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  • A Statement from Peter Montfort

    It has come to my attention that two accusations of improper behaviour towards women have been made against me. I am shocked by these allegations, and I cannot explain where they could have come from. I strenuously deny the allegations, and I have never sexually assaulted anybody. Sexual assault and harassment are abhorrent, as are all forms of inappropriate sexual conduct, and I am proud of the zero-tolerance approach to such behaviour that we have at EuroVoice. EuroVoice is, and always will be, a safe and respectful environment for women and men alike.

    Peter Montfort
    Director of EuroVoice

    posted in EUBC
  • An Australian Arrival At An Angleteric Airport

    Sam Courtenay hadn't had a regional summit in a while. The last few months on the home front had been good for him - with the opposition in disarray and the economy on the up, he'd pulled well ahead in the polls - and now his attentions turned to foreign policy.

    A visit from Australia had long been in order. The two countries were close in many ways. Both are English-speaking desert nations in southern Europe, and in terms of political alignment, Courtenay and Australia's PM Hillary Clinton were natural allies. Both Prime Ministers were pragmatic, centre-left leaders negotiating the difficulties of minority government.

    Closer co-operation between the two countries was, Courtenay thought, a no-brainer. Greater trading and economic ties would work to the benefit of both countries' economies, and Courtenay was keen to follow up on the success of the tripartite agreement with the UK and the Duxburian Union. There was also a small matter of enlisting help for Courtenay's rapidly expiring promise that 2017 would be the last year of the Dromund Kaas War.

    An aide's head popped around the door.

    "Prime Minister?"

    "Yes, Waqas?"

    "The Australians are on their way. They've landed and their motorcade is currently at the Noyan Roundabout."

    "Ah good. Get Watson and Franklin to get the tea and cakes ready. Oh, and get a jug of water and some glasses too."

    posted in Politics & Incidents
  • RE: Nuntius Inimici


    EMPEROR ARTABANOS WINS THIRD MANDATE, OPENS PARLIAMENT WITH DECREES

    30/09/2017 - Emperor Artabanos has won His third Imperial Election, winning 46.1% of first-preference votes and well over 60% of second-preference ballots. His main challenger, former Emperor Hugh Doyle, attained just 36.4% of first prefs, with other candidates receiving 17.5%. His Imperial Majesty was the candidate with the most votes in every Inimician Provice, which, though it does not affect the end result, does mandate Provincial Assemblies and Dukes to support the Emperor. 

    The day after the vote, the 26th, at a fomal ceremony in the Imperial Palace and the buildings of the Imperial Diet, all six Dukes, all National Imperial Councillors, all 150 Nobles, and all members of the National Executive, swore renewed oaths of loyalty to the Emperor in accordance with the Constitution. Afterwars, the Emperor made a speech from the Throne inside Parliament in which He pardoned anyone inside the Diet or Palace who had previously plotted against Him. 

    "I would also like to remind those who considered my main adversary the rightful Liege of this Realm, that I could have had him barred from the Election on two constitutional grounds", the Emperor continued, after which He cited Article XVIII, which describes the requirement of Imperial candidates having two years' experience in the House o Nobles, which Hugh did not have, and XXI, which makes way for candidates to be excluded from Imperial Elections if exceptional circumstances necessitate.

    The Emperor then went on to decree the following: "It is in our benevolent opinion that Mr Hugh Doyle, former Emperor of this, Our Realm, be formally charged with malicious intent on breaching the Constitution of our said Realm, and performing said breach by standing for the office of Emperor, in breach of Article XVIII of the Constitution of our said Realm, and that he is to answer before Our Crown Court within the fortnight or be declared an enemy of the Realm."

    This unexpected Decree was followed by another which formally declared the Triumviral Constitution null and void, ending the tripartite split of the Empire that has existed for a year and a half. The abolition of the Triumvirate was one of Artabanos's election pledged, and the very first He has acted upon. 


    Imperial Palace Throne Room

    posted in European News Consortium
  • RE: Inimicus - Office of the His Imperial Majesty the Emperor


    21/09/2017

    To those this message may reach, greetings,

    It is with sorrowful heart I have taken notice of the horrific incidents which have unfolded in London today. As we wait for more information to come in, it is wise for national leaders like Myself to be reserved in their comments and maintain a healthy, down-to-earth attitude to foreign and domestic policy. Although I cannot speak on behalf of all Inimicians, I would like to extend My personal condolences to the families and friends of those who have been affected by this disaster, and I also extend an open hand to the British government, offering them any help Inimicus might be able to give in bringing those responsible and their associates to justice. The means of our combined intelligence forces are available to offer aid.

