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  1. If another island makes more sense, then please do add it. Great work, though!
  2. Third, since it kind of makes sense - and I don't honestly know how this may have been made redundant by the canal - but can I get a port added? Historically, I imagine that this would have been the main Tagmatine port onto the Raga Sea and there would be major rail connections to it, too. It may well have seen economic devastation when the canal was opened a few years ago, but there we go. Can it be called "Dymafos"?
  3. Ground Forces sent to Ceris The alliance between the Noble Republic of Secryae and the Megas Agios Basileia ton Arhomaion has been taken further than just an economic treaty in the last week. The Agios Basilikon Kounsistorion has now sent ground forces to shore up the Ceris nation's defences in the face of continued aggression and expansion by the fanatical religious movement known as the “Sentists”. This group appears to be entirely driven by its heathen religion and seems to have the entirety of the island in its sights. It has made inroads into the nations of Hodrea and the Oclait, and has inflicted some appalling, criminal actions on the population of both of those nations. This has included gas attacks, the murder of civilians and even the destruction of whole towns. The Logothesion tou Stratiotikou has dispatched a Taxiarkhon (corps) under the Taxiarkhes Theodoula Parsakountena (Noumeroi), who distinguished herself as a commander under Strategos Antoninos Traianos (N) in Easteia as a kometon (regiment) commander. The campaign there was characterised as a low-intensity conflict against insurgent forces resisting the re-establishment of the central rule of Tagmatika. Whilst aspects of the conflict in Ceris could be akin to the asymmetrical warfare faced by Arhomaneia in its western territories, the strategies used against them seem unlikely to work. These included bribing local potentates with titles and salaried positions in the administration of the territories as they were brought back into the fold. Taxiarkhes Parsakountena was known for favouring a strong response against any ambushes of her forces, which may set them in good stead against the fanatical Sentists but less so for winning over the hearts and minds of the natives. Secryaean attitudes towards this large foreign force arriving in their country seems to be positive, which bodes well for the continued relationship of the Ceriser republic and Arhomaneia. Forces from the Palationoi have been training local forces up to Arhomaiki standards and the local government seems to be aware of the existential threat posed by the Sentists. Perhaps more so than any of the foreign nations that seem to be determined to carve up their island into spheres of interest. The fact that the Arhomaiki forces in their country means that they will not have to weather the storm alone will likely increase the morale of the Secryaean forces and the Agios Basilikon Kounsistorion is unlikely to abandon its interests in the country itself without a fight. The international response to the crisis has been swift, if not entirely successful so far. Several countries have stepped up their involvement and the Basilikoploimon (BP), the Royal @Gallambrian Navy (RGN) and the @Seylosian Royal Navy (SRN) have been striking targets in Hodrea since the start of the month and there is a small task force from the United Kingdom of Seylos has been operating in the north of that country for some time. However, this seems to have done little to turn back the tide sweeping across the centre of Ceris and the capital of Hodrea, Liechenfax, is threatened by the advance of the cultists. It begins to look like that, even with the bombing campaign by the combined might of the BP, the RGN and the SRN and the ground forces of Seylos, the capital will fall within the next few days. The Gallambrian government has also sent ground elements as well, although the size and deployment area of this force is unknown. There is also less direct involvement. Several Ceriser nations, especially in the extreme west and east of the island, have come under the influence of other nations. Seylos has brought the those nations near to it under its wing and the International Communist Economic Bloc, a group mainly led by the Workers' Republic of @Fulgistan, has established something of a union of the countries of the west. These attempts might bring peace and stability to those parts of the island but as they have yet to be directly threatened by the Sentists washing over the rest of the island. It is unknown how the ICEB's fief will survive if pressure is put upon it, as Communist nations tend to crumble at the least amount of stress, especially invaded by a foreign power. In all, the international response to the Sentist crisis in Ceris has been chaotic and piecemeal. It has been primarily focussed on advancing the national interests of those meddling within the island rather than preventing the crisis itself from worsening. A key example of this is the annexation of the small northern country Zaspa into the United @Variotan States and then nothing beyond that. Variota has seemingly ignored the call for help by a TRIDENT aligned nation and is not even cooperating with Gallambria, the other TRIDENT member involved. Perhaps this shows that the Agios Basilikon Kounsistorion's aims of becoming closer with TRIDENT members is not as worthwhile as had been hoped by His Majesty Kommodos III, by the Grace of Christ the God. Are Biofuels the Way Forward? As Arhomaneia struggles to break off the shackles of fossil fuels and lead the rest of the wurld forward towards a greener future, in keeping with its role as God's Chosen Nation on Eurth, attention has been turned towards biofuels and their increasing use. Alternative energy, especially in renewable forms, is much preferred by the Agios Basilikon Kounsistorion and wind, sun and even wave technologies have seen a vast boost in investment over the last decade and a half. There have been tentative steps in geothermal power but there are no truly viable sources of that within the Megas Agios Basileia. Oddly, hydroelectricity in its more stereotypical form has fallen behind somewhat – the creation of dams for this goes against the ethos of attempting to lessen the damage inflicted on God's