11 June 2028
Free Land of Pons Ferrata, Ixnay
Free Land of Pons Ferrata, Ixnay
The collapse of an ever-expanding colonial nation earlier this month has been the talk of the entire world. Its former colonies lay abandoned and entered a state of complete anarchy. Councillor Robertus Cattio (Roberto Cato) had been elected by the High Councillor himself to speak in the House of Councillors about a delicate matter: Intervention. He nerviously fidgetted with his pen while the Chamber Speaker announced the opening of today's session. "And for the first and probably most important intervention of the day. The discussion of Ferratan intervention in the island of Sudland, whose colonial overlord collapsed recently. Councillor Robertus Cattio, please take up the speaker's stand."
Roberto got up and walked to the stand, making sure that all of his papers were in order. He licked his lips and looked around the chamber. He knew that this was his test to see if he had the mettle to become Regent Councillor, the High Councillor's most important protegé, whenever Alberto Stefano stepped down from his High Councillorship. "Welcome, Councillors of the Free Land. To the meeting which will determine wether the Ferratan nation renounces its policy of splendid isolation, in favor of helping the peoples of the world regain their dignity and pride."
The man looked to the Councillors spread around the House. The councillors of the Unionist Party looked at him warily, preparing their negative response. They were the first and foremost protectors of the isolationist policies of the Free Land, which they thought was the safest way to protect themselves from foreign powers during these unstable times. The councillors of the WRPF, the socialist party, were the most undecided of the whole House, as its plethora of factions had united themselves into the approval and denial faction for that day. Meanwhile, the Ferratan Patriotic Party's Councillors were soon to grow impatient, as their approval had been confirmed again and again.
"The island of Sudland, once the posession of an important colonial nation, has fallen into a state of utter anarchy. Their governors have abandoned them and their peoples have formed warbands to take control of various sections of the island. Already, many repressive nations look at the island greedily, ready to conquer them, impose martial law, and colonize it. This island has a history, it's greek-slavic peoples yearn for freedom and self-determination and the democracies of the world have a duty to help them in their struggle, and we must be the democracy that steps up to aid them." Roberto continued on, seeing Alberto look at him with approval.
As Roberto finished, he stepped down from the speaker's stand and returned to his seat. The Chamber Speaker nodded, and called for Lucius Callistus (Lucio Calisto) of the Unionist Party to take up the speaker's stand for rebuttal. The Unionists called the intervention a "warmongering cry for attention" by the Conservative Union and the Patriotic Party, and proposed a system of foreign aid and advisorship for the formation of a new government. The socialists followed, and proclaimed that "unless the Conservative Union promises an equal and fair treatment of the island's workers", the WRPF would never approve of the motion. The Patriotic Party got up to the stand and said that this was an "unique opportunity" for the Free Land to reassert its presence in the world in the face of external threats and that the island functioned as the "perfect waypoint" to bring civilization to the east.
The debate lasted for hours, but by the end of it the Conservative Union had successfully obtained the approval of most of the WPRF along with the total approval of the Patriotic Party. The vote was passed with 240 approvals VS 150 denials. The plan would be set in motion in the following day. And Roberto would be the Conservative Union's representative during the Armed Forces' takeover of the island. He got home and went through a cold shower before going over details of the island of Skopiros' (Sudland) inhabitants and the current situation within it. Some warlords had to be pleased, others had to be squashed under the Iron Boot. There was no way around it, blood would be shed. And the operation's success or failure could make or break the people's confidence in the Conservative Union for years to come.