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((Everyone seems to be forgetting the part where Faixon, a commoner, DEMANDED something from Sophia, born a noble and made a royal by marriage. Like it or not, we still have classes and a commoner demanding anything of a royal is quite impolite within itself. Such a thing has gotten people executed before. And that is not taking into consideration Faixon's violation of the Op Sec Act, Mike's GM fiat simply said Alfons didn't hear of it, not that it didn't occur and his actions can't be explained away as a omission. So we have a known traitor making demands of an Empress, what do you think should happen?))

((She's a woman, though.))
 

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((Everyone seems to be forgetting the part where Faixon, a commoner, DEMANDED something from Sophia, born a noble and made a royal by marriage. Like it or not, we still have classes and a commoner demanding anything of a royal is quite impolite within itself. Such a thing has gotten people executed before. And that is not taking into consideration Faixon's violation of the Op Sec Act, Mike's GM fiat simply said Alfons didn't hear of it, not that it didn't occur and his actions can't be explained away as a omission. So we have a known traitor making demands of an Empress, what do you think should happen?))

((Actually, I implied that the event never happened seeing as it was an accidental omission of the OOC parentheses, but I suppose my comment was a tad too vague and humour-ridden to be that obvious. :p If we are to treat it as having happened, it would mean both Faixon and the Empress Dowager are guilty of breaching that Act, for then the Empress Dowager would have made her plan public and Faixon would have publicly discussed it.))
 
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Judicial System Reform Act: No
Independence of Jurisdiction Act: No
"The crown should always mantain its ability to step in in case of darastic circumstances."
Ministry of Religious Affairs Representation Act: Yes
Secularization of the Land Act: NO!
"I am shocked that so many members of this assembly would so quickly cast away as something as precious as propery rights. This act would be equivalent to the crown seizing the burgar's ships or the noble's land! The church has long guided this country into its prosperous future and I am shocked that so many of my fellow members have forgotten that in their race to appear secular. I certainly agree that we should work to be welcoming to all branches of Christianity, but I believe many of you fail to see how radical this truly is and have lost sight of what this would mean!"

Parliamentary Quorum Act: Yes
Appointment Replacement Act: No ((Don't remember if members of the Cortez can vote on this one or not, ignore if I can't obviously.))
Local Elections of Governors Act: No
Embassy Act: Yes
Protection of Embassies Act: Yes
Transdacian Establishment Act: No
Special Operation Forces Act: Yes
Marine Corps Act: Yes
Specialized Services Act: Yes
Naval Reform of 1793: Yes

Mission: Gorontalo


Altair Spoleto, Count of Cremona, Independent, Cortez - Chamberlain
 

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Judicial System Reform Act: Yes
"High time some justice was served in Hispania, and not just clumsily lead by those men in high places."
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The Crown rules all, the Crown knows all, thus the Crown manages all, there must be no exception."
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"A simple Modernisation of a small body, what harm can come from that"
Secularisation of the Land Act: No
"Count Cremona stated views that explain the views I vest, as well as that of my families history, such an act against the church would be most sacrilegious to their memory."
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"What a way to keep things manageable"
Appointment Replacement Act: Abstain
"This Act seems too garbled to offer much meaning as to its intentions"
Local Elections of Governers Act: No
"An act doing to the nobles what the proposed Secularisation of the Land Act is inclined to do to the Church, I will not have it!"
Embassy Act, with Protections: Yes
"Aaaah, we finally begin an intimate negotiation level with our neighbours, how sweet"
Special Operation Forces Act, with Amendments: Abstain
"What are these forces to do, huh?!"
Marine Corps Act: Yes
"That's more like it"
Transdacian Establishment Act: Yes
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Save the crown some trouble in management in a particularly delicate area"
Specialized Services Act: Yes
"As with the Marine Corps"
Naval Reform of 1793: Yes
"A useful modernisation, thoroughly needed with our ever expanding territories"

Mission: Abstain

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Parta Marina would wish to nominate Aingeru Bittor Mendoza for the position of the Minister of Education.

((The nomination period was for before the vote, since if I let it last until the vote deadline, anyone can just pop in at the last minute and put whoever they want in the position. :D He'll get to contest the position the next time it's up for grabs, so either 1796 if the next update is short or 1800.

