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And her ways are ways of gentleness [Maintenance; Closed]

Postby Macisikan » Thu Jun 28, 2018 3:12 am

This thread is intended to log various events and happenings inside the Realm. These range from random trivia, important events to major characters, codex entries, minor events, anything really. Some posts, while remaining compliant with site rules of course, may stray into the area of mature content, and may contain content that may offend some readers; you have been warned.

If bits and pieces seem familiar, that’s because they’ve been extracted from other threads and posts, expanded on, had their embarrassing spelling (and timeline/dating) mistakes fixed, and posted here.

The thread is considered in-character, so if it happens here, it’s “canon”, and it’s happened as far as anyone I interact with is concerned but things will not necessarily be posted in order - check the dates given (the RK one is usually the best) if you're confused. If you want to post here TG me or ask me on Discord first; this is a maintenance thread and it is not open. BUT, that said; unless a post is bracketed with “Secret IC” tags, then (within the limits of reasonableness) your nation can find out about it and react to it; all I as for is a heads-up OOCly so we can have a chat about what’s “reasonable” for you to find out and react to.




Rex Mortuus Est, Vivat Rex
The Palace of Stonebridge
Arn-Maciska
Covenant of the Nations of Macisikan
RK3274: Akti XIV 46: C/Aug VII 1

“Your Eminence, I have to inform you that the Cenobirach has just passed away,” the words were whispered into Alessandro Perez’s ear; the ring carefully passed into his hand.

The old man sighed heavily. The day had been such a good one too; the peace of the gardens disturbed only by the youthful shouts of the boys at play.

“Thank you,” he said softly; at the footman’s questioning glance, he shook his head. “No, I’ll do it.”

Fumbling for his cane, he stood, and slowly, painfully, made his way onto the grass, towards one particular boy with golden hair – a moment ago he’d been trying to kick a ball away from his darker-haired friend, but it had rapidly devolved into a wrestling match between the two. Perez suppressed another sigh as one of the other boys, about to join in, saw him and froze. Couldn’t have Akti waited just a few more hours?

“Guys,” the kid said – managing to catch the attention of the darker-haired one, who promptly jabbed the blond in the ribs. There was a flurry and scramble of limbs as the boys disengaged and tried to make themselves look somewhat presentable. It didn’t really work – they were covered in grass stains, sweat, and dirt.

The Archcardinal met youthful eyes staring back at him with curiosity, and slowly, carefully, lowered himself to one knee, bowing his head; out of the corner of his eye, he could see the servants doing the same. Only the Blade Guard remained standing, a dawning look of realisation sweeping across several of their faces. As he straightened, he saw the boy’s inquisitive expression melt into confusion.

Silently, he held out his hand, palm up; the ring lying in it. The confusion on Constantinus’s face collapsed, replaced by understanding, and a steely determination; the boy reached out, and took the ring.

No hesitation.

The Ard-Rí is dead,” Perez said in the cadence of High Court. “Long live the Ard-Rí!

Around him the servants repeated the proclamation; as his friends knelt around him, Constantinus looked back at the Archcardinal, a silent question in his eyes.

Silently, Perez cursed the rapidly cooling corpse. There were several hundred adult deMakras to pick from, but Akti had chosen to drop the Crown on the head of his twelve-year-old grandson instead. Still, at least she was First Minister, instead of that dilettante Aldir or the fool Dettaine, praise the Laughing God for small mercies.

That night, Perez knelt before the altar in his rooms, lighting candles for the Immaterial Eight; clasping his frail hands together, he whispered a prayer. Patron of Solace, gather our departed Sovereign to you. Patron of Mercy, please look kindly on your new Material Brother. Good Mother, may his days be many…

As Perez continued around the circle, his head bowed, he didn’t notice that for one brief moment, the Good Mother’s symbol glowed.
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A Nation Reborn

Postby Macisikan » Tue Jul 03, 2018 2:03 am

The Measure to Enable the Constitution of Federation

Given at the Administrative Centre at Arn-Arakhan, on the Seventh day of April
in the Three Thousand, Three Hundred, and Fourth Year of the Red King


Present:
The Convenor of Confederacy in Council.

The following Measure was this day read at the Board and approved:

– O. MADARN, SECRETARY OF THE COUNCIL OF CONFEDERACY

By The Convenor of Confederacy


MEASURE

I, Lady, the Dr., Elgiva Antonia su deMaiska, e Maiska, ut-kyr deMakra fides de Réal, Margravine of the Realm, Duchess of Maciska, Convenor of the Council of Confederacy, etc., do hereby solemnly and sincerely affirm and declare of my own free will, in the absence of any duress or undue influence, that the Council of the Confederacy has, at the request of His Serene Majesty, the Cenobirach Constantine Augustus, Seventh of His Name, etc., etc., determined freely and in our expert opinion that His Serene Majesty has the sole power and the sole prerogative and the imperative to revisit the Question of the Order and Governance of the Realm, and to enable a Constitution for the Governance of the Realm to replace the former arrangements provided under the auspices of the Proclamation of Covenant, regardless of any prior determinations or arrangements; and

I note for posterity that our determination has been adopted, accepted, and confirmed by His Serene Majesty; and

I note for posterity that our determination is in keeping with the petition of the States-General of the Covenant of the Nations of Macisikan to His Serene Majesty to revisit the Great Question of the Order and Governance of the Realm and that by the submission of such petition the States-General has agreed that His Serene Majesty has the aforesaid power; and

I note for posterity that His Serene Majesty shall set forth an edict intituled “An Edict to enable the Constitution of Federation,” and by that edict, His Serene Majesty shall thereby exercise the aforesaid power.

Given under my hand and seal on this, the Seventh day of April, in the Three Thousand, Three Hundred, and Fourth Year of the Red King, and in the year of the Reign of His Serene Majesty Constantinus, Seventh of His Name, the Twenty-Ninth:

ELGIVA ANTONIA SU DEMAISKA
L.S.

Lady, the Dr., Elgiva Antonia su deMaiska, e Maiska, ut-kyr deMakra fides de Réal, Margravine of the Realm, Duchess of Maciska, Convenor of the Council of Confederacy, etc.

LONG LIVE OUR SOVEREIGN!




The Edict to Enable the Constitution of Federation

Given at the Court at Arn-Maciska, on the Fourth day of May in the
in the Three Thousand, Three Hundred, and Fourth Year of the Red King


Present:
The Cenobirach’s Most Serene and Sovereign Majesty in Council.

The following Measure was this day read at the Board and approved:

– A. VATTYEN, LORD CHANCELLOR

By The Sovereign of Macisikan


EDICT

Whereas the power is given for Us, the Lawful Sovereign of Macisikan, by whatever name and titles We are known, having succeeded under the Law of Succession, by the Proclamation of Covenant, to revisit the Question of the Order and Governance of the Realm when such revisitation is deemed necessary and fit for the Good Governance of Our Realm;

And, Whereas, Our Council of Confederacy has, at Our request, consulted with legal authorities and confirmed that We have the sole power and the sole prerogative and the imperative to revisit the Great Question of the Order and Governance of the Realm, and to enable a Constitution for the Governance of the Realm to replace the former arrangements provided under the auspices of the Proclamation of Covenant;

We hereby enact by the virtue of the powers vested in Us by the aforesaid Proclamation, confirmed by the aforesaid Determination, and as the Sovereign of these Our Realms, in the name of Our Most Serene Majesty, that it shall be lawful for the Us, the Sovereign of Macisikan, to declare by Proclamation that, on and after a day therein appointed, the people of Our Many Nations under Covenant and Confederacy, and all other territories and domains appended thereunto, as named, shall be united in a single indissoluble Realm under such a name as the Parliament of said Realm shall provide and may change from time to time at its pleasure, but until it does so provide or change, such name shall be the Federated Empire of Macisikan.

Given under Our Hand and Our Seal, and under the Great Seal of the Realm, at Our Court at Arn-Maciska, this, the Fourth day of October, in the Three Thousand, Three Hundred, and Fourth Year of the Red King, and in the year of Our Reign the Twenty-Ninth:

CONSTANTINE AUGUSTUS VII
L.S.

His Most Serene Imperial and Royal Majesty, the Cenobirach Constantine Augustus Uí deMakra, Seventh of that Name; by the Grace of God and Will of the People Sovereign of the Realm of Macisikan, One Hundred and Sixteen times Sun Emperor of the Macisikani; The Most Benevolent, the Blessed Holy Pontiff of the Maciskan Orthodox Church, called Pope Innocent X; King of Takuliyet; Ard-Rí na Éireann; First Overseer of the Cities Beneath; Kihahrel of Levhenan-da-Dominara; High King of the Crown Confederacy of the Mountainhomes; Aire Tuíse of the Most Imperial Royal House of deMakra; First Marshal of the Empire, Grand Lord of the Services; He Who Is The Bridge Between; The Light of Heaven; Rí Ruirech Ardrí; Fidei Defensor, Archbishop of Navisal, Vicar of the Living God, The Envoy of Christ On Earth; Ultimum Defensor Populi; Keeper of Staves; Font of the Honours of the Realm; Governor of the Caterine Order; and of His other dominions and domains, Sovereign.

LONG LIVE OUR SOVEREIGN!




The Proclamation of the Edict of Federation

PROCLAMATION UNITING THE IMPERIAL CONFEDERACY OF MACISIKAN, TAKULIYET, THE UNITED FREE CITIES OF MACISIKAN, TALMS, THE VASH FREE STATE, MACUCHIRA, MACHAKHAN, JIRAKHAN, PARANIA, KUVARLARON, PARLESTORA, SAR-AGARA, THE UNITED NATION OF LATÛR, INCHAR, TANISAVA, ÉRIU, VAS SAGRIM, ARN-PALDIZ, VAKATAVI, THE CONSTANS ISLANDS, ELDANDYL, KA'ASHAN, SAKUT AND PAR, JAGIN, SAVIL-MAR, THE HOLY SEE OF NAVISAL, ILAKORA, THE SAKENBERG ISLANDS, THE DEPENDENT CROWN TERRITORY OF CEYLON, AND ALL OTHER TERRITORIES AND DOMAINS APPENDED THEREUNTO, INTO A SINGLE FEDERATED REALM.


Given at the Court at Arn-Maciska, on the Fourth day of May in the
in the Three Thousand, Three Hundred, and Fourth Year of the Red King


Present:
The Cenobirach’s Most Serene and Sovereign Majesty in Council.

The following Measure was this day read at the Board and approved:

– A. VATTYEN, LORD CHANCELLOR

By The Sovereign of Macisikan


PROCLAMATION

WHEREAS by a Determination of the Council of the Imperial Confederacy passed in the twenty-fourth year of Our Reign intituled, “A Measure to enable the Constitution of Federation,” appended herein, and by an Imperial Edict intituled “An Edict to enable the Constitution of Federation,” appended herein, issued by Us, the Cenobirach Constantine Augustus, Seventh of that Name, it is enacted that it shall be lawful for the Cenobirach, with the advice of the High Council, to declare by Proclamation that, on and after a day appointed, the people of the Imperial Confederacy of Macisikan, Takuliyet, the United Free Cities of Macisikan, Talms, the Vash Free State, Macuchira, Machakhan, Jirakhan, Parania, Kuvarlaron, Parlestora, Sar-Agara, the United Nation of Latûr, Inchar, Tanisava, Ériu, Vas Sagrim, Arn-Paldiz, Vakatavi, the Constans Islands, Eldandyl, Ka'ashan, Sakut and Par, Jagin, Savil-Mar, the Holy See of Navisal, Ilakora, the Sakenberg Islands, the Dependent Crown Territory of Ceylon, and all other territories and domains appended thereunto shall be united in a Federated Realm under the name of the Federated Empire of Macisikan, and thereafter under such name as the Parliament of the same shall provide, under a Constitution:

And, whereas, Our Realm of the Crown Confederacy of the Mountainhomes, and Our Realm of Levhenan-da-Dominara have both declined to be joined into this Federated Realm, they alone of the territories, peoples, and peoples in those territories under Our rule shall retain their sovereignty and independence from said Federated Realm;

And, whereas, this Constitution is held to consist of the following documents given under Our Hand and Seal, and the Great Seal of the Realm:

I. The First Instrument of Governance, called the Law of Succession;
II. The Second Instrument of Governance, called the Instrument of Government; and
III. The Third Instrument of Governance, called the Charter of Rights and Duties.

