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Post by 99luftballons on Tue Feb 17, 2015 10:15 pm

It is 2016. The world itself is in relative stability militarily, a feat that can be acredited to the various intergovernmental bodies and the want of nations (Europeans in particular) to live in peace as opposed to in a world where the strong rule the weak. However, new powers are perhaps upsetting such a peaceful vision which has defined the post WWII period. Notably there is a rise in China, India, Russia, Brazil and the Asian tigers. In Asia, China has set itself through as the dominant power and by a poll taken, over 60% of every neighboring country fears that China will use its considerable military muscle.

***Summary of the world at start-don't need to read it all if you don't want to***

Asia itself is growing. The Middle East remains a region of conflict. The only reason most countries care is due to oil dependence. Saudi Arabia and other gulf states are of course utilizing their vast oil reserves to build up wealth. Saudi Arabia is the richest, heavily competing with its rival, Iran who is also an oil producer. Many nations (particularly western ones) have embargoed Iran over its alleged nuclear program that is said to be producing more than just energy. Iran is currently trying to prove to the west it is going to be peacefully using nuclear power, but when the inspectors come, they are blocked from certain sections of the nuclear plant. Israel is probably the loudest proponent against Iran. The Jewish state located amongst many Muslim states has managed to survive because of its advanced technology (courtesy of the west). To the north is Turkey, one of the most populous regions, which has become increasingly authoritarian, much to the west's chagrin.
To the east is the most dangerous border region. Pakistan (a nuclear power) borders India (another nuclear power) who both claim Kashmir as their own. The tiny region is the start of a vital river, which allows the regions owner to control the water supply. The region remains divided and no amount of negotiations has been able to resolve this delicate issue. India itself is westernizing at a moderate pace. It is the world's largest democracy and recently has joined the ranks of space exploring nations. However it remains behind its northern neighbor China.
The Southeast of Asia is no quite as prosperous. Thailand has seen many revolts over recent years and the other countries are just out-competed by India and China. However Singapore has become quite rich over the years, and is one of the Asian Tigers (Small Asian nation that has become a financial power). It is also important to mention that to the East of the Siamese region lies the South China sea, claimed by a variety of nations. However China is stronger than all the other claimants combined adding further tensions.
China itself has grown into the world's largest economy. It has the largest army and is a permanent member on the UN security council. However, not everything is rosy with China's growth. First off, there is huge air polution, no doubt as a result of the industrial sector. Furthermore, there is a sharp wealth gap between urban citizens and their rural counterparts. China is also composed of 1.3 billion people, which means that the government has a huge (surplus?) population to contend with. Not all of them ethnically Han Chinese. Tibetans want their independence and the Muslim regions in the west. Tensions with western powers over its alleged human right abuse have also soured relations.

Africa on the other hand has struggled modernizing. As a whole there have been upteen revolts in nearly all the countries and many countries are unstable or governed by an autocratic president. South Africa is probably the most advanced nation in Africa and badly wants a seat on the UN security council to represent the continent.

South America has seen some more growth. Brazil has long been considered a rising star. However when hosting the 2014 FIFA world cup, it has shown signs of still being backward. Without going into detail, Brazil is still considered a regional power, but it just hasn't reached its full potential yet. To the south is another notable nation: Argentina. Argentina has recently defaulted on its own debt. This has severely hurt relations with the lender nations. Also Argentina wants the Falklands (island chain) badly. It has already fought the British over the Falklands.

North America is dominated by three countries: Mexico, US, and Canada. Mexico has been a bit unstable with their drug cartels. Mexico is trying to fix the problem, but a long path remains ahead of the country. The US is considered the world power (right now). It is a permanent member on the UN Security council and has actively been trying to promote its ideals abroad. The US is doing economically well and has the best equipped (and most advanced) military on the globe. It is also part of the worlds biggest and baddest alliance: NATO. To the north is Canada, another NATO member. It is rich in resources and is oftentimes refereed to as the friendly dictatorship (that means parlament gets elected and stuff gets done unlike the American hard(ly) working congress). It follows western policies and generally supports the west.

