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    Post by Achaian Morea on Sun Mar 19, 2017 12:12 pm


    AKAKIOS WARNS OF MAKARIAN MUTINY
    “Absurd Suggestion,” Says Minister Augustin

    Mystras, Morea: Bishop Akakios IV Doukas is known both at home and abroad for being the herald of Divine Judgment, either against secular tendencies within the Sultanate or oppressive and anti-Christian practices still all too common in a largely-pagan world. Today, however, the Bishop of Mystras delivered a worldlier concern to his flock in Kallimarmaro Cathedral, meant for the ears of every Achaian and for Sultan Ioannis in particular: Remove the Makarians or face the wrath of the heathen menace.

    “His Anointed Majesty has piously called on these people to accept the love of Christ, as every one of us has done for the sum total of our years,” Bishop Akakios said. “By his example and all of our own, these pagans have had every opportunity to learn and embrace the Truth. But instead of thanking God for this gift He has given, these heathens instead have called on a Christian Prince—an anointed representative of the Lord of the World!—to reject his divinely-appointed mission, throw a blanket over the flickering light we have laboriously introduced into Norda, and recall the priests who struggle every day to save their ungrateful souls.

    “They will surely burn in Hell,” the bishop said, “but in the meantime we ourselves may burn in Esamir from their fury.”

    Bishop Akakios of Mystras, who has previously denounced the introduction of pagan soldiers and migrants into Morea, and now warns that they will rise up against the Sultanate now that it has rejected their demands for Norda. Credit: Kallimarmaro Cathedral, Morea

    Bishop Akakios was quick to remind his congregation that the Makarians whose petition Sultan Ioannis rejected less than a week ago were brought to Morea as soldiers to guard it, and that the defense of the nation is now in the hands of those who are not inclined to preserve it. “You know, and the Lord is well aware, how many times I brought my concerns to the Achaian people, and to His Majesty,” the bishop said. “I will say that I was not ignored. However, in his wisdom, our Sultan feared our worldly foes too much to trust in the Light, and sought a more devilish defender. And now we must fear the enemy in our midst, no less than the stranger lurking in the distant shadows! If we do not act, Achaians of Morea, we will wake one day to find our nation burnt to the ground!”

    Officials in the Duchy of Montferrat, in whose military the Makarians in question are serving, have responded to Bishop Akakios’s warnings with contempt. “It is utter nonsense,” Duke’s Minister David Augustin said from the Ministerial Palace when questioned about the bishop’s words. “These soldiers are loyal to His Excellency the Duke, and His Excellency is a firm friend and ally to Morea—for reasons that your own publication again laid bare to the public not twenty-four hours ago,” the minister added with special attention toward the Monitor. “A Makarian uprising in Morea would signal a war between the Duchy and the Sultanate. Not only would that be entirely contrary to His Excellency’s interests, but it would furthermore be impossible to win when Morea is now admirably defended not only by its own soldiers and ours, but also the forces and arms of Antanares and New Tarajan. Our soldiers stationed in close quarters with these foreign forces will know the risks better than we politicians in Riesa, I can assure you. Yet even I am well aware that taking on all of these risks for ourselves would be an absurd suggestion.”

    Duke’s Minister David Augustin responding to “nonsense” from Bishop Akakios of Mystras. Credit: Coulthard and Associates, Montferrat

    Baumbach House remained silent on the matter. Neither Duke Nico II nor any member of his personal retinue, including Duchess Aikaterini, has been seen or heard from since yesterday’s meeting with Makarian community leaders. Likewise in Mystras, Sultan Ioannis has said nothing in relation to Bishop Akakios’s warning. A spokesman for the Blue Palace said merely, “His Anointed Majesty is preparing for his journey to New Tarajan and is not available for comment.” It is clear that both parts of this important, but still young, alliance will require further thought as their partnership becomes ever more complicated.




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    Post by New Tarajan on Wed Mar 22, 2017 7:50 am

    NEW TARAJAN CELEBRATES NAWRUZ, AJANIC NEW YEAR
    Celebrations in all Tarajani cities and abroad


    Ajanic girls dancing while dressed in the traditional clothes.

    The whole Kingdom of New Tarajan is celebrating today the Nawruz, the traditional Ajanic New Year, corresponding to the first day of spring.
    Celebrations have been organized in every city, town, and village of the Kingdom, including many in the oversea territories and even abroad, where the major Tarajani communities have organized dances and shows with the patronage of the local Tarajani diplomatic representations.
    Inside the Kingdom's borders, the main celebrations will occur in Astana, Bakran, Muraz, Nuyern, Alleskandberg, and Aken. Those in the capital usually attract almost a million people from both the Kingdom and many foreign countries. Although this year affluence has been reduced, as a result of the ongoing religious turmoil affecting the whole Esamir, arrivals were estimated at at least 600.000.
    Dances, fireworks, shows, historical representations (with episodes taken from the Ajanic mythology, one of the richest of the whole world), are to be found almost at every corner of the ancient citadels. At the Royal Palace, a grand gala and a sumptuous dinner was offered by the Royal House (headed by Queen Beatrice) to the diplomatic representations in Astana. All Major Houses offered their own banquets back in their estates, in their respective lordships, to both prominent citizens and foreign representatives. King Friederick Wilhelm, which is now in the Principality of Horat, will be special guest of Prince Maximiliam Van Sondenburg in Horatstadt, togethr with Sultan Ioannis IX Kallergis and his court.
    Of course, security forces were heavily deployed to ensure a smooth celebration: for the occasion, the federal police has deployed units to flank all local gendarmeries, and even the State militas have been called to support them.
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    Post by Aloia on Sat Mar 25, 2017 12:33 am

    Tarajani Aloians Celebrate Nawruz


    MINNEAPOLIS -- The streets of Minneapolis's Taratown are packed today as local residents and others celebrate the Tarajani festival of Nawruz. Alexander Grossman, the chief religious leader at the Jahanist Temple of Minneapolis, said this is the largest Nawruz celebration he's ever seen in Minneapolis. "It might be because we're having so many more Tarajanis coming to Aloia, or just an increase in native interest. But we're very excited to have such a strong showing."

    Taratown is a neighborhood of Minneapolis near the port which was built up by Tarajani natives and continues to be a center of Tarajani culture in Aloia. Among the celebrations in Taratown were parades and dances, feasts and assemblies. Queen Victoria has been a common sight at this event in previous years, but security concerns and governing matter have kept her in Zumbrota this year.

    Queen Victoria said, "Nawruz is a beautiful festival, an opportunity to share in the culture of our dear friends and allies. My prayer is that this year, and every year, we will continue to have safety and prosperity. We know this prosperity comes through diversity -- diversity of thought, diversity of religion, diversity of culture. And with this diversity, we still find unity. We find common values and qualities. I believe that a festival like Nawruz is exactly what this world needs today."
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    Post by New Tarajan on Sat Mar 25, 2017 11:01 pm

    LANDSRAAD APPROVES RELIGIOUS LAW
    Modifications made on many articles


    Palace Van Geldern, seat of the Royal Landsraad.

    Astana.
    After a week of heated debate, only interrupted by the Nawruz celebrations, the Landsraad, the main legislative body of the Kingdom, reuniting the representatives of the Major Houses of New Tarajan, has finally expressed its decision about the controversial law, proposed by the TSDP in the Royal Diet and subsequently approved, concerning the limitations on the public manifestation of religion and its use in politics.
    Prince Maximiliam Van Sondenburg, Lord President of the Landsraad, announced the results of the last voting session this morning: "The members of the assembly have finally reached an agreement, and the law has passed with a majority of more then two-thirds."
    The law, which addressed the concerns arisen after many violent manifestations, particularly by Christians, against some of the policies enacted at the federal and state level (such as abortion rights), forbids the use of religion in politics and the so-called objection of coscience in all fields except the military, requires the authorization of local authorities for religiously-motivated rallies and manifestations, and forbids any kind of discrimination based on religious motivations with stricter punishments for the offenders.
    Although already massive in its content, the law has been further modified by the Landsraad (which enjoys such a prerogative), with the strengthening of protections for individual rights, and the introduction of full protection for atheistic and agnostic thoughts, also removing the last remnants of old-fashioned censorship by definitely eliminating the crime of blasphemy (until now still existing, although very weakened).
    "Everyone should be free to say what he or she thinks, about every issue." are the words used by the Lord President to introduce these modifications.
    The law now will be submitted to King Friederick Wilhelm for his signature, which is indispensable for its official approval.
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    Post by Zackalantis on Sun Mar 26, 2017 2:51 am

    CROWN DEDICATES HOLY WEEK AND EASTER CELEBRATIONS TO PERSECUTED RELIGIOUS MINORITIES


    Every year the Crown of the UKZ selects a dedication for the Holy Week and Easter observances in the nation. Last year she dedicated the observances to the cause of environmental protection. Through that initiative, large sums of money were collected as part of the Maundy Money Initiative for the upkeep of the nation's national parks and given as a donation to several environmental NGOs on Easter Monday.

