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Postby Virana » Sat Mar 01, 2014 2:40 pm

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Oured recalls UR ambassador to Rodarion
Ambassador Leslie Raza recalled as Rodarian forces surround CDI embassies
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March 1, 2014 10:21 PM | Oured, D.A., United Republic of Emmeria





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A Marine Embassy Guard stands atop a compound in the U.R. Embassy in Romula, Rodarion. Security guards at the UR embassy in Romula were placed on high alert as Rodarian military forces surrounded the embassies of the United Republic, New Belhavia, and the Western Confederation. PRRB photo


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NEW: President Vaziri orders the recall of the UR
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Embassy security forces on high alert as
Rodarian forces surround compound

Romula government releases vitriolic statements
critical of U.R. and CDI policies
Oured, D.A., UNITED REPUBLIC (UP) — Recently inaugurated president Alex Vaziri announced the recall of several diplomatic staff members of the U.R. embassy in Romula, Rodarion, notably including Leslie Raza, the U.R. ambassador to Rodarion. The move was prompted by bellicose rhetoric from Romula and appearance of Rodarian military forces surrounding the embassy.

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Rodarian military forces surrounded the embassies of the
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"We stress the importance for Rodarion to commit to responsible behavior in response to the ensuing crisis," President Vaziri told reporters during a statement to the press Saturday morning. "In the meantime, we are recalling Ms. Leslie Raza, the U.R. ambassador to Rodarion, for safety reasons."

For weeks, a Catholic insurgency in southern Itailia has prompted large-scale anti-CDI sentiment throughout Rodarion. Anti-CDI protests and riots have occurred throughout the country, especially in front of the embassies of CDI nations. The threat these demonstrations present to the safety of embassy officials and staff members prompted increased security measures and techniques.

Saturday morning, as armed gunmen dressed in Rodarian military gear (but not wearing any identifying insignia) surrounded the embassies of the United Republic, New Belhavia, and the Western Confederation, U.R. marine embassy guards wielding rifles and body armor appeared on the rooftops of compounds within the U.R. embassy in Romula. Similar security forces became visible from outside the Belhavian and Western embassies.

It is currently unclear if the Rodarian forces are present to keep embassy personnel in check or to prevent protestors from storming the embassies. The UP is unable to independently confirm the reports because the Papal Republic retains stringent restrictions on foreign journalists.

Irresponsible behavior

Both President Vaziri and Secretary of State Alia Kouri referred to Rodarian actions as "irresponsible".

Secretary Kouri, speaking to reporters in Blackdon, Afalia where she went to discuss a security relationship with Afalia, said that Rodarian forces should clarify their position.

"We are indeed concerned for the safety and security of Emmerian citizens in Rodarion," she said at Question Time. "Armed military forces surrounding a foreign nation's embassy without specifying their intention is an irresponsible action that can cause unnecessary harm."

The U.R. State Department issued a travel warning for Emmerian citizens in January, advising against all non-essential travel to Rodarion. On the State Department's website, travel information for Rodarion specifies: "Extremist groups continue to target U.R. and CDI interests in Rodarion. Extremists have exhibited a willingness and capability to attack areas where U.R. and other CDI citizens are known to congregate or visit. Terrorist actions may include, but are not limited to, suicide operations, bombings -- including vehicle borne explosives and improvised explosive devices -- assassinations, carjackings, assaults, and kidnappings. [...] We remind U.R. citizens that even demonstrations intended to be peaceful may turn confrontational or violent. Rallies, protests, and demonstrations occur regularly throughout Rodarion and have often taken an anti-Emmerian or anti-CDI character. [...] Information regarding demonstrations is available on the websites of U.R. Embassy-Romula and Consulates in Voluntari and Videle."

Armoring the border

According to Rodarian state news outlet PRRB, Romula confirmed earlier Emmerian, Western, and Belfrasian intelligence reports suggesting that Rodarion deployed over 450,000 troops to the Belfrasian, Itailian, and Western borders in January. PRRB indicated that Pope Pius justified the deployment as necessary in preparation for the "inevitable" armed military conflict with the CDI.

"[W]ithout any action by ourselves, the CDI has sealed off the crossroads, the turning points and side routes, they trapped us and themselves directly on the path towards hostilities," the Pope told reporters during a session with the Sacred College of Cardinals.

Members of the Rodarian military confirmed their willingness to support the Pope, according to Rodarian state news. Colonel Traian Tudor, a spokesman for the Papal Army, told PRRB: "The CDI has rejected diplomacy and continue to brutally crush a pursuit for freedom and liberty by an oppressed majority. We will assist them, we will aid them, and we will secure their freedom if we are ordered to."

The UP is unable to independently confirm the reports, because the Ecclesiastical Security Commission, the current military junta led by the Pope, maintains strictly enforced bans on foreign journalists.

UP's Kader Tarek and Donald Voortman contributed to this report.



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Aimhere · 3 hours ago
A guy who went into office spewing anti-war rhetoric is now threatening Rodarion with it? Ridiculous.

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CommonSense · 3 hours ago
UP is horrible news. Where is the mention of Itailia's own Rubicon Line? Rodarion's not the only one sending hundreds of thousands of troops to the border.

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Tina · 4 hours ago
Why is Rodarion surrounding their embassies? Does Pope Prius think the CDI is about to invade Romula from three little embassy compounds?

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Postby Western Confederation » Sat Mar 01, 2014 4:06 pm

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The formal response of Viridia in light of an "agitated Pope Pius"

Head of the Rodarion Ecclesiastical Security Commission Pius III "keen to start a regional war", President Brunswick withdraws embassy staff from the Papal Republic.
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March 1, 2013 | Sunrise, State of Torchland, Western Confederal States

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Sunrise, State of Torchland, WESTERN CONFEDERAL STATES - Romula has deployed a sizeable force near adjacent countries of the Papal Republic. Certified ISA, RIA, and JIA reports estimate a 450,000 strong-deployment near the Rodar-Belfrasian border. A similar picture is suggested between the Rodar-Itailian border and the border between the State of Torchland and the Papal Republic.

During a Sacred College of Cardinals session, Pope Pius exclaimed some bitter words directed against the CDI, explicitly mentioning the Confederal States, and went on 'justifying' the recent deployments. "Without any action by ourselves, the CDI has sealed off the crossroads, the turning points and side routes, they trapped us and themselves directly on the path towards hostilities."

The Rodarion Pope adds heat to the fire saying: "A modern Crusade against all that is wrong in Itailia, a Crusade to free the people of Drakkar; a Crusade for justice." In the Confederal States prominent political and military figures from both sides of the political spectrum firmly criticize Pius' "bravado".

"Rodarion's continual rhetoric is reaching a breaking-point." Says high-profile member of the Confederate Party and former general of the Western Army Simon Walker. "Not liking one country is one thing, thermonuclear war - or a bloody conventional war is another. In both cases they simply cannot win." Walker explains; "The CDI is a military organization containing eight strong military powers. They [Rodarion] may have the technological capabilities and manpower to confront one [CDI member]. But declaring war on all treaty members is just ludicrous. If the Papal Republic - and I truly hope they come to their senses - is going to put words into actions and storm in the Drakkar region, they are counted out."

The Torchlander-Confederal Transition Act two months back assured the deployment and distribution of the 2nd Western Army Group, to meet up the requirements for Operation Corridor Defence. The operational readiness, according to general Mackenzie is "as solid as it gets" and "can easily repel an attack from an external party." Now, with a new commander-in-chief in office, President Brunswick issued another layer of defence to the fortifications. The construction of accentuated blockades along the border went in full swing as well as the deployment of the 15th Nightcrawler Regiment. "With the latest additions, Torchland is nearly impenetrable." Assures General Mackenzie. If it is, remains debatable.

State-owned news outlet PRRB covers that "hundreds of thousands of people have attended anti-CDI rallies", with Rodarion people demanding the start of an above-mentioned regional war scenario. Freedomwatcher, a human rights watchdog based in the State of Viridia reports that the people are "pathologically brainwashed" by the government. Most defectors interviewed by Freedomwatcher and Watchtower employees are fed up with the same story over and over again: "They defect as they await persecution in their homeland [Rodarion]".

"It brings up another sensitive subject," Says scholar Yuri Kabatt of the Arkson Institute. "Not many escape the Rodar regime." Three weeks ago the Rodar Border Protection Force (BPF) trespassed Western territory firing and killing three defectors. Subsequently there was a brief exchange in fire between Western-and Rodarion border guards. After the news came out the biased PRRB outlet directly stated "The families [of the defectors] that will now bear the pain of their treasonous behaviour that led to their deaths'", the human rights watchdog denounced these words as an outrage. Activist Zuckenberg of Watchtower tweets: "This only confirms that people in Rodarion are living in fear. For those that do not fit the programme are on the list of undesirables, great similarities to Citizenism and we all know how that ended up."

The Western President hasn't outed himself over the situation. The Government has, however, withdrawn the Western embassy staff from Romula for "safety precautions".

We will keep you updated.



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Nobelstein: Belhavian Ambassador, Senior Staff Recalled From Romula Embassy
March 1st, 2014 | By Justin Hastings (jhastings@aij.org) (AIJ) | 7:34pm EDT

PROVISA, NEW BELHAVIA — In light of heated and vitriolic rhetoric coming from the Papal Republic government today, the Empire is "recalling our Ambassador to Rodarion, Moshe Rabinsky, as well as senior diplomatic officers," President Eli Goldman revealed at an impromptu press conference this afternoon. Standing by his side, newly-appointed Foreign Minister Daniel Nobelstein quipped, "This move by Rodarian authorities to station troops outside our embassy, along with the Western and Emmerian embassies, is petty and thuggish but not surprising compared to the latest actions by the E.S.C. regime."

In reply to Pope Pius III's remarks and follow up comments by the Papal Army spokesman, Goldman slammed the statements as "pure propaganda of the highest caliber...whose incendiary, unfounded claims ignore the truth of the matter: the source of tensions between the Papal Republic and the C.D.I. are very simple: the Romula government's bellicose actions and words. They are the only ones responsible for the last four months' of posturing and exchanges, and if they actually wish to have 'peace' they need to re-address their own actions."

Continuing, he added, incredulously, "The account and narratives put forward by the Pope and his subordinates is so divorced from reality it's...dangerous." Waxing philosophic, the President wondered aloud that "I wonder if the officials in Romula actually have deluded themselves into believing their own manufactured falsehoods, or whether they're experts at avoiding cognitive dissonance and know the vile propaganda they spout is full of sh*t but do it anyways. You really have to wonder."

