The realm rejoices as Paradox Interactive announces the launch of Crusader Kings III, the latest entry in the publisher’s grand strategy role-playing game franchise. Advisors may now jockey for positions of influence and adversaries should save their schemes for another day, because on this day Crusader Kings III can be purchased on Steam, the Paradox Store, and other major online retailers.
An excerpt from Robert Moore's inaugural day speech."We stand on the threshold to greatness and unlike Washington who had to first fight to free his country, I am proud to be able to say that we people of Columbia were able to win our Independence without needing to raise our arms, that reason prevailed and continues to prevail, for I now stand here, due to the mandate of the people, and not as from the whim of some distant monarch. From this day forward I promise to guide the people of Columbia to the freedom, equality and opportunity that we were previously denied."
Brief outline of the D.R.C.'s Government:
Head of State - President: Elected to a four year term by the direct representation of the voters. Anyone who has the right to vote may run for the office. Has the power to issue any orders that do not violate laws already existing, veto bills, dissolve Parliament and call for new elections. Handles foreign relations and acts as the head of the armed forces, but still needs Parliament to approve issues of war and peace.
Head of Government - Prime Minister: Appointed by the President. Forms a cabinet made up of members of several political parties. Presides over the Cabinet and the Parliament. Makes decisions on internal government.
Parliament: A single house system that is supposed to represent the overall will of the people. Legislative branch of government. Cabinet members, Prime Minister, and Vice President taken from its ranks. Seats held by different parties choosen by the people in elections. Creates, approves and denies laws. May hold session to Impeach President if abuse of power is demonstrated.
Vice President: Largely cermonial position. Serves as an advisor to the President. Is originally a member of Parliament, abandons his seat upon taking the position but may appoint replacement. Is chosen by Parliament, but once appointed may not be removed. Replaces President in case of incapacitation or death until elections can be held.
Article from the Vancouver Sun following the murder of Rep. Derby.Assassin Strikes at the heart of Unionist Party!
Yesterday afternoon an assassin killed radical Unionist Party head Walter F. Derby, age 61. Rep. Derby had just finished giving a speech on the need to increase residency laws for newly arrived immigrants and those of native blood. On his way to an early dinner, his assailent, Jubal Moytoy, blocked his path and fired three rounds from a colt revolver at near point blank range. Mr. Moytoy then attempted to flee, but was later aprehended by police. It is believed that Mr. Moytoy, who is of mixed blackfoot and french blood was enraged by the speech and what he called "Further attempts at injustice within an already corrupt government". Authorities have not yet disclosed where Mr. Moytoy is being held and have promised further investigation into the matter before his trial.
Funeral services for Walter Furgeson Derby are to be held on Saturday, beginning promptly at noon within St. George Cemetery in his hometown of Hazelton. Condolences can be sent to his family provided by the address below.
May 14th, 1852
The New York Tribune, 7 cents
President Martin Van Buren dies in tragic carriage accident!
John Parker Hale to be sworn in as President
British capture Sevestapol! Russia Occupies and annexes Moldavia! Fighting between Russians and Ottoman Turks at a fevered pitch, French government offers to act as a neutral mediator - Russia stubbornly refuses. Austria's internal problems continue as rebels form breakaway states of Poland and Hungary.
Young Columbia Party head and Prime Minister Peter Albert when asked his feelings on the Russians, March 4th - 1854."Russians? They are not worth three white faced Columbian men. I dare say this war will be over before the autumn harvest comes in." -- Columbian Prime Minister Peter Albert
From the Journal of Leon Sakamataynew, staff sergeant of the 1st Columbia Cavalry -- Dated April 19th, 1855..the aspens, white spruces and willows are more familiar to me now then the bodies of many of the ladies I have laid with in my days. We have seen more Caribou than the enemy, and our only victims for the last several months were a small band of Athabaskan who were strangely loyal to the Tsar. The good General says that the Russians are defeated, for which I am glad. While I appreciate the savage beauty of this Yukon, I could due without the ceaseless cold and the nightly attacks from wolves and the great brown bears of this land. For truth, these Russian bears have caused more damage to our unit then the strangely absent Russian man.
The strangely distant words of Tsar Alexander II to the Diplomat of Columbia, Alfred Trest. - February 1856"You make demands of me and my subjects when we are clearly in mourning. You started this war. Yet you ask of us land? We know of your defeats. We know of Polkovnik Muraviev-Karoky's triumph over the rabble you call an army. You speak like the British, but you do not fight like them. Russia will give you something to mourn."
The Vancouver Sun, 4 cents
February 26, 1857 edition
Colonel Rupert's stunning victories in the east!
With Kuril Islands under Columbia's control, Colonel goes on to occupy Petropaviovsk, defeating Russian partisans.
Mexico goes into civil war! - while still at war with US.
Eyewitness says Mexico's military in chaos.
Good luck digging out. Let's just say I don't miss my Chicago days come this time of year.I haven't played ahead yet, but seeing as its snowing pretty bad I may do that now.