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THE CHARLEROI CITIZEN PRESS
Second Anniversary of the Veteran's Revolution Parade Held in the Capital

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Today the Charleroi was filled with many visitors flooding the streets to enjoy the celebration of the Sylvania's second revolution. Thousands marched through the streets in a display of military pride and national unity, the streets filled with the cheers and celebratory yells of citizen and civilian alike. Prominent members of the Federation Council held speeches in the city parks and fundraisers were held for the needy while others spoke of the need for year round charity, not just on Veteran's day as the anniversary is now known. Flags and banners danced through the air as the marchers strode down the Boulevard of the Allies, other marchers held captured banners or weapons from our former enemies in the great war in a display of triumph. While the morning was filled with parades and demonstrations the afternoon was filled with mirthful gatherings and games for young and old alike. While the festivities filled the city and occurred across the nation, others chose to gather in the churches and prayer halls and say prayers for the honored dead of the war, the revolution and those the previous government attempted the throw away.
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When the festivities in the city began to die down, the marchers and other attendees, both citizen and civilian gathered to hear Chancellor Walter Langley speak. Dressed in his customary flying leathers, he stood before a crowd that gathered in Corrigan Square as far as the eye could see. Chancellor Langley spoke for thirty minutes and ended his speech with this: "Two Years ago, we marched on this very city demanding the treatment that we as veterans deserved, we demanded our bonuses and our pay for fighting in their terrible war. Many of us were starving and homeless, spit on by the very elite that commanded us to do their bidding. What we asked was to them a small favor, but to us the very thing that would keep us alive and well in this harsh world. They told us no and brought their police and their private guards down upon us. We cried out in anger, we waged a battle of terrible vengeance against the politicians and their lapdogs, they thought that they held sway over the military, but it was the military that denied them their victory and joined with us, their former brothers in arms. We need not further rehash history, they are long gone and here we stand now at the head of this great and powerful nation, no longer oppressed by the politicians and their political parties. I look before me now and I see a victorious people and I thank God, knowing that it is you that have brought me here to lead us into a new age. Hail Sylvania!"

The Chancellor stood erect at the podium with his right arm outstretched in the Bellingham salute and a million men and women returned it, loudly and proudly saying, Hail Sylvania!, in unison. The celebration was capped off by a rousing rendition of the Veteran's Vow. Volunteer and city clean up crews spent the night cleaning the mess of celebration, many of the Federation Council and Walter Langley himself stayed behind to the clean the streets and city parks before returning home.
 

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Federal Rangers Break up Illegal Political Activity - Rennerdale Daily News

After a months long investigation that took Federal Rangers across most of southwestern Sylvania and the Arrowhead Peninsula, Federal Rangers finally cornered a gang of illegal politickers who were spreading anti federation propaganda among working class civilian communities and in local trades guild meeting halls. Over 1000 men and women were arrested when they gathered for their secret monthly meeting in the coastal city of Rennerdale. The meeting location had been leaked by an anonymous civilian trade unionist who had become suspicious of their rousing conversations on the old Sylvanian Republic and it's political parties and successfully infiltrated the group when they came to recruit him. It is illegal by government mandate to discuss the formation of political parties or promote the tenets of the old republic.

Local prosecutors have been tasked with organizing a tribunal, while the charges of politicking are serious in general, the leaders of the group possibly face execution by firing squad. More interestingly five foreigners were also arrested, however the prosecutor's office has refused to release the identity and country of origin of the foreigners. Foreigners found to be breaking politicking laws in Sylvania are subject to public execution by hanging should the tribunal find them guilty. The Prosecutors office has said they shall release the identities of the foreigners when they are confident they can be protected from vigilantism.

 

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Ellwood City Celebrates Anniversary of First Powered Flight - Ellwood City Paper

Ellwood City held a celebration for the first powered flight that gave birth to the fast growing technology of flight. On August 30th 1903 the Dayton brothers John and James made four flights propelling Sylvania and the world into the age of flight. Chancellor Walter Langley and famed flying ace in the Great War awarded the brothers with the Cross of Sylvania for their service to the nation.

Informant in Illegal Politicking Case Honored - Rennerdale Daily News

Dale Rickenbacker, a steamfitter from the Rennerdale Ridge neighborhood was awarded citizenship for his service to the nation in uncovering the illegal political organization that included over one thousand men and women conspiring against the Federation. Rickenbacker expressed his gratitude to the Federal Council and the Rennerdale Council for honoring him and expressed excitement in participating in the next local council vote. Federal prosecutors have refused to name the foreigners who were caught in the illegal group and have said they will not reveal names until "the time is right."
 

