As I stood holding my guitar yesterday following our Sunday morning worship service, our pastor stood up and started talking about how we as a nation (USA) really need to take time to pray for this election coming in a few weeks.
He continued, saying, that Daniel spent 21 (Daniel 10) days praying and fasting after a great revelation. Daniel fasted often in other parts of his book, in response to events going on within his country, albeit a foreign country. His statements had me thinking about praying and fasting, even before he asked our church to join him in fasting something of value to us up to the elections.
I remembered how Daniel wasn't the only one who fasted. We can read in the book of Esther, how the Jews in Susa (Esther 4) fasted for three days to give her wisdom. Nehemiah fasts after hearing about the status of Jerusalem (Nehemiah 1), Ezra fasts for safe passage back to Jerusalem (Ezra 8), and the entire city of Nineveh fasted after hearing Jonah's word (Jonah 3). There's plenty of other scriptures dealing with fasting that I won't flood the page with it.
So this is a simple request, I'm not looking for pledges, I'm not looking for political arguments or discussions, and this is not about which candidate should be in office.
Now what do you fast? Often people fast food, but it doesn't have to be food, fasting in this case, is giving up something that you do daily, and this can be from 5-10 minutes to a couple hours, whatever you feel comfortable doing to replace that time with prayer. For me, I'll be giving up my personal project time in the mornings before I go to work.
If you're willing to fast, I encourage you to find something over the next few weeks to fast and pray for our country. It's not about praying that a candidate in particular wins, throw all the politicians and opinions you know out of the equation.
This is praying that God will protect our country and help us to focus on the right direction, to break down the internal barriers in our country and provide resolve so that we can be united again. To give our leaders guidance on where we can improve, and knowledge on handling crisis when it rears it's ugly head. To see our country to lift up the broken, to encourage the weak, and to be a positive light to help change the world in which we live.
If you're not from the US, I'd still encourage you to join in prayer for our country, as we need much of it, but to also pray for your own countries, and the world as a whole, that we can make this world increasingly better for the next generation, and that God will continue to show our world leaders how to solve the problems that arise, and find the best solution for those involved now, and in the future.
Thank you, Restius
And the congregation of those who believed were of one heart and soul; and not one of them claimed that anything belonging to him was his own, but all things were common property to them.
â€” Acts 4:32
From each according to his ability, to each according to his need.
â€” Karl Marx, Critique of the Gotha Program
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With new testimony coming to light, I felt an update was necessary:
The 168 Day War was one of the many conflicts between the Rose and Syndisphere blocs. The war itself never brought the same decisive victory as seen in the Silent War, however, it is notable in that Alpha makes its debut on the world stage. Arising from the war is the formation of Sparta as an upper tier alliance sided with Alpha, and the grudge between the Syndicate and Alpha over treaty clauses and obligations. Partisan notes in the blog "We were perfectly fine with [Alpha] entering in Roz Wei. We were not okay with [Alpha] entering on SK after [Alpha] had promised the former." This would become a "catalyst" for Steve's War.
On April 16th, Seabasstion, then the leader of Sparta, staged an intricate military drill which faked a combat scenario with Terminus Est. This involved a number of Sparta's allies, including the dominant upper tier alliance Alpha.
In Pre's blog on the "real" TEst, Seabass confessed an ulterior motive: to purge Spartan leadership and merge with TEst. Seabasstion felt that the majority of the leadership in Sparta was "poor" and the military drill was designed to throw Sparta into "chaos" to "cut the fat." In my own post on the same page, I extrapolated that Seabass didn't inform any allies of the drill because there was a possibility that the news it was fake could inform back to Sparta and Spartan leadership, which was not challenged. For Seabass, "[The drill] wasn't designed to hurt Sparta's allies. It was designed to destroy Sparta itself." His hopes were that Sparta would go to a "better place" (topic/12297-sparta-announcement/). Lo Pan's post notes that "The only deception on Terminus Est's part was not announcing t(o) the public that both Sparta and TEst were discussing a merge for a couple months before we actually did."
The military drill, along with the subsequent demilitarization following the announcement of Terminus Est on the evening of the 16th, placed Alpha and her allies in a position of unpreparedness.