    Holy Week is the most sacred time for Catholics and other Christians as it recounts the last days of Jesus on earth and his eventual death and resurrection from the dead.

    During Holy Week the nation will focus on the crown's dedication. And so this year they will focus on the persecution of religious minorities everywhere around the globe. The Queen has said that all money raised on Maundy Thursday, that is the maundy money will go to churches in catholic minority nations as well as nations dealing with refugees escaping religious persecution.

    This move has been undertaken unilaterally by the crown and the elected government has no part to play in it. However, the ministry of minority affairs has said that it will also aim at getting the UKZ's minorities more involved in the Queen's dedication for Holy Week.

    The Queen had this to say,
    "We are living in an extremely intolerant world where we see religious minorities being attacked for their faith. The UKZ is a nation that has always believed in the equality of all peoples and has fought against religious persecution in the world and in our country. I would, therefore, invite all zacks around the world and every catholic across the globe to join me in remembering the millions of people who are persecuted for their beliefs by cruel and oppressive regimes. Christ through his passion and death has called us to fight for the rights of these people and the other downtrodden of society.

    On Palm Sunday I request you to join me to come out on the streets in peaceful and prayerful processions waving palms and telling the world that you are standing in solidarity with the millions who are persecuted. On Maundy Thursday I request you to make a small contribution to our Maundy Money which will help nations struggling with religiously persecuted refugees as well as small parishes in catholic minority countries to carry out welfare programs for its parishioners. On good Friday I request you to join me in prayer for those that are persecuted and to ask those in authority to take effective action against religious persecution and discrimination.

    Wishing you all a blessed Holy Week in advance and a very Happy Easter in advance.


    Holy Week is two weeks away. Which gives the crown's office to mobilise enough support and following around the globe for this initiative.
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    Post by Aloia on Fri Mar 31, 2017 1:04 pm

    Tarajani Lutherans to challenge new bill in court

    Archbishop Albrecht Bugenhagen of Astana, Primate of New Tarajan

    ASTANA -- The Archbishop of Astana, the leader of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of New Tarajan, announced today that the ELCNT plans to challenge the new religious law in the courts. They are assisted by a couple different non-profit organizations dedicated to religious freedom.

    Archbishop Albrecht Bugenhagen said, "The Lord President said that everyone should be free to say what they think. This law, unfortunately, contradicts those statements. Christians who are involved in politics and other public affairs are now required to leave their own beliefs and values at home, and instead adopt a secular mindset. We also now have to petition our government for the right to assemble. We still hold that this bill only works to trample our rights and stifle our opportunities. We are Tarajanis, born and bred, and we only ask for equal treatment under the law."

    Though the ELCNT is not expected to win the court case, Archbishop Bugenhagen said that he believes it is important to get their dissatisfaction known and in the public record.
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    Post by New Tarajan on Sat Apr 01, 2017 11:46 pm

    KING FRIEDERICK WILHELM SIGNS NEW RELIGIOUS LAW
    The announcement from the Royal Palace: "everybody's concerns must be addressed"


    The Royal Palace of Astana, main entrance.

    Astana.
    After months of hot debate, and political turmoil, particularly at the international level, the bill on the limitations of the public use of religion has finally officially become a law of the Kingdom of New Tarajan.
    King Friederick Wilhelm, indeed, signed the bill, already approved by both the Royal Diet and the Landsraad, this morning, immediately after his return from Horatstadt, where he had undertaken a private meeting with the Morean Sultan Ioannis IX Kallergis about the same issue.
    The decision of the sovereign is far from being unexpected: King Friederick Wilhelm said clearly many times that it was his intention to let the Tarajani legislative process to go forward unhindered by any possible royal intervention; a position even more firmly rooted after the Landsraad expressed its interest in the new law, even modifying, during its internal debates, many articles already approved by the Diet. The members of the aristocratic assembly of New Tarajan, indeed, were particularly concerned to the clear challenge presented by many Christian extremists, which concretized in the violent protests of Heinrichstadt last year (when Christians assaulted the local Diet convened by the duke, burning the building), in the Witteberg court case, and even in religiously-motivated murders. To openly challenge both the Landsraad and the Diet would have been political unfeasible, to say the least, even for the King.
    "We understand that there are many concerns surrounding this law and its implications for the future of civil liberties in this Kingdom" the King said "It is our duty, as sovereign, to address there concerns. As it is our duty to address the worries that originated this same law. We have experienced, during these years, an outburst of violence by people who claimed to be inspired by their religion in committing untolerable crimes. People, luckily a minority, claimed that their religion allowed them to force others to renounce to their fundamental freedoms. We will not tolerate this. And this law is exactly meant to avoid this. But we would not be any better of them, if we would simply deprive them of their own liberties in order to secure ours. Many have seen this law as doing just that. We have followed the legislative process with great attention; we have carefully read the law; we have reasoned about every single article of it. And after all these considerations, we could say that it is not the truth. Jahanists, Christians, Maiorists, Atheists, Agnostics....everybody will now be free to express his or her own opinion and faith. This law abolishes the crime of blasphemy, still existing in our code; this law forbids any kind of religious discrimination; it protects the freedom of the non-believers; it protects the freedom of those who wish to access to abortion, euthanasia, marriage. But this law does not forbid to Christians or whoever else to gather, or to celebrate their religious rituals; it does not forbid anybody from expressing his or her own opinion until this does not mean to limit the freedom of others. This is a law about freedom, not censorship, and for this reason, after the political representatives of the Kingdom have expressed their favourable opinion, we have decided to sign it."
    The King then stated his intention to personally meet with all those religious representatives who felt affected by the law, and particular with the Lutheran Primate, Archbishop Bugenhagen, who recently affirmed that the ELCNT will challenge the law in court: "If His Eminence wishes so, we are ready to welcome him at the Royal Palace. The Archbishop is right when he says that Lutherans are, above all, Tarajani citizens. And as citizens of this Kingom, we, as their king, will address all their concerns."
    The news of the King's signature has been welcomed by many inside the public opinion and the political circles with great joy: "It is our hope that this law will bring an end to religiously-motivated violence once and for all." Miss Hoffman, one of the main promoters of the law in the Diet, said at an interview.
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    BISHOP AKAKIOS CONDEMNS SULTAN’S AGREEMENT WITH NEW TARAJAN
    “God Wants Action, Not Lip Service,” Bishop Declares

    Bishop Akakios of Mystras, who said that Sultan Ioannis has lost the backing of the Achaian Church in response to his conduct in New Tarajan. Credit: Kallimarmaro Cathedral, Morea

    Mystras, Morea: In an impassioned sermon to the faithful of Mystras, Bishop Akakios IV Doukas has fully condemned the Federal Aristocratic Kingdom of New Tarajan, the individuals that make up its government, and those who have stood by to allow that government to pass its recent ban on religious proselytizing and the use of religion as a political tool—including Sultan Ioannis IX Kallergis, who returned to Morea yesterday after a long-awaited meeting with King Friederick Wilhelm II of New Tarajan that he described as “productive and informative,” but which Bishop Akakios declared to be “reprehensibly useless at best, and scandalously heretical at worst.” Citing previous examples of anti-Christian rhetoric and behavior from Tarajani officials, the bishop lambasted Sultan Ioannis’s acceptance of King Friederick Wilhelm’s arguments for the adoption of a law whose proposal included explicitly anti-Christian overtones, especially after the announcement that the Evangelical Lutheran Church of New Tarajan had already decided to fight the law in court. “Aware of this avenue of support and succor, the Sultan remains mute when the Lord commands him to act!” Bishop Akakios said. “Morea does not stand alone in its fury, as the past weeks’ action has shown without a doubt. But Ioannis, our own monarch, the Lord’s anointed vicegerent ruling the Achaian people in His holy Name—or so Kallergis would claim!—watches true Christians protest without a word from his own lips, and instead stands beside the perpetrator of sinful oppression against his own faithful brethren! Let no Achaian bow his head to this traitor who calls himself Sultan until the royal head bows in assent to the will of God, repents of his heresy, and shows himself to be a true and faithful man.

