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Postby Espicuta » Sun Aug 14, 2022 9:35 am

A Union of Hearts and Souls
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"We march with a union of hearts and souls to a common destiny..."
- Michael Joseph Savage



This thread details the end of the Republic of Lacetanya. The nation's internal strife, its factional fighting, and the situation's rightful conclusion. It has been 180 years since Espicuta and Lacetanya were last as one and the time, many believe, has come for reunification. There are many, right or wrong, who would stand in the way of this. With peacekeeping forces mustering in Espicuta and factional militias gaining strength in Lacetanya - the region will know peace, or it will know disaster.

This is a Teremara thread. It is not expected to be long and it is closed. Nonetheless, I hope anyone who stumbles upon this thread enjoys reading it and those interested are welcome to TG me about their interest.

Contents
Prelude: News posts
1: The Queen's Declaration
2: The situation declines
- Heal thy Heart
- Hostage #1
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Postby Lacetanya » Sun Aug 14, 2022 9:41 am

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El Raval, Lacetanya

Thousands descended on El Raval Tuesday at a rally held by the Reunir a Los Hijos, the reunification organization that is predominantly made up of ethnic Espicutans. While there were several speakers, most were there to hear their main political leader, Juan Bernardo Dorantes, address the packed crowd in Treballador Plaza. Dorantes has become a strong voice in the movement to reunify with Espicuta, and is a divisive figure to the rest of Lacetans who are proud of their independent heritage.

While the rally remained relatively peaceful, there were some minor clashes between pro-Lacetan counter-demonstrators and supporters of Reunir a Los Hijos that were quickly broken up, with no serious injuries reported. Gendarmes stood by, shields at the ready to separate the two groups, but it was for the most part, unnecessary. Espicutan flags were everywhere, but so were Lacetan flags, in the spirit of Dorantes' message, and people responded with great passion when Dorantes spoke.


“...It is time that we join back with our brothers and sisters over the border. Our economy is seizing up, the victim of a failed system. Other Madurinite nations are in upheaval, like Austrakia, but Espicuta remains strong. Our cousins prosper while we suffer and wonder how to feed our children. Jobs are drying up. Tech, health care, and finance jobs are disappearing and popping back up in Neu Engollon, the Roman States, and...Espicuta. It is time to rejoin our family. It’s not just Espicutans they will welcome, but our Lacetan cousins, also, have a place. We can not make it about us and them. It’s just about us. All of us!...”

The crowd roared after he was done speaking. As much as Dorantes wants to be a leader of ethnic Espicutans and Lacetans alike, he is reviled by the majority Lacetans as an outsider. His words caused less than a happy uproar in other parts of the capital at the end of the day. While the gathering was peaceful, clashes between Espicutans and Lacetans erupted later in the night here in the capital, in Girona, and Terragona.

Dorantes is not completely on the outside, however. He has powerful allies in the government like Representants Soldana and Vivas in the Generalitat. Soldana and Vivas, along with other Pro-reunification politicians, have strongly been lobbying for a referendum on the topic, and where it would have been unthinkable just a few years ago, it seems like the Federal Council is listening now.

Many, like Ona, a hotel worker observing the rally from a side street, are worried that the reunification movement is gaining traction.

“Our people left the union with Espicuta because they didn’t respect us as Lacetans with our own culture. They banned our language in schools. They discriminated against us. Now people want to go back to that?”

Another older man, who called himself Claver, said,
“If Espicutans want to be only Espicutan, they can go back over the border. No one is stopping them. We let them stay here for generations, and now they want to repay us by stealing our country. We are not cousins with them. Cousins don’t treat each other this way.”

Madurin seems highly distracted right now, as the rhetoric heats up between San Rosito and Reino do Brazil, and other border issues arise, as well as internal divisions affecting our neighbors, like the massive economic unrest in Austrakia. One hopes that the Lacetan people will make the right decision, should they be given their referendum, even if many don’t trust politicians to make a wise decision in regards to this matter.

