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  1. Tagmatium Rules

    Aluxian Civil War

    You could do it before they secure any port facilities and use it to infiltrate more agents. It's not like anyone is going to refuse a hospital ship entry to a port, especially if everyone's still trying to be nice to each other. Although that would be naughty.
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    Europa's Annual 2018: Return of the Poll

    1. [Pax Eurthica] There are a few of them but I think @Mauridiviah deserves this. Very few actions on Eurth don't earn a big Mads Frowny Face and I know Tagmatium has got more than a few. And I know we all await the next Mundus Liber survey with baited breath. 2. [Big Stick Dick] @Fulgistan. That may seem an odd one, since none of them have been declared wars, but there almost isn't a conflict they haven't got their perfidious, insidious tentacles into on a covert level. PryRus, North Dniester, Greater Serbia, Aluxia, themselves... Honestly, the Workers' Republic is probably one of the biggest threats to world peace right now but no one actually seems to realise it. 3. [The Pushitzer Prize] Whether or not realistic, it has certainly been @Girkmands one that I've enjoyed reading the most recently. There are a few others that are pretty much as good, so I'll give @Shffahkia at least an honourable mention. 4. [Bron Urgundy Award] I think everyone knows who the two main contenders for this prize are. I'm going to vote for @Orioni and his BS News Channel. Sorry, @Variota! 5. [Fully-Diplomatic] Oof. A lot of diplomacy seems to be going on between just two nations at any one time, so this is probably a difficult one to genuinely choose from. I think that both @Ahrana and @Rihan have been pursuing diplomatic solutions with many nations and it seems that Ahrana is the most prolific over it. So I'll vote for Ahrana and my apologies to Rihan. 6. [Business Cat] It isn't a category that I really follow, I'll admit, but it does seem that @Morheim's recent topic has got a lot of attention. Even I considered getting in on it! 7. [Moving the Goalpost] Again, not a category that I follow, but Rihan seems to be hitting this pretty hard, with football winding down and even pushing for an Olympic event. 8. [Leading the Green Scene] I'm not sure that there has been one. Certainly, a lot of government are pursuing environmental technology or polices – both @Gallambria and my own nation spring to mind on that front but a lot of it has been expressed through news posts and not an actual topic or meeting taking place on this. I'm going to leave this one blank and maybe it will be an initiative we can pursue next year. 9. [Ms/Mr Congeniality] Aidan, King of @Seylos. Unlike most monarchs or leaders in Europa, he doesn't seem to be an authoritarian dickhead but actually quite likeable on a personal level. 10. [Lex Loathor] Henry, formerly a prince of Seylos' royal house, is not only a hugely entitled shit but a murderous c*nt, too. And seemingly plans to make his own Bond Villain-esque evil organisation. 11. [Notable N00b] In all honesty, this is perhaps the most difficult one to choose a nominee for. There are a good few that are definitely worthy of it and it's almost unfair to try to select one person over any of the others. Some have certainly made bigger contributions than others but we've had a fair few stick about and make some damn fine contributions. I'm going to say @Sancti Imperii Catholico for this one. The Fight for the White Smoke is coming on really well and I can only see it improving. Again, I think that many others who warrant it as an award - Seylos, Rihan, @Sayf, @Llalta, @Faramount, @Limonaia... the list is a lot longer than just those.
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    Aluxian Civil War

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    Announcements from Arhomaneia

