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Gerdalle wrote:Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Correspondence
To: Department for External Affairs, Orange-Bourgogne
From: Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Gerdalle
Subject: Diplomatic relations
Encryption: None

Dear Secretary of State,

We welcome your proposal to enhance mutual relationship between our great nations. Therefore, we wholeheartedly accept Dr Bertrand de Merode de Chimay as the Ambassador of Orange-Bourgogne to our Kingdom. His Majesty King Albert III has authorized me to inform you that our proposed Ambassador to Orange-Bourgogne is Kristoff de Pauw. With your kind approval, he will depart immediately.

In regards to the League of Nations, it will be discussed by His Majesty's Council of Ministers.

[Signed]

Jean-Luc Leclercq
Minister of Foreign Affairs

To: Ministry of Foreign Affairs

From: Department of State

The Union Government would like to exchange embassies with your government and can send James Dugan, a 20 year employee of the State Department and well versed in foreign policy and relations as he was once the aide to the current ambassador to Southwest China. We hope to hear your reply in this matter soon.

RBC News:Police Make High Profile Arrests

Today the NPF and other police departments made arrests of high ranking Mob member in connecting to the shooting a few weeks ago against members of a Ubet street gang. For the past week a back and forth killing spree of Ubets and Russian gang members. Police and the NPF have been cracking down on this gang war which so far has claim 50 people. 35 of which of innocent civilians got in the crossfire. Police have up their presence in the Capital Metro Area. NPF has followed suit as well.

Gerdalle wrote:Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Correspondence
To: Department for External Affairs, Orange-Bourgogne
From: Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Gerdalle
Subject: Diplomatic relations
Encryption: None

Dear Secretary of State,

We welcome your proposal to enhance mutual relationship between our great nations. Therefore, we wholeheartedly accept Dr Bertrand de Merode de Chimay as the Ambassador of Orange-Bourgogne to our Kingdom. His Majesty King Albert III has authorized me to inform you that our proposed Ambassador to Orange-Bourgogne is Kristoff de Pauw. With your kind approval, he will depart immediately.

In regards to the League of Nations, it will be discussed by His Majesty's Council of Ministers.

[Signed]

Jean-Luc Leclercq
Minister of Foreign Affairs

Official diplomatic correspondence
To: Mr Leclercq, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Gerdalle
From: Department for External Affairs, Orange-Bourgogne
Subject: Diplomatic relations
Encryption: None

Your Excellency,

The Cabinet of Orange-Bourgogne is pleased to hear from you that His Majesty King Albert III has accepted and approved our proposal to exchange diplomatic relations in the form of embassies. I can tell you that our Ambassador has already left for Gerdalle, and that he should arrive later today.

I can also tell you that His Majesty King Henry has accepted the offer that His Excellency Kristoff de Pauw be accredited to His Majesty as Gerdalle's Ambassador. We will welcome him warmly, and make sure that a suitable building will be at his disposal when he arrives.

Lastly, we look forward to your response with regards to the League of Nations, after the discussion by the Council of Ministers is over.

[Signed]

Franklin Henderson
Secretary of State for External Affairs

Official correspondence
To: Agnete Åreng, Minister of Defense, Vestlanda
From: Department of Defence, Orange-Bourgogne
Subject: Joint North Sea training
Encryption: CONFIDENTIAL

Your Excellency, dear miss Åreng,

The Cabinet of Orange-Bourgogne is aware of the valuable relationship between our nations. However, it seeks to intertwine our actions even more, especially, in the field of defence.

Both our nations have an interest protecting the North Sea from those who wish to harm others there. Therefore, the Cabinet adopted a policy which urges Vestlanda and our own United Kingdom to co-operate in the protection of the waters.

In order to achieve this, we understand that a lot has to be done. However, we are willing to invest in this project, as we will all benefit if it succeeds. We also hope that you share this view with us.

As a first step, we would like to propose to conduct a joint training between our naval forces. If this goes well, we may consider a further joint training between our aerial forces. Finally, we hope to establish – when everything is ready and all are willing – to create a bilateral joint unit between our nations, which will then consist of a search and rescue section (two helicopters and several small ships) and a defence section (some aeroplanes and several ships).

Please let us know whether you are willing to co-operate with this proposal. However, due to the nature of this project, we would like to keep it confidential for now. A press statement will be issued once we agree on the details. All further correspondence may be addressed to His Majesty’s Embassy at Vestlanda, as Jan van Wassenaer has been fully briefed concerning the new policy.

[Signed]

Captain L. Martin, Royal Land Forces
Minister of the Department of Defence

[Countersigned]

For the Prime Minister:
His Excellency Franklin Henderson
Secretary of State for External Affairs

Official correspondence
To: Ulises Duman, Minister of Science and Technology, Furstia
From: Department of Healthcare and Science, Orange-Bourgogne
Subject: Joint Antarctic Research Group
Encryption: None

Your Excellency,

The Cabinet of Orange-Bourgogne would first of all praise the noteworthy research that has been done by Furstians with regards to the Antarctic lands and waters. With your experience in the field, we would like to setup a joint research group that would investigate, among other things, the life of emperor penguins, the effects of climate change on the continent and ozone depletion. It is because of the fact that we would like Furstia to participate in this mission that I write this letter to you.

