy to a point, with various ''5 year plans of production'', with a tinge of protectionism, and suppression of private, government non-aligned companies. However, in some of the companies, a model of gift economy is practiced, alongside with barter, and command economy. That said, barter, and gift economy is still mostly used only in parallel to the monetary economy. However, President of the Northern Isles has rights to switch country partially to the barter economy, in case if a currency (Either Commonwealth Dollar, or Hokkaido Yen) becomes unstable in result of either hyperinflation, or deflationary spiral. That said, the switch can't become permanent, as in the long run, Northern Isles barter economy would also start to stagnate.

As for export/import partners, the biggest trade partner of the Northeast Islands is its southern neighbor - Northern Isles import various things from there - from electronics, to materials for tires, etc. Of course, in the last months, The Daitōryō has tried to find other import partners as well - for example, Northern Isles military imports high-quality power armor from Eastern Columbia already, along with radar technology from Ontario. And it is not like, that Hokkaido only imports things - Northern Isles also exports various things in the SC's interregional market - its forests let it export wood to other regions, where wood is a scarce material. It is also a large exporter of soybeans, and computer manufacturer.

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UDU's victory: The East's capitulation event

Fall of The Archonate

''A brand new sun was rising over Quebec City, as the UDU's fighters had recently taken it, determined to sweep away any remnants of the tyranny of the past, and also repelled pathetic Archon's loyalist attempts of retaking the city. Citizens were slowly starting to return to everyday routine, and smoke was rising from the chimneys of those houses, which weren't damaged from war - and from the burning loyalist tanks in the streets. The arrival of the UDU's battalions was welcomed with ringing of the church bells, by the people sympathetic to their cause, and fighters of the local branches, which no longer needed to hide in shadows. However, the sympathizers, and fighters for the old regime shivered in fear, as they knew, what fate UDU's troopers gave to the sympathizers of Archon's totalitarianism. Archon's, and his escort's cars were turned into Swiss cheese in middle of a dense forest by UDU's Quebecois partisans, when the escort attempted to escape through dirt tracks in countryside to a port in Labrador, and from there - with a ship to the Greater North. However, all knew, that it wasn't enough to bring justice in UDU's eyes - to repay for all the dead by Archon's, by Tom's, by SCPS, and other governor hands.''

''With the help from volunteers, which agreed to participate in the operation, and UDU's archivists from The East, the Windigo's soldiers started to root out the Party's loyalists from the city. However, instead of leaving the job to mob's lynching, UDU's units systematically and in an organized fashion scoured district by district, and knocked to door by door, using the lists of names provided by Quebecois partisans about both outspoken, and silent SC's supporters in the region. (''Guilt Battalions'' also participated in the operation - they mostly considered from civilians, and other people, who had sided with UDU during the conflict, and were called as such because UDU considered most of SC's people being guilty for their government's actions to an extent, and by taking part in the battalion, they would repay their guilt) Most of them had a weapon of some kind, and not only mere pistols or rifles - some Party's supporters had machine guns, energy weapons, plasma rifles, or even power armor in some cases. It also meant, that clearing out the houses from the loathed regime's supporters was time consuming, as few wanted to lay down arms. Some even banded together, by scrapping together ammo from their comrades, and building barricades in narrow streets - it often took more than an hour for UDU'S soldiers and volunteers to clear out those, and a significant percentage of UDU's men were killed in action as well.''

''However, in the end, the result was the same - the collaborators and supporters of the old regime were outgunned. Not much were captured by UDU's police and troopers, as most died in either a gunfight, or melee fight, as Archonate saw surrender as ''cowardly''. Those, who were captured by UDU's fighters, were paraded through the streets by UDU's soldiers, so the people could see, how low, and weak they had become. After that, most of them were either shot, or imprisoned. Most of the treasure, and property of the supporters/collaborators were either given to the government, or to the UDU's loyalists/less well off citizens. However, there weren't much robberies by either UDU's fighters or those, who volunteered to scour the districts, as UDU's officers made it clear, that ''anyone caught looting shops, houses, any other buildings, or doing other crimes, will be shot on sight, no matter the rank.''.''

