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  1. One of the most recent articles from the @Orioni-based news group, Roiters, did not make for good morning reading for the Agios Basilikon Kounsistorion, and for a multitude of reasons. The paranoiac and militaristic regime that rules Prathen, that had always ruled Prathen, would likely take it as a sign that the Entente of Oriental States was looking to involve itself in what the Sovereign Imperium regarded as an internal matter. That Machina @Haruspex had allowed Arhomaniki observers in to make sure that no war crimes were carried out had been considered a huge victory by Tagmatika. Especially since it seemed that, internally, the Gharoi viewed it as a gross breach of their own sovereignty. That they had agreed to it at least meant that they recognised the controversy that the population movement would cause. Perhaps it was no surprise that the Beautiful Empire, or the EOS, had taken issue with the population transfers. The Orionioi had been amongst the first to condemn the slaver states when they had reared their heads again, and ethnic cleansing on this scale was always going to catch the attention of the rest of the wurld. At least Greater Serbia had had the sense to try to obscure it, even if it had been quite a flimsy disguise. The information about possible Entente involvement in the Gharoi invasion of the Glorious Dominate was enough to cause the Agios Basileos kai Autokrator to call an emergency meeting of the Agios Basilikon Vestiarion. The summons had arrived with each cabinet member early in the morning. In the case of Honorios Kontarian, he had taken a grip on the handle of his front door when a knock sounded against it. He was about to go to his ministry to start on the business of the day. When he opened it on the second knock, he saw one of the Maghlabitai, the imperial agents and bodyguards, stood dressed in golden armour, red robes and clutching a golden mace, and who almost seemed equally surprised. They stared at each other for a moment, before the guard directed the Megas Logothetes for War down to the car that was already waiting outside of his town house in one of the most affluent areas of the Tagmatine capital. Kontarian was ushered through the Imperial Palace Complex, although at more or less the usual pace. After all, protocol still needed to be observed. This was the heart of God's chosen nation on Eurth, and He must be given thanks. Prayers needed to be said, and incense wafted. Kontarian knew that he had become somewhat numb to it all over the years, and part of him knew he needed to shake that. He was, after all, exceedingly lucky to be one of the Imperial Cabinet. That was by God's will, and only God's will. Nonetheless, as he entered the room where the cabinet meeting was taking place, the Megas Logothetes ton Stratiotikou winced when he caught sight of the image projected onto the screen behind Kommodos. The monarch of Tagmatium sat as rigidly as ever, but the picture of a vast crowd of refugees moving through a shattered town made even the minister of war stop for a moment. He recognised the banner above the image, and knew it boded no good. Bows had to be made towards the Agios Basileos kai Autokrator and prayers still had to be said as Kontarian entered the presence of the Representative of God on Eurth, however, and he concentrated on those before he took his customary seat near the monarch, as befitting the head of the Ministry of War. Years of working closely with Kommodos meant that Honorios felt that he could read the typically composed expression of his sovereign, and he thought he could detect worry there. As usual, the cabinet had been summoned in order of seniority of their Logothesia, so Kontarian had arrived at almost the same time as the Logothetai for Foreign Affairs, Finance and Internal Affairs. The other three didn't pause as they saw the image, so presumably they'd not been looking at the polo league tables as Kontarian had over breakfast, but had been keeping on top of the events of the wurld. Kommodos led them in prayer before the meeting itself started. Despite the hurried nature of the cabinet meeting, the usual array of staff appeared and served the ministers teas and coffees, all made to the specific tastes of the recipients. It was originally a power play, to show that Kommodos knew them all as much as they knew themselves, but Honorios thought it quite convenient these days. It meant that he didn't have to ask for less milk and only a spoonful of sugar in his own tea. “At least Roiters seems to be taking a better view of our involvement than our own media,” said Arkhiepiskopos Kalothetos, the Megas Logothetes for Information, brightly. He seemed to be trying to reduce the gravitas of the situation. Honorios didn't know if the man just wasn't quite grasping what seemed to be being threatened by the Entente. He seemed to wither under the death glares from almost everyone else around the table. Only the Megas Logothetes for Power seemed to find the comment funny. His snicker was the only noise for a moment. The archbishop tried to rally. “We offered to take the refugees in, and some papers are implying that we support the Gharoi as they try to expunge the Gerenians from the Glorious Dominate. At least the barbaroi know that isn't the case.” 