*It is now worth noting that Seabasstion, the former leader of Sparta, steps down and said that he will leave. He will join TEst following the Spartan merge.
On April 18th, the Syndicate, Mensa HQ, and Terminus Est begin militarizing to settle old grudges. On April 22nd, Terminus Est and the Syndicate launch an attack on Alpha. Terminus Est cited the Rose leak as the casus belli (https://politicsandwar.com/forums/index.php?/topic/12330-press-release-from-the-syndicate-on-alpha-and-recent-events/?p=232159). Syndicate cited Alpha's attempt to "isolate" the Syndicate as the CB. On April 23rd, in light of the rapid demobilization from the staged drill and Rose Sphere's unwillingness to fight, Alpha declares it will not ask allies to join the fight. On April 26th, with minimal losses, Terminus Est leaves the conflict.
*In previous posts, I have alluded to the possibility that Seabass was a Terminus Est plant designed to weaken Alpha's ally and give Terminus Est a casus belli to roll Alpha. I retract those statements. I now believe that Seabass was an independent actor who wanted to weaken Alpha's ally and accidentally gave Terminus Est a CB to roll Alpha. To which I said, "[there was] no conscious genius on [seabass's] part [for the demise of half the sphere]."
Terminus Est quickly disposes the majority of Alpha's conventional military troops and withdraws from the conflict, thus avoiding further losses from Alpha's nuclear stockpile, leaving The Syndicate and Alpha to incur losses of their own and to slug out the grudge of the 168 Day war. Seabasstion, in preparation for several months to try and merge with TEst behind the backs of the rest of Spartan leadership and membership, achieves his goal when Sparta surrenders to the Black Knights in the following NPO war.
The consequences of Steve's War is most reflective in hindsight: With a dash of luck, TEst is given a unique opportunity to roll an alliance they expressed interest in attacking for a while (Alpha) in almost a 3 to 1 with the backing of the Syndisphere and later almost doubles its membership from the Spartan merge.
Usually threads involving paperless conversations end up in a lot of shit-posting so per request of what my next blog should be about, what is paperless was suggested. Simply put paperless is having an alliance structured around the idea that you have no official treaties with the exception of protectorates.
Protectorates get an exception in this case because the point of a protectorate is to dissuade alliances from attacking the one being protected. If you look at an alliance in the 30's ranking and see they're protected by someone your far less likely to want to raid them. The power in the protectorates protection comes from its existence being known.
Now to the meat of it all. With VE's recent jump to paperless, lets focus on that for a moment. VE could become paperless and not move what-so-ever on the political spectrum if they so wished. They could still back up Rose in the next war, and Rose could back them up if need be. But in the same vein they're not honor-bound to fight a large war that doesn't match up to their desires. The problem with treaties is time, in my opinion. Usually in the phases leading up to signing a treaty the activity between alliances is very high, one side is typically courting the other in a manner of speaking. Once the treaty is signed there's a honeymoon period where everything is great and your talking. Then a few months in your like an old married couple who only seem to talk to one another when there's a fight about to happen. The romance is dead. This is what spawned the concept of paperless for me. Without that piece of paper, should relations fall off or have highs and lows, you can act on what is right for you at that time. You could fight more, fight less, and the repercussions of your actions are yours and not several other alliances.
Lets say an alliance your friendly with takes an action you don't like for war, you can support them, not, go against them. Should you support them it would be because you feel committing to a war you don't agree with is worth the relationship between alliances at this time. Should you not, you risk your relationship souring with said alliance. And obviously should you go against them you might face their wrath. You can make the decision based on what is right for your alliance, not because you committed to banging 7 months ago before they went bat shit crazy and starting RPing a snake, or something. I typically hate treaties that have been around forever, that you just keep because you have had them for so long. Don't act a certain way because you've had a treaty forever, act for what is best for your alliance and alliances you deem worthy of your support. What is best for your alliance can change quickly, and what alliances you support also can as well. Paper chokes this process. Paperless helps give you the option to pivot easier, however it's still not easy.