He added that "we are following our ally Emmeria's move and recalling our ambassador and senior diplomats, to better secure their safety in light of Romula's latest attempt of pathetic bullying."

Embassy Staff "Not Intimidated," Nobelstein Assures

"Our remaining embassy staff aren't concerned," Nobelstein said, waving a placating hand. "However petty, they are protected by law from anything those Rodarian soldiers could do."

The Foreign Minister is so confident, one source in the Foreign Ministry revealed, because "most of the remaining staff are Catholic, ethnic Rodarians...with the Romula embassy considered a 'backwater' for career advancement in the Ministry, only ethnic Rodarians and other Catholics tend to ask to be assigned there."

Security has been increased at the embassy compound, with more Imperial Diplomatic Security Corps (I.D.S.C.) officers being issued body armor and assigned additional shifts while most of the Imperial Marine Corps detachment has been deployed to weak areas in the embassy perimeter.

"A bulletin has been issued for all non-essential Belhavian nationals to quickly leave Rodarian as soon as possible," a Foreign Ministry spokesman said at a press conference this morning. The Small Business Coalition, the largest organization of over 5,000 small business, canceled a conference it had booked next week in Roșiorii de Vede. A spokesman for the group cited the "escalation in hostility towards C.D.I. member states and its muscling against Free Pardes. We can no longer ask members to fly to such a dangerous and unstable country."

Reports: Rodarian Military Moves Towards Western, Belfrasian Borders

The Rodarian state news outlet PRRB confirmed earlier today joint-C.D.I. intelligence reports that suggested the Papal Republic deployed over 450,000 troops to the Belfrasian, Itailian, and Western borders in January.

As the Emmerian United Press confirmed, the PRRB indicated that Pope Pius justified the deployment as a fail-safe to be ready for the "inevitable" armed military conflict with the CDI.

"[W]ithout any action by ourselves, the CDI has sealed off the crossroads, the turning points and side routes, they trapped us and themselves directly on the path towards hostilities," the Pope told PRRB journalists during a session with the Sacred College of Cardinals.

Colonel Traian Tudor, a spokesman for the Papal Army, told Rodarian states news that "[t]he CDI has rejected diplomacy and continue to brutally crush a pursuit for freedom and liberty by an oppressed majority. We will assist them, we will aid them, and we will secure their freedom if we are ordered to."

The Provisa Times is unable to independently verify the veracity of these reports because the Ecclesiastical Security Commission has severely restricted access to and enforced bans on foreign journalists entering the Papal Republic.

Justin Hastings reported from Provisa, N.B. None of these organizations are associated with the AIJ, and all opinions and personal views in the article do not reflect the viewpoints of the AIJ or their employees.


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Chief Minister-elect Nina Kennedy announced to the Unity
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SUSSEX, MERITOCRATIC UNION - With the polls closing at midnight on the 1st of March, Chief Minister candidate Nina Kennedy of the Unity Party has been elected to the highest ranking public office in the Meritocratic Union. Kennedy carried the popular vote in ten out of thirteen provinces and voting territories, beating out incumbent Rachel Boyd (Parliamentarian Party) and Elliot Hamilton (Libertarian Society Party). This is the first time in Tippercommon history where the chief executive of the Meritocracy is not a member of the two major competing parties, and the first Unity Party member to hold the position. Early in the morning on the 1st of March, when Kennedy addressed her constituency, she announced her first set of policy changes which included the withdrawal of Executive Resolution BD-920 (which enforced military patrol routines through the Rodarion ADIZ), Executive Resolution BG-90 (which enforced exorbitant tariffs on Rodarion and those exporting to Rodarion), and the expansion of the Financial Security Initiative of 1962 through an executive resolution if need be.

Under the Boyd Administration, the Board of Defense and the Executive Office made extensive efforts to support its allies in the Central Defense Initiative, responding to military build up and animosity expressed by the Papacy. They often did so through Executive Orders, completely bypassing the Senate and National Assembly which by in large did not support restrictions on Rodarion exports and imports, deployment of military forces, and and upscaling of the Meritocratic Union's armed forces. Kennedy states that when she takes the oath of office on the 1st of June, she will immediately reverse these orders. When she submits the first budget of the new administration to the National Assembly in early August, she states that the national defense budget will be slashed and the Board of Education and Celestial Command Corps will receive increased funding. This, however, will not mitigate previous obligations made by the Union, such as the upscaling of the Meritocracy Intelligence Service and its relatively new and controversial mission on the Western Continent and the deployment of SLBM-capable submarines to the Central Ocean. This is because these acts were introduced, approved, and appropriated by both chambers of the Meritocracy's legislatures. However, the withdrawal of Executive Resolutions BD-920 and BG-90 will have the net effect of withdrawing Tippercommon naval forces from the Rodarion ADIZ and in the region of Orlessia, eliminating a 90% tariff on Rodarion imports, unbanning agricultural and consumer exports to Rodarion, and withdraw naval forces which were deployed to Itailia several months ago.

These changes in Tippercommon foreign policy have come about by the minute public approval rating of the Boyd Administration, hitting an all-time low of 24% in late 2013. Assembly Libertarians have been working for years to reduce military spending and decrease the Union's presences militarily in the West while increasing its commercial prospects, but have always been blocked by the Parliamentarians' super majority in the Senate and powerful Assembly caucus. During her two terms of office from 2004 to 2014, Rachel Boyd increased the power of the Executive Office and the Executive Boards tremendously, aswell as taking advantage of four vacant seats in the High Court to gain control of the highest judiciary in the Union. Even with the dramatic transition now in progress, Boyd will remain in office for three months, and depending on the situation which has been boiling in and around Rodarion for the past several months, war may be inevitable.

Until Boyd leaves office, all military commitments in the northwest will remain, including the controversial move to defy the Rodarian ADIZ and deploy military forces. Now, Rodarian forces are apparently on high alert, surrounding the embassies of several CDI members with military assets. If a war breaks out, and the Parliamentarians in the Senate and Assembly issue Articles of War before Kennedy takes office, she will have no choice but to execute those Articles. But, if the Articles of War are not issued when Kennedy takes office, she could issue an Executive Resolution declaring Rodarion to be off limits for military action; a resolution which likely would not be overturned as the Parliamentarians do not hold a super majority in the Assembly. With the Kennedy garnering early support from the minority parties in the Legislatures, and with more moderate Parliamentarians in the Assembly than the Senate, if she were to block the issuing of Articles War, the risk of retaliation in the form of funding cuts to the Executive Office and the issuing of Articles of Impeachment would be minimal.

Minister of the Senate Gregory DeHart (P) called Kennedy's statements, "ignorant of the radical nature of Rodarion" and that her proposed policy changes would, "harm Tippercommon relations with the CDI for decades to come."

Libertarian Society party members in the Assembly and Senate, however, praised Kennedy, saying she is paving the way for defense spending cuts which they had envisioned since the LSP became the major opposition party in 1999. The rationale for this stance has been motivated primarily by a new push to create a surplus out of the Union's current steep deficit and to allow for increased funding in the Union's space exploration and scientific research agencies.

Preliminary polling conducted by the Journal of the Union and the Meritocracy's Press found that 76% of Tippercommoner citizens approve of the direction Kennedy is steering the Union in, while 52% of the National Assembly and 30% of the Senate Chamber agree with her anti-war sentiments. The new administration will likely trigger a great revolution in both the Senate and Assembly during midterm elections in 2016, with many political analysts predicting a spike in support for the Unity and Libertarian Society Party if if the Union does not go to war.
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Mass protests began after Mass this morning

2 March, 2014| 12.22 PM PCT | înregistrate| By: Nicolae Eliade


Over 400,000 people have descended upon Embassy Square to protest outside the embassies of Emmeria, the Western Confederation and New Belhavia, since yesterday the Papal Army has been patrolling outside the buildings with the purpose of protecting them from vandalism and to protect the diplomatic officials from possible harm. However one soldier has been reprimanded for throwing a stone through a window of the Emmerian Embassy. After today's special Mass in every diocese across the country, hundreds of thousands of Rodarians left local churches and Cathedrals and marched down the Lipiscani Avenue towards Embassy Square, the soldiers deployed have maintained a safe cordon outside the embassies. 200 riot police are on standby to protect the embassies should the crowd get restless.

Several Monks have been spotted leading the huge column of protesters, one of which spoke to PPRB1 news reporters.
"What we're doing here is making clear to those three nations, our anger, Christendom's anger and I pray, God's anger at their arrogance and swift move to defend a genocidal regime. Double standards are a dangerous game to play and they play it well, but eventually the most seasoned player fails" he said.

There has been much anger in since yesterday; between the soldiers deployed and the Embassies' security personnel. With a reported confrontation btween a Rodarian soldier and an Emmerian guard, which resulted in the latter being struck in the face. When the Emmerian ambassador, Leslie Raza left the compound, she was stopped by the soldiers who requested to see her identification, however her documents were not accepted by the soldiers present and she was held up for 35 minutes, before an official from the Foreign Ministry arrived to certify her identity. Major Petru Rodeanu, who is in charge of security over Embassy Square gave this statement this morning, "Since yesterday we have had some incidents between ourselves and the foreign security staff, most of which result from some rather unproffessional behaviour by the foreign security personnel. The incident with Ambassador Raza was unfortunate, but of course we have to ensure that all foreign diplomats are accounted for due to the dangerous atmosphere here".

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Today's Church masses were all identical in content, in the first of many 'Spiritual Mobilisation Masses', many anti-war elements have blamed today's Mass for the protests against the Embassies. Further still there has been conflicting messages on the exactly what the purpose is for the Papal Army on Embassy Square as Romulă Police are fully capable of protecting the Embassies. Amature footage has shown some of the soldiers moving about the rear walls and exits of the Belhavian Embassy, also studying the position of CCTV cameras, though it would be logical to place this under the need to identify all security tools to note the blindspots in order to ensure the embassy's safety.

The Orducii has been found to have a large presence within the Embassy Square's protests. One local Cell Commander who wanted to go on unnamed vowed to storm every embassy, "we will by the evening, tear down the gates of these buildings, we will drag out the criminals inside them and we will burn these vile places down, cleaning them of their corruption".

So far the huge crowd has been cheering and taking part in the speeches led by the Monks, however at midday they began to chant 'Deus Vult' and 'Rodarion Always' over and over, whilst hundreds beat drums whilst the rest of the crowd banged their chests or clapped to a single beat. Nearby churches rang their bells to mark midday, but continued for over 15 minutes along with the crowd in a sign of presence.

