Article One - Primary Aim and Agenda:
The overall aim of Resplendent, is to establish an alliance capable of providing ample opportunity for economic growth and militaristic protection. Resplendent will do whatever within its power to protect the political sovereignty of itself and its member nations, to ensure their perpetual security and protection, and the doctrine of aggressive neutrality with the aim of establishing more peaceful relations.
Article Two - Principle of Non-Involvement:
The Principle of Non-Involvement is not the principle of non-intervention, but no individual of Resplendent to exhibit a partiality towards one side or another in a conflict to which Resplendent has either decided or pledged to refrain from. Such things would include the abstention from ghosting, taking direct hostile action against an alliance for non-approved reasons, or the providing of aid for nations in alliances Resplendent is maintaining peace during conflict with.
Article Three - Principle of Impartiality:
The Principle of Impartiality ensures the impartial attitude of Resplendent government towards any asylum seeker, diplomat, or guest that visits Resplendent communication channel, whether in-game or out of game. Satisfying the Principle of Impartiality requires that we are able to treat the other party in impartial manner, regardless of their identity and/or background. Another such instance of the Principle of Impartiality is in regards to the markets. Resplendent pledges and ensures that the member nations will always seek the lowest prices unless affected by alliance conflict, embargo or relation.
Article Four - Principle of Sovereignty:
The Principle of Sovereignty requires the protection of the alliance, thereby the individual members. Any such infringement of this principle will be met with such action deemed necessary. The Principle of Sovereignty also applies to the member nations of Resplendent in a manner to which the individualism of each member is to not be restricted by the government of Resplendent, nor any foreign government. Individual sovereignty is to be protected by the usage of firmly defined democratic practices and sound capitalistic economic programs. It is the belief of the alliance and the membership to uphold first and foremost the sovereignty of the alliance as a whole and the membership, and to therefore maintain a sufficient and impressive military to deter aggressors and secure our sovereignty.
Article Five - Principle of Reciprocity:
The Principle of Reciprocity reflects our acceptance of reaching compromise with other alliances, and that other alliances are encouraged to accept such compromise. We view ourselves as an institution in which both a strong alliance can exist whilst still allowing the flourishing of democratic ideals. It must be concluded that an alliance such as Resplendent is asking for exemptions and/or liberties from the rest of the alliances, which can nevertheless be essential for us in ensuring our continued non-involvement, and impartiality. Any past aggression shall not be held against, nor shall be acted upon without due and proper reason.
Article Six - Principle of Perpetuity:
The Principle of Perpetuity is our belief that to keep up this confidence, being the confidence our friends and enemies have in us, Resplendent must maintain its purpose and determination with a strong sense of long-term stability, so that other alliances will be able to predict our future course and steer clear of it, while trusting that by doing so we will never interfere with their own interests. If we change our standards so abruptly and frequently, how can any foreign alliance trust that we do not pose a future threat for their long-term interests? It is obvious that in order for such stability to exist, it is necessary for us to not only momentarily discuss and execute whatever standards we choose to be the best, but to follow the same set of standards faithfully for an extended period of time, even if the political climate surrounding us changes in a radical manner.
Article Seven - Standards of Excellence:
The multitude of standards we shall exhibit will always and forever be firmly grounded in a level of excellence so expected from this Alliance. Posting on public avenues is an inalienable right allowed to our members, however such right can be restricted should such a level of in-excellence be met. Members of the elected Government are the zenith of our democratic idealism, and so to ensure that we maintain a voice in these forums in matters that do directly concern us, these members whom are held in such excellence will demonstrate their capability.
Article Eight - Opinion on Influences:
It is believed and so derived from the Principles of Impartiality and Sovereignty that any alliance which attempts to exert unwanted and undue influence upon us which is not our own, is to be restricted and combated to the best of our capabilities. As such in any regard to when our impartiality is required, it will be our mission to remove any influence which may cause partiality and/or discrimination against any party involved. The view of foreign alliances influencing other foreign alliances via underhanded, or otherwise shady methods, are viewed as unfavorable, unforgivable, and wholeheartedly cowardly and craven.
