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1969: Record of Nation Apps

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Qpawn ID: The Doctor
Notable previous player roles: King Alex Dole of Hawaii 90s Twist, Sir James Jeffries/Queen Victoria of Australia 2000 Round, Prime Minister Jorge Luis Pereira of Portugal 80s Twist, Constantine II of Greece 1969 Round, etc

Nation #1: Egypt
Character Name: Anwar Sadat
Powerbases: National Union (Reform), Military, State Security

Anwar Sadat was the Vice President of Egypt under Nasser and was a member of the Free Officers Movement that originally established the Egyptian Republic, ending the British-backed monarchy. He supported Nasser's efforts at reform though was shocked when he utilized weapons of mass destruction, leading to his resignation well in advance of Nasser's removal and his continued support within the military and party despite many Nasserites being viewed negatively within the state bureaucracy for their role in the Israel negotiations then snap WMD attack. Given his more moderate and political/legal attitude toward governance, he was a natural choice for the party after Nasser's ignominious exit and Abdel Boghdadi's abrupt and disheartening resignation for cancer treatment in India.

Domestic Policy: Sadat wishes to continue elements of Arab Socialism, particularly looking at improving education and healthcare within Egypt. He will send experts to Eastern and Western nations alike to determine what works in similar societies and what best practices he can implement within Egypt. He also wishes to see Egyptian infrastructure greatly improve and will build roads, mass transit, and energy projects to drive national advancement. The completion of the Aswan High Dam in 1970 will be shown as a model for Egyptian modernity. Future projects will include another dam further down river toward the Med for agricultural and energy benefit and possible solar energy stations in the desert regions.

A core tenet of Sadat's tenure is that Egypt must be "de-Nasser-ified". To this end, he will empower the State Security apparatus to remove dissent to this more moderate approach, particularly targeting Nasser supporters, whom he wants out of the government and power structure as soon as possible. He holds the military and state security establishment to be central to keeping the National Union in power and advancing his pragmatic, paced reforms toward a balanced, prosperous society friendly with many nations but controlled by no one. He will enlarge the military and state security group and increase their importance in societal stability, but he knows this must be done slowly in order to not make Israel or to the nearby western forces in Libya believe it's being done to threaten them.

Foreign Policy: Though he does not like Nasserism, his end goal is essentially the same in that he wishes for Egypt to determine its own destiny free from foreign domination, though this will of course take time to achieve and must be undertaken carefully at all turns. To this end, globally, he will shift from pro-Soviet to a more non-aligned approach, sometimes working more with the USSR and sometimes working more with the USA depending on the situation and how it may benefit Egypt. Of course, this will be undertaken deliberately, not all in the first month or anything. Sadat is too cautious for that.

Regionally, He plans to maintain strong relationships with the Arab world. Regarding the Nixon-Lyakhov Treaty, he privately supports the end result of peace and recognition for Israel, though to prevent from being attacked too heavily for it, he will instead call it settled and declare it in Egypt's best interest to move forward, territory once again intact, and not revisit the difficult past under Nasser. Despite public luke-warm statements concerning Israel, he will have some contacts and work with the Israelis on mutual beneficial security matters. Sadat will likely support both or neither side in the Libyan conflict, however it will best benefit Egypt at the time, likely to throw in with the eventual winner once the die is cast. His primary goal is to prevent the spread of the instability into Egypt and to hold positive relations with whatever government finally emerges in Libya.

It is a major accomplishment for Egypt to gain a seat on the UN Security Council for 1971 and 1972. He will use this seat to support Arab world issues, play a moderating role between East and West, and gain concessions for Egypt and the region in exchange for Egypt's support on issues that arise at the Security Council. While he will not make pan-African issues a priority, he will use his position as the only African nation on the Council (not counting divided Libya) to lobby for Africa and present himself as a key power broker for the region.
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Nation #1: Botswana
Character Name: Seretse Khama
Powerbases (Pick Three): Botswana Democratic Party, Tswana tribal chiefs, Great Britain
200 word explanation of your plans: Since gaining independence in 1966, Botswana has been enjoying tremendous growth based on an export economy that mainly takes advantage of its natural resources of diamonds and copper which, though not plentiful, have ensured a steady inflow of foreign investment into the new nation state.

Seretse Khama is a British educated Bamangwato chief who draws on his support amongst the traditional tribal chieftains of the former Bechuanaland region, but has been strongly influenced by western European institutions and economic models. His shrewd objective to on the one hand ensure foreign investment in the burgeoning economy, while on the other hand developing Botswana's infrastructure with the end goal of ensuring full independence, is so far proving successful.