    The old adage “If you can't say something nice, don't say anything at all” has perhaps never been more true than in the case of the Prime Minister of @Bulgenstaz, Bavrov Krusken II, if what he said was reported accurately by the Bulgenstazi Liberation News Network. The Agios Basilikon Kounsistorion is not so thin-skinned as to draw offence from people disagreeing with its policies or actions, whether they are Arhomaioi or foreigners. The very nature of politics means that not everyone is satisfied with an outcome, as unfortunate as this is, even when this itself has what has been striven for. However, it seems that Mr Krusken is not just unsatisfied with the polices undertaken by Arhomaneia, he is also “ecstatic” about conflicts that are taking place in the wider world. Hopefully, this may just be an element of misreporting on the behalf of the media outlets that have quoted the Prime Minister, or a poor choice of words on his part, as to be truly ecstatic about blood being shed and lives being lost would be monstrous and celebrating these deaths an offence in the eyes of God. Especially since that not only is he “ecstatic” about the continuing crisis in the Empire of @Aluxia, but in the Federal Republic of @Girkmand as well. It may be that these comments are not meant to be taken as the official policy of the Bulgenstazi government and if that is the case, then the Agios Basilikon Kounsistorion feels that it must remind Mr Krusken that he is the head of his government and he very much needs to consider what he says before he says it. Mr Krusken went on to suggest that Arhomaneia is both childish and uninformed for its peacekeeping in Aluxia, which could not be further from the truth. The Megas Agios Basileia values peace, something that cannot be said of either Mr Krusken or, it seems, many of the parties in Bulgenstaz. If these parties valued peace as much as Arhomaneia does, then they would not be proposing to send armaments to an organisation that is actively carrying out terrorist attacks and attempting to destabilise another country's government. Whilst the Bulgenstazi parties may make the claim that this is because they view the events to be similar to their independence from their old colonial masters, this is just seeing patterns that are not there. Whilst Mr Krusken claims that the so-called “Free Aluxian Army” is a force fighting for freedom and democracy, facts do not bear this out. So far, these terrorists have merely murdered civilians and government officials in a bombing in Narlis and are subverting part of the Aluxian armed forces through bribery – money that may well be coming from sources outside of the nation, thus proving the idea that it is a spontaneous and home-grown outpouring of popular feeling to be nothing more than a lie. Both the Prime Minister and Bulgenstaz may need to step back and look at the situation from other angles. If Bulgenstaz sends arms to this terrorist organisation, then the Arhomaniki peacekeeping forces would be forced to intercept any and all such shipments. Especially if these weapons are then utilised against the peacekeeping forces in the conflict. Bulgenstaz risks a lot more than just the pursuit of freedom and democracy if it decides to continue down a course of action that puts at risk the lives of Arhomaniki citizens. The Agios Basilikon Kounsistorion prays that God will guide the undoubtedly peace-loving people of Bulgenstaz in the right direction and that they may apply pressure on their legislators to make them see the error of their ways. To this end, rather than nakedly inflame another nation's crisis, endangering not just Aluxian citizens, but those of Arhomaneia and the State of @Tikva as well, the Agios Basilikon Kounsistorion suggests that the government of Bulgenstaz put aside its warmongering ambitions and instead help Arhomaneia to find a peaceful solution to this crisis. It is short-sighted and naïve of Bulgenstaz to paint a peacekeeping operation a heavy-handed attempt to stamp out a pro-democracy uprising. One that may very well be nothing more than foreign meddling in the affairs of a sovereign nation.
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    A Change in the Wind

    To: Prime Minister Jakob Lasker and the Government of the State of @Tikva From: the Agios Basilikon Kounsistorion of the Megas Agios Basileia ton Arhomanion Prime Minister Lasker, The Agios Basilikon Kounsistorion recognises the fact that your government has been working hard to make sure that your people, and those that share the Juddish faith, do not fall afoul of the events that are taking place within the Empire of @Aluxia. It is a sorry state of affairs that a terroristic organisation is carving out such an area of control within that nation – one that threatens the lives of both Christian and Juddish people equally. Whilst there are questions as to why this group of bandits is gaining such traction with in the nation and its armed forces, Arhomaniki intelligence seems to suggest that it is a matter of bribery, rather than true allegiance to the ideas that the so-called “Free Aluxian Army” espouses. Precisely where this money is coming from is as yet unknown, but I can assure you that the Arhomaniki Noimosyni Dykton is working hard to ascertain where its source is, so that its flow can be halted and this threat to the stability of Aluxia and the nations surrounding it is nipped in the bud. That one of our newspapers characterised your government as sitting idly by does not mean that the Megas Agios Basileia does not recognise the hard work that your ambassador and mission in Aluxia is carrying out to protect your citizens and those that share your faith from harm. Far from it – it may be that the situation would be worse if your diplomats were not working as hard as they are. They are doing the work of God in their attempts to maintain at least some stability in the deteriorating circumstances that are facing Aluxia and us. Since your government is paying a lot of attention to events in southern central Argis, it cannot have escaped your notice that there has been a significant deployment of Arhomaniki forces to the Dolkon Thalassa (the Dolch Sea) and the Adapton naval base of Adrotiri, prior to moving to Aluxia itself and disembarking a contingent of ground troops. This is a peacekeeping force, to halt the spread of anarchy within Aluxia and to make sure that it does not spill over into the nations surrounding the Empire. Only Tikva is as invested in the continuing peace and prosperity of Aluxia as Arhomaneia is, although perhaps all nations should be. Because of this, I have been given permission by the Agios Basileos kai Autokrator, may God guide him, to invite the State of Tikva to take part in this peacekeeping undertaking, to safeguard not just those that follow our respective religions but all of the citizens of Aluxia and those of other nations that may be within its borders. After all, many nations working together will demonstrate our strength of will and the sincerity to find a peaceful solution to the situation in Aluxia, not just making sure that this band of terrorists and murderers are put in their place. It would undoubtedly show the strength of resolve of Tikva for your nation to take part in this peacekeeping operation, as well as showing that Christians and Juddish people can still work closely together, even in these times of adversity. After all, the way of God is the way of peace, and anything that fosters that is pleasing to Him. In any event, it will certainly be communicated to the commander of the Arhomaniki peacekeepers that every effort must be made to make sure that your diplomats and staff are to be aided in their attempts to remove your citizens from harm's way and any aid will be given to them whilst they do this. Our armed forces are there to make sure that everyone, both citizens of Aluxia and from other nations, are not put at risk by these traitors and criminals, who have so far only shown that they are capable of murderous acts, with no thought to the impact on civilians. I pray to God that you and the State of Tikva are willing to join the Megas Agios Basileia in this matter and that our nations will form the core of a coalition of the willing that will bring peace to the war-torn and unfortunate Aluxia. God will show us the true way to peace, Eugenios Goulielmos, Megas Logothetes of the Logothesion ton Barbaron of the Megas Agios Basileia ton Arhomanion
  6. Tagmatium Rules

