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Johnston Isle

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His Majesty, Missing in Gallia
It has just been confirmed by government officials that the last time anyone had heard from His Majesty Trusty or any of his security detail was a little over 96 hours ago in Navales, Auraria. While it has been public knowledge of his vacation to Gallo-Germania region, his itinerary was kept from all but his security detail, with no government officials even knowing exactly where or when he would be somewhere until they would hear from the security detail reporting in daily back home.

What we have been told is that he was staying in Navales for the past week as he had heard exquisite things about the skiing in the Adriannes. Details are still coming in at this moment, but diplomatic staff in Solis have contacted the Aurarian officials and have even dispatched some embassy personnel to the area to attempt and coordinate with local officials in finding them.
 

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His Serene Highness's Government wishes to offer all means necessary to help locate and secure the Johnston Isle royals. In cooperation with Johnston Isle and Aurarian government agencies, we are prepared to send investigators from the Veiligheidsdienst (Security Service) and make use of digital communication monitoring technology from the Nedernesian Signals Directorate. Naturally we would require permission from Johnston Isle and Aurarian officials to begin such measures.

We stand by our friends in Johnston Isle during this difficult time.

Lord Archibald Pistorius Larchmont
Minister of Overseas Relations and Cooperation Nedernesia
 

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The Milenio Imperio Palace
The Throne of Falcons
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February 23, 2020
8:20 PM Justosian Time

Good people of Johnston Isle,

It is with true & profound shock & sadness that I, speaking on behalf of my House, the government in my name, & all peoples of the Continental Empire of Justosia, express our condolences over the untimely death of His Royal Majesty King Trusty. Know that he is in my prayers. Our prayers. We offer to stand by your nation's side in this time of grief. God bless you. Viva Justosia.

Sincerely,

Annabella Sofia Francisco I
Queen of Justosia
Empress of Vanguardia
Empress of Victoria Island
Supreme Commander-In-Chiefess
Holiness Temporal
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Royal Line Comes to an End,
His Majesty Confirmed Dead in Avalanche
News has begun trickling into the public confirming fears that the King had met an untimely fate on his vacation. Officials have ordered the flags across the country to be flown at half mast until otherwise stated as government officials are now beginning preparations for the State Funeral.

A military cargo plane and honor guard from the 88th Paratroopers Brigade has been arranged to fly into Solis to retrieve the remains of the King and his security detail. The swift response of the Aurarians has been commendable as they attempted to swiftly arrive on the scene of the unexpected disaster knowing that they were present on the mountain that day. We can only hope that locals and others whom are still missing buried under the snow can be found as well to bring closure to their families during this time.

The direction of the state is something nobody knows. While the monarchy was largely symbolic in nature under the last three generations, it hadn't always been that way throughout history, it still had a hand in guiding and aiding in the politics internally and internationally of the country. That guiding hand, will forever be lost as no Heir is known to exist to the throne.
 

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Esteemed friends,

The Dual Monarchy, that of which includes the Crowns of Tyskonia and Petits-Pays find the situation in which the shocking death of the King Trusty most solemn. Although in the far west, our Crowned brothers and sisters matter greatly to those across the Thaumantic and find it most surprising that it is possible that the King did not have heir. This news is shocking to both the Confederated States populous and those in the region no doubt.

Yet after careful examination, the Imperial and Royal Library at Schloss Bellevue in Hertha indicate that there is lineage that can be traced back to Tyskonia and thus meandering back to the bloodline of the House of Hohensee. This would currently according to our own custom place Her Imperial and Royal Majesty Marie-Charlotte as the next Queen of the Confederated States.

This is of course quite dramatic news from our Imperial and Royal Library but also perhaps lending itself a savior in the Confederated States as to prevent any such war of succession which has often poisoned the landscape and populous of many monarchies.

The Imperial and Royal Palace awaits return communication.



Mit herzlichen Grüßen,


Anika Birgitte Köhler

Foreign Minister of Tyskonia and Petits-Pays
 

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We are shocked and extremely saddened by the news about the untimely death of His Majesty King Trusty of the Confederacy of the Johnston Isle. The flags at the Eiffelloretalian Embassy and all the Eiffelloretalian consulates in the Confederacy will be flown half-mast with a black banner, as well as the flags at all the royal residencies in Trier, Weissenfels, Altburg Aurich and Bergen, and all the governmental buildings in Eiffelland-Retalia. King Albrecht and Chancellor Rheinfeld wish to attend the funeral, together with the Eiffelloretalian ambassador in the Confederacy.
Regarding the successional question, we have full confidence in the Confederal genealogists and judges to find out if anybody can be considered the legal heir to the Throne of the Confederacy of Johnston Isle.