    This afternoon I chaired a meeting of the Imperial Anti-Terror Command, which sees no reason to change Inimicus's threat level, which will therefore remain at level 2 of 4, meaning there is a limited threat of terror. Inimician police forces will continue to work closely with the IATC, Imperial Wardens, Imperial Guard, and the Inimician army, to counter threats to our national security. For now, I would ask Inimicians to remain vigilant, but never to be scared or frightened by terror. We stand with our British cousins and wish them every success in overcoming the tragedy that has befallen them.

    ARTABANOS: of the Centurians, Legatians, Quaestorians, Imperatorians, Rosarians, and Praestorians Divine Emperor and Supreme Lord; Ruler of all Inimicians, Supreme Autocrat; Defender of the Inimician Faith; Duke of the District of Telum; Commander of the Inimician Armed Forces; Grand Cross in the Imperial Order of Inimicus; PRAISE!

    posted in Government Offices
  • RE: Nuntius Inimici


    IMPERIAL ELECTION: POLLS SHOW TIGHT FIRST-ROUND RUN

    21/09/2017 - With only four days to go until Inimicus votes for its next Emperor, a clear two-way run has developed in recent polls. His Imperial Majesty Emperor Artabanos closely leads ex-Emperor Hugh Doyle, but the current incumbent's lead is only 5 points in the most up-to-date Nuntius Inimici poll, only one point from the error margin. Of course, Inimicus uses the Alternative Vote system for Imperial Elections, and it may be that second preference votes from those voters who preferred one of the other candidates, but will put Doyle or Artabanos second, will decide the election. However, the other five candidates' support is meagre, and does not come close to the extensive dual struggle the polls reflect. The most recent Nuntius Inimici poll shows the folllowing:


    Half of the 'other' votes go to the People's Movement candidate, while the Inimician Liberal Appeal and Centre-Conservative Union both attain 7 per cent of the vote, with the rest roughly equally divided between the United Green Front and Central Progressive Party. By contrast, in the last two Parliaments the ILA and CCU together received over 60% of the popular vote.

    Emperor Artabanos, speaking at an event to commemorate the victims of the recent London terror attacks, refused to comment on recent polls, saying: "We are here to remember those who died, and to show our solidarity with the British people, not to campaign." Mr Doyle, also present at the event, did comment: "The Emperor's hold on the electorate seems to be slipping. It's time to break the Artabanos tyranny." When confronted with how the Emperor's support has increased by over twenty points over the last few weeks while his ratings have stayed the same if not decreased, Doyle declared the interview over.

    A recent IBC frontrunners' debate, featuring the Emperor and Doyle, was viewed by millions of Inimicians at home and abroad, 64% of whom declared Artabanos the clear winner. Doyle was rated as "rude", "over the top" and "non-factual", while adjectives used to describe the Emperor's performance included "calm", "reserved", "in control", and "knowledgeable".

    posted in European News Consortium
  • RE: Amendment to the Constitution: European Assembly Act (2017)

    As no amendments have been proposed, I do believe voting on this Constitutional amendment is now open.

    In the name of His Imperial Majesty Emperor Artabanos of Inimicus, I, Alexander Strathclyde, vote AGAINST this proposal.

    posted in European Council
  • RE: Amendment to the Constitution: European Assembly Act (2017)

    "Although I can see this proposal is sincere and aims to bring our nations closer together, the Imperial government of Inimicus fails to see what this European Assembly would add to the structures already in place within our Union. We have a Council, which deliberates on central, regional issues, and we have a Commission, which enacts and enforces decisions made on these issues. I would kindly ask for an explanation as to what specifically would be different in terms of authority and powers between the Assembly and the Council, as, if there are too few, an Assembly would merely mean more layers of European administration and bureaucracy."

    Cllr Alexander Strathclyde

    posted in European Council
  • RE: IBC Frontrunners Debate

    After debating the Emperor's legitimacy for a further twenty minutes, the subject of the debate is switched to Inimicus's nuclear weapons programme.

    Hoskins: "Mr Doyle, as the Emperor started on the first topic, I'd like to ask you to start off the discussion on our Empire's nuclear weapons."

