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PostPosted: Sun Jul 15, 2007 9:46 pm    Post subject: The World  Reply with quote

Role play your nation with others in this thread.

The most noble ruler of the most respected nation of Sammealin takes a sip of tea whilst reading the morning news. Elections where coming up but he wasn't too worried about that, being the sole benefactor to the only major party in the nation has it's benefits.

Not that he didn't try to be a good ruler, nay he strives every day to live up to the title Imperial President. It's just that he can do a much better job without having to worry about being voted out of office.

He puts aside the paper and picks up a report on the output numbers of Sammealin's biggest mine. Deprivatising the mining industry proved to be a gold mine and seriously increased Sammealin's military standing with other nations in the region.

The Imperial President of the Esteemed Democratic Empire of Sammealin George Gardens smiles as he sips his tea.
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 15, 2007 10:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

"God-King Karlin, we have the figures for the new ship-"

"Can't you see I'm busy?"

God-King Karlin shoots a threatening glance at the man who just wlaked in, who bows his head fiercely in apology. Karlin was indeed busy, sucking away the last remnants of life of a finely rolled cigarillo. As soon as it is gone, the leader of the appropriately named 'Badguy' leans back in his chair, releasing a plume of smoke from his mouth with a satisfied sigh.

"Proceed."

The messenger nods quickly as he takes the folder underneath his armpit and splits it open, reading the paper tucked inside.

"God-King, Karlin, Sir, um, we just received another shipment of armaments. 30,000 new guns, 200,000 boxes of ammunition, and-"

"What about new recruits?" Karlin interjects.

"Oh, um, let's see...In the past week, we've had 254 more Badguys sign up for active duty, sir."

"That's not what I meant." The God-king taps his fingers on his desk, growing more impatient with this briefing.

"Sir, I thought that you said we were going to stop that..."

"...To save face. Didn't you get the memo? The most lucrative part of building an unstoppable army simply cannot cease, it must be done with a...subtle touch."

"But sir, if the public or, by God, any other nations find out that you were to continue taking slaves from allied nations for your own army...You would incite a war." The informant says, gulping.

"And by the time that happens we'll have a full army ready to fight for our nation." Karlin reasons.

"But, I, sir, you..." The messenger is at a loss for words.

"Are you disrespecting my authority, boy?" Karlin asks, cocking an accusing eyebrow.

"Wha-No! I'm not sir, I just-"

"You just thought you could tell me how to run my own nation?"

"It's nothing like that! I-"

"Get out of my office."

The messenger says nothing more. Instead, he deeply bows and departs. God-king Karlin pulls another cigarillo out of his pocket.

"Ha, a little warfare, who's afraid of that? We're the big, bad wolves, not them." He says, lighting up.
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 15, 2007 10:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Imperial President George Gardens looks back at the paper and frowns. Three more children missing?

"Branderson! Get the Security General in here! I want a report on this rash of kidnappings!"

The Security General and the Imperial President have their meetings within closed doors. Its a secret so I'm not posting what happens.


Four Zeppelins fly to the four borders of the nation, and then fly back.

Three days later a chipper young lad with excellent credentials is applying for a job in Karlin's office.
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 15, 2007 10:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

God-king Karlin looks at the boy.

"Tell me again why this...chipper lad is in my office?" He asks, not sounding very amused.

"Well, sir, he has excellent credentials, and everyone who has seen him so far would have been remiss not to show them to the next one up in the chain so...He eventually found his way to you."

Karlin cocks an eyebrow.

"I'm sure you're going to be a great soldier, boy, but I really could care less about your resume. You're dismissed."
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 15, 2007 10:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

"I'd be the best soldier in the entire army but my talents would still be wasted there." The man say cheerily.
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 15, 2007 10:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

"And what do you mean by that?" Karlin still doesn't sound very amused.
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 15, 2007 10:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

"If you'd chance a look at my credentials you'll see I've been to every major military training academy and graduated at the top of my class in each one. Most competent intelligence profilers place me top in the region. To throw me out now is to carelessly toss away the most important and powerful tool you've ever had at your disposal."

The man grins.
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 15, 2007 11:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

((Is it your intention, Nevr, that I mentally imagine God-King Karlin's lines being read by George Carlin?))
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 15, 2007 11:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

((That's who he based him on. =P))
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 15, 2007 11:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

((I assumed so, yes.))
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 15, 2007 11:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

((Why aren't you posting IC?))
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 15, 2007 11:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

((I haven't even written up my country yet. Hang on whilst I do so.))
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 16, 2007 12:41 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

((Right, it is done. Here we go, then.))

In the study of his mansion, Emperor Roland IV sighed as he looked over the progress reports from his zeppelin yards. The expansion of his air fleet was going well, but that didn't make the reports any better reading. Still, it was good for a ruler to keep up on events within his empire.

He finished with what he was reading and picked up another report. This one recorded the effects of his program of incentives and encouragements for scientists. The idea was intended to draw the world's best minds to Landsvall--especiallly those whose research was of interest to the military. He saw that it was going well--the aeronautics department of the Imperial University had recently gained the talents of two new scientists. They would do well in Landsvall, where those who lent their scientific talent to the government and got results were rewarded well. It was a policy that in the seven years since he came to power had led to promising advances in everything from mining to missiles. And some of the projects were just now starting to show signs of a breakthrough ahead...

