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Diplomacy and Events / Re: The Robin Hood Internet Gang (Open To All)
« on: November 28, 2022, 10:02:02 AM »
10:00 PM — Yamato Semiconductor Manufacturing Headquarters, Toyokawa Science Park, Toyokawa, Ashina Prefecture

   Roughly around the same time as similar incidents were ongoing, the Yamato Semiconductor Manufacturing Company's IT department had been put into action, responding to a potential threat to the company. Owing to the company's size, being one of the largest independent semiconductor foundries on the planet, it was imperative that a response be formulated as soon as humanly possible. A few facilities reported being locked out of their computers, with a graphic of a, quote, "green clad figure firing an arrow across the screen." Said arrow was reported to have appeared to have embedded itself in the side of the screen, with a scroll unfurling from the arrow with a message which read,
   "We are the Robin Hood Gang. We have control of your networks. If you want them back and our silence click on the link below and transfer us ¥2.4 billion ($30 million)"
   Naturally, the first course of action had been to isolate the infected computers, for which there were many. By one of the systems administrators on duty at the time, one Ichirō Sonoyama's count, it was somewhere around 4,000 separate devices which had been isolated, grinding many foundries across the nation and in a few other countries to a halt. It was bad. Very bad. There was no denying it, and "Ichi", as his friends called him, knew that it was going to be a long couple of weeks. As he was the team's supervisor for the night, it was his duty to notify the proper authorities of what was going on, which was, simply put, an absolute pain. Just his luck, tonight of all nights, when he was getting ready to go on that vacation with the wife and kids on Sunday, this had to happen.

12:36 AM

   Two hours, thirty-six minutes, and forty-nine seconds. That was how long he had been on the line with the National Police Agency's cybercrimes division, and evidently, he hadn't been the only one. YSMC wasn't the only company hit, and rumor had it that it wasn't just targeting Daitōjin-run businesses either. No. It was worldwide, and part of him got the feeling that whatever this was, it was only just beginning. As he stepped out of his office, he saw that many of his staff were waiting for him, which frankly rather annoyed him. This was a major security breach, and they were just standing around? Unless they had finished what tasks they could before the next shift-change, they had no business waiting for him.

   With a sigh, Ichi said "Okay, first of all, what do you think you're doing, just standing around?" before, sensing that they were there hoping for an update from the NPA, adding "As for the call, the NPA's rather swamped right now. We aren't the only ones getting hit, if I were to guess, Aishi[1], Zayasu, and a couple other heavy hitters got attacked as well. They'll be sending a few officers down around, say, 6-7:00, but until then, we're to follow standard protocol."

   The next step was to identify and shut down what was termed "patient zero"—essentially, the source of the infection. That meant going through every open encrypted file one-by-one and taking note of which users had accessed them before and during the attack. It was a solid bet that a single user which had access to a large number of open files at the time would be the source of the infection, at which point, their account would be suspended immediately so as to mitigate the risks of further infection. This was going to be a most time-consuming task, so part of the team would be assigned to it for the time being while everyone else would be assigned to the forensic investigation of the attack. Well, everyone who was actually capable, anyways. It was time to call in the big guns.

 1. Abbreviation of the Aizawa-Shinoda Corporation, a major aerospace firm in Daitō.

Character Guides / Re: People of the Empire of Daitō
« on: November 26, 2022, 10:02:28 PM »

   Hisayoshi was born in Tateyama, Tochigi Prefecture, in 1961. The son of Kiyomori and Haruka Kitabatake, he,
like many other members of the privileged Kazoku class, could trace his lineage back to the Samurai of old; his
great great-grandfather had been the last Daimyō of Kubota Domain, which existed along the coast of his home
prefecture. His grandfather on his father's side had served in the war as a colonel before retiring to a life of
politics, serving in the House of Peers from 1952 to 1976. On his mother's side, the Ikeyamada were much the
same, former samurai-turned Kazoku, however, unlike the Kitabatake, they became involved in business,
running a number of businesses, most notably the Ikeyamada Corporation, a major manufacturer of
   Hisayoshi, from an early age, wanted to follow in his grandfather's footsteps, becoming intensely interested in
politics. Some of his fondest memories growing up were being able to sit in on sessions of the House of Peers at
his grandfather's invitation; after all, his grandfather was most supportive of his goals and wished to cultivate
that love of politics. Something of a way of building a legacy, he figured. It was, therefore, no surprise when he,
having worked as a lawyer for some time, announced his candidacy for the House of Representatives in 1994.
   Early in his career, many saw Hisayoshi as something of a moderate, wishing to maintain the status-quo in the
country. He took after his grandfather in many regards, taking a critical stance against pork-barrel spending and
becoming a strong proponent of pan-Ardianism over the course of his first term. Towards the end of his second
term, he would be appointed as Minister for Home Affairs under Prime Minister Morihiro Obuchi, during which
time he oversaw Daitō's administrative system, elections, and police as well as managing the country's social
policy and public works programs.
   Following Prime Minister Obuchi's ousting in 2007, Hisayoshi found himself once again merely representative
of Tochigi Prefecture's second district. However, in 2008, he would successfully run to become the Speaker of the
House of Representatives, a position he would hold until 2018 when the YFD briefly lost power. During his time
as Speaker, he would become affiliated with the Seitōkyōgi—Orthodox—faction of the YFD as he became more
and more aligned with the hardline elements of the party. He would unsuccessfully contend the position of Prime
Minister twice, first in 2016 and again in 2021, shortly after regaining the position of Speaker the year prior. Now,
he stands as a challenger to Prime Minister Heishi, an opponent to the Shadow Regent, and a strong supporter of
the Emperor, believing that, perhaps, the time has come for action along the lines of the Kunan Restoration.
Having earned the respect of the people and sensing the desire to put an end to the disorder among the nation's
political scene, only time knows if and when he will act.