'Expunge'... That was an awfully blunt word to use, thought Kontarian. “Thank you, Arkhiepiskopos,” said Kommodos. He did not look very thankful for the comments made by the Megas Logothetes ton Deeson. He glared at the archbishop further and the man truly did seem to wilt in his seat. “I have called this meeting as the recent noises from the Entente of Oriental States seems to suggest that they could well involve themselves in Gharoi invasion of the Glorious Dominate. This would be justified under their charter through a clause added just over a year ago, in which they awarded themselves the right to intervene in another nation's affairs in the case of 'genocide, war crimes, ethnic cleansing and crimes against humanity.'” Oops... That was not good. The image on the screens set in front of the Logothetai changed to display the particular amendment to the Entente's charter. With a sinking feeling in his stomach, Honorios read over the lines again. His eyes flicked up and looked over at his friend Goulielmos, but the man was looking down at his own screen still. “Despite the fact that, since the ascension of Ji'Mar as monarch of the Gharoi, they have been happy to push the metaphorical and occasional literal boundaries between our nations, Arhomaneia and Gharon remain within a defensive alliance,” continued Kommodos. “If the Entente attempts to intervene in the invasion of the Glorious Dominate, precisely how the events play out may force our hand, one way or another.” Perhaps if it had been another Tagmatine monarch who had agreed to the alliance between Machina Haruspex and Tagmatium, Kommodos might have been willing to let it dissolve due to the burgeoning international situation. It had, however, been one of the more contentious, and then celebrated, moments of his monarchy – forging an alliance between two nations that had spent centuries either at war or glowering at each other across the border. Finally, the two Occidental empires had been free to try to create a future together, one without the hanging threat of war. The alliance had been tested, certainly, but never so close to home. Perhaps it wasn't worry that Kontarian had felt he saw, but sadness instead. The legacy of peace that Kommodos had hoped to see built was potentially slipping away. He was a harsh, unbending man who had likely ordered dozens, if not hundreds, of rebels shot without trial in the aftermath of the Civil War of 2005, but Honorios couldn't help but feel a flicker of pity for the Agios Basileos at that moment. Especially since Honorios knew that he had to put the boot in and bring things back to reality. “We are faced with a choice, your majesty,” he said. “If, and it is a big 'if', the Entente attempt to stop the... 'population transfer' between us and the Gharoi, then the terms of the defensive alliance may not be triggered. Strictly speaking. After all, the Sovereign Imperium itself is not being invaded. We could sit out any conflict that then takes place, without having broken the treaty that was signed by Sa'Karn and yourself. If not, we do risk war with the Entente.” Alliances are nothing more than ink on paper, after all. Or so it is said. But if it is your signature on that paper... It was the Minister for the Environment that broke the silence after Honorios had finished speaking. The big, bearded man wore the simple robes of a country priest sat back in his chair and pulled out a pipe. Smoking had long been banned within the Imperial Palace Complex, so Paulos Narses merely stuck the empty pipe into his mouth and sucked on it for a moment before speaking. Everyone else was watching him and the whistling of the air through the pipe was the only noise that broke the silence. The smell of old pipe tobacco still seemed to flood into the room. The pantomime gesture was enough to get all the other men and women in the room to look at him and sit in silence before he spoke. Someone coughed at the smell but Honorios didn't see who. “Your majesty,” the Megas Logothetes ton Agelon began after a long pause. “We can emphasise to the Entente that there are Arhomaniki peacekeepers – and this is a term used by the Gharoi themselves, we did only suggest observers after all – in the Glorious Dominate are there to try to help a peaceful handover of power to the Gharoi. As distasteful as that might be, considering we have worked with the Koussoeioi many, many times before now against the Sovereign Imperium. The Gharoi will hate it, but it is the best that might happen at the moment. We must stress to them that they need to approach this matter through political means, more than just shelling anything not moving and expelling everything that does. Hopefully, then, that