''Similar scenario and fate of former Party's supporters repeated in other places across The East. From Quebec to PEI, in big cities, small towns, in farmer communities - the people, and UDU's fighters hunted down the former supporters of Party wherever they could find them, even though some fled into the wilderness, and tried to fight with partisan warfare. Inuit, and other indigenous UDU fighters in The East were invited by Windigo to witness the ''demise of their oppressors''. However, at the same time, UDU's leadership was trying to make the indigenous fighters act faster, and try to convince more of their people to take up arms, and rise up against The Party's Canadian remnants, as otherwise ''a similar fate would happen to the collaborators and sympathizers in the Greater North as well''. They had a hard task on their shoulders - picking the wrong side would mean a sure demise for their nations later on.''

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Another tyrant's supporters bite the dust.
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Central Europe's rearmament (Flavor)

The Dreaded Cross Returns

''It was a cold winter day in Hamburg, and a lot of snow had fallen yesterday. Now, a tall, slim figure in a black coat and cap, was heading towards a factory, with snow loudly crunching beneath his boots. He was none other than the Ralf Fellerer - the leader of the newly created Central European region of Kayden's European Federation, and appointed President-Governor of SC's Germany. While his best years were clearly in the past, and some of the hair had already turned grey, his eyes with his ray-ban glasses still remained as sharp as ever. Fellerer had been an administrator of the Empire before its collapse, and had seen, how the factory decayed during the chaos period in SC's second world - how raiders had taken control of parts of it, how scavengers were preying on its metal, how squatters tried to find dwelling there, and how it just overall stalled in terms of any production, and he witnessed it all from a secret hideout's window, while trying to secure his life from the gangs on the streets. However, the European Federation's soldiers, and workers from British Isles had done a great job - now the factory was renovated, and buzzing with activity. Raiders were driven away by special European Federation's soldier teams, which now were guarding the perimeter, in order to scare off scavengers as well. Old conveyors now were running once again, with both ammunition, and vehicle parts being on them. Some of the best SC's technicians had even replaced the old electricity generators with a nuclear generator similar to the ones in SC's America's factories. ''Love him or hate him, Tom can indeed do a lot.'' Ralf thought, as he had arrived at the doorstep of the factory, before that showing his authorization card to the guards at the posts. He then opened the doors, and went inside.''

''Inside the factory, there were already lots of workers doing tasks - the Federation's work programs in the newly conquered regions often gave at least minimal amount of food and wages to the workers, albeit they still worked for the western hemisphere's companies in the end. He could see a few workers using cables to place parts of the tank together. Most of the workers, when they saw that President-Governor had arrived in their factory, usually raised their heads a bit, and put hand at the head in salute, as if they would be greeting him, and then quickly went back to work - etiquette of how to act when important personnel arrived in factory seemed to have been similar in all three superstates. Feller was clearly content about the current situation, as the factory was up and running, but then he noticed a nervous man in a businessman's suit, which was writing something in his notepad.

''What is wrong? Have the fringe rightists attacked an another factory, or something? Is there a some way, in how I could help?'' Feller asked.

''No, problem is, that our oil, metal, and other resource supply for tanks, firearms, vehicles, cars, and other military equipment isn't regular, and is delivered in parts.'' The man started to explain. ''So, right now, we haven't got a concrete schedule, but we rather make weapons on demand. And if steel, or oil runs out, well.. then it is bad. Some have proposed using renevables, or nuclear powered vehicles, but we aren't SC's Canada or Britain, and the Empire's prototypes of nuclear-powered cars aren't exactly up to date.''

''I will perhaps look into it, when I will have more time, as right now I am in a hurry - I will be giving a speech to our newly created army in the square. Until then, good luck!'' Feller quickly said goodbye to the man, and rest of the factory workers, as he ran out of the factory. The following speech would be important in winning the hearts of the soldiers, as neither his Party's, nor army's loyalty had been completely consolidated yet, and the scum from shadows were still not dealt with yet. Not much was known about them, but Feller knew, that they had started the war against Empire more than a century ago, and that their incompetent management, supply issues, and deluded ideologies ultimately led to their own downfall. Ever since then, they had been ostracized and scrutinized to the deepest corners by Empire's society. Few even knew their original name, and even less wanted to cooperate with them, even after the collapse.''

