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  1. The Frederick Forsyth thriller Icon restores the Russian monarchy selecting Prince Michael of Kent as the new Tsar, crowned Tsar Mikhail Jurjevich. His son, Lord Frederick Windsor, as the presumed Tsarevich Grand Duke Fyodor Mikhailovich of Russia. Perhaps a new Romanov dynasty in Russia in a Cyberpunk campaign making the Russian Federation a constitutional monarchy? The restored Romanovs living in the Alexander Palace, 30 minutes from St Petersburg.
  2. I was thinking of an alternative title--Black Sand, Black Rain.
  3. Postscript: I find the following articles on Wikipedia to be interesting in contemplating changes to the world's maps: "Lists of active separatist movements" http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lists_of_acti...atist_movements "Irredentism" http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Irredentism "List of irredentist claims or disputes" http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_irred...ims_or_disputes "List of proposed state mergers" http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_proposed_state_mergers I don't know if you want to add a second Falklands War to your timeline, Destecado, or add the Falkland Islands to the United Commonwealth or if they become the Islas Malvinas. I have also been thinking about Belgium breaking apart into Flanders and Wallonia and whether they will stay independent. Or if Flanders will join with the Netherlands creating the United Netherlands adopting the Prince William of Orange flag. Or Wallonia deciding to merge with France. There's also the Basque Country between Spain and France. The new nation of Euskal Herria? Perhaps ethnic Kurds in Turkey secede creating Kurdistan. Portugal and Galacia (part of Spain) merge into a single state. Unification of Romania and Moldova.
  4. What's nice about a Cyberpunk role-playing game is that you aren't doing a technology or political forecast. You are free to develop what you believe to be a fun and interesting environment for role-playing campaign. Historical and political research allows you to make the environment much more realistic-sounding and plausible. I should preface my future comments and opinions by stating that the fictional scenarios and history that I may post on View from the Edge for the most part do not express my desired future world or reflect my own political beliefs. Looking at Tom Clancy's End War and early enthusiasm for the European Union in the early 1990s, some authors and commentators imagined a monolithic European Power Bloc, a sort of United States of Europe or European Republic growing from the EEC and then EU. With the Eurobuck as the world's reserve currency, I presume that the authors of Cyberpunk 2013 onwards imagined a monolithic European super state that doesn't match the reality that is 2012 European politics. Deric in his Datafortress 2020 materials uses the term European Defense Force (EDF), which conjures up visions of a European superstate. Some authors have gone to the extreme of imagining a Europe dominated by Germany or the return of Fascism to the content. I very much like your timeline, Destecado. Although the United Kingdom is part of the European Union, it has opted out of the Eurozone. The nation and government has historically had rather tepid enthusiasm to be more closely tied with the continent, the Chunnel not withstanding. I don't know why the Rough Guide to the UK made the creative choice to go with the offspring of Prince Andrew and the Duchess of York as the new Queen. I presume that Queen Victoria II is Princess Beatrice of York. Unless they were thinking of a new Victorian Era with a young queen. Is there an Albert for this young Queen Victoria II? I don't know if Prince Charles will (would) ever ascend the throne. Has he become more popular in the Commonwealth Realms? He has stated that as monarch he would like to be known as King George VII. I was imagining that his son Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, may be crowned as King George VII in a Cyberpunk campaign, bypassing Charles. Or perhaps being crowned as King George VIII rather than King William V. I have been giving a lot of thought to a Commonwealth unification movement and whether I want to go with a loose confederation of states, recreation of the British Empire, or something in between these two extremes. I have been imagining that the name of Northern Ireland would be officially changed to Ulster in the Cyberpunk universe. That political unification would never occur on the island of Ireland. (Not to upset the Irish unificationists out there. Remember this is fiction.) A notional Royal Dominion, Royal Federation of Commonwealth Realms, United Commonwealth, or Commonwealth Confederation. I presume that the monarch would the head of state of tight federation or loose federation. There is also a question of self-rule of the territories that constitute the United Kingdom: England, Guernsey, Isle of Man, Ulster, Scotland, Cymru (Wales). Perhaps we can throw a self-ruling Cornall and Wessex. Then add the Commonwealth Realms: Australia, Canada (without the provinces of Québec and Labrador), Aotearoa (formerly named New Zealand), Antigua and Barbuda, The Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Grenada, Jamaica, Papua New Guinea, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Solomon Islands, Tuvalu. Then we might add Singapore, Brunei, Cyprus, and Malta. This would create the world's fourth largest economy behind the European Union, United States, and China. I decided to ignore the republican movements in Australia etc. If we were really adventurous, we might imagine a Republic of Hong Kong joining this United Commonwealth. (In reality, I am skeptical that the People's Republic of China would let Hong Kong go. But this is science fiction near-future role-playing.) We could imagine that this organization creates the British Poundzone, competing with the Eurozone, and perhaps has a common military and foreign policy. Perhaps member governments have standardized on the same weapons, ships, vehicles, and aircraft. I presume that relations between the United Commonwealth and the United States are amiable. The often discussed "special relationship" that is purported to exist between the United States and the United Kingdom. Thoughts?