will avert anything untoward happening.” When the Presbyteros Narses finished, silence reigned again. Everyone else was quiet. They were all likely thinking about the points that the priest had brought up. Honorios allowed himself a sideways glance along the table towards where Kommodos was sitting. The Tagmatine monarch had taken up his usual pose of elbows on the table, with fingers steepled and face entirely impassive. Perhaps Honorios had been too imaginative in attributing feelings to him. It was Eugenios Goulielmos who broke the latest silence. “The problem is, of course, is that the Entente has effectively appointed itself hegemon of Europa. This is a monstrous development and it cannot be allowed to stand. Especially since its tentacles have reached as far as Ide Jima now, sadly. But giving the Entente reason to meddle beyond where it belongs just strengthens this. Battling pirates in the south is where they belong. If we and the Gharoi are working at loggerheads like this, if the Gharoi are waging war in such a manner as to allow this extra-national organisation an excuse to meddle, then it weakens every other nation in Europa.” If the Megas Agios Basileia's other traditional allies were as active, the Grand Federal Imperium of @Adaptus and the Sublime Principate of @Akiiryu, then this would not be as much of a problem. “Effectively, I must ask Ji'Mar to entirely reverse what he has been doing, and to attempt something approaching a political union with the Koussoeioi, rather than a military conquest?” asked Kommodos. Goulielmos shrugged, which did not entirely lend his opinion that much credit. “Yes, your majesty.” The Megas Logothetes ton Barbaron seemed to realise this, however. “If they have the money and the will to spend on a military invasion, then they certainly have the money spare to try to bribe the remaining elite of Koussoeia to come over to their side. It would be significantly cheaper than the war they might well end up fighting.” “If the Entente do attempt an intervention, then we do have several choices,” said Kontarian, although he sighed loudly. “If it's merely an embargo, we can keep trading, although we will likely suffer economically. If we try to remain neutral, then both sides would try to drag us into a war on their side. As a wurld power, we cannot be ignored. The Epistrategaion has numerous projections, but none of them are great. We are likely to win any defensive war, so long as it remains conventional. If not, then we have the time and money to try something... else.” Kontarian allowed a pregnant pause to develop. Everyone knew what the Minister for War meant. The Agios Basileos kai Autokrator looked straight into Kontarian's eyes for an uncomfortably long time. “I know what you mean, and no. That was a policy of the Navarkhokratia, and it will remain as such. It will not start again as long as I rule Arhomaneia.” Honorios nodded. A line had been crossed. “Please forgive me, your majesty.” “It is most certainly not me that you need to ask forgiveness of, Endoxotatos,” replied Kommodos. “You will have to perform a penance for that. May God have mercy upon you.” “Nonetheless, imperial sovereign,” said the Megas Logothetes ton Barbaron, “We must make sure that the Entente is aware that they cannot meddle where they like. I do not wish to be the one that advertises the fact, and I would prefer that we remain as trading partners.” The monarch of Tagmatium nodded. “A further degradation does not serve the Arhomaioi.” With that, Kommodos stood, as did the rest of the room. “That will be all, Endoxotatoi.” All of the ministers bowed as the Leader of the Free Wurld left the room. To: His Imperial Majesty, Ji'Mar, Emperor of the Sovereign Imperium of Machina Haruspex From: Kommodos III, Agios Basileos kai Autokrator ton Arhomanion Your majesty, It has likely come to your notice that most of the policies that you and your nation have enacted during your takeover of the former Koussoeia have begun to meet with backlash. I will not distract you with the opinions that me and my country have of these – you undoubtedly already know of them. The main issues that are being faced – and sadly this is the both of us, not just yourself – is that your policy of population movement is being read as ethnic cleansing. And it is as such, let us not beat around the bush. It means that the Entente of Oriental States is beginning to feel that it has a reason to possibly meddle in your annexation of the Glorious Dominate. I will not bore you with Arhomaneia's issues with events as they are, but I believe that we do need to face events as they might be. It appears that the Entente may attempt an intervention, but this can readily be stalled at this early phase. What next needs to happen is that your government needs to try to strike more of a political and personal deal with the remains of the government of the Glorious Dominate, rather than military conquest. This will likely be less expensive, although I am of course aware of your nations' history. Similarly, the ethnic cleansing which is taking place needs to be halted, and the presence of Arhomaniki observers needs to emphasised. I believe we may need to discuss this further. May God grant you the will to carry on, Kommodos, By the Grace of Christ the God, Agios Basileos kai Autokrator
