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Much of the short history of the Philippine Commonwealth had been concerned with consolidating its hold and the fragile peace that entails in the archipelago. The shadows that loomed from the aftermath of the war of independence against the Spanish have left the many kingdoms and states of the islands still recoiling from despite the best efforts of both the local and national government to recover its assets. The actions made by parliament, in particular, had always been under scrutiny. But it must be said that without the contributions from the national government, the Philippine islands would be regress into nothing more than a collection of petty island kingdoms and ethnicities that vie each other with immense abhorrence, just as that from the pre-colonial era. While such sentiments still exists, the existence of the Philippine Commonwealth serves as an effective mediator for feuding regions. In other parts of the archipelago, cooperation and even coexistence are being exercised, and thanks to some agrarian land reforms made by parliament, former rebels are starting to return to their home and begin to develop their lands.

Making the Philippines Stand Out!

The Philippines is, and will probably remain as an agrarian nation, at least in to the most foreseeable future. The Land Redevelopment Law that was passed into parliament encouraged farmers to return to their homes and work the lands without them paying any taxes for eight months, giving them ample time to create surplus. However, there exists a problem.

While the country's manpower is large for its size, the Philippines is yet to be seen as a competitive nation in the emerging global market. Products that were once coveted by foreign nations like coffee, hemp, spices, sugar, and cotton among others among others are also sold at other countries at more reasonable bargains. While the Philippines was able to achieve some degree of economic triumphs by signing alliances with nations like Hawaii, the Dutch, and its Malayan brothers, it still yet to be seen as an independent and significant economic entity. The disintegration of the Manila Galleons in 1790, in the aftermath of the Independence War have greatly diminished Manila's impact in the global economy, and representatives of Parliament and that of the Mactan court have expressed these concerns to the executive council.

The Manila Galleons!

Kawit City, Cavite.

In a hooked-shaped peninsula located in the southern regions of the Manila Bay, there lies a great structure of dilapidated stone and wood floating upon the surface of the great bay. Gentle waves larp around the seemingly ancient ruins, though it has to be said that it had not been even half a century since this building was abandoned. Nevertheless, this once great Arsenal was the site where most of the Philippine Galleons are constructed, are broken and in a state of disrepair. Before the Spanish left the Philippines, they ensured that they either carried much of their innovations back to the Iberian peninsula, or destroy it if they are unable to do the former. Burn it instead of letting the uncivilized 'indios' wield it, said the last of the Gobernador-Heneral before he threw the torch that would burn the Astillero de Rivera (Rivera Shipyards).

During a regular Parliamentary Regional Analysis in Mactan, representatives from the Tagalog Federation have expressed their desire to repair the damaged Astillero de Rivera, and have given their interest of sharing their knowledge of shipbuilding to other states that may be interested to know their secrets. The executive council, upon hearing of their small interests, encouraged the Tagalogs to indeed repair the abandoned Arsenal.

While most people saw this as nothing more than a nation that is trying to reestablish its former pride, cynics and conspiracy theorists believe that they knew better. What was once a government that is concerned with internal politics drastically changed itself to connect with foreign countries, both old and new, and now it is reconstructing its naval bases. These cynics believe that the Philippine Commonwealth is inspired not by a desire of profit and prosperity, but of fear and survival. Rumors from lands beyond the seas have told that the pale skinned men are doubling their efforts to find and colonize lands that are not theirs, and that even in the Americas, a nation which broke away from a powerful European country are now being threatened by the very same empire it broke away from. The Executive Council converse behind closed doors and darkened rooms, discussing a small part these rumours, but mostly of one single fact: that a resurgent Spain, which was considered as a broken nation after being invaded themselves by a foreign nation, are now seeking to reintegrate its lost borders and colonies. The reemergence of the Spanish have led the highest officials of the Philippines in a state of Existential anxiety, and shifted its foreign policy in an almost 180 degrees. With the emergence of the Peninsulares threatening the fragile commonwealth, the young nation shall be tested once more, though of what it is is still yet to be seen.

Souten Sheld wrote:Sistan and Baluchestan
The largely Shia dominated government of Sitan and Baluchestan agrees to formally surrender to Afghanistan, with the territories joining the Emirate of Afghanistan.

