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« Reply #100 on: May 30, 2016, 10:59:34 AM »

The Ottoman Empire. Turn 2

The Economy

1. An increased production of oil is a vindication of the government's continuous policy of economic growth. The course shall be continued. But we must remember that restricting ourselves to simply making money out of oil is not a right path. Such money must be used to finance a wide development and diversification of our economy.

2. An oil terminal shall be constructed in Basra to expand our oil trade with the East. A trade mission shall be dispatched to Tokyo.

3. Continue with establishing the arms industry.

4. Pursuant to our recently concluded agreement, a preferential trade with Spain shall be increased. A naval task force of two cruisers and three destroyers and two submarines shall be send to escort the convoys.

5. (OOC: sorry if such thing already exists, in such case just disregard) The plans to construct a railway linking the Ottoman Empire with Hejaz in order to stimulate our economies and to increase defense capabilities.

6. Recognizing there's a void to be filled, the Ministry of Finance is directed to establish a pilot program in a form of state-owned bank in Beirut, that would operate under the principles of sharia compliant finance.

7. Trade missions are to be dispatched to Albania, Bosnia and countries of Caucasus.


Policy on Nationalities

The Ministry of the Interior is hereby directed to undertake preparations for a full and modern census of the population. We shall seek technical advice from our allies in Berlin on how to conduct such project (because we don’t really know how Sad ).

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Azeris:
Emphasize common Turkic heritage as well as the contrast between old days and the present. Too long have our Azeri brothers suffered under the yoke of Russian Slavic imperialism and Persian Shia regime. Now they are equal citizens of our realm. Their natural wealth is no longer exploited by a distant government but used for fair development.

Arabs:
The Ottoman Empire is the only force protecting our Arab brothers from the dangers of European imperialism. Remember what happened when Palestine and Hejaz were under a brief rule of the colonial power.

Palestine is Muslim. It weren't the Muslims that expelled Jews from Palestine hundreds of years ago, it were Romans. During the period following the expulsion, Palestine lost any Jewish character and any artificial attempts to resettle them is both dangerous and unfair. Under no circumstances futher emigration is to be allowed. Any remaining Jews found disloyal are liable to seizure of property and expulsion.

Kurds:
Continue to keep peace by rewarding loyal tribes and leaders.

Armenians and Assyrians:
Keep the close eye as usual.

General:
While Turks plays a leading role in the Empire, we must promote loyal elements within Arab and Kurdish communities.


Diplomacy

In order to facilitate a deeper cooperation between the Muslim countries, we shall formally invite Crimea, Hejaz, Albania and Bosnia to consider forming an international forum. Proposed name: Islamic Cooperation Council.
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« Reply #101 on: May 30, 2016, 11:03:47 AM »

OOC: Isn't it ironic that this cesspool of all possible sins and lust that our Crimea has become is an Islamic nation? Tongue
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« Reply #102 on: May 30, 2016, 12:09:40 PM »

Securing the Revolution
Turn 2 Public Orders

Domestic Policy:

-We will let it be known that the People's Republic listens to its citizens. Therefore we are scrapping the mandatory education of students away from their homes, though the remainder of our reforms will remain. Instead the program will be replaced by a three week period in which the students will travel to a different regions of Spain to learn more about Spanish culture and heritage across the nation.

-Recognizing the crisis that is upon our nation we understand the need to students to be able to defend themselves. Light military training is to now be conducted in Spanish physical education classes. Those 17-20 year olds who are deemed to be most capable and loyal will eventually become officers and leaders in the new Spanish People's Army. Military training will include weapon handling, guerilla fighting in rural areas, survival skills, and fostering a love of the People's Republic.

-We will mobilize the people of Spain to fight the Revolutionaries. The People's Army of Spain (PSA) is thus hereby established. Army pay will be generous, to encourage loyalty, and will be funded by continued sales of Church lands and property. Every Spanish male aged 18-35 is immeadiately registered for a draft. The Army will be supplied by goods from our public agricultural lands. (Choosing option A).

-Small farm workers as well as factory laborers are exempted from the draft, due to their vital importance to the day-to-day economic well-being of Spain.

