An Examination of Extra-Universal Systems of Government

EBR approved. Shout out to @JoeyB2198 for the original idea.

Vereinigten Staaten von Amerika
United States of America
Estados Unidos de America

The station was bustling with activity as I stepped off the train after riding it from Sacramento International Airport. As I walked through the train terminal, I could easily see and hear what made this iteration of the United States unique in the multiverse. From the general hubbub of the rush hour crowd, I could catch snippets of conversations in English, German, Chinese, and Spanish. Signs helpfully listed directions in various languages and indoor digital billboards flashed as they flipped between even more languages, advertising various products. In a way it reminded me of the bustling halls of the Nutshell.

The cultural pluralism of the United States of America is famous throughout the world. The United States being a self declared land of promise for immigrants from around the world isn’t a rarity in the multiverse. However in this world’s America, instead of pursuing a policy of assimilation, a policy of acceptance allowed these immigrants maintained their cultural heritage and identity, resulting in one of the most linguistically and culturally diverse countries in the world. German is the most widely spoken language in the country, followed by English, Spanish, Italian, Polish, and many many more.

From the station, it was a short stroll through the streets of downtown Sacramento to the German District. I did not walk long before the multilingual storefronts and advertisements transitioned to mostly German and the packed eateries served German cuisine. The tantalizing smell of roasted meat wafted in the air and my stomach grumbled, but I had an important meeting first. The offices of the Northern Californian branch of the Zentrumspartei were easy enough to spot; although it was a rather unassuming modern office building, it was draped in the green-white banners of the party. After entering the lobby, I saw my contact, State Assembly representative Stefan Heitkamp waiting for me.

“Ah Mr. Chana!” he said in German as extended his arm for a handshake, which I took. The fifty year old gentleman shook my hand with some enthusiasm.

“I would have asked you to meet me at my office, but I happened to be tied up at the party office when you landed. I hope you don’t mind if we do the interview here.” he smiled sheepishly.

I shook his hand and asked him to lead the way.

We stepped onto an elevator and rode it to the fourth floor, where a secretary directed us to an empty conference room. An American flag hung on the wall, but what caught my eye was the black-red-gold flag of the German republican movement that hung next to it. After making ourselves comfortable, I pointed out the German flag and asked if they considered themselves Americans.

“Of course!” he said in accented English “Just because we choose to remember their heritage it doesn’t mean we aren’t proud Americans. We are loyal to the United States and no one else.”

I wasn’t satisfied by this answer and pressed on.

“Sure some do have a connection to their ancestor’s homeland, which I feel is only natural” he admitted. “However those born on American soil, only know America as home and nowhere else. Accusing loyal Americans of dual loyalty and treason just because they speak a different language is wrong and belongs in the past.”

I asked if any politicians employed such rhetoric.

He shook his head.“The last time any politicians seriously suggested that, it was during the Troubles of the 1910s”.

The origins of the United States’ policy is still subject to debate among historians, but the general consensus is that a policy adopted in 1795, that required translation of federal laws into German began this policy. However this policy created backlash among English-speaking Americans, as Revolutions in Europe brought more and more immigrants to America's shores. These nativist feelings fueled the return of the American Party (also known as the Know Nothings) after the Civil War. As the American Party pulled in nativist voters, the traditional bases of the Whigs and the Democrats began to shun those parties as they supported continued immigration, in part because it shored up their voting blocs. As their traditional bases atrophied, they pursued very specific demographics brought over by the waves of immigration.

By the 20th century, both parties were a loose front for the interests of immigrant voters, namely German and Irish voters respectively. It did not take long before other ethnicities formed their own political parties to advance their own interests. Meanwhile, the American Party became a party exclusively for English speaking Americans and continued to promote cultural and linguistic assimilation. As the political landscape fractured, it became increasingly difficult to govern the country. Tensions grew until it exploded during the 1910s, a period aptly called the Troubles.

I asked him to explain the events of that decade. He grimaced.