CDI responds like children

Cardinal Secretary of State also at midday gave a press conference over the 'Embassy Tensions' as the events are being dubbed. Cardinal Draganescu slammed the CDI's response to the deployment of soldiers to the streets outside the Embassies as 'excessive and unnecessary'. He also slammed Belhavian President Eli Goldman.

"I have several concerns over the response by the CDI, especially the Belhavians. I'll first start with the Emmerian and Western response, which was excessive and unnecessary, it is regreatable to see the Emmerian President recommending that we clarify our actions, firstly we have no need for what we do on our own streets is of our concern and not yours, secondly if the United Republic would clarify its actions in Drakkar that would be a good step towards rebuilding mutual trust and understanding, the same goes for the decisions taken by the Western Confederation.

As for the Belhavian President's unsavoury outburst, we would recommend him to wash out his vile mouth and work diligently to become less of a public disgrace, before he comments on our own verbal statements. We regreat the exit of three diplomatic staff groups, however if they wish to depart from the realms of sanity then it is their perogative. They have finally cut the ties of diplomacy, the door has been sealed shut; the darkness is upon us all. The Papal Republic will continue to observe any opportunities for a diplomatic end to this sad crisis, but the Central Defence Initiative will need to show some earstwhile deeds worthy of our trust, until then, may God help us all".

President Eli Goldman's comment, "The account and narratives put forward by the Pope and his subordinates is so divorced from reality it's...dangerous."... "I wonder if the officials in Romula actually have deluded themselves into believing their own manufactured falsehoods, or whether they're experts at avoiding cognitive dissonance and know the vile propaganda they spout is full of sh*t but do it anyways. You really have to wonder." Has caused fury across Rodarian social media groups and in society at large, Cardinal Markus Panrescu, 88 said this in direct response to President Goldman, "It is my belief, that President Eli Goldman of Belhavia's mother did not give birth to him as any other child would be, instead I believe she squatted and sh*t him out." His comment has gone viral across Facebook and Twitter, he recieved a formal warning from the Magisterium of the Mother Church for misconduct, but other Cardinals reportedly laughed at the comment with glee.


We will keep you updated on the Embassy Square Protests and go to our live feed on the Drakkar Crisis here.

PRRB's Nicolae Eliada contributed to this report.



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Ebonaevron, Itailia (Herald) — Speaking for the first time in nearly three months when he addressed the Senate in a speech that announced the closure of the border with the Papal Republic and other grave matters, Archon Caius was pulled out of bed a few hours ago by his aide's to address the more disturbing news from the now un-recognized Papal Republic. Dressed in simple pants and a jacket, the Archon made the conference short, stating that " for a supposed state that claims to remain committed to vitriolic policies in direct contradiction to its claims to support the peace and security of Pardes."

When also asked about the Pope's claim that Itailia has refused all offers of peace, the Archon stated that the Ambassador left a emergency contact number with the Papal office before he left, in case peace was on their mind and up for discussion and the Archon has stated that he will consider their offer of peace in order to put to ease the rising tensions, through analysts find it unlikely given the Empire no longer formally recognizes the Papal Republic as a sovereign state.

In addition to the latest warmongering calls from the Pope and the dictator in charge as President and the Ecclesiastical Security Committe, a growing number of Senators have voiced their concerns about the Papal Republic itself, which claims to be supporting the 'opressed Catholics' in the Drakkar Province. Senator Ianavius had just this to say " The Papal Republic seems awfully committed to the road of war; which, the Empire is ready for. But the Papal Republic seems to forget that this Empire is still filled with more then three billion Catholic's, millions of which are just miles from this massive Crusade of the Pope's, including myself. We did not abandon the Church, we were not the ones who recalled the Bishops, it was Romula. "

The Department of Defense confirmed the arrival of eight more Legions, which were recalled from the New Firenze colony outside Pardes and were quickly stationed on the Rubicon Line, where troop deployments have now swelled to three hundred thousand men ever since Caesar ordered it manned following the closure of the border. One legion was also redirected to the city of Nece to help quell violence which has lessened following the conclusion of a major battle between authorities and Rodarion supported insurgents there, which is expected to the hotbed of the war.

Foreign Ministry " Worried" over new Chief Minister for Tippercommon

Minister of Foreign Affairs Atticus Valerius has stated in a official Ministry conference with the press that he and his office were "concerned" over the direction the Chief Minister-elect Nina Kennedy aims to take the Meritocratic Union following her assumption of the office on June 1st of this year. Ms. Kennedy announced a number of changes, mostly reversing pro-CDI efforts and movements that current Chief Minister Boyd enacted,such as the deployment of Meritocratic soldiers to the Itailian mainlands and a carrier battle group which is supporting Itailian assets as well as an Arthuristan fleet in the Sea of Orlessia.

The tensions that could possibly rise from this arrive just a few months before the Senatorial Tribunal on Foreign Trading is set to convene for their annual review of trade packages, and their recommendations may include tariff raises and increased fee's on foreign products that come into the Empire.


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TheMan · 1 hours ago
Why are we even talking about Rodarion? We all know war is coming, break out your guns.

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I sense a pre-emptive strike from the Archon, no way he'll let the Papal Republic strike first, too much pride.

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It's like Rodarion wants war, surrounding embassies and holding up top level diplomats and preaching about how Itailia is evil. O wait....

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Betchsdat, Havenwalde It all started after a mass in a local church in the Downtown Area of Betchstadt as church followers had left the church and began disrupting traffic in the street. Traffic had been halted as a group of individuals attempted to break into people's cars and beat them in the street. Several people had been pulled out of there vehicles by force and ganged up on by church followers as police units were quick to respond to the disturbance call. The individuals then turned there attention to the responding police units as they threw anything available at the officers and also trying to assault them. Pepper spray and batons did work against the attackers but soon bystanders had begun joining in on the mayhem and shouting insults at the officers or throwing things at them.

Soon the situation had gone far out of hand and the Riot Police had been called to the area as the police units had retreated and regrouped down the street. The catholic attackers continued to attack random bystanders, forcing the police to intervene to save the individual from serious injury. When Riot Police finally arrived on the scene the now mob of Catholics moved to engage the police shouting slogans such as "We fight for God, against the corruption" , "Christ is our government, for we only answer to God our true Chancellor".

During the entire incident, three people had been killed in the confrontation. Two males had died from being beaten to death by Riot Police officers after continuous struggling to be restrained. A young female was killed also when she was shot by a police officer when trying to reach for his holster during a scuffle. The confrontation also spread to other areas of the city such as several suburban areas which were split Catholic and Protestant, radical catholic sympathizers attacked bystanders while marching through the neighborhood that were suspected to be a Protestant. How the incident had spread to different areas of the city had been rumored to be through social networking sites made by the Catholic Church in Havenwalde and others involved in the downtown incident.

So far it is only confirmed that twenty-two people had been injured in the entire incident which lasted several hours. Riot Police forces and police units grew in numbers as incidents were reported across the city. The Chancellor had no comment to what had happened in the hours of violence that had occurred but the Chancellery spokesperson made a comment on what occurred,

"Today's actions were horrendous, this is not how a person of religious ideals should conduct themselves in public. We in the Chancellery hope all who participated and instigated today's actions are swiftly brought to justice and punished accordingly."
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PROVISA, NEW BELHAVIA — With the increasingly hostile exchange of words between several C.D.I. powers - the Empire, the United Republic of Emmeria, the Western Confederacy, and the Itailian Empire - and the Papal Republic over aggressive moves by Romula towards those nations' embassies escalated today as Romula hit back, with Cardinal Secretary of State Draganescu defiantly skewering the various C.D.I. powers' responses. In particular, Rodarion's chief diplomat targeted President Goldman, ridiculing him for having a "vile mouth." In addition, elderly Cardinal Markus Panrescu took to social media Sunday morning to make an obscene reference towards Mr. Goldman that this paper cannot report because of its indecent content.

Responding to the remarks later today, President Goldman slammed Cardinal Panrescu's reference as "outrageous" and "sickening," saying his parents, who are still alive, "nearly had a heart attack over the remarks." The President retorted indignantly, "I don't know any sane, intelligent human being who could laugh at such wretched filth - except for sadists and the mentally disturbed." He cooled his tone, however, applauding the Magisterium of the Rodarian Church for reprimanding Panrescu "as a decent gesture of cooler heads prevailing."

Addressing Cardinal Draganescu's statement, Goldman posited that this exchange of words "isn't about me" and hit back to suggest that "the only public disgrace is the Cardinal Secretary, who continues to rally Rodarians on the march of apocalyptic war. If the Romula government was truly interested in peace, they wouldn't act as if the End Times have arrived." Continuing, he added, "the only vile mouth seems to be Cardinal Panrescu's," which prompted the gallery of reporters to chuckle and laugh.

Gesturing decisively, Goldman said powerfully, "I have and will continue to say this: war is never inevitable. It is the consequence of actions and behaviors exercised in mostly deliberate manners for a broader national or geopolitical goal. This administration and the rest of the C.D.I. and broader Free Pardes world stands for peace and prosperity. We ask the Romula authorities to unclench their fist and take our outstretched hand for peace. But know this: the C.D.I. is not and will not be responsible for any possible initiation of armed conflict."

Provisa Establishment Rallies To the President's Defense

The vitriolic and obscene language and imagery directed towards Goldman has sparked outrage and disgust across the political spectrum. Senate Majority Leader Ian Settas (C-Provisa), a likely 2016 presidential contender and longtime Goldman ally, blasted Cardinal Secretary Draganescu's statement as "the height of arrogance and is downright condescending," pausing to add, "he better learn some respect. No one speaks about the president of New Belhavia this way."

Senate Minority Leader John Fellan (LD-Merrina), the head of the Liberal Democrat's caucus and leader of its left-wing, said to the surprise of many, "while I have deep ideological and policy differences with the President, this outrageous, abusive behavior from some second-rate country is disgusting and won't be tolerated. [President] Goldman did nothing wrong - he called those theocrats' bluff. Kudos to him. About time someone said what needed to be said."

Foreign Minister Daniel Nobelstein, caught by reporters leaving the Presidential Palace, said dismissively, "I've long come to expect such ridiculous comments from the E.S.C. regime. They have no shame."

Foreign Ministry: Romula Embassy Tensions "Will Settle Down"

A spokesman for the Imperial Foreign Ministry sought to alleviate concerns over the embassy staff's safety in light the embassy tensions, asserting that "Major Petru Rodeanu of the Papal Army has said publicly that his soldiers were deployed for the embassy's protection from vandalism and the like, and we trust that having given his word - his credibility is on the line - in this matter, he will ensure that his mission is upheld."

