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  1. The official recordkeeper of Pope Gregory VII, Julian of Minot, kept an extremely detailed record of the Pope’s life, but his most detailed one is the Synod of Trinity. The manuscript has been preserved for hundreds of years. Trinity, the Sanctum Imperium Catholicum April 24, Year of Our Lord 1551 Our Lady’s Cathedral The stiff humid air hung over the huge gathering of clergy like a blanket. Cardinals and bishops around the world originating from as far west as Iverica to Tagmatium and beyond, numbering some thousand, were crammed into the expansive Our Lady’s Cathedral. The noise was incredible- thousands of people, including some support staff consisting of nuns and sisters- talking in various tones of confusion, stress, boredom, annoyance, and excitement. A word between two people had to be shouted into the ear, the din combining the heat crushing any who would enter, audible to the guards outside and to anybody who walked within half a mile. All of a sudden, the church bells tolled. First quietly, then growing louder and faster, before becoming a constant clang over the roaring voices of the assembly. The voices died down, listening to the banging of church bells, until as quickly as they came they fell away. The clergy were seated in ascending rows that came down from the sides, as well as up on the second level and in front of the altar. Behind the altar were two ornate and very decorative thrones, one for each patriarch of their respective churches. In between them both, set back, was a large statue of the Virgin Maiden, holding the baby Jesus and looking upwards to the Heavens. The stunning beauty of the thrones and massiveness of the statue was enough to take the breath away of many that visited the cathedral. A stout friar walked in front of the altar, prostrated before it, then rose and bellowed in a loud and strong voice. “All rise.” All present obeyed, a roar echoing out from the action, the creaking of wood accompanying it. The friar paused for a moment before continuing. “In nomine Patris et Filii et Spiritus Sancti, Amen. Esteemed Servants of God, we convene in this holy spot in the Great Synod of Trinity, as ordained by His Most Holiness Pope Gregory VII of the Salvian Church, Vicar of Christ, Successor of the Prince of Peace, Diarchic Pontiff of the Universal Church, Archbishop of Deopolis, jointly with His Most Holiness, Patriarch Hilarius XVI, Bishop of Madrí, Vicar of the Messiah, Successor of the Prince of the Apostles, Diarchic Pontiff of the Universal Church, Archbishop of Intreimor, Servant of the Servants of God.” The friar paused once more, before beginning to chant, a chorus of nuns and friars joining in. All eyes turned to two different sets of doors on either side of the altar, the chant announcing them like lordly kings, and the many icons and stained-glass windows of saints and other holy people watching with the assembly. The door swung open, a column three across of priests and other holy men began to process out. Many had holy water, sprinkling it on the crowd. Other carried incense, burning it in a spherical chamber closed and attached to a chain, the priests gently swinging it to let the incense burn and waft out into the air. The already hot and stuffed air only worsened as the incense burned and hung over. In the front of both processions came a priest carrying a banner. On both held the Chi-Rho, while each also had another their own sign below it- on the Salvian, a dove, and on the Tacolic, a taco. On both, above the Chi-Rho, had a picture of the Holy Family. Followed behind the banners came the patriarchs, heads bowed and hands clasped in prayer. The banners came in line with the altar before turning towards it, processing to the front of it, and stopping. They hung next to each other, motionless. Some of the processors came to stand in front of some benches in front of the altar- those with incense came to the altar, circled around it while swinging their incense, before finally kissing the altar and standing behind both patriarchs, the smoke continuing to rise into the air. The procession marked the beginning of the synod, a thing that touched any present in the assembly and moved any with just an inkling of faith to devout and pious acts. The Virgin Mary sat quietly, observing the assembly with a caring maternal stare. The patriarchs walked to the front of the altar and prostrated in front of it. The chant finished, and their was total silence. They lay there in prayer for minutes, before finally rising, kissing the altar, and walking behind the altar to their thrones. The assembly sat. Another minute passed before Pope Gregory rose from his throne and walked towards the front of the altar. He was dressed in his full papal garbs, his hat sitting on top of his bald head and the staff loosely gripped. An older man in his 60s, the pope seemed troubled as he cleared his throat, took a large breath, and began to speak. “My dearest brothers in Christ, Shepard of your flock, you come from the many corners of the wurld. From Iverica to Limonaia, south to Aurelia, to Marenesia, north to Europa, and even the far reaches of Thalassa, you slaves of Christ have come to this most dire and important Synod of our holy Church. For while our Church grows in both faith and outreach, the wurld is simultaneously attacked by evil