“When I was young, my grandfather told me of the violence that he witnessed. The street fighting between the English, the Germans, Italians, and the Irish was incredibly bloody.”

I asked what caused the Troubles, to which he sighed.

“The Troubles were the culmination of decades of rising tensions between the ethnic communities of America. It was made worse by the fact that the United States government could barely govern.”

I asked him to explain.

“The Founders were great men but they could have never foreseen the ethnic centered parties. Under the old constitution, House elections often resulted in the largest party consistently winning with less than a majority of the vote and shutting out everyone else. It resulted in an unrepresentative legislature and some rather angry people. That is not even mentioning the nightmare that was the presidential elections; there were contingent elections for 6 elections straight, each more contentious than the last. What finally lit the spark was the Great Crisis in Europe.”

The Great Crisis?

Ja. In 1912, the Emperor of Germany was assassinated by a group of Polish nationalists which turned out to be tied to the Russian Empire. By the end of the month, the entirety of Europe was ready to go to war and our country was ready to burst into flames. Even in the 20th century, many Polish and German Americans were still first generation immigrants and brought Old World disputes and animosity. Tensions that had simmered between the Polish and German communities exploded into violence and things only escalated from there. In Europe cooler heads prevailed in the end, but in the United States, the violence continued for another year.”

And the government couldn’t stop the violence?

“Of course! If the government was a mess before the crisis, it all but stopped working at the start of the Troubles. The Constitution made federal elections, especially Presidential elections, during the crisis nearly impossible. It took months before the moderates in all the parties finally decided to work together but by then it was already too late. It took until 1914 for the worst of the violence to subside. The toll was horrific.” He shook his head sadly.

And that was when it was decided that constitutional changes had to be made?

Mr. Heitkamp nodded. “It was abundantly clear to the reformers that the old Constitution could not effectively represent the peoples of America which contributed to the ethnic violence of the Troubles. At first, the reformers thought that it could be addressed with several constitutional amendments, but it soon became clear that comprehensive constitutional reform was needed. Eventually a Constitutional Convention was called and a reform committee consisting of representatives from the German, English, Italian, Irish, and the Polish communities was created. After three years of hard negotiations and writing we came out with a Constitution that we all agreed on.”

So what did you change?

“Well the original rights of the American people were reaffirmed, but the New Writers also affirmed the rights of the peoples of America. It was called the Second Bill of Rights.”

What did it entail?

“First it declared that the United States is a country with many languages and ethnicities which the United States is obligated to protect. It ensures that all Americans shall not face discrimination regardless of their ethnic and cultural origins. The key piece of it was that the government cannot favor or disfavor the use of any language over the others, ensuring that no language could be declared the official language of the United States and that no language could be suppressed. In addition the federal government was required to support all recognized languages and set about a process to do recognize it. It took only several months to complete the Second Bill of Rights. It was easy compared to the Census and reorganizing the government.”

The Census?

“Yes a lot of the reforms depended on an accurate and comprehensive census to work properly. In the new Constitution, they added a question asking about ethnicity to the census so the government could accurately track the total population of a community. We made sure to exclude ‘American’ as an option.”

I asked him to explain why.

“The former American Party and its supporters liked to call themselves true Americans, implying that the non-English speaking communities weren’t. We made sure to avoid the implication of a ‘true’ American ethnicity.”

What were the government reforms?

“The New Framers sought to ensure that the peoples of America would be fairly represented in the federal government. The House of Representatives would be elected by statewide proportional representation instead by districts, allowing the results to be as close to the state's demographics as possible. In the Senate each state, depending on their population, can receive up to four additional Senators. Each senate seat is reserved for the largest ethnic communities in that state. Here in Northern California we have 4 Senate seats, which are given to the German, Spanish, Chinese, and Irish communities. Finally to prevent the messes of the contingent elections, it was removed and the Electoral College is allowed to vote multiple rounds. The states were left to their own devices, but all of them reformed their governments to better represent their peoples.”

How well has the system worked since then?