The Cabinet of the United Kingdom has chosen to setup a mission consisting of forty experts in the to-be-researched fields. We would like to offer you to fill the remaining – fifteen – spaces on the programme. If you choose to do so, you will of course be entirely free to assign experts to the project yourself; we will not interfere in the process.

The University of Cardiff, under whose leadership the group will fall, has provided the group with a research vessel. During the non-maritime part of the study, the group has permission to reside at Halley Station. It is expected that the study will last for at least half a year. During this period, all expenses will be covered by the budget of the University of Cardiff.

[Countersigned]

Miss Jeaqueline Masson
Minister of Healthcare and Science

[Signed]

Professor Austin Aberdare
Chancellor University of Cardiff

Orange-Bourgogne wrote:Official correspondence
To: Agnete Åreng, Minister of Defense, Vestlanda
From: Department of Defence, Orange-Bourgogne
Subject: Joint North Sea training
Encryption: CONFIDENTIAL

Ministry of Defense

Response to the Department of Defence, Orange-Bourgogne

[PRIVATE]

We very much appreciate the United Kingdom's initiative to create a better working relationship between our two nations, in an area we so closely share, and are both tied to.

The Ministry of Defense believes it to be very beneficial for the long-term stability, security, and safety of the North Sea, to create a cross-national unit that may deploy during emergencies, such as natural disasters, shipwrecks, and foreign incursions. Therefore, we will task the navy with allocating some of our vessels, and at least one search and rescue helicopter, to this future force. The air force will also be instructed to do the same.

We ask that some prerequisites are met, however:

1. The unit's UK military personnel should not be assumed to have access to Vestlandan territorial waters without expressed permission from the government and military of the Kingdom of Vestlanda, which could be given on a general basis or a case by case one, depending on the eventual role the force will play in both nations.

2. Vestlanda will naturally retain its sovereignty over its own EEZ, and expects that there will be full transparency from both sides as to the exact movements of the unit, to ensure that there are no misunderstandings as to where and when the unit is operating.

3. As per Vestlandan law, all joint military exercises should be announced to the public, particularly if happening outside our territorial waters. We value transparency, though we understand your desire to ensure the safety of the operation. This is paramount to us as well. We must however insist that the unit must is public knowledge, and its general goal and activity is not concealed. This does not mean, of course, that any and all secrets which protect the safety of the unit should be spilled.

We hope to reach an agreement with you on this as quickly as possible,

Kind Regards,

Agnete Åreng,

Minister of Defense, Kingdom of Vestlanda

Moere and romsdal

Moldenseren reports:

Nation calms as General Brakedal strengthens security nationwide

General Ole Brakedal, the first in command of the M&R military, following President Stavik's assassination, recently announced from his podium in Molde that the nation is finally no longer in a state of perpetuating civil war, as it has been for many months now.

The trouble started with the beating of an Åsatru man on the dark streets of Kristiansund, and the following controversial passing of a now redundant law giving special protections to the marginalized Åsatru (pagan) minority in Nordmøre (north-east half of the country), resulted in clashes between the far-right Catholic organization NKSF (Nordmørian Christian/Catholic Protection Front) and both innocent Åsatru followers, and the extremist and terror-responsible OFL (Odin's Defense League). Following months of violence against Åsatruists, the OFL struck back at an innocent Catholic target, setting off a series of police and military actions against the group, pitting the OFL staunchly in opposition to the slight majority of Protestants in the country, who had been mostly unaffected by the trouble in their south-western half of the country, Romsdal.

Violence has been escalating for months, reaching a climax with the terror-bombing of the Presidential mansion in Molde, and assassination of the executive head of the nation, and military. Thanks in large part to the leadership of General Ole Brakedal, through the controversial mass arrests of seemingly randomly chosen Åsatru villagers in rural Nordmøre, and tough military actions against the houses, forests, and caves thought to hide some of the hundreds of estimated fighters for the OFL, the violence has now subsided to early conflict levels, expected to fall further.

Though this was a happy day to most citizens of he nation, protests have been voiced over the General's general demeanor, acting in a very authoritarian way according to many. These claims are strengthened by the fact that he has taken legislative action to limit the power of the Parliament to allocate funding to the military, something not even a President has ever done, let alone an un-elected General. Brakedal has defended his actions, stating that the situation in the country is unlike any time before, and that drastic measures had to be taken, before Kristiansund was overrun by the attacking OFL terrorist forces.

Despite Brakedal's announcement, just hours later it was reported by Kristiansundsposten that an attack on a small Protestant village in Nordmøre by the OFL had left 8 dead, 5 of whom were civilians. The military has also announced numbers estimating that perhaps over 500 OFL fighters have yet to be apprehended or eliminated, with only 40 known terrorists currently being held in custody. The NKSF Catholic extremists have been all but dispersed, following a series of mass arrests (over 200 members apprehended, 37 being put to trial). Public approval of the two groups has continued to plummet, with only 8% of all Åsatruists supporting the OFL, and less than 3% of all Catholics, according to one poll.

