1. Post #1
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    From the maker of some of the most obscure games such as The Darkest Hour and The End of the Wall comes the reboot of a beloved series, Empires & Revolutions!

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    This game follows the original rules of Empires & Revolutions with some minor changes. The start date is 1836. Each turn will last one year. I intend to put out one turn per week, sometimes taking two weeks depending on life circumstances. This will be a slower RP but I intend for it to last.

    Rules:

    1. Send a PM with the nation you wish to choose. Read a bit about the country that you have picked and what it did in the years preceding 1836 if possible.

    2. After you have picked your nation, you can send in turns which take the form of:

    Military affairs: (Organization, running, wars, reforms, etc)
    Diplomacy and external affairs: (Deals with other nations, trade, diplomatic stuff, espionage)
    Economic affairs: (Economic reforms, budget, etc.)
    Internal politics and affairs: (Politics, censorship, elections, social and political reforms, propaganda, etc)
    After this I will take in all the turns for processing and then make the next turn.

    3. There is also a option for those who wish to be different, revolutionaries.

    You use the same country and turn format, but do it as the head of an underground revolutionary party. Your goal is to overthrow the regime and establish yourself as head of state, where you can then run things according to your will. (Depending on certain conditions, a civil war may happen). The revolutionaries can be funded by foreign players, and will grow in strength depending how incapable or capable the heads of state and parties are. A weak ruler and a strong party ruler will see a revolution occur.

    4. The map will be edited to reflect territory changes. (Through diplomacy, war and colonization. Grey is Terra Nulius until another player takes it over.)

    Technologies, inventions, cultural movements and ideas will be partly affected by the player, but for the most part controlled by myself.

    Turn title format is as follows:
    [Country Name - Turn Number]
    Ex. France - Turn 3
    ​No more than 10 lines per turn. (Edited from 15 as of May 12, 2017)

    Flags should be 250x150.

    Slots Filled: 9/10
    1. Zilla - Qing Dynasty
    2. Joshuadim - Empire of Brazil
    3. Griff - July Monarchy of France
    4. Amfleet - Kingdom of Prussia
    5. Bro De Roque - United States of America
    6. Pez - Sublme State of Iran
    7. Euskalduna - Revolutionary
    8. Daniel Smith - Ottoman Empire
    9. Snoberry - Canadian Revolutionary
    10. OPEN
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  2. Post #2
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    GOTT MIT UNS

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    joshuadim's Avatar
    December 2012
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    O Brasil chegou

    Also please come to brazil

  4. Post #4
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    Turns are due Monday, April 17. Please get them in earlier if you can. I want to be able to write in small chunks so if the turns come in before the due date I can work on the turn throughout the week rather than in one marathon session.

  5. Post #5
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    You have 24 hours to get your turns in. If I do not have your turn by 11:30 PM EST tomorrow (Monday the 17th) you will be skipped. No exceptions.
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    Dennab
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    Turn in, I'm a good noodle
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    Ask me about my progressive rock fetish
    Dennab
    September 2010
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    Griff wanted this (1836)

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  8. Post #8
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    Empires & Revolutions: Turn 1
    Current Year: 1836

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    World Events of 1836
    - The London and Greenwich Railway opens its first section in the industrial capital of Britain.
    - The Republic of Texas declares its independence, and the Battle of the Alamo ensues. Although eventually overwhelmed, the 200 or so Texan settlers held out valiantly against the thousands of Mexican soldiers.
    - Samuel Colt patents his new Colt revolver, a revolutionary design for handguns allowing for 6, reliable consecutive shots.
    - Former king of France Charles X passes away in Austria.
    - The very first printer literature in Assyrian Neo-Aramaic has been unearthed by Justin Perkings.
    - France invades Algeria with a force of 100,000 men.
    - Iran begins working with the Russian Empire to modernize its military and economy.
    - Prussia calls a constitutional convention, beginning the process of creating a constitutional monarchy.
    - Russia ends the system of serfdom in the Pale of Settlement.
    - Paraense rebels seize the city of Belém from the Empire of Brazil.
    - China ends the tributary system, opting instead of mutual trade.
    - China and the United Kingdom agree to an open trade deal, potentially circumventing war.


