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Overview

The Intelligence Services Section (ISS) has amassed the following information on this country.

Map -Rajasthan and the Indian States

 

Demographics

Population: 92 million (66% urban, 34% rural), Unemployment Rate: 8.96%, Literacy: 86%, College Educated: 25%, Average Life Expectancy: 86.5 years (male), 90.0 years (female), Capital: Ahmadabad Largest Cities: Ahmadabad, Jaipur, Jamnagar, Major Languages: Hindi (official), English

Ahmadabad is a city in the former Indian state of Gujarat and is 450 kilometers north of Bombay. It is an important textile manufacturing center and has diversified light industry present. Jaipur was the former capital of Rajasthan. Its close proximity to Delhi and the Punjab state meant that it was a continual scene of fighting as one country or the other tried to control or re-take the city. A coastal city on the Gulf of Kachchh, Jamnagar is the principal deep sea port for Rajasthan. Lying slightly inland, numerous smaller towns were incorporated into the city shortly after 2034.

Economics

Labor Force: 46.9 million (Agricultural: 3.40 %, Skilled: 46.78 %, Service: 23.3 %, Unskilled: 24.54 %), Industrial Capacity: 34.4 Rudell Units, Contribution to World Industry: 0.7 %, Agricultural Output: 98 % (net importer of grain), Mineral Output: 88 % (net importer of metals), Power Production: 106 % (net exporter of power) Gross Domestic Product (GDP): 247.4 BLv, GDP per capita: Lv 2,694, GDP World Ranking: 68, Exchange rate: (Swiss Franc to French Livre): 2.67 : 1 Trading Partners: Japan, Argentina, Burma

Rajasthan is a net importer of rice, primarily from Burma. Although a net importer of metals, this is mainly to fuel local manufacturing industry. Coal is present in sufficient quantities for power generation and an excess of generating capability exists. Currently, there is no market for this power, but the Minister of Economics has an agreement in principle with the government of a neighbouring country to supply power via a transmission grid to be constructed with Japanese technical assistance.

Government

Government Type: Military Council, Prime Minister: General Zail Shastri, Minister of War: General Rajiv Shekhar, Minister of Economics: General Chandra Basham, Minister of Foreign Policy:Admiral Masani Nyrop, Minister of Education: Dr. Bahadur Goa, National Budget: 29.4 BLv

Although the government of Rajasthan is classified as a Military Council, this is mis-leading as there is significant civilian representation through the Lok Sabha (House of the People). Following its succession from India in 2034, Rajasthan continued to govern using the former India Parliament as a model. The Rajya Sabha (Council of States) became the Military Council while the Lok Sabha continued virtually intact in terms of its functions.

The Lok Sabha countinues to be a body of elected civilian who serve for five year terms unless Parliament is dissolved earlier. To prevent power struggles and preserve democracy, members may not run for consecutive terms and may run for only two terms total. There are numerous political parties in Rajasthan, but many candidates choose to run as independents. Personnel who are or have served in the military are not entitled to run for office in the Lok Sabha. This was seen as a necessary check by the the civilian population to prevent the formation of a large power bloc that could lead to a military dictatorship.

The Rajya Sabha evolved into a Military Council over the century following independence from India. Plagued with continual warfare, Rajasthan's governing bodies had to enact martial law numerous times, handing control of the state over to the leadership of the military. During the crisis of 2127, the Chief of Defense, Nadu Balasubramanyam, appealed to the people to give the military the power to stop the inter-state warfare by removing the civilian government's right to dictate orders to the army. Dismayed that the current government had brought on the latest economic hardships by warring with Punjab over worthless terrain in the Thar Desert, the masses voted overwhelming in favor during a national plebiscite in late 2128. That mandate gave the military leadership the right to veto any laws tabled in the Lok Sabha if they are considered to pose a threat to the state or military policy. One of the first acts of the new Rajya Sabha was to enact a quasi-permanent form of martial law under the guise of the plebiscite mandate such that all importment government offices (Prime Minister, Ministers of War, Economics, Foreign Policy, and Education) could only be held by active or retired senior military command personnel.

Military

Percentage of National Budget: 7.2 %, Breakdown of Military Budget: 89.4 % Ground Forces, 5.8 % Aerospace Forces, 5.4 % Wet Navy Forces, 0 % Space Navy Forces, Standing Military Personnel: Ground Forces: 193,000

One of the numerous country-states on the Indian sub-continent, Rajasthan has had continual border disputes with its neighbours since it broke away from India. In an effort to reduce conflicts and provide employment to the masses, the Rajput wall was constructed along the border with the country-state of India. Similar to a modernized Wall of China, the Rajput wall has reduced the damage and incursions from conflicts with India. Unfortunately, maintaining the Wall is a continual drain on the economy and part of the military budget must be spent each year on the structure itself. Rajasthan is considering extending the Wall along its border with the Punjab state, with whom the border disputes have been especially bloody.

The majority of the military budget is assigned to the army as that branch has always been in the forefront of any conflicts. The remaining budget is split between the Aerospace and Wet Naval forces. Aerospace operations are geared totally to support the ground forces and providing defense against aerial incursions into Rajasthan air space. The Wet Navy has been relegated to secondary importance and this is reflected in the level of training and equipment. Wet Naval forces are adequate to perform coastal patrol and custom inspections, but have limited ability to launch offensive operations. Admiral Masani Nyrop, the only member of the Military Council from the Wet Navy, has been trying unsuccessfully to garner addition funds for upgrading and expansion of the fleet. Unfortunately, continual maintenance on the Rajput Wall is not only stalling these plans, but requiring funds from both the Aerospace and Wet Navy branches to be diverted.

Geography

Location: Indian sub-continent, Asia, Earth (Sol/Core), Neighboring countries: Pakistan, Punjab, India, Bombay, Area: 350,000 km2 (approx.)

Rajasthan is crossed by the Aravilli Hills, which run from southwest to northeast, with the Thar Desert covering the northwest area of the country. There are three main rivers; the Chambal, Banas, and Luni.

Sources

  1. Map from GG II Mailing List by John H. Bogan Jr.
  2. Data relating to GG II courtesy of Steven Alexander and the GG II team.
  3. Geographical Data from the Rand McNally Contemporary World Atlas.
  4. Some text from Earth/Cybertech Sourcebook, (c)1989 Far Future (GDW).
  5. Additional information from Grolier Multimedia Encyclopedia 1997.
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