"All ethnic lives matter," she cried.
A 'Certain Ethnic Lives Matter' protestor shot and killed her.
Lady Zaharra's wrath was not long in coming.
Greetings, fellow esteemed Lazerenes!
All of Arclandia hopes this message finds each and every one of you enduring well through a year that seems to be comprised largely of plot twists and cliffhangers but only enough narrative to render them barely relevant to any of the characters' contexts. You may have noticed that our Diplomacy Corps made use of the automated WA endorsement functions, and if it hasn't happened yet, it will. We wish to be transparent about informing you that this is indeed a brazen effort at gaining endorsements through mutual back-scratching with the added bonus that such exchanges strengthen the region as a whole.
In the endorsement process, the Diplomacy Corps did separately annotate that there was an impressive and artistic parade of flags on display. They also took note that the region's most endorsed nations are led with an eye to human rights. Such ideological and artisanal beauties are surely the hallmarks of a fine region, and we are right at home in it.
Arc Ignius Rex
Arclandian Civil Conscience Thinktank
Arclandian Diplomacy Corps
Arclandian Trading Commission
Artisan Guild of Arclandia
and all Esteemed Leadership by proxy
*Lady Vera exits the castle of Saint Satanis and proceeds to her awaiting vehicle, an all black Tesla Model 3. The back door swivels up and she sits in the back seat.*
"The Vapula Prolex", she speaks aloud.
*the door on the Tesla closes and speeds off to its destination without a driver in the front seat. A phone call comes over the bluetooth in the cabin. It is Dr. Leanne St. John*
"Hello Speaker, have you arranged things" asks Lady Vera.
"Yes, my Lady, The GeneralProtectorateMinistry of The Vapula Prolex is all assembled. The Magisters are also there representing the Magi Council," she reported.
"Yes, my Lady he has left the hotel and is currently en route to The Prolex."
"Thank you Dr, St. John. We will see you there soon." Lady Vera disconnects the call.
*Lady Vera pulls out her speech and reviews the contents. The Model 3 Approaches The Prolex. She is dressed in a state dress of purple damask. She has a tiara upon her head encrusted in black diamonds shaped into pentacles. Her skin is flawless and paper white, her eyes are completely black. Her lips are blood red. When the Tesla reaches the entrance to The Prolex she steps out with the aid of an awaiting Stewart. Camera bulbs flash wildly. Her dress hasn't an enormous train but manages to flow behind her. She enters The Prolex where government and a diplomat are waiting for her evening speech*
"Ladies and Gentleman.[Chaírete] (Hello). I am honored to be here on the land where secularism, human rights and freedom are held sacrosanct-Demonos! When I first decided to embark on this diplomatic tour, I was in a big dilemma. Which country should I begin from? After a lot of thinking and introspection, The Principality appealed to me the most. Her Excellency, Lady Vera was kind enough to let me visit her genial nation. She was filled with excitement and hospitality and made it her own mission to make my trip the most comfortable. I express my gratitude to Her Highness Lady Vera for her kindness and generosity. My fellow Ashoyians, you have made our country proud by abiding with the laws of Demonos,respecting its culture and above all, respecting its masses. Ashoy and Demonos have been strategic partners for about 700 years. That is quite long! It is believed that the two countries had flourishing trade betwixt them. However as time passed, the world changed and the two countries slowly but surely lost contact. My visit to Demonos marks the revival of the prehistoric friendship between Ashoy and Demonos- A friendship built on trust,cooperation and ethics. Friends, I am happy to announce that our nations have agreed on a visa free travel agreement which will allow Ashoyians and Demonosians to travel between the two super powers without any restrictions! Also, Ashoy has decided to invest 150 Billion Atins into the Information technology of Demonos. This investment will provide a lot of employment to our brothers and sisters of Demonos. The two nations have also agreed on a joint military drill that will help Ashoyian and Demonosian Defense Forces to be prepared for any unexpected incursions. Lastly, the two nations have also agreed upon the removal of trade restrictions which will help revive the flourishing trade that took place over 700 years ago! My fellow Ashoyians, our nations have embarked on a new journey- a journey of friendship which will surely last for an eternity! Its been a pleasure meeting the Ashoyian diaspora in Demonos.
God bless Ashoy, God bless Demonos, God bless Lazarus.
MINISTERS, Ashoy clearly indicates that they wish to establish other structures. Trade between The Imperial Republic and The Principality’s industries. The Principality is a socialist, AI-backed, centrally planned economy. We must speak now of what this means for The Crux.
