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Postby Tarasovka » Sun May 24, 2009 12:49 pm

Chamber of the Duma, Northwind Palace, Capital City of Vigvar

“The Chamber shall now debate the project of law ‘On the Restructuring of VertTech Conglomerate’s Ownership’ proposed by the Left-Wing Coalition. I shall now call for the leader of the Left-Wing Coalition, Deputy Liubenova, to come forward and expose the arguments.” The Speaker of the Duma, Duke Khaor Nakhart, laid his eyes upon one of the Deputies, a charming woman in her early thirties, light brown hair and lively allure, as she walked towards the tribune under applauses of the Deputies from her formation and random whistles from the sector belonging to the deputies from the National Patriotic Christian Alliance.

Dragica gave the chamber a charming smile before starting. “Honourable Speaker of the Duma,” she began as she glanced behind her at the seat occupied by the Speaker, “Honourable Colleagues,” her eyes fell upon the other deputies. “My party and our allies have reiterated our respect of private property on numerous occasions. Yet, in cases when property can no longer be considered as private and be used for private benefits, we deem that it is our duty to react.” The deputies from the Conservative Party remained silent and composed, so did the ones from the Democratic Conservative Party. The NPCA deputies, however, seemed to pierce the leader of the Liberal Socialist Party with a myriad of daggers as they looked upon her.

“Vertev’s Technologies started out as a small company dozens of years ago. It grew up, became prosperous, for which we commend its leadership. And as it grew, it… integrated… other companies to become the most important Taraskovyan company, a Conglomerate as it is officially called nowadays, with influence over every sector of our economic and even social life.” She paused for a second before continuing. “It has been no secret that ever since His Highness Mikhail the First purchased the majority of the company’s shares the Ruling Family profited from the prosperity of the Conglomerate. Not only did it reap the economic benefits, but the Ruling Family also has the power to force VerTech to take decisions profitable to the Shakhovskoy. They can even influence our lives through the company.”

The ‘Loyalists’ remained calm, some of them even covering their mouths to hide yawns of boredom, as Dragica Liubenova continued. “Due to the sheer size and power of the Conglomerate, it is in the opinion of all of the parties of my formation that the Conglomerate should serve national interests instead of those of the royal family. Thus, we propose to pass the law On the Restructuring of VertTech Conglomerate’s Ownership’ that would transfer the shares owned by the Grand Duke to the Taraskovyan State. The Grand Duke would keep a generous share of dividends. This law would enable us to…”

She did not have the chance to finish her phrase as a deputy from the NPCA area stood up. “Preposterous!” The Speaker’s eyes immediately fixed upon the shouting man, who was none else than Count Strogoverov, a nationalist renowned for his hatred of the socialists and communists. “I ask that you retake your seat and let…” “This is not only a violation of private property, it is a dangerous precedent should it get passed! First they strip the Grand Duke, which we could tolerate, but then they would pass on to the Church!”

“I request that you retake your sit, otherwise I shall be forced to remove you from this chamber.” The Speaker said, his voice calm and cold. The NPCA deputy, however, did not flinch as he continued with his yelling, until a bailiff came up to him and attempted to remove him peacefully. The deputy, however, was one of those who used the ancestral right to bear cold arms and, instead of following the bailiff, drew his sword and pointed it at the man. “Get your hands off me!”

Duke Nakhart stood up from his seat, his eyes reflecting his anger as they burned with an icy fire, looking at Count Strogoverov. “You shall holster your sword and leave this chamber until further notice.” Deputies from the Left-Wing Coalition applauded the Speaker’s voice as the two Communist deputies whistled at the angry NPCA member. This was the wrong thing to do as a number of NPCA deputies stood up from their seats and, drawing their swords, advanced towards the Communists. The few LSP deputies who used their right to bear cold arms drew their own weapons and stood up, preparing for the nationalists. Members of the Conservative Party stood up as they pondered whether to intervene between the two sides, with neither of the sides being friends with the Conservatives. The Speaker, in the meantime, did not lose time, for he knew that it was useless to appeal members of the NPCA that were about to kill some communists, and called in the police that were guarding the Northwind Palace. It was not long before numerous officers erupted into the chamber, using force to separate the warring sides. Count Strogoverov was incapacitated and dragged out of the room as Duke Nakhart postponed the debates until the day after.


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From the Vigvar Daily

Parliament Guard to protect the parliamentarians from themselves and… everything else

The project for the creation of a special armed unit by the name of ‘Parliament Guard’ has been agreed to by both chambers of the Parliament, with the unit being under command of a joint ‘Guard Committee’ elected from among both chambers of Parliament. The creation of the unit came as a response to the increased risk of deputies from the National Patriotic Christian Alliance of slaughtering members of the Left-Wing Coalition in the Grand Ducal Duma. The most recent incident required the police guarding the Northwind Palace to intervene against a number of NPCA deputies after the latter were about to charge the two Communist deputies in the Duma.

Members of the Democratic Conservative Party proposed a special law that would forbid the carrying of weapons in government buildings, but that project provoked a negative reaction from the NPCA as well as from the Conservative Party. The two formations reminded that the right to bear cold arms was ‘sacred’ in the Grand Duchy and could not be repealed. The NPCA also suggested that the standard police forces had no right to intervene against deputies and senators during debates. As a compromise, the Conservative Party came up with the project of a Parliament Guard that would not only guard the premises of the Parliament, but also have the authority to remove those deputies or senators that would endanger the lives of their colleagues.

The special statue of the Parliament Guard was voted in as a Grand Ducal Law, giving the unit extensive powers to act, using force if necessary, against the representatives of the People or those of the Fiefdoms. The unit also has more powers when ensuring the security of the Northwind Palace than standard police forces. The Grand Duke has accepted not to reject the project of the Parliament Guard on condition that special articles be included in the statue of the unit, such as granting the Grand Duke the right to call on the unit to Grand Duke’s service, disband the unit and others without required approval from the Parliament.

In the end, the Deputies and Senators now have a special unit not ensure that they do not slaughter each other. A truly marvelous beginning for the First Parliament that will most surely convince the population that the legislative assembly does not waste time in vain and works hard to ensure that the interests of the People and of the Fiefdoms are respected and applied.



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From the Vigvar Daily

Grand Ducal Parliament ratifies the Vigvar Convention on Cooperation despite strong NPCA opposition.

Yesterday both chambers of the Grand Ducal Parliament ratified the Vigvar Convention on Cooperation. The National Patriotic Christian Alliance put up a fight and threatened to initiate a popular referendum on the issue.

As expected, the majority Loyalist Coalition overwhelmingly backed the text of the Convention in Parliament. They were joined by some deputies from the Liberal Socialist Party, even if the majority of the Left-Wing opposition preferred to abstain from voting. The two Communist deputies voted against the treaty, siding with the Nationalists for the first time in the history of the Taraskovyan Parliament.

The NPCA, however, has promised that it would initiate a referendum on the issue in accordance with the Article 115 of the Grand Ducal Constitution and campaign for a rejection of the treaty by the population of the Grand Duchy. “This treaty does not answer the interests of the Taraskovyan people and we shall do everything we need for the voice of our people to be heard,” Count Bogoslavov, leader of the NPCA, has stated. It is expected that his party will have no trouble gathering the required amount of signatures and hold a referendum within the 100 days foreseen by law, even if, judging by information gathered from several opinion polls, the popular referendum would support the Convention.

Whilst the Parliament was debating the motion, half a thousand young nationalists attempted to approach the Northwind Palace and disrupt the session. Since the demonstrators were forbidden to approach the Palace, riot police moved in to break up the crowd. Several dozen people were arrested. Groups of masked young men appeared sporadically over the Capital City, but their activities were limited to spraying graffiti or throwing paint buckets at buildings housing Knootian interests. Police officers arrested two nationalist teenagers that attempted to throw a bucket of yellow paint at the Knootian Embassy; an officer got painted in the process.

In the Outer Ring, an important crowd of approximately ten thousand people was blocked by riot police from entering the bridges leading to the Capital City. No violence was reported and the crowd dispersed by itself towards the evening, traffic through the blocked transport lanes was restored by nightfall.



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From the Vigvar Daily

A coup for the Nationalists: the Taraskovyan People ratifies the Vigvar Convention

Despite a strong NPCA campaign, the Taraskovyan People has supported the Vigvar Convention on Cooperation, defended not only by the Loyalists, but also by a large number of Left-wing parties.

The major fear that haunted the referendum was that the People would not bother to vote and let the supporters of the National Patriotic Christian Alliance reject it. The Loyalist and the Left-wing Coalitions have been constantly promoting the text and calling their voters to ratify it. It would seem that their arguments worked as Taraskovyans voted en masse through the electronic bulletins, the final voter turnout nearing 72%.

All in all, 62,17% of voters backed the Vigvar Convention on Cooperation, which expands the bilateral relations between the Grand Duchy and the Dutch Democratic Republic. The rest voted against, with a small number of bulletins invalidated due to a non-respect of the filling in rules. All in all, the results come as a slap to the face of the Nationalist opposition that is hostile to an opening of the Grand Duchy to the outside world.

“We are all entitled to making errors, even the Taraskovyan people. But I am sure that once they realise the error they have committed Taraskovyans shall demand a voiding of the Convention,” Count Alexander Bogoslavov, leader of the NPCA, has stated when commenting the results during a press conference. “Improving relations with an atheist, godless republic is the surest way to an abyss.”

“The results reflect the present situation of the Grand Duchy that can no longer be content with sitting in its corner and accumulating riches from its natural resources,” Duke Anatoly Orlov, one of the leaders of the Conservative Party, has declared while commenting the results. “Expansion of trade and cooperation between the Grand Duchy and its partners is important to ensure the continued prosperity of our country.”

Yet, the most ardent supporters of the agreement were the Liberal Socialists. “Knootoss is a proof that the republican form of government, as long as it is not a military dictatorship in the style of the Ruling Council, is very successful. I am sure that eventually the Taraskovyan People shall realise it,” Dragica Liubenova, leader of the LSP, said with a smile as she gave a press conference. “It may not be a treaty of international importance, such as some other organizations and alliances out there, yet it is already an other in a series of steps taken in the right direction.”



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Vigvar Daily

Dreamreach declared Kingdom under Grand Duchy, Lagoon to be Principality

In a rather intriguing decision, the Grand Duke has promoted his personal dominion of Dreamreach into a Kingdom, thus breaking with the traditional Russian style in favour of the Western one. The move has left many analysts pondering whether the move has any symbolism attached to it.

The Taraskovyan Grand Duke shall now also be styled King, with the latter title inferior in importance to the former. Legal mess and travesty for some, intriguing decision for others, the sudden promotion of the Dominion to a Kingdom has left nobody indifferent. Indeed, the new title can be interpreted in several ways.

First is that the Grand Duke has decided to turn to the Western style to create a new title that would put him on a more “equal” standing with the rest of the world’s sovereign monarchs. Indeed, with King being higher in honour than Grand Duke, the Taraskovyan leader can now claim to be on a more equal footing with Kings and Emperors of the world. However, due to the fact that Taraskovyan rulers have never been known for envying foreign rulers because of their titles, this interpretation of the move seems highly unlikely.

The one that appears the most probable is the fact that Dreamreach, being an entire star system, can hardly be considered a Duchy simply because of its sheer size. If the Grand Duke had abided by the Russian style, he would have become Tsar, a title historically associated with Orthodox rulers. The title of King, however, is associated with a myriad of religions and, thus, is less heavy in symbolism.

Then why promote it to a Kingdom and not a Grand Duchy? It was surely done to avoid any confusion in the future between Taraskovya and Dreamreach. And in the available choice between Duchy, Kingdom and Empire, the Kingdom was, thus, the compromise and the best choice.

The Grand Duke has not yet commented personally on the creation of this new title, leaving his motives left to speculation. But already many agree – being a Grand Duke above King is better than Grand Duke above a Republic. The status of the Autonomous Republic of the Island of Atlantic as a “republic” has been questioned by many, for even if the Island has a republican form of rule and calls itself as this, its Head of State is still the Grand Duke of all Taraskovya.

The Kingdom shall be largely autonomous from the Grand Duchy, with Grand Ducal law taking precedence and the Grand Duchy responsible for defence and foreign relations. The Grand Ducal Parliament has already passed the law defining the Grand Duchy’s relationship with the newly created Kingdom. No referendum was requested by the Grand Ducal population. With the final status of the territory set in stone, it is expected that the colonization effort shall start once the latest war in the Raumreich is over.



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"Empire's Diaries" is a general audience magasine, covering the life in the Grand Duchy of Tarasovka and its various dominions, protectorates and associated territories. Giving everything from analysis of really important events to interviews of celebrities.

Hereby is an interview of the magazine with Her Highness the Archduchess Vethara of Taraskovya.

Vethara, a name all Taraskovyans know. A woman, whose smile and charm have seduced the entire country, a woman beloved by all. A woman who went through a lot of pain and suffering, yet always gives an image of happiness and joy. The Archduchess is known for her involvement in Taraskovyan life, always striving to aid those in difficulty.

Today, “Empire’s Diaries” is honoured to present to our faithful readers an interview with Her Highness the Archduchess concerning her latest project to raise funds for the victims of the Plague and the Time of Troubles.


First of all, Your Highness, we wish to express our gratitude for allowing this interview to happen.

The pleasure is all mine, I assure you.

Let us pass on to the important things now. Could you please briefly explain what your latest aid project is about? The news and tabloids have been buzzing with gossip for quite some time, yet no precise information is available.

Most certainly. As you know, the Plague* and the heavy fighting that it is famous for left all of Aphyr a smoldering wasteland. In the years following the war, a great reconstruction effort was undertaken to rebuild Aphyr. Cities have been restored, maglev lines built, electricity and drinking water supplied. However, in the rush for the industrial and material reconstruction, the Ruling Council forgot about the people, the millions of victims of the Plague, millions of those who lost their families. The fathers of many children fell in combat. All this was forgotten in front of the daunting task of rebuilding Aphyr.

And this, I deem, is a great injustice, for we cannot heal the scars left by the Plague and by the Times of Troubles that followed it by simply putting buildings back. We must care about the people.

So your aid project is aimed at aiding those who lost family in the Plague and Time of Troubles?

Indeed. In Taraskovya, we have very few below the vital minimum**, yet many who live right on or slightly above it. This effectively excludes their children from universities, since government subsidies cannot keep up with the huge population.

What I have strived to do for the past months was to raise attention to the problem. I have conducted seminars, press conferences, contributed my personal funds, my dear brother also contributed a great deal… but it seems that we need something bright and striking to raise awareness of the problem.

And what exactly do you have in mind for bright and striking?

I and other famous women shall strip for money.

Really? Could you please explicit what you mean by that?

I mean what I have said. Me and other famous women shall pose in lingerie for a photo album, which shall then be auctioned off. The money shall go to the Shakhovskoy Aid Fund, which I am managing and overseeing, and from there shall be used to aid the aforementioned victims of the Plague and of the Time of Troubles. Education grants, long term and zero percent loans to families… Well, everything that makes up the particular Taraskovyan charity system, since our countrymen refuse to take anything free. After all, the only thing which is free is the cheese in a mousetrap.

Now this is a bold project. Does it not conflict with your duties as Benefactress of the Church?

To some extent, yes, but I have talked with the Patriarch himself and have received his authorisation. His Holiness did advise me to seek other ways to attain my goal, but I do not see any other way. The photograph of me is already ready, it is done very artistically and I assure you I do not show anything that should be hidden.

And what a pity it is, I am sure our male readings are howling already. But what are these other famous women you have mentioned?

I shall not reveal them for the sake of surprise. But let us say that the project involves both Taraskovyan and foreign celebrities. It should be finished quite soon and an edition of a hundred exemplars shall be auctioned off. It shall include autographs by us all, as well as various information on the Plague, the Times of Troubles, non-governmental organizations catering for the victims. Really, if you thought it was just going to be a calendar, you are mistaken, for it shall be much, much more.

And we shall be looking forward to it then. We once again thank Your Highness for the interview and for everything you are doing to aid those Taraskovyans who are in need.

It was a pleasure for me and no gratitude needed. I am just doing what the Shakhovskoy have always been doing – caring for our people for they are our strength and life.


[OOC: * The Plague is the name given in Tarasovka to the civil war of 1141A.S. (Aphyr Conflict) in which half a billion people perished. In game time terms, the war happened 8 years ago, as far as GDT is concerned. The Time of Troubles is the period of the military junta, renowned for the White Legion insurgency.

**Calculated using the following formula:
Base minimum (food, apartment rent, etc) - A
+ Expanded minimum (mandatory medical insurance, base education, etc) - B
+ Social minimum (basic telecommunications, kitchen equipment, etc) - C
+ 20% of A+B+C
_______________
Vital minimum (also known as the poverty line) ]




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Excerpt from the Martian Observer

Inhabitants leave Stribog for Lagoon, Fiefdom’s population thinning

Following the Volarian Nuclear Incident, millions of Taraskovyan citizens dwelling in the Martian Fiefdoms have chosen to sell their homes and migrate to Dreamreach, namely it’s capital planet of Lagoon. The migration wave has not touched only Stribog as hundreds of thousands leave the Sisgardian metropoly for the Kingdom of Dreamreach.

“We used to have more than 260 million people in here. Now we are already down to 230. At this rate, the Fiefdom shall be nothing else that a desert with troops on its borders,” the Governor of Stribog, Omni Anubis, stated with a touch of worry in his voice. And indeed, there are some causes for concern since the Fiefdom of Stribog, the homestead of the Toran people where they form an overwhelming majority, is emptying itself of its population.

The reason behind this? The recent Volarian Nuclear Incident, which caused a nuclear winter all over Mars and covered the ground with radioactive dust, is seen as the main cause for the exodus. However, radioactive fallout is being cleansed at a sustained pace by the ECTOS entities deployed all over the Fiefdoms and the subterranean cities are quite capable of hosting and providing work for hundreds of millions of people.

But all this is not enough to keep the inhabitants of Stribog in the Fiefdom. “All this clean up and everything is very nice, but it’ll be some time before the situation really improves. And in the meantime, land values keep going down. So we sold what we had and bought a government permit to settle on Lagoon,” a migrant told me as he boarded a shuttle which would take him to Lagoon.

And they are not alone to think that way. Many people in Dajdbog and even in the Sisgardian metropoly are packing suit cases, getting permits and moving out to Lagoon. It seems the recently created Kingdom of Dreamreach is seen as a “promised land” by many willing to escape radioactive clouds of Mars or simply the noise and hassle of the highly urbanized metropoly.

Dreamreach, with a current population of a hundred million already, is experiencing a tremendous economic growth and looks set to become an other jewel in the Taraskovyan crown.




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Article from the Empire's Diaries:

Parliament To Debate “Human” Status For Julaniem


The Taraskovyan legal system is a rather particular one. And the terminology of “human” is one of them. While a bit every other nation considers humans to be members of the homo sapiens species, the Taraskovyal legal order considers human “any species capable of interbreeding with Taraskath, creating viable progeniture that is capable of further procreation […] sharing a physical appearance similar to that of the Taraskath […] having the same general interior composition and structure as Taraskath […] [and] products of natural evolution.” The quoted definition is not contained within the law, but within a 41 years old verdict of the Grand Ducal Tribunal, dated November 1109 A.S. The same verdict which saw the then rather consequent population of Skaven in Taraskovya deprived of citizenship and most rights, but accorded them a special status under the law, extending certain provisions of fundamental rights on the non-humans.

Since then, the Skaven have been entirely wiped out in the heavy merciless combats that characterised the Plague, along with five hundred million “human” Taraskovyans. Many lawyers joked that “the legal problem has been solved”. But they could not foresee that the Ruling Council would send the army to conquer Tavaroth…

The Julaniem: challenging the legal establishment since 1145 AS.

Following the conquest of Tavaroth and the establishment there of a Taraskovyan Dominion authority, a number of legal questions arose over time. As the lands were pacified and stabilized, a more or less efficient democracy came to be established, on Taraskovyan principles of popular participation through referenda. The Taraskovyan Grand Ducal constitution extends itself largely over the United Provinces of Tavaroth, at least as far as Fundamental and Political rights are concerned.

This said, the Taraskovyan constitution uses the term “human rights” and, as such, only grants them to “humans” (read above for jurisprudential definition). Non-humans, such as the Julaniem, are excluded from voting, for example. And whilst the inhabitants of Tavaroth have no say over the Grand Ducal Constitution as citizens of a dominion, they are none the less subjected to its overall authority.

So far, the only exception to the rules has been Hermes Island, but then again non-humans there are foreigners that come to do business, not technical Taraskovyan citizens who are entitled to vote and decide of Taraskovyan politics. The Tavaroth issue, it appears, has dealt a huge blow at the well-established notions of Taraskovyan law.

The Liberal Socialist Party, the Democratic Conservative Party and a good half of Conservatives have cried foul of the situation, argumenting that “members of the Kerrat kin are native to Tavaroth in the same manner as Taraskath are native to Taraskovya. Can one imagine Taraskath deprived of voting rights because they are not homo sapiens?” If the Julaniem (or Kerrat, as they are also called) are not “human”, then they may not vote, they may not own property, they may not seize the courts and they are not covered and protected by law. A completely surreal and idiotic situation in the eyes of many Taraskovyans, especially considering that foreign non-humans that visit Hermes Island may buy property, may exchange goods and services, are protected by law. The mere fact that foreign citizens are treated better than Taraskovyans by right is preposterous to many.

[indent]“We can understand that the Skaven were refused citizenship fourty years ago,” an LSP spokesperson commented. “They were not native to Taraskovya and were taken in as refugees. Even if we find that the verdict in question is completely absurd, we respect the reasoning of the judges in the Tribunal. The problem here is that the Julaniem are native to Tavaroth, a Taraskovyan Dominion. They are Taraskovyans, period!”[/indent]

Back in the times, it were the Taraskovyan National Defence Forces that found the way out of the Skaven legal puzzle: they simply proclaimed each and every rat-person as “auxiliary personnel”. And when the military decides to protect someone, no troublemaker shall dare go against.

TNDF: leading the way by example?

Just as with the Skaven back in the old days, the National Defence Forces have not waited until lawyers and politicians end their talking and just proclaimed all Julaniem as “auxiliary personnel”, which extends the military's protection over the kin without any obligations of service for the Julaniem to the military. The decision was taken upon personal insistence of General-Poruchik Jochem van Wallenstein, commander of the TNDF elements in Tavaroth.

The Taraskovyan military, in many aspects, has always been more socially and culturally progressive than the civilian and political State authorities, contrary to what many could expect. The TNDF has no issues with enrolling foreigns in general and non-humans in particular into its ranks as long as they are willing to serve Taraskovya and give their lives for a country that doesn’t even recognize them as worthy of legal protection. Non-humans can actually advance as high as the rank of Colonel, since the ranks above must approved by the civilian and political authorities who would reject any "non-human".

The examples of TNDF’s openness are many: from Skaven troops in the old days to the current Julaniem Scouts. General-Poruchik van Wallenstein has created a whole regiment of Julaniem scouts, which provides prime quality reconnaissance platoons and companies to other units of the National Defence Forces. The commander of the Julaniem Scouts Unit “Sherkhan” is Colonel Rasht Kerush, nicknamed “Shaitan”, who is currently the highest ranked non-human in the TNDF. Kerrat scouts have received top praise from a high number of Taraskovyan military commanders.

Despite strong opposition from many in the political establishment, the military retorts to criticism bluntly and aggressively, stipulating that “as long as they fight for the Motherland we don’t give a damn whether they have tails or not”. In face of the military’s strong popularity with the Taraskovyan population, no politician has ever dared suggest a law that would limit TNDF recruitment to “humans only” out of fear for his electoral future.

Granting human status to non-humans? And how far?

The Parliament is to debate in the coming weeks the issue of whether to amend Taraskovyan laws in such a way as to include the Julaniem, and in such case what laws to amend and how. Some Parliamentarians suggest a new Grand Ducal Statute which would list “particular species” that benefit from the same status as “human” under the Constitution.

Others suggest amending the Constitution and replacing the term “human” with “sentient” or “sapient”. The National Patriotic Christian Alliance rejects any amendment and suggests deporting all Julaniem to third states.

Whatever the solution, the Taraskovyan grand ducal population shall surely be the last to decide. And according to latest polls, 65% of Taraskovyans do consider the Kerrat as equal citizens of the gigantic and multi-cultural Taraskovyan Empire in Denial.



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Excerpt from the Empire’s Diaries:

Second Parliament Sworn In


Today, the second Grand Ducal Parliament began its work, following last week’s elections which saw the Conservative Party maintain its absolute majority in both Houses of Parliament. His Grace, the Duke Khaor Nakhart has been reelected as Duma Speaker for a second mandate.

The major tendency seen in the elections was the strengthening of the Loyalist bloc in the Duma, while the NPCA saw its support dwindling. The Left-Wing Coalition is down from four parties to two, as the IAAP decided to join up with the Liberal-Socialists and the NPUH did not manage to gain a single seat.

A newcomer in the field, the Republican Party, has stated it would join the Loyalists. Despite their campaigning for the abolition of monarchy, the Republicans share the same views as the Conservatives and the Democratic Conservatives on such issues as economy, welfare, social politics.

The Duma composition is as follows, out of 400 seats:
Conservative Party – 218 seats ([COLOR="SeaGreen"]+2[/COLOR]) - Loyalist
National Patriotic Christian Alliance – 68 seats ([COLOR="Red"]-11[/COLOR]) - Nationalist
Liberal-Socialist Party – 62 seat ([COLOR="#2e8b57"]+11[/COLOR]) – Left-Wing
Democratic-Conservative Party – 35 seats ([COLOR="SeaGreen"]+1[/COLOR]) - Loyalist
Republican Party – 15 seats ([COLOR="#2e8b57"]+15[/COLOR]) – Loyalist
Communist Party – 1 seat ([COLOR="Red"]-1[/COLOR]) – Left-Wing
Apathy Party – 1 seat ([COLOR="#ff0000"]-1[/COLOR]) – “Who cares?”

In the Senate, the Liberal-Socialists did not manage to score a single seat as their main trump card, Senator Vologdov, decided not to stand up again. The Conservatives, the Christian Patriots and independents divided the Senate amongst themselves.

The Senate composition is as follows, out of 58 seats:
Conservative Party – 31 seat ([COLOR="#ff0000"]-1[/COLOR])
National Patriotic Christian Alliance – 8 seats ([COLOR="#ff0000"]-1[/COLOR])
Independent Senators – 19 seats

The Second Parliament, which will actually be the first to server the reglementary four years mandate, shall have to tackle a number of different issues, from the ever growing calls for the Imperial Reform to the status of “non-humans” with the Grand Ducal legislation.

Nakhart: Julaniem status to be decided within months, not years

During his opening speech, Duma Speaker Khaor Kakhart has clearly stated that the debate on “non-humans” in the Grand Duchy shall not take the path of years, but shall be decided in the coming months. The Speaker has invited deputies from all parties to come forward with pragmatic propositions.

[indent]“The Grand Duchy has to move forward. We must understand that we are no longer a small country somewhere in the confines of Sisgardia. We are a power to be reckoned with, a power that flies its banner proudly over many lands, a power whose regiments inspire fear in enemy hearts, a power which calls respect from foreign states. We live in a big, I shall allow myself the word huge, even! We live in a huge country, we live in a great country.

“We cannot revel in the old times when cultures were relatively few and the legal situation was clear. Today, we must pay the price of our success and move beyond the aged principles that govern our laws. My dear colleagues, honourable deputies, the Taraskovyan society has already moved forward and has not waited for us in that respect. Foreign non-humans can trade freely on Hermes Island, for our citizens value interaction and commerce with foreign states, be it on Hermes Island or in foreign countries. The military! The military has moved well beyond ancient stereotypes in all matters social and cultural. Even as we speak, the Julaniem scouts are serving our great country, they are spilling their blood for a country that refuses to recognize them as its subjects.

“Some might deem that I am asking for everything immediately, that I want to turn Taraskovya into a country of the likes of Allanea, where everything is permitted and the society is in complete cultural chaos. Let me assure you: I am the first to acknowledge that Taraskovya must never become a haven of libertarian decadence. But I fail to see how recognizing our valiant sons and daughters as our own shall disrupt the fabric of Taraskovyan livelihood.

“Dear Sirs, dear Ladies, members of Parliament… I shall make it a personal question to ensure a favourable resolution to the Julaniem citizenship question within the upcoming months. We cannot… we may not put the decision off indefinitely as some in this chamber would love to. I invite all serious deputies to come forward with a debate on the question that shall lead to the creation of a comfortable legal environment for what we today consider as non-humans in the Grand Duchy, most notably the Julaniem.”[/indent]

The intervention on the question of non-humans, while having been only a portion of the speech, was the most awaited moment of the day. Loyalist deputies applauded three times during the intervention, which can very well mean that the Parliamentary majority has already an idea on how to deal with the situation in the best way possible.

Military reorganization on the agenda

Different sources indicate that the Parliament shall ponder on the question of reorganizing the Taraskovyan military system. This will most surely involve revoking the right of Fiefdoms and Dominions to maintain own standing armed forces, as well as reorganizing the Taraskovyan National Defence Forces into Theatres instead of the conventional branches.

[indent]“Nowadays, we drop Armoured Divisions as if they were Airborne. The Air Force has come to lose any sense, because today it is better to have an aero-space capable force than craft limited to atmospheric flight,” military analysts agree. “Moreover, we only have a Navy [wet water navy] on Earth, and it is slowly coming to lose its importance in favour of the Space Fleet. Why should we have a whole branch within the [TNDF] if it only concerns one theatre and is of minor importance?”[/indent]

The plan, however, draws some resistance from Fiefdom and Dominion authorities, which see it as an attempt on their federal rights. Many analysts agree that while the local entities should be allowed to maintain reserve and militia forces, the professional armed forces should be solely within Grand Ducal jurisdiction.

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Excerpt from the Empire’s Diaries:

Julaniem Status Resolution Nearing


Some sources indicate that the Parliamentary Commission on the Rights of Non-Humans, which has been created for the purpose of studying the question on whether to grant “non-humans” the status of “humans” and under what terms, has come to a preliminary draft of a constitutional and legislative revision.

The project would involve an approach in two directions: amending the Federal Constitution of the Grand Duchy of Tarasovka, most precisely Title 2, Chapter 1, with a new provision which would stipulate that the terms “human” are applicable to all sapient living beings. This would extend the provisions of “human rights” to “non-humans”, but would not resolve the outstanding question of citizenship.

Indeed, citizenship is considered a political right, not a human one. Taraskovyan citizenship is not fundamental to a living being and, as such, restrictions in this field shall continue to apply. The Grand Ducal Statute on Citizenship, however, shall be amended with a provision stipulating that the Grand Ducal Government can decide on what ethnicities and kins may obtain Taraskovyan citizenship, basing themselves on cultural, social and other arguments.

