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  1. Good luck! I hope things are better for you in the future!
  2. This thread has meant that I had to dig out an old nation's factbook to check on a few things. They reference Nestorian Christianity as as minority religion in their nation. Without getting into the the theology involved or attempting to (even more) awkwardly retcon a few things, should I basically just metaphorically flip a coin and come up with some Roman-sounding name for Eurth's version of a heretical strand of Christianity that spread through a state that kind of played a role similar to the Persians of real life?
  3. The Kronografia had hit closer to the mark of the feelings of the Agios Basilikon Vestiarion, the Imperial Cabinet, than perhaps many had realised. Of course, it had to have been expected that the new monarch of the Haru would attempt to throw his weight around and show to the rest of the barbaroi that he was their overlord, the naval exercise in the Krankes Thalassa had done much to damage relations between the Sovereign Imperium and the Megas Agios Basileia. Arhomaneia had even put forward an official complaint about the exercise and the disruption that it had caused to trade and the military operations in the area, albeit briefly. It hadn't been acknowledged by their ally. That had ruffled feathers even more. And now the invasion of the territory of Beautancus. There had been little reason for Tagmatium to intervene directly in the Glorious Dominate as it sunk into the state of decay. It mirrored the situation that had come to pass across northern Europa in recent years. It was, after all, separated from Arhomaneia by both @Adaptus and Machina @Haruspex – if anything serious brewed there, then either of those nations would be forced to deal with it first. Piracy from the failing nation wasn't feared by the Agios Basilikon Kounsistorion, as the naval patrols operating from Glevokastron would likely stop any raiders before they made it into the Krankes Thalassa. Some trade between Arhomaneia and Beautancus had taken place, but that had tailed off as the situation there worsened. The protectorate of Defnascir was far closer than mainland Arhomaneia but businesses and shipping firms there started to turn their attention to the islands to the east as central control in the Glorious Dominate broke down. Short-sightedly, the Agios Basilikon Kounsistorion cared little. Because of the canal to the south and the fact that the Grand Federal Imperium allowed Arhomaniki military shipping to use its island bases in the Adlantic, the slowly-collapsing north-western part of the Occident was felt to be of little immediate concern. The members Logethesion ton Barbaron and the intelligence services voiced worries that this was allowing anarchy to spread amongst an ally, but those voices were ignored. Again, if trouble did arise, then it would likely be pointed at the two nations nearest. And so the current self-righteous anger that the certain portions of the Arhomaniki population were working themselves up into was hypocritical. They were, however, the same ones that had always been against positive relations with the Gharoi to begin with. But that did not obscure the fact that opportunities to give support to Arhomaneia's ally and prop up its crumbling regime had been ignored, almost purposefully, by the Agios Basilikon Kounsistorion. The feeling in the meeting of the cabinet was perhaps almost resigned, thought Honorios Kontarian. As usual, the precise mood of the Agios Basileos kai Autokrator couldn't exactly be gauged, but certain members were certainly stewing about the actions of the Gharoi. It had been quite some time since a crisis had arisen in this part of Eurth, right on the doorstep of Arhomaneia. There was not much nostalgia for it, however. It was better if crises played out in the New Wurld. The room chosen for this meeting bore none of the ostentation that usually marked out the surroundings of the Agios Basilikon Kounsistorion, bar the fact that the floor was decorated with a geometric pattern of purple marble and gold tesserae. The walls were white and the windows repeated Christian symbols in stained glass – lambs, fish and crucifixes, but no scenes of ancient glories. The Megas Logothetes was wondering whether someone picked rooms out of a hat for the meetings before he was drawn from his thoughts. “There is, fundamentally, little that we can do to stop any attempt by the Sovereign Imperium to annex territory, if that is their eventual aim. Diplomatic pressure has rarely worked on them in recent years. As we have seen.” Goulielmos rested his hands on the table in front of him and stared down at the map on the screen that was between them. “They're likely to just dismiss what we've got to say, or ignore us. They could have undertaken this in a political capacity but like the naval exercise, this is an attempt to show the rest of the wurld their teeth.” And of course