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  1. High Oracle Itziar smiled as the Duchess seemed to try and pick her words carefully, "I am not sure I'd call it a reign, perhaps more of a stewardship. After all I am merely guiding us for a short time, beyond that everything is open for change." She had seen for herself how swift that change could come having witnessed her Queen effectively destroy the mistakes of the past in next to no time following the High Oracle's uncovering of corruption. "Now I believe that you would like to learn about our faith utilising some kind of scholar programme. If that is the case we would be delighted to welcome some of your team to our Temples." In her mind this could be a chance to help spread the faith, they could maybe convince some of these scholars to embrace their faith and as such has an influence beyond the borders of Morheim. "So perhaps we can make this part of a wider educational exchange, something that could maybe expand out beyond our lands." Queen Julia began. "I am going to propose that we reach an arrangengent where any student may apply for University places in either nation. As such I'd like you to consider this." Queen Julia the Younger handed the document over. "How do you think this is?" She asked confident that it would allow young people in her nation exciting new oppurtunities while maintaining a control over their own education systems.
  2. Don't worry didn't think it was. What I mean by developing relationships its beyond things like having embassies etc. I mean having oppurtunities for interact. If I give an example from another region I've been very active in. Nations RP out things like significant events in their nation, so in the past I've hosted a festival based around my nations interest in arts and crafts and the fact they have diamond mines. This became a Jewel of the Desert festival and a chance for nations to meet in an informal setting, various off hand meetings etc. Similarly things like royal weddings and the like. Most of the Foreign Affairs threads just seem back and forths of setting up things.
  3. For me one issue is that its hard to have relations between nations. I've been here a while and struggle to find ways of interacting with other nations beyond a few who I'm friends with for a while elsewhere around NSland. If we're having international organisations they'd need to be built on international relations existing and so therefore we'd need to have more interactions between nations prior to them. In my view we do have a UNESCO through the organisation my RP set up, sadly not on PC at the moment so can't find the link. We also have an environmental treaty that was put forward. These were both RP'd out. I think a bigger concern rather than having loads of international organisations and standards is to promote people having active ongoing and interesting RP oppurtunities with newer people.
  4. QUEEN ATTENDS EXECUTIONS Following several weeks of trials and investigations the enquiry into the corruption within the Temple of Elements has been concluded. In total 27 former members of the Priesthood (13 Female/14 male) were convicted on various charges with 10 (7male/3 female) receiving the death penalty. The remaining 17 faced prison sentences ranging from 5 years to 35 years. A further 18 people (10 Female/8 Male) were found not-guilty yet despite this verdict were ejected from the Priesthood by Queen Julia III who stated "It is my task as Queen and Guardian of the Elements to ensure that our Priesthood is pure and beyond reproach. Even those with the stench of comradeship with the guilty must be prevented from preaching or teaching in our Temples. After all these people must have known of the practices taking place against the faith and they did nothing. In my eyes while they may not be guilty they are not worthy to work for the Gods." Later in the day the Queen attended Thale Gaol where the first round of 8 executions took place. This was the first time in around 200 years that a member of the royal family has attended an execution. Speaking upon leaving the executions the Queen spoke briefly with the Press stating, "My task as Guardian is to be the enforcer of the Gods among those who would teach their ways. I have a duty as monarch of Morheim to sign the Order of Execution for every single person sentenced to death by the judges of our nation following a fair trial. Satisfied that these individuals had been given exactly that I had no hesitation in signing the orders. As I am the one effectively ending their lives I must have the courage to see through the actions I have begun. It is therefore only fitting that I look the people who have committed crimes against my people in the eye before they are executed." The Queen did not confirm whether she would attend every execution stating only. "The business of purifying the faith is coming to an end and I must therefore return to my duties as Queen ensuring Morheim prospers as best it can. That will be my focus moving forward."