Birjand
The Herat forces arrive in Birjand just in time, with the number of attacks on soldiers declining following their arrival as locals began to fear the additional soldiers.

Persian Army
A few days after the arrival of the Herat forces, the Persian army begins their siege of Birjand, hoping to starve out a majority of their fighting force, hoping to make them yield.

(I think you mean Sunni)

The Victory Over Sistan and Baluchestan!

The victory is celebrated in the province, as Persian flags are ripped down from major buildings and replaced with the flag of the Afghan Empire. The Afghans promises the Baloch people that an autonomous Baluchestan state will be made within Afghanistan and self-governance is not out of the question. Meanwhile, the border with nearby provinces is fortified to protect against Persians who might want their country back.

The Siege of Birjand

The retaliation is slow at first, and the Persians are quick to lock the Afghan soldiers in the city. The current objective now is to look for an opening, to push out of the siege and reverse the siege on them. However, there is large doubts that the Persian army would leave any hole in their siege. If so, the Afghans plan to attempt to force their way out of the siege. The command to search for a hole in the siege has been given.

Free Kaskadiya wrote:(I think you mean Sunni)

The Victory Over Sistan and Baluchestan!

The victory is celebrated in the province, as Persian flags are ripped down from major buildings and replaced with the flag of the Afghan Empire. The Afghans promises the Baloch people that an autonomous Baluchestan state will be made within Afghanistan and self-governance is not out of the question. Meanwhile, the border with nearby provinces is fortified to protect against Persians who might want their country back.

The Siege of Birjand

The retaliation is slow at first, and the Persians are quick to lock the Afghan soldiers in the city. The current objective now is to look for an opening, to push out of the siege and reverse the siege on them. However, there is large doubts that the Persian army would leave any hole in their siege. If so, the Afghans plan to attempt to force their way out of the siege. The command to search for a hole in the siege has been given.

The Siege of Birjand
The Persian army have notably worse military equipment than the Afghans and have been demoralised by the loss of Sistan and Baluchestan

Souten Sheld wrote:The Siege of Birjand
The Persian army have notably worse military equipment than the Afghans and have been demoralised by the loss of Sistan and Baluchestan

Push!

A violent push from the Afghan warriors onto the Persian siegers has been commanded, hoping to secure a victory. If the Afghan armies defeat the Persian siegers, Afghanistan looks to bring Persians to the surrendering table where they surrender the provinces of South Khorosan and Sistan & Baluchestan to the Afghan Empire. The Afghan armies are of the belief that the Persians are just a straw away from having to give up the war, and believe that if this siege fails, that the camels back will break.

Free Kaskadiya wrote:Push!

A violent push from the Afghan warriors onto the Persian siegers has been commanded, hoping to secure a victory. If the Afghan armies defeat the Persian siegers, Afghanistan looks to bring Persians to the surrendering table where they surrender the provinces of South Khorosan and Sistan & Baluchestan to the Afghan Empire. The Afghan armies are of the belief that the Persians are just a straw away from having to give up the war, and believe that if this siege fails, that the camels back will break.

Push! and surrender
The Persian forces are decimated and the Persian army is brought to its knees. The Persian Government surrenders the provinces to the Afghan Emirate.

Treaty of Kabul Signed!

Afghan's Emir signed today with diplomats from Persia, rendering the surrender of Persia in place. The provinces of Sistan and Baluchestan, as well as South Khorosan, have been surrendered to the Afghan Empire! The Persians go home, defeated, as they reluctantly signed the Treaty. This is a huge success, and greatly promotes pride in Afghanistan, the Afghans, and the Emir. Celebrations in Kabul and Herat are held. Afghanistan grows stronger as the days go by, and it looks like Afghanistan is on it's way to attempt to climb it's way to prominence, and on the stage of big powers. The future heir of the current Emir's throne looks to be comparing Afghanistan to the rest of the world. While the current Emir has no interest in reforming Afghanistan, his heir looks to have some interests in setting Afghanistan to become more modern.

Autonomous Region of Baluchestan Established

As promised, the Autonomous Region of Baluchestan has been set up for Balochis, and run by Balochis, with the governance of the new Autonomous Region to be majority Balochi. The Autonomous Region of Baluchestan has been given many liberties, like many of the laws, policies, and such, falling in the hands of the Balochi governance, not in the hands of the Emir or the Afghan monarchy. This sense of liberty has been largely appreciated by the Balochi people. However, this Autonomous Region is still under Afghanistan, and if so desired it can be abolished and be replaced with total Afghan rule if nessecary. But there seems to be no reason for such to happen.