The Rodarian state-run news service PRRB quoted an anonymous Orducii officer - the Orducii is a radical Catholic paramilitary group - as wanting to storm every embassy "[by which] we will by the evening, tear down the gates of these buildings, we will drag out the criminals inside them and we will burn these vile places down, cleaning them of their corruption."

This comment initiated concern among Foreign Ministry officials and Romula embassy staff. However, the Ministry spokesman reiterated that "we trust Major Rodeanu to uphold the peace and protect the embassy's external security."

Justin Hastings reported from Provisa, N.B. None of these organizations are associated with the AIJ, and all opinions and personal views in the article do not reflect the viewpoints of the AIJ or their employees.


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SUSSEX, MERITOCRATIC UNION - Early on the 2nd of March, militants from the State of Hyperion crossed the Redford River in force and attacked the provincial border city of Milton. According to Journal correspondents in the Redford Province, federalized national guard units responded to the invasion, engaging the militants with elements of the 5th Marine Reserve Brigade. However, after several hours of fighting in the city, local police and the Marine Reserve could not halt the militant's advance into Milton. As of 1:34 PM, a force of approximately 1,000 men and three T-72 and one T-55 main battle tanks has isolated the Redford Assembly Building, trapping twenty local representatives and an unknown number of local police and state troopers. The invading force is believed to be or to be affiliated with the Free Hyperion movement in the State of Hyperion which has been engaged in armed conflict with the Meritocratic Union and Hyperion since 1985. The State Department issued a proclamation this afternoon stating that the Hyperion Conflict now exists within the borders of the Meritocratic Union. The Interior Department declared a statement of emergency, advising all residents of the Redford Province to evacuate to Sussex and Kimberely at noon today.

Foreign Minister Harold White made a separate announcement to all foreigners within Milton, particularly aiming at the Emmerian consulate in Milton, to "evacuate immediately." It is expected a diplomatic Marine detail will aid in carrying out this order.

Reports leaked to the press by the Defense Department estimate that 10,000 men equipped with antiquated armor and helicopters crossed the border between the embattled State of Hyperion and the province of Redford (marked by the Redford River) in the early morning, immediately engaging a comparatively undermanned and ill-equipped border patrol unit. At around 5:00AM local time, the militant forces shelled the outskirts of Milton, firing on residential neighborhoods, with initial reports stating that 75 people were injured and 4 were killed in the attack. At this time, local PD and state troopers responded with tactical units. This defense, however, reportedly failed, with officers retreating to downtown Milton to defend the city's financial and population centers.

Chief Minister Rachel Boyd said in a press conference this morning that, "this show of aggression and a disregard for the diplomatic process will not be ignored." Later, she declared, "a state of war exists within the Meritocratic Union. It is for this reason that I hereby authorize the deployment of the II Marine Expeditionary Corps and all support forces in order to combat the threat. In addition, military forces within the State of Hyperion will be called upon to defend the state. Every possible action will be taken in order to secure the safety of the citizens of Redford and the rest of Tippercommon, and to defeat these rebels and bring their leaders to justice. This I solemnly swear."

The Meritocracy Press in Oakford reports that several amphibious landing craft left port this morning, reportedly bound for the mainland. Sussex International Airport was shut down by the Bureau of Transportation, the use of its runways and gates dedicated to serving the military aircraft ferrying Marines into the combat theater. This mobilization of forces was not approved by either the Senate Chamber or the National Assembly, limiting the time of this engagement to 60 days before the Executive Office must seek the legislative branch's approval. However, with the seriousness of the situation quite evident, it will likely be a bipartisan vote for war.

This conflict is likely rooted in the deep animosity for the Meritocratic Union seeded into many citizens of Hyperion by the widespread conflicts within the province in the 1980's and 1990's. Originally fought over by Tippercommon and San Pellegrino Romana for mining rights, the State of Hyperion has been a hotly contested territory on the Meritocratic Union's west coast since the 17th century. Originally a hub for commerce of the Roma Kingdom, when Tippercommon gained independent in 1799, Hyperion was not recognized independent. Although the Tippercommon government had functional control over Hyperion, the Roma government never recognized its sovereignty. This issue resulted in a number of conflicts, but culminated in 1985 when Rome invaded Hyperion over oil drilling rights in the province, ultimately resulting in the bombing of most of the area, save Sweetwater City, its capital. The conflict against Tippercommon forces was lead by the Free Hyperion militia which opposed the corporate government which the Meritocratic Union had put in place over Hyperion. When Roma withdrew in 1987, however, Free Hyperion was left out to dry, and has been engaged in a prolonged conflict with the ultimate objective to capture the city from Tippercommon and Hyperion forces. The invasion of Redford has been seen as a second chapter of this conflict, most likely meant to force the Meritocracy to sit at the negotiating table with rebels in Hyperion.

When we sat down with retired Brigadier Kyle Patton last year for an interview on the topic of continued hostilities in the war torn state, he questioned the Meritocracy's ability to handle the threat in Hyperion. He said, "If we were fighting a conventional war, we would have blown these rebels away 27 years ago. But when you have citizens of your country hiding militants, allowing them to fire mortars from their backyards, and business magnates funding the rebellion, it becomes exceedingly difficult to destroy the threat. This is probably why we've been at war in Hyperion for almost three decades." Later in the same interview, he predicted that if the war were to spill into Tippercommon proper, there would be grave consequences. He stated, "In my opinion, I don't think that the Meritocracy could effectively combat an insurgency if it implanted itself deeply into the population. According to a recent poll, a little under half of the population in Hyperion-border provinces are sympathetic to the Free Hyperion movement. This is troublesome to many, and I think it is just a premonition of things to come."

The added threat of Hyperion rebels on the high seas is also on the minds of the Defense Department. Admiral of the Flotilla George Manetti announced today that the Navy would be taking the "appropriate measure" to ensure that Tippercommon and New Belhavian shipping lanes are secure along the Hyperion coast. Even so, the Sussex Group and several other shipping corporations have halted all commercial shipping on the west coast of Tippercommon, diverting all shipments to the Sussex Commercial Harbor. The stock of the Georgian Foundation and Strife Aerospace, two major corporations centered in Milton, dropped dramatically when news of the invasion reached Sussex. Milton, the largest city in Union and its previous capital, is often described as the gut of the nation, serving as a hub for transport, shipping, and manufacturing for Sussex-based companies. Now that it's taken a blow to the stomach, the economic well-being of Tippercommon is in jeopardy.

It is expected that Chief Minister Boyd will be making a statement to the Senate Chamber tomorrow morning regarding this issue, possibly regarding her seeking approval for further military recourse. Based on the political climate in the Senate and their voting history regarding military and foreign affairs, a full-scale war is definitely on the table for the body.
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Betschstadt, Havenwalde - When influential local Catholic priest Johann Freizer was apprehended by police hours after the Catholic Mob incident and had been suspected as the instigator of the attacks, Catholics in Betschstadt once again caused chaos in the downtown area as they protested the 'un-fair' arrest of the priest. Violence had once again reared it's ugly head when protesters broke into businesses and begun looting stores and setting fire to debris and vehicles parked on curbs. Riot police units once again came out in force and confronted the hooligans as they continued destroying businesses and other places near by and whatever they could get there hands on. Riot Police deployed canisters of tear gas and fired rubber bullets at the rioters as they threw stones and other objects back at the police units on scene.

Petrol bombs would soon come into play as the rioters chunked bottles of petrol with lit rags stuffed in them at police. Quickly fires had begun in the street and in looted businesses and cars. Water cannon vehicles soon came on the scene and responded with blasts of high power water pressure cannons which sprayed rioters and put out some of the raging fires separating riot police from the protesters.



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During this confrontation between protesters and Riot Police, only one person was found dead and over 35 people were injured and most eventually arrested. The only casualty was caused when the man was attempting to break up a brawl between several protesters and an injured police officer who was being severely beaten. When the man pushed away several of the attackers , they then pounced on him and proceeded to beat him to death and left him in the street for dead as the riot continued on.

The Catholics who were the majority in the protest had marched to Embassy Row and attempted to gain entrance into the Tehraanian Embassy, and the United Republic Embassy in accordance to the violence occurring in Romula which many of the participating protesters said they took inspiration from the events in Romula. Havenwalder Police units were quick to put an end to the incursion and dispersed the protesters quickly. The riot had lasted only until 10 a clock at night after the protesters had dispersed and went home.


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3 March, 2014| 16.59 PM PCT | înregistrate| By: Nicolae Eliade


Thousands of protesters inside Embassy Square have attempted to storm the Emmerian, Western Confederation and Belhavian embassies, with now confirmed reports that the Belhavian Embassy has been ransacked by protesters after soldiers and police not only gave way to the crowd but also joined them in storming the Embassy. We have also recieved reports that Belhavian embassy guards opened fire and have killed six protesters and a police officer. Soldiers guarding the embassy were spotted escorting staff members out of the building, protecting them from the furious mob, the Police have arrested the entire embassy's guard company and have placed them in custody for charges of murder.

At 2pm this afternoon, the crowd within Embassy Square which is estimated to be 55,000 strong surged forward against the three embassies. The riot police and soldiers present were tasked to defend the embassies from aggressive action, succeeded in securing the Emmerian and Western embassies. The police used tear gas, water cannon and rubber bullets against the crowd, whilst they also spoke to the protesters urging them not to resort to criminality, of which many obliged and remained peaceful. However other areas of the square saw violent confrontation between the crowd and police. We can confirm that 32 people were hurt including 11 police officers in the protests and 300 people were arrested.

At 2.36pm, the Belhavian embassy was breached after police and soldiers present stood aside as the crowd surged forward, climbing the Embassy walls and tearing down the gate with chains, there is some footage of soldiers cutting away at the locks with plyers, however this cannot be verified. Once the crowd was inside the embassy grounds, the Belhavian guards utilised tear gas and rubber rounds to stop the mob from pouring into the buildings, they failed and the crowd smashed down the lobby doors, it was this point that gunshots were heard and protesters came out covered in blood. As a result, both armed police and soldiers rushed into the building also, violence erupted between the soldiers, police, protesters and embassy guards, two of the latter were confirmed dead at the scene and a police officer a 23 year old Ion Alexandru, was killed by a Guard who shot him in the head with his handgun.

Since a vast majority of the crowd was Orducii, they came prepared, armed with wooden stakes, metal bars and petrol bombs, some even wore Orducii supplied combat helmets and others used makeshift shields to take on the riot police. The people who stormed the Belhavian Embassy however are reportedly not Orducii but ordinary Rodarian citizens who took the square to protest at the CDI's position over Drakkar.