       Kiyomori Kitabatake (Father, 1935 - 2016)
       Haruka Kitabatake (née Ikeyamada; Mother, 1937 - 2009)
          Rin Kitabatake (née Hayaishi; Wife, 1961 - Present)
             Haruchika Kitabatake (Son, 1990 - Present)
             Fuyukichi Kitabatake (Son, 1991 - Present)
             Hiroyo Kitabatake (Daughter, 1993 - Present)
          Kimiko Akahoshi (née Kitabatake; Sister, 1963 - Present)
          Fusazane Chiyotanda (Brother-in-law, 1961 - Present)
             Haruto Chiyotanda (Nephew,
             Nanami Chiyotanda (Niece,
          Misuteru Kitabatake (Brother, 1964 - Present)
          Toshiko Kitabatake (née Ikeguchi; Sister-in-law, 1966 - Present)
             Sakurako Kitabatake (Niece, 1994 - Present)
             Miyuki Kitabatake (Niece, 1994 - Present)
       Fumihisa Kitabatake (Uncle, 1936 - 2019)
       Yaeko Kitabatake (née Sasagaki; Aunt, 1938 - Present)
          Daisaku Kitabatake (Cousin, 1964 - Present)
          Hajime Kitabatake (Cousin, 1966 - Present)
    Katsutoshi Kitabatake (Pat. Grandfather, 1907 - 1986)
    Sumire Kitabatake  (née Katabuchi; Pat. Grandmother, 1912 - 1991)
    Masanosuke Ikeyamada (Mat. Grandfather, 1909 - 2000)
    Minako Ikeyamada (née Deguchi; Mat. Grandmother, 1914 - 1981)

    Hisayoshi Kitabatake is an avid writer, being the author of numerous best-selling nonfiction books over the
course of his career.

    — Order of the Sacred Treasure, Second Class


Hisayoshi Kitabatake


16 April, 1961

Positions Held:
Tochigi Second District
(1994 - Present)
  Minister of Home Affairs
(2002 - 2007)
  Speaker of the
House of Representatives
(2008 - 2018; 2020 - Present)

Political Affiliation: YFD
JD from Gakushuin University

Speaker of the House
of Representatives


International News Networks / Re: Imperial News Service (Daitō)
« on: November 25, 2022, 06:21:52 AM »

DNSA announces Sojourner 24 Crew

Sojourner in Orbit as viewed from Zenshoen, October 2022

DNSA Director Jiro Asagiri held a press conference earlier today, where he and the other top officials within the agency answered questions with regards to ongoing and future missions. During the conference, he touched on the recent test flight performed that took it to the moon, landing crews at both Shackleton Crater and Tycho Crater while testing the spacecraft's in situ resource utilization (ISRU) experiment, the full-scale form of which will fly in 2024. More importantly, however, he announced the crew that will, barring any potential changes due to accidents, health issues, or otherwise, be a serious contender to be the first to land on Nergal. Commanded by veteran Ūchunaut Sadakazu Onizuka, the crew of six will spend roughly a year in orbit and on the surface of Nergal before returning to Mundus via a slingshot maneuver around Ishtar. They are expected to cooperate with the crew sent by Achkaerin during their stay in preparation for what is hoped will eventually become a sustained presence beyond Mundus's sphere of influence.

Sadakazu Onizuka was selected as part of Ūchunaut Group 16 in 1998 and first flew on UHS-127 in 2004. Prior to his selection, he served as a pilot in the Imperial Daitōjin Navy, flying the J-7 throughout his career. He was assigned in 2008 as a Flight Engineer aboard Zenshoen during Expedition 16, commanding UHS-143 in 2011, and returned to Zenshoen to serve as its commander during Expedition 47 in 2016. He most recently flew aboard UHS-166 in 2019, and it is expected that after Sojourner 24, he will retire from being an Ūchunaut. He will be joined by Yuna Usatsuka, Kiyonari Amamiya, Jiro Sanmaidō, Kahori Shigaki, and Ryōichi Sakai. Having already begun extensive training as early as 2020, the crew will be more than prepared by the time they depart in early 2024.

Economics and Industry / Re: Daitōjin Ground Forces Equipment Catalogue
« on: November 22, 2022, 04:19:18 PM »
RoleGrenade Launcher
Weight5.3 kg
Length778 mm
Firing Range400 m
Other StuffFires 40×46mm and
40×51mm grenades
Can fire 18-21 rounds/min
6-round, revolver-type swing out cylinder
BackgroundThe TSH was originally designed as a concept for the Imperial Daitōjin Army
in the early 80s, however, it impressed the army so much that it was adopted
in 1983. The TSH is a multiple-shot weapon, intended to significantly increase
a small squad's firepower when compared to traditional single-shot grenade
launchers. It is designed to be simple, rugged, and reliable.

Economics and Industry / Re: Daitōjin Ground Forces Equipment Catalogue
« on: November 22, 2022, 04:04:13 PM »
Type 50
Weight3.27 kg
Length1,200 mm
Firing Range100 m
Other StuffCan fire 12- or 20-gauge shells or slugs
7+1 tubular magazine
BackgroundThe Yamakawa Type 50 Shotgun is a dual-mode shotgun designed and manufactured by Yamakawa.
Featuring an inertia-driven system, the Type 50 is notable for allowing the operator to switch between
semi-automatic and pump-action operation. The Type 50 is frequently used by SAT teams in the major
prefectural police departments.

Economics and Industry / Re: Daitōjin Ground Forces Equipment Catalogue
« on: November 22, 2022, 08:16:31 AM »
Type 57
Weight3.6 kg
Length1,145 mm
Firing Range100 m
Other StuffThe Type 57 can fire 12-gauge, 20-gauge, and .410 bore shells
BackgroundEffectively an assault rifle modified to fire shotgun shells, the Hazuki Type 57 has a reputation for being a reliable
weapon, as well as one that is easy to maintain. The Type 57 can fire up to 600 rounds/minute, although obviously,
due to the size of it's largest magazine, this number cannot realistically be achieved. Even so, with its excellent rate
of fire, the Type 57 is perfect for the discerning customer who wishes to make sure that anyone standing within 100
meters will have a most unpleasant day.

Economics and Industry / Re: Daitōjin Ground Forces Equipment Catalogue
« on: November 22, 2022, 08:09:11 AM »
RoleLight machine gun
Squad automatic weapon
Weight7.5 kg
Length1,035 mm
Firing Range700 m
Other StuffChambered in 5.56×45mm
Can be switched to 6.8×51mm SSKCM via a barrel replacement
Rate of fire of 100 rounds/min sustained, 200 rapid fire, and upwards of 1,150 cyclic
BackgroundThe T163 Squad Automatic Weapon is a light machine gun produced by Yamakawa. Introduced in 1984, the platform
was designed to provide squads with a high rate of machine gun fire, combined with the accuracy and portability of
a rifle. The Yamakawa T163, often nicknamed the "Buzzsaw", has in part been replaced with the Type 81K, however,
the remaining machine guns are currently in the process of being upgraded to fire the 6.8×51mm SSKCM cartridge.

Economics and Industry / Re: Daitōjin Ground Forces Equipment Catalogue
« on: November 22, 2022, 07:59:57 AM »
Type 73
RoleSubmachine gun
Weight2.7 kg
Length425 mm, stock folded
610 mm, stock extended
Firing Range370 m
Other StuffChambered in 9×19mm Parabellum
Free-floating barrel with a rear-mounted charging handle
BackgroundThe Type 73 was designed to replace the now-retired Type 53 Submachine Gun. Considerably lighter, it allows
the operator to carry more ammo and to operate at moderately higher ranges than before.

