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  2. Mauridiviah

    Sunset Ad Agency

    Commie stuff? Oh god no, never. My nation's whole thing is that we're a tropical paradise. It'd be nice if that could be the basis of the posters :).
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  4. Ahrana

    Project Canamo

    Minister Hall, Peoples Palace, Moskovo, SF Ahrana| 1200 AT| 24 April 2018 Ivanoff had a rough morning dealing with Operation Intel, Government Bills and now a rift in Ahranaian Politics thanks to President Duval. Ivanoff had just gotten back from his private residence from being ill for a couple of days and only those closest to him knew about it, as for the rest of the Government they were told he was in Vulgus Supra on Government Business and that no one outside the Government is to know of this. Ivanoff was watching International News yesterday and saw the session of the Legislature of the United States and what was said about Ahrana and so forth. Ivanoff was so displeased with how the truth of what is happening in Xara has been twisted by Duval to further make sure the TRIDENT nations are united against Ahrana and her People. Even the words Duval used to describe the People of Ahrana was distasteful. Ivanoff called for a Government Meeting today and as he was walking to the Minister Hall for the meeting he stopped at the door and listened, he heard, "Duval, Xara, Military, Summit" and so on. So they think they know what this is about hmm he said to himself. He opened the door and the announcer stated: "Secretary General, Greggor Ivanoff!" Everyone stood at attention and Ivanoff walked to his Chair and looked at everyone around him and said, "At Ease, please sit." Everyone sat except for him, he stood to gather his thought and began talking: I am sure that everyone in this room has been or was informed about the Speech Duval gave yesterday in the Session of the United States Legislature. I am also sure you are aware of the comments he has made towards our people and nation. During our Summit I was sure the things discussed would help our relations and I thought the Summit went very well, yet he has made a mockery of Ahranaian Diplomacy and has now stirred the Political Pot here in Ahrana with his recent comments. I am not sure exactly why the comments have been made or the reasoning's and I do not care to know them. Today I received a letter from President Duval to visit the United States of @Prymont, which I intend to do. Today the Congressional Houses will be debating a bill that was introduced yesterday by my Deputy Minister on Fishing Quotas, which is why he wishes to have a visit. Our number one priority has also been to preserve the nature around us and we have done a great job at doing so. Since the rise of the last Kingdom many parks, owned by the Government still to this day, have been created as Nature refuge, Wildlife Refuge and so on. Overall we have 50 total Refuge Lands under the Governments Authority and it will stay that way for the foreseeable future. Now our Political Problem here, the remarks made by President Duval has caused the Democratic Socialist Alliance to reappear from their banishment. They have been barred from all Political Affiliations and can never be part of any form of Government. The punishment for those who help give them seats in any Level of Government is severe and is carried out by the People's Court. Therefore I urge you all not to try anything to that level. Next Month I am calling a Supreme People's Assembly Session and all will attend. I will be placing a motion on the floor for debate and amending the Constitution about Minorities. If any of you have an questions to give me now is the time.............alright then this Meeting of Government is done and over, thank you for your time. As Ivanoff was walking to his Office his assistant, Ace, caught up with him and gave him a letter from the Intel Office for the Canamo Sea region. They had officially confirmed his Travel Plans to Prymont and would be able to leave at a moments notice. Now all he had to do was send a letter to Duval letting him know when to expect his arrival. He continued walking and was thinking to himself exactly how the DSA would try to make their way back into Government. Sadly he arrived to his office faster than he thought and then begun his reply letter to Duval. Office of the Secretary General President Duval, I have read your recent letter and request and will say to you that I will take your offer to attend this with you, Ahrana has been proud about its Fishing Industry and its Regulations that have been in place since the first Modern Government. Currently we do have regulations on the Fishing Industry unlike your claims state but I would be more than happy to show you the steps we have taken to reduce the risk of "wiping the fish out". Ahrana has to promoted Environmental Polices since the rise of the Socialist Federation, we Socialist are not Heavy Industrialists like many have experienced before. We are not those People, here in Ahrana we still have 50 Reservations owned by the Government that are Nature Reserves which I will explain more to you in person. Furthermore, I will be flying out to the Untied States after the 3rd of May; currently I have to much on my plate to just brush it all aside to rush urgently to your Country for this Meeting. With the Founding Ceremony of the Confederation of Independent Socialists coming up and the other events involved with the Ceremony, it currently has me bogged down in my Office approving plans and making requests Official and such. Im also aware that the United States has also asked to an Observer in The Confederation which shows me that our relations have not fallen to far. Perhaps we could discus a few of your points and Polices before hand and then continue the discussion in the University. With Respect and Sincerity, Greggor Ivanoff, Secretary General of the Socialist Federation of Ahrana
  5. Sunset Sea Islands

    UENA Nations League

    I'm in!
  6. Sunset Sea Islands

    Bonjour

    Good meme. I'm looking forward to being your neighbour. Welcome to Europa! http://www.dw.com/en/jerome-be-our-neighbor-boatengs-german-fans-rally-round/a-19292235
  7. Asgeirria

    The Republic Dispatch

    The Emperor's New Clothes The Emperor has long supported the nudist rights movement in Asgeirria, and has made it a point to promote marches and the acceptance of nudists, including the desegregation of beaches, bathrooms, and restaurants. Following several counterprotests, the Keeper of Man appeared famously nude for his televised address of the nation, issuing the following speech: "I must confess that over the last few years I have been gravely disappointed with the Asgeirrian moderate. I have almost reached the regrettable conclusion that the Nudist's great stumbling block in the stride toward freedom is not the Conservative Asgeirrian or the cold, but the Asgeirrian moderate who is more devoted to 'order' than to justice; who prefers a negative peace which is the absence of tension to a positive peace which is the presence of justice; who constantly says 'I agree with you in the goal you seek, but I can't agree with your methods of direct action;' who paternalistically feels he can set the timetable for another man's freedom; who lives by the myth of time and who constantly advises the Nudist to wait until a 'more convenient season.' Shallow understanding from people of goodwill is more frustrating than absolute misunderstanding from people of ill will. Lukewarm acceptance is much more bewildering than outright rejection." Regis Celestia has refrained from commenting on the nationally-televised spectacle, though several officials said, on condition of anonomity, that they had some concerns at how the publicity of the Emperor's dingleberries might affect foreign relations.
  8. Sunset Sea Islands

    Sunset Ad Agency

    What kinda poster do you want? I'd assume some commie stuff, but are there any historical periods in certain nations or something I can use as a basis?
  9. Mauridiviah

    The Feudal Times

    Who is "Better Together"? A case will be presented to the Supreme Court of Mauridiviah on April 28th regarding which major Mauridivian corporation owns the slogan "Meor Juntos", or "Better Together". It is no mystery that Mauridivian copyright law is very loose and it is common to see companies copy each other in the ways of logos and marketing slogans. However, those days might soon be over. Two corporations, Frescolita Inc. and the Cooperative Farmer's Market Alliance, known to Mauridivians as the small supermarket chain Cooperacion, are going to the Supreme Court. The dispute is who owns the advertising slogan "Meor Juntos". Under Mauridivian copyright law, they technically both own the slogan, as Frescolita owns the slogan in its italicized form whilst Cooperacion owns the slogan in the Times New Roman font. Despite the fact that Cooperacion has been selling Frescolita products (such as the popular soft drink Cola de Zorro, or Colazorro) under that slogan for years, they have decided to press their claim for the full ownership of the slogan as they claimed it for marketing purposes all the back in 1946 when the cooperative was first formed. That is not the only reason for this case, which was dismissed as illegitimate in both the La Posada District Court and at the Maurotopia Regional Court, however. Companies have tried to get the government to toughen up on the extremely loose copyright rules before, which have more or less been this way since the 1930s, but have failed. As such, blatant intellectual property theft, to the benefit of the Mauridivian consumer, has been rampant for the better part of a century. Through this Supreme Court case the bigger corporations of Mauridiviah hope to finally force the government to tighten copyright laws. Government analysts such as Vicente Muros say this is unlikely, despite the corporate media campaign around the issue. "The court has been hearing similar court cases, even with similar amounts of publicity, since at least Soledad v. L'Compañia D'Fruta Unida in 1943. Although the law is ambigous enough that it could be interpreted in a different way, with the current court that's unlikely to happen." Muros said. Several Supreme Court Justices, including the Speaker of the Court Mario Corona, agree with Muros' analysis. "This court was elected by the Senate, the People, and the Men of Law of this nation nearly ten years ago to represent their growing needs and interests. We still believe that this interpretation of the law is the best for the people of Mauridiviah". Protesters outside a side entrance of the Supreme Court during the Crisis of 1988. Photograph by Manuel Arrias.
  10. Mauridiviah

    Sunset Ad Agency

    Could Mauridiviah sieze some of these means of ad production? Just would appreciate if we had a poster in the rotation or two. Thanks. Umm, @Sunset Sea Islands
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  13. Tagmatium Rules

