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Catholics Arrested in the Empire (MT/IC/OPEN)

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Catholics Arrested in the Empire (MT/IC/OPEN)

Postby Shazbotdom » Fri Mar 14, 2014 1:12 pm

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SECRET IC:
SCENE: Cathedral of Notre Dame, Shaz City

Within the halls of Notre Dame Cathedral, Priests were going about their business as usual. Giving confirmation to citizens who requested it. Baptizing children in the main hall. Communion was happening within another portion of the building. They had no idea what would happen in the next twenty minutes within their holy place, but they were coming. The SWAT teams of the Imperial Police were on their way, closing the gap block by block within their armored SUV's. Checking their weapons, they loaded magazines with rubber bullets and small scale tranquilizer darts into their modified XR-08's, waiting for the right moment.

Fifteen minutes later the SUV's broke their formation as they were driving down the street and split up, heading in four direction as they made their final approach to the Cathedral. Standard police were waiting in a 1 block radius around the cathedral and closed off all street and alleys in the area to ensure that no escaping priests or nuns would attempt to get out of the area, a lock down of the neighborhood was in effect.

Four minutes later the SUV's came to a sudden halt outside of the walls of the Cathedral compound. It was here that the SWAT Teams disembarked their vehicles and began to run for the doors on each side of the building, crouching low to avoid being seen by anyone who passed close to the windows. Within seconds they were at the doors, stacked two on either side with each squad leader, or "david" as per regulations stated their designation, was with two of the team members along the side with the door handle.

"10 David this is 70 David, has the final countdown commenced?" One of them queried.

"This is 10 David to all teams, T Minus 10 seconds to breach," he replied. "Watches synchronized remotely."

The team leaders then kept an eye on their watches, waiting for it to hit zero. Five. Four. Three. Two. One. Zero.

Within seconds, 8 outside doors were hit with battering rams simultaneously as SWAT Personnel stormed into the building. People within the outer rooms were stunned of this event happening at their place of worship. Many of them stayed still but some ran into the interior sections of the building to warn others of what was going on. SWAT Teams opened fire with the rubber bullets on those fleeing, knocking many of them to the ground from the impact of the bullets.

"Hands in the air!" Some of the SWAT Personnel yelled at people who remained motionless. "DO IT!" Everyone who remained motionless at first listened to the orders and put their hands on their heads. As the SWAT Team members approached them, they could be heard crying and muttering things about why was this happening to them. As the teams left the outer rooms regular Imperial Police entered and brought those cuffed outside so that they could be sorted through and processed.

It wasn't until the SWAT Teams reached the main chamber of the Cathedral that they encountered resistance. Some of the people who got out of the rooms quick enough to not get tagged with rubber bullets were making a stand here. As the teams breached the main doors to the chamber gunfire erupted from inside the room. The members of the church somehow had small arms hidden so that they could ward off attacks from outside forces. The Imperial Authority on Gun Ownership authorized this as a way so that if foreign powers invaded the Empire, civilians and church members could help defend themselves in case they were found to be targets of the invaders. They had no clue that this would be used against the police in this manner.

"10 David this is 40 David, 60 David has encountered armed resistance on the lower floor, we are moving to the upper balcony for a better vantage point, over," the team leader stated into his headset as his men ascended the stairs.

"Roger 40 David, use of non lethal force is suggested, but if it is deemed necessary, legal force is authorized," was the reply he received.

As they exited the doors on the upper balcony, they could see that the gunmen had taken up a position behind the altar and had flipped it so that they could use it as a shield. Peeking up every few minutes to take shots at the SWAT Teams on the ground level, they were vulnerable to attacks from the balcony. The SWAT Team in the balcony level dropped into a prone position and began a slow crawl across the floor of the balcony until they reached a vantage point they liked.

"This is the SWAT Teams of the Imperial Police, put your weapons down and give yourselves up!" 40 David yelled from the upper balcony to the gunmen below. He noticed that the gunmen were not priests but were protecting priests who were held up in a room with one exit just behind them to the right.