forces. Wickedness and heresy, from the most evil Lucifer, are cultivated in people and nations around the Eurth. I am of course talking about the ever-growing threats of the Yellow Empire [@Fulgistan] and Sultanate of @Sayf. These nations, home to demon-worship, heresy, sodomy, hedonism, and many other wicked evils, are rapidly expanding, pushing out native Christians, slaughtering them, and spreading their wickedness across the New Wurld. As good Christians, we cannot sit by and let Christian land be taken by the forces of Satan.” His speech continued for much longer- a rallying cry for all Catholics to join their Christian brethren on an attack of wicked evils. Men shifted in their seats attentive to every word that left his lips, nodding in agreement, shaking in anger, or yelling their support. “A crusade, needed to beat back the forces of Hell, must be rallied! The only thing stopping the wickedness of Lucifer from taking over the wurld is God’s only Church! Rally your kings, lords, barons into battle, for they shall be rewarded richly in the kingdom of Heaven! Deus Vult!” At this, the assembly erupted in cheers and shouts, clapping and whooping, the loud din from before returning once more as chatter quickly swept through the assembly once more. The stout friar once more returned to bellow at them to remain silent. Many Iverican cardinals stood and began to list their concerns. (Here Julian paraphrases much of the Iverican Tacolic concerns and the counterarguments, summarizing them in a basic sentence. Authors from after Julian’s death have added in the margins, and with historical context in mind, edited it to fit the many problems they faced in as small a space as possible. This is most likely not what they said.) “We face much civil and political troubles in Iverica. A greater tithe will most certainly upset the populace, and the barons and lords will most undoubtedly be divided over whether to send their men to a crusade.” Other cardinals rose to protest and support these concerns, while still other Tacolic cardinals rose and debated with them, arguing it was for Christendom and that civil and political strife were triumphed by the orders of God and the duel papacy. (Here the writings are faded and illiterate. Looking back on the history, it is known that the cardinals of the Tacolic faith, specifically the Ivericans, remianed privately split throughout the crusade, although those who sided with the Salvians and other Tacolics threw their full support behind it and led barons and lords into battle.) (Julian continues) The debate ran for many hours before both sides had been tired out. The dissenting cardinals submitted. Both pontiffs rose from their seats, and with a nod of approval from the Iverican patriarch, Pope Gregory turned towards the assembly, and cried out. “A papal bull, signed by these Vicars of the Most High, Jesus Christ, declare the crusade to retake the Christian lands and put an end to the Yellow Empire and Sayfi Sultanate, shall bless and declare these crusades a quest of God.” A few assistants came up with a sheet of paper with writing on it, ink, quills, and both pontiffs’ seals as the two signed the document and gave it their seal. “Seek glory in God! Deus Vult!” The assembly erupted, louder then ever before, as the great bells rang out in a courageous call. The screams and cries of the cardinals rang out, heard by those even in the outer reaches of the city a mile away and farther. “Deus Vult! Deus Vult! Deus Vult!”
  2. @Rihan Would you like us to tell you right here or in Discord DM's?
  3. Due to the Church seeing you as a "hedonistic state" and therefore what you are hosting as an unholy party, the leaders of Salvia will refuse to attend. Sorry
  4. Screenshot might be a bit misleading. It's actually rather close to @Seylos and not terribly far from Adaptus.
  5. I remember we had discussed an island location in between the New World and Adaptus that @Galahinda liked. Maybe he’s changed his mind, but that’s what he had decided on iirc.
  6. Home | World | Salvia | Business | Politics | Opinion | Tech | Entertainment  A Monarch Chosen By God, or a President Chosen By the People? July 16, 2019 Joshua Behr This a transcript from a recent radio program that aired on July 14. As I walked by Alexis Hall, the palm trees swaying in the gentle breeze as I walked through Murphy Square in front of the entrance of the building, a group of protestors caught my attention as I walked past. I began to hear chanting from the group- a somewhat larger than average gathering of what I perceived to be around a couple thousand protestors. While it was not a large, city-wide protest, it was certainly a large crowd for an average day in Salvia. As I approached the group, the chanting became decipherable, and the words on the banners and posters that they held were visible. The police there to maintain order looked rather bored- their presence more of a formality than an actual deterrence. The protestors were passive, even if their message might seem threatening to another leader elsewhere on Eurth. Their request? The complete abolition of both Concilios as well as the presidency and the installation of a Catholic monarch. The historic relationship between the Church, people, and executive has always been muddy and unclear. All three seem to be supreme- sometimes only 1 or two, other times all of them- in a