Quest Deep Periphery Quest (Battletech Sandbox Empire Builder)

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[X]2996 Winter Games on Griffon IV, 2996 Summer Games on Nowa Warszawa
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[X] 2996 games on Nowa Warszawa
[] 2996 Winter Games on Griffon IV, 2996 Summer Games on Nowa Warszawa

Both are pretty good choices, question is chance at event chain vs higher chance of a small boost to GDP of our most productive planet (and introducing winter sports). Hard decision, but decided to go with event chance.

Quick note: pollution cleanup is supposed to be done in three turns, leaving 2 turns to prepare for Olympics after that's done.

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Turn 61 - Vulture's Jeering At Me

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Turn 61 - Vulture’s Jeering At Me

Your prediction proved accurate, as Thanh is highly indignant when she discovers that Admiral Benjamin had recommended her for the CNO slot. The whining is not quite to the level as it was when she got shifted from ASF to Dropship duty, but is still rather impressive. You do get the sense she’s doing it for show, however, because you caught her and her wife discussing spending more time with the kids, and she hasn’t once threatened you with loss of ba privileges with her brood.

You get some reports from Griffon IV, folks are a bit disgruntled about losing out on the next Olympics, but it’s only minor grumbling at this point. The organizers are more sanguine, as the new facilities do put them at the top of the running for the next Pan-Griffon Games and future Olympiads.

You receive more dispatches from Jeremy, he is anticipating wrapping up primary combat operations on Ravenna by the end of May. Rebel forces have pulled back to their final stronghold around the old planetary capital and his forces have fully surrounded them. Local civilians have proven very enthusiastic at pointing out the few rebel soldiers who have tried to hide amidst the loyalist population, and rebel hanging parties are quite the rage. Jeremy has managed to convince the NRI leadership that crucifying them might send the wrong sort of message.

Rebel ASF forces on Nova Roma have attempted to break the orbital blockade but only succeeded in getting slaughtered in job lots, it appears that the rebels failed to subvert any actual ASF units but are instead sending up barely trained pilots of their own who are little more than targets for the experienced ASF pilots of the blockading force.

In happier, non-war news, the head of the Exploration Branch is petitioning to be allowed to survey the system designated GX-C9, which lies directly ‘above’ you and is only a single jump away. He would also like to send an expedition to perform a more in-depth survey of New Capricorn with an eye towards colonization. They already know that there appears to be at least one habitable planet in the system, but they’d like to check and see if there’s anything more useful there than merely the location along the direct route to the NRI.
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[]Survey GX-C9
  • Cost - $1,000,000
  • Gives survey information on GX-C9
    • If there are habitable planets, will open Colonization decision tree
[]Survey New Capricorn
  • Cost $1,000,000
  • Gives survey information on New Capricorn
    • If there are habitable planets, will open Colonization decision tree
[]Survey Both
  • Cost $2,000,000
  • Gives survey information on both GX-C9 and New Capricorn
    • If there are habitable planets, will open Colonization decision tree
[]Survey Neither
  • No change

Meanwhile the Imperial Parliament is ‘hard’ at work. Or hardly working, as the case may be.

Despite the best efforts of the Eldest, the Imperial Senate is allowing it’s newfound prestige to get to its head, and there are multiple bills moving through the Senate intending to curtail your authority and bring more power to the Senate itself. The Eldest is not pleased by this, because the Senate should damn well know better considering how similar power grabs and ended in the past.

For one thing, they want to strip you of your authority over approving new equipment for the military and place that solely in the Senate’s hands, arguing that it is ‘unjust’ for a sole monarch to have such broad-ranging discretion over appropriations and the winners and losers of production contracts. Therefore, they propose setting up a committee that will have absolute authority over deciding what kit the military gets, and completely freezing the Crown out of the process.

There are three ways you could handle this. Just let them get away with it, ceding that authority to the elected Senate, or you could launch an aggressive PR offensive against the Senate over them getting too big for their britches and putting their own self-interest over the smooth functioning of the Empire, or simply put your foot down, dismiss the Senate for the session, and veto the bills, while aggressively campaigning against those Senators who proposed them.
[]Allow them to get away with it
  • -1 Influence Crown
  • +1 Influence Imperial Senate
  • Senate gains full control over military budgets and procurement decisions
[]Public Relations offensive against it
  • -1 Influence Imperial Senate
  • -1 Politics
  • -5 support, Imperial Senate
[]Scorched Earth tactics
  • -3 Influence Imperial Senate
  • -5 Politics
  • -1 Approval Change
  • +1 Approval
  • -25 support, Imperial Senate

They are also proposing granting themselves the right to decide the Succession for when you finally step down or die in office, rather than primogeniture or allowing the Crown to choose. Some rather sneering comments are made about how Jeremy is a ‘mere Soldier’ who is ‘utterly unsuited for rule’, with some snide statements about how ‘uncouth’ you personally can be when dealing with pompous airheaded twits like the idiot Senators making said comments.