Article Nine - Focus on Economic Practice:
It is mentioned to be our primary aim to provide ample opportunity for economic growth, and as such Resplendent shall do what is in its power to provide such opportunities to its membership. The abstention from war shall not be a permanence, however shall be a creed and guideline to which we shall follow. To seek economically beneficial engagements shall be common and we shall aim to accomplish, however to unnecessarily sacrifice our alliance and its membership is gross incompetence and negligence. It is the mindset of Resplendent, in order to ensure the individual opportunities and rights of all of our members, it is paramount to engage in capitalistic, libertarian-esque, economic practices. Such would be minimum taxation upon our members, unless in times of war, the allowance of free trade between our members and all others, unless due to embargo or conflict, and the allowance for self-determination in regards to offensive operations which do not result from the need to defend ourselves or our sovereign allies.
Article Ten - Encouraged Economic Practices:
Whilst member states of Resplendent shall always have the right to self-determination, especially in regards to their nations’ economic practice, there are several practices to which have been proven to be beneficial and effective for larger nations. One such idea is the concept where the nation imports all raw resources, and converts the said resources into manufactured goods for sale and national improvement. This system is particularly good for nations wishing to improve their warchest, and for those that opt to refrain from repeated numerous engagements. Another system of economic practice would be that where the nation importants all manufactured resources for national improvement, and produces solely food nationally. This food based nation will thus save rebuilding costs due to the larger investment into land area as opposed to infrastructure. Whilst arguably less profitable than the previously mentioned manufacturer-based nation, this system is particularly good for those which would like to maintain a larger military and have cheaper post-war costs.
Article Eleven - Focus on Militaristic Protection:
As with the primary aim of economic opportunity, the dual aim is that of militaristic protection. Resplendent aims to be able to protect its members from any form of hostile attack, especially in regards to militaristic means. The duty of not only the government, but the general membership is to aid its fellow member against any aggression against each other and the alliance. As stated in the Principle of Sovereignty, this will require the maintenance of a sufficient and impressive military to deter aggressors and fight off invaders. This sworn duty is not an opinion of Resplendent, but a fact for all of its members, and such duty cannot be dismissed, delayed, or withdrawn from without leaving the alliance. This maintenance of the national military should and must be the primary importance, overtaking that of economic prowess.
Article Twelve - Guarantees of the Freedom of Speech:
Never shall the freedom of speech of any member of Resplendent be infringed upon, unless acting in gross in-excellence. Whatever things they may say shall be protected so long as it does not incite genuine discrimination or harassment. Any such behavior which is found to be not in good humor, will be quickly expunged.
Article Thirteen - Council of Triumvirs:
The Governing Council, known as the Triumvirate, should refrain from interfering not only in the lives of the individual nation states, but also the general runnings of the alliance. It’s aim is to set the direction of policy, to ensure the policy enshrines the ideals of Resplendent, and to deal with foreign affairs and emergencies. It has never been the practice to micromanage the sovereign departments of Resplendent, but to guide them on the correct path of policy in accordance to the laws of the alliance and its spirit. Powers of the Triumvirate should be delegated downwards to the lower levels of government whenever possible, as to give them the necessary experience to handle the alliance should emergency occur, thus improving their own experiences and character. Although serving for indefinite term lengths, these positions enshrine the epoch of not only governmental authority, but also democracy. Should a Triumvir either resign from his post, or be unfortunately impeached by the membership, only the best and brightest should run and be elected to these positions.
Article Fourteen - Facilitator:
The Facilitator is the highest ranking official with a regular election cycle. As such they are to conduct themselves with the utmost respect for our democratic traditions. They are the face of the alliance, the embodiment of the membership. It is their duty to run the daily happenings of the alliance, to administrate the advisors which serve below he/her, and to guide the alliance in accordance to the requests of the Governing Council, but primarily in accordance to the ideals of Resplendent. Whilst the Governing Council will typically handle all of the highest levels of administration, it is expected that Facilitator be included in most, if not all, of the proceedings. Foreign diplomacy may be initiated by the Facilitator, however must be finalized through the Triumvirate, in which the Facilitator is encouraged to attend such meetings.