Paperless alliances require strong, active leadership. You have to keep up with lots of alliances simply for the sake that your friends one day might be against you on the battlefield the next (even if they remain friends). It's also a lot riskier. Should you make a major misstep and get your alliance dog-piled, there will be few people lining up to bail you out because there will be little political pressure for them to do so from outside sources. You won't get people trolling you for not honoring a treaty, or not supporting a side people believed you should like recent examples with Alpha (when tied to Rose/tS) and TKR (when tied to NPO was it?). This fits that paperless suits a proactive leadership style, and PnW-wise a proactive military style. You want to be the one on the attack.
I could go on, and maybe I will in a follow-up blog but lets try to wrap this one up. Paperless is very much like paper, it's just not out in the open like everyone else and you can change where you stand much easier. You need the right people to do it well, and need to be an alliance that stands by your word because that's all you have, your reputation. I find the best way to do it is talking to people about possible scenarios and where you stand so your friends and enemies alike know where you stand on issues, because your enemies might become your friends and vice versa quicker than you think. Or not. It's really up to you and your alliance, which is why I like this system more than the traditional.
Terminus Est has recently made it their mission to keep Neutrality out of the top 15 alliances. A noble cause especially when continued war on certain factions has yielded success to the secondary goal: Forcing the neutrals to involve themselves in the metagame in order to receive protection from events such as this.
However, The Fighting Pacifists have fought the good fight. The Flame of Activity outweighs the importance of extinguishing Neutrality and TEst are currently doing their best to ensure that TFP lose interest in our world rather than get involved for protection.
This is the line I draw between a righteous Great Neutral Crusade and a cruel one. Forcing terms upon an alliance that you aggressively attacked is in poor taste, especially when the terms lack practicality. They have fought the good fight, and now continue to refuse the terms given to them. Yet TEst has decided that, rather than concede the silliness of their terms and agree to white peace, that they will call upon the rest of the world to assist in the indefinite Occupation of another alliance.
At what point do we draw the line between funny and cruel? At what point do we recognize that we do more harm than good to continue? This unjustly prolonged war only serves to foster disinterest in our community, removing the very purpose the Crusaders sought to pursue.
In light of all this, I call upon Terminus Est to grant White Peace to the Fighting Pacifists. You declared an aggressive war, you won, now move along.
With Caecus writing several entries about TEst a couple weeks ago, I figured I'd create my own little blog to write about the real TEst. First things first, the TEst I lead is different than the real TEst. Jodo and ElPinchazo (and probably Phiney) can only be the leaders of the real TEst as they've lead the alliance during the longest periods of time. The real TEst is slightly less concerned about the world around them and more willing to throw caution to the wind and march to their own beat. The TEst I lead is similar to that but I'm a bit more pragmatic and keep more channels of communication to other alliances. Neither is superior to the other, I simply took what I could from TEst and and added it to what I see as my strengths as a leader. Combine my strengths with TEst's play style as best as you can and you have the current Terminus Est.
My goal for this alliance is simple, give the members what they want. TEst has been involved with 4 (5 if you count Arrgh) wars since I took over, Alpha, GPA, Pantheon, and TFP. All four of those alliances were targeted for a combination of reasons. First, one thing all four have in common is being atop our "who do we want to fight", poll. It's funny when you look at those threads because it's less about wanting to fight someone because you dislike them, and vastly more about who would be a good fight. At the time of each, really, all of those alliances had the one of the most impressive top tiers at the time. When we decided on Alpha, about a month later we felt reason was given enough through that whole debacle with Sparta and the fake logs drill which resulted in a plan to roll TEst by several alliances, which resulted in those Rose forum leaks about them getting the impression they wanted to roll TEst regardless. That combined with being atop of our bingo list, we attacked. We teamed up with Syndicate who also had their own reason for attacking which kept them engaged much longer than us, as TEst often leaves shortly after the conventional warfare wraps up. GPA and TFP we hit because they had big neutrals, and TFP was right after Pantheon so it made it easier to just do it then since everyone was still itching for more fighting. Pantheon was hit for two reasons, like Alpha they were atop out bingo list (the list gets re-voted after every war with the previously rolled alliances excluded) and second we were paid. I'm not going to say who paid but someone took us up on this thread.