  5. Julia had never really left Morheim much, the odd family holiday here or there but usually then without the full compliment as it was very rare the nations security agency allowed all members of the Royal family to be in one place at the same time. She fully intended as she grew into her reign to begin visiting more and more places and she hoped that her younger sister Beatrix would have more of a chance of a normal teenage life then she had. "If your proposing some kind of school exchange then I think that would be a nice idea, although my understanding is that your schools are girls only, if that is the case then we may need to think how best to do things as I would want all my people to be able to have fair access to such an opportunity" She finished her drink and looked at the mantlepiece clock that showed that it was time for them to make their way to the Temple of the Elements to meet the High Oracle. It wasn't a long drive to the Temple, it sat on the edge of the parkland that the Palace sat in and infact the drive saw them never leave the actual Palace grounds, Julia would have walked but her security advised her that it was better to drive and the fact the route took a rather scenic route across the park made it seem like a much longer drive. High Oracle Itziar Gebara was waiting for them on the steps of the Temple, a group of worshippers being momentarily halted from entering the subterranian complex while the Queen and her guests went inside. Julia bowed respectfully to the High Oracle with a hand placed on her heart, Itziar Gebara returned the bow before the pair embraced as friends. "Duchess Lena this is Her Holiness The High Oracle" Julia said almost proudly. "Duchess Lena" The High Oracle nodded respectfully. "and this is?" she asked as she smiled at Karin and waited for the Queen to make an introduction. "I understand you want to know more about our faith so perhaps you'd like a tour of the complex, or would you prefer to begin with a visit to our library?"
  6. Julia accepted the gift of the spice but wasn't really sure what the diplomatic thing to do with it was, should she taste some now but then what if it the maghical properties it proclaimed were real and somehow it triggered a change in her during these sessions. What on the other hands if she hated the taste and spat it out, would that be an insult to the guests. She considered her approach for a while and then simply determined the best course of action was to say "Thank you for the kind gift. I am sure that our own Oracle will be interested to discover what this spice is like when next I meet with her." She figured diverting the responsibility onto the head of her faith was a more tactful response. She listened carefully to the description of the Bene Gesserit faith by her guests, a lot of it she had read herself but hearing it direct from the followers, and in this case the inner circle, of the faith made things much clearer. It was in Julia's mind a faith based around fear of what was coming as well as a hope in that evil could be avoided and in someway she admired that. Practical solutions to a challenging problem. "My own duty within our faith is more of that of a policeman, keeping a watchful eye on its security from threats outside of it and inside of it, sadly as of late it has been the threat of those within the faith that I have had to worry about. While I have the Oracle to guide me in my decision making, in the path my own soul takes I have the duty that those advising my subjects are as pure as they claim we should be. Historically speaking its been a mainly traditional role, sadly it seems that many in the faith have used our nations devotion to it and my Mother's illness to take advantage of the power it has in our society. It's something I'm keen to ensure doesn't ever happen again. As such I would not consider myself like your Reverend Mother, while the Elementium faith guides my thoughts and actions I am not what I would consider tied to its doctrine as a way of leading our nation. I suspect this is something your Reverend Mother has to consider more than I do. In many ways our nations faith and our nations government are two separate entities but ones that are closely related." "Perhaps we should set out where we both would like this meeting to head and then once we have an agenda a time for each of us to reflect might be an idea. While we are doing that we can go and meet the new Oracle who I know will be much better placed to answer your questions regarding our faith."