conquest was the end goal – the Glorious Dominate had always been an enemy to the Haru. That had been a reason that the two Aroman nations to the south, and before that, the “true” Aroman empire (although Tagmatium maintained that it was a continuation, not a successor state), had always attempted to maintain good relations with Beautancus. It had kept the Haru in check. “Bar throwing caution to the wind and attempting an invasion from the west, of course,” suggested Honorios Kontarian, the Megas Logothetes ton Stratiotikou. It was a flippant comment and everyone knew it. It earned the aristocrat a reproving look from his monarch. “And how unviable would that be?” asked the Mesazon Traiektonos, the Prime Minister. There was silence in the room for a moment. The potential fallout from such a move pretty obvious. And it could be even literal – the Haru had weapons of mass destruction, after all. Kontarian tried to resist meeting the eyes of the Megas Logothetes ton Barbaron but failed. Both of them managed to keep their faces straight, however. Outright laughing at the man would have been a gross breach of protocol. Traiektonos' face darkened. He had noticed the shared glance between the two Megas Logothetai. The man knew that he was often held to be quite stupid by most of the rest of the Agios Basilikon Vestiarion. Sadly, it was an opinion that had basis in fact. “Hear me out, for once,” Gregorios Traiektonos continued, his flare of anger obvious to all of the officials around the table. It seemed to be directed mainly at Kontarian, who had succeeded Traiektonos as head of the Logothesion ton Stratiotikou. However, even Kommodos raised his eyebrow at the outburst but he seemed to be content to let the Mesazon carry on with what he was saying. “The Gharoi are indeed our allies, but this is a situation that has rarely been the case in the past. They stand to more or less double the size of their nation, if they do manage to seize the entirety of Koussoeia, as well as possibly being able to control our access into the Kataigides Thalassa. A show of force on their eastern border might make them move enough forces to there that they bog down in Beautancus. We could even threaten to close the Iaehos river to them if they start to protest too much, or ignore anything that we have to say. I'm not suggesting for a moment that we actually invade them.” It certainly wasn't the worst idea that Traiektonos had come up with, although the downsides were pretty obvious. It would likely do significant damage to the two countries' relations, although the attitude of the Haru seemed to be doing that anyway. “Thank you, Mesazon,” said Kommodos. He managed to keep any condescension out of his voice whilst he was speaking to Traiektonos, which Honorios thought was impressive. “Whilst I do not believe that it is an option that we should carry out straight away, I will leave it on the table if the Gharoi do not respond favourably to any of our other overtures. I suggest that the Logothesion ton Kommerkiarionikou investigate how such a closure might affect Arhomaioi before that plan is advanced more. The head of the trade ministry nodded and scribbled a note on a piece of paper for himself. Any action to block the river to traffic from upstream would have a knock-on effect on anything downstream. Especially if the Haru tried to force the river, which might be pretty foolhardy. It was a main arterial route for both Adaptus and Tagmatium, after all. “The fate of the Christians in Koussoeia will also need to be addressed,” continued Kommodos. “As Arhomaneia is the heart of Christianity on Eurth, we owe it to them, even if they have strayed from orthodox thought.” Most of Beautancus followed a dualistic religion, one which underpinned their monarchy and society. It had once spread its influence across large parts of the Occident and there were even still a sizeable minority of followers within Arhomaneia. However, a heretical strand of Christianity had fled to Beautancus, after persecution from the more orthodox Aroman church over a millennium and a half ago. “It could be worth suggesting an intervention, as as collaborative effort between us and the Gharoi, in order to secure the rights of the Christian minority.” Goulielmos leafed through some paper files in front of him as he was speaking and failed to find what he wanted. From behind him, there was a similar rustling of paper and an aide stepped forward and offered another sheaf of paper on a golden plate. The Megas Logothetes took them and shuffled through them rapidly, trying to located the information needed to make his point. “As of the 2008 census, which is the last one that was carried out that we have access to, around eleven percent of the population followed Christianity, mainly heretical. It will be difficult to determine how that number will have shifted over the last decade, but it will still likely number in the millions, if not the tens of millions. Working together might