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Death of the King

Just days ago King Stuart passed suddenly after suffering a major heart attack. It is unknown the circumstances behind the death, as the Monarchy has declined to release the state of the King's health prior to the incident.

King Stuart's reign has been marred with controversy for the past decade after ascending to the throne. Many critics have attacked his government for being rife with corruption and excess. Numerous photos and videos have been released over the years featuring the King flaunting his wealth in the face of an economically depressed nation, adding to rising discontent among the general population. Even the upper nobility have criticized his rule with the Duke of Hastington infamously shouting at the king at court when he announced a new 250 million pound palace and gardens for himself. Had Prince Aidan not intervened at that time, the Duke may not have been alive today as it was discovered later that the King had ordered his immediate execution before being calmed down by his son.

Following her father's death, Princess Margaret immediately retracted any claim to the throne stating that she believe she could be of more service to the Seylosian people in her current position. This leaves only the two princes to contend for the kingship, and it will certainly be an uphill battle for both. Little precedent has been set for the early death of a monarch, and since Seylosian law requires that the reigning monarch  explicitly name their heir what happens next is unsure. Currently it appears the Prince Aidan commands enormous popularity from the people however his brother Henry commands much of the noble support and wealthy. On top of this there have been growing rumors of potential foreign influence

 

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Launch of the HMS Defiant

Today the Seylosian Royal Navy announced the launch of the long awaited HMS Defiant after what had been a series of delays. For the past three years Seylos has been without any critically needed aircraft carriers since the last carrier, the HMS Seahawk was decommissioned due to old age. The new Manchester Class aircraft carrier the newest class of ship introduced into the Seylosian armada and carries an impressive array of technologies fit for the modern era. Originally the Manchester class of ships were drawn up as part of a massive naval modernization program which has been in progress for the past seven years.  A yet unnamed sister ship is still in the construction phase with a so far undefined launch date.

 

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                                                                                                                                The HMS Defiant begins her maiden voyage with a tour of the country's coasts.

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Prince Aidan Takes Matters Into His Own Hands, Prince Henry Meets With Powerful Nobles

This morning Prince Aidan addressed a crowd of journalists that had been growing outside his Royal Residence in the heart of Selbourne. The prince took the time to attempt to address the growing concerns over the stability of the government. Of course he also took the time to criticize his brother for courting the nobility instead of trying to actually govern the country.

"I'm fed up with how my brother has decided to handle this situation, and he can try to get the support he wants from the nobility, but we both have a country to run and if he isn't going to help in this responsibility I have to make sure things get done." The Prince said while addressing the crowd. "Today I've made sure to shore up our national defense by ordering a general modernization program for out military. The last thing we need in this confusing is to have our armed forces caught off guard in a crisis."

The prince went on to make a major accusation towards his brother regarding the missing treasury money, "My brother has a penchant for taking after our father and it wouldn't surprise me in the least that he was responsible for draining the treasury. As of now the office of the Exchequer has begun a detailed investigation but nothing new is forthcoming. I've taken the liberty of using my own personal royal funds to kick off the beginning rounds of modernization efforts within the country of which more information will be released at a later date."

After the Prince had finished speaking the commander of the Royal Guard, Brigadier Delyth Kendrick make a quick show of addressing the crowd, "We've heard the concerns of the citizenry regarding unknown military members attempting restrict movement throughout the country. We understand this can be very frightening but we need everyone to stay steady and report any sighting to the Royal Guards immediately, we have setup a hotline regarding the matter which will come with our official press release."

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Brigadier Delyth Kendrick making his brief statement regarding security matters.

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Outrage Again Over Mundus Liber Survey

Unsurprisingly another wave of national outrage has hit the nation as the results of Mundus Liber's Freedom Survey has been released. The SBC caught up with some of the interviewees from last article to ask them how they felt.

56 year old John Havers was returning to work after dropping his son off for the second time at university, "Ah those Mundus people are at it again? Look I'll tell ye I'm tired of them judgin us like this. I go to work, where I get wonderful benefits and don't have a fear of getting fired for things out of my control, I go out with the lads to the pub where we don't have any police trying to arrest us or people tryin to put us down for the way we think and have a good time. When I'm done with that I go home to me lovely wife and spend time with her watchin the tele, which has anything you can want and the government doesn't have any of their greedy hands in. Watch the SBC get some good news that int propaganda. Me boy is off to uni, and he doesn't ave' to be afraid of who is he there or here or anywhere. They'll be teachin him some right good stuff over there and they do some proper free thinkin. And what? Seylos is behind some religious government that bans political parties, or some other place that lets people get tortured, or another place where you can become a f*ckin indentured servant? These people are right outta their minds. Yeah we got our problems, but I can tell yeah after readin about places that are supposedly better than us I'd rather be in Seylos than any other place."

