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The Gabon quarter year elections.  

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With the nation of Gabon returned to a time of peace and stability by both Legion and Athens it had gotten to the point where a new government must be voted for by the people and sworn into power. Though there were many parties scattered across the nation many were too small and lacked the resources to be able to effectively run a nation and so it was that three parties stepped forward in their bid for governance of the nation. These three parties were the Technocrat party led by Dr Kwadwo Asamoah, the People's party led by Thuli Madonsela and the Economic party led by Melos Snetbeb.

 

The Technocrat party led by Dr Asamoah, feels that the people of Gabon would be best helped by focusing the nation's efforts on improving the technology available to all. Already inspired by the technology that Athens has created the technocrats wish to focus funding on improving the nation's access to innovation and research by building more research facilities and working towards upgrading the nation's infrastructure with better advancements with a long term goal of constructing and running the very first Gabon space program. Of course other sectors will need to have their funding reduced and under technocrat governance the military would be scaled back and would be focused on providing security for the nation and staying out of any foreign affairs. Business programs will also have to be carefully monitored and most likely reduced due to the lack of funding. In foreign affairs the Technocrat party will seek to improve relations with those nations that have progressed ahead in technology.   

 

The People's party led by Miss Madonsela, believes that the people of Gabon must be the prime focus of all government initiatives and would place the majority of the nation's funding in social programs for improving the lifestyle and choices for all of the nation's citizens. It is hoped that eventually everyone will be safe and secure in their homes and never have to worry about poverty ever again. The military for the nation will be maintained at its current levels and will be tasked with keeping both the nation safe and if necessary and accepted will also be available to provide relief for any nation that suffers from hardship whether that be by natural or man made events. To pay for these programs the business sector funding will have to be cut back and more focus placed on using what we have rather than what we can get. In foreign affairs the People's party will seek to establish and improve relations with all nations spanning the globe. 

 

The Economic party led by Mr Snetbeb, plans to improve the nation's business capabilities both at home and abroad and plans to invest in business improvements in the homeland and at investing in foreign nations. They also plan to increase funding for the military so that it can defend the nation to its greatest effectiveness as well as being able to safeguard the nation's assets abroad. In turn the social and technological programs for the nation will have to be toned down though not to such a degree that anyone would suffer any harm or undue distress. In foreign affairs the Economic party will seek to establish strong and profitable relations with those nations that can offer much to the nation.

 

To win this election each party must gain the majority of votes from the people to be put into power. If for whatever reason a party must be stepped down from power control will pass to the next party with the second highest majority however, this will only be for a period of six months after which a new election will be held. 

 

Also whilst the election is still ongoing all parties are open to foreign and home press reporters and will answer what questions they can. On top of this the election time frame is forty eight hours give or take after which the votes will be added up and the winner announced.            

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The Legion trained and Legion supervised Gabon Division are ordered to protect the polling booths. They are given supplementary orders to do so in their Class A uniforms and to use sidearms only. QRF teams are places in discrete locations in the event they are needed. With these orders given the small group Legion forces inside of Gabon prepare to handover control of the Gabon Protectorate Administration, the Gabon Division, and the Protectorate Police to the newly elected government once the results of the election have been certified.

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After a slight delay due to the added time required for the results to be checked by external assessors the final result has confirmed that the Technocrat party has emerged victorious in a land slide result. When informed of this Dr Asamoah thanked the people of Gabon for putting their trust in him and his party and promises that he will lead the nation to a greater future. Dr Asamoah also wished to thank both Legion and Athens for all the work they have done helping to make Gabon a safer and better place to live.

 

Already Dr Asamoah and his party have moved into the seat of government in the capital formally taking over governorship from Legion and Athens. Taking the title of Prime Minister Ksan Asamoah began his first day of leading Gabon by assigning government positions among members of his party though always ensuring that only the best qualified people were chosen for each position. The Prime Minister also agreed to a system of having shadow government positions against his own party where these members would be chosen from the other two competing parties and would be there to advocate against their counter parts to ensure that only the most diplomatic approach was taking in the government's decision making.       