“Well I argue it has worked out rather well, despite the political landscape of America significantly changing in the past century. I won’t deny that there were some major bumps in the road, but the system has ensured that the peoples of America are represented and protected.”

What do you mean by significant changes?

“Back when the new Constitution was ratified, there was only one monolithic ethnic political party for every ethnic group in America. However in the 1960s, this state of affairs began to break down as these political parties split or collapsed entirely due to ideological disagreements. For example my party, Zentrum, suffered a major split in 1965, when the socialists left to form the Sozialdemokratische Partei. Most of the other parties suffered the same. Today our politics are not only divided by ethnic and linguistic lines but by ideological divisions as well.”

I asked if he could explain the political parties.

He chuckled. “Oh dear.” He pulled a sheet of paper from a folder he was carrying. “There are many, but I can go over the major ones. We the Germans, have the leftist Social Democratic Party and the liberal-conservative Center Party, the Mexicans have the moderate National Liberals, and the Conservative Party, the Blacks have the conservative Freemen’s Party and the more moderate Free Labor, the English have the liberal Whig Party and the nativist People’s Party, and the Irish have the liberal Popular Republicans and the conservative Liberal Republicans. These aren’t all of them of course. There are parties for the Italians and the Polish as well.” He laughed.

Are there any parties that aren’t based upon ethnicity?

He paused and shifted uncomfortably. “Yeah there is one notable one, the New American Party. Bunch of naive idealists, those lot” he said vaguely.

I could tell he was dodging my questions about them, so I drew my interview to a close. I was supposed to return back to the Nutshell, but my interest was piqued by the mention of the New American Party. After spending the rest of my day sampling the local cuisine and snooping around, I was able to arrange an interview with a member of the state party leadership the next morning.

The next day, I went down to a city plaza to where the meeting was supposed to take place. It was another warm pleasant day and the square was full of people enjoying the sunshine, including a group of young teenagers chatting with each other. I was organizing my notes from the interview yesterday when the teenagers entered in earshot. I paused in confusion when I realized that I didn’t recognize the language and my confusion only grew as I recognized German, Spanish, and Chinese words. I was so lost in thought, I didn’t notice my contact, Maria Lopez, a 28 year old chairperson of the New American Party had arrived. I apologized for not noticing her arrival and greeted her properly. I was just about to begin the interview when I noticed her looking at the teenagers like I was.

“Do you know what language they are speaking Mr. Chana?” she asked in Spanish.

I shook my head.

“It's a creole language, one of many in the United States; the result of cultural interaction by the newer generations of Americans. That language that they are fluently speaking did not exist 50 years ago.”

Surely interactions between the ethnic communities is nothing new?

She turned to look at me. “Traditional animosity between the communities limited cross cultural interactions for decades, but that barrier started breaking down in the 1980s. Until that point things like interethnic relationships and marriage were highly discouraged. Especially marriages.”

I heard bitterness in her voice.

“On the rare occasion that it happened, the unspoken rule was that the wife and kids had to adopt the culture of the husband. Although many of the older generation still held onto their old beliefs, the stigma and pressure among younger Americans is almost completely absent. Interethnic marriages are now common and many of the young people growing up today don’t strongly identify with any existing ethnic group, if at all. I think you can imagine the problems that can arise in a country whose laws use ethnicity as a way to govern?”

They don’t fit any category.

She snapped her fingers. “Exactly! For a large number of young adults, they don’t fit in this political system that revolves around ethnicities. That is what the New American Party is for; representing these Americans as well as the smaller immigrant communities that have always been excluded.”

The other communities?

She scoffed. “Oh of course that wasn’t mentioned in your other interview. Did that person mention that there isn’t a notable Chinese-American Party or a Norwegian-American Party? It's because these communities are small and lack the voter base to win anything. Furthermore they cannot suffer party splits like the major parties have, lest they fall under the 5% threshold present for most elections. Even though they may seek their support with token offerings, the major parties are still focused on representing the interests of their own communities. Communities like the Chinese have been sidelined for decades, but the New American Party is changing that.”

