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Full Name: William Hodge
Date of Birth: November 8th, 1753
Nation Affiliation: Merenia
Position: Member of Parliament (Liberal Party)
Bio: William was born into a small yet wealthy landed family, third son of Robert Hodge and his wife Anne. With little chance to inherit the family estate, he pursued a career in the navy and joined the naval academy when he was 16. At age 23, he was given the rank of Captain and command over the Chivalrous, a large frigate. Three years later he obtained renown after the battle of Green Bay against a small fleet of pirates, where he successfully sunk two frigates and captured a third, earning him the rank of Commodore. Most of William’s military career after that was relatively eventless, he earned the rank of Rear Admiral by the time he was 30 and retired a year later. Shortly after retirement he pursued an education at the Pennington University in Merenia’s capital, where he spent six years studying both law and philosophy. During this time he became a strong advocate of liberalism and began to take active interest in Merenian politics. Once he had finished his education, he became a member of the Merenian liberal party, and earned his first seat in Parliament three years later. Since then, he has become an influential member within the party, due to a combination of his passionate belief, staunch anti-Taranian attitude, and military career.
I don't really care which nation I'm placed in, just fill me in wherever there is an empty spot once everyone here has decided or flip a coin.
You know what, I'll put my hat in the ring. Voting for option 2.

Expressing interest in this if there is room. Don't know for sure what I want to do, but I'm thinking a small clan that was devastated by Skulkers and are now constantly on the run looking for a new place to settle
@CypherRahl Hey why don't you join us in the discord to talk about stuff discord.gg/4y533q
Looks like I'm too late but just in case. Is this still open to people looking to join?


Yes, we still need pact nations and being a neutral nation is always on the table.
Nation Name: The Republic of Blaque

Head of State & Age: President Raul Fernadino (46)

Political Alignment during the Most Atrocious War: Neutral Nation

Culture: The Republic of Blaque has long since held the ideals of neutrality and the freedom of the individual above all else. Ideologies challenged throughout the events of the atrocious war to the point in which the nation seemed almost primed for collapse, split between varying factions supporting both the now defeated powers and the pact nations. Ultimately, for better or for worse, the nation remained neutral. Playing to both sides of the conflict, giving to their demands where necessary and remaining stern to what they believed in where they could. Caught between the conflict of two major factions.

Once a nation welcoming to all people and cultures, the shadow of the bloody war has left a lasting mark upon the people of Blaque. Despite having never spilt a drop of blood fighting for either side, the infighting, foreign meddling, and persistent referendums have left the population jaded and isolationist ideals now remain at the forefront of current politics.

Before the great war and the slow shift towards isolationism, the Republic was at the forefront of liberal and progressive ideology. Accepting of all people and cultures, proposing the ideas that it was not the heritage of the man but the character. Though a large portion of the country continues to hold these beliefs, it is questionable just how long they will remain influential to the nation moving forward.
The Tsardom of Radena

1901


The Blizzard of 1901

The morning hours had been long, cruel, and gruesome. Frightening temperatures had persisted throughout the month, catching most within the small town by surprise. Rations and blankets spread thin and outside aid from the capital had arrived two weeks too late. Most whom were susceptible to the fearsome blizzards that Dachne had faced, had long since perished nearly a week ago.

One of whom was Yegor’s mother, an elderly woman in her late seventies. She had lived through both him and his brother marching off into separate wars, her only daughter Katenka dying six months into childhood, and her only husband Leontiy collapsing dead three streets over near a small bar called the Chernyy Almaz, the doctors believing it to be a rare heart disease. Now it was her turn to be put to rest, a tired soul who only wished to be free of her memories. She had gone peacefully in her sleep just three days ago, and only now had the storm letup enough for her to receive a proper burial.

“For now we lay these unfortunate souls to rest, may they forever be with the ones whom they loved dearly in the afterlife. Now and always will we remember them for the things they had done, the people who they cared for, and the cherished memories that they bring. Let us all gather in silence.” All who had gathered begun to respectfully mourn. Soft whimpers could be heard throughout the crowd. Twelve people had perished this long and drawn out winter, many praying to god for it to soon be over. That his merciful and loving light grace the town of Dachne once more.

Yegor sat quietly. He had no wife, no child, no family to speak of. The winter putting to rest the last person whom he cared deeply for. Laid to rest in a hurriedly made grave, the tombstone marking nothing but her name. “Anya Stanislavovna” it read, the text already faded from the shoddy craftsmanship. His eyes sank into what had for the time being felt to be a pit of despair. The cruel reality had placed him lonelier than ever before.
The Tsardom of Radena

1901


Ministry of Economics

The Ministry of Economics has recently announced a series of changes to the yearly budget after the Tsardom saw an incredible budget surplus, causing numerous amounts of controversy and infighting within the ministry. After nearly three weeks of heated discussion, the ministry finally agreed to a formal budget proposal to announce to Tsar Pyotr II:

Budget of the Tsardom of Radena
Fiscal year 1901


Overview

The official budget of the Tsardom of Radena will focus primarily on issues ranging from industrialization, administration, corruption, militarization, and colonization. First the ministry will address the expansion of the industrial output of the Tsardom with announcements of a boost to the current industrial output of the Tsardom in order to meet Continental standards. Proposed administrative solutions will made to address the both corrupt and lawless nature of the Tsardom’s Easternmost territories to avoid repeats of the surge of violence the Tsardom has witnessed over the past month. Next, the ministry will propose a series of budget initiatives to increase military research spending in order to remain competitive and secure against neighboring powers. Finally, the funding of current colonial initiatives will be increased in order to encourage the expansion of the Tsardom to bring about a better, more civilized world in both Settumu and Serranthia.