Major Legal Reshuffle Ahead?

The Grand Ducal Parliament has not yet made any official comment on the news, but Deputies and Senators from the National Patriotic Christian Alliance have been making personal statements condemning the upcoming project as “ani-Taraskovyan”. Regardless of the nationalist position on the matter, many Taraskovyan legal specialists have hailed what they see as a major breakthrough in the outdated Taraskovyan policies.

[indent] “If the two-part approach is indeed true, then it is simply perfect for Taraskovya,” Leonid Solonov, professor of Constitutional Law at Vigvar University, commented. “On the one hand, it shall provide for what we today consider as non-humans to come freely to all Taraskovyan realms, and not just Hermes Island. This means tourism, this means business, this means workforce. Of course, the exact extent of the term “living beings” remains to be seen, but it is undeniably a major leap forward for our legal system.

“On the other hand, it shall exclude a number of ethnicities from obtaining Taraskovyan citizenship until such and such kin has sufficient cultural ties with our country. Yet again, the exact extent of the provision has to be clarified: will individual representatives of the kin be able to gain citizenship without automatically giving the same rights to their compatriots, or will it only be possible once a kin has sufficient ties to Taraskovya, like the Julaniem?

“The overall project shall allow non-humans to interact with Taraskovya freely, but will allow Taraskovya to chose those ethnicities it wishes to have further responsibilities over, those of a State towards its Citizens.”[/indent]

Taraskovyans Appear In Favour of Project

Some polls conducted by a variety of private organizations have established that the Taraskovyan People is in favour of the project. The biggest support appears to come from the Fiefdoms of Uthar, Southern Cardinia, Vyshna, Vigvar and Amalor. The Fiefdoms opposed to the idea appear to be Uiliath and Keth. The other Fiefdoms have slim majorities in favour.

But all these polls indicate that a whole 30% of Taraskovyans are still undecided on what to vote in any referendum. And referendum there shall be, at least for the constitutional amendment, involving the votes of the People and of the Fiefdoms. But the NPCA has stated clearly that will initiate a referendum on any amendment to the Statute on Citizenship.

NPCA: “Good bye Taraskovya, hello Allanea!”

The National Patriotic Christian Alliance and their supporters have been gearing up for a campaign of opposition to any upcoming project which would give “non-humans” the same rights as “humans”.

[indent] “We can tolerate these elves being “human”, but giving humanship to beastmen is out of the question. Are we a human state, or some freakland in the likes of Allanea or Scolopendra? If those non-humans don’t like their current status, they are free to pack bags and leave. The project is Anti-Taraskovyan as it goes against our culture and our values.”[/indent]

The NPCA has portrayed itself as a defender of an Orthodox Taraskovya in the face of an adverse and faithless world. However, the Alliance and the Patriarchate appear to have parted ways on the Julaniem question, as Church missionaries are already working amongst the population of Tavaroth, meeting varying levels of success with various cultures there, including with the Kerrat.

The White Legion has not stated its stance on the question, but many expect it to be highly negative. Many also doubt the Legion will ever make a statement as the organisation has been dormant for the past two years and some even deem that it quietly dissolved in the meantime.

The NPCA, however, is very much around and is making its voice heard, with its calls for a deportation of all non-humans to nations that would accept them. Such a solution, however, appears to be out of the question for the Grand Ducal leadership as such moves would pretty much isolate the country from the outside world. But what the People decides remains to be seen.



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Excerpt from the Empire’s Diaries:

Grand Duke Overrules Dreamreach Law On Military


His Majesty Mikhail II Shakhovskoy, Grand Duke of all Taraskovya and King of Dreamreach, has today put a veto on a law passed by the Royal Parliament of Dreamreach which sealed the Kingdom’s right to maintain its own military force in accordance with the traditions in place within the territories under Taraskovyan jurisdiction. Under the legislative procedure in place in Taraskovya and its Dominions, a law does not need the Grand Duke’s approval in order to be passed and enacted, but the Grand Duke may void the law at any moment at his own discretion and without offering any justification.

[indent] “The law is sheer non-sense,” a Winter Palace spokesperson has indicated, “and as such it has been vetoed by the Grand Duke. His Majesty has also made it clear to the MPs on Lagoon that any attempt to cling on to their military rights in the light of the upcoming military reform shall be futile. The Royal Parliament has been given a clear warning that it stands to be dissolved in case of disobedience.”[/indent]

It is the first time the Grand Duke has used his absolute veto powers in the new Grand Duchy (and, by extent, its Dominions) and sends a clear message that the military affairs are being centralized for good. The Royal Parliament of Dreamreach has indicated that it would respect the decision of the King of Dreamreach and comply with his demands, even at the expense of its autonomy. The Royal Parliament of Nyi-Gardarika has indicated that it was scrapping a similar project in light of the developments.

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Interview from the Empire’s Diaries:

Lost In Wonderland On Tour


Lost in Wonderland is a name that is known not only throughout the gigantic Taraskovyan Empire, but which extends its reputation abroad into many countries. The Taraskovyan metal band, having began modestly ten years ago, is today a major hit in charts world-wide. Combining stunning on-stage performance, powerful music and a duo of male and female vocals, the band is bound to keep wooing the crowds for years to come.

In the run up to a major tour which will take the band through a number of countries, the “Empire’s Diaries” managed to obtain an interview with the band’s leaders and vocalists: Skomorokh* and Queen of Spades.


First of all, we will begin with thanking the two of you for granting us this interview. We know how busy you are in preparations for the upcoming tour.

Skomorokh: The pleasure is all ours, really.

The upcoming tour shall take you to a number of countries, namely Pantocratoria, the Resurgent Dream, Abt and Knootoss. Can you maybe shed some light on what you plan to perform?

Skomorokh: Well, in Belgorod we shall perform our “Return the Sky to Them” program including our Russian and Taraskath language songs. Since they are basically Taraskovyans, but independent, we figured it would make sense to treat them to the same program. As far as the other countries are concerned, it will be a completely new program called “Bright Eyes” featuring English language songs.

Queen of Spades: As far as Pantocratoria is concerned, we can already say that we shall premiere several French language songs. And well, if the public reacts positively, we might just as well put them on a future album. [laughs]

You shall be cooperating with some local bands on the tour, unless we are mistaken. Can you maybe provide some further clarifications?

S: To an extent. In Knootoss, we shall be supported by Utharian** band Autumn, fellow Taraskovyans, who shall be touring the Dutch Democratic Republic. We will link with them on several occasions, namely in Knootcap.

But otherwise, in Abt, Pantocratoria and the Resurgent Dream we’ll be supported by local bands, yes. We’ve already had previous contacts with all of them and we are looking forward to offering our public an unforgettable show.

Due to your on-stage costumes and masks, many people wonder when you’ll finally decide to reveal your faces. Not for this time, we take it?

Q: Not for this time, no. Our costumes and masks are part of Lost in Wonderland, just as our songs and music. It allows us to live our characters closely, to offer a better performance on stage.

It’s a pity then. We do have to ask, though, about your main sources of inspiration, which are the fairy tales. Many deem that it could be time to move on to more serious topics. What do you think?

S: Well, we do have songs that can be considered as "serious"… “I am free”, for example, or “Would You Share the Stars with Me?”, respectively performed in single by myself and Her Majesty. But we have never really considered distancing ourselves much from our main theme, which are fairy tales. After all, all of ours songs are rather serious, even if they speak of fairy tales.

Q: Indeed. There is a child in each and every one of us and instead of locking him or her up like many people do, we allow them to influence our creativity. And in the end, we all feel better in the end, be the songs sad or cheerful. Simply because we have been allowed to escape reality for several minutes and plunge into a world where everything is possible, where good always wins.

Let us turn to your songs now. You are known as a multilingual band, performing in Russian, Taraskath and English. It would appear French will also be added to your list. Many accuse you of simply trying to flood as many markets as possible with your songs. How would you refute such accusations, if you would refute at all?

Q: We are not really trying to flood any market. Of course, we are not against people buying our records and songs, but we do not do this out of commercial motives. If you listen to our songs, you shall see that they are each unique, unlike many other bands, especially in the pop and hip hop genres, which take a base tune and then stamp song after song on it.

S: The choice of language depends on the song in question, on the mood we want to convey. Each language is unique, which is why it gives a unique touch to a song. Even if we translate a Taraskath song into Russian, it will not have the same feeling and the original sense will surely be lost. This is why we are multilingual: we are exploring every possibility a language can offer us, the opportunities new languages have to offer, and we use them accordingly.

Any plans for songs in some other languages?

S: Not yet. We are limited by the languages I and Her Majesty speak, after all. Our bassist, the Four of Spades, comes from Middelhoorn in Southern Cardinia. So we have a Dutch speaker who also knows German. But I don’t speak the languages, Her Majesty doesn’t speak them, I can’t see how we’d be able to sing in them.

Q: And personally I am not in a rush to learn new languages right now. Of course, we could as well stuff some implants into our brains, but I love my head as it is: natural and pretty. [laughs]

Indeed. Well, allow us to thank you for your time and to wish you the best of everything in your upcoming performances abroad. Show them what Taraskovyans are like there!

S: You can count on us.

Q: Oh, they will remember us all right…


[OOC:
* Skomorokh (rus.) – best translated as minstrel jester.
** Uthar is one of the three Dutch-speaking Fiefdoms of the Grand Duchy.]
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Postby Tarasovka » Sun May 24, 2009 12:52 pm

Excerpts from the Empire’s Diaries:

Grand Ducal Parliament Approves Citizenship Reform


In an expected, but nevertheless still stunning motion, the Grand Ducal Parliament has approved the constitutional and legislative amendments which will pave the way to extending the Taraskovyan notion of “human” rights to “living sapient beings”, as well as shall open Taraskovyan citizenship to some “non-human” kinds.

In the Duma, the majority Loyalists have unanimously backed the reform, the Left-Wing Opposition adding its votes to the majority. The Nationalist Opposition remained alone in voting against the measure.

In the Senate, the reform was also overwhelmingly approved, with only the Nationalist and some independent Senators voting against the motion.

Since a Constitutional Reform requires a mandatory referendum, while a legislative amendment is subject to facultative referendum, the Grand Ducal Parliament has also decided that the two texts shall be put to the referendum as a single legal reform. This is opposed by the Nationalists, who demand that the two amendments be subject to two questions.

Referendum On Schedule

The exact date of the referendum has not been revealed yet, although according to the Constitution it must happen within 100 days following the passing of the act in Parliament. The amendments will concern the Federal Constitution of the Grand Duchy of Tarasovka, namely the addition of Article 8bis On rights of living sapient beings. The tenure is the following:

[indent] “Living sapient beings benefit from fundamental rights to the same extent as humans, as defined by Statute.”[/indent]

The Grand Ducal Statute on Citizenship shall be amended with Article 14a Eligibility of non-humans to Taraskovyan Citizenship, with the following tenure:

[indent] “1. The Grand Ducal Government defines non-human ethnicities eligible for Taraskovyan citizenship by Ordinance. In the definition, the Grand Ducal Government bases itself on scientific, cultural, linguistic and social aspects.
2. Stateless non-human ethnicities dwelling on a territory under Taraskovyan jurisdiction are to be given particular preference.
3. In the case that representatives of a non-human ethnicity in Taraskovya form a minority of their entire kind, preference shall be given if the minority inhabiting Taraskovyan territory can be considered a separate kind due to cultural, linguistic and social differences.”[/indent]

The two texts, albeit not particularly large, are a major reform for the entire Taraskovyan legal order. The first to appear on the list of eligible ethnicities are, with no doubt, the Julaniem. Colonel Rasht Kerush, commander of the “Sherkhan” Scouts training centre, has expressed his satisfaction with the news.

[indent] “It is not that my people shall participate actively in voting and electing, but it is good to see that those we have served recognize us as theirs.”[/indent]

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Dominion Forces Formally Disbanded


With the incorporation of the Dreamreach Defence Force units into the Taraskovyan National Defence Forces, the last remaining autonomous Dominion force has ceased to exist. Earlier, the Nyi-Gardarikan Defence Force has been absorbed by the central military, commanded from its Head Quarters in Amal, metropolitan Taraskovya.

Defence Minister Anatoly Orlov, Duke of Bor, has confirmed that the regional and local defence forces were a thing of the past, despite the Grand Ducal Constitution technically granting its Fiefdoms (and, by extent, to its Dominions) the right to maintain own armed forces.

[indent]“Security of outlying Grand Ducal possessions is now fully and entirely the monopole of the Taraskovyan National Defence Forces. Separate Theatres shall be created for the territories, which shall be complemented by local personnel, as well as personnel from other parts of Taraskovya. The regional complementation of regional forces is a thing of the past.”[/indent]

The move has angered defenders of regional sovereignty, but these are a minority. The majority of Taraskovyans deem that if they are part of the same country, then a single military force is to be put in place.


Atlantic Islander Citizenship Voided


The Grand Ducal Parliament has today proclaimed as non-existent the separate citizenship held by the population of the Autonomous Republic of the Island of Atlantic. Atlantic Islanders are, as of now, entirely Taraskovyan citizens in a move that is rumoured to have been “requested” by the Grand Duke from the Loyalist parliamentary majority.

Whilst this erases a means of national identification, it also lifts the barriers imposed on Atlantic Islanders as “non-Taraskovyan citizens”. The news was welcomed calmly on Atlantic Island, as police patrols backed by Security troops have been stepped up. The Allanea Island Party and the Independence Party have condemned the move.



A couple weeks later, headlines from the Empire

Referendum backs Citizenship reform


Referendum: rights of living sapients enshrined into the Constitution


Nothing can stop progress: Sapient rights recognised


Nationalist Defeat. People and Fiefdoms approve Constitutional Amendment


Dark Day: People and Fiefdoms mislead by Government


OOC: Simply because I’m too lazy to type up spiffy articles depicting a referendum.


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Article from the Empire's Diaries:

Proposition of Imperial Reform Made Public


The Imperial Reform Research Group has communicated its proposition during a press conference, exposing the main points of the reform as well as distributing more detailed analysis and procedure to the public. The panel of experts, which began its work months ago, has not deceived the expectations coming up with a rather logical and streamlined administrative structure compared to the current ad hoc neo-feudalism that Taraskovya is renowned for.

Imperial Realms

The main innovation is the proposed administrative structure of the Empire. The main division shall be made between the Imperial Realms, which would compose the core of the Empire and form the Imperial Parliament, and the Imperial Dominions, which are all the territories that are tied to the Empire through a particular relationship, such as planetary colonies, protectorates, dominions, et cetera.

The important point is that none of these would be listed in the Imperial Constitution, which will avoid having to modify it each time a new Realm joins. Some observers have already cried foul of this fact, saying that this only heralds a new era of Taraskovyan expansionism.

The proposed Imperial Realms would be Taraskovya proper, Dreamreach, Nyi-Gardarika, Zoria and Tavaroth. The status of Atlantic Island and the Havenite sovereign base areas remains to be seen. The Research Group proposes entering negotiations with whatever government controls Allanea and with Menelmacar to expand and augment respectively Sukhum (next to Allanea) and Gagra (next to Menelmacari Hestonia). The sovereign base areas of Tskhinval and Alkhagor should be closed, according to the Research Group, and sovereignty over their territories given back to Allanea.

[indent] “Their [the two sovereign base areas] opening in the first place remains a mystery. Nowadays, the TNDF has the capacity to parachute Armoured Divisions into enemy territory, after charring the landing zone from orbit to eliminate any resistance. Taking into account that the doctrine for any potential war with Allanea would involve charring everything in our wake, having tanks in Hash and Midlands is rather… useless. The Sovereign Base Areas are only required in case of a War of Conquest against Allanea, which will surely never happen.”[/indent]

As far as the Havenite SBAs are concerned, they have long since lost their prioritary military status and now contain an impressive civilian population outside the base staff and families of military personnel. As such Sukhum, Gagra, Gudauta and Ochamchira are to be federalized into a new political entity, with a potential appellation of Taraskovyan Federated Haven States. Pitzunda should be closed and its territory handed back to the Autonomous Republic of the Island of Atlantic.

[indent] “Atlantic Island is firmly Taraskovyan now and this will not change, as the majority of the population supports being under the Taraskovyan banner. As such, we can dislocate troops around there anyway, so what for have a separate sovereign base area right next Taraskovyan territory anyway?”[/indent]

Whether Atlantic Island should become part of the Taraskovyan Federated Haven States or remain a separate Imperial Realm or Dominion remains to be seen in an Island referendum.

Imperial Dominions

As expressed earlier, an Imperial Dominion would be all Taraskovyan territory that would not be Imperial Realms. The most obvious Dominions would be the colony worlds of Venom and New Crimea, which are currently under respective FMG and VerTech commercial exploitation concessions. Both worlds, however, present potential for large-scale colonization, even if the largely desert Venom loses to the green New Crimea, even if the latter’s surface territory covers only 10% of the globe.

The Omeldor-1 domes under Taraskovyan administration would be impossible to integrate directly into the Empire, due to dual Taraskovyan/SFN sovereignty over them.

The Protectorates of Os Sanglants and of North-Western Antarctica cannot be part of the Empire, as both are held jointly with other nations, with the local entities being entitled full self-rule.

The status of Vrijstaat Station in the Jupiter sub-system, formerly owned by the Vortex Corporation, remains to be seen. It is home to hundreds of thousands of people, living largely autonomously from Taraskovya. But it also houses an important military garrison and is the rally point for orbital squadrons.

Imperial Parliament

The Parliament’s potential composition is no major surprise, as two chambers would be present: the Duma and the Senate. The Duma would be elected on a proportional basis, with every Imperial Realm entitled to at least one Deputy and the number of Deputies partitioned proportionally to the population.

The interesting part is the Senate. Indeed, the Realms would be entitled to between three and twenty four Senators, depending on the population. Categories would be defined, with what population forks give what number of Senators to the Imperial Realm. Each Senator would be elected directly by the population, with the entire Realm voting. As such, if a Realm has three Senators, the three candidates with the most votes get the seat.

So do wonder, however, whether twenty four senators would not be a bit too much. Indeed, the only Realm that would get the maximum number is the Grand Duchy of Taraskovya, as it currently contains the majority of the Taraskovyan population all by itself.

Good bye Grand Duchy, hello Kingdom?

Another part of the proposed reform concerns certain titles. As such, the Grand Duchy of Taraskovya would formally become the Kingdom of Taraskovya. The titles of Grand Dukes and Duchesses of Taraskovya would devolve to members of the Imperial Family. The title of Archdukes and Archduchess, as such, would be abandoned. Not surprisingly, the proposed title for the Heir Apparent is Caesarevich.

Finally, the name! Taraskovyan Empire appears to be the most logical choice. Of course, this could lead to confusion in between what is now the Grand Duchy of Taraskovya and the Empire as a whole, but as Professor Andreas Auer stated, “such confusion is already present anyway.”

It now remains to be seen whether the Grand Ducal Parliament and the Taraskovyan People will find the proposed reforms interesting. The Grand Duke, in the meantime, has commented that he found the proposals “constructive and worthy of consideration.”



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From the Empire's Diaries:

White Legion Splits?


A series of rumours and unconfirmed reports over the past week appear to indicate a new reality for Taraskovyan Slavic nationalists: the White Legion has split as a result of insurmountable differences in between its moderate and extremist wings. The extremists have led the White Legion for the past decade, attempting campaigns of ethnic cleansing against non-Slavs and non-Orthodox and taking on government forces in numerous operations.

However, ever since the spectacular uprising of 1147 AS, which saw hundreds of thousands of non-Slav Taraskovyans as well as thousands of government soldiers killed in a matter of hours, the White Legion’s strength has been steadily reducing. The Taraskovyan Church has not only condemned the attacks, but also promised to issue anathemas against those responsible for the atrocities once their identities were revealed.

This has not at all pleased the moderate wing of the Legion, who formed a sort of a secret society that has existed for generations and whose aim was to establish an Orthodox Ros empire in Taraskovya. The moderates, many of whom are reportedly high placed members of the National Patriotic Christian Alliance, have now apparently moved to separate from the extremists, whom they view as having failed the Legion, misused its resources and ultimately led to the weakening of the organization.

Countdown To Total Collapse?

With the crumbling of the military junta under which the Legion led its most daring and horrifying campaigns and the restoration of the Monarchy, the activities of the organization appear to have dwindled. Many commentators then pointed to an alleged truce in between the Grand Duke and the Legion, which allowed the Grand Duke to return to power in a peaceful atmosphere and spared the Legion the full blow of revived security services. The National Security Ministry, however, has never confirmed the existence of a truce with the Legion. Aware observers even note that secret services activity is "higher and deadlier than it ever was".

Some analysts deem that the National Security Ministry has been pushing hard of the "moderate" wing of the White Legion to "convince" the latter to cooperate in return for amnesty and pardon. Faced with a clear risk of death penalty, it is said that many agreed to give away all information available on the radical wing of the organisation.

Many even deem that the latest news comes as a direct result of some very serious undercover work from the part of the secret services to undermine the unity of the movement and force it to fight its own self.

“Host of Christ” To Carry On?

Two days ago, the media have received a video address from a new organization styling itself as “Host of Christ” (“Voinstvo Hristovo”). The new terrorist organization claims to be formed by “soldiers loyal to Christ” that have left the “corrupt and heretic White Legion”. The “Host” vows to carry on the armed struggle “until the banners of the Holy Theotokos fly proudly all over the sacred Taraskovyan soil”, thus clearly stating that it would not respect any alleged truce between the government and the White Legion.

The Legion itself has so far not issued any comment on the formation of the Host of Christ or on the raids. The Grand Ducal Government has issued a strong statement indicating that “there shall be a policy of zero tolerance towards anyone attempting to bring Taraskovya ten years back”.

Patriarch Calls To Peace

His Holiness Nikon II, Patriarch of Vigvar and all Taraskovya, has issued a statement calling on all self-styled “soldiers of Christ” to abandon any ideas of waging a violent holy war in the name of the Orthodox faith.

[indent]“To commit murder and destruction in the name of the all merciful, forgiving and gracious Theotokos is not simply intolerable. It is an act of outmost heresy. It is an offence not only to the Taraskovyan Church, not only to the Orthodox Communion, it is an insult against Christianity as a whole.

“If you consider yourselves as true Taraskovyan Orthodox, then do not let your minds be poisoned by the vile words of those who wish to abuse your faith and fervour for their egoistic purposes. Do not let yourselves be used as pawns to fight for the interests of those that care not for Orthodoxy or for the teachings of Christ.”[/indent]

The coming days shall show how the situation evolves. But considering the Government’s resolve to not allow extremist nationalists to conduct attacks, the population’s tiredness of conflict and the Church’s condemnation, many agree that the “Host” shall not endure long as an organization.



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From the Empire's Diaries:

We Got ‘Em!


The Interior Security Department, the branch of the National Security Ministry charged with ensuring safety and security within Taraskovya, has officially confirmed yesterday that they were holding the masterminds of the 1147 Uprising. This is a significant breakthrough, for those criminals are also responsible for the horrendous Vigvar Attacks on the 17th of November 1147 A.S., which cost their lives to several hundred thousand people and signed the beginning of the end for the military junta.

[indent] “We can now affirm in all certitude that we have them in custody,” a spokesperson commented during the press conference. “Despite their undergoing a series of all imaginable therapies and surgeries, we have identified them. After a long investigation, evidence gathering and relentless man hunt, we now have all the elements to send these criminals off to the execution chamber.” [/indent]

The Counter-Terrorism Bureau has made public the real identities of the masterminds of the most horrible terrorist attack in the history of the nation: Viktor Tadakin, Ruslan Durlaev, Elena Sapkina and Kiril Nevinniy. The four were detained during a CTB raid against the “Host of Christ” and were initially filed off as regular activists of the movement, before some details attracted the attention of the investigators. The exact nature of the “details” has not been revealed.

It has further been stated that the identities of the four have been discovered “months ago”, but were not released as the CTB investigated possible involvement of their family members and friends.

[indent] “It has to be made clear that while the families of the four knew that the latter had “nationalist” tendencies, they have never had any signs what so ever that would have betrayed the violent and criminal nature of their loved ones,” the spokesperson stated. “But it should not be surprising that a terrorist hides his identity from his closest circle to preserve his or her secrecy and continue on with their wretched deeds.”[/indent]

Secret Unit Within A Secret Organisation

The four have been described as leading a secretive unit within the White Legion that was responsible for clandestine operations of large scale. The unit had connections with sympathizers in the National Defence Forces, various Fiefdom Gendarmeries and even in the Kaskad. The “traitors” have been routed out and detained or killed during raids by the National Security Ministry.

The Interior Security Department found during its investigation and interrogation of collaborators from the White Legion that the “God’s Will” unit acted largely outside of the general White Legion oversight. The Uprising of 1147 was plotted by “God’s Will” in secrecy and, when it erupted, the various combat units that were outside the cell’s jurisdiction fell under its command due to circumstances and the violent government onslaught against the Legion.

“Host Of Christ” Is History

[indent] “The “Host of Christ” is history,” the Counter-Terrorism Bureau spokesman stated. “Some minor elements of the organization are still on the run, but we shall get them sooner than later. Today we send a clear message to all wannabe extremists: do not ever even as much as think of taking up arms. You shall be found, no matter what you do, no matter where you hide. You shall be punished with the full might and severity of Taraskovyan law. This is the true God’s Will. Never ever forget it.”[/indent]

Thus, at least apparently, Taraskovya turns a painful and violent page of its history. Today, the Taraskovyan people look forward to a bright future as their country heals the final wounds inflicted by extremists. The news of the demise of the last violent elements of the White Legion have been met with much enthusiasm, even if many questions remain as to the responsibility of the Legion as a whole.

The National Security Ministry has assured that all violent elements have been apprehended, all those who had anything to do with terrorism and rebellion detained, all criminals were awaiting justice. For most it would be long prison sentences. Some shall face the death penalty. The surviving victims shall finally receive the moral comfort of knowing their butchers punished. And those fallen can finally rest in peace.



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From the Empire’s Diaries:

Exit Civil Defence, Enter Territorial Force


The Civil Defence Force are Taraskovya’s militia soldiers whose task is to assist the regular TNDF forces in repelling an enemy aggression. In practical terms, the Civil Defence Force are formations of all possible sizes and types under the command of the Interior Ministry. But all shall change. The Civil Defence Force have been transferred to the command of the Ministry of Defence and fully integrated into the National Defence Forces structure as Territorial Force. The latter appelation shall be used to make a difference between regular and militia soldiers, as well as shall designate the overall logistics command in charge of making things work.

Following the incorporation of the various colonial “defence forces” (which were professional regular formations), the incorporation of the Civil Defence Force creates a centralized military apparatus and gifts the TNDF with unseen flexibility in deciding its operations. In practical terms it means that the millions of men and women who chose to do yearly service with the Civil Defence shall now be reorganized into Divisions and Brigades in line with the National Defence Forces structure.

Since the new Territorial Force shall be locally recruited, just as were the Civil Defence Force, they can be expected to complement the various Theatre formations. The modalities of service, however, shall not change greatly. Just as the civil defence troops, the “Territorials” shall sign up for an average 300 days spread over ten years. Just as before, training shall take twenty to twenty five weeks, depending on the specialization. As an additional incentive, the Territorials shall get another percent of tax discount, bringing it to a total of 4%.

On the equipment level, one can foresee a “heavier” role for the Territorial Forces. The Civil Defence units up to now were comparatively lightly armed and armoured compared to their military colleagues. The heaviest CDF formations were comparable to TNDF’s “light cavalry”, namely outfitted with grav-vehicles including personnel carriers and fighting vehicles. Territorial Divisions shall expand to include heavy tracked vehicles, walker vehicles (as example, the TNDF did not exclude the creation of Territorial Strategic Artillery formations), frontline aviation and other means of destruction which shall bring the firepower of the Territorial Force up considerably.

The subordination of the militia to the “Labarum” shall expand the horizons of the National Defence Forces and, thus, further improve the already more than fearsome Taraskovyan force projection capacity.



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From the Vigvar Daily:

Death Penalty for the 17/11/47 Masterminds


The Imperial Criminal Tribunal has rejected an appeal by the four sentenced individuals and upheld the death penalty, pronounced earlier by lower jurisdictions. Viktor Tadakin, Ruslan Durlaev, Elena Sapkina and Kiril Nevinniy were accused of masterminding the spectacular atrocities perpetrated by a secret commando of the White Legion, in which hundreds of thousands of civilians, mostly from the Taraskovyan Noldor community, and tens of thousands of military and police personnel were killed. The attack, also known as the 1147 Uprising, was in the end counter-productive to the nationalist organization as it lost its support base.

The Prosecution managed to prove that the four were personally responsible for planning and carrying out the operation, at the head of an impressive network of infiltrated agents and sympathizers. The network has long since been dismantled by the Counter-Terrorism Bureau, in cooperation with local law enforcement services and military police, only the leaders were on the run.

The justices refuted the appellants’ arguments that they were detained unlawfully and were victims of a horrible case of mistaken identity. But the evidence presented by the Prosecution, combining both scientific analysis and a detailed historic account of the lives of the four persons yet again managed to convince the judges.

[indent] “Having studied all the evidence presented by the Prosecution, the Court has come to the conclusion that the appellants’ real identities are those as stated by the law enforcement.”[/indent]

The execution by firing bot was upheld, to be carried out within thirty days following the publishing of the verdict. The judges also rebuked the lawyers representing the civil parties (families and relatives of the victims, as well as wounded casualties) on the subject of introducing a new means of execution for this particular case. Under Taraskovyan law, the civil parties have the right to choose a means of execution from the ones listed in the law and submit their choice to the judge.

[indent] “There shall be no execution by shark tanks. This is Taraskovya, not Allanea.” [/indent]

The present verdict puts a final end to the legal procedures. The Vasilevs still has the right to veto the court’s decision and grant pardon, but the Winter Palace has made it clear that “His Most August Majesty had the keenest of interests in seeing justice administered duly and properly in full accordance with Taraskovyan law”.



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From the Amalor Herald:

Regional Conservatives in Coalition Building Before Imperial Elections


According to the Imperial Consitution, recently approved in referenda*, the Imperial Parliament shall have a tricameral structure. Of which the Duma and the Senate shall be open to elections and the Emperor’s Council, the highest chamber, shall be appointed by the Vasilevs, with each Realm entitled to a certain number of representatives. All this looks well enough on paper and digital media, but in practical terms the Taraskovyan political parties shall, for the most part, experience a certain novelty in elections.

Indeed, the Imperial Duma shall consist of deputies elected from single member constituencies, and similarly-minded parties shall have an interest in not competing in the same constituency for fear of splitting the vote. Smaller Realm and Dominion parties also have a keen interest in not seeing larger metropolitan formations take over in their strongholds.