What are your plans?

“Right now our biggest obstacle is the Senate because its seats are distributed to ethnic groups and as far as the federal government is concerned, a mixed ethnicity doesn't exist. To get around this, we are fighting to add another ethnicity to the next census in 2020. This new group will be called the ‘New Americans’ to represent the birth of new kind of American in this country. Secondly we will get the government to recognize the creoles as legitimate languages because it isn't just slang; it is the languages of the newer generations. With seats in the Senate and the House, we can bring a voice to the growing community of New Americans and the other communities that were always left behind. We don’t plan on dismantling the system as many of our opponents claim; for all its flaws it does well to represent the peoples of America. But the fact of the matter is that the New Constitution hasn’t fairly represented everyone and it will continue to do so unless my party acts.”

I slowly drew the interview to a close and was just about to bid her goodbye when she asked me a question.

“I know you visited the state office for the Zentrumspartei yesterday for your interview. Who did you meet with?”

I answered that I met a man named Mr. Heitkamp and that he was very pleasant to interview.

“Will you see him again before you leave?”

I shook my head. I told her that I would be heading straight back to the Nutshell.

“Shame,” she replied with a smirk. “I would have asked you to tell him that his daughter says hello.”

 
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Oh snap, gottem.

Is there any Native American parties? Or are they confined to the reservations, or a minority status like the mentioned Chinese and Norwegian Americans?
It does but its really only relevant in the Indian State (where the old Indian Territory is). The fact of the matter is that the Native Americans are a diverse peoples with such different interests, that they can't really create a coherent ideological platform. Its like the smaller minority parties, they can only exist as a general party that promotes general Native American interests and not much else.
 
EBR approved. Shout out to @JoeyB2198 for the original idea.

Vereinigten Staaten von Amerika
United States of America
Estados Unidos de America
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As a Sacramentan, I approve of the use of my home town as a setting. :biggrin:

BTW with respect to this comment, I still think this would be a pretty good system of government, but as I point out in the piece, taking it to its logical extreme is going to be a hassle for everybody and just piss people off.

Oh, sure. That's true for anything.
 
Empire of the Inka

Cusco is a divided city. In the center, the old town built by the Spanish over the old Inka capital. While unremarkable when compared to similar colonial towns in the former Spanish Empire, it is unique within the new Inka Empire. The old town is distinct even from the outer districts of Cusco, built after the Second World War and the recreation of the Inka Empire. In those other towns, many buildings –even homes – are made of clear glass wherever possible, giving outsiders a clear view within. Driving in from the airport – similarly made of glass – I did notice that the furniture is invariably arranged to obstruct as much of the view as possible. Many had dark curtains to cover the interior.

I asked my cab driver about this strange architectural choice, and he explained that the first Sun Emperor, Tupac I, mandated the use of clear building materials as part of forbidding privacy.

“During those days, the Internal Security Services would move all of that furniture so they have a clear view. They didn’t need to knock, because they had master keys for every lock in the country.”

I asked why, if privacy was made illegal, the Neo-Inka government did not ban locks.

“Too many robberies. Vigilantes were striking back to recover stolen goods. Too many people were dying.”

The car passed by some newer looking buildings, which were not completely transparent like the others. I asked about them.

“The laws requiring glass buildings were also abolished because they caused too many problems. They were structurally unsound, caused too much heat because they let in the sunlight, and gave normal people a view inside. And only Internal Security could be trusted with information.”

The driver subtly gestured towards the dashboard camera in the taxi, reminding me that electronic surveillance made transparent walls unnecessary. I took his meaning to be that his last statement was not entirely sincere. I knew I was being watched, particularly as I was a foreigner –an interdimensional traveler, no less – but I also knew that while I would be merely expelled from Peru if I were caught saying something untoward, the same cannot be said about the driver. For his sake, I refrained from straying to unsafe topics.

