A deal is struck
Following days of tedious negotiations, the first foreign owned arms plant has been opened in the proud Peoples Soviet Russia. Chairman Browning had this to say, "We embrace the rule of law anywhere our factories can be found, and while the legal system of Russia is quite different from the one we know and love in America, the vast untapped potential of the people's Union cannot be underestimated. It was together that we fought and defeated the Huns, and I believe economic cooperation can again profit both the hard working people of Russia, and The American Arms and Apparel company." The Deal called for the construction of a mid sized weapons factory specializing in small arms to be situated on the coast of the Caspian sea in the sleepy town of Sovograd. The deal also stipulated that should this small trial run be a success, further negotiations could be possible to see other sites constructed.
The Boys are back in town
In other, unrelated company news, representatives from Arstotzka signed a separate deal with AAAC ensuring the construction and maintenance, on the company dime, of several sites in Finland to ensure the market there. These sites would see the production of primarily small arms in the american pattern, but also a research and development branch designed to work with the Arstotzkan government to develop their own designs of firearms to be produced from AAAC factories, though this is expected to take a considerable about of time.
In Africa, two sites have been chosen to begin construction of AAACs second series of dockyards, the other being in Malta, these docks will focus on the production of Naval vessels for the Arstotzkan navy as well as the commercial market. Though the future seems grim in the developing economic dip, AAAC remains optimistic and will continue to prepare for the future.
The American Arms and Armor Company, where quality and customer satisfaction meet.
Outbreak In Mdina and Sliema!
An epidemic has begun to sweep through the home Island of Malta recently. The diseases in question are a deadly combination of Cholera and Dysentery. It is said that the first infectee was the former King Ludwig, who had caught the disease while hiding out in the forest with his last remaining men. It is not known how the water and foodstuffs got infected with the deadly mix, but what is known is that it spreads quite rapidly. So far the illness has infected the historical city of Mdina, and the most populated city in the island of Malta, Sliema.
HOW TO PROTECT ONESELF
Drink Only Water That Has Been BOILED
COOK Your Food THOROUGHLY And Serve Hot When Eating
AVOID Raw Seafood Or Other Raw Foods, Exceptions Are As Fallows, Nuts
Like Water, BOIL Your MIlk
!!!Signs and symptoms of cholera dehydration include irritability, lethargy, sunken eyes, a dry mouth, extreme thirst, dry and shriveled skin that's slow to bounce back when pinched into a fold, little or no urine output, low blood pressure, and an irregular heartbeat!!!
Economy Takes A Punch To The Gut!
As the economy of America takes a sharp downturn, the Maltese economy which goes hand and hand with it, has as well. All across the Island and it's holdings, millions of people are suffering the consenquences of the economic failures. Thousands upon thousands have lost everything they had worked for, as well as their jobs, and everything is incredibly gloomy in the generally upity Tunis.
SIR LAWRENCE SPEAKS
In the hours after the two disasters, the new leader gave his address to the people. While not undermining the seriousness of the crisis, Lawrence blamed the past administration under King Ludwig for setting the stages for the crisis, and reassured that the nation will not only come out of this debacle stronger, but more united. Sir Lawrence promised that the new government shall in to place numerous programs to jumpstart the economy, put me into work and put bread upon the tables of the downtrodden. Sir Lawrence also addressed the recent cholera and dysentery that had swept the cities of Mdina and Sliema. He stated that his heart goes out to all the inflicted, and that test and programs will be underway in hopes of containing the outbreak and ultimately resolving it.
Soldiers walk about once more, finding artifacts from the war. One of which is a journal entry from a soldier, which reads as follows:
"The Nokt of April 3rd, 1904. Tonight we were tasked with guarding a supply train from our glorious kapital to the heartlands. This war has strained us. By Violet, let us win this war. Please, let us win. I simply wish to serve my glorious nation, then return to my home and children and wife."
"The Day of April 4, 1904. Early morn was shattered by the kakophany of noise from the enemy artillery. Oh god, the shells krashed down upon us. We felt sorry for the Afrika Korps soldiers with us. In a foreign land, far from home, and also suffering our same artillery barrage. May Violet save us."
The journal has been returned to the soldiers family. God rest his soul.
The Workers car, Marko Motor
After Years of theorizing, prototyping and endless days and nights, Marko and his team has announced that their final prototype has been tested and deemed a success. The Motor Vehicle dubbed "Avtomobil' lyudey" or Car of the People (Sorry I couldn't think of anything more imaginative), this four wheel vehicle is capable of carrying four passengers including the Driver. It's able to drive off-road, though under certain weather conditions it'll struggle, the boot space is rather small as the chassis was needed to be shrunk down has a larger chassis was too heavy for the engine to cope but it can carry the basics for what a working person requires. The Engine is capable of going 55mph, an achievement Doctor Marko is quite proud to talk about and to go along with this announcement The creation of the Marko Automobile Industry is being setup in Vladivostok which will continue to create new versions of the "Avtomobil' lyudey" with new factories planning to be set up throughout the country.
The Corporation known as AAAC which was given land after the Afghan-Makodon War has recently entered talks with the Council and the General-Secretary about the possibility of opening their factories and expanding their corporation here. initially both the General-Secretary and The Council were hesitant to accept until they came up with an idea for a trial run, it was also with the idea that the Working men and women could indeed benefit from this. The deal with the AAAC was that they will able to build their factories in the small town in Turkmenistan of "Sovograd" located near the coast of the Caspian Sea for five years which both The Council and the General-Secretary agree is ample time for the progressive and the promises made by the company to bear fruit and in five years time The Council will review the deal and decide if they can continue to expand within the nation or be forced to leave of Sovograd. Despite them a private venture, The Council is intrigued by the possible that could arise and to prevent any mistreatment of its worker, they must coincide to the Workers Rights regulations put in place in 1830.
