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  1. Morror Kassus Honorable Noble of Rihan (Khlinæ'eri emotæ mnea Rihana) General of the 10th Legion (Dæus ih'Khellrea Nudhar) and Senator of the Republic (Deihu mnea Rheilhhu) does hereby announce: a week of feasting, arena games, and boundless entertainment lasting from Brax (March) 15-20 in the name of our brave men and women who won a glorious victory at Duronom Free and open to the public, all provided at the personal expense of Morror Kassus OOC: As you will see concerning the date, this will take place following events yet to be played out in the "In the Shadows" plot line but I wanted to set it up now for when the time comes. Also, if people have ideas or designs for a personal seal for Morror Kassus going forward that I can use, let me know.
  2. Rihan

    In the Shadows

    Rihannsu politics is a dangerous game. Formal coalitions existed in the chamber, but their membership was always in flux, a senator cooperating with Jaridan one day may be helping the far-right Jol Tan the next. Every move, every vote was carefully taken, not so much for the masses they represented, but for their own personal self-interest and desire for further influence and power amongst their colleagues. There were 300 of these individuals, of both genders, seated in the round Hall of State, at the very heart of the capital. Presiding the Senate was none other than the Praetor, the effective head of state of the Republic. They had near-dictatorial power, such authority was the dream of every senator. Most would never get it as many Praetors were highly popular both with the military and the lower classes and taking action upon them could potentially lead them to political suicide. Praetors, on the other hand, may have had considerable leverage over the senators, they were not sacrosanct. Two Praetors had been assassinated within a three-year period because of their intended policies had tilted more so in favor of the commoners than the aristocratic Senate was willing to accept. The recently appointed Terix knew his position was tenuous at best. He was secure in the knowledge that he had the support of the military and a slim majority of the chamber to get some of his policies adopted, but it would be folly of him to assume that he absolutely safe. Prior to his appointment, the now-Praetor, he was an Admiral in the Navy. He suspected his appointment to the highest position was merely one of keeping the factions in the Senate in a temporary truce while they evaluated their next moves following the dual assassinations of Praetors Vrax and Gaius. The Praetor's Palace complex was across the Forum of Caliax from the Hall of State. One of his servants had put on his formal toga of state. He looked out the window and saw that it was another sunny day over the capital, Dartha. Two Praetorian Guards entered the chamber he was dressed in and escorted him to several others waiting for him for the walk across to the Senate meeting. As he descended one of the marble staircases, his advisor and confidant Miral Avelik, stood ready to meet him. "Daise (foremost), I have been informed that a small majority of senators exists to pass the law on implementing the establishment of a food program for low-income citizens in the capital," he reported as the two exited into the central courtyard of the complex, Praetorians surrounding them. "Avelik, which senators were the holdouts who finally joined?" he asked while they approached the gates. "Senators Hexce Amarok, Vaebn Lareth, and Gathan Darok." The group had now emerged from the Palace and into the buzz of activity that was the forum. It was another day of normalcy in the capital. The walk between the two buildings would take no more than four minutes. "Darok you say?" he questioned, "he's certainly been very generous lately," he mentioned to his aide. "Do you want me to get someone to keep an eye on him?" "Not yet." He said quietly as they approached the steps of the Senate. "Inform the senators that they have my gratitude that they would support this common-sense proposal." "Yes Daise," he acknowledged and allowed the Praetor and his guards to ascend the steps and through the main door into the round building. Miral would proceed to complete the task given to him. He would enter the building from a side entrance and try and look for them. A bell rang, signaling the start of the Senate session, keeping the aide from doing his job until the conclusion of the session. Senators began streaming into the chamber, taking their seats. The Praetor took his seat upon the Eagle Chair, eyeing the room. On the right-hand side, he could see Senator Gathan Darok, the second-richest man in all of Rihan taking his place. Darok's family was not initially aristocratic. Rather, they bought their way to influence. The family possessed many thousands of melakols (acres) of farmland on the Aihai outside Dartha, growing vitally important wheat. His grandfather had invested the wealth generated from it to purchase two profitable iron mines in the D'Kalla Mountains. Between the farms and the mines, he possessed tens of hundreds of slaves. Garthan's father, Kaol, had converted their wealth into power. When Aerv Nanclus passed away, his seat opened up. Kaol would spend hundreds of thousands of Chaks in bribes to several senators with clout over the Continuing Committee to get himself appointed. Just after he was formally confirmed by the committee, he passed away. In recognition for his dedication to the state, the seat was allowed to pass onto his son, Gathan. He was not content with his family's holdings when he became the head of the family and immediately went about gaining another hundred thousand melakols of farmland and more slaves to cultivate the fields. Using the new land, he would curry favor with the military to make him a preferred provider of foodstuffs to the army, giving him a tidy profit. As his fortunes grew, he decided to exchange it for influence. He alongside two others close to him would pool their money into bankrolling much of the Festival of the Republic, including a 15,000-person banquet and five days of entertainment in the Orventis Arena. His decision to back the Praetor's plan to provide food for free to many low-income people in the capital was just another step. The latter ran up against the more 'free' market elements of the Senate, abet 'caring' for the people, the Nej'ahar. Terix then turned his gaze to the upper left benches where he could make out the beautiful Liviana Charvanek. She was gorgeous, attracting the attention of many male senators and nobles outside the chamber, attempting to get her attention. The Charvaneks were a noble family, tracing their lineage all the way back to the Arrival. They were the rulers of the city-state of Calanista, the heart of Rihan's wine country. At the conclusion of the Clan Wars, they decided to accept the dissolution of their 'absolute' power over Calanista, and submitted to unification into the rapidly forming Republic in exchange for being given a Senate seat, a seat they've had within the family since their signing of the D'Vatta. Although not as wealthy as Darok, her family did retain control of a substantial vineyard and attached villa on the outskirts of Calanista, as well as a smaller urban villa in Dartha. Over the generations, the Charvaneks would be patrons of the arts and education, sponsoring the construction and eternal endowment of the Beryk Institute, the greatest school in the Republic. Other members of the family over time had been dedicated officers in the military, and every second son in the family had maintained a full career in the service. Liviana did her required duty but serving long was not in her interest. Liviana had lived a pampered life, and due to her family's fortune, she never needed to work. She was given the family Senate seat when her mother Isha decided to step down to enjoy the final years of her life in the countryside and her father decided to not take it as he had just completed his fourth tour in the military, wishing to join her in retirement. Since joining the Senate, she would use her beauty and charisma to get what she wanted. In regards to the proposal on the docket at the day's session, she was fully onboard with it. The Charvaneks had been firm members of the militant Jaridan, the largest coalition, urging for greater expansion of the military for defense and always seeking opportunities to grow the territory of the Republic further. Liviana would bolster her feminine advantages by invoking her family's respected military history when needed. The Praetor once again turned his attention to the middle of the chamber. Sensing that most of the members were in the room, he motioned his Praetorian to bang the bottom of his Litesh polearm against the floor several times, calling for order. "This session will now come to order," Terix said. He readjusted himself in his seat before continuing. "The matter before the Senate today is for the allocation of monies sufficient for the implementation of a free food program for low-income citizens here in our glorious capital.." For over an hour, senators would generally speak in favor of the motion, including Darok and Charvanek. The Praetor listened to every word they had uttered. The speeches would eventually cease and a division would be called for. It would pass 154-146. Upon hearing the result, Darok was the first to stand and clap, not to be outdone, Charvanek, joined in as did the rest of the individuals supporting the motion. Both gave glances at each other and then at the Praetor as they clapped. They both wanted the Praetorship, by whatever means. A lunch recess had been called, lasting an hour, before they would return for an afternoon session on matters related to foreign affairs. The Praetor prepared to leave the chamber with his Praetorians, both senators would approach him just as he had reached the door and commended him. He thanked them and continued on his way. Gathan and Liviana looked at each other once more, coldly, before leaving the Senate chamber. Rihannsu politics is a dangerous game.
  3. The Republican Information Service (Tlaru Aihrifv Rheilhhu) is the sole news outlet within the Rihan Republic per order of the Senate. This channel will serve as a means in which to connect the world better to the activities occurring within the Republic. Please standby for incoming transmission...