Albrecht von Dietz-Hadamar, King of Eiffelland, Grand-Duke of Retalia
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To the attention of the Johnston Isle Government

We are all saddened by the news and give our most sincere condolences on behalf of the Grand Ducal family and the Nation at large.
We have ruled to lower all Friulian flags in the Grand Duchy diplomatic buildings in Johnston Isle.
May his soul find solace in the Kingdom of Heaven, and my all angels welcome him with the most sacred of songs.


Grand Duke of Furlanìe
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Friûl and Francatiare
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Count of Graudisçe, Marinette and Sant Andrei


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  • The Kings body and that of his security detachment have arrived at Symington Airfield. It shall be Interred here until the funeral next week. His final wishes for burial at sea shall be honored, foreign dignitaries are invited to come
  • Genealogists have yet to confirm nor deny the Tyskonian claim of kinship between Marie-Charlotte and Trusty. They are actively searching records at home and in Tyskonia to verify claims and see if others are out there of potentially closer kinship.
  • Peoples Republic of Burgundy admitted into Rurikgrad Pact, Home Office Press Secretary replied when asked what it thought of this move had the following to say; "We already considered the Burgundians a part of Rurikgrad, it was only a matter of how long until they made it official. It now makes Rurikgrad partially responsible for any actions on the Burgundian claims as the inheritor of all of former Burgundy, which will no doubt lead to increased tensions. We more now than ever support the idea of the Grand Duchy of Furlaine seeking full membership. They have been thrust onto the front lines and need friends more than ever now."
 

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Final Resting Place

It was a calm morning in the Nonestican Sea aboard the CSS Sapa with high ranking Government officials, military staff, and representatives from the governments whom wishes to be present. The helicopter carrying the remains of King Trusty landed aboard the large amphibious assault ship. The honor guard moved swiftly to receive the flag draped casket and bring him aboard the warship. Once it was aboard they stopped and placed it at rest before saluting the casket and stepping back as Chancellor Daniel would read her eulogy.

"Today we mourn the loss of our Monarch, our King is Dead. King Kacy, his father, and grand father before him had taken large reforms of our nation to limit the power of the monarch over the government. By the time Kacy had ascended the throne twenty-two years ago at the ag of 32 his role was that of being the figurehead for our nation. A representation of what it was to be one of us, a role model for every citizen. He was humble, even keeping up with his naval service during his early years as Sovereign completing sixteen years of Service in our glorious navy. He loved the sea, it was his escape from the affairs of the world. His final wishes were to be buried in the place he loved most, the sea, and honoring his wishes is the least we could do."

After he speech the honor guard once again picked up the casket and began making their way to the elevator to head below deck and to the dock. The marine honor guard reappeared moments later and the band began playing a final farewell. The casket could be seen drifting from the rear of the ship as it was slowly beginning to descend below the wake from the ship. Overhead a flight of fighters soared with one peeling away from the formation.

Other News
  • Genealogists confirm Her Imperial and Royal Majesty Marie-Charlotte as the closest surviving kin of the former Kings family line. What moves the government will make are yet to be heard.
 

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News Briefs

  • Legislature poised to discuss the future of the nation in coming days.
  • ODS Rejects Justosian membership. Staff of Continental Empire storm out of the Building furious, rumors say the rejection came on the heels of discussion about their lack of democratic process and separation of powers.
  • The Continental Empire responds with threat of creating yet another fleet, many ask what good does that do for what they claim is a looming conflict in the near future....not years from now.
  • Trivodnian Government in Exile lands in the Confederate States, many ask why they are here, others cheer it as another step of "giving it to the commies"
 

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Office of the Foreign Minister
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Avalon
March 10, 2020
1:20 PM Justosian Time

Your government, frankly, is responsible for this. Every action has a consequence. Whether you choose to accept the aforementioned or not is up to your relevant facets. The frankly ignorant decision to ignore the huge progress, moderate Renaissance, brought forth by none other than the Emperatriz herself, is the root of this subsequent chain of events.

The Continental Empire will keep its defences strident while Europe looks to be carved up by your now unrecognized organization, the DDI, or Rurikgard. The Imperial Senate will vote upon the need for a Fourth Fleet of the Imperial Navy shortly. Or is not that democratic enough for your recognition? In the meantime, Crown Government will seek out other, dare we say, more enlightened potential partners elsewhere.

We caution your government, & news organization against accusing anyone or anything else of 'threats' when you're currently hosting who some consider a 'war criminal'. Finally, the way, in my opinion, you tried to play & disrespect a close personal friend of mine, & moderate Nationalist, indeed will not be forgotten. Viva Justosia.

