SEPTEMBER 7TH 2020 - RETURN OF HIS IMPERIAL MAJESTY EMPEROR ARTABANOS - VARIOUS TOPICS
His Imperial Majesty Emperor Artabanos delivers His first statement post-tragedy
"Afternoon all. I'm very happy to see all of you lovely journalists here - I have missed these occasions drastically over the last few months.
Let me just start simply. I am back. The Empire is back. Inimicus is back. The attempt on my life has left me physically scarred, but mentally more ready to lead My country than I ever have been. I am keen, and with Me the Empire, to get involved, to get stuck in, with the international community once again. As I expressed in the National Imperial Council meeting of Monday last, my thanks go to all those Imperial officials who have maintained an extraordinary level of stability and internationalism during the time of crisis our Nation faced this summer, in particular Vicarius Wilfred Cocx. His adminisration demonstrated once and for all that the times of turmoil in Inimicus are in the past, and continued the Great Peace era which has seen Inimicus thrive for the last four years.
Today I intend to update you with several Imperial Government announcements, including communiqués surrounding the investigation into the attempt on My life, tensions between the Empire and Spain on the one hand, and Reitzmag on the other, and the Imperial Government's stance on the situations in Eastern Haane and Neo-Venetia.
Before I progress to the business of the day, however, I would like to officially announce that I will be holding a return-to-the-nation banquet at the Imperial Palace on Wednesday 16th September, to which the European royalty, heads of state, and heads of government, will all be invited. Please look out for official correspondence on this very shortly.
It will no doubt please everyone listening to Me today that the investigation into the fateful events leading to My prolonged absence have been progressing extremely smoothly, and my thanks goes out to everyone working at the Imperial Transportation Safety Association (ITSA), the Imperial Guard Investigation Unit (IG-IU), and the European Aviation Authority, for their immense effort so far. I would also like to take this opportunity to officially apologise to the Confederal government of North Diessen, which was unjustly blamed by early findings into the attack. The Imperial Government regrets any confusion caused and hopes for a swift restoration of the cordial relations our two countries have always enjoyed.
ITSA and IG-IU have now conclusively determined that the cause of My crash was a surface-to-air projectile fired from within the territory of Neo-Venetia. More to the point, ample evidence suggests the launch was organised, conducted, and finalised by so-called 'official' elements within Neo-Venetia, adhering to the communist regime that overthrew the legitimate government earlier this year. IG-IU has, furthermore, identified twelve suspects with direct involvement in the horrendous events of last summer - so as to not compromise their investigation, I shall not give any further details of these suspects at present. Discussions are currently ongoing with Inimicus's regional partners about possible arrest warrants and operations to bring these twelve to justice in Inimician Courts.
Now, this brings me to the wider regional instability that has developed during my absence. Not only Neo-Venetia and Icholasen have succumbed to communist coups, but the recent outbreak of violence in Eastern Haane is deeply troubling. Imperial Consul and Executive Representative Leader Lord Christopher Strathclyde updated you all this week about the steps the Imperial Government is taking to safeguard its interests abroad in relation to the Eastern Haanean situtation, so I will not repeat any of these steps now. I would, however, like to echo the statement by the government of the Republiic of Marlborya, whose readiness and willingness to intervene in Eastern Haane is to be applauded.
The Imperial Government stands ready to prevent more nations from falling into the hands of communists and autocrats. We hope other nations will join us in this quest. Furthermore, I hope the currently ongoing Commission elections will result in officials elected to these important posts which are tough on rogue states, rather than those who flirt with them.
Madrid Pact and Reitzmic Aggression
The topic of unstable, rogue-ish states brings me to Reitzmag. I was immensely pleased to hear the Imperial Foreign Office recently came to an understanding with the Kingdom of Spain, whereby our two nations will provide for a common defensive structure and joint military training exercises. Furthermore, Inimicus has been exempt from any Sound taxes on its commercial vessels in return for a supply of Eurofighter Typhoon jets.
Such a beneficial agreement was then soured by an overly aggressive response from the Kingdom of Reitzmag, which proceeded to alert its military in response to the signing of the Madrid Accords and Pact. This is completely unacceptable. A National Imperial Council resolution condemning these actions was published in this space last week, and I would like to reiterate their call for the Reitzmic government to back down immediately.
The warmongering of the Kingdom of Reitzmag can only lead to suffering in the future. They must stop. Neither the Empire nor Spain has any intention of offensive operations. But let Reitzmag be warned: if the Empire observes any offensive action made against its territory, its officials, or its Armed Forces, we will not relent until the full force of the Imperial Armed Forces is brought to bear against Reitzmag. An aggressive action against either the Empire or Spain will be answered with total retaliation.
Talk has also been doing the rounds around Reitzmag potentially acquiring land in North Diessen, Inimicus's northern neighbour, to allow its military to pass into the Persian Gulf. I am not one to tell the Confederal Government of North Diessen what to do: they are entirely free to choose their own course. However, let it be known that until relations between Inimicus and Reitzmag normalise and the Reitzmic government ceases to spread its warmongering and aggressive rhetoric, the Imperial Navy will unrelentingly blockade any Reitzmic ships intending to pass the Persian Gulf.
Thank you, I will hopefully see you all soon."