Life inside of the Empire
Two years. It had been two years since the crushing of the rebellion. A rebellion that left Visari scarred and almost ripped the very foundations of an Empire apart. Despite the fact that Visari was disfigured, he still continued to rule the Empire with an ironfist. The people saw his face twisted and distorted, his blue eyes, penetrating but friendly, replaced by harsh yellow ones, far more penetrating and anything but friendly. For the rest of his life that face would be seen, appropriately enough, only in shadow, shrouded by a hood, those piercing yellow eyes its most visible feature. The country eventually reconciled itself to this new face; portraits and statues of him incorporated it without shame. As he intended, that countenance was seen as a mark of pride, a wound suffered in the service of the people. Internally, just like after the great collapse, the Empire had rebounded stronger than ever.
During the two years since the internal rebellion, the Kazahkstani sector had been totally rebuilt, and those who were held responsible were tried and sentenced to execution in the High Courts of the Empire. The broken and inept council that led to the fostering of the rebellion was abolished. In its place, the Emperor established a pyramidal structure with himself at its summit, then the Imperial Advisors who made all executive decisions in the Emperor's name, then the Moffs who ruled sectors. All of them owed their careers to the Emperor and gave him their allegiance. With the country the most stable it had been in years, the Imperial Government embarked on a mission to march the Empire into the future.
The first step was to establish a technological base that would push the nation forward and end the technological "dark age" gripping the nation. To support the development of the military technological data base, Visari ordered the creation of the Imperial Department of Military Research, which would be responsible for researching and development of new weapons and technologies. To run this new corporation, Visari appointed Imperial Moff and leading Technocrat in the Empire Moff Rebus. He would be given unlimited funds to research and produce new technological wonders for the nation.
As part of moving out of the "dark ages", the Emperor also ordered the construction of a new capital and dozens of new cities. The new city, designated Lusankya and/or Imperial Centre, would serve as the new hub of the Empire, and it will be located in Kiev. After the construction of Lusankya is complete, Tbilisi would be demoted to the rank of "historic" capital.
The new capital of the Empire would use the latest technology, such as holographic displays, fusion power, high speed rail and various maglev systems (which will become a standard in all Imperial cities). Dominating the skyline of the new capital would be the Imperial Palace, which will much like the one constructed in Tbilisi. In each major province/sector of the Empire, three new major cities will be constructed. This new cities are designed to march the nation into the future.
Life inside of the Empire
It was a time of change. It was a time of glory. Throughout the Empire, massive construction projects stretched as far as the eyes could see. From the ashes, the outer shells of the new modernized cities could be seen. As times passed, these metal shells would turn to functioning buildings, each with their own task in mind. In Lusankya, the shell of the new Imperial Palace dominated the skyline. In the middle of Lusankya, just like in the middle of the other twenty four futuristic cities being constructed, one could see the futuristic 3D billboard advertisements, spiraling highways, and other unique items. There were some that declared such task as expensive and unneeded, but the Emperor declared that no penny shall be spared for the rejuvenation of his Empire. Nevertheless, the citizens of the Empire benefited from these construction projects. These construction projects provided thousands of jobs, which lowered the unemployment rate even more. It was during this period, that the Imperial Ministry of Business and Commerce placed the official unemployment rate at two percent. The unemployment rate was scheduled to go down even further as new businesses opened, with the completion of these new cities.
Aside from the growth of unemployment, life for the normal citizen continued as normal. The average citizen was still accustomed to the normal propaganda. However, the Empire was now in a new phase. No longer was the state preaching the spirit of Nordic Socialism. According to Pollax Hax, the Imperial Minister of Propaganda and Chief of the Propaganda Dissemination Section, the spirit of Nordic Socialism had been achieved. Dalmatia was now in a state of bliss, where a New Order had achieved peace and prosperity for the nation. To support this propaganda, the Nordic Socialist Party was transformed into the Commission for the Preservation of the New Order (COMPNOR). In theory, it was the same organization with a different name. In practice, it was even more hardline than it's previous incarnation, the Nordic Socialist Party. It's main goal was to maintain support for Visari's New Order in Dalmatia.
There were few functions performed by the government that were not duplicated by COMPNOR. Politics was conducted and monitored through the New Order Party of the Empire, the dominant partner of the Group of the Renewal Union and Neo-Democrats (IRU-ND) in the Senate; its central coordinating body, the New Order Committee, dominated the nominally independent local chapters throughout the Empire. The New Order Party advocated sweeping changes to existing power structures to make them conform with the Party's official ideology of "Correct Thought," a totalitarian system designed as a practical application of Visarism-Tarkinism, and boasted that vigorous application of Correct Thought allowed an individual to live his entire life without ever having to make a single decision for himself. The New Order Party Social and cultural affairs were handled by "the twins," the Coalition for Improvements and the Coalition for Progress. Defense was provided by the CompForce regimental system, which also closely monitored the Armed Forces of the Imperium. COMPOR's SAGroup, which trained youth in New Order principals, was revived and expanded, becoming one of the largest organizations of any kind in the Empire. Internal security and policing were the province of the Imperial Security Bureau (ISB). External affairs were monitored and duplicated through the Drake II Cultural Institute, while the Visari Institute of General Economy duplicated the functions of the Ministry of Finance and His Imperial Majesty's Treasury; even the courts had their counterparts, in the Khil-Parud Office of the Law Review. Effectively, Commission for the Preservation of the New Order acted as a second state and was ready to step in should the regular state falter.
