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Bourdignian Confederation Officially Proclaimed
• Marks the end of the alliance and an agreed federal state
• Confederation encompasses Bourdignie, Hohensee, Waldstätte, and the creation of four more "cantons"
• To be referred to as "Bourdignie" in common speech
• Army continues to forge path north to secure and meet Eiffelland
By: Aimee Le Roux & Charles A. Smith
26 mai 2021 — Anglaise
The relative calm seen in Pannonia over the previous week has not been an indication of nothing happening. Bourdignie has been proclaimed a Federal State alongside her allies. This event does not happen in a vacuum as evidenced by the recent recognition of Bourdignie by Remion and surprisingly Eiffelland on Monday after the Twatter announcement from Zoltán Kovács that he was bringing peacekeepers to the region from specifically Tarusa and Pelasgia. As reported by Az Esti Újság, there are military movements in Pannonia that occur regularly in relation to Pannonia's southern border. The northwestern border of Pannonia that it shares with Bourdignie is something different, a place of relative calm. This is no accident, Bourdignie maintains a larger population than fellow breakaway state Eugenia, and additionally Bourdignie has procured more advanced weaponry and most importantly ammunition from her own allies.
Originally Bourdignie was seen as a political experiment launched by the Patois speaking wine growers of the region to proclaim their solidarity with Eugenia and the Zaran people. The project drew a great deal of attention both domestically and internationally, and when recognized by the Federation and Josepania the project took wings and began to suddenly seem to be a real possibility. Representatives from Bourdignie have been instrumental in discussing via secret communications that usually occur in person or via dead drops with the aid of hints on the internet. "We were quite afraid that our internet communications were being monitored and us old wine growers thought we should do this the old way. So we took a car, or bus to who we needed to speak to," said interim President Olivier Brisbois. Brisbois was agreed upon by all three members of the Bourdignian Confederation (Confédération Bourdignique) to continue to be interim President. Prior, he was the interim President of only the original Bourdignie project. Sixty-seven years old, Brisbois has grown wine all his life and as strongly committed himself to the idea of direct democracy.
The agreement is confusing in terminology, and some of that maybe due to the fact that it is largely a project led by locals and not major politicians or lawyers. The new Federal Constitution of the Bourdignian Confederation is contradictory in terminology, but something that expressed the desires of the authors which wanted to maintain the original ideals of a confederation in the early days of the alliance with the necessities of the independence struggle they find themselves in. In short, a stronger central government was needed to fight against Pannonia and easily coordinate with the allies that Bourdignie was rapidly gaining.
In order to dilute the powers of the cantons (as they are being named), four more cantons have been agreed to be drawn up within existing territories claimed. The Federal Constitution also allows for new cantons to be added with a process that allows for hypothetical expansion of Bourdignie. The canton system will allow for regional minorities to have more control of their affairs, and in a sort of continuation of the prior failed union a belief in multiethnic or at least multilinguistic union. Brisbois was not shy in his affirmation, "Our new Federal State is built on a certain belief that Pannonia's demise was wrong, and we aim to use a proper direct democracy to assure that."
Meanwhile the new nation has begun utilizing a new flag which comprises the colors of the three original cantons in a tricolor. Most popular is the artistry of a Versoix woman, Marianne Huertaux, which drew up a flaming cross for soldiers to wear on the arms. She is not shy about how it came to be. "We're in a religious group where we like to sing choir songs or draw. We also play music at home for fun too. Well we were designing some fun symbols for our new band, and we came up with this flaming cross after a session with some Josepanian Aid (Josepania has controversially sent an aid package full of rum, coffee, and marijuana). We gave it to some of the soldier boys training and they keep asking us for more of them to wear." The soldiers that now race to Eiffelland wear this symbol.
Interim President Brisbois has been clear in his desires moving forward. "I want this new Federal State to thrive. I think we can do it with firm allied support. It is my wish to host a meeting with our new allies and make it official." ✚