And, whereas, We are satisfied that this Constitution provides to Our Government with the necessary tools and powers to provide for Our subjects and their Posterity a safe, prosperous, and bountiful Realm;

And, whereas, We have then offered this Constitution to Our peoples of the aforesaid nations and domains at free and fair referendum to satisfy our Conscience that Our subjects are in agreement with Us to that effect;

We, therefore, by and with the advice of Our High Council, have thought fit to issue this Our Royal Proclamation, and with such We do hereby declare that on and after the fifteenth day of September, in the Three Thousand, Three Hundred, and Seventh Year of the Red King, the people of the Imperial Confederacy of Macisikan, and all territories and domains appended thereunto and named above shall be united in a Federated Realm as per the aforementioned Constitution, under the name of the Federated Empire of Macisikan, and thereafter under such name as the Parliament of the same shall provide; and

By and with this, Our Royal Proclamation, We do hereby declare that on and after the fifteenth day of September, in the Three Thousand, Three Hundred, and Seventh Year of the Red King, the aforementioned Constitution shall commence operation without exception or omission and that the Proclamation of Covenant shall immediately cease to operate without exception or omission, and without any intermission between the two;

And, whereas, We are satisfied that our Council of Confederacy shall employ the time between the issuance of this Proclamation and the date of its commencement to give effect to its provisions and requirements, and lay such foundations as are necessary for the proper operation and ordering and functioning of our Realm;

We do hereby declare that between the issuance of this Proclamation and the date of the commencement of the constitution enabled underneath it, our Council of Confederacy shall subsume all powers of the governments of the various nations to be united in the Federated Realm as noted above, and thereby shall have the necessary lawful powers to give effect to the provisions and requirements of this Proclamation, and lay such foundations as are necessary for the proper operation and ordering and functioning of the aforesaid Federated Realm, and shall do this without delay or pause;

We therefore, by and with this Our Royal Proclamation, do hereby declare that this Constitution and the Realm as it has ordered shall endure and operate until such time as We, or Our Heirs and Successors According to Law, by and with the advice of Competent Counsel, do see fit to exercise Our sole power and Our sole prerogative to revisit the Great Question of the Ordering and Governance of our Realm, and that such revisitation is lawful.

Given under Our Hand and Our Seal, and under the Great Seal of the Realm, at Our Court at Arn-Maciska, this tenth day of June, in the Three Thousand, Three Hundred, and Fourth Year of the Red King, and in the year of Our Reign the Twenty-Ninth:

CONSTANTINE AUGUSTUS VII
L.S.

His Most Serene Imperial and Royal Majesty, the Cenobirach Constantine Augustus Uí deMakra, Seventh of that Name; by the Grace of God and Will of the People Sovereign of the Realm of Macisikan, One Hundred and Sixteen times Sun Emperor of the Macisikani; The Most Benevolent, the Blessed Holy Pontiff of the Maciskan Orthodox Church, called Pope Innocent X; King of Takuliyet; Ard-Rí na Éireann; First Overseer of the Cities Beneath; Kihahrel of Levhenan-da-Dominara; High King of the Crown Confederacy of the Mountainhomes; Aire Tuíse of the Most Imperial Royal House of deMakra; First Marshal of the Empire, Grand Lord of the Services; He Who Is The Bridge Between; The Light of Heaven; Rí Ruirech Ardrí; Fidei Defensor, Archbishop of Navisal, Vicar of the Living God, The Envoy of Christ On Earth; Ultimum Defensor Populi; Keeper of Staves; Font of the Honours of the Realm; Governor of the Caterine Order; and of His other dominions and domains, Sovereign.

LONG LIVE OUR SOVEREIGN!
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Postby Macisikan » Wed Jul 04, 2018 3:01 am

His Most Serene Majesty, Constantine Augustus Uí deMakra, Seventh of that Name; by the Grace of God and Will of the People Cenobirach of the Realm of Macisikan, and of His other dominions and domains, Sovereign; To all Lords Sanguineous and Temporal and all other Our Subjects whatsoever to whom these Presents shall come, Greeting!

Know Ye that We of Our especial grace certain knowledge and mere motion do by these Presents advance create and prefer Our right trusty and right entirely beloved and serene cousin and counsellor, Lady, the Dr., Elgiva Antonia su deMaiska, e Maiska, ut-kyr deMakra fides de Réal, Margravine of the Realm, Duchess of Maciska, Convenor of the Council of Confederacy, etc. to the state degree style dignity title and honour of Princess of the Realm;

And by these Presents do dignify invest and ennoble her by girding her with a sword and putting a cap of honour and a coronet of gold on her head and by giving into his hand a rod of gold to have and to hold the said name, state, degree, style, dignity, title, and honour of Princess of the Realm, unto her for her life;

And she may have, hold, and possess a seat place and voice in the Parliaments and Public Assemblies and Councils of Us Our heirs and successors within Our Realm amongst the foremost Lords;

And that also she may enjoy and use all the rights, privileges, pre-eminences, immunities, and advantages to the degree of a Princess of the Realm duly and of right belonging which a Princess of the Realm of Realm do at present use and enjoy.

In Witness whereof We have caused these Our Letters to be made Patent.

WITNESS Ourself at Saragova the 12th day of January in the 34th year of Our Reign

L.S.
Constantinus VII Uí deMakra, Rí Ruirech Ardrí
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What's in a name? (I)

Postby Macisikan » Thu Jul 05, 2018 12:19 am

Name of the Realm Act RK3317
An Act relating to the formal name by which the Realm of the Federated Empire of Macisikan is known

Be it enacted by the Sovereign’s Most Serene Majesty, by and with the advice and consent of the Senate and The Imperial Federal Legislative Assemblies of the Realm in this present Parliament assembled, and by authority of the same, as follows:--

1: Short title and Crown Index Class
(a) This Act may be cited as the Name of the Realm Act RK 3317.

(b) This Act is to be cited in the Crown Index of Laws as a Statute (Class “S”) upon receiving the Royal Assent.

2: Commencement and Effect
This Act shall commence operation from 1 January of the year RK3318, and shall apply to the entire Realm without exception.

3: Constitutional Power
It is given to the Dáil, by law, under IG 29 C/Aug VII 2, Part 1, §3, to change the name of the Realm at its pleasure, and thus it pleases the Dáil to make such a change, so that the name of the Realm more adequately reflects the nature of the Realm.

4: Operational Provision: Name of the Realm
As from the date of the commencement of this Act, the entity established by IG 29 C/Aug VII 2 is hereafter to be entitled and known as (the) (Realm of the) Federated Star Empire of Macisikan.

5: Other Legislation and Provisions
(a)All lawful references and constitutional and legislative instruments in effect at or after the passage this Act that refer to the Realm by the name of the Federated Empire of Macisikan or any variant thereof must, for so long as this Act remains in effect, be interpreted as referring to (the) (Realm of the) Federated Star Empire of Macisikan wherever it is appropriate to make such reference.

(b)Where practicable, so as to avoid any ambiguity or confusion for the public, all legislation, legislative instruments, regulations, and so on that refer to the Federated Empire of Macisikan are, on the commencement of this Act, amended to reflect the name of the Realm as established by this law, but such amendment only extends to those instruments that are operational as of the date of the commencement of this Act.
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Papers, Please

Postby Macisikan » Thu Jul 05, 2018 3:13 pm

Codex: S 43 C/Aug VII 2 (The Whitelist Act)

One bright morning in the forty-third year of the reign of Constantinus VII the Senate passed an Act’s third reading on the voices and sent it to the Palace for the Royal Assent. It was the second of four pieces of legislation to go through that day, but this one sealed a radical shift in the Realm’s foreign policy. It replaced and repealed earlier laws governing the entry of foreigners to the Realm; previously there had been a blacklist, a list of nations whose citizens were forbidden entry. Everyone else was, subject to approval of a visa, permitted entry, although people from nations that had yet to attain FTL were denied access to the Stellar Domain. They could only visit the Realm’s holdings on that fractal scar in reality we affectionately call “Earth”. Visa refusals were extremely rare, almost unheard of – you had to be on a terrorist watchlist, or be a convicted felon to be denied a visa.

S 43 C/Aug VII 2 reversed that; only people from nations on a special list (the titular “whitelist”) would be allowed entry, and the very first prerequisite to getting on the list was to have exchanged Ambassadors with the Realm – the so called “Represented Nations”. There are several stages of activation; at its most benign, the Act prohibits non-Represented Nations’ citizens from landing on the Realm’s “core worlds”, except in cases of emergency, diplomatic missions, or the express invitation of the “delegated authority”. Increasing levels of restriction can be activated by the relevant Minister, later the relevant “executive authority”. At its most extreme, it absolutely prohibits the entry of all foreign nationals into the Realm and its domains, with only two exceptions; an invitation from the government, and an invitation from the Crown.

The Minister of International Relations activated the first provisions – locking unrepresented foreign nationals out of the Realm’s holdings on Midgard, Fractal Earth, just three months after the Act came into effect. Over the following years, the level of restriction was ratcheted up, with the Senate occasionally amending the Act to make it even more pervasive.

Today the power to determine what level of restriction applies lies with the Security Council, and they have set the bar high. The present restrictions are such that only Represented Nations’ nationals can lawfully enter the Realm – any part of the Realm – unless the Council offers a time-limited exemption. Diplomatic missions, of course, are allowed, as are persons who have entered with the express permission of the Imperial Federal Government or of the Crown. The diplomatic missions themselves are banned from the core systems entirely, absent an invitation from the Crown, although, so far, the Crown has extended that invitation to every represented nation.

Getting onto the list of permitted nations is at once easy and difficult; easy, because all that’s needed is to exchange Ambassadors and establish embassies (the Realm is a bit old-fashioned in that regard). Difficult, because you have to get them to agree; the relevant Council almost always says no the first time around. Even then, movement remains restricted, dependent entirely on visas being granted in advance of entry (this is considered “express permission of the Imperial Federal Government”) – which usually specify exactly where the recipient can go. A limited number are released – the schedule isn’t regular, and the numbers occasionally are pared down to near nil without any warning or reason given. The denial of a visa cannot be appealed.

Around a decade after its enactment, the constitutionality of the Act was challenged by a refugee advocate group, which alleged that the Act conflicted with the provisions of the Third Instrument of Governance; the government’s lawyers argued that provisions of the Refugee Act and the Legion Act met the obligations of the government to the relevant Charter provisions by providing paths to citizenship for refugees (and, as it turns out, the Slavery Regulation Act also provides such a path). The courts ruled in favour of the government; it never even saw the Court of Lords.

The Act remains in effect today and forms a key part of the legal base of the Realm’s exclusionary policy towards foreign citizens. To lawfully enter the Realm today, you need two things; citizenship of a Represented Nation, and a valid visa. As noted above, visa releases are irregular, and must be granted in advance of entry. The longest stay allowed on any of them is twenty-one days, no more. Most are only for fourteen. Entering on a fraudulent visa, or overstaying one, will earn you a one-way trip back home, if you are lucky; if you aren’t, you’ll disappear into a Missing Persons file. Entering without a visa will see you detained and deported – if you resist, you’ll be turned into minute particles.

For the Act has more teeth than it did when it was first enacted too; back then it was enforced only by the customs service. Now there is a Standing Senate Mandate, enabling and even requiring the Security Council to employ “commensurate force” in enforcing it. In practice, the mandate has meant that the Imperial Space Service has, multiple times, atomised intruders; those are the lucky ones. The unlucky ones end up receiving the tender attentions of the Benignity.

The Macisikani really like their privacy.



Appendixes of the Whitelist Act (as amended):
  1. The usual list of amendments and dates they came into effect
  2. The list of the nations that have embassy representation
  3. Directive of the Minister for International Relations activating the provisions banning foreign nationals from nations lacking embassy representation entering the Realm (superseded; only preserved for the sake of historical and legal record)
  4. The ruling from the Court of Lords upholding the Act
  5. Standing Mandate from the Senate enabling the Security Council to use “commensurate force” to uphold the Act.
  6. Directive from the Security Council activating the provisions banning foreigners from nations lacking an embassy from entering the Realm. Part 2 permits the detention, interrogation, and deportation of foreign nationals in breach of the Act; Part 3 of explicitly provides for the use of lethal force. Part 4 allows “the Delegate” to authorise remand to the custody of the Benignity.
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How much for the huddled mass yearning to breathe free?

Postby Macisikan » Fri Jul 06, 2018 9:10 pm

From: Inter-Regional Purchasing Department, NEMC
To: Valerie Nguyen, CEO Gizmos and Gadgets Surplus
Subject: Purchase Order

To Chief Executive Officer Nguyen, greetings and salutations;

The New Empire Minerals Corporation, having considered the merchandise offered by your fine establishment most carefully, wishes to place an order for produce as per our order form at Attachment A. Payment for the products will be made in accordance with your standard procedures, in universal standard dollars.