An eyewitness to the storming of the embassy said this, "We broke through the gate, after the police and soldiers turned around and began chanting with us, Rodarion, Rodarion so on, we climbed the wall and pulled the gate down when someone wrapped chains around the gate top, we all took hold and pulled them out of their hinges and then we rushed inside. As we did the Belhavian soldiers started shooting at us with tear gas and those rubber bullet things. I saw one person be hit in the head with a tear gas can, he was really hurt. Then I heard gunshots and people go down, then the police and soldiers came in and shot two of their guards and took the rest outside, taking their guns aswell. Then we just ransacked the place, breaking the windows, desks, doors, walls, lights, we tore it apart through sheer anger."

After the Belhavian guards were escorted out of the embassy under custody, the protesters went onto tear the building apart. Thousands of sheets of paper were thrown out of the embassy windows, most of which were smashed. Police were found to be searching the main offices and the Ambassador's residence for documents, some even took computers with them, handing them to soldiers out on the square. We have no new details on the whereabouts or condition of the Embassy Guards or staff members, we do know that soldiers eventually cleared the Embassy, but reports indicate that some Orducii have refused to come out, this coincides with reports the embassy is on fire.

Major Petru Rodeanu who is in charge with security at the Square, was hospitalised twenty minutes before the embassy was stormed, after he was struck over the head with a projectile, he suffered minor injuries and will not be punished.

We will keep you updated on the Embassy Square Protests and go to our live feed on the Drakkar Crisis here.

PRRB's Nicolae Eliada contributed to this report.



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Laesico, Belfras(Herald) — Following the storming of the Belhavian embassy this morning, which saw the detainment of not only the diplomatic staff but also the fifty or so Belhavian Marines attached as the embassy's guards and twenty or so civilian security contractors. Itailian officials, asking to remain unnamed, from the Foreign Office have indicated their 'extreme displeasure' at the way events have turned out in the Papal Republic, and it was unsurprised when this morning the Senatorial Tribunal on Foreign Relations announced that the Papal Republic had been placed on the "Rogue States" list, which re-affirmed the closure of borders with it on the 18th of last month. The Senate also voted 311-75 in favor of placing a infinite lasting embargo on all industries towards the Papal Republic.

Following the announcement by the Tribunal, the Office for CDI Affairs (OCDIA) released a short statement stating that Archon Caius had requested an emergency summit with all of his fellow leaders, a request he had apparently lodged yesterday evening when PRBB broke the news of the embassies of Emmeria, West, and Belhavia has having been surrounded. Archon Caius apparently left the Empire following his conference with the Herald and arrived in Laesico this morning, where we have confirmed that at least Western President Theodore Brunswick and Belhavian President Eli Goldman have arrived, no doubt to discuss what has been labelled as the Rodar-Itailian Crisis, which has only increased over the past months despite attempts from both sides to de-escalate, though following statements from Pope Pius and Caesar Da Vinci, it is clear that peace is not on the fore front of their minds.

No doubt one of the first things to be discussed at the summit is how to deal with what Belhavia is sure to label as the "illegal arrest and kidnapping" of it's Marines and contraters, as well as the diplomatic staff. Independent and local sources noticed that the Itailian Navy had begun leaving the docks at Orcon Naval Base, the largest naval facility in the southern mainlands and where the 2nd Southern Red Fleet had been based out of for the last four weeks following what the Navy deemed a "period of refits and overhauls". This period was in line with the pouring of nearly half a million Legionnaires towards the Rubicon Line, a series of installations that have never been manned fully in the history of the Empire, but where three weeks ago by Caesar, an action later confirmed by a near unanimous vote by the Senate. The troops stationed there have been organized under Task Force Nepos, whose command was granted to Supremus Legate John Lynch, arguably the most famous military officer of the 21st century within Pardes and one of the most successful, leading to date a total of more then twenty five successful military campaigns, one of the most recent being the invasion of Ulthrannia during the Itailian-Ulthrannia War that ended in late 2008.

Gnaeus Tanicus Vopiscus contributed to this article.



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TheMan · 1 hours ago
Why are we even talking about Rodarion? We all know war is coming, break out your guns.

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Khalia · 3 hours ago
I sense a pre-emptive strike from the Archon, no way he'll let the Papal Republic strike first, too much pride.

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It's like Rodarion wants war, surrounding embassies and holding up top level diplomats and preaching about how Itailia is evil. O wait....

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Massacre in Nece

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As coalition forces gradually fight their way into Nece against the Exercitus Christo and other catholic paramilitaries, evidence is emerging for a far more serious current at work underpinning this already brutal conflict – a systematic campaign of atrocities perpetrated by the insurgents against the pagan population, aiming, it seems, by massacre and terrorisation to ethnically cleanse the city of Nece of its non-catholic inhabitants.

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“The seriousness of the humanitarian situation cannot be overstated,” said colonel Charles Gunn, information officer of the Arthuristan Forces Command – Itailia. “The catholic militias in the city are embarking upon a calculated campaign of extermination against pagan civilians. Our forces are doing our best to clear the buildings and other key positions around major roads leading deep into the city, as well as holding those against insurgent counterattacks, in order to open up corridors allowing civilians to evacuate.”

“Our chief objective, first and foremost, is to safeguard the non-combatants caught in the fighting, and all our efforts so far in the city are focused to that aim. This means not only to open up the aforementioned evacuation corridor, but also to minimise civilian casualties caused by the fighting. To that end, we have drastically reduced the level of fire support allotted to the assault echelons, far below what would normally be deemed the minimum required in combat operations of this variety. We are taking greater risks, but we are willing to do so if it means we can save more lives.”

”They’re massacring people”

The sights of Nece confronting any beholder would be familiar ones to any veterans of the brutal urban battles in Baharaq: whole streets lined with burnt out vehicles, buildings plastered with bullet holes and RPG explosions. IEDs creating mayhem for military and refugee traffic alike – all scenes present in other urban insurgency. What distinguished Nece from other urban insurgencies is the attitude of sheer ruthlessness under which the rebels operated to systematically decimate their pagan erstwhile neighbours.

“It was horrible!” said one Sofia Pinotti, a pagan refugee we found fleeing down the road northeast from Nece, “the militias, they’re massacring people throughout the pagan districts. They used suicide bombers to attack crowds, and then shot the survivors with automatic weapons. There was no way we could’ve stayed – we had to get out as quickly as we could!”

The experiences of Arthuristan forces fighting in Nece all but corroborate the narrative above. “We’ve cleared block after block of flats in which the same thing happened,” said Nasreen Davis of 1/3 Parachute Regiment, “people, sometimes whole families, tied up and shot. These pagan civilians were clearly executed. It wasn’t just us who’re happening upon scenes like that. Similar reports have been coming in from units all over the city.”

Lost control?

The discovery of the insurgent atrocities had the analysts scrambling for answers, given the Vatican’s longstanding line of characterising their uprising as a struggle to defend and liberate the Drakkar catholics, and thus not predominantly of an offensive nature. Reportedly, some Ministry of Defence specialists believe that the Vatican has effectively lost control of the Ejercito, which is operating to achieve its own agenda rather than Romula’s. This seems unlikely, given their dependence on Orducii support. A far simpler explanation could simply be that the Vatican’s propaganda is purely for domestic consumption. Given their diplomatic isolation, they have no need for external approval and, as such, believe they can operate with impunity. In effect, this implies that the Papal Republic has ordered or, at least, indirectly sanctioned, the perpetration of war crimes and ethnic cleansing against the pagan citizens of Nece. If this conclusion is accepted by the CDI’s decision-makers, it is difficult to see how tensions may be de-escalated at all. War may well and truly have become inevitable.
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Newly appointed Imperial Minister of Foreign Affairs, Alrec Severeoth Nimirae, gave his inaugural speech today on national TV in front of a crowd of two thousand people gathered outside the palace. The inaugural speech has been a longstanding tradition with new Imperial Ministers as they inform the nation what they intend to do over the course of their term. The previous Minister announced his retirement yesterday due to failing health. He kept his retirement a secret until the last minute.

During the speech. Namirae affirmed Tarsan support of Rodarion against CDI aggression. "We have been allies with Rodarion for some time now. We will not abandon them during this dark time. The CDI has only shown that it wishes to dominate and control the region. A CDI nation has both been responsible for an atrocious massacre of over 500,000 innocent people. Furthermore, the same CDI state attempted to dominate and control our fine nation through sanctions, claiming we were violating an OPE resolution, when we never violated anything at all."

He went on to bash the CDI and its obvious aggression. "The CDI is an alliance full of those who wish to control nations that do not willingly join them. That is all they have ever shown themselves to do." He also promised to open negotiations with neighboring powers and even to host negotiations between Rodarion and the CDI. "Should they wish to resolve this peacefully, we will be happy to open our nation for negotiations.

He fully promised to also begin negotiations with Ulthrannia. "Eventually, I will endeavor to open negotiations with our neighbor in the hopes that we can resolve this two thousand year old conflict peacefully. We have fought long enough. Seeking a peaceful solution is necessary." He ended the speech encouraging the nation to carry on and was greeted with a welcome public reception.

To keep good on its word, a number of arms have just been sold to the Papal Republic Despite Tarsas being currently neutral in the conflict, arms sales are a large revenue producer. Under its current agreement, Tarsas may still sell and trade goods to Rodarion. Attacks on Tarsan trade ships by CDI vessels would be unlawful. Despite its current neutrality, the Imperial Navy has announced that Task Force Rodarion, an escort group sent to the Papal Republic early on, will escort Tarsan trade ships through the warzone in a convoy system.

Grave warnings have been issued to any who would attack Tarsan convoys.
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The People's Saeculum has unanimously elected its first Collective-Delegate (Kollektiv-Delegat), Dr. Alexei Vyacheslav Chernykh during the Last General Session of the Winter Meetings on Wednesday, triggering widespread support in popular meetings around the capital. The election was viewed almost as a formality considering Chernykh's instrumental role in the development of the socialist changeover in the Evenguard, and has supplanted former Kozhukhina Calixte Vardanyan as the populist face of the movement. He will assume all roles and responsibilities during the Spring Session of the People's Saeculum, but will act as de-facto leader until that time.

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"This is a great day for the People of the Evenguard, and a great day for the Socialist dream," Chernykh said at a popular gathering on Wednesday afternoon. "The time of the Evenguard has finally come, and we shall ride this wave together for the prosperity of all." Mikhail Konstantin, a deputy leader in the People's Saeculum, will serve as his adjutant and the chief Party Leader during the next year, while former Evenguard officials will have their former roles and responsibilities ascertained in the coming weeks.