  7. COURT SENTENCE TWO TO DEATH FOR CRIMES OF RELIGION The Court at Thale has today sentenced two former Priests to be executed after being found guilty of crimes committed during their time in the Priesthood. The first to be sentenced to execution was Oroitz Agramunt who was found guilty of embezzeling around $2,800,000 from the Temple of the Elements, coercing people to give him money by utilising his position and sexually exploiting youngsters. The judge presiding over his case said, "Agramunt has been given a very special position within our society. His position embodied the ultimate trust a man can have and he utilised it not for the betterment of his Queendom, the faithful under his guidance or more importantly the Gods. He has failed as a human being on every level and as such he is beyond redemption and so I have no hesitation in setting out the harshest penalties possible for those who abuse their position in the faith. The priesthood are the closest to the Gods there can be save our Queen, they must and should be held to a higher account and that means failure should bring the ultimate penalty." Two hours later in a second court room another former High Priest, Iñaki Ubiña, was also sentenced to death. He was found guilty of embezzling around $3,000,000 as well as having utilised the Temples connections to run what amounted to an organised crime ring with involvement with illegal gun sales to criminal gangs and drugs. Additionally he was tied to having utilised his contacts to have a rival for High Priest murdered in 1994. The judge who passed sentence stated, "Iñaki Ubiña tried to combine the life of a man of faith with that of a gangster mob boss from some cheesy film. For decades he was able to get away with it because his position sheltered him. Now that shelter has gone and there is no choice other than to face the full force of justice." Queen Julia The Younger was in the court complex to hear the verdicts get passed and it was later confirmed that she has already signed the execution warrants meaning that in 48 hours time both Ubina and Agramunt will be hanged at Thale Gaol. In the early afternoon the Queen released a statement saying, "Our faith teaches us that our job as humans is to ensure that balance exists in the elements Fire, Water, Earth and Fire. Those of us blessed by the Four Gods to hold special sway over this duty have a responsibility to work for the betterment of the planet, the people and ensure the future of our ways. These two degenerates are as far away from the Gods as a human can be. As such they must be removed so the balance can be restored. I have a trust placed in me to be the Guardian of the Faith. That means I must remove those unbalancing the faith and purify the clergy when needed. These two will be the first, possibly not the last, to face the death penalty because of the long term corruption that we have uncovered in the faith. Their deaths will serve as an example to those within positions of power in the Temple of Elements that they must conform to the law just as anyone else must, it will also serve as a beacon to the true believers that we will not tolerate our faith being manipulated by the unjust." A further six trials are expected to be concluded this week.
  8. The Prince hadn't quiet expected the Duchess and her daughter-in-law to be attired almost in a military fashion, nor had he expected them to be rather so blunt. "Of course Your Ladyship" he gestured for the two Kaitainites to follow him and he quickly made his way towards a large waiting SUV. He hadn't been sure whether these Missionara people would have brought their own security or even what their actual relationship with their government was. "Its about a twenty minute ride into the Royal Palace where my sister will be waiting. Thankfully we're going to avoid rush-hour and we've a military escort." Black fatigue wearing soldiers with blue and silver patches were taking up position in vehicles before and after the SUV with a group of four motorcycle outriders flanking the procession. The Morheim government were not expecting trouble, there hadn't been any attacks on government officials in at least 100 years, at least not since Prince Thiago had launched a coup against his own sister in an effort to change the Queendom into a Kingdom. That had failed as the people saw the Prince as nothing but a heretic and after just a few days of violence he'd been executed, a large public burning in the square in front of the Palace. It was told that the fire had been so intense that it had cracked some of the marble in the Palace's huge plaza and that if you looked carefully you could still see feint traces of the scorch marks, silly tales if anything as Prince Isaac had never seen them and he spent as much time in the Plaza as anyone. The vehicle began pulling away and soon they were heading south towards the coast, Isaac loved the coastal roads as the sparkling blue sea on one side contrasted with the Orange groves that littered the hillsides. Soon the hills rolled away into the distance as the car reached sea level and now a long sandy beach, complete with those enjoying the early morning sun was contrasted with the buildings of the city. "Perhaps you can tell me a little of the idea behind your faith." Isaac made