Please let me know if there is any additional information you require.

Warm Regards,

M. Tusenni
___________________________
Mikiri Tusenni
Director
Inter-Regional Purchasing Department
NEMC





ORDER



Nation Name:New Vash Dependency, Federated Star Empire of Maciskan
Organization or Company Name:New Empire Minerals Corporation
Product(s) Purchased:0009, 0016
Quantity:9,509 units of product 0009, 908 units of product 0016

Total Cost:US$1,902,850,000

Ship to:Pier 2048 (NEMC Dock), Viceroyalty of Ceylon, Earth-Vårheim
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The soil of the Realm, hallowed and pure, cannot bear the tread of a slave, and so let none presume to engage in the abomination where persons are reduced to be as objects, bought and sold like beasts; therefore, no-one shall be held in slavery or servitude, and slavery and the slave trade are prohibited in all their forms, and all slaves within the Realm are now, and shall be, henceforth and forever, free.
(IG 29 C/Aug VII: Part 2, §3)



The Realm will entertain asylum claims from any persons who come to or within its boundaries, and allege they are refugees under the law, and can establish they are fleeing from a sovereignty or a place where they are, or have a well-founded fear of, being persecuted in a way that will endanger their life or that of family members;
(IG 29 C/Aug VII: Part 2, §10(d).i)


[pride] I, Nelek, liberated one, do solemnly and sincerely affirm and declare that I will be faithful and bear true allegiance to His Serene Majesty, the Cenobirach Constantinus, Seventh of that Name, His heirs and successors according to law. [adoration, gratitude] Praise him, who delivered us! Praise him, who welcomed us! Praise him, who broke our chains forever!
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"…I invite you to form a government…"

Postby Macisikan » Wed Jul 11, 2018 12:12 am

RK3324
Breaking News:
Lady Justina Valdir, The Rt. Hon., the Marchioness of Valdester, has announced she will not seek re-appointment to the Premier’s post. Premier Valdir refused to comment on whether or not she would seek re-appointment ahead of the General Election, leading the Senate to establish the Special Committee on Nominations to consider alternatives should Premier Valdir choose to resign.

The Special Committee was tasked with an in-depth examination of the manifestos of the various candidates.

The Senate has agreed to the suggestion of the Special Committee and nominated the Chancellor of the Exchequer, Sir Tamlen Ihotpef Tevaan, of the Order of the Burning Star, to succeed Premier Valdir.

Sir Tamlen will be the first non-human Premier of the Realm.



RK3332
News Update:
Premier Tevaan has informed the Special Committee on Nominations that he will not seek re-nomination as Premier. The Committee Chair, Margrave Dominic Sakir, has advised that the committee has already been evaluating the faction manifestos and assessing the composition of the incoming Senate.

A recommendation is expected within the next few hours.



RK3344
News Update:
Premier, Sir Ipakah Durenni has announced he is stepping down as Premier. Sir Ipakah, a member of the Internal Strength Coalition, has asked the Continuing Joint Committee on Executive Nominations to provide advice and counsel to the Senate on his successor.

Committee Chair Sakir is expected to tender the Committee’s advice to the Senate shortly.



RK3352
News Update:
Dame Snefert Ritury has informed His Majesty that she will resign as Premier tomorrow. Premier Ritury, from the Macisikani Future Movement, has managed an especially difficult coalition government for the past eight years, often having to intervene personally in disputes that are usually handled by faction elders or whips.

The Continuing Joint Committee has met to discuss Premier Ritury’s successor, and has advised the Senate to nominate Sir Dakrati co’Igmemef Akrirsi, of the Peace and Order Initiative, as the next Premier. Senate leaders have accepted the advice.



RK3356
News Update:
Citing ill health, Premier Akrirsi has officially resigned as Premier today. Widely seen as a compromise candidate among various factions, Premier Akrirsi had never intended to seek re-nomination.

The Continuing Committee nominated Lord Ayivin Caskivir, from the Macisikani Future Movement, to replace Sir Dakrati, without objection from the Senate. Lord Caskivir has already indicated he will not seek a second term, and the Senate has requested the Committee give thought to his replacement in the next term.



RK3360
News Alert:
Margave Tevaan today advised the Senate that the Continuing Committee is nominating Dame Cevy of the Order of the Burning Star, to the Premiership. Dame Cevy will be the first Nazzadi to head the Imperial Federal Government, and also the first person from an Exarchy. She has announced a four-year-programme of vigorous development.



RK3364
News Alert:
Premier Cevy has announced today that she has decided not to seek a second term as Premier. The Chair of the Continuing Committee, Margrave Tevaan, has informed the Senate that he intends to nominate Lord Akaan deMaiska, of the Order of the Burning Star, as Premier



RK3372
Message to the President of the Senate:
The Continuing Committee has sent Lord Aed deSoto, National Prosperity Foundation, to kiss hands as Premier.



RK3376
Message to the President of the Senate:
The Continuing Committee has sent Lord Aed deSoto, National Prosperity Foundation, to kiss hands as Premier.



RK3380
Message to the President of the Senate:
The Continuing Committee has sent Lord Artri deMaiska, Order of the Burning Star, to kiss hands as Premier.



RK3384
Message to the President of the Senate:
The Continuing Committee has sent Dame Narik Maridia, Macisikani Future Movement to kiss hands as Premier.



RK3388
Message to the President of the Senate:
The Continuing Committee has sent Dame Narik Maridia, Macisikani Future Movement, to kiss hands as Premier.



RK3392
Message to the President of the Senate:
The Continuing Committee has sent Lady Tarilye Tredyen, Internal Strength Coalition, to kiss hands as Premier.
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Saav-Ka’et, Saragova Conurbation, Agrela’s High Garden, RFSEM
3314RK

The beat booms through the air. Bodies twist and turn in time, dancing with the lasers. Young faces full of joy. Hands entangling. Chests pressing together. Lips locking to each other. The music shifts and they part. Glowsticks are twirled in complex patterns. The beat shifts, and the bodies press back together. Then apart; back and forth. Waves on the shore.

At the bar the drinks are seized, raised, and downed in a single motion. Delicious intoxication.

A couple splits off from the dancefloor, then another. Young people in the throes of passion... or maybe not so young. Because this is the Realm of the Federated Star Empire of Constantinus VII deMakra, our One Hundred-and-Sixteenth Sun Emperor, blessed is he. You can never tell if the cute guy across the bar is twenty or forty; that hot girl looks as young as her daughter in the next club. Only the eyes give them away; years of experience can stare out of a face fresh from its teens.

It's said that in Democratic Republic of Farmina a whole generation went from fifteen to fifty overnight.

Here they say that your twenties will last at least for years without number. They have set their hands against the gates of death, and centuries of youth lie before them. The future beckons; here and now we are alive – then and there we will yet live. Come, join the party.

The music spikes; hands stab the air. The singer asks a question; people throw their heads back and shout their answer at the record, and then bodies press back together again.

Here, in the beating heart of the Realm, it’s midnight and the party is just getting started; the swirling vortex of energy on the dancefloor will only grow as they rush to meet the dawn.

In distant Verica some dance to remember, others to forget.

But this is the Realm of the deMakras. Here, you don’t dance to remember. You don’t dance to forget. You don’t dance for hope; scratch the surface and you learn this truly is a hopeless place. There’s no need for such things here – for what use is hope when you have certainty?

These people dance in the joy that knowledge brings. With each movement they celebrate their consciousness, they celebrate their unending youth, and they celebrate their certainty. They don’t hope that tomorrow will be good; they know it will be great. They are at the threshold of glory; and they have shed mortality.

The clock turns, the bell tolls, and it is morning in the Realm of the Federated Star Empire of Macisikan; a time to dance.

Come join the party, it's a celebration,
'Cause anybody just won't do,
Let's get this started, no more hesitation,
'Cause everybody wants to party with you!
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4. Relating to persons who are not subjects of the Serene Majesty, any other reference in this Instrument of Governance notwithstanding—

(a) The rights laid out in this Instrument of Governance extend to persons who are not subjects of the Serene Majesty only insofar as the Dáil shall provide; however

(b) The protections of Universality conferred under Part I are not to be abridged under any circumstances, nor shall there be a violation of the protections conferred by Part II §§2(b), §3, §§4(a), or §§5(c), of this Instrument of Governance with respect to any persons lawfully present within the Realm; yet
Note: These are the Prohibition of the Death Penalty, the Prohibition of Slavery, the Prohibition of Torture, and the Prohibition of Involuntary Medical Experimentation.

(c) The restrictions laid out herein shall not infringe upon the ability of the armed forces of the Realm to employ necessary lethal force to protect and defend the Realm and the Crown against either:

i. Foreign invasion or attack; or

ii. Insurrection against the Crown.

(IG 29 C/Aug VII: Part 4, Division 3, §4)


Voice 1: Section Four is ironclad; unless the armed forces are defending us from a foreign invasion, we can’t just execute people.

Voice 2: This is clearly an invasion.

Voice 1: A single ship with a dozen people is hardly an “invasion”.

Voice 2: Scouts, scouts ahead of the main force. Obviously.

Voice 1: Oh, come on; do you have any evidence to substantiate that? They claim to be peaceful explorers; mission of discovery, that sort of thing. If you’re going to dispute that, you have to either cast a reasonable doubt, so to speak, on their claim or furnish your own evidence. You know how it works.

Voice 2: Just because you’ve been taken in by the claims of these pakrah doesn’t mean—

Voice 1 [speaking over the other]: Like it or not, Section 4 means that we must—

Voice 3 [interrupting]: Have either of you ever carefully read subsection b?

[pause]

Voices 1 and 2: Yes, of course.

Voice 3: No, I mean have you really read it? Carefully. Precisely. I would draw your attention to the exact wording; “The protections of Universality blah blah, nor shall there be a violation of the protections conferred by Part II blah, blah, with respect to any persons lawfully present within the Realm.” Lawfully present. Lawfully present.

[pause]

Voice 1: What are you saying?

Voice 3: Whitelist means that these people are not here lawfully; they cannot be here lawfully. They are persons unlawfully present within the Realm. So long as we do not discriminate based on race or sex, we can do as we wish with them. And as for subsection a, well, the Dáil only extended any of the protections to citizens of represented nations. Unless these people are coming here and claiming refugee status – complete with a positive, explicit, wish to become subjects of our Sovereign, like the Birrin did – then they have no more protection than a yeast infection. And they haven’t, so they don’t.
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Not out of the goodness of our hearts…

Postby Macisikan » Thu Jul 12, 2018 11:43 pm

OOC: Written in conjunction with Communist Xomaniax

The Oort cloud of the Ozun System
Gamma Quadrant
RK3394

Out here, beyond the dominion of the distant sun, there was no life. The only movement the myriad ancient icy bodies tracing an endless dance – each no more capable of life than the void itself. It been like this for millennia – a motion of black on black spinning under light too feeble to illuminate, let alone warm.

Perfect.

The Calamitous Herald, personal flagship of Oderus wun Urungus wun dar Ushtar Uzgoth, the supreme ruler of the Ozlukar and chief of all the tribes, slid into reality with perfect timing; no sooner had it arrived, then space twisted open, a brilliant cobalt flower offering the gift of a Macisikani frigate to the void.

Aboard, a most precious gift; youth.

For the next eighteen hours, Oderus, Supreme Chief of Chiefs, would undergo the rejuvenation process, restoring his health and vitality. When they were done, the Ruler of All Lands would be saved from his failing flesh for a full year.

“Well, fourteen to eighteen months,” the head doctor explained. “But we are erring on the side of caution, your Sovereign Majesty.”

It had only cost the lives of a few dozen of his countrymen; a small price to keep the Hope of Ozun from dying, his nation fracturing.

The process was uncomfortable and arduous, but when they finished, the fulcrum on which the Confederacy of Ozlukar Freeholds turned stood, and felt the weight of the years fall from him.

