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  1. Tagmatium Rules

    Europan Royal Family Tree WIP

    I mean that there might not be much linking Europa and the other continents in this regard until the 1800s. If only because it'd be difficult to even get there until then.
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    Hi I'm New Here

    Well, I'm looking forward to seeing you start.
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    Europan Royal Family Tree WIP

    This is quite a good idea. Although I suppose that is in the Old World wouldn't be coming into it until quite late on.
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    Announcements from Arhomaneia

    Agios Basilikon Kounsistorion Starts Diplomatic Offensive Relations with the United Kingdom and Others Broadening The United Kingdom of @Great Burlington occupies the most westerly point of the Occident but has long maintained an almost isolationist attitude, interacting with few other nations in Europa, let alone Eurth. Because of this, despite it being a Christian nation, Arhomaneia has had little contact with it in the recent past. This has been something of a shameful state of affairs – it is a devout, God-fearing nation, despite it not adhering to strict Orthodoxy, unlike our own great nation. However, it still acts as something of a counterbalance to @Adaptus, since despite the population of Christians that inhabits Tagmatium's neighbour, they clearly support the godless regime that has taken over since Augustus has taken the throne. This expansion of relations by the Logothesion for Foreign Affairs can only be considered a step in the right direction. Stronger cooperation between Christian nations, even if they are barbaroi can only foster a better and more peaceful Eurth. It would likely mean that even the most sinful and debauched states will then see the light and come to the embrace of true faith and civilisation. It could be a beginning of a great era in the history of our planet, and possibly even weaken the coalition of the sinning that is gathering its strength, even now, against a nation, @Greater Serbia that shares the faith of Tagmatium, even if it has erred in some of its interpretations of God's word. However, the United Kingdom was not the only nation contacted by the Logothesion for Foreign Affairs. The others included the United States of @Prymont, the Most Serene Republic of @Mauridiviah and the Republic of @Kipan. Considering these nations' positions in Argis, Alharu and Aurelia, there does not seem to overmuch of a pattern to the attempts by the Agios Basilikon Kounsistorion's plan, if there is one. The United States appears to be the most civilised amongst them – a Christian nation, albeit heterodox and not as God-fearing as could be hoped. It is arguably also one of the most powerful within Argis, seeing as it recently undertook a humanitarian mission to the former-Hellenic Rus. This was not without bloodshed, however, and appears to have taken on a worrying aspect of occupation. Mauridiviah is, of course, the originator of the now-infamous Mundus Liber survey, which has consistently and erroneously given Arhomaneia less than a perfect score. That, alone, speaks enough about them. Kipan remains something of a mystery – it is undoubtedly a nation that has yet to have the light of Christ shone upon it but the fact that they were able to make a peaceful transition from a monarchy to a republic demonstrates that they are at least partway towards a more civilised state. Unlike many others, they respect democracy, one of the core values of the Megas Agios Basileia. When the Logothesion was questioned by this paper on the reason for this diplomatic “offensive”, the Protologothetes for Wider World Affairs, Konstantinian Makarios, gave this statement: “Whilst there seems much to be made of the nations that the Agios Basilikon Kounsistorion has contacted, it is really just the start of a normalisation of relations across Eurth. Many of the nations that we used to have contact with have gone silent; in this time of change, it is best that the New World begins to receive attention from Arhomaneia. Our great nation merely wishes to see the spread of peaceful relations