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Union Bloc of Stockholm, the world's socialist alliance - Alexei B.Miller - 17.10.2019 16:02

Baton Rouge, Louisiana

The Republic of Louisiana traces its roots back to colonial days of the old empires. French explorers discovered a delta region and settled the lands developing a city named New Orleans. Over a period of time the settlers expanded upwards of the river and claimed the massive region in the name of the French Empire. For decades the trading relationship between Mother France and her colonies were mutually beneficial; the colonies provided the furs and the motherland sent back much needed products that were meant to further develop the colonies.

When the motherland went to war the colonies followed, in every single battle the colonial troops provided the decisive outcome that lead to french victory. However soon the motherland grew jealous of the military prowess of her colonies, she did not recognize this prowess was borne in service to the motherland itself fighting and conquering the native peoples of subjugated lands on her behalf. Eventually the Mother France moved against her children attacking the colonies one by one in an attempt to remove the powerful Viceroys sent to rule the far flung territories.

When the French warships arrived to the deltas of Louisiana looking for war they were met with silence, one by one the French fleet numbering 1,000 sailed up the rivers and were met with empty ports and harbors. It was as if the colonial Louisianans fled the cities in droves to avoid persecution by the mainland french. However one should hold caution on lands no native to their own. In similar fashion cannons rose out of hidden dug outs from the swampy shores of the entangled river system blasting away at the French Armada aiming at the mast of the vessels to preventing their movement. Mortars screaming from the thick marsh screamed towards the french battalions disembarking from the embattled warships.

Within 6 hours the Louisiana defenders destroyed 70% of french troops, destroyed 340 vessels, and damaging 70% of the rest while only a mere 60 managed to escape. Seeing as Louisiana was the strongest of the french colonies the motherland had sent most of her fleet to the region. Now it was time for payback, the Louisianans with their tremendous shipbuilding capacity deployed their modified trading fleet towards Mother France along with hundreds of repaired and reinforced warships initially deployed against it. A fleet of more than 1,500 vessels were deployed to rescue other colonies under assault by Metropolitan France.

As the colonies learned of Louisiana's uprising and campaign against the Motherland the colonies rose up and resisted the occupation by Motherland troops. This new Bloc as it came to be called demanded the Imperial seat of French power be relocated to Baton Rouge and all attacks against the colonies be halted at once. The paralyzed central french authorities had no choice but to agree seeing their economy crumble from the halt of trade with the colonies and the french military stand down against what would be a hopeless defense of Metropolitan.

Under the terms of the Nouvelle Orleans Treaty the French Empire would be reorganized as a People's Union State based on Louisiana territory. The People's Union State claims sovereignty over all these territories under the former imperial flag and also protects similar oriented governments in the world. The Union People's Party is the governing entity protecting the peoples legitimate rights to humanitarian care and treatment, and the Chairman oversees the administration of government and outlining the general objectives of the party and state.

Louisiana aims to build up a Union of People in pursuit of the common welfare and security, the pursuit of progress, and the deliverance of justice. The Union People's Party is designed to protect and execute that mission and the Chairman is meant to marshal its success by any means. Union citizens are encouraged to pursue higher education, develop a strong sense of civic duty, defer individual needs for the benefit of the collective. The Union Government directs a state capitalist type economy that strongly enforces its socialist principles but remains intensely pro-business despite its socialist leanings.

RE: People's Union State of Louisiana - Alexei B.Miller - 28.10.2019 13:30

People's Council appoints Blanco as Union Chairwoman

Baton Rouge, Louisiana

Long time political veteran Kathleen Blanco has secured the confidence of the People's Council for the 5 year Chairwoman term. Blanco has stated that her objective during her term would be reduce state debts, boost R&D funding, and to heavily support the expansion of 'Union Bloc' internationally. Chairwoman Blanco previously served as Minister of External Affairs and vowed to expand the Union's international presence. She promised to create an unbreakable union of free republics and free peoples whose missions was to advance human welfare and strive for human progress. Mrs Blanco pledged to not interfere with the private creation and direction of capital but warned that company's would always be required to observe constitutional economic and social protections for the people and the environment.

Mrs Blanco will need the immense capital of the private business community to unleash and further develop the Unions science potential as military enhancements are near the top of the Chairwoman's agenda for her tenure. The Armed Forces of the People's Union State of Louisiana were previously some of the world's largest but have floundered in recent years as previous Chairmanships mismanaged state funds and were grossly inefficient. The opening of a civil servant academy for all levels of governance hopes to resolve the issues of incompetent Union government in Louisiana by creating a culture of meritocracy.

RE: People's Union State of Louisiana - Alexei B.Miller - 12.12.2019 19:07

Blanco to expand cooperation with governments of 'socialist character'

Baton Rouge has declared it will expand active cooperation with all governments of 'socialist character'. This includes cooperating with governments of various types included closed autocratic or more open democratic socialist systems. Chairwoman Blanco former head of the Unions foreign relations apparatus often states that our socialist way of life can only prosper when like minded states actively cooperate and participate in building up the socialist sphere.

While Ms Blanco does believe in free enterprise, she is a strong proponent of state intervention in the economy when needed to protect human, animal, and environmental concerns. She has long championed the right of individuals to freely allocate capital as they please in order to gain profit but in responsible manner does not place its importance over those of the state nor human dignity especially. The People's Union State of Louisiana aims to be among the world's largest economies and world's most advanced states technologically and in terms of human rights.

In order to protect the socialist manifest destiny, Ms Blanco is likely to seek very early collective security agreements with other socialist powers both large and small. Efforts to seriously retool and rearm the military is being carried out, the Union's military industry is working closely with state bodies to carefully develop weaponry in line with state military doctrine for the present and future. The Blanco Administration has also welcomed cooperation with governments that provide for strong workers protections even if they are not socialist such capitalist governments and even theocracies. The People's Union State is a civilization which is internationally oriented and welcomes engagement with all peaceful states on the basis of mutual respect.

RE: Union Bloc of Stockholm, the world's socialist alliance - Alexei B.Miller - 17.12.2019 17:05

(John Bel Edwards, Union Bloc Chairman)

Union Bloc mulls reformulation of regional policies

Baton Rouge

Chairman Edwards has issued guidance to UB member-states to submit their regional foreign policies objectives to the UB Foreign Ministers Summit in Nordien this upcoming winter. At this Summit UB Foreign Ministers should discuss their states regional objectives, this will help to form the new basis of the UB's interlocking international policy objectives.

The Union Premier and his Council of Minister is tasked with executing the broad agenda for the alliance set by the Union Chairman. However the Chairman has pledged that while he's in power the voice of every UB state will contribute to the larger voice of the Union of which he is the physical embodiment of. In turn the Chairman hopes to make every government official accountable for their impacts on the greater union for good or for bad. Member-state leaders will be meeting regularly with the Union Chairman, Premier, and other organs of power within the alliance to determine what assistance is needed to transform their states ultimately into net contributors to the alliance.

Chairman Edwards goal is to build up the Union Bloc into an organization that serves the needs of its citizens and those in need around the world with compassion, and efficiency. The Union Bloc is not communism, the Union Bloc is about putting humanity first. We are created by the people, for the people. May the Union Bloc prevail.