Sergio Montez
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Esteemed friends,

The House of Hohensee, that of which holds the Crowns of Tyskonia and Petits-Pays can only describe the news of the results of the testing and research down in the Johnstons as most pleasing. The question moving forward largely for the democratic bodies of your confederation is what to do next.

Her Imperial and Royal Majesty Marie-Charlotte believes it is well within her right to assume the rights and titles as Queen of the Confederated States. This includes a respect for the time honored traditions and constitution that accompany it. Empress and Queen Marie-Charlotte would like to have these traditions remain in the Confederated States as well, including honors, jewels, crowns, and memorabilia. Indeed, she believes she can be of service to the Johnstons by being a faithful steward to the realm and maintaining the country her subjects so love.

As such, she wishes to visit and address the people in the Johnstons while accepting her crown and meeting with the leading figures of this strong and most prominent ODS democracy.



Mit herzlichen Grüßen,


Anika Birgitte Köhler

Foreign Minister of Tyskonia and Petits-Pays
 

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Birth of the Republic
The Unicameral has passed a resolution in the time since the passing of the King that has decided to future of the country. While the resolution has not done much to change the constitution nor will it affect the day to day duties of the government it will change the appearance and bring an official end to the last monarchy in the western hemisphere.

Major points of the resolution:

  • The Throne shall be left vacated
  • Her Imperial and Royal Majesty Marie-Charlotte will inherit the Crown Jewels and royal lands
  • The government will not oppose Her Imperial and Royal Majesty Marie-Charlotte taking the royal titles of the Trusty family.
  • Confederate States will continue to operate on a governmental level as it always has, it will now have more of the appearance of a Presidential Republic than a Constitutional Monarchy.
  • Government officials have made it clear they will welcome Her Imperial and Royal Majesty Marie-Charlotte to Ogallala to address the unicameral and have a sit down with Chancellor Daniel at a time in the near future to discuss relations and how things will work in this adverse and complex situation.


Other News
  • Implarian Fleet to make ready for deployment to the Claret & Reman Sea region.
  • Battalion of 88th Paratroopers to finally deploy to The Federal Kingdom of Etruria to fulfill ODS treaty obligations
 

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Holiday Recess Over, Trade with Kadikistan too
Unicameral returns from recess and passes series of bills that had been on the floor before recess, and new ones

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As the three week holiday recess for the government came to an end earlier this week, it had found itself in a position where some political positions had changed from where they had once been. Primarily that of relations Kadikistan, as they deteriorated further over issues with Polesia and allied state of Eiffelland-Retalia.

The original bill had only looked to suspend some of the current economic activity in the "special economic zones" for a period of two to three months to show the disdain towards how Ivar has been handling its affairs as of late. The bill that has been passed however, goes significantly further than any previous one given the actions of Kadikistan while the unicameral was on recess where tariffs and many of the benefits of the special economic zones were stripped away from our nation and those of our allies.

Key points of bill 11573 that has been nicknamed "Ivar Grau"
  • Bans all Confederate Business from further activity in the Special Economic Zones
  • Prohibits any further financial activity in regards to Rurikgrad Pact members, while also freezing any assets of theirs in Confederate Financial Institutions
  • Grants further authority to the Chancellors office to set tariff rates for those whom do business with Rurikgrad Pact
While the amount of business dealings with Ivar were in fact token sized and completely non-existent with the rest of the Rurikgrad Pact, it ultimately gives an additional set of tools to the government to further show its disdain towards Ivar and its puppet state of Polesia.

Westernesse Free Trade Agreement


While many viewed the steps taken against the Rurikgrad Pact as potentially unsettling and striking a chord of potential greater global economic issues, only moments later saw revelation of something that showed great economic opportunity and prosperity. The Unicameral unanimously approved of the trade agreement and allowed it to proceed to the Chancellors office for approval, where it is all but certain to come into effect.

Other News
  • Agencies are looking into reports from abroad that Engellpox was an act of Bioterrorism by Justosian officials
  • Combined ODS forces for training in Natal to begin in the next few weeks as forces from all states begin to arrive and prepare on site.
  • Stocks dip, but surge to record highs after WeFTA announcement. Many economists view this as potentially life altering economic opportunity given the political and economic position of the Confederate States.
 

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People's Commissariat for Special Economic Zones

Matters concerning approved contracts, concessions and licenses

We regret to assert not through a direct correspondence, but indirectly through the writings of Johnstonian media that the following companies will cease their highly lucrative activities within the All-Union SEZs.


