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Don Francisco de Valle and his People's Party proposed acts improving the lives of the ordinary Spanish citizens. After the success of the The Guarentee of Basic Education Bill, which passed with near universal support - as some reactionaries opposed the bills of everything left of extreme right-wing - Don de Valle grew more bold and proposed a wide range of social and political reforms that would bring Spain forward in the March of Nations as a stronger, freer and more united nation. However, it remained to be seen whether the reforms would pass, as the Royalist League still controlled much of the Royal Assembly and could count on much support in the State Council.

Protection of Public Movements Bill
Co-signed by Don F. Pater de Valle & Mr. C. Aldecanta MAR

RECOGNIZING that public meetings of widely varying ideological goals and members are allowed to march freely through the streets of this nation and that they are protected by the Spanish Government

RECOGNIZING that many sanctioned political parties of distinct ideological flavour and opposition to parties closely associated with civil institutions are treated
disadvantageously by civil instutions
BELIEVING that the rights guarenteed for public meetings also extends to public movements


We do hereby resolve that all sanctioned political parties - which shall and do include all Parties seated in this Assembly - shall be treated as equals before the law

((Reform to Gerrymandering))

Trade Union Reform Bill

RECOGNIZING that public meetings of widely varying ideological goals and members are allowed to march freely through the streets of this nation and that they are protected by the Spanish Government
RECOGNZING that Trade Unions are inefficiently controlled by central authorities rather than by those it moves to protect
BELIEVING that the rights guarenteed for public meetings also extends to sanctioned trade unions

We do hereby resolve that trade unions shall be allowed self-determination in its affairs

((Reform to Non-Socialist Allowed))

Workers' Safety Bill

RECOGNIZING the deplorable situation in factories, mines and working places across the Kingdom of Spain and the threat they form to workers - which, in many cases, includes children - and productivity
BELIEVING that His Majesty's Government should take into consideration the working conditions of the common Spaniard when it proposes new charters and terms for Spanish corporations

We do hereby resolve that the Government shall set certain conditions and advices for large factories, mines and other work places to guarentee the safety of the Spanish Workers

((Reform to Minimal Safety Regulations))

Guarentee for Widows, Veterans and Former Servents of the Crown

RECOGNIZING the deplorable situation in which veterans of His Majesty's Armed Forces and former servants of the Crown, who can, through age and/or inability, no longer provide for their families
RECOGNIZING the diplorable situation in which chidless widows or widows lacking of age sons live and the most serious threat that they may fall from higher standing
BELIEVING that His Majesty's Government should assist and support these loyal and weakend subjects of the Crown

We do hereby resolve that the Government shall provide for these men, who have served their Monarch and His People in times of war and peace, needed and deserved financial support in their old age and widows who can no longer provide for themselves the financial support needed to preserve the morality and moderate livelihoods of these women

((Reform to Trinket Pensions))
 
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To Don Francisco de Valle

Several of the proposed bills you have recently presented are, when taken in conjunction with previous actions and proposals, thoroughly against the interests of the Crown and the Spanish Kingdom. Should your party continue to endorse such radical policies, and take stances opposed to the agreements of 1873, firmer actions by the Interior Secretariat, and indeed the Grace and Justice Secretariat, may need to be taken.

I trust that my concerns, most notably of the first of these new proposals, has been laid bare, and the only possibly results from continuing to act counter to the agreements of 1873 and the security of Spain are known to you.

~ The Count of Pontevedra
 

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Il Tempo

In this week's satire - Written by a French Associate of Il Tempo

In a land far away from Spain, let us call it Vastinhetoudeland, some aristocrats with ties to the good and royal ultrareactionary movements have taken upon themselves to rid the Kingdom of those pesky reformers, who have proposed greatly threatening laws including allowing the public to see the voting records of deputies and mandating the Treasury to spend capital on the education of the Oudanian youths, in this instance Don Pietro de Ponte. A good aristocrat and crusader of absolutism, the Prince of Viridivalle, with ambitions and skill for Government, has sent this dangerous reformer a most well-written letter.

"To Don Pietro de Ponte

Several of the proposed bills [Bills regarding Workers' Safety and the equal treatment of sanctioned political parties] you have recently presented are, when taken in conjunction with previous actions and proposals [A Bill concerning the openess of the Oudanian Assembly], thoroughly against the interests of the Crown and the Oudanian Kingdom [According to some Reactionary Movements]. Should your party [The Pesky Reformers Front] continue to endorse such radical policies, and take stances opposed to the agreements of 55 BC, firmer actions by [The Organisation the Most Esteemed Crusader against Reformism and Moderatism is Responsible For, which we may not share with regards to copy right infringement] may need to be taken.

