O N T H E B R I N K
The Dalstavian War had left unbridgeable gaps in the management of the Anatean army and in the government. A lone princess is called upon to rule a country completely by herself, while behind the shadows a greater force is moving to subvert the country and bring it to the brink. A phantom division, a squadron of former war veterans and a trusted fews will face the greatest internal danger Anatea has ever faced in its existence.
THE DALSTAVIAN WAR
It is always thought that after a war peace should come, and with it also prosperity and knowledge ... but that was not the case.
The long and heartbreaking civil war in Ruthenia brought Supreme Leader Kars Delai to power after 9 years of sacrifices, deaths and hunger. Although the conflict ended in 2009, the nation was unable to recover economically from the disastrous situation it was in, leaving the population at the mercy of the dictator and death. There were those who had enough of all this, that it was time to stop trusting the government and decided to break away and seek luck with other partners. The Dalstavia region did so, proclaiming its independence from Ruthenia on April 28, 2019 to join the Republic of Anatea. At the time Anatea did not want to allow Dalstavia to join, to avoid a war with Ruthenia, but limited itself to sending humanitarian aid to the region. Despite this, Ruthenia's reaction was furious: loyalist forces in the region began to prevent anatean transports from reaching their destination, even going to arrest the members of the convoys with anatean military included, while the refugee camps began to be bombed or threatened by the ruthenian forces.
The situation was decaying more and more into total madness, and the only answers that politicians were able to give were threats. Fulvio Silani, prime minister in that year and president of the Set Party (center-right wing) repeatedly threatened to declare war on Ruthenia if it did not cease hostilities with refugees and anatean organizations in the dalstavian region. At first the message seemed not to have been received but one day, suddenly, hostilities ceased. Supreme leader Kars Delai had stopped any hostile action on the territory of Dalstavia. Did he finally understand that such actions would lead to a disastrous war for both nations? At the moment it is not known, but the leader has accepted a peace meeting in the neutral city of Sigta to speak in person with the anatean regents King Edward II and Queen Isabel II.
It seemed that the war had finally been avoided, so much that the anatean population had breathed a sigh of relief, but Ruthenia had other plans ...
22 June 2020
For several days on the regional news and on Solisea News the government had announced a referendum about the reduction of fuel use to modernize the country with clean energy.
Since 2005 Anatea tried to obtain renewable energy so as not to spend too much money on the import of petrol and raw materials, trying to avoid the use of nuclear energy which, according to a referendum and a law that later became reality, was prohibited in energy and military field in 1990.
Now, on June 22, the Set party (center-right and supporter of the continued use of oil) and the Lucet party (center-left and supporters of the use of renewable energy) had to convince members of the Senate to obtain a majority to prevent or put into practice the development of renewable energy for the country.
The first blow was given by the minister of the Lucet party, Lucas Fisher, highlighting the advantages to the ecosystem, very dear to Anatea, and the reduction of waste of primary resources such as gasoline or mantain the continuous disuse of nuclear energy which Anatea has always tried to avoid to use. This move would also be able to help industries and businesses to spend less money on the import and use of oil, removing a net 10% of expenses to give more income to improve businesses or hire other workers to increase the efficiency.
All was received very well by most of the senators, finding many of them applauding, but Fulvio Silani, current prime minister and head of the Set party, had to reply to the last proposal: if on one hand the use of renewable energy would have reduced emissions and given a 10% profit percentage to companies, on the other it would have required heavy expenses to convert energy suppliers or build / connect their plants to already built energy sources.
Along with that huge expenditure, it should have even been noticed that many kind of jobs where the use of primary energy sources had priority would have been closed, causing many citizens to lose countless jobs.
The Senate actually calculated that the timing was not yet too ripe for such a change, welcoming Mr. Silani's criticism with uncertain applauses, but Mr. Fisher managed to reply to everyone's surprise: if this change would have given problems to the current industries, even closing some of them, on the other hand this would have intensified the formation of new IT jobs or through the use of the web, in which Anatea had gaps. This would have led Anatea to develop the tertiary sector, being able to create more jobs with very low maintenance costs, and give a lot of competition to foreign companies outside the territory.
The unexpected intervention was greeted by other applauses from the Senate, who seemed increasingly convinced of knowing which way Anatea would have taken, which was then followed by the vote which lasted about twenty minutes. After 3 hours of debate and voting the results were elaborated and counted: 45 in favor of the introduction of renewable energy at national level, 41 against and 14 abstentions.
Despite the victory, however, this reform would have taken years to be introduced and completed, as Anatea's economic status would have struggled to renew the national industry in very short times and costs. It was a bitter victory but full of future promises.