  4. Nelvanna Air Force Base Two men were in the control tower of a Ralaarihsein base, one standing with binoculars, the other seated in front of a radar screen. Both had earpieces. The weather outside was warm and wet. Most of the traffic that was picked up by the pair were commercial aircraft flying south from Alharu to Dartha's main international airport which would use it as a refueling point before continuing their flights into the vastness of Thalassa. However, something else came up. Thake spoke up, "Mojer," he said, "can you take a look at this for a moment?" His colleague walked over to his console. He stared at it for a few seconds. "I do not recognize that identifier one bit," replied Thake. The other picked up his binoculars and looked out into the distance and could see the faint lights of the aircraft in the distance. "You should radio them." He nodded and turned to the unidentified aircraft's radio channel. "Unidentified aircraft, you are approaching restricted airspace. You will identify yourself immediately. Failure to comply will result in military intervention. You have ten seconds." Seven silent seconds pass. And then there is a voice on the other end that comes through on the radio. "This is Leopard 5, we have the Tagmatine Foreign Minister onboard. Requesting permission to land at Nelvanna Runway 22." Both looked at each other, stunned. The Rihannsu had barely communicated with the Tagmatines in hundreds of years, stemmed from their former client relationship many a generation in the past. "Please standby. Maintain current elevation and speed." Thake picked up a phone line that led straight to the base's operation center. "Tagmatine aircraft entering protected space. What do you want us to do?" On the other end of the phone was Nelvanna's commanding officer, Colonel Tovan Khev. "Scramble the fighters to intercept..." but before he could complete his sentence, he was interrupted by Jaridan Senator Tevus Pranana, the Republic's de facto Foreign Minister, who had just arrived to meet the mysterious aircraft, unknown to everyone at the facility. "That order is void. There will be no fighter scramble. Request the aircraft to confirm the following code." He took the phone out of the colonel's hands and into his own. "Tagmatine aircraft, confirm the following code sequence." The pilots on the plane flying above them relayed their response back to the ground. "It checks out," said Thake, Mojer nodded. "Leopard 5, permission to land is granted. Proceed to Runway 22." Back in Operations, Pranana gave the colonel a grim stare, indicating he'd probably be given a yelling by the Senate at a later date for such poor restraint. Before he left the room, he handed him a signed paper by the Praetor himself. "You're fortunate that I got here when I did, you did receive this instruction earlier this morning..." The commanding officer looked both ways in the room, looking for a subordinate to take the fall. Seeing none, he only remarked, "just don't make it happen again" and left the building. Outside, a Praetorian honor guard had lined up and the vehicles that would transport both him and their foreign guests were at the ready. The Senator was joined by General Korel Rendak, a veteran of the Enolian War. The general was perhaps one of only three people in the entire Republic to know that this fateful meeting was to occur and he wasn't too fond about it but kept his opinion to himself. In the distance, the Tagmatine aircraft had finally come in to land and taxied to the waiting crowd. As the plane came to a standstill, Senator Pranana remarked to General Rendak, "you are about to witness the first true interaction between us and them in nearly five hundred years." The aircraft's door opened after the airstairs had been put into position. The Leopard was now in the Realm of the Eagle.
  5. Hel na Talasagamdæsnen u'na Ekhiel ih'Sivas Dartha From the Office of the Transportation Minister and the City Council of Dartha This is an official notice that the Transportation Ministry of the Rihan Republic, in conjunction with the City Council of Dartha, hereby issues tender for interested parties to submit bids to construct the long-awaited Dartha Metropolitan Railway system (to be called the H'sarin). Both the Ministry and the City Council believe this project to be vital to the long-term development and growth of our glorious capital city and the surrounding region which is estimated to have a population of over 4 million within the next decade. Therefore, the Ministry is working as quickly as possible to design this project so that construction can begin as soon as possible. It is intended to have four lines to start, but designs will incorporate the possibility for additional expansion as needed. The budget allotted for the entirety of the project is 13.12 billion Chaks. The City Council has requested that the first line be ready for operation no later than Brax (March) 2021, which means the construction party (or consortium of companies) who is selected by this joint effort must have a record of maintaining firm construction project management and organization. The initial conditions set are the following: The project must be built using the newly-endorsed Republican Standard track gauge of 7 feet Cooperate with Amosarr, the Republic's established carriage works (who will also be responsible for manufacturing the high-speed trainsets for the Dartha-Peldred line amongst others to built in the future) to test the eventual trainsets in advance of revenue service in conjunction with the public transport operator, Yhfillain. All interested parties must submit their relevant documentation no later than the close of business 31 Khaidev (December) 2018.
  6. Transport Ministry, Dartha "...of course, we'll give regular updates to the Senate as requested...thank you Senator Charvanek...and a good day to you too," and he hung up the phone. Miro Tumel had just been promoted to Chief Engineer, the immediate subordinate to the Minister, two weeks earlier after his predecessor was removed from his position due to a major disagreement with a powerful Jaridan senator. The identity of this politician was never divulged but he suspected that it was his newfound senatorial backer, Livana Charvanek. Now wasn't the time to contemplate this and rather to put his skills to work on getting the high-speed railway project off the ground. Up until today, Yhfillain, the more notable face of the Ministry, had been charged almost exclusively on operating the public transport system - the commuter railways of the three major cities, the intercity bus network, and the various riverbus services along the major waterways and along the coast of the Apnex Sea. Now, this body had been ordered to be responsible for the planning and construction of a high-speed line between the capital, Dartha, and the second-largest (and second-most important) city, Peldred to the southeast in the Chetris Province. This was a completely foreign territory for the Ministry. He knew that the Senate wanted quick results to show the masses that they were addressing their concerns. He adjusted himself in his desk chair and pressed a buzzer on his intercom. "Elvia, can you come in here please?" he asked. She was his secretary, equally attractive and unemotional in her work. "Yes sir," she inquired, getting her pad at the ready to take down his instructions. "I want you to work with Jeran and Ulik in preparing a contract posting for an engineering and design consultant to help us with the high-speed project." She nodded in acknowledgment. "Both of them already have all the details from me as to what is required of our eventual contractor," he said pausing for a moment. "And one other thing," he began, Elvia was attentive, "Senator Chavarnek and I are supposed to meet every week, can you work with her aide and set it up." Elvia began skimming his calendar as he was saying this. "I'll get on it right away. Anything else sir?" she inquired. "Not now," he responded. "That will be all." She nodded once more and left the room. After she was out of the office, he picked up his phone and called Almor. "My friend, how are you...and the children...good, good. I am sure you heard the latest over Tlaru Aihrifv Rheilhhu...you have? Then I don't have to go over the entire story with you...is it possible for you to arrange a meeting between me, the Mayor (Maiori) of Peldred, Cildan; and Chetris Governor (Jahærenen) Lakol? Thank you. Call me on my cellphone the moment you have that three-way conversation confirmed...we'll talk again soon, have a good day..."
  7. The snow fell in thick and heavy sheets over Bilehora, blanketing the capital city in a cold white that offset its stone buildings with a simple and gentle sheen. Even under the weather, the great capital did not lay quiet, every street bustling with the activity of a country hard at work. For that day was not any ordinary day. The white cliffs did not lay quiet, they could not afford to lay quiet. One of the greatest meetings in Aurelian history had just drawn to a close in the jungles of the Rihannsu, and the treaties signed in pen were to be consummated by the dance and by the firelight of Bilehora’s greatest hall. There was something dark and calming about the empty streets, gently dusted with snow, prepared for the path of the foreign visitors. As they drove by, far from the sunny fields of their homelands, the terrible weather and resolution of the guards and citizens they encountered must have surprised them. Their exact thoughts are lost to the depths of time, but their path continued, bringing them up closer and closer towards the cliffs’ peaks, standing proudly some distance from the coast. The convoy of armored vehicles carried on, taking a sharp right turn to ascend, upwards- along the same paths centuries of horses, carriages, and couriers had once tread. The view became breathtaking, prompting thought on what it perhaps may have been like if the weather were not so terrible. It took several minutes before the cars came to a stop outside. The guests were escorted out in all their finery, and brought into the hall, where a sizeable component of the Kirvinska nobility became apparent, having arrived several hours previous so as to clear up extra space for their newfound companions. The Rihannsu were the first into the building, followed by the much leaner Shffahkian delegation- and at the tail end, three lonely visitors from a still obscure country, content to make themselves at home beside the lesser nobility and not yet worry themselves with the affairs of the Continent. It is of these Rihannsu, of these Shffahkians, of these foreigners that we will primarily concern ourselves, for the affairs of the Kirvinska are known to themselves, their court being as open as it is. With all the court gathered, the Grand Duke made himself apparent- dressed richly, with a buttoned waistcoat that spoke strongly of two centuries ago. The crowd turned to regard him, and he clapped his hands once, twice, making himself apparent. He regarded very slowly the throng of people present, his gaze travelling through them. Before he paused again, it seemed to meet every single one of them, a weighty silence falling over the gathering. It was then that he began to speak. “Friends and neighbors, I welcome you on this auspicious day to Bílehora, to the White Mountain, to enjoy the finest my nation has to offer in honor of the diplomatic efforts of your own.” He glanced around again, far quicker this time. “It is with much joy that I announce this meeting. For in this meeting, centuries of Aurelian heartache are finally being put aside. We are all working, together, for a better continent. More than anything else, that is what those who have come here today should take home with them. No matter the resolutions that are reached, by secret counsel of a dance partner, or by the fireside, remember at least that.” He gave a short smile. “Remember that we have come here, for the first time in hundreds of years, in brotherhood. The Aurelian nations, united for a day, if only in dance. With that in mind, I must move on to, of course, welcoming our guests. That is, those who have taken it upon themselves to arrive for this promising first day. You have my profound and sincere thanks.” He shifted, moving a page on the lectern. “I must welcome first the Rihannsu- our ancient allies on this continent. Surely these halls are no stranger to them, and surely neither is their longing for the richness of their home.” He smiled again, just a moment. Perhaps it was a little bit of a smirk. “However, what makes this day quite special is the fact that a new generation of Rihannsu are making their first trip to the Cape. Such ambitious men and women as their Praetor of recent years, the honorable Terix, and his administration- I can not resist naming a few notables. Allow me to extend an extra mention to the far-traveled Senator Charvanek, and her husband, Senator Darok, and his wife- and as well, the General Morror Kassus, and his adjutant, one Seranne Varak. General, I am afraid that you will find us a nation of seafarers- but I hope that whatever you came here to seek, you will find.” He shifted a little bit again, swapping pages. “With the Rihannsu welcome concluded, I may now greet the