"Earth with thy folds, and hollow, and holes, into which a man may fling himself and crouch down. In the spasm of terror under the hailing of annihilation, in the bellowing death of the explosions, O Earth, thou grantest us the great resisting surge of the new-won life. Our being, almost utterly carried away by the fury of the storm streams back through our hands from thee...." -Francis Seisan
Francis Seisan and men alike were stationed on the left most side of the defenses around the Venetian front. It is widely known by the men who served and the men who study the war that the left had faced some of the most hellish fighting. Not only did the brave Maltese and Tunisian troops fight side by side to repel the waves of huns, but suffered together at the hands of the seemingly never ending baragges of blind, unexpected death. We owe it to men like that of Francis that we can enjoy the great wonders we do, the men who sacrificed their lives for the state and it's opportunities that we take for granted. Whether it be in Tunisia, so many years ago, in Palestine, Cyprus and Venice, these men's sacrifices will not go unheeded!
New government elected in Quebec!
A new government has been elected in Quebec (trying to think of creative ways to join the RP)! Prime minister Francois Texier pledges his country's support to the American commonwealth to which Quebec is a constituent of. However, with the recent Quiet Revolution among the population of French Canadians, the government can no longer support the Pope in Rome. With calls throughout the country for reform in Catholicism and droves of people leaving the church, the government of Quebec endorses the actions of the Socialist Italian Republic Rexteur and hopes that freedom of religion can once more be respected from the leaders in Rome.
Market Meltdown! Black Friday Hits the Fatherland!
There's simply no other way to put it. The banks are broke! Their patrons are penniless! And their departments are destitute! The troubling news of the economic crash in America was soon replicated here in Arstotzka. The Turku Stock Exchange indicated an all-out fallout that had never been seen before! Joblessness is beginning to spread at an unprecedented rate at the news of this magnanimous market meltdown!
Hallita Rubert Mannerhoff, upon being startled sick by economic reports, was quick to call for calm among this chaos. "This troubling news is not unique to the Fatherland alone," he said, "but we must maintain vigilance, and realize the regrettable revelation." This 'regrettable revelation,' as the Hallita described it, is a sinister plot. One that has been forged by the cunning minds of sinister forces that seek to destroy Arstotzka. Our Hallita has stated before the people that this great crash is none other than a sadistic Ratist conspiracy.
The Union Council was called to an emergency meeting, one which is currently underway, where its members would work to find solutions to cope with this crisis.
A Star-Studded Deal in a Plight-Plagued Time
In other news, shortly before the crash, an economic delegation appointed by the Hallita secured an excellent deal with the prosperous American Arms and Apparel Company (AAAC). The Company is chaired by Mr. John Browning, a man who, in our troubling time, shines as a gleaming example of the model entrepreneur, much like that of the Fatherland's very own Edvan Ostbov. Thanks to this new deal, the AAAC will be able to construct numerous sites across Arstotzka. These sites will provide the Fatherland's army and consumers with new American firearms.
Alongside the construction of new sites, a new branch has been formed that will work in cooperation with the government in order to develop Arstotzkan-style designs. The AAAC will also work with newly provided dockyards to provide state-of-the-art ships for commercial and military use of the Fatherland and its colonies.
Although the new economic chaos we face may hinder the progress that his deal is intended to yield, we shall certainly prosper in the longer span of time that is yet to come.
Local Inventor Achieves Flight
Just like the daring brave Wright Brothers of America, a Finn has cracked the code of flight. In the rural outskirts of Paradizno, a man named Eric Magnus Campbell Tigerstedt has created a winged machine that has proven to be capable of achieving flight! Tigerstedt successfully tested his invention before a large crowd of onlookers who had gathered upon hearing news of a "revolutionary sky machine." The inventor, upon displaying the success of his work in creating a new flying vehicle, announced that his invention shall "completely change the face of aerial warfare as the world has known it since." Albeit this "aero-flyer" is only capable of staying in the air for some seconds, Tigerstedt vowed that he shall work to improve its capabilities.
Dumanaa Assassinated by Liberian Insurgent!
A chilling report from West Africa has reached Paradizno. Viljami Dumanaa, the Chief of the Colonial Authority of West Africa (CAWA), has been assassinated! This morning on the day of 8 May, 1908, Dumanaa arrived at the Central Assembly Palace to discuss the construction of a new monument to fallen soldiers of the Arstotzkan-Liberian War with his fellow administrators of the CAWA. After this meeting, the Chief exited from the central meeting hall and was flocked by a crowd of reporters. His personal entourage of bodyguards struggled to hold against the swarm of journalists. The men had almost reached the front door when, suddenly, a man stepped out of the crowd and stabbed Dumanaa four times in the neck and chest before being subdued by the guards and other members of the Authority Board. The Chief was immediately rushed to Jumalan Armo Hospital, but tragically, Dumanaa was pronounced dead upon arrival.
The perpetrator of this heinous crime was identified as Demetrius Tsafendiaso, a German-Mozambican-born terrorist. Tsafendiaso's crime has shed further light on the existence of a greater network of Liberian insurgents known as the Liberian Republican Army (LRA). This terrorist group has been recognized as causing various tragedies across West Africa, such as the Timantti church bombing of 1905 that killed twenty-three.
Dumanaa's funeral will be held this coming Friday. Many West African citizens have taken to the streets in mourning of the beloved businessman-turned-leader.
A state of emergency was declared across seven states last week as mounting riots erupted into open chaos in the streets of Chicago, Cincinnati, Pittsburgh, and New York, to name but a few. General discontent following the market crash last week and rising food prices sparked racial tensions. Senator Hauser reportedly demanded better and more unilateral action from the Federal government to stem the tide of job loss and industry shutdowns, a call that was repeated by many other members of congress with varying degrees of vitriol. The Senator went on to accuse several congressional members of 'purposefully holding the ethnically German american population for ransom' by refusing to allow several bills that would subsidize industry within the industrialized heartland of America.
When shunned from Washington as an agitator and possible Carsonist, Senator Hauser returned to Pittsburgh where he resumed calls for the federal government to support the ailing german belt. Matters were not helped when Ohio national guardsmen, called up to contain rioting in Columbus, refused to fire upon the crowd of mostly German Americans. The resulting uncontrolled riot cost the lives of nearly a hundred people and several fires were set.