-The Church has had the gall to declare a "Second Reconquista", and we laugh at their pretentions of control over the Iberian Peninsula. Therefore, for every Spanish citizen killed by the neo-Crusaders, one priest will be executed. If they kill no one, no priests need die. If they intend to spill Spanish blood, we shall spill theirs too. The Church has made itself too big of an enemy to the Revolution to be allowed to exist in any form in the new society. Those caught worshiping publicly shall face confiscation of property, detainment, or will be shipped to a different region where they will labor on the siezed agricultural lands, under the watchful eye of Revolutionary soldiers.

-In propaganda and eduction emphasize the inherent inqeualities and corruption of both Royalist factions as well as the Church. We must whip up public opinion against there reactionary causes!

-The financial assets of anyone associated with either monarchist claimant or the Pope are immeadiately and permanently siezed by the People's Republic. They have turned their back on our reformed society in the name of greed and fanatacism.

-With a war upon us, conduct weapons and naval research in universities and government facilities. Look at the best way to fight and keep an army supplied in deserts. Also look into improving Spanish aerial technology.

Foreign Policy:
-The United States government, led by MacArthur, is recognized by the People's Republic as the legitimate government in Cuba.

-The People's Republic openly condemns the actions of the Pope as a violation of our sovereignity. We call on all nations (Catholic, Muslim, Protestant, and secular) to stand against such a dangerous precendent in the modern times and condemn this action. Religion has no place in the Twentieth Century to be dictating wars and condemning governments. The Medieval period is over.

-For the time being we cannot aid or support the rebels in Portugal in any way. While we believe their cause to be noble, and trust completely in their motivations, our attention must be on handing the Civil War.
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« Reply #103 on: May 30, 2016, 12:32:16 PM »
« Edited: May 30, 2016, 12:43:00 PM by Enver Pasha of Enverland »

The Ottoman Empire recognizes the United States' sovereignty over Cuba.

We also applaud the People's Republic of Spain wise decision not to escalate the conflict by interfering in Portugal. We only hope the other side of the conflict will show some constructive self restraint.
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« Reply #104 on: May 30, 2016, 02:42:40 PM »

Tsar Nicholas I:
"My fellow Romanians, today some of you have unfortunately discovered just how low the enemies of the crown will go. I fully intend to investigate my brother's death, and no one is more grieved than I am. I do not intend to be any less of a leader, but our nation's greatness is under threat by a few people who say that I would kill my own brother. While I had no love lost for his wife's death, I was hopeful to discuss funeral plans with him and perhaps enable him to come back to the country.

"I will say that we are currently planning on sending a royal investigation into this matter in Crimea. We ask that all nations condemn the conspiracies of the republicans who now show their true extremism. This government has made many overtures to the republican cause, and we regret that a few honestly believe that the Tsar would kill his own brother.

"We request that Crimea be extremely cooperative with Former Minister of the Interior Barbu Stirbey and Former Minister of Justice Iuliu Maniu, the two of whom will lead this investigation. I urge for calm and peace in Romania, as we are never so threatened as when radicals hold the nation hostage with fake conspiracies.

"I repudiate any insinuations of any involvement of my brother's death. Yesterday, at his funeral, was no time for me to talk of anything other than Prince Carol. Few people would have been as amazing a Tsar as he would have been if not for love. I sincerely believe he loved Miss Lambrino with all his heart. May God bless his soul. Thank you."
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« Reply #105 on: May 30, 2016, 02:51:36 PM »

His Majesty the Sultan and his government applauds the Tsar of Romania for remaining calm in face of this personal and political tragedy. The level of villainy displayed by some rouge forces that not only took away Prince Carol's life but also tried to paint the Tsar as the one responsible, is simply amazing.

We're confident that the investigation will fully uncover the real preparators and put to rest all harmful rumours.
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« Reply #106 on: May 30, 2016, 03:08:30 PM »

"I may, in the name of His Imperial Majesty, Kaiser Wilhelm III. of Germany, King of Prussia, Head of the House of Hohenzollern, express His Majesty's most sincere consolations to his cousin, His Royal Majesty Tsar Nicholas I. of Romania, regarding the sudden death of His Royal Majesty's brother and His Imperial Majesty's cousin, Prince Carol. His Imperial Majesty the Kaiser will personally travel to Bucharest for the funeral. He furthermore states that, for Prince Carol's death may have been a devious coward's work, every enemy to any member of the House of Hohenzollern is one to that noble house as a whole."