and the start of fruitful cooperation beyond Europa itself.” Whilst much could be read into this statement, especially after some suggestions that the government is starting to perceive the potential to threats to world peace from some nations in the New World, perhaps it is best to take it at face value. Under the guidance of the Agios Basileos, may God bless his reign, Tagmatium had become one of the main guarantors of peace in Europa, through a combination of diplomacy and, thankfully rarely, the force of arms. This start of diplomatic relations will likely the Megas Agios Basileia once again become one of the foremost powers in the world, especially if it is followed, and driven by, pan-Christian cooperation. Not just between nations, but between the population of the faithful within the nations of the world. Logothesion for War announces Cyber Warfare Focus Expansion of the Cutting Edge The Logothesion for War has announced that it, along with the Esoteriki Epitheorisi Pliroforion (EEP) and the intelligence service, Arhomaniki Noimosyni Dykton, will be focussing significantly more on the threat of cyber and information attacks on Megas Agios Basileia. Whilst Eurth has not seen much in the way of coordinated, state-sponsored hacking or cyber attacks on infrasturcture often theorised or postulated in fiction, industry or academics, it is most certainly a threat that cannot be ignored. Especially since there seems to be a move to a significantly more integrated system in most nations. The spread of the AI network, Synapse System, from originating country, the @Sunset Sea Islands to @Astriedan and Prymont, has led to these questions being raised more, as well as its vulnerability. In its application in the United States, it seems to have been something of a miserable failure, which is perhaps something of a blessing – the AI network is a monstrous violation of numerous civil liberties that all right-thinking nations hold dear. Nonetheless, the Agios Basilikon Kounsistorion has seen this as a prompting to review its cyber and information warfare capabilities. The military of Arhomaneia has always been one of the best in the world. For hundreds of years, the armed forces of our nation has both maintained peace at home and abroad, as well as driving back the enemies of God's realm when it is threatened. However, in recent years, warfare has started to leave the physical world and become one of information and more. Since the introduction of the Prognostikator class cyber and information warfare light cruiser more than a decade ago, certainly the Basilikoploimon has taken the threat seriously. The vessel has long been a mainstay of Tagmatine fleets, making sure that Arhomaneia's attempts to further bring peace and stability to the world are kept safe from these sorts of attacks. One facet of the information warfare that is reportedly being looked at by both the EEP and the AND is that of using social networks to influence democracy and how that might impact upon the Megas Agios Basileia. Such manipulation would be a threat to the heart of our civilisation and must be strenuously guarded against. It is thought that there will be exercises in how such platforms could be used in this manner – obviously so that it can be guarded against, rather than used against Tagmatium's enemies. Although it is undeniable that it could certainly be a powerful weapon against those who would strike at the heart of civilisation. It is therefore no surprise that the Logothesion for War and the Epistrategion have started to consider a much more consistent spread across all of the branches of the armed forces, and the security services at home and abroad. Fears of an attack by the enemies of Christendom against the power grid or the health service, have often been floated and portrayed as potentially very damaging to Tagmatium – not just causing large-scale blackouts, but even causing many casualties, directly and indirectly. These steps will not just help protect the average citizen from such possible events, but also possibly enable Arhomaikos arms to strike at similar targets within nations opposed to our faith and civilisation.
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    Hi I'm New Here

