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Today's World Census Report
The Most Influential in United Christian Empires of the West
World Census experts spent many evenings loitering in the corridors of power in order to determine which nations were the greatest international diplomacy heavyweights.
As a region, United Christian Empires of the West is ranked 4,250th in the world for Most Influential.
|1.||The Most Serene Sultanate of Xukong||Father Knows Best State||“We Are All One”|
|2.||The Holy Christian Empire of Dominant Oppressors||Iron Fist Consumerists||“God, Loyalty, Victory”|
|3.||The Holy Empire of New Holy Zammit Empire||Psychotic Dictatorship||“For Order, For Honour, For God”|
|4.||The Holy Imperial Feudal States of Falmards||Iron Fist Consumerists||“Dei Gladius”|
|5.||The Holy Christian Dominion of Glorious Ascension||Psychotic Dictatorship||“Hic Inserere Aliquid Latine”|
|6.||The Republic of Phan Oppy Demotre||Compulsory Consumerist State||“You Can't Stop Progress”|
|7.||The Protectorate of UCEOTW Complaints Account||New York Times Democracy||“Complaints for the United Christian Empires of the West”|
- : Embassy cancelled between Realm of the Whispering Winds and United Christian Empires of the West.
- : Embassy cancelled between United Islamic Association and United Christian Empires of the West.
- : The Ballistic Missile of AS-16 Kickback of the region Realm of the Whispering Winds ordered the closure of its embassy in United Christian Empires of the West.
- : The Confederation of Rossenburgh of the region Empire of Empires proposed constructing embassies.
- : Embassy cancelled between Great Chuliu Empire and United Christian Empires of the West.
- : Embassy cancelled between The Great Monarchical Nations and United Christian Empires of the West.
- : Embassy cancelled between The Democratic Union and United Christian Empires of the West.
- : The Free Land of Chitato IX of the region Great Chuliu Empire ordered the closure of its embassy in United Christian Empires of the West.
- : The Queendom of Ruby IV of the region The Democratic Union ordered the closure of its embassy in United Christian Empires of the West.
- : The Republic of Thorn2039 of the region The Great Monarchical Nations ordered the closure of its embassy in United Christian Empires of the West.
United Christian Empires of the West Regional Message Board
Today is the 𝐌𝐞𝐦𝐨𝐫𝐢𝐚𝐥 𝐨𝐟 𝐒𝐚𝐢𝐧𝐭 𝐀𝐥𝐨𝐲𝐬𝐢𝐮𝐬 𝐆𝐨𝐧𝐳𝐚𝐠𝐚 𝐒𝐉
As an Italian aristocrat, he gave up all rights of inheritance. He became part of the Society of Jesus. Being a Jesuit seminarian, he administered to the sick in times of an epidemic. He is the patron saint of young students, plague victims, to those suffering from incurable diseases, and the caregivers of such.
Let us begin today's Daily
In the name of the Father, ✠
and of the Son,
and of the Holy Spirit,
God our loving Father,
grant us the grace
to hear what we ought to hear,
to see what we ought to see,
that we might do what we ought to do,
in Jesus' name we pray.
𝐓𝐨𝐝𝐚𝐲'𝐬 𝐑𝐞𝐚𝐝𝐢𝐧𝐠 is from the book of the prophet 𝐈𝖘𝖆𝖎𝖆𝖍 1:16-20
New American Bible (Revised Edition) (NABRE)
Wash yourselves clean!
Put away your misdeeds from before my eyes;
cease doing evil;
learn to do good.
Make justice your aim: redress the wronged,
hear the orphan’s plea, defend the widow.
Come now, let us set things right,
says the LORD:
Though your sins be like scarlet,
they may become white as snow;
Though they be red like crimson,
they may become white as wool.
If you are willing, and obey,
you shall eat the good things of the land;
But if you refuse and resist,
you shall be eaten by the sword:
for the mouth of the LORD has spoken!
𝐑𝐞𝐟𝐥𝐞𝐜𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧: for the mouth of the LORD has spoken!