Europe is a continent filled to the brim of small nations, who collectively have formed the European Union (EU). Not all are members. The Southern portion of the EU (Portugal, Spain, Greece and Italy) have recently had financial issues. Greece more so than the others. Holding the purse strings is the EU commission in Brussels and Germany. This has led to a few disputes over debt with Germany. Germany for its part has been trying to force other European nations to comply with austerity (modeled on the German economy) in exchange for loans, which has led to a lot of anger against the Chancellor. France and Britain are also members of the UN security council. To the east is Russia. Russia has had an awkward relation with the EU. Russia has a president who many claim has not been fair in the elections. Furthermore when Russia and the EU have disputes Russia (which basically supplies the entire east of Europe with gas) has shut off its gas valves. The EU has repeatedly tried to come to terms with Russia, but much work needs to be done still.

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Re: (Mostly) Invisible Hand

Post by Flagmauth on Tue Feb 17, 2015 11:38 pm

Kira, god of war, takes the form of a headless seven-foot figure with wings for arms, pincer-like talons in place of feet and twin burning red eyes set into the chest. He likes China. China is huge, a dictatorship, and in possession of the largest army on Earth, if not necessarily the best. He appears to the Chinese premier or whatever the head of state is called in private and allows gives him an offer. Kira will slaughter the governing body of any one nation on Earth of the premier's choice.

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Re: (Mostly) Invisible Hand

Post by 99luftballons on Wed Feb 18, 2015 9:05 am

The Chinese president is stunned by the sight of the god, impressed by its size (and of course the fact that no such creature had ever seen on Earth). Clearly he hadn't ever seen one before "who are you?" he asks carefully, trying not to offend a being that could well kill him in a single swipe.
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Post by Helsing on Wed Feb 18, 2015 9:41 am

In every major space agency in the world their censers received data of a huge solar flare that just suddenly happened. Everyone was in a panic as the solar winds went to Earth but there was no recorded change in anything all across the earth. the only thing that had changed was a small forest in the middle of Africa was now on its side as the trees fell over from the solar winds.

Lutos stood in the now destroyed forest. He had gotten board looking over the earth and now he hoped that something would interest him.

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Post by 99luftballons on Wed Feb 18, 2015 9:54 am

The US sends a probe to determine the effects of said solar winds, besides the destroyed forest. Researchers are sent there as well (will arrive ~24h), because of a "massive opportunity" for research.

Unfortunately(or fortunately) for lube, he lands in the Central African Republic, which is controlled by various rebel factions. He is found by a small band of rebels who obviously mean to capture and later kill him. Their AK's are pointed straight at him.

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Post by Helsing on Wed Feb 18, 2015 10:02 am

Lutos looks at the guns and then to the sun, his main source of power "You all are how you humans say cute" he says smiling

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Post by 99luftballons on Wed Feb 18, 2015 10:10 am

In thick accent their leader replied "N-o j-o-ks. You com wid us."
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Post by Helsing on Wed Feb 18, 2015 10:21 am

Lutos sighs "Fine I'll play along, take me to your leader or what ever"

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Post by 99luftballons on Wed Feb 18, 2015 10:28 am

Lutos is roughly dragged along to a local leader. He looks at Lutos "you are not from here I can tell. Are you a rich tourist? or a government spy?"

He smirks, trying to impress Lutos by sharpening two nasty looking knives "please do tell. Maybe you'll live..."
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Post by Flagmauth on Wed Feb 18, 2015 10:42 am

The president is regarded by the creature. "I am Kira."