Economics and Industry / Re: Daitōjin Ground Forces Equipment Catalogue
« on: November 22, 2022, 06:39:54 AM »
Type 77
RoleSemi-automatic pistol
Weight834 g
Length203 mm
Firing Range60 m
Other StuffChambered in 9mm
17 or 21-round magazine
BackgroundDesigned initially as a low-cost replacement for the PCW, the Type 77 ultimately became an upgrade of
the weapon, adding a number of features to improve its battlefield performance. The Type 77 entered
service in 2017, and is currently in the process of replacing the PCW across all branches. Unfortunately,
it is incapable of being chambered in anything other than the 9mm round it comes with by default owing
to the spanner screw on the frame's chassis.

Economics and Industry / Re: Daitōjin Ground Forces Equipment Catalogue
« on: November 22, 2022, 06:28:55 AM »
RoleSemi-automatic pistol
Firing Range50 m
Other Stuff---------
BackgroundThe Yamakawa Personal Combat Weapon, or PCW, was introduced in 1990 to replace the aging Asano Arsenal Type 86 Goha.
It is currently in the process of being replaced with the Hagihara Type 77 pistol.

Economics and Industry / Re: Daitōjin Ground Forces Equipment Catalogue
« on: November 22, 2022, 06:07:43 AM »
Type 49
RoleAssault Rifle
Weight3.5 kg
Firing Range500 m
Other StuffChambered in 5.56×45mm
Can be equipped with 20- or 30-round
detachable STANAG magazines
BackgroundDesigned to replace the Type 24 Assault Rifle, the Yamakawa Type 49 is a capable weapons platform for any prospective buyer,
as well as a low-cost option compared to more recent systems. Despite not firing the latest rounds, it is nonetheless a good
option for most nations, with its light weight allowing for a soldier to carry more ammo than its competitors.

Economics and Industry / Re: Daitōjin Ground Forces Equipment Catalogue
« on: November 22, 2022, 05:57:26 AM »
Type 81K
RoleSquad Automatic Weapon
LengthBarrel Length: 577mm
Firing Range600 m
Other StuffFires 6.8×51mm SSKCM polymer-cased cartridges
Features a recoil mitigation system with reciprocating barrel
Designed with modularity in mind
Features an integrated suppressor
Can be equipped with a 10-, 20-, 40-, or 100-round magazine
BackgroundA variant of the Type 81 designed to serve as a Squad Automatic Weapon, the 81K is meant to
complement previous weapons rather than outright replace them like what is seen with the 81S.
The 81K features a longer barrel, granting it a longer range than the Type 81S, however, it also
has a lower rate of fire, with only 480 rounds/minute compared to the 81S's 600 rounds/minute.

Economics and Industry / Re: Daitōjin Ground Forces Equipment Catalogue
« on: November 22, 2022, 05:47:40 AM »
Type 81S
RoleAssault Rifle
Weight5.4 kg
LengthBarrel Length: 500mm
Firing Range600 m
Other StuffFires 6.8×51mm SSKCM polymer-cased cartridges
Features a recoil mitigation system with reciprocating barrel
Designed with modularity in mind
Features an integrated suppressor
Can be equipped with a 10-, 20-, 40-, or 100-round magazine
BackgroundThe culmination of the JBB Program, the Yamano Type 81S Assault Rifle, alongside the Type 81K Automatic Rifle, is among the
newest weapons to enter service within the Imperial Daitōjin Military. Its producer, Yamano, stated that its design ethos was to,
quote, "grant the Daitōjin solider an unfair advantage in any combat situation", while the producer of its SSKCM cartridges,
Shin no Sokudo, claimed that it viewed the program as more of a munitions program, with its polymer-cased cartridges marking
a "paradigm shift" the likes of which hadn't been seen since the turn of the 20th century.

The Type 81S is notable for being the first bullpup rifle introduced into Daitōjin service, aiming to replace the Yamakawa Type 49
rifle which was introduced in 1989. The SSKCM cartridge, for its part, is intended to be backwards-compatible with an number of
other weapons, requiring only a change of barrel in order to make use of it. Reportedly, the decision to switch to a 6.8mm round
was made as the Imperial Daitōjin Army wanted a rifle capable of counteracting modern body armor such as that which would be
utilized by a near-peer adversary.

Economics and Industry / Daitōjin Ground Forces Equipment Catalogue
« on: November 22, 2022, 04:49:41 AM »

   Daitō has long had a thriving small arms industry, producing some of the most common rifles and pistols to grace Mundus. Like with its aerospace industry, it is made up of numerous companies, all vying for government contracts, which has bred a culture of competition to provide the finest weapons and systems for the Imperial Military. This can be seen with recent programs such as the Type 81 NGSW program and older pieces of equipment, such as the AMBT program of the 1970s. This catalogue will include small arms and vehicles produced in Daitō, with an emphasis on that which is currently in service within the Imperial Daitōjin Army, although some equipment will either be purely for export or be retired but still maintained in large enough quantity for export. In those cases, it will be noted under the cost section of each piece of equipment.

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Economics and Industry / Re: The Daitōjin Aerospace Industry
« on: November 21, 2022, 11:39:34 PM »
LH-36 Shōjō
RoleCargo Helicopter
Length30.188 m
Max Speed310 km/h (170 kn)
Range1,830 km
Service Ceiling5,600 m
   2 × window-mounted 12.7×99mm machine guns
   1 × ramp-mounted 12.7×99mm machine gun
   Chaff and flare dispensers
Other CapabilitiesCapacity:
   37 troops with default folding canvas seats
   55 troops with center row added
   31 troops with crash-attenuating seats
   Internal Payload: 14,515 kg
   External Payload: 16,329 kg
Cost$91.6 million
BackgroundThe LH-36 is a derivative of the older LH-35, featuring a third engine and a seventh blade on the rotor. It is primarily used
by the Imperial Daitōjin Navy and is currently planned to be replaced with a further upgrade of the vehicle by 2025. The
LH-36 is also widely used by Imperial Navy's Special Naval Landing Corps.

