The Bortnem-Pomerleau Initiative

The Bortnem-Pomerleau Initiative

Postby Maxington » Tue Aug 14, 2018 1:58 pm

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Rebuilding Dovani: A Daring plan to rebuild Dovani
As Dovanian Conflict enters final stages, Kazulia outlines grand scheme to rebuild.
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Reconstruction efforts have already begun in Ntoto by Kazulian construction firms.
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On the backdrop of the devastating conflict in Dovani, the Kazulian Government has announced its intention to rebuild Dovani in ensemble with the nations of the Northern Council Treaty Organisation and partners. Prime Minister Markus Hanevold spoke before the General Assembly of the World Congress and outlined the largest financial commitment ever seen in modern history, in order to rebuild Dovani, whilst Minister of Foreign Affairs Nils Forslund spoke before the Appropriations Select Committee informing the parliament that it had every intention of rebuilding Dovani on a scale of grand proportions. According to Prime Minister Hanevold the reconstruction and development scheme to be known as the "Bortnem-Pomerleau Initiative" (named after its creators Karl Bortnem and Chris Pomerleau) had been long in the making with the Departments of Finance, Foreign Affairs and Industry and Trade jointly at the helm (behind the scenes) working to organise the logistical masterpiece.Prior to the conflict, Kazulia has announced its intentions to invest over $1 Trillion into Dovani over the coming two centuries in an attempt to jump start development in a region which had been left behind by the "first world." Prime Minister Hanevold has labelled the Bortnem-Pomerleau Initiative as the most daring reconstruction and development plan in terra's vast history, far exceeding the plans drawn up for the reconstruction of Jelbania and Majatra amidst the Jelbanian Conflict.

From Affliction to Reconstruction
The misery and distress observed by Karl Bortnem and Chris Pomerleau in nations such as Ntoto, Statrica, New Alduria, Kimlien, Utembo and others was pervasive. Masses of citizens from the aforementioned nations have been described as living in conditions which can only be described as substandard from an under privileged perspective. Although the war is coming to an end, it will not usher immediate peace into the room but will force the postwar governments of liberated nations into a no-win situation, as undermining the fragile quality of life was no option for the postwar governments, especially amidst the omnipresent Northern Great Powers poised to suppress ulterior motives. Thus, the Bortnem-Pomerleau Initiative champions a reconstruction effort of unseen proportions. In delivering the sentiment of reconstruction in the region, Bortnem stated that he had expected and planned for an uphill battle in a region with a deep history of undemocratic institutions. By contrast to the outcomes in Majatra, the reconstruction and upwards development of Dovani demands democratic institutions, especially in regions where democratic institutions have not existed. Pomerleau stated that education would always a paramount principle in Dovani's reconstruction. Literacy rates in the "third world" have been speculated to be around 60 to 65 percent, making the possibility of competition in the global economy extremely difficult. The established status quo is; unemployment in the poor nations and stringent underemployment in the rich nations. Pormerleau highlighted that pre-war productivity is returning to the third world. Prior to the conflict, productivity levels in the third world nations were described as lacklustre and being directly tied to the levels of education in the respective nations. This is a responsibility which rests on the colonial governments.

Laying the Foundation
More than one thousand Hutorian, Kazulian and Dorvish civil engineers have been consulted on the initiative, each bringing innovative means towards rebuilding Dovani to the table of discussion. The first and more obvious is creating realistic options to fix the country after the war—in some cases literal plans for building infrastructure systems and positioning construction equipment, in other cases guidelines for shaping governance and the second being reintroducing economic activity in Dovani through a series of economic stimuli packages and financial schemes. On the sentiment of infrastructural reconstruction and development, the Bortnem-Pomerleau Initiative outlines a trillion dollar programme aimed at infrastructural work. According to an Infrastructural Observation conducted by Daxton, the largest Kazulian construction firm currently operating in Dovani, the damage caused to infrastructure in nations such as New Alduria and Statrica mirror levels not seen since the Great Terran War. Basic utilities such as water and electricity are to be reintroduced throughout Dovani within the initial years of the initiative's launch. Recognising that without substantial equipment and resources to aid in their reconstruction, the colonial governments will make little to no progress in rebuilding, the initiative makes accommodations. According to the initiative as proposed in the Kazulian Stortinget, Kazulia would openly lend/lease fuel, electrical energy, gloves, protective eye masks, footwear, apparel, security and military equipment and accessories, construction equipment, spare parts, lubricants and oils to any government which requires it (once they themselves have been registered underneath the Initiative as a benefactor). Bortnem stated that once it is clear to the initiative, the governments and the respective companies involved in the reconstruction and development phases that a colonial government makes an open request for assistance through the initiative assistance will be guaranteed.