creation. So far, the programme of investment, research and development seems to be successful. Arhomaneia has passed some significant milestones – going from a full week of all the power needs of the country being generated by renewable sources nearly two years ago to months at a time without resorting to fossil fuels. The Logothesion ton Ilektrikon has announced that it was looking to decommission all coal, gas and oil burning power stations by the end of next year and has been progressing well with this aim. This is, of course, a great step for the future of our planet and one that every other nation ought to be looking towards imitating. It will safeguard the Eurth for the generations to come. However, it is one thing for one of the most powerful governments in the wurld to announce that it is removing its reliance on fossil fuels and getting rid of power stations. It is another for the people who are reliant on vehicles that run on them to do the same. Most people cannot afford to replace their car at the drop of a hat and businesses won't be able to get rid of their fleets of vehicles for the same reason. Even the state-owned railway company, Sidirodromoi Arhomaiki Kratous (SAK) won't have the funds available to scrap its diesel locomotives and replace them with electric ones without having to severely curtail its services as the changeover takes place. Whilst there is an electrification programme underway, progress has been slow and has focussed on express routes. It goes without saying that other aspects of the Arhomaiki state would be affected, too. Most of the vehicles fielded by our armed forces utilise diesel engines, for example, and the use of electric or hydrogen fuel cell engines has not moved beyond a paper stage. So, the Agios Basilikon Kounsistorion is turning towards biofuels to act as a stopgap in the meantime. Biodiesel is envisioned as being perfect for this, whether as a stopgap or as a complete alternative. This is primarily because it is completely compatible with existing diesel engines and infrastructure and can also be made from recycled vegetable oil or even vegetable oil grown specifically for its production, such as rapeseed oil. In fact, both SAK and the Logothesion tou Stratiotikou have conducted experiments into running trains and armoured vehicles respectively with biodiesel and these have reportedly been very successful, although in the latter case the Logothesion has remained tight-lipped. SAK has been operating a significant number of its freight services on biodiesel already. One of the questions remains the production of the fuel itself, especially the growing of crops. There is the worry amongst the more environmentally minded that this is merely changing the source of greenhouse emissions, not eliminating them entirely. Studies have been somewhat varied on whether the emissions produced are offset by the growth of the crops used, with the numbers suggesting anywhere from a reduction of 18% when compared to fossil fuel based diesel carbon emissions to a reduction of 100%. This latter figure seems somewhat fanciful and will obviously be affected other factors, such as the transportation of the fuel and the methods with which it is produced. Another question will be the crops themselves and where they are sourced from. If from within Arhomaneia, then it may mean that areas of food production are turned over to other crops for the growth of oilseed rape or even areas of woodland or meadow are made into agricultural lands – something that is surely against the green ethos of the Agios Basilikon Kounsistorion. If it bought from other nations, then there is the consistent worry that it will be unethically sourced, from areas of rainforest logged for soya or palm oil production. That is certainly not something that our government should be considering. Similarly, there will be the worry of strategic control of the sources of fuel, as the crops or oil being sourced from other nations would mean that ultimate control is placed beyond the Agios Basilikon Kounsistorion. In the end, biofuel use is most certainly a step in the right direction. Until electric vehicles are more affordable and the infrastructure to support them much more widespread, human civilisation will have to find an alternative to fossil fuels and it is likely that biofuels are that alternative, at least in the short-term. It will certainly please God that His nation on Eurth is leading the way.
  4. To: Yumi, head of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Esonice of the Serene Kingdom of @Esonice From: the Agios Basilikon Kounsistorion of the Megas Agios Basileia ton Arhomaion Your Excellency, My monarch and I are pleased that your country has chosen to accept the offer of the Megas Agios Basileia of an exchange of embassies. We, and the people of Arhomaneia, are as hopeful you and your people for the future of our nations' relations. I appreciate that there has been past conflict between Christian denominations and the religion of your people in the past and I am sorry that this was the case. However, I feel that this is something that we can both move beyond but recognise that it was a burden upon your nation at the time. The people of Arhomaneia are certainly fascinated by foreign cultures and your kingdom appears to be one very much worthy of study and visit. In time, I hope that this exchange of embassies will mean that Esonians will visit my ancient nation and Arhomaioi will your ancient nation, so that they can learn much and come to few each other as friends. The Arhomaioi are certainly honoured that you have allowed Arhomaneia an embassy in close proximity to such a site of national importance. I am sure that Lake Gamari will be a source of inspiration and wonderment to as my people as much as it is to the Esonian people. I have discussed a suitable candidate for ambassador to your nation with my country's diplomatic service, and we have come up with Eirene Pterora, a career member of the Skrinion ton Barbaron, the Arhomaiki diplomatic service. I am hopeful that she will be a suitable candidate but if not, I can forward the names and credentials of others so that we can both agree on someone who is suitable. Similarly, I have started preparations for finding a location for your nation's embassy within Tagmatika. These will be similarly forwarded to your government and I have begun to discuss the placement of your embassy with the Eparkheia tes Poleos, the administration of Tagmatika. May this please God and be the start of a long friendship, Eugenios Goulielmos Megas Logothetes of the Logothesion ton Barbaron of the Megas Agios Basileia ton Arhomaion
