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[Decree from the Archon, Public Press Release]

 

In a move to boost the nation's economy, Archon Johan Van Rensburg has announced the nationalization of all mining operations into the Directorate of National Mining. "The Dominion of Draka has some of the world's highest reserves of natural minerals. It's also the highest source of revenue for our nation. While some might disagree with this move, it's pivotal for the future of this nation."

 

In addition, the Directorate of National Mining will increase the nation's mining budget by over sixty percent. "These increased funds will be used to update mining facilities throughout the nation." Director Rosenburg stated to the press. "By doing so, we will increase economic revenue through exports and create millions of jobs at home."

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[Legislative News, Public Press Release]

 

After the formation of the Dominion of Draka, the nation's Parliament didn't waste time getting to work. After a brief session, the state's Legislative branch passed two laws. The Law for the Protection of National Mining and the Drakan Citizenship Law.

 

The Law for the Protection of National Mining was passed to protect the nation's mineral resources from illegal mining and mineral smuggling for many illegal activities such as drug trafficking, financing terrorism and money laundering. The punishment for the above listed activities will be no less than twenty five years in a government mandated labor camp.

 

The second law passed, The Drakan Citizenship Law, labels all residents of the Dominion of Draka as Citizens, no matter the race or religious backgrounds.

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[Economic News, Public Press Release]

 

In order to quell the use of various currencies in The Dominion of Draka, the Directorate of Economics announced a re denomination of the nation's currency. The new currency, the Auric (A), will be the standard currency of the nation.

 

The Directorate of Economics also announced a revaluation of the nation's currency, in order to raise the value of the nation's currency to match the current foreign fixed exchange rate.

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[Legislative, Economic News, Public Press Release]

 

The Drakan Restoration Act, introduced as the Five Year Restoration Plan by Archon Johan Van Rensburg, was unanimously passed by the Parliament of Draka after thirty minutes of deliberation. The Drakan Restoration Act's main goal is to reduce unemployment; increase synthetic production; spread industrial to rural areas and renovate existing systems; increase mining of minerals for export and internal use; undertake public works projects under the direction of the various Directorates; increase automobile and other necessary production; initiate numerous building and architectural projects; and further develop the nation's road and railroad networks.

 

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To further corroborate, the Directorate of Transportation and the Directorate of Public Works announced detailed plans. The plans for the massive railway renovation would be made of the following components.

 

I. upgrade pre-existing rail lines that can accommodate high-speed trains,
II. create a national grid of mostly passenger dedicated HSR lines (PDLs),
III. other newly built conventional rail lines that can carry high-speed passenger and freight trains, and
IV. certain regional "intercity" HSR lines.

 

The nation's highways will also be renovated and expanded. Under the planned systems, the highways will be divided into three categories.

 

  • Y-Class Highways: 5-7 Lanes
  • X-Class Highways: 2-4 Lanes
  • W-Class Roads: 1 Lanes

The Y-Class Highways will be the largest highways in Draka. These will be used to connect major cities across the country. They will have 5-7 lanes on each side and emergency lanes, to ensure that emergency vehicles don't disrupt traffic nor do they have to wait for traffic to clear.

 

The X-Class Highways will be the medium highways, but they will be the most common of all the types. These will dot the entire country, making them the main backbone transportation system. These highways will have 2-4 lanes along with the standard emergency lane.

 

W-Class Roads will be the smallest type of road transportation. They will be mostly common in local areas.

 

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[Energy News, Public Press Release]

 

The Directorate of Energy has announced the construction of fusion reactors in the Dominion.

 

"Today, I am pleased to announce the construction of over a dozen fusion reactors in the Dominion." Director Wilkson stated to the press. "By switching to Fusion Power, we will be joining some of the world's leading powers in clean energy development. In addition, we will be helping our own environment, by retiring our older fission reactors."

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[Preparations for the Protracted Struggle, Internal Memo to the War Directorate *TOP SECRET*]

 

With the Drakan economy reaching unprecedented levels, now it is time for the next step. As with any nation, there will always be enemies to challenge our sovereignty. For that reason, a strong national defense force is needed. As Archon, I have submitted a bill to the Drakan Parliament for the establishment of a Defense Force. However,  we must begin preparations for the supporting of an army of over one million men and an air force that can dominate the skies over any continent.

 

The military-industrial complex must be revamped, with factories being re-opened and updated to first world standards. Our shipyards must be re-opened, with important air bases built and opened around the country.

 

These preparations will be left into the hands of the War Directorate.