The General, along with the still incumbent, but severely politically weakened Chancellor Liabøen, hopes to begin reconstruction of the nation's wartorn villages as soon as possible, as over 4,000 people (almost 3% of the population) have experienced moderate to severe structural damage to their homes and dwellings, mostly in the rural areas of Nordmøre. At least 700 people have also lost their lives in the war to date, people of all religious backgrounds alike.

OOC: Sorry for not actually doing an election. Consider the last couple days (IC weeks) the time the campaigns were. Sorry for being lazy and not rp'ing the actual campaigning.

Valeria Yezici-Makonnen wins the election!

Valeria Yezici-Makonnen has won the election called on who to succeed Ras Taffari Makonnen, who resigned due to his impeachment. Valeria secured a strong 75% victory and was endorsed by major politicians of both the blues and pinks. 25 years old, Asian-Infinian and Catholic, she revolutionizes the Infinian throne by being its youngest, first female, first of Asian heritage and first Catholic emperor of Infiny. Valeria has been married to Makonnen for an exceptionally short two years, after she broke up with him because she did not find him assertive enough. Known for her style, assertiveness, and modesty, people have voted someone entirely different into office. Infiny is changing more rapidly than anyone could ever imagine.

Victory Speech

Infiny wrote:20 kilometers west of Elliniko

Valeria Yezici: This, friends, is the place where the fascists imprisoned those who stood up for liberty and pluriformity. For democracy and against forced assimilation and totalitarianism. The story of the men and women who were imprisoned here, and often died, is a story which is relatively little known. But it is the perfect place to retell their story, and to compare it to the Imperial Federation at this very moment. The Imperial Federation supports pluralism, allows you to be who you are. I don't care what religion you adhere to or are not religious at all. I don't care what culture you 'belong' to. I don't distinguish men and women. The dehumanizing conditions ruling Infiny 75 years ago have made way for humanity, for values.

Emperor Makonnen: And that is why -The crowd cheers- I want to make a public announcement. Many people in the world are trapped in nations where they are not accepted. Catholics, LGBTQ, and so many others. To you, I have one thing to say; you are welcome here, in Infiny. You will be accepted here. In this country, discrimination has been defeated by love, affection and toleration for all, especially for those who feel unaccepted, unwanted even. Come to Infiny. We will welcome you with open arms. Don't be afraid.

Anigo ye Ljubio!

Empress Valeria: This was me 5 and a half years ago. Oh boy, where do I even begin with this?

I was 20 years old, full of passion and hopes! The hopes I still have. And the passions were beautiful, just like the message. I stand by those words of unity and peace. But I would not consider my self a leftie. No, you elected me for my views on this country and how my fiancee made it slowly slide into anarchy. Crime is rampant and Infiny is only territorially restored to its former self. Our businesses have been systematically oppressed which has made the Infinian people lazy, decadent and poor. I promise that I will bring wealth to this society by installing various social norms, that will include order and morality. Infiny will be a nation famous for its industrious, well-behaved people, who are always willing to help and are not selfish. For that selfishness will soon be replaced by community values, so that we can help everyone in this country. We are all in this together!

In that sense, there is nothing wrong with nationalism. There is only a limited amount of people that the government controls, and only those people we can help. It isn't wrong to take pride in your country and love your customs! Love your country so that you can love your countrymen! So that we can make this country full of love, of peace, and of safety. That's what I stand for, and as your empress, that is what I will realize!

The Arrival of James Kardazhky

Yuri, James' uncle, had gotten word that his nephew had arrived at Krakiv International Airport. He sent a transport to pick James up. When the transport arrived, they walked through the back of the airport. They were allowed because James' uncle, being in the Vashnallian military, used his clearance for his men. The men that were going to pick up James were not part of the military, but part of the Chernova Vulytsya (Red Veil), the trafficking organization that is ran by Yuri.

Four men walked in and went to the room James was in. Once they walked in, they nodded at the airport security guard and the guard left the room. One of the men, Dimitri, saw that James had become worried. In a thick Vashnallian accent, he asked "James Kardazhky, nephew of Yuri Kardazhky?" James nodded. "We are your transport to bring you to your uncle. If you would follow us, we will bring you to your transport. I suggest you get comfortable, it is a four hour ride to see him." Dimitri then turned around, and motioned for James to follow. James hesitated, then followed.

The trip was near four hours, at it was later in the day when they arrived in Lybukhova. Lybukhova wasn't a large place, a village. It maybe had around 100 people, maybe 150 at the most. They drove along what seemed to be the only road in the village. They neared the Lybukhivka River. Before the river stood a small dacha. Nearing the dacha, James noticed an older man standing in a militaristic stance. Feet close together, straight back, hands folded behind back. This was Uncle Yuri. A hardened, experienced, sometimes drunk high-ranking general in the Vashnallian military.