Article Fifteen - Advisors:
The Advisors are the lowest ranking official with regular election cycles, as well as being the lowest government official in the alliance. Despite this, it is expected for them to run their departments in an expected level of excellence under the guidance of the Facilitator. They shall carry out the policy of the Facilitator and the Governing Council.
Article Sixteen - Prismatic Legacy:
Whilst not the direct successor to the original Resplendent, the Alliance shall aim to be the spiritual successor to the best of its ability whilst retaining its own sovereign individuality. It is our duty to carry on the ideals and the spirit of the original Resplendent, and to never regress in our progress forward.
The War between Hyderia and Ganadalia intensifies as Ganadalia has seemingly obliterated the newly created Hyderian fleet. The ships had been created to serve as a naval defense against a vastly superior Ganadalia navy and had not yet been occupied by Hyderian personnel as they were still undergoing onshore training. The G-navy bombarded the dockyards, destroying all the constructed ships after-which the G-Navy began it's blockade of Hyderia's ports.
As the blockade continued, Hyderian ground forces responded by storming the capital city of Ganadalia, Gemen. Official reports state that it it only a matter of time before the army secures the palace and the royal family, forcing Ganadalia to accept the peace terms which Hyderia had previously offered the government.
Since gaining Independence, Hyderia has been engaged in multiple conflicts with various nations to secure its hold on its national security. So far it has one 7 of its wars with 5 ongoing as we speak. Right now we have Kira on the ground bringing us a live report of the action.
Thanks Laura. The situation here on the ground is a lot more stable than many would presume. This is primarily due to the fact that the combined use of both air and land forces have overwhelmed all opposition within the outskirts of each of these nations thus allowing for Hyderian forces to pursue their main objective with what would be considered by military analysts as little resistance.
Following a small skirmish outside The Emerald City, we were escorted to a more secure location and awaited transfer to the main airbase. Which is where we are now.
Right across the board or military is doing well and expect to continue doing so heading into the days ahead.
Back to you Kira.
Today we have many developments to talk about and so hitting it off will be the the ongoing conflicts between multiple nations and Hyderia. Following that epic story will be our government's decision to join the Pantheon alliance followed by even more wars and finally, the announcement of the Princess's Coronation. This coronation will be the event at which she officially takes up the role as Princess of Hyderia and heir to the throne. Alongside this we will have the Sports new followed by the Entertainment News and then The Weather Report. More on this after the break.
Recently, this club became the most joined on the forum, so that's pretty cool. Apologies if there isn't much here. The club was started as a joke between @Rosey Song and I that originated on the Polaris Discord server. I've been thinking of starting a forum/thread within the club about which seasonal waifu is the best (or worst) as well as a thread discussing seasonal anime and what's worth watching. Of course, members can feel free to create their own topics as well. Anything to add a bit more activity.
Since Friday, the Enclave Corporation has constructed multiple new cities; such as:
All cities focus on mining and industry. However, pollution has become a major issue for the Corporation and steps are to be taken to prevent future pollution, and lower the current.
Founded on February 13th, 2035 (Orbis Time) Anbourough has become the C.R.E's capital city. Since its foundation, the C.R.E has invested almost 1.5 Million Dollars into its infrastructure construction and improvements. Anbourough also seats the Board of Directors, and the CEO and his officers.
Today the Queen received a very unexpected visit from her brother, King Antonio of Cordania.
A messenger arrived only moments before in a ceremonial carriage to bring news of the King's plans.
The lengthy but swift motorcade escorting His Majesty made it through the capital city without any hold ups.
The escorting military choppers ensured maximum safety from the air.
It is reported that His Majesty and the Her Majesty met at the palace entrance and after a small reunion proceeded to the upper level.
Over the course of our 102 day existence we have been approached by many individuals from many alliances ranging in top dog to underdog sizes. All of these individuals ask the same question - who is the bat man? That's obviously a joke - but, the real question is how we run our economic system, what our programs are, and how we are able to throw around so much cash to boost our members 10+ cities while advertising 0 tax for cash and resources.
It's really simple.