    Empire of Brazil - joshuadim
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    - The young, independent Brazilian empire was still looking to establish itself as a force in the Americas in 1836. Brazil was in crisis. the soon-to-be emperor Pedro II was only 10, not yet fit to rule. In his stead the regency struggled to put down revolts such as the Cabanagem that plagued the empire. Still, the empire was quite busy at this time. The Imperial Navy was seeing increases in size with the addition of a few transport ships, two new gunboats, and four luggers. This would provide much needed jobs in an empire that was rife with poverty. In 1836, the Navy also began reorganization of the State Secretary, the Accounting Department of the Navy, the Headquarters of the Navy, and the Naval Academy. These reforms and improvements would continue into the 1840s. In the tail end of the year, the Service of Assistance for Invalids was also established, and schools for sailors and craftsmen were planned.
    - The entire military faced deep introspection at this time. Trusted generals and superiors examined all facets of the military for incompetence and inefficiency, looking to remove people and systems that were causing problems. Over time, the military would see improvements as more competent and loyal commanders would come into a more streamlined chain of command that was much more in line with European militaries of the time. This would take years to accomplish.
    - Military wasn't the only aspect of the empire that saw important action in the year. Brazil reached out to its Latin American neighbors in June for a Congress in Rio de Janeiro to discuss the possibility of "free trade" between them. At this early stage the neighbors were not particularly interested. They were wary of the new empire and were keen to ensure their own economies had a chance to improve as well as influence those around them. Brazil would also invite the Pope for a visit in September. The Pope respectfully declined, citing extreme travel time.
    - The most pressing matter in the empire at the time was the stagnant economy and the poverty that so many of its civilians were suffering. To remedy this, the regency began to build resorts and "safe" wildlife grounds for wealthy Europeans and Americans to flock to. This action would cost more money than it would receive in the short term but it did have potential for long term gains. Brazil also began to strongly prioritize rapid industrialization at this time, looking to create steady jobs in its cities. The government of Brazil knew that if they could build an industrial economy they could potentially equal many of the economies of Europe. An additional jobs program would begin in 1836, focused on infrastructure in the major cities of the country. Roads, bridges, clinics, and a major railroad project all began construction throughout the year. The increased funding for these projects would lead to more unrest in rural areas where the benefits of these programs were not being seen at all. This would cause increased violence between Imperial forces and the Paraense people. Rebel forces attacked and seized Belém, the capital of Grăo-Pará, and would hold onto it through 1836 despite Imperial attempts to retake the city. In a potential sign of things to come, a village of 500 would be slaughtered and burned to the ground by Imperial forces. News of this would fail to spread through the empire, it is thought that government censors blocked newspapers from reporting anything about the event.
    - The Imperial Academy of Fine Arts would see increased funding and patronage in 1836. The Imperial Academy of Music and National Opera and the Imperial Academy of Science and Medicine would be formed as well. The former began purchasing European works and started the long process of creating their own works worthy of showcasing in the various royal courts across the world. The latter began importing professionals from Europe to teach as well as study.