The transport stopped and the door by James opened. It was Dimitri. He said nothing, only motioned towards Yuri, who was smiling at James. In his thick, Vashnallian accent, in a voice that seemed to have more wear than the man himself, Yuri spoke. "Dzheyms! You've gotten so big since the last time I saw you! Ignore the fact that I've never seen you in my life, but still! Come, come inside, I just made coffee. I'm a late drinker of coffee, you know? Started in my later years." He wrapped his arm around James and led him in. As they were walking, he waved at the men in the transport and they drove off. He looked down at his James' bags. "Good, you packed. I don't have to give you anything to wear." They walked in, and then came what James was here for, the meeting with his Uncle Yuri that was the head of one of the largest trafficking organizations in Europe.

Californian bear republic

Capital Building Renovations into Imperial Palace

Emperor Wolfgang Engelbrecht has ordered that the building known as the Federal Capital Building is to be renovated and remodeled to turn it into the Vashnallian Imperial Palace. The renovations will go from adding on rooms, remodeling rooms, repainting, and so forth. The total time with renovations to be complete should take six to seven months (26 to 30 IRL days). Emperor Engelbrecht said that he wants to make Vashnal flourish both physically and economically.

Infiny wrote:OOC: Sorry for not actually doing an election. Consider the last couple days (IC weeks) the time the campaigns were. Sorry for being lazy and not rp'ing the actual campaigning.

Valeria Yezici-Makonnen wins the election!

Valeria Yezici-Makonnen has won the election called on who to succeed Ras Taffari Makonnen, who resigned due to his impeachment. Valeria secured a strong 75% victory and was endorsed by major politicians of both the blues and pinks. 25 years old, Asian-Infinian and Catholic, she revolutionizes the Infinian throne by being its youngest, first female, first of Asian heritage and first Catholic emperor of Infiny. Valeria has been married to Makonnen for an exceptionally short two years, after she broke up with him because she did not find him assertive enough. Known for her style, assertiveness, and modesty, people have voted someone entirely different into office. Infiny is changing more rapidly than anyone could ever imagine.

Victory Speech

Empress Valeria: This was me 5 and a half years ago. Oh boy, where do I even begin with this?

I was 20 years old, full of passion and hopes! The hopes I still have. And the passions were beautiful, just like the message. I stand by those words of unity and peace. But I would not consider my self a leftie. No, you elected me for my views on this country and how my fiancee made it slowly slide into anarchy. Crime is rampant and Infiny is only territorially restored to its former self. Our businesses have been systematically oppressed which has made the Infinian people lazy, decadent and poor. I promise that I will bring wealth to this society by installing various social norms, that will include order and morality. Infiny will be a nation famous for its industrious, well-behaved people, who are always willing to help and are not selfish. For that selfishness will soon be replaced by community values, so that we can help everyone in this country. We are all in this together!

In that sense, there is nothing wrong with nationalism. There is only a limited amount of people that the government controls, and only those people we can help. It isn't wrong to take pride in your country and love your customs! Love your country so that you can love your countrymen! So that we can make this country full of love, of peace, and of safety. That's what I stand for, and as your empress, that is what I will realize!

Personal Congratulations from Emperor Engelbrecht

From: Emperor Wolfgang K.M. Engelbrecht of Vashnal
To: Empress Valeria Yezici-Makonnen of Infiny

I would like to personal congratulate you on your win of your election. I wish I could have achieved my status as emperor just as you have secured your place as empress. Knowing the responsibility of leading a nation, I wish you the best of luck. I hope our nations can be closer in the future. Mozhe, udacha bude v tvoyiy prysutnosti. (May luck be in your presence.)

Vashnal wrote:Personal Congratulations from Emperor Engelbrecht

From: Emperor Wolfgang K.M. Engelbrecht of Vashnal
To: Empress Valeria Yezici-Makonnen of Infiny

I would like to personal congratulate you on your win of your election. I wish I could have achieved my status as emperor just as you have secured your place as empress. Knowing the responsibility of leading a nation, I wish you the best of luck. I hope our nations can be closer in the future. Mozhe, udacha bude v tvoyiy prysutnosti. (May luck be in your presence.)

Official Imperial Response from Empress Valeria

To: Emperor Wolfgang K.M. Engelbrecht of Vashnal
From: Empress Valeria Yezici-Makonnen of Infiny

Your Imperial Highness,

I sincerely thank you for your letter of congratulation. I am certain that your letter will bring beneficial relations between Infiny and Vashnal. I hope that my position of Empress will have the same positive effects on Infiny as yours has on Vashnal, and Infiny would be honored to pursue close relations in the forseeable future. Spoko zo Nacijas. (Peace between nations.)

Imperial Eagle wrote:To: Ministry of Foreign Affairs

From: Department of State

The Union Government would like to exchange embassies with your government and can send James Dugan, a 20 year employee of the State Department and well versed in foreign policy and relations as he was once the aide to the current ambassador to Southwest China. We hope to hear your reply in this matter soon.

Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Correspondence
To: Department of State, Imperial Eagle
From: Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Gerdalle
Subject: Diplomatic relations
Encryption: None

Dear Secretary of State,

We welcome your proposal that our governments exchange embassiess. We are also looking forward to meeting His Excellency James Dugan, whom we thus accept as the Ambassador of the Union government to our Kingdom.

In exchange, we propose that our nominee, Frederik Cornelis, who is one of His Majesty's most experienced diplomats, is accepted as the Ambassador of Gerdalle to your government.

[Signed]

Jean-Luc Leclercq
Minister of Foreign Affairs

Orange-Bourgogne wrote:Official diplomatic correspondence
To: Mr Leclercq, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Gerdalle
From: Department for External Affairs, Orange-Bourgogne
Subject: Diplomatic relations
Encryption: None

Your Excellency,

The Cabinet of Orange-Bourgogne is pleased to hear from you that His Majesty King Albert III has accepted and approved our proposal to exchange diplomatic relations in the form of embassies. I can tell you that our Ambassador has already left for Gerdalle, and that he should arrive later today.

I can also tell you that His Majesty King Henry has accepted the offer that His Excellency Kristoff de Pauw be accredited to His Majesty as Gerdalle's Ambassador. We will welcome him warmly, and make sure that a suitable building will be at his disposal when he arrives.

Lastly, we look forward to your response with regards to the League of Nations, after the discussion by the Council of Ministers is over.

[Signed]

Franklin Henderson
Secretary of State for External Affairs

Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Correspondence
To: Department of State, Orange-Bourgogne
From: Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Gerdalle
Subject: Diplomatic relations
Encryption: None

Dear Secretary of State,

His Majesty the King has recieved your letter and extends his greetings to His Majesty King Henry and Your Excellency as well. His Majesty highly appreciates your endeavor towards closer ties between our Kingdoms. As per His Majesty's instructions, I will personally see to it that, on his arrival, His Excellency Dr Bertrand de Merode de Chimay is welcomed with open arms and appropriate honours.

With regards to the League of Nations, we will inform you once His Majesty's Council of Ministers decides on the matter at hand.

[Signed]

Jean-Luc Leclercq
Minister of Foreign Affairs

Gerdalle wrote:Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Correspondence
To: Department of State, Imperial Eagle
From: Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Gerdalle
Subject: Diplomatic relations
Encryption: None

Dear Secretary of State,

We welcome your proposal that our governments exchange embassiess. We are also looking forward to meeting His Excellency James Dugan, whom we thus accept as the Ambassador of the Union government to our Kingdom.

In exchange, we propose that our nominee, Frederik Cornelis, who is one of His Majesty's most experienced diplomats, is accepted as the Ambassador of Gerdalle to your government.

[Signed]

Jean-Luc Leclercq
Minister of Foreign Affairs

Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Correspondence
To: Department of State, Orange-Bourgogne
From: Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Gerdalle
Subject: Diplomatic relations
Encryption: None

Dear Secretary of State,

His Majesty the King has recieved your letter and extends his greetings to His Majesty King Henry and Your Excellency as well. His Majesty highly appreciates your endeavor towards closer ties between our Kingdoms. As per His Majesty's instructions, I will personally see to it that, on his arrival, His Excellency Dr Bertrand de Merode de Chimay is welcomed with open arms and appropriate honours.

With regards to the League of Nations, we will inform you once His Majesty's Council of Ministers decides on the matter at hand.

[Signed]

Ambassador Dugan will arrive in 12 hours to assume his new post and will be happy to meet with His Majesty should it be requested. The Union looks forward to a bright future in regards to relations with your fair nation.
Jean-Luc Leclercq
Minister of Foreign Affairs

Kassraugh News Agency
Breaking News!

A 50-year-old man in Alytus has recently been arrested after it was discovered that he was storing over 30 dead bodies in his cellar. The man, who has been identified as Ilmo Klavan, has admitted to taking the lives of over 70 people throughout Eraus and Kolfronia over the course of the past 20 years.
Klavan has also admitted to eating forty of his victims raw, and then dumping their remains in the Neman river. He has stated that he would drive into the towns of Krasnogruda and Miškiniai at night and strangle victims on the side of the road; most of whom were Erausi citizens between the ages of 10 and 20.

It is expected that he will receive the maximum penalty for this horrific crime; death.
____________________________________________________________________

OOC: I will delete this if Eraus does not want me to keep it

~ Office of the Reichskanzler
Letter to President of Kolfronia

While we've heard of the confession from this 'Ilmo Klavan', we would strongly recommend you hand over any and all information you have on him and his possible suspects. We will be launching an investigation on the subject and as such also suggest that you hand 'Ilmo Klavan' over to Erausi detectives for the time being, where we will investigate and deal with him accordingly.

Until such time it'd be unwise if you or anyone from your nation sentenced this man to death, it'd be to kind a punishment for the man. I do hope you accept our request, if not then we would be unable to investigate this deaths, and would simply be forced to treat them as if they were rumors.