I trust that my concerns, most notably of the first of these new proposals, has been laid bare, and the only possibly results from continuing to act counter to the agreements of 55 BC and the security of Oudanian are known to you.

The Prince of Viridivalle"

What shall happen to the Holy Crusader against Moderate Rationalism and the Pesky reform, shall be shown in tomorrow's Il Tempo
 
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The Count of Pontevedra, using a rather liberal interpretation of the Assembly Procedures Law, begins using his position as head of two secretariats to ensure all discussions of the Audience are private, and taking firmer steps in censoring newspapers commenting on the few meetings allowed to happen “publically.”

He also takes to censoring viciously El Tempo and other aligned newspapers; he furthers his stance against de Valle’s party by denying them any form of public funds, and takes to more stringently harassing their supporters through extralegal means, occasionally using the nobles now aligned to the King’s interests to that end.

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Don Francisco,

I do not appreciate your “satire;” fortunately, no one else has been subjected to it. However, this flagrant disregard of a request from a government official is entering into dangerous territory for you and your party. I would suggest relenting now, unless you are prepared for the worst.

~ Pontevedra
 

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To the Esteemed Conte de Pontverda,

First of all, I have read the satire in Il Tiempo and as far as I know it was written by a French Associate of the Newspaper, secondly, if you do, in your interpertation of the - in my eyes - quite innocent satire of aggressive bureaucracy - a phenomenon observed across Europe - see it as an assault on your most Honourable Person, I do suggest you should seek out legal means, for writting letters to my person may not heal your personal harm, if you do not request my spiritual council. Lastly, I would ask on what legal ground the Spanish Interior Ministry has recently stop all funding of the People's Party, as it has not broken any laws or endangered the Crown.

Don Francisco Pater de Valle,
Member of the State Council

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The People's Party has started legal proceding against the most recent harrasments by groups of thugs.
 

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((Private: TJDS))

Don Francisco,

It makes no difference who the writer was, ultimately; nor do your claims of innocence strike me as particularly sincere. Pertaining to your other question, I have already made it quite plain - your proposals, both present and past, are stridently against both the security of the kingdom and the sanctity of the agreements of 1873, both of which are notably injurious both to the Crown itself and to the stability of the realm. Furthermore, the utter contempt and disregard that met my initially polite suggestions to shelve such proposals have shown, in a grander sense, a disdain for His Majesty's government.

Whatever the case, I reiterate my request to shelve the first two bills proposed by your party.

~ Pontevedra

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The Count, by way of his aides in the Justice Department, take a rather indifferent approach to handling the various legal cases brought forth by the People's Party, allowing only the most violent (particularly those that went beyond the Count's instructions) to be punished, while largely keeping the rest logged in legal and bureaucratic quagmires.
 

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I shall not repeal the acts, if you wish to see them vetoed, seek out His Majesty, but I have made my choice clear. Futhermore, to akin a polite declination to your advice to an insult of His Majesty and His Majesty's Government is a quite interesting choice of action.

I stress you to hasten the legal procedings and the size of the investigation regarding the harrasment of the People's Party.

Ave aqtue vale,

Don Valle
 

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Ordinance from the War Council by His Excellency, the Count of Pontevedra,

In keeping with the outlines established by HRH Infante Pelayo, the Royal Army shall be restructured as such:

XXXXXX El Ejército Real (312,000); this force shall be headed by His Catholic Majesty, the King, personally.

XXXXX Grupo de Ejércitos de España (195,000); this force shall be headed by a Capitán General
XXXX Ejército del Sur (45,000); based in Sevilla, this force should be headed by a General
XXXX Ejército del Este (45,000); based in Barcelona, this force should be headed by a General
XXXX Ejército del Centro (45,000); based in Bilbao, this force should be headed by a General
XXXX Ejército del Oeste (45,000); based in A Coruña, this force should be headed by a General
XXXX La Guardia Real (15,000); based in Madrid, this force should be headed by a General
XXXXX Grupo de Ejércitos de las Colonias (117,000); this force shall be headed by a Capitán General
XXXX Ejército de Cuba (39,000); based in La Habana, this force should be headed by a General
XXXX Ejército de África (39,000); based in Lagos, this force should be headed by a General
XXXX Ejército de Filipinas (39,000); based in Manila, this force should be headed by a General

These armies shall be organised thusly:

The home armies (the Armies of the South, East, Centre, and West), shall be composed of 18,000 regulars, 18,000 artillerymen and their associated crews, 3,000 engineers, and 6,000 hussars to allow for a reasonably versatile and strongly defensive force.