help smooth over any cracks that have appeared recently and help mollify our own more conservative elements.” “Of course, the reply from the Gharoi will likely be that we didn't care for them then, so why should we do so now?” said Kommodos, leaning his elbows on the table and steepling his fingers together in his habitual manner. “Our counterpoint will be that they may well have been living in an almost-anarchy, but they weren't being shot, shelled, or bombed by an invasion force.” “Perhaps we could also speak up for the other religions in the Glorious Dominate?” asked a black robed and mitred minister. It may have been surprising that an archbishop was speaking out for non-Christians, but then this particular priest was the Tagmatine government's minister for propaganda, more politely known as minister for information. “Most of Eurth will expect us to try to stand up for the Christians. Being on the side of religion as a whole will place Arhomaneia in a better light.” The Agios Basileos gave a curt nod. That certainly made sense, but it could become even more of a sticking point. It depended on whether the Sovereign Imperium had planned to do with the inhabitants of the Cussian lands. If they planned on indulging in the same sort of ethnic cleansing as Greater Serbia had, then they would likely face a similar backlash. How the Megas Agios Basileia responded to that could make life either difficult or easy for the Gharoi. Their nascent trade deal with the @Sunset Sea Islands could be scuppered. “Extending the use of listening stations in Defnascir and attaching one or two more Prognostikatores to the convoys to Aluxia would help with monitoring their activities,”said Honorios. The electronic and cyberwarfare vessels were the most advanced in the Basilikoploimon “Passive methods would mean that they would be less likely to be detected.” “There are still Arhomaniki fishing vessels operating in the waters off of Beautancus,” rasped the pallid spymaster. “They have been doing so in order to avoid the quotas that have been put in place in our own waters. It would not be too much effort to put some of the AND's 'special vessels' in amongst them to keep a closer eye on the Gharoi.” The Autokrator frowned slightly. A keen environmentalist, the fact that citizens of Arhomaneia had been dodging around targets that had been put in place to safeguard the numbers of fish was something that he was going to have to look into after the meeting was over. The occasionally heavy-handed methods of the monarch of Arhomaneia could well come into play. “Well then, Endoxotatoi, I believe we have everything covered. I expect everyone to start work as soon as possible.” The Agios Basileos sat straight up in his chair. “We must not provoke the Gharoi and it must be clear that they are still our friends. However, they must also remember that they are not the only power in the Occident, and that we have God upon our side.” “Amen.” Every other member of the cabinet intoned the word. The ruler of Tagmatium stood to his feet and all the others in the room did so. As the Agios Basileos swept out of the room, accompanied by his train of bodyguards and functionaries, Honorios gathered up his papers and frowned slightly to himself. Just where would all of this end? To: The Foreign Ministry of the Sovereign Imperium of Machina Haruspex From: the Agios Basilikon Kounsistorion of the Megas Agios Basileia ton Arhomanion Honoured friends, It has not escaped the notice of the Agios Basilikon Kounsistorion that the forces of the Sovereign Imperium have advanced into into the lands of the Glorious Dominate of Beautancus. Whilst the long history between Machina Haruspex and Beautancus is widely known, the citizens of that country have surely not faced darker times than they have recently. It has seemed for some time that anarchy has overtaken the recognised and lawful government of our once-noble ally, with whom Arhomaneia has shared tribulations with in the past. It may be said that the Sovereign Imperium is acting out of basic decency, taking upon itself to restore law and order to the poor people of Beautancus. That this will be a motivation behind the actions cannot be doubted. After all, there is always the risk that the trouble will spill over the border into your lands and put your own people at risk. Perhaps Arhomaneia would act in a similar manner, if one of our neighbours was undergoing such turmoil. That the Sovereign Imperium has stepped up to shoulder the burden of demonstrates the selfless and noble nature of the Haru. Arhomaneia nonetheless has several amicable requests, if the Agios Basilikon Kounsistorion is to reconcile with the idea of the Glorious Dominate now falling under the rule of the Sovereign Imperium in some capacity. The first is that the expansion into the former Koussoeia should be undertaken with regards to the widely accepted laws of war – the murder of prisoners and wounded, for example, is something that will undoubtedly