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Despite his relatively young age, the Chancellor had no illusions about the sheer scale of the task that lay before him. Security issues were blooming. The economy remained on a knife's edge. There was no coherent foreign affairs policy in place. There was work to be done. Plans needed to be set in motion.

 

The first action taken by Chancellor Prescott was to file and release complete government lists for public consumption. His cabinet was small in comparison to past governments but it was experienced and competent.

 

 

  • Vice-Chancellor - Daniel Bedford
  • Minister of Foreign Affairs - Richard Winters
  • Minister of Defence - Alexander Hartmann
  • Minister of Finance and International Development - Elizabeth O'Mahoney 
  • Minister of Education - Michael Vlaar
  • Minister of Councils and Local Government - Anne Lugo
  • Minister of Justice and Law - Thomas Jenkins
  • Minister of Culture, Media and Sport - Edward Lawson
  • Minister of Transportation - Christopher Lee
  • Minister of Northern Ireland - Chloe Hastings

 

 

The Chancellor's next approach involved approving and releasing a number of spending packages to the local councils across the country. Initial packages of around fifty million pounds went to places where major infrastructure work was needed, whilst twelve million pound lots went to some of the major cities for outstanding building contracts. Some of the biggest construction works included: new general health clinics in Birmingham, Leeds and Portsmouth, new schools in London and Manchester and a new hospital in Coventry. In addition to all this, the construction of a series of embassy buildings would begin in London for future use.

 

 

 

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Security threats in the world remained serious and efforts to meet these threats would require a complete re-organisation of the armed forces.

 

Starting with internal security, every existing national security apparatus would be rolled into a new agency: Military Intelligence Section 7. Furthermore, in an attempt to streamline administration and ease bureaucratic procedures, MI7 would consist of four sub-sectors: the Counter-Terrorism Division, Cyber Security Division, the Overseas Operations Contingency and the Extraordinary Activities Division.

 

Over the next several months also, work would begin towards a massive restructuring of the armed services. The Federal Air Force would examine a number of options for retirement of unneeded aircraft, as well as looking into buying transportation aircraft and pursuing a design for a new close air support plane. The Federal Army would require administrative overhauls and a restructuring of troop organisation, as well as an examination of doctrine and training protocols. Moreover, weapons systems would need to be examined and determined as to whether they would continue to fit future mission parameters.

 

With every naval asset destroyed, confiscated or sold in the events of the last world war, the Federal Navy was powerless. The safety of immediate oceanic regions around the British isles would remain in doubt for some time to come. This would also translate into a severe lack of global projection capability and would affect future war movements. Although efforts would be made to change this, with work already finished on new harbours at Portsmouth and Dover, it would be a long time before the British regained their role as masters of the seas.

 

In the mean time, a small coast guard would be created with a number of small patrol ships taking charge in the littorals. These were simply speedboats and armed rigid-hull inflatables, although contracts would go out for a series of new patrol vessels.

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The process of restructuring and rebuilding the armed forces had begun. Close cooperation between the Ministry of Defence and the military's principle high command unit, Federal Warfare Command, would yield impressive results.

 

The first step was to chew through numbers. Approximately 257,640 men and women were part of the armed services. This would need to be reduced significantly to a long-term sustainable level; with the economy in its current shape, there was no way the MoD could keep this number of troops trained and armed to very high standards. To that end, some 75,000 soldiers of all ranks would be let go. A few would be re-introduced into jobs elsewhere in the defence sector whilst others adapted to very normal civilian lives. Some 30,000 however would be retrained in a wide, highly varied range of roles and used to build the new Strategic Reserves Group. Costly but worth it. This left approximately 182,640 active standing troops. A manageable amount and, indeed, necessary for the foreseeable future.

 

The Federal Army now operated with 100,800 men and women, whilst the Federal Air Force contained 66,428 and the Federal Navy 15,412. The Federal Navy operated its own attendant Marine Corps, albeit with a tiny number of troops. There were no individual reserve forces attached to each branch. This was to be taken care of instead by the SRG.

 

Next in the process was reducing the flag ranks in each service to prevent the dangers of a bloated officer corps. Each senior command organisation would find a number of its officers chopped from the system. Most would simply take early retirement while some would be re-integrated into new logistics roles after some logistics personnel were moved forward into active duty combat rosters - almost in a manner of recycling. This ensured a consistent volume of troops available for combat duties whilst also keeping the logistics tails of each branch secure.

 

Thirdly, Federal Warfare Command would be heavily re-organised. FWC now consisted of the leaders of each branch over which it assumed oversight, in addition to a number of administrative staff:

 

Federal Army Command

Field Marshal of the Army Mordechai Khan

General Michael Ince

General William Novak

Major-General Allison Carter

 

Federal Navy Command

Sea Marshal of the Navy Gideon Carver

Admiral Lee Croft

Admiral Richard Lancaster

 

Federal Air Force Command

Air Marshal of the Air Force Patrick McLanahan

General Linda Eriksson

Major-General George Collins

Major-General David Rand

 

Federal Strategic Services Command

General Christopher Lahm

General Trevor Westinghouse

Major-General Arthur Conrad

 

Federal Special Forces Command

General Alan Roth

General Thomas Pike

 

 

Two new military bases would be built, one for the Army in Nottingham and one for the Air Force in Penzance. 

 

Work would also be carried out on overhauling the government's weapons and equipment acquisitions system.

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Infrastructure works across the country were nearing various stages of completion. Public transportation systems were coming back up to full throttle and work began on finally cleaning up and restoring the last of the areas hit hardest by the previous great war.