"Fuck off, pigs!" yelled one of the gunmen and he pointed his gun up at the balcony and took several shots at the SWAT Teams up there. Bullets bounced off the pew's and one member of the SWAT team was struck in the leg.

"Argh!" he yelled as he rolled towards cover. The bullet looked to go clean through, missing any vital arteries. The Team Members then decided it was the time to switch out their clips for the live ammunition. When they did that they re-set their chambers, ejecting the rubber bullets and setting the live ammunition.

"Take the shot!" yelled 40 David to one of the other SWAT team members. Pop, pop, pop. Three shots were fired down on the gunmen, striking the alter. Pop, pop. Two more shots were fired, this time striking two of the three gunmen in their shoulders, making them spin as they fell to the ground. The third got enraged and began to blind fire at the team up in the balcony. When he popped his head up to see if he hit anything the team leveled their shot. POP. Within a fraction of a second the bullet found it's target and the man dropped back, dead within an instant.

The SWAT Teams on the ground floor used this opportunity to storm into the main chamber and went slowly pew by pew until they were sure that there were no other surprises left in store for them. Approaching the room that the priests were hiding in, the lead SWAT Team stacked the door and slammed the battering ram into it, threw in a Flash Bang and then stormed into the room after it went off. After all was said and done, nearly 14 Priests, 27 Nuns, 8 Monks and 45 Civilians were arrested. Two of the gunmen were taken to an area hospital to be treated for their wounds and the last one was pronounced dead on the scene with a gunshot between the eyes.

After the incident happened the news was all over the story. According to them this wasn't the only location that was raided...


GLOBAL IC:
SCENE: Newsroom, Shazbotdom News Network

"Preliminary reports are that the SWAT Teams of the Imperial Police raided more than 14 Catholic Churches and Cathedrals throughout the Empire and her Colonies," the news anchor stated. "The Supreme Emperor called for a News Conference only 30 minutes before the incidents took place and reporters were waiting in the Main Audience Chamber of the Imperial Palace as these operations were taking place. We now take you live to Jana Takanawa, live at the Imperial Palace."


SCENE: Press Conference Room, Imperial Palace, Shaz City, Shazbotdom
"Thank you for that, Tim," the reporter started. "It is a grim scene here at the Imperial Palace as many in the News Corps are shocked to hear of these operations against one of the largest churches in the Empire. We are still waiting for the Supreme Emperor to start the News Conference and I am sure that there are many questions that are to be answered here today." She then turns her head as a gentleman walks in through a door on the stage. "Here is someone of whom I hope will give us some answers."

"Thank you, ladies and gentlemen of the Press Corps., for joining us here today," he begins. "The Supreme Emperor is on his way down here right now to give you information on the raids that happened today throughout the Empire. He will have time for roughly 15 questions. After that he will take more if time allows but most likely will then take his leave. I ask that you keep calm during the press conference and only ask questions if, and only if, he points to you." He then steps back from the podium for a minute and puts his hand to his ear. After a minute he walks up to the podium again. "Ladies and Gentlemen, the Supreme Emperor of Shazbotdom, Mr. Larry Williams."

The Imperial Anthem then begins to play as the Supreme Emperor walks out from a door on the far end of the room, taking slow steady paces towards the podium as the anthem plays out over speakers within the room. The Seal of the Empire is lowered on the back wall behind the podium and finishes it's descent moments before Larry gets to the podium. He stands there for 10 seconds as the Anthem finishes up.

"Ladies and Gentlemen of the Press Corps and the world, it is with great sadness that the information was leaked to you recently about a spat of raids upon Houses of Worship within the Empire. Within the last hour roughly two dozen churches of the Catholic Church were raided across the Shazbotdom Empire and her Colonies. I called this press conference previous to the raids happening so that the reasoning for these raids could be given right away to the people." He clears his throat before continuing on, "Roughly a year ago it was brought to the attention of the Imperial Bureau of Investigation that acts were being done within the Catholic Church that were against the laws of the Empire, mainly those on exploitation of minors."