~ Elisenda Segarra reporting from El Raval

* Veu de Lacetanya intends to follow this story and publish any updates or new developments. Continue to follow our news site with the most up to the minute reports on the re-unification debate.
Formerly a puppet of another player that has left Teremara. Lacetanya is a very Catalan influenced nation. It has now become sort of a NPC player in the region, and will be controlled by Espicuta in the future, as that is the nation that will IC reunify with it. As an independent nation, Lacetanya will soon cease to exist on the Teremara map. RIP Lacetanya.

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Postby Espicuta » Sun Aug 14, 2022 9:46 am

A q u i l l a | C a t h e n a | G i r o n a d a | J e d o r i a | A c s u n i a

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Lacetanya, Our errant sisters?

August 2022
By Francesca Molera


Following Saturday's affirmation in the Consejo Popular that Espicuta is willing to deploy peacekeeping forces in Lacetanya, should the situation decline to open factional conflict, many have questioned the motives of Prime Minister Alejandro Alcade in backing such a controversial move. Alcade is known for his pacifistic leanings, starting his career as a journalist for the Leórtos Guardian, and has rarely spoken on defence policy since his election in 2020. However, those who are worried about the situation have very little to fear in reality. Espicuta's Prime Minister has not abandoned his usual masculine pacifism for foreign barbarity - he is a founding member of the Council for Espicuta-Lacetanya Fraternity (CELF), after all. Alcade and his Civil Cabinet want nothing more than to prevent violence from spreading through Lacetanya, which is as pacifistic as a man can be.

Much of the efforts of CELF have been supported by the work of communities that believe in integration. With broad political support from left to right, the entry of Lacetanya into the Espicutatan state as partners is something many wish for on both sides of the border. Humanitarian aid provided by CELF-backed charities has been instrumental in providing community support in those areas of Lacetanya where martial law and instability have become a way of life. Lacetanyans are not starving in the streets - this is not the third world - but vital services have been hindered and the country's feeble economy struggles to keep food on the table for many of its people. These failures are not down to the steadfast Lacetanyan people, the blame lies with years of mismanagement and poor government.

Though Her Majesty, the Queen, has yet to speak publically about the situation in Lacetanya, reports from sources close to the Palace-Alcázar suggest that she is in favour of integration - though not annexation. And there lies the greatest issue for many: would Lacetanya retain its autonomy? Or would it be merely a province of Espicuta? Prime Minister Alcade has suggested the former, stating that an arrangement would have to be made with Lacetanyan leadership before integration could begin. Who that leadership might be, with the Federal Council in El Raval either absent or incompetent, he did not say.

As things stand, however, reunification seems to be a long way off. With unrest, both unionist and independentist, flaring up more violently by the day, Alejandro Alcade may have to back up his words with force and deploy Ejército Real peacekeepers to Lacetanya. However the situation goes, the situation looks bleak for Lacetanyan citizens crying out for a permanent solution to their national situation. Whether this might come from El Laval or Aquilla, only time will tell.
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Postby Lacetanya » Sun Aug 14, 2022 9:47 am

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The Downfall?


El Raval, Lacetanya

Reunification followers of Juan Bernardo Dorantes, known as RLH, (Reunir a Los Hijos) have continued to organize after the RLH won several seats in the Generalitat. Although there is not a Director sympathetic to the RLH on the Federal Council, the growing movement seems to be fed up with democracy, and is ready to push for change outside the system, foregoing the need to take a seat on that Council.

It is certain now that they are being aided by agitators from Espicuta, although Espicutan leadership in Aquilla continues to deny it. While our larger neighbor and former master has stopped short of sending in military force, they are freely interfering in Lacetan affairs with agents and a sustained propaganda and social media campaign over the past several weeks.

Many ethnic Lacetans have been influenced by these campaigns which claim that Lacetans and Espicutans will have an equal place in a semi-autonomous Espicutan run Lacetan province, the goal of the RLH. As the economic depression continues, Lacetans look for anything that will bring stability to the country and are fed up with the Federal Council urging patience for emergency austerity measures to catch up and firm up the economy.

With martial law still declared in El Raval and the surrounding area, it is difficult to confirm reports and pro-RLH militias have arrested two of our main reporters, along with many journalists that remain pro-independence. However, we have finally been able to confirm that the Federal Council have been on house arrest at undisclosed locations and that the few remaining Lacetan authorities are desperate to find and free them.