It's really an interesting thing, how we operate. We don't fight for political reasons, except to maybe make some new friends through bloodshed. We really don't take things too seriously and are an alliance that keeps their word. We willing to work with most anyone if they've something worth fighting for, money in some cases and shared interests in others. We're just here to have fun, so feel free to stop by and shoot the shit with us. https://discord.gg/z2BWuzV
"Prefontaine and his band of merry idiots" - Hereno
Yet again, the Silent War is another example of Terminus Est consolidating its hold on the sphere. With a relatively exhausted Pantheon now finishing up the conflict against the VE, Terminus Est, along with Roz Wei and Arrgh descend on the weakened force. Likewise, the superior numerical advantage, combined with an already weakened military force leaves Terminus Est and allies with little significant damage.
With Alpha's declaration on Mensa HQ in defense of NPO, the Syndisphere had three choices regarding deployment of military reserves: to honor treaty obligations with Pantheon and attack Terminus Est and her allies, to defend Mensa HQ against Alpha's attack or both. It is this writer's suspicion that there was backroom dealing or pure intimidation on the part of Terminus Est to have the Syndisphere choose to attack Alpha. No doubt the previous 2 month conflict and Alpha's personal history also played a part. In light of Terminus Est's previous cooperation with TS during Steve's War, Terminus Est and the Syndisphere may have also come to an agreement to have the events play out as it did.
Regardless, the final nail in the coffin was complete. Alpha, still exhausted from the onslaught from the previous wars, suffers further decline. Pantheon surrenders to Terminus Est. Terminus Est now dominates the upper tier unilaterally. Both from a tactical and strategic standpoint, it is clear Terminus Est is the ultimate victor of these last few wars.
*It is worth noting that Seabasstion, the former leader of Sparta, now resides in Terminus Est.
Terminus Est will likely surge ahead of Alpha and Pantheon for the foreseeable future, and will likely capitalize on the aftermath of the Silent War. Pantheon and Alpha alone cannot challenge the numerical superiority of Terminus Est in a conventional war, disregarding the unlikelihood of the two alliances becoming partners.
Challenges for Terminus Est in the future is maintaining political relations in backdoor channels. With the rise of the Syndisphere as hegemon and the breakup of Paragon, it is imperative for Terminus Est to not present itself as a second sphere. The paperless policy helps obscure any potential formation of a second sphere, and the artful use of the policy has been exhibited by Terminus Est leadership for some time now. With Pantheon (the only real contestant still remotely capable of posing a threat to TEst) battered in the aftermath of the Silent War, Terminus Est can expect some time of peaceful growth before a potential conflict looms.
Terminus Est's strengths has been the quiet manipulation between two spheres to always find easy victories that consolidate its power. From Steve's War to the Silent War, Terminus Est has placed itself as a military reserve force to be used by one side or the other to decisively turn the odds of any given conflict. Their strength is also their weakness, since Paragon has been decisively defeated and will remain so for the foreseeable future. Having connections to both spheres and playing on the two sphere's focus each other, it will be in the interest of Terminus Est to either prop up Paragon, or at least maintain a myth of a reborn Rose sphere.
With the loss of the Silent War, the Rose bloc has now more or less dissolved from the once powerful opposing bloc against the Syndisphere. In the wake of the aftermath, there are a few clear victors: the Syndisphere achieved a tactical victory over the opposing Paragon forces. However, it is worth noting the true victor of these events: Terminus Est.
It is the opinion of this writer that of all the participants in the Silent War, Terminus Est is the only alliance which achieved a tactical and strategic victory that now propels TEst to a position of upper tier dominance. With the destruction of Pantheon, Sparta and Alpha as competitors to the once small and reclusive force, TEst has now achieved a numerical superiority in upper tier nations following this war. There is little room for doubt that following this war, TEst intends to capitalize on its gains by compounding nation growth in light of the minimal damage received during the war. It will likely be very difficult for Pantheon and Alpha to rise to the challenge in the next global conflict.
The 168 Day War was one of the many conflicts between the Rose and Syndisphere blocs. The war itself never brought the same decisive victory as seen in the Silent War, however, it is notable in that Alpha makes its debut on the world stage. Arising from the war is the formation of Sparta as an upper tier alliance sided with Alpha, and the grudge between the Syndicate and Alpha over treaty clauses and obligations.