small talk. "It's one I have heard little of beyond what you can read on things like Wikipedia. A religion with its own military and scholars sounds fascinating." and a little worrying he thought. He'd heard tales from other religions of them using "Holy Warriors" to spread their faith often at spear point. This was something Elementium had largely ignored, it was a faith that sought to create balance and as such sought not to create waves through the use of violence. "I'd be intrigued to hear particularly about these Truthsayers of yours. As a military man I'm always looking to see what I can learn from the way other nations think." Before long the Palace came into view. As they had been expecting guests the Plaza was heavily patrolled and a temporary guard rail had been installed down the centre. Tourists still milled around enjoying looking at the old inscriptions to national heroes on the walls or the art works. Occasionally a small group of people would lay flowers in one of the notches on a wall, a memorial to a loved one or a beloved famous figure honoured at the heart of the Queendom. Guardsman in black dress uniform patrolled the perimeter and a "no go area" just in front of the Palace. On days when Queen Julia the Younger was not on official business in the Palace it had limited opening for tourists but today they were getting a rather grander sight. The SUV left its guard escort at the gate and made its way up the central area that had been kept free of tourists. Naturally seeing the car many stood at the guard rail keen to get a view inside but the heavily tinted windows prevented that. A group of young school children waved energetically as the car passed seeming not to care that they couldn't tell if their greeting was reciprocated. "It was my Mother who began giving access to the Plaza every day." Isaac began, Julia the Elder still lived however she had made the decision to abdicate the throne after her Multiple Sclerosis (MS) had prevented her doing her duties fully. Julia The Elder still liked to do what she could to support the monarchy but that was nowadays mainly just public appearances on her good days or the occasional speech via radio or TV on matters important to the Queendom. Her daughter, Julia the Younger still courted her advice but that was usually done away from prying eyes. As if on cue the vehicle stopped at the bottom of the stairs as Queen Julia the Younger appeared at the top of the stairs. Her brother sighed slightly, it seemed she was not convinced by advice of those around her to dress in a manner traditionally befitting a Queen instead she wore a black suit with silver pinstripe, white shirt and a pale blue tie similar to her nations flag. Her blonde shoulder length hair was folded into a bun at the nape of her neck and the only Queenly thing about her was elaborate jewelled tie pin and cufflinks. A Light Scout Guardsman opened the car door and saluted his Queen as Prince Isaac exited the car and offered a helping hand to the two guests. "Your Majesty" He bowed to his own sister who he could tell would have tutted at him had there not been guests, "May I present Her Ladyship Lena Atreides and her daughter-in-law Karin Atreides." "I'm very excited your here" Julia extended a hand to each of them warmly. "I can't wait to hear more about your desert home." An aide appeared beside her with two silk wrapped bundles. "Now I've done a little reading. Not much though. I understand your faith is about gaining knowledge if I read things correctly" In many ways Julia was a nerd, especially for History and so Isaac knew his sister would be right. "I'd love you to have these." She handed over the silk wrapped objects before pulling away the firsts wrapping. "This is a handwritten copy of our Holy Book. It was made by a Priest about 200 years ago who saw it as a labour of love to write it by hand" She opened a few pages and the scrawl was decorated with a vast array of patterns and colours. "And this" she whisked away the second covering, "Is a book written by my grand-father, he was a Historian, I think that's where I get my love for the subject from" She chuckled nervously. "I hope you can find them both useful and enjoyable. Please come inside, you must be thirsty" she ushered for the two Kaitainites to flank her as she walked them up the steps and into her home. "Now I thought we could have some iced tea.....I can find other things if you prefer.....and get to know a little about each others nations and then if that seems to go well maybe some talks about setting up some relations. Does that sound OK?" She realised most monarchs would have the gravitas to make that an instruction rather than question, even though she'd been successful with the Laren Conference she still was worried that international diplomacy had too many rules she was yet to get to grips with because of a lack of practice. Along the corridor was a wide double oak door, a red uniformed chamberlain pushed it open and began arranging the drinks, first serving his Queen and then the guests. "Thank you Joachim" the Queen smiled at the man as he bowed and headed to the door to stand post incase she needed anything else. "So where would be a good place for us to begin. Perhaps you could tell me what exactly a Reverend Mother is?"
