Hello and welcome to yet another news article from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs! A fair bit has gone on since the last update but today we bring you the news, yet again, in both written and audio form! So without further to do, let's get straight to business with the biggest stories of the last couple of days.
As you may be aware, since roughly the beginning of term we have had a training war with Ireland which comes after months of progress to improve our relationship with our Irish neighbours. This seems to have been all for nothing as we see things start heating up with Ireland and our good allies, Spain. This all started with the recent decision to start a referendum in Ireland on which the people decided which alliance to join - opting for a cluster of countries in South America which isn't an alliance thus far. This of course doesn't sit well with us, nor the rest of TWO - and not because the option to join ACT was omitted from the articles on the different alliances. This could serve to be a pain in our backsides later on and especially when you see that our good friends Chile are at war with one of the members of the defence pact Ireland wish to join. It goes without saying that for us and our allies, it's against our interests for Ireland to be a part of such an alliance. I believe that is a fair assessment and there can be minimal criticism for me saying so.
The problem comes from two things; first even by the MoFA's admission the referendum was rushed which when considering all the above makes things worse. Second, the Secretary of Foreign Affairs in TWO spoke to the CP of Ireland and said in no uncertain terms that things wouldn't be bright for Ireland if they joined CUA which caused the Irish CP to turn around and threaten to attack Spain. This of course doesn't sit right with us and forces us to talk to the Irish government to try to come to a conclusion. By the next day, after we vote a no NE law which passes, Irish congress instead puts up a vote to Natural Enemy Spain.
Not only is this aggravating, but it also means that due to Ireland not voting a no NE law, we're still technically at war meaning the only way to end the war as it is, is to wipe Ireland. But lastly comes the straw which broke the camel's back. Myself and Blue And Evil spoke to MUFC, the Irish CP, to thrash out new terms of agreement, we were met with poor attitude and refusal to even try to make a difference. I've since seen proponents of MUFC say that it's not his fault and he can't force congress to do what he wants - which is very true, I won't say otherwise - but what they all seem to completely look over is the fact we were not asking him to force congress to do something, we asked for him to just try. Had he tried, we would be fine and not be formally attacking. And so, for those who are saying we're attacking because of "retarded congress", it's not true we are attacking because those in charge choose to refuse to do even the slightest thing to change things - those in charge to refuse to even care. And it's all down to seeing things like this that cause our frustration:
In other news, Croatia has recently proposed a law to leave EDEN, an alliance they co-founded. This in itself isn't extraordinary as rogue proposals happen all the time. What is extraordinary is the fact that more congressmen voted for leaving than against leaving. Were it not for the fact that a 66% majority is required to leave or join an alliance, they'd be out by now. Not long after the law was proposed an impeachment was launched too so it seems Croatia is domestically in trouble too - though the impeachment will fail.
Elsewhere, Spain and Portugal have written up a new treaty to give Portugal some regions for congress and to build trust and a better relationship after being wiped for a fair while. The terms are very simple, Spain will keep Norte, Algarve and Azores and Portugal will give Poland 500k country currency as a deposit. If Portugal breaks the deal and attempt to gain more regions from Spain then Poland will give the money to Spain and if eventually Spain and Portugal can start to come to some kind of mutual acceptance then Portugal will have their money back. This is a very logical move as Spain prepare to defend their Canadian region from Canada's Resistance Wars that will start to pop up before the congress elections.
Lastly, we’re reintroducing FA Audio Updates! If you have a spare 10 minutes and want the worlds news injected straight into your ear, then you should have a listen. John Baker hasn’t been around so you’ll need to download it for now! So to listen to myself and Jimbojoy discuss news by clicking right here and downloading it. If could give us feedback, we’re hoping to do this more often and would really appreciate it!
Thanks and see you on the other side,
Minister of Foreign Affairs
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