On April 16th, Seabasstion, then the leader of Sparta, staged an intricate military drill which faked a combat scenario with Terminus Est. This involved a number of Sparta's allies, including the dominant upper tier alliance Alpha. The military drill, along with the subsequent demilitarization following the announcement of Terminus Est on the military drill, placed Alpha and her allies in a position of unpreparedness when it was clear the Syndisphere took advantage of the situation to mobilize military and settle the grudge of the 168 Day War.
*It is now worth noting that Seabasstion, the former leader of Sparta, steps down and leaves to join Guardian.
On April 22nd, Terminus Est and the Syndicate launch an attack on Alpha. On April 23rd, in light of the rapid demobilization from the staged drill, Alpha declares it will not ask allies to join the fight. On April 26th, with minimal losses, Terminus Est leaves the conflict.
The consequences of Steve's War is most reflective in hindsight: Terminus Est quickly disposes the majority of Alpha's conventional military troops and withdraws from the conflict to avoid further losses from Alpha's nuclear stockpile, leaving The Syndicate and Alpha to incur losses of their own.
On June 13th, with Alpha's military stockpiles depleted in Steve's War, Alpha's allies are attacked by the Syndisphere in a daring blitz. With Alpha's military reserves depleted, along with the lingering lull in military readiness on the side of Paragon, the Syndisphere wins a stunning victory.
Several events happen which further benefits Terminus Est. First, Alpha has fought a prolonged war that has stretched her resources to the limits, further weakening Terminus Est's competition in the upper tier. Secondly, the surrender and break up of Sparta (another upper tier alliance which competes with Terminus Est) ultimately resulted in the expansion of Pantheon and Terminus Est's membership from upper tier nations. Thirdly, it is of note, that Terminus Est uses the NPO war to rebuild and further consolidate holdings.
The Decline of Mutuality: MDP's going out of style
The political trends in Orbis have continually pushed the limits of acceptable politics that many migrants have brought from other worlds.
The widespread implementation of paperless foreign policies, the commonly accepted white-peace endings to wars, and even the relative lack of political ostracization that occurs when an alliance fails to uphold a treaty, among other things.
Despite personal interpretation or defense of a particular alliance's actions, we can clearly point out some recent examples of the third example. We can also clearly tie in some of the motivations behind these recent examples into Individualist thought.
The most recent, being The Light Federation, refusing to uphold their mutual defense pact with UPN.
The most profound (in my memory) being The Knights Radiant refusing to uphold their mutual defense pact with NPO.
While many people may frown upon these two groups refusing to honor a document with such strict wording, I postulate that the wording itself is the cause of discontent. In our world we have individual nations who form alliances in order to further certain Individual goals such as common defense. The alliances occasionally combine forces with each other in order to further Individual goals such as the neutralization of a mutual threat. This has resulted in treaties making their way into widespread use, many of which are worded to be permanently and mutually binding.
However, alliances by nature cannot maintain mutually binding agreements. The only way such a thing can be accomplished is by merging the actual alliances, otherwise their Individual goals will never permanently align. It is therefore correct to assume that mutual defense pacts are more a propaganda statement than a practical tool of politics. The two aforementioned examples clearly demonstrate that, outside of the slighted parties (NPO and UPN), most of our world no longer recognizes the propaganda/public shame value of the mutual pact.
Hopefully this last nail in the coffin of mutually binding pacts will push us into a new era of paperless politics or, at worst, optional-only pacts that better reflect how each alliance can only ever represent their own self-interest if they hope to thrive.
Ever sense the last war we have been rebuilding our infrastructure and rebuilding our army to make it bigger and better, now we have. We used our time to come out of the last war stronger in order to excat our revenge for the sneak attacks by our cowardly oppantes and to only be beaten by a lone pirate, Mark us well Black knights not a one shall be spared as this will be a batisim by fire and blood.
Who can compare to our strength who can match to our determination? I tell you the truth no amount of pleading can shield you from my wrath and the wrath of the order that shall fallow, pray to the admin for mercy for I have non.
