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Political Roleplaying: Story 1, WWIII; Russia Left Out


Aug 18 2007, 07:27 PM (Post #1)
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I thought it was time to try something new, exciting and different here, political roleplaying. This is something I do a lot with my friends in the Comrade Crunch cereal and socialist club at school. One of us, the moderator (here, it'll be me for this first story) makes up a political conundrum, usually involving more than one country, We all pick a part to play, and debate it out to reach some sort of conclusion. Please try and be realistic and courteous, but remember, as in real life, anything can happen, even very dramatic things (but not so often). Generally we don't have new characters/groups coming in after the story starts, but if you'd like to PM the moderator of the story to see if something tasteful can be cooked up. Anyway, following is the setup to this story, one of our favourites, which is the exposition to WWIII, the variation of which (we do likes the big wars) involves Russia being left out, then benefitting. Generally, such a big dramatic premise as this is not necessary, but it makes it more fun, and less like a present-day debate on any old political topic. Here's a timeline of events that lead up to when the RP will take place, as well as a list of characters/groups.

TIMELINE

2011 - RUSSIA LEFT OUT OF THE MISSILE SHIELD GROUP
The United States (US) and European Union (EU) sign the monumental Space-Land-Air Missile Shield Treaty (SLAMS). The treaty begins codevelopment of a comprehensive, international anti-ballistic missile protective system. It is funded like nothing else before it: a budget of 1.3 trillion dollars is immediately alotted. Estimates suggest that construction takes no longer than 4 years. Russia, thought too far behind by the US and EU, and generally disliked as Vladimir Putin refused to relinquish his power when his term was up, and declared himself "president-for-life" inciting riots at home.

2014 - THE END OF NUCLEAR WAR
SLAMS begins operation, ahead of time, and the world watches as tests in the US and EU bring back extraordinary results: dummy missiles fired across the Atlantic by both the US and EU are destroyed at a 100% success rate on both continents. The world cheers a new age of peace.

2015 - ENERGY CRISIS
Chevron, Shell and Exxon-Mobil admit to having "overstated" recoverable oil reserves. The price of oil jumps from $65 a barrel to $200 a barrel. sending stock markets in New York, London, and Tokyo into an unstoppable downward spiral, reminiscient of the Great Depression 85 years ago. "Energy Security" becomes a major issue for governments around the world. Russia, at this point the world's No. 1 producer of oil and natural gas, has not any shortages and actually benefits from raised prices, spending the extra revenue on revitalizing a military that has not done any good for decades. Tensions mount, and the US and EU use what funds they can, sacrificing life at home, to match Russia's military, an arms race reminiscient of WWI and WWII.

2018 - MILITARIZATION OF SPACE
The US reveals previously secret plans that have been in the works since the failure of the International Space Station in 2009 to launch the "Freedom Star" space station into high orbit by 2020. It houses civilian research for the most part, but also has space designated for three companies of marines, along with apparatus that will allow them to deploy anywhere in the world within 90 minutes. International reaction, even from the EU, is extremely negative.

2020 - NOW
The Freedom Star has been given the go-ahead to launch from Kennedy Space Station in Cape Canaveral, Florida despite inflamed international opinion. Two days before the scheduled launch, a group of unknown terrorists attacks the launch site. The attack destroys the Freedom Star beyond immediate repair. Suspicions and tensions run high during the investigation of the attack, and the US, EU, and Russian Federation (RF - most of the ailing Middle East with its oil shortage has since joined with Russia) find themselves at odds. China, the most populous region of the world, remains neutral with its extremely large yet less sophisticated military. It has a booming economy, but it imports almost all its oil and has severely felt the effects of the energy crisis, putting it behind financially. RF completes development of its own missile defense system. As near-war tensions mount, a roundtable of leaders of all major powers along with a few unexpected guests is scheduled. This is where out RP will begin.


CHARACTERS
You will be writing as the leader of a country or group. create a small backstory yourself, including where you fit on the political spectrum, as this will influence the RP. If you just want to pop in later, PM me. Big actions like attacks and the war itself (if there is to be one) need a moderator O.K. so it doesn't get too loony, PM with what you want to do and how it will advance the RP. As moderator, I'll take whatever character is left, but likely none at all.

Essential Characters - We need people for these
Leader of RF: Vladimir Putin, conservative*
Leader of US
Leader of EU
Leader of China

Extra Characters - Only if more people want to join in, suggest your own as well
An Environmentalist who cares nothing about the politics of the situation
Any special interest (i.e. dissenter or even terrorist) group within a country or even an area nonactive in the RP thus far
Middle Eastern representative for the RF
Rep. for any country (or group of countries) in EU who might have a different view from the whole


*If you pick Putin, feel free to still make him your own with background info, it doesn't have to be totally realistic.