WE COMMAND the DEMONOS ECONOMIC MINISTRY EXECUTIVE, To form a foreign monies treasury. ALL currency traded for Crux must be deposited and given compensation to greater than market value price. We further command that ALL foreign monies be accounted for upon entry of The Principality from Ashoy.
WE COMMAND THE MAGISTER OF CUSTOMS AND IMMIGRATION, to take account of all monies entering from abroad. Foreign bearers of alien currency notoriously and legally entering Demonos MAY NEVER be deprived of monetary possession. NO FEE OR TAX may be imposed upon bearers of ATINS. We further command that THE MAGISTER open an exchange booth at ports of entry to offer exchange of alien currency to CRUX based on fair market value. We further commend that ASHOY PASSPORT HOLDERS be granted entry without the need of a visa approved by the Demonos Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
WE COMMAND THE MINISTRY OF LABOR, to form a committee and produce, before the next full moon is out a foreign industry investigation. The Imperial Republic of ASHOY will begin sending entrepreneurs to our lands looking to set up industries alongside our Information technology. WE COMMAND THE MINISTRY OF LABOR to work with the DEMONOS ECONOMIC MINISTRY EXECUTIVE to program our industry for the influx of foreign investment.
WE COMMAND THE DEMONOS DEFENSE AGENCY to work alongside Ashoy to perform military drills and war games that reflect sentiments of allegiance and friendship. We further command the THE MAGISTER OF DEFENSE to work alongside Ashoy chiefs of military staff to benefit the defense of our mutual countries in the spirit of peace and mutual prosperity.
That set aside. Mr. AHAN SHETTY. Welcome to our Principality. We hope these commands may help bring about another golden age. We have known Lazarus so that it has become our home. We must do all that we can to advance our region's culture, economies, and sciences. We are grateful for your visit and look forward to having your people among us. We are, after-all, all Lazarene. We welcome your investment of faith an good nature. May peace be between our nations, for as long as we shall govern.
"This is a case of white privilege," one of the "Ethnic Lives Matter" rioters said, apparently too stupid to recognize what had been happening for the last four days.
"I'm as white as death," Lady Zaharra said. "I'm going to show you my skeleton juicer."
"Lady, I'm sorry!" came the terrified scream.
"Too little, too late," Lady Zaharra said.
*Lady Vera awoke. She had changed out of state robes and tiara into a uniform of state with epaulets sometime after the speech at The Vapula Prolex. She felt hungover. She rang a small bell on her nightstand. A steward appears.*
"You rang my Lady?"
"Are you aware of what publicly and or privately happened last night," she inquired. She arose from her bed and outstretched her arms.
The steward began to disrobe Lady Vera. "Your majesty was seen leaving the Prolex with Ahan Shetty and you proceeded to the Vapula Symphony Orchestra."
"Yes, we remember now, Holst's The Planets. They had a complete holographic exposé of space above the heads of the audience." Her memory was jogging as the steward began unfastening a corset.
"The tabloids reported this morning," continued the steward matter-of-factly, "that your majesty and his excellency were seen leaving before the 'Saturn' movement and headed toward the The Black Pitch."
"Guess we ended up rocking out at that metal concert, after-all. That's when things began to get fuzzy." Lady Vera walked over to a dresser in the anti-chamber of her bedchamber's water closet. The steward remained in place.
"Did our person come back to the castle quite intoxicated," Lady Vera asked with a private small smile.
"Quite." answered the steward aloud as Lady Vera had disappeared from sight. The steward added, "you didn't bite his excellency last night my lady. The Privy Council will be pleased."
*Lady Vera steps out of her dressing room in an all black gown with a hooded robe over her shoulders.*
"That's a relief. His excellency is a lamb." She ended her comment before the steward heard too much. "And his excellency? Where is he? Is he safe?"
The steward bowed, "He was given a room here in the castle. The Shadows believed him returning to the hotel may pose a security risk."
"Steward, alert The Shadows they performed marvelously. Not a single bad thing happened, then. Very excellent work."
"Will that be all, my lady?"
"Thank you, steward, you're dismissed."
*Although the day's sun came over Demonos, and, her populace slept, Lady Vera sat at her desk and started to consider matters of her nation. The steward's footsteps faded down the hall, beyond her room until only the scribbling of her pen was audible*
Sorry for the double post. Lazarus is a bit slow today.
There is no need to scratch my back. We've already got someone who does that. However, Arc Ignius Rex, through your proxies, it's nice to have you here and that was a very nice thing you all have said.
I took Hong Kong in Latin before you, Lazarus can’t take it anymore
What makes you assume we wanted it in the first place?