    “Until that day,” the bishop added, “let him and all of his line be cursed!”

    Sultan Ioannis IX, who defended his decision in New Tarajan to the Achaian media, expressing his satisfaction with how matters stood between the Kingdom and the Sultanate. Bishop Akakios is clearly of a different mind. Credit: P. Sauber, ENNN

    This is the most aggressive that any Bishop of Mystras has ever been toward a reigning Sultan, despite the long history of tension between the two offices in Morean politics. Bishop Akakios’s statement verges on the edge of treason, and it is likely that Sultan Ioannis will be forced to respond with some kind of sanction. However, as Bishop Akakios is well aware, the Sultan’s options are limited. The Bishop of Mystras wields great influence over the faithful of the capital city, and Bishop Akakios has proven to be impressively capable of using that influence against the Blue Palace in the past. Moving outright against the bishop could lead to a riot in the streets of Mystras, mirroring scenes in the streets of several Eurasian cities as Christian protesters clashed with ostensibly-secular authorities representing a government steeped in pagan tradition. Sultan Ioannis, having already been associated with the pagan King Friederick Wilhelm and the same ‘anti-Christian’ legislation that prompted the violence in Eurasia, would have no desire to solidify the comparison further by putting down religious protests against his government.

    One response to Bishop Akakios’s statement did arrive from the Duchy of Montferrat, however. Speaking on behalf of Duchess Aikaterini Baumbach-Kallergis, Chamberlain Richard Brawn made it absolutely clear that the bishop’s continuous vitriol would no longer be humored by the Montferrati establishment. “His policies have attacked the families and homelands of our loyal subjects, and our soldiers most especially,” Chamberlain Brawn said to the assembled media in Riesa. “Now he attacks the person, not just of his own monarch, but of that monarch’s entire family. The good bishop, it seems, has forgotten just who rules in Montferrat, or else he has forgotten just what influence Duchess Aikaterini could personally wield in the obliteration of the Dioceses of Raitia, Aimilia, and Liguria. The Nordan Mission remains relevant today only because of our efforts to make it so. It could just as easily fall to dust, if that is Montferrat’s wish.” The Chamberlain added, “It does not surprise me that Bishop Akakios is incapable of realizing this on his own.”




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    Post by Zackalantis on Wed Apr 05, 2017 3:13 am

    RISE OF COMMUNISM?


    The Zack Communist Party (Marxist) has just voted their First Minister candidate to power in the Commonwealth Territory of Susan. The party has come to power after a gap of 25 years.

    The party even failed to win any seats in parliament for a very long time, but today with 23 seats out of the 40 and ousting the ruling Zack National Congress in Susan they have regained their stronghold state.

    While political analysts are claiming that this was not indicative of a national trend and that the ZCP(M) will still find it impossible to make headway into parliament the left front in UKZ is hailing this as a victory and a step closer to throwing out the monarchy.

    Following the vote in the Susan legislative assembly, the MLAs gathered outside and began singing The Internationale


    But with this super majority, this ensures that the Communist Party will be able to send Communist 2 MPs to the Commonwealth Council to represent Susan when the mid-term elections come around next year.

    The Communist Party has sent out its support to the Zack National Congress' Zexit motion and promise that in parliament they will support the decision.

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    BREAKING: SULTAN IOANNIS SHOT, IN HOSPITAL
    Attacker Cites Religious and Patriotic Duty

    Sultan Ioannis of Morea and the Achaian People, currently in hospital after being shot by a palace guard. Credit: Petros Agency, Morea

    Mystras, Morea: Sultan Ioannis IX Kallergis has been shot in his Blue Palace residence by a commander of his personal guard, and has been taken to Voukoleon Hospital of Mystras in critical condition. Sources within the Blue Palace have confirmed that the attacker, Captain Georgios Dimitriou, verbally disclaimed his oaths of loyalty to Sultan Ioannis, claiming to do so in favor of oaths made for the safety of Morea and the worship of Christ. Sultan Ioannis was shot more than once, though no accurate figures have been released by Voukoleon Hospital in order to confirm that report. An official statement from the Blue Palace spokesman confirms that Sultana Despoina is unharmed and safe, though shaken by the event. The Monitor will provide updates as they arrive.




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    UPDATE: ATTACK ON SULTAN IOANNIS
    Royals and Clergy Speak on Tragedy

    Mystras, Morea: Early Friday morning, the Achaian people awoke to news that Sultan Ioannis IX Kallergis had become only the fourth monarch in the history of the Sultanate of Morea to suffer violence while occupying the throne. In the days since, the Monitor and other Achaian news organizations have learned further information regarding the details of the attack, the life of the attacker Captain Georgios Dimitriou, and the possible responses from Morean authorities as a result of the attack and its circumstances.

    Sultan Ioannis of Morea, who was shot at least three times by a guardsman in the Blue Palace on Friday morning. Credit: Petros Agency, Morea

    The attack appears to have been premeditated. Investigators have discovered evidence suggesting that Captain Dimitriou began preparations to bring harm to the Sultan at least two days before the attack occurred, appropriating security codes well outside of the captain’s clearance and disabling vital systems in the Blue Palace designed to prevent unauthorized access to the royal apartments. There is some concern that Captain Dimitriou might not have been acting alone, as it is highly unlikely that someone of his modest rank and observed ability could have obtained these important materials. However, investigators have been unable to identify any of Dimitriou’s co-conspirators, if any exist. Dimitriou himself has not been cooperative with investigators, refusing to answer questions even under strong interrogation. As a result, the investigation will almost certainly continue for weeks.

    Investigators are more certain of the events of Friday morning, however. Most of that information has remained confidential in order to prevent further breaches in palace security, but investigators have revealed several important details regarding the attack and its immediate aftermath. Most importantly, officials have confirmed the initial reports that Captain Dimitriou declared a religious motive during the assault, which occurred as Sultan Ioannis and Sultana Despoina were sitting down to breakfast at the conclusion of morning prayers. Specifically, witnesses tell investigators that Dimitriou claimed that he had been absolved of any oath of loyalty made to the Kallergis line as a result of Sultan Ioannis’s latest policy decisions, including his partnership with pagan governments and soldiers as well as his acceptance of ‘anti-Christian’ legislation in a nation that claims to act as a partner to the Christian Sultanate. Though he did not name any particular influence, Dimitriou echoed arguments and objections to Sultan Ioannis’s policies that originated in the Achaian Church, and specifically at the pulpit of Bishop Akakios IV Doukas of Mystras.

    Bishop Akakios of Mystras, who has condemned Sultan Ioannis for “accepting the oppression of our Christian brethren in New Tarajan.” Credit: Peiraias Holy Trinity Company, Morea

    Bishop Akakios himself ascended the pulpit in the aftermath of the attack to express his shock at the violence. “Such may be the judgment of the Lord, who causes all things to happen,” the bishop said to his congregation earlier today. “Nonetheless, it is a tragedy that our Sultan has been struck down by one of our own, who has condemned himself to the fire for his actions. For the Sultan is one man, and one man alone; he can be ignored and disobeyed, and against his cruel oppression it is right to defend oneself. But to ambush and attack him without first suffering an injury at his hands can never be lawful in the eyes of the Lord.”