Carles Mans, Director of the Federal Department of Justice & Security, is the only Director of the Federal Council that remains free, but he has been rushed to Sant Isador Hospital for a serious health condition, with a cordon of gendarmes protecting him and fighting off RLH militia attempts to nab him.

Dorantes has not been seen since a rally two nights ago, but sources inside the RLH say that he is preparing to take the reins in the capital. He has already declared that the Council’s authority is null and void and the need for the Generalitat to assemble before any reorganization attempt is unnecessary.

He insists that he has the majority of the people’s support, but with over 60% still polling as pro-independence, that claim is weak.

Aquilla has repeatedly said they will send in Espicutan troops if rioting turns into full blown factional fighting in the major metropolitan areas.

Meanwhile, all our former Western Madurin allies, along with the TSO, seem to have turned their heads to the pleading from the Federal Council and Assembly to hold Espicuta in check. It appears from all reports to this point, that the rest of Teremara, or at least the Madurinite powers, have given their seal of approval for Espicuta to aggressively take over our independent land. Certainly, this is a case that should be pleaded to the International Courts.

Lacetanyans should hold out hope, but we may indeed be experiencing the waning last days of our independent Republic.


~ Elisenda Segarra reporting from El Raval
Formerly a puppet of another player that has left Teremara. Lacetanya is a very Catalan influenced nation. It has now become sort of a NPC player in the region, and will be controlled by Espicuta in the future, as that is the nation that will IC reunify with it. As an independent nation, Lacetanya will soon cease to exist on the Teremara map. RIP Lacetanya.

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Postby Espicuta » Sun Aug 14, 2022 9:50 am

Official Despatch of Her Majesty’s Government
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Royal Declaration of HM Queen Maria IV on the situation in Lacetanya
August 2022

Much has been rumoured in recent weeks regarding our position on the situation currently transpiring in Lacetanya. Certainly, this situation is not desirable. Our neighbours are suffering and this wounds the heart of every well-meaning Espicutan, none more than myself.

Many of my people have been involved in charitable efforts to help the suffering population of Lacetanya. I extend my deepest gratitude to these selfless citizens, they are the foremost example of Espicutan generosity and kindness - qualities which our Lacetanyan cousins also possess but cannot express in their current state. I have no doubt that the people of Lacetanya would do the same, were our situations reversed. But this is the very core of the issue: we are two fraternal peoples separated by borders; one suffering, one thriving. It is in our charitable and decent nature to wish to help others. But there is more we can do than food parcels and monetary gifts…

We must offer Lacetanya the opportunity to return to our bosom. Years ago, Lacetanya broke away from Espicuta and we wept for the divide, though wished our sisters well. We must not feel bitter because of this. Separation, in an odd way, has brought us closer and the time has come for us to come to their aid.

To the people of Lacetanya, I say this: we are sisters and brothers all. It is my wish, and the wish of my government and people, for the violence and destruction to end. For the incompetence and misrule you have suffered under to end. For division and strife to be defeated and a better future sought. I swear that the autonomy and rights of Lacetanya and her people will be respected, should I be asked to form a new administration. Those who fear subjugation need not - I am not a conqueror and have no such intentions. We are all peace-loving people, Espicutans and Lacetanyans, and we should be together again - though I respect that there are differences between us.

Though I have been advised not to, I will say freely that it is my intention to deploy peacekeepers to Lacetanya should the violence turn more severe, or should Espicutan intervention be sought by the population. Again, this need not be feared, Lacetanya has a right to self-determination, as all peoples should. Nonetheless, unification is the cry of many on both sides of the border and we must seek a resolution. Espicuta is committed to the well-being of our allies, and the happiness of all people.

Her Royal Majesty
Queen Maria de Aquilla
Fourth of that name, of Espicuta

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Postby Lacetanya » Mon Aug 15, 2022 9:04 am

Sant Isador Hospital
El Raval, Lacetanya


Commander Felip Arballo stood looking out the window of the 5th floor of the hospital. Fires raged below and people continued to hurl bricks and rocks as high as they could. The lower floors reported several broken windows. He knew his men and women of the 1st Battalion, National Gendarmerie, were vigilant in keeping the perimeter, but just meters from the hospital, beyond that perimeter, it was getting chaotic. Shots were frequently heard, and shouts as clashes continued to occur were hard to ignore.

