Aidan woke up to the sound of knocking on his bedroom door. He grumbled and rolled over looking at the clock on his nightstand, groaning when he saw the time at just past two in the morning. The knocking on the door persisted as he swung his legs over the side of the bed. "Yes yes I hear you just hold on!"
He threw on some sweatpants and a shirt and threw the door open to a wide eyed young attendant. "I swear to god if someone isn't dead I'm going to fire someone."
"The King of Fearannteth You Majesty... died tonight." The attendant said, gulping.
Aidan closed his eyes for a moment, "Of course he did. Alright lead on."
The two of them left the bedroom walking through the halls of the Royal Palace towards the building's situation room in the basement. At the end of the hallway was an elevator that they both got in with the attendant hitting the basement button.
"So are you just the bad news guy?" Aidan asked turning his head towards the attendant. "I swear every time something terrible happen, Ceris falls into chaos, or some important bloke gets murdered it's always you knocking at my door."
"Oh um... I'm just the night attendant Your Majesty." The man replied sheepishly.
"I have a night attendant?"
The Royal Council had already convened far ahead of Aidan's arrival, and despite the time of night, the room was buzzing with activity as Councilors spoke with each other and aides made their rounds dropping off documents. What had brought them all together though was some of the worst news they had heard since the beginning of the war in Ceris. The first nation in the New Wurld had fallen to the Anglians, and without so much of a fight. It had been startling to the Ministry of Foreign affairs when one of their diplomats had come rushing back to the Seylosian embassy in Paisley telling them to immediately begin emergency exit protocols. They had barely finished destroying sensitive documents when Anglian soldiers showed up to the embassy grounds and began forcibly escorting the occupants out. Nobody had seen this coming and the rapid capitulation to Anglia was something to behold as well.
Two guards within the situation room opened the door revealing a tired King Aidan walking in rubbing his eyes and taking a seat at the head of the meeting table. "Alright, somebody want to tell me why the entire council has assembled for a foreign head of state's death?"
"Because that foreign head of state's death had led to Fearannteth being effectively annexed by Great Anglia." Minister Tatum said.
Aidan sat up straight in his seat, suddenly looking much less tired, "Good god what? Anglia is in the New Wurld now? That haven't even fucking finished with the old one?"
"Unfortunately it gets much worse," another man said, standing up. Director Darryl Haig ran the Foreign Intelligence Services and had been monitoring the situation for some time, "We've confirmed delegations from Anglia being sent to multiple countries... including Dolchland."
"Dolchland?" Aidan replied angrily, "Director, under no circumstances can Dolchland be allowed to align themselves with Anglia. We are spread way too thin as it is."
"Of course Your Majesty, we are taking steps for the moment to try and get any intelligence on their meetings. The FIS is confident however that what happened in Fearannteth couldn't happen in Dolchland." The Director replied.
Minister Tatum spoken up, "We've already begun the process of contacting other nations regarding the incident. We'll be focusing on other Eastern Argic nations as well as trying to organize some sort of response with Metzlitlaca and Oyus regarding Fearannteth. We've also taken the initiative to gather the NAU council to begin deliberating on a unified response."
"Alright then," Aidan said, pausing a moment to think about something. "The king is dead, but what about the princess? Eileen right? I think I met her a few times when I was younger. Director Haig, do you think we might be able to extract her from Paisley?"
"It's certainly possible, our intelligence assets within the country are mostly intact. More importantly is gauging whether or not she will want to leave. I'm sure Anglia will not be happy that we'd be adding another government in exile."
"Well maybe they should stop exiling governments then Director," Aidan quipped. He sighed and leaned back in his chair, "Alright I'm guessing this is another all nighter. I'm going to guess the economy isn't going to like this at all either."
The joint quorum of the Entente of Oriental States,
RECOGNISING the role of Entente of Oriental States as a leading defensive organisation on Eurth,
LAUDING previous humanitarian missions and peacekeeping efforts by the Entente to both promote peace and protect human rights,
APPALLED by the unprovoked Anglian aggression against the Social Democratic Confederation,
CONCERNED by the surprise Suverin shift in foreign policy,
SHOCKED by the expanding Qubdian armed confrontation,
EXPRESSING great concern for the further escalation of this conflict,
DETERMINING that the situation in Occidental Europa continues to constitute a threat to international peace and security,
STRENGTHENED by the existing charter which includes a "Responsibility to Protect",
CONCLUDING that these conflicts must be addressed in the form of international legislation, hereby enacts as follows:
1. the immediate imposition of an embargo against the Anglian aggressor, its leadership and industrial capacity to wage war.
2. the fast-tracked granted offer* of full defensive protection under the umbrella of proven EOS leadership to :
a. all existing observer states,
b. all sovereign states bordering the Oriental Ocean,
c. All near-Oriental sovereign states on Eurth.
3. the offer of a privileged partnership to non-Oriental states who seek the same protection.
* OOC: Borrowing this same idea from the post Corinium Offered Full NAU Membership, which mentions: "Following the standoff between Seylos and Haruspex last month, the NAU has fast tracked an offer for the Republic of Corinium to join the North Adlantic Union. While not too many details have been released regarding the offer, it has been made clear that Corinium has officially accepted."
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Tarentum, Social Democratic Federation
TARENTUM, Social Democratic Confederation -- In the late hours of yesterday evening, forces from the Anglian Army crossed the bridges spanning the gap between Anglia and the Social Democratic Confederation (SDC). Tensions had been mounting between the two nations for quite some time now, however, it had been thought that the two countries finally found some common ground in which to stand. All of this was proven wrong last night when Anglian tanks, which had been on standby, charged across the bridges taking the local SDC forces completely by surprise. The remaining SDC defenders attempted to destroy the two major bridges but were thwarted after the appearance of overwhelming Anglian air power that quickly dominated the skies over the bay. After several gruelling hours of combat, Anglian forces had pushed back the SDC army well past the entrances to each of the bridges, and continued their pressure deep into SDC territory.
There were very few remaining journalists on the ground with permission to see anything of note. This behavior is just one of many examples that shows the escalating of paranoia in the Anglian state, which until recently had manifested itself in chilled relations with all of its neighbors. However, for a brief period a pair of @Gallambrian and @Seylosian journalists was allowed to view both bridges separately, recording harrowing footage.
The Gallambrian journalist witnessed a pitched aerial battle, so far the only one of the conflict, over on the eastern SDC side of one of the bridges. The battle lasted just over an hour, with Anglian Air Forces quickly claiming victory. It's unknown how many casualties were suffered, but the this number is believed to be high for Social Democratic Forces.
SDC jet crashes to the ground.
On the opposite bridge, the Seylosian journalist witnessed an intense firefight between the Anglian Army and SDC Army forces defending their SDC side of the bridge. Before the end of the firefight however, the journalist was quickly escorted away from soldiers and taken back to Anglia.
Heavy fighting along the border bridges.
At this point where Anglian forces barrel towards Tarentum, neither government has officially responded to requests for comment. Through unofficial interviews the ENN has learned that the Social Democratic Confederation has already enacted contingency measures to ensure the continuity of government, with rumors that they may potentially be heading to Seylos, which has historically not had a pleasant relationship with its progenitor. Many news outlets remain confused as to why Anglian officials only allowed journalists from Anglian descendant countries into their warzone, especially given the animosity between nations such as Seylos and Anglia.
ENN will continue to update Europa on this intense developing story as more information comes in.