- May 2, 2014
On paper at least, I can't fault the logic of cutting the X-Division's funding. Of course, we know the purpose behind the budget cuts...
The realm rejoices as Paradox Interactive announces the launch of Crusader Kings III, the latest entry in the publisher’s grand strategy role-playing game franchise. Advisors may now jockey for positions of influence and adversaries should save their schemes for another day, because on this day Crusader Kings III can be purchased on Steam, the Paradox Store, and other major online retailers.
That's if the smoking man and the old Syndicate were still running things. They were more concerned with staying under the radar. Pavel, though, being as impulsive and crazy as he is, might not bother with budget cuts and go straight to throwing bombs. But I'm not saying the conspiracy isn't behind this...On paper at least, I can't fault the logic of cutting the X-Division's funding. Of course, we know the purpose behind the budget cuts...
I will be revealing the shapeshifters' true form in a future update. But since they're not as advanced as the alien shapeshifters, they might not be what you expect.I don't like that the shapeshifter died "offscreen", but I'd be surprised if they could use the device on a corpse to look like their true nature. That aside, given how stressful the X-Division's work can be, I can't blame Kresge's logic.
Love the ending segment too, always nice to have some brevity for our cast.
The tagmata would be named after the ancient legions and use the medieval legion system (which wasn't exactly like the original legion system). Each military unit would be made smaller and integrated with air and armor units for increased mobility. Each military branch would have a Latin name with an ancient Roman symbol and something like eagle standards. Command structure is highly centralized and politicized, with Angeloi party officials wielding significant influence at all levels of command. This ensured the troops' loyalty to Angelos but also reduced their efficiency and free-thinking, especially in the later years.I´m now wondering, what would the Angeloi Tagmata been like in relation to the Loyalists and OTL´s Wehrmacht? I imagine that Angelos and his generals would´ve wished to drastically reorganize the Roman military structure in order to make it more efficient for his new doctrines like Blitzkrieg, but I also think the Tagmata wouldn´t be the same as the Wehrmacht (I picture the Angeloi naming all of their branches like the air force and navy with Latin designations instead of German or Greek in an attempt to cooupt Classical Roman imagery) and would wish to distinguish itself from the loyalist military in several ways like command structure or personal.
Originally, Molotov's interpretation of equalism was similar to what Lenin originally envisioned for Russia. But after working closely with Trotsky for many years after Lenin's death, he incorporated some elements of Trotsky's interpretation. After taking over from Trotsky, he initially kept most of Trotsky's policies, particularly socialism in one country mixed with the permanent revolution idea he had (invasion of Yavdi, revolution in North Eimerica, Occupied Territories). But as the war and Trotsky's death moved further away from the present, Molotov put his own spin on Trotskyism, returning elements of Leninism not present in Trotskyism such as heavy emphasis on industrialization, nationalism, and opposition to the Reich. Deromanization evolved from a combination of permanent revolution and wartime nationalism/opposition to the Reich. He toned down the gulags and secret police so they weren't as bad as in Trotsky's time (but were still bad regardless). Valentin would've been even worse than Trotsky and focused more on permanent revolution, class warfare, and Russian nationalism than either of them.How would Molotov´s interpretation of Equalism differ from that of either Trotskyism or Staninism? Considering that Trotsky, even as Molotov established his cult of personality, continued to have influence Moltov´s policies until his death even in retirement, I think that Molotov´s brand of Equalism would´ve been an extension of Trotkyism for the frist few years of Molotov´s reign, which would eventally form the basis for Deromaniazation I imagine. I´m pretty sure even Trotsky already incorporated aspects of Stalin´s Socialism in One Country during his own time in power, so I imagine Molotov would´ve had a weird blend of OTL Trotsky´s Permant Revolution ideal and Socialism in One Country with some touch of Nationalism in there. I personally feel that Valentin would´ve been a lot closer to Stalinism than Molotov, Through both would still believe in an Equalist World Revolution and Class Warfare like Lenin and Trotsky.
Horseshoe theory is still a fringe theory among academics, who tend to put fascism and equalism on opposite sides of the ideological spectrum. They consider the two ideologies as arising from reactions to each other (fear of equalism fuels fascism, fear of fascism fuels more equalism, which fuels more fascism, etc.) and adopting useful ideas from the other (nationalization of certain industries, persecution of minorities/scapegoats, strong central authority, omnipresent secret police/mass surveillance, suppression of free expression and press, lack of human rights, etc.) while nominally in polar opposition.Also how would Roman academics see the relationship see between Fascism and Equalism here? I mean both would be regarded as Totalitarian systems with possible similarities with each other like ethnic persecution, but unlike Stalinism and Nazism, but also have a lot of distinctions from each other being on different sides of the authoritarian spectrum. Either that or the Roman public would lump the Equalist and Facists together under the board spectrum of Totalitarianism and ignore their distinctions. It could be something that is debated a lot by Roman historians and open to contention and controversy.
I like to think of the conflicts between the North Eimerican equalists and the Mexicanists as the collective equivalent of the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan, only it was a loose grouping of conflicts and insurgencies and not a full-scale war. Mexicanists got their start by opposing the extremely atheist equalist authorities, considering equalism an insult to the gods. The collapse of equalism gave the Mexicanists a boost, as they saw their struggle and faith was apparently validated. But with the equalists gone, they needed a new target, so they chose the Paulluists (who were relatively similar to the equalists) and the Reich (which they saw as morally decadent).Considering that Ocelotl Nochtli and Af-Quetzalcoatl got their starts attacking the CSSA and the fall of the PARA, what effect did the Equalist regimes in North Eimerica have on the rise of Mexicanism and religious extremism in the Eimericas besides reaction from Eimerican Palluism?
The only successful non-authoritarian republics in this timeline were the old League of Mayapan and the Republic of Nsorala. Both were relatively successful until Mayapan fell into some bad economic times and elected a strongman who started the monarchy while Neurhomania invaded and annexed Nsorala. The only recent examples of republics are Paulluist and equalist ones. I guess republicanism would be seen in the same way as monarchies are seen today. Constitutional monarchies in real life are generally accepted but considered to be perpetuating an outdated social hierarchy. People here see the Mayan and Nsoralan republics as extensions of the ancient Greco-Roman republics. They have nothing against the idea of a republic in theory, but they wouldn't want it in their country (since it would mean ending the monarchy) and they consider it perpetuating an outdated social hierarchy (they believe a republic would eventually lead either to a breakdown of social order, as happened in Nsorala to some extent, or to the centralization of power in a wealthy elite, as happened in Mayapan). They also believe an officially apolitical monarchy is better equipped to act as a check on government overreach and corruption. Paulluism has also discredited the modern republican movement by associating the it with the Paulluist dictatorships and showing the system was easily manipulated by strongmen.How is Republicanism seen at this point? I know that because of the Palluist Republics, Equalist Republics and Kanatan Corporate Republic that Republicanism would be stigmatized as another form of authoritarianism, but what about non Authoritarian Republics? Considering that there is only the failed Persian Revolution and the failed Democratic Indonesian Republic in the 70s, I think Republicanism would be seen pretty much how we see Communism in real life as a inherently flawed system due to lacking a monarchy as a check on the abuses of government corruption.
Angela put away her phone. “I'm sorry. I have to go.”MINA IS THE SHAPESHIFTER
Well, since we all know what universe it is, things will get really awful in about a few years. But things are already bad right now, as upcoming chapters will talk about.You know, these shapeshifters might not want to come to this universe if they knew just how hostile it could be over here. Alien civil wars, angels and demons clashing, multiple world wars... Must be awful in their universe.