 

Over the past several months, the Federal Republic had followed a policy of isolation and sought to stay out of foreign affairs issues. With the continent nearly fully restored however, this course of inaction would no longer suffice. Britain had to begin asserting itself within the political environment as best that it could, without stepping on toes. Although there was, of course, no pleasing everyone.

 

Diplomatic overtures would be made towards the French and Hungarians. Prescott, alongside his Foreign Minister, felt that they would be strong European powers in the years to come.

 

On a subtler note, Prescott had been considering whether to bring the Shetland archipelago and the Isle of Man back under the umbrella of British control. They would certainly be better off and were by historical accounts British territories anyway. He dispatched orders to Hartmann, who worked his magic and released two tiny task forces of naval patrol vessels; one would go to the Isle of Man and the other to Shetland.

 

Once local coastal control had been established, four security battalions from the Strategic Reserves Group would be mobilised and transported to their new postings (two to each territory) via Transall C-160 transport aircraft. Simultaneously, Cessna light aircraft would bring across civilian oversight workers and engineers to maintain links with the homeland as well as establish connecting governance.

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Last month's passing of a new piece of legislation in the National Assembly, the Bill of Recognition for Small Superpowers, has led to a sharp increase in the Chancellor's popularity, revealed by a series of polls set out last week. According to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the new bill takes into account the fundamental political rights of newly-declared states to be formally recognised by the Federation of Great Britain and Northern Ireland. Chancellor Prescott further clarified this in a statement made immediately after the passing of the bill:

 

"As a modern and civilised nation, it is important for us to recognise in all political forms, other young nations that declare their existence to the world. Not only is this a matter of mutual respect and political credence, it is also representative of the identity that our country has - and must continue to forge - within the wider world. The benefits of such recognition for all, vastly outweigh the consequences. Thank you."

 

[ooc: This bill serves as blanket recognition of all nations who have declared existence up to this point, including 50k+.]

 

The Ministry of Defence announced last week that it has acquired a single Kora-class corvette outfitted with a 76mm rapid-fire cannon, four quad Harpoon missile launchers and two 20mm Phalanx close-in weapons systems. Additionally, the Federal Navy has successfully restored and refurbished two mothballed Type 23 frigates. These ships will for the foreseeable future be the primary offshore combat vessels of the armed forces. Furthermore, shipbuilding contracts for two new series' of coastal patrol vessels have been agreed upon, with construction of the first vessels of each class beginning next month.

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With the economy slowly but surely recovering, further boosts were observed recently as several domestic businesses showed substantial growth, with subsidiaries granted by the government for small companies and a slightly lower tax rate on the largest ones. Just a few notably prosperous entities that have entered the scene lately include: Primarch Munitions, Thorgan-Müller Aluminium Systems, Novus Drilling, Federal Ordnance, Elysium Heavy Machinery, Altman Shipbuilding Company, Hive Electronics and That Burger Company.

 

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Recognising that British naval power was limited in realistically every possible nature, the Ministry of Defence in conjunction with the Navy began a large-scale defence project. Project Thornflower was the name of the effort to install a defensive missile system with response options at designated points along the entire national coast which would be reinforced by a number of small military airstrips for maritime patrol and strike aircraft.
 
First, a suitable missile was needed. No satisfactory domestic option existed so it was decided that an unlicensed copy of a foreign missile would be used: the Russian-built P-700 Granit anti-ship cruise missile. The Shipwreck would be modified to improve its overall performance, with a new rocket motor, improved booster rocket fuel, digital electronics and a new 750-kilogram unitary high-explosive semi-armour piercing warhead. Freshly-constructed Federal Ordnance factories in Birmingham and Sheffield would roll out the new missiles, now designated GCM-17 Cyclone, whilst a factory in Leeds could assemble suitable transporter erector launchers, themselves based on a variant of the [url=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Puma_armored_engineering_vehicle]Hunter[/url] combat engineering vehicle.
 
The next stage consisted of setting up specific batteries at launch points around the country. The missile possessed a maximum range of roughly 550km, so the estimated requirement was for four strategic regions, north, south, east and west with three batteries placed in each region, giving coverage over large parts of the surrounding oceanic areas where necessary. Each battery had two TEL systems for a total of four missiles, operated by a ground crew and supported by individual, non-integrated air defence systems. Finally, small airfield outposts under Navy control would be built over a number of months, with each one hosting a small number of navy aircraft.
 
Other military projects were getting under way elsewhere. Project Push Hammer is a Federal Army attempt to establish and develop credible counterinsurgency techniques and tactics by collaborating with civilian specialists, particularly criminologists and anthropologists, whilst the Federal Navy has begun Project Stone Shore which looks at amphibious defence tactics and examines options for additional suitable weapons systems that may be employed ashore.
 
The Navy also recently took delivery of the first of its two new coastal vessel series', the [url=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sa%27ar_4.5-class_missile_boat]Everest-class[/url] Offshore Patrol Vessel and [url=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Storm_class_patrol_boat]Thor-class[/url] Coastal Defence Boat, with one ship from each class now under Navy control.
 
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The Defence Research Establishment and Development section of the government's Deep Science Division has begun work on a black project related to earth-penetrating weapons.
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Stage One of Project Thornflower has been complete; the Russian-built missile has been successfully copied and transformed into a new missile suitable for domestic production purposes. The relevant factories have been provided with the designs and will begin production once heavy equipment has been installed.

 

The MoD has also secured contracts with Primarch Munitions to produce a variety of ammunition types at the company's factories across the country.

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