The colonial forces, being somewhat smaller, shall comprise of 15,000 regulars and 15,000 artillerymen and their associated crews, as well as 3,000 engineers, and 6,000 hussars, though if needs be (due to infrastructural limits, etc., such expansions can be reduced as needed, or sub armies may be formed.

The Royal Guard shall possess, when possible, a force of 9,000 guardsmen, 6,000 artillerymen and their associated crews, and 3,000 hussars.

Similarly, the navy shall be expanded and organised along the lines set forth, again, by HRH Infante Pelayo:

XXXXXX Armada Real ; Su Majestad Católica, el Rey

XXXXX Armada Atlántico; Capitán General
XXXX Primera Flota (Sevilla); Vicealmirante
5 Acorazados (Ironclads), 15 Corbetas (Commerce Raiders)
XXXX Segunda Flota (La Habana); Vicealmirante
3 Acorazados, 12 Corbetas
XXXX Tercera Flota (Lagos); Vicealmirante
2 Acorazados, 8 Corbetas
XXXX Flota Expedición (Sevilla); Contraalmirante
10 Fragatas, 10 Transportes (Steam and Sail Transports)
XXXXX Armada Mediterránea; Almirante General
XXXX Cuarta Flota (Barcelona); Vicealmirante
3 Acorazados, 12 Corbetas
XXXXX Armada Pacífico; Almirante General
XXXX Quinta Flota (Manila); Vicealmirante
5 Acorazados, 15 Corbetas

This expansion should be gradual so as to not strain the budget, and emphasis should be placed upon the Atlantic fleet firstly, the Pacific fleet secondly, and the Mediterranean fleet lastly. Similarly, the present ships should not be scuttled, sold, or otherwise made unavailable until a suitable replacement has been found.

His Majesty's War Council also wishes to present the first of our acorazado classes, the Felipe V-class, which shall be modelled off the British Devastation-class:


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His Majesty's Interior Secretary, having been allowed the privilege of directing the industrial policies of the realm, shall endeavour either to built two new factories within regions favourable to such development, or to expand any factories within the kingdom in need of such expansion. Furthermore, efforts shall be made in two of our most industrialised provinces to increase the available workforce (two national focuses switched to encourage craftsmen).

Furthermore, to facilitate the expansion of the navy, funds shall be set aside to ensure that our dockyards are equipped to meet any such needs.

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Don Valle,

I ask, one final time, to shelve those bills.

~ Pontevedra


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After the first democratic elections in a Carlist Spain, the nation waited to see who the King would select in his government. It would come to no surprise that the King would basically keep his government from before the revolution. First Minister Francisco D'Ambrosio was sworn in, along with the other ministers of the government. Notable in the government's ranks was Minister Joao Maria Carlos Manuel de Correia e de Medinaceli as Minister of Interior and Justice (he holding these two positions will be important later). While a good sum of people say that Felipe VI and the First Minister managed the day-to-day activities of Spain, it was Minister Joao who did the majority of the work at the behest of the laziness of his colleagues.

Minister Joao surprised everyone when he decided to reorganize the army and navy to better heights. It was not the reorganization that surprised everyone, it was the fact that Joao was taking this from a 14 year old kid, whom is rumored to have mental issues. Joao had been a huge supporter of the young prince's initiative to reform the army and navy. Many people wondered if Joao was just trying to appease his majesty's younger brother by promising action, but they were in for a surprise when Joao actually put it forward as the War Council's plan of action. The idea was to strengthen the army and modernize the navy. Two larger armies of 18,000 men and cannons, 6,000 cavalry, and engineer corps, were put into action. The navy also received upgrades with the funding for the production of advance ironclad warships to replace the outdated frigates and man o wars the navy still used. Joao also put forward plans for mass industrialization by building factories and encouraging men to work in said factories. At the end of it all, many commented that "Minister Joao is the true King of Spain".