Judicial System Reform Act:
Assembly: 193 Yes/107 No/0 Abstain
Cortz: 72 Yes/24 No/Abstain​
Independence of Jurisdiction Act:
Assembly: 210 Yes/54 No/36 Abstain
Cortz: 75 Yes/18 No/3 Abstain​
Ministry of Religious Affairs Representation Act:
Assembly: 300 Yes/0 No/0 Abstain
Cortz: 96 Yes/0 No/0 Abstain​
Secularization of the Land Act:
Assembly: 53 Yes/199 No/48 Abstain
Cortz: 29 Yes/45 No/22 Abstain​
Parliamentary Quorum Act:
Assembly: 300 Yes/0 No/0 Abstain
Cortz: 96 Yes/0 No/0 Abstain​
Appointment Replacement Act:
Assembly: 158 Yes/128 No/14 Abstain
Cortz: 29 Yes/45 No/22 Abstain​
Local Elections of Governors Act:
Assembly: 121 Yes/143 No/36 Abstain
Cortz: 36 Yes/57 No/3 Abstain​
Embassy Act:
Assembly: 300 Yes/0 No/0 Abstain
Cortz: 96 Yes/0 No/0 Abstain​
Protection of Embassies Act:
Assembly: 193 Yes/107 No/0 Abstain
Cortz: 77 Yes/19 No/0 Abstain​
Transdacian Establishment Act:
Assembly: 204 Yes/37 No/59 Abstain
Cortz: 51 Yes/32 No/13 Abstain​
Special Operation Forces Act:
Assembly: 142 Yes/54 No/104 Abstain
Cortz: 62 Yes/18 No/16 Abstain​
Amendment to the Special Operations Forces Act:
Assembly: 142 Yes/54 No/104 Abstain
Cortz: 62 Yes/18 No/16 Abstain​
Marine Corps Act:
Assembly: 247 Yes/0 No/53 Abstain
Cortz: 86 Yes/9 No/1 Abstain​
Specialized Services Act:
Assembly: 247 Yes/0 No/53 Abstain
Cortz: 86 Yes/9 No/1 Abstain​
Naval Reform of 1793:
Assembly: 300 Yes/0 No/0 Abstain
Cortz: 96 Yes/0 No/0 Abstain​

Mission: Gorontalo

Just give me a bit to get all these laws added to the front page and I'll move on to the update. So many events for this one. So many... *cackles madly*))
 

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Liu Binhan has passed away in 1793. ((Too lazy to write anything else :p))
 

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1793-1798 – The Three Successors of Rome

Parliament pumped out new legislation in large quantities at the start of 1793. The navy was reformed similarly to the army, a change a century overdue. Embassies were established all across Europe and beyond, reducing the strain on the foreign ministry and improving Hispania’s reputation abroad. It was the Transdacian Establishment Act though that had the greatest impact. All the lands northeast of Byzantium were granted autonomy, similar to that of Bavaria. Transdacia was to be a nation for the Romanian people, but still subservient to Hispania in some form. This act saw almost universal support from parties, although the Imperials viewed this decentralization with worry. However, the act proved quite controversial for the Edredón Party, for they held seats in both the Assembly and Cortz in the region where the Ruthenian people lived. The Ruthenians were extremely distressed that they were about to be forced into a nation with the much larger Romanian population. The sheer size and variety of cultures in Hispania provided a form of defence for minorities, but the Ruthenians feared that that would disappear in this new nation. These Ruthenian members of the Edredón Party went against their party leader and voted against the act in vain. Transdacia was to exist, whether the Ruthenian people wanted it or not.

In Arabia, trade was flowing as Najd willingly opened its borders, a much more satisfactory trading partner than Persia.

The army saw a minor expansion as the armies increased in size to 40k all across the Empire, and a new army was planned to be stationed near Venice.

Efforts were taken by the Minister of Finance to keep inflation down as it continued to rise.



Mali refused to allow its isolated position to lead to stagnation, so it expanded east into Zazzau. Lithuania was of a similar mind, conquering Nogai to make up for previous defeats.

Armies were moved to the Austrian border and two more in Transdacia to ensure Hungary did not go after the new nation. The navy was waiting this time outside Austria to ensure no trade fleet was preyed upon. When all was ready, war was declared on Austria, with France called on for assistance.

The armies marching out of Italy went immediately for the coastline and the provinces leading up to Bavaria. Those in Transdacia focused on Hungary’s eastern forts.

The giant Asian terror known as Delhi managed to westernize, a blight on the world to be certain.



Byzantium made the first major move by attacking the Hungarian army in Temes. The Hispanian siege army next door assisted them, helping them to beat the Hungarians.

As undefended Austrian land fell, armies started making their way up the Bavarian border to ensure the Bavarians were protected this time and ready to claim the Austrian land.

The Austrian navy was soon forced from port, with the Hispanian navy ready to counter them. Vice Admiral Charles Gustave de Saint-Pierre sank three ships before the cowardly Austrians fled to their port in Lika.

The Greeks tried to take on the demoralized Hungarian army, but the Austrians intervened. The Hispanians sent an army, but it arrived just near the end of the battle. It was the Bavarians and a small force of Transdacians that saved the day, ensuring the Greeks were not overwhelmed. All of Hispania’s subjects had worked together in a single battle.

The colony in Gorontalo had grown into a suitable city. The Ministry of Colonial Affairs continued its focus on Southeast Asia with a colonist sent to Poso.

As the year turned to 1794, Prince Joan de Trastámara came of age and ascended to his position on the Cortz like his older brother. Unlike all the Trastámaras that came before him, he did not shy away from joining a party. He declared his intention to join the Imperials, taking a seat beside his grandmother, the Empress Dowager.

The TATC always seemed to demand conquest in Africa at the most inconvenient time. This time they wanted to take land from Mali, something not so easily achieved. Their demands were ignored.

A colony in South Africa came down with Roman Fever. Resources were stretched thin at the time and Hispania was unable to send aid.



Ajuuraan followed in Delhi’s path by westernizing as well.

Germany was ever the opportunist. They declared war on Austria, circling their enemy like a vulture. Hispanian armies immediately spread out to siege as many provinces as could be reached. The Germans would not steal this prize.