A conference involving members and leadership of the so-called “Loyalist Coalition”, formed by the Conservative Party and its regional allies, is to be held in Amal. The list of participants is as follows:
  • the Conservative Party – the biggest and most powerful of all Taraskovyan political parties. Operates mainly in Rossophonic and Tarathian-speaking parts of the United Kingdom of Dakathia and Cardinia, as well as in most Imperial Realms and Dominions;
  • the Democratic Conservative Party – a party which operates mostly in the Fiefdoms of Southern Cardinia, Uthar and Vyshna, the so-called “Dutch-speaking corner” of the United Kingdom;
  • the United Atlantic Conservatives – hailing from the Island of Atlantic;
  • the Christian Democratic Party – the Sortvalian allies of the Conservative Party, operating exclusively within the Grand Duchy of Sortavala;
  • the Homeland Party – a largely agrarian party dominant in New Crimea.
  • the Handalar Loyalist Alliance – regrouping the local conservative parties in the Handalar Lordships

The conference is to formalize a coalition agreement which would allow the parties to not field candidates against each other in a single constituency. The conference shall also debate on the subject of how best to win a majority in the Imperial Senate, elected on a proportional basis, with each Imperial Realm having a number of seats proportional to its population, but guaranteed at least one seat.

Many analysts, however, deem that the Conservative Party shall single-handedly win absolute majorities in both the Duma and the Senate, simply due to it enjoying the support from the overwhelming majority of Imperial citizens. However, some internal frictions also exist within the Conservative Party, mostly emanating from the regional branches in Dreamreach and Nyi-Gardarika. The idea of Taraskovyan conservatism has also failed to take deep roots in the United Provinces of Tavaroth, where the local population remains largely apathetic to politics and elections.

Overall, however, the regional conservative leanings enjoy extensive support from their populations and hold power within their respective areas. Sealing a firm coalition shall surely pose no problems, as opposed to the hardships of the Liberal-Socialists to regroup the disparate left and centre-left parties all over the Empire.

The National Patriotic Christian Alliance, another major party, has already stated that it shall not seek regional allies and believes that regional parties ought to be banned in favour of only having “a couple Imperial ones”.


[OOC: *I consider it done simply because I can’t bother typing it out.]



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From the Amalor Herald:

Republicans Criticise “Monarchist Entente”


Emelian Daralov, chairman of the Taraskovyan Republican Party, has come down with harsh criticism upon what he termed as the “Monarchist Entente” of leading conservative parties in the face of upcoming elections. Indeed, as has been reported previously, the Conservative Party and its regional allies came to a cooperation and collaboration agreement to win as many seats as possible in the Imperial Parliament.

The Republican Party, itself a rather conservative formation, was created when a group of Conservative Party members split off, non content with their formation’s staunch monarchist position. The party then went on to win 15 out of 400 seats in what is now the Parliament of the United Kingdom of Dakathia and Cardinia and joined the so-called “Loyalist Coalition” of the Conservative Party and their mainly Dutch-speaking and Utharian-based Democratic Conservative allies.

The Loyalist Coalition, the official term of the conservative party alliance, is assured of victory not only because most Taraskovyan voter’s sympathies lie with parties of conservative leaning, but also because they shall avoid voter confusion by not running several candidates and candidate lists in a single electoral district against each other. In such a layout, the Republicans look set to win no seats at all in the Imperial Duma, which is elected from single-member constituencies, and only a handful of seats in the Imperial Senate, elected on proportional basis from the Realms.

The Party has already announced that it shall be withdrawing from its coalition with the Conservatives and Democratic Conservatives. For the time being, it is unknown whether they shall unite with the Leftist opposition grouping, led by the Liberal Socialist Party, itself only recently having converted to constitutional monarchism.

The leadership of the Conservative Party has dismissed the reaction as “over exaggerated”. A spokesman for the Conservatives stated that the Republicans were invited to take part in the newly founded Loyalist Coalition, but that the demands the republicans wanted fulfilled before they even attended the conference were “beyond any limit of sense and reason”.




From the Olonetsin Sanomat:

Liberal Socialists, Social Democrats in Elections Deal


After lengthy negotiations, the Liberal Socialist Party and the Sortvalian-based Social Democratic Union have signed a cooperation agreement in light of the upcoming elections to the Imperial Parliament. The agreement is similar to that which saw the founding of the conservative Loyalist Coalition. The Liberal Socialist Party will not field candidates in Sortvala, and in return the Social Democrats shall adhere to the leftist coalition being organized by the Liberal Socialists in the future Imperial Parliament.

Such an agreement shall avoid the Sortvalian voters confusion in choosing between an “Imperial” party and a “regional” one and, thus, risk splitting the vote. Mustering as many votes as possible behind a single candidate shall be vital for getting elected into the Imperial Duma and any vote splits could prove fatal in face of a well organized conservative electoral offensive.

Unlike the rather regionally fractured Conservatives, however, the leftist coalition is more or less uniform. The Liberal Socialists have branches in all Realms and have absorbed local left-leaning parties into their fold.



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From the Amalor Herald:

Imperial Veche to Ponder Conscription Service


Once elected, the Imperial Veche shall have to ponder over a series of legislative amendments and reforms, including a proposed reform of military service which shall see an introduction of mandatory conscription to the Territorial Forces. Right now, the Territorial Forces allow volunteers to serve on a spread-out basis, involving an initial sixteen weeks of basic and specialized training and a further three weeks per year of rehearsal courses. The Territorial Forces field their units locally and constitute a mainly defensive element of the Taraskovyan National Defence Forces, which complements the units comprising soldiers and officers serving on long term contracts.

The proposed reform shall obligate all able bodied Taraskovyan citizens that have attained legal maturity to serve with the Territorial Forces. Once the initial period of training done, conscripts would get the choice of continuing their service with the regular career forces or instead carry on with the Territorial Forces until they are liberated from their military obligations.

The reform has the potential of considerably boosting the Empire’s defensive capabilities, as well as create a whole series of problems that would require resolving. The plans have already polarized the experts, some saying that the Empire needed not “waves of cannon fodder” and should continue to field a well trained, professional and motivated military. Others deem that a powerful defensive force based on conscript service and capable of mobilizing on an hourly notice shall allow to free up considerable professional military resources for other tasks, and this at a comparatively small increase in the defence budget.

Ironically, some of the most vocal opponents of the proposed plan are the National Christian Patriots, whom opinion polls credit with 76 seats in the Senate (out of 300) and 361 seats in the Duma (out of 1’251). Contrary to their usual militarist rhetoric, the National Patriotic Christian Alliance has deemed that the creation of “regionally recruited and regionally operating armed forces” could herald a misbalance of powers in favour of the regions and eventually lead to reinforcing secessionist tendencies in some Imperial Realms and Dominions.

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OOC: What silly IRC talks can lead to...

From the Rainy Sunday tabloid:

Grand Duchess’es Kinky Games Away From Home


Standard yellow press outlay, with lots of unclear pictures showing some scenes from a very dark dancing hall of some night club. In one picture, some man is seen reaching for a woman’s chest, the man being at a ninety degrees angle to the woman. The woman herself is dressed quite respectfully, albeit the tight hugging shirt and pants do valorise her attributes. To their left, another man is apparently also reaching forward towards the woman. Behind the woman, a manly silhouette can be seen spreading his arms as if to wrap them around her. Another woman next to the first one looks surprised at the scene as the first one appears to bear a smile on her lips.

Her Imperial Highness Vethara, the Grand Duchess of Taraskovya, Duchess of This, Duchess of That is not a defenceless little angel everybody thinks she is! Bypassing extensive security means, our courageous reporter, none else than the famous Andrei Slanderov, has managed to take several snapshots of the Grand Duchess being quite friendly with not one but three men!

The pictures were taken during a very festive night at the The Bridge, a VIP nightclub in Navarre reserved for the very top and the very rich clients, which Vethara was visiting with Jenna Forbes, the famous Freethinker writer and novelist and a friend of the Grand Duchess. Apparently, drinks were generously consumed during the sortie at the club and the “Benefactress of the Church” got rather open minded about some pleasures of life all of a sudden with some three male fans, who were only too happy to cop a nice feeling.

[…] further useless yellow pressish article info abbreviated […]



From the official communiqué by the Lorelei Palace:

[…] provided by Rainy Sunday is, thus, completely distorted. Two operatives of Her Imperial Highness’es Own Lorelei Regiment of the Leib Guard in civilian fatigues intervened to neutralize an unidentified male individual who approached too close to Her Imperial Highness despite at least two interpellations by the leib-guardsmen. The leib-guardsmen acted with proportional means to the threat in line with their powers and competences as bodyguards of Her Imperial Highness.

The man, after verification, was identified as a renowned Midlonian businessman who had consumed an important number of alcoholic drinks. The man, whose name shall not be revealed, is a great fan of Her Imperial Highness ever since her appearance in the “Mystery of Goddess” album and wanted an autograph. Such was given and the incident was resolved rapidly.[…]


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From Some Very Famous Military Review Magazine


Hellenes on Taraskovyan Service


There was once a tradition in Taraskovya in which towns and cities could opt to finance a part of the totality of a military unit’s expense in return for some recruitment options or privileges, namely reserving a certain unit for the citizens of a certain city. Nowadays the budget and expenses are fixed and covered fully by the military and political hierarchy. Towns and cities have their own expenses to foresee to. However, the tradition has somewhat survived, albeit in a heavily evolved manner. Nowadays, specific and registered interest groups have the right to cover a portion of a certain unit’s expenses in return for the very same recruitment privileges as existed earlier.

The Leib-Guard’s Division of Hellenes is one such unit, the expenses of which are covered partially by Taraskovya’s Greek-speaking community in return for the unit enrolling preferentially from the aforementioned community (which itself is not clearly defined). In light of the proposed expansion of the unit to potentially Corps-size (albeit much smaller in comparison with other TNDF Corps-sized formations) through allowing foreigners of Greek nationality to enlist, let us retrace the often fine history of the Hellenic Division and what the unit can expect to see in the future.


Taraskovyan Evzones

The history of Greeks in Taraskovyan military service goes back to the times when Emperor Demetrius VII of Pantocratoria forbid the use of the Byzantine rite in the Pantocratorian Church. An important number of followers of the Byzantine rite then left the Empire, many finding a new home in Taraskovya. Of those, many were poor and could not foresee to their families’ needs and thus profited from the ancestral “Bread for Sword” tradition. And even if nowadays this tradition has become nothing other than additional social security payouts, back in those days the men did see themselves enrolled into the Grand Duke’s regiments in return for lands, bread and cattle to their families.

The ensuing history of these regiments has often been quite turbulent. They were put under command of Ros nobles and officers who did not speak the Greek language and enjoyed extremely minimal communication with their subordinates. Misunderstandings for the first decades were widespread, the best example of which was when Greek soldiers of the 6th Hellenic Regiment mutinied to protest against the impending “disbanding” of their unit. In fact, the regiment was simply being renamed into the Bratsk Regiment of Evzones. Ros officers only seldom bothered to learn the language of their subordinates and it was not before the officer component of the Hellenic Regiments was fully replaced with assimilated Greeks that the misunderstandings ceased once and for all.

The history of Hellenes in the Leib-Guard is tied to the open rebellion by three of the then five majority-Greek regiments, namely the 3rd, 5th and 8th Hellenic Regiments. The units were bribed into mutiny by a coalition of local nobles and landlords who opposed the harmonization of taxes throughout the entire Taraskovyan realm. The Hellenes were not the only ones rebelling, however, as quite an important number of then underpaid army regiments rose against the Grand Duke and his regional commanders.

At the battle of Kerdakh, loyalist units under the command of Duke Dimitri Orlov crushed the bulk of the rebels, amongst which were the 5th and 8th Hellenic Regiments. Under the orders of Duke Dimitri, however, were our good friends from the Bratsk Regiment of Evzones. The Duke was so impressed by the valiance and courage shown by the Regiment, that he allowed the Colonel Nikolai Kasdakis to decide on the fate of those rebellious Greeks that were taken alive. The Colonel proposed to pardon those who wished to repent and enroll them into his own regiment, which he did. History, however, does not mention whether anyone refused the generous offer.

The Grand Duke, later on, reassigned the regiment as part of the wider life guard, namely the Younger Guard. The regiment was renamed as the Leib Guard’s Bratsk Regiment of Evzones. As years and decades passed by, as Taraskovya grew in territory and population, it’s armed forces saw a complete overhaul. The Hellenic Regiments were disbanded, soldiers reassigned to regular and standardized army regiments and divisions. A similar fate was expecting the life guard Evzones.

But the by then assimilated and only vaguely defined Greek community within Taraskovya sought to preserve the military heritage of the Evzones regiment and sought a solution with the military and grand ducal hierarchies to fund the unit in return for its continued Greek-lineage. This was not met cordially at first, as such a right was reserved to territorial entities, not cultural ones, but eventually the Greeks obtained their very own unit.


Leib Guard’s Division of Hellenes

The Leib Guard’s Division of Hellenes is a Mountain Division, part of the Younger Guard and, thus, an elite formation of the regular TNDF and not subordinated to the Military Council of the Imperial Household (which directly commands the Elder Guard units). The division comprises the following five leib-guard regiments, with official names indicated in italics, followed by modern role and specialization:
  • Leib Guard’s Bratsk Regiment of Evzones – Moutain Jaeger Regiment
  • His Majesty the Grand Duke Mikhail’s Leib Guard’s Own Regiment of Evzones – Moutain Jaeger Regiment
  • Her Majesty the Grand Duchess Ekaterina’s Leib Guard’s Own Regiment of Hellenic Grenadiers – Moutain Jaeger Regiment
  • Leib Guard’s Regiment of Hellenic Cuirassiers – Moutain Armoured Jaeger Regiment
  • Leib Guard’s 3rd Regiment of Evzones – Aviation Regiment

The above list does not include the administrative and division command component. The Division is, all in all, comprised of three Mountain Jaeger regiments, the Taraskovyan term for mountain infantry (or, more specifically, mechanized mountain infantry). These units are equipped with armoured vehicles of walker type (more often than not resembling spiders or female stag beetles), allowing them increased mobility in mountain terrain. The Armoured Jaeger regiment comprises the walker equivalent of heavy battle tanks or cavalry tanks in use with the respective types of units. Finally, the aviation regiment comprises the Division’s aerial support.

All in all, and in absence of attached units, the Division’s strength stands at roughly twenty thousand personnel. It is an elite formation, with strict selection criteria (in addition to the already somewhat limited pool of potential candidates due to the requirement of belonging to the Greek community).


Foreign Hellenes in Taraskovyan Service?

Service with the Taraskovyan National Defence Forces is open to foreign citizens and this is no news in itself. It can be seen as a paradox, but the Taraskovyan military has always been more culturally and socially open minded than the political and civilian establishment and accepted volunteers regardless of gender, faith, race, nationality, sexual orientation and political beliefs. For in as long as you did not too much of a criminal past, were motivated, disciplined and ready to spill enemy blood (indeed, Taraskovyan soldiers are expected to spill enemy blood, not their own) for “Faith and Sovereign”, you were good to go.

And as much as the gentlemen in some nationalist-oriented political movements would like to see the TNDF apply much stricter rules on enrolment, such as barring out homosexuals and “non-humans”, all attempts at making the military hierarchy change its ways have failed completely. In fact, one such campaign to void the military’s extension of “support personnel” status to the entire Kerrat kin of Tavarothhas ended in the political establishment granting Kerrat Taraskovyan citizenship and introducing other citizenship reforms.

Until now, however, there has never been a specialized “foreign unit” of sorts, consisting of persons from a single cultural group or country. Foreign volunteers have always been given crash-courses in Russian and then filed off to Training Camps just like their Taraskovyan comrades.

Now, however, an idea has gained momentum at creating a Greek-speaking unit within the TNDF, modeled after the Leib Guard’s Division of Hellenes . The proponents of the idea put forward a number of arguments and figures, amongst which prominently feature studies on the willingness to serve with such a unit amongst the Pantocratorian citizens of Greek ancestry, as well as with Greeks inhabiting the Confederated Peoples of the Resurgent Dream. Apparently, the idea of serving in a Greek-unit for a conservative Orthodox monarchy appeals to many men and women in the aforementioned lands.

The military hierarchy, having consulted with legal experts and having found no obstacles to nationals of these countries serving with the TNDF, has consented to initiate an experiment. A trial active duty regiment shall be established (the 1st Voltigeurs Regiment of Hellenes), mirrored by a training and reserve regiment (the 1st Infantry Regiment of Hellenes) , shall be set up. Foreigners of Greek origin shall have the option of enrolling with the regiment in question or proceeding with the regular TNDF training and unit assignment. Those who opt for the Greek speaking unit shall be forwarded to the training and reserve regiment in question, which shall in itself be a Training Camp in its own right.

The 1st Hellenic Voltigeurs shall have no set or target strength and shall be split if the number of personnel so allows. It shall also have no set specialization (despite the name suggesting a mechanized infantry or dragoons role), instead having embryo-battalions of cavalry, mechanized dragoons, armour and mechanized infantry, thus allowing the creation of additional units at the command's leisure. The training regiment shall also have a section open to potential pilots and aviators.

All in all, the regiment shall test the true resolve of foreign Greeks to serve with a hi-tech, extremely demanding and professional Taraskovyan military. The Taraskovyan Greek community is expected to cover a part of the costs of setting up the new units and related structure, as well as cover the advertising costs in, for now, the Pantocratorian Empire and the Confederated Peoples.

If successful, the unit could attain possibly division strength and even go beyond. It's exact interaction with the Life Guard's Division of Hellenes is not yet clear, but it can be expected that some sort of Corps of Hellenes might be founded, with a unified training structure which shall allow Taraskovyan greeks to train and study side by side with their distant cousins from far abroad, with the Leib Guard's Division opening itself to worthy foreign recruits.
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Taraskovyan Empire

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Imperial Veche
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[SIZE="3"]Imperial Senate: 300 Senators[/SIZE]
Elected on proportional basis from party lists. Each Imperial Realm is an electoral disctict, and sends a number of senators proportional to their weight in the Imperial demographics (Imperial citizens residing in Dominions are not counted towards the total elector population).

Seats Breakdown

[indent][COLOR="Blue"]Loyalist Coalition – 185[/COLOR]
  • Conservative Party – 162 Seats
  • Democratic Conservative Party – 9 Seats
  • Christian Democratic Party – 8 Seats
  • United Atlantic Conservatives – 2 Seats
  • Homeland Party – 2 Seats
  • Handalar Loyalist Alliance – 2 Seats

[COLOR="Black"]National Patriotic Christian Alliance – 56 [/COLOR] Seats

[COLOR="Red"]Left Wing Bloc– 59 Seats[/COLOR]
  • Liberal Socialist Party – 52 Seats
  • Social Democratic Union – 7 Seats
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[SIZE="3"]Imperial Duma: 1’252 Deputies[/SIZE]
Each Deputy is elected from a single-member constituency on a first past the post basis. Each Imperial Realm sends a number of representatives equal to the number of Imperial citizens dwelling within its territory divided by eight million. Constituencies are delimited to be more or less equal in terms of population.

[indent][COLOR="Blue"]Loyalist Coalition – 987 Seats [/COLOR]
  • Conservative Party – 871 Seats
  • Democratic Conservative Party – 59 Seats
  • Christian Democratic Party – 36 Seats
  • United Atlantic Conservatives – 8 Seats
  • Homeland Party – 7 Seats
  • Handalar Loyalist Alliance – 6 Seats

[COLOR="Black"]National Patriotic Christian Alliance – 115 Seats[/COLOR]

[COLOR="Red"]Left Wing Bloc – 150[/COLOR]
  • Liberal Socialist Party – 125 Seats
  • Social Democratic Union – 25 Seats
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Rawr spiffy flags! Don't bother with the "links", they are just in for the flavour.

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Parliamentary Election Results By Imperial Realm
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Imperial Dominions do not take part in Imperial elections and referenda.


United Kingdom
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Dakathia and Cardinia


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[SIZE="3"]Senate Delegation: 213 Senators[/SIZE]

Seats Breakdown:
  • Conservative Party (Loyalist Coalition) – 130 Seats
  • Democratic Conservative Party (Loyalist Coalition) – 9 Seats
  • National Patriotic Christian Alliance (Unaligned) – 40 Seats
  • Liberal Socialist Party (Left Wing Bloc) – 34 Seats

Full results, including Parties which have not made it past the natural threshold, can be found HERE

[SIZE="3"]Duma Delegation: 890 Deputies[/SIZE]

Seats Breakdown:
  • Conservative Party (Loyalist Coalition) – 698 Seats
  • Democratic Conservative Party (Loyalist Coalition) – 59 Seats
  • National Patriotic Christian Alliance (Unaligned) – 79 Seats
  • Liberal Socialist Party (Left Wing Bloc) – 54 Seats



Kingdom
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Dreamreach

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[SIZE="3"]Senate Delegation: 37 Senators[/SIZE]
Seats Breakdown:
  • Conservative Party (Loyalist Coalition) – 19 Seats
  • National Patriotic Christian Alliance (Unaligned) – 7 Seats
  • Liberal Socialist Party (Left Wing Bloc) – 11 Seats

Full results, including Parties which have not made it past the natural threshold, can be found HERE

[SIZE="3"]Duma Delegation: 156 Deputies[/SIZE]

Seats Breakdown:
  • Conservative Party (Loyalist Coalition) – 106 Seats
  • Liberal Socialist Party (Left Wing Bloc) – 50 Seats



Kingdom
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Nyi-Gardarika


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[SIZE="3"]Senate Delegation: 16 Senators[/SIZE]

Seats Breakdown:

  • Conservative Party (Loyalist Coalition) – 6 Seats
  • National Patriotic Christian Alliance (Unaligned) – 6 Seats
  • Liberal Socialist Party (Left Wing Bloc) – 4 Seats

Full results, including Parties which have not made it past the natural threshold, can be found HERE
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Duma Delegation: 69 Deputies[/SIZE]


Seats Breakdown:
  • Conservative Party (Loyalist Coalition) – 38 Seats
  • National Patriotic Christian Alliance (Unaligned) – 22 Seats
  • Liberal Socialist Party (Left Wing Bloc) – 9 Seats



Grand Duchy
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Sortavala


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[SIZE="3"]Senate Delegation: 15 Senators[/SIZE]

Seats Breakdown:
  • Christian Democratic Party (Loyalist Coalition) – 8 Seats
  • Social Democratic Union (Left Wing Bloc) – 7 Seats

Full results, including Parties which have not made it past the natural threshold, can be found HERE

[SIZE="3"]Duma Delegation: 61 Deputies[/SIZE]

Seats Breakdown:
  • Christian Democratic Party (Loyalist Coalition) – 36 Seats
  • Social Democratic Union (Left Wing Bloc) – 25 Seats


United Provinces
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Tavaroth

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[SIZE="3"]Senate Delegation: 7 Senators[/SIZE]

Seats Breakdown:
  • Conservative Party (Loyalist Coalition) – 4 Seats
  • Liberal Socialist Party (Left Wing Bloc) – 3 Seats

Full results, including Parties which have not made it past the natural threshold, can be found HERE

[SIZE="3"]Duma Delegation: 31 Deputies[/SIZE]

Seats Breakdown:
  • Conservative Party (Loyalist Coalition) – 21 Seats
  • Liberal Socialist Party (Left Wing Bloc) – 10 Seats



Duchy
of
Zoria

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[SIZE="3"]Senate Delegation: 4 Senators[/SIZE]

Seats Breakdown:
  • Conservative Party (Loyalist Coalition) – 3 Seats
  • National Patriotic Christian Alliance (Unaligned) – 1 Seats

Full results, including Parties which have not made it past the natural threshold, can be found HERE

[SIZE="3"]Duma Delegation: 15 Deputies[/SIZE]

Seats Breakdown:
  • Conservative Party (Loyalist Coalition) – 8 Seats
  • Liberal Socialist Party (Left Wing Bloc) – 2 Seats
  • National Patriotic Christian Alliance (Unaligned) – 5 Seats


Duchy
of
Atlantic Isles

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[SIZE="3"]Senate Delegation: 3 Senators[/SIZE]

Seats Breakdown:

  • United Atlantic Conservatives (Loyalist Coalition) – 2 Seats
  • National Patriotic Christian Alliance (Unaligned) – 1 Seat

Full results, including Parties which have not made it past the natural threshold, can be found HERE

[SIZE="3"]Duma Delegation: 13 Deputies[/SIZE]

Seats Breakdown:

  • United Atlantic Conservatives (Loyalist Coalition) – 8 Seats
  • National Patriotic Christian Alliance (Unaligned) – 5 Seats


Duchy
of
New Crimea

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[SIZE="3"]Senate Delegation: 3 Senators[/SIZE]

Seats Breakdown:
  • Homeland Party (Loyalist Coalition) – 2 Seats
  • National Patriotic Christian Alliance (Unaligned) – 1 Seat

Full results, including Parties which have not made it past the natural threshold, can be found HERE

[SIZE="3"]Duma Delegation: 11 Deputies[/SIZE]

Seats Breakdown:
  • Homeland Party (Loyalist Coalition) – 7 Seats
  • National Patriotic Christian Alliance (Unaligned) – 4 Seats


Handalar Lordships (Collectively)

Each Lordship is, as per current Constitutional arrangements, a separate Imperial Realm. For the purposes of Imperial elections and statistics, they are grouped into one “entity”.


[SIZE="3"]Senate Delegation: 2 Senators[/SIZE]

Seats Breakdown:
  • Handalar Loyalist Alliance (Loyalist Coalition) – 2 Seats

Full results, including Parties which have not made it past the natural threshold, can be found HERE

[SIZE="3"]Duma Delegation: 6 Deputies[/SIZE]

Seats Breakdown:
  • Handalar Loyalist Alliance (Loyalist Coalition) – 6 Seats



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From the Various Media Or Something:

Vasilevs Confirms Muraviev-Apostol as Chancellor



In a statement issued by the Winter Palace, His Most August Majesty the Vasilevs has decided not to modify the current composition of His Most August Majesty’s Cabinet of Ministers in the wake of the Imperial elections which saw the Conservatives and their regional allies assert a full and complete domination over the Imperial Duma, but failing to reach the predicted two-thirds of the Imperial Senate by 15 Seats.

There have been speculations that Anatoly Orlov, Duke of Bor et al and Minister of Defence, would be appointed Imperial Chancellor. Such a choice would have been explained by two factors. First and foremost, the Duke of Bor is one of the two leaders of the Conservative Party and commands the loyalties of its greater part, mainly comprised of ethnic Ros and other Slavs. Secondly, as head of the Orlov House, the current Minister of Defence also heads the major supporters of the Shakhovskoy House during the past dynastic conflicts with the Tal-Nash House, headed by none else than Karth Tal-Nash, Duke of Uith et al, currently Minister of Interior and nowadays co-leader of the Conservatives. It had been expected that the Vasilevs might both switch to a candidate enjoying the support of the broader Conservatives and heading a powerful House ancestrally allied to the Vasilevs’es own family.

All such speculations, however, were proven false as the announcement confirmed Anna Muraviev-Apostol, Duchess of Savarich et al, as Imperial Chancellor and Head of His Most August Majesty’s Cabinet of Ministers. Her High Excellency was appointed to the job immediately after the formal proclamation of the Empire and is not affiliated with any political parties and, moreover, rumoured to be of staunchly centrist convictions, sometimes not in full agreement with the rightist or centre-right positions of the Loyalist Coalition.

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Her High Excellency the Imperial Chancellor,
Anna Muraviev-Apostol, immediately after her
initial appointment by the Vasilevs months ago.


Dubbed by some as a “moderate candidate”, by others as the “Vasilevs’es own Chancellor”, Her High Excellency is none the less a potent and cunning politician, graduate of the Vigvar University, Faculty of Political Sciences. But what seems to matter the most is that she is an extremely capable administrative organizer, having served as Grand Ducal Chancellor in the past, a post which has nothing in common with the modern post of Imperial Chancellor. Indeed, before the proclamation of the Empire, the Chancellor merely oversaw the administrative and day-to-day functioning of the Government apparatus and staff.

It might also be a role foreseen fore the Imperial Chancellor in the years to come: oversee the transition from an ad hoc organized Empire in Denial to a fully fledged and by far more centralized Empire, all while preserving regional autonomy, work out constitutional arrangements for “special cases”, establish a full and complete harmony in between the Imperial Government and the local Realm and Dominion executives. Whilst judged by some as secondary, these tasks are in fact of outmost importance for the future of the Taraskovyan Empire.

The Imperial Chancellor, thus, shall have quite a workload on her hands, while the overall governance of the Empire shall continue to remain in the hands of the Vasilevs. Taraskovya, after all, prides itself on being an absolutist monarchy, even if the real and exact status is subject to debate.



Vasilevs Appoints Members of the Emperor's Council


The list of the fifty seven Emperor's Councillors (OOC: Name subject to change once I come up with something better.), the Highest Chamber of the Imperial Veche, has been officially communicated to the media. The Emperor's Council is appointed by the Vasilevs at his leisure and discretion.

The twelve Councillors from the United Kingdom of Dakathia and Cardinia are as follows:

[OOC: List of twelve names here!]

The six Councillors from each of the Kingdom of Nyi-Gardarika, the Grand Duchy of Sortavala, the United Provinces of Tavaroth are as follows:

[OOC: List of eighteen names here!]

The five Councillors from each of the Duchy of Zoria and the Duchy of Atlantic Isles are as follows:

[OOC: HIH Vethara, Grand Duchess of Taraskovya, Duchess of Zoria et al + 9 other names here!]

The four Councillors from the Duchy of New Crimea are as follows:

[OOC: List of four names... here!]

The three Councillors from the Handalar Lordships, taken collectively and without any formal attachment to any Lordship in particular, are as follows:

[OOC: List of three typically unpronouncable Tarathian names somewhere here.]


OOC: I wrote the post on a whim of inspiration. However, I was not inspired to make up fifty six names just now. Sowwy.


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Ekaterinburg, Fiefdom of Zerth, United Kingdom of Dakathia and Cardinia, Taraskovyan Empire

The city of Ekaterinburg was founded during the reign of the then Grand Duke Mikhail I and named in honour of his wife, Grand Duchess Catherine. Amongst its many qualities the city could list being the largest megapolis in the Empire, with hundreds of millions of residents spread along the coast of the Cardinian gulf, even encroaching into the neighbouring Fiefdom of Cardinia (where several municipalities were already part of the greater Ekaterinburg agglomeration and, thus, tied more to the city itself than to the Fiefdom they were part of). In fact, the city was so huge that many proposed creating a city-Fiefdom on the territory of the current Fiefdoms of Zerth and Cardinia. However, since the Administrative Reform enacted by the military junta a decade ago, city-fiefdoms were incorporated into their larger neighbours. This reform was not reversed when the monarchy was restored.