''Later on, Feller went to rostrum in the square, to give the speech for the soldiers of recently formed Central European military. In the first line, there were soldiers with anti-materiel rifles, metal helmets with rebreathers and red, glowing vision goggles, and various symbols on their special unit-like armor - various hired SC's designers really went off, when designing the ''PMT version'' of each region's uniforms, and military. The new military vehicles, aircraft, and few PMT tanks also were in the first row. However, past those rows were the soldiers with various outdated Empire's rifles, and simple winter uniforms - those units still formed the backbone of most of the Second World's armies. Most of the tech also was an old design production full with issues in transmission, consumption of fuel, and so on. Problems did not end there - a lot of the generals were either freshly recruited, or aging quickly. A sizeable amount of the soldiers were from Czech, Austrian, and Swiss regions as well, as in the end, it was a Central European army, after all. Red banners, and flags of the various regions of Central Europe were also waving, representing the strange ideology, which they held. Although, it wasn't nearly the strangest ideology, if judging by how soaked in radicalism SC's world was.

''Most of us there remember the times, when various factions and gangs competed for power in the vacuum the collapsed superstates left, and most of us went under one lord or another, in order to have some form of protection. Some of the older folks also remember the ''Perpetual War'' period, when our allies were few, but enemies - countless, and the blood was spilling in the disputed zone.'' Feller started his speech, carefully looking at the crowd, in order to monitor their reaction. ''However, now we might have more allies than ever! Under the Federation, we have partners, of which we might have never dreamed of previously, and we could also establish contacts and trade relations with far-away regions. In fact, some of our former enemies in Disputed Zone's warfare have helped us to rebuild. However, there are still a lot of hardships ahead. Before SC's arrival, various groups, both left and right had arisen from the underground, where Empire's repression had kept them. Thanks to your help, however, we beat back the monarchists and fringe right wingers to the dark corners from where they came from. With help from SC's diplomats, we negotiated with the reds, in order to create a true army, and state of the People. Still, we have perhaps the hardest test for all of our nations ahead - raiders still prey on people in the countryside, and radicals call for the dissolution of this union, but you, the sons and patriots of the land, along with SCPS and police, will ensure, that our planet will thrive! However, there are still feuds, which must be solved in one way or the another, especially with our former overlords...'' Feller finished, and turned off his microphone. Mediocre approval, and whispering noises of talking soldiers could be heard from the crowd. While most were talking about power fists, and other new equipment from SC's Britain, some were passionately discussing topics about history of SC's world. ''I think, that I should go. I have an important meeting with the western advisers.'' Feller thought, and quietly left.''

''After Ralf Fellerer finished his speech, he went back to his private apartments, where three other men were already waiting - Ryder Watkins, the state CEO of ''Ford Military and Civilian Vehicles'', Oliver King, who was a military attaché in Central Europe from Great Lakes Institute, and Cedric Burton, who was a British economist, and assistant for Kayden's European Federation's government. ''I thank you in the name of the whole Central Europe'' Ralf said with a mix of relief and agitation. ''I am not sure, what we would have done without your help - the assistance in rebuilding the infrastructure, funds for rebuilding a proper armed force, tips for management of the economy, and so on.'' Ralf then took a seat in his cubist-style chair.

''Speaking of those bills for rebuilding the military complex, you surely have have loaned a lot of money from us for something which seems like a basic rearmament and modernization of those clunky, square shaped boxes you call as tanks'' Watkins replied in a cold tone.

''Yes, I know - I already said, that I am going to repay those bills in parts, as right now we can't afford enough funds to pay it all at once. I can also offer some of the ores, and parts of industry as a payment'', Ralf stuttered.

''Yes, but there is only so much time my higher-ups in The Party can spare, before they will demand you to pay up - either more, or less gently.'' Watkins persisted. ''The Megastates - no, the entire western hemisphere has spent a lot in this version of Marshall plan, and some of our own men would rather want to see flowing back more, or even cutting off the aid. See, even in the SC's first world, not every region is equal, and in the poorer regions, populists within the parties have a strong voice, as the locals too want the same quality of life.''

''Also, speaking of the rocket silos and submarines in the Central Europe, it would be preferable, if your government would hand them to the General Atomics, and European Federation's Nuclear Association's control, along with the uranium reserves, as we wouldn't want those to one day fall into the hands of rouge groups.'' Attaché added.

''What, why would you need to take our silos? Our men are ready to keep the intruders and fringes out, and it is not like, that the two superstates are around anymore!'' Ralf was puzzled.