Funding Progress
As outlined by the legislation, the Kazulian Government would introduce a series of financial institutions and lending schemes as a means of championing economic activity in Dovani posterior to its reconstruction. Through the "Community Lending Fund", the Department of Finance will offer loans to nations who require finances to fund local projects separate from the projects to be launched underneath the Initiative. Taking up the majority of the financial assets provided to the initiative, the Developmental Assistance Fund which shall directly fund projects/programmes which (i) provide strong promise of contributing to the educational and medical
redevelopment or development which may be directly tied to holistic humanitarian development (ii) Strive for contributing to the economic soundness of a nation's economy (iii) Show great promise in championing contributions towards reconstruction and infrastructural development (iv) Provide strong support for agricultural development as it pertains to the cultivation of cash crops (v) Show willingness to ensure the repatriation of displaced civilians and making available job
opportunities to the aforementioned displaced citizenry. To this end, around 500 Billion Krona has been appropriated to the fund through financial assets from the Critical Investment and Stabilisation Fund, the largest sovereign wealth fund in the world. Both Bortnem and Pormerleau recognised the importance of agricultural development in rebuilding Dovani, and thus proposed the formation of an agricultural development bank coined the Dovani Agricultural Development Bank which, according to the initiative's road-map, would work in collaboration with local authorities to create a portfolio of innovative and comprehensive financial products and services in the field of agriculture. It has been stated that the initiative could also accommodate for agrarian society behaviour, this meaning that the programme to be launched by the Dovani Agricultural Development Bank would accommodate for nation wholly dependent on agrarianism.

Opening Doors
The War in its simplest form has brought about destruction never before seen in the region. Displacing more than 1.3 million individuals, the sentiment of resettlement remains a paramount issue for the governments of the liberated nations. Students, whose educational achievements had been interrupted by the conflict have been granted the ultimate opportunity. Under the name of the Open Opportunities Programme, the Department of Education and Culture will work with private and public educational institutions on making arrangements to accept students from the nations affected by the conflict. Bortnem stated that education remains one of the most important aspects of life in Dovani, stressing that regardless of a child's race, creed and/or religion his/her ability to obtain an education should be an inalienable right. Applications underneath the Open Opportunities Programme could be integrated into Kazulia's education system and benefit from it similar to nationals and naturalised citizens. Vocational schooling is a sentiment being tested as it would allow for the Department of Education and Culture to experiment with vocational tuition and skill set training programmes. Security concerns have risen with the sentiment seeing that the Government would be inviting large amounts of foreign individuals into Kazulia for the purpose of helping themselves and helping Kazulia's economic activity. According to the legislation, applicants underneath the programme will be vetted by the Security Bureau, the Federal Police and the Department of Domestic Affairs within a period not extending 1-2 months. Director of the Security Bureau, Edvard Pallesen stated that the applicants will be vetted and will follow procedures similar to that of refugees. The Department of Health and Social Services stated that it will be working to construct refugee shelters across the nation to accommodate for the expected influx of refugees and students.

