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Towards A More Perfect Disunion (Western Atlantic Only)

Postby Soveriegn States » Tue May 15, 2018 8:01 pm

Jefferson, Confederation of Sovereign States

Sometimes great changes begin with simple questions. In the midst of a debate in the Confederation House of Representative on some matter not long remembered, a junior member of the Liberty Party posed the question: “Well, technically, isn’t the President of our republic, Sean Collins, the subject of a Grand Duke?” A second, like unto it, followed: “And isn’t the Grand Duke technically a tributary of a foreign monarch, namely the Excalbian Emperor?”

Despite no discernable reaction in the moment, by the time the evening news programs aired footage of the question and the following morning’s leading dailies had posed it on their front paged, reactions on all sides began to mount. At first, it was just a quirky, thought-provoking question. When the talking heads and pundits got to thoroughly debating it as the Sunday talk shows rolled around, it was becoming a fierce political conundrum. How could Sean Collins, a man who had supported Saxmerean independence and who was a subject of Grand Duke James Kennan’s Autonomous Grand Duchy of Saxmere serve as President of the Confederation - a nation founded on republicanism?

In a twist of fate, it was the Liberty Party, the party of former President Tom Caine who had fought so fiercely against Saxmerean independence, that first posed the next momentous question: “Should Saxmere separate itself from the Confederation for the good of both?”

Fueling the public debate was the perennial division between the misty-eyed remembrances of leaders past and the what-have-done-for-me-lately critiques of the current leadership. Out of office for two years, Tom Caine was beginning to positively glow with the aura of fond memories. After all, was it not Tom Caine who brought the Confederation to international prominence it have never known before? Was it not Tom Caine who stood down the Excalbian bully, and who forged a partnership with Knootoss, a nation more reflective of the Confederation’s Libertarian values? Was it not Tom Caine who had presided over the best period of economic growth in the nation’s history? By contrast, President Collins was a man seemingly out of his depth, a politician but not a leader. A man struggling to implement an agenda that was being thwarted at every turn by an opposition Congress and that half the country was no longer sure it wanted.

Demographics, too, had played a role. Despite its autonomy, Saxmere’s borders were open to the rest of the Confederation. Those in Saxmere who wanted socially progressive policies on marriage and abortion and more laissez faire economic policies simply moved to other States of the Confederation. Those citizens of other States who yearned for traditional values - especially if they were Catholic - moved to Saxmere. Meanwhile, Saxmere’s biggest ally among its fellow States, Southland, had seen its devout Protestant Christian majority eroded by foreign immigration, the emergence of an increasingly non-religious post-Millennial generation - called the “Generation of Caine” in the media, and by the emigration of Southlanders to Saxmere and the Holy Empire of Excalbia.

And so, seemingly from nowhere amidst a backdrop of prosperity with no sign of conflict on the horizon, the Confederation’s political class - and increasingly its general population - was becoming consumed with one question: Should Saxmere leave the Confederation?

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Postby Saxmere » Tue May 15, 2018 8:07 pm

Prime Minister’s Office, Umbra, Saxmere

Paul Mardan stared vacantly out the window of his office in the direction of St. Brigid’s Cathedral. Around him his political allies sat in anxious silence. Finally, one of them, Education Minister John Flynn, spoke up. “Paul, I know that you… we… all of us were opposed to outright independence, but…”

Mardan turned and looked at his Christian Democratic Party colleagues. He shrugged and rested his elbows on the table. “We set out to save the Confederation from outside manipulations and money-worshipers, and to make plain the dangers beneath Caine’s smooth sales pitch.” He turned to Flynn, one his oldest colleagues. “Do you remember the marches? With the sock puppets? Mocking Caine as the puppet of the Order of the Invisible Hand?”

Flynn nodded, along with a few others in the room. “We do Paul. It helped turned the tide.”

Mardan’s eyes were tired and heavy. “We banked that an autonomous Saxmere could be ballast to Caine and his ilk. That we could counter the Knootians and remind the Confederation of our shared history and values.” He shook his head. “We were wrong.”

“Paul,” Angela Dunne,another Minister and early member of the CDP, said carefully, “I don’t think…”

“We were wrong, Angela,” Mardan said firmly. “We gave the Confederation an alternative and they chose Caine.”

“But Sean Collins is President. He’s not CDP, but the DLP shares many of our values. And he’s a good Catholic. He was elected President of the Confederation,” Dunne said.

“But now the Confederation doesn’t want him, does it?” Mardan stood and turned to face the window. “At every turn Congress obstructs and grasps hold of Caine’s policies as if they were a strong shelter in a storm. And now,” he sighed, “now they openly debate not Saxmere’s secession but its expulsion. And Collins’ expulsion right along with us.”

