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((As per the the screenshots at September 1893, which hopefully represent the standing as at the time of the peace treaty, we have 114 brigades out of a potential 151 max, with the brigades in Khabarovsk probably near empty but should fill over the next 12 months, hence my suggestion of 2 x 20 brigade SNLF's. mobilisation is 249 brigades but unnecessary now. Our naval capacity is 117 our of 197 max, with Steel ships researched but we need Blue & Brown Water doctrine and upgraded shipyards before we can construct Cruisers.))
 
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The headlines of the papers practically screamed at Ito Masaki. Date was dead. Those words could barely process through his mind. How could the second most powerful man in Nippon, behind the Emperor of course, have passed away. The man had seemed invincible. He'd led armies into countless battles and survived more than one assassination attempt, one shamefully committed by Masaki's own father. To read that some enemy sniper had taken a shot at the mighty general and brought him down seemed surreal. Masaki couldn't even finished the article he was reading, scrunching it up into a ball and tossing it into the fire. The Nanban who had done this deserved the ultimate punishment. Masaki only wished Nippon had been able to inflict a crushing peace on Russia and Britain. The fact that his beloved country had managed to fight off a coalition of Nanban yet again would have to satisfy him for now.

Other worries plagued Masaki. What would happen to Nippon now that Date was no longer around to lead it? The NLP had held onto power almost through the sheer force of the late Date's strength and personality. He was a man who demanded attention and who no matter how criticized he was, was able to maintain a stable government. Masaki worried that whoever assumed the leadership of the NLP would not be able to keep things together as well as Date. The KAP would have to keep a careful eye on its coalition partner in the coming weeks. Masaki would be watching and waiting.

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Background: Born into a priviliged middle-class family with ties to the military, Makino was set to become a member of the Imperial corps of officers and quickly enrolled into it's ranks. During the Second Anglo-Japanese he led a Japanese infantry battalion, under General Yamagata and he led it to victory through the great valor of frontal strikes against enemy positions. His valor on the battlefield did not go unoticed and he quickly rose through the ranks, finally becoming colonel and was chosen to be the aide-de-camp of General Yamagata.
 

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*Two weeks earlier*

The storm clouds lit up the sky of Kyoto. Many thought that Raiden was expressing his anger over the Nanban. Emperor Meiji sat and watched as the sky shined in a dazzling display of light and sound. Meiji was awaiting the report from the Russian front, where thousands of Japan's finest men were fighting in an attempt to smash the Anglo-Russo lines and defeat the Russians once and for all. He thought that the approaching storm symbolized the battle being fought across the sea of Japan. However, Meiji could only sit and wait for the reports of the battle to start flooding in. Communications with the front were cut thin, and Meiji was in the dark over the fate of the 200,000 men Date Munenari took into battle with him.

Just then a messenger appeared behind him. "Your Imperial Majesty..." he said in a shaky tone, bowing down before the Emperor. The now 41 year old Meiji turned to see the messenger. He had in his hands an object wrapped in a cloth.

"What is that?" The Emperor asked.

"Your majesty, the battle of Khabarovsk was lost. Our forces are in full retreat." said the messenger.

"What is the cloth?" asked the Emperor.

The messenger unraveled it to reveal a sword. He then gave it to the Emperor, bowed, and left. Meiji knew the sword from the days of his childhood. This sword belonged to Date Munenari. At that moment, Meiji knew what had happened to his teacher and father-figure. The storm grew louder and closer as Meiji stumbled and fell on his knees, clutching the sword. He let out a loud wail, and at that moment a dazzling display of lighting and thunder boomed over the palace.
 
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Yamamoto Gonnohyoe
Count of Nagasaki
 

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The death of Date Munenari is the worst thing to have happened to the kingdom in the last 50 years. We lost a great military and political leader.

I believe general Yamagata will lead Nippom to become the greatest nation on earth, but we will need to get our army back to strength. This war has been disastrous and we cannot have such a humiliation happen again.

This is why I suggest to increase our efforts in propaganda to have more people join the military. ((Requesting regional focuses to be put on recruiting Soldiers))

In an ideal world, we would have a standing army of atleast 500K men at all times.

In order for Japan to dominate Asia we have to do one thing. We have to crush China under our iron fist. Diplomacy is not working, we'll have to teach them with steel.

- Nobunage Tadakaka, Minister of War.