Ok, that's it. Reply here with who you want to be and some background (not a lot is necessary). Before you go and make the background for a character not listed here, please ask. This'll be fun. Make your posts substantial please, not too short, but also not too long as we want to keep this captivating and moving along. Thanks for making this a fun and educational experience! I'm not a picky moderator, and no one should be for this sort of thing. Feel free to respond freely to anyone else's post even if I don't give the go-ahead, as because this isn't live it'd be hard to coordinate it with a strict moderator system. Just for the big things please wait for me, as I said. I will also address all questions here or in PM. (I don't want to be sounding too controlling, and I am so not a god-mod, hope I don't sound like one)

EDIT: Fixed a bit under "2020 - NOW" where I forgot to finish a sentence. >_> (Oh yeah, no smilies in RPs.)

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Aug 18 2007, 07:37 PM (Post #2)
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This definitely sounds interesting. If this round begins successfully, it wouldn't be a bad idea to start a couple more with different scenarios.

Obviously I'm going to be the leader of China, trying to navigate it through this energy crisis induced financial crunch. When shall this begin?

Additionally, I'm having doubts as to whether this belongs here or in the RP forums. What are your opinions?
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Aug 18 2007, 07:48 PM (Post #3)
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It's what Spacebattles calls a story debate so yeah the RP section is the right spot.

Whats the status of tech like next-Gen fighters, Fusion power and robotics?
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Aug 18 2007, 07:57 PM (Post #4)
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We'll begin it in 2020, at a roundtable of all the leaders and a few unexpected guests (sorry, forgot to finish typing that.) Yes, I encourage more senarios, with different moderators, but let's try not to do too many at once unless they're very different so we don't get confused. I was going to put this in the RP forums, but it seemed like University material as it took a knowledge of modern politics and a degree of intelligence. I'd like not to let these get too far into the future, as they would then become too fantasy-like. Present-day ones are fine too. We can do future ones, but it wouldn't be the same. I must run now, I'll address everything else later. China for Jinghao, as I would have guessed. Ok. Conservative, liberal? Still socialist? Citrakite, since it's 2020, let's say limited recon robotics, but fighting is still humans, fighters pretty much the same, but many supersonic, hydrogen fuel cells maybe. That's not so important. This isn't really a war RP, it's a political debate. It can become war, but only after a while. And we can do a pretty good war story, the logistics of the RP will just change at that point, and the moderator will give the O.K. and HEAVILY moderate the war.
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Aug 18 2007, 08:07 PM (Post #5)
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I'm going to move this (with a linker of course) to the stories section. I will post my history as soon as I find some time.
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Aug 18 2007, 10:49 PM (Post #6)
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Sure, that's fine, we don't have enough people to begin anyway. I'm sure Albert wants in, but what would internet prowlers in China think if they came across this topic? Oy... anyway Citrakite if you're satisfied with my technical answer, please choose a character if you'd like to commit. It'd be great to have you.
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Aug 19 2007, 01:13 AM (Post #7)
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I think I want in. I want to be leader of China too. Perhaps a lesser role?
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Aug 19 2007, 01:36 AM (Post #8)
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I could be mean to Jinghao and say that you can have it if you post your background now since he hasn't... but he did call it first. I'll add something to prevent something like this into the pinned rules. I'll let him have it, since he called it. Sure you have a lesser Chinese role, but I'd have to wait until all major positions are filled before I can give it to you, otherwise this won't run. A PR person maybe? Or a financial advisor or military general? You can choose whatever you want, but we have to wait a bit.
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Aug 19 2007, 01:49 AM (Post #9)
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I would hate to want to play an American president. Perhaps I can be a Chinese American President, lol.
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Aug 19 2007, 01:53 AM (Post #10)
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That could work well actually... by 2020 that part of the Constitution which states that you have to have been born in the US to be president could have been amended. And there'd be the possibility of allegiance to your homeland or under-the-table dealings with China... unless you were born in the US... but the other is so much more interesting.
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Aug 19 2007, 06:06 AM (Post #11)
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QUOTE (originAL @ Aug 18 2007, 06:49 PM)
I would hate to want to play an American president.  Perhaps I can be a Chinese American President, lol.
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You can be that, or a subversive Chinese journalist stongue.gif
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Aug 19 2007, 07:25 AM (Post #12)
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Yeah, how about some cardboard buns, yo?
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Aug 19 2007, 05:13 PM (Post #13)
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^ I may be missing something obvious, but... what?
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Aug 19 2007, 05:32 PM (Post #14)
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If you search for "cardboard buns", you get this topic: http://originxt.com/node/16821
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Aug 19 2007, 07:51 PM (Post #15)
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Ah, your searching prowess shines again. Eshtank you.

And by the way, as ze moderateur de zis forume, I think I need to take some responsibility and say that all future posts in RP threads that are not directly related to whatever stage the RP is in will be promptly deleted. I won't delete those.. don't want to ruin your post counts.. xP (Je vais ecrire ca dans la topique pinne aussi)
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