- Gerhard von Mutius, Imperial German Ambassador to the Kingdom of Romania
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« Reply #107 on: May 31, 2016, 01:23:45 AM »

Romania, Turn 2Sad

Immediate Affairs:
1. Barbu Stirbey and Iuliu Maniu are co-chairing this investigation. We invite Constantin Stere, the noted republican, to chair the part of the investigation into the weapon and the Prince's timeline on the day of his death. He will serve as Vice Chair of the Investigation into Prince Carol's Death, as we recognize Miss Zizi Lambrino's death from a fever as completely natural as of this time. Prince Carol, however, died by a gunshot.

2. Ukraine has solid footing on its claims, as it appears to have friendly relations with Romania. We have recently been discussing a trade pact. We will probably find a common footing there. Bulgaria, however, has never been very friendly towards our country, and we are not currently in communications over a trade deal. If Bulgaria wishes to do so, we invite them to contact our Ambassador.

3. Romania will consider the advice and is currently considering who to ask.

Domestic Issues:
1. Tsar Nicholas will give one speech each in Bucharest and Iasi in an attempt to boost his popularity in the cities. The Prime Minister Gherman Pantea will also give two speeches in Bucharest and one speech in each of the next three biggest cities. Traian Popovici's party, the more liberal and reformist, is also the one lead by the man considered the Tsar's confidante in the legislature. Popovici will encourage his more monarchist wing's leaders to do a few speeches to endorse and speak in favor of the Tsar.

2. Ukraine is to feel free to continue our previous trade talks.

3. The nationalists in government have decided to semi-nationalize the oil industry. We are creating a Department of Petroleum Development with privatized oversight. This will create many jobs more efficiently than businesses, with a nationwide look on it. All profits are to go to government coffers. All other oil companies will be bought at 110% face value/last year's profits. Any company that refuses will find that all remaining oil companies are to receive an additional 40% corporate income tax and a 25% tax on all oil sales. The offer will be reduced to 105% for the next three months if they refuse, and then 90% for one month, and then 60% for two months. If any refuse 60%, we will then raise the oil sales tax to 40% and the oil corporate income tax to 65%. Any oil company left will be allowed to continue to operate or can sell to the government for 40% of its most recent year's profit at any time it wishes. All oil on land unclaimed by other oil companies is hereby claimed and the property of the DPD.
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« Reply #108 on: May 31, 2016, 05:18:14 AM »

Statement on German Mediation Attempts in the Italo-Spanish Conflict:

In light of Germany's absolute committment to peace and stability in Europe and all of the world, we have with joy taken over the task of trying to peacefully mediate between the People's Republic of Spain and the Empire of Italy in that emerging conflict. While the possibility of a summit in Germany, on neutral ground, was not received by the individual parties, we nevertheless have tirelessly attempted to mediate between the two nations by grounds of diplomacy and communication. In the following, we have offered both countries to send a number of reasonable demands and pre-conditions for a round of talks to take place. Both of the nations have responded.

Following these demands and conditions, however, we are most saddened to report that any attempts at mediation will sadly be futile. We have received conditions from both nations, but while those we received of the People's Republic of Spain showed, in our eyes, a genuine willingness to compromise and come to a peaceful solution, we cannot do other but not assume such a spirit when looking at the demands sent by the Empire of Italy. No less do they demand than the return of King Alphonso to the Spanish Throne and the end of all forms of Socialism in that country. All personal sentiments from the members of the German Government on that issue aside, we were chosen to mediate between two countries as peers. We cannot do other but take the position that the demands from Italy will not at all be palatable to Spain. We can thus, and we are deeply saddened about this, not continue in our attempts to mediate and craft a compromise, for we can not see a genuine willingness to compromise from the Empire of Italy.

