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Kusaribe Zaibatsu Activities 1882

Chubu, Expand:
Luxury Clothes lvl 4 -£18.30k
Regular Clothes lvl 3 -£15.21k
Fabric lvl 3 -£7.38k

Kansai, Expand:
Cement lvl 5 -£3.15k
Furniture lvl 2 -£14.27k

Kanto, Expand:
Glass lvl 2 Already Paid For
Liquor lvl 3 -£10.05k
Cement lvl 4 -£3.15k

Kyushu, Expand:
Amunition lvl 3 -£11.53k

Kusaribe and Kishiwida Zaibatsu shall jointly found Nippon Railway

Kusaribe Zaibatsu shall invest £60,000 for the construction of rail in the home islands.

In the interests of expanding it's shipping business, Kusaribe Zaibatsu shall cooperate with the Ministry of War and jointly improve our nations naval infrastructure.
£100,000 shall be made available for this purpose. ((Invest £100k in naval bases))
Invitations are extended to Kishiwida and Nagane Zaibatsu to join in this venture.


Kusaribe Zaibatsu shall honour it's previous pledge to take on existing government debt.

-£83,040 Factory Upgrades
-£35,967 Govt debt
-£60,000 Rail
-£100,000 Naval bases
-£279,007 Total

Leaving: £419,024
 

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Final Tally:

Guide: Yes/No/Abstain

Reform of the Administration Act: 12/23/0
Failed
Commissioners of Commerce Act: 26/10/1
Passed
Government Bond Act: 33/3/0
Passed
Repeal of the Military Preservation Act: 8/9/15
Failed
War Budget: 22/10/5
Passed

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I. Political Rallies: 10/1/1
II. Lobbying and Funding: 10/1/2
III. Demagogue Abilities: 7/4/2
IV. Rounding to the Tenth: 10/1/3

All four shall be implemented following this update
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Kishiwada zaibatsu shall invest 60,000 in Nippon Rail way.
Honor our pledge of 50,000 to government coffers.


Ministry of education 1882:
The technology plan shall remain unchanged from last term.
 

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Date (1882-1884): All is Quiet on the Western Front

The second Date government was in it to win it this term. The Great Asian War had still to be won, and it seemed the Japanese would be put on the defensive. The Japanese in the Philippines bunkered down and waited for the Spanish offensive to come, but it never did. Ito Mizushima was put on the Russian border to help protect from a Russian attack, but it never came. The fact remained that little conflict occurred during mid-1882. For the whole spring, the Japanese forces waited, and waited, and waited. Nothing ever came.


It seemed the war had been drawn into a stalemate. Besides the occasional island raid by the Russians on Japanese colonial islands, there was no real European assault. The war dragged on. Mobilized units were becoming restless. They wanted to return home if they did not need I fight. Militancy began to trickle through the ranks as the impatient population remained mobilized. It took almost a month before any advancements were made in the war. In late 1882, Spain finally decided to surrender Luzon to the Japanese. However Date Munenari was conflicted. He wanted the whole island chain under his rule, and felt that he could bargin for it figuring the fact that Spain was effectively destroyed in Asia. However, infamy was at an all time high. Infamy is a counter use to determine the threat of a nation at a given time by modern historians to determine how other nations felt towards that particular nation. On a counter of 0-30, Japan was at a 28. Also the people were tired of fighting. Satake Yoshizone, leader of the opposition even went on a hunger strike to oppose the war. The people wanted peace with Spain. Date, not wanting to be implicated in the possible death of the opposition leader, agreed to the Spanish surrender. After nearly five years of war, Luzon was finally Japanese.


The war with Russia though continued. Ito Mizushima was put on the front line of the defense. With 27,000 men, Ito waited for a Russian assault. For months they waited. Then, in the winter of 1882, the Russians came barreling down from Vladivostok and attacked. Ito and his men charged the Russians and battle ensued. Russia though fought with vigor. At the end of the battle, Russia was in retreat. Japan had held and Korea would be safe. After the battle, Ito Mizushima, before debriefing his troops, took off his clothes, and calmly removed a bullet lodged in his shoulder, without even looking in pain, before debriefing the officers (or so stories go).


(A Japanese soldier riding into battle)

Russia had lost almost 50,000 men in fighting, their allies the French, have yet to put a boot on the ground in Korea. After pestering her allies, Russia got French help. 37,000 elite French Foreign Legion soldiers embarked at Tours, sailed around Africa and Asia, and landed to attack Pyongyang. Date Munenari though expected this. He encircled the landing site with thousands of soldiers and assaulted the French. The French line broke in two, for even the elite could not stand and fight the waves of Japanese soldiers. At the end of the day, France’s only force deployed was slaughtered.