Newly elected Democratic President Woodrow Wilson vowed harsh penalties against against anyone arrested for rioting, while also beginning the limited deployment of several divisions to the American East coast. The President attempted to visit the embattled cities as a show of good will but only managed a few hours before being chased from chicago city hall by angry ex factory workers, a scene that would repeat in several following cities.
Where did all the money go!?
The Peruvian market has crashed! After the near destruction of the US economy, Peru felt the shockwave it sent across the world. Both the timber and copper industries have crashed, making the products nearly worthless. The oil, salt, and tin industries have keep the economy afloat, but only barely. This is a terrible day for the new and young Republic of Peru.
TECHNOCRAT LIGHTS HIMSELF ABLAZE
Among the roaring confusion and the numerous economic disasters that have plunged the world and Malta into the abyss, a rather insane event had accrued during a meeting of the council of Technocrats. Bernard Zammit, a technocrat reigning from Sliema had done a most extreme demonstration. It's said that he jumped atop the table during a chaotic argument between all the technocrats, an argument Lawrence tried to quell, and yelled the fallowing while marching towards Lawrence.
"It is the fault of none other than you, Sir Lawrence Schafer, that Malta suffers!"
It's said that Lawrence and the technocrats watched in disbelief as Bernard pulled out an oil can that he tucked in his overcoat and began oiling himself and his clothing. All the while proclaiming while looking into Lawrence's eyes,
"And if we let this walking homunculus run our nation any longer then by god we shall all burn!"
Bernard then is said to have took out a lighter and lit his body ablaze. The other technocrats reacted quickly and pulled the burning man off the table before attempting to put out the flames and save his life. The attempts would have proved unsucsesful had it not been for our most merciful, compassionate and kind leader stepped in and used his thick military jacket to put out the flames. Sir Lawrence Schafer is truly our hero of the day, and of all days to come!
NÉPSZAVA DAILY PRESS:
9th June 1906,
King and Palatine Assassinated!
His Imperial Majesty King András III, Her Royal Highness Queen-Consort Anastasia, and His Excellency Palatine János Sólyom were brutally assassinated yesterday during an official visit to the city of Debrecen. The tragic news arrived following chaotic scenes in the city square, where His Majesty had been visiting the newly opened railway station and greeting his loyal subjects across the city.
Although news at this present hour remains uncertain, it is believed that a bomb placed near the delegation instantly killed the King and Queen who at the time stood in closest proximity to the explosion, whilst the Palatine suffered fatal wounds that he ultimately succumbed to later yesterday evening. Shortly after the tragic terrorist attack occurred, local authorities arrested the 26 year-old Serb, Vojislav Tankosić, who was reportedly seen in the crowd maniacally laughing and shouting cries of “liberate Serbia” and “death to Hungary” throughout the unfolding horror. Following interrogation he confessed to the assassination, however it is believed that he planted the bomb in association with a number of conspirators who remain at large.
Alongside the main delegation, the tragic deaths of a number of brave Hungarians must also be regretfully announced. The Minister for the Interior, István Süli; Mayor of Debrecen, Tibof Sizijartó; Royal Guards, Zsolt Semjén and Antál Rogan; Private Secretary Mihály Varga, and members of the public Péter Balog, and Csaba Hendé all further perished in the despicable attack. Alongside this serious injuries of another 12 people were further incurred in the explosion, however it is thankfully expected that all of these shall recover from their injuries.
As the hunt continues for the other repugnant individuals at large who coordinated this evil act of terror, the city of Debrecen remains under lockdown and the Imperial Army has set up checkpoints across the area to ensure that those involved are swiftly brought to justice and made to pay for the innocent lives that they have so cruelly taken. Current intelligence suggests that all the conspirators were former organisers of the now banned Braca Srbje newspaper that was heavily instigated in the May Uprising of 1902 by Slavs in the Tában District of Buda in protest at Hungary’s involvement in the Second Balkan War. Authorities request that individuals remain vigilant at all times, and that patriotic Hungarians report any suspicious acts undertaken by Slavs in their local area to the police.
Government Upheaval, God Save the King!
In light of the tragic death of His Majesty King András III, His nine year-old son Matthias has been dutifully proclaimed as His Majesty King Matthias III, King of the Magyars, Sovereign of the Greater Kingdom of Hungary. Unfortunately however, due to his lack of age, he remains unable to fulfil the full day to day administrative duties of the Sovereign. As such the remainder of the Cabinet in discussion with a number of royal officials, has elected to appoint András’s brother, Miklós, Bán of Másco, to rule in his stead as Regent until such time as His Majesty is of age.
Alongside this, the ruling Magyar National Front Party (MNF) has also begun a party leadership race to determine a successor to the late János Sólyom, who will ultimately fulfil the duties of Party Leader and Palatine of Hungary. In the run up to the party’s National Convention where delegates will vote on the candidates standing, it is expected that a number of internal debates for the leadership will be held in the party’s committee rooms in the National Diet over the coming weeks.
At present, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Ferenc Mádl, is seen as the front runner, and has been described by many as the ‘continuity candidate’ aiming to continue the broadly right-wing nationalist policies of his predecessor. However the charismatic and revolutionary MNF backbencher, László Sárvar, has recently made dramatic gains in his popularity amongst the public, and is believed to be rapidly encroaching on Mádl’s lead. Sárvar has risen to fame in the last few years as a result of the publishing of his book, “The Struggle of the Magyar Peoples”, which outlined a political ideology now being coined as Sarvarism
Sarvarism is a totalitarian nationalist ideology, that takes its name from the teachings of the Hungarian politician, philosopher and economist László Sárvar, as outlined in his book ”The Struggle of the Magyar Peoples”. Sarvarism in itself is an offshoot of traditional Gravonism, however takes a much more totalitarian approach to society and ethnic purity, and a much more interventionist approach to the economy.
Sarvarist states, much as traditional Gravonist societies, are organised in a unitary hierarchical structure, focused on a strong national leader. In Hungary this strong national leader takes the historic position of Palatine, elected indefinitely by a council of party officials and delegates representing the various Guilds of the economy, and appointed by the Sovereign.
