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The Imperial Globe (Toonela) - wateryfoothill - 12-17-2020

The Imperial Globe

Globe Exclusive: Sufet Speaks On Recent Sanctions, Ramelia, and More

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HADRUMETUM, CD — Field reporter Himilco caught up with the Sufet Carondawana as they were relaxing following a swim in the Hadrumetum Central Pool today for comment on their signing of Imperial Decree No. 17, among other topics.

H: I should ask: how was your swim, Carondawana?

C: Peaceful. Thank you.

H: Lovely. Before I ask you about the new sanctions and control decree, I wanted to get to your thoughts on a couple of other recent international affairs. As our readers will know, the civil conflict in the Commune of Ramelia ended just two weeks ago. The House of Servitors approved a withdrawal from the food surplus worth approximately $111 million to assist the hungry within the Commune's borders during the end stages of the conflict. Some have wondered why the provincial collaborative councils did not convene the House earlier in the conflict. Why do you think it took so long to approve unitary action across the provinces?

C: It's a question better directed at the Realms' Councils who took longer to join the collaborations than the others; for my part, I think there are some provinces who were, reasonably, I imagine, concerned with the volume of aid being gifted to a nation some older members of our communities might still regard with some suspicion or grievance following the ascension of Etsuast eight years ago . . .

H: A reasonable grievance?

C: laughs No, of course not! A reasonable concern for the effect such a large amount of the food surplus being spared might have on food security. I think the unanimous confirmation of the Ascended was a demonstration of how more pious heads prevailed in winning over those who might drag their feet due to the past.

H: The actions of Ambassador Onondakai were widely praised here, but some of our friends abroad are wondering: why didn't they issue guidance for Imperial citizens within the Commune's territories during the conflict?

C: The Onaron encourages us in its subtle ways to assess ourselves and our surroundings critically. I cannot imagine an Imperial citizen within the Commune was not aware of the severity of the situation and the risks staying there brought upon themselves. Onondakai's opening of the embassy's suites, and the actions of all our fellows there who decided to take those risks together, were exemplary. Their faith in each other and their bonds with the citizens of Ramelia nearby are exactly why individual citizens need not rely overly much on the guidance of far-off observers.

H: Just what we like to hear! Moving on now to Decree No. 17, which you signed yesterday at a site near the still-under-construction Home of The Servitors; can you give our readers a quick summary of the important points? It was, after all, a quite lengthy decree, and the most robust of your tenure as Symbolicus Sufet so far.

C: Sure. The decree updated some prohibitions on the use of plastics and disposal of waste at sea abroad Marine Office ships, along with accounting for additional labor surpluses coastal residents have dedicated to the expansion and maintenance of the rather long neglected Defense Fleet. The bulk of the decree is dedicated to defining the extent of a number of new sanctions the Imperial people have chosen to enforce against the government and traders of Papagalliania. The most important of these is an embargo of iron ores, ferroalloys, soybeans, raw sugar, woodpulp, tobacco, and other agri-industrial exports of that nation, as well as accompanying sanctions on Papagallianian surplus holdings, and a freeze on any non-essential commercial assets of their merchants currently residing within the Empire's borders.

H: Those are severe penalties. Why did the people of the Empire choose to escalate these measures, some of which existed previously but in much more lenient form before the end of the Great Bridge Project, now?

C: I think our greater contact with the outside world has helped nurture our understanding of the fragility of our relationship as a global community with the Onaron. When Imperial citizens can more plainly see the grievous wounds inflicted on Papagalliania's forests, soil, our shared sea lanes, and even its own people, by the callousness of the few who wish to trade with us in pursuit of greed, we feel more compelled to react justly, even if it does damage the limits of meeting some of our own needs temporarily. Besides, these measures compliment our efforts as a people in Decree No.14 to take additional steps to penalize those who rot the health of our global oceans.

H: What do you say to critics who say these kind of penalties will only harm those already suffering within Papagalliania?

C: I say The Onaron rewards principled actions in-kind, in the long-run.

H: laughs Alright, Carondawana, I have one final question: who will win the Cookie Bowl?

C: I must admit I have not been following the season closely, but . . . I think everyone has heard how creatively Gekennafrœgi Ginnagrtúnn has played, so I will favor them.

H: Thank you so much for speaking with me.

C: Of course.

RE: The Imperial Globe (Toonela) - wateryfoothill - 01-18-2021

The Imperial Globe

Toonela Declares War;
*Sufet* Signs Decree

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Sufet Carondawana waves to a crowd of international reporters shortly before their arrival at the Hall of Servitors.