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It wasnt just economic and militarily issues that Minister Joao applied, it was also political issues as well. Even though he ran a small party, Don Francisco Pater del Valle proposed new legislation to the Assembly. One of which was a bill that would force the Assembly's activities to be made to the public, unless certain individuals said otherwise. Joao replied with a bill that did the exact opposite, that made all Assembly activities private to all unless specified otherwise, punishable if leaked. While the royalists backed Joao's bill, the opposition backed Francisco's bill. Los Amarillos would be the tie-breaker. Its leader, along with many Assemblymen, would not even vote, as they were reported drinking on the Etxeto estate and celebrating god-knows what. The Los Amarillos members who did show up would be swayed by Manuel 'Lolo' Marino Sastre y Luna. Lolo and his colleagues would vote for Francisco's bill, and pass it into law. With no objection from the King, it was put into force. However, Joao had a trick up his sleeve upon reading the full detail of the bill. Assembly matters would be public, unless certain individuals like the King, First Minister, or two state secretaries, said otherwise. If you really want to stretch the interpretation of the two state secretaries, you could argue that since Joao headed two ministries (Interior and Justice), that he counted as two state secretaries by himself. That is what Joao thought as he used his "powers" to make the majority of Assembly proceedings private to the public. Some things the Assembly did would still go to the public, like voting records, but many groans would arise from the Assembly as Joao abused this supposed loophole. Not even the King or First Minister had to do anything.

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(Ministry of the Interior)

Many rumors also emerged that Minister Joao was using tools at his disposal to threaten action against individuals who voted for bills he found against the crown, or who proposed bills that were against the crown. Some even gossip that he hired thugs to attack del Valle's party members. Even though the Justice Ministry arrested the thugs, many wondered if the thugs were sent by Joao. Of course, Joao fervently denied these accusations, and claimed that they were nothing more than rumors. He also censored papers that spoke of these rumors. Yet, censorship can only go so far, and as much as he wanted to, the rumors spread through oral words and tavern conversations. Yet, without any evidence, that was all they were, rumors...

While Joao was running things domestically, foreign affairs were starting to take hold in Europe. For the past few months, Northern Germany along with their Southern German allies have been attacking the French in another war. This time though, Germany was not getting attacked by an Austria surprise attack. Germany smashed the French forces, and occupied much of eastern France. At the same time, Sicilian forces were marching through the papal states, seizing the Romagna region. France would surrender to the Northern Germans, and hand over Alsace and Lorraine to the Germans. The nobles of Germany would meet in the Hall of Mirrors at Versaile, and declare King Wilhelm of Prussia Emperor Wilhelm I of a united German Reich. For the first time since the days of the Holy Roman Empire, Germany was united. The new German state was a monster of a beast that had massive quantities of industry, manpower, and military might. Would this new German state wish to maintain relations with the Spanish crown?

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(The formation of the new German Empire)

At the same time Germany was unifying, the Italian Peninsular was going through its own change. In 1876, Pan-nationalists inspired by the unification of Germany seized the Sardinian capital of Turin, and marched south. By the summer if 1876, Sicily and Sardinia had united as a unified Italian state. Victor Emmanuel II, the new King of Italy, also annexed the Papal states upon the defeat of France. Rome was captured and made the new capital of the Italian nation. One person objected to this though, his Holiness Pope Pius IX. He excommunicated the entire Italian government and claimed that he was a "prisoner" in his home at Vatican. This did catch the attention of Carlist Spain, a nation devoted to the Catholic faith. Many Carlists stood by the Pope saying that Rome was for the faith, and not for any nation to hold. However, Italy was much stronger than Spain.

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(Italian Pan-Nationalists)

With the first election cycle half-way through its tenure, Spain was in for more change. Bills had already been proposed to reform the Spanish system even further than what it was now. With international events shaking the balance of power, how would Spain react?

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Player Actions Needed: I am going to be in Hershey till the 23rd starting tomorrow, so I will not be near a computer until than. As such, I am giving you till the 23rd to IC and propose things.
 

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Mob Storms National Assembly
The French Empire Collapses!