  5. I don't know the number of nuclear weapons, or their kiloton or megaton yields, but I imagine that wells in oil fields were broken in the nuclear blast and the thermal radiation set them aflame. Perhaps much of the Middle East resembles scenes from the Fires of Kuwait. The oil fields may be too contaminated with radiation to send in fire crews or the firefighting process has been greatly slowed because of the logistics of working in a radioactive zone. Maybe the oil infrastructure and oil fields were intentionally targeted. The oil in the wells under pressure with thousands of barrels of oil may burn for years. Perhaps smoke from the oil fires is worse than radioactive fallout? In areas, smoke from the fires may blot out 70 to 80% of the sun's radiation and by-products of the petroleum burn pollute soil, air, and water. The region may suffer from black rain and acid rain caused by the air pollutants from the oil fires. The pollution from the oil fires causing illness to populations not affected by the blasts or resultant radiation. For more information: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kuwaiti_oil_fires I presume that this would cause a mass exodus from the Middle East into other areas. The "Mideast Meltdown" may have climatic impact on a global scale. I was thinking maybe the Middle East isn't "The Glass Road", but "Black Sand". The sand in most of the region has turned black from oil pollution and the waters of the Persian Gulf are black from oil.
  6. I have started writing my aircraft source book tentatively titled Aluminum Overcast. Looking at the Maximum Metal rules, they use kilograms and tons as units for vehicle cargo and mass. My question--is this meant to be a short ton (2,000 pounds (907.18474 kg)), long ton (2,240 lb (1,016.0469088 kg)), or metric ton (tonnes) (1,000 kg (2,204.6226218 lb)).) It's confusing that R. Talsorian has decided to mix the U.S. System and the metric system in the Cyberpunk RPG. Why give the cargo capacity and mass in kilograms and then use miles per hour? Why not kilograms and kilometers per hour or lbs. and miles per hour? Is the Lockheed C-200 Universe in Maximum Metal supposed to be Lockheed's proposal for the United States Air Force CX Competition, which was won by the McDonnell Douglas that became the C-17 GlobeMaster III? The required cargo capacity for the CX Competition was 140,000 lbs. or 70 short tons. Which ton should I use when creating vehicles?
  7. I have been interested in creating a national service similar to Olympus E-SWAT or Night City C-SWAT. I believe that a national organization would offer more role-playing possibilities. I was originally thinking of the United States Police Force (USPF) as a uniformed service under the Department of Defense in addition to the current Army, Navy, Air Force, and Marines. I was thinking that this new service would have full-conversion cyborgs and ACPAs, Then I imagined that perhaps this new organization would be under the Department of Homeland Security. A sister organization to United States Customs and Border Protection, United States Coast Guard, Transportation Security Administration (TSA), United States Secret Service etc. While browsing the RAND Corporation web site, I found the following document: A Stability Police Force for the United States: Justification and Options for Creating U.S. Capabilities by Terrence K. Kelly, Seth G. Jones, James E. Barnett II, Keith Crane, Robert C. Davis, Carl Jensen Executive Summary: Excerpt: Conclusions (excerpt) Sources: Full White Paper http://www.rand.org/content/dam/rand/pubs/.../RAND_MG819.pdf Summary http://www.rand.org/content/dam/rand/pubs/...D_MG819.sum.pdf RAND website: http://www.rand.org/pubs/monographs/MG819.html This got me thinking about a national E-SWAT or C-SWAT force that was part of the United States Marshals Service (USMS) that could be deployed internationally or on a need basis across the United States. The USMS in addition to providing security to federal courts, could also provide security to important infrastructure in the United States such as airports and powerplants. Perhaps replacing the Transportation Security Administration (TSA). Have assault rifle-armed and body armor wearing USMS agents at baggage claim and throughout an airport. The USMS could also be deployed internationally into United States Forces conflict zones, such as those in Central and South America and Africa. Or any conflict zone that you might have in your Cyberpunk campaign. To supplement the United States Marshals Service (USMS), the federal government could hire Private Military Companies (PMC) like Arasaka or Lazurus or other PMCs that you might use in your Cyberpunk campaign. Thoughts or observations?
