IT - Inquista Today (News)
Article by Kathy Vickers
April 21, 2021
SINISTER CATS: Bodlinka (L) and Fousek (R) are the face of Bodlinka and Fousek: Little Kitten Pioneers.
A wild frenzy has been unleashed across the Inquistan internet following the implementation of new television guidelines introduced in Czech Slavia. The new Czech television guidelines, instituted by the Czech Ministry of Culture, aims to instill patriotism and the values of the Democratic Republic into the Czech people. New television programs have also been established in Czech Slavia in accordance with these guidelines, most notably of which includes a new children’s cartoon called Bodlinka and Fousek: Little Kitten Pioneers.
In Bodlinka and Fousek: Little Kitten Pioneers, Bodlinka (a female cat) and Fousek (a male cat) undertake various duties and tasks associated with Czech Slavia’s youth pioneer movement. In the inaugural episode, Bodlinka and Fousek are shown clearing and protecting a forest, promoting the importance of ecology, as well as demonstrating their "love and devotion to the great comrade President who loves the forests just as she loves all her children”. Episodes of the program are always sure to include heavy-handed messages of state propaganda.
Despite being a Czech-language program aimed entirely to a Czech audience, Bodlinka and Fousek have managed to take Inquista by storm, with English-subtitled versions of episodes being shared enthusiastically throughout Inquistan internet spaces. One Inquistan fan of the program described the series as “very cute uWu”, while other Inquistan fans have praised the individual characters of Bodlinka and Fousek, with one female fan stating that “Fousek may be a cartoon and a cat, but he has great values that I can never find in a good Inquistan boy. Fousek has my heart.”
The popularity of Bodlinka and Fousek: Little Kitten Pioneers in Inquista has been described as part of a broader “Czech Wave” that has been washing over Inquista’s youth. The enthusiasm for this Czech children’s cartoon coincides with the immense popularity Imis and other computer games produced by Computers United Kalmia (CUK), a Czech gaming company. Video games produced by CUK, much like Bodlinka and Fousek: Little Kitten Pioneers, also feature omnipresent messages concerning the advancement of socialism. Thus, Inquistan parents have become increasingly worried about the popularity of Czech-produced content among their children.
These newfound fans of Czech produced content have widely become known as “Chweebs” throughout Inquista. Many Chweebs have complained that they have suffered from bullying and social stigma as a result of their appreciation of Czech culture. One source told Inquista Today that “when people find out that I stan Anna K, that I play Imis, or that watch Bodlinka and Fousek, they will laugh at me”, and described an instance where “someone once spat on me and told me that I was ‘Czech Saliva’.”
According to latest Duo Lingo statistics, Czech has become the number one language that Inquistans are learning using the app, with 39% of all active monthly users in Inquista studying the language. Incidentally, the communities most critical of the pervasiveness of Czech television and online content in Inquistan society are Inquista’s very own burgeoning Czech refugee and immigrant communities. Some members of these communities have contacted Inquista Today, and have admonished Czech television programs and computer games as “statist propaganda” and “tools for numbing the brain with socialist messages.” Some have called for Czech state-produced content to be banned in Inquista.
The Czech Minister for Culture, Karel Šín, is widely credited as the mastermind who has developed the new Czech television guidelines, as well as the strategy to begin appealing more to Czech youth and children. Sources have told Inquista Today that the international community should be sceptical of Minister Šín and his intentions as he is a “known liar and psychopath”. Minister Šín, who boasts about having “tiger blood”, is reported to actually have an AB- blood type, which one source described as “literally the most useless blood type”. Another insider source alleged to Inquista Today that Minister Šín intends to use state propaganda to bolster his own image, which Minister Šín is “insecure about”, following instances where “he has pissed himself on stage at multiple party conferences”.
The Inquistan Orthodox Church has remained silent on the Czech Wave. Archbishop Mikaela Kligenberg has been criticised for seemingly participating in the new cultural phenomenon, following her well documented appreciation for the art movement coming out of Czech Slavia, and her recent patronage of Czech art, which includes over 120 Czech paintings. Czech state media has even gone as far as to allege that Archbishop Kligenberg personally encouraged Czech President Albína Reiserová to launch her newly-created program, known as Reiserová's Moments, which focuses on building a cult of personality surrounding the Czech President. Inquista Today has contacted the Archbishop’s Palace in regards to the claims and has not received a comment at this time.