Very few know of our secrets and those that ask are told this:
The Island utilizes in-game mechanics to boost our own profits. Most of this comes from using the market correctly instead of just low-ball or quick-selling. Why break even when you can leave the marketplace a god? This is why we opened our Loot Lake program to the world! Utilizing bulk resources and our ancient chinese secrets, we make bank.
Tie that into our other, internal, 'secret sauce' programs and you have a recipe for success.....with a side of a bunch of people asking you how you do it.
Sadly, our secrets aren't for sale and our sauce, well, its just for the family. How would you feel if I asked you for your family sauce? Next time you're in the grocery store or any public place, go up to the first person you see and say 'Can you give me some of your family sauce?" - reaction will not be positive.
So, maybe you're wondering - what have these people said to you after you turned them off? Well, we have been called names, told we were doing it wrong (then why you askin?), called whales and told we were just relying on donations, & even told we were exploiting the game! I guarantee you no exploits, cheaters have small wieners and I guarantee there are no below average size wieners on The Island. Guarantee. (its part of our app process)
Because of this exploit scare, I slid into Alex's Dms, told him to investigate us for an exploit and explained why we were asking.
Another thing we were told was The Island is a cult and you know what, maybe it is, but its a family and we love each other, and I'm daddy, and we share each other. Sound like a cult? Possibly.
[The sound of soldiers marching awakens residents on the outskirts of the capital city of Rome]
"Thump! Thump! Thump!"
[One boy looks through the window to see what is occurring]
The soldiers are returning as quickly as possible to Rome as the General received a message via an eagle stating that Rome was besieged. They hasten forth.
When they arrive they find that the enemy has been repelled and have been chased back to Carthage. The City of Carthage has been a long time rival of Rome and this presented an opportunity for the Romans to wipe their rivals out completely. So they sent the army that just arrived to Annapolis so they could accompany the navy across the Mediterranean.
The Carthaginians were not at war with Rome at the time, however they were providing safe haven for Rome's enemies. What's more s that the City of Carthage was near to the mountain that Achilles was left to be tormented on.
The roman army arrived in Africa one month later after fighting countless naval battles with both pirates and the Carthaginian fleet. By the time they arrived, Carthage was well prepared for a siege. However Rome had no intentions of waiting t out, so they called upon their ally, the Atlas Empire, to assist them n battle. The Emperor responded by sending an army under the command of Apollo to crush the Carthaginians.
Together, Rome and Atlas crushed Carthage once and for all and ended the Black Wars.
During the battle, one of the soldiers heard a cry from a nearby hill and rushed to investigate. He found Achilles chained to a rock and slayed the eagle before setting Achilles free. Achilles thanked the man and sped off to find Athena, who was the only one who would truly help him.
Meanwhile the Romans together with their ally achieved a decisive victory over the Enemy.
Since Carthage was in Africa, the Romans gave it to the Emperor as a sign of good will. The Emperor made Apollo ruler over Carthage and a subject to his Empire.
Apollo spent the rest of that century away from Atlas, but always in its people's hearts.
But this was only just the Beginning.
A Easter egg for future parts.
Monday, May 21st 2018; Does Trump Fear China?
On Sunday, May 20th, in a surprising announcement from the Trump Administration, the United States announced it would pull back on its plan to impose tariffs on Chinese goods. This is a surprising move from the United States and the Trump Administration in particular, because for months now the Administration has been tweeting about how China's "unfair" trading practices. The Secretary of the Treasury for the United States called the hiatus "putting the trade war on hold." Many members of the Congress from the Republican party are saying that China is winning the negotiations and say that the United States is being blocked by China without tariffs China can keep stealing intellectual property & keep blocking our companies while they invest in the United States without limits of how China can do this. The abrupt reversal had even seasoned trade experts scratching their heads, with some expressing concern that the United States had weakened its position with on-again, off-again threats of a trade war.
The long awaited news has finally arrived.
Queen Shannakay and Prince Charles have gotten married.
Much of the speculation leading up to this moment was whether or not the Queen would have married King Papi, a strong ally and trade partner of Pegasus however with the public announcement made this morning, and the photos and highlights being released to the public, such speculation has been eliminated.