    Kingdom of France - Griffster26
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    - In the six years since the July Monarchy began with the overthrow of Charles X and the House of Bourbon and the instatement of Louis Philippe I as the King of the French the kingdom worked feverishly to consolidate their regime and end the various insurrections that were popping up throughout France. In September of 1835 three laws were promulgated. The first reinforced the powers of the president of the Cour d'assises and of the public prosecutor against those accused of rebellion, detention of prohibited weapons or insurrectionary attempts. The second law reformed the procedure before the jurors of the Assises, allowing declarations of culpability with a simple majority rather than a 2/3 majority. The third law restricted freedom of press, and provoked passionate debates. It outlawed negative discussions concerning the king, the dynasty and constitutional monarchy. The July Monarchy was thereafter assured of its grounds, discussions concerning its legitimacy being outright outlawed.
    - Despite the actions taken in the previous six years, Louis Philippe I did not want to be seen as a tyrant, remembering well the fate of Louis XVI. The anxiety and pressure felt due to unrest and insurrection in France led him to make a decision that came to the surprise of many in the kingdom. He set out to tour France, visiting the poor communities to observe the difficulties that the common man was put through. Despite apparently never having real intentions of having a true parliamentary system, Louis-Philippe still went through the Thiers government and on July 12th, 1836 a decidedly leftist bill was signed protecting the rights of the impoverished in France. Pensions and unemployment subsidies were also created to aid those without work. This act went a long way towards placating a small but growing extremist leftist group in France at this time. Still, minor protests were seen in southern France with city workers demanding the right to form unions, a concept virtually unheard of outside of Great Britain at the time (and one heavily repressed in Great Britain).
    - This, along with increased taxation of the upper class, had led to increasing pressure on the nobles and the government itself to bend to the will of the upper class. Threats of the removal of donations among other potential acts put no small strain upon the first Thiers government.
    - In December of 1836 the Thiers government signed into law a proclamation that the French language was truly the official language of the nation. This was already effectively the case with the founding of the Académie française in 1635 but it only became official in 1836.
    - While things remained tense but peaceful at home, the same could not be said in Algeria. What began as a minor conflict with limited military force quickly escalated into the majority of the French military being sent to Algeria to put down the various tribal rebellions taking place in the 1830s. In April of 1836 100,000 men led primarily by General Camille Alphonse Trézel and General Thomas Robert Bugeaud entered Algeria with little resistance. The forces of Abd-el Kader made it a point to avoid direct confrontation instead opting for quick, decisive strikes against isolated French forces before retreating back to safety. Things remained this way throughout the rest of 1836. The frustrated French forces were unable to firmly combat the rebel forces. The only real success seen were a number of minor actions led by Bugeaud who had a decisive advantage in irregular warfare, having extensive experience in it from his time serving in the Napoleonic Wars.
    - Further imperialism by the July Monarchy was seen in Brunei as a force of 15,000 invaded the small territory in June and quickly cut through the vastly overmatched native forces. Within three months Brunei had fallen to the French. Quickly France began setting up a friendly government to serve as a protectorate to France.
    - France also offered token infantry forces to support the Liberals against the Carlists in the First Carlist War. Of significantly more use was the offering of naval forces to assist the government forces. Frequent and fierce bombardments of Carlist positions helped to put fear into the rebels and the government forces to more effectively assault Carlist held territory.
    - In 1832 Captain John Norton designed a cylindro-conoidal bullet but it was not adopted by the British military. The French, however, took note and began developing their own design in late 1836.
    - Early discussions regarding the potential acquisition of Crete from the Egyptians began in November, 1836. These talks progressed relatively quickly but did not culminate in any final agreement before 1837 began.
    - The Kingdom officially offered a Bourbon alliance of sorts to the two Sicilies, Spain, and Lucca. The Spanish outright refused, seeing the invasion of Algeria and worrying about their possessions in Morocco. The Sicilians were unsure what to do. With the Austrians seemingly beginning to teeter they knew it might be smart to align with the French but they also worried about the sudden liberal actions taken by Louis-Philippe and they worried about another potential coalition against France if the French continued their imperialism. Lucca quickly accepted the offer, though they were effectively irrelevant.
    - One of the last actions taken in 1836 was the recognition of Belgium and Texas as independent states. French support of the fledgling Texan Republic deeply angered Mexico, leading to some interesting diplomatic discourse over the next few months.