Under Sarvarism, only one party is permitted, under the belief that democracy promotes only discord and conflict that hinders national progress. In Hungary’s case this takes the form of the political party, the ”Magyar Nemzeti Elulso”, or Magyar National Front (MNF), under the benevolent leadership of László Sárvar. Since this political party represents all Hungarians and preserves order, stability and national greatness; opposition and any form of dissidence to its rule is criminal, and therein after repeated offences, punishable by death.
Aside from this, in Sarvarist societies government is organised into three branches: the armed forces (which manages national defence, and law and order), the church (which manages the state religion, the preservation of national moral purity and greatness, the judiciary, charitable relief to the poor, and public education in close cooperation with the military), and the civilian branch (which provides other miscellaneous public services, and organises unemployment relief in the form of labour armies that construct national infrastructure). All three of these branches are synonymous with the state, and headed by the strong national leader.
Sarvarism differs from traditional Gravonism in the sense that it takes a much more interventionist approach to the economy, albeit whilst retaining the fundamental principles of private property and business ownership.
Sarvarist states believe that all industries of the economy should be vertically integrated and organised into mutually exclusive Guilds, of which all companies operating in said sector are members. For example the Guild of Chemical Manufacturing, would include all corporations operating in the chemical sector as members.
Sarvarist economic doctrine states that each of these industrial Guilds should possess a Guild Bank at the zenith of their respective hierarchy, which would own equity in and lend to all member corporations. Most notably this Guild Bank’s portfolio would be restricted exclusively to the Guild it operates for, thus eliminating wastage of capital on any priorities other than the development of the industry itself. Similarly all Guild member companies would also own 10% equity in one another. This unique structure creates a culture of interdependency between previously rival firms, incentivising them to share research and development, focus on long term strategy rather than short term goals at the expense of others, and invest collectively to the benefit the Guild and industry therein as a whole. Furthermore this equity and lending structure also practically eliminates the possibility of hostile foreign takeovers by subversive elements, and also shields companies from stock market fluctuations, creating a significantly more stable economic environment to invest and grow in.
Alongside this, under Sarvarism, all corporations within such Guilds are mandated to be at least 30% owned by their employees. Whilst this does not necessitate the chaotic and inefficient worker control over the means of production as with Carsonist ideologies, it nonetheless gives workers a stake in the operation of their business and thus an incentive for it to thrive and prosper (whilst also giving the working classes an additional income stream in the form of dividends that ensures their financial well-being). This follows after László Sárvar’s “Principle of Labour”, or the belief that “people of all classes and in all conceivable cases work harder and with greater commitment if they themselves possess a stake in that which they labour, which in turn benefits them and their families”.
Within this structure, employees are encouraged to remain within their respective company and Guild for their entire lifetime, with the effective guarantee of continued progression upwards as a reward for hard work and success (which they themselves are also incentivised to achieve, being equity partners in the company they labour for). This creates a much more secure labour force for industry, and also permits the development of long term employee skills that benefit industrial expansion and technological advancement. Furthermore under Sarvarism, companies within these Guilds are also mandated to provide health and sickness benefits to their workers, under the belief that healthy workers are more content and productive workers.
However despite these largely privately owned and operated Guilds, Sarvarism still takes the belief that some sectors of the economy should be nationalised in the greater national interest. For example, all arms manufacturing industries should be state owned and operated, so as to ensure a stable source for the armed forces, fully intwined with its priorities. Furthermore a number of state-owned national investment banks should exist, that invest funds in Guilds prioritised by the state for further development. This creates a hierarchical free market system, which retains the ability of the government to forcefully guide the market in the national interest where necessary.
Sarvarism takes the belief that strong nations can only be truly so, if they are ethnically and culturally homogenous. In particular Sarvarism places great emphasis on purging all Slavs from any rightfully Magyar territories, whether by peaceful or violent means. In his treatise, “The Struggle of the Magyar Peoples” , László Sárvar blames Slavs in particular for importing many of the revolutionary settlements that brought Hungary almost to its knees in the 19th Century. More recently Sárvar similarly blames the Slavs for promoting odious Carsonism, thereby threatening the societal balance and fundamental public order.
Sarvarism further takes the policy that for a nation to be truly strong, the Magyar peoples must maintain their moral purity. Sarvarites believe that criminals are intrinsically morally impure and destined to reoffend over and over, tearing society apart. Thus they believe that barring the most minor of crimes , all felonies should be punishable by death, thereby cleansing Hungary of this moral impurity and danger to the public. Sarvarites also take the moral standpoint that it is immoral to allow the genetically disabled or malformed to live their lives condemned to misery as a result of their illnesses, and instead they should be compulsorily euthanised on birth as an act of mercy releasing them to peace in heaven.
Otherwise within society, Sarvarist states glorify hard work, military service, devotion to the nation, progress at all costs, traditional families and motherhood.
Sarvarism is closely associated with an extreme interpretation of Roman Catholicism. All other religions are banned, and their supporters branded as heretics to be forcefully converted or executed. However while this may appear as religious zealotry to the literal word of God as in the Bible, it is in more practical terms zealotry to the word of the state. In Sarvarist Hungary, the Catholic Church is independent of the Papacy (who is perceived as having fallen to the degeneracy of Liberalism and Carsonist influence, and thus no longer acts as the true representative of the faith), and is instead a branch of the state headed by the Sovereign. Sarvarist Hungary possess its own edition of the Bible, edited so as to reinforce and justify party policy.
As with Gravonism, Sarvarism similarly preaches the importance of the armed forces in the strength of the nation, and in keeping with this, glorifies military service. The armed forces are viewed as the defenders of the nation and are intrinsically intwined with normal society.
Whilst almost all ethnic Hungarian homelands have already been unified by military force, Sarvarists still believe the Magyar warrior peoples should and are destined to expand further. Sarvarists believe international relations are anarchical in nature, and nations can only achieve true international greatness through military conquest. As such Sarvarists believe that Hungary should build itself a colonial empire, creating new areas to settle and expand into (proposed extent shown below).
Furthermore in line with this, in principle, Sarvarist states should hold relations only with other great and ethnically pure warrior peoples. However in practice the leadership negotiates without question with whomever and in any manner it feels will best advance Hungary’s national interests.