''It is a standard procedure whenever we acquire new territories. Thing is, that there are still raiders, and various other groups around, who don't have warm feeling against us. Also, we haven't localized all the enriched uranium and missiles yet, which means, that some... unscrupulous persons could get their fingers on them. After all, the DEFCON level still is barely above 2, and we could show you that DEFCON RTS, in order to show, just how horrible all that would be. Also, while you might keep your word, there is no guarantee, that whoever follows after you will do the same, so the means of producing nukes should be controlled by teams aligned to SC's central government, as those still remain one of the most dangerous WMDs of our world. Also, it is not like that only your soldiers would be vengeful against us, or one of their ''partners'' - I am sure, that the groups of other two superstate government successors have even more hurt ego, and reasons to hold grudges, as their superpower status has been broken, and they are only regional powers by now.''

''Speaking of the companies in your region... Some of those arose there during disputed zone, while others were disbanded after the collapse of the other superstates. My economist's advice would be to let us reorganize them as the regional branches of our state megacompanies, and install the regional state CEOs to lead them. This has successfully worked in our core territories, and I don't see the reason, why it shouldn't succeed there. We could also provide you with a some variant of CYBERSYN-esque computer to assist with planning of rebuilding, but I wouldn't want my investment to not be secure, as you already have a lot to pay back.'' Cerdic spoke, while sipping from his cup of tea. ''I know, that it will be an unpopular decision between the citizenry, but those companies alone will not be able to compete at all against the SC's state monopoly. The best you can try to do is try to explain this to the people you lord over. Bring the other regional governors across the table, tell them any plan of action... As I wouldn't want to see some easily swayed proles, or radicals attacking the SC's state company headquarters, or protests led by scheming populists within your own party. Tell them, that their Fritz-Kola will not be taken out from production, but simply integrated as a part of SC's state company branch.''

After that, an uneasy silence fell upon the room. While he was ready for cooperation, some of the conditions and terms set by Tom, and the rest of the SC felt outrageous. He started to think of the regional relations as a set of complex spider webs, with Tom being the weaver, who catches politicians, and groups like flies. Cedric too felt the tension in air, so he opened the small pack with ''Christmas Edition'' plastic game cards. ''I think, that some simple card game wouldn't be too bad'', Cedric said, attempting to steer conversation in different direction. ''How about some Preferans? Poker, and other gambling games aren't an option for men as important as us, as while our regions gather income from those official casinos as well, we ourselves aren't allowed to directly participate. As much as I would love to strip a some gullible prole off his last European Credits, it is not possible.'' Cedric sighed.''

''The conversations went on until 11 pm, when the three men bid farewell to the President-Governor, and went to the airport, in order to not miss the last flight with ''Boeing Combined Aircraft'' commercial planes before morning - the European Federation's reconstruction authority had repaired some of the airports too. Now Ralf was alone in his room, which was brightened only by a few light bulbs. His new state had already accumulated lots of debt, and not only monetary ones, which he could pay off, but those, which he could never pay off, even at the best will. He was also very aware at the effects of SC's rearmament of the Central Europe, along with the rising nationalism. A lot of men in the new Central Europe's military still held grudge against Russian Empire's occupation of Europe just a mere few decades earlier, and wanted to take the revenge upon Muscovy, which claimed to be the successor of the government one of the three superstates. He himself wasn't on the best terms with its leadership both before, and after collapse, and nationalism too played a high part in his ideology. However, the warning, which one of the state CEOs from megastates told him before leaving, still resounded in his head - ''Don't let your hounds off the leash, as otherwise the continent will experience a terrible tragedy once again'' He knew, that he had to prevent a war with the Empire's remnant, and calm down the chants of revenge, as it would be disastrous for the condition, in which his region was right now - neither economy, or army was ready to wage such a large scale war. Also, in the new SC's geopolitical reality, which didn't take too kindly on a full scale war between regions, at least some form of peace was needed in order to rebuild, and catch some break. However, the man still had grand plans for the region, and army...''