    Doyle: "Thank you, Colin. Inimicus, as we know, acquired a licence to produce 150 nuclear warheads by the European Nuclear Applications Authority a number of years ago, and in a remarkable show of speed, only a couple of months later the Emperor announced we had produced the full 150-head stockpile. Not that we are ever going to use them, or that anyone looks any differently upon us now that we have them, but there we are. I opposed Inimicus's nuclear weapons programme from the start, and continue to oppose it. If I become Emperor, I will ---"

    Artabanos: "I'd just like to remind viewers that the first application Inimicus made to the ENAA was during Mr Doyle's reign."

    Doyle: "Well, and who do you think was responsible for that? The man pulling all the strings backstage, of course."

    Artabanos: "If I had wanted to pull any strings in 2013, I would have stood for Emperor."

    Hoskins: "Gentlemen, could be please return to the topic of nuclear weapons? Mr Doyle."

    Doyle: "Right, where was I? Yes, last summer the Emperor announced His plans to test Inimicus's weaponry in outer space. I suppose the only thing I can credit Him with is that it still hasn't happened - even though His plans scheduled the explosions for last October - because it's complete lunacy to spend millions of guilders sending huge amounts of material and several Inimician citizens into space, simply to prove a point. If I become Emperor, I will start dismantling Inimicus's nuclear weapons stockpile, and send Artabanos's testing spacecraft flying far, far away from this earth of ours."

    Artabanos: "Mr Doyle has the gut to accuse me of wasting money, when he is proposing scrapping the vitally important nuclear project we have spent so much effort and funds trying to complete. Laughable. I don't know if he remembers - after all, he seems to think I was in charge during his one-year reign - but in 2013 Inimicus was on the brink of armed conflict with the rogue state of Groot-België, where an autocratic Emperor had executed his entire cabinet on live TV before committing suicide on-screen. Later, in 2014, I was kidnapped by Rimrothian terrorists and held for several days before Imperial Guardsmen were able to liberate Me. Who is to say what happens next? Nuclear weapons allow the Inimician government to protect our citizens more effectively - trust me on this, I have been fighting for it for over three years.

    "To turn our back on the programme now that it is reaching its final stages would not only be a huge waste of money, it would also be a major disappointment to the Inimician people, who, I am confident, realise the leverage possessing a nuclear arsenal gives to any government. I worked long and hard to sort our ENAA application, and was extremely grateful it was accepted. I will not see three long years of hard work discarded by Mr Doyle."

    Doyle remains quiet.

    Hoskins: "Mr Doyle, would you like to add anything?"

    Doyle: "Well, I'm sorry to keep coming back to it, Colin, but the Emperor's bragging about 'three years' of hard work is utterly demagogical. He had been at work all His life, working towards the office He now occupies."

    Hoskins: "Mr Doyle, you will have an opportunity to question His Imperial Majesty on this later in the programme. The current topic is ---"

    Doyle: "I'm well aware of your format, Hoskins, but I simply won't stand here and take this nonsense from the Emperor! Brierley did not go through her torture and intimidation - which Artabanos hasn't even had the gut to comment on! - just for you to cut me off when I question Him about her. I won't have it."

    posted in Politics & Incidents
  • IBC Frontrunners Debate


    IBC'S IMPERIAL ELECTION FRONTRUNNERS' DEBATE

    12/09/2017


    Voice-over: "Welcome to IBC's Imperial Election Frontrunners' Debate. Please welcome your host for this evening, Colin Hoskins."

    Hoskins enters the studio as the audience applauses. Hoskins: "Thank you, ladies and gentlemen, and welcome to the first and last frontrunners' debate leading up to the 2017 Imperial By-Election. Tonight, His Imperial Majesty Emperor Artabanos will take on His prime challenger, former Emperor Hugh Doyle. Although, in the polls, Doyle has been leading for the last few weeks since the election was called, the Emperor seems to be climbing in approval the last few days, making the vote, held in 13 days' time, unpredictable as ever. The two candidates have not been told which subjects will be up for debate tonight, with the two main topics having been set by our online panel: democratic accountability, and Inimicus's nuclear weapons programme. After extensively debating these, the gentlemen will then be allowed to put one question to one another before discussing this question for ten minutes. So without further ado, please welcome, Emperor Artabanos and Pro-imperator Hugh Doyle."