  8. I might be necro-posting here, but I distinctly remember an article in The Economist stating that the apartheid-era South Africa government gave the Japanese "honorary" white status. I also remember South African troops involved in the Angolan Bush War (South Africa Border War). In the Cyperpunk world, perhaps Namibia did not gain its independence from South Africa. Incorporated Orange States (IOS) an Afrikaner homeland? Afrikaanse the official language? Apartheid-era politics. Perhaps the conflict spilling into Zimbabwe (Rhodesia)? Multi-National United (MNU) makes a wonderful evil megacorporation with their private military corporation with the Kudu logo. I would be interested in seeing what you have come up with Geist.
  9. The Gundam franchise has a fictional Eurasian Federation. The name Eurasian Federation, or EF for short, could be used to differentiate this political or economic organization from the European Union (EU) or the European Economic Community (EEC) used in the Cyberpunk franchise. Evrazian Federatsiya in Russian? The Rouble Zone? This gives me an idea to create a source book titled Motherland: The Eurasian Federation Source Book. On the cover, I would have a photograph of the statue designed by Yevgeny Vuchetich and Nikolai Nikitin and erected in Volgograd named The Motherland Calls.
  10. What do people think of the secession of the Punjab (Sikh) regions of Pakistan and India creating the nation of Khalistan? Or perhaps civil war in the Punjab regions by the Khalistan Commando Force (KCF) and the Khalistan Liberation Force (KLF)? For further reference: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Khalistan http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Khalistan_Commando_Force http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Khalistan_Liberation_Force http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Punjab_insurgency
  11. Mujahideen means people doing jihad in Arabic. Transliterations from the Arabic include mujahedin, mujahedeen, mudžahedni, mudžahidin, mujahidīn, mujaheddīn and more. Jihad being a struggle in the path of God. The term is not exclusive to Afghan freedom fighters during the Afghanistan War of 1978-92 and this could be the "Name of the Enemy." They could be led by the Mahdi or Messiah as "The Main Enemy",
  12. Soviet means "council" in Russian and sovietnik means councilor. In Imperial Russia, there was a State Council of Ministers known as the "Soviet of Ministers". There is also currently a State Council of the Russian Federation, an advisory body to the Head of State, which deals with issues of the highest importance to the state as a whole. I guess that the use of the word Soviet or Neo-Soviet does not necessarily refer to a state ruled by a single Communist Party.
  13. We all know that the Soviet Union was still in existence when RTG wrote Cyberpunk 2013 and Cyberpunk 2020 with SovOil etc. We also see mention of the Neo-Soviets, which seems rather dated to me. As luck would have it, on 18 November 2011, the presidents of Belarus, Kazakhstan and Russia signed an agreement, setting a target of establishing the Eurasian Union by 2015. What if for game purposes, the Eurasian Union recreates the old Russian Empire and/or the Soviet Empire? Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eurasian_Union To avoid confusion with the European Union, what if this superstate was named the Eurasian Consortium of Nations (ECON) or an evolution of the Commonwealth of Independent States becoming the Confederation of Independent States or Consortium of Independent States? Thoughts?