After days of sometimes bitter debate amongst the otherwise serene members of the Ascended raised to serve in Toonela's House of Servitors, all but four of its seventy-nine members voted to pass an Imperial Decree addressing the current crisis within the Social Liberal Union brought on by the nearly year-long blockade of the Thor Passage by a Rossian Navy fleet detachment. The decree (Imperial No. 33), declares that a "state of armed hostility" exists between the Holy Empire of Toonela and the Rossian nation until the latter has "withdrawn from all provocative and harmful actions which offend the virtues of international cooperation and peace"; it is also notable for laying out a general outline for both the actions the Ascended have been charged with undertaking in order to nullify the Rossian threat, and those it are barred from. Amongst the former: immediate seizure of all shipping bound for Rossia through the Serichica Sea that contain supplies deemed vital for any Rossian war effort, even those shipped by other member states of the Social Liberal Union. The latter provisions forbid Toonela from undertaking "the act of or deliberate aid in, either directly or indirectly, an invasion of Rossia without the additional passage of a subsequent decree amply supported in its premise that the working communities of that country seek, voluntarily and with open arms, the presence of our armed peoples on their homeland". Crucially, the decree re-establishes the Imperial Command structure, empowering members of the Ascended to coordinate the prosecution of a war in the Toonelan's peoples' interests via the appointment of specialists drawn from relevant fields within the nation's territories and the mobilization of Toonela's Hybrid Air Vehicle and Naval Fleets. 

The Sufet Carondawana duly signed off on the decree following its passage. Unusually for the young Sufet, who has not been prone to commentary on the Ascended's Decrees following their passage, they also held a formal press conference for interested citizens, as well as the domestic and international press, shortly after the signing of the war declaration. We present a transcript of that speech, with only minor edits for maximum readability, to our readers:

"Good evening everyone! As you have all probably already heard, I have just finished signing the Imperial Decree forged by the labours of our people's representatives to address the growing international crisis in the northern Goncaran Sea's Thor Passage; it was painstakingly created in a way we can all find amiable with careful enough consideration. The details of that decree's final contents are already public, so it is not to expound on them that I am giving this address to you all today. Especially so, given I am neither fond of standing behind podiums nor speaking to large crowds of people in such limited space. No, I wish to speak on some other thoughts which have strayed to the forefront of my mind over the course of this last week. 

First, I wish to express my gratitude once again to our people and the Onaron for having brought my life to this confluence of events. While declaring the first state of armed hostilities between the Empire and malicious forces abroad in over a century brings me no joy, to think that I, your youngest Sufet, am to be placed in such a position to serve our communities in spirit at a time of crisis is truly humbling. Only your continuing affirmation of my virtues for the post prevents me from at once resigning for fear of unworthiness.

Secondly, the solemn processes of our nation, which embody the best lessons we have learned together over the many centuries, are more than capable of preventing frightfully numerous differences in opinion on controversial issues such as the serious consideration of war against a hostile actor abroad from fracturing our unity. Though it may have taken some time to arrive at our ultimate course of action, it is a course of action near unanimity in conviction strengthens the potency of many times over. In truly momentous times such as these, it is our sense of belonging to one another, as we all belong in the Onaron, which so often sets our responses apart from those of governments who prioritize power over care. Rossia's government, clearly, is one of these latter entities that does all within its borders, and outside of them, an abiding injustice in its abuses. 

We are proud to be unlike such nations. 

By our guiding lights, the Social Liberal Union's member states must not only differ from the malicious and corrupt in rhetoric, but also in our actions. The Toonelan people have lived up to those principles again today, in declaring that we will play no part in occupation or expansionism cloaked by the honied words of solidarity and liberation. Nor will we seek to gain by deceit that which cannot be gained with earnest, voluntary conversion. If those who toil within the borders of Rossia cannot come to see by their own efforts, as some undoubtedly already have, that the beasts of ill fortune need not allocate their lots in life so low relative to their leaders (and are in fact more within their grasps then they might otherwise believe), who accumulate ill-gotten gains at their own expense, then it is not liberation we would be enacting upon them by approaching their shores, but an endangerment of the solace those living justly have already found in. 