 

Signed,

Archon of the Dominion of Draka

Johan Van Rensburg

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[We are all one people, We are all Draka!; Publication from the Directorate of Culture]

 

The Directorate of Culture has begun an extensive campaign to abolish tribal terror and ethnic discrimination within the Dominion. "We are all one! For the unified Draka to succeed, we must set aside racial and religious stereotypes that have been taught for generations. Why hate your brother because he is from another tribe, a different skin color, or from a different religious background? We must not present an open wound, for the wild beast always smells blood and weakness." stated a recently hung poster.

 

"Tribal discrimination and racism have always been the main issues on this continent; however, it won't be an issue in the Dominion." a representative from the Directorate of Culture stated. "Do not get confused. There won't be some grand re-writing of ethic histories or the wiping of cultures. The different cultures is what makes this nation unique; however, they can be taught without the hate. Unity under the Drakan name is what we hope to achieve.

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[Legislative News, Public Press Release]

 

In today's news, the Parliament of Draka pass the Drakan Defense Act. The act formally creates the Drakan Armed Forces and vest all operational control of the Armed Forces into the War Directorate. In addition, Section 118 of this act "prohibits the publication of information relating to the composition, movements, or dispositions of the Defence Force, unless the Director of War has approved publication. Moreover, it is an offence to publish, without the Director's consent, any comment ofrumour relating to the activities of the Defence Force which is 'calculated to prejudice or embarrass members of the public' "

 

This act also authorized the Archon "to impose censorship during a state of war ... over any postal, telegraphic, telephonic, or radio matter or communication" passing within, into or from the Dominion. Furthermore, Section 121 made "it an offence, punishable by a fine not exceeding A5,000 and/or imprisonment for up to six years, to use any language or do any act with intent to encourage any other person or persons to refuse to do military service"

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[Preparations for the Protracted Struggle, Continued Developments *TOP Secret*]

 

With little to no publicity, the nation's newly developed multi-tiered air defense and coastal defense networks went online. In just a few short hours, the Dominion of Draka was transformed into one of the most fortified countries in the world. In the weeks ahead, these systems would be placed under dozens of real-world exercises to test readiness and the reliance of the technology used.

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[Preparations for the Protracted Struggle, Normal and Clandestine Developments *Top Secret*]

 

Throughout the Dominion, the massive factories roared as thousands of weapon's systems of all types continued to be manufactured on an around the clock basis. "We're making enough weapons to wage a war for ten years." was a common joke being spread around the War Directorate. Top officials would just nod and laugh, for that was the truth that few knew.

 

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[Internal Developments, Creation of a New Directorate]

 

In an internal memo, circulated throughout government offices, Johan van Rensburg announced the formation of a new directorate. The Directorate of Public Enlightenment and Propaganda. The Directorate of Culture will be merged into the Directorate. The main task of the Directorate of Public Enlightenment and Propaganda will be to spread a positive image of the Drakan government and to monitor and quell negative public attitudes, such as dangerous tribal attitudes.

 

"A good government can no more exist without propaganda than good propaganda without a good government." Johan van Rensburg would say to his closest advisers.

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[Naval Developments, Internal News *TOP Secret*]

 

With the extensive arms build up in the Dominion of the Draka, the Drakan Navy had received considerable funds. Because of that, the Drakan Navy operated one of the largest blue water navies in Africa. However, there was no clear role for this massive battle fleet. Does the Drakan Navy delegate itself to a brown water coastal defense force, or would it be used to spread it's influence? This was the subject of many debates in the War Directorate, with the end result being the transformation of the Drakan Navy into a global force. However, despite having over six carrier strike groups, these forces were still lacking the necessary equipment for the power projection role, such as submarines, tankers, and logistics vessels.

 

In the end, the Naval Department decided to decommission both carriers from Carrier Strike Group 4, freeing the necessary manpower and other resources. In it's place, thirty-two submarines would be constructed and added to the Submarine Fleet. Carrier Strike Group 4 would be transformed into a mobile task force, with the Naval Department looking into options on whether to form a Marine Expeditionary Force or assign the ships to the other five carrier groups.

 

An increased emphasis would be placed on the building of tankers, logistics/supply ships, and other systems needed for operating a modern navy.

 

 

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[Legislative News, The Drakan Defense Act]

 

The Drakan Parliament has passed the Drakan Defense Act. The Drakan Defense Act gives the Archon the ability to launch preemptive military strikes against any nation that threatens the Dominion of Draka directly or indirectly.

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[Naval News, Internal Developments]

 

After intense discussions on the future of the Drakan Navy, Naval Command has ordered the construction of two Zarconius-class Amphibious Assault Ships (America-class Amphibious Assault Ships). After construction, both ships will be dispatched to the former ships of Carrier Strike Group 4, which will be split and formed into two Expeditionary Strike Groups.

