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Justosia

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Desan Naval Base
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Fleet Admiral Luis Alessandro was the last hand on deck. Of the J.I.S. Francisco II. The now former flagship of the fleet. Decommissioned now. The palace & PM had become convinced that aircraft carriers were antiquated. More missle frigates & subs were needed. Two carriers were to be hollowed out then modded into more cheaply run amphibious assault ships that were able to double if need be. The third was to be deconstructed & parted out. His Lordship was not pleased. A Military Police Captain approached.

"Fleet Admiral, with all do respect to your station, I ask you to depart this ship now. She's done."

"This is the Emperador's legacy. This is his ship. It's quite literally named after him. He's still fresh in the ground and you gut him like this."

".....Sir these orders come from the sovereign. His wife. Please disembark."

"We're the pride of the military. This is insulting. It's wrong."

"Fleet Admiral Alessandro I will ask you one-"

"DON'T TOUCHE ME YOU TROGLODYTE. I'M NOBILITY. I'll leave soon enough." Luis had an expensive bottle of brandy in his hand.

"We did not build up this navy just to have it torn down. This bitch is losing her mind. This experiment with women...." He thought to himself.
 

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Santificado Palace
Crown Prince's Apartments
8:00 PM Justosian Time


His main doors flung open. Carlos' mother walked in.

"The Emperatriz." An Imperial Guard announced.

"Madre."

"Your father was supposed to be buried with that ring. Tradition. Tradition you just shattered. Why must you insist on complicating my occupation?"

"I wanted it. It felt like I should wear it. Besides, who was gonna stop me? The MPs? When they look at me, they see him. I didn't order anything. I took it. In front of them."


His mother was visibly frustrated.

"Stop drawing attention to yourself. If you rule Justosia one day, the keeping of your secret......and by logical extension all of Justosia.....will be subject to that capability. As will this recklessness."

"Thank you for the lecture on what a horrible sovereign I'll be."

"If your secret ever gets out, the only vessel with the power to question your legitimacy, is the church. Question, and succeed they will. Your claim will be nullified. The only other royal is Julian. Do you understand what will happen if a Catholic tries to ascend this throne? The Tiburan minority, fifteen percent, will experience harsh reprisals. Civil war could break out. Foreign nations could intervene. You need to start growing up. Bisexual or straight. Or I'll take that ring off your finger myself."


She left & Carlos went back to sampling new palace vineyard wines.
 

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4:02 PM Justosian Time


Manuel Ibarra is 28, rather young for a Justice Ministry Agent. Anything stood out at the office. There weren't very many of them. Less agents, more funding. He always thought. More agents would cramp his style. He's a registered Independent but always votes Social Democrat. He's convinced the NSS is bugging every SDU voter & politician. He loves working for the government. It actually makes his other job easier in some ways.

He knew where the black market hub was by heart now. Marijuana is decriminalized in only 2/50 mainland Districts. One with the empire's only SDU governor, & the other in a District governed by a very moderate Nationalist. It certainly wasn't legal in the capital. His new home. He walked up to a less than honorable looking gentleman.

"Buenas." He said flipping open his wallet to flash his credentials.

"Oh shit."

"Yea. Where's the weed?"

"I'm here selling jewelry I don't need anymore."

"Don't insult my intelligence again. I can effectively end your life, or I can forget about this. For a cut."

"Excuse me......"

"Give me your supply. All of it. Now works best."

"You dirty, crooked bastard. I'll report you."

"You don't know my name and you won't. No one who matters would believe you over me anyway. Capitalism niño. You're getting ate up by a bigger and better company. Go home and start making better decisions."


Mani wasn't the norm. He wasn't a singularity either.
 

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Patrol Cruiser Valiente
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100 nautical miles off East Anjanas Island coast


Ensign Jorge Ramos peered at the radar & sonar displays. Nothing not green. He loves his job, playing war. He was a pier kid. Born on water, raised around it. He loves the smell of the waves & the feel of them crashing into the hull. Patrol cruisers deploy in pairs of two. The other cruiser followed a mile back. They were approaching the edge of their territorial waters. A boundary domestic patrol cruisers were never to cross unless ordered otherwise. Upon being relieved he went out stern & watched the sun set across the horizon of the Meridian.

"Beautiful, no?" A shipmate asked.

"It surely is. If you love your job, you never work a day in your life. Playing war is fun. I pray it never has to be more."

He thought he saw a shark swimming near stern. The waves were hitting harder. He then heard an announcement blair over the speaker.