    The Leopard's Roar

    “Did you see those pictures of the Adaptons advancing north?” The question broke Molaghos Dagalaifos' train of thought. He had been watching a pair of blackbirds by the side of the road as they chased each other, both of them seemingly vying for a higher position than the other. As soon as one of the pair landed on a fence post or a branch above the other, the second one would fly off further away, trying to put some distance between them. He knew a bit about birds – both of the blackbirds were male, from the black plumage and orange beaks and rings around their eyes. He had been idly thinking about what had been about what was causing the problem between the two. The thing which puzzled him the most was that the birds didn't seem all that fussed with a Tauros main battle tank sat a dozen metres away from them. It was a beautiful late spring day in the Jaehos Valley. Either side of the wide river, mountains were silhouetted against the sky. There were rolling plains on each bank of the river, dotted with small herds of livestock tended by figures in the robes of the region. It would almost be the perfect place for a holiday but for one thing. That one thing, which really spoiled it, was the bass rumble of hundreds of diesel engines. An entire kometon of massive tanks wound its way down a wide highway, topped by armoured cars and behind the tanks, well out of view of Dagalaifos, were infantry fighting vehicles from the armoured infantry units. The recce vehicles would scout ahead and the tanks and IFVs would engage any resistance that they found. All of them were from the élite Paramonai. These were going to be the lead elements of the Tagmatine push towards into the heartlands of the northern warlords. Dagalaifos' tank was going to be the lead tank. It is a position that was considered to be an honour, although his position would be swapped to the back of his kontoubernion, or troop, at the end of the day. That way, the honour of being the lead would be shared between the rest of the platoon. It was the kind of honour that Dagalaifos wouldn't mind giving up. And he had been in this position before – during the Karthay Incident, his tank had been the first into Karthay City. He didn't really fancy being the lead tank into Parthen, too. He sighed to himself and turned around in his seat towards the source of the question. It was his loader, Maioriana, and she was looking at her PDA with a smirk plastered across her features. Her eyes were obscured by goggles which he knew to have a heads-up display in them and she wore a tanker's helmet on her head. He was wearing a similar set himself. She waved the device at him, too quickly for him to actually see the picture on it but he guessed what it was. It would have been of the Adapton commander, dressed in furs and on horseback. “They look fucking mental, don't they?” The smirk broke into a full grin. “And I heard their king looks like a proper nutbag in his ceremonial clothes. Wandering around half naked and shit.” “They've always been pretty fucking mental,” came another voice over the tank's intercom. That was the gunner, Kouritikos, who was sat in the turret below and between Dagalaifos and the loader. “The AdSoc thing should have been the giveaway. And then the Fatherist thing before that. I thought that we were going to put a stop to all of their shit when King Magnus took over.” “Instead, all we did was nearly run over a Vigla car,” replied Maioriana. “That was pretty funny,” said Dagalaifos, despite himself. No one really liked the Vigla, the Tagmatine military police. The rest of the crew could almost hear the driver's furious silence over the intercom whilst they grinned at the shared memory. He didn't find it quite so funny as the rest of them. They had been digging at him about it for months now. It hadn't really been Praeiektos' fault – the seventy-odd tonne Tauros had worked its way up to near enough full speed before the military police car pulled out in front of it in a desperate attempt to halt the advance across the Adapton border. Luckily, the bluecaps had been able to jump out just before the front of their vehicle was squashed almost flat beneath the tank's tracks. And almost an entire thematon bandon's worth of vehicles had been banged up in similar accidents as they ground to a halt just short of causing a major war. “Does anyone want a cuppa? I'm going to make one,” said Maioriana, disappearing back through her hatch. Every Tagmatine armoured vehicle was equipped with a kettle. Tea was the liquid that lubricated the gears and cogs of the Tagmatine war machine. “I know the boss has got some biscuits somewhere. Go grab them, will you?” The Molaghos smiled to himself as he climbed out of his hatch, careful to not knock the handles of the light autocannon on the hatch's pintle mount. He walked over the deck of the turret towards his pack. Opening it up and rooting about in it, he grabbed a tube of oat biscuits, which he'd got from his girlfriend before being sent out to the north western border of the Greater Holy Empire. He sat back down on the seat in the cupola and tore open the pack. A cup of tea was set down next to the cupola rim and in return he passed the packet into the grasping hand put towards him, but not before he put a couple of biscuits onto his lap. Thinking, the armour officer bit into a biscuit. Karthay had been a hard, punishing fight. Urban combat in a tank wasn't a very pleasant experience. Although his own tank hadn't been hit, Dagalaifos had seen others from his unit get hit by mines, enemy armour and even swarmed by infantry anti-tank teams. And he knew that the Haru armour they would face was on a par with the Tauros, although the latest models that the Paramonai and the specialist Klibanaforoi were probably better. Probably. His eyes flicked to the clock he could see at the bottom of his HUD. H-hour was quickly approaching. The loader's voice came over the intercom, muffled by a mouthful of biscuit. “I'm surprised we haven't seen Messy trotting down the line on a horsie. I heard that he wears riding boots and carries a crop when he meets with old Kommodos.” “Really? That sounds like bollocks,” replied the driver. There was a pause, likely the driver considering what Maioriana had said. “Well, probably the riding crop part. I bet he does wear the boots.” “Messy ain't in charge, though,” said Kouritikos. “We've got Killer, instead.” “He's a good commander, is Killer,” Dagalaifos said defensively. “I mean Strategos Akilios. He saw us through Karthay pretty well. Especially in the city fights.” He patted the cupola hatch of the tank. They'd gone through it in this actual tank. The rest of the crew made noises of agreement. “Our tourmarkhon won't be headed towards Parthen, anyway. We'll be on the plains of the Jaehos, clearing them.” It sounded easy enough, from when the Kometes was explaining it. They were cavalry and they were going to act as one of the main thrusts, clearing the way for the infantry to follow on. All the while, the air force was going to pound any communications hub or areas of resistance. Even now, a half hour before the ground forces were due to advance, Dagalaifos could see dozens of aircraft overhead, on their way to ruin some poor sod's day. The Megas Agios Basileia Arhomanion was trying not to telegraph its plans, but at this stage very few casual observers could miss it. An entire army group was hard to miss. The tourmarkhon was going to advance through the 'friendly' territory of the so-called 'Christian Warlord', some renegade general who had apparently embraced the Iconoclastic Orthodox Church in the hope that he would get recognition from Tagmatika. Now, he was going to get that in spades – some half million Tagmatine soldiers were going to use him as a something of a meat-shield before they burst across to the capital. The armour officer checked the time again. H-hour was nearly upon them and he felt his heart beat harder in his chest. Necking his tea, Dagalaifos put the mug down and put a serious expression on his face. “Alright, tea break's over for the moment,” he said, causing a chorus of groans from the rest of the crew. “Last checks. Run through it all.” Despite the informal and close relationship, the crew flipped over onto a professional footing straight away. Kouritikos checked the primary and back-up circuits of the main gun, Maioriana gave a rapid count of the ammunition of the Tauros's weaponry and Praeiektos gave him the read-outs from the driver's position. All seemed good. “There are no tinnies in the smoke launchers, Maioriana?” A surprisingly large problem within the Tagmatine armed forces was that the standard vehicle smoke launchers could happily fit a 500ml can of beer in the tube. Booze was regularly smuggled on exercises that way. There was an apocryphal story of a tank launching beers rather than deploying smoke and giving its own infantry support several cases of concussion. It was a story that Dagalaifos could readily seeing happen. “Nope, boss. Just Willy Pete.” “OK. Now we sit and - ” H-hour ticked over. As soon as it did so, the higher communication setting on the tank's system blinked on. The Kometes's voice broke through what the molaghos was going to say. “Well, get a move on, then.” A cool feeling washed over Dagalaifos. The advance was on. Still sitting in the open cupola, he hesitated before giving his driver the order. Over head, he could see flights of bombers moving off to start pounding anew anything that might give the Tagmatine advance any trouble. He looked over one final time towards the squabbling blackbirds. One of them had disappeared and the other one, sitting on a fence post, was starting to give an alarm call, as if it had just noticed that it was perched next to the lead elements of an armoured division. “Driver. Advance.” The sound of the tank's engine roaring into life and the tracks grinding and squeaking made the remaining blackbird fly to the nearest bush.
  14. Prymont

    Project Canamo

    To: Greggor Ivanoff, Secretary General of the Socialist Federation of @Ahrana From: George Duval, President of the United States of Prymont Secretary General, As I'm sure you're aware, the United States prioritises environmentalism in its policies and law making process to create a better, cleaner future for tomorrow's world. The United States has led the way in environmental innovation, and has so far created a global seed bank to which your country has free access, constructed an unprecedented scientific research base on Antargis with the Trans Continental Science Initiative, and are investing in thorium nuclear reactor research to produce greener, more efficient energy. Alongside this, my government has enforced fishing quotas in the Canamo Sea to remedy the effects of decades of overfishing and to prevent further damage to the delicate marine ecosystem. As part of the government's plan to promote environmentalism both nationally and internationally, I would like to invite you to the University of Canastota to discuss fishing policies, as well as a host of environmental and political concerns. I believe it would benefit both of our nations greatly to discuss some key issues regarding this, and as such, I would like to show you the work that many intelligent teams at the university are doing to reverse the effects of climate change and global warming. Potentially we could discuss the sharing of academically researched information too. It is of utmost importance to the United States' political situation that we host this meeting as soon as possible. Regards, George Duval President of the United States of Prymont
  15. Prymont