We are a nation, not a state. A nation is a people with shared morals, language, faith, and culture. A state is the governmental apparatus that enforces itself over a nation, or nations, in order to keep order. When those in government are the same as those who make up the nation, then peace and order reigns. When those in government comprise a different class or type of people to those who make up the majority of the nation, then the government (the state) must use force or deception to enslave a nation, or else there is anarchy.
In Xenios, the government and the people are one nation, one people. Those who are the same as us are part of our nation, and we will support them wherever they may be. Race or colour of skin is not important, as these things alone do not constitute a nation: again, we state that it is the culture, language, faith and shared morals that make a people kindred.
Xenios started as a society of people: the League of Anti-Judaizers. This is a league for those people wishing to flee this dying world - corrupted, as it is, by Talmudic practices - and establish a safe haven for sojourners. The league is established to renew and strengthen people - creating a new man: strengthening them not only physically, but also morally and spiritually. The League's name is in recognition that the main opposition to this spiritual renewal is Talmudic Judaism, a corruption of the Jewish religion founded in the Torah. Talmudic Judaism seeks to corrupt non-Jews through decadence and immorality so that they can be more easily enslaved.
Therefore, despite an apparent "isolationist" stance, the League has always been committed to fighting the evil schemes of Talmudic Jewry and their quislings worldwide, in order to free ordinary people from Jewish perversity, leading them to the light of personal salvation and renewal. We do not discriminate based on race, and so people of Jewish origin are indeed welcome to join the League, providing they thoroughly renounce the Talmudic Jewish faith.
The nation of Xenios came into existence alongside the The League of Anti-Judaizers. There is no point in saying Xenios founded the League or that the League established Xenios: those of us who joined the League became Xenioshians, and those who came to Xenios and became citizens automatically joined the League. The head of the League is the Polemarch (i.e. "War-Lord"), and he is therefore the de facto leader of Xenios, until a time comes that a more stable form of government is possible.
And why is the government in a war-ready posture? Because all about the nation of Xenios there is opposition and enemies wishing to crush us by any means possible. The underhand way in which this nation has been attacked by some, confirms Xenios' stance that Talmudic Judaism is a cowardly force, a force that hides in the shadows, and one which will do anything to prevent the spiritual growth of human beings. Xenios and the League will not be cowed by such deception. At the moment we are growing slowly, and building up military power and shoring up our defenses. Soon, the time of Xenios will come...
Inner peace through war abroad!
Now we know this was a long time coming and we do apologize for this taking so long, but we bring you here today for the long awaited interview of the empress. From an assassination attempt to gaining a new son-in-law, to divorce and to picking a new successor; this woman has gone through more than what most women would ask for and now we're going to get her personal thoughts.
Let it be known that without Liam Hiker no longer being the royal family guard dog, getting this interview had been slightly easier than with her children although the actual okay of the empress had helped. Now we do have to take in consideration the stricter checks now in place since our last interview with First Prince Ericson as for it being a bit better and not completely better.
The empress had agreed to meet us in her own private library for her interview and had dressed more casually than what anyone had seen her, which we could say shocked us. Either way let us continue.
Me: So, let us start off easy, we all can tell you've recovered remarkably from your injuries. We have to ask though, what are you're actual feelings for the incident?
Amaryllis: I was scared, nothing more, nothing less. The fear of knowing you're going to die is a big one. You think about your family and those you care about and in my case I think about those in the room who could also be in danger. I also had felt saddened that someone had felt so low that they thought killing me would fix things but also angered that financial means were also in the situation.
Me: You know some say that the situation and the recent incident involving Jason North should warrant the abolishment of the recommendation system involved in selecting members....
Amaryllis: I will stop you right there and make this clear, I do not or will I ever support abolishing the system. The system was put in place to allow those who didn't have blood connections a chance of joining the highest force within the kingdom and some have been just as or even more loyal than those who got in through blood.
Me (nodding): Well, considering that I am also good friends with a Pack member who got in through the system, I will agree with you, but tell me, do you ever think of abolishing the blood system completely?
Amaryllis: That will also not happen. The original pack members have helped established this kingdom and by allowing their descendants who wish to pick up the same sword to serve is my family's way of thanking them. With that being said, we do not allow just blood to get in as some have forgotten. We also do determine if they're prepared to take on this responsibility.