There was, of course, the referendum way of doing so, but whilst the part of the proposed new fiefdom within Zerth had all the chances to break off, the municipalities within the Fiefdom of Cardinia did not. And so the plans were discussed and debated by local politicians, but none were so far enacted and no citizen initiative has taken place.

However, another quality the city could boast was its multiculturalism. From Tarathians to the Ros, passing by Polavians and other Noldor, the city was a mosaic of various cultures, faiths and beliefs. And where there was mingling, there was sometimes trouble. Ekaterinburg was the hotbed of White Legion activity during the Time of Troubles, with Gendarmes dreading to enter entire portions of the agglomeration without a good and heavy backing from the army’s security troops. But now the Time of Troubles was half a decade away, the Empire was as strong as never before.

But minor conflicts still erupted once in a while. And on that precise day, the Imperial Veche officially ratified the new treaty between Menelmacar and Taraskovya, but this time with an important component: a whole series of dispositions on military and diplomatic cooperation, including the words “common defence”, so dreaded by Taraskovyan nationalists.

And on that day, the nationalists were not happy. Under the new Imperial constitutional order, ratification of treaties was no longer a matter for public referenda, but votes of the Imperial Veche. A massive demonstration of up to a million people descended into the level roads of Ekaterinburg, occupying levels two to four. In comparison to the massive demonstrations organized by the White Legion, however, it was quite small, a clear sign that Ros nationalists were slowly but surely losing support.

Columns of people were met by massive amounts of gendarmes in crowd control gear. Despite what the name suggested, the term “gendarme” was adopted by the majority of Imperial Realms and of their provinces or fiefdoms to denote the civilian police forces. The army fielded its own “population control” units, called the Security and Quarantine Forces (Okhranno-Karantinniye Voiska – the dreaded OKV) tasked with enforcing Imperial Rule in occupied and annexed territories. Sometimes, OKV units were even used to enforce Imperial Rule in properly Imperial lands, against Imperial citizens, but such events were rare ever since the fall of the military junta and the restoration of the monarchy. On this day, two Security Divisions (the 345th and the 476th) were on stand by to intervene in case the gendarmes could not control the situation.

But there were no excesses on the parts of the demonstrators. The most “enthusiastic” hooded youngsters were kept away from police lines by sturdy and athletic young men in black outfits, short hair cuts and the banner of the Ros Resistance Society (Rosskoye Obshestvo Soprotivleniya – R.O.S. ) on their sleeves. The same banner featured prominently in the crowds.

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The R.O.S. was a rather little known nationalist organization, dwarfed and shadowed by the White Legion during the Time of Troubles. However, with the death of the Legion’s combat arm and the humiliation of its political arm, the Resistance Society somehow came to be propelled to the leading positions amongst the now fractured Ros nationalists.

The goal of the demonstration, to march through majority Noldor districts of the agglomeration was prevented by sturdy walls of gendarmes and their armoured vehicles. Instead, the crowds blocked traffic for several hours before beginning to dissipate. And as the demonstration began to vanish, small groups of over enthusiastic youngsters tried to engage into running street battles with Gendarmes. Which lasted at most half an hour, with a good half an hour more to allow the policemen to take custody of the stunned and otherwise incapacitated troublemakers and ferry them off for a good night sleep in a rather not very comfortable detention unit. So that they could put two and two together and decide that sleeping in your own bed is much better.


[OOC: A couple things:
1) Instead of making a post about the Menelmacar-Taraskovya treaty, I decided to make an atmospheric post.
2) I got the swastika flag approved for RP purposes quite a while ago. It's all in the moderation forum.
3) I jumped on the occasion to introduce the R.O.S. ]


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Arnatirios, Taurenor

Vethara smiled as she tilted her head to the side and then turned it a little with a smile. And then she repeated the movement, in the other direction. She was seated in front of a dressing table, all sorts of womanly make up tools spread out on it, beneath the three mirrors, two of them at an angle to the central mirror. She was dressed in nothing but a dressing gown, hanging freely from her shoulders, and a tiara upon her head. Of course, from her neck hang a silver cross of Saint Olga, but this bit of “jewelry” was always on the Grand Duchess.

The tiara is what the woman was busy admiring. It came as a rather unexpected result of an even less expected story, worthy of political thriller plots the Taraskovyan cinema industry could revel in for the next years. A Queen deposed in a strange coup, the Queen asked Vethara to replace her, Vethara accepted, the putsch leaders rejoiced and there was much clamour as she was crowned the Forest Queen of Taurenor.

And just as the Regency Council thought of using her as a puppet, just as much she sought to destroy it. It took her quite a deal of effort, plotting and scheming, of infiltrating the other side with her loyalists, of creating a support network amongst the local population. In the end, when the Council was dismantled and its members locked up for quite a long time, Vethara thought of keeping the crown to herself instead of returning it to her friend. But, she decided against. Running such a grandiose country was not for her, she had her experience and now decided that she was not up to it. Then there was the question of Taraskovyan succession. Should anything befall upon her brother, she would become Vasilessa of all Taraskovya. And ruling a gigantic Queendom and an even huger Empire terrified her.

“Mmmmm… it suits you well,” came a well familiar manly voice from behind her as his face reflected in the mirror.

Vethara just smiled, admiring the tiara, full with diamonds and sapphires, with silver nets falling down to cover her hair. The previous tiara that she wore was one of emeralds, to symbolize the Forest Queen title. This one was for a completely new title bestowed upon her by the restored Forest Queen. She loved the colour scheme of that crown, however. And even if it did not suit her emerald eyes (not that she was going to wear it twenty four hours a day, seven days a week to begin with), the colours were also those of the Shakhovskoy House. Was a new, separate branch of that House coming into shape? Many would debate it in the years to come.

“So then, my dear newly crowned Nillëtári,” the man resumed, placing his hands upon the woman’s shoulders and rubbing them gently. “Why did you hop out of bed so eagerly?”

“Oh, just wished to study the crown properly” she shrugged lightly, smiling, “I did not expect this story to have much continuation, truly. And saw myself being back in Lorelei, lording over my personal fief of the Taraskovyan Empire. But I guess that bedding the Emperor of the C’tan once in a while has some benefits.”

She laughed lightly. Ranisath just grinned and leaned in to wrap his arms around her chest.

“Nothing to do with me. The Tauretore came up with the idea herself. I simply designed the crown,” he said, placing a kiss upon her neck.

His hands roamed along her waistline, verifying whether the gown’s belt was tied and, seeing that it was not, came back up to the shoulders and pushed the sleeves down the woman’s shoulders until the gown was falling from the chair and Vethara completely exposed.

“I prefer you even more like this,” he whispered, placing another kiss on her neck.

“Mmmm… why do all the men I become… close with… wish to keep me undressed while in private?”

“Your mania about keeping things hidden from public view and knowledge means that one does not get that many a chance to have you around and undressed.”

She erupted into a melodic laughter.


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From the Various Media Or Something:

Imperial Veche Overrides Atlantic Island Laws


Laws concerning drugs and firearms ownership have traditionally been far more liberal in the Atlantic Islands archipelago than in the rest of the Empire. But not for long. Considered as violating Imperial Legislation, a number of Realm statutes have been revoked by the Imperial Veche and temporary legislation was enacted on behalf of the Atlantic Islander Congress. The new legislation shall take effect next moth, with provisional dispositions reserved for some cases, and shall remain in place until the Atlantic Islander Congress enacts permanent local legislation in conformity with Imperial Order.

The move was met with opposition from separatist political forces, who have vowed to organize a joint rally in Libertyville, Realm’s capital in the coming days. For the first time, however, the imperial military’s Security and Quarantine Forces are not expected to take part in public order maintenance during such events, as the Libertyville Police Department has finally attained a level comparable with other Imperial local police forces and, thus, is expected to be fully able to control the situation in any event.



Charter Cities’ Joint Gendarmerie’s Future Uncertain


The Charter Cities, situated in the equatorial belt of planet Venom, trace their history back to first private colonist settlements on the planet in the aftermath of the discovery of Drochium deposits on the planet. United between themselves by the Karasar Charter, the Charter Cities are considered by many experts of Constitutional Law to be a separate Imperial Dominion from Venom, albeit officially this has yet to be codified.

Recently, the Cities have decided to create a joint force for, according to them, a “more efficient protection of public order and life of citizens”. However, according to the National Defence Forces, the “Joint Gendarmerie is nothing but a veiled attempt at creating a local military force, which is contrary to Imperial Order.” The Charter Council has, thus, been summoned by the Imperial Overseer to Venom and ordered to scrap any plans on the force.

The Charter Council, however, estimates that the Joint Gendarmerie is a unified police force, not a military one, and is only directed at assisting the population. It is also expected to have disaster relief duties and capabilities. But in the meantime, the Council has expressed its obedience of Imperial decisions and has stated that the plans were “indefinietely shelved”.



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From the Various Media Or Something:

Veche Agrees in Principle to Mandatory Service


All political parties in the Imperial Veche have come to a general agreement about introducing a mandatory military service in the Empire. The motion has been long discussed by various political actors and presents a rare point of agreement in between such sworn political rivals as the Christian Patriots and the Liberal Socialists. But even as the first foundations are laid, the road is still long and a major overhaul of military and even civilian legislation is to follow.

The agreed upon points are the following:
  • Mandatory military service for all able bodied Imperial citizens having attained legal maturity. This shall include both men and women.
  • Special arrangements for the Julaniem, Eduyab'Kerrudar and some other small (a couple million individuals at most) ethnic kins.
  • General terms of service similar to the current Territorial Force service. Namely comprising a several months long boot camp, followed by yearly rehearsal courses.
  • The near entirety of the current military professions shall be open to conscripts. Everything from mechanised voltigeurs to aerospace fighter pilots.
  • Possibility to sign up to professional career duty during boot camp.
  • Conscripts from one Realm or Dominion can be expected to serve their boot camps and rehearsal courses in other Realms and Dominions.

All in all, it appears that the legislators shall seek to mainly overhaul the Territorial Forces, which currently consist of part time volunteers that serve within their Realms and Dominions of origin, and turn into a much larger force. Another major change is that conscripts can expect to serve far, very far from their home Realm or Dominion and is clearly aimed at balancing out the Imperial defensive capabilities, which currently see themselves overstretched in some areas while units are left with nothing to do in other areas.

[indent]“The HZ Fever on Mars and the often ambiguous position of the Empire vis-à-vis of its theoretical allies has prompted the Imperial authorities to completely rethink its defensive doctrine. The new TNDF shall seek to establish a strong conscript based defensive force, mobilisable on short notice, freeing up professional and career units for a whole array of other operations and missions,” commented Alexei Durov, from the Vigvar Center for Strategic Studies. “Recent developments have shown that the Empire can not always count on regional defensive treaties to defend its assets. A bigger Imperial military can be the answer. One also has to take into account that the drastic boost in manpower size shall also entail soaring military expenditures, all while creating new jobs in the military-industrial complex to outfit the new units. It is a two-edged knife and how well the authorities manage it shall reflect upon the Imperial military might in the coming years.”[/indent]

The points left to work out are the exact modalities of service, such as terms, payment, social guarantees and benefits. A whole new administrative structure shall be established to ensure the good functioning of the upcoming enlarged National Defence Forces. Public opinion polls indicate that Imperial citizens are generally in favour of mandatory service, but many respondents withhold judgment until hearing more about the exact modalities of service.

Historically, mandatory service has been abolished under Grand Duke Mikhail I during a massive overhaul of the sometimes unwieldy Taraskovyan military and an all-volunteer professional army has been established. Less than a century later, conscription is knocking back on the citizen’s door.



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From the Various Media Or Something:

Atlantic Islander Police Enforce Imperial Religion Statutes


In a show of great competence and growing independence from Imperial law enforcing institutions and the Atlantic Islander contingent of the Security and Quarantine Forces, Atlantic Islander state and city police departments moved to enforce the Imperial Statute on Religious Freedom on several occasions this week. The raids, varying in intensive and means employed, targeted several sects and cults, some of which face restrictions on public worship as per Imperial legislation, while others are banned outright and may even constitute criminal offences.

Enforcing the ban on public worship, police units have intervened to stop illegal gatherings of Judaists and Mahomettans, shutting down some improvised synagogues and mosques and arresting wannabe rabbis and imams. Previously, all public worship places of the two cults in the archipelago were terminated by Imperial authorities that oversaw the administration of the territories, with heavy use of Security and Quarantine troops. OKV soldiers have at times been accused of adopting an overly heavy handed approach. Local police forces also enforced a similar ban on a gathering of Sirithilists. Sirithilism falls under the “personality cults” section of the Statute and, thus, is also subject to a public worship ban.

In a separate development, scores of people were arrested for practicing cults subject to a complete ban with criminal consequences. Amongst the various immoral and otherwise inhuman sects and practices of local origin (sparked by the immoral decadence of the Allanean society in general), a bit of a worrying trend can be seen in the establishment on the archipelago of some other banned sects from other parts of the Empire.

Police indicate that they have terminated a conversion cell of the Quoan’dal est Ure, a Tavaroth-borne religious sect that is banned by Imperial authorities and which is conducting regular armed attacks against Imperial security forces within the Southern Province of the United Provinces of Tavaroth.

In another worrying development, local police and specially dispatched National Security agents apprehended a priest of the banned Cult of Akbaa. This ancestral and barbaric sect first appeared thousands of years ago as a marginal cult practiced by some Tarathians and is subject to continued persecution from various Taraskovyan authorities over the years.

The Atlantic Islander government has stated that it will continue to enforce Imperial legislation on religious freedoms now that it has gained all the competent instruments to do so. Imperial authorities have expressed their satisfaction with the efficiency and loyalty proven by the firmly established local law enforcement agencies. However, the National Security Ministry shall reinforce its presence within the Realm as to ensure that it does not become a new safe haven for all sorts of banned sects.



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Citadel of Var-Gellath, Fiefdom of Kethar, United Kingdom of Dakathia and Cardinia

Despite all the expansion and annexations Taraskovya has carried out throughout generations, its very heart, its very core always consisted of the two original landmasses: Dakathia and Cardinia. And as close as they were together, so they were completely different. Dakathia, even if mountaneous, had great plains and hills covering infinite areas. It was the part of Taraskovya that came to be the most urbanized and settled.

On the other hand, Cardinia, already much smaller than Dakathia, is furthermore reduced in habitable space by its tall mountains. The Cardinian Spine, with its lowest peaks towering thousands of kilometers above sea level, stretches through the entire landmass. Major settlements are concentrated mostly along the coast, such as the gigantic Ekaterinburg megapolis on the end of the Cardinian gulf.

Cardinia was also the start of the Taraskovyan state. Lord Uidath’s estates were in Cardinia and it was here that he built his coalition. In Taraskovya’s collective imagination, Cardinia shall forever remain a land of snowy peaks and icy mystery, nursing its secrets deep beneath sturdy cliffs.

The valley of the Norath-Tanlikhet, by the name of the river that flows through it, is one of such places of mystery. Barely inhabited, with some ski resorts and minor villages resting a the feet of tall mountains, it offers a picture of peace. And yet, it’s very name means “Endless Yells” in old Tarathian. It was in this valley that thousands of years ago, during the Eternal War of the Taraskath against a coalition of Sethar, Kethar and Amalori, that Kash Khat won his first and greatest victory against the enemy, at the service of his Lord Uidath.

A great host of Kethari soldiers was tricked, ambushed and butchered. Their yells filled the valley for several days. Lord Uidath, impressed, transferred lordship of the valley from the less capable local lord to Kash, who founded the citadel of Var-Gellath. The translation has been lost to time, however. Today, the Lord of Var-Gellath is none else than Ithun Khat, Imperial Minister of Foreign Affairs, of the Taraskovyan Empire.

Nowadays, the citadel is a mixture of antic style with up to date comfort technologies. It is fully heated, warm and cosy. And boasts a domed observation platform from which the entire valley can be admired. Indeed, Taraskath citadels were often built in the form of spires (often actually carved out of well placed peaks), with several towers protruding from the central dungeon. In Var-Gellath, one of the towers was “defortified” and turned into a cosily furnitured platform, enclosed in a dome in such a manner that one could walk to the edge of the platform without bumping his head against sturdy glass or armature.

That particular night was also the first time Ithun Khat brought his lover, one Angelina Ormond, to visit the citadel. And, of course, nothing could replace the view of the star-covered night time skies and the silver valley bellow.

Looking out at the view spread out before her, Angelina tried to take in as much as possibly, though as many a sightseer knows, there was just too much to take in. Her eyes flicked from the star filled sky to the valley below, her lips slightly parted in appreciation of nature’s beauty before her. Finally, she turned away from the view, her gaze falling on her companion.

“This is truly stunning,” she managed to mutter through her smile.

“I hoped you’d like it,” Ithun said, his eyes resting upon the woman. “And I am pleased you do like it. Does prove that blunt Taraskovyan combat parachutists can be romantic, does it not?”

He laughed lightly, directing his gaze to the other side of the glass and armatures supporting it and sighing pensively.

“This citadel, this valley is where my family came from. This is our nest. A really high perched one at that, too. I am glad to have finally been able to bring you here.”

Angelina took a step forward and reached for Ithun’s hand, her fingers entwining with his. “I am delighted that you brought me here. The more I see of your history, the more I feel I know you.” Her fingers tightened in a tender squeeze.

His own fingers tightened back around her palm, his thumb rubbing the back of her hand.

“I am glad you are so enthusiastic. My parents and sister shall be arriving tomorrow, so it shall be far less quiet than it is right now,” he said with a grin, before releasing her hand and guiding her over to one of the tables, by which several comfy arm chairs were located. On the table was a wooden box, finely crafted and decorated.

“But… I have a sort of a surprise for you. Pray, be seated.”

A slight look of surprise passed over the young woman’s face, but was quickly replaced with a smile. “Two surprises? You are spoiling me.” She let herself be led to the chair and took a seat, her gaze taking in the box, before her attention returned to Ithun’s face.

“Indeed,” he said pensively, opening a box and revealing what appeared to be a long silver bracer. In a typically Taraskath fashion, it contained motives drawn with diamonds and sapphires, stemming from a central emblem in which Angelina would surely recognize the Khat family seal.

“Lina…” Ithun said, taking the bracer into his hands. “Do you know what this thing is?”

Eyes drawn to the item in Ithun’s hand, Angelina nodded her head. “I believe I do, but I’m sure I’ve never seen one quite so ornate,” she replied, before once more meeting her lover’s eyes with her own. “At least, not one that was not behind glass.”

“Then you surely know the meaning of the neisharekh.” He smiled as he undid the little locks holding it together and opened it. “For thousands of years my ancestors have exchanged the neisharekh bearing the emblems of their mutual families to symbolize their free union. And even if the moods and trends have evolved, the symbolism remains.”

He paused for a second, smiling. “Angelina Ormond, do you agree to be my wife, mother to my children, daughter to my parents?”

It was only at his words, that the true meaning of the item finally fell into place, possibly because she had not been expecting it. Her mouth opened and closed a couple of times, as her heart pounded loudly in her ears. A smile grew on her lips, making it even more impossible to form the word that she wanted. Settling momentarily on a nod, which she found she could manage quite easily, she stood before Ithun, her eyes locked firmly to his.

“Yes,” she murmured softly, as her lips began to work again. “I would be honoured to be your wife.” The rest she realised would be accepted in those words.

Ithun did not say a word as he leaned to press his lips against hers for a moment. He then kneeled in front of his future wife and locked the bracelet above her ankle, which fitted perfectly and contained an interior layer of satin. In a corner of his mind, he was delighted to have taken the right measurements during Angelina’s sleep quite some time ago.

He then lifted the hem of her skirt a bit to place a soft kiss upon her knee, before standing up and smiling at the woman.

“Thank you, Lina,” was all that he said.


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From the Random News Media

Defence Treaty with Kajal Ratified



The Imperial Senate has formally ratified the defence treaty tying the Taraskovyan Empire to the Federated Imperium of Kajal. Having already been ratified by the Imperial Duma, the text shall now go to the Emperor’s Council for study and recommendation to the Vasilevs on whether to veto the text or not. This, however, is only a formality as His Most August Majesty is not expected to veto a treaty his very own government negotiated.

Following the Eternal Noldorin Empire of Menelmacar, the Federated Imperium of Kajal is another state that has previously enjoyed close cooperation with the Empire and now sees a formal defence agreement established. The network of Imperial bi-lateral treaties, which became a priority after the Imperial Government became disillusioned with collective security organizations.



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From the Random News Media

Sacred Citadel of Zynthris Passes Under Imperial Jurisdiction


All of the high templars of the Seven Deities and the Vasilevs of all Taraskovya have signed an agreement which shall cancel the sovereign status of the Sacred Citadel of Zynthris and place the massive city-state under Imperial jurisdiction in the form of a Dominion, with extensive self-government and autonomous rights. The Sacred Citadel, administered by the Order of the Seven Deities (the military branch and overall leadership of the Church of the Seven Deities) as a sovereign state, was confined to its current borders by the Treaty of Uiliath centuries ago, which stripped the Order of massive territorial holdings in Cardinia in favour of the then Grand Duchy of Taraskovya.

Nowadays, the independent existence of the Order is terminated and it shall be progressively assimilated by Imperial authorities. For now, the Order shall continue to maintain armed forces independent from the TNDF and recruited from Tarathian faithful of the Empire. However, the Order shall pass under overall military authority of the Vasilevs and shall from here on cooperate extensively with the National Defence Forces.

[indent] “The Order holds extensive knowledge in less conventional and technological means than employed by the NVO,” commented Alexei Durov, from the Vigvar Center for Strategic Studies. “Means employed by the Order can be very helpful to the Imperial military, and I shall namely point out instant transport means the secret of which the Order has kept dearly for decades.”[/indent]

The apparent docility of the Order in particular and the Church of the Seven Deities in general surprised many. But with rumours abounding about a future promotion of the Taraskovyan Orthodox Church and the Church of the Seven Deities to the status of Imperial State Churches appears to have appeased the more radicalized branches of the Order, and namely the followers of Sathala, the Tarathian Goddess of War and Passion, who account for the majority of the Order’s offensive capability.

The followers of Sathala, however, have been known to rebel against political and church leadership which they considered heretical. During the Plague, the followers supported Archduchess Anastasia, a faithful of the Seven Deities, in her struggle against the now Vasilevs Mikhail for the Taraskovyan throne. Unconfirmed reports suggest that the Sacred Citadel, and most importantly sectors and compounds held by the Wraiths have been invested by units from the National Security Ministry, supported by the Security and Quarantine Forces of the Imperial military.



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From the Random News Media

Empire Extends Full Jurisdiction Over Omeldor-1


With the continued inability of Taraskovya's SFN allies to guarantee the security and safety of Imperial denizens on Omeldor-1, the Imperial Veche has officially passed an Imperial Statute extending full Imperial jurisdiction over Omeldor-1, making the entirety of the craftworld an Imperial Dominion. Imperial officers have taken under their command the various units and teams tasked with running the craftworld as OKV units reinforced potential trouble spots in areas inhabited by non-Taraskovyans.

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VerTech Loses Major Army Bid


The new standard issue assault rifle of the National Defence Forces shall be produced by Sortavalan Ase- ja Konepaja (SAKO) and not by one of the daughter companies of the VerTech Conglomerate, ending more than a century of VerTech's monopole in the field of army general use firearms. The contract for billions of assault rifle units in several modifications has been officially signed, even if the Army reserves the right to switch to the design proposed by Donarev's Armories (part of the VerTech Conglomerate) if SAKO fails to come up with sufficient production capacities.

However, SAKO's management has already announced that it would team up with Cardinian SGArms and Atlantic Islander Integrated Land Systems, two important military-industrial companies outside of the VerTech Conglomerate, to deliver the firearms within the schedule fixed by the armed forces.




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From the Random News Media

OKV’s Patrol Service Is Given Green Light


After months of planning and deliberation, the Security and Quarantine Forces finally see themselves gifted with a whole new specialized branch – the Patrol Service. The need for an Imperial unified service to patrol interplanetary and other space trading lanes, as well as to enforce Imperial Law and Order in orbit and beyond, has been apparent for a long time now. Indeed, until this moment, such tasks were taken on by regional police forces and the Imperial military, the latter one furthermore involving not only the OKV (SQF) units, but also UDAV (Engagement Forces) units and formations.

Within the Solar System, for example, such missions were carried out by a whole myriad of police forces only. And whilst some realms had Realm-level police forces to deal with the matters (like the Royal Orbital Gendarmerie of Nyi-Gardarika), others had none (in theory, whatever Fiefdom Gendarmerie of Dakathia-Cardinia was closest was responsible, with the myriad of problems that it posed). Some realms, like Atlantic Isles, did not even have any orbital enforcement capacities at all, delegating it in this case to Dakathia-Cardinia, which in turn had the aforementioned issues.

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The OKV’s Patrol Service’s badge, formed by the addition of stylised wings
to the OKV’s “skull and barbed wire” insignia. Some have questioned the use
of OKV's symbolism for the Service.


The status quo pleased no one. Realm and Dominion police forces often had little orbital means to deploy in their presumed sectors of responsibility, whilst the military often had to spare combat assets whose overwhelming firepower often equaled to shooting a mosquito with an orbital bombardment platform.

But no more. The Empire’s renowned OKV, the dread of all insurgents, terrorists and other troublemakers, have been given wings in the form of a specialized Patrol Service. The new structure shall have law enforcement powers in areas earlier managed by the compilation of actors stated above. And, whilst remaining part of the armed forces, the Patrol Service shall enjoy the full privileges of a regular police force. This combination is explained by the "police federalism" of the Empire, with in the end the OKV being the closest to an all-Imperial law enforcement force.

[indent] “This is great news for all,” commented Alexei Durov, of the Vigvar Center for Strategic Studies. “There is now a clear service with a clear mandate that shall be equipped with assets proper to its tasks. This is yet another step in the continued strengthening of Imperial authority and, thus, can only be welcomed by all.”[/indent]

The first units of the Patrol Service shall be drawn in from other branches of the military, but will very rapidly specialize in interception, boarding and interdiction operations. The Service shall operate from both stationary and mobile patrol stations and shall have an important fleet of fighters and other spacecraft required for its activities. The emblem of the new Service has already been approved by the National Defence Forces and is based on the OKV's "skull and barbed wire" emblem that saw the addition of two stylised wings. Whilst some question the use of the OKV symbolism, destined to intimidate foes that are usually non-Imperial citizen, for what amounts to a police force, others find that it fits the new structure's identity perfectly.
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Postby Tarasovka » Sun May 24, 2009 12:55 pm

Article from the Empire's Diaries:

We Talk Alone: Utharians Secede From The Dutch Language


It has many names: the Kartoffelkorner, Dutch Taraskovya, Southern Fiefdoms. The territories became Taraskovyan after the annexation of the corporate state of Vortex Corporation into the then Grand Duchy of Taraskovya. Uthar, Vyshna and Southern Cardinia are three Fiefdoms of the United Kingdom of Dakathia and Cardinia are inhabited almost exclusively by speakers by what was until now considered as the Utharian dialect of the Dutch language. This status was enshrined in the Nederlandse Taalunie, presided by the Dutch Democratic Republic of Knootoss and in which the Taraskovyan Empire participates. Or participated until very recently as due to the latest developments from the Kartoffelkorner, that participation might have been made pointless.

Indeed, it has come as little surprise to many Utharians that the leading linguists of the ancient and renowned University of Uthar have come to the conclusion that Utharians speak their own language standard, however close it might be to Dutch. According to leading professors, the long history of separate development, the consequent grammatical differences in between Utharian and Dutch standards makes it hard to consider them a same language.

Utharian, not Dutch

Following the report by the University of Uthar, lawmakers in the local Fiefdom legislatures in Uthar, Vyshna and Southern Cardinia have put forward amendments to local Fiefdom constitutions to replace the list of regional official languages from “Russian, Dutch, Tarathian” to “Russian, Utharian, Tarathian”. Once passed by the legislatures, the amendments shall be subject to a referendum within the aforementioned Fiefdoms. And, according to poll information available to the Empire’s Diaries, an overwhelming majority of Utharians would support the move.

However, whilst to many they shall seem symbolic, these amendments shall pose a number of very practical problems. Namely as to who will regulate the new language standard. For now, the Nederlandse Taalcommissie of the Taraskovyan Academy of Sciences was the Imperial linguistic authority that represented Taraskovyan Dutch-speakers in the Nederlandse Taalunie. However, since the Utharians decided that they speak their own language, the only Taraskovyan Dutch-speakers remaining are those in the Europolis Isles, a former Knootian colony that is now part of the Taraskovyan Empire. With its three million denizens, the Isles hardly justify the continued existence of the Nederlandse Taalcommissie.

It is possible that the Dutch Language Commission of the Taraskovyan Academy of Sciences, already staffed by linguists from Uthar, shall become the Utharian Language Commission. In which case the Taraskovyan Empire shall stop playing any role in the shaping of the Dutch language to concentrate purely and entirely on the Utharian Language.

Not Much Change In Taraskovya

On the interior level, however, not much is going to really change. Whilst Utharian children were taught the written Dutch language and written Dutch grammar rules, their oral speech was clearly Utharian. A form of diglossia similar to the Setharian one, where the spoken language is High Tarathian, whilst the written language is the standard Tarathian. Now Utharian children shall be taught written Utharian grammar.

The TNDF has already long since been publishing its information in “Utharian”, and not “Dutch”. Outside all political aims, the military simply used the dialect as it was spoken and understood by its servicemen, not by some linguists far, far away.


T.A.S. To Consider Its Options

The Taraskovyan Academy of Sciences has stated that it shall reconsider the continued Taraskovyan participation in the Nederlandse Taalunie following the new developments. This, however, might contravene with bilateral treaties in between the Taraskovyan Empire and the Dutch Democratic Republic of Knootoss, which foresaw the establishment of the Dutch Language Union in the first place.

It is also not clear what the reaction from Knootoss will be at seeing a portion of the Dutch language declare its independence from the Mothertongue.



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Article from the Empire's Diaries:

Taraskovyan-VERITAS Relations into the Freezer after New Trenton Fiasco


The negotiations on the future status of New Trenton, held in Isasrach, itself temporarily “docked” at New Boston, ended up in a complete and utter failure for the Taraskovyan Empire as its own “friends and allies” hurled extensive amounts of criticism against Vigvar covering all imaginable fronts. And whilst nobody expected the discussions to be easy, it came as a complete and utter surprise to the Empire that the only VERITAS members present at the catastrophic meeting were those the Empire had either bilateral military pacts with, or blossoming economic and diplomatic ties. And it were those nations that formed a very agressive audience.