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    Kingdom of Prussia - Amfleet
    - The early 19th century had been a particularly eventful time in Prussia's history. A devastating defeat against Napoleon Bonaparte in the Battle of Jena-Auerstedt led to the kingdom effectively becoming a satellite of France. The embarrassment from this led to notable reformations to modernize the kingdom. The peasants were liberated from serfdom, the Jews were emancipated and became full citizens, the school system was rearranged, and in 1818 free trade was introduced. The process of army reform ended in 1813 with the introduction of compulsory military service. By 1813, Prussia could mobilize almost 300,000 men. More than half of these were conscripts of variable quality but the rest consisted of regular soldiers that were deemed excellent by most observers and were indeed some of the very best Europe had to offer.
    - After the defeat of Napoleon and Russia, Prussia removed the shackles of France and took part in the Sixth Coalition during the Wars of Liberation against the French occupation. Perhaps the most glorious moment for Prussia to this point in their history was their crucial assistance in the Battle of Waterloo in June of 1815 in which British troops under the command of Arthur Wellesley, Duke of Wellington were in dire straits against a resurgent French army. The timely arrival of the Prussian army, commanded by Gebhard Leberecht von Blücher, Prince of Wahlstatt, proved to be the savior of Wellington and allowed the British and, crucially, the Dutch to continue the fight and defeat Napoleon and his Imperial Guard. This would be the last battle for Napoleon Bonaparte and the end of the French Empire.
    - Prussia would be awarded the recovery of her lost territories, as well as the whole of Rhineland, Westphalia, 40% of Saxony, and some other territories. These western lands were to be of vital importance because they included the Ruhr Area, the center of Germany's fledgling industrialization , especially in the arms industry. These territorial gains also meant the doubling of Prussia's population (and essentially the doubling of the potential size of their military).
    - Following the fall of Napoleon all eyes shifted to Austria and Prussia. It seemed obvious that the struggle for dominance over Germany, whether separated or unified into one state, would be between these two powers. The desire for unification was there, though it was combated by conservatives who wanted to maintain Germany as a patchwork of independent, monarchical states with Prussia and Austria competing for influence. Prussia was seemingly winning the battle for control as of 1836. Smaller states had begun to join its free trade area in the 1820s and Prussia benefited greatly from the creation of the Germans Customs Union (Zollverein) in 1834, which included most German states but excluded Austria. Zollverein, it was thought, could very well be what allowed for a unification of Germany under Prussian control.
    - Perhaps the most impactful event towards unification in 1836 was the endorsement of Friedrich List's proposal for a national railway system. Along with the other Zollverein states, Prussia began the huge undertaking in May with the end goal of completing the Prussian portions by 1840. The other states set goals no earlier than 1840 but no later than 1845. All of the Zollverein states agreed to this action. Along with beginning the railroad project, Prussia agreed with its fellow Zollverein states to the adoption of the British Standard Gauge for railway designs, ensuring uniformity.
    - Another impactful event was the agreement to convene the Dresden Coinage Convention. Scheduled for 1837, this convention had the goal of unifying the currencies of the Zollverein states into one Zollverein Mark controlled by a central bank.
    - To the surprise of many, the Prussian government officially put forth the idea of a constitutional monarchy. This effectively pre-empted the liberal calls for a constitutional republic and appeased the less extreme conservatives. A constitutional convention was called in December of 1836 with the aim to produce a new constitution for Prussia no later than 1845. Prominent liberal and conservative thinkers were invited to voice their concerns and ambitions. The beginning of the process was clamorous and teetering on the edge of outright conflict but on the eve of Christmas a conservative leader by the name of Werner Menke made a crucial compromise with the liberal leader Theodor von Schön with regards to the balance of power in what would become the new parliament. This peaceful and respectful compromise effectively set the tone for the rest of the process and, aside from a few heated moments, the convention would retain an atmosphere of brotherhood and compromise throughout the process.
    - Of course unification wasn't the only thing on the minds of the Prussians at this time (though you would be forgiven for thinking it was). Some talk began with Sweden-Norway at this time concerning a potential free trade agreement between Sweden-Norway and the Zollverein states, though any tangible agreement was far off. Tax breaks were granted to the coal mining industry as well as select steel production companies to facilitate the growth of industry in Prussia. State grants were handed out to coal and iron ore exploration firms to identify as many deposits as possible for future extraction. The industrialization of Prussia was clearly a goal for the kingdom.
    - The military was always a key part of the identity of Prussia. The kingdom's army held much prestige among its contemporaries throughout its history but one thing Prussia always lacked was a truly dominant navy. With the decisive victory of the United Kingdom against the French Empire and Kingdom of Spain in the Battle of Trafalgar in 1805 the UK had ensured its naval dominance the world over but this left plenty of room for the development of possible rivals to grow unchecked by the Spanish and, crucially for the Prussians, the French. King Frederick William III ordered a prioritization of the buildup of the Prussian navy in 1836 to become a serious contender in the region that could be taken seriously by the Scandinavian nations and even the United Kingdom. It was emphasized, however, that the purpose of the navy would be to defend Prussia and German states possessing coastline as well as any new territories abroad. Prussia had no intentions to aggressively use this navy unless provoked. Alongside this order was the sponsorship of the founding of a large shipyard at Königsberg to assist the growing navy and merchant marine. The stated goal for completion of this buildup of the navy was 1846 though some said perhaps 1848 was more reasonable. It was plausible that Prussia could complete this undertaking by 1841 or 1842 but not without considerable and potentially damaging expense.
    - Imperialism wasn't just a thing for the British, French, Spanish, and Americans. Prussia sent an expedition of armed merchantmen to explore uncolonized portions of West Africa, specifically Cameroon and Namibia, in 1836. By the turn of the year the colony of Kamerun was announced and it was thought that soon the colony of Preußischen Westafrika would also be announced.
    - An interesting idea was put forth in 1836. A canal spanning from Brunsbüttel to Kiel that would save considerable time from the current paths and avoid dangerous waters. This idea was not acted upon yet but it would not be this author's right to exclude the true beginning for this key project in Prussian and German history.