    Project Canamo

    Parliamentary Chambers, Halsham House | 1056hrs 23rd April 2018 New Halsham Courtmarsh "Settle down, ladies and gentlemen, settle down! I apologise for the delay in starting today's proceedings, but alas we can begin. The Chambers recognise George Duval?" The Speaker of the Chambers' voice carried a lot of weight in parliament. Historically, the Speaker was the man with the deepest, loudest voice; however, in recent years, the position had been opened up to men who were qualified more for the office work of the position than the yelling. Despite this, it was mandatory that the Speaker could be heard above all, and today his voice had a sharp edge, quickly settling the chaotic crowds into a silent intrigue. "Thank you Speaker." President Duval rose from his central seat on the front row, clearing his throat as he gathered his speech papers. Cameras at the rear of the room zoomed in on the leader, broadcasting the feed across the country and the world. This speech had the potential to make or break Prymont's economy, and so was considered a global political event. Analysts worldwide would be watching with a keen interest. "First and foremost, I too would like to apologise for the delay, and would like to thank my honourable friends and colleagues of the House for their patience. Speaker, if I may start with the National Party's decision on the future of fishing quotas in the Canamo Sea?" The Speaker nodded his consent, allowing the President to forgo the traditional beginnings of such a speech and begin at the business end. "Thank you Speaker. There has been much debate and controversy surrounding the conservative fishing quotas placed on fishermen working in the Canamo Sea. Personally, I welcome such debate and conversation, as it allows the National Party to focus on bills and laws that matter to the people of Prymont. This paves the way for making our country as great as it can be. One day, we will regulate a country in which everyone is happy, in which everyone earns a good living and lives a good life. We're not quite there yet, but it's of utmost importance to me and my cabinet to get there." Some members of the parliament, namely independents from the banned socialist Freedom Party seated at the rear of the room, booed their discontent. Many politicians in the room wanted to hear the President's decision now, and didn't care for empty promises of a better future. Only those with little to lose vocalised their unhappiness. "May we have some quiet, please?!" The Speaker rose his voice once again, his piercing grey eyes picking out the dissenters and forcing them to tug nervously at their collars. "Thank you. Mr Duval, please continue." "Thank you Speaker. I understand that many working men and women are unhappy with the current fishing quotas placed upon their territories in the Canamo Sea, and believe that their livelihoods are being hindered by such impediments. Such a historic, economically important industry like fishing must continue to ensure that families across the country can earn a living doing what they love, and to provide jobs for future generations who wish to honour their family's past and make a living for themselves. Like many of you, I have seen the images of empty fish markets at Canastota docks, markets which are usually bustling throughout the day now stand empty by noon. Industry experts have approached me to discuss their concerns, and working fishermen have seen out strikes to make their voices heard. I say now that I hear you, my party hears you, and we're here to help." "We want to do what is best for the United States as a whole. We have the country's best interest at heart, and I have spent much time contemplating the best course of action with my cabinet, with fishing experts, company owners, and employees, all of whom are affected by the quotas. It must be understood that I was elected into this position I hold on promises to promote a strong sense of environmentalism in the United States, and to ensure that the country is a global leader by the end of my current term in environmentalism. To keep this promise, the United States have been a founding member of the Trans-Continental Science Initiative, which, together with key leaders in all corners of the globe, aims to combat global warming, promote recycling, and reduce plastic waste. With the Prymont Environment Agency, the government has funded the successful construction of a global seed bank, which aims to store over one million unique seeds from varying climates around the world as a back-up of the world's crops. All businesses operating within Prymont, no matter how big or small, are responsible for the safe disposal of their waste. Households across the country are being given ever-expanded options to reduce, reuse, and recycle their waste. Prymont is a global innovator in reducing waste and finding new ways to reuse and re-purpose it." "However, I do understand that, in a blind attempt at pushing environmentalism, it has cost the country dearly. Hundreds have already lost their jobs because of our strict fishing quotas, and thousands more are at risk unless we act now. I assume that everyone here understands the importance of preventing overfishing, an act that rapidly reduces the livestock of fish in the Canamo Sea and will quickly see the extinction of all desired fish in the area. I understand that Prymontians are very proud people, and wish to buy locally and nationally sourced foodstuffs to feed the economy and create more jobs. However, this cannot get in the way of the ultimate goal, which is allowing the reduced fish numbers to repopulate and return to their once great heights of decades ago. Years of careless overfishing have caused our surplus to be depleted, and now we are at risk of losing all fish-related jobs because of this. This wasteful act has to stop." "After reviewing numerous case studies and government-published reports, it has come to my attention that our neighbours in the Socialist Federation of @Ahrana also fish excessively in the Canamo Sea. Their backwards way of thinking and corrupt government sees no wrong in overfishing, and promotes it recklessly to ensure short-term job security and immediate funds. No care for the future of both jobs and the environment is present in Ahrana, and it is time the United States acted accordingly." "From June, the United States will be reducing the current quotas by 75%, allowing for a far greater number of fish to be caught per trawl per day. In turn, the United States of Prymont Navy will be patrolling the south of the Canamo Sea to ensure that trawls are catching the correct amount of fish. While the United States set the example in the Canamo area of introducing quotas and allowing the fish populations to regrow, Ahrana destroyed all of the progress that we had made and therefore must reconsider. I will call for an urgent meeting with Ahrana's Secretary General to make sure his country does their part for the future and prosperity of Canamo fish. For too long, Ahrana has spread propaganda of being a great, productive country, and now must be exposed for the shambles that they are. For too long, they have disrespected the United States in all areas of politics, economics, and culture. For too long, they have claimed that socialism is the way forwards, and that we are hindering them. Well, I say, no more! No more will the United States stand aside for Ahrana's toxic agenda, allowing their filthy people to commit serious war crimes in innocent lands such as Xara and then go on to claim them as their own. No more will the United States tolerate such vermin in our vicinity. No more will the United States permit Ahrana to spread their dirty socialist lies! No more, I say! No more!" During his speech, hundreds of members of the National Party had applauded and cheered on the President. Support around the room quickly escalated as he promised to reduce the quota and hinder Ahrana instead, to the point that, when he paused for the reaction, he was met with cries of joy and support. Only the few independents, who supported socialism and had been disappointed at the country's turn to capitalism, remained deathly silent, resenting every word Duval spoke. However, they did not matter. What mattered were the vocal ones, the majority of the room yelling their encouragement for their leader. What was meant to be a speech of review, had quickly turned into a rally of hatred and scapegoating. "Settle down, ladies and gentlemen, please! Quiet in the Chambers! Let us allow George Duval to continue!" "Thank you, Speaker." Duval allowed himself a moment to compose and recollect, sipping a glass of water and shifting through his notes to prepare for the next segment. Having grown quite passionate and empowered previously, it was time again to settle down and proceed with focus. "Now, I would like to move on to the United States and her supposed rising levels of aggression. Many of you, alongside national and international critics, have noticed that recently, the United States is partaking in a growing number of military activities this year. So far, we have sent peacekeeping and humanitarian efforts to the war-torn Hellenic Rus to allow their country to get back on their feet and return to glory, been a co-founder of the Tricontinental Defence Treaty, and enacted a naval blockade with our new TRIDENT allies in the Verde Sea to prevent Ahranaian ships from moving towards Xara. Late last year, we also created a blockade at the mouth of the Canamo Sea, to reduce the amount of inbound ships intended to supply the Circle of Death terrorist group and to ensure our neighbourhood is safe. Finally, we have sent naval vessels to Andalla, to participate in Exercise Atgeir, a joint TRIDENT training mission. I would like to confirm and endorse these actions publicly, and provide reasoning as to why they have occurred." "Tensions have been rising suddenly in central Argis. States such as Ahrana, the Eurofuhrer, Greater Serbia, Poland-Lithuania, and the Hellenic Rus all employ forms of socialism. Thankfully, the Hellenic Rus collapsed at the end of 2017, and we can now work on restoring the country with a more liberal form of democracy. However, the same cannot be said for other mentioned nations. Recently, Ahrana and a southern hemisphere nation, Asgeirria, have formed The Confederation, a collection of socialist countries that, like ATARA, hopes to benefit from one another and improve trading relations, among focusing on military prowess. We also have the rogue state of Derthalen in southern Argis, who has shot down Lysian planes and caused innocent civilian casualties. Derthalen has also threatened Mauridiviah with horrifying acts of violence if their citizens are found in Derthaler territory, and the country is reportedly planning a military training event with Astriedan. It saddens me to say that Argis is no longer a safe haven from the terrors of the Old World. More nations are taking an increasingly aggressive militaristic stance in the continent, and we have seen Ahrana, Poland-Lithuania, and the Eurofuhrer invade surrounding lands to expand their borders in a violent, hostile manner. Ahrana are also working closely with the Derthalen rogue state, which is terrifyingly close to home. Unfortunately, the United States is in the middle of this, and there is nothing I can do to change our geographical positioning. Therefore, we have to take a stance." "With our TRIDENT brothers, we aim to decrease the risk of the socialist bloc in central Argis, providing a safe place to live for tomorrow's generation. This cannot be done with diplomacy and handshakes, as I've experience first hand with Ahrana's Secretary General. For their countries to realise that there is extreme opposition, we must take a physical, equally aggressive stance. If we do not, we risk allowing these socialist nightmares free reign over our area, opening up the possibility of Prymont one day falling back into socialism. This isn't something that I will allow to happen. The United States will resist these changes. The United States will resist the increase of socialism in central Argis. The United States will resist the spreading of corrupt political ideologies, under the false pretence of creating a better, more united tomorrow. When we live in such a world, we have to take action, or we risk being left behind. Since the uniting of the Prymontian states, our nation has been a productive one, that paves the way for future innovation and trendsetting. We will not fall behind to socialist extremists who believe their deceitful policies are superior!" "The only way that we can stay as a positive, peaceful nation, is to arm ourselves and defend. We will not go on the offensive against our socialist opposites. The Verde Blockade was with the intention of defending the innocent Xara natives who were being ruthlessly slaughtered by Ahranaians. It pains me to confirm that the Ahranaian Secretary General confirmed that these actions were legal under Ahranaian socialist law. What kind of a world do we live in, where war crimes are legal and accepted? It's that kind of disruptive, chaotic thinking that makes the New World a laughing stock amongst the larger, more powerful nations. We have to stand up and show that we're not backwards creatures." "As such, I would like to announce the declassification of Project Canamo. Commencing from December 26th 2017, Project Canamo saw the United States launch peacekeeping initiatives in the Hellenic Rus to stabilise the region and prevent their downfall from causing our own. Since then, our dedicated men and women have secured the capital of the country, Salonica, and pushed the criminal Circle of Death plague away. For now, their numbers are low, and their stragglers remain in hiding. The second phase of Project Canamo will see the United States set the scene for elections in the Hellenic Rus later in the year. Currently, we're overseeing the rebuilding of vital infrastructure, such as logistics routes, essential community buildings, and the sending of life's necessities to the country. Volunteers are working day and night to get the Hellenic Rus back up on their feet, and we are eternally grateful for their hard work and support." "With Project Canamo, the United States will take the Hellenic Rus under her wing, and guide her in the right direction for the future of not only her country, but for the neighbourhood. The Hellenic Rus will set the example of liberal democracy on the doorstep of the socialist bloc. In the Canamo region, Ahrana will be the only one employing socialism. Ahrana will be exposed for the abhorrent country that they are!" President Duval finished his speech, to thunderous applause from party members and opposition alike. The President remained stood for a moment or two, taking in the praise and support with a firm smile. Dozens of TV cameras focused on his face, displaying a symbol of true leadership in a troubled country. George Duval was the man that Prymont needed, after years of destructive socialism.
  16. Tagmatium Rules