Shffahkians. There is no reconcilation more historic and profound than our own. No meeting of enemies, become friends, that has left such a mark on our continent. So I welcome you, too, under these lights, to the White Mountain. It is my hope that conversations here are made which further solidify and expand on our nascent friendship, and that the opportunity to prove our bond comes soon.” He switched pages again. “From Shffahkia I will extend a personal welcome solely to their President, Sera Adélaïde Larue, who has taken a great political risk by travelling here to greet us as a friend.” He looked around. “We could all learn a little bit from this willingness to take chances for the betterment of our nation, could we not? And, of course, I must also welcome our island friends, the Oyusards- there will be no lengthy mention of reconciliation for them, however, since we have enjoyed cordial relations for four hundred years now.” He now set aside the papers, done with the pre-planned opening. “Ladies and gentlemen, there are all forms of entertainment- there is drink, there is food, there is plenty of space to dance should you wish- and, of course, there will soon be fights for your entertainment. The finest brothers and sisters of the sword will duel for gold and for their honor on the hallowed sand, as my ancestors spoke many years ago when establishing this hall for the first time. It is on that note that I bid you all a good evening- and great joy during these festivities!” He backed off from the lectern, retreating into the shadows of the raised room set behind him. Each guest began to mill about, most with a pre-planned destination in mind, some without. It was the Praetor who found himself with the most prominent goal, making his way decidedly through the crowd and brushing aside requests for conversation. He arrived rather quickly at the foot of the hall’s grand stairwell, leading up. The two guards at the bottom wheeled, one to either side, to allow him passage, and he was able to travel to the second story with little difficulty. Once there, he found a curious sight- three long couches, arranged in Tagmatine fashion, so that the one who sat could recline. In the center of the three, there was a grand map of the Aurelian continent on a spinning table, as well as other important documents slated to be discussed. The room was remarkably empty of a guard or servant presence, simply one of the former and one of the latter. The Grand Duke, as expected, sat, reclining at the far side of the room. He acknowledged his important guest with a simply nod, and motioned to either one of the other two seats. “The Shffahkian is late! So you may have your pick, not that it especially matters which you prefer.” He demonstrated this by spinning the table gently. “I am sure there is much for us to speak of, but it would be best if we waited just a minute for her to come… I am sure it will not take too long, what with the layout of the hall. Perhaps she has made the mistake of being willing to answer to the press on the way up here.” He mused a moment. “No matter. She will be along, I assure you. Make yourself comfortable, food will be on the way shortly- and then we may begin to speak of the heart of the matters which assail us.” The Duke seemed oddly tired, considering the considerable expense and worry that had gone into the design of these festivities. Even moreso, considering he could not see them from his seat, and had to content himself with just the thought that they were proceeding properly. The Senator Charvanek smiled slightly, content with the fact that she had been introduced specially, though chafing under the idea that her name had come -after- Terix’s, as always. Her expression stiffened into a frown, and she decidedly wheeled about to find her way into an important crowd, her husband stumbling to keep up with her. She quickly stepped her way to what seemed like a group of middle-aged men of some wealth standing in a circle, chattering quite quickly in Kirvinska. Though she could not easily make out the words, her approach caused them to slow down in their discussion and part to make a space in the circle for her. Motioning her in, the most senior among them took it upon himself to greet her personally- “My most sincere greetings, Sera Charvanek. I hope your trip has been quite alright, hm?” The jovial-looking old man smiled a little bit. “I welcome you to the White Mountain! My friends and I are a lot of romantics, we are, we’re simply discussing the root and legend of our people, our nation. And our destiny, to take back the Batreasca and create once again a unified Kirvina. A country for all Kirvinska people. A beautiful legend, isn’t it? Come- come! Drink.” He filled a cup of wine, almost pressing it into the slightly stunned woman’s hand. “Your people are no stranger to expansion either, haha!” He belted a laugh, looking to one of his compatriots, who nodded in agreement. The same man cut in, bearing himself a much more subtle and quiet voice, which stung slightly of a soft distaste. “We would love to hear what you have to say, Sera Charvanek. Do make a little room for your husband … the night is long, and I am sure there is a lot to speak of.” He chuckled, quietly. “Forgive my friend. But we are all a little ambitious on this day, as I am sure you could understand, being as you are.” Darok, the other powerful Rihannsu senator present, had kept an eye out and stayed in place for around a minute. Spying the fate of his compatriot, to be consigned to a discussion on the destinies of nations with a gaggle of moderately alcoholic Counts, he determined to wheel out of the way of such an end to his evening and instead make his way to a more… sober crowd. After several minutes of strategic listening- strategic listening that made him seem quite the fool, head softly bowed by gatherings of other people without daring to join in- he found a group that he could stand to join, and roughly sidled his way into their circle without being called in. Here, too, there seemed a leader, and he cleared his throat. “Good evening, Serem Darok… I see that you have made yourself quite… amused, and that the festivities have had quite an… effect. On you… no matter.” This man was quite young, seeming twenty-something, with straight brown hair and sideburns. He seemed better suited to be an actor or a singer than- whatever he was, judging from appearance, but his deep and quietly tired voice did not suit such a role at all. “Janos H. Kalevaitis… I am the Duke of Ceara, and the man in charge of expansion of our government’s… naval and military industries, in preparation for… various actions, in light of our promising league and certain obligations that our dear Istvan bears… whatever you are here to discuss, I should hope that I prove, ah… helpful, yes.” He cleared his throat. “And no, I am not War Minister… but I am Minister for the Expansion of the War Ministry, and thus subordinate to him… I create new departments and… manufactories and such.” The man nodded. “You, Darok… I do not take you for a military man. You are a bureaucrat. That is fine, so am I… in a way. Make yourself known, I am sure we may speak of… matters in which our two nations may… aid each other, yes? I am listening…” The General Morror Kassus felt far more at home than either of the two scheming senators, the medals dangling off of his burly chest earning him many looks of admiration from the throng. It seemed almost to direct him, effortlessly and with many waves and raises of drinks, to the group of generals and admirals seated around a large table, drinking and speaking of their old tours of duty. Here there was no apparent leader, but several people spoke out to welcome him. “Come sit, fellow!” “There’s plenty’a space for ya’!” “Get this man a drink!” A similar hearty welcome was given to his second-in-command, who was sat quite comfortably right next to him. The two of them had full plates and drink slid in front of them, at which point a man bereft of his coat and vest but not his admiral’s cap raised his glass in toast. “To the Rihannsu!” The table raised their glasses in turn and belted out the same cheer. He turned to the pair with a smile. “Ah! So you’ve come to escape the papers and legalese of that crowd as well, I hope. Well, there are more military matters than we can count to speak of, so make yourself right at home. Including how our League is going to manage any shared military business.” He chuckled. “Word’s goin’ round that the Kirvinska navy’s boutta’ double, right boys?” The table gave another chuckle, though quite soft and reserved… but the man’s grin stayed. “Anything the Rihannsu are looking for, any aid you need, any advisors you need, allow me to proffer my services first by saying that we will almost certainly be ready to provide. A storm’s brewing on your eastern border, friend- who knows what lies In the Shadows?” The Shffahkian President had about as easy a time as Terix had, simply stalled for a few moments by the relentless barrage of the press, hungry for any information they could get about the gathering. They were only allowed in in limited numbers, but even this limited number congregated into a small blob, traveling around the dinner to interview those who signaled the okay. Even so, they were not especially welcome, gettng distasteful looks from all those who were not in the camera’s eye. Having escaped them, she found herself at the grand foot of the same marble stairwell, and a short number of steps later at its head. The other two leaders already reclining, she could scarcely mumble an apology before the Grand Duke waved his hand. “There is no need for that- I know how they are. Come, dear woman, and let us speak- there is much to be done tonight, and quickly, if we wish to catch even a hint of the festivities outside.” As she made her way to recline alongside the other two, the idea of what they were doing must have passed her mind- the three were reclined around a grand map of their continent, taking into purview all that lay before them the same way the Tagmatines had shown the first Kirvinska Duke more than a millennia and a half ago. The fate of the Aurelian continent was to hang in the balance, a continent that Adélaïde Larue loved dearly, and she would have to fight quite hard to pass any of her major (socialist) policies by the two reactionaries seated so closely across from her. She settled in, subtly, for a long knight of debate. The young Oyusard lady was not a major functionary, not a major diplomat, and not a military officer. Her name was Pania, and she was simply there to meet some people and enjoy the company of Aurelia’s most distinguished elite in the name of her nation. She padded softly towards the gathering of young fencers, their helmets in their laps, ready to spring into the fray. Their amicable chatting continued even as she came right in front of them, and they waved, collectively. They even made a spot for her, pulling her up further into the crowd, and putting her in between a dashing young soldier and another young, noble-seeming lady of similar age with her hair pulled up into an elaborate crown of braids. They both wore the dark armor of duelists, and seemed rather good-natured. The man on the left bowed, first, and then the lady to his right- they introduced themselves as “Palemon, Victor of Spars” (appended with ‘by that logic, you’re also Eater of Chickens, aren’t you, Pale’ by one of the other fencers) and “Anne vár Attre.” The man spoke up first. “We’re to be the first two to fight, you know? Annie here’s really got it out for me, I beat her a few w- “ He was interrupted by the blaring of the horn to announce the first fight, at which the two of them slided rapidly down through their companions, tugging on their helmets and buckling them. It took several moments for them to get down and clamber over to the right part of the hall, Anne running faster to reach the opposite side of the fighting area. They came onto the sand from opposing sides, bowing slowly to each others as their names were announced by the presiding referee. A small crowd had gathered to watch the battle, mostly Kirvinska, as it was their sport, and a soft wave of commentary began to wash through them. Certainly an interesting group of people to speak to, should any wish to join them. They paused for a few moments, facing each other, and their hands dropped to the hilts of their swords. When the order was given, they drew and approached each other, hands coming out so that their curved sabers crossed. On the count of ‘one-two-three’, they circled their wrists so that they crossed each others’ swords three times, and then began to back up, each one taking a moderate crouch. The man struck first, his elbow wheeling the weapon back in a curved and elaborate moulinet over his shoulder to barrel right for his opponent’s head. She shifted to one side, bringing her own weapon up to parry his away from her, and then rushed in for a slash across his chest. The two of them danced this way for upwards of a minute, prompting the crowd watching them to enlarge significantly now that the match was known to be even. The quiet violin music, the song of sword-fighting, and the soft chattering of a crowd with all to gain and all to lose. It would be a grand evening.