Heil Das Reich und Heil Der Kaiser
Reichkanzler of Eraus,
Benjamin Weissmuller

Public Declaration of Infiny

After being debated for a reasonable amount of time, the Infinian Senate, with the approval of the Empress, has officially decided to recognize the sovereignty of Eraus over Poland. Minister of Foreign Affairs, Martin Stetsko explains that 'although we have been opposed to Erausi control over Poland in the past, the realization has struck that Erausi control over Poland has brought stability and peace to a region where it was much needed. Infiny would very much like to see this as a crucial first step in order to achieve Infinian-Erausi reconciliation, and we hope that this recognition will bring a positive setting for dialogue between our countries.

Eraus

North American Union Council Announcement

Due to the fall of the Spaniard State, it has been decided that it's spot will be left vacant until a new government (new player) takes power and all current environmental projects will be renewed. Also, due to the absence of the representative from Arlem, all policy making will be made by the Union representative until further notice. As a side note, the NAU will postpone a planned meeting regarding a power grid connection for all nations in North America and a possible North American Military Command based in a secure site. This concludes this NAU update.

Imperial Eagle wrote:NASA unveils new space plane concept

NASA revealed to the world today it's newest concept for space flight during a press release and shocked many reporters once it showed it's latest project. Dubbed the Rockwell X-30, it's envisioned as a single-stage-to-orbit (SSTO) spacecraft and passenger spaceliner and would allow, if built, travel from Washington to Canton in under three hours or New York to Westminster (London) in less than 90 minutes. NASA has reported that much of the science and technology behind such a craft can be done now and has even gone so far as to release the concepts design specs. The space plane, for lack of a better word, would be 160.0 ft in length, have a wingspan of 74.0 ft (22.6 m), have a gross weight of 300,000 lb (136,078 kg) and the powerplant would be 1 × Scramjet. The propellant of such a craft would be Air/Slush LH2 (Slush Hydrogen). If such a project is approved of and built, it would revolutionize international travel overnight as it would be faster to ship goods by air and passengers to far off places that normal air travel takes hours to complete. Congress has yet to review the project but NASA has stated that it will conduct wind tunnel tests of models before building prototypes.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rockwell_X-30

(From my understanding of the project, funding was stopped in '93 before a prototype could have been built but the required development work in advanced materials and aerospace design was complete before hand. Given the advance in aerospace tech since then, it's even more feasible than before.)

NASA announces partnership with Lockheed Martin

In a press statement today, NASA Director James Smith announced that NASA's latest venture, the Rockwell X-30, will be a joint venture with Lockheed Martin Aerospace and that the aerospace company will be rewarded the 247.5 Million contract to build the first prototype, dubbed the Low-Boom Flight Demonstrator, or LBFD. Mr. Smith said boom-reducing aerodynamics will be a “game-changer” for civilian flight — a view that was voiced by other officials as well.

“I believe today is a new beginning for NASA aeronautics,” Jaiwon Shin, associate administrator for NASA’s Aeronautics Research Mission Directorate, said during a televised news conference. “People enjoying affordable, quiet, supersonic flights in the future will say April 11, 2018, was the day it all began.”

The development plan, based on early design work done for NASA by Lockheed Martin’s Skunk Works, calls for the 94-foot-long, 29.5-foot-wingspan test plane to be delivered to NASA and start flying in 2021. The jet will have a fully fueled takeoff weight of 32,300 pounds. Propulsion will be provided by a single General Electric F414 engine, the same powerplant used by F/A-18E/F fighter jets. The single-seat cockpit is modeled after the design for the rear cockpit seat in a T-38 training jet.

“What you see in front of you, as far as the airplane, is a brand-new shape,” said Peter Iosifidis, LBFD program manager at Lockheed Martin. “Everything else within the airplane is existing commercially off the shelf, or salvaged from other aircraft.”

Construction will be done at Lockheed Martin’s Skunk Works facility in Palmdale, Calif., and the first flight tests will take place at a supersonic test range over nearby Edwards Air Force Base. NASA’s Armstrong Flight Research Center will oversee flight operations, with three other NASA centers playing roles as well.

One of the pilots at Armstrong who’s due to fly the plane, Jim Less, said in a NASA feature about the project that he was eager to taking his turn at the controls.

“A supersonic manned X-plane!” he said. “This is probably going to be a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for me. We’re all pretty excited.”

The plane is designed to be flown at speeds of up to Mach 1.5, or 990 mph, at a cruising altitude of 55,000 feet. Its aerodynamic shape is designed to reduce the “boom-boom” associated with supersonic flight to a muffled “thump-thump.” Test results would be shared with the Federal Aviation Administration and other aviation authorities around the world, in hopes that the evidence would lead to the easing of limits on commercial supersonic flights over land. Such flights have been banned over the U.S. since 1973, largely due to concerns about sonic booms.

Dave Richardson, the director for air vehicle designs and technologies at Lockheed Martin Skunk Works, emphasized that the LBFD would serve merely to prove out the technology for quiet supersonic flight.

“This is a purpose-built experimental research aircraft,” he said. “It is not a prototype for a supersonic business jet. It is not a prototype for some weapons system. It is not a derivative or some other modification of an existing airplane.”