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THE CHARLEROI CITIZEN PRESS
Second Anniversary of the Veteran's Revolution Parade Held in the Capital

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Today the Charleroi was filled with many visitors flooding the streets to enjoy the celebration of the Sylvania's second revolution. Thousands marched through the streets in a display of military pride and national unity, the streets filled with the cheers and celebratory yells of citizen and civilian alike. Prominent members of the Federation Council held speeches in the city parks and fundraisers were held for the needy while others spoke of the need for year round charity, not just on Veteran's day as the anniversary is now known. Flags and banners danced through the air as the marchers strode down the Boulevard of the Allies, other marchers held captured banners or weapons from our former enemies in the great war in a display of triumph. While the morning was filled with parades and demonstrations the afternoon was filled with mirthful gatherings and games for young and old alike. While the festivities filled the city and occurred across the nation, others chose to gather in the churches and prayer halls and say prayers for the honored dead of the war, the revolution and those the previous government attempted the throw away.
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When the festivities in the city began to die down, the marchers and other attendees, both citizen and civilian gathered to hear Chancellor Walter Langley speak. Dressed in his customary flying leathers, he stood before a crowd that gathered in Corrigan Square as far as the eye could see. Chancellor Langley spoke for thirty minutes and ended his speech with this: "Two Years ago, we marched on this very city demanding the treatment that we as veterans deserved, we demanded our bonuses and our pay for fighting in their terrible war. Many of us were starving and homeless, spit on by the very elite that commanded us to do their bidding. What we asked was to them a small favor, but to us the very thing that would keep us alive and well in this harsh world. They told us no and brought their police and their private guards down upon us. We cried out in anger, we waged a battle of terrible vengeance against the politicians and their lapdogs, they thought that they held sway over the military, but it was the military that denied them their victory and joined with us, their former brothers in arms. We need not further rehash history, they are long gone and here we stand now at the head of this great and powerful nation, no longer oppressed by the politicians and their political parties. I look before me now and I see a victorious people and I thank God, knowing that it is you that have brought me here to lead us into a new age. Hail Sylvania!"

The Chancellor stood erect at the podium with his right arm outstretched in the Bellingham salute and a million men and women returned it, loudly and proudly saying, Hail Sylvania!, in unison. The celebration was capped off by a rousing rendition of the Veteran's Vow. Volunteer and city clean up crews spent the night cleaning the mess of celebration, many of the Federation Council and Walter Langley himself stayed behind to the clean the streets and city parks before returning home.
DÉPARTEMENT DES AFFAIRES ÉTRANGÈRES
DEPARTMENT OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS


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DIPLOMATIC COMMUNIQUÉ

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RESPECTING


THE SECOND ANNIVERSARY OF THE VETERAN’S REVOLUTION

PUBLISHED BY THE


SECRÉTRAIRE d’ÉTAT DES AFFAIRES ÉTRANGÈRES
ROYAUME DES PETITS-PAYS


FROM M. JACQUES LEFEBVRE SECRETARY OF STATE FOR FOREIGN AFFAIRS,

TO HIS EXCELLENCY THE CHANCELLOR OF THE SYLVANIAN FEDERATION,
MY HONOURABLE MISTER WALTER LANGLEY,
Out of regard and courtesy for the Sylvanian Government and People, we have thought it best to personally correspond with you and your office on the topic of the joyous celebration of the Second Anniversary of the Veteran’s Revolution. The flags and banners which dance in the wind to the tune of Sylvanian freedom and personal liberty is a beacon to human civilization. We use this opportunity to reaffirm our support for the Sylvanian Federation’s way of life and essence of culture.

Our nations and our peoples having woven the fabric of modernity for the common good of all civilized beings fought arm in arm against the treacherous forces of the Tiberinos-Aurarianos and Engells which poison the chalice of God and our savior Jesus Christ. Our bond while clumsy and born in the history of Thaumantic conflicts, and having waxed and waned in the climate of the eras, is now never stronger and never more committed than it is now to an everlasting Thaumantic peace that only represents the hegemony of our powers.