The Hungarians attempted to disrupt this plan by attacking the siege army up in Prag. This proved unwise on their part, since a second army under the command of Lieutenant General Martí de San Dionisio was stationed nearby. The Hungarians marched headlong into a much larger army. It was no surprise then when they were pushed back.

An advisor suggested to the Emperor that he consider selling titles to the wealthy in an attempt to not only gain revenue but gain greater influence over the Cortz. Emperor Alfons, who was always committed to nonpartisan politics and did not want to antagonize the nobles, outright denied the idea.

An Austrian army managed to retake Lienz and Field Marshal Saint-Pierre was dispatched to crush them. The French got their first, but together they defeated the enemy.



The UKA commenced a period of great mourning after King Frederick II Seymour died. While his death was tragic, it proved a great boon to Hispania. Seeing as the late king had no children and had designated a relative of Alfons’s as heir, for the first time since the days of Castile a Trastámara sat on a foreign throne.

The Hungarians were disrupting things by liberating Budweis. A German army was spotted on the way, and it was decided that they could not be allowed the chance to take the province. Lieutenant General San Dionisio led the charge against them with less numbers to initiate the conflict before the Germans arrived. When reinforcements arrived, he was able to finish the job and expel the enemy from the province.

The French caught another Hungarian and Austrian army in Linz. Field Marshal Saint-Pierre arrived on his way north and assisted in vanquishing the enemy.

Salzburg was the first fort to fall, giving control of a crucial fort in the south on Bavaria’s border.

The colony in Banjar reached self-sufficiency, the last in Borneo. Focus could be shifted just a little east again to Kendari.



The Hungarians were quite persistent in trying to liberate provinces in Northern Austria. Saint-Pierre showed them the error of their way. The French tried to catch them in Budweis, but they somehow eluded them. When the enemy army then tried to sneak through Moravia, they ran straight into a combined Hispanian-Greek army and capitulated.

Lika was the next fort to fall, securing the coastline and all of southern Austria. A few months before the French had managed to take Wien, which they graciously handed over to Bavaria to take care of. More annoyingly, the Germans had managed to take Ostmark just north of Wien. The attempt to block them entirely had failed, but at least the northern provinces were on their way to being completely under Hispanian control.

The Austrian navy, forced out in the open again and with nowhere to go, was easily overwhelmed by Vice Admiral Saint-Pierre.

Poland, seeing that Austria was incapable of protecting Silesia, declared war on the latter.



Temes was the first Hungarian fort to fall, opening the way slightly into the interior. With
Austria all but done for, armies were swarming into Hungary. All their forts were under siege, with only their northern provinces safe from attack.

The UKA went about doing some house cleaning by declaring war on the isolated Iroquois.

While Transdacia had been established two years before, the ramifications were only now starting to truly be felt. The Italians in particularly looked at this new state and wondered why they could not achieve a similar agreement. Various Italians, both in Parliament and outside, gathered in early 1795 to discuss the possibility of an Italian state. This congress soon devolved into a shouting match as it became quite clear that every group had their own agenda. The Tuscans, Lombards, and Romagnans favoured an autonomous Italian state, but weren’t too picky on the details for now. The Sicilians demanded a constitution, while the Umbrians wanted an absolutist state with religion given high priority. The Ligurians were too focused on trade matters to care about such a state, while the Neapolitans outright opposed the idea in its entirety. As for the Austrians, they made it quite clear that despite living in Italy, they would never join an Italian-dominated state. No solution was reached and everyone went away from the congress a bit disgruntled.

The Italians weren’t the only ones impacted by the creation of Transdacia. The Greeks started questioning why they remained part of Hispania when a Greek-dominated state existed in the form of Byzantium. Greek nationalism was at an all-time high, and even those within Byzantium were pushing the idea forward. Not everyone supported such a plan, but nationalism was not a force to be stopped so easily. The Greek people were starting to wake up from their isolated slumber.

Hunyad and Pest fell at the same time, opening the way into Northern Hungary. The remnants of the Hungarian army were engaged in battle and crushed.

In colonial news, the colony in Tondo reached completion, also bringing to attention that Scandinavia had settled a colony in the Philippines. Malwa even had a fledgling colony in nearby Palawan.

Prag was the next to fall, the last of Austria’s provinces. The French had already managed to take Breslau. All that remained was a single Hungarian fort.

It seemed that Transdacia’s creation not only impacted minorities in Hispania, but within its own borders too. With a parliament independent of Hispania’s, the Trandacians could decide how to rule their own country as they saw fit. Seeing as this government was dominated by Romanians, the Ruthenian minority soon found itself on the outs in Transdacian politics. The Romanian majority pushed their advantage whenever they could, and soon went after the Ruthenians. The Ruthenian language was banned and the franchise for those in Ruthenian lands restricted. It was quite clear the Romanians intended to dominate this state alone.



Overseas, the UKA annexed Iroquois, finishing off the native nation within their borders. Elsewhere, Bengal declared war on Pasai, Ming tried to retake their lost land from Qing, and Najd went after the tiny state of Oman.