  5. The arrival of the Arhomaiki soldiers in Secryae was one that none of the locals would ever forget. The sheer size of the force sent to support Arhomaneia's ally meant that several of the ports of the Noble Republic became virtually closed as three divisions and their supporting elements were disembarked from their transports in the north of the Ceriser country. The units were being disembarked with urgent speed – it was unknown precisely when the Sentists might start pressing into the western borders of Secryae and the Tagmatine corps needed to be in place before they did. It was thought that the militia that had been semi-trained by the Palationoi Doryliarioi wouldn't be able to hold out for all that long against the numbers that might be thrown at them by the Sentists. That might have been doing them a disservice but they did not have the chemical weapons training and equipment that the Arhomaiki forces had. There was a fear that the Sentists would use these weapons again to break the resolve of the defenders of Secryae and press into the Noble Republic. More equipment and training was being given to the local forces to help combat this but it was coming at the sacrifice of other aspects of the sped up training programme. Each unit of Arhomaiki soldiers drew up on the docks after they had disembarked and then marched off towards their allotted quarters. That in itself was not entirely remarkable. However, each regiment was proceeded by a gaggle of priests, some carrying reliquaries holding items of saints held to be protectors of those units and others thiamiata, so that the head of each column was surrounded by clouds of sweet-smelling smoke and chanted prayer. The soldiers sang hymns as they marched towards their temporary billets. One of the combat divisions that had been sent to Ceris, the 215th Skoutatoi Tourmarkhon, drew lineage from one of the last units defending Agios Basileos Heraklios IV when he fell in battle in EK6813 (AD1304) – and they marched with a reliquary holding vials of the martyr's blood and the helm that he had been wearing when he fell at their head. The soldiers themselves were in full kit, although wearing turbans rather than helmets, to present a less threatening image to Secryaeans that watched them curiously from the sides of the streets and from behind windows. The three combat divisions that were being deployed also had banners displaying battle honours, some dating back over one thousand years. Despite the lack of helmets, they still carried their small arms as they marched towards their temporary barracks. There were fears amongst the locals that this was the start of an invasion or a military occupation and the Erzkanzler had made it known to Protologothetes Makarios that those fears needed to be allayed. It turned out that soothing those worries meant a substantial bribe was to be handed over to the government. In order to make this bribe significantly more palatable to the Agios Basilikon Kounsistorion, it was to only be spent on military equipment bought from Arhomaneia, with “administrative fees” disappearing into the bank accounts of the nobles of Secryae. This way, the Arhomaiki government didn't feel like it was squandering money on the bribing Secryaean government to be allowed to defend them from a threat and the barbaroi got an opportunity to line their own pockets. They also got access to an advanced missile defence system, a derivative of the one that defended the Megas Agios Basileia from the threat of the northern savages on the Occident. This would hopefully reduce the threat of gas attacks from the Sentists on the Noble Republic and incidentally protect Arhomaioi as well. The intertwined corruption and opposing interests was beginning to make the Protologothetes' head spin. He knew he was viewed by many of his peers, inferiors and superiors as a bit of a weasel but it seemed like the Secryaean nobles could teach the Arhomaioi a few lessons about that. A gaggle of Secryaean government officials had been gathered to watch the foreign soldiers as they marched past and the Protologothetes found himself standing next to the Erzkanzler von Nusshorst on a podium that he suspected had been made out of several trestle tables covered in bolts of black and red cloth, the colours of the Secryaean flag. It was a warm day in late spring and beads of perspiration stood out on the walrus' brow. To the right of the Erzkanzler was an ancient, wizened creature who had been introduced to Makarios as the head of the Noble Republic's military. The Republiksoberstmarschall looked as if he was sagging under the weight of the medals and gold braid festooning his bright red cuirass and the giant black bearskin on his head. The ceremonial spear he was leaning on seemed to be the only thing holding him up and his uniform looked as if it was hanging off of his skeletal frame. As frail as he looked, the Secryaean commander seemed to be enthralled by the sight of the infantry marching past and the when a regiment of tanks rumbled across the square, shattering the cobbles under their tracks, his eyes positively lit up with glee. Slightly behind the aged officer were a handfuk of similarly dressed soldiers. Makarios wondered if they were there to rush off the elderly old man if he stroked out or had some other sort of age-related crisis. “The Oberstmarschall seems to approve.” The squeaky voice of Karsten von Nusshorst could barely be heard over the squeaks and groans of the metal tracks. An edge of a smile could be heard in his voice, if not visible under his bushy moustache. “I imagine that he wishes he had some of those twenty years ago, and then the whole island would be under the red dragon.” Makarios shifted his feet slightly. Dragons, especially red dragons, were considered to be symbols of evil or, at the very least, greed. The Noble Republic seemed to certainly embody the latter and the Protologothetes wasn't superstitious enough to think that Secryae was a hidden nest of devil worshippers. Nonetheless, it was something of an uncomfortable image for a God-fearing