    Hello! It sounds like an interesting take on a nation. Nice flag, too.
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    Hello!

    Hello! Welcome to the region. The factbook you've made is pretty impressive. Good work!
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    Derthaler Trade & International Dealings

    To: Jan Utikar, Minister of Foreign Affairs of His Majesty, Heinrich III of @Derthalen From: the Agios Basilikon Kounsistorion of the Megas Agios Basileia ton Arhomanion Minister Utikar, Your proposal is an interesting one and has merited the Agios Basilikon Kounsistorion looking into the matter. As Arhomaneia is a Christian nation, the foremost amongst them on Eurth, and we are keenly aware that God placed stewardship of His creation into our hands. We feel that Eurth needs protecting from the the worst excesses of ignorant and careless attitudes of most other nations, attitudes that are currently causing adverse environmental impacts across the world. This is reflected in the policies pursued by the Tagmatine government – namely, investment into renewable energy, reducing the impact of industry and transport on the environment, carbon-neutral technologies and, where feasible, re-wilding of areas that would benefit from the re-introduction of species that had since been driven to extinction by human action. This does include large animals, both predator species such as wolves, leopards and bears, and prey species, such as boar and, of course, bison. I have met and discussed the matter with members of the Logothesia for the Environment, Agriculture and Trade, under the guidance of Kommodos III, by the Grace of Christ the God, Agios Basileos kai Autokrator ton Arhomanion. Obviously, one of our key concerns is that Derthalen remains a nation that Tagmatium regards as a slaver state, a rogue nation. Whilst I appreciate that your government has come to some agreement over the conduct of your immoral and reprehensible policies with the Grand Federal Imperium of Adaptus, amongst others, we still feel that your nation has a long way to come before we can accept you as a proper member of the international community. Or even one that a civilised nation could entreat with as approaching an equal. However, as it is felt by the Agios Basilikon Kounsistorion that encouraging better environmental practices and bringing threatened creatures back from the brink of extinction is a cause that steps beyond considerations of international diplomacy, to an extent. Because of this, my own government is willing to agree to sending a number of bison to Derthalen, to help increase the biodiversity of not just Derthalen, but Argis as a whole. Whilst the Tagmatine subspecies of the bison, the Occidental Bison, never reached below roughly ten thousand at its lowest in the aftermath of the Long War, the population has never reached its historic numbers, even with a breeding programme existing since EK7474 (AD1965). However, those in charge of the breeding programme under the aegis of the Logothesia for Agriculture and the Environment feel that the number of bison that your nation has proposed to be sent to Derthalen will not impact negatively on the progress of the programme itself. As such, I can say that there is no problem with the numbers of bison themselves to be sent. The Logothesion for the Environment has expressed some concern that this effort to reintroduce bison to Derthalen will in fact introduce a subspecies that has not been present in Argis before now. Academics from the fields of palaeontology and archaeozoology consulted during investigation as to whether the extension of the Tagmatine breeding programme that this represents have pointed this fact out to the Agios Basilikon Kounsistorion. At this stage, I put it to you whether the Derthaler government wishes to continue with this, in light of the concern that it could actually be counterproductive to biodiversity to do this. However, others consulted suggested that it might be better to introduce this effectively new subspecies and then attempt to breed the characteristics of the Argic or local bison subspecies into the population afterwards. It assumed that your government has palaeontological, zooarchaeological and ethnological records that are not accessible to academics from Arhomaneia and these could inform you to a level that is not possible with the information that we ourselves have to hand. If it is agreeable to you, both the Logothesia for Agriculture and the Environment will medically evaluate all the animals that have been selected prior to any travel from the various locations of the bison herds in Tagmatium. Some of them are spread relatively widely and the numbers taken from each herd must be carefully monitored, so as to not impact their continued viability. If those examining the animals feel that any individual is not fit for travel, another animal will be substituted in its place. They will also receive another examination before embarking on the ships to your nation. All possible effort will be made to see that each bison arrives in the designated port in Derthalen in a fit and healthy manner, as best as the efforts of those appointed by the Agios Basilikon Kounsistorion to oversee their travel could guarantee. During transport and shipping, they will be accompanied by duly appointed representatives from those Logothesia, who are qualified and certified to the satisfaction of those same Logothesia and equipped to make sure that the bison are as comfortable and healthy as they could be during the long voyage, considering that they will placed in conditions they are not habitually in in this time. Arhomaneia has no interest in seeing the bison become injured or ill during travel and it would be an affront to our honour for them to arrive in an unfit state. I do request that these representatives are not prevented from returning from Derthalen in any way, or interrogated or otherwise molested on arrival in your nation. If the Derthaler government wishes to send representatives to assess the health of the bison prior to embarkation, and to also monitor their health during the sea voyages, then the Agios Basilikon Kounsistorion will extend the same courtesy. What the Megas Agios Basileia has trouble with, however, is the amount of money that your government proposes to pay for the bison. On the face of it, it seems to be a very good offer. But Tagmatium cannot accept any payment from Derthalen – yours is a sinful nation, sunk in depravity and monstrous in the eyes of God, even if the motivations behind this current policy seem to be a step above your nation's usually wretchedly low levels of morality. As such, the Agios Basilikon Kounsistorion could only agree to take reimbursement from your government for the transport and shipping of the bison from their locations within Tagmatium and to your nation. Anything else would be, directly or indirectly, profiting from the actions and policies of one of the most barbarous and savage nations on Eurth. An offence to the eyes of God if there ever was one. As such, an evaluation of the potential costs involved with the transportation of the bison, as well as keeping them fed and watered during travel through Arhomaneia and to Derthalen, is being conducted by the Logothesia for Trade, the Environment, Works and Transportation. Once it has been completed, an estimation and an itemised breakdown of the costs involved will be forwarded on to your government, to see if the sum that we have reached is agreeable to you. I do not doubt that we can come to an agreement considered equitable to both sides, even if your nation is the epitome of the term “barbaroi”. I hope that this marks the start of Derthaler policies taking into consideration the environmental and ecological impact that may come from them and that your nation will follow Tagmatine example in these areas. Eurth is a gift from God and must be treasured as such. May God bestow upon Fylkir Heinrich III the ability to see the true cost of his actions and the error of the ways of the people of Derthalen and his own. Eugenios Goulielmos, Megas Logothetes of the Logothesion of Foreign Affairs of the Megas Agios Basileia ton Arhomanion
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    Agios Basilikon Foreign Affairs