“No one has suggested expulsion,” Dunne persisted.

“Oh, no,” Mardan said in exaggerated politeness, “they would never do that. But they do say who our political systems and political cultures and social policies are so divergent that both sides would be better served by separation.”

“So,” Flynn spoke with a grim seriousness, “does that mean we change our official stand? After all these years? Has autonomy proven unworkable and full independence is the only solution?” He looked around the room. “Is that what we’re saying?”

“That’s too big a decision for one party alone, John,” Mardan said, returning to his seat. “Or even for the government alone. We need to bring in all the party leaders. Then, I want to talk with Cardinal Thrain and the Grand Duke.” The Prime Minister sighed. “But, yes, I think that’s exactly where we’re headed.”

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Postby Soveriegn States » Thu May 17, 2018 12:06 pm

The Sunday Topic With Will Davies Confederated Broadcasting Service

“We’re back with former President Tom Caine,” the host, Will Davies, said smiling into the camera. As the camera panned out, Davies, dressed in a conservative blue suit and seated on high stool behind an oval table, turned to the man beside him.

Tom Caine, though nearing 60, still retained his rugged good looks and charming smile. He sat comfortably on a stool, legs crossed, one arm resting the table the other bent with his hand resting on his hip. “Will, it’s good to be back with you and your viewers.”

“Thank you, Mr. President.” Davies leaned forward slightly. “To move on to another topic. Saxmere. Keeping it in the Confederation was one of the major achievements of your administration. Now, your own party is pushing the idea of an ‘amicable divorce’ between the Confederation and Saxmere. Do you think this is a wise approach?”

“Well, Will,” Caine said smiling, “only time can show whether or not it’s wise. I can say only that circumstances have changed considerably in the last decade. The factors that made it essential to accommodate Saxmere’s desires for autonomy within the structure of the Confederation no longer exist to the extent they did back then. Whether that makes the time right for Saxmere to achieve full independence or not, I would say, depends on the people of Saxmere, not Congress or my party or any other party.”

“What circumstances are those exactly?” Davies asked pressing forward slightly.

“First,” Caine said with a shrug, “it always seemed to me that legitimate differences of political culture - Saxmere’s long history as a Grand Duchy - and social culture became unfortunately conflated with the hyperventilating opposition to my policies that were in vogue among social conservatives at the time.” Caine laughed slightly. “They were seeing Knootian boogeymen and ‘Invisible Hand Cultists’ under ever bed and behind every lamppost. Under such conditions, it seemed to me that secession would have constituted an emotional, spur-of-the-moment decision, and one that all sides might come to regret.”

“Also,” Caine continued, gesturing with one hand, “the international situation is very different. At the time, Excalbia was fiercely opposed to the expansion of Knootian influence and to our economic partnership with the Knootians. I don’t need to remind you or your viewers of the saber rattling coming from the Citadel back then. Nor should I have to remind you how Pantocratoria was revealed to be one of the foreign supporters of the move to revive the Grand Duchy. Under such circumstances, an independent Saxmere was almost guaranteed to become a base for Excalbian and Pantocratorian military efforts to counter Knootian influence. We would, of course, had to have responded to such a development and the end result would have been the militarization of the borders and a state of perpetual war anxiety.”

Caine shook his head. “The somewhat ungainly and inelegant solution of the Courtland Treaty avoided that scenario, allowing the Confederation to continue to live in peace with a relatively small military - becoming of our peaceful democratic and liberty-loving republic - while Saxmere was left free to reclaim its ancient heritage. A win all around.”

“And today?” Davies asked.

“Today, Knootoss and Excalbia have made their peace. Our neighbors seem, one hopes permanently, to have lost their appetite for intervening in the affairs of others. The Knootians, for their part, seem to content to peacefully ply their trade and continue as world powerhouse economy. Pantocratoria, unfortunately, seems to be consumed with the question of whether or not it wants to be a fascist state. In every case, however, the Confederation is, happily, no longer the center of their competition.”

“And that opens the door to Saxmerean independence?”

“If Saxmere wants it, yes, I believe it does.”

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Postby Soveriegn States » Sat Jun 02, 2018 8:53 pm

Presidential Mansion, Jefferson

“This in unknown territory, Mr. President,” Brendan Cananach said as he ran his hands through his thinning red hair.

President Sean Collins turned away from his chief of staff and steepled his fingers in front of his chest. “I know that Brendan,” he said with sigh. “But can they force me out of office if Saxmere secedes?”