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Legion Announcement

 

"It is our distinct pleasure to have been able to watch Gabon be born again. Gabon serves as an example of African nations taking care of uniquely African problems.  We anticipate the last of Legion forces to have departed by the end of the week."

 

- Prime Minister Suiwi Duvall

 

Legion Movements

 

The remaining Legion forces quickly and efficiently go about packing up their equipment. The Gabon Division is quickly turned over to the Division's Second in Command, a native of Gabon. The same is done for the National Police and the Administrative Offices of the Gabon Protectorate Administration. With nearly 95 percent of the employees of all the organizations being Gabonese, it is thought that the loss of the few remaining Legion officers and experts will hardly be noticed.

 

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The equipment of the Gabon Division is what one would expect to find in a regular infantry division in the 1980s. The police the same, nothing super fantastic, but good serviceable weapons and equipment straight from Legion's depots. Further, all previous caches left over from the last government have been decommissioned and destroyed.

 

Your Division Commander, the guy who was just promoted, will have completed Legion's Command College, making him fairly well trained. Likewise, all the rest of the officers having completed or are in the process of completing accelerated Junior Officer Courses and Senior Officer courses depending on their rank. Specialist courses for all the usual stuff were used as well along with NCO courses for non-commissioned officers.

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In the past few days nothing had changed in Gabon as the Technocrat party came to power, they were too busy organizing their new government to make any effective reforms. However, it was with a surprising swiftness that Prime Minister Asamoah and his government laid out a new series of reforms for the country, 

 

Political Reforms:

 

Formation of Parliament:  In a plan to improve the democratic reasoning and functioning of the government the formation of a new Parliament was put in to place. Here a number of members of parliament, elected locally from each region of Gabon by local elections, would travel to the Parliament building where monthly meetings would be held where each major political party could discuss opinions on the stability and running of the current government.

 

The Division of state and religion act 2014: Since Gabon came into existence the state and the church have often worked and discussed with one another before making any long term plans for both. The ruling party has now established the Division of state and religion act 2014 which separates the two completely so that one does not have any affect on the other. The only exception to this is if the state finds any religious practice to be harmful to the citizens of Gabon.

 

Industrial Reforms:

 

Mandatory minimum wage act 2014: Currently the only industrial reform put forward by the ruling party the Mandatory minimum wage act 2014 now mandates that all employees must be payed a wage that meets the minimum set by the government. This is regardless of what sector employees may work in and regardless of whether or not a business or privately or publicly owned.  

 

Social Reforms:

 

Public housing act 2014: The Public housing act 2014 is aimed at ensuring that all citizens of Gabon are provided with safe, clean and effective homes to live in with their families. At current only roughly thirty five percent of all of Gabon's citizenry live in homes that are of a good living standard and a massive thirteen percent of the citizenry are homeless. As such this act is being placed as the prime objective for the government's efforts for the foreseeable future with almost all spare funding going into a number of programs to ensure this act is met and maintained.   

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An oil survey mission off the coast of the nation has located an oil field roughly 40km offshore in 50m water depths. This discovery has provided a massive morale boost to the government and business owners still recovering from the recent events that struck the nation. The oil exploration ship that found the field has already anchored itself above the field and is working on mapping out the exact size of the oil field whilst drilling equipment is brought out of storage for transportation to the oil field where it will be set up. 

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An offer to provide training is extended to the Government of New Gabon. The type of training is left up to the Gabonese, but room can be found in a wide variety of training courses across a range of military occupational specialities. The training will be at 50 percent of the normal cost under an African Unity and Improvement Grant that will be extended to New Gabon.

Further, scholarships for young students wishing to undergo a course of advanced study in Engineering, Medicine, and other sciences are also provided under the same grant.

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The New Gabon government would take advantage of this grant being offered to them and would send many of their military who required training to Legion for this training so that they could learn and pass on their knowledge to later additions to the military. In addition any citizens wishing to take advantage of the Legion education would be free to do so and many did so and to help ease some of the costs on Legion the New Gabon government would pay for the accommodations whilst they stayed in Legion to study.  

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A new infrastructure project is being put underway though out all of Gabon with the final plans of linking all major cities and most major towns together into a massive rail network that should allow any Gabon citizen citizen to travel around the nation as they see fit.

