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The Greater Serbian Crisis Deepens

The campaign against slavery takes a dark turn

It comes as a surprise that the Agios Basilikon Kounsistorion has sided against @Greater Serbia. They are one of the few powers in the world that promotes their Christian faith, rather than reject it and embrace heresy or even turn from Christ altogether, like many others across Europa and the wider Eurth. Whilst they may well have some doctrinal differences with our glorious church, it has been recognised that they are true Christians rather than heretics. The people of that nation are humble before God and work to further His glory. This means that the government's actions seem to be at odds with what our faith and our love of Christ demands.

The idea that a civilised nation, one that shares the same Christian values, can truly be undertaking the crimes that have been suggested is likely an exaggeration of the problems that Greater Serbia is suffering. Their Chancellor, the head of state, Slobodan Milosevic, is attempting to prevail against a growing crisis within his nation. Ethnic tensions and strife have started to spread across the country and it is driven by the Bosniak minority. Recently, it even made world news when a group of gunmen, part of a terroristic plot, seized an apartment building, precipitating a hostage crisis. The fanaticism of the gunmen was such that the local armed forces had to be called in when the police could not cope with the situation. There were a large number of casualties and mainly among the terrorists. All Christians should pray for the innocent that suffered during this outrage and and wish them a quick recovery.

Undoubtedly, this is not the only example of the turmoil that these Bosniaks are spreading and this is likely driven by their hatred for the religion of Christ. In fact, their detestation for our shared faith was such that the Greater Serbian government was forced to make their cult an illegal religion, as otherwise they might well have become dangerous. This assertion has been proven by the Bosmal Towers hostage crisis. The action that the Greater Serbian government is undertaking is some forced population movement of this malicious group and their families and is only going to make it safer for the populace as a whole. That is what is causing such false outcry amongst the nations of the world.

At first the campaign against slavery on Eurth looked like it could be a force for good. A collection of the great powers forced changes on the rogue nation of @Derthalen, through a combination of sanctions and the threat of military action. Other nations similarly inclined towards sin of slavery took stock of the situation and started to address their ways. However, the campaign has now lost its way. It has become merely adventurism, picking on nations that are suffering crises not of their own making and have been judged to be lacking by not the foremost nations of the world, but perhaps some of the worst Eurth has.

That those who are sanctioning or attempting to blockade Greater Serbia – a landlocked nation – are some of the worst examples of sin and debauchery should not be surprising, even if the reaction of Ahromaneia is. @Variota is an open nest of iniquity, led by a harlot and the new King of @Seylos appears to take pride in and even flaunts his sin. Even @Adaptus turns its back on much of its Aroman heritage and allows superstition and immorality to blossom in its place instead. The Church is being sidelined by the latest military strongman to take the helm of our creaking neighbour, who has to prop up his regime by distracting his people through warfare. They have picked up other waifs and strays, who seemed to be determined to follow on like jackals, trying to pick up the scraps left by other nations.

The sanctions that the Tagmatine government has put into place only help this league of sinners against a fellow Christian state only serves to weaken the faithful as a whole. It has also sewn the seeds of a worse crisis – there have been noises coming from Trapezon that His Holiness, Nikolaos IX, Patriarkhos of Trapezon, might consider the threat of excommunication against the leader of the free world, the Agios Basileos himself. There has yet been no sign whether the other heads of churches across Ahromaneia might back him in this. It would be surprising if the Adapton primates did so – they have yet to issue any condemnation of the actions of their king, so they are likely to remain quiet when it comes to Kommodos.

Of course, this paper does not support the idea of a potential crisis involving the Church but there needs to be some attempt by the Agios Basilikon Kounsistorion to take stock of the situation. The path that appears to be the one that they are taking at the moment seems to be one that will only hurt the faithful across both Greater Serbia and Tagmatium, and likely the wider world as well. May God guide them towards acting in a right and just manner.

 

Fishing Industry suffering due to ongoing Military Conflict

War compounds Quotas

The ongoing conflict to pacify the lands in the north of the Occident is the largest one that has taken place since the AdSoc Crisis of eleven years ago. As yet, the force of Aroman arms is winning out against the mass of barbaroi and warlords that had taken root since the legitimate government departed and the area collapsed into chaos. The Agios Basilikon Kounsistorion has remained somewhat tight-lipped on the progress so far, but embedded reporters from other publications and broadcasters are painting a picture of a war that is going to plan. The high command, the Epistrategai and the Logothesion of War have both indicated that casualties are what they have expected and that the timetable is on track.

However, one of the repercussions of the conflict has been on the fishing trade off the coast of the northern maritime themata. The increased naval traffic and even the occasional seaborne band of warlord militia and the danger that they present has made fishing increasingly hazardous. Some of the fishing villages close to the border have even been temporarily evacuated or taken over by the Basilikoploimon, the navy, for use in operations. This has had an appreciable impact on the livelihoods of those involved in the fishing trade, as their fleet cannot attain the catches that they need. It isn't thought that local supplies of garos, the ever-popular fish sauce, will not be affected.