be found unconscionable by many nations of Eurth. After all, the entire wurld is looking at the Sovereign Imperium. If the government, and his Majesty Ji'Mar, is willing, then Arhomaneia happy to supply observers. Alternatively, those of a more international nature could be sought out, if that is more agreeable than the presence of your southern neighbours. The second is that the religion of those who fall under the rule of the Gharoi should be respected. This ought to include allowing those buildings and hierarchies of worship to remain in place and unmolested. After all, appeasing the population in this manner would undoubtedly mean that any future integration with the Sovereign Imperium is markedly easier – there will be no hostile population adverse to the rule of Ji'Mar and his descendents. Thirdly, if the above is not something that the Sovereign Imperium is unable to consider, then the Agios Megas Basileia is more than willing to open its arms to those who find their beliefs incompatible with rule by Machina Haruspex. There are communities of the religion of Beautancus living within Arhomaneia, as well as those of the widespread Christian minority. Our governments could come to some agreement with regards to who will shoulder the cost of relocation of these refugees. I have also been asked by the Agios Basileos kai Autokrator to pass on a request by his All Holiness, the Oikoumenikos Patriarkhos Kosmas I. Namely, the Arhomaniki Red Cross is willing to provide refugee relief in the areas of the Glorious Dominate that are the worst hit by the reigning anarchy. I must stress that this is an organisation that is not affiliated with the Agios Basilikon Kounsistorion and I can assure you that their mission is entirely humanitarian in nature. The Light of Christ will shine through even these dark times, Eugenios Goulielmos, Megas Logothetes of the Logothesion ton Barbaron of the Megas Agios Basileia ton Arhomanion
  4. To: Masayasu Shibahara, Minister of Foreign Relations of the Radiant Republic of the @Sunset Sea Islands From: the Agios Basilikon Kounsistorion of the Megas Agios Basileia ton Arhomanion Dear Minister, May I first congratulate you and your great nation on the referendum that was carried out, and the fresh new start that it represents. It is a bold and striking path that the Radiant Republic has set out upon, and I do not doubt that God will smile upon your endeavours, so long as you hold Him within your hearts. It has undoubtedly not escaped your attention that in recent months, the relations between our two great nations have suffered somewhat. There are numerous reasons for this, but it is felt by the Agios Basilikon Kounsistorion that first and foremost is the cultural differences between the Megas Agios Basileia and the Radiant Republic. After all, our nations are thousands of miles apart and rarely had much in the way of even a chance of contact until modern times. This has caused an rift between our nations, and this has fuelled – and been fuelled by – the fact that Arhomaneia and the Sunset Sea Islands have been on differing sides of international incidents. I fear that your people's perception of the Arhomaioi is one of overly pious, perhaps fundamentalist God-botherers, too concerned with the Hereafter to live properly on Eurth. Similarly, at times it may seem that the average Arhomaios views the Sunset Sea Islanders as obsessed with technology and the temporal wurld, willing to play God and neglect their spiritual needs. Therefore, I have been charged by the Agios Basileos kai Autokrator to put before you a possible solution. Essentially, it is suggested that we undertake a cultural exchange, so that our people can see the best of what our nations can offer – it could be as simple as a loan of artwork or historical artefacts in order to set up an exhibition, or perhaps a national tour from an orchestra. It can be demonstrated by Arhomaneia that it isn't just a country of white-washed churches and burning candles, but the heir of thousands of years of art, learning and philosophy. Similarly, the Radiant Republic will be able to show that the Sunset Sea Islands are truly the flower of the ocean. I appreciate that, in the aftermath of your nation's recent referendum, that your government will be very busy with the transition period that is ahead of you. Nonetheless, I, my government and my monarch await your reply with keen interest. The Light of God will always shine through, Eugenios Goulielmos, Megas Logothetes of the Logothesion ton Barbaron of the Megas Agios Basileia ton Arhomanion
  5. I would strongly recommend that the pair of you work out what it is that you want from this. There seems to be some confusion between you two on precisely what it is that you want from it. That doesn't really bode too well for the shared RP. Similarly, Pye, it looks to me that you're going back on what you said on Discord. That's fair enough. Merely taking a few cities was a bit of a surprise.