"Through investigations done by the IBI, it was determined that the Church was covering up sexual acts between members of the priesthood and minors to ensure that there would be no legal ramifications brought upon them. Using bribes upon the family members of the abused in exchange for their silence. Upon further investigation it was found that these bribes were from unsanctioned monies that the church was collecting that was gone unreported to the Imperial Bureau of Revenue and Taxation, making the total monies that they owed taxes on more than five times what they reported over at least the past decade," a table shows up on a screen in the corner.

"When they were confronted by these numbers, they proceeded to attempt to bribe a IBRT official to make the whole situation 'go away', as was given in the official video logs of the IBRT," he stated bluntly. "These members of the Church that were involved in the cover up of not only the abuse but also the bribery were located at the churches that were raided today. Right now members of the elite Imperial Police SWAT Teams are sorting through those that were arrested to see if any of them are identified as members of this rather large conspiracy." He looked out over the crowd, "I know that there will be many questions on this incident, but I will only have time to answer a select few. If there are any questions, please raise your hand."
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Postby Socialist Republic of India » Sat Mar 15, 2014 9:27 pm

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To: Supreme Emperor Larry Williams of Shazbotdom
From: President Jahanara Kant of the Socialist Republic of India
Subject: The Crackdown on Catholicism
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Dear Supreme Emperor of Larry Williams I am here to commend the brave action you have taken against the perverts who have the audacity to call their "religion" a religion. We had religious institutions back in India in the 1930s but we got rid of them when the people discovered it was a bunch of harmful and not beneficial lies, we suggest that you and your government take the next step in taking care of you nation and the people, the eradication of religion. The closing down of all religious institutions, the banning of religious services and promotion coupled with the extermination of the religious leaders and enforcement of atheism through propaganda in the education system, the media and elsewhere.

Just to be clear I and the government of the Socialist Republic of India agree with and applaud the Supreme Emperor and the nation of Shazbotdom in it's freeing of the children from molestation and encourage the government to take it's religious policies to the next stage in the evolution of civilization.

- President Jahanara Kant of the Socialist Republic of India


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Concern to the actions of the imperial government of Shazbotdom,


We would like to express our worries and concerns about the crisis that has resulted by the actions of your nation's government. We hope that the imperial government engage in restraint to whatever hatred it stems towards certain minorities or groups, consider firsthand pursuing dialogue instead of force and that overseas workers and other foreign travelers are not at risk. We also would like to say that The Republic of Levante Oriental should also consider minority rights.

We also would like to encourage that all parties must remember the universal declaration of human rights because bad actions has sanctions.

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Postby Whiteshore » Sun Mar 16, 2014 3:11 am

Prime Minister Alexander Tang,the leader of the Whiteshorian Imperial Federation was disgusted by this violation of religious freedom and gave a message to the Empire's leaders condemning it.
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Postby Shazbotdom » Sun Mar 16, 2014 3:48 am

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FROM THE OFFICE OF THE MINISTER OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS
MR KENNITH G. TERRANCE

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We appreciate your worry in the matter at hand but we will only do what is necessary to protect the people of the Empire from those who wish to harm them not only in the manner that these members of the Church have, but also those who wish to rob the people of the Services that their Government funds through taxes. The Death Penalty will not be issues in any of these cases, and the low level criminals from this raid will be sent to The Refugee Sanctuary.
The only ones who will be dealt with within our own Prison System will be the higher level criminals, those who actually did the deeds and started to hide the evidence from the Populace of the Empire. They will be the ones who will rot in the prisons of the Empire for however long the Judge in the case deems necessary. The only way that any Foreign Nationals would be arrested and tried with any crime is if they assisted in breaking the rules of the Empire. If they didn't do that, then they have nothing to worry about.