    The bishop’s clarification may come too late to save his reputation and that of the Achaian Church, however. As international observers, particularly in New Tarajan, already contemplate the likelihood of celebrations in Kallimarmaro Cathedral, House Kallergis also appears to be reconsidering its relationship with an institution that has long defined the Achaian people, but which no longer appears to define the royal family itself. This is most especially true in the person of Duchess Aikaterini Baumbach-Kallergis, Sultan Ioannis’s daughter and designated heir, whose marriage to Duke Nico II of Montferrat has alienated her from the Achaian Church and exposed her to the Duchy’s more lenient religious policies. Neither the Duke nor the Duchess have spoken to the media since Sultan Ioannis was attacked, but Duke’s Minister David Augustin has revealed that the ducal family will be traveling to Morea in the next couple of days to visit with Sultan Ioannis in hospital, and to confer with him and Sultana Despoina how best to regain the stability of the Sultanate in the aftermath of the attack. “The business of government must continue,” Minister Augustin said to the media in Riesa. “His Anointed Majesty will be keen to see that his work continues regardless of his own condition. Their Excellencies will do their best to ensure that this is the case.”

    Duchess Aikaterini Baumbach-Kallergis, who will be returning to Morea with her husband Duke Nico in the coming days. Credit: C. Wilhelm, Montferrat

    The Duke’s Minister also explained that Duchess Aikaterini will be making regular reports of her father’s condition to her brothers, Princes Chrysanthos and Dimosthenis, who are currently detained in the Duchy of Coervorden as they tour their new properties in Creil and Nagele respectively, and who are unlikely to return to Morea in the near future. “Her Excellency will keep Their Highnesses as informed as if they were already in Morea,” Minister Augustin said. “Given the importance of their duties in New Tarajan, however, it is imperative that they continue with their work to prepare the Duchies of Creil and Nagele to ensure the safety of as many of our Christian brethren as possible, as Sultan Ioannis wished.” The Duke’s Minister added, “Their Highnesses may be assured, as we have all been assured by the Blue Palace, that His Anointed Majesty is receiving the best care possible.”

    Further information regarding Sultan Ioannis’s condition at Voukoleon Hospital of Mystras has been restricted to officials attached to House Kallergis, and as such the Monitor has nothing more to report in that regard at this time.




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    CEYLON: THE NEWEST COMMONWEALTH TERRITORY


    Ceylon finished its exercise in democracy today with the election of 5 MPs to the People's Council (Lower House) of the Zack Parliament, and will soon begin the election for its legislative assembly.

    Ceylon was once a part of the Antanares city-states that formed the present day nation. However, With the arrival of Zack traders, the crown's influence grew and Ceylon became very closely associated with UKZ. So close, in fact, that their royalty felt the effects of the Zack Civil War and being so far away from Mainland UKZ help, their monarchy was executed by the uprising.

    Ceylon then joined the Republic of Zackalantis (North Zackalantis) but later decided to carry on with their own brand of democracy after the merger of North and South Zackalantis to form the Constitutional Monarchy. They still remained a protectorate of the UKZ refusing several times to join the Commonwealth Association.

    After many years of flawed democracy and unstable, near-anarchic life, Ceylon has finally decided to join the Constitutional Monarchy which she once rejected.


    Ceylon lies bordering Antanares and New Tarajan. This could prove beneficial to the fledgling territory as it makes trade and cultural exchange between these two economic powerhouses very easy.

    The 5 seats allotted to Ceylon bring the total seats of the Zack Parliament to 557 in the lower house and with 2 Commonwealth Council Seats brings the upper houses' tally to 208.

    All 5 seats were won by the Ceylon People's Army Party (CPA). They are typically a right wing party that is a breakaway from the original Ceylon People's Party. The CPA will remain neutral in parliament.

    The Prime Minister had this to say
    "On behalf of all citizens of the UKZ i would like to welcome you to our country. Ceylon now being a part of the UKZ will enjoy the fruits of Zack development and democracy. You have joiend the largest democracy in the world and the world's fastest growing economy. Ceylon has alot to accomplish and every citizen of the nation will help you meet these goals."

    Her Majesty the Queen is scheduled to make a visit to Ceylon after Easter.

    Ceylon is a state that is suffering from abject poverty, malnutrition and even technologically backward. Joining UKZ will be able to rescue its nearly broken economy. The Ministry of Finance has already said that the government will focus on developing the tourism sector of Ceylon owing to beautiful forectsts and wildlife and promote tribal and local handicrafts.

    With the up coming assmebly elections in Ceylon it seems very important for a mainstream zack political party to gain control instead of Ceylonite regional party and that may see the ZNC and The Conservatives unofficially working together to claim the majority in Ceylon.
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    SULTAN IOANNIS DEAD!
    Duchess Aikaterini Confirms Tragic News
    Murderer Georgios Dimitriou Charged

    Mystras, Morea: The country is stunned. Earlier today, Duchess Aikaterini Baumbach-Kallergis, accompanied by her mother Sultana Despoina and her husband Duke Nico II Baumbach of Montferrat, delivered the dreadful news that Sultan Ioannis IX Kallergis, who has ruled Morea and the Achaian people for the last 27 years, has died aged 73. “It is our solemn and sorrowful duty to confirm the death of my father, who has devoted his life to serving the Lord and the Achaian people,” Duchess Aikaterini said in a press conference held at the Blue Palace. “May God reward my father as his merits deserve; and may He forgive what faults my father may yet bear. Pray for him.”

    Sultan Ioannis IX Kallergis, dead at age 73. Credit: P. Sauber, ENNN

    Sultan Ioannis was murdered this past Friday by a captain of the Blue Palace guardsmen, Georgios Dimitriou, who was arrested at the scene. Witnesses say that Dimitriou claimed a patriotic and religious duty to rid Morea of the Sultan, whose policies had angered high-level prelates of the Achaian Church, notably Bishop Akakios IV Doukas. The religious link featured prominently in Duchess Aikaterini’s statement. “We are all aware of the religious violence that has swept through Esamir. Somehow it has never seemed possible that Morea, held so high in the Lord’s regard, could suffer the same fate that has befallen New Tarajan, Eurasia, or any such non-Christian nation now trying to combat Christian protests. But our own hubris has made us blind and forgetful; our Christian friends in Aloia have also suffered for their faith, as did the Achaian people and all of Christendom in their infancy. The Lord tests us with these trials to remind us that He is more powerful than any mortal philosophy, and that we must not take for granted the favor which He bestows upon us.

    “There are certainly those among us who have taken too much for granted in recent days,” the Duchess added. “Perhaps my father may be counted among them. But those who laid him low, who assume and claim God’s approval for the deed, will find that the Lord does not favor them any more than He favored the anointed monarch of a Christian people!”

    Duchess Aikaterini Baumbach-Kallergis, daughter of the Sultan, who spoke with the media earlier today. Credit: C. Williams, ENNN

    Duchess Aikaterini stands to inherit the throne of the Sultanate as Sultana Aikaterini II, only the sixth sultana to rule in her own right over Morea and the Achaian people. The Sultanate has long favored the inheritance of the previous monarch’s male children, but Sultan Ioannis revoked the existing law to favor Duchess Aikaterini’s accession as a condition of her marriage to Duke Nico of Montferrat, thereby disinheriting the Duchess’s younger brothers. Both Prince Chrysanthos and Prince Dimosthenis are currently establishing themselves in the Tarajani Duchies of Creil and Nagele, which were presented to them in fief by King Friederick Wilhelm II Van Vinkel of New Tarajan; neither has made any comment regarding the death of Sultan Ioannis, save for a notice to the media earlier this week that Prince Chrysanthos would address the public “when more information becomes available.” Morean and Tarajani news outlets eagerly await the Prince’s response to the public announcement from Mystras.

    Georgios Dimitriou, who is now charged with regicide, will be transferred to Agios Kyrillos Castle, the maximum-security prison under the direct purview of the royal household. His trial date is pending.




    ΙΟΑΝΝΗΣ ΚΑΛΛΕΡΓΗΣ, ΣΟΥΛΤΑΝΟΣ ΤΩΝ ΑΧΑΙΩΝ
    Αναπαύσου εν ειρήνη, ο Κύριός μας.