Arhomaios. It'd not be ideal with they turned back the tide of heathens about to wash over Ceris in order to replace them with something worse. “I'm sure that Ceris would be better for it, Endoxos,” replied Makarios. He used his own senatorial title to refer to the Erzkanzler, a compromise that Arhomaneia and Secryae had come to after the bickering over dignities earlier in the month. The barbaroi were proud and took any slights, even suspected ones, seriously. “Then the bloody Sentists wouldn't be a problem.” “Good Arhomaiki steel will throw these heathens back to their mud brick hovels,” stated another voice with less irony than Makarios would have liked. He looked out of the corner of his eye at the athletic, middle-aged woman in an olive drab dress uniform, with white collar tabs marking her out as a Noumeros Skoutatos, the very branch that Neokottaeitissa had been demeaning about to Makarios in the meeting late last month. The infantry officer was watching the armour go past with look in her eye as keen as that of the Oberstmarschall. Taxiarkhes Theodoula Parsakountena was full of the brand of keen patriotism that the Protologothetes seldom trusted as it seemed leave little room for the subtly and duplicity that he was more comfortable operating in. An infantrywoman, she had been chosen by the Epistrategaion as a strong defensive officer who would ensure that the borders of Secryae were not breached. “Or, at least, high explosive and copper-jacketed lead will do the trick.” Parsakountena chuckled to herself at her poor joke as a battery of rocket launchers trundled through the square. Makarios rolled his eyes and turned to watch the artillery rumble past. The parade was as much for the benefit of their local allies as it was for the ease of assembling the forces before they moved out to their positions. The rapid spread of the Sentists across the island and their destruction of Kassel had shocked everyone. The Basilikoploimon had swapped over to pounding Sentists in Hodrea and a second carrier battle group was assembling in the Krankes Thalassa to sail to the south of Ceris. The Agios Basilikon Kounsistorion would likely have to negotiate with the government of @Seylos in order for that force to operate from a port nearer to its targets than to have a supply line extending around the east of the island. “I am sure that the Megas Agios Basileia's strength of arms will save us all,” said the Erzkanzler with the confidence of a man who knew he was guaranteed a seat on a ship off the island if things went to hell on Ceris and with foreign bank accounts full enough that he would never be without the luxuries of life afterwards. He stroked his moustache and turned a sly look towards the Protologothetes. “And I see that the rest of the wurld has woken up to the threat of the Sentists. Even the... what do you call them? The head-standers? The head-standers, the @Gallambrians and the @Salvians, have woken up to the threat that Sentists pose to the countries of Ceris.” Makarios grunted in reply. The other nations of TRIDENT were gearing up to start trying to defeat the threat. He knew his government welcomed the shouldering of the effort that was starting to happen from across the wurld, although rumour in diplomatic circles was that the other member of TRIDENT involved in Ceris had snubbed King Aidan with an offer he couldn't help but refuse. How true that, he wasn't sure. Certainly, the @Variotans seemed to be focused on their little slice of the island, and had even made it part of their own country, which was staggering. “The Communists are helping, too.” He couldn't help himself. The Protologothetes wanted to take the self-satisfied look off of the face of von Nusshorst. It wasn't as if the damned atheists viewed God's Chosen Nation on Eurth any better than they would a corrupt oligarchy. “I hear that they've united much of the west against the heathens. Like the Seylosians have united the east.” The sly look on the face of the Erzkanzler disappeared and was replaced with one of unease and understandably so. If the Communists were successful then they would probably destabilise Ceris as much as the Sentists – countries like Secryae would be hotbeds for their rabble rousing as they all seemed to be under the thumb of strongmen, groaning under collapsing economies and had crippling unemployment. Ceris unified under either would be a threat to the rest of the countries around the Makhaira Thalassa. The likes of the Furst would be one of the first against the wall. The Protologothetes suppressed a smile at that inadvertent pun. The column of artillery was replaced by a line of armoured lorries, each of which had a soldier sat in the open turret hatch. The ancient Secryaean officer drew up his spear in salute of them and nearly tottered over. One of the honour guard stepped slightly forward and placed a hand under his elbow to balance the Oberstmarschall and Makarios imagined that if the old man fell over he might shatter. “God will defeat the atheists, Endoxoi. He always has. The Light of Christ will shine through again,” said the Taxiarkhes to the two politicians, a superior smile on her features. “Those who follow such errant doctrines never last long – the people cry out for spiritual guidance and faith always wins through in the end. Every such regime has always fallen.” Makarios grunted again and von Nusshorst looked equally unsatisfied. But with an entire infantry division and its supporting units rolling through the square in front of them, it was hard to see how Arhomaiki force of arms couldn't defeat the Sentists. It was a shame that it had taken for them to be overrunning entire countries and gassing cities for the rest of Eurth to finally take notice. Hopefully, the intervention wouldn't be too late to save Ceris.
  6. It was pretty bonkers. I don't know after what point you dig your heels in and demand an entire community you've just joined change and cater to you rather than find a fantasy world instead. Most people would have ducked out quite quickly after realising the incompatibility of the situation. But her brain bug compelled her to carry on. Even if it wasn't elves and therefore something fundamentally incompatible with Eurth, the sheer rudeness and arrogance that this person showed at the start would have meant that their time here was always going to be short.