Me (nodding again): Well, this and some of other decisions you have made or supported have lead to a decline in your popularity. I have to ask, does that rattle you?
Amaryllis (sighing): It disappoints me is a better way to describe it but at same time I expected it. Mother has always taught me that if you do not have critics you're either strong-arming someone or you're just doing something wrong. That yes, while we lead our people, they are still individuals with differing opinions and passions. The best you can do then is to listen to what you have to say, see their motives, and decide from their. Sometimes you will have to stay firm in what you decided and sometimes you will have to compromise. Take my daughter's marriage. She's a capitalist princess about to marry the chairman of a communist country. Everyone wanted me to disown her and cut ties with the country completely but I couldn't do that.
For starters, the political impact on an international scale would have been great and I would have possibly isolated our kingdoms and caused unnecessary rivalries. But I also had to consider my daughter's feelings. In the beginning, she was only introducing Tenchi to our way of life and culture, and it lead to something more. Besides, he was a nice young man who treated my daughter right. How could I isolate her for falling in love? And so I showed my support and didn't back down despite the people's opinion. My only fear is that my daughter now has to look over her shoulder within her own kingdom.
Me: Heartbreaking indeed, and it does lead me to my question. One of those decisions that has affected your popularity is the decision of having First Prince Ericson become your successor. While most support this choice, meaning those who do not want First Princess Lucia in the position, some called you a hypocrite as you could have shown true support of your daughter by having her become the next empress. Others say this is you simply playing favorites. And others say this is the slap to the face of our traditions. I have to ask, what are your opinions on these statements and what were you thinking when you picked your son?
Amaryllis: If I have selected Lucia, the target on her back would have become even larger as with any children she will have. I do believe her a capable leader and she would have been a fine empress, but I also do fear for her safety and also if she has the capabilities of making the most difficult decisions and those decisions will come.
First Prince Ericson, I will not lie, he was my only son and as such I did coddle him more than I should have, but that does not mean I picked him because he is my favorite. We forget his prowess in both military and foreign affairs and he has a more stern approach than even I or his sisters could obtain, which could be for a good thing in the future. In the end, it is my duty as the empress to pick the best for our people and as such I will gladly break tradition with it.
Now the interview had to be cut then due to an urgent matter coming up for the empress and as such she had given us access to certain areas while we waited for her return. As to the matter of the matter, we never heard although it could have something to do with that house that's being built on the palace grounds (rumors say it is meant to be a home for Lucia and her husband and possible children) or even possibly the rumors we hear of the royal advisory board becoming more hostile with the empress.
The empress would return a few hours later and have dinner brought in before we continue with our interview.
Me: This topic has not been as infamous as the others, but some would wish to know about your divorce with Emperor Ajax. The shock that comes with this divorce is that you two seemed to so deeply in love and you're also members of the Crystalists faith which is against divorce. We have to ask, what truly happened to cause the break up?
Amaryllis: Well, it is only simply growing distance. Ajax and I just couldn't regain that footing again and so we believed instead of putting on a show we decided to end it. And if you're wondering, yes, it has severely damaged our standing in the Cyrstalism faith. Let's say I have not been invited to speak at the main temple in quite some time.
Me: That must be rough. The faith had gained its popularity through the family and more specifically your grandmother, don't you think you deserve an exception?
Amaryllis: If anything else, I'd be disappointed if they exempted me. Empress or not, I did vow dedication to this faith and I broken one of its doctrines. Would it not be hypocritical for them to pick and chose on these subjects?
Me: Well, that could make sense, but don't you find it insulting that they now call for Crystalism to become the kingdom's official religion?
Amaryllis: I do find the timing upsetting, but I won't say insulting. But either way, I won't allow it, and no I'm not saying this because I'm bitter. Wintery hasn't had an official religion to avoid tension with the differing faiths.
Me (nodding): Alright then, back to your love life to end this on a happier note. Is there someone special in your life to become the next emperor?
Amaryllis (laughing): Unfortunately not going to tell anyone.
And there you have it. We hope this does answer some questions the people has had while also providing insight into the mind of our empress. We do wish you a good night.