[indent] “A simple ‘No’ would have more than sufficed and the matter would have been closed with a negative outcome for the Empire. As simple as that. But our… allies… actually portrayed us as the root of all evil, as some sort of barbaric and backwards dictatorship whilst the Empire is far more progressive and free than the bunch of them. And that is completely and utterly unacceptable,” commented Ruslan Perkov, a high ranked Foreign Ministry official. “If we are so bad and rotten, then why did they sign those pacts with us?”[/indent]

And this is a question that the Foreign Ministry and the Senatorial Foreign Affairs Committee shall have to ponder very thoroughly on as the Empire suddenly finds herself faced with a new reality: her friends and allies are not at all friendly.


What now?

The most logical question to ask is “What now?” The National Patriotic Christian Alliance and the more nationalist Conservative Party members of parliament shall surely push for a denunciation of the so-called “elf treaties”, the bilateral military pacts between the Taraskovyan Empire and each of Kajal, Menelmacar and the Necrontyr Empire. It is, however, extremely unlikely that the Veche shall follow such a line and this for a variety of reasons.

First of all, New Trenton is simply not worth the bother. The case was a largely symbolic one for the Empire, one seeking to restore what Taraskovya considered as an unjust affront to her interests.

The second reason is far more mundane. Objectively, New Trenton is backwater chunk of Martian desert, abandoned and neglected for years and years by the government of New York and New Jersey. It is simply not worth going into economic and political wars over.

Finally, the third reason is that despite that one fiasco, relations otherwise have been rather cordial. Moreover, it comes out from the official position of the Empire that the greatest problem in the “New Trenton fiasco” is not the rejection of the Empire’s claim, but the amount of strong-worded criticism hurled against Taraskovya by her “allies”.

Thus, the Empire’s reaction to the latest event is far from being clear, but it does appear that the “political extremists” shall not have a say in the matter. The standing pacts and treaties shall, thus, be maintained. From that point on, one can only speculate on what the Empire shall do, if doing anything at all, because a “sit back and do absolutely nothing” approach is not being excluded, either.

However, the Empire has already explicitly stated that it shall retain its right to veto any cession of the buffer zone next to the Nyi-Gardarikan province of Dajdbog it does not agree to, as established by previous arrangements between the then Grand Duchy of Taraskovya and the then central government of New York and New Jersey.



VERITAS Direction in a Dead End

But it does, however, appear that the pro-VERITAS direction of the past few years has come into a dead end and grinded to a full and complete halt. The Empire did not adhere to the three VERITAS pacts out of concerns over several articles that she could simply not abide by. And it is a firm Taraskovyan point of view that pacta sunt servanda, and the Empire would never sign up beneath something she would then disrespect.

[indent] “In between the Taraskovyan Empire and New Trenton, the VERITAS member states have made their choice,” Ruslan Perkov resumed.[/indent]

As far as the individual members are concerned, the Imperial Chancellor did state that the “promising vectors” that were Austar Union and Tiburon would not be explored further. However, Anna Muraviev-Apostol did implicitly suggest that a rejection by these two states of the aggressive stance of Kajal, Menelmacar and the C’tani would help change the current dispositions.



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[QUOTE=Kajal;13997838][font=Courier]Shalbatana Daily News
Shalbatana News Service, Kitharmani Office


<VERITAS Fallout leads to Mass Migration>

KITHARMANI, MARS > With the recent dramatic change in political climate between the Federated Imperium and Taraskovya, the Office of Customs and Immigration has noted a large increase in the number of Kajali citizens returning from Taraskovyan territories.

Many have cited an increasingly hostile environment within the former Kajali territories that were ceded to Taraskovya many years ago as a reason for their departure to Kajal Mars proper, while others claim that Taraskovyan authorities have attempted to contest their Kajali citizenship and prohibit Kajali citizens from leaving the territories in question without serving in the Taraskovyan military complex or paying hefty fines in the name of taxation. While many citizens are able to pay these fines and renounce Taraskovyan citizenship, those that are unwilling or unable to comply with such measures have also fled the territories and the Office of Foreign Relations have reported recieving several preliminary filings for extradition.

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A lovely scenic beach lost in the middle of the gigantic Taraskovyan Empire

“I did not know you were such a romantic man, Mikhail,” Helen said as she shifted a little to cuddle up against the Vasilevs lying on the sand right next to her. He did not answer anything to just not ruin the moment. As he’d surely have answered with one of his jokes and that was simply not the right moment.

And so he simply smiled as the two watched the sun setting on the horizon. Mikhail and Helen were in their bathing suits, wet from the swimming done just before. In fact, the pile of scuba diving gear not far from them suggested that the two had just done an interesting excursion to admire the submarine life around the island. The waters were so warm that the two did not need any wetsuits to shelter them from the cold. In fact, there was not so much scuba gear to speak of. The masks, the weights, the fins (Mikhail loved old fashioned fin propulsion). There were no bottles to speak of, Taraskovyan divers have since long moved on to sophisticated mechanisms that made air from water, thus allowing divers to stay beneath the water pretty much endlessly.

They were completely alone on that warm scenic beach of the island with the most lovely name of Schiermonnikoog. It was a small island, administratively part of the Fiefdom of Vyshna and located in the tropical belt of the United Kingdom of Dakathia and Cardinia. For all purposes, however, the island was part of the informal private demesne of the Vasilevs as one of his favourite resorts.

Which was why the Emperor and his Princess were all alone on the beach. The only denizens of the island were members of the staff attending to local installations and contingent of the leib guards, who ensured the Emperor his full privacy. No tourist or visitor was allowed on the island. Neither were any of Helen’s chaperones or maids of honour or whatnot, Mikhail issued a strict personal order to that matter.

But unfortunately for him, Helen did not need any chaperones to keep her from surrendering herself to the Taraskovyan Emperor. She kissed him, allowed him to caress her and fondle her lovely forms, but each time his hands strayed a bit far too south, she would bring them all the way up north. And Mikhail could not understand whether he was more amused or frustrated by that. He never had any problems with women, after all, generally finding them quite cooperative in such matters.

“You have always gone the path of simplicity,” he remembered her saying once. “As Emperor, you had no trouble finding beautiful women ready to surrender to you without any effort from your part. I am not like that. I won't surrender to any man, except my husband.”

One thing was for certain: that Princess was one of a kind. And she made her mark on the Vasilevs’es mind. He was not madly in love with her, but he enjoyed her company and, of course, desired her. What she felt for him was for now shrouded in mystery. She appeared sincere, but at times Mikhail did wonder whether she was not simply fulfilling the mission of getting married to the Taraskovyan Emperor implicitly assigned to her by Emperor Andreus I of Pantocratoria.

And as these thoughts were in his mind, his hands roamed a bit over Helen’s body And as usual, one of those hands was soon taken by her own and brought to rest on her waist. The Vasilevs smirked and rolled to the side, placing the woman beneath him as he leaned down and stared her into the eyes.

“Sometimes I wonder why should I not just disregard any potential resistance,” he whispered softly.

“Because you're a gentleman... and you don't want just my body, do you?” she whispered back with a smile, before reaching up to place a soft kiss on his lips.

Mikhail just smirked again, sighed and shook his head as he rested back on the towel, staring up into the quickly darkening sky. She cuddled up against him again and the two just lay there, staring at the stars as they began appearing high above them.

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From the Random News Media

Veche Lifts Restrictions on Foreign Defence Contractors


The Imperial Duma has followed the lead of the Imperial Senate in ratifying a series of amendments to laws restricting the involvement of foreign defence companies in the supplying and equipping of the National Defence Forces as well as local law enforcement agencies and Imperial security services personnel. Until now, only Taraskovyan companies, or foreign companies owned by Taraskovyan ones, were allowed to supply the more important items to the military, law enforcement and security services.

Once the amendments in question take effect, foreign defence companies shall be allowed to put forward any type of product for consideration by the military, law enforcement or security services personnel. However, a foreign contractor shall have to first be vetted by the Senate’s Armed Forces Committee. A number of criteria shall have to be met, such as originating from a state that is neutral or friendly towards the Empire. The amendments shall now go to the Emperor's Council for review and a potential recommendation for Imperial Veto. The Vasilevs is not expected to veto the new law.

On the interior level, this will open up the extremely lucrative Taraskovyan arms market to extended competition. Right now, the VerTech Conglomerate controls the overwhelming majority of the sector through its numerous daughter companies. Analysts believe that whilst it is uncertain that foreign contractors shall be able to independently present their own products right away, they could enter into consortiums with the non-VerTech Taraskovyan military contractors, such as SAKO or SGArms.

For now, the only foreign suppliers of the National Defence Forces are Lossë-Elen, Northrop-Grumman and FDI. No foreign company is present on the law enforcement and security services market. With the continued build up of the Territorial Defence Forces, the conscript branch of the National Defence Forces, aiming to reach the mark of a billion citizen soldiers, the Empire is investing heavily in the military sector. However, local police forces and Imperial security services are also in expansion as the Empire continues to grow territorially and demographically. Some analysts speculate that the Veche's decision to relax constraints on foreign contractors can be explained by concerns about a possible “overheating” of the Taraskovyan military-industrial complex in the face of the exploding mid-term demand for military hardware.

The Imperial arms market, thus, looks to expand considerably even once the TDF buildup is completed, with purchase costs replaced by maintenance and upgrade costs.



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A tranquil garden offering lots of privacy

He smiled as he admired her body moving graciously beneath the early morning sun, drops of sweat sparkling in the light. She was not first he saw like that, but Helen just had this aura of majesty around her that made her extremely special. However, what she had in aura of majesty she completely and utterly lacked in skill.

“Do time your movements with my thrusts,” he said calmly.

She grimaced and frowned at him as she drew back a bit.

“This is not something an Imperial princess does in her days,” she said, exhaling heavily.

“Then learn,” he said. “It is never a bad time to learn something new.”

And then his sword whirled around hers in a disarming motion. She failed to hold the grip and her training blade flew off into a bush of roses. The Vasilevs then lowered his own exercise sword, without doing the cliché “throat pointing” routine. He looked her top to down, admiring her in the training outfit.

“You are dead, dearheart.”

“You are supposed to court me, not kill me,” she said with a light giggle as she picked up a bottle of water and drank some. “What would my uncle say if you returned me dead?”

“He’d surely declare war,” Mikhail said as he arched an eyebrow, staring at the rose bush that now housed the wooden training sword. He’ll let the gardeners retrieve it. After all, they were paid generously to upkeep the gardens. “But…” he looked back at her and allowed himself a smile “… I have other plans for you.”


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From the Random News Media

OKV Gets Law Enforcement Powers in Far Flung Domains


In a landmark decision, the Vasilevs of all Taraskovya has decided by Edict that elements of the Security and Quarantine Forces dislocated within the Imperial Dominions under the Vasilevs’es direct jurisdiction shall have the right to enforce law upon civilians within those Dominions. Until now, the SQF could only intervene in support of local police forces as decided by Imperial and local authorities. Exception, of course, made of the SQF’s Patrol Service, a semi-independent interplanetary and interstellar police force nominally part of the Security and Quarantine Forces.

Until now, due to the decentralized traditions of policing, with regional police forces responsible for maintaining law and order within their areas of responsibility, some outlying Imperial domains had hardships maintaining a qualified local police force, funded and equipped according to Imperial standards. Such domains by default receive the status of Crown Colonies, thus administered by the Vasilevs, through governors that he appoints. A solution was found through the dispatchment of policemen from more prosperous Realms and Dominions. A solution that has often led to certain logistical and organizational problems.

No more, it seems. As the SQF units are deployed in every single corner of the Empire and do receive training in policing operations, they came to be the logical choice to maintain law in order in territories without local police forces. However, the measure is not without its critics as some already voice their opposition to a move that, according to them, erases the until now clearly defined line between the military forces and the civilian law enforcement agencies.



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The Parliament of the Taraskovyan Empire is officially called the Veche of the Taraskovyan Empire, or Imperial Veche for short. It consists of three chambers, namely the Emperor’s Council, the Imperial Senate and the Imperial Duma. Of these, the latter two are elected, either on a proportional basis for the Senate, or on a basis of single member constituencies for the Duma. The Emperor’s Councillor’s are appointed by the Vasilevs of all Taraskovya at his own discretion, albeit the total number is limited to just over fifty and there is a quota of Councillors per Imperial Realm.

In terms of powers, the Emperor’s Council is a largely “consultative” chamber, in the manner that it proofreads legislation passed by the elected chambers and recommends them for the Imperial Veto in cases were they deem that such a veto is necessary. In Taraskovya, laws do not need the “royal assent” to pass. Unless the Vasilevs vetoes them, they are considered as valid. On the other hand, the Vasilevs has no time limit in which to use his supreme veto powers, which allows him to overturn laws, court rulings and administrative decisions of all Taraskovyan institutions, from the Imperial federal level to the municipal authorities (albeit the latter right remains theoretical and never used in practice as there are millions of municipalities throughout the Empire).

The Imperial Veche follows the acquired customs and traditions of the now disbanded Grand Ducal Parliament, which was the legislative authority for the Grand Duchy of Taraskovya and, thus, for the entirety of its Empire In Denial. The Grand Ducal Parliament gave birth to two institutions. First came the Royal Parliament of Dakathia and Cardinia, the United Kingdom of Dakathia and Cardinia being what the “Grand Duchy of Taraskovya proper” was “reformed” into to avoid confusion in between a Taraskovyan Grand Duchy and a Taraskovyan Empire.

Second came the Veche. And as in the Grand Ducal Parliament, it came to be that the Senate was more oriented on dealing with matters of the exterior, whilst the Duma pondered more on matters interior. As far as committees were concerned, anyway. It was, thus, the Senate which formed an Armed Forces Committee, charged with keeping tight contact with the Taraskovyan military and ensuring that it followed the wishes and desires of the Taraskovyan People. The wishes and desires that the Senators defended as democratically elected representatives of the People.

As of the year 1154, during the mandate of the Ist Imperial Veche, the Armed Forces Committee was composed of seventeen Senators, of which eleven hailed from the Loyalist Coalition, three from the National Patriotic Christian Alliance and three from the Left Wing Bloc. The Loyalist coalition furthermore was subdivided into nine members of the Conservative Party, one member of the Democratic Conservative Party and one member of the Christian Democratic Party. The Left Wingers were represented by two members of the Liberal Socialist Party and one member of the Social Democratic Union. The NPCA did not have the problem of needing to allow little coalition partners onto the bench as it was a party all in itself, more or less.

Quite expectedly, the Chairman of the Committee was a member of the Conservative Party, namely Senator Vladimir Vishnev of Dakathia and Cardinia, Duke of Zar et al. He and his colleagues sat behind a curved desk, which stood opposite a smaller desk by which sat the protagonists of the hearing. General-en-Chef Anton Dolohov, Operational Commander of the Mars Theatre and Kontr-Admiral Alexei Dabrianov, who were suspected by the Committee of having acted against the wishes of the Taraskovyan people during the recent stand off against the machine invasion fleet in the orbit of Mars. More precisely, the two high ranked officers were suspected of disregarding stand by orders and sacrificing needlessly the lives of Taraskovyan crews. Next to them was Special Representative Rear Admiral Maurice Franklin, FSPSN, who was summoned as a witness after the Committee requested that the Federation dispatches a representative to the hearing, as it was by assisting Federation assets that Taraskovyan lives were lost.

The hearing was held behind closed doors. There was no media present and all recordings made would be for the use by the Committee alone.

“Gentlemen, I propose that we begin. I wish to thank the Federation of Sentient Peoples through the Honorable Rear Admiral Franklin,” he nodded slightly in acknowledgement to the aforementioned person, “for answering positively to the Committee’s request. Now, before we begin, I wish to reiterate that this body is in no way comparable to a judicial authority and we are not a military tribunal. The role of this Committee is to ensure the legislative oversight over the National Defence Forces and ensure the continued military operation according to the wishes and desires of the Taraskovyan People. What conclusions we come to shall influence the further decisions of the Imperial Veche on the matter, as well as might trigger recommendations to the Genshtab and the Cabinet of Ministers.”

He paused for a moment, as his eyes fixed upon a screen in front of him, where he consulted some bits of information. The other committee members did the same.

“Pan General-en-Chef, let us begin with you. As the operational commander of the Mars theatre, you are the highest NVO military authority on the ground,” Vishnev fixed Dolohov with his eyes. “The first question shall be simple. Was there a direct and clear order emanating from the Vasilevs himself to stand by, unless there was an immediate threat to the lives of Taraskovyan citizens and to the security of Taraskovyan interests?”

“There was such an order,” Dolohov said coldly, his eyes looking back at the Chairman of the Committee.

“You and Kontr-Admiral Dabrianov here present are suspected of disregarding this order and ordering a detachment of the Mars Theatre Orbital Group to engage into the hostilities. What can you say on this matter?”

“That as per tradition and customs, as well as because of operational needs on the ground, the National Defence Forces recognizes the importance of the so-called frontlines initiative, in which a local commander has the right to widely interpret orders,” Dolohov responded.

“I can only agree with my colleague,” Dabrianov spoke up. “The Mars Theatre Orbital Group remained on stand by throughout the hostilities. We did not engage the enemy.”

“However, Taraskovyan lives were lost in combat,” intervened Senator Petr Petrov, another senator from Dakathia and Cardinia and member of the National Patriotic Christian Alliance, the nationalist right wing group in Parliament. “Whether you directly engaged the enemy or not is irrelevant. Pan General-en-Chef, please remind us of the main purpose of the National Defence Forces.”

The tone of the nationalist senator was far more aggressive than the calm and balanced speech of his conservative colleague. For the NPCA, the fact that Taraskovyan soldiers died in defence of some kamikaze foreigners was simply unacceptable.

“Our first and foremost purpose is national defence,” Dolohov replied as calmly and coldly as he did earlier.

“Yes, I wish to stress the word national,” Petrov said. “Was at any point, with the overabundance of Mars-bourne defensive fleets in the orbit of the planet, national safety under threat from the enemy?”

“By the time I ordered the aforementioned detachment into action, there was no longer any direct threat to the national safety of the Taraskovyan Empire,” Dolohov stated blankly and truthfully.

“Thank you, pan Senator,” Vishnev intervened, sensing that Petrov would eventually erupt into his trademark passionate tirade about the greatness of the Empire, especially when it gets foreigners to die in her defence. “Pan General-en-Chef, the overly detailed reports from the automated information gathering systems of your ships indicate that the detachment of barrier and defence frigates, as well as an important number of fighter and gunship escorts, was sent into the battle without precise orders. What did you expect to achieve by doing so?”

“You already know of the massive enemy missile strike upon pretty much anything within range and sometimes even beyond,” Dolohov responded, continuing to maintain his composure. “My goal was to reinforce the foreign assets in dealing the termination of the missile threat to ensure that none would endanger Imperial safety. By the time the order was given, a number of Patrol Service craft and civilian shipping was lost to the hail of missiles. Some even managed to reach the Orbital Group, but were swiftly terminated by our protective systems.”

“And why not use these protective systems to protect the aforementioned Patrol Service and civilian craft instead of foreign ships?” enquired Senator Petrov.

“Because,” Kontr-Admiral Dabrianov responded, “the barrier shields we project have two sides. The projective and the deflective. The projective side allows for energy and mass to pass through it, whilst the deflective does not. Albeit physical objects traveling at extremely slow speeds are able to pass through it. In brief, if we began projecting barrier shields left and right, we would have downed far more civilian and PS OKV craft than the missiles did.”

The disgruntled senator leaned back into his chair and frowned, crossing his arms on his chest. Senator Vishnev nodded to Dabrianov and then fixed his gaze upon the representative of the Federation of Sentient Peoples. And a considering gaze it was.

As a Rear Admiral, he had seen action plenty of times, and more specifically, he had been in command of the S.P.S.S. Iron Sunset, the Fleet Base which had been destroyed during the battle. The Senators were fully aware of that qualification and even Senator Petrov somehow seemed subdued, displaying little of the aggressiveness he showed towards the General-en-Chef just minutes ago.

The scarring on the Rear Admiral’s face from where his helmet had melted when a particular intense plasma flare had cut to the heart of the station, and the fact that his right arm was missing from the elbow, would have told the tale anyway. The regeneration treatments were beginning to take hold if one examined him closely, as evidence of new, scar-free skin could be seen on his face.

He was dressed almost informally, given the situation, in just the regular dark blue and black dress uniform of the Federation Space Navy. His beret was folded neatly on the table in front of him, slightly off to the side, and the rows of ribbon bars gleamed faintly with a couple of new additions – the Survivor’s Pin, and a third tiny sword emblazoned onto the ribbon of the Bloodied Cross, representing this as the fourth time Maurice Franklin had been wounded in combat.

The Rear Admiral whose command had died under the withering fire of the Fleetmind Kara’s invasion force calmly returned the Senator’s gaze and awaited the questions he knew would come about five hours of his life he would never forget, about a day when next to a quarter million sentients in Federation uniform gave their lives for a planet already drenched in blood.

“Pan Kontr-Admiral,” Senator Vishnev began, “the Committee would like to hear from you personally on how you and those under your command were ordered into the battle above Mars. Namely whether your superiors or you had an exact plan of action, how that plan of action was developed and when, what were your orders and what were your goals.”

When the man finally spoke, his voice was grating, slightly strained. Apparently, the injuries had not been limited to cosmetic damage. Only because of the quick reaction Sunset retrieval ships was he there to speak with the Senate Committee – any slower response and he would have been dead. Another age would have called the mere fact that he survived a miracle, and there were some doctors still privately of that opinion.

“The standing orders of FSPSN forces at Mars are first to defend the Federation’s Martian Holdings from outside aggression, with a secondary priority of standing in the common defense of the planet in cooperation with the international community. As my command was attached to Third Fleet, the primary Federation unit in the Martian Theater, my immediate commanding officer was Admiral Fiorentino. When she received word of the incoming Fleetmind threat, she contacted the TYCS commander in theater and offered her assistance. The plan the two of them developed led to the battlestation’s engagement with the enemy, and our positioning was dictated by the station’s orbital path. We did not have sufficient warning to adjust our orbit in any meaningful fashion, though fortunately in this case, it was unnecessary.”

The man paused for a moment, running his fingers over an invisible pattern in on the blotter before him before continuing.

“Our primary goal was to destroy the Fleetmind forces, or at the very least, diminish them significantly before they attempted a landing on the surface. Given the generic nature of the threat, and the lack of specific intelligence on the Fleetmind’s exact objectives on the surface, a more flexible plan was developed relying on unit level officers to respond to changes immediately without waiting for specific instructions from either the TYCS or the flagship.”

Tapping his fingers for a moment, the rear admiral frowned before continuing.

“We followed a general plan of action when engaging a numerically superior incoming force in cooperation with allies – forming up outside the planetary ring and beginning the engagement at the maximum possible range when the threat is confirmed. This is because any force wishing to assault the surface will have to proceed much closer to the planet, essentially running the gauntlet through a massive weight of fire. The plan allows for very little tactical movement, as it is unwilling to move the ships out of position and as such, create possible areas from landing craft to slip through.”

Pretty words for a simple plan – sit there and blast the bejesus out of them while they come at you.

“Thank you, pan Kontr-Admiral,” Senator Vishnev nodded slightly as the Rear Admiral finished his exposé. “I have another question. According to the report by the National Defence Forces and to the transcripts made available to this Committee, the Mars Theatre Operational Command established a secure communications link with the TYCS forces around Mars. The link, outside of the Imperial White Net and, thus, subject to a lag due to the manual transmission of communications onto the White Net, was none the less open. Reports and transcripts made available to us suggest that no attempt was made by the FSPSN to contact the NDF Mars Theatre and vice versa. The Committee would wish to inquire whether the FSPSN made any attempts at establishing communications with the National Defence Forces Mars Theatre through either the aforementioned TYCS link or through any other means?”

“To the best of my knowledge,” Franklin began, “Admiral Fiorentino contacted no other foreign national or transnational military forces prior to nor during the engagement, including the NDF Mars Theater. As she had temporarily subordinated command to the TYCS officer on the scene, she probably felt it was unnecessary. I know that as for my command, I made no contact with any other military forces prior to or during the engagement, which is standing orders during any such situation, to limit points of contact and therefore the accompanying confusion.”

“Pan Kontr-Admiral,” Karita Paakkanen, the only Senator from the Social Democratic Union on the Committee, began once Franklin had finished his answer. “I would like to hear your personal opinion on General-en-Chef’s Dolohov’s decision to ‘largely interpret’ orders to stay out of the engagement. Also, do you personally think that the move helped save any lives? You may speak freely.”

Inclining his head, the rear admiral allowed a slight smile to grace his face.

“As an individual, I would have to say that I approve of the General-en-Chef’s decision. His action undoubtedly saved my own life and the lives of any on board the S.P.S.S Iron Sunset who survived the engagement with the Fleetmind. If his forces had not intervened, the station would have been vaporized, rather than just destroyed, and there would have been a quarter million Federation personnel dead instead of just two hundred thousand.”

He drummed his fingers on the table for a moment before continuing.

“As an officer, I would have to say that the General-en-Chef’s actions fell into a very large grey area – the one where you obey the letter of your orders but not the spirit thereof. Given that I would assume an officer of the General-en-Chef’s seniority was fully aware of all the reasoning behind his orders, as well as clear on the intent and spirit, I would have to say his decision was perhaps not the best one, from a purely political,” he manages to keep most of his disgust out of his voice, “and strict interpretation of the military codes.”

Finally, something that might be classified as a grin crossed the Rear Admiral’s face.

“Fortunately, these decisions also have to be considered in light of the actual military situation observed. When the NDF forces entered the engagement, the Fleetmind forces had just widely opened it with a massive, uncoordinated, independently guided missile launch. Every civilian and military ship near Mars was simultaneously in danger. At that point, I believe the General-en-Chef entered the engagement in the most effective manner he could while still attempting to obey the letter of his orders. His actions allowed for my command, which, as the largest visible single unit in the area was targeted by the most missiles, to functionally absorb nearly three times the incoming fire it should have been able to from that launch, undoubtedly saving thousands of lives throughout the various fleets engaging the Fleetmind assault, including his own command.”

“Thank you, pan Kontr-Admiral,” Vishnev nodded as Franklin finished his response to the senator from Sortavala. “Now, General-en-Chef, let us return to you…”

The hearing would continue for quite some time as the senators wanted answers to further questions. Eventually, the flow of questions ended and the senators retired for final consultations before voicing their verdict.

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“General-en-Chef Dolohov and Kontr-Admiral Dabrianov,” Senator Vishnev began, looking the two officers over. “The Armed Forces Committee, having met and heard all arguments expressed in front of it, has come to the following conclusions.

“Whilst you have disobeyed direct and unambiguous orders emanating from His Most August Majesty, who is the highest Imperial authority as set by Imperial Constitution and Legal Order, that directed you and the forces under your command to remain outside of combat operations, your actions were none the less triggered by unforeseen circumstances and rendered necessary by those very same circumstances. The Committee shall, thus, refrain from recommending any punitive procedures against you.

“However, as the Committee has concluded that the two of you have disobeyed a direct order from the Vasilevs, who issued it after consultation with the Council of Ministers and the Generalshtab, the Committee shall forward to the Generalshtab that a proportional amount of your salaries be withheld and added into the compensations paid by the Empire to the families of the fallen.”

Dolohov and Dabrianov nodded. Both expected this, as it was an ancestral Taraskovyan tradition that the commander reimbursed the families of his fallen soldiers if they died by his fault. For the families, it was more symbolic than anything. As of the officers, well, they could survive a cut in their salaries.

“Kontr-Admiral Franklin,” Vishnev turned his attention to the only foreigner present in the room. “Upon the insistence of Senator Paakkanen and her colleagues from the Liberal-Socialist Party, and having reached this decision with a majority vote…”

Senator Petrov grunted in his seat and it was quite obvious that he and his fellow National Christian Patriots voted against whatever Vishnev was about to say.

“… shall recommend to the Highest Military Collegium to award the Ribbon of Saint Alexander to the Iron Sunset, to be used upon the seal or banner of a new station of that name, or to be used upon the historic seal of the station if no new command of such name and type is reformed.

“You shall be personally contacted by officers of the Collegium at a later date to inform you of their decision. Right now, however, I and my colleagues wish to thank you for your presence here and express our sympathy to you and those under your command, both survivors and fallen, as well as to their families.”



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Many are the kins inhabiting the vast Taraskovyan Empire and the Tarsheath feature among them. In fact, the Tarsheath are not a single, monolithic kin, but instead a group of kins and tribes inhabiting the frozen reaches of Tarvalak. They are the product of a mixture of all kins and individuals that have throughout generations fled the conflicts and strives of Dakathia and Cardinia to seek a live of freedom in the harsh and secluded lands west of the river Shazh. And from there they have for centuries resisted Tarathian attempts to subdue them.

Eventually, however, they were subdued by the Shokath-Kshas Sherdarth, long before the massive Strife that engulfed the High Unity, long before the first non-Tarathian slaves were even brought into the realm of the “ashen skinned”. Sherdarth bought the loyalty of some tribes over, mercilessly massacred others. Eventually, all of Tarvalak came under his grip and a tithe was imposed upon the Tarsheath. But the tithe was not in gold or other goods, for Tarvalak was not rich in resources. The tithe was that in soldiers.

Amongst which a tithe of young female soldiers. Perverted foreigners would think that the Supreme Lord and Ruler wished for love companions and they would be gravely mistaken. The Tarsheath, despite their regional differences, have always been quite matriarchal in their social structure. It was not rare for the men to guard the children and the houses while their agile and deadly wives inflicted death upon the enemy, luring him into ambushes in the endless frozen reaches. The women warriors of Tarvalak would win many battles for the Shokath-Kshas in his future campaigns.

These female soldiers, the best of the Tarsheath folk, would come to be known by the name of the Supreme Lord and Ruler himself. Regardless of upheavals, Tarvalak always supplied its soldiers, including the tithe of Sherdarth “amazons”. During the Strife, the Sherdarth fought on the side of the Abolitionists. Not because they cared about politics or slavery, but simply because their loyalty lay with Amala, the last of the Tarathian Shokath-Kshases. And as the house of Karetsah gave way to the house of Shakhovskoy-Karetsah, the Sherdarth kept serving the new Grand Dukes.

Overtime, the most worthy of the Sherdarth were organized as part of the Leib Guard’s Regiment of Sherdarth, part of the elder guard and bodyguards of the Taraskovyan monarch himself. Other soldiers were sent to serve in regular army regiments, in which many quickly attained officer positions through their skill and guile.

“Sheeeessath! Heisss!” came the call from the company commander as the company of fresh recruits under her command lined up in a courtyard of the Sherdarth Palace of the city of… Sherdarth, which served as the seat of Taraskovyan authority in Tarvalak. The Supreme Lord and Ruler was also known for having a certain penchant for megalomania and narcissism, with a habit of naming a bit everything he crossed with his name.