    IN OTHER NEWS:

    Bishop Akakios Takes Leave of Absence; Kallimarmaro Cathedral Silent

    Montferrati Response to Sultan Ioannis’s Death: “Wait and See,” Say Ministers


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    I’m really not sure about the grammar in that last Greek bit, because I’ve never encountered “αναπαύσου” before and I have no clue if that’s directed toward someone (“you”) or is referring to a third person (“him”), and I’m not sure about the second clause because I’m directing the statement toward someone but am using a pronoun (“our”) with it, and Google Translate just told me to keep it in the nominative instead of moving to vocative, but I don’t trust Google Translate, and…
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    AIKATERINI CROWNED SULTANA OF MOREA
    Irregularities as Sultana Celebrates Coronation in Nafplio

    Nafplio, Morea: Aikaterini Baumbach-Kallergis, Duchess of Montferrat and daughter of the late Sultan Ioannis IX of Morea, celebrated her coronation as Sultana Aikaterini II of Morea at Nafplio’s Palamidi Cathedral earlier today. The coronation, attended by a relatively-small collection of courtiers from Mystras and Riesa (Montferrat), came after a long delay caused by the continued absence of Bishop Akakios IV Doukas of Mystras and the subsequent closure of Kallimarmaro Cathedral in the Morean capital. This is the first time since the construction of Kallimarmaro Cathedral that it has not hosted the coronation of a new Morean monarch.

    Sultana Aikaterini’s decision to host her coronation in Nafplio was due largely to her position as Duchess of Montferrat and consort to the ultimate commander of the town’s Montferrati garrison. As with many border areas in southern Morea, Nafplio received a garrison of foreign troops soon after the New Year in an effort to curb Eurasian aggression on the southern border of the Sultanate. The Blue Palace specifically named Nafplio as the primary headquarters for Makarian soldiers serving under the Montferrati banner, and Makarians make up the vast majority of the soldiers now patrolling the town’s streets. Both Sultana Aikaterini and her husband Duke Nico II Baumbach of Montferrat have cultivated a friendly relationship with Makarian leaders in Montferrat, and based on the fervent salutes directed to Her Anointed Majesty by the Makarian soldiers on parade in Nafplio, that relationship will continue even in Morea.

    Sultana Aikaterini II, pictured as Duchess of Montferrat last year. Credit: C. Wilhelm, Montferrat

    Speaking after the ceremony, Sultana Aikaterini paid tribute to the soldiers that have made Morea safe over the past several months. “No matter where they come from or who they ultimately serve, in this world or the next, these men and women are the reason for our safety and strength today. We have come to Nafplio specifically to remind them that we Achaians are grateful for their service, and that we will do all in our power to serve their needs in turn.”

    The Sultana’s support comes soon after her father Sultan Ioannis rejected a petition by the Makarian officers of Nafplio and elsewhere to end the Nordan Mission, an effort by the Sultanate and the Duchy of Montferrat to Christianize territory on Montferrat’s northern and eastern borders that has long been home to a sizeable Makarian population. At the time, Sultan Ioannis rejected the suggestion that Bishop Gavriil Ekklisias of Raitia, who had been installed by Bishop Akakios of Mystras, was abusing the local population unduly in his efforts to stamp out pagan superstitions. Makarian leaders in Montferrat were vocally upset at the news, with Shield Bearer Luca Todt and other Makarian colleagues meeting incessantly with Duke Nico and then-Duchess Aikaterini at Baumbach House in the aftermath to detail their anger at the Sultan’s decision. From the Sultana’s hints, the Shield Bearer’s complaints may now direct Morean policy in Norda.

    Shield Bearer Luca Todt, who said yesterday that Sultana Aikaterini’s accession “is the best thing to happen to the Sultanate in the last thirty years.” Credit: Schumacher and Company, Montferrat

    Any official resistance to the new Sultana’s friendship with the Makarian soldiery will not be found in the Achaian Church at present. More than being surprising, Bishop Akakios’s leave of absence, likely encouraged by the religious overtones of Sultan Ioannis’s assassination, has also been extremely untimely for the Church, which now stands without a leader while the Nordan Mission lies in jeopardy. In place of the Church, Sultana Aikaterini has named Antonis Ymittou, who has long served Nafplio as father of the congregation, Bishop of Nafplio in order to officiate at the coronation. Such an unprecedented promotion will likely require the Church’s explicit agreement in the near future, but it is difficult to imagine that the Church will acquiesce without a fight to the Sultana’s decision to circumvent its own leadership. As always, the political and religious leadership of the Sultanate can expect a long and drawn-out battle for the foreseeable future.

    Bishop Akakios IV of Mystras, who took a leave of absence in the immediate aftermath of Sultan Ioannis’s assassination. Just prior to the attack, Bishop Akakios had announced his intention to meet Bishop Gavriil of Raitia to observe the progress of the Nordan Mission. Credit: Peiraias Holy Trinity Company, Morea

    Sultana Aikaterini was attended by her husband Duke Nico, who she named a Prince of Morea with equal honors to her brothers Princes Chrysanthos and Dimosthenis. The Sultana assured the media that a second coronation ceremony would be held within the next year for the benefit of Morea’s international allies, “at which point the political and religious situation in our country will certainly be less volatile, and better preparations can be made.” Meanwhile, Bishop Akakios of Mystras can expect a formal summons to Nafplio, where Sultana Aikaterini will hold court for the foreseeable future while investigations continue in the Blue Palace and Kallimarmaro Cathedral remains closed.




    IN OTHER NEWS:

    Bishop Gavriil Prays for Sultana’s Success, but Warns of Makarian “Infection”

    Montferrati Officials Annoyed with Duke Nico’s Subordinate Rank in Morea: “If She was Duchess, He Can be Sultan”
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    ARVEYRANS CELEBRATE PASCHAL SEASON



    A municipal Catholic parade in Torres, Almain Province, Arveyres.

    Hosting a sizeable Christian community, around 40 percent of the religious community within Arveyres, the paschal season was largely celebrated throughout the nation. Large events celebrating the Resurrection of Jesus Christ were organized in most major cities throughout the Kingdom. As this holiday this year is tied to the traditional Arveyran welcoming of the spring season which falls in mid-April, major events coincided and created one of the largest nation-wide festivals in Arveyran history, the 2017 Paschal Parade. Major communities of non-Christians, including Aetherists (the largest polytheist religion native to Arveyres, a descendant of Eurasian Polytheism), Jews, and Sufis; joined in the celebrations throughout the nation.
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    Post by Zackalantis on Thu Apr 20, 2017 8:00 pm

    UKZ CELEBRATES PASSOVER AND EASTER


    Passover was celebrated in the UKZ with it being a national holiday. The biggest celebrations were seen in Abakan which is a Jewish majority state.


    The Prime Minister hosted a seder meal for several zack personalities and Jewish rights activists including some of his Jewish cabinet members and the visiting heads of state from New Zealand and Ireland at his residence- Cair Paravel House.

    Raj Path, the road leading from UKZ Gate to Cair Paravel House was seen adorned with tiny star of david lights on the lamp posts along its path.


    Easter is without a doubt the most important feast in the Roman Catholic calendar. It celebrates the resurrection of Jesus from the dead after his execution via crucifixion on Friday.

    UKZ largely follows the catholic traditions of celebrating and commemorating Easter and hence the events of Easter begin a week before on Palm Sunday. It saw a large procession of people waving palm branches and carrying slogans supporting various social causes and issues. Ranging from women's rights, child labour, environmental protection and freedom of religion. Palm Sunday commemorates the triumphant entry of Jesus into Jerusalem.


    The tradition of Maundy Money saw a huge change this year the queen handed out money to the ex-servicemen and women of not only UKZ but also other OMNI nations and Commonwealth Members. New Tarajan, Antanares, Sdudeti Karabak, North Ajania and New Zealand.
    The cardinal of Cair Paravel at the St.Peter's church washed the feet of one citizen from every commonwealth territory at the mass of the Lord's Supper.