This continuing threat to the ships and lives of fishermen, on top of quotas that are being forced upon them by the Logothesion of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, has meant that the local economies of these towns are beginning to suffer. Whilst the logic behind the quotas is relatively sound – namely that overfishing is starting to reduce the fish stocks of the seas surrounding Arhomaneia – the hardship that it might cause seems to have been overlooked. As yet, the Agios Basilikon Kounsistorion has not responded to calls for compensation for the disruption that has been caused to the fishing trade, beyond saying that options that are equitable to all will be found. However, churches in the areas affect are beginning to distribute alms and encourage charity in order to take the edge off the potential economic damage that is happening.

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The Agios Basilikon Kounsistorion was at first not going to give the actions of the Mundus Liber organisation the recognition that would come from Arhomaneia giving it attention. For it is naught but the judgement of a group of barbaroi – how could their appraisals be trusted, since they have so misjudged the heart of the civilised world? It is therefore clear that they have little idea of true civilisation, one driven by Christian values and standing at the head of two millennia of Aroman heritage. The gifts of culture that the Arhomaioi have given to the rest of the world are many and varied, from works of literature that are considered the Classics to democracy.

These surveys are demonstrably not perfect and, indeed, displays the ignorance of their producers. However, it also shows that this is likely driven by nativity rather than malice. If it was truly unbiased, and free from the influence of a barbarous culture, then clearly the Megas Agios Basileia Arhomanion would be in the top positions of any examination of what genuinely makes a country civilised. How could anyone that was actually unbiased find differently?

But only God is perfect, so it is to be expected that the results found by Mundus Liber do not reflect the true order of the world.

And by this, the Agios Basilikon Kounsistorion finds the indignation that now echoes across Eurth to be a trifle overplayed. From demonstrations in national capitals to diplomatic spats between nations themselves, ham-handed ire seems to be the current driving force in many governments. Even those that had previously seemed guided by more sensible and stable hands. The non-governmental organisation that carried out this survey obviously has a political ideology that drives its actions. These ideals blinker their vision and mean that they were always going to hold similar thoughts and viewpoints to their own above others. It then follows that governments who hold those would be ranked higher, even above one that ought to be considered the benchmark of the world.

There are certainly similar organisations in your countries that hold harsh views about other nations, even if they may be less vocal about it. Mundus Liber is, despite its political views, a peaceful organisation. They do imply by their habit of ranking other countries show that they wish their views influenced others, but they go no further. They do not aim to inspire terroristic acts or civil disobedience. There is no suggestion that they are attempting to spread their ideology. It does not even suggest that its findings should be acted upon. They do not represent, of course, the actual government of the nation they are based in. It may be that some of the more backward nations about the world, those who deny their people freedom of speech or press, cannot quite differentiate between the government making a statement and the opinions of private individuals.

Perhaps those nations who find themselves in such paroxysms of moral outrage need to consider why the findings of a small organisation with biased views is having such an affect on them. It may be that these exaggerated denials are drawing more attention to any possible failings, not less. Those governments whose officials, or even leaders, who are giving statements that drip with moral outrage must realise something. It is that being seen to tackle these claims will only validate the claims of this NGO in the eyes of the rest of the world. There is such a thing as protesting too much, after all.

It seems that Mundus Liber indeed has found itself to have some influence over the world's political landscape, although perhaps not in the way that they intended. May God grant them that this does not become something that they regret. The Agios Basilikon Kounsistorion hopes that they come to recognise true civilisation for what it is, rather than their erroneous, un-Christian viewpoint as it now stands.

May Christ guide their way and lead Eurth to a more peaceful future.

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The Katepanatikion of Easteia to be Disbanded

In an announcement that many have seen as long in the coming, the Agios Basilikon Kounsistorion has signalled that it is to begin to formally disband the Katepanatikion, or military governorship, in the far west of the Megas Agios Basileia ton Arhomanion. It has existed since the invasion of the Jaehosion in the closing months of EK7514 (AD2005). That had been conducted in response to the petty and failed states in the area beginning to turn more and more to the production of heroin to fund their governments, and the Agios Basilikon Kounsistorion held this to be a possible threat to national security at the time. The territories have long been considered a heartland of Ahromaneia, although the influence of Tagmatika had waned in the 20th Century.

Since its inception, the Katepanatikion has been controlled by the army officer who lead the initial invasion, Strategos Antoninos Traianos. At times termed a scourge of the opium farmer, the blunt instrument of Tagmatika, the bane of the corrupt official and the fountainhead of a culture of bribery, Traianos has at least brought stability to an area that was often considered lawless. The weakening of central authority had promoted almost a bandit culture in the most inaccessible parts of the the basin, but the deployment of up to one hundred thousand Tagmatine soldiers and airmen has brought the lawlessness to an end. This has been combined with a concerted effort to re-introduce the rule of civilian law and authorities and has included successfully changing the cash crop from opium in the northern part of the Katepanatikion.