(A propaganda picture of a brave soldier fighting off the French)

The home front though, things were getting a bit dicey. The women’s rights movement and the labor movement were picking up speed. Date Munenari was a traditionalist when it came to women, always choosing the side of the male sex then that of the opposite sex. He detained a woman who tried to enroll at a university in Japan, and had leaflet campaigns shut down. He also needed to infiltrate the new labor movement. He hired labor spies to infiltrate these unions and relay info to him. While militancy for the war was still high, Date still pressed on with his agenda.

While the years were drawing to an end, the Japanese and the Russians entered a stalemate. Neither side wanted to attack, and neither side was willing to invade. Russia though was too stubborn to surrender, so it needed a way to subdue Japan. It countered their influence in Siam and Dai Nam, preventing easy sphering of these nations, and sent troops to occupy Brunei, a supposed Japanese ally. The Russians though had many tricks up their sleeve, and all was needed was one large battle to end this conflict once and for all.

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Screenshots

Industrial Wealth:

mrlifeless:
Cash: 955313
Earned: 266523
Debt: 0

Keinwyn:
Cash: 886918
Earned: 467894
Debt: 0

Scrapknight:
Cash: 132987
Earned: 126327
Debt: 0

With the new mechanics in place, the cost of VP is going to be the average sum of money earned by the combined economists per year. So that is about 140,000 yen for every extra point of VP, with a possible maximum of 4 VP.
 
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Ministry of Finance
Committee of Bonds

The committee will issue two types of bonds:

Imperial Japanese Government Bond 1 (IJGB1):
100,000 to be returned with a 15% interest after 10 years.
Imperial Japanese Government Bond 2 (IJGB2):
10,000 to be returned with a 5% interest after 5 years.

2 IJGB1 and 10 IJGB2 would be issued.
 

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Ministry of Finance
Committee of Bonds

The committee will issue two types of bonds:

Imperial Japanese Government Bond 1 (IJGB1):
100,000 to be returned with a 15% interest after 10 years.
Imperial Japanese Government Bond 2 (IJGB2):
10,000 to be returned with a 5% interest after 5 years.

2 IJGB1 and 10 IJGB2 would be issued.
((Can I call dibs on IJGB1? Need to know how much I have.))
 

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As our troops in the Philippines come home and many wives and mothers still look towards the North and await the return of their husbands and sons, it is unconscionable that because of my wealth I should be entitled to privileges in the realm of the law that the enlisted sailors aboard my flagship and throughout the fleet are not. We must do justice to our heroes and give them the vote, by extending franchise to all Japanese men. I remember a time when I was not considered a gentleman and while with rank comes certain privileges in the realm of high society, those niceties have no place in the Diet elections. The Emperor's decisions in who should make up the Diet and formulate his laws should be advised by the full spirit of Japanese manhood, and not by a small effete section of well-connected men.

- Admiral Unryu Raizo, Battle Fleet

Franchise Reform Bill
In accordance with the procedure of election law provided for in the Constitution, Japan will expand the franchise to universal manhood suffrage, bringing the entire population of adult male Japanese citizens into the electorate.
((Reform in the Voting category from Wealth to Universal))

((Because expanded suffrage is a popular issue for in-game pops and for the plausibility in-character, I don't think its appropriate to attach this to a larger set of reforms that would trigger a Political Revolution and risk a massive backlash on a dice-roll. In the interest of verisimilitude I am presenting this as a regular reform law, and have kept it to two reforms, stepping from Wealth over Weighted Universal to Universal, and thus keeping below the three reform threshold for a Political Revolution. If this is still deemed a revolution, let me know and I'll amend it to include some more stuff I'd like to throw in if I'm going to risk the backlash anyway.))
 

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Ito Katashi sipped at his tea as he lounged in his armchair. News from the war was good for now, with the Nanban hordes crashing against the might of Nippon and being pushed back like a wave against the rocks. There were those within Nippon who did not view this war favourably, but they were fools. The Spanish had been partly removed from the Philippines and the Russians had failed to breech Korea. Nippon was strong, as it should be. Petty political feuds and protests merely hampered the war effort. Nippon would be better off with all those pacifists locked up or executed for treason.

Ito took another sip at his tea, only to drink the dregs of tea. He scowled and put the cup aside. One of his many indentured servants entered the room and then scurried off when they saw his cup was empty. The woman in her mid-thirties, one of his favourites he had hired from Korea, poured him a new glass and bowed before leaving. Ito smiled at her and resumed drinking.

