Wake Up Call

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Published on: October 28, 2010

Chen, the largest region of Asadia, has long been considered a ‘sleeping superpower,’ a Mogulate that had the manpower to conquer the galaxy but whose Communea Feudalism Dogma encumbered their growth. Yet with it’s recent ‘testing’ of baronial liberties, Asadia is starting to flex its muscles and expand its sphere of influence. But at what cost to its people and culture has it made these changes?

Forty years ago when the Communea Feudalist Government in Asadia was at its peak, the economy of Asadia was one of the worse in the galaxy. Communea Feudalism, which governs so that the needs of all people are taken care of equally, regards incidental things like wealth and luxuries as something to be discouraged if not destroyed. As a result, the Chen kept their rich cultural heritage, even as the people themselves stayed very poor.

But as the next generation grew up, the need to be a part of the rest of the galaxy began to gain momentum. There began to be protests and riots asking for everything from a relaxing of strict policies to switching the entire government from Communea Feudalism to the baronial oligarchy practiced by the rest of the galaxy.

Asadian leaders saw that continuing to be unbending in the face of overwhelming public opinion would cause another revolution. So they created an experiment of compromise. During the 9th Dynasty, the Chung Cultural Revolution elevated Baron Mao’s status from a lowly Mogul. Then, Mogul leader Xiao Zeing introduced the Policy to Open Borders. The government would test out the popular foreign ideals in moderation. Whatever worked, they would keep as official policy for the sector.

Of all the different ideals selected, economics was by far the most successful. Asadia has the great fortune to possess a massive low-cost work force and officials willing to try anything. And through careful planning, Asadia’s experiment has begun to produce results. Not only does Chen, Chung, and Red Star handle a vast majority of goods production, it is also the leader in recycling materials as well. In many cases an Asadian factory will be involved in all stages of a product’s life: they will ship it to the developed sectors of the galaxy, have the waste shipped back in the same shipping crates that brought the product there, recycled the waste, and produce more product to be shipped in the recycled product containers.

Chen has gained enough of an edge that they have even begun inviting "Big Bucket" Kroy retailers to set up shop On-Planet – something that would have been impossible over the last two Dynasties. The new Asadian middle-class are using their increased wages and are beginning to demand the same luxuries and cost savers as the rest of the developed universe.

But all this success and prosperity has come with a growing tab. Part of Asadia’s growth is due to the ability of its leaders to manipulate the value of the Guan – the regional currency mark in the sector. However, as the Asadian enter bigger and bigger market, they find the value of the Guan to be subject to the galactic regulatory economic watchdogs. More and more they must fight with outside forces, and with themselves, to determine what the value of their regional currency will be.

And the fighting isn’t segregated to the boardroom. Asadia’s leap forward was due in great part to their workforce – a workforce that put up with low wages and environmental hazards in the name of progress. As Asadia reaches higher and the basic needs of the workers have not been met, protests and strikes have begun to happen all over the sector. And this at a time when continued economic growth needs millions of new workers graduating to higher skilled jobs.

Asadia has a cultural need to work together, and have proven themselves as having the ability to change. But this is a situation where the exact direction to go may be unclear. Experts both in and outside of the sector agree that further education into developed sector ideas will be one of the solutions, but Asadia is still uncertain – on many levels – just how much credence they should give ideas from the Kroy and the Bryttas.

If Asadia creates policies based both on the strength of their culture and the hard-learned lessons of the Kroy, it could still solidify its place as the most powerful sector in the galaxy. The only thing that can truly stop it now are its own mistakes. And ignoring any of the serious problems the Communea Feudalist government now face could still turn their massive boom into a bust.



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