constant struggle for ultimate power. The executive- first under the monarchy and now as a presidency- seem to be the ones who yield the power, however answer to the people through the Concilio Populi. Yet, it seems that the people are usually willing to follow the executive with no resistance. Factoring in the Church makes it more complicated. A large portion of the population- 81% according to the 2017 census- are Salvian Catholic, and a majority are traditionalists. The Church also factors in through the Concilio Clerici, and let’s not forget who the Head of State is- the Salvian pope. Oh, and the current president and former vice president is also an Archbishop. Despite this, the pattern is once again repeated, in which the Church rarely sticks its nose too deep into the affairs and running of the nation, so far as they more or less follow the moral code of the Church. The three powers seem to be in each other’s way and isolated all at the same time, each supreme in their own way. But these protestors want a clear line drawn, and the return of the Murphy dynasty that once ruled Salvia before the People’s War, in which the presidency was established. They want the return of a Catholic monarch to lead Salvia and the abolotion of any trace of democracy in the nation that has existed since the Imperium’s founding in the 13th century. As I asked several of the protestors on what they thought, consistent themes emerged. But one was repeated by every single protestor I asked- they want a Catholic monarch to lead Salvia to salvation. I was able to interview the organizer of the event and a chairman of a pro-monarch organization called Repartus Salvia [Salvia Reborn], John Valle, and ask about their stance and goals. Thanks for meeting with me Mr. Valle. It’s a pleasure to meet with you Joshua. I really do believe our message needs to be heard by more people in Salvia so more can learn about it and understand us better, and I appreciate that you’ve reached out to me for an interview. I just want to start out with a quick introduction: what is Repartus Salvia, its goals, beliefs, and why? Well, Repartus Salvia is just an organization that supports and campaigns for the return of a Catholic monarch to lead Salvia, and this is also our main goal. We believe that democracy simply leads to mob rule and is easily subject to the misguidance of a nation. The return of a Catholic monarch, with the support of the Church, would guide Salvia to salvation, especially through the coming of these troubling times. I mean, you look overseas and see these nations besieged by these liberal ideas and it worries you. Many people see Repartus Salvia as a radical group with extreme ideas. Some more liberal Concilio members have even labelled you as a threat to democracy. What do you think about both of these things? I mean, I suppose we are a threat to democracy [chuckles]. But for what we see as a good reason. A democracy is easy to attack, exploit and misguide a nation. It’s easy to infiltrate their ranks and it susceptible to indecision and making the wrong decision. A capable and strong monarch with competent and holy advisors ensures none of these happen. As to being extremists- if wanting a strong and holy Salvia is extreme, then label me an extremist. We don’t seek to harm anyone, just save them and Salvia from its potential downfall. Looking back on the history of monarchs in the Medieval period, you can see there was a lot of corruption in both the Church and monarchy. Do you think it will just repeat itself within a few generations, even if the first few kings or queens are strong and capable? I think nowadays it would be so very hard for something similar to happen. We have learned from history; we are more educated in general. Everything is much more open these days as well. Any corruption would be sniffed out pretty fast. And the old struggles of power between the sons of the king are long gone. Incapable leaders or other people in power could be replaced through some process. You know, we aren’t saying that we should be ruled by tyranny. Speaking on that last note, many people resist the idea of a monarchy due to the fear of a repeat of King Peter the Third and his tyrannous rule, which as you know resulted in the formation of the democracy and presidency we have now. What do you think about that? Tyrannous rule is certainly something to be avoided. All people are children of God, and the repression of their rights is violating God’s law in of itself. But if you look at the history of the Murphy dynasty and line, you can trace almost all of their problems in terms of their faults to either incompetent underlings or anarchists or non-Catholics trying to undermine the Imperium. I think that an alert public and strong executive can solve these problems. We aren’t proposing tyranny in the slightest- that's not what monarchy means. My last question: would you be willing to settle for the restoration of a “God-chosen” monarch that could work together with the Concilios? [He paused here, serious contemplating for a few moments, before hesitantly replying,] I suppose I could. I obviously believe that only the monarchy should be in charge as I’ve explained, but if it meant that a monarch chosen by God could once again come into power, then I’d be willing to work that relationship out. Well, thank you so much for joining me. Thank you Joshua.
