- Mar 4, 2015
My internal notes don't go too much into detail, but this is what I have.What about Srivijaya, Ryukyu, Ainu Monsir and the Pacific islands? We haven’t heard much from them, but I imagine they wouldn’t have good relations with the authoritarian nationalists in China, Korea, Japan, Penglai and India.
Srivijaya - Depends on the member state. The major power alignment factions (pro-China, pro-India, pro-Reich, neutral) effectively broke down when all three major powers went crazy or became useless (in India's case). Realizing no major power is going to help them out, the member states decided to do it themselves and become their own major power. But they're quite busy dealing with a resurgent neo-equalist insurgency that has spilled across borders out of Burma and is extremely successful and popular in the mainland member states. So really they've just turned inward to deal with this threat. Nusantara has some claims on Sumatra but hasn't pressed them yet as it is considering a potential unification with East Indonesia and Papua.
Ryukyu - Absolutely pissed by the increasing authoritarianism of its mainland neighbor and has funneled more money towards production and R&D for its already oversized navy. But not many people agree with this because it is straining the economy. The navy also has a shortage of recruits and active personnel currently.
Ainu Mosir - Is aligning closer to the northern Republic of Japan as they have a common enemy in the southern Japanese Republic, which is the first Japanese government in decades to seriously call for unification. The northern government is slowly democratizing and wants to keep the status quo. Ironically, both rely on Chinese aid and the expectation of a Chinese intervention in the event the Jerusalem-backed south invades. But while Jerusalem has funneled massive amounts of money and weapons into the south, China only provides a token amount to the north and the Ainu.
The Pacific islands in general - After the European rebels got nuked and the African loyalists lost most of their forces to the Hispania and Mauretania nukes, resistance forces in Africa slowly fell apart and have once again turned on each other. Now the continent is split between Jerusalem sympathizers, loyalists, and separatist movements which have gained popularity as Africans consider both Jerusalem and the loyalists as treating them as disposable cannon fodder. So loyalist leadership has shifted to the Pacific, where the Kaiserliche Marine maintains control over the Roman islands, primarily Hawaii and Mittagsland. But an increasingly nationalist and pro-Han Fusang has been acting independently of the Eimerican Federation and has set its sights on Hawaii, while Zhao now considers Mittagsland within Penglai's natural borders. The Kaiserliche Marine also depends on shipments of supplies and resources from loyalist Africa, but all shipping routes run through Sumatra, which Penglai and China are aggressively interfering with. The two want to steer all trade through the Straits of Malacca to their own ports, so there's consolation in the fact that their sabotage efforts are also against each other. Still, the Pacific loyalists' situation is unstable, and they barely have the fuel and ammunition to hold their own islands as of now.