In February of 1796, the last Hungarian fort fell. It was time to start contemplating a peace treaty. The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Empress Dowager Sophia, had offhandedly suggested near the start of the war giving Transylvania to Transdacia, but the idea had not been pursued further. Due to recent events in Transdacia, this was reconsidered. Emperor Alfons put it forward as a possible way to end the conflict between Romanians and Ruthenians. Ideally, the inclusion of such a large Hungarian population would offset the dominance of the Romanian majority and lead to a balance between cultural groups, similar to Hispania but on a smaller scale. The other option was to let the Romanians continue pursuing a strategy similar to the Greeks where entire cultures were wiped out. It would take time to see if this strategy would work. So with that, Hungary lost its Transylvanian land.

Now with Austria completely occupied, Bavaria answering to Hispania, and even Silesia soon to be in Polish hands, the fate of the HRE could be decided once and for all. The Archduke was forced to denounce his imperial title and recognize the dissolution of the Holy Roman Empire. There would no longer be a German successor to Rome. Only Hispania and Byzantium remained.

The dissolution of the HRE stirred up rebellion in the occupied lands of Austria. The Hispanian army was forced to intervene and crush them before they could retake the land claimed by Bavaria.



With no more fight left in them, Austria was willing to accept even the most humiliating peace, and that was exactly what was planned. As expected, the coastline was to be claimed by Hispania, with Lika going to Byzantium so that they would possess the entire Balkans. This, at last, restored Mare Nostrum. The matter of Bavaria’s gains was more controversial. The more moderate members of the peace party stressed that only Bavaria’s claims be taken, with perhaps a land border with Hispania obtained as well. However, the war hawks of the group wanted Austria to suffer for the many insults and betrayals they committed. There was also the matter of Germany. The nation had often been viewed with mistrust since Montségur served as their Chancellor. It seemed likely once Hispania ended their war, Germany would claim most of Silesia and Bohemia from Austria. There was enough protest against this possibility to lead to the most extreme of settlements. Austria was to hand over all remaining provinces but their capital and the single province held by Germany to Bavaria. This singlehandedly brought to an end potential German expansion southwards, as well as conveniently blocking France off from expansion eastwards, while doubling Bavaria in size. Austria’s days as a major power were over.

With the Scandinavians expanding into the Philippines, a new colony was established in Lanao.

The spice harvest in Manila was proving meagre this year as crops failed.

The UKA decided that there could only be one former English colony. War was declared on Canada.

With the war over, Prince Joan flexed his muscles as Minister of War and shuffled Field Marshal Saint-Pierre into retirement. The man was almost a hundred years old. Out with the old and in with the new.

Najd did not take long to dispatch with Oman, bringing an end to that tiny Arab state.

Canada could not fend off the might of the UKA. By June of 1797, the former colonial nation was no more. A few months later, the UKA was on the warpath again, this time attacking the tiny native nation of Miami.



Denied any conquests by Hispania’s treaty with Austria, Germany settled for war reparations and revoked claims. They had been thwarted this time.

The colonies were struggling as resources were growing thin. Whatever could be mustered was sent their way.

Bengal settled a peace with Pasai, dismantling the latter’s empire. Three separate nations were granted independence, with at least one on the border of a Hispanian colony. Perhaps there was opportunity to be found here.

A land dispute reached the Emperor’s ears in November, a matter of great annoyance. The minor nobility and clergy of Ceuta, a North African province near the Straits of Gibraltar, were squabbling. The clergy claimed the nobles were encroaching on Church lands. This was not the kind of matter the Emperor cared to deal with. He eventually ruled in favour of the clergy, granting the land to the Church.



The start of 1798 was to bring an event that could well shake the world. Barely disguised dissent had been simmering within Byzantium for ages. The Basileus and nobles ruled the empire as they pleased, while the common people did what they were told. Even as other nations adopted constitutions or created parliaments, Byzantium continued to wallow in the past. There were no reforms, for who could surpass the greatest of the old Roman ways? Perhaps only the gracious assistance of Hispania over the years and the new conquests kept the Greeks complacent for all those years. The Greek Civil War had been the first spark, an attempt to topple a decadent monarch and allow the Greeks to decide their own destiny, albeit with a tyrant at the reins to lead them. This had failed. Then there had been the rebellion, an attempt to fix the growing problems in Byzantium from within by forcing reform. The Basileus had crushed this with the help of the nobles. Decadence and feudalism won again. Almost a decade has passed since then and the people have decided that enough is enough. A civil war had not been enough and rebellion had failed. All that was left was revolution. The Greek people would not be silenced anymore.