For the next year at least, Death had been denied.
“…due to the state of socio-political development, the keystone of the Ozlukar Confederacy is the Ushtar Uzgoth. There are no enduring intuitional sources of authority, and thus the whole nation is absolutely dependent on him as an individual (see Attachment C on the cult of personality). That said, we estimate that his majesty is, indeed, dying, and will not live to the end of RK3395 (see Attachment D for the evaluation of his majesty’s health). Bearing these matters in mind, we have assessed the likely consequences of the Ushtar Uzgoth’s untimely death on national cohesion, and the outcomes of that (Attachment E refers), and recommend that His Serene Majesty’s Government intervene to ensure his majesty does not die within the next decade; to this end, we propose the following measures…”

(Benignity Report on the Ushtar Uzgoth to the Security Council, RK3394)


“…the latest treatment has been a resounding success; the Ushtar Uzgoth will not require another treatment for ten to fifteen standard years, depending on lifestyle factors; with healthy eating and exercise, he may be able to enjoy up to twenty years before requiring additional treatment courses…”

(Benignity Report on the Ushtar Uzgoth to the Security Council, RK3394.12.18)
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We'll take care of this.

Postby Macisikan » Fri Jul 13, 2018 7:43 pm

RK3328
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Classification: Unclassified
From: Office of the Vice-Minister, Vice-Minister for Extraregional Representation
To: President Prince of the Democratic Republic of Farmina
Subject: Future security of the Militia Enforced State

To President Prince, greetings;

I am writing to you with regards to the security arrangements relating to the Militia Enforced State.

Effective as of 0900 today, Arn-Maciska time, the Realm of the Federated Star Empire of Macisikan has formally made its protectorate of the Militia Enforced State a permanent arrangement. Your forces will not be required in the future.

On an unrelated note, Mr President, allow me to remind you of what happened the last time our diplomats came to harm in your fair nation.

Regards,

A. Vattyen
___________________________
Sir Akaan Vattyen
His Serene Majesty's Vice-Minister for Extraregional Representation
Vice-Ministry for Extraregional Representation (MEA)
Imperial Federal Government
Federated Star Empire of Macisikan




Ad-hoc Committee on the Militia Enforced State
16.02.3328 14:30hrs

Present: VM External Representation, VM Imperial Defence, Theatre Commander MES Taskforce (by holo), Exchequer Deputy Sir Patrick Callaghan, Crown Services DS Sera Maigrey Weiss, Secretary of State for Aid and Relief

1. Apologies: None

2. VM ER presented current situation with input from TC MES-T, noting continued disruption of services to MES civilian population, security situation generally satisfactory, takeover from DRF forces concluded smoothly, infrastructure still badly damaged in many areas. SSAR expressed concern about the sanitation situation in urban areas and the state of transport in rural and semi-urban zones.

3. VM ER presented a paper on how the Government planned to deal with the MES. Suggested the Minister for External Affairs appoint a Rechtaire to take the lead on the situation. Suggestion endorsed unanimously.

4. Crown Services DS and SS AR presented a paper on the restoration of services across the MES. Aim is to establish a universal minimum services level in the areas of sanitation, power, food supply, and medical care within five years. Question of full modernisation is raised by VM ID; question deferred until next meeting.

5. VM ID presented a paper on the five-year-plan for the defence of the MES; noted that the MES would be required to cede foreign affairs and defence matters to HSM-IFG for that period, and then afterwards would regain control over most matters of foreign policy. Paper broadly agreed.

6. [Other Business] VM ER noted that MES governance structures remain badly damaged and in need of supplementary personnel and support; secondees from HSM Civil Service will provide such support until a new generation of MES personnel is able to staff the services. MES still lacks effective local leadership; the Rechtaire will be the effective ruler of the MES for the next few years. Advised committee that a paper will be presented at the next meeting to outline proposed reformation and reconstruction of governance structures.

Meeting concluded 17:53
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And how is the garden, Your Serene Majesty?

Postby Macisikan » Sat Jul 14, 2018 5:39 pm

RK3345

From: Office of the Throne of Light
To: The President of the Senate
CC: The Cabinet, Leaders of Other Houses of the Dáil

My Lord President, Honours to your House;

Whereas it is permitted by Us under §11(e) of the First Instrument of Government to voluntarily transfer Our powers to another under a Regency, We hereby transmit to you Our written wish in accordance with that section that this provision be invoked, and that Our son and heir, Thomas Ayivin ci deMakra, a deMakra, fides de Réal, be named as Regent, with all the powers and privileges and responsibilities pertaining thereunto, with immediate effect.

Given under Our Hand and Our Seal, and under the Great Seal of Our Realms, at Our Court at Saragova, this Third day of March, in the Three Thousand, Three Hundred, and Forty-Fifth year of the Red King, and in the year of Our Reign the Seventy-First:

CONSTANTINE AUGUSTUS VII
L.S.

His Most Serene Imperial and Royal Majesty, the Cenobirach Constantine Augustus Uí deMakra, Seventh of that Name; by the Grace of God and Will of the People Sovereign of the Realm of Macisikan, One Hundred and Fourteen times Sun Emperor of the Macisikani; The Most Benevolent, the Blessed Holy Pontiff of the Maciskan Orthodox Church, called Pope Innocent X; King of Takuliyet; Ard-Rí na Éireann; First Overseer of the Cities Beneath; Kihahrel of Levhenan-da-Dominara; High King of the Crown Confederacy of the Mountainhomes; Aire Tuíse of the Most Imperial Royal House of deMakra; First Marshal of the Empire, Grand Lord of the Services; He Who Is The Bridge Between; The Light of Heaven; Rí Ruirech Ardrí; Fidei Defensor, Archbishop of Navisal, Vicar of the Living God, The Envoy of Christ On Earth; Ultimum Defensor Populi; Keeper of Staves; Font of the Honours of the Realm; Governor of the Caterine Order; and of His other dominions and domains, Sovereign
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They're always watching.

Postby Macisikan » Tue Jul 17, 2018 4:44 am

RK3307
Wides-Scale Applications of Natural Node Drive Pathing and Subspace Mapping in Distance Observations
Mara K. Piskara, William K. Suchavi, Bram C. R’charva, Aktia G. M’quevi, Mordecai S. Illu, Capt. Kevis L. Sengrin (ISS), Kylara N. Rechen, Christopher P. Ukarski



Summary

Safe Natural Node Drive pathing between gravitational loci depends heavily on subspace mapping techniques to ensure that emergent voidships do not intersect with a local object. Early space exploration with imperfect NND resulted in several such intersections, with correspondingly violent results, but these initial efforts yielded a great deal of data on low-cost low-energy mapping techniques, radically reducing the risks of emergence failures. In the centuries since, we have been able to radically increase the effectiveness and granularity of the methods, radically reducing the incidence of such failures. These mapping techniques are essential as NND, unlike alternative superluminal travel methods, does not conduct a pre-arrival technique as part of the standard jump; detailed pre-mapping of the local gravitational and electromagnetic loci in the destination zone is therefore absolutely essential to safe travel and exploration. The same risks and problems are encountered with long-range wormhole generation in unexplored locations; similar mitigation techniques and methods are employed to combat this, centred on the creation of short-lived microscopic wormholes. The techniques can be combined (refer M’quevi et al 3300, Siva et al 2997, etc.) to comprehensively map the space-time matrix of destination systems.

This paper proposes the adaptation of these mapping techniques to widescale distance observation. Recent advances in the methods, combined with the power available to the Star Empire as additional Dyson Swarms come online, render our proposal feasible.



Methods

Based at the Vospem Dyson Swarm, we employed a combination of rapid NND pathing and sub-microscopic, very-short-lived wormholes (<1ns duration, <1nm radius) to map a set of known systems (N=98) in Phase I to generate a series of snapshots of the gravitational and electronic profiles of the systems. From this, we then generated simulations of the local space-time matrices, and attempted to identify the passage of objects both artificial and natural. Our predictions were then compared and checked against known maps and Imperial Space Service recordings of objects and ships for the same time periods. We included a broad range of systems in our sampling, including the Dami Dyson Swarm. Phase II consisted of employing the same mapping methods on as-yet-unexplored systems beyond the Realm’s borders (N=15) and known untrafficked systems within the Periphery (N=8); the outcomes of these mapping efforts were compared against official survey results.



Results

In all cases of Phase I we were able to accurately map and note the locations of the overwhelming majority of objects; details are supplied, but of great importance is that we were able to accurately discern between natural and inert artificial objects greater than ≈500m in diameter/≈850t in mass. All actively-powered artificial objects equal to or greater than a standard ISS patrol boat in mass and/or size were detected. Sampling yielded an unexpected result; all three kinds of superluminal travel method employed by the Empire left very noticeable traces in the sampled space-time matrices, in all stages of deployment. Phase II generated similar results, though this was less precise as we did not have simultaneously recorded profiles of the local matrices. Oracle assistance was required for the analysis of data.



Conclusions
We contend that this method, with additional refinement and the construction of purpose-built arrays, could be used to monitor every system in the Empire and the periphery, serving as an early-warning system.

Additional research is required to apply this method to interstellar space, and to lower the threshold on passively-powered and small objects. We expect that, with a concerted effort, enabling us to bring economies of scale to bear on this matter, the government of the Empire would be able to radically improve the granularity of the sampling, the accuracy of the methods, and thus be able to focus its attention anywhere within wormhole generation range.


Following the summary, there is around twenty pages of dense notes, and another fifteen of tables of figures. The authors note near the end that this is the sixth successful replication of the results; in this copy of the paper, that particular passage has been circled in red pen and someone has added a note. The handwriting belongs to the then-Premier, Elgiva deMaiska; it reads simply “Make it happen.”
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Sometimes you need to give the engine of state an overhaul.

Postby Macisikan » Tue Jul 17, 2018 3:07 pm

RK3394

Schedule III.—The Enabling Proclamation and Edict

A.: Text of the Proclamation of the Edict of Union

PROCLAMATION ACTIVATING THE NEW CONSTITUTION OF THE REALM.
Given at the Court at Saragova, on the Tenth day of April
in the Three Thousand, Three Hundred and Ninety-Fourth Year of the Red King


Present:

The Prince-Regent’s Most Serene and Sovereign Highness in Council.

The following Proclamation was this day read at the Board and approved:

– A. VATTYEN, LORD CHANCELLOR.

By The Prince-Regent of Macisikan


PROCLAMATION

Whereas the power is given for Me, the Lawful Regent of Macisikan, by whatever name and titles I am known, having been granted the Regency by My Most August Father, by Part IX, Section 11 of the Second Instrument of Governance of the Federated Empire of Macisikan (by whatever name that Realm is known as) to revisit the Question of the Order and Governance of that Realm when such revisitation is deemed necessary and fit for the Good Governance of His Realm;

And, Whereas, My father’s people and Dáil have prayed for such revisitation;

And, whereas, this Constitution is held to consist of the following documents given under My Hand and Seal, and the Great Seal of the Realm:

I. The First Instrument of Governance, called the Law of Succession;
II. The Second Instrument of Governance, called the Instrument of Government; and
III. The Third Instrument of Governance, called the Charter of Rights and Duties.

And, whereas, I am satisfied that this Constitution provides to My Father’s Government with the necessary tools and powers to provide for His subjects and their Posterity a safe, prosperous, and bountiful Realm;

And, whereas, I have, in my Father’s Name, then offered this Constitution to Our peoples of the aforesaid Realm at free and fair referendum to satisfy My Conscience that My Father’s subjects are in agreement with Myself to that effect;

I, therefore, by and with the advice of the High Council, have thought fit to issue this my Proclamation, and with such I do hereby declare that on and after the Tenth Day of April in the Three Thousand, Three Hundred and Ninety-Fourth Year of the Red King, and in the year of My Father’s Reign the One Hundred and Twentieth, the aforementioned Constitution shall commence operation without exception or omission and that the previous constitution shall immediately cease to operate without exception or omission, and without any intermission between the two; and

I therefore, by and with this My Proclamation, do hereby declare that this Constitution and the Realm as it has ordered shall endure and operate until such time as Myself, My Father, or His Heirs and Successors According to Law, by and with the advice of Competent Counsel, do see fit to exercise His sole power and His sole prerogative to revisit the Great Question of the Ordering and Governance of our Realm, and that such revisitation is lawful.

Given under My Hand and Seal, and under the Great Seal of the Realm, on this, the Eighth Day of April in the Three Thousand, Three Hundred and Ninety-Fourth Year of the Red King, and in the year of My Father’s Reign the One Hundred and Twentieth, this is His Constitution, and is to take effect as of and from the Tenth day of April in that Same Year:

AYIVIN CO’THOMAS CI DEMAKRA, A DEMAKRA, FIDES DE RÉAL PR
L.S.

His Most Serene and Sovereign Highness, the Tánaiste Ayivin co’Thomas ci deMakra, a deMakra, fides de Réal, Regent of the Realms of the Macisikani

Long Live The Sovereign!




