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This decision by the courts is a mockery of democracy and the constitution. It is ironic that the most unconstitutional bill to ever be passed by the diet was named the Constitutional Principles Act. Surely, the Diet must be shown the error of its dictatorial ways by the popular expression of the will of the people. I will not rest until the Farmer-Labor Party is restored to its rightful place a legitimate party that serves the Japanese people and His Imperial Majesty in the Diet. Thank you, and may you walk carefully in these days of dictatorship by the Yamagata clique.

- Murayama Kuri, Leader of the Farmer-Labor Party and Once and Future Member of the Imperial Diet
 

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Yamagata (1893-1895): Chaos and the Red-Tide

Yamagata Michitsura, the third Prime Minister of Japan, was, as stated by a foreign observer, "more violent and repressive then his predecessors." Yamagata was a man who would not tolerate dissent in his country. That being said, Yamagata would try and establish a new order, and use his mandate to effectively crush the opposition once and for all. "Date powers us forward" became a cry of the NLP, as Yamagata set out to accomplish what his predecessor failed to do.

Tanabe Shinzou II had an idea on how to make Yamagata's dream a reality. He proposed large scale legislation to revamp the government to further the NLP cause. Tanabe's two biggest bills were the Constitutional Principle Act, and the Representation Act. The first of these two bills was a bill that made it illegal to support movements that would see the Emperor overthrown and a republic established, banning republican movements in general. Republicanism never really caught on in Japan, following the failure of the primitive Republican movement in the Boshin War. Most parties and most citizens wanted to keep the Empire as a monarchy. However, the sinister aspect of this bill came in the form of outlawing socialist and anarcho-liberal parties, and it just so happened that these two ideologies made up the opposition. The socialists and anarcho-liberals were furious. The NLP and KAP though forced out many FLP and CDP members from the Diet, and at the end of the day, the CDP and FLP seats were replaced by runner-ups, mostly NLP and KAP members. The Representation Act also was seen as dictatorial by the masses. The Representation Act removed 50 districts from the political map of Japan, and made them military seats instead. The militarists would be the ones to choose who sits in these fifty seats. It would seem okay in normal circumstances, until one realized that every single commanding officer in the Japanese Army was an NLP supporter, guaranteeing the NLP fifty seats in the Diet every election. This angered many soldiers in the army, including those who were KAP soldiers, who felt the NLP was screwing over their coalition partner in this act.


(Soldiers sent to Edo to quell a riot)

The CPA riots saw these two new acts tested by the people. 30% of the population at the time identified as socialist and anarcho-liberal, and they were not happy with their representation being removed from the Diet by the government. Nagane Hidetoshi and Murayama Kuri would lead the peaceful protests against the government to restore the CDP and FLP to the Diet, and have the socialist and anarcho-liberal population represented in the Diet. The paper could not help them, as a court decision earlier in the month saw free press eliminated as a right, allowing the government more control over what the papers print. Socialist and anarcho-liberal articles were censored by order of the government. This flamed the people's anger even further, and gained them support among liberal sympathizers who hated the idea of Yamagata slowly destroying the democratic institution. The riots and protests grew across the country, as the poor and educated began to gain militancy against the government. Yamagata though was not present in Japan to solve this crisis. In his steed, he assigned General Kusanagi Miroki to handle this crisis. Kusanagi knew that the protesters would strike out in full scale revolt. Deep down, he personally hated the CPA, and its removal's benefits would totally outweigh the costs in his mind. Yet, Kusanagi had a jingoist NLP to deal with. Many NLP members wanted Kusanagi to shoot the protesters down as traitors and republicans wanting to end the Empire. Kusanagi felt that would not stop these men. He also knew the Imperial Army was in terrible shape following the end of the war with Russia, broken and disorderly without any proper leadership, and far, far, far away from home. He urged the Diet to wait out the protesters in hopes that they would simply disappear.