In effect Sarvarism can be described as a more extreme variation of Gravonism. He is a proponent of the absolute ethnic homogeneity of the Magyar state, and with it the “removal” of all Slavs, Jews or other “intrinsically violent and repugnant ethnicities”. In particular it is perceived that the implication of Slavic involvement in the tragic assassination of His Majesty yesterday alongside other recent disruption caused by the Slavic community will dramatically benefit his campaign.
Internment Likely to be Reimposed
Although cabinet discussions continue, members of the Imperial Diet expect that as a result of the horrific attack, the internment of all Slavs shall likely be reimposed until such time as the situation returns to normality.
Whilst interment was implemented as an emergency measure during the Balkan War, and maintained temporarily for two years subsequently, the fact that this attack has occurred so shortly after its end implies that the policy was indeed successful at restricting the Slavs violent tendencies. As such it seems an ideal measure to reimplement so as to contain the spread of further attacks on the Hungarian peoples. It is expected that the new Minister of the Interior will announce the plans tomorrow morning, with mass detainment to be implemented by the Imperial Guard and Police shortly after.
Without an end in sight to the economic catastrophe, and with federal aid diverted from industry to farmers in the west, the full effect of the downturn has fallen upon the heavily Germanic industrial belt. Violence and death have descended upon American cities in a scale not seen since the great war of rights. A furious Senator Hauser appeared in Pittsburgh and addressed a crowd of uncounted thousands unemployed men. "We are being targeted! They used us to smite down the fatherland, our very blood was spilled in the endeavor. And what have they done for this show of loyalty? Theyve left us to face cold houses, empty stomachs, and sick families alone! They send their ill gotten money westwards to ensure their coffers remain filled with the slave labor afforded to them from the chinks, the redmen, and the Juden. All the while we, who built this fine nation with our own honest hands suffer unabated!"
Senator Hauser went on to call the Washington government, "Lackeys to the ultimate enemy, the vile Juden" and began organizing a referendum to disband the federal government and replace it with one of his own making. A movement that was immediately taken up by no less than nine state governments, including New York, New Jersey, Ohio, Indiana, Pennsylvania, Minnesota, Ontario, Illinois, and Michigan.
President Woodrow Wilson called the referendum a breach of the constitution and the Supreme court deliberated for only two hours before declaring the movement unconstitutional and supporting the President's declaration. A nationwide state of emergency was announced and an unspecified number of Army Regiments were ordered into the offending states after they refused to cease referendum activities.
While the US Air Navy has largely remained neutral in the conflict, several captains and crew have voiced support for the Referendum, wishing to have their chance to make their voices heard, many of these dissenters were silence quickly but a number have begun operating in support of the Hauser moment.
More to come as the story develops.
An Elk Untamed
In the past month, a devastating series of reports have surfaced at multiple intervals. In the past twenty-eight days alone, there have been twelve terrorist attacks across Sweden and Eastern Vapaus. The most recent of these attacks occurred only yesterday when a bomb was detonated in the lobby of the Helsingborg Central Bank. This sinister strike upon the innocent civilians resulted in the deaths of three dozen, and the injury of one hundred. Even more disturbing was the rioting of a massive mob of ex-factory workers in Gothenburg, where one man was killed in a clash with Swedish police.
This troubling pattern of events has shown the people of the Hallitom that, despite the implementation of a new cooperative, semi-autonomous government in Sweden, there still remain those who wish to hinder the progress brought in by the government. These traitors to the Fatherland have used the recent economic discourse as a twisted justification for their actions. The government has been quick to assert that the culprits behind these attacks are none other than Ratists conspirators who seek to bring great harm to the Finnish people.
Gustavus Fellenburg, the appointed President of the Swedish State, has called for calm among his subjects. The Hallita, however, is believed to harbor doubts about Fellenburg's capability of keeping the peace. Fearing that a broader plot could currently be afoot, Hallita Rubert Mannerhoff ordered for the stationing of the White Guard in cities across Sweden, including Malmo, Helsingborg, Jonkoping, and most notably, Gothenburg, where tensions were clearly running at their highest.
Upon the arrival of the White Guard in Gothenburg, they were swiftly assaulted by a gang of socialist thugs, which were mostly made up of ex-coal miners. This quickly escalated into a fierce battle which concluded with the deaths of three rioters, and the serious injury of one White Guardsman. While the streets were eventually calmed, the damage had been done.
Many, whether they be ordinary civilians and members of the highest government positions, have expressed that a great sense of fear exists across the nation. Fear of a possible conspiracy by these Ratists to violently take over Sweden that could be underway now. As violence may increase, further military detachments have been placed on a status known as "Standby: YELLOW."
The Hallita stated before a crowd of concerned citizens in Turku that, "We must remain ever firm in our stance against these servants of the Red Devil. They will seek to undermine the new friendly and loyal government that we have installed in Sweden. We must remember that the path to recovery from this great turmoil that our economy faces lies not in betraying the Fatherland, but remaining united under it!"
Crisis in Quebec
The crash of the American stockmarkets and the global economy as a whole has affected Quebec greatly. As the Montreal exchange went into freefall, the loss of confidence in the Bank of Montreal and the CIBC caused widespread panic and many Quebecois lost everything. Joblessness is increasing at rates never seen before in the country, and bankrupted farmers have been forced into homelessness and poverty.
The economic crisis has now been compounded by extensive flooding across the St. Lawrence valley, with the Ottawa River, the St. Lawrence River and the Richelieu Rivers breaching the levies designed to protect farmers throughout Quebec. Heavy spring rains and 100 year floods have put more pressure on already suffering farmers, and if flooding continues, many crops will be lost and other farms may not be able to plant this year.
The government of Francois Texier's Liberal party is under significant pressure from the population now subject to a economic crisis brought on by an ever more connected global economy. Met with protests at a town hall in Trois-Rivičres, Texier promised funding for flood relief and re-building projects for those affected by the floods. Despite calls for unity from Liberal leaders, opposition in the Conservative party and the Bloc Quebecois have began to aim blame for the crisis to ties to the American economic system that brought the crash in Quebec.