  8. As the Rihan Republic begins its rapid emergence onto the world stage, the various state entities have begun developing plans related to meeting projected economic growth margins and estimated overall rise in business opportunities. To this end, the national airline has determined that it is in a prime position to completely rehaul its fleet and to expand its route network as practical. Nevala Galathon, our President, foresees the need for three types of aircraft: a domestic airliner that can carry upwards of 150-160 passengers, a medium-range aircraft that convey upwards of 290, and a number of long-haul aircraft that can carry up to 375 people. The President and her senior staff hereby consider this announcement as a formal call for interested parties to present options. The airline would like to procure at least a percentage of the aircraft on lease and order the remainder to allow it the ability to revitalize service as quickly as possible. Currently, Havrær maintains an almost-domestic only operation connecting the capital, Dartha, and the Republic's second-most important economic center, Peldred, with various urban agglomerations and areas of connectivity as deemed vital by the Senate. Havrær's initial area of interest for new destinations include other parts of Aurelia, Thalassa, and select destinations in Alharu. Others will be considered if such options are deemed viable on a case-by-case basis. Until Cliperian International Airport officially opens, all flights to/from Dartha will operate out of the older Ludenian Airport. All fights from Peldred will operate out of Suretak International Airport.
  9. Hel na Fvillhaih From the Praetorate To: Grand Duke Istvan Aharion of @Kirvina & President Adélaïde Larue of @Shffahkia RE: Closer Continental Ties I have spoken with Senator Tevus Pranana, who is serving in the capacity of Foreign Minister, on behalf of myself and the Rihannsu Senate; along with a dozen other like-minded senators within the chamber and they all agree that it is imperative that the Republic seriously defines its long-term foreign policy in relation to the Aurelian continent. The status quo mentality of our people is that every nation is on its own and that thought process is no longer applicable in this day and age. We must build firm, long-lasting partnerships to accomplish the big tasks that will benefit all. During these conversations, mention of other blocs, alliances, organizations, and so forth, were brought up. None of which have any concern for our shared continent which I feel is a personal insult. I am sure you agree with me that the world's utter disrespect for the Aurelian landmass and for our nation is a travesty and its their ignorance that will their greatest weakness. But I am getting ahead of myself: I do not think we can operate as individual nations. We must coordinate, to consolidate - through a common agenda and a shared vision, we can begin the movement of shifting the balance of power on Eurth. To this end, I would like to invite both of you to meet with me in Dartha, at the heart of the Republic, to discuss this in greater depth. Today is a bright day for Aurelia. Let's take hold of the destiny before us, and reach for it. With all our strength. Mathon Terix Praetor
  10. Amosarr: Rihannsu Innovation on the Rails, for All the World Amosarr is Rihan's sole manufacturer of railway locomotives and rolling stock, established following the Senate's declaration of financing a substantive high-speed and conventional rail network throughout the Republic as a means to combat rising traffic congestion between the capital and the provinces. Although the Republic has only just begun to get serious about rail as a mode of travel, it recognizes that it is a space that is ripe for innovation in both fabrication and design. The areas the company has rapidly gotten involved in include electric locomotives, single and double-decker passenger cars (plus sleepers, baggage, and dining cars), subway cars, and assorted freight wagons. Amosarr's manufacturing facilities and offices are located in Vribera. Current Clients: Talasagam Rheilhhu Rihana: Up to 2,100 assorted passenger cars with an additional option for 3,450 more. 52 S-Class High-Speed Trainsets. Up to 15,210 freight wagons of assorted types. 384 electric locomotives running on AC power. Built for use on 7 ft. Broad gauge. H'sarin: 60 V-Class Metro Trainsets for Purple Line, expected to build an additional 210 trainsets for remaining lines and increased service through 2028. Built for use on 7 ft. Broad gauge.
  11. By Proclamation of the Rihan Senate The Senate, at the behest of the Rihannsu people, do hereby affirm their intentions of developing meaningful relations with nations of the wider world. With the Senate's declaration, the Praetor, Mathon Terix, will comply and immediately begin to make all preparations related to this. He has appointed Senator Tevus Pranara to be responsible for representing the Senate and the People, alongside his ongoing Senatorial duties. The Rihannsu, united as one, is ready to talk, to trade, and to learn. thei'mnei iemhiedh irrhmhiohs "May Our Discussion Succeed"
  12. Hall of State, Dartha It was a stormy day over the capital of the Republic, rain pouring over the Forum of Caliax. The merchants that had attempted to set up their stalls gave up or moved them to the covered marketplace across the public space, but an exorbitant rental fee. "What does the weather look like for the rest of the day Satrila?" inquired Senator Pranana. His female assistant quickly checked her phone. "Rain for the rest of the day, and all throughout tonight." Tevus turned to her, as he was looking out the window of his senatorial office, "that's a shame. The individual coming to speak with me endures considerable rain and I was hoping he'd at least get a shiny visit. I suppose he'll have a chance the next time he comes to Rihan, or even on a more regular basis if this conversation goes well." Just then his intercom buzzed. "Míhaly Ertövas is here to see you," said his other secretary. "Satrila, show him in," he instructed. The meeting was supposed to originally be held in his spartan office at the Foreign Ministry and decided that he wanted to impress his Kirvinska guest with the ornateness of his senatorial office. The door opened, "Mister Míhaly," he started, "it is a pleasure to meet you in person finally," he paused, "I am sorry you came in this awful weather but it appears as if you brought the rain with you," he joked. "Please, take a seat," and gestured Ertövas to sit in the open armchair across from him. "That will be all Satrila, you may go now," he told his aide. She removed herself from the room and the two began to talk.
  13. I have been doing some initial contemplation over what a prospective expansion of the Republic may look like. Given that Aurelia is rather devoid of nations, it may be prudent to become the 'big' nation. None of this is set in stone but it would occur in two parts over the next year. The map below is for discussion purposes only. Part 1: The area between the current red border and everything within the expanded yellow line would occur during the course of the next six months. It is within this area that involves 'Enolia,' a people the Republic attempted to conquer, only be to defeated horribly in what ultimately became a war of attrition. Tensions will rise with Enolia along the eastern borders and this only one element of the political game that will be occurring. As many of you have seen, there is a hidden war between ambitious senators over replacing Terix, the current Praetor. Whoever succeeds him may use the tensions with Enolia to bolster their political fortunes, and secure more support by promising the wealth of the land in exchange for funding the war which they, the Republic would win. As you can see, this land would also look to be heavily fertile, making the Republic perhaps one of the most extensive food exporters. This yellow-area expansion would also unlock new mineral resources to further accelerate industrialization and additional ore exports to more industrial-heavy states. I would be kinda be treating this expansion in the same way as the Roman Republic expanded into Spain or Asia. I am also contemplating a situation where the Praetor who led this war may inevitably be removed by a more 'consensus' individual in due time because they are discovered doing some less than 'honorable' things. This could also be an opportunity to provide the region with a Tiberius/Gaius Gracchus moment of very, very influential commoner magistrates demanding more from the far more powerful Senate. Part 2: The area between the current red border on the north and all the land within the teal line (including an unseen section at the top of the forked rivers) this would happen at towards the end of next year. It is my current inclination for a different individual or perhaps even a yet-to-be-created Senate faction will convince enough members in the chamber to emancipate all the remaining Zelvorians [who make up the largest contingent of remaining slaves], and give them an opportunity to resettle, abet far from the center of the Republic, to the more less agricultural nice and far more mountainous north. They would be given some level of political autonomy as a client state, though they would still be dominated by the Rihannsu. Again, this would allow the Republic to triple, if not quadruple mining potential, giving the state a massive cash cow. Some of you are probably asking why I am not looking instead to the west of the Republic? There are two reasons: firstly, based on what I've read of Kipan's factbook, I have the inclination to believe that his former Imperial colonies are probably over there and I foresee him as a long-term trading partner and would prefer to have a friendly relationship rather than a potential rival. Secondly, Asgeirria and the Republic have a mutual understanding concerning the Aurelian continent that seems to have an interest in the western coastline. This is just the beginning of the conversation and I welcome everyone to help me develop/refine/suggest - or even participate to some extent. I firmly believe that this two-part expansion (which would be dubbed the 'Second Expansionst Age') will have profound impacts on Aurelia and the wider global community.
