New Deal Coalition Retained III: A New World

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Country Profiles: Japan
The Empire of Japan (Japanese: 大日本帝国, Dai Nippon Teikoku, literally "Empire of Great Japan") is a country located in East Asia. It is bordered by the DPRK, China, Green Ukraine and the United States of America to the west and the Pacific Ocean to the east, and spans from the Kansakka peninsula (formerly known as Kamchatka) in the north to the East China Sea and the Philippine Sea in the south.
Part of the Pacific Ring of Fire, Japan encompasses an archipelago of about 6,852 islands, a territory in outer Manchuria and the Kansakka peninsula, with the seas of Japan and Hokkai separating the home isles from the Asian mainland territory. The six main islands (Hokkaido, Honshu, Karafuto, Kyushu, Shikoku, and Okinawa) are comprising 32% of the country's area and 91% of the population.
Japan is divided into 67 prefectures and traditionally into thirteen regions. The majority of the country's terrain is mountainous and heavily forested, and less than one-sixth of its land is suitable for agriculture. Consequently, Japan is among the most densely populated and urbanized countries in the world. The largest urban area is the metropolitan area centered on the capital city of Tokyo, which is the most populous in the world. Japan itself is the world's fifth-most populous country.
Japan's current reign, historically known as the Third Empire, was born due to the violent end of the Second Empire and the beginning of the subsequent American occupation. In 1952, the occupation and governing power returned to the citizens of Japan as part of a constitutional monarchy, still led by Emperor Hirohito. During the inter-empire period, Japan was ruled by the Liberal Democratic Party, which briefly gave way to the Socialist Party and the Left Coalition. Tensions between the various factions within the Liberal Democrats led to the split of the right-wing of the party and the formation of the Constitutional Democratic Party, or Rikken Minseitō, under the leadership of former writer and actor Yukio Mishima. Mishima implemented his agenda for Japan through massive modernization of Japan's social and economic order, along with an expansion of the military under the San Francisco treaty that imposed restrictions on Japan's military development as a condition for ending the American occupation. In addition, Mishima worked to restore Japan's national confidence to pre-WWII levels. He succeeded in persuading Emperor Hirohito to reclaim his godhead before retiring and vacating the place to his son Masahito. The new Emperor, an ally of Mishima since the beginning of his political career, has strongly supported these initiatives and has been a significant proponent of the nation's official transformation into the "Great Empire of Japan".
Filled with national pride, Japan joined the Allies in World War III in a surprise attack on the Soviet Union's eastern territories. At the end of the war, Japan was a major part of the new world order and gained territories on the eastern edge of Asia, such as Soviet territory south of the Amur River and the Kamchatka Peninsula. After the war, Japan had a brief series of border incidents with China, which felt threatened by the Japanese presence on its border. In the incident, known as the third Sino-Japanese war, Japan won but did not annex new territories. Today, Japan is a unitary parliamentary constitutional monarchy with the Emperor as a ceremonial, but influential, head of state and an elected bicameral legislature, with the House of Peers acting as the higher chamber and the National Diet as a lower chamber.
Since the adoption of the current system of governance, Japan has pursued a policy of partnership with the United States and the Freyist bloc but no formal alliance with any of them. Since the end of World War II, Japan has experienced massive economic growth that has intensified thanks to the stability provided by the Mishima government. Today, Japan enjoys a world-leading economy and a high standard of living. Japan is a foreign trade-dependent country because of most of the Japanese production, especially in automotive and electronics, is exported. Culturally, Japan is renowned for its art, cuisine, literature, cinema, music, and popular culture. Japan enjoys the highest life expectancy in the West, and at the same time, small population growth compared to Western countries.
With a small population growth, would Japan be able to colonize the new former Soviet provinces? Would they be able to surpass the Russian population until, say, 2020?
With a small population growth, would Japan be able to colonize the new former Soviet provinces? Would they be able to surpass the Russian population until, say, 2020?
The growth rate is larger than OTL, but still not large enough. The Mishima government identified the problem back in the 70s and addressed it by pro-family policies, but the demographic issue remained present. After the annexation of Siberia, the Japanese government encouraged people to move from the home islands to the new territories to settle them, a trend that intensified after the third Chinese-Japanese war with the aim of expressing a real civilian presence at the border. Most of the ethnic Japanese outside the home islands live in the major cities of southern Urajio and western Kokurio, while the rest of the area is sparsely populated by various farmers. On the island of Karafuto, formerly known as Sakhalin, and in the Kuril Islands, there is a Japanese majority with a considerable minority of Ainu people. The Ainu people experienced a cultural revival and an increase in their numbers in the post-war years. They are protected by law as a minority. In the Kansakka peninsula, formerly known as Kamchatka , the majority of the Japanese population is military personnel and Korudohama-Petropavlovsk, the region capital, is the home to the Imperial Japanese Navy northern base.