    The Sublime State of Iran - Pezgod1
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    - Iran was struggling mightily throughout the early 19th century and leading into 1836. The Qajar dynasty had assumed full control of Iran in 1794, deposing Lotf 'Ali Khan, the last of the Zand dynasty. Early on the Qajar dynasty reasserted their control over the Caucasus but through war with Russia they lost a significant amount of territory, comprising modern-day Georgia, Dagestan, Azerbaijan, and Armenia.
    - In 1804, under Fath Ali Shah, the Qajars would engage in the Russo-Persian war of 1804-1813. They sought to check the Russian expansion into the Caucasus. Iran suffered a major defeat and under the terms of the Treaty of Gullistan in 1813, Iran was forced to cede most of its Caucasian territories. The second Russo-Persian War of the late 1820s ended even more disastrously for Qajar Iran with the temporary occupation of Tabriz and the signing of the Treaty of Turkmenchay in 1828, acknowledging Russian sovereignty over the entire South Caucasus and Dagestan, as well as therefore the ceding of what is now Armenia and the remaining part of the Republic of Azerbaijan.
    - As Iran entered 1836 they were still attempting to get back onto their feet. The embarrassment of the previous two wars led to the realization that Qajar Iran desperately needed to modernize. To this end they requested assistance from Russia, a peculiar request considering recent history but who better to learn from than the ones that defeated you twice? Emperor Nicholas I obliged this request, providing military observers and teachers to assist in the improvement of Iran. The Iranians allowed Russia to move their military freely through Iran in exchange. There was no small amount of disdain for this action. Many felt that the Shah was giving up on their fellow Persians in the Caucasus, prioritizing political expediency instead.
    - Iran, of course, needed to modernize through more than the philosophy of war. Mohammad Shah Qajar proposed a steady purchase of Ottoman weaponry (as well as more minor purchases from European powers such as the British). The proposal with the Ottoman Empire was one part of a larger trade deal to facilitate economic growth in both nations, this trade treaty was signed in October, 1836.
    - The move to modernize was not without its detractors. Reactionary movements, led by religious leaders, quickly sprung up across Iran. These protests and movements were incredibly similar to the modernization of the army of the Ottoman Empire but with one significant difference - there was no Janissary corps to compete with. This meant that for the time being the government had nothing to fear by continuing their projects.
    - The wave of industrialization was beginning to spread further and further. Iran, seeing the way the wind was blowing, elected to begin seeking coal deposits and built coal factories in those areas. Cement and fabric factories also began to be built at this time. The mixture of the creation of jobs and the availability of valuable resources provided the possible beginnings of a nice boon to the economy.
    - Reza-Qoli Khan Hedayat founded Dar ul-Funun in 1836. The university was originally conceived as a polytechnic to train upper-class Persian youth in medicine, engineering, military science, and geology. It was similar in scope and purpose to American land grant colleges like Purdue and Texas A&M. To help the university grow Iran commissioned recruiters to employ European scholars and military teachers.
    - An official program to improve the literacy of the Persian people was created and funded in 1836. It sought to target the youth through Islamic clerics and language schools. This program had the potential to improve the intelligence of the average Iranian considerably.
    - Iran ordered a census be taken in 1836. For reasons of brevity and for this author's sanity the exact details of the census will be omitted from this work. Suffice it to say that Iran adequately gathered the relevant information within five years.