(Gunners positioned near the Imperial Palace in the event of armed insurrection)

As the months progressed, the riots and protests only grew. Reports from military police officials saw that almost the entire military was sympathetic to the cause of the protesters, and would mutiny should their officers order them to shoot at innocents. Kusanagi again urged patience, praying that Yamagata would return to make things right. The situation grew out of control. What was worse was that socialists in Japan were radicalizing. A new ideology from the African region of Transvaal proposed violent revolution to overthrow the government to establish a worker's utopia. This new movement dubbed "communism" would make its way into the fires of socialist anger in Japan. Many socialists in Japan were radicalized into communists, and their tendency for violence only grew as the NLP continued its policies. Then, in 1894, armed rioters began attacking soldiers in Kyoto. The fighting spread to almost every province in Japan. The riots had turned into an armed insurrection, the biggest Japan had ever seen. Their objective was clear, remove the NLP from power. While the FLP and CDP condemned the violence, the NLP took swift action. Having their military fully replenished, the government went on the offensive. Rebels were gunned down in the streets, and no mercy was shown on them. By the spring of 1895, the rebellion was effectively crushed. Yet, the people were still angry at the government for enforcing harsh rules on them.


(A communist poster rallying the population)

Industry was not fairing better either. The NLP enforced laissez-faire system on handling economics was crippling the industrial sector. Many factories would be shut down as unemployment rose across Japan. While these factories were mostly unprofitable, the industrialists would have to try harder now to get their incomes back in order to make up for their losses.

It has yet to be seen if the government's response to this situation will be violent or not. Yet, one thing was certain. The multi-party democracy Japan had grown up experiencing was dead. The opposition was banned from participating. Whats worse was that a committee was formed to inspect new parties and determine if they are safe to compete. This would basically be a hash system, as local parties not found to be jingoistic or at least supportive of NLP policy and beliefs were banned from participating in local elections or running candidates. What will become of Japan now that a single-coalition democracy was now the government system it had.

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Industrial Wealth:

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Cash: 1,665,047
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Keinwyn:
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Scrapknight:
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unweadly:
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Earned: 0
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Because of the LF policy and inability to subsidize factories, if your factory had a loss when I checked, it was subtracted from your total profit. I also subtracted the factory worth for every factory you had that was shut down.

VP cost is at 60,000 yen per point of VP
 
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The Sakamoto Remembrance Act

In memory of the great Prince Sakamoto Naotari, the man who led the imperial armies to victory in the Boshin War, and in light of the passed motion to establish a shrine to the honorable Prince Date Munenari, I believe that it is only right for my father to be honored with his own shrine, or at the very least a memorial, in Edo to commemorate his role in the foundation of modern Japan.
 

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Chosokame holds a political rally to calm down the constituents (and lower militancy)
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Everyone, everyone calm down, the NLP is working for Japan, and while I may not agree with everything they have ever said, these western ideals such as communism isn't the way forward, we need a strong government to defend against the Westerns, so I call for any JUN supporters to work with the NLP to save Japan in its time of need

((Told you Fingon, also how can the anarcho liberals be pro emperor, are they not just liberals then?))
 

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"The Yamagata clique has destroyed democracy and slaughtered the Japanese people! We as patriots must stand up against this affront to the Constitution and to the governance of Japan. I, Murayama Kuri, submit a formal request to His Imperial Majesty to intervene and sack Yamagata. Our elected officials in the National-Liberal Party have destroyed what this nation stands for and we must turn to our sacred Emperor. We here today formally request the Emperor to remove Yamagata as Prime Minister and to repeal the Constitutional Principles Act and Representation Act!"

- Murayama Kuri

((Holding rallies and protests against the ban and formally calling upon the Emperor to intervene to save democracy.))
 

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((Holding rallies and demostrations in favour of the reforms by the Yamagata Government which secured the Empire's future as a stable nation with Japanese Democracy rather than Western Democracy in which rabble rousers and anarachists secure far too much power in the nation))

Amendment to the Act for Protection of Democracy
The following lines will be added:
1. c. The Committee is allowed to suspend or otherwise restrict that candidate in elections and operating.
d. All parties that have been considered illegal by the Committee will be fall under Article I under the Protection of the Empire Act (1893) and its members will fall under Article III and IV.
Act to Secure the Stability of the Empire through Good Governance

BELIEVING that no Government can rule effectively without a substantial majority in the Imperial Diet
RECOGNIZING that weak Governance ultimately weakens the Empire and Japanese Democracy

This act resolves that:
I. The Party with a plurality or majority in the Imperial Diet shall recieve seventy-five Members of the Imperial Diet above its original amount, to secure a stable and working majority in the Imperial Diet
II. These Members must adhere to the same laws and statutes of the Empire of Japan as other Members of the Imperiak Diet

((Private - Privy Council))