The goal over the next few years will be to continue to foster economic growth, while ensuring enough money is diverted to developing the education and health care sectors. Botswana hopes to become a beacon of prosperity and economic self-sufficiency in Africa.

In recent years, the Botswana National Front (BNF) has gained some momentum and there have been some calls to embrace socialism as other African nations have done. The aim will be not to crush this movement, rather to placate it by continuing to ensure relatively fair distribution of wealth. Full scale nationalisation of natural resources is impossible and the government will continue to ensure fair taxes for foreign companies operating in Botswana, but some mild reforms encouraging national ownership, particularly in relation to Orapa's diamond deposits may be considered.


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Player ID: Wolverine
Notable previous player roles: Volker Kauder, Qpawn Domestics, Chiang Kai-Shek, Johannes Hertzog, Charles Gonzalez.

Nation #1: South Africa
Character Name:[ Johannes Hertzog
Powerbases (Pick Three): Military, National Party, Upper Class
200 word explanation of your plans: After his short retirement and Marius Bernard's assasination by the ANC, Johannes Hertzog is back as the Prime Minister of the Republic of South Africa, for a second term. He will go out and conduct an internal investigation of the death, which will make sure that we bring out.... Evidence that the ANC was, in fact, behind the murder of Marius Bernard.

Johannes Hertzog was also coming back to try and instutionalize apartheid forever. He realizes that the international community is against him, and will try to make them go back to his side. Johannes Hertzog will work with other nations that are in the region, to try and improve relations with southern African nations, through a system of bribes and economic aide, to make sure that he can improve relations with other countries in the region. He will also look to increase the white population through incentives to have kids, and try to lower the growth of the black population by legalizing abortion for coloureds and blacks only.

Johannes Hertzog will also work with the Republic of Rhodesia, to make sure that they can have a strong partnership. Realizing that keeping Portuguese power in Africa is crucial, he will work with the Portuguese government so that Portugal stays in power. He will try to make sure that apartheid is institutionalized, and that it can remain viable to remain in place in South Africa forever.


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Player ID: Oakland
Notable Previous Player Roles: Nguyen Minh Triet – Vietnam, Rainer Barzel – West Germany (I realize I up and left, but my family was going through a really hard time)

Nation 1: Colombia
Character Name: Misael Pastrana Borrero
Powerbases (Pick Three): National Front – Conservative, Catholicism – Traditional, Business
200-word explanation of your plans: Borrero, an open activist of capitalism, will initiate trade agreements with other nations, bringing in jobs and allowing Colombians to reap the benefits of such opportunities. He will look to nations with automobile manufacturers, television manufacturers, etc., looking to invest in the economy of the electronic age. However, he also realizes that agriculture is an integral part of any economy and will establish a system of incentives to improve that sector of the Colombian economy.

As for domestic life, he believes that no one can be president without seeking guidance from the One who created him: God. He believes that God is the center of everything that happens with the world and that only by abiding by His Word that Colombia can achieve greatness. He is also a staunch believer in making the government has no right to play a vital role in how a person works and lives.

As for foreign policy, Borrero intends to cease the spread of communism in South America and Latin America. He intends to look to nations like Brazil, the United States, and others to help him in his endeavor to keep communism from spreading. He believes it is an unholy threat to the well-being of every Colombian.


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Player ID: George
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Nation #1: The Federal Democratic Republic of Venezuela (*I really would prefer Venezuela over Iraq.*)
Character Name: George D.F. Dallier-Organza
Powerbases (Pick Three): Middle Class, Business, Democratic Action
200 word explanation of your plans: At the time, President George D.F. Dallier-Organza, the son of an American/Venezuelan man and French woman, is the leader of the Progressive Democratic Party (of Venezuela). He dislikes communism, socialism, dictatorships, etc., and seeks to make Venezuela a leader and promoter of Democracy in South America, as well as the rest of the world. He favors the United States over the USSR, and seeks to establish a strong relationship with the U.S., though he won't be willing to compromise the best interests of Venezuela for the U.S. or any of Venezuela's allies. He was elected with the promises of growing the middle class of Venezuela, creating a healthy business environment for local companies, bringing in foreign investment, repairing and updating the national infrastructure, continuing to support the Oil & Gas industry, and enforcing greater Democracy and enacting laws that give the people more rights, constitutional protections, and civil liberties. Lastly, he favors a strong immigration policy to attract different people from around the world to live in Venezuela and help make its economy strong, as well as expanding territory into Guyana, Colombia, Ecuador, and Peru.


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Player ID: Rome
Notable previous player roles: Njangu Yoshitaro - Japan

Nation #1: Paraguay
Character Name: Alfredo Strössner
Powerbases (Pick Three): Colorado Party, Military, State Security
200 word explanation of your plans: Having been elected in 1958, Alfredo has ruled Paraguay with an iron fist since, winning reelection time and time again. Some say those elections were fraudulent, Alfredo says it is the will of the People he rule and serve his country.