The “first Inka Empire,” or Tawantinsuyu, was a Native American state formed in the 15th century and conquered by the Spanish Empire in 1533. While the modern Inka state claims descent from its pre-colonial antecedent, the two entities have distinct origins. The new Empire of the Inka was formed in the aftermath of the Second Great War, which ended in the victory of the Axis powers of Germany, Italy and Japan in 1947. After the defeat of the United States by the combined forces of the Axis Powers, South America was left defenseless and largely surrendered without a fight. Two of the most powerful states in South America – Brazil and Argentina – joined the Axis during the last days of the war in a bid to gain territory and favor with the winning side.

We arrived in the old city, where all of the government buildings were located. For its claims to the heritage of the old Inka Empire, I found it odd that the Neo-Inka Empire’s ministries were located almost exclusively in old Spanish buildings. These same buildings has opaque windows; evidently, the government is exempt from the rules against privacy. I also noted that the number of conspicuous cameras increased dramatically; there was no telling how many I would find if I made a thorough search of just one street.

I made my stop at the Ministry of State building, where I met my contact, Mr. Saito Hernandez, a lawyer working for the Ministry. Upon learning of my project during my visit to the Pacific States, Mr. Hernandez reached out to me on behalf of the Neo-Inka emperor. He wished to clear up some “misconceptions” about the Neo-Inka Empire. I heard much about the Neo-Inka even in the Nutshell, and I still had a few visits to make in France, so I accepted his offer.

“You do not have to worry about your information, Mr. Chana. His Majesty’s government respects the privacy of foreigners. That is why so many of them come here.”

I privately noted that, apart from a few Japanese nationals and the guards at the German embassy, I have seen nobody who outwardly appears to be non-Peruvian. To be fair, I did not see many people out on the streets of downtown Cusco. Even the streets were mostly devoid of transport, save for the occasional bus, taxi, or other government vehicle.

Like North America, South America was partitioned between the European and Asian Axis Powers. Per the Treaty of Rome, the Japanese occupied all South American countries with a Pacific Coast. These holdings were later rearranged and regained independence as a series of puppet states, members of the Greater Pacific Co-Prosperity Sphere. Of these, the strongest was the Inka Empire, formed under Manuel Fernandez, a Peruvian-Japanese military officer who was promoted as a liaison with the Imperial Japanese Army. When the Japanese left, Fernandez became the Sapa Inca took the regnal name Tupac I.

The new Inka Empire modeled itself on its ancient counterpart. This included cultural symbols, such as reverence for the Sun. This fit well with Japan’s national mythology, and an imperial cult soon formed around Tupac I. Per the Neo-Inka national myth, the Inka emperor is the junior relation of the Japanese emperor, and both of them are descended from the same Sun deity. While the Japanese call this deity Amaterasu, the Inka call it Inti.

I asked Mr. Hernandez about how the Neo-Inka economy operates, generally. I knew that the Neo-Inka Empire, in emulation of its old counterpart, put control of all property in the hands of the Sapa Inca. Mr. Hernandez gave me a knowing nod.

“Yes, I am sure you have heard about the accusations of Bolshevism. This is a misconception made by those with a Western liberal mindset, and perpetuated by fascist propaganda. What is true is that His Majesty is personally the owner of all property in the Empire. How can this be Bolshevism, which rejects the concept of property entirely?”

I pointed out that the comparisons, while incorrect, were probably made in the context of command economy. What differentiated the Inka economy from that of the Soviet Union before its conquest?

“In the old Soviet Union, the state controlled the economy. This system is similar to our own, but there was no one man who could be held to account in that system. It was a collective system. His Majesty personally holds property in trust for us all. His wisdom guides us, in a way that a crowd of Party men could not.”

I asked how this system works. The Sapa Inca must be a busy man! Mr. Hernandez laughed.

“He does not personally manage it; even he, with his divine blood, cannot perform such a feat. The Ministries, in particular the Ministry of State, manages his property for him. But he is in command and he is responsible, at all times. He gives the Ministries his orders and wishes, and we find a means of executing them. And we have all prospered for it.”