  14. Hel na Talasagamdæsnen From the Office of the Transportation Minister This is an official notice that the Transport Ministry of the Rihan Republic hereby issues tender for interested parties who are interested in providing the Ministry with design and technical assistance for the to-be-constructed Dartha to Peldred High-Speed Railway. The budget allotted for the entirety of the project, including construction, amounts to 9.5 billion Chaks. The total amount designated to the initial design and technical specifications is not to exceed 212 million Chaks. The Contractor (or consortium) selected by the Ministry will have a contract lifespan of 2 years beginning on the date indicated as Notice to Proceed (also known as NTP). The goals the Ministry wants this entity to fulfill are the following: Work with Ministry staff to develop the business case for the Railway. Collaborate with staff on route feasibility. Partner with Surveying personnel to determine the best routing based on geographic constraints and sound financial cost. Recommend potential rolling stock for use on the eventual line. Work in tandem with Ministry staff on modeling line utilization, traffic, and scheduling feasibility. Work with Environment Ministry (Stekidæsnen) staff on impacts to the environment along the preferred corridor. Develop approximate cost estimates for Railway construction from beginning to substantial completion. The Senate has mandated that the Railway must be in full operation no later than Ailat (November) 2025. Design-Build efforts may be considered by the Ministry at the sole discretion of the Transportation Minister (Talasagamdæsnen) based upon the information provided to the Ministry over the lifespan of the Contract. All interested entities must provide its documentation no later than 6 Ailat (November), 2018.
  15. Hel na Fvillhaih From the Office of the Praetor CONFIDENTIAL - SECURITY LEVEL RUTA To: Emperor Valentino of the Republic of Asgeirria RE: Agenda for the Impending State Visit Praetor Mathon Terix anxiously awaits your arrival in Dartha by boat. We have communicated to your office the exact mooring location for your vessel and the specific codes to be used to pass unhindered by maritime elements of the Republican Military. As his foremost advisor, I have been tasked with the assemblage of a thorough agenda and all the respective arrangements to make your visit both as productive and as pleasant as possible. I have taken the liberty of preparing for you a spacious and well-appointed bedchamber at the Praetor's Palace overlooking the Forum of Cailax. Three servants have been instructed to be on hand at all times should you require anything. I suspect that you are bringing your own guards to accompany you. Under the strict order of the Senate, only the City Guard or the Praetor's own soldiers are allowed to be armed within the confines of the capital. Given the size of both forces, your security should be well-covered but the Praetor insisted that you be given a personal bodyguard from within the Praetorians. Should you want to leave the Palace at any time during your visit outside of the scheduled sessions, you must be with your Praetorian escort, for your protection. And now, the agenda. An elaborate state banquet in your honor, with high-ranking military officials and members of both the Senate and general aristocracy, will be held on the first night of your visit. The following morning, the Praetor and you will have a one-on-meeting to discuss a range of topics (see below) of importance facing both nations. At mid-day, the Senate convenes. His Foremost wishes you to be in attendance to watch the proceedings, and should you desire, you may have the opportunity to speak on the floor of the chamber to the Membership. If you do wish to speak, please let me know and I will communicate this to the appropriate leaders. Following the Senate session, you will be given a tour of Dartha by yours truly while the Praetor meets with members of the Central Command, of which you will join that session two hours later. There will be a dinner hosted at the urban villa of Senator Liviana Charvanek that both you and the Praetor will attend. There will be both a pre-dinner wine reception and post-dinner entertainment, a musical performance by notable Ryillist, Hexce Parem. I have left the final day of your visit is largely open, as well as the Praetor's schedule. I suspect that there might be needed - either another one-on-one session with His Foremost or a different type of activity you may wish to have arranged. I wish the best of fortunes for this visit and hope that it will only prove to further relations between our two proud Aurelian states. Sincerely, Mirel Avelik Chamberlain Topics of Discussion On the status of the Southern Aurelian Islands On military cooperation between Rihan and Asgeirria Regarding military equipment Matters of economic growth The institution of Cultural Exchange and other relevant programs Reaffirming Diplomatic Status and its potential evolution The long-term picture for Aurelia Other matters to be introduced as required (For @Asgeirria)
  16. Republican Trading Corporation Iætiefvir Rheilhhu Rihana The Republican Trading Corporation (RTC) is the government-sanctioned entity responsible for all large-scale trading including those between Governments. The RTC also has the power to regulate smaller privately owned trading companies to ensure high standards. The RTC shall work alongside the appointed individuals in all negotiations concerning commerce between the Republic and the outside world and provide the Senate with its determination on whether such an agreement should be accepted. This channel will be used to discussed potential trade arrangements.
  17. The Rihan Republic/Rheilhhu Rihana "Valhær i na Afvhama" Quick Facts: Leader: Praetor Mathon Terix Capital: Dartha Type of Government: "Republic" (though in reality, it is an Aristocratic Authoritarian Oligarchy) Population: 22,720,192 National Currency: Chak (Ck) National Langauge: Rihani National Religion: Way of D'era History: The Departure For many generations, the Rihannsu were a tiny minority, numbering no more than a million who resided in the southern reaches of the Tagmatine Empire. They were more or less isolated from the rest of the Imperial citizen, keeping to themselves. They were primarily farmers, warriors, and craftsmen. They maintained a rigid familial and social structure and were largely atheist (abet this was hidden from Imperial authorities who had attempted for over a century to convert them to the Iconoclastic Church). The Rihannsu provided hundreds of men for the Imperial military every year in conjunction with an annual tribute. This modest relationship would come to a complete halt with an act that the Tagmatine authorities would consider seditious. Tellus, a Rihannsu philosopher, had attacked the Imperial Church, saying that praising a single being over the greater strength and duty of the people was a means of oppression. Tagmatine patriarchs reacted severely, both within their congregations and within the Imperial Court. They would coax the sitting Emperor to make a decision: either eject the entire population from the Empire or far worse, eliminate them outright. Tellus' words of duty to the whole and of disciplined loyalty to each other spread quickly across the Rihannsu populace. The heads of the various Rihannsu clans gathered and unanimously agreed that they must leave the Empire for their own home. Within days of a suspected Tagmatine attack, five massive vessels alongside tens of dozens of smaller boats were filled with everything they could take, and every Rihannsu individual, and departed. As the Rihannsu diaspora crossed the horizon, Tellus turned and faced the Empire and played a striking tune on his string instrument. A New Land The Rihannsu departure from the Tagmatine Empire made them a nomadic, seafaring people for over twenty years, making landfall numerous times as myriad warlords and other nations sought the strength of their warriors. They would serve as mercenaries in dozens of small-scale conflicts, only staying long enough to secure enough resources and wealth to keep their people moving forward. As the years went by, some Rihannsu believed they would never find a home and tensions rose to a point where the people could potentially split. Tellus, urged unity through D'era. It was only the power of his words that kept them together. Eventually, they would come upon the land of Rihan, an unspoiled land. As the diaspora flotilla of ships entered what is known as the Apnex Sea, the Pennon and the Shavokh, two of the largest vessels landed on the shores of the Sherdek River in the area that now makes up the capital and greatest city, Dartha and established the Kingdom of Dartha. Thus the Rihannsu had found a home. As the now four-million-strong people disembarked, they began to spread out, founding numerous city-states, each led a major clan. But the peace would not last long as small disputes would erupt. At first, they were trivial but as they grew in severity, Tellus would intervene. Tellus would pass away at the age of 92. Without their guide as a mediator, the conflict between the clans and their city-states could no longer be held back. The Clan Wars The Clan Wars was a century-long conflict between the various city-states, fighting for more territory, greater resources under their control, and ultimately, supreme power over the other cities. Bloody battles raged across the land including the Gilgmamma Massacre, the Battle of Jorani, and the Battle of the Seven Armies outside the city of Dinalla. Great nations had formed, anchored by the largest and most powerful of the cities including Raxna and Dartha, some 'republics' other 'kings' or 'tyrants'. Many notable early leaders had perished in the conflict, as did hundreds of thousands, but it would be L'Deus, the Praetor of Dartha, who would bring an end to the conflict with the birth of the Republic. Over a million would be dead by the end of the war. The Foundation of the Republic L'Deus was the Praetor for the tenth King of Dartha, Valkis. He had been known to be an oppressive and arrogant ruler, having little to no allies within Dartha's aristocracy. The Praetor had been conspiring with several high-ranking nobles for several years to create the conditions for the King's removal. The Darthan aristocracy had grown angry with the King and that of his predecessor because they were not involving them in decisions concerning the ongoing Clan Wars. In 5129, having reached a critical point in the nationwide war, the city's aristocracy rallied the common people and incited a revolution, forcing Valkis to flee into