Some days ago, I read the Canon of Repentance to the Theotokos by Saint Theodore the Studite (+826). There was one line that struck me: 𝘍𝘰𝘳 𝘵𝘩𝘰𝘶𝘨𝘩 𝘩𝘦 𝘥𝘰𝘴𝘵 𝘥𝘦𝘤𝘭𝘢𝘳𝘦 𝘮𝘺 𝘤𝘰𝘮𝘱𝘢𝘴𝘴𝘪𝘰𝘯 𝘩𝘦 𝘴𝘦𝘦𝘵𝘩 𝘯𝘰𝘵 𝘮𝘺 𝘸𝘳𝘢𝘵𝘩, 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘴𝘰 𝘥𝘰𝘴𝘵 𝘤𝘰𝘯𝘵𝘪𝘯𝘶𝘦 𝘵𝘰 𝘥𝘦𝘧𝘪𝘭𝘦 𝘩𝘪𝘮𝘴𝘦𝘭𝘧 (Ode 6, Stanza 3). We have to look into ourselves, and remember that God gets angry too. Jesus got angry at the temple, when they made it a market place. It is said that our bodies are a temple, and so when we desecrate ourselves with pleasure, then we anger God too.
When I think about God's anger, I feel like it's not because we did the wrong thing only. I believe it's because we did the wrong thing and the effect of it on us is vicariously painful and saddening. For example, when a child does something wrong and injures himself, there are parents that are angry because they are worried about what the effect would be. So when we sin, we injure ourselves and lose grace, and the effect of Sin is worrisome and as the loving Father, Brother, and Advocate God is, they do not want anything wrong to happen to us.
But the reading today reminds us to set things right. We can be made clean, made pure, made full with grace, when we do good and loving things. "Cease doing evil," today's reading says, "learn to do good." Let us learn from the example of Saint Aloysius Gonzaga, the charity of service towards the sick and the dying, even to the point of himself dying for others.
He laid down his life for his brothers.
– 𝘛𝘩𝘪𝘴 𝘪𝘴 𝘢 𝘮𝘢𝘯 𝘸𝘩𝘰 𝘭𝘰𝘷𝘦𝘴 𝘩𝘪𝘴 𝘣𝘳𝘰𝘵𝘩𝘦𝘳𝘴 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘪𝘯𝘵𝘦𝘳𝘤𝘦𝘥𝘦𝘴 𝘧𝘰𝘳 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘱𝘦𝘰𝘱𝘭𝘦. 𝘈𝘭𝘭𝘦𝘭𝘶𝘪𝘢, 𝘢𝘭𝘭𝘦𝘭𝘶𝘪𝘢.
𝐏𝐫𝐚𝐲𝐞𝐫: Saint John Chrysostom tells us to not mourn our sins and despair, but renew ourselves daily, like a house. And that we should never cease doing good and loving acts, penances and true contriteness, and above all a connection to God through prayer and thought. 𝐋𝐞𝐭 𝐮𝐬 𝐏𝐫𝐚𝐲.
O Lord of glory, O God of infinite sanctity, who am I that Thou shouldst deign to come to me! "The heavens are not pure in Thy sight," and wilt Thou dwelt in my heart? "Lord! I am not worthy that Thou shouldst enter under my roof." The consciousness of my unworthiness would prompt me to exclaim, "Depart from me, O Lord, for I am a sinner," but Thy pressing invitation to approach Thy Holy Table encourages me and dispels all my fears. "here I am for Thou didst call me." Come, then, O Jesus, take possession of a heart that wishes to belong to Thee. "Create a clean heart in me, O God, and renew a right spirit within me." "Have mercy on me, O God, and according to the multitude of Thy tender mercies, blot out my iniquity." [Psalm 1:3]
𝗠𝘆 𝗴𝘂𝗮𝗿𝗱𝗶𝗮𝗻 𝗮𝗻𝗴𝗲𝗹,
pray for me.
Safeguard me from the devil and evil,
and lead me towards heaven with you.
In the name of the Father, ✠
and of the Son,
and of the Holy Spirit,
*the water is almost boiled, the biscuits🫓, sandwiches🥪, paninis, and cake🧁 are on the tray, the sugar bowl and milk jug are set, and the cups, teapots, tumblers, and mugs are on standby*🫖
Heya, hope you're having a good week. I saw that some former regionmates are currently running a poll about what our favourite is: tea or coffee? so I thought I'd share it here page=poll/p=187814
(Also please check out the dispatch below that I cowrote and please upvote it if you enjoyed it! Cheers!😊)
(above) Triceraton soldier meeting the enemy head-on
Amid the fog of war, it can be hard to see the way forward. The news from the battlefield, the diplomatic noises off, the emotion of the grieving and displaced; all of this can be overwhelming. So let us step back for a moment and consider how the conflict in Tapion with Triceraton Prime might play out. What are some of the possible scenarios that politicians and military planners are examining? Few can predict the future with confidence, but here are some potential outcomes. Most are bleak.