    • Merchants Transportation Company:
      Confederacy of Johnston Isle
    • Union Stock Yards:
      Confederacy of Johnston Isle
The companies listed above will be given time to dismantle its activities within the SEZs in accordance with their own schedule. It is our belief that said companies and their non-Kadikistani assets will have ample time to cease and withdraw if a deadline is set at the end of the year. It is our intention to remain committed to our investors and will do everything within our power to facilitate the withdrawal of all Johnstonian assets as smoothly as possible.

To do so we ask for clarification on another matter included in the Johnstonian Bill 11573. Namely the second article which stipulates that effective immediately all financial assets on the Isles stemming from the Rurikgrad Pact will be frozen. While said assets are neglectable, we condemn such a form of business-doing that border on common thievery. The following days the People's Commissariat for External Finances will be examining the size of the financial assets that were unilaterally frozen by the Johnstonian administration.

We implore the Johnston Isles not to cause more harm then necessary and behave like gentlemen rather than thieves in the night. Unfreeze the financial assets so that they can be withdrawn in an orderly fashion and will not obstruct the withdrawal of MTC and USY from the SEZs. Should the Johnston Isles decide to withhold our own investments or even confiscate them we will be forced to compensate our losses similarly.

Economic cooperation is paramount to establish worldwide stability. It is regrettable that the ODS seems keen on slowly dismantling all the progress made in the past years.

Signed & Approved,
_X_
Srban Buvlatovic
People's Commissariat for Special Economic Zones
All-Union Communist Workers' Party
People's Federal Socialist Republics of Kadikistan
 

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In regards to the question about the additional articles in bill 11573, primarily those regarding assets to be frozen. While assets are negligible, those that have been determined to within the jurisdiction of the Confederate States, will be frozen and released on a basis of determination in coordination with my department, the Department of Homeland Security, and the Treasury Department amongst others.

The assets of individuals, and other entities private or government that are determined to have ties with the following entities will not be released until a time comes in the future whether it be via changes or diplomatic dialogue.

1. Illicit activities involving Polesian Drug Smuggling, Money Laundering, Counter-fitting, Propeitary Theft
2. Businesses and Officials determined to be financing activities to undermine democracy
in foreign states.

As stated previously, funds and assets will be scrutinized and released as they are cleared of involvement in affairs we deem counter productive to peace and illicit in nature. Those that are not cleared will remain frozen until previously mentioned reasoning is reached.
 

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News Briefs

  • First Snowfall in the heights of Beacontou Mountains as the southern hemisphere is halfway into the fall season.
  • Department of treasury forecasts a higher than normal growth this year thanks in part to agreements with neighbors in Westernesse and the ODS markets which will offset some other negative influences in the markets due to world tensions and some foreign policy initiatives.
  • Confederate Navy officials say they are preparing to accept delivery of four new destroyers.
  • Claret Sea.......a bigger powder keg than Germania? Disagreements between outside governments and regional governments leads to heightened tensions in the region. Official government position is mum.
 

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Implarian Implosion
War on the Brink in the Implarian

Many analysts and think tanks have been taken by surprise at the sudden and very real threat of conflict between the Continental Empire of Justosia with the Sylvanians and Ambrosian states. Confederate think tanks largely label Justosia as a Pariah state with its foreign policies and internal policies which put a military first and the poor last, which could in fact be classified as a kingdom of nobility and serfs, most likely the last of its kind in the world.

The growing conflict was never seen as a potential flash point compared to many of the other issues facing the world, but it has now been thrown into the spotlight as the most likely stage for control of the silk sea. Unconfirmed reports claim of Justosian fighters having shot down Ambrosian pilot Lt. Spaulding followed by further unconfirmed reports of Sylvanian fighters downing two Justosian fighters in retaliation for Spauldings death. Tensions are high and if true shots have already been fired and blood spilled leading to a stand-off currently that will potentially cost thousands of lives and disrupt seaborne economic activity along the southern Implarian.

If this dispute escalates into what has the potential to be a full blown war it has the potential to exact a high price in lives, material, and monetary expenses of all nations involved. The limit of this price will depend largely upon the restraint, or lack of, by all parties involved in this region. While the Continental Empire may have isolated itself and marked itself as unstable, it in fact wields a large, capable military force that is potentially the only reason it is still in power, however we may never know the true ability of nobility to retain power over the people. The geopolitical ramifications from whatever may happen will change the balance in the Implarian for generations or even longer.
-Nederland Institute of Global Affairs
Defense officials and officials from the Chancellery have yet to make any public statements on the ongoing crisis beyond the generic "we are monitoring the situation as it develops and will act accordingly". Some speculate that this is due to the governments desire to not have an official position on the matter, or a lack of full information to which they can formulate an official position.
 
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