Overall, in the annexed territories, without Karafuto and the Kuril Islands, the balance between ethnic Japanese and Russians remains equal. Most of the areas transferred from Soviet rule to other non-Russian nations after World War III experienced waves of emigration, with many ethnic Russians and Ukrainians emigrating to the various Russian states. There's still a sizable Russian-speaking minority, but that's will be covered later.

The Russians who remain in Japanese Siberia have citizenship and voting rights and usually vote for populist Liberal Democrats. The Japanese government is still reluctant to give them legal protections and minority rights for fear of them supporting Pan-Russian movements. Despite this, the signs in the area are mostly bilingual and government discrimination towards them is nonexistent. Discrimination by private institutions still exists but not prominent. The remaining Russian population is torn between the elites who try to integrate into Japanese society through the adoption of Japanese customs and culture, and some of them have created and converted their religion to Shinto or marry ethnic Japanese, and those who are determined to preserve their Russian culture, mainly through Russian Orthodox communities.
Also, @Laxault2020, when would you do a political update on European countries like France, Italy, Spain and Portugal? I am also interested who would succeed Mishima, after serving the longest tenure of any Japanese Prime-Minister.
Culturally, Japan is renowned for its art, cuisine, literature, cinema, music, and popular culture. Japan enjoys the highest life expectancy in the West, and at the same time, small population growth compared to Western countries.
Speaking of Japanese pop culture, I recall a reference to a Pokemon arcade game. I am guessing that it would be more similar to OTL Pokken Tournament than the mainline games.
Also, @Laxault2020, when would you do a political update on European countries like France, Italy, Spain and Portugal? I am also interested who would succeed Mishima, after serving the longest tenure of any Japanese Prime-Minister.

We have a France update mapped out relatively soon and Japan will be interesting. The focus for the short while will be on map update like above and Bundy's shenanigans.

However, since you asked, I guess we'll have to do write something about the Mediterranean. :)
With a small population growth, would Japan be able to colonize the new former Soviet provinces? Would they be able to surpass the Russian population until, say, 2020?
The goal is less "expand the population to colonize these areas" and more "colonize these areas in order to lessen population density so that we can expand the population later." Which is why some cities in Japan lost a lot of population while the country's birthrate was still slightly positive.
The Harvest is Plentiful but the Laborers are Few
Luke 10:2


“Alright Mitt, now I don’t want to cause any trouble. I want to be extra clear about the status of that little investigation of our friend from Olympia.”