    Aluxian Civil War

    My government will be adamant that they're peacekeepers within this conflict, fighting bandits. @Sancti Imperii Catholico - I'm not sure how well you could support my forces logistically, unless you wanted to take up some of the slack in the supply chain and run shipments between Tagmatium, Falkeia/Phalkia and Adrotiri.
  7. Tagmatium Rules

    Aluxian Civil War

    If you support the current government, you might get a friendly regime
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    Aluxian Civil War

    I'm taking the liberty of making an OOC topic for A Change in the Wind. @Aluxia, @Fulgistan, @Tikva, @Sayf Just to make things clear for all of us and to encourage us to talk to each other. Of course, I shouldn't have to say that people should not use OOC information to their IC advantage - obviously, if you read a cabinet-level discussion that hadn't been divulged to the public, you can't know that information or act on it. Now a bit about Tagmatium's motivation. Whilst they are supporting a despotic regime, it is one that appears to mistreat its citizens out of indifference, rather than malice, so a lot better than many other regimes on Eurth. On top of that, Tagmatium has had diplomatic contact with the Aluxian government prior to this, as they were attempting to diffuse and mediate a potential conflict between Aluxia and the Naxian Republic. And, of course, the shared religion. The terrorist attack by the Free Aluxian Army has hardened Tagmatium against them.
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    [OOC] Scramble for Antargis

    That doesn't sound like it'll do more than offer an unpaid position with long hours...
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    Announcements from Arhomaneia