RE: Union Bloc of Stockholm, the world's socialist alliance - Blue Wizard - 17.12.2019 22:57

Former Paraguayan President Fernando Lugo Accepts Union Bloc Nomination for World Leader

Fernando Lugo, Former President, Republic of Paraguay

BATON ROUGE - After relatively little debate, the leadership of the socialist Union Bloc nominated former President of Paraguay Fernando Lugo to be the bloc's candidate for World Leader. The social justice-focused Catholic bishop-turned-progressive politician proudly accepted the bloc's nomination. "We are going to fight for the farmers whose labor feeds our families. We are going to fight for the factory workers whose labor makes the products which we all use. We are going to fight for the people!" Lugo proclaimed.

RE: Union Bloc of Stockholm, the world's socialist alliance - Alexei B.Miller - 22.12.2019 19:46

Louisiana Legislature approves Jindal's request to launch cross-border and regional humanitarian mission

"It is our responsibility to ensure the territorial and political cohesion of our continent via responsible socialist intervention solicited on the basis of democratic demand."
- Bobby Jindal

Baton Rouge, Louisiana

The Louisiana Legislature has approved President Jindal's request to intervene into regional states on the basis of securing the socialist peoples and governments in the region. President Jindal and the Louisiana Council of Ministers have determined that allied regional socialist states have been under threat of collapse due to the imposition of military junta's and should be saved.

Louisiana as the world's 1st or 2nd most powerful socialist state and most powerful state in the region as an humanitarian obligation to protect the socialist utopia in its own very region. The Legislature gave its implicit support to the President and CoM intentions to launch a broad and comprehensive intervention into the Oceania region. The Duma bill also allocates tens of billions of dollars immediately to the government to increase Louisiana's military strength, and will also set aside the billions needed to modernize the states and stabilize their debts after the interventions take place.

Now that the Louisiana Legislature has approved the President request, President Jindal must gain the approval of Union Chairman which according to law all states must gain approval to deploy military forces in times of peace. Chairman Edwards a Louisiana native himself is the Supreme Commander of all Union Bloc military forces and has already indicated he would approve the President's request to deploy his states forces for the humanitarian intervention.

The Union Bloc Foreign Ministers recently met in Nordien to discuss regional policy formulation. The Union Bloc invited Welt Alliance representatives but no Welt Alliance plenipotentiary decided to show. As such the Union Bloc will formulate its regional and international policy on the basis of its own interest consulting the advice of continental states as individual states as we are not able to reference the centralize policy of the world's 'other' alliance. Nonetheless the Union Bloc remains open to engaging with the Welt Alliance on its policy perspectives at any time.

RE: Union Bloc of Stockholm, the world's socialist alliance - Alexei B.Miller - 27.12.2019 18:11

Union Bloc announces leadership changes

Asuncion, Paraguay

The Union Bloc Council of Ministers voted to appoint Fernando Lugo, fmr President of Paraguay and current UB World Leader candidate as the Union Bloc Foreign Minister. This comes on the backdrop of a highly competitive World Leader elections in which the WA organization is expected to win with a modest lead at the polls.

Mr Lugo is a well respected international statesman with decades of experiences in diplomacy and governance. Mr Lugo has a mandate to expand the Union Bloc's commitment to international partnership. Leader of the People's Struggle Faction of the Union Party Mr. Lugo is fierce defender of human rights and labor equality. Mr Lugo is widely praised internationally for fighting to improve worker conditions around the world. One of his crowning achievements was ensuring universal maternity leave in Union Bloc states, also the decriminalization of marijuana in his native Paraguay. The Union Bloc is proud to have Mr. Lugo serving as not only the face but architect of Union Bloc foreign policy.

The Union Bloc announces that Pavel Sikorski has accepted the role of General Secretary of the Union Party. As General Secretary Mr. Sikorski formulates the party's ideological basis and is responsible for proliferating party standards internally and internationally through International Union Party affiliations. Mr. Sikorski known for his sharpness and rationale mode of thinking is widely expected to maintain party discipline at all levels of government. As Party Secretary Mr Sikorski is the only official within the Union Bloc that can officially authorize a vote in the Palace of Nations to impeach and remove from office any member of the Union Bloc's government save for the Union Chairman. Mr. Sikorski is expected to focus on recruitment and ideology refinement in his first years of leadership.

The Union Bloc Council of Ministers is at work formulating a cohesive alliance foreign policy. Already the newly appointed leaders have been quite active in formulating and approving the alliances carefully crafted policies. We invite foreign leaders to liaise with Mr. Sikorski and Mr. Lugo to discover the future direction of the Union Bloc as well as their thoughts on global affairs.

RE: Union Bloc of Stockholm, the world's socialist alliance - Alexei B.Miller - 03.01.2020 23:27

(USGO Minister of Defense - Russel L. Honoré)

USGO Armed Forces primed to dismantle military junta in North Oceania

Pointe à la Hache, Louisiana

The USGO Minister of Defense General Russel L. Honoré has ordered his troops to maximum readiness as State Chancellor Jindal has given the order to wipe out the military junta threatening the socialist utopia in Northern Oceania.

The Supreme Military Council of Trans-Indonesia vowed to respect the results of the august referendum in which 86% of the population voted to become a state of the Union State of Greater Oceania. Naturally Pawtuk City was expected to formally surrender to USGO Forces during Victory Day celebration allowing Trans-Indonesia officials to transfer control of the administration while being guaranteed legal immunity for the sake of a bloodless conflict.

Now, Baton Rouge accuses Pawtuk City of allowing foreign intelligence to threaten and attack the leaders of the referendum and the Revolutionary Transitional Council of Indonesia in an attempt to rescind the results of the August referendum. State Chancellor Jindal has given Pawtuk City 24 hours to surrender to the Transitional Council which the USGO claims as its acting government in the territory or USGO Armed Forces will be forced to intervene. As the Supreme Military Council of Trans-Indonesia seemingly has no intention of giving up power, General Russel L. Honoré has been tasked with successfully landing forces on the island and neutralizing the Armed Forces under the SMC.

Baton Rouge expects markets to shutter as billions in shipping is delayed since sea lanes are being redirected away from the conflict zone. The Union Ministry of Finance and Economy has already announced it will issue $70 billion in stimulus measures to tamper down the ill economic effects of this legal intervention. The shipping industry which is expected to bear the brunt of the cost will be thoroughly compensated, Shreveport has been lobbying hard to have all Trans-Indian Ocean shipping to arrive at its ports and then sent overland via its rail network. However Baton Rouge must consider the future when Trans-Indonesia formally joins the USGO. African trade has been assigned to Bossier ports and as such Baton Rouge must more aggressively negotiate trade with Africa and support East Germany trade deals with Africa as shipping and receiving should be kept with as many Union Bloc states as possible. Baton Rouge maintains a budget surplus of over $800 billion dollars annually and will easily absorb the cost of any stimulus measures.