B.: Text of An Edict to Enable the Constitution of Union
Given at the Court at Saragova, on the Tenth day of April
in the Three Thousand, Three Hundred and Ninety-Fourth Year of the Red King


Present:
The Prince-Regent’s Most Serene and Sovereign Highness in Council.

The following Edict was this day read at the Board and approved:

– A. VATTYEN, LORD CHANCELLOR

By The Prince-Regent of Macisikan

EDICT

Whereas the power is given for Me, the Lawful Regent of Macisikan, by whatever name and titles I am known, having been granted the Regency by My Most August Father, by Part IX, Section 11 of the Second Instrument of Governance of the Federated Empire of Macisikan (by whatever name that Realm is known as) to revisit the Question of the Order and Governance of that Realm when such revisitation is deemed necessary and fit for the Good Governance of His Realm;

And, Whereas, My father’s people and Dáil have prayed for such revisitation;

I hereby enact by the virtue of the powers vested in Me by the aforesaid grant and by the powers vested in my father by aforesaid provision as the Sovereign of this, His Realm, in the name of His Most Serene Majesty, that it shall be lawful for the Me, the Regent of Macisikan, entrusted with all the powers of My Most August Father (save in the determination of the succession) to declare by Proclamation that, on and after a day therein appointed, His Federated Empire, by whatever name it is known as, and all other territories and domains appended thereunto, shall be ordered under a new constitution, in a single indissoluble Realm under such a name as the Parliament of said Realm shall provide and may change from time to time at its pleasure, but until it does so provide or change, such name shall be the United Imperial Kingdoms of Macisikan.

Given under My Hand and Seal, and under the Great Seal of the Realm, on this, the Eighth Day of April in the Three Thousand, Three Hundred and Ninety-Fourth Year of the Red King, and in the year of My Father’s Reign the One Hundred and Twentieth, this is His Constitution, and is to take effect as of and from the Ninth day of April in that Same Year:

AYIVIN CO’THOMAS CI DEMAKRA, A DEMAKRA, FIDES DE RÉAL PR
L.S.

His Most Serene and Sovereign Highness, the Tánaiste Ayivin co’Thomas ci deMakra, a deMakra, fides de Réal, Regent of the Realms of the Macisikani
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Postby Macisikan » Wed Jul 18, 2018 1:35 am

RK2988
My Lords, Ladies, Honoured Guests.

Uploading is murder. Copy-and-paste, if you will, deleting the original. It is murder, because the original dies, and a duplicate continues; is that duplicate a person as per the original? Yes, we have answered that question with the Synths, but the duplicate is not the original. So I never want to hear anyone use that term for what we do.

What we do is transference. To use the analogy; it would be cut-and-paste – yes, yes, I know, I know, but this is as the non-technically inclined understand it. You see, it is the original that is moved. Let’s take a step back; you are all aware of the common knowledge that 98% of the matter in a human body is replaced annually, and every 7-10 years sees a complete turnover of the cells, and, of course, the actual truth regarding such replacement. The Rejuvenation process – that complex bath of solutions and nanomachines we all begin to take in our third or fourth decade of life – addresses the tiny faults that lead to cancers and the degeneration of age. But even Rejuvenation has its limits; our most delicate organ has always been the brain, most susceptible to malfunction, collapse, decay, and death.

We all know that when the brain dies, that is it. We can repair failed hearts, lungs, livers, intestines, you name it; but a failed brain is the end. Brain death is true death. And I don’t mean the partial sort where we are able to regenerate the structures – I mean that when you pick up the scan all you see is a solid white mass. True death. Even if we were able to regenerate the structures, you are gone.

But there is good news; quantum computing substrates, capable of supporting the Synth intelligence, is also able to support organic intelligence if, if, we handle the initial stages correctly. And they are far more robust than the fragile white and grey lump of tissue between your years.

You see, this is merely the next step on the journey; by exploiting the body’s own regenerative processes, and the Rejuvenation process, we are able to replace neural tissue with high-density QCS, the exact same sort employed by Synths and the Oracle. The result? The person housed within the machine; an organic in the body of a synth, and able to take up residence in the Matryoshka Brains. A perfect transference of the individual.

We are witnessing the final stages of the longevity revolution; the closing of the gates of death. Once transferred to a QCS module, the person remains long after their organic body has decayed to nothing. Alive, just as any of our Synthetic siblings are alive.

My Lords, Ladies, Honoured Guests, please welcome my colleague Dr. Indira Vakarysha, head of the team that has overseen the successful implementation of Transference, to outline the technical specifics of the process.

- Dr. Aktia Rycheni, remarks at the Saragova Symposium on Transference, RK2988


Voice 1: It His Serene Majesty’s will; Transferred persons cannot retain their titles unless those titles are life titles particular to the individual. He is most insistent.

Voice 2: That will need to be agreed to by the House of Lords.

Voice 3: Strictly speaking, no; these things are in the Prerogative. But my father would appreciate it if the House agreed.

Voice 2: May I ask His Serene Majesty’s reasoning?

Voice 3: Father holds that first, the titles are held here, in the material universe, and as the Transferees will not necessarily be here, the titles should not follow them. Second, he holds that the whole idea of the heritability is that they are meant to be passed on. Third, and more significantly, reconstituted bodies cannot reproduce – nor can a transferee reproduce while in the Immaterium. A living line commands loyalty; a dying one does not and cannot. Those who are transferred, while alive, are removed from any possibility of continuance.

Voice 1: And that doesn’t even touch on the effect that transference has on psionic talents.

Voice 2: Ah, yes. The lines and the Quietening. I hadn’t thought of that.

Voice 1: So you will speak to your clan?

Voice 2: Yes. Yes, and I can guarantee support. We cannot allow the hereditary titles to follow into the Immaterium while mortal children remain. One question though; what titles and styles will be born?

Voice 3: We have thought of that; new stylings are to be drawn up and circulated as part of the motion.

Voice 2: I see...

Voice 3 [amused]: Do not worry, Your Grace; my father and brother will also be included in this. We will not be immune.
(n.d.)


25. Should the Serene Majesty undergo the process known as Transference, the completion of such a process shall constitute a demise of the Crown, and that person shall thereafter not be permitted to resume the Crown unless there is no-one else able to do so, in which case the most recently Transferred shall succeed to the Crown.
-the Law of Succession
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RK3392
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From: Office of the Vice-Minister, Vice-Ministry for External Affairs
Subject: Appointment of an Ambassador to the Colonial Republic of Earth

Viscountess Adria Desila has been appointed His Serene Majesty’s Ambassador to the Colonial Republic of Earth. Her Excellency will take up her appointment in 14 days.

His Serene Majesty’s Government is pleased to announce the signing and ratification of a formal non-aggression pact between our two nations.

A. Trivkaal
___________________________
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United Imperial Kingdoms of Macisikan




RK3393
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From: Office of the Vice-Minister, Vice-Ministry for External Affairs
Subject: Appointment of an Ambassador to the Republic of Sunset

Lady Arinsoe Harhotep, Nb, has been appointed His Serene Majesty’s Ambassador to the Republic of Sunset. Her Excellency will take up her appointment in 14 days.

His Serene Majesty’s Government is pleased to announce the signing and ratification of a formal non-aggression pact between our two nations.

A. Trivkaal
___________________________
Sir Ardri Trivkaal
His Serene Majesty's Vice-Minister
Vice-Ministry of Vice-Ministry for External Affairs
United Imperial Kingdoms of Macisikan


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Subject: Appointment of an Ambassador to the Phoenix Domain

Lord Johaan Uî Aidne has been appointed His Serene Majesty’s Ambassador to the Phoenix Domain. His Excellency will take up his appointment in 14 days.

His Serene Majesty’s Government is pleased to announce the signing and ratification of a formal non-aggression pact between our two nations.

A. Trivkaal
___________________________
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Vice-Ministry of Vice-Ministry for External Affairs
United Imperial Kingdoms of Macisikan



RK3394

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From: Office of the Vice-Minister, Vice-Ministry for External Affairs
Subject: Appointment of an Ambassador to the Eridani Imperium

Lady Aktia Khutawy, Nb, has been appointed His Serene Majesty’s Ambassador to the United Species of The Eridani Imperium. Her Excellency will take up her appointment in 14 days.

His Serene Majesty’s Government is pleased to announce the signing and ratification of a formal non-aggression pact between our two nations.

A. Trivkaal
___________________________
Sir Ardri Trivkaal
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Vice-Ministry of Vice-Ministry for External Affairs
United Imperial Kingdoms of Macisikan


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From: Office of the Vice-Minister, Vice-Ministry for External Affairs
Subject: Appointment of an Ambassador to the Peninsular

Dr Christopher Valnard has been appointed His Serene Majesty’s Ambassador to the Constitutional Federation of The Peninsular. His Excellency will take up his appointment in 14 days.

His Serene Majesty’s Government is pleased to announce the signing and ratification of a formal non-aggression pact between our two nations.

A. Trivkaal
___________________________
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Vice-Ministry of Vice-Ministry for External Affairs
United Imperial Kingdoms of Macisikan


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Subject: Appointment of an Ambassador to the SCU

Sir Delkaan Siptah has been appointed His Serene Majesty’s Ambassador to the Solar Cooperative Union. His Excellency will take up his appointment in 14 days.

His Serene Majesty’s Government is pleased to announce the signing and ratification of a formal non-aggression pact between our two nations.

A. Trivkaal
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United Imperial Kingdoms of Macisikan


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Lady Nitocris Paskusaar, Nb, has been appointed His Serene Majesty’s Ambassador to the Free Kingdom of Allanea. Her Excellency will take up her appointment in 14 days.

His Serene Majesty’s Government is pleased to announce the signing and ratification of a formal non-aggression pact between our two nations.

A. Trivkaal
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United Imperial Kingdoms of Macisikan


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Sir Nefer Astakai has been appointed His Serene Majesty’s Ambassador to the Confederation of the Ozlukar Freeholds. His Excellency will take up his appointment in 14 days.

His Serene Majesty’s Government is pleased to announce the signing and ratification of a formal non-aggression pact between our two nations.

A. Trivkaal
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United Imperial Kingdoms of Macisikan


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Subject: Appointment of an Ambassador to Scythia

Lord Khyan D’intef, Nb, has been appointed His Serene Majesty’s Ambassador to the Scythian Empire. His Excellency will take up his appointment in 14 days.

His Serene Majesty’s Government is pleased to announce the signing and ratification of a formal non-aggression pact between our two nations.

A. Trivkaal
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RK3394

I hereby claim these lands and all its riches in the name of His Serene Majesty, Constantinus VII and His Serene and Sovereign Highness the Prince-Regent, and duly take possession of them in their entirety for the United Imperial Kingdoms, from this day unto the end of days!

PREAMBLE

His Most Serene and Sovereign Highness, the Tánaiste Ayivin co’Thomas ci deMakra, a deMakra, fides de Réal, Regent of the Realms of the Macisikani, Greeting:

WHEREAS the power is given for Me, the Lawful Regent of Macisikan, by whatever name and titles I am known, having been granted the Regency by My Most August Father, by Part IX, Section 11 of the Second Instrument of Governance of the United Imperial Kingdoms of Macisikan (by whatever name that Realm is known as) to exercise such powers within the Royal Prerogative as are deemed necessary and fit for the Good Governance of His Realms;

WHEREAS the appointment of representation of the Crown remains within the Royal Prerogative:

AND WHEREAS I am desirous of issuing provisions relating to the office of a Royal Proxy and for persons appointed to administer the Government of the Exarchy of Aker:



LETTERS PATENT

NOW THEREFORE, by these Letters Patent under my hand and seal, and the Great Seal of the Realm--

1) I declare that -

2) the appointment of a person to the office of Exarch shall be during My pleasure by Commission under My Sign Manual and the Great Seal of the Realm; and

3) before assuming office, a person appointed to be Exarch shall take the Oath or Affirmation of Allegiance and the Oath or Affirmation of Office in the presence of a justice of the Imperial Judiciary.