  7. We've been talking in the Christian lore chat about closing the gap between Europa and Argis to make it easier (or, rather, not impossible) for groups to come across to Argis a bit earlier. If either Adaptus' northern island is edged west a bit or another island or group of islands is added between, it would allow people to have headed across a bit earlier, therefore making the early dates for Christianity in, for example, @Greater Serbia and @Grenesia more viable. It would still likely make it a bloody hard trip but something like the Norse going to Iceland and Greenland, rather than Columbus reaching America centuries ahead of time. This way, monks and hermits could then spread Christianity down the coast to reach central Argis at the point necessary for those countries' histories to make sense. I think the gap needs to be about one thousand(ish) miles per "hop", as that's roughly the distance from Scandinavia to Iceland and then to Greenland. I hope that makes sense.
  8. * Most Secret, for the eyes of King Aidan I only* To: His Majesty, King Aidan I of @Seylos, Eire, Pleinmont, and Sark From: the Agios Basilikon Kounsistorion of the Megas Agios Basileia ton Arhomaion Your Royal Highness, The Agios Basilikon Kounsistorion is glad that you are satisfied with the aircraft carrier. Obviously, much work will have to go into it in order for it to be operational but I do not doubt that your staff are aware of it. If need be, in order to facilitate the vessel being brought into an active state more rapidly, I can get crews from the Basilikoploimon to carry out the preliminary overhauling whilst the ship is in transit to your nation. Whilst this would be an expensive and potentially difficult activity to carry out whilst at sea, it would mean that the Despotes class ship will be able to join the Royal Navy all the quicker. I cannot guess as to what task you might put the vessel to, however I can surmise that it is in both of our nations' interests to see it active in the Makhaira Thalassa (the Dolch See) as soon as possible. If need be, I can offer aircraft to outfit the vessel, too. The Basilikoploimon has been undergoing a modernisation programme for its carrier-borne aircraft over the last few years. I could suggest that your navy purchases some of the older aircraft in order to expand your carrier air wing quickly, although I do realise that these aircraft will be not the same as the ones that you current operate. Equally, there are the newer aircraft that Arhomaneia is introducing to its own carrier air wing but, again, these would be non-standard to the rest of your nation's aircraft. It is hoped by His Aroman Majesty, Kommodos III, by the Grace of Christ the God, and the Arhomaiki people that this will help cement the alliance between our nations. It has been a force for good in the wurld so far and it would please God for that to continue. May God guide us and keep our peoples safe, Honorios Kontarian, Megas Logothetes of the Logothesion tou Stratiotikou of the Megas Agios Basileia ton Arhomaion
  9. To: The Offices of The Third Circle (Foreign Affairs Ministry) of the Exkousiokrateia ton Gharon (@Haruspex) From: the Agios Basilikon Kounsistorion of the Megas Agios Basileia ton Arhomaion Your grace, The Agios Basilikon Kounsistorion thanks her majesty, the Exkousiokratorissa Kira'Karn for instructing her government to give my government forewarning of your naval movements out of your ports and towards the northern tip of the areas under your control. This has done much to address the recent complaints my government had about the actions of the Gharoiki government under your previous monarch. His perfidious actions drove a significant wedge between our two ancient and honoured countries and I hope and pray that the coming months and years will see a normalisation of our relations which have seen a sad deterioration in recent months. It is dearly hoped by the Arhomaioi and, I imagine, the Gharoi that our nations once again become as firm allies as they were in the very recent past. Then, the wurld could not ignore the partnership between the Megas Agios Basileia and the Exkousiokrateia and that, God willing, shall be the case again. May Christ keep the spirit of peace alive between our nations, Eugenios Goulielmos, Megas Logothetes of the Logothesion ton Barbaron of the Megas Agios Basileia ton Arhomaion To: the Foreign Minister of the Holy State of @Heiheguo From: the Agios Basilikon Kounsistorion of the Megas Agios Basileia ton Arhomaion Your Excellency, There has been little in the way of official contact between our two ancient nations and it is felt by the Agios Basileos kai Autokrator ton Arhomaion, my monarch, that this situation should be remedied. It is hoped that your great leader feels equally disposed towards starting relations between the Holy State and the Greater Holy Empire. Despite the obvious differences between our nations in terms of religion and the fact that they are on different sides of the wurld, we are much alike. Both of our nations value law and order and are willing to take the actions necessary to keep our people and our states safe from outside interference by foreign powers. We both have a religion that is held as very dear to our people, one that guides our morals and our interactions with the rest of Eurth. Because of this, the Agios Basilikon Kounsistorion feels that it would be a foolish move on our part to keep ignoring your nation, especially as it is one of the strongest powers in the south west of Alharu. It is a continent that needs strong powers to hold it down and help spread the light of civilisation through its