It all started with an innocuous event, the firing of Byzantium’s Minister of Finance. There was little unusual about such an occurrence, other than that that minister had been appointed shortly after the rebellion as a way of maintaining the peace. Amongst a council of nobles, he was the only commoner. Although no genius at managing finances, he had worked to alleviate the burden of the common people. However, combined with growing costs for the army and the navy, as well as several years of poor harvests, Byzantium’s finances weren’t in the best state. After food riots in the provinces, he had decided to lower the bread tax. With a potential financial crisis in the works, this was deemed unwise by fellow council members and the Basileus had no choice but to fire him. Thus the only commoner lost his position on the council. Many people interpreted this as the nobles attempting to cement their power and pull back even more reforms Taxes would surely rise, and the burden would fall on the people. Riots broke out in Constantinople. An armoury was raided and soon armed revolutionaries were patrolling the streets. The Basileus, frightened by the turn of events, did not even attempt to negotiate. He called in the army. This sudden show of force only served to antagonize the people and soon the revolution was spreading throughout the provinces. Entire armies of revolutionaries sprung up in rebellion, intent on overthrowing the corrupt government. The monarchy and the nobility could not be trusted. The Basileus fled the capital in fear, spurring on the revolutionaries to further action. Soon armed peasants were attacking their lieges, raiding their homes and plundering their wealth. The streets of Constantinople turned into a battlefield. Chaos was spreading across Byzantium and it seemed it would not end soon. The Greek Revolution had begun and the fate of another successor of Rome was in the balance.





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Presenting His Imperial Highness, Alfons IX de Trastámara, Emperor of Hispania, Caesar of Rome, King of Transdacia, Duke of Bavaria, and Protector of the Greeks.

Before I delve into the myriad of topics that we must discuss, some of which you all have surely been dying to address, I feel compelled to thank you all. I have been informed that soon my reign will be longer than any other monarch recorded in recent Hispanian history. Perhaps this is mostly due to ascending to the throne at such a young age, but such responsibilities can easily drain a man and bring him to an early end. You have all served both me and Hispania well over the decades, and with your assistance we have worked towards a better Empire for all.

Now for those issues we must deal with, and quickly. Word has reached me from Byzantium. Surely you have heard similar things as well. The Greek people are in open rebellion. Nobles are being massacred, and the Basileus has fled. I have received confused reports that he may be near Athens or heading there, but this is speculation at this point. Who knows what will become of Byzantium if we do not intervene. Yet there are obviously grievances the people have that should be addressed. We haven’t truly encountered something quite like this. Is it better to wait it out or attempt to put an end to the death and destruction before it grows further?

I have also not been deaf to the growing desire for autonomy for various parts of the Empire. The Italians have already formed a congress to discuss the issue, although it seems that nothing definite has been agreed upon. The Greeks are showing an inclination towards joining Byzantium, but I’m not sure if this is spurred on by events in Byzantium or something closer to home. Perhaps we should consider a way to address these concerns.

Putting all that aside, the war with Austria was a major success. The Mediterranean is safe once more and Bavaria shall be able to better fend off any threat. Even the Greeks benefitted, although they are in no condition to appreciate that at the moment. As for Transdacia, I pray that the addition of Transylvania and its Hungarian people shall solve the problem of the Romanian-Ruthenian divide. It seems every time we try to do something good, something goes wrong. We can only keep trying and march on.

It has also come to my attention that we lack a Minister of the Navy, with Liu Binhan’s unfortunate passing. I would like to offer the position to Vice Admiral Charles Gustave de Saint-Pierre. ((The job is yours, @05060403, if you want it.))


((Well there were a lot of events in that update so I hope no one was overwhelmed. I felt that the decision to grant Transdacia autonomy would have obvious consequences considering our increasingly vocal Italian population. As for the revolution in Byzantium, I decided some time ago that if no nation had a revolution by roughly 1800, I’d start one for them. I specifically chose Byzantium due to the fact they’re a feudal monarch in the 1790s, a bizarre and likely factor for revolution. I also imagine that being shackled down as a vassal would wear on them over time. Now we can choose whether to crush the revolution or let it happen. I won’t say where it will go if it succeeds, but there is a time limit to stop it before it will succeed.

As for our usual business, players have until Wednesday at 12PM PST to post their plans. Players may also propose laws during this time period or dispute certain elected positions. I have made a note that the Marina are running for Minister of Education for 1800, so they’ll get it unless someone else runs. The election results for 1796 will be posted in a bit.

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Minister of Finance plan: I see no need of chancing an already good plan.
Martí de Alvaro, Grand Duke of Sardinia, Corsica and Albenga
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((I need to post the choice of mission prematurely as I will be gone until thursday with work. Again. :p))
 
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The Election of 1796

1796 saw a dramatic shift brought on by the creation of Transdacia and its aftermath. With all those lands gone, all the seats associated with them were lost. While the Assembly merely had seats reassigned elsewhere based on population, the Cortz actually lost members. Edredón lost most of its Cortz members, who had been part of the now Transdacian lands, and Los Campos saw a similar drop. The Duke of Wallachia had been an Imperial, and with him went three seats. However, the losses for some of these parties would be made up elsewhere. Italy flared up as the congress on Italian autonomy commenced, with the various groups leaning towards parties with similar views. Los Campos saw a rise in voters in Northern Italy, for they were credited with the creation of Transdacia, and thus were most believed to support further autonomy. In the process, they started siphoning away seats from both Reconquista, Phoenix, and Edredón in the region. Liguria though went strongly Marina, adding another bastion in Italy for the party. It was the Imperials who made the biggest gains though. Even though they lost seats because of the creation of Transdacia, the same event sparked a backlash. Members of the right feared this growing trend of decentralization. The Imperials made great headway in Iberia and saw an influx of votes from Naples. The fact that the war against Austria was going so well at the time also bolstered their support, seeing as the Imperial leader, the Empress Dowager, was most associated with it. The popularity of the war in Italy allowed the Imperials to prevent the Los Campos from gaining even more seats than they managed to claim. Even with a drop in seats in the Cortz, the Imperials were the only party to make gains, claiming the title of largest party in the Cortz for the first time. Despite this, Los Campos remained the largest party in the Assembly and still maintained a solid lead. Marina was nearing their 1784 numbers and continued to make gains, always able to count on their popularity with the merchant class. Reconquista still continued to hold on to key seats in Castile and Western Italy, but their grip on the north was deteriorating. Phoenix likewise was seeing a decline as voters started searching for a more moderate alternative. As for Edredón, they were having difficulty making a strong showing as they failed to compete with the larger parties, especially after losing seats due to the creation of Transdacia. With such controversial topics arising in Parliament in the coming years, how each party reacted to them may well decided their future success.