    The Leopard's Roar

    “Ideally, this would be a 'hearts and minds' affair but I'm not entirely sure who exactly it is that we're trying to convince here,” said Ghoulielmos. He was sat in room that adjoined the office of the Megas Logothetes for War. The room, although large, acted as a private reception and sitting room, a place where the office's occupant might unwind or receive honoured guests. It was part of the Imperial Palace Complex, so it wasn't as if any comings and goings could be held secret. A pair of bodyguards from the Ikanatoi stood outside of the main, and sole, entrance to the office suite and another two in the antechamber beyond it. The Megas Logothetes for Foreign Affairs nodded a thanks as a tumbler of brandy was sat on a coaster in front of him. It wasn't an old vintage – a decade at most. Ghoulielmos' host didn't believe in drinking truly expensive drinks. It was something that new money did and his family was anything but. It also seemed slightly crass, nothing more than an example of conspicuous consumption for the sake of it. “Thank you.” “And what do you mean by that?” The Megas Logothetes for War raised his eyebrow at his counterpart. He sat down in a deep armchair with his own brandy, looking at the amber liquid within the glass rather than the man opposite. The two of them were, almost oddly for high-ranking members of the Agios Basilikon Kounsistorion, friends and not just colleagues. The formality that the The leather of the chair squeaked as he shifted to make himself comfortable. It was a warm enough day that the heating wasn't on but the palace as a whole always seemed to field cold. Kontarian guessed that it was the sheer amount of marble and brick made the entire place a heat sink. “Well, there are really three factors, here.” Sensing that he had provoked something of a lecture, Kontarian sank back further into his chair and itched at the collar of his shirt. “The first is, of course, the people in the territory that we're annexing, if I may be so bold as to put it like that.” Kontarian shrugged and then paused for a moment before nodding his head. It wasn't something that the Agios Basilikon Kounsistorion would go outright as to say but he doubted that any other government would see it as anything other than that. In his chair opposite, Ghoulielmos took a sip from his glass before warming to his subject. “No matter what is said, there is always the idea of self-determination, that people within an area have the right to forge their own destiny. It is no secret that that theory has never truly taken hold in Europa. Smaller nations are more or less fair game until a larger country decides to recognise them or they just become too strong to take over. Then there is the fact that the crumbling remains of a collapsing nation rarely seem to transition into anything other than warlordism.” “Yes...” Kontarian really couldn't do anything other than agree, if cautiously. The final statement seemed to hold true in the main but the first one wasn't exactly that polite a train of thought. The Occident was, with the exception of @Fleur de Lys and @Orioni, the only stable area in eastern continent. Whilst there might not be open conflict burning across the region, it does not seem to take much to start it almost anywhere. “We are to convince them that they're better off under the wing of the Megas Agios Basileia Arhomanion than their own rulers, whether warlords or actually someone who is trying to make a proper, functioning state. That's the first." That might be relatively easy, at least in the populations of the areas bordering on Tagmatium. Even if the Agios Basilikon Kounsistorion had been wary of provoking anything after the Haru government had gone quiet, at the local level cross-border trade and travel had started to happen. It had grown after Tagmatium and Machina Haruspex had become allies and picked up again after the central government collapsed. Further afield, there would be more resistance, especially the capital. “The second is the wider world, of course. As we speak, a few of the nations to the west are going through more or less the same thing. @Prymont is undertaking a peacekeeping operation in the Hellenic Rus and it is widely suspected by my Logothesion to be the first step towards total annexation, whether they admit to it or not. And then, of course, there is the fact that we have joined in the efforts against @Derthalen, ultimately because of their expansion.” “Although originally it was because of their savage threats to citizens of @Mauridiviah, rather than the expansion itself,” pointed out Kontarian. “That was decided that it was a step too far, threatening death in such a manner. Even if it is a nation of barbaroi.” “Finally, the third factor. The people of the Greater Holy Empire. Ultimately, this will be the hardest, I believe. The collapse of our neighbours to the north has been quite a shock. On the one hand, I think many of them will react favourably to Tagmatine forces bringing stability to the strife that many think could spill over the border. However, if any of these warlords get into their heads to act in concert, then it could well lead to a long and bloody war.” Kontarian sighed at that and looked into the bottom of his glass as if willing it to refill. “You really don't have to tell me about that. The Epistrategai feels that this will ultimately be successful. It just may run on for some time. What became the themata of Easteia took a long time to pacify entirely and these warlords to the north have access to some serious kit. In some ways we're luckier than @Adaptus – the warlords are pretty fractured, unlike the religious nutbags they're fighting in their southern theatre. But it will, in all likelihood, be pretty bloody.” After that, both men lapsed to silence for a while, in their own thoughts. Unlike Ghoulielmos' office, this one was not on the side of the natural harbour that Tagmatika was built around. Instead, it faced towards the city itself. The noise that filled that silence wasn't the gentle sounds of the ocean but the bustle of a large city. It wasn't intrusive, not really, but it could be hard to tune it out at times. “The busiest subdivision of the Epistrategai is the rail planning one,” said Kontarian, breaking the silence. “The movement of several themata banda to the north means that there is a lot more rail traffic than there would ordinarily be. As we're still on a peace-time footing, they're trying not to disrupt the normal timetables, for freight and for passengers. It's taken a lot of work to try to achieve that. It would be easier to just suspend civilian rail movement and give the military right of way, but both Khalkeos and Tzimekhes pushed hard against that.” The Logothesia for Trade and Finance, working in concert, would be a hard force to push against, even for the Tagmatine armed forces. Even though it would ultimately slow down the deployment of forces against the warlords, the decision was made by the Agios Basilikon Vestiarion to make sure that the economic impact of the troop movements was as small as possible. Of course, the sudden emptying of barracks towns of a good chunk of their population would certainly have an adverse effect on the local economies. Silence reigned again. “Will they see us coming?” asked Ghoulielmos. “They can't not, to some extent,” replied Kontarian. He drained the last of his glass and got up, in order to collect the decanter from a side table. “The Epistrategai has been undertaking the sort of deception that you would expect them to – false radio transmissions, blocking of passive communications, that sort of thing. But the sheer scale means that the warlords may well have caught wind of something. Before the invasion begins, the Basilikoaeroporia will start to hit air defences, strong points and the like, to distrupt enemy communications. We're also putting out chatter about military exercises.” The Megas Logothetes for Foreign Affairs drained his own glass and held it out. It was dutifully refilled by Kontarian before he sat himself down again. “Really, this shit with these fucking savages in Derthalen is giving us a convenient excuse to start massing shipping and pretending it has more to do with that than them,” the Megas Logothetes for War said. His friend suddenly noticed just how tired he sounded. “But that could backfire. If there Derthalers suddenly think that the invasion force is pointed their way...” “They are increasingly isolated,” said Ghoulielmos. “Only @Ahrana seems to stand by them at the moment and they themselves appear to be coming under fire for this. The world more or less seems to be following us in viewing them as a rogue state. They aren't really in a position to trigger a war. And our relations with them basically can't get any worse.” That last sentence was said with a slight shrug of the shoulders by the foreign minister. “Either way,” Kontarian said, looking at his watch. “In less than twelve hours, the first soldiers should be crossing the border. Then we'll see how many hearts and minds we win.”
  17. Variota