At the present, former Kozhukhina Calixte Vardanyan had taken a respite in her winter home in the Krysnne, content to ride out the last hours of her reign in the comfort of her spouses. Releasing a public statement congratulating her former confidant, Vardanyan stated "today the People's Saeculum have made the correct choice in selecting Alexei to the Collective-Delegate. His dedication to the Socialist cause in Azura will make him an adept leader, and the People can rest easy knowing that their future is in good hands."



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Western Ambassador to the Papal Republic Bill Conrad
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Western embassy in Romula in light of "intensified protests"

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Uptown, Kensington (CCN) -- Whilst President Brunswick is attending a CDI session in Laesico. Ambassador to the Papal Republic Bill Conrad has been recalled for consultations. Temporarily marking an end to Western diplomatic missions in Rodarion as confirmed reports claim the whole embassy building has been cleared out.

The Western government says it is withdrawing all embassy staff from the Papal Republic after thousands of protesters inside the Rodar Embassy Square attempted to storm the Western Embassy. The Emmerian embassy shaping a similar picture.

The Belhavian Embassy was later found ransacked by protesters, according to news outlet PRRB. Soldiers and law enforcement agencies have allegedly colluded with the protesters in storming the Belhavian embassy. In the clash at least 32 people were injured, of which 11 police officers. Another 300 people have been arrested, according to unverified estimates. The protesters—of which some are Orducii affiliates and sympathizers—have climbed the Embassy walls and tore down the gate. Other reports claim that Belhavian security guards have opened fire and killed six trespassers.

The government had, prior to the protests, made an announcement that included withdrawing some of the embassy staff. "After witnessing the recent developments in Rodarion, we are in a process of withdrawing the embassy for safety and security measures." Says Mr. Conrad, who left the embassy and returned to the Confederal States on March the 1st.

Western State Department and Secretary Memphis described Romula’s recent pronouncements as “provocative rhetoric” stressing that “a move in such a direction is damaging the continent and the region.” The government has announced that Rodarion, ranked 3rd highest GDP (nominal), will face sharpened economic sanctions.

“The Rodarion government conjures a playground for political and religious extremism”, according to Zuckenburg, a prominent figure of Freedomwatcher. “The continuity of deliberate undemocratic and unethical pursuit, from both the elites in Viridia and Isn Deslen to the mischievous regime of the Ecclesiastical Security Commission in Romula. This threatens the stability of an already fragile Pardes that has seen everything but peace for a period of two decades.”

Further sources claim that the government presents a formal introduction of a new initiative, a project called: "The Coalition of the Willing". Comprising a pact of nations that are willing to commemorate Pardesi-wide democracy, described as: willing to make valuable compromises to determine the right outcome of peace and prosperity throughout Pardes preferably through diplomacy. Whilst deliberate violations of the jus cogens are to be halted with the use of military force. The government describes it as a pre-concept, and that it has “nothing to do with Romula’s belligerent attitude toward CDI members”.

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State President Codreanu called the press conference yesterday, to address the current crisis

6 March, 2014| 15.41 PM PCT | înregistrate| By: Nicolae Eliade


State President Ionatan Codreanu has addressed a huge cohort of journalists from all four corners of Pardes and beyond, as for the first time since he took power he addressed the situation in Drakkar and Pardes directly before reporters. Flanked on the right by Deputy State President Atticus Flavrescu, State President Codreanu gave a short speech, followed with him answering several questions from reporters. The conference comes several hours after the Western Confederation announced plans for sanctions against the Papal Republic, of which has caused fury within the Holy Assembly and the country at large.

Speaking to reporters first, State President Codreanu had this to say, "This past three months have been tense and fast moving, they have turned once friendly neighbours into enemies and once bitter enemies into sources of support and sympathy. Who is to blame? No one but the Itailian Government in Ebonaevron for its complicity in the massacre of a half a million innocent Catholics across Itailia, then failing to give those responsible to justice, then they attempted to divert world blame by creating lies and poisonous stories aimed at putting the blame upon the Mother Church itself, they started this and the Central Defence Initiative dropped all sense of morality and reality and come to the defence of Ebonaevron, it is shocking, appaling and unacceptable.
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"The Papal Republic from day one has acted within the realms of international law, it has acted upon a humanitarian mission to protect Catholics in Drakkar, innocent Catholics are still under threat from Pagan extremists, and Catholics are still being massacred in their hundreds by the same terrorist elements and the government in Ebonaevron, if the world could see this, we would not be alone in our opposition to them [CDI]."

After his short speech, the State President allowed reporters to ask him questions regarding the Drakkar Crisis. For a one time pleasure only, reporters from the news agencies of CDI memberstates were permitted to report from Romula for 48 hours only, after which all previous restrictions would be reinstated and they would be asked to return to their home nations. The first question came from a CCN reporter, who asked what the Papal Republic's response to sanctions would be.

"The Papal Republic does not take kindly to economic warfare and as a result we shall respond in kind, at this moment, only Western financial assets and property within the Papal Republic is being frozen and confiscated by the government, of course due to our country being the third largest by GDP nominal in Pardes, sanctions will hurt them more than us, I believe Western voters made a mistake removing Shalom and replacing her with a neoconservative, but they will realise that soon" the State President replied.

A second question came from an ABN reporter, who asked if the Orducii or any other Rodarian armed group was involved in Drakkar, to which the State President shook his head sternly, "The Papal Republic has no armed force or armed individual in Drakkar Province, I found the accusation that this country was in support or directly leading an ethnic cleansing campaign in the province, highly disgraceful of ABN, this country utterly condones genocide of any kind, which is why we support the aims of Exercitus; the independence of Drakkar from the genocidal elements in Ebonaevron."

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A third question regarding the Embassy protests came from a United Press reporter, to which the State President officially apologised for the incidents.

"I would like to speak on behalf of the entire Papal Republic when I apologise for the events two nights ago. They were unwarrented and those responsible will be punished on the same basis of any other protester and vandal. As for the events at the Belhavian Embassy, an investigation into the behaviour and actions of the soldiers and police present will take place, but I will not apologise to a government, that allowed its trusted men of arms to shoot unarmed protesters, six protesters are dead and a 23 year old police officer, who today his wife gave birth to their fatherless son. The Embassy guards have been interrogated by Romula Police, all Embassy staff have been released from hospital and allowed to return home, as for the guards, out of the 11, six have been released and five will face mass murder trials in the coming days."

The State President was then asked by myself if the Papal Republic would take a diplomatic approach towards the crisis at some point, the answer shocked me and many others in the room.

"Yes, the Papal Republic will take to diplomacy, the diplomatic answers are there. But we have a series of conditions as to which will allow us to negotiate a lasting peace; all CDI armed forces are to withdraw from Drakkar to allow for peace, Drakkar is to be granted a referendum on whether to seceed from Itailia, which should take place within ten days of them being permitted and finally the Exercitus is to be immune from prosecution and to remain as a volunteer militia aimed at protecting the Catholic population."

The rest of the questions were somewhat weak in nature, so instead I'll discuss the ramifications of the conditions and recent announcements. One thing that wasn't announced outright, was that the State President has ordered further deployments of the Papal Navy and Papal Army, including a further 111,000 men to the Belfrasian border should they respond with further militarisation of the border and a further 230,000 to the Itailian and Western borders in response to the recent announcements. The conditions for diplomatic talks however, has sparked huge debate within scholarly circles regarding their nature, some believe it is to divide the CDI over diplomacy, with many agreeing that Itailia would never agree to it, whilst other members such as Emmeria or Arthurista would agree its worth the risk at the referendum ballot box. One analyst from Eslovakia, accused the government to placing conditions that destroy diplomatic discussions before they even begin. The Foreign Ministry announced afterwards that the conditions are not negotiable.

We will keep you updated on the Embassy Square Protests and go to our live feed on the Drakkar Crisis here.

PRRB's Nicolae Eliada contributed to this report.



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Isn Deslen, Belfras - At a time where the entirety of Belfras is threatened by the horror and devastation of war, the Prime Minister and the King have both mutually declared a state of 'Heightened Alert' for the Armed Forces. His Majesty King James, speaking from the Golden Palace, ordered the Armed Forces to an alert posture but neglected to activate the entirety of the Provincial Defence Force, stating that the PDF regiments of Callis Province were being activated to deal with the logistics of an increased number of mustered Military personnel.

Speaking from the Golden Palace, King James gave a typical address to the nation, speaking in the dialects of the High Nobility:
"My children, my countrymen, my brothers and sisters. It is a dark time we find ourselves in, where nought but our own steel and valour shall aid us to prevail in the face of tyranny and destruction. I speak to you now, as I always have, as but humble old man given voice to pressing concerns. Whereas last time I spoke of the grain shortages of Kunarii, I speak now of the ever-growing cloud of evil beyond our south-east border. Noise, we hear, from that border. This noise beckons haste to the fall of a society and establishment hundreds of years old and built upon the follies of old. This noise, my children, brothers, and sisters, is that of horror. The horror in the wake of a war cry.

Long past actionable alternatives, the merciless cry of war bellowing from Rodarion deafens those who hear it. They cry out for justice for the slain, yet they offer but more bloodshed as solution. Nought is the patience left within the veins of every honest Belfrasian man, woman, and child. The so-called man of god sits upon his throne in Romula and dictates that other nations are but veils of hypocrisy, lies, and oppression of Catholics. A man, already condemned by his international followers and suspected of crimes against humanity, spews hypocrisy and hate from the lips he claims utter the words of god. The actions I order this day are for one purpose and one purpose only - To protect and uphold the Sovereign right of the Kingdom of Belfras to defend itself from foreign aggression. My heart and mind is without doubt that these are dark days for our people, for the cloud of tyranny looms over us all.

They shall try to place heel upon the throat of liberty, freedom, and all things pure. I fear no alternatives to this will be accepted by Romula. Too far they have gone down the road of war and evil to stray back into the light of good will, nobility, and faith. The Pope uses his hold over billions to try and carve out for himself more land to call his own, more people to call his serfs as the old Kings of Belfras once did. Except, where my ancestors changed course, this reckless abandon for humanity by Pope Pius and his government comes in a modern time. Such things are never seen, making his actions all the more horrifying to my heart and mind. I am, as always, your humble national father and servant. May god, whatever name you choose to call him or her, bless all of you."