NÉPSZAVA DAILY PRESS:
14th September 1906,
László Sárvar has emerged triumphant following his landslide victory in the MNF Party leadership election. Sárvar received 356 (64%) votes out of the total 557 delegates present at the party’s National Convention in Pest. Sárvar’s main rival, the former Minister of Foreign Affairs, Ferenc Mádl, alternatively received 171 (31%) votes, whilst fellow backbench hopeful, André Jobbik, received just 30 (5%). The result is seen as a catastrophic disappointment for Mádl, who for many years had been seen as the anointed successor to the late János Sólyom, and preeminent candidate to continue his established policies.
Delegates, including all MNF party-members from both the House of Deputies and House of Magnates (together comprising the Imperial Diet), appear to have been heavily swayed by Sárvar’s radical rhetoric and meteoric rise in public popularity. Violent resistance against the reimposition of Slavic internment also appears to have given credence to Sárvar’s ethnic policies, alongside of course the continuing public impact of the assassination of King András III alongside his wife and the Palatine amongst others, by the Serbian terrorist group Narodna Odbrana. Whilst the main conspirators of this attack were swiftly apprehended and publicly executed, it seems to have exerted irreversible damage on public sympathies towards the Slavic community.
At 9 o’clock this morning, His Royal Highness and Regent, Miklós, appointed Sárvar, Palatine of Hungary and invited him to form a government on behalf of His Majesty King Matthias III. It is expected that cabinet appointments shall be announced over the coming week, as Sárvar decides between favouring fellow ideological radicals, or inviting in former enemies such as Mádl.
Certainly it seems that Sárvar will rapidly move to consolidate his position and reform the nation under his distinct ideology, colloquially known as Sarvarism. Whilst this shall require extensive legislation to be passed through the Imperial Diet, Sárvar will greatly benefit from emergency powers recently granted to the executive in the wake of the assassination. Already Sárvar has issued an Imperial Decree, declaring the internment of all Slavs mandatory and permanent. Alongside this, it has also been decreed that Carsonists, Ratists, Jews, Muslims and Homosexuals should further be detained indefinitely for their “sedition against the Magyar state” and “deplorable revolutionary tendencies”.
It was Charles's 18th birthday, which meant that he could now legally enlist in the military. He was not going to do that. His mother, a teacher at a school for the deaf, and father, a butcher, had persuaded him out of the idea.
"Charlie, ya 'ave such a lovely singing voice, and ya know how ya've always made others laugh... the spark of joy ya bring is much needed in this time of poverty. Why not strive for a career in entertainment?"
"Mum, ya know all my friends are in the army already, ya saw them at the great big parade last month, it'd look silly if I'd be the only one stayin' with my folks and singin' at pubs..."
Indeed, the recession had forced many sons of less fortunate families to enlist in the military, which had become a sort of a relief organization. Recruits were being put to dig ditches and build earthworks for roads, as well as to work at the many factories that the Federal Government had seized after they went bankrupt. However, the military had still retained exactly the kind of prestige Charles wanted in his life.
"But think of the possibilities! Ya could end up working for the film industry, like that, what's 'is name, Jimmy Williamson! I know ya like 'is movies, anyway, them films is gettin' more popular all the time!"
And so, after having a brief birthday brunch with some friends at Café Verganano on Charing Cross Road, Charles headed to the London Coliseum Theatre. His older brother was working as a stagehand there and had managed to secure Charles an interview regarding participation in an oncoming musical project. The dark backstage and its rackety set assembly smelled of old paper and wood, making Charles feel immediately at home. He was greeted by a tall, old man wearing a sport coat over his stage costume.
"Hey, come on in. Here's the piano." The man had the strong, deep voice of an experienced actor, but sounded oddly sad.
"Hey, oh, I'm not really a pianist, sir... I came about the role of Higham Montague..."
The man greeted this remark with a chortle. "Oh, in The Catch of the Season? That role was taken days ago. In case you haven't noticed, the country is in the grip of a huge recession, and hundreds of unemployed actors are knocking on our door. We'd have to shut down as well if it weren't for the Duke and his friends that fund us. Anyway, you want to give the piano a go? Our regular pianist was taken ill and we'd need a replacement. Just for tonight, though."
"Sure, what do you want me to play?"
The man handed Charles a pile of papers. He picked one that seemed simple enough: The Frolic of the Breeze, by P.G. Wodehouse. After taking a quick look at the prelude, Charles - certainly not a master of the piano - grabbed the keys with the determination of a man that really had nothing to lose. Luckily, the chords were easy, and on a whim, he decided to sing the lyrics that were printed on the same sheet. The old man was about to interrupt but sat back down and listened with keen interest until the end of the song.
"...the wayward wind was blowing
And the weather looked like snowing
And the water was at forty-two degrees
But he answered with a shiver:
'I feel safer in the river
Than aboard a penny steamer in the breeze!
On a county council steamer in the breeze!'"
"These lyrics make absolutely no sense!", Charles noted.
"They don't need to, Duke Albert's kids love them and that's all that matters. I think they're going to like your style, as well."
"S'that mean I'm hired?"
"You bet! Not as a pianist, though, the playing was horrible. I'll get you a singing part. What's your name, old sport?"
"Charles Chaplin, sir."
O, Brother, How I Missed Thee!
The Hallita, Rubert Mannerhoff, began talks with newly-appointed Palatine of Hungary, László Sárvar, in Budapest. The Hallita was welcomed in the great city after traveling through Europe on train. Mannerhoff has noted Sárvar to be an "extraordinary leader with a judicious mind and upright morals." Sárvar has been seen by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs as a great ally in Central Europe. He is known to have furnished his own ideology in the mold of Gravonism, known by the Hungarian people as Sarvarism. In short, Sarvarism is an ideology that lay within the Gravonist ideological family, advocating a strong military, capitalist economics, unity under a leader, and constant care for the people of the nation.
Mannerhoff commenced the conference with a speech to a large gathering of people in Budapest. The speech opened with the Hallita expressing his condolences for the loss of Hungary's previous Palatine, János Sólyom, and their beloved King and Queen in a recent terrorist bombing. He stated that the friendship between the Finnish and Hungarian peoples is "one that the Ratist conspirators shall never break."