  9. FORMER HIGH ORACLE FOUND DEAD IN CELL It was announced this morning that the under fire former High Priest of Water Herminio Armando has been found dead in his cell. The 72 year old was found to have strangled himself with his own prison issue trousers just days after formally being charged with various crimes relating to corruption within the Elementium faith. The news comes as a further 16 individuals have been charged today in courts across the nation. The governor of Thale Prison stated, "It is sad that Mr.Armando elected to take this drastic action. I am confident that the review into his death that must now take place will find that the prison did all that could be expected to ensure his safety. We must clearly now take steps to learn from this tragic event and ensure that others in our care facing a similar predicament do not take the same action." It was also confirmed that the former High Priest is to be denied a burial plot on the Isle of Laren where traditionally High Priests of the elements can be elected to be buried. The decision on who may be buried there falls to the monarch. A spokeswoman for the Palace stated, " We wish to avoid a situation where Mr.Armando is offered the traditional burial arrangements only for him to be found to have been involved in the charges levelled against him. Such discovery will have forced the exhumation of the body and its removal to a more suitable site. The Queen felt that denying the right to a burial of the sacred Isle at this point would perhaps save the family the trauma of removing the body at a later date. Naturally the case against Mr.Armando will be followed through and should he be found to be free of any wrong doing naturally the tradition of the Isle of Laren resting place will be extended." The 16 individuals charged today have been taken to the Thale Military Barracks where they will be kept under a Military Police guard while the investigation into Mr.Armando's death takes place at the civilian prison. Lt-Col Muinoz who is leading the current investigation stated, "Normally we deal with soldiers who have turned up drunk after a weekend of partying and haven't recovered by Monday, or those who get into physical altercations on base. Small level stuff really. It is an exception to have prisoners for long periods and so we are adapting slightly to meet the needs of these people who to date have not been convicted of any crime." The prison at the barracks houses 58 military prisoners at present with most of them serving sentences of less than 3 months. While the military inmates face a schedule of 6 daily inspections, rigorous physical training and military retraining it was confirmed that this would not be extended to the 16 members of the clergy locked up there. MILITARY GO GREEN The Ministry of Defence today announced that they have completed work on the acquisition of a new light strike and patrol vehicle. The ESV, or Electronic Strike Vehicle, will hopefully enter service soon after a prototype having been evaluated by the nations elite 1st Light Scouts. The vehicle is lightly armoured but is capable of mounting three weapons points that could feature a minigun, anti-tank missile or grenade launcher. It is capable of carrying four soldiers and even capable of launching its own helicopter style drone from a rear platform. The vehicle is electrical powered and capable of reaching speeds of 60mph in 3 seconds while covering a distance of around 200km without the need to recharge. The vehicle can charge itself off solar panels carried within the vehicle, a process that takes 14 hours, or alternatively can be charged just like an standard electric car. It was also confirmed that the batteries will be supplied from Elegy factories on the outskirts of the city of Tenma in @Sunset Sea Islands and that the lithium used within them shall come from Solitude Islands. Prince Isaac, an Air Force officer, has also tested the vehicle and stated, "It is a rather nippy little vehicle. It was a lot of fun to drive and I can imagine when fully loaded with weaponry it can be a useful tool. It was also amazingly quiet which I can see being rather useful to a unit like the Light Scouts. I'm please following my sister's efforts to create the Environmental Treaty of Laren that we can extend the principles of that to the military, frankly we're not always the most environmentally friendly, but every little helps." It is expected that an initial order of 100 was placed with Don Blas Vehicles who have made many of the Armies previous mobility vehicles.
  10. To:- Reverened Mother Erin Atwald We thank you for your recent message and are more than happy to explore closer relationships with any nation. We have seen your recent Deceleration of the Sands and believe we share many ideas. As such I am delighted to extend to your two scholars an invitation to meet myself and the new High Oracle in Thale. We look forward to your delegates arrivals and are hopeful of fruitful talks. Best Wishes Queen Julia III of Morheim _________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Thale had not welcomed foreign guests for quiet some time and Queen Julia The Younger hadn't meet with any foreign delegates since the Laren Environmental Conference. She was rather excited for this meeting, Kiataine sat across the other side of the world and its culture seemed rather intriguing. She already had many questions that she would like to get to the bottom of and find out more about these Bene Gesserit. She hoped to also impress the new High Oracle, while the Queen was the most powerful person in Morheim the High Oracle held significant influence and Julia considered herself a pious person. She had always tried to follow the teachings of the Elementium faith by showing the Four Gods respect and like many of the people of Morheim had been disastisfied of late with the way their Temple had been run. To Julia the meeting today marked a fresh start for Elementium. She had dispatched her older brother Prince Isaac to the airport just outside the capital of Thale to welcome the guests. Isaac was three years older than his sister and filled his time with his service in the Air Force, he stood chatting to a few Airmen from the service who were forming the welcoming party for their guests. While Thale International Airport was a civilian operation two fighter jets sat ready to escort the Kaitaine aircraft in once it reached Morheim's airspace. It was when the aircraft took off that Isaac began running mentally through what he would say when the guests arrived, he figured he'd have about twenty minutes and so began going over and over what his sister had told him. Time seemed to fly by and soon he could see the guests aircraft descending towards the runway and just moments later the band began to play. Isaac waited patiently for the aircraft to stop at the point marked for this special occasion and went over in his mind the introductions. "Good morning. My sister has asked me to welcome you to Morheim and escort you to the Palace where she is very much looking forward to meeting you both. Please step this way." He gestured to a waiting vehicle.