Cananach looked across the President’s desk to the Attorney General, who sat on the opposite side. “Bridgette?”

Bridgette Toole shrugged. “I wish I could give you a definitive answer. It is clear that every representative and delegate from Saxmere will lose their seats - since Saxmere will no longer be part of the Confederation. But since we recognize dual nationality, it is not clear whether or not Saxmeran officers of the Confederation, including military officers, diplomats and consuls, judges, cabinet members, and the President would be required to resign.”

“So,” Cananach began, “how would be sort it out?”

“Well, Brendan,” Toole replied, “a lot will depend on what Saxmere decides to do about dual nationality.”

“Politically,” President Collins interjected, “there’ll be enormous pressure for Saxmereans to resign Confederate offices.”

“If there is no legal requirement, Mr. President,” Toole began.

“A colonel in the army, a consul in Hartstad, a circuit court judge in Cesis,” Collins said, “they might be able to get away with legal technicalities, but neither the people nor the Congress will tolerate that from their President. Or the Attorney General.”

Tooled nodded. “I can see your point.”

Cananach leaned forward towards the President. “So, what will you do, Mr. President?”

Collins turned back to face his chief of staff. “I will not become the first Confederation President to resign. Nor the first to pledge allegiance to a foreign power.” He shook his head. “I was for secession when it first came up. But when I became President, I pledged to be the President of the whole Confederation. I will fight to keep Saxmere in the Confederation. But if it leaves, I stay.” He looked down and dropped his voice. “No one knows yet, but Morgan and I have bought a home in Southland. If Saxmere secedes, we plan to sell our home in Umbra and make Southland our legal residence.”

Cananach nodded. “And I will stick with you, Sean.”

The President nodded. “Thank you, Brendan.” He turned to his Attorney General. “Bridgette?”

“I don’t want to choose, Sean. I love Saxmere and I love the Confederation. But, if I have to choose, I will resign and choose to be Saxmerean.”

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Postby Soveriegn States » Tue Jun 26, 2018 10:26 am

Department of Foreign Affairs
Confederation of Sovereign States
Jefferson, Sovereign State of New Virginia, C.S.S.


Your Excellencies,

Consistent with the consultative provisions of the Treaty of Courtland, I am writing to inform you as signatories of said agreement that a referendum regarding the secession of the Autonomous Grand Duchy of Saxmere shall appear on the ballot in the Congressional and local elections scheduled to be held later this year.

By an Act of the Congress of the Sovereign States, this referendum will determine whether or not articles of secession will be introduced in the next Congress. If such articles are introduced and approved by the Congress and signed by the President, then ratified by the Parliament of Saxmere and signed by the Grand Duke, the union between the Grand Duchy of Saxmere and the remaining Sovereign States will be dissolved.

Please allow me to avail myself of this opportunity to assure you of my highest consideration.

Sincerest regards,
Baker Thornton
Secretary of Foreign Affairs


To:
The Foreign Minister of the Dutch Democratic Republic of Knootoss,
The Foreign Minister of the Caldan Union of the Resurgent Dream,
The Foreign Minister of the Holy and Most August Empire of Pantocratoria,
The Foreign Minister of the Dominion of Upper Virginia,
The Minister of State of the Holy Empire of Excalbia.


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Postby Soveriegn States » Wed Oct 03, 2018 5:41 pm

Presidential Mansion, Jefferson

“Damn,” President Sean Collins muttered as he flung the letter across his desk.

“It wasn’t a surprise,” Chief of Staff Brendan Cananach said with a sigh as he crossed his legs and leaned and arm on the President’s desk.

“I was hoping she’d change her mind.” Collins stood and looked out the window into the Mansion’s gardens. “So, I’ve lost the House, lost my home and now I’ve lost my Attorney General.” He turned and leveled his gaze at Cananach. “Who else?”

The Chief of Staff pulled a piece of paper from his front pocket. “Kavanagh.”

“My Secretary of Commerce…”

Cananach nodded. “And a few generals. Two appellate judges. A handful of district judges. Five ambassadors. All opting to claim Saxmerean citizenship and seek positions in the Saxmerean government.”

The President frowned.

“It could be worse, Mr. President. Chief Justice O’Bannon is remaining on the court. Admiral Allanach is remaining as Chief of Naval Operations…”

Collins shrugged. “So, what’s next?”

“We need to send formal notice to the Courtland parties,” Cananach said, reaching for a folder on the President’s desk. He opened it and removed a document handing it to the President. “Secretary Thornton has drafted a joint notice with Saxmere’s Provisional Foreign Minister.”