    Good Friday marks the death of Jesus and an important part of church services in UKZ is the passo service where the figure of the crucified Lord is taken down from the cross.


    The Easter celebrations begin with the Solemn Easter Vigil which sees the church take part in the most ancient of traditions.
    Following the 3 hour vigil the faithful got a chance to participate various parties across the nation.

    Fireworks went up at the Cair Paravel beach, and also saw bloc parties lasting the entire night and the next morning saw street performers and the like invade the streets as the nation continued to celebrate Easter Sunday.

    The Prime Minister hosted a lunch on Easter Sunday for many diginitaries including the President of New Zealand and The PM of Ireland.

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    SULTANA AIKATERINI WELCOMES MAKARIAN DELEGATION IN NAFPLIO
    Receives Second Petition to End Nordan Mission

    Nafplio, Morea: Sultana Aikaterini II Baumbach-Kallergis has once again hosted a deputation of Makarian leaders with her husband Prince Nico, Duke of Montferrat, this time at their current residence in the town hall of Nafplio. The private meeting, which lasted two hours, concluded with a news conference in which the Sultana revealed a second petition by Makarian officers and men stationed in Morea to end the Nordan Mission, the joint venture between the Sultanate and the Duchy of Montferrat that created three Christian dioceses in the heart of pagan, largely Makarian, Norda. The late Sultan Ioannis IX, the Sultana’s father, received the first such petition only weeks ago, and rejected its request in favor of the Achaian Church. However, Sultana Aikaterini has cultivated a friendship with Makarian leaders in Montferrat, where she is Duchess, while she has almost no connection to the Achaian Church—a circumstance that the Church itself has previously noted and deplored. The Sultana herself made no promises either way today. “The Makarian people, and particularly the soldiers of Montferrat, allege serious abuses at the hands of Bishop Gavriil of Raitia and the Achaian Church as a whole,” she said. “We will investigate these claims thoroughly and entirely before coming to judgment.”

    The Dioceses of Raitia, Aimilia, and Liguria (east to west), whose establishment has caused consternation among the Makarian population. The Duchy of Montferrat has long recruited Makarian soldiers from beyond its borders to fill its ranks, and most of the Makarians serving in the Montferrati military, including those now deployed in Morea, were born and raised in what is now Morean territory. Credit: Morean Public Records

    Under Sultan Ioannis, such an announcement might have caused uproar. The Sultan’s relationship with the Achaian Church, and particularly with its primate Akakios IV Doukas, Bishop of Mystras, was famously strained, despite the Sultan’s best attempts to heal the breach. It was partly to avoid offending Bishop Akakios and his congregation that Sultan Ioannis dismissed the initial petition to end the Nordan Mission. Sultana Aikaterini made it clear today that she has no such concerns. “Our government will be one of justice,” she said firmly. “The Lord can find little fault in that, as the bishop himself has claimed many times. We are certain that Bishop Akakios will second our decision to investigate any claim of abuse by the Church—assuming that His Holiness can be found to make a statement about it.”

    Bishop Akakios of Mystras, who has not been heard from since soon after Sultan Ioannis’s assassination. Credit: Peiraias Holy Trinity Company, Morea

    Kallimarmaro Cathedral has remained closed since shortly after the assassination of our late Sultan, when Bishop Akakios took a leave of absence and disappeared from public view. Political analysts speculate that the bishop felt threatened by the backlash of the religiously-motivated assassination, whose perpetrator justified himself with arguments originating from the pulpit of Kallimarmaro. Bishop Akakios’s absence subsequently caused Sultana Aikaterini to hold her coronation ceremony in Nafplio, after elevating the local priest, Antonis Ymittou, to the rank of bishop by her own hands. The Achaian Church has yet to confirm or deny this extraordinary appointment.




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    Easter Celebrations Muted in Mystras; Kallimarmaro Cathedral Still Closed

    Prince Chrysanthos Breaks Silence: “Heard About Father’s Death Third-Hand; No Message Sent to Me”
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    Sasse Consecrated Archbishop of Uppsala

    Rev. Dr. Martin Sasse (right), seen with Rev. Marius Strand, Bishop of Nyen.

    UPPSALA -- Following the recent resignation of Rev. Erik Aurelius, the Council of Bishops of the Church of Aloia have gathered to choose a successor. Rev. Dr. Martin Sasse, Archbishop of St. Peterburg, was the Council's selection and has now been consecrated as Archbishop of Uppsala, Primate of All Aloia. The Archbishop of Uppsala is the governing bishop of the Church of Aloia and the Church is the Kingdom's leading cultural institution. The influence of the Archbishop is comparable to that of the Chancellor or Queen.

    Sasse is an orthodox Lutheran priest who has served parishes in Pomerania and St. Petersburg for nearly 25 years and has served as Archbishop of St. Petersburg for 6 years. Sasse was educated at Augsburg College in Minneapolis and Concordia Seminary-St. Petersburg. While in St. Petersburg, Sasse has also served on the governing board of Augustana University and a close advisor to Chancellor John Mark Nelson.

    Bishops and archbishops from all over the world attended the consecration, including Albrecht Bugenhagen, leader of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of New Tarajan which is currently in a legal battle over New Tarajan's new law restricting proselytizing. Security was at an all-time high in Uppsala, as the consecration was seen as a potential target for anti-Christian terrorists.
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    BISHOP AKAKIOS APPEARS IN RAITIA, DENOUNCES MAKARIAN “LIES”
    Accuses Sultana Aikaterini of Persecuting the Achaian Church

    Raitia, Diocese of Raitia: Appearing after an absence of weeks, Bishop Akakios IV Doukas ascended the pulpit in Raitia Cathedral to join Bishop Gavriil Ekklisias of that diocese in condemning the recent announcement that Sultana Aikaterini II Baumbach-Kallergis of Morea had accepted the petition of Makarian soldiers in Morea and Montferrat to investigate conditions within the Dioceses of Raitia, Aimilia, and Liguria. Both bishops agreed that royal interference with the Achaian Church, in a territory that had largely been given into the Church’s possession especially, could not be allowed. Furthermore, Bishop Akakios once again raised concerns about the religious devotion and suitability of the new Sultana, who has already come under the bishop’s scrutiny during her time in Riesa, Montferrat, for entertaining and honoring notable Makarian leaders in defiance of the Church’s opinion of their embassies.

    “Sultana Aikaterini has forgotten what made our people great among the nations of the world,” Bishop Akakios preached to a much smaller congregation than he usually entertained in Mystras. “The law of Morea is the Word of God, and by His Word alone may our people prosper. The Sultana cannot find comfort or salvation in the company of heathens—and may the Lord punish her if she moves to drag us into the flames with her!”

    The Sultanate of Morea claimed the Dioceses of Raitia, Aimilia, and Liguria as the culmination of the Achaian Church’s Nordan Mission, spearheaded by Bishop Gavriil as the handpicked representative of the Bishop of Mystras. The Nordan Mission was jointly supported by the Sultanate and the Duchy of Montferrat, on whose borders the new dioceses lie. Montferrat has had a long history of interaction with the territory now residing under the Morean banner, and Duke Nico II Baumbach was at the time pleased to bring the area more firmly under the Duchy’s authority, if only through the influence of his wife the Duchess, then the heir to the Sultanate. However, accusations of abuse quickly cooled the Duke’s enthusiasm, considering that a large portion of the Montferrati military, including a small but significant part of the expedition currently deployed in Morea, hails from the Nordan territories in question. Then-Duchess Aikaterini stood with her husband in welcoming Makarian representatives to Baumbach House in protest at the actions of the Achaian Church in Norda, at the same time that her father Sultan Ioannis IX remained fully committed to the Nordan Mission as a means of healing the rift between the political and religious leaders of the Sultanate.

    Aikaterini’s rise to power in Morea leaves the Nordan Mission in a precarious position. With both Montferrat and Morea viewing the project with suspicion, the new dioceses are unlikely to remain in the Church’s hands for very long. Bishop Akakios, though, remains confident. “The Lord will provide for our salvation,” he promised. “His Glory knows no bounds. Whatever trouble the pagans and the Montferrati try to stir up, He will see to it that the Word of Christ remains the law of this land, and of Morea too.”