    To: Kazuo Yamazaki, President of the State of @Kipan From: the Agios Basilikon Kounsistorion of the Megas Agios Basileia ton Arhomanion Your Excellency, May I be the first to congratulate you on your electoral victory. The Megas Agios Basileia ton Arhomanion has been watching the transition of your nation from a monarchy to a democratic republic with keen interest, as democracy is an institution that is dear to the heart of every Tagmatine. Through it, and only it, can the government of a nation have any claim to legitimacy, as well as the blessing of God, as it is the guiding hand of God acting through the voice of the electorate themselves. It is felt by the Agios Basilikon Kounsistorion, the Imperial Government, that now would be the best time to initiate relations between our two nations. The Tagmatine people and the Kipanese have not had a long history of close contact, but Arhomaneia has always looked upon the values of the Kipanese with respect. Yours is a culture that values spirituality, something that many modern nations have seen fit to break away from, inevitably to their detriment. It is not just the traditional values of the Kipanese that Tagmatium respects, but also the strength and vigour that exists within the economic spheres of the State. Perhaps the rest of Eurth has much to learn from Kipan, although perhaps only time will tell of that. To this end, I am suggesting on behalf of the Agios Basilikon Kounsistorion that my nation and the State of Kipan begin with an exchange of embassies as a start, as well as the recognition that you deserve for a peaceful and orderly transition from a monarchy to a republic. As can be seen from recent events, very few nations seem to be able to manage a transition in such a bloodshed-free manner. The exchange of embassies will most certainly lead to an atmosphere of closer friendship between your nation and mine, one that will bring peace to our nations, but across the continents of Eurth as well. May God bless your new republic and this start of a new epoch in the history of the Kipanese. Eugenios Goulielmos, Megas Logothetes of the Logothesion of Foreign Affairs of the Megas Agios Basileia ton Arhomanion
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    Agios Basilikon Foreign Affairs

    To: Lorraine Duval, Foreign Minister of the United States of @Prymont From: the Agios Basilikon Kounsistorion of the Megas Agios Basileia ton Arhomanion Minister Duval, The United States of Prymont has long been a nation that Arhomaneia has respected. That your nation has become one of the leading players on the political scene in Argis and is rapidly becoming one of the foremost members of global politics as well. Your nation's actions in what was the Hellenic Rus has shown that Prymont has the best interests of not just her people, but all of the people of Eurth at heart. This attitude pleases God, as such actions are righteous and good, although perhaps there does need to be more Christian charity involved as well. However, I do not wish to pass any judgement on the motivations behind your nation's actions – that is not for me to do. What must be recognised is that Prymont and Arhomaneia share many core values and that these shared values can and should be used as the building blocks of a strong future relationship. We certainly have much to offer each other, especially since the Megas Agios Basileia has stood as the heart of civilisation for thousands of years. And it is clear that the Prymontian people are able to strive and, indeed, thrive, no matter the adversities that are placed in their path, as it is in the wisdom of God to provide challenges to the faithful. Such as those prove His love for us. To this end, the Agios Basilikon Kounsistorion suggests that our nations begin with an exchange of embassies, something that has been sorely lacking until now. Indeed, it has occasionally been felt that the nations of the new world fear those of the old. But this exchange will allow us a firm base to expand our nations' relations, which will undoubtedly become one of harmony and friendship in years to come. This will not only strengthen our nations, but the entirety of Eurth as well. May the Lord grant the Prymontian people a peaceful future. Eugenios Goulielmos, Megas Logothetes of the Logothesion of Foreign Affairs of the Megas Agios Basileia ton Arhomanion
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    Agios Basilikon Foreign Affairs