It had been nearly a month from the discovery of the second body. Identified as Metis Louansi, the following forensic investigation had turned up few leads. Yousafi sat in the sweaty office, empty tea mug on one side of the desk, battered, grey lamp on the other, with a file in between, looking as miserable as a soldier brought for torture. Unlike the first murder, this one had a set of footprints in the mud. This wasn't a lot, but it had been an exciting find. When the analysis of the prints landed on Yousafi's desk, they had come with a set of notes. The prints did not belong to Mr Louansi, more suited to a large man. The prints were made by walking boots and the lack of a second pair of prints suggested that Mr Louansi had not been alive at the time he was taken here and was instead carried to his position. A trace of cleaning chemicals had also been found . The killer was careful to hide what evidence he could.
The chair creaked as Yousafi leaned back. With the notes of the killer's criminal profile in his mind, he grimaced at the ceiling fan. The decision had been made not to go public. Barely anything was known about the killer, so giving an official statement couldn't do any good, and might just cause more panic. People were reading of the murders anyway, they were aware of the whole thing, at at least could be. If the police knew the type of car the killer drove, the gender, race, height, or anything else, an official statement might help people avoid the person and potentially assist the investigation. The profile had assumed the killer was a man, most likely white.
Even without the prints, the killer's choice of victim, middle-aged men, suggested a confidence in their abilities. Small children and women would have been weaker and easier targets, but apparently the killer was not interested in them. Not now at least.
Yousafi had just began to close his eyes when the phone rang.
"They've found another body."
When the officer arrived, a number of cars were already parked at the scene. As Yousafi pulled to the side of the road, he saw two suited men leaning against a car. A few more people, some clearly police officers, were moving around further in the woods, presumably around a body completely obscured from the road.
"Afternoon," Yousafi said, walking up to the two men.
"Officer Yousafi?" one of them said after turning at the sound of the man's voice.
"Yes," Yousafi said.
The other man stuck out his hand. "Detective Doumolis Eurisis, Mzeusian National Intelligence Service. Due to the nature of this case, we have stepped in to help with the investigation."
"Oh," Yousafi said. "Is it just the fact that the killer's a serial killer?"
"Mmm," the other man said, staring at the men and women working around the body. "That and the fact that more resources are needed to catch this man."
"Yousafi was silent for a moment. "What about this one." He nodded to the place where the body lay.
"Your crim's got a wrinkly brain," the first detective said. "Looks like he left us a manifesto."
Yousafi's face broke into a frown. "A what?"
"Mmm," the man nodded, gesturing towards where the body lay. "Care to take a look?"
While "By the Lady's Eyes!" is still Loftegen 3's favorite expletive, right behind it is "Son of a motherless whore!" Which is completely nonsensical, since, if she had no mother, how could she exist? Language historians have wasted millions of bytes trying to answer this question, that nobody asked.
We always have time for you Dr. Moran. You hardly write. Are you well?
We listened to the music you posted recently. It was... not liked. Sorry. We listened to it, oh, naturally. It's just... is that really emo now? Bigger question yet; have I become a snob-goth? When it cam to emo, I dunno, I miss Memories in Broken Glass.
Beer leader has learned that stinky has both mono and a new boyfriend. He is sure these 2 things are unrelated.
Beer leader over here making guns mandatory now. Surely all of these things they are unrelated.
Hail to my undying friends of Lazarus! Please to announce Hell now has a new forum! https://hellforum.boards.net/
Along with a new expanded government!
We the demons of Hell and lost souls of Underworld, in order to form a more perfect Kingdom, establish demonic order, insure domestic servitude, provide for the common defense, promotion of sin and debauchery, and secure the blessings of Satan, do ordain and establish this Manuscript of the Damned for the Kingdom of Hell. Recognizing that this Manuscript shall serve as the governing document of Underworld, and as an outline for Hell and it's Kingdom.
Article One: Damned Souls
Section 1. Citizenship of the Damned
I. All Hellions who have completed the trials and/or joined Hell by approved means are considered citizens of the Damned.
II. Citizenship within Underworld and various Hell outposts shall consist of all nations that reside within Underworld or an approved Hell outpost that have joined the official forum and taken the oath of citizenship, or are a member of the World Assembly. Exceptions to this criteria may be approved by the King of Hell.
Section 2. Rights of the Damned
I. All citizens of the Damned are equal before the law. Discrimination on grounds of nationality, ethnic or social origin, religion, race, or sexual orientation shall be prohibited.
II. Every citizen and resident has the right to free speech and peaceful assembly within reason as determined by the King of Hell and/or Hell Elders.