Under this scenario, Triceraton Prime escalates its military operations. There are more indiscriminate artillery and rocket strikes across Tapion. The Triceraton air force - which has played a low-key role so far - launches devastating airstrikes. Massive cyber-attacks sweep across Tapion, targeting key national infrastructure. Energy supplies and communications networks are cut off. Thousands of civilians die. Despite brave resistance, Pearl Milk Ikspiari falls within days. The government is replaced with a pro-Zanramon puppet regime. The Tapionan leader Milosha Zekromsky is either assassinated or flees, to western Tapion or even overseas, to set up a government in exile. Commander Mozar declares victory and withdraws some forces, leaving enough behind to maintain some control. Thousands of refugees continue to flee west. Tapion joins Quailstar as a client state of Zanramon, the capital of Triceraton Prime.
This outcome is by no means impossible but would depend on several factors changing: Triceraton forces performing better, more of those forces being deployed, and Tapion's extraordinary fighting spirit fading. Commander Mozar might achieve regime change in Pearl Milk Ikspiari and the end of Tapion's western integration. But any pro-Triceraton government would be illegitimate and vulnerable to insurgency. Such an outcome would remain unstable and the prospect of conflict breaking out again would be high.
Perhaps more likely is that this develops into a protracted war. Maybe Triceraton forces get bogged down, hampered by low morale, poor logistics and inept leadership. Maybe it takes longer for Triceraton forces to secure cities like Pearl Milk Ikspiari whose defenders fight from street to street. A long siege ensues. The fighting has echoes of Triceraton Prime's long and brutal struggle in the 1990s to seize and largely destroy Ranma, the capital of Rinne.
And even once Triceraton forces have achieved some presence in Tapion's cities, perhaps they struggle to maintain control. Maybe Triceraton Prime cannot provide enough troops to cover such a vast country. Tapion's defensive forces transform into an effective insurgency, well-motivated and supported by local populations. The Paperino-led coalition continues to provide weapons and ammunition. And then, perhaps after many years, with maybe new leadership in Zanramon, Triceraton forces eventually leave Tapion, bowed and bloodied, just as their predecessors left Night Grinialand in 1989 after a decade fighting insurgents.
Might it be possible this war could spill outside Tapion's borders? Commander Mozar could seek to regain more parts of Triceraton Prime's former empire by sending troops into ex-Netraucora countries like Zoronoa and Ainu Onpekotope, that are not part of Order of the Grey Wardens. Or there could just be miscalculation and escalation. Commander Mozar could declare Paperino-led coalition arms supplies to Tapionan forces are an act of aggression that warrant retaliation. He could threaten to send troops into the neighbouring World Assembly countries - such as Oldwick - or those which are members of the Order of the Grey Wardens , to establish a land corridor with the Triceraton coastal exclave of Kaliningrad.
This would be hugely dangerous and risk war with the Security Council. Under Article 5 of the military alliance's charter, an attack on one member is an attack on all. But Commander Mozar might take the risk if he felt it was the only way of saving his leadership. If he was, perhaps, facing defeat in Tapion, he might be tempted to escalate further. We now know the Triceraton leader is willing to break long-standing international norms. This same logic can be applied to the use of nuclear weapons. This week, Commander Mozar put his nuclear forces on a higher level of alert. Most analysts doubt this means their use is likely or imminent. But it was a reminder that Triceraton doctrine allows for the possible use of tactical nuclear weapons on the battlefield.
Might there, despite everything, still be a possible diplomatic solution?
"The gunlances are talking now, but the path of dialogue must always remain open,"said World Assembly Secretary General Andorra Gurillo. Certainly dialogue continues. Ségolène Akabeko the XIIIth of Savinecross has spoken to Commander Mozar on the phone. Diplomats say feelers are being stretched out to Zanramon. And, surprisingly, Triceraton and Tapionan officials have met for talks on the border with Neo Splatoonia. They might not have made much progress. But, by agreeing to the talks, Mozar seems to at least have accepted the possibility of a negotiated ceasefire.