RE: Union Bloc of Stockholm, the world's socialist alliance - Alexei B.Miller - 08.01.2020 18:18

(USGO State Chancellor, Bobby Jindal)

Union Bloc Party Secretary threatens Jindal with lawsuit if USGO Parliament creation continues to be delayed

Baton Rouge, Union Bloc

Pavel Sikorski, Party Secretary of the Union Party has ordered USGO State Chancellor Bobby Jindal to complete the plans for the creation of the USGO Parliament. Mr Sikorski scorned Jindal for the legislative delay accusing him of establishing a one-man rule over the entirety of Oceania. The current power pipeline involves the states of the USGO fulfilling the "broad direction set by the state chancellor" this leaves the popularly elected USGO Premiers potentially defying both the legislatures and constituents that put them into power.

Rather, Mr Sikorski stated that the USGO would need to establish its own federal parliament that rules over specific and/or shared jurisdictions and matters of legislation with the states of the USGO itself. USGO Premiers should be responsible to their own legislature and own constituents and only need to not violate USGO federal and Union Bloc supranational law. The USGO State Chancellor is ultimately still answerable to the Union Bloc Party Secretary and the Palace of Nations and can be dismissed by the Union Bloc Chairman by 2/3 request of the future USGO Parliament.

This is the first time the Union Bloc Party Secretary actively moved to enforce party law against Bobby Jindal arguably the most powerful sub-Union level leader in the entire Union Bloc. Union Chairman John Bel Edwards a Louisiana native has so far not commented on the warning by the Party Leader, reminding his cabinet during a meeting that the purpose of the Party Leader is to ensure loyalty, responsibility, and adherence to the people and the party above all else first.

Chancellor Jindal for his part promised to bring the USGO within compliance within the next year. Jindal has ordered the creation of a legislative committee to accelerate the foundation of the USGO Parliament which will be based in Lafayette, solidifying Lafayette as the legal capital of the USGO. Baton Rouge will remain the capital of Louisiana and the Union Bloc. Mr. Jindal risked being relieved of his party membership if found guilty by the Union Bloc Judicial Conclave. According to Union Bloc law, only members of the Union Party may hold public office.

RE: Union Bloc of Stockholm, the world's socialist alliance - Alexei B.Miller - 14.01.2020 23:04

USGO completes construction of parliamentary complex, Lafayette to be completely redesigned and rebuilt

Lafayette, Louisiana

USGO State Chancellor Bobby Jindal along with Greater Oceania Parliament Speaker Vyacheslav Volodin inaugurated the Union States of Greater Oceania's Parliamentary Palace in Lafayette. The opening ceremony included a 21 gun salute and a fly over by the USGO Air Force. Construction of the Parliament building took place at a breakneck speed as Chancellor Jindal was under strict orders from Union Bloc Party Secretary Pavel Sikorski to get a USGO-wide legislative building up and running and complete with legislative authority or face loss of party membership at a Judicial Conclave.

Mr Jindal immediately put together a council for shape the powers of the new legislative organ and housed them in a concert hall until construction was completed. The USGO Parliament will have full power now to appoint the State Chancellor and the State Chancellor will now be forced to hold the confidence of the USGO Parliament. Parliament will oversee the federal budget, armed forces, foreign policy, financial markets, workers rights, and any powers shared or not delegated to the States of the Union of Greater Oceania or powers shared or not delegated to the Union Bloc supranational lawmaking authorities.

The new parliaments first act was to approve of the Chancellor budget request to expand the USGO's Armed Forces via the 2020 State Armament Program. The Program envisions a 3 fold increase in the USGO's Armed Forces, and the attainment of advanced anti-missile protection array assembled in all federal states. The SAP is expected to cost 2.2 trillion dollars over its lifetime and will not require funds from the Union Bloc exchequer. The Parliament also approved the request from the Chancellor to fund the Oceania 2050 Program which pledges to make the USGO region internally hyper-connected with major nodes of hyper-connectivity with external markets.

RE: Union Bloc of Stockholm, the world's socialist alliance - Alexei B.Miller - 17.01.2020 20:19

(USGO Vice Chancellor for Health, Welfare, and Pensions - Linda Reynolds)

USGO to eliminate poverty within 7 years

Lafayette, Louisiana

Addressing the USGO Parliament, newly appointed Vice Chancellor Linda Reynolds whose responsible for implementing the federal policies regarding Health, Welfare, and Pensions laid out the governments efforts to ramp up efforts to combat poverty within the Oceanian Union.

"We've committed to spending an additional 70 billion dollars annually to address the breaching social issues caused by rampant poverty. The tremendous efforts of several government officials at levels of government within the union have made strides to address this. However this Ministry will work harder to close the final gaps.

Most of this Ministry's efforts will be focused in Bossier which has made slow progress in reducing its number of starvation deaths. The nation of nearly a billion residents lacks the resources to effectively combat the issue on its own while also enacting important federal mandates. As such this Ministry will begin issuing assistance in the tens and if needed hundreds of billions to extinguish this issue once and for all. Of course Shreveport will need to maintain its economic progress which will eventually allow the state to be financial independent of Lafayette."

The USGO is the world's largest sub-alliance political unit with nearly 2 billion residents and the world's largest economy. State Chancellor Bobby Jindal is managing several initiatives to ensure the region becomes the singular hub of the world economy. A less widely known initiative is the Fortress Oceania concept which envisions the creation of a tremendous nuclear deterrent and anti-ICBM defense system to protect the socio-economic development of the nation.

RE: Union Bloc of Stockholm, the world's socialist alliance - Alexei B.Miller - 24.01.2020 15:44

(Oceania Union Allegiant General Enric Pryde)

Allegiant General Enric Pyrde appointed Defense Minister over the Oceania Union's Armed Forces. Replacing retiring legendary Defense Minister Russel L. Honoré, General Pryde has served previously in the Louisiana State Guard as Premier General. When the USGO and subsequently the Oceania Union was formed, General Pryde was elevated to the rank of Allegiant General serving directly under Defense Minister Honoré. The arrangement created a paradox within defense traditions as Honoré was considered a lower military rank than Pyrde, however since Honoré transitioned to a civilian role to oversee the military this paradox was largely informal.

General Pryde will retain his effective military rank of Allegiant General while dually serving as Defense Minister of the OU's Armed Forces. His new title while serving in the political post will be Allegiant Minister and he will control in its entirety the post of Defense Minister and Allegiant General. This arrangement is designed to retain the dignity of the officeholder while utilizing Enric Pryde experience as an effective military leader. Pryde will directly Vice-Chair the OU Security Council and directly head the OU's General Staff effectively serving as an efficient bridge between State Chancellor Jindla who serves as Supreme Commander of the OU's Armed Forces and the actualization of the Supreme Commander's task for the military. Allegiant Minister Pryde will now have little in his way as he builds up the world's largest military.

As Allegiant Minister Pryde addressed MPs in the OU Parliament, he stressed that the Ministry of Defense would remain transparent in its dealings. The Minister stressed that the Oceania Union under his protection as Allegiant Minister would become the strongest military power on the planet. MP's cheered the Ministers thunderous speech with Parliament Speaker Vyacheslav Volodin finally pledging that the parliament would work hand in hand with his ministry to ensure all funding needs were met to execute the General's 'Fortress Oceania' concept. The 5 trillion dollar Fortress Oceania concept is a sweeping strategy designed to ensure the impenetrability of the Oceania to enemy forces, the concept firstly depends on nuclear resilience as the front line deterrence, massive conventional defense, outward defense in-depth, proactive preemptive strike to move the battlefield completely away from home shores, and technological supremacy to ensure we maintain not just a quantitative edge but a qualitative. From the lips of Allegiant General Pryde himself "No enemy will be able to outspend us, outgun us, or out tech us. We rely on our economic planners and legislative officials to ensure a constant and unending flow of resources to ensure of this... if this plan fails it will be because the politicians in Lafayette failed to realize the gravity and necessity of this project."