In the aftermath of the televised speech by the King, several orders were signed and quickly put into action with their corresponding districts of military responsibilities. The Army mobilized a further 500,000 personnel, to be distributed around Pentarum province along the border to the Callis Province. Whilst another 50,000 members of the Fifth Army, stationed in Callis, were mustered around the city of Nos Callis with orders to eventually reinforce the Belfrasian-Rodarion border. This particular order, according to the Ministry of Defence, comes after alleged reports that the Papal Army is to station another 114,000 men at the border, where roughly 450,000 Rodarion soldiers are already posted. The move, which is expected to coincide with an anticipated attack into Belfras, sparked the decision to mobilize the military in the first place. Combat air patrols near the Rodarion border have been ongoing since the crisis began many months ago, and have only increased in number and frequency after today's speech.

The navy was not exempt from deployments following this speech. The fifth fleet, which had been forming at a naval base in south-western Belfras, officially embarked on the journey to Laesico, where it'll meet with the seventh fleet, which is returning from the Eastern Central. The Third Fleet, until now stationed at Portsdown, also departed to join the growing flotilla. Several experts on military matters proposed that this is Belfras' presentation to the inevitable naval war against Rodarion, and to also defend Laesico. The dependency, home to both the CDI headquarters and one of the Belfrasian Navies largest naval bases, is in the firing line of any Rodarion naval offensive.

The Third Fleet, previously deployed to the Altrenian Island of Aletheia in response to the Anti-Communist Alliance's incursion into the region years ago, was waved off from Portsdown by thousands of on-lookers in a very public embarkation ceremony. Admiral Gertrud Bellious was seen from the command deck of her flag-ship waving to her husband and three children. The fleet, which will be coupled with the already deployed second and seventh fleets, will be deployed to patrol the area around Laesico in what was called a "Strategically sound plan of defence."

"Egotistical"


In an unexpected turn of events, the Rodarion government has declared it will only negotiate if the Itailian imperial province of Drakkar is allowed to leave the Empire. A move that would, doubtlessly, lead to a Rodarion attempt to incorporate the area into the Papal Republic. Such a move by Rodarion is not the first time in history a nation has offered a negotiation at a price that nobody is willing to pay in order to avoid being seen as the villain of the scenario.

Movements by the Rodarion Government to effectively take over the Embassies of CDI nations within the Papal Republic have led to the abandonment of many and the unconfirmed whereabouts of several members of CDI national embassies within the country. According to several experts, the move was executed by the Orducii and covered as 'protestors' in order to avoid breaking overtly breaking international law. In response, Prime Minister Ian Davies announced that

Charles Patheniew, a residential expert at the Isn Deslen University in regards to the political backgrounds of the region, was interviewed in regards to the ongoing crisis. "We've never been closer to war." Mr. Pathenview explained of the situation, "What we have is an egotistical nation spouting hypocrisies almost non-stop. They know that nobody believes what their government-run news organization publishes, but they do it so they can show it to their own people. It's highly likely that they also fabricate news stories from CDI nations to reinforce their propaganda that they need to fend off these 'evil heretics'. I'm Catholic, many people I know are Catholic. Catholicism is the dominant faith in Belfras, yet look how they treat us."

He went further into the situation. Saying that "The Papal Republic is one of increasing hypocrisy. They accuse CDI member states of arrogance, yet display increasingly arrogant delusions of grandeur at being the region's next dominant superpower. They believe this fact so much that they're willing to engage a war with multiple nations in an attempt to establish an empire for themselves."

When asked who was to blame for Rodarion's behaviour as an entity, he was rather blunt. "It is, without a doubt, the Pope. He attains absolute power, and this approach to international relations has endured several elected officials and now a coup by the military. The only fixed element is the Pope himself. That's why we advised the Parliament that any action to permanently remove this threat from the region itself was to remove the Pope from power. As a Catholic, it appalls me that a man could take and hold the seat of Christ for so long when he himself is the spawn of satan."

The possibly volatile remarks given by the expert was echoed by the Bishop of Nos Callis, who also denounced Catholic acts of violence against those of other faiths within the Province of Callis over the past few months. Bishop Volancis, a descendant of Rodarion immigrants, sent a letter to BNN headquarters. The letter, which is displayed below, outlines a daring plan to "Formally detach" the Catholic religion in Belfras from that of the Papal Republic. Typically, such an action is followed by the creation of either a new Papacy entirely or an antipope in competition to the one in Romula. Bishop Volancis, who was suggested to have been one of the Belfrasian candidates to become Cardinal some years ago, is possibly the best choice for such an event.

Bishop Volancis told reports that:
"I am Appalled and shocked that a nation of God could act so recklessly against peace loving nations and militarize so heavily. The destructive abandon shown by Pope Pius and his government is not the path an honest man of God would choose. Indeed, this path is not one that, as a good Catholic, I can abide by. Therefore I have issued a date of meeting with my fellow Bishops around Belfras to formally detach the religion in this country from the actions of the Papal Republic. What they are doing in God's name disgusts me to the core, as I know it does multiple heads of Religion around Belfras."


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Betschdat, Havenwalde The Federal Ministry of Defense early this morning had confirmed to news outlets that a new budget was going to be put into effect which would increase the budget value of the Armed Forces. Minister Huberman had met with a team of financial experts and others from the Federal Ministry of Defense and had decided to increase the budget by 13%. The current budget of the Havenwalder Federal Armed Forces is estimated at 33.26 billion which accounts for 1.2% of the GDP(FY11), with the new budget raise it would increase by thirteen percent making the new budget an estimated 44.32 billion. This new budget would account for 2.1% of the GDP(FY11), with the new budget the Federal Ministry of Defense plans for several modernization projects and expansions of the Armed Forces.

The current budget had come at a great time for the Havenwalder Armed Forces. With the current tensions between the Papal Republic and the Central Defense Initiative , it is being theorized by political analysts that a war could break out in the region encompassing most of Pardes in it's wake. Therefore it had been decided that the FMOD would prepare the Armed Forces for a region wide conflict if one arose from current tensions. Recruitment efforts by the Armed Forces have been successful over the few months in recruiting many young well fit men into service with the Military, a census from 2013 showed that there were now an estimated 413,034 active personnel and 244,000 reserve personnel in the Armed Forces.

It has also been confirmed that several in-service vehicles and weapons would be retired and replaced with more 'up to standard' vehicles and weapons that would be acquired by the Federal Ministry of Defense. Updates on the budget raise and Military expansion and modernization will come as we receive them.


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Her Graceful Eminence the Kozhukhina has given birth to a healthy baby girl, according to latest reports from Khram Gora on Friday afternoon. The birth marks the culmination of four hours of labor after erroneous reports of complications that spread through social media sites earlier in the day. Official reports from Legnica confirm that the Kozhukhina is resting comfortably with her spouses in her private residence, and will address the country in a televised broadcast on Sunday afternoon.

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“The Kozhukhina delivered a healthy, six pound-four ounce baby girl shortly before 6 PM this evening," official spokesperson Elsapet Vosgrichian reported from the conference room at the Saeculum this evening. "Nadine Vovsanna Vardanyan will be officially presented before the people on Sunday; until that time, we wish to respect the privacy of the Kozhukhina and her family at this time."

The newest addition to the House of Vardanyan becomes the third-in-line to the Throne of Tsyion, following after her twin brothers Norayr Charents and Shara Vorti, who were born early last year. As with the royal twins, both Suren Nazaryan—the biological father—and Calixte's spouse Darya Marin will enjoy custodial rights with the Kozhukhina. Kozhukh Ruga Suren will soon be traveling to Sondria to assume his post as the Prefekt of Oriental Azura in April.

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Tarsan Foreign Minister To Attend RCO Meeting In Los Reyes


Newly appointed Foreign Minister, Alrec Severeoth Nimirae, will make his first trip to a foreign nation after his appointment to the post a week ago. There, he will be attending preparatory talk with the Romula Cooperation Organisation. Tarsas has been a member of the RCO since its founding. A long time ally with Rodarion, it was expected Tarsas would join from the start. With the situation heating up within Pardes, it was deemed imperative talks be held. The RCO is a mutual defense, development, trade, and science cooperative where members work for the development of every member of the group. Tarsas has gained numerous military and technological developments from fellow RCO members and has benefited as a whole.

At the meeting, key preparations will be made and discussed for the inevitable coming conflict. The situation is escalating even now. Word reached from foreign media about a meeting of CDI leaders in Laesico, Belfras. This meeting was called in light of the Belhavian embassy being stormed and its staff detained. It is suspected that the embassy attack was a direct retaliation to President Goldman's incendiary rhetoric. The media was quiet with regards to what was discussed at the summit. In light of the summit, the Italian Navy left a major naval facility and has began what is believed to be a mobilization. The Foreign Minister issued a statement in light of the meeting. "Should the CDI start a war, we can no longer afford neutrality."

The Senate Committee of Foreign Relations has also announced, in light of Nimirae's visit, that Italia has been placed on the List of Belligerent and Dangerous Entities. Countries on this list are permanently embargoed. Any Italian nationals within Tarsas will no longer be able to return as nations on the list are considered 'No Fly Zones'. All commercial flights to Italia have been, by order of the Airspace Monitoring Commission, cancelled until further notice. The Foreign Ministry has strongly advised all Tarsan nations visiting and living in CDI states to return home as quickly as possible as it is expected more states will be added to the list in light of this war.

Naval High Command has, through Central High Command, announced its own intentions, threatening CDI trade to Arthurista. "Should the CDI initiate a war, we will not hesitate to partner with our neighbors in Ulthrannia and begin an all out effort to completely cut Arthurista from CDI support. Should war break out, we are in a position to use force to remove CDI trade ships from waters around Arthurista." Tarsas has long since been known for a large and capable submarine force, since the navy has mainly been focused around short to medium range operations and coastal defense. In light of the announcement, sources have confirmed that a large number of submarines have been seen going on more frequent patrols.

The Foreign Minister gave a short speech before his departure today. He stated adamantly that, "Should the CDI wish to start a war, we will meet them with our full force. We have the advantage over this side of Pardes. Supply lines would be long and large groups of naval ships would be easily vulnerable to our capable submarine force. We will not back down. The Italian government effectively sat back and watched 500,000 innocent people die and did little in the aftermath. This injustice cannot stand and we will not allow it to. We will stand by the Papal Republic at every turn.


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Pope: "We are doing what has to be done, never again will fail Christendom"

March 9, 2014 | 13.40 PM PCT | înregistrate| By: Augustia Ceausescu


In one of the most emotional addresses of his reign, his Holiness Pope Pius III has declared the possible conflict between the Papal Republic and Itailia and its CDI allies, a 'necessary evil, a mandatory intervention for humanity'. He also hit out regarding the major divisions within the church after it was revealed that Bishop Volcanis from Nos Callis in Belfras condemned his Holiness as a spawn of Satan and it was rumoured of him forming an Anti-Papacy in Belfras. It was revealed this morning, that 185 Cardinals out of the 254 signed a letter demanding his excommunication, the Pope rejected the call. In a session of the Sacred College today, the Pope's greatest ally within the reformist camp, Cardinal Romulus Radatescu declared that the entire Cardinalate is behind the Holy Father, regardless of division.