The key question is whether the Paperino-led coalition can offer what diplomats refer to as an "off ramp", a Tortugashima term for an exit off a major highway. Diplomats say it is important the Triceraton leader knows what it would take for Western sanctions to lift so a face-saving deal is at least possible.
Consider this scenario. The war goes badly for Triceraton Prime. Sanctions begin to unsettle Zanramon. Opposition grows as body bags return home. Commander Mozar wonders if he has bitten off more than he can chew. He judges that continuing the war may be a greater threat to his leadership than the humiliation of ending it. Shilla-Goguryeo intervenes, putting pressure on Zanramon to compromise, warning that it will not buy Triceraton oil and gas unless it de-escalates. So Commander Mozar starts to look for a way out. Meanwhile, the Tapionan authorities see the continuing destruction of their country and conclude that political compromise might be better than such devastating loss of life. So diplomats engage and a deal is done. Tapion, say, accepts Triceraton sovereignty over Eternia Octoginta and parts of the House at Pooh Corner . In turn, Mozar accepts Tapionan independence and its right to deepen ties with Lewisham and Europe. This may not seem likely. But it is not beyond the realms of plausibility that such a scenario could emerge from the wreckage of a bloody conflict.
(above) The square outside Kronya City Hall stormed by Triceraton soldiers
And what of Commander Mozar himself? When he launched his invasion, he declared: "We are ready for any outcome."
But what if that outcome was him losing power? It might seem unthinkable. Yet the world has changed in recent days and such things are now thought about. Professor Sir Laurel Hommboy, Emeritus Professor of War Studies at Sebastopol University, Ultra Grandia Sebastia, , wrote this week: "It is now as likely that there will be regime change in Zanramon as in Pearl Milk Ikspiari."
(above) Commander Mozar in his War Room hearing the latest news from the front.
Why might he say this? Well, perhaps Commander Mozar pursues a disastrous war. Thousands of Triceraton soldiers die. The economic sanctions bite. Commander Mozar loses popular support. Perhaps there is the threat of popular revolution. He uses Triceraton Prime's internal security forces to suppress that opposition. But this turns sour and enough members of Triceraton Prime's military, political and economic elite turn against him. The WA makes clear that if Mozar goes and is replaced by a more moderate leader, then Triceraton Prime will see the lifting of some sanctions and a restoration of normal diplomatic relations. There is a bloody palace coup and Mozar is out. Again, this may not seem likely right now. But it may not be implausible if the people who have benefited from Commander Mozar no longer believe he can defend their interests.
These scenarios are not mutually exclusive - some of each could combine to produce different outcomes. But however this conflict plays out, the world has changed. It will not return to the status quo ante. Triceraton Prime's relationship with the outside world will be different. European and Lewisham attitudes to security will be transformed. And the liberal, international rules-based order might just have rediscovered what it was for in the first place.
source of all freedom,
this day is bright with the memory of those that declared
that life and liberty are your gift to every human being.
Help us to continue a good work begun long ago.
Make our vision clear and our will strong;
that only in human solidarity will we find liberty,
and justice only in the honor that belongs to every life on earth.
Turn our hearts towards the family of nations:
to understand the ways of others,
to offer friendship,
and to find safety in the common good for all.
We ask this through Christ our Lord,
But I want to share with you two ikons of God the Father
I just had a kind of reunion with the latter image. It's like I forgot that it is God the Father, but it is God the Father, and the drawing of the latter was shown after some visions from a Nun.
The first one I just thought it is kinda cool, since it is God the Father through our imaginations. And interesting about it is the colour white.
I think both images are really cool and I want to remind that life is not sad or boring or hell. Because we have a Father who made us, He who is All Good, Almighty, and is Our Father through Jesus Christ whom he begot. And the love that we see and cannot see, and feel and cannot feel; and the beauty of creation and it's complexity and intricacy; is just something that we should always remember, because it is good and joyful. God would want us to be happy.
A reading, Galatians 4:6, NRSVACE
And because you are children, God has sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, crying, ‘Abba! Father!'
What father would not want us to call him affectionately as "Father," or "Papa," or whatever it is in our native tongue? What more is Our Father who Art in Heaven?