May 7, 2021
The College of Bishops has expired the Communist Refugee Program
The College of Bishops has voted today to conclude Inquista's Communist Refugee Program, which will now expire on May 10th. The Communist Refugee Program, which was established on June 18th, 2020, allows for nationals of Icholasen and Czech Slavia to claim asylum in Inquista "as a means to escape communism, and to live freely and in prosperity, with dignity and a free conscience". Czech and Nicoleizian citizens have until Monday, May 10th to apply to the program, which will then immediately cease to take new applicants once it officially expires.
Following the vote, the Bishop Secretary of Immigration and Citizenship, Emiliano Florin, made it clear that those who have applied or have been accepted into the program will not face any disruptions or disturbances by today's decision. "As long as one applies before or on May 10th, individuals can continue to benefit from this program. Those who have already applied or have already been accepted into the program have nothing to worry about. Those who have already received refugee status definitely do not have anything to worry about - we will continue to support you in the best way that we can." The Bishop Secretary also reiterated that the Inquistan Orthodox Church will continue to sponsor programs to help refugees from this program transition into Inquistan society, with various work, skills, language and social programs continuing to receive support and funding.
The Communist Refugee Program was established last year by Archbishop Mikaela Kligenberg's Reformist Bloc, who sought to reverse Archbishop Craticus' closed-door approach to refugees, and to help Nicoleizians who were looking to flee from the UNSR. However, the refugee program ultimately primarily targeted Czech nationals, who made up the vast lion's share of program, which also subsequently resulted in Inquista developing a large Czech refugee community.
It is widely believed that decision to end the refugee program is a result of the bilateral meeting between Archbishop Mikaela Kligenberg and President Albína Reiserová, which took place in Prague earlier in February. It is believed that the Archbishop agreed to end the program in exchange for a deepened trade relationship with Czech Slavia, particularly in terms of its mining sector, which includes valuable rare earth metals.
This belief is aided by a statement that was released by the Archbishop's Palace shortly after the College of Bishops was called to a recess following the vote. The statement reads that, "The Democratic Republic of Czech Slavia is a free, open and democratic society, where people live in great harmony, security and prosperity. Upon visiting the country, the Archbishop of the Most Holy Inquistan Orthodox Church was struck by the great joy, contentment, and industry exhibited by the Czech people. The Archbishop was also struck by the profound leadership of President Reiserová, who is a proven titan of Czech cinema, and a paragon of Czech cooking and cuisine, who continuously demonstrates her commitment to being a great mother to all Czech people. It has therefore become apparent that Czech Slavia is not only a free society, but also a society of great marvel and well-being, which does warrant belonging to such a refugee program. Subsequently, without Czech Slavia as part of the program, the Inquistan Orthodox Church has decided that the Communist Refugee Program has become redundant."
The decision to end the refugee program has been met with mixed reactions, especially within the Inquistan Czech refugee community. Some have marked this near 11-month anniversary of the program with great gratitude, thanking the Inquistan Orthodox Church for allowing them to settle in Inquista in the first place, and for the Church's support in helping them adjust to Inquista. Some, however, are disappointed, and have alleged that the Church has caved into Czech demands in order to reap commercial and trade favours. Some are also uncomfortable with the Archbishop’s active embrace of Czech political and cultural influence. The statement released by the Archbishop's Palace has received particular attention, and has been derided and condemned as "absurd propaganda."
The decision to expire the refugee program was passed in a 181-49 vote, with 49 of the Archbishop’s own Reformist Bloc voting against the measure. Chief Bishop Secretary Edward Firoux, and all other members of the Archbishop’s Secretariat helped constitute the Archbishop’s majority, although it is no secret that many of them did so rather unenthusiastically, and many had to be convinced that there were long-term benefits to be reaped with their decision. The Traditionalist and Progressivist Blocs voted to end the refugee program, having opposed the program from the start.