  11. FIRST CORRUPTION CASE HEARINGS BEGIN Following the arrest of former High Priest of Water Herminio Armando a further 15 arrests among the Priesthood have taken place. This morning the 16 accused individuals appeared in the Queen's Court in Thale, the nations highest judicial body, to begin proceedings against them. While this initial hearing was not to determine the innocence or guilt but rather to formerly place charges against them. Armando was formally charged with abusing his position as a Priest to gain favours from law enforcement, embezzlement of the Temple's funds, fraud and also an ancient crime called "corruption of the faithful". This final charge is levelled as Armando is accused of purposely misrepresenting the position of the faith for either financial or personal gain. In this case it is understood that he used his position as a Priest to advance the career of his son as well as using the position to influence arranged marriages for financial gain. Should Armando be found guilty he could potentially face the death penalty however this is highly unlikely to be the case as no one has been charged with the crime of "corruption of the faithful" in several hundred years. The lawyer representing Armando requested bail however this was denied as the judge felt that "It is highly likely that with the network of patronage and nepotism that Mr.Armando is accused of building up that he has sufficient means at his disposal to abscond. As such he will be placed in custody until the trial begins." It was later confirmed that the trial will begin next Monday as the Queen is keen to proceed quickly
  12. ARRESTS MADE FOR RELIGIOUS CORRUPTION Following the new High Oracle requesting that Queen Julia The Younger begin investigations into corruption throughout the Elementium faith there have today been a series of arrests across the nation. In total 16 people have been arrested in raids carried out by members of the 1st Light Scouts under the supervision of the Royal Military Police. The elite military unit normally operate as commando's on special forces operations as well as providing security for the Royal family, they have however been tasked with supporting the Royal Military Police with their work into this corruption. The first arrest was reported at around 6am when a team of Scouts entered the estate of former High Priest of Water Herminio Armando . The 72 year old who retired from the Priesthood in 2017 was later brought out in a police vehicle. An announcement came soon after from the Royal Military Police stating, "We have solid intelligence that a sum of around $500,000 from the Temple of the Elements has passed through the accounts of Mr.Armando in a manner inconsistent with normal practice. The payment comes at a time when he had both the opportunity and the means to transfer these funds." The next few hours saw several other arrests, mainly of local Temple Priests who are accused of taking funds from their congregation and using it for their own ends. Queen Julia The Younger took time to visit the Light Scouts following the various arrests and said, "Today we have begun the process of once more purifying our faith. The new High Oracle deserves a strong foundation on which to build her time as our religious guide. All measures will be taken to ensure that those we have placed in positions of trust because of their seemingly strong knowledge of scripture and ritual are worthy of that trust. Those who go against that trust may as well strike me in my heart with a dagger. Those willing to become fat on the generosity of the faithful deserve every punishment the courts determine they deserve." The Queen has ordered that the nations judges fast-track the court cases relating to this matter as much as possible. "We need this to move quickly, we need this to be draw a line under the last 12 months of chaos and suspicion in the faith." The new High Oracle today visited the Temple of the Elements where it is believed she meet several key members of the faith's administrative staff. Following the meeting High Oracle Miriam Busto stated "The Elementium faith has faced many more dangerous challenges throughout our history. We face great challenges ahead. Now is a time for us to prepare to take back control of our souls from the corruption of the past. Once Her Majesty has carried out her duties as the Guardian of the Faith I will begin to look at celebrating our faith and returning it to a central thought in everyday life. Morheim once had a vibrant religious life. The Isle of Laren is our sacred birthplace and Queen Julia The Younger placed it squarly on the global stage by hosting the Laren Environmental Conference there. That was a chance to show the youth of Morheim that the faith and their home is still as relevant today as it was at the beginning of creation. We have a long road before us, but it is one I hope we can walk together with a smile on our faces."