Nick Modi was a firmly practical man. While he knew that Romney didn’t have any intentions of sinking any political careers by making some sort of fake controversy, he wanted to keep at arm’s length from any of the dealings going on behind the scenes to deal with the president.
He was glad that it was Mitt Romney who called him. If it was someone like, may the gods forbid, Ross Perot or Dick Gephardt, there would’ve been a media frenzy. The McCarthy Trials would look like a normal day in Washington compared to what would’ve happened if someone else stumbled upon the same conclusion as them. Bundy’s associates in both parties would be pulled through the mud, and anyone who shook hands with the president would soon find himself ostracized from national politics. The Republican Party as a whole...
Well it was a good thing it was someone like Romney who brought this to his attention and not Tom Brokaw. Modi looked over at the television screen and saw a tennis match in progress. He wasn’t sure if it was the US Open but the competition seemed to be between two Russians, though the side of the screen showed different flags next to their names. The stands were full of people cheering their favorite player, and the audience was getting rowdy over their picks. Nothing like sports to give these new national identities meaning. Tennis was pretty big in Texas, though he was partial to cricket himself. The Speaker looked around the room. The ambient noise of the Old Ebbitt Grill would drown out some of their conversation, though it wasn’t like there was anyone around to hear. The restaurant was mainly frequented by higher-ups in Congress anyways, and at this hour it was usually empty. As he turned away from the TV screen, he was greeted with a manila folder on his desk left by a figure in a wide-brimmed hat walking towards the bar. “The results of the investigation”, said the man before he pulled up a seat near the barman. While he didn’t see the man’s face, Modi instantly recognized the voice. He was Robert Mueller, a man who had spoken at several congressional hearings in the past. Modi mused that he was angry at Bundy’s perennial budget cuts, the man was one to favor cutting corners to save a pretty... dime. He had, after all, championed legislation to put the penny out of circulation just two years before, citing their increasingly worthless value outweighing costs of production...

Nowadays it was the DEA getting all the attention (and the funding) for their operations, due to his harsh prosecution of the drug war. Though granted his department did get the scraps at times… Regardless, Mueller likely felt a duty to his country above things like funding struggles. Anyone put into that situation would. Well, maybe not Jim Jones. The man was as screwy as Bundy.

Modi cleared his throat. “So how many people are in on the secret about you know what?”

Well obviously the two of us, Secretary Trump, Mr. Mueller,” he pointed towards the bar, “and then after that, Clarence Thomas, and John McCain. No one else in either the Cabinet or in Congress knows the full details of the case.”

“McCain? Thomas?”

“McCain’s the National Security Adviser, and obviously Thomas is the Attorney General, which would be useful to have onside. There are a couple of other lower level people who are involved, but they’re on a need-to-know basis, mostly people doing investigations into Bundy’s past. Most of them aren’t fully aware about how this connects to the president, though the ones who know enough, Mueller says are trustworthy enough to not leak. They take the situation seriously.”

Romney sighed. “Trump is meeting with business executives later, probably to hint at the possibility of bearish tendencies in the market in the coming months. There won’t be a recession but the markets like stability. Well, I technically can’t act because of insider trading laws… I don’t know what to do, but once we do know what the course of action is, we have to act as quickly as possible. We’ll be slaughtered next November if we aren’t. You might even lose your district.” Nick Modi shivered at the thought.

“We’ll act quickly, I want this to hit the presses by October. We’ll have a full year to do damage control by then. I can whip the House delegation into acting sometime soon. Just give me the call when we’re ready to act.”


“Come on know something’s up... you can smell it in the air.” Mr. Jones was thinking to himself in his “rat hole” in the executive building, his dark corner office, stuffed with reams of papers, a couple computer screens,the perfect environment to meditate on the ploys of the permanent state in Washington, and to formulate his policy recommendations for the president. It was nice to know that someone took him seriously. He worked in the Rumsfeld administration in the past and they never paid attention when he sounded the alarm, but this time he had the ear of the man on the top.
He was in no mood for self-congratulation. This time, something more pressing was on his mind. Jones thought himself a perceptive man, a skill he honed in during his time serving the needs of the emergency war cabinet. He thought he could detect when people’s moods were changing ever so perceptively, when something was on their mind. He noticed it in the way that Mitt Romney reacted to the president… And now he had seen it in Mr. Narendra Modi in his last meeting. something in their eyes..they were like men possessed. Their minds were being weighted by something. He would have to consult with the president over the issue later. The question would be when the right time to broach him over the topic was. Better to be a little too late than too soon. He knew his timing was his best skill, and for all of the political cartoons, his patience was his best marketing skill. The best skills are those you never see in a man. He’d been underestimated and undervalued the last couple years, more so as his boss ratcheted up the wins, but now finally, he could pull one off all the “smart set”....