May 13, 2021
The Czech Embassy in Saint Dominico (L); Sisters in Destiny statue (R)
Archbishop Mikaela Kligenberg has announced today that Inquista has signed a Declaration of Friendship with the Democratic Republic of Czech Slavia. The Declaration of Friendship has been proclaimed following a honeymoon of increasingly warm relations between the two countries. The friendship declaration is a mostly token gesture, but it carries significant symbolism: Inquista has never signed such a declaration with any other state in modern history. The text within the declaration is specifically dedicated to the "the profound and earnest friendship shared between the Inquistan and Czech people, as well as the unbreakable sisterhood shared between the Czech and Inquistan motherlands". Text within the declaration also boasts of a "joint march towards progress."
The Declaration of Friendship was also accompanied by another gesture, in which the Inquistan Orthodox Church presented a marble statue of two women - one representing Inquista, the other representing Czech Slavia - with their arms wrapped around one another, to the Czech embassy in Saint Dominico. The statue, which is entitled "Sisters in Destiny", was designed by Josephina Pileppa, and was commissioned at the behest of the Archbishop for the occasion. May 13th has also been designated as Day of Czech Fraternity within Inquista.
Rosy relations between Inquista and Czech Slavia have come under progressively more criticism, not only within both Inquista and Czech Slavia, but even from within Istklaen. While some Czechs have voiced their worry about Inquista's economic access to Czech Slavia, as many Inquistans are equally worried about the growing encroachment of Czech nationalist and ideologically-laden cultural overtones in Inquistan civil society, as well as a growing perception that the Archbishop is falling under the influence and sway of Czech Slavia's top politicians.
May 20, 2021
Public gyms, hair salons and barbershops will soon become available to Inquistans
The College of Bishops has passed Archbishop Mikaela Kligenberg's landmark legislation to introduce a universal public option for gyms, hair salons and barbershops, which will be incorporated into Inquista's universal public healthcare system. Private gyms and hairdressers will continue to operate without interruption, but will now have to compete with the Inquistan Orthodox Church.
Inquista's Health Secretariat hailed the legislation as a huge step forward in terms of bettering Inquistan public health. The health benefits of greater accessibility to gyms were touted as "a chance to combat heart disease, cardiovascular illnesses and other ailments which can benefit from increased physical exercise", which in turn would reduce the demand placed upon Inquista's public hospitals and medical centres. Meanwhile, Archbishop Mikaela Kligenberg touted that haircare was "necessary for everyday life".
The Inquistan Orthodox Church will in the comings months begin the process of purchasing, opening and constructing gyms, barbershops and hair salons across Saint Dominico. The first public gym and hairdresser is expected to open as soon as August. Inquistans will be able to access these gyms and hairdressers through their national healthcare cards, which will also be accessible to Europeans using their EHIC cards.
Publicly-funded gyms and hairdressers have been central to Archbishop Mikaela Kligenberg's political platform. The Archbishop has in the past declared good hair and good physique as "a basic human right". Greater accessibility to gyms and hairdressers is also considered one of the most - if not the most - prominent issue to the Archbishop's political base, who are men and women within the 18-34 year old demographic, who are usually low-skilled or low-educated, and are often described by Inquistan media and political pundits as the "bimbo and himbo demographic."
Having good hair, especially curly luscious locks, is indeed considered one of the most desirable traits in Inquista, in addition to having fit and well-built bodies. Inquistan society is generally considered to be rather vain, particularly in comparisons to foreign cultures, and a great deal of societal expectations are placed upon looks and appearances.
June 19, 2021
Bishop Lallana will succeed Chief Bishop Secretary Edward Firoux
European elections in Inquista have seen the country vote for their next European Commissioners and their next European Councillor. PEL candidates Sofie Čikarová and Piane Daggot were announced as the first-preference winners in the European Commissioner elections for Premier Commissioner and Internal Affairs Commissioner respectively. Today, ballot results for European Councillor were counted and announced. Bishop Karinn Lallana managed to eek out a victory on the first round of voting, securing 51.31% of the vote among a crowded field of candidates. These historic European election results have marked the first significant victories for the left in Inquista.