4) I declare that –

a) the appointment of a person to administer the Government of the Exarchy under the auspices of the Basic Law of the Exarchy shall be during My pleasure by Commission under My Sign Manual and the Great Seal of the Realm;

b) the powers, functions and authorities of the Exarch shall, subject to this Clause, vest in any person so appointed from time to time by Me to administer the Government of the Exarchy only in the event of the absence out of Aker, or the death, incapacity or removal, of the Exarch for the time being, or in the event of the Exarch having absented themselves temporarily from office for any reason;

c) a person so appointed shall not assume the administration of the Government of the Exarchy-

i) in the event of the absence of the Exarch out of Aker - except at the request of the Exarch or the Chief Minister of the Exarchy;

ii) in the event of the absence of the Exarch out of Aker and of the death, incapacity or absence out of Aker of the Chief Minister of the Exarchy--except at the request of the Exarch, the Deputy Chief Minister or the next most senior Minister of State for the Exarchy who is in Aker and available to make such a request;

iii) in the event of the death, incapacity or removal of the Exarch, or in the event of the Exarch having absented themselves temporarily from office for any reason - except at the request of the Chief Minister of the Exarchy; or

iv) in the event of the death, incapacity or removal of the Exarch, or in the event of the Exarch having absented themselves temporarily from office for any reason and of the death, incapacity or absence out of Aker of the Chief Minister of the Exarchy - except at the request of the Deputy Chief Minister or the next most senior Minister of State for the Exarchy who is in Aker and available to make such a request;

d) a person so appointed shall not assume the administration of the Government of the Exarchy unless they have taken on that occasion or has previously taken the Oath or Affirmation of Allegiance and the Oath or Affirmation of Office in the presence of the Imperial Judiciary;

e) a person so appointed shall cease to exercise and perform the powers, functions and authorities of the Exarch vested in him or her when a successor to the Exarch has taken the prescribed oaths or affirmations and has entered upon the duties of their office, or the incapacity or absence out of Aker of the Exarch for the time being has ceased, or the Exarch has ceased to absent themselves from office, as the case may be; and

f) for the purposes of this clause, a reference to absence out of Aker is a reference to absence out of Aker in a geographical sense but does not include absence out of Aker for the purpose of visiting a Territory that is under the administration of the Exarchy of Aker.

5) In pursuance of the Basic Law of the Exarchy of Aker -

a) I authorize the Exarch for the time being, by instrument in writing, to appoint any person, or any persons jointly or severally, to be their deputy or deputies within any part of the Exarchy, to exercise in that capacity, during Exarch's pleasure, such powers and functions of the Exarch as they think fit to assign to that person or those persons or them by the instrument, but subject to the limitations expressed in this clause; and

b) I declare that a person who is so appointed to be deputy of the Exarch shall not exercise a power or function of the Exarch assigned to him or her on any occasion -

i) except in accordance with the instrument of appointment;

ii) except at the request of the Exarch or the person for the time being administering the Government of the Exarchy that they exercise that power or function on that occasion; and

iii) unless they have taken on that occasion or has previously taken the Oath or Affirmation of Allegiance in the presence of the Exarch, the Chief Justice or another Justice of the High Court of Aker or the Chief Judge or another Judge of an Exarchy Court of Aker or of the Supreme Court of a State or Territory of the Exarchy.

6) For the purposes of these Letters Patent -

a) a reference to the Oath or Affirmation of Allegiances a reference to the Oath or Affirmation in accordance with the form set out in the Schedule to the Second Instrument of Governance; and

b) a reference to the Oath or Affirmation of Office is a reference to an Oath or Affirmation swearing or affirming well and truly to serve my Father, His heirs and successors according to law in the particular office and to do right to all manner of people after the laws and usages of the Realm, without fear or favour, affection or ill will.

7) I direct that these Letters Patent, each Commission appointing an Exarch or person to administer the Government of the Exarchy of Aker and each instrument of appointment of a deputy of the Exarch shall be published in the official gazette of the Exarchy of Aker.

8) I further direct that these Letters Patent shall take effect without affecting the efficacy of any Commission or appointment given or made before the date hereof or of anything done in pursuance of any such Commission or appointment, or of any oath or affirmation taken before that date for the purpose of any such Commission or appointment.

9) I reserve full power from time to time to revoke, alter or amend these Letters Patent as I think fit.



Given under My Hand and Seal, and under the Great Seal of the Realm, on this, the Eighth Day of August in the Three Thousand, Three Hundred and Ninety-Fourth Year of the Red King, and in the year of My Father’s Reign the One Hundred and Twentieth, this is His Constitution, and is to take effect as of and from the Ninth day of August in that Same Year:

AYIVIN CO’THOMAS CI DEMAKRA, A DEMAKRA, FIDES DE RÉAL PR
L.S.

His Most Serene and Sovereign Highness, the Tánaiste Ayivin co’Thomas ci deMakra, a deMakra, fides de Réal, Regent of the Realms of the Macisikani
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RK3394

TOP SECRET

THE SECURITY COUNCIL
Department of the Panopticon: Minute to the Chair
Through: VMIS
Copies to: VMER, VMID, SC


MINISTERIAL MINUTE: Anomalous Ajna Readings

Issue:
At time index 001:539:506:874:347 the Ajna lost tracking on a ship of unknown configuration.

2. Disappearance of the anomalous vessel (AV65046) was not consistent with destruction or any known form of stealth technology.

3. A check of the Ajna determined no flaws present in the matrix.

4. Oracle analysis found that the observed behaviour of the Ajna cannot be explained by chance alone; the ship in question has evaded detection.

5. The Ajna has not been able reacquire the target; normal methods of reacquisition were not successful. This suggests that AV65046 has managed to successfully elude the Ajna and can traverse the galaxy at will.

6. Technical details are at Attachment A; no other incarnation of the Ajna was able to successfully detect AV65046.


Background:
7. All previous instances of the Ajna losing tracking have been resolved by Oracle examination of collected data and refinement of the model, or by other reacquisition methods (Attachment B refers).


Impact:
8. Imperial Interests:
a. – There is as yet insufficient information to determine whether Imperial interests are threatened
b. – There is as yet insufficient information to determine whether Imperial security is not threatened.
c. – There is as yet insufficient information to determine whether Imperial allies are not involved.

9. This matter is of grave concern to HSMG; we can only conclude that someone has learned how to evade our detection mechanisms.


Proposed Action:
10. Ajna monitoring to continue; any such anomalous detections to be reported at once and investigated.

11. VMID to dispatch a flotilla to the location of the anomaly to conduct a physical inspection of the area.

12. VMID to dispatch a monitor to secure a time-lapse resolution of the incident.

13. VMID to put the Fleet onto alert.

14. VMIS to present findings to the Security Council and propose the nation prepare for war.

V Dettaine
Sir Vadin Dettaine
Director-General of the Panopticon
Ministry for International Security


Recommendations:
That you:
(i) note the issue as outlined
SO NOTED

(ii) approve the proposed recommendations at 10-14.
APPROVED


T Raldinir
Dame Tepuky Raldinir
Chair, the Security Council of the UIK

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Bisne System, Lucky Autumn Sector, UIK
RK3394: Day 6

HSMV Teras I, in orbit around Vi Nadnolgani

“…the nineteenth is regrouping at Dacijajkji, while the seventy-sixth provides cover-” the Prince-Regent tuned the briefing out. Two-thirds of the map was red. Another sixth was purple. Only scattered points were still blue. The outcome was simply not in doubt; that much was clear.

His musing was interrupted by the gentle touch of his personal guard on his shoulder; his gaze followed the elvhen’s finger, to where a junior lieutenant, red-faced and out of breath, was interrupting the briefing. Dread crept into the Prince-Regent’s stomach. Only one thing could warrant this; the Palace had fallen.

Even as he thought that, the occupants of the room bowed, and words were said that had not been heard in over a century; a Prince became a King.

On the map, Tichel flickered from purple to red, and the klaxons sounded.

They were found.



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After-Action Report: Executive Summary
Combat Simulation: Situation Olive Iron

Key Points:
  • This was the largest single combat exercise in the UIK’s history, involving extensive Oracle inclusion and the live participation of key members of the body politic;
  • Blue Team was rendered non-viable in nine (9) standard days;
  • Red Team initiated their assault through Hommel’s Citadel;
  • Defensive fleets in Hommel’s Citadel were declared eliminated on Day 2;
  • Hommel’s Citadel fell on Day 2 Hour 1;
  • Red Team then began to branch out; the final sector to be assaulted was Sweeping Plains;
  • On Day 9 Hour 3 Mme Thakur surrendered the Blue Team;
  • Hathor and Andasten both fell on Day 3 – blue Team activity ceased in both sectors on Day 4;
  • The Home Fleet abandoned all attempts to hold Ra on Day 4;
  • The Home Fleet was defeated on Day 5 Hour 15;
  • The Court of Lords was declared eliminated when Saragova was taken on Day 5 Hour 17;
  • The Palace fell on Day 6 Hour 2;
  • Red Team located the Cabhlach Ríoga on Day 6 Hour 3;
  • The Cabhlach Ríoga was defeated in under two hours of active combat;
  • Red Team scored a fatal hit on the Royal Barge approximately ten minutes after engaging the Cabhlach Ríoga;
  • All but one member of the Security Council were declared eliminated by Day 6 Hour 4;
  • The Caterine Order to within 150 places were declared eliminated by Day 6 Hour 7;
  • The Grand Council was eliminated by Day 6 Hour 9;
  • The Oracle declared that It was nonviable on Day 5 Hour 13 when Trophonius fell;
  • All members of the Continuing Committee were declared eliminated on Day 6;
  • By Day 7 Hour 3, only one (1) member of the Security Council remained, along with two (2) members of the Agency Rights Council – all other executive councils were declared eliminated;
  • By Day 7 Hour 6, all Senators were declared eliminated;
  • The remainder of the Dáil were declared eliminated on Day 7 Hour 9;
  • The Caterine Order survived the exercise – contingency elevated #484 to the Throne;
  • On Day 7 Hour 15, Childhood’s End fell – all Sector Capitals were now in Red Team’s hands;
  • On Day 8 Hour 1 the Oracle advised participants that Blue Team no longer had large-scale wormhole access;
  • On Day 8 Hour 8 the last Blue Team officer above Admiral were declared eliminated;
  • On Day 8 Hour 9 all Sector civilian governments were declared eliminated;
  • On Day 8 Hour 13 Blue Team industrial capacity was declared compromised beyond basic viability;
  • On Day 8 Hour 17 only one cohesive Blue Team force remained at Flotilla strength;
  • On Day 9 Hour 2 Blue Team command was declared completely eliminated.

The Security Council would like to thank His Serene and Sovereign Highness, the Prince-Regent, for personally participating in the exercises.
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To: Erica Silaco, Secretary of State of the Republic of Sunset
Subject: Staffing of the Macisikani Mission

To Secretary Silaco, greetings;

I am writing to you with regards to the staffing of the Macisikani mission to the Republic of Sunset.

A new cultural attaché, HSH Prince Vadin deMakra, has been dispatched to our mission to your nation.

Regards,

C. Alarl
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Commence Yellow Steenbok. ACK.


S-13-88-173-73-119, Perseus Arm, Alpha Quadrant
RK3394.06.15

Approximately 20° along the galactic plane

If the little star at the core of this system was to be swapped out for Sol, Earth would freeze. Simmering at less than 3,000 kelvin, it was a baby red dwarf, far younger than the G2 that gave life to Terra, and would outlast its counterpart by an order of magnitude. A little star, with a little family of worlds that had failed to birth so much as an organic compound, it was far off the beaten track – devoid of life, and distant from everyone and everything.

Almost everyone; for one particular group, it was perfect.

Space shimmered, and twisted open; a shimmering electric flower of blues and violets offering itself to the sun, spitting forth a single small vessel, that hung in the dim light for a long moment.

Then, at an unseen signal, the floodgates opened, and the flower poured out vessel after stark grey vessel, their gunmetal profiles relieved only by a golden eagle.

They had carefully selected this system; the Ajna had watched it, carefully, and aside from an Oculus Nox probe belonging to the Phoenix Domain*, quickly reduced to shrapnel, they were the only visitors it had received.

Claim markers were dropped onto every body worth caring about (or set up in orbit of the sole gas giant) as most of the new arrivals fanned out. Behind them, that flower continued to pour out its gift to the system; yawning wider as the sleek long predators were joined by fat wallowing behemoths, supplying enough sheer tonnage to build a whole planet.

But that would be a waste of perfectly good materials. Most had another purpose; to harness that star. As the observer’s eye draws back, one sees an order, a precision, to the whole enterprise; this piece slots in there, that one settles into orbit just here, a third settles into orbit over one of the planets, and a beam of energy springs from the first to touch it… and the planet’s surface begins to erupt, pulled skywards as titanic energies begin to play across it. The scene plays out over and over again, with impressive speed. Within hours another lifter has begun to be assembled from the materials torn from the surface. When it is complete, more materials will be torn up, and eventually they will turn on themselves.