  2. 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, I thank you for your reply to my message. It was with great delight that I was able to pass on your reply to his Imperial Majesty, Kommodos III, by Grace of Christ the God, the Agios Basileos kai Autokrator. This will undoubtedly be the start of a great future for our two nations, one which strengthens the power of the Faithful across the entirety of Eurth. Perhaps the other nations that share our love for Christ can take heart from the fact that, as you rightly say, despite our differences, our two great nations can work together for a brighter wurld for everyone. We will, of course, be able to iron out any disparities between our nations' trading practices once we begin to discuss this treaty. As you may well be aware, Arhomaneia holds that environmental protections are a key policy, as a tenet of the Agios Basilikon Kounsistorion is that Man was appointed by God to look after His creation. Whilst it cannot be denied that this is not something that is supported by all followers of Christ, it is something that might be considered by his Eminence. However, the Laren Treaty, of which the Megas Agios Basileia was amongst the first signatories of, has been controversial with some governments. Again, I emphasise that this is something to be discussed at a later date. Our nations have much in common, though there also much in the way of cultural differences between our noble people, which will have to be navigated in order to get an agreement that is a fair and equitable starting point for a brighter tomorrow. May God continue to guide His Eminence and the Salvian people, Takitos Khalkeos, Megas Logothetes of the Logothesion ton Kommerkiarionikou of the Megas Agios Basileia ton Arhomanion
  3. Megas Agios Basileia to take in Refugees from Koussoeia As the Gharoi invasion of the territories of Koussoeia has gathered pace, the drastic anti-Christian practices and policies that the Sovereign Imperium of Machina @Haruspex pursues have come into full swing. Recently, it was announced on the Gharoi news service that the Christian minority in the Glorious Dominate would be shipped out to Arhomaneia, whilst putting onerous and punitive laws against them. Of course, it cannot be doubted that the Arhomaioi will welcome these new arrivals with open arms, as can be expected of a nation that holds Christ dear to their hearts. However, questions must be asked about the circumstances of these transportations. As the Agios Basilikon Kounsistorion has not protested or even questioned the transportations, or even the reason behind them, it can perhaps be assumed that the government supports them, at least tacitly. This is deeply worrying due to the fact that Arhomaneia is effectively party to the ethnic cleansing of a country. If the Gharoi had been willing to just send those who did not wish to live under their oppressive regime to Arhomaneia, then the actions of the Arhomaniki government could be overlooked, or at least understood. However, that does not seem to be the case. The Sovereign Imperium is determined to smash a religious group that has lived within the Glorious Dominate for over one and a half thousand years, after fleeing persecution within the Megas Agios Basileia. And the Agios Basilikon Kounsistorion has provided them the means to do so. If the Agios Basilikon Kounsistorion had refused to take the refugees in in an organised and orderly manner, then we may well have witnessed even worse scenes than trains and transit camps. The Gharoi are not known for their mercy or pity – the Sovereign Imperium may well have taken a leaf out of @Greater Serbia's book and attempted mass murder rather than transportation. But the removal of an ethnic or religious minority, even if they are not killed intentionally during the process, is still ethnic cleansing, which Arhomaneia has vociferously opposed in the past. If they do so again, then it will look like nothing more than rank hypocrisy. On top of that, the refugees will be arriving in a country that has been, historically, hostile to them. Their denomination, Gerenianism, has long been considered heterodox by the Church in Arhomaneia. This will undoubtedly cause friction for the refugees wherever they might be settled within the nation. There are small communities of Gerenians living in Arhomaneia, mostly in the major cities of the east, and they are mainly merchants who have interests in trade between the Glorious Dominate and the Megas Agios Basileia. It is unlikely that there will be attempts made to find and secure housing within these cities for the refugees, as there will likely be considerable push back against such actions. Similarly, the