James S. Brady Press Room
Chairman of the Board Henry Pfeiffer Arundel and Secretary of State Dr Luis discuss the finer points of foreign relations.
Dateline: Monday, October 22, 2012 (Day 1,798)
Location: James S. Brady Press Room, The White House
Music: The Rat Pack Live - Dean Martin - 1965
1. Dr Luis Makes Diplomacy Sexy
2. Today's War Map and Analysis
3. Political Party Quiz Show Update
4: Op-Ed: Much Ado About Nothing
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Editor's Notes: Co-SecMed Custer is today's Lead Editor.
Press Corps Staff Writer NewAzazel and Hale26 round out the program.
Dr Luis Makes Diplomacy Sexy
Press Corps Staff Writer NewAzazel
Dr Luis endures endless, dull, boring meetings with dull boring people.. I just don't know how he does it.
So much focus is given to our domestic political scene that it often overshadows something equally as important: our country’s foreign relations and alliances. I sat down with Dr Luis Sentieiro, our Secretary of State (or Minister of Foreign Affairs), to help me summarize and expand upon our country's current dealings around the world. This should be as important to you as our domestic affairs because it determines the external factors that could harm or help our nation.
Obviously one of the top stories right now is the state of CTRL and our relations with Poland. The United States is not pleased that Poland has kept its alliance with Hungary, and we have invaded Austria to give us a border with that nation. A clear point to make is that we will not be attacking Hungary. We are currently in talks and conversation with Poland, a country we value as an ally and a key member of CTRL. Extending from this, we wish to keep this experiment going and see CTRL become a successful alliance. We desire our relations with Brazil, Spain, and Poland to continue being prosperous.
We’ve also been patching up things and warming up in other areas. Our relations with France and Croatia have dramatically improved, and we are working to see that they will remain our friends and allies. Our relations are also improving with UK. We also continue to hold alliances and good relations with countries like China, Ireland, and Argentina.
Another important country is Russia. Russia recently went through some trouble with a civil war and political unrest. Despite this, the United States continues to see Russia as a close friend and ally. It is important to maintain friends and allies, even if they are not members of CTRL. We hope to maintain and continue improving these relationships.
Editor's Note: For more on this topic, see [CTRL]Decisions, Decisions, Decisions
Foreign relations are important. They are just as important as Party politics and domestic affairs. It is due to the work of Dr Luis Sentieiro and the State Department that we are able to maintain good relations with our allies, and even convince former foes to our side. We are also working with other nations to collaborate and assist in ATO efforts in the eUS.
I know that all members are dedicated to this country’s well-being, and if you wish to contribute, you should apply to be an eUS Ambassador. I recently applied to better serve our nation, and you can do the same.
Today's War Map and Analysis
Press Corps Staff Battle Analyst Hale26
First order of business- We defeated Austria..sorta.
America managed to win all of it's 4 battles against Austria recently, as expected (Austria isn't a very worthy opponent, to say the least.) Strangely enough, Austria is STILL on the map even though our NE is done. This, however, was thanks to the Slovakian retreat (?) from Lower Austria. Now, this might be for a few reasons..
1. Hungary currently has us fighting on 5 fronts (2 of them NE's) if they declare war. However, if Austria is given 1 territory, Hungary can blast us with at least 3 NEs (6 fronts). Would an extra Austrian NE be deadly ?
Would it annoy the f**k out of us and possibly recreate a "VoM" accident from our little rumble with Indo awhile ago ?
2. To give Austria land for the upcoming Congress elections. You see, Hungary and Slovakia are much more dangerous if we were to go to war with the Hungarian Coalition (as we shall refer to all Hungarian bros and Hungary). So Austria would most likely walk away un-scratched if a whole fight broke out between America and HC (Hungarian Coalition).
3. To give me something to write about since they know I get bored being stuck in WHPR's basement tied to a chair !
...Er..I mean.. nothing, Custer... just finding more "news" to report !
Second order of business, I'm sure you all know that we are giving back all of our French holdings, including Aquitaine. This is because France is of no strategic value to us right now, and we're trying to get better relations with the nation. And it wouldn't hurt if they could have some more Congress seats .
So that should be all for our report on America's wars. But quick disclaimer-
I'm writing as if war with HC will happen. But currently, there is no concise evidence of this happening or being planned in my hands. I'm only writing this way because Hungary is an enemy nation, so all options must be looked into.