In what Mannerhoff described to be "one of the most beautiful cities in all Europe," the two leaders discussed a wide variety of matters, with each of them tying into one broader topic: the possibility of the Greater Kingdom of Hungary joining GAUNTLET. If Hungary were to join the Union, it would mark a wondrous first step in accomplishing Aapo Velheim's concept of "Levitä," which was expressed in his renowned book Meidän Vaikeukset.
The Hallita has expressed his hope that Hungary would join GAUNTLET, as to consolidate a stronger base in Europe. Seeing that Hungary will hopefully soon accomplish the goal of implementing Sarvarist Gravonism, it would appear that Hungarian membership in the Union would be beneficial, not only militarily, but also economically. It is the belief of the Hallita that together, Arstotzka and Hungary can put up a much stronger resistance to the spread of heinous Ratism in Europe.
Opinion of Greater Hungary: +50
GREATER KINGDOM OF HUNGARY: Get event "An Invitation to Join GAUNTLET"
Unrest Escalates in Sweden
More news from across Sweden, as the White Guard has reported fierce unrest in various cities. The people of the Swedish State had believed their torment at the hands of these terrorists would end upon the military's arrival. The situation has now been made clear that such torment would only escalate. In Gothenburg and Malmö, the insurgents it has been realized that many strikers and ex factory workers have begun joining militias. These bands of ruffians have shown that they are loyal to an insurgent organisation known as the Swedish Movement for Ousting Collaborators (SMOC).
SMOC is a terrorist group that is loyal to Ratism, Carsonism, anarchism and other dastardly socialist ideologies. This group has claimed responsibility for almost every major terrorist attack in Sweden since the beginning of this unrest at the end of the Great War, when Sweden was liberated by Arstotzka and given autonomy under a new benevolent government. As of now, SMOC is responsible for the deaths of over one-hundred lives, civilian and military.
Further tragedy struck this evening. An organized cohort of armed Ratist thugs surrounded the Cathedral of Our Lady of Compassion in downtown Gothenburg. The men, most of whom were known strikers entered the building, where evening mass was underway. Forty-four were taken hostage, as the men ordered that all would be killed unless certain terms were accepted. These terms called for the removal of any and all Finnish influence from Sweden and the "implementation of the revolution." Refusing to negotiate with such criminals, White Guardsmen stormed the cathedral, resulting in a firefight that killed thirty hostages, two soldiers, and all eight of the terrorists.
In the midst of all this, State President Gustavus Fellenburg has been subject to further criticism by the government. Some have even accused Fellenburg of collaborating with SMOC and secretly being a Carsonist. Vapaus-born Union Councilman Erik Semitaa claimed that "Fellenburg must be removed from his position immediately if there is to be a restoration of order in Sweden."
As violence further spreads, it has become ever more difficult to find a solution to the possibility that SMOC could eventually seek to organize a formal revolt in Sweden.
'La Península de Los Gatos Negros'
As socialist forces further seek to tear the Fatherland apart, the Hallita delivered a bold speech before the members of the Alempitalo today shortly after returning from Hungary. In this speech, Mannerhoff outlined how the socialist insurgents in Sweden have, according to Mannerhoff, possibly been receiving aid from Spain and Portugal.
"...It has long-since been known that there lay a great threat to the southwest. On the Iberian Peninsula, the Ratist governments of Spain and Portugal have moved ever closer to one another diplomatically. Clearly, this move has been made to hamper the Fatherland's own diplomatic ventures. The Spanish and Portuguese are no longer two separate threats, but one, despicable, Iberian horde. Together, they form a "Peninsula of Black Cats," who send forth their armies of rats to spread their malicious filth around the world! Truly I say to you, oh humble Alempitalans, we must keep our eyes closely locked upon these red menaces, and even more so, we cannot rule out the possibility that they could be the very conspirators aiding the insurgent terrorists in Sweden..."
The Hallita then proceeded to order that decisive action be taken to investigate the possibility of Iberian involvement in the recent violence in Sweden. While Arstotzka has never done actual diplomacy with the Spanish or Portuguese, it has been formally announced that there shall be none to come.
NÉPSZAVA DAILY PRESS:
9th November 1906,
Palatine László Sárvar cordially welcomed His Excellency, the Hallita of Arrstotzka, Rubert Mannerhoff, to an opulent diplomatic conference held in the Grand Hotel Royal in Buda this weekend. The two exchanged friendly remarks about our great nations, and appear to have swiftly built a warm and outgoing relationship.
Whilst a number of undisclosed talks occurred over the duration of the conference alongside exchanges between dozens of diplomats, it has been publicly announced that Hungary has been offered membership to the Gravonist alliance known as GAUNTLET, which it has warmly accepted. In consequence, this membership now formalises the already deep political, military and economic links between Hungary, and fellow Gravonist nations such as Arrstotzka, Makedon and Malta. Moreover it represents the true revival of Hungarian prestige on the international stage, a reputation that only so recently lay in tatters as a result of the insipid degradation of our nation in the 19th Century at the hands of Carsonists, Ratists, Slavs, Jews, Muslims, and self-avowed Liberal degenerates. It must of course be recognised that were it not for the strong and benevolent leadership of the Magyar National Front, Hungary would not have been lifted to these new heights from the pitiful ashes of decline that it once despaired in.
Slavs Brutally Murder Patriotic Guardsman!
A savage and barbaric revolt occurred in Miskolc Internment Camp yesterday, where a number of depraved Slavs violently overpowered their guards and seized control of the encampment - in the process murdering 32 Imperial Guardsman, including many with children and loving families. Moreover 10 such murdered were aged just 19 years old - young and eager patriotic recruits who had valiantly enlisted to serve their nation. Hungary salutes their memory, and shall never forget the evil of those Slavs that so cruelly took away the hope and promise of their lives at so young an age.
In response at eleven o’clock last night, units of the Imperial Hungarian Army began operations to retake the camp and subdue or eliminate the conspirators. This operation was wholly successful, and the camps occupants have been liquidated, thankfully ridding the world of these wicked and repugnant murderers and terrorists.