We hope that conflict in this area is still evitable, and ask for the leaders of said nation to come back to the table of negotiation nevertheless.
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« Reply #109 on: May 31, 2016, 05:48:05 AM »

Having been proposing a peaceful resolution via honest diplomacy since this crisis emerged, the Ottoman Empire is saddened with this development. It is indeed clear that the People's Republic of Spain showed a willingness to talk and work toward an agreement. Meanwhile, the Empire of Italy presented demands that wouldn't be accepted by any sovereign power. It is clear to us which side of this conflict is aggressive one, and which is merely defending itself. We are greatly disturbed by pure ideology now directing foreign policy of a recognized power.

We applaud efforts undertaken by our German allies to ensure a peaceful resolution and we share their hopes war can still be averted. But it will take a real good will from certain corners.

If it's not to be, the Ottoman Empire reiterates we cannot support the aggressor in any way. An aggression, whether in form of an open invasion or supporting proxy forces, will led to a freeze of diplomatic and economic relations between the Sublime Porte and the aggressive side.
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« Reply #110 on: May 31, 2016, 11:13:26 AM »


Turn Two:

MacArthur sees the unrest in the South and commends General Pershing on keeping the region from exploding. No further orders from the President regarding the South at this time. General Pershing is free to act as he sees fits.

The Great American Republic continues to look for ways to decrease the debt and create a surplus. General MacArthur has send messages and messengers to speak with the Canadian, Mexican Brazilian and Panamanian governments as well as few other S. American countries. We will also probe into which government positions are no longer needed and can be privatized to help cut debt. The Republic encourages it's citizens to shop with the money saved from the abolished taxes, to help stimulate the economy.

The Cuban blockade is still underway, no ships are to fire unless fired upon. A display of air power will be shown around the island of Cuba. There will also be leaflets dropped onto Cuba, to the Cuban people imploring them turn over Hearst and McAdoo and that the USA is their friend. The American Government wants this ended peacefully and wants the Cuban citizens to know. The Great American republic will also look to work with other S. American countries to put pressure on Cuba to turn over the traitors.
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« Reply #111 on: May 31, 2016, 01:49:06 PM »

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x Nicholas I, Tsar of Romania, House of Hohenzollern-Sigmaringen
x Gherman Pantea, Prime Minister of Romania
x Traian Popovici, Deputy Prime Minister of Romania
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« Reply #112 on: May 31, 2016, 01:51:58 PM »

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x Nicholas I, Tsar of Romania, House of Hohenzollern-Sigmaringen
x Gherman Pantea, Prime Minister of Romania
x Traian Popovici, Deputy Prime Minister of Romania


x Abdülmecid II, Sultan and Caliph
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« Reply #113 on: May 31, 2016, 01:53:41 PM »

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x Gherman Pantea, Prime Minister of Romania
x Traian Popovici, Deputy Prime Minister of Romania


x Abdülmecid II, Sultan and Caliph

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« Reply #114 on: May 31, 2016, 03:03:47 PM »

The Ottoman Empire is very pleased with entering what will surely be a long and fruitful cooperation with Romania. Both sides shares a strong desire for stability in what is rather troubled region and, together with Germany, we are sure we can secure it.
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« Reply #115 on: June 03, 2016, 10:05:19 PM »

Romania is also sure of the future fruitfulness of this alliance. We hope to deepen our ties to our Hohnenzollern companions. Romania is confident that the Ottomans will provide a key role in preventing the unstability of the Balkan region. Together, this alliance will provide for the future prestige of all involved. Romania is glad to be a partner of both the Ottoman Empire and Germany.
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« Reply #116 on: June 04, 2016, 07:46:14 PM »
« Edited: June 04, 2016, 08:02:56 PM by Garlan Gunter »

The Great Khanate of Crimea will afford every assistance and courtesy to its distinguished Romanian visitors. However, the guards of the late Prince Carol have been taken into Crimean custody as suspected accessories in the murder plot. The Romanian commissioners will be permitted to interview the said guards under Crimean surveillance.

The Crimean State differs from the Kingdom of Romania in its attitude to the demise of Mme Carol von Hohenzollern-Sigmaringen, commonly known as Mlle Zizi Lambrino. The circumstances of her death are being treated as suspicious in equal measure to her husband's.