refugees themselves will likely not view the Agios Basilikon Kounsistorion in a positive light – many will have preferred to resist the Sovereign Imperium's invasion. That may well have been the best course of action for Arhomaneia, too; although the alliance between the two nations is a decade old, it does appear to be fraying in some regards. Without the alliance being in place, the government may have been tempted to come to the aid of Koussoeia, which would have had grave consequences for peace in northern Europa. As it is, how events will play out is unknown. A cross-ministerial committee has been working on plans since the beginning of last month in order to facilitate the movement of the refugees through Arhomaneia and it does seem that the Gharoi are determined to pass the responsibility of them over to their neighbour as soon as possible, even without anything being made ready for them. Whilst the Agios Basilikon Kounsistorion is certainly not showing itself in a good light with the Koussoeioi refugee crisis, it is without a doubt that the blame lies squarely on the shoulders of the Sovereign Imperium. Environmental Policy Comes Under Fire Since the acclamation of Kommodos III as Agios Basileos kai Autokrator, safeguarding the environment and instituting laws and regulations to that end have been a key policy. It is part of the overarching policy referred to as “Strong State, Strong Church”, as well as reflecting the theological idea that God has placed the stewardship of His creation into the hands of Man. It follows, therefore, that ruining it, whether through ignorance, indifference or malice, will displease Him. Such displeasure could then be shown through various trials and tests. A strong state would then be able to protect both the environment and the Church, which would lead to a stronger state, as the Agios Basilikon Kounsistorion could count on God's blessing. Arhomaneia has been one of the leading nations on Eurth in attempting to reduce climate change. It was one of the key members of the groundbreaking Laren Conference in @Morheim, and rapidly enacted the treaty once it had been signed. Indeed, several other nations that were not present at the conference have since signed it, including the @Sunset Sea Islands and @Soreana. Being in the vanguard of this wave of environmentalism will have helped the standing of the Megas Agios Basileia in the world, especially amongst those who hold the future of the wurld dear. There have been suggestions that the potential trade talks with Salvia (@Sancti Imperii Catholico) may be used to try to influence the southern nation to become a signatory as well. The environmental policies have not been without their critics, however. Quotas enforced on those fishing within Arhomaniki waters have been hitting the fishing industry relatively hard, causing an upturn in unemployment in towns reliant upon it. The government has pointed out that it is increasing investment in those areas to try to counteract the impact on the industry and the rising unemployment, although it seems to have been making little headway so far. Officials from the Logothesion ton Agelon, the Ministry of the Environment, have been meeting with fishing industry representatives to set out plans for sustainable fishing, of which the quotas are part. Plans for offshore wind farms as a way to increase investment have been partially shelved for the moment, as there were concerns about how they might effect the current fish stocks. Linked into this is the fate of Arhomaneia's nuclear power plants. They have always been controversial, although there has never been a major incident at any of the plants since the start of the civil nuclear programme in the EK7480s (AD1970s). It was rumoured to have been a offshoot of a supposed nuclear weapons programme initiated by the Navarkhokratia, although this has never been confirmed. Despite generating roughly a quarter of the electricity of the Megas Agios Basileia and this proportion set to increase in the coming decade, the public perception of nuclear power has always been on the negative side. If there is a large-scale incident, even if it was abroad, it may turn public opinion against it further. Similarly, the re-introduction of large land animals, including predators, has been said to have had a detrimental effect on farming in some of the upland areas. Wolves and leopards have been released in carefully controlled and monitored parts of Arhomaneia, after almost having been wiped out in the wild, as part of attempts to improve farming during the Long War. They are ever-popular with tourists, both from home and abroad, but as their numbers have increased, so have reports of attacks on livestock. The Logothesion ton Agelon has been assuring farmers that such attacks are rare, although documents seen by this paper through Freedom of Information requests has shown that the amount of money paid out by the Logothesion ton Paroikonikou, the Ministry for Agriculture, has increased over the years.