He has recently won the 1968 election. His main goals and policies short term will be to continue to expand the Paraguayan Economy by investing in projects, namely negotiating with Brazil over a possible Itaipu Dam, with hydropower hopefully being distributed fairly between the parties, thus generating cheap electricity for Paraguay. He also plans to open Economic Zones, which would have lower taxes for businesses and offer cheap labor in certain areas of the country. He also plans to institute a new office called the Special Tactics and Recon, which would be a new branch which would incorporate other branches focused on State Security. They will essentially be given immunity from the law to carry out Justice as they see fit, with oaths sworn to obey only the President, of course.

Long Term, he plans to carry out a program which would legalize indentured servitude, with binding contracts between parties with certain cancellation clauses and for it to be regulated by the government and a new Ministry, that of Labor Issues. However he shall only carry out this plan only if he has consolidated enough power in the nation to do so. First and foremost is to improve the economy and give the wealth to the military and populace. Also, he shall seek to limit and nuetralize the Church's power by offering social services which would turn many away from the Church and to him. That way, the Church can still be around and he can have the respect of the populace. If not, he shall move against the Church, though that might not be done until like '73 at best.


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Player ID: Saffron
Notable previous player roles: I use to play Qpawn actively. I've been pretty much every major nation, from France to Germany to the UK and the US and a mod twice. Not sure if anyone really remembers me, perhaps they do - but either way I'd love to get back into a game that I started playing when I was only ten and which really catapulted my love of politics and diplomacy. Especially since I have some free time on my hands. :)

Nation #1: Japan
Character Name: Aizou Shinta
Powerbases (Pick Three): Jiminto - Reform, Upper Class, Business
200 word explanation of your plans: Aizou Shinta is a Capitalist and would see reforms undertaken in Japan by lowering taxes, abolishing regulation and attracting business. He strongly believes that Japan should move towards a Westernized future, in opposition to the ussr, and has touted the idea of Japan joining NATO in the past - though these could be taken as personal ideals more than policy. Either way, he is a fierce Anti-Communist and in this regard would like to see Japan become a force for Anti-Communism in the region.

Infrastructure projects would be among his first goals in order to build the base for a strong economy. While not advocating the immediate rearmament of Japan, Shinta has advocated for the JSDF to become a force in the region, even if in a defensive posture, in order to discourage the growth of Communism. Close relations with Western powers, especially the US and support for anti-communists in the region, especially Republican China, would be among the tenets of his foreign policy.

Note: Have gotten Saffron to remove from her app the need to make the JSDF anything other than what it is. However, she may need to be watched to make sure she follows what she said.


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I played as Canada in a previous round. (Lord William Price) In this round, I had played as Poland until I was overthrown for being too radical. I was way more popular as Canada during the previous round than I was as Poland during this one.

Communist nations just aren't my forte - Which is why I would like to have Italy or Belgium. (I.e. European Social-Democracy)

Nation #1: Italy
Character Name: Ricardo Lombard
Powerbases (Pick Three): Christian Democracy, Middle Class, Catholicism.

200 word explanation of your plans: I intend to transform Italy into a global economic and financial powerhouse via growth-oriented tax reform and investments in education, science and infrastructure. I will accomplish those objectives by flattening the tax code and reducing the effective tax burden on small businesses and exporters (I.e. Manufacturing).

I will work to reform the traditional Welfare State to promote work and thrift while ensuring that those that need short-term assistance are able to obtain the assistance they need to accommodate a humane living standard.

With regard to Foreign Affairs, I will remain focused on promoting economic and social integration within Europe. We need to focus on our own Continental Challenges. I am a proud supporter of European Integration and Cooperation.


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Carlos Arias-Navarro wrote
Player ID:Scott006
Notable previous player roles: Last round: Tsai Ing-wen,Andrew Robb Currently: Süleyman Demirel
Nation #1: Spain
Character Name: Carlos Arias-Navarro
Powerbases (Pick Three): Falange (Reform), Military (Reform), Business
200 word explanation of your plans: I will embark on controlled reform in Spain, it is clear that complete authoritarian rule will not stand the test of time and I will promote the idea of the Falange movement adapting and evolving to remain in its rightful prominent position. The Cortes Generales will be split into two Houses - a "Congress of Deputies" which will hold elections, however, hopeful candidates must be approved by an election body which will ensure that all candidates adhere to basic principles and undesirable elements such as leftists do not attempt to gain power. The upper House will be a non-elected "National Assembly" comprised of figures such as high ranking military personnel and Church representatives, the National Assembly will mainly serve to make amendments or recommendations on Bills passed by the Congress but will have a veto power on Bills, this will require a substantial majority vote however.
As for the monarchist issue, Juan Carlos will remain Prince of Spain, the monarchy is a proud Spanish institution but one which should not gain prominence over the state.
I will also seek to further emphasise Catholic values within Spanish society and inspire the youth who have been disillusioned.
Internationally I will seek to encourage close cooperation between conservative Hispanic nations and will continue to lessen Spain's isolation buy improving relations with certain Western and European nations, especially under the banner of economic partnership.
I will also address issues such as the status of Spanish Sahara which I will seek to maintain as fundamentally a part of Spain.