Bishop Karinn Lallana has been the bishop of Sundance since 2010, and has been the face of the socialist movement within the Inquistan Orthodox Church since then. Bishop Lallana has led the Progressivist Bloc - named after the progressivist liberation movement, not progressive liberalism - in the College of Bishops since its formation, and has now rebranded the bloc as the Liberationist Bloc. Bishop Lallana's blend of liberation theology, Christian socialism and eco-socialism has been dubbed as "Lallanist theology". Lallanist theology will now be coming to Europolis.
Bishop Lallana is no newcomer to European politics. The Bishop of Sundance has been entangled in an ongoing feud with Pravoslaviyan Councillor Dragan Trympov for many years now, with the pair often making blistering comments about each other in the press, with Councillor Trympov often referring to the Bishop as 'Plastic Surgery Woman'. Bishop Lallana has also been a key ally of Taylor Swift, a significant communist figure in Icholasen, whom she often defends, particularly against Councillor Trympov.
Bishop Lallana has also been an ally of Carole Baskin, who leads the AEN in the UNSR, and has backed the AEN's reconciliatory approach to the EU, and the AEN's green and ecologist political orientation. Bishop Lallana has also been a vocal critic of Inquista's foreign policy towards the UNSR, and has insisted that Inquista should recognise the existence of the UNSR and work with it in order to maintain "global peaceful co-existence". Thus, in recent months, Bishop Lallana has become an ardent and vocal supporter of PEL candidates in European elections, and has twice now endorsed and campaigned for Sofie Čikarová in Inquista. It is expected that Bishop Lallana will join the PEL eurogroup within the European Council.
When asked by Stephanie DeVey about Inquista's recent "move to the left" during the Europe Elects broadcast, Inquistan political analyst Lex Burnley explained that "Inquistans have always traditionally been more to the left in European affairs than in their home affairs. Archbishop Craticus dominated Inquistan politics at home from 2012 to 2020, leading a strong religious nationalist and conservative movement within the country. Despite this, Inquistans saw Edward Firoux elected as their European Councillor time and time again, with bigger majorities, despite being at odds with Archbishop Craticus and Inquistan nationalists. Now that a new liberal and progressive movement has swept the Inquistan Orthodox Church, we're seeing Inquistans demand a new approach to European affairs as well, and this time, Inquistans are pivoting even more to the left."
Bishop Lallana will become Inquista's 4th European Councillor, succeeding Chief Bishop Secratry Edward Firoux, who vacated his position earlier in February this year. Bishop Secretary Firoux did not endorse any candidates or make any politically-charged comments during the Councillor election, instead only stating that he had "faith that Inquistans will make the right decision," and that "whoever is elected will undoubtedly do their best to represent all Inquistans on the European stage". The Bishop Secretary has received light criticism from some of his more fervent pro-European supporters, who felt disappointed that he did not crown a political successor, and some also feeling regret that he has abandoned European politics altogether.
September 30, 2021
The Archbishop will diverge more duties to Chief Bishop Secretary Firoux
Following week-long negotiations that have been made behind closed doors among her Reformist ecclesiastical colleagues, Archbishop Mikaela Kligenberg has announced that a substantive amount of her responsibilities and duties will be diverged to Chief Bishop Secretary Edward Firoux. The Archbishop's Palace has announced in a statement that the Archbishop will take on more of a role as head of state, while the Chief Secretary will effectively function as a head of government. The Chief Secretary will oversee and lead the legislative process in the College of Bishops, while the Archbishop will continue to steer the Church Secretariat.
These power-sharing appropriations are not de jure or legally-binding changes, and have not been officiated by law or by any amendments to the Fundamental Laws of Inquista, but are instead an informal agreement made within the Church Secretariat and among the Reformist Bishops. Thus, the Archbishop will still remain as both head of state and government in name, but will see her duties over the College of Bishops de facto handed over to her Chief Secretary.