Arballo realized he wasn’t alone after a few moments. The Director of Justice & Security stood next to him. Carles Mans himself, still looking dignified in a hospital gown, towing an IV drip bag on a portable stand with him.

Felip ventured,
“I bet Dorantes is down there.”

“Maybe. But we haven’t seen him since his last rally. He has a lot of operations to look after. It would be presumptuous to think that I deserved all his attention.”

“I want to hang him.”

“I understand how you feel, but it would be the worst thing to kill him. We would be creating the martyr that the RLH is looking for. It would be feeding right into their hands.”

“All the same. He needs to be ended.”

“There would be another to fill his place, Felip. There always is. We need to kill the cause, not the people.”

“Director, perhaps you don’t understand…You are the only one left of the Federal Council that we are certain is not under lock and key by these pro-unionist militias. They are also killing off pro-independence members of the Generalitat one by one as we speak. The First Battalion is holding a firm perimeter around the hospital, with a cordon of RLH and pro-unionist militia surrounding us, as you can see…”

“Back in the day, it was always more clear cut. People armed themselves. They manned barricades. They waved red flags and covered their faces with bandanas. There were clear sides then. Now conflict and political change is this - people milling about and throwing a rock now and then. Twibbling all the while or whatever its called. Making silly statements for attention on the webs.”

“You would rather they attack?!”

“I would respect them more actually, if they charged the hospital.”

“It has been this way for quite a while, Director…”

“Look at that!”
Mans pointed at a group flowing in from the Plaza to the west. They seemed to be clashing and pushing against the pro-unionist barrier around the hospital.
“Those have to be our people.”

Arballo nodded.
“Yes. It has been ongoing all day. There are pro-government groups taking it to the streets. They are fighting, but the pro-unionists are more organized.”

“They just need to hold out until help arrives.”

Arballo turned to face the Director.
“Sir, what help?”

“You know, the international community. The TSO. Our allies. This can’t stand, and they know it. We will be saved by the international pressure.”

The gendarme commander had to hold onto the nearby window frame as he absorbed this. The Director didn’t know. He’d been sleeping for hours after his myocardial infarction. He didn’t know about Queen Maria IV’s decree.
“Sir…there’s no help coming. Our TSO allies have stated they won’t step in. They value Espicuta more than us. The Queen has stated that she will support any measure the Espicutan military takes to force a ‘re-unification’.”

“oh.”

Arballo regretted putting all that out there. The Director didn’t really need to hear all that now. Not while he was trying to recover. It was a mistake. He needed to give the Director hope.
“Well…It’s not that bleak. We are trying to recover from it. We are still putting it out there in the international court of opinion. While not official policy, a lot of public opinion is on our side. They see Espicuta as a bully and provocateur. Maybe, with time…”

In a moment of clarity, Mans shook his head.
“We don’t have time. I see that now.”
Formerly a puppet of another player that has left Teremara. Lacetanya is a very Catalan influenced nation. It has now become sort of a NPC player in the region, and will be controlled by Espicuta in the future, as that is the nation that will IC reunify with it. As an independent nation, Lacetanya will soon cease to exist on the Teremara map. RIP Lacetanya.

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Postby Lacetanya » Tue Aug 16, 2022 2:24 pm

Bosquet Riu,
Suburb of El Raval
Lacetanya


She was slumped in her living room chair. It had always been a comfortable sit for reading, but now it felt oppressive and confining. Or she was projecting those feelings onto the chair, more likely.

She looked at one of the thugs who stood looking out the window. His black leather clad back was to her. Everything she had ever read or watched in popular media said that was a bad idea. You silhouetted yourself to be shot by a sniper.

Briefly, she considered grabbing the lamp off the side table and smashing him in the head. It would be useless, because the other two thugs that were somewhere around here would smash her face in, in return.

She resorted to her only ‘vice’. It was something she had always done since she was a small child to calm herself. She squeezed her eyes shut really tight and watched as the glittery pink and blue stars shimmered around the inside of her lids. It was a different world she could escape to in times of such trouble, and it had brought her back from the brink many times.