What is certain is that rebuilding Dovani is likely to be as least as expensive as imploding it. A great deal of money has been invested in the region's destruction— by the various government, the local parties to the conflict, and many foreign powers. A great deal of money will be made in the aftermath, in a reconstruction project that stands to dwarf anything seen before mainly due to the joint effort of the alliances at the helm. How that recovery is designed will help determine whether Dovani returns to business as usual, sowing the seeds for a reprise of the same conflict—or whether reconstruction allows the kind of lasting change that the resolution of war itself might not.
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Re: The Bortnem-Pomerleau Initiative

Postby Maxington » Wed Sep 12, 2018 9:24 pm

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Bortnem-Pomerleau steering Dovani's paradigm shift
The Bortnem-Pomerleau Initiative is shifting rivers and moving mountains in Dovani.
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Construction of the Three Kings Dam in New Alduria, apart of the Bortnem-Pomerleau Initiative.
11th September, 4453

The Bortnem-Pomerleau Initiative is the driving force for postwar reconstruction and development within Dovani. Introduced to the region through Kazulian, Hutorian, Dorvish and Lourennais investment, the initiative has made the holistic development of Dovani its principle objective. It sees no region/nation within Dovani as uncontested or "unworthy" to benefit from the initiative itself and thus opens the initiative to nations within Dovani and the wider Eastern Hemisphere. Kazulia has been spearheading the initiative since its conceptualisation and has already begun major infrastructural projects in various nations including New Alduria, Utembo, Statrica, Ntoto, Temania, Northern Dovani, Hanzen, Xsampa and Degalogesa. Whilst the major undertaking that is steering Dovani's reconstruction and development spells increased Kazulian involvement in the region (citing prior rumours of the nation wanting to withdraw entirely from the region), it also means that Kazulia intends on steering Dovani's paradigm shift through the initiative. To move the region away from "third world" classifications and the champion the sentiment of holistic development seeing that many politicians within Kazulia's political spectrum have stated that Kazulia cannot leave Dovani behind. The infrastructural projects launched by Kazulian companies underneath the Initiative and the Critical Investment and Stabilisation Fund are below.

The Emperor's Corridor.
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Figure 1: The Trans-Dovani Railway.

With Dovani inching towards complete postwar cleanup, the reconstruction process is set to begin within the coming years. Although many projects will be focused on restoring damaged historic and religious sites, others will be focused on introducing new concepts to the region; concepts with a stringent focus on regional cooperation. Under the "Emperor's Corridor", Kazulia, Hutori, Dorvik, Lourenne, Luthori and in some cases New Endralon will construct a Trans-Dovani Railway with the intention of re-imagining trade within Dovani proper. The railway will start from Noumonde and will span as far north as Northern Dovani and will end at the Temania linking with several underwater passages. Thousands of miles of railroads do not need to be constructed as in some nations the infrastructure is already laid down, the principle issue comes in linking them together to fit the needs of the project. Although the benefactor nations, new public works will be required. In-order to see the undertaking come into fruition, Skalm will share the major engineering and construction projects associated with the railway with other nations. Currently there are negotiations with the Indralan, Dorvish, Hutorian, Lourennais, Hulstrian and Kalistani Governments on their involvement with the project. Daxton, Kazulia's largest construction firm and the company responsible for spearheading the railway's construction has stated that the project is open to the inclusion and participation of local/regional infrastructure companies, citing that their inclusion is extremely important to the project's success.

The Shija Valley Hydroelectric Plant.
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Figure 2: The Count Hansen Dam in Kazulia, a run-of-the-river station.

The Hispat River in Dovani — one of the two largest rivers in Terra, — is the latest focus of the rush to harness the continent’s rivers for generating electricity. Alternex PowerGen announced in an official press statement that it proposed the construction of what could be the world’s largest hydroelectric scheme. The first phase of the proposed project will generate more power than the Nord Katla Dam in Kazulia, which has been dubbed the largest Hydroelectric electric plant in the eastern hemisphere. If the project is considered, construction could be begin in the early 4500s and will cost at least $200 billion. The energy is mostly destined for the nations of southern Dovani, who do not benefit from linkages from Kazulian power generation plans. The Hispat River’s flow is so strong and so constant that its enormous power can be extracted without a large dam to store water. With no large reservoir, the “run-of-river” scheme will not flood large portions of land, thus saving rain-forests and removing the need to relocate civilians. Coined the Shija Valley Hydroelectric Plant, the project is massive undertaking which needs to inclusion of international partners. Thus, Alternex PowerGen has called on various local and international construction and power-generation firms to assist in the project. The Kazulian Hydroelectric Company and Eastern Hydro, the two world leading Hydroelectric companies have answered the call for assistance and have also called on local companies to assist in the project. The Hydroelectric Plant is expected to be built in Northern Dovani with major substations to be built downstream in Ostland, New Verham and Bianjie.