Following the defeat of the French army in the Second Franco-Prussian War, and the loss of Alsace Lorraine to the new German Empire, a mob of republicans and anti-Bonaparte men stormed the National Assembly in Paris. Following this act, Emperor Napoleon III has fled the country, and Republican deputy Léon Gambetta has declared the formation of the Third Republic and the end of the Second Empire. While the Third Republic is being formed properly, a provisional government led by the Government of National Defense and Intermin Head of State Louis-Jules Trochu, has plans for a lasting peace with Germany following the French surrender. This new government shall face a nation divided between those supportive of the Republic, and those who wish for a return to a traditional monarchy, whether that is under an Orlean, or a Bourbon. Europe watches carefully at France as this new government takes action to quell popular dissent and pay Germany its due from the war.

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So I am going to run a special event for you all while I am in Hershey. This is the beginning of a chain of events that will culminate into a influence battle. Stay tuned!
 

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((Private: Mars))

To His Majesty, the King,

The recent collapse of the Napoleonic Empire has presented us, at last, with an opportunity to restore the House of Bourbon upon the throne of our northern neighbour; in doing so, we would greatly secure our position on the Continent, and bring ever more prestige to the Monarchy. It would further bring greater safety internally, and allow us to more effectively police and seize dissidents, for if they have no sympathetic power connected by land to us, their operations and their flights from lawmen shall be made all the more difficult.

In my estimation, this present matter is of the utmost importance for the continued stability of the Spanish Monarchy, and the Foreign Office should devote as much manpower as needed to secure a favourable outcome.

However, should the vote become notably close, and the will of the French people be, despite the rulings of certain classes, solidly in support of a restoration, a potential for military intervention should not be ruled out, though this should certainly be preceded with a concerted effort to arm and train royalists within France, thereby lessening our commitment, and improving our odds of achieving our goals.

As it stands, perhaps an envoy could be dispatched to Paris to begin working over various politicians to our side, whilst propaganda efforts be made to secure, at the minimum, the southern portions of France.

By Your leave, I shall be commence the latter at once, and shall put the other matters to consideration before trusted members of the War Council.

~ Pontevedra

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To His Excellency, the First Secretary,

I would deem it advantageous to bring the German Empire in line with our ambitions in France, perhaps by virtue of arranging a marriage between the House of Hohenzollern and the House of Bourbon; I would further suggest that, after a favourable outcome, a reconsidering of our present relationships with France and Germany be considered – that is, I would suggest that the Foreign Office work to ensure that in the event of a war between those two powers, we would not be needlessly drawn in, and therefore be able to maintain warm relations with both. Perhaps an understanding that our neutrality in the event of Franco-German War, regardless of its instigator, would be beneficial to all parties involved, and most certainly with us.

~ Pontevedra

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The Count, having been alerted that the voting records of the Audience were still be shown, opted to begin censoring papers that opted to present them to the public; however, the Count, known for his love of misinformation and deceit winning his wars, began to authorise inauthentic voting records be presented by “third-party,” non-state newspapers; such papers typically had ties to the Society of St James the Greater.
 

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To the Conte de Pontevedra,

Your proposal concerning a reconsideration of relations with the German and French nations has been noted.

~ First Secretary Francisco d'Ambrosio
 

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Chaos in France
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The French government, following the announcement of a program to repay Germany after the Second Franco-Prussian War, is facing a crisis that threatens the future of the Third Republic. President Adolphe Thiers, the new President of the Republic, has passed financial laws aimed at repaying the Germans for their war effort. This has resulted in wide spread unrest across the country-side, with radical socialists taking up arms and occupying Paris, creating a commune of sorts based on the works of Karl Marx. The commune was short lived, but its effects have been noted. Many of Napoleon III's aristocracy have joined the Legitimist cause and sided with a restoration of the French monarchy under the rule of Henri of Artois, Count of Chambord, the last remaining Bourbon of the French line, to restore the French monarchy and deliver France from these radical socialists and liberal Republicans seeking to destroy the foundation of the French state. Many across Europe though have speculated that perhaps the Count of Paris, Prince Philippe of Orléans, the Orleanist pretender, would step up, but so far no word has reached the press that he claims to seek the throne, or wishes to back Henri and the Legitimists. Regardless, monarchist sentiment in the countryside of France is at a high-point, and with the elections in France set to begin relatively soon, it seems that the monarchists would either be split between Orleanists and Legitimists, or united under one monarchist banner
 

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Count.

We certainly agree that installing a symphatetic government in Paris may be a very important step towards solidification of our international influence. However, first of all, we need to be sure that this government is indeed symphatetic - if the Count of Chamborde wants our support, he must be ready to become a friend to Spain after his enthronement. If he is indeed ready to honor our long-term ties, both his election and his regime would have the Spanish support.