benighted lands. In order to foster a relationship between our nations, I have been requested by His Aroman Majesty Kommodos III, by the Christ the God, to suggest that we undertake an exchange of embassies between our nations. God willing, this will be the start of a long and fruitful relationship between our two nations, one of equal benefit to both countries and to both of our peoples. My government does not doubt that the Holy State will, with time, become a force for good on the wurld stage and be a great addition to the community of nations that makes up Eurth. If your government accepts this, I can make select a suitable candidate as ambassador and find a property for your diplomatic service to take on as your nation's chancery in Tagmatika. May God bless our peoples and our nations, Eugenios Goulielmos Megas Logothetes of the Logothesion ton Barbaron of the Megas Agios Basileia ton Arhomaion To: the Foreign Minister of the Federal Republic of @Acadia From: the Agios Basilikon Kounsistorion of the Megas Agios Basileia ton Arhomaion Your Excellency, Our nations have had little formal contact with each other and it is time that this is addressed. Both of our nations have their hearts in Europa, although your great nation shines the beacon of civilisation in the far off land of Aurelia. This is not a part of the wurld that Arhomaioi have often had contact with and it is often viewed as something of an exotic land, a mysterious continent at the edge of the wurld. Despite this distance, Acadia and Arhomaion have much in common. Our nations both have a shared faith, even if it differs in the details, one that guides our actions and our thoughts. This faith means that we have an understanding between each other, one that is not shared by the heathen nations that surround both of our countries. We both act as shining examples of culture and values in a morass of uncultured tribes and we are both willing to help our neighbours to bring themselves above their lowly origins. Your people also show a depth of spirit that view others have – through adversity and even conquest by foreign powers, the Acadians always survive and come out all the stronger. This is also true of the Arhomaioi and this shared aspect, and much more besides, will mean that our peoples have much in the way of common ground between them. Because of this, and the fact that it will can only make both of our nations all the stronger, the Agios Basilikon Kounistorion has instructed me to suggest that our nations undertake an exchange of embassies. This will undoubtedly be the start of a strong and lasting relationship between the Federal Republic of Acadia and the Megas Agios Basileia ton Arhomaion. If your government agrees to this, I can provide a ambassadorial candidate and a suitable building for your nation's embassy. May Christ and the Saints see an everlasting peace between our peoples, Eugenios Goulielmos Megas Logothetes of the Logothesion ton Barbaron of the Megas Agios Basileia ton Arhomaion To: the Foreign Minister of the Serene Kingdom of @Esonice From: the Agios Basilikon Kounsistorion of the Megas Agios Basileia ton Arhomaion Your Excellency, Our nations are not a wurld away in distance – it is not a long flight to Esonice from Arhomaneia, nor is it a long sea voyage – but perhaps in culture and outlook they are very different. Your great nation is located on an island, surrounded by sea, whilst mine is a large contiguous nation at the centre of a continent. However, these differences should not mean that common ground between us could not be found. Indeed, I do not doubt that our nations can find commonalities and a strong relationship will flourish between the Serene Kingdom and the Greater Holy Empire. The Arhomaioi are an ancient people and something of cultural melting pot and an influence on others – many others have been drawn to Arome, to see the richness of our lands and our heritage and they often stay, or take inspiration from it when they return to their own lands. I can hope that the same is true of Esonice, as your lands and your culture are as old and as rich and I do not doubt that visitors are as equally inspired when they visit the Serene Kingdom. From what I have seen of your culture through the dossiers that have been put before the Agios Basilikon Kounsistorion, it is certainly a beautiful land with much to recommend it. One of the shared aspects that exists between our lands is our love of tea. Although I acknowledge that how our nations consume that beverage is markedly different, it does illustrate that even the most foreign of nations have shared interests that can act as the start of a long and valued friendship. Because of this, I have been requested by my monarch, His Aroman Majesty Kommodos III, by the Grace of Christ the God, to ask that our governments carry out an exchange of embassies. I pray that this heralds of a great future between our countries and our peoples, Eugenios Goulielmos Megas Logothetes of the Logothesion ton Barbaron of the Megas Agios Basileia ton Arhomaion
  10. I've got a couple of minor tweaks, if possible. First, would it be possible to change the canal and the border to something more like the image attached? A straighter canal going through the shortest route from sea to sea makes more sense. The border can then reflect that and take less of a bite of the neighbouring country. Secondly, could "Isthmeia" have its name changed to "Sporsia"? That's going to be the name of the country in Phase II of my expansion. I'm currently writing more of an in-depth piece for it which will be posted for critique and comments in the next week or so.