The results from the LBFD project could be factored into the designs for commercial supersonic jets, however. Several ventures — including Boom Technology, Spike Aerospace and Aerion Supersonic — already are working on concepts.

For what it’s worth, Lockheed Martin is one of Aerion’s partners on a supersonic business-jet development project. Aerion says it’s expecting to conduct the first flight of its 12-passenger jet in 2023 and get it certified in 2025. That’s when the LBFD project is expected to wrap up. After all testing of the LBFD prototype is completed, it is expected that full scale airline designs will be worked on and submitted for review before being put into production. Such production of course will be years from now but NASA and Lockheed Martin both understand that testing is key before any final production of large scale passenger jets is contemplated and a review by the FAA and Congress is completed.

https://www.cnbc.com/2018/04/03/nasa-low-boom-supersonic-plane-lockheed-martin-wins-247-point-5-million.html

Eraus wrote:~ Office of the Reichskanzler
Letter to President of Kolfronia

While we've heard of the confession from this 'Ilmo Klavan', we would strongly recommend you hand over any and all information you have on him and his possible suspects. We will be launching an investigation on the subject and as such also suggest that you hand 'Ilmo Klavan' over to Erausi detectives for the time being, where we will investigate and deal with him accordingly.

Until such time it'd be unwise if you or anyone from your nation sentenced this man to death, it'd be to kind a punishment for the man. I do hope you accept our request, if not then we would be unable to investigate this deaths, and would simply be forced to treat them as if they were rumors.

Heil Das Reich und Heil Der Kaiser
Reichkanzler of Eraus,
Benjamin Weissmuller

Office of the President
Message to: Eraus

Your willingness to bring this man to a more fitting end is greatly appreciated. The KJD (Kolfronian Justice Department) will send all information on Klavan and his crimes, please keep in mind we have reason to believe that 'Ilmo Klavan' might not be his real identity. Our agents have recovered several journal entries stating his hatred of The Erausi Reich, calling it "Das zerbrochene Vaterland." His journal entries go on to describe how nationalism and pride have ruined "his country."
We wish you good luck in this case, feel free to contact the KJD for assistance in Kolfronia.

[Signed]

President Evald Raud

Imperator byzantium

Governor shot dead in Eastern Asia Minor!
A recently elected Governor in the March region has been shot earlier today, and has now been pronounced dead at the hospital. Governor Euphomia Falaxi was a Apostolic Governor of Erzurum, which is deeply split between the Islamic and Apostolic parts. He was shot as he drove to the Governor offices in the centre of the city, with a broad search of the city currently in effect. Erzurum was the centre of the Apostolic-Sunni violence in the early 80's and although the Malatya Accords in the late 90's helped to lower the violence, the recent inclusion of the ANP in the coalition seemed to have broken the accords in the Islamic terrorist group the Free Sunni Organisation, who have stayed relatively quiet for the last couple decades have claimed responsibility for the attack saying that the inclusion of the ANP in decision making is a declaration of war. The government is yet to respond to the attack, but if the reaction to the Restorationist protests is any inclination of what is going to happen, the response won't be pretty.

Imperator byzantium wrote:Governor shot dead in Eastern Asia Minor!
A recently elected Governor in the March region has been shot earlier today, and has now been pronounced dead at the hospital. Governor Euphomia Falaxi was a Apostolic Governor of Erzurum, which is deeply split between the Islamic and Apostolic parts. He was shot as he drove to the Governor offices in the centre of the city, with a broad search of the city currently in effect. Erzurum was the centre of the Apostolic-Sunni violence in the early 80's and although the Malatya Accords in the late 90's helped to lower the violence, the recent inclusion of the ANP in the coalition seemed to have broken the accords in the Islamic terrorist group the Free Sunni Organisation, who have stayed relatively quiet for the last couple decades have claimed responsibility for the attack saying that the inclusion of the ANP in decision making is a declaration of war. The government is yet to respond to the attack, but if the reaction to the Restorationist protests is any inclination of what is going to happen, the response won't be pretty.

The Imperial Federation expresses its solidarity with the governor and (OOC: I think it's her) her family. We strongly condemn an attack on a legitimately elected governor and hope that stability and peace will soon restore to Byzantium. Martin Stetsko of foreign affairs also requests embassies to be constructed between our two nations, because in Infinian records this does not already exist. Byzantine-Infinian friendship could be very beneficial for us in the short and long term. To start, we would like to send Ytvayu Levczenko to your nation, and if accepted, an embassy will be prepared in Mogadishu for the Byzantine ambassador to Infiny.

To: Department of Healthcare and Science, Government of Orange-Bourgogne
From: Ministry of Science and Technology, Government of the Socialist Republic of Furstia

The Government of the Socialist Republic of Furstia accepts your invitation to form a Joint Research Group in Antarctica.

We thank the Government of Orange-Bourgogne and the University of Cardiff for this opportunity, and we expect that our collaboration and experience in the field will prove useful.