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For the Greater- wait, for our European friends!
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UDU's victory: Greater North's capitulation event

Revenge punch with flavor of ice

''Dark clouds were rising over the horizon, and tight fog had engulfed the Nunavut's icy plains, as if the skies themselves would tell the fate of the Party's loyalists and collaborationists that day. The UDU's march of victory seemed unstoppable, and even the best attempts of tyrants to hold on to their power with desperate resistance proved to be futile, as indicated by destroyed army barracks, broken rooftops, and dead of both the regular army, and SCPS agents. In order to commemorate the liberation of Greenland and SC's Canada's Arctic, the commander of UDU's resistance in Greater North ordered to organize a feast for the local UDU's fighters, and loyalists. However, they couldn't celebrate their victory for long, as there was still a lot to do - like rebuilding the little infrastructure the Greater North had, which was in tatters after the warfare, and while there weren't as large army squads fighting if compared to Ontario and The East, it wouldn't mean, that the fighting conditions would be more humane, but rather the opposite - both sides lost a significant portion of their own men in the harsh Greater North's winter. However, there was one task, which was perhaps a higher priority than anything else - to get rid of the few remaining regime's supporters, which kept lingering around.''

''UDU started the operation with the Arctic's cities, as a significant amount of Party's rats hid there - just like in the south, most of the Party's members were more knowledgeable in the concrete jungles of the cities, while UDU's soldiers were good fighters in the countryside and wilderness. UDU was also aware, that not every city was sympathetic to its cause, so it threatened to ''give up all the Party's supporters hiding in there, or we will cut off your supplies''. In Arctic, cutting off supplies would be fatal for the cities, as a lot of them were totally dependent from food, electricity, fresh water, and other material supplies from the south. So, most of cities accepted UDU's demands, as otherwise they would risk with famine.''

''However, after searching through records in governmental buildings, it became clear, that some members had taken the risk, and fled to countryside. So, UDU separately also tasked battalions to deal with countryside as well. Later on, they split into two squads - first squad's goal was to specifically search for Party's supporters in the wilderness, destroying any possible underground tunnels or holdouts they could use, and deal with state companies and CEOs, which had entrenched in their oil rigs, mines, and so on, as they were anticipating UDU's revenge to fall upon their heads too. Now, not all Party's members were good at surviving in land as unforgiving as Arctic - the frozen bodies found by UDU's squads indicated, that at least some of them had already lost in fight with the forces of nature. However, UDU couldn't rely on Mother Nature to do all the killing - they knew, that some Party's members were if not survivalists, then at least more experienced in countryside than average, so they stayed on guard for the whole operation, and always approached possible Party's dens with caution.''

''Second squad was tasked with dealing with small Greater North's towns, and villages, as intel provided to UDU suggested, that some Party's indigenous collaborators, and Canadian Party's members from the south were hiding in small villages, in an attempt to not draw much noise. While UDU's indigenous fighters did their best to convince the natives to not support SC, and join UDU's cause, some still didn't side out of spite, attempted to remain neutral, or worse - still collaborated with the Party, as some of the wealthiest of them had earned pretty cozy seats within the Greater North's government. First, UDU's fighters sent strongly worded letters to towns and villages, who refused to give up the hiding Party's members. If they refused, armed squads of UDU's fighters arrived right at the town, giving the ''last chance'' for the community to bring the cowards to justice. If then they refused again, UDU's fighters would find the hiding Party's members on their own, often using brute force to tear sections of walls, closed doors, and other possible hiding spots. Of course, fighting with the locals often broke out during the operation, and some of UDU's fighters also resorted to pillaging and torching down houses, as the morale had dropped during the brutal slug fest that was Arctic warfare. Later on, UDU's squads organized special punitive expeditions for local collaborators, and ''fake supporters'' - those, who claimed to have supported UDU after UDU's victory. Their name and surname was checked by Greater North's archivists, and if it didn't show up in list of ''outspoken'', or ''secret'' supporters, they were assumed to be lying and cowardly.''

''Our native fighters weren't pleased about our actions in villages and communities, to say the least. Some had objected to the orders given by UDU's commanders, and some even had the guts to protest at UDU's HQ in Nuuk, calling us to ''stop the insanity against their people''. However, those native fighters, who had proven their loyalty to us, mostly stood in silence, watching the defiance of their less loyal fighting comrades. Windigo is all for camaraderie between fellow fighters for liberty, but it is still hard for some to get their head across the toll of war. Those actions were necessary to spade the sowed seed of evil by Tom himself, but it is still hard for some to accept, that their fellows too were complicit for their inaction. In fact, while the help of indigenous fighters was invaluable in the Arctic warfare, and campaign would have been longer without their aid, we can no longer completely rely on all of them.''