Most Honourable Lords of this Council,

The last few months we have seen increasingly violent insurrections of communists and other foreign funded anarchists seeking to establish a vile tyranny against honourable and hard working honest people not seen after the French Reign of Terror. Thus I motion that we, His Imperial Majesty's Most Loyal and Wise Privy Council, advise Him to declare a State of Emergency, until we are certain that these threats to the very essance of our Empire have been crushed. Furthermore, seeing that the Privy Council currently lack a Lord President, I do nominate the Minister of the Imperial Houshold as Lord President of the Privy Council, so that the ties between the advisory organ of His Imperial Majesty and the Imperial Court are strengthened, which can only benefit our Empire. Lastly, I do motion the Most Honourable Lords of the Privy Council to revoke the Marquisate of Izo from the despicable socialist Hajamoto Kiyotaka, who has forgotten that our duty as nobility is to the Emperor and his Empire and not to ideologies which are a threat to everything Japan has achieved and stands for.

Lord Tanabe

Declare a State of Emergency: Yes/No/Abstain
Appoint the current Minister of the Imperial Household, Lord Yamagata as Lord President of the Privy Council: Yes/No/Abstain
Revoke the Marquisate of Izo from Hajamoto Kiyotala: Yes/No/Abstain
 
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Really now, the nation hands the NLP the means for a one-party state and what do they do with it? Dither. I the immense promise that current legislation brings cannot be fulfilled by these liberals who call themselves "National" in such an unconvincing manner, than perhaps what we need is a political revolution to light the flame that will never go out.

The Motion For National Salvation

All political parties will be officially outlawed.
A National Salvation Committee will be put into government indefinitely to manage the crisis.
The NSC ministry will seat Militarists in preference to rank, Privy Councilors in preference to title, and finally Industrialists in preference to wealth (ex: highest-ranking militarist selects what ministry position they want, including Prime Minister, if any).
The government will pass those reforms or reform repeals favored by the Reactionary rebels, in order to placate them and to recruit them into common cause against the anarchists and communists.
 

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"I had warned of the sinister purpose of the proposals put before our Government. Now that one has found its way into our law, the trap has been sprung. The National-Liberals are power-hungry and it is only through our own lack of ability that we have not prevented their ambition becoming a reality. Today I stand here, in the streets of Kyoto; I will not stand for a dictatorship, I will not stand for a one-party state, I will not abandon my principles for those who seek to destroy our democracy. Join me people of Nippon! Leave your homes, leave your fields, leave your factories! Come out onto the streets to show your Government your anger. If the National-Liberals refuse to listen to us, the very people they exist to serve, then we shall not listen to them. If they demand you return to a factory, where you will slave away for hours upon hours, where if you are maimed their will be no compensation, where for your hours of work you receive a handful of rice grains; I say to you: refuse, do not return to your prison, remain a free man, and await the end of this Dictatorship. If they demand you return to the fields, where you labour under the harsh sun while others relax in the shade, where if the crops fail you will starve while others feast; I say to you: refuse, let the upper echelons feel the pain of famine and await the end of this Dictatorship. If they demand you return to your homes, where you can no longer communicate, where your freedoms are limited; I say to you: refuse, do as you wish not as others will, you must await the end of this Dictatorship. So I, Hajamoto Kiyotaka, call to you, People of Nippon, take to the streets and join me in my protest."

-- Hajamoto Kiyotaka addressing the people of Nippon during the Kyoto Protests of 1895


((Start a
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If the National-Liberals refuse to listen to us, the very people they exist to serve...

We do not serve the poeple, we serve the Emperor.
 

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Really now, the nation hands the NLP the means for a one-party state and what do they do with it? Dither. I the immense promise that current legislation brings cannot be fulfilled by these liberals who call themselves "National" in such an unconvincing manner, than perhaps what we need is a political revolution to light the flame that will never go out.

The Motion For National Salvation

All political parties will be officially outlawed.
A National Salvation Committee will be put into government indefinitely to manage the crisis.
The NSC ministry will seat Militarists in preference to rank, Privy Councilors in preference to title, and finally Industrialists in preference to wealth (ex: highest-ranking militarist selects what ministry position they want, including Prime Minister, if any).
The government will pass those reforms or reform repeals favored by the Reactionary rebels, in order to placate them and to recruit them into common cause against the anarchists and communists.
Hear, hear! The disgusting violence displayed by the Opposition shows why they must all be banned. They follow an ideology devised by African nanban apes.