Set your minds on things that are above not on things that are on Earth
Collussians 3-2

July 14th 2001, National Enquirer
Ted Bundy, the Budget Slasher, Announces Mars Plan, Washington SHOCKED!
Also: Are these celebs beach body ready? See more on Page 3
End of the line for Belgium? Eastern European country places referendum on register. More on Page 5

“Just a sleepy Saturday morning at Georgetown”, Dick Lugar thought to himself. An end to a slow week, and the beginning of a rather uneventful day. It would be nice to take a walk if--

“Mr. Lugar, Mr. Lugar! What are your thoughts on the Mars mission? The New York Post wants to know!” A pretty young thing appeared in front of him.

“The Post! Bastards found me…” Lugar realized as he exited his apartment.

He sighed before turning to the reporter. “It’s like they always say: the Post always finds a way, what can I do for you Miss?” He let out a crooked smile.

“Mr. Lugar, do you think going to Mars is worth sacrificing other budgetary items?” And also: What are your thoughts on Bundy’s speech on Friday?

“Why didn’t I go to that stupid barnhouse fundraiser in Terra Haute this weekend?”, he thought. “Could’ve gone to see the National Orchestra…”

“Look Miss, it’s 8am...”

A voice called from inside his apartment. “Honey! Call on the line for you. It’s from the RNC, something about Mars..ooh I’ve said too much!” Lugar sighed. “Well, at least my wife had come to save me.”

“Well I’ll have to catch up to you later Miss… I’m quite sorry for the inconvenience. The Majority Leader has important business to attend to.” He walked inside and slammed the door shut, before breathing a sigh of relief. He had no problem with the bill in principle, and trying to tie up the bill in Congress would be unpopular, so passing a spending bill wouldn’t be much of a problem. But he knew by that moment that Bundy and his infernal “21st century politics” would deprive him of his weekend…

[A/N:This is the Mars plan mentioned in previous updates].


For a Texan, Nick Modi hated outer space, astronauts, aliens, the whole thing. And this was why. He’d now have to spend what should have been a productive week reviewing foreign and domestic drug policy arguing pointlessly for his state's honor. All because Ted Bundy had such a lack of foresight as to not specify whether Huntsville, Orlando, or Houston would be the center of this new Mars effort. Post-war, Huntsville had taken more and more control over NASA facilities, to the detriment of Florida and Texas, but to the benefit of Republicans in those states. Now it was time to prove that Texas Republicans could deliver. However, the White House had sent him a message not to alienate the “Bundycrats” in Alabama. “Great”, he thought to himself. “I’m supposed to be a miracle worker.” And now because of this he’d have to miss his...other...meeting, the one Bundy didn’t know about. If he couldn’t sort this issue out, it wouldn’t matter if Bundy did half of what he did. Without their main southern bases of Texas and Florida, Liberty Cons would lose the house for a century, not to mention alienating potential allies across the aisle. For all he cared, That Bundy Business could wait, not for long, but for a little while. And so it did. With any luck, this ploy would lengthen the time he spent as president, whether he knew it or not. Maybe he had some deep-seated unease about what was going on, but then again, who knew what was going on in Bundy's head?

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The Elders Meet

August 15th, 2001:
Despite the stuffy atmosphere of the room, it could be guaranteed that there were no wiretaps in the room or on any of the personnel of the meeting. One of the benefits, perhaps, of having the top brass of the FBI involved was that one had such peace of mind to speak freely. The dining Enclave Hotel in D.C. was a place accustomed to meetings involving classified information, and ensuring there were no leaks was paramount to the success of their schemings.

