by Max Barry

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Region: The Coalition of Democratic Nations


Telhárr Nasjonal


Election results reported
The first Rathá'Karthspirálla has come into session following the selection of the elected members by the public. Of the 360 members, out of 800, who were available for public selection, 83 belong to the Church and Nation party, 77 to the Workers' Union, 71 to the Progress Party, 66 to the Democratic Liberal Front and 63 to the Fatherland Party. According to our Constitution, the largest party in the Rathá, controlling 55% of the seats, is the National Peoples' Committee with 440 seats in the first Rathá. With the new Rathá convened, the selection of its Speaker and of the first Karthspiri Executor is due to begin in the next week.

Mobilisation Order 322 rescinded
Following the cool in German-Karthspiri relations, which heated up significantly following the September Revolution, the need for the Hegemony's highest level of military alert in the Northern Territories has vanished. Recognising this, the Government has rescinded Mobilisation Order 322 with immediate effect; authorising all those pressed into service by authorities to return home and allowing factories to return to normal, peace-time production. However, Executor Ara'iél, in recognition of the valuable work of the nation's builders and in recognising the status of the Carpathians as an important zone for the defence of the Hegemony, has taken steps to ensure the fortifications present in the Carpathians do not, once again, fall into disrepair.

1st Hegemony Day celebrated
When the Government announced late last year the creation of a new holiday dedicated to the establishment of our new state, many looked on with scepticism and critique. However, the celebrations seen yesterday in a snow-covered Elinhir seems to have changed many perspectives. As the sun began to rise over the newly renamed Álstritt Square, the domes of the city's many churches and cathedrals began to glint at the snow on the rooftops of each and every building began to snow. Despite the freezing morning and icy streets, people began to turn out all wrapped up in their winter clothing, carrying Karthspiri flags and searching for seats along the city's central street; the Boulevard of the 28th Regiment.

The stands of the Government began to fill and as the morning slowly moved along, so did the Citizens' seating areas. With more and more people turning up to watch the parade, businesses began opening-up their top floors and roofs for ever-increasingly excited spectators. Just as it felt the streets couldn't get more packed, Patriarch Ara'iél arrived; flanked by (General) Tsoltár Maravirr Karánn Serethi and Subsecutor Arhél Nosdirethán - the Director of Intelligence and National Security.

As they took their seats at the back of the Government Stand, overlooking Álstritt Square, the streets began to fill with the music of the nation. As the songs became more and more familiar, fathers, many of whom were at war some 10 years ago, began singing the lyrics of the marches played by the army bands and, some, teaching them to their children whose voices, too, added to the chorus. Joining the selection of sounds was the intimidating thud of boots hitting the ground as the Ground Forces began to march out of barracks; adorned in full winter dress with bayonetted weapons leant on their arms and shoulders. Each regiment was proceeded by its bannerman, flying their regimental colours with each adorned and decorated with awards from the great war and battles in-which the regiment had fought.

After the first several regiments had marched by, the sound of horses' hooves hitting cobblestones began to echo through the air and the marches played by the bands did also. Cavalrymen from the Free Tribes, sat atop white horses in the new uniforms for tribal units, held their heads high as they paraded through the streets to Álstritt Square. Although the Army no longer utilises Cavalry, the term is still used to refer to units of mechanised infantry for the sake of our Army's tradition.

As more and more units marched up the Boulevard, the wide-open spaces in the centre of Álstritt Square became more and more packed with the Cavalrymen now forming columns to guide the newer battallions into their formation. As the last few units made their way into the Square, the music stopped and crowds across the city became still and held their breath in anticipation. The Patriarch stood and inspected the troops assembled before him. He stiffened his stance and issued a swift salute before gazing over the crowd beginning to speak.

"Men and women of our nation, we have seen today what many 10 years ago, even among us, would've thought impossible in our lifetimes. In the streets of our nation, we have seen a grand display of our Army marching under no colours but our own. Ladies and gentlemen, brave servicemen and fellow Citizens our nation must move forward in the spirit we have seen today if we are to thrive in our world. We have seen the state of our nation, what few areas find themselves not still devastated by the war into which we were dragged against our will are comparable to those found in our nation's medieval period. We must work hard, we must sacrifice and we must be ceaseless in our effort if we are to change our nation for the better; if we are to ensure that those who take the reigns of responsibility after us may not have to suffer, both in peace and war, as we have."

The Patriarch then returned his gaze back to the troops and stiffened his voice, "Thalárra'Karthspirálla, már éren Shiránn enathá?!" (Soldiers of Karthspire, what is your duty?!)

The columns of soldiers responded, "Verskriél, larhálá Deshkrijenárr ér Karthspirálá versriéln!" (The righting of old wrongs, the defence of the homeland and to sacrifice all for the Motherland!)

The Square filled with the sounds of the soldiers chanting "Ura"; something preserved from the unit traditions of Karthspiri soldiers under the Russian Army.