Economics and Industry / Re: The Daitōjin Aerospace Industry
« on: November 21, 2022, 11:21:31 PM »
UH-31 Nurarihyon
RoleUtility Helicopter
Electronic Warfare Helicopter (variant)
Crew2 pilots + 2 crew chiefs/gunners
Length19.76 m
Max Speed294 km/h (159 kn)
Range2,221 km
Service Ceiling5,800 m
   2 × 7.62mm Machine Guns or
   2 × 7.62mm minigun or
   2 × 12.7mm rotary cannon
   4 × hardpoints, 2 × per ESSS stub wings, with provisions to carry combinations of:
      Rockets: 70mm Hydra 70 unguided rockets, 7 tube or 19 tube pods
      Missiles: 4 × AGM-114 air-to-ground missiles or 2 × AIM-92 air-to-air missiles per hardpoint.
      Other: 7.62mm, 12.7mm, 20mm, or 30mm gun pods
   Can be equipped with VOLCANO minefield dispersal system
Other CapabilitiesCapacity:
   1,450 kg of cargo internally
   11 seated troops or
   6 stretchers
   4,100 kg of cargo externally
Cost$19 million
BackgroundThe UH-31 was designed to replace the UH-14 as the Imperial Daitōjin Army's tactical transport helicopter. Variants of
the vehicle have seen service across all branches as well as in numerous roles, including variants designed for stealth
and electronic warfare.

Economics and Industry / Re: The Daitōjin Aerospace Industry
« on: November 21, 2022, 10:46:23 PM »
LH-16 Aosaginohi
RoleTransport Helicopter
Crew3 (pilot, copilot, flight engineer or loadmaster)
Length30 m
Max Speed315 km/h (170 kn)
Range2,252 km
Service Ceiling6,100 m
Armament3 × pintle-mounted medium machine guns
Other CapabilitiesCapacity:
   33–55 troops or
   24 stretchers and 3 attendants or
   10,886 kg payload
Cost$27 million
BackgroundThe LH-16 is a transport helicopter operated by the Imperial Daitōjin Army. Though it entered service half a century
ago, through various upgrades, it has remained a capable platform for any prospective buyer into the modern day.
Despite being ostensibly a military aircraft, it has a civilian variant which has filled numerous roles around the world,
not only passenger and cargo transport but also in roles of aerial firefighting and to support logging,
construction, and oil extraction industries.

Economics and Industry / Re: The Daitōjin Aerospace Industry
« on: November 21, 2022, 10:28:25 PM »
GH-28 Hoyau
RoleAttack Helicopter
Crew2 (Pilot and co-pilot/gunner)
Length17.73 m
Max Speed293 km/h (158 kn)
Range476 km
Service Ceiling6,100 m
   1 × 30mm Chain Gun, 1200 rounds
Hardpoints: 4 × pylon stations on stub wings
   Hydra 70 70mm air-to-ground rockets
   CRV7 70mm air-to-ground rockets
   APKWS 70mm air-to-ground rockets
   AGM-114 variants
   FIM-92 air-to-air missiles
   AGM-65 air-to-ground missiles
Other CapabilitiesThe aircraft has significant systems redundancy to improve survivability.
Cost$52 million
BackgroundThe GH-28 Hoyau is an attack helicopter designed to replace the older GH-17 starting in 1986. The Hoyau,
which was uniquely named for the legendary dragon of Yezo mythology, is the primary attack helicopter
used by the Imperial Daitōjin Army.

Economics and Industry / Re: The Daitōjin Aerospace Industry
« on: November 21, 2022, 07:18:17 PM »
MH-10 Nakidori
RoleAttack Helicopter
Light Observation Helicopter
Air interdiction
Forward air control
Special Patrol Insertion/Extraction
Length9.936 m
Max Speed282 km/h (152 kn)
Range430 km
Service Ceiling5,700 m
   2 × 12.7×99mm rotary cannon; or
   2 × 7.62×51mm rotary cannon
   2 × LAU-68D/A 7-tube rocket pods firing Hydra-70 rockets
   4 × AGM-114 missiles or
   4 × FIM-92 missiles
Other CapabilitiesCapacity: 6 passengers, 684 kg payload
Cost$2 million
BackgroundThe MH-10 was designed as a light helicopter to be used for special operations in the Imperial Daitōjin Army. Its program began in
1960 when the Imperial Daitōjin Army issued Technical Specification 176 for a Light Observation Helicopter that could perform
personnel transport, escort and attack missions, casualty evacuation, and observation. Though it first flew in 1961, the MH-10 took
until 1978 to enter service, however it and its variants have remained in service ever since.

Diplomacy and Events / Re: An Emperor Abroad (Daitō & East Moreland)
« on: November 21, 2022, 02:44:08 AM »
   Eijirō listened patiently as they walked along the many corridors and halls of the palace, glancing around as they did so. Personally, he felt as though the amount of marble and other decorations, while impressive, were perhaps somewhat gaudy. It was a far cry from home, though he was certain that plenty would feel the same of the Imperial Palace in Shinkyō or any number of villas owned by members of the Imperial Family. Of course, he didn't hold the same opinion of the library. That, he silently admitted, was impressive. Oh, what his brother would do to get his hands on all of these books... He was the bookworm of the family, after all. Sure, Eijirō enjoyed a good book once in a while, but not to that degree. Maybe next time he was around, he'd see about getting him to tag along, if his work didn't get in the way, anyways.
   "I'm sure she's not too far off." Eijirō said, cracking a smile as he looked out the window. His mind briefly turned to his own family, to Mayumi and their soon-to-be-born child. He wasn't really sure if he was cut out for parenthood, as it happened, but that was neither here nor there. Not at the moment, anyways.

He turned around and took a seat on the sofa directly opposite to David, accepting a cup. He wasn't actually all that thirsty at the time, but it would be improper to decline. Besides, he might've wanted it later, who knew for certain? He continued to listen as David spoke, now turning to the Sky Coast and green tea. He was vaguely familiar with the country, though only just as it was, admittedly, not particularly relevant to his studies, but he was aware of their love for green tea. It was a love which was shared with Daitō, so he could understand how the King of East Moreland had come to appreciate it. He'd be sure to arrange to get David some premium-grade Matcha the next time they saw each other, given his apparent love for it. Nonetheless, that tangent came to an end soon enough, and it came to pass that David finally got to the point he was trying to make.

Why had he taken so long to make this trip?

