- Jan 27, 2015
Duke Matthias, probably due to his lack of political knowledge, Abstains from voting
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.
((I meant for the trade fleets.))
"Greetings. After the tragic accident which took the late Holiness's life, I am now of this organization. I had previously thought we could discuss perhaps allowing Saint-Pierre entrance, but after the Parta Marina's latest attacks against both parties led by the Illuminati, I have second thoughts. However, it may still be viable. If we communicate through proxies, unaffiliated, he could be made to join the Illuminati, if not align with the Royal or the General.
Tangentially, His Holiness Xystus II told me that he tried to remain publicly independent from the Imperials and Reconquista, to facilitate his words being seen as unbiased. However, his actions in the direct aftermath of the Pheonix War allowed the Phoenixes and Camponistas to tie him to the Empress Dowager. Therefore, in order to learn from his past, I will not join either parties, and when possible without changing the outcome, vote against acts positive to the aim of the Illuminati.
This will also allow me to approach Saint-Pierre as a representative of the Illuminati, not a supporter of the Royal Family."
((Duly noted, I was just lazy. Also what was the name of your Galician resistance movement? Assume that I used the name in the following IC.))
"I give the leader of the Camponistas the credit they deserve for pointing out my 'mistake' in referring to his party and his contributions against the Phoenix, and would like to remind him, should any of his supporters be listening now, that I was addressing the 'offending remarks' to the party of the same name. While it is true that he organized a resistance movement to the Phoenixes in Galicia during the war, it was the Reconquista which actively took the fight to the enemy, sowing dissent within its ranks and contributing to the decisive victories which ensured the demise of the Phoenix cause; while I give them credit for defending Galicia, they ultimately contributed little to nothing to the battles of Granada and Damietta which decided the war. In transitioning to a political party we seek to transfer our successes on the battlefield into successes in government.
"But may I remind all of you listening to me that this speech is being given in my hometown of Leon, which, may I remind you, is not Valencia? The de Leons and the Reconquista have always had the interests of the people and the Hispanian nation first and foremost. The Reconquista supported the education act, I remind you. It supported all laws that its members believed by popular consensus to be beneficial to the Empire and its people. The Camponistas may represent the countryside, yes, but that is it. Just the countryside, the agrarian communities, the farmers and the peasants. Let it be known that I do not say these words with scorn and recognize their many contributions to the Empire. But perhaps if the Camponistas want to represent the people they should change their name to something more appropriate, since their current name would likely turn away citizens who don't live in the countryside. They are a party of people who don't live in Valencia, but a specific subset of people, those who live in the countryside, and nobody more.
"We of the Reconquista, on the other hand, are a true party of the people. As evident by our name, we seek to retake our country from anybody who has hijacked it, be it foreign interests, corrupt elites, or traitors. Unlike our opponents, we are willing to not only oppose a government beholden to cronies--which is NOT the case currently--but also oppose anybody who threatens the Hispanian people or nation in any way. Just as our namesake did against the Moors and Phoenix, we will reconquer our country from all evil. We will eliminate potential evils to our country, be they foreign threats or internal affairs. I remind you that Hispania has not declared a war as the aggressor without a justified casus belli within recent history, and the Reconquista intends to keep it that way by negotiating and supporting mutually beneficial diplomatic agreements to keep the balance of power, only resorting to war if there is no other possible choice; we will not abandon our allies, as our alliances are the key to keeping the balance of power. I assure you, the Reconquista shall pass legislation to equally increase the quality of life for each and every Hispanian citizen, be he a farmer, merchant, soldier, sailor, noble, or bureaucrat. No citizen shall be left behind in our march to a new Hispania and a new future.
"They may be the people of the countryside. We are the people of the Hispanian nation, the people who will take back their country from their enemies, the people who I trust to make the right decision for the betterment of the Empire and themselves, the people who refuse to give in to the opposition, no matter what shape it takes or how large it is. We represent ALL Hispanians, and we will not stop until we do what is necessary to make Hispania even greater.
"For a new and better Hispania! For a better future for all Hispanians! Vote Reconquista!"
((Time to close the vote.
Speaker (Assembly Only):
200 for Francesco Torres (Imperial)
100 for Miquel Sanchez (Independent)
Update will be up shortly.))
((I wouldn't get too strung up on terms. As long as people know what it means, it's fine. I know I've been using "nation" to refer to countries since the start of the iAAR, although that term didn't really come into use until the rise of nationalism. Same goes for using "state" instead of "Crown". Subject would probably be more accurate, I suppose.))