 

[Drakan Air Force News, Internal Developments]

 

Air Force Command has ordered the acquisition of ten squadrons (120) F/A-18 Super Hornets. These fighters will be dispatched to the nation's Air Defense Force.

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[Foreign Affairs Directive, Internal Memo]

 

The Diplomatic isolationist phase enforced from within has been declared over. "The Dominion of Draka has now reached a period of economic and military prosperity." Archon van Rensburg stated in a memo to the Foreign Affairs Directorate. "Now we must begin the task of reaching out and establishing strategic diplomatic friendships worldwide."

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[The Drakan Armed Forces Plans Exercises, Internal Memo]

 

In a memo to the Office of the Archon, the Directorate of War announced that the Armed Forces of Draka was at a status ready for "immediate war and defense." In recognition of this internal memo, the War Directorate announced a round of extensive military exercises, designed to test the combat readiness of the armed forces. Military exercises were targeted to begin in forty eight hours.
 

 

War Directorate

Subject: Operation: Awakening

 

As ordered by the Supreme General Staff of the War Directorate, Operation: Awakening, the exercise designed to test all military capabilities of the Drakan Armed Forces were to begin in forty eight hours. The following units are to be dispatched to participate in this exercise:

 

Drakan Army Units:

 

  • I. Mechanized Legion
  • II. Mechanized Legion
  • I. Air Assault Legion

 

Drakan Naval Units:

 

  • Carrier Strike Group 1 (one super carrier, one 'Executor'-Class Heavy Battleships, two Mandator-class Guided Missile Cruisers, seven Tector-Class Guided Missile Destroyers, Seven 'Majestic'-Class Guided Missile Frigates, ten 'Tartan' Class Guided Missile Corvettes, two Jorrmungandr-class Nuclear Attack Submarines )
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  • Carrier Strike Group 2 (one super carrier, two 'Executor'-Class Heavy Battleships, one Mandator-class Guided Missile Cruisers, six 'Tector'-Class Guided Missile Destroyers, Seven 'Majestic'-Class Guided Missile Frigates, ten 'Tartan' Class Guided Missile Corvettes, two Jorrmungandr-class Nuclear Attack Submarines )
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  • Carrier Strike Group 3 (one super carrier, one 'Executor'-Class Heavy Battleships, one Mandator-class Guided Missile Cruisers, six 'Tector'-Class Guided Missile Destroyers, Five 'Majestic'-Class Guided Missile Frigates, eight 'Tartan' Class Guided Missile Corvettes, two Jorrmungandr-class Nuclear Attack Submarines )
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  • Expeditionary Strike Group (two amphibious assault carriers, three 'Executor'-Class Heavy Battleships, two Mandator-class Guided Missile Cruisers, ten 'Tector'-Class Guided Missile Destroyers, ten 'Majestic'-Class Guided Missile Frigates, ten 'Tartan' Class Guided Missile Corvettes)
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  • Submarine Group I
  • 1 Jorrmungandr-Class Nuclear Attack Submarine
  • 10 Viking-class Guided Missile Submarines
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  • Submarine Group II
  • 4 Jormungandr-Class Nuclear Attack Submarines
  • 10 Viking-class Guided Missile Submarines

 

Drakan Air Force:

 

Three Xenian EWACs and Three Xenian AWACs for air support ops.

 

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[Legislative News, Public Press Release]

 

In today's news, the Drakan Parliament unanimously passed the One Draka Act. Article I of the Act states that the Dominion of Draka is rightfully entitled to all lands previously owned by South Africa. In addition, Article II states that it is "the rightful duty of the Dominion of Draka to protect Drakan nationals from racism, terrorism, and economic depravity, wherever the individuals might be."

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[A Case for War, Breaking Public Press Release]

 

In a emergency press conference, Johan van Rensburg, Archon of the Dominion of Draka, presented his case for war.

 

"This decision did not come easy; however, this is something that has to be done. This decadent government continues to build lavish projects; while, it's people starve. It's quite obvious that the people exist only as play things."

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[Defense News, Internal Memo]

 

Citing the need for an effective electronic warfare aircraft, Air Force Command has ordered the production of the Lu-67E, a modified version of the Lu-69 multi-role fighter. The Lu-67E will be able to accompany fighters and bombers during all phases of an attack mission and provide the necessary electronic and jamming support. In order to place these fighters into immediate service, Lu-67s will be taken from the national reserve, modified and deployed. The first units will be sent to the Drakan Carrier Strike Groups, with the Air Force receiving units after.

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[Legislative News, National Assembly Passes Annexation Law, Public Press Release]

 

The National Assembly has overwhelmingly approved a bill to annex "the Cape" into the Dominion of Draka. As such, all independent organizations, which claim independence from Praetoria, are now considered to be illegal. In addition, the bill authorizes the government to use all necessary force to quell "unlawful rebellions" in the Cape against the central government.