We could support the royalist cause through covertly financing the important parties, newspapers and associations in order to ensure the victory of Prince Henri. We also should assist the Count to unify the monarchist electorate, so that the Orleanists go under his banner as well - since the Count of Paris does not intend to contest the throne, his public support for Count Henri might be good. We also believe that the Count should adopt a patriotic program that would unite the country - perhaps the use of image of Henri the Four, a King loved by all Frenchmen, could be a good ideological move. It is also important that the Count is able to maintain stable relationships with the Emperor of Germany if he becomes the King - we do not want another alliance torn apart.

As for the military intervention, we should remember about our relationships with the Empire of Germany, a member of the Holy Alliance, who (due to the war debts) have interests in this country as well. We must not ruin our ties with them and therefore, if it comes to such decision, it should be made in concert with our partners.

We trust you to do what is necessary - to hold talks with the Count of Chamborde and support the royalist cause.

FELIPE
 

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Monarchists Win!
Henri Wins Bigger!

The Election results for the 1876 French National Assembly are in, and it seems that the monarchists have achieved a healthy majority in the legislature of the Third Republic. Many provinces of France have voted in Legitimist legislatures, while Paris has voted in a majority of Republicans. This shows that monarchist sentiment in France is still high. This was not the only news to effect the Count of Chambord. Prior to the election results being declared, the Orleanists and Legitimists made a pact with each other, declaring that the Count of Chambord would be the head of the French Royal House, with his heir being the Prince of Paris. This means that the only thing separating Henri from a proper restoration is the Presidency. President Adolphe Thiers has made sure that a restoration would not happen under his presidency, sparking anger among the Legitimists and Orleanists elements in the French National Assembly. A clash is inevitable as the monarchists and republicans are set to square off against each other for the fate of France. Will Henri become King of France? Will a republic form? Will the Count of Paris somehow manage to get himself chosen to be King? Who knows...

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Player Actions Needed: So, in PDM when France loses Alsace and Lorraine, their is an event to simulate the fall of Napoleon III's Empire and the establishment of a new government. There are three options for this event, the first is to take the historical route and establish the Third Republic. The second route is to establish a constitutional monarchy under an Orleanist King. The third route is to establish an absolute monarchy under a Bourbon King. Players shall have the option to use IC and possibly voting to support one of the three factions, Republicans, Legitimists, and Orleanists. The one with the most support shall become the new government of France.
 

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FRANCESC ANTONI ROMÀ
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Date of Birth:
May 2nd, 1841

Occupation:
Aristocrat

Biography:
The nephew of the previous Duc de Menorca, "Cesc" was raised largely without any expectation of someday receiving the title, leading him to work determinedly towards his own personal growth, independent of his aristocratic roots. This determination would lead him to the University of Paris, where he became acquainted with Pierre-Joseph Proudhon and his works, and while anarchism did not play well in the mind of the young Cesc, many of Proudhon's views worked their way into his own perspective.

He largely found employment in the South of France after leaving the University, where he originally worked in a textile mill before being fired for questioning the pay of the employees there. His ejection, despite leaving him without employment, was a pivotal moment which led him to organize a cooperative vineyard in Provence. H would work there for several years prior its destruction at the hands of hostile soldiers.

Hearing the news, however, of the success of his uncle's movement in Spain and the introduction of "democracy," Cesc returned to help organize a local branch of his uncle's movement in northern Catalonia, where he was elected to Parliament. Now he is ready to turn upside-down the Red Movement - and, with hope, change the way that Spaniards live their lives.
 
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((Private Mars))

*A group of men are allowed into a royal court and approach King Felipe. After they bowed, they began to voice their case*

Your Most Catholic Majesty, we are representatives of the People's Party of Spain. Our leader, Don Francisco Pater del Valle, has tasked us with bringing this well-researched evidence of unlawful actions against our Party under your attention.

For the past few weeks, our party has been harassed. Thugs have attacked our fellow party members, and have interrupted Party meetings. This blatant harassment has been threatening our safety and lives for a while, but we know that it is not just random acts of violence. We have evidance that suggests - quite clearly - that the Minister of the Interior has been hiring thugs to attack us, and has been arresting them to cover his tracks. Many of the thugs have confessed to us that they were hired by the Ministry of the Interior to attack us, but felt betrayed when the Ministry arrested them and threw them in jail instead of paying them for their services. We can bring them in and have them confess to you if you wish.