    Tanks for the Freedom

    Koos Karrewasser Domestic Airport - Fingerfaaierplaats | Near noon ''Have you ever tried closing off a regular international airport? It's insane, really! The costs, the effort... It's not worth it, you know? Luckily this airport is pretty new and underused so we were able to get it for a steal.'' ''Wasn't there a possibility to just close off a part of a bigger airport?'' ''Oh yeah, that's a great choice. Let's have us wait on an active airport, I'm sure our ears would love that. And all those vehicles surely wouldn't have spooked any civilians taking off and landing.'' ''No need to get bitchy, you know.'' The Koos Karrewasser Domestic Airport was a modern but rather small airport, serving as the second airport for the city of Fingerfaaierplaats. The other airport, the Horst Hildebrant Domestic Airport, was in serious need of an upgrade and the Koos Karrewasser Domestic Airport had been built to both increase the passenger capacity of the area and allow the Horst Hildebrant Domestic Airport to renovate and upgrade, possibly becoming a Regional Airport like some others within the nation. While Regional Airport meant nothing more than 'better facilities than a domestic airport, worse ones than an actual international one', the possibility of having an airport in the area that was able and allowed to receive international flights was seen as an impulse that the area around Fingerfaaierplaats needed. Fingerfaaierplaats had originally been the center of Variotan mining operations, sending off ships, trucks and airplanes filled with ores and minerals, hosting a prestigious university focused on resource extraction and enough monuments, paid for through mining money, to gain it the unofficial title of 'Monument City of Het Huisselant'. Modern times had been rough on the area and old-timers of the city were often speaking of a slow but clear descent of the city, albeit clever negotiation and the existence of the Karrewasser Waafen & Fegtfoertuigen factory ensured that they were able to keep the mining industry active. The 1960's were when Fingerfaaierplaats received its death blow. Mining operations in the Klan Reierfer Gebiet were picking up, cheaper in labor and looser in laws, and the Karrewasser Waafen & Fegtfoertuigen company had been integrated into Varinco in 1956. While the Karrewassers, proud inhabitants of Fingerfaaierplaats since 1820, had always kept their factory in the area to provide local jobs, Varinco had no such quarrels and quickly moved the factory to Ferrefaaierhafen. As if one was pushing a domino, the area saw its downfall. The port and other transport hubs were forced to lay off workers and shrink their operations, the Kollege fan Lantwinning moved most of its studies to the Klan Reierfer Gebiet and the only thing the people were left with were the monuments, previous symbols of pride had turned into shameful displays of waste. Only in the late 80s did the area begin improving again. The lack of available jobs in the area and the accompanying lower prices for goods and services made it very attractive for vacation parks to settle in the area, able to provide lower class citizens from other parts of the nation with affordable vacations. This domestic tourism was helped by the monuments, providing people with enough to see and do. The parks themselves hired local staff but most helped were local businesses, able to expand and improve due to the money coming in. When J.D. Karrewasser became chairman of Varinco in 1991, the area saw further improvement and finally fully moved from being the cheap and hopeless part of the nation into being the cheap part of the nation. Pulling strings within the company, Karrewasser managed to bring back a manufacturing division to the location where his family had proudly manufactured weapons and vehicles of destruction for decades. Before the end of the year 1992, the Karrewasser Waafen & Fegtfoertuigen factory was producing the then-newest version of the Fliegpaart tank. The airport had also been done through J.D. Karrewasser pulling strings. When it became clear that the Horst Hildebrant Domestic Airport wasn't up to date anymore, the municipal council debated the various choices with the cheapest option seen as the best, closing down and renovating parts of the airport on a rotational basis. A two million Waarttemun investment and the assurance that the municipal council would be able to hire contractors with Varinco ties at the price Varinco normally received managed to convince them otherwise. And now it was to be the opening site of an historic meeting between Het Huisseland and the Imperial States of Europe. The Minister of Defence and the Minister of Foreign Affairs were waiting at one of the gates, a red carpet spread out in front of them. On their left were the press and prominent social media influencers, holding their cameras and other contraptions ready to ensure the perfect picture or sound bit. In Het Huisselant, it was normal for the press and others that could sway public relations to get full access to events. In a game of give and take, it's always better to keep your frenemy more to the friend than the enemy side of things. To the right were military vehicles and two limousines. Even with the Imperial States of Europe coming to Het Huisselant and their jet receiving an escort the second it crossed into Variotan air space, it looked good for the pictures and ensured proper security. Between the armed Aatlaar multipurpose vehicles and Stoomfaaier APC's, there was enough security to look good on photos, keep the airport safe if needed and escort the limousines that were soon to be stuffed with delegates. The two vehicles were done on purpose, to split the delegation and make it easier to size people up. Both Reemy Loopentlant and Aleiksander fan Gillofan-Lantboer had their own way of sizing people up, Reemy's coming from a long political career and Aleiksander's from serving in the special forces. This difference between Reemy, the professional politician that had become Minister of Foreign Affairs, and Aleiksander, the retired special forces commander that at one point received the nickname 'Son of the Devil' turned Minister of Defence, was also seen in their clothing. While Aleiksander had various suits and generally did not wear his uniforms, it was times like these when he felt the need to prove his pride in the HAP and the part he played in it. Reemy, with his impeccable black silk suit and crocodile leather shoes, his various golden rings and a haircut that was held together with enough hair spray to make it dangerous for him to light a cigarette. Aleiksander in his black dress uniform with purple trimming, enough medals hanging on it to make one wonder if he had actually earned them or if they gave them away in Het Huisselant and a medium long hairdo that made his face come over soft, as if he was a friendly, relaxed senior-aged man. In reality, Aleiksander was indeed a friendly, relaxed senior-aged man but also one that could still snap a neck, hit a target and hold his own. While he wasn't the Son of the Devil like he was in the 1970's, he'd still be a decent Father of the Devil. Once the plane had landed and the delegation had walked the red carpet, there was to be a short introduction and some press pictures and videos. After that, the limousines would pull up and both the delegation and the two ministers would divide and enter the vehicles. Koos Karrewasser Domestic Airport was only ten kilometers out of the city of Ferrefingerplaats and thus the drive would prove to be over in less than half an hour. While Ferrefingerplaats lacked the amount of prestige buildings that Grootwaterflakte and Ferrefaaierhafen had, the ministers had planned to use the route to their advantage and pass the various monuments that the city counted. Between statues and other decorations of miners, old battles, naval leaders and military vehicles, the hope was that the sight of these monuments would show off the age and prestige of the nation. Prestige was an important point here, as everyone wanted it. From the winos of Europa to the communists of Argis and the proud people of Alharu, each and everyone wanted to be seen as great, an example of how things were done. After the small prestige tour, the route would stop at the Kaasmarkt Hotel. One of the oldest and largest in town, it was named after the square in front of it which had previously hosted the cheese market. Its banquet hall, one adorned with a multitude of wood and hunting trophies as had been 'in' in Het Huisselant in the 1800's, was to be the place hosting the meeting. As the leader of the ISE had requested a windowless room, the banquet hall was really the only room within the hotel suitable for it. Additionally, as any proper Variotan meeting contained food and drinks, the banquet hall was like hitting two birds with one stone.
  18. Asgeirria

    The Republic Dispatch

    Blue Violets of Spring II Armata has arrived off the coast of the Ahranaian province of Xara and offloaded its supplies and the ICE legions, where they will begin work on the infrastructure overhaul of the recently assimilated province. In conjunction with this, several bridge officers and Legate Brandt Muninn have been airlifted to the newly formed III Armata, where they will begin their journey to the Verde Sea to meet up with the returning II Armata to make the long trek home. In the new island districts, things are heating up as an insurgent force has presented itself on Charybdis; apparently several militia garrisons disappeared into the jungle with a significant amount of weapons, ammunition, and gold. The 3rd Division has dispatched troops to deal with these upstarts swiftly and decisively.
  19. Prymont