The commitment remains strong. Symbolized by our most famous military unit which served in the Westernesse Theatre commanded and trained by the military elite in Sylvania, Les Rangers which raised the Sylvanian Federation’s banners at their barracks to commit to memory the bonds of our peoples. Our military triumphs together never better than when it is together. We wish you the greatest happiness in your celebrations and the continued prosperity of your values and liberties. The King incapable of travel in his most elderly age wishes you the most joyous second anniversary and encloses a cotton tapestry of our banners intertwined above the heavens.

Kindly accept, My Honourable Mister Walter Langley, the assurance of our deepest consideration for your celebrations and commitment to our continued friendship, as well as my personal faith in your leadership and commitment to be

Your most humble and obedience servant.


JACQUES LEFEBVRE.


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OFFICE OF THE FOREIGN SECRETARY - STATEMENT

We thank our brothers and sisters in Petits-Pays for their reaffirmation of our bond of friendship. Know that despite the failures of the old republic, we shall never forget those we fought alongside in that terrible war and our friendship shall live on. We wish the King continued good health and thank him for his well wishes. It is the intention of Chancellor Langley to visit your great country soon and would be most honored to have the chance to review, Les Rangers, who had so faithfully served alongside us and still command a high respect among the military here in Sylvania.

Miles Faraday,
Foreign Secretary of the State Department.


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Also we would like to bring a salute to the veterans of Sylvania. Eiffelland remembers very well that it fought on the same side as Sylvania to restore peace and stability. It was a shock to us that the government of Sylvania from two years ago did not give to the veterans of the Great War what they deserved. These people gave their best years for their country, and for peace and stability; that is something that should be honoured. The government of two years ago should have understood that.

Dr. Norbert Schmelzer, Minister of Foreign Affairs
 

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Federal Rangers Identify Nationalities of Foreign Politickers - Rennerdale Daily News

Federal Rangers, with permission from the Office of the High Prosecutor have released the nationalities of the five foreigners captured in the raid that caught a gang of illegal politickers. The office has identified three members of the Knights of Josepania and two Aurarian radical republicans, but has not yet released the names of the foreigners for fear of vigilante actions. High Prosecutor Eric Bellerose made a public comment asking for permission to deny a tribunal to the foreigners.

"What we have here is an invasion of our country by radical Aurarians and political Catholics posing as humble knights. Though a Catholic nation, we must not tolerate the perversion of Christ's teachings that these so called knights bring to our nation in the form of Liberationism. I ask the members of the Federation Council to allow me to deny these invaders tribunal." - High Prosecutor Eric Bellerose


Foreigners entering Sylvania are reminded at every opportunity that breaking the law in Sylvania carries heavy penalties and foreigners do not have a right to trial, that is a right only afforded to civilians and citizens. However, Chancellor Langley has banned the High Prosecutor's office from denying tribunal to foreigners for fear of an international incident. Chancellor Langley wired comment to our publication about his decision.

"I do not feel that foreigners engaging in illegal politicking warrants a summary judgement. If it were murder or some other heinous crime I would have not interfered. They must face a tribunal and should they be found guilty than only God could save them then." - Chancellor Walter Langley

Chancellor Langley also declared that should evidence be found that these foreigners were acting under orders from their home government's it would create a serious incident between Sylvania the foreigner's respective governments.

In the Federation Council unofficial discussions over the wisdom of the law that allows tribunals to be forbidden to criminal foreigners have caused a stir in Charleroi. Many have called for a change to this law to prevent the possibilities of future international incidents. One anonymous councilor was quoted as saying: "what would happen if this foreigner were from an allied nation? I do not see the wisdom in this anti-foreigner sentiment built into our system of law." Another was quoted as saying: "Foreigners must understand that their stay here is a privilege, civilian and citizen alike face harsh penalties for criminal acts ranging from minor to major. This is how we prevent criminality, harsh penalties against foreigners breaking the laws ultimately act to protect and preserve our society!"

So far the Federation Council has not announced whether a review of penalties on foreign criminals will officially take place.

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Office of the Knight Chancellor of the Lands of St. Joseph
Sacred Palace of the Knights - Hierosolyma, the Lands of St. Joseph
The Order of St. Joseph
In the highest dignity on behalf of the Grand Master of the Knights.
(Top Secret)
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22 / 09 / 1920
Markings are in red. Unmarked documents are unclassified.