However, at times the military government has been accused of being heavy-handed, even brutal. The informal political structures that had developed in the absence of the Agios Basilikon Kounsistorion have been systematically replaced, with a mixture of armed action and occasional bribery. Rarely, courtly titles had been offered to the leaders of these small polities, coming with annual stipends, in order to bring them to the Tagmatine heel. The military have also been accused of having an occupational nature, especially by the Nea Demokratia Party, which favoured a much more consensual establishment of central power. The Agios Basilikon Kounsistorion has consistently ignored and rejected anything put forward to it by that party, representing as it does the Synkletos ton Tagmatika, the Senate of Tagmatika. The leader of the party, Isaakios Niketas, the former Proedros or President of the Senate, has dogged by controversy since he set up Nea Demokratia.

The timetable for dissolving the Katepanatikion has been announced for the end of EK7528 (AD2019) and the Agios Basilikon Kounsistorion has suggested informally that it can see no real reason for any delays. Civilian power structure has been developed over the last decade and the police forces of the various themata that make up the area have been running with little oversight from the military for several years now. The divisions that have been undertaking the police duties alongside the local police are being withdrawn. Unsubstantiated rumours have suggested that this is in order to bolster the forces that are combatting the warlord factions in the territories to the north of Tagmatium. Their experience in acting as a gendarmerie has been informally recognised by the Logothesion of War and the Epistrategai, the high command of the armed forces of Arhomaneia.

Hosepipe Ban Ended

The hosepipe ban that has been in force in much of Perateia, since the late summer, some places even early summer, has been ended. This comes after several weeks of heavy rain, which has even seen some flooding around Boreapolis and Klimatos. Life has begun to return to normal after scenes that included bowsers of water being set up on the street corners of residential areas of Klimatos, the capital of the thema of Klimatolikon. The area had not seen a hosepipe ban since EK7523 (AD2014), although it is the most widespread one in almost twenty years.

One of the main accusations has been that the infrastructure that is in place is not up to the strains currently being put upon it by the increasing urban population. This has been exacerbated by farming techniques that saw deeper drilling for fresh water in order to expand irrigation. These methods have been banned in recent years, but the Logothesia for the Environment and for Agriculture have been slow to introduce proper alternatives for the areas concerned, arable farming being their economic base, which have been the hardest hit. A spokesperson for the Logothesion for the Environment has said that the last few years have seen an increase in investment into modern and environmentally-friendly farming methods, ones that are allowing the aquifers to replenish at their original rate.

The Patriarkhos of Matapon, who has often claimed the position of primate of Perateia, also suggested that a recent dip in church attendance could be to blame but has said that these have begun to rise again since the hosepipe ban came into force. “It is encouraging to see the faithful have been reminded of their covenant with God,” His Divine Holiness, Theodorokanos IV, said in a statement issued to the press. “Pious behaviour, faith in Christ and wise stewardship of Eurth are the only true solutions to any current or potential ecological crisis.”

This mirrors the stance taken by the Agios Basilikon Kounsistorion, which has seen heavy investment in alternative energy and carbon-neutral technology and policies since the election of Kommodos III as Agios Basileos kai Autokrator ton Arhomanion. This has chimed well with the Church's emphasis on maintaining Eurth as part of God's holy creation. However, some have been critical of the way in which the utilities were nationalised as part of an expansion of central authority under the current sovereign and allege that this has led, in part, to the need for a hosepipe ban due to frequent confusion over responsibility of parts of the network. In turn, the Logothetai for the Environment, Agriculture and Works state that, in fact, it was years of chronic underinvestment under private shareholders who creamed off any profits that are to blame, and this is being steadily brought right.

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Arhomaneia Reaches Power Milestone

Fossil fuels on the way out?

The Logothesion for Power announced with much fanfare that the Megas Agios Basileia had run a full seven days on power entirely generated from renewable and nuclear power. This represents a great milestone for not just our great nation, but for Eurth as well. Although the Logothesion was unable to comment at this time on what the ratio was for renewable energy and nuclear energy, it has been suggested by some commentators, namely from Petrion University's Department for Metrology and Climate Science, that it is likely to lean towards renewable energy, rather than nuclear power. And, on top of this, the renewable sources that the Agios Basilikon Kounsistorion has been investing in do not include biomass burning technology.