  11. It's been an hell of a long time since I RPed an expansion of Tagmatium's borders. Over a decade, in fact. I am going to claim two areas, although I cannot promise that these will be completed any time soon. The first part, the six islands between my nation and Deltannia, will run roughly concurrently with my Spots thread, and will be directly affected by the developments within it. Some of it was initially planned over a year ago, but I never got around to actually doing it. It will also help me sketch out my personal retcon of the old Long War. As it was, it was became unworkable for me. That conflict defined the middle of the 1900s for Tagmatium and made the country what it is today. As it stood, it was a war against Communism in Ide Jima and involved a half dozen other nations, including Adaptus. But over the years, every other participant has become inactive besides me and it's left me in a bit of a spot – I cannot really flesh out things that involve other nations, due to our recent... unpleasantness with people taking issue with intellectual property. It's much more convenient for me to re-work it as a conflict between Tagmatium and Volsci (and a delightful irony that I'm using that nation as a work around for IP issues). Plus it helps ground the idea that the nations have been rivals for over two thousand years. The Hexanesa – The Six Islands These six islands mark the separation of the Ranke and Kosscow Seas from the Sea of Storms, the Occident and Burania, the glorious Aroman Empire and the benighted, uncivilised wastes to the east. Although they were not part of the Aroman Empire in its heyday, the loss of the southern lands of the Occident to the Aroman Empire in the 4th and 5th Centuries, and the fact that it was often a route taken by Buranian raiders and invasions from the Volsci, meant that the Eastern Aroman Empire (the nascent Tagmatium) ended up turning its attention to the islands. They are: 1. Skhronos 2. Efmoseia 3. Kouttasios 4. Polyagios 5. Agios Methodianos 6. Arhos The black dots with yellow centres are the administrative capitals and the black dots are major towns. The largest, the capital of the Hexanesa itself, is Gournaion and it is also the capital of Efmoseia. The islands have a sub-artic climate, although the southern-most island of Skhronos is the warmest. Life on them is marginal at best, as the harsh climate and short growing season means that only the hardiest of crops tend to flourish. They are low and swept by winds blowing from the Argic Circle. The main resources are the pine forests and the herds of caribou that live in them, as well as fish and animals hunted for their fur. There is very little agriculture in this part of the wurld. Hunter-gatherer groups flourished on the islands, before they were caught up in the internecine Aroman-Volsci wars of the last two thousand years. They still do cling on, but their plight has only really been recognised in the latter half of the 20th Century. The settlements that do exist are on the coasts, around natural harbours or clustered around the walls of the numerous fortifications that have sprung up over the years. The islands are quite geologically active, which does mean that geothermal heating has begun to be exploited, but the fact that they are poor and relatively marginal means that they have not had the level of investment needed to truly profit from it. History Until the 4th Century, the Hexanesa were very rarely touched upon by either of the two largest civilisations that dominate northern Europa – that is Arome and the Volsci. They were at periphery of the conflict and, at best, were merely way stations for raiders going one way or the other. The Buranic Invasions of the 4th Century came that way, and the Volsci encouraged it. At some point, prior to the 5th Century, the people who would become the Akwisians would detach from Deltannia and leap frog down the islands, conquering as they went, until they settled in what is now Akwisia. There, they raided Aroman lands and occasionally meddled in the politics of the Empire. In order to finally remove the threat of continued invasions from the Six Islands, Aroman forces during the reigns of Demetrios III and Arkadios I (between 630 and 669) conquered the islands, bringing with them the light of Christ and civilisation. They put down the patchwork of chiefdoms and kinglets who ruled the islands and crushed the local polytheistic religions, deriding them as animal-worshippers. The local Christian enclaves were regarded with suspicion, as they had lived in harmony with the pagans. These were uprooted and sent south, to live on the borders at the other end of the empire. The success of the conquest led to the general Konstantinos Bonakis toppled Arkadios and set himself upon the Leopard Throne in 669. There the six islands remained as Aroman garrisons on the edge of the empire, holding the barbarians at bay. At times, the Volsci were able to wrest the islands from the control of Arome and at others, they were taken back. Sometimes, they were even ruled as a condominium – the islands were jointly administered with what little tax income from them being split evenly between the otherwise opposed empires. It wasn't until the dynasty of the Kekaoumenoi (1793-1956) that the islands were finally, permanently in Aroman hands. In the reign of Khristoforos X (1924-1939) things started to unravel. The Six Islands had been something of a cultural melting pot, despite their marginal nature. They were at the edge of two great nations and the rules of the centre did not hold as much sway. At times, one nation did provoke the other, but usually it was ignored. But in 1931, Khristoforos allowed himself to be caught out. He was not only provoked by the usual Volsci actions, but escalated and drove the Volsci locals out. This wasn't using the garrison but by whipping up nationalistic and religious hatred of the local population and it ended in a bloody pogrom. This was met by outrage from the Volsci and the situation deteriorated further, until the summer of 1932 when an Aroman minesweeper was sunk by a Volsci destroyer. The Long War started and did not finish for a generation. A long story short, the general Leon Theonikos overthrew Konstantinos VIII, Khristoforos' brother and murderer, during a military parade. Tanks opened up with their coaxial and hull machine guns on the imperial grandstand. Although on paper Tagmatium had won, the garrison was withdrawn from the Six Islands. Elements who had made their home there and shed their blood there during the Long War revolted and the withdrawal became a rout. Since then, they had remained a sore point between the Tagmatines and the Volsci, as an independent realm between them but not under the control of either. The