III. Every citizen shall have the right to join the forum, participate in the Department of the Seven Sins, and other Kingdom activities.
IV. Every citizen shall have the right to the protection of personal data concerning them.
V. Every citizen shall have the right to preform satanic rituals, ritualistic sacrifice, and demon summonings.
VI. Every citizen shall have the right to run their nation as they see fit, and vote in the World Assembly as they see fit.
VII. Every citizen shall have the right to have his or her affairs handled impartially, fairly and within a reasonable time by the institutions, bodies, offices and agencies of the Kingdom.
Article Two: Hell and the Kingdom
Section 1. The Department of the Seven Sins
I. The Department of the Seven Sins shall serve as the core of the Kingdom's activities.
II. The Department of the Seven Sins shall be overseen by the King of Hell and various department heads.
III. The Department of the Seven Sins shall include the departments of Lust, Gluttony, Greed, Sloth, Wrath, Envy, and Pride.
IV. The Department of Lust shall focus on propaganda.
V. The Department of Gluttony shall focus on foreign affairs.
VI. The Department of Greed shall focus on running Underworld and the Kingdom's outposts.
VII. The Department of Sloth shall focus on cultural activities of the Kingdom.
VIII. The Department of Wrath shall focus on the Kingdom's military.
IX. The Department of Envy shall focus on various NationStates events.
X. The Department of Pride shall focus on running Hell and the Kingdom.
Section 2. Hell Elders
I. The highest authority within Hell and the Kingdom shall be the Hell Elders.
II. Hell Elders shall be made up of the most senior and loyal residents of Hell.
III. To become a Hell Elder, a citizen of the Damned must be voted in by the existing Hell Elders, and typically must have been a resident of Hell while maintaining World Assembly membership most/all the time for three or more years.
IV. By majority vote the Hell Elders have the authority and power to do anything within Hell and the Kingdom.
Section 3. Ruler of Hell
I. The ruler of Hell shall severe as the executive leader of Hell and the Kingdom, deciding the direction and goals of the Kingdom with the support of the Hell Elders.
II. Only a Hell Elder who claims the WA Delegate seat of Hell with support of the Hell Elders shall be considered the rightful ruler of Hell and the Kingdom.
III. Every rightful ruler of Hell may claim a ruling title of their choosing, but may not claim a previously title without that former ruler's permission.
IV. Every former ruler has the right to maintain their ruling title so long as they remain a Hell Elder.
Section 4. The King of Hell
I. The Stalker forged the Kingdom of Hell, and as ruler of Hell, he serves as their King.
II. Only a Hell Elder who is apart of the Khar family may become King or Queen of Hell.
III. The King of Hell serves as the supreme ruler of Underworld.
IV. The King of Hell shall determine the rankings of individuals within the Kingdom based on merit, not including the Hell Elders.
V. The King of Hell may appoint individuals to oversee the various departments within the Department of the Seven Sins.
VI. The King of Hell may veto any law, policy, or action passed by the Senate of the Damned.
Section 5. Minister of Gluttony
I. Minister of Gluttony shall be elected by the Senate of the Damned every four months or as needed. Elections will contain one week of nominations and campaigning, followed by five days of voting, and will be overseen by the King of Hell and/or Overlord of the Underworld.
II. Minister of Gluttony shall negotiate treaties and alliances for the Kingdom.
III. Minister of Gluttony will serve as a regional officer of Underworld with access to embassies and poll powers.
IV. Minister of Gluttony may open embassies in Underworld with other regions as appropriate.
V. Minister of Gluttony may appoint ambassadors to other regions the Kingdom has relationships with.
Article Three: Rulers of Underworld
Section 1. President of Underworld
I. The President will serve as World Assembly Delegate of Underworld, and therefore must be a WA member.
II. The President shall act as executive office and sovereign overseer of Underworld.
III. President elections will occur every 6 months or as needed and be overseen by the King of Hell and/or Overlord of the Underworld.
IV. President elections will contain one week of nominations, one week of campaigning, and one week of voting. All citizens of the Damned have the right to vote to determine the next President.
Section 2. President Powers
I. The President will serve as a regional officer of Underworld and have access to regional powers allotted by the King of Hell.
II. The President may veto any law, policy, or action passed by the Senate of the Damned if it was passed with less than 75% approval.
III. The President may put up a regional password in the event the Founder ceases to exist.
IV. The President may open new embassies as they see fit.
V. The President may suppress spam posts, recruitment posts, and obscene/offensive posts.
VI. The President has the right to eject non-citizen nations for spam posts, recruitment posts, obscene/offensive posts, or those found guilty of a crime.