Shia Deportation

On a less lighter note to the liberty of the Balochi people and the Afghan victory over Persia, many Shia Muslims living in the newly incorporated provinces have found their hands forced into either going back to Persia or being persecuted. Much of this is held quiet from the rest of the world, a silent, but brutal move. Many families disunited, and forced into Persia, while in their replacement comes Sunni Muslim settlers looking to replace the Shia minority. The motive of this deportation is clear. It is to crush any chances of rebellion or discontent in the newly incorporated territories of South Khorosan, as that province has a lot of Shia majority compared to the majorly Sunni Afghan Empire.

the 3 reform

The kingdom of Norway had undergone many changes in the past months, three laws had changed the habits of its inhabitants.

the first was a law ordering the construction of new churches and cathedrals, with the increase in the number of inhabitants, some churches had become too small, so the more prosperous cities had to start the construction of cathedral while the more modest city were building smaller churches, towns all over Norway were changing their architecture.

the second was a reform of agriculture, whether it is breeding, fishing, wheat ect ... all agriculture had started a strong process of modernization, the methods ... the tools ...ect. The town of Kirovsk in the Kola Peninsula produced artificial fertilizer from apatite which came out of its mines, the fertilizer was exported all over Norway and the yields would be, at least the king hoped, much better, the fishing fleet had been enlarged and modernized and for the breeding in particular as regards the production of wool and milk, several protocols had to increase the productivity.

the third reform was on education and the Norwegian language, every child from 5 to 10 years old would have free access to school, 5 hours, 4 days a week the objective was for them to learn to write, to read Norwegian , but also inculcated some basic knowledge, there had been a reform of the Norwegian language, in Norway the great majority of people speaked Norwegian (except for the minorities in the north notably Saamis) even if the oral language was the same, there were peculiarities between the regions which pose problems notably in the administration, so only one way of writing Norwegian would be learned in class, the objective was to standardize the Norwegian and unite the country under one language.

røykfluke

While all of Europe from the Grampian Mountains to the vast valley of the Garonne through Wallonia and the Rhine Plaine launched a great race for industrialization and modernity, countries such as British Empire, France, the Netherlands and finally the Germanic Confederation, left behind in this uninterrupted race a powerful smoked plume behind them. The nation of the world watched with envy these advanced technical and production, while those industrial nation looked with greed the natural resources possessed by other countries. Eastern and North Europe as well as South looked at the scary progress of their neighbor seeking also caught up their delay in the eternal race to modernity and progress. Norway had a rather late agricultural revolution and generated by the recent reform of the King of Norway, Norway had significantly increased his agricultural production, and also had the implantation of numerous mine in Norway notably of coal and metals. we could sau that the situation of norway was different but similar of great britain before its industrialisation, the new advance in agriculture... urban center growing... a huge growth of population..., but Norway was still not industrialized. Then came the law of the Royfluke, this law target was to launch Norway in the race to industrialistaion, all controlled by the Norwegian crown and its administration, it was divided into 4 point:

The 1st point was the creation of the project: "Flannel Coast" This project objective was to tramsform the southern coast of Norway from Frederikstad to Bergen vpassing by Stavanger, Arendal and Oslo in a textile industry production machine, the city From the south coast already received cotton from Louisiana and Norway also produced wool and fur in large quantities Norway was so not dependent from other country to lauch this industry.

The 2nd was the implementation of steelmaking factory in the important city of Norway, the majority of metals will come from Norway and they will use the coal from Svalbard, Borjnoya and Fugland

The 3rd was the wood industry, whether it's for tramsform wood into paper or building materials but also Wood Tar

4th was the industrailization of the agri-food industry, especially fish-related sector, which is one of the key sector of the Norwegian economy

Norway started a slow processes of industrailization that launched the country in the great race to industrialization, the question was whether it was not going to get lost in its own smoke ....