Until such time as King Nicolas's innocence in either matter is assured, the Crimea would prefer to delay any endorsement of the German-Ottoman Treaty with Romania, although the State will acquiesce to direct commandment from the Sublime Porte if necessary.

Signed 16th September 1927,

Jaroslav Hasek, Minister of Information

[The Crimean press is filled with ribald rumours about the Romanian commissioners into the murder, who are characterised as pawns of King Nicolas and notoriously adulterous lovers of his mother, the Queen Dowager Marie.]
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« Reply #117 on: June 05, 2016, 07:04:09 AM »

Selected ministers of the Ottoman Government

Grand Vizier: Ahmet Tevfik Pasha
Minister of War and Foreign Affairs: Ismail Enver Pasha
Minister of the Interior: Talaat Pasha
Minister of the Navy: Djemal Pasha
Minister of Finance: Mehmet Cavit Bey
Minister of Education and Science: Ahmed Rıza
Minister of Culture: Ziya Gökalp
Minister of Justice: Emmanuel Carasso

Ministers of War, the Interior and the Navy assembles the Council of Ministers Standing Committee on National Security.
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« Reply #118 on: June 05, 2016, 04:01:33 PM »

Chinese Civil War: Update



Overall:

The beginning of the Chinese Civil War caught the government in Beijing completely unprepared as their best troops were deployed to the Shanghai front, and the Chiang government proved completely incapable of dealing with the crisis during its first weeks. With the central government barely sending orders at all several generals began to toy with the possibility of separating from Beijing, and a coalition of warlord aspirants in the ICA and the Muslim separatists of Sinkiang revolted to form a state of their own in the east.

Increasingly demoralized by the lack of orders and the rapid growth of the Chinese Revolutionary Army in rural areas, several units have deserted as the Communist leadership expands its control over their separate Soviets, preparing a large march into Nanjing and Shanghai with their best units. Unless the Chiang Government reacts swiftly to contain the uprising, there's credible fears the Imperial government might desintegrate into warlord states as the Communists make their unexpected and unlikely advance as a force to be reckoned with in China.

War Info:

Chinese Empire:

-Chinese Army: 39 divisions (32 inf, 7 cav)
-Chinese Navy: 2 BB, 4 CR, 10 DD, 4 SUB
-Chinese Airforce: 6 Fighter Wings, 5 Bombing Wings, 4 Transport Wings.

Communist China:

-Communist Army: 21 divisions (10 inf, 2 cav, 9 militia)
-Communist Navy: No navy.
-Communist  Airforce: 4 Fighter Wings, 1 Bombing Wings.
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« Reply #119 on: June 05, 2016, 04:20:51 PM »

Spanish Civil War: Update



Overall:

Perhaps in contrast to the apparent collapse of the Imperial Government in China, the government of the People's Republic of Spain took immediate action to counter the uprising of different monarchist groups, calling for the mobilization of the nations's population into a large force while immediately planning for a counterattack. Due to their rapid response the Spanish Navy and Airforce collaborated to great effect (after crushing a mutiny of the navy officers) to organize an air-bridge from Morocco into the Canary Islands, crushing an entire Alfonsist division to retaking the islands to blockade the Army of Africa.

Alas, the planned offensive into Navarre stalled early. Despite a remarkable success in the initial weeks, a botched assassination attempt on Jaime III raised his profile and popularity, and as the Carlist Requetes fought bitterly thousands upon thousands of French catholic volunteers began to flood Northern Spain from the Pyrenees in extremely well-trained and well-armed fashion, overwhelming the initial offensive from Madrid and forcing a trench war across the Franco-Spanish border. With the monarchist groups receiving a flood of financial and military support a second wave of uprisings took place, with the Carlists seizing power in parts of Galicia and the Alfonsists taking Seville and Zaragoza with support from deserters from the new Spanish's People's Army, many of their recruits proving unreliable. Other uprisings, like those in Andalusia, Valencia and Barcelona, were crushed as the population took arms with the Government and the Spanish Revolutionary Party.

As October begins, it is clear both sides are receiving large amounts of foreign support of all sorts, the Carlists receiving the most help, followed by the Government and then the Alfonsists. General Secretary Besteiro now has a large army of conscripts to fight off the Catholic volunteers and rebels, but it remains to be seen how the course of the war will follow.