It was something he regretted, but it was true that he had taken just over two years to really reach out like this. Sure, he had been in Rokkenjima once, but that hardly counted—it was effectively in Daitō's back garden—while other members of his family and the Imperial government travelled abroad. He remembered how his younger sister had travelled to Revana during the 2021 Aperture World Fair, even though he had desired to go himself. He had been close to making the trip, but Sachio Heishi, the Daijō-daijin—the Chancellor of the Realm—had stepped in the way of it. The last attempt he had made to visit East Moreland, in all fairness, was because he was too ill, but that shouldn't've stopped him from travelling to Djabidjan last month. Once again, the Chancellor stopped the trip before it could happen. Only now, now that the traitorous dogs who led the CDP had been handled, was he able to actually make such a trip. Perhaps the reason had been staring him and everyone else in the face all this time. He wasn't really making the decisions here, but... He wasn't sure if he should say as much. At least, not explicitly.
   "That's a very good question. Both of them, I mean." Eijirō admitted, glancing down at his cup. "Firstly, I'm sure you're aware of the issues that Daitō has faced in the last few years. The assassination of my father and all, I mean, not to mention the fears held by some"—his eyes darted briefly to Ambassador Tsujimura before he looked back at David—"that certain... complications may arise by me going abroad."
   "What I believe His Imperial Majesty is trying to say, Your Majesty, is that the Tokubetsu Kōtō Keisatsu rightly feared that Kokuryūkai would attempt to assassinate him." Ambassador Tsujimura opined while Eijirō was quiet. "Merely a matter of security is all."
   "Regardless, as for what I believe the goal of the Yamatojin state should be as this year draws to a close, well, it's simple. We have stood idly by as mere observers on the global stage for long enough. We watched as others... overtook us, and we did nothing to prevent it. I'd argue that this inaction will only lead to ruin, and as such, I believe starting out, it is prudent to reach out, foster friendly ties with the outside world, from the center to the margins, as it were. From there, we shall have to see, but it is my sincerest hope that we may at least foster a healthy relationship with many nations across Mundus, especially with regards to international commerce."

International News Networks / Re: Imperial News Service (Daitō)
« on: November 17, 2022, 06:26:21 PM »
Backdated to: 11/11/22

Daitō Remembers the Greater East Ardia War

Memorial Cenotaph and Eternal Flame, Hatsukaichi Peace Memorial Park

The 11th of November has once again arrived, bringing with it a day of remembrance for the Empire of Daitō. The day is of particular importance in the country, as it both marks the 77th anniversary of the Ardian Empire's surrender and the 75th anniversary of the treaty that formally ended the Great War—known in Daitō as the Great East Ardian War—for the Empire. However, it is not, as those who may be unfamiliar with the conflict might think, a day of celebration, as Daitō's victory was only achieved at a high price. It is estimated that of its prewar population—estimated to have been around 96,470,622 in total—it lost 3.50 to 4.34%, or between 3,376,472 and 4,186,825. Of that total, it is further estimated that between 22 and 25% of said casualties were civilian, caused primarily by Ardian Air Raids, the majority of which occurred between June 1944 and August 1945 and culminated with the Atomic Bombing of Hatsukaichi.

The effects of the war can be felt to this very day. Although faded from the minds of the rising generations, it remains an ever-present facet of life for others. Whether it be the Hibakusha—survivors of the attack on Hatsukaichi—who continue to face discrimination born of public ignorance of the consequences of radiation poisoning—and their children, veterans of the conflict, or survivors of the numerous air raids on the country in the last year of the war, the memory of the war is still present, even if pushed to the side. In order to preserve their memories, we had the chance to interview a number of survivors of the conflict, with these interviews being provided in the coming days.

Professor Harunobu Arase, 81, survived the Atomic Bombing of Hatsukaichi on the 5th of August, 1945. Arase and his wife, Minae, live in the Yatomi ward of Shinkyō, where they are parishioners at Tachikawa Catholic Church. Their son, Yoshiaki, resides in Awara, where he works as the editor-in-chief for the Sankei Shimbun newspaper, while their daughter, Haruka, is a fashion designer currently living in Gowu. Professor Arase was interviewed on the 23rd of October, 2022 at his office in at Keiyo University in Shinkyō. The interview was conducted in Ōnishi but was translated into English for our international readers.
Spoiler: Interview • show
Where are you and your family from in Daitō?
   Arase: My father [Setsuji] was born in Kikai Prefecture and my mother [Hisayo] was from Fukui prefecture. They met in college, when my father was studying to become a journalist, while my mother was studying medicine. They moved to Hatsukaichi in the early 30s, where my father worked for a local newspaper, the Izumi Nichinichi, if memory serves. By the time I came around, my family, including my older siblings, had lived there for some time.

   I was born right here [he pointed to a map]—about 1.4 or so kilometers away from the epicenter of the bombing. It's in the Takanobashi area of Hatsukaichi, down by the river. A beautiful, beautiful place, even now. Now, just next door to where I lived was an all boys High School, and all around were lots of temples. It’s kinda a very religious area, with a number of Buddhist temples and Teidō shrines. Some liken it to a miniature Tenkyō, and I can see why. This is the place [he pointed to another spot on the map]—Koganeyama Park—where I often played. My family, of course, included my mother and father; my twin brother [Etsuji]; two elder sisters [Yuriko and Masako]; and an elder brother [Ichirō].

Can you tell us what happened to you and your family on the day of the bombing?
   Well, my elder brother, Etsuji, was in the military and was a lot older than me. He was here in Hatsukaichi when the bomb fell, and was killed instantly. But we never did find my sister’s body. Apparently, she was in the blast center at the time. You see, Yuriko was a High School student at the time, and like many of her peers, she was forced to work clearing the streets of debris and other such work. It seems reasonable, therefore, that she had been working in the center of the city. Even so, as I already said, we didn’t know what exactly had happened to her and never found her body. Nothing. We don’t even know where exactly she was when the bomb exploded.

   Only my mother, my twin brother, and I were at home in Takanobashi. The bomb exploded at 8:15 in the morning, and we usually made it a rule to walk in the morning, just before my mother’s shift. As a result, we had had just finished our walk and entered the house when the bomb hit. If we had been even a minute late, we would’ve all been dead.

   My mother lost consciousness after the blast, but with how much me and my brother were crying, it must’ve awoken her. She pulled us from the debris. Even though she was bleeding all over, she did everything she could to save us. She told me that she cried out “Help us! Help us!” But of course, nobody did. Everyone was in the same situation. No soldiers, no neighbors, only us. So she tried to rescue us. The house had completely collapsed and we—my brother and I—were left trapped in the bathroom, where we had gone to wash our hands. My mother was in a different room, if I were to guess, probably the kitchen or living room. And of course, unsurprisingly—though obviously it was at the time—there was a fire in the house next door, so it was a very dangerous situation.

   I remember her pulling us out. I had some wounds here [pointing to his arms]. I was of course crying and crying and so I don't remember exactly what it was like. But I do remember my mother took my brother and I and walked four, maybe five kilometers away to a relative’s house. This was right after the bomb, maybe twenty or thirty minutes at most. It’s funny. The things I remember most aren’t the sights, but rather, the smells. I smelled a lot of unusual and weird things on that day, because there were lots of dead bodies all around us, including lots of dead horses and dogs and, of course, men. I still remember dead people lying in the road, so many gone that even I, a boy only the age of four, knew something was horribly, horribly wrong. The thing that sticks with me the most is the smell: It was like… canned salmon. I can’t even open a can of salmon now without thinking of that day.

