Basilikoploimon Carry Out Joint Exercise with Portogrekiki Navy (@GrecianJorge)
Arhomaiki Navy to Show Solidarity with Southern Alharan Nation
The Logothesion ton Stratiotikou, the Ministry for War, has announced that a group of ships from the Basilikoploimon is to undertake a military exercise with the navy of the Alharan country of Naftikes Omospondeias tes Portogrekoseias. The naval group is rumoured to include one of the Protathlites tou Christou-class aircraft carriers, the BPP Agios Maiorikos. Although Arhomaneia has seen collaboration with many nations in the New Wurld in recent years, this is perhaps the most bold. It is perhaps keyed to be something of a warning to the influence of Megas Angleia in the New Wurld. This is mostly in the form of Mesothalassa, a country made from the remains of the Regaseion tes Fearanntetheias, which was annexed by the Occidental nation over a year ago.
According to the Agios Basilikon Kounsistorion, the planned exercise is about building further connections with New Wurld nations. Portogrekoseias is a trading nation with Arhomaiki roots, with numerous immigrants from our holy nation making up the ancestry of many of the current inhabitants. In the past, the Naftikes Omospondeias formed a key stopover point for ships coming from Aurelia and from then on to Europa. Even these days, it is acts in this capacity, as well as a trade route into southern Alharu. This is likely a wise move by our government, especially as the situation in southern Europa becomes even more fraught.
“The Agios Basilikon Kounsistorion is keen to build bridges with all nations of the wurld, especially those who value peace and security,” a spokesperson from the Logothesion ton Stratiotikou said to this paper. “This includes undertaking military exercises with countries that Arhomaneia has links with, in order to foster those links and help these nations build their own military capabilities. This is so that they can defend themselves from interference by other powers.”
However, some are questioning the wisdom of this planned joint exercise at a time of rising tensions. The former Fearanntetheia is one of the overseas territories in which Megas Angleia has the most influence, and this naval exercise could be perceived as an implied threat to the aims of the Angleioi in the New Wurld. The aims of the Angleioi need to be curbed and it is likely that the presence of our great navy will help to bring the minions of Regas Creighton III back to reality. They have seen very little overt opposition to their schemes across much of the New Wurld and have even been welcomed with open arms in many countries. The presence of the Basilikoploimon may be just what is necessary to bring them back to reality.
Some consider this move an inflammatory one, considering the rising tension across the wurld. The Kentro Erevnon Exoterikes Politikes (Centre for Foreign Policy Research), an independent foreign policy think-tank based in Europatorion, is one of these voices. KEEP has maintained that Arhomaneia can, and should, find a path of peaceful coexistence with Megas Angleia. Helena Apokauka, the head of the think-tank's Europan affairs wing, said this as part of an interview conducted by this paper. “Although Regas Creighton III has chosen an aggressive course of action, the route Megas Angleia is taking is no different to the one taken by the Agios Basilikon Kounsistorion. If the Occident, Europa and the nations that are located here are to regain relevance in the wurld, they must engage with the rest of it. Both nations are going about it through diplomacy, even if Megas Angleia is a bit more forthright in its actions. It would help diffuse wurld tensions if our holy nation would join its efforts with Megas Angleia, as both nations acting together would undoubtedly be an irresistible force.” Despite these voices that are speaking out against the decisions of our God-ordained monarch, the BPP Agios Maiorikos and its escorting force will be setting out shortly to cross the Adlantikos Okeanos, the Adlantic Ocean and to the Sunthetikos Thalassa, the Synthe Sea. There, the aircraft carrier will shine like God's light, reminding the rest of the wurld that God's chosen nation on Eurth has the desire and ability to protect peace on Eurth.
Arhomaneia to Step Up Policing of Rhankes Thalassa
Exclusive Economic Zone to be Enforced
For many years, the Agios Basilikon Kounsistorion has taken a somewhat relaxed attitude towards its Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) in the Rhankes Thalassa. This body of water, as any Arhomaiki school child knows, is surrounded by territory administered by our nation. Whether the north-eastern coasts of Tzankheia, the peninsula of Vrygeia, the protectorate of Akbiseia, or the Hexanesa, the Rhankes Thalassa is surrounded by Arhomaiki territory. It, along with the Kentriki Thalassa, is one of the home-seas of our nation. Our government has seen fit that nations friendly to Arhomaneia can pursue their own economic goals within the sea, benevolently recognising that anything that strengthens an ally also strengthens Arhomaneia.
Briefly, an EEZ is an area of up 200 nautical miles from a nation's territorial waters. This, through the presence of Arhomaiki territory from the north-eastern point to the south-eastern, means that most of the sea is within this zone. Our nation therefore has sole exploitation rights over all of these waters within that zone, although foreign nations are allowed freedom of navigation and overflight over them. They are also allowed to lay cables through these waters. There are agreements that affect these limits, although there are no other nations in the Occident that have any such agreements with the Agios Basilikon Kounsistorion. Therefore, our nation has the sole right to exploit the resources in this body of water.
It is likely that the Agios Basilikon Kounsistorion is taking this stance due to the deteriorating relations with Megas Angleia and its minion-nations, those that make up the OCA. If our government didn't do this, then it might allow vessels from these nations to gain access to what are essentially territorial waters of Arhomaneia. The Dhioryga tou Isthmou, the Isthmus Canal, is blocked to those nations – that is, vessels bearing those nations flags are banned from using it. They can still enter the Central Europan Seas through the waters surrounding the Hexanesa, which are often known in Anglish as the “Barrier Islands”.
By its own accounts, the Agios Basilikon Kounsistorion is still interested in foreign investment within the Rhankes Thalassa, although it is on its own terms – foreign businesses wishing to operate any resource extraction operations must be operating through subsidiaries based within our nation, be subject to our nation's taxation, labour and environmental laws – amongst others – and must employ a certain number of Arhomaioi, although this is reportedly up for negotiation. Any foreign military presence, even those supposedly acting as guards, is certainly out of the question. After all, the entire area is within reach of both the Basilikoploimon and the Basilikoaeroporia and therefore entirely under the protection of our nation.
“Asking those foreign nations and companies that have been extracting resources from the Rhankes Thalassa to contribute towards the Arhomaneia is not unreasonable,” said the Genikos Logothetes (Minister for Finance) Valentinian Tzimekhes. “It is especially the case if those are allies of our great nation. After all, Arhomaneia is bearing the brunt of the cost of policing those waters and making sure that our nation's strict but fair environmental measures are not being broken. And bearing the brunt of the cost of the events in southern Europa.”
When asked on what would happen if those foreign companies wouldn't comply with the requests laid down by the Agios Basilikon Kounsistorion, the Genikos Logothetes stated that the government would pursue every civil avenue possible, before moving onto harsher methods. He suggested that it might also end up involving the Financial Guard (Vestiaritai) or Border Guard (Foussatores) if the dialogue stage collapsed.
“Our holy nation makes sure that all its allies are operating on a level that is equitable to all, especially when they are within the home waters of Arhomaneia, like the Rhankes Thalassa.”
The Agios Basilikon Kounsistorion has also stated that any foreign military exercise conducted in the sea will also be monitored closely, by both our nation's navy and air force. Although they have freedom of navigation, foreign powers cannot be allowed to disrupt Arhomaiki economic activities on a whim.