Whiteshore wrote:Prime Minister Alexander Tang,the leader of the Whiteshorian Imperial Federation was disgusted by this violation of religious freedom and gave a message to the Empire's leaders condemning it.


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FROM THE OFFICE OF THE MINISTER OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS
MR. KENNITH G. TERRANCE

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How is this a violation of Religious Freedom? Did you even listen to the Supreme Emperor's Press Conference on the matter and why these raids happened, or are you unable to hear anything descent because you haven't cleaned out your ears in months?
I suggest that you hold your tongue, young one, the adults are talking. And I doubt that you would want to upset the people of the Empire when it is their will that made these raids happened with their disgust in the Catholic Church's belligerent sidestepping of the law of the Shazbotdom Empire in regards to the protection of our youth and our Tax laws. I would personally have the Supreme Emperor order an attack on your nation if I didn't think it was a waste of our resources due to your lack of a military.
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Postby Shazbotdom » Sun Mar 16, 2014 4:52 pm

OFFICIAL IMPERIAL PRESS RELEASE
DATED THIS 16TH OF MARCH, 2019

The court cases against the Arrested Catholics will begin in two weeks. Charges have been brought against all but 8 of those arrested. We will post an application for those interested in being Defense Attorney's for the charged within five days time. A full list of defendants that will be going to trial will be released in two days time.
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Postby Delusija » Sun Mar 16, 2014 5:23 pm

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From: Anton Shrapnelin, Minister of Defence and Foreign Affairs
To: Kennith G. Terrance

Dear Sir,
it has come to our Government's attention that you have ordered a large scale Police operation, the purpose fo which was to find and arrest members of the Clergy, with the accusation of bribery and abetment of paedophilia.
As you may know, the Catholic church is spread all over the world; sometimes it behaves peacefully, sometimes it clashes with the local, legitimate autority.
First of all, I would like to commend the readiness, swiftness and efficiency of your Police Force, which effectively apprehended those suspects, so that they may have a fair trial.
Secondly, I would like to commend you, as a nationa, since it takes some courage to stand up in front of an institution that has claimed power for centuries, power based on fear, secrecy and nothingness.
Lastly, since there are Catholic communities in Delusija, and the internationalists nature of that church is second only to socialism, I suspect there could have been similar episodes of bribery, tax frauds, and complicity in my own country. I would like to send a team of Police Officers to your country, to examine the documents and verify if this network of crime has spread all over the world. If you agree, I will send their credentials and any detail you require.
Meanwhile, thank you for your time.
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Postby Darwinish Brentsylvania » Sun Mar 16, 2014 5:48 pm

Brentsylvania is willing to give money and weapons to the Pro-Catholics in the war. Although we don't want our forces there. Too many wars already.

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Postby Shazbotdom » Sun Mar 16, 2014 5:59 pm

Darwinish Brentsylvania wrote:Brentsylvania is willing to give money and weapons to the Pro-Catholics in the war. Although we don't want our forces there. Too many wars already.


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Fool, this is not a war. This is a Police Action within my OWN nation to apprehend suspected criminals who ahve broken Imperial Tax Law as well as Imperial Law in regards to the treatment of minors. if you attempt to bring money or weapons into the Empire to support terrorist groups, it will be considered an act of War against the Empire and we will retaliate with the full capabilities of the Shazbotdom Military.
If you actually listened to the Supreme Emperor's speech on the matter then you wouldn't have acted so ignorant on the matter. You are lucky that the Supreme Emperor didn't see this or he woudl have ordered several Ballistic Missiles shot at your nation, turning your capital into plate glass. You just dodged a bullet on this matter as I am the one screening any messages between Foreign Entities and the Empire for this matter.
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Postby New Mumford » Sun Mar 16, 2014 6:00 pm

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To: The Supreme Emperor
From: President William Katz, President of The Democratic States of New Mumford
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RE: Catholics Arrested in the Empire

Greetings. It has come to my attention that the Catholics of your nation have been arrested from what seems to be unjustly. I would like you to know that I and the nation condemn your actions strongly and advise against them. Recognizing that your military is superior to ours I will be willing to have a meeting with you in order to reach a common ground and let human rights reign in the Empire of Shazbotdom. This is an urgent matter and I wish a speedy response.