    To: the Secretary of Foreign Relations of the Most Serene Republic of @Mauridiviah From: the Agios Basilikon Kounsistorion of the Megas Agios Basileia ton Arhomanion Your Excellency, Several times in recent months, both the Most Serene Republic and the Megas Agios Basileia ton Arhomanion have found themselves on the side of righteousness, decency and, perhaps above all, common sense in some of the crises that have shaken the political order of the world. The recurring factor is that both of our nations, despite some clear differences in our cultures, value human life in a way that some nations on Eurth do not. It cannot be doubted that if our two states act together in concert more often that the rogue nations and slaver states that still lurk in the dark corners of Eurth will forever be on the back foot. God be willing, this will mean that either see the error of their ways or crumble and free those that they oppress of the shackles that they inflict upon them. Whilst some may think that the fact Mauridiviah and Tagmatium are perhaps different in many of our outlooks on life that this will prevent our states from working together, I feel that this is not further from the truth. We both hold to some of the basic tenets, indeed, rights, of the modern world, such as democracy, which was nurtured in its infancy in the heartlands of Arhomaneia, as well as freedom of thought and freedom of press. Because of these shared values, our nations have been able to work together to drive back some of the worst excesses of those vile dictatorships and extend the light of freedom and civilisation further across Eurth. Because of this, the Agios Basilikon Kounsistorion is interested in establishing an exchange of embassies between our two honoured nations. I hope that this will be a start of a long and fruitful relationship between Mauridiviah and Arhomaneia. Together, hopefully and God willing, civilisation will finally bloom across the entirety of Eurth and not just in isolated pockets, spread far too thinly. May the Lord our God bless the people of Mauridiviah, Eugenios Goulielmos, Megas Logothetes of the Logothesion of Foreign Affairs of the Megas Agios Basileia ton Arhomanion
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    Agios Basilikon Foreign Affairs

    To: The Honourable David Davis, the Foreign Secretary of the United Kingdom of @Great Burlington From: the Agios Basilikon Kounsistorion of the Megas Agios Basileia ton Arhomanion Honoured sir, Our two glorious nations have long stood as beacons of civilisation, shining not just across Europa but across Eurth as well. All other countries, whether democracies like ours or kingdoms like yours, look upon us with envy and awe in equal measure. Whilst Great Burlington does not quite have the pedigree that Arhomaneia has – no other nation has after all – none would dare question your steadfast and stalwart defence of freedom, tolerance and democracy in a world that often appears to be heading down a much darker path. Eurth seems to be seeing the rise of authoritarian, corrupt and despotic regimes all across the globe, regimes that even take away the most basic freedoms – not just their own people, which is monstrous enough, but threaten to inflict these vile injustices on all others. Because of this, the Agios Basilikon Kounsistorion wishes to extend the hand of friendship towards the United Kingdom. Yours is a great and glorious nation, one that despite clear cultural differences that can be expected of a barbaroi nation, champions all that is held dear by right-thinking people and nations across Eurth. That our nations have not had closer contact over the recent past is undoubtedly an oversight, although I would not suggest that it is the fault of either of our governments. Your nation has been attempting to forge its own path, one that is both righteous in the eyes of our Lord and for the betterment of the citizens of Great Burlington. To this end, I am suggesting that we begin with an exchange of embassies between our two great nations. This will undoubtedly be a step towards closer cooperation and friendship between the people of Great Burlington and Arhomaneia – something that all of the enemies of freedom, civilisation and God will quake at the very thought of. I hope that this is something that your government, people and your king can get behind. May God guide the United Kingdom towards a future of peace and prosperity, Eugenios Goulielmos, Megas Logothetes of the Logothesion of Foreign Affairs of the Megas Agios Basileia ton Arhomanion
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    Naming the Seas

    Hello. This area used to be called the "Sea of Storms" on the old Europa map. Or that general sort of area. Could it be added again? Alternatively, I suppose, a quick Google translate says "Storms" is "Kataigides", in my horrible pseudo-Greek that I use. So, "Kataigides Sea". But that sounds a bit sh*t. Or "Aroman Sea"? I'm throwing this one open, really.
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    An Invitation to The Coronation of King George

    To: His Majesty, King George of @PyeMcGowan From: the Agios Basilikon Kounsistorion of the Megas Agios Basileia ton Arhomanion Your majesty, May I extend to you the deepest condolences on the passing of your father on behalf of both the people of Arhomaneia and Kommodos III, bythe Grace of Christ the God, the Agios Basileos kai Autokrator Arhomanion – the Holy Emperor and Autocrator of Arome and Leader of the Free World. Although my nation has had few dealings with the proud Kingdom of PyeMcGowan in recent years, King William certainly stood out amongst the monarchs of the world. With his passing, an era of your nation's history has come to a close. It is most definitely a sad time, not just for you and your people, but for the whole of Eurth. But, God willing, your coronation will mark the start of a new period, one that will see PyeMcGowan take its place as one of the leading free nations of the world. Tagmatium stands ready to welcome the Kingdom onto the world stage. Because of this, it would most certainly be an honour for my nation to accept this invitation to your coronation and it would be pleasing for all to see your glorious reign at its very beginning. It is without doubt that it will be one that will be long remembered in the annals of history. To this end, to pay you and your esteemed nation the respect that it deserves, Tagmatium will be dispatching a member of my own ministry, Angelina Tzimerkhia, to represent Arome at both your coronation and the funeral of your honoured father. Along with her, there will be a small staff and an escort from the guard units of the Greater Holy Empire, the Tagmata, but this will, of course, be discrete and to increase the honour that we show both you and your kingdom. At no point does the Agios Basilikon Kounsistorion doubt the ability of your Royal Battalion to keep our representative safe. By the grace of God, may your reign be one of peace, prosperity and last for many years to come. I pray that the light of Christ will guide your hand and show you the best path to follow, for you, your people and the rest of the world. Eugenios Goulielmos, Megas Logothetes of the Logothesion of Foreign Affairs of the Megas Agios Basileia ton Arhomanion
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    The Leopard's Roar