Collins took the document and began to read. “Provisional Foreign Minister?” Cananach shrugged. “This is ok,” Collins said, passing the paper back to his Chief of Staff.

“We also need to get you on TV to address the nation,” Cananach said as he took the paper.

“OK. Prime time tonight?” Cananach nodded and the President continued. “Let’s also get it out on background that Morgan and I have changed our legal residence to Southland and that I’m selling our home in Saxmere. We need to reassure the country that its president won’t be calling a foreign country home.”

The Chief of Staff nodded.

Department of Foreign Affairs
Confederation of Sovereign States
Jefferson, Sovereign State of New Virginia, C.S.S.

Ministry of Foreign Commerce and Consular Affairs
Grand Duchy of Saxmere
Umbra, Saxmere


Your Excellencies,

Consistent with the consultative provisions of the Treaty of Courtland, we are writing to inform you as signatories of said agreement that as of November 1 of this year, the Autonomous Grand Duchy of Saxmere shall officially secede from the Confederation of Sovereign States, dissolving the union between the Grand Duchy of Saxmere and the remaining Sovereign States. On November 1, the Grand Duchy of Saxmere will become a fully independent, sovereign nation. As a successor state of the Confederation of Sovereign States, the new independent Grand Duchy will be bound by all the international treaties and conventions to which the Confederation is currently a party. Until such time as the Grand Duchy can establish its own embassies and consulates, the diplomatic and consular posts of the Confederation will serve as the protecting power for the Grand Duchy and its citizens.

Please allow us to avail ourselves of this opportunity to assure you of our highest consideration.

Sincerest regards,
Baker Thornton
Secretary of Foreign Affairs

Sean Peller
Minister of Foreign Commerce and Consular Affairs and
Provisional Minister of Foreign Affairs

To:
The Foreign Minister of the Dutch Democratic Republic of Knootoss,
The Foreign Minister of the Caldan Union of the Resurgent Dream,
The Foreign Minister of the Holy and Most August Empire of Pantocratoria,
The Foreign Minister of the Dominion of Upper Virginia,
The Minister of State of the Holy Empire of Excalbia.

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Postby Saxmere » Mon Oct 08, 2018 11:04 am

Umbra, Grand Duchy of Saxmere

Grand Duke James, Baron of Cambera, sat in front of the lighted mirror smiling as a young woman from the local television station checked his make-up. She had applied just enough to maintain his color on television without looking made up. Her task had been made a bit more difficult by the fact the Grand Duke would be addressing the nation from the balcony of the Grand Palace, appearing in person for the crowds in St. Brigid’s Square while simultaneously being broadcast on television.

“You seem very well pleased, Sir,” Sir Alec Nugent, his longtime Chamberlain, now stooped with age, said pleasantly.

“I am,” the Grand Duke said buoyantly. “Today is the realisation of my grandfather’s dream. Of you dream, Sir Alec."

Sir Alec had been an advisor to the Grand Duke’s grandfather for many years before Baron Albert had died, passing his claim to the then-vacant grand dual throne to his grandson James. The older man rubbed a tear from his eye. “True, Sir. And I confess that after independence was defeated in the first referendum I thought I would never live to see full independence.”

“Yet,” James said as the young woman finished and he rose from his seat, “here it is!”

“Indeed.” Sir Alec nodded approvingly at the Grand Duke, dressed in his white uniform with gold braid. “Cardinal Thrain and Prime Minister Mardan are here and waiting in the study.”

“The powers temporal and spiritual,” James laughed as he patted the Chamberlain on the shoulder. “Let’s be about it, old friend.”

The Grand Duke led the way out of the small office and into the study. The Prime Minister, a middle-aged man of average height, a slight paunch and balding head, and the Cardinal, tall and thin, rose and bowed at the waist. Beyond the two men stood the open doors of the balcony and television lights and a camera were already waiting on the balcony.

“Good day, Your Eminence. Prime Minister.” The Grand Duke walked across the room and bowed to kiss the Cardinal’s ring, then rose and shook the Prime Minister’s hand.

A woman with a headset near the door to balcony raised her hand. “We’re ready, Your Highness.”

The Grand Duke nodded and turned to the other three men with him. “Shall we?” With their nods of assent, he lead them out onto the balcony to the cheers of the crowd below.

Standing on the balcony between the Prime Minister and Cardinal Thrain, with Sir Alec behind him, Grand Duke James smiled broadly and raised his arms to quiet the crowds.

“My fellow Saxmereans,” he began, “today we begin the next chapter in our history by once again taking our place among the ranks of the world’s independent, sovereign nations!” The crowd roared and the Grand Duke soaked in their joy.


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