  4. The three words that Tagmatine bureaucracy hated and feared the most were “inter-ministerial working group”. Budget cuts – they could be weathered, even if it meant going without the Mauridivian coffee or other luxuries for a while. Departmental mergers or splits – well, they could be painful, certainly, but they were rare and could be worked so that rivals were left out in the cold. Even the horror of horrors of secondment might end up displaying the bureaucrat's talents of rising above the ignorant and the lazy – after all, one of the other Logothesia had requested help and therefore was demonstrating its weakness for all to see. Any of these gross infringements on the ancient dignities of the Megas Agios Basileia's civil service were nothing like having to cooperate on an equal footing. Having to work together with other Logothesia was anathema to the average Arhomaniki bureaucrat. The other ministries tended to close ranks against the outsider and refuse to do anything simply or easily, and their own ministry began to regard the official more and more as a perfidious traitor the longer the supposed cooperation dragged on. This often meant that the working groups could take years longer than necessary to perform the task put before them. It was rumoured that some were still going on decades after they had been convened, with the representatives from each Logothesia locked in a struggle that had long ceased to mean anything to the rest of the government or nation. There were whispers that one such group, made up of members of the Ministries for Agriculture, the Environment and Trade were still investigating the impact of the importation of the potato might have on the native staple foods centuries after that tuber had become part of everyday cuisine. And, on top of that, the actual Megas Logothetes was likely to try to portray any genuinely productive ideas or outcomes as their own. After all, they were in charge. The work would then be paraded before the rest of the Agios Basilikon Kounsistorion as how their own personnel could work with others, despite the pitfalls, traps and misinformation placed in their way. Which, in turn, would rankle with the other Megas Logothetai and cause them to try to steer away from anything other than forced cooperation in the future. It was with good reason that the average Arhomaios loathed dealing with their own country's civil service. It had even become proverbial amongst the rest of Eurth for being convoluted, twisted and bickering to the point of self-sabotage. This inter-ministerial working group was different. The Inter-Ministerial Working Group for the Relocation of the Koussoeioi – consciously not using the term for the Christian denomination that was being sent to Arhomaneia by Machina @Haruspex - had been put into place very quickly and had a very sharp idea of the task put before it. It had been made clear from the start by the Agios Basileos kai Autokrator that he would brook no delay. The task set before it had to be completed efficiently and quickly, as time was of the essence. The Logothesion ton Genikou, the Ministry for Finance, had presented almost a blank cheque for putting whatever plan that resulted into practice, amid much grumbling. It was emphasised by His Imperial Majesty that the prestige of Arhomaneia was at stake. After all, the job of finding somewhere for millions of refugees to go would be no easy task. Or, in all honesty, a pleasant one. Especially since the Gharoi news service had shown all the rights that would be taken away from those who stayed and how ill-treated they would be. Rumour had it that the Megas Logothetai of the Ministries of Internal Affairs, War and Foreign Affairs played the ancient game of mikatio to try to work out whose Logothesion would take charge of the working group. The loser had been the Megas Logothetes ton Dromou, the Minister of Internal Affairs. It was then that Hyperlogothes Evangelia Herikleta of that Logothesion had found herself sat the head of a table, surrounded by faces that had become all too well known to her since the start of the working group. Besides a smattering of people from her own ministry, there were representatives from the Ministries of Foreign Affairs, War and Transport, as well as several military officers, both from the Noumeroi, the regular army. It spoke volumes about the difficulty of the task that no soldiers from the much more glamorous Basilikostrates, the Imperial Army, were present. They didn't want anything to reflect poorly on them, after