  13. PRIESTESS OF AIR NAMED NEW ORACLE Following only 17 hours of deliberations the Temple of the Elements have named a 55 year old Priestess of Air as the new High Oracle. Miriam Busto was formerly the Priestess of Air at the Northern mountain town of Deusto and was at one time the spiritual adviser to Queen Julia The Elder. At just after sunrise this morning the ceremonial horn connected to the Temple of the Elements was blown and echoed across the city of Thale waking many of the cities inhabitants who hurried to the streets to find out who would now be responsible for the spiritual well being of the nation. Roughly 30 minutes later Queen Julia The Younger was seen being escorted through the city streets by her personnel guard en route to be the first to be told the name of the new High Oracle. Upon arriving at the Temple the doors slowly opened and the Queen was the only person who entered before reappearing ten minutes later. It became clear very quickly that none of the clergy from Temples in Thale had been appointed as upon returning to the Royal Palace the Queen immediately departed on the hour long journey North via helicopter. Local news channels in Deusto soon began informing the world that the Queen had landed in their town and by the time she had made her way to the residence of Priestess Miriam Busto crowds had begun to gather at the various residences of the clergy in the city hopeful that their particular favourite would be named as the High Oracle. The Queen was photographed entering Priestess Miriam's residence before appearing just after midday with the newly appointed High Oracle on Busto's balcony. Queen Julia The Younger was first to address the crowd saying. "The High Preists and Priestesses of the elements have recieved guidance and have in their widsom determined that Priestess of Air Miram Busto shall be our nations guide. As the Guardian of the Elements I pledge myself to protecting her as she seeks to bring us ever closer to the Gods." Then the new High Oracle appeared on the balcony to huge cheers.High Oracle Busto was dressed in her ceremonial attire of white and gold dress however had the High Oracle's crown on her head as she addressed the crowd for the first time in her new role. "I am honoured to have been selected to serve as High Oracle. Our faith has faced a testing time after the corruption that High Oracle Itziar Gebara permitted to seep into our faiths upper hierachy. This shall be my first task, to ensure that all those who serve the Gods do so with respect and honour be they a mere member of a youth choir or the High Priests themselves. As such I have already enacted my first action as High Oracle and that is requesting a Royal Commission into the actions of Itziar Gerbara, following that I have asked Her Majesty, as Guardian of the Elements to conduct a series of investigations into key members of the faith that have been surrounded by accusations. Her Majesty has given me her full assurance that she will leave no stone unturned in rooting out and then punishing anyone corrupt." Later in the day upon returning to the Royal Palace in Thale Queen Julia the Younger released a statement saying. "Our nation has always been ruled by a monarch who has held the power of making and enforcing laws for the nation. They have also held the responsibility of following and protecting the faith, be that against physical harm or doctrinal harm. In this case I have been asked to ensure that those who misuse our religion do not get away with it. I am proud to be entrusted with this task and have assigned to special duties a team of 50 members of the Military Police along with 20 members of my 1st Light Scouts to weed out anyone who has been misusing their position of power. Old and ancient laws exist in this regard and have served us well." It is thought the Queen is referring to the "Religious Corruption Act of 1504" which permitted any member of the Priesthood or anyone granted privilege or responsibility by them to be severely punished. The maximum penalty under the act is reserved for someone who has used the "materials or locations of the faith to spread the knowledge or word of other faiths" and the penalty for doing so was "death by strangulation" whether the Queen is willing to execute those found guilty of corruption is still being discussed by many with those who know her well suggesting that the Queen may use the Act for prosecuting those who have misused the faith however that she will not utilise the death penalty, something that has not been used in Morheim since 1986. High Oracle Busto will be officially blessed on Wednesday at a major ceremony. NAVY TO INVESTIGATE NEW ADDITION Thale Royal Dockyards have today announced that they are undertaking a review of a older