When Alba Paret opened her eyes, there was a man sitting in the settee across from her, staring at her intently. She had never seen him before. He wasn’t one of the original thugs that had invaded her home hours ago. They must have let him in quietly as she intermittently faded out due to her maxed out anxiety that was taxing her energy.

He actually looked concerned.
“Are you alright? Is something wrong with your eyes?”

She didn’t answer him, only staring in sullen silence as her eyes readjusted.

“Oh, I see. Trying to wish us away, eh?” He chuckled. “Did it work? Isn’t the genie supposed to pop out of a samovar here…somewhere?” He waved around theatrically.

“I won’t give up my colleagues.”

He snickered again. It was much too high pitched for a man of his size. Extremely annoying.
“No one asked you to do so. We know where all of your colleagues are already, Alba. Did you think we were going to torture you for information? hahaha…Oh my!”

“Who are you? Where is my partner?”

He ignored the first question.
“Your girlfriend is upstairs. She needed to be restrained. She gave us some problems, so I hear. We had to teach her some lessons.”

Laia! My dear Laia. I will make this right. I am so sorry.
“This can’t be what Senyor Dorantes told you to do. There will be consequences for this. No matter who ends up in charge here.”

Señor Juan Dorantes doesn’t tell us to do anything.” He emphasized the Espicutan Spanish pronunciation, instead of the common Lacetan word she had used.
“We don’t take orders from that pretty boy. He poses for the cameras and spits out media quotes. We have no need for his ineffective bullshit.”

She had won her first real bit of intel. These were not RLH goons, but some extremist off-shoot cell that had broken from the main movement. She was in a lot more trouble than she had first realized. Her estimation of her and Laia’s survival had dropped dramatically.

“You need to pack a small suitcase or bag. We will be taking a trip. You will get to see some of your commie comrades.”

They were consolidating them. She didn’t know enough about hostage situations to know if that was good or bad.
“And Laia?”

“Yes, yes…” He waved his hand, annoyed. “She can go with you. Fucking Cristo! You are the Director of Health, Education and Social Security? You can do best to guarantee the health of yourself and your…partner, by cooperating right now.”

“ I can…?”

“Yes! Go! Go see her and then pack. You have…” He held up a watch on his wrist. “...14 minutes. Make the most of it. Small bags. One for each of you.”
Formerly a puppet of another player that has left Teremara. Lacetanya is a very Catalan influenced nation. It has now become sort of a NPC player in the region, and will be controlled by Espicuta in the future, as that is the nation that will IC reunify with it. As an independent nation, Lacetanya will soon cease to exist on the Teremara map. RIP Lacetanya.

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Postby Espicuta » Tue Aug 23, 2022 3:17 pm

Acsunia Province, Eastern Espicuta
Headquarters, 2nd Brigade


"Yes, yes, I know that!" Brigadier General de Sepriantiga, threw her hands up in frustration as she walked. Lieutenant Bullosenda was trailing behind her impressive braids, reciting a report he had just received. De Sepriantiga huffed impatiently as the Lieutenant tried to continue speaking. The corridors of the Countess of Esteva's grand villa were winding and confusing, and 2nd Brigade's headquarters was split between the three wings of the palatial structure. Finally finding her destination, de Sepriantiga stopped and turned to face Bullosenda. "Lieutenant," she addressed him unhappily, "thank you. Now go and contact GHQ again. Give them my compliments and ask them to please provide, in future, intelligence which isn't already 48 hours old."

Bullosenda did what any young subaltern, blessed with a staff position, would do. He said, "Yes ma'am," and scampered to do the General's bidding.

A sentry opened a heavy door of well-polished pine to allow Brigadier General de Sepriantiga to pass and she entered the room beyond with her chin up. Her icy blue eyes darted about, surveying the scene before her with a merciless gaze. She removed her peaked cap and her batman hurried to take it from her. Within the Countess of Esteva's rather opulent games room, the brigade staff had been setting up the main hub of their headquarters. Billiards tables had been converted to map stations, a scoreboard for darts had been used to chalk up an Order of Battle, radio sets sat on chess boards. In one corner of the room, a rather impressive gaming PC had been packed up, and the desk taken by a spotty Lieutenant with a chunky laptop. Most of the equipment did not belong to 2nd Brigade, First Division was going to inherit the villa once the brigade moved into Lacetanya (a mere twelve miles north) and it was the unfortunate duty of de Sepriantiga's overworked staff to make the place suitable for their superiors, not just themselves.