Assembly

Independent (Appointed) - 75 (+1)
Independent - 42 (-10)
Imperial - 35 (+8)
Reconquista - 22 (-3)
Marina - 38 (+5)
Los Campos - 47 (+5)
Phoenix - 32 (-3)
Edredón - 9 (-3)


Cortz

Independent (Crown) - 10 (0)
Independent - 9 (-2)
Imperial - 24 (+2)
Reconquista - 23 (-1)
Marina - 10 (0)
Los Campos - 14 (-1)
Phoenix - 1 (0)
Edredón - 1 (-2)​


((I want to note that the seats of the Cortz actually represents 1798 when the update ended. It includes the new Austrians territories that came after the election. In reality, the date for the diagram doesn't really matter since the Cortz does not have actual elections. Also, keep in mind that the number of seats dropped from 96 to 92. This means losing seats doesn't necessarily mean a loss of support.))
 

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After decades of service as Speaker of the Assembly, Francesco Torres refused to run for reelection, and retired to the countryside where he now can be found watching his crops and grandchildren grow on his estate.

The Assurance of the Appointment Act

I. While this Act is active, no proposed law or amendment can alter the proportion of appointed Assemblymen.

((We have had what five attempts to remove the appointed Assemblymen? Well, this law stops any talk of that, making it a two step process.))

Military Support Act.

I. All nations whose affairs are managed by the Minister of Colonial Affairs shall be entitled to military support in the face of rebellion as they would a foreign army.

II. The Emperor is permitted to deny this support, as is the joint decision of the Minister of Colonial Affairs and the Minister of the Army.

The Empress sat in her study when a servant entered.

"Mistress, the boats in Athens and Mylasa are in place as are the representatives. Should the Basileus go to either, we will be able to grant his passage. But as required, he will be brought to you first as you are the Minister in charge of Byzantine relations."

((I'm the count of the two counties where the Basileus can show up. And I am the one in charge of such things like a foreign head of state arriving. Basically I am requesting a roll that I get the Basileus in Valencia without anyone knowing, with him strong-armed into dealing with me instead of Parliament.))
 

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((Was the Austrian War ever actively discussed in Parliament? Or only during Cabinet meetings, and if so I forget is it a law that we need to vote on wars or no?)

((Private))

To His Imperial Highness,

Your highness, the situation in Byzantium is obviously one of great concern. Any violence so close to our doorstep obviously brings a great deal of concern, but additionally many of the demands of the so-called revolutionaries are greatly concerning to myself and many of the members of the Cortez. If I may, I have a suggestion for a possible solution while the parliament continues to debate military intervention. The newly created special forces may find a number of key missions in this area, if for example we used the special forces to insure the protection of several key government buildings in Constantinople it would provide a valuable signal to some of the revolutionaries and perhaps provide some legitimacy to my next proposal.

We can both agree that Byzantium is certainly in need of some reform. I would like to have us consider finding the rebellion leaders and negotiating with them, while this may have some negative impacts I believe that we can use this as an excuse to mediate some badly needed reforms within the country. We could perhaps conduct the negotiations in some of the key government buildings in Constantinople. This would provide great legitimacy to the negotiations and conveniently if the first proposal is accepted we would have troops on the ground to help insure the peace.

Your faithful servant,
Altair Spoleto, Count of Cremona, Chamberlain of the Cortez.

((Public))

"Once again we have the opportunity to witness the destruction brought on by Phoenix ambitions, why I myself could find a nice place in a Northern Italian government if I did not believe in Hispania! These ambitions are almost certainly the destruction of the empire, we are already witnessing the effects here in Italy! And almost certainly the radical claims of the Byzantium Revolutionaries stem from many of the ideas the Phoenix profess! I certainly hope that a diplomatic solution can be achieved, as we all agree that reforms are desperately needed in Byzantium. I propose that we open negotiations with the leaders of the rebellion, before things get out of hand, we will guarantee their security during the negotiations and may be able to reach an agreement. Hispania can provide a powerful mediating influence on the country before too many deaths occur. If it comes down to it, or rebel leaders are unwilling to accede to a reasonable compromise Hispanian military forces must provide relief for Byzantium, before many of the rebels more radical ideas spread further."

Altair will use much of his time speaking with Italian nobles in merchants in northern Italy attempting to quell secessionist ambitions.
 