Best regards,
Ulises Duman, Minister of Science and Technology

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Ministry of Foreign Affairs

The Government of the Socialist Republic of Furstia stated on a previous occasion, that it would resume tasks with the intent of normalizing diplomatic relations with Infiny, as soon as the political and social situations in that country were resolved.

With the election a new Head of State in Infiny, the National Congress - counting with the approval of the Politburo of the SPF - has passed a new resolution.

The Imperial Federation of Infiny is no longer classified as an enemy state of the Socialist Republic of Furstia.

Signed,
Luciano Ballester, Minister of Foreign Affairs

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Ministry of Defense and State Security

The vessel APF Ezeoba will proceed to her next scheduled stop at Lisbon, Labyrnna.

Infiny wrote:OOC: Sorry for not actually doing an election. Consider the last couple days (IC weeks) the time the campaigns were. Sorry for being lazy and not rp'ing the actual campaigning.

Valeria Yezici-Makonnen wins the election!

Valeria Yezici-Makonnen has won the election called on who to succeed Ras Taffari Makonnen, who resigned due to his impeachment. Valeria secured a strong 75% victory and was endorsed by major politicians of both the blues and pinks. 25 years old, Asian-Infinian and Catholic, she revolutionizes the Infinian throne by being its youngest, first female, first of Asian heritage and first Catholic emperor of Infiny. Valeria has been married to Makonnen for an exceptionally short two years, after she broke up with him because she did not find him assertive enough. Known for her style, assertiveness, and modesty, people have voted someone entirely different into office. Infiny is changing more rapidly than anyone could ever imagine.

Victory Speech

Empress Valeria: This was me 5 and a half years ago. Oh boy, where do I even begin with this?

I was 20 years old, full of passion and hopes! The hopes I still have. And the passions were beautiful, just like the message. I stand by those words of unity and peace. But I would not consider my self a leftie. No, you elected me for my views on this country and how my fiancee made it slowly slide into anarchy. Crime is rampant and Infiny is only territorially restored to its former self. Our businesses have been systematically oppressed which has made the Infinian people lazy, decadent and poor. I promise that I will bring wealth to this society by installing various social norms, that will include order and morality. Infiny will be a nation famous for its industrious, well-behaved people, who are always willing to help and are not selfish. For that selfishness will soon be replaced by community values, so that we can help everyone in this country. We are all in this together!

In that sense, there is nothing wrong with nationalism. There is only a limited amount of people that the government controls, and only those people we can help. It isn't wrong to take pride in your country and love your customs! Love your country so that you can love your countrymen! So that we can make this country full of love, of peace, and of safety. That's what I stand for, and as your empress, that is what I will realize!

City of Krumholz:

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs would like to congratulate Valeria Yezici-Makonnen for her victory in that country's elections. The Quzerastani Government hopes to work closely with the new Infinian Administration in topics of common interest and concern. We hope that a bilateral meeting between both leaders is possible in the near future.

Californian bear republic

"Plato o Plomo"
The Buildup

Kardazhky looked around in awe at the interior of the dacha; it was genuinely Slavic, the first time he had seen a real Slavic house; not even the ones in Little Odessa would match the hospitality and warmth of a Vashnalian household. As he was toured around the household by his old, s***-faced uncle, he would look at old pictures hung on the house wall, in particular, those of his ancestors (who were serfs from the outskirts of Odessa for several generations before the Victorian times). He would also look at an old Polaroid picture of him as a baby with his extended family in 1983- he was only one years old at that time and a big baby indeed. James would be held in the picture by his Uncle, then a youthful and physically fit Infantry officer.

"Good old times, Uncle Yuri..." James would say, looking at the plethora of old pictures.

The two gentlemen would sit down at the table to have some food for the evening, it was already seen in James' eyes that he was hungry. But, as the two gentlemen would sit down at the table, James would start.

"Uncle Yuri... If you haven't noticed, I am carrying this case, and I am wearing this business suit. I have heard from Euriel, one of my business associates, during Sabbath (at the Jewish Synagogue of Little Odessa) just a few weeks ago that you run rather impressive weaponry to criminals in Europe, that you would sell those fine, Vashnalian Kalashnikovs, RPG's, Grenades, AT Mines, AP Mines, bullets, and other necessities of combat to the highest bidder. I would like to make my proposition, Uncle Yuri-" James would put the black case on the table. He would open it, showing something that was concealed in manganese foil, carefully unfolding the foil. Under the foil would be around $2.5 million dollars, representing part of the earnings that James had received in his regional gunrunning business.

"You can take a nice vacation to Greece, or a hunting trip to Montana, hell, even come visit family in Los Angeles, with this sum of money. Don't worry, you can set up an account in Switzerland for this. All you have to do to get this is to let me buy from the stocks at your base. Afterall, they are simply sitting there, are they not? They could be bought by me, and then sold to parts unknown far and wide. You see, the real money is in wars between countries and legitimate factions, not petty criminals. All that needs to happen, once more, is that you let me buy from the stocks."

James would confidently smile and look at his Uncle, hoping to get an offer from him.

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