DEBATE OF THE 100th SESSION REGARDING THE PANNONIAN CRISIS
Margaret Stone, Natalian Representative to the European Forum:
Those are probably dire times in which we start the 100th session of the European Forum, tackling yet another Gallo-Germanian Crisis, rather than celebrate a century of the EF providing for peace and stability in the whole of Europe. This new crisis has been set by an explosion of xenophobia in Pannonia against the Zarans mostly, but also against the Pannonian Franks and the Serboves living in the nation, especially with the populist and nationalist government of Kovacs Zoltan in power, whose rhetoric cannot but inflame the spirits even more as it seems he pushes the nation away from its traditional civic and autonomous structures, to an overt centralisation, pushing for the primacy of the Bajoran ethnic group over the other peoples living in Pannonia.
This Crisis has attracted many 3rd party elements, such as the Senate and People of Remion, better known as the Remis Republic, whose goal, as a representative of the Tiburan peoples of southern Gallo-Germania is to defend the Zaran minority, but also the nations of the West and South, such as the Federation of Westernesse, the Collectivist Union of Josepania and the Union of Natal, whose support for the Remis and the Zaran and Frankish minorities in Pannonia comes from their entrenched respect towards the self determination of the peoples of Europe and the need for human rights and rule of law to be respected. On the other side, we do see conservative powers supporting the government in Kispest, where we can see the new government of Pelasgia and the Tsardom of Tarusa supporting Kovacs Zoltan in his endeavours.
It is clear by now, that two main camps are developing, and we are seeing a return to the bipolar world which can be characterised by tension, militarisation, bringing back the great risks of global warfare which will end up in thousands of casualties and a complete failure of the European Forum. Those two camps, which I will henceforth describe as the Populists, for those regarding the self-determination of the people as having primacy, does count the Republic of Remion, the Collectivist Union of Josepania, the Federation of Westernesse and the Union of Natal, while the other camp, which I will name henceforth as the Sovereignists, represent the current government of Pannonia, the Pelasgian Union and the Tsardom of Tarusa and its... let's call it... associated state, the Noks Free State.
Should the European Forum fail in bringing peace and allow the sparkle to reach the powderkeg, I fear that we are throwing human history back a century as we will end up waging a war not only for the Zarans in Pannonia, but a multi-faceted war on multiple fronts, as the Zaran dispute will represent only a pretext towards the causes of a greater war which will be brought on by regional rivalries and the entanglement of alliances, which will bring destruction all over the world.
War is closer than we think, and now its time to do something to stop it... more than just offering our concerns, thoughts and prayers for it to go away. In this day and age, neo-imperialism must be squashed as we live in a time where the self-determination of the peoples of Europe is paramount. The recent events with the arrival of Tarusan boots on the ground in Pannonia is no less provocative and instigates to a war, than the Remis declaration of a no fly zone over the Zara provinces. The reaction of even from the Bajoran people is indicative of how the politics of the Kovacs government is affecting them too, as it is reported that morale in the Pannonian army is at an all time low. Why are they fighting for? To preserve their own families? The Bajoran people? Pannonia? or the interests of the oligarchy in power in Kispest, which is now openly using foreign mercenaries to achieve its goals, knowing that they will act like a foreign horde that will have no scruples in pillaging, killing, looting, raping or destroying their enemies, while a virtuous Bajoran soldier will think twice before following such an order, as he has grown up with the idea that Zarans or Franks, as much as they speak different languages, are still Pannonian citizens.
Let us be honest here and say it as it is, the soldiers that have been lauded so much for coming to his aid by Kovacs Zoltan, are not regular soldiers from the Tsarist Army, but rather mercenaries from the Romanov Company, which come from the Noks Free State, and I will say that in the end, it won't be only Zarans and Franks which will be suffering from their presence, but the whole of Pannonia, including the Bajorans. Should a war take place, there will be no winners, only losers and victims. That is why, the European Forum must act, and defuse the current crisis.
I do invite all the governments from both the Populist block and the Sovereignist one, to be pragmatic and to find a common ground that will bring the betterment of the people they represent, rather than a go to war and bring death and destruction.