    Russian Empire - Native Hunter
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    - In the lead up to 1836 the Russian Empire became a significant player in the Napoleonic Wars, successfully defending the Motherland against 600,000 Napoleonic troops in the Patriotic War of 1812 using a strategy of burning out towns and farmlands as they retreated from the massive French army. The French supply lines were severely overextended and, with no ability to take supplies from Russian territories, the army was essentially starved out. Less than 30,000 Frenchmen returned to their homeland.
    - After the Russian armies officially liberated allied Georgia from Persian occupation earlier in 1801, making Persia officially lose control over Georgia which it had been ruling for centuries, Alexander fought the Russo-Persian War (1804-13), the first full-scale war against neighboring Persia starting in 1804, over control and consolidation over Georgia, but also eventually Azerbaijan, Dagestan, and the entire Caucasus in general, which was for large swaths of it an integral territory of Persia. In the Finnish War Alexander wrested the Grand Duchy of Finland from Sweden in 1809, and acquired Bessarabia from Turkey as a result of the Russo-Turkish War, 1806-1812.
    - The Congress of Vienna created the Congress Poland, to which Alexander granted a constitution. Thus, Alexander I became the constitutional monarch of Poland while remaining the autocratic tsar of Russia. In 1830, however, the Poles in Russian Poland revolted. Poles resented limitation of hte privileges of the Polish minority in the lands, annexed by Russia in the 18th century and sought to reestablih the 1772 borders of Poland. Nicholas crushed the rebellion, abrogated the Polish constitution, and reduced Congress Poland to the status of a Russian province, Privislinsky Krai.
    - Tsar Nicholas I succeeded his brother to the throne in 1825. He was a cold, no-nonsense autocrat who was a soldier a heart. He generally gave no serious thought to liberalism or political reform outside of instances in which he wished to punish the nobility for insubordination. The Decembrist uprising had increased Nicholas' distrust of the nobility considerably.
    - In 1833 the minister of education, Sergey Uvarov, devised a program of "Orthodoxy, Autocracy, and Nationality" as the guiding principle of the national education. The official emphasis on Russian nationalism contributed to a debate on Russia's place in the world, the meaning of Russian history, and the future of Russia. One group, the Modernizers, believed that Russia remained backward and primitive and could progress only through more Europeanization. Another group, the Slavophiles, enthusiastically favored the Slavs and their culture and customs, and had a distaste for Modernizers and their culture and customs. The Slavophiles viewed Slavic philosophy as a source of wholeness in Russia and looked askance at rationalism and materialism in the west part of Europe. Some of them believed that the Russian peasant commune, or mir, offered an attractive alternative to modern capitalism and could make Russia a potential social and moral savior. The Slavophiles could therefore be said to represent a form of Russian messianism.
    - This brings us to 1836. One of the first acts of the year was to send scouts across the empire to find suitable paths for a massive nationwide railroad system. At this time the entire project seemed incredibly far fetched but Nicholas was adamant that it begin.
    - One of the major event over the coming years would be the abolition of serfdom (again). This time it was purely in response to insubordination of the nobility and was simply a means to punish the upper classes. The official end of serfdom would begin in the Pale of Settlement and it would spark minor protest from the nobility in Russia proper. Still, the nobles knew not to protest too loudly for Nicholas was known as an oppressive autocrat who was more than willing to exile aristocrats to Siberia.
    - A project to develop cash crops in the Black Sea region began at this time. Wine and various fruit trees were planted in various plots of land to help develop the economy in this region and in the empire. It would be some time before the fruits of their labor would be seen.
    - Agriculture was the driving force in the Russian economy in 1836. Noting the improvements of the British over the preceding century, the Russians began slowly implementing the same ideas and policies. Doing so had the potential to provide a significant surplus of food to the Russians. Additionally, and somewhat inexplicably, Nicholas had a significant amount of Angus Cattle imported to Russia to improve the beef industry.
    - Perhaps seeing the value in industrialization, Nicholas I authorized tax breaks to Industrialists and entrepreneurs at this time.
    - Despite the Russo-Persian wars Russia still decided to assist Iran with westernization and development, particularly militarily. This decision baffled many and angered a fair few.
    - Orthodox missionaries were sent abroad in large numbers starting in 1836, heading to China, Korea, Turkestan, Africa, and Iran to help spread the faith (and increase Russian influence abroad).
    - Nicholas I was dissatisfied with the shape of the Russian military at this time. He demanded improved organization and vigor of the Russian military and required all regiments to begin engaging in daily 10 mile marches to keep them in shape. This undeniably improved the form of the smaller professional army, though conscripts were still significantly less refined.
    - Standards were set for the length of a man's hair as well as the length of beards. Beards were still allowed, though they could not exceed six inches from the chin.
    - A 100,000 man army began to be organized in mid 1836. Cossacks and artillery were heavily incorporated in this army. During the building of the army scouts and surveyors were sent out into Turkestan, mapping and assisting with the planning of troop movements as well as gathering information on strength and composition of the Turkestani armies.
    - An interesting idea was formed in the minds of some more creative minded men in the military. A hot air balloon reconnaissance corps to assist before and during battles. It remained to be seen whether this idea would succeed.