The command was given in the Tarsheathian language, which was akin to the ancient Tarathian language. Modern Tarathian has since evolved and become more “melodic”. Tarsheath dialects, however, remained as hissing and aggressive as they were thousands of years ago and even declarations of love in that language sounded as if two snakes were cuddling up next to each other.

The company of young women, in the leather armour-uniforms of the regimental cadets, stood to attention. Their eyes were fixed upon the figure in black armour upon a black horse, the black cape falling down from beneath a fur collar, flanked by two gigantic black wolves. It is useless to add that Shokath-Kshas Sherdarth also had a particular liking for all things black and dark. The ceremony remained the same ever since.

The face of the man was calm and his stare was cold, just as was proper to the Supreme Ruler of Tarvalak and all its Kins. His face instilled respect, fear and veneration. On another horse next to him was the woman that the recruits would come to call Mother for the years to come, Colonel Shala sai-Nerassa uis-Ssesh. Tarsheath names followed their own pattern and it simply meant that she was daughter of Nerassa of the Ssesh kin.

The Supreme Ruler and the Colonel rode past the row of recruits, inspecting them intently. None uttered a single word. None stopped to give any particular recruit a more attentive glance then the others. The man only shared a couple words with the Colonel and then the review was over. The man proceeded to ride further into the palace complex and the Colonel gave the recruits a cold stare, subjecting them to an ice shower of sorts.

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“Quite an interesting show that was,” Helen said quietly to Mikhail as he emerged from a room, this time dressed into something more practical and comfortable than the ceremonial armour he wore mere minutes ago.

“Protocol,” Mikhail shrugged as he sat down in the armchair opposite the Pantocratorian Princess and poured himself a glass of wine. “You Pantocratorians should know better.”

She smiled lightly. “I do not remember seeing any of these amazons in Vigvar.”

“Of course not. They are serving throughout Tarvalak, mostly as my own little… rule enforcement force. You see, dearheart, they are most useful in Tarvalak, not outside of it.”

“How so?”

“Oh, in Vigvar, they’d just be a regiment like the rest,” Mikhail said pensively, sipping on some of his wine before staring Helen intently into the eyes. “Here, however, they are considered as superior beings whom a bit every single little Tarsheath girl aspires to resemble, or even once day join. And in Tarvalak, if you control the young female population, you control all.”

“Quite interesting. It seems that even in military matters, politics take precedence,” she said pensively.

“Taraskovya is extremely diverse and complicated,” Mikhail nodded with a smile. “It has many locks and to each a special key is needed. The Sherdarth are the key to Tarvalak. I could smash the Tarsheath lock with the sledgehammer of the combined might of the Imperial institutions. But why, when the most efficient solution is so simple?”

“So it seems. But pray, tell me… and do not feel offended, but… I thought that Taraskovyans were categorically against… hm… forcing one into service. And yet, if I understood correctly, Tarvalak owes you a tithe in men and women, of which the recruits I saw from the balcony are just a mere part.”

“Oh, the tithe is just a fancy word for conscription,” the Vasilevs shrugged. “Simply consider that until recently, Tarvalak was the only corner of the Empire with conscription in place.”

“Indeed,” Helen said pensively and then smiled at Mikhail. “The more I learn about your country, the more I see how complex it is.”

The Vasilevs did not reply and just looked at the young woman pensively as he sipped some of his wine. What thoughts he had were his own and unknown to her. She just stood up and walked up to him. She placed herself on his lap, took the glass of wine and placed it on the table and then leant in to offer him a kiss. It was great to not be bound by any protocol from time to time.
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Postby Tarasovka » Sun May 24, 2009 12:59 pm

Article from the Random Media:

Mercenariat Abolition Talks Fail to Reach Agreement


The third round of talks between members of the Veche and representatives of the powerful mercenary organizations has failed to produce concrete results. It is unclear now whether any further talks shall be held before the project of the Imperial Statute that shall see the millennia old Taraskovyan abolished goes to vote in front of the Imperial Duma.

The Mercenaries Guild, which regroups the most Free Mercenary Corps (FMCs) amongst its ranks and is the oldest and by far the most renowned mercenary body in the Empire, has expressed its opposition to abolishing the tradition of mercenariat, that has always existed in the Tarathian and then Taraskovyan society. However, if certain conditions are met, the Guild would proceed with the dismantling of the institution and cooperate fully with the authorities.

The Association of Independent Mercenaries (A.I.M.), on the other hand, has flatly refused to disband itself and the FMCs part of it and has vowed to fight the planned abolition of the mercenariat by all legal means available.


Millennia old tradition

Mercenariat is an ancient part of Tarathian culture and to a lesser extent of modern Taraskovyan one. The golden age of mercenaries came during the feudal fragmentation of the Taraskovyan state, when regional rulers and warlords often maintained only small armed units for personal guard and used mercenaries to fight their wars. Mercenaries were also most often paid by being allowed to loot the vanquished enemy to their hearts content.

However, as the central state reasserted its authority over the entirety of Tarathia and beyond, the mercenary units became fewer and better organized. It was around then that they banded together to form the Mercenaries Guild to better protect their interests in front of the Grand Dukes’ drives to assert a powerful central authority. Modern laws on mercenary activity are a relic of those times when the Mercenaries Guild could field a larger and more powerful army than the Grand Duke himself.

Nowadays, however, the situation is fairly different. The bulk of the Free Mercenary Corps, as they are defined under Imperial legislation, function in the manner of private security firms known in other states, working for companies and private individuals alike. Indeed, Imperial Order does not know such a legal entity as a “private security firm” and such functions are carried out by mercenary units.

Only very few FMCs have kept regular combat capacity, but amongst them such renowned and famed FMCs as the Karakurt, the Jesters and the Minstrel Knights. These private armies were at times hired even by the Taraskovyan government itself to carry out various tasks, such as the pacification of southern Tavaroth and quelching unrest in Tarvalak during the Times of Troubles, when available SQF units were too busy fighting various uprisings within the then “Federation” proper.


Monopoly on the Use of Force

The continued existence of powerful mercenary armies not subordinate to the central government has been a continued source of friction between the State and the Mercenaries themselves. The former sought to once and for all assert the full monopoly on the use of force whilst the latter did not wish their livelihoods abolished and traditions violated.

In the modern, far more centralized Taraskovya, the continued existence of mercenary units is seen by many as a relic of the past when the State was, if one is to be frank, in complete shambles. With the introduction of mandatory military service and the plans to forbid Taraskovyan citizens from serving in foreign armed forces, mercenariat as it has been until now is under threat of extinction.


The Imperial Statute on the Abolishment of Mercenariat

The project of law is actually a compilation of amendments to various other statutes, from the Imperial Civil Code to the Imperial Statute on Military Administration. The current plan for abolishment comprises a transformation or disbandment of the FMCs. Several new legal entities shall be created, such as private security firms. Corporate entities shall also receive the right to maintain armed security detachments within limits fixed by the law.

Large FMCs, such as the Karakurt, shall have the option to reorganize into regular formations part of the Engagement Forces of the TNDF. During the reorganization, the vehicle and equipment pools would be replaced with standard TNDF gear and the organizational structure changed to that in use with the TNDF. The units shall also receive the right to issue own recruitment qualifications.

So far, the large FMCs, regardless whether part of the Guild or of the Association, have remained silent on the issue and let the Guild and Association representatives speak. It is feared that armed resistance can be possible if an FMC refuses to disband or integrate the regular armed forces. Any such resistance, however, would be extremely ephemeral considering the sheer might of the TNDF when compared to the little armies, regardless of how proportionately powerful they might be.

A number of SQF units have already been positioned in the vicinity of the dislocation areas of the major FMCs to “ensure peace and the continued respect of Imperial Order in any event and regardless of circumstances”.

Even then, the Vasilevs and his Council of Ministers are keen to solve the sensitive matter peacefully and avoid any violence in the process. Whether that shall be possible remains to be seen.




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From the Random News Media

Police Detain Eleven Persons in Arianne Park, Parliamentary Guard on Heightened Alert


Gardeners working in the Arianne Park, situated about five hundred meters away from the Northwind Palace that houses the Veche of the Taraskovyan Empire, discovered an impressive hidden depot of light firearms with live ammunition and grenades, buried meters beneath the ground. The information was immediately communicated to the Vigvar City Gendarmerie, which then chose not to retrieve the weapons immediately, but wait and see whether anyone would come for them.

The wait did not take long as on the dawn of the following day, gendarmes from the Special Intervention Eskadron detained six persons in the process of unearthing the firearms. Another five persons were detained throughout the park while certainly being on the look-out. No lethal shots were fired during the operation.

[indent] “We cannot as of now say what the motivation behind the move was or what the attackers were planning to do,” a Gendarmerie spokesman commented to the media during a press conference. “However, we have immediately contacted the Parliamentary Guard, who have in all due haste deployed additional security measures in time for the session’s opening. This was done considering the latest climate of tensions over the planned abolition of mercenariat and the proximity of the Arianne Park to the Northwind Palace.”[/indent]

The Parliamentary Guard in the meantime has reassured the public that any attack on the Veche would have been futile. Regardless, the regiment has reinforced the security measures around the Northwind Palace and has temporarily closed the Northwind Park, adjacent to the palace, to the public. Free access to the public into the palace itself has also been temporarily suspended.

[indent] “The park grounds shall reopen soon enough,” commented a spokesman for the Northwind Palace. “In the meantime, we thank the public for their understanding. These measures shall be lifted once the circumstances allow for it to be so.” [/indent]

Whilst no accusations have been officially pronounced, secretly the finger of blame is surely being pointed at the various Free Mercenary Corps the most opposed to the planned abolition of mercenariat. Neither the Mercenaries Guild nor the Association of Independent Mercenaries have commented on the matter, nor have their component FMCs issued any statements.




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Article from the Empire’s Diaries:

A “Broader” Foreign Policy in Sight?


The Empire is apparently going to revise its long running tradition of dealing nearly only with monarchal, conservative states and approach states with other ideologies and forms of government. A general opening up of the quite isolationist and restrictive Taraskovyan foreign policy might thus appear to be in sight.

The rumours of the policy change originate from a serious of reports and recommendations circulating amongst Taraskovyan think-tanks, Imperial Ministries, the Imperial Veche and the Vasilevs himself. From the mass of available information, a number of conclusions can be made about the current Taraskovyan foreign policy that only show the dire need to extensively reformulate it.

It’s lonely in the center of the universe

Regardless of what many in the Empire think, Taraskovya is not alone in the universe. The continued belief of the majority of the political establishment into the central position of the Empire within the international community has led to a de facto isolation of the Empire from that very same international community.

If we are in the center of the universe, then it’s quite lonely and cold. But it seems more that thanks to the clumsy moves of the leadership, stuck in their “Taraskovya über alles” reality, the Empire has been rather left out in the cold. And one cannot be at the center of the universe and left out at the same time. We, thus, believe that the latter is true.


The citadel upon a mountain

Taraskovya has been always viewed by its rulers and people as a citadel of civilization sitting upon a mountain, overlooking the “barbarian world” that swarms all around it, trying to plunder the citadel. Taraskovyans, thus, have since times immemorial seen a potential enemy in every foreigner and prepared for a potential invasion from any side. No matter how romantic this all may be, the reality is quite different.

First of all, not all foreigners are barbaric enemies. In fact, only a minority can be considered as potential enemies. So far we can find no barbarians in the Taraskovyan interactive circle. Not every head of state in the world goes to bed dreaming about taking over the Empire, plundering the gem mines of the Cardinian Spine and doing all sorts of things to Taraskovyan women (or men, depends on the personal tastes) against their consent. In fact, in so far as it is known from what information is made available by the National Security Ministry, no foreign head of state does so. Maybe some classified information locked up behind seven locks and protected by seven seals points to the contrary, but the public facts show that, all things said bluntly, the Empire is not seen as a potential looting piggy bank.

Secondly, whilst it is true that the de facto policy of armed isolationism does not lead to frictions with foreign states, a more pro-active foreign policy shall not necessarily lead to frictions, either. It is quite obvious that differences in opinion shall always exist between the Taraskovyan leadership and the leadership of other States on various matters. And it is not necessary to go Taraskovyan (read: poisoning your interlocutor and then disposing of his body by burning it and dispersing ashes over the ocean) on your foreign partners to find a solution.

His High Excellency Ithun Khat, the Foreign Minister, is a good example that “Taraskovyanism” is simply not necessary when dealing with foreign powers. Many analysts agree that despite the Imperial authorities being quite calm and composed in the aftermath of the New Trenton debacle, behind the scenes the pressure on the Foreign Minister to kill, krush and destroy in the diplomatic sense was immense. Many also agree that the same pressure was exerted upon the Minister of Defence, but in this case to literally kill, krush and destroy. You cannot always get what you want, no need to go medieval on your partners because of this.

Thirdly, armed isolationism is not a good way to avoid confrontation. Whilst not all foreigners are enemies, some of them are. And if they band together and just decide that various resource rich corners of the Empire are just vital for their own needs, the TNDF shall have to fight it out alone. And no matter how advanced and skilled it is, a good Ros proverb very well describes the situation: “Odin v pole ne voin.” A single man in a field does not a warrior make.

Foreign Minister Khat’s attempts to reach out to other nations have at times been successful. However, his politics and those of the Council of Ministers have still been influenced by the generations old “limitations” of approaching mostly, if not exclusively, monarchies and conservative states. We can only salute him for the courage already shown in breeching many of the previous stereotypes. But his job is far from finished yet.


There’s not only Kings in this world

This brings us to the following portion of the article, namely that there’s not only Kings in this world. There are also presidents, prime ministers and Sathala knows what else. Many democratic countries out there are not monarchies. They are republics or corporate states. Does it mean they are less progressive in terms of human rights and liberties than Taraskovya? In fact, most of them see us as regressive.

Experience has shown that Taraskovya has built much closer relations with Knootoss (libertarian republic) than it did with Menelmacar (conservative monarchy). And yet, despite all the military cooperation existing between the two states, the Dutch Democratic Republic and the Empire are still not tied by a formal defence treaty.

All that while such treaties tie the Empire to several conservative monarchies (which the "patriots" from the NPCA dub the "Elf-treaties") relations with which are, all things said frankly, not in their best state. Why were such treaties rushed at the expense of the poor windmill builders? Simply because the windmill builders are not a monarchy. Even worse, they pretty much overthrew their monarchy. Le gasp! We do not deem that the Veche should revoke the treaties with Kajal, Menelmacar and the C'tan. On the contrary, these treaties are good steps in shaking off the millenia old armed isolationism of the Taraskovyan nation. However, we must not offer predilection to "conservatives" at the expense of "liberals".

Many countries out there have never been approached by the Taraskovyan leadership. Some are seen as too liberal, others as a potential danger to the very notion of Taraskovyan statehood. Our diplomats shiver in disgust upon hearing “Yut” whom they see as far too liberal and “meddling” and yet happily deal with the Kajalis and the Menelmacaris whom they see as nice and conservative. Hello? Paradox, anyone?

As of meddling… has the Ruling Council, during the days of the military junta, not gone off and invaded Tavaroth because five nobles were subjected to torture and murder there? Have we not intervened in the civil strife in Der Angst so that it ended in our favour (not that it served much purpose in the end, as the Angstians just love to exist in anarchy)? Have we not intervened and interfered on a great number of other occasions to attain results that suited us best? Taraskovyans love to meddle in other people’s matters just as much as other people love to meddle in our affairs.


Better late than never

If the Taraskovyan view on the world is indeed reconsidered in favour of a more pragmatic way that follows the doctrine of realpolitik, then it is about time it did so. Better late than never, as they say. The Empire and the Taraskovyans in general must wake up and realize that we’re not the shiny citadel upon a tall mountain defending itself against swarms of barbarians. It shall come as news to some, but some countries out there view us as retarded and barbaric. Even if the sapient rights reform did help alleviate many concerns.

The authors of this article invite all so called “patriots” (better said nationalists) to a balanced criticism of the views expressed above. Saliva jerking and eyeball rolling is not accepted as “balanced criticism”.



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Article from the Empire’s Diaries:

Abt Prepares to Celebrate Sixth Birthday


It has been half a decade since the Taraskovyan State, for the first time in history, granted independence to a territory that, under Taraskovyan law and customs, was part of the State. That territory is now known as the Abt Republic, settled by Taraskovyans that wished to build a nationstate with a republican form of government and correct some of the faults they saw in the Taraskovyan way of administering things.

In April, the Abt Republic shall celebrate six years since its official and formal independence from Taraskovya. His Most August Majesty is expected to attend the event at the invitation of President Kelberath, who shall be hosting his last major event before the Abtian presidential elections of 1155 A.S. at the end of his six year term. The President has already stated that he shall not stand for reelection.


To Build One’s Own Dream

The stated goal behind the foundation of Abt was to build a sovereign, free and democratic republic where those Taraskovyans that did not agree with the continued monarchal form of government within Taraskovya could find a new home. Interestingly enough, the Republic’s leadership never portrayed the “mother country” as a backwater dictatorial tyranny. It was not because an offended Taraskovyan wolf could rip the little Republic apart even before the Western Atlantic nations could formulate any protest notes. It was not because the Abtians feared losing private Taraskovyan financial support to their venture.

It was simply because they believed that a republic suited them[i] and only them better. No disrespect to Vasilevs Mikhail nor to his family, who are “very respected throughout the republic” (according to Abtian officials), no disrespect to the other monarchies all around them (and the Western Atlantic has a few). They just wanted to build a republic of their dreams and that’s it.

And they are on a good course to doing just that.


Isolated Case or Precedent?

Neither of the two. Attempts by various Taraskovyans to found an independent state according to their own romantic visions did not start or end at Abt. Every now and then a group of over eager romantics goes off to try and start a new life on some island or moon or planetoid. Except for Abt, all have been rapidly dismantled by the Security and Quarantine Forces.

There is, however, no exodus from the Empire. It is just that with her billions upon billions of citizens of different cultures, kins and opinions, there shall always be some that are not entirely content with how things are run. In most cases, they shall spend their lives within Taraskovya and engage in political or cultural activism. In some cases, they shall emigrate to other countries that suit them better. And in the rarest of cases, they shall actually be brave enough to start something of their own.

Neither is Abt a precedent. Event if in the six years after its foundation, only one other attempt at creating a sovereign state of Taraskovyans was made by a group of conservative Tarathians who desired their own radical theocracy. The Security and Quarantine Forces quickly dismantled the attempt, despite minor skirmishes with the settlers and massive arrests that had to be undertaken.


The Sister Republic

Abtians love to think of their republic as a younger sister to the Taraskovyan Empire, that has her own personality and goals in life, but just cannot help but resemble her elder sister. However, sometimes disagreements and disputes do arise. The greatest disagreement was when the Taraskovyan Empire recognised the Tartarian claims in the Vasconian gulf, a claim Abt opposed and continues to vehemently oppose to this day. The Abtian reaction to the Tartarian move was to establish a claim on the remaining Vasconian isles by not only raising the flag, but also by deploying troops there. The Taraskovyan ambassador to Belgorod was also summoned and issued with an official note of protest.

But aside from this tense point in relations, the ties between the "two sisters" keep growing. And so as the Abtians keep building up their independent and sovereign republic, Taraskovyans watch on and help where they can, with counsel, with funds, with diplomatic support.



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Article from the Random Media:

Cabinet Decree Bans new Mercenary Contracts with Anyone but the Empire


The Cabinet of Ministers has passed a Decree banning all Taraskovyan Free Mercenary Corps from contracting with foreign governments, as well as both foreign and domestic private and commercial entities. The ban applies to any new contract, as well as modification, extension or renewal of standing contracts. The only legal client for all new contracts is the Empire itself. However, all standing contracts with foreign and private entities shall have to be honoured pending the final settlement in an Imperial Statute as approved by the Veche of the Taraskovyan Empire. The Decree also allows the Empire to enter into direct contracts with individual mercenaries and the FMCs, bypassing both the Guild and the AIM leadership.

The move, seen as the first major step in the planned abolition of the [i]Mercenariat, has sparked outrage amongst the leadership of the Mercenaries Guild and of the Association of Independent Mercenaries. Both the Guild and AIM accuse the government of “declaring a state of hostility” between the Empire and the Taraskovyan mercenaries. However, government officials are not impressed by the hard talk from the two organizations. According to the Ministry of Interior, an ever growing number of individual mercenaries and entire small FMCs comprising the Guild and AIM have already passed “contracts” with the Empire, by which they cease their mercenary activity and surrender all military or military-able gear in return for financial compensation.

The government is also in direct talks with major FMCs such as the Karakurt, the Minstrel Knights and the Jesters in order to find a mutually acceptable solution aiming for their disbanding as mercenary units. A potential integration of major units into the TNDF in quality of brigades or even divisions that would continue and uphold their unit traditions is also envisaged. Some have criticized the Government’s open disregard to the ancient traditions of Taraskovyan Mercenariat by not taking into account the opinions of the Guild and AIM leadership. Others, however, deem that the Government is acting as it should given the circumstances.

[indent] “Guild and AIM leadership is comprised of grey-haired idealist gentlemen, as opposed to the actual rank and file membership of the two organizations, that comprises young men and women that did their army service while it was still only voluntary and have decided to continue earning their daily bread in a way they liked best,” commented Alexei Maliunkov, an expert on Taraskovyan Mercenariat. “Talks with the leadership have led to nothing as the conditions put forward by the Guild and the Association are just impossible for the Government to accept. Thus, since talks with them reached an impasse, it is entirely justified to talk directly to the people most concerned by it: mercenary soldiers and unter-officers. These are interested by money, not by traditions.” [/indent]


Regardless of any protests, the Empire continues on its path to reform the system and has the backing of the majority of the population, according to polls. Most Taraskovyans see being a mercenary as a remnant of the times gone by, when the country was split along feudal lines, and wish to look to the future, to a single and fully unified Empire.



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Guild and AIM Depleted by Membership Defections


The powerful Mercenaries Guild saw itself severely weakened after entire component FMCs took up the government’s offer of money in exchange for cessation of mercenary activities and transformation into legally framed security companies or simply disbanding and ceasing all existence. Many former mercenaries have been hired as police officers to uphold law and order in often far and remote holdings of the Empire that until now lacked a civilian police force and were under the jurisdiction of the Security and Quarantine Force. Many others have been reenrolled in the TNDF, often as instructors in the Territorial Defence Forces, training new recruits and thus contributing to a strengthening of Imperial national security.

However, the government’s victory is not total as the ones defecting for now are only minor FMCs, whilst discussions with the major FMCs continue on trying to find a compromise solution. Each major FMC requires a separate approach, as do entire groups of smaller FMCs that until now specialized in private and corporate security.

[indent] “Negotiations are being held on a case by case basis,” a senior official tasked with finding a solution to the problem commented. “Every main Free Mercenary Corps has its own centenary traditions and customs, which they seek to preserve. And as each is a different entity with a different history, we must find different approaches to the problem.”[/indent]

A solution has apparently been found with the Karakurt FMC, one of the eldest , most powerful and most respected FMCs in existence. Under the terms of the agreement, the unit shall be absorbed into the Engagement Forces of the National Defence Forces in quality of an infantry division with specific recruitment privileges, as well as the right to keep all previous insignia and regalia. A similar arrangement is also on the table for the Minstrel Knights and the Jesters.

Some have voiced criticism over what they deem as the government’s lax and appeasing attitude in the face of openly defiant behavior. It is deemed that a rapid solution involving the Security and Quarantine Forces and the police would be much more preferable and efficient. Imperial authorities, however, do not wish to resort to firm means and force as of now.

[indent] “There is a real chance of solving the matter peacefully and actually strengthening several branches of Imperial power, including the military and law enforcement,” a government official commented. “But let it be clear that the Empire shall use force if it deems necessary to do so, and shall do it at its own discretion in full accordance with Imperial Order.”[/indent]

The Imperial Veche is expected to vote shortly on the Imperial Statute on the Abolition of the Mercenariat. The new law foresees a transition period during which all mercenary activity, as defined under the law, has to cease. However, the legal definition of mercenary activity under the Imperial Statute is not as broad as the common understanding of the term. Indeed, private and corporate security activity shall remain legal, albeit under new legal arrangements.

[indent] “In the case of corporate security, for example, the situation shall be clarified. Until now, such tasks were undertaken by corporate security forces disguised under the guises of Free Mercenary Corps. With the introduction of the new legislation, companies and corporations shall have the full right to their private security agencies if they so desire and have the means to. But let there be no doubt that the time of gigantic private armies with their own heavy weaponry and armoured vehicles is over. From now on military warfare is the exclusive domain of the Empire.”[/indent]



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From the Random Media:

Grand Duchess Renounces Sovereign Zoria Powers


Her Imperial Highness, the Grand Duchess Vethara of Taraskovya has expressed her intent to formally renounce the sovereign powers of the Duchy of Zoria, while retaining the titular rights to the Duchy. Before the renounciation takes effect, it requires the implementation of a series of amendments to the Realm’s constitution and regional laws. The entirety of the sovereign executive powers exercised by the Duchess until now is expected to pass to the newly created office of the Minister-Chancellor of Zoria. Until now, Zoria has been the only Imperial Realm without an elected head of the regional executive as the Duchess held the entirety of executive powers.

[indent] “The Duchy has been established as a sustainable Realm of the Taraskovyan Empire,” the Vasilevs’es sister commented to journalists. “Time has come to pass executive authority into the hands of a Minister-Chancellor, elected by the Legislative Assembly, itself an expression of the Zorian will and to end the "Zorian exception" which has been criticised by many in the Imperial political establishment.”[/indent]

The Winter Palace has confirmed that the Grand Duchess shall remain an Emperor’s Councillor for Zoria. According to local law makers and to the details revealed by Her Imperial Highness, the Duchy of Zoria shall adopt the parliamentary system that is in place in the near entirety of the Imperial Realms. The only exception is the Duchy of the Atlantic Isles, where the Minister-Chancellor is elected by popular vote.

Asked on what she would concentrate after laying down executive powers in Zoria, the Grand Duchess stated that she would concentrate on her obligations as Emperor's Councillor for Zoria in the Imperial Veche, as well as on her role as the co-sovereign of Taurenor.


From the Random Media:

NPCA: Grand Duchess Renounced Wrong Title


In reaction to the news from Zoria, His Grace the Duke Zalesskiy, leader of the National Patriotic Christian Alliance’s faction in the Imperial Veche, has criticized the Grand Duchess for what he deems as a completely wrong direction in her mindset. His Grace has expressed the NPCA’s line, sustained for the recent years, of preventing what the Alliance sees as a dangerous drift of the heiress presumptive into the influence of the “outlandish pointy eared”.

[indent] “Instead of renouncing the sovereign prerogatives over Zoria, a noble part of the Empire, Her Imperial Highness should instead renounce her outlander titles conferred upon her by the Menelmatani meddlers,” the Duke has commented. “Her Imperial Highness should decide on whether she is a noble Taraskovyan and Orthodox Grand Duchess or the queen of some backwards pointy eared in some backwater outlandish country.”[/indent]

The NPCA is the second most powerful political force in the Empire and has been in consistent opposition to the Loyalist Coalition, led by the Conservatives, ever since the inception of the Grand Ducal Parliament and later the Imperial Veche.


From the Random Media:

Empire Ponders Anacreon Colonization


The Imperial Government is to ponder the best way to colonize the Anacreon system. The system contains two planets that have been judged as “habitable” by Imperial scientific authorities. A certain terraforming effort requires to be undertaken, however, and the Empire is already investing considerable effort in other long-term planetary development projects, such as New Crimea and Venom.

A possible solution would be to grant the Tsardom of Acarionne, the largest and most influential of Taraskovya’s Dominions, a charter with the right of civilian colonization, mineral and economic exploitation of the system. The Terraforming mission would remain with the Terraforming Directorate of the Imperial Ministry of Environmental Protection, the sole Imperial body with the competence to deploy and operate ECTOS entities for civilian purposes.

Anacreon was initially discovered and mapped by a mission of the National Defence Forces comprised of Acarionnian personnel. Later, the system was officially named “Anacreon” to honour the royal family of Acarionne, the latter having already expressed interest in obtaining a colonial charter to the system. As of now and under the existing Imperial Order, the system remains a personal domain of the Vasilevs pending the drawing up of a comprehensive plan for the governance of the territories.



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The Ctan

The issue highlighted by the National Patriotic Christian Alliance is typical of the agenda of this reactionary group. Their outrage over the Duchess Vethara’s surrender of power to the national government ignores the real issue, which is one of internal Taraskovyan Statecraft.

First we must distinguish between titles and roles. For example, Vethara Shakhovskaya’s title in this country is Duchess of Khamesti. However, this comes with no actual constitutional powers in Khamesti, and several ceremonial privileges.

The situation as Nillëtári of Taurenor is somewhat different. There she holds considerable power, including a number of her own military formations, usually reported to be amongst of the best in the country. However ‘Her Majesty the Nillëtári's Royal Household’ still holds comparatively little legal power. It essentially runs in a similar way to the older Noble Houses of Taurenor, with greater prestige, coequal to the Taurearan and Tauretári for protocol purpouses, yet is still subject to the governmental structure and laws of the national government. In this respect, the Nillëtári operates functionally as the highest-ranking noble within Taurenor, with a number of exceptional rights such as the aforementioned private armies, sharing the position of Head of State without the executive powers of the Taurearan.

In Zoria, in comparison, the power held by the Duchess caused substantial differences in governance between Zoria and the rest of the Empire. This presented significant barriers in the recent trend in Taraskovya to bring its various regions toward a more uniform legal framework. Zorian independance has been reduced in the past when it became part of the present Taraskovyan Empire and this is simply a continuiation of that trend. This was not the case in Taurenor, where a uniform legal framework already existed in all territories, nor in the Necrontyr Empire.

The issue is not one of prestige – The title of Duchess of Zoria remains hers, along with Grand Duchess of Taraskovya, and it likely will for the predictable future, along with various unofficial titles such as ‘Swan Princess’ which are a sign of immense public affection. Her role as such, and as the current heir to the Taraskovyan throne is more important, in a realistic sense, than any “foreign” titles she holds.

It would be a mistake to call the NCPA irrelevant, but their efforts to turn a legal streamlining into an issue of isolationist pride demonstrate their desperation to turn any topic to their own inward looking agenda.


About the Author: Dr Edwin Provost is a longstanding member of the Institute of Cultural Studies, Tephet-Sheta, and a noted commentator on constitutional mechanics.


The terraformed globe of Venus was visible from the window, including the Duchy of Zoria. The room was large; very large. The window extended over five meters in length; almost all of the living quarters on the Eärendil Ring Station, the vast construct around the planet that had been important in setting up a day-night cycle and magnetosphere, were large. It was a permanent home to around fifty million Menelmacari, many times that number of guests. Though only the inner and outer surfaces were home to people, that still left, if each lived on one floor of the ring, over four meters of window space per person. As the residential layers covered many floors divided up, there was far more space. The inside surface was particularly popular; it had excellent views.

