NEW TARAJAN RESPONDS TO TERRORIST ATTACKS IN UKZ
Ministry for Foreign Affairs to check if Tarajani citizens are involved
At the end, the feared terrorist attack against the Carnival of Zackalantis really happened. And the effects are shocking the whole world. Immediately after the first news came from the UKZ, and particularly the ones from Andaman, where the worst of the attacks took place, Tarajani authorities declared that their priority will be to "ensure that no Tarajani citizen has been injured or killed in these brutal attacks"
and, in case this actually happened "to take all necessary measures."
The embassy in Cair Paravel was already at high alert, and is now frantically working in coordination with Zack authorities and the Ministry for Foreign Affairs in order to ensure the safety and well-being of the many Tarajanis in the United Kingdoms.
In Astana, Grand Pensionary Leopold Conrad Van Vinkel-Coevorden organized an emergency press conference at Charbagh Palace, his residence: "These brutal attacks will not go unanswered"
he replied when asked about what the Kingdom intends to do in the immediate aftermath "This is an attack against an ally, a member state of OMNI, and as such we must answer together, as allies and friends."
The Grand Pensionary than moved on to illustrate the measures New Tarajan intend to take: a joint effort with Zackalantis (moving from the one already taking place after the first CLA threats) under the flag of OMNI, and special security measures inside the Kingdom's borders against possible or suspected CLA activities. "The CLA has declared war against Zackalantis, against all of us. So war it will be. We will give them no respite, we will fight together with Zackalantis until their defeat is ensured."
he said at the end of his conference. The Duke of Coevorden than left Charbagh for the Palace of Government, where an emergency meeting of the Council had been organized, where the necessary decree will be prepared, before being presented to the King and the States General. Security forces and the military have been put on alert already an hour after the first attack.
All governmental bodies of the Kingdom also signed a joint declaration, sending their sincerest condolences to the Zack people, and promising "the strongest possible aid on behalf of the Tarajani people for our trusted friends and allies."
The King himself signed the declaration, also personally calling Cair Paravel. The same response came from Sdudeti-Karabak and North Ajania, both members of the Zack Commonwealth. Grand Duke Conrad Van Vinkel and Princess Elise Angelique Van Vinkel both expressed their condolences and promised to join the effort to fight the CLA.
The Tarajani government also launched its proposal for an OMNI meeting to take place in Merlberg where to discuss the next moves with the allies.
Meanwhile, the Ministry for Foreign Affairs has "categorically denied"
any need for an immediate evacuation of Tarajani citizens from Zack soil: "The authorities of Zackalantis enjoy the utmost trust of New Tarajan. As such, we do not foresee any good reason to evacuate all Tarajani citizens."
a spokesperson from the Ministry said. However, the Ministry invited all citizens in the UKZ to contact the embassy or the local consulates.
The reaction from Astana sends a clear signal, both inside and outside the Kingdom: inside, in order to keep calm and to avoid spreading the fear of a possible further extension of CLA activities, which already impressed for the scale and level of the attacks; outside, as a form of support for the Zack government already under attack inside the Parliament. It is no mystery that Tarajani policy is focused on keeping political stability on Altiganta whenever possible, and this also means avoiding a political crisis in the UKZ.
Members of the Marechaussee patrolling the streets.
NEW TARAJAN SALUTES ACCESSION OF NEW PRINCE OF ANTANARES
On a happier note, the Kingdom of New Tarajan, by the words of His Majesty King Friederick Wilhelm II, officially congratulated with the new Prince of Antanares, Viktor Emmanuel Higencourt, for his accession to the Antanaresian throne, after the previous sovereign, Valerian, decided to abdicate in his favour. "It is the utmost and sincerest hope of all the Tarajani people"
the King said in his official note delivered to the Antanaresian ambassador "That the historical ties and strong relationship that always kept the Federation and the Kingdom side by side will only grow stronger and thrive."
Following the customary tradition (re-established, after an almost four-century long hiatus, in 1945) the Landsraad will send a high-level delegation to the ceremony of accession, headed by the Lord President, Grand Duke Wilhelm V Van Ceytal, himself. Originally, it was expected attendance also by the Duke of Coevorden, however the Grand Pensionary announced he will not be able to join due to the terrorist attacks in Zackalantis. After the accession, the new Prince and King Friederick Wilhelm will meet in the Free City of Lelystad for the 'Meeting of Acknowledgement', another tradition dating from the second half of the XIX century and the beginning of the great Antanaresian-Tarajani alliance that lasts until nowadays. Both the accession ceremony and the meeting will make for the perfect opportunity for New Tarajan to start probing the political positions and ideas of the new ruler of the Federation. Some rumors, inside Tarajani political circles, point towards a certain surprise for Valerian's decision to abdicate, and to choose Viktor Emmanel as his successor. The fear is that a person that, until yesterday, was notoriously far from the political games of Velikogovolka could radically alter the trajectory of Antanaresian foreign and economic policies also vis-à-vis its allies, something that Astana would not see with pleasure, and upon which it would probably try to exercise some form of control or pressure in order to ensure that no drastic break with the past will happen.
But, as for now, the new Prince's ideas are clouded in mystery. What he really thinks, and what he will be able and willing to do and accomplish in such a delicate time for international relations as a whole, only time will tell.