RE: Union Bloc of Stockholm, the world's socialist alliance - Alexei B.Miller - 06.02.2020 20:39

(OU Central Bank Governor, Bruno Le Maire)

"Oceania Union must raise taxes AND maintain budget surplus to keep inflation under control" - Le Maire

Lafayette, Louisiana

Oceania Union Central Bank chief Bruno Le Maire came out swinging at suggestions that his bank would not increase interest rates in order to reign in inflationary pressure from the central and sub-national governments spike in spending.

Mr. Le Maire address a press corp at the OU Central bank Headquarters in Lafayette:

"The statutory responsibility of the OCB is to maintain price stability, maximum employment, and to minimize income disparity. As such to remain compliant with our base statutory obligations, the OCB Board of Governors is set to review if base increase rates need to be adjusted. Since the Oceania Union maintained a limited monetary union, inflation rates do differ in the 4 states of the Oceania Union and the OCB works with the central and sub-national governments pursue a sustainable economic agenda while executing our statutory obligations to the citizens of the Oceania Union.

To help avoid increases in the interest rates, the governments of the Oceania Union must maintain credible budget surpluses and/or consider increasing taxes to remove currency from the economy which increases inflation. Naturally the OCB controls the "broad money" supply of the economy by simply creating or destroying dollars but this is in accordance with monetary policy to ensure the economy maintains sufficient liquidity as the basis of growth. We will not remove dollars of the financial system merely to constrain government spending as that would have knock on effects to the wider OU, UB, and definitely the global financial system considering the Oceania Union comprises the biggest slice of global output controlling over 16% of world GDP."

The powerful Oceania Central Bank's sway reaches around the world. Since 44% of global transactions utilize the OUD (Oceania Union Dollar), 53% of global FOREX reserves are denominated in OUD, and 39% of global liabilities are held in OUD.

RE: Union Bloc of Stockholm, the world's socialist alliance - Alexei B.Miller - 08.02.2020 18:27

(Oceania Union - State Chancellor Bobby Jindal)

The Numbers are IN! Oceania blows away competition!

The National Statistics Service has completed its periodic review of the nations and the numbers are breathtaking!

The largest (and probably least surprising) facts are that Oceania remains the largest and wealthiest nations of the planet coming in at 1,541,354,237 citizens of the union which is 17% of the world's ENTIRE population. The next largest nations still lags behind Oceania by several hundred million! Also unsurprising is that Oceania remains the world's largest single economic region at 41.2 TRILLION dollars, the next largest national market is our northern neighbor and largest bilateral trade partner Heilige Ordnung at 31.4 trillion, almost a full 10 trillion dollars behind the Oceania Union. The OU comprises a hefty and GROWING 18% of the world's economy up previously from 16%.

Other important records are the historic decrease in starving citizens, EVERY Oceania Union state has ratified the Basic Income Accords with the federal government ensuring every adult citizen has a basic minimum income to help provide the basis for their sustainable development. As a result the OU decreased its annual deaths from starvation and poverty by 90%, there is still progress to be made to completely stamp out related deaths.

On the academic front, the OU remains at the forefront of innovation. The Federal Patent Office registered a record total of patents last year with a +7% increase from the prior years count. This is being led by small by revolutionary changes the education systems of the country. There is a federal plan to enhance academic output to help the OU retain its technological supremacy and serve as a global talent magnet by providing all the tools needed to foster and develop innovation.

Protecting these peaceful achievements are Oceania Union Armed Forces now the world's largest. The OUAF comprises the world's largest navy the Oceania Union Navy and the world's largest Aerospace Forces under the OUADF. Totaling nearly 3 million souls the OUAF protects primarily the maritime and aerospace approaches to the mainland. The OUAF are also deployed to allied Union Bloc states assisting with border security, anti-terror operations, anti-drug operations, and training and interoperability missions.

Coming in as the ultimate deterrent to threats against OU sovereignty are the Strategic Missile Forces, the SMF controls the Oceania Union strategic weapons service. Utilizing omni-channel control and independence of the nation's growing nuclear arsenal the SMF ensures quadruple redundancy of the nations "second strike" capabilities. The SMF is currently overseeing the expansion of what is already the world's largest nuclear forces by erecting expansive nuclear weapons deployment and defense infrastructure in every state of the OU. In case the central government is every cripple in a surprise strike and the federal chain of command is broken, the system is designed so that even the State Premiers in the capacity as Supreme Commanders of their state defense forces will inherit military control over their state based nuclear forces and ensure the OU can return nuclear aggression in any scenario. However SMF engineers and scientist with leading university's and technology giants are developing advance AI capable of fully controlling and directing the OU's nuclear response in the event the civilian leadership is crippled and the military's highest commanders are wiped out. The system would wait 3 hours to receive control signals from civil and military leaders. After 3 hours passed the advanced AI would network into the nations civilian and military systems and calculate the best way to attack the enemy and deploy surviving warheads towards the enemy. The system will also be equipped to monitor national maritime borders and deploy tactical nuclear weapons at approaching enemy naval and aerial formations to prevent an occupation of the state. The fully automated system is designed to deter nations from attacking the Oceania Union as it would mean the end of civilization.

RE: Union Bloc of Stockholm, the world's socialist alliance - Alexei B.Miller - 10.02.2020 20:08

(Enric Pryde, Allegiant Minister Oceania Union)

Oceania Union launches invasion of Pakistan for state terrorism

Houma, Terrebonne

Allegiant Minister Enric Pryde ordered the OUAF to begin engaging Pakistani Defense Forces and to target the civilian leadership of the south asian nation for the attempted destabilization and collapse of the OU State of Bossier.

The OU Armada deployed full steam towards Pakistan with part of the massive naval group deploying in newly ascended UB State of Motyro. Motyro applied to the UB largely due to the rampant terrorism the nation experienced from Pakistan as Pakistani militant endlessly disrupted the nations peaceful social development.

1 million troops from the OUAF deployed near the Motyro-Pakistan border awaiting for signal from Lafayette to begin the invasion. In mere moments, scores of helicopters, planes, missiles, and projectiles from the Indian Ocean Fleet smashed unassuming Pakistani naval formations and coastal defenses. Oceania Union Cyber Units suppressed and bugged Pakistani radars tricking them into believing that a massive naval formation was not amassing. The Indian Ocean Fleet suppressed radio communications from Pakistani commercial vessels instead transmitting pre-recorded messages to civilian controllers.

Nearly 800,000 troops stormed unto Pakistani shores meeting the 1 million man army on the border. Already the feeble Pakistani defense retreated and built up its defenses around Karachi and the mountainous north. Thankfully allied forces in Colomb are wrapping up their invasion of the neighboring state which provided materiel support in the operations to sabotage Union Bloc civil society will join the invasion after its fully secures the territory.