6 Top War News Headers From Around the Worldz.
• Romanian Forces have been defeated in Sumatra, meaning that Romania has lost it's last territory in Oceania. Romania is now wiped, and will possibly have the break it's agreement with Bulgaria.
• Slovenia NEs Swiss to fight off Congress PTO.
• The hounds of war are released in the Baltics- Sweden NEs Latvia, Belarus NEs Lithuania and Estonia captures Southern Finland.
• Italy defeated in Battle of Apulia- Macedonian Empire back to 7 bonuses.
• Colombia soon to be wiped- Spain approaches Oceanian Coast.
• Turkey almost wipes EDEN Brother Iran. Iran signs MPP with Poland.
Hungary just got 1 less front to fight on.
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Much Ado About Nothing
Op-Ed; George Armstrong Custer
No, it ain't Shakespeare.
The past few days have seen massive hysteria in the media in response to some mildly irritating actions and statements by various leaders, both at home and abroad. While the media module could certainly stand a shot in the arm, this flurry of tabloid level crap is not it.
America has a President long known for his less-than-tactful manner-- no news there. So as a matter of daily business, he makes a Proposal for Alliance with Brazil.. Dr Luis and others have been working toward this as part of the whole CTRL thing for a long time, and now it's time for the Alliance Proposal. But in classic Pfeiffer style, he tacks on a funny-not-funny animated gif where you'd click to see the Debate/Discussion. I say "funny-not-funny" because this little ditty had been passed around-- by Brazilians, he got it from one-- and everyone thought it was funny. Until a sitting President posts it. Now it's the world-ending most offensive socially unacceptable thing in the world.
And so follows a round of news articles. Every mother's son with a belly button and a keyboard has something to say about it-- mostly calling for Pfeiffer's head on a spike. Pfeiffer apologized, but apparently lacking the mud-groveling sincerity some people wanted. Brazil answered with articles, as well, then put the cherry on top by setting a Proposal of Embargo against the USA. And an AFA Congressman set an Impeachment Proposal.
Now, set that pile of yellow sheets aside for a second, and examine another.
New Citizens, whether moving from another country or starting their game, automatically get a New Citizen Message (NCM) and five bucks, to welcome them and set them on the path to fame, glory and riches that we all enjoy in this lovely game. Every Country President composes one, usually at the beginning of their term, to sort of give these new citizens a feel for their new country. President Pfeiffer, finally fed up with the AFA's constant and consistent blatant actions against this country and government, composed and Proposed a new NCM... directly naming the AFA as an enemy force in our country and warning new citizens to stay away from them.
AFA's Party President Hanibal LA responded with another extortion-slash-threat, again saying that he would instruct his Congressmen to stop making rogue Proposals and granting illegal citizenships to more enemies.. if the US Government would just lay off and leave his poor innocent Party alone. But of course this new NCM is the last straw, and now it's "all out war on the US."
Post-Script: The AFA has changed their Party name to "Party of Common Sense"
Has something to do with putting lipstick on a pig.
The weekend also brought us another newsworthy item which was blown up and dragged around like a paper bag of sh*t on fire.
There was some diplomatic and military hardballing between Poland and the US. Both agreed to not MPP with Balkan nations, that's supposed to be the key to this new alliance. Poland is reluctant to let go of their MPPs with Serbia and Hungary, so the USA renewed its MPP with old friends Croatia, then advanced through Austria to provoke Hungary or Poland to jump. So of course the media is full of crazy twists to this basically simple scenario. CTRL is a new concept in alliances-- it'll take time to work out. It won't be smooth or easy, and, hell-- it might not even work out. Time will tell.
Okay.. remember, dear readers, this is an Op-Ed piece. Just a reminder.
I'm callin' BULLSH*T.
All around. Everyone. From the people who make bone-headded moves, to the people who over-react, to the writers who fan the flames, to the readers and Commenters who feed on it all.
My freaking God, people-- didn't you just feel your IQ levels drop a dozen or so points over the weekend, just reading and being drawn into all this totally unnecessary CRAP?
Is this what we have newspapers for? Understandably, we can't all write like Phoenix Quinn-- hell, most of us can barely understand him.. But do we have to go in completely the other direction? Is this what we have become?
I'm not saying these are not important topics, or that we shouldn't be writing about them and expressing ourselves in those articles' Comments. I'm saying that intelligent discourse has become increasingly, and discouragingly, "few and far between."
I am ashamed and embarrassed of you, and of myself.
We are the lowest common denominator.
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