The Vinfengi Pipeline.
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Figure 3: The Twelve Tongues Pipeline

Kazulia's relationship with the nations of Northern and Central Dovani revolves mainly around oil and natural gas. 35% of Kazulia's oil and natural gas exports are destined to Northern and Central Dovani. Oil and natural gas is pumped into 1,000 mile long-pipelines from Kazulia through the nations of the western Dovanian coast and into southern Dovani. The Midstream Company, a Luthorian-based stakeholder in the Bortnem-Pomerleau Initiative has proposed a massive pipeline project which would see oil and natural gas be pumped directly from Kazulia to "third world" nations through what it calls the Twelve Tongues Pipeline. With Gasstrien, the largest oil and natural gas company in Kazulia and the wider Eastern Hemisphere, set to establish major stakes in the Shuja Field oil and natural gas companies from across the region are pouring into the region. CEO of The Midstream Company, Elliot Hunt has stated that similar the most projects associated with the Initiative, the $20 Billion cost would be divided over the next 10-15 year period. Hunt has partnered with the Valruzian Pipeline Corporation and Northern Pipelines in created cost effective solutions to reduce the cost of the venture seeing that Hunt has expressed no intention of loans from other stakeholders including major financial institutions such as BSCU (Bekenial and Skalm Credit Union), Cognate Bancshares, the Small Holding Company and Institution Financière Réconfort.
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Re: The Bortnem-Pomerleau Initiative

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Kazulian Railway Companies confused by tribal claims
Railway Companies confused by statements of railway project cutting through tribal lands.
12th November, 4453.

Various Railway Companies originating from Kazulia and Luthori are expected to meet with Prime Minister of Noumonde, Tombovelo Tsitohery on finalising plans for the much anticipated "Noumonde Quarter" of the Trans-Dovanian Railway, despite concerns of the possible impact on the environment. Currently a general map of the Railway's routes have been displayed to Prime Minister Tsitohery, with the 600 km railway through Noumonde being the beginning of the route. The railway is apart of a series of projects underneath the Bortnem-Pomerleau Initiative, which would include agricultural investment opportunities.

Prime Minister Tombovelo Tsitohery came under fire for being willing to discuss the project's eventual commencing, citing that the railway would cut through various burial and religious cites. Instability rocks Noumonde as the nation's predominantly Esinsundu population are locked in a power struggle with the nation's white minority. Representatives from various railway companies involved in the project expressed extreme confusion, citing the sentiments of the protesters as being uninformed and misunderstood. CEO of the Eastern Railway Company, Ingvar Underdahl explained:
Before any work can be done, an environmental impact assessment must be conducted in-order to determine the environmental impacts of laying train tracks in various areas across Noumonde. That is to be conducted jointly by the local environmental protection agency and NGOs from Kazulia who will liaise with the Environmental Management Authority in Skalm to ensure that our companies maintain safety standards abroad as we operate under constant scrutiny from the government at home. Comments talking about the railway cutting through burial sites and destruction of religious/cultural cites confuse me because (1) the environmental impact assessment hasn't been conducted as of yet, (2) If the EIA designates a region as culturally protected we cannot operate in said area(s) as our companies can receive severe punishments at home for corruption and (3) Negotiations on finalising the plans for the project have not started, thus the project can still be canned.
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Development in Perspective | Rebuilding Dovani
Implementing the Bortnem-Pomerleau Initiative in Ntoto.
A report on the progress of the Bortnem-Pomerleau Initiative in the partner nations.
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Ntoto workmen in front of new housing made with funds from the B/P Initiative.