The wish for these changes have reportedly been mutual, with rumours suggesting that the Archbishop has been feeling increasingly overburdened and inadequate in overseeing all her responsibilities, while the Archbishop's own bishops have become increasingly leery of the Archbishop's capabilities and the undue influence that the Archbishop's "favourites" have had during her tenure.
This power-sharing agreement will heal cracks within the Reformists, and will serve to unite and solidify their theological bloc. The Archbishop's tendency to rely and heed the advice of her favourites has created moments of disunity, while some conservative sections of the Inquistan public have even called the Archbishop's loyalty into question as to whether she is being influenced by her "foreign favourites". It is also no secret that Chief Secretary Firoux also wields as much, if not more power over the Reformist bloc and the Reformist bishops, with many seeing him still as their unofficial leader. There is little doubt that the Chief Secretary will take to his new role quite naturally, as he famously juggled his responsibilities as the leader of the Reformists in Inquista while opposing Archbishop Craticus, while simultaneously sitting as Inquista's Councillor to the EU, where he also acted as Council Speaker, Chairperson of the European Progressive Alliance, and maintained an exhausting hustle of championing various causes and legislative acts across Europe.
As the Chief Bishop Secretary, Firoux has already been acting as the Archbishop's deputy, so these changes are expected to be rather seamless. Considered to be the Inquistan technocrat of all technocrats, and bureaucrat of all bureaucrats, Chief Secretary Firoux has already pulled many of the political strings behind the scenes under Archbishop Kligenberg's tenure. The Bishop Secretary has played a particularly important part in shaping Inquista's foreign and international trade policy, notably spearheading Inquista's role and membership within the European Monetary Union, and famously blocking the Inquistan-Reitzmic free trade agreement mere hours before it was supposed to pass the College of Bishops, after the Reitzmic Councillor suggested that the Chief Secretary be impeached as European Council Speaker. The Chief Secretary has also in recent days joined the Archbishop in her visit to Europolis to mediate an agreement between the UNSR and Free Icholasen.
The relationship between the Archbishop, her Secretariat and her bishops are said to be as warm and cordial as ever, and those involved have emphasized that this power-sharing agreement is not a rebuke of the Archbishop, but is actually a mutually-agreed upon compromise, much of what the Archbishop herself has been looking for, following reports that the Archbishop has found all her responsibilities equally tiring and straining.
The Archbishop also remains as popular as ever in Inquista, with a recent opinion poll putting the Archbishop at her highest ever approval rating of 72%. Delegating some of the trickier and less-popular aspects of her duties could also further boost the Archbishop's popularity (especially in the long-term), which has continued to soar and climb even in the face of criticism.
Archbishop Kligenberg has been in power for almost a year and a half, and has succefully reformed and pushed through many changes to the Inquistan Orthodox Church. The Archbishop has overseen far-reaching and rapid liberalisation of Church doctrine involving many social issues and social policies, most notably including the legalisation of gay marriage and the decriminalization of all drugs, and has also expanded greatly on Inquista's social programs, including her signature policy of universal hair and bodycare. The Archbishop has an approval rating over 80% on the economy and on international trade, which is not surprising considering Inquista has seen very strong economic growth in the last year, which has boosted Inquistan GDP and Inquistan personal incomes to their highest levels, while unemployment has also reached its own historic low. The Archbishop has also overseen new trade agreements with Czech Slavia, Spain, Montenbourg, Mennrimiak, and signed the Treaty of Telum, bringing Inquista into a free trade agreement with the Duxburian Union, the United Duchies, Inimicus and North Diessen.
After tomorrow's by-election in Grand Canal-Pavilion, the Archbishop is expected to reshuffle her Secretariat, and even possibly sack some of her so-called favourites from the cabinet.
October 1, 2021
Newly-elected Antoni Reynels will be part of the Church Secretariat
Antoni Reynels has been duly elected as Bishop of Grand Canal-Pavilion following the by-election in the diocese today. Reynels was elected with 40.6% of the vote, besting the Liberationist-backed candidate who garnered 33.5% of the vote, and a Traditionalist-aligned candidate who received 25.9% of the vote. The diocese, which was vacated by Bishop Mattio Huezdron of the Liberationist bloc earlier in July, has always been considered a marginal and battle-ground diocese, but has been represented by the Liberationist bloc (and the former Green Inquista) since 2010.