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To: The Supreme Emperor
From: President William Katz, President of The Democratic States of New Mumford
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RE: Catholics Arrested in the Empire

Greetings. It has come to my attention that the Catholics of your nation have been arrested from what seems to be unjustly. I would like you to know that I and the nation condemn your actions strongly and advise against them. Recognizing that your military is superior to ours I will be willing to have a meeting with you in order to reach a common ground and let human rights reign in the Empire of Shazbotdom. This is an urgent matter and I wish a speedy response.

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Brentsylvania strongly agrees with Mr. Katz on this subject. It was unjust. Release them, or at least let them move to Brentsylvania, where they won't be kept as prisoners.

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Postby Kahanistan » Sun Mar 16, 2014 6:09 pm

From the Office of Foreign Minister Jacob Lucas

The Government of Kahanistan condemns this blatant repression of religious freedom. Accusations of paedophilia and treason have been used even in our own nation to stir up anti-Catholic hatred to the point that we have a political movement openly calling for their deportation to Catholic countries. We urge the Supreme Emperor not to allow such hatred to build in the Empire and call for the release of any and all prisoners of conscience.

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Postby Shazbotdom » Sun Mar 16, 2014 6:29 pm

Delusija wrote:*Snip*


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FROM THE OFFICE OF THE MINISTER OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS
MR. KENNITH G. TERRANCE

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You may send some representitives to the Empire to look over our evidence on the case. I will allow a total of 15 unarmed individuals, you will fly into Shaz City International Airport and will be picked up via Government Van Transport.



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Please tell me what were the Human Rights violations? I would love to know how you twisted around what happened into there being Human Rights Violations before I pass along your request to the Supreme Emperor. Because honestly what happened was well within not only International law (which we wouldn't follow anyways as we are not within the World Assembly) but also the Laws of the Shazbotdom Empire.
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Postby Shazbotdom » Sun Mar 16, 2014 6:36 pm

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Aprently there are too many stupid National Leaders in the world who fail to understand that evidence piled up over a period of 2 1/2 years through intensive investigations by more than 15 Police Agencies. Now while the Government is officially Secular, more than 2/3rds of both Houses of the Shazbotdom Parliament are Roman Catholic. This is NOT an Anti-Catholic stance by the Imperial Government, this is an Anti-Lawbreaking stance. The fact that so many uneducated National Leaders have attempted to smear the name of the Empire proves how unworthy those leaders are to run their own Governments.
If thoes National Leaders wish to have copies of all information relivant to the case at hand, or wish to watch the Court Proceedings as they happen, we will gladly allow small delegations from each nation into the Empire (15 people or less) to watch the Court Proceedings as well as look at the information gathered by not only the Imperial Police, but by local law enforcement agencies across the Empire and her Colonies. If it is found that ANY monetary help or Military weapons go to these groups that are being tried for their crimes, it will be considered an Act of War against the Empire.
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Postby Shazbotdom » Sun Mar 16, 2014 7:49 pm

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FROM THE OFFICE OF THE MINISTER OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS
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While we would love to eradicate all religion within the Empire according to Imperial Law, which was passed not only in the early stages of our Empire when Mr. Shaz Bot was the head of state but also reiterated with the passing of Parliamentary Bill #15-2538, The Freedom of/from Religion Act. It is something that is a staple within the Laws of the Empire and it would meet ultra resistance if it is attempted to be repealed.
But that does not mean we will continue to combat Religious groups within the Empire who decide to break the laws of the Empire. This operation was just a warning to those, who are willing to break the laws, that it will NOT be tolerated within the Shazbotdom Empire.
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Postby Socialist Republic of India » Sun Mar 16, 2014 9:07 pm