    After a couple of drinks, he always wanted a cigarette. He had quit several years ago, after a few years of trying. It wasn't just that it was bad for his health, it was also that the government had started a drive to reduce the numbers of Tagmatines smoking. It definitely would not look good to have an exalted Megas Logothetes caught smoking by the press. Nonetheless, Kontarian sat and fidgeted slightly, swirling the wine around his glass whilst drumming his other hand on the table. The nicotine cravings were one of the reasons why he'd also cut down the amount he had been drinking over the last few years, but he couldn't turn down the invitation of his friend, the Megas Logothetes for Foreign Affairs. Goulielmos sat opposite him, looking particularly pleased with himself and Kontarian felt a spiteful need to puncture that. “So will they make you sneak in wearing a false beard? Or maybe a wig?” he asked, putting his glass down a bit more heavily than he meant to. Perhaps he was a bit more drunk than he thought he was. The look of hurt that passed over his opposite number's face made him regret saying it. The pair of them had been good friends since before Kommodos ascended the Leopard Throne well over a decade ago. They managed to avoid the infighting and bickering that characterised the relations between the various Logothesia of the Agios Basilikon Kounsistorion. Both men were from very different backgrounds – Kontarian was a member of military aristocracy whilst Goulielmos was one of the “new men” favoured by Kommodos, much to the chagrin of the ancient élite of Arhomaneia. “No, of course not,” replied Eugenios, pushing his glasses back up to the bridge of his nose with a finger. He used the movement to hide the annoyed look that passed across his face. They were sat in a small room just off his main office in the Imperial Palace Complex. Most of the ministerial offices had such rooms – they were sanctuaries for the occupants, away from the hustle and bustle of the palace itself. Whilst almost every logothesion maintained a headquarters within Tagmatika where the bulk of their staff and administrations worked, it was necessary to have a toe-hold within the beating heart of Arhomaneia, too. Kommodos wasn't in the habit of calling meetings at odd hours but that did not mean that crises didn't crop up at inconvenient times. The room was entirely free of any listening devices, as best as either men's ministries could ascertain, although there was always the chance that someone else had bugged it. The room showed that it was used by the head of the ministry of foreign affairs – maps decorated the walls. Some were reproductions of early Tagmatine maps whilst others were foreign ones, displaying the quirks of their makers. A thick carpet covered the floor and both men had taken off their shoes at the entrance. It was a useful room to have a quiet chat and a drink on the rare occasions that their work allowed. This time, the drink was a red wine, watered down as Tagmatine custom dictated. After all, only barbarians had wine unwatered. “It is a diplomatic coup, though.” Honorios nodded. “It's a shame that nothing can be made of it. Yet, at least. Letting bygones be bygones, that sort of thing.” They were discussing the recent secret talks that had been agreed between the Megas Agios Basileia ton Arhomanion and the Republic of @Rihan. Kontarian was one of the few other officials that had been made aware of the communication between the two governments. Whilst the next stage had yet to happen, it did seem hopeful that the Rihannsu might be convinced to view Tagmatium not as a hostile entity but a friend on the world stage. Eight hundred years was a long time, after all. “Let's hope that they do,” said Eugenios with a raised eyebrow. “After all, wasn't it one of your ancestors an officer in the force sent to deal with them?” “It was along time ago...” sighed Kontarian. He did hope that that wouldn't come up. That the Rihannsu government needed to keep these talks secret from their own people didn't necessarily bode well. It seemed that they were very good at nursing grudges, if even they were nervous about even being seen talking to Tagmatine officials after nearly one thousand years. “What do you think will come of it, anyway?” The other man lifted his glass to his lips and took a sip. “I think the best we can hope for at the moment is the normalising of relations. Perhaps a trade deal, although I'll leave that to that lazy arse Khalkeos. It's about time he earned his keep again.” Takitos Khalkeos was the Megas Logothetes for Trade and had seemingly contented himself with bullying the smaller nations to the east of Tagmatium into deals that favoured the larger nation, rather than try anything with the powers in the rest of the world. “The Republic will likely have a lot more to worry about soon, though,” said Kontarian thoughtfully. “I know that the Asgeirrian ruler is on a state visit there but I don't necessarily think that friendly relations will last forever. Most of the world has been distracted by @Derthalen and then @Greater Serbia when it seems like we ought to have been paying attention to @Asgeirria.” Eugenios gave a one-shouldered shrug. “Maybe. It isn't like we have much in the way of interests down in that part of the world, apart from the hope of better relations with the Rihannsu. Anyway, a state visit is hardly going to presage the start of a shooting war.” “They are always all smiles for the camera.” Honorios knew he was being a bit cynical. “And there is suspicion amongst the intelligence services that the Asgeirrians are looking to be a lot more aggressive in the future. Especially since their expansion to the islands near them went off without a hitch.” “Bloody barbaroi.” It was the standard Tagmatine response to almost anything that was done by a foreign power or even a foreign national. Even if it was exactly what the Tagmatines themselves would do in their shoes. It was easier to portray the barbaroi as avaricious and grasping than it was to take stock of Aroman actions. There was a moment of silence, as both of them lapsed into their own thoughts. The average Tagmatine, when they thought of that southern nation at all, viewed them as a weird little nation, an odd knock-off of true Aroman culture and militaristic to a fault. They seemed to be ruled by a corporate oligarchy that masqueraded as a free and fair republic. Nothing like true Tagmatine democracy and proud martial tradition at all. “And what of our own expansion?” asked Goulielmos. That, of course, wasn't how the Tagmatine government as trying to portray it but it was, ultimately, what was happening. The Megas Agios Basileia ton Arhomanion was trying to make sure that it was as secure as it possibly could be on the Occidental subcontinent of Europa. In response, Kontarian sighed again. “'Events are progressing according to timetable' is the official response, both from us and the Epistrategai,” the Megas Logothetes for War said. “And, in fairness, it is. It's just that we have had some... set backs. I won't say anything before old Kommodos is briefed, though. That would not do either of us any favours.” At that, he looked over at the door to the small room. Even if there were no bugs within the room itself, then it didn't necessarily mean that someone wasn't listening at the door itself. Although he did know that there were two soldiers from one of the Tagmata stationed outside. If it was someone who the Leader of the Free World didn't want listening in, then they would not be there.
  15. Tagmatium Rules