The green eyed, dark haired woman looking through the one-way window was the cause of the controversy. Looking at her, Ranisath reflected briefly on her time as an exile in Menelmacar, a time when he’d had the superlative challenge of winning her.

People had paid millions of Taraskovyan franks to own a print of a photograph of this woman dressed as she was now. Though he didn’t rate physical attractiveness as an important criterion in who he associated with, except in how it would affect the opinions of others, he could appreciate it enough to empathize. And he enjoyed her personality far more.

Of course, she seemed quite distracted at the moment, as he stepped up behind her, wrapping an arm around her, “Here’s a question my dear Alquarwen,” the name he used was Quenya for swan-maiden, one of (and the least cryptic of) various code-names she’d been reffered to during her time under Menelmacari protection, which he had since adopted, from time to time, “what are Taraskovyan colony worlds like? I hear that New Crimea is very nice, if you like beaches…”

He didn’t give her time to frame a reply, twirling her around and pressing her back against the window, kissing her with his accustomed passionate possessiveness. What she needed, for now at least, was as much distraction as her schedule would permit.
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Re: Imperial Chronicles (News and Random Events)

Postby Tarasovka » Sun May 24, 2009 6:36 pm

From the Empire’s Diaries:

Police Bust Human Trafficking Ring


Police in Dakathia-Cardinia have busted an important crime ring involved in people trafficking. The operations involved hundreds of policemen and were carried out by the Zerth, Vigvar and Amalor Fiefdoms’ gendarmeries and were the result of a long and thorough investigation led by the police forces, in close cooperation with the Interior Security Department of the National Security Ministry.

The raids targeted illegal brothels established in violation of Imperial regulations on legal prostitution. Foreign nationals were kept as slaves and forced into offering sexual services to customers, suffering abuse and even violence.

Foreigners: Cheap Alternative to Taraskovyan Prostitutes

Prostitution is legal in the Empire and is regulated by law. Prostitutes are allowed to exercise such activities in spaces approved by sanitary authorities, respecting established hygienic criteria for both the customer and the prostitute. Offering services in the street or at the customer’s home is forbidden. The exercise of such activity must be entirely voluntary and consensual, it is forbidden to hire women as employees to work in qualities of prostitutes. Professional sexual activity is subject to income taxes.

Due to these regulations, legal prostitutes in the Empire cost a lot. While prices vary regionally, the cheapest Imperial prostitute shall still cost more than an illegal prostitute. Illegal prostitution by Imperial citizens is extremely small in scale and concentrates mostly on “call girl” and “call boy” business, often disguised as “dates” with officially no payment involved. This kind of prostitution involves young students, mostly female, that seek to gain additional income.

The bulk of illegal prostitution, however, involves foreign nations smuggled into Taraskovya and exploited for profit as slaves. Most of the slaves are young foreign women between the ages of fourteen to twenty five. In most cases, living conditions are rudimentary. At arrival to the Empire, the slave is at first forced into numerous intercourses over time periods going sometimes up to eighteen to twenty hours a day for days on end to pay off the slave’s “investment cost”.

Violence against such slaves is common place, even if generally customers do not “damage the property” too much, for recovery costs would be demanded from the customer. Such claims, of course, are not settled in courts and reparations are demanded with the help of the age old arguments: gun and threats.

Once slaves stop generating profit, they are disposed of.

The Freestian Link

Navarre, the capital of the Freethinker Commonwealth, has long established itself as the main source of humans smuggled into the Empire to be used in all sorts of underground occupations, including illegal prostitution. The gigantic metropolis, with its population of one and a half billion souls, by all means dwarves the biggest Imperial city of Ekaterinburg, largely located in the Fiefdom of Zerth and having a population of three hundred million.

According to police, amongst those arrested were Freestian nationals and further evidence points back to Navarre yet again. However, police shall not reveal the identities of the detained persons as this might hinder the investigations by the Freestian law enforcement authorities, who have been forwarded information by their Taraskovyan colleagues.


Death Penalty

Amongst the first edicts of Grand Duke and Shokath-Kshas Mstivoy Skakhovskoy after the defeat of the Traditionalists during the Strife was a perpetual abolition and criminalization of slavery. The punishment for slavery was established as death, and this penalty remains in place to this day. But over the centuries, with the development of modern jurisprudence, judges have tended to commute death sentences to imprisonment of various lengths and of various kinds, more often than not comprising forced labour.

As established under jurisprudence, rape is considered a form of slavery. But unless the victim was treated in an excessively cruel way or killed, the penalty shall never be death, but imprisonment. On the other hand, the trafficking of children up to the age of fourteen and pedophilia are still subject to the death penalty as the only possible penalty and this severity has contributed to deter many from this path.

Today, human trafficking in the Empire is limited. However, it remains a very profitable venture and a concern for law enforcement agencies of all levels. In case of illegal prostitution, those punished are not only the crime rings responsible for trafficking and exploiting foreign nationals, but also the customers that benefit from the sexual services the slaves are forced into. However, there has never been a case of a customer being sentenced to death by a Taraskovyan court.

Some argue that the customers are not aware of the forced nature of the business. But these claims are brushed aside by police and anti-slavery organizations. A statement of one such customer, sentenced for fifteen years, reads: “I knew fully well the girls just couldn’t accept work for peanuts. Most of them did not even speak Russian. One must be mentally retarded not to notice. I noticed. I took the risk.”

"Illegal" Persons

Under Imperial law, rescued slaves are none the less "illegal" persons as they have entered the Empire illegally, even if unvoluntarily. Once identified, through the use of mind-reading devices if necessary, such persons are repatriated back to their countries of origin. Repatriations, however, cost money and the authorities usually wait until they have a sufficient amount of people to repatriate before ordering the repatriation. The process is faster if the person has relatives back home who can book him or her a ticket on a regular flight back home. Some rescued slaves, however, are in no rush to return back to their countries of origin, where they risk being taken into the underground slave trade yet again. Pending the resolution of the various hussles, illegal persons are housed in containment facilities and refused outside contact.
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Re: Imperial Chronicles (News and Random Events)

Postby Tarasovka » Sun Jun 07, 2009 7:17 pm

From the Empire’s Diaries:

Liberals and social democrats looking strong as regional elections approach


Imperial citizens in the Fiefdoms of Novozemie, Zapadozemie, Borie, Zlatoslavia and Kidaksh are going to the polls in two days time to renew their regional legislative assemblies. Whilst the Conservative Party, and through it the Loyalist Coalition, is expected to retain its grip on Zlatoslavia and Boria through outright majorities, the race in the other three fiefdoms promises to be tight as the Constitutional Democrats are set to capitalize on the local voters’ discontent with the Conservatives.

The winners

According to opinion polls, Conservatives are expected to come out with a plurality of seats in Kidaksh, losing their outright majority. The defecting seats are expected to be claimed by the Constitutional Democrats, the main liberal party in Imperial politics, and to the Liberal Socialists, the left leaning social democratic party that has so far claimed the title of the main political opponent to the Loyalist Coalition. With no party attaining majority, the first ever cross-spectrum coalition in Taraskovyan politics that shall see liberals and social democrats come together to keep the Loyalists out of power.

In Novozemie and Zapadozemie, seats are up for grabs as opinion polls suggest a whole third of voters are still undecided, but the Constitutional Democrats are expected to gain the most from the voters’ discontent with the regional branches of the Conservative Party. The Liberal Socialists are also looking strong heading into the polls and political analysts do not exclude them gaining a plurality of seats in either or both of the Fiefdoms. Here a coalition between liberals and social democrats is also not excluded.

The casualties

The National Patriotic Christian Alliance is expected to lose votes as its far right Slavic nationalist stance not only deprives them of the non-Slavic voters, but also makes them less and less popular with their own voter base which is turning to the Conservative Party instead. However, some analysts predict that the recent NPCA outburst against the hugely popular Grand Duchess Vethara shall backfire as some NPCA supporters shall issue a protest vote for the Constitutional Democrats instead.

The biggest casualty of the upcoming regional legislatives seems to be the Republican Party, which is the only Taraskovyan political party represented in regional parliaments campaigning for the abolition of the monarchy. At one time the unlikely bed fellow of the Conservatives, the Republicans were left out in the cold with the formation of the Loyalist Coalition, which even further isolated them on the political arena.


Another Fiefdom to vote in a month

In just four weeks, another Fiefdom of the United Kingdom of Dakathia and Cardinia shall be going to the polls, this time Vyshna, one of the three Fiefdoms part of the “Utharian speaking corner” of the United Kingdom. Here, the social liberal minded Liberal Party is expected to beat the Democratic Conservatives to power. The Liberal Party is often seen as the Utharian counterpart to the Constitutional Democrats in the same way the Conservative Democrats are the Utharian counterpart to the Conservative Party.

At the same time, citizens shall be voting in the Southern Province of the United Provinces of Tavaroth amongst tight security as elections have traditionally been a means for separatist rebels to intimidate voters. Whilst the illegal Quoan’dal est Ure cult is only a pale shadow of its former self, having been dealt successive painful blows by the Imperial security services, it is still capable of conducting small scale terrorist attacks in urban centres. Local police shall be reinforced by units of the Security and Quarantine Forces, which have a heavy presence in the area as part of the ongoing pacification campaign.

Handalarians to "vote", too

In the week after these two Provincial-level assemblies are renewed, three Realm-level assemblies shall be put to the polls as the voters in the Lordships of Nemerath, Darth and Kshas-Darth shall cast their ballots. The elections in the Handalarian Lordships are curious in many aspects. In all seven Handalarian Lordships, the population sees the legislative process as unnecessary and imposed by the Empire simply for the sake of streamlining the decision making process throughout the Empire. As a result, Handalarian candidates are always from the same party: the Handalarian Loyalist Alliance, an ally of the Conservative Party and a member of the Empire-wide Loyalist Coalition.

An Imperial citizen votes in the regional elections of the region he has his Origin in, not his residence in. No mainstream Imperial party has ever managed to find Handalarian supporters and candidates. Thus, the hegemony of the Handalarian Loyalist Alliance simply cannot be challenged by any other political party. But this does not mean that the legislatures are simply rubber stamp assemblies. Indeed, the representatives are elected from single member constituencies and it is commonly accepted for up to five “conservative” candidates to run against each other, with the most charismatic ones winning the seats.

Thus, what matters in Handalar is not the political spectrum of the candidates: it is without any doubt conservative. What matters are the individual positions of individual candidates and their popularity with the voters, or their ability to charm the voters.


OOC:

A little info for those not initiated to the vagarices of Taraskovyan federalism. The Empire is a federal state that comprises Imperial Realms. These Realms are given important interior autonomy under the Imperial Constitution.

Some Realms further delegate some of this interior autonomy to their own component entities. They are themselves in turn federal sub-national entities, comprised of Provincial-level units of the Empire. The United Kingdom of Dakathia and Cardinia is a Realm-level entity comprised of 28 Fiefdoms, which are Provincial-level entities. The United Provinces of Tavaroth are another federal Realm and comprise 4 Provinces and 1 Capital City.

Quite obviously, some Realms retain all of the powers given to them by the Imperial constitution and, thus, do not have Provincial level units. All Handalarian Lordships are, thus, unitary sub-national entities.
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Postby Tarasovka » Tue Oct 06, 2009 4:41 pm

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Holoprojectors to Replace Street Signs in Sethar


The authorities in the Fiefdom of Sethar, part of the United Kingdom of Dakathia and Cardinia, have opted for a radical solution to the "street sign" problem. The physical street signs in the old towns and cities of Sethar, indicating street names in the Tarathian and Russian languages, have for long been victim of vandalism and defacing by underground activists vindicating the formal recognition of the Setharian language as separate from Tarathian. As it stands, the dialects is officially called Mountain Tarathian and is considered a regional dialect of the Tarathian language, a state of things some Setharians vehemently oppose in all sorts of fashions, including petty vandalism. In most cases, signs are defaced with paint, with the name then rewritten in Mountain Tarathian, but sometimes street signs are stolen or broken apart.

The decision to introduce holographic name projectors to replace the physical signs with "flashy technology" is controversial with the residents of the historical areas of the Fiefdom and with the local conservationist societies. However, Fiefdom authorities cite the need to put an end to the endless cycle of "hide and seek" between the police and the vandals by simply depriving vandals of the possibility to cause any damage. The holoprojectors in question are immensely minuscule, easy to attach to facades or deploy on the ground and are so resistant that damaging them by means natural or artificial would be a feat.

The dispute around the status of Mountain Tarathian (or Setharian) dates back centuries and there is no end in sight to it. Setharians complain that their language is being artificially suffocated by relegation to the status of a regional dialect and the refusal by the Taraskovyan Academy to establish a written standard for Setharian. The League for a Setharian Language even cites rampant double standards when comparing their situation to that of the speakers of the Utharian Germanic language. This language was until recently considered a local dialect of the Dutch language, until regional linguists and authorities finally proclaimed it a separate language standard. Similar moves by Setharian university professors of linguistics and political Fiefdom authorities have consistently been brought down by the central Taraskovyan government.

It must be said, however, that while the Germanic Utharian language was indeed recognized by the Taraskovyan Empire as separate from Dutch, the Tarathic Utharian is not recognised as separate from the standard Tarathian language, despite not being mutually intelligible with it. Many arguments have been advanced by Tarathian linguists over the years to justify the consolidation of the regional dialects into a single language, even when these "regional dialects" are not mutually intelligible with each other. The most important of them is that the consolidation of the Tarathian language allows it to play a continued predominant role in Taraskovyan politics and culture. An argument not shared by many speakers of Mountain Tarathians who shall now have to find new means to remove the "annoying Tarathian names" from their streets.
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Postby Tarasovka » Fri Oct 09, 2009 2:29 pm

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Veche Approves Interdiction of Foreign Service


The amendments to the Imperial Statute on Military Justice have been approved in an overwhelming vote of the Imperial Senate, having earlier cleared the Imperial Duma. The most curious of the amendments is the introduction of the new article 95bis, proposed by the National Patriotic Christian Alliance, which explicitly prohibits Taraskovyan citizens from entering military service for a foreign power. Despite the fact that the reactionary NPCA is generally snubbed by the majority conservative Loyalist Coalition, the new amendments met with universal cross-party support. Indeed, even the social democratic block supported the motion in a move to "secure Taraskovyan neutrality".


SQF Soldier Wounded in South Tavaroth


A soldier of the Security and Quarantine Forces was wounded when his squad came under attack by a lone sniper while on patrol in a restive neighbourhood of the city of Mkelden. The attacker was swiftly located and detained. According to information released to the media, the shooter belongs to the Church of Illumination, a theocratic terrorist movement that opposes Imperial rule in Tavaroth. The wounded soldier was evacuated to a nearby military medical centre and is expect to return to service soon.
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Postby Tarasovka » Wed Oct 21, 2009 3:41 pm

From the Rainy Sunday:

Alexander Tyomnevic Questioned by National Security


The members of the Svyatoy Krest heavy metal band were summoned earlier in the day by the National Security to answer questions related to their rumored links to the Ros Resistance Society. The band is known for its Christian and Slavosupremacist songs and has in the past cooperated with the local chapters of the RRS to organise concerts or other public events to bring the Taraskovyan population's attention to various concerns of the Slavic far right groups. The Ros Resistance Society is the leading Slavic far right organisation, having benefited in that area from the de facto collapse of the once feared White Legion.

Such questionings, which involve telepathic scanning, are a rather common occurence in the National Security Ministry's work to ensure the interior stability of the Empire and concern "potentially trouble generating elements" from all "hypothetically extremist" branches of the Taraskovyan society, be they Slavic or Tarathic supremacists. But the frontman of the Svyatoy Krest is none else than the Count of Bar-upon-Ler, also known as Alex Black by his stage name or Alexander Tyomnevic by his official name, who is the current partner of Her Imperial Highness the Grand Duchess Vethara of Taraskovya. The Count himself, as well as the other members of the band, have declined to comment, citing direct orders from the National Security not to comment on the questionings. The National Security Ministry itself has not issued any comments on the issue, except for the fact that it is a "routine occurrence that does not require any additional commentary".

But the fact that a person closely tied to the ruling dynasty was called in for questioning by the National Security has already raised many speculations in the various Imperial media outlets. However, it must be noted that the Count does not appear to have cordial relations with the other members of the Most August Dynasty. It has been cited by many that the Count of Bar-upon-Ler has not appeared in palaces or residences owned by the Vasilevs or other members of the House Shakhovskoy-Karetsah. He has also never been seen in public with any member of the dynasty, safe for with Her Imperial Highness. In fact, his own Taraskovyan title was bestowed upon him by the Grand Duchess Vethara (the title being part of her domains before that), even if it is curious that her august brother did not deny Alexander Tyomnevic the honours.
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Postby Tarasovka » Thu Feb 18, 2010 5:37 pm

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Vasilevs' Wedding Formally Announced


The Winter Palace has formally announced the impending wedding of His Most August Majesty the Vasilevs of all Taraskovya to Her Imperial Highness the Princess Helen of Pantocratoria, daughter to His Imperial Highness the Prince Basil of Pantocratoria, Monsieur de France, and thus also niece to His Imperial Majesty the Emperor Andreus of Pantocratoria. The announcement does not come as a surprise and the upcoming union was quite expected following the highest levels of discussions between the Vasilevs of all Taraskovya and the Emperor of Pantocratoria.

Catholic Foreigner

Whilst the union does not come as unexpected, it shall still leave many in Taraskovya discontent with the choice of a Catholic and Foreign woman for the role of Vasilessa. For centuries, it has been customary for Grand Dukes or Grand Duchesses to pick their spouses from one of the two major competing noble houses: the Tarathian Tal-Nash and the Ros Orlovs. Depending on the political conjuncture at the time, spouses might even be switched, with the previous suffering all sorts of fatal accidents. Recently, however, the two houses have joined together and are the leading powers behind the Conservative Party's success in all regional and Imperial elections. And it can be speculated that the Vasilevs did not wish to drive any wedges between his two most supportive allies with what were essentially His Most August Majesty's private matters.

Thus, the choice of a foreign noblewoman is rather logical in the game of Taraskovyan house politics. The Choice of a Catholic is somewhat less so. Catholicism plays only a minuscule role in Taraskovyan religious life and is mostly confined to the Byzantine Catholic Church of Taraskovya, a congregation which split off from the main Taraskovyan Metropolitanate when the latter chose to follow the See of Constantinople rather than remain in communion with the See of Rome. While in other countries this congregation would have surely immediately been dissolved by the local prince, in Taraskovya it was not, for the Grand Duke at the time followed the Seven Deities and in fact feared a strong Orthodox church on his soil.

It is also curious to note that the House Rules of the Shakhovskoy-Karetsah do not impose a single religion upon its members, as the Ruling House has historically been split between the Orthodox faithful and the followers of the Tarathian Seven Deities. Princess Helen shall, thus, not need to convert as neither House Rules nor any Imperial Law obligates her to renounce her ties to the See of Rome. Any children issued from the union will most certainly be of the Orthodox faith, considering this is the religion the Vasilevs follows and it can hardly be expected of a Catholic and Pantocratorian princess to raise children in a faith the bishops in her homeland would surely dub "pagan".

There's also another opinion on the entire matter from a number of analysts, that suggest that House Politics, Byzantine Inheritance and diplomacy had no role in the Vasilevs'es decision, which was driven by such a simple and earthly thing as love.

An event to be remembered

The upcoming marriage ceremony and the festivities tied to it shall most certainly be an event to go down in history as one of the most pompous, maybe even shadowing that of the coronation. It is already confirmed that the Imperial family of Pantocratoria shall be present. The exact list of guests is not yet public, but it is bound to include monarchs and other head of state alike. The exact place for the ceremony has not yet been revealed, with the Cathedral of Pokrov being the most cited. This said, however, the Imperial couple might opt for another option.

The Vasilevs has already gifted Prince Basil and his family with rights over the County of Tal-Merloth. Whilst there are no poltical powers attached with the title, the rights include private domains in one of the most scenic corners of the Cardinian Spine, a castle and economic rights over the local ski resorts, amongst the most prestigious in all of the Empire.


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Postby Allanea » Tue Mar 02, 2010 1:09 pm

Official Message from the Emperor of Greater Prussia


We, Alexander Kirillovich Kazansky, Emperor of Greater Prussia and the Thousand States, President of the United States of Allanea, King of Reichskamphen, President of the Capitalist International, General-Secretary of the Confederacy of Sovereign States, Archduke of Dragkon, Count of Centreville Liberator of Torontonias, congratulate Your Most August Majesty with your marriage.

As Our Gift to You and Your lovely wife, we would like to present to You the lovely star system of Gara, in the South-Eastern Galactic Quadrant. Its chief jewel is a former farmworld, which Your industrious and inventive subject will no doubt form into a veritable garden. While the name of the system is bland-sounding, We are sure it will soon be given a proper Taraskovyan name, and it will surely cause joy to both You and Your industrious and faithful subjects.
It is Our most sincere wish that past differences between Ourselves and Your newly acquired Most August family in Pantocratoria do not continuously overshadow the dynamic ties between Our subjects and between Us. For as waters flow in a river, so does history flow mercilessly towards radiant and promising horizons where enmities and distrust of the past no longer dwells.

May the Holy Theotokos Continue To Bless and watch over Taraskovya,
And May God Continue toBless Allanea.


An inch away from the space on the illustrious letterhead where his signature should have been, Alexander Kazansky put down his pen.

“Victoria, be a dear. Explain to me, why the living fuck am I writing this stuff? Can't I write like a human fucking being?”

The Canonness shook her head. She was no longer the young Presidential assistant that once established the first Allanean embassy in the Eternal Empire. Clad now in the ceremonial attire of her order, be decked in the gilded Fleur-de-Lys and crosses, with the Mark of Asaid hanging off one shoulder, she could now actually talk down to the President of the United States.

“Because, Sasha, while I understand your desire to just gift-wrap the planet and give it to him, Mikhail Shakhovskoy is a genuine Taraskovyan monarch. For people like him protocol isn't just a toy. You follow protocol to show you respect them. If you just order the planet handed over, it'll be bribe. His honor will be offended. He'll have to refuse it. Do it like this, do it properly, and it will go a long way to repair what you've done with Andreus.”

“Andreus had to be-”

“I know. And I appreciate that many people wanted you to just shoot him in the head and forget he ever existed. Hell, I know you wanted to – and even I did, and had you done it, I'd cheer. But there are rules to be followed.”

“Fine.” - the Emperor shrugged, and signed the letter.
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Postby Pantocratoria » Thu Mar 11, 2010 6:02 am

"So, which is it?" Helen asked the Imperial Astronomer. Her Russian was very accented.

The new Taraskovyan Vasilessa and several of her ladies in waiting stood in an outdoor courtyard of the Winter Palace at night, looking up at the stars, with the Taraskovyan Imperial Astronomer standing by with a telescope to assist them. Everyone was dressed as warmly as possible to ward off the cool evening air - Helen was quite comfortable in Tarasovka's climate, but some of her Pantocratorian ladies in waiting still complained about the temperature at night. The Astronomer made some adjustments to the tripod-mounted telescope.

"If Your Majesty will kindly look through the telescope, I have focussed it upon Gara." the Imperial Astronomer said in a deep voice more accustomed to giving keynote lectures at academic conferences than satisfying the fleeting curiosity of scientifically illiterate young women.

Helen took a step towards the telescope, and leaned forward, holding her hand to her forehead to steady her fur hat as she did so. She regarded the star in the centre of the telescope and frowned slightly for a few moments, before standing upright again. She motioned for her ladies to come and admire the view, and stepped back to give them space.

"It looks very much like the others, I must say." Helen remarked to the Imperial Astronomer.

"Quite like them, Majesty, a most astute observation." the Imperial Astronomer lied.

"And what is special about it? I recall being told but I don't remember what." Helen asked.

"There are many things special about it, Majesty, but principally, its solar system includes a farmworld." the Astronomer explained without explaining.

"A Farmworld?" asked one of the ladies in waiting, whose Russian was considerably worse than Helen's. She therefore addressed herself to the Empress in French, a practice Helen thought rude but which seemed to be quite popular among her Pantocratorian ladies in waiting. "Is it a bourgeois store chain?"

"Why would the Allanean President think to impress us with a store?" Helen replied in French, with a dismissive glance and a shake of her head. She switched back to Russian. "It is a planet which is entirely given over to agriculture, is it not, sir?"

"A farmworld? Yes, Your Majesty." the Imperial Astronomer confirmed.

"How dreary, I hate the countryside." another lady in waiting sighed, again talking French.

"Well, I think it a fine gift." said a third lady in waiting, this one speaking in (very bad) Russian. "It is very kind of President Alexander."

"That's his Christian name, Celeste." Helen told the lady in waiting, whom she gave an approving look for endeavouring to speak the language she'd asked all her ladies to learn some time ago. "President Alexander Kazansky."

"He seems a lovely fellow, however his foreigner-name is said." the lady Celeste replied - she used the French word 'étranger' because she didn't know the Russian for 'foreigner', but everything else she had right.

"I've heard he's a despotic criminal and international thug, not a lovely fellow." Helen replied. She couldn't remember why specifically she had heard that, but she could distinctly remember her father and various courtiers say so. "Isn't that so, sir?"

"I'm afraid that as the Astronomer Imperial, I have no opinion about foreign heads of state." the Imperial Astronomer answered, almost impatiently.

"Oh, quite." Helen nodded, blushing slightly, although to an onlooker her cheeks could have reddened because of the cold. "Let's go inside. I should like to tell His Majesty that I found our wedding present."

The party repaired back into the comparative warmth of indoors and began shedding hats, gloves and overcoats, which were taken they knew not where by palace servants. After disrobing, they set off to find the Vasilevs.

"Is it a very fine star, then?" Helen asked.

"Quite fine, Majesty, I'm sure." the Imperial Astronomer replied.
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Postby Tarasovka » Wed Mar 31, 2010 4:58 pm

From the Empire’s Diaries:

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NPCA to Topple Conservatives in Veche According to Polls

All national polls conducted by various institutions and organisations agree on the outcome of the upcoming elections to the Veche of the Taraskovyan Empire: the National Patriotic Christian Alliance is to topple the Conservatives and gain majorities in both the Duma and the Senate. The exact results of the polls vary, some saying that the Christian Patriots shall simply gain a plurality of seats in the two chambers and some predicting a simple majority by several seats, but the general trend of the Christian Patriots overtaking the Conservatives as the Empire's most powerful political force is clearly visible. This does not come as a surprise to political analysts: the Conservative Party has never been a completely monolithic structure and the Ros and Tarathian currents within it have repeatedly come to clashes in the past year. This has left the Vasilevs'es backers in a weakened position in the face of a reinvigorated and more aggressive NPCA.

But the NPCA is not the only one posing problems to the Conservatives. Indeed, the Conservative Party shall lose seats not only to their reactionary rivals, but also to the liberal and social-democrat opposition. The Constitutional Democratic Party is bound to make a dashing entrance on the field of Imperial politics, gaining numerous seats in the Duma and the Senate. Working in tandem with the social-democrats, the "Kadets" have been steadily grinding away votes from the Loyalist Coalition parties throughout the Empire in regional elections and this trend is set to continue in Imperial level politics.

Clash of Institutions in Sight?

The Taraskovyan political system is a curious beast in the sense that as far as executive policies are concerned, parliamentary elections have only a relative importance. Indeed, the Council of Ministers is appointed by the Vasilevs at his own discretion. As of now, the bulk of the Imperial government is comprised of personalities either part of or in some fashion affiliated with the Conservatives, the main exception being Her High Excellency the Imperial Chancellor and her out-of-spectrum centrist ideals. Thus, the passing of the Veche into "opposition" to the current Council of Ministers shall not influence the day-to-day politics of the Empire.

Problems begin to arise when one remembers that the Parliament does not only enact and amend laws, but also votes on budgetary matters. A powerful NPCA is surely set to block financing to numerous areas of Imperial activity, namely common projects with several foreign states. The same states the Christian Patriots have opposed establishing any close relations with and continue opposing such relations to this day. The dispute does not end only in foreign policy. There are disagreements between the conservatives and the reactionaries on many purely internal matters, everything from economics to authorized abortion.

But one must remember that to actually block and modify projects and budgets, the Christian Patriots need to pass the vetting of the Emperor's Council, the third and highest chamber of Parliament. Hand picked and appointed by the Vasilevs, these Councillors are not set to follow in the footsteps of an opposition to His Most August Majesty. Thus, in absence of consensus and agreement, the Vasilevs shall have to resort to his discretionary powers and decide on matters in person through ukazes. This would equal to the de facto reintroduction of absolutism in Taraskovya, something the Vasilevs has historically opposed through personally spearheading many of the political reforms that characterize the Taraskovyan constitutional order of today. Not to say that this could lead to tensions in the Taraskovyan society, and with memories of the Plague and the Time of Troubles still fresh, this is something everybody shall seek to avoid.

What if...?

But what if there shall in fact be no political deadlock and introduction of de facto personal rule by His Most August Majesty? What if the Vasilevs actually follows the general mood and replaces his Council of Ministers with personalities coming from or affiliated to the Christian Patriots? These questions are difficult to answer. In the past, the NPCA has undertaken a number of violent attacks on the Shakhovskoy-Karetsah House and members of the Vasilevs'es closest family, even if they have never attacked His Most August Majesty in person. A major point of contention is one particular law project which would forbid all Taraskovyan nobles from accepting or bearing foreign titles, a law that would specifically have the power to apply retroactively.

A sort of an understanding between His Most August Majesty and the Christian Patriots to avoid deadlock would lie in both parties making concessions to each other. A Christian Patriotic government and a radical shift in Taraskovyan foreign politics against a milder shift in internal politics and the formal renunciation of the intent to meddle in the matters of the Ruling Dynasty do not seem excluded.

But only time can tell how things shall turn out. For now, the Winter Palace has not even bothered to comment the polls in question.
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Postby Tarasovka » Wed May 12, 2010 6:07 pm

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Imperial Veche
Elections of 1156 A.S.


Imperial Senate: 300 Senators
Elected on proportional basis from party lists. No legal threshold, the natural threshold varies depending on a given Imperial Realm. Each Imperial Realm is an electoral disctict, and sends a number of Senators proportional to its demographic weight in the Empire. Exception is made of the Handalarian Lordships, a collection of seven Imperial Realms grouped together for the purposes of elections to the Imperial Veche.

The demographic weight of a given Imperial Realm depends on the number of Imperial citizens that have their Origin in the Realm, and not by the total population at a given date. Imperial citizens vote in their realms of Origin and not in their realms of residence.