How the Eldest managed to resist the urge to simply bite those idiots in half is beyond you. They’d managed to survive every other shake up in the Senate simply because they hailed from the two wealthiest and most self-indulgent constituencies in the Empire, true ‘old money’, and appear to be functionally immortal. On the (minor) plus side they’d never been even suspected of any illegal activity themselves, had no whiffs of actual scandal around them, but damn are they pompous twits.

There’s no possible way that this one is passing, nobody outside of the pair of idiots pushing it are that stupid, but combined with everything else it is really getting on your wick.

You decide to be a bit subtle in how you handle them. You throw a massive gala on board the royal yacht/ocean liner, a who’s who of the great and good of Griffin’s Roost society… and ‘forget’ to invite either of them or their families. A good time is had by all, and the society pages are having a field day over the snub and you have credible reports that both of the morons have been gnashing their teeth and dealing with very unhappy significant others.

The Chamber of Delegates is being much quieter, especially in regards to potential power plays and such. Instead they have proposed some legislation related to subsidizing internal migration in hopes of boosting the population of more lightly inhabited colonial possessions. The legislation would establish a fund which would help citizens of the Griffon Empire who wish to migrate to a different planet within the empire with financial assistance to finance the move. Backers point out that transportation costs from the Griffon system to, say, Calliope are exceptionally high, making it difficult for talented individuals who might be struggling in the saturated economies of the Griffon system from relocating to Calliope IV and assisting with the economic vitalization and growth there.
[]Support
  • +10 Support Chamber of Delegates
  • Upkeep cost of $1,000,000
  • Each turn roll 2d6. The total multiplied by 100,000 are the number of people who move to outlying colonies.
    • Roll once for each of the following
      • Griffon IV
      • Calliope IV
      • Nowa Warszawa
  • This POP transfer is taken from ‘unemployed’ populations who do not show up in the current POP numbers
[]Oppose
  • -1 Influence Chamber of Delegates
  • -5 Support Chamber of Delegates
 

Knowledgeispower

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[X]Public Relations Offensive against it
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[X] Survey Both

The only reason I'm not in favor of scorched Earth is that doing so will make the Senate less likely to give us useful Bills in the future
 

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[X] Survey Both
[X] Public Relations Offensive against it
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Your prediction proved accurate, as Thanh is highly indignant when she discovers that Admiral Benjamin had recommended her for the CNO slot. The whining is not quite to the level as it was when she got shifted from ASF to Dropship duty, but is still rather impressive. You do get the sense she’s doing it for show, however, because you caught her and her wife discussing spending more time with the kids, and she hasn’t once threatened you with loss of ba privileges with her brood.
Thanh loudly denounces the QM for libel, slander, and conspiracy to keep her away from her beloved ASFs. She also proclaims that Mom "has gotten extremely boring in her old age" and should be God-Empress of Griffin for all eternity. Jeremy gleefully co-signs the petition.
 

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Thanh loudly denounces the QM for libel, slander, and conspiracy to keep her away from her beloved ASFs. She also proclaims that Mom "has gotten extremely boring in her old age" and should be God-Empress of Griffin for all eternity. Jeremy gleefully co-signs the petition.
Say as CNO couldn't Than get some time each month allotted to ASF stick time?
 

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[X] Por que no los dos?
[X] Public Relations offensive against it
[X] Support the Interstellar Immigration Infrastructure Incentive!
 

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[X] Survey Both

There is no way we can allow the military budget to be run by a senate committee. It inevitably boils down to the politicians being compromised by their desire to stay elected and by bribes, leading massive military inefficiency.

Personally I think we should just put our foot down and say no and not even bother with the PR campaign. Also, if we switch to Jeremy soon, then it might be a good idea to have an assertion of the authority of the crown within recent memory (since the last big Fields of Execution incident was like 40 years ago), so when Jeremy puts his foot down, nobody can go "but, uh, the previous monarch didn't do this!". They won't have to think back very far.

[X] Scorched Earth tactics

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