 

To achieve this the government is seeking two things. First we require some large sources of steel and other construction goods for building the tracks and other facilities and items needed for running and maintaining the rail network and secondly we require the hired services of some rail engineers to help our admittedly lower skilled engineers in building the rail network.   

 

If any nation can offer either or both of these then please can they contact the Ministry of Economics and lay out their offers. Thank you.

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"The Stormlands possesses a strong cadre of railroad and infrastructure engineers who have experience in working in various climates. On top of that fact, the Stormlands are quite able to secure contracts for large amounts of steel for your railroad use, and we have heavy machinery manufacturing outlets that can provide heavy equipment for your project. All of these services and products, are guaranteed to be at a competitive low price."

 

[i]Dispatch from the Administration of Progressive National Development[/i]

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"After some consideration the New Gabon government finds the Stormlands offer to be exactly what we require. Therefore the contract for the supply of Steel and other construction materials as well as the contract for the experience personnel for constructing the rail roads has been given to them. If Stormlands would be willing to finalise the contract we can hopefully get work started on the rail road system as soon as possible".

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Today marks the opening of the New Gabon trading office and center in the capital of Libreville. This building is open to both private and public members of society including any visiting foreigners. Whilst the majority of the building is either closed off to staff members only or restricted to small private parties at a time for when said parties wish to work out trading agreements the trading floor is always open and contains many terminals and monitors showing what Gabon has available for trade as well as what resources the nation is looking for the most at the current time.

 

Current exports:

 

Petroleum oils (crude), Wood (rough), Natural rubber

 

Current wanted imports:

 

Steel, Food stuffs, Construction materials

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"As the contract stands, the Administration of Progressive National Development undertakes this project, with the understanding that the following terms shall be met by our contractual side of this agreement. These services are as follows;

 

  • Experienced Rail Engineering/Track Laying Personnel/Foremen
  • Steel Railroad Tracks
  • Rail Construction Equipment
  • Heavy Construction Equipment
  • Support Equipment

This equipment and the personnel that will come with them are to be competitively low priced, and will work will begin when our workers arrive and confer with Gabonese officials on the direction of the rail lines."

 

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Whilst these negotiations were ongoing, some entrepreneurial Stormlanders who arrived at the Gabonese trading office in Libreville, alerted to the opening by local diplomatic staffers, would make an offer to the Gabonese trading officials. Initiating in almost immediate low-level trading talks, they would offer to fabricate and sell construction equipment to Gabon. These included mobile concrete-making plants that could be used around the nation in relatively easy fashion, and needed little training to erect and use to make quality-grade concrete. Their offer also included construction machinery and equipment that could harvest raw stone needed for these plants to operate properly.

 

This offer would hopefully fulfill some import needs for the newly reconstituted African nation.

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"As the contract stands, the Administration of Progressive National Development undertakes this project, with the understanding that the following terms shall be met by our contractual side of this agreement. These services are as follows;

 

  • Experienced Rail Engineering/Track Laying Personnel/Foremen
  • Steel Railroad Tracks
  • Rail Construction Equipment
  • Heavy Construction Equipment
  • Support Equipment

This equipment and the personnel that will come with them are to be competitively low priced, and will work will begin when our workers arrive and confer with Gabonese officials on the direction of the rail lines."

 

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Whilst these negotiations were ongoing, some entrepreneurial Stormlanders who arrived at the Gabonese trading office in Libreville, alerted to the opening by local diplomatic staffers, would make an offer to the Gabonese trading officials. Initiating in almost immediate low-level trading talks, they would offer to fabricate and sell construction equipment to Gabon. These included mobile concrete-making plants that could be used around the nation in relatively easy fashion, and needed little training to erect and use to make quality-grade concrete. Their offer also included construction machinery and equipment that could harvest raw stone needed for these plants to operate properly.

 

This offer would hopefully fulfill some import needs for the newly reconstituted African nation.