    After the candidates have taken to their lecterns, Hoskins begins: "Welcome, gentlemen. Your Imperial Majesty, You called this election after a row about your legitimacy and a dispute between Yourself and Mr Doyle over his management of his Triumviral authority. You have always claimed You acted in the interests of the Inimician people and with their mandate, but what will change if they should choose to re-elect you in two weeks' time?"

    Artabanos: "Let me get straight to the point here, Colin. Since my election as Emperor in 2014, I have been forced to share some of the absolute Imperial authority, derived from our Empire's Constitution, with Mr Doyle and the Third Triumvir. A re-election would, constitutionally, empower Me with a new, absolute mandate. Therefore, one of my first Decrees as re-elected Emperor would involve the total abolition of the Triumviral structure, which has done the country tremendous harm and has only added another layer of unaccountable, undemocratic bureaucracy."

    Hoskins: "Mr Doyle, would you like to respond?"

    Doyle: "Well Colin, let me first take a moment to thank you for hosting this important debate and to everyone watching for giving up their time. It is indeed a democratic tradition to have these debates. And this election is all about democratic traditions, which is why I'm very glad IBC's wise online panel voted the topic of democratic accountability to be the main subject tonight. Last week, the nation was woken up by an article written by arguably the bravest journalist in history, Mrs Sophie Brierley, who exposed the Emperor for the man He really is. The only reason He has not ravaged the entire country is because we, Triumvirs, were there to stop him. The fact He is now announcing His intention to abolish the three-man government is testimony to His malicious intent."

    Artabanos: "I was wondering when Mr Doyle would bring up Brierley's article. I hadn't guessed it would be quite this soon. But, since I haven't been able to respond formally to the article in public, let me do so now. Mrs Brierley's investigative skills are, I think we can all agree, admirable. But problems start occuring when one combines this journalistic spirit with bias and fantasy. Let me state very plainly what about her article is true, and what is not. Yes, I housed several important members of the Teluminan Monarchist Party and financed their operations, which granted Inimicus unparalleled freedom and prosperity after the Civil War was won in 2012; 

    "Yes, I was close to the late Emperor William, as I had been one of His main strategic advisors during the same Civil War, and He often called on me for counsel during His reign.

    "Yes, Mrs Brierley stumbled on an Imperial Guard facility near Orbis Terrarum during her research, a facility which is off-limits to unauthorised personnel and which she penetrated without prior permission, after which she was arrested for questioning, and later released without charge.

    "Yes, I continued to be a regular Palace attendant during Mr Doyle's reign. I had developed several friendships inside the Palace, but what's more, Mr Doyle repeatedly invited me to give him my advice. 

    "Yes, Mr Doyle and his cronies later assaulted the Palace when the National Imperial Council was in session and attempted to disturbe the democratically legitimate government of this country. Was this my doing? No, but--"

    Doyle: "Mr Hoskins, I hope you can at least keep some order during tonight's debate and allow me some words in between the Emperor's apologetic rants. Artabanos, I know---"

    Artabanos: "If you respected the office of Emperor, you should at least use the titles that come with it, Mr Doyle."

    Doyle: "Let me take that as a comment. I know that everything Brierley wrote is true, for one key reason. Because I was part of the intrigues for over three years. Yes, I plotted with you and the late Emperor William - if dead he really is - during the Republican years. I was even in on your plot to fake-kill William and install me on the Throne. But you then forced me from the Palace because I refused to do your absolute bidding. You are a disgrace to this nation."

    Hoskins: "Your Majesty, Your response, please."

    Artabanos: "For one, let's keep this debate civilised - there's no need for us to descend into personal insults. Second, I don't think that in all my time as an Inimician statesman I have heard this level of absolute, uncontrollable, unevidenced rubbish. I don't know where Mr Doyle finds the guts to accuse me of these lies, and were he to be a real man, he would bring charges to me formally, as I did to him. As for now, all he has is one baseless article and absolutely no evidence for his claims. I would suggest to him that he stops misleading the Inimician people for once. I have worked for three years - three years! - to bring about unprecedented prosperity to this Empire. He failed to do this during his reign, it's true. And it must be very painful for him to realise this, but it is no reason to start accusing me of the most grotesque and slanderous crimes it is possible for an honest human being to imagine."

    posted in Politics & Incidents
  • RE: Get Ready For The Future...

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    posted in Chamber Of Loose Lips

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