"This is the Captain. Cruiser Maria is relieving us. We're rotating home. All hands to stations. Engines full."
 

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12:35 PM Justosian Time

The Príncipe Heredero shot through the countryside in one of his 7 luxury sports cars. He hit the straightaway & felt like red lining the engine when he suddenly hit the brakes.

"What the fuck?"

Carlos texted for an airlift, car & all, back to the capital. A fleet of government helicopters buzzed low over him heading for the Government Quarter. He then received a secure text from his mother calling him back. Something about a huge chance. She wants to attend the vote & desires him with her. After 15 minutes of flying they were entering the Government Quarter. Carlos saw a fleet of limousines headed for the helo pads.

Upon landing he was fully briefed on the situation & entered the palace.
 

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12:00 AM Justosian Time


Annabella wasn't used to being up this late. Not in a long time. She surveyed the room. Lights brighter than she remembered. She eyed her son to make sure he's where he's supposed to be. The men in this room had a certain look about them. Enough distractions. Time for duty.

"I am honored to fulfill my constitutional duty for the betterment of our nation, and Europe. Senators, my vote is in the affirmative. Yay."

The chamber erupted with cheers & boos. She certainly could have went on. Rambled. She had chosen to give Tarusa the Christian benefit of the doubt. She was more center than right but make no mistake. She too wants Justosia to be a real empire. To help those poor as well & to spread the gospel of Christ.
 

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"Jorge! Hey did you hear bout this new treaty the government's in now? Tarusa. That huge imperial nation up north that's in all that international news. Our crowns are like drinkin buddies now."

Ramos turned to reply to his shipmate.

"Speaking of, I hear they have great beer up north. With women who......let's just say rougher."

"And those seas hermano. I hear they're dark, rough, freezing. Sounds fun."

"I'll never understand your love for the ice age up there. Forget it anyway. We're a patrol cruiser crew Ensign. You may wanna request a transfer to a frigate. I'd say subs too but cmon you didn't have the grades for that at the academy."

"Eh, whatever. Speaking of alcohol, cmon, on me."
 

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1:00 PM Justosian Time


The Sovereign, Foreign, & Defense Ministers were concluding a late lunch. Defense Minister Aguilar had just finished briefing Annabella on the pirate incident. She spoke.

"That's that. I'm glad we had reached our consensus before this horrid incident. I'm thankful we were blessed to have no casualties on our side. Defense Minister Aguilar, you will order Fleet Admiral Alessandro to double patrols in that quadrant."

Aguilar heard & of course would obey. Dutiful Nationalist & Monarchist that he is. That didn't however stop him from imploring his Sovereign.

"Majesty, please, stop antagonizing Lord Alessandro. His blood is almost as rich as yours. Our navy, as I'm sure you know, is integral to our ability to defend our borders. Its morale must remain high."

Annabella looked at him for a minute. Just silence.

"Ministers Albares and Aguilar. My wishes are the same as yours. Vested in our strategic and national interests. Though Tarusa is not in our part of the Meridian, they're still in our neighborhood. See our relations with them remain very cordial barring any......unforeseen circumstances. Pelgasia. Our direct Meridian neighbor on the other side of the street if you will. Good relations with them is important for the aforementioned. I don't want these religious differences to complicate our direct sphere of influence. Points said long I suppose. Gentlemen, adjourn to your duties."

"I will begin the logistical lifting and draft a communique to my Pelgasian counterpart Emperatriz."
Albares said as they left.
 

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5:53 PM Justosian Time


Foreign Minister Albares has another espresso in front of him as an Intelligence Attache brought him a dossier. He examined it. He was sure it was going to be another late night.

"So Socialism rears its tragically ugly head again in Europe. We can still thank Jesus Cristo that Communism is as good as dead. A Communist is a Socialist with a gun in their hand señor. Always remember that. This however does not mean under estimate the Socialist menace to the north and elsewhere."

Did Albares privately sympathise with the sentiment & most tenets of Socialism? Yes. He always cringes every time it fails in Europe. The widespread human rights abuses always boggled his mind. Why was everyone else so inept at instituting it? A gaping chasm of a tragedy. No. The north's version wouldn't do. What was worse, he thought to himself, is his sensing that machinations from the north & west would continue pulling Justosia & Tarusa closer. One a fledgling archipelagic empire. The other a northern giant. He sipped on his drink as he began drafting an official statement to be forwarded to the palace for ascension.
 
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