  6. @PyeMcGowan @Alenveil @Theodoria In light of these comments, would you be able to clarify what you plans are, so that they're not lost in the depths of Discord?
  7. My latest news post will be of interest
  8. Arhomaneia and the Machina Haruspex Question The Dragon Rears its Head After years of quiet, widely thought to be because of the Greater Europan Collapse, the Sovereign Imperium has once again reared its head. Once it was considered to be a major political coup by Kommdos III, may he remain blessed in the eyes of God, to have struck an alliance with Machina @Haruspex. For hundreds of years they have lurked in the northern Occident, squatting on lands that rightfully are a part of true Arhomaniki civilisation. The mountains that make up the border between our nations has long seen military build up, from stone castles to modern border fortifications and defences-in-depth. It seemed that the alliance would render such measures entirely unnecessary, that Arhomaneia would be able to demilitarise the border and the Sovereign Imperium could then be guided into an era of Godliness. However, in the aftermath of the death of the previous so-called “emperor” (if a such a lofty title might be used), Sa'Karn, it seems that the new chief squatter has decided to throw years of cooperation away. Despite sending an invite to the Agios Basileos kai Autokrator ton Arhomanion, the Gharoi seemed to use this as a cover to undertake a naval exercise in the Krankes Thalassa, crudely known as the Ranke Sea. This naval exercise included mock air combat and night-time gunfire practices. This was done entirely without notifying the Agios Basilikon Kounsistorion, despite the fact that the sea is one of the busiest sea lanes in northern Europa. No attempt, it seems, was made to warn any of the nations that border the sea and it is through the benevolence of God alone that there were no serious incidents because of it. Reportedly, aircraft from both the Basilikoploimon and the Basilikoaeroporia were scrambled to defend Arhomaniki interests, although they were not needed in the end. The Logothesion ton Barbaron issued a formal complaint to the government of the Sovereign Imperium, but it has gone unanswered. This demonstrates the regard that Machina Haruspex holds for Arhomaneia, its God-ordained better. If the Sovereign Imperium had valued the friendship between our nations, then they would have forewarned the Agios Basilikon Kounsistorion. As such, they did not. On top of this, the government of Machina Haruspex is currently flirting with the Elegy Corporation, the pet of the @Sunset Sea Islands. They seek to spread its disastrous Synapse System, further across Eurth. This is monstrous for numerous reasons. It is little more than an automated spy system, where every aspect of life is monitored by an artificial intelligence. Clearly, that is something that goes against God and decency. However, it vastly flawed, likely because not a pious thought once ever entered the heads of the designers. The only other country that it has been exported to is the United States of @Prymont, and it was a miserable failure. It was trialled in a single city, Canastota, and rapidly proved that it was little more than an invasion of privacy without any effectiveness. The people of the city themselves demanded that it was withdrawn. Clearly, this latest development is little more than an attempt by the Radiant Republic to gain a toe-hold in the Occident, so that they might spy on true Christians whilst they widen their window-peeping and other, unsavoury actions. Although the Agios Basilikon Kounsistorion has yet to make a statement, the Gharoi are marching north into Beautancus. This is particularly unforgivable – the Cussians, or Koussoi as they are known by the Arhomaioi, were close allies during the brief but bloody insurgency of the Arhomaniki Communist Party. It cannot be doubted that the blatant invasion of Beautancus will be protested, at the very least. Such noble people cannot be ground