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The Reformation of the Administration of the Empire Act


1.The basic unit of administration within the Empire shall be the Municipality, and shall be governed by appointed bureaucrats from the Civil Service by the Minister of the Interior. All of land within the Empire shall be divided within Municipalities.

1.1 In order properly divide the whole of the Empire, a commission of 100 men within the Civil Service, as appointed by the Minister of the Interior, in order to smoothly survey the lands of the realm


2. The Second Unit of Administration is the prefecture

2.1. There shall be two kinds of Prefecture: a Metropolitan Prefecture, and a Agrarian Prefecture.

2.2. Both shall be governed by a Prefect, whom shall be elected by popular election every 2 years.

2.3. The Metropolitan Prefecture shall consist of one town over 10,000 people, as well as their surrounding countryside extending for 3 kilometers

2.4. An Agrarian Prefecture will consist of a part of the land within a District.

2.5. Each Agrarian Prefecture shall be divided evenly between the size of the land within a district.

2.6. There shall always be 3 times as many Agrarian Prefectures as there is Metropolitan Prefectures within a district.

2.7. Valencia shall be a special prefecture, being governed by the Imperial Parliament itself.

2.7.1. The Prime Minister shall appoint a Special Prefect to serve as the nominal governor of the city.

2.7.2. This Prefect must not hold any position within the cabinet and be a member of Parliament

2.8. In the event that a Prefect dies within his term, the Prime Minister is empowered to appoint a new Acting Prefect to take the former's place.


3. There will be 4 Districts within each province of the Empire

3.1. A District shall be governed by a local congress of delegates from each of the Prefectures, selected by the Prefect of the province.


4. A Province is defined as the traditional boundaries of the various lands of the nobility.

4.1. A province is governed by a Deputy Governor, and is elected through popular vote every 6 years.

4.2. The Deputy Governor shall be empowered to collect taxes, keep his people happy, and keep law and order within his province.


5. The fifth unit of administration will be the State, which has already been defined in previous acts.
The Ministry of Espionage Act


1. In RECOGNITION of the various enemies of Hispania and possible internal disruptions that can be caused through their secretive plots, the Empire hereby establishes the ministry of Espionage in order to fully deal with this threat.

2. The Minister shall not be known to the public.

3. The Minister shall be empowered to do whatever is best for Hispania and shall be permitted to: investigate those whom they find suspicious, confiscate items which includes personal items such as letters and the like.

((In essence, the Spymaster))
The Free Trade Act

1. All monopolies given by the Crown shall be hereby abolished
1.1. Companies whom lost their monopoly will instead receive a reduction of their taxes, equaling 5% for the net 10 years.
2. There shall be no tariffs within the Ports of the Crown.
3. The nation shall not use mercantilism ideas to govern the nation.

The Speaker of the House Act
1. The Speaker of the House shall be chosen from the party with the most seats within the Assembly
 
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((I'm the count of the two counties where the Basileus can show up. And I am the one in charge of such things like a foreign head of state arriving. Basically I am requesting a roll that I get the Basileus in Valencia without anyone knowing, with him strong-armed into dealing with me instead of Parliament.))

((The fate of the Basileus won't be decided until closer to the update, or possibly after it. I need to let events unfold and see the reaction to the Revolution first.))

((Was the Austrian War ever actively discussed in Parliament? Or only during Cabinet meetings, and if so I forget is it a law that we need to vote on wars or no?)

((Private))

To His Imperial Highness,

Your highness, the situation in Byzantium is obviously one of great concern. Any violence so close to our doorstep obviously brings a great deal of concern, but additionally many of the demands of the so-called revolutionaries are greatly concerning to myself and many of the members of the Cortez. If I may, I have a suggestion for a possible solution while the parliament continues to debate military intervention. The newly created special forces may find a number of key missions in this area, if for example we used the special forces to insure the protection of several key government buildings in Constantinople it would provide a valuable signal to some of the revolutionaries and perhaps provide some legitimacy to my next proposal.

We can both agree that Byzantium is certainly in need of some reform. I would like to have us consider finding the rebellion leaders and negotiating with them, while this may have some negative impacts I believe that we can use this as an excuse to mediate some badly needed reforms within the country. We could perhaps conduct the negotiations in some of the key government buildings in Constantinople. This would provide great legitimacy to the negotiations and conveniently if the first proposal is accepted we would have troops on the ground to help insure the peace.

Your faithful servant,
Altair Spoleto, Count of Cremona, Chamberlain of the Cortez.

((Plans for war are now only shared with the Cabinet, so it wasn't discussed in Parliament. We don't vote on war unless the Emperor puts it up for a vote, like we usually do for call-to-arms.))

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At this time, it may well be impossible for anyone to enter Constantinople without an entire army at their back. Reports state the city is in chaos, streets barricaded and entire neighbourhoods burnt down. It is likely attempting to send even a small force into the Greek capital will see them attacked, or at least make the revolutionaries suspect we are reinforcing the Basileus's forces.