What about the people? I also heard that the people of the Inka Empire were the personal property of the Sapa Inca. After asking the question, Mr. Hernandez became visibly uncomfortable. But he confirmed what I heard.

“Yes, that is also true. But that is a good thing. The Sapa Inca takes care of his people because they are his. The fascist leaders, they are abusive because they do everything for the nation, but care nothing for the people. They do not care if the people suffer because suffering is sacrifice for the state and the Volk, as they say. But because the Sapa Inca owns us, we are like his children. He loves us.”

Even before my visit, I knew I was not going to get much from Mr. Hernandez that was not state-approved. So I established a meeting with Father Tomas Cuevas, one of the leaders of the Movement for National Liberty. His father, Ramon Cuevas, was a Catholic priest who led the resistance against the Japanese occupation of Peru and later opposed the Neo-Inka. He fled the country for German-occupied Argentina. The Movement has fought a guerilla war in the Andes Mountains ever since, supported by Argentina and Germany.

“It is heartbreaking to see that oppressive pagan cult that has gripped my homeland.” Father Cuevas told me in Buenos Aires. I noticed that he visited me dressed in the white liturgical vestments for which he was famous. A strange look for a rebel leader.

I asked Father Cuevas what his biggest objection was to the Inka regime. Was it a religious matter? He shook his head.

“No. Christ and His church live on in Peru. That brutal tyranny may have forbidden all forms of worship except for their imperial cult, but the Church faced similar tribulations during the age of the Romans. The self-proclaimed emperor’s acolytes may try to watch every man, woman and child, but it is impossible. There are many churches in the mountains, where people praise the word of Christ openly. And I know that, even in the cities, people worship in their hearts.”

What, then, was his movement about? Father Cuevas laughed.

“Liberation! It is in the name, Mr. Chana! Not all of our members are Catholic, or even Christian. We are all united by the love of our people. I love my country and my people. They are my second love. Christ and His church come first, but the people are a close second. The Peruvian and Bolivian people are slaves. Except for their false emperor, the entire country is enslaved.”

I asked Father Cuevas to clarify his comment on slavery.

“I am sure you already know. Under the twisted laws of the Inka Empire, everybody is the personal property of the emperor. This means they have no rights; they are all the emperor’s tools or playthings. They are marched into factories and fields by the Ministry of State, told what to produce, and are compensated only enough so they can wake up the next day and do more work. And if they resist?”

Father Cuevas opened his mouth and pointed to one of his molars.

“That tooth is fake. It contains cyanide. Every member of the Movement for National Liberty has one. We have to, so we are never taken alive. The regular people? They are not so lucky. The Internal Security Services take them.”

I was hesitant to ask what happened to anyone who was arrested by Internal Security, but before I could make the decision, Father Cuevas answered my question as if he could read my mind.

“You are wondering, ‘if everyone is a slave, how is arrest a deterrent?’ Everyone asks that. While life in the Inka Empire is already intolerable, arrest is as close to Hell as mankind can create. The Inka have concentration camps scattered across the country. Our fighters have seen these from the outside, but they are so heavily guarded that we cannot liberate them. In these camps, people are forced to work, but the difference is that they are not given enough to live. They are sent there to be worked to death. And if they are lucky, that is all that happens to them.”

I asked what sort of offenses would get someone sent to a camp. Father Cuevas shrugged his shoulders.

“Anything. Nothing. Anyone can be sent to a camp on the Sapa Inca’s whim, because they are his personal playthings. If they offend the wrong person in government, they may be accused of this ‘crime.’ I hesitate to use that word because, while there are ‘laws’ in the books, these are truly just guidelines. Legally, they are non-binding guidelines. In truth, the only law is that the Sapa Inca can do whatever he pleases, and this means, to a more limited extent, so can his subordinates. Anyone can go into the camps, and anything can be done to them.”

I asked Father Cuevas why he continues to fight, if the situation was so grim.