exile. With the King's expulsion, Dartha had entered uncharted territory. The Rihannsu had always been a people led by the strongest, and sometimes most cunning of individuals. Over the course of his meetings with the aristocracy in the final months of the King, L'Deus had worked with them to outline a new form of government to lead all Rihannsu: a Republic made up of a deliberative Senate made up of clan leaders and wise men led by a Praetor, with the Continuing Committee to act as a moderating and oversight body. This framework would forever be known as the D'Vatta or Great Paper. It would be supported by the principles and virtues of D'era, Tellus' philosophy, which would be reintroduced across the land at the conclusion of the Clan Wars. The aristocracy of Dartha were the first formal signers of the Paper. Though Dartha's internal politics were at peace, the rest of Rihan was still engaged in the Clan Wars. L'Deus would lead the effort to bring calm to the land, going from city-state to city-state, to either bring those respective territories and clans into the fold diplomatically by offering them seats in the Senate or through force of arms by overthrowing recalcitrant clans and replacing them with their rivals who sought their power. This process of unification would last nearly five years and would bring the absolute conclusion of the Clan Wars. The Continuing Committee would formally sit for the first time and appoint the first Praetor of the Republic, Pontilus, a well-respected Darthan aristocrat who could trace his roots indirectly to Tellus. A Statement of Rights for all citizens were attached to the D'Vatta on the first birthday of the Republic. The first decades of the Republic would be seen as a golden age in Rihan history and the first time the people would have seen peace in over nine generations. The economy accelerated and the arts would flourish. The Republic's population would grow at a brisk pace. But the Rihannsu people began to feel urges to expand further. Pontilus, Sartorix, Colius, and Karzan, the first four Praetors, would exploit this to achieve further glory but also direct Rihannsu aggression outwards. Contact with the Asgeirrians Rihan was not alone in this pocket of Aurelia: the Asgeirrian people also lived in the general region, on a chain of islands to the south of the mainland. Contact between the two had not occurred in the first century and a half as the Rihannsu were focused on securing their new homeland while dealing with the scarring Clan Wars. The Rihannsu and Asgeirrians would finally meet during the Praetorship of Colius. It was during the proceeding period that the Asgeirrians had slowly begun to build up a chain of territorial possessions up and down the coastline to fuel their budding trade empire. The first contact between the Asgeirrians and Rihannsu was brought about by an Asgeirrian trader who had been blown off course in a storm. Having little choice, the foreigner made for safe harbor in Dartha. He was greeted with the point of a sword by the City Guard. Upon hearing the disturbance, Praetor Colius took matters into his own hands and saw the man for himself. He would invite him and his crew to stay at the Palace. He would use the time to learn as much about the Asgeirrian people as possible. Following the event and working off the information the trader had described during his time in Dartha, the Praetor would send a delegation of traders to Asgeirria. After five years of minimal interaction solely around exchanging goods, the Asgeirrian and Rihannsu leaders would meet face-to-face. This meeting would establish formal relations between the two peoples but it would also prompt the Senate needed to dramatically expand the small navy to keep their neighbors in check. The First Age of Expansion For over a period of over 300 years, the Republic would experience a golden age: expanding to acquire more land to accommodate its growing population and obtain new caches of resources to fuel its burgeoning economy. This period also marks centuries of 'friendly' competition with the neighboring Asgeirrians who were also expanding, opening new land holdings to increase the strength of its trading empire. Seeing as they could not compete with them at sea, the Senate decided to expand into the interior of Aurelia, using the territory they would gain as a means to compete with their maritime counterparts. As they grew, the Rihannsu would found new cities to maintain their claims: such cities as Hlarek, Villera, and Torven were established. Rich new fertile river valleys, wide open plains, and abundant mountains full of mineral wealth unlocked by the legions of men would create untold wealth for the still young Republic. This period of unrivaled prosperity was led by Praetors Colius and Karzan. Though many native peoples would capitulate to the superior arms of the Rihannsu and accept dominion by them, others would not: the Areshi, the Sakethans, and the Zelvorians. The three had resided in their particular lands for hundreds of years before the Rihannsu had begun to encroach on their areas. The Areshi lived at the foot of the D'Kalla Mountains, the Zelvorians lived on the plains named after them and the Sakethans lived at the top of the Ganser River Valley in the lands known as Saketha. Rihannsu diplomats and politicians would at first attempt to bring them into the fold peacefully, offering them client state status and near-autonomy in exchange for dominion. These discussions ultimately fell apart. Tahn, the Praetor who had succeeded Karzan, decided that there was no other choice than to forcibly take the land. He would force the three peoples into a war with a series of devious false-flag operations. The conflict between the Republic and the three would last for over fifty years, only ending when the Sakethans surrendered at the Battle of Makar. All three would be enslaved by the Republic, forced to work in the new large farms owned by the aristocracy in the fertile lands, others were to suffer horribly in the new mines to extract the rich ore beneath the surface. The justification for their enslavement would emerge from the virtues of D'era, their guiding principles set by their father, Tellus, stating that through hard dedication and firm obedience to their masters and the state, would they see their freedom. However, the increasing use of slaves for many jobs in the Republic would not only make the economy unproductive but leave many lower class citizens without work. This, along with other issues that would crop up over time would lead to a serious crisis in Rihan. The urge to expand had not died but slowed as the Republic would spend many decades consolidating their gains under Varus, Decius, Mrian, and Taris. In due course, there would be calls for new territory. This time, the gaze of Rihannsu aggression would turn to the lands of Enolia to the southeast. The Enolian-Rihannsu War Coming soon Aftermath, Isolationism, and The Iumnelai In the aftermath of the devastating war with the Enolians, Praetor Morror Kassus resigned in disgrace and the Senate unanimously voted to remove Rihan from the world stage for a period of time in order for it to recover from the devastation the war had brought. The Asgeirrians were exempted from the order due to the vital trade relationship it held with the Republic. Praetors would come and go over much of the early part of this period including Toqel, Hloal, Merrok, and Thrax, but most would hold office for no longer than three years. The war had exposed many of the underlying issues of the state that were fomenting during the latter years of the expansionist period. This included income inequality, the extent of slavery within the economy and resulting unemployment of many lower class citizens, and escalating tensions between the common citizenry and the aristocracy. There had always been tension between the two classes but these were largely subdued under the premise of D'era's call for Rihan manifest destiny but the Enolian War had depressed that illusion considerably. Though Rihannsu politics had always been a dangerous game since the Republic's founding, the level of blackmail, bribery, and rapid leadership changes had reached a new level of concern over the stability of the Republic. The D'Vatta, the constitution of the Republic, had been legally binding for over 500 years to this point. It had firmly stated that the Senate led by the Praetor held supreme authority. The regular citizen had never had a major role in the Republican government besides petitioning their individual senators. The combination of events that had unfolded in the aftermath of the Enolian War and a slow economic recovery had emboldened some to challenge the government. Protests would begin spreading across the state including in several places throughout the capital. Thrax, a hardline aristocrat, had become Praetor by appointment (largely through blackmail) of the Continuing Committee. He was a member of the Jol Tan coalition, both he and his fellow senators did not care about the petty concerns of the commoners other than that loyalty to the state was paramount and that all seditious activity would be brutally repressed by the military. His tenure would be short-lived, no more than a year, as the commoners would not wait anymore him to act on his own, and they would rise up and engage in a general strike. All of Rihan would be put in chaos. Praetor Thrax resigned himself to the countryside for failing to prevent the strike from occurring. Aratenik was hastily appointed as Praetor as a consensus candidate by the committee. Prior to his rise to the Praetorship, he was a well-regarded scholar of literature, having only been appointed to the Senate during the final year of Merrok's rule. He would bluntly confront his Senate colleagues stating in no uncertain terms that if the crisis were not to be resolved, the Republic would be destroyed. With great reluctance, he was empowered by the Senate to come to a compromise with the masses. Aratenik would summon representatives of the commoners to meet with him and the Continuing Committee. At their first meeting, the commoners demanded a greater role in the Republican government, more employment opportunities, and a better quality of life in exchange for an end to the strike. The deliberations over a compromise would last a week until both sides had given it their blessing. The Iumnelai, as the compromise would be known as, formally incorporated a People's Assembly (ætheaa) into the D'Vatta. Its membership would consist of the entirety of the lower classes. They could appoint their own presiding magistrates to moderate sessions of the Assembly and the votes taken by the body would be by