This heralds something of a turning point, and for many reasons. Firstly, it shows to the wider world that a nation of the power and might of Arhomaneia is capable of weaning itself off the teat of fossil fuels, at least when it comes to power generation. Secondly, it showcases that our country remains, and will ever remain, one of the leading lights when it comes to technology and the environment. Whilst other nations still clutch foolishly at fossil fuels, even when it is demonstrable that they are harming God's Eurth, the Arhomaioi are able to step further away from this dependence, especially when it appears that Eurth is reaching peak oil production. Now is very much the time to break away from this reliance on oil, especially since the biggest source of it lie within barbaroi hands – barbaroi who have ever plotted, schemed and cast envious eyes upon the might and glory of Megas Agios Basileia.

This feeds into the policies of the Agios Basilikon Kounsistorion under Agios Basileos kai Autokrator Kommodos III, may Christ forever bless and guide him, namely the policy umbrella of Strong State, Strong Church. Whilst others have in the past criticised the green energy tack that the Logothesion for Power has taken under the current regime, it has definitely made Arhomaneia less reliant on foreign powers for its oil and petroleum products. There has, however, been no indication that oil production within Arhomaneia is slowing down – after all, the majority of motor vehicles, as well as ships and aircraft run on it, as does the production of plastics within our country. Less reliance on oil, and to a lesser extent coal, for the generation of power means that there would be less of a need to turn to foreign sources for Arhomaniki industries, a step forward towards self-reliance and making the Heart of Civilisation much more secure against foreign powers.

“From here, we shall strive for an ever-increasing amount of time spent away from using fossil fuels for power generation, until we are capable of breaking away from its use entirely,” the Megas Logothetes for Power, Frantzeskhos Zemarkhos, was quote as saying. This goes hand-in-hand with a plan put forward by the Logothesia for Power, Transport, Works and the Environment to increase the number of vehicles on the road that run off electricity and a comprehensive support infrastructure that covers the whole of the Megas Agios Basileia – and possibly beyond, further into Europa.

This announcement did cause a short lowering of the price of oil across the world market, although it has since recovered. There have been concerns that it may cause oil-producing nations and companies to push up the price of oil for buyers based in Arhomaneia, although it yet seems that this has yet to surface. Such actions would, however, demonstrate why the Agios Basilikon Kounsistorion is correct in its actions, since no true Arhomaios would want to see our Christ-favoured nation held to ransom by uncivilised powers in such a manner.

 

Diplomatic Offensive Continues

A Step Too Far?

In a continuation of the so-called Diplomatic Offensive, the Agios Basilikon Kounsistorion has opened relations more countries – and whilst this paper recognises that this is a necessity, that to shut the Megas Agios Basileia away from the world leads to isolation, some of the nations that have been contacted are, to varying degrees, offensive to all true Christians.

Whilst it is a sad fact, @Variota is indeed one of the leading nations of Alharu. As this paper has said before, it is nothing more than a hotbed of sin and deviancy. That one of its prime exports seems to be the monstrous Vooters chain is all that needs to be said about it and its pernicious influence on the rest of its continent. In an ideal world, it would be regarded by the Agios Basilikon Kounsistorion in the same way as the slaver-states that Arhomaneia has raised its hand against many times in the past – a backwards nation, closed to all right-thinking people. However, to compound the matter, it also claims to have a large Christian population, something that must be considered to be a contradiction in terms, as anyone who takes even a quick glance at their nation ought to realise.

Secondly is the Kingdom of @Seylos. Again, on the face of it, a Christian country, but ruled by a man who is nothing more than the chief deviant in a nation that goes almost whole heartedly against the word of God. King Aidan even recently made his male consort a feudal noble, as Seylos still clings to the barbarian trappings of nobility, with titles, fiefdoms and serfs. It should be not surprising that one of its closest neighbours is Derthalen. That nation's perfidious influence shows in its southern neighbour, as Seylos seemingly still clings to its medieval past in a manner where strongmen appointed by their monarch keep their boot upon a God-fearing populace, who, if they are truly Christian, simmer against their sinful ruler.

And it is perhaps best not to mention @Fulgistan, a Communist nation. Again, it must be said that there is a necessity to maintaining diplomatic relations with all countries, as it means that there is a way to enable missionaries spreading the word of Christ to those ignorant of it. Especially if those missionaries are backed by a Maximos aircraft carrier. But to have cordial relations with such a nation, with an anti-religious ideology, is a bit much. It should be hoped that this opening of relations is the start of the Agios Basilikon Kounsistorion bringing pressure to bear upon the poor, ignorant Fulgistanis and helping to guide them and their nation towards the Light.

Finally is @Sancti Imperii Catholico, a nest of heretics if there ever was one. Whilst they are arguably not the worst of the so-called “Christian” nations that lie across Eurth, they do claim to have received Christianity directly from Arhomaneia itself, from Liosos, often claimed to be one of the seventy-two apostles sent by Christ to spread His Word to foreign lands. However, since then, they have slipped into heresy and wrong-thinking. Hopefully, now that they can have closer contact with God's chosen nation on Eurth and now can be led back into the Light of Christ.