all. The civilians were dressed in the de facto uniform of the Agios Basilikon Kounsistorion, the sober business suit. One, however, wore a purple tie. That was the signifier of being a member of the Mystikon, the personal staff of the Tagmatine monarch. A living reminder that Kommodos himself was taking a very keen interest in the progress of this group. Behind Heraklita, a screen showed the expected movements of the refugee trains from Machina Haruspex, whilst other symbols denoted the camps that had already been set up, whilst the table, and the room beyond, was spread with stacks of files and paper work that seemed to not be in any particular order, although that was deceptive. That so much had been achieved was a testament to what Tagmatine bureaucracy could actually do when suitably appraised of the necessity of speed. It was the height of summer in central Europa and the room felt intolerably hot, despite the stone walls and floor and being buried deep in the otherwise closed Imperial Palace Complex. The only people who seemed to be unfazed by the heat were the representative of the Logothesion for War and the agent from the Mystikon. “As you can see from the map, we have been able to set up the transit camps significantly ahead of the movement of refugees,” said the Logothetes for War, Staurakios Zoilos. He seemed to be blithely proof to the pressures that the group was under. Heraklita didn't know whether he was demonstrating a cool head or a thick skull. “So far, the pioneers under Taxiarkhes Khilboudia have been successful in scaling up the design and building of military camps in order to cope with the influx of refugees in the west.” The pioneer general nodded her head at this mention. The expression on her faced seemed to be one of resignation – Heraklita imagined that the soldier must think it an impossible task, like she did. She kept that to herself, however. The Mystikon representative was taking notes on a tablet whilst the rest of them were speaking and that sent a shudder down the Hyperlogothes' spine. Whilst she did want a productive career in her ministry, she did not necessarily want to come to the attention of the Agios Basileos kai Autokrator. “It, of course, speaks highly of our armed forces that they have been able to do so at such short notice,” Logothetes Zoilos continued. “I know that, as Arhomaniki, they have millennia of experience of making camps at such short notice, but the discipline demonstrated is a credit to them.” Heraklita tried to stop an exasperated expression from crossing her face and Khilboudia caught it and smiled to herself. The pioneer general shuffled the papers in front of her in order to cover her reaction. “The Epistrategaion is not all that happy with having to give up land under its control,” pointed out the second officer, who was from the navy. His trousers bore the purple stripes down the seams that denoted attachment to the Tagmatine high command. The choice of a Basilikoploimon officer, Heraklita suspected, was an oblique snub towards the goals of the working group. Or, alternatively, a sign that the high command would nod through anything that was asked of it. The 2005 Civil War had seen the majority of the navy turn on the Agios Basilikon Kounsistorion before being slaughtered by a coalition of friendly nations. They were now the most politically reliable of the armed forces, after the air force. The Epistrategaion can go f*ck themselves thought the Hyperlogothetes, the heat of the room and the stress of the task making her cool crack, at least internally. Instead of voicing that opinion, she ran a hand through her hair. That it was already looking messy was a sign that she'd done that numerous times already. “I assume that Logothetes Zoilos has relayed to the Epistrategaion via his Logothesion that this is purely of a temporary measure. It will last as until a more permanent place for the refugees is found, which will be very soon. And was, of course, agreed to by your esteemed superiors.” The naval officer grunted to himself and didn't offer a reply. The Mystikon agent looked long and hard at the officer, who either didn't notice or deigned to not notice. The agent's iron-grey hair was done up tightly in a bun and she reminded Heraklita of nothing other than a stern headmistress, albeit one who likely had the ear of the most powerful individual in the Megas Agios Basileia. “Continuing that, as the Gharoi are relying on the rail network to move the Gerenians through to us, my Logothesion is worried about the