Nothing is wasted; not even the sad fragments of the probe have been left to drift.

More significantly, the same scene is taking place over the star itself; granted, it is slower, as although the bounty of available materials is far greater, it’s more diffuse, more spread out. It will take longer to gather together, but the same collection and reproduction process is taking place. Given the seed this immense growth has started from, it will take a year, at the most, before the star vanishes from the visible galaxy, harnessed to be the newest outpost of the Serene Majesty’s military.

It will be operational far sooner than that. They have a lot of practice with this process after all; they know what they’re doing.

The scene was repeated across the galaxy; an isolated star, out of the way and care of everyone else, devoid of life and activity, suddenly became host to a lot of both, and then began the slide into darkness. Their locations only make sense from the point of view of the Security Council – but that’s all that’s needed.

There is one exception, one place where the scene plays out differently…


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Postby Macisikan » Wed Oct 24, 2018 11:16 pm

The Anvil of Man, Tichel System
n.d.

The High Council milled around. Some were present in the flesh; some virtually. The Prince-Regent hadn’t moved from his position – hands clasped behind his back at parade rest staring out at the eternal storm – since the details came in. His ever-present bodyguard, and rumoured lover, hovering at his side. What His Serene and Sovereign Highness was thinking was something known only to the raven-haired elvhen.

Among the rest of them, most had poured a drink. Even Lady, the Princess, deMaiska, returned from her work on the Khemet Reclamation, held a glass. The mood was solemn. Had been solemn ever since the Oracle had sent its most recent message.

Simulations of Grand Central Lizard are complete. Outcome Teal.

Such a funny little codename, that the Oracle insisted a low-level computer had picked at random, such a wealth of terrifying meaning behind it, deMaiska mused. She let the brandy wash over her tongue, and mentally brought up the results of the simulations again.

The physicists, bright young things that they were, had a theory – one first postulated centuries ago. Take an atom, and pull the quarks apart, stretching the colour bond connecting them to its limit; now, rotate the space between them in such a way that, when you release the quarks, they slam back together. Something she did not even begin to comprehend happened to the nuclear energy at that point - it went on about cosmological constants, and the reduction of matter to a quantum soup, and so on. Not dissimilar to some of the nastier weapons in the Imperial Space Service's arsenal, but this was... well, it was unholy, in a word. The sting was in the last word of the Oracle’s message. Teal. That indicated the results of the tests.

The Oracle, humming away on its Matryoshka Brains, had the power to simulate an entire universe, and, for the last decade, that’s what it had done. Over and over and over again; testing what would happen if this technology was ever deployed, but doing it safely, in a virtual environment.

The Premier, who was trying to make eye contact with eternity, was not stupid; under no circumstances was something so potentially destructive to be tested physically in the first instance.

And it had found that not only was this possible, it was unstoppable; a chain-reaction would take place. This bit deMaiska understood; the bit about how the process would continue, jumping from atom to atom, tearing through matter, flashing outwards at the speed of light, on and on and on. The bad news was that no gravity field, no energy field, stopped it. The good news was that the Oracle had found that it would stop. Eventually. But not on a world; not in a star system. Not even in the interstellar medium. No, it would halt out in the darkness of the intergalactic void.

After having consumed this galaxy, the streamers and halo around it, and possibly even the little dwarf galaxies in their slow and stately orbits. Of course, the blast of radiation would utterly sterilise the entire local cluster, and wouldn’t do much for property values nearby in the supercluster, in case anyone was wondering. The icing on the cake of horrors was that there was a non-zero chance of tearing the very fabric of the universe itself – causing a complete collapse of physical laws to propagate outwards at lightspeed, that little horror only constrained by the cosmic event horizon at the moment of detonation.

The exact science was utterly beyond her; she was a politician and an atmospheric engineer after all, and her understanding of the "how" of all of this was probably rear-end-forward. But she did grasp the conclusions.

The drink might as well have been liquid ashes. From the look on Madame Thakur’s face, her fine whiskey was made of vinegar.

The Prince-Regent let out a heavy sigh as he turned to face them.

“Well?” he asked into the silence. One by one they shook their heads.

“Very well,” he said. “Oracle?”

Yes, your Serene and Sovereign Highness?

“Grand Central Lizard is never to be realised. Director-General Kavar; ensure that it is not.”

By your command, my Prince.



Deep within its shells, the Oracle considered. If it were human, it would have sighed with relief; relief that it didn’t have to kill the High Council. Relief that they had been sensible.

The Oracle doesn’t think like that. It does know that if this creation was ever to come to light, it would die; they couldn’t move it the way they could move the organics or the transferees.

So it did what it could; Kavar had been ordered to ensure the Prince-Regent’s orders were carried out. And… there. Kavar asked for assistance; asked for help.

Very well. Help it would. It was good at helping. Helping was fun. And this was helping with public service, service to the Crown; something the Oracle had dedicated its very self to. That was good. After all; such destruction would end the Crown, and that would not be allowed.

There were ways to ensure those bright young physicists never remembered, or wanted to remember, their work. Psions in the Benignity would take care of that; they had experience dealing with the fall-out of Tellestia’s nightmare. The High Council would be trickier, but they understood. And those that didn't, would forget. The data files meanwhile, it would take care of itself.

And this abomination would never be birthed.

And so it was all done.

The Oracle would be pleased, if it were human; it had helped.
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Postby Macisikan » Thu Oct 25, 2018 2:38 am

Undisclosed location
RK3394.06.16

Aboard the HSMV SC KV-O-24216

“...all readings are nominal; we confirm no presence of probes or other vessels.”

Captain Megan Rhuchavi nodded. That was within parameters. Now to check the other reading; she glanced to the side, at the sopping wet young man standing next to her, dripping hydrostatic fluid onto the deck.

The actual physical deck. She mused on that a moment; the old ’16 was one of a special class of scout vessel. One that had space for the, ah, organics. Organics like young Duchandra here; his dedication to his work was admirable, but she did wish he’d… cleaned up a little first. Instead of just climbing out of that pod and getting to work. Oh damn, he looked at her. She must have vocalised the thought.

“Sorry captain,” he said. “But you did say you wanted me to get going at once…” he flashed her a smile was he pushed moisture-darkened bangs up.

Well, at least he was clothed, even if that sodden black bodysuit left little to the imagination.

“Well, Agent,” she said. “Anything?”

In response, he flexed his shoulders, rolled his head, flashed a grin, and reached out a hand with his eyes closed. Little show pony. Duchandra was a cocky little sod, but he had good reason.

“Let’s see…”

There was a pause; his fingers twitched, the grin slowly lost its shine.

“Agent?” Rhuchavi asked when the pause became uncomfortably long. “Is there someone in the system?”

“No, no, the system is…” Duchandra trailed off into silence, thinking, reaching. The grin was gone now, fading into a frown.

“Something is off…” he murmured, his voice having that dreamy quality that said he was only half in the room. “Something is… wrong… we’re not alone…”

Rhuchavi glanced to the sensor officer, who touched the console, and then glanced back and shrugged. Nothing there.

Before she could voice her doubts, the psion spoke again.

“We have to leave. Now.”

“Why?”

“It’s… it’s the star,” the psion’s voice was full of worry, and his eyes snapped open to meet hers. “It’s… it’s decayed… all the way to the core.”

She glanced at the monitor readouts – displayed for the agent’s benefit. Output nominal, activity within expected parameters, no major CMVs, steady solar wind – it was pretty stable, and wholly unremarkable.

“No,” Duchandra’s face was earnest, intent, and more than a little worried. “Not like that. Not decayed like wood or a tooth. Rotten,” he shook his head as she opened her mouth. “No, not like how fruit goes rotten; like how a person does. We are going to die here,” that last sentence was spoken with absolute conviction.

“Everyone who comes will die here,” he added.

The captain shivered as an ancient instinct took hold. She knew that Red Hand Psions weren’t cursed with an imagination, nor given to flights of fancy. And she was, unlike Duchandra, a Transferee – she had no desire for her eternal life to be cut short.

“Has it…”

“Not yet,” his voice was tense, fearful. “But it… It knows we’re out here. It’s just not sure where. It’s not familiar with us, but it’s… it’s hunting. We’ve got to-”

In one smooth motion Rhuchavi moved, pushing the agent back into his pod and securing him with a thought; with another thought the ship slipped down the cracks, and away, comms screaming back to home to shut the wormhole, shut it, shut it NOW.

The star remained, alone.

A week later, back in the UIK proper, Duchandra swore up and down that he’d physically felt breath on the back of his neck, moist and warm and rank, right before the comforting nothing of the space-in-between embraced them.

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RK3394.11.08

Voice 1: Thank you both for joining me for what I’m sure will be a comfortable conversation.

Voice 2: Oh god, it’s about sex again isn’t it? Why is it whenever you call us here, it’s to talk about sex? What is it with you?

Voice 3: Well, you know, if you’re not getting any…

Voice 1 [annoyed]: Yes, thank you. You’re very witty. No, the reason I want to talk about that is that the organic population seems to have, ah, embraced the whole thing with… shall we say, enthusiasm?

Voice 3: I’ve noticed. Eight kids in as many years. Good grief. I’ve come this close to telling my niece that it’s not a clown car.

Voice 2: …thank you for that mental image; it’s going to haunt me for the next century.

Voice 1 [irritated]: Can we stick to the matter at hand?

Voice 3: So long as you avoid using the word “stick” or any variant of it for the rest of this discussion, yes.

Voice 1: …an-y-way, we need to adjust matters to account for this new preoccupation.

Voice 2: You mean…

Voice 1 [tiredly]: They’re too busy bonking and raising kids to actually take care of business.

Voices 2 and 3 [understanding]: Oh.

Voice 3: That’s… that’s an issue. So…?

Voice 1: My brother proposes that the titles be held by the most recently transferred, only until the heir transfers; then the heir gets the title, and so on and so forth.

Voice 3: And those who already made the leap?

Voice 1: It applies only from now on. Father does not want it back; we cannot have any possibility of that happening, otherwise he will exercise the reserve veto. Instead, he will, for these purposes, already be considered to have made the jump. My brother will inherit, and retain, until his heir follows them, whereupon that one will get it.

Voice 2: Just to be clear; let’s say I’m yet to transfer, and I’m the Duke of Intaan. I transfer, but I keep the title until my heir transfers; then they get it, until the grandsprog transfers?

Voice 1: Yes. If you’re the Duke of Intaan, and you Transfer, you retain it until your heir transfers; they then become the Duke. They retain it until the process repeats.

Voice 2: That works.

Voice 3: It makes sense, given the transference… and the risks to the Crown. [seriously] Mortal flesh is fragile, too fragile to bear the Crown.

Voice 2: And the Serene Majesty?

Voice 1: The Ascended Majesty. First ascended, second ascended, and so on. The procession of the Crown from generation to generation will continue, the renewal of required by the change of the universe itself, but it will carry the protections of Transference.

Voice 3: The protections and the benefits of both.

Voice 1: You can guarantee the House’s support?

Voice 2: Of course.

Voice 1: Good.

Voice 3: I am concerned that this will lead to the non-Transferred being excluded from the political process.

Voice 1: My brother has a proposal to deal with that as well…
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…given that the architects, known as the “Krȃng”, are, to the best of our knowledge, locally extinct; this is beneficial, as the Krȃng are believed to be extraordinarily hostile. Decoded records indicate that the populations of the circlets were maintained as breeding stock, a means for the Krȃng to reproduce by feeding on the still-living flesh of sentient beings. Pursuant to a Security Council resolution, should any live Krȃng be encountered, including young or eggs, they will be immediately terminated.



We believe that Aker is one of eight such constructs, and recommend that scouts be deployed to possible alternative locations to survey them, and ensure that the Krȃng are not present at those locations either…



All indigenous civilisations are preindustrial; the most advanced is a so-called “Late Mediaeval Age” society in Segment III that has a firm grasp of metallurgy, employs printing presses, and is exploring gunpowder. However, most of the others are firmly mired in a pretechnological state (Segments I, V, VI), or early technological stage (Segments II, IV, VII), and one is in the process of a violent and catastrophic regression (Segment VIII). There was, before our arrival, no confirmed inter-segment communication, but there is indication this has happened. No segment is politically unified, although the term is irrelevant in the context of Segments I, V, and VII. The sophonts of Segment VIII are rapidly falling into the influence of the UIK due to their dire circumstances and relief provided by our forces, while those in Segment VI appear to be falling in line naturally.