Another servant entered the room and started dusting a few of the shelves. This one was younger than the last, one of the new servants from the Philippines most likely. When Ito hired all his servants, he offered them what he considered a fair contract, although some of those who thought themselves more liberal-minded may call it borderline slavery. They didn't understand that indentured servitude saved these people years of hardship. Most of his servants were from the more recent conquests of Nippon, mostly Koreans with a few Filipinos mixed in. They fled to Nippon searching for a better life, and in most instances ended up in poverty. Ito offered them a way out. He offered them food, shelter, and a guaranteed source of work. All they had to offer in return was 10 years of their life. Ito also ensured that every servant was given a small stipend. It wasn't enough to live on if they were on their own, but if saved up over the years, it would give them enough funds to make it on their own when their contract ended. Those that saved wisely would have enough to start their own business or buy some farmland. The fools that wasted their money on their vices usually found themselves on the streets again. That was not Ito's concern. He gave them a chance to find a better life and if they chose to squander it that was their choice.

After finishing his second cup of tea, Ito rose from his seat and left the room. The servant from earlier had moved into the other room and was about to open a door to another. Ito, noticing which room it was she was about to enter, rushed over to her and smacked her hand away. The girl gasped and jumped back, her head down. "Foolish girl, no one is permitted in that room," Ito said. The girl kept her eyes down, saying nothing. Most likely she had not been in Nippon long enough to learn the language and understood nothing he said. He sighed in frustration and shooed her from the room. She scampered off to do her work elsewhere.

Once the servant was gone, Ito slipped into the room he had forbid her from entering. The room was pitch black and smelled faintly of death. Ito lit a kerosene lamp on the wall, illuminating a portion of the room. Standing nearby was a man in a Spanish uniform, a mock expression of anger on his face. Ito circled the man, admiring his handiwork. The stitching seemed to have held. It had taken him years to master the art of taxidermy, but he certainly had gotten good at what he did. The stuffed Spanish soldier before him was proof of that.

Ito had never known the dead man he'd stuffed and put on display, nor did he care. All he knew was the man had been an enemy of Nippon who had fought in the Philippines. It had been relatively easy getting his hand on a fresh corpse after the bloodbath that went on in those isles. Now like an animal mounted on the wall by a proud hunter, this Spanish soldier served as a personal trophy of the greatness Nippon had achieved. Ito smiled and continued on through the room.

The second piece of his collection was a personal favourite of his. Standing before him was a Turkish soldier, much older than the Spanish man who had been in his early twenties. Ito had gone through plenty of hoops to get this man. He'd had men sent to Turkey to find any soldier who had served in the invasion of Kyushu years ago, and then he'd had them kidnap and send the man here. This had been one of his earlier works and the proportions were a bit off. Stuffing a human was not as simple as stuffing a small animal.

Continuing on, Ito came before the pride of his collection. Before him stood an Italian soldier, an expression of terror permanently frozen on his face. What made this one so special was that Ito had killed the man himself. During the recent, and somewhat pathetic, Italian invasion of Kyushu, Ito and a few of his most trusted men had gone out hunting. Of course they had not been hunting game, but rather Italian soldiers who had scattered when their army broke. When they had come across this man, he had been scared for his life. Alone and surrounded by enemies, he had cried like a child. The Nanban were weak like that. Any honourable man would have accepted death without such a show of emotion. The Italian had cried until the moment Ito shot him in the chest and ended his life. Ito pushed aside the uniform covering the man's chest and admired the stitching that repaired the damage caused by the bullet wound he'd given the man. It was not the prettiest sight, but that was the price of art. No other Italian soldier could have graced his collection. This man had been shot and stuffed by Ito himself and would forever serve as a symbol of Nippon superiority. The Nanban were barbarians and deserved no better fate than being stuffed and mounted.

Ito slowly headed towards the door. There were a few empty spots for future pieces for his collection. The count had men in Korea who would hopefully get their hands on a Frenchman or Russian. Those would make fine additions. Ito blew out the kerosene lamp and left the room, this time ensuring the door was locked after he left. As he stepped away from the door, a sharp pain raged through his head. He clutched at his head, waiting for the throbbing to stop. His headaches were getting worse with each passing day.

Ito slumped back into his armchair and had a servant bring him another cup of tea. The tea always helped with his headaches. He took a sip and spat it out instantly as the liquid burnt his tongue. He threw the cup across the room and it shattered against the wall. "I told you to not make it so hot!" The servant apologized and started picking up the shattered porcelain of the cup. Ito clutched at his head again, wishing the aching would go away. What a day he was having.
 
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Satake Yoshizane continues his fast, that the Japanese people might express their beliefs and show the current institution of the government their attitudes and interests- and perhaps, just perhaps, the government will realize that it has a duty to bring the young Japanese men back home.