    Project Canamo

    Defence Minister's Office | 0952hrs 23rd April 2018 New Halsham Courtmarsh "Yes Varg, but I do feel as though you haven't been campaigning nearly enough to get the vote. You and I have seen the prediction polls. It'll likely be a seat wasted on those United Prymont Future Party fools. Sharpe didn't lose his life for the National seat to be lost too!" On the morning of the President's highly anticipated speech in Parliament, where he was due to make several announcements regarding key issues such as fishing quotas and Prymont's forthcoming military aggression, the Defence Minister should've been preparing his supplementary notes. He was expected to explain the outcome of the Verde Blockade and what the government had learned, issue a response to Ahrana's ongoing war crimes in Xara, and provide updates on the situation in the Hellenic Rus. The session wasn't due to open until half past ten, but Hunter himself was fatally unprepared. A phone call to Varg Alme was made at nine on the hour, to ready the billionaire crime lord for the final stages of his election campaign for the vacant Cadwell seat. Back in January, a covert inside operation had been organised to assassinate the useless MP of Cadwell, Archie Sharpe, and replace him with Varg Alme, setting the drug king up for his eventual run for Presidency when Duval had been taken care of. Alme had been issued an incredibly detailed campaign folder, which would guide him through the run and guarantee him enough votes for the result to be rigged and still seem feasible. A dedicated team had been created in a vacant basement office in Halsham House, beneath the Chambers, for Varg's campaign. Grey had even gathered secret service soldiers and sent them to infiltrate Cadwell and gather support for Alme. However, the Defence Minister had a nauseating feeling in his flabby gut that it would all be for nothing. The two had been arguing back and forth for nearly an hour; Grey urged Alme to see the campaign through and up his game at this crucial last moment, while Alme couldn't care less. At the half hour mark, Grey had delegated his speech preparation to his office secretary. Throughout 2018, she'd been overwhelmed enough, and so a simple speech for her was like a university maths student learning how to count. She'd have it done in no time, but it was whether or not Grey would be ready. "Hunter, you're still not understanding. I don't care about the election. Find somebody else to stand for the party." The voice on the other end of the phone was cool, calm, collected, and probably smoking a pack of cigarettes. On this end, Grey was fuming. Sweat dripped from his temple, collecting in an uncomfortable pool along the tight collar around his neck. He felt as though he was on a leash, led along by Varg. "No!" He slammed his fist down on the table, sending a pot of pencils sprawling across the desk. "No, Varg, I've had enough of your games! You've done fuck all in this election so far, so you're going to pull your fucking socks up or forget being President!" Spit flew from the minister's mouth, landing on his computer screen. He wiped it away with his sleeve, muttering curses under his breath. "Remember Hunter, I never wanted to be President. You came to me with that proposition. If I wanted the job, I'd surely have it by now, don't you think? My little henchmen are far more efficient than yours. While you've got braindead morons murmuring my name in Cadwell, I've got murderous criminals who can actually get the job done. It would've been much better for you to pay me to use my men. They pull the right strings, kick the stragglers back into line, and we have us a 100% vote. But no, you didn't use that option, you've proven yourself to be a useless buffoon who isn't worthy of any sort of redeeming career, and now you're going to pay through angry taxpayers and losing a seat. I'm not standing for election." Grey was seething. His blood boiled, eyes bulged, fists clenched into a tight ball. He was in a state of utter disbelief. How could a criminal speak to a man of worth like that? "Before you have one of your little outbursts, let me explain. Rule number one of running for election, you have to want to be the MP. I don't want that. Rule number two, you have to live in the constituency. I live nowhere near Cadwell, and have no intention of moving. Rule number three, you have to be a desperate, pathetic liar. I'm a truthful man, one that sticks to his word. I couldn't be a politician if I tried, Hunter." "You've led me on for this long, making me think that my time and money was going towards a good cause, only to let me down at the eleventh hour? Do you know how disappointing that is?" "Once again, you came to me with no idea of whether or not I would follow your lead. You came to a criminal mastermind, a man that is already the president of Prymont's underworld, and expect me to follow your command? I'm not someone to be ordered around like that, Hunter. I think you've underestimated me." "So you're just going to let all that money go to waste?" "Yes. But this time, I'm going to give you a proposition. The Hellenic Rus is a big, untapped market for me. People are desperate for something cheap to dull the hunger and keep them going. It's perfect for a man like me! And what's the one thing I hate? Filthy politicians getting in my way, under false pretences and crippling public demand. So, instead of giving me the Presidential run for Prymont, we hop over the sea and look at more vulnerable, suitable shores..." The line went dead. Grey had hung up the phone. Right now, he needed to calm himself down and focus on the upcoming speech. But his mind would keep ticking, considering the cards which Alme had laid on the table. In this game of poker, they were very tempting indeed.
  20. Girkmand

    Federal Herald

    VERDE CRISIS: Navy Recalled, Troop Readiness Lowered to Default Pictured: Girkmandian Coastal Jägers The Federal Ministry of Defense announced earlier today that it will cease operations in the Verde and that all Girkmandian units would default back to normal readiness as a result of a total recall of TRIDENT troops sent to the blockade. The Verde Crisis that officially began on 9 April has now ended after two long weeks in neither triumph nor defeat. Federal Minister of Defense Victor Heinz stated that: "Girkmand has demonstrated to the world and Her allies Her determination to defend Herself and others, in order to preserve our security and freedom in a free world." Minister Heinz further elaborated on the reasoning behind Girkmandian involvement, noting that: "We took an oath, and we've fulfilled our duty to help our allies." Chief of Defense General James Williamson mentioned that there was a general feeling of relief among the general staff. "It puts into perspective the kind of turbulent times we live in. This has been another reminder that we have to always remain vigilant." General Williamson commended all Army, Navy and Air Force servicemen for their quick actions during the crisis. All Girkmandian brigades have been kept in suspended readiness over the last two weeks, with a select number of coastal units being fully mobilized. Brigade General Feodor Trautmann of the Viburk Brigade shared that: "The last two weeks have been extremely tough for the boys, but I have nothing but good things to say about all of our servicemen. Everybody knew what to do when we were put on the spot, and I am extremely proud of that." -Travis Dice 23 Apr 2018. Federal Herald
  21. Mauridiviah

    Timezones

    I'm on the map now! So I would like to suggest, as the only current member of my timezone, Mauridivian Central Time. That's because the timezone runs through the center of both Aurelia and Alharu as well as a part of Argis and I'm selfish :P. Thanks for considering my suggestion!
  22. Great Burlington

    Great Burlington news broadcast

    Parliament set to regather after spring recess tomorrow. Both houses of parliament will regather after their three week recces tomorrow morning. Prime Ministers Questions will be at noon and the annual Spring Budget will take place tomorrow evening at 5 p.m. With GBNB I'm Joe Cole
  23. Iverica

    Iverica One

    IVERICA ONE NOW ON WITTIER APRIL 23, 2018 Iverica One is live on Wittier! Updates at the drop of a hat 24/7 for News First! Catch us on the social media website here: https://wittier.com/IvericaOne Or on your trusted Europa News Network feed: http://www.europans.com/news/
  24. Prymont