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Torngarsuk will judge them!
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Time of change in the Disputed Zone (Flavor)

Welcome to our world

''A police officer was taking a smoke from cigarette in a shiny golden package (With them being the rare, and expensive Golden Dragon's Cigarettes from the RNGOC - Zaahid could only guess, through what way they had arrived from China through all of Asia, Middle East, and finally - to North Africa), and sipped from a can of Dr.Pepper on his desk. A couple of FAMAS and R4 rifles were attached to the wall, along with pictures from desert patrols, operations, or just about important people. There were also some bookshelves, and a couple of rough texture carpets on the floor. This is about how the office of Zaahid el-Salik looked like - a police officer, who was recently officially recruited by the Chadian Military Police. It was a SC's reorganized version of the legendary Chadian Rangers - a group, which was formed somewhere in the 2030s by Zubair al-Abbasi, who was a veteran of the Perpetual War, as he was one of the locals, which were conscripted by the armies of three superstates in the disputed zone. Those rangers often were volunteers, who protected farms, roads, and towns, and tried to fight against the lawlessness, which had been created when the three superstates fought out, and any local authority was crushed under their boots. Zaahid too was one of the rangers, and his service in them was one of the reasons, why his application for job to the new authorities was accepted quicker. Zaahid took an another cigarette from the package, and lighted it up. He knew, that the new overlords, which had arrived from western hemisphere, banned, or heavily restricted smoking, but it would do little for him - smoking had became an unfortunate habit for him during his ranger service years, which first started from boredom. In a land of moralists, full with poverty, there were few recreational things - food, festivals, books, and, of course, smoking. He was sure, that the local governors would try to eradicate the problem as well, even though he knew a few in the newly created Party branch, which had either a habit with alcohol, or smoking. After finishing his Dr.Pepper can, he folded it, and threw into trash bin, along with the cigarette, which had been smoked out. The vending machine, which he had installed a week ago, and which was provided by some of the state CEOs which had arrived to inspect him, indeed was a blessing. Zaahid sighed, then prayed, and went back to the paperwork.''

''He had worked in the office for all morning, and had finally got some free time after noon, which he decided to spend by having a slow walk in N'Djamena's streets. In some ways, it was very similar to how it was before SC's arrival - street vendors selling kisra (fermented bread) along with mutton, chicken, pork, goat, and other meats, along with salted fish, Karkanji tea (Tea made from dried hibiscus flowers), melons, okras, and other food products. Mullah from a mosque was calling for midday prayer, and old gasoline cars maneuvered through poorly paved streets. And yet, he could feel, that something had become different - He saw Afrikaner, and various other SC's soldier units from SC's ''core territories'' patrolling in the streets, as a part of the agreement between accepting Chad into SC. For him, it was a bit weird to see the men, who would have killed the rangers on sight just mere few years ago, now just friendly chatting with them. Some construction site workers were also actively rushing around, and it looked like, that a new, big market is getting built, just like the ones in SC's First and Second world. Some from the elite classes also had various tablets and phones, albeit ethranet still wasn't in every house, as it still remained a privilege of the rich in the former Disputed Zone, just like computers. In fact, there were lots of areas outside cities, where there were practically no access to calling services. Zaahid wasn't one of the ultra-reactionary types both in the Party, and between his peers - in fact, he thought, that things aren't changing fast enough, as many of the negative aspects of SC's Third World were still there, and he too wanted his people to at least become more prosperous, and advance in mechanization and computing. However, he still felt, that some things had changed too fast, and in a world, where people would need to rush more and more, and be in constant action, he felt badly, as in the end, he longed for peaceful days, when he would become old, as he liked laid-back conversations and not rushing, when it came to routine, as he still remembered his younger ranger times, when his life was under constant threats, and he had little time for resting and playing a game of backgammon.''

''N'Djamena had always been a loud city, even during the Disputed Zone's era, when it rather looked like a mix of blasted ruins and slums, but in the last years, it had became even more loud, and some had found it stressful. It was still developing, and poor, yes, but the difference was major, if compared to the beginning of 21st century. Zaahid wanted to get out from the city one day, and drive in a trip to some of the places, where he had served as ranger. However, it wasn't possible this day, as his work schedule was completely full in evening, and he lived more often in his workplace than in his home. His dinner was rather simplistic, if compared to the average SC's western hemisphere's family - a couple pieces of goat's meat, along with sorghum, carrots, zucchini, bread, and papaya juice. He earned more than an average citizen, and thus could afford more, but he still tried to be careful with money, and tried to follow the ''food pyramid'' - a system developed by some of SC's scientists a few decades ago about correct proportions of foods, with preference towards grain and cereal foods. After that, Zaahid turned on his TV, but there wasn't much in it, as SNN African Television was still developing. Finally, he fell asleep - he was tired from this day, and felt like a hamster in a wheel.''