War Info:

People's Republic of Spain:
-Spanish Army: 53 divisions (31 inf, 7 cav, 15 mil)
-Spanish Navy: 2 BB, 7 CR, 20 DD, 12 SUB
-Spanish Airforce: 5 Fighter Wings, 1 Bombing Wings, 2 Transport Wings.

Carlist Spain:
-Carlist Army: 16 divisions (4 inf, 12 mil)
-Carlist Navy: None.
-Carlist Airforce: 2 Fighter Wing, 2 Bombing Wing.

Alfonsist Spain:
-Alfonsist Army: 7 divisions (2 inf, 5 mil)
-Alfonsist Navy: None.
-Alfonsist Air Force: 1 Fighter Wing.
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« Reply #120 on: June 05, 2016, 04:21:44 PM »

A Catholic Volunteer Army of seven infantry divisions and a cavarly one is now available in Rome for deployment of the Spanish rebels.
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« Reply #121 on: June 05, 2016, 04:28:19 PM »

The Ottoman Empire reiterates that we will consider deploying such "volunteer" force no diffrent than an open declaration of war. We've already announced that any aggressive side that destabilizes peace in Europe will meet with severe sanctions.
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« Reply #122 on: June 06, 2016, 12:26:56 AM »

The Empire of Japan, Turn Two

-We express our sincerest condolences to Tsar Nicholas for the death of Prince Carol and express our hope for a swift resolution to any investigations surrounding the incident.

-While the situation in China is of supreme interest to the Empire, it is the decision of the Cabinet that we will not intervene further without an official request from the Imperial Prime Minister. While we regret being unable to do more, we will not sacrifice Japanese blood and treasure for the sake of an unwilling Chinese Government and an unfriendly people. (Cabinet minutes recording the dissent of the Imperial Japanese Army representative to the Cabinet's position are to be expunged. Any printed rumors that this dissent was joined by senior members of the Imperial Household will be suppressed as lèse-majesté.)

-The colonial commission is advised to be methodical and thorough in choosing new members and evaluating the conditions on the ground in the colonies. (The military police should quietly investigate the deaths of the commissioners. I want a list of dissidents and suspects related to the incident to be put to the cabinet as soon as possible. We don't need concrete evidence, just likely candidates.)

-The Ottoman trade delegation will be received and fêted with all due warmth and hospitality. The Commerce and Industry Ministry should coordinate with major corporations to highlight the industrial might of Japan and the benefits of cooperation between our empires.

-Since the fall of the Shogunate, Japan has been strong by being modern. We will not allow ourselves to fall behind! The time has come to decommission ships from the turn of the century which served in the Great War. This modernization program will begin with destroyers; the decommissioning process of 10 of these older ships should begin immediately.
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« Reply #123 on: June 06, 2016, 02:33:13 AM »

The German Empire is deeply troubled about the recent developments both in China as well as in Spain, which only point towards a destabilisation and an end to peace in these areas. Germany is most committed to the upkeep of peace all over the planet, and thus, we are deeply saddened on these recent developments.

As for the Chinese Civil War, Germany, as the posessor of Qingdao, sees itsself involved in that way, as we will absolutely guarantee the safety and peace of the people of Qingdao. We will not comment on any internal Chinese issues, but we will not have the safety of the city and the people of Qingdao compromitted. Any power that will bring this civil war within 30 kilometres of the city of Qingdao shall be considered as directly threatening the city of Qindgao, and by extension, the German Empire as a whole.

As for the Spanish Civil War, Germany joins her allies in the Ottoman Empire in condemning any "volunteer" forces, such is currently being assembled in Italy, being deployed by any power supporting any side. We view them no less than an open affront against the territoral integrity of People's Republic of Spain, and, by extension, an affront to peace and stability in Europe.
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« Reply #124 on: June 06, 2016, 04:21:12 AM »

Having no particular interests at stake in the region, the Ottoman Empire is nonetheless concerned with rapidly deteriorating situation in China and hopes for a peaceful resolution. Because of this lack of vital interests in the region, the Sublime Porta is available is there's a need for an impartial mediator.

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