Navarkhokrateia was much more friendly to them than the regimes before and after, and they even cooperated to crush a Communist uprising in Akwisia. The main sticking point, however, was the fate of the garrison who had remained. Even Theodosios VI refused any talks of reunification unless the erstwhile garrison was tried for desertion and murder. Now, between the Great Europan Collapse, a resurgent Tagmatium, a predatory Machina @Haruspex and a brooding Volsci, the Six Islands are unsure where their future lies. Government and Politics The islands are one nation and as a republic, governed by a Great Judge (Megas Krites) elected every six years to act as the head of state for the islands, and as chairperson for the council that rules them. Each of the island forms a Judgedom (Kritakrateia) headed by a Judge (Krites), who sit on the council headed by the Megas Krites. These combine both the executive and judiciary for each island, and are a form of emergency rule that has solidified into the permanent government. These are the remains of island's civil government before the Aroman armed forces pulled out in the aftermath of the the Long War against the Volsci Republic. They were ruled as military governorships with a civilian administration, and it is the latter that survived the pull out and brief conflict in 1956. They are still organised along the old Aroman lines, although they have seen some localised changes since then. Most of these changes came from the islanders having to pick up the pieces of a broken government with little support from a parent nation that was indifferent or even hostile to them. The judiciary was forced to take up the role of both the executive and legislative to enable the islands to function as an independent nation when that status was forced on them. The main sticking point in relations between Tagmatium and the Hexanesa the past has been the fate of the soldiers who stayed behind after the Long War. Due to the chaotic manner in which the Aroman forces pulled out and the fact that roughly a quarter of them wanted to remain, they have often been charged as deserters and even murderers, as there were some brief gun battles as the Vigla, the military police, as they attempted to arrest those who stayed. These charges remain on the books of Tagmatium and are against people considered by the Hexanesanoi as heroes and founders of their nation. Religion They are majority Aroman Christian, and some holding polytheistic beliefs from before the southerners started to meddle. Due to the pogroms under Khristoforos mean that there are very few adherents to the Volsci ways left in the Hexanesa left and they are mainly recent immigrants or foreigners resident in the islands. To further muddy the waters, the hierarchy of the church should be appointed by Aroman emperor but due to the rift, this has not happened. They have been making their own appointments, and the Aroman Church has been making parallel appointments to those positions. They are grouped as a diocese of the Patriarchate of Trapizon and, oddly, still consider themselves as such. There have been moves to break away but this is currently considered a step too far. These will be major issues that need to be resolved, both for Tagmatium and the Hexanesa before relations are healed. Population At the last census taken by the government of the Hexanesa in 2018, there were 216,510 people living on this islands. They are mainly on the islands of Efmoseia and Polyagios, the two largest. These have 80,000 and 65,000 respectively. Skhronos has a population of 30,000 and Kouttasios 22,000. The islands of Arhos has about 13,000 and the smallest island, Agios Methodianos, has just 5000 on it. Military The military of the Hexanesa is small and rather underfunded. It consists of two parts, a combined green-water navy and coast guard called the Stolos (literally "Fleet") and a small ground defence force that runs a treble duty of a gendarmerie and civil police, the Taxiotai. Much of their equipment is locally-produced copies of what their grandparents used during the Long War. The air force is non-existent as a separate arm but both branches maintain aircraft as support elements - mainly in recce and observation roles. This represents an almost complete pull out of the Aroman military and the police merging with the deserters and being forced to fulfil the roles of a border guard, defence force and civil police. However, it's unlikely there will be any conflict. If nothing else, the islanders understand that there would be little to stop the Tagmatine armed forces rolling over them, as modern equipment and huge numbers would brush any resistance aside. But, on the other hand, Tagmatium doesn't want to have a military conflict, as that would look bad internationally and ruin any chances for a peaceful re-integration of the Hexanesa into the Greater Holy Empire. Economy The islands are not rich. In the past, they had been used as whaling stations, although that was destroyed by over-exploitation long before the industry itself was made redundant by technological developments. Now, they mainly rely on a combination of fishing, logging and sheep rearing, with some exploitation of the mineral wealth of the island but this is purely for local needs. There is a tourism industry, with visitors coming to see the scenic landscape of the islands but it is hampered by the generally poor state of northern Europa. The reason Tagmatium wants these islands is twofold. The first is simple revanchism - the islands are a breakaway province and the Agios Basilikon Kounsistorion wants to return them to the fold. They still regard the inhabitants as Arhomaiki citizens and it it is felt that the Hexanesa would do better under Tagmatine rule. The second is their strategic location. The islands command the entrance into the Ranke and Kosscow Seas. With them once again part of Arome, Tagmatika would virtually control all the sea access into central Europa. There are other schemes, too. Setting up geothermal and wave power stations to take advantage of the conditions of the islands would also help to continue to wean Tagmatium off of fossil fuels. These would also help investment into the islands and hopefully increase the standard of living, showing the benefits of staying as part of the Aroman Empire. Comments and queries welcome! Obviously, this will be RPed.
  12. Or the coronation party. God, they'd be extremely socially awkward IRL...
  13. That's a lovely article you wrote, Tag. 🙂 You have your eye on the ball. I won't deny it: you're onto something.



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      Between you increasing your reserves and MH drilling for fuel, something must be up...

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