Accompanying the Queen were her two sisters, Arryha and Sky along with her uncle, the former King-regent. From left to right in this picture are; the Queen's uncle, Prince Charles, Princess Arryha, the Queen, and Princess Sky.
The Imperial Guard was also present, wearing their respective ceremonial outfits.[Note the sword being held upright]
Prior to the wedding, the Queen had to be relocated to ensure maximal security as the nation was at war. However with all the fighting finished, Her Majesty returned to the Imperial Palace and was married less than three days later.
Citizens of Pegasus, this is not a drill.
I repeat this is not a drill. We are being attacked. Proceed to the nearest shelter immediately. The Imperial Palace has issued a full-scale red alert and the Royal Family have been relocated to a secure location. I repeat this is not a drill. We are at war with some of the NSR players. They have launched a surprise attack on us and are gaining immense ground. All military capable personnel are requested to report immediately to any army base.
Pegassian troops have began mobilizing all over the country.
The Erusean military has also been mobilized as it is a client state of Pegasus.
Reserves have been called up for both countries and the DOAB missile system has been activated as the nation enters a new phase of war.
As of right now, any personnel of the NSR and Arrgh are to be exterminated with extreme prejudice.
The Pegasus Empire formally recognizes these alliances as aggressors and will declare war in an effort to defend itself.
It has been almost a week since the last war and we are at it again. It is hard to imagine how each individual in this country feels but i for one think it is alright. I mean it is not like we are entering another war right?
Its just a warning.
Just a preparation for a defensive war.
But isn't it always?
All citizens be advised, country is now at black alert.
@18:00 hours Yesterday, Pegasus Forces broke through the last defensive line of Emperor Ukunada's Forces. As the troops stormed the capital there was unfortunately much loss of life as the civilians were mostly hostile towards the invaders and were thus shot on sight. The city was left in ruins as Erusean planes carried out multiple air strikes alongside the Pegasus Air Force.
As the army made their way through the rubble they were greeted by a detachment that was sent a head to secure Princess Arryha.
The princess had evidently been released by a local who wanted the war to stop and was making her way through the forest when the militants found out she was missing and began pursuing her. Pegasus Special Forces found her after she made an emergency phone call to "Command". They found her, eliminated all hostiles and transported her back safely.
With the Royal safe back home, the soldiers were ordered to rap up and return home. After a few more bombings, military control was returned to the Emperor's forces as the Pegasiian Military withdrew.
The navy also withdrew and cargo ships which had been stopped by the blockading navy were finally allowed entry into the nation's ports.
A peace treaty was signed between Emperor Ukunaka and Queen Shannakay. This is the second peace agreement and the second war between the two countries however this is the first war which did not end in a truce.
As Pegasus Forces push forward looking for a decisive victory, efforts to locate the princess have been maximized to the highest possibility.
Pegasus's ally, Erusea e have sent troops to assist in the rescue missions and it is estimated that she will be found within the next 12 hours. If this is the case, the war can be expected to be over within 24 hours tops as the invasion was only done to locate the princess.
A detachment from the Imperial Guard is being sent off to join the search. Reports suggest that they have a lead on the location of the princess and will be heading off at an unknown time.
As the battle continued, Pyrrha and those behind her managed to break through the right flank of the enemy at last. They began driving back the monsters and claiming ground with lightening speed. Meanwhile, Arryha as well began gaining ground but was slowed down by the heavy bombardment from archers mounted on a nearby hill.
Female warrior accompanying Arryha
In the plains, things were much different, the enemy had driven dobby and the army back. It became clear that unless the battle on the flanks were won and those detachments joined in the centre, all would be lost.
The archers in Pyrrha's guard began accelerating their rate of fire as they fired with precision and accuracy into the eyes and hearts of the creatures they were fighting. They had received a morale boost after managing to successfully break the enemy and were now simply cleaning up the left overs. At the same time, Pyrrha took her infantry and charged into the bulk of the enemy's main force from the right flank. This sudden attack managed to crush a large amount of elite units which had been focusing on the battle ahead. They were given little time to realize their mistake and were hence punished for it dearly.
