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Burgundy-Brabant Coup


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The centuries long rule of the Brabant family ended several days ago with the overthrow of the last Grand Duke, Ranier XIX. Burgundy-Brabant's indolent upper class drove the family out, toppling the Grand Duchy, and installing instead an aristocratic republic. The already existing Senate, filled with nobles who hold their positions for life, now has the authority in the state. A pair of Consuls, four Praetors, eight Quaestors, a Censor, an Aedile and a Protector will be elected every year, by the people, to legislate and govern. The people are pemitted to vote subject to a property census, but only the richest, and therefore most competant, are allowed to stand for election.

When asked to comment on the inequalities of this new 'Republic', interim Praetor for External Affairs Gaius Reman Valiani, (27) replied that it was a load of 'lefty nonsense', and that the equality was there, but 'it is not my fault they don't take it'. Senator Valiani's family have been merchant nobles in Burgundy-Brabant longer than the Brabant's had, and have considerbale power in the senate and the interim governmnent. Senator Valiani is also a senior judge, and his brother, father, uncle and two cousins all have government posts . Long live the land of freedom and equality!

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The Senate of the Republic met today to discuss whether the name 'Brabant' should be dropped from the country's name. After a heated debate in which several replacements, including 'Burgundy-Res Publica Patrician' and 'Burgundy-Freedom' the following decision was made.

'We, the Senate of the Republic of Burgundy-Brabant, intend to keep that name. This is not a throwback to our old allegiance to the Grand Dukes. We simply don't want to spend all that money changing signposts, banknotes etc. Neither does the taxpayer. Good Day.'

When it was pointed out that the Republic has no taxation, the army opened fire on the press, and there were casualties.

Long Live the Republic!

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Although King Phil IV has welcomed Burgundy Brabant into Europa with open arms, we are having many of our citizens coming up with raised eyebrows about the treatment of the free press in that country. Even more worrying is that many of the rich, powerful and famous have come out in favour of it!

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The tribelands are noticibly stirred up about the government of Burgundy-Brabant's slaughter of the press. This is likely to come to a referendum which will decide our future policy towards them. But we of the Tribal Tribunal would still welcome the people, both powerful and weak, of Burgundy-Brabant into Europa with an honorary feast, to be held in the city of Scandinaviopolis. We request the presence of Burgundy-Brabant representatives.

 

To:Most Gracious Majesty, Phil IV

From:The Tribal Tribunal

We of the Tribal Tribunal wish to contract your kingdom's services as the official Ministry of Pies to prepare a pie sampler buffet for our upcoming feast to host the newly arrived nation of Burgundy-Brabant.

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AhHa! I will call up my PieMaster Extrordanere, Monsiur Haphad Brestical, to cook up a sumptus banquet of Pies!

 

Savory Chicken, Rabbit and and imported Balterow Water-Cow Pies, plus of course some delicious mushroom and mixed vegetable pies (with added 'Herbs') for the vegetariens among you.

 

And for dessert, Blackcurrent pie, Apple pie, Non-apple-apple pie, and the newest inspired creation, the Brownie Pie will be there!

 

and if that wern't enough, how about some Pie Brandy or Pie Wine, or some lovely Crusty Ale to drink!

 

( I do assume that other heads of state will be invitd along to the welcoing party, i'm sure that no-one would wish to apper rude to Senator Gaius and his government by not expressing their welcome.)

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To: All Nations of Europa

From:The Tribal Tribunal

Subject:Invitation

 

We of the Tribal Tribunal of the Socialist Tribal Alliance wish to invite all nations of Europa to the newly created Annual Pie-Banquet, brought to you by His Gracious Majesty Phil IV and the Mongol-Swedes People's Government. This year, we will honor the arrival of the nation of Burgundy-Brabant. Heads of state, as well as common citizenfolk(for we make no class distinctions, only job descriptions) are invited to attend this grand feast.

 

Side-Note Addressed to Phil IV: If we charge everyone except diplomats for pies and pie accessories, split it 60-40 in your favour, we'll make a killing. Think of the coffers! THINK OF THE COFFERS!

 

 

AhHa! I will call up my PieMaster Extrordanere, Monsiur Haphad Brestical, to cook up a sumptus banquet of Pies!

 

Savory Chicken, Rabbit and and imported Balterow Water-Cow Pies, plus of course some delicious mushroom and mixed vegetable pies (with added 'Herbs') for the vegetariens among you.