    A Change in the Wind

    To: Valron, representative of the Nation of Aluxia From: the Agios Basilikon Kounsistorion of the Megas Agios Basileia ton Arhomanion Honoured sir, Arhomaneia would be willing to offer humanitarian and economic aid if need be, but it appears that this attack has not done much damage to the functions of the port itself, otherwise your messages would be considerably more urgent than they are. That in itself must be due to the will of God – otherwise, a much more crippling blow may have been struck against your nation. However, Tagmatium is still willing to offer such aid and support, if his majesty, Davros XXII, so wishes it. What the Agios Basilikon Kounsistorion will suggest is the offer of sending investigators, from our police and, if necessary, from our intelligence services. They may be able to provide insight that reveals who the perpetrators of this heinous crime is, as they could see something that is not obvious to someone from within your nation. This is not meant as an insult to your nation's security services, of course. That is something that I would not dream of doing. Outside methods and view points may provide information that brings these criminals to justice. I see that you have determined that this attack has come from within your nation, rather than forces external to it. Although this may sound strange, I am glad of it. It would mean that the situation between your nation and the Naxian Republic has not got any worse since the offer of talks was put forward by Megas Agios Basileia ton Arhomanion. I do hope that this terrorist atrocity will not harm these talks in any way. On top of that, if these violent radicals are entirely internal, it will not stir up any trouble between Aluxia and any of your other neighbours. Hopefully, if your sovereign does take up this offer, Tagmatine help will be able to confirm this. May God guide your nation back to a path of peace, Eugenios Goulielmos, Megas Logothetes of the Logothesion of Foreign Affairs of the Megas Agios Basileia ton Arhomanion
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