Whilst it can only be applauded that the Agios Basilikon Kounsistorion is initiating diplomatic contact with more and more nations, our great nation must become more discerning when it comes to expanding that beyond merely exchanging ambassadors. Unless, of course, it is to make sure that those nations know that the Agios Basileos kai Autokrator is not known as the Leader of the Free World for no reason.

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The Agios Basilikon Kounsistorion seeks Trading Partners?

The Logothesion ton Kommerkiarionikou (Ministry for Trade) recently announced that plans that Arhomaneia will start attempting to secure trade agreements with nations further afield than northern Europa. Whilst trade does exist between the Megas Agios Basileia, at has oddly seen a downturn in recent years – this is partially explained by the increasingly fractious nature of the rest of Eurth, but also the fact that the Agios Basilikon Kounsistorion has been able to wrangle some relatively uneven agreements with nations in what might be cynically called its sphere of influence. This demonstrably cannot continue, especially since it appears to be fuelling the emerging refugee crisis around the Fillipou Thalassa, the Kosscow Sea. The nations around it do not seem to be recovering from the “Great Europan Collapse”, and likely the relatively predatory nature of the Agios Basilikon Kounsistorion's has something to do with this.

It has been suggested by sources within the Logothesion ton Kommerkiarionikou that the first nation to have been approached is Salvia, otherwise known as the @Sancti Imperii Catholico. This is both a surprising move, and a fairly obvious one for Arhomaneia. Despite the distance between the two nations, Salvia does provide a relatively large market for items produced within Arhomaneia – wine, for example, is one of the more profitable exports from Megas Agios Basileia. On the other hand, the religious differences between Salvia and our own nation could well prove to be a sticking point at a later date, although the government of Kommodos III, may God bless him, has often demonstrated its willingness to disregard what might be considered Christian scruples if it aids Arhomaneia, and therefore arguably the Church itself, in the long run.

The nations of the Auraid Bay might also prove to be valuable trading partners to Arhomaneia due to their proximity to the Occident. However, the on-going crisis between the Kingdom of @PyeMcGowan and @Theodoria would likely stifle any enthusiasm for that, at least for the moment. The Logothesion ton Barbaron is still maintaining its travel warning, advising its citizens from going to either Theodoria or PyeMcGowan, in case a situation of open warfare does truly develop between the two countries. On top of that, there has been a growing level of scepticism amongst the business community of Arhomaneia towards the outward image of wealth that the Kingdom has been presenting over recent years – especially since it appears to be entirely unremarked upon by other nations in Argis. There is the suggestion that the wealth of the Kingdom may actually be much more similar to the Dniesterian fake watches that PyeMcGowian originals – that is, a thin covering of gold over mundane copper beneath.

Further west, the Kingdoms of @Seylos and @Morheim could be better options than those around the Auraid Bay. Both nations live in the shadow of their neighbour, the so-called Holy Empire of @Derthalen, but both have shown themselves to be much more reasonable. The Laren Convention is probably one of the biggest political coups in recent years – that it was achieved by a young queen of what is arguably a small power shows that Morheim might be the key to central Argis. Seylos as well does not seem to be suffering too much, after having acted as something of a bastion against the oppressive forces of the Derhalers for so long. Recent announcements from both Seylos and the Kingdom of Gallambria show that the Seylosians are open minded enough and interested in spreading their own influence in the world to be viewed as a potential trading partner by Arhomaneia.

Of course, much of it does come down to how much the Logothesion ton Kommerkiarionikou is willing to offer – national pride and a sense of history have often been the downfall of the Arhomaioi, especially when it comes to attempting to make equitable agreements with countries that are viewed as barbaroi. Often, what is viewed by the Arhomaioi as fair is often little short of an imposition. It is clearly hoped by the Agios Basilikon Kounsistorion that at least Salvia will be interested in what Arhomaneia has to say.

 

Stylite ascends column in the heart of Tagmatika

The plaza that lies opposite the Imperial Palace Complex is usually remarkable only for the perennial hot sausage van that seems to be the only permanent occupant allowed by the Agios Basilikon Kounsistorion. However, since yesterday morning, a man has stood on one of the columns that edge the square, preaching at those who would listen. The plaza is edged with governmental buildings and is one of the major tourists attractions in Tagmatika – after all, who doesn't want to see the heart of civilisation on Eurth? - and so far, the new stylite has attracted considerable attention.

The stylite, who has given his name as Khristoforos Filiponos, ascended the column in the early hours of the morning, with little fanfare or announcement. Reportedly, some of the police and soldiers that guard the square were convinced of Filiponos' piety after he gave them a short sermon and so did not attempt to prevent him from using a ladder to get to the top of the column. The column that he chose was not one that had been previously occupied by any bronze statues of former basileoi. The statues of Konstantinos VIII, who led Arhomaneia during the latter, disastrous years of the Long War and those of the Navarkhokratia have been removed from such places of honour.