In order to further prove that the Ministry of the Interior has been harassing us for our beliefs, we wish to produce to your majesty a list of letters that the Minister of Interior himself has penned to our leader, Don Francisco, following the announcement that he wishes to propose bills aimed at increasing freedoms for parties and ideological beliefs. These letters are menacing in nature, and indicate a threat of action against our leader and members of the People's Party should the demands of the Minister be ignored or denied. At the same time we received these letters, the attacks began. It may be coincidence to many in the Ministry of Interior and Justice, but not to us.

Thus, with this clear evidence against him, we do hereby request you, Your Most Catholic Majesty, a fair and public trail against the Minister of Interio, Joao Maria Carlos Manuel de Correia e de Medinaceli, for using violent methods to silence his opponents and strong-arm them into voting for what he feels is right, indeed, he has censored all criticism against himself and the publicization of details of the Royal Assembly. We request that Your Most Catholic Majesty request him to resign and replace him with someone who truly believes in justice for all instead of those he deems worthy.

((Public))

At the same time the PP members are bringing their case to the King, pamphlets and oral speeches against the Minister of Interior, utilizing the same evidence of letters and thug confessions, began circulating in cities across Spain, especially in centers of operations for the PP. Though many felt that their lives would be in danger for speaking out against the Minister of Interior and Justice, they spoke out anyway. The censorship bureau would indeed be overflowing with censorship requests.

((Thank you for Naxhi for assisting me in this after my computer broke down. I would futher like to mention that I rolled high))
 

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To his most Catholic Majesty Felipe V of Spain

The Italian nation is a young and prosperous nation. Like Spain's Carlist regime, we were born as well in the fires of war. We, as a young and Catholic nation, wish to seek friends and allies across Europe. We hope that Spain would be one nation to grant us this request. As guardians of the Pope, we are strong in our Catholic tradition like Spain, and strong in our monarchical sentiment for having a similar government. As such, I wish to ask that your gracious majesty consider being betrothed to my youngest daughter, Dona Maria Pia of Savoy. We hope that you accept this request.

-King Victor Emmanuel II of Italy
 

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I hereby bring forth charges of slander and libel before the leaders of the People's Party; they have elected to besmirch my character, bring ruin upon my person, and shown a wanton disregard for stability, order, and polite society. These lies are nothing more than that, and these "confessions" are merely the purest distillation of such deceit; indeed, I would reckon such "confessions" only emerged after only the vilest of deeds were committed against the confessors, if these men even existed at all - the People's Party, of course, is known for its love of fakery and false stories, as their profane writings and papers make patently clear. I shall not broach such open disloyalty and rank perversion of honour and justice.

The People's Party, in my estimation, should be banned; however, in the pursuit of justice, and the hopes therein, I will merely suggest a probation period whilst this matter is sorted out in a fair and equitable manner.

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((Private: Comte de Chamborde))

Your Majesty,

I, the Count of Pontevedra, an associate of His Catholic Majesty the King of Spain, have been tasked with the great honour of reaching an accord with Your Personage and my Sovereign. I must admit that, despite my eagerness and love for the House of Bourbon, I am but a weak man, poorly suited for such a glorious task. I hope that you shall take pity upon and listen to my words carefully.

His Catholic Majesty holds the greatest of sympathies towards his French brethren - after all, was it not the Legitimist Cause that aided the late Carlos V in his campaigns many years ago - yet there are many fears and concerns preventing an open endorsement of the regime, and thus we are limited but to covert, quiet support, as we have done of late. His Catholic Majesty holds most dearly a concern that the French interests would become opposed to the Spanish interests even with kin upon the French throne; I, on His behalf, would ask of Your Majesty for assurances that such a matter would not be the case.

Of particular interest to us would be the matter of the succession; Your Majesty is, as of yet, still childless, and as such the matter of Your Heir remains up in the air, so to speak; we have heard of late that the Count of Paris has been considered a potential successor, as has a member of His Catholic Majesty's family; as this is an issue of great import, as Your Majesty is well aware, it should be resolved swiftly and efficaciously.