VII. The President has the right to appoint a Vice President.
VIII. The President has the right to appoint up two additional regional officers to fill any additional roles as needed, to serve as their cabinet.
IX. The President has the right to approve and vote on World Assembly resolutions as they see fit, but is encouraged to adhere to requests made by the King of Hell.
Section 3. Vice President
I. Vice President shall serve as the President's right hand.
II. Vice President is next in line to the Presidency should the need arise, and therefore must be able to become WA member if needed.
III. Vice President will serve as a regional officer of Underworld.
Section 4. Overlord of the Underworld
I. The Overlord shall be appointed by the King of Hell to co-rule Underworld along side the President.
II. The Overlord will serve as a regional officer of Underworld and have access to regional powers allotted by the King of Hell.
III. The Overlord may veto any law, policy, or action passed by the Senate of the Damned if it was passed with less than 75% approval.
IV. The Overlord may open new embassies as they see fit.
V. The Overlord may suppress spam posts, recruitment posts, and obscene/offensive posts.
VI. The Overlord has the right to eject non-citizen nations for spam posts, recruitment posts, obscene/offensive posts, or those found guilty of a crime.
Article Four: Senate of the Damned
Section 1. The Damned Senate
I. The legislative body of Underworld and the Kingdom shall be the Senate of the Damned.
II. Any citizen of the Damned who joins the forum and takes the oath of office may join the Senate.
III. The Senate of the Damned will vote on a Speaker of the Damned to oversee the senate every four months or as needed. Elections will contain one week of nominations and campaigning, followed by five days of voting, and will be overseen by the King of Hell and/or Overlord of the Underworld.
Section 2. Senate of the Damned shall have the power to by a majority vote;
I. Enact laws and policies for Underworld and the Kingdom, which shall retain the highest authority next to the Constitution covering any subject matter not outlined in the constitution. Any law or policy with support of at least two senators shall be put to vote in a timely manner.
II. Create and dissolve alliances and/or associations with other regions.
III. Create and dissolve additional government related organizations or agencies.
IV. Approve the construction and/or revocation of embassies of Underworld.
V. Appoint members of Senate to government positions to fill any additional roles as needed.
Section 3. Speaker of the Damned
I. Speaker of the Damned will be the figurehead of the Senate.
II. Speaker of the Damned will ensure senate votes are held in a timely manner.
III. Speaker of the Damned will serve as a regional officer of Underworld with access to communication and poll powers.
Article Five: Judgement of the Damned
Section 1. Judiciary Structure
I. The Judiciary System of the Kingdom shall be three tiered system largely based on against who and/or where the crime(s) were committed.
II. Tier One shall be for minor crimes and crimes against Underworld. Tier One Judgement shall be overseen by the Overlord of the Underworld, who will act as Judge, Jury, and Executioner.
III. Tier Two shall be for crimes against Hell and the Kingdom. Tier Two Judgement shall be overseen by the King of Hell, who will act as Judge, Jury, and Executioner.
IV. Tier Three shall be for crimes committed by a Hell Elder. Tier Three Judgement shall be overseen by the Hell Elders, who will act as Judge, Jury, and Executioner.
Section 2. Criminal acts within the Kingdom shall include, but not limited to;
I. Making use of multiple nations to gain multiple Citizenships.
II. Voting multiple times in any election or legislation vote.
III. Conspiring to or committing treason against the Kingdom.
IV. Attempting to or entering Hell under false pretenses.
V. Acts of aggression, sabotage, or espionage against the Kingdom.
VI. Falsifying evidence, impersonating someone, or blackmail not approved by a Hell Elder.
VII. Anything that is considered against the rules of NationStates itself.
VIII. Any act that violates the Manuscript of the Damned, Kingdom law, or regional policy.
IX. Anything the King of Hell deems to be a criminal act.
Article Six: Amendments
Section 1. Amendments to this Manuscript may be proposed by the Senate. Proposed amendments shall be reviewed and approved by the King of Hell, and then voted on by the Senate. Once passed by the Senate the Amendment shall take effect.
Section 2. Updates to the Manuscript may be done by the Ruler of Hell as needed.
Hopefully more Hell's Bells on the way too!
"You fools," Lady Zaharrah declared. All over Loftegen 3, people engaged in the acts of rioting, looting, and burning paused as they heard her voice. "I will give you one minute to surrender to the nearest police officer..sixty, fifty-nine..."
"...zero. So, you have chosen...death."
For many millions, the world ended that day.