After the final clearance that there were no signs of a raid, the men sat down and promptly went to the topic of business. Mueller’s new file on the president was giving even more damning evidence. A Presidential steak knife had DNA that matched the remains of James Pope’s body after he had supposedly slit his own wrists and fell into a creek somewhere in Northern Virginia, after what police presumed was a business proposition in Washington fell through. The knife was about to be sold to a collector as part of a Bundy-ite revenue scheme, (selling collectibles to fund White House renovations), but had been sneaked away by one Agent Fitzgerald. Moreover, Teddy Nguema, the president’s mysterious confidante and protege, had been seen using a Secret Service car in the area where the body was later found, and shortly after the time of death. The witnesses were a group of drunk Georgetown Prep kids trying to make out in a “secret spot”. Thankfully the runt of the litter, a shorter, fatter, nerd- the designated driver of the group- was politics-obsessed enough to identify Nguema. Even more damning for the president, White House audio tapes revealed that Mr. Pope had made multiple personal visits, but not on any official agenda to the White House in the past year. Most assumed he was a “minister-without-portfolio” character, or just an unofficial adviser, though he had no official relationship to the administration.

More evidence came from multiple witnesses, who all recalled that Bundy had been visibly irritated after his meetings with the businessman. Chances were they had one last visit at his residence when the deed was done. A rather pretty secretary observed that Bundy had been especially flirty to her that night, to the point where she had to sternly, but politely, remind him he was married. According to her account, overall Bundy was “in the best of moods” the night Pope died. Given the evidence on Bundy’s mental state, one could easily connect the dots about what happened that night, which would explain his abnormal behavior.

Earlier in the meeting, Romney had proposed impeachment on the grounds of committing high crimes. He claimed it would show nobility and honesty that a party would be willing to impeach its own president, and that voters would remember that come the midterms. The men all looked each other in the eye, trying to read the other’s emotions. Everyone made varying sounds of approval before moving onto the next topic at hand. It was not discussed again until Trump spoke up. While he was initially detailing his plans to restore trust in the case that the nation’s economy was affected, he quickly changed the subject in the middle of his statement.
Trump began a tirade over how voter stupidity would make the announcement of these charges fodder for opposition ads, and allow the Democrats and Progressives to team up to “transform America within a generation, and turn us into the SFSR but with Giant Marble Statues of George Wallace everywhere”. While it was one of the more unexpected of Trump’s rants, given that the oil was running dry and that it was approaching midnight, it was quite convincing for most in the room. Trump was making points they were too afraid to say out loud. However unpolished he was, he made a point. “Besides,” he added, “I don’t expect many senators to cross party lines to remove their president.” Romney agreed.

However, while all the parties involved had many reasons why NOT to do this or that, few could unite this secret cabal, getting rid of this scourge of a president, as quickly as possible. America depended on them, whether they knew it or not. They had to strike while the iron was hot, or before loyalists to the president found out. The Vice President would know their intentions were noble, though Press Secretary Alex Jones would be another story. As for the people in the room, none of them had anything to gain politically by leaking to the press, so they all trusted that no one would do so. If anyone did leak, their political careers would be as ruined as everyone else’s.

It seemed that there was no more use in talking, so they agreed to adjourn until some point in the next month. One of the members of Mueller’s personal detail, who had been fully briefed on the events, walked up to Romney as he was about to leave. “Hello, Mr. Mc--”
“Call me Evan.”
“Alright Evan, what is it? Is it about this meeting?”
“Well, I was just wondering. Trump might have a point, much as I disagree with his aesthetics. We got to do something to save our democracy, like I don’t know…”
“What are you thinking of?”
Mr. McMullin eyed the room before leaning in to whisper in his ear. “Oh never mind, but you’ll hear from me soon.”

Before taking care of parting business, they decided upon the date that they would take action. September 5th.
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