    Prymont News Network

    Naval blockade at Verde Sea called off by President PORTO ALTARIA, IVERICA - The controversial naval blockade at the mouth of the Verde Sea has come to an end after orders from President Duval, according to the USP Navy. Called the 'Verde Blockade' by naval and political analysts, the defensive manoeuvre rallied TRIDENT members together with the aim of preventing @Ahranaian ships from moving through the Verde Sea to Xara, where the Socialist Federation holds an internationally unrecognised claim. Initiated only two weeks ago, the move saw heavy criticism and support both in and around the United States. Many found fault in how aggressive the United States were being, alongside disapproving of the immense cost of the operation, whereas others applauded Prymont for taking decisive action and preventing Ahrana from carrying out further war crimes in Xara, which are legal under Ahranaian law. The blockade came to a close as Ahrana sent its Xara-bound fleet to @Asgeirria as a military gift to strengthen relations. While considerable aerial units were sent, vessels of the United States never actively participated in the blockade, but did reach the @Iverican coast this evening and will be stationed there on standby until the threat of militarised ships heading towards the Mediargic Sea has passed. USPAF Sparrow F-Ds heading towards Iverican shores. Fishing industry strikes to pressure government into decision after months of uncertainty CANASTOTA, OSTPORT - President George Duval and his National Party cabinet will be feeling the pressure more than ever to relax fishing quotas and revive a dying industry, after tens of thousands of fishermen went on strike throughout the week. A primary objective of the National Party promised during the 2017 elections was to pave the way in global environmentalism and promote a strong sense of national pride. In doing so, President Duval made the risky decision to introduce strict fishing quotas that hope to eliminate the effects of overfishing and allow the at-risk fish populations to reproduce and continue to provide a living for thousands of Prymontians. The effects of the quotas were immediately apparent, with usually bustling fish markets empty before midday and employers cutting hundreds of jobs due to dwindling profits. The fall of the fishing industry also risks the fall of one of the government's biggest companies, the nationalised Ostport Shipbuilding Co, who maintain extensive fleets for various trawl companies alongside constructing state-of-the-art ships for new customers. This provides an incentive for the government to step in with decisive action, as one of their largest income generators will be at risk. The President is expected to make a speech regarding the matter upon the opening of next week's parliament on Monday. A fish market at Canastota Docks which had been emptied by 11am - usually, the markets are full throughout the day. New Halsham stock exchange officially opens; Circle of Death terrorist group blamed for 2017 Courtmarsh bombing NEW HALSHAM, COURTMARSH - The New Halsham Stock Exchange has officially opened in the heart of the capital, replacing the site that was once home to the Courtmarsh Stock Exchange. This comes after nine months of uncertainty and silence amongst the suspects of the 2017 CSE terror attack, which saw suicide bombers drive a bomb-laden bus into the historic building. The final death toll numbered 237, with over 300 people hospitalised with severe injuries. The stock exchange will reopen on Monday, providing a new permanent home for Prymont's capitalist interests. The New Halsham Police Department has also announced that the Hellenic Russian terror group, the Circle of Death, are to blame for the July attack. It is unknown whether the group are responsible for near identical incidents in @Great Burlington and the @Sunset Sea Islands. Since July, the United States have created a naval blockade to prevent the Circle of Death from receiving new members and equipment by sea, and have sent peacekeeping groups to the Hellenic Rus to quell the group from within. Defence Minister Hunter S Grey has stated that "the United States will stop at nothing to protect her people from the evil of the world, and will continue to pursue the long-awaited end of the Circle of Death terrorist scum." The New Halsham Stock Exchange, with a memorial to those innocently killed in the 2017 CSE bombing in the middle. The United States lays claim to northern Hellenic Russian islands STJØRDALSSTAD - After probings by the Extreme Climate Division, the United States of Prymont have laid official claims to the former Hellenic Russian frozen islands of Stjørdalsstad and Sønderkilde. Since the collapse of the Hellenic Russian government in late 2017 due to rising violence from the Circle of Death, the United States' peacekeeping and humanitarian groups have been investigating the stability of Hellenic Rus' political situation, and evaluating whether or not it is feasible to hold democratic elections by the end of the year. Upon further investigation in classified government storage banks, it was discovered that the Hellenic Rus laid claim to two frozen islands in the Argic Ocean. It has since been confirmed that Hellenic Russian scientists were researching and developing nuclear weapons on these islands, an act that was forbidden in the Salonica Treaty after the Argic Missile Crisis of 1997. While these weapons were never used by their owners, the precedent was set that the Hellenic Rus held no respect for the United States. The United States have promised to legally, safely, and ethically dispose of these weapons, and will use the islands for future training purposes for the Extreme Climate Division. The Stjørdalsstad Research Village, now on United States territory. @Variotan Arktise Legioen to undergo harsh training regime on Horizon Island HORIZON ISLAND - The newly formed Arktise Legioen, or Arctic Legion, a branch of the @Variotan armed forces, will undergo a strict training program in the harsh winter climate of Horizon Island. The northern island at the mouth of the Canamo Sea, which was reactivated as a military base last year, sees much colder weather than the majority of the inhabited mainland. Primarily, the island serves as a naval and air force base for the USP armed forces, but northern sectors have seen the Extreme Climate Division training to enhance their abilities in the unforgiving Argic tundra. Variota's Arktise Legioen aims to equip the Variotan armed forces with suitable combat skills in such conditions. Already, one hundred men and women have signed up to the division, which relies on a voluntary application process. Over the coming weeks, these soldiers will be flown in to Horizon Island to train with the ECD, Prymont's hardest and toughest cold climate experts. Military critics believe that this is a clever strategic move by the Alharun nation to form a closer bond with the United States, who historically have a high success rate in northern Argic weathers. Soldiers of the ECD training on Horizon Island
  25. Prymont

    A New Mother

    For much of her political life, Lorraine Duval had fallen aside in her brother's shadow. While he had gone on to become President in the June elections of 2017, Lorraine was left to be elected as MP of a small constituency in Maplebank - one that, all things considered, was irrelevant to the running of the country. While the politicians of larger constituencies in Courtmarsh and Ostport carried a lot of influence in parliament, Lorraine often found herself on the back benches, her ideas and thoughts discarded to those considered more important. And so, when inducted as President, George Duval gave his little sister her time to shine, and handed her a mighty position in his cabinet. The Foreign Minister hadn't attended any significant external meetings as yet; there had been minor discussions in @Iverica to renegotiate deals for manufacturing plants that were considered important to the economy, but so far, Lorraine had found herself underwhelmed. However, when news spread that Kaitaine's Reverend Mother, a holy and influential religious leader, had sadly passed, she wasted no time in organising a flight and clearing her calendar to attend the funeral. Being able to commiserate the loss of such a powerful, wonderful lady at the heart of a feminist country was one of the highlights of Lorraine's career yet. A small private jet wouldn't be able to make the flight in time and the Presidential plane was reserved only for her brother, so Duval was left to book a business class flight on a Montair route to Kaitaine. When the rest of the passengers had disembarked, the plane pulled up to the terminal at which several key figures were keenly awaiting her arrival. Dressed simply in a black dress with a blazer, she handed over a bouquet of freshly cut flowers to give her condolences to the grieving. It then came as a pleasant surprise that, while the Kaitaine people had grieved, they were now celebrating the life that the Mother had led, and were enjoying the legacy that she'd left behind. The trip in the limousine was enlightening, to say the least. Naturally, Duval had done her research before setting off to a country that held vastly different cultural beliefs than Prymont, but it was still a great lesson to learn from those living such a life. While water was considered at times to be a pain in the arse in Prymont, with flooding a regular occurrence in winters due to excess frozen water having nowhere to go upon thawing, it was a refreshing contrast to hear how these people held the necessity in high regard. Once inside the school's Great Hall, Lorraine took a moment to hold her breath and marvel at the ancient architecture. It was inspiring to say the least, that thousands of young girls would be educated in such a historic building, learning intricacies of their past and forging the foundations of a feminist tomorrow. She took the time to appreciate giant paintings of female leaders of yesteryear, telling a rich story of past Reverend Mothers and enhancing the experience. While most of the world held male-dominated societies, Kaitaine was quite the opposite, and as a woman it was only something to applaud. Lorraine had initially been sad at the loss of such a lady, but was now thankful for the work she'd done and the ideals she'd left behind. Prymont would certainly have to interact more with this wonderful nation in the future. Unfortunately, her feeling of wonder quickly crumbled when Duke Niklaus spat at the feet of @Morheim's monarch. It was replaced with one of repulsion and disgust, and the cultural explanation and apology didn't remedy that. Despite the country being so obsessed with water, spitting to show respect seemed a little excessive. Nevertheless, this was not a time to be disrespectful and comment on how back home, the Duke would be ridiculed and considered childish; she was here to honour the life of a religious leader, and hid her emotions behind a warm, welcoming facade.
  26. Sunset Sea Islands

    4.3: Express yourself with Emoji

    I approve! Although I usually am not the hugest fan of emoij, I do find some of them useful, mostly those: 👍 👋
  27. Orioni

    Map v4: Applications & Releases

    Map update: https://i.imgur.com/9A5t1DG.png Added: Two islands NW of @Prymont. Reserved expansion area West of @The Eurofuhrer until their RP finishes. Reserved expansion areas North and East of @Asgeirria until their RP finishes. One city label for @Ahrana. Extra cities for @Mauridiviah. Edited: Fixed a typo of Kattetralerstatt for @Variota. Changed the flag for @Ahrana.
  28. Ahrana