secret ballot. The Assembly had the right to petition the Senate on a broad range of matters provided that those motions had received majority consent. Additionally, all slaves eighth generation and above would be emancipated, but not given formal citizenship, and the jobs they would then vacate would be available for commoners to take for themselves, for a wage. The commoners would also see modest increases in the quality of life over the next decade. The Senate would proceed to unanimously approve it. Aratenik's popularity with the commoners skyrocketed, and with that came a host of enemies within the Senate. On the surface, the various coalitions vowed that Aratenik's Praetorship would be one of unified cooperation and for five years this held true - the economy had started growing at a reasonable pace, the military had seen significant improvement, and harvests started returning to pre-war levels. For the Praetor, it seemed as if stability had finally come to the Republic. Alas, this was not to be for the 'peace' between the coalitions was a mirage, plots were being designed in the shadows. Aratenik was killed at his countryside villa one evening five years after cementing the Iumnelai. Though his murderer could not be identified, rumors at the time suggested that several aristocrats had bribed the Praetorian Guard to eliminate him. With Aratenik's death, the supposed stability of the Republic was shattered once more. In the proceeding three years, the Praetorship would be held by two Suketh senators, Vrax and Gaius, Aratenik's closest supporters in the Senate. Both had managed to get the position as the Continuing Committee did not want to risk a constitutional crisis. However, their appointments in hindsight were nothing more than expediency. They would both be assassinated by colleagues for their populist policies including proposals to curtail the amount of land an aristocrat could hold, the introduction of a free food distribution program for Dartha's poorest (ironically, this would come to pass under Terix), and making motions passed by the Assembly into formal law. The stability of the Republic was in jeopardy, the threat of constitutional crisis was near the point of nationwide violence as the lower classes had seen the Suketh assassinations as an attack upon their quality of life. To avoid the fallout, the Continuing Committee met and appointed the politically neutral and well-respected Admiral, Terix to the position of Praetor. Upon his ascension to office, his first order would be to call to an end of the Republic's isolation from the world and call for the beginning of a new era of stability and continued economic growth. Reemergence Terix knows that while he has tremendous popularity with the military and with many segments of the lower classes because of his military career, he knows his relationship with the Senate is tenuous at best. He knows that his appointment is was solely one of political expediency. The Praetor finds himself unofficially in partnership with the militant Jaridan, the largest faction, and the Nej'ahar, made up of the wealthiest members in the entire Republic to get much of his political agenda approved but Terix knows that such cooperation could imperil his chance on moving the Republic forward, even through modest if not slightly liberal, reforms. Although he has not been in the position for long, Senators are already scheming quietly in the shadows. At least two Senators have their eyes set upon the Praetorship and are willing to get it by whatever means. Geography: The land of Rihan is lush, humid, and full of abundant vegetation. The capital, Dartha, lies at the mouth of the Sherdek River and the Apnex Sea. The river valleys are fertile for agriculture which is dominated upon the Aihai, the flat plains between Dartha and Raxna. The Sherdek has the Jendraax and Vrekess rivers as tributaries. The two other most important rivers are the Dorvek and the Ganser (with the Balsanra and Nelrek as tributaries). While much of the land is either made up of humid forests or calm flatland, there is a single mountain chain that crosses the land from northeast to the west: the D'Kalla, of which Mount Al'kathel is both its highest peak and that of the entire country. During the hot summer months, the Praetor retreats to his residence in the cooler Valley of Chula as do many aristocrats. The Forest of Allerash is covered in thick, strong urukan trees. Other major cities in Rihan include Dinalla, Rateg, Calanista, Chaladra, Tephren, Peldrad, Vendras, Bareldek, Kromtal, Dorvek, Hlarek, Villera, and Torven; all of which dot the landscape. Flora and Fauna Rihan is home to a rich ecosystem that is largely hostile and predatory. The Eagle, the symbol of the Republic, is based upon the predatory raptor-like bird, the Mogai. Other birds include Ratar, Kalabam, Deletham, and Tliss. In the woodlands, the Raal (a type of bear), the Thrai (a type of wolf) dominate. Meanwhile, Hlai can be found in bountiful quanities on the plains. In the Apnex Sea, Veruul and Osol fish can be found in abundance. The predominant domestic animals of labor are the Travit and the Drabhik. Nobles who own villas in the countryside maintain stables filled with stoic Fvai and Kerosh (horses). On farms, growers cultivate three variants of wheat known as oliva, kheh, and vareet; along with maintaining groves of fig and citrus fruit trees. Some plantations cultivate tivish, a type of cotton, used in textiles. Government: Rihan's government is structured upon the quintessential concept of a Republic, though not in the sense generally recognized around the world. All power lies within the Senate (Deihuit), made up of 300 Senators (Deihu), all of whom are either well-versed in military skill, in possession of vast wealth, or harken from aristocratic families. The most powerful assignment for a senator is a coveted seat on the Continuing Committee. It is made up of ten individuals (with only the Praetor being guaranteed a seat) empowered to regulate elevation to the various levels of government (including the Lakhræmdæsnen, Bærhiedæsnen, and Temiætidæsnen) and military. It is the members of the Committee who are responsible for confirming the ascent of an individual to the position of Praetor and have the sole authority to expel senators. There are numerous political coalitions that exist within the chamber including Jardian (Conservative), Jol Tan (Far-Right), Suketh (Moderates), and Nej'ahar (Focused on the Economy and the General Welfare), representing the spectrum of political opinion in the country. Membership within the coalitions are constantly in flux and a member siding with one group on a specific matter may not be with them on another. While the Constitution (D'Vatta) states that the Senate is the undisputed and sole authority of the Republic, it is the Praetor (Fvillha) who ultimately wields broad power that can be borderline dictatorial. He or she is the Republic's Head of State. The Praetor presides over all Senate sessions, the supreme military commander of the Republic's forces, the highest judicial official with the power to inflict the death penalty, and the authority to interpret and enforce laws passed by the Senate. A Praetor is considered the very embodiment of the Rihan ideals of honor, accomplishment, discipline, and most importantly, the virtues of D'era. Due to the extreme danger that is Rihan politics, it is not uncommon for Praetors to suffer abbreviated terms of office in comparison to other heads of government. To guard their person, the Praetor is protected by the Praetorian Guard (Morairi ih'Fvillha). The Praetor is the only individual allowed to hold the Teral'n, the trident scepter representing the firm talon of the Eagle. A Praetor can only be legally removed by a three-fourths vote of the Senate. In the entire lifespan of the Republic, this has never happened. As the ultimate power in the Republic is in the hand of a small oligarchy of wealthy and powerful aristocrats, the lower classes have very little control over the day-to-day decisions of state. However, they do a mechanism to petition and coax the Senate into addressing their concerns through the Assembly (ætheaa), which was established after the Iumnelai. Its membership consists of all regular citizens who vote directly by secret ballot. Petitions that receive a majority are elevated to the Senate for their consideration, though more than 90% of such attempts are ignored from those above the citizenry-at-large. The High Tribunal is the highest judicial court in the Republic consisting of twelve Tribunes confirmed by the Senate. For those unfortunate to break the law, punishments can range from years in a dark prison cell to the death sentence or enslavement. For those condemned to death, they are publically executed but the individual is given the right to make a statement before they are killed. The system of justice assumes the individual charged is guilty of the crime unless proven otherwise. Many procure the services of well-skilled intercessors (lawyers) to represent them in the courtroom. All citizens of the Republic have the following basic honorable freedoms as outlined in the Statement of Rights: The right of procreation; the right to own property and to manage it as necessary (this includes the right of slavery and the owner's right to discipline); the right to commit honorable suicide; the right to commerce, subject to the needs of the Republic; the right to present a defense in a publicly recorded trial, aside a public defender, before the courts; the right to apprehend and charge as a private citizen, any criminal or enemy of the Republic, and the right to bear arms, for defense or sign of status, in public and in private. Citizens are not permitted to undertake any action deemed to be against the interest of the Republic and the People. The prohibitions are not outlined and this has given the Senate and the courts tremendous leverage in interpreting an action on a broad spectrum. Military: The Republican military is made up of the Army (Draao), the Navy (Galæ), Air Force (Ralaarihsein), the Special Forces (Krannsu), and the Praetorian Guard (Morairi ih'Fvillha). The various military branches are supported by the military intelligence (Tal Diann) and logistics (Tal Shava) divisions. Over 550,000 Rihannsu are active in the military at any one time. As stated in the constitution of the Republic, the D'Vatta, the Praetor wields supreme military command of all Rihannsu forces. All citizens are obligated to serve in the military upon receiving their formal citizenship (Plyanazi) at the age of 20 for a term of five years. Following their term, some choose to remain in the forces. Many of the nation's