   I also remember people crying out. “Mizu, kudasai… Mizu, kudasai!” they said. In English, I think it would translate as “Give me water! Give me water!”

   My father was, thankfully, not in town at the time. He was sent down to Kyūre to cover the relief effort after the city was burned. It was going to be his lucky break, he thought. The story that would earn him an award of some sort, or at least a promotion. He was lucky, I will give him that, though not in the way he would’ve wanted. He was spared the immediate effects of the blast, wasn’t a Hibakusha like us. Of course, when he saw what had happened, he tried to get back as soon as possible. The trains were out, so, as he told me a few years later, he walked from Kyūre back home, not stopping to rest even for a moment. I will admit, it was very lucky that he wasn’t here; the money he had earned, as well as that which he had inherited from his father was, at least given the circumstances, substantial. Without him, we wouldn’t have had enough to go to college, and I suspect that all of our fates would’ve been very, very different.

   My other sister, Masako, had been sent to Kawamoto, some twenty or thirty kilometers from Hatsukaichi to stay with a friend of the family, because the situation was getting worse and people thought the children should move away. As it happens, Etsuji and I were supposed to join her on the 11th, but that obviously didn’t happen. We didn’t see her again until near the start of December, and since then, I don’t think she’s ever lived anywhere outside of Hatsukaichi.

   After the bombing, my mother and father, as any parent would in such a situation, went out frantically searching for my older brother and for Yuriko. Ichirō was a military man, so they knew where he was and what had happened to him. But as for my sister… They never found her. Every so often, I thought I saw her back then, but we all did. We held out hope that maybe she was out there, somewhere, but eventually, we had to stop looking. It almost destroyed my mother, already wounded from the attack, but that was how things had to go. Frankly, as much as I hate to say it, I have no doubt in my mind that she died instantly.

What did you and your family do in the years after the bombing?
   We moved to the southern part of the city. Our home was destroyed, and there wasn’t much left for us in Takanobashi. I was raised in Hatsukaichi up until I was fifteen years old, then my brother and I came to Shinkyō to attend a High School associated with Keiyo University. It was a very prestigious school, one we were proud to go to and one which my parents wanted us to attend. But when we were still in Hatsukaichi, I remember there being a lot of orphans and very, very poor kids without food. At the time, we were still bringing our lunch to school. Some of those kids were unable to bring their own lunches, so I would frequently share mine. I know many were poor enough that they couldn’t even afford shoes. This was contrasted heavily by some well-to-do families, who were able to afford such luxuries, but about one-third of the schoolkids were very poor, without clean clothes or food.

   Some of my classmates and classmates’ parents died when I was in the people’s school. People were dying after five or seven years, an after-effect of the bombing—leukemia, mainly. I was, admittedly, terrified that I would die of leukemia or something. It was very, very scary. I thought it would just take me in the night and that would be it. But as a boy, I was also enthusiastic about games, baseball, and so-on. But when I went to bed at night, it was scary.

   Before I converted, I would often think that we are fortunate that we are not a country of Christians, that instead, we are a country of Buddhists. Let me explain. You see, so many people, including many of my friends, committed suicide when i was young. I don’t blame them, nor will I judge, but you have to understand that in Christianity, suicide is very much forbidden. I thought, therefore, that it was lucky that we are not a country of Christians because it meant that these people who were suffering from the effects of the war were at least not spoken very ill of.

After High School in Shinkyō, what did you do?
   I graduated Keiyo university in 1963. At that time, ∑1 was 360 mon. Due to some technicality at the time, we weren’t able to take more than ∑500 outside of the country, so I had to get a full scholarship—a university fellow or something. I needed Achkaerinese colleges to support me financially because we couldn’t bring our currency over to Achkaerin. The best offer we got was from the University of Gowu, so I went to Gowu. At first, I studied philosophy, especially logic. But logic, I think, betrayed me because the language we actually use is so different from the language analyzed by logic. And so I shifted my attention to what is called "natural language." I read books on linguistics, and among them was Argonauts on the Alucard, a book which dealt with language in primitive cultures and which attracted me very much. And so I decided to study anthropology, eventually earning my doctorate in it.

   My wife and I met here in Shinkyō. I had come back because my mother had died when I was at Gowu, so I was there for her funeral. Died of liver cancer in Hatsukaichi, and on the return trip, I happened to meet Minae. Although I was to be gone another year, I never forgot her, and when I returned, we started dating. But that’s not really relevant, I suspect.

   In Daitō, professors mainly teach at one university but, on a part-time basis, it isn’t uncommon for them to also teach at other universities. I’m no different. Alongside working at Keiyo university, I’ve worked for something like fourteen or fifteen others. Places like Shinkyō University and Kunan University, mostly, but also a women's college—Rikkyo University—and Toyo Gakuen.

Do you think that the use of the a-bomb was at all justified?
   Not at all. Not justified. Never. Ever. A lot of things are relative, yes, but the A-bomb is an absolute evil, one that nobody can justify. It is indiscriminate in its effect, destroying everything and killing everyone. There is no way to justify it, no line of reasoning that can ever condone such an action, and the fact that neither Ardia nor Achkaerin have apologized for its use is likewise indefensible.

   Since if I don’t say it, I will sound like some sort of far-right politician, which I’m not/i], I’ll go ahead and admit it. Daitō acted very cruelly during the war, even if under the guise of, and I quote, “the liberation of the East Ardian Race”, and because of that, I am glad to say that we have apologized and done everything in our power to aid those countries affected by the conflict. Many countries involved have made similar efforts. Yet despite that, neither Ardia nor Achkaerin have apologized for what they did. Ardia, for subjecting the world to the horrors of the atomic age, and Achkaerin, for having seen such horrors and still going forwards with their own attack. We are all victims, certainly people in Ardia, but even in Achkaerin. Many of their soldiers were killed in East Ardia and beyond. How I see it, and I am glad that others share that view, nobody is victorious in war. To right the wrongs of that era, we have to first accept them. And again, the use of nuclear weapons is an unjustifiable, unnecessary, evil crime against humanity.

Even if Ardia has never apologized for the use of the a-bomb, do you forgive those who were involved in its use?
   I don’t feel any sort of enmity towards the people in the Allied States. I was never good at holding grudges. And the pilots and engineers in the plane, well, they couldn’t possibly imagine what would happen, and in any case, they were carrying out actions they had been ordered to perform. I also don’t really blame the scientists working on the project; most of them had been assigned to work on it, and many urged against using the weapon. No, it was the politicians and leaders of the army and navy who made those decisions. They, not the average man in Ardia, are to blame.