Shazbotdom wrote:-snip-


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To: Supreme Emperor Larry Williams of Shazbotdom
From: President Jahanara Kant of the Socialist Republic of India
Subject: Your Reply to our Recommendations
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Dear Supreme Emperor of Larry Williams I think it is best you do not heed our advice, India had just gone through a bloody revolution with which the major religions had sided with the reactionaries and the people were calling for the blood of the priests and monks not to mention the discrimination and backwardness it had caused which our people saw with horror and decided not to put up with it any longer. In Shazbotdom I am afraid that religion is just too popular and powerful to destroy without seriously damaging the stability of your nation and causing international outrage on a scale probably large than we were lucky to experience.

We wish to send a news team into your lovely nation to report on this matter, we promise they will all be unarmed civilians from the Indian News Agency (INA) who will report to our citizens on this important legal case and nothing else. I, the Premier Sikander Aadekar, the entire government and the people of India support your government's actions and we shall defend your government against those who defame and slander your policies.

- President Jahanara Kant of the Socialist Republic of India


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Shazbotdom
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Postby Shazbotdom » Sun Mar 16, 2014 10:12 pm

Socialist Republic of India wrote:*snip*



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FROM THE OFFICE OF THE MINISTER OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS
MR. KENNITH G. TERRANCE

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We would be willing to allow you to send some News Reports to cover the story. They should have all information sent to the Office of Foreign Reporters, part of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Information should be received by the office 5 days prior to the arrival of the Reports as to expedite the request.
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New Othman
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Postby New Othman » Sun Mar 16, 2014 11:26 pm

Mr. Kenneth Terrance, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Empire of Shazbotdom,

First, I would like to know what the evidence against these clergy is, and have they been accorded their day in court?

Second, I would like to observe that in the past, your government has enacted excessive economic sanctions against the prior regime of President Fazil Kotuk on the basis of nothing but the personal whims and dislikes of your Supreme Emperor. Is there any reason to suppose that this is not some other act of despotic capriciousness as well? For all of your vaunted constitutional monarchy, your Supreme Emperor is clearly seen to make decisions with the power to affect and harm the lives of millions based solely on his own personal crotchets. I fear that this is just another case of this kind of personal caprice.

Third, and finally, I would like to note that the implementation of taxes against the religious establishments themselves is a practice of dubious morality and likely to be a waste of resources that could be better used toward the benevolence and philanthropy for which most organized religions, whatever their flaws, are widely respected.

Perhaps, then, it is a blessing to us from God that He has seen fit to rid us of the intrigues and arbitrary demands of a monarchical system. We have ourselves at last embraced the idea of parliamentary democracy, after a long period of Fascist, one-party rule, and are in transition toward a constitutional republic. This seems to be the best path to safeguarding the sovereignty of the People against tyranny of all conceivable systems of government.

We say this not to provoke or antagonize, though, of course, there is still no love lost between the Othmani people and those of Shazbotdom, but rather to assert the clear principles of religious liberty and the necessity of due process of law, as you seem to be going into the opposite direction from us, away from personal and political freedom and toward more authoritarian rule.

Sincerely,
Akdogan Basar, Minister of Foreign Affairs for the Provisional Government of the Republic of New Othman
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Sau Beiu
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Postby Sau Beiu » Mon Mar 17, 2014 12:49 am

TO: Minister Kenneth G. Terrance
FROM: Minister Pavel R. Orlov

Dear Mr.Terrance, by order of the Party, Defense Minister Anton Metropov, and Chairman Comrade Sokolov, I have been instructed to give to you a notice of support, the SBMS, the SBNS and the SBAS will all have detachments ready to strive military support, and the Santzemcov will offer support in tracking down the catholic blight. Sau Beiu also opens up her Labour camps and other prisons for use.