  14. I wonder if lines could be drawn between the Mideast Meltdown and the "Arab Spring" or "Arab Awakening" that began on December 17, 2010 to the present? That there wasn't a war between Arab states, but violence erupted when military force was used to crackdown on demonstrations. That the governments used all deadly force including the use of nuclear weapons and other WMDS to prevent the overthrow of respective governments and restore order. Or perhaps we can add al-Qaeda or a similar Jihadist organization that used nuclear weapons to strike at hated governments such as the House of Saud in Saudi Arabia or to punish people and governments within the Middle East. If oil production is cut by half, we must presume that there was much destruction of the oil infrastructure. Instead of nukes, what if oil wells were set aflame like when Saddam Hussein left Kuwait? Or IEDs designed to destroy pipelines or oil-loading docks. Further, what about a closing of the Strait of Hormuz? What if we steal the idea from the James Bond movie The World is Not Enough in which a nuclear accident from a ship irradiates an area making it too hot to enter?
  15. Has anyone come up with rules for introducing L O (Low Observable) Technology aka stealth to Maximum Metal/RTG Cyberpunk? For example, creating the F-22 and the F-35?
  16. Am I the only who is bugged when reading RTG Cyberpunk materials that the European Union is still referred to as the European Economic Community (EEC)? The Treaty of Maastricht in 1992 established the European Union. Eurosource was written in 1991. So in the RTG Cyberpunk world from the perspective of real-world events up to 2012 what makes the most sense for handling the European Community? Does a United States of Europe make more sense? A new nation constituted by the old nations of Europe, what the video game Tom Clancy's End War named the European Federation? With a common currency, common foreign policy, and common military? Or do you believe that the current European Union framework makes sense? There has also been discussion that separatist and secessionist regions in Europe may push for their independence because of the European Union. For example. Belgium breaking up into two countries--Flanders and Wallonia. The Basque region leaving Spain and France to create the country of Euskadi? What would be the most fun for a Cyberpunk campaign? A European Superstate? Balkanized Europe? A Europe that looks like it does in 2012 with no changes in countries and borders? With the current troubles in Greece, there is speculation that nations may leave the Eurozone. Less nations belonging to the European Union? What would be most fun for a Cyberpunk campaign?
  17. The Muslim tribesman fleeing into Western China might be going into the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region of the People's Republic of China. Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Xinjiang There is currently an active separatist movement in Xinjiang or East Turkestan. Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_activ...s_in_Asia#China Perhaps the influx of Muslim refugees into Xinjiang will increase tensions in the region and secession from the People's Republic of China creating the new nation of Uyghuristan or East Turkestan? Flag of Uyghuristan Location of Uyghuristan aka East Turkestan
  18. The Traditional Definition of the Middle East contains the following countries and regions: Bahrain Bahrain Cyprus Egypt Iran Iraq Israel Jordan Kuwait Lebanon Oman Gaza Strip West Bank Qatar Saudi Arabia Syria United Arab Emirates Yemen According to "The Canonical Timeline for RTG's Cyberpunk" 1997 Mideast meltdown. Tensions in middle east escalate to nuclear exchange. Iran, Iraq, Libya, Chad, and the [united] Arab Emirates reduced to radioactive slag. World oil supply drops by half. U.S. military assets in the region are devastated. Moslem tribesmen flee into Western China, away from irradiated bomb impact sites. Other Islamic refugees swarm to the Islamic countries of SEA, compounding population problems Source: http://www.shoestring-graphics.com/CP2020/timeline/ I don't know what SEA is. So a Middle East Supplement might include additional nations that constitute "The Greater Middle East" Afghanistan Algeria Armenia Azerbaijan Comoros Djibouti Eritrea Georgia Kazakhstan Kyrgyzstan Libya Mauritania Morocco Pakistan Somalia Sudan Tajikistan Tunisia Turkmenistan Uzbekistan Western Sahara Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Middle_East Some of these countries were part of the Soviet Union and could belong what some call the Neo-Soviet Union. I believe that a Balkanization of the Middle East would be much more interesting for a role-playing campaign than a unified states such as the notional Islamic Union or the Caliphate in the Shadowrun role-playing game.
  19. No The Trump Organization or Trump Entertainment Resorts? No "The Donald" Jr. and the other Trump children?
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