Do you think that, overall, the world is making progress towards peace?
   It’s complicated. On one hand, certainly, I do think so. As you know, nuclear weapons have been prohibited and the last of them was destroyed just last year. In that regard, yes, we are making progress. However, there are other factors which I fear have led to us regressing. While yes, we have been defanged, so to speak, we are now more divided than we were in years past. The death of the Commonwealth Treaty Organization and its predecessors has left the world without guidance and liable to repeat the mistakes that led to the Great War. Already, we see increasing factionalism, one could say, in various parts of the world, and there is no truly unified body to prevent the development of nuclear weapons once again. In short, we are close to making progress, but held back by politics.

Do you think that the problem here is that we’re becoming complacent, and we’re not as committed to peace as we have been?
   Yes. That’s why I think it is so important for Daitōjin bomb survivors to use their voices and tell the world what happened on that day in August. And I think, in spite of it all, they are doing that. I do think people are capable of recognizing the cruelty of war, and to that end, education is a must. We must teach people history in order to not repeat it.

You think that people, given the information they need, will make the right choices?
   Yes, I do. But first, we have to do something about nationalism. We have to change the doctrine of “this country” and accept the idea of one world people. Everyone is adopting this view of “progress”. We have to stop favoring this concept, and we have to seek some way of living together peacefully without consuming more and more and competing with each other. We have to think that the whole world is one nation. We can’t keep living the way we are, with every country chasing its own “progress” without regard for others. It will kill the world.

Do you think complete peace is possible, or is some conflict inevitable?
   Well, total demilitarization is ideal. In reality, however, as long as there has been human civilization, there has been war. The difference is, in the old days, we had duels of honor with pistols and swords. Back then, people would see blood and understand what they were doing. But now, we have the remote, button-pushing, bomb-dropping war that indifferently kills masses of people. That must be stopped if we are to survive. When we get to the point where we kill people like bugs without any feeling in our conscience, we have to do something or else human society will perish.

How do you think we can fix the problem of this mechanical, remote warfare that you describe?
   I think that if any country decides to go to war, there must be a rule that you send your own family first. I think then war would stop entirely. If you had to send your own wife, your own child into battle, then it brings up this sense of ownership and personal stake in this conflict. It’s a similar case with the death penalty — something that among advanced countries, Daitō still has. The people who commission the death, who sentence the defendant, should be present at the scene of execution. If we don’t make these things happen, it’s unacceptable. It creates the sense that the suffering of other people isn’t relevant to your own self. So the sentencer must be there to see the sentence carried out. If you’re going to declare war, those people doing the declaring should be the first on the field. Then they would realize — it’s not us and them. It’s just people. People who are suffering because we can’t understand that they are just the same as us.

Undoubtedly, the people who can make the most difference in carrying out this vision of peace are the youth. Do you have any words for the rising generation of the world?
   I really want young people to think independently about politics. When I was young, I despised politics and politicians, and I always tended to think about more abstract, philosophical things in life. But when I was a college student, I realized how important it was to be involved in things political and to act in accordance with one’s beliefs irrespective of one’s field of specialty.

   One more thing. I have always told my students to find something in life that no one can take from them — like reading, or writing. In a long life, there will be a lot more sorrowful, depressing things than joyful events, but that inalienable thing that you find and choose to make yours will help you to find yourself.

As part of the day's activities, His Imperial Majesty, the Emperor, attended a memorial service at the Hatsukaichi Peace Memorial. He is expected to stay in the city for the next two days, meeting with survivors of the attack and their families, as well as touring various historic sites in the surrounding area. Similarly, Prime Minister Heishi was present at a ceremony in Shinkyō in remembrance of the victims of the firebombing of the city on the 6th and 7th of March, 1945. We will continue our coverage of the various ceremonies as they continue on throughout the evening.

Economics and Industry / Re: The Daitōjin Aerospace Industry
« on: November 10, 2022, 11:04:58 PM »
R-3 Fukurō
RoleReconnaissance aircraft
Crew2 (Pilot & Reconnaissance Systems Operator)
Length22.43 m
Max SpeedMach 3.2 (3,920.3 km/h, 2,117 kn)
Range6,296.8 km
Service Ceiling28,651.2 m
Other CapabilitiesFeatures limited stealth design elements
Fastest aircraft currently in (limited) service in the IDAF
Cost$315.18 million (NOT FOR EXPORT)
BackgroundDesigned as an attempt to replace the R-2, the R-3 Fukurō is a reconnaissance aircraft designed by Aizawa-Shinoda. Making use of (at the time) cutting-edge
materials, the aircraft was the first operational aircraft in the IDAF which featured design elements now commonly associated with stealth aircraft. Despite it
being made in an attempt to overcome the shortfalls of the R-2, its attempts to reduce its RCS were counteracted by its contrails, which unfortunately reflected
on radar. Nonetheless, its other capabilities, such as its incredible service ceiling and speed permit it to serve as a capable reconnaissance platform, though an
expensive one. It is due to that expense that the R-3 is expected to be retired in late 2023, though no replacement is currently known of, as would be expected.
It took nearly twenty years for the Fukurō to be declassified, after all, and rumors abound of a potential successor.

Economics and Industry / Re: The Daitōjin Aerospace Industry
« on: November 10, 2022, 10:47:44 PM »
R-2 Zuijin
RoleReconnaissance Aircraft
Length19.2 m
Max Speed804.67 km/h (434.5 kn)
Range11,280 km
Service Ceiling24,000+ m
Other CapabilitiesCan carry a payload of 2,300 kg worth of surveillance equipment
Endurance of 12 hours
Cost$60 million(NOT FOR EXPORT)
BackgroundOnce billed as the "future of aerial reconnaissance", the R-2 Zuijin did not live up to the hype. Nonetheless, even though it promised much and under-delivered, it has
remained a capable platform, with it, unlike the R-4, having no confirmed date for its retirement. As such, the R-2 spy-plane will likely remain in service indefinitely.