We could attempt negotiations, if we knew who to negotiate with. This is not some traditional battle with two sides meeting apart and conducting manoeuvres against each other. Who leads the revolutionaries is unknown, and likely there are multiple people in charge across Byzantium. Just as with any armed forced, getting any sort of diplomatic party into Constantinople is likely impossible. Attempts to get anyone to negotiate might well not happen until things settle down enough, but by then it may be too late.

- His Imperial Highness, Alfons IX de Trastámara, Emperor of Hispania, Caesar of Rome, King of Transdacia, Duke of Bavaria, & Protector of the Greeks

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I must point out that law now dictates that members of the Cortz may not propose legislation altering the Assembly without the permission of the Speaker. Seeing as he has so suddenly resigned though, I shall have to step in and handle this. Clearly the matter of the appointed seats continues to be a heated topic. Perhaps the act proposed by the Empress Dowager shall bring this argument to an end. As for making the Speaker required to be a member of the largest party, I can see merit to this. However, I think it requires further clarification. Who is choosing this Speaker from the largest party? At the moment, the position is elected, so it could mean people will vote on who from the largest party will get the position. The more logical interpretation is the Prime Minister chooses, or the party leader in the Assembly gets the position. I'd recommend this be specified for the law to be considered.

I also find this proposed Ministry of Espionage to be redundant. The Ministry of Justice already possesses the same powers and responsibilities. The Detective Force investigate suspicious individuals and plots. This hearkens back to the days of the spymaster, where court intrigue ruled and conspiracies were abound. For a Ministry to be responsible, it must be accountable to the Crown and Cabinet, and I fear creating a secret ministry threatens that. Let the Ministry of Justice continue to conduct these duties while still being fully accountable.

- His Imperial Highness, Alfons IX de Trastámara, Emperor of Hispania, Caesar of Rome, King of Transdacia, Duke of Bavaria, & Protector of the Greeks
 

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I disagree with the concept of handing the position of the Assembly's representative on the Cabinet to the largest party by default. What about the independents? What about an organized group of the smaller factions working together? This is an blatant move by the members of the Los Campos faction to secure the position of Speaker for themselves! Why else would one of their number suggest such an action! Members of the Assembly, our previous Speaker of the Assembly, Francesco Torres, was not the member of the largest faction, but through support of many factions, he was the closest to the voice of all of the Assembly. This suggestion would only serve to divide us as we prey upon another for seats rather than seek to compromise with another. And as such, this suggestion must be discarded.

As an Assemblyman, I move to succeed my fellow faction member as Speaker! Elected and Appointed, Independent and Faction, we must all unite as we did under Torres!
 

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The Ministry of Colonial Affairs, after much debate, has decided on a recommended course of action with the Byzantine Revolution, outright, full, and immediate military intervention.

((@Michaelangelo setting the status quo option if we vote. Should Parliament not decide anything, the Ministry in charge supports full scale military intervention ASAP in Byzantium. When I consider more, I will decide on the status quo of what to do should we win, like forcing reforms.))
 

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Fernando de Leon stands up.

"It appears that while the Greeks are up in rebellion against the Basileus and the minorities are demanding greater rights from us, we are content with just bickering among each other and accusing each other of power grabs! I agree that all of us must unite against Hispania's common foes and work towards the benefit of all Hispanians! Therefore, I have proposed the following laws to resolve the issues of the minorities:

Italian Autonomy Act

Hispanian Italy will be divided into the following administrative regions: North Italy (including the islands of Sardinia and Corsica), Umbria, Istria, South Italy, and Sicily (including the island of Malta). Each administrative province in Italy will be placed under the administration of the region it is located in.

The regional governments of Sicily and North Italy will be constitutional, its leaders elected by the people. A regional Parliament will select a governor from its ranks. This governor will answer to the Emperor and the Hispanian government.

The regional government of Umbria will be absolutist. The Emperor may chose a competent noble to lead the Umbrian government.

Istria and South Italy will be administered directly by the Hispanian government.

Protection of the Ruthenian People Act

The Transdacian semi-autonomous government will recognize Ruthenian as an accepted language for use in commerce and government. It will lift its ban on the use of the Ruthenian language and restore Ruthenians voting rights. In compensation, the Transdacian government is authorized to continue teaching the Wallachian language alongside Ruthenian in the name of cultural unity and increase the voting weights of Wallachians in elections. This act's provisions will also apply to the Hungarian population of Transdacia.

((I'm not calling the Romanian language Romanian because there's no reason to call it that in this timeline. Assume I used the correct word in its place.))

Tthe recent unrest in the Greek lands is evidence that the system in Constantinople must be reformed as quickly as possible. I strongly suggest that we demand the Basileus's government to make the necessary reforms to fully modernize it and prevent further unrest. We should also negotiate with the rebels and determine what their demands are so that when we demand reforms of the Basileus we are sure that they are the correct reforms. A military intervention against the rebels should only be pursued if negotiations do not work out. Should the Basileus refuse to reform, we must force him and his government to do so by any means necessary.

I also propose a referendum for our Greek subjects in Athens on the subject of unification with the government in Constantinople. If the referendum passes, direct administration of the province will be granted to Constantinople. There will no changes in administration if the referendum fails.

Please provide constructive criticism for my proposals. If we are to work together, we must stop arguing with each other and civilly discuss each other's proposals.

I yield the floor. Thank you for your patience."