''Zaahid had lots of job to do in the following days as well, even with having to participate in night shifts, often to solve domestic neighborhood conflicts, or to bring suspected persons into custody. Only after a few weeks, he managed to get two free days in his schedule, although he still had to keep a walkie-talkie and a phone near him in case, if there would be an emergency, and administration would need to contact him. As he didn't like to do things in the last few moments, he had prepared necessary materials days before, and had neatly packed them at the back of his truck. He had also trained himself to quickly get up, put the uniform on, and be ready to go in a few minutes, just like a firefighter. And so he finally left at early morning.''

''The travel from N'Djamena to the old ranger outpost in Faya-Largeau took about 5 hours, from the Sahel terrain gradually changing into Saharan desert. Chad's territory was mostly flat, which meant, that there weren't much of large peaks, which would require serpentine roads. Zaahid traveled along with two other officers as his bodyguards, as administration didn't allow him to travel completely alone, and even wanted to give more guards, but Zaahid managed to convince them, that ''it will be enough with two''. When they arrived at the destination, the car's fuel levels were still normal, but Zaahid had brought a couple of jerrycans full with gasoline and repair tool kit for cases, if something got wrong. He also had got a lot of water bottles and food, as he very well knew, how scorching the temperatures were. Faya-Largeau was one of the largest oasis settlements in Chadian Saharan desert, with even having an airbase with military barracks built during Disputed Zone's era, but it still rather reminded of a sleepy town. A new police station was built in the center of city, but that was not the thing, for which Zaahid had arrived - he wanted to inspect the old ranger outpost a few miles away, where most of his youth service years went. When he had arrived, some of the buildings were full with sand, but some parts had already started to rust. However, Zaahid was surprised by fact, that so many of them still stood well today - the sandstone and self-made bricks were often more durable than the more modern concrete. Some of the bunkers from outside rather looked like tents, or poorly made headquarters, but once inside, all of the hardware, and an entrance to the underground tunnels could be seen.''

''When digging through sand, he found an old MAC Mle 50 pistol - a French pistol from a far era, which was still one of the main weapons of Chadian rangers. He was surprised, that it hadn't already got found and taken by squatters or bandits after the outpost was abandoned. It had no ammo, not even a single bullet, but it still brought him back a lot of memories - about the stories the rangers told, when they sat around fireplace, how they caught fishes in their southern missions, and salted them for later use, about legendary battles they fought against the desert bandits, and so on. Back when the sky was greener, lakes were fuller with water, and everyone was closer to each other... Zaahid slapped himself, bringing him back from his daydreaming thoughts into real word. As much as he would love to sink into nostalgia, it was the present on which he had to focus. Also, he knew, that not everything was fine and dandy back then, but rather the opposite - illiteracy, and infrastructure were even worse than now, and ranger's life was very dangerous - he could easily either fall from the hands of hostile people, or die from starvation, or dehydration. He also looked with skepticism and criticism to those, who idolized the disputed zone's period as well, because from those books and photos he had glanced upon, he knew, that it was an even worse period to life in, as the constant bombing pelted the land, and if it wasn't enough, the three superstates often both retreated and advanced, which meant, that frontlines were constantly shifting, and that any attempt of trying to establish stable order or structure would be destroyed the moment superstates would go to offensive again - Sahara was nothing more than a frontline for all three of those leaders. In fact, rangers could arose in the first place only because the other two superstates collapse, and there now was a point to try to establish any kind of order. And yet, something felt very close about those times... He took the pistol, saying, that ''it will look nice alongside with my old ranger's uniform''. His two peers looked down on such decision, and wondered - ''That pistol doesn't even have any ammo, and we aren't sure, if it even works properly after during those whole years!''. But Zaahid insisted on keeping it. For some, it was just an old pistol, just like many others in the sands, but for him, it was special.''

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Don't become too sentimental.
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