 

"Any persons which raises arms against a Drakan soldier or commits to terrorist activity in the Cape will be dealt with accordingly. There will be no mercy given." stated a member of the National Assembly.

 

 

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[The Security Directorate, Decree from the Archon, Internal/TOP SECRET Memo]

 

"With the commencing of anti-partisan operations in the Cape, various states have risen up against the Dominion of Draka which could pose problems in the future. While these states might not be able to influence politics externally, these states might try to ignite old ethnic and religious tensions within our borders. For that reason alone, I, hereby, decree the formation of the Security Directorate. The organization will be tasked with protecting the Dominion from infiltration by Separatist saboteurs, anarchists, insurrectionists, and seditionists, with at best ancillary roles in general counterintelligence, counterinsurgency, and counterterrorism.  The Security Directorate will be an amalgamation of all uniformed and internal security units in Draka, which will improve efficiency immensely." - excerpt from the Archon's Decree

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[Economic Prosperity]

 

After just five years, the Dominion of Draka was experiencing one of the greatest economic leaps in Africa. From reports released by the Directorate of Economics, the nation's GNP has risen by seventy percent; while, the GDP has risen by seventy percent. Such a rise has been contributed to the new economic guidelines set into place, in addition to a massive redistribution of the vast wealth generated from the nation's mining operations. In a secondary report, the nation's unemployment rate had also fallen to just four percent of the population. The drop is attributed to various public works projects and economic policies, which stress the Dominion of Draka's reliance from foreign vendors. "From today and onward, the lower class is non existent. The Dominion of Draka is a nation that will be built on the middle and upper-class echelons of society. Those two are the stepping stones for the future aristocratic state. "

 

The economic prosperity would lead to an influx of immigrants. Former citizens from Transvaal and other former South African states would make their back to Draka. There would also be an influx from other states, more notably former citizens and government officials from the Greater Germanic Reich and the recently collapsed Greater Sith Empire. The descendants of the last Reichskanzler of Greater Germany, Eva Schmidt, would be the most notable, along with Caedus. Most of their reasons would be "looking for a new life." while, others would blame the recent turmoil in Europe for the influx.

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[Fuel Efficient Future]

 

"A Fuel Efficient Future" was one of the many taglines used by the Drakan government during the inauguration of the Dominion. In an announcement from the Directorate of Transportation and Safety, it was announced that over seventy percent of the cars on the road were of the electric variety, which has reduced dangerous emissions tremendously. The success of the program was made possible through the combined effort of the nation's Automotive Combines, which introduced dozens of affordable models throughout the nation. While most citizens are able to afford these new vehicles, the government was quick to offer special grants for the purchase of an electric vehicle, as long as the citizen in question traded in his old vehicle. The older vehicles would not be trashed and forgotten; instead, the materials and metals from the recycled objects would be used in the numerous public works and architectural projects.

 

The introduction of electric vehicles and other measures brought the overall use of fossil fuels down considerably, with the extra fuel being dispatched to the nation's strategic fuel reserve.

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[War Directorate Decree, Internal Memo]

 

From: The War Directorate

CC: Supreme General Staff, Office of the Archon

 

Subject: The War in the Cape

 

The war in the Cape is, hereby, downgraded to the level of a minor conflict.

 

The Carrier Strike Groups I and III will be withdrawn from the area.

 

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["Africa has abandoned us; therefore, it is time for us to create our own destiny." - Elvira Naldorssen, written in the pamphlet "The Future of Draka]
 
"There is no surprise that Africa has abandoned and turned their backs on the Dominion of Draka. The African continent is convinced that it can interfere in the internal affairs of our nation. Some nations have even suggested that our great leaders be tried in criminal courts, with the end result being our dismantling. As a nation we must rise up and adopt a new identity, we must no longer consider ourselves African but Drakan. Rest assured, this is not some Nordic Socialist movement. We do not claim to be superior to everyone else. We are adopting a new identity. This new identity will tear racial and religious indifference from our nation and propel us to the stars." - Elvira Naldorssen, Drakan Philosopher and prominent Drakan National Party member.
 
Throughout the nation, these pamphlets were being spread like wildfire. Some members of the Drakan National Party waved Elvira off as as a "loon" ; while, a majority of the members praised the document , as one of the most importance literary pieces in Drakan history. With news of the failed African Union meeting being spread along with the hostile Anti-Drakan attitudes, citizens of the nation were in full support of the proposed change, which pushed Nadorssen's popularity to unforeseen heights. Edited by Malatose
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