In response to the growing crisis within the Church, the Holy Father addressed Christendom live on television at midday, speaking entirely in English, he appealed to the Belfrasian Catholic population to forgive him and the Church for acting the in best interests of Drakkar's Catholics. He also urged Bishop Volcanis to place his decision upon the reflection of prayer. The Holy Father also defended the Papal Republic's actions regarding Drakkar, he also asked God for forgiveness due to his failure to save the 500,000 Catholics murdered in Itailia by Pagan extremists in December last year.

"My Dearest brothers and sisters, sons and daughters of the Lord, sons and daughters of Belfras. I speak to you today, not as the Pope of the Romulăn Catholic Church, not as the Bishop of Romulă, but as a humble servant of the Lord, as a humble ordinary old man, these are truly dark times we live in, we are bounded by dark storm clouds that echo the calls of death and pain, the world beats as a clock ticks away the seconds, this dark clouds emerged out of the graves of the murdered 500,000. Massacred unecessarily by extremists, I failed to save them, this church and this nation failed to protect them.

"We asked for justice in their name, we expected the Itailian government to present Pagan terrorists, instead they presented lies and malicious stories fabricated by a guilty cabal in Ebonaevron. Then without any prior warning, the Catholics of Drakkar Province put their future in the hands of the Lord and prayed that his guidance would lead their war of independence towards such a victory. It then became clear, that many, many more Catholics would perish in the CDI's response, it became clear that the only justice attainable was for this church and this country to limit the blood being spilt as much as possible, to intervene for the safety, freedom and security of Drakkar's Catholics. This maybe, if diplomacy fails, an intervention for humanity, we cannot allow another 500,000 be murdered for their faith in Christ.

"To many, this may seem like propaganda or an arrogant belief on my part, but it is the opposite. This is the duty of God's church, it is the duty of the Papal Republic because it is the Church State. I do not want war, I never want war and never will, but when we fail to protect our own and the same threat appears again, we must not allow that failure to repeat. I ask you dear friends, if you do not wish to recognise the necessity of our position, then please look at the rows of grave stones pointing up to the Lord, their names echoing through history as the one's murdered for believing in one God. Look at the bombed out ruins of former houses of God, former great cathedrals and places of worship. If not still, then look at the city of Nece, look at the small towns and villages in Drakkar being destroyed by Pagan militias and the armies of Itailia, Arthurista, Emmeria and even your own government.

"I will not and cannot question your loyalties, for you dear people, it is loyalty to the crown of Belfras above this Church, that I accept, that I respect as a proud Rodarian. But please do not address your position on the actions of this Church by the ideals set within you by the nation of your birth, look upon our actions as one of a nation; the Church State. Rodarion will always be the nation to act in the interests of Christendom, always. A man of faith within Belfras addressed me as a spawn of Satan, as a result hundreds of Cardinals came to me demanding he be excommunicated from this Church, I said no. Why? Because Bishop Volcanis is a brave man, he speaks his mind and that is a trait I admire most in him, but sadly he has let the morals and values of secular Belfras seperate him from his Church, because he like many of you, look at Rodarion's actions through the prism of Belfrasian morality and values of liberal democracy, as such you see Rodarion as an oppressive tyrannised nation, but the truth is simple, we govern by the laws of the Holy Bible, of which says this, ' 1 Corinthians 1:10, I appeal to you, brothers, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you agree with one another so that there may be no divisions among you and that you may be perfectly united in mind and thought,' I believe this stands to reason today more than ever, I do not ask you to join us on our intervention to save Drakkar's Catholics, but I at least ask you to recognise our point of view.

If diplomacy fails, then we shall intervene to save lives, justice for the murdered 500,000 is the protection and liberation of Drakkar from the constant threat of annihilation, yes it will take lives, but it is better to save the majority than to lose it. I believe God is with us, because it is necessary to throw down the branches of peace and take up the sword and the spear in the face of such violence and death, we have an obligation as the Church to save those people, we have a duty as Rodarion to serve those people and to free them from the cycle of violence and death that they now suffer. The Pagan began this when they spilt the blood of 500,000 innocent souls, they carried this on by their brutal supression of a group of people who aim to bring self determination and freedom for their community; Drakkar. It is down to the Papal Republic to help achieve that noble and human aim to be free and open to the Lord above without threat of violence and aggression, we will help them and we will liberate them whatever the cost. We will liberate the land of Pope Lucius X and Pope Innocent X, we will return Drakkar to peace and freedom.

Thank you and God bless you all."


The Pope's speech has been met with mixed reactions within the Sacred College, with some Cardinals showing disappointment at his decision not to excommunicate Bishop Volcanis. A sizeable number of Cardinals were clearly down beat during the Pope's address, however the Office of the Curia has stated that the Cardinals were distressed at the harsh comments made by Bishop Volcanis towards the Holy Father. Outside the Vatican, anti-CDI attitudes and pro-war opinions have been growing, Cardinal Emilian Radulescu, the General Superior of the Orducii said, "The foundations of the world's arrogance will collapse very soon and the flag of Christ will be raised" whilst visiting Orducii fighters on the Itailian border. Similar statements have been made by Holy Assembly members and officials within the Ecclesiastical Security Commission.

Deputy State Presidnet Atticus Flavrescu, said to students at Saint Gabriel University in Voluntari today, "We tried with upmost respect to enter a diplomatic endevour that would end this crisis without bloodshed, our calls and offers have gone unaswered by any CDI nation. It is clear that they want war, they wish to use this crisis as a means to crush and supress the Papal Republic which has become a major Pardesi power and they resent that, they wish to maintain the monoply of power and domination, they wish to maintain the biased and exploitative status quo, but they will be destroyed by the Grace of God."

The Foreign Ministry is expected to repeat its offer for talks again tomorrow.

PRRB's Augustia Ceausescu contributed to this report.



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10 March, 2014| 18.41 PM PCT | înregistrate| By: Nicolae Eliade


After a two day emergency session of the Romulă Cooperation Organisation has witnessed the signing of the much anticipated Treaty for Mutual Defence and Security also known as the Los Reyes Treaty for simplicity. The treaty which was proposed as a military side to the RCO upon its foundation last February has been a major component in the evolution of the RCO from its predecessor the Pardesi Economic Cooperation Agreement. According to the Foreign Minister who signed the treaty on behalf of the Papal Republic; the treaty cements the RCO's cooperation and solidarity in face of regional instability and threats to its security mostly caused by CDI arrogance and intransigence. The Treaty officially states that the Romulă Cooperation Organisation will now operate a mutual defence clause that will come into effect when a member state is in conflict with another state that is also a member of a different defence agreement organisation.

On 5 February 2014, the leaders of Armavira, Azura, Rodarion, Sturmia, Tarsas and Ulthrannia all signed the Treaty of Romulă, which officially founded the RCO as a successor entity from the PECA. From 2011-2014, PECA was a series of agreements between the six nations stated that aimed to improve economic, cultural and social ties between its signed parties. From 2012 onwards, both the Papal Republic, Ulthrannia and Tarsas have pushed for PECA to form into a geopolitical entity, of which resulted in the successful foundation of the RCO, but also those three nations also pushed for the RCO to enjoy a military aspect that would ensure the continued security and sovereignty of the RCO's memberstates. The RCO was formed out of PECA in wake of the ACA crisis, brought on by CDI nations, yet unresolved by CDI nations. They placed the entire region at risk because of their illegal actions and chose not to act to repair the damage they caused, by doing so they abandoned Pardes to a fate they created. In light of this, the PECA nations agreed to step up and take responsibility for the security of Pardes.

Public knowledge of the Los Reyes Treaty has been incredibly scarce, according to RCO officials, the decision to keep the treaty as secret as possible was to avoid the CDI taking offence to a group of nations standing together as one in face of threats. Many in Romulă, Tarsae, Los Reyes and Legnica feared that the RCO's public evolution into a military alliance as well as its current cultural and economic form would cause further tensions at a time where the Papal Republic is victim to CDI militarisation of the crisis over Drakkar. However many in those capitals wish to have seen the evolution of the RCO put openly in the public, as one MP in Romulă said, "we should have watched the life drain away from their sordid eyes."

From what information I gathered at the Summit, the treaty states:

"Any memberstate of the Romulă Cooperation Organisation that is engaged in a conflict with another sovereign state actor, which itself is a member or privy to a mutual defence agreement, is entitled to present the case before the RCO Joint Security Council and request military assistance. Yet the case brought before the RCOJSC must openly support the member state in question's position as the victim of aggression not the perpetrator. Should the RCOJSC rule in favour of the case, all memberstates of the RCO are obliged to offer limited support, be it financial, materiel or military. Diplomatic support is mandatory in line with the RCO's mission to promote solidarity among nations regardless of ideology, faith, race and creed. The RCOJSC will recognise the option for a Combined RCO Military Command or the individual memberstates may conduct whatever measures they see fit."

Speaking to reporters after signing the treaty, Foreign Minister Stanca was overwhelmed with joy and emotion when her signature was shown up on the large televsion screen, beside the seven other signatures. "

"Never before has the Papal Republic committed itself to such a noble cause such as the RCO. Today is the first step towards a new future for Pardes, no longer victim to the exploitation and arrogant suppression at the hands of the CDI. Today, the RCO stands as one family against the woes of Pardes and together as one entity we shall overcome those woes and bring about a new horizon based on peace, harmony, cooperation regardless of ideology" she said.

Fireworks are expected to be put on show tonight in Romulă in celebration of the treaty being signed, RCO flags have been spotted througout the capital and in Los Reyes where the treaty was signed. His Holiness the Pope spoke to the leaders of the RCO and Foreign Minister Stanca, congratulating them for pushing forward one of the greatest events in Pardesi history. Within minutes of the treaty being signed, the Papal Navy announced that the Moreni Naval Base was now open to the naval vessels of Tarsas, Estovakiva, Sturmia, Ulthrannia and Azura, in turn it was announced that a series of air and naval bases in both Ulthrannia and Tarsas are now open to the aircraft and vessels of the RCO.

It is not known what the CDI will make of the RCO's new endeveour towards a more stable and secure Pardes, however many within the RCO doubt it will be positive.


PRRB's Nicolae Eliada contributed to this report.



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