    In a pointed rebuke toward the new Sultana, the bishop said also, “Our people will not accept a heretic on the throne for long. As the newness of the situation passes away, the Sultana will find herself besieged by a people who despise her, unless she repents and bows her head to God. Otherwise,” Bishop Akakios added, “she may find that others more suited to the throne are not too far distant to replace her.”




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    Federal Government En Route To Largest Defecit In 29 Years


    Garagen's administration is en route to the largest budget decifit in 29 years, with the Treasury last quarter report indicating an estimated shortfall of $2.07 Trillion NZDs. This would make Garagen's administration the first ever administration to run consecutive defecits, and the first ever administration to offer absolutely no tax returns since the implementation of the floating tax rate policy of '88. While this would typically come as a massive blow to any administration and their future campaign dreams, Garagen is still riding on the back of strong patriotism and strong public confidence following the invasion of 2016. Any smart campaign manager would however soon realise that this spells the beginning of a turning tide for the much loved President, as there's only so much the public can take before their discontent starts to overshadow the post war golden era. Both the Treasury Director and Minister of Finance have released hasty statements following the official report, falling head over heals to reassure the public that the defecit is merely a temporary cost of the rebuild effort and poses no significant risk to the strength and wellbeing of the Social Democracy. The debt, they say, is small in relation to government assets and will be easily paid down in no significant time. Garagen has yet to release a statement on the matter, as he is currently on a large scale diplomatic tour with many of his senior advisors, with rumours indicating that he may be trying to secure the Social Democracy a position in the long standing OMNI Enforcer alliance. 

    On a related note, the rebuild of the Social Democracy is coming along finely, with the economy growing a very healthy 2.3%, adjusted for inflation, last quarter. With the private sector now accounting for 81.9% of GDP, the Social Democracy has almost completely transitioned into the capitalist based welfare state envisioned by Garagen in his initial and subsequent election campaigns. The continual extremely favourable economic progress affirms that while the Federal Government may have hit a speedbump or two in the post war climate, the economy is almost certainly back on it's feet and the Social Democracy as a whole is in a very strong position. Voters will be extremely pleased to know that Garagen's administration has delivered above and beyond results with their economic promises post war, surpassing Eurasia's economy in almost every industry with the exception of Gambling and Mining, and performing far superiorly on total GDP and per capita wealth, allowing the Social Democracy to officially secure it's place as the second largest economy on Esamir, behind Antanares. 
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    SULTANA AIKATERINI SUSPENDS ACHAIAN GOVERNMENT IN RAITIA, LIGURIA, AIMILIA
    Warns Church Leaders to Leave Norda or “Face Consequences”; Prepares Civil Government to Replace

    Nafplio, Morea: In response to the latest public statement by Bishop Akakios IV Doukas, in which he declared that the new monarch of the Sultanate of Morea was unqualified to take the position, Sultana Aikaterini II Baumbach-Kallergis has demanded that the Achaian authorities in the Dioceses of Raitia, Liguria, and Aimilia should prepare for replacement, effective within the next two days. “We are grateful for all that our representatives have done in Norda,” the Sultana said in her statement today. “But the time has come for change in our approach to the region and its inhabitants. We will establish a new government in the region to reflect this new approach in the coming days, and we ask and encourage our representatives already residing in the affected dioceses to cooperate with the new arrivals and to make way for them whenever necessary.”

    The Dioceses of Raitia, Liguria, and Aimilia were established as the culmination of the Nordan Mission, a joint venture between the Sultanate of Morea and the Duchy of Montferrat that established Achaian authority into the Nordan heartland under the leadership of the Achaian Church. Raitia, the most populous city of the area, has become the capital of its eponymous Diocese, and is ruled in the Sultana’s name by Bishop Gavriil Ekklisias. Bishop Akakios of Mystras was personally responsible for Bishop Gavriil’s elevation to the position, as the latter bishop had been a well-known and respected aide to the Bishop of Mystras for many years prior to the Nordan Mission. The two bishops have resisted all attempts to lessen Church authority in the area, and have dismissed calls for an investigation into Bishop Gavriil’s conduct in Raitia as “the heathens’ futile attempts to drown out the Word of Christ with a cacophony of nonsense.” The late Sultan Ioannis IX had already denied one such petition by the Makarian soldiers currently stationed in Morea, but upon her accession to the throne Sultana Aikaterini announced her intention to investigate conditions in Raitia and the other Nordan dioceses on the Makarians’ behalf. Bishop Akakios’s protestations against the Sultana’s decision, coupled with a general distrust of the Achaian Church in the aftermath of Sultan Ioannis’s religiously-motivated murder, prompted Sultana Aikaterini to expedite her decision to remove the Achaian Church from the region and replace it with civil government officials.

    Sultana Aikaterini has claimed to act in conjunction with the Duchy of Montferrat, where she and her husband Duke Nico II Baumbach have been hosting Makarian leaders for months as they lobbied against the Achaian Church’s rule in Norda. Today Duke Nico seconded his wife’s decision. “Montferrat will no longer support the Nordan Mission in its current form,” he said. “Though our Duchy is proudly Christian, we cannot condone abuses like those we have learned about from our subjects who have come to us from the territory now lying in Church hands. Nor will we expect our soldiers, Christian or Makarian, to fight for a government that condones such actions being taken against their own kin.”

    Likewise, Duke’s Minister David Augustin released a statement on behalf of the Montferrati government as a whole, which reads in part, “Our investigation into the conditions in the Dioceses of Raitia, Aimilia, and Liguria is ongoing. Nonetheless, the Duchy of Montferrat has learned enough to be concerned about the welfare of the populations of these dioceses. Moreover, the people of Montferrat are rightfully incensed by the words and behavior of Bishop Akakios of Mystras, who has insulted their Duke and Duchess, their religion, and their way of life. The Ministerial Palace seconds Baumbach House in urging the Achaian Church to abandon these dioceses until such time as the investigation into the Church’s conduct is complete, and the Sultana of Morea has determined what is to be done with the Church’s primate.”

    The Duchy of Montferrat has provided vital logistical support to the Achaian Church, without which Achaian authority in the region is likely to collapse. It remains in Duke Nico’s interests to see the territory under Achaian rule, but neither Montferrat nor Morea will accept Bishop Akakios or any of his associates lording it over Norda in the Sultana’s name.




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    MONTFERRATI SOLDIERS ENTER AIMILIA
    Sultana Aikaterini Charges Duchy with Removing Bishops “Without Fuss”

    Riesa, Montferrat: Under the authority of Duke Nico II Baumbach, Montferrati armed forces have entered the Diocese of Aimilia on the Duchy’s northeastern border, with the stated intention of pressing on to the Diocese and the city of Raitia. Speaking on behalf of the Montferrati government, Duke’s Minister David Augustin reported the high enthusiasm of the Montferrati soldiers for the enterprise, which comes soon after Sultana Aikaterini II Baumbach-Kallergis ordered the Church-led Achaian government of the region to stand aside for secular replacement. “Our soldiers share a kinship with the people of Raitia, Liguria, and Aimilia,” Minister Augustin said. “A number of our soldiers were born in those lands themselves. The consequences of the Nordan Mission have pained our subjects for a very long time, and it is only right that they be allowed to take part in rectifying the situation.”

    While the order from Baumbach House did not specify which military units would take part in the operation, it is understood that the greater part of the participating forces consists of Nordan-born Makarian soldiers who have come to Montferrat to serve the Duchy in a mercenary capacity. Makarians in Montferrat have long complained to Duke Nico about the treatment of their brethren in the Achaian Dioceses, but the Duke refused to act overtly as long as the Sultanate of Morea maintained its official support for the Nordan Mission and its leaders, Bishop Gavriil Ekklisias of Raitia and, ultimately, Bishop Akakios IV Doukas of Mystras. Sultan Ioannis IX Kallergis maintained that support in the hopes of healing the growing rift between himself and Bishop Akakios, the primate of the Achaian Church. Sultana Aikaterini, however, has not attempted to repair a relationship that appeared broken from the first, given the bishop’s complaints about the Sultana’s association with Makarian leaders in Montferrat and the nature of Sultan Ioannis’s assassination.