-Isabella Yolk, Omni News-
The Confederacy of Independent Systems becomes member of The Order of the White Rose.
With the Head of State, General Grievous, applying the C.I.S to be a member of OWR, CNN is led to believe that a new age of peace and stability is dawning on the Confederacy. Grievous, who has an extensive background in leadership and diplomacy, is well known for his efforts for prosperity.
Shortly after the announcement of The C.I.S's accepted membership into the OWR, a conference amongst Grievous and the Senate in Utapau was held to discuss the announcement.
After the private cabinet briefing, a Confederate T-Series Tactical Droid was made available to make a comment. His official statement read as follows:
"I first need to apologize for the absence of the Head of State, he is currently very busy, but I can confirm a peaceful transition between administrations was obtained. I am sure if Grievous was here, he would comment on how it is truly a great honor to be a member of The Order of the White Rose, and how he is excited about the future and what it will hold for the people of the Confederacy."
An excerpt from Dawn of the Master-Fowl: A History of The Nestingland at War, by Nurwoo.
'... As the eyes of the Superior State looked ever outward in their quest for dominion, it was inevitable that members of the lesser species would object. During the First Great War of Herringsraum, as members of the Eastern Expansion Fin marched their way towards victory, the armies of the Western Expansion Fin were checked in a violent counterpush by the combined forces of two separate empires. In an attempt to break the deadlock and continue their assault, the western front engaged in a midnight assault across the five hundred mile battleline. Encountering heavy resistance, only the members of the XXVII Krakkian Penguinaries were able to breach the enemy lines, and push into enemy territory. Due to atmospheric interference, the communication lines used by the XXVII were unusable, and a stabilization of the breach was unobtainable. Advancing without support, the XXVII advanced over thirty-seven kilometers within hostile territory. By the time the comm lines were reusable, the enemy lines had re-stabilized, trapping the XXVII. Orders from the Nestingland High Command were simple: Hold their position at all costs. Hoping that the enemy would divert more troops from the front to deal with the Master-Fowl deep within their lines, the Nestingland Department of War ordered an emergency mobilization of reserve troops to aid in the push westward. Due to a fire in the NeDeW command centre, these reserve troops were delayed for eight days, from 20 April to 28 April. The XXVII held out, without support or supplies, against an enemy that outnumbered them over sixty-to-one. When the XIII and VI Krakkian Penguinaries finally reached the last known coordinates of the XXVII, they found no survivors. It is hard to calculate the exact killcount of the XXVII, as the relief element had to retake the site from the enemy, but evidence shows that each Penguinary fired every round they had, many of which were found still clutching their close-quarter combat weapons. Finleader Hurkee, the active General for the XXVII, was found buried under a pile of dead sub-fowl, his ceremonial Baton of Command snapped in half and buried in the eyes of an enemy combatant. An audio recording, made by an unnamed communication officer of the XXVII and dated the night of the 27th, highlights the determination showed by the brave members of the doomed Penguinary force. In it, Hurkee is assumed to be addressing his troops during a lull in the enemy assaults.
" This is it, waddlers. We're low on rounds, out of rations. We're down to less than a tenth of our number, and reinforcements aren't coming. We've held out longer than believed possible. Our command assumes us dead, our enemies desire to make that so. But have they yet to beat us? After seven days of constant war, we've held our position. After seven days of hell, we are still standing. Soldiers, Penguinaries of the Twenty-seventh: Can you hear them, our enemies advancing in the night? Listen to their trepidation! Hear the fear, as they know they march to their doom! We are lucky, to be considered already dead. Our fate is sealed, we know what will befall us this night. Our Destiny is clear, our Fate manifest. We will hold our lines to the last. When our enemies ask what the worth of a Penguin is, they will remember the Twenty-Seventh! Penguinaries, to your stations! Our Time has come! Hold, for Emperor and Nestingland!"
Later tactical assessments of the Stand of the XXVII show that without their diversion of enemy troop assets, the probability of successful expansion along the western front was statistically infeasible. In memoriam of the brave members of the XXVII, the city of Nestholm was later established on the site of their last stand. The brave colonists of Nestholm were interesting in their own right, but that is a story for a later time...'