finest generals and admirals have risen through the ranks from lowly legionaries or seamen. Service in the armed forces is viewed with Rihannsu culture as a high honor and fulfilling one's duty as dictated by the virtues of D'era. The Shining Star (Ranam Valassa) medal is the highest award a soldier can attain. An awardee is well-respected both within their family and throughout their community. Economy: The Rihan economy has never been as productive as others in the world due to the use of slaves in place of freemen, though this has changed somewhat since the implementation of the Iumnelai compromise under Praetor Aratenik. Over 60% of the economy is heavily controlled by the aristocratic and mercantile families, both its wealth and means of production. The main segments of the economy consist of agriculture and fishing, mining and metallurgy, industrial and consumer goods manufacturing, and financial services. There is a slew of small businesses and farms run by commoners but these are at a major disadvantage against those own by the aristocrats. The state, under the pretense of D'era, does have an obligation to ensure all citizens are afforded a minimum standard of living. Under Praetor Terix, a long-fought policy of implementing a free food distribution program was passed by the Senate, allowing two-hundred thousand of Dartha's poorest to receive a daily ration of foodstuffs. All trade between the Republic and the wider world is only sanctioned by order of the Senate and operated through the RTC. Transport and Infrastructure All public transportation, including buses, trains, and river ferries, is handled by the state-controlled Yhfillain while road infrastructure is maintained by Rheilhhu Eyhon. The national airline, Havraær, is based at Dartha's Cliperian International Airport (Ihanv). While the capital is a major seaport, so is the Port of Levaeri to the southeast. Energy is largely provided by clean solar generators scattered across the Republic, though there are few fossil-fuel plants still in operation. Power distribution is handled by Cælis'cæri. Every settled area of the Republic has access to clean water either by maintained wells or through sophisticated aqueducts, reservoirs, and plumbing by Aekhhwi'rhoi. Society and Culture: The Rihannsu are highly xenophobic and see themselves as superior to others. They were not originally like this but following their forced departure from Adaptus and the Tagmatine Empire due to religious differences, they've come to trust, but only after a very long period of time. Rihannsu are very emotional, war-like, and absolutely dedicated to the virtues that define the way of D'era, a strict code of discipline, duty, and honor. Their culture follows a hard line of social and physical Darwinism. They have a spartan regard toward those that are not physically able or are mentally deficient. They will kill children that do not match the physical model of perfection. In spite of their cold outer shell, they are ardent supporters of family. The first virtue, devotion, is primarily one of family. Citizens of all class levels are given many incentives both economical and social to produce and cherish large families. Rihannsu indeed cherish their families. They are as capable of love as any other people. For recreation, most play games such as D'elo, a game of sticks and stones that can be traced back to days prior to the Departure from the Tagmatine Empire. The people are fond of arena games where athletes of both genders show their prowess with weapons and fighting techniques. Blood sports, like Ke`veshrek (a form of boxing) or Tyr’llryanniha (football) are extremely popular and are often broadcasted across the Republic. The Orventis Arena is the grandest of them all, located in Dartha; it can seat nearly 100,000 people. The Rihannsu are major players of tactical and logic-based games including Latrunculo, Masaharis, Parmen Chess, Voraant, Trayatik (dice game), Villrillu (cards), or Khariat (like Jenga). In the same vein, solving puzzles of all forms are popular. Though people may engage in simulated chess and similar games, people desire real opponents, and thus simulation is far less popular in Rihan. S'darha is one of the most important recreational activities the aristocracy partake in. It is an extremely intellectual game that involved the recitation of stanzas from great literature in order to support a given argument or statement. It is a combination of debating, rhetoric, declamation and trivia games. Many of the best S'darha masters have become the most influential Praetors in the Republic as it has helped them in dealing with the dangerous politics of the Senate. Artistic abilities show the softer side of the Rihannsu personality, balancing a fierce warrior ethic with the sensitivity of an artist. Sculpting, pottery, and carving are the most popular media — Rihannsu prefer to work in 3-dimensional forms. The artist Raban Gedroe is a notable 3D painter. In addition to the visual arts, there is writing, literature, poetry, drama and Lhi, a game of wits and riddles. Rihannsu also relish nature and enjoy the beauty of it — most are avid hikers, riders, or mountaineers. While less common, scroll painting (a mix of calligraphic writing and light painting) has a long tradition in the Rihannsu culture. Some of the most important literary works include Amarcan's Axioms, the Contemplations of Landar the Elder, the Taer'thaiemenh by V. Raiuhes Ahaefvthe, and Na Temhsah'urri by Reanas. Rihannsu cuisine focuses on assorted breads and pastries (baked from grains cultivated on the Aihai), strews like Plou'mek, a range of vegetables including gresh, fish (Osol and Veruul), and meat from Hlai. Soldiers in the military typically consume a mixed stew called Viinerine. A delicacy amongst the aristocracy is Aafvun'in'hhui (mollusk soup). Aristocrats can also obtain aged Travit steaks. To wash down their food, most commoners consume Tarka or a bitter vareet. The more well-to-do consume Kavit, a native variant of wine, that is in high demand outside the Republic. The emblem of the Republic is 'the Eagle.' It is a symbol of military might and honor, displayed everywhere, symbolizes civilian pride in the state. All Rihannsu swear oaths upon the Eagle, and defacing the symbol is a serious offense. The inspiration for the emblem comes from the predator avian that flies over the Rihannsu' adopted home. This bird is known to carry its eggs in its talons, which artists represented as the Senate and the People. The bird itself is spread in an aggressive posture of display, representing the glory and majesty of the Republic. D'era The Way of D'era is the official 'religion' of the Republic. It's not as much a spiritual calling as much as it is one of duty to the Republic. The Way was formulated during the final days of the Rihannsu living the Tagmatine Empire when its founder, Tellus, seditiously condemned the Iconoclastic Orthodox Church and said that adherence to one god over the overarching strength and duty to the people was unjust. D'era calls upon all Rihannsu to follow the teachings of obedience, discipline, and loyalty. The center of D'era is in Dartha's Central Septum where a statue of Tellus stands for all to reflect upon his words. The Way is led by the Pontix, Lucian Tamok, and various councilors across the Republic. D'era priests are paid by the state. Septums of D'era are located in every Rihan community. Praxani: The Rites of Life Rihannsu progress through their lives under a structure of rites that related to the four virtues of D'era. These are: D'navassa - The Great Beginning Nimaz - Naming D'sora - 5th Birthday Phi'lasasam - The Education Plyanazi - Formal Citizenship Serona - Mandatory Military Service (5 years) So'rdaz - Marriage Union Charozzah - Passing Latta - Death (upper class individuals are buried in family tombs in the Rikolet [the Great Graveyard] while lower-class individuals are mostly cremated) Dartha, The Capital of the Republic Dartha is the largest city in Rihan with a population exceeding 3 million. It is the first and oldest settlement, the center of politics, trade, and activity that involves the outside world. The city lies at the mouth of the Sherdek River and the Apnex Sea. The Forum of Caliax is the beating heart of the capital where the Hall of State, the Central Septum, the Praetor's Palace, and the Arc of D'deridex can be found. In front of the Hall of State is a statue of L'Deus, author of the D'Vatta. The Markets of Relevek are just off the Forum. The Forum is abuzz with trade activity and the rostrum at the middle is always active with Senators speaking the gathered crowds, and even sometimes, the Praetor. A few blocks down towards the Sea is Victory Square where there are regular military parades and ceremonies. The Library of Alavhet is on the Via Karzan. The Via Colius is a major thoroughfare that runs east to west through the capital, running past the largest park, the Cor'Lavet. The Via Chula leads out of the capital to the east and towards the Valley of Chula, its namesake. Numerous academic institutions are located in Dartha. On the shores of the Apnex Sea is the Harbor of Oreta. The High Tribunal, administered under the auspices of the Praetor, is near the forum. The Orventis Arena also present. Many wealthy aristocrats live in large villas on the outskirts of Dartha, distancing themselves from the cramped, smaller dwellings that make up the majority of housing in the capital. The old walls, the Honn, still encircles the core of the city when it was first founded by Tellus. Amongst the tight shared housing of the lower classes, there are some larger townhouses on the Via Renak owned by the higher classes, offering better proximity to the Senate and the Forum. The neighbors in and around the Renak have exclusive tailors, theatres, and bathhouses (including the most notable Bath of Reldek the Great) are frequented by the political and wealthy peoples of the Republic. Under Republic law, all armed military personnel, except for Dartha's City Guard (Morairi ih'Sivas) and the Praetorian Guard (Morairi ih'Fvillha) must remain outside the capital. This was instituted to reduce the risk of a military coup during the early days of the Republic. It remains on the books to this day. The Rihannsu Calendar: Z'at • D'ruh • Brax • Khuti • Krat • Tasmeen • Havreen • Sharveen • Lior • Irhheen • Ailat • Khaidev Important Festivals: Eitreih'orheika (Festival of the Ancestors): 21-23rd of Brax • Eitreih'Avilh (Festival of Earth): 1-3rd of Krat • Eitreih'vauthil ch'Rheihhu (Festival of the Republic): 15-20th of Sharveen • Eitreih'hveinn (Farmer's Festival): 10-15th of Ailat
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