    National Patriotic Christian Alliance – 29 [-27]

    Loyalist Coalition – 180 [-5]
    • Conservative Party – 157 -[5]
    • Democratic Conservative Party – 9 [+0]
    • Christian Democratic Party – 8 [+0]
    • United Atlantic Conservatives – 2 [+0]
    • Homeland Party – 2 [+0]
    • Handalar Loyalist Alliance – 2 [+0]

    Constitutional Democratic Party – 28 [+28]

    Left Wing Bloc – 63 [+3]
    • Liberal Socialist Party – 56 [+3]
    • Social Democratic Union – 7 [+0]


Imperial Duma: 1’255 Deputies
Each Deputy is elected from a single-member constituency. Constituencies are delimited to be more or less equal in terms of population. The new Veche has three more Duma Deputies than the previous one.

    National Patriotic Christian Alliance – 53 [-62]

    Loyalist Coalition – 978 [-9]
    • Conservative Party – 859 [-13]
    • Democratic Conservative Party – 57 [-2]
    • Christian Democratic Party – 38 [+2]
    • United Atlantic Conservatives – 9 [+1]
    • Homeland Party – 9 [+2]
    • Handalar Loyalist Alliance – 6 [+0]

    Constitutional Democratic Party – 73 [+73]

    Left Wing Bloc – 151[+1]
    • Liberal Socialist Party – 128 [+3]
    • Social Democratic Union – 23[-2]



Overview
The Constitutional Democratic Party profited the most from the elections, having made a resounding entrance upon the field of Imperial politics. The left has made overall progress, whilst the Loyalists have lost some ground. The Christian Patriots have suffered a terrible defeat that is bound to shake up the party to its core. The outcome of the elections also clearly reduces the role of the reactionary opposition. Despite losses, the Conservatives maintain their hold over the Imperial Veche.

The general pattern of the election lies in Conservative voters defecting to the liberals and the social democrats, with the reactionary voters defecting to the Conservative Party. The NPCA has, thus, softened the losses of the Conservatives.
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Parliamentary Election Results By Imperial Realm
Imperial Dominions do not take part in Imperial elections and referenda.



United Kingdom
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Dakathia and Cardinia


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Senate Delegation: 212 Senators[-1]

Seats Breakdown:
  • National Patriotic Christian Alliance (Unaligned) – 23 [-17]
  • Conservative Party (Loyalist Coalition) – 121 [-9]
  • Democratic Conservative Party (Loyalist Coalition) – 9 [+0]
  • Constitutional Democratic Party (Unaligned) – 22 [+22]
  • Liberal Socialist Party (Left Wing Bloc) – 37 [+3]



Duma Delegation: 890 Deputies

Seats Breakdown:
  • National Patriotic Christian Alliance (Unaligned) – 32 [-47]
  • Conservative Party (Loyalist Coalition) – 691 Seats [-7]
  • Democratic Conservative Party (Loyalist Coalition) – 57 [-2]
  • Constitutional Democratic Party (Unaligned) – 51 [+51]
  • Liberal Socialist Party (Left Wing Bloc) – 59 [+5]

Overview
The biggest winner in Dakathia-Cardinia is without any doubt the Constitutional Democratic Party. For the Senate elections, the « Kadets » have taken 10.3% of the ballots.



Kingdom
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Belovodie

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Senate Delegation: 38 Senators[+1]
Seats Breakdown:
  • National Patriotic Christian Alliance (Unaligned) – 2 [-4]
  • Conservative Party (Loyalist Coalition) – 22 [+3]
  • Constitutional Democratic Party (Unaligned) – 2 [+2]
  • Liberal Socialist Party (Left Wing Bloc) – 11 [+0]


Duma Delegation: 159 Deputies [+3]

Seats Breakdown:
  • Conservative Party (Loyalist Coalition) – 100 [-7]
  • Constitutional Democratic Party (Unaligned) – 12 [+12]
  • Liberal Socialist Party (Left Wing Bloc) – 47[-4]

    Overview
    With these elections, Dreamreach's delegation is increased by one senatorial seat (that drifted from Dakathia-Cardinia) and three Duma seats (created new, increasing the total number of Duma seats). As with Dakathia-Cardinia, the Constitutional Democrats are the biggest winners and have managed to capitalise on the new seats. The Christian Patriots have not only yet again failed to win in any Duma ridings, but have also lost two Senators.



    Kingdom
    of
    New Gardarika


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    Senate Delegation: 16 Senators

    Seats Breakdown:

    • National Patriotic Christian Alliance (Unaligned) – 3 [-3]
    • Conservative Party (Loyalist Coalition) – 6 [+0]
    • Constitutional Democratic Party (Unaligned) – 2 [+2]
    • Liberal Socialist Party (Left Wing Bloc) – 5 [+1]


    Duma Delegation: 69 Deputies

    Seats Breakdown:
    • National Patriotic Christian Alliance (Unaligned) – 19 [-3]
    • Conservative Party (Loyalist Coalition) – 36 [-2]
    • Constitutional Democratic Party (Unaligned) – 5 [+5]
    • Liberal Socialist Party (Left Wing Bloc) – 9 [+0]

    Overview
    The overall results leave the Christian Patriots with half the previous number of Senators. In Duma elections, the Liberal Socialists have swapped some ridings for others, but have retained their seats. Christian Patriot losses have been smaller in comparison to other corners of the Empire, namely because of the party's popularity with Horobr Ros colonists that form the majority in many ridings.



    Grand Duchy
    of
    Sortavala


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    Senate Delegation: 15 Senators

    Seats Breakdown:
    • Christian Democratic Party (Loyalist Coalition) – 8 [+0]
    • Social Democratic Union (Left Wing Bloc) – 7 [+0]


    Duma Delegation: 61 Deputies

    Seats Breakdown:
    • Christian Democratic Party (Loyalist Coalition) – 38[+2]
    • Social Democratic Union (Left Wing Bloc) – 23[-2]

Overview
Results in Sortavala remain stable, with some minor changes in the Duma seats. Contrary to the overall tendency of left gains, the left actually lost seats in favour of the conservatives.


United Provinces
of
Tavaroth

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Senate Delegation: 7 Senators

Seats Breakdown:
  • Conservative Party (Loyalist Coalition) – 5[+0]
  • Liberal Socialist Party (Left Wing Bloc) – 3 [+0]


Duma Delegation: 31 Deputies

Seats Breakdown:
  • Conservative Party (Loyalist Coalition) – 21[-2]
  • Liberal Socialist Party (Left Wing Bloc) – 10 [+2]

Overview
Senatorial elections proved inconclusive, with the Liberal Socialists improving their score, but not sufficiently to steal a seat from the Conservatives. For the Duma elections, however, two ridings switched sides following the general pattern of left gains in the Imperial elections.

Duchy
of
Zoria

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Senate Delegation: 4 Senators

Seats Breakdown:
  • Conservative Party (Loyalist Coalition) – 3 [+0]
  • Constitutional Democratic Party (Unaligned) – 1[+1]


Duma Delegation: 15 Deputies

Seats Breakdown:
  • Conservative Party (Loyalist Coalition) – 10 [+3]
  • Constitutional Democratic Party (Unaligned) – 2 [+2]
  • Liberal Socialist Party (Left Wing Bloc) – 3 Seats [+1]

Overview
The Christian Patriots have lost all of their seats on the Zorian delegation to the Imperial Veche.

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Senate Delegation: 3 Senators

Seats Breakdown:
  • United Atlantic Conservatives (Loyalist Coalition) – 2 [+0]
  • Constitutional Democratic Party (Unaligned) – 1 [+1]


Duma Delegation: 13 Deputies

Seats Breakdown:
  • United Atlantic Conservatives (Loyalist Coalition) – 9 [+1]
  • Constitutional Democratic Party (Unaligned) – 4 [+4]

Overview
The NPCA saw itself evicted from the Atlantic Islander delegation to the Veche, losing its Senatorial seat to the « Kadets » and seeing its Duma seats split between the latter and the local conservatives. The NPCA did not exactly have a strong position in the archipelago to begin with, as many voted for its candidates as part of a protest vote against the policies of the Loyalist Coalition in regards to the status of the Isles within the Taraskovyan state.


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Senate Delegation: 3 Senators

Seats Breakdown:
  • Homeland Party (Loyalist Coalition) – 2 Seats [+0]
  • National Patriotic Christian Alliance (Unaligned) – 1 Seat [+0]


Duma Delegation: 11 Deputies

Seats Breakdown:
  • Homeland Party (Loyalist Coalition) – 9 Seats [+2]
  • National Patriotic Christian Alliance (Unaligned) – 2 Seats [-2]

Overview
There have been no liberal gains, instead the NPCA narrowly lost two Duma ridings to the agrarians allied with the Conservative Party.


Handalar Lordships (Collectively)

Each Lordship is, as per current Constitutional arrangements, a separate Imperial Realm. For the purposes of Imperial elections and statistics, they are grouped into one “entity”.


Senate Delegation: 2 Senators

Seats Breakdown:
  • Handalar Loyalist Alliance (Loyalist Coalition) – 2 [+0]

Duma Delegation: 6 Deputies

Seats Breakdown:
  • Handalar Loyalist Alliance (Loyalist Coalition) – 6 [+0]

Overview
Candidates running on a Realm ticket must have an Origin in the realm they wish to represent. Curiously enough, the Handalarian Shakhtal (a kin closely affiliated with Tarathians) do not delve much into politics and are content with having just one political party, membership and activity in which is seen as a « passtime ». Elections to the Imperial Veche in the seven Lordships is, thus, seen by many as a pure formality.
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Postby Tarasovka » Thu May 13, 2010 12:43 pm

From the Empire’s Diaries:


Liberals Celebrate, Reactionaries Promise to Bounce Back

Members and supporters of the Constitutional Democratic Party had reasons to celebrate as the Kadets made a resounding entry into the field of Imperial politics. Vladimir Voronin-Belskiy, the party's leader, adressed members and supporters of the party at the Kadet election headquarters in Vigvar and congratulated them on a job well done and a campaign well fought. And indeed, the results attained by the Constitutional Democrats were better than expected, with a total of 28 Senators and 73 Deputies.

In another district of Vigvar, the Christian Patriots at their election headquarters had no reasons to celebrate as their party reeled from a dramatic defeat in the elections, that saw their Veche seats halved in both the Senate and the Duma. Judging by voting patterns, the Christian Patriots lost a great share of their voters to the Conservatives, who are known to adopt a "mild" nationalist stance on many issues. His Grace the Duke Zalesskiy took personal responsibility for the defeat and has declared his resignation as the NPCA leader. The highly polarising figure and his radical positions on many issues, ranging from welfare to abortion, was named by many political analysts as the reason for the downfall of the party's popularity with the Taraskovyan electorate. The NPCA has promised to bounce back in regional elections and has vowed to work hard to achieve that goal.

Too Radical

In the aftermath of the Time of Troubles, the hardline position of the National Patriotic Christian Alliance on the issues of a strong government and their uncompromising stance on law enforcement and criminal legislation allowed the party to gain widespread popularity amongst the Taraskovyan electorate. The party, thus, managedto harness not only the Ros-nationalist vote by playing the nationalist card, but cover as wide a voter base as possible.

However, what positions were good in the early days of the Grand Ducal restoration are no longer of actuality today. The first Imperial Veche elections carried in them a certain dose of inertia from the Time of Troubles, but not the latest ones. According to Taraskovyan think tanks, the Taraskovyan people no longer see an omniscient central government guaranteeing security and stability as the central issue. The NPCA has, thus, lost many of its voter base to the Conservatives, who profited from this to compensate for their losses to the liberals and the social democrats. Some analysts are already joking that the NPCA served as a cushion to soften up and mask the Conservative losses to the eyes of the public.

The Conservatives also felt the blow of voter discontent with some of their policies, losing voters to the liberals and the social democrats. These losses, however, were mitigated by the Christian Patriot vote defecting to the conservatives. And whilst the Conservative Party still single handedly holds majorities in both the Duma and the Senate, they fared the worst amongst the members of the Loyalist Coalition. Some also indicate that the overall hegemony of the Conservatives has led many voters into a protest vote against them in favour of what are seen as their major rivals, the Liberal Socialists. Curiously enough, overall their regional allies fared better than the gigantic Imperial party by actually gaining additional seats in the Duma and maintaining their Senators.

No Reason to Panic, say Conservatives

A spokesperson for the Conservative Party has declared that there was no reason to panic in the face of a decrease in voter support. After all, the goal of the Party was to maintain its hegemony over the Imperial legislature, something they have achieved. And whilst it is true that in the short term the Conservatives are still in power, the long term implications are far from clear.

The general pattern of votes slipping away from the Loyalists arose during several regional elections, where the liberals and the social democrats grinded away votes from the Conservatives. In Novozemie, a province of the United Kingdom of Dakathia and Cardinia, the Conservatives retained their status as the single largest parliament in the regional legislature, but were actually forced out of the regional elections by a coalition between the Constitutional Democrats and the Liberal Socialists.

Some analysts indicate that over time, the electorate might begin moving further away from the Conservatives in favour of other parties, which in the future could result in completely different election results.
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Postby Knootoss » Sun May 16, 2010 6:55 am

From NRC Handelsblad, a liberal Knootian daily:

Taraskovya remains, at heart, conservative

VIGVAR - Elections in the Taraskovyan Empire have strengthened the liberal voice in their representative bodies, but the result still reflects the preferences of a deeply conservative nation. The result of the Taraskovyan elections is hopeful. Pragmatic, clear-minded liberals have made some gains in the Imperial Senate and the Imperial Duma, seemingly at the expensive of ugly right-wing religious elements. The truth, however, is that these are just fringe movements in and out of the dominant parties in the moderately conservative 'Loyalist Coalition'. Conservatives and nationalists will continue to hold the balance of power in the multi-national Empire.

On the whole this outcome reflects the will of the Taraskovyan people. Although the Empire is clearly not a full constitutional democratic state as we would understand it, these elections are said to have been reasonably free and fair. The monarchy retains popular support, and continues to play a binding role in a nation that extends beyond the Ros majority.

Some Knootian politicians have cautiously praised the outcome of this election, but it is not expected to cause any major shift in bilateral relations between the Dutch Democratic Republic and the Empire, which have been courteous but uninvolved in recent years.

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National Leader:Chancellor Ulrek Solchez
Capital: Alikkia
location: almost landlocked
Army: 2% of the population

Alliances: The Phalanx of Fascists
Embassies
Embassies: Nazi Centauri, Auremena,
Naval Commanders:Dewap
Army Commanders:Huj Olks,Nur Peced, Weq Vix
Ambassador:Pelo Abder,
National Religion: The United House of Faith
Ideology: Religious National Fascism,Despotism

Bavungria civil war: Bavungrian government victory
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Postby Tarasovka » Thu Jun 03, 2010 9:28 am

From random news media:

Taraskovyan Catholics Rejoice at the Election of a new Holy Father


The latest Conclave yielded the now former Archbishop of New Rome, Jacques Cardinal Conomos, as the new Catholic Pontiff. The new Pope shall be known as Clement XV. The Conclave was attended by His Eminence Vladimir Cardinal Husar, the Archbishop of Vigvar and Metropolitan of Taraskovya, known to most Taraskovyans as the head of the Taraskovyan Byzantine Catholic Church, who is now back in Taraskovya to attend to Church Matters. He shall also be presiding over a celebratory mess to the honour of the new Pope at the Cathedral of Immaculate Conception of the Holy Virgin Mary in Vigvar, the ecclesiastic seat of the Eastern rite Catholics in Taraskovya.

The Vigvar Patriarchate has released a neutral statement to the matter. The Department for External Church Relations has indicated that the Patriarchate shall wait and see how the policies of the new Pope translate in relations between the Western and Eastern Churches and cautioned against any "overzealous" involvement into matters pertaining to relations between the Patriarchate and the "greco-catholics" in Taraskovya.

The Foreign Ministry has issued a statement congratulating the new Pope upon his election and reassured the Holy See that the Taraskovyan Empire was interested in continued interaction with the former. The Apostolic Nuncio to Vigvar was further given a congratulatory note from the Council of Ministers to retransmit to the Holy Father.
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Postby Tarasovka » Tue Sep 14, 2010 11:26 am

From the Random News Media:


Handalarian Initiative Rebuked By Small Realms


The open letter to the intention of His Most August Majesty, signed by all seven Handalarian Lords, has caused political furore on the Imperial scene. In the letter, published in all major Taraskovyan media, their Lordships propose that the current Constitutional arrangement which groups all seven lordships into a form of a single voting district for Imperial Veche elections be split and each Lordship would become entitled to her own Senators and Deputies.

Their Lordships find the existing Constitutional arrangement as discriminatory against the sovereignty of their posessions as Imperial Realms in their own rights. When the Empire was formally established, the little populated seven Lordships resisted any attempt to federalise them into a single realm, to the contrary of what has happened in Tavaroth where the four sovereign Lands were, some claim somewhat forcefully, federalised into a single Realm of four provinces and a capital city district. However, since the Veche is directly tied to demographic weight for its representation, it was deemed proper by the architects of the new Imperial system to group the Lordships together for the purposes of Veche elections to reflect their little demographic weight in comparison with other Realms.

The proposed initiative would lead to a complete rebalance of at least the Imperial Senate. Currently, the seven Lordships collectively hold two Senate seats for their representatives. If each Lordship becomes entitled to at least one seat, then it would increase the Handalarian share to seven seats. It is unclear whether this would have any effect on the Duma representation, which is based on electoral districts of equal populations throughout the Empire as a whole. But yet again, if each Lordship had its own Deputy, it would increase the Duma representation from six to seven.

Unacceptable, already state other of the smaller Imperial Realms. The Duchies of Zoria, Atlantic Isles and New Crimea all have populations greater than the seven Lordships combined and would find it unjust if the Handalarian share in the Veche so arbitrarily increased disproportionate to Handalar's collective population. They fear this would undermine their weight in the Veche in favour of the Handalarians, who stubbornly and traditionally vote for one single party, the Handalarian Loyalist Alliance.

The Winter Palace has so far not officially reacted to the letter.
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Postby Tarasovka » Mon Sep 20, 2010 11:30 am

From the Random News Media:

Count of Var-Gellath resigns as Foreign Minister


His Highness the Count Ithun of Var-Gellath has tended in his resignation from the post of Foreign Minister to His Most August Majesty this morning, according to the Imperial Chancellery. The Vasilevs has accepted the resignation and shall appoint a new Foreign Minister in the coming days. In the meantime, the functions shall be carried by the Vice-Minister, His Highness the Duke Alexei of Var-Vilena and Southern Aphyr.

Count Ithun has made a brief statement on the matter, tying his resignation with the incompatibility between his private and professional lives. His Highness is engaged to Her Excellency Angelina Ormond, the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Tartarian Empire to Vigvar. The relationship between the two has been a recurrent theme of criticism by the Christian Patriots against the Imperial government. His Highness, however, denies that the decision is based on reactionary pressure.

"It is something me and Miss Ormond have discussed and we both agree that this is the best way forward for us. His Most August Majesty has expressed his understanding for my motives. My resignation shall also contribute to clear some hurdles in the Imperial administration," read the statement.

His Highness has stated that in the near future he plans to release a book detailing his experiences during the Plague and especially the bloody battle of Trident's Pass.
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Postby Tarasovka » Mon Sep 20, 2010 12:09 pm

From the Empire’s Diaries:


BREAKING NEWS: WE HAVE AN HEIR!

If there ever was a reason to throw in a party, then tonight is the one. The spokesperson for the Winter Palace has officially confirmed that Her Most August Majesty the Vasilessa has given birth to a male heir to the Taraskovyan Imperial throne at the Vigvar Central Military Hospital. The mother and the child are in good health and condition and the father is reported to be elated.

The news that the Vasilessa was with child was first released months ago and since then has not stopped empassionating the Taraskovyan public. Her Most August Majesty was escorted earlier in the day to the hospital that has traditionally served as the Ruling Dynasty's medical establishment and is also known to be the medical service responsible for the Elder Leib Guard.

General euphoria

The birth of the heir was already welcomed by the representatives of all major political movements. The Conservatives speak of an important event that solidifies the power of the Taraskovyan throne. The Christian Patriots have welcomed the birth of a heir that mixes Taraskovyan and Byzantine origins and that the throne is guaranteed against defaulting to Her Imperial Highness the Grand Duchess Vethara, whose candidacy is viewed with suspicion not only by the Christian Patriots, but also by some in the Loyalist Coalition.

The noble Houses have already been lining up to offer their most sincere congratulations. The members of the Shakhovskoy-Karetsah have also offered their congratulations to their House Leader. The Grand Duchess Vethara has issued a separate statement congratulating her brother the Vasilevs on the occasion and stating her full readiness to be a good aunt to the Vasilevitch.

The news was also welcomed in the Vasilessa's homeland of Pantocratoria, with congratulations pouring in from the Imperial family and members of the nobility and political establishment.

Alexander Basil Constantine

According to the Winter Palace, the Most August couple had already chosen a name for the child long before his birth. The boy shall thus be named Alexander, in honour of the Grand Duke Alexander the Great, a major figure in Taraskovyan history who reasserted Grand Ducal control over stray feudal lords and defeated the political power of the Church of the Seven Deities. He is reverred as a saint by the Taraskovyan Orthodox Church.

Whilst the Taraskovyan tradition does not include middle names, in honour of the heir's Pantocratorian roots through his mother the Vasilessa, the middle names of Basil and Constantine were chosen. Basil is to honour Her Most August Majesty's father, the Prince Basil, whilst Constantine is a traditional middle name for the members of the Pantocratorian Imperial family.

His Most August Highness the Vasilevitch Alexander of all Taraskovya shall be baptised into the Christian faith by the Taraskovyan Church and shall become an Orthodox faithful.
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Postby The Ctan » Mon Sep 20, 2010 7:00 pm

The box it came in was of a design that was neither C'tani or Menelmacari, but a pastel blue eggshell surface of a box akin to the size of a man's hand, but rounded at its edges, ground back to a white base layer to allow for a depiction of the greek goddesses Athena and Metis discussing something, on its suface, trimmed with gold and a lustrously marble grey surface on its sides. The box opened simply, to reveal a snug, sea green metal device within, a tablet engraved with a short note upon on its surface.

Dear Cousins,

Please accept this humble gift for your son in anticipation of the happy occasion of his baptism. Although it is somewhat modest, and of no use at present, I think it is symbolic of the most important of gifts with which a child can be blessed, that of wisdom. Its memory contains countless books of prose and poetry and philosophy and science, in a thousand languages.

May fortune ever favour you and your family,
Ranisath


The briefest examination of the device would show that it was of course, easy to use and intuitive, designed for school age children. Somewhere within its memory was a list of previous owners, a thousand generations of them, a treasured heirloom of some necrontyr family whose last bearer had suggested it as a present with Alexander's name at the top of the endless list.
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Postby Tarasovka » Tue Oct 19, 2010 5:08 pm

From the Empire’s Diaries:


NPCA Mobilises Against "Machine Sapiency"

The National Patriotic Christian Alliance has unleashed a wave of virulent criticism against the registration with the Veche of the motion that would extend the benefit of fundamental rights to sapient mechanoids. Earlier in the day, the Count of Krolevets in a highly passionate speech at the Imperial Senate has qualified the motion as a "declaration of war against humanity and what is left of the human character" of the Taraskovyan Empire.

The motion was tabled by a cross-party group of deputies in the Imperial Duma. It follows an earlier visit by an informal delegation of the Imperial Veche to the Queendom of Zero-One. The delegation consisted of representatives from the liberals, the social-democrats, the conservatives, democratic conservatives and of the christian democrats.


Loyalists Split

So far, the fate of the Statute project remains undecided. The liberal and the social-democratic opposition have already backed the existing motion and have expressed their readiness to defend it against the reactionaries. The latter have, as the reader can judge from above comments, taken a stance of virulent opposition to the motion.

The Loyalist Coalition looks split on the issue. The smaller parties in the bloc have already taken position on the matter. As such, the Democratic Conservatives (Uthar), the Christian Democrats (Sortvala) and the United Atlantic Conservatives (Atlantic Isles) have already stated that they shall support the motion. Members of the Handalar Loyalist Alliance (Handalarian Lordships), on the other hand, have already stated that they will not support the motion and even threatened to quit the Loyalist Coalition should the motion be passed by the Veche. The Homeland Party (New Crimea) has stated that it would await the final text of the Statute project before deciding on its vote.

Whilst this split in what was until now a rather tight coalition has surprised some commentators, especially considering the threats from the Handalarians to go into opposition, it is the inner debates within the Conservative Party that have been attracting the most speculations. Most think tanks agree: the loss of the two Handalarian Senators and of the six Deputies shall not be fatal to the Coalition, especially since the Handalarians shall in the future still vote largely along conservative lines, simply because they defend the same positions. What is more interesting is the internal battle that is currently erupting within the Conservative party between its more liberal and the more conservative wings.


Conservative Compromise?

The more rightwing elements of the Conservative Party have already expressed their desire to, if the motion is indeed passed, include as many fail-safes as possible and limit the extent of the bill as far as possible. This is an indication that some of the arguments put forward by the Christian Patriots have found support with at least some in the conservative ranks. Some suggest that the current text is too broad and wish to impose certain limitations on the use of avatars, for example, obligating mechanoid sapients to only employ avatars that make their "mechanical nature crystal clear", to quote one conservative Senator. This in addition to the already present limitations on avatars for security reasons (such as combat avatars and industrial ones).

Additionally, some legislators propose extending the benefit of fundamental rights only to the mechanoid citizens of nations with which the Taraskovyan Empire has established formal diplomatic relations. This proposed clause, however, is seen by some commentators as derailing the essence of the proposed Statute. Indeed, the issue of diplomatic relations and mutual recognition relates to such practical issues as movement of goods and persons between two states, not the general notions of fundamental rights and who benefits from them. As it stands, a member of a human kin coming from a nation that does not share diplomatic relations with Taraskovya still enjoys fundamental rights and is recognised as a person. The same holds true for non-human kins. It would make little to no sense, not to say complete and utter discrimination, to only recognise sapient mechanoids from recognised nations and not others. Indeed, as long as the sapiency test is passed, there should be no fundamental difference in general treatment.


New Legal Category for Kins?

The Taraskovyan Imperial Order currently recognises two broad categories of kins for the purpose of defining fundamental rights: human and non-human. Human kins are based on the Taraskovyan understanding of the term 'human', which is based on the old Tarathian understanding of those kins that were 'as Tarathian'. The Imperial Order, thus, curiously makes no fundamental difference between humans and elves, as elvish kins are just ethnic groups within the greater Human race.

The recognition of non-human kins came a decade ago through the passing of the 'Julaniem Amendments' as they are known to the general public. The Julaniem is a humanoid kin native to Tavaroth that did not fall under the definition of human and the representatives of the Julaniem kin were, thus, in theory at least devoid of all rights. A situation deemed unacceptable by some and so the non-human kins were introduced. Members of non-human kins would legally benefit from fundamental rights, even if the full extent of political and social rights was only open to the Imperial kins (those that are native to the Taraskovyan Empire). Members of non-Imperial non-human kins, for example, are not eligible for Imperial citizenship and the social and political rights tied to it. Regardless, members of such kins may still come and work and do business in Taraskovya without any legal hurdles: for all intents and purposes they are humans and are not treated any different.

If passed, the Statute on Mechanoid Sapiency might create a new legal category: mechanoid kins. However, given the current text of the motion, even if modified to adapt to the current opposition from at least some parts of the Conservative Party, would treat mechanoid kins largely by analogy to non-human kins.
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Postby Pantocratoria » Tue Oct 19, 2010 8:45 pm

Tarasovka wrote:From the Empire’s Diaries:


BREAKING NEWS: WE HAVE AN HEIR!

If there ever was a reason to throw in a party, then tonight is the one. The spokesperson for the Winter Palace has officially confirmed that Her Most August Majesty the Vasilessa has given birth to a male heir to the Taraskovyan Imperial throne at the Vigvar Central Military Hospital. The mother and the child are in good health and condition and the father is reported to be elated.

The news that the Vasilessa was with child was first released months ago and since then has not stopped empassionating the Taraskovyan public. Her Most August Majesty was escorted earlier in the day to the hospital that has traditionally served as the Ruling Dynasty's medical establishment and is also known to be the medical service responsible for the Elder Leib Guard.

General euphoria

The birth of the heir was already welcomed by the representatives of all major political movements. The Conservatives speak of an important event that solidifies the power of the Taraskovyan throne. The Christian Patriots have welcomed the birth of a heir that mixes Taraskovyan and Byzantine origins and that the throne is guaranteed against defaulting to Her Imperial Highness the Grand Duchess Vethara, whose candidacy is viewed with suspicion not only by the Christian Patriots, but also by some in the Loyalist Coalition.

The noble Houses have already been lining up to offer their most sincere congratulations. The members of the Shakhovskoy-Karetsah have also offered their congratulations to their House Leader. The Grand Duchess Vethara has issued a separate statement congratulating her brother the Vasilevs on the occasion and stating her full readiness to be a good aunt to the Vasilevitch.

The news was also welcomed in the Vasilessa's homeland of Pantocratoria, with congratulations pouring in from the Imperial family and members of the nobility and political establishment.

Alexander Basil Constantine

According to the Winter Palace, the Most August couple had already chosen a name for the child long before his birth. The boy shall thus be named Alexander, in honour of the Grand Duke Alexander the Great, a major figure in Taraskovyan history who reasserted Grand Ducal control over stray feudal lords and defeated the political power of the Church of the Seven Deities. He is reverred as a saint by the Taraskovyan Orthodox Church.

Whilst the Taraskovyan tradition does not include middle names, in honour of the heir's Pantocratorian roots through his mother the Vasilessa, the middle names of Basil and Constantine were chosen. Basil is to honour Her Most August Majesty's father, the Prince Basil, whilst Constantine is a traditional middle name for the members of the Pantocratorian Imperial family.

His Most August Highness the Vasilevitch Alexander of all Taraskovya shall be baptised into the Christian faith by the Taraskovyan Church and shall become an Orthodox faithful.



Ahem, somewhat overdue...

IMPERIAL MONITOR
The Imperial Court of Christ Pantocrator today announced the birth of Prince Alexander Basil Constantine of Taraskovya to Their Majesties the Vasileus and Vasilessa of Taraskovya.

Prince Alexander is the heir apparent to the throne of Taraskovya and ninth in the Pantocratorian line of succession, after his mother Vasilessa Helen, the eldest daughter of Monsieur the brother of the Emperor, Prince Basil.

The news of the Prince's birth was received joyously throughout all of Taraskovya and has already been greeted enthusiastically by crowds in New Rome, who were waiting outside the palace for official news.

Prince Alexander will be baptised in the Taraskovyan Orthodox Church, and the palace has declined to comment on the issue of the Prince's religion, and whether or not it would preclude him from succeeding to the Pantocratorian throne in the unlikely event that the eight heirs before Prince Alexander are unable to succeed themselves.

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