 

The Gabon officials would be more than willing to agree to the costs required from the Stormlands, as long as they were not too expensive which none thought they would be, and in a show of friendship the Gabon government offered to put up accommodation for the workers and other visiting people from the Stormlands for free. As for the beginning point of construction the start of the new rail road would begin in the capital of Libreville and would work outwards from there constantly branching so that the whole of the nation would eventually have at least one if not more rail roads connecting it to the rest.

 

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Available construction equipment being offered by the Stormlands traders would be quickly snapped up, in fact many of the traders coming would find that almost as soon as they posted up their quantities of goods and prices they were being bought out by one Gabon company or another. In addition all traders checking the Gabon trade markets would find two divisions for selling and buying goods. The first division was made up exclusively of the big businesses in Gabon whilst the second division was made up of smaller businesses usually locally located outside of the capital and big cities. The former would be offering cheaper prices per unit of goods but buying and selling in bulk whilst the later would be buying or selling less but at an increased price per unit.  

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With the final details of their contracts worked out with the Gabonese officials, the Administration of Progressive National Development began contracting work out to smaller contractual corporations who had significant experience working in harsh terrain and environments. The foremen and specialist they were able to accrue had significant experience from working in the variety of conditions that the Stormlands' experienced for weather and climate, and dozens had more than a decade or more of experience in railroad engineering and track maintenance and laying. These individuals would be offered standard overseas wages for their work, and were selected based on their ability to impart knowledge to others; the Administration was quite aware that their exercise in good will towards the Gabonese was not just about laying track, it was also building competency foundations for Gabonese railroad laborers and their managers. As such, the Stormlands would be dispatching to Gabon, only the best in terms of railroad engineering, as well as teaching others about it, the workers being assembled and briefed in the capital before being flown out on charter jet liners to Libreville.

 

Following behind them would be newly-fabricated railroad construction equipment, including track laying vehicles, which could carry and lay track with an onboard crane as it moved, vehicles that could use both rail and road to move around on. These vehicles included welding equipment, storage for tools, maintenance equipment for both vehicles and railroad infrastructure equipment, and other features. These vehicles would have to be moved by sea, and as an exercise in sealift, the Stormlands would utilize one of their newly-fabricated roll-on, roll-off auxiliary carriers to bring these vehicles over to Gabon. Support vehicles, including heavy-duty lifted four-wheel-drive pick up trucks as well as larger three ton standard work trucks, and off-road ATVs would be sent as well, to help provide the laborers from both Gabon and the Stormlands mobility in an environment with less infrastructure to rely on. Thousands of tons of steel track would also be loaded aboard a commercial bulk carrier for transport across the Atlantic, as the effort to assist the Gabonese in their railroad endeavors picked up pace.

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The arrival of the Stormlands workers and equipment would draw in huge crowds of onlookers as this was event never before seen in Gabon of old or the New Gabon. As the first Stormlands ships pulled in to offload their cargo the sailors on board would see lines of people waving and shouting in greeting whilst young children ran back and forth to get better looks. The off load locations would be kept clear of these crowds and the roads the Stormlanders required to move along were also kept closed for exclusive use by the new arrivals. 

 

In turn a large number of unemployed men would go to their local low level government offices to inquire about joining this new construction project. Almost all of these applicants were unskilled and only really good for basic labour duties but as that was needed at this early stage they were employed on whilst those showing some technical skills and knowledge would be sent to the Stormlanders for them to train and instruct. This huge influx of workers had already caused the first projections for the length of the project to be thrown out as inaccurate. 

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Well, I play two factions, so depending on which one you ask:  The current government of Euphaia is secular and capitalist, and so would vote for the Economic Party.

 

The other faction I play is a group of several hundred socialist and communist freedom fighters, and would vote for the People's Party.  :)

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Given that they had close to a week before the first ships arrived in Gabon, the Stormlanders who arrived by air set to work organizing liaison teams with Gabonese officials, both at the national level, as well as the local level. This was seen as quite important to the health of the project, as cohesion and coordination at all levels of governance was key in keeping their work on task. With Gabonese laborers signing up in droves, the Stormlanders would conduct preliminary training lessons, as well as establishing safety and health guidelines, putting a priority on paying attention to the work environment around them. The Stormlanders stressed that they wanted no lifelong injuries or deaths to happen throughout the entire project, and set that as a primary goal for their newfound laborers. The workers were told to get good nights' rest after work every day, and stay healthy with their nutrition as much as possible during these meetings, where the Stormlanders got acclimatized to their labor force.