Economics and Industry / Re: The Daitōjin Aerospace Industry
« on: November 10, 2022, 09:52:44 PM »
RI-5 Uranaisha
RoleUnmanned Surveillance and Reconnaissance Aerial Vehicle
Crew0 onboard (3 remote: Launch and Recovery Element (LRE) pilot, Mission Control Element (MCE) pilot, and sensor operator)
Length14.5 m
Max Speed629 km/h (310 kn)
Range22,800 km
Service Ceiling18,000 m
Other CapabilitiesCan remain airborne in excess of 34 hours
Cost$99 million
BackgroundThe RI-5 Uranaisha is a high-altitude, remotely-piloted surveillance aircraft operated by the Imperial Daitōjin Military. Produced by the Kasori Corporation,
it provides a broad overview and systematic surveillance using high-resolution synthetic aperture radar (SAR) and electro-optical/infrared (EO/IR) sensors
with long loiter times over target areas. It can survey as much as 100,000 km2 of terrain per day. Per the Imperial Daitōjin Air Force, the platform's superior
surveillance capabilities allow for more precise weapons targeting and better protection of friendly forces.

Economics and Industry / Re: The Daitōjin Aerospace Industry
« on: November 10, 2022, 07:22:15 PM »
GI-9 Jingai
RoleUnmanned Combat Aerial Vehicle
Crew0 onboard
2 in ground station
Length11 m
Max Speed482 km/h (260 kn)
Range1,900 km
Service Ceiling15,420 m
Armament7 hardpoints:
 Up to 680 kg on the two inboard weapons stations
 Up to 340 kg on the two middle stations
 Up to 68 on the outboard stations
 Center station not used
Other CapabilitiesCan be used for aerial reconaissance
Endurance of 14 hours fully loaded
Cost$4 million
BackgroundKasori has long been a major provider of unmanned aerial vehicles for the Imperial Daitōjin Armed Forces, and in the case of the GI-9,
it is no different. The GI-9 is an improvement over the older GI-7 Yūki, more capable than its predecessor and with a larger payload.

Economics and Industry / Re: The Daitōjin Aerospace Industry
« on: November 10, 2022, 07:09:04 PM »
K-8 Kōmori
RoleAdvanced Trainer
Length17.85 m
Max SpeedMach 1.6 (1,700 km/h, 920 kn)
Range2,870 km
Service Ceiling15,240 m
ArmamentGuns: 1 × M61A1 cannon
Hardpoints: One centerline, two underwing pylons
Missiles: Provisions for two AIM-9 air-to-air missiles on wingtip missile rails
Other CapabilitiesCan, if necessary, be converted into a light attack aircraft
Cost$11 million
BackgroundThe K-8 Kōmori is an advanced trainer used by the Imperial Daitōjin Air Force and Navy. It has seen use since the early 70s, officially replacing the T-7 in 1977.

Economics and Industry / Re: The Daitōjin Aerospace Industry
« on: November 10, 2022, 11:46:16 AM »
K-10 Mujina
RoleBasic Trainer
Length8.59 m
Max Speed377 km/h (204 kn)
Range1,076 km
Service Ceiling8,170 m
Other Capabilities----
Cost$2.8 million
BackgroundBuilt to replace the K-8, the K-10 Mujina is a Daitōjin Basic Trainer aircraft currently in service with the country's Air Force. Not really much else to say about it.

Economics and Industry / Re: The Daitōjin Aerospace Industry
« on: November 10, 2022, 11:28:52 AM »
L-18 Ikuchi
RoleV/STOL military transport aircraft
Crew3-4 (pilot, co-pilot, and 1-2 flight engineers/crew chiefs/loadmasters/gunners
Length17.48 m
Max Speed565 km/h (305 kn)
Range1,628 km
Service Ceiling7,600 m
Armament1 × 7.62 mm machine gun or 12.7 mm machine gun
1 × 7.62 mm GAU-17 minigun, belly-mounted, retractable, video remote control in the Remote Guardian System (optional)
Other CapabilitiesCapacity:
 24 troops (seated), 32 troops (floor loaded), or
 9,070 kg of internal cargo, or up to 6,800 kg of external cargo (dual hook)
 1 × light internally transportable ground vehicle
Aircraft is capable of taking off vertically
Cost$81 million
BackgroundThe L-18 Ikuchi is a V/STOL military transport aircraft designed as far back as the early 1980s. Intended to be pressed into service by the mid-90s,
it instead saw numerous delays owing to technical issues, eventually entering service in 2004. The aircraft allows for the transport of personnel and
equipment into difficult-to-reach areas of the battlefield at greater speeds than those allowed by traditional helicopters. The L-18 is used by all
branches of the Imperial Daitōjin Armed Forces.

Economics and Industry / Re: The Daitōjin Aerospace Industry
« on: November 09, 2022, 11:51:41 PM »

Q-7 Suirō
RoleMaritime Patrol Aircraft
Length25.97 m
Max Speed760 km/h (410 kn)
Range2,450 km
Service Ceiling10,000 m
ArmamentGuns: 1 × 20 mm M61A1 rotary cannon
11 × hardpoints, capacity: 10,000 kg, with provisions to carry:
  Depth Charges
  GBU-39 SDB
  Type 97 torpedo
  Type 12 Torpedo
Other CapabilitiesThe Q-7 currently holds the record for fastest Ground Effect Vehicle
Capable of operating from virtually any environment
Cost$98.7 million
BackgroundBuilt to complement the current fleet of Q-6s in service, the Q-7 Suirō is a Ground Effect Vehicle, or GEV which began entering service in 2022. Lacking the range and speed seen on the Q-6,
it makes up for it with its larger payload, smaller crew, and most importantly, its price. Zayasu has claimed that the vehicle will serve as a proof of concept as much as it will an actual vehicle,
hoping to eventually develop larger vessels for service within the Imperial Daitōjin Armed Forces and as civilian vehicles.

Economics and Industry / Re: The Daitōjin Aerospace Industry
« on: November 09, 2022, 08:30:40 PM »
Q-6 Akugyo
RoleMaritime Patrol Aircraft
CrewFlight Crew: 3
Mission Crew: 8
Length38 m
Max Speed996 km/h (538 kn)
Range8,000 km
Service Ceiling13,520 m
Armament8 × hardpoints & 8 × internal bomb bay stations, capacity: 9,000 kg, with provisions to carry:
  Depth Charges
  Type 97 torpedo
  Type 12 torpedo
  30+ pre-loaded sonobuoys, 70+ sonobuoys deployable from inside
Other Capabilities----
Cost$140.8 million
BackgroundUnlike many maritime patrol aircraft, which are typically conversions of civilian designs, the Zayasu Q-6 Akugyo is a purpose-built
maritime aircraft with no civilian counterpart, being designed from the onset for the role. First flying in 2007, the aircraft holds the
distinction of being the first operational aircraft to make use of a fly-by-optics control system. The aircraft was a replacement for
the Q-4, a propeller-driven aircraft that entered service in 1966. It is to be complemented by the newer Q-7 Suirō starting in 2022.

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