  7. The Divine Imperium will send a delegation of athletes to participate in the games.
  8. To: the Agios Basilikon Kounsistorion of the Megas Agios Basileia ton Arhomanion @Tagmatium Rules From: His Eminence Archbishop Patrick Saulius through Leo J. Conway of the Sanctum Imperium Catholicum My brother in Christ, It is with great joy that I receive further contact from Megas Agios Basileia ton Arhomanion, one of the sole lights that still shines on Eurth. As our two nations pass further deeper into a troubling and uncertain future, it is only appropriate and proper that we venture forth together under the Sign of the Cross. Stronger ties between our two nations are needed, and economic incentives will surely foresee this goal. The lightening of trade restrictions, tariffs, and other taxes are a good first step. Other economic deals should be hammered out in the future as we inevitably become closer allies, as well as special incentives for both Salvian and Tagmatine companies to work and prosper in either nation. To return the favor of the lowering of fees on Salvian ships passing through the mentioned locations, Tagmatine ships flying into Salvian ports shall experience the same beneficial treatment. While we should obviously discuss more economic incentives and opportunities during official talks, these promises should be dealt with first. The lure of economic incentives, such as less regulation and a priority of either nation’s goods will undoubtedly create a stronger economic, and therefore political, bond between our great nation. The economic benefits that will be reaped from either nation will only encourage our people to connect and become closer. Issues such as visa restrictions will of course naturally follow this connection. These economic trade deals only serve as the stepping stone towards a greater and stronger Christian alliance, that must look past our differences and focus on our shared traits- those of courage, righteousness, and wisdom- that will guide our nations towards God’s path towards salvation. With the blessing of Archbishop Patrick Saulius, Servant of God, Minister of the Sanctum Imperium Catholicum’s Trade and Finances Leo Conway Through the Trinity, we Flourish
  9. I'll probably make the first post soon-ish. It'll just be the announcement of the crusade and preparations beginning. I know we can skip ahead time wise, but it'll still take a bit before anything else happens. @Tagmatium Rules would you be interested in possibly supporting or being involved in this? @Aluxia @Greater Serbia @Variota I don't know where you all are at during this time period (right now looking like 1550's), but would any of you be involved? @Iverica Due to our diarchic relationship, a decree for a crusade would probably involve your half of the church. I'll hit you up on Discord if you're interested, otherwise this could be just a Salvian thing.
  10. Michael Cancio peered out the window of his airplane as it quickly descended towards the runway. The brother of the Vice President, Leo, he had been appointed as Minister of Finances and Trade due to his intelligence surrounding the matter, but now, like his brother, he was becoming increasingly unpopular with the worsening economic situation. He had wholeheartedly agreed to coming to @Kipan upon hearing the offer from his brother, anxious to do something- anything- to get the public to shut up. As the craft landed and began to brake, Michael could see the delegation from @Orioni greet the Kipanese welcome party. It seemed he was one of the first people here, interesting considering the fact Salvia was probably the farthest nation away from Kipan. The plane trip had taken many pit stops going across the Atlantic, first stopping in the overseas @Gallambrian territories, then @Oyus, and making a final pit stop in @Asgeirria before reaching Kipan. Michael was reminded further of the fuel crisis at each stop, with him overhearing the grumbling of maintenance workers about the oil prices whenever he walked by. Michael snapped out of his daydreaming and exited the craft, waving to the welcoming crowd while he descended the stairs towards the Kipanese Economics and Foreign Minister. He smiled upon reaching them and extended his hand out to shake theirs. The Kipanese exchanged a warm welcome, and Michael returned the greeting, "His Holiness Vincent II extends his warmest greetings and gratitude for your invitation. We hope these talks bear much fruit." Michael hoped the last part would come true. High oil prices and rising prices on foreign goods and commodities was beginning to bite into the average middle class Salvian, and the government was feeling the pressure. The proceedings were pretty brief- around 10 minutes- before one of the ministers gestured towards a limo with a small Kipanese flag accompanied with a small Salvian flag on the hood. He saw the limo carrying the Orionese delegation depart from the tarmac, and figured his would follow suit. He walked over to the limo, where a chauffeur opened the door for him. Michael climbed into the comfortable and impressive limo and they departed from the airport.
  11. I'll post something tomorrow, get this thing back on track
  12. This is the OOC thread for the planning of the Salvian crusade of the Yellow Empire (@Fulgistan) and @Sayf, taking place sometime between the late 15th and 16th centuries. The plan currently is that the Salvian Empire, with possible support from other Christian nations, would attempt crusades against the pagan/Muslim nations. These would most likely fail, being comparable if not faring worse than the IRL crusades. Maybe the expansion of the respective empires would be stunted or a few crusader kingdoms would be established, but they would be short-lived victories.
  13. Home | World | Salvia | Business | Politics | Opinion | Tech | Entertainment New Plans to Further Construction of Salvian-Bulgenstazi Railroad Announced The Transportation Ministry has announced further plans involving the construction of the newly proposed Salvian-@Bulgenstazi Railroad, including possible routes, deadlines, and plans of further negotiations with the Bulgenstazi government over the specifics of the construction of the railroad. The Ministry has also announced that further talks will be held with the @Rihannsu based companies Kovex Heavy Industries and Amosarr Railworks over cost and construction and planning aid. The railroad was first announced in December of last year as the project was approved by both nations’ governments after being proposed back in 2016. It has gone under several revisions and the leader of the project on the Salvian side, Representative Cory Maggio, has hinted that a lot of work is still needed before construction can even begin. The respective governments are seemingly taking their time as they hammer out specifics over the rail line, as well as facing pressure from environmental and native protection groups.
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