    Qing Dynasty - Zillamaster55
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    - China remained the hegemonic power in East Asia as of 1836 but influence from the powers of Europe was rapidly spreading to the region, putting massive pressure on China to maintain its sphere of influence as well as its own autonomy. Naturally, the chief power to challenge the might of China was the United Kingdom. The British had been rebuffed numerous times on the topic of access to Chinese markets. In response, the United Kingdom increased their imports of the extremely powerful and addicting drug opium.
    - In late 1834, to accommodate the revocation of the East India Company's monopoly, the British sent Lord William John Napier to Macau along with John Francis Davis and Sir George Best Robinson, 2nd Baronet as British Superintendents of Trade in China. Napier was instructed to obey Chinese regulations, communicate directly with Chinese authorities, superintend trade pertaining to the contraband trade of opium, and to survey China's coastline. Napier tried to circumvent the restrictive Canton System that forbade direct contact with Chinese officials by attempting to send a letter directly to the Viceroy of Canton. The Viceroy refused to accept it, and on 2 September of that year an edict was issued which closed trade. Other nations, such as the Americans, prospered through their continued peaceful trade with China but the British were all told to leave Canton for either Whampoa or Macau. Lord Napier had to return to Macau (where he died a few days later). After Lord Napier's death, Captain Charles Elliot received the King Commission in 1836 to continue Napier's work of conciliating the Chinese.
    - Captain Elliot would almost immediately succeed. Through multiple productive talks he managed to secure an agreement for open trade between China and the United Kingdom in exchange for improved enforcement of the law against the import of opium. It is thought that had Elliot failed to reconcile the United Kingdom with the Chinese a war would have surely broken out within five years over opium.
    - China's diplomacy didn't end with this agreement with the UK. The Qing Dynasty also agreed to allow European traders to open shops in China, providing otherwise inaccessible goods to regions of China. Additionally the Chinese finally ended the tributary system, moving towards trade with its neighbors as partners rather than as vassals and leader. Many of the elite in China were appalled by this decision. The western world was blindsided by this entirely unexpected decision. Nevertheless the Chinese moved forward with the decision, despite immediate economic imbalance. The Daoguang Emperor remained fully confident that this decision would, in the long run, improve the ability of China to compete economically in Asia and across the world.
    - On the note of the Daoguang Emperor, it was this year that he was declared 天堂的小孩 (Heaven's Child). Alongside this was the ending of restrictions on the Han Chinese.
    - Of seemingly little note at the time, but having far reaching consequences in the future, China began to allow for the election of mayors in all of its cities. This small piece of democratic reform laid the backbone for potential ignition of democratic ideals as well as iron-fisted defense of Imperial rule.
    - Exports of tea and silk increased significantly in 1836 due to a reduce in price, providing a much needed temporary offset to the shock of the economic changes made earlier in the year. Had the decision to reduce the price of these two goods not been made the Chinese economy could very well have suffered irreversible damage in 1836.
    - The long, arduous process of formalizing the Chinese military began in 1836 with the disbanding of banners. Immediate vocal protest of the destruction of Chinese tradition began in some parts of the military. In Lintao there was a small but violent uprising by a few hundred soldiers. It was immediately put down in devastating fashion in September, 1836. There were no survivors on the side of the rebels.
    - To supplement the modernization of the military, China began purchasing Western weaponry and began attempts to replicate the tools of war that the Europeans were using at the time. It would be some time until the Chinese began producing weapons that were equivalent with their Western counterparts.

