- Oct 30, 2006
- Bécs-Altstadt & Kispest
- Coro (Skepps)
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The events in Fonda have been followed closely by literally every interested party in Europe. The same could be said in Eugenia as citizens sat glued to their twatter accounts debating the speeches and rumors from Fonda. The mood on the streets of Gonzaga had been melancholy as even though the war was over, nothing seemed particularly better. The Forum at Fonda changed this atmosphere. As President Constanza spoke harshly to interim President Fontana, a group of university students decided that it was time to stand up for what they believed to be right. It was time for elections. They took the streets with signs and marched towards the building where Congress met. As they marched, the crowd grew. Soon it became quite a large crowd that sang songs, chanted, and danced. They wanted change. Congress then received an offer from Tarusa and it became clear that this protest was being televised around the world and the gathered together in an emergency session.
Act I: Congress
The Congress of Gonzaga met together mulling over how to handle the crowd that gathered outside. It was peaceful and so at first they did not care to take action. It was a particular diplomatic message from Tarusa that sat uneasy with them. A gathering unease as it contained an offer to help suppress the protest. Congress did not trust Tarusa to match its promises to withdraw after suppressing it, but they also knew that if something was not done it could harm their legitimacy and have Tarusa invade anyhow. Remion might again get involved and a war worse than the original could take place.
"—We cannot allow a single Tarusan on our soil!"
"—there is no way that we can even be assured that if we ignore their advise that they won't come whether we like it or not!"
"—if we are not able to summon the courage to stand for this action of free speech, what did we even fight for!?"
"—we won't be able to have future cases of free speech if we don't take action to disperse this crowd and adhere to Tarusan advice!"
"—who cares what Tarusa thinks?"
"—we could just give into the demands of the crowd and allow elections?"
"—elections for what? We haven't a constitution!"
"—what right do we have to govern without a constitution anyway?"
"—we keep order here!"
Debate lasted hours and it was at this time something else happened. News that President Constanza had landed at Gonzaga International Airport. There were fears this could now turn into a riot, or something far worse. Congress finally agreed that the military needed to be called to the scene to prevent any harm occurring to President Constanza or to the Congress itself.
Act II: The Army
Tanks rolled onto the streets. Freshly painted with Eugenian symbols, they moved as quickly as possible to the square in front of Congress with rows of armed men behind them. News quickly broke to the protestors and they now felt that they would have to stand off against what appeared to be a dictatorship of the Congress. It was then that the famous El Presidente was recognized and he mingled with protestors and students who were all so eager to shake his hand. This seemed like a special moment in time.
The tanks had trouble getting up to the Congress building. Students initially threw things at the tanks but suddenly, they stopped. A man walked out of the lead tank, with a large military cap he shook the hands of students and smiled. Slowly behind him the military made it to the Congress building and there the "General" with the hat found himself face to face with El Presidente. They chatted for what seemed like ages as a fever pitch swelled among the crowd. The two men then walked up the steps to the top of the Congress building and a man handed them a megaphone. "ThE dIcTaToRsHiP oF tHe CoNgRessss iS oVeR!" The megaphone inconsistently amplifying the man's voice. The man growing accustomed to the megaphone continued, "—now I, General Leone can proclaim together with our friend, President Constanza, the beginning of our Socialist Republic of Zara! We will have elections in October! The Army will see to it!" General Leone clearly had something in mind that was not what the Congress of Gonzaga wanted. The military was now in charge of the political process.
Then the General and El Presidente raised their linked hands together in the air to the cheers of the crowd. El Presidente was given the megaphone to speak to the crowd while soldiers walked into the Congress building and disbanded the Congress of Gonzaga. The Congressmen were not held, but they were forced to leave the building.