In order to support COMPNOR, the Imperial Security Bureau was established, which was intended to protect the Empire from infiltration by Separatist saboteurs (in later years its mandate was extended to anarchists, insurrectionists, and seditionists), with at best ancillary roles in general counterintelligence, counterinsurgency, and counterterrorism. In practice, it functions as the Empire's thought police and the New Order's alternative to the Imperial State's various intelligence, security, and police agencies.
Despite more restrictions on personal life, citizens still enjoyed various upgrades to their personal life. With certain advancements in technology, citizens enjoyed more luxuries in their normal every day lives. 3D HDTV television, which didn't require the old fashioned use of glasses, was now a norm in the Empire. These sets were manufactored and sold at a reasonable price, and all Imperial networks supported the use of 3D resolutions. With these luxuries and many more, Imperial citizens would continue to support the Empire, even if it meant giving up a tiny bit of their lives.
Life inside of the Empire
Imperial Governor of Kazahkstan, Ardus Kaine
Ardus Kaine, Governor and Supreme Commander in and over the Kazakhstan Sector, exited his personal transport outside the Emperor's Retreat. He was a tall, slender man, who intimidated anyone who's ever had to speak with him. He was also a strong and noted public speaker, in addition to being involved in the politics and administration of the Empire, in his official capacity as an Imperial Advisor. Also seen as the Empire's chief ideologue, he helped create the New Order principles, which he followed vigorously and to the letter. He was one of the few to ever disagree with an order from the Emperor; however on this day, he would have to, if only for the benefit of his region.
Kaine walked through the long hauls of the Palace, until he reached the Emperor's audience chamber. Upon entering, he bowed his head in a sign of respect, to only be interrupted by the Supreme Ruler of the Empire.
"Rise Kaine, there is no need for such formalities, my old friend." Visari smiled, then motioned for the guards to leave. Kaine stood up and began to walk towards Visari, "It is a privilege to be in your presence. However, I do have some important business that needs to be discussed."
Visari nodded, "What troubles you?" Kaine took a deep breathe and began to speak, "Emperor, I am most disappointed at the current policies being exercised in Kazakhstan. I am even more disappointed that they are supported by Jorhan Stahl. Excuse me for my bluntness, but the current policies in the region are what started the rebellion three years ago. I am all for order and security; however, there should be a clear division."
"As Governor, you have complete control in your region to initiate any changes you see fit Kaine." responded Visari. "Jorhan Stahl usurps my authority constantly, as he sees the Kazakhstan’s as untrustworthy. Because of his views, the region continues to suffer and the infrastructure is years behind even the rest of the Empire. I.." Visari cut off Kaine as he was about to continue his sentence and groaned in frustration. "Jorhan Stahl believes in brute force tactics, in the most unfavorable situations possible. He also has been making some rather, un-wise decisions that I'm not very pleased with. However, that is besides the point. Just like any other Moff, you have supreme authority in your Region. I will deal with Stahl."
Kaine smiled, "Yes, Emperor."
Visari, now in a frustrated mood, dismissed Kaine.
Life inside of the Empire
Governor Ardus Kaine exited his transport in Astana, which was the seat of his power in Kazakhstan. Besides the usual welcoming committee, he was greeted by Tann Starpyre, who was the Imperial Minister of Construction and Construction Contracts. They both greeted eachother and set off for the governor's private estate. Upon entering the private estate, Ardus Kaine began to speak, to layout his grand vision for the revision of Kazakhstan.
"Kazakhstan is a region that is falling behind the rest of the Empire, due to policies not of our doing. While there are numerous of projects, I want more progressive things done. I want this region to become the crown jewel of Central Asia, and I want this done immediately!"
Kaine's adjutant unfolded a large map on the table and began to point with a laser pin. "The current capital of this region of Astana; however, that is the past. It is time for the future. Therefore, I propose the following:
Kaine began to draw a circle around the provinces surrounding Astana.
"The entire area I have circled will be combined into one city, named Astana City." Kaine smiled and folded his arms behind his back. Starpyre smirked, "And how do you plan on getting the funding for this. This could cause upwards in the hundreds of billions, and I don't see this region of all Imperial regions getting this type of funding. If anything.." Ardus, annoyed, interrupted her, "Starpyre, I did not ask you for the specifics of how this will be funded; nor, did I ask for your permission. The point is simple. This project will be done, and the Emperor has assured me of that. I was going through formalities; however, I could easily go above your head to get the necessary funding."
Starpyre shrugged, "You know I am loyal to the Emperor and the New Order. I was simply restating a rumor that is baseless at best. I will make sure you get the necessary funds for the project in double time, Governor." Kaine smiled, "Excellent, Minister. I will be sure to put in a good word for you to the Emperor. Now, I must depart to attend to some other business."
As soon as the meeting ending, Kaine sent out a regional wide decree announcing the start of the project.
"Kazakhstan's re-shaping starts today. Our region will soon become the crown jewel of Central Asia!"