 

When the vessels did arrive, and the large crowds showed up to greet them, the Stormlanders who were already in Gabon would quickly move to offload cargo to predetermined marshaling areas they had already set up in the week preceding the ships' arrival. As heavy construction vehicles and equipment rolled off the boats, many of the Stormlander laborers would ride on the relatively slow-moving vehicles, passing off sweets and candy to children who would run alongside the vehicles, many of them not expecting such an impromptu welcoming "ceremony". Every effort was made to ensure these convoys of heavy vehicles moved at a safe speed with the assembled people of Libreville who had turned out to view their arrival, so there were no pedestrian accidents. The Stormlander foremen and managers saw to it that the local Gabonese police forces were well briefed on the large measure of vehicles that were being offloaded, to ensure that they were well organized for the movement of this heavy equipment. Preplanned movement of the steel rails that had arrived had also been worked out with local Gabonese trucking companies, to ensure there were vehicles waiting to be loaded once the ship pulled into port.

 

These organizational processes would ensure that work would begin almost immediately on laying the first sets of tracks out of Libreville, within the first week of equipment disembarkation.

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The New Gabon officials would show the Stormlanders their projected plans for the rail road. The plan would call for the rail road to spread out to the north from Libreville, the capital, heading along the coastline linking the major towns and other urban centers along the way before looping around the northern border and continuing to follow the border all the way around the country and linking back up with Libreville from the south. Once this was complete they could begin working the rail road into a spider network going inwards linking inner towns and cities. 

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[b]Secure Dispatch[/b]

 

"With the apparent destabilization of the both the North and South Atlantic, and the proximity of Gabon to the conflict in the Cape, the High Council has become concerned with the deployment of large numbers of Stormlands civilians in Gabon. To allay these fears, and protect our interests in Gabon, namely our citizens, we would like to make the request that we be allowed to deploy a naval assault troop battalion combat team to Gabon.

 

We hope that this request is acceptable to the Gabonese government and we hope that you understand our position with these unstable events that are unfolding throughout the Atlantic theater."

 

[i]From the Administration of the Exterior[/i]

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Secure Dispatch

 

"With the apparent destabilization of the both the North and South Atlantic, and the proximity of Gabon to the conflict in the Cape, the High Council has become concerned with the deployment of large numbers of Stormlands civilians in Gabon. To allay these fears, and protect our interests in Gabon, namely our citizens, we would like to make the request that we be allowed to deploy a naval assault troop battalion combat team to Gabon.

 

We hope that this request is acceptable to the Gabonese government and we hope that you understand our position with these unstable events that are unfolding throughout the Atlantic theater."

 

From the Administration of the Exterior

 

Secure Dispatch

 

"Due to the developing security situations across the globe we will grant permission for the deployment of a Stormlands naval assault troop battalion combat team to Gabon. However, for this to be allowed the battalion must allow Gabon military observers to travel and station with them. Any movement of forces across the nation must also be cleared by the Gabon military command through communication with these observers.

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The government of Gabon dispatched a number of diplomats and traders out into the Athenian protectorate territory that surrounded the borders of the nation. These traders and diplomats would spread the word of how good the people and land was in Gabon and that the same sort of prosperity was awaiting them if they pledged to join with the nation of Gabon and work together to grow and prosper. The traders would help reinforce the diplomats words by selling high quality Gabon products at much discounted prices and even offering many items for free to the citizens of the protectorate in the hopes of swaying them. 

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All major cities across Gabon are to undertake a huge urbanisation program. From this point on wards any and all space found within these cities is to be converted for use as residential or industrial purpose. Small areas are to be designated as parks where residential or industrial buildings can not be constructed. In addition all current and new residential buildings are to have focus put on building new floors on top of one another to turn them into skyscrapers to house the nation's ever growing population. These skyscrapers will be connected to one another by small enclosed bridges every few floors except for the few lower floors which may impede traffic if they were connected.  

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