As a form of asceticism, the method that Filiponos has chosen is one that has become increasingly common in recent years. There have been many examples of stylite across Arhomaneia, especially since the start of the Navarkhokratia in EK7478 (AD1969). Reputedly, it was encouraged as a way to distract from the increasing lack of personal freedoms. However, it is much more ancient than that, as of course Saint Vinkentios lived on a pillar outside of Kotion for nearly forty years, starting in EK5882 (AD374). Saint Vinkentios ascended the pillar after gaining a particularly holy reputation and wished that his devotions were not interrupted by pilgrims, who attempted to solicit his advice.

It appears that, so far, the Agios Basilikon Kounsistorion seems to be content to let Filiponos be, although undoubtedly he will be monitored closely. Several priests have been seen listening to what the stylite has had to say, although they themselves have declined to comment, as has the office of the Patriarkhos of Tagmatika. Members of the Esoteriki Epitheorisi Pliroforion (EEP) are also watching the crowd that occasionally gathers at the foot of the column. If Filiponos strays from the conventional line – whether religious or political – it may be judged that he needs to be removed from his place at the heart of Tagmatika.

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The Fate of Rikardos Sagittarian Possibly Confirmed

Ahromaneia's longest manhunt may be at an end. Last week, leads from an anonymous source led police to the discovery of a shallow grave, which held human remains. Whilst this in and of itself is, sadly, not necessarily an event of national importance, information that has come to light since means that it may well have put a recent, traumatic chapter of the Megas Agios Basileia finally to rest. So far, what little information that has been officially released by the Logothesion ton Praitoriou (the Ministry of Police) suggests that the grave held the body of an adult male, who had been dead for some years. The cause of death had not yet been released.


However, the Logothesion has said that it is believed that the body may be that of Rikardos Sagittarian, the head of the so-called Arhomaniki Communist Party. After the bombing of Easteia in 2008, Sagittarian became the target of the biggest manhunts in Arhomaniki history. Ultimately, despite driving the Communist Party of Arhomaneia underground and resulting in hundreds of arrests of members of the terrorist organisation, the campaign failed to catch the leader. For years, a substantial reward of both money and courtly titles was offered for information of his whereabouts, but no convincing leads were ever received by the Agios Basilikon Kounsistorion. This led to a fear that the terrorist organisation was either significantly more advanced than initially thought or sponsored by a foreign power of a similar ideology, which in turn led to the Esoteriki Epitheorisi Pliroforion (secret police) being given increased powers to tackle this terroristic threat, much to the alarm of civil liberties groups.

This increase of powers of the EEP, and Praitorioi, seemed to be in vain. No matter how the Agios Basilikon Kounsistorion pushed the crushing of the terrorists, only low-level members could ever seem to be caught. An amnesty was put into place, to allow the atheistic group to find God once again. A policy was that if former Communists put themselves forwards as either monks or nuns, their previous crimes would be ignored. Sagittarian evaded capture, which stoked the fear of the Arhomaniki government. Rapidly, the inability to bring the terrorist leader to justice became one of the biggest embarrassments of the reign of Kommodos III, may God continue to guide him. This was despite the fact the Glorious Dominate of Beautancus was also putting diplomatic pressure on Arhomaneia as well.

It now seems that the manhunt may well have been to little avail. The current theory put forward by the Logothesion ton Praitoriou, as amended due to the apparent discovery of Sagittarian's body, is that he was murdered by one of his fellow terrorists shortly after the bombing of Easteia. It was an event that was supposed to inspire popular uprising in both Arhomaneia and Beautancus, but it was rapidly apparent that it had backfired. The sheer death toll in the Arhomaniki city meant that those who supported the terrorists' blasphemous ideology lost stomach and likely returned to the light of Christ quite quickly. The failure of the attack and the nationwide manhunt that followed meant that Sagittarian was no longer a charismatic leader, but an encumbrance. Therefore his fellow terrorists murdered him and dumped him in a shallow grave. This also goes towards explaining why the bombastic speeches that Sagittarian had put out in the run up to the attack on Easteia were no longer put up on social media in its aftermath.

That Sagittarian seems to have been finally found is both a blessing and a curse for the Agios Basilikon Kounsistorion. It can now justify as to why the terrorist evaded capture for eleven years, despite the resources put into it the operation – he just was not alive to apprehend. On the other hand, that this information eluded the Arhomaniki government for over a decade, with the police, secret police and intelligence agencies being focused on the terrorist's capture is likely a major embarrassment for Kommodos' regime.

The office of the Agios Basileos kai Autokrator was asked for comment by this newspaper, but declined, stating that further information needed to come to light before the Mystikon, the personal staff of the Arhomaniki monarch, was willing to comment.