“It is not hopeless! The Sapa Inca is a very old man, and his sons may fight for the throne. More people are joining our movement because they realize that they have no stable future under this tyranny. The international community, even Japan, is growing disgusted with the Inka. I believe that God and justice are on our side, and that is why we will win.”

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Before anyone asks, this is set in the same timeline as the National Socialist States of America, and will also be the setting of a future, planned entry (Ordenstaat Lothringen).
 

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Before anyone asks, this is set in the same timeline as the National Socialist States of America, and will also be the setting of a future, planned entry (Ordenstaat Lothringen).
The Inka State’s use of glass buildings to eliminate privacy is ... something. Also, how are the Inkan officials aware of “Western liberalism” in an Axis victory world? Wouldn’t it be referred to as “JudeoBolshevik plutocracy” or “Western Imperialism”? How racist is Brazil towards its minorities? And is the reference to nonChristian Argentines a reference to Jews? Finally is “Authoritarian and Anti-Democratic Forms of Government” a catchall for generically authoritarian forms of govt?
 
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Also, how are the Inkan officials aware of “Western liberalism” in an Axis victory world? Wouldn’t it be referred to as “JudeoBolshevik plutocracy” or “Western Imperialism”?
The Japanese are critical of both Western imperialism and liberalism. It wasn't a leap for the Inka to link the two concepts.

How racist is Brazil towards its minorities?
They're closer to the Italian model so they're cultural chauvinists.

And is the reference to nonChristian Argentines a reference to Jews?
Mostly irreligious people, but some Jews are in the Movement. Cuevas' movement isn't anti-Semitic and will take in anyone who's willing to fight the Inka, but they aren't going to advertise that they are keeping Jews safe because they don't want to burn bridges with the Germans. There are some Jews in South America, in spite of the pro-German governments being heavily pressured to arrest them and deport them to the Reich. The majority, however, have found a home in the Japanese sphere, particularly their Siberian client state and the Pacific States.
 
The majority, however, have found a home in the Japanese sphere, particularly their Siberian client state and the Pacific States.
Siberian client state? I assume that their first leader by any chance was either Mikhail Matkovsky or Grigory Semyonov (or at least some other White Russian emigre who was in Harbin).
 
Siberian client state? I assume that their first leader by any chance was either Mikhail Matkovsky or Grigory Semyonov (or at least some other White Russian emigre who was in Harbin).
White emigres, not Russian Fascist Party. The latter were considered too likely to become pro-German.
 

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rvbomally said:
their Siberian client state
Does this state include Central Asia? Also, are there any neutral countries ITTL or has Axis partitioned the whole world?
 
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xsampa

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A kind of government focused on “economic efficiency” which:
  1. Views military products as the paragon for civilians so you get Standard Civilian Rations, Standard (colorcoded) Civilian Jumpsuits, Civilian Barracks etc.
  2. Limits “impractical” jobs so no humanities, no psychologists, no historians (history except for the most rudimentary is eliminated as is discussion of foreign countries) with a focus on a small category of “useful jobs” (farmers, factory workers, doctors, teachers, engineers etc.)
  3. The belief that society is an organism with each of the (small number of legal) occupation a Natural Organ
  4. State-Owned Corps control the entire economy
  5. Names are forbidden - the emphasis on Productive Roles means you get an alphanumeric designation instead of a name e.g B16ENG2337: the 2337th engineer of B16
  6. A ban on calendars and any sort of date-system
  7. No flags or embassies
Would be an interesting form of Productivism (the superiority of the “productive occupations” based on different forms of physical labor) even if it’s not featured here.
 
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A kind of government focused on “economic efficiency” which:

as is discussion of foreign countries) with a focus on a small category of “useful jobs” (farmers, factory workers, doctors, teachers, engineers etc.)

  1. No flags or embassies

So it has no interactions with the outside world? If it's a rationalist state focused on having a strong economy, wouldn't it make sense for it to engage in at least some trade?
 
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