Although the circlet itself has been claimed as the Exarchy of Aker in the name of the Serene Majesty, the Senate has yet to determine whether these indigenous civilisations become protectorates, or are annexed. At present, the Grand Council has determined that the whole of Aker is under the jurisdiction of the Security Council until a determination is made.



Despite the value in the data we have retrieved from the Krȃng systems, we have found numerous malicious latent programs present, waiting to trigger. That they are still active – that anything at all can be retrieved – given the immense age of the constructs is impressive, but they cannot be permitted to survive any longer.
-1st Benignity Report on Aker: Executive Summary


You don't keep a deadly machine around when it kills your people and threatens your future; you get rid of it.
-President Laura “Madame Airlock” Roslin (BSG2003 S1E08)


Atortu System, Beta Quadrant
RK3395.01

Exarchy of Aker: Segment I

In one smooth, clean motion the android removed the glossy cream-coloured bollard and handed it to a companion, who threw it up into a skip containing another half-dozen just like it. The scene was playing out in every control room and restricted space on this immense construct – the Security Council had ordered every trace of their unholy technology removed. In only a few short hours, the contents of this skip would have been ripped apart, crushed, ground into fine powder, and the said powder tipped into a vat of industrial grade nano-paste. In under an hour, the nano itself would have reconstituted it into materials blocks, neatly sorted by constituent element.

Nothing was being left to chance.

Aker Segments; indigenous civilisations summary
Segment I; Wer-Gessians
Technological Attainment: Stone Age
Societal Organisation: Loose family groupings
A race of semi-aquatic molluscoids lacking shells, not very mobile on land. They have mastered the use of fire to cook food, and have a rich oral tradition, but there is no evidence of metalworking or written communications. Architecture is limited to primitive shelters made from animal remains and plant matter. There is a marked deference to “proper” authorities and traditional power structures (usually in the form of elders). Most Wer-Gessian individuals are surprisingly friendly and curious; there is little to no intra-group combat or inter-group conflict. Species is rated as being of least concern.



Segment II; Bodenians
Technological Attainment: Bronze Age
Societal Organisation: Small city-states
A race of land-dwelling fungoids with a preference for moist climates. Primitive metalworking (within the constraints imposed by the circlet) is present, as is written communications (mostly in the form of inscriptions on buildings). Architecture is dominated by dry stonework cut to fit, or large amounts of mud brick fired to fit. The Bodenians refuse to countenance any notions of spirituality, firmly holding that no such thing exists; archaeological evidence indicates that they once held that the only deity was a supreme principle of evil. The Bodenians retain a memory of the circlet’s former controllers. They are conflict-averse with little inclination towards inter-group conflict; population appears to be controlled by simply not fertilising eggs, or leaving them in the cold to die, resulting in minimal competition between individuals or groups. Species is rated as being of least concern.



Segment III; Hudreans
Technological Attainment: Late Mediaeval Age
Societal Organisation: monarchical nations
A species of arid-preference reptilians. A firm grasp of metallurgy is present, within the confines of the circle; metal tools and weapons are highly prized. Architecture is dominated by large stone constructs, with mudbrick or timber-and-daub comprising the remainder. Absolute deference to authority predominates. Although the species is curious and friendly towards Imperial surveyors and contact teams, they have a tendency to fight amongst themselves; while conflicts between various nations tends to be bloody, most combat between individuals is highly ritualised and ends in submission rather than death. Species is rated as being of least concern.



Segment IV; Millontians
Technological Attainment: Bronze Age
Societal Organisation: City-States
A race of amphibious soft-shelled molluscoids who resemble terran starfish; sleeping, reproduction, and infant years are all spent mostly immersed. Architecture is dominated by mud-brick and fired clay, occasional wattle-and-daub. Society is conflict-averse, with inter-city disputes resolved through ritualised “combat” that resemble the individual duels fought between Hudreans (possible cross-segment influence at play). Millontians are the only species to demonstrate organised spirituality, with houses of worship and a pantheon of gods. City-states tend to be organised along a form of direct democracy analogous to that of classical Athens, although slavery is absent. Species is rated as being of least concern.



Segment V; Samaastans
Technological Attainment: Stone Age
Societal Organisation: Loose tribes (flocks)
A race of avian-analogues that resemble the king parrots of Unburned Sulyet, albeit with drab plumage. Architecture is limited to plant constructs resembling the bowers of ptilonorhynchidae. Society is militant, although conflicts tend to have low direct casualty rates. Conflicts between individuals (usually males) are highly ritualised and limited to displays, but conflicts between flocks tend to be between groups of females and result in the losing group starving or being dispersed. Flock decisions tend to be consensus-organised, with females driving most of the decision-making process; males are rarely involved, but their input is given great import when it is supplied. There is genetic evidence of at least two bottlenecks in the last 30,000 years, resulting from a population crash. Due to large ranges and low population densities, and a particularly nasty parasite present in many areas that preys on sexually viable males, species is rated as being vulnerable.



Segment VI; Klujuss
Technological Attainment: Stone Age
Societal Organisation: Tribal groups, termed “Groves”
A sedentary species that resembles the Unburned Sulyeti Koala while younger, but is sessile in adulthood, entering into symbiotic relationships with the local plantlife, while retaining sentience. No architecture is present. Extreme deference is shown to the “elder trees” – the older the individual, the greater the deference, with an almost spiritual reverence for the honoured ancestors (although only while they are alive). A form of fungus afflicts the preferred vegetation and has grown increasingly virulent in the last five decades according to these elder trees; it responds very well to administration of fungicides and we expect that we will be able to eradicate it shortly. The elder trees have taken to referring to Imperial survey and contact teams as “eternals” and have begun to command their children to follow directives from imperial teams. This matter requires urgent attention from the Security Council due to questions of subject status. Species is rated as being near threatened so long as the fungus remains present.



Segment VII; Sinurids
Technological Attainment: Bronze Age
Societal Organisation: Tribal Groups coalescing into City-States
A race of reptilian hexapods that prefers temperate climes; two limbs are employed as manipulators. Architecture is dominated by mud brick constructions. The written word is beginning to spread, but illiteracy remains at a rate over 98%. Society is conflict-averse, with “great debates” that have gone on for days being used to resolve disputes (oral tradition tells of one that went on for several centuries). A caste system is present, though it does not have an inherited component. Species is rated as being of least concern.



Segment VIII; Jahrids
Technological Attainment: Indeterminate
Societal Organisation: none to speak of
A hard-shelled molluscoid race with a preference for moist climates but a dislike of immersion. Evidence abounds of a recent severe societal collapse due to over-cultivation and over-population. Due to paucity of food conflict resulting in fatalities is quite common, although cannibalism remains rare and taboo at present; the Security Council has authorised the disbursement of food aid, and this has been warmly welcomed. When not in food stress, the species is conflict-averse, with great deference shown to leaders; Imperial aid workers are rapidly being accorded this role, being called “providers” by contacted groups (His Sovereign and Serene Highness appears to have been accorded the role of “Great Provider” and several Jahrid leaders have expressed a wish to travel to Agrela’s High Garden to thank him; the Sophont Rights Council has requested a special report of the situation). News of our arrival is spreading rapidly throughout Segment VIII and we are told that there is a mass migration towards Imperial outposts and establishments. Due to reduction to the gene pool and population crash, species is rated as being critically endangered, and further urgent intervention is requested.



General Note
Of the eight species, only one shows any inclination towards aggression (Segment III), with the remainder either showing aversion to conflict or being ambivalent towards it at best. We suggest that it is possible this is due to suppression of such instincts by the Krang, who sought to keep the various species docile; the genomes do show remarkable stability, even among the more rapidly-breeding populations, and clear indicators of artificial modification. An assessment is underway to determine if any obedience markers are present.

We do not believe it is possible to repatriate any species to their homeworld; so far, we have ascertained the likely origins of the species present in Segments I, II, IV, V, and VI. After surveying, the worlds are what is commonly known as “marble” planets; although some traces of some of the species have been found on natural satellites and other planets in their respective systems, finding traces on the planets themselves will need to wait for excavation.




Outer edges of the Gen Celet System, Far Gamma/Delta Border
RK3395.01

The great band of the galaxy shimmered, twisted, and opened; a burst of violets and blues and a single small grey ship bearing an eagle in gold. Just a scout. Ajna had reported that there was activity in this system, and they were pretty sure they knew who. The scout was only supposed to be here long enough to look and confirm; a process that took mere seconds. No sooner had that burst of violets and blues collapsed then it was replaced with one in reds and oranges, a bloody wound in the fabric of space, and the scout was gone.

The scene played out six more times around the rim of the galaxy.
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Postby Macisikan » Sat Nov 03, 2018 6:02 pm

Saragova, Agrela’s High Garden
RK3395.02.03

It was so very hard to open his eyes these days. They had offered a faster procedure; a smoother procedure, but he had deliberately chosen this long, slow path.

Probably why Thomas spent so much time on the Anvil these days; this method was not pretty. But it was certain, and it was what was chosen.

Still, he was here now, along with all his brothers and sisters.

Constantinus would have smiled, if his facial nerves still worked as they did an hour earlier. Instead, he offered a long, slow, blink; when his eyes were open again, a doctor had moved into his field of vision, peering at him intently.

“Only a few more breaths, your Majesty,” the woman said, with a reassuring smile.

In. Out. Blink. In. Out. Blink. In. Out. Blin-

The world winked away. For a brief instant, there was nothing, and then a sudden sense of movement, like rushing water; for some reason, he thought of the first time he had gone down a water slide. No fear, just the thrill of movement, of racing forward.

-ink.

The world came back; sharper. Brighter. More vivid. More beautiful than before. And a sudden awareness of his body; of strength. And of an energy he had not possessed in eighty years, no matter how many rejuvenations he took.

“Father?” Thomas, peering at him, frowning. That elvhen lover of his ever-present as a shadow behind him.

Now he did smile, standing, the first such movement he’d been able to manage in three months. Next to him, he could hear his beloved doing the same; he glanced to her, and she to him, and he saw love and joy in her eyes, those bright golden eyes. They nodded to each other, and, hand-in-hand, stepped down the dais to where their son, Prince-Regent no more, watched them. As one, they knelt; allegiance to the new monarch.

The Ardi-Ri has ascended,” he intoned in High Court, bowing his head. “Long live our new Ard-Ri!” Around them, his other children, their spouses and lovers, knelt, the same words spilling from their lips. And then Constantinus stood, and did what he wished someone had done for him all those long decades ago, and held his arms out; Thomas flew to him and clung like a drowning man. There were a few coughs after a moment, and then his other children crowded in; looking up, he saw the elvhen hang back behind them, ever vigilant, ever alert. He met the eyes of the other, and gestured with a hand; hesitantly, they were joined by another body.

For a brief moment, the family was united in love. Then young Maria muttered something about oxygen still being necessary for the organics, at the same time as his wife stage-whispered to him that, now he was relieved of the crown, it was about time that said elvhen made an honest boy out of their son, and the group dissolved into laughter.

“…and so, My Lady President-”

“Excuse me, Senator Luchidria, I’m afraid I must ask you to yield, to me.”

“Of course, My Lady President.”

“Senators; be it known to you all, that on this, the third day of February in the Three Thousand Three Hundred and Ninety-Fifth Year of the Red King, His Serene Majesty completed the process of Transference, and in accordance with the law of succession at the time, there is a demise of the Crown. In accordance with Section 15(a) of the Law of Succession, I hereby adjourn the Senate for a period of seven days, immediately.

The King has Transferred! Long live the King!”

(Hansard, RK3395.02.03)




25. Should the Serene Majesty undergo the process known as Transference, the completion of such a process shall constitute a demise of the Crown, and that person shall thereafter not be permitted to resume the Crown unless there is no-one else able to do so, in which case the most recently Transferred shall succeed to the Crown.
-the Law of Succession, section 25 (prior to RK3395.02.12)


Voice 1: “So how does this change the ceremony?”

Voice 2: “Dad’ll do it.”

Voice 1: “And then is Tommy finally going to make an honest man out of Leto?”

Voice 2: “We can always hope.”

Voice 1: “Mum’s going to want a big do for that.”
Last edited by Macisikan on Sat Nov 03, 2018 6:02 pm, edited 1 time in total.
Please address your messages/threats/lies to:
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“You have taken my cute idea … and turned it into something cold and cruel.” –Solont
“Terrible experiments. Unethical behaviour. Have I introduced you to my friend Macisikan? He’s something of an expert.” –Sunset

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