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The Knights of the Lands of St. Joseph wish to relay, through a restricted diplomatic telegram to Chancellor Langley, a letter dictated by the Grand Master of the Order himself, Giuseppe Ceretto, in the hopes of halting the escalation of tensions between the Sylvanian Federation and the Lands of St. Joseph which has already reached unacceptable levels. Your attention to this letter, as well as an equally confidential response, would be most appreciated.

"As High Prosecutor Eric Bellerose was quoted, the Sylvanian Federation is a fellow Catholic nation. He would do well to also remember the history of Catholicism, specifically its days of persecution under the pagan Tiburan Empire centuries ago. Catholic missionaries then, preaching to the poor and the downtrodden, were ruthlessly suppressed as enemies of the state, brutally tortured and publicly executed for their faith in bringing the Good News from the Savior of the Poor towards all throughout the world, not just the Jews in the Holy Land.

I ask, on behalf of fellow Catholics, is that the state which High Prosecutor Bellerose wishes for @Sylvania to emulate? If so, he should take heed of the ending of this story in history, for that state failed in its efforts to silence the word of Christ the Liberator. Not just that, but the pagan degeneracy of the empire that was so violently defended would soon be washed away, missionaries and bishops once persecuted now free to spread the Word of the Lord amongst all throughout the world, which allowed for lands as far away as what would become Sylvania itself to proudly, openly, and freely proclaim itself to be that once persecuted religion: Catholicism. Understand, I do not imply that Sylvania is itself pagan. I instead warn of imminent hypocrisy, a sinful, dangerous path Sylvania appears prepared to walk down should it continue to emulate the pagan and defunct Tiburan Empire of old rather than that of the Savior. Also, should that path be chosen, those Knights whom Sylvania is prepared to execute will be proclaimed and seen by all as martyrs, similar to the martyrs of our Lord centuries ago. They have not been forgotten, but are remembered and honored, their executioners reviled and pitied for their short-sighted, brutal response to the Word of the Lord. I do not believe it to be a stretch of imagination to believe that Sylvania would wish to avoid imitating the image of the executioners.

Furthermore, I remind the Sylvanian Federation as well that, far from a "perversion of Christ's teachings" as the High Prosecutor so eloquently put it, Liberationist Catholicism is an accepted subset of Catholic Doctrine per decree from His Holiness in Clermont, the One True Pope whom resides in Petits-Pays, an ally of Sylvania, and an ally of the Knights of St. Joseph. Is Chancellor Walter Langley prepared to persecute fellow Christians, indeed fellow Catholics, and cause consternation and further division within the One True Church? Let him also not forget that the Knights of St. Joseph are allies of Sylvania too, or has Chancellor Langley so swiftly washed from his mind, just as Pontius Pilate washed his hands, the blood spilled together in the Great War, which ended only three years ago? Is this how Sylvania treats not just brother Catholics, but brothers-in-arms?

I, nonetheless, also remember another of the Savior's teachings: "Render unto Caesar's what is Caesar's," and acknowledge the difficult position the Chancellor is in given the harsh laws of Sylvania. After all, he has called for a tribunal rather than bowing to the bloodthirsty will of the High Prosecutor, a small mercy the Knights of St. Joseph acknowledge with humble gratitude. I therefore ask the Chancellor to consider the path of mercy, which will preserve the good relations forged in the fires of war between the Federation and the Knights, and consider sending these three Knights, whose actions were not guided by telegrams but by their zealous faith, back to the Lands of St. Joseph, where the Order shall deal with them appropriately.

Should he refuse, and should this tribunal move forward, find these Knights guilty, and make them martyrs, then Sylvania shall be regarded as it would apparently wish to be seen: a brutal, dangerous land for citizens, civilians, and foreigners alike, unworthy of travel to and unwise of trade with, for fear of unjust and un-Christian persecution, and set only in reveling in darkness rather than embracing the light. I pray that Chancellor Langley heeds my words, and chooses to take the brave step of walking in the footsteps of Christ the Liberator, rather than the pagan emperors of Tibur. History has shown whose path has led towards righteousness and salvation, just look at the world around us.

I remain, Your Brother in Christ the Liberator,
Grand Master Giuseppe Ceretto

Grand Master and Prince of the Most Serene Order of Knights of the Lands of St. Joseph

Relayed by:
Knight Chancellor Orlando Blanco
Knight Commander of Foreign Affairs

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