Gentlemen, welcome to the Reichstag. It is with sadness that I have to inform you that what I am about to tell you is not happy news. It is not even good news, or moderate news. There is only bad news
And even worse news.
The economic crisis Germany suffers from has hit worldwide without remorse. In a matter of weeks, national economies collapsed like houses of cards, shaking up the entire political scene of the world. We thank the gods for the swift and adept intervention of our Minister of Economy Stormbringer, whose economic New Deal plan has saved Germany from total anarchy. We are reeling, but stable. What happened outside our borders, though, is much much more disturbing. Trouble brews to the East.
In Russia, the economic crisis was the last drop to flood the bucket: Fed up with poverty and opression, the Russian workers have thrown off their shackles and rallied behind the red banner of Communism. From amongst their mids a new and powerfull leader has risen: Losif V Stalin, known by some as the Iron Dictator. If we are to believe our embassies' report on this man, he is to be feared.
The October Revolution was organised, swift, and effective. After the fall of St-Petersburg or, Leninigrad as it is now known, the government collapsed as entire parts of the army revolted against the White government.
Whatever heroic plan the government might have had for destroying the Soviets by force, it was to no avail. Even before the government had time to respond, Communist guerilla forces had managed to infiltrate the Duma and assasinate Head of State Chernov, along with his entire cabinet: The Duma was blown up shortly thereafter. With no government left to turn to and communists rising up throughout entire Russia, the results were predictable
Before anyone knew what had happened, the October Revolution was a success, and the red banner flew over Moscow. Although still contested by some renegade divisions and White-loyal generals, Stalin did not rest to celebrate his victory: While Russian flags were being torn off the streets by raiding communist troops, Stalin made a speech proclaiming the Greater Union of the Soviet Sovereign Republics. And this is where it gets really bad.
The new Soviet government has claimed hegemony over all lands they believe to be 'Part of the Russian heritage', including our buffer states to the East. France and the rest of the International were quick to welcome their Bolshevik allies, and as we speak Russian planes, stamped with red stars, are headed to France to take part in the ongoing meeting of the Internationale.
The Soviet government has the full support of the people and is immensely powerfull, but for now they have chosen not to confront us in order to combat their internal enemies first. But, as it stands, the future of our Eastern allies is severely jeopardised...
And it gets worse.
The Russian Revolution, spawned by the economic crisis acted as a catalyst to Bolshevik and Syndicalist parties all over the world. Over the course of a few weeks, governments were toppled like domino bricks, one by one, and the internationale grew under loud cheers of the French, Italians and British. They call it 'Red Storm Rising'. The syndicalist world revolution.
The World Revolution happened faster than anyone could have ever foreseen. First in South-America, where the government of Brazil was forced to cede all power to the syndicalists, dragging with it in it's fall the democratic governments of allmost all of South-America. the Brazillian Surpreme Syndicalist was fast to befriend and ally these nations, in what is now known as the Syndicalist League of South-America.
As it stands, Bolivia and La Plata are the only remaining non-syndicalist states in South-America. Already have we received pleas from both countries for protection of Germany against the Syndicalist Revolution, which they fear might spread into their borders very fast.
After the revolutions in South-America, the Syndicalist Red Storm gained momentum at an astounding rates, sweeping through the world like a forcefull wind, blowing aside any government not strong enough to resist. In effect, the economic crisis we caused has now spawned new enemies for us across the entire world.
And at last, even on our very own borders.
This is the situation as it stands. We are encircled on all sides by a hostile ideology, many of which seem immune to the economic crisis and have a substantially better economy, military, or a better anything, for that matter. The era of Pax Germania is no more, gentlemen. War is coming.
As you recover from the shock, gentlemen, allow me to point out some other issues. Sternberg has allied with Tibet and has now launched a war of conquest in North-China. The other Chinese states have not responded to this yet, although the revolts and unrest in our client state in South-China continues, and the economic crisis does not help.
To make matters worse, even our own seem to be revolting against us. After hearing news of the Muller plan and the new government's policy to remove Goring from Africa, the Kaiserreich official has now declared himself independent from the Motherland, and has fallen into the delusional belief that he himself is the rightous ruler of Mittelafrika. Even with Syndicalism all around us, gentlemen, this is a matter of highest priority. We can not allow our own power-crazed officials to grasp power in their own hands right now. Such an action would be a sign of German weakness throughout the entire world and lead to a certain demise for the Kaiserreich. This issue must adressed with utmost urgency.
On your desks you will find the files containing new issues facing the government. Read them with care, gentlemen, and respond accordingly. The fate of the Kaiserreich, and god knows, maybe even the free world, lies in your hands.