beneath the heel of a tyrannical regime without any comeuppance. If the Sovereign Imperium is to subjugate the Koussoi, then it must be made clear that they will be considered on equal terms. That the armed forces of Arhomaneia lie to their east whilst they busy themselves to their west should not be ignored. It couldn't be missed by the Gharoi that Arhomaneia is taking nobly taking a stand against the actions of the Sunset Sea Islands. This was merely an attempt to undermine Megas Agios Basileia, with little thought that the Agios Basilikon Kounsistorion can control one of the life-lines to the Sovereign Imperium. In response to all these transgressions, the Agios Basilikon Kounsistorion ought to close the Iaehos River and the Kentriki Thalassa to any shipping from Machina Haruspex. That the Iaehos is the border between Adaptus and Arhomaneia means that it can easily be shut off. On top of that, the large naval base in Glevokastron means that almost the entire seaboard of the so-called Sovereign Imperium is at the mercy of the Megas Agios Basileia. Perhaps with most of their armed forces involved in finally crushing the Cussians, they ought to think twice before annoying their closest neighbour. Nea Demokratia demonstration in Resafa Demands make little headway In recent years, Nea Demokratia, the pet project of Isaakios Niketas has been silent and hand more or less been considered defunct by many observers, including the Esoteriki Epitheorisi Pliroforion, the political police. It had always been sporadic at best, since the disgraced former Proedros, the head of the Synkletos the famed Senate, has been much more concerned with attempting to run his business ventures than once again have a run in with the Agios Basilikon Kounsistorion. Yesterday, however, protestors gathered in the centre of the southern city of Resafa in order to demonstrate against the lack of democracy within the Megas Agios Basileia. As they had not registered this demonstration with either the EEP or the local police, it was not long before they were moved on. It was dispersed peacefully and local media indicated that the demonstrators complied quickly with instructions from the police. This is undoubtedly a good thing, as Niketas has only ever used his organisation to attempt to disrupt the rightful and God-guided rule of the Agios Basilikon Kounsistorion. Largerly, it appears to stem from jealousy – before the coronation of Kommodos, it had been conjectured that the Proedros had been promised the position of Megas Logothetes ton Kommerkiarionikou, although the relatively unknown Takitos Khalkeos was appointed instead. Since then, Nikitas had been agitating against the rule of Kommodos III, claiming that it was going against both the direction of the reign of Theodosios VI, the democratic trends of the rest of Eurth and the history of the Arhomaioi to deny the people of Arhomaneia the representation of the Synkletos. This has often been challenged as hypocritical, as the Synkletos never possessed any democratic hallmarks – no members were elected, merely appointed by the Agios Basileos instead. Not that this was incorrect, far from it. After all, the Autokrator is guided by the will of God, as His representative on Eurth. In many ways, the claims of Nea Demokratia are false, casting aside the whiff of blasphemy that demanding such changes gives off. After all, the Agios Basileos kai Autokrator is elected through a general election of all Arhomaioi over the age of eighteen, which shows God's support for the elected candidate. The Themata are run along democratic principles, even if the Protonotarioi that head them are appointed by the central government. Really, it merely shows the vanity and arrogance of Niketas. Nea Demokratia was always just an engine for the man to attack his God-ordained ruler because of his own feelings of inadequacy. Such pomposity will undoubtedly be humbled in time and he, as well as the dupes that follow him, will once again submit themselves before God.