Reynels' by-election victory marks good tidings for Archbishop Mikaela Kligenberg and for the Reformists, who have not only won the first by-election since the 2020 ecclesiastical election, but have also further increased their majority by one. This victory will likely be interpreted as a resounding affirmation of the Archbishop's administartion, and the overall direction in which the country and the Church have been going since last year.
The victory has also dealt a blow to the Liberationist bloc, who not only lost a seat, but were also hoping to ride the momentum of the sweeping PEL victories that took place during the most recent European elections. Liberationist leader Bishop Karinn Lallana was elected to the European Council, and has since gained further public and political attention, which many hoped would bring further popularity to her bloc. Despite this, the Liberationists have been setback.
With that said, few analysts are surprised by the outcome of this by-election. Antoni Reynels, the former European Foreign Affairs Commissioner and High Commissioner to Icholasen, was considered a star candidate, and the diocese has always been politically marginal. Reynels, who is a career diplomat with experience in positions across Europe, was a staunch ally of Chief Secretary Firoux in Europolis, which has made him naturally popular amongs liberals and pro-Europeans. Simultaneously, Reynels is the brother-in-law of Bishop JennaMarelle Johnson, who is considered the most progressive bishop of the Reformist bloc, and is known to have a close bipartisan working relationship with Bishop Lallana and the Liberationist bishops. Bishop Johnson spent much of the by-election campaign glued to Reynels' hip, and Reynels positioned himself as a more progressive candidate, which seems to have allowed him to gain the support of enough progressives that he was able to beat his Liberationist opponent.
Controversy erupted, however, as Reynels was announced as a member of the Church Secretariat before he was officially acclaimed as the winner of the by-election. Once polls closed, the Archbishop announced that she had reshuffled her cabinet, and had named Reynels to the Secretariat, which promptly angered Reynels' election opponents and their supporters. Bishop Karinn Lallana congratulated Reynels on his appointment, but remarked to reporters that "this smug and arrogant political stunt is a terrible reflection of our Church leadership, and it is a poor reflection of our democracy, where decisions are made before people have even had their voices heard."
Reynels will take over the double-duty portfolio of Secretary of Trade as well as Secretary of International Aid and Development, which were positions held by his sister-in-law Bishop JennaMarelle Johnson, who has been promoted to Secretary of Defence. General Juan-Bernardo Fernandez-Velasquez has been sacked from his post as Secretary of Defence, likely due to his public infidelity to his fiancée, the Archbishop, and due to the newly reinforced influece of Chief Secretary Firoux, who has openly and consistently opposed the former Secretary's inclusion in Church governance.
Air Marshal Hariett Copala has also been sacked from her post, and known Firoux-ally Flavia Hershal has been named as the succeeding Secretary of Justice and High Inquisitor of Inquista. Chief Secretary Firoux has also openly and consistently opposed the Air Marshal's inclusion in the Secretariat, and has been a vocal critic of hers since the Inquistan intervention in Reitzmag.
Bishop Dante Gavros, the older brother of Bishop Dacien Gavros, the Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, has been named as the new Secretary of Veterans Affairs. Bishop Belina Ochron joins the Secretariat as the new Secretary of Science, Industry and Innovation. Excluding the Archbishop, the new Secretariat consists of 10 men and 10 women, once again rounding out the cabinet with gender-parity.
Bishop JennaMarelle Johnson's appointment to Secretary of Defence has come as somewhat of a surprise to many political commentators. Bishop Johnson is known as a "peace dove" in Inquistan and European politics, and has been outspoken in her anti-war, anti-violence and anti-nuclear views. As the former European Commissioner for Defence and Peacekeeping, Bishop Johnsn caused a stir when she joined forces with Chief Secretary Firoux to succefsully place a moratorium on nuclear weapons production across Europe. The Bishop Secretary also habitually criticised all of Archbishop Craticus' foreign interventions, even including his popular intervention in the Western Sahara.