Arryha's detachment had also been successful on that flank and crushed the remaining archers that had taken refuge in a cave. She then turned her attention to the enemy in the fields and also dealt a crushing blow to their army. The Queen of the darkness was not to be defeated this easily however and she made one final charge before attempting to retreat. She charged the one who had dealt a massive blow to her plans, Pyrrha. Pyrrha did not see her coming as she had her back turned towards her allies so she considered herself to be safe. Dobby on the other hand saw her charging and realized whom she was aiming for. Having made a promise to Epi to protect his daughter, Dobby intercepted the Death Queen's blow with his own body. Her weapon went clear through his chest and stopped only inches away from Pyrrha who turned around and drove her sword into the heart of the Queen thus ending her, once and for all.
However the damage had been done. As the enemy retreated, Pyrrha fell beside dobby and took his hand in hers. Dobby, with his last breath created for her, a necklace signifying her ascendancy to take over his role as Titan and told her to let him rest in peace. She closed his eyes after the last breath of air left his body and rose with the necklace still in her hand. She had changed back into her normal self and was doing her best to appear strong.
But truth be told, sh was torn apart inside. They had one victory, however though decisive it may be in truth, the losses Atlas suffered were never to be forgotten or forgiven.
The Romans arrived to a scene of utter destruction. There were dead bodies, blood, crows, flies and other remnants from the war scattered as far as the eye could see. There were only a few spots for one to walk without stepping on the dead or wounded.
A scout from Pyrrha's Guard watches from above as the enemy retreats.
The survivors of the battle for the victors could be seen resting after 18 hours worth of constant clashing with the enemy. One such survivor was a member of Pyrrha's guard who greeted the newcomers. She was seated in front of a pile of weapons which her comrades had gathered up from nearby bodies. All over the battlefield, different persons could be seen taking up weapons.
The battle had been won but a a terrible cost. There were many sacrifices but in the end Evil lost.
A number that up to this date still pains the empire to its very core.
Though it marked the turning point in the war, it also was scarred with an unimaginable loss.
The battle began as both the 1st Army and the invading force charged forward. As both sides crashed into the other, crows began circling the battlefield knowing that they would soon be filled.
As the fighting continued, Dobby could be seen rallying the men and leading the offense against the enemies skirmishers which were currently dealing plenty of damage to their opponents.
There were over 255,000 men of war on the field with 150000 of them coming from the darkness that seeked to devour all. The roman army was to reinforce the 1st Army before the battle however due to the ambush, they were held back and would not be able to join the battle.
Pyrrha's ability to change how she looked kept the enemy very busy as they could never truly tell whom they were fighting. Four representations of her would surround them and each looked more convincing than the rest. She attracted much of their attention and drew off the bulk of the massive army towards nearby ruins where she dominated them in battle.
The fighting became more and more intense as monsters both unseen and unheard of for thousands of years were released on the battlefield to lay waste to Atlas's army. Many men died attempting to fight or flew the creatures whilst the wizards and witches fought hard to drive them back. Further reinforcements were transported by the By-soft directly into the midst of the battle. Arryha was one who came with the detachment as she wanted to ensure her sister remained alive knowing how reckless she could be. However as soon as she arrived she was faced off with an old enemy as Morgana sent three spirit bombs at her.
The battle had now been separated into different parts with Morgana and her minions clashing against Arryha and the reinforcements on the left flank. Titan Dobby and The main bulk of the 1st Army against Cerberus and the entirety of the enemy in the middle. On the right flank was Pyrrha and her guards and the witches and wizards against all the monsters the enemy had to offer. On both flanks were ruins which made the battles there more of a tactical approach than just a simple head on, fight to the death collision. In the midst however was a large open plain and this was where the battle really took place.
The battle rages on with no end in sight.
As the war rages on new weapons are being tested and one such weapon being prepped for combat is the MOAB launcher. Having being created last year, it still remains untested and has been loaded in case it will come in handy in the current war.
Also, the first trip to space has been concluded with the safe arrival of the space shuttle which landed in the ocean, less than 500 meters away from the battle-group sent to secure its occupants.
The men and women were overjoyed to return to their planet which looked far off when the had touched down on the moon earlier last month. They had spent a few days searching the planet before heading to the space station build site to begin creating the first ever off planet F.O.B.