  9. The Agios Basilikon Kounsistorion seeks Trading Partners? The Logothesion ton Kommerkiarionikou (Ministry for Trade) recently announced that plans that Arhomaneia will start attempting to secure trade agreements with nations further afield than northern Europa. Whilst trade does exist between the Megas Agios Basileia, at has oddly seen a downturn in recent years – this is partially explained by the increasingly fractious nature of the rest of Eurth, but also the fact that the Agios Basilikon Kounsistorion has been able to wrangle some relatively uneven agreements with nations in what might be cynically called its sphere of influence. This demonstrably cannot continue, especially since it appears to be fuelling the emerging refugee crisis around the Fillipou Thalassa, the Kosscow Sea. The nations around it do not seem to be recovering from the “Great Europan Collapse”, and likely the relatively predatory nature of the Agios Basilikon Kounsistorion's has something to do with this. It has been suggested by sources within the Logothesion ton Kommerkiarionikou that the first nation to have been approached is Salvia, otherwise known as the @Sancti Imperii Catholico. This is both a surprising move, and a fairly obvious one for Arhomaneia. Despite the distance between the two nations, Salvia does provide a relatively large market for items produced within Arhomaneia – wine, for example, is one of the more profitable exports from Megas Agios Basileia. On the other hand, the religious differences between Salvia and our own nation could well prove to be a sticking point at a later date, although the government of Kommodos III, may God bless him, has often demonstrated its willingness to disregard what might be considered Christian scruples if it aids Arhomaneia, and therefore arguably the Church itself, in the long run. The nations of the Auraid Bay might also prove to be valuable trading partners to Arhomaneia due to their proximity to the Occident. However, the on-going crisis between the Kingdom of @PyeMcGowan and @Theodoria would likely stifle any enthusiasm for that, at least for the moment. The Logothesion ton Barbaron is still maintaining its travel warning, advising its citizens from going to either Theodoria or PyeMcGowan, in case a situation of open warfare does truly develop between the two countries. On top of that, there has been a growing level of scepticism amongst the business community of Arhomaneia towards the outward image of wealth that the Kingdom has been presenting over recent years – especially since it appears to be entirely unremarked upon by other nations in Argis. There is the suggestion that the wealth of the Kingdom may actually be much more similar to the Dniesterian fake watches that PyeMcGowian originals – that is, a thin covering of gold over mundane copper beneath. Further west, the Kingdoms of @Seylos and @Morheim could be better options than those around the Auraid Bay. Both nations live in the shadow of their neighbour, the so-called Holy Empire of @Derthalen, but both have shown themselves to be much more reasonable. The Laren Convention is probably one of the biggest political coups in recent years – that it was achieved by a young queen of what is arguably a small power shows that Morheim might be the key to central Argis. Seylos as well does not seem to be suffering too much, after having acted as something of a bastion against the oppressive forces of the Derhalers for so long. Recent announcements from both Seylos and the Kingdom of Gallambria show that the Seylosians are open minded enough and interested in spreading their own influence in the world to be viewed as a potential trading partner by Arhomaneia. Of course, much of it does come down to how much the Logothesion ton Kommerkiarionikou is willing to offer – national pride and a sense of history have often been the downfall of the Arhomaioi, especially when it comes to attempting to make equitable agreements with countries that are viewed as barbaroi. Often, what is viewed by the Arhomaioi as fair is often little short of an imposition. It is clearly hoped by the Agios Basilikon Kounsistorion that at least Salvia will be interested in what Arhomaneia has to say. Stylite ascends column in the heart of Tagmatika The plaza that lies opposite the Imperial Palace Complex is usually remarkable only for the perennial hot sausage van that seems to be the only permanent occupant allowed by the Agios Basilikon Kounsistorion. However, since yesterday morning, a man has stood on one of the columns that edge the square, preaching at those who would listen. The plaza is edged with governmental buildings and is one of the major tourists attractions in Tagmatika – after all, who doesn't want to see the heart of civilisation on Eurth? - and so far, the new stylite has attracted considerable attention. The stylite, who has given his name as Khristoforos Filiponos, ascended the column in the early hours of the morning, with little fanfare or announcement. Reportedly, some of the police and soldiers that guard the square were convinced of Filiponos' piety after he gave them a short sermon and so did not attempt to prevent him from using a ladder to get to the top of the column. The column that he chose was not one that had been previously occupied by any bronze statues of former basileoi. The statues of Konstantinos VIII, who led Arhomaneia during the latter, disastrous years of the Long War and those of the Navarkhokratia have been removed from such places of honour. As a form of asceticism, the method that Filiponos has chosen is one that has become increasingly common in recent years. There have been many examples of stylite across Arhomaneia, especially since the start of the Navarkhokratia in EK7478 (AD1969). Reputedly, it was encouraged as a way to distract from the increasing lack of personal freedoms. However, it is much more ancient than that, as of course Saint Vinkentios lived on a pillar outside of Kotion for nearly forty years, starting in EK5882 (AD374). Saint Vinkentios ascended the pillar after gaining a particularly holy reputation and wished that his devotions were not interrupted by pilgrims, who attempted to solicit his advice. It appears that, so far, the Agios Basilikon Kounsistorion seems to be content to let Filiponos be, although undoubtedly he will be monitored closely. Several priests have been seen listening to what the stylite has had to say, although they themselves have declined to comment, as has the office of the Patriarkhos of Tagmatika. Members of the Esoteriki Epitheorisi Pliroforion (EEP) are also watching the crowd that occasionally gathers at the foot of the column. If Filiponos strays from the conventional line – whether religious or political – it may be judged that he needs to be removed from his place at the heart of Tagmatika.