General de Sepriantiga's arrival had been acknowledged by most of her officers, who had greeted her entry with the customary cacophony of, "Good morning, ma'am,"s which she was used to. She had smiled and nodded at each of her officers in turn and gave one more survey of the room from her position by the door before beginning the next part of the morning ritual. She liked to have a leisurely stroll around the perimeter of the room, talking to her staff and making mental notes of any issues, before she settled down for breakfast at her desk at 0800 and then got into her work at 0830. She stepped off and immediately came across something she disapproved of.

"Feet off the table, captain," the General chastised with a dissatisfied smirk. She swiped harshly at a pair of heavy boots, pushing them (and the legs they were attached to) off of a draughts table. "The Countess of Esteva is a good friend, I doubt she'd appreciate your mucky boots all over her furniture."

The Captain grumbled and brushed her boots lazily with a hand. "They're not mucky!" She argued. And added, "ma'am," after a withering look from her commander.

"Captain de Sepriantiga," the General stepped closer and lowered her voice. "My daughter or not, you are an officer on my staff. There are certain standards I demand. I love you, but be careful.”

As the elder Sepriantiga expected, the Captain grumbled out a "Fine..." Then she hopped to her feet enthusiastically and snapped to attention with a resounding "yes, ma'am!" Zara de Sepriantiga kept up a stiff salute as her mother grinned and called her a bitch under her breath. The General was returning the salute when Lieutenenant Bullosenda returned to her side, holding a field telephone and looking anxious.

"Ma'am," the young lieutenant reported in, "GHQ for you." He held the handset out for his commander.

Maria de Sepriantiga paid the young man no attention as she took the handset from him with a slight sigh. "General Sepriantiga speaking." The two younger officers next to her paid anxious attention as their general's face turned from idle interest to rapt and serious attention. "Yes, yes..." She muttered along with the unseen caller's words. "El Raval is thirty miles, ma'am," she spoke, capturing her young audience's intrigue even further. "What of the rest of First Division? No- No- With respect, I cannot speak for anyone outside of my command. No-" Her brow furrowed in frustration just as her officers' eyes widened in excitement. "General, ma'am, what you're telling me is beyond my purview. General Martinez is not yet here. No- Nobody from division is here yet. Very well, if those are your orders. Yes, ma'am, God Save the Queen."

If the younger Sepriantiga and Lieutenant Bullosenda were expecting explanations, they were to be disappointed. There was no time for explanations, the Brigadier General burst into activity before the handset had even reached Bullosenda's unprepared hands. He narrowly avoided dropping it and jumped in surprise as his commander began bellowing orders. "Mister Olivero, put a hold on that! Just leave First Division's stuff here, and pack up our own equipment. Captain Mesonero, I'll thank you to stop gossiping there - get me General Martinez on that radio of yours." She shooed a pair of aproned clerks harshly and turned to her daughter, "Captain Sepriantiga, my compliments to Colonel de Retientè and would you please tell her that her dragoons are to prepare to march immediately."


The headquarters of the Ejercito Real de Espicuta's 2nd Brigade was packed up before it had even finished setting up. Rare though it was for military intelligence, Brigadier General Maria de Sepriantiga's request for fresh information was, in fact, heeded. Violence in El Raval, not to mention the rest of Lacetanya, was worsening by the hour. Most of the Lacetanyan Federal Council were unaccounted for, not that many of their people would notice. The world seemed to have forgotten about Lacetanya, except for one woman who would not be content with leaving that nation to its fate. That woman was Maria del Carmen Theresa de Aquilla and she was the queen of Espicuta. She would not forget her long-separated sisters and she would not leave them to their plight. With their Queen's blessing, the 4th Regiment of Dragoons drove to the Lacentanyan frontier and, after a short discussion with the kind garrison of a border checkpoint, crossed into the suffering Republic.

No more would Lacetanya's peoples suffer. Two would become one, in a Union of Hearts and Souls.


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