We must not forget how many past polities (some of which others have deemed 'empires', though they are nothing like our own) spoke joyously of the common cause they had made with some 'civilized minority, held back by the perspectives of the barbaric majority' in other lands, only to find upon their invasion of such places that the ravages of war had brought even their good intentions to ruin. What good, then, is the best governing, most ethical polity, if having been installed against the wills of her obstinate peoples, every one of its members are hated by those who would otherwise have reason to rejoice in its practices? If our allies within the Social Liberal Union mean to put lie to this lesson of history, so often repeated, then they must engender in some way consent by those most affected, the Rossian people themselves, for the fall of a government which they have otherwise tolerated, however arduously, these recent years. It is not enough to express solidarity for Rossia's toiling people in the abstract if that solidarity is not sought by the toilers themselves! We understood this when we did not protest with arms the voluntary ascension of our good friends in Etsuast to the Rameliae government, when we could have chosen instead to 'express solidarity' with that minority amongst their peoples who perhaps privately opposed such a move, extolling the whole time that a majority among them would 'soon emerge' to support 'their own best interests'. 

The First Concords are indisputable on this point. Piyeci 3 states: 'Seek not to fill the lands with venom, least the secret clamor of the anguished become the winds of an engulfing storm.'

This reaffirmation of our faith aside, the duty ahead of us is grim. Residents and citizens of our communities must now continue to collaborate in this project of war-making which we have not endeavored together at all these recent generations. Already, the militarized H.A.V.s and the Imperial Naval Fleets are being organized in preparation for use after the appointments to Command which I am told will be made later today. Efforts at coordination with our fellow members within the Social Liberal Union will be made, should it prove desirable for all involved. The elimination of the Rossian fleet threatening the Thor Passage shall be total, should that country's malicious government not capitulate on this, and perhaps other, points of conflict between our and other peoples post-haste. 

As the people speak, so they must be heard!"

The Sufet answered some questions while mingling with the crowd afterwards, before excusing themself to catch a train back to their birth province to 'seek the company of community elders before an upcoming meeting of the Realm's Council there'. 

RE: The Imperial Globe (Toonela) - wateryfoothill - 03-13-2021

The Imperial Globe

In War: Mourning & Celebration

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Above: Admiral Bodo appears before the House of Servitors for a public report from an undisclosed location

The first public reports from the still-only-recently appointed fleet admirals of the Empire were made today in the Hall of Servitors via encrypted video and audio channels. After two months of little word from the distant front, the peoples of the polity turned up for the meeting with hungry ears.

Fleet Admiral Eshmunazar, charged with the embargo operations within the Serachicha Sea, reported that the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Naval Battle Groups, their detachments, and the allied forces of the Federal Republic of Anaaxes have successfully quarantined and confiscated twenty-two ships bound for Rossian waters from a number of nations attempting to defy the policies of the allied war effort. The admiral put the approximate amount of confiscated contraband at almost 600,000 gross tonnes. They noted that continued cooperation from reconnaissance elements of the Toonelan airship fleets remains vital to the efficiency of the campaign, but that the lack of resistance from the intercepted mercantile captains “spoke to the lack of support enjoyed by the Rossian aggressors abroad”. During questioning by members of the Ascended, they noted their disappointment with the nearby Kingdom of An-Astral, who has “acted especially timidly against enemies to the entire Social Liberal Union within the Serachicha Sea over the last two months”.

Following their testimony, Air Fleet Admiral Bodo delivered their own report. After extensive maneuvering, travel, and low altitude coordination from the 3rd Airship Group, the Stratospheric Fleet inflicted the first causalities of the war via coaxial plasma railguns, destroying one Rossian cruiser and permanently damaging at least some, if not all, of the electronic systems abroad three others via x-ray dispersal from the primary barrage. A near hit on the reported sole Rossian carrier in the area of attack is likely, but unconfirmed. Exact number of causalities among the Rossians from the sunk cruiser is also unknown. The relative success of such a little used and costly weapon was applauded by the Servitors.

Unfortunately, Bodo’s victorious opening was belied by the sorrowful news that two of the low-altitude airships detached from the 3rd Airship Group, who bravely advanced within range of Rossian air patrols to aid in the coordination necessary for the attack’s successful operation, were caught out of position and destroyed. All crew then-aboard the Iomnium and Oyat are believed to have gone down with the ships. A stony silence descended upon those present within the Hall with this news of the conflict’s first Toonelan causalities. After a brief discussion regarding the locations within the provinces where the steles of the deceased would be erected, the mood was immensely lightened, and the Air Fleet Admiral noted the possibility of further attacks of greater magnitude if the Rossian blockade was not soon dispersed.

The two temporal commanders noted in their final, jointly delivered address, that the successful “end to the Rossian naval menace, enforcement of the embargo, and safety of the Social Liberal Union’s many peoples from foreign aggression” would be their top priority, and that the war effort had so far been a resounding endorsement of the Servitors’ decided upon policies.

The Sufet is expected to continue to head the diplomatic effort to force the Rossians to the peace table to prevent further unneeded causalities on either side of the conflict.