Administration

In order to bring about both law and order to the Easternmost Settumu territories, the Ministry of Economics will propose a significant budget increase to the administration of these territories. This would be primarily placed in the recruitment of an effective policing force, as well as give added benefits of discouraging corruption from said police, local governors, and other officials. This would ultimately aid in a long term stabilization of the region. As a result, the administration budget will be increased to $200,000,000, thus making the administration of the Tsardom 34% of the years budget.

Infrastructure

The Tsardom of Radena will continue to meet the current standard of infrastructure it has kept since last year. Considering that there has been no push or need for a major overhaul or massive increase for this part of the budget for the time being the Tsardom will contribute $2,000,000 to maintain its infrastructure and allow breathing room for minor expansions.

Education

Education has always been considered to be important to the Tsardom, allowing for innovation and creation within the workplace. However, the Tsardom at the moment can’t afford to massively overhaul the education budget, especially in terms of secondary education for the wealthy and middle class citizens. As such, the Ministry of Economics has agreed upon keeping the status quo with current expenditure, with primary schooling receiving a budget of $64,000,000 and secondary schooling receiving $80,000,000 of the Tsar’s budget.
Bureaucracy

The Ministry of Economics believe that the Bureaucracy of the Tsardom is not in desperate need of a financial overhaul, as such there will only be slight increases to the current expenditure, placing the current budget at $100,000,000.

Colonial and overseas territories

The Ministry of Economics understands the importance of the Tsardom’s current colonial interests abroad. After much deliberation and discussion within the Ministry of Economics, a budget increase was agreed upon to encourage the further expansion of current and likely future territories of the Tsardom. The current budget gives close to $40,000,000 to the Tsardom’s overseas territories.

Technology

It is in the best interest of the Tsardom to remain advanced in current military and naval technologies to protect its ever growing empire across the world. As such the Ministry of Economics has dedicated $25,000,000 to both Naval and Army research.

After nearly a week of deliberation by the Tsar, the new budget was officially agreed upon with a few minor revisions.

Ministry of Domestic Affairs


Unemployment and industrialization

A recent initiative by the ministry of domestic affairs has been undertaken to improve the current mass unemployment throughout the Tsardom. This initiative is to begin with the construction of several factories, over the course of the next ten years. The first city announced to receive the first factory is the city of Zamocin. An industrial center and incredibly large city, it is believed to be one of the most economically sound locations to construct the first of many factories soon to come.

Laying down the law in Settumu

The lawlessness of the Settumese territories has recently brought about an initiative with the aid of increased budgeting by the Ministry of Economics to bolster the police presence in the Settumese territories. The local police will then be utilized in an attempt to disperse any and all rioting peacefully when given the opportunity. The establishment of a temporary curfews will be made in the following cities: Qinghua, Suyang, and Sensong until the increased violence between the culturally Radenan and Meungese citizens have been quelled.

Foreign Ministry

The Foreign Ministry recently has negotiated a treaty between the Tsardom of Radena and the Veletian Empire allowing for the free access of both military and commercial vessels through the Canal d’Or. This treaty specifies that the Tsardom will pay $500,000 a month, paid annually, for the period of 4 years. This is expected to bring about a great deal of trade and prosperity to the Tsardom’s Easternmost territories. A once incredibly dangerous journey through the South Serranthian ocean has now been reduced to only six months.

Tsar’s Royal Navy

With the recent acquisition of the Alek and Wenshou Island the current Radenan Royal Navy stationed in the Hironese Sea has been deemed far too small to protect current interests. Sailing under Admiral Stepanovich, in the flagship the TRN Borzaya, he and an accompanied fleet of two CA, the TRN Sever and TRN Namereniye, six CL, the TRN Koventri, TRN Chertenok, TRN Rytsar, TRN Korona, TRN Ray, and TRN Milost, and thirteen DD, the TRN Posle, TRN Presledovatel, TRN Geroy, TRN Byskochka, TRN Yurkiy, TRN Prygun, TRN Doblestnyy, TRN Foreytor, TRN Vostochnyy, TRN Pech, TRN Strannik, TRN Golavly, and TRN Korol will head to the Hironese Sea to regroup with the current already established fleet located there.

Colonial Ministry

The Tsardom has announced an official expedition to the Island of Fasum lead by eccentric biologist Dr. Yakovich. The goal of the initial expedition is to explore the native fauna, inhabitants, and wildlife along the Island, as well as discover ideal locations to establish small settlements on the Island itself. The first settlement on the Island will be named Novyy Nakhoysk, named after the hometown of Dr. Yakovich.

The Imperial Palace

The Tsar has recovered, giving an official appearance just outside the palace in Glavnaya, and a small speech to the crowd. “It is my duty as Tsar to inform the people that I am now well. The Tsardom need not worry any longer about my health, or the health of the Tsardom should my time come to pass. For the time being, I am reinvigorated and hope for the Tsardom to be so as well.”
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