The great wind of Borée

Borée, capital and largest city of the Norwegian Indies, located on the southern Andaman Island, Frédrik Hansen, brother of the head of parliament of Rena Alec Hansen in Norway, is the administrator of the province of the Norwegian Indies, he was in the small port De Borée which had been built recently since the setters only came the last month
"what is he doing… he should have been here awhile ago!"
a few minutes passed when finally a boat approached
a man got out of the boat
Frédrik: "Well, it's not too early! Do you have the goods?"
The captain of the ship: "sorry ... the road from Mexico is long .... I had to stop in Hawaii ... and yes we have the goods ... in good condition ..."
Frédrik: "normally these are the last vanilla plants that we will ask you ... I imagine that you must deliver it to Rosenberg too?" "
The captain of the ship: "and in Hornshavn too ... I still have a lot of road ahead but after that it ends"
Frédrik: "Did the euglossini bees survive?"
The captain of the ship: "not all, but enough, there's the 4 beehive as you asked me .... its hard to alive bee colony from Mexico"

the peculiarity of vanilla was that the only way to obtain the fruit was either to polinize them artificially (method invented in 1862) or then thanks to the endemic pollinator of the Veracruz region in mexico, who could polinize the vanilla flowers, before norway manages to transport its bee colony, only mexico produced (and in small quantities) vanilla
the captain and Frédrik exchanged a few courtesies before the boat left for the island of Simelue, in the town of Rosenberg, while Frédrik went to the building the administrator who was rather small, we could see a map of norwegian india with annotations ... the name of the island ... of the few towns that had been installed .... and also the tribes .... most of the colonies had to produce cinnamon and vanilla, Borée was also to serve as a commercial port since the port was on the famous spice route.

there were 5 colony in the Andaman and Nicobar island, the most southerly Solberg, on the great nicobar island was populated by wary but not very aggressive tribe, Solberg was the smallest of the colony of Nicobar and Andaman island
further north, on Little Andaman Island, was Onjdheim a town that had been named in honor of its native inhabitants, the Onge, who had been very friendly although a little shy, there was good relationship with these people and this was one of the greatest hopes of the Native-Norwegian relationship.
on the great andaman archipelago there were 3 other colony: Borée the capital and administrative center of the islands and also the main port, Havernes further south at the site of the former Danish counter of Port blair and finally further north Nyhøy
The great andaman archipelago was dominated by 3 ethnic groups, the so-called grand andaman group, which was to the north, was quite hostile but didnt seek direct confrontation however but if a Norwegian settelers gets too close... he gets killed . the Jarawa to the south near the town of Borée and Havernes were quite suspicious but many contacts had been made and they did not seem hostile
There were finally the Jangils .... the Jangils were aggressive people who did not hesitate to attack the Norwegians or the other tribes, they controlled Rutland Island from which they had driven out the other tribe and began to attack the controlled territory by the Jarawa, they had massacred 50 Norwegians who were to settle on Rutland Island causing immediate hostility from the Norwegian authorities

As for the island located to the east of sumatra, only 3 of them were inhabited, Siberut where the largest city of the east sumatra island was; Hørnshavn, Melemburg on the island of Nias, where were the people of the same name who were very hostile to the Norwegian presence and finally on the island of Simelue the town of Rosenberg, whose foundation was particular, indeed the initiative came from a rich Swedish nobleman deposed after the Danish invasion, this one was fond of Botany and brought botanists with her (in addition to many Norwegian workers).

meanwhile, two Jarawa observed the city of Borée from afar ...
"I don't understand a thing about what they are doing" said a young Jarawa woman who spoke of course in her native language just like her inetrlocutor
"Me neither ..." said a man with the look of an elder
"they look a lot like the man who ad steel baton bolts last time ... but they are different and speak different too ... those funny ... boat? can you call it that? its so big ... "
"all we know these they know more than us, they had already come before ... studied the field no doubt ... they are dangerous ... and well organized ... we do not know from where they comes ... "
"do you think we are in danger?"
"gods know ... they didn't show any hostility, more a peaceful will .... but if we act like those idiot Jangil, yes we are in danger, and we don't know wath is this magic they use to unleash disease ... "
"So basically our own island has become like a ticking time bomb?"
"yes .... but we can also turn the situation to our advantage ... to get rid of the Jangil in particular ... but hey ... we are too sure of nothing"
"roughly the future will tell us what to do next?
"yes future will tell ..." said the old man before they both go back in their obscure jungle

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