 

And for dessert, Blackcurrent pie, Apple pie, Non-apple-apple pie, and the newest inspired creation, the Brownie Pie will be there!

 

and if that wern't enough, how about some Pie Brandy or Pie Wine, or some lovely Crusty Ale to drink!

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Burgundy-Brabant is honoured by your actions. We can assure you that the army officers who opened fire on the press have been punished, and that Burgundy-Brabant believes strongly in a free press. We have therefore printed this apology:

 

From Supreme First Tribune Thessalonikos, to the National Press.

The army apologises for the incident earlier this week where members of the press were killed by soldiers. This was a purely military matter, unrelated to the embarressing questions put to the senate. The officers in question have been punished severely, and we hope that this matter can end here. We thank you for your understanding.

 

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Treachery!

The perfidious John Subeski was arrested by police in the capital, Artois, today. The renowned royalist and terrorist was given a short trial, and then subjected to the customary punishment for treachery: Impalement.

His body was left on a spike outside the Senate House as a reminder that the republic will brook no attempts to return us to the tyranny of the days of the Grand Dukes.

Long live the Republic!

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Transcript of Senatorial Business

 

Debate: Should Neo-Nazis be allowed to speak in public?

 

S. Valiani- They should not. Their politics is anti-democratic and against the ideals of this republic.

S. Tyrus- But free speech is integral to democracy. Is it not hypocritical to ignore legitimate views just because we don't agree, but expect people to listen to us?

S. Valiani- No.

S. Verreker- What kind of answer is that?

S. Valiani- My kind.

S. Verreker- I can't believe i'm hearing this. Monosyllabalism is not the sign of good rhetoric.

S. Valiani- Neither is neo-nazi dribble.

S. Bolroi- But you accept they have a right to speak?

S. Erenti- They do not!

S.Bolroi- And why do you have that right, if they do not?

S. Erenti- I am an upstanding patrician!

S. Tyrus- So only patricians should be allowed to speak?

S. Valiani- In the senate, yes. That is the law. We all wrote that law, all of us, Bolroi!

S. Bolroi- I accept that the senate is not a forum for the far right, but why have we banned them speaking on the streets.

S. Valiani- They are anti-democratic, and, which is more, they are not nobilitas! This is pointless.

S. Tyrus- But...

M.o. Debate-Order! Senate will now move on to the vote.

Very well. Those in favour of ban, 217. Those against, 130. Abstainations, 3. Neo Nazi groups will be banned ffrom public speaking.

Next debate, The Arrest of Louis Brabant. Will he be executed?

S.Valiani- I think there is no doubt he is a traitor...

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Due to considerable unrest in major cities across the Republic, the Senate voted unanimously to change the political make-up of our great nation. No longer will unelected nobles rule Burgundy-Brabant.

From now on the Senate will consist of respected and competant personages, chosen for their wealth and ability. The corporation heads and businessmen will rule Burgundy-Brabant now.

 

Therefore we have published this list of the senators who will lose their seats in the senate.

 

 

 

That's right, no-one. Membership of the aristocracy is required to head a corporation, so all corporations are patrician. It's in the constitution. If you could read, you'd know that.

 

Thank you. We hope that this new arrangement is pleasing to the electorate. Now go and get jobs, you plebian scum.

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The Senate of the Republic met today to discuss whether the name 'Brabant' should be dropped from the country's name. After a heated debate in which several replacements, including 'Burgundy-Res Publica Patrician' and 'Burgundy-Freedom' the following decision was made.

'We, the Senate of the Republic of Burgundy-Brabant, intend to keep that name. This is not a throwback to our old allegiance to the Grand Dukes. We simply don't want to spend all that money changing signposts, banknotes etc. Neither does the taxpayer. Good Day.'

When it was pointed out that the Republic has no taxation, the army opened fire on the press, and there were casualties.

Long Live the Republic!

We suggest not to change the 'Brabant' part, it's really the best part. wink.gif

 

De Leider Haken

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Thank you, we agree. So do the press, though they took some convincing.

 

In other news, The Republic now has a powerhouse economy, but citizens were displeased to see another tax rise. Income tax now stands at 2%, which passed through the senate 178-173. Many have said this isn't a large enough mandate, but after the Senate House Massacre, no-one is saying it loud.

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