    Speaking for Duke Nico, who returned to Riesa from his time in Morea after Sultana Aikaterini’s coronation in Nafplio, Chamberlain Richard Brawn confirmed that the Sultanate has been fully informed of events in Norda. “His Excellency enjoys the Sultana’s full support, of course,” he told reporters today. “Our two realms are cooperating more closely than ever to ensure the security and prosperity of our peoples and of Norda as a whole.”

    Sultana Aikaterini, who married Duke Nico in Morea almost two years ago, has not made any statement since announcing that the Achaian Church’s authority in the Nordan territories had been suspended. Likewise, neither Bishop Akakios nor Bishop Gavriil have made a public appearance since the Sultana’s announcement.




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    A NEW ENTRY IN THE TARAJANI CAR INDUSTRY
    Itardesign announces its first supercar


    Koenigscasteel, Duchy of Ijzerland.
    Auto lovers have now reasons to rejoice. Itardesign (acronymn for Ijzerland Tarajani Design) has finally announced the release of its first supercar, significantly called Model 1.
    The new car will be the state-of-the-art masterpiece of supercars: intended for collectors and visionary enthusiasts, the Model 1 combines racing car features and performance alongside type-approval for use on normal roads. Developed around a modular chassis in carbon fibre and aluminium, this special car boasts a powerful naturally aspirated 5.2 litre V10 engine which enables 0-100 km/h acceleration in just 3.2 seconds, together with a top speed of 330 km/h, while the bodywork is entirely in carbon fibre. Model 1 will be produced in sole five units, and their lucky owners will be able to maximise the customisation of their cars so that each one will be truly unique, with colours specifically developed for the client, including full carbon look, and several optional packages involving the exterior and inside the cockpit.
    In few words, it'll be the most exclusive car ever built, and a new landmark in the representation of Tarajani style around the world.


    Although new as car manufacturer, Itardesign benefits from the long-lasting experience of one of the most thriving sectors of Tarajani economy, that of stylish, luxurious, car manufacturing. In Koenigscasteel (seat of Itardesign) the society Style Department, which is responsible for designing the cars, enjoys the collaboration of many designers coming from other Tarajani car manufacturers, such as Aston Van Martin, Bentley, or Alfa Romeo. The company already announced that it intends to establish a foreign partnership with NZ company Chrysler: the great experience of the latter in building powerful engines, including for racing cars, is deemed to become an important asset.
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    SEARCH FOR BISHOPS IN RAITIA CONCLUDES: “NO SIGN OF THEM”
    Bishops Akakios and Gavriil Missing in Wake of Montferrati Occupation

    Riesa, Montferrat: After three days of intensive searching, Montferrati forces in the city of Raitia have reported that neither Bishop Gavriil Ekklisias of that city nor his benefactor Bishop Akakios IV Doukas of Mystras can be found. This comes as a blow to the Duchy of Montferrat, which had hoped to capture the two controversial prelates in order to put an end to the clerical regime in the Achaian dioceses of Norda that has caused so much strife in Norda, Montferrat, Morea, and the rest of the Christian world. Both Riesa and Nafplio have expressed their disappointment with the result, while the general public in the Achaian capital of Mystras has begun to celebrate the second escape of the primate of the Achaian Church.

    “Bishop Akakios is as clever as he is dangerous,” Duke’s Minister David Augustin said to the media today from the Ministerial Palace in Riesa. “His encouragement has enflamed religious passions throughout the world, and directly contributed to the abuse of Makarian and other non-Christian peoples in Norda. His Excellency has worked for months to put an end to the bishop’s depredations, though only recently we have been able to move openly against him. We are bitterly disappointed that our efforts have failed to capture Akakios or his associates.”

    The Duke’s Minister added, “Montferrati forces will continue the search throughout the Nordan dioceses until we are certain that Akakios and Gavriil are truly no longer present in the region. At the very least, we will ensure that they can no longer influence matters in Norda by word or deed.”

    Achaian reactions to the news have been mixed. In Mystras, Bishop Akakios’s see, large crowds gathered on the grounds of the still-closed Kallimarmaro Cathedral to give thanks to God for the escape of their beloved prelate. Several people who asked not to be named told the Monitor also prayed for the deliverance of the Achaian people from Sultana Aikaterini Baumbach-Kallergis, whose marriage to Duke Nico II Baumbach of Montferrat has led some Achaians to label her a “foreign tyrant if ever there was one.” Others, while still celebrating Bishop Akakios’s escape from Montferrati arrest, have called on Sultana Aikaterini to return to the Blue Palace in Mystras: “She’ll never know how to rule the Achaian people if she hides away from us,” said one man. “I imagine she can regain whatever trust she’s lost, but only if she finally gives up on those Makarian foreigners she loves so much and remembers just what Power placed her on our throne.”

    Still others had another prayer entirely: “Come to us, Sultan Chrysanthos.” The Prince himself, who with his brother Dimosthenis still resides in New Tarajan at the Sultana’s recommendation, has yet to respond to any public calls for his return to Morea or his own elevation to the throne, though Tarajani sources have revealed that the court and government of King Friederick Wilhelm II are pressuring Prince Chrysanthos to repudiate any attempt to replace his sister as Sultan of Morea.

    From the royal residence in Nafplio, Sultana Aikaterini also responded to the news of Bishop Akakios’s second disappearance. “Our disappointment in the result of the Duchy’s noble operation does not interrupt our existing plans for Achaian Norda,” the Sultana said. “Whether captured or escaped, Bishop Akakios and Bishop Gavriil are altogether gone from Raitia and the Achaian dioceses, and will not interfere with our efforts to reform the government of the region for the benefit of its people. We again thank our husband for his efforts on our behalf, and on behalf of those Montferrati at home and in Morea who have served our mutual interests and at the same time viewed the operations of Bishop Gavriil in Norda with horror. We are grateful to those same Montferrati, including many here in Nafplio, who have continued to defend the people and the state of Morea from all foreign threats despite their disagreements with our father the Sultan, and their hostility toward the Bishop of Mystras.”

    Sultana Aikaterini’s representatives have already arrived in Raitia, and report that they are in the process of reorganizing the government of the city and diocese to better reflect the Sultana’s stated priorities in Norda.




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    Garagen Administration Pulls Off Miracle


    President Garagen has once more pulled off a miraculous save, making him by far the luckiest president we've ever had. By some form of economic implausability that leaves economists all over the board stunned, the administration has managed to boost the economy significantly and transform the budget from a monumental deficity to a $4+ Trillion defecit to an exceptionally manageable $223 Bn. The true masterstroke that leaves experts lost for words, is the completely unexpected defence industry boom, with has gone from a meager yet substantial $3.3 Trillion sector to a awe inspiring industry worth a monumental $13.7 Trillion, boosting the GDP up to a world leading (second only to Antanares) $253 Trillion, an average increase in wealth of little over $4 Thousand per capita. Put simply Garagen's administration and determined overseas diplomacy has lead the kiwi arms industry to secure numerous mammoth contracts that have allowed it to grow from a sideliner to a central industrial sector 60% the size of the Automobile Manufacturing industry! The loser in all of this however is the Automotive sector, as Chrysler and numberous subsidiaries and supply partners have retooled their existing automotive tailored operation lines to instead supply the more lucrative defence sector. For example Chrysler has retooled their Trinity Bay manufacturing plant in Haven to supply MBTs for Chrysler Defence Industries instead of domestically loved Chargers for the Dodge Motor Company. As a result the growing backlog of orders has resulted in a waitlist of nearly 8 months for the best selling sedan car. Chrysler however had addressed the issue, laying the foundation for 2 new automobile manufacturing lines to be added in an expansion of the West Ridge Assembly Plant out of Milton and a massive new Chrysler Defence Industries complex to be built attatched in NZDF Fort Serendipity in Haven District. The Chrysler Groups consolidated flagship manufacturing complex in Steelport, Detroit District however is unaffected by any changes, and will continue primarily supplying the automotive sector.

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