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    Turns are due Monday, 5/22 at 10 PM EST.

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    I will be taking up the reigns of the Maple Liberation Front, a patriot group dedicated to freeing Canada from the imperialist grip of England. Will anyone aid us in our fight for freedom and justice?
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    I will be taking up the reigns of the Maple Liberation Front, a patriot group dedicated to freeing Canada from the imperialist grip of England. Will anyone aid us in our fight for freedom and justice?
    If you agree to give us Columbia we'll consider it.

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    If you agree to give us Columbia we'll consider it.
    I-, what?

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    No. That's a super bad deal for me. It would completely cut me off from the Pacific Ocean

    But I'll let you expand along all the territory north of the 60th North Parallel if you want.

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    No. That's a super bad deal for me. It would completely cut me off from the Pacific Ocean

    But I'll let you expand along all the territory north of the 60th North Parallel if you want.
    your loss

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    You're not the only country in the game bro. Besides, I fail to see how giving up an entire coastline and the fishing/oil industries in that area isn't more of a loss than not having your help. Sorry for turning down your outrageous request lol

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    You're not the only country in the game bro. Besides, I fail to see how giving up an entire coastline and the fishing/oil industries in that area isn't more of a loss than not having your help. Sorry for turning down your outrageous request lol
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        Tfw someone doesn't get your sick sarcasm    
    Sarcasm is hard to properly convey in text bro
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    Prussia will one up the offer and sponsor your revolution in exchange for the minor concession of Prince Edward Island!

       also joking   

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    Prussia will one up the offer and sponsor your revolution in exchange for the minor concession of Prince Edward Island!

       also joking   
    You can have it fuck those guys

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    I will never not have a deep feeling of dread when i see 10+ posts in the thread for one of my games.

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    Reform
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    I haven't even done anything yet