This morning legislation is currently being fast-tracked through the Imperial Diet, granting Sárvar additional emergency powers to resolve the crisis of ethnic uprisings across the kingdom that threaten the fundamental security and safety of the Hungarian peoples. Alongside the permanent internment of all Slavs alongside other degenerate insurrectionists such as Jews, Muslims, Homosexuals, Carsonists, and Ratists - it is expected that Sárvar will also announce measures to deal with a number of morally-reprehensible political parties who are believed to have committed high treason in assisting these acts of sedition and terrorism.
The State of Emergency declared some months ago during the referendum crisis has been extended, with no end in sight. Following the mobilization of US regular army forces and subsequent deployment into the Iron belt, State militias were called up and a standoff commenced. Undaunted, Senator Hauser called the government forces 'Royalist lackies in god's uniform' and demanded their withdrawal from states participating in the Referendum.
President Wilson doubled down on his anti referendum policy and refused their withdrawal until the state militias had first stood down. The situation fell into an uneasy stillness until several government arsenals, in a repeat of 1858, were raided by state forces or destroyed by embattled federal troops to prevent their capture. Hundreds of thousands of unemployed men gathered up arms and bolstered the state troops, augmenting their strength and forcing the vastly outnumbered federals back in several cities and almost completely out of Pennsylvania as a whole.
Senator Hauser went on to declare the results of the Referendum to find the Federal government in contempt of the Iron belt and formally organized himself as President Hauser, the rightful Executive branch head. With the expulsion of federal troops in most major population centers around the iron belt, Hauser found enough support to rebrand his government as the Germanic States of America, the true government of all America.
President Wilson and all three houses of Congress disavowed the government as illegal and unconstitutional, but having suffered setbacks across the revolting states, has been forced to call up even more Regular army reserves. Currently the only city under federal control is Chicago, although their hold there is tenuous at best.
Across the Commonwealth Australia, New Zealand, Gangxi, Indonesia, Taiwan, and the Philippians have declared their support for the federal government and begun the process of sending troops and aid to the embattled nation, though this aid is not expected for several months. In Washington DC President Wilson has declined to move the capitol despite its dangerous location so close to Germanic lines, saying "When Lincoln lead the nation though its darkest hour, he never once flinched in the face of southern aggression. Not even during the yearlong siege did he yield, I refuse to show any weakness to these rebels."
UNITED STATES CHANGES STATUS WITH GERMANIC STATES OF AMERICA: DECLARE WAR
UNITED STATES CALLS FACTION AMERICAN COMMONWEALTH TO WAR
UNITED STATES CHANGES OPINION OF GERMANY -100
The Impirium, Cor, Corsicinot
Emperor Malkov Aplotzkii I speaks to the royal court
"Our brothers and sisters in the Federal Union of America have decided to rise against the Federal Union. Now, we may be inclined to support our brothers and sisters, but let's look at this for a while before we make a decision. Lady of State, thoughts?"
The Lady of State speaks
"We have a sizable ethnic Corsicinot population in the Federal Union, I say we back our brothers and sisters in America. Thank you"
"I see. Lord of Defense?"
The Lord of Defense speaks
"We should not support them. They clearly are not what we think of as good Corsicinot people.”
"We shall do that. Send out that telegram and let them know we publicly denounce their ideals, but not them as people."
The chaos of the recent economic meltdown has resulted in political chaos at home in Quebec. The prime minister, Francois Texier survived a vote of no-confidence in parliament on Tuesday, but only by a count of 5 votes. Despite popular sentiment against the leaders of the neighboring United States, the government of Quebec has pledged limited involvement in the civil war on the side of the Federal government. The military involvement, as stated by Texier and the leaders of the Liberal Party, will involve logistical support for federal military leaders, access to military armaments and Quebec's naval ports and facilities, and government loans provided at discounted interest rates from the government of Quebec. No troops or any form of boots-on-the-ground support will be provided, due to overwhelming lack of support from the public.
In other news, the floods affecting the St. Lawrence valley have subsided, but extensive damage has been done. Thanks to the short growing season in Canada, most crops have not been affected, but thousands have been left homeless as a result of the flooding. Farmhouses and facilities along the river have been destroyed. Re-building efforts are underway, but with the government strapped for money due to the depression, relief funding is quickly drying up. As a result, large amounts of people have been reduced to roaming the countryside, and protests in urban centers has disrupted the little commerce left after the collapse.
Quebec provides logistical, technical and monetary support to the Federal government of the United Stated.
Open fighting filled the streets of Chicago for the last several months, however the situation seems to have stabilized. Within the city federal troops have managed to keep a tenuous hold over most of downtown and the port districts but Germanic state forces have, as of last week, severed the last westward connection the city had and completed an encirclement there. Offical reports state as many as a million civilians are trapped within the city itself and more than a hundred thousand federals as well. The Air navy has vowed to bring in supplies for as long as the siege lasts and expressed optimism at their ability to keep the men fighting fit, but the encirclement lands yet another blow against the federal government.
To the north, a major breakthrough occurred wherein Germanic state troops under the XI Army Corps shattered Union defenses around the city of Providence and captured the city, opening the road north into Boston. A hasty Union offensive into Philadelphia was stopped just a few dozen miles from the city's suburbs. However the Germanic states countered the attack with an assault into West Virginia, which is currently ongoing.
Both sides have called up immense reserves of manpower, and already trench warfare has taken root all along the western front. President Wilson voiced concern over the speed at which commonwealth forces could muster to the union's aid, and openly denounced the Quebecois refusal to join the war directly. President Hauser, his capitol situated in Pittsburgh, condemned the bloodshed as a lamentable tragedy but ultimately needed for the betterment of our broken nation. He announced plans to compensate for the Germanic states lack of an airship navy with the use of a novelty in warfare, the Airplane.
The plane, he proclaimed, was easy to produce, and while unproven, could be the key to A germanic victory in the war. Already prototypes were being tested over the great lakes and used for scouting over the embattled city of Chicago. Although their full potential and use in warfare is anyones guess.
The war, not even a full year old yet, has already seen the calling up of over four million men for service, a number that dwarfs that of the previous civil war and any other american war before or after. The mighty great plains and midwest have become a killing ground, with no end in sight.