impact that that will have on the rail network. Both passenger and freight services will be at a loss if we aren't allowed to plan properly.” The member of the Logothesion ton Basternon, the Ministry for Transport, sounded overly pompous to Heraklita's ears, but he was entirely right. He didn't help his image of pomposity by stroking his beard as he talked. Gerenians... If there was one thing that the Hyperlogothetes could be thankful for, it was that her working group was not covering the actual resettlement of the Koussoeioi. They were, after all, heretics. Heretics that had fled Arhomaneia rather than acknowledge orthodoxy and had been... if not hostile, then certainly standoffish towards Tagmatium over the centuries, only forced into cooperation when the Gharoi threatened their home nation of Koussoeia. Heraklita thanked God nightly that she wasn't having to deal with the Church on this matter, although she also prayed to Him that the Gerenians would find true religion now that they were being forced to flee to God's chosen nation on Eurth. “Of course, Hypologothetes Gelestathos. Your ministry is there to make sure that there is no such impact on the ordinary Arhomaios. Or at least to minimise it for the duration of what needs to be done.” Why the shit was she having to explain this to him? He was literally here to do this. “The Agios Basilikon Kounsistorion will liaise with the Gharoi to make sure that trade does not suffer, nor our commuters or businesses. They are reasonable people, after all. They need the train lines and the waterways kept open, arguable more than we do.” Centuries of propaganda said that the Gharoi were not reasonable, but that wasn't something to be touched on right now. Not after the alliance between Gharoa and Arhomaneia almost a decade ago. It had been one of the biggest diplomatic coups in the history of the Megas Agios Basileia. But if the Gharoi were a reasonable people, then they would not be leaping quite so readily onto what amounted to ethnic cleansing of the territories they were conquering. It was why parts of the Logothesion ton Barbaron and the Arhomaniki Noimosyni Dykton, the intelligence service, were more keen on letting the Christian minority remain in Koussoeia and act as a thorn in the side of the Haru. That, however, as the Hyperlogothetes guessed, would likely end as a massacre. Or a repeated cycle of massacre and armed resistance. From a humanitarian standpoint, Heraklita knew that her government couldn't let that happen. With a sigh that made it beyond her internal censors, the Hyperlogothetes continued. “Now that we have we have started on the topic of the movement of the Koussoeioi, we must begin to consider who will be policing them whilst they are within the temporary camps.” Two of the members around the table sat up straight. One was from the Logothesion ton Praitoriou, the Ministry for Police and wore the pitch black uniform of the police, the the other from the Esoteriki Epitheorisi Pliroforion, the Secret Police, and was in light grey. Again, the Tagmatine world of internal politics dictated matters. The Secret Police was part of the the Logothesion ton Dromou, but the police had been made their own separate ministry several years ago, as a reform by Kommodos to reduce the power of the Ministry of Internal Affairs. “I fear that at this point, with the power invested within this working group, that this is not a decision that I can make on my own authority.”Dodging the bullet there.... “However, we will have to continue to investigate the matter of the Koussoeioi being moved to the Megas Agios Basileia. We will, however, continue to make recommendations.”
  5. I'm sorry about that. I think I'm to blame for it. Do you have any contact with @PyeMcGowan?
  6. As a follow on from my above post, I'm going to call the Eurth version of Nestorianism "Gerenianism". It's weak, but I kind of need it right now
  7. Oops. Double post... Sorry!
  8. I've no problems with it from an OOC perspective. I know it was brought up on Discord, but it will have been lost some time ago.
  9. Hello. I've moved this thread to our Map subforum, as it wasn't in the right place before. However, before we action it, you'll have to go through our Academy. Thanks!
  10. Happy birthday, @Iverica Happy birthday, @Dulveus, too!
  11. I wish I'd seen him when he was back briefly.
  12. Hello and welcome to the region! Can you tell us a bit about your nation? Naming it after an animal is interesting.
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