Our reporters then traveled back to Selbourne, where there were already protests over the survey. Outside of the Royal Palace, police lined the perimeter watching over the peaceful protest outside. In the protest our reporter caught up to 34 year old Mary Clevens who had her own ideas about the survey, "Oh yeah, I'm right f*ckin mad at these survey people. They just don't get us ya know? We got our self a king who's a good man and leadin us to better places. Who needs these arseholes to tell us how free we are!? As far as I'm concerned these Mundis-whatever survey people can kiss my arse."

The King was currently not in Selbourne, but released a statement that again voice disagreement with the survey but also took time to remind people that "Mundus Liber does not represent the government of Mauridiviah directly in international affairs. This will not affect our working relationship with any of our allies."

 

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Role of Prime Minister Has Been Officially Announced

Today was a busy day for the government as a series of major announcements were put out concerning not only the government but the military structure.

King Aidan recently signed into law the latest of the new governmental reforms which will create a position of Prime Minister. The Prime Ministerial role will be different that other future members of parliament in that it will be a directly elected role by the whole of the country. The new PM would be second only to the King himself in the government hierarchy, giving the position a significant amount of power right out of the gates. While this new move won't replace the non-democratic power of the monarchy, it is still an unprecedented step forward in Seylosian politics that in such a short time much power has transferred from the fractured nobility into the hands of the people.

Professor Miles Jameson showed excitement for the new position upon hearing the news, "This is a massive turnaround for the decaying political structure of the Kingdom. Not only has this move seemingly solidified the power and popularity that King Aidan is enjoying right now, but it has breathed new life into our political system. Without these new reforms we may well have been in dire straights just months from now."

While we tried our best to contact members of the nobility for comment is appears they are staying quiet on the subject for now.

 

Military Humanitarian Order Founded

 

King Aidan has announced the foundation of a military order dedicated to humanitarian aid and providing armed protection of a civilian populace in heavily disputed warzones where the government is unable to do so. Currently the order has been titled 'The Military Order of Camillus' or sometimes known as the Knights, an entirely separate and independent branch that answers only to the king himself.

"Currently the Knights has 150 active combat personnel and a pool of over 500 aid workers from various backgrounds to deploy on missions in the future. The Royal Navy has set aside one frigate, one patrol ship, and the hospital ship Bristol for the use of the order. Dr. Alecia Brynn has been selected to be the order's first leader and Major Garrick Scott has been selected to lead the Knight's military contingent," The King spoke while giving his announcement. "We have faith that the Knights can help people anywhere in the world, regardless of nation origin, race, or any other factor. Because of these lofty goals, we also wish to open up recruitment for this order to any people of the world. We know in an undertaking such as this, diversity is key."

Critics have been quick to attack this move by the King, calling it a ridiculous attempt at becoming a world police. At the same time other critics have touched on the fact that the Knights would be allowing non-Seylosians into the armed forces even if they are only restricted to the Knights.

Regardless the creation of the Knights seems a symptom of the times, where reports of civil war, war crimes, and disaster have become much more common in recent years. It may be the King is trying to propel Seylos even higher into the world stage.

 

 

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Curious Encounter In the Dolch Sea

The Dolch Sea (also known as the Dolch See) has been a grey area for the Seylosian Royal Navy for many years. Royal Navy doctrine has been mostly to avoid causing unneeded tensions with Derthalen to the north. However during times of the year where Seylosian shipping traffic picks up in the Dolch, there are increased patrols in the area to ward off any piracy actions. 

Yesterday the navy cruiser HMS Ardent responded to a call from a Seylosian freighter that was concerned it was being shadowed by unknown ships as it made its way through the Dolch Sea. At midday the Ardent met up with the freighter and took up a position next to it in order to escort it. Almost an hour later three small ships appeared moving on an intercept course towards the freighter. What those ships didn't know however is that the freighter had already contacted the Ardent, and the commander had made the decision to continue hiding behind the freighter.

As the pirates got close to the freighter, the Ardent dropped from behind the freighter and confronted the ships. However, unlike most pirates who would usually flee at the sight of a modern warship the ships pressed on. In fact surprisingly they changed their target from the freighter to the cruiser. After firing a few warning shots from the Ardent, they were suddenly met with a hail of machine gun and RPG fire. 

"I was certainly taken aback by the brazen assault, but I wasn't going to let them get away with it, or hurt any of my crew," Captain Jason Lennox said in a later interview.