All rebels and mutinous soldiers shot be shot. They are a disgrace to the emperor 's good name.
 

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The Marquis Niigata quietly makes it known his wish to be appointed to the Privy Council, like his father before him.
 

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Lord Tanabe Shinzou, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foregin Affairs, travelled across Japan to meet the Japanese Common Man, who had elected Count Yamagata and the National Liberal Party for its manifesto of Japanese Democracy. For, in truth, only communists and anarchists supported the resistance to the Constitutional Princples Act and for those men neither Lord Tanabe or the Japanese Common Man held sympathy. Lord Tanabe held various large rallies for Japanese Democracy across the nation, speaking for large crowds in but not limited to Kyoto, Nagasaki, Edo and his home prefecture of Wayakama.

People of Japan,

In the last few months we have seen ncreasingly violent insurrections of communists and other foreign funded anarchists seeking to establish a vile tyranny against honourable and hard working honest people not seen after the French Reign of Terror. They claim they fight in name of you, the people of Japan, against the National Liberal Government, a Government you have chosen, righfully, for it has shown, this term and in the past, that it is decisive as it is effective in sercuring the welfare of the Japanese People, the strength of the Empire in both external and internal affairs. To that latter end, the Imperial Diet passed laws establishing a united police force and a gendarmerie to secure the order in the Empire and the safety of the Japanese people. Together with these laws, the Imperial Diet passed laws to protect Japan and its democracy from ideologies that threathen the ancient Japanes values, which our fathers, our fathers' fathers and generations before them passed on. Is it then not our duty, as Representatives of the People and their values in the Diet, to protect them from these barbarians? Is it then not our duty, as servants of His Imperial Majesty, to fight these foreign funded republicans with all our might?


The crodws cheer No! No! Resists the Communists, Fight the Anarchists!

Thus, People of Japan, show defiances to the saboteurs of Japan's greatness. Join the National Liberal Party!

- Parts of Lord Tanabe Shinzou speech to his constituency in Wayakama, published together with all his speeches in 1934
 

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Tanabe Escapes Death!
Bombers Fail to Bring Down Count!

Tanabe Shinzou II, Count of Wakayama, was under attack earlier today by a group of armed men. These men have been reportedly surviving rebels who had fled into the country side. The men threw bombs at the Tanabe estate, attempting to blow up the honorable Count. Yet, the son of the former Boshin War hero fought back, and his estate guards quickly beat back the rebels, killing/capturing many of the rebels. The rebels have confessed that they wanted to bring down Tanabe since he was the one who wrote the CPA in the first place, yet it is unknown if they did this on their own free will, or if someone paid them off to try and kill Tanabe...

((Someone tried to kill TJDS and failed))
 

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This attack is unacceptable, these socialists and anarchists have attacked, my party, the JUN
And now attempt to assassinate the Honourable Count.

I call for the Government to enact martial law immediately and to forcefully break up these dissidents
 

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Ministry of Commerce

Recent events have shown that Laissez Faire economics are not the Japanese way. Our industries are like our armies, they require firm direction and support. Once given the comfort of our guidance, they may flourish but always they may rely on the Government as their last line of defence.

We possess many strong industries and a modern workforce to match the modern infantry. Just as the Government helps pay for our ships and guns through the taxes from our citizens, we must help pay for the upkeep of our factories to continue producing export goods to bring money into Japan.

We must also strike down the African threat to our way of life and remove the temptation of Communist rebellion, which weakens our national will and undermines our productivity. This can only be achieved by finding jobs for our unemployed, to keep their minds full of the joy of work, rather than the seditious idleness which the Socialists and Communists feed off.

To this end, the Ministry proposes the following plan, the Sakura Regulations, to restore our industrial progress:

1. We humbly ask the Finance Ministry to subsidize all factories.
2. The various factory owners will reopen their factories with the Government to contribute 50% of the reopening cost.
3. The Government will raise a factory revival levy of 5% of gross profits for the next 2 year period only to help fund the reopening programme.
4. The Government will move from a laissez faire to an interventionist stance to protect our industries.
5. We need to develop our banking system to provide cheaper and easier finance to grease the wheels of industry, and promote efficiency in our tax system to increase the yield to the State. We humbly ask the Education Ministry to promote the study of Private Banks, Business Banks and even a Central Bank to help concentrate and distribute the money where it is needed.

Yamamoto Gonnohyoe
Minister of Commerce