To that end, I have imagined two separate proposals that would ensure a healthy restoration and a continuing, successful reign for the House of Bourbon:

The first would be a Spanish heir succeeds Your Person; this would, of course ensure Spanish cooperation fully, and would greatly benefit Your side, particularly in the South. However, to further bolster Your claim, I would suggest that whichever member of the Spanish Bourbons be made your heir, they or their immediate heir be wed to the Princess of Orleans, Amelie, when she has come of age; whilst the Count of Paris might prefer a more favourable agreement, he would, I'd wager (considering his inaction thus far), find tying himself closely to Your Heir to be an acceptable concession.

Should that not come to pass, I would suggest then that the Count of Orleans be made your heir, and his young son Philippe, be wed to HRH Infanta Maria Teresa, or to a daughter of His Catholic Majesty should one be born in the future. This, whilst less favourable to Spain, would likely placate the immediate concerns of His Catholic Majesty.

Of other matters, I would seek a reaffirmation of the agreements regarding Morocco, as well as our preferential trade relationship with the French Basques. I would also attempt to ensure a conflict between a Bourbon France and the German Empire, both of whom Spain would have strong relations with, shall not occur, or that Spain would be permitted to retain neutrality in such a conflict. This third matter is of paramount importance to His Catholic Majesty, and as such is one that I must firmly suggest Your Majesty heed cautiously.

Should there be any matters Your Majesty wishes to discuss, I shall always make time available to read Your correspondence, and if necessary shall travel to France to bring a fruitful conclusion to this entire matter.

~ Le Comte de Pontevedra
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((Private: Count of Paris))

Your Grace,

I have written, only recently, to the Comte de Chamborde regarding the matters presently affecting France, and have outlined various concerns and wishes the Spanish Court has in regards to the Future of France; of particular note was the matter of the succession, of which I am certain you are acutely aware of, and in regards to I have written two proposals - both of which I believe would be acceptable to you. I would ask that, should either of those proposals be favourable to your person that you rally behind the Comte de Chamborde and ensure a stable restoration is made, and the French nation is quickly returned to good order. Should the Comte de Chamborde opt to endorse a plan that you deem less desirable, either one of mine, or another penned not by my hand, I would request something but slightly more modest - that the Orleanists remain a neutral party, though one associated more closely with Chamborde's allies.

~ Le Comte de Pontevedra


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The Count of Pontevedra, having written to the two most important men in France at the moment, then set about work for the restoration, along the general lines set by the King. Printing presses, particularly those only recently seized from the various People's Party printers (and their allies), are soon tasked with creating pro-Royalist propaganda, making continual use of Henri IV and other great kings and past events to unify the French royalists, though only in limited amount until the Comte de Chamborde has made a decision in regards to the Count's letter - the Count was not fool enough to fully back a side for nothing, though he was loathe to allow the Republicans to win. He felt he had chosen a cautious and pragmatic middle ground for the time being.

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((Private: the King))

Your Catholic Majesty,

I have heard of late that the King of Italy has proposed a betrothal between Your Person and member of the House of Savoy; I have no great opposition to such a Union - though I have heard of Your plans to acquire a Prussian bride. Such a union would, in my estimation, be largely beneficial; however, the matter of the Pope should, firstly, be resolved. I would suggest a middle ground between total occupation of Rome by either side be adopted, perhaps allowing the Basilica and other key buildings surrounding it be made an enclave of sorts; I am, unfortunately ignorant of such matters myself (in truth, I only considered the possibility after a brief talk with Your Royal Brother, Infante Pelayo), though if needs be I could attempt to draft a proposal, though I feel having either the Foreign Office, or the two parties most affected, draft such an agreement might perhaps be more favourable. At the very least, we could determine the extent of their desires.

Even should a marriage not occur, such a concord would reflect well upon the Spanish monarchy.


~ Pontevedra

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To ensure the Censorship Bureau would be able to deal with the influx of seditious material, the Count tasked some senior agents of the Secret Police to assist in such matters, whilst outright banning certain newspapers and journals to lessen the load - hence the above printing presses being freed up to fuel the Legitimist propaganda machine; those not tasked with such duties began a full smear campaign against the People's Party, lambasting their accusations are falsehoods, painting the leadership as unrepentant radicals, and spewing particular venom at the party's leader, whom - like the Fat Cardinal of old - became regarded as a fallen priest, a vicious and foolish man without decency and only a low, barbarous cunning with which he attempted to bring ruin upon Spain. That most legislation and voting records were heavily censored, and Pontevedra's policy of misinformation in full effect, made such tasks easier.