NEW TARAJAN WARNS UPS
"Stay away from Tokugawa"
In an emergency press conference held at the Palace of Government, Deputy Prime Minister Rudolf Van Hagen announced the official position of New Tarajan about the civil war in Tokugawa:"The situation is very simple: a group of rebels and terrorists, who labelled themselves the Ienaran Federation, are fighting against the legitimate monarchical government of Tokugawa, causing massive damages to the country, and inflicting sufferings and death upon the innocent population of one of our allies."
After a brief emergency meeting of the government, chaired by King Friederick Wilhelm himself (but with the absence of PM Van De Groot), then, it has been decided that "New Tarajan warns all countries: do not support the Ienaran terrorism."
The reference is clearly to the countries of the UPS which have announced their support through arms dealing to the Ienarans: "It is highly ironic that the same countries which labelled us as a threat to the world, now are financing terrorism"
Van Hagen said, adding that "Due to the treaties and agreements linking Tokugawa and New Tarajan, the Empire will do everything necessary to ensure the territorial integrity, security and sovereignty of the sole legitimate Tokugawan government."
For this reason "We have immediately backed the motion proposed by Antanares to the E-DSJ, in order to prohibit all illicit arms trafficking in the area."
Van Hagen confirmed that all the military forces in Meisjegronden, which lays in the route between Tokugawa and many UPS countries, are in state of alert. The 6th Fleet is en route toward Tokugawa, with the order to provide maximum assistance to the government, followed by the TAS Mahvash Zyihar, the skycarrier flagship of RHIELD.
A strong, firm, response, immediately taken under specific orders of the Imperial Council and King Friederick Wilhelm.
The reason is simple: after the rising tensions between Zackalantis and Atenosia, the Kingdom is feeling itself incredibly threatened by the situation in Tokugawa. Although Astana is trying its best to keep a link between UPS and SECURS powers, easing tensions and offering diplomacy as first step, many inside the Landsraad, the Diet and, due to recent rumors, even inside the Imperial Council and the Prinzraad, fear that the UPS is no more a trustworthy interlocutor.
Moreover, the decision to gather the Council without the Prime Minister is a clear sign that, should the situation get worse, the days of Van De Groot at the Palace of Government are at the end: with the Tarajani public opinion clearly worried about the possibilities of a military escalation and the mounting progresses of Van Houden as main alternative to what is perceived by many as a failed line of policy, the possibility of the rise of the extreme Right Wing in New Tarajan are becoming day by day more probable.
Only looking at all these factors the decision of the Council to send the 6th Fleet and a skycarrier assumes its true dimension: not a run to direct war, but the last, desperate attempt of the liberals in Astana, including the King, to prevent that war.
The visit of NZ Prime Minister, soon to arrive in Astana, will probably become the ground to resolve the issue diplomatically too. A spokesperson of the Imperial and Royal House already said that King Friederick Wilhelm wishes to talk directly (and privately), with the NZ PM about the issue "in order to find a quick, peaceful, and feasible solution."
A last-time news is also coming from the Ministry of the Military: OMNI has already deployed a number of paratroopers, including special forces operatives and trainers, followed by the delivery of massive quantities of weapons, in Tokugawa.
The aim is to provide emergency training, weaponry and intelligence support to the royalist forces.