    Ahrana Today

    Hello and welcome to todays broadcast of "Ahrana Today" where we bring news of the World and of the Federation to the People of the Socialist Federation. Today, The Federal Legislature passes a bill, How to navigate the Northern Sea, Nuclear Fusion Research, Update on the Asgeirrian Fleet bringing Civil Engineers to Xara, Sancations on The Empire of @Derthalen ,Space Project Research update and the Founding of The Confederation of Independent Socialists; today all here on "Ahrana Today". The Congressional Houses have agreed unanimously to allow Peacekeepers and Humanitarian Aid Workers to leave for The Southern region of Hellenic Rus to help with Stabilizing the area and bringing aid to the people. The first Division of the International Unit for Aid will leave tomorrow at 0600 AT and will be flown in along with their equipment. It is unknown exactly how long the Mission will but it will help the United States of @Prymont and their allies that are involved in the operation. At this time of the Year the Northern Sea is not really friendly to Ships without Ice Breakers or anything related to such a thing, since the beginning of modern Ahrana the Naval Fleet has always found ways to navigate the Northern Sea. Socialist Ahrana is no different. Much like our neighbors to the north in The United States of Prymont we too have a Fleet of Icebreakers that make lanes for Naval Ships, International Ships, Cargo Ships and many other ships that wish to navigate the Northern Sea. These ships operate till the thaw of the Northern Sea and sometimes they can operate year round depending on the Weather Currents of that year. The Ahranaian Naval Ships have been made to withstand a small Collison with the smaller Icebergs and are fitted with their own form of a Icebreaker that can break through light Frozen tops. The Nuclear Fusion research has been going at a steady pace and the Team on the Research Project has told the public that the hopes for the project are high and are going very well. The idea of having International Help is still on the table and the Team has sent an invitation to the Government of @Fleur de Lys to join in the research for the new type of Power. The Naval Fleet coming from The Republic of @Asgeirria to the City of Vulgus Supra to help build the port up and the City infrastructure to make it ready to host and be the Capital of the Confederation of Independent Socialists. The last Communication from the Fleet was that they were still two weeks away from arriving to the port City. Upon arriving they will not be able to make a Hard Dock they will have to set anchor in the bay and send transports to the Port. A few days ago the Socialist Government of Ahrana place sanctions on the Empire of @Derthalen and had disbanded the Autonomous Socialist Republic of Heilig. With the Government contemplating on how to handle the issue with the Empire they came to the conclusion. This morning a Statement was released by the Press Secretary: From the Desk of the Secretary General In the recent days the Socialist Government of Ahrana has placed Sanctions on the Empire of Derthalen in light of the recent Incident involving a Foreign Governments Air Craft. It is still unknown whether or not if it was a Civilian Plane or a Military Plane. The Socialist Government placed these sanctions on The Empire in response of being called a Terrorist Supporter of a Terrorist Country by the United States of Prymont President. Within the recent days the Socialist Government had come to the conclusion for the Sanctions, the pervious sanctions will nullified and ratified as void. The following will be made permanent: 1) The area Known as Heilig will be re-elevated to the Status of Autonomous Provisional Republic within the Socialist Federations Border. 2) The Provisional Republics Government will be allowed to have President (Born inside Ahrana) and eight Vice Presidents (Four Ahranaian National, Four Derthalen National). 3) The Provisional Republic will be allotted to have a Republic Legislature but no Republic Constitution 4) The Empire of Derthalen will no longer be able to draw taxes directly from the Provisional Republic, the Socialist Government will have full oversight on the Taxes they may collect after the Socialist Government has collected their share of the Tax. 5) The Railroad that was proposed to run through Heilig will be permitted and will remain in the Ownership of the Empire, the railroad may be allowed to run through the heartland of the Federation if need be. 6) The Ahranaian Princess that was given to the Empire as a Wedding agreement for the Emperor of the Empire may not return to Ahranaian Land for any given reason without the consent and approval of the Socialist Government. Thank you all for joining me for this statement and please enjoy your day. The Ahranaian Space Agency (ASA) has released information stating that they are developing a rocket to use to send satellites into space for GPS, Television Reception, Telephone Reception and much more. More information will be released when we have more to provide to the People. (Flag of the Confederation) The Founding of the Confederation of Independent Socialists will have its founding Ceremony will be held on 1st, 2nd, 3rd of May 2018, in the Ahranaian Capital of Moskovo. Delegates from a wide range of nations involved will participate in the Ceremony. The Secretary General of Ahrana, Greggor Ivanoff, has been nominated to be the first President of The Confederation of Independent Socialists.
  29. Tagmatium Rules

    Illegal Occupation by Derthalen

    To: Jan Utikar, Minister of Foreign Affairs of His Majesty, Heinrich III of Dertalen From: the Agios Basilikon Kounsistorion of the Megas Agios Basileia Arhomanion Minister Utikar, Your nation's determination to pursue these actions against the Most Serene Republic is a blow towards any wish for the normalisation of relations between our two nations. As yet, this may not be perceived as entirely a bad thing – it will allow your sovereign, his majesty Heinrich III, time to ponder the choices he has made. Again, the Agios Basilikon Kounsistorion prays that God is willing that his majesty changes his mind and steers his nation towards the rest of civilisation. It could be viewed that your nation's perception of how the true order of things lies is not the one that is currently being represented by recent events. With regards to the cruiser being sent to retrieve your nation's diplomatic staff, the Agios Basilikon Kounsistorion assures you that no offensive action will be taken against it. The Megas Agios Basileia Arhomanion recognises all of the norms that allow the various cultures of the world to cooperate and it is promised that no harm will come to Derthalen's diplomatic staff, service people or vessel. It is also promised that no physical or mental harm will befall Dethaler nationals that choose to remain within the borders of Tagmatium, and that any citizens of the Megas Agios Basileia Arhomanion that does injure a Dertaler nation will be prosecuted to the full extent of the law. But know this – this is not because the actions of your nation intimidate the Megas Agios Basileia Arhomanion. That is not the case. It is because not only does the Megas Agios Basileia Arhomanion uphold the civilisation and the Light of Christ, but that basic decency is also respected and held dear. It is not too late for the Nation of Derthalen to pull back from this brink. Despite the hostile words and heavy-handed methods that you have used, none have truly made the Nation of Derthalen a lost cause. As yet, this course of action could go one of three ways. The first and most reasonable one is that your government and his majesty, Heinrich III, recognises the error your ways and accede to the reasonable demands placed against it. This will allow Derthalen to once again be welcomed into the community of nations and no longer be viewed as a rogue state. This will assure peace across the world and, likely, prosperity for the Nation of Derthalen and the Derthaler people themselves. Such a course of action is the one favoured by all civilised nations and it is not a difficult one for your government to pursue. It is not a humiliating climb down – far from it. Rather than viewing the concessions demanded by the nations that are pursuing the embargo and other measures as too onerous to consider, Derthalen needs to see that they are but a small price to pay for acting on an equal footing to the rest of the world. By its own policies, your nation has become isolated and will likely begin to become impoverished. If Derthalen comes to the table and begins to act in a stable fashion with other nations and their peoples, then you will see your nation rewarded for such. A normalisation of trade and economic activity means that Derthalen may start to live up to its claims of greatness. That would mean a better world for all of those concerned. The second, of course, is that this disagreeable state of trade embargo continue. This will undoubtedly cause continuing economic disruption, even if at the moment it is not recognised. This may well begin to cause internal dissent within Derthalen, which in turn will likely cause hardship and suffering amongst your people. As yet, his majesty's government seems to be turning a blind eye to this possibility. Again, the Agios Basilikon Kounsistorion hopes that this is a path that can be averted but, Minister Utikar, it appears to be the one that your sovereign is determined to pursue. The third course is the most unthinkable but, in light of what appears to be hostile action against an aeroplane of @Fleur de Lys, seems to be coming a possible path that the world may spiral down. War is held to be the last recourse, the failure of diplomacy, and something that the is not the case. It is because not only does the Megas Agios Basileia Arhomanion is keen to avoid. This is not out of fear of Derthalen – your nation's attitude is one of bluster and arrogance, so far without what appears to be real grounding. However, your government appears to be keen on forcing the hand of Tagmatium. The Agios Basilikon Kounsistorion points out that by deciding to class any Tagmatine aircraft, vessels or vehicles as part of hostile forces in the event of war breaking out that your government is quite literally pulling the Megas Agios Basileia Arhomanion it does not want. By this action, the de facto declaration of war against the Megas Agios Basileia Arhomanion in the event of war with several third parties, Derthalen would be making its own task immeasurably more difficult. Another of the world's Great Powers siding against it could be the fatal blow against your nation in the event of an actual war. It is felt that by the Agios Basilikon Kounsistorion that it must be pointed out that in the event of a vessel, aircraft or vehicle of the Megas Agios Basileia Arhomanion coming under fire or being the victim of a hostile action by a Derthaler vessel, aircraft or vehicle, then there will be a state of war between our two nations. This is not an event that Tagmatium wishes to happen. That must be emphasised, especially to the nations of the wider world. Your nation appears to desire a war but the Megas Agios Basileia Arhomanion will determine to avoid it. As yet, the Agios Basilikon Kounsistorion has not seen fit to reinforce the task force sent by our close ally and this will remain the case for the time being. But that may not be a state of affairs that continues. It is your nation that has pursued an aggressive and foolhardy diplomatic policy, it has not been forced upon Derthalen by the action of others. You have begun to reap the whirlwind for it. And his majesty appears to relish the prospect of the harvest. With the downing of the Lysian jet and the embargoes placed upon Derthalen by the Megas Agios Basileia Arhomanion, and others, it appears that a critical point in these incidents may have been reached. However, they need not spiral out of control from here. There is no need for this antagonistic atmosphere to continue between our peoples. All of the nations that are enacting trading embargoes wish to see a peaceful resolution to this current crisis. If Derthalen comes to the table and ceases its outlandish proclamations against the citizens of foreign nations, it will not be perceived as a climb-down but the winning of sensible temperaments over the more rash. Rather being seen as weak, your sovereign will be viewed by the nations of the world as possessing a cool head and the good judgement to know when to stop events spinning out of control. May God be with you and his majesty, Heinrich III of the Nation of Derthalen. May the way of peace prevail in his majesty's heart.
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