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Post by Helsing on Wed Feb 18, 2015 11:11 am

Lutos smiles and the knives the man was sharpening suddenly became red hot and melted in his hands

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Post by 99luftballons on Wed Feb 18, 2015 1:49 pm

The man drops the knives instinctively and looks at them in horror. He remembers he has a prisoner to impress and his expression didn't help "Kill him."
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The Chinese President didn't like that the creature hadn't bothered to elaborate, but the proposal it had given him was a good one "Kira, how exactly are you going to help me invade another country" he asked. After all it didn't hurt to consider an offer from a creature much larger than oneself.
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Post by Flagmauth on Wed Feb 18, 2015 2:27 pm

"I can kill the leadership of any one country you specify, including the head of state, legislative body and top military officials as applies to the given nation. Or more specifically, that's what I will do." Kira had, of course, other abilities - namely the god was considering replacing most of the Type 96 tanks in the People's Liberation Army with Type 99s.

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Post by Helsing on Wed Feb 18, 2015 3:38 pm

Lutos laughs and all around him flames swirled like they were snakes around their master. In fact the flames did turn into snakes "Know your places mortals" Lutos says

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Post by 99luftballons on Wed Feb 18, 2015 4:22 pm

Like any political figure, the president was quick to recognize an opportunity. To take over a country of choice was one that he could not refuse. The question was which country. Japan would be a nice target, except it was under American protection (and has nuclear capabilities). Otherwise taking them over would be a nice way to get revenge for past wrongs and propaganda. Mongolia and most other Chinese neighbors are weak and insignifigant. That left Russia and India. Both had nuclear capabilities, a strong deterrent, but both had lands that China rightfully had a claim on. This left a only a few good choices. Kazakhstan was probably the best due to its sheer size, raw materials (including oil) and strategic location for getting the upper hand influencing the Stanleys. However one problem remained: was Kira really as good as she said she was "Kira, I'll discuss this with my generals and fabricate the necessary claims. But before I do that...not because I don't believe you...I'd like to see a demonstration.."

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Post by Flagmauth on Wed Feb 18, 2015 4:28 pm

"So choose." Kira said simply, those twin red lights that served as eyes locked on the president's face.

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Post by 99luftballons on Wed Feb 18, 2015 4:31 pm

The president got a little unnerved around those red eyes "What If I wanted to regain lands lost to Russia? They are a nuclear power."
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Post by Flagmauth on Wed Feb 18, 2015 4:41 pm

"That will not be a problem." Kira said matter-of-factly.

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Post by 99luftballons on Wed Feb 18, 2015 4:44 pm

The president wasn't convinced "and how will that not be a problem. You may be a creature of power, but how will that problem be dealt with?"
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Post by Flagmauth on Wed Feb 18, 2015 4:51 pm

"I will deal with it." Kira did not explain several things. First of all that as a god of war he had influence of any weapon or any weapons system. Second of all that as a Chaotic deity he did not like the current balance of power represented by mutually assured destruction. Therefore, nuclear weapons flat-out would not work while Kira had something to say about it.

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Post by 99luftballons on Wed Feb 18, 2015 4:57 pm

The President was a careful man and didn't needlessly take risks, but something in the way that Kira said "I'll deal with it" assured him. He went over to fetch some wine for himself and offered Kira a glass "Then Russia it'll be. They've taken Chinese lands in Manchuria, and now I want them back, possibly more. One issue remains: a reason for war. Hopefully so that we are the 'innocent' party."
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Post by Helsing on Wed Feb 18, 2015 5:20 pm

"Your choice" the titan says. His snakes came off his body and burned everyone that had shot him into ash before they could even scream

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Post by 99luftballons on Wed Feb 18, 2015 5:27 pm

With that the rebel camp had been reduced to little more than ashes, since everyone had been shooting.
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Post by Helsing on Wed Feb 18, 2015 10:09 pm

Lutos looks around "Is that all?" he wonders

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Post by Flagmauth on Wed Feb 18, 2015 11:08 pm

"That does not concern me." Kira said. The political issues weren't the area of a god of war - he had thought about it already but what it boiled down to was if China could take Siberia there was very little anyone else could do about it. Military intervention was exceedingly unlikely, economic sanctions were less than worthless, and political statements were ultimately mere words.

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