Most notably, however, of all Reformists bishops, Bishop Johnson is seen as the most sympathetic to the UNSR, and has also criticised the Church's own ongoing arms race with the regime. This appointment perhaps marks an end to the Church's containment policy towards the UNSR, and an end to the arms race with the country.
October 8, 2021
The Archbishop has made the Church's position on Copala City clear
In a statement issued by the State Secretariat, the Archbishop and the Inquistan Orthodox Church have reiterated their commitments to the Nyetthem Accords, and have strongly asserted their belief that Copala City is an "unequivocal part of Reitzmag." The Secretariat's statement further cautioned "against any extremist ideologies which purport Copalan independence or irredentism, and condemns foreign actors who intend to make a mockery of Copala City's status in Reitzmag, who, by extension, make a mockery of the Inquistan Orthodox Church."
The statement and stance taken by the Inquistan Orthodox Church follows prolonged political impasses concerning Copala City, which include a controversial declaration of independence, various instances of violence, and an exodus to Anastasia City. Considering the nature of Copala City's founding, and the fact that a majority of city residents are Inquistan Orthodox themselves, it's no surprise that the Archbishop would eventually have to come to a public position.
The Archbishop has avoided any and all political controversy surrounding Copalan politics for many months, but the reports of violence in the aftermath of the Anastasian exodus reportedly left the Archbishop, and especially the Chief Bishop Secretary, feeling disappointed and disheartened. The statement likely serves as an attempt to cool down the politics of the city, as the majority of Inquistan Orthodox residents, who now make up the vast majority of the city population following the exit of many Nicoleizians and Istkaleners, will likely adopt and head the Church's position, thus bringing all notions of independence and further political agitation within the city to an end.
Archbishop Kligenberg reportedly spoke to Reitzmic Prime Minister Simon Bridges on the matter, and the two have agreed to a formal meeting to discuss Copala City in November. The State Secretariat also made it be known that the College of Bishops would soon be discussing and examining a new and larger investment and development package for the city, and will even be discussing the possibility of providing stimulus payments to city residents impacted by the recent violence and turbulence.
In another statement, the Archbishop also stated that she would like to discuss the occupation of Istkalen with the Reitzmic Prime Minister, as the Inquistan Orthodox Church has already condemned Reitzmic occupation of the country as imperialist, and that she would be looking to see a peaceful withdrawal of non-EU Council backed forces as soon as possible.
Article by Kathy Vickers
November 1, 2021
ENGAGEMENT ALREADY AT A ROCKY START: Archbishop Mikaela Kligenberg (L) announced that she's engaged, but her engagement ring, which contains the Jewel of Atlantis (R), has been stolen
The Archbishop's Palace made a blindsiding announcement today, stating that the Archbishop has recently become engaged unbeknownst to the public, but that her engagement ring has now been stolen. The Archbishop last wore the ring to a Halloween party over the weekend, where it suddenly went missing from the Archbishop's finger without her noticing. Inquistan police are currently investigating the matter, and the Archbishop has offered a private sum of money for the return of the ring.
The Archbishop's Palace did not name the individual who the Archbishop is engaged to, but insider sources claim that person to be Tomáš Krejčí, a mining machine operator from Czech Slavia. Krejčí is believed to be from the town of Lišov, Czech Slavia, which is located near a rare earth metal mine. Insider sources claim that the Archbishop met Krejčí when she toured the Lišov mine alongside President Albína Reiserová when she visited the country in February. It is claimed that the Archbishop tripped while touring the facility, where she was caught by Krejčí, who saved her from falling on the ground. The Archbishop supposedly dropped her phone while she tripped, and the phone was later returned to the Archbishop by Krejčí shortly before she left Czech Slavia, which led to the two exchanging phone numbers, and the two have been said to be in constant communication since.