    Fleet arrives in Adrotiri The force of peacekeepers dispatched by Arhomaneia to help with the worsening crisis in @Aluxia arrived at the Adapton naval base of Adrotiri in the early hours of this morning. Consisting of two Maximos super-carriers and two Basileos missile battleships, as well as their escort vessels, it is the largest deployment of Arhomaniki vessels since the AdSoc War. It is also one of the furthest afield that the Basilikoploimon has travelled since the Great Christian Fleet circumnavigated the world during the reign of Basil V between AM7420 and AM7422 (AD1907 and AD1909), in order to spread the Word of Christ and demonstrate that the country was still a power to be reckoned with. It perhaps should not be a surprise that the Agios Basilikon Kounsistorion has decided to intervene in the civil war in Aluxia – after all, the Megas Agios Basileia has had a history of interventionism under Kommodos III, may God bless him. And, on top of that, Aluxia shares Arhomaneia's state religion. Public pressure, especially from the more conservative elements, would likely have mounted if Kommodos had failed to act to support a fellow Orthodox monarch, even if the Agios Basileos kai Autokrator rarely acknowledges public opinion. Perhaps, although the Agios Basilikon Kounsistorion may loath to admit it, there are parallels between the Argic nation and the Europan one. Especially since Arhomaneia suffered a civil war 2005 and a coalition of foreign nations intervened to bring it to a close. However, there are some large differences. For example, Theodosios VI was considered a fair and progressive ruler, which was exactly why he was murdered on the orders of a cabal of right-wing military officers. Davros XXII, the current emperor of Aluxia, is thought of as a stifling despot, deaf to the wants of his citizens. Secondly, the civil war was entirely fostered within the Arhomaniki military, whilst the Aluxian one seems to be struggling to gain military strength in the face of those forces loyal to their government. Even though there are these differences, it cannot really be denied that the so-called “Free Aluxian Army”, which claims to be acting for the good of the people, is undertaking the actions of terrorists and murderers. So far, they have stooped to bombings and appear to be attempting to stir up anarchy and unrest in order to achieve these goals. So far, despite Aluxia being surrounded by some otherwise-sensible nations, such as @Morheim, @Sayf and @Seylos, none have come to the aid of the Aluxian government or attempted to stop the spread of lawlessness and disorder in one of their close neighbours. Similarly, the large Juddish minority within Aluxia's borders means that @Tikva ought to have taken some notice of the outbreak of armed conflict, but it appears that the Juddish state is turning a blind eye to the threat to those who share its religion. This is undoubtedly something of a shame on all of these nations – it is precisely now, whilst this civil war is still in its infancy that action needs to be taken, more so by these nations than by Arhomaneia. However, undoubtedly the Agios Basilikon Kounsistorion has the best interests of the ordinary Aluxian at heart and likely cannot agree with many of the policies of the Aluxian government itself. It can only be hoped that when this crisis comes to a conclusion that it is the citizens of Aluxia that have been able to gain from this ugly turn of events, rather than suffer from it. Agios Basilikon Kounsistorion announces Travel Warnings After weeks of ongoing protests and violence, described by some sources as akin to medieval siege fighting, the Agios Basilikon Kounsistorion has stepped up its warning over travel to the Federal Republic of @Girkmand. Political instability in and around the city of Viburk, seemingly over the state of Kerlia's right to secede from Girkmand, spilled over into open conflict last month due to the Federal Government's crackdown on the democratic right of the people of that state. As the unrest worsened, the Logothesion ton Barbaron recommended that any Arhomaioi in the area steer clear of the protests and only undergo business or travel to Viburk if essential. Today, this warning was heightened – the Logothesion stated that no citizens of Arhomaneia should travel to Viburk, that any business there ought to be delayed until the emergency had passed and that if caught up in the crackdown against protestors, the Agios Basilikon Kounsistorion may not be able to help. When asked for an official statement on the troubles in Kerlia, the Logothesion ton Barbaron stated that the Federal Republic seemed to have matters in hand. “This is an internal matter and it appears that the worst of it may have passed. Whilst the Agios Basilikon Kounsistorion deplores the use of armed forces against protestors, it seems that the violence was in the process of spiralling out of control. God willing, the worst of it may now be over and the Federal Republic will be able to draw this situation to a close without any further escalation.” Although Arhomaneia has had little to do with the Federal Republic in the past, there were fears that these protests might have become an outright secession attempt or the state of a civil war, perhaps even the descent of the otherwise-democratic Girkmand into some sort of dictatorship. Certainly, the pictures of armoured vehicles moving towards Viburk are not necessarily ones that would be expected of a country that has been held as one of the few bastions of democracy in a world that seems to be awash with oppressive autocracies. These fears are likely unfounded and possibly reflect a lack of understanding of the Argic country. However, the Megas Agios Basileia, as it considers itself to be the protector of True Religion on Eurth, maintains an interest in any events that might affect followers of Christ, even if they are on another continent. The government will likely keep an eye on how events will continue to unfold, in case the rights of Christians are negatively impacted by the actions of the Federal Government. Once the situation has entirely calmed down, the travel warnings are expected to be lifted, although it is perhaps wise to be cautious when travelling in Girkmand for the foreseeable future.
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    Olympic Games

    Are you considering just using IRL sports, or anything a bit more "out there" that Eurth may have.
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    OOC: Blood in the Snow

    I'm going to second @Prymont's reservations here. Whilst it certainly sounds very well plotted out and interesting, I kind of feel that it is very premature to be starting on plans for an expansion at this point in time. I'm not sure that you have been active in the region long enough to be doing more than eying up areas that you may wish to expand to right now. I know that there is always the temptation to expand, especially for fear of your nation getting boxed in, but it isn't always necessary. Your Aurelian League thread shows a good start, but I think that you need to consider a wider participation within the region, and perhaps in some more months' time, before you can genuinely entertain the idea of an expansion.
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    Gallambria's Expansion Plans Round 2

    That's a fair comment, @Bulgenstaz
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    Expansion "idea" by Shffahkia

    That's fair. As I said, it's just such a swathe of territory.
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    Gallambria's Expansion Plans Round 2

    What is the need for a foothold in Argis, other than getting into the political mix there?
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