Throughout the developing third-world region it is not hard to see the B/P Initiative's footprint. Businesses underneath the world's largest infrastructure and development programme have worked towards rebuilding Ntoto after the devastating Dovanian conflict. Companies such as Daxton have worked towards rebuilding transport infrastructure including roads; train tracks; highways and pathways. But this is simply a small piece of the much larger Vision 4530, a Ntoto-born reconstruction and development programme born out of the B/P Initiative aimed at pulling Ntoto out of the "third world" category by 4530. Instead of seeking for mineral wealth and exploitation, the initiative encourages investment from private and public companies into property, telecommunication, manufacturing, agriculture and small business enterprise as a means of keeping the initiative out of the bedroom as some people have voiced. Opportunities gained from the B/P Initiative head off the first world macro-perspective that third world nations will never develop and that nothing good comes out from them.

A TransDovanian Hub
Ntoto has moved from being nation set in an eternal reverse to one which is looking forward. The nation is increasingly becoming one of the fastest growing economies in Central Dovani. Premier Kago Mũnene, the former army general turned politician has been steering the nation towards achieving Vision 4530. Mũnene wants Ntoto to establish itself as the business and agricultural hub of Dovani. With the cleanup from the conflict complete, construction begins on various infrastructure programmes underneath Mũnene's Vision 4530. He says that the conflict offered the nation a blank canvas by which they could paint a new future. In order to establish the nation as a business and environment hub, Mũnene travelled throughout the world in search for investment for the nation alongside his continued cooperation with the B/P Initiative. Currently, Ntoto's economy is extremely dependent on foreign aid as a means of sustaining the nation's currency, however Mũnene has made steps towards distancing the nation from foreign investment as a means of obtaining what he calls "pure independence". Various companies from across the world, the majority being Kazulian private companies including Alternex, Hylleolje, Rjustrand and Vorvex have established offices in the nation's rapidly expanding capital city of Kembele. Small-scale Kazulian businesses have focused their attention of meeting the needs of consumers in the nation. Whilst manufacturing facilities in Ntoto have not been built, Kazulian manufacturer have offered to manufacture products on demand from Ntoto. Kazulia aims to be the nation that "makes the thing that is used to do the thing." Hutorian businesses have also found themselves in the equation as Ntoto drives towards "Hub" status, with companies such as Decima launching various technological initiatives to assist Mũnene's government in its various infrastructure projects. Among the projects are the Adane Towers (Adane Nsanja), the Government Complex (Tata ya Serikali), the Kouabe Oil Refinery and the inter-city highway system (Kayendedwe Ka Misewu Yayitali)

A growing economy
With infrastructure programmes underway, Mũnene intends on working with economists from across the world as a means of paving a safe economic future for Ntoto. Currently, his main challenge comes in the form of inflation. Ntoto's Shilling has been devalued by 55%. If Mũnene intends on repaying the B/P Initiative after taking several loans to put Vision 4530 into action, he would need to reduce inflation. Whilst speaking on a soapbox in-front of the recently rebuilt parliament building, Mũnene outlined his "30-year plan." Under the 30-year plan's initial years banks will be required to hold a higher percentage of their assets as cash and to lend a lower percentage; the shilling will have to be abandoned and the economy switched to a temporary barter system. Jean-Pierre Tourneur of the Central Dovanian Bank stated that austerity measures will be needed well after Ntoto's economy takes off as a means of ensuring a wall against inflation before a new currency is introduced. Ntoto's Minister of Finance, Anterea Boammaruri, stated that amid the current times the nations had serious domestic issues as it pertained to corruption. A report published by Global Coalition Against Corruption ranked Ntoto among the top 10 nations in Dovani in terms of rampant corruption in the nation. Dankukin Economist, Hyon Seong-Ja stated that the B/P Initiative mandated stringent transparency on the flow of money from the initiative into Ntotiot programmes citing the corruption report. Premier Mũnene stated that his government will take a heavy handed approach to corruption citing the creation of the Ministry of National Security. Mũnene labelled corruption as a "quantifiable threat to Ntoto's national security". Whilst Ntoto consults the region and the wider world on reforming its economy, the corruption crackdown will most likely occur.
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