He took a sip of his wine, the exquisite beverage imported from one of the surrounding countries, whose climate lent itself extremely well to growing grapes for wine. He took another sip, enjoying its fine taste. He considered for a moment buying the vinyard so that only he could have the wine. It was one of those things that he felt was the privelege of emperors, and only emperors.

The door opened, and he looked up. One of his servants. "The Empress has returned, sir."

Roland put down the report and got up. His wife Ulla had been at a dinner for some sort of charitable endeavor. He walked from the study to the front room in time to see her enter and take off her fur coat. The garment had cost as much as a small car. He smiled at the top of the stairs, looking over her slim form, blond hair and unmistakably Landsvallian features. He still remembered the day, at his sixteenth birthday party, when he had seen her among all the other daughters of priveleged Landsvallian families, and known that he would have her. She was, he thought, not unlike the wine--rare, beautiful, something fit only for an emperor's enjoyment. He considered for a moment how wonderful it would be if he could simply buy a factory and have a steady supply of Ullas...
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 16, 2007 12:45 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

all of Sammealin is in an uproar over the missing children. Whispers spread throughout the country of one of their neighbors possibly being responsible. Talk of war.

Enlistments quadruple.
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 16, 2007 1:34 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ah, yes, there is that matter of the kidnappings.

The next day, Roland goes to the weekly meeting of the highest government officials. Among the things they discuss there are the rash of kidnappings, which the Landsvall intelligence service attributes to Badguy. He orders the intelligence services to focus on defending the nation from these incursions and gathering more information. He also directs them to make a list of important scientists working for foreign governments and look into the possibility of kidnapping them, since with Badguy's proclivities the crime would most likely be blamed on them.

As he considers the spreading talk of war between Sammaelin and Badguy, he does what he always does when considering war between two of his neighbors--how to turn the situation to his advantage. Certainly there is money to be made selling armaments to both sides (he always has thought that war was the most profitable of enterprises), but there also might be territory to be gained if he played his cards right. He directs his top military staff to begin drawing up various plans and strategems for the invasions of Badguy and Sammaelin both. He also directs his propaganda minister (ostensibly the Deputy Minister of Education) to begin preparations for a propaganda drive themed around defending the Empire from foreign incursion.
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 16, 2007 4:14 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

((About the George Carlin question: Yes. Yes I do.))

God-king Karlin studies the boy.

"Fine, then. Minister, I want you to keep tabs on this boy and give me progress reports on him every two weeks. Got it?"

"Yes, sir." The minister says before ushering the man out.

God-king Karlin takes a swig from a flask held underneath his desk before reading the reports of Sammaelin's furor rising over the rash of kidnappings.

"They want a war? A war will come." He smiles, rubbing his beard thoughtfully as he plans strategems.

A few days later, on all the radio stations and television channels, commercials talking about Sammaelin's falsely perceived goodness, their rashness on trying to start war without any provocation, and other such misdeeds attributed against them play throughout the week.
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 16, 2007 11:59 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

((Just to clarify, Roland's not actively planning to invade anyone, but he's directing his generals to draw up plans just in case he decides to in the future.))
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 16, 2007 2:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sammealin runs a slew of counter commercials telling about kidnappings and things of that nature. A bit of presidential money in the right pockets have all of the major news networks running long standing bits about Badguy's crimes.

The capable young man in the God-Kings service proves his worth time and time again with any project they give him.

Meanwhile most of the smaller towns and cities in Sammealin are strangely emptied of people.
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 16, 2007 5:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

More propaganda springs up, accusing Sammaelin of intense overreaction to a crime common in every nation in the world, accusing the Imperial President Gardens of being a hotheaded fool, and some even accusing the Sammaelin government of attempting the use of the False Flag policy just so that they can start a war.
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 16, 2007 5:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

In response Sammealin broadcasts an escapee of the Badguy kidnappings, who goes on tv looks adorable and talks about all the horrors he has had to endure.

The Badguy propaganda has absolutely no effect on this Sammealin population who seek justice.
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 16, 2007 5:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The Badguy propaganda isn't trying to persuade Sammaelin's, so the government doesn't really give a damn.

Meanwhile, the population of Badguy are galvanizing to the idea of war.
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 16, 2007 5:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

It should be noted that Sammealin has made no outward attempts to protect itself from a Badguy invasion.

Sammealin does petition its other neighbors who have been hit hardest by the kidnappings to put a trade embargo on Badguy.
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 16, 2007 6:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Roland starts running a propaganda campaign of his own, this one targeted internationally, towards scientists. The ads highlight how nice Landsvall is and how the Empire is a great place for great minds to research and pursue their discoveries.

He also orders reinforcements to the garrisons of Landsvall's colonial holdings on the continent to the south, with orders to begin annexing more territory to expand Landsvall's territory.

((Just a point of interest: are we assuming that Landsvall, Badguy, and Sammaelin all border each other? I've been assuming so.))
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 16, 2007 6:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Empress Alexandra sits in her throne room, dictating notes to a nearby scribe. "...and lastly invite the leaders of the neighboring nations to the next feast. I want to be ceratin to extend a warm welcome to them all."

The young man sitting at the base of the dias finishes writing, gives a deep bow to his Empress, and quickly exits the room to follow her demands.

As the large double doors close behind him, the Elven empress smiles. "Let them come, so that I may know who I am dealing with, and so they will know the might of the Illumarian Empire."
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 16, 2007 6:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

((I've been assuming the same thing, J))

Over the next few weeks, outposts among Badguy's borders will begin to increase as more soldiers are sent there.


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