Angleia Crisis Spreads across the Glube
In a surprising move, the League of Alharu and Aurelian Native Nations (LAANN) has followed Mitriarkheia tou Ouiou, the Matriarchy of @Oyus, and announced that it would be carrying out a stop-and-search policy against all vessels of the Regaseia tes Megas Angleias, the Kingdom of Great Anglia. This is undoubtedly in response to the aggressive actions of Megas Angleia in the southern Occident but goes significantly further than the embargo placed upon the nations concerned by our holy nation and the Gharoi. Likely, Megas Angleia will be able to portray this as an aggressive move by LAANN and may well respond in kind. Or even attempt to up the ante in some manner. It is thought that the current Angleiki government does view the New Wurld with envious eyes, since the impoverished state of Europa stands in contrast to the often bombing economy on the other side of the glube.
In the Occident, it seems that Arhomaneia has been joined by the Exousiokrateia in its embargo on the countries at war. In the past, the Gharoi have often stood aloof from affairs of the rest of Europa, or indeed Eurth, often not getting involved and attempting to pursue its own affairs. In recent years, Gharon (@Haruspex) has been at the forefront of events, with the invasion of Koussoeia and then Korinion. This has put the alliance between Prathen and Tagmatika to breaking point – but this alignment of action may well be the first step towards repairing, or at least normalising, relations between the two allies. Both nations will be concerned about a wider conflict in the Ragas Thalassa. It is one of the key trade routes into central Europa.
The Agios Basilikon Kounsistorion has also invited representatives from the Gerousiastikí Omospondeia tes Sporseias and Despotaton tes Euandreias to Tagmatika to discuss the ongoing situation. It is well known by now that Arhomaneia threatened retribution against Megas Angleia if they crossed the border into either country. Reported, it was met by ambivalence by Sporseia but with indignation by Euandreia. Sporseia has had turbulent relations with all of its neighbours and the provinces being fought over were, in the past, part of that nation. But its recent troubles have meant that it is in very little position to do much more than protest against the spreading of the conflict.
Euandreia, on the other hand, is a close ally of the Demokrateia tou Kyptou. The Despotaton has a historic alliance with Kypton but it was defensive in nature and the Kyptoi struck first. The small Euandreiki military would not necessarily be up to supporting that of their southern neighbour, especially as they are also engaged in a low-level conflict with the Regaseia tes Ghallamvreias (@Gallambria) . Again, this seems to have been more or less at the instigation of the Kyptoi, rather than the Marenesian nation. It will likely be that the Euandreiki government will not agree to joining any embargo against Kypton.
In all likelihood, the attempts by Arhomaneia to get either nation to act in concert with it will fall flat. If the Agios Basilikon Kounsistorion suggests that it could deploy troops to either nation to drive home to the Angleiki that it cannot turn north after any campaign against the Kyptoi, then this will probably be rejected out of hand by both the Euandreioi and the Sporseioi. They will not want to give their larger neighbour an excuse to put soldiers into their nations, even if it is nominally for their protection. Our nation has displayed some revanchist tendencies in the past and they will be as worried about those as the intentions of the Souberinoi and the Angleioi.
Even if the government's plans to try to bring the other Arhomaiki nations to an agreement on how to react to the growing conflict and the aggressive plans of the Angleioi succeed, it seems as if there may be little to stop the crisis worsening. It does seem that unless either the nations of the LAANN or Megas Angleia back down over their sabre rattling, there could well be an incident in the seas that sparks a sudden widening of the trouble.
Heterodox Treasures Seized
A cache of gold and silver objects, including statues and jewellery, were uncovered in a field outside of a small village to the south-east of Matapon several weeks ago. As was proper, the metal detectorist who unearthed them reported their discovery to the Logothesion ton Kletorologion, the Ministry of Culture. Representatives of the Logothesion took possession of the items, pending investigation into their provenance and valuation. At first, the items were assumed to be ancient Aroman items, from before Arhomaneia adopted Christianity as its state religion. However, once several experts in ancient Aroman artefacts had taken a look at the items, it was realised that the items were much later.
Instead, the items were found to date from before the “Empnefsion”, the “Inspiration”, when our holy nation rejected the use of images in religious ceremonies and the corrupt hierarchy of the old Church was swept away and replaced by one that truly treasured the word of God. The items were also realised to depict Christ and the saints, in direct contravention of the Commandments. The Logothesion ton Kletorologion therefore handed the items over to the Logothesion tes Psevdeís Thriskeíes, the Ministry of False Religions. Rather than the finder and the landowner receiving part of the monetary value of the items, they will now be taken without any payment and either hidden away or destroyed.
This has been met with a level of outrage from several parties. Both the finder and the landowner have not been willing to comment, but it is known by this paper that they are looking to attempt to sue the Logothesion tes Psevdeís Thriskeíes, in order to get the money that they feel that they are owed for their discovery. The Logothesion, in turn, has not made any direct comment on the threatened lawsuit, pointing out that it would be morally and spiritually dubious for anyone to make a profit from these sinful artefacts. This standpoint has often been opposed by academics and members of cultural organisations, who state that all it means is that any finds are sold on the black market and smuggled out of Arhomaneia or held on to by shady collectors. They say that this results in our nation's history being lost to us, rather than there being any potential for heretical beliefs infecting our God-guided nation, as the obvious correctness of our beliefs outshines any such heresy.
“In some ways, the actions of the Logothesion tes Psevdeís Thriskeíes is of course correct,” said Methodianos Simokattes, a lecture of archaeology at the Panepistímion ton Petrion, the University of Petrion. “However, if these items are destroyed, then we will lose valuable information. Whilst we have a lot of secular artefacts from this period, and before, we have very little in the way of religious artefacts. The Logothesion must consider turning them over to researchers for study. There are many such artefacts are held by universities and museums in other countries and it results in the Arhomaioi losing out on what is ours.”
The ban has been successfully overturned on several occasions in recent years as well. A mosaic was uncovered during the refurbishment of the Nea Palation, the New Palace, in Europatorion in EK7524 (AD2016) which depicted several holy figures. This was preserved after a petition gained almost a million signatures and was presented to the Logothesion ton Deeseon, the Ministry for Information, in its capacity as the body that presents petitions to the Agios Basileos. Before that, in EK7521 (AD2013), the walls of a church in Dymafos was revealed to have religiously-themed painting on it. The Patriarkhes Theodorankos IV himself stepped in to preserve the wall, paying for its removal and preservation in the city museum.
In the end, it isn't known how long the Logothesion tes Psevdeís Thriskeíes will hold onto the artefacts before any decision will be made on their fate. They may well move to destroy them before the lawsuit has gathered much steam but there certainly is precedence for the artefacts to be preserved on cultural grounds. This would be a boost for those who wish to see the power of the Logothesion diminished even further.