Nation #2: Mexico
Character Name: Luis Echeverria
Powerbases (Pick Three): PRI (leftist), Lower Class, Military
200 word explanation of your plans: I will implement social reforms to make Mexican society fairer and more equal. I will nationalise mining and electrical industries as they are vital employers and aspects of the Mexican economy which should not be subject to the whims of business.
To further increase employment, a selection of land held privately that is suitable for agriculture shall be redistributed to local farmers, it is a strong matter of principle that land should not be held stagnant by the rich when it could contribute to the standard of living of the Mexican people.
I will strengthen the social security system so that the most vulnerable Mexicans are protected, I shall also increase spending on key areas such as education to ensure the future of our nation is a prosperous one.
There will also be restrictions placed on foreign investment, to a level where it is not discouraged but regulated to ensure it is beneficial to the Mexican people.
Internationally I will look for closer relations with other leftist Latin American nations, relations with western nations such as America will remain civil and preferably positive while taking into consideration ideological differences.
I will promote the military as a more positive part of Mexican society, there to serve and protect the Mexican people - most officers are from the lower or middle classes so they should be relatively supportive of this. I will also centralise the police forces which are currently fragmented into the "Federal Police" which will contain a gendarmerie element comprised of soldiers who wish to join this element of the police force, their military training will lend itself well to their main roles as armed police, maintaining order and protecting officials.


What are your timelines for reform? IIRC Franco died at the beginning of the round and some attempts at reform have begun since, but you are talking about wholesale reform, this cannot happen overnight, so I need to know what you estimate the time frames for this reform to be.

Also how will Carlos come to power following on from the previous Spanish leader?

Again for Mexico what would the approximate timescales be for these reforms?


What are your timelines for reform? IIRC Franco died at the beginning of the round and some attempts at reform have begun since, but you are talking about wholesale reform, this cannot happen overnight, so I need to know what you estimate the time frames for this reform to be.
I do plan to introduce legislation for elections I have detailed early on, to prove that I am a reformer and not another totalitarian with a love of sound bites. I will hold a party conference beforehand though, to make everyone in the party feel more at ease - this won't be a free for all democracy. The elections themselves definitely won't happen straight away, I will call the elections once I have completed all my plans to set a good example for the public, this will take some time. Just to clear up what I envision these elections to be like, I think they will resemble American Primaries, elections but within a certain set of principles and one political movement; the election commission will ensure that no candidate is allowed to go radical. Also the National Assembly should appease traditionalists somewhat, I have modelled it off the UK House of Lords, appointed members but this time with a veto power, this will ensure certain aspects of Spanish society never loose representation and if there are certain traditionalists making a huge fuss they could always be promised a seat in the NA.

Also how will Carlos come to power following on from the previous Spanish leader?
He is a Minister of Interior chosen by the Cabinet to become the President, after a quick succession of leaders following the death of Franco he promised long term stability by evolving from totalitarian dictatorship which does not naturally gain the support of the people - especially after the instability seen recently, to a controlled level of democracy that will ensure a long term future for the Falange.

Again for Mexico what would the approximate timescales be for these reforms?
I don't have a set timescale, I will of course spread them out well but I do not have a predetermined order, this will allow me to announce specific reforms at times when I may need a boost in popularity from a certain power base or to take attention away from an issue.


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Player ID: Monica
Notable previous player roles: everything and everywhere.
Power base: INC socialist, peasants, military
Plans: playing off a story line in which Gandhi is re~elected based of a Eradicate poverty slogan (as she was in rl) therefore giving me a chance to move India in my direction without changing character. My first plan will be to stabilize the economy and rupee by returning investor confidence. In regard to Pakistan and foreign affairs I plan on keeping Face with the international community and not being seen as the aggressor yet still pushing Indias interest in Kashmir in east Pakistan. I plan on strengthening ties with the Soviet union and continuing cordial relations with OPEC. In regards to the China Soviet split I well of course show support for the soviets and use this against China. I do plan on modernizing the military but at a slower pace.
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