 

Relations between Seylos and Rihan Worsen

Towards the end of last month, the King of @Seylos gave a speech that was a harsh condemnation of the actions of the Republic of @Rihan. The speech was quite stern in its wording and pulled few punches. It is rare for the leader of a regional power to give such unadulterated criticism of the actions of another power, especially since Rihan has not been as disruptive on the wurld stage as other nations. It is, however, worth pointing out that the Tellosanoi have undoubtedly deserved the comments aimed at them by the barbarian king. The conflict in Enolia was little short of an aggressive war, even if the reasons for it being waged initially did seem to be wholly justified. That the conflict rapidly spiralled so that it became a war of conquest demonstrates that the Tellosanoi have changed much since their exile from Arhomaneia – then, they fled under the supposed threat of annihilation. Now it appears that they are more than willing to inflict such a fate on another power and its people.

Whilst it seems that the actions of Tellosanon seem to be little short of barbaric, it must be considered precisely where Seylos' justifications for its criticisms are coming from. The Kingdom has often been portrayed as a bastion against the piratical and megalomaniacal ambitions of its backward north-eastern neighbour, but it must be pointed out that the family that rules the island kingdom is little better. It is a family that seems to have more than its fair share of unstable members – after all, a coup was enacted by the current king's own brother during the succession and there have been whispers about the related families that ruled the smaller islands around Seylos. These rumours seem to be confirmed by the fact that the Seylosian monarch does not follow a conventional lifestyle, despite leading a Christian nation.

It has been unofficially suggested by some members of the Logothesion ton Barbaron that the complaints put forward by the Seylosian monarch stem more from the fact that Seylos is taking an increasing interest in the Aurelian continent than any genuine concern for the Enolians. The connections between the newly-annexed island of Eire and the Federative Republic of @Shffahkia mean that Seylos mean that the island Kingdom has an interest in attempting to disrupt the relationship between two of the leading members of the Aurelian League.

Some of the accusations of King Aidan ring true, however. Although the suggestion that Tellosanon is a successor state of Arhomaneia is dubious at best, the Republic certainly models itself on the early state apparatus of our glorious nation. It falls short in its imitation, however. That a duel can take place between an elected leader and a warlord is, at the least, surprising and that the victor then expects to be taken seriously by other powers is quite shocking. It remains to be seen whether other heads of state, including the Leader of the Free Wurld, will treat Morror Kassus as the dignified head of state he expects to be.

The Agios Basilikon Kounsistorion has yet to comment on the circumstances of Kassus' rise to power, and in all likelihood, it will not. Whilst the diplomatic relations between Seylos and Tellosanon deteriorate, Arhomaneia will attempt to tread an even path between them. Seylos is the strongest – and most reliable – power in eastern Argis and the kingdom's further cooperation safeguards the Arhomaniki operations in the Empire of @Aluxia. Similarly, despite the differences between the Republic and the Megas Agios Basileia, the other Aurelian nations have even less contact with Arhomaneia. The Rihannsu are Arhomaneia's gateway to Aurelia, although this is likely as much to do with the Tellosanoi and their seeming control over the Aurelian League as it is to do with their willingness to do business with other nations.

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Bulgenstaz Opens Itself Up to Foreign Trade

Is socialism crumbling in the Marenesian state?

Last week, the People's Republic of @Bulgenstaz announced that it was opening itself up to foreign investment, by the way of allowing foreign companies to set up factories and base themselves within the socialist state. Bulgenstaz is by no means the first country within the wurld to do so – the Queendom of @Morheim opened up a trade and industry zone within its borders, in order to similarly encourage foreign investment within the country. For the Queendom, it proved to be a very successful venture – numerous companies quickly signed up to take advantage of the generous tax breaks offered by the Queendom, from as far afield as @Girkmand and Orhioneia (@Orioni).

Sadly, it also included the perfidious Elegy Corporation, which is perhaps one of the most monstrous organisations on Eurth. Undoubtedly, the Elegy Corporation used its toe-hold in Morheim to spread its influence further and strengthen itself at the expense of the Queendom and its citizens. The nature of this company, and in some ways the country that it hails from, the @Sunset Sea Islands, can be seen as little more than diabolical. It can only be hoped that the government of Morheim is vigilant against any attempts to spread the Synapse System, the notorious automated spy network, further still, and safeguard their citizens from such monstrous breaches of privacy. However, as Morheim is sadly not a Christian nation but a pagan one, it may be difficult for them to realise the true nature of the Elegy Corporation's influence within their nation, as they do not have God watching over them or Christ within their hearts.

However, the main differences between the Morheimian trade zone and the Bulgenstazi version are painfully manifest. The Morheimian trade zone, despite its tax breaks to encourage companies to set up shop within it, did little to infringe upon either workers' rights or environmental protections. Indeed, Morheim is undoubtedly the current world exemplar when it comes to environmental standards, of which our own Megas Agios Basileia is a close second. It shows that despite being non-believers, God can still guide their actions. Similarly, all businesses within the trade zone had to comply with the existing health and safety regulations of the Morheimian government. That they can uphold their own rights and values whilst encouraging foreign investment in their country is something that the Bulgenstazi equivalent should perhaps taken more stock of before opening up the so-called “Foreign Investment Opportunity”.