concept that the Admiralty have shown new interest in. "The Workhorse Class" ship was first suggested in the early 2000's but was passed over however today it seems the plans are likely to be given a new chance of becoming reality. A spokesman for the company which has produced the vast majority of Morheim naval vessels for the past 100 years said, "The aim of the vessel is to merge new technologies seemlessly with older ones and form them into a handy package capable of undertaking a vast array of mission types." The recently released design image seems to be a cross between some kind of Destroyer style fore with a carrier style aft, the concept was explained further by the Dockyards saying, "The ship will primarily utilise afleet of airborne drones, these will be kept below deck and largely can be in kit form. Additionally hangar space for helicopters will be avaliable allowing them to carry out anti-submarine roles. We have also futureproofed the concept by making it a ship capable of utilising VSTOL fighter aircraft. The ship also will contain a small dock allowing it to put ashore a small detachment of Marines or allow them to engage in ship to ship activities such as drug searches. The front of the ship will be about firepower with it maintaining a 155 mm cannon, a 20 cell VLS launcher as well as a variety of torpedo launches and missile canisters. We do not envisage the ship operating for long periods alone but do believe that it will provide a highly flexible and versatile asset to the Navy." The ship would be the first new acquistition for the Navy since 2009.
  14. TEMPLE OF THE ELEMENTS TO NAME NEW HIGH ORACLE The Queendom of Morheim's religious establishment, the Temple of the Elements, will begin the process of naming a new High Oracle this week. The position of High Oracle has been vacant for close to 12 months following the abdication of High Oracle Itziar Gebara following allegations of financial embezzlement. The Temple of the Elements have spent the last 12 months ensuring that a full investigation into Gebara's actions have been carried out and that all accounts are in order before beginning the process of naming his successor. The process will see the High Priests of Water and Earth convene with the High Priestesses of Air and Fire to determine who from within the ranks of the clergy. The four leaders of the individual elements will remain within the underground Temple of the Elements until they reach a decision. Today they will gather inside where Her Majesty Queen Julia III, Guardian of the Elements, will formally task them with the selection before the Queen leaves and the four are sealed inside. Once they reach their decision they shall blow the ceremonial horn contained within the Temple which attracts the attention of the Four Gods. At that point Queen Julia will be the first to be told the name of the new High Oracle and will then travel to inform the new High Oracle of their appointment. The lack of a religious leader has drawn criticism from those across the nation as it has been the first time in history the faith has lacked a leader. One such critic was Air Chief Marshall Albert Größel who commands the nation's Air Force, "Our people have lacked religious guidance for far to long. Our Queen requires their input to ensure she protects the Holy Land for the Elementium faith in the correct manner and she has been left to her own devices. While I respect Her Majesties devotion to the faith she is just 22 years of age and not a scholar of the faith like a Priest or Priestess is." It is expected that as soon as the new High Oracle is in place their induction to the role will take place within a week with a large celebration.
  15. Having listened to @Tagmatium Rules delegate Narses speak Julia thought for a moment, "Well I have a suggestion maybe when it comes to people signing the treaty" she began to explain, "Those of us in the position such as my own will sign the treaty and that means as of the moment we've signed it we're committing our nations to do everything reasonable to hit these targets. Those of you in a position similar to yourself can sign it "in principle" it means your publically throwing your support behind the treaty which will hopefully send a message to your homelands that this is something we should be doing. It also then means your capable of placing it before whatever individual or body needs to approve it." She hoped this would be acceptable. "As for things we've not considered please feel free to make any suggestions you think would be worth us following. I can't speak for the others but I'd prefer to get this right first time and I'm in no rush to get things finished if it means we can get a perfect treaty."
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