  10. What path? Anyway, as it is, there seems to be little angle for me to get involved, other than some frowny faces at some of the factions involved. Especially the perfidious @Fulgistanis.
  11. I suppose it depends on how Kassus would react to the attempts by Terix to improve relations. Tagmatium would stomach any changes in the Praetorship, even Terix's death, if relations would continue to improve. It wouldn't be happy with the death of Terix, as he seemed to be someone on Tagmatium's wavelength, but there's little that the Imperial Government could actually do about that. Similarly, how would Tagmatium be viewed by Rihan if it acted as a safe haven for Terix? Admittedly, he's not fleeing there, and this would be done at the Republic's behest.
  12. Sorry to hear that! I hope things get better!
  13. Would this fall under the suggested organised crime RP, or its own thing?
  14. To: Trade Minister Leo J. Conway of the @Sancti Imperii Catholico From: the Agios Basilikon Kounsistorion of the Megas Agios Basileia ton Arhomanion To his Eminence Archbishop Salius, through Leo J. Conway, Trade Minister of the Sanctum Imperium Catholicum Your Eminence, Salvia and Ahromaneia come from the same stock, although we have drifted apart over the intervening years. Perhaps too far apart, as both the Salvian and Arhomaniki people still share much with each other. Both of our great nations hold Christ's teachings above all and, although perhaps it could be considered that there may be some variations in how these are espoused by our nations, it is the love of God that shines through. Not only do we share faith in Christ, but our two nations also have a common heritage – it was, after all, Arhomaneia where Liosous set sail from in order to spread the word of God to foreign shores. And truly he did, as Salvia has stood strong ever since. In an ideal world, these ties alone would be strong enough in the face of adversity. However, the current mood of Eurth appears to be a darkening one. Nations that tread the path of righteousness such as ours need to cooperate, in order to strengthen the ties between Christian nations, as well as to make sure that our ancient civilisation can weather any storm that does wash against us. A first step would be to consider our nations' economic ties. Easing trade between our nations will undoubtedly work towards strengthening both of our nations, as well as helping our citizens understand each other better. Even at the moment, our nations do undertake a considerable amount of trade with each other, but this could undoubtedly be improved, to the benefit of both of our people. For example, passion fruit from Salvia are regularly found on the shelves in supermarkets in the Megas Agios Basileia, and mobile phones manufactured in your nation are commonly used by Arhomaioi. Wine is often bought and drunk by the people in Deopolis or Minotia and textiles from Arhomaneia are sold in Salvia. The Agios Basilikon Kounsistorion feels that our nations ought to consider easing the tariffs that are regularly levelled against the imports from foreign countries, as well as viewing any trade restrictions that might be put against the produce of our respective nations. It may also be considered by the Logothesion ton Kommerkiarionikou, the Ministry for Trade, that to show that the Megas Agios Basileia is willing to open our arms to our friends in Salvia that the fees charged on Salvian-flagged ships passing through the canal between the Raga Sea and the Krankes Thalassa, the Ranke Seas, will be reduced, in order to facilitate trade between our nations. This, however, be subject to the agreements that we are able to make, and what might be reciprocated by the Sanctum Imperium Catholicum. We will have much to discuss in any talks between myself, my government and representatives from your nation. Similarly, at a future date, it may be for the worth of our nations to look at visa restrictions between our nations. May God's light shine upon your nation and your people, Takitos Khalkeos, Megas Logothetes of the Logothesion ton Kommerkiarionikou of the Megas Agios Basileia ton Arhomanion
  15. Kill them. For the Lord knows those that are His own.
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