On the other hand, the People's Republic took steps to weaken their regulations, both workers' rights and environmental protections, to try to encourage foreign investment on their shores. This demonstrates that socialism is beginning to creak under its own weight in the Marenesian nation. Of course, this was inevitable, as any ideology that actively rejects God is always going to fail. That it has lasted so long in the southern nation is perhaps surprising, especially since they have a Godly, if somewhat misguided, neighbour in the form of Salvia (@Sancti Imperii Catholico). It can be hoped that their neighbour's influence will continue to weaken their atheistic government.

The biggest question will be how the people of Bulgenstaz will react to this reduction in their rights and protections, especially since it is apparently being done to benefit not just the state, which might have been considered a worthy sacrifice by the brain-washed masses, but foreign capitalists as well. This completely flies in the face of their misbegotten beliefs and is almost a slap in the face for all those who have starved or been worked to death in the name of the dictatorship of the proletariat.

It could well be that the “Foreign Investment Opportunity” is the act that is the beginning of the end for the People's Republic. It can only be hoped that the Bulgenstazi people can shake off the chains that have been holding them down for so long and once again find a place for God within their hearts and their nation.

 

Arhomaneia to Send Delegation to Ahrana

Struggling nation celebrates one year strife-free

In a move that has caused some surprise, the Agios Basilikon Kounsistorion has opted to send a delegation to the celebrations in @Ahrana to mark a year since the inauguration of the current head of state, Federal President Sigrid Anastasia Anne Victoria Florence-Goring of Strasburg. Up until now, the relations between Arhomaneia and Ahrana have been cool at best and hostile at worst. This has been for several reasons. First was the overthrowing of the Unified Imperial Kingdom by a communist uprising which saw the death of the king and a civil war that caused widespread destruction and death. Following that, the supposed architect of the revolution, Gregor Ivanoff, was similarly overthrown and replaced by Alexsandra Misha Lars Core, in circumstances that were widely considered to be suspect. The then-Socialist Federation also supported one of the several slaver-states that was operating at the time, providing it with economic assistance despite significant international condemnation. It can only be through God's intervention that Ahrana was able to avert a worse backlash against itself, as that country remained largely Christian throughout its tumults, even if they did not follow true religion in the form of the Arhomaniki Church.

Ivanoff was later put on trial and then killed in very dubious circumstances, and many of his minions also faced trial, although commentators noticed that many of the military figures facing justice were of relatively low rank. However, despite its struggles, Ahrana was able to transition to a democracy, getting rid of the communist regime that had ruled it since the revolution. This transition has been hailed by some as one of the most speedy and peaceful changes in recent wurld history, no doubt helped by the face that the communist regime did not hold power for all that long, meaning that their foul atheist plots and schemes were not able to get a good grip upon the hearts and minds of the long-suffering Ahranaians.

Despite this change for the better, perhaps Ahrana's true revolution, the Megas Agios Basileia has maintained a distance between the two countries, despite the Ahranaian Federation being one of the largest countries in central Argis. The Agios Basilikon Kounsistorion has, unofficially at least, held that the circumstances of Ivanoff's death needed to be investigated further and that the trials under General Secretary Alexsandra Core, Ivanoff's successor, needed to be more extensive and more far reaching. Indeed, Arhomaneia has not named an ambassador to Arhana since the overthrow of the Unified Imperial Kingdom and has not invited that nation to send one to Tagmatika, demonstrating the low ebb of relations since then.

This is why the Agios Basilikon Kounsistorion's acceptance of the invite is surprising. It likely represents the fact that Ahrana has now become stable enough to be a worthwhile member of the international community, in at least the eyes of the Arhomaniki government. The turmoil that regularly shook Arhana has died down and the current head of state has no connection to the one that aided and abetted slaver-states. The delegation from Arhomaneia will be headed by Ioannina Vatatzkhe, who has held the post of Logothetissa for Obscure Barbaroi Nations for five years. Despite the title, it is one of the most important within the Logothetes ton Barbaron.

The Agios Basilikon Kounsistorion is also sending a Kontoubernion (platoon) of the Ikanatoi, one of the Tagmata guard units, to take part in the military parade that is part of the anniversary celebrations. This will likely cause some surprise, to see one of the wurld's most elite units marching alongside barbaroi rabble. It is without a doubt that they will cause envy amongst the rest of the wurld.

This anniversary may mark not just a new chapter in the Ahranaian Federation, but a fresh start between the Christian nations of Argis and Europa, one that will strengthen the cause of Godliness across Eurth.

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