RARE EARTH METAL DIGGER: The Archbishop's unnamed fiancée is said to be Tomáš Krejčí, a Czech miner of a modest background, who is marrying way beyond his own means or league
Krejčí was last spotted in Inquista three weeks ago, when he attended the Archbishop's 39th birthday on October 12th. Sources claim this is when the Archbishop and Krejčí became engaged. Insider sources claim that the Archbishop's close friends and family heavily disapprove of the engagement, as Krejčí's family are said to be "literal peasants", and worry that the Archbishop is being married to for her wealth, which the Kligenberg family is especially concerned about following the the scandal of her previous engagement. Despite this, sources claim that Krejčí is not a suspect of the robbery, as he left Inquista to return to his work at the Lišov mine on the 13th of October.
The stolen ring features a sapphire jewel known as the Jewel of Atlantis. The 86.45 carat sapphire was discovered by archaeologists who explored the the underwater ruins of Atlantis, who found the jewel locked within a golden chest in the ruins of what seemed to be a throne room. The Archbishop reportedly paid Ꮠ6 million for the jewel. The Archbishop had the Jewel of Atlantis fashioned into a ring, and told insider sources she would gift the ring to any future would-be-fiancé, who in turn would have to use it when proposing to her.
The Archbishop was spotted attending a Halloween party on the weekend wearing the ring, where was seen dressed as a "slutty bishop". Police are currently questioning all those who attended the party. Anyone who might have any information on the whereabouts of the ring are being advised to contact the Inquistan police.
November 13, 2021
Bishop Secretary Silas Kligenberg made his opinion known to the Czech Embassy
Silas Kligenberg, Inquista's Bishop Secretary for the Economy and Treasury, lodged an official complaint to the embassy of Czech Slavia today, alleging that the opposition parties in Czech Slavia were attempting to "destabilise Europe", and in particular, Inquista. The Bishop Secretary requested that the government of Czech Slavia discipline these parties appropriately.
The complaint follows an incident on Friday, where members of an organization known as Češi za svobodu heckled the Bishop Secretary during a press briefing. Češi za svobodu is a civic and émigré organisation for Czechs living in Inquista, and the organisation holds considerable political sway over Inquista's Czech immigrant community. Opinion polling has consistently shown that many Czech immigrants in Inquista maintain a very unfavourable view of the current Czech government, its ruling party, and especially President Reiserová. Češi za svobodu has staged various protests, rallies, and leaflet campaigns throughout Saint Dominico in the last two weeks, where they have denounced and deemed the recent elections in Czech Slavia as fraudulent, and have cried out against the upcoming referendum in which President Reiserová will likely be made president for life. The group seeks to have Inquistan leaders and the Inquistan Orthodox Church publicly condemn these latest developments in Czech Slavia, and reverse Inquista's course of maintaining positive relations with the country.
Bishop Secretary Kligenberg did not react to the hecklers kindly, and swiftly had members of his security detail remove them from his press conference. Bishop Secretary Kligenberg went on to point out that Češi za svobodu had endorsed various political opposition parties in Czech Slavia during the recent elections, namely the AIMCD, the PDL, and the Green Party, and that it recently celebrated the re-registration of the Czech National Democracy party. The Bishop Secretary slammed Češi za svobodu for "acting as international agents and agitators on behalf of foreign entities," and branded them as "mouthpieces and puppets" of Czech opposition parties, which he then told to "focus on Czech affairs, not Inquistan affairs."
The Bishop Secretary then promptly lodged his complaint to the Czech embassy, where he stated that "Czech Opposition parties are trying to destabilise Europe", and alleged that the country's opposition parties are trying to influence the rest of Europe against Czech Slavia using organisations such as Češi za svobodu. Bishop Secretary Kligenberg went on to ask the government of Czech Slavia to "please deal with the agitators before they create an international incident or resort to extremism, which will inevitably lead down to a path of terrorism."
Chief Secretary Edward Firoux was quick to play down Bishop Secretary Kligenberg's complaint, and instead released a statement of his own in which he emphasized that Inquista is a country in which every person is entitled to the right to protest and participate in free political discourse. Chief Secretary Firoux reiterated that the Inquistan Orthodox Church holds no positions on internal Czech political issues, but that he welcomes Češi za svobodu and any other organisation to exercise their democratic rights and freedoms in Inquista.