While the Ardent was taking a beating from the pirate assault, Lennox ordered the ships destroyed. And within only a few minutes, the Ardent's single five inch gun and heavy cannons laid the smaller boats to waste. 

The Royal Navy is reporting one survivor from the attacking pirate ships who is currently recovering from their injuries. The spokesman however did not elaborate on any information that may have been gathered from this individual.

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Mysteries Grow in the Dolch Sea

The mystery of the Dolch Sea continues to grow every day as more announcements regarding piracy in the area emerge.

Yesterday around 21:00 the Royal Navy frigate HMS Argo was on routine patrol in the sea, when it spotted what appeared to be another frigate sized vessel sailing due east on course taking it away from the Argo. No Royal Navy ships were reporting to be that close to the Argo, and when they attempted to hail the mystery ship no response was given. After the lack of response the captain gave the order to lay in a course to bring the Argo closer to the ship to establish who it belonged to. They managed to get close enough to establish that the ship they were pursuing had no obvious markings tying it to any nation or organization. By this time the weather had begun to pickup and the Argos eventually lost sight of the ship.

Following this new sighting, it has been revealed by the Royal Navy that the sole survivor of the attack on the Ardent has unfortunately passed away.

"It appears that the injuries sustained by the individual in question were too severe, and at 9:47 this morning after a lengthy period in a coma, he passed away. He was unable at any point to reveal any information regarding the organization or group of people that he worked for, though it has been reported that before falling into the coma he was adamant that something had to be sent somewhere. At the moment we are looking into anything of value that statement has to offer, and of course the recent sighting by the HMS Argos.

First Governors Elected Country Wide

For quite some time since the fall of the nobility from grace, regional governments had been hurriedly readying themselves for Seylos's first regional elections. In fact what has shocked many people, is the fact that the majority of candidates have no stated political party. However some political parties have begun to spring up in force in the wake of the elections. The Constitutional Royalist party has gained an enormous amount of support in the areas surrounding Selbourne and in the southern districts of Alba who support the monarchy in its current form albeit with some constitutional restriction and appear to be relatively centrist with their political views. The Conservative party, one of the few open parties before King Aidan's ascent to the throne has gained more traction in high income areas pushing for more conservatives values. On top of this their historic opponents in Labour have taken strongholds in Cymry and northern Anglia. Not to mention the many other smaller parties that have gained small footholds in hey regions.

Eight gubernatorial elections were held over the weekend with another ten to go: four in Anglia, two in Alba, and two in Cymry. For the Selbourne region, a Constitutional Royalist party candidate was elected while in Coventry region a Labour candidate was voted into office. However the six other elected governors have still not yet decided on which party or even if they want to join a party in the future. While a governors role has shifted over the years to be slightly less important, dealing mainly with logistics in counties as well as inter city commerce, the elections show a potential future picture of political parties in the country.

Suffice to say with the political arena heating up and Parliamentary elections around the corner a wildly different political landscape in Seylos is beginning to spring forth..

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A Dramatic Day

Today a series of important announcements have arrived from the Royal Government which has both shocked and pleased people around the country.

Foreign Minister Geoffrey Tatum approached the SBC to give a special announcement regarding the Derthalen Empire to the north, which historically has had an ice cold relationship with Seylos.

"We have confirmed that recently an ocean liner registered with the country of Limonaia has been hijacked by pirates sponsored or directly in control of Derthalen. The ocean liner was scheduled to dock in Seylos while continuing its normal duties and failed to reach its destination. A Royal Navy ship, the HMS Argos, had received a distress call from the ocean liner and after following the trail the captain had come to conclusion the most likely suspect would be those associated with Derthalen. The highest military admiralship and analysts have also come to the conclusion as well that this is the most likely event. Seylos cannot tolerate such a flagrant disregard for peaceful transit in the Dolch Sea, and as a result we feel the most necessary action is the most harsh we can perform at this time."

"As of now, the Kingdom of Seylos has enacted a full embargo against Derthalen among other measures. Any assets of Derthalen citizens in Seylos have been frozen and those from Derthalen within our borders not under an immigration visa have been given sixty days to leave the country or face deportation. Any unable to return to Derthalen will be given the utmost of humanitarian respect until the time that they can return of their own free will. No commercial or civilian traffic shall be allowed by air or water to Derthalen and the Royal Navy has been deployed in force to the Dolch Sea to ensure the continued security of the area."

The SBC was able to continue a smaller discussion with other members of the government who confirmed that the elected House of Governors have voted for the emergency measure overnight in favor of the Derthalen Embargo in conjunction with the Royal Government. More will follow as information becomes available.

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