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-Minister of Foreign affairs, Pavel Orlov.
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Allies States of America
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Postby Allies States of America » Mon Mar 17, 2014 6:22 am

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The Federal Republic of Allies States of America 's Telegram
OFFICIALLY FROM THE ASA DEPARTMENT OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS


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Code: Low


Concern to the actions of the imperial government of Shazbotdom,

We would like to express our worries about the crisis that has resulted by the actions of your nation's government. We hope that the government engage in restraint to whatever hatred towards certain minorities or groups, consider pursuing diplomatic instead of military actions and that foreign workers and other oversea travelers are not at risk.
We also would like to say that parties the of the government must remember the human rights policy if not followed it causes bad actions towards your nation which means sanctions.

That all.
Tim Eric department of foreign affairs

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Postby Shazbotdom » Mon Mar 17, 2014 4:35 pm

New Othman wrote:*SNIP*


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FROM THE OFFICE OF THE MINISTER OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS
MR. KENNITH G. TERRANCE

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We will dispatch a copy of the evidence to you as soon as we can, included are transcripts from phone tapping that took place between the defendants and those parents of the children who were abused as well as bank records for all the accused. As stated previously, it was determined by the arresting officers before the raids took place that they would be tried in the Imperial Courts as quickly as they could be.
The start of the court cases has yet to be determined, but we are giving them the opportunity to look at the evidence against themselves and decide if they even want to go to court or not, although we suspect that many of them will decide to go to court.
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Postby Shazbotdom » Mon Mar 17, 2014 5:06 pm

Sau Beiu wrote:*SNIP*



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FROM THE OFFICE OF THE MINISTER OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS
MR. KENNITH G. TERRANCE

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While we are glad that you are willing to assist us militarilly with this, we do not need your help. We also have more than enough room in our prisons to hold those arrested and those who are found guilty on lesser charges will be given the option to go to a prison facility either in the Empire, or to be sent to The Refugee Sanctuary.



Allies States of America wrote:*SNIP*


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FROM THE OFFICE OF THE MINISTER OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS
MR. KENNITH G. TERRANCE

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Thank you for worrying about the actions that have transpired within our nation, in no manner is there any hate towards any minority or religious groups within the Empire by not only the Supreme Emperor or anyone within our Government. There is disdain, though, for groups that break the laws of the empire, regardless if they are part of a minority or religious group or not. We pride our prisons on not having anything that would breach Human Rights Policy, but as a Nation that is not part of the World Assembly, we do not have to abide by their laws and regulations.
Also, as we have not had relations with your nation in the past, the threat of Economic Sanctions against us seems a bit of a stretch. What problems would it cause the Empire if you were to grant Economic Sanctions against us if we never traded with your nation previously?
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New Mumford
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Postby New Mumford » Mon Mar 17, 2014 7:16 pm

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Official Message from the President of New Mumford


To: Mr.Terrace
From: President William Katz, President of The Democratic States of New Mumford
Encryption: HIGH
RE: Catholics Arrested in the Empire

You sound very ignorant and uninformed about human rights violations. Freedom of religion is at the top of the list in most bill of rights. So as I said before I would like to have diplomacy over conflict minister. I am determined to get those Catholics out of there by any means necessary.

Signed,
President William Katz

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Shazbotdom
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Postby Shazbotdom » Mon Mar 17, 2014 7:32 pm

New Mumford wrote:*snip*



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FROM THE OFFICE OF THE MINISTER OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS
MR. KENNITH G. TERRANCE

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Where did I say that they were arrested for just being Catholics? They were arrested for abuse to children and evading taxes. NO where in any Human Rights Policies says nothing about TAXING houses of worship. So how are we violating any Human Rights by arresting them for not paying their taxes AND for their sexual abuse of children? Please do explain this to me.
"Freedom of Religion" means to practice your religion freely without the Government telling you HOW you can worship. Last I checked, we were not telling them how they can worship, we are telling them that they need to pay Taxes on their income and, like everyone else in the Empire, they cannot sexually abuse children. Those are the two charges that they are facing, not this made-up garbage about us arresting them because they are Catholic that you seem to be throwing around. if you want to call anyone Arrogant, look in the mirror.
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