The invasion comes as Pakistani believing they escaped justice, triggered protest in the Union Bloc State of Paraguay. The Union Bloc has expended TRILLIONS fending off these attacks against our society and so far the Union Bloc Politburo has determined that these outpost of terror can only be eliminated in order to protect the socialist dream.

Allegiant Minister Pryde gave no comment on exactly who his forces were targeting. The elusive minister only replied "enemies of the state" and took off in his motorcade heading to Houma International to personally oversee operations from Motyro. Three massive highly modified Ilyushin Il-90041's were seen taking off and escorted by a massive complement of 30 aircraft 2 long-range flying radars, 3 to flying missile trucks carrying hundreds of air to air missiles, 3 aerial refueling craft, 1 air to sea flying missile truck, 3 transports carrying a full marine compliment, 3 transports carrying light patrol craft, 2 transports carrying helicopter groups and motorcade, and 11 MiG-35 ultra long range interceptors this is in addition to the outward compliment of 60 long range armed drones surrounding the massive aerial armada towards Motyro.

Rumors are that the Oceania Union State Chancellor, MSD Director Viktor Zolotov, as well as Union Bloc Party Secretary and Paraguay's Paramount Leader were onboard the flights. The livery of the three craft carried the seal of the OU State Chancellor all while the officials rumored to be on the flight have suddenly been unavailable for commentary. The massive potential VIP trip to the region can possibly be seen as a show of forces against terrorism, that 3 of the Oceania Union's most powerful security officials and 2 other prominent UB leaders would be on the same flight is also meant as a message to the people that its leaders will face down and crush terrorism on their own soil before it can reach the Union Blocs.

RE: Union Bloc of Stockholm, the world's socialist alliance - Alexei B.Miller - 10.02.2020 23:22

(Supreme Court of the Oceania Union)

Oceanian Supreme Court overturns Jindal's order to create separate 'supreme court' for the armed forces

Lafayette, Louisiana

The Oceanian Supreme Court today overturned an executive order by State Chancellor Bobby Jindal "On the Formation of Judicial Services within the Armed Forces" stating that the State Chancellor lacked the power to independently create new judicial centers within the executive branch without the consent of the OU Parliament.

"It is the opinion of this court that the Office of the State Chancellor overstepped its constitutional bounds with the misguided creation of military tribunal outside of the oversights of this court and the consent of parliament. As such the Supreme Court of Oceania clarifies that the State Chancellor must submit similar proposals to parliament in the form of a bill and following the legal process of passing a bill into law. The Supreme Court also reminds the State Chancellor that, in accordance with the Oceanian Constitution all judicial bodies civil or military relies only gains legitimacy when the Supreme Court of Oceania has original jurisdiction over ALL cases originating within the territory of the Oceania Union. As such the Supreme Court hereby bars all judges federal or sub-national from performing the duties as instructed within the State Chancellor's executive orders, and voids all cases heard by the 'Military Tribunal'."

The historic ruling by the Supreme Court effectively and rightfully reasserts the power of both the Supreme Court and the Oceanian Parliament. Critics have long lamented that the State Chancellor has moved to expand his powers at the expense of the other branches of power. Jindal is likely to hold off on any new major initiatives with this glaring legal defeat, Parliament has promised to reassert its authority recently passing a federal budget substantially lower than the Chancellor had hoped and against the will of the Chancellor ramped up taxes on capital in order to finances many of the Chancellor's national projects.

RE: Union Bloc of Stockholm, the world's socialist alliance - Alexei B.Miller - 13.02.2020 23:40

(URB Governor, John Neely Kennedy)

Union Reserve Bank praises Nordien for strong steps to resume fiscal stability

Strohlmoun, Nordien

At a meeting of Union Bloc central bankers in Strohlmoun the Nordien capital, URB Governor who heads the URB itself and chairs the meetings of the System of UB Central Banks praised the efforts of the Nordien government to wrangle its previous rampant state deficits.

"If I may briefly interject to second Mr. Klufkofen of the Nordien Central Bank. We certainly note and praise the efforts underway to expand the recent fiscal strength you've discovered in yourselves. Nordien as the second largest UB economy and third largest in the world is crucially important to the integrity of the Union Bloc Economic Zone. Needlessly to say that while the URB is currently under-equipped to render meaningful materiel support to the effort to reduce Nordien's state debt without fatally threatening the economic progress of our members, the URB is fully prepared to support Nordien in the latent stages of its efforts and the initial phases of the post-debt era. Once again please continue your important work in this direction, we will support you."

Essentially the URB Governor expressed solidarity with the Head of the Nordien Central Bank. The URB which famously charges only .2% of member GDP towards building its reserves is unequipped the support Nordien on its efforts to reduce its debt load. Rather the URB Board of Governors has collectively decided to support the economies of its less endowed members, to date the URB has issued trillions in credit directly and via the SoUC national central banks. These efforts have actually prevented the collapse of several Union Bloc economies. The Board of Governors recently voted to be more aggressive with fiscal interventions as the Union Bloc Politburo signals it will respond to state attempts to undermine the alliance with MORE union, more socioeconomic development, and more boost to defense initiatives.

RE: Union Bloc of Stockholm, the world's socialist alliance - Alexei B.Miller - 14.02.2020 19:10

(Oceanian Vice Chancellor for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Sergey Ryabkov)

Oceania presses for accelerated nuclear proliferation among UB states, offers technology and grants

München, New Bayern

Arriving in the newly ascended Free State of New Bayern, Oceania Vice Chancellor for Foreign Affairs and Trade Sergey Ryabkov interviewed with the national broadcaster on what New Bayerns membership would mean for its citizens, the region, and the world.

"Thank you for having me today Mildegard. I am so happy be here in München the bustling and cosmopolitan capital of New Bayern. We have chosen this city to host the Union Bloc's Foreign Ministers Summit and to welcome and immediately include New Bayern state leaders into the decision making processes of our union.

On to your questions, it is undeniable the benefits Union membership brings to all states. For one members are face periodic comprehensive reviews of their national economy and political integrity. These reviews allow the relevant Union Bloc organs to assess what steps are needed to bring the member state to an enhanced level of development. Sometimes this requires political counseling to encourage state leaders to adopt policies which will introduce a foundation for stability. Sometimes it requires considerable fiscal interventions from the Union Reserve Bank. In either scenario the Union Bloc works closely with national leaders to resolve issues in a way that works for everyone.

Regionally we expect the significance of the state to increase orders of magnitude. New Bayern provides the Union Bloc with even more reliable entry into the Mediterranean Sea via the Red Sea, Gulf of Hijaz and the Motyro Ocean which is essentially now a Union Bloc lake. Along with the imminent liberation of CS-18, New Bayern will provide the Union Bloc with a redundant capability to expand trade through the greater Western Eurasian region and North Africa. In addition to trade, the Union Bloc Armed Forces can seamlessly project force in this large body of water as well. The Mediterranean and Black Sea Fleets will be based on the navies of Nordien and New Bayern and will be greatly expanded. The Oceania Union will create a newly officiated Hijaz Gulf Task Group as an appendage of the vaunted Motyro Ocean Fleet and will be directly responsible for protecting the UB's sea lanes in the Hijaz Gulf.

Globally, as the region becomes ever more important to the Union Bloc as a nexus of trade between east and west. The state will draw hundreds of billions in foreign investment for the development of infrastructure and services to support trade. The Union Bloc as the world's largest economy will drive this movement. Already we have already wiped out half of New Bayerns national debt and will wipe out the remaining portion as soon as the URB approves the last tranche of funds. Crucially the Union Bloc is expected to build-up a very large.... even record military presence in the region citing its tremendous geo-strategic importance. Lafayette and Baton Rouge have already agreed to ensure that the region never needs for anything financially and along with CS18 with its ancillary importance controlling the Nordien Straits and thus any overflow trade that the Red Sea and overland trade through New Bayern to the Gulf of Hijaz cannot handle will be the largest recipients of Union Bloc development aid outside of the Western Hemisphere.

Militarily we have slammed the gas on the expansion to a fully mature nuclear potential, not just in this region but especially the Western Hemisphere. I cannot stress the importance we've placed on accelerating the development of atomic munitions in all of our Western Hemisphere states. Seeing as the Union Bloc has the unique capability of directing intensive atomic warfare against any potential enemies decision making centers literally within minutes. We've measures the distances to potential enemy decision making centers, if the Union Bloc is ever attacked conventionally or otherwise we will be able to bury enemy capitals in radiation before any of their munitions reach us in mere minutes. Therefore while the Union Bloc remains a close second military power, we will continuously develop this capability fueled by the wealth of our vastly superior and larger economy.

Today the Union Bloc proves that democratic socialism is the best political and economic model for humanity and that we will protect this unrivaled achievement with our entire national power."

The surge in support for socialism globally comes as other alliances economies experience anemic growth, social inequalities, growing nationalism, and a heavy emphasis on military power to distract from those shortcomings in there national models. This is why states have been flocking towards the Union Bloc, even as those states experience despair some organizations sit on trillions in cash holdings which is holding back growth on average of 1.5% annually. The URB which constantly analyzes the economies draws on average .2% of GDP in funds and carefully directs funds to nations in need. This allows governments to direct as much as their revenues as possible to social and economic development initiatives.

RE: Union Bloc of Stockholm, the world's socialist alliance - Alexei B.Miller - 18.02.2020 19:05

(Former OU State Chancellor, Bobby Jindal)

Jindal ousted following Lafourche collapse, elections underway

The Union Bloc Judicial Conclave voted to oust Oceania Union State Chancellor Bobby Jindal following the unexpected loss of Lafourche. The Judicial Conclave discovered that the Jindal administration actively supported Lafourche State Government's mismanagement of federal and union funds which were meant to help eliminate the state's wealth gap and help reduce unemployment. The bombshell discovery has led to an audit of the world's largest economy and has placed enormous pressure on the next State Chancellor to increase transparency and eliminate the shortcomings discovered from the Jindal Administration.

Jindal has been removed from Oceania Union federal government effective immediately with the Speaker of the OU Parliament carrying out executive functions until elections are completed. The OU Speaker himself in a speech to lawmakers warned that the body would need to better execute its oversight duties over the federal government, the considerable loss of military potential from the loss of Lafourche is unacceptable and the next State Chancellor will be held to a higher standard than Bobby Jindal whose house of cards suddenly collapse but could have nearly brought down the entire Oceania Union.

For his part, Chancellor Jindal is responsible for overseeing the rise of the world's largest economy and military power and should be accredited for introducing universal basic income throughout the entire Union Bloc as well as proactively pursuing a outward global security policy. Even with a new Chancellor, the Oceania Union is still expected to retain its foreign and defense chiefs. However greater pressure to boost domestic well-being will force the next Chancellor to chose between the world's largest military power and the world's most equal society.

RE: Union Bloc of Stockholm, the world's socialist alliance - Alexei B.Miller - 20.02.2020 21:55

(Oceanian Vice Chancellor for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Sergey Ryabkov)

Impossible for 'unsustainable' growth model of Heilige Ordnung to surpass Oceania - Ryabkov

Lafayette, Oceania Union

The Oceania Union Vice Chancellor overseeing Foreign Relations and Trade has expressed doubts that Heilige Ordnung can keep and hold the economic top spot. Vice Chancellor Ryabkov gave his remarks in an exclusive interview with OCNBC (Oceanian Consumer News and Business Channel).

OCNBC: Vice Chancellor thank you for being with us today. Analyst have predicted that Heilige Ordnung could exceed the combined GDP of the Oceania Union within the next 3 to 5 years if growth rates remain constant. What are your thoughts?

Ryabkov: Thank you for having me... and well yes I have seen the reports. Frankly I do not need see a risk whether or not Heilige Ordnung surpasses the Oceania Union or not. Simply speaking, the state relies on high levels of government spending to maintain or even increase its annual output. Yes, the nations labor productivity is marginally increasing by a substantial portion of the nation's rising output is related to an increase in aggregate demand from the state itself.

OCNBC: I see, but you know better than I that state's do actively participate in the economy. This is completely normal for state's government to participate in the economic life of the nation. You mentioned that the model was unsustainable. Can you further elaborate?

Ryabkov: Yes this is all well true. However Heilige Ordnung state driven economic expansion is actually debt fueled. We know this because the Government Heilige Ordnung largest bond holder is actually Oceanian investors including the Oceania Central Bank holding 3.4 trillion in Heilige Ordnung government bonds... we expect this sum to increase indefinitely since Heilige Ordnung middle class is already heavily indebted and cannot support much more expansion in consumption.

Naturally without reform to its policies, including its budget policy household, and institutional investors alike will begin to reduce bond purchases believing the government will be unable to service its debt obligations. And since their middle class is already stretched, an increase on their already high taxes will further depress spending and may even led to a recession. The Union Reserve Bank is expected to begin introducing regulations on Heilige Ordnung issuing debt on Union Markets in order to limit Union Bloc investors exposure to a worse case scenario from Heilige Ordnung cancelling its state debts would would have world reaching consequences.

OCNBC: Thank you for such a detailed scenario. Is there anything the Oceania Union can do to ensure it remains at the top? I know that newly elected State Chancellor Landrieu campaigned essentially on increasing the state's presence in the economy. Is this the Oceania Union heading towards the same path of an over-sized state presence in the economy?

Ryabkov: What Chancellor Landrieu has proposed is increasing the state's presence in the strategic sectors of the economy. Namely defense which is already considerable, aerospace technologies, education, and IT. These fields are capital intensive and despite having the world's deepest capital markets, state directed market influence is needed to ensure of Oceania's long-term competitiveness.

Further, while Oceania may briefly lapse into deficit spending we must note that we have the world's deepest capital markets at the most competitive interest rates. However the state has not reached what economist would call its "tax ceiling" meaning the maximum amount of revenue that can be collected at any given tax rate that will not disrupt economic growth. This figure is dynamic for all countries and the high growth in disposable income is constantly pushing this factor up for us. However there must be balance between taxing individuals and taxing capital gains and goods and services. The Parliament has signaled that it will not continue increasing taxes on individuals and demands enterprises and investors pay upwards of 5% to 7% of their capital earnings to fund government. Theoretically bringing in an additional hundreds of billions into state coffers without sapping economic growth or needing to deficit spend.

Combined with responsible policy formulation and the continued development of our citizens potential i.e. labor productivity and the better rendering and enhancement of public services we expect continued growth for the foreseeable future. Sustainable growth, not debt fueled growth. Ultimately Oceania is literally poised to remain the world's economic center for the foreseeable future.

OCNBC: Thank you for your time Vice Chancellor

Ryabkov: Thank you for having me

RE: Union Bloc of Stockholm, the world's socialist alliance - Alexei B.Miller - 02.04.2020 02:24

(Jay Dardenne, Vice Chancellor for Finance and Economy)

Oceania Union regains the global economic top spot, officials scramble to retain vaunted position

Lafayette, Oceania Union

The Oceania Union has regained the economic top spot after being cast to second place for the last couple of years due to the ragging effects of the COVID-19 virus that swept across the planet. The Oceania Union being the center of the global economy and a hyper-connected transit node both internally and globally never stood a chance at stopping the infections from spreading through the nation before officials were finally able to halt the virus.

Unfortunately the virus wiped out hundreds of millions of Oceanians, over a billion citizens globally, and cost several states their territorial and political integrity. The Oceania Union which for a brief span of time was a Union on who the sun never set. Now the Oceania Union exist as a collection of fragmented territories with the exception of Great Louisiana which has always served as the central core of the union and remains the strongest of all the union regions.

Despite spending trillions in a failed attempt to retain even a semblance of the union's original territorial breath, the Oceania Union has lost roughly 46% of its territory to lands now infected by the virus and whose populace was sacrificed for the benefit of the whole. While Lafayette still maintains adequate government services to the millions of surviving residents, those residents can realistically never return normalized Oceanian society. We currently see movements to allow these regions to form their own separate government from the Oceania Union, however Lafayette has declined such banter hoping to eventually reclaim these regions after a cure is discovered. Further many of the regions contain precious mineral resources crucial for the advanced Oceanian industry that was spared being largely already based in Louisiana far from the troubles of the virulent outbreak.

Lafayette is undergoing an expansive economic redevelopment program designed to strengthen Great Louisiana's economy and redirect transit routes from virus exposed territory to routes that completely surpass them. Key points will be redeveloped to receive minerals extracted from these territories, at these points goods will also be distributed to the infected population. Lafayette will be boosting healthcare spending in all regions to strengthen the nations healthcare infrastructure to ensure this never happens again, while hospitals in the infected region will be reclaimed and will service the population in that region.

Advances in automation and robotics, along with breakthroughs from Oceania's extensive space program will ensure that the regions remains the central node of the global economy. Combined with efforts to shift some supply chains to other Union Bloc states, Oceania is confident that it will continue to steer itself and the Union Bloc back into an era of prosperity and success. We stand united, we are the Union Bloc of Socialist States.

RE: Union Bloc of Stockholm, the world's socialist alliance - Alexei B.Miller - 13.04.2020 18:34

(Union Bloc Chairman, John Bel Edwards)

Union Bloc chairman calls for alliance wide defense hike

"The Union Bloc will be prepared for any fight with any enemy, the Red Army will ensure of this Union's longevity and the sovereignty of the working man!"

Baton Rouge, Union Bloc

In a booming speech to the Palace of Nations, Union Bloc Chairman John Bel Edwards issued a new mandate to the world's largest socialist alliance.

"Compatriots! The time has come the imperialist yoke attempt to consolidate their borders, they attempt to enslave the working man, they desire to stamp out any competition in their corrupting quest for power!

Well I say that the Union Bloc will rise to the occasion once again as it bravely as in the past! I have signed an executive order to ramp up capability of the Red Army 3 fold, 30% of this increase will come via the Oceania Armed Forces due to their being the world's largest economy and the world's largest budget surplus. My friend State Chancellor Landrieu has personally assured me that he will immediately increase his defense expenditure by 700 billion and 1 trillion annually for the next 5 years.

The Union Bloc will be updating its military structure to include an updated Security Council that will include the national commanders in chief as well as their defense ministers. The national commanders in chiefs along with myself will decide the Uion's military policies and objectives within a Steering Committee with the national defense ministers working out what's needed to effect those goals and what will be needed to achieve those aims in a separate Strategic Conclave... next after the Conclave submits what's needed back to the Steering Committee, the Committee will then submit the proposal for review by the Treasury sub-committee to be packaged as a funding bill to the Palace of Nations and to the individual national parliaments of the member-states. The Palace of Nations is expected to provide bridge funding for up to 40% of the new cost to national militaries via transfers.

The Union Bloc is expected to channel up to 10 trillion in new defense expenditures within the next 5 years. The Oceania Union has already vowed to account for at least 30% of that requirement but likely can absorb at least 50% of the cost and 70% of the cost without serious economic damage in the short-term."

The Union Bloc is the world's largest economy and the world's 2nd largest economy. The socialist bloc began cutting defense spending in recent year citing the growing peace in the world. Now however the socialist world is firing up its defense industry with trillions in fresh spending and the imperialist yoke unleash their hellish fury upon the world's innocent.

RE: Union Bloc of Stockholm, the world's socialist alliance - Alexei B.Miller - 20.04.2020 22:22

(Oceania Naval Ship Ashana Class Frigate)

Oceania Union renames newly christened ship class after Ashana

Brusnwick, New Acadia, Oceania Union

The Oceanian Naval Forces have renamed a newly built class of space frigates in honor of new strategic partner and prospective Union Bloc member Ashana. The Ashana class frigates are a smaller class designed smaller than the typical frigate for the Oceanian Navy. This class was primary designed for cargo escort between Earth - Moon orbit and for receiving and departing missions between Moon - Mars orbit.

The vessels smaller sized was designed to allow for them to be concealed within larger cargo fleets. Raider swarms are to be lured into the ships approach zone where the frigates will emerge from the cargo fleet to engage their highly sophisticated EM attacks and to disable pirate ship targeting systems and overwhelm their computer systems. This will prevent raider vessels from countering the frigates plasma rails.

The ship despite its small size comes with a powerful power plant, coming fully loaded with 1 primary and a secondary fusion reactor to give crew additional options when engaging enemy targets. The vessel was primary designed for defense of local space and attacking raider bases in the asteroid belt.

The Oceania Union is designing new ship classes and producing modernized designs of established classes to be named after Union Bloc states and current and former regions of the Oceania Union itself. Lafayette is currently constructing Bossier-class Battleships in honor of the Union's former territory that had over a billion citizens. The Battleships will be largest and most advanced space faring vessels ever fielded by any nation and will unlikely be surpassed in size for at-least 30 years due to the lack of sufficient infrastructure, technology, and finance to create such class vessels.

Most nations will continue to produce frigate and rarely a cruiser class due to the extreme cost of such production that only the Oceania Union can afford due to its tremendous economic clout. Further Oceania heavily controls the critical minerals and technology needed to produce these vessels. The remaining other superpowers have so far failed to manifest the political will needed to conjure up the funds to begin to compete with Oceania in this area. These nations have instead decided to focus on creating scores of inferior classed vessels in the hopes of overwhelming the smaller but vastly technologically superior Oceanian Space Forces. Lafayette is spending hundreds of billions to upgrade the shipyards of other Union Bloc states in the hopes of accelerating the production of other ships that will protect the primary Oceanian fleet. The Oceania Union offers technology transfer of critical technologies to help Union Bloc allies gain production independence for their own space forces.

RE: Union Bloc of Stockholm, the world's socialist alliance - Alexei B.Miller - 04.05.2020 17:33

(Jay Dardenne, Vice Chancellor for Finance and Economy)

Oceania Union mulls 10 trillion in debt relief to allies

Lafayette, OU

Lafayette has recognized that additional financial relief required by it's allies. As such the Oceanian Parliament is set to debate a large aid program with fairly strict terms. Lafayette will commit to upwards of 10 trillion in debt relief, and the below conditions will be requested that applicant nation implement.

  • Average Tax Rate of 35% (or a legal promise to increase it to over time)
  • Re-direct savings (If debt completely wiped out) to military
  • Forgo URB Rebate for 8 Quarters (these funds will be earmarked to denied applicants)
  • Detailed Fiscal Reform Plan (We believe that most allies can credibly restore their solvency after the fiscal intervention)

Further some allies may receive conditional approvals, for instance a nation's whose popularity is severely eroded may not be approved for the full debt forgiveness program. So if a nation request 3 trillion in debt relief and their popularity is negative or shows other signs of imminent collapse the Program Director may decide to approve all of some of relief based on performance targets that will be set. This is to protect Oceanian taxpayers and ensure nation's have a greater motivation to ensure the longevity of the government which is the objective of the program. Allies will also have to acknowledge that failure to meet the conditions will mean that they will have to repay a portion of the debt relief up to 50%.

The move is unprecedented in regards to intra-alliance aid. Oceania as the world's economic hegemon is taking additional steps to protect the solvency of the alliance. Lafayette is boosting economic development measures to ensure it remains the world's largest national economy and to ensure it can finance its broad interest such as military development. The Oceanian budget is expected to dip into deficit for the next 10 years as Lafayette prepares to jack up spending tremendously to retain its international position.

Lafayette has notified the Union Bloc that as a result of this program, it will revise down its military spending commitments by at least 20% to fund this program. Lafayette expects remaining Union Bloc allies to pick up the remaining balance on the cost of the Rearmament Program ordered by the UB Chairman. Lafayette will also no longer commit to additional alliance-wide spending or bilateral debt guarantees to nation's outside the borders of the former Oceanian Union space. Lafayette is preparing for the latest round of Great Power competition as the sole remaining superpower outside the WRG, the OU is determined to rise as the world's most powerful nation while retaining its vaunted economic status.

RE: Union Bloc of Stockholm, the world's socialist alliance - Alexei B.Miller - 15.05.2020 18:28

(Michael McCormack, Vice Chancellor for for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development)

ITR Vice Chancellor boast of big quality of life enhancements to citizens and off-world colonist

L'Assomption Space Elevator, New Lafourche

Michael McCormack, the Vice Chancellor for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development has announced that the government has approved appropriations to massively enhance the nation's infrastructure and transport capacity in order to strengthen regional development. Naturally these improvements will also support the government's larger objective of sustaining economic growth to support overarching military dominance.

The Vice Chancellor stated that an additional 3 trillion has been approved to construct government owned civil lunar bases in contrast to the vast array of military and private civilian settlements sprawling the moon and mars. The additional capacity introduced by the government will complement private and military efforts to develop and militarize the Oceania Union's outer space presence.

500B has been approved to construct asteroid belt logistic staging stations. A total of 2 have approved with a 3rd nearly completed with the cost assessment phase as this station will essentially support the region of the belt that provides little reach to the outer solar system; yet will provide logistical support to support mining operations in the region. Lastly, 50 billion has been approved to support operations with other government departments for marketing support for space tourism already a trillion dollar industry.

The government will not further increase taxes to support these programs and will instead reach into capital markets to finance the deficit, the Oceanian Central Bank will also provide liquidity support to the government to fund the civil ventures. The moves are expected to cost 3 trillion but yield over 10 trillion in economic activity and will take less than 7 years to pay for themselves.

Earth-side, the Chancellery is moving to explore approving additional licenses for seafloor and sea surface developments. The Oceania Union currently maintains the world's largest collection of ocean cities with Pacifica and Oceania City being the largest housing 5.4 million residents. 300 billion will be provided in capital to support the expansion of these cities as well as underground cities will receive a massive 1 trillion dollar development grant.

The purpose of these efforts to disperse the population and ramp up infrastructure is to help the nation survive any potential atomic campaign against it. Further dispersing the nations already massive population of nearly 400 million citizens will also frustrate any attempt to invade and occupy Oceanian territory. Lafayette is quietly preparing steps to mitigate the ill effects of nuclear war on its territory. While the world is going through a prolonged cold war, the specter of nuclear warfare hasn't escaped us. While the Union Bloc has vowed to never deploy its atomic arsenal first it aggressively protects its multi-wave strike capability. The Oceania Union and the Union Bloc has always and continues to maintain and aggressive defensive strategy preferring to maintain layered defensive networks, with additional multilayered strong holds layered around individual defense centers that ultimately are designed to protect the core region comprising the Lafayette - Baton Rouge - New Orleans megalopolis housing 120 million citizens.

RE: Union Bloc of Stockholm, the world's socialist alliance - Alexei B.Miller - 16.05.2020 03:26

Union Bloc Commission for External Trade orders members to only accept local currency for trade with Heiluge Ordnung

The Oceanian Dollar currently the lynchpin of international trade being the medium of exchange for 77% of global supply chains, 60% of intra-Union trade, and 80% of Union Bloc external trade is indisputably the world's most powerful currency. The move by the UCE is seen as an additional tool to blunt the economic influence of Heiluge Ordnung within Asia Pacific a region long claimed by the Oceania Union and Colomb as a region of mutual significance.

The effects of the move will largely force Heiluge Ordnung to not only comply with the Union Bloc's stringent labor rules governing how workers producing goods and services bound to the Union Bloc just be treated, but will now also require the Union Bloc dependent economy of Heiluge Ordnung to hold trillions in Oceanian Dollars, Colomb Reals, Ashanischer Dollar, and the Motyro Pirapire in order to conduct trade with the region.

Since further abroad markets cannot replace the demand the regional Union Bloc states provide to Heiluge Ordnungs markets it leaves the nation little choice but to comply. The effect of this move will be to seriously blunt the economic powerhouses ability to support policies harmful to the Union Bloc.

To be sure, that the Union Bloc can adequately support it's allies abroad from any economic retaliation from this brilliant move by Union Bloc officials to restrain it's chief rival, the Union Reserve Bank is suspending membership reserve contribution requirements until reserves approach 2.7 trillion. Further the URB will subsidize any nation running a trade deficit with WRG states as a result of reciprocal measures. The Union Bloc has identified Schlabanien as the most vulnerable state and as such will begin to eliminate the regions state debt and will provide intensive logistics support to ensure all goods and services are provided to the population.

Since Schlabanien is the Union